Melissa, who is pictured above with costar Jacqueline Laurita during her birthday dinner, was also joined by Caroline Manzo and Kathy Wakile! Melissa rang in her big day on March 21 with a dinner at the Delmonico’s Steak House in New York City.
Also in attendance, were Melissa’s hubbyJoe Gorga, Albert Manzo, and Melissa sisters who are all pictured below! Melissa had a fabulous birthday cake, which was done by Cake Boss’ Carlo`s Bakery. All the PHOTOS are below!
The only RHONJ star not in attendance, was of course Melissa’s sister-in-law/nemesis Teresa Giudice! And judging from the recently released preview of the RHONJ season 4, it’s easy to see why Tre’s invite may have gotten lost in the mail.
In fact, Jacqueline took to her Twitter page yesterday to voice her true feelings about Tre. After a fan asked Jacqueline what does Teresa have to be jealous of, Jacqueline responded: “IMO [In my opinion] its the relationship & attention her bro gives Mel her need 2b the best.” Wow! Very honest of Jacqueline there.
Jacqueline later added the following tweets –
“Season 4 gets pretty ugly but you all will enjoy watching I’m sure. I am in a completely different place now.SO Happy&Focused”
“I dont recruit an Army of soldier friends 2b on “Team me” all the time.I appreciate constructive criticism.Just dont b rude.Help me2c light”
And finally, our RHONJ insider is also telling us that Teresa, who seems to have alienated all of her costars, continues to have issues keeping friends. Well with the exception of her new BFF, who also happens to be her employee, aka her make up artist, Priscilla DiStasio!
“Teresa seems to have new BFF’s left and right now. The latest is her makeup artist. She has not one long term friend in her life. She uses people and then she is done with them!” says our insider. “All her other friends are long gone. They, like Jacqueline, see her for who she really is.” Yikes!
The new season of the RHONJ is set to premiere April 22 on Bravo.
[Photos Credit: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S BIRTHDAY PHOTOS? AND THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE’S TWEETS? DO YOU THINK TERESA IS JEALOUS OF MELISSA?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE NJ HOUSEWIVES AT MELISSA’S BIRTHDAY!
The press release promises: “Season four breaks down the walls to reveal the truth behind all the tabloid rumors. From Jacqueline’s absence at the season three reunion to accusations of Melissa’s past and the fallout from Teresa’s cookbook, the ladies are determined to set the record straight.”
In the over 2-minute clip below, it’s pretty much all the housewives vs. Teresa! We see Teresa apologizing to Caroline for one of the million things she has done to wrong her with Caroline responding: “I can’t even look at you.” In a separate scene, Jacqueline tells Teresa “F**k you.”
We also see the ladies at the now infamous Porsche fashion show, during which a man, presumably Melissa’s former strip club manager (she was a waitress there), comes to her table to approach her.
The biggest blowout, however, comes between sisters-in-law Melissa and Tre! In one scene, the two almost come to blows as Melissa tells Teresa: “Run away coward like you always do when you’re wrong.” Oddly enough, Kathy is hardly shown in the preview.
The new season premieres Sunday, April 22 at 11/10c on Bravo. The preview clip is below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? IS IT THE CRAY-EST YET?
First, she appeared on VH1’s Famous Food, which turned out to be a flop, and now she is peddling her voice out to her fans for $18 a minute!
Yes, Danielle joins a slew of other Z-list celebs such as Michael Lohan, Tila Tequila, Nadya Suleman, and Angelina Pivarnick at Dial-A-Star.com which promises, “Dial-A-Star.com is the only place you can talk directly to a TRUE celebrity! Our service is unique an offers a completely discreet one on one conversation with celebs. The service is completely private and anonymous.”
Rumor Fix was the first to break the news and below are the rates for the other “stars” –
Lindsay Lohan’s mom, Dina Lohan – $10
Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan – $10
Jersey Shore’s Angelina Pivarnick – $10
Octomom Nadya Suleman – $15
Former Charlie Sheen porn star Capri Anderson – $10
Another fun fact? Dial-A-Star just happens to be owned Gina Rodriguez – a former porn star! Some are now wondering what type of convos are actually taking place during these calls. A screenshot of Danielle and other celebs on the site is below.
Danielle is, however, proud and excited about her new gig as she tweeted this morning: “I’m signing in at 8am to take your calls. Its been great adding voices to the faces of so many who’ve called! 1-888-695-4543 Ext: 106474.” Hey, a girl’s gotta earn her money somehow!
Moving on to Teresa Giudice, who continues to be very subdued on Celebrity Apprentice, almost to the point that you forget she’s even on the show! However, it is Teresa’s snafu in the boardroom last night that has people talking.
