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Following the volatile season premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, which included a brawl started by her brother, Teresa Giudice is now speaking out once again.

She graces the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine (out on stands Friday) under the heading “Fame Destroyed My Family.” Things reached a boiling point for Teresa during the Christening ceremony of her nephew as her younger brother Joe Gorga called her “garbage” in addition to a nasty words of exchange with her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.

Teresa, 39, tells In Touch that she won’t “stoop down to Melissa’s level” and refuses to use the word “jealous” to describe Joe & Melissa, though Teresa’s husband Joe Guidice has no problem doing just that. “Melissa is the most jealous person in the world, and she’s a liar,” says Joe.

Teresa also reveals that the situation with her brother is causing marital problems, with Joe telling In Touch, “I told her a bunch of times not to mention the brother in front of me—I don’t want to hear it and when I hear the name I get pissed off…There have been a couple of times when she has said the name, and I almost did leave.” Joe adds that he once ignored Teresa for an entire week after a heated spat.

And when it comes to Joe’s mounting legal problems, he blames the Bravo hit show stating that being more recognizable has made him and Teresa targets. “It seems like nobody ever went to jail for the stupid thing I went to jail for,” said Joe. That stupid thing is a DUI he received in January of last year. He served 10 days in jail in September. As for his most recent arrest in March, Teresa says she will continue to “stand by” her man, while Joe’s confident he will be exonerated.

The most shocking part of the story is when Teresa reveals that her eldest daughter Gia has been getting bullied at school since her aunt and uncle (Melissa and Joe) joined the show. “The other day at school, a kid went up to my daughter and said, ‘Your family is embarrassing.’ She told me she was crying,” revealed Teresa. Wowzers. Thank goodness Gia’s classmates missed the episodes with the table flipping, shoving of Andy Cohen or the humiliating and very public bankruptcy that made headlines last year. But all snark aside, it’s always sad to see the kids suffer for the consequences of the adults around them. Here’s to hoping things get better for little Gia.

And lastly, Teresa reveals that the turmoil has been especially hard for her sick dad who suffers from emphysema. “It’s breaking my heart,” says Teresa. “My brother knows how sick our dad is. I don’t know why he would do what he did.” She’s referring to the actions of her brother Joe when he began yelling at their dad during the Christening drama.

Oddly enough, Teresa makes no mention of a desire to quit the show in the article. You can read more of Teresa’s interview as well as see photos from her past in the current issue of In Touch. A bigger image of the cover is below.

In other Teresa news, move over Rachael Ray! As Teresa reveals she wants her own cooking show. While talking to the Miami Herald last week, Teresa, who has written two cookbooks, one of which made the NY Times best seller list, revealed her desire to get her own show.

It seems while the RHONJ has caused a strain for Teresa, it could also help achieve her latest goal. “When I first got into this, I didn’t do it for the money. I did it for fun,” said Teresa. “Now hopefully I’ll get my own cooking show. Maybe it’ll take me there.’’

Well if anything Teresa’s show would be entertaining, at least the part where she tries to pronounce her “ingredientces!”

TELL US – DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR TERESA? WOULD YOU WATCH HER COOKING SHOW?

On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey they celebrated Halloween with some serious drama and some serious fashion. The annual Posche Trashion show is back with Teresa, Jacqueline, and Melissa as models, Caroline puts her foot down on family drama, Kathy tries an unsuccessful Gorga mediation. Oh and The Kims re-emerge!

The show started on a happy note with Teresa and her Made For TV family, Caroline and Jacqueline getting together with their kids to carve Jack-o-lanterns with Danielle’s face on them. Scary! Naturally they begin talking about the Christening Day Masacre, and all the kids are pushed aside somewhere so the ladies can dish. While Teresa is telling the story of how push came to shove came to insanity, Caroline is standing there, arms crossed, giving the hairy eyeball and reminding Teresa that it’s her family, and family’s first – so she better fix things, because after all, the Posche Fashion Show is happening. Frankly, I’m shocked anyone would invite Teresa after last years “incidents,” but hey, The Kims love them some dramz! Tersea puts Caroline in her place by declaring she doesn’t need any advice from mommy dearest, because she is the matriarch of her family and knows just how to manipulate handle them.

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It’s been a week since the highly dramatic premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 3, and the topic of conversation is still the now infamous Christening brawl.

Last week, Melissa Gorga and hubby Joe Gorga gave their side of the story to Life & Style magazine, and now Teresa Giudice is doing the same in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine. In fact, Teresa tweeted days ago that she almost got the cover but was instead bumped in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I’m in PEOPLE mag this week! An actual true story from a good magazine! (I was almost the cover but #ArnoldIsAPig),” she tweeted.

