We can say goodbye to shady feuds between Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita, because the latter will not be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Reportedly, Laurita sat down with producers and, when they couldn’t meet her expectations, declined to return and has now quit the show for good.
Interestingly, Bravo denies that this negotiation ever went down.
According to what a source tells Page Six, Jacqueline Laurita is not returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey. No matter what.
“She talked to producers and they couldn’t give her what she wanted, so she passed.”
This wasn’t just about money, however, the source says.
Laurita was apparently “stressed.” That makes sense.
Reality television and the fame that goes with it can be a lot to deal with, even if you aren’t a mother of three.
To be fair, however, not everyone agrees with that source’s assessment.
Page Six reached out to Bravo to get their comment about that story.
Their reply was unequivocal:
“This is absolutely not true.”
To be clear, the denial is that Laurita met with producers only to reject their insufficient offer.
Jacqueline Laurita’s career with The Real Housewives of New Jersey has had its ups and downs.
When the series premiered in 2009, she was part of the original cast.
She stuck with it until the sixth season, in 2014, when her status fell to Friend of the Housewives.
Then, she came back as a full Housewife for season 7 … and quit before season 8.
This time, though, it sounds like she’s quit for good.
In August of 2017, Laurita told Page Six that it was her decision to depart from the series.
“They wanted me to come on and start filming part-time to see how the storyline unfolded and then [said they] maybe would make me full-time.”
People generally don’t want to hear that they might get full-time. In that, grocery store employees and Real Housewives stand united.
“They weren’t guaranteeing full-time, so for me to film all season long under all that stress and drama to not have a guaranteed full-time [spot] was not worth it for me, so I said no.”
Good for her for standing her ground, right?
Producers have been on the prowl for a new (or returning) Housewife ever since Laurita’s friend Siggy Flicker quit.
At the time, Flicker wrote an open letter as a statement, explaining that she would never again allow others to control how she was presented to the world.
“I learned that when dealing with a reality show, never ever ever leave your edit in the hands of someone else.”
She then explains, using an analogy.
“Let me tell you why. Imagine the most well-behaved lion — a lion who was raised and surrounded by love — never experiencing cruelty. Now imagine that same lion is caged, poked, prodded, and beaten for weeks.”
This analogy is taking us to a very, very upsetting place.
“Finally, that lion strikes back at its tormentors. The tormentors capture video only of the lion attacking, show that video and label the lion vicious, unpredictable, and unhinged.”
That, she says, was her experience as a reality star.
“Welcome to the last year of my life.”