UPDATE: Bravo maintains that no decisions about the cast have been made: "Bravo is not firing anyone from ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey' ... All five cast members will be featured on season four. No decisions have been made about season five at this time," a Bravo spokesperson said.
PREVIOUSLY: Just weeks after we broke the news that Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord were fired from "The Real Housewives of New York," we can exclusively reveal that Bravo is discussing making some big changes with the cast of the New Jersey "Housewives" franchise, cutting both Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo from the show.
"Jacqueline and Caroline were told months ago that they wouldn't be returning for a fifth Season if they didn't bring the drama," a network insider tells me. "This season has been dominated by Melissa [Gorga] and Teresa [Giudice] drama and season four, that they are filming right now, is going to be no different."
Manzo, who has served as the voice of reason among the group since day one, has always refused to be involved in any of the set up drama that has translated into huge ratings for the show. Similarly, Laurita's entire story line, which involved her troubles with her daughter Ashley, has disappeared following Ashley's departure from the show.
"Producers have been showing all the ladies private footage of what they have all been saying behind each others' backs hoping to bring Jacqueline and Caroline into the drama," an insider tells me. "But so far, they have kept their cool on camera and saved the drama for Twitter, not TV."
Laurita also refused to attend the reunion taping for the season currently airing, further hurting her chances of being invited back after she completes the next three weeks of filming for the upcoming season.
"Jacqueline refused to come out of her house the day of the reunion taping," an insider tells me. "Bravo's car sat in the driveway all day and she just refused to leave her home even if it meant she was violating her contract."
However, unlike the fired New York ladies, this parting appears to be mutual. Manzo's sister and Laurita's sister-in-law, Dina Manzo, told me just a few weeks ago that other women currently on the show were not having fun anymore and might follow her lead and say goodbye.
Get out now with your heads held high, ladies! This is about to get ugly.
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