So tonight is the second episode in the epic fourth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. While the filming took place months ago, the ladies have still not recovered from slights, bruised egos, and cookbook insults. #OliveGardenGate2012. Let’s make this a thing on Twitter, people!
Apparently, all the drama, which has been dangling like a sequined bikini in front of her Jersey-loving noses, has paid off big-time in the form of ratings. Last week’s RHONJ season premiere was the highest rated premiere in Bravo history with over 3 million viewers tuning into watch the ‘when you’re here you’re family fest.’ In fact, last Sunday was Bravo’s best-rated night in network history, according to TV By The Numbers, with the network ranking as the highest watched channel in the 18-49 age range. Wow!
I guess no matter how much complaining I do about the trashiness overtaking the shows, it’s not gonna change because people are watching—big time!
Proving that the drama will continue, the ladies of NJ took to their Bravo blogs to talk last Sunday’s episode and do what they do best—complain about each other! Gotta love public venting!
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In case your DVR wasn’t already working hard enough on Sunday nights, it’s time to add another show! The highly anticipated fourth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres tonight, and Bravo has got the press machine in overdrive for its arrival. The video preview, released weeks ago, is very dramatic and shows how different this show is produced versus the other Housewives franchises, who stick to a combination of fights spliced in with fun vacation scenes. On the RHONJ universe, it’s all gloom and doom.
The show is definitely being framed as Teresa Giudice versus everyone else, so intensely, that the producers even allowed Teresa to skip the press activities required of the other women before the season airs. In an interview with HollywoodLife, Teresa insists there was a real reason, “My new book, Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit, is coming out May 15 and I need to do press for it on TV shows, but you can’t get booked for the same shows within a span of three weeks.” She adds, “I really need to go on the shows to promote my cookbook and both our RHONJ network, Bravo and the shows producers are fine with me missing the RHONJ promotions, they understand.”
I’m sure they understand; Teresa’s absence fuels the fire! And if you’re curious if Teresa makes jokes about the precious Manzo boys in her new book, she learned her lesson: “I wasn’t saying anything malicious about Caroline or anyone else in the cookbook, and I’m sincerely sorry that I offended Caroline. I really like her. I was joking in my cookbook.”
We all know if a joke doesn’t end in a punchline about Lauren Manzo‘s weight, Caroline won’t laugh. The humorless matriarch of the Manzo clan turned on Teresa in the last season and brought along her puppet/sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita with her. Caroline tells the Huffington Post that Teresa was always Dina’s friend, “Teresa was and still is Dina’s friend. The viewers make assumptions that we were best buddies, but no, she was part of a group, an ensemble that we traveled with.”
She goes on, “But the relationship between Teresa and I was never that deep. I did respect her as human being and as a person…” That respect is now probably totally gone. HuffPo asks Caroline if her relationship with Teresa is salvageable and she gives a vague, Bravo, “watch what happens” answer:
“You can never say something’s never salvageable, but when you’re sorry you have to mean it. You have to be genuine in what you say. And if you’re not genuine in what you say then don’t waste your words… So right now, where I am, is pretty much where you saw me last, but you’ll see the story play out in the season and who knows where we’ll wind up.”
Of her relationship with Dina Manzo, from whom she is currently estranged, she is confident that they “will end” and that “Dina will be back.”
The third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey got down right nasty, and the reunion pretty much goes down in history as the most insane and vitriolic reunion ever. Even worse than whenTeresa Giudice pushed Andy Cohen while trying to go after Danielle Staub. No, last year’s reunion was worse as we saw family go head-to-head and longtime friends turn on each other.
Jacqueline Laurita famously sat out, opting to stay home and tweet instead of facing the questions in person. She has kept quiet about what her real motivations were for skipping the mayhem, and even claiming she was sick. Well, Jacs is finally speaking out about why she didn’t take part in C-List celebrity Deathmatch: The Bravo Edition!
“There were a lot of things going on. A lot of things behind the scenes, actually. It was a long build-up. There were a lot of things that got me to that breaking point,” Jacqueline explains to Ranu’s Reviews.
And she is confirming what all her twitter followers already knew – she had a breakdown! “I had like a little breakdown if you will. I just had enough of everything. I just didn’t want to be involved in anything. I just wanted to be alone. I went through something.”
Jacqueline admits she is no more excited about season four than she was about the reunion. Season four has already been filmed. “I have to say Season 4 was a very hard season for me. It was a little different on camera then the pressures I was getting off camera.”
