Casting Rumors for Season 7 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey (Updated December 13, 2015)
The New York Daily News reported on December 11, 2015 that the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ has a “new deal” where the cast “only gets paid if they get air time” by “making ratings-grabbing TV.”
The “Real Housewives Of New Jersey” better be ready to bring some weapons-grade drama to the next season — or risk a pay cut.
Until now, the stars had been paid a lump sum for the whole season. But Confidenti@l is told that producers will now only pay them for episodes they appear in.
Sources say the idea is to encourage the ladies to make ratings-grabbing TV, rather than coast and cash their paychecks.
We’re told the show’s longest running stars, Melissa Gorga and the soon-to-be-released-from-prison Teresa Giudice, will each be paid $50,000 per episode — if they make it in that week.
It’s unclear how much a third Housewife, Jacqueline Laurita, will get, but sources agree it is likely to be less because she skipped last season.
“The problem is you could sign a contract for an $800,000 salary and then sit back and do nothing,” said a source, “This way, you really have to bring it.”
“Across all the (“Housewives”) series there are people who are more committed and people who are less committed,” said another insider. “People sign up to do it and then lose their enthusiasm.”
This new plan is intended to combat that problem by encouraging maximum participation.
We’re told the new system doesn’t necessarily mean a pay cut for the combustible cast. Since the previous six seasons have had an average of 19 episodes, a Housewife deemed worthy of screen time in each episode could bag nearly $1 million at the end of the season — that would come close to the salaries of highest-paid Housewives across the whole franchise, like Nene Leakes and Bethenny Frankel.
Some of the “Real Housewives of New York” cast members moved to a per-episode pay plan last season and insiders say the same carrot-and-stick approach may add some zing to other series, like Atlanta and Beverly Hills — so we may see the plan rolled out to other shows when contracts are next negotiated.
Three part-time members of the cast — known as “friends of the Housewives” and heavily tipped to be matchmaker Siggy Flicker and couple Robyn Levy and Christina Flores — are expected to stay on a salary, somewhere around the $50,000 mark for the whole season.
UPDATE JUNE 23, 2015: On June 23, 2015, Us Weekly reported that earlier in June Joe Giudice began filming an hour-long special for Bravo, with the possibility of additional episodes to follow:
The show will document the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s home life without wife Teresa Giudice, who’s currently serving a 15-month prison sentence for fraud at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. Joe, 44, has been the sole caretaker for their daughters — Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5 — since January.
Planning for the special has been ongoing. When Joe talked exclusively with Us earlier this year, he confirmed that he’d met with Bravo about the idea. “Now it’s something for our attorneys to figure out,” he said in April.
On July 19, 2015, TMZ reported that Teresa Giudice would appear on her husband’s Bravo special via telephone conversations from federal prison:
We’ve learned Teresa will appear by jail telephone on a 2-part special, showing how Joe is caring for their 4 kids while his wife is serving out her 15-month sentence.
Bravo couldn’t get a camera inside, so pay phone is the next best option.
As for money … there’s no problem with Bravo paying Teresa an appearance fee, because the “Son of Sam” law — which prohibits people from profiting off certain crimes — only applies to certain violent offenses.
UPDATE MARCH 24, 2015: Andy Cohen sat down with E! News’ Alicia Quarles on March 19, 2015 (click here for the video). When asked if the rumors about Tiki Barber’s wife joining the cast of RHONJ were true, Andy replied, “So false,” and then stated that he hasn’t seen any “Jersey casting.” He went on to explain: “Here’s the thing. They’re doing a wide net, so we haven’t cast Jersey. So anything you’ve heard about casting Jersey is not true, right now.” Andy also said he hasn’t spoken to Teresa Giudice in prison yet and that he “checks in with Dina [Manzo] to find out how she’s doing,” adding that she’s doing okay.
On March 23, 2015, a TMZ cameraman ran into Tiki and his wife outside a New York City restaurant and asked them about rumblings that Traci was joining the cast of RHONJ. He replied: “No, don’t believe everything you read.” When the cameraman asked Tiki — who already runs a celebrity booking company — about doing ANY reality show, he told them “he’s already got enough jobs.”
New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l reported on March 13, 2015 that Traci Lynn Johnson, Maxim model and wife to retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, is poised to join the the Real Housewives of New Jersey for its upcoming season. According to the insider for Confidenti@l, Sirens execs and Bravo bigwigs held a meeting in early March where Traci was named a front-runner.
