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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is once again speaking out about the reunion bitchfest showdown!

If you recall, Bravo host Andy Cohen was criticized by some fans of Teresa Giudice as they felt he was simply too hard on her.

Today, Melissa is now speaking out because she disagrees with the criticism. According to Melissa, her sister-in-law Tre made herself a target.

“I don’t think he was too hard on her at all,” Melissa tells Star. “It’s Andy’s job to ask the questions, and Teresa has put herself at the center of all the issues and controversy. Otherwise, we’d be sitting around smiling at each other and not saying a word, which I highly doubt is what the viewers would have in mind.”

TERESA GIUDICE SLAMS RHONJ COSTARS, CALLS JACQUELINE A LUNATIC!

Melissa continues, “There were so many hurt feelings on the reunion show because of something dramatic that happened the night before. I can’t tell you what it was — but it’ll be on season four.”

The incident she’s referring to is the Porsche Fashion show drama during which sources have told us Teresa tried to expose Melissa as a past stripper, though she was never even one.

Melissa, 32, who has just been named the “reality advisor and ambassador” for Voli Light Vodkas, however reveals Teresa and her are in a much better place today. Why do I feel like we’ve heard this one before???

“She and I have talked since the reunion and are on better terms now,” says Melissa. “We’ve had our ups and downs — but in the end, we’re still family.”

In a separate interview with the Boston Herald, Melissa also reveals she has no regrets about doing the RHONJ saying the show actually brought Teresa and her closer together (was she watching the same show we were watching?!)

“I have no regrets,” said Melissa. “We weren’t speaking at all before the show. The show brought us together, and we have to be in the same room and fix the problems instead of avoiding each other. It helped us to get back together.”

As for her singing, Melissa states she is simply ignoring the haters and back in the studio! “I think it was gutsy of me to sing on national TV when I’ve never been completely properly trained,” Melissa said. “I’m out there for everybody to judge.”

While the RHONJ cast just finished filming season 4 weeks ago, Melissa adds that Bravo has yet to inform them if they will be returning for season 5. A report came out last month stating Bravo planned to fire Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita after season 4. Guess we will have to wait and see.

TELL US: THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S INTERVIEW? DOES TERESA MAKE HERSELF A TARGET? WHAT CAST CHANGES DO YOU WANT TO SEE FOR SEASON 5?

Melissa Gorga is speaking out about her real life as a working mom. The wannabe pop star and Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member is insisting that despite her busy schedule of non-stop appearances and promotions for her budding singing career and reality stardom she doesn’t have a nanny, housekeeper or cook.

In an interview with HollyBaby, Melissa reveals that she does all the work maintaining her luxury 15,000 square foot home as well as caring for her three young children — by herself! #yeahright. “I have no cooks, no nannies, no housekeepers, none of that,” she insists. “I like doing it myself. If it ever gets to a point where I’m completely overwhelmed, then of course you have to. For now I’m good.” That must be a Gorga thing — because sister-in-law Teresa Giudice claims the same thing!

Melissa shares that it has been an adjustment transitioning from full-time stay at home mom to career gal with outside obligations. “It’s difficult for me because I’m so used to being with them 24 hours a day,” she explains. “Now I have to take myself away sometimes and have a babysitter step in. It’s hard to let go because I want to be there for every single thing.”

“When I’m home, we’re all sitting down together,” she describes of incorporating family time. “We eat dinner together. My husband [Joe Gorga] has a lot of the same values as I do, which works great for us because we teach our children a lot of respect for their parents and to spend time with us. We don’t just plop them in front of a TV and walk away. We want to talk to them. We sit around the dinner table together every single night.”

For those of you who seem to remember Melissa bragging admitting that she had a nanny (or 2) or saw her nanny filming with the family at both Gia Giudice’s gymnastics event and Kathy Wakile’s Christmas Eve party, you are not alone, as many fans questioned Melissa about it on Twitter!

Melissa replied that the so-called nanny was actually a visiting Au pair from Argentina that has since returned home, Tweeting:“FYI, the young girl at xmas was an aupair from Argentina! she was here for 3mths going to school & baby sat when I needed her. Xo”

Melissa added “She went back home in January 10months ago…. xo I do use a new babysitter now when I need her…. my mother & sisters help me a lot! Xo” Does anyone else remember Melissa and her sister Lysa Simpson making fun of Teresa on the show for not having a nanny and relying on her mother for childcare?

