Caroline Manzo

Caroline shares the special word she uses to describe Chris and explains the chapel incident.

on Jun 27, 20110

I meant what I said about the quads. I've known too many people that have been hurt and one or two that have been killed while riding them. It seems to me that most people believe that it's a chance to drive recklessly with minimal risk. You have to respect them for what they are; a motorized vehicle capable of high speed. Unfortunately if you don't act responsibly, they can be very dangerous.  Call me crazy, call me overprotective, but it is what it is.

I didn't mind the guns, I know Chris is pretty responsible with them and I saw that Joe was too.  My boys were taught how to handle firearms from their dad and Albie is actually a sworn Sherriff’s Deputy so I knew that they wouldn't be reckless in that department.  I have to admit it was a little crazy watching them all stand on the deck like they were holding down the fort.  I'm happy that the target was watermelons and not Bambi.  Thank God for tiny miracles.

My brother Chris is what we like to call a "scootch." It means someone who likes to tease you and watch you squirm.  I can just imagine what was going through his mind when he saw Wilbur the pig and the goat. He knew he had any easy target with me and went for it. I think he got the reaction he was looking for! I'm not a vegetarian, but there was no way I could have any of that pork after seeing that poor little pig with the apple in his mouth. I don't even want to talk about the goat's head. I get nauseous even thinking about it. Bottom line is we love to poke fun at each other and laugh, and there's nothing wrong with that, right?

The chapel was actually very sweet. It was endearing to watch Joe's mom and dad show it off with obvious pride.  Let's face it, how many people do you know that have actually built a church on their property? Nice, very nice.  The only thing wrong with that scenario was us. We were just coming down from a crazy weekend of overeating, overdrinking, over bedazzling, nighttime quadding, and gun shooting. It was bizarre. One minute was chaos and the next minute we were lighting candles.

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Mom of 3 in VA
Mom of 3 in VA

You are an inspiration to a lot of people!! I want you to know that you are an amazing mother, wife, and friend. Its obvious from watching the show that you love your family and friends deeply. I am a mother of a girl and 2 boys like you and I pray every day that I can help them become loving, responsible, respectful adults just as you have raised your 3. You are the kind of mother I wish every kid in the world had. Keep it up and your doing great on the talk show. Please consider doing a book on parenting!! I think a lot of people would like to get some of your advice and experience with raising such amazing kids.

isabella66
isabella66

I still love you and your wonderful family! I myself am an Italian mama and I could give a smurt what other people say about us, don't change a thing. While we are enjoying real lives, I wonder what kind of lives the haters have. I think they are prejuice against Italians and the forget about them. We know where we come from and have pride in our culture and history.

Kristina Kassab
Kristina Kassab

Caroline - you are by far my favorite "Housewife." I love that you are able to give an opinion without acting like a crazy woman. Being the loudest and most ridiculous doesn't make a person right. I've just started watching and don't know the "other" Caroline. This one is just fine. Thanks!

AAJJ
AAJJ

You're the best Housewife out of all the Housewife shows! Love you and Keep up the good work!!!

ldycyclist
ldycyclist

Caroline, It's great that you got your radio advice show - everyone is entitled to make a buck and best of luck to you with that endeavor..... but really darling, please don't feel you have to work 24/7 giving non-stop unsolicited advice to anyone that crosses your path. Quite frankly, I'm betting that your family is probably as dysfunctional as the next behind close doors - I know my family has been known to put "fun" into the word dysfunctional and there are actually some people that think we have it all together - HA.... Anyway girlfriend, we need to see more of the Caroline from previous seasons. The new know-it-all Caroline is becoming annoying beyond words.

