Caroline Manzo

Caroline Manzo explains why she didn't hug Danielle at the end of the reunion.

on Sep 8, 20100

Hello again! 16 episodes have come and gone, and you’re still with us! For that I’m sending each and every one of you a huge hug! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m really not interested in going over the whos, whats, whys, and wheres of the reunion. I think it’s all been said before.

I want to address my behavior and how I felt throughout the filming process, and then I’m going to pack up my Season 2 feelings and memories and put them on a shelf where they belong. 

Week after week I watched someone accuse me of bullying, physical threats, stalking, defamation, and God knows what else.  Week after week I watched that very same person do the EXACT thing she was accusing ME of to ME, MY HUSBAND, AND CHILDREN.

The reunion was my time to clear the air. It was my time to call her out on everything she’d said and done. I was at times rude, immature, and overbearing. When the “apology” came along I  knew it was  fake and empty. If I thought for a moment, a millisecond, that there was any sincerity in it I would have accepted it. To accept her apology would have made me a hypocrite.  I meant what I said when I told Jacqueline and Teresa that I hope they can step away from all the drama. That’s all I ever wanted.  For those of you who believe I was angry at J. and T. for hugging her, you have it all wrong. I get why they hugged her -- they wanted to end it. Good for them. I handle things differently. I wanted it to end too, but not on a lie. I’ve said it time and again; at the end of the day all you have is your name and reputation. I’ve been able to keep a pretty good handle on it for 49 years. I’m not about to give it up for “15 minutes” of fame. Whatever I do or say will always be on my terms and no one else’s. So if you think I’m a bitch, so be it. If you think I’m the best thing since sliced bread, thank you. At least I can honestly say I am what I am.

Hope to see you next year....

Xoxo

C.

1699 comments
taster.kunene
taster.kunene

The wall you are building is going to give you a heart attach one day...sooooo angry..jeeeeez lady stop taking out on Danniel... and please let every body be them selves stop talikng and wanting to control them....its exsosting  pleeeeeease..let go of what ever the anger...Geeeez..Why so deffensive???? what are you hiding??/

Maryclare
Maryclare

I'm confused as to how Theresa could have been telling Deena things about you meanwhile Melissa said Deena and Theresa haven't spoken in 6 months. Please explain.

CATHY Philadelphia
CATHY Philadelphia

Caroline, at first I thought you were just too stiff. However, you are a woman with integrity. I hope you stand your ground with Teresa. Somethings are just not acceptable. She should have never mentioned you sons in the cook book. Total Violation... they did nothing to her. You are the best.. A true supporter and a loving person to your family and friends. You did not deserve those comments in the cook book and some one needs to be bold enough to tell Teresa how wrong she was. This I nominate you.l However, she is talking to you like an enemy.. I just can not believe her attitude towards the one she so call loved last season. Hang in there and continue to be an example for us mothers...Reminding us that our children are gifts from God..

Raymond
Raymond

Caroline, I fell you are probably the best Mom anyone can wish for. And the size of your family demonstrates this. But Danielle does not have what you have. If you did not have this huge family, could you really stand on your own? You protect yourself with your family. Without it, you might not be so cool. Ask yourself.

Sandra82
Sandra82

Caroline i just want to tell you that i love you, your such an amazing person,wife and a mom:) your my rolemodel!! Just ignore danielle she is a liar. Take good care of yourself and your wonderful family:) Say hi to J&T from sweden.

Xoxo Nana from Sweden

Aussie girl
Aussie girl

Caroline, I've just watched the 2nd episode if the reunion show here in Australia. Whilst I think you are a great mother and loyal friend, I was completely appalled by some of the behaviour you exhibited. To organize to meet Danielle in a restaurant to discuss something that was really none of your business and then bellow in her face that she was "garbage" was seriously disturbing. I'm no fan of Danielle's, but she has clearly had a troubled life. I thought she behaved with class to walk away from your abuse. You were out of line-Ashley assaulted Danielle, skited about it on Facebook and showed no remorse whatsoever. I would have proceeded with the court case too! It appears that when you are not successful in getting your way, you resorted to really degrading abuse. Not classy.