Melissa, also responding to a fan that insulted her cooking, gave a shout-out to her SIL on Twitter replying with “go scratch!”

Since no RHONJ interview would be complete without discussing Teresa, Melissa also took some time to talk about the on-going issues she has with sister-in-law. Melissa once again claims she is taking the high road and trying to consider their children. “You try to cover it up as much as you can and for as long as you can,” says Melissa, who apparently believes covering up a family feud means appearing on a reality show where the plot line centers around said feud and discussing it constantly in the media. This seems to be modus operandi of the entire NJ crew!

“There’s no reason why a young child should see their aunts or uncles or any grown adults not being able to get a long. They just want to love their aunts. The want to love their uncles,” she confesses. “So to bring them in is selfish and it’s mean. Just to make them side with you, it’s terrible,” she remarks, perhaps alluding to Gia’s comments that Melissa controls her husband, Joe.

When she’s not dealing with her reality show, family, husband or sister-in-law from hell, Melissa is hard at work on her next single! Hey – she’s keeping AutoTune in business! “My next single is coming out soon. It’s called ‘How Many Times’ and it’s a song dedicated to my husband. I’m really excited for people to hear it.” Le sigh.

Speaking of Joe Gorga, apparently he and cousin-in-law Richie Wakile believe they need a reality show of their own! Real Househusbands of New Jersey + Greggy Bennett, anyone? “From your mouth to Bravo’s ears. Seriously, call Bravo and let them know,” Joe begged WetPaint Entertainment. “We want it to happen,” Richie agreed. “We’d love that.” Yes – but will the fans?

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DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA DOESN’T HAVE ANY HELP WITH HER CHILDREN OR HER HOME? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MELISSA’S NEW SINGLE? WOULD YOU WATCH A RHHONJ (REAL HOUSEHUSBANDS OF NEW JERSEY) SHOW STARRING JOE AND RICH? I SURE WOULDN’T!

Real Housewives of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving! Following last week’s excoriating Bravo blog, Teresa Giudice is claiming the network edited out a portion of her sentiments and she has released the “pieces” that were cut. The reality star posted the complete, unedited version on her personal webpage for your shock and amusement. Oh, lawdy!

In installment two of Teresa vs. the other Housewives — Teresa continues to call out her cast mates and family members that happen to be cast mates! She definitely wants the public (and Bravo!) to know she is not taking a beating lying down. So, when is Celebrity Deathmatch Jersey Style happening? Oh wait… I think it’s already begun!

Teresa starts things off by insisting she is innocent of having a relationship with the tabloids! “I can’t believe Jacqueline Laurita thinks I put out a magazine story that says bad things about ME on the cover. How does that even make sense? I’m not even going to try and follow her logic anymore.”

She also echos what most of us believe — that Caroline Manzo is a little silly arguing her adult children (who signed releases and received payment from Bravo) did not sign up to be a part of the show. “I can’t believe Caroline told the media her ‘children didn’t sign up for this.’ They are grown adults and they actually did literally sign up for it. They have contracts and got paid. What do you call that? And Caroline keeps telling Jacqueline to let Ashley [Holmes] grow up?…” Oooohhhh… sometimes the truth hurts, Mama Manzo!

Accusing Caroline and Jacqueline of being the ones who hold grudges, Teresa brings up She Who Should Not Be Named, New Jersey version: Danielle Staub (her new Twitter frienemy and the reason all this nonsense originally began!) “I know Caroline and Jacqueline obsess about things and people and revenge (What sane person would stalk Danielle’s ex-husband? What sane person would be friends with Kim G? That’s just ugly.).” Teresa better watch out as she appears to be the next target they have selected to “obsess” over!

Also, hinting that Jacqueline might just be having that rumored breakdown we’ve been hearing about, she states: “I just hope she gets well… “ Well, I just hope Chris Laurita deletes her Twitter! How does girl have time to associate with Kim G when she spends day and night Tweeting the masses?!

