Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion from hell gave me stress-induced anxiety, like for real! I could not guzzle the wine fast enough! The rage was palpable and the ladies were down right dirty. This made RHONY’s reunion seem almost tolerable. Did I just type that?!
First of all, does anyone remember that notorious website Socialite Rank? Well, I wish we had a website devoted to Housewives Ranking, called of course, Housewives Rank, because if we did TheCaroline and Teresa would be neck and neck for bottom of the heap after last night’s dreadful performance! Melissa had her moments of dirty as well, and for the most part Kathy kept her hands clean and imagined beautiful beaches and escape. Me too, Kath!
*Simple Disclaimer – I am a woman without a housewife – I play no favorites. I participate in equal opportunity snarking. All the ladies are ridiculous to a degree (yes, some more than others) and I like to spread the snark around!
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As we reported days ago, Caroline Manzo finally admitted there is indeed a rift between her and sister Dina Manzo in a preview clip for the show’s reunion. Even worse, Caroline blamed Teresa Giudice for straining her relationship with Dina.
But what’s even more surprising is the fact that Dina continues to be BFF with Caroline’s new enemy Teresa while shunning her own sister.
And today, we now have exclusive details on the real deal when it comes to Dina and Tre’s friendship. According to our RHONJ insider, the friendship between Dina and Teresa is pretty much fake as the only time the two hang out together is when there are cameras around. Our source states the two are simply using each other for different reasons — more so Dina than Teresa.
“Dina’s Party (Dina’s HGTV show) isn’t getting such rave reviews. It sure isn’t a hit show. So, she is desperate to stay relevant. Teresa was seen filming with her. That is why they remain friends,” says the insider. “Dina who claims she hates all the BS hangs out with the biggest trouble maker of all. But, Dina is no dummy. She does it to stay on the map. Dina also uses Teresa to make appearances because she knows she gets a larger crowd at her Ladybug events.”
“Teresa and Dina’s friendship was totally played up for the show. They never see each other. The only time they do is when they are using each other for business,” reveals our source adding that Dina “knows Teresa is a trouble maker and doesn’t agree with what she does.”
As for what caused the rift between Dina and Caroline, our source states it all started when Caroline refused to quit the RHONJ. “Caroline and Dina have had a strained relationship since Dina left the show. When Dina left she wanted Caroline to leave as well. It really is a mess. This show has screwed up so many relationships.”
Our source also insists Dina left the show not so much because of Danielle Staub but because of her husband Tommy Manzo — who never appeared on camera. “Dina’s husband Tommy told Dina she HAD to leave the show. She had no choice in the matter.”
The insider adds that Dina is “NOT happy” that Teresa revealed her feud with Caroline on the reunion show. However, “Dina won’t dare stay mad at Teresa since she hopes she chooses Project Ladybug as her charity on Celebrity Apprentice. It is one big circle of using people.”
Indeed, Teresa began filming Celebrity Apprentice a few days ago. No word yet on whether or not she chose Dina’s Project Ladybug as her charity.
As for Dina, she started receiving some backlash from RHONJ fans who feel she is taking Teresa’s side over her sister Caroline’s. She then took to twitter to defend herself.
“Eww getting some MEAN tweets. I didn’t take sides, don’t assume~didn’t even know they were not getting along until recently~I’m not involved,” tweeted Dina.
She later added: “If I get one more tweet about this I may scream. TERESA HAD NO IMPACT ON MY RELATIONSHIP WITH ANYONE. Give it a rest tweeple it’s annoying.”
While Dina and Teresa are phony BFFs, it’s still incredibly hard to believe she had no idea Teresa and Caroline were feuding as they have been for a while now. Sounds like she is using that to excuse her choice to continue to hang around Teresa (not that she needs to to end her friendship with Teresa over Caroline). The two were pictured above recently during Teresa launch party for her Fabellini wine on October 7th. Our insider tells us Dina was only at the party for about an hour.
Moving on to tonight’s RHONJ reunion part 1 in what Bravo promises is the most explosive RHONJ reunion yet! It airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below!
On October 12, Bravo’s RHONJ cast members — Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile— visited New York City to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell. Missing in action was Jacqueline Laurita who has also been absent from recent publicity events and interviews for the show. No word yet on whether this is Bravo’s doing due to Jacqueline skipping the reunion, or perhaps it’s Jacqueline’s choice to skip these events. Either way, more photos of the cast below!
