09:56 PM EDT 11/18/2014
Originally posted 11/12/2014 10:00AM
After five seasons on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline Laurita knew it was time to take a break from reality TV.
"It was just very stressful," she tells PEOPLE. "So I agreed to do it part-time. It's been positive being away from the craziness of the show."
While the mom of three still appears in the show's sixth season, she's been focusing her time on family, including son Nicholas, who was diagnosed with autism in 2012.
Originally posted 11/06/2014 09:05PM
As Teresa Giudice gets ready to begin serving her impending 15-month jail sentence on fraud charges, the reality star told Real Housewives of New Jersey host Andy Cohen that she has "changed for the better" during part two of the reunion on Thursday.
Originally posted 10/06/2014 01:15PM
It's been a rough week for the Giudice household.
But in spite of Teresa and Joe's prison sentences, one family member is putting on a seriously brave face throughout the ordeal: the eldest of their four daughters, Gia, 13.
"She was like, 'It's going to be okay,' " Teresa told Andy Cohen in the exclusive one-on-one sit-down with the Giudices on a Watch What Happens Live special airing Monday night.
Originally posted 09/17/2013 02:45PM
They're as thick as thieves and now, they've got a show to prove it.
Caroline Manzo and her brood will be followed by a crew of cameras in Manzo'd with Children, a spin-off pilot that Bravo announced Tuesday.
The show will follow Caroline's doting husband Al, her son Albie's exploits on the dating scene, daughter Lauren's deliberations about marrying long-term beau Vito Scalia, and son Chris's latest entrepreneurial schemes – you might remember his infamous stripper/car wash idea from Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Originally posted 12/12/2011 09:45AM
Teresa Giudice may be known as the main chef in her family, but sister-in-law Melissa Gorga also enjoys time well spent in the kitchen.
In fact, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star tells PEOPLE she can cook up a mean linguine dish – and mix an equally delicious cocktail.
"I love cooking in the kitchen with my family, with everyone picking at the food before it makes it to the table," the Voli vodka ambassador tells PEOPLE.
As for her signature dish, she says it's "a traditional family recipe" best sipped with a pomegranate Voli martini, which she calls "light, refreshing, sweet and sour."
She also says Teresa's been a big help and teacher in the kitchen. "I am a good cook, but nothing compares to my sister," Gorga says. "She is a pro. She sometimes teaches me her secret recipes."
Originally posted 10/24/2011 08:30AM
Everyone's always pressing Dina Manzo for dirt about her old show, the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Now, the former cast member is coming clean – in what she claims will be the last time she'll ever speak about the Bravo show.
"It's a shame this TV show used to be about our lives and now some lives are just about a TV show. That's not how it should be," Manzo, 39, writes in a lengthy blog post on her website.
Manzo, now host of HGTV's event-planning show Dina's Party, recaps why she left the Housewives – she needed to escape "all of the toxic behavior" – and admit she distanced herself from all of the housewives after her exit.
She then briefly weighs in on the current war between Teresa Guidice and Caroline Manzo.
Originally posted 10/20/2011 03:15PM
The feud between Real Housewives Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo may be new but it looks like it's here to stay.
On part one of the explosive New Jersey reunion show, Teresa brought up an apparent rift between Caroline and her sister, former Housewife Dina Manzo. But Teresa later said, "I don't get Caroline's problem with me."
Now, in a new blog on Bravotv.com, Caroline clearing up any confusion and revealing her reasons for wanting to keep the "sad situation" between her and Dina out of the spotlight.
Originally posted 09/29/2011 12:35PM
The Real Housewives of New York City are already down four cast members for the upcoming season, and now one of their New Jersey counterparts is on her way out the door.
"Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit," a source tells PEOPLE. "She had to walk away for her sanity."
In a series of Tweets earlier this week, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star hinted that she's done with the show, and even said she did not want to appear on the show's season 3 reunion, which taped on Wednesday.
"I feel nauseous and feverish," Laurita Tweeted late Tuesday night, after attending the annual fashion show for the boutique Posche, a scene of past drama on the hit Bravo show. (Cameras, meanwhile, were there and already rolling on season 4.) "No reunion for me. Sorry guys. XOXO!"
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