Last week, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Danielle Staub attended her mother’s funeral. Her mother, Ruth Merril, died on March 21 from a stroke at the age of 75. Staub says none of the other Jersey “housewives” reached out to her in her time of grief. Now, costar Jacqueline Laurita has responded to the accusation.
“She had NO contact w/her Mom in many years & had NO desire to.
News to me. Must be new in the past few months. Sad to hear.”
People Magazine was the first to report Staub’s comments that her castmates didn’t support her.
“We know how they feel about me,” Staub told the magazine of
her costars. “They weren’t my friends before the show, they weren’t
friends with me on the show, and they won’t be friends with me when the
show has come and gone. I don’t expect them to reach out to me. I would
actually be shocked. I would prefer not to have people be fake around
According to Staub, Merril appears in the show, which premieres on May 3 for its second season on Bravo.
“She’s on the show a little bit,” Staub says. “She’s definitely a voice
of reason with me. She was a sweet woman. She adopted me. I was her
miracle. She was one of the most energetic women. She was a very
religious woman, a God-fearing woman.”
It’s no secret that Staub, whose criminal record became public on the show last season, is not part of the show’s inner circle made up of sisters Carolyn Manzo and Dina Manzo, their sister-in-law, Laurita, and their close friend, Teresa Giudice.
Laurita, who was the closest to Staub in Season 1 and tried to get the
other women to befriend her, is apparently the only “housewife” to
respond to Danielle’s claims at this time.
Do you think the other New Jersey “housewives” should have reached out to Danielle Staub?
[Update March 30 12:33 AM Fellow housewife, Teresa Guidice tweeted, “Just found out that Danielle’s mom passed away may she rest in peace..”]
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