Then, Teresa actually makes a fair point (don’t hurt me for saying it!) about how reality TV and family may not mix. “Caroline and Jacqueline and Dina [Manzo] signed up for the show TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. It was the first time a family joined any Real Housewives show which I think is what made it so interesting from the beginning. I was just the friend on the sidelines with my juicy husband any my fab-u-lous girls,” she explains.

“I thought it was very brave to go on a show with your family, and I wouldn’t have done it. Watching what being on TV together did to the Manzo and Laurita family is EXACTLY WHY I didn’t want my family on the show with me. Seeing all the hurt they went through, I would be crazy to want the same thing for my family.” Except the one thing I will say in the Manzo and Laurita famblees’ favors is that they kept their family drama off the air which, as we know, is the opposite of the Gorgadiceakiles!

Teresa point blank accuses Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile of coming on the show to “hurt” her! “They didn’t come on like the Manzos first did, just to show the world how a real family looks,” she argues. “They came on to hurt me, insulting me and my husband and my kids from the very first episode through the last (is there a single episode they didn’t say something nasty about me? My own family?).” They insulted her kids?

“I would hope Melissa and Kathy wouldn’t have sold their own sisters down the river for a shot at 15 minutes of fame, but I’m not their sister, and I think they don’t think they care about the hurt it causes me and my parents because we’re not their immediate family.”

Explaining she was “worried” about her family experiencing the negative sides of fame, Teresa reveals she attempted to warn them about the tabloids and becoming victims of “made up stories.”

“I told them stuff they didn’t want to talk about would come up, that people from their past would try and take them down, that journalists would dig through their lives… Melissa told me she didn’t care. Then Melissa brings it up at the reunion as if I was trying to scare her off the show? It’s just twisted. Sad and twisted.”

Teresa goes on to call out her cast mates for having “skeletons” in their closets. “I don’t lay in bed at night worrying that my porn past or previous arrests or unstable history is going to come out because I don’t have any of those things,” she wrote. No names on who has a porn past or an arrest history!

And she insists whatever her family members might reveal about her didn’t matter! “I wasn’t worried that they would come on and expose me because there’s nothing to expose.” Ok, Teresa may not have what she considers skeletons – but isn’t her husband Jr Mafia Joe Giudice possibly facing jail time for multiple offenses, including a DUI? And then there’s that never-ending bankruptcy… And the cheating allegations

Teresa also points out some of the unsavory behaviors of her co-stars (I think she ignored some of her own déclassé behaviors)! “I didn’t expose my daughter’s problems to the world, judging her for a difficult time in her life in front of all of America. That was Jacqueline. I didn’t make fun of my niece/cousin and criticize her all the time and tell the world I thought my daughter was fat and ugly. That was Caroline and her kids. I don’t have a pre-teen son on Twitter using curse words and insulting my own family. That’s Kathy. Bravo, ladies! Class acts, all of you!” She forgot to mention: ‘I didn’t have sex with my husband in a public bathroom on national TV. That was Melissa.’ Really though, class and RHONJ do not mix! Isn’t that why we watch?!

Reality TV doesn’t define me,” Teresa concludes, neither do “big fat bullies who puff hot air because no one will listen to them don’t phase me, rumors don’t keep me up at night. I have my family, we all have our health, we live a very normal, happy life of Sunday school and dance lessons and birthdays and trips to Costco. I am moving on and up to amazing new things.” Keep us posted, T!

And in other RHONJ news Teresa nemesis #1 (or 2 or 3…) Caroline, along with hubby Albert Manzo (sure has been doing a lot of appearances to save face with his wife lately), were spotted at Michael’s restaurant in NYC meeting with editors from People Magazine and Bravo’s SVP of Communication Jennifer Geisser. Which only means one thing – the New Jersey drama isn’t ending anytime soon!

I predict a sob-story interview about her feud with Dina and finally breaking her silence about the brawl in Punta Cana involving the Manzo boys, which likely demoted Teresa from “like family” to “acquaintance” status! I wonder if she’ll also mention Teresa’s – Oops! I mean Jacqueline’s – latest financial woes?! Who would have expected NJ Bankruptcy 2.0!

Here’s my two cents: Either Teresa knows big controversy brings big ratings (which means big dollars and endorsements for her) or she is just furious, fighting, spitting mad. Either way, Teresa garners a lot of attention and keeps things interesting – whether you like her or not! Admit it, she makes a few fair points in her blog, although she certainly fights dirty!

