As many of you already know, I had a very long twitter conversation with Jacqueline Laurita yesterday. I wanted to copy and paste the conversation here, but she asked me to please wait until after the reunion episodes air, and I am going to respect that. But don’t get too upset, she didn’t reveal anything totally earth shattering, it was a lot of the same stuff you’ve heard before. And I still have some interesting things tell you even without posting our whole conversation.
Her messages were private, but mine were public, so if you are interested in seeing my side of the conversation, it’s on my twitter page.
Part of our conversation last night was about “the book”. I wrote a blog (which you can read here if you haven’t yet) about Caroline’s Bravo blog and I called her a liar for some of the things she said. I sent my blog links to Caroline, Dina, Jacqueline, and Teresa asking if any of them had anything to say about Caroline’s lies. Dina and Teresa (who both blocked me a while ago) ignored me, and Caroline blocked me. Jacqueline responded. My comments on that blog were what got us talking about “the book” again. She gave me permission to tell her side of the story here.
It’s been a while since season one, so if you want to refresh your memory here are some links:
The Book Episode – skip to 00:24:15 to get straight to the part about the book
Jacqueline’s side of “the book” story: She starts by saying that the Manzo’s did not dig into Danielle’s past or try to find out anything about her. The book was not a complete secret in North Jersey before the show aired. There were people from Danielle’s neighborhood who knew about the book from Danielle’s ex husband (the father of her kids, not the one who wrote the book). When these people found out that the Manzo’s were going to be on a tv show with her, they started coming to them with information about her. One piece of information was the book. Someone told Dina’s niece about it, and she told Dina, who then showed the book (I am not sure if she showed the actual book, or showed the book on the internet) to Caroline and Jacqueline at The Brownstone. Caroline then got a copy of the book from the library, and they all shared it with Teresa. The salon incident took place after all of this, and it’s only relevant because that is how Danielle found out that Dina and Caroline knew about the book. Originally, Jacqueline did not tell Danielle that Dina or Caroline knew about the book, and she made up a story about how she found out about it. Caroline and Dina had not intended on discussing the book with Danielle and they didn’t want her to know that they knew about it. But the nail lady at the salon ratted them out to Danielle. (A lot of rumors are being spread through the salons in this town, huh? Imagine what I could find out if I got a pedicure in Franklin Lakes!) Jac maintains that they were not “showing it to everyone in town”. Danielle believes (or claims to believe) that the Manzo’s had her investigated and that is how they found the book. She also claims that no one knew about the book until they dug it up and showed it to everyone. But according to Jac, the people in her town had already known about the book for a while, and it was considered old news until she started taping the show and then people began to talk about it again.
Because Jacqueline was friends with Danielle at the time, she went to talk to her and ask her about the allegations in the book – in private. Danielle then decided that she wanted to talk about the book on the show and “clear her name” of the lies in the book. Jacqueline thought putting the book on the air was a bad idea and tried to talk Danielle out of it, but she insisted. So although it appears on film as though the Manzo’s outted Danielle’s deep dark secret, she was the one who went to the producers and asked them to put it on tv, that was her decision. The Manzo’s had no intention of talking about the book on the air until the producers asked them to.
Jacqueline also said that at the “last dinner” when she called Dina a liar, it was because she thought that Dina was denying all involvement with the book, she didn’t know at the time that Dina was just talking about the salon incident when she said that “it wasn’t her who showed the book”. She also told me that her and Dina “battled” for a week after the finale because of misunderstandings and lies Danielle had told (although she didn’t specify what those lies were). It’s also interesting that Jacqueline started responding to me after I tweeted this:
Any1 else think its symbolic that @JacLaurita’s profile pic is from the “last dinner”ep which is the last time she stood up to her “family”?
If what Jacqueline says about the book is true, then that might explain some of the unexplained anger coming from Team Manzo. She said that it’s very frustrating for her to watch Danielle play innocent or victim on camera or on twitter when she know’s the truth. But you will have to take the Manzo’s word for it, because they are still not revealing details about what she has done to them. According to Jacqueline, Danielle has spread lies, started serious rumors, and made threats against her family. This is what she said regarding why she doesn’t want to explain any further than that:
I don’t address the lies on camera bc that just helps her spread them & there’s always SOMEone who will believe them
I know I know she’s smarter than us.It’s all off cameras.All the above! If I repeat what she has said, it helps her to spread the lies.
I suppose I can understand how it would be frustrating for them if Danielle is constantly doing things (like the book situation) behind the scenes.
Although none of this excuses or explains Teresa’s insane behavior, but she’s not family (despite what Dina thinks) and I think the Manzo’s will have their “uh oh” moment with her just like they did with Danielle.
Jacqueline also confirmed what we heard from AbsurdtoSublime; that Danielle did in fact hire a private investigator to dig up dirt on her and her family members, but she claims there was no dirt to be found, and she denies the “Tara” rumors.
Here are a few tweets from the end of our conversation (if you don’t already know about our bet, you can read about it here.) :
So maybe you should write a book with the whole story. I would read it. While I have your attention: Is your husband close with his sisters? Because he never talks to/interacts with them on the show. And he is always has this look like he is biting his tongue, or holding something back.
I know,I understand honestly I do. & My hubby loves his sisters.Talks 2them often.My husband is more private&a little shy.Does lots 4family
And AHEM…. The auction DID NOT happen on Aug.22nd. Didn’t we have a bet if it didn’t happen on that date?;0)
LOL We do have a bet! But we nvr discussed what wld happen in event of a rain date.Auction is still on, just later.So who wins?
Ok I’ll make u a deal. I’ll concede and give u the win for this one IF u re-bet for October.
I think I won the 1st bet bc I was referring 2the Aug.22 date but I’m afraid 2say I’m afraid 2bet on Oct.date.I’ll check my sources1st Lol!
So what do you think? Are the Manzo’s bullies or is Danielle a master manipulator? Or is it a little bit of both? I can’t wait for the reunion tonight. Jacqueline has sworn to me (for the 97th time now?) that she is never speaking of Danielle again after tonight. We made a toast to it. 😉 We’ll see what happens.
Btw, I was totally pretending that I was Barbra Walters doing an interview while we were having our conversation. Lol