Bravo network officially announced that Danielle Staub is not returning for season three of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Andy Cohen, who is a Bravo network producer, as well as the host of Watch What Happens Live, released a statement regarding Danielle’s departure via bravotv.com. He states “The reunion was Danielle’s last appearance on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. We thought hugs were a great way to end two seasons of bitterness between the women.”
Last night, the second part of The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s reunion show aired. There were plenty of insults hurled and later on a surprising hugging session. Danielle stood up with open arms and hugged Teresa Giudice and then gave Jacqueline Laurita an extended embrace. There were also tearful apologies between Danielle and Jacqueline, while Caroline Manzo frowned and rolled her eyes in disbelief.
Danielle Staub earned a reputation as the villainess of the show and she fought many battles with her co-stars. Danielle Staub was on a long roller coaster ride with The Real Housewives of New Jersey from having her past exposed; to the infamous Teresa Giudice table flip; to “the sit-down” with Caroline Manzo; to Teresa Guidice’s vicious verbal assault on her during the reunion show.
According to Popeater.com, Danielle was fired as a result of the hostilities between her and the other casts members. Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice, and Jacqueline Laurita expressed to Bravo that they will not return for the third season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey if Danielle Staub returns next season. It is alleged by an insider that Bravo lost Dino Manzo due to her rift with Danielle Staub, and Bravo did not want to risk losing the other cast members. Danielle refuses to accept any responsibility for Dina Manzo’s decision to leave the series. Rumor has it that Danielle is getting her own reality series on Bravo, but this has not been confirmed.
In my opinion, it is a bad decision by Bravo to eliminate Danielle Staub. There may be more peace behind the scenes and less stressful confrontations without Danielle. However, the ratings will suffer unless Bravo finds a comparable replacement for Danielle Staub. All of the cat fights and swearing is unpleasant, but this is the stuff of reality TV. Sadly, it is what many people enjoy watching and it drives ratings.
Danielle Staub Is Leaving ‘Real Housewives’, from www.popeater.com