Entertainment Tonight. “I think the feeling [from the network] is that I no longer have an authentic connection with two of the season’s cast members.”
Laurita is seemingly referring to original housewife Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, whom she had an explosive argument with during the previous season.
“I think they feel I no longer fit in with the group,” she adds.
Laurita says she was offered a part-time role on the show, with an option of it becoming full-time “depending on how my story unfolded and if I meshed with the group.”
Laurita turned them down. “I just felt that after being on the show for seven years and putting my time and everything into that, to not have a confirmed full-time decision, with that feeling that I had to kind of tryout again, it just didn’t feel right," she shares.
There were also reports that the real reason Laurita was departing the show was because she had demanded too much money from the network. Not true, says Laurita.
“No, we didn’t even talk money. We didn’t even get that far!” she explains.
Laurita does confirm that Danielle Staub has been filming for the latest season. “I know she is filming, but I don’t know if it has been decided if she is a housewife yet," Laurita says.
So does this mean the door is closed for good on Laurita ever returning to the franchise?
“A full-time position is worth it, it is worth the aggravation!” she admits.
Nevertheless, Laurita is still thankful to RHONJ for giving her a platform to speak on issues near and dear to her heart. The perfect example is her emotional journey following her son Nicholas’ diagnosis with autism when he was three years old.
“It was so nice to be able to use that platform to raise autism awareness and do something good with it,” Laurita says. “All of my ups and downs throughout my seven years on the show made it completely worth it.”
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