Caroline, Teresa & Jacqueline back for RHONJ 3

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The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will be really different next season.

Following Internet reports that Danielle Staub, the former pole-dancing drama-mama, was fired from the Bravo reality series, insiders tell us that, as it stands, only three cast members have a future with the show.

Although Bravo has yet to make it official, a source close to the cable network says there will be a third season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Staub will not be a part of it, however, although the source tells us she wasn’t exactly “fired.” She just wasn’t asked back.

We’re told that the week after the “Jersey” girls wrapped their reunion show at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City this month, housewives Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita all received letters from Bravo asking them to return for a third season. According to our source, the cable network doesn’t typically inform cast members they’ve been renewed in this fashion. For instance, “The Real Housewives of New York” have yet to hear news of next season.

Staub did not receive a letter and, according to a friend, was not even aware that Manzo, Giudice and Laurita had. That source also tells us that, contrary to accounts on the Web, Staub was unaware she was off the show until she read it online on Monday, when reports first surfaced.

Staub’s blasé response to the rumors, which she posted that same night on Bravo’s RHONJ blog, would indicate that she wasn’t exactly surprised by the news. (“Actually, I’m not even thinking about season three right now, as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me,” Staub wrote.) But her friend says her tone had more to do with the fact that Staub – who was rumored to have created a little too much drama for reality show – was hoping for her own series. The friend adds that Staub is “working with production companies who are really interested and have talked to Bravo.”

The villainess of Franklin Lakes, N.J., isn’t the only cast member who didn’t receive a letter inviting her back for season three. Neither Kim (G.) Granatell nor Kim DePaola, both new additions to the series this past season, received a golden ticket, says our Bravo insider. But since this season was seen as “an audition” for the two ladies, we hear they could be invited to make guest appearances in the future.

Bravo has been vague about the status of Staub and a third season of the Jersey “Housewives.” But with only three of the Jersey girls left standing, the network will soon be focused on a casting call for some fresh blood.

Ladies, sharpen your elbows!

NY Daily News

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