See, while in the boardroom, Teresa was called “slow” by her teammate Patricia Velasquez, who considered her the weakest link on the women’s team. Teresa of course spoke up to defend herself and, well let’s just say, she ended up proving Patricia’s point in the process!
Teresa stated: “A writer? I could be a writer. I just finished my third book. I have a ghostwriter. So I could get my writing done, no problem.” Wowzers.
Teresa took to her twitter page last night to defend herself in a series of tweets. She wrote –
“You gonna knock me down, I’m gonna knock you right back down!”
“Meant to say CO-writer not ghostwriter, I just got all caught up in the moment. I have a co-writer for my books. Her name’s right on them.”
“I’ve never hidden that I have a co-writer for my books. I’m not a professional writer. I’m a cook! Why wouldn’t I work w/ a pro?”
“I was just trying to say I could get writing help from pros too– just like everyone else in that room was. #CreativeLiars.”
Finally, it seems we are much closer to the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 4 premiere than we thought. According to a tweet by Melissa Gorga, the next season of the RHONJ will debut next month on Bravo!
In looking at Melissa’s twitter page today, it appears the tweet has since been deleted. Perhaps Bravo asked her to, as they want to make the announcement themselves. Melissa made the original tweet over the weekend.
Should be a great season, as we will get to see the rift developing between Teresa and pretty much everyone else on the show.
[Photos Credit: WENN]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S NEW LINE OF WORK? WOULD YOU PAY $18 TO TALK TO HER? WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF TERESA’S “GHOST WRITER” COMMENT? EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW RHONJ SEASON?
Bringing you an all new Real Housewives of New Jersey photo post!Melissa Gorga, step ‘n’ repeat lovin’ queen, recently hawked her wares at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Melissa is the spokeswomen for Voli Lyte Vodka and she hosted a bottle signing for fans at the nation’s largest flower expo. What violets have to do with vodka, I don’t really know, but perhaps a whole lotta gardeners wanted to get their low-cal drink on.
The event took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center and of course hubby, Joe Gorga was right by her side. So, um… what is his job again, because he spends an awful lot of time Slade Smiley-ing it up beside his ever-in-the-spotlight wife. Photos of Melissa looking pretty in pink are below!
Moving on, Teresa Giudice is surprising people on Celebrity Apprentice because she’s acting like a normal human being. Yes, that’s right, she hasn’t really had any serious issues with anyone. Yet! Even Donald Trump has been thus far disappointed with her less than psychotic behavior. Really, what other reason was there for him to cast her on the show? We viewers expect the cray-cray and without that, it’s well, dreary.
Apparently, that’s just how she planned things and this is the “real” Teresa. In a new interview with The Huffington Post, Teresa talks appearing on the show, and admits that while things got catty she, surprisingly, kept it in check. “Everyone will see me in a different light as a businesswoman and, of course, it’s for charity,” Teresa insisted to Rob Shuter on the set of “New York Live.”
“We were asked to do tasks and we are all there to raise a lot of money for our charities. You will see a different side of me, I’m very focused,” she continues.
Teresa explains she wasn’t nervous as she already put so much of her very chaotic life on television through RHONJ and was prepared for the challenges of filming, nevertheless it is a drastically different reality show.
“It’s totally different,” Teresa describes. “We are working 20 hours a day. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. and sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience.”
And the show empowered her. “If I had to do it all over again I would. I now feel like I can conquer anything.” Hopefully that includes repaying her debts!
[Photo Credits: Paul Froggatt / PR Photos]
WOULD YOU TRY VOLI LYTE VODKA? ISN’T VODKA ALREADY A “LIGHT” ALCOHOL? ARE WE SEEING THE REAL TERESA ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE OR DO YOU EXPECT HER TO ACT CRAZY SOON?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR PHOTOS OF MELISSA’S BOTTLE SIGNING!
The third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey got down right nasty, and the reunion pretty much goes down in history as the most insane and vitriolic reunion ever. Even worse than whenTeresa Giudice pushed Andy Cohen while trying to go after Danielle Staub. No, last year’s reunion was worse as we saw family go head-to-head and longtime friends turn on each other.
Jacqueline Laurita famously sat out, opting to stay home and tweet instead of facing the questions in person. She has kept quiet about what her real motivations were for skipping the mayhem, and even claiming she was sick. Well, Jacs is finally speaking out about why she didn’t take part in C-List celebrity Deathmatch: The Bravo Edition!
“There were a lot of things going on. A lot of things behind the scenes, actually. It was a long build-up. There were a lot of things that got me to that breaking point,” Jacqueline explains to Ranu’s Reviews.
