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Insider Reveals Why Kathy Wakile Was Demoted and That Kathy Uses Rosie to Stay on TV; Wakiles Build New Home, Hoping to Secure Spot on RHONJ (Updated 2/11/2015)

December 3, 2013 183 comments

A source e-mailed FameWhorgas in October 2013 and revealed that “the dream home that the Wakiles are building on the lot they purchased in Franklin Lakes is on hold right now” because Bravo had not offered Kathy a contract as a full-time Housewife. The following is that e-mail.

Rich twittered not to believe the B.S. (referring to Kathy getting demoted) because BravoTV told them they have not made any decisions yet. Bravo does this every season with a franchise. They do it to get fan reactions.

Rich and Kathy are freaking out because they are building, or at least talking about building, a house and Kathy has a dessert book coming out, and she thinks she should be allowed to come on for another season.

Rich is really pissed off because he feels they did everything that Production wanted them to do – re: Teresa.

Neither Rich or Kathy can comprehend why people think they are boring. Kathy will say they are not bad people; maybe that is what they mean, that is why people think they are boring. She is clueless.

Yes, the show is scripted. Remember the scene where they made it look like their son and Rosie took the car for a ride with out them knowing? They knew – production set it up because they needed something good to show. Unless it is scripted with Rich and Kathy, it is not worth showing. Rich thinks he is TV gold.

Kathy’s own statements aren’t scripted. You know, how many versions has Kathy gave why she joined the show without her cousin knowing?

Rich is a disgusting pig. When he is on his twitter assaults, he is drinking. Kathy will congratulate him when he curses someone out. She will say that’s what they get when you mess with us.

The Wakiles think they are owed something. For example, there was an incident with making dinner reservations when Rich yelled, “Tell them who we are” – he was saying that because the place was booked for the night.

Both Rich and Kathy expect freebies all the time – Rich will say he will have Kathy send out a Facebook post and twitter. It’s really pathetic. Did you see the time Rich twittered asking on Christmas Eve if a pilot had room for four people? Needed to return New Years Eve?

I wish people knew the real Rosie. Rosie wanted nothing to do with TV. That was all Kathy. When you see Rosie upset, that is Kathy in her ear. Last year, at the reunion, Kathy was working Rosie up days in advance, telling her if Teresa says anything about Daddy she just hopes she says something because she needs to hear it from Rosie.

When a blogger exposed the Wakiles for knowing who Johnny was, Rosie twittered to Teresa that she was pissing her off – that was all Kathy.

What Kathy will do is: If something comes up in blogs or tabloids and Kathy thinks Teresa is behind it, Kathy will call up Rosie and say Teresa is at it again. When Rosie twittered that, Rosie had not even read the blog – she was going by what Kathy said to her.

Kathy does not care that people think Rosie is an animal. Kathy uses Rosie as her puppet. When the rumors started that Kathy would be demoted, Kathy put Rosie on a guilt trip.

Rosie never wanted to be on TV. Last season Rosie said this was the last time or she wanted to be paid – who can blame her? BravoTV did promise Rosie more paid appearances – not necessarily a contract, but VMAs, etc.

Kathy wants Rosie to tell Production that she won’t appear next season unless her sister is a full time housewife. This is a twisted family.

Kathy made sure to reconcile with Rosie before she was on NJ because, unlike Kathy and Joe, Rosie is loyal. Rosie will NEVER admit that her own sister disowned her practically when they were younger because Rosie is gay. Kathy wanted her to get help. It’s a joke. Kathy is acting like an ambassador for the gay community when Kathy never wanted anything to do with the gay community before. If Andy Cohen knew the truth, the Wakiles would have been gone by now.

The dream home that the Wakiles are building on the lot they purchased in Franklin Lakes is on hold right now.

Contracts for season 6 will be signed – it is just a matter of which ones – Kathy has Rosie to thank as explained above.

As far as Richie goes, he will tell you that Andy loves him.

Kathy is up Teresa’s ass now that Caroline is out of the picture, but their relationship is strained still.