Bella0115
Bella0115

I actually change the channel when you come on now. You are so boring and honestly have no reason to be giving advice to other people, especially since the life you come from. I understand the whole italian respect thing, but you honestly expect people to listen to you as though you are the ultimate "godmother" and i suppose you want them to kiss your ring when you are done speaking to them. I was watching Rocco's show last night and to see you start blurting out advice and talking down to people like you are holier than though was disgusting. Seriously, who do you think you are?? Those people were classy and just enjoying their meal and you have to constantly open your big mouth even when nobody asked you too! Please just shut up! I agree with most of the bloggers on here - your 15 mins is up! move on...nobody likes you! PS - love that Bravo is now printing all opinions!!

Georgiapeaches
Georgiapeaches

Caroline at one time I admired you, You really let me down with that silly giggly you did in the small church. I could see you telling someone else that was wrong, but Miss It you was very disrespectful. You have flaws and should not give advise until you are women enough to maintain your composure. That really IRKED me.

sweetsutherntea
sweetsutherntea

Mrs. Caroline, I have a lot of respect for you that you are always able to stay composed. You are a classic mother-in-law and do give unsolicited advice.... so what?.. no-one is forcing them to take your advice. Having said that, I would like to tell you that you were right about the quads. I have a dear friend that just lost her 12-yr old grandson a few weeks ago when his quad flipped and he broke his neck. He was a very experienced rider having grown up around quads all his (short) life, but it only takes one accident. It has been a tragedy for my friend and her family and I, for one, had to rethink my views on the subject and will not permit my children on them. You just keep being who you are and you ( and your family) are always welcome in my part of the South. I think you would have made as much of a fine southern lady had you been raised here, as you are an Italian ~Mamma~ having been brought up in Jersy. Chin up girl!

Josie541
Josie541

Caroline, You totally lost me this season. No longer are you the Matriarch of the show. You've developed a hatred toward Teresa this is season that is evident by your subtle jabs and eye rolling. It would have been nice if you were at least a little supportive of her. I think her being the star of the show, and not you has made you very petty. Your storyline has become very boring and non-existent. I think you have run your course. Bravo, bring in some new blood.

houtx
houtx

Caroline you are still one of my favorite but please see the big picture of whats going on with melissa and kathy! You should be loyal to your long time friend Teresa just like Dina stuck up for her, what a true woman she is for sticking up for Teresa. Melissa and Kathy will never respect Teresa if they see and hear you and Jacqeline not taking Teresa sides. BE TRUE just like you say you are! I'm sure they wont get their feelings hurt!!!

mommy22angels
mommy22angels

I think that Carolyn IS trying to protect/help Teresa, from herself. Look, I am totally Team Teresa, but Teresa does tend to say one thing and then the very next sentence she says something that may be offensive and used in Melissa's little war against her. I think Carolyn is trying to censor Teresa and keep her from saying something on camera that she will regret later. Like I said, I'm totally Team Tre but it doesn't look great on Teresa if she's (like Melissa) saying "yes I want to move forward" and then saying "I did the right thing" and "it's over on my part". I understand where she's coming from but those things are just fuel for Melissa's fire.

Tommy93654ca
Tommy93654ca

Caroline i love the comment u made after seeing how relaxed Joe and Teresa were, u said your job wasvto be a friend and to support get n Joe It was nice to hear that side from u. This is the Caroline we miss!

StacyBan
StacyBan

talon, you have a 5 paragraph post...you need to lighten' up. Who's taking this too seriously? viewinNola, you're an idiot.

PattiBlahBlah
PattiBlahBlah

The church incident is what I call the "church giggles" I had just talked to my kids about it this weekend...and then it's on TV. So funny!

JessicaRHONJfan
JessicaRHONJfan

Caroline I know what you mean about the Quads. I too had an accident in the Catskills 5 years ago that resulted in me losing my spleen due to rupture, broken ribs, blood transfusions, collapsed lung, cracked knee and near paralysis. I was 19. It was a careless decision to go on a night ride like your crew did with nothing to judge the darkness by but a headlight on a Quad. I did not see the ditch and flipped the bike and was thrown down a rock quarry. Almost cost me my life, in the middle of nowhere backwoods, nearest hospital 50 miles away. Dont ever second guess your gut feeling, im glad your boys respected your judgement, doesnt matter how old they are. I wish I would have listened to my mother that night when she begged us not to go. Instead I listened to my parents cries in the emergency room of a unfamiliar hospital strapped to a body board while they told them their daughter may be paralyzed for life like Christopher Reeves. I have since made a full recovery but learn to live with the consequences of no spleen (weak immune system) and a 7 inch scar on my stomach. Good advice, always go with your gut feeling :)

