RHONJ season 8 filming began filming a few weeks ago, but after the tragic loss of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga’s mom Antonia, things slowed down a bit. Last week was dedicated to giving Antonia a proper goodbye, and respecting the families as they took some time to mourn their mother.
While production is being mindful of Teresa and Joe’s loss, a RHONJ insider confirmed that, “production has resumed and it’s full steam ahead from here.”
Jacqueline Laurita is not a part of this season, but that hasn’t stopped her from talking non-stop to any media outlet that will listen. Currently she claims that she turned down an offer because production wasn’t willing to pay what she thought she was worth. It was consistently mentioned that she was the only one who “brought it” to season 7, yet most people were horrified and concerned by the way she acted last year.
All About The Truth is here to set the record straight, and explain exactly what Jacqueline was offered, and why she turned it down! “Jacqueline was never going to be a full-time cast member for season 8, she was offered a part time role. There are many stories going around clearly planted by her, but the truth is that she wanted full-time money and the show is going in a different direction,” our source explained.
Here’s a way to break it down, and make it clear why exactly Jac’s ego was so hurt by this offer. Last season Dolores, Siggy, Robyn, and Christina all began filming as, “friends” of the housewives. As we know, from there Dolores and Siggy became full-time, while Robyn and Christina were “friends.”
Kathy Wakile and her sister Rosie Pierri were confirmed as part-time right away, and had very little involvement in the season. There was never a question if they would be friends or official housewives; Bravo wasn’t interested in them in that way anymore That’s exactly the position that Jacqueline was in for season 8, and personally I see it as Bravo’s way of phasing out seasoned housewives.
When it comes to season 8 right now it’s too early to confirm if Danielle Staub and Margaret Josephs will be full-time, official housewives, or “friends.” They both have the chance to become full-time housewives; it all depends how the season plays out. Melissa, Teresa, Siggy, and Dolores are the only confirmed official housewives, so it’s assumed that at least one (or both) of the women will become full-time!
There are many rumors going around about Alisa Maria being a part of season 8, and as of now our insiders insist that she is just making appearances; that may possibly change, but as of now that’s where she stands. After some digging I found that Alisa has been on Bravo’s radar since the beginning of RHONJ, and it seems that they may be keeping her on the sidelines until they see where, or if they will need her to bring it!
A few weeks ago it was suspected that Jac would be back later in the season to do what she does best and cause drama, yet her negative leaks about the season may have ruined that chance. It looks like Alisa could take that spot; Jacqueline may have gotten too full of herself at Bravo, RHONJ will go on without her!
It’s no secret that Jacqueline and Chris could use the money, however she let her ego get in the way of her wallet; once she found out she had no chance of going full-time, she refused to participate.
Our insider wrapped by reiterating that production was “very aggressive” when it came to casting, and they are counting on season 8 to be the best yet!