Is Danielle Staub really a cocaine-snorting former stripper with a criminal record? We don't know for certain.
But is this Real Housewife of New Jersey a perfect pitchwoman for her reality show? No doubt about it.
Interviewed on The Today Show this morning, Staub didn't shy away from stories in Cop Without a Badge, the 1995 memoir that allegedly details her shady life in Miami under the alias "Beverly Merrill." Instead, she used the book as a means to promote tonight's new episode.
“I can only touch on [the rumors],” Staub told host Hoda Kotb. “I can just say, it’s out there and it will be addressed. And I will definitely touch on all the subjects that are crucially in need of touching on at the time when the time is right.”
Translation: the time will be right each week on The Real Housewives of New Jersey!
Staub, who was reportedly arrested in the 1980s for her involvement in a kidnapping, said of such a rumor:
"It's not that I don't want it known, I just think there's a time and place for everything and it was deemed by Bravo that now was my time... [but] this was way before I got married - way before I had children. And maybe people can watch and see how it unfolds. Because I think people are go to be shocked."
Will we actually have all questions answered on tonight's new episode? Of course not. A good drama knows how to suck in its audience and leave viewers wanting more.
"You won't have them answered for - actually until maybe next season. Who knows..." said Staub, already doing her best to solidify a spot on the show for next year.
She's good. Staub must have gone to the Spencer Pratt school of public relations.