HollyCannoli
HollyCannoli

NOT a Caroline or Jacqueline fan any longer. And to think that T went to bat with Danielle in defense of your family Caroline. Sheesh. You ladies are pathetic.

rhonjlongtimefan
rhonjlongtimefan

Caroline, i dont think the way you were portrayed this week was accurate. I really hope it was the editing that made you look bad. I love you and think you are so level headed and i love how you stay out of the drama. Please continue to be the Caroline we love and look up to. Do not talk down to others you are so much better then that. You can still be there For Teresa without taking sides. Teresa is not perfect, but she does have good qualities . She is struggling and needs you to be helpful and supportive, not condescending.

CarolineFan
CarolineFan

All I can say, Caroline, is keep up the good work. You are the only one with your feet firmly planted on the ground.

Patty415
Patty415

I used to like you but you have become insufferable this season.

You act like you are so above it all. You are coming across as arrogant and an obnoxious know-it-all. Watch yourself snapping at people when all they do is ask what kind of cream you want with your coffee and barking orders at people and you will see it is not a pretty sight.

bravo fan in pa
bravo fan in pa

CAROLINE, I HOPE THAT RADIO SHOW TAKES OFF LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW! YOU ARE ALWAYS SO GROUNDED AND YOUR ADVICE IS TO NORMALLY FIND PEACE WHEN YOU CAN---IT'S A FANTASTIC MESSAGE! YOU'VE BEEN THE WISE ONE FOR YEARS ON THIS SHOW, WHO BETTER TO SPREAD THEIR ADVICE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS THAN YOU? YOU, YOUR HUSBAND AND FAMILY ARE JUST GREAT!

Pati
Pati

I agree with the viewers saying that you keep telling Teresa that she needs to apologize and be the better and bigger person. Well, she has many times , trying to apologize to her brother and her sister in law , but they keep trying to put her down. How cant you see that ????? And, truly you would never say sorry to someone like Melissa , if Melissa was your sister in law and if she was trying to put a wall between YOU and YOUR brother , I am sure that YOU would not be the better person and let her walk all over you sweetie. YOU would be the first one to cut her neck off.

love NJ Housewives
love NJ Housewives

Ola Caroline, Love Love you,,,,I think you ARE just so FAB! I would love to see you, tre and jacq become closer and have eachothers back 100%....you all three a very awesome to watch TOGETHER and have special unique personalities that make me want to watch you all 24/7..LOVE LOVE IT and your families....Please Caroline help Melissa and Kathy find another TV show to drag down because it's truly horrible to watch them....love love from CALI O and Love Andy Cohen and BravoTV XOXOXO .

ViewerinNewOrleans
ViewerinNewOrleans

Thank you Talon for posting a wonderful comment. Just relax and enjoy the show everyone! Sheesh.

AprilDawn
AprilDawn

I think your 15 minutes are up...at least with this show. I think most viewers can see that you have no desire to be around the other women and your attitude makes you look so disgusting!!! You used to be one of my favorites and now I can't stand you. Always judging and acting like you are above everyone else. Take your own advise for once....it might humble you.

Believer
Believer

reply to mbyrcan - take her channel bag??? What, didn't they match her Prade shoes.

MG Avalos
MG Avalos

Truthfully, Caroline? I see more pain in Teresa's face than her brother. This past year has really been rough on her and her family. Why are you not being more sympatheic towards her? All the advise that you give (Albeit unsolicited) comes accross as negative. You my dear have become a different person this season. What happened to you? You use to be my favorite housewife. It doesn't help having Melissa and Kathy on the show. They clearly do not care to mend fences with Teresa. It really appears from the viewers perspective, that you have something personal against Teresa. Really wish Dina was back.