Additionally, the unrelenting bullying throughout the reunion episodes made me feel ill. Love or hate Danielle, she has strength of character to stay-I would have walked out after Theresa's inappropriate and disgraceful shrieking in her face. The abuse and accusations leveled at her were at times vindictive and inappropriate. Even if I really didn't like someone, I would feel deeply uncomfortable being part of a en masse attack on someone- it is just not right. I lost respect for you watching the way you interacted with Danielle. I think there are much better ways to deal with it. Hopefully with Danielle moving on, we can watch more pleasant things than ugly slanging matches.

Good luck to Albie with whatever he chooses to do in life, he's a fabulous, courageous young man. I'm a speech language pathologist and work with children with language processing disorders and learning difficulties- my heart goes out to him in battling the ignorant prejudices of the uninformed and unhelpful. I hope he achieves his dreams.

Just Sayin
Just Sayin

This is the first time I've ever looked at any of these blogs but, WOW, some people really need to get lives ... you can't please everyone and I find it fantastic that you don't even try and always stay true to your feelings - haters are always going to hate, generally they are just jealous. I actually had to procure the line "if you think I’m a bitch, so be it. If you think I’m the best thing since sliced bread, thank you. At least I can honestly say I am what I am." for my facebook status ......LOVE , LOVE , LOVE you

Joanna G
Joanna G

Caroline,

You are such a smart, strong, and beautiful woman. No one is ever perfect, the best we can all do is adhere to and when necessary add to our augment our core values. Beliefs may change over time but they really only serve to bring out those core values.

I enjoy the fact that you consistently stand up for those values that go much deeper than what we see in each episode.

I like how you trust your "nose" and then roll forward, giving everyone else the opportunity to do the same. When family is involved it's tricky to do so with a closed mouth, because well ya love them and you know what you "smell".

Thanks for being a great role model in being true to those values and working hard to make them apart of your life while reaping the benefits AND sharing with others.

mamaincali
mamaincali

I love Caroline! She is like me a mom first, wife second, a friend and never walks away from who she is and her values. I love that about her. She is true to herself. Character is what people look at. As mom's and women we must act in a way that sets examples for our children and let people know you will not go down to a level that is not true to ourselves. You Rock Caroline. Women like us are out there. You have a true fan in Northern California. I love the show and am so looking forward to seeing what will happen this season. I am glad to see Danielle is gone. Whoo hoo!

brennan
brennan

Hi Caroline, I just finished watching the reunion and was just laughing at you. I do agree that Danielle needs some help and it would not be a good thing or healthy for any of you to be friends. I love your husband, he seems like a great guy. The boat trip with you babysitting was to funny, I can simpathize with you and your husband wanting time to just be old together and enjoy. It's ok when your young but when you get old it is hard to handle them. I thought it was nice for you to attempt to make things right for Ashley, cause these things will fallow her forever in life, when she applies for a job, it could limit her chances. I think she just let her get the best of her, but she is young and will understand that as she gets older. We all loved visiting the country side of Italy with you guys. Best to you, Teresa and Jaqueline and I hope that for you all it settles down.

 Heidi
Heidi

You are my kind of a woman, lady, wife, you name it and I am in lol! I cant wait to see you next week on the new show right and with 2 new housewives oh wow hopefully and god willing they dont cause alot of drama like danielle right! Much success to you and your family! God Bless!

Sherry
Sherry

Is it too late to ask a question from last year? Caroline, you talked a very little bit about a product you used on your face, for skin, hair, whatever. Can you share the name of that product and what you thought about it ? I would appreciate it. I hope I see a lot more of you this new season....the only "reality" figure in the group.....thanks.