Confidenti@l’s insider explained that a casting director for Sirens Media, producer of the show, was given a deadline at the end of February to find someone to anchor the series alongside cast member Melissa Gorga. When Melissa appeared on WWHL with Cynthia Bailey on March 8, 2015, RHONJ executive producer Andy Cohen asked her about Teresa Giudice, indicting he intends to maintain Teresa’s connection to the show via her brother and sister-in-law.
Traci and Tiki appeared along with Joe and Melissa Gorga on the ‘Bethenny’ show on September 19, 2013 [photo above]. Speaking on ‘Bethenny,’ Tiki told America that his fifth child, and Traci’s first, was due in December 2013 before rubbing his young bride’s belly as the live audience applauded (she gave birth to a daughter, Brooklyn).
With negotiations underway, sources say Traci’s “big, over-the-top personality” and tendency toward scandal fits the bill. Tiki married one-time mistress and girlfriend Traci in a civil ceremony in New York’s City Hall in 2012, eight days after his divorce from his college sweetheart and wife of 11 years, Ginny — who was eight months pregnant with twins at the time — became final. At the time of their affair, Traci was a 23-year-old intern at NBC and Tiki was a correspondent for the “Today” show [he lost his job because of the affair].
Traci, now 28, is currently pregnant. She moved with Tiki to NJ a few years ago and is next door neighbors with Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi from “Jersey Shore” fame [Snooki has refuted claims that she has been “begging” to be part of RHONJ, and Andy Cohen tweeted that Snooki will not be a part of season 7].
A different Confidenti@l source says Traci and Tiki have been interested in doing reality TV for some time, but added there’s no confirmation yet on whether Traci will appear on the show. Athough Bravo has yet to officially announce what is happening with the series, a source for E! News said the rumor is true about Traci joining the cast and said that even though Traci “isn’t officially locked down yet, it looks like it’s going to happen”:
“When producers approached Traci, they told her they were revamping the show. Their goal is to include more well-known names and make New Jersey look more glamorous, like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Traci isn’t the only new face being courted for the show. Hala Kerik, wife of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik—and good friend to Caroline Manzo—and Amber Sabathia, wife of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, have been approached. Amber and CC ultimately decided they didn’t want to open their lives to reality cameras.
“Potential new cast members are being told the show will take an entirely different direction. The focus isn’t going to be on Teresa and her family’s legal troubles. It’s time for a fresh start. More fun and more glam.”
But that doesn’t mean the cast from last season—or previous years—are out. “It’s still early in the process. They’re meeting with a lot of women and trying to determine what ensemble will work best for the show.”
UPDATE MARCH 18, 2015: RumorFix reported on March 17, 2015 that sources “close to production” say that Traci is a shoe-in for the gig and that Bravo, under the gun because they were scheduled to start shooting RHONJ episodes in April: (1) is interested in casting lesbian couple Rose De Jesus and Tobi Petrocelli, a real estate tycoon; (2) Maria Bach, Sebastian Bach’s ex-wife, has been considered; (3) Jacqueline Laurita and the twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea will return; and (4) everyone else’s fate is unknown.
“Bravo is trying very hard to recast the whole show. If they wanted the old crew the contracts would have been signed by October-November and they would be filming December-April to have the show on air in July, one year after last year’s premiere. Bravo hasn’t cut the old crew 100% loose yet because they need them for backup if the test filming they are doing with new housewives doesn’t work. They want something on the air in New Jersey versus nothing, so the old cast sits in limbo and can’t say a word and have to sweat it out. Teresa may be back on Bravo at some point, but she is done on the Housewives. She attracts fans and viewers when she is funny and off the cuff with her family and friends, but she can’t do that on RHNJ because she is always the target and on edge, too cautious and that is not what people want to watch anymore. Bravo will recast and try to hit gold again and then eventually give Teresa some role on her own down the line.” [Jshappyday, March 8, 2015, Reality Tea]
On February 10, 2015, at the 12th Annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, Andy Cohen shared his thoughts with US Magazine on the fate of RHONJ:
“I can’t imagine not filming The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It’s a big franchise for Bravo, and I think whatever we do, we’re going to do it the right way, so we’re still figuring that out right now.”
When asked whether there might be a way to still include Teresa while she’s behind bars, Andy replied:
“I don’t know the specifics of what they allow, but I can’t see them allowing [us to film people visiting her in prison].”
As of February 7, 2015, according to Andy, no footage has been shot for season 7. He also noted that he has taken pleasure in firing a Housewife of the franchise, but wouldn’t say who:
On January 30, 2015, PEOPLE magazine reported that Bravo may be introducing some new faces to RHONJ:
“The network wasn’t happy with last season,” says a source. “They want a new vibe with fresh Jersey faces.”
