Caroline Manzo Leaves RHONJ On Her Own Terms


Sigh. Despite all you poopy heads with no taste, I will not waiver from my love for Caroline Manzo. She is one of the few housewives who really tried to stay true to herself and not play a role for the camera. She was always looking for ways to get her kids on the show to give them opportunities.  That is what good mothers do when opportunity comes knocking. They share the spotlight with their kids.  Y’all be just as ugly as you wanna be, but I am truly going to miss Caroline.

Here is her farewell blog,

Here we are, at the end of the Housewives Road. It was quite a season, wasn’t it?  I hope you all enjoyed it.

I think I’m going to make this short and sweet, because to put all my thoughts into a single blog would take forever and quite possibly turn the blog into a novel, so here goes: I have made the decision to leave The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

NUP_158139_0013.jpgOver the past couple of years Bravo and I have had numerous conversations regarding my position on Housewives, and they accept and understand where I’m coming from.

When we started filming Housewives so long ago, Al made me promise him one thing. He said, “Just be yourself and have fun with it.” I’ve always prided myself on giving you the truth of who I really am, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn’t wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see. I’ve always prided myself on being a good example for my children and my decision to leave is based on advice I’ve always given them: “Be true to yourself and be proud of who you are, you are born with a name and you die with a name, don’t dirty it up.” Going back to film another season of Housewives would only make me a hypocrite. For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame. I practice what I preach, and as I said on the reunion, I’m done.I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give. 

I may be leaving Housewives, but my relationship with Bravo will continue as we started production on a pilot, Manzo’d with Children, which if goes to series  promises to give the viewers a very different look into the world of the Manzo Family.  We are having an absolute blast filming it, and I hope you all join us as we start our new chapter within the Bravo network.  We didn’t close the book, we just turned the page.

I posted this quote earlier today on my Instagram, I think it sums my thoughts up perfectly:

“There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good.  After all, life is too short to be anything but happy. “Thank you so much for being a part of one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  You guys are the best.


See you soon on Manzo’d with Children on Bravo!

/single tear


Filed under Caroline Manzo, Real Housewives of New Jersey, RHONJ

40 responses to “Caroline Manzo Leaves RHONJ On Her Own Terms

  1. Joan

    Not surprised… but saddened. She was my favorite – literally. I grew up with many aunts who were very like her. I thought she drifted away from her core at times, but she was honest (or so we hoped!) with us. I hate to see her go – but I’ll watch the new program and hope that the show is a hit!

  2. Tango

    It’s funny because I always thought she was a bitter old broad, preaching and being overbearing and controlling. But during what I watched of this last season, where every other cast member was a total flake, I started to like her and agree with her. I think she started to get Melissa’s number, and she tried to reel Jaqueline in a bit. Her recent comments about infidelity made me sympathize with her, because I feel like she may have been hurt by Al somewhere along the way and that’s how she deals. She gave that man and those kids her all.

  3. Gingersnap

    At first I didn’t like Caroline, but the crazier the rest of them got, the more I could appreciate her candor. I found myself annoyed with the many that hated her guts and liver…she didn’t deserve all that. So, to spite all those mean, mean people, I decided I would watch their show and hope many more will too. I would like to see them succeed.

  4. JoJo

    Caroline’s very smart and self-aware. Great time for her to leave this nonsense behind. I will miss her. I really did like her and her family. She admittedly had her bad moments, which were disappointing, but in general, I think she stayed the most true to herself. And her facial expressions when Melissa or Teresa said something so obviously untrue were priceless.
    Two things I wanted answers to, now never coming: the real, honest to God rift between her and Teresa; I always thought the origin was a collaboration on that ‘fabulous’ cookbook and Teresa kicked her to the curb. Second, that last “Stiletto Gate” fight night; she was way too emotionally invested for a bystander (crying “do you enjoy tearing families apart”) when it was supposed to be among JTG, “Penelope” Jac, Chris and the Gorgas. Was Al cheating a part of the conversation and she was able to have Bravo edit that part out? We’ll never know.
    I look forward to the new show. Good on ya’ Caroline.

