My father-in-law. I felt a strong need to talk about this as I had been dealing with this in the press for months. Every time I did an interview my side of the story was never told. There is an elephant in the room and I had to address it. I hope the viewers understand and have clarity on things now. Some may say that I have no right to condemn Danielle. Valid point. The only problem is that our stories are worlds apart. My story is not about me, or my husband. My husband and his family have a stellar reputation in the community as being a hard working, honest family, that gives back to the community in many, many ways. Now, Danielle's story is about her. Not a brother, sister, parent, or friend. HER. This reputation far precedes her coming into our lives, and the introduction of the book. To this very moment Danielle reputation is suspect in every way, shape, and form throughout HER town.
I've said in interviews over the past couple of weeks that the reunion show knocked me for a loop. It's true, I wasn't right for days following the taping. As you can see from the clips I get very emotional. I'm not looking forward to watching next weeks show, not so sure that I even will. If you don't hear from me next week, I want you all to know that I appreciate each and every one of you, and I can't thank you enough for watching and your continued support.
u handle everything with such grance even the bad things, i think everyone who has the hornor of knowing u are so lucky.and i think u give everyone such good advace and they actually listen to it witch is hard to do sometimes. well have a great rest of the week. ks.
I just wanted to say how I sat there and cried right along with you as you were faced with your sons learning dissabilities. I can relate to your son. I have been in that situation. Although my health issues are different,(seizures) I am faced with the struggle of learning. I to have to spend alot of time reading something over and over again before I can fully understand what I am reading. I also wanted to tell you that I see you as a woman with great will power. I know that you don't want to hear this, but think of god for a minute and how he would feel about this. You and your family help create this drama that daniele feeds into. She sees the opportunity and goes after it. God doesn't want you to hate or be-little but to love all. And you want to do something, give daniele kindness, she won't know what to think. But most of all, don't stop being the wonderful mother that you are. They are the most important people in your life. Take Care and Godbless!!!!!
Caroline I want you to know that I LOve you and your family also not for nothing but I see all the shows and the show were Danielle says to Kim D that she doesn't know why, your niece was texting her but never told her that Danielle had started the harrasing texts , Danielle tells Kim D that she had never did any thing to the family, I LOVE YOU AND DINA AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY.
How crazy it must be to have all of America lecturing you on how you should and should not act towards Danielle! I can't imagine the pressure of having strangers judge my reactions based upon a television show that is edited and mixed! Wow, keep it together girl! You seem to be doing just fine, it just baffles me at how good your family seems to look while keeping it all together AND having to deal with the public scrutiny you must endure. Love, Love, Love, mwah, mwah, mwah! (=
Carolyn,I liked the way that you were fair in allowing Danielle to speak her mind without interruptions from your family members at the explosive dinner. Now if you could only carry that one step further and realize that your pain and feeling of being offended by the rumor mill over mafia ties is the same kind of pain and feeling offended that Danielle feels.Daniel's x-husband wrote a book, which included Danielle. And everybody knows that x-husbands, especially criminal or sociopathic types as he seems to be, always have an ax to grind when it comes to their x-wives. So they'll attempt to make their own mistakes look good while making their x-wives look bad. It is to his advantage to defame Danielle, especially if she is coming out and accusing him of abusing her. So shouldn't you take what he says with a BIG GRAIN OF SALT???? Danielle seems to be very frank and open about her own faults.She even apologized. But she is trying to set the record straight on what she considers to be LIES, just like you did in regards to MOB or MAFIA ties. You of all people should know how it feels to be discredited with lies in regards to your father-in-law. And that should make you more open-minded than you already are. You are openminded to a certain degree. Just take it one step further and you'll increase the respect that I already have for you.
I can not understand why Danielle is on the show in the first place. She is not family and she certainly does not add anything worthwhile. She is trouble and drama, drama, drama. I wish Jacqueline would see through her and the wedge she tries so hard to insert with family. No wonder Teresa flipped out. Danielle has a way of pushing buttons and she knows exactly what she is doing. Once confronted if it doesn't go the way she hoped, she pulls this wide eyed innocent look trying to make everyone else look bad. i.e. remember her comment about her husband "going down"? Please give us a break.
You add so much to the show and I appreciate your personality and sense of family. I am a housewife to my Italian husband and could not be more proud of what I do. Family first and foremost. My husband and I were very tearful when you described in the reunion how you felt about Danielle. I have watched all of the reunions of the Housewives franchise and you were believable and genuine.
