According to reports, a kitchen fire broke out on Tuesday at the Brownstone, before fire officials ultimately stopped the blaze at the establishment. A source reveals it took a total of two hours to get things under control.
Following the incident, Caroline, 49, posted the following on her twitter page – “Thanks for your concern everyone @thebrownstonenj fire is contained no injuries back to business!” Caroline’s son Chris Manzo also chimed in tweeting, “The Brownstone is fine thank u for asking, can’t leave that place for a second.”
Meanwhile, after rumors first came out last year that Bravo had given Caroline’s sons Chris, 22, and Albie Manzo, 25, their own spin-off show, the network announced last week the Manzo boys do indeed have a spin-off albeit a web-spinoff a la Simon van Kempen.
The seven-episode series, which premiered two weeks ago, was shot in Hoboken and will focus on the guys’ lives in their new waterfront bachelor pad. Each episode is roughly about five minutes long and can be seen on Bravotv.com immediately following the airing of the RHONJ.
And finally, just 4 weeks into the third season of the NJ Housewives, Bravo announced the series has been renewed for a fourth season. Not much of a shocker as the show has been receiving pretty darn good ratings. The RHONJ brought in the highest-rated season premiere in Housewives history with 2.87 million total viewers, and has averaged 2.64 million viewers in its first four episodes.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CHRIS & ALBIE’S WEB SPIN-OFF? SURPRISED BY NJ’S HIGH RATINGS? DO VIEWERS LOVE THE DRAMA?
Last night the Real Housewives of New Jersey was all about giving thanks even if you don’t want to. Teresa is thankful her friends still put up with her after all her drama, Jacqueline is thankful that Ashley finally learned how to operate a vacuum cleaner, Caroline is thankful Vito hasn’t proposed so Lauren won’t be leaving her, Melissa is thankful that she has Non-Juicy (?) and Kathy is thankful she can bake. And if I were friends with Kathy, I would be thankful for that too.
The episode started out with Melissa and Non-Juicy grocery shopping for Thanksgiving where Melissa grabs some butt that isn’t Joe’s! Melissa spends the entire shopping trip whining at Non-Juicy until I just zoned out and pretended I was watching Extreme Couponing. Meanwhile at Kathy’s house more yummy cooking is happening since she is making all the deserts for the Gorga-giving celebration. Ruining a perfectly delicious scene is talk of Teresa and Non-Juicy’s “sibling rivalry.” Kathy’s hubby Rich mentions that if Teresa shows up at Gorga-giving something interesting might happen to prevent food coma like another BRAWL! Oh Rich, don’t give the Bravo editors any ideas… Kathy is so distracted by all the Teresa talk she burns some pies and freaks out.
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Teresa Giudice once again graces the cover of In Touch Weekly magazine, this time around under the heading “I’m Over It.” And Teresa, 39, isn’t really over the show, but more over her first cousin Kathy Wakile, 45, whom she feels has turned on her.
“Kathy’s trash-talking me,” Teresa complains. “Really, she’s kind of two-faced and she’s taken it to a whole other level. Everyone who watches the show will eventually see that side of her.”
Teresa goes on to reveal that she and Kathy were more like sisters than cousins growing up, and continued to be close, until Kathy switched her allegiance to her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. “Kathy’s really tight with Melissa,” she notes.
Teresa adds that Kathy’s budding friendship with Melissa isn’t the only problem but that she also feels betrayed when Kathy allows her husband, Richie Wakile, to tease her. “He’s always on me, saying stupid stuff like, ‘How many times have you gone to the mall this week Teresa?’ He is very arrogant, and Kathy never sticks up for me.”
As for Kathy, she wrote in her Bravo blog recently: “[Richie] is a joker and likes to tease everyone. To quote my husband, he doesn’t give a ‘rat’s ass’ about how much Teresa spends.” Teresa goes on to add that she’s tired of being the punching bag for her relatives. “How can they treat me like this? I’m just over it!” she states. Seems like everyone else is the problem except for Teresa.
You can read more of Teresa’s interview in the current issue of In Touch Weekly.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the NJ Housewives. On the 4th episode this season titled, “Gobblefellas,” the wives’ Thanksgiving is stuffed with drama, resentment and regret. Divisions mark Turkey Day when Teresa presides over a “friendsgiving” feast for only Jacqueline, Caroline and their families. Conversely, the Gorgas host a separate get-together with the Wakiles.
It airs at 9/8c. A preview clip is below -
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Reality Tea can now report that sisters Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo don’t appear to be on good terms. Whispers of a drift first began to arise as the two sisters have yet to be photographed together in months. In fact, the last picture we could find of them together dates back to last September.
The whispers grew louder as Caroline and the NJ Housewives hosted a premiere party at the Brownstone weeks ago, with Teresa hosting a separate party for herself. Dina chose to attend Teresa’s party. Dina also hosted an event for her Lady Bug charity on May 23 at The Brownstone (Dina’s husband Tommy Manzo is a co-owner with Caroline’s husband Albert Manzo), and while Teresa attended Dina’s event and was photographed with her, Caroline who was at the event with daughter Lauren, did not appear in any press photos (wireimages/gettyimages) with Dina.
