NJ Housewife Dina: I Quit the Show "99.9 Percent" Because of Danielle

Entertainment Jun. 15, 2010 AT 10:05AM
NJ Housewife Dina: I Quit the Show "99.9 Percent" Because of Danielle Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Dina Manzo shocked fans Monday night when she announced she is leaving the Bravo hit The Real Housewives of New Jersey -- and in the new Us Weekly (out Wednesday) she opens up exclusively about her shocking decision.

"I would say 99.9 percent is because of Danielle [Staub], but the other .1 percent was drama created by her," she tells Us Weekly.

 

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For Manzo, the final straw came on the May 31 episode (taped last year), when Staub, 47, trailed by an ex-con bodyguard, showed up at the Manzo-owned catering hall The Brownstone for a charity event and caused a ruckus that ended with Staub’s escort hurling a gay slur at Manzo’s nephew.

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"That whole night at The Brownstone just put me over the edge," Manzo, 38, tells Us Weekly. "Danielle became all we ever talked about! I wanted to film some fun stuff. I thought I signed on for a nice family show and it really turned in a different direction."

 

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Staub, she adds, "will make up whatever lie she can to hurt you, and it’s dangerous. Who wants to be associated with that?"

For more from Manzo -- including one of the craziest lies Manzo claims Staub ever spread about her; details on plans to return for one special episode; and who really leaked Staub's buzzed-about sex tape -- pick up the new Us Weekly, on newsstands Wednesday!

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