Sunday’s episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” continued an increasingly violent trend for the franchise this year.
Twin Nicole Napolitano decided to use her boyfriend’s first-responder party to confront Amber Marchese about spreading rumors that she dated a married man and was a homewrecker. The argument escalated quickly with a thrown drink and a handful of Amber’s hair in Nicole’s fist.
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This is just the latest occurrence of violence on the franchise this year. In April, Atlanta’s Porsha Williams was arrested for attacking Kenya Moore while filming the reunion. Then on “Real Housewives of New York City,” Ramona Singer threw a glass at Kristen Taekman’s face (after missing her mark with a boat paddle), which cut her lip.
Clearly, housewife-on-housewife violence has dated back for years on Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. Atlanta’s Sheree Whitfield claimed she didn’t pull Kim Zolciak’s wig, just shifted it a little, in 2009. NeNe Leakes choked Zolciak aboard an RV that same year. On New Jersey, a baby’s christening became a brawl between Melissa Gorga’s and Teresa Giudice’s husbands in 2011.
But why so many instances in one year? Has the series reached a critical boiling point between the women? Is there a play for the ratings bumps these fights tend to garner for the show? Weigh in below.