Nama-say what?! Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Danielle Staub spoke exclusively with Us Weekly about her Wednesday, October 19, yoga reunion with former enemy Teresa Giudice.
According to the 54-year-old reality TV vet, who exited the hit docuseries in 2010 after two seasons, she and Giudice, 44, have put their drama-filled past behind them.
“It was a long time coming. I think there’s a good chance we shocked the whole world today — and definitely the whole yoga class! We reconnected and it has been so natural and great,” Staub explained to Us of their hangout session, which was documented via social media. “Today was the first time I have seen her in all these years. She reached out to me a few weeks ago to talk and catch up on our families.”
As RHONJ fans are well aware, the Bergen County residents repeatedly butted heads and made hurtful allegations about each other during their time together on the show. (Giudice accused Staub of being a prostitute, and Staub claimed that Giudice’s Franklin Lakes mansion was in foreclosure, among other jabs.)
The tension came to a head in a now-iconic season 1 scene in which Giudice flipped a table and called Staub a “prostitution whore!” during a particularly heated verbal spat. Despite their rocky background, the Bravolebrities have learned to forgive and forget.
“She asked me if I’m into yoga while we were talking, and she said she would take a class with me,” Staub told Us of how their reunion came about. “So I invited her to meet me at my regular class today. We hugged and it was very good to see her. Everyone in the class was like, ‘Did I just witness that?’”
After breaking a sweat, the unlikely duo caught up over smoothies. “Afterwards, we went to Jamba Juice together and had a nice long talk. I’ll let her tell you what we talked about, but it would be fair to say we discussed our old cast,” Staub said. “She and I have been treated the same way by the rest of the OGs in the cast so we have a lot to bond over … I think now both of our intentions is to leave the past in the past.”
Jacqueline Laurita and sisters Caroline and Dina Manzo also participated in seasons 1 and 2 alongside Staub and Giudice. Since her early days on the show, reformed fire starter Giudice has seemingly become more humble after completing an 11-month prison sentence for fraud at Connecticut’s Danbury Federal Correctional Facility last December.
Naturally, fans have been incessantly asking Staub if her meeting with Giudice means she will be rejoining the cast of RHONJ for season 8.
“That’s an Andy Cohen question,” the mom of two — she shares college-aged daughters Christine and Jillian with ex-husband Thomas Staub — told Us. “But when he saw the photo, his tweet shows he never expected that.”
When the executive producer, 48, caught wind of the ladies’ unexpected get-together, he retweeted the photo from Giudice’s account and simply wrote, “WOWZA!”
For her part, Staub — who is now dating former Yankees baseball player and businessman Marty Caffrey — seems to be down with reclaiming her title as a Housewife. “Since I have made up with Teresa, I think season 8 would be the place to really do it,” she shared with Us. “But we’ll see what happens.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.