First of all, I have to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our book signing in Asbury Park, NJ this weekend. We were overwhelmed by all the Jersey love ... and the boys fell in love with the pinball museum.
Loved seeing the Giudice girls play Monopoly with their Dad; that’s our boys’ favorite game and when we play, we’re ruthless with them and each other. During the game we hear that Teresa and Joe will celebrate their 10th anniversary, which is huge and congrats to them. Given everything that we’ve been hearing about the family's financial turmoil, I wondered where Joe’s conversation with Chris was going to go, and was curious as to how much Teresa knew at that point when she asked for something big. Regardless, it was a beautiful ring. Loved the helicopter ride, and did anyone think we’d suddenly switched away from basic cable when we saw the two of them on the bed? Tee hee...bet they could have fun with some of the goodies I got Bethenny and Ramona! Glad to see the spark is still there because that will carry them through what's going on now.
The Manzo kids provided comic relief as usual; I loved watching Lauren and Chris lock Albie out of the gym and fake the situps, and good for Albie for making good use of his time by seeing another side of law enforcement.
You know what? I also really appreciated Danielle’s scenes this episode – I kept wondering to myself, is it going to get uncomfortable? Is she going to do something that's inappropriate? There’s been a ridiculous amount of drama leading up to now, and of course the rest of the cast never have anything good to say about her. This week it was nice to see another side of Danielle, that she loves her daughters and wants the best for them. Of course there are going to be people who say she was being a stage mom to Jillian, and while it did seem that way with Christine and the modeling earlier, I felt the pep talk with Jillian was just that…a boost. It reminded me of my niece, who balked at practicing her reading at our wedding rehearsal but did just fine at the actual ceremony. Also happy to see that they discussed it being a charitable party and that everything was donated. That’s the thing not all viewers realize; party planners and charities themselves have access to venues, businesses and donors who can make these events come together fairly easily. Of course it was fascinating to see her ex-husband, Tom and it was nice that he and his wife agreed to appear on camera. They seemed very cordial, though I remember clips online or previews where she really slammed him in the past. Danielle's hug of Tom in gratitude for coming almost got a little too long and teary, but she broke it before he did so it didn't come off desperate. I could have done without her explanation of the engagement ring, but it was cute to see the sisters good-naturedly arguing over who'd have the bigger rock later on.
Thanks for keeping it real Alex. I love you, Bethenny and Ramona on RHONY!! In this blog you were not being a mean girl; you're working your words! lol
Be very careful Alex because anybody showing any type of support for Danielle get attack on this website, and you are right people are attacking everything she did that night as a parent and not in a postive way too.
Alex, I had lived in Brooklyn most of my life and never heard anything about Fashion Week there. Please advertise so we could come. You're composure during drama is a lesson for some people. You held up like a true lady. Enjoy watching you and thrilled for Bethany! Ramona does make me laugh and would love to go on her next trip with you guys.
I think Ashley is now regretting her actions. I feel she is a good kid at heart. I am going to take the side that her laughter is one of nervousness and being afraid. I think she is starting to take it seriously and like all of us to different degrees made mistakes when we were young. She will learn like we all did. I found it upsetting that Danielle would wear her engagement ring to an event for her daughter, knowing that her ex and his new wife would be there. She was trying to start up more drama. She is a bottomless pit of drama.
Yes, are are right on about how Ashley's situation could have been better handled by her parents so she actually learned something from it, and about how to conduct herself as the adult.
I think you are the most rational housewife! Those women are all so horrible to Danielle. It almost makes me not watch the show. Teresa has said some of the most disgusting things I have ever heard one say about another person.
You are great!! This is my first comment I have ever left on these blogs, and just want to say I love reading yours. Your seriously are the only one that makes sense sometimes! Love you on RHONY, even in the first season when a lot of people thought you and Simon were from another planet!!! Me and my husband are just like you guys, we love to go shopping together and hate being apart from each other and our son. I'm crossing my fingers for Season 3 of RHONY!!
Oh, do you guys plan on coming to Chicago anytime soon for a book signing???
Though I agree with some of your comments I don't agree totalling about Ashley. She was wrong for pulling Danielle's hair and seemingly has no remorse. She has to face the legalities of what she's done. She also needs an attitude change with her parents. However, if you watch the show carefully, you'll see that Danielle is the one who continually stalks that family. She constantly imposes herself in their lives. They've made it crystal clear that they don't want her in their lives and yet she refuses to accept that. Since she can't get the best of the ladies on the show she is now attacking their children. Here is a 50 year old woman who continually attacks a 19 year old and even threatens that she's going to bring Ashley's family down - no one in their right mind thinks that's normal. Ashley responded to her messages in defense of her family. That was her mistake - but she is 19 years old and clearly doesn't understand the caliber of the person she is dealing with. Ashley will have to answer for what she did and she should. However, Danielle's day is coming and is long overdue.
