I have got to assume that a lot of you saw the reunion last night, because we were all over Twitter's trending topics. I was tweeting during the show, and man, I feel like I digested a boatload of opinions and commentary as it aired. I want to address some of your most repeated comments...
I did not take Teresa getting in Danielle's face lightly, and after we spoke (several times) I felt confident that she wouldn't get off the couch. And, more importantly, I felt better equipped to handle it having been initially completely shocked and awed not only by her animalistic reaction to Danielle's mention of her family but also (as you can see and re-see) by her force in pushing me down into my chair.
And, yes - you can call me Raggedy Andy all you want. It's fine, and I am smiling. I was quite unprepared and unresponsive to getting thrown down in the chair. I just didn't expect it (How could I?). Here's a glorious depiction of said shock and awe by Ryan Casey of the blog ButYoureLikeReallyPretty.com.
I got a lot of questions asking about Teresa's nephew, and why she was so set off, and I don't have an answer for you beyond her saying she didn't like Danielle speaking of her family. My goal after we returned from the break was to return to the baby talk and not get further sidetracked by nephew talk. There were so many accusations made through taping; some were discussed and others just mentioned, but it was most important to get to what we HAD to address that was included in the season.
I got a lot of people saying I was either too tough on Teresa (re: Bankruptcy) or too tough on Danielle (re: the season). The truth is I'm asking your questions -- what you want to know -- and I try my absolute damndest to be as fair as possible. I don't want anyone to walk away from the long day feeling like I gave them the shaft. A lot of you asked specifics about why I did or didn't follow up on certain subjects. We pretty much covered EVERYTHING in our many hours shooting, but whittled it down to the high points for our two supersized episodes.
There were some funny comments flying around Twitter last night. Chris Colfer from Glee said, "'The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion makes Avatar look like a high school production of Paint Your Wagon." One woman said she half expected me to say, "And to buy Danielle's porn tape, go to shopbybravo.com." Oy.
I got a bunch of questions about my clothes. Several of you are convinced I wore the same suit to the NYC reunion that I did last night. You know I wouldn't do that, right? The NYC suit was Ralph Lauren Black Label. The Jersey suit was Hugo Boss, and the shirt, shoes, and tie were from Ralph Lauren on 72nd Street (see Travis, he'll help you find whatever you want).
And for a change of pace, two new episodes of two of my all time faves tonight: Jeff and Rachel!!
Andy, As always you did a great job!
Mazel Jewess from Brooklyn
PS: Can't wait to see you on Sept. 9th!!
Andy, I was really excited for the reunion show. While watching I found I was crying. It was very emotional and sad. I can only imagine what it must of been like on the set.
I too love both Jeff and Rachel-people famous for actually doing something! Plus, both shows have the best supporting characters. Those Jersey girls are really nasty-the lot of them!
When Teresa manhandled you, roughly flinging you into that chair and you were genuinely shocked-as was I-it was apparent at the moment that your suit was clearly Hugo Boss and sooo NOT the suit you wore for the NYC Reunion show. Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren Black Label appear strikingly different when a man is being pushed into a chair. . . You held up very well by the way!
you are the absolute best, andy. you're clearly an important television executive and you're a fun guy, too. amazing. i turn on bravo in the morning and it plays all day while i'm working at home. love it.
Andy, you were fair and balanced ... except when you got knocked off your feet! Just remember to bob and "weave" the next time there's a throwdown! Keep up the great work! xoxo
PLEASE, stop calling NEW JERSEY, Jersey. You wouldn't call New York, York! Its okay to throw it in every once in a while, but the name of the state is not JERSEY. It is NEW Jersey. Please and Thank You!
What about RHOCleveland? We're hot and crazy here too! :) We may not have LeBron anymore, but we sure do know how to party in style!