“I always try to do the right thing by everybody and that’s what I always try to do but sometimes people don’t perceive things that way. It was really hard. I went through a really hard time with a lot of it,” she reveals.
As for what viewers can expect next season, she says a lot of changes! “There is a lot of relationship shifting. I think by the time the reunion comes out a lot will be explained,” Jacqueline concludes.
Moving on, Dina Manzo‘s image as the golden and charitable girl just sitting at home with her crystals and cats is about to be destroyed. Our source exclusively tells Reality Tea that Dina’s image, just like her friendship with Teresa, is all for show!
“Little Mrs Charity……is not who everyone thought she was,” our source asserts. “Dina’s social media image is SO farfetched from who the ‘real’ Dina is. Those who really know her just shake their heads and laugh.”
If you’re wondering if Dina and Caroline Manzo have patched things up, the answer is no. They’re still not speaking; nor is Dina speaking to Jacqueline. Many have wondered how Dina could continue her friendship with Teresa, particularly after all the drama with Caroline, and the answer is money! Apparently, the two have a completely business relationship built around mutual favors.
“Teresa taped a segment for her party planning show, Dina’s Party. She needs Teresa to help her with her popularity. In return, Dina attended her beverage launch party and was filmed by Bravo. Their interaction was so fake,” the insider describes. “Dina also wants to come out with a book and she wants to use the same publishing house as Teresa. So, basically it is a business deal. Dina may take to Twitter to praise Teresa but, that is not what she claims behind the scene.”
And even worse, our insider says Dina has stopped caring about her charity, Project Ladybug, now that she has her own show! “Project Ladybug was a charity started by ALL the Laurita sisters. When Dina went on the show [RHONJ], she took it over as if she was the founder and the blood, sweat, and tears behind it.”
“She wanted the glory and the attention associated with Project Ladybug. She wanted to look like the hero,” the source adds. Caroline and their other sister, Cookie Laurita allowed Dina to take the lead and downplayed their involvement, but Dina “only speaks of Project Ladybug as if it were her own.”
Apparently, now that Dina’s Party has come along, Dina barely spends any time on the charity she once claimed to love, and has skipped events to promote her party planning and decorating ventures. The source points to Dina’s twitter account as proof that she has lost interest in the charity. “It is sad but Dina used it to get herself out there more,” the source shares.
Dina made a brief appearance at the Chicago launch of the charity last year and has done nothing more to support the cause. “Dina did nothing for that event but, show up,” the source adds.
Finally, the RHONJ are launching yet another alcoholic beverage.Kathy Wakile, the fashionably challenged cousin of Teresa, recently launched her own Red Velvet Cake Flavored Vodka. In honor of the newest drink I’m sure no one will buy to come out of the Bravo Home Shopping Network, Kathy, along withMelissa Gorga (who will do anything for a photo-op) made an appearance at Bottle King in Wayne, NJ.
Also in attendance was Melissa’s daughter, Anotonia, Richie Wakile and Victoria. Photos from the event are below!
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THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE FINALLY EXPLAINING WHY SHE SKIPPED THE REUNION? HAS DINA BECOME A FAMEWHORE? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE AND TERESA HAVE A FAKE RELATIONSHIP? WILL YOU TRY KATHY’S VODKA?
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UPDATE – Dina tweeted the following to us in response to our report. She wrote: “@realitytea hey just read ur post! Next time u want a source #truth ask my parents or the parents of a ladybug not an envious loser! Thanks!”
And that includes the most notorious notable cast member Teresa Giudice! In an interview with Wetpaint, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar explains why she chose the NephCure charity, how she got along with her cast members and makes it CLEAR that she was the only NJ housewife asked to do the show.
As we reported yesterday, Teresa did not choose the charity of her fake BFFDina Manzo, instead choosing to go with the NephCure foundation. A source told Reality Tea last October that Dina had been kissing up to Tre, even filming with her for the RHONJ in hopes Teresa would choose her Lady Bug charity for the show.
“I went to a St. Jude charity event for Eric Trump and I met this little boy named Mathew Levine, and I found out he had this rare kidney disease and he touched my heart. He had just turned 8 and his cholesterol is 365, he takes 15 pills a day,” Teresa explains. “I wanted to do whatever I could to help the foundation.”