Talon
Talon

Some of the viewers are taking the show way too seriously and are reading things into Caroline’s behavior that aren’t there. I don’t know where some people are coming up with all the mean-spirited accusations about Caroline being on this side or that side. Caroline is not that calculating. Plus, Caroline is privy to some background and information about the housewives that might explain some of her insights and observations. Also, she is respected enough for her advice to be invited to do an advice show on the radio. How many of us could do that--honestly? And now she is being criticized here for giving advice? I can’t believe the vicious attacks by the viewers over some petty family squabbles and pettiness in general. All the different personalities like Caroline’s are needed to make the show what it is—an entertaining show about family ties that we all can relate to. They all have flaws, and there wouldn't be a show without them. We all need a hero and a villain in our drama, and just as last season Danielle was the villain, this season it looks like this season Melissa might be. Yet, however misguided or annoying she may be, she is not Osama bin Laden. Some people need to lighten up. Who with a sense of humor can’t appreciate the irony of the day’s carnage and all the shooting and pig’s and goat’s heads contrasted with the serene atmosphere in the chapel? Under the cloak of anonymity, I guess it’s easier to hurl insults at Caroline and the others since I doubt you would say these rude things face-to-face. Please be more thoughtful instead of just hurling hateful accusations at someone you don’t know. Who wants to read this vitriol? I don’t, and I hope Caroline isn’t reading it, either. I have enjoyed a few morsels of insight and humor on these blog posts but have to sift through a lot of dirt to get there. Why not just sit back and relax, enjoy the show, and laugh at the human foibles we all share?

FL VWR
FL VWR

It is obvious you are distancing yourself from Teresa- does it have something to do with the fight in the Dominican Republic, that you are now being sued for? Your sons were involved in the fight- to protect Teresa. Do you hold her responsible?

Janicew
Janicew

Caroline, I have to agree with these posts, you are coming off very abrasive this year. I always enjoy that you are usually pretty spot on with you observations but this year all you seem to do is talk down to teresa, and hold back on your comments about how Melissa and Kathy are acting.. are you watching a different show then the rest of us??? I can see that teresa is stubborn and maybe doesnt take advice that she should, but if someone talked down to me like you do to her I probably wouldnt listen either...

????????
????????

Hi Caroline, I was wondering if you have seen all that Melissa and her sister say about Teresa??? I have not been a fan of Teresa at all, but I do see right from wrong!!! What I see is they make it a point to ALWAYS bring her finance's up and and talk about how they are having problems, that is including Kathy. I am know a fan of Teresa because I do see all the pain she is going through with the mistakes she has made over spending money, what a life lesson... I do see she is working hard and correcting the problem. I have seen you change toward Teresa (WHY). I think Melissa is pretending to want her husband and Teresa to get along, what I don't understand is why you don't see it? I think after this season is over and Melissa and Kathy are still on the show I will not watch to aggravating...

Leticia_TX
Leticia_TX

I cannot belive how everyone is reacting to you & Jacqualine!! People, they have to comment on the show! Caroline, you both are doing the right thing by not adding fuel to the fire. It's their family issue. All you both can do as friends is state your opinions & give your advice. It's up to her in the end to figure out what's best for her family. I completly agree with you on the conversations between Joey, Teresa, & Melissa. They really didn't resolve anything. I really like Teresa. I wish her and her family the best.

mkulaf
mkulaf

I do not agree with the posters that do not get where you are coming from with Teresa! I get it...you see what I see. Sometimes you just have to suck it up, and "put your big girl panties on" and move on. Teresa is one of my favorites, she tries to apologize, but there's that' immaturity in her that there's always a comment after. Stop talking after the apology! I get it! Do what you do best Caroline! I do not see you walking around like you know everything. You have a successful family and people want to know how you do it and have a happy marriage…simple as that..advice..take it or leave it! Love ya!

mbyrcan
mbyrcan

Caroline...tick...tick...tick.....Your 15 minutes of fame is almost up! I for one could not be happier, I can not believe how arrogant you have become. Take your channel bag and your I am better than everyone attitude and go. Come back when the real Caroline (the one everyone fell in love with) comes back!!!

