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Following the volatile season premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, which included a brawl started by her brother, Teresa Giudice is now speaking out once again.

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 Gorga called 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!”

TELL US – DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR TERESA? WOULD YOU WATCH HER COOKING SHOW?


It’s been a week since the highly dramatic premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 3, and the topic of conversation is still the now infamous Christening brawl.

Last week, Melissa Gorga and hubby Joe Gorga gave their side of the story to Life & Style magazine, and now Teresa Giudice is doing the same in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine. In fact, Teresa tweeted days ago that she almost got the cover but was instead bumped in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I’m in PEOPLE mag this week! An actual true story from a good magazine! (I was almost the cover but #ArnoldIsAPig),” she tweeted.

The PEOPLE interview is supposed to be about Teresa fighting back against everything out there about her in the press. She talks about the cheating rumors alleging her husband Joe Giudice is unfaithful, she addresses the bankruptcy issues, Joe’s most recent arrest, and of course discusses her brother and sister-in-law. Below are excerpts from the interview -

Teresa On Bankruptcy - Teresa touched on the bankruptcy drama as she and Joe filed back in 2009, with $11 million in debt. “It was stressful, but I wasn’t overly emotional about it,” says Teresa. “To me, I didn’t overspend. That was a lifestyle we always lived… I hated it when people called me the Broke Housewife,” she adds. The PEOPLE story also added that the bankruptcy is yet to be finalized due to ongoing litigation. As we reported back in November, the Giudices are scheduled to stand trial in July for bankruptcy fraud. The bankruptcy trustee is looking to get the bankruptcy dismissed alleging they concealed assets.

On Joe’s Arrest & Cheating Allegations – When it comes to Joe’s most recent arrest in March for driving on a suspended license that was obtained illegally, Teresa doesn’t discuss Joe’s alleged actions instead stating she never heard from her brother during this period. “Even if I don’t need his support, I still want to know I have it,” she says. And as for those pesky rumors that Joe is cheating, Teresa denies it and stands by her man. “If he had someone, I’d like to meet her. I’d punch her in her face. He knows I would,” states Teresa. Joe also denies the rumors. “How am I going to cheat?” Joe asks, adding that anytime he poses with a fan,”they say I’m with a new blonde or a Teresa lookalike.”

Cookie-gate - As we reported last year, Melissa brought cookies to Teresa’s home on Christmas in 2009 and Teresa ended up throwing the cookies in the trash while also telling Melissa to get her cookies that she likes next time. Surprisingly, both Teresa and Melissa admit this really did happen in the PEOPLE article. “I was trying to be nice,” Melissa explains. “But then she told me in front of everyone, ‘Don’t ever bring those cookies again… I was like, I give up.” Teresa’s response? “Nobody ate them. I told her straight to her face, ‘The next time you come, bring pignoli cookies.’” Teresa also attempts to defend her actions by adding that a previous snide remark in a housewarming card from Melissa a few weeks earlier had set her off.

On The Brawl – Teresa says, “It was so awful, I blacked out. I don’t remember half of it.” She adds, “This is not how we were raised. I get choked up thinking about it.” Teresa’s husband Joe adds, “Joey embarrassed himself, his father and everybody there. They acted like Jersey Shore, beating each other up. It wasn’t us.” Melissa attempts to defend her husband by stating “there was a lot of emotion that led to that point.”

And today, Teresa adds that she does want to fix things with her family. “I don’t know how things go so bad between us, but I want to fix it,” she says. You can read more of Teresa’s interview in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode as the #1 sh*t stirrer Kim Granatell makes a return! On the new episode, the ladies deal with the aftermath of the brawl as the Brownstone hosts a fashion show. The catwalk sets the stage for catcalls and catfights, particularly when Kathy voices off and Caroline stands her ground.

A preview clip is below. And on Watch What Happens Live tonight, the guests are Teresa and Jacqueline Laurita.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

Surprise, surprise Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice isn’t getting along with fellow castmates – especially the ones she’s related to!

According to Life & Style, the always sweet and easy to get along with Mrs. Giudice has taken a turn for the worse and is terrorizing fellow NJ Housewives with her demanding, diva behavior. In fact, the theme for this season might as well be: Teresa Gone Wild!

