Caroline Manzo

Caroline shares her thoughts on all the reunion conflict.

on Oct 9, 20130

Hello everyone! Sorry I'm late, been a busy couple of weeks, but here I am!

We're nearly at the end of the road. I'm finally getting myself into relaxation mode, and I'm happy, happy, happy.

First and foremost, let me give a shout out to my girls Lauren Manzo, Amanda Cassese, Caitlin DeCunzo, and Lindsey Andrews! Lauren and Amanda were the beauty team from Lauren's store Cafface responsible for making me look as good as a 52-year-old can look on HDTV! They are doing an amazing job at Cafface, and I couldn't be prouder of them and the rest of their staff. I can't forget you Lia Cagliostro! Caitlin has been doing my blowouts for years and she will be at Cafface soon too. She gave birth a few months ago to a very handsome little man named James, who has become the Cafface "mascot." Lindsey designed and made my dress not knowing I planned on wearing it to the reunion. She came to N.J. from Rhode Island four years ago to follow a dream to get into the design field. What better way than showing off her design to a few million people, right? I surprised her the night before and she literally stayed up the entire night tweaking a dress that needed no tweaking at all. I'm proud of her and I have faith that one day she will be a household name. Follow your dreams girls, you're gonna set the world on fire, wait and see. xoxoxo!

I thought the reunion was pretty tame all things considered. This makes me happy; I hope you all feel the same. We've had enough drama for a lifetime, agree? Part 2 airs Sunday, let's see if we can keep the momentum going. Wishful thinking?

The back and forth between the Gorga-Guidice clan was predictable, and to be honest, at this point in the game I'm throwing the towel in. Both believe they are right and innocent, and frankly, you can't berate someone for speaking what they believe to be their truth. One day the sun will shine down on them all and there will be peace in the neighborhood, you gotta believe folks, believe.

332 comments
rebec321
rebec321

Give up on Teresa.  After all you guys have been through and you have tried helping her and at the very end she had to start up again.  Something is definitely wrong with her.  Acting like she has no idea why they are in trouble with the law.  What did we do???? Are you kidding me.  She can't even face that.  Just give up.  She ALWAYS has little digs she always throws in and then trys to act innocent.   

fleec
fleec

Thank you Caroline, for being a REAL housewife.  

 

piperbeau
piperbeau

This is the thing Caroline you put out there that Teresa was being superficial in Arizona! Maybe you thought she was being fake!! Teresa put out there that you and Al were arguing in Arizona! Maybe she thought you guys were arguing which isn't farfetched.. You'll do argue a lot... But you expect Teresa to apologize??!! What about you apologize to Teresa?! For putting out there she was superficial?! Caroline isn't that being hypocritical?! 

Cyn44
Cyn44

Hi Caroline,

I was really surprised about how unfair you were to Teresa at the reunion. Teresa said that you were one sixteenth Italian in her cook book and you acted crazy the whole season. Tre did apologize for saying that you and Al were fighting in AZ. but you thought that calling her superficial was fine and felt no need to apologize. I guess you are above apologies Caroline. You were dead wrong and once again showed that part of yourself which is  really not very nice.

That being said, I am sorry you are leaving and I wish you the best.

snowowl215
snowowl215

Caroline, going to miss you on the show. I wish you and your family the best of luck. I will be watching your new show can't wait.

lizz6769
lizz6769

Caroline I have to say I really think you are an awesome person, mother, friend & these ladies should be very sad you are leaving because you have always been there for them. I look forward to your new show and I wish you all the very best!

rukidding
rukidding

Caroline thank you for letting us watch you and your family.  Whatever your reasons are for leaving RHONJ, only you know what is best for your family.  By the way you are not OLD.  You may be older that the other women, but not by much.  Can't wait to see the new spinoff.  See you soon.

Shanacoo
Shanacoo

Hello Caroline, I have been a huge admirer of yours since the beginning of the series. I am sadden to hear you are leaving the show. I watch RHONJ for pure entertainment and am totally aware much of it is for ratings sake. But I find myself involved in a family situation similar to what Joe and Teresa are experiencing. It's between my husband and his sister. So much of what they have gone through mirrored our family experiences. I also have related to your issues with Dina, I too have a sister that I haven't spoken to for several years. It is heartbreaking and over nothing worth sacrificing a relationship over. But what you said at the end of the reunion and in your blog hit home with me. When you step back and look at the mental capabilities of someone who is a narcissist, the only thing you can do to save your own sanity is remove yourself from the situation. If you remain in the dysfunction long enough, the dysfunction becomes the norm. You go around and around never gaining any ground. It is impossible to reason with the unreasonable! You are too classy and level headed to remain in the situation....you attempted to bring honesty and loyalty to the forefront and it seemed to be appreciated by those that matter. For those who didn't, unfortunately, I would guess they will make the least difference in your life anyway. Thank you for always being authentic! You showed us that all families have their ups and downs but in the end the most important thing is being true to who you are and the people you love the most!