As far as the Wakiles being demoted in season 7, on July 13, 2014, Rosie Pierri got into a twitter war with a viewer who mocked the Wakiles for being demoted. Rosie tweeted:

“At least I was there to get fired who fuck r u douche bag !! @BITCH_CATCHER: GET LOST LUNATIC✌️YOU WERE FIRED‼️‼️ #RHONJ RT @RosiePierri: And I can’t forget my cool ass cousin @joegorga @melissaGorga”

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014: Andy Cohen wrote in his newest book, ‘The Andy Cohen Diaries,’ that Richie kept making jabs at him for “throwing them away” when Andy didn’t renew Kathy’s contract as a full-time Housewife for season 6:

“I saw Kathy and Richard Wakile tonight at the show and Rich kept making jokes about me throwing them away in the trash, because Kathy isn’t going to be a ‘full’ Housewife this season. I explained to Kathy that I couldn’t put her in the show opening because it would cause big problems with other Housewives. Everybody wants to be in the show open.”

Richie Wakile is disgusting, and he and Kathy have gotten close to the twins and Abbey Feiler-Kober (who provided the venue for the Project Ladybug event in season 6), no doubt in an attempt to secure a spot for season 7.

Vince Foster, Jr. ‏@JustTheFactsNJ Jul 26
@richardwakile @Leopard_Man_ Teresa named her anus, she calls it Leopard.

Richard Wakile ‏@richardwakile
@JustTheFactsNJ @Leopard_Man_ leopard is code for #Bitch
abbey feiler-kober Rosemarie Pierri
6:02 PM – 26 Jul 2014

With Teresa going to the pokey and Dina being bullied off by Jacqueline, Kathy, Amber, Jim and Melissa, the Wakiles are trying to worm their way in via the newbies, but that could be in vain if the twins and Marcheses are not offered contracts for season 7.

Perhaps producers should bring back Kathy and add her estranged brothers and their wives to the cast to expose their family secrets, since she and Melissa believe RHONJ is about family and mending relationships (at least that’s what they said during the season 6 reunion). Kathy herself said when taping an episode for The View on June 8, 2012: “It’s a big pie and everyone can eat from it.”

NM said on June 17, 2012 at FameWhorgas:

“The police report on Joe Gorga is the truth. Kathy also has 2 siblings with police records. I wish they would come to light. Joe Gorga called Kim D a Coke whore. Look at your own wife’s family, JoeG, and your cousins’ PD reports about drugs. We all live near each other. Albie & Greggy ARE VERY close! Caroline’s family is a complete mess. More needs to be exposed. This was a fantastic read. Thank you! Search hard and you will find the other police records. There is so much more that is hidden. #Fact – YOU’RE an open target when you become a public figure on The Telly! Teresa, you are a class act, my dear. See you at your book signing. Melissa, I have had many a lunch dates with your sisters…Stop all the lies!…You never know how people talk when catching a buzz. Rich, you’re a slumlord…How’s the gas station doing? Caroline, I’m very glad Lauren got a lap-band. She’s very beautiful. Sad you trashed her on national TV. Wonder who I am? Don’t bother to send your investigators, I talk to you every week. Hmmmm…”

Hailey said on April 25, 2012 at AllAboutTRH.com:

“I said it before. Kathy has many family skeletons in her closet about her family! It will come out! Mel’s family has many also. All will come to light soon enough! Let’s all hear about the siblings of Kathy that she hides. Mel, your sisters and their husbands are pure drunks! Why doesn’t Kathy bring up how they put things in different peoples name to hide money or that they couldn’t afford to buy the shore house (they rented it). Oops did I say too much? Kathy, thank your sister for exposing you on that!”

Richie refuted the October 16, 2013 story by RadarOnline, picked up by Perez Hilton on October 17, 2013, which stated that Kathy had been demoted to a part-time role (with the financial terms of her contract having been drastically reduced) and that her sister Rosie Pierri will finally get paid to appear on the show:

Briana Sullivan ‏@BrianaSulli 17 Oct
@richardwakile horrible I read on @PerezHilton Kathy will only be part-time next season! She brings the class and comfort! Can’t be true!