Mary87
Mary87

I can't believe all these comments people are making. Do they not realize you are living this in full and they only see what the editors want us to see? I think you are being level headed and know all the facts, that is why you are not taking sides. I'm sure Teresa has done a lot of bad these to everyone. For some reason Bravo loves her because her "table flipping" caused HWONJ to get such high rates, so they always edit to make her look good. Though with her lack of CLASS, that's hard to do.

BG-in-NJ
BG-in-NJ

Caroline, Wow, you're taking a beating on the Bravo blogs this week.... but I still dig you! I can appreciate your desire not to get involved in Teresa's family drama, and I can also understand your efforts to welcome the newbie cast members to the RHONJ. However, I think you should be more supportive of Teresa and what she is going through. Her very own family members have taken to the air to bash and bad-mouth her, perhaps in jealousy, but most definitely as publicity to jump start their own Bravo franchise of merchandising, ie. their singing career / restaurant. If it was your family being attacked on television I think you would be more sensitive to what Teresa is dealing with..... As we know "your family is thick as thieves". I know Teresa is not "family" but you should defend and protect her in loyalty as you would your own. You are wise enough to know that "right is right" and "wrong is wrong".

receptionist1
receptionist1

Caroline please don't let the fame get to your head.....remember Teresa was there for you and Dina with this whole Danielle thing....she never turned on you, supported you and even flipped a table to protect Dina from Daniella and now you think the viewers/fans can see right thru you....Don't be FAKE and follow your own advice

Viewer1976
Viewer1976

I don't usually write into these things, but here it goes.. I'm suprised at how your doing this season. It's obvious that you are very upset about this empty nest business, but your nest isn't empty yet. Classic Italian mother to give all the crying over the sons and forget the daughter. Another thing that you managed to bring to your viewers this year is your total disgust for the south. As a southerner I was not only totally offended by your attitude towards us, but also asked then why are all of the northerners coming to my part of the country and trying to force their customs on us because they do not like ours. Your reaction to your sons suggestion of southern food night was just telling as to why there will always be a divide. Thanks for showing us all your big picture.

MNLOON
MNLOON

Caroline, Boys will be Boys! Your sons are grown men, let them have fun and enjoy new experiences with nature. I have two sons, the same ages as yours, mine, hunt, fish, ride motorcycles, 4-wheelers, and go mudding with their friends. I would never dream of telling them no, you can not dwell on accidents that have accured in the past. We as mothers can not put them in a glass bubble so nothing happens to them, and they would not be HAPPY! I do love your commitment to family, this is shown by how well your family communicates and succeeds in life.

Audrianna L.
Audrianna L.

Caroline: "No walking on the river" Chris: "What? Do you think Jesus is in the car or something?!" LOL! Too Funny!!

On another note, Caroline you do seem to be coming off as holier than thou. I believe it is from a good place but its not what your saying, its the delivery. I hope you realize that while you are trying to be politically correct, you seem to not have Teresa's back as you should have. She is your friend first and she has always had yours, Jacqueline's and Dina's back, so now its your turn to have hers.

momothree
momothree

wow..there is alot going on this show as well off the show..I have three sons and nearly three daughter -in-laws.. It is very complicated to say the least.As a parent it is hard to watch the young men i raised now become so controlled by these new women in their lives and to hear the words now I have a family.It will be very interesting to see how you feel when your sons get married

patty34
patty34

Caroline, i was born and stayed in North Jersey until the age of 25, so we did not shoot and eat our own food, it grosses me out too, and i also feel bad for the pig, goat or what ever it is, must be a Jersey thing cause still to this day, i can not or will not eat at pig roast's even though my husband and boys will....as far as your meddling i think u are just trying to help Theresa with her family, doesn't seem like any one else wants to help her, with the grown up advice she needs, and as far as her and Melissa you are right they are a lot alike, so i doubt they will ever be friends...