Don’t worry – whatever happens us minions at Reality Tea will continue to work round the clock slaving to bring you the latest gossip. ;-)

THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S UNEDITED BLOG? DO HER ACCUSATIONS HAVE ANY MERIT? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY HOPE FOR THE GORGA, WAKILE, AND GIUDICE FAMILIES TO REBUILD THEIR RELATIONSHIPS?

The third season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey might be officially over, but boy oh boy the off-screen drama is still raging! All thanks to Teresa Giudice, who is slamming, and we mean SLAMMING her costars in her latest Bravo blog.

It was open season on the RHONJ cast as Teresa managed to take some serious shots at everyone including her shocking revelation that she wishes her brother Joe Gorga had married someone other than Melissa Gorga! Seriously, who says this publicly? Something tells us Teresa will write another blog next week insisting she is all about family was just joking and meant no harm!

Teresa also called Caroline Manzo a liar and Jacqueline Laurita a “lunatic.” Below are excerpts from Tre’s blog -

Teresa Makes It Clear She IS The Victim In All Of This -

“I had no idea Melissa and Kathywould come to the reunion for Season 3 with guns blazing. They had made little lists of how I hurt them, they were throwing jabs at me all over the place. First I was confused, because it didn’t make sense. In real life, we’ve gotten over all that tit-for-tat stuff, so I didn’t know why they were bringing it up again. Second, I didn’t see how it made sense for the Season 3 reunion when we all just made up. Why don’t Melissa and Kathy want to show our family as happy and reunited for even one week? It makes me so sad.” Why is she shocked to see Melissa and Kathy Wakile bring up all their issues during the reunion? Earth to Teresa, that’s what the reunion is for!

Teresa Calls Caroline A Liar, Denies Causing Feud With Dina -

“At the reunion, Caroline accused me of lying, and I accused her of the same thing. It’s a she-said-she-said, so you’re going to have to believe whomever you want to believe. I’m not perfect, but for Caroline to act like she always tells the truth is insane. Caroline is so good at making up fairy tales about her life, I think she’s forgotten what she said yesterday… I am not responsible for coming between her and Dina. I know a bit about why they aren’t speaking right now, but it’s not my business, and unlike Caroline, I don’t believe it’s my place to judge or to air their dirty laundry to the world.” Umm Didn’t she air their dirty laundry to the world by revealing Caroline backstabbed Dina during the reunion?

Teresa Claims Caroline Called Gia “Tragic” -

She has the gall to say my “indirect” comments about a stripper carwash were hurtful to her son. when a) they were about MY children and b) last I checked, they were all proud of that particular career path of Chris’. And then she spends thirty minutes bashing my ten-year-old daughter, screaming that Gia is “tragic”?” What reunion show did she watch? Caroline did NOT bash Gia or call her tragic.

Teresa Wishes Joey Had Married Someone Else -

“Family is everything to me. If my only brother was married to someone who didn’t crave the spotlight, I know we’d all be a family like we always were. Before that christening — the first time Joey and Melissa filmed the show — my family had never, EVER been through any kind of drama even close to this. If I could go back in time, I would gladly give Melissa my spot on the first season so she could live out her dreams, and I would be happy to sit on the couch and cheer her on, with my happy, intact family around me.” Well Teresa, it’s not too late. You can always refuse to film for season 4 for the sake of your family… but oh wait!

Teresa Calls Jacquline a “Lunatic” -

“Oh and one more thing, despite the ravings of a lunatic on Twitter (once again) I do not have anything to do with magazines writing bad stories about me or anyone else. If I did, you would see me quoted in those magazines, which you don’t. But I would never do that because it’s not my style. I’m too busy living my life to worry about other people who don’t have a life. I don’t have a “contract” with any magazine for cover stories — that’s just crazy, it doesn’t even exist.” No word yet on how she managed to grace the In Touch Weekly cover 7 times in a span of 3 months — granting them exclusive interviews and photo shoots. Surely there was no agreement in place!

And folks, the above is the reason I could never be a fan of Tre. She is mean, nasty, very vindictive and fights dirty. What was the point of this blog? Over a week after the reunion aired? Does she ever take responsibility for anything she does? Teresa also denied she ever told Caroline and Jacqueline not to film with Melissa and Kathy, but our RHONJ insider tells us she absolutely did, adding that Teresa even told others NOT involved with the show not to compliment Melissa on anything. Not saying the other RHONJ cast members are saints, but Teresa definitely takes the cake!

