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Ahhh… Melissa Gorga… back in the press defending yourself. Last year it was stripper allegations, this year it’s financial woes! The Real Housewife of New Jersey star fell under scrutiny when she and husband Joe Gorga listed both their Montville, New Jersey mansion and their shore house for sale last week. Melissa claims the couple is just ready for a change and it has absolutely nothing at all to do with speculation that they can’t pay the billz!

“The rumors that Joe and I can’t afford our mortgage payments and bills are 100 percent false,” Melissa told The Huffington Post. “Since when does selling your house mean you are broke?” Well, I can think of a time or two that it has, I’m not saying this is one of them. I’m just saying it happens!

Melissa, herself, told Reality Tea that she and Joe have always been financially stable and there is absolutely no validity to the rumors, citing proof that their mortgages have always been sound. Melissa’s publicist provided documentation to Reality Tea which directly proves Melissa’s statements about their home ownership.

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*Sigh* When I started watching the Real Housewives of Orange County way back when I was intrigued by the wealthy and fantastical lifestyles of women very different from me. As Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of New Jersey came onto the Housewives scenes, they were my two favorites of the franchise. They were light-hearted, silly, and kooky – and I loved the genuine friendships along with the realistic seeming issues between friends.

Yes, the Danielle Staub stuff was ridic, but it was balanced by the friendships between Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, and Dina Manzo. I’m not sure what happened to that fun, outrageously silly show, but it is long gone.

As with Atlanta, no one on this show likes each other anymore. It’s painful and obvious that even the supposed friendship scenes are fabricated and the ladies are dialing it in. Additionally, I am very tired of the husbands dominating the storyline. This is a show about Housewives – I don’t care about your hubby. If they are that interested in being housewives, get a sex change!

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Last week Melissa and Joe Gorga put their custom-built NJ home on the market for $3.8M, Melissa took to twitter to explain that the couple wants to relocate to nearby Franklin Lakes and that building their new dream home will be part of next season’s storyline (so is that confirmation that she’s coming back?). Melissa also said they would not start construction on the new home until the old one has sold.

Melissa and Joe also listed their Jersey Shore home for sale. This led many to wonder if the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were having financial difficulty! Well, according to RadarOnline the PDA-laden couple is flat-out broke! “Melissa and Joe are in way over their heads. Joe owes a lot of people money. They have the house on the market because they can’t pay the mortgage now that the interest rate on it has exploded,” a source close to the couple reveals.

Apparently, Joe and Melissa did what many aspiring famewhores did – they exaggerated their wealth and prestige for the sake of the show. Remember, Bravo likes to promote the whole aspiration wealth thing! “They are portraying a life they that they really didn’t live prior to the show,” the source continues. “Melissa likes to drop name brands now and has become very arrogant.” Reality Tea’s own source previously revealed that Melissa has really let fame go to her head and pretends to be fabulously wealthy.

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Our favorite reality TV stars can’t get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more with us. And we love them for it! Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!

Above: The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson shared “At Oaks Day with @csiriano”.

Below you’ll find: The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Gorga, the Jersey Shore girls promoting their new show, Bethenny Frankel at a ‘Skinnydipping’ book signing, Jacqueline Laurita, Gretchen Rossi and more! (Including an Andy Cohen stroll down memory lane!)

[Photo credit: Vicki's Twitter]

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Teresa Giudice may have been fired on last Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice, but the reality star will be back she assures us. Teresa will be returning to help the final three with their finale challenges.

Teresa confirmed the news in her most recent Bravo Blog, but RadarOnline is also confirming that the reality mogul will be returning to the show. And apparently the Trumps continue to be impressed with Teresa’s business sense, despite the public debacles in her personal life.

“People underestimated Teresa, she is a lot smarter than people realize and she has always used that to her advantage,” Teresa an insider shares. “Teresa has a college degree and was a successful business woman before joining Housewives, she knows exactly what she is doing.”

“There is a reason why Teresa is the only Housewife on the New Jersey franchise with a brand that spans multiple product categories and there is a reason Mr. Trump selected her for Celebrity Apprentice, she is very smart,” the source adds.

Teresa, herself, calls the show a “great experience” – unlike that other reality show she’s on! “Mr. Trump has really helped me take my business to the next level,” she adds. And Teresa insists she gets along well with all her castmates. Unlike that other reality show she’s on. “We really didn’t take anything personally. Debbie [Gibson] and I keep in touch and we are doing great,” Teresa shares. “Lisa [Lampanelli] and I have also forged a friendship, we all became very close on this show.”

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Have you ever said something and immediately after you said it, you wished you could take it back? I think it’s known as foot in mouth syndrome. You know, the awkward moment when something unguarded or rude flies out of your mouth and you’re like ‘ooohhh… oooohhh… that was a mistake. Why did I say that?’ And you try to backpedal. I dunno – maybe Teresa Giudice doesn’t have that radar? So, anyway that was the theme of last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Teresa said something rude to her brother Joew Gorga about Melissa. She probably realized she shouldn’t have said it, but it was too late. The idea was out there floating around in the universe. And the problem was not that Melissa might leave her hubby for a richer man, but that Teresa thinks she would. So there you have it. Teresa, God help her.

We all love Teresa for her sense of unfiltered honesty, but sometimes you gotta know when to zip it! And sometimes you have to know when to pick and chose your battles. And Melissa is not the type of person to give up the opportunity to look like the blessed golden one; the innocent taken advantage of. So when she came at Teresa with the ‘YOU APOLOGIZE! YOU SAID HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME’ stuff, Teresa should have owned it and said “sorwry, Meliss.” Now – that would have shocked the words right out of Lady Gorga’s mouth!

Now onto the recap. So last night everyone is at the shore except for Caroline Manzo and her fam. They’re back in Franklin Lakes talking about how fat Lauren Manzo is. The Manzos have poop in their pants – meaning they’re wet blanket miserable bores. I used to love Caroline, now I just count the minutes until she’s off the TV. Oh – did I say that out loud? Sorry, Caroline’s publicist! So everyone FUN – or even remotely fun – is at the shore where Teresa is having some gathering on a boat. It will be The Juicys, The Lauritas, The Wakiles, and The Gorgas.

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The family feud on Real Housewives of New Jersey has cast a dark shadow over the last two seasons of what was once a fun and lively family-centered show. Save for the Danielle Staub drama, of course!

Fans of Teresa Giudice have been upset about what seemed like her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga‘s desire to join the show for the sake of her own fame. Melissa, herself, told Reality Tea that their family problems existed long before the show. Which has led many to question why, if you have so much family drama would you join a reality show to showcase those issues?

Our source confirms that the problems between the Gorgadice families has indeed existed for years – and that Teresa and Joe Gorga‘s parents are horrified by Melissa’s desire for fame which is tearing their family apart!

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The last two seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey fans have watched the Gorgadice family fall apart over what seems like petty arguments, silly competitions, and straight-up jealousy. Viewers have seen sisters-in-law from hell Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga blame each other for the problems and cite jealousy over money, marriage, and fame as the reasons for family discord.

It also seems like Melissa and Joe G-to-the-Orga‘s marriage has been the polar opposite of Teresa and Joe G-to-the-Iudice‘s tumultuous marriage. Well, Reality Tea’s source tells us EXCLUSIVELY that Melissa and Joe’s marriage is all for show – literally – and before Bravo cameras started rolling they had many problems of their own which they now disguise for the the sake of reality television!

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