She is even going so far to talk smack about former BFF Caroline Manzo by “criticizing her cooking and the fact that she does her grown sons’ laundry,” in the forward for her new cookbook Fabulicious!. The article also warns fans should expect further jabs from Teresa during her upcoming book tour: “Teresa plans to take the feud further, attacking Caroline while she’s not there to defend herself.” Uh-oh! I can’t wait to see Caroline call Teresa a “clown” next!

An insider reports that Caroline and Jacqueline Laurita are beyond annoyed with Ms. Diva New Jersey: “they don’t know how much more they can take. This isn’t the woman Teresa used to be.” Imagine, reality TV fame changing someone… So, what’s the reason for Teresa’s increasingly demanding behavior?

Since Teresa’s husband Jr. Mafia Joe is having all sorts of money trouble, including filing for bankruptcy to the tune of $11 million and being arrested for multiple driving infractions, it is now Teresa who is “bringing home the bacon” and acting as the main breadwinner for the family of six (and hopefully no more on the way!) with her two cookbook. Teresa’s harder than usual to handle behavior is the result of needing Bravo’s paycheck more than ever so she decided to replace the ousted Danielle Staub as the show’s villainess and wants to become “the most valuable star on Housewives.” A source reveals to Life & Style: “She says Jacqueline’s boring and Caroline’s old. She thinks they can’t do the show without her.” Well – she may have a point – who else is crazy enough to flip a table during dinner?

Unfortunately, Teresa’s not just having issues with money, her husband, and her friends; she is also having problems with her new castmates – who she happens to be related to! Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga (who is married to Teresa’s brother Joe) and her cousin Kathy Wakile, are the newest Jersey Housewives, and it has been well documented that Teresa did not want her sister-in-law on the show. In fact, she even threatened to quit if she was brought on, but then Teresa remembered she needs the money, so nevermind that!

Teresa, herself, tells E! Online a different story, claiming Melissa and Kathy never even told her about their participation in the show: “I didn’t find out until I had heard from Bravo,” she said. “I got the phone call from Bravo and I was like blown away. I was like, ‘Really?’ And then that’s what made me a little upset because I was like, ‘Wow, it would have been nice for my brother to call me or my cousin to call me. It’s just weird to me. It really is. Just blows my mind.”

The E! Online article explains Teresa and Joe were once best friends, but the relationship apparently fell part after he married Melissa. Teresa further explains she used to like her sister-in-law until she started getting more attention than Teresa: “I wanted him to get married so bad. That was his third fiancée, so we just wanted him to get married. We always said we wanted our kids to grow up together. And I really wanted her to become the sister I never had.” She even asked Melissa to be the godmother for her daughter, Gabriella.

Teresa claims the strained relationship she has with her family “breaks my heart,” and “that’s why you’re going to see a totally different side of me this season. It’s really sad. I cry a lot on the show and it’s very hard for me.” A different side of Teresa? A side that’s not volatile, argumentative, and violent? Well, it must not be too different because: “in the premiere of season three, a full-on brawl actually breaks out during Melissa and Joe’s christening party for their son after they exchange nasty words with Teresa.” Yikes!

Well the good news is we can likely expect just as much drama without Danielle Staub! Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres May 16th at 10p EST on Bravo.

Will you be watching this season? Do you think Teresa’s behavior will have taken a turn for the worse?

As suspected by most, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was indeed the reason behind the Dominican Republic bar brawl last month.

RadarOnline is reporting that while Teresa’s husband Joe Giudice and Caroline Manzo’s sons were detained for the fight, it all started with a simple innocent act courtesy of Teresa at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana on February 23. A playful antic that didn’t sit well with one bar patron.

“She opened the champagne and just started spraying it everywhere and it went all over this woman near her,” said a source. “It was late, they were on vacation, and she was just having fun.”

However, the husband of the woman who got drenched did not take kindly to Teresa’s actions, as he physically attacked Teresa.

“It was crazy, he got really angry and punched Teresa in the face!” said the source. Whoa! At this point, Teresa’s husband Joe along with Albie and Chris Manzo stepped in to defend Teresa. “Joe, Albie and Chris were trying to protect Teresa and they just grabbed the guy and started fighting, and then people joined in.”

