Caroline Manzo Leaves RHONJ for Spinoff and Tries to Quash Rumors About Al’s Mistress Jill; Giudices Discuss Legal Issues on WWHL
“From my sources, I heard Penny showed Melissa proof that it was Caroline who was digging into Mel’s past in order to divert attention away from Al Manzo as a cheater. Caroline lost to Teresa on the cookbook deal, so she wants to make sure that she does not lose to Melissa on the chance of getting a spinoff.” – Lee, September 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Fame-Whorgas
A source told E! News that Caroline Manzo is leaving RHONJ because she feared producers had plans to expose her husband’s infidelity in season 6:
“Caroline wants out because she knows if she stays on the show, it’s only a matter of time before rumors of [husband] Al’s cheating becomes a storyline this season. The new girl, Penny, made allegations during filming this past season that Al had a history of cheating, but they were cut.”
On August 16, 2013, FW broke the story about Al Manzo’s affair. A source exclusively told FW that Al has been having a 5-6 year affair with a woman named Jill – the source claimed that Caroline has been aware of the affair for the past 3-4 years (FW made the blog “private” a couple weeks ago but made it “public” again on September 30, 2013 since another blogger copied a good chunk of my exclusive).
The following are excerpts from FW blogs, which were exclusives, on Al’s mistress Jill:
A source exclusively told Fame-Whorgas that Al Manzo has been cheating on Caroline for the past five or six years with a woman named Jill, and Caroline has known about the affair for three or more years, catching them numerous times, even at The Brownstone apartment. The source also says that the affair is an open secret, and in their circle of friends (Al’s, Caroline’s and Jill’s), “everyone knows” about it.
According to a source, Teresa, along with Kim D, “tried to push” Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis to out Al as a cheater on camera at the season 5 holiday PFS on December 3, 2012 because Caroline was always criticizing Teresa’s marriage, but Penny declined and explained that “she doesn’t attack without first being attacked” and said that the “Manzos have never done anything negative to, or said anything negative about, her or her family, unlike Melissa Gorga.”
According to another FW source who was present at the grand opening of Posche 2 (the season 5 finale), Caroline yelled at Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis, “You did this! This is all your fault! I hope you’re happy about getting in between a brother and sister!” Penny screamed back, “Fuck you, you old hag! And you’re all wrong! I was trying to protect you because I felt sorry for you!” She brought up Al Manzo’s affair, even mentioning his mistress, Jill, by name, but Caroline ranted and raved until the producers agreed to edit it out.
During the taping of season 5, FW sources revealed that producers attempted to make Al’s cheating a storyline, but Caroline successfully convinced Bravo to edit out the footage. E! News source said that if Caroline stayed on RHONJ, “there’s no way she would be able to keep the rumors about Al cheating quiet, and she knows it”::
“If she stayed on RHONJ, there’s no way she’d be able to keep the rumors about Al cheating quiet and she knows it.”
Caroline and her family have filmed a spinoff pilot for Bravo tentatively titled Manzo’d With Children, although it has yet to be picked up. The source for E! News explained that the spinoff is supposed to be light-hearted:
“They’re letting her leave RHONJ and give her a spinoff attempt. The spinoff will be light-hearted and family-oriented, which is the image Caroline wants to protect.
E! News’ source explained that Bravo is “very protective of Caroline and is trying to keep her happy”:
“Bravo is very protective of Caroline and wants to keep her happy.”
Meanwhile, the RHONJ season 5 finale airs this Sunday, September 29th, followed by a special WWHL where Andy Cohen interviews the Giudices about their legals issues. In previews, Andy asks some brutal questions, including:
- Do you think you could survive in jail?
- Are you worried about being deported?
- What have you told your kids about the charges?
- Would you consider letting your brother and Melissa take care of them if it came to that?
- Do you think there are people who are happy that this happened to you?
- Do you think that people watching you at home think that you are in denial about the severity of what’s going on?
The season 5 reunion (part I) premieres on Sunday, October 6th. Rumor has it the reunion was uneventful, which seems plausible since Teresa tweeted that she was happy with the results:
Teresa Giudice @Teresa_Giudice
Back home with my girls & my honey. Going to sleep happy. Love love love you all! Xx
1:13 AM – 5 Sep 13
The reunion special was taped on September 4th at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ (taping lasted 15 hours):
Andy Cohen @BravoAndy
15 hour day at the #RHONJ reunion. WIPED from all the drama. Oh, I ate jello! pic.twitter.com/w7Y2B5IH2T
11:38 PM – 4 Sep 13
Photos included in this blog are from the season 5 reunion special.