Now that this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has ended, everyone is talking about the reunion and casting for season 9. Bravo’s The Daily Dish even discussed all of this with Teresa Giudice on The Daily Dish podcast. With the departure of Siggy Flicker, rumors have been swirling about who will fill her slot. A lot of the storylines this season revolved around Siggy, including the infamous cake-gate. Surprisingly, the one housewife who wasn’t involved in much drama this season – was Teresa Giudice. That doesn’t mean it was a good season for her though.
“This was the hardest season for me, because I lost my mom. You know, which sucks, it really does,” Teresa said. Her mother sadly passed away in March of 2017 at the young age of 66. In that aspect, it was really hard for her. In terms of meshing well with the cast, it was good. “I got along with all the girls this season. It was little things here and there, but really, it didn’t bother me at all.”
What got her through the loss of her mother? “I have to say if it wasn’t for the girls, they helped me get through it. When I lost my mom, I didn’t want to work, I didn’t want to film, I didn’t want to do anything. But you know, they did, they were there for me. Her advice is to just keep going when you’re mourning or have a lot of stressful situations occurring. She said, “Listen when you keep busy, your mind just keeps going.” Because of RHONJ and the girls in the cast, she was able to push through and keep on going strong. “I’ll never forget that, I’ll never forget all of them. They helped me get through a rough time in my life.”
Throughout the seasons of the show, we have been able to see Teresa interact with her family. Does she feel lucky to have footage from the show of moments spent with her mom? “Yes, you know, I am grateful for that.” In particular, she likes the part of the show that showed viewers her photo shoot for the cover of her cookbook. “I’m grateful to see the happy moments with my mom, and one of my favorites is that I was able to do my second cookbook, Fabulicious!, and my mom’s on the cover. So it’s three generations, my mom, my daughter, and myself. So that’s one of the best things from being on the show. That I was able to do cookbooks and all my mom’s recipes. We shared that together, that’s something so special to me.”
Does she want someone new to be cast for next season? “I hope so, yeah, definitely. I love meeting new people. I think it’s great.” She admitted she enjoys making new friends and would love for a new woman to join the show. “I don’t mind it, I like meeting new people, I really do. I enjoy it, I’m not the type like ‘I don’t want to make new friends.’ I’m not like that, I enjoy people. Especially if they’re a good person, and good vibes and you get along with them.” Would she want any former Real Housewives to come back? Of course not. Only Dina Manzo!
I agree that someone new needs to join the show! RHONJ is in need of some fresh meat. I do think that the ratings will increase, if there are new storylines with new people. Viewers got sick of the storylines this season and want some good drama like in the earlier seasons of the show. Remember when Teresa famously flipped a table? If all else fails, she could always do that again. Teresa is always the star who carries the entire show! I feel so bad for Teresa losing her mom, especially with everything else she is dealing with. She’s been through a lot, but always comes out on top. You got to give her credit for Standing Strong!
Watch Teresa and her brother Joey get a message from their mother in this touching clip!
What did you think of this season of RHONJ? Do you want a new housewife to be cast or would you like to see a housewife return?
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