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It seems there is never a dull moment with the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the cast works overtime to keep the drama coming day after day. I guess they don’t want us to forget about them! Surprisingly this latest news update has nothing to do with Teresa Giudice squabbling with any Housewives! Shocked? I know — me too. It also has nothing to with Melissa Gorga making backhanded comments about anyone! Shocked? I know — me too.

As well all know Teresa is moving onto other projects besides being a hot-tempered Housewife and recently announced that she will be starring on Celebrity Apprentice. It seems that Terea’s stint on the show was a great experience for her and she gets along famously with The Donald.

Appearing on New York Live, Teresa warned fans that while some tempers flared Celebrity Apprentice was a totally different reality show experience. “I loved it. At first we are working 20 hours a day — getting up at 4:30 a.m., sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience and if I had to do it all over again, I would.”

Even though there were still some mean girl antics, no one let it get in the way of professionalism. I mean, what’s a little drama when it’s for a good cause, right? “The girls are very catty you know, but this was different from Housewives. We were asked to do tasks and we did them. Donald is amazing. It’s about charity, so it’s totally different from Housewives.”

Teresa admits there’s “definitely clashing” as there are “a lot of us Italians on the show,” but for the most part she wasn’t giving anything away about her rumored dispute with Victoria Gotti, whom Teresa described as “lovely.”

As for her relationship with the show’s infamous host, Teresa loved working with him! “Donald is amazing,” Teresa gushed. “He just said ‘Teresa, I see a different side of you. This is not the Teresa I know.’ And I’m like that’s what I wanted everyone to see,” Teresa regales. “There are going to be a lot of surprises on the show.”

You can check out the video below. Teresa also talks the differences between Housewives and CA and other aspects of her life.

While things are looking up for Teresa professionally, her husband Juicy Joe Giudice was recently indicted which might land him in prison for up to ten years. On the very same day he was indicted Joe proved he is a Giudice at heart as he shopped through his pain and was seen “trying on a mink coat and hat!” I can tell he’s taking this whole felony thing very seriously. As well as this whole paying back his creditors thing…

Apparently, the thought of leaving his marble mansion behind for a cell hasn’t really sunk in for Joe, who continues to put on a happy face. “Everything he does he laughs at,” a source tells Us Weekly. “He doesn’t take anything seriously.” Teresa is reportedly furious and embarrassed by her husbands legal incident. And frankly, I would be too!

Moving on to another Joe who also has some problems managing his money, Non-Juicy Joe Gorga recently settled a lawsuit brought against him by a Paterson window company.

According to NorthJersey.com, Joe owed the Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. an approximate $25,000 for unpaid services and agreed to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount before the case went to trial. Starlite’s attorney Darren Del Sardo revealed that the exact settlement amount would remain confidential by “mutual agreement” of both parties in the case.

According to Joe, he hired the Starlite to install windows in the Courtland Suites apartment complex in Paterson and was given an estimate of $100,000 for the work. During the course of the project the company increased the price by another $30,000. Joe willingly paid the originally quoted $100k for the job but refused to pay the additional $30 grand which resulted in a lawsuit against his company, Gorga Enterprises Inc.

Starlite decided to go through the Passaic County state Superior Court’s Civil Law Division to recoup their loses on the basis that Gorga Enterprises “entered into a contract” with the company “from December 2008 to January 2009 to deliver $25,577.19 worth of windows.”

Joe claims he had no formal (a.k.a. written) agreement with the company for the monies owed because “he does business with a handshake.” Joe, a developer who works with large-scale projects, claims “discrepancies happen all the time” in his line of work and people “always want to sue you.”

Indeed, court records show that Joe and Gorga Enterprises, Inc have been the subject of 26 liens and civil court judgments for small-claims matters mainly less than $15,000. In 2010 Joe was sued for breach of contract by another New Jersey company for the installation of a fire suppression system in that same apartment complex.

The most interesting thing about this entire situation is Starlite Window’s attorney Darren Del Sardo. This is not Mr. Del Sardo’s first affiliation with the RHONJ as in 2009 he represented former Housewife Danielle Staub in a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend over his attempt to release sex tapes starring the racy mom of two. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.