Caroline The show was really good, and your 'my family' mantra used to keep 'strays' away does really work! Despite recognizing that you are definitly a strong woman with a very strong personality, you could perhaps be a bit more open minded and tolerant towards people who enter your life and your family, because it seems to me you wont stop at anything to keep them away! Cant wait for Season 2, and prove my theory! All the best.
Caroline...I love your kitchen especially your black and white check dishes. Can you please tell me where you got them? Thanks :)
Caroline, I'll just post my comments about the show to you, since you are by far the strongest personality, I don't get the show at all. Yes it's the same basic formula as the other Housewives-OC, NYC and ATL, but you Jersey girls I just don't get at all. It seemed to me from episode one there was a vibe that was just too mean to watch, masked in this "strong family" mantra that was spoken every five seconds. Oh well, everything isn't for everybody, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, just isn't my cup of tea.
This show should fade into the sunset! What a terrible, terrible thing this must be for Lee. I think it is incredibly selfish to have agreed to participate in the first place. It was inevitable that the past would be resurrected and how unfair this is to all family members. Loyal to your family - which family is that....the Franklins? (as in $$$) Please take this spectacle off the air!
Hey Caroline, Hope you are enjoying or enjoyed your trip with your family to Italy. Just saw that season 2 was confirmed. So freaking excited!!!! As I have stated before, you I can relate to the most. My family is alot like yours (2 boys, 1 daughter to whom I am extremly close to) I really hope that you don't have to deal with Danielle anymore but if you do I hope you are getting paid enough. Then again there would"nt be enough money for that.My son may be a production assistant on the show this season ( not confirmed yet) but if he is I told him to tell you hello from me. Have a great summer and I will be waitng for word on when we can look foward to another great season. Bye for now!!!
carolyn I think that you are the best.. I really respect you and you loyalty to your family. you are a role model for woman everywhere. more women need to stand up for what they believe in.
Caroline, I admire you so much! The most important things in life aren't "things". Your family is your whole happiness, and the respect that your children and husband show for you proves what a wonderful job you are doing as a "real housewife". I am a 26 year old single mother to a 3 year old (wonderful) little boy. He is my family, my life. I pray that he respects me the way your children do you. Thank you for being such an inspiration!
Caroline: I tried to watch the other real housewives, but I couldnt relate to anyone or sense where they were coming from. You, your sister and Theresa have completely turned my thoughts on this. I respect how you look out for each other and just wanted to say YOU ROCK! Keep up your spirits... come what may. I am an elder sister too. Your family is lucky to have you!
Just watched the episode with the lost footage. I love the relationship that you have with your two boys. I loved the fact that you were at the softball game and you go to all the practices. I have a two boys, 5 and 7, and I show up for everyting. No matter how small. I pray to god that I have the same relationship that you have with your boys when mine are older. You have a great family, keep up the good work.
Caroline you are an amazing mother,wife,sister,and friend! And you can see that everyone who knows you thinks the same thing! My favorite moments in the show is when your with your kids just hanging out and laughing reminds me of my mom and our family. Those were real moments and its awsome that your so close to your kids!! Thank you for sharing that part of your life with us all!!! Best wishes to you and your family!!!
caroline im from staten island and half italian and have grown up on an island called staten italy. I love you and your honesty and your directness. i adore the relationship you have with your family and it reminds me of my own. now to speak as a gay man, I have brothers and cousins who have made gay comments and in the confines of our relationships i have never taken offense. i think theresas husband is a kind wonderful man but i have also been on the receiving end of whispers and veiled comments. It does make it difficult to be ourselves when we are the butt of someones seemless harmless jokes. Im sure your borther as well has learned a skill set to know where people are coming from and not take offense. I did nto take offense. I just long for the day when we can be ourselves and taking offense is not a question. When we do not have to rationlize away any derrogatory comments. I think you could be a champoin and say that maybe where it comes from is love. Include us in the joke as we all do tease each other as family. Tease me out loud and dont isolate me with whispers. Then and only then can we ever truly be family.
One thing I would like to tell you Caroline is that I think that you are a wonderful Lady. You stand by your family and family comes first. And that is how it should be. I wish you and your family many years of happiness and May God Bless you all.
Hi Caroline,I just wanted to let you know that I admire you so much!!You seem so real and true.I love the relationship you have with your kids,YOU and YOUR HUSBAND DID A GREAT JOB WITH THEM!!Hope you guys come back for another season!!!Can't wait....