When asked how she got along with her costars, in usual Teresa fashion, she pretends everything was all hunky dory despite the fact that Victoria Gotti revealed last month that the two ladies got into a huge blowout on the show. “Everyone seemed great. I went into it with an open mind, I was happy to meet everyone, like Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk! I remember watching him on TV, it was cool,” states Tre.
When it comes to those reports that came out last year stating NBC first asked her costar Caroline Manzo to do the show, Teresa makes it clear she was the only one asked.
“It was not true. NBC made sure to tell me that was false. [They confirmed] that I was the only one that was asked. You should ask NBC that question, I’m sure they’ll confirm it,” Teresa says though Wetpaint though NBC would not confirm Teresa’s claims, simply stating no comment.
And just to let us know how well she got along with her Apprentice costars, since you know, she’s know for getting along great with others, Teresa made certain to post photos of herself with Victoria Gotti, Clay Aiken and others on her Twitter page. Those photos, including Teresa’s official Celebrity Apprentice photo, are below!
Moving on to a report by Life & Style magazine which states Teresa is “embarrassed” by her husband’s Joe Giudice’srecent indictment: Last month, Joe, 40, was indicted by a grand jury and is facing up to 11 years in prison if found guilty of wrongfully using someone else’s identity as well as one count of impersonation. Joe is accused of using his brother Pete Giudice’s marriage and birth certificate to get a new driver’s license while his license was suspended following a 2010 DUI arrest.
“Teresa’s really embarrassed by Joe right now,” an insider tells Life & Style, while Joe insists he’s not to blame. “They didn’t even catch me driving” is Joe’s argument about the indictment.
Meanwhile, the National Enquirer is reporting that Teresa broke down in tears when she discovered Joe could spend over a decade in prison. However, she wasn’t crying because of Joe but rather over the possibility of losing her house!
“Teresa is showing Joe no mercy behind closed doors, but that’s not surprising to those who know her well,” a family friend revealed. “It’s when the cameras aren’t focused on her that Teresa shows her true colors – and it’s always about ‘me, me, me.'”
The insider continues, “Her chief concern is to maintain the illusion of an opulent lifestyle at any cost and that means holding on to her gaudy mansion. The fact that Joe could be sent to prison for 10 years seems to be a secondary concern. Teresa fears this latest setback will be the tipping point that pushed them off a financial cliff and that it’s only a matter of time before they lose their mansion.”
And despite her income from her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice as well as royalties from her cookbooks and Housewives, sources tell The Enquirer those are just a “temporary bandage” for the family’s financial woes. Yikes.
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The network unveiled the latest crop of D-list celebrities who will compete for a $250,000 cash prize for their bank accounts favorite charities! And just as we reported back in October, Italian sisters from another mother — Victoria Gotti and RHONJ housewifeTeresa Giudiceare a part of the cast!
In fact, Victoria revealed a while back that Teresa and her ended up getting into a major blowout during filming. C.A.N.T. W.A.I.T!
“This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will be the most exciting yet. The show will be great, with a record number of contestants and 15 episodes. We are thrilled to bring 18 new and talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring,” promises The Donald.
Unfortunately for Teresa’s fake BFF Dina Manzo, Tre did not pick her Lady Bug charity for the show. Ouch!
Below is the full list of the cast and their respective charities —
Teresa Giudice, Bravo Housewife, 39: The NephCure Foundation Victoria Gotti, Famous mobster daughter, 48: Association to Benefit Children Tia Carrere, Actress/Model, 44: After-School All-Stars Debbie Gibson, Singer, 41: Children International Lisa Lampanelli, Comedian, 50: Gay Men’s Health Crisis Dayana Mendoza, Former Miss Universe, 25: Latino Commission on AIDS Aubrey O’Day, Singer, 27: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Cheryl Tiegs, Model/Actress, 64: The Farrah Fawcett Foundation Patricia Velasquez, Model, 40: Wayuu Taya Foundation
Clay Aiken, Former American Idol runner up, 32: The National Inclusion Project Michael Andretti, Race-car driver, 24: Racing for Cancer Adam Carolla, Radio and TV personality, 47: Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters Lou Ferrigno, Incredible Hulk star, 59: Muscular Dystrophy Association Arsenio Hall, Actor and Former late-night host, 55: Magic Johnson Foundation Penn Jillette, Magician, 56: Opportunity Village Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman, 56: March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies George Takei, Star Trek actor, 74: Japanese American National Museum Paul Teutul Sr., 62: Make-A-Wish Foundation
The new season of Celebrity Apprentice will premiere Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9/8c on NBC.