He then represented Danielle again when she filed a complaint against Ashley Holmes for ripping out her extensions during Season 2′s Posche Fashion Show. Del Sardo was seen in an episode walking with Danielle from the courthouse with Kim G looking like a “broke down Sex And The City,” Jacqueline Laurita famously quipped.

Oh that Danielle – those were the good old days when your cray-cray brought the drama and the laughs and no one was hating on their family and ruining their child’s welcoming into God’s kingdom with a knock-down, drag-out drunken brawl.

And speaking of family drama – you know there is no RHONJ news without some – G-to-the-eeya Giudice turned 11 this weekend and celebrated with a huge blowout befitting of a queen. No just kidding, Teresa actually had a modest family party for her eldest daughter and posted photos of the celebration on her website.

“Being a mom is the best gift I could have ever been given. Gia was the best gift I’ve ever been given. All my girls are,” Teresa wrote. “I love you, Gia! You are a beautiful, amazing girl and I’m so proud of the young lady you are turning into.” Very sweet.

If you are wondering if Joe and Melissa were guests at the party, indeed they were not! Joe Tweeted “wish I had an invite” when asked by fans if they were present. Melissa added that they called instead and wished Joe’s goddaughter a Happy Birthday over the phone. “we called I think that was much better,” Melissa explained.

Photos of Gia’s fete are below. I cannot believe how big the first girls of Jersey are becoming! It seems like Gia was so little when the series started. Happy Belated Birthday Gia from all of us here at Reality Tea!

Celebrity Apprentice premieres on NBC, Frebruary 12th at 9/8c. I, for one, cannot wait to watch!

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? DO YOU THINK JOE WILL SERVE TIME IN PRISON? THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT CONCERNING JOE GORGA?

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Can you feel the heat? Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga and husband Joe Gorga hit the beach this weekend in Miami!

The NJ couple were in Miami to host a New Year’s Eve party, but before their hosting duties started they took to the beach for some fun in the sun.

Melissa, 32, a mother of three, showed off her hot bikini body in a small black bikini while taking photos with fans. Joe Juicy Jr. also went shirtless on the beach!

More photos below of Melissa and Joe!

Meanwhile, it appears Melissa’s sister-in-law Teresa Giudice was busy taking some shots at her over the weekend while she was in Miami.

See, apparently Teresa feels she is a better mom than Melissa it’s very important to spend NYE with her four daughters, and made certain to blog about that on her website the same weekend her brother and his wife were away in Miami spending NYE away from their kids!

“Joe and I celebrated New Year’s Eve like we have every single year–at a huge party with our family and friends. All of Joe’s family was there, my parents, my kids, our friends and their kids… it was a magical night,” wrote Teresa.

Teresa added: “I can’t imagine not spending it with my kids, it’s one of their favorite holidays. They LOVE New Year’s! It would kill me to just leave them home with a babysitter. They had such a great time, dancing and toasting with their sparkly juice.” Shots fired.

Oddly enough, Teresa just spent a few weeks away from her kids and husband last year while filming the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice.

In fact, a RHONJ source exclusively told Reality Tea back in October that Teresa was becoming an absentee mom due to her career and pursuit of fame, while adding that her nanny/baby sitter was pretty much with the kids all the time.

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This week (like every other week in reality TV news) has been dominated by Real Housewives of New Jersey. You know how they say NYC is the city that never sleeps, I feel like it’s actually Jersey that never sleeps because the drama just keeps on coming faster than you can say “Joewwww!”

In the latest, Reality Tea’s source gives us exclusive behind the scenes details of Joe Giudice‘s Identity Theft case and reveals why Melissa Gorga‘s and Teresa Giudice‘s Christmas cards look so similar!

Earlier this week we reported that Juicy was indicted on wrongful use of identifying information and impersonation charges and could be facing multiple years in prison for his crimes ! Reality Tea’s source confirms the Giudice family is “not happy” with the verdict and allegedly Joe has claimed to have stolen the documents used to obtain the driver’s license from his brother Pete Giudice!

“I will say Joe is loyal to his family. Pete is the one who gave Joe the documents,” the source shockingly reveals! “But, since that hasn’t been reported I assume Joe is saying he ‘stole’ them from his brother.” This possibly explains why Pete has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident.