But that doesn’t count out all of the show’s season six cast members.
“Some older faces will for sure come back to keep the viewers happy,” adds the source. “It could get interesting.”
A second source says the network isn’t even sure when the show will air again.
“No one knows when it’s coming back,” says a Bravo insider.
On January 29, 2015, Tami B Casting began recruiting new cast members for RHONJ season 7:
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · Feb 2
#NEWJERSEY #CASTING Classy ladies who live a Beverly Hills lifestyle with a Jersey Zipcode & attitude! email@example.com
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · Jan 31
ATTENTION NEW JERSEY! Now Casting Ladies and Families who live a classy and fabulous Beverly Hills lifestyle… http://fb.me/3mLKNxlcm
Tami B Casting also recruited for RHONJ season 6 but was not credited as a casting producer, which means she did not actually cast anyone [Jim Marchese claims he negotiated the contracts for the new cast members on season 6]:
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 5 Mar 2013
#JERSEY HOUSEWIFE/FAMILY CASTING! Hot affluent sassy Jersey ladies/sisters/cousins/friends Please Retweet! firstname.lastname@example.org
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 28 Feb 2013
PLEASE REFER! JERSEY WOMEN CASTING- http://fb.me/2vDHKOh2d
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 25 Feb 2013
Please refer! #casting #NewJersey #Fabulous Women/Housewives http://www.tamibcasting.com/Currently_Casting.html …
Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 24 Feb 2013
#Casting #Jersey women/ housewives please refer email@example.com
On January 29, 2015, RadarOnline reported that Christina Caparoula (@ccaparoula) is “a casting director/producer who worked on the fifth season of the show,” who is casting for RHONJ season 7. She tweeted on January 26 that she is “Casting Season 7 of Real Housewives of New Jersey,” with a link to her gmail account. She also posted an ad on her Facebook page, Caparoula Casting.
However, on her IMDb page she has no credits for producing or casting. Since the report from Radar, Christina has deleted the tweet from her timeline and removed the posting from Facebook. Also, she tweeted on January 29, 2015: “Talk about some #buzz that I wasn’t even aware of…..”
Gia Giudice’s manager also jumped into the mix by tweeting that a network TV channel is “seeking affluent women in New Jersey living a Beverly Hills lifestyles:”
Regarding returning Housewives for season 7, Amber Marchese’s chances of getting offered a contract are looking slim. On November 6, 2014, RHONJ executive producer Andy Cohen tweeted her husband, Jim, telling him: “We need to talk about you on Twitter.” Jim tweeted a nonsensical reply: “No Andy…we need to talk.”
Jim has gotten into a nasty Twitter exchanges with fans of the show. The most notable one was with OldJeresyLady on November 23, 2014:
Photoshop credit and caption on the image to the left: StoopidHousewives.com
On November 11, 2014, during a Q&A on Reddit, Andy was asked about Jim: “Is Jim really that big of a douche?” Andy replied: “He is exactly as he appears on television.”
Also during his Reddit Q&A, Andy was asked: “Will Bravo be filming everything surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s time in prison if they’ll allow the cameras? Is there even a RHONJ left without Teresa?” Andy replied that producers have not yet made any plans for the future of RHONJ:
“We have not made any plans relating to the future of the Jersey Housewives. The final reunion is airing tonight, and we’ll go back and meet and talk and re-evaluate soon… I am an executive producer of ALL the Real Housewives shows, involved in hiring and firing and production of the shows.”
Also on the Reddit Q&A with Andy:
Someone commented that the Housewives franchise has become more dramatic and violent and asked Andy where he thought the franchise was headed: “Some of the earliest seasons of the Housewives franchises were much more light-hearted and fun. Some have pointed to Nene Leakes’ infamous ‘Close your legs to married men, Wig!’ appearance on WWHL and Teresa’s Giudice’s table flip as the point where the women became hyper focused on one-upping each other’s antics, which has slowly devolved into violence. What are your thoughts about where Housewives has been and where it’s going?”
Andy replied that the producers try to embrace the things about the shows that make them both dramatic and fun: “I think that, you know, I love the show. And I think occasionally, there have been moments where we’ve had to get them back on track. And I think that last season of Beverly Hills was not its best, and when you see this season, it’s kind of back to the things that people loved about it in season one. And so I think that there’s always, you know, we’re always listening to viewers and we’re always trying to embrace the things about the Housewives shows that make them fun, and dramatic, and successful, in ALL of the best ways.”
He also said: “I think the Housewives are not for everyone. And for those who embrace them, they connect to the show because it is at best a ‘docu-soap-opera’.”