And she is confirming what all her twitter followers already knew – she had a breakdown! “I had like a little breakdown if you will. I just had enough of everything. I just didn’t want to be involved in anything. I just wanted to be alone. I went through something.”
Jacqueline admits she is no more excited about season four than she was about the reunion. Season four has already been filmed. “I have to say Season 4 was a very hard season for me. It was a little different on camera then the pressures I was getting off camera.”
“I always try to do the right thing by everybody and that’s what I always try to do but sometimes people don’t perceive things that way. It was really hard. I went through a really hard time with a lot of it,” she reveals.
As for what viewers can expect next season, she says a lot of changes! “There is a lot of relationship shifting. I think by the time the reunion comes out a lot will be explained,” Jacqueline concludes.
Moving on, Dina Manzo‘s image as the golden and charitable girl just sitting at home with her crystals and cats is about to be destroyed. Our source exclusively tells Reality Tea that Dina’s image, just like her friendship with Teresa, is all for show!
“Little Mrs Charity……is not who everyone thought she was,” our source asserts. “Dina’s social media image is SO farfetched from who the ‘real’ Dina is. Those who really know her just shake their heads and laugh.”
If you’re wondering if Dina and Caroline Manzo have patched things up, the answer is no. They’re still not speaking; nor is Dina speaking to Jacqueline. Many have wondered how Dina could continue her friendship with Teresa, particularly after all the drama with Caroline, and the answer is money! Apparently, the two have a completely business relationship built around mutual favors.
“Teresa taped a segment for her party planning show, Dina’s Party. She needs Teresa to help her with her popularity. In return, Dina attended her beverage launch party and was filmed by Bravo. Their interaction was so fake,” the insider describes. “Dina also wants to come out with a book and she wants to use the same publishing house as Teresa. So, basically it is a business deal. Dina may take to Twitter to praise Teresa but, that is not what she claims behind the scene.”
And even worse, our insider says Dina has stopped caring about her charity, Project Ladybug, now that she has her own show! “Project Ladybug was a charity started by ALL the Laurita sisters. When Dina went on the show [RHONJ], she took it over as if she was the founder and the blood, sweat, and tears behind it.”
“She wanted the glory and the attention associated with Project Ladybug. She wanted to look like the hero,” the source adds. Caroline and their other sister, Cookie Laurita allowed Dina to take the lead and downplayed their involvement, but Dina “only speaks of Project Ladybug as if it were her own.”
Apparently, now that Dina’s Party has come along, Dina barely spends any time on the charity she once claimed to love, and has skipped events to promote her party planning and decorating ventures. The source points to Dina’s twitter account as proof that she has lost interest in the charity. “It is sad but Dina used it to get herself out there more,” the source shares.
Dina made a brief appearance at the Chicago launch of the charity last year and has done nothing more to support the cause. “Dina did nothing for that event but, show up,” the source adds.
Finally, the RHONJ are launching yet another alcoholic beverage.Kathy Wakile, the fashionably challenged cousin of Teresa, recently launched her own Red Velvet Cake Flavored Vodka. In honor of the newest drink I’m sure no one will buy to come out of the Bravo Home Shopping Network, Kathy, along withMelissa Gorga (who will do anything for a photo-op) made an appearance at Bottle King in Wayne, NJ.
Also in attendance was Melissa’s daughter, Anotonia, Richie Wakile and Victoria. Photos from the event are below!
[Photo Credits: Dave Kotinsky & WENN.com]
THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE FINALLY EXPLAINING WHY SHE SKIPPED THE REUNION? HAS DINA BECOME A FAMEWHORE? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE AND TERESA HAVE A FAKE RELATIONSHIP? WILL YOU TRY KATHY’S VODKA?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR PHOTOS OF MELISSA AND KATHY AT THE VODKA LAUNCH!
UPDATE – Dina tweeted the following to us in response to our report. She wrote: “@realitytea hey just read ur post! Next time u want a source #truth ask my parents or the parents of a ladybug not an envious loser! Thanks!”
It seems that the illustrious Joe Giudice can add “slum lord” to his résumé!
A recent investigation by a local ABC news station has discovered that Joe failed to pay the utility bill and properly maintain an apartment building he owns and manages. Joe’s negligence and selfishness left five families–many with children–homeless this week over fire safety concerns, and because the utility company was forced to shut off service due to the severely delinquent account.
“The gas and electricity were shut down,” a resident explained. “Tenants can’t care for their kids and have no heat.”
Joe has an outstanding balance of $52,000 (or about two of Teresa Giudice‘s outfits), and the building was deemed hazardous after evidence of meter tampering was uncovered. Signs labeling the premises “unsafe for human occupancy” were put up after the Fire Marshal determined that a generator installed to get around paying the services, caused a deadly carbon monoxide leak!
