9/27 UPDATE: E Online is reporting that the real reason for Caroline leaving the show may have to do with the cheating rumors surrounding her husband, Al. Their source claims:
“Caroline wants out because she knows if she stays on the show, it’s only a matter of time before rumors of [husband] Al‘s cheating becomes a storyline this season,” the source tells E! News. “The new girl, Penny, made allegations during filming this past season that Al had a history of cheating, but they were cut.”
The source adds, “Bravo is very protective of Caroline and wants to keep her happy. So, they’re letting her leave RHONJ and give her a spinoff attempt. The spinoff will be light-hearted and family-oriented, which is the image Caroline wants to protect. But if she stayed on RHONJ, there’s no way she’d be able to keep the rumors about Al cheating quiet and she knows it.”
I wondered the same myself but it’s not something to speculate about lightly. Here’s hoping everything is ok in the Manzo household.
9/26 US Weekly reported today that they have multiple sources who confirm that Caroline Manzo is done with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. This means we’ll be down to only two original cast members–Teresa and Jacqueline. No word specifically about why she (and/or Bravo?) feels that five seasons is enough but supposedly everything will become clearer after the finale and reunion.
A source told E Online that “Caroline leaving is a natural progression. As to the reason why, it will become clearer to viewers in the season finale and the reunion episodes why this was the right decision at the right time for her.”
We reported last week that Caroline has filmed the pilot for a spinoff, Manzo’d With Children, so at least we Bravo fans will still get to keep tabs on what’s going on with her. Her spinoff will follow Caroline and, duh, her children: Albie, Chris & Lauren as they pursue their various professional and personal goals.
The official synopsis:
“The pilot will follow Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo as she attempts to be the ring leader of the crazy, Italian circus around her. Her adult children are driving her more nuts than ever: Albie is single and ready to mingle, Chris is eager to come up with the best idea since the stripper/car wash and Lauren is ready to entertain the idea of letting Vito put a ring on it. With the addition of kooky Aunt Fran and her revolving door of barnyard buddies, it’s one crowded house filled with personality, laughter and ham…in both pig and honey-baked forms.”
E’s source reconfirms: “Her pilot has been filmed and she’s definitely still part of the Bravo family.”
So, what do you think about Caroline bucking her title as Jersey Housewife? Will you like RHONJ Season 6 more or less minus Mrs. Manzo? And, the million dollar question: will you watch her new show?