Caroline Manzo

Caroline hopes for a peaceful resolution to the Ashley drama.

on Aug 21, 20110

Having said that I have a favor to ask -- be nice and try to understand.  Let’s all wish them peace and love.
 
See you next week! As always, thank you so much for watching.

xoxo
 

247 comments
montanalady
montanalady

You are not a "fair weather friend" Caroline. Why do the "haters" see you as that but not Teresa? Teresa has not been a good friend to you ladies. Only while you agreed with her & backed her did she act like a true friend. As for Ashley & her attitude, there is absolutley NO excuse for the way she treats or speaks to her mother. She has obviously lived a really great life but she seems to have a very large sense of entitlement because her mother had her at 19. I don't think Jaqueline is "pushing" Ashley to go to Calif. unprepared but Ashley seems to think that because she wants to go then her mother & step father should pay her expenses. I think they should let Ashley go but make her supply her own finances. If she falls on her face then they can help her emotionally & by letting her come home under new house rules. My daughter is no 29 & we are very close but she also had a sense of entitlement when she was 19-23. I was always there for her but I gave my opinion & advice but she knew that no matter what she did We would be available to help her pick up the pieces if needed. Jaqueline & Chris need to stick to their guns & expect the same behaviour out of Ashley as they would from their 2 sons.

pattyu
pattyu

Why do people think Bravo Families are perfect? My family isn't we struggle everyday with the changes each go through, and if your living near a large extednded family x that by 10! Life Is Not Fair Everytime, we make mistakes, say studpid things ask forgivness and try to learn. If we ever believe we have all the answers, that's when you can besure you don't know anything! God forgives why can't we!

Mrs. Hurt
Mrs. Hurt

Caroline, My family has done me wrong. I have a crazy sister in law who is fueled by starting trouble and spreading lies in my Italian family. She's been this way for 20 years and has done it dozens of times, we are now in our early 40's and I'm so over it. She has kept their 3 daughters and my brother from my parents for periods of up to two years. In her own words, if he "disobeys" her, she "punishes" him. She tries to seclude my brother from us and he is not the same person anymore. He knows she lies and is wrong, but he does what he needs to for his daughters to keep peace in his home. But in my eyes, if he had some "balls", he would have told her to knock it off years ago and take away her fuel. My brother is forbidden to speak to me and my sister because we are her "enemies". These are her words, we still want our family to work this out. She has a very stubborn personality and nothing is ever her fault, always pointing the finger. The latest fight began because she asked my Mother for money again, because she was too lazy to work and kept charging away. I have even paid their electric bill when it was turned off! When my Mother agreed to give her half and ask that her own Mother giver her the other half, she started a huge feud. She then went out of her way to recruit our 4 Aunts as her allies against my mother, sister and I. They were all stupid enough to interfere, (told my Mom to give it all to her) with issues that had nothing to do with them and supported her, because they say it's easier to be "nice". In reality, they just like the gossip, which I have no time for. I let you know exactly where you stand, whether you're right or wrong, but in a good way, I have a kind heart. My Mother and her sisters just started speaking again, but now none of them speak to my sister and I. Nor do they bring up our names, it's like we don't exist. We didn't do anything wrong except support my Mother, who was hurt so deeply by the betrayal of her sisters and lies of her daughter in law. I don't Facebook, but my sister in law has even hi-jacked my niece's account to spy on my son. I'm told she is always trying to find out what is going on in my life. My husband and I have a lot more than they do, we don't brag, but she has always been jealous of me. I have lots of close friends, she has none....but now she has MY Aunts. When I watch your show, I see so many similarities to my own situation. Listening to your wisdom, really comforts me. I wish you would talk some sense into my Aunts and sister in law. I was even face to face with my one of my Aunts in Walmart, I said hello and she didn't say anything. Just gave me such a nasty, disgusted look. You could have cut the bitterness with a knife! This bothered me for days, I was so hurt. As a child, this was my favorite Aunt, the person I wanted to grow up and be like. I do miss and love them, but I feel my sister and I are owned an apology. All of them have called upon me or my husband when they needed something or a favor, but we have never asked or needed of them. It got back to us that my sister in law is still throwing my husband's name around, and we haven't spoken in almost 3 years. I just go day by day enjoying my own family. Life is too short and I just want us all to be a family again. Can you help me?

