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Despite what you may have read elsewhere, the rumors about the Real Housewives of New Jersey casting shakeups are untrue. I have an independent source on RHONJ and know the facts. First of all, filming has not started yet. I know you’ve heard that Bravo wanted to capitalize on the Sandy superstorm drama but that’s simply untrue. One producer with one hand-held camera shot some video at the Sandy Relief Drive in Union, NJ last Saturday. The entire Manzo family and Jacqueline have been working tirelessly on relief efforts since the storm began. It’s NOT a Bravo storyline, it’s just that they are decent people. Y’all know I am a Caroline fan so let’s keep it classy in the comments. This is a huge disaster up there and not something that should be trivialized by our Bravo bashing. There will be other threads for bashing any RHONJ you’d like. But this is not the one.
But what y’all want to know is who is coming back, right? Here is the tea…
Bravo offered contracts to ALL the RHONJ just this week. No one has signed yet because NO ONE is happy with the dollar amount. So currently negotiations continue. The word is that Teresa is demanding a 1.5 million dollar contract which is a considerable increase. So far she hasn’t gotten it, but I suspect she will. But as it stands now all have had their options to return picked up, but no one has completed salary negotiations. Just today I read a news story about NBCUniversal laying off more workers and that Bravo was included. Money is tight at NBCU so budgets are pretty rigid.
This means that the story about three new cast members is false. No new people will be offered contracts until final deals have been accepted or rejected by the current housewives. I asked my source about Danielle Staub today as well. I fully expected laughter at the concept. I thought this was a non-issue by now. So I was surprised that the idea was not completely dismissed. Everything I have said up until now is FACT. The info I got on Danielle was more conjecture because my source doesn’t know/talk to Danielle. My source indicated that it’s possible Danielle may come back in a couple of episodes if they decide to have a storyline where Teresa and Danielle join forces to expose Melissa. I thought the term “expose Melissa” was very interesting. Alas, I had bothered my source at work long enough and if I constantly pester sources they tend to stop responding. :)
So that is the actual tea. Not nearly as dramatic as all the bullshit rumors flying around but it’s the truth.