Catching Up With Danielle Staub


By Gregory Miller

What didn't we?
There's stuff that you don't see. Think about it. The reunion was a 14-hour day. How much can you possibly squeeze into a couple one-hour episodes?

At the reunion when Teresa came at you, it didn't seem like there were bodyguards ready. They were letting her --
Yeah, they did. And that was when, after I left, I came back, and I told them, "She moves her ass off that couch -- I want to know that you guys are doing something about it." It was after that that you see the bodyguards restraining her. Because they were told -- and that's what they told me -- they were told, 'It's OK. Just let it happen. We'll let you know.' But when I threatened to just walk, that's when they said, 'OK, we'd better protect her.' In other words, I was treated like a piece of shit. Nobody would treat any of them that way because they have husbands or because they have a big family that would be right up in arms. But what about me? The one person that I had there, my makeup artist who they made cry, he's my very dear friend, Eric. He was with me all season. And then Lori, they throw her out. They restrain her and throw her out when Teresa got on top of me. Nobody was there looking out for me but my friends and loved ones. Don't they understand I have two children? I'm a mother? And I've never done anything to deserve to be attacked like that. Am I mouthy? Yeah. But are they? Look at the things that they've said and done and investigated about me and brought up, and you don't see me jumping on top of them. Not once was I confrontational with them in a physical nature, not once. I've always tried to walk away.

What do you make of Andy Cohen on the reunion and Watch What Happens Live? He's positioned as the moderator, but it doesn't really seem like he's on your side.
Yeah, I do feel slighted by Andy -- I'll be honest with you -- and he's someone that knows how strong my ties are to the gay community. Not only that, how he's the executive vice president of Bravo. I would think he would want to treat us all at least equally. I, in no way, shape, or form, feel like I was treated as an equal. I'm not asking for favoritism, but I would have expected more from him. I truly would have. And I know he's my boss and all that, but' I'm just going to speak the truth like I always do. I'm very disappointed, and I think he's getting lashed out at by many, many fans -- gay and straight. From what I'm hearing and what I'm reading, people are very unhappy that he did not, like, throw Teresa out for her behavior. I mean, she physically picked him up and threw him. And then he sat her down like a five-year-old and said, 'Don't get off the couch again, OK, little girl?' Instead of just like, 'Get the f out of here. You can't touch me like that.'

Why did what you said about her nephew make Teresa so mad in the first place?
Well, if you notice, the only two times I saw her this season, she physically came after me. What did I speak the first time? Her house was in foreclosure. Is it in foreclosure?

It appears so'
See, if I say something that's true, they're going to go off. Yet they're allowed to sit and say two seasons full of lies about me. And then make up things to make it seem like I did things even worse than what I did when I was 20 years old. But yet I sit there and speak the truth, and they dive on top of me.

So what were you saying?
Teresa never greeted her nephew. I have proof of that in email. She never said congratulations to her brother when her nephew was born. Her brother has been directly contacting me for the past year and a half, letting me know how he feels about his sister. And how he and his wife -- pregnant wife -- were thrown from her house because they brought my favorite cookies to Christmas Eve.

Your favorite cookies?
My favorite cookies. From Corrado's! The ones I took on The Today Show in season 1 [of The Real Housewives of New Jersey].

Teresa threw a hissy fit. And not once do you see her with her brother and her sister-in-law and their beautiful children. Not once! But she glorifies everybody else. Why couldn't she show her real family? Why? Just tell me why? Because they have more than her maybe? Because she's jealous of them maybe? Or maybe they would have told the truth and said Teresa goes off like that all the time. 'It's not just Danielle. Teresa's certifiably crazy.' I think they're going to have their chance now to speak the truth. Go for it, I'm all behind you.

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