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Caroline Manzo Says Teresa Giudice “Was Never a Friend,” Talks Manzo’d With Children

Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice on May 30, 2013
Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Caroline Manzo tells Us Weekly that Teresa Giudice was "never a friend"; plus, details on her upcoming show Manzo'd With Children! D Dipasupil/Getty

Drop the drama! Caroline Manzo told Us Weekly on Wednesday, April 9, that her relationship with former Real Housewives of New Jersey costar Teresa Giudice was strictly work-related — and nothing more or less.

“She was never a friend,” Manzo told Us at the Healthcorps Annual Gala In NYC. “She was someone I worked with. Someone I knew.”

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By the end of the show’s fifth season, original cast members Manzo and Giudice’s cordial relationship had completely broken down. Making matters worse? Teresa remains close pals with Caroline’s estranged sister, former RHONJ costar Dina Manzo.

Despite those tensions, Manzo shared with Us that she holds nothing against Giudice — who, along with her husband Joe, pleaded guilty to fraud charges last month and await sentencing.

“When I had the opportunity to work with her and be a part of her life, I tried my best,” Manzo confessed. “No ill feelings. My heart goes out to her and what she’s going through now. I wish her and her children peace and nothing but the best. It’s history. It’s in my past and that’s where I’m keeping it. I walked away for a reason.”

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With RHONJ behind her, Manzo gushed about her family’s reality TV show, Manzo’d With Children, which will premiere on Bravo later this year. “I’m a wreck!” she told Us about the series’ pickup, which was announced by the network on Tuesday. “I’m terrified, excited, and grateful all wrapped into one.”

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On Manzo’d With Children, don’t expect Housewives-style feuds and pyrotechnics, she warns. “You would not see this face on TV to go back to that drama,” Manzo said of Housewives’ drama-fueled tension. “I walked away for a reason and I intend to stay away. Lets call it dilemmas. We’ll have dilemmas.”

The mother of three kids — sons Albie and Chris, and daughter Lauren — added that viewers should expect to see different aspects of the family’s personality. “I think they’ll say oh, ‘I never knew Lauren was that feisty’ or ‘I never knew Caroline was that laid back.’ I’m excited and so honored to have this opportunity! I’m shocked! It blows my mind, Thank you to the network.”

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