Here I am giving you the Real Housewives of New Jersey scoop I promised on Friday.
What a great Christmas present, right?
So let’s get to the good stuff.
On Friday Siggy Flicker announced her departure from the Real Housewives of New Jersey; telling Bravo’s The Daily Dish, “After much reflection and Bravo’s support, I have decided that this will be my last season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I am grateful to the network for allowing me to be part of this successful franchise and wish only the best for Teresa, Melissa, Dolores, Danielle, and Margaret. At this time, I want to focus on my beautiful family, my growing business and some exciting new projects.”
As previously reported, just last week Siggy told AllAboutTRH that season 8 would probably be her last but we’d heard that line a time or two and took it with a grain of salt.
I know many of you wondered why we didn’t break the Siggy scoop when she told us so let me explain.
One of our, very reliable, RHONJ sources told us that behind the scenes several NJ Housewives were working to keep Siggy on the show to prevent a delay in filming for season 9, which is why Siggy’s departure seemed quite unbelievable to us at the time.
However, it turns out that Siggy’s days as a Housewife were going to be short-lived anyway as Bravo was planning on firing her for all of her shenanigans off-screen, a second source revealed.
According to our second source, Bravo had no choice but to let Siggy go, if she didn’t leave the franchise herself, due to her “rogue” behavior and “fuck you approach.”
Apparently, Bravo wasn’t happy that Siggy was doing interviews without consent, which is honestly a whole different story. This topic needs to be talked about at length on an upcoming AllAboutTRH podcast episode.
So what does Siggy’s departure mean for season 9 of RHONJ?
Well, the most significant issues are casting and a delay in production.
The RHONJ want to start filming season 9 sooner rather than later, but Siggy’s departure will most likely delay and push season 9 filming until late spring/early summer.
Our sources reveal that the Housewives don’t want to wait around and have to film in the summer, which is why the cast was hoping Siggy wouldn’t exit the show.
The more significant issue though is the ripple effect that Siggy’s departure could have on the cast.
Without Siggy how can producers make Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs work on the show?
“Producers have figure out what to do with Dolores and Margret now that Siggy’s gone,” the source explains.
If Margaret and Dolores also leave RHONJ producers will have to scramble to try and fill their spots, which may take several months.
It’s no secret that RHONJ producers have had a tough time casting Housewives over the last few years, so recasting 1-3 Housewives won’t be an easy task and could take several months to complete.
It seems like RHONJ producers are in quite a pickle.
For now, only time will tell if Margaret and Dolores stick around for season 9 but at this point, a major revamp of RHONJ may be in the works, except for Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, who our sources confirm will be back.
I know everyone is freaking out over the thought of Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo possibly being brought back for season 9 but I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion just yet. Perhaps if producers are unsuccessful in finding new cast members, they will use Jac and Car as last resorts, but I don’t see that happening as of now.
Thoughts on our RHONJ scoop? Do you think Dolores and Margaret will be asked back for season 9? Could Dolores follow in Siggy’s footsteps and quit RHONJ? Do you think filming for season 9 will be pushed? Who would you like to see join the RHONJ cast?
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