Our source also reveals that Pete’s wife, Sheila Giudice, had no idea how the documents ended up in Joe’s hands! “The truth is, his wife Sheila had NO clue Pete gave Joe the documents. The documents were in their safe and only Pete and Sheila have access to it.”

“Sheila was irate when she learned Pete gave Joe the documents. But, since Joe was giving Pete work at the time and still is, Pete is indebted to Joe.” Pete filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and presumably was having financial troubles as the debts listed on their filing were “consumer debts” or personal debts and as opposed to business related debts.

Our source then goes on to describe the animosity between sister-in-laws at war Teresa and Melissa! Apparently, while Christmas is the birthday of Baby Jesus (and that’s what matters most to Melissa #backwardssignofthecross), and should be a time of peace, love, and giving these two ladies just cannot put their differences aside and focus on the bigger picture! And speaking of pictures… here comes Christmas Card-gate!

According to our source, the annual Gorgadice Christmas card feud has been happening for years as Teresa and Melissa battle it out to have the biggest, the best, and most over the top cards of them all! Our source also touches on some of Melissa’s other alleged copy-cat behavior, “Melissa is now putting recipes on her blog?”

“They both used the SAME photographer for their Christmas cards this year,” our source reveals, explaining why the Antonia is wearing the exact same coat that was seen on Gia in a card a few years back! Copies of the cards are below! Teresa posted on her website that she gets her cards from Portrait Artistry by Linda Marie and found her when she was “driving past her studio” and looking for someone to photograph Gia’s birth announcement.

Melissa recently announced on her personal blog that she has also used Linda for years, “I’ve been going to her since Antonia was born! She also did the beautiful family picture you saw us do on season 3 with Joe [Gorga]‘s family!” Right below that Melissa also offers one of her personal recipes.

According to our source, the ladies keep using Linda Marie for competition! Poor Linda Marie! “They both act like they love her [Linda] so much… meanwhile, neither one of them have used her the past few years. Teresa did use her last year for Christmas pics.” Teresa claims to have always used Linda on her website and included a montage of Christmas cards past for us to enjoy.

Our insider continues, “Melissa was going to Photos By Ginny for the past few years but, since she feared Teresa’s cards would be better then hers she went back to Linda.”

“They always hold out and wait until the last minute to mail their cards. As soon as Teresa sends hers out, a day or 2 later here come Melissa’s. This is the 4th year in a row Melissa has done this. Teresa stopped using Linda when Melissa started using her. Melissa tries to act like she always used her in her blog.”

“Melissa has been trying to keep up with Teresa and copying her more and more,” our insider adds. Well hopefully Melissa doesn’t copy her way into bankruptcy!

Christmas Card-gate is apparently just the tip of the iceberg with these two and even more upsetting, according to our source things are so acrimonious between the Gorgas and the Giudices, they will not be spending the holidays together because Teresa’s parents won’t allow it!

“Teresa’s father refuses to be in the same room as the 2 Joe’s. He is afraid of them fighting and can’t handle it in his health condition.”  Ok, that’s when you know you need to stop it, sit down, and work out your differences!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE INFORMATION REVEALED? DO YOU BELIEVE JOE WAS RIGHT TO ALLEGEDLY CLAIM TO HAVE STOLEN THE DOCUMENTS TO PROTECT HIS BROTHER?  WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS CARD-GATE?

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Bringing you an all new weekend photo post… Jersey style!

Real Housewives of New Jersey families — Manzos & Lauritas — attended the wine tasting at Stew Leonards Wines on December 16, 2011 in Clifton, New Jersey. Above is a shot of Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita. More shots below of the ladies and their families!

Also below, Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice attended a flash mob in Times Square in New York City featuring their daughter Gia Giudice And True Dance Crew Troup!

And finally, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile also attended a birthday celebration! All the photos are below!

[Photo credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com]

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Bringing you a new photo post this week of your favorite reality stars!

A TON of great photos this week! Above is a photo of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga and hubby Joe Gorga.

