“I really want to concentrate on the positive,” Jennifer, 46, exclusively told Us Weekly while at BravoCon on Friday, November 3. “Last year it wasn’t, so I had a few not-so-positive incidences [sic] and I just don’t want that to ruin my vibe. BravoCon is all about meeting the fans. We’re in Vegas, the energy is palpable, they’re pumping oxygen. Everyone’s happy, we’re happy here, so I want to concentrate on happy things.”
Despite playing coy about where she stands with Danielle, 38, Jennifer added that the New Jersey women finished filming their season 14 finale “last week” and fans can expect a good season when it premieres next year.
“I’m always true to who I am and sometimes I speak before I think, but I also think that makes great TV so hopefully you guys are going to enjoy this season,” she said.
One thing season 14 might bring? Footage of Jennifer’s altercation with Danielle. While the twosome initially hit it off on season 13 of the Bravo hit, they got into a “mutual physical” disagreement in September while attending a party thrown by cast mate Teresa Giudice, a source exclusively told Us at the time. Jennifer allegedly pushed Danielle, who, in turn, tossed a drink at Jennifer and both women were subsequently suspended from filming.
“Jennifer and Danielle got in a fight about a hairdresser they both use and money for a charity event that Danielle allegedly didn’t donate to,” the insider told Us. While neither woman sustained serious injuries, the source noted that Jennifer suffered some “light bleeding” following the incident, which took place while cameras were rolling.
Later that month, a second insider told Us that Jennifer and Danielle both received “written warnings” after the argument turned physical and were “spoken to individually and understand the consequences of their actions.”
“They are both willing to move on and make up,” the insider explained. “They know they went too far.” Both women were “cleared” to continue filming, the source said.
Neither reality star directly addressed the altercation at the time, however, Danielle seemingly echoed Jennifer’s sentiments for positivity with a cryptic quote. “Focus on the good. And let God handle the rest,” she posted via her Instagram Story in September.
Before the pair found themselves at odds, Jennifer was one of the only cast mates to defend Danielle during her first season on RHONJ, calling out her costars for questioning Danielle’s story about being estranged from her brother.
“I didn’t think there was anything more to the story. I was like, ‘This is so wild to me that we have a new friend that’s opening up to us. [She’s] telling us how vulnerable she is because of her situation.’ And as friends, does that mean that we have to question everything that we say?” Jennifer exclusively told Us in March about the season 13 newcomer, noting that she likes to take her friends’ “word for what it is.”
Jennifer added that she had “never treated a friend” the way the women were handling Danielle’s story about her brother — whom she claimed blocked her on Instagram and disinvited her from his wedding.
“Like, dude, we just met the girl and already you’re interrogating her. So I didn’t buy any of that. Which is why you heard me say nothing. Because I was basically the one saying, ‘I don’t understand,” she continued. “Our friend is telling us she’s going through something. Why does it matter? Why can’t we just be a friend?’”
When speaking to Us in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jennifer told Us that RHONJ is about exactly that — friendships. “I know it’s [also] about conflict, but the friendships are why people watch,” she said. “They don’t want to see people fighting all the time. They like the people fighting, but they like the people making up better.”
Reporting by Christina Garibaldi