It was reported last month that The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita was wanting to step away from the show, beginning with limited appearances in the upcoming fourth season before leaving altogether. Judging from Jacqueline’s bitter Twittering from today the separation may have come sooner than expected!
Jacqueline announced last night that she was feeling a bit “nauseous and feverish” and would not be participating in The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion special, which is scheduled to film today. After that tweet, Jacqueline said some more things that suggested she was skipping out on the reunion for more than just health reasons. Here are her tweets from the last 24 hours in chronological order starting from the earliest:
I feel nauseous and feverish. No reunion for me.Sorry guys.XOXO!
Someone( not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad.
2b honest.I’m tired of the BS &shitty low life people.I didn’t know this was what I signed up 4.I have 2rise above&move on.
[retweet] @JacLaurita U r too good 4 #RHONJ. These reality shows bring out the worst in ppl and are not healthy. It’s not worth the $.
I can’t be part of the Charade anymore.It’s unsettling. It’s disturbing & against what I stand for. I’m a REAL housewife
UPDATE – Jacqueline’s bitter Twitter tirade continues! From Thursday:
I love the blame shifting when someone is caught in lies. Unbelievable.
There is no real love there. Things aren’t always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem)
You’ll all see through the bullsh!t if you look closely enough. I think you all are pretty smart
Ok,I’m pulling back.I’m not going there.I was impulsive.It’s behind & beneath me.Too Unimportant.My life is good now.
@lovinnoah21 Come on! You should know me better than that by now. There is OBVIOUSLY a lot more to it.Things were done to me personally too.
I’d like to only focus on positive things now please.I threw the trash out.I’m cleaning now and reorganizing.Starting fresh and new.
So what is Jacqueline talking about when she writes, “Someone( not me) got set up tonight?” Apparently it is about something that went down in the bathroom at Kim D’s Posche fashion show last night. Jacqueline (seen at the event with Lauren Manzo and Caroline Manzo above) was not directly involved with the incident in question, but as you might have guessed, Teresa Giudice apparently was.
Here is a first hand account from As the World Turns actress Martha Byrne via her Twitter account:
Getting hair done for Posche Fashion Show.
I think I see a Housewife……
Kim Gs MOM! This is gonna be a night of some Jersey drama!
Manzo’s in the house
One of the producers from Bravo just asked me if I’m still on atwt
He said he wants a picture lol
Fight in the bathroom
Teresa in bathroom with ……
I just can’t sit with the Housewives for a photo op……feels wrong.
Feels like I’m betraying scripted drama… But I do enjoy them on an entertainment level.
Messy housewives and their husbands
RHoNJ…..atwt was less scripted #justsayin
But everyone needs to make a living.
Hot mess in NJ
Teresa and the gang didn’t disappoint
Martha even uploaded a quick video clip showing some of the ladies together at a table looking formal and drama free:
Joe Gorga chimed in on Twitter as well with this RHoNJ mantra:
I thought the saying was blood is thicker than water. #BULLSH!T
UPDATE – Judging from these retweets by Joe it appears as though the one who got “set up” (as Jacqueline tweeted) was Joe and/or Melissa by Teresa:
CarolRussoRober: @lellanis715 @joegorga Me too theresa changed all bout her & $$$ nothing else shame
Regina33511: @sue34747 @lynnnchicago I think Teresa must have set Melissa and/or Joe up to look bad (ie @JacLaurita tweets and now @joegorga tweets).
So whatever it was that happened was apparently the straw that broke Jacqueline’s back. I’m sure we will know more soon, and if not, we will see it all unfold in Season 4. (Is anyone else imagining Melissa Gorga giving Teresa Giudice a swirly in the ladies’ room? That seems about right.)
Of all the Housewives franchises New Jersey is by far the trashiest (which is its appeal I admit), especially with the addition of the Gorga clan, and Jacqueline has always seemed to be a fish out of water amidst all the feuding and petty trash talking. And it seemed obvious that the show was having a very negative impact on her daughter, Ashley Holmes, which must have weighed heavy in her decision and inspired her condemnation on Twitter.
As we mentioned in our previous post about Jacqueline leaving the show after Season 4, she was actually under contract for six seasons and was going to have to rely in part on Bravo’s goodwill to allow her to leave. Let’s just hope these statements today don’t come back to bite her on the caboose!
****In the first couple seasons I wasn’t that big a fan of Jacqueline’s, mostly because I enjoyed all the Danielle Staub drama. But, since the Staub era, I think Jacqueline may be my favorite – and that’s not saying a whole bunch for where the show has gone. (Although Melissa and Joe Gorga, and Kathy Wakile seem pretty nice.) No matter what happens – good luck to you and your family Jacqueline!
UPDATE: Jacqueline did not attend the reunion, as promised. When asked why by Andy Cohen, Caroline Manzo said that Jackie was suffering emotionally because of the events of the night before and just didn’t “feel like she could come here — *long dramatic pause* — and look at Teresa.”
April 22, 2012 Jacqueline wrote on her Bravo Blog that she couldn’t attend the reunion because she had had a breakdown: “So for those of you who thought I was too scared or intimidated to show up to the reunion, you were absolutely 100% wrong. The truth is, I had a breakdown. Why? That story will eventually be told.”
Top photo: Jacqueline Laurita attends the opening night of the Off-Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding at St. Luke’s Theater in New York City on September 1, 2010. Credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn.com
[I initially identified the woman sitting next to Jacqueline as her daughter Ashley. D’oh! It’s obviously Lauren Manzo and not Ashley. The correction has been made.]