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Danielle Staub Shades Kim D, Jacqueline Laurita, Ashlee Holmes & More; Plus Denies Being the Villain During Season 1 & 2 of RHONJ

Danielle Staub has more enemies on the Real Housewives of New Jersey than I can count but despite her reputation, Danielle swears she’s not the villain that most fans think she is.

Recently, Danielle did a string of interviews where she spilled more RHONJ tea than ever thought possible.

Dying to know what Danielle had to say?

Well, let’s get to the good stuff.

It’s no secret that Danielle’s return to RHONJ has been talked about and discussed more than any other return in Housewives history. And while, many perhaps most, are very excited about Danielle’s return to RHONJ, it turns out that Danielle’s return to RHONJ could have happened much sooner if it weren’t for a choice few.

“I almost came back a few times, and it was the eleventh hour. I was scared,” Danielle revealed to The Daily Dish Podcast. “Caroline was still on the show. I gotta tell you something, I’m not violent. Inside I’m broken. When I was walking away from the reunion during Season 2, I looked so calm, cool, and collected. I come from abuse from when I was little all the way up. You just have a tendency that when you meet a bear in the woods, you don’t get intimated by it.”

While we know Danielle is thrilled that Jacqueline and Caroline are no longer on RHONJ, she reveals that Teresa Giudice is too. “I think she’s really grown as a person. Getting rid of those toxic people that she had in her life- they were feeding her a lot of arsenic, and she was getting sick from it. I think if she hadn’t been taken away from it the way she was, I think something maybe worse may have happened because those people are not good to be around.”

To make it clear “those toxic people” are “Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita,” Danielle explains. “They are toxic at the highest level of toxicity. It’s arsenic that they feed you. If they would have left Teresa and I alone, we would have had a beautiful relationship. They made her feel like she was the one who had to defend them.”

In fact, Danielle declares that Jacqueline is so toxic that they can never be friends again. “Jacqueline and I will never make up ever. I don’t want her anywhere around my life. She doesn’t have a genuine bone in her body. She’s toxic. The highest level of toxic,” Danielle explains.

Despite their current hatred for one another Danielle still insists that she and Jacqueline were once very good friends and that she did a lot to help out Jacqueline through the years.

“I spent every single solitary day with her for three years,” Danielle claims. “I was running to get CJ from school because she can’t drive for some reason. Thirteen cars and you can’t drive? She had anxiety, so I didn’t make fun of it. I did what I had to do. Ashlee [Holmes]– the one that pulled the hair out of my head- I drove her to school every day. She was afraid her mom would be mad at her so she would call me when she missed the bus, which was almost every day. I take my kids to private school, come back to Franklin Lakes on a corner, and grab her on a corner and take her. My kids are going to school at private school in an hour away in the other direction.”

When asked if it was “awkward fighting on camera” Danielle admitted, “I usually just take the fifth, sit back, and just keep repeating. I play the broken record. I learned that in psychology. ‘You did say it. You did say it. You did say it.’”

Speaking of the cameras, Danielle says the cast isn’t phased by the cameras at all, which isn’t odd for reality TV veterans. However, Danielle couldn’t resist throwing some shade and mentioned that the only time the cast is aware of the cameras is when newbies join the group or when a certain Kim is around.

“We’re not even aware of them anymore,” Danielle admitted during a PEOPLE TV’s Facebook Live segment called Fan Forum: Survivor. “The only time we’re aware of it is if there’s a new person, or an extra, i.e., their first initial is ‘K.’ The ‘extras’ when they get that red light special with that camera on them, they’re just gonna get their fifteen minutes. Well, we’ll give them thirty if they like it, but then you’re just still an extra, sweetheart.”

As for being considered a villain during season 1 and 2 of RHONJ Danielle says, “I love that I’m called a villain, but I actually wasn’t. I was trying to run for my life constantly.”