rebeca
rebeca

caroline, what are these hate bloggers??? i dont get it, did i miss something??? anyways, can't you talk some sense into jacqueline in getting her daughter off the show??? yes, thankfully she did pull thru however, all her comments are she is stressed, this or that, c'mon....get over the drama and grow up and live life to the fullest. that girl is limiting her horizons. she is blessed w/two wonderful families and she knocks the one that has tried to give her everything if not even more. what is that? i can relate better if this were a boy. but ashley is just bananas. and every time she comes on air and gives her comments bringing her mom down it really saddens me. i cant see anymore repeats with her in it. it is sad how she treats her mom and how she treats your brother. she can be a good kid, but she has her marbles in her head rolling around and nothing is affixed to stabillity and accountability. personally she should be off the show and if she doesn't like life as it is here w/mom go to dad, see if dad isn't going to really whack you upside the head. her continual bashing of her mom needs to end. that is the reality in her pee brain but it is sad to constantly watch without an tough love and other enforced recourse to set that kid straight. uuuuuuuuuuuuuuurgh....you are still my favority and i wish i had such an amazing family as yours unity and strength. such a blesssing.

Diane M.
Diane M.

Caroline, you will never lose me as a fan, lol! IMO, Teresa is an insecure, shallow person...she seems fake to me.I think all of you need to distance yourself from Kathy; she seems to enjoy negative drama. I do agree that Melissa keeps fueling the fire, and then backs out when the smoke gets too thick. But friends are friends, through thick and thin, right?

Liz B.
Liz B.

Dear Caroline,

I am a huge fan of yours and your family. Your daughter is great just the way she is, I hope she learns to accept herself and can see how beautiful she truly is. I have a daughter who looks alot like yours and about the same age, has had similar struggles but really has learned to be happy with what God gave her and just be her beautiful self. I do have a comment about the way this season is playing out and I have a question, after watching the episodes so far this season and having the benefit of hearing what melissa and joe, and kathy and rich say behind joe and teresas backs CONSTANTLY, haven't you gotten the whole picture now? they are not innocent victims, they are in fact rather cruel. as the peace maker on the show and the person in previous seasons who has been a loyal friend to teresa it really seems like you've distanced yourself from teresa and joe, fail to stick up for them and not very loyal. I mean, friendship should be when the chips are down too right? I hope the season ends with you being a better friend to teresa and joe, because this sure is sad stuff to watch....I mean, after the other housewifes hubs killed himself, haven't people learned to stop throwing each other under the bus, i mean even the editing in this show seems like every scene with teresa and joe is shown to make them look as unhappy and poor as possible....yet they havent been able to edit out teresas repeated insistance on repairing her relationship with her brother. this is sad, i hope you have her and joes back, you sure did when it was fun and exciting, when they were all party party party. cant wait to see you address it on the reunion show and i hope after watching that you will be as confrontational with melissa and kathy as you were with teresa all season.

abja47
abja47

I almost cry when Gia sang the song about her mother and her uncle Joe!! Tghey got to wake up and smell the flowers!!!!!! Families are important!!!!

Melissa Moreno
Melissa Moreno

I just wanted to say that I made your recipe for the Italian Garden Salad this weekend...we LOVED it!!! Awesome recipe!

oki
oki

I luv that you make your own opinions, decisions, and conclusions! You are the voice of reason on the show. Don't listen to the handful of Teresa loyalists who have nothing better to do then live in Teresa world. This probably wont get posted, they never seem to make it through the "moderator".

