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Is Dina Manzo Leaving the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 11th 2010 9:40AM
The teaser's been running all week on Bravo, in a preview clip of June 14's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' episode: one of the Joisey girls is leaving the hit reality series.

Which one? Loony Danielle and her wannabe wiseguys? Mama Caroline, who seems increasingly uninterested in continuing the Manzo family's war with Danielle? Or Teresa, the mom of four who's been plagued by major financial woes, including bankruptcy and putting her gaudy N.J. manse on the market?

According to Zap2It
, the answer is D, as in none of the above, and as in Dina Manzo, the Housewife who reportedly will make her last appearance on the show in Monday's episode.

Zap2It reports that a source confirmed Dina's exit, even though Manzo herself couldn't comment on the rumor, and Bravo issued a statement saying, "While there is a lot of speculation about who, if anyone, is leaving the cast, viewers will have to tune in on Monday night to find out the truth."

But fans of the show know Dina is the most likely candidate to be the departing cast member, as she has recently expressed frustration with the show and the continuing drama between Danielle Staub and the rest of the cast members.

After another Danielle dust-up -- at a charity fundraiser for a child with cancer -- Dina, who operates Project Ladybug, a non-profit devoted to raising money for children with life-threatening illnesses, said she had grown tired of the show and dealing with Staub.

"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," Manzo told Zap2it. "It was really the last straw for me."

In fact, in the June 7 episode of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' Dina had a meeting with Danielle, in which she intended to tell Staub that she wanted nothing more to do with her and then sever all ties with the controversial star of a soon-to-be-released sex tape.

But Dina was met with more drama from Staub, and says she was mortified when she found out Staub had arranged for her "thug" cohorts to be on standby in the parking lot.

"There's a point where the cameras leave and I get into my car by myself," Dina says in a preview of Monday's new episode. "And I just felt I was in danger at that point. On the way there, I said I wasn't afraid of Danielle, but on the way home I was concerned about my safety at this point, because I truly went there by myself. The camera crews put a camera in my car and I drove there on my own and I left on my own. And, who's to say these guys won't follow me?"

Manzo's exit, if she is indeed the one who leaves the 'RHoNJ' on Monday, will come as the show hits the halfway mark of its second season. At least seven more episodes of the dramarama are scheduled to air this summer, leading up to the inevitable reunion special that could prove to be the most tension-filled 'RH' gathering ever. Fingers crossed.

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