EXCLUSIVE: Kathy Wakile Discusses Her Role on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”

Lindsay Cronin | Jul 22, 2014

 

Kathy Wakile recently returned to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” for the show’s sixth season, but things were different this time around.

In addition to having three new cast members and losing two former ones, Wakile and her family embarked on a new role for the show’s current installment, which she discussed exclusively with CableTV via email.

“I am happy to be back in the capacity I signed up for since it gives me the opportunity to do other things for right now,” Wakile said. ”My schedule is so hectic with my book, building our new home and expanding my dessert collection, as well as a cooking show which is in the works.”

While a new show certainly sounds interesting, fans will have to wait for more details on the project.

As for how much viewers will see Wakile this season, she said she wasn’t too sure. Although Wakile, her husband, Richard, her sister, Rosie, and the rest of the family filmed with the other cast members, there’s no way to know for sure what will make it to air and what will be left on the cutting room floor.

“It’s hard to say how much you will see, we film so much but like every season, we find out when viewers find out,” Wakile said.

Following season five, Caroline Manzo left “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and began filming her own show, “Manzo’d With Children,” which is based around life at her family’s New Jersey restaurant, The Brownstone. Season five was also the last one for Jacqueline Laurita.

With two housewives out and one filming a bit less, Bravo launched a cast shakeup, bringing aboard twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano, as well as Amber Marchese, and welcoming back Dina Manzo, who quit the show after its second season.

When CableTV asked Wakile to describe each new wife in one world, Wakile said Marchese is “intense,” Aprea is “confident” and Napolitano is “bubbly,” and while she surely hopes for the best when it comes to her relationship with the new ladies, she noted that “with any new friendship, you always see the best foot forward.”

In April, as Wakile was filming “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” her daughter, Victoria, began feeling ill. After taking her to the doctor, the Wakile family discovered that Victoria, who underwent a tumor removal 10 years ago, was developing a new tumor. It was found early on and immediately removed in surgery.

“Victoria is doing really well. She is recovering nicely,” Wakile said. ”She bounced right back and finished her college semester and took on extra summer classes, she was determined to be a thriver, not only a survivor. I have to say it was such a scare, but we are so grateful that her recovery was swift and we take this situation as a blessing to help others by raising awareness.”

Through it all, Wakile has been hard at work on her book, “Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts That Keep Life Real Sweet,” which will be released in a few months.

“I have always cooked and loved desserts,” Wakile said. “My philosophy is that desserts are a want not a need. When we want dessert, we want it to be great. However, that doesn’t mean that it has to be huge. That’s why I make my desserts in small portions.”

The book is scheduled to hit stores Sept. 2, but fans can pre-order it on Wakile’s official website.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs on Sunday’s at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

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