As for Melissa, she of course responded to Tre’s comments on Twitter. “Family Is everything? Then stop blogging & putting out stories, apparently public opinion means more. Actions speak louder than words. Sad,” tweeted Melissa. “Finally admits she wishes her brother would have married someone else that she could walk on… I’m sorry, but it’s so hard being on a reality show with someone so out of touch with reality,” added Melissa.

Joe Gorga was also none too happy about his sister’s comments. Joe tweeted: “I’m sick, wish she could just love my family & stop trying to tear us apart. Fact. this was way before the show, the show is her excuse,” later adding, “If she never wrote it I wouldn’t have to respond… always has to stir things up when they are quiet.”

TELL US – IS IT TIME FOR TERESA TO SHUT UP OR ARE HER COMMENTS JUSTIFIED? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Chris Laurita
It seems Teresa Giudice isn’t the only Real Housewife of New Jersey star facing major financial troubles! A new report states that Twitterholic, Jacqueline Laurita and her husband Chris Laurita were recently named in an $8M lawsuit for “improperly using funds and assets” from their company Signature Apparel.

RadarOnline is reporting that Chris and his brother Joseph formed Signature Apparel Group (a company that once owned brands such as Rocawear and Eve’s Fetish) in 2005 and “drained the company” amassing a debt of $7,804,227 which was used to “support their luxurious lifestyle”!

According to documents the company banked more than $250 million between 2005 and 2009, but then surprisingly declared bankruptcy in September 2009, and just like their friend Teresa, someone started complaining that the bankruptcy petition might just be fraudulent. The suspicious bankruptcy filing prompted the debtor “to come forward with the complaint”, claiming company monies were “misused,” RadarOnline reveals.

Chris and Joseph “drained the Company of all its funds and assets in order to support their families’ increasingly opulent lifestyle of private jets, limousines, extravagant parties, premium automobiles, designer clothing, ostentatious home furnishings and lavish vacations,” the complaint filed November 2, 2010 alleges. “Signature’s assets were misused to make outright and unjustified payments to Laurita family members, and to fund the operations of the Laurita brothers’ other companies and business ventures.”

So what exactly did the Lauritas spend all that money on? Well, according to the documents, here’s the breakdown:

  • Nearly $2 million in credit card payments for the Laurity Family, including payments to more than 40 bank accounts
  • At least $331,637 for payments on no less than eleven leased cars, including a Bentley and a Maserati
  • At least $284,793 in airline travel expenses for the Laurita Family
  • At least $145,894 for private airplane rentals for the Laurita Family
  • At least $7,280 for travel agent expenses for the Laurita Family
  • At least $755,184 to defendant Christopher Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
  • At least $784,160 of disbursements directed by the Laurita Director Defendants (Chris and Joseph) to unknown recipients, without any documentation whatsoever

Even worse, the complaint alleges that Jacqueline had knowledge that shady business dealings were taking place and willing participated in wrongfully accepting money from the company, which is why she is named as part of the suit! The documents claim Jacqueline, along with Anthony Laurita, “knew of the Laurita Director Defendant’s wrongful conduct, and each substantially assisted the Laurita Director Defendants in breaching their fiduciary duties by, among other conduct, accepting funds they each knew belonged to Signature and for which they each knew they had performed no services and/or provided no value.”

“Funds that should have been used to grow Signature’s business and to pay Signature’s vendors and creditors, instead were diverted to the Laurita Family Defendants.” Oops – that’s not good.

Chris has denied “nearly all of the 155 allegations made in the claim” and believes it should be summarily dismissed, citing: “a failure to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action and a failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.” The case is still pending so Reality Tea keep you posted with all the updates! Jacqueline has yet to comment, but if Bravo had wind of this matter it may have been another reason she skipped the RHONJ Season 3 Reunion!

In my limited knowledge of bankruptcy law, this is what I understand to have happened: it seems that instead of paying creditors to keep the business lucrative the Lauritas allegedly pocketed the proceeds and spent the money for personal use, then filed bankruptcy to avoid paying their bills. Now they are being accused of fraudulently filing bankruptcy. Any legal or financial experts out there please chime in!

