Jacqueline Laurita Returning to RHONJ "This Season" After Dina Manzo Vowed Never to Work with Family Again

Celebrity News Aug. 8, 2014 AT 3:30AM
Jacqueline Laurita Credit: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

Whoa! Jacqueline Laurita is set to return to this season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

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Although shooting for the new season of the Bravo reality TV show already wrapped, production is set to start up again to tape some additional footage for this season's shows, and Dina Manzo's estranged sister-in-law Laurita will be the subject of some of the new scenes!

"They were planning on taping some new scenes anyway for Teresa's sentencing," the source revealed to Us, referring to the upcoming September 23 court date for Teresa Giudice's fraud case. Laurita will be back "to tape a few scenes," the source adds.

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While feisty Laurita's return is great news for fans, and good news for Bravo's ratings, one cast member, sister-in-law Manzo, will not be happy about her unexpected reappearance on the show.

Talking to Us exclusively in June, Manzo revealed her own decision to return to the show was based on the fact that her family members were no longer involved.

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"I’m going to be honest and say I will never do a reality show with family ever again," she said. "It’s just not a healthy environment. It’s not something I recommend to family."

Last month, as the new season of RHONJ premiered, Laurita and Manzo's feud managed to make headlines despite the fact the duo were no longer even on screen together.

Laurita's daughter Ashlee Holmes weighed in on her Aunt's frequent use of the word "zen" in the opening episode of the new season, tweeting, "You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

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Manzo, quick to respond, replied that this is why she stays away from Laurita's side of the family, something that didn't go down well with her sister-in-law.

“Really? I thought it was bc our fam knows 2 much u don’t want public," Laurita ranted. "I’ve stayed quiet a long time 4 my fam. Ashlee shouldn’t have said anything, but Dina shouldn’t have involved a blogger as if an innocent victim…Touchy subject.”

We can't wait to see how this storyline plays out when it gets back on screen!

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