Bravo reportedly tried to break-up the fight to no avail. “Everyone was involved. It became a massive scene,” another source explained.

As previously reported, eight people wound up injured with two reports stating Joe stuck a male patron with a glass. Two of the injured patrons complained to the police resulting in all parties being detained and their passports seized. Eventually, everyone was released after local attorneys came in to smooth things over.

But the biggest shocker of all you ask? According to Radar, Bravo will not air fight on the upcoming season of the show.

No reason was given for this decision by Bravo. Perhaps the network feels this fight crossed a line in trashy reality TV, not that we think Bravo has any high standards to begin with. However, the most likely reason would be due to the legal ramifications, aka a lawsuit by the injured parties if proof footage of the injury causing attacks are aired on national television. And as we all know, the last thing the Giudices need is more legal drama.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST AND ON BRAVO CHOOSING NOT TO AIR THE FIGHT?


Days after being arrested, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice was arraigned on fraud charges on Monday.

Joe, husband of Teresa Giudice, was arrested on Friday at the couple’s home in New Jersey and charged with fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s license. He reportedly used his brother’s marriage license and birth certificate to obtain the forged license, as his license remains suspended for a DWI conviction.

The NY Post reports Joe, 40, appeared in Paterson, NJ, before Judge Philip Fenster, who maintained Joe’s $50,000 bail and scheduled a pre-indictment hearing for April 19. He was not able to enter a plea at his arraignment “because it is an indictable offense.”

Meanwhile, prosecutor Jay McCann tells the Star-Ledger that authorities were tipped to the license fraud when Joe’s brother was stopped by a cop, and the photo in the state system didn’t match.

Joe remains free on a $50,000 bond, which RadarOnline reports was posted by two of his friends. His bail was set without the 10% option.

While Joe was in jail Friday, Teresa went to her book signing at the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos. Following his release on Friday, Teresa’s mother reportedly drove him to meet his wife.

Teresa, who definitely doesn’t have a habit of being in denial when it comes to her legal problems, tweeted on Friday night, “Hanging out with my honey at Mt Airy Casino. Just finished dinner now we are going to check out the scene.”

Joe faces up to 10 years in prison for the fraudulent use of an ID and forgery.


The Giudices continue to have a rough year as Teresa Giudice’s husband Joe Giudice was arrested yet again.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was arrested at the couple’s NJ home on Friday and has been charged with fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s license.

If you recall, Joe’s license got suspended last year following a conviction for drunk driving, which then landed him 10 days in jail back in September after it was discovered he was driving on a suspended license.

Well according to authorities, Joe, 40, allegedly obtained a driver’s license from the Paterson branch of the Motor Vehicle Office using his brother’s identifying information in June 2010. He is said to have used his brother’s marriage license and birth certificate to obtain the forged license.

“Mr. Giudice was arrested at his home earlier today as the result of an investigation this office did with assistance from the state Motor Vehicle Office,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay W. Mc Cann yesterday.

Joe has been charged with wrongfully using the ID of another person and for forgery. He faces more than 10 years in state prison if found guilty. His bail is set at $50,000 with no 10 percent option. No word yet on whether or not Joe has been released.

Back in January, Joe was ordered to pay $260,000 to his former business partner for forgery, and then just a month ago, he and Caroline Manzo’s sons were detained in the Dominican Republic for a bar brawl. In addition to that, the Giudices are still required to stand trial on July 14 & 15, 2011 for charges relating to bankruptcy fraud.

A report that came out last year also stated Joe’s license has been suspended a total of 9.4 years out of the last 20 years due to numerous driving sanctions.

UPDATE – Teresa Giudice tweeted away last night about like nothing was wrong.  “Hanging out with my honey at Mt Airy Casino, just finished dinner now we are going to checkout the scene… We had dinner at Le Sorelle in Mt Airy Casino in Pocono Resort excellent u should try it,” tweeted Teresa on Friday night.

Could there be trouble brewing in the Giudices marital paradise? A new report by E! News will not be helping quiet down those pesky rumors of Joe Giudice stepping out on his wife Teresa Giudice anytime soon.

According to E!, sources saw the Real Housewives of New Jersey husband in Atlantic City over the weekend at a birthday party . The sources tell E! Joe was seen dining with a long-haired brunette and other couples, except the woman with Joe was not Teresa, though she looked a lot like her.

