At Wetpaint Entertainment, we've always loved Real Housewives of New Jersey's Caroline Manzo for being one of the sanest women in the whole Housewives empire. So we were thrilled to have a chance to chat with her about the Housewives experience and Jacqueline Laurita's reported departure at the Real Housewives Live Show in Atlantic City.
Basically, Caroline said, don't jump to conclusions over a few disgruntled tweets: "Maybe [Jackie's] in a funk now, and in two hours she'll be like, 'Hey, when are we filming next week?'"
It doesn't sound like Caroline herself plans to jump ship anytime soon. When we asked how she feels about the success of the franchise, and New Jersey in particular, she expressed genuine appreciation for what the show has brought her.
"I still can't wrap my head around it," she confessed. "I don't understand... I'm just you."
There is a downside to success, however. During the live show, she told the audience that while hubby Albert used to spend too much time on work, not enough on her, now she's the one struggling to make time for him in her busy schedule.
If anyone can balance Housewives and real life successfully, we're pretty sure it's level-headed, family-oriented Caroline!