Kathy Wakile Is Not Sweating “Friend of A Housewife” Status on RHONJ Season 6

Posted on May 16 2014 - 3:20pm by Staff Writer

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Bravo released an explosive drama-filled preview of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” season 6 and noticeably missing was the charming Kathy Wakile. Now that season six of the hit reality show is scheduled to premier on July 13th, star Kathy Wakile is speaking out about her new reduced role in the upcoming season.

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Last season, Kathy played a prominent role as intermediary in the Gorga/Giudice family feud, matriarch of her adoring  family, while pursuing a dessert line business. Kathy always remained neutral and drama-free. With the show being centered around drama, it’s no surprise Kathy’s  drama-free housewife life doesn’t appeal to show producers.

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Kathy’s not complaining, in fact, she’s grateful for the free time to explore other interest. Kathy spoke with E! News and opened up for the first time since the change.

“I’m so happy to be part of the Bravo family. I have enjoyed being a RHONJ Housewife and have now agreed to terms that give me the opportunity to film the show in a way which better suits my lifestyle. I’ve been able to get to know the new girls on my terms while remaining free to focus on other great things, including the expansion of my businesses.”

Kathy will dedicate her free time to growing her dessert business, Dolci Della Dea, available for purchase through her website and QVC and now offering gluten-free options.

Kathy will also spend her time writing a cookbook! Yes, the real cook of the family is releasing a dessert cookbook, Indulge, this fall. I can’t wait to get a copy.

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In her interview, the ever so gracious Kathy thanked RHONJ viewers for their support:

“With everything in life, the key to growing and evolving is adapting to change and what my family and close friends tell me, that is my strong suit. The most important thing is being happy, healthy and pursuing your dreams, which I have to say is something I get to experience everyday.  I am looking forward to the viewers sharing with my family and I, including my sister Rosie, in all we have been up to since last season and thank them for the continuous support.”

 

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  • Susiehj

    I love Kathy and I will buy her cook book.

    • Hi Susiehj—Same here! She’s a lovely woman and I adore her family. I suspect the only reason they kept her on as a “friend of a housewife” is because Andy loves Rosie.

  • WestCoastFeed

    She’s too good for this show. I am wishing her all the best in the world.

    • I agree and think she could sustain her own show. Her family is darling.

  • RealitySuxx

    I’ve only ever bought things from Kandi – but I’d buy her cookbook. I think FOH may be a better deal for many of these women – doesn’t tie them into a BRAVO iron-clad deal if they are really serious about branding, etc.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Kathy took full advantage of the off-filming season and made the rounds of the home show circuits, selling her desserts. And she has more than just the cannoli kits for sale.

      • RealitySuxx

        I never caught her on the home show circuits, but a family member who is an exec chef in NJ has told me that her desserts are out of this world.

        • WestCoastFeed

          I believe it. And I’ll wager that’s why we see Teresa calling Kathy a bitch in the season premiere promo. Kathy makes her own desserts while Teresa has to slap her name on a bakery’s products.

    • twifan2

      Did you buy Kandi’s ‘A Mother’s Love’ combo?
      It’s awesome! 🙂

      I REALLY hope Kathy makes it HUGE with her wares! She deserves it.

      • RealitySuxx

        YEP…I bought the combo for myself, my sister and my Mother…and its is REALLY good – I agree 100%

        …I too am rooting for Kathy – I want her to succeed.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Richie just tweeted a picture of the construction of their new house, which will include her own test kitchen. She is taking her cooking business very seriously.

    • RealitySuxx

      Good for her! … I’m hoping she takes it as far as she can.

    • That’s awesome. He’s such a supportive and considerate husband. Kathy is very fortunate.

      • WestCoastFeed

        And she has two great kids rooting for her, too.

        • And sister and mom too…..what a lucky gal. I really think Kathy can sustain her own show. Bravo doesn’t understand some viewers like drama-free entertainment.

      • Birdie11

        He is supportive of her business..but I get the feeling he is less than such as a father, with his icky innuendo around his son. I think he undermines her higher standard of parenting a young boy especially. Teaching boys how to act around and about girls is no joke!!

        • WestCoastFeed

          Yes, Kathy has said in the past what a gentleman Richie was when he was courting her. Richie appears to be one of those men whose standards are different for “good” girls than those he labels “bad” girls.

          • Birdie11

            Hi WCF…I hope you had a wonderful Saturday!

          • WestCoastFeed

            Hi, Birdie. It’s still Friday here. But I am looking forward to Saturday Funnies. Twifan2 has had a busy week at work this week, but I am hoping not too busy to come up with another goodie for us.

