Danielle Staub accusing her of signing the original Bravo contract without consent from her ex-husband is the true reason she is leaving. Dina does not want to risk losing custody of her daughter Lexi by remaining on the show.
Another reason, the apparent breakup of her marriage to Tommy Manzo. Rumor has it he lives across the street from her. With no Lexi and a husband who refuses to appear on another reality show (they appeared on “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding”) and the jealous, volatile rages of Danielle, it appears Dina has had enough.
Here’s a portion of what she said on her latest Bravo blog:
The petty stuff aggravated me, but it wasn’t until she chose to once again involve my daughter in her drama that she really proved to me she hadn’t changed at all. I made it VERY clear to her that she was to stay away from my daughter’s family, where she had poked her nose before. She had agreed, and PROMISED me that she would. Well, what a surprise it was when I found out that she chose to FILM at my sister-in-law’s salon and try to make them talk about her version of “what made Caroline cry” nonsense on air.
From People TV.com:
Manzo has also been the victim of threats since the show first aired. “I’m not pointing fingers but there definitely was some stuff that went on that was kind of freaky,” says Manzo, who received threatening notes and emails and had her mailbox vandalized. “I was spending all this money trying to get it traced and so I decided to put all the money into security instead and got cameras everywhere. I sound cool about it now only because it’s like Fort Knox at my house. Nobody’s getting anywhere.”
Too bad. Her normalcy helped balance out a show that has too much crazy. She will be missed.