Cutenu2
Cutenu2

I love you Caroline. You are very sensible and don't need all the back-biting or stress. Smart move to get off the show. If you get your own show, I'm watching! God bless you and your family.

Zoeyg
Zoeyg

Caroline, I have always been a fan and always will. I have to say that RHNJ has become so toxic that I truly can't watch it anymore. I will gladly tune into your new show for a refreshing change. Thanks

la12ce
la12ce

Over RHNJ ......bring on the Manzo clan!!!

Valeria38
Valeria38

Caroline I am going to miss you but I'm glad that you are going to have you own show...I heard some "stuff" about the reason why you left the show, it doesn't matter, you are a strong person and you know that you can count on your strength and the support of fans, I keep you in my prayers!

thaliajen
thaliajen

You're not throwing in the towel, you're moving on. Big difference. Huge! That said, so sorry to see you go. But I couldn't live with the stress of that show and you're stronger than I am. You were my fave housewife and I hope life goes on well for you. Can't wait for the new show. God Bless you all.

Baggie
Baggie

Watch Teresa she is lying touching her hit the tilt of her head classic clubs to lying quick to to be defensive , even the remark about joe trying to please his wife, I work, she is so vain, now this court stuff she connot distupe the stuff we saw in the beginning spending cash remarks, she will get ate up on stand I feel for her and my heart goes out to joe, she has him clueless to her antics , I do not believe her about the rumors and her brother she is guilty.

Nycmom
Nycmom

So tired of Caroline and her long winded stupid speeches.

Doghouse
Doghouse

Oh just watching this show I cannot believe Carolyn cannot control the need to act tough. Your eye rolling, smirking and huffing/puffing is so juvenile. Please leave this show!

gibsontara34
gibsontara34

you're  a nutcase... glad you're done... and I'm not even a Teresa fan.. but you make yourself look stupid. Teresa sat there and told you that you hurt her and you NEVER EVEN HEARD HER.. you just kept running your big mouth about you! This Bravo fan will turn the channel when your show comes on

threesistersx3
threesistersx3

Caroline, please please stop living in denial ....when Andy asked you about your Father in law...you truly went around the horn to dodge it.  For people who make the choice to go on national TV your life with the ugly parts and good parts will be dragged out.  You knew this when you signed on.  Those who live in NJ know the story anyway so please stop the drama.  The part about your birthday was ruined ugh....no day would be good for that news.  

Doghouse
Doghouse

You don't want your husbands fathers memory "be smudged"? Excuse me? Do you read? Do you write? Have you been educated? I just can't say anything else.

Mikeyg2012
Mikeyg2012

OMG! Does Theresa ever take ownership for anything.  All She does is interrupt with how she didn't do it, she didn't say it, Listen did you defend your family no.  Geez, I can't stand her.  She thinks everyone owns something to her.  Her body language speaks volumes, Rosey hugging everyone, but not Theresa, she sits and waits for people to come to her.  CANNOT STAND HER and her Eddie munster forehead.  Go AWAY Theresa!

bravoliscious
bravoliscious

How can you possibly feel that you are in any position to comment on Teresa & Joe's relationship issues when you cant find peace with your own sister.  I believe you have been separated for her longer than the Gorga/Guidice split.  Where do you get off??

I did not hear Teresa say she lied, what she said was "that was what I heard".  If its what she heard, how does that make it a lie?

Andrea36
Andrea36

I am so sure Caroline did way more for Teresa and her family than we will ever know.  Teresa needs to have more respect for Caroline. Caroline Can not wait for your spin-off. Much love to you and the family. Team Caroline. I could say so much more about Teresa but I don't care anymore. I have 39 more reasons to feel this way. She is still lying about you Caroline. Enough is Enough.

