The two got into a heated physical confrontation on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
On the January 1 episode, viewers saw as Teresa Giudice invited Margaret, Danielle, and the other Housewives to a boutique for what was supposed to be a fun day of shopping. Earlier in the episode, Danielle had warned Teresa that she was going to confront her former best friend for meddling in her relationship and she used the shopping trip to do just that.
In the midst of a heated argument, Margaret dumped a water bottle on Danielle’s head, drenching her. After a back-and-forth, Danielle approached and grabbed her ponytail from behind, something eerily familiar to longtime Real Housewives of New Jersey fans.
The confrontation has viewers split down the middle, with some blaming Danielle for the chaotic behaviour, and others pointing out that Margaret was the one to escalate things first. Regardless, the incident wasn’t a good look for either woman.
Margaret has since taken to Twitter to defend her behaviour, pointing out that she could have broken her neck in the incident.
“The energy that day frightened me,” she posted in a series of tweets about the dramatic episode. “I have never hit anyone nor did I after being pushed or being assaulted from behind.”
“My neck was snapped back, easily could have been broken,” she continued. “I could not defend myself. I could have been paralyzed. Everyone was crying including production.”
Clearly, Margaret isn’t happy at all with Danielle and if what has been shown this season is any indication, it really looks like it will be Danielle’s last year on the show. Even in last night’s episode, Danielle’s point of view was communicated by Teresa, whereas RHONJ viewers got to hear from Margaret herself.
Margaret seems to be getting the support of her co-stars, however, which also doesn’t bode well for Danielle. Jennifer Aydin took to Twitter to defend Margaret, despite the fact that dumping the water on Danielle could be viewed both as threatening and physical.
Danielle, for her part, hasn’t posted about the drama but she did make it clear on the RHONJ After Show that she didn’t regret anything about the shopping trip, which is what fans have come to have expect from her.
This fight will remain a big part of the season moving forward and while we know that Teresa eventually dumps Danielle as a friend, how we get there still remains a mystery, at least at this point in the story.
The physical confrontation between Danielle and Margaret is nothing new to Bravo fans, it should be pointed out. A well-documented fight between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard gets physical on The Real Housewives of Potomac next season, and viewers still haven’t forgotten about when things escalated between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore on The Real Housewives of Atlanta a few years ago.
While a lot of viewers don’t like it when our Real Housewives get physical, it is unfortunately part of the fabric of the shows at this point and it doesn’t look like things are going to be changing any time soon. Hopefully, the shows are able to keep things at least somewhat light in the new year.
One can hope…right?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays on Bravo.