Amber Marchese, 38, has chosen to walk away from Bravo’s dark reality series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, after her rookie season.
The New Jersey housewife and mom is currently fighting her second battle with cancer, says she and husband Jim Marchese made the decision together. As reported, Jim labeled the series a “dark endorsement of criminal behavior and exploitation of children.”
“Jim and I have been giving Real Housewives or New Jersey a lot of thought and given the current state of affairs regarding our personal lives and the direction of the show, we officially decided to move on,” Marchese tells People Mag. “The show was not what we expected it to be, and I want to pursue more suitable endeavors.”
Amber joined the reality series for season six last year, and says the show “did not allow the viewers” to know the real her. Amber and Jim have been vocal recently about the show’s editing and/or generalizations of their character.
“I was picked on a casting call while pursuing acting, and the person that was presented was created for the show. I had little control over content, situations, or what they decide to show the viewers,” she says.
Amber goes on to elaborate how fake situations and friendships were crafted for the reality show, specifically, her fabricated friendship with RHONJ twins, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano, which turned nasty.
“Even my relationship with the twins was created. I recruited them for my storyline after I was chosen,” she says. “I only met with Teresa Guidice and Dina Manzo for filming purposes. I never built a friendship with them as we were nothing more than co-workers. I wish them all well and the best of luck, although, my husband does not share my sentiments.”
“I just want to thank everyone who has supported me and has shown nothing but kindness through my difficult times. It is a dream as an aspiring actress to get a lead role, but as with all careers, as one door closes, God willing, another one will open,” she says. “For anyone following my story, I plan on continuing my blog. God bless to all!”