RHONJ Caroline to Teresa: Don't Play the Victim
By LISA HIRSCH
October 12, 2011
This Sunday's reunion of The Real Housewives of New Jersey promises to be explosive, and correspondent Christina McLarty sat down with Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile to dish the drama.
The ladies had strong words for Teresa Giudice, who has found herself to be at the center of much of the controversy this season, as she feuded with sister-in-law Melissa, her brother Joe, and cousin Kathy.
Caroline, who had been one of Teresa's most vocal supporters until this season (in the finale it was revealed that Teresa compared Caroline's cooking to "Olive Garden" and accused her of being only 1/16 Italian in her cookbook Fabulicious!), told Christina, "You don't have the right to play the victim when you're the one doing all the hitting. Everybody here wants to hug… Everybody loves each other here, it's all love."
While Melissa was diplomatic about her sister-in-law, Caroline was blunt, saying, "Why should I feel sorry for somebody that walks away from people that want to help her, that walks away from love and tries to hurt?"
On why Jacqueline Laurita didn't attend the reunion taping, the ladies shared that an incident (which they alluded had to do with Teresa) had happened during the taping of season four, and Caroline teased that Jacqueline had taken her "rose-colored glasses" off.
Although Caroline was at odds with Kathy and Melissa in the beginning of season three, she told Christina that she regrets her attitude toward them: "I was awful to them, awful to them. [Kathy] came to my house, this poor thing -- her angel wings are underneath the dress, you don't see them -- and I abused her. Because I had a preconceived notion about who they were, and it was so far from the truth."
Melissa promised that the "eye-opening" reunion will "answer a lot of questions for the viewers," going as far as to say, "Everyone's going to have every answer they ever asked for."
Watch our video for more, including an appearance by Housewives hubbies Joe Gorga, Albert Manzo and Rich Wakile, and tune in to The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion (click here for a sneak peek), airing this Sunday night on Bravo.