  5. I’ll really miss Caroline. She was my favorite.

  6. I like Caroline also. I never understood why anyone liked Teresa, I still don’t.
    To me Caroline mostly wanted to have fun and help solve problems.
    I mostly caught the show on reruns because Teresa was so mean, self absorbed and delusional.

    • pdt090

      Because Teresa is entertaining, and that’s honestly all that matters on these shows. It’s a given that most of them are god awful people. Caroline isn’t quite as bad as the lot but she’s arrogant, self righteous, and boring, qualities which made her painful to watch.

  7. Okay, entertainment. I do forget that.
    Thank you.

  8. guccinara

    Funnily enuf yesterday they showed a whole day of RHONJ back to back season 1 on a loop in the UK. True to herself? I don’t know about that, there are defo some things that have changed about her, she takes more care of her appearance now. Like she was squeamish at the treatments the other women were having but i bet she has changed her stance on a few of things now. And I couldn’t stand that mafia kind of talk at the beginning, to me a brit she was so manly and sounded like robert dinero. “my family this… my family that… – (u talking to me?….swimming the fishes…)” but she has feminised (is that a word?) herself since that first series. I prefer her now to then she has softened but still wont take any nonsense and she reminds me of a favourite aunt too. But do I want to see a programme about her life and all the kids? Err no cant say I do. I just cant see them doing anything that would entertain me for an hour unless they are arguing with the neighbours or something.

  9. Kisha

    I think with Stiletto Gate, Caroline was so invested because Johnny the Greek was talking about Nicholas, which is her nephew (sometimes I forget that). Caroline has always been my favorite cast member, but I could definitely see a change in her from season one til now. And when she said this:

    ” Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn’t wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see.”

    She makes a great point. With each season, things got worse and showed all of them in a very bad light a lot of times. As for her new show, I wish her luck. I have a feeling though, it will lack all the drama/scandals/etc that most reality show views rely on. And that’s what keeps ratings up. If she could create a show without all the cursing, violence, etc and it’s successful, that would be an amazing thing.

  10. Good for her. In the season and a half that I watched she was the one I was drawn to the most.

  11. eg

    Caroline is my favorite too. A refreshing “saneness” in a whole sea of craziness. I like how she tried to be a peacemaker in a lot instances, and I didn’t find her “preachy” at all. I think sometimes when you speak the truth (or your own truth) that comes off as preachy to others especially if you don’t agree with them. She never said she was perfect (and she’s not) none of us are. But you do just keep striving for some sort of balance that doesn’t involve embarrassing yourself and hurting others. The one fault I find with her is that she seems to kind of smother-mother her kids (esp. Albie) that might be why Lauren is so pissy acting sometimes (like Vicki Gs’ daughter) the son Chris is kinda laid back and doesn’t take things so seriously (to me) but all in all they are good kids that know their mom and dad really love them and want the best for them like all parents do (or should). I will be checking out her new show and I hope she does well.

  12. Kat

    I love Caroline. No one likes to hear the truth or even an hones opinion, and that’s what she gave. To me she gave us a real dose of reality tv. I’m looking forward to her new show.

    • Puravidacostarica

      I think that is why I felt empathy toward Caroline. She just couldn’t sugar coat her thoughts or opinions (anymore? Maybe never?). And people really don’t like straight-talking bitches for the most part….even when they are being honest or calling others out on their bullshit. The recipients always fall into two or three categories: (1) those who are unable to hear the criticism because of their perceived issues with the delivery; (2) those who believe that everyone should be fake-nice under all circumstances lest one offend their sensitive ears (or for some past readers of this blog, their eyes); or (3) those who think women should, as a gender, sit down and shut up (believe it or not, there are still men in my profession who are of this ilk — men whose mommies didn’t mommy them enough or what-have-you). Either way, Caroline was sort of a STFU kind of woman and, for that, I admired her.

      • JoJo

        Great breakdown. (I was thinking of a 4th category ‘those who can’t take criticism, constructive or otherwise no matter what’:).

  13. Kat

    Teresa calling her out last night was a last ditch effort to play the victim and make Caroline look like the bad person, &try to throw a knife on her show…but the fact is, Caroline had a personal opinion about Teresa (which she’s entitled to) & Teresa responded but posting a blatant lie about her Carolin Caroline…Who’s th

  14. Lulu

    Of course she is leaving. She is filming the other show and her sister Dina is coming back.