Richard Wakile ‏@richardwakile 17 Oct
@BrianaSulli @PerezHilton don’t believe the BS!

On October 6, 2012, when addressing Rosie’s presence and outburst at the season 4 reunion, Teresa told RumorFix:

“I never thought Rosie was gonna be at the reunion show. I’ve done nothing to Rosie. I have always love, love, loved Rosie. Every time I was with Kathy and I would always say to her, ‘Invite your sister’. Kathy never wanted to invite her before. They never got along. Now all of a sudden they’re all best friends. I’m just sayin’. Kathy didn’t want her sister around her kids because she was gay and because she had a girlfriend at the time. Rosie went through a lot of hard times trying to find herself.”

In the same interview with RumorFix on October 6, 2012, Teresa unleashed her dose of reality on Kathy and Richie:

“I can’t even believe they got on the show. They’ve gone to stores — they expect to get free clothes. They’re such moochers.”

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When researching for another blog that I’m working on, I ran across some comments from July 2012 on Television Without Pity about the discussion between Rosie and Teresa (and Teresa’s TH) in season 4 where she says that Kathy didn’t always support Rosie (at the season 4 reunion, Rosie attempted to clear things up by saying Kathy knew that she was on a bad path and disapproved of that, not her). The following are some of those comments.

“Rosie denies everything Teresa has said, but I don’t trust her recall, especially because when Teresa said it, Rosie started to tear up and nodded her head in agreement. Also, Rosie’s mom let on as if there were big fights in the past between them at the dinner table.”

“I’m sure Rosie feels the need now to defend her sister, but I saw and heard different on the show. If Teresa was out of line and lying, why didn’t Rosie say right then and there outside at the table when she was giving her tabloid speech, “Hey, my sister never treated me like crap.” Nope, she put her head down and teared up a little. Says it all to me.”

“According to this family, Teresa is the devil and they’re all angels. But Teresa isn’t in agreement with everyone else’s assessment that she’s behaved so terribly (off camera) toward her brother and his wife. Therefore, that contradicts everyone’s claims about Teresa, the same way that Teresa’s claims about Kathy and Rosie’s past relationship contradicts what Kathy and Rosie say about it.”

“Regardless of what Teresa believes, there’s no denying that there is in fact an ongoing rift and issue between her and her brother in the present. We’ve seen it play out on the show. It doesn’t matter if she wants to believe it or not, the truth is there are problems between them, whereas there aren’t any current rifts between Rosie and Kathy. There was no point in Teresa bringing that up, whereas anything that has been brought up about Teresa’s behavior goes towards recent, current and ongoing strife between them that’s being captured during taping. References to the past have been made, but it isn’t done in a vacuum. Teresa randomly taking about a rough point in Kathy and Rosie’s relationship pretty much came out of the blue and for no reason.”

“At least in the case with Danielle throwing out her tidbit of information at the reunion about Melissa’s son, Danielle didn’t really care for Teresa so it wasn’t a shocker that she would say something like that, using her little bit of inside information. But who’s the enemy in Teresa’s talk with Rosie? That was some Danielle-type hate Teresa pulled on Rosie and on Kathy with those comments. I personally didn’t think that the animosity between her and Kathy was at a level of Danielle crazy but, then again, I do believe Teresa is that level of hateful. Danielle hated Teresa, so she used something painful to be hateful. And Teresa did her Danielle impression on Rosie (and ultimately Kathy) for what reason?”

“On the Wakile kids: Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’re good kids, but a little too sweet, if you know what I mean. I get a vibe of them playing up their goodness for the cameras, stacking the deck if you will. Whenever I see the kids, I immediately think Eddie Haskell. Playing up that goodness just irritates the hell out of me. The over the top sweet speech by Victoria? I guess the halo needs to be on display (couldn’t resist). I get that same weird fakeness from Kathy though, so no surprise that the kids have it. A hint of ruthlessness from her too. It’s why I want to like her but I find something about ‘Kathy and her soft voice’ very ‘Hekyll and Jyde’. The kids’ saccharin sweetness personas aren’t even done well, but I guess that comes with age, <cough> Kathy.”

