Sarah Durham Wilson
May 17, 2011 02:15 PM

Season 3 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey started on a dramatic note Monday night – with an epic brawl at Teresa Giudice’s nephew’s christening.

Plus, there are two new Housewives – both related to Giudice – in the mix now that the show’s villain, Danielle Staub, is gone.

While Giudice is certainly a drama magnet, Staub, in an interview with E! Online, recently predicted that ratings would suffer in her absence.

“I brought the [drama],” Staub, 48, said. “People either loved me or hated me, but they were paying attention. This [season] is just full out nasty family fighting. Everyone’s got that. Where’s the element of surprise there?”

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