Also below Teresa Giudice hosted a birthday party for her daughters Audriana and Gabriella Giudice at Space Odyssey on October 9, 2011 in Englewood, New Jersey. Gabriella was celebrating her 7th birthday while Audriana turned 2! Those photos are also below!
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The Celebrity Apprentice casting rumors continue to swirl and speculation that Teresa Giudice will be part of the cast is stronger than ever! They better hurry up and decide as filming is expected to begin next week!
Insiders confirm that former swimsuit model, Cheryl Tiegs and race car driver, Marco Andretti are definitely in the line-up!
Tiegs has been on a couple of reality shows herself, including ABC’s short-lived True Beauty, but Andretti’s experience in the reality circuit mostly stems from post-race interviews. Hey, at least he’s likely cool under pressure!
Insiders close to the show also reveal that the fifth season will feature not one, but TWO loud-mouthed Italian princesses: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s infamous table flipping, cookbook shilling mama who took bankruptcy to a whole new level, Teresa Giudice and notorious mob-daughter, Victoria Gotti, star of Growing Up Gottia reality show of yore and the author of several books – who has also had some financial and legal troubles of her own! Oh, please let this rumor be true! The drama, oh the heavenly drama!
Teresa, who possibly beat out her RHONJ co-star and current nemesis Caroline Manzo for a spot on the show, has Caroline’s camp claiming she recommended the business-savvy Jersian to Senor Trump after she turned their offer down. Team Trump denounces this rumor as not even 1/16th true. I wonder if Project Ladybug, charity of Teresa’s only remaining friend, Dina Manzo, will be her cause of choice?
Also speculated to be included in the cast is Debbie Gibson – oh excuse me Deborah Gibson – who sowed her reality TV oats on Skating With The Celebrities (yeah, I don’t remember it either) and a stint on WWHL! Deborah “I Think We’re Alone Now” Gibson seems level-headed and kind of sweet; which means underneath it all the former teen pop prodigy is likely a majah drama queen!
Finally, almost American Idolwinner, Clay Aiken, who has been largely out of the spotlight as of late, might be making his triumphant return to the teevee! And I truly think the philanthropic and low-key Aiken would be a great asset to any Celebrity Apprentice team. The real question is, can he handle the out-of-control drama that is Mrs. T-Money Giudice? Probably not.
Thoughts on the rumored casting lineup? Are you excited about the possibility of a Giudice vs. Gotti throwdown or tired of the cray-cray?
The latest is Caroline Manzo is finally speaking out against her former friend and costar Teresa Giudice. Following Sunday night’s finale which revealed the growing rift between the two ladies, The Caroline is not mincing her words when it comes to Tre! The drama began when Teresa insulted Caroline by stating she is “as Italian as the Olive Garden,” and then to add insult to injury, she also took a shot at Caroline’s son Christopher Manzo in her cookbook.
In an interview with Life & Style magazine, Caroline, 50, states fame has changed Teresa, 39. “I’m done with her,” Caroline states. “We’re housewives, nothing more,” Caroline asserts. “But she believes she’s Angelina Jolie or something!”
“She’s a bully,” Caroline adds. “She crossed the line in so many ways in trying to maintain this image that she has, that there were no boundaries.”
Oh but there’s more! In a separate interview with The Insider, Caroline accuses Teresa of playing the victim. “You don’t have the right to play the victim when you’re the one doing all the hitting,” said Caroline. “Everybody here wants to hug… Everybody loves each other here, it’s all love.”
Teresa apparently sees herself as the victim as she blogged last week: ” The whole time we were filming, I had no idea what other people were saying about me. I just assumed they were all my friends.”
Caroline, who had remained loyal to Teresa on the show, almost to a fault, then goes on to admit she even mistreated Teresa’s sworn enemies family members Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile based on what Teresa had told her about them.
“I was awful to them, awful to them. [Kathy] came to my house, this poor thing — her angel wings are underneath the dress, you don’t see them — and I abused her. Because I had a preconceived notion about who they were, and it was so far from the truth,” said Caroline.
Caroline finishes the interview stating: “Why should I feel sorry for somebody that walks away from people that want to help her, that walks away from love and tries to hurt?”
A former friend of Teresa’s tells Life & Style: “She is just not the same person. When filming began on the show, she seemed so sweet but now she doesn’t seem to care about the people around her.”
Our RHONJ insider told us Teresa is now friendless as evident by the fact that none of her RHONJ castmates attended her recent party to launch her Fabellini wine with the exception of Dina Manzo.