“Even though Teresa may be wrong in publicly talking about Kathy’s alleged bad treatment of Rosie in the past, I can COMPLETELY understand why Teresa feels justified in doing so. It’s because they did it to her first, and she probably wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine. This sums it up for me. Of course it doesn’t make Teresa look good for doing that, but I doubt she can comprehend that. It was a huge ‘Fuck you’ to Kathy ‘soft voice’, and everyone got the message.”

“Horrible Things (seen or mentioned on the show) that the Gorgas, Wakiles, Manzos and Lauritas have done to Teresa:

  • Melissa betrayed Teresa and contacted Danielle to give her info to use as ammunition against Teresa.
  • Caroline and Jacqueline both betrayed Teresa when they continued to be friends with Melissa even after she betrayed Teresa.
  • Joe Gorga called Teresa “garbage” at his son’s christening.
  • Behind Teresa’s back, they all (including their husbands and the grown Manzo kids) have talked shit and ridiculed Teresa’s business, her bankruptcy, her kids, her husband, her marriage, how she talks, and her intelligence.

“Horrible Things (seen or mentioned on the show) that Teresa has done to the Gorgas, Wakiles, Manzos and Lauritas:

  • She was referencing Christopher when she mentioned in her cookbook that she doesn’t want her daughters to be strippers at a car wash.
  • Also in her cookbook, she repeated a joke about Caroline that was originally said when they were both on a talk show.
  • She has talked shit about Melissa being a gold digger and being jealous of her and how badly Kathy used to treat her sister.

“IMO, the rest of the cast seems unjustified in their seething hatred of Teresa. Because unless I’m forgetting something, what exactly has Teresa done to them that’s worse than what they’ve done to her?”

Tabloids reported in November 2013 that in addition to the return of Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga for RHONJ season 6, three new wives, Amber Marchese and twin sisters Teresa and Nicole Napolitano, are being added. On November 1, 2013, Teresa told the Bradenton Herald that “we have four new people, and going forward I think it’s going to be really good” – she must be counting Dina as the fourth new cast member.

Teresa Giudice Can’t Leave RHONJ Because She is ‘Locked into a Long-Term Contract’ Says Her Good Friend Heather Maclean

November 20, 2013 242 comments

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Teresa Giudice’s good friend of five years and cookbook co-writer Heather Maclean has tweeted since July 2013 that Bravo won’t let Teresa leave RHONJ or get her own series on another network because she is “locked into a contract” that is “longer than five years” and “they won’t let her leave”:

Her contract is longer than 5. Much longer. I think they have her on lockdown until she’s 80… They won’t let her leave.

She’s locked into a contract. Locked. Believe me, when they cast Melissa, she begged Andy to fire her. He said, “Dream on.

She can’t do a spinoff on any other network while she’s on Bravo.

Heather also claimed that when Bravo cast Melissa, Teresa begged Andy to fire her, but he said, “dream on”:

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In August and September 2013, Heather continued to tweet about Teresa not being able to break free of her Bravo contract.

On August 19, 2013, ‏@rossst209 asked Heather:

Why can’t Teresa get a show on E, Or A&E, or TLC, or even VH1? Isn’t anyone offering?

Heather replied that Teresa couldn’t get a show on another network because of her Bravo contract, plus she said that Teresa couldn’t even appear as a guest on another network:

She can’t even guest appear on other networks’ shows, especially cooking shows.

Also on August 19, 2013, ‏@Rainbow_Cash_ asked Heather about the shooting schedule for RHONJ season 6:

Is it true that Bravo wants to start shooting S6 of RHONJ next month to cover Teresa’s trial?

Heather replied that they usually don’t give contracts for the new season until after the reunion tapes:

No one has heard a word yet – they usually don’t give next season contracts until after the Reunion tapes as an insurance policy.

Confused by Heather’s tweet that contracts had not yet been negotiated for season 6, another follower, ‏@wlft1, asked why Teresa’s contract goes “forever”:

Heather, you’ve tweeted Tre’s contract goes ‘forever’, yet you’re saying they haven’t rolled out new contract – how come other original HWs from other cities sign new contract every season. We know because some hold out?

