Jacqueline Laurita has definitely made waves for The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast and crew members throughout this season — but In Touch can exclusively reveal that her passion for the franchise does not always sit well with her colleagues.
"Jacqueline has been an instrumental force behind the scenes since the first season of RHONJ. From day one, Jacqueline had played a key role in getting the original cast in place,” an insider explains. “Her main goal was to have everyone get along and get back to what fans had originally been attracted to in the beginning.”
However, producers were concerned there wasn’t enough drama for this season until THAT trip to Vermont, when Jacqueline and castmate Robyn Levy were sent home by Bravo lawyers.
“Jacqueline felt she had no other choice but to leave because all of her work to keep the ladies from fighting had been for nothing," the source continues. “For Jacqueline to be portrayed as the villain before the season even airs just isn't fair to her or the show. Jacqueline is prohibited by her Bravo contract from defending herself in attacks she is getting on social media."
At this point, Jacqueline is not on speaking terms with fellow RHONJ star Teresa Giudice. In Touch previously reported she wanted to provoke Teresa into an altercation on camera, which could have landed her back in jail. Teresa and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga also had no problem confronting her over the drama she created.
“They have a very, very long and complicated history. You are talking about two women that are very much alike; outspoken, say things in the heat of the moment and regret it later, and are committed to their families,” the source concludes. “Will they make-up? Only time will tell!"
Jacqueline also caused complications when she refused to show up to film the season finale at Melissa’s fashion show.