In other news, when it flurries it becomes a Norwegian! Just a few days ago it was reported that Jacqueline was indeed a stripper before marrying Chris and Jacqueline is still adamantly denying it! You know the old expression “the lady doth protest too much…”

Jacqueline took to her personal website to clear up any lingering suspicions about how she met Chris and is sticking to the story that they met while she was a convention model. She also posted yet another Tweet denying she was a stripper and accusing someone (ahem…Teresa) of leaking false stories: “Im being 100% honest w/everyone w/my story of how Chris&I met in Chicago. I WAS NOT A STRIPPER/PROSTITUTE as said by shady people 4 money”

I, for one, can’t wait to hear what sister in law from hell, Caroline Manzo has to say about the latest!

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THOUGHTS ON THE LAURITA’S FINANCIAL SITUATION? DO YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY WHAT THE ARTICLE IS ALLEGING? DOES THE RECENT INFORMATION CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF JACQUELINE?

The drama surrounding Real Housewives of New Jersey continues to explode! Melissa Gorga and Caroline Manzo are scrambling to get their sides’ of the story heard while ostracized castmate Teresa Giudice is indisposed filming Celebrity Apprentice.

Or perhaps they are just responding to the latest round of stories reported by In Touch Weekly, which are rumored to have been planted by Teresa, herself!

Speaking out on New York Live, Caroline did not hold back! “I noticed a change [in Teresa] when other ladies joined the cast,” she revealed. “We were acquaintances, not friends. Off camera, there was nothing — no interaction,” she insists.

“It has been an unbelievable experience. A growing experience, a learning experience, but I’ve had a lot of heartbreak because of it,” she explains, alluding to her rift with Dina Manzo, which she seems to believe was caused or at least exacerbated by Teresa. “So much I won’t say, because I don’t want to hurt anyone. I’m not going to blame the network. For a TV show, I’m not going to hurt someone. I’m not going to do it,” she declares.

Caroline is also still reeling from Teresa’s attacks against her children, who in her mind have never crossed the threshold into adulthood or something. “My children didn’t sign up for this. We put ourselves out there and have no idea.” Caroline insists, claiming they had never seen reality TV before joining the cast and were not prepared for the negativity.

Caroline also joined Melissa and Kathy Wakile for an interview with The Insider where they spoke about, what else – Teresa! Oh, and the upcoming Season 4 drama!

“Why should I feel sorry for someone who walks away from love?” Caroline asks, referring to castmate and never-really-friend Teresa. “You don’t have the right play the victim, when you’re the one doing all the hitting,” she admonished.

Describing her relationship with Teresa prior to the reunion and the explosive stripper-gate incident supposedly filmed the night before, Melissa expresses her shock over Teresa’s behavior. “I get very disappointed in her,” Melissa laments. “When we’re so good, why would you take that chance?”

“We were great, probably better than ever. And I owe a lot of that to Bravo” Melissa explains, claiming that the interaction required for the show brought them closer and helped a positive a more relationship develop.

As for the friendship between the other castmates, Melissa describes: “It’s just easy, there’s no insulting going on.” Caroline and Kathy echo those sentiments, claiming they are supportive of each other, not competitive, and they “help each other” by offering opportunity and support.

Melissa also spoke to Hollywood Life about the reunion and dealing with the sister-in-law from hell on national television. And she believes the other ladies did not gang up on Teresa!

“Everyone was upset with her,” she states. “We had an explosive night the day [before the reunion] — that was a lot of the reason for the bad blood that you saw,” Melissa reveals, refusing to give any more details about what may have happened.

“I felt the pressure she was going through,” Melissa mentions, claiming she tried to keep a low-profile since Teresa and Caroline were embroiled in so much animosity. “Obviously you saw the commotion between her and Caroline, so I didn’t want to sit there and her think that we were ganging up on her. That was not the intention at all. We’re not trying to team up on her. We are addressing the issue. That’s what the reunion is.”

Melissa also agreed that poor plagued by stripper-rumors, Jacqueline Laurita would not have been able to pull herself away from Twitter handle the reunion! “It was something that Teresa has done that Jacqueline does not agree with,” Melissa cites “She just wouldn’t be able to handle a nine-hour filming session.”