Yolanda Garcia-Berdecia
Yolanda Garcia-Berdecia

Hi Caroline, Please tell Lauren the following: She is a beautiful woman. Her features are her father's features. She is gorgeous. She needs to find out how come if we see her great, she does not feel good with her. When I saw your husband gave you the ring, I started smiling and also cried at the same time. He loves you so much Caroline. You have a wonderful family. Your husband your children. God Bless you all.

Regards,

Yolanda Garcia Berdecia San Juan, Puerto Rico

amp54
amp54

Caroline,

You have changed since the first season of the show. You are beginning to believe your hype. I noticed that your sons and daughters have shown more loyalty to Theresa than you. They attend Melissa's events but they are able to maintain a balance. Not you. Caroline first season would be behind Theresa 100%. Bring her back please. I am another lost fan.

lulimist78
lulimist78

@ Koopla- Where did you get this information from? WTH did I miss??

selenakyle
selenakyle

Caroline, your boxing portion of that episode was the funniest thing I have seen on TV in a long time! Hilarious. I was cracking up our loud!

You were so cute.

catpaige
catpaige

Caroline - I've loved you on the show since season 1, and think you are doing a great job, but this post is for Lauren, so please share it with her! When I heard her say that she didn't feel pretty I couldn't help but tear up because it completely blew my mind. Since she first appeared on the show, I've always thought what a stunning girl she was! Even this season she always impressed with her cute fashion sense and flawless skin and features. She's gorgeous and to hear that she feels otherwise due to her weight is sad. I understand wanting to be a healthy size, but as far as beauty goes, she's got it at any weight and needs to start seeing that in herself!

koopla
koopla

It's so nice that Dina is still friends with Teresa because they are the two most successful of all of you. Meanwhile you won't talk to Dina because she won't hate Teresa with you. Good for you Caroline you can keep hanging around the women who are half your age because they will do whatever you tell them.

Donna in CA
Donna in CA

Caroline, Just saw an old episode from last year with all of you guys sitting at the table and laughing together talking about how you are just like family and it made me sad for all of you. What the heck happened between you and Teresa? Did Melissa get to you or is there something that happened that we the fans don't know about?

RvrDelta
RvrDelta

Thank you for being the voice of reason. I hope the other ladies learn from you.

Jodi Cohen
Jodi Cohen

Just wanted to compliment your daughter on how well she handled the Ashley T-shirt situation. She has such maturity and wonderful management skills for such a young person. I have been managing people for 10 years and I don't know if I could have expressed myself as well as she did in explaining her disappointment with Ashley's lack of responsibility. Kudos to you for raising her so well but also I think she just has some inborn talent to be successful. Good luck with her new business.

jacquelines
jacquelines

Are you still on the radio show? If you are good luck on your job! I love your daughter lauren and the way that she is trying her hardest to help her cousin ashley out that is a very nice thing to do! A cousin helping out a cousin out you dont see that now a days. Lauren and Vito make a cute and nice couple congrats to the both of them ! and as far as christopher and albie they are just so adorable good luck to the both of them ! And your husband oh my god he is a sweet heart just like richie and joe gorga for real! take care ! god bless!

CGARDEN
CGARDEN

Kudos to you for the oustanding job you have done with your three amazing kids. I love watching the love and bond that you and your family has....its truly admirable. The others should look and learn from you.

Jacquelineisajoke
Jacquelineisajoke

Caroline, I can't wait until you have a chance to watch this show and see how rediculous you are being made to look. On one hand you're running around giving advise as if you know it all aand can't even see the snakes which by the way are dead in your face. Maybe that's the problem. They're feeding you compliments which you must desperately need. You are the biggest suprise of the season. As for Jacqueline, not so much of a surprise. After listening to you making nasty comments regarding Teresa, we all knew it was just a matter of time before Jacqueline joined you. Do me a favor and stop giving advise when you have so very much to learn yet. Former Fan

grena227
grena227

Caroline I just have to say you are the best, and the MOTHER OF YEAR award goes to CAROLINE MANZO!!!!!

sickandtired
sickandtired

THANK GOD for you! You are the voice of reason, and I love you.

