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Viewers who stuck with this relatively uneventful season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey were rewarded on Monday night with a dramatic showdown between tough-talking mama bear Caroline Manzo and vindictive drama queen Danielle Staub. (Missed it? Watch the clip below.) During the confrontation, Caroline lost her composure and called Danielle "garbage" (for the second time) and "a clown" -- insults that Manzo now says she regrets.
"I'm not proud of the names I called her; my remarks were cruel and childish," the reality star writes in her official Bravo blog. Although she's "annoyed" with herself, she goes on to explain: "I said what I said out of frustration and anger. I was speaking to someone who was looking me dead in the eye and lying to me. Not only that, there was absolutely no accountability on her part at all."
Manzo, a mother of three grown children, writes that her one true regret is not knowing "the true depth of Danielle's character" as revealed by Bravo's cameras. "I had no idea of the remarks and accusations that were being made towards my children, the others, and me," she writes. "I had no idea that there were bodyguards with GUNS outside the restaurant when we had our meeting." Caroline's stunned reactions to Danielle on Twitter also seem to show that she was genuinely shocked by Staub's behavior.
As for Danielle -- well, no remorse there. The woman with the constant bodyguards and the checkered past still thinks she's everybody's victim. She addressed the fight on Twitter, saying: "There is no resolve with a clown who calls anyone garbage ~ remember to stand your ground ~ even if the ground seems to move ~ stay still ~ it'll move around you." (Is that a pretty way of saying "never admit you're wrong"? Because that seems to be her guiding philosophy.)
In light of Caroline's morning-after regrets, it's interesting that she basically started the conversation with an apology. Rather than telling Staub to stay away from her family, she acknowledged that her niece Ashley made a mistake by attacking Danielle. She then pointed out that Ashley admitted she was wrong and owned up to what she did. This was actually a pretty good opening for Danielle, who could have used the opportunity to actually talk about the situation.
But instead, she remained vague and defensive, choosing to believe that Caroline was bluffing and actually called her to the Brownstone with the intention of doing her physical harm. Danielle was unable to answer Caroline's straightforward question -- "What did I ever do to you?" -- but stuck to her story that Ashley threatened to kill her, even though Bravo's cameras proved that obviously didn't happen. Caroline was clearly the bigger woman -- until she started hurling insults.
The reason Danielle makes such good TV is that she has a talent for provoking people until they snap. As long as Caroline was trying to reason with Danielle, she was winning the fight, because Danielle looked like an idiot. But the moment she took Danielle's insults personally and went on the attack, she lost the battle. By calling her "garbage," Caroline made Danielle look like she was right all along: The other housewives are out for blood. It's really too bad that Caroline took the bait, because it gave Danielle -- crazy Danielle, with two armed bodyguards in the lobby -- exactly what she wanted. No wonder she's sorry now. Wonder who will be sorry after next week's reunion show?
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