Caroline Manzo

Caroline explains why Teresa's insults don't bother her.

on Sep 30, 20120

Hey guys, so what did you think of RHONJ Reunion Part 1? Pretty intense, right?

First and foremost I want you all to understand how taxing the reunion taping process is. We are literally sitting rehashing what feels like every single moment of the season for nearly 12 hours. I think we experience every single emotion during that time, and when we are finished we are completely drained. I have to be honest, sitting here writing this blog isn’t exactly a blast either, but I suppose we each owe you the chance to read our take on things one last time.

I have so many thoughts running through my mind right now, and I don’t want to ramble, so I may keep this short and do a summary at the end of Part 3, let’s see where this goes.

Let’s talk about my nephew, Nicholas. Our beautiful, beautiful little man who happens to have autism. It took quite a while for Chris and Jacqueline to get a concrete diagnosis on Nick, and I fully understand and agree with their decision to keep it off the show until they had all the answers they needed. Everyone knew about Nick’s condition, and I respect and want to thank Bravo for their understanding in keeping it quiet until Chris and Jacqueline were ready to discuss it.

1209 comments
Lcashley55
Lcashley55

You are ridiculous. Who do you think you are? You are the bully and you think you know it all, well wake up... because you are full of nothing but hot air.

malto
malto

Teresa is the bully,  manipulator and with the Napoleon's classic strategy, "Divide and Conquer," ... and the show has become painful to watch - it is supposed to be TV entertainment not sit on the couch and cringe watching it. Teresa brings nothing positive to the show and I am amazed how the show is enabling her to lie, lie and lie. This was my favorite from all The Real Housewives but now it has been pushed to the bottom - take Teresa out of the equation and bring in somebody who will lighten up the show please

msrotti
msrotti

Caroline,  I always tell people that if they don't want the full blown truth than don't ask me.  If your adult enough to ask me I am certainly adult enough to give you a straight to the point answer.  I admire that in you.  Being from an Italian family myself....Blood is Blood ....nothing can come between that.  If people that are not part of the family better think again before even attempting to come between blood relations.

Sask_friend
Sask_friend

Caroline, a quote from the 14th Dalai Lama When you think everything is someone else's fault you will suffer alot, When you realize that everything springs only from yourself you will learn both peace and joy.Theresa has a serious problem, YOU are a solid genuine person, I love how you admit to your faults and stay real,you already know that just wanted to give you a great compliment, and that is why I watch the show, Myrna

dawnft
dawnft

And it blows my mind that ANYONE would call you a bully. Basically they are grasping at straws and trying to make you the villian. Bullying is such a big topic right now that they figure that is the easiest way to "take you down". I could tell that after watching the season and hearing yourself called a bully, you were hard on yourself. Stop. You were rightly upset. If anyone could be labeled bullies it would be Teresa and her husband Nasty Joe. That man is horrid.

melanderson13
melanderson13

Caroline - I AM a big fan.  I think you have a beautiful family.  You and your husband have done a great job raising your children.  I think Theresa and her low life husband could take a few life lessons from you.  I cannot believe what they say in front of their kids and what they allow their children to say.  How can anyone like them, I am shocked at what some of the haters below have said.  They are just as delusional as Theresa, probably bought all of her MOTHER'S recipes - YES I SAID IT.  Meanwhile her poor brother Joe supports mommy and daddy as Theresa put it.

I love how you are with your family, Lauritas included.  Dina is the one missing out by going down the wrong path.  As Joe & Melissa said in Napa, 'You never go against the family".  Dina should be ashamed!

Best of luck to you and yours!  You better be on the show next year and Theresa goes the way of Danielle or I won't be watching.  I will continue to support you and yours!  :)

Jmer
Jmer

Who knows if you actually read these, but I appreciated how you reflected back on yourself this season and could see that you were not someone anyone would like.  I was impressed by that.  I can see you care about everyone on the show .. including Teresa.. or you would not have tried to get through to her.  I hope they do bring you back.  I'm not a fan... but I hope they bring you back.

