Former cast member of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dina Manzo, told Life & Style magazine that she left the show because of Danielle Staub (above), and that Danielle spread vicious lies about her and her daughter, and the goal of these lies was for Dina to lose custody of her then 12 year old daughter Lexi.
Manzo, 40, reveals to Life & Style that the real reason she walked away from the hit reality show was because Staub tried to have her daughter taken away.
During the show’s first season in 2008, Manzo’s daughter, Lexi, then 12, required parental permission to join the cast. Both Manzo and her ex-husband gave their permission.
“My ex husband was well aware of Lexi’s involvement in the show,” Manzo told the mag. “She would often call him with details after a day of shooting.”
However once the show aired and her ex saw the content, he allegedly decided he wanted Lexi off the air. It was this moment, according to Manzo, when Staub began to spread malicious lies in an attempt to turn Lexi’s dad against the reality star.
“She told my ex’s family that I’d actually forged his signature on the contracts, which I did not,” Manzo said. “She knew she could work on his emotions, so she supplied him with every phone number of everybody he’d need to follow through with a lawsuit – contacts at Bravo, our production crew and her attorneys.”
Sounds totally vicious, but why not address it on the show? Dina left the cast the following season, after all this allegedly new Danielle drama. Still, it’s hard to put anything past Staub, a true homerun for Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who found a perfectly warped person to add fuel to the fire, and to be the fire on RHONJ.
Danielle interfering with Manzo family business? Sounds dangerous.