When asked, “Who is most like they are portrayed on TV and least like their TV persona?,” Andy replied that “everyone is pretty similar to how you see them on TV.”
To the comment, “It seems there’s been a growing trend in the Housewives shows to break the fourth wall,” Andy responded: “I don’t love the fourth wall being broken, and I think it’s usually broken when someone is defensive about behavior that they are being held accountable for by the viewers. I don’t know if it’s a trend. That just seems to be when it happens.”
To the question, “What’s your advice on my friends and I actually getting a reality show?,” Andy replied: “I think you should be really sure that it’s what you want. You know? And figure out why you want to be on a reality show. Because it may actually not wind up going your way.”
Andy also was asked: “What are your honest thoughts on Teresa Giudice? Does she ‘get it’ now with what occurred and why she’s going to prison? Is she capable of being accountable for her actions? Do you believe that she truly didn’t know that her plea deal included the possibility of jail?”
Andy replied: “I don’t know the specifics of what she knew, when, but she seems very humbled by what the judge told her, and she seems to have been affected by that.”
When asked if he will be adding any more cities to the Housewives franchise, Andy replied, “Not right now.”
The New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l reported on February 6, 2015 that Jim believes Bravo will be guilty of “glorifying” crime if it renews Teresa’s contract. Confidenti@l asked if that means Bravo has a moral responsibility to can Teresa. Jim answered:
“I’m my opinion, yes. Every other business model has a code of ethics. I don’t think she should be on the show any longer. I think glorifying a felon’s life is counterproductive, and I don’t think it’s appropriate. By the same argument, I think we could have (imprisoned Ponzi schemer) Bernie Madoff on the show. He has good name recognition also, and he’s done things and I’m sure there would be some curiosity. But (the show) is about families and dynamics. It isn’t about seeing how individuals can work our system, rip off the American people, not pay taxes and then live a lifestyle that pretty much no one I know has.”
Andy responded to the New York Daily story via Twitter, saying, “It’s ok nobody reads the daily news.” When Jim tweeted: “Wonder, if no one reads daily news, why did he know about it,” Andy replied, “Jim people tweet me your messy quotes!” Andy did not respond to Jim’s retort: “Funny they do same to me. Guess your lucky.”
On February 17, 2015, Jim gave an interview to PEOPLE magazine about Teresa not being right for RHONJ any longer. Teresa’s lawyer put Jim in his place by saying, “With all due respect to Mr. Marchese, cast decisions should be left to the professionals at Bravo and Sirius Media [sic].”
Jim must sense by now that Bravo will not be renewing his wife’s contract and is making a desperate last ditch attempt to reverse their decision by drawing attention to himself. The following are Jim’s quotes from the PEOPLE interview:
“I don’t think they should bring Teresa back. I don’t have an issue with her working. She can work all she wants. I just don’t think it’s appropriate for her to be on this type of show any longer.”
If Bravo wants to do a show with her about life after prison, “they can knock themselves out. But that’s a show to talk about what happened, her problems and how she’s dealing with them. That’s not the same thing as RHONJ. There’s a completely different theme to it.”
RHONJ “is about over-the-top lifestyles and over-the-top drama. At this point she can’t partake in any of this. I just don’t think this is the type of show for her.”
“If she does come back to the show, she is going to be on probation,” he says. “If there is any type of altercation, she will immediately go to jail. For example – she flips a table? She goes to jail because if she did that in a public place, that would be considered disorderly conduct in my opinion. She will be violating her parole.”
“Her trademark table-flipping will no longer be a viable option. Her fan base will be disappointed.”
“I clashed with them [other cast members in season 6] because I have a difference of opinion on how somebody should live their life. You should live within your means and you should be responsible. It’s just not about how much you can spend. You have to actually be able to pay your bills.”
“When we started the show, Teresa wasn’t even indicted yet. We took the job with the belief that you would be able to grow businesses out of it. Because Teresa and her husband have been convicted, it has been very difficult for Amber to launch businesses because no one wants to be associated with the show.”
“Teresa’s criminal conviction and how she is portrayed on the show has made it so that cast members have leprosy at this point because people don’t want to be associated with them. Amber, for example, is starting several businesses, including RevolutionIZ, which provides personal training and 3-D body imaging to help people maximize their workouts. But it’s very difficult to have any major endorsements at this point because of Teresa. Point blank, they tell us, ‘We don’t want to be associated with felons.’ That’s the first thing they think of. I get it. It taints the show.”