 

pink93
pink93

I do not understand how you can blame Teresa for the problems that you and your sister have. If you want to say that your sister was like jacqueline and "easily manipulated" by Teresa then that is just an insult to your sister Dina because from what I remember of her when she was on the show was a strong women who had a mind of her own. The only weakness your sister had was her daughter, with that being said i strongly doubt that Dina was manipulated. You need to handle your own family issues and leave Teresa out of it! As for Jacqueline being manipulated by Teresa i think that Is a joke because its seems that she is just a copy of you.

LTTri
LTTri

You are the biggest schemer on the show.  It has to be your way or no way.  Keep your opinions to yourself for you family is far from perfect.  You have grown old and ugly for trying to bring Teresa down for two seasons now just because of her book.   You know what you have done, now sit back and watch it come back around to you. You better just hope it stops at 10x.  I would never go to any of your stores or drink your family's water.  I will not watch next season if you return.

thaboyz
thaboyz

You, my dear, are tough, honest and tell it like it is without all the scheming that Teresa does.  I applaud you for standing by the new ladies, Jacqueline and being the sound of reason and love on the show!

jamie2meek
jamie2meek

Caroline, you are nothing but a bully. It is obvious that nothing is happening in your life so you have nothing better to do than to drum up more chaos in other peoples lives. You don't listen to anyone but yourself, so there's a fat chance you will listen to what I or others have to say, but boy does your nasty attitude suck. Yes, Teresa and Joe may not be the most stand-up people, but who are you to butt in and who are you to try to tell Jacqueline who to be friends with. You just have to be the queen bee..... somehow your children have come out alright (thanks to your husband) but you certainly have been walking a crooked line for awhile.STRAIGHTEN YOURSELF UP

curiocab
curiocab

You have managed to destroy a family. And you showed yourself to be a liar. You have talked about Teresa & Joe on camera. You can not admit you were wanting them to divorce. Anything to hurt Teresa & her kids.You need to take a good look at your own family. You set everything up then stood by & let others take the blame.

The first 2 years, it was obvious how much Teresa liked & respected you. You threw it away for Mrlissa & Joe. I lost all respect for you.  You have to know about Joe's past.  Yet you love him & Melissa.

Your true colors came out in season 3. This year was the real you. You are not a nice person. You are not even a decent person. I know you do not care what others think.

You told Teresa you were never her friend. Yet last night you talked about all of you sitting around together. If you & Jac are not her friend, why would Teresa sit down with you? Why would anyone sit down with people like Melissa & Kathy? If you are there next year, who is your target? 

sisterhood
sisterhood

Caroline, you said the smartest thing I heard you say in a couple of seasons last night.  You said that we are all going to look back at this reunion and say remember when I said that and remember family and friendship.  I have been watiching you all since season one and I know you were a pleasure to watch in the first couple of seasons, but you became bitter and a bully that is not you.  Please go back to the first caroline we saw in the first couple of seasons.  I think all of you ( the entire cast of Rhonj and Dina) should sit down and have a big dinner.  Nobody wants to see another season of being nasty to Joe and Theresa.  You can say whatever you want because you are angry, but you all were all very good friends for many years, grow up please.

allydachie
allydachie

Wow you have a good brother I mean as good as gold....good good husband too, so leave  people alone. You don't have to try and FIX others.

 

Stop treating everyone like your their mother.

petras
petras

you have to start blaming your self for a lot of problems not just  others ....

Carly21
Carly21

Less is more! Good for you for staying classy! You are good people!

merkie
merkie

Caroline, you are a class act 100%.  I have always liked you and the way you have raised your children.  You are loyal and brutally honest to a fault.  Jac is also a strong person, she will need her stregnth in the coming years but with you and your family members at her side she and most importantly her son will come out on top. 


 A class act you are, class act.  Haters have nothing to do but make themselves feel better just delete and move forward.  Blessings and prayers Mazel-Tov to you and yours. Shalom,

Jerseygirl2
Jerseygirl2

I think your closing statement was great! It makes me feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we may finally get back to the fun, crazy way things use to be, I hope so!

