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Caroline Manzo Leaves RHONJ for Spinoff and Tries to Quash Rumors About Al’s Mistress Jill; Giudices Discuss Legal Issues on WWHL

September 28, 2013 469 comments

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“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.”

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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:

  1. Do you think you could survive in jail?
  2. Are you worried about being deported?
  3. What have you told your kids about the charges?
  4. Would you consider letting your brother and Melissa take care of them if it came to that?
  5. Do you think there are people who are happy that this happened to you?
  6. Do you think that people watching you at home think that you are in denial about the severity of what’s going on?

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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.

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RHONJ Reunion Special for Season 5 Taped on September 4, 2013

September 5, 2013 258 comments

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The cast received DVDs for the remaining episodes of season 5 per a tweet from Ashlee Holmes on September 3, 2013, and it seems like Teresa and her friend and co-writer of her cookbooks, Heather Maclean, stayed up late that night watching the remaining episodes:

Ashlee Holmes ‏@ashleeholmes
PAUSE— just got the rest of the #RHONJ episodes in the mail…. brb for a few hours ha
10:44 AM – 3 Sep 13

Heather Maclean ‏@HeatherMaclean
Loooooong night. Heartbreaking. Ended well though, I think.
12:17 PM – 4 Sep 13

Taping of the reunion special at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ, lasted 15 hours on September 4th, per a tweet from Andy Cohen:

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

According to Wetpaint, Dr. V and Teresa’s lawyer were present:

“The main cast is all there.” Also in attendance, we’re told, is “Dr. V,” a.k.a. Venus Nicolino, the clinical psychologist who helped heal the bitter rift between Teresa and her brother Joe during an explosive family retreat in Lake George this season.

She’s not the only special guest at the reunion. Teresa Giudice brought her criminal attorney, Henry Klingeman, with her — undoubtedly to help address questions about the 39 counts of federal fraud that she and Joe Giudice are currently facing.

“Teresa wants to clear her name, but she’s extremely limited in what she can talk about,” the source adds. “It’s very frustrating to her.”

On the morning of the reunion taping, Melissa’s sister Lysa Simpson ‏tweeted support both to Melissa and Kathy Wakile, and at 9:55 PM EST, she tweeted her concern that she hadn’t yet heard from Melissa:

Lysa Simpson ‏@LysaSimpson
@melissagorga @KathyWakile sending some calm peaceful {{{{vibes}}}} thru the airways for you both today.
9:50 AM – 4 Sep 13

Lysa Simpson ‏@LysaSimpson
You’re silence is deafening
9:55 PM – 4 Sep 13

Teresa tweeted at 1:13 AM on September 5th that she was “back home with my girls and my honey, going to sleep happy,” which could mean that Juicy did not attend the reunion, perhaps on the advice of counsel:

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

At 12:51 AM on September 5th, Heather Maclean tweeted her enthusiasm for Teresa, saying, “All’s well that ends well”:

Heather Maclean ‏@HeatherMaclean
Happy, Happy, Happy. All’s well that ends well. 😉
12:51 AM – 5 Sep 13

Jacqueline tweeted the morning after the reunion taping that “yesterday was a great day” although “of course, the reunion had some drama” but “it was deep and good!”:

Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
Yesterday was a great day but VERY long!
9:04 AM – 5 Sep 13

Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
Of course the reunion had some drama. It wouldn’t be the RHONJ reunion w/out drama! But…it was deep & good!
5:18 PM – 5 Sep 13

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When a follower tweeted Andy Cohen that he “started a trend when he allowed folks to not show up for reunion shows – now folks know it’s a great attention getting stunt!,” Andy replied that “at Bravo, it’s a way to get fired or get your pay docked”. So it’s safe to assume that all the Housewives were present but maybe not all the spouses.

bevysmith ‏@bevysmith
@BravoAndy started a trend when he allowed folks to not show up for reunion shows…now folks know it’s a great attention getting stunt! Lol

Andy Cohen ‏@Andy
@bevysmith at bravo it’s a way to get fired or get your pay docked. So it doesn’t work out so great….
8:07 PM – 4 Sep 13

Most likely producers will tie in the phone call with Mike on December 3, 2012 (which hasn’t yet aired) to the fight at the grand opening of Posche 2 on March 30, 2013 (without showing the actual fight due to legal ramifications – the assault cases have been delayed until September 26, 2013). According to a RadarOnline report (which are often wrong), before the fight broke out, Joe Gorga asked John Karagiorgis, Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis’ husband, “where he got all his misinformation” and John replied, “Why don’t you ask your sister.”

According to a FW source present at the event, Caroline yelled at Penny after the fight broke out at the grand opening of Posche 2, saying she caused the commotion, and Penny screamed back, “You old hag! I was trying to protect you because I felt sorry for you!” This was in reference to Penny refusing to discuss on camera the rumors about Al Manzo cheating on Caroline with long-time girlfriend named Jill.

Penny must not have been invited to the season 5 reunion because when her friend Will Love (‏@WillLoveInc) heard that the reunion was taping on September 4th, he tweeted that he hoped it wasn’t true because he wanted to see Penny “put those hags in their place”:

Will Love ‏@WillLoveInc
I hope its NOT true @BravoAndy @BravoPR is filming #RHONJ reunion today. I wanna see my girl @PDKHair put those hags in their place @BravoTV
12:53 PM – 4 Sep 13

According to AllAboutTRH sources, Penny and her husband John will be completely cut out of the season 5 finale because of legal issues over the brawl:

“The brawl was originally supposed to air with Johnny but after he filed charges, Bravo completely edited both Penny and Johnny out of the season finale. At one point, Caroline says something along the lines of, ‘This is all your fault – are you happy with what you did to this family?’ (referring to Teresa and Melissa’s relationship); and the camera points to Kim D. Caroline was originally saying this to Penny but because Penny was edited out, Bravo wanted to make it as if Kim D and Caroline are arguing.

“Penny, who didn’t plan on feuding with Caroline, fought back and accused Caroline’s husband Albert of cheating on Caroline for the past 5 years. Bravo also edited this part out. The finale is going to look as if the arguments that were originally going on with Penny are actually Kim D. Bravo felt like they had no choice with all the legal issues going on.”

On September 6th, Teresa’s friend Heather said she hasn’t seen the final episodes, which could mean that the DVDs given to the cast before the reunion did not include the season finale, so perhaps the phone call to Mike and the fight at Posche 2 will be included:

Alijah Purdy ‏@Rainbow_Cash_
@HeatherMaclean and is it true they edited out Albert Manzos cheating scandal this season ???? If so that’s ridiculous !

Heather Maclean ‏@HeatherMaclean
@Rainbow_Cash_ I have not seen any of the final episodes but it would not surprise me if they were edited poorly. Or dishonestly.
4:39 PM – 6 Sep 13

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