'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Soars in Ratings, Plus the Real Story Behind the Feud
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is now tagged the highest-rated Real Housewives franchise ever in all demographics and last week's season finale proved just that. Not only did Teresa Giudice flipping a table on the controversial Danielle Staub attracted more than 4.6 million viewers but it also became the most watched show on television (cable and broadcast) in the 18-49 demographic.

While the first season has finally wrapped up, it seems that there will always be some bad blood between some cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and it evidently began before the cameras even started rolling.

"We kind of had a misunderstanding. I maybe told her I was going to kick her ass," Dina Manzo said during the show's season premiere---hinting that there's tension between her and controversial co-star Danielle Staub. According to the Star Ledger,  Bravo didn't plan on paying the housewives, but sister Caroline Manzo and Chris Laurita, her brother and Jacqueline Laurita's husband, consulted with an entertainment lawyer, who managed to negotiate salaries -- "a few thousand dollars" -- for each of them.

Evidently, Staub didn't want to pay a fraction of the lawyer's fees, and was being difficult about it, according to Manzo. And what really made Manzo want to "kick her ass" was when Staub repeatedly called Laurita about the blow-up, even though Laurita was then recovering from the latest in a string of miscarriages.

Staub, on the other hand, reportedly claims that she negotiated her contact on her own so she didn't feel that it was necessary for her to chip in. She also alleges that "Laurita had been calling her, not the other way around, and that she hooked Laurita up with the doctor who helped her and Chris get pregnant and carry their new baby to term -- Nicholas was born last week - 'so yeah, that's about all I'm gonna say about that.'"

Meanwhile, the drama is far from over. With the controversy running high, Bravo has decided to air a director's cut episode of the dinner party accident and air a two-part finale special on June 23 and June 25.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Star Ledger
(Image courtesy of Bravo)