Joe Gorga

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It’s a new day in the Garden State, and that means everyone is suddenly singing the praises of ex-villain, Danielle Staub, including Real Housewives Of New Jersey’s very own Melissa Gorga. The season eight premiere set viewers up for some interesting dynamics to come, including Siggy Flicker being batsh*t cray-cray, the introduction of pigtail-bedecked Margaret Josephs (who actually seems kind of bada$$ and potentially awesome), and the return of Danielle. Melissa, for one, couldn’t be more delighted that she’s no longer the villain with this new setup!

But the first episode also replayed the sad loss of Joe Gorga and Teresa Giudice’s beloved mother, Antonia, who passed away earlier this year. Melissa admits it was painful to watch it all back again. “Watching the memories of my mother-in-law and hearing her voice brought instant tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful woman, and her life was taken way too young. I never thought I would see the day that Joe broke down and couldn’t work or get out of bed. He was devastated and heartbroken for weeks and still is.”

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After such a much-needed Real Housewives of New Jersey comeback, I figured that Melissa Gorga would be spilling the tea during her Watch What Happens Live appearance. Unfortunately, that was all superseded by the Real Housewives Awards. I don’t know why this was all squeezed into one episode, but it was.

Don’t get me wrong, Dorinda Medley was there the whole time, so there were some hilarious moments and special appearances, but it just felt like it should have been two separate shows to me.

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey Recap: Shady Beach

They’re back and bronzer than ever! The Real Housewives Of New Jersey started season eight with new housewife  Margaret Josephs and the resurrected career of Danielle Staub ready to mix things up with the nuttiest broads the Garden State has to offer: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker, and Dolores Catania. (Pause here to observe a quick moment of silence for Jacqueline Laurita, who is likely still watching last night’s premiere in a loop on her bedroom TV while she drinks BLK Water and screams into her pillow.)

We start the premiere super-sized episode on a sad note for Teresa and Joe Gorga, who lost their mom this past year after she contracted pneumonia. Teresa cries that her mom was a fighter, but caring and loving too. She would want her family to be strong after her passing, which is what Teresa plans to be as she handles her four daughters, Audriana, Milania, Gabriella, and Gia, solo while Joe Giudice is serving his prison sentence. Or away at “camp,” as the ruse goes.

 

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Even though Kathy Wakile isn’t a Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member anymore, she is still trying to parlay her reality TV fame into opening an Italian restaurant in New Jersey. If that sounds familiar, it’s because she’s not the only New Jersey Housewife who has done this recently. With that said, it will be interesting to see how Kathy’s PizzaLove restaurant will do in comparison to the one that her two cousins Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga opened with Melissa Gorga.

Kathy’s restaurant is not open at a full-scale yet, but PizzaLove is having its soft opening to test out the menu and bring in some customers for the future. I wonder if it will serve up those cannolis that Kathy started serving while she was still on the show.

Instagram Roundup

A new roundup of reality TV stars’ social media pics to kick off your weekend!

Above: Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham and her daughter Sophia catching a bite to eat at the Sugar Factory in New York City. “Sophia” captioned the pic on her Instagram page: “Girls gotta eat. ”

Look below for more selfies and snapshots, including Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann celebrating Kroy’s birthday, Shahs of Sunset star Mercedes “MJ” Javid showing off her assets, Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps promoting Kelly Bensimon‘s new book, Southern Charm star Shep Rose cruising around town during Hurricane Irma, Real Housewives of Orange County stars David and Shannon Beador tailgating at USC, and many more.

Instagram Roundup - Kenya Moore

Another week, another gallery of the reality stars over sharing on Instagram.

Above: Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Kenya Moore shares, “Crowning the queen… again. #booked #missusa #kenyamoore”

Look below for more selfies and snapshots from Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, Dancing With The Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd, Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis, and more.

Reality TV Star Instagram Roundup

Another week, another gallery of the reality TV stars showing off and sharing snapshots on Twitter and Instagram.

Above: former Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow joked, “Me with and without my Botox.”

Look below for more selfies and snapshots from Below Deck’s Lee Rosbach, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Dorit Kemsley, Teen Mom OG’s Farrah Abraham, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, Little Women: LA’s Briana Renee, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga, and more.

Real Housewives Awards

Bravo is bringing back the Real Housewives Awards for the fourth year in a row. This time, the ladies from across the franchise will compete for fans’ votes in various categories within the back-to-school theme.

Fortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which is nice. Unfortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which means that many of the nominations do not make sense. Nevertheless, the fandom will (hopefully) make the right decisions. Either way you slice it, nominating every housewife is a good way to ensure that a lot of them show up when the awards are handed out. So at least that’s good.