Dina Gets Real
Former 'RHONJ' star sets record straight
The cashmere-lined gloves are off as Dina Manzo bashes her former TV show, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
"It's a shame this TV show used to be about our lives and now some lives are just about a TV show," Manzo blogs on her website. "That's not how it should be."
"I really wanted to walk away from all of the toxic behavior," Manzo writes. "I was not into ganging up on anyone and I was no longer obligated to talk about Danielle so the best thing for me to do was stay away."
In the most intriguing part of the blog, Manzo appears to side with Teresa Giudice in her feud with Manzo's own sister. (Caroline Manzo feels totally maligned by Guidice's new cookbook, "Fabulicious," which jokes that Caroline "is as Italian as the Olive Garden.")
"If this is all about a joke in a book (and [Teresa] assured me it was) that's not enough for me to hate the mother of my God daughter and a friend of 15 years," Dina writes. "Was it necessary to write that stuff in her book? Probably not but I don't think it was written with malice either."
Dina doesn't go into detail about what happened between her and "certain family members." However, Caroline believes it's because she didn't show enough support for Dina's new HGTV party-planning show, "Dina's Party."
Dina adds: "I feel bad that my relationship with my sister and her family is strained, but I can assure you that one day it will be back to the way it was."
Dina wishes the housewives could all "lift each other up instead of trying to tear one another down" and "showcase what women are capable of."
She adds: " Unfortunately, not sure what the ratings on that would be … so I doubt that will happen."
I've never watched a single whole episode of any of the "Housewives" shows. I hate these shows. Anything that I've seen has been in the previews and as I am surfing past the channel. The people in them are all phonies and it makes me sick that they get paid for behaving badly on camera. It's worse that some of them try to parlay notoriety into real fame.
Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef: Just Desserts are the only shows I watch on Bravo now.
You have always been a classy lady with true common sense. I have the greatest respect for you. It's great to see that nothing has changed. I used to think that Caroline was there with you, but I have lost quite a bit of that respect for her this past season. Karen said Theresa was not "Mother Theresa" in a cute joking manner with no malice intended, but she needs to let Caroline in on that same observation...She is not perfect and she is coming off more and more acting like she thinks she is. These people can laugh at the others, but they can't laugh at themselves. This is sad and a great loss for them to find more joy in life!
Keep up your good work and try to get Caroline to come back to earth and her old self where she could laugh at herself and protect her family, not fight with them.
Love your Godchild, but don't abandon your sister for her....try to help her get back to reality!
You can't really be serious? If this is how the women in New Jersey act I will stay on the turn pike and cruise on through this state. I believe there is a song written by another RHWONY that would fit these women in New Jersey, the Countess's song "Money won't buy you class". I have never seen such back biting and, let's face it Teresa, illiteracy in all my life. You all are a poor example of how Italian women act, so please don't try to represent me. Caroline, really? Do you really need this show to self promote? It would seem to me Caroline, Jacqueline, and Dina would all have better things to do with their day and their time than to be such drama queens in a low budget soap opera. I can see Teresa, Melissa and Kathy were cut out for this low class soap being nuevo riche.
So happy Dina got a clue and moved away from the not so lime light drama, Caroline and Jacqueline follow her lead. You will be better as a family to do so. You don't need this type of drama and the pay couldn't really be that great.
No one with a life cares. I don't know who the hell this person is becuase I have family, hobbies, and a life.
If you watch 'Real Housewives of anything you are a "Real Loser."
I don't know if Teresa meant it as a joke or not. Maybe she didn't and when she realized the mistake she made she started using "joke" as an excuse. Yes they gave and took funny and harsh comments about each other but by next season 80% of what was said will be forgotten by the viewers. But what Teresa wrote is permanent you can't erase it with the wind nor was it written in sand. That to me is the cruelest "joke" anyone can do!
Dina blood is thicker than water you should of been Switzerland on this one!
omg...i use to like Teresa and Joe, now i think there both ****s.
Teresa is jealous obviously...! Mellissa is prettier, has a much nicer home, has an honest hard working husband...and sexier then hers, Mellissa doesn't dress her kids like circus performers. Teresa should have spent a little more time time reading when she was in school, rather than fixing her hair and make up!
she speaks like an uneducated new money look at me I'm fabulous want to be !!maybe if Joe stopped smoking weed and drinking all the time things might improve...has anyone else noticed that when Joe is wasted his face turns red and his left eyes goes a little lazy ? the red is the wine, the eye thing is the weed..even his own daughter asked him once in the kitchen why his eyes were red....
I bet Teresa had a Camano or firebird with big hair and nails when she was young...and chewed gum ! she should have been on "jerseylicious" or "jerseyshore"...that's her level of class...!
she was in the same seat as Daniel, when she denied everything she was accused of. so everyone lied and made up stories...except for classless Teresa?
come on now...!!!
I am from Jersey and half Italian....she is a disgrace. I hope people see through her phony personality....and "it was a joke" bullcrap...that was no joke..
caroline always had her hairy back(its got to be)...lol
I can just see Teresa 15 years from now, driving a 2 dr white beat up coupe deville with vogue wheels, huge teased hair, long nails, divorced, bigger fake boobs, wearing what's left of her 15 year old wardrobe...living in her brothers basement alone...cause her dishonest hubby took of with the last of the money..
I guess you can say she makes me sick....and we liked her. She and Daniell would now make perfect bff..
i feel bad for her kids...!
Are you all kidding me? I have seen comments on this site about class and it makes me wonder if I watched the same show? I watched exactly 10 minutes of RHWNJ and was appalled. Uneducated, spoiled, bitter, entitled and classless. This franchise is part of the dumbing down of America. I remember when I could count on BRAVO to have shows that took some intelligence to follow and promoted the arts on TV. Now it is a channel that I wish I could delete from my cable plan.
Oh my, where do you begin !!!! I was apalled at Teresa's behavior.Who does she think she is ? Caroline has more "CLASS" in her little finger then Teresa has in her whole body.
I have been a fan of the New Jersey HW'S since their show began more so then any in the franchise,that said where has Teresa gone ,I mean the one we watched the first year? Maybe it is all the money mess,Joe who knows,but she is one spoiled BRAT and needs to take a long look at herself. She keeps the pot stirred with everyone. She has a pattern going family,freinds my my. She should be so embarrassed and hitting her knees to beg everyone to forgive her.
Dina I understand sister's do not always agree,get along so they pass and re-pass for a time. You need to mend now. I think Kathy and Melissa are wonderful as are their husbands and children. See Teresa not all about you.
To quote William Shakespeare,,,,,,,,LOVE ALL,TRUST A FEW. DO WRONG TO NONE...
This woman is so delusional. The show has always been the same, regardless of the city. Dina knew that going in. She wasn't portrayed in the light she wanted, so she quit. She sparked just as much controversy with her mouth and actions as any other housewife. All Bravo did was roll the cameras. As for Theresa’s comment about Caroline in her cookbook, is Dina so dense that she can’t see past the “joke” and see Theresa for who she really is? How about all the other nasty things Theresa has said about everyone, and her actions toward others. Get a clue Dina Gold-digger!
Kuddos to you, I watched that show I'm afraid to say awhile and toward the end of this last season I stopped because all the show turned into was terrible miscommunication, women tearing down each other joking or not, and no resolution. Your NEW show is fabulous and truly showcases what your career entails. The other show glossed over the details of your career. This show highlights your gift AND YOU ARE FABULOUS.