Jacqueline Laurita has cut ties with Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga on this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. And now it looks like her friendship with Dolores Catania might be in trouble too.
At the end of Sunday’s all new episode, Catania told Housewife Siggy Flicker why she’s no longer speaking to her friend. And it all has to do with a damming accusation Laurita made to Catania over the phone after a “Ladies Night” event Catania hosted at her gym.
Laurita, 46, was sick and unable to make the evening — which included a yoga class led by Giudice and a speaking engagement from relationship expert Flicker. And though Catania knew she wouldn’t be attending, the 45-year-old Housewife still called Laurita from the event to check on her.
“I didn’t want her to think that I forgot about her,” Catania explained. “I’m not expecting her to make it, but she absolutely helped me start this. [I called] just to let her know she’s being thought of.”
But the message Catania left clearly asked if Laurita would be coming — making Laurita feel she was being setting up.
Catania explained: “[Jacqueline’s] accusing me of setting her up and making her look like she was a no-show. That’s what she said. How can I make her look like a no-show if she wasn’t going show?”
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Laurita allegedly told Catania she would lie to manipulate the situation and make it look as though she was choosing not to go because she was upset that Catania hadn’t included her in the “Ladies Night” promotion.
“Basically [Jacqueline] said to me, ‘You tried to make me look by by calling me? Now I’m going to make you look bad and say I didn’t come because you didn’t put me on the flyer,’ ” Catania said. “She’s twisting it around.”
The accusation really got under Catania’s skin — and she reacted with rage.
“I texted her, answer the phone so I can say this to your face,” Catania recounted. “Her and I had some words — we exchanged words. They weren’t so nice. I lost my temper. ‘F— you,’ I said, actually.”
She confessed why she was so upset to viewers.
“Where this is coming from I have no idea,” Catania said. “Jacqueline knows me. Why someone you’ve never had a problem with in 10 years you’d think would want to set you up? That struck a nerve with me. You don’t accuse me of that.”
Laurita didn’t speak about the incident on the show.
In the car ride, Flicker wondered if Laurita’s accusation came from her battle with Giudice and Gorga.
“I think that she’s upset about what went down in Vermont,” Flicker theorized. “I feel bad for Jacqueline. When you get in that big of a fight with two people that you had history with, she’s feeling a little insecure right now. Dolores would never set up Jacqueline.”
But the damage was done for Catania.”I’ve heard nothing but her badmouthing me from last night till today,” she said, of Laurita. “I am so upset and so hurt. She’s now alienated herself from me.”
“What the f— more do you want for me, Jacqueline?” Catania screamed. “Is there something wrong with you? I’m not going to be a whipping post. I’m not going to call her. I don’t feel bad anymore. She better stop where she is. Cut the s—.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.