Heather didn’t reply, but ‏@Rainbow_Cash_ did respond by tweeting:

Some sign one year contracts. While others sign multiple year contracts. I remember reading an article that said Jacqueline signed a contract binding her to show for multiple years, while people like Kathy have one year contracts. And just because Teresa has a multiple year contract doesn’t mean the rest of the cast does.

Follower @wlft1 followed up by saying that “nobody knows the real story except for the players involved”:

True, just responding to Heather saying they haven’t given NEW contract til after reunion. Actually, she didn’t say new, she said next season’s contracts. My apologies, but it states same thing. I just think nobody knows real story except for the players involved. Btw, I love Teresa n wish her the best!

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On September 3, 2013, Heather also didn’t reply when @Exit155nj asked why Teresa couldn’t do a show on another network:

Why can’t she do show on another network? E, Tlc, A&e, vh1 all have shows not dirty and negative. How long is contract?

However, Heather did reply when ‏@teens04 asked how long does Bravo “own you” after you leave the show or after the series ends:

How long do they own you after you’ve left the show or series ended?

Heather tweeted that they own you a “long time, four to five years after”:

4-5 YEARS after. Long time.

On September 3, 2013, @Exit155nj and @BurkettSue commented that every year it seems Housewives leave, and then they asked Heather to explain how Dina Manzo got out of her Bravo contract and how Danielle Staub and Dina both appeared on other shows.

Heather replied, with a wink, that Bravo “allowed them to”:

Bravo allowed them to. 😉

When @wlft1 tweeted, as another example, that “Lisa Vanderpump was on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars,” Heather didn’t respond. And when ‏@claudia65 tweeted that “Dina got off – there has to be a way – maybe just play dead and stop cooperating,” Heather again didn’t respond.

When @claudia65 asked why Teresa couldn’t “pull some stunt to get Bravo to release her?,” another follower, ‏@llllStarllll, replied:

They won’t let her go – she is a star.

Heather didn’t join in the conversation, but she did tweet (to nobody in particular):

Reality TV started out as an entertaining peek into real people’s real lives. It’s now a humbug played out by indentured servants. You can beg to be fired, but if you make great TV, they won’t fire you. Or let you go anywhere else.

The only way to redeem yourself? You have an iron-clad confidentiality agreement as well that means you can’t expose their lies or defend yourself, your family or your honor…or not. If they “fire” you, they still own you. You cannot appear on other networks or even do some other businesses unless they agree.

Producers don’t want to make big stars & then lose them, so first-time contracts are generally 5-10 YEARS. They have the option to use you. You sign away your rights to be portrayed fairly, accurately, or decently. You cannot stop producers’ portrayal NOR defend yourself publicly.

This is my own personal experience with contracts, but I don’t think the public understands how you sell your soul & are trapped by producers. I’m lucky to have gotten out relatively unscathed & blessed to have a wonderful life & career now, but it made me super empathetic to TV ppl.

As Sara Blakely from Spanx (who was on the show with me) said: “No sane person should ever sign that contract.” Yet we did & we’re smart… It almost personally killed me (9 times, I counted!) & destroyed my family. And that was 10 years ago when reality TV was kinder & gentler.

Word to the wise: do not ever sign a contract to appear on reality TV. I know from personal experience since I did. Worst idea ever.

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On October 2, 2013, ‏@Evrynameisgone tweeted that Teresa shouldn’t stay on the show and said that “no money is worth it”:

@HeatherMaclean With all they have done to Teresa and the negative karma it has brought upon her, she shouldn’t stay. No $$ is worth it.

Heather tweeted that she agreed and said she wished Teresa could leave:

@Evrynameisgone I know. I agree. I wish she could leave.

In reply, @Evrynameisgone asked why Teresa couldn’t leave:

@HeatherMaclean With all due respect, why can’t she?

Heather didn’t respond.

I find it very hard to believe that Teresa virtually has become an indentured servant of Bravo, unable to free herself from a long-term, multi-year contract, especially since she is now in her sixth season with the network.