Andy, for some reason I can't stop watching you because you always make me laugh! I'm an Air Force wife and mother with a BA in Psychology and I usually agree with the majority of your opinions. **About Teresa: If you watch the shows closely, she only freaks out like this when she feels threatened. Ex:Last season, right before she flipped the table and screamed "prostitution whore" , Danielle was really touching a nerve with her because she made Teresa see how stupid she sounded when she asked the same question that was just answered (which she seems to do often). It wasn't Danielle's fault that Teresa couldn't keep up with the conversation! She only flipped the table and started screaming because she humiliated herself in front of everyone with her ignorance. Ex: This season, she freaked out just as Danielle was about to say something that would be really embarrassing to her. She quickly took the attention off the topic and jumped up to cause a distraction. It was quite clever, actually. Not sure if anyone else caught that. Teresa didn't want to possibly have to explain herself on TV and perhaps strain her relationship with her family even more...it was all about self protection in the form of a tantrum. Interesting tactic, but apparently it works. **About Danielle: Last season I thought she was a little overbearing in the way she dealt with conflict because she seemed to have a knack for making uncomfortable situations even more uncomfortable (which made me wonder if she was subconsciously full of self loathing, even though she portrays a very confident person). This season, however, her situation with not knowing her birth mother explains a lot and I actually really like her and respect her. She is not apologetic for her personal life, nor should she be. She does have a beautiful heart inside, but it is apparent that she has been beaten down by so many people in her past that she just won't allow it anymore. She is not the most diplomatic when it comes to conflict resolution, but I think that's because of her past emotional wounds and she just doesn't have the patience to "play nice" and be fake any more. I honestly value that in a person, so if you could forward this to her I would appreciate it. There are those of us out here who understand what it's like to be ostracized because others THINK they are better than you, but you have to look inside your heart and know that you are a good person at the core. Most of all, Danielle, you have to accept that you are a beautiful person that is WORTHY of love. Also, learn that some people are just genuinely mean and there is nothing you can do to change them. That is between them and God. Thanks Andy!!! We love you out here!!
Golly Andy! I don't think you get paid enough for the nonsense you put up with from ALL of the Housewives! But you continued to move along after Teresa's Godzilla push (who woulda thought the girl was so strong?!) like nothing happened. I don't think you were too hard on any of the NJ ladies-you asked-you did not demand answers.
Andy..I love you ...you are the best!!! I really miss seeing you on "watch what happens"....I think you are great!!!
You did do a great job, just wish BRAVO would have more shows like the one with Beth Getting Married. That program was like a breath of fresh air, some drama but not earth shatterening, but had humor and most of all it had heart. That is what I feel is missing from most of BRAVO's housewives shows, this country is in a bad place right now, we need more love and family, not fighting and hate. Please put in a good word for many of the women who want a Real Housewives program.
Is Danielle planning on leaving the show? She is pretty much on her own and the show seems to center on Theresa more than anyone else. Where was Jacqueline's son during the Italy trip? The entire trip centered on Theresa and her daughters. Would the show become boring if the ladies didn't have Danielle to pick on? I think so.
Love u Andy! Your such a gentleman! I love you and the drama you bring me every week! My glasses of wine never tasted so good!!!!!!! Bethanie
Andy, glad to see you are back, but sorry you got pushed around by Teresa. I have to say that I really found the first reunion show very sad and disturbing. Danielle definitely has issues. Several of the things they were discussing (if you can call it that) I didn't see on the show so don't know if she is a terrible liar or not. BUT she did maintain her composure in the face of three banshees attacking and screaming at her. If she'd let her "mafia" go, she might appear more normal.
Caroline appears very normal until someone (Danielle in particular) disagrees with her - then she reverts to name calling. She says, "Well that's just me." I'm afraid she's right. At their meeting on the finale, I think that Danielle at least would have discussed things further if Caroline had maintained her cool, but it wasn't to be. Same thing at the reunion. Andy, don't get on Caroline's badside. She may not push you, but she will call you names!!!
Jacqueline was almost as bad as Teresa. She asks Danielle if she knows that her girls cry everyday at school because of her (Danielle) - THEN she repeatedly brings up Danielle's history that occured 24 years ago and calls her names like crack whore, prostitute, etc. I'm sure that's really helpful to Danielle's children. Way to go Jackie!!!! Let's give all the other kids at their school some names to use in the halls!!!
And where to start with Teresa. She is truly the crazy one. She is in big time denial (at least on TV) regarding her financial situation. It may be technically true that her home isn't in foreclosure YET, but I believe it's up for possible foreclosure in October. Her husband looked really sad in the last half of the season. She must be blind. And, the way she behaves and the language she uses is beyond anything I've seen. That behavior is unacceptable. I don't care what lie Danielle may be telling. She is truly the crazy one - but she's been invited back and not Danielle? Don't get that. And one other thing - since the reunion she has repeatedly said she would never physically attach Danielle - well throwing anything at her (even two pillows) is a physical assault. She's lucky they didn't connect or she would be in court with Ashley - yes I think Danielle likes to fight with litigation (and yes, I think Ashley deserved the charge - she came up BEHIND Danielle to pull her hair - and they call Danielle a coward).
