Last night’s episode ofReal Housewives of New Jerseywas about forgiveness. Teresa and Joe work through the text-pocolypse and realize family includes their children, and perhaps it is time to put the petty bickering aside, but not before cheating their way a through a charity marathon! Oh, who am I kidding – last night’s episode was boooor-ring! It seemed to drag along for so long I couldn’t believe it was only on an hour! Maybe that’s because they talked about the same things for the thousandth time!
The episode begins Jacqueline and The Caroline talking fitness – they have big plans to “participate” in a 5K, because Caroline wants get in shape for Punta Cana – which is a week away. Nothing like last minute! Jacs is thinking she’ll just wear Spanx and work out for the trip by upping her tolerance sitting at home by guzzling wine. After exhausting the work out topic, they talk Teresa and The Caroline has a few snarky comments to make about that! Since they are talking about her, when they arrive at Jacqueline’s – who is there unannounced with her ears ringing, but Teresa wearing a pair of giant fur shoulders and heels for a snowstorm, but no coat! Caroline, who told us that while she may have lost 25lbs, she is still completely made of lasagna, tiramisu, and mozzarella, because she is in terrible shape. So, instead of exercising they sit in Jacqueline’s kitchen and eat while discussing the latest Gorgadice dramz. Well, if anything will drive you to dessert it’s hearing Teresa and Melissa out-screach at each other about stupid Joe nonsense.
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Fast forward to today and in usual Teresa fashion, she is now defending the actions of her husband. Teresa, who graces the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine with photos of her extravagant vow renewal to Joe, tells the mag despite coming off as a jerk on national television, Joe is still her Prince Charming.
“He doesn’t act for the cameras,” says Teresa (Not helping his case there Tre!) adding that deep down Joe’s really a “sweetheart.”
When asked about Joe’s “drunken bullying” on the recent episode of the RHONJ, Teresa asserts that she wasn’t hurt by the incident. “He was drunk, in his own home and upset. I get where he was coming from.”
Teresa also insists that Joe is not verbally abusive to her — but simply a guy who speaks his mind. “Joe is Joe,” she states. “You really have to know him to know it’s not malicious.” She adds, “You learn, with age, to let things bother you less and less.”
In other news, Melissa Gorgadiscusses the hardship of doing the RHONJ in the beginning and how she decided to join the show in an interview with The Insider. Below are excerpts from Melissa’s interview -
TheInsider.com: What’s it been like watching yourself on television?
Melissa Gorga: In the beginning it was hard, but the more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. I’m now at the point where I feel grateful that I’m getting to share my life with America. Show them how I do things. It’s a great experience and I’m eating up every minute of it.
Insider: Teresa and her husband have not said very nice things about you and your husband. Has that been hard?
Melissa: It is. We all went through it months ago so to sit there and rewatch it and find out all these new things that people said behind your back in the confessionals is hard. It’s hard not to pick up the phone and ask, “How could you say that about me?!?” But I take everything I see with a grain of salt because it was said when we were in that place. It’s always hard to go back and watch it, but we knew what we were signing up for.
Insider: Having watched Teresa go through it for two seasons, what made you want to be a part of this?
Melissa: You know, in the beginning, Joe and I weren’t sure if we wanted to do it. But because it really involved my husband’s family, I completely left the decision up to him. It was so much more personal for him, so if he said yes, we were in, if he said no, we were out. I think he knew that we had something to offer and he went for it.
Insider: The cast is about to go on a big vacation together. Can’t imagine that’s going to be good.
Melissa: Yea, we go to Punta Cana and it’s crazy. Kathy & Teresa get into a little tiff on the beach, but there’s always a lot of fun mixed in with the drama – which is the Housewives way!
And finally, following a two week hiatus, a new episode of the RHONJ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 16th episode this season titled ‘Singing in the Pain,” the wives are up and running when they participate in a charity race, with Teresa’s competitive nature on full display. Meanwhile, Melissa premieres her song to an unforgiving crowd in Hoboken. And Teresa throws a birthday bash for one of her daughters, highlighted by a jaw-dropping gift.