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey have obviously not heard of Christmas vacation because the ladies past and present were up to their drama antics despite the holiday. Instead of spending time with family, Jacqueline Laurita and Dina Manzo spent the holiday with Twitter where they seemed to get into a little Twiter for tat, although all’s well that ends well because the two seemed to make peace and spend part of their holiday together!
Jacqueline, whom I’m guessing doesn’t know how to operate a telephone or text, took to Twitter to post more personal business. Sending a heartfelt message to her cast mates and including Dina, Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub in the missive Jacqueline beseeched her former friends to take a lesson from Jesus and get along. I guess there is more to Jesus’ birthday than Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton!
Jacs Tweeted: “Pay Attention Please @Dinamanzo @carolinemanzo @teresa_giudice @melissagorga @kathywakile @daniellestaub..” and attached the following TwitPic! The second part of the message is below.
Jacqueline also used Twitter to invite sister-in-law Dina to Caroline Manzo‘s house for the family’s annual Christmas Eve celebration. Dina seemed to turn down the invite tweeting, “@JacLaurita ooops sorry, I’m doing open heart surgery on Rudolph so he can deliver all the toys to the good little girls and boys.”
Dina then tweeted: “The most dangerous ‘Hateful’ people are the ones who has everyone convinced that their angels… eventually the ugly comes out for all the world to see.” Jacqueline responded, “What a hateful thing to tweet. Lol! I agree with u. R we going to see u at Caroline’s today? Let’s make it happen. Time 4 a change.”
When fans asked Dina to explain her tweet and pinpoint just who the “hateful” words were aimed at, Dina brushed it aside, claiming it was just a general thought. Dina also seemed to take issue with Jacqueline putting their private business on Twitter, because she replied to a fan expressing that she was tired of the BS! That Tweet is below.
Dina possibly spent time with her family, as Jacqueline tweeted a photo of herself with someone who looks an awful lot like Dina under the caption: “Where’s Santa?” although Dina was not included in any of the family photos of Christmas Eve dinner featured on Babble! Those pics are below!
Moving on, Jacqueline is now focusing on 2012 and taking to Twitter again she talked about her hopes for the new year and they seem to include forgiving certain people (ahem… Teresa). Perhaps Jacqueline isn’t paying credence to those rumors that it was Teresa who spilled the beans on her alleged former employment at Glitter Gulch!
The blog AllAboutTRH personally spoke to Jacqueline about her relationship with her former bestie turned nemesis and Jacqueline confirmed that she is working on forgiveness! “Yes I’m trying. I decided to forgive those who have wronged me,” Jacqueline explained.
“I’m letting go of any resentment and only focusing on the positive and important. Holding onto hate in your heart is bad for the soul. I’m just in a very happy place and I want to stay here.” Are we ever going to find out what happened between those two anyway!?
Speaking of Teresa she took to Twitter as well to discuss the past season of RHONJ and admitted it was a difficult season filled with fake drama! “And I think you can tell the fake drama people bring to filming wears him down. We’re not like that. We’re just real and happy and relaxed..,” Teresa Tweeted. Adding, “This was *not* a fun season for any of us. Tore my family apart and made my former friends crazy. Very sad. Very glad it’s over…” Well that’s one thing I agree with Teresa on – I’m glad this season is over too. Now if we could just get Season 4 over with already!
THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE’S TWITTER PLEAS TO HER CO-STARS AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY? DO YOU BELIEVE JACQUELINE AND TERESA CAN BECOME FRIENDS AGAIN? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DINA’S “HATEFUL” TWEET?
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If you take the time to blink by the time you open your eyes there will be some rehashed new Real Housewives of New Jersey drama. In the latest Melissa Gorga‘s crusade to prove she was not, under any circumstances, in any way possible a stripper, exotic dancer, go-go dancer, adult entertaintress — whatever. Nope not for one hot moment! Girl, give it up already — we don’t care!
If you remember the blog AllAboutTRH interviewed Angelo Vrohidis who was the manager of Lookers where Melissa worked possibly as a bartender (according to her) and possibly as a dancer (according to him). Melissa was so enraged by this accusation she accused him of being a drug addict on Twitter and then threatened to sue any media outlets who claimed she had danced. Even going so far as to have her ex-manager speak out saying she was a bartender and having the owner of Lookers, Chris Kontos, sign a sworn affidavit corroborating those claims. She also promised she would get payroll sheets proving she was merely a bartender.