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

Caroline has be relived to get out of Dodge ......dealing with Theresa is like banging your head on a brick wall ......I doubt if there will be any communication once Caroline leaves the show .......who knows what the future will bring for NJHW ......I would like to see it continue it has been a mind vacation for me it takes me out of my zone I love watching the drama and hilaritry ...the makeup and clothing and plastic surgery ...it's fun 

debby.gibbs.77
debby.gibbs.77

Caroline, I knew EXACTLLY what you meant about the, never say my husband hasn't cheated. I've been with mine for 27 years. Mostly good but hey, when they go out drinking, boys night, you just never know. I knew you meant, don't keep your head up in the clouds. Why is it so hard for Teresa to admit she's wrong?? Why does she have to knock others down? Has she always been that unhappy in life? I agree, her and Melissa are the same. I noticed that in the bead store in that episode...I even yelled at the t.v., "THAT'S THE SAME THING TERESA SAID, WORD FOR WORD!!" I don't think Melissa is as viscous --on camera. Back to you, YOU are the one and only reason I watch the show. You're normal, show what a person with self respect, pride, morals, self worth, values, and a strong family life is all about. There's nobody else like you on, "reality", t.v.. You've done an amazing job with raising your kids and I hope that Al will retire soon so you two can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Who knows, you might drive each other crazy!! :)

I hope you continue on the show, if not, I completely understand. Thank you for sharing your life with us. It's been a real pleasure getting to know you. Best of luck with your family situation and I admire you for keeping that where it should be---off t.v..     Lots of Respect & Love,

                                             Debbyprincess@cox.net

tch857
tch857

This is the first time I have ever come to a web site or "blog" thingy so I am not familiar with the protocol. I watched the RHONJ for a bit and hen stopped because I thought "How could this be real?! They don't really expect people to believe that a TV show should include an evil, pathological liar unless it is a soap or a fake." Unfortunately I keep getting drawn back in when I am flipping channels. I consider myself a very intelligent, rational person and this is my take of the cast. 

Caroline: you are a "real" person and I admire your blunt honesty and your allergy to BS. You are someone who I would want as a friend. You are loyal and strong and a great mom. Kathy: You are a sweet person and I am happy to see more of a backbone coming through in you. Your husband is a bit odd but I've met guys like him and they are basically harmless and just try to be funny. I think you will be a great success in business. Rosie: Stop trying so hard to find "the one". You are  great, funny woman and if you relax and let it come to you, you will find love. You tend to go over the top and scare people away, just cool down and let your inner beauty come out. Melissa: You are stunning and a tough woman. I am not up on current music but you have a pleasant voice. Try to ignore the evil one but never turn your back on her. Your husband does need to grow up a bit and your best bet is to keep your family apart from the toxic side of the family in order for him to grow. Jacqueline: You and Chris are really wonderful people. Don't get sucked back into that toxic relationship with the insane one. You need to take care of yourself and stick close to people who are true friends to you, like Caroline and Kathy. Nick will make progress, he may never be "normal" but who is? Who wants to be?! He is an adorable kid and has his own special gifts and talents, just wait and see. I was a teacher for 11 years and I know a winner when I see one. Also, you have a super husband, he is one in a million. Keep his friendship and support as your main strength in life and things will be fine. Teresa and Joe Giudice: You are scary people. You seem to have no moral compass and think that lying and taking advantage of others is a good way to live. The world does not revolve around you and you are setting a horrific example for your children. I sincerely worry about them. You both need serious psychiatric help, although I don't think any medicine on earth can help you if you can't see how warped you are and how distorted your views are. I am not trying to be hateful but my gosh you are out of control and need to take a step back and change your lives.

Blondie62
Blondie62

IMPO whatever Teresa told Kim D. she said in anger.  Though it was not the brightest move knowing Kim D. had an axe to grind with Melissa to begin with it certainly looked like Teresa started it by confiding to Kim D. and the game of telephone began.  I have to say though that what Penny and Johnny did was incourageble tweeting about an austistic child.  Teresa definitely has bigger fish to fry if the charges stick.

zookeeper93
zookeeper93

 @piperbeau Teresa and Melissa were both being superficial during the exercise, and that is what Caroline was commenting on. Them BOTH being superficial, and not being open to the exercise, kind of like Rich was being, by cracking jokes. Only later did Teresa go back and lift the leg. 

That said, Apparently later in the session, Teresa was able to lift the horses leg. Bravo chose not to show that scene. Also, Caroline's talking head interview may have been a direct answer about what she thought of Teresa and Melissa not lifting the horses hoof. In the scene shown, they were both being superficial. Who knows what Caroline elaborated on or was asked that was cut out. 

