It’s definitely a bittersweet time for Jacqueline Laurita: While The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom is excited to be moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, with husband Chris Laurita and their sons CJ, 17, and Nicholas, 10, they are leaving one important family member behind. Ashlee Holmes Malleo, Jacqueline’s eldest daughter from her first marriage, is staying in New Jersey with her husband, Pete Malleo, and their son, Cameron Malleo.
Jacqueline responded to Ashlee’s Instagram, which features a sentimental video tour of their previous home in New Jersey. Jacqueline wrote on Instagram, “WOW! Ugly cry with that video. Thanks [Ashlee Malleo] I love you! Miss you all already! See you at Christmas!”
Jacqueline previously shared that she was moving because Chris is opening an office and warehouse in Las Vegas, and she has family there, including her parents and brother. She wrote, “I just need to convince my daughter [Ashlee] and her husband [Pete] to move out there with my grandson [Cameron] and my life will be complete! They promised to come for Christmas at least!”
“I was asked by an executive producer what it would take for me to come back to #RHONJ…I said full time and a whole new cast. Lol! (Dolores [Catania] can stay.) I don’t like the direction it’s going in anymore,” Laurita, 47, tweeted on Tuesday, March 27. “I’m a very positive person & I’m very happy with my life. I love my family & I love my friends. I want to do positive things. I love sharing my journey & knowledge I’ve gained along the way. I love helping people and that’s what I am going to continue to do.”
Multiple sources told Us Weekly exclusively in January that producers had considered approaching Laurita and Caroline Manzo about coming back on the show. But two months later, Us confirmed that neither would return.
Laurita was one of the original Housewives when RHONJ premiered in May 2009. She was demoted to a friend of the Housewives in season 6 in 2014, only to return as a full-time cast member two years later. In April 2017, Laurita revealed that she had officially left the show, telling Entertainment Tonight that she no longer had “an authentic connection” with fellow OG Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga. Meanwhile, Manzo, 56, was a main Housewife for the first five seasons before starring in her own spinoff, Manzo’d With Children.
Danielle Staub, who returned to RHONJ last season as a friend for the first time since her season 2 departure in 2010, will be back, but her role is up in the air, according to the source.
While no new full-time Housewives have been hired yet, “they’re rolling in a bunch of different people and trying to figure it out as they go,” a source explains.
As previously reported, sources exclusively told Us Weekly in January that producers were considering approaching former housewives Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita about returning to the series. Us can now confirm that they will not be returning this season.
When asked in January if she would rejoin the hit franchise, Caroline told Us it would “be a major, major decision.” (She left RHONJ after five seasons in 2013 and went on to star on Manzo’d With Children with her family for three seasons.)
“It’s not something that I would embrace wholeheartedly and say, ‘Let’s do this!’ It’s something that I would consider very, very heavily and for a long time,” she explained. “On my end it would have to be a very well thought out decision because it has so many layers to it at this point in my life. So many layers to it. I had so much fun doing Manzo’d. It was just an awesome awesome opportunity.”
If Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita decide to return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, one unlikley person will be on board: Danielle Staub. The Bravo star, who appeared in seasons 1 and 2 before rejoining last year, revealed that she’s heard rumors they may come back.
“I would love it because Teresa [Giudice] and I have each other’s back. They did to me what they did to her so …,” she told Us Weekly exclusively at the New York premiere of First We Take Brooklyn on Wednesday, February 7.
Giudice and Staub didn’t get along in the first two seasons – Giudice infamously flipped a table toward Staub in the first season – but have since put their differences behind them. “I knew we would [become friends]. I just think it was the universe calling,” she told Us. “I just think I had to wait and she had to wait and time had to go by. Things needed happened and those things happened and time went by and here we are.”
Last month, Manzo, 56, opened up about the speculation. “It’s not a no and it’s certainly not a yes. It’s a who knows,” she told Us at the time. Manzo left the show after five seasons in 2013 and went on to star in her own spinoff for three seasons. Laurita also left the show after five seasons, came back full-time in season 7, then exited again.
Since they’ve been gone, Staub has just become closer to Giudice, telling Us they speak every day.
As is tradition, once a Real Housewives show wraps up its reunion, all eyes turn to the season ahead. For The Real Housewives of New Jersey season nine, that could mean an infusion of new (or familiar) faces. Siggy Flicker already announced her exit, claiming she got a bad edit, and rumors are already swirling that the Garden State series could be bringing back original cast members Caroline Manzon and Jacqueline Laurita to shake things up.
