New Jersey Housewives Teresa Giudice and Dina Manzo were pretty tight-lipped about the new season. But the two did spill some secrets during a recent conference call. For one: There will be a new catchword to replace last season’s oft-used “bubbies.” Here’s what else they had to say.
Did you have reservations about putting your lives out there on a reality show? Did you expect it to get so dramatic?
Dina: Of course we had reservations, we turned it down twice. We never had any clue it would get that dramatic. If I had I wouldn’t have done it, but I don’t have any regrets.
Teresa: It took me 11 months to sign the contract. The reason I decided to do it was because I knew I didn’t have any skeletons in the closet.
Teresa, you have a new cookbook called “Skinny Italian” coming out. Can you tell us about it?
These are recipes my mother made for me and ones I make for my daughters.
The New York City “Housewives” focuses a lot on the ladies’ businesses. With Theresa’s cookbook coming out, will that happen in New Jersey?
Teresa: I wouldn’t say it’s a big focus, but you’ll see a little bit of that. We have more episodes than last season, so you’ll get to know a lot more about us.
Dina, you and [sister-in-law] Jacqueline had your problems last year. Is everything okay now?
Yes. My favorite phrase of all is “This too shall pass.” Certainly Baby Nicholas was a factor that ended all the nonsense.
Do either of you have a relationship with Danielle anymore?
Dina: Before the show, we didn't know each other. It's like a working relationship. Obviously, we're contracted to do a show with her.
Teresa do you have any regrets from last season’s table- flipping?
No, it was, like, a build up. Finally, I just couldn’t take it no more. Do I regret it? Not all. I’ve never done something like that before. Would I do it again? Probably. It was like, enough’s enough.
Dina, will see your husband on the show this season?
That’s a big fat no. My husband wanted nothing to do with it from Day 1. But I have to say it was the best decision of our lives. He’s like my self place. The one I turn to to get away from it all.
Teresa, you just had your fourth daughter, any plans to go for a boy?
My husband would want a boy. But I’m done. My husband’s like, ‘we make such beautiful babies, we should have another one.’ I’m like, ‘No.’
Would either of you consider getting plastic surgery in the future?
Dina: Oh yeah, definitely. I’m going to look like Joan Rivers when I’m older.
What do you all think of Jersey Shore?
Teresa: Does that really happen? Yes. But it’s not something I’d want my children to watch.
Dina: I’ve met a couple of them, and they’re nice people, but I think young America should be more responsible.
Teresa: I had a shore house, and I never made out with another girl in the hot tub.