BRING BACK RHONY! i miss it already. thank you so much alex forr your input. i really miss your show. as for ashley your exactly right. she doesnt have to apologize and im glad u acknowledged that. she does have to own up to what she did though and i agree with that. thanks for blogging and keep it up girl. we miss ya!
i thik its about time you stop bashing ashley she felt like she was protecting her mom, so why must you be so harsh......
Alex, very good sound advice regarding Ashley. I hope her parents see what you wrote and perhaps consider it. Everything may have transpired by now, but great advice! I will have to remember it if my child makes a similar type of error in judgement.
Such a good head on your shoulders!
You are such a publicity whore! good grief woman... we really see enough of you on RHONY... and I could care less what you have to say most of the time and even lesser about RHONJ.. Signed, Tired of seeing you
Hi Alex, just wanted to say hello and thank you for guest-blogging. Also, miss seeing you on RHONY, but am glad you and Simon are on B's show!
You're just a sweet hard-working mom and friend... just a really good person. Hope things are going well for you and your family.
Much continued success to you.
The best blog ever!!!!You are a great person Alex!!! I love your comments about Danielle and the positive things you had to say. You could not be more right about Ashley and her behavior. You are a really good mother!!!!
It had to be said, so thank you for saying it.
Maybe Ashley will listen to you. I don't think she is learning anything from all this and it is not good.
It is hard to feel sorry for someone so aggressive, angry and spiteful.
I don't think she understands that not everyone is going to agree with her and that those people aren't necessarily "haters". She doesn't get it and thinks her opinions are sanctimonious.
With all T's money woes, don't know where the dough came from to pay for that rock. Something doesn't seem right or balanced their.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, ALEX, YOU ARE THE BEST, LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, ALEX YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Your blog is right on point, you are the only one that can tell the truth about the whole show you don't hold back nor do you say anything different from what really happen just to please your family or audiences. I respect your input on the story that has played out you were right on point and very truthful, it is too bad that Teresa Jacqueline and Caroline can not seem to tell the truth about anything all they care is how they look to others and I'm sorry, but I do not respect any of them and especially Jacqueline, such a two face and have the nerve to talk about Danielle's past all the time and bash her with it as if they all got permission from GOD to put Danielle down as many times you can, how evil they are.
Anyway, Thanks again for your honesty. Love you and Love Bethenny all the way.
I love you:) I feel like youre one of the only rational, sane housewives out of all the shows. And the reason I love your blog is because you just tell it like it is. You're not making excuses, skewing stories, or taking a biased approach to it all, like ALLLL the Jersey housewives do!. You tell it like it is! Cant wait til RHWONY is back on!!!
Alex, you are always on target. Ashley needs to make be decisions and deal with the cards she dealt. Can't wait for the new season of RHNY.
You, Simon and the chums MUST come to Atlanta!! You have been my favorite housewife since Season 1. I "got" you and your family from the very first episode, so I would love to meet you all in person!! I am going to post this on your facebook and website to make sure you get it lol.
Alex, Love, love, love reading your blogs, it's nice to get an outside view of everything going on. I agree with you 100% Ashley needs to just deal with this, at first I didn't agree with Danielle pressing charges but now that I see Ashleys attitude I have to say it was the right thing to do because as you said she doesn't have to like Danielle, or even be sorry for what she did but she needs to man up and deal with it. All of this on top of her online incidents involving Danielle just confirms that Ashley has a lot of growing up to do and as much as I love Jacqueline and Ashley I think that Danielle ended up doing what was right for Ashley (in her own twisted way of course) The moral of Ashleys ways is that there is a consequence for every action and no matter how big or small you have to deal and think before you act. I feel for Ashley b/c court sucks a lot of valuable time out of your life but it is what it is and hopefully Ashley learns and grows from this experience.
My comments never seem to post but I want to say how much I love your blogs and miss your housewive's show!!
Danielle has always appeared to be a good mom and just look how her daughters have been ever since the show started. They seem very sweet. Of course all the bandwagon of people are going to try to find anything to pick at (even positive stuff) when it comes to Danielle. How nice of you to make this blog though (considering I am not a fan of yours Alex), no offense, but yeah. I do watch HW's of NY! Anyways, I just wanted to read your blog since it had to do with HW's of NJ, and then after reading it I felt like commenting. Have a nice week.
Love your blogs! Your always spot on! Don't you think Jill, Danielle, the three Kim's and Kelly should go on a hater show and leave Real Housewifes? They suck the positive out of the shows. Have you seen Bethenny since the wedding? Byrn is a little bundle of joy. Hope to see you and Simon on BGM again soon.