Reenie4862
Reenie4862

Caroline, stay as you are- MAZEL TOV!!.  You are a caring, decent person who can be trusted.  You always behave in an honorable way and do  the right thing without asking for thanks or credit.  Don't change!!!    You and your husband have a wonderful friendship, partnerhip and marriage. The two of you have raised your kids to be great people:  confident, dignified, self-respecting, self-relient,  honest, caring, decent people.  They treasure family and close friends ... and have a wonderful ability to laugh at themselves.You guys always seem to find the joy in the simple things in life.  I love watching you guys (that is, when I watch the show.  I have to admit there are some of your castmates make it impossible for me to watch your show on a consistent basis)

 Thank you for being a wonderful role model for the young and a glowing example of us "older ladies" (as one of your castmates says).

 

backfires
backfires

What about your insults?  What about your bullying all season?  Not a nice person Caroline.  People nicknamed you Clown but to me you have been acting like IT

rose65
rose65

Diagnosis:  I can't believe the doctor didn't pick up on what your real diagnosis is:  you are wrong and so was he... it's called "empty nest syndrome"  and it's the worst period of time I ever went through in my life. :)  For me it took about a year but it is still hard....

rose65
rose65

Hi Carolyn,  I'm wondering what ever happened to your radio show???  It was so great. you know a lot about life and life experience.. My take on you is (and I have had friends like before).. you tend you have an intuition about reading people and what is going to happen based on your knowledge of human behavior.. and you are kind of bossy because you actually do have very very good advice.. I think you are spot on I would say almost every time...and although I didn't agree with some of the things you said to your daughter.. I do think that you were way ahead of what was going to happen in the group and you were already in protection mode.. This intimidates people and I believe, without a doubt, that is why they are calling you a bully.   Your style is "instant protection of yourself and your family" and there's nothing wrong with that although it does serve to alienate you from the drama it also appears to alienate you from the appearance of feelings.  I think you so smart but also you feel very deeply and so you keep your emotions in check alot and you don't like getting all up into drama because you feel deeply...You are way ahead of the game so to speak and this bothers people as they see it as a "know it all".   I call it "more evolved"  I can't say if I would be able to be a close friend of yours because I would feel as if I made a mistake I would disappoint you as a friend... (my human element ...I feel... would be in question and being called out all the time instead of my experiencing and learning on my own.... but... I LOVE your radio show.    And based on your past predictions.. I feel the latest one is correct.. there will be total reconciliation and I look forward to seeing it.  But Teresa really has a long way to go.. her pride gets in her way and she has learned how to act.. she forgot this is "reality TV".   I wonder what you thought of Andy Cohen this time.. imo he was making up for last season's reunion where he put Teresa on the spot and didn't want all the mail from the viewers on how "mean" he was to her...  I really wish he would have held her to the fire more and let you finish a lot of what you were saying.  But she made need professional help because she can't see one thing she does wrong and she lies so much.. she actually believes her own lies.  She drank the cool aide but I do think she has always been this way.. combined with her temper it's all a bad mixture.  She's hurting others.. but hurting herself the most and she doesn't even see that whatsoever.... I know you were trying your best to get her to see that in the reunion.. didn't work.  Take care.. see you next season. :)

 

Opinionated
Opinionated

Caroline, appreciate your honesty about how you have seen yourself this year. I am sure that after the reunion which filmed weeks ago...you saw even more truth in your brothers words. I think you know we remember the gossip Jaqueline started about the charity Dina promotes for your family, saying it was a fraud.

 

Caroline, why do you keep laying the blame on Teresa when you know Jaqueline started this rift (among so many others) by selling stories and going on the radio show in Chicago 3 years ago and speaking badly of Dina?