The PEOPLE interview is supposed to be about Teresa fighting back against everything out there about her in the press. She talks about the cheating rumors alleging her husband Joe Giudice is unfaithful, she addresses the bankruptcy issues, Joe’s most recent arrest, and of course discusses her brother and sister-in-law. Below are excerpts from the interview -

Teresa On Bankruptcy - Teresa touched on the bankruptcy drama as she and Joe filed back in 2009, with $11 million in debt. “It was stressful, but I wasn’t overly emotional about it,” says Teresa. “To me, I didn’t overspend. That was a lifestyle we always lived… I hated it when people called me the Broke Housewife,” she adds. The PEOPLE story also added that the bankruptcy is yet to be finalized due to ongoing litigation. As we reported back in November, the Giudices are scheduled to stand trial in July for bankruptcy fraud. The bankruptcy trustee is looking to get the bankruptcy dismissed alleging they concealed assets.

On Joe’s Arrest & Cheating Allegations – When it comes to Joe’s most recent arrest in March for driving on a suspended license that was obtained illegally, Teresa doesn’t discuss Joe’s alleged actions instead stating she never heard from her brother during this period. “Even if I don’t need his support, I still want to know I have it,” she says. And as for those pesky rumors that Joe is cheating, Teresa denies it and stands by her man. “If he had someone, I’d like to meet her. I’d punch her in her face. He knows I would,” states Teresa. Joe also denies the rumors. “How am I going to cheat?” Joe asks, adding that anytime he poses with a fan,”they say I’m with a new blonde or a Teresa lookalike.”

Cookie-gate - As we reported last year, Melissa brought cookies to Teresa’s home on Christmas in 2009 and Teresa ended up throwing the cookies in the trash while also telling Melissa to get her cookies that she likes next time. Surprisingly, both Teresa and Melissa admit this really did happen in the PEOPLE article. “I was trying to be nice,” Melissa explains. “But then she told me in front of everyone, ‘Don’t ever bring those cookies again… I was like, I give up.” Teresa’s response? “Nobody ate them. I told her straight to her face, ‘The next time you come, bring pignoli cookies.’” Teresa also attempts to defend her actions by adding that a previous snide remark in a housewarming card from Melissa a few weeks earlier had set her off.

On The Brawl – Teresa says, “It was so awful, I blacked out. I don’t remember half of it.” She adds, “This is not how we were raised. I get choked up thinking about it.” Teresa’s husband Joe adds, “Joey embarrassed himself, his father and everybody there. They acted like Jersey Shore, beating each other up. It wasn’t us.” Melissa attempts to defend her husband by stating “there was a lot of emotion that led to that point.”

And today, Teresa adds that she does want to fix things with her family. “I don’t know how things go so bad between us, but I want to fix it,” she says. You can read more of Teresa’s interview in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode as the #1 sh*t stirrer Kim Granatell makes a return! On the new episode, the ladies deal with the aftermath of the brawl as the Brownstone hosts a fashion show. The catwalk sets the stage for catcalls and catfights, particularly when Kathy voices off and Caroline stands her ground.

A preview clip is below. And on Watch What Happens Live tonight, the guests are Teresa and Jacqueline Laurita.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

On Monday night, the Real Housewives of New Jersey, minus Teresa Giudice, gathered together at the Brownstone to celebrate the show’s season premiere!

Housewives Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile were all in attendance along with their families. As for Teresa, she held a separate premiere/‘Fabulicious’ book launch party for herself at the Tribecca Night Club in Fort Lee, NJ. And yes that is Simon van Kempen pictured with the ladies as he and his wife Alex also attended the party.

The Montville Patch was on hand to cover the event, both snapping the housewives and interviewing them. The general consensus amongst the housewives was that watching the premiere episode, with the now infamous brawl, was an emotional experience. Melissa stated that if you didn’t cry by the end of the episode you “had a heart of stone.”

Caroline admitted that the episode was hard to watch but added you have to “take the ride with us.” Ticket prices for the premiere party were between $75 and $200 with the Patch reporting that “proceeds from the premiere party benefited several charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, To Write Love on Her Arms and Stop Child Trafficking Now.” More photos from the event below!

Meanwhile it seems we the viewers do love us some trashtastic television! Why? Well because the Monday night premiere broke all kinds of records for the Bravo network. With over 2.87 million total viewers tuning in, the NJ Housewives delivered the highest rated season premiere in the network’s history! The episode also helped Bravo earn its best Monday night ever.

*Also wanted to note that we will no longer be doing the weekly reality stars photo posts. We will start doing more photo posts through out the week, instead of posting it all on Saturdays. Thanks!

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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub continues to make headlines this week.

First it was reported on Wednesday that the 48-year-old had once again become a stripper by signing a deal with Scores in New York. In fact TMZ posted some photos of her stripping nude. And then a day later, Danielle announced she decided to walk away from the deal while also seeking psychological help.

Many, including me, questioned if Danielle was being sincere or if this was just another publicity stunt, you know, being that it is Danielle and all. Well, according to a new TMZ report this morning, it seems she was being sincere.

Danielle is now being sued by Scores to the tune of $375,000 for reneging on her contract to strip for them. In fact, the report states Danielle signed the deal to strip back in November and made the stripping video (where the pictures were taken from) that same month. But right after making the video, Danielle had a change of heart and cut off all contact with Scores.

She received $25,000 for the video she made which was part of an exclusive 3-year contract that required her to do voice work and live video chat sessions on ScoresLive.com.

