by Leanne Aguilera | Tue., Oct. 29, 2013 12:15 PM
Watch out ladies, the blonde is back!
After three-and-a-half seasons away from the spotlight, Dina Manzo is returning to Real Housewives of New Jersey. Many fans will remember the blond bombshell from the very first season of RHONJ and the beginning of season two before her abrupt departure.
The veteran housewife confirmed Tuesday that she will be returning to the Bravo megahit for the series' sixth season. "Well, I guess the (hairless) cat's out of the bag," the 41-year-old TV personality tweeted to her fans. Obviously, the TV personality is playfully referring to her hairless pet cat. Who could forget Grandma Winkles?!
This news comes following the announcement that Dina's sister-in-law, Caroline Manzo, will be leaving the all-female cast to star in her own Bravo spinoff Manzo'd With Children. Caroline revealed in a BravoTV.com blog post that five seasons on RHONJ is more than enough for her. "I'm done. I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give," she writes.
Keeping it in the family, Dina explains that it felt "right" to fill her sister-in-law's place on the reality drama. "Yes, I'm back. Unlike the past, this time it felt 'right.' See you on Bravo, my friends. Xo," Manzo revealed on Twitter.
In other RHONJ casting shake-ups, twin sisters Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend Amber Marchese will also be joining the show for the upcoming sixth season.
(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)