Below, Taylor Armstrong is pictured out drinking following her appearance on WWHL, Teresa Giudice at a book signing, Alexis Bellino goes shopping with hubby Jim, Kelly Bensimon takes a walk, A close up of Adrienne Maloof’s face! Countess LuAnn steps out with two of the new RHONY housewives, Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks attend an event! Plus more photos of Melissa Gorga, Kyle Richards, Sonja Morgan, Rachel Zoe & more!

Also below Maksim and partner Hope Solo pictured having dinner, Kate Gosselin runs a marathon, Is Khloe Kardashia pregnant? Plus Snooki, JWoww, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, DJ Pauly D & more!

[Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Splash News]

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Oh, Melissa Gorga — relax. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is furious about all the allegations that she is an ex-stripper! So mad, in fact, she is threatening legal action against anyone who accuses her of dancing in her underwear — except while she’s performing “On Display,” I presume?

Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’ interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.

The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”

Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”

Apparently her quest for fame and the constant accusations about her past has taken its toll on Melissa’s marriage to Joe Gorga as she recently confessed to HollywoodLife, that it’s been stressful.

“This year, to be honest with you, I feel like there is a lot of stress from the show and being in the public eye,” Melissa revealed, while attending the Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. ”All I want from my husband is to just… I just want to make sure we keep this bond that him and I have.”

“I don’t want to let anything or any person break it,” she added. “That to me is the most important thing because we had an amazing life before we entered this show. And we still do and I don’t want to let anything break it. I know this business can break you sometimes.” Perhaps she now understands how sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice feels…

Here’s my opinion: Melissa has a right to not want her past exposed, whether she is embarrassed that she worked in a strip club (in any capacity) or not or just doesn’t want people digging into her past, but she went on a national television show to expose her “real life” so she has to expect curiosity from the public beyond just what she wants us to see.

We know Melissa wants the world to view her as the happy and privileged wife of a prominent real estate developer, a loving mother, backstabbing sister-in-law and a hopeful singer — and we do see her that way, but like all of us Melissa has a past. Perhaps it’s a salacious past that she is ashamed of, perhaps not.

But here’s the thing, Melissa has no problem exposing, commenting on and discussing Teresa’s embarrassing moments, negative behaviors, family discord as well as financial issues to the media and the world. So is it really fair of her to demand that no one discuss her own situations? She didn’t mind when everyone was accusing Teresa of all sorts of misdeeds, but now she’s suing anyone who says something about her she doesn’t want to hear and getting into Twitter fights with people who don’t like her song? #JayMohr.

Melissa should let stripper-gate go. Drawing more and more attention to it pretty much guarantees that the media, the networks, the blogosphere are going to keep speculating about it. Melissa has a lot going for her and seems to have a pretty lovely life. She should focus on the positives. We know Melissa reads RT (she Tweeted that she loves it) so a little advice from me: the truth will come out whatever it is, so go practice singing and accept that you’re “On Display!”

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA WAS A STRIPPER OR JUST DESPERATE TO PROVE THAT IT’S ALL A LIE? THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER MARRIAGE?




Teresa, Teresa, oh, Teresa. I feel slighted, as if I was in the presence of greatness knowing that the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Skinny Italian was mere ninety minutes away from me, answering questions openly and honestly (ahem) in my tiny home state’s capitol. Maybe she will, as she recently opened up about her husband’s dinner date at TGIFriday’s!

Not only that, mob princess Victoria Gotti teases about a Celebrity Apprentice blow-up with the Bravo housewife that puts Nene Leakes beef with Star Jones to shame. Add all of this with the fact that Teresa Guidice’s nemesis sister-in-law Melissa Gorga won’t be breaking bread with her husband’s sister this holiday makes for a very Merry Jersey-style Christmas.

Going on The Wendy Williams Show recently, Teresa isn’t just defending herself, but also her marriage and finances. When questioned about whether she was the only housewife in financial strife, Teresa took the high road refusing to speculate about the business of her cast mates (and former friends). Of Juicy Joe Guidice’s and her situation, she explains, “Joe and I are both hard workers. We just withdrew from bankruptcy.”