Hi Alex, I agree with Bethanny when she said that Kim "G" wanted on the show so bad can't wait till next week when Kim "G" goes off on Danielle. And Ashley she needs tough love and a good kick in the you know where.
Hi Alex, I love to hear your commentary on the show, glad you are doing the guest blog. I saw the engagement ring as something different than some might have viewed it. I believe when a marriage is dissolved, that the rings or jewelry that came with it does not mean the same. Most women dream one day of passing a "really good" piece of jewelry to a daughter, I know I did, but I have two sons. Maybe they will have daughters. I viewed the ring as something that perhaps in better times, Danielle told herself one day her daughter would have it. And what better way to show meaning for her daughter to really value the ring by wearing it to her Sweet 16 party. If her daughter had never seen her wear it for any special occasion, what would it mean to her? What it really possess any sentimental value? I didn't suspect that the new wife would know about the ring, unless her husband pointed it out. And what if someone did? She has the man now. I also found the pep talk to Jillian to be a very touching moment. It was a believable moment, which with the NJ wives is quite hard to come by. Your advice to Ashley is right on. There clearly is something that I can't put my finger on, but maybe anger is fueling this situation. But we as viewers keep asking, why does Jacqueline allow her daughter to be a part of the show? The show has fueled so much negativity for her, it is time to pull the plug on it for her. The situation with Theresa is strange for sure. I can't imagine being that blissful, as to not know the household finances. I do believe there are people who do not hold themselves accountable in this world, and I think this is a case of wanting too much too soon. When I learned they had been married 10 yrs., I thought how some couples struggle for years to attain what they have lived in just 10. I somehow feel that Theresa will survive this. Can't wait for a new NY season, it is the only HW show I truly enjoy.
Danielle is cooky but i havent seen her do anything really malicious. Ive seen her make some cooky phone calls and comments but the others have been downright mean spirited. She proved she needed the bodyguards and that's what really made me think she was trippn... but was she.
Alex...Love Ya, Love Ya, Love Ya...watching you with Simon and your boys is fantastic..I love to read your blogs...you know how to write so that we want to read all of your words...no skipping ahead like I have to do with some of the others.. Can't wait to see you on housewvies again soon...
REPORTING RIGHT ON! ALEX AS USUAL YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON! love to read your reports & news flashes! you are so right concerning Ashley, she has a much deeper problem than just dislike for Danielle. she does need counseling... Jac isn't seeing it all either! I"m glad your book is doing so well, I am getting it from Amazon! I really enjoy seeing you & Simon when you appear on Bethenny, hope to see much more of you! I think you are finally getting recognized for your talent & your hard work! its about time! keep up the good work Alex, you are an amazing woman & you are loved & treasured by your fans, me being one too!
Alex, you said exactly what I was thinking...about everything. I agree that Ashley needs way more than tough love. She needs to "hang in the breeze" on this one. Mommy and Daddy should offer support, but she should handle this. She is 19.
Overall it was nice to have an episode whithout all the cheap drama. It was nice to see the girls enjoying the party.
Ashley does not show the remorse (or any emotion) that you would expect and she definately should have kept her hands to herself but taking this to court is way over the top. I also want to see the footage of Kim G. picking up the hair she claims that was pulled out of D's head.
I do have to say that I think the whole ring thing was another stab @ drama! Did you catch the looks Danielle's daughters were giving her? I think the reason they are so well behaved is a reflection of them seeing how NOT to behave like their mother! They have probably seen more DRAMA then any child should ever have to see in a lifetime! Definately got the good genes from their Dad! Three cheers for Tom and his wife for dealing with an uncomfortable situation!
Alex, you and Bethanny have always been my favorite above all housewives (no matter what state). Today is this first time I have been moved to post. I posted on Teresa's blog, because frankly I dont understand her continued denial of her finacial issues as well as tryin to accumulate more (would like to see her relate to many of us, who have lost some financial gains, and need to cut back). Next, I really don't get the entire Danielle thing.. point blank: Her daughters are awesome, so is doing something right. Why is everyone else so preoccupied with Danielle's life? Is this editing? Anyway, very compelling to me: this episode showed Danielle's girls in a favorable light, Jaqueline's daughter: not so much. I do feel bad for Jaqueline, but, it is time for Ashley to take responsibility for her actions. Putting your hands on anyone is NOT OK.... No question. THanks for your reply. My kids are all >12, but I am going to purchase your book, just to get a fresh perspective on parenting....
Alex, you nailed it. I was waiting for Danielle to do something stupid but we saw another side of her. Would I trust her, no but it was good seeing her with her girls. I also have to say she has some good girls, she should be proud. Ashley is in for a rude awakening, I'll leave it at that.