Oh reality television stars… you never cease to amaze me. One of the greatest things about reality TV is scathing, over the top, out of control ridiculous cat fights, arguments, and behind the back insults. It’s what differentiates reality from reality TV. See, I would never call someone a “dumb drag queen” … but in the wilds of reality TV, anything goes!
Reality Tea has compiled a list of some of our favorite reality TV insults. Below is some delightful footage of our hardworking stars doing what they do best – acting nutty and getting paid to do so! Let the memories come flooding back.
A small part of me wonders if all the drama on Real Housewives of New Jersey is a publicity stunt. I just cannot believe family members and friends can be so vitriolic towards each other. After some serious drama during the taping of The View last week, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga continued their escalating drama on Twitter AND in their personal blogs.
On her Fabulicous website, Teresa told her side of the story about why she demanded a solo taping on The View. Teresa explains that she wasn’t aware of what Melissa and cousin Kathy Wakile said during their segment until watching it from her Miami hotel room yesterday.
“It’s hard to get your thoughts straight when you’re being interviewed for TV — especially when you’re trying to talk to 5 women at once like on The View and there are no ‘retakes.’
I only heard today that Melissa called me a liar or a fibber or whatever, when the press started calling me for my response. I’ve been telling the same story–the truth–since it happened. Suddenly Melissa has a new answer for it, fresh from her new PR people: it’ a lie and it’s my ‘crutch.’ Are you kidding me?”
As reported last week, Joe Guidice is facing potential jail time due to all his shady dealings regarding his counterfeit driver’s license. The prosecutor isn’t likely to come to a plea agreement that doesn’t include some time served, and Joe’s attorney warns that all the talk of the incidents on the show are tainting the potential jury pool.
If Joe does go to jail, one can only wonder WWTD? Teresa Guidice already has a strained relationship with brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa (to say the least), but jail time for hubby could only add to the gossip and hatefulness that is bringing down the show. Also up against Teresa is Manzo matriarch Caroline, who recently said, “I hold Teresa responsible for a lot of relationships in my life that are hurting. Of course I fight with my brothers and sisters…the difference is, she puts the wood on my family’s fire. I put the lid on hers.”
“Melissa is manipulative and jealous of Teresa’s fame and she has a dirty secret,” a source tells the site.
The source claims, “Years ago, Melissa and her husband, Joe Gorga, sent a tape to the producers promising that if they were cast on the show, they would do whatever it takes to get rid of Teresa.”
Apparently, Melissa has been vying for a spot on the show for a very long time no no avail. She even got friendly with the villainous Danielle Staub in hopes of gaining the attention of Bravo producers. When that didn’t work, according to the insider, Teresa told producers she would be able to bring down Teresa. I’m confused though…I know the producers want a lot of drama (clearly), but I just can’t picture them engaging in some sort of espionage laden plot to ruin the Guidices. Isn’t this old news RadarOnline?
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?
This season of Celebrity Apprentice has been a letdown so far for fans of Teresa Giudice‘s particular flavor of rage. She was ostensibly cast for her inability to let things go and start fights, but on the last few episodes, she has been downright quiet. On last week’s episode Donald and Ivanka Trump both questioned Teresa about how different she was from her reputation, with Teresa insisting that this toned down her is the “real” version.
On a recent press call, Donald Trump praised Teresa, using his favorite compliment and saying “She’s a very quality person,” but expressed his surprise: “I mean, she’s more reserved if anything else, and I think it’s a lot different than when you see her on the other show.”
Ever the businessman, Donald went so far to say that she came on the show as an exercise in “rebranding.” This wouldn’t be entirely off the mark; Teresa has several irons on the fire for her lifestyle brand with multiple books and a new alcohol line. Being on a network show like Celebrity Apprentice is a way to introduce her many wares to folks who have never seen her, or her table flipping, before.
Donald revealed that “She’s a little bit of a surprise… I don’t mean a negative surprise, but it’s surprising to me that she’s not more volatile.” Since Danielle Staub or Melissa Gorga are nowhere near the board room, Teresa doesn’t have her usual triggers to provoke her into acting like a lunatic. The most interesting theory behind her personality change is that “she is a little bit intimidated by some of the other people,” Donald suggests.
