Jacqueline Laurita On Being Back, Coming Back, and Backing Herself Up

imageOn an unseasonably cold November night Jacqueline and Chris Laurita attended an event to learn more about healthy eating habits for children. The event (which we will revisit later on) addressed issues like gluten intolerance, which is very personal for the Lauritas since their son, Nicholas, must follow a gluten free diet. After the presentation I was lucky enough to catch up with Jacqueline and ask her some of the fans’ burning questions like if she’s coming back to Real Housewives of New Jersey for season 7 (see her answer below). I was also lucky enough to have the Lauritas walk me back to my car post event. What can I say, it was dark, I was alone, and I’m terribly neurotic. Thank you Jac and Chris for looking out for me! Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

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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.

So there you have it folks! No final decisions yet on whether Jac will be back. What are your thoughts? Do you want to see Jacqueline and her family return to RHONJ for Season 7?

 

Reality Roundup

By Brent Osborne and Tara Cushing

Adrienne Maloof is indeed back...but is Jac? Photo: Joe Pugilese/Bravo/People.com

Adrienne Maloof is indeed back…but is Jac?
Photo: Joe Pugliese/Bravo/People.com

They’re baaaaack!

Love em’ or hate em’ two of Bravo’s former Real Housewives stars will be making their returns to the network…or are they?

After playing hooky from the season three reunion taping, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof is ready to make her comeback! The former RHOBH star confirmed she will be returning for season five of the hit series!

“I was approached by the producers to come back,” Adrienne told Us Weekly. “I’m coming back in cameo roles.”

Since her departure, Adrienne has split from her husband Dr. Paul Nassif, who currently stars on E! Network’s hit reality series Botched. Botched was just picked up for a second season.

“A lot has happened in my life,” Adrienne said. “So with each experience, I think I’ve grown. I’m at a point now where it’s a new chapter. I can really focus and think clearer on what to expect, and there’s nothing like experience to kind of get you to where you know you want to be. And I know that I want to come full circle with the rest of the women, some closure, and I feel like I have a better grasp on how to do that now…It just made sense to maybe take this and come full circle from where I left off last time…I’m coming back, also, a bit wiser. I know what to expect now.” 

Is Jac really back? The rumor mill went wild last week with reports that former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita is set to star in a few scenes later this season.

Yes, it’s true, Jacqueline will be making a return towards the end of the season,” a source revealed to E! News. “Because she still has a close relationship with Kathy [Wakile], her scenes will mostly be with Kathy.”

She is not coming back to stir the pot or confront her sister-in-law Dina [Manzo]. People assume that’s what she’s coming back to do, but she’s not. Her appearance is relatively drama-free.”

However, unlike Adrienne, Jacqueline has not yet talked about this herself. A source close to the mother of 3 told us nothing has been decided yet. “It’s a possibility,” our source said, “and she will only do it if it is right for her and her family, but she has been approached and is thinking about it.”

As for fan speculation that scenes were already filmed and this was a Bravo smokescreen all along, “No, not at all. She really was out, anything she appears in this season will have to be filmed now and added in.

Whether she returns to RHONJ or not, Jac fans will get their fix this fall when she appears in her sister-in-law Caroline Manzo‘s  upcoming spinoff show, Manzo’d With Children.

Another Real Housewives marriage bites the dust…

Real Housewives of New York City‘s Ramona Singer, has announced that she and Mario Singer are officially separating after 27 years together.

I have decided to move on with my life without Mario,” Ramona tweeted last Thursday. “I tried my best to make my marriage work. I am excited for the new chapter in my life.”

Allegations that suggested Mario, 60, had been having an affair with a 27-year-old woman surfaced in October of last year. Although Mario and Ramona both denied the allegations, Ramona filed for divorce shortly after. Ramona later announced that she and Mario had reconciled and were trying to save their marriage.

When asked about her marriage on the recent RHONY reunion, Ramona put Andy Cohen in a deadlock.

“Everyone in my family is great,” she said. “We’re together now, but I have a daughter Avery, who I love dearly, who is 19, and because of that, that’s all I have to say on the matter.”

However, in a recent interview with Us Weekly, Ramona announced that her divorce is pending once again. Adding, “I am doing what is right for me and my daughter Avery, who is the most important person in the world to me.”

 

Ramona Singer with Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

Ramona Singer with Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

TBB‘s Tara Cushing saw Ramona, who was hosting a restaurant opening for a friend, late last month. “She looks amazing,” The Bravo Blonde, reported back to me, “but she wouldn’t interview with me and asked that I email questions. I have yet to receive a response. I was respectful in the email and asked nothing about her marriage. None the less, Mario was absolutely nowhere in sight that night.”

When one door closes…err the Singer union…another one opens…and the matrimonial door did just that for George Teichner and Dana Lavette Cody. George is the often offensive father of RHONY‘s Aviva Drescher, who didn’t walk through that “door” with them. According to an article in The Daily Mail, Drescher, who publicly has supported the union of her 76-year-old dad and 25-year-old new, uh stepmother, was a no show at their August 3d wedding ceremony in Malibu. The article states that Aviva simply “couldn’t find the time” to attend the wedding. Maybe the air wasn’t asthma friendly that weekend…

Last but not least, what’s a week in Housewives gossip without the sound of the police? And the latest fraud charge is awarded to…Dana Wilkey, the 25,000 dollar sunglass wearing friend of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On June 18th, Wilkey was arrested and indicted for “conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aiding and abetting, and [making] false statements to government agents,” as an FBI press release read.

