With The Real Housewives of New Jersey out of her life — Jacqueline Laurita has more time to do the things she truly loves!
Jacqueline took a break from her philanthropic endeavors to spill shocking details about her sudden RHONJ departure and harassment from Danielle Staub.
Jacqueline, 47, dished that Bravo gave her notice two days after confirming her start date and season 8 storyline.
“Bravo gave me a start date that we would be filming,” Jacqueline told Hollywoodlife. “They had me on the group text with the girls. They got our storylines together and everything was ready to go. Then, two days later, they told me their concerns.”
Production’s main concern was how they would mesh Jacqueline with co-stars, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga, after last season’s major fallout.
“The show is about an ensemble of women who hang out, it was going to be hard to have that,” she said, adding, “They were worried about how we were going to make that work.”
However, they did offer the autism advocate a part-time proposal.
“Bravo did offer me a part-time spot on the show,” Jacqueline admitted. But, as a cast member who was there from day one, aka for seven years, Jacqueline knew her worth. “They said, seeing how I meshed with the girls, I could be a full-time, but they didn’t guarantee it. For me, part-time wasn’t worth the aggravation.”
Jacqueline‘s husband Chris offered some perspective into to his wife’s character and explained why the alternative deal would not work.
“The bottom line is, she’s not going to pretend to get along with someone that she doesn’t get along with.”
Jacqueline dished that producers invited her to film scenes for the upcoming season.
“They’ve asked me to film, but I’m not going to,” she said. “I don’t like the fact that I’d have to try out again, because they can use you all season; you could be their sacrificial lamb and they may not even use the footage. I didn’t feel like that was fair to me to give seven years of my time to then have a lesser everything than the other girls.”
The mom of three addressed rumors that former castmates, Teresa and Melissa, pushed to get her fired.
“They tried [to influence the decision to have me gone],” Jacqueline said. “But, I don’t think anyone has that kind of power. I think that maybe the Housewives didn’t want to [film with me].”
Jacqueline dropped a bomb about returning RHONJ cast member, Danielle Staub. Danielle has been spotted filming for the current season.
“She’s been harassing me for years. She doesn’t intimidate me at all. She has contacted people on social media to make up fake accounts to harass me. I have screenshots of it, because these people have turned on her and sent me everything through DMs. She was trying to make up stories and doing anything to defame us.”
Although Jacqueline declined Bravo’s part time spot — she admits that she’s not done with the show entirely.
“You never know what the future will hold.”
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