And speaking of Dina, Caroline is finally confirming what we reported a while back. Back in June, we broke the news that Caroline and her sister Dina were no longer on speaking terms. A source confirmed the story to us back then in addition to the fact that the two sisters stopped following each other on twitter.
Back then Caroline denied the feud, perhaps wanting to protect her family, but in a new preview clip for the upcoming reunion, she finally comes clean. In fact she blames Teresa for straining her relationship with Dina.
In the clip below, Teresa says to Caroline, “No wonder why Dina doesn’t want to talk to you! Like, what happened to you?” Caroline responds: “I lost a lot of my relationship with her.” Andy Cohen then asks, “With Dina?” Caroline states, “Yeah.” Andy asks over what, and Caroline right at Teresa and says, “I’m looking at you.” Whoa!
Part 1 of the reunion airs this Sunday on Bravo at 10/9c.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE’S COMMENTS? DO YOU AGREE THAT TERESA IS A BULLY AND PLAYING VICTIM? THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE NOT TALKING TO DINA & BLAMING TERESA?
Teresa Giudice says to Caroline, “No wonder why Dina doesn’t want to talk to you! Like, what happened to you?” Caroline says, “I lost a lot of my relationship with her.” Andy asks, “With Dina?” Caroline says, “Yeah,” and when Andy asks over what, Caroline looks to Teresa and says, “I’m looking at you.”
Weeks after Joe Giudicewas photographed having an intimate dinner with a mystery woman, Reality Tea can now reveal the identity of the woman!
WhileTeresa Giudicewas busy stirring up drama attending the Posche Fashion Show on September 27, Joe, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, was photographed having dinner at a local TGI Fridays with a mystery brunette. RadarOnline was the first to publish the photo.
Well our RHONJ insider is now alleging to us that the mystery lady is Davana Medina, a divorced 37-year-old professional female body builder. And while Teresa came out stating the lady photographed with Joe was simply a family friend, the insider tells Reality Tea that is not the case.
The insider alleges that Davana used to date Joe’s brother Pete Giudice way way back in the day. “She used to “hook up” with Pete Giudice when they were younger. They have known each other a long time,” says the source. “But she sure is not a “family” friend as Teresa stated. [Teresa] had no idea he was going out with her that night. It is rumored that they have been seeing each other for years.”
The same insider revealed last week that Teresa was “a mess” and very “upset” over the Joe cheating allegations, adding that she “has accused him of infidelity many times over the years.”
A different source tells Life & Style magazine: “Joe actually used to date Davana’s sister before he married Teresa,” reveals a former friend of Davana’s. “But Joe was very close to Davana, as well. He’s been at her house many times, late at night.” Yikes.
As for Teresa, she stated in a recent interview that she would leave Joe if he cheated on her. More photos of Davana below.
In other RHONJ news, Teresa is firing back at costar Caroline Manzo following Sunday night’s dramatic season 3 finale! In a blog posted on her website, Teresa claims the comments she made about Caroline in her Fabulicious book ware simply jokes (Isn’t it funny how she never does anything wrong?) and also goes on to accuse Caroline of being jealous of her cookbook success. Below are excerpts from Tre’s blog –
“I remember when I was writing my very first book proposal, Caroline was also trying to sell her own cookbook (and 5 other Housewives were too!). Caroline told me I was doing it wrong, that I wasn’t smart enough, that I didn’t have the right agent, the right co-writer, the right anything. I took her criticism like I always do, with a smile, and did what I wanted to anyway. And my book got picked up. Caroline’s didn’t. Not one publisher wanted it. I don’t know why. I wish everyone success in all they do, but I can’t help it hers didn’t get published. “
“What I wrote about the Manzos in Fabulicious! was the same thing: a joke. And not even a mean joke, a repeated joke that was made up for a fake feud on the “Rachel Ray” show…. To be honest, I don’t think Caroline is really upset. I think she’s trying to make up a reason to be mad at me and she doesn’t have anything else because I’ve never done anything to her or her family…”
Below is the excerpt from Teresa’s book that set Caroline off. Not quite seeing the humor in it…
“Unlike some of the other “Housewives,” I do not condone young girls stripping to bring in business to a car wash, old ladies in hot pants climbing up on a pole to bring their sexy back, or videotaping yourself in any state of undress at any time.”