Donna in CA
Donna in CA

Caroline, I hope the Brownstone is ok in al of the flooding going on back there. I love your family. I'm sure you are so proud of them. Support Teresa. Melissa is malicious and has got you and Jacqueline fooled. We miss Dina.

koopla
koopla

No one is telling Caroline she has to be Teresa's friend! Why the heck would Teresa want to be friends with her?? Teresa will not kiss her butt and Teresa has real friends who love her outside the show.

koopla
koopla

Teresa's fans happen to be good and intelligent people. We are not afraid to stick up for someone who is being iced out by the rest of the cast. It is not important for us to be accepted. It is important to us that people be treated with understanding and not judgement. You are very controlling and judgemental and a lot of people can see that. We do notice your very mean streak.

X Fan
X Fan

You bum me out! Not watching anymore.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Hello Caroline, I'd like to talk to you about wearing fur. Millions of helpless animals are skinned alive so the fashion industry can sell fur coats. Faux fur is suspect as well, as dogs and cats are skinned alive for their fur, and it is being marketed as faux fur. Please, wearing fur is not fashionable, it is morally bankrupt.

Catmomof17
Catmomof17

You are an amazing person and wonderful friend! You are wise beyond your years and have a wonderful, loving heart! I truly enjoy watching and learning from you!!

Mary87
Mary87

Heard about all the flooding in Paterson. Hope Brownstone OK!!

Carmmen E
Carmmen E

It's amazing how immature Teresa's fan's are!!!!!! It's sad to see there are women in out in the world with that kind of thinking.

Jan Shultz
Jan Shultz

Hi Carolyn, Just a quick comment. The minute I heard "Black Water" the song "Oh Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers came to mind. I wondered if the black water company has thought about a theme song. It is a catchy tune.

Dyonna Ohio
Dyonna Ohio

Carloine I asboutley love you and your family. I think you are my "kindered" sister.

Las Vegas Calling
Las Vegas Calling

I really like you Carolyn but it's amazing you don't see through Kathy's BS. Watch out for the stinger, she will get you too sooner or later. Your first impression was right on, she IS trouble!

Shanmc3
Shanmc3

Caroline,

You use to be my favorite but after watching you this season i wouldnt want you as a friend. I am very diappointed in the way you have treated Theresa, after watching Danielle do your sister Dina like that and you chum up to the likes of Kathy & Melissa is just sickening to watch. Its so obvious that the sole reason the two of them joined the show was to bash Theresa. Whst kind of family is that?

Ally
Ally

Can't you posters see Caroline does not intend to mess in a family. There are some huge problems with Teresa and her brother. Teresa's husband and Joe Gorga's wife are only making things worse. This isn't Caroline's problem to fix. Until she is asked for advise, she is staying out of it. Smart lady.

Really real
Really real

It is always better to love and support with compassion and honesty.

Really real
Really real

Hi Caroline, Thank you for having the fortitude to remain true to yourself and try as best you can to stand steadfast to your own personal values. I like that you don't expect others to follow along yet make no concessions on their behalf to conform to something that doesn't feel right to you. I is a very difficult thing to maintain. It would be so easy to choose sides yet people don't seem to understand that that is always a no win situation. The only side you can ever be comfortable being on is really your own. It's the side you show your kids and family and it's the only one that counts. If choosing to go your own way lends you to appear to be partial it can really upset others who are less established in their level of maturity. That's their problem, you have to stand for yourself and as a strong model for your family or you will be doing them a great disservice. It's ok to find fault in others when they are not their best... It helps us to try to do better ourselves and keeps them from perpetuating their I'll behavior. Too many times we are tempted to indulge our friends and loved ones and in the end it corrupts the relationship. Because there is no respect there.

