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The drama surrounding Real Housewives of New Jersey continues to explode! Melissa Gorga and Caroline Manzo are scrambling to get their sides’ of the story heard while ostracized castmate Teresa Giudice is indisposed filming Celebrity Apprentice.

Or perhaps they are just responding to the latest round of stories reported by In Touch Weekly, which are rumored to have been planted by Teresa, herself!

Speaking out on New York Live, Caroline did not hold back! “I noticed a change [in Teresa] when other ladies joined the cast,” she revealed. “We were acquaintances, not friends. Off camera, there was nothing — no interaction,” she insists.

“It has been an unbelievable experience. A growing experience, a learning experience, but I’ve had a lot of heartbreak because of it,” she explains, alluding to her rift with Dina Manzo, which she seems to believe was caused or at least exacerbated by Teresa. “So much I won’t say, because I don’t want to hurt anyone. I’m not going to blame the network. For a TV show, I’m not going to hurt someone. I’m not going to do it,” she declares.

Caroline is also still reeling from Teresa’s attacks against her children, who in her mind have never crossed the threshold into adulthood or something. “My children didn’t sign up for this. We put ourselves out there and have no idea.” Caroline insists, claiming they had never seen reality TV before joining the cast and were not prepared for the negativity.

Caroline also joined Melissa and Kathy Wakile for an interview with The Insider where they spoke about, what else – Teresa! Oh, and the upcoming Season 4 drama!

“Why should I feel sorry for someone who walks away from love?” Caroline asks, referring to castmate and never-really-friend Teresa. “You don’t have the right play the victim, when you’re the one doing all the hitting,” she admonished.

Describing her relationship with Teresa prior to the reunion and the explosive stripper-gate incident supposedly filmed the night before, Melissa expresses her shock over Teresa’s behavior. “I get very disappointed in her,” Melissa laments. “When we’re so good, why would you take that chance?”

“We were great, probably better than ever. And I owe a lot of that to Bravo” Melissa explains, claiming that the interaction required for the show brought them closer and helped a positive a more relationship develop.

As for the friendship between the other castmates, Melissa describes: “It’s just easy, there’s no insulting going on.” Caroline and Kathy echo those sentiments, claiming they are supportive of each other, not competitive, and they “help each other” by offering opportunity and support.

Melissa also spoke to Hollywood Life about the reunion and dealing with the sister-in-law from hell on national television. And she believes the other ladies did not gang up on Teresa!

“Everyone was upset with her,” she states. “We had an explosive night the day [before the reunion] — that was a lot of the reason for the bad blood that you saw,” Melissa reveals, refusing to give any more details about what may have happened.

“I felt the pressure she was going through,” Melissa mentions, claiming she tried to keep a low-profile since Teresa and Caroline were embroiled in so much animosity. “Obviously you saw the commotion between her and Caroline, so I didn’t want to sit there and her think that we were ganging up on her. That was not the intention at all. We’re not trying to team up on her. We are addressing the issue. That’s what the reunion is.”

Melissa also agreed that poor plagued by stripper-rumors, Jacqueline Laurita would not have been able to pull herself away from Twitter handle the reunion! “It was something that Teresa has done that Jacqueline does not agree with,” Melissa cites “She just wouldn’t be able to handle a nine-hour filming session.”

As for how Teresa could make amends with her family and her former (maybe never?) friends, Melissa thinks a simple apology will suffice. “We all do things wrong, we’re all not perfect; she just needs to be able to say ‘you know what, I’m sorry.’” Although Melissa confirms: family is family. “I’m always going to be here to support her and her children.”

My Thoughts: Caroline’s new-found relationship with Melissa and Kathy seems eerily similar to her prior fauxlationship with Teresa! And for someone who was merely an on-camera acquaintance she certainly played up the “like family/thick as thieves” angle in S2 and off camera in interviews and appearances. Which is interesting because Caroline emphatically states over and over that she does not lie. Now, I am 100 percent certain Bravo demanded their relationship seem authentic, but Caroline did a mighty good job of convincing us that it was! Also, Teresa’s reactions at the reunion seemed to indicate she believed they had an authentic relationship (although it’s hard to be sure with her).

Second of all Caroline’s children are adults and have been for the duration of filming. Therefore they did sign up for this show – they knowingly signed contracts, agreed to film, and were compensated for their involvement. Does that give Teresa the right to insult their ideas or behaviors in a cookbook for her own financial gain? No, of course not. But the Manzo children are not innocent by-standers in the situation. They insulted Teresa plenty this season and did not seem to have any qualms about their behaviors. The children who truly did not sign up for this show are those of the Gorgas, Giudices, and Lauritas (save for Ashlee).

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THOUGHTS? DO YOU THINK THERE IS HOPE FOR TERESA RECONNECTING WITH HER FAMILY AND CASTMATES? DO YOU BELIEVE CAROLINE, KATHY, AND MELISSA HAVE A GENUINE RELATIONSHIP? ARE CAROLINE’S CHILDREN INNOCENT VICTIMS OR IS SHE OVER-REACTING?

Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of Bravo Housewives Kathy Wakile, Melissa Gorga, and Adrienne Maloof as they attended the 9th Annual About Face Benefit for Domestic Violence Survivors, held at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York City on October 20, 2011.

Below, Taylor Armstrong photographed in good spirits with Gretchen Rossi! Melissa Gorga pictured wearing a fat suit! Teresa Giudice photographed filming Celebrity Apprentice with Victoria Gotti! Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Sonja Morgan step out for different events! Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof step out together, plus more photos of Kandi Burruss , The Manzo Kids, Dana Wilkey & more!

Also below, Kate Gosselin, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, JWoww, Maksim Chmerkovskiy & more!

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFevents.com

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On last night’s FINAL episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey I breathed a serious sigh of relief, opened up the wine for a guzzlet or two, and prepared to cringe. I have run out of steam with these people. I’m going to try and cover this the best I can, but there was a lot of yelling about things like Kool-aid that left me confused. So, hang in there!

The show opens with Andy’s attempts at fun by bringing up Joe G-to-the-Orga’s horniness and The Gorgasm? A montage of all the couples’ lovey-dovey moments is replayed, except for Caroline and Albert. Cause I guess they don’t have them – or Caroline just won’t discuss them. Uh-huh. Apparently Joe Gorga has a history of dressing up like a lady – it goes way back to when he was little. This is explains a lot. Did The Gorgas want two Teresas?! Ooooohhh… the stress that image just caused!

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Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion from hell gave me stress-induced anxiety, like for real! I could not guzzle the wine fast enough! The rage was palpable and the ladies were down right dirty. This made RHONY’s reunion seem almost tolerable. Did I just type that?!

First of all, does anyone remember that notorious website Socialite Rank? Well, I wish we had a website devoted to Housewives Ranking, called of course, Housewives Rank, because if we did The Caroline and Teresa would be neck and neck for bottom of the heap after last night’s dreadful performance! Melissa had her moments of dirty as well, and for the most part Kathy kept her hands clean and imagined beautiful beaches and escape. Me too, Kath!

*Simple Disclaimer – I am a woman without a housewife – I play no favorites. I participate in equal opportunity snarking. All the ladies are ridiculous to a degree (yes, some more than others) and I like to spread the snark around!

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Bringing you an all new Real Housewives of New Jersey photo post today!

On October 12, Bravo’s RHONJ cast members — Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile – visited New York City to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell. Missing in action was Jacqueline Laurita who has also been absent from recent publicity events and interviews for the show. No word yet on whether this is Bravo’s doing due to Jacqueline skipping the reunion, or perhaps it’s Jacqueline’s choice to skip these events. Either way, more photos of the cast below!

Also below Teresa Giudice hosted a birthday party for her daughters Audriana and Gabriella Giudice at Space Odyssey on October 9, 2011 in Englewood, New Jersey. Gabriella was celebrating her 7th birthday while Audriana turned 2! Those photos are also below!

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Well, finally – finally – we reached the season finale to the arduous, tortuous, never-ending season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. And it was kinda disappointing, no? Maybe cause we already knew what was happening real time.

Things start off with Melissa meeting with Teresa’s her stylist, because she is an over-the-hill wannabe pop star and over-the-hill wannabe pop stars need to look good! Really booby and trampy apparently = good. Melissa’s stylist, or is it Teresa’s stylist, suggests she wrap a scarf around her boobs and wear it as a shirt. Right. Let me get this straight: TWO WOMEN are paying this woman money to make them look like hookers and fighting over who she styles? There is some issue about how Teresa didn’t want her to also style Melissa. Maybe she wanted Melissa to actually look good?

While Terlissa’s stylist is there, Melissa gets a call from Teresa about the family photoshoot they are planning. Melissa claims this is the first family photo shoot she and Joe have been invited to and she is excited to put the past behind her and move forward. Why do I not believe her?

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In light of all the real-time drama of the past few days, I felt very sad watching last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa, Kathy, The Joes, and Melissa all made-up and seemed to be working positively towards the future, but current drama lets us know it doesn’t last!

These women have sold their integrity and self-respect, and in the process destroyed their families and friendships for a small piece of fame and little bit of extra money. I hope it was worth it. And when no one remembers who they are, except for the fleeting memories of how they once appeared on our TV screens to embarrass themselves for amusement and some designer shoes; I hope the little bit of extra money they earned is at least enough to pay for their kids’ therapy. Lord knows, they’ll need it!

Full disclosure: I don’t believe Teresa set Melissa up. 1) I don’t believe she’s capable of masterminding something that involved. Or keeping it a secret long enough for it to pan out. 2) She seems to really love her brother. I do believe she wants a relationship with him at all costs. As to what happened, I suppose maybe time will tell, and maybe not.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice seems to be fighting with everyone these days. Last week’s episode contained an explosive fight with Kathy Wakile, it looks like the Manzos no longer consider the Giudices “like family”, Jacqueline Laurita is over the petty nonsense, and Teresa just can’t stop saying negative things about people! But in her defense, it appears no one else can stop saying negative things about her either!