“She looked similar to Teresa but younger,” a source tells E!, “They seemed friendly. They were sitting next to each other and talking closely.” E! adds that the woman couldn’t have been Teresa because the very same night, she tweeted that she was dining at the Stanton Social in NYC.

Teresa’s rep didn’t respond for comments to E! but Teresa took to her blog this morning to deny any split or trouble between the two. Below is what Teresa wrote -

“It’s that time of year again… the birds are singing, the weather is nice, and people start gossiping about who’s breaking up with who. At least twice a year someone says Joe and I have split. I want you all to hear directly from me: NOT TRUE. Joe and I are still together as we’ve always been. I love him as much now as the day we got married. I’m torn writing this because I don’t want to give any attention to the slimy tabloids, but I got a lot of wonderful messages from people worried about us and I didn’t want you all to worry! (You are all so sweet!!!)”

Teresa also posted an old engagement photo of she and Joe, which is posted below.

In other news, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out swinging against Albert Manzo, husband to Caroline Manzo, yesterday, labeling him a liar and suspending him from his government position.

Evidently, Albert was a Commissioner at the North Jersey District Water Supply. A position which supplied him with a pension, state benefits, some authority and a $7,500 yearly salary. The problem arose when it was discovered that Albert listed his home address as the Brownstone in other to get the nomination. As we all know, Albert lives in a mansion on the Bravo hit show.

‘Do you really believe he’s sleeping on a cot at the Brownstone in Paterson?’ asked Christie. “If any of you watch or know about ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ you know where he lives,” added Christie, who is wanting to rid the state of “these entities collect money from the citizens of New Jersey in various forms and no one is paying attention.” Christie is now looking to fire Albert, following the suspension without pay.

As for Albert, he reportedly told The Record newspaper that he has an apartment in his Paterson restaurant and plans to fight to keep his job.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE E! STORY ABOUT JOE PLUS GOV. CHRISTIE’S ACTIONS AGAINST ALBERT?

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TMZ reported over 2 weeks ago that some of the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members got into a bar brawl during a visit to the Dominican Republic, which was being filmed by Bravo for the third season.

Well fast forward to today and RadarOnline is now reporting the names of the said castmembers. According to Radar, Caroline Manzo’s sons – Albie and Christopher Manzo, and Teresa Giudice’s husband Joe Giudice were the main ones involved.

Just how serious was this bar brawl? Well let’s just say it was serious enough for the overseas cops to detain Joe, Albie and Christopher along with their roommate Gregory Bennett.

The drama began on February 23 at about 1am when cast members including Caroline and her husband Albert, Teresa and Joe, Jacqueline and Chris Laurita, newbies Kathy and Richy Wakile, Melissa and Joe Gorga, plus the Manzo children (Chris, Albie, and Lauren) visited the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

While the police isn’t certain about who started the fight, sources reveal the bar brawl ensued after the NJ Housewives’ group popped open a bottle of champagne, accidentally spraying surrounding patrons, including the male patrons involved in the fight.

“Everyone was involved. It became a massive scene,” said a source. “Usually when there’s a fight we take one guy, but this time we took everybody,” a police representative told Radar.

The physical fight involved about eight people including Joe, Albie, Christopher and Gregory, who were reportedly defending the women. The source reveals Joe was “beating on the guy” and struck a male patron with glass. This coincides with the TMZ report which also stated someone involved grabbed a drinking glass and smashed it over a man’s head.

According to the police, it was the injured male patrons who made the complaint to them. The two injured patrons were Americans Adolfo Arriolla, who had a fracture in his arm, and Jason Gomez, who suffered a fracture in his leg and scratches on his face. There were other injured parties who suffered bruises.

The authorities took the complaint seriously as the two injured patrons along with Joe, Albie, Christopher and Gregory were detained and taken to the police station where their passports were seized.

Everyone detained was ultimately released the afternoon of Wednesday, February 23 when local attorneys helped smooth over the situation and a verbal agreement was reached between all parties. No charges were filed according to police. A photo of Teresa, Joe, Christopher and Lauren from the trip is below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH THE NJ HOUSEWIVES CAST? ARE YOU AS EXCITED ABOUT THE THIRD SEASON AS WE ARE?

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