The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA AND MELISSA’S INTERVIEWS? PLUS TONIGHT’S ALL NEW EPISODE?
The latest In Touch cover features Teresa alongside her non-famewhore husband Joe Giudice with the heading “A Wedding To Save The Relationship.” The mag reports that despite Joe’s drunken bullying, Teresa refuses to leave him, instead opting for a second wedding.
The Giudices, who filed bankruptcy back in 2009 with over $11 million in debt, spared no expenses when it came to the fairy-tale-themed wedding, which included an odd surprise appearance by celebrity Kevin Jonas.
According to In Touch, Teresa’s big day featured everything from a horse-drawn carriage to a $25,000 Pnina Tornai wedding gown. Yes, $25,000.
“I was just so happy… marriage means for better or for worse. We’ve been through a lot, and if anything, it’s just made us stronger,” said Teresa of her second wedding to Joe at Long Island’s Oheka Castle. They originally tied the knot back in 1999. “I wanted to show my girls that marriage is really important, as is being faithful to one another.”
When it comes to their sometimes rocky relationship, Teresa acknowledges while things have gotten “heated” between Joe and her in private, they always make certain to work through their problems… in bed. “We try not to go to bed angry,” she states. “We resolve fights in bed. He’ll come in and say, ‘I love you.’”
Teresa goes on to add that despite their legal troubles and financial woes, divorce is not on the table. “I don’t think divorce is an option, unless it’s over something horrible like cheating,” she confides. “Not every day is going to be peaches and cream.”
Teresa and Joe also exchanged new rings described as “elegant bands designed by Zaven Ghanimian” during their vow renewal. The couple also enjoyed a decadent five-tiered chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, and an extravagant floral arrangement.
And just hours ago, Teresa, who was more than likely paid for this cover story and photos by In Touch, stated she wasn’t happy with the cover. She wrote on her facebook, “Not happy about the InTouch cover title & we got married in 1999, not 2000, but I love all the pictures. 8 pages! And a Jonas Bro. Crazy! And I love love loved my Pnina Tornai gown. xx.”
Perhaps not continuing to give these interviews and pose for these photos for the same magazine over and over and over again will do the trick.
You can read more about the Giudices’ wedding in the latest issue of In Touch Weekly.
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“Alright so Gia finally has a Twitter account! It’s @TrueGia It’s really her, but her mgr @XistTalentMaria monitors it so be nice! She’s 10!” wrote Teresa, adding, “Love love love you @TrueGia !!! Can’t believe your first tweet was to @BravoAndy though and not me! xx.”
Bravo’s own Andy Cohen also welcomed the 5th grader to the twitter! Andy tweeted to Gia: “@TrueGia omg gia i didn’t see this tweet! i need you to come demo your fierce runway walk on wwhl! XOX.”
Some are however criticizing Teresa for allowing her young daughter to own a twitter account, citing she might be too young to handle all the attention, both good and bad. Teresa however assures us Gia’s account is monitored by an adult.
“Gia’s Twitter @TrueGia is monitored & filtered by her mgr @XistTalentMaria so she will only see/respond to nice msgs xx,” wrote Teresa. It appears this is to help Gia’s career as she’s trying to get into acting and modeling.
As for G to the I-A, the little one appears beyond excited to be on twitter and has been tweeting up a storm. Below are some of Gia’s adorable tweets -
TELL US – OKAY FOR 10-YEAR-OLD GIA TO TWEET? OR DO YOU THINK SHE’S TOO YOUNG?
While talking to the Hollywood Life, Melissa discusses the toll the Gorga/Giudice feud has had on Teresa’s daughter Gia. “Gia’s different, but the kids are still young enough where they don’t know what’s going on [between Teresa and I],” states Melissa, adding that things between her and Teresa are actually OK at the moment, but more on that below.
