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Both Teresa Giudice and Heather Dubrow were invited to upfronts but declined

(L-R) Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City.
(L-R) Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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Ever since the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment upfronts took place last week in New York City, many viewers of "The Real Housewives" have probably wondered why certain housewives got the invite and others didn't. The upfronts was the event during which the company, which owns Bravo, showcased the upcoming season's lineup to advertisers. With the exception of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," which had three, two housewives from each city attended to represent their respective shows.

Representing "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" were Melissa Gorga and Dina Manzo. The absence of Teresa Giudice was glaring since she is arguably the biggest star of the show and is the one housewife to remain from the very first season. According to a All About The Real Housewives article posted on Tuesday, May 20, Teresa was in fact invited but decided not to go.

Teresa's crises manager, Wendy Feldman, explained to the site why Teresa wasn't there. Wendy said that the decision was made for Teresa not to go since her ongoing legal case limits the scope the questions that she would've been able to answer and they thought that her legal issues would have been an unfair distraction to the show's promotion. Wendy stressed that at this time, Teresa "is focusing on her family.”

Teresa Giudice wasn't the only housewife to be invited to the big event but not go. On the day of the upfronts, Heather Dubrow, one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," tweeted that she had to decline because of work. Whether Heather was busy with filming the reality TV show or a scripted part, she didn't say, although she has been tweeting a lot recently about being on set until very late so it seems that she has been working as a real actress lately.

It was probably best that Heather Dubrow declined since representing the O.C. was Vicki Gunvalson and new housewife Shannon Beador, both of whom, but in particular Shannon, has had some issues with Heather this past season. Or perhaps Heather's absence was what allowed Shannon to go?