Joe Gorga is down for Caroline Manzo to return to the Real Housewives of New Jersey!
“That would be awesome. I would love to have that,” Joe told Us Weekly. “[She was] a little firecracker. Would love to have her back.”
This comes after Caroline revealed that she was in talks to return to RHONJ for season 10 but turned down the “insulting” offer producers made.
For season 10, Sirens Media wanted Caroline to return as a friend of the Housewives to see how she meshed with the current cast. From there, they would talk about extending her role into something bigger for season 11.
“It’s very insulting,” Caroline said on her Albie Manzo’s podcast, Dear Albie. “It just makes me angry that you picked up and call me like I’m a fool. Ten years I’m playing this game, there’s no fool. You are talking to no fool. … I’m nobody’s ‘Friend.’ I’m not ‘Friend of’. I’m not ‘Housewife, maybe.’ I’m Housewife!”
“Pay me what I’m worth; You got an OG here,” Caroline added. “I’m going to be arrogant … it’s just a matter of respect! I was one of the original women who built the show. I’m one of the original women they still talk about. Don’t come back to me like a newbie and I’m going to fall for your bulls— because I’m not. You come back to me and give me a reasonable compensation and a reasonable position where I feel I belong.”
She continued: “They wanted me back to see how I blend with the women — that’s an insult. I helped build that show. I wasn’t the cause of that success, I was part of that puzzle. A very, very important puzzle. You don’t insult me like that by saying, ‘Let’s see how you’re do.’ You know how I’m going to do. You know how I’m going to blend, and you know what I’m going to bring.”
“I helped build this show,” Caroline said. “I don’t want to sound like a bitch, but I supposed I have to. You’re not going to figure me out after five years being able to see, ‘Well gee, does she blend?’ Whether I blend or I don’t blend, I’ll always be Caroline. And that’s something I swore to my family and I swore to my viewers over the years. You’ll always get me. So if me is not good enough for you — or maybe the paycheck is something you didn’t want to write at this point, which is my guess — that’s the bottom line. I’m not thirsty. We live a very happy, comfortable life. We’ve gotten used to being off television. So for you to ask me to come back under those terms, there’s no terms here. So either I come back full-blown Caroline Manzo, Real Housewife of New Jersey and you pay me, or I stay home and I watch you.”
While Joe would be happy to have Caroline back on RHONJ his sister Teresa Giudice doesn’t feel the same way. Teresa has made it clear that there’s still plenty of bad blood between her and her former co-star(s).
In January 2018 Teresa told E! that Caroline is a “money-hungry bitch” and that she could “give two s–ts” if Caroline or Jacqueline Laurita return to RHONJ.
Adding, “They’re both evil people.”
Speaking of bad blood, it turns out that Teresa and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga have mended fences since the season 9 reunion.
“They’re friends now. They’re back,” Joe explained of Teresa and Melissa. “They just talked after the reunion and Teresa, apologized. She was going through some stress and she didn’t mean it and they made up.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is currently in the middle of filming season 10.