teresa giudice apology
But Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has issued a grovelling apology to her former friends after witnessing her behaviour on television.
The reality television personality said it was taking part in this year's Celebrity Apprentice that made her realise the error of her ways, though the fact several are reportedly threatening to quit could also have something to do with it.
In an interview with In Touch magazine, she said: 'Things have gotten out of hand.
'I want to accept responsibility for the things I did wrong. I’m truly sorry.'
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The 39-year-old said taking part in the charity show, which is hosted by tycoon Donald Trump, has given her a new perspective on life.
Teresa said: 'All of this drama seemed insignificant after I was exposed to people with real problems.'
And when she saw the premiere of her show at the weekend, she said she now wished she could turn back time.
She was most shocked when she discovered women she had previously been incredibly close to were now saying they could not stand her.
And in an attempt to make amends she wrote a public letter to her television sparring partners, which is published in the magazine, in which she addresses Melissa, Kathy and Caroline individually.
However she seemed to focus most on Jacqueline Laurita, whom she has starred alongside in all of the show's four seasons.
It will be interesting to see their reaction in the coming days, especially after Teresa was chosen over them for the ratings-winning competition.
In her letter she wrote: 'I wish I could take it all back and start over.
'Dear Jacqueline, I wish we could have resolved things sooner because I’m sincerely sorry for upsetting you — and I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your apology on Twitter.
'I feel like things have gotten out of hand, which is sad. I miss our friendship.
'I miss being like Lucy and Ethel with you. And so I hope we can work through these problems one day, when you are ready.'
Another reason she may be keen to rebuild bridges is cast members are threatening to quit because of their long-time feuding with her.
'Caroline wants out too. She thought being on a reality show would be fun, but it's just been drama, lies, deception and scandal.
'There is now a lot of of fighting going on about money — who deserves the most and who doesn't.
''Melissa wants more money because she feels like she doesn't get paid enough to deal with all the damage that's been done to her personal life.'
Most prominently on the next season, her relationship with Teresa Giudice is vastly different than the days when they had the common foe of Danielle Staub. But now, many fans wonder if Giudice has stepped into the role Danielle left behind, and the other women are ganging up on her. Manzo doesn’t take kindly to the accusation.
“Listen, I have no patience for that to be quite honest with you,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I am a fiercely moral person. I like to think that I am a good person and I don't gang up on anybody.”
“There is only so many times where you can get slapped in the face and not answer it,” she continues. “I am merely answering a multitude of situations and even in my answer, I am very clipped and I am very short and I have been accused of being very cold. Well, it is black and white. It is not gray.”
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Manzo says she has ignored things that bothered her about Giudice in the past. But when her cookbook came out and she saw that her cast mate not only mocked her Italian heritage but also writes about her kids, that was the moment it all made sense to her.
Giudice isn’t the only person Manzo has fallen out with from the show and definitely not the most painful relationship to have fallen apart since its first season. Currently, she’s estranged from her sister and former cast mate Dina Manzo, who makes an appearance on the upcoming season.
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“There are no scenes with me and Dina,” Manzo tells THR. “It is a very painful thing for me and not only me but the rest of my siblings, those that don't talk to her, my kids and nieces and nephew, so I am not alone here. But again, I will say that I remember the day that my mother told me that she was pregnant with Dina. I decorated Dina's cradle. I took her to school. When she was divorced, she lived with me for years. She is my baby sister. I don't know what she filmed and I don't know what was said in that scene and I don't care to know."
Last season, Dina sided with Giudice in the feud with her sister and the other women. So, there’s definitely a chance that she won’t have kind things to say about her sister. But, Manzo says she’s willing to take whatever Dina dishes out.
“It is just something that is going on in our lives right now and she has to go through what she is going through, whatever it is,” she says. “And again if I have to take the beating in the court of public opinion, I will. It's fine. That is my baby sister. I will not hit back.”