Alycat9705
Alycat9705

People Please! Some of you talk like Caroline took some kind of oath to be Teresa's friend for life, no matter what! Not all friendships are life-long.....some DO end for one reason or another. Does she NOT have the right to decide who she will keep as a friend? All these negative "you-should-be-ashamed-of-yourself" messages are SO childish and out of line. Teresa has obviously done enough to all of these women to make them feel the way they do about her. Pinky swearing to be BFF's forever is not what grown women do. Sheesh!

Vee Lu
Vee Lu

I think Lauren handled herself well. She was extremely poised but stated how she felt non-the-less. I'm glad that you've picked the high ground with Teresa's family and not choosen sides.

delta dawn
delta dawn

Dear Caroline, Your daughter comes across as very wise and mature. She is so pretty and does not even know it. Good luck to Lauren .

charlotte dagostino
charlotte dagostino

Caroline,

You are being a terrible friend to Theresa. And she has been a good friend to you and jacqueline. Inviting Kathy and Millissa to your party when you are not even friends with them was a hateful thing to do and I am sure hurt Theresa. You can see it in Theresa's face how sad and uncomfortable she is. What a hipocrit you are. Shame on you.

s_shelagh
s_shelagh

Caroline, If you were a friend to Teresa, You wouldn't have been reading the Paper, and gossiping to Jackaline, You would have been on the phone, telling her you're there for her... You are truly a turn-coat, and I personally can not stand you anymore.. Your true colors have shown this year... Shannon

TexasMomOf2
TexasMomOf2

Caroline... You are the voice of reason on this show. Teresa looks like she is unraveling. Seriously. I think that she needs a day of Momma Manzo bootcamp- starting with 'how to take your children to the grocery store'. She's totally out of touch. Do us all a favor and whip her into shape (or, be a friend- have an intervention and get her the hell away from her alcoholic, abusive husband). I used to think that you mother-henned your boys way too much... But, clearly, of all the kids on the show, yours are the most well adjusted. Bravo Momma Manzo!!!

debbieinmissouricitytx
debbieinmissouricitytx

Caroline...I know you saw the episode where Teresa began to cry while signing a cook book for her brother...Did you notice there was no compassion coming from Melissa or her husband....I did not see either one of them reach down and give her a big hug and tell her it was going to be okay but instead they came into the bookstore with attitudes blazing and looking like the Mafia that just returned from a boat ride and teresa was going to be their next victim on the next boat ride (lol) and began to use that old Mafia black hand (strong arm) hold on Teresa and began to threaten her to have her husband to submit or else their would be no relationship! So you being a lady of reason. Why is it Teresa and her husband must submit and Melissa and her husband must not submit....Melissa and Joe walked out of that book store heartless and cold and accused teresa husband of doing the same thing melissa has been doing. if you are going to get involve you must be fair!

Donna in CA
Donna in CA

Teresa has had nothing but problems with her brother, Joey and her cousin, Kathy. Common denominator is Melissa. Wake up. Now she is working on you and Jacqueline.

kelly mctague
kelly mctague

Caroline, I think your Great! After watching Dina 's wedding video I could not get over the resemblence between Tommy Manzo and your son Christopher. Do you hear that often? They could pass for Father and Son! I hope you continue to grace the show each and every Season as you are a breath of fresh air!

nicole1984
nicole1984

Mrs. Caroline. I absolutely luv you. If you were not Italian, I swear you would be a black woman trapped in a white woman's body. Lol. You are a strong force of nature. You tell it like it is, your always so humble. You are a true inspiration. Thank you

Lucy111170
Lucy111170

Contrary to what a previous poster said, you are not losing fans, you are gaining. You stick to the truth as you see it and are a wonderful influence. I thought you were judgemental before, now, I think you give people a fair shot. You tell it straight and you deserve respect!!!!!

Christle F.
Christle F.

Thank God, your parents and you for being such a woman of integrity.