For someone who claims to be tired of all the drama, Jacqueline Laurita sure is stirring up plenty -- just not for the cameras.
The latest Real Housewives drama has been unfolding on Twitter, with the veteran New Jersey Housewife taking aim at former bestie Teresa Giudice -- and the show itself.
On Sept. 28, Laurita tweeted the she would not be attending the Season Three Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion because she wasn't feeling well. She then posted a series of tweets about the show, presumably in relation to Housewife Melissa Gorga running into her former boss at a strip bar while filming (Gorga maintains she only worked there for a few weeks, as a bartender, and was always clothed.)
Someone( not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad, Laurita said in the first of a flurry of tweets.
2b honest. I'm tired of the BS &shitty low life people. I didn't know this was what I signed up 4.I have 2rise above & move on.
I can't be part of the Charade anymore. It's unsettling. It's disturbing & against what I stand for. I'm a REAL housewife.
There is no real love there. Things aren't always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem).
On October 1, Laurita posted a Twitpic link to a longer rant, sort of explaining that Teresa Giudice had set up Gorga and arranged for her former boss at Lookers to show up during filming.
But the Huffington Post reports a different story; suggesting that Bravo producers were behind the setup.
The ladies were taping a fashion show at Posche, a source told HuffPo's Rob Shuter. Teresa [Giudice] didn't want to go because she's completely over the fake Bravo set-ups; however, no one knew what was about to happen. Melissa [Gorga] was nervous that ex-Housewife Danielle Staub was going to show up, but it turned out the surprise guest would be much more damaging.
Bravo's surprise at the fashion show was for Melissa: her ex-boss at Lookers, the strip club she used to work at, a witness at the taping told Shuler. No one knew him, no one knew he was coming -- although, of course Bravo had a microphone on him -- and Melissa ran away from him and refused to film with him, a witness at the taping tells me. The producers made Teresa talk to him to 'hear him out,' so his accusations would be aired on camera, but Teresa stopped him mid-story and told him to not talk about her family and left.
A Bravo spokesperson denied setting anyone up. Bravo was not involved in any set up, the spokesperson said to the Huffington Post. Ours cameras document the lives of these ladies.
On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that both Laurita and Caroline Manzo were to be fired from the show -- just a day after Manzo appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Executive Producer Andy Cohen to plug the show, which is currently filming its fourth season.
Jacqueline and Caroline have been among most level-headed Real Housewives of New Jersey since the reality show debuted in 2009 (unless you count Dina Manzo, who quit early in the second season, and whose husband never appeared on the show). Many had speculated that Laurita's tweets over the last several days were indications that she was planning to, or already had, quit the show.
Jacqueline and Caroline were told months ago that they wouldn't be returning for a fifth Season if they didn't bring the drama, a source described as a network insider told Shuter. This season has been dominated by Melissa [Gorga] and Teresa [Giudice] drama and season four, that they are filming right now, is going to be no different.
Bravo has come under increased scrutiny in the last several months as a disproportionate number of Housewives lives have fallen apart, and one life was lost: Russell Armstrong, Beverly Hills Housewife Taylor Armstrong's husband, hung himself shortly after the show's second season wrapped filming.
Armstrong's friends and family have accused Bravo of playing a part in his suicide, as he and Taylor were reportedly under pressure to bring drama in the form of marital strife. Taylor filed for divorce a few weeks before Armstrong died.
Neither Jacqueline Laurita or Caroline Manzo have yet commented on the report of their firing. This past week, Laurita launched a personal Web site that features a Bravo banner and plugs her involvement with the show.