TELL US – DO YOU THINK JOE’S CHEATING? ARE YOU BUYING TRE’S CLAIMS THAT HER COMMENTS WERE A JOKE? DO YOU THINK CAROLINE IS JEALOUS OF HER SUCCESS?
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Well, finally – finally – we reached the season finale to the arduous, tortuous, never-ending season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. And it was kinda disappointing, no? Maybe cause we already knew what was happening real time.
Things start off with Melissa meeting with Teresa’s her stylist, because she is an over-the-hill wannabe pop star and over-the-hill wannabe pop stars need to look good! Really booby and trampy apparently = good. Melissa’s stylist, or is it Teresa’s stylist, suggests she wrap a scarf around her boobs and wear it as a shirt. Right. Let me get this straight: TWO WOMEN are paying this woman money to make them look like hookers and fighting over who she styles? There is some issue about how Teresa didn’t want her to also style Melissa. Maybe she wanted Melissa to actually look good?
While Terlissa’s stylist is there, Melissa gets a call from Teresa about the family photoshoot they are planning. Melissa claims this is the first family photo shoot she and Joe have been invited to and she is excited to put the past behind her and move forward. Why do I not believe her?
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While things reached a boiling point during the Posche Fashion Show two weeks ago when Teresa reportedly plotted to expose Melissa Gorga as a past stripper, a RHONJ insider tells us Caroline and Jacqueline had stopped talking to Teresa before that event.
The reason? The two have had it with her after seeing her true colors. “They have seen the real Teresa through this last season with Melissa. Melissa is very close with Jacqueline and Caroline,” reveals the insider.
While Joe Gorga’sscreaming match with Kim D. at the Posche fashion show has been widely reported, our insider adds that Jacqueline and Teresa also got into a big fight that night. In fact the two former BFFs will be seen getting into A LOT of fights on the upcoming 4th season which is still filming at the moment.
Another reason for the tension between Caroline/Jacqueline and Teresa also has to do with Teresa’s many business ventures. Apparently, Teresa has been stepping on Jacqueline and Caroline’s toes by entering into businesses she knew they were planning to do.
“Teresa knew what Jacqueline and Caroline were working on as far as business deals and Teresa went behind their backs and copied what they were doing…. in other words she stole their ideas to make money,” said the insider. Yikes!
Our source adds that Caroline and Jacqueline are absolutely done with Teresa! “Jacqueline and Caroline think Teresa is a liar, vindictive, and so into the fame that she doesn’t care about anything anymore. Teresa will sabotage anyone to remain relevant.”
And while Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakilehave been diplomatic with their recent public comments about Teresa, our NJ insider reveals that she continues to remain friendless as none of her RHONJ cast members attended the party to launch her Fabellini wine on Friday night.
“None of the other women, their husbands, or children were in attendance. Not one cast member was present. She has burned every bridge she had,” says the insider. “Dina Manzo was there for less than an hour. None of Teresa’s “friends” were there. It was all family and the Bravo crew.”
Also in attendance was Teresa’s brother-in-law Pete Giudice and his wife Sheila Giudice. It has been rumored that Bravo is considering bringing Sheila on for season five.
Our insider adds that Sheila, who isn’t a fan of Teresa’s, is desperate to be on the show and has now switched her alliance from Team Melissa to Team Teresa! With the reports of Caroline and Jacqueline leaving the show after season 4, it will be interesting to see if Bravo decides to bring Sheila on.
Moving on to tonight’s finale/the 19th episode this season, below is a preview clip —
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Melissa Gorga and Jay Mohr! Shoould be a good one!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REASONS CAROLINE & JACQUELINE ARE NO LONGER TALKING TO TERESA? THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S FINALE?
UPDATE – As seen in the above preview clip, Caroline is not only ticked at what Teresa wrote about her in the cookbook but at also what Teresa wrote about her son Christopher Manzo. Below is what Teresa said about Chris via two excerpts from her cookbook –
“This is a family cookbook! Unlike some of the other “Housewives,” I do not condone young girls stripping to bring in business to a car wash, old ladies in hot pants climbing up on a pole to bring their sexy back, or videotaping yourself in any state of undress at any time. “
“That’s how it is with us Italians… We spoil our kids rotten, so much that they never want to leave home. Albie and Christopher Manzo are adorable, but don’t let them fool you. Their “L” in “GTL” (Gym-Tanning-Laundry) is “Leave it for Mom.” That’s just how it is, and how we moms like it.”