And when it comes to Ashley Holmes’ volatile relationship with her mother Jacqueline, Melissa actually defends Ashley, 20.“I’ve never seen a bad thing out of Ashley,” Melissa explains. “She’s very respectful to me, to all adults around her.”
“It’s that time of her life, she’s kind of not sure where she wants to be or what she wants to do and it’s a little frustrating for Jacqueline,” adds Melissa, also saying that if she ever has to experience something similar with her now six-year-old daughter Antonia, she’ll hope to work through it. “I want to show her that I’m her friend, but I also want to be her mother. I don’t want her to hate me, but I want her to respect me.”
What is clear is that Melissa will not hesitate to take parenting pointers from the one and only Caroline Manzo! “I look at her and I see a lot of my family with them,” Melissa says of The Caroline. “I love Mama Caroline!”
Melissa also discusses her new single “On Display,” which is currently available for purchase on iTunes. She explains what the song is really all about: “It’s about being on display in your everyday life. It’s your first day at your new job, people are looking at you and watching you… People are looking at you, they’re waiting for you to do something wrong, but you’re not going. You’re standing tall.”
When asked which housewife she would most like to do a duet with, Melissa is smart enough to name the only talented housewife RHOA’s Kandi Burruss!
And in a separate interview with UsWeekly, Melissa reveals that Teresa actually likes her new single, while also opening up some more about the current state of their relationship citing some days are better than others.
“Sometimes it’s awkward. When we watch the show things are said that we had no idea were even said,” says Melissa. “The kids had a play date recently. Are we best friends or together every single day? No. But we try for the kids. At the end of the day we’re family and we are going to be throwing birthday parties and we are going to be at family dinners here and there.”
And speaking of Teresa, she has yet to update her twitter page since last Sunday, Aug. 28, the same day Bravo aired the RHONJ episode which showed her husband Joe Giudice using a gay slur. Bravo has also yet to post the housewives latest blogs but the minute Teresa defends responds to the episode and/or Joe’s comments, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Finally, following her move to Los Angeles over a week ago, Ashley Holmes posted some new pictures of her apartment on her blog. Those pics are below!
No new episode of the RHONJ will air tonight. The show returns with a new episode next week.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK SHE AND TERESA WILL EVER HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP?
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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Bravo offers us a different perspective on the most infamous family feud in reality TV history, and quite possibly everything is the fault of Joe and Joe. Go figure.
Arriving at The Caroline’s parents’ house in the middle of a scary dark woods, making me think this is a Steven King movie instead of an episode of RHoNJ — Caroline explains that Chris Laurita has started a mysterious new business that produces something mysterious and all the employees will be her blessed boys and some other rando nephew who will be setting up office in her parents’ old house.
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However, it’s not Teresa Giudiceand Melissa Gorgafueling the drama this time around, but rather Joe Giudice. In the preview clip below, Joe Gorga reveals his brother-in-law sent him a threatening text message asking him not to come to Teresa’s book signing. Teresa was the one who invited her brother and Melissa by the way.
According to J. Gorga, the text read: “So nice of you and your fake wife to support your sister tonight for the first time. Yous are so fake it makes me ill… I’ll break your jaw. I’ll wire it shut.” J. Gorga also adds that Joe referred to him as a word that was bleeped out in the clip. In another preview clip, it sounds like J. Giudice might have used a gay slur that begins with a letter F. Not certain on that however. No word yet on how Teresa’s going to try to clean this one up.
Also coming up on the 15th episode this season titled “Black as Ink,” Caroline’s pride spills over when her two sons set out to launch their bottled-water line. Meanwhile, Lauren’s grand opening for her cosmetic venture brings Jacqueline together with her daughter.
The episode airs on Bravo at 10/9c and a preview clip is below!
In other RHONJ news, a week after it was revealed her dad and step mom were arrested on charges ranging from arson to money laundering,Ashley Holmes is once again defending her parents.
Earlier this year, Matt Holmes‘ Texas home caught on fire garnering him a $429,000 check from the insurance company. Months later, cops revealed a “credible witness” came forward stating Matt started the fire with kerosene and gasoline. Investigators had already suspected arson so Matt was arrested for arson, insurance fraud, and money laundering while his wife Jodi Holmeswas arrested for money laundering as well. You can read more about that here.
