Caroline Manzo may no longer be a part of The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast, but she told The Daily Dish earlier this month that she still watches the show "in spurts." The Manzo'd with Children matriarch said that part of the reason why she still keeps up with RHONJ is to support her sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, who made her triumphant return to the show after briefly appearing on it last season.
Though it may be difficult for some to understand Jacqueline's complex feelings about her on-again, off-again, and now on-again friend Teresa Giudice, Caroline said she knows where she's coming from. "Jacqueline's not crazy; Jacqueline tells it like it is, you know what I mean? And the problem with Jacqueline is when you're her friend and you turn on her, she's gonna be very hurt, and she's gonna try every which way to make it right. And if you don't want to make it right, then run. Run as far as you can, because you know why? Then she's hurt," Caroline told The Daily Dish regarding Jacqueline's involvement in drama once again this season of RHONJ. "So I get where she's coming from 1,000 percent. And she's got a lot of bottled up emotions as well. And I think this is the season where Jacqueline finally speaks her truth. And sometimes, the truth is not popular. So I don't blame her. I don't blame her. I get it."
At the time of The Daily Dish's interview with Caroline, she said she had not seen Jacqueline's major blow-up where she called Teresa out for "filing a fraudulent bankruptcy" earlier this season, which came shortly after the pair decided to rekindle their friendship. However, Mama Manzo did hear about the incident, and she was not surprised that Jacqueline and Teresa's truce didn't last. "A million percent expected," she said. "So if I could have written it beforehand, I probably would've because I know the personalities. And some things are just not gonna work, and this is one of those things that's just not gonna work because people are who they are, and that's the end of the story."
But when asked if she thought Jacqueline and Teresa would ever be able to be friends again, Caroline took a long pause before saying, "Never say never." "Jacqueline really, truly loved Teresa. She did. And she feels betrayed and she feels hurt and all those things," Caroline explained. "Sometimes, Jacqueline's delivery is wrong — we've said that a million times — but she's got a very, very good heart. And when she feels betrayed and hurt and used, she's gonna come after you. And I think that's what she did. You want somebody on your side to fight with you? You want Jacqueline. But then you don't want her as your enemy."
After the latest episode of RHONJ, it looks like Jacqueline and Teresa are back to being friends, not enemies. But will it last? Watch next week's new episode of RHONJ at a special time on Monday, September 5 at 10/9c to find out.