And in Teresa’s Bravo blog this week, she alludes to Caroline having a feud with a sibling though she doesn’t mention Dina by name. Excerpts below -
“There are many parts of our lives that you don’t see. This episode you didn’t see my girls at all! You don’t see a lot of other people that are in all of our lives. You dont see Caroline’s other brothers and sisters and their family dynamic, for better or worse… Everyone keeps asking about my friendship with Caroline and Jacqueline. There is no feud. We all love each other. But as Caroline pointed out this week, we aren’t each other’s only friends. Jacqueline and I are very close, Dina and I are too. Caroline, while I’ve known her for years, is their big sister. I love her and I respect her, but she was never part of our group outside of family functions… I’m not the type of person to tell you how to live your life, because who am I to judge? I’m not perfect, and if I gave you advice on how to fix your problem when I have the same problem I can’t fix, it just doesn’t seem right.“
We did a little more digging and came across a recent post by the Reality Crack House blog this week in which a NJ Housewives insider reveals that the two sisters are indeed no longer on good terms. “They don’t speak, they haven’t for a while,” said the insider.
The final nail in the coffin? As of our last check yesterday (Wednesday) night, the two sisters are no longer following each other on twitter. Dina no longer follows Caroline, and a look at Caroline’s list of the 241 people she follows does not include her baby sister Dina. The two were in fact following each other at one point.
Teresa does seem to make a valid point (no hell has yet to freeze over) as it does appear a bit hypocritical for Caroline to be overly assertive in advising Teresa on her family feud with brother Joe Gorga, when she seems to have the same exact issue with her own younger sister. No word yet on what caused the rift between the two sisters.
Photo credit – WENN.
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UPDATE – Caroline tweeted the photo below of her and Dina from the Lady Bug event with the caption,”I hate viscous people. Sorry to disappoint.” No word yet on why she no longer follows Dina on twitter despite following Teresa, Jacqueline and even newbie Melissa.
Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was all about the careful, delicate process of making amends which is almost as painstaking and precarious as writing the perfect cookbook. Melissa changes strategies regarding the infamous feud,Kathy gets the Caroline-treatment, Teresadecides she is going to learn how to write, Jacqueline deals with bratty friends and bratty daughters, and Caroline is forced to mediate some Gorga-drama.
Things start off with a flabbergasted Kathy telling husband Rich about the events at the Posche Trashion Show. Kathy, worried that she may be blackballed from The Brownstone after angering The Caroline, needs to make amends and explain she wasn’t trying to pull a Gorga and cause a big scene in public. After all, she couldn’t help it because she was talking to Teresa and it’s in Teresa’s genes to flip out in public and cause a HUGE scene. Kathy is also surprised that her attempt to have an adult conversation with Teresa didn’t go well. Wait – hasn’t Kathy known Teresa her entire life? How is this shocking to her?
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On the third episode this season titled “Sealed With a Diss,” Jacqueline is haunted by her past as her relationship with daughter Ashley continues to weaken. Meanwhile Teresa is still fighting to mend issues with her family, hoping a letter to her brother will start the process. Caroline lends her advice to make sure that Teresa doesn’t make the situation worse than it already is. And family drama isn’t the only thing that Caroline has on her mind as her two boys, Chris and Albie are moving out of their NJ home and heading to their own apartment.
The episode airs at 9/8c on Bravo and a preview clip is below.
Meanwhile, after her failed attempt to help her cousin Teresa Giudice reconcile with her brother on last week’s episode, newbie Kathy Wakile is defending herself today. In a new interview, Kathy states that her intentions were good in reaching out to Teresa.
“It’s never been a team for me. I never wanted to choose between Melissa or Teresa. As I said before, I grew up with Teresa. Teresa is my cousin and I love her,” says Kathy to Zap2It. “I looked at her like a little sister. When Joe and Melissa got married, I looked at Melissa like a cousin too. And we all got along really, really well initially. And what happened was Teresa’s life got busier.”
Kathy adds that as Teresa got busier, she got closer with Melissa Gorga. “It wasn’t a divide that was intentional by any means,” she says. “But still sometimes Teresa sees it that way. It was not intended to be that way.”
And when it comes to the talk with Teresa at the fashion show, during which Teresa lost her temper when she thought Kathy was criticizing her as a mother, Kathy expresses regret at the whole situation. “I wish that I had just turned and walked away,” she states. “And said, ‘You know what? This is not gonna be good.’ And I didn’t, if you notice, I didn’t speak to her or try to talk to her in a threatening way. I took her in a different room, so we could have some quiet and not have everyone be involved. And you know, I did not attack her… Yes, she says I talked to her in soft voice, well I did, yeah. I didn’t go as the aggressor. I didn’t try to attack her. I was talking to her from a place of love.”
Kathy goes on to state that she “didn’t blame [Teresa] for not knowing where her children were.” She adds, “She took it that I was trying to [question her mothering]. And I was not at all.”
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The cover teases Teresa and Joe might have split up with the headline “Teresa’s Shocking Split.” And inside the article, Joe Guidice admits he and Teresa have been having fights over her brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa. In fact Joe admitted he once went a week without talking to Teresa after a fight.
The In Touch story was all the more surprising since Teresa sold gave an exclusive interview to the mag. So is their marriage on the rocks? “Of course not!” Teresa tells Popeater. “Joe and I were just in Miami together for our birthdays, and we’re in San Diego together right now for my ‘Fabulicious’ book tour. ”
When asked about the In Touch cover touting her “shocking split,” Teresa stated that “you’re not supposed to judge a magazine by its cover.” Allrighty. Also below are two photos from the In Touch article of a younger Teresa and her little brother Joe .
Meanwhile, Teresa recently hit the beach with hubby Juicy Joe. The 39-year-old mother of four showed off her rocking bikini body in a sparkly green bikini in Miami Beach. The couple was in Florida as a part of Teresa’s book tour for her latest cookbook, Fabulicious, and also to celebrate Juicy’s birthday!
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 Gorgacalled 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!”
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