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Jacqueline Laurita: 'It's Been Positive Being Away' from RHONJ

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Jacqueline Laurita: 'It's Been Positive Being Away' from Real Housewives of New Jersey

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.

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Teresa Giudice: I Came on RHONJ for Fun ... And It Went a Totally Different Way | Teresa Giudice

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Teresa Giudice: I Came on RHONJ for Fun ... And It Went a Totally Different Way

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.

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RHONJ: What Made Teresa Giudice Storm Off During Part One of the Reunion?

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RHONJ: What Made Teresa Giudice Storm Off During Part One of the Reunion?

Originally posted 11/02/2014 10:25PM

Teresa Giudice stormed off the set of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion Sunday night when talk turned to her fraud indictment and impending imprisonment.

"I need a break. You all can have the conversation without me," Giudice said, abruptly standing up in her gown and walking off set, asking a producer, "Where's the bathroom?"

Giudice was upset when her cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri joined the show and a clip was shown in which their mother (Teresa's aunt) stated that if people do something wrong, it will eventually catch up with them.

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RHONJ Finale: 'I'm a Survivor,' Says an Emotional Teresa Giudice

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RHONJ Finale: 'I'm a Survivor,' Says an Emotional Teresa Giudice

Originally posted 10/19/2014 09:35PM

On the season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sunday night, viewers were finally able to see the wives' reaction to the recent prison sentencing of Teresa Giudice and husband Joe on fraud charges.

"That's why your [family's] getting destroyed now," said Teresa Aprea, who was still angry at Giudice for spreading the rumor that her husband, Rino, slept with her mother. "Karma's a bitch. Clink, clink," she continued, mimicking the sound of handcuffs.

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RHONJ: Whom Did Dina Manzo Ask to 'Pack Their Bags' and Leave Florida?

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RHONJ: Whom Did Dina Manzo Ask to 'Pack Their Bags' and Leave Florida?

Originally posted 10/05/2014 09:45PM

While Teresa Giudice continues to make headlines off-screen after being sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud, The Real Housewives of New Jersey continue to create their own drama on-screen.

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RHONJ: Amber Marchese's Husband Accuses Nicole Napolitano's Boyfriend of Being Unfaithful

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RHONJ: Amber Marchese's Husband Accuses Nicole Napolitano's Boyfriend of Being Unfaithful

Originally posted 09/28/2014 10:15PM

The Real Housewives of New Jersey went in search of alligators as part of their girls' trip to Florida on Sunday night, but Amber Marchese's husband, Jim, had the biggest bite of them all.

"Better watch out for the gators," Kathy Wakile wisely told her sister, Rosie Pierri, as she showed her the new house she was building. "And I'm not even talkin' about the ones in the Everglades."

"Don't you sing or something?" Rosie asked, looking directly at Kevin Jonas, who co-owns a construction company and is helping to build the Wakile family's new home.

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Jacqueline Returns to RHONJ: What Did Her Texts to Teresa Say? | Jacqueline Laurita

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RHONJ Recap: Jacqueline Laurita Returns, Shares Her Emotional Texts to Teresa

Originally posted 09/21/2014 09:55PM

Jacqueline's back!

Sunday's The Real Housewives of New Jersey featured the return of former housewife Jacqueline Laurita, who emotionally admitted to reaching out twice to her BFF-turned-enemy Teresa Giudice. But, she said she received little response in return.

"You are weighing heavily on my mind," said Laurita, reading from one of two lengthy texts she had sent Giudice to former housewife Kathy Wakile. "You were like a sister to me … I wish I could be there to hug you."

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RHONJ Recap: Housewife Amber Marchese Shares Stressful Medical News

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UpdatePosted 09/15/2014 07:30AM

RHONJ Recap: Breast Cancer Survivor Amber Marchese Shares Stressful News Following Checkup

Originally posted 09/14/2014 10:05PM

Things got real for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sunday night.

Breast cancer survivor Amber Marchese received stressful news after going to see her doctor for her five-year checkup.

"This is always a time of stress … you always fear the worst," Marchese said at church during Lent before her tests. "I'm always praying I'm healthy and have a long life with my children."

However, "the tests were inconclusive," an emotional Marchese told her husband after her doctor called about her bloodwork. "He wanted me to return for more testing … that's never happened. If I have a relapse, it doesn't look so good. You know that."

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Why Jacqueline Laurita's Return to RHONJ Could Stir Up Drama

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Why Jacqueline Laurita's Return to RHONJ Could Stir Up Drama

Originally posted 08/11/2014 05:00PM

It looks like even more drama could be in store.

Dropped star Jacqueline Laurita is returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey for a few episodes, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

"Jacqueline wasn't happy to not be returning to the show [as a cast member]. She was sad about it," an insider said.

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RHONJ Reunion: Caroline Manzo Has One Last Fight With Teresa Giudice

RHONJ Reunion: Caroline Manzo Has One Last Fight With Teresa Giudice

Originally posted 10/14/2013 09:30AM

There was less screaming than usual but a lot more tears as part two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion focused on Teresa Giudice's legal troubles.

Teresa and her husband, Joe, are facing the possibility of 50 years behind bars for multiple counts of fraud, and it's clearly weighing heavily on the mother of four. "Of course this bothers me. I'm human. There's a lot of nights I cry myself to sleep," the 41-year-old admitted. "I'm worried for my family. If I fall apart, the rest of my family's gonna fall apart … I don't want them to feel any pain … I'm just like every other mom."

"I don't believe in karma. I’m Catholic. I don't know why this came to us," she continued. "The best thing you can do is learn from it … It's in God's hands."

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