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Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice appear on Bravos The Real Housewives of New Jersey in an Aug. 26, 2012 episode. - Provided courtesy of Bravo / NBC Universal

Teresa Giudice vs. Caroline Manzo: 'Real Housewives' feud heats up (Poll)

08/28/2012 by Corinne Heller

The feud between "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast members Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo heated up on Sunday's episode of the Bravo reality show, which saw the two become engaged in an emotional and public confrontation.

Manzo, 51, is still fuming over comments Giudice, 40, had made about her and her family heritage in the cookbook, "Fabulicious!: Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook," which was published in May 2011.

During Sunday's episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," which was taped a year ago, Manzo called Giudice a "disgrace" and claimed that she meant what she wrote in her cookbook, while Giudice said her words were meant in jest. During the confrontation, made in front of the other cast members, she also accused her co-star of releasing derogatory information about her to the tabloids, which Manzo denied.

Manz, who also called Giudice a "sociopath" behind her back, told Celebuzz that she and Giudice have not spoken in a year.

Giudice had written in her book: "I can't help it. Every time I sit down to write this intro to my 'Italian Family Cookbook,' two things keep popping into my head: that cheesy Olive Garden commercial, 'When you're here, you're family'; and what I said about Caroline Manzo when she insulted my meatballs on the 'Rachael Ray' show: 'Caroline's as Italian as the Olive Garden."

Manzo and Giudice had appeared on the "Rachael Ray" show in 2010 for what has been dubbed a "Meatball Throwdown" to determine who can make the best meatballs in New Jersey. The cast of the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" offered some critiques and ultimately determined Manzo to be the winner.

In her 2011 cookbook, Giudice also references a similar book she released in 2010, saying: "If you read 'Skinny Italian,' you know I'm not a huge fan of Olive Garden because it takes traditional healthy Italian dishes and turns them into heart-clogging servings of ungodly proportions (Forget 'Jersey Shore,' it's the Olive Garden that gives us Italians a bad name!) I am, however, a huge fan of Caroline Manzo. (Even if she's only 1/16 Italian, or whatever she is ...)"

"Oh, and that Meatball Throwdown on 'Rachael Ray'? I want a rematch!" she writes. "I thought we were cooking authentic Italian food. Caroline deep-fried her meatballs. Deep-fried? Who does that? Does she serve fried Twinkies for dessert? You could deep-fry a sock and it would taste better than a baked meatball ... although I guess you might not live long enough to enjoy it! There I go smack talking again."

Manzo and Giudice spoke to Andy Cohen about their feud on his Bravo show "Watch What Happens Live."If Teresa were to apologize now, would you accept it?" Cohen asked.

"I would have to see change in the way she treats people, not just me but everybody around us, in order to believe it," Manzo replied. "And I'm not saying I would never want to have the conversation with her but there is just too many things that maybe you don't understand, the viewers don't understand. Life is so short and there's so many tragedies in this world that you can't live by nonsense."

She also said she dreaded the upcoming "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion.

Giudice told Cohen that she thinks Manzo is "definitely" a bully and that "I know in my heart I didn't do anything." She did, however, add that "the door is always open" for a possible reconciliation at the reunion.

Sunday's episode earned the highest ratings for the show's current fourth season, with approximately 3.1 million viewers, Bravo announced watched Bravo Media's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" continued to take Napa Valley by storm as Sunday night's episode earned its highest rated episode of the season to date with 3.1 million total viewers.

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