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Caroline Manzo Claims ‘RHONJ’ Producers “Try To Push You” To Stir Up Drama But Insists It’s “Never Scripted”

Caroline Manzo reveals how much impact does the Real Housewives of New Jersey producers have on the cast in their dramatic and heated fights. 

“It’s never scripted, but they try to push you. ‘Hey, by the way, did you hear this?’ and if you’re dumb enough to believe it, you’re going to give them what they want,” she told Us Weekly. “It’s like playing in the schoolyard and you see the bully grabbing the quarter out of the kid’s pocket. It’s [up to] you to decide whether or not you’re going to help the bully or the kid.”

However, Manzo believes that producers are not to blame and that Housewives should be held accountable for their own words and actions. 

“What comes out of our mouths, comes out of mouths,” she said. “We’re adults, nobody makes you say anything. We have minds of our own. Never blame producers for anything.”

She continued, “It’s part of [the producers’] job to create — I don’t want to say drama — interaction between people,” she said. “Positive and negative. It’s their job to create a good show. They’re doing their job.”

Caroline claims she was fed plenty of rumors by producers that she decided not to mention during her time on RHONJ.

“You also have the option to say no. Plenty of times producers said ‘A’ to me and I said ‘B,’” she recalled. “Stand up for yourself and stand up for your values and what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Manzo notes that she is not sure if she will return to the Bravo hit reality series, however, she is not ruling the idea of a future return. 

“I get a lot of people saying we need you back to put [Teresa Giudice] in her place,” Caroline told Us Weekly. “But who the heck knows. So much time has passed. We’re all different people. Who could even say that I would fit in that equation or blend in that equation. It’s just a big ‘what if,’ and that’s fine.”

Caroline was an original cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey when it premiered in 2009. She left the show in 2013 after five seasons. She and her family starred in their own Bravo reality series, Manzod with Children, which ran for three seasons between 2014 to 2016.


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