Explaining it all!
Jackie Goldschneider opens up about Traci Lynn Johnson’s absence at the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 12 reunion.
In a new interview with Page Six, Jackie explains why Bravo edited Traci out of the reunion after the season 12 newbie filmed for hours with the cast.
“She was there for a really long time, she looked beautiful and she had on a stunning gold dress. But I don’t think Traci said anything groundbreaking at reunion that it had to go in. I really think they had to make a choice,” Jackie said of RHONJ’s producers and editors.
“I don’t think it was because they don’t think Traci was important to the cast,” she added.
The former attorney turned reality TV star feels Traci contributed “so much” to season 12 of the show.
“[She offered] forward progress with some of the storylines, especially the family piece with Melissa [Gorga] and Teresa [Giudice],” Jackie said.
She also applauded Traci for going toe-to-toe with RHONJ OG Teresa Giudice when she clashed with Melissa Gorga.
“She kind of stepped in and was the mediator with that,” Jackie said, adding the drama “was one of the biggest scenes of the season.”
“I just think that Traci always had an opinion, which always keeps the story moving forward,” she continued. “And her and Tiki were really just fun and brought a new energy.”
In conclusion, Jackie said she believes Traci and Teresa did get into it at the reunion but admitted it was such a long day that it’s hard to remember everything that went down.
“It was such a long day. I do believe yes, they did [get into it],” Jackie admitted. “The whole day was such a whirlwind because it was really the longest, hardest reunion I’ve ever sat through. So, I don’t really remember everything. But I do feel bad that she was edited out.”
RHONJ will return for season 13 in late 2022 or early 2023.