Former New Jersey Housewives Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub: Where Are They Now?
Dina Manzo left The Real Housewives of New Jersey in the middle of Season 2, fed up with her constant run-ins with the lovely, classy (hah!) Danielle Staub. Despite her strong family ties on the show (Caroline is Dina’s sister, Jacqueline’s husband is Dina's brother, and Dina and Caroline are married to the Manzo brothers), Dina had enough of the back-"Staub"-ing and quit.
Danielle continued to bring the crazy throughout the rest of Season 2... and her invitation to return for Season 3 got lost in the mail.
After her RHNJ exit, Dina spilled to AOL TV, "For me knowing how hard I work [...] For [Danielle] to make a mockery of [a fundraiser] was extra upsetting as a cast member, you know, to be part of the show, to see her do that. It was really the last straw for me."
So, what are the two former Housewives up to post-Bravo? Not surprising, neither could resist the siren call of reality TV: Dina now hosts Dina's Party, a party-planning series on HGTV, and Danielle hosted a show called Social on WealthTV, where she socialized with rich-and-famous celebs. After that tanked (shocking), she joined the reality trainwreck-filled cast of VH1's Famous Food, which premiered on July 10, 2011. (It's ratings are also low. Again, shocking.)
But that's not all! Where Danielle goes, drama follows. In May 2011 the troubled D-Lister signed a three-year deal with Scores Gentleman's Club as a stripper and "adult online content" star. After only one scandalous dance, she walked away from the contract to seek treatment for serious psychological issues. She explained to People, "My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial. [...] Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time," she continues, "I can no longer push it behind me."