After a three season absence, Dina Manzo will be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey for Season 6. The original cast member left in the middle of Season 2 under the guise that she did not want to deal with the drama caused by then-Real Housewife, Danielle Staub. It was later revealed that Dina did not want her family drama to play out in front of the cameras and refused to appear on the show so long as her sister, Caroline, and sister-in-law, Jacqueline, remained on the show.
With Caroline leaving The Real Housewives for her own spin-off, Manzo's With Children, and Jacqueline being fired from The Real Housewives (reportedly at Dina's request), Dina has decided to return to The Real Housewives. This will make Dina the first Real Housewife across the franchise to ever leave the show and return as a full time "Real Housewife." Other former "wives," have left the show and returned but typically only for guest appearances or as a "Friend of The Housewives."
In addition to the departure of her family members, it has been reported that Dina has decided to rejoin The Real Housewives so that she can gain financial independence from her estranged husband, Tommy Manzo, and be financially able to leave her allegedly philandering husband.
In addition to the return of Dina, Season 6 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will see the introduction of three new housewives: twin sisters, Nicole and Teresa Napolitano, and Amber Marchese. Returning housewives will include Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga. Kathy Wakile has been demoted to a "Friend of The Housewives."