“Maybe if they both come back it’s because they need the money,” Teresa Giudice told E! News. “But, I mean, whatever, bring it on. I could give two s—ts if they come back. Do I want to reconcile being friends with them again? No. They’re both evil people and I really don’t want anything to do with evil people. I don’t, but if I have to give them a piece of my mind I will.”
Teresa cited Caroline cozying up with her own family as a plot just for the show because she’s a “money hungry bitch.”
Click play to hear what she else she has to say about Caroline.
As for Siggy, who said, “After much reflection and Bravo’s support, I have decided that this will be my last season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I am grateful to the network for allowing me to be part of this successful franchise and wish only the best for Teresa, Melissa, Dolores, Danielle and Margaret. At this time, I want to focus on my beautiful family, my growing business and some exciting new projects,” Teresa said she’s not shocked that Siggy quit the show.
“It’s not for everyone. You’ve got to have thick skin in this business,” Teresa said.
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Jacqueline Laurita may be gone, but she’s definitely not forgotten in Dolores Catania‘s eyes. In fact, The Real Housewives of Jersey pal definitely keeps in touch with the Garden State alum after she confirmed her exit from the show back in August.
“I do, I do. Jacqueline has a heart of gold,” Dolores revealed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday. “I don’t see her enough ’cause I’ve been so busy.”
Though it is fairly easy for the two ladies to stay in contact, since, as Dolores noted, “She lives around the corner from me, actually.”
Drama, drama, drama! Usually, episodes of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise are full of theatrics, but in Jacqueline Laurita‘s case, she just wasn’t feeling the pressure to deliver. The Real Housewives of New Jersey regular was a staple in Seasons 1-5, but was demoted in Season 6 to a “friend of the Housewives.” But it was the fallout from Season 7 that really helped Jacqueline — a mom-of-three — make a concrete decision about her role on the show.
That’s why the Franklin Lakes native announced that she won’t be coming back for Season 8. “Unfortunately, I will not be returning,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think the feeling [from the network] is that I no longer have an authentic connection with two of the season’s cast members.”
Season 7 saw Jacqueline sever ties with co-stars Teresa Giudice — who has accused her of leaking the Giudice family’s criminal activity to the feds — and Melissa Gorga. “I think they feel I no longer fit in with the group,” she continued. With Jacqueline on the outs, Bravo allegedly attempted to make a deal with her, claiming that if she brought the drama — “depending on how my story unfolded and if I meshed with the group,” the 47-year-old said — she could stay on the payroll.
But Jacqueline admitted she wasn’t interested. It was the feeling of having to prove herself (again) that ultimately shaped her decision to part ways with Bravo and the rest of the New Jersey Housewives.
“I just felt that after being on the show for seven years and putting my time and everything into that, to not have a confirmed full-time decision, with that feeling that I had to kind of tryout again, it just didn’t feel right,” she confessed.
And for those who might be wondering what role salary played in her decision to leave, Jacqueline revealed money wasn’t even a topic of discussion. “No, we didn’t even talk money. We didn’t even get that far!”
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Christopher Laurita was found liable for fraud on Thursday by a federal judge in connection with a protracted bankruptcy case.
Chris Laurita’s clothing firm Signature Apparel filed for bankruptcy in 2009. In 2010, Anthony Labrosciano, the person designated by the court to settle the company’s affairs, filed a lawsuit against Chris and Jacqueline Laurita; Chris’ brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Adeline Laurita; and another brother Anthony Laurita, for allegedly using Signature Apparel bank accounts to pay for private jets, lavish vacations and expensive cars.
Joseph and Adeline Laurita settled their portion of the case in 2014 for $1 million, but Chris and Jacqueline as well as Anthony Laurita remained in litigation over the matter.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert E. Grossman for the Southern District of New York ruled on Thursday that Chris Laurita and management company Iconix, a subsidiary of Studio IP, were liable for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and tortious interference with contractual relations for diverting some of Signature Apparel’s assets. Laurita was also found liable for breach of his fiduciary duty, and Iconix was found liable for aiding and abetting Laurita’s fiduciary breach.
Grossman also found Studio IP liable for breach of contract, and New Star — another Chris Laurita compay — was liable for unjust enrichment of $1.8 million.
A hearing will now be set to determine the remainder of the damages.
Earlier this year, lawyers representing Chris and Jacqueline Laurita asked to be removed from the case due to the couple’s $290,000 in unpaid legal fees.
Jacqueline Laurita is over the drama of being a “Housewife.”