JSchlo08
JSchlo08

Caroline! I love this show. The friendships that you have with Dina, Jacquline, and Thresea, remind me so much the friendships I have with my friends. I began watching this show one night while I was waiting waiting to hear from my boyfriend who was deployed to Afghanistan at that time. I fell in love with the show. It's been two years since his deployment, and my friends and me are hooked! I just wanted to let you know how much I admire not only the strength you have for yourself, but the strength you have for your whole family. I learned so much about myself from you. You are an awesome wife ,mother, and role model. Thank you so much for sharing your life and family with us! It has really made a difference in mine! Can't wait for the next season!

Kayla M
Kayla M

Hi Caroline! your AMAZING! ON FRIDAY ME AND MY FRIEND MET YOU AT THE GARDEN STATE MALL! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING A PICTURE WITH US! WE WILL KEEP IT FOREVER! YOU WERE SO NICE AND SUCH AN AMAZING PERSON! WE ALSO GOT A PICTURE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER LAUREN! SHE IS ALSO SUCH AN AMAZING PERSON AND I HOPE ONE DAY SHE CAN DO MY MAKE UP AND HAIR!! THAT WOULD BE AWSOME! WE CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 3! MAY 16TH! WE LOVE YOU BOTH! XOXOX YOUR BIGGEST FANS KAYLA AND DAVIDA!

ViewerJane grenfell
ViewerJane grenfell

I absolutely agree with everything that was said in this comment, in Australia we haven't seen the second season yet so I have only watched the first, but it seemed to me that Caroline always got off on being 'tough', as though it made her more believable some how. All the housewives are drama queens and over the top and i certainly don't know any like them down here, but she is so abrasive with this "my family is thick as thieves" stuff, and "bring it on" !! There are many issues that Danielle obviously has- her fake crying is a bit of a turn-off, but as you say, she seems to have done her worst many years ago and I can't see her trying to harm anyone now, Caroline needs a fight to make her happy maybe??

a.r.
a.r.

I agree,Caroline you are too old you should be setting the example of how to be a lady not some bully grow up and act your age.

Viewer ABCD
Viewer ABCD

Boy, so sorry that your family had to get messed up in all the Danielle drama. She totally makes up things! When I saw the charity event episode, she said Chris was sadistic when he said "you're in for a surprise..." lol he was not and she wasn't even there to hear it. He was referring to the ladies being over dressed not that the unknown, un RSVP 'Ed guests did not have a table. Its rather unfortunate that Mrs. G got roped into this false idea that there was some evil plan. I think Chris was pretty clear on his comment to her but she probably got so wrapped up in the Danielle hype that she couldn't see clearly. I'd like to think she would think more of her son's best friend but we all make mistakes and hopefully she can see that now. She turned the event to something about her and took away from the family in need. I pray for you and your family and for her because she clearly needs some kind if help and guidance.

Dragonflyharmony
Dragonflyharmony

Caroline - I love how strong, genuine and confident you are, and that you make no apologies for being so. You are an inspiration to all women! You're a smart cookie, and I love how deeply you care for, and stand up for those you love. Not that you need anyone to tell you this, but NEVER change who you are :)

Jennie Crowder
Jennie Crowder

Caroline - what a lady! I love your down to earch attitude and your children are all functioning great young adults. They have been raised right. As far as you being a bitch - actually that is a compliment. When I retired in 2008, my employees gave me a beautiful gold band ring with a star in the cent and engraving saying I was their "5 Star Bitch" instead of 5 star general. I loved it and you should carry yours high - again you are a lady.

lisa&jessie
lisa&jessie

hello caroline, we were able to watch every show. you truly showed who you are. Real! it is awesome when someone has the guts and passion to be themselves no matter what goes on around them. you truly have taken what was giving to you as a child and giving it all back to your own family, they are blessed to have you apart of them. i feel proud to know that there are honest,loving and guiding mothers and wives that are their familes wall of protection.you are one of a kind,caroline.

sandyl
sandyl

You are an inspiration to many women....i love the way you handle yourself and stick up for you family and close friends. I wish that one day i could meet you, as i think you are a fair person and would not judge me in any way.

