Danielle Staub of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is quite the actress. On last week’s episode of the reality TV show, the polarizing and controversial cast member played the role of a philanthropic, caring and charitable woman…who just so happens to hang out with Hell’s Angels and ex-cons.
While shedding a tear one minute, the next she is filled with venom. Throughout the show she comes off as calculating, cautious and one who can’t help but invite chaos. After watching that episode, I couldn’t shake wondering what the parents of baby Emanuela, the infant girl who was diagnosed with cancer, would think after seeing the episode revolving around the benefit for their daughter. Would they still be on team Danielle? Or would they be offended as the housewives and oodles of viewers were. The answer is yes…
Emanuela’s dad Chris Stilianessis said, quite diplomatically I should add, “For starters, I would tell Danielle thank you for bringing my daughter’s illness to the table and to the ‘Housewives of New Jersey,’” he told Zap2it. “However, I would also tell her that I’m very surprised that you would utilize my daughter’s sickness for your own selfish reasons, to get back at the rest of the housewives.”
When he met with Danielle, he apparently didn’t get the whole gist of the drama, drama, drama that is the Real Housewives franchise. He said he didn’t watch the show until this season, and only then because he knew the benefit for his daughter would be featured. And he was “shocked” to see Danielle’s battles with the other housewives.
“I had no knowledge of Danielle’s relationship [to the Manzos] prior to the fact,” he says. “Because if I did, I would have asked her politely not to come.”
“She showed up to the event with I want to say in the realm of 25 people,” he says. “She had some guys who were Hells Angels. She came with people who, I come to know now, were people who were in jail. I was under the assumption they were her friends.”
And even though she came off as bringing lots of donations to the event, he claims that it wasn’t even Danilelle who bought the table for the benefit (for $350). And the table that was bought only held ten people. But Danielle brought an entourage of more than twice that…for her protection.
“As we were trying to accommodate her, it just became more of a melee,” Stilianessis explains. “I remember one of the guys [with Danielle] literally, and this came to me from one of my brothers, he slipped a fork up his sleeve. He said, ‘If anything gets out of hand here, I’m gonna gouge them.’” Yeah, classy.
And Stilianessis claims, with all her big talk, that Danielle only raised three hundred dollars. And this came from a donation from people that the family knew themselves for over twenty years. And the school that Danielle’s daughters go to raised $650 via a coin drive. But Danielle herself donated nada.
“For exposing my daughter’s illness and bringing awareness, I’m very appreciative,” he says. “I’m thankful that Danielle did do that. But if she had an underlying issue for doing it, that needs to be brought to the table. It isn’t right.”
Dina Manzo said in her Bravo blog that:
“All I have to say is that I am APPALLED at all involved who made a mockery of this event and childhood cancer. This is NOT the place for all this drama. I take this VERY seriously as these are the very babies that I work day in and day out for and I could NOT be more upset over this whole situation. I made it VERY, VERY clear to EVERYONE (even my own family) that me AND my husband were TOTALLY and COMPLETELY against this event being filmed, knowing how Danielle works NOTHING good could have come out of this. This was NOT the arena for drama.”
But there is good news amongst all the drama. Stilianessis’ daughter Emanuela’s cancer is now in remission. You can find out more about her fight against the rare disease, heptablastoma, right here Emanuela’s Heart for Hope website.