Jacqueline Laurita Rejects RHONJ Offer, Quits For Good

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.”


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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Offer Can’t Miss Marriage Advice

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been married for even more years than the number of children they've produced.

Thirty-three, to be exact.

Yes, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been married for 33 years, most of which came long before they were reality TV stars.

And while their lives are not without controversy (here is a look at the latest scandal), the bond between them has never been questioned.

Seriously, of ALL the stories and all the issues surrounding the Duggars, how many times have we heard that this marriage is in trouble?

Okay, quite a few, but unlike many Duggar scandals, everyone knows those are bogus. Michelle and Jim Bob aren't going anywhere.

What is their secret to a long-lasting relationship? Say what you will about them, and their belief system, but they certainly have one.

In honor of Valentine's Day 2018, Jim Bob and Michelle are happy to share their keys to making marriage work. Such as …

1. An Instagram Tribute

An instagram tribute
“On Valentine’s Day everyone is thinking about LOVE and finding ways to express their love. I am so thankful for Michelle,” Jim captioned a photo of the couple on Instagram, prior to delving into specifics about his wife and their relationship.

2. He Continued:

He continued
“Not only is she a wonderful wife; caring, selfless, kind and compassionate but her beauty continues to radiate from the inside out and I genuinely love her more today than ever.”

3. And He Concluded:

And he concluded
“One of the things we’ve learned as a couple is that no matter how many children you have, or how busy you get, you have to continue to place a high priority on your marriage. Don’t neglect it. Don’t take it for granted. I always tell husbands, ‘Continue to date and romance your wife. Make sure she knows how special she is.’ Love you Michelle!”

4. What Else Can They Tell Us?

Michelle and jim bob wedding
Jim Bob included a link to the Duggar Family website at the end of this loving post, specifically to an article he and Michelle wrote about not only their marriage… but marriages in general.

5. What is Their Advice for Marital Success?

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar on vacation
“We love each other more today than the day we married. Our love has grown richer & deeper with each passing year. Here are a few things we will share from our experience!” they wrote to open this helpful list.

6. Rule #1

Rule number 1
Early on in our relationship, we committed to never put each down or to call each other names (except sweetie, honey, etc…).

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Demi Lovato Will Offer Free Mental Health Counseling to Fans on Upcoming Tour

Generally, when we talk about Demi Lovato here it’s because she blessed the internet with another memorable swimsuit selfie.

But today, we’d like to take a moment to applaud Demi for providing an invaluable service to her legion of adoring fans.

Throughout her career, Lovato’s struggles with addiction and mental health have served as fodder for tabloid headlines, but while some stars might attempt to hide such troubles, Demi has embraced her struggle.

She openly discusses her painful past in hopes of serving as an inspiration to fans who might be struggling.

And now she’s going even further to ensure that young people who are experiencing the same problems she endured are able to receive the help they need.

Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Demi announced that her new tour will feature group therapy sessions and talks from motivational speakers before the music begins.

“It’s basically like a therapy session before the concerts, and we have speakers from all over and we’re also helping out with different charities from around the country,” Lovato said in an interview.

“I actually have bipolar disorder, and I’m very open about that because I think that mental health affects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it.”

Demi went on to speak about what she feels is her duty to the fans that made her famous:

“I think that it’s important for me to use my voice for more than just singing,” she stated.

“I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they’re not alone and I’m here for them.”

Thousands of fans have already taken to social media to thank Demi in advance for this important gesture.

In March, the singer will celebrate six years of sobriety following a struggle with drugs and alcohol that she says nearly cost her her life.

In the years since she got clean, Demi has become far more than just a singer to her millions of fans.

For many young people, she’s living proof that struggles can be overcome and there’s a light at the end of every tunnel.

Demi’s 2018 US tour kicks off in February.

She’ll play more than 20 shows in the next six weeks, and touch untold thousands of fans.