I think Heather tweets on Teresa’s behalf (just like Melissa’s sisters tweet on her behalf), and I believe Teresa could put a stop to Heather’s tweets about her if she were passing on information that Teresa doesn’t endorse (just like Melissa could stop her sisters).

Teresa freely admitted during reunion 5 that she likes nice things, plus she said in interviews after the federal indictment that she wants to continue her career as a Housewife, so she’s not denying that she likes the materialistic lifestyle that being a Housewife provides for her. So why pretend that Bravo won’t let her leave the series?

Teresa Giudice Turned Down a Bravo Spinoff Says Her Good Friend Heather Maclean; Manzos Got Spinoff Because of Lauren’s Wedding

November 15, 2013 189 comments

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“I have no reason to bring down or (further) humiliate my own family. Caroline and Jacqueline however have a million reasons to want to hurt me and my family and make us look bad… The show started out as all about their family. They were the stars, I was just the silly friend. I wasn’t interested in doing a show with my family at all. I’m still not. I turn down opportunities for my own TV show all the time, because I won’t do a show that exploits me and my kids. I know other people are super into that and would jump at the chance, especially for all the money, but I won’t do it. I won’t sell out my family.” – Teresa Giudice’s Bravo Blog, In Wonderland, August 28, 2012

On September 27, 2013 and November 6, 2013, Teresa Giudice’s good friend of five years and co-writer of her cookbooks, Heather Maclean (@heathermaclean), responded to some fans who were questioning why Teresa wasn’t given a Bravo spinoff.

A follower asked Heather:

“Did Teresa get an offer and turned it down? I hoped that’s what happened, at least. I was LIVID when I heard the Manzos got offered one.”

Heather responded:

“Yes she did and yes she did. She truly isn’t a fame chaser. Just wants what’s best for her family and that’s not always (ever?) TV.”

Heather tweeted that Teresa turned down a spinoff offer from Bravo because “it wasn’t right for her family”:

“Teresa just publicly stated she was offered a spinoff from Bravo but declined because it wasn’t right for her family.

“Have you seen all the family fighting and tears in the previews of Tamra’s and Nene’s own shows? Exactly why Teresa keeps turning them down.”

When a fan tweeted that “Milania needs her own show – actually, that kid needs her own network!,” Heather replied that “she does!” but Bravo doesn’t “do cute”:

“She does! But Bravo said they don’t do ‘cute.’ They’re Bravo ‘not TLC’.” 😦

Furthermore, on October 14, 2013, Heather asserted that Caroline Manzo did not leave RHONJ on her own accord and said that the reason the Manzos got their own show is because Teresa turned down Bravo’s spinoff offer:

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Although Heather claims the reason Caroline got her own show is because Teresa turned down a Bravo spinoff offer, it seems more likely that the Manzos were given a spinoff because Lauren is getting married which, according to Andy Cohen, is the “natural way” to “lend itself” to another ‘Real Housewives’ series. Andy told TheWrap on April 16, 2013:

“The shows that we’ve picked up have been because the women have other things going on. Kim’s show started with her getting married, which is really the natural way to, it lends itself well to another series, you know?”

Bravo loves weddings, which is how the Manzos pitched their spinoff and why Bravo greenlighted the series. On May 22, 2013, Bravo announced that ‘Real Housewives of O.C.’s’ Tamra Barney landed a spinoff, which featured the road to her summer wedding; and in April 2013, Bravo announced a spinoff series for Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes that captured her road to re-marrying ex-husband Gregg Leakes (NeNe and Gregg divorced in 2011 after roughly 13 years of marriage; the couple announced in January 2013 that they were tying the knot once again – so they were divorced barely a year before deciding to remarry, which makes you wonder if this was all done for the show and a future wedding spinoff). Bravo taped the renewal of the Giudice’s wedding vows in September 2011 (see image below) but the footage never made the show, probably because of all the drama that ensued when the Gorgas and Wakiles were added to the cast.