After Page Six exclusively reported in March that Laurita will not be returning to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” she explained to us that the decision to leave was her own.
“They had given me a start date,” she told us. “A couple days later they expressed concern that I wasn’t getting along with a few of the girls and they were like, ‘How’s this going to look authentic if you don’t want to be hanging out with each other?’”
“They wanted me to come on and start filming part-time to see how the storyline unfolded and then [said they] maybe would make me full-time,” she explained while promoting her health and beauty book “Get It!” at an event hosted by fitness app POPiN on Thursday night. “They weren’t guaranteeing full-time, so for me to film all season long under all that stress and drama to not have a guaranteed full-time [spot] was not worth it for me, so I said no.”
Cameras had followed Laurita’s on-again, off again friendship with fellow “Housewife” Teresa Giudice, whom Laurita subtly referred to her while signing copies of the book she co-wrote with Jene Luciani (author of “The Bra Book”).
A fan, coincidentally with the same first name as Giudice, prompted Laurita to quip, “I know a few Teresas.”
And as for why the workings behind Laurita’s latest venture — which was released in May — were never captured on camera?
“You can only promote so many books on the show, you know?”
Jacqueline Laurita, of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” isn’t afraid to go under the knife to get her ideal look.
“I never understood plastic surgery when I was younger,” she revealed. “But then when you get older, gravity takes its toll, your boobs start going south and lines form around your face. You start considering it more. You may look older, but you may still have the energy and drive of someone younger and you want the looks to match that feeling.”
The Bravo star opened up to Fox News about her latest plastic surgery, which she said she got after she began worrying that her silicone breast implants could rupture.
She decided to research other options and settled on the Ideal Implant, which is made of saline. Laurita found a new surgeon and went from a D-cup to a C-cup in December 2016. It was her fourth surgery on her breasts.
“On camera, I felt like I looked a lot larger with my boobs,” Laurita told us. “But I was insecure even before ‘Housewives.’ But no, it didn’t help having it in my face. I probably would have done them regardless.”
Dr. David Rapaport did her surgery for free.
“I was going to use them before they offered to cover the costs,” she insisted. “I was already researching it and trying to reach out to a doctor. It was just a no-brainer. Why would I still want to stay worried about my silicone implants?”
She said surgery isn’t the only thing she’s done to improve her body.
“I watch what I eat, I exercise, I do all of those things,” Laurita said. “Yes, plastic surgery can give you a jumpstart, but it’s not a cure-all. You still have to maintain it. You can’t just get a tummy tuck and expect a flat stomach for the rest of your life. You still have to eat healthy, you still have to work out.”
Jac won’t be back. Jacqueline Laurita revealed in a new interview that she will not be returning to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey for the reality show’s upcoming eighth season.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight for an interview published on Monday, April 3, the RHONJ vet — who was one of the original cast members alongside Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub — explained why she won’t be participating in the next installment of the beloved franchise.
“Unfortunately, I will not be returning. I think the feeling [from the network] is that I no longer have an authentic connection with two of the season’s cast members,” Laurita, 46, told ET, seemingly referring to her former costars and enemies Giudice, 44, and Melissa Gorga.
As viewers saw on season 7 of RHONJ, Laurita’s friendships with series newbies Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania flourished, but she got into several explosive arguments with both Giudice and Gorga, 38.
“I think they feel I no longer fit in with the group,” she told ET, adding that she was offered a part-time position on the show that could become full-time “depending on how my story unfolded and if I meshed with the group.”
But Laurita, who was already demoted to part-time for 2014’s season 6 of RHONJ before reclaiming her full-time status for season 7, was not interested. “I just felt that after being on the show for seven years and putting my time and everything into that, to not have a confirmed full-time decision, with that feeling that I had to kind of try out again, it just didn’t feel right,” she continued.
I’m no fan of Jacqueline, but ‘producers decision’ seems to be code for Teresa and Melissa not wanting her back.
Insiders say that Laurita — who has been a fixture on the show since it premiered back in 2009 — is departing after the network declined to cough up as much per episode as she had hoped for. “She’s really highly paid,” an insider told Page Six.
Meanwhile, sources say Wakile — who had been a member of the main cast for three seasons before becoming a part-timer last season — is disappointed to learn that she won’t be back at all for Season 8, we hear. Laurita’s departure means that Teresa Giudice will be the only member of the team to have appeared in all eight seasons of the hit show — no small feat considering that she spent one of them in prison.
It was recently reported that the series’ controversial star Danielle Staub — who appeared in the first two seasons — is to make a return.
Bravo declined to comment.