The rumors are reportedly true!
Page Six reports that Jackie Goldschneider has been demoted to a friend of the Housewives for season 13 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey with newbie Rachel Fruda snagging her full-time spot.
Multiple sources confirm that Rachel will join veteran NJ Housewives Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jennifer Aydin, Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs as full-time cast members for the upcoming season of the franchise. Fellow newbie Danielle Cabral will also join the cast.
Filming for season 13 wrapped “a few weeks ago.” The insider noted that Danielle’s role as an official Housewife was “clearly defined” all throughout filming.
The same can’t be said for Rachel, Jackie, and another newbie named Jennifer “Jenn” The three “competed” for the second full-time slot within the cast, which Rachel snagged. Another source insists that as far as the cast knew Jenn Fessler was never going to be anything more than a “friend.”
Bravo waited until filming wrapped to make a decision about the vacant full-time Housewife spot and ultimately chose Rachel. With that said, Jenn and Jackie filmed just as much as the rest of the ladies in the RHONJ cast so they will be “featured heavily” during the season.
As for Jackie, a source says she’s “unhappy” with Bravo’s decision while another source adds that Jackie “feels great about her season.”
“Any speculation that [Goldschneider] is unhappy about a ‘friend of’ role is untrue,” the second source adds. “She is grateful for the opportunity to focus on her creative projects and her work as an expert in the eating disorder recovery space.”
Rumors about Jackie’s demotion first made waves in June. At the time Jackie addressed the rumors telling Page Six, “I don’t know that my role is diminished, but if it is, you have to believe that the universe put you in that position to raise awareness about something, and then put you on a path to continue raising awareness.”
“No matter what, I show up,” she continued. “I’m filming all the time no matter what you want to call me, so whatever Bravo decides to call me, I’m here and doing the same thing, so it makes no difference to me.”
RHONJ will return for season 13 in early 2023.