“I have a mortgage bank. We lend our money, which is my money, and we were the victims of over $4.5 million of fraud … through the exact same type of fraud scheme – fake W2s, fake bank statements – by people who didn’t really have the money.”
“This happened before I acquired the bank, but it was part of the toxic debt that I acquired. We put in insurance claims and filed lawsuits, but we are getting back less than 20 cents on the dollar. So you can imagine, you lose $4 or $5 million to people who misrepresent themselves, and it hits home.”
On December 12, 2014, AllAboutTRH interviewed Amber and asked her questions about season 7. She said she hadn’t heard any rumors or anything about season 7, qualifying that she would return if the price is right:
Are you planning on returning for season seven of RHONJ?
If they ask me and if the price is right you know, yeah for sure.
Have you heard anything about when RHONJ season seven will begin filming?
Lots of rumors but no nothing. Honestly I’m not the type that pushes for answers it will happen when it’s actually supposed to happen organically. I trust that the producers and Bravo know when to do it and they know the right time. I trust them.
Do you think Bravo would actually hold season seven until 2016 (when Teresa Giudice gets out of prison)?
I don’t know I really don’t. I question it because some of sources seem to be pretty confident when they do say that so that makes me take pause and think maybe they are going to do that. I think it would be very silly. I think they have an excellent cast as is and you know we can carry on. I mean I don’t think she (Teresa Giudice) is going to do the full 15-months. She’ll be back season 8 very easily so I think it would really silly if they were to do that. They’d lose a lot of fans. They should really focus on getting to know the new girls and everyone has an amazing story and I think they need to focus on the dynamics of the girls – less fighting. You saw the lost footage…you saw we were getting along and they cut out all of that and they went right to the drama and there was so many things that happened before that. New Jersey’s about fun, were about strong personalities, were about family and the Italian way and were just so different and it’s unique and everyone brings something to the table.
On December 19, 2014, Fox News interviewed Amber, and asked her, “Will you be on next season?” Amber again replied that she hasn’t heard anything about season 7:
“A lot of rumors. A lot of talk but nothing is set in stone. Nothing. Even on my end, I haven’t heard anything. They’re not keeping me in the loop, I think by design, but once I get that phone call, if they want me back, we’ll deal with it then. But until then I kind of live my life. I’m happy.”
On January 13, 2015, Fox News interviewed Jim and asked him about the rumors that RHONJ is on hiatus until Teresa is released from prison, and Jim was emphatic in his opinion that season 7 should go into production without Teresa:
Rumors are running rampant that Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will be under lock and key until its biggest star, Teresa Giudice, serves out her jail sentence at Danbury Federal Correction Institute in Danbury, Conn. on February 5, 2016. But “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jim Marchese told FOX411 the reports of his show’s demise are “fiction.”
“From what I understand, it takes a three or four month break after filming. The time frames I would start to expect shooting wouldn’t be for a month or two, and from the storylines — people’s lives — there’s so much that can still go on.”
Reality shows like ‘Housewives’ thrive on drama for ratings, and Giudice’s legal woes certainly brought plenty of it, but Marchese says it’s not one star, but cast dynamics, that make or break a show.
“It’s not about just one character. It’s all the characters. There was one episode that drew a lot of attention and she (Teresa) wasn’t even there,” he said. “The show does well because of the dynamics of the group and the interaction of the group. I believe the show can go on without Teresa.”
In a January 2015 video posted by BravoTV, “Ask Andy: Has Andy Talked to Teresa Giudice?,” Andy was asked if he has been in touch with Teresa or her family. Andy jokingly said: “Yes, I talk to her every day.” He then explained that he was kidding, “No, I haven’t spoken to her. No, I would love to have spoken to her. I have no idea how she’s doing.” Andy also said that he has not spoken to Joe Giudice. Considering his responses, it’s safe to assume that casting decisions for RHONJ season 7 are still pending.
FOX411 reached out to Bravo who declined to comment.
On November 23, 2014, Andy Cohen answered questions during a fan Q&A at the Gilt City Miami launch party at Villa Azur for the The Andy Cohen Diaries. When asked if it is possible Teresa will return to RHONJ after she serves her 15-month prison sentence, Andy enthusiastically responded, “I hope so!” And when another person asked Andy who he would like to see cast if there ever was an all-star Housewives show, he said he’d like to see “Nene, Teresa, Vanderpump, Bethenny, Adriana and Gunvalson.”
On November 24, 2014, TBB published an interview with Jacqueline Laurita where she stated that she hasn’t yet decided if she will be coming back as a part-time or full-time Housewife in season 7, plus she said that she was the one, not Bravo, to make the decision that she would be part-time in season 6. She also said that she doubted she would see Teresa before she heads to prison and that she’s “texted her but that’s about it.” The following is that interview.
