Caroline Manzo

Caroline stands by what she said at the reunion and explains her side.

on Oct 19, 2011

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged lately, life has been a little hectic here in New Jersey. I'm actually on my way to Los Angeles right now, so I'm taking the opportunity to write without interruption.

Season 3 was action-packed and filled with every emotion you could think of, sometimes all within the same episode. We were introduced to two new Housewives, Melissa and Kathy, along with their husbands and children. These two came onto the scene in what I believe to be one of the most dramatic moments in Housewives history and were instantly labeled as villains by the viewing audience. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was right there with all of you. Who could blame us? Our very first impressions of them were formed as if they were shot out of a cannon filled with jealousy and hate that rained down on all of us. The irony of it all still baffles me.

Over the past few months I've read numerous comments regarding my attitude this year. Many of you said that I looked frustrated, angry, bitter, bored, and "over it." You were absolutely right; I was all of that and more. Let's take a minute to remember what the "goal" was way back in Episode 1 -- Teresa wanted her family back together, and Jacqueline and I were asked to help mend fences. We were all too happy to help her, that's what friends are for. If only I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have touched this with a ten-foot pole.

I had minimal interaction with Melissa prior to her joining the show and I was introduced to Kathy the night of the Posche event. The bizarre thing about Kathy is the fact that I didn't even know she existed until she became part of our cast. Over the years I've heard Teresa tell more negative stories about Melissa than I care to remember, and when Kathy came into the picture the stories came out of left field. Again, all negative. I'm ashamed to admit that I had a predisposed opinion of these ladies based on the "history" I was given. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I chose to believe all the bad without giving them a chance to show me the good. That was awful of me, and they didn't deserve it. I've apologized to each of them privately and publicly.