 

Maybe you need to do a little more soul searching and ask yourself the tough questions that you seem to love to ask others about.

bravosno1fan
bravosno1fan

Caroline, you stir up crap, sit back and watch the turmoil getting all gitty the hotter it gets, and then get on your soapbox and spew off some pre-rehearsed philosophical advice trying to be the savior. You need a hobby!!!! It make perfect sense why Dina is keeping her distance.

valgal62
valgal62

Anybody notice how Caroline keeps her mouth shut and her whole demeaner changes when the men are around. To me that proves the bully theory. She feels superior and picks on Teresa, she doesnt do it, when someone is there like Teresas husband, who will put her in his place.

jewishmomx3
jewishmomx3

I didnt start watching this show until the 2nd season, I must admit that the promo of the first season caroline you reminded me of the kids that bullied me in high school, that was because of the "thick as theives" comment and not seeing it in the context of the show. However now that I have not only seen the 1st season but, every other season, you are the voice of reason, in this emotional roller coster.  I really can't see how anyone can call you a bullie. You are a straight to the point, no messing with words gal. A lady who calls it like she see it, since when is that bullying.   sheez!

 

sharesomesmiles
sharesomesmiles

Caroline, you are the one that made me start watching the show. I think you are great. I love your no BS approach and your loving heart. I have never seen you act like a bully at all. 

 

 As for your nephew, I just know things will get better. Good things come to good people. My heart and prayers are with you all, Jacqueline is such a lady and beautiful person.

Pepper2101
Pepper2101

I too became disenchanted with you this year.  But, finally, a glimpse of the old Caroline came out at the end of the show.  All season you just stirred the pot with Teresa and Melissa then ask Teresa if she knew how you felt when she saw Dina with her.  Finally at the end, your kids and husband must have been proud of you.  I just hope you were sincere.

MichelleGrunner
MichelleGrunner

Yes, your last words at the reunion remind me of the 'real' Caroline... thanks.

LadyK2507
LadyK2507

Caroline you are such  hypocrite and I can't stand you anymore.  You have been nasty and contrite this entire season and you have called Teresa many names all season.  So for her to call you a name so be it!  And honestly you should be ashamed of yourself for all of the nasty things you have said but you want to put it off on Teresa.  And honestly just because she has a relationship with your sister so what, you need to think about that.  Its not Teresa its you who Dina doesnt like, get over it.

amorenomore
amorenomore

Your mouth gets bigger & bigger after each show/reunion.  Maybe you should get a "mouth tuck"!LOL  Why wasn't Al Manzo at the reunion?  He sure had enough to say about people this season, that he should have been there to answer to it.  Who is Jill by the way???

coloitalian
coloitalian

Caroline:  I have to say that I admire the way you handled yourself at the reunion.  Except for in the beginning when you did interrupt Jac a little (more added to what she was saying than interrupt actually), I think you comported yourself well, learned from viewing yourself and others this season, and stayed out of anything that did not concern you.  I am sure you were smart enough to know that the best thing to do was to be quiet and let Teresa expose herself for what she is, as she always does.  In fact in the past, you have been a major factor in helping Teresa cover, helping her fix her implausible statements, calming her down, etc. (Hope you learned a lesson there; a snake is a snake and you can't be surprised when you get bit).

 

I am a little uncertain about what you meant at the end, although I did admire your sentiment.  Were you saying that you all would repair your families eventually, you and Chris with Dina and Teresa with Joey or were you also talking about your family and Jac's relationship.  Gotta tell you that unless Teresa undergoes a major spiritual transformation, that would be so unwise and lower my opinion of your judgment.  Don't throw your pearls before swine.

gelangels
gelangels

Finally the old Caroline surfaced at the very tail end of the show tonight.  I lost all respect over the past two seasons , you were horrible but you redeemed youself at the finale. 


Jaysop@
Jaysop@

Caroline u have to learn how to forgive. U talk about love but u showed how much u hate Teresa and can never forget her. I'm lost

amyakababydoll
amyakababydoll

Caroline your always saying own it well own your comment about Teresa writing a book about her breakup if  Joe goes to jail. You backed out of it yes you said it was mean but you still didnt own it.

nrd0416
nrd0416

Caroline the ending of the show was great and I like how you ended the show. I am sorry that you and Dina are not getting along and I hope that she saw the show to see how Teresa acted and come to realize that she does need that relationship with her family. I was told a long time ago that "Blood is thicker than water". I also think that Teresa is looking for people to have some type of sympathy for her and her family. She has really made a fool of herself on the show and as I was putting in Melissa's blog the best thing to do is stay away from her. Pray and have Faith that things will change.

