Last night not only marked the end of season 5
of The Real Housewives of New Jersey
, but it was also the last episode that Caroline Manzo will appear in as a regular cast member. She has been a part of the show since the first episode, and now she's explaining her reasons for departing.
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"When we started filming Housewives
so long ago, Al made me promise him one thing. He said, 'Just be yourself and have fun with it.' I've always prided myself on giving you the truth of who I really am, the good, the bad, and the ugly," Caroline wrote on her Bravo blog
But so much has changed since the beginning of the show that Caroline herself had to change the way she viewed the show and her role on it.
"Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn't wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see," she wrote. "I've always prided myself on being a good example for my children and my decision to leave is based on advice I've always given them: 'Be true to yourself and be proud of who you are, you are born with a name and you die with a name, don't dirty it up.'"
She continued by saying, "Going back to film another season of Housewives
would only make me a hypocrite. For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame. I practice what I preach, and as I said on the reunion, I'm done. I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give."
And for all of those Caroline fans, you can be happy knowing that she won't be gone from the spotlight for long.
"I may be leaving Housewives
, but my relationship with Bravo will continue as we started production on a pilot, Manzo'd with Children
, which if goes to series promises to give the viewers a very different look into the world of the Manzo Family," Caroline wrote. "We are having an absolute blast filming it, and I hope you all join us as we start our new chapter within the Bravo network. We didn't close the book, we just turned the page."
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