Ashley, who has now decided to start going by Ashlee, posted the following on her twitter page yesterday -
“As most of you know my dad &step mom are going through a VERY hard time right now.. they are not allowed to comment on anything at this time.. but those of you that are close to us know the truth.. the media is eating them alive and of course are saying MANY things that are untrue.. It’s so hard not to be able to tell our side of this, but we will soon! We’re leaving it in Gods hands now & we know that everything will be ok…Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers..xo thank you.”
Meanwhile, as we reported earlier this week, Ashley has moved to California! She made the move days ago and later blogged that she got an internship. “I have an internship waiting there for me with Buzznet & Celebuzz. I recently formed my own LLC. I’m currently working on my own clothing line that I hope to launch by 2012. I am working on building my own website… I am also writing a book,” she wrote.
Fans of the show who keep up with the RHONJ on twitter noticed this week that most, if not all, of the cast took a trip to California. We have to wonder if this has anything to do with Ashley. Only time will tell as Bravo is currently filming the 4th season of the show.
And finally, Ashley made the following tweet just moments ago about former RHONJ star Danielle Staub: “LOL guess who keeps trying to contact my boss @LizzieGrubman BEGGING her to rep her…. ? what a joke #clown #notgonnahappen.” The drama never ends.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOE GIUDICE’S THREATS TO JOE GORGA? PLUS THOUGHTS ON ASHLEY’S COMMENTS & HER MOVE TO CA?
As we reported weeks ago, Bravo is currently filming season 4 of the RHONJ while the 3rd season is still on the air. A rarity for a Housewives series.
Well the Rumor Fix blog is now reporting that Jacqueline is filming her final scenes for Bravo.“It is confirmed that Jacqueline Laurita is now filming her LAST season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey,” states the blog.
“Jacqueline’s six-year contract is still in full force and effect and she is now filming limited scenes for Season Four but she does not want to return for Season Five. She just wants to have her normal life back and she’s hoping that Bravo will allow her to break her contract for the remaining two seasons,” adds the Rumor Fix.
Jacqueline, 41, didn’t help matters when she tweeted days ago, “I’m thinking I’d like 2 go back 2 being a normal family.I miss those days.I’d like us all to focus on positive things & positive people.”
Perhaps she’s over the drama with daughter Ashley Holmes and all the backlash. It has also been rumored that Ashley is barely filming for the new season as Jacqueline and hubby Chris Lauritakicked her out of their home. Ashley, who wants to move to California, is reportedly living in Texas at the moment. And let’s face it, while Jacqueline’s very likable, she’s mostly drama free on the show and doesn’t seem to have much of a storyline without Ashley.
Another factor could be wanting her privacy back. Just days after Ashley’s dad, Matt Holmes, appeared on the show, his arrest for arson, insurance fraud, and money laundering quickly made headlines. Only time will tell if Jacqueline is indeed leaving the show a la Dina Manzo. Jacqueline’s reported exit might also explain her recent blog in which she completely calls out her BFF Teresa Giudice.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT THAT JACQUELINE IS LEAVING RHONJ? IF TRUE, WILL YOU MISS HER?
UPDATE - According to Ashley’s twitter, she moved to LA yesterday. Ashley tweeted yesterday, “I’m moving to LA today!” later adding, “Been here for a total of 10minutes and i already LOVE my new home! #LA !!!!”
Ashley also wrote on her Celebuzz blog, “I have an internship waiting there for me with Buzznet & Celebuzz. I recently formed my own LLC. I’m currently working on my own clothing line that I hope to launch by 2012. I am working on building my own website, that will also be up and running soon. I am also writing a book. I think the content of the book is going to surprise a lot of people, no one REALLY knows me the way they think they do.”
Here’s to hoping she has her finances in order because in the words of Caroline Manzo, “You don’t want to hit rock bottom in California.”