TBB: Why did you come back to The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
JL: I came back because I actually never left (laughs). I had asked to go part-time because I’m working on a lot of other things right now and the stress from the show got to be a little much with trying to do everything I wanted to get done. So I needed a break from the show and they offered that. I said I would do part-time but then I was told my sister-in-law (Dina Manzo) wouldn’t come on full-time if I was part-time. So I said fine. I guess it was in March they wanted me to come back in so I said ok because it’s good money, I was done filming for Manzo’d (With Children) so I felt , “I’ll do it, why not?”
TBB: Did you miss (RHONJ) during the break?
JL: No! (laughs) I didn’t miss it. It was very nice having a break, I enjoyed the break, but part-time to me is very manageable and it’s not as stressful. Once you’ve been away from it for a little while you get this temporary amnesia where you forget why you were stressed out.
TBB: Kind of like when you forget what childbirth is like and you have another baby?
JL: EXACTLY! That’s exactly what it’s like!
TBB: Any desire to come back full-time?
JL: There has been talk about me coming back full-time and I’m still considering it. I would like to do another season of Manzo’d, but I am considering either full-time or part-time (for Housewives). I really haven’t decided. I think the network also is still deciding in what direction the show is going.
TBB: I have to ask about your behavior on Twitter. You really, really went after (Dina) a few weeks ago when part one of the RHONJ Reunion aired. It was the first time anything about the family feud had been spoken about publicly. Do you regret that?
JL: You know if I’m feeling something I say it and I stayed quiet for a very long time, but when I saw that my husband, my son, and I were being talked about, and Dina was telling her version of the story, I had to speak up. So that’s why I (did it). Twitter is my place, that’s where if I feel like saying something I say it and I don’t care who likes it or not. So I was basically just responding to things that were said and I wanted to get my side out there.
You know, I am ALWAYS open to reconciliation with ANYBODY, including Dina. We have tried so many times to make things good with her that it just became frustrating. We tried to get together before Lexi’s graduation to talk, but they weren’t open to that, so we did offer to take Lexi to dinner privately to celebrate her graduation and never got a response. That’s why I responded the way I did to what Dina said at the reunion. I don’t hate Dina, I’m just frustrated with Dina.
TBB: Will you see Teresa (Giudice) before she goes to her sentencing?
JL: I doubt it.
TBB: Have you spoken to her?
JL: I texted her, she answered me, and that was it.
At the same time TBB was interviewing Jacqueline about her return to RHONJ, Hollywood Life was reporting that Caroline Manzo is also returning for RHONJ season 7:
A source revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Caroline will return to Real Housewives of New Jersey. The series just finished its sixth season, so could she be appearing as soon as the next? A source revealed to HollywoodLife.com that Caroline was offered big money to return, and she agreed!
Regarding rumors about Danielle Staub returning to RHONJ, on November 29, 2014 a fan tweeted Danielle, pleading with her to return to the show, to which Danielle replied: “I would come back and save RHONJ if Andy asks and if BravoTV honors my true being.”
It is highly unlikely that Bravo will entertain Danielle’s desire for Bravo to “honor her true being” (just ask Dina), and it seems the ship has sailed for Danielle’s return to the series. Danielle does have the potential to give Melissa a run for her money, but if she did return, the entire cast probably would, once again, gang up on her (because that’s how they roll).
WireWrap at PreviouslyTVForum commented at the end of October 2014 about Teresa and her family being taped for another season of RHONJ:
1. They, Bravo, have Teresa/Joe over the barrel so to speak — they are desperate for money.
2. There is only so much of ‘poor Teresa’ the viewers will put up with, especially after this season.
3. Watching Teresa/Joe and the girls keep living the same over-the-top lifestyle, and supporting it, would not be good for Bravo as a whole — more and more viewers would get angry and stop watching Bravo.
4. I do not think Teresa will act any different nor will she allow the viewers to see what is really going on.
The following are other rumors about season 7 of RHONJ.
There were rumors that taping for season 7 of RHONJ started at the end of October 2014 because producers were rushing to get as much as possible of Teresa Giudice before her incarceration beginning on January 5, 2015. Rumors also were that season 7 basically will be cut in half due to Teresa’s sentencing, and that all the cast are getting half the pay because they won’t be shooting as much as they would during a normal season. Producers would be able to get enough footage of Teresa to make another short season like season 6 (compared to seasons 2-5), and the final episode(s) of season 7 could be footage of Joe taking care of their daughters. Since Teresa will be released from prison just prior to Christmas 2015 to serve out the last 45 days of her sentence under house arrest, she would be out by the time they started taping season 8, so the only thing she would miss would be the taping of the reunion for season 7. However, many viewers probably would find it cruel of Bravo to record footage of those four girls as Teresa prepared to leave for prison.
