Caroline Manzo on leaving 'Real Housewives,' spinoff 'Manzo'd With Children'

caroline-manzo-leaving-the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey.jpgThere was a rumor going around that Caroline Manzo would not be returning to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" for its sixth season (if there is a Season 6). Now Manzo has confirmed the departure herself on Twitter.

"It's been wonderful guys. I've decided to leave #RHONJ this season was my last. Love and kisses to you all. xoxoxo," writes Manzo. She also links to a blog post that further explains her decision (edited for length):

When we started filming Housewives so long ago, Al made me promise him one thing. He said, "Just be yourself and have fun with it." I've always prided myself on giving you the truth of who I really am, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn't wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see. I've always prided myself on being a good example for my children and my decision to leave is based on advice I've always given them: "Be true to yourself and be proud of who you are, you are born with a name and you die with a name, don't dirty it up." Going back to film another season of Housewives would only make me a hypocrite. For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame. I practice what I preach, and as I said on the reunion, I'm done. I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give.

I may be leaving Housewives, but my relationship with Bravo will continue as we started production on a pilot, Manzo'd with Children, which if goes to series promises to give the viewers a very different look into the world of the Manzo Family. We are having an absolute blast filming it, and I hope you all join us as we start our new chapter within the Bravo newtork. We didn't close the book, we just turned the page.

I posted this quote earlier today on my Instagram, I think it sums my thoughts up perfectly:

"There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy."Thank you so much for being a part of one of the most amazing experiences of my life. You guys are the best.

xoxoxo

See you soon on Manzo'd with Children on Bravo!

What do you think, Bravo viewers? Are you excited about Caroline's spinoff?
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