Thursday night’s season finale of Families of the Mafia did not set well with two of the show’s stars…and they took to Twitter on Friday to air their grievances and call out the show’s producers!
Lisa Augustine— whose daughter, Dennie, contacted her biological father via phone during an emotional scene— came out swinging at the way the scene was edited, claiming that the show’s producers “had a secret agenda” and lied to her and Dennie about how the scene was going to be presented to viewers.
“Wish you would have showed more of what was really said in this scene too,” Lisa tweeted after the episode aired. “Unfortunate that all the producers had a secret agenda and lied to me and my daughter.
“Hopefully at least one of them will reach out to us. So far I only hear crickets.”
Wish you would have showed more of what was really said in this scene too. Unfortunate that all the producers had a secret agenda and lied to me and my daughter. Hopefully at least one of them will reach out to us. So far I only hear crickets. 🤔🤔🤔
— LisaAugustineMTV (@LAugustinemtv) May 8, 2020
During the finale, Dennie spoke to her missing-in-action father, who left her family when she was seven years old. It was hardly a happy reunion, though, with Dennie’s father speaking aggressively to his daughter and leaving her in tears as she realized he still may not want her in his life.
According to Lisa and Dennie, the phone call scene was heavily edited, with much of it being allegedly cut out. She implored the network to play the unedited phone call so fans could hear what was really said by Dennie’s father.
“Play the REAL call from Dennie to her sperm donor in its entirety like you said you were going to. Not the edited version,” Lisa wrote, adding, “What [a] joke. I never said an Ill word to my kids about that man. You have [given] him that platform !! YOU DIDNT PLAY THE ENTIRE CALL!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED.
“And they only aired the good part of the call!” Lisa told a fan. “The rest was vile. Her screaming reaction was in response to what he was really saying. My poor daughter.”
Lisa even suggested that the show’s producers and editors were trying to make Dennie’s father look like a good guy, something, according to Lisa, he is not.
“[I took out a] restraining order bc he was violent and cursed and hit me in front of the children and ripped our Christmas decorations off my house. Really? Let’s go get the court docs! I’M DONE. This wonderful dad’ blocked his kids on social media for YEARS,” she tweeted.
Lisa admitted that the show’s producers did apologize, but she still seemed to indicate that her family would not participate in another season of ‘Families of the Mafia,’ should MTV greenlight one.
“I stayed quiet, but to see my child hurt like that..” Lisa wrote. “She still has nightmares about what was said to her on that call by her father. The producers apologized bc they couldn’t believe how he hurt her and didn’t expect it. Then they don’t even air it so pp see the truth.
“These are ALL lies and @MTV gave him that platform behind our backs!” Lisa added. “Now the truth will come out , but not in a season 2 for us.”
These are ALL lies and @MTV gave him that platform behind our backs!!!! Now the truth will come out , but not in a season 2 for us.
— LisaAugustineMTV (@LAugustinemtv) May 8, 2020
Dennie had quite a lot to say about the scene as well. She retweeted the reaction of one fan who seemed to agree with Lisa that the network/producers helped Dennie’s father get on the show. (The fan also called out the Augustines’ co-star Karen Gravano, who is a producer for ‘Families of the Mafia.’
“I knew @MTV was being shady towards @dennieaugustine and her mom,” the fan wrote. “She hasn’t seen her dad in years and MTV plays their part by getting him on the show and lets him talk s**t about her mom? Insanity. Isn’t Karen a producer on the show? How did this even happen?”
Dennie made it clear on Twitter that she was done trying to reunite with her biological father.
“This man will put the blame on everyone because it’s so hard to accept his kids really were better off without him… I can say i have finally learned…not everything that’s broken is worth fixing.”
‘Families of the Mafia’ was a six-episode series featuring most of the same people who appeared on MTV’s short-lived show Made in Staten Island last year. MTV has not announced whether or not it will pick ‘Families of the Mafia’ up for another season.
Last month, MTV reportedly received a cease-and-desist letter from the company that owns the rights to Mob Wives, stating that the premise of ‘Families of the Mafia’ is too close to that of ‘Mob Wives’ and infringes on that show’s copyrights. Both shows featured Karen Gravano, who has stated in past interviews that the shows are very different, due to ‘Families of the Mafia’ focusing on the entire family rather than just the wives.
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