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Earlier this week I spoke with Melissa Gorga. I had no expectations going into the conversation and I was very excited to get her perspective on the drama that has encapsulated her life since joining the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

First of all, I have to admit – it's very strange to speak to someone that you see on television. We as viewers are so close to these reality stars lives, yet so far away. We are offered a very limited glimpse of the truth and yet it feels far more personal than that. RHONJ has captivated fans more than any other Housewives series because, not only are the women former close friends, they are family and their drama is palpable and relatable.

Melissa understands this and was candid about discussing it. Watching the show last season I had so many questions to ask the women directly and it was amazing to get the opportunity to do so in person.

Melissa was open, honest, and heart-felt in her answers and was very forthcoming about her family drama, her feelings on reality television, and the opportunities it has presented for her and her family. She strikes me as a down-to-earth person who has a supportive marriage and a positive outlook on life. I asked Melissa questions I wanted answers to and she answered each one willingly.

It was more like a conversation than an interview. Sadly, she didn't say "Thank you, Jesus!" once. I was hoping for it! An excerpt from our conversation is below:

RT: What was your first season of being on a reality TV show like?

MG: "It was crazy, I guess. I wasn't used to it, but now it's kinda – I'm easy with it. When it was airing last season I was a little uncomfortable. I was, like, what did I do? Why am I putting my life out there like this? But now, it's just a way of life. Our show, it's about family and it's real. Everybody goes through it with family. Everybody has in-law issues, and sister-in-law issues, so we just kinda put it out there."

"I've been very lucky," Melissa adds. "Things have been good."

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Teresa Giudice finally gave Donald Trump the sparks he was asking for when she got into it with Debbie Gibson on last Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice. She even decided to insult Debbie’s choice of wardrobe for the occasion like there was some kind of dress code. In an interview with Zap2It, Debbie insists she was happy to be done with the show: “Once the potshots started, I was glad [to leave]. I can take constructive and professional criticism.”

Wait, so “your tits are hanging out” isn’t professional criticism? That explains a lot. What’s even more interesting is Debbie’s revelation that, post show, she found out she had actually fund-raised more money for the guidebook challenge than chopping block-mate Dayana Mendoza. That makes the inclusion of Aubrey O’Day, who raised less money than both of them, even more suspect. But we all know Dayana’s money is worth more to Donald because it came from Dayana’s model friends. If there’s one thing that man likes, it’s to look at, and discuss tall, thin women. It’s not hard to do the math here.

But, in Dayana’s defense, Debbie has this to say: “I don’t think she was the hardest worker or the most creative, but she certainly wasn’t a problem. They were calling her distracting, and I thought it was all a bit contrived.”

Does Debbie’s former ally Lisa Lampanelli know that Debbie was quoted saying something positive about Lisa’s Venezuelan nemesis? Is Debbie a new target for Lisa’s humor?

In another interview on Debbie’s post-firing tour, she tells The Deadbolt that she still doesn’t understand why Teresa was so angry with her in the boardroom. “Teresa never delegated anything to do with the visuals for the kiosk for where we were selling the book. She never delegated it. It wasn’t my job to wonder who she delegated that to.” I felt the same way when watching the episode. When Debbie brought up the kiosk to Teresa in the war room, Teresa looked at Debbie like she had four heads. The kiosk was kinda essential to their task and should have been a priority.

In response, Teresa blames the editing and says, “I’m the one who actually thought about that at some point later in the day and that translated to I was setting her up. If I was setting her up, I wouldn’t have brought it up at all and we would’ve shown up and had an undecorated kiosk.” Actually, if they’d had a bad kiosk, Trump would have taken that as poor management, not the under-handed strategy Teresa thinks. She would have been fired.

In the end, Debbie thinks she was let go for the very original reason of “jealousy.”I don’t really get it. I just think she wanted me gone. Maybe she was threatened at that point because I was a strong player. I don’t really know what her deal was.”

In other Teresa news, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s fourth season is just around the corner! So, it’s time for the ladies to do their media blitz. While watching the preview, it’s clear that Teresa will continue to be the odd man out, a complete turn around from the beginning of the series. In an interview with Star, Teresa shares how the show has destroyed her relationship with Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo.

“Jacqueline and I had a wonderful relationship for about 10 years. We were great friends, but not anymore. It’s so sad. We actually went through a ‘friends divorce,’ which is so hard. Then, Jacqueline basically attacked me on the show about a magazine article that said I was going to jail. She was upset that she hadn’t heard it directly from me, but I wasn’t going to jail … the whole thing was so ridiculous.”

She says both Jaq and Caroline “take everything that is small, and turn it into something serious.” Like an innocent joke in a cookbook. Loosen up Manzo-Lauritas!

Teresa also has choice words for her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, saying “I felt deceived.” It’s not hard to see why, when it’s clear that Melissa was cast to not only bring the real tension they’d been experiencing for years onto the show, but also to create more drama. That Christening episode last season is still one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen on television. And as you all know, I recap Bad Girls Club! But the issues between the Gorgas and Giudices are so deep and so ugly, and I can understand why Teresa would be upset.

Sadly, she reveals she’s estranged from her brother Joe. “I haven’t spoken to my brother since before Christmas. We haven’t gone this long without talking in my whole life! I’d have to say that reality TV ruined our family, and it’s a disgrace.”

DO YOU THINK DEBBIE WAS FIRED UNFAIRLY FROM CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? DO YOU THINK REALITY TELEVISION RUINED TERESA’S FAMILY?

Our Teresa Giudice, the little table flipper that could, is finally set to be Project Manager on tonight’s Celebrity Apprentice. The housewife best known for her juicy, bankruptcy-filing husband and fiery temper has kept her cool so far, but taking on the job of PM always brings out the fireworks.