Wendy Williams then asked about those dreaded rumors of infidelity, sparked by pictures of Juicy dining with another woman at TGIFriday’s. That Joe is one big spender, eh? Teresa assures Wendy, “That was a friend of ours.” She continues, telling a story about dining recently with a hot male companion who is friends with the couple. Teresa was thankful she wasn’t photographed with him to start the gossip mill swirling. “It’s not fair that just because you are out with a friend, you are cheating on your spouse,” she tells Wendy. Teresa loves her Juicy Joe.

You know who else she loves? Donald Trump, the man that is helping her expand her brand on Celebrity Apprentice. You know who she may not love as much? Her rumored co-star and competitor on the upcoming season, Victoria Gotti. Not to be outdone by Teresa, Victoria showed up on The Wendy Williams Show hinting about a brewing feud between Mrs. Guidice and herself. While never out-right confirming her spot on the reality competition, Gotti teases, “I recently worked with someone on a project, and that person is a fellow Italian woman …” Follow-up questions from Wendy made it pretty clear that fellow lady was Teresa.

A shocked Wendy admits, “In my mind you guys would be friends,” to which Gotti replies, “In my mind we were too. But then there comes a scene… when my mind gets completely blown… So you’re going to see this on TV, it’s a quite a blow-up… I thought it was gonna get a little physical there. Nene and Starr, I mean, that was like nothin’.’” I honestly can’t say I’m surprised to hear that. I’d kind of like to see Teresa and Nene go head to head!

While Victoria Gotti may not be hanging out with Teresa anytime soon, the same may be said for Melissa Gorga. The upcoming holidays always bring together fun, family and lots of stress, and Melissa and husband Joe Gorga may be choosing less stress over more family time. In a recent interview, Melissa admits that Christmas plans have yet to be made. She says, “It’s yet to be determined. Sometimes when something stresses you out and when you have to think to hard about something, sometimes it’s better to stay away for a little while.”

While Melissa would love for the cousins to enjoy the holidays together, it seems that Teresa may be the roadblock. Melissa reveals, “If it were up to me, we would be together every single Christmas Eve. Our children would be opening presents together. We’d be sharing every single Christmas together.”

Joe Gorga agrees. When it comes to his sister Teresa, he knows she can bring unwanted drama. Joe concurs, “There’s certain things you just can’t forgive and forget. It’s a holiday. You want to enjoy it. You want to be happy. You don’t want to be aggravated. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I want to be happy.”

Melissa, however, remains hopeful. “I just really hope that we can all work this out. We all have such amazing opportunities here. We’re all great people.” She continues, “Everyone’s talented. Everyone has amazing families. We all just need to let it go and work it out. It’s the holidays and that’s it. I don’t want to say anything else. We really need to work it out.”

And finally, last night, Teresa spoke at a library benefit (of all things!) in Columbia, South Carolina. In an interview prior to her appearance, Teresa was asked about her reality star status. Teresa reveals, “I’m really humble and really down to earth. I don’t walk around saying that. I’m still true to who I am.” Cough, cough. She continues, “I’m still the same person. The way they portray you on TV, that’s not who you really are. I’m really, real, and I think my true friends know who I really am. They’re just really protective of me.”

However, Teresa admits she has a feisty side (table flipping, anyone?), but she explains, “I stand up for myself if I believe in something. If I have to state my case, I have to state it. If I’m wrong, then I’ll keep my mouth shut.” Is that how it works? Even when discussing Bravo’s Andy Cohen and his not so gentle ribbing of she and her husband, Teresa laughs, exclaiming, “[T]hat’s his job. And I love Andy. I’m a big girl and I can defend myself.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TERESA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SHOCKED THAT SHE AND VICTORIA GOTTI WILL SPAR ON THE UPCOMING SEASON OF CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? SHOULD THE GORGAS AND THE GUIDICES CALL A TRUCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

Finally, a positive Real Housewives of New Jersey story to report on!

In today’s photo post, RHONJ stars Caroline Manzo and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita visited South Beach, Miami during the Nov. 18 weekend with their families in tow!

The Manzo-Laurita clan were there to help promote Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita’s company BLK Water (water enhanced with trace minerals and elements, powerful electrolytes and antioxidants). Also on the trip were Albert Manzo, Christopher Manzo and Lauren Manzo. Photos of the families are below!

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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