Wilkey was charged along with two other women, domestic partners, Skyler Ariel Phoenix and  Lissa Michele Phoenix. The press release states that Dana, president of Adwil Agency and Skyler, who worked at Blue Shield of California “entered into a  fraudulent marketing contract”.  For at least 6 years Dana paid around $360K in “illegal and undisclosed kickbacks related to Adwil Agency’s business with Blue Shield” while Skyler and Lissa defrauded Blue Shield to the tune of half a million dollars. All three women were each  released on $250K bond and face more fines and 20 years in prison per count. Oh Dana, we hope those expensive shades and lollipop necklaces were worth it…

Tell us— Are you excited for the return of Adrienne Maloof? Do you think Jac will come back? Do you believe Mario cheated on Ramona? Do you think Aviva really support her dad’s marriage? Did Dana ever trigger your “shadar”? Share your opinion below!

Do you have a submission or idea for next week’s Reality Roundup? Email your thoughts to brent@tbbreality.com!

Reality Roundup: New Jersey News and New York Ruse!

Teresa Giudice and Dina Mazno (Source: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Start stirring your gravy and fryin’ your meatballs… The Real Housewives of New Jersey are back! Bravo has announced that the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will premiere on Sunday, July 13th.

Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are the only Housewives returning this season. In addition, RHONJ alum, Dina Manzo will be re-joining the cast.

“Well I guess the (hairless) cats out of the bag,” Dina tweeted when filming started. “Yes I’m back. Unlike the past this time it felt ‘right’ … See you on Bravo my friends.”

Dina’s sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, who has starred on the show since it’s inception, will not be part of the season six cast. Caroline Manzo has also departed from the series. Caroline’s upcoming spinoff pilot, Manzo’d With Children, was recently picked up for season one and, according to her Twitter will air in fall 2014. We caught up with Caroline at a recent event! Find out what she had to say about Manzo’d with Children and her departure form The Real Housewives of New Jersey here!

Although Kathy Wakile is no longer part of the cast, she and her sister Rosie will be making an appearance or two in the upcoming season, Melissa Gorga revealed during an appearance at the Tampa Home and Garden Show last week. When we recently saw the sisters, they too confirmed their involvment on the show.

Three new Housewives will be joining the cast this season! Amber Marchese and identical twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello are sure to fuel some great drama this season. Amber, a breast cancer survivor, is a New Jersey native with a no-nonsense attitude. Teresa Aprea, and her husband, Rino, are the owners of famous restaurants, Angelo’s of Mulberry Street in Little Italy, and Ponte Vecchio in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She and her husband have an 18-year-old son, Giovanni. Nicole Mauriello is a two-time divorcee (Hey, at least that’s better than 19 engagements…), a fashionista and a mother to two teenage boys, Joey, 14, and Anthony, 16.

Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal drama will be a major story this season. After pleading guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges, Teresa and Joe are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for July 8th.

“Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline,” an insider revealed to Radar Online last month.

Viewers can also expect some catfights, yelling, and stripping & cheating allegations. Oh yes, more stripping & cheating allegations!

Check out the season six trailer below!

Holy cannoli! Catch the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 6 premiere on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST.

Adding on to the success of the explosive sixth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Bravo will be airing a special, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Husbands Revealed, tonight, May 18th.

The special will feature NeNe Leakes’ husband, Gregg Leakes, Cynthia Bailey’s husband, Peter Thomas, Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, and Kandi Burruss’ new hubby, Todd Tucker.

Bravo told Us Weekly that during the episode, the husbands will participate in a Guy’s Night Out and bond over drinks and table talk. The men will be “keeping it real” on everything from who really wears the pants in their relationships to how hard it is to please their leading ladies.

Don’t miss The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Husbands Revealed tonight at 8 p.m. EST!

Pink slip or just no trip? Fans of The Real Housewives of New York City have been questioning the absence of Aviva Drescher from the show after her dialogue was erased from the opening credits.

TheHollywoodGossip reported the mother of four was being “disciplined by producers with a forced three-episode hiatus,” while other reports suggest Aviva’s disappearance is simply a publicity stunt to drum up interest in the ratings starved show.

Aviva broke her silence regarding the matter, telling Radar “I wasn’t (disciplined) … back on in two weeks,” adding that she did not want to go on the Berkshire trip due to health concerns involving her prosthetic leg and asthma.

However, Radar has learned that these recent episodes are not the only ones Aviva will be cut from this season.

“Aviva has had a really bad time this season,” a source revealed. “Because she refused to go on two separate trips with the rest of the women the producers are fuming at her and they’re taking her out of the show as punishment.”

“Aviva also refused to go to Montana with the women, so she won’t be in those upcoming episodes either and they’re planning to do the same thing with the opening credits – take her out of them,” the insider continued. “No one would want her to risk her health or anything if that’s the reason she claimed was why she didn’t go, but the producers are fed up with her now.” 

Aviva’s frequent absences may lead to a major cast change. “Aviva might get axed from the show at the end of the season,” the source said. “Her storyline about Bookgate was dumb and then not being part of the rest of the show is making her more difficult so the producers are seriously considering firing her at the end of the season.”

We reached out to Aviva when the first Aviva Free episode aired two weeks ago, but she was unresponsive.

Tell us— Should Aviva stay on The Real Housewives of New York City? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. 

Do you have a submission or idea for next week’s Reality Roundup? Email your thoughts to  brent@tbbreality.com!