Well, they’re heeeere! See, in his interview Angelo explained the payroll system claiming strippers were paid as independent contractors and other employees were on the bar’s payroll. “You have to understand, bartenders got paid by checks. Dancers were independent contractors that did not get paid by the establishment,” Angelo described. “Its different now but she worked a long time ago and that’s how it was back then. When Melissa worked, we didn’t pay the dancers and they didn’t pay us.”
And now Melissa AllAboutTRH has produced paystubs that verify she worked 7-hours per week for about one year (literally Jan 2003 – Dec 2003) as a part-time bartender. While, this does verify that Melissa bartended, some of her story doesn’t add up. Melissa claimed she worked at the club as a bartender for a few months and her manager, Larry Guarino, was quoted as saying: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.” Angelo also said she worked at the club for less than a year.
The payroll sheet clearly shows she was employed at least a full year. Some commenters wondered if the paystubs could be made up to substantiate Merlissa’s claims. And some fans wondered if Melissa could have been both dancing and bartending? While it really doesn’t matter and it was years ago, the stories still don’t add up for Melissa.
Moving on, things are apparently getting better between Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzoas the two sisters are planning to spend Christmas together! Wetpaint Entertainment spoke to the Manzo spawn: Albie, Chris and Lauren (I’m sure Greggy was lurking around somewhere too) who revealed Dina would be part of the family Christmas festivities. “Christmas Eve is bigger for us than Christmas Day,” Lauren explained. “My mom is one of 11 kids. We have everyone over and we have a five-course meal and tons of presents. The whole great room is filled with presents.
“She’s part of the family. At the end of the day, we’re family and we love each other, no matter what happens on the show,” Lauren added. While they were excited to talk Christmas, the Manzo siblings were less enthused about the upcoming fourth season of RHONJ.
“It’s funny, but Season 4 is going to go a little bit backwards,” Albie revealed. “They showed some of the footage in Season 3 – the part where the cookbook comes out. But Season 4 had already been shooting and starts even before that.”
“The cookbook isn’t what started all the problems, it actually came in the middle of all the trouble,” Albie continued. “So in Season 4, you’ll see all the events that led to it.” And speaking of the climactic Posche Fashion Show, Lauren describes it as a “disaster,” confirming that everyone is mad at Teresa Giudice!
While Dina may still be working on her relationship with her sister, she’s getting along swimmingly with Teresa as the two friends had a girls night out in NYC! Dina posted on Twitter that she had a “no drama” dinner with Teresa and another friend this Friday night and included a picture. A copy of the photo is below.
Teresa talked the dinner on her personal website and explained the third friend, Jackie, was Dina’s Maid of Honor. “She’s actually the one who first introduced me and Dina,” Teresa wrote. I bet Caroline loves that Jackie!
“It’s soooooo nice to be able to hang out with my girlfriends again without cameras around for a change,” Teresa continued. “We’ve promised to do it at least once a month… ” While it’s great that she wants to pursue friendships away from cameras is she going to post about it every month on her website because to me that’s pretty much the same as having cameras there!
Unfortunately for Dina she took a lot of heat on Twitter from some fans that accused her of being disloyal to her sister by continuing a friendship with Teresa. Dina responded, Tweeting: “To a few of u who just won’t give it up, just because I had dinner with a friend doesn’t mean I hate my sister. Get over it, it’s a TV SHOW!” Good point! She also pointed out to fans that Teresa was the one who reached out to her to rekindle their friendship, adding: “It works both ways doll.” Twitter… ruining the lives of C-List celebrities everywhere!
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DO MELISSA’S PAYSTUBS PROVE SHE WASN’T A STRIPPER OR IS THERE MORE TO THE STORY? SHOULD DINA CONTINUE HER FRIENDSHIP WITH TERESA DESPITE THE FEUD?
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Meanwhile, Melissa Gorga, pictured above with hubby Joe Gorga, attended the Zenvo ST-1 50S launch at the Liberty House Restaurant last week in New Jersey! Melissa helped launch the Zenvo ST-50S automobile. Produced in Denmark, the car is worth a cool $1.8 million!
Below are more photos of Melissa and Joe with the car! And finally, Dina Manzo got a new tattoo and a picture of that is below as well!
[Photo credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com]
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