So tonight is the second episode in the epic fourth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. While the filming took place months ago, the ladies have still not recovered from slights, bruised egos, and cookbook insults. #OliveGardenGate2012. Let’s make this a thing on Twitter, people!
Apparently, all the drama, which has been dangling like a sequined bikini in front of her Jersey-loving noses, has paid off big-time in the form of ratings. Last week’s RHONJ season premiere was the highest rated premiere in Bravo history with over 3 million viewers tuning into watch the ‘when you’re here you’re family fest.’ In fact, last Sunday was Bravo’s best-rated night in network history, according to TV By The Numbers, with the network ranking as the highest watched channel in the 18-49 age range. Wow!
I guess no matter how much complaining I do about the trashiness overtaking the shows, it’s not gonna change because people are watching—big time!
Proving that the drama will continue, the