'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Caroline Manzo's exit sparks new casting rumors

the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-cast-bravo.jpgWith matriarch Caroline Manzo's announcement that the recently-completed Season 5 of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" would be her last, it appears the series it due for a major face-lift.

Twin sisters Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend Amber Marchese are reportedly joining the hit reality show for its sixth season, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

After the Season 5 reunion aired on Sunday (Oct. 13), Manzo revealed her departure on Twitter and on her official Bravo blog.

"I've always prided myself on giving you the truth of who I really am, the good, the bad and the ugly," she wrote. "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."

Manzo doesn't plan to go too far from Bravo, however. She's currently at work on a pilot for the cable net titled "Manzo'd With Children" that she promises will "give the viewers a very different look into the world of the Manzo family."

With Manzo officially out, it's been rumored that her estranged sister Dina Manzo is eyeing a return. Dina was a part of the original cast alongside her sister, but departed during Season 2 amidst major conflict with fellow former Housewife, Danielle Staub.

Are you looking forward to some fresh blood on "RHONJ"? Or do you think the show is dead without Manzo?
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