Caroline, First of all, let me say I have never sent my comments into a show website before! Not that there is anything wrong with it!! (lol) I just wanted to let you know, I really admire your family dynamic. It seems like you have a wonderful family. Kudos to you:) Your children seem so well adjusted and happy. Have you thought about starting a website or maybe writing a book on parenting? As the mother of two young wild boys, I would love to have your tips, etc on how to raise them to be as well adjusted and happy as your kids seem. Trust me, some of us could really use your advice!! Hope to see you all in season 2!
Caroline, I love you and your family. I'm watching the lost footage, and I loved your family anniversary dinner. I have 4 children and we've done that sort of thing since they were little. They are married now, and I cry each time they say that they had the BEST childhood. I see your family as I do mine. They are beautiful, well adjusted and comfortable with both you and Al. I love the four of you and your family values, and support that you offer to each other. It makes me want to be at your dinner table. God bless you girls and your wonderful families. pLEASE COME BACK FOR SEASON 2...CAN'T WAIT
I just have to let you know that I have GREAT admiration for your loyalty and love for your family. I am sitting here watching the reunion and you are just an incredible woman. You stand strong with incredible elegance and grace. I wish you the best in life.
Hi I think you are a wonderful mother and sister. I agree with your reaction at the season final I don't think it was "over the top" or "uncalled for". I also cried with you when you said that you love your family and will protect them. Also I'm Germany and I have a big family who sticks together just like yours. Like you I would do anything to protect my sister.
Caroline, Im glad family means a lot to you, but sometimes mind ya own business...U cant be a mother to everybody, you have to step back let people learn on their own..Like I said to the rest, continue to take care of your family and enjoy life...stay to u and urs, and let whoever talk because you are better than the next and far from not getting talked about...be thankful for what u have and leave others alone...because you dont know everybody situations and cant control the actions of others
I wish that I had just one sister that would stick up for me!!! I used to have it but no more!! It is no wonder that people watch reality tv cause their families let them down and they fo not even care!!!! I love you!!!!!
Caroline, We all love you...Your tough with gooey center....you love your kids, husband,and family....Your all of our fav ....
Caroline, I just want to say that I respect your loyalty to your family. If more people took a Que from you, our country would be a country based on family values, respect, and honesty. You lived your life gracefully during the episodes and reunion. The unity in your family is commendable. Well done.
P.S. Tell the kids that tattoos (NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY) are trashy :-)
You and your family are top on my list and prayers, Daniel not so much. I think you are a wonderful woman and such a lady with a wonderful family.
Most of all you are more real than anyone on any of the housewives shows.
Give Dina a hug because she also is such a wonderful lady.
I understand that you want to protect your famaily but I think that you should not bring judgment on no one. All we can do is forgive them and move forward. The only person who can judge is the Lord. Unfortunately there is alot of people who wishes they had a family like yours and at time maybe jealous. They are searching for love and just wishes that they are able to be an insider. I too am a MANZO and I too know what family means..............
Caroline, You are beautiful, strong and a wonderful example of a wife, mother, sister and of what "family" means! You are the voice of reason. Your opinions and thoughts were ALWAYS dead-on! I love the fact that no mattter what, you stayed a perfect lady yet always made your point! Kudos to you!
You are my favorite on the show. You are awesome I very much enjoyed your segments.
I just want you to know that I think those without sin should cast the first stone, in regards to your father-in-law. We all have stuff in our pasts. And like you said "not your past". Just know you have fans in Sunny Las Vegas.
Don't know if you still blog on this but anyway just wanted to let you know I was impressed my your honesty. I know that gets you into trouble. Hard to be honest and you always have to think before speaking. Something I sometimes do not do. Take care of yourself and never change.
caroline, i loved watching ur family on the show. i have never seen a family that laughed so much together! i wanted to say something about the whole mafia thing. i am from new orleans and i am what people would consider to be "creole" but i am a black woman with a diverse background. the atlanta housewives, i feel, were sterotyped as being ghetto and i think it was because most of them are black. its sad, but i know that the jersey wives are being sterotyped because ur italian. that sucks bc honestly i didn't make any connection with any of u to the sopranos besides the whole new jersey thing. its difficult for me to listen to people say that these women are ghetto or mafia or whatever bc of their race. all of the housewife shows have something in common and that is the drama and strong personalities, and for god sakes all of the women can get loud and excited and passionate when its an arguement. it makes me upset when people are labeled bc of their race.
