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Andy Cohen Says He Tried To Bring Back This RHONJ ‘OG’

On a radio show on Oct. 10, Andy Cohen revealed that earlier this year he tried to bring back this original cast member from “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but it didn’t quite work out as planned.

During Jeff Lewis’ radio show on SiriusXM, Jeff Lewis Live, Cohen admitted that he wanted Caroline Manzo to appear on season 13 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The two started talking after Lewis asked Cohen who he would like to see at BravoCon.

“I also like it when, even in the shows, you bring back people from the past,” Lewis Cohen told the radio show. “I wouldn’t mind if you brought back some Jersey OGs… have you tried that?”

“We were talking to Caroline about doing something this year, and it didn’t match,” Cohen revealed in response. “But I always like that. I’m with you, I always like to see the old classics. We’ve been doing this from the start, we’ve been around from day one.”

Manzo was a cast member of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” from season one to season five.

During a conversation with Entertainment Tonight in November 2019, Manzo talked about a possible return to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” but didn’t seem too sure about her future on the show.

“You know what? I’m not stupid enough to say never, but it’s not on my radar,” Manzo said at the time. “You know, you hear Brinks’ truck backing up, ‘beep beep!’ Then you know I’m back. If there’s a truck backing up. If they made me an offer I can’t refuse, that’s that — that’s what it should come down to.”

Manzo also added: “Like I said, why would I go crazy again for nothing? You have to pay me to get me involved in those things.”

If you’ve ever wondered if “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” was the script, Manzo dispelled all rumors during a March 2021 interview with Us Weekly.

“It’s never scripted, but they’re trying to push you. “Hey, by the way, did you hear this?” and if you’re stupid enough to believe it, you’re going to give them what they want,” Manzo told the outlet at the time. “It’s like playing in the schoolyard and watching the bully take the penny from the kid’s pocket. To be [up to] you decide whether you will help the bully or the child.”

Manzo continued: “It’s part of [the producers’] task to create – I don’t want to say drama – interaction between people. Positive and negative. Their job is to put on a good show. They do their job.”

During the interview, Manzo also shared how she would interact with Teresa Giudice on the show. During the first few seasons, the two were good friends, but had a falling out around the time Giudice went to jail.

“I get a lot of people saying we need you to put back [Teresa Giudice] in her place,’ said Caroline. ‘But who knows. So much time has passed. We are all different people. Who could even say that I would fit into that equation or blend into that equation. It’s just a big ‘what if’ and that’s fine.”

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