Hugs to you and yours Sandy

RHEANICOLE26
RHEANICOLE26

Hi Ms.Caroline. I only get reruns of your show and I love it. I do think you are the best thing since sliced bread (aside from my own mama). The way you love your kids and support your husband is truly something to be seen. You have three of the most wonderful kids and a rockin' husband. You are style, grace, and class all rolled into one hot red headed Italian mama. All the best to you and yours and tell Albie I said keep your chin up honey, you've got what it takes to take this world by storm (my son has some of the same problems he does). Go get 'em Albie.

love Rhea

veronicalynn
veronicalynn

My husband & I have just recently started watching "The Housewives" and are addicted, lol. You truly are a remarkably strong respectful matriarch of your family & I applaud how you've handled the "Danielle" situation.I too have a "Danielle" in my life & my husband comments how he thinks I'm alot like you. Stay strong...I believe you are right on with every advice you have given from women trouble to your son,Christopher & law school.I love the way you support your children and their fight for a good education/careers.I hope I can be the mom to my 4 kids that you are to yours...you are my inspiration! God bless you

DHalaby
DHalaby

You know I watched this show and I can't believe how much unnecessary anger there is...And you Caroline being an older women should know better..I understand you have to protect your family but I think the way you go about it is not right...What Danielle did years ago is none of yours or anyone else's business...She didn't do anything to any of you and it didn't involve any one in your family...She did what she did and none of you were there to know the whole truth so why be judgemental?I don't think your a terrible person but the way you act makes you seem to be an ugly person...Not saying the things that Danielle did was right because it wasn't but to be a bigger person and walk away would have made you a better person..You can't run everyone's life and tell them who they can be friends with or not be...It takes more energy for a person to be angry then it is to be polite and nice..And to tell Ashley what she did was ok because she was protecting her mom wasn't right either..I think Ashley should face what ever happens to her because she did it out of anger not to protect her mom..I watched that episode and not one time did it show any harm being done to Jacklyn...What you should have said to her is she has to face whatever happens and that's it..It only shows her it was ok to not to act like a young lady...

Peggy King
Peggy King

Caroline - I admire you so much - you stay calm even when it is obvious you are upset! You have strength and integrity and your family is so very lucky to have you! I absolutely love the way you handle yourself in any situation. I wish there could be more people like you in the world!! Your family is blessed! Wishing you the very best - and more time with your hubby!! : )

nicole040608
nicole040608

Thank you for being yourself!!! you stand up for your family and not many people actually do that like they say they do.. so thanks for being you.. your amazing and i love everything about you. you have a wondeful family and friends and i will continue watching even though i never imagined myself watching this show..your an amazing mother just like Dina, Jacqueline and Teresa .

rcaacggc
rcaacggc

Caroline,

I've been watching the reruns of season 2 and I have to say I really admire the way you handled the situations you've been in. I feel like I can relate to you because you're a REAL housewife: a mom who puts her family first, doesn't ask for much attention or limelight, and does her best to care for her home, husband and kids. This is my life right now. This has earned you respect and love within your family. Of course you are not perfect, none of us are, but there are other "housewives" on the show that I rarely see cook, clean or care for children (okay, maybe just one housewife!) but is always demanding attention and has to be cared for by her own children. I admire your diligence in being yourself and being proud of your legacy as a mother. Press on!:)

jennifer locklear
jennifer locklear

caroline,i just love u to pieces not only are u a good person but u are an excellent mother,you are someone who truley loves her family and will stick beside them no matter what.ive been watching the show the more i watch the more i cant stand that danielle or who ever she is,first off her kids know way too much and if she was any kind of mother like she claims how she loves and wants to protect her children well they shouldnt know what they know.its funny i was watching the episode where her and her guy friend was going to market something i dont know but she was telling him that she couldnt even let her kids walk around by themselves cause shes terrified of yall thats too funny cause ive never heard anyone say anything bad about her children only good things shes the one on attack mode anyway i just wanted to tell u that i think u are a great person and a wonderful mother.