One person Teresa is most definitely not intimidated by is fellow contestant and ’80s pop queen, Debbie Gibson, who told her last week she was not “owning it” at boardroom. On Teresa’s personal blog, she warns: “I just want you to know the history of me and Debbie because it’s not over yet. Stay tuned!”
The background behind Teresa and Debbie’s argument is juicy and was a real mistake to edit out of the show. Teresa writes:
“During the Ivanka window display task last week, they didn’t show it but it was my idea to use Ivanka’s sketches in the window to tell the story, and I think that was a pretty big contribution to us winning. They also didn’t show that Debbie and I had a huge fight about it when I heard she was trying to take credit for it.”
Okay, who fell asleep at the wheel and left this out? Show us more of this and less of Lou Ferrigno‘s whining. So, you can see why Teresa was especially upset to have Debbie accuse her of holding back and not contributing when this had already happened. The real question is: Why not bring it up at the boardroom in front of Donald? Teresa continues:
“So when you see us in the Boardroom this week, you know why I was mad at her already. As soon as she’s project manager, she wants to call me out for not giving as much? Is she serious? Do you see how much Mr. Trump talks about me? You know why? Because Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka were there with us on all the tasks and saw who worked hard and reported it back to him. You’re not getting to see a lot of my input (yet…) but Mr. Trump knew. I just want you to know the history of me and Debbie because it’s not over yet. Stay tuned! (I might have to just change my name to Tiffany…)”
A new episode of Celebrity Apprentice airs tonight at 9 ET on NBC. A preview clip is below!
TELL US: DO YOU THINK TERESA IS FAKING HER PERSONALITY? IS SHE REBRANDING? DO YOU LIKE DEBBIE GIBSON?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE PREVIEW!
Poor Jacqueline Laurita has been combating rumors that she was once a stripper in Las Vegas since the first season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. In Touch Weekly even claimed to have proof of Jacqueline’s days on the pole, citing sources who remember her working at club called Glitter Gulch. Seriously that is the worst name is strip club history!
Jacqueline’s denial of her past employment seems to be legit as it recently came out that the nefarious Danielle Staub was responsible for starting and circulating the rumors! Backing up Jacqueline’s claims, Tom Murro of Celebrity Magnet discovered some photographic evidence demonstrating that during the time Jacqueline was supposedly flashing her panties at Glitter Gulch, she was actually employed as a child care worker and waitress.
From 1992-1993, during the times Danielle claims Jacqueline was stripping, she was actually employed by a daycare during the day and waiting tables at night to support daughter Ashley Holmes.
Uncovered employee IDs stemming from way back in ’93 show Jacqueline with a movable face and crazy big hair as well as support Jacqueline’s accounts of how she earned income during her Vegas days. There are two IDs, one is a Food Handler’s Card and the other is a Child Care license. See the hilarious ID’s featuring Jacqueline’s ’90’s style below! A video of Tom Murro discussing what he learned is also below. The RHONJ segment begins around the 2:24 minute mark.
Of course, these IDs don’t exactly prove that Jacqueline did not work in a strip club, they just show she had other, more respectable forms of employment. There is no evidence that Jacqueline was a stripper and there is also no evidence saying she wasn’t, save for her own adamant denials.
Jacqueline again denied her involvement in exotic entertainment, telling The Huffington Post, “I swear on the life of myself, my husband and my children that I was never a call girl or ever got paid for any sexual favor of any kind, either.”
“Do you honestly think that I am the kind of girl that lies?” Jacqueline insisted. “Honestly? Lying is my biggest pet peeve. I am the biggest open book there is. Almost to a fault.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I think Jacqueline is more honest than some of her castmates!
Following comments Joe made on Twitter stating he hadn’t been invited to Gia Giudice‘s 11th birthday party, Teresa claimed on Gia’s actual birthday things were pretty low key, “My parents were over and we had some cake!” As for a birthday party, no Giudice child could be without an over-the-top fete, which, of course, the Gorgas are definitely invited to!
“We’re throwing Gia a birthday party next week and we sent our invitations and definitely got it by now. Of course I’m going to invite my brother, his wife and my nieces and nephews.” Either Teresa is backpedaling because she really didn’t invite Joe and Melissa, or they actually hadn’t gotten their invites yet! hmmm… Either way hopefully these “adults” can remain composed and remember what’s important here!