Viewer 813
Viewer 813

Lighten up!!!!! Ms. Authority on All.

Viewer16
Viewer16

As always I just loved you on this show. You continue to be a great support system to Teresa and her family. You are right it was crazy with the gun shooting, eating, drinking, quad riding and then the beautiful chapel. Keep on with the awesome advice you really do need to write a book.

I love to listen to you and watch the love in your eyes with your husband and children. That can not be edited!

love NJ Housewives
love NJ Housewives

Caroline, Hands down absolutely love you and your family! I love when you, Jacq, and Tre hangout and honestly I would to see you threes become best friends and back eachother 100% and accept eachother for what is and it's wonderful. You threes make the show and contribute a special unique character to the show. Coming from a big fan of NJ now since BravoTV made me fan yours. Bravo to Bravo TV for the NJ Housewives. I have to be quite Blunt here but Melissa and Kathy the new additions are just ridiculous to watch and plain out disrespectful and trashtalkers about there own family...ughhhh can't stand it that all they have to contribute to the show BORING, LAME AND DISGUSTED. I feel bad for Teresa and hopefully you, Jacq and Teresa will help eachother out....Love conquerors ALLL Right Caroline? I learned that from you...I love your advice it's direct and to the point...you go girl....

Love NJ Housewives
Love NJ Housewives

What's up Caroline, I think you ARE just so FAB! I would love to see you, tre and jacq become closer and have eachothers back 100%....you all three a very awesome to watch TOGETHER and have special unique personalities that make me want to watch you all 24/7..LOVE LOVE IT and your families....Please Caroline help Melissa and Kathy find another TV show to drag down because it's truly horrible to watch them....love love from CALI O and Love Andy Cohen and BravoTV XOXOXO

StaceyS
StaceyS

sorry so many people are getting down on you and your blog here. I'm a big fan of Teresa's, but I don't think you've treated her so badly. You do have a way of saying things that can be harsh at times, but I don't see it as you not being her friend. Hopefully I'm right. (oh, I do agree with what others say about Melissa, what an annoying lady!)

***Jennifer***
***Jennifer***

I was very surprised and disappointed when I heard your comments regarding Teresa to Andy Cohen!! You and Teresa are friends and you should never betray her like you did! Saying you feel sorry for Melissa? It really goes against your character. You have changed so much this season! YIKES!!! You are hardly likable now! Is it your "empty nesting" or your disconnected relationship with your husband?? I think you may need to take a good look at yourself before BARKING out any more orders/advice!

Put your big girl panties on...??? Seriously??? You have lost it if you think its ok to talk to people with out any respect! LOL

IsabellaY
IsabellaY

Apparently, there is a coordinated effort to bash you on your blog.

You're the matriarch of a large family - so what? Many families could use a matriarch. My extended family could really use one right now.

In the meantime, go for your radio show. You'd be fun to listen to and with time will get more comfortable.

So hang in there, Caroline and laugh at the well organized effort to post negative comments.

kellyann0111
kellyann0111

ARE YOU MAD THAT TERESA CALLED YOU OVER PROTECTIVE AND MADE FUN OF YOU FOR TELLING YOUR GROWN CHILDREN NOT TO RIDE ON QUADS OR SHOOT GUNS? (HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN TO THE CATSKILLS?) IS THAT WHY YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE HURT IN JOEY'S EYES? HMMM...I WONDER WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME HE OR MELISSA ASKED ABOUT TERESA'S KIDS? JOEY AND MELISSA AND COLD, MEAN AND CHILDISH.

notahousewife1
notahousewife1

Dearest Caroline--I'm sorry to read so many negative comments here, and let me tell you that I feel you are spot on in your assessments completely. Your common sense is a breath of fresh air among all this insanity! xoxo from michigan :)