I admire you!
I admire you!

I admire your ability to maintain your integrity, class and composure when dealing with the "not so nice" situations in life. You have tremendous patience and diplomacy which is why so many respect you and your family. You and your husband have done a wonderful job raising your children, it is obvious that you have passed the same wonderful traits to them.

Caroline, remember always, that you have many Angels surrounding your family and nothing but light resonates from You, You are Awesome!! Take Care :)

cdcv
cdcv

I have never been into any reality show but I am really into this one. Caroline you are one lady. From the shows perspective you are very real. Danielle is all that you say. At this point I think you are the only one who has really kept her head on straight. Yes, you did get upset, but when you are trying to reason with a looney....... Would love to meet you. By the way are you the firstborn? I am ready for the new season.

Samonde
Samonde

This is the first housewives show I watched and I surprised myself by becoming hooked. But I enjoy the show and have much respect for Caroline; she is my favorite. I love watching her action which are always from a place wisdom and thought. Kudos to her. The other ladies are wonderful too in their own way. I can't stand a particular one who is ugly inside and out and agree with everything Caroline has said about her. Anyway thanks to all the "pretty ladies" for the drama and entertainment.

Previous Viewer
Previous Viewer

I think your all crazy and would say that you all should watch yourself on TV and see what nonsense really is. You all seem to be drama seekers.

April Coleman
April Coleman

Caroline: Matriarch? Yes and I love it. Danielle is crazy and it is obvious she will never change. I really hope ALL of your family (ALL the housewives and their families) can move on and forget that she is even alive. Thank you for taking care of your family; you did the right thing, the right way.

 Tyrone Ambrose
Tyrone Ambrose

Hello, Ms. Caroline, How are you doing today i would like to ask you a question and that is about your son's learning problem, There is a way for him to beat this by seeing a specialist who specialize with this. You can called Dr. Phil who will get you the best of the best who treat this problem and let face it he will never tell you anything different. Tyrone Ambrose

Ms. Blake
Ms. Blake

Hi Carolyn

I just want to say, kudos, to you. You are such the bigger person, with a charismatic attitude and a touch class, seasoned with wisdom. Continue to be you, stand strong and may God continue to Bless you and your family. The reason why I'm commenting is regarding Albiet (I apologize if I misspelled his name). I was immediately drawn to your sons. They both are well-mannered and very respectful. I praise your parenting skills, despite having a learning disability, he was able to excel. My son, although much younger, has a learning disability as well and I am concerned about how his future may turn out. UNTIL, I saw Albeit's situation unfold. He's been successful thus far and he is an inspiration to me. I'm not just saying that because of "t.v." I know he will prevail and win his fight. As my southern grandmother would say, "claim it and leave the rest in the lord's hand." Beautiful sons (bubbly personality), beautiful daughter (good self-esteem), beautiful husband (peaceful), and beautiful family (close). May God Bless You All!!

Sue Taylor
Sue Taylor

Hi Caroline, I wanted to tell you i think your family is wonderful. I would have loved to have a family like yours when i was younger, you son really moved me with all he is dealing with in school. I also like your husbands way of thinking when it comes to the whole college thing with your son.God bless your family, you are a great role model for all.

jaykonas
jaykonas

i think you and your hubbie should have a couple more bundles of happiness.then the house will be full of happiness and joy. you look great. not a day over 35 years old to me.

Shellygirlwatches
Shellygirlwatches

Caroline, I really admire you.THis is the only Real Housewives I watch. I am little embarassed to admit to watching but I do admire you as a mother and it bothers me that so many have hateful things to say to you. I admire the way you carry yourself and how you stand up for truth and integrity and will not allow the other nonsense that is going on to drag you down.

teriza
teriza

my comment might probably not be posted but if you happen to read this,i just wanna let u know dat u are not God so stop judging danielle.....everyone deserves a second chance! God gave u a lovely family but danielle doesnt have one so the least you can do for her is show her love rather than tear her apart!

