Caroline Manzo on RHONJ Reunion: I Wanted to Cry When Teresa Giudice Freaked OutMara Siegler
“I have to admit that I’m not quite sure how to address tonight’s episode. I feel like we’ve been down this ugly road before and quite frankly, I’m ready to take the first exit off the crazy turnpike,” Caroline Manzo says on her blog on last night’s episode.
The cast filmed for 10 hours and Caroline calls it one of the most “frustrating and mentally exhausting things,” she’s ever done. “First, we live and experience what you see week to week in real time. Months go by, and we relive those moments as we watch each episode along with the viewing audience. In that time, we blog about it, talk about it in the different media venues, and answer all of your questions. When we meet to film the reunion, we’re pretty worn out emotionally.”
So it’s stressful. OK. But what about Teresa’s outburst?
“I expected yelling, screaming, and tears. I NEVER expected Andy to get tossed like a rag doll. I was in complete shock when that happened. Actually, I had to compose myself because I wanted to cry. Seriously, I did. When Teresa jumped off the couch and approached Danielle it was literally within the first ten minutes of filming. The only thing going through my mind at that moment, beyond the obvious WTF is going on, was that I couldn’t sit through hours and hours of this. If this is happening now, what’s it going to be like when we get to the real issues?”
But while Caroline found what Teresa did to be “ugly, ugly, ugly,” she also came to blows with Danielle. “I’ve received thousands of comments regarding tonight’s episode with everything from “I love you,” to “You’re a bully.” I get it; it’s totally expected and normal to have a mixed bag of emotions. Guess what? It is what it is. There was absolutely no way in the world I was going to sit quietly and listen to the lies and accusations that were being tossed around. My reactions were genuine and heartfelt. I wasn’t playing to the cameras, and I wasn’t looking for anyone’s sympathy.”
Sounds fair. Caroline may have dished out some choice words, but she didn’t push Andy and kept her butt in her seat.