Why Dolores Catania Didn’t Join The Show During Season 1

Dolores Catania has been a cast member of RHONJ since season 7. The reality star revealed why she waited a little longer to join the Bravo family.

Dolores Catania served as a cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey since season 7, although she was asked to join in season 1. The housewife maintains a strong bond with the group that extends beyond the series. Dolores has been friends with Teresa Giudice since they were teenagers, and Joe Gorga worked with her sister in a restaurant. Fans are now wondering why Dolores decided to turn down the offer to RHONJ season 1 when she was initially approach.

The first season of RHONJ created in 2009 and performed by Teresa, Caroline and Dina Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Danielle Staub. In order to choose interesting people for the Bravo reality series, producers scouted groups of friends at a local hair salon. Dolores was one of the female clients of the Chateau salon in Franklin Lakes, which has since been permanently closed. While the current RHONJ Housewife made cameo appearances on previous seasons of the show, she didn’t say yes right away. Everyone in the group was locked in as cast members, but Dolores wasn’t so sure about her potential reality TV fame.

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As a recent guest on Tamra Judge and Teddi Mellencamp’s podcast Two T’s in a capsule, Dolores explained the backstory of how she came into the series. Bravo fans may not know that she was wanted early on and ultimately declined the offer. “I decided not to because things got a little weird for me. I didn’t have a good feeling at the time because my kids were small. So Danielle Staub took my place.” Tamra and Teddi were shocked to hear this exclusive information. They know firsthand what it’s like to interview for a real housewives show, and this is an extremely rare opportunity.



Dolores Catania raising a hand and looking serious on RHONJ

When Dolores finally became a housewife on RHONJ season 7, she knew it was the right time to get a spot in the Garden State franchise. “Years later I had a lot more to offer, I think. Timing is everything.” Dolores has been through a lot in her life, including her ex-husband Frank Catania losing money in a bad investment, working multiple jobs, and being engaged to someone for a short time. The mother-of-two was also older and wiser, and Dolores’ children, Gabrielle and Frankie Catania, were growing up. For Dolores, participating in a reality show like RHONJ seemed to make more sense now than when filming Season 1.


The Real Housewives of New Jersey could have been very different if Dolores was part of the cast during season 1 instead of Danielle. Teresa’s famous table flip probably wouldn’t have happened, which has become one of the most iconic moments of real housewives the story. In the end, Dolores was better off waiting for the final seasons of RHONJ when the show was more established. Everything happens for a reason, and that was definitely true for Dolores.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Source: Two Ts in a Pod



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