Caroline Manzo has announced that she will not be returning for another season of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey. Just minutes after the Season 5 Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion finale, Manzo announced her departure on Twitter.

Manzo later expanded on her decision in her official Bravo blog, writing, “I’ve always prided myself on giving you the truth of who I really am, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn’t wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see.”

Last month it was announced that Manzo and her family were beginning production on a spin-off pilot, titled Manzo’d with Children, that would follow her relationship with her husband, Al, sons Chris and Albie and daughter Lauren.

“Sons Albie and Chris and daughter Lauren will join Caroline and her devoted husband Al on the show, which will chronicle the family’s ‘crowded house filled with personality, laughter and ham… in both pig and honey-baked forms,” Bravo announced in September.

Fans will recognize the pig reference as the pet pig belonging to Caroline’s sister Fran, who will also be featured in the pilot.

“I may be leaving Housewives, but my relationship with Bravo will continue as we started production on a pilot, Manzo’d with Children, which if goes to series promises to give the viewers a very different look into the world of the Manzo family. We are having an absolute blast filming it, and I hope you all join us as we start our new chapter within the Bravo network. We didn’t close the book, we just turned the page,” Manzo writes in her blog.

Though Manzo did not cite a particular cause for her departure, it reportedly might have something to do with the never-ending drama surrounding RHNJ co-star and frenemy Teresa Giudice.

“For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame. I practice what I preach, and as I said on the reunion, I’m done. I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give,” Manzo writes

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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