That said, people are commenting about what was portrayed on the show, which did show Melissa and Teresa being superficial. Caroline witnessed their flippant behavior to the exercise. On the other hand, Teresa did not witness Al and Caroline fighting, as she wrote in her blog. She admitted to Caroline she "heard" it, but wrote the rumor as if it were truth because she was mad. Yet, one is an opinion stated based on personal and eye witness experience and the other was rumor spreading (or creating). Big difference. 

chattyone
chattyone

 @Cyn44

 Nah ... Teresa was the one that showed she was dead wrong , and once again showed she is the one NOT nice.

As Teresa said herself , "I said that you and Al were fighting because I was mad."

MirandaDeAnna
MirandaDeAnna

 @Valeria38 You wouldna have to hear much! I would left a long time ago. She's far too classy for thi crap.

jcavchn
jcavchn

 @Nycmom

 So now you can watch, and listen to, even dumber speeches without her on the show.

Diniva
Diniva

 @Doghouse  Didn't she say besmirched? It means to ruin the reputation of.

Cyn44
Cyn44

 @bravoliscious

 And let us not forget Tre apologized to Caroline but Caroline was not big enough to apologize to Tre for calling her superficial. Not so big of her is it?

threesistersx3
threesistersx3

 @bravoliscious Yes, that;s what she heard but she was there with Caroline and her husband during the trip so she should have a good balance of what is true and what is mean gossip.

But non the less, a person of character does not repeat gossip.  Also, didn't you hear Teresa say she was mad at Caroline so therefore she wanted to slam her back with the tweeting.

Come on...what Teresa did was useless and mean.

Patticakes
Patticakes

@Andrea36 Can you tell us what did Caroline do for Teresa & her family except destroy her family with her mean lies. State 3 nice things that Caroline has done...

reba1234
reba1234

 @debby.gibbs.77 you know Caroline, as well intended as you are, the other families are not your's to deal with.  Yes, do I even notice that you're in the show or not?  Maybe sometimes but not usually, but the drama is what sells not your truth as you see it.  Maybe taking off those rose colored glasses once in awhile and you might see the world and that includes yours, in a whole different light .  You have not had a closeness with your husband in ages, we barely see either of you together unless your disagreeing with each other.  Maybe, just maybe you can't have your cake and eat it too.  Your kids will grow up and move on,,,,,,,unless they are tied to the apron strings and developed into people that are to tied to mommy and DADDIES money belt.  They do move on and all you have is each other and years later you can't unring that bell.  All that controlling you did with the kids and everybodies families, you could have concentrated on your marriage.  I just tell it like it is, as you would say.

CrazyKoolaid
CrazyKoolaid

 @threesistersx3  @bravoliscious

 threesistersX3 - Great comment!

Amazes me that people don't see the distinction of a person giving an opinion vrs spreading a rumor for the sole purpose of retaliation.

If an 'unknown' person creates an unverified rumor.  It is not the TRUTH.   If Teresa takes that and runs with it.  It is still, not the TRUTH.   If not the TRUTH....it is a falsehood and a falsehood is a LIE.  Teresa is simply using semantics so as to not take responsibility for her nonsense,  once again.

Diniva
Diniva

 @threesistersx3  @bravoliscious what Theresa said was minor compared to the things that Caroline and the Gorgas say about her and accuse her of. They can slam her left and right, but when she responds back with something negative about them, then they act so indignant, as though she were the devil or something..  To them it's only okay when they do it, but not when she does. 

memsiam
memsiam

 @Patticakes  @Andrea36 When Teresa phoned her to come to the ski lodge because of the trouble, Caroline drove 5 hrs. to help.  Another time she talked to them saying to reconcile mainly because of Teresa and Joe's parents.

drakey
drakey

 @Lizbaby  ah sorry, but that's not what the bloggers are talking about! I do agree with you that little Joe is a wimp!

CrazyKoolaid
CrazyKoolaid

 @Lizbaby  @CrazyKoolaid  @threesistersx3  @bravoliscious

 Lizbaby.

Perhaps you should follow the thread of the post so you will understand!   It wasn't addressing ALL the rumors, rather the last one.  You know, the one that Teresa once again, "heard something" (must be true, right?) but admitted she retaliated and it was a "Shi##y thing to do".......

 

Lizbaby
Lizbaby

@CrazyKoolaid @threesistersx3 @bravoliscious She did not make up the rumors what is it that you don't understand. So what she sat there and listened. If my brother was married to a bitch and someone was talking about her your damn right I would sit there and listen. Then I would tell my brother, just like Teresa did and her brother turned it all around on her. He is a wimp. Period. The only people bringing up the rumors on the show were Melissa and Joe. So please people...