Part one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special last Sunday night was so contentious, it was almost as if cast members had been told what to say and how to act. That's totally ridiculous, of course, we know.
The harshest exchanges took place between Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice, as the former went after the latter's marriage and financial woes, among other topics. Does Caroline have any regrets?
Not really. In a new blog entry, Manzo says the experience was "miserable," but "I was telling the truth... I couldn't hide my feelings. I didn't see why I should at this point."
Among specific topics addressed by Caroline online:Her reference to Teresa's cookbook as being as Italian as the Olive Garden: "We joked [about that], but here's the difference - we didn't joke about my son, Melissa, Kathy or Richie... To use my words as a defense against your insulting remarks towards my son is unbelievable. Apology not accepted."
Caroline's relationship with sister Dina: "Congratulations, Teresa, the only thing you succeeded in doing was hurting my parents. What a fool I've been in my efforts to bring your family together when it was your intent to destroy mine from the start. Shame on you."
Her overall reaction to the argument: "Unlike you, Teresa, I can look in the mirror and hold my head high knowing that I have always given the best of myself to my family and friends. I live my life with integrity and self-respect."