'Real Housewives of NJ': Dina Manzo to exit the show
Bravo can be very sneaky in their previews. Fans were taken aback when during the last episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," a commercial announced that one of the housewives was "leaving forever." Now, we know who it is.
A source close to the cast has confirmed to Zap2it that Dina Manzo is leaving the show.
We have contacted Dina for confirmation, but she didn't respond to our request. But when we talked to Dina right after news broke that cast mate and best friend, Teresa Giudice, had filed for bankruptcy, we had a feeling that she had fallen out of love with the series. It seemed the Danielle Staub debacle at the benefit for the baby with cancer was all that she could take. Dina runs her own charity, Project Ladybug, for children with life-threatening diseases and it hit her hard.
"For me knowing how hard I work," Dina told us. "For her to make a mockery of it was extra upsetting as a cast member, you know, to be part of the show, to see her do that. It was really the last straw for me."
Dina says that she was under the impression that Bravo wasn't going to film the event. She found out when she received an angry call from her husband asking why the cameras were at the The Brownstone.
"The fact is it's real life. It's exactly what happened," Dina says. "And I myself was completely, a thousand percent against this being filmed, because I take this very, very seriously. I am so exhausted at the end of the day and I don't make a penny for Ladybug."
In the last episode, Dina went face-to-face with Danielle and it didn't work out the way she planned. She told us she was "mortified" when she figured out that Danielle had brought her thugs along.
In the next episode, we'll see how the confrontation ends. But, if her goal was to divorce herself from all interaction with Danielle, it makes sense that she'd choose to leave the show.
UPDATE: Bravo sent us the following statement: "While there is a lot of speculation about who, if anyone, is leaving the cast - viewers will have to tune in on Monday night to find out the truth."
What do you think of Dina's decision to say goodbye?
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