  15. Mina

    This season was REAL DRAMA OF NJ, and I didn’t see Caroline needed to be part of it. She has always been my favorite, and I am glad she stepped out. Enough. Matter of fact, enough for this show, period. We need a new cast.

  16. My opinion remains the same ~ never really cared for her.

  17. Belinda

    Okay you love her….whatever ! But the question of the day is………can’t she do SOMETHING about those incredibly LONG breasts ?

  18. Good for Caroline. It’s what any sane person would do. The new show will not be on my playlist as there isn’t anything about the Manzo’s or their storyline that interests me.


      Could’nt have said it any better.

    • I don’t find the Manzo’s the least bit interesting or “palatable” In the least. Her children behave as spoiled brats, IMO. I find them terribly obnoxious and immature….behavior they seem to think is cute and endearing. I really can’t fathom why Bravo thinks a show about them will be the least bit successful. I think it will be on a par with Lisa(BH) show: Vanderpump Rules….a show featuring obnoxious and rude adults. All MO, of course




  20. jarlath

    She left on her own terms? Only after she had secured a spin off … if this hadn’t been the case, the old hag wouldn’t have left.

    • She has not “secured a spinoff” for one thing. She taped a pilot which may or my not be picked up based on ratings. She quit BEFORE Dina was approached. Bravo loves Caroline and the Manzos. They would have done just about anything to get her to stay. She was DONE.

      Only in the gay male world is 52 consider and old hag.

      • jarlath

        You don’t have to be a gay male to realize she’s an old hag. And why wouldn’t her pilot be picked, her family is incredibly entertaining.

      • Kat

        those of you all critizing about her age should pray you even make it to 52 smh at some of the stupid comments

  21. Katrina

    I will miss Caroline. She seemed to be the voice of reason, most of the time. I am glad she will get to showcase her family because this is probable what she wanted all along.

  22. JoJo

    In the old days, when the Manzo clan had their vignettes, I actually laughed at the interaction between Albie and Chris – one so serious and the other laid back, a clown (loved the stripper carwash idea). I watched their webisodes with Greggy and they were kinda’ funny. I think Lauren progressively got pissy during the escalation of Teresa vs her Mom, and that reunion where she just came off so pissed at the world. Or maybe her weight issues and being on TV and open season for social media, or her lapband was too tight. She didn’t come across in the best light for last couple seasons, but she didn’t start out that way, she had some funny banter with her brothers.
    Bottom line, I think before RHONJ got so dark, the Manzo’s were interesting. I really liked the Brownstone action, but that went away, maybe that’ll be part of their new show, I hope.
    That’s why I think without all of the RHONJ outside influences, it just might be entertaining. Now Al, I can’t even predict how he might act, since I never understood who he really is – he really amazed me that he told Caro to STFU – on camera. He seriously doesn’t appear to like prying eyes and all the outside drama. Maybe he’ll be a teddy bear if it’s just his family:))
    I’d even like to see bro Jamie and Chris Laurita involved, he can be pretty funny and I think he’s still involved in that disaster black water with the boys (so sad). But that means then there’s Jac. And that lady just really, really needs to break the reality cycle!

  23. Ugh. Caroline used to act like a mafia boss and dress like a middle aged frump, so I’ll give her credit there, but she’s still a know it all who doesn’t mind telling you what she thinks but won’t listen to you in return. She’s bossy and refuses to let her kids FLY! Cut the strings for Pete’s sake.

    If she doesn’t care if Al cheats, I don’t either, but she shouldn’t involve herself in other people’s drama if she doesn’t want her own brought to light.

  24. LMV

    I like Caroline. I kind of approach my opinion on “housewives” on a mental game of who could I sit down and have dinner with. On this franchise I think I would enjoy Caroline (and her entire family) and Kathy. The rest I might enjoy to sit back and watch but it would be super hard not to roll my eyes all night.

  25. Susan Patterson

    I loved caroline on RHONJ – she is such a unique woman, I shall miss her and her words of wisdom and her children really are a credit to her.

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