The apartment building in question was featured in season two of Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Joe was seen showing Teresa around the premises before it was leased. Teresa famously said she would never live there. Well, apparently, no one should – since the remiss utility bill has also left all the tenants without hot water or heat!
Joe told newscasters, there was nothing he could do. “I don’t own the building,” he said in a voicemail. “I basically manage the building for a company in New York.” Unfortunately, their research uncovered that, while Joe doesn’t own the building directly, a company he owns does! Whoops. In fact, Joe basically admitted ownership when he confessed to installing the generator to help his tenants.
After the news station’s investigation, the power was restored and safety issues rectified, allowing the tenants to move back in. Sadly, it was also discovered that Joe’s failure to pay the alarm company left the building without working fire alarms! Joe was cited for these violations and something tells me he has a lawsuit coming his way very soon! A video of the news report is below!
Teresa and Joe have not commented on the episode, but I’m sure they’ll have something to say soon. Teresa will likely defend Joe. And while I’m not a huge Teresa fan, the more I learn about Joe, the more I am compelled to feel sorry for her. In my opinion, if she wants to remain in the public’s good graces and see her celebrity rise, she may need to ditch that husband of her’s! Especially because she’s working her butt off to pay his bills, and he’s likely going to end up in prison resulting from last year’s identity fraud indictment!
In other news, it looks like Jacqueline Laurita will be back for season five, whether she likes it or not. Our source told Reality Tea directly that Jacqueline signed a six-year contract when she initially joined the show, and despite her no-show at the reunion and her Twitter rampage, Bravo has no intention of firing her…yet!
“Jacqueline doesn’t want to be on the show anymore but, she has a six-year contract,” our source reveals. “The only way to get out of it without being sued is to get fired and they will not fire her.” With all the legal problems the Laurita’s are already facing with their bankruptcy fraud lawsuit and BLK. Water lawsuit, she likely can’t afford another one!
However, Bravo is looking for additional housewives to join the cast, as previously revealed. Reports speculated that they were interested in casting Teresa’s other sister-in-law Sheila Giudice, Joe’s brother’s wife. “When Teresa heard Bravo was interested in them, she quickly wanted to mend the feud between her and Sheila. The last thing she needed was another sister in law on the show bashing her,” our source dishes. Indeed, Teresa has posted a lot of photos on her website featuring her in-laws.
Luckily for Teresa, it seems Bravo has had a change of heart! The insider alleges, “Pete Giudice hasn’t paid taxes in years among other shady business dealings and Bravo didn’t want to take on the risk.” Pete was the one whose identity Joe impersonated, which led to his arrest and indictment late last year. Does failure to uphold the law run in this family or what?!
Finally, our source reveals something we’ve known all along – Melissa Gorga has become a complete famewhore! “Melissa sure let fame get to her head and fast,” the source shares. “Melissa will only do appearances that she is getting paid for.”
“She has been asked to attend several charity events and she doesn’t. But, if she gets paid she will be there! She is very focused on being bigger then Teresa.”
A fan recently asked Melissa about the non-stop appearances she has done (and advertising on Twitter) and Melissa claims she’s just all about the fans! “I love meeting everyone! I’ll do it as long as they keep booking me!,” she tweeted. I, personally, believe the Gorgas are not as financially stable as they pretend to be, and possibly need the money.
Good lord, RHONJ is like the Jerry Springer of Housewives!
TELL US – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE SITUATION AND JOE’S ACTIONS? WILL TERESA EVER LEAVE JOE? DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON? IS MELISSA A FAMEWHORE OR JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY?
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In attendance was Melissa Gorga, while Teresa’s brother Joe Giudice did not attend. The party included a dance featuring both Gia and Milania. More photos from the party below!
Meanwhile, our RHONJ insider tells us that Teresa continues her attempt to push Gia into the spotlight. “Teresa has always been desperate to have Gia in the limelight,” the source tells Reality Tea. “She wanted her to model, that didn’t work out. She wanted her to sing, that didn’t work out. Now, she has Gia in a ‘dance’ group.”
Our source continues that guests were shocked at Gia’s dance outfit. “Guests at her daughter’s birthday party were disturbed by the outfits Gia wore. She is just a little girl. Teresa dresses her like she is 16. People were shocked,” says the insider.
As for the drama that took place between Melissa and Teresa at the party, the Wetpaint blog is now confirming something did go down between the two sisters-in-law!