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The scenes and THs (testimonials) in RHONJ season 5 of Lauren saying she wasn’t interested in getting engaged because she was focused on Cafface, etc., were staged – she got engaged almost a year earlier, in May 2012, when the cameras were not rolling (they were between seasons). On May 23, 2012 Lauren tweeted a photo of her ring with a cryptic message, but denied she was engaged when bloggers picked up on it:

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I just read the craziest article saying that I am engaged…. I’m not engaged- right @VitoScalia3 ?
May 24th, 2012

Joking everyone! IM NOT ENGAGED- I figured if Blogs can make up fake stories then I could too just to show how silly it is!
May 24th, 2012

@MarigoPR lol noo it was a joke – some blog made up I was engaged so I went w it
Jun 6th, 2012

I never was! We both decided its best to take our time RT “@ssydneyyy: @Laurenmanzo are you not engaged anymore?”
Jan 8th, 2013

Lauren most likely planned to re-enact the engagement for the cameras in RHONJ season 5 until the Manzos realized they could use it to pitch a spinoff for the family, which is exactly what they did and why they delayed the official announcement of Lauren and Vito’s engagement until November 2013 (their spinoff was announced in September 2013).

Also, note that in the RHONJ season 5 finale Caroline said she wanted to see Lauren in a wedding gown coming down the staircase in her Franklin Lakes home… all part of the plan to get viewers to tune into their spinoff.

Vito and Lauren recently re-enacted the proposal for the Manzo spinoff, which is currently taping.

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The following is an excerpt from a November 15, 2013 People magazine story about Lauren’s engagement:

“He had a big bouquet of red roses and got down on one knee. When I looked up, both of our families were in the window and he was crying and shaking and I’m hysterically crying. It was amazing – the moment that every girl waits for. My mom was on cloud nine all day,” Lauren says. “I was wondering why she was so happy.”

And now, of course, the planning begins for a wedding that will probably happen next summer – perhaps at the church at Fordham University, where Scalia went to school. “It’s gorgeous,” says Lauren of the chapel.

Scalia also put plenty of thought into the ring, getting designer Yanina – Lauren’s jeweler since she was 17 – to create the diamond sparkler with white and rose gold accents.

“I remember seeing the ring, and I couldn’t believe he pulled off what I always wanted,” Lauren says. “I am obsessed with it. I don’t know how many carats it is because he won’t tell me, but when I go out to eat with my friends I make them wear it, so I can see what it looks like.”

The following are Lauren’s recent tweets/retweets about her engagement:

Us Weekly ‏@usweekly 12 Nov
Major congratulations are in order for @LaurenManzo, who just confirmed to Us that she’s engaged! Exclusive details: http://usm.ag/17ti3pg
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

Us Weekly ‏@usweekly 12 Nov
Have you see Lauren Manzo’s gorgeous engagement ring? Check it out here: http://usm.ag/1cltOve
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

Glamour ‏@glamourmag 12 Nov
Congrats to #RHONJ’s @LaurenManzo–she’s engaged to @VitoScalia3! (Wedding at the Brownstone?!) http://glmr.me/1bnw5UX
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

Lauren Manzo ‏@Laurenmanzo 12 Nov
Thank you so much to everyone for the well wishes! @VitoScalia3 and I are so happy and I’m still in complete shock. pic.twitter.com/dfZMI5svcT

Vito Scalia ‏@VitoScalia3 12 Nov
LIFE IS AMAZING 11-12-13 BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE.
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

People magazine ‏@peoplemag 12 Nov
Lauren Manzo of Real Housewives of New Jersey is getting married! http://peoplem.ag/qLcKj
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

Christopher Manzo ‏@chris_manzo 12 Nov
Not a joke this time! Congrats Lauren and Vito, I love you both. http://instagram.com/p/gojUUHjmiy/

Lauren Manzo ‏@Laurenmanzo 14 Nov
Can’t sleep! I think this engagement thing just hit me….at 5:00 in the morning!

Albie Manzo ‏@AlbieManzo 15 Nov
Honestly, I’ve had a smile on my face for 2 days. Overwhelmingly happy for Lauren. I’m very proud of her. She deserves every second of this.
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

People magazine ‏@peoplemag 15 Nov
Caroline Manzo’s daughter Lauren shares the sweet details of her proposal http://peoplem.ag/qRPNq
Retweeted by Lauren Manzo

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