          • Birdie11

            Oh whoopsie!! it’s Friday here too…DUH…it just feels like Sat…UGH…I’ve been too busy this week, I am out to lunch!! Yes!! I have missed Twi..hopefully she comes up with a doozy tomorrow!

        • Well said and I agree, he does take it too far around the son sometimes. He needs curtail that.

      • Marsbars09

        He’s creepy too, Doc. 🙁

        • Hey Marsie….Really? I’ve always viewed Richie as a dirty cynical jokester. He means no harm.

          • Marsbars09

            Hi Doc! Do you remember the episode where Richie grabbed Rosie’s breasts while they were at the retreat in Arizona? That was utterly disgusting.

          • He does go overboard at times but Richie is harmless, much better man than Joe Giudice.

          • Marsbars09

            Doc, let’s just agree to disagree on this one.

          • WestCoastFeed

            I’m with Doc on this one Mars. Rich is occasionally inappropriate, but not as often as he is labelled. Mostly it is just from his trying too hard to be funny. He is not a pervert which is one of those labels that has stuck to him unfairly.

          • Marsbars09

            That’s fine WCF. We’re entitled to our own opinion.
            Are you looking forward to tomorrow morning’s funnies ?

          • WestCoastFeed

            Always looking forward to the funnies. Saturdays are the best days on the board.

          • you’re going to love it!

          • WestCoastFeed

            Excellent. Twi is so talented. What a gift and what a sense of humor!!

          • And it’s a Doozy!!! LMAO!!!

          • I agree. I think his brand of humor is like licorice…you either love him or hate him (via Bethenny from RHONY in reference to Jill Zarin).

          • OK. LOL!

    • Marsbars09

      Hi WCF! Kathy has no choice but to be serious. It sounds like the cooking business is going to be her main way to earn her living.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Richie is no slouch as a breadwinner. He and his brother own 2 or 3 Exxon stations. Besides owning rental property.

  • SAMRA1116

    She’s a liar — she going to miss the full time pay.
    Good luck on her desserts, they look so good.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Samra, since she didn’t say a word about her Bravo salary, it’s not really fair to call her liar.

      • SAMRA1116

        WCF–I’m saying from a practical point —yes she’s going to miss that full pay.
        If your job cut your pay, you will definitely miss the difference. They are building a mega house. JMO

        • WestCoastFeed

          Yes, but branding her a liar is not right.

          • SAMRA1116

            Oh wow — you take this stuff literally.
            Forgot this is the HWS, you get n know information on.

          • WestCoastFeed

            What bothers me, Samra is that people tend to take a statement and then repeat it over and over again until others take it as the truth.
            I think I knew what you intended, but that is exactly the sort of statement that people tend to run with.

    • Marsbars09

      Well, tell us how you really feel Samra! LOL!
      I agree on your comment about Kathy’s desserts. With the right sponsorship and promotion I don’t see why she can’t be successful.

      • SAMRA1116

        I do with pleasure. 🙂

    • Hi Samra! I could be wrong but I think Kathy and Richie are well off from his gas station investments. Their currently building a HUGE mansion. I don’t think she’ll miss the money as much as the notoriety and exposure for her business.

  • Marsbars09

    I think it’s best Kathy is no longer on RHNJ. She’s too “normal” to be rolling around in the mud with pigs. Unlike Caro and Jac, I think Kathy left the show with her dignity in tact.
    RHNJ is on it’s way to the gutter anyway. Better she tends to her home life and business.

    • WestCoastFeed

      I agree with you on that Mars. Better for her to stay away from the tawdry shows the housewives shows have become.

    • Birdie11

      Hi Marsie..I agree. These women should jump on chances to just be ‘friends’…they can enjoy the exposure without dwelling in the gutter.

  • TartLemon

    I like Kathy. Rosie, too. I even understand that Richie thought he was being funny, but just came across as gross. IMO, Kathy ‘s presence on the show in past seasons was a threat to Teresa. She didn’t even have to say anything to make Teresa nervous about all her lies.

    You know, all Teresa had to do was make arrangements to repay the creditors. Instead, she tried to get ME, a taxpayer to forgive her debt and continue the faux lifestyle. Fraudulently acquire $$ then try to openly file bankruptcy to keep from repaying the $$$ you stole.

    Chutzpah! In the Yiddish dictionary is a picture of Teresa beside that word. Yes, Teresa, a word your ‘Jewish friends’ would use about YOU.

  • Teresa Giudice

    Where is my Saturday funnies yous guys?

    • WestCoastFeed

      They’re up now, Tre. With some great pictures of you. Enjoy!!