In contrast to her first two seasons of RHONJ, Danielle told the Whine With Kelly Podcast, “I’m not afraid to bring it now. That’s for sure.” 

In fact, Danielle claims a lot has changed since her first go-around on RHONJ.

“No one faced more scrutiny for their eyebrows than I did and they’re still saying lips,” Danielle admitted. “I’ve never had plastic surgery anywhere except for my boobs, and I had Botox- massive amounts of Botox. I love Botox.”

No one could forget Danielle’s “sick bubbie” from season 2 or Ashlee Holmes infamously calling out Danielle for having a “square tit.”

Since we are on the subject of Ashlee’s comment, Danielle has some choice words for her former foe.

“I didn’t just want a boob job. I had problems with my boobs. It was nice of Ashlee [Holmes] and them to make fun of that. I’m sure karma will be a real big bitch in their house. I’m just saying.”

So, let’s fast forward to the present time but stay on the subject of Danielle’s enemies. Currently, Danielle is feuding with Dolores Catania, who steered clear of drama since joining RHONJ during season 7.

Danielle and Dolores’ beef started after Dolores apparently warned Danielle that Teresa Giudice “only cares about money” which led to a major showdown.  As for their showdown, Danielle says “I was afraid of Dolores, I can’t lie. I really poked the bear. I did so in knowing that I was speaking the truth, so the worst that could happen is I’ll get yelled at for saying something that was said to me in private. I didn’t realize that I would be denied. Always remember, if I say something, I can back it up.”

Sticking on the subject of Dolores, Danielle also took aim at Dolores’ season 8 tagline during an interview with The Daily Dish Podcast.

“I think loyalty in the dictionary as opposed to what Dolores thinks, does not have her picture there. If it did, it would say her name and not a picture, unless you’re looking at a Pictionary. Just saying. I’m so glad I got that off my chest,”  Danielle said.

Aside from her dislike of Dolores’ tagline, Danielle admits that something Dolores said during the first episode of the season really offended her.

“I have Dolores saying ‘the ghost of Christmas past.’ Who says that? I thought that was so unnecessary,” Danielle complains.

As for the drama the rest of the season Danielle hints, “I’m going to pick it up and amp it up throughout the season. It’s fun, it’s invigorating, and I’m loving to see what these girls are going to say behind my back. That’s the best part, but that’s OK. I have a few things to say about them too.”

And that’s a wrap, folks.

Thoughts on Danielle’s comments and claims? Was Danielle the villain in season 1 & 2 of RHONJ? Is she still the villain? Will karma get Ashlee Holmes? Do you agree that Jacqueline and Caroline are toxic? Do you believe that Danielle was scared of Caroline?

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  • Khipp
    • luvs2ride

      Absolutely. 1000 ?

    • samael

      perfect Khipp

  • PolkaDottie

    I hate how Danielle constantly tries to rewrite history. I watched and you were horrendous.

  • PolkaDottie

    What’s with the nasty pop-up ad as of late? Gross images.

  • samael


    Today is Rememberance day

    I know a number of people that post here are

    – war veterans
    – have family in the army/navy/marines/air force – active duty

    There are no words that would comfort the families that continually miss their loved ones , or the
    war veterans that have shared with me their experiences that allowed us, as citizens, to state our needs.

    Every day there should be a celebration of these hero’s that put their lives on the line for strangers.
    Every day we should be able to explain to our children – what was put at risk so we could be safe today
    One day a year is not enough to say thank you to those for giving us the freedom to say what we need in our lives.

    Thank you, sincerely, to the people that post here, Thank you for sharing your family member
    that graciously puts their life on the line for strangers . Thank you for being strong enough to
    bypass, birthdays, Thanksgiving, and anniversaries, and christmas, by sharing your loved one’s to protect strangers.

    • Romulus

      Lest we forget.

    • Khipp

      Lovely Sammy.

    • luvs2ride

      Great post, sam.