On October 8, 2014 RadarOnline reported on those rumors, quoting a ‘source:’
“Bravo is set to begin filming in approximately three weeks,” the source said. “The producers want to make sure they capture all of the footage with Teresa and her family that they can before Teresa heads off to prison.”
And the network also wants all the other ladies back as well!
“They’ve already made offers to all the Housewives to come back ASAP,” the source noted. “While Teresa is a given, as Bravo wants to film her as long as they can, execs also want all the Housewives to get explosively emotional about the Giudice prison time on camera.”
According to the source, “The network was set to film the girls immediately following the sentencing, as Bravo wanted to get their reactions; however, once the judge announced that Teresa would not have to report to prison until January 5th, Bravo execs changed their tune,” the source claimed. Rather than simply get Giudice daughters’ reactions and waste time while Teresa spends time with her family, Bravo wants to capitalize on the last few months they have left with the scandalous reality star and mix things up with her and the rest of the Housewives, the source told Radar.
“While three months may not be a lot of time, Bravo will be sure to capture as much usable footage as they can, and can always film Joe single-parenting the girls if they need extra footage.”
According to the source, while all the Housewives are being asked back, a feud amongst the women complicates matters about who will be full time.
“Bravo has made it clear that they’re interested in Jacqueline Laurita as a full-time housewife in addition to Dina Manzo. However, Dina has made it clear she does not want to work with Jacqueline,” the source said.
As Radar has reported, Manzo has tried to control the drama on and off the set, and has made it clear to cast members this season that she didn’t want them filming with her.
If Bravo is interested in both Laurita and Manzo, the source said, “One thing they are mulling over is possibly splitting time between Dina and Jacqueline by filming Dina for half a season, likely the half Teresa would still be around for—and then filming Jacqueline for the other half, once Teresa goes away.”
The source added that Bravo was still wavering about what to do with Housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile “as Melissa’s storyline was weak this season and, while Kathy was only at friend status, episodes she was on seemed to do better in the ratings. They may offer Kathy full-time and Melissa part-time, or keep it as it. They are still debating what to do.”
On October 30, 2014, Us Weekly’s source said Teresa is open to taping during the time period leading up to her incarceration, but Teresa’s rep denied the story:
Teresa Giudice only has a couple more months with her family before she has to surrender to serve her 15-month prison sentence (with ‘good conduct’ credit, it would be reduced to 13 months) — and Bravo may be there to catch it all on film. In the new issue of Us Weekly, sources reveal exclusively to Us that the Real Housewives star is “open” to allowing cameras in on her final days.
According to a source, Bravo is “pressing hard” to tape extra footage of Giudice before she begins her sentence on Jan. 5. Producers are hoping to capture the star spending Christmas with her husband Joe and their four daughters, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5.
“They want her walking through her house for the final time and taking out her extensions to prep for jail,” the insider adds of the reality star, who will serve her time before her husband’s 41-month sentence.
Although Teresa’s rep denies the story, the source adds: “Teresa is open — for the right money.”
On November 21, 2014, NY Daily News reported that RHONJ will be on hiatus until Teresa is released from prison in 2016:
‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is going to jail along with Teresa Giudice.
A source close to the production tells Confidenti@l that Bravo expects to shelve the hit show until the future Jersey jailbird gets out of the slammer.
While other members of the cast have been anxiously waiting for seventh-season contracts to drop on their doorsteps, a network insider tells us that “there is zero moving forward anytime soon for ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ ”
“If we’re doing a season seven, Teresa will be part of it,” the source says. “We would shoot it when she’s out of jail.”
“The season for ‘Housewives’ is not consistent in the way that the other shows are, like ‘OK, episode one is always Jan. 1’ or whatever,” explained the insider, “ ‘Real Housewives of New York’ missed an entire year before we brought it back. It’s not that we have to do it within a certain amount of time. We do it when we know it’s right and when we want to do it.”
“The network has not made any decision on how we’re moving forward with (‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’),” the source added. “We have nothing going forward, we have no (footage) in the can, nothing that we’re shooting right now.
“We’re completely figuring out what to do with the show. We can’t really figure it out until we see what’s going to happen with her and the rest of the cast,” added the source, who insisted that Bravo doesn’t plan to shoot scenes with Giudice before she dons her orange jumpsuit.