“We haven’t really spoke,” Teresa says of the status of her relationship with Joe and Melissa. “I love them both and that’s my only brother. We’ve always been close and I’m hoping for better days for the sake of our children and my parents.”
And unlike Melissa, Teresa seems to have some regrets about deciding to appear on a reality show, which ended up ruining several of her friendships and causing her family a possibly irreparable rift. “I came on the show for fun. I was with friends and strangers and I was a stay at home mom and thought it would be a fun experience. I didn’t sign up on the show to be with my family. That just happened and I’m just kind of dealing with it,” Teresa reveals.
“The way people view my family on TV was never how we were. We were very private and close. And now that we are all on the show, were not at the place we used to be and it’s hard.”
Additionally, Teresa emphatically refutes Melissa’s claims that the show has brought them closer. “We’ve never gone without speaking before she was on the show. I invited her to all my parties and would tell her about the housewives and what went on in the earlier seasons. She knew many things and we were close.”
Teresa also reveals she hasn’t seenKathy Wakile since filming the Season 3 reunion. “I of course miss and love them. They are my family and we have spoken since. I just haven’t seen her.”
DO THE ID CARDS PROVE JACQUELINE WASN’T A STRIPPER? THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO VIEW JACQUELINE’S EMPLOYEE ID CARDS!
While Danielle Staub was busy allegedly selling fake stories to tabloids and creating Twitter attack dogs out of her followers, she was also battling her former employers to avoid taking her clothes off! And Danielle has won her case, which is a relief, because I can’t think of all that many people who are lining up to see Danielle sans pants!
Last year, with few employment prospects on the horizon following her firing and in desperate need of attention, Danielle inked a deal with the infamous Scores Gentleman’s Club to resurrect her stripping career. Shortly after agreeing to return to the pole, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star abruptly changed her mind; claiming she was “coaxed” into signing the deal. After walking away, Danielle decided to seek psychological help which obviously did little good.
In response Scores filed a lawsuit against Danielle for $375,000, claiming she was in breach of contract for failing to make agreed upon appearances at the club and on their website.
The lawsuit was just settled in federal court and TMZ has learned that a judge dismissed the suit based on the grounds that Scores failed to show why Danielle had further legal obligation to the club after initially making a strip video, for which she was paid $25k.
The judge claimed Scores drew up a “vague” contract and never explicitly specified Danielle’s additional obligations to the club. While things are temporarily settled, if new evidence comes to light Scores can re-open the case. Were they really expecting to make that much money off Danielle parading around naked? I imagine the interest level is quite low!
In other RHONJ news, Melissa Gorga continues her quest for over-the-hill pop stardom! The 33-year-old mother of three is currently in Chicago to lipsync perform “On Display” at the gay club Spin. Melissa took time out to interview with GoPride.com, where she talked about her family and if she regrets joining the show.
To make a long story short, of course, Melissa has no regrets about exposing her family drama for all the world to see accepting the offer to be on TV. “I have no regrets in signing up for the show,” Melissa states. “My hardest challenge is being a wife, being a mother and being on a reality show. Its not always easy to balance it all but some how I manage to do it. As of right now, I am loving every minute of it.”
“No matter how busy life can get, my family is always my priority. I will never allow what I am doing for a living to change who I am or how I take care of my family. I am very careful about balancing my schedule and how much I will take on in one week. Nothing will ever come before my children.”
While things are wonderful with her immediate family, Melissa and her infamous sister-in-law Teresa Giudice are still on the outs. Despite all the problems, Melissa claims she isn’t harboring any grudges, thanking her background in psychology (say what?!). “I am very receptive to other peoples feelings and why they are feeling that way. I think that’s why I am so quick to forgive and forget,” Melissa explains, adding that, “Sometimes having the pressure of millions of people watching you can make you act or say things that you wouldn’t normally do or say.”
And despite the turmoil in their relationship, Melissa is wishing Teresa the best in her foray on Celebrity Apprentice. “I am happy for her, its a great opportunity and we wish her the best!”
In the meantime Melissa has three new songs coming out in April, right before Season four of RHONJ airs!
THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S LAWSUIT BEING SETTLED? DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA TRULY HAS NO REGRETS ABOUT APPEARING ON THE SHOW?