    • theoriginalwhodat2112

      Sam, that was awesome! I’m a proud DAUGHTER/ DIL of Marine Veterans (Vietnam and Korea), an Aunt to Navy and Air Force veterans! We ‘re so proud of those who gave, for our freedom!!!!! These are the true hero’s in life! Makes all of the nonsense, seem even more ridiculous!!!! American strong!!! #oorah #semperfi #marinedaughter

      • luvs2ride

        Proud daughter of WW II vet.

  • Simply Me ¯_(?)_/¯

    Dolores is as phony as Siggy and they are both so petty. Both of them need to change those hairstyles… Siggy has a huge face which gets puffier each time she gets fillers and then it stretches her skin more when she gets it overstuffed again and again. Her face is big enough for Mount Rushmore. Her state of mind is way beyond psychotic and she has enablers…
    Hopefully Danielle will go after the 2 idiot’s, Soggy and Bucky (buck teeth) was my

  • formerlbc

    Danielle you go girl. I didn’t like you much before but I think they were ugly to you the first two seasons especially when you were just trying to fit in! I love you now don’t take their shit!!! I like your attitude to its like ” hey I’m going to defend myself and I will say shit to and see how you all back bite and then you bite back”! Siggy and Doloras are hot messes but it’s going to be fun to see them get riled lol. They need to take the calm cool perspective

  • Khipp

    Whew, lots of questions Lara.

    All I can say at this point is, I don’t find Danielle offensive this season…yet. I didn’t like her season 1 & 2. But in retrospect I think she got a bad deal from the other housewives. All of them. And that schifosa Asslee Homely.

    Now it seems the “toxic” pot stirrers are gone – looking at you Caroslime and Booze Bag. Dina is forgiving, T has forgiven, MeMe is who cares, Margaret likes D.

    Then we have the un-dynamic due of Sog and Dull who don’t like anyone (it seems) ‘cept their “loyalty” and “friendship” to each other. *Tsk tsk on DullorASS for dumping on T & J’s relationship. Good old loyal friend you, DullorASS, are NOT.*

    To finish, is Danielle ubatz? Could be, but I’m waiting to see this season plays out.

    • samael

      un dynamic duo for sure! which is why they are spazzing out each time Danielle or Mags speak one word! Dull and Soggy know their expiry date is past!

      Mags is amazing, there she is – heart on her sleeve – sharing the most personal heart ache- her step children with Dull – this is why I am bonkers about Mags, she openly talks about how her decisions hurt both families. She doesn’t put on “airs”

    • michers

      I don’t find her offensive yet this season either but when she does these long winded rants , her versions are a tad off lol ! The only thing that left me puzzled so far was that outburst at Dolo ; wth was the point of that ? If Dolo had or has a BF he must be stupid as hell lol.

      • luvs2ride

        Oh, she’s got it in for Dolores. Look at Dolores’ puppet masters. The wicked sister-in-laws.

        Danielle might be a lot of things, but she ain’t stupid.

        • michers

          True 🙂 I think the timing and the subject threw me off as it was at Teresa’s food tasting . If ya wanna bring it , but drive it home!Let’s not be ill timed and last second .

      • Lea

        Threw me too, wondered what was cut/edited. Like some are standing as Dolo is walking back in different groups.

    • luvs2ride

      Everyone is waiting for her to go off the rails. Time will tell.

      • samael


        your avitar!! too cool

        • luvs2ride

          Thanks, sam.
          From one of my favorite episodes.