A quick peek at Teresa’s Bravo blogs confirms that Teresa is annoyed with everyone and perhaps a real rift is developing between Teresa and Caroline!

In a recent blog, Teresa addresses the book signing and subsequent text drama between her husband and her brother, Joe Gorga. And after stating that it “meant so much to her that her brother and Melissa and Kathy and Richie” all came to her book signing, Teresa goes onto complain that it took them so long to get there! “I had dozens of book signings all summer long and into the fall. The book signing they all came to was at the end of January. That’s a long time not to come out and support me, no? I talked to my whole family about them all the time. It was a big deal to me and I was hoping they would come.”

Taking the high road as always, she let’s us know that her brother and Melissa don’t care about her best-selling cookbooks, “I never got one public congrats. Not one. (I still haven’t…) For the record, I have congratulated Melissa and my brother for her song on Twitter several times and I’m happy to do it here on my blog as well: Congrats to both of you!” Passive aggressive much, Tre?

In defense of Joe Giudice’s rude texts and drunken anger, Teresa reiterates that he believed Joey’s attendance at the signing “was to look good on the show.” She goes on to point out that she hopes that was not the case, because “we’re all working on getting to a better place now.” So, writing snarky comments on a nationally published network blog isn’t going to further strain an already tumultuous relationship?

Responding to Caroline’s comments about Gia’s heartbreaking song to her family at Melania’s birthday party, Teresa insists “ She’s not screaming out in pain or whatever Caroline said. She’s a normal ten-year-old girl who’s creative and passionate.”

Teresa also addresses that she was “surprised” to hear Caroline and her kids speaking negatively about her and her books. “I had no idea they did that. I’ve always adored Caroline’s whole family and have never said a word about them, so it was a little shock.” She does admit that the Manzo family likes “to laugh a lot and they have silly senses of humor,” concluding that, “Life’s too short to take offense to the small things!”

And after last week’s trip to Punta Cana, both Teresa and Kathy both have plenty to say about that little fight they got into regarding how Teresa may or may not be a negligent parent and Kathy may or may not have been intentionally insulting her.

Teresa states her reason for verbally lashing out at Kathy on the beach, in a blog entitled “Go Time”, goes a little something like this: “I had never gotten to talk to Kathy about her comment about Audriana being left unattended, and yeah, it bothered me a lot. She got her little dig in about detaching from my children, and it gave me a chance to finally ‘go there.’ “

“It might seem like Kathy’s comment to me about detaching from her children was innocent, but believe me, I know my cousin. I’ve known her a long time.” Reacting to gossip that Caroline and Jacqueline might be taking Melissa and Kathy’s sides against some of the pettyness, she asserts:”I get that the Manzos and Lauritas don’t know this about her, but I know how she is. She likes to give little subtle digs that hit people where she knows it will hurt them.”

Kathy, who meant it when she said she wasn’t backing down, strikes back calling Teresa out as being the reason their relationship has deteriorated!

“What happened to moving forward, not rehashing the past, and staying positive? Why do you insist on pointing fingers about something that happened six months ago?”

And then Kathy accuses Teresa of having “issues”! “Don’t keep holding me responsible for your inability to see things for what they really are. She obviously has some unresolved issues and once again mishears, misunderstands, and puts her own spin on it.” Those are some fightin’ words, Kath!

In more positive Kathy news, she recently did an interview with The Celebrity Café about the future of her catering company and, in typical housewives fashion, the other business ventures she has on the horizon.

“We are having to hold on catering for now. We are still looking at different options,” Kathy explained. And revealing what those options may be, she confesses: “I’m really working on getting a line out of desserts that people respond to. It may be a retail store.”

When asked if she had thoughts on doing a cookbook, Kathy disclosed: “I would love to put a cookbook out one day, but first I want to make sure that it’s something I’m really behind.” Ok, so reading between the lines, that means expect one on bookshelves next year!

Finally; The lady who wants to repay her creditors the old-fashioned way by, you know, sending them a check, has just become the new face of PearlBrite! Teresa released the following statment about the partnership: “I am excited to be part of this innovative teeth whitening solution that offers great results at an affordable price for the consumer and an amazing business opportunity for the individual or business owner. As a shareholder and devoted user of the company products I see a bright and profitable future for all of us.”

Teresa has inked a three-year endorsement deal with the company, for which she is also a shareholder. PearlBrite stated: “We are very excited to have Teresa as a shareholder, spokesperson and friend of the company and believe the relationship will bring great opportunity for growth.” And for those of you who may want to go into business with the Giudices, PearlBrite is a network marketing company with many opportunities available!

Sadly, for those of you dying to see Melissa’s singing debut there will be no new episode of RHONJ tonight, but the show resumes it’s never-ending season next week at it’s regularly scheduled time!

Thoughts on Teresa’s Bravo Blogs – is she defending herself or starting the dramz? Thoughts on Kathy’s newest baking venture – would you buy her products? What do you think of Teresa’s new PearlBrite deal?

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