Don't even get me started on Kim G. I hate that lady and hope you absolutely don't film her in ANYTHING next year. Why don't the three banshees see that Kim G manipulated so many of the events?? Or do they and they aren't supposed to say? I don't know how they can help but know....
Bottom line - I think they are all crazy and classless. I agree with the country club and think they should all be banned from TV period.
Good luck on part two of the reunion. I don't want to watch, but guess I'm like a spectator at a train wreck - can't help myself.
I too agree...I see Caroline as such a genuine person...so strong and devoted to her family as a mother should be. I have never found myself disagreeing with her, one thing that I truly agree with is that Danielle is garbage capital "G". This is to Theresa, Dina, Jacqueline, and Caroline: Possa Dia grazia e tutta la tua famiglia con la buona salute, felicita e successo...(May God grace you and your family with good health, much happiness and success). Don't worry the public sees Danielle for who she is...she is an easy read!!!
This is for Albie (I know you are not a housewife), I'm 45, a retired detective, I was able to retire a couple years early do to my military service time. Since I was in elementary school, I had reading comprehension problems, back then they didn't diagnose A.D.D. I went to special classes, up until my junior year in H.S. My guidance counselor in H.S. told me I was not college material and that I should take business courses. My mom, very much like yours, believed in me and told me I could do what I wanted. I went to WestChester Univ. graduated, honors. B.S. in Criminal Justice, became an Officer in the U.S. Army, graduated from the police academy as a Det. I'm lovin life Albie!! Don't give in...if you can see it...it's yours. Good luck in all your endeavors.
Andy, the expression on your face when Teresa tossed you into the chair was priceless! She need to learn to behave herself around people. You really had your hands full and you handled yourself like the gentleman you are. Love ya!
The RHONJ reunion was ridiculous. Teresa needs to be reined in and needs to have some type consequences for pushing you. There was no "accident" when she pushed you. Laying hands on someone is still "laying hands"; even the sainted matriarch Caroline agreed to that with regard to Ashley. Teresa has instigated a few things; including the country club scene. On that note, Caroline knew well in advance that Danielle was going to be there for the child's event and she and Albert, as business owners, could have prevented Danielle and her entourage from creating the havoc they did. Sounds a bit selfish on the Manzos' part for allowing this to unfold before the cameras, in front of the child's parents, instead of handling this discreetly in the parking lot with security. Danielle is by no means a saint either. Bottom line, the viciousness, backstabbing, blindsiding, potential for violence, etc., etc. , has gone waaay beyond the bounds of entertainment and I'm done with Bravo
The whole last season was a train wreck. There wasn't much content. Just fighting. Pitting a large family against one woman is not interesting. Reunion part one was sick. Yes I watch the show just to see if it will go anyware. I did enjoy the trip they made to Italy. I wish Teresa hadn't called that person who was doing touch-ups on the reuniion 2 discusting. I don't care for her because of that.
My dear Andy, those Italian stalians NJ women are nothing to mess with, as you have come to know. My, my, my and whatever happened to the Jane Austen woman? The classy soft spoken women of the 19th century who loved being soft, femenine, womanly, and poised. Whatever. Take care Andy.
i could not eve continue to watch the reunion, i had to shut it off, they just all attacked Danielle, that teresa is a real foul mouthed animal, they are all sick, I really felt so sorry for danielle, without her next season, who the heck wants to watch them? they are all sickening. caroline makes sick.
You are Great Andy but on this show whenever they were saying stuff you did not do as many playbacks to prove like you did last year...
Andy, You are sooooo funny, you really make me laugh. Make sure you continue to be partial with the housewives..teresa is out of control, danielle has issue's but she doesnt deserve those women jumping on her.. Her past is her past. I enjoy how you ask the questions. Keep being yourself..you have no idea how you make me laugh..
Hey Andy - normally I love you but I think you were WAY too easy on the Manzo/Laurita/Guidice clan. Very disappointed :(
Andy, my hat is off to you for being an incredible referee. You really do a good job at keeping those women grounded in their wild accusations.