    • samael


      this is off topic

      I know you are waching menendez brothers..the judge (anthony edwards) just disclosed this

  • samael Danielle is re-writing RHNJ

    – each season she wasn’t asked back she would be on twitter/facebook begging for a return
    – she said she “has emails from M and Joe (from the day Danielle started) still haven’t seen thgem
    – she said she was being given a spin off – never happened
    – she said she was writing a tell all (years ago) still never happened

    So far she spilled

    – she drove Jack Ass around
    – she drove Jack Ass Jr around

    Dull was a corrections officer – so both know how to nuke each other – I still think it’s cool that
    Danielle isn’t exploding all over social media – cuz Jack Ass has been tweeting about Danielle

  • rhfan

    Yeah, I’m not buying that Danielle’s “loyalty” to Tre is more than just a paycheck and a role on TV. I’m certainly not buying that D was asked back before this season; she’s always been desperate for fame and cash. So far, I’m not impressed with her return. She seems like she’s trying way too hard. With the exception of a few funny comments, IMO her role could be filled by anyone willing to be Team Tre.

  • Betty


    • holy cannoli

      Lol. I don’t know wtf , she goof is trying to say.

      • luvs2ride

        Neither does she, holy.
        No worries.

        • holy cannoli


  • Amanda

    I hope Tre and Danielle destroy Dull at the reunion. Dull falls in line with Jaco and is just as crazy.

    Really can’t stomach Melissa. Their parenting style is not great; Antonia is just as hormonal as the Giudice girls. All fake with them. I had to stop looking at her twitter because she is absolutely in love with herself and it shows ?

  • michers

    First of all that pic above is everything lol.
    Second – should we be concerned she keeps repeating ” arsenic”?

  • holy cannoli

    What F is this Strega trying to say?? Sorry , but I think she’s freakin nuts!!

  • Pierre

    Danielle is delusional, I don’t trust her and she was only on 2 seasons & acts like she’s been on all previous 7!!

    • shaw allen

      but you trust dolores, Kim D, Wacko and ashlee who have trashed Teresa, accused her of cheating, ashlee going after gia on social media and finally dolores being loyal but hardly communicating with Teresa this season

      To me you’re probably one wacko followers I like danielle I think she’s changed she’s not said anything about teresa that’s negative she’s checking up on her on holiday. Danielle is trying to make a frienship and even dolores is mean to Margaret who should kiss siggys ass because she introduced her no hunny bravo decided to make her a housewife

      I’m team Guidice this season I think Wacko and Kim D are all working with soggy and un-loyalty dolores to take Teresa I mean it’s funny last yeasr how dolores was teresa friend but called out her husband last night saying frank has treated her more respect than joe ever has i hopoe teresa rips dolores at the reunion i’m looking forward to mid-season trailer

      • Pierre

        Wow, you seem to know a lot about what I think of the whole cast based on one sentence I wrote about Danielle lol. To me, it sounds like you love anyone who is either kissing Teresa’s ass or not being honest to/about her.

        I like quite like Teresa but she does seem to have difficultly owning up to and facing things. She also definitely thinks (or knows!) that she is the ‘queen bee’ of RHOJ and does not expect anyone to go against her. Needless to say, her & Delores have had a friendship >20 years so even though they might not quite be seeing eye-to-eye currently, I am not naive enough to think that Danielle is all of a sudden a better friend to her than Delores. It is just mutually convenient for both Teresa and Danielle to be friends currently and for Teresa to choose Danielle over Delores says a lot about Teresa imo and her so called ‘loyalty’ that is so important to her (but evidently does not work both ways). It is the same for Melissa – if Melissa were to treat Teresa the way that Teresa treats her then Teresa would not speak to her and probably try to ostracise her from the show (and I’m not even a Melissa fan, I am just being honest that there is a double standard).

        I like SIggy and Delores because their friendship and loyalty is unparalleled. They are both very honest as well and even though Siggy is emotionally unstable and Delores is hard as nuts they compliment each other so well because of this.

        As for Margaret, I quite like her too so it’s not that I pick sides or teams with anyone, I just make my opinion of each individual on a case by case basis and try to take a measured approach seeing people’s good and bad sides not just black or white.

      • PolkaDottie

        Danielle had no problem trashing Teresa when she was locked up just a bit ago, though, so why the sudden “change of heart?” $$$