Terri Sekerak
Terri Sekerak

Caroline, I am not one that post comments, but I just watched the episode with you and your son. I was crying with you guys! I have cried those tears so many times with my own son. He is only in 7th grade right now, but long story short he was put on an IEP for a non specific learning disability. He also, like your son, has trouble processing information. He also has a hard time memorizing things such as spelling words and math facts. He is a VERY hard worker and because of that he does well and gets awesome grades. He has to work very hard for what he has acheived. As part of his IEP, which can follow him to college, states that all test directions and questions have to be read to him. This helps him process. He has other things such as a calculator for math tests and so on. I just wanted to tell you that I felt what you felt that moment you talked with him. It isn't fair and I as a mom have cried a lot seeing how much he stuggles, but I can stay he is AWESOME and has a work ethic that sweets most adults under the table at the age of 13! OK, I am rambling, but tell your son to keeping pushing through. In the end he will be taking his bar exam and passing it! Best wishes to you and your family!

rokesa tarver
rokesa tarver

Caroline, Stop apolpogizing for being you. You and your family are not the same as Danielle is. You all come from different backgrounds. You all have family, she does not which is why she is broken. You all are whole because you have each other and she has no one mbut her children. You are a good person so stop appologizing for protecting the family that you are blessed with. I will pray for Danielle that she can have a family as close knit as the Manzo's. Please stay away from the drama but I want to tell you to please pray for her peace of mind while you all are tearing her to shreads on camera. Just stop it and pray for her, stay away from her, but pray for her and her family. God will honor those prayers and lift her up out of her darkness. Thank you. have a blessed night.

Janet Hadden
Janet Hadden

I just watched the episode about your son and what happened to him at college. I am a teacher and have worked with many children with Learning Disabilities. I just wanted to tell you and your son that first of all what they said to him was cruel and completely innapropriate, which I am sure you already know. But most of all, you should not let it go. You may even have a lawsuit here. According to the ADA Law, special accommodations are required of schools for students with disabilities. I am not sure if you made the school aware of his disability or not, but if so he should be allowed certain rights. More importantly I want you to know, that students who have learning disabilities are some of the hardest working, intelligent, and special people in this world. They can be anything they set their minds to. There are teachers and professors out there that are caring, supportive, and helpful for these students. Don't give up on your dreams. Don't EVER give up! Take that hurt and anger you feel and turn it in to determination. Prove that awful college wrong, and rise above them. And, like your mother told you, "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something, EVER!" I wish you all the success and luck in the world. Sincerely, Janet

Monique M.
Monique M.

Dear Caroline: I know you probably won't read my comments. I just watch the episode of your son Albie (I hope I spelled his name right), and your son brought tears to my eyes. When a professor said to him that he can't succeed in law school because of his learning disability. I was diagnosed with ADD when I was a sophomore in High School. I went to a learning Disability high school in Cape Cod. Afterward, I went to Christian College, which I eventually dropped out because someone had told me that it would be better to try some other avenue. I am in my mid-thirties, and I went back to school five years ago. I was scared to go back to school, but with the encouragement of my mother and family, I went back to school. I am in a Community College were I live and I am one course shy of finishing. It took me five years to complete because of my Learning Disability and I had other health issues that I deal with, but I am so excited of finally be at the finish line. My mother is so proud and happy for me. I want to major in Social Work (counseling) and enrolled in a major University, because I want to help those who are suffering with Learning Disability who have a hard time finding their true potential that God has giving each an everyone of us. So tell Albie don't let anybody tell him that he can't succeed in becoming a lawyer. If that is his dream to become a lawyer, stick to it. The Bible says "If it is for me...it is for me...and no one can take i away from him" For those who mount on their wings of Eagles, because the race is not for the swift but for those who endures to the very end."

Also I don't like how you dug up Denielle's past and then gang up her. She had every right to stick up for herself.

jessie718
jessie718

Hi Caroline, I just wanted to say I looooove you..I love the way you are and I wish I had a mom or sister like you by my side growing up!! God bless you and your family!!