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Dina Manzo says she did not have Jacqueline Laurita or Caroline Manzo fired

Dina Manzo attends The Compound Foundation Presents The 2nd Annual 'Fostering A Legacy' Official After Party Hosted By Ne-YO & Mission BIG on August 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.
Photo by Eugene Gologursky

Dina Manzo wants to make clear that she had nothing to do with her sister, Caroline Manzo, and sister-in-law, Jacqueline Laurita, leaving "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." In an interview with Us Magazine, posted on Wednesday, June 25, Dina said that she did not tell the show's producers to fire either woman in order to get her back on the show.

Dina starred in the show's first two seasons, along with Caroline and Jacqueline. After her departure, Caroline and Jacqueline continued on with the show for three more seasons. The upcoming sixth season, which premieres on Sunday, July 13, will feature the return of Dina. Joining her in the new season will be returning housewives Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice and new housewives Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano. Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri will also be returning as friends of the housewives.

When it was revealed that Dina was returning right when Caroline and Jacqueline were leaving, there was speculation that Dina had something to do with their departures. Jacqueline even stated that she knows that Dina doesn't want to do the show with family.

According to Dina, she "didn't get anyone fired." She said that she made sure that her return didn't mean the departures of anyone by immediately asking the producers, when she was asked back, whether they were getting rid of anyone to make room for her. "Absolutely not," she said the producers told her.

One thing that Dina doesn't dispute is that she would never do reality TV with family ever again because it's "not a healthy environment." Guess that means that she won't be popping up in Caroline's spin-off, "Manzo'd With Children," which Jacqueline and her family will also star in. Dina Manzo's position also means that if Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita were ever to return to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," she would rather quit than go through that again.