AZgirl79
AZgirl79

How can you blame Teresa for your family problems?  And you don't think you had a hand in her problems with Jacqualine and the other ladies.  You are a bully.

 

southern1
southern1

RHONJ gives WHITE TRASH a whole new meaning!

You have sold out your friendships & more important, your families for a few minutes of fame and a few dollars.

What a shame that the kids of Teresa, Melissa, Kathy & Jacqueline have NO examples in life to follow. We can only hope they can put this trash lifestyles of their parents behind them.

 

How Sad!!!

Sam64
Sam64

How can you all talk about this someday??? you are over Teresa...remember? If I was Teresa I would never see any of you ever again....and she will be better off. Who needs that vinegar in their lives from you, Jac, Melissa or Kathy.

realitygirl5
realitygirl5

 It's really easy 4 against one ....I hope you are all proud of yourselves.. Carolyn you were my Favorite housewife...but I do feel like you were quite the bully this season

Raiders2012
Raiders2012

Not a fan, but really appreciated how you ended the reunion show talking about family and how some day you would ALL be together again someday talking about all the stuff.

mibasho
mibasho

Carolyn, I don’t think you need to apologize for the out-burst. What the heck does your son’s employment and black water have to do with weather or not Theresa thinks you’re a good mother? I thought Andy was a bit easy on Theresa. I see you and your husband were extreme great role models for your children. You’re fortunate to have your 3 beautiful kids. I love it. I do find it unfortunate your sister isn’t speaking to you. It does hurt, but some people are stubborn, and are willing to waste a good part of their lives to try and prove a senseless point. What?  I hope your sister meets with you and you work it out. Life is to short, and we don’t know what we have till it’s gone. Once someone leaves this world it’s too late. Love your honesty and your relationship with you kids and husband. Its great to have someone speak in a honest manner: instead of denying and fabrication. I can't believe you let theresa sit by you. Huh! but that's what she does jumps from friend to friend.

janie.floresalvarez
janie.floresalvarez

I have to be honest, I wasn't a fan of yours the first season. But I've grown to love you! You are awesome and Teresa's comments are discussing… Big hugs to you.

rosyposy
rosyposy

I am sure she would be more than happy to leave Teresa out of it if Teresa would just keep her trap shut and stop bringing Dina into it.  Teresa is always the trouble maker and is doing everything she can to widen the temporary rift between the sisters.  Teresa destroyed her relationship with her brother with her constant jealous lies about his wife....and now she is trying to destroy Caroline's family.  Kudos to Caroline for not taking the bait.  Way to go, Caroline!

AnnPF
AnnPF

 @sisterhood

 That is right.  Take  Teresa and Joe off the show and the DRAMA will go away with them.  It will be fun to watch again if they are gone.

tori11
tori11

 @sisterhood i love you caroline and you made me proud last night!!! please dont let this drama change you again. it seems like we have our old caroline back!! i love you!!! -so much wisdom!

tori11
tori11

 @pjbeaudry For yo to believe they came on the show with bad intentions you are crayz. this is not the tre show and anyone bravo chooses can come on the show. no one has to run it past tre or she would be on the bravo staff and payroll.

valgal62
valgal62

@Raiders2012 ya but you would think that was young women in there early 20's. Not these grown women, cause they dont have to much time to look back!

rosyposy
rosyposy

 @tori11  @pjbeaudry Amen.  Bravo wanted Melissa and Kathy on the show.  They are a great addition....so sweet and honest.  Caroline quickly recognized that everything she had been hearing from Teresa was a pack of lies.  Now Caroline has two new families as friends...and is rid of the poison-tongued Teresa.