As for how Teresa could make amends with her family and her former (maybe never?) friends, Melissa thinks a simple apology will suffice. “We all do things wrong, we’re all not perfect; she just needs to be able to say ‘you know what, I’m sorry.’” Although Melissa confirms: family is family. “I’m always going to be here to support her and her children.”

My Thoughts: Caroline’s new-found relationship with Melissa and Kathy seems eerily similar to her prior fauxlationship with Teresa! And for someone who was merely an on-camera acquaintance she certainly played up the “like family/thick as thieves” angle in S2 and off camera in interviews and appearances. Which is interesting because Caroline emphatically states over and over that she does not lie. Now, I am 100 percent certain Bravo demanded their relationship seem authentic, but Caroline did a mighty good job of convincing us that it was! Also, Teresa’s reactions at the reunion seemed to indicate she believed they had an authentic relationship (although it’s hard to be sure with her).

Second of all Caroline’s children are adults and have been for the duration of filming. Therefore they did sign up for this show – they knowingly signed contracts, agreed to film, and were compensated for their involvement. Does that give Teresa the right to insult their ideas or behaviors in a cookbook for her own financial gain? No, of course not. But the Manzo children are not innocent by-standers in the situation. They insulted Teresa plenty this season and did not seem to have any qualms about their behaviors. The children who truly did not sign up for this show are those of the Gorgas, Giudices, and Lauritas (save for Ashlee).

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THOUGHTS? DO YOU THINK THERE IS HOPE FOR TERESA RECONNECTING WITH HER FAMILY AND CASTMATES? DO YOU BELIEVE CAROLINE, KATHY, AND MELISSA HAVE A GENUINE RELATIONSHIP? ARE CAROLINE’S CHILDREN INNOCENT VICTIMS OR IS SHE OVER-REACTING?

It appears those pesky rumors of Joe Giudice cheating on his wife Teresa Giudice simply refuse to go away.

The latest is an In Touch Weekly cover story about the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars which states Joe was spotted with a “hot blonde” just weeks ago at a hotel!

According to In Touch, Joe was seen with a group of females at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. — and Teresa was nowhere to be found. “He was drinking at the Waterfront Tower with four women,” including an attractive blonde, an onlooker says of the wild September night.

“At 2 a.m., I saw Joe leave a hotel room carrying his duffel bag. He looked like he didn’t want to be noticed!” An insider close to Joe however denies he cheated: “About 30 women approached Joe that night, and he never went to a hotel room.” Really? 30 women???

Even worse, the mag states Teresa was made aware of the incident from a friend. She reportedly confronted Joe at home one day and he denied everything. Teresa is however said to be growing more weary of Joe’s extracurriculars especially after he was “caught” on a dinner date with Davana Medina on September 27.

While Davana maintains it was just a friendly dinner, a pal tells In Touch her boyfriend dumped her after the picture of her and Joe surfaced. Wowzers.

In other Teresa news, our RHONJ insider is telling us that Teresa and Joe continue to make enemies and even states that Teresa, who always brags about not having a nanny, is not the hands on mom she badly wants the world to believe she is.

First our source informs us the Giudices continue to alienate the people in their lives. “Not only are the cast members of the show not her friends anymore, her other real life “friends” have jumped ship,” the source tells Reality Tea. “They said Teresa uses them for rides for her kids. Her one friend’s husband has a driver and Joe asks to use him all the time. The same couple has a lot of money and Joe has asked the husband to put businesses in his name.”

If you recall, Joe’s driving license is currently suspended. In fact, a shocking report came out last year stating Joe’s license has been suspended a total of 9.4 years out of the last 20 years.

Our source adds that while Teresa likes to point the finger at people who have help (she has put sister-in-law Melissa Gorga on blast in the past for having a nanny), Teresa actually has A LOT of help with her kids these days all due to her pursuit of fame.

“I know Teresa’s babysitter well. She watches all four children ALL the time. She drives them everywhere, takes them to birthday parties, and just about everything else,” says our insider. “Teresa is very uninvolved in her children’s lives. She has been for a while. Her main focus is how to build her empire so she can remain “on top.”

The source adds, “Teresa doesn’t value people or friendships. Teresa values possessions, money, status, and looks. She is a narcissist.”