In a recent interview with US Magazine, Teresa insists that Celebrity Apprentice is “cattier” than housewives because “you’re with a bunch of people you met for the first time.” Teresa says, “You really don’t care what the other person thinks of you and if you say something, you’ll just say it.” I don’t know if I buy this theory. On housewives, Teresa’s own brother and sister-in-law have said some pretty awful things about her, and I would say the Manzo brigade have been a lot cattier towards Teresa than her apprentice co-stars could ever be.

On her own blog, Teresa devotes an entire post to co-star Aubrey O’Day, and she insists that we would all love Aubrey if we just got to know her like she did. Maybe, but I think I’ll pass on living with Aubrey. Teresa blames Aubrey’s loud, verbose personality on the tyranny of youth:

The thing is, she’s young and she’s a little hyper and she talks a LOT. It does aggravate other people on CA, I can see how it looks to the viewers, but here’s how I see it: she’s young. I was the same way at 27. You’re just on fire to prove to the world how smart you are. In your 30s, you settle down a bit. She’s still fighting and I love that about her.

Teresa even went over to Aubrey’s apartment and stood by while Aubrey did her weekly Ustream show, popping in a bit to talk about Celebrity Apprentice and awkwardly answer questions from their Ustream chat room. Watch what happens when someone asks them who they think is “the sexiest” male on the show. Teresa comes in at the 11:00 minute mark.

Soon your television will soon be all Teresa, all the time, with the premiere of the fourth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo on April 22. Teresa mentions the insane third season reunion in her US Magazine interview; that reunion was filmed while season four production had already started, so it was kinda nuts mixing up the drama. “The [season 3] reunion was really confusing, because we were taping season 4, so that’s why it didn’t go in sync with [the episodes that aired at the time]. Season 4 is definitely an eyeopener and it’s going to answer a lot of people’s questions.”

All of this attention should bode well for the May 15 release of Teresa’s third book, Fabulicious! Fast and Fit. I checked and Teresa’s “ghostwriter,” or “co-writer” Heather McLean depending on who you choose to believe, is listed on Amazon as a “Contributor.” Heather, apparently “contributed” to Teresa’s two other books.

Those royalty checks will be nice for Teresa, who TMZ spotted shopping at Marshall’s last week. How decidedly not fabulous! I hope she paid in cash. A photo of Teresa caught shopping at Marshall’s is below!

DO YOU THINK TERESA HAS A CHANCE OF WINNING CELEBRITY APPRENTICE?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE TERESA BARGAIN SHOPPING!


Following the release of the dramatic preview of the upcoming Real Housewives of New Jersey season 4, Teresa Giudice is now speaking out on the new season.

In case you have yet to see the video, it can be pretty much summed up in three words – Everybody vs. Tre! “I am still saddened by what transpired,” Teresa tells PEOPLE magazine of shooting the new season. “There are a lot of hurtful and shocking moments.”

When it comes to the new feud with costars Caroline Manzo and Jacqueilne Laurita, Teresa says: “One thing I have noticed is that some people tend to change when the cameras are rolling.”

And in very unusual Teresa fashion, she appears to take some responsibility for her role in all the drama. “I live in the moment and nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes and in retrospect there are times where I would have handled a situation differently,” admits Teresa. Wooow.

Back to sounding like the Tre we’ve all come to know and love, Teresa makes it clear she is a fighter! “I am a strong woman and it is important for me to defend my character if it is being assassinated,” she said. “It was a very difficult to go through and especially hurtful when family is involved.”

Teresa also gave a brief interview to Star magazine, during which she made it clear her baby factory is closed for business! “If you ask Joe, he’d want us to have another baby,” reveals Teresa, 39. “But I’m happy with my four girls! I don’t want to stretch myself too thin.”

In other Teresa news, her daughter Gia Giudice will be appearing on an upcoming episode of the controversial Toddlers & Tiaras! But fret not as Gia, 10, won’t be competing in a pageant, but rather her dance group is performing in one of the pageants.

Over the weekend, Teresa tweeted a photo of Gia in her dance costume (posted below) later adding: “So here’s the unbelievable part: the pageant Gia is performing at is serious business. It’s being taped for “Toddlers & Tiaras”…” While backstage at the pageant, Teresa also ran into one of the contestants – a little girl who was dressed like her! That photo is below as well.

Meanwhile, our RHONJ insider tells us: “Teresa is still desperate to have Gia be a star. The woman who has been Gia’s manager filmed for Toddlers and Tiaras. Gia danced with her dance group at the event. Xisit Talent is involved with pageants now.” The source alleges: “Gia is so young and hanging out with kids a LOT older then her. Gia is closer to her manager these days then her own mother.”

And finally, Teresa continues to promote her Fabellini wine as she held a bottle signing at Shoprite Liquors in Lincoln Park, NJ on March 24. Those photos are also below!

[Photo Credit: C.Smith/WENN.com]

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW? SURPRISED SHE TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER ACTIONS? THOUGHTS ON GIA APPEARING ON TODDLERS & TIARAS?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR ALL THE PHOTOS!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga celebrated her 33rd birthday this week with the help of her costars!

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 hubby Joe 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 Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3

They’re baaaack!

Bravo has just released the first preview of the Real Housewives of New Jersey season four, and boy oh boy, it might just be the most dramatic yet!

Yes, we’ve spent the last few months reading all about the drama, but folks, seeing it in motion is tres better! Returning for the new season are all of the season three housewives: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile.

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.”

PHOTOS – MELISSA GORGA HOSTS A BOTTLE SIGNING!

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?

So it seems that since being fired let go by Bravo, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub has, yet, to move on to bigger and better!

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!

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