Giudice could not be reached for comment. A rep for Bravo said: “The network has made no decisions about ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ as we just finished airing season six.”
A couple of days later, on November 25, 2014, a ‘show insider’ told The Daily Mail that Teresa already has a deal to host a cooking show for Bravo in addition to appearing part-time on RHONJ, plus the source said that Teresa is planning to file for divorce as soon as she is released from prison:
“Teresa is, of course, devastated she has to spend even one day behind bars but she has already made this whole situation a money maker for her,” the insider reveals.
According to network insiders, BRAVO knows Teresa has always been a ratings winner for them ever since she flipped a table in the first season of the popular reality series. So it was a no-brainer to have a show ready to go when she gets out of the slammer.
And a cooking show was a natural choice for the Housewife. She could earn about $2 million a year. Teresa has already published three successful cook books that have all been on the New York Times Best Seller list.
“Teresa and BRAVO have been taking this time to plan a big media event when she is released from prison either late next year or early 2016,’ the insider continued. “Teresa has been so popular with the viewers that they know this is going to be an amazing event. They are going to stay in touch with Teresa while she is in prison by taping phone calls and if possible, they will do jailhouse interviews with her.”
Once she leaves the prison the first person to get an interview will be Andy Cohen on BRAVO, says the insider.
“But aside from her career Teresa is also planning to file for divorce as soon as she gets out of jail and gets back home with her girls and Joe is carted off to do his time. Teresa is livid with Joe for putting her in this position so she is fed up and going to send him the divorce papers and tell him to sign them while he is sitting in cell— or else! Teresa depended on Joe too much to take care of the family and now she is paying for it! She trusted Joe and that’s why they got into trouble — he was greedy and did some shady deals to live large.”
“This has been a huge wake-up call for Teresa but she is not going to lay down and give up! Teresa is determined to make all of this up to her daughters. Teresa does not want her kids to suffer because of her — and Joe’s — mistakes so she has been working on her life after prison and she is going to be very rich!”
“Up until now Teresa was just another housewife who loved to cook for her family and lavish her daughters with expensive gifts but now she is planning on being a single mother who has to raise her daughters. This is a whole new life for Teresa and she is going to be a force to be reckoned with when she starts over!”
“Teresa has a new attitude, she is much wiser and will not trust anyone to take care of her and their daughters again.”
MailOnline reached out to Bravo for comment but has received no response.
However, on December 1, 2014, Radar Online reported that Teresa is not getting a cooking show on Bravo:
Previous reports claimed that Teresa Giudice would have her own cooking show (with a lucrative deal attached) waiting for her after she completes her prison sentence. However, a rep for Teresa reportedly told Radar Online that those claims are “not true.”
“Teresa hasn’t been offered any new projects with Bravo. In fact, there is [sic] a lot of bad feeling where Bravo and Teresa are concerned. The network feels used, and was stunned Teresa said in court documents that the show was a sham.”
The insider continued by stating that the television network would never sign Teresa Giudice up for her own spin-off show after everything that has happened in recent months.
Recent reports claim that someone within Teresa’s circle has been floating false stories in the media about her with the hopes of helping her get some work.
“[Teresa Giudice] is desperately trying to figure out how she is going to pay off the remainder of the $210,000 restitution. With no new job offers out there, it’s going to be very hard for Teresa to come up with the money.”
On December 2, 2014, RadarOnline’s ‘sources’ contradicted their report that production on season 7 began in late October. Their new ‘sources’ claim that Bravo is nervous about moving forward on season 7 without Teresa to help bring the ratings, so they are exploring shelving the season until 2016:
Although initial plans were to rush the show back into production before Teresa’s departure, sources now tell Radar can that production on the popular show has been delayed — indefinitely.
“Bravo is very nervous to do the show without Teresa,” a show insider exclusively tells Radar. “They fear that without her, the show will not be as big of a success.”
“They’re exploring shelving the season until 2016, when Teresa gets out of prison,” the source said. “By having her fresh out of prison, there would be a clear storyline. It would also pull on fans’ heartstrings to see the changed Teresa back in the limelight.”
What about earlier reports that the soon to be jailbird Teresa was already filming footage up to the time she goes to prison? “These reports are not true,” another source very close to Teresa tells us.
“There are many people who are trying to hurt Teresa by claiming things that don’t really have a strong basis in truth,” the source said.” Believe it or not, Teresa really does not have an interest in being in the spotlight at the current moment.”
“If you notice,” the source continued, “Teresa is not currently doing any media. She could be milking this, but she’s staying relatively quiet.”