Sounds like the rumors may be true! “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jacqueline Laurita shared a casting update with Us Weekly for the sixth season of the Bravo reality show at the Skechers Friendship Walk at Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, Oct. 27. The 43-year-old reality star confirmed there are three new girls joining the sixth season — and perhaps a fourth.
“There’s two twin Italian girls — Teresa and Nicole — and then a girl named Amber,” Laurita told Us. “And, I think that my sister-in-law Dina [Manzo] is coming back!”
A source confirmed to Us earlier this month that twin sisters Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend Amber Marchese will be joining the show. The casting shakeup follows veteran star Caroline Manzo’s exit after five seasons, and rumors that her estranged sister, Dina Manzo, would be returning in her place. Dina, 41, previously appeared on seasons one and two of the Bravo show alongside her sister.
Does Laurita think Dina is returning because sister Caroline is leaving?
“Well, she doesn’t really want to do the show with family because it brings unnecessary drama and causes problems,” she shared. “I understand why she doesn’t want to do a show with family. I totally get it.”
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Laurita also weighed in on other family drama surrounding the show. Costar Teresa Giudice is awaiting a federal fraud trial with husband Joe Giudice. The couple is facing 39 counts of federal fraud and could face up to 50 years in prison.
“Of course I’m worried,” Laurita told Us of the upcoming February 2014 court date. “I’m always there for her if she wants me, I’m there. I’m not going to push myself on anybody. If she wants me, I’m there for her always.”
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“I haven’t seen her since we stopped filming, but we’ve kept in touch here and there by phone,” she added. “It’s just that our lives have changed so much since we were friends before — I’m so busy doing so many things and she’s so busy doing so many things — that we just don’t ever really see each other.”