After a Real Housewives season ends, casting rumors always abound. While this year has been quite a challenge- with many Real Housewives franchises pausing filming amidst the coronavirus, they have now started to slowly resume production. The Real Housewives of New Jersey wrapped its tenth season earlier this year and they were amongst the shows that paused production. Slowly, RHONJ have started to resume filming. Now, we have gotten exclusive confirmation from someone close to the cast that a new cast member is being tested for the franchise.
The Current RHONJ Cast
To refresh on the current cast, it currently includes;
- Teresa Giudice, who has been on the show since its first season
- Melissa Gorga, Giudice’s sister-in-law who joined the show in its third season
- Dolores Catania, who has been on the show for four seasons
- Margaret Josephs, who has also been with the show for three seasons
- Jennifer Aydin, who has been on the show for two seasons
- Jackie Goldschneider, who has been on the show for two seasons
What About Danielle?
Danielle Staub was one of the original cast members of the show when it began in season 1, but departed the show after the second season. She was one of the most notorious Housewives of all time, and the one who the “table-flipping” drama surrounded in the first season. When Staub departed the show, she and Giudice were not in a good place at all and more or less enemies.
However, in season 9, Staub returned to the show as a “friend of the Housewives” and her and Giudice had made up and were friends again. While Staub also appeared on the tenth season of the show, her friendship with Giudice fizzled again after Staub confirmed Giudice had told her to pull Josephs’s pigtails in a fight the pair were having. Having no friendships left on the show, Staub ended up departing the series again.
A New RHNOJ Housewife
Three days ago, on @RealHousewivesFranchise Instagram, a casting rumor pertaining to The Real Housewives of New Jersey popped up.
As can be seen in the above screenshot, it states “RHONJ: Meet the newest housewife joining RHONJ – Michelle Pais. Michelle was spotted filming with Teresa Giudice in Morristown, NJ. She describes herself as a ‘luxury real estate broker’ and is the CEO of the Michelle Pais Group. She is married to Jonathan Steingraver, a real estate broker, and they have a newborn daughter, Madison. Michelle will join Teresa, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschnider as the 7th housewife for season 11. #realhousewives #rhonj.”
Who is Michelle Pais?
Those who reside in Jersey know Pais very well already, as she is billed as one of the top realtors. In fact, her profile on Realtor.com reads the following:
“Named one of NJ’s most Powerful people in Real Estate by NJBIZ, Crowned the “Barbara Corcoran” of NJ by Bella Magazine, NJ Biz 40 Under 40 award winner, Circle of Excellence Multi Platinum Award recipient, named one of “100 most influential Real Estate Agents” nationwide by Real Estate Executive Magazine, and Broker for THOUSANDS of sold homes, Michelle Pais excels at many facets of the real estate business. Michelle is the face and Founder of Signature Realty NJ. Successful in the industry for 16 years, Michelle Pais is recognized as a “Power House” Broker, personally selling well over 100 homes per year, more than many real estate offices combined.
Michelle attributes much of her success to her distinguished team of dynamic individuals. In addition to working with buyers and sellers, Michelle is a highly sought out key note speaker, and is also responsible for creating talent. Her team of “Signature Special Agent’s” are handpicked and trained by Michelle utilizing strict professional criteria and stringent ethical guidelines.
Michelle’s secret to success? Her committed efforts, high ethical standards, effective marketing strategies, strong real estate knowledge, experience, expertise and the ability to solve and resolve problems using creative solutions propel her to the Top 1% of all agents in the Nation. Why do sellers choose Michelle and her team over the competition? It’ s simple, she doesn’t just sell homes, she MARKETS them! Well known for her “outside the box” marketing strategies, her effective, innovative and creative marketing techniques have led to getting her clients TOP dollar for their homes often resulting in tens of thousands of dollars over ask price. Michelle not only sells a lot of homes, but is involved in both commercial and residential development, is a highly sought out key note speaker, founder of the largest Real Estate Club in NJ and the main sponsor for “Be the Change” a charitable organization devoted to feeding the homeless.
Michelle Pais has been recognized and honored as:
* One of the most Powerful People in Real Estate by NJ BIZ – 2016
* 40 under 40 Award Winner – NJ BIZ 2016
* Crowned the “Barbara Corcoran of New Jersey – Bella magazine
* Named 1 of “100 most influential Real Estate Agents” nationwide – Real Estate Executive Magazine
* Top 1/2 OF 1% of all agents Nationwide *
* NJAR Circle of Excellence PLATINUM Recipient 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019
* Founder of Signature Realty NJ & Michelle Pais Group
* Featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine – International Edition
* Skilled Negotiator & Record Breaking Sales Leader
* SOLD THOUSANDS of homes, representing over SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION dollars in Real Estate
* Leading Women Entrepreneur and Business Owner award winner – 2017
* Number One Agent in Union County for total sales production *
* Number One Agent in New Jersey on the GSMLS for sold units *
* *As per Garden State MLS (12/1/17 – 2/20/2020).”
So is there truth to these rumors?
Some Confirmation On The New Cast Member
We reached out to one of our sources to find out if there was any validity to these rumors.
Our source, who is close to The Real Housewives of New Jersey confirmed the rumor to an extent.
“Michelle Pais has definitely been filming with The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast,” they told us. “Michelle is a high-profile realtor and is a big deal in New Jersey.”
“With that being said, though, nothing is definitely set in stone in terms of her joining the cast,” they continued dishing. “At this point in time, they are simply testing her out to see how she fits in with the group and appears on camera. She could end up being a friend of The Housewives, she could end up being a full time cast member, or, as some have been in the past, she could not end up on the show at all.”
Our insider wrapped with telling us that “While only time will tell, due to her high-profile in the Garden State, her chance of appearing on the franchise in some capacity is relatively good, and her chance of becoming a full time Housewife- especially if she fares well on camera and brings it- is likely.”
It will definitely be interesting to see if Pais ends up being a full time cast member and what she can bring to the show. Like they say on Bravo, we’ll just have to wait and “watch what happens.”