A source tells Wetpaint the drama began when Teresa would not even allow Melissa to be photographed. Indeed, Melissa was not pictured in any of the professional photos taken at the party. “When a photographer went over to ask Teresa if he could take a picture of Melissa, Teresa said ‘no,’ ” says the source.
Despite getting the cold shoulder from Tre, the source reveals Melissa still tried to have a good time at the party, spending most of the night with her mother-in-law. “She said ‘hello’ to Joe Giudice. He was nice, and Melissa was nice right back to him. Milania and Antonia [one of Melissa’s kids] were hugging and dancing the whole time. ”
Teresa reportedly looked annoyed watching Melissa and decided to approach her while others were getting ready to leave. “Teresa started to get loud, and you could see Melissa was struggling to keep the scene low-key, because her youngest son, Joey, was in her arms,” says the source. Yikes!
As for why non-juicy Joe wasn’t in attendance, he was reportedly upset that Teresa did not invite him to the private family party she had for Gia in early January. Doesn’t seem like the Giudice/Gorga feud will be ending anytime soon!
More photos below from the birthday party!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? ARE YOU SURPRISED TERESA WAS THE REPORTED INSTIGATOR?
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Poor, little Gia Giudice often seems like the only mature person in her family — extended family included — and it appears that once again this may be the case! Gia’s eleventh birthday party was this past Saturday and after much ado about whether or not Joe and Melissa Gorga were invited to said party, it appears they sort of attended.
Here’s the back story: Joe had taken to Twitter, the grown-up way of communicating with one’s sister, to put Teresa Giudice on blast for not inviting his family to Gia’s party. Teresa retaliated with an interview claiming, ‘oh yes, she did too invite them; the invites just hadn’t gotten there yet’.
In yet anotherinterview Melissa co-signed the invitation was received and made sure to inform everyone that the Gorgas would be there to represent. It’s called a PHONE, people. You know, antiquated technology by today’s standards — use one!
Gia’s party happened at a place called Space Odyssey, sans Real Housewives of New Jersey cameras, but that didn’t stop an employee (who also happens to be a fan) from gossiping on the interwebs about what took place at the shin-dig.
Here’s what transpired: An employee named Natalia Velandia who was working during the party tweeted that Teresa and Melissa got into a fight at the event. “Confused if this lady here for Teresa’s giudice party is Melissa Gorga cause like that’s my b*tch,”Natalia wrote.
When it was confirmed that it was indeed, Melissa, Natalia tweeted: “I wanted to take a picture with her but I couldn’t cause her and Teresa were arguing and my boss would’ve killed me.” A screenshot is below!
While it seems entirely plausible that Teresa and Melissa would get into a fight at Gia’s birthday, AllAboutTRH did some digging and interviewed a different employee who claims that was not the case!
“The party had 40 to 50 kids and Teresa’s oldest daughter performed with her dance group. They were also celebrating Milania’s birthday and I know Gia grabbed her on stage too,” the employee, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed. The source explains she saw Melissa and Teresa “talking and they were very close to each other. It was really loud but it didn’t look like they were arguing.”
The most shocking — and I mean shocking — reveal in all of this is that Teresa’s brother apparently NEVER CAME TO THE PARTY (yes that necessitated all-caps)!
“I saw Melissa walk in and waited for Joe Gorga to come in because there were a lot of couples at the birthday and I assumed since Joe was the God father he would be at Gia’s birthday but he surprisingly never showed up!,” the source recounts. Say what? Joe G-to-the-Orga “I love my family” never even made an appearance?
Confirming that Joe was a no-show was Space Odyssey owner Elvira Grau who also denies that Melissa and Teresa had an altercation. I am sure Melissa, Teresa, and Joe will all have a defense and a reason for his absence — and it better be a good one — but for now alls quiet on the New Jersey front with no one blabbing on Twitter. We’ll have to wait and see!
Moving right along, remember when Joe Giudicewas indicted for ID Fraud? NorthJersey.com reports that on Monday, Joe appeared in court and pleaded Not Guilty to wrongfully using documentation to illegally obtain a driver’s license and impersonation charges. According to Joe’s attorney, Miles Feinstein, he also rejected a plea agreement that offered to cap any prison sentence at five years in exchange for a guilty plea.
Mr. Feinstein believes the deal was unreasonably harsh and not equitable to deals offered to other clients facing similar charges. “I believe that because of Joe’s celebrity he is being treated differently,” he alleged. “It’s totally unfair.” Joe faces up to ten-years in prison if found guilty in a court of law!
ARE YOU SURPRISED JOE GORGA SKIPPED GIA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY? THOUGHTS ON THE NEWS? SHOULD JOE HAVE ACCEPTED THE PLEA AGREEMENT?