Also, Scores filed the lawsuit back in April and it appears Scores leaked the photos to TMZ, and not Danielle. A Scores exec states Danielle “has no shot of winning this lawsuit. It is a crystal clear breach of contract”

TELL US – THOUGHTS? FEELING BAD FOR DIRTY D DANIELLE YET?

While Monday night’s season premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey brought us one of the most dramatic fights in reality TV history, the drama continues off screen for Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.

In fact the two ladies grace the latest cover of Life & Style magazine under the heading “It’s War!” In the issue, Melissa and her husband Joe Gorga discuss the nasty brawl that took place at their son’s christening, and what led to it as they attempt to explain what viewers did not see.

“I was so upset,” Melissa says. “Teresa’s never given us any respect. She was being fake, just acting nice for the cameras.” Joe adds that Teresa did not want to be at the christening and that she only showed up because she was able to finalize her season 3 contract with Bravo right before the event.

“My sister didn’t even want to be there,” Joe tells Life & Style. “She’d just signed her Housewives contract that morning or the day before because she was mad that we were on the show.” Melissa also attempts to shed some light on what led to the rift. “I think when Joe and I started making a lot of money is when she really lost it,” Melissa says. “She was used to being the biggest and the best, and then when I came in, she felt threatened. She doesn’t want anyone to one up her. Teresa’s fine with you as long as you’re one step below.”

Joe adds that the most hurtful part about everything is when Teresa tried to turn their parents against him and his wife. “Teresa would tell our parents ‘Melissa this,’ ‘Melissa that’ or ‘Joey didn’t do this,’ and my parents have never been the same,” Joe reveals. “Her husband talks about me to them all the time, too.”

Despite all the drama, the Gorgas reveal they are still hopeful all parties can come back together. “Things couldn’t get any worse, so I’m hoping it only gets better post-show. Maybe we can become a family again,” Melissa states. Joe adds,” I have wonderful kids, a beautiful house, the whole package– but I don’t have my family. I’m crying out for my family.”

Also a lot of viewers have wondered why the Gorgas invited Teresa despite the bad blood, and in her first Bravo blog, Melissa answers that question. Below is an excerpt -

I think it is extremely obvious when she comes to the table giving us a kiss and saying congratulations for the second time that it was not the norm. You can read it all over all three of our faces. We really were not speaking to Teresa at the time of the christening, but of course I invited her to come, because we always invite each other to all of the children’s parties. I am always invited to her kids’ parties as well, and I will never miss one.

Melissa also promises in her blog that as the season moves along, we will get more of the “back-story.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOE & MELISSA’S INTERVIEW? DOES IT CHANGE YOUR VIEW ON THE BRAWL & THEIR ACTIONS? DO YOU BELIEVE TERESA WAS FAKING IT FOR THE CAMERAS?

Days after making headlines for signing a deal to become a stripper at age 48, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub is now stating she has decided to walk away from the deal; while also seeking treatment for psychological problems stemming from sexual abuse. She also reveals she has dealt with suicidal thoughts.

“I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!” Danielle told PEOPLE after nude photos of her stripping at Scores in New York appeared online.

“My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial,” says Danielle. “For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure.”

Danielle adds that she has decided to finally get help because she went too far this time around. The sex tape wasn’t going too far? “Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time, I can no longer push it behind me.”

She goes on to add that she is getting help from Dr. Drew Pinsky and claims she was “coaxed” by her handlers into signing the deal. She however states she accepts responsibility for her actions. “I have to own my mistakes and can’t blame others.”

Being that this is Danielle after all, it’s a bit hard to determine if this is legit or just a publicity stunt. But for the sake of her daughters, here’s to hoping it is the real deal and she is indeed seeking the help she badly needs.

TELL US – WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?

Welcome to the third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey! This season – whew – it looks like we’re in for a wild one! While the Real Housewives of New York may have needed to be ‘re-edited’ for more drama – New Jersey probably needed to be re-edited for less!

Teresa Giudice is ba-ack: angrier, crazier, bronzer, bossier, and apparently less broke because “mama is bringin’ home the bacon!” Caroline Manzo is worried about her adult children leaving the nest (wasn’t that the same issue she had last season?), Jacqueline Laurita is still dealing with good old Ashley, and we are introduced to Teresa’s maybe crazier relatives new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.

The 90 minute premiere episode was chock full of crazy as it opens with a Christening party for new housewife Melissa’s son, Giuseppe. It has all the attributes of a classic NJ Housewife Christening party: giant ice sculptures, an open bar, smarmy guidos with open shirts and gold chains, an oil painting of the baby, a lavish sit-down dinner, a knock down, drag out fight… Oh! Wait a second – maybe most Christenings don’t involve full-on fistfights. Well, Melissa had to one-up Teresa’s party from last year! See, Melissa is Teresa’s sister-in-law and is married to Teresa’s brother who is also named Joe, but is not Juicy. Teresa and Melissa are “not exactly best friends,” in fact they are pretty much enemies. As it was well documented that Teresa threatened to quit the show if Melissa was included, but then she realized mama needs that paycheck!

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