Dolores Catania was practically a church mouse during her first season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey but my oh my how things have changed for season 8.
In a new interview with The Tomorrow Show, Dolores attempts once again to be outspoken and controversial as she gets candid about several of her RHONJ c0-stars including her now arch-nemesis Danielle Staub.
Speaking of Danielle, Dolores claims that her “good friend” Jacqueline Laurita warned her about Danielle from the start.
“Jacqueline warned me she goes, ‘how’s Danielle?’ I said, ‘Danielle seems like okay I guess.’ She goes, ‘watch her because one day I asked her to pick up CJ from school, one day, and then she made rumors she did it all the time. She will twist things around, and she will try to screw you,” Dolores revealed.
Not surprisingly Dolores agrees with Jacqueline warning and insists that Danielle has tried to dig up dirt on her.
“She [Danielle Staub] looked for things. She tried to find things. She’s been asking about my past for the past year. She has gone all over the place,” Dolores says.
When asked if Teresa “doubting” her, in favor of believing Danielle, simply for ratings, Dolores, shockingly has Teresa’s back and says nope.
“No, I think she’s [Teresa Giudice] lost her mind. Well listen, she has been through a lot, she lost her mom. When we were growing up Teresa’s mom would look at her like the sun would rise and set on Teresa. Like Teresa was everything. Her mother, like we all looked at her and wished our Moms were like that. I mean everything revolved around Teresa. So she lost a really big part of her life,” Dolores explains.
However, Dolores doesn’t have as much faith in Teresa and Melissa Gorga’s relationship; hinting that she believes it could crumble at any moment.
“I’m honest because I love everybody that I’m talking to so much that I’m gonna be so honest with you guys and I’m gonna probably get in trouble, but I don’t care,” Dolores says. “I am, there is so much water under that bridge that it could snap at any time. And I’m not saying it does, but I’m not saying that it’s a house of bricks there.”
One friendship Dolores doesn’t want to see crumble is her friendship with Siggy Flicker. Despite their best efforts, Dolores does fear that reality TV could ruin her and Siggy’s friendship.
“Yes. That is a fear. Listen I never say never say never. I think I could handle anything, and sometimes you get caught in the crosshairs of things. Like the whole Margaret thing, and the whole, just everything. You get caught, and you got to be just…my mother said to me, ‘you know it’s very hard to stay friends on this show. You gotta be careful.’ ”
Meanwhile, Dolores’ BFF Siggy is making some shocking claims about Bravo in a post on her personal website.
Check out Siggy’s post below.
RHONJ BLOG – LOST FOOTAGE FOR $500, ALEX
We are almost halfway through the season and all I can say is the Episodes are as surprising to me as they are to you. I wish you had been there to see what was actually said that caused my reactions. I don’t react without reason and I refuse to blame my reactions to my hysterectomy or hormones.
My reactions are in response to attacks. Attacks on what I hold dear. Attacks on my husband, my friends, my hysterectomy, my profession and my mental state by a person who knows nothing about me and who does not care about the consequences of her reckless attacks. Unless you have spotted the disjointed nature of some exchanges, you cannot reconcile my reactions without the nasty underhanded comments that prompt my responses.
The camera doesn’t lie. I shimmied (my real boobs); I stuck my tongue out; I teared up; I made faces and I mentioned her cheap knockoffs. Unfortunately, Margaret’s side of the exchange seems to have been lost. Why did I resort to such antics?
Margaret couches her attacks in dismissive language and snarky comments that cut to the bone – always focusing on her targets of choice – whether it be me or Dolores: insane, unhinged, hypocrite, follower, minion, yes girl, soggy. If she were truly joking, she would use the same approach with all of us. She doesn’t. She focuses her special brand of attack on me. As soon as I respond, she immediately hones in on my profession – up until this episode I never mentioned her career or her less than fabulous brand.
Maya Angelou said it best, “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time! So let me remind you who Margaret showed me she was: calling my husband less of a man; excluding Dolores and me from the memorial; calling my foyer a shrine; calling me Soggy in the middle of my argument with Teresa and Melissa; weeks and weeks of constant attacks questioning my skill in my chosen profession – This is the woman I invited into my home and inner circle.
So let’s get back to this Episode and my attempts to restart my relationship with Margaret. As soon as I walked into the Gorge’s tasting, I was bombarded with questions about Dolores’ living arrangements. Wait, shouldn’t we be talking pasta? They all knew Dolores was on her way so why not wait for Dolores?
On the heels of the interrogation about Dolores, in slides Danielle asking Teresa if she believed Dolores betrayed her. Of course, Melissa chimed in to vouch for Danielle yet again. When I said, “I’m sorry but in my opinion, I can’t see Dolores talking to you about Melissa, Margaret, Teresa, or Siggy.” Margaret inserted her incendiary opinion “you know, calling Danielle a liar is very . . . crazy.” Really?
As if diminishing Dolores as a minion, yes girl and follower weren’t enough, now you’re calling her crazy or was she calling me crazy again? I walked away, disappointed, to say the least.
I overheard the snide comments Margaret made when Dolores arrived. Again, I said nothing. Joe Gorga approached us to ask what happened in Boca. While Dolores and I answering his questions, Margaret and Danielle strolled over so Margaret could swipe at me about rehashing Boca and of course, my profession. Lost Footage for $500, Alex.
After being hit at every past encounter about my profession, I finally responded with my opinion of Margaret’s business. That’s right – my comment was a response to the 97th dig at my profession. How this woman continues to swipe at 25 years in my profession without a blemish, while her business is engulfed in lawsuits and bankruptcy is beyond me. Call me crazy and unhinged all you want, but I would rather be me than calculated, condescending and dishonest.
I’m sure the self-proclaimed Joan Rivers of the Real Housewives will reveal what prompted my saying she was the ugliest person in the world for making fun of me. Go on, ask her. She’s banking on you not demanding to see the exchange in its entirety.
I have a great idea, let’s put the Real back in Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The most enjoyable part of this episode for me was my sit down with my parents. Real is thinking that my son is disrespecting me then along come my amazing parents. It’s funny how life comes full circle. I left Israel and the safety of my parents to attend high school in New Jersey and now I’m talking to my parents about how worried I am that Joshua may attend a college out of state. Now I understand how they felt and it’s difficult. My parents are amazing as my father points out that my son is not being disrespectful but rather asserting himself, a right of passage into independence. My mother adds that Joshua’s happiness is paramount. My parents are the most amazing couple in the world.
Thank you for tuning into this bumpy ride. Stay tuned as things come to a head.
Oh, I have so much to say. I’m sure Jacqueline didn’t mention all the dirt she and the other ladies dug up about Danielle. Everyone in Real Housewives history has dug up dirt on their co-stars, so please bitch. Meanwhile, I think Siggy may be pushing the lines with her crusade. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – love Siggy but she seems to be doing everything she can to piss off Bravo.
Thoughts on Dolores’ claims? Do you think Danielle tried to look up dirt on Dolores? Can Siggy and Dolores’ friendship survive reality TV? Do you think Melissa and Teresa’s relationship can crumble at any moment? Is Siggy walking a fine line by blasting Bravo? Do you think Bravo isn’t airing Siggy’s side of the drama with Margaret?
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