Andy, I think you are great and I do enjoy your show. I must say though, I was rather disappointed you never stepped in when Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline were yelling at Danelle at all at the same time. I am not a Danelle fan (she has some serious pathological issues that need to be addressed) but it seemed abusive to sit there and let the other three (four when Kim G joined in) and gang up on Danelle. Caroline is a bully, Teresa need anger management classes and Kim G is shameless. Jacqueline seems to be the only one who is reasonably grounded and has a good heart.
I found it difficult watching this season. This is one lion's den I am no longer interested in watching. It is simply too sick!
Ummm. Caroline wasn't at the Country Club and had nothing to do with it, so why should she be banned?
OH ANDY!!! My sweet love. I wanted to slap her after she pushed you. I never heard her say sorry. What the hell!!! I love you but theese women are nuts. Theresa is fooling herself. Like Countess says....MONEY CAN"T BUY YOU CLASS.
Andy, you are getting soft on the reunions! Dig in and be firm like you use to be in the beginning. You're leaving us...uuumm...well...HANGING!
ANDY, WHY DID YOU LET CAROLINE CONTROL THE SHOW!! FOR A MOMENT I FORGOT WHO WAS THE HOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WON'T WATCH BRAVO AGAIN.
The New Jersey's finale wasn't your best... You lost control. To much Danielle bashing and not enough time spent on the others. Boring!
You think Jacqueline is the only "reasonably grounded" one? Watch her more closely. The totally mean-spirited things that come out of her mouth are often out of left field and not germaine to the discussion at hand. Her actions go back quite a way. Just what, for example, was she doing in the parking lot walking and following Danielle to her car and then just standing there looking at her. (Time to go home Jacqueline.) Just watch and listen more closely and you will see what I mean.
Andy, Bravo mistakes the crude actions of some of the housewives as entertainment.I watch it the same way I would, an accident in the strreet. I guess I have to take responsibility for not turning away. Lack of integrity is what puts RHONJ on the air,and keeps it going.
Andy, I am really disappointed in you. How can let these women of Houswives of NJ Reunion behave like that in your show. I mean, Danielle seems obviously troubled, still nobody deserves to be called names all the time. Worst, you were tolerating this. I really think that is so uncool of you. You wonder why she did not admonish her friends when they were offending homosexuals, but you let these other women offend Danielle for 2 hours straight? I really did not like your passive part in that.
Gosh Andy, Teresa was out of control! I would think mace or pepper spray for those IN YOUR FACE moments. 2d half, more control, but bad, disappointing and rude behavior esp. on Caroline's part. She would not shut up all thru Danielle's responses. How about a word to them about rules of order, civil behavior? Not good to watch. I did however enjoy very much Jacqueline's sincere talk to Danielle, and Danielle's genuine feelings expressed, and even Theresa's surprising concessions. That was uplifting. Then Caroline had to crap all over them, couldn't let them enjoy the moment. What a rude miserable pill she is. BTW you should get combat pay. And carry pepper spray.
I agree with this blog Andy I love you but you lost all control and Caroline is a total bully it was painful to watch them all attack Danielle at once
Andy: No one ever accused BravoTv of being Family Tv ... More like Alternative Life Partner TV ... BUT..
Some of the stuff
Way over the line.. not just for tv but for humanity...
All that verbal abuse on Danielle was too much to watch and you didn't do anything to control those "ladies"
Anyone who gets an emmy for a show like yours deserves to be on Jersey Shore. What is this world coming to. You were totally unfair on the NJ reunions to Danielle and I would have defended myself in a different manner against Teresa. A serious harsh comment would have made me respect you. You act as if it was all staged or are you just a push over for more ratings. I can't watch you anymore. I do wish your show would be dropped but there are too many foolish people out there. Not a fan.
Soooo over the top! It was indeed difficult to watch.... I NEVER thought I would side with Danielle, but "they" no longer want to cut Danielle out of their lives figuratively, they literally want to do it. Theresa needs to stop citing family values and face her reality....she was embarrassed by Danielle's accusations because they were too close for comfort.....take some deep breaths y'all and put everything into it's proper perspective and move on!
Hi Andy, Wow, I hope you get it now. Next season Theresa or Caroline will be in your chair and you will be on the couch if you don't set some boundaries. This is the real reason all of us viewers found the reunions hard to watch. We were embarrassed for you. Could you imagine Jay Leno or Dave Letterman putting up with a guest screaming in their face or pushing them. We know NJ housewives will behave as badly as you let them......and you did let them. You're great Andy but please develop some back-bone. It's never too late. Disappointed in Ca.