Our source even supplied us with a picture of Joe and Teresa with their babysitter/nanny Shauna. That picture is below.

In the meantime, Teresa is speaking out, denying she is behind the latest In Touch Weekly cover story which alleges Jacqueline Laurita used to be a stripper. Jacqueline had stated Teresa was behind it.

“I don’t play crazy Twitter games & threaten people, but I have to defend myself on this one: I don’t have a “contract” with any magazine,” tweeted Teresa. “Saw the In Touch mag this week. I’M on the cover WITH Jac & Caroline for our “secrets.” Don’t like the story. Had nothing to do with it.”

Hard to believe Teresa didn’t have some sort of deal with the mag as she graced their cover a number of times this summer, each time granting them exclusive interviews and photos.

Also want to add that there’s nothing wrong with Teresa being a working mom and getting help with her kids. It is however very hypocritical for her to constantly point out the fact that Melissa has a nanny while she doesn’t, when in reality, she has more help with her children.

You can read more of the Joe story in the latest issue of In Touch Weekly.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE JOE CHEATING REPORTS? AND ON TERESA NOT BEING AS HANDS ON WITH HER KIDS AS SHE WOULD LIKE THE PUBLIC TO BELIEVE?

A day after In Touch Weekly reported she used to be a former stripper, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita is now denying the report… sort of.

At first it appeared Jacqueline wasn’t going to respond to the shocking report, but she eventually did on Wednesday night when she took to her twitter page and wrote: “Chris and I want to share with you our wedding song…” The tweet included a link to a song by artist T-Pain titled “I’m In Love With A Stripper.”

Jacqueline later tweeted: “ITS A JOKE!!! GET IT????” She then added, “In case you were wondering… No, the rumors aren’t true. ( You know the ones;0) ).”

Jacqueline’s former friend and RHONJ costar Danielle Staub also chimed in yesterday, maintaining Jacqueline was indeed a past stripper.

Hours after the report came out yesterday, Danielle, who has admitted to being a former stripper and then some, tweeted: “It only takes a moment to tell a lie but a lifetime to cover up! The truth always comes out! I’m proud that I’ve always kept it real.”

And when a fan asked Danielle why she never revealed Jacqueline’s alleged secret (though she sort of did weeks ago), Danielle replied: “That’s bc I’m not a backstabbing bitch I kept it to myself bc JL was so weak and asked me to not say anything.”

As we reported yesterday, Teresa Giudice also insinuated Jacqueline was a former stripper when she tweeted last month that she had “lots of ex-stripper friends…”She made that tweet the same day Jacqueline was making negative tweets about her.

As for Jacqueline’s friendship with Teresa UsWeekly is reporting that it is over for good and that Jacqueline has vowed she “will never speak to Teresa again.” She definitely has good reason as Jacqueline believes Teresa was the one who supplied In Touch Weekly with the stripper story.

The source reveals that Caroline Manzo is also done with Tre, stating that Caroline hasn’t spoken to Teresa in months.” Our RHONJ insider told us the same thing weeks ago stating Caroline was NOT on speaking terms with Teresa, even before the Posche Fashion show drama. “Every time they get together to film, everyone’s fighting with Teresa,” says the source to UsWeekly. The ladies just wrapped up filming on season 4.

Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga added: “Caroline is upset over the charade.” When it comes to the status of the Gorga/Giudice relationship, sources reveal it’s still definitely strained. “Teresa and Melissa still communicate for family stuff, but things are strained,” a show insider states.

As for the reunion drama, Melissa admits, “It was dramatic and painful to watch.”

Meanwhile, perhaps to further clear up the rumors that she met her hubby Chris Laurita while stripping, Jacqueline revealed on her blog today on exactly how she met her husband. Jacqueline wrote that she met Chris in “the summer of 1996 when Ashley was only five years old,” adding that at the time, she was renting “a chair in a salon doing hair as a licensed cosmetologist in Las Vegas.”

Jacqueline reveals she also did some modeling back then for “conventions that came to town.”  Jacqueline says she “modeled clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, computers” etc.  She states she actually met Chris in Chicago during a trade show she was working at.

Photo Credit: Credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn.com

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE JACQUELINE’S TELLING THE TRUTH?

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