Mrs. Manzo, You and Dina remind me of my sister and me. We are thick as thieves. You had every right to expose Danielle. Don't they do background checks on people before they put them on tv? I check the internet on everyone before I let them around my children. I love watching your family in action...maybe there should be the Manzo Show!
Hi Caroline I just wanted to let you know that I love the fact that you stuck up for Dina when Danielle tried to attack her. I think you are a strong, classy, and funny individual. The love you have for your family is a beautiful thing keep it up girl.
You are truly a strong woman it's nice to know that there our families that are still close and actually like each other. No matter what other people may say you are still a great wife,mom and sister. All my best.
Hey Caroline! I absolutely love everything you have done on the show. I admire you for the great leaps and bounds you have taken for protecting your family, but I just have one question. What were you talking about when you looked at Danielle and said "You know what you have done and I am never going to forgive you"... or something along those lines...? I am beyond excited for next season!! Keep up the good work. :)
I am gonna keep this short and sweet. I am oringally from Connecticut, I am very familiar with Italian family ways etc.. I think you have a wonderful family and you all conducted yourselves well.
I just want to say if I had to pick a big sisiter in this world it would be you.. your super! I think sharing a Sunday macaroni's and meatballs with you and your family would be a delight. Wishing you and your family many great sauce & pasta filled sunday's!..
Sincerely, Ellen :)
You are by far my favorite on the show! I love your idea of family, and I agree, I think that family should ALWAYS come first.
I know off hand how difficult a person like Danielle can be. My mother and Danielle are EXACTLY alike! I am starting my own family now and I don't want anything to do with her.
I am so happy you stayed true to who you are! Good luck to you and your family!
Caroline, I love the RHofNJ (except for Danielle, of course!)and I think your strength and your integrity are second to none. You have a warm and loving family and it is clear that the love and respect between you is genuine and so very wonderful to see. The way you protect your family (which includes Teresa, Dina and Jacqueline and their families) is very touching and so strong. I love the interaction between all of you and the grace you showed under the pressure of dealing with Danielle had me crying my eyes out. You have class, Caroline. You are strong like the mama bear protecting her cubs but you are not mean, spiteful or vindictive. You are kind and loving and completely respectful regardless of the circumstances. I hope that you and the rest of the housewives will be around for many seasons to come. I felt that your reaction to the whole Danielle situation (not accepting her apology) was completely appropriate and it was clear to see how painful it was for you to sit there and listen to her pretend to be something she clearly isn't - sincere - and human, for that matter. I am so behind you for taking such a brave stand. You are an amazing woman with the maturity and sensibility befitting the matriarch of the family. I love your husband and your kids! What a great story about when your husband asked you to marry him. He sounds like a great man with a truly loving heart.
CAROLINE, AS I POSTED ON DINA BLOG, I LOVE BOTH OF YOU. GOOD FOR YOU FOR STICKING UP FOR YOUR FAMILY. FAMILY IS ALWAYS FIRST. I HAVE 3 YOUNGER BROTHERS AND I ALWAYS HAVE THEIR BACK. NO MATTER IF THEY ARE RIGHT OR WRONG, THEY ARE STILL MY BROTHERS. I LOVE THE WAY YOU ARE SO INTO YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE A GREAT MOTHER AND YOUR CHILDREN I HOPE KNOW HOW LUCKY THEY ARE. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A MOTHER I COULD COUNT ON.KEEP ROCKING BABE!!!!
I think you are absolutley winderfull. If there were only women like you all over this world I think it would be a truly better place. There is no reason to allow people to ruin the "family" and cause drama. I think that your view on your sister-in-laws friendship with Danielle is exactly right , but you are also right in letting her make her own choice. If only More of us could have a woman like you in our families!
Hi Caroline, I am also married into a italian family, and love it. Could you please put your sausage and potato recipe on here. It looked soooo good. You are a true lady.
Hi - I'm sure you won't respond, but you are the mother everyone should have. I wish I had you as a mother growing up. Your kids are so lucky. Just know that your kids are so lucky. I could care less about the show...you are the best mother.
I absolutely love you and your idea of family. Families do protect each other and should stay together. Anyways, I was watching the show today and it was the episode where your son was talking about colors. I have that same theory, that your green might be my blue or something. It was just hilarious because people think I am crazy for thinking that, and then your son thinks that too.
I hope you have a second season!
I think you a great mother who has raised a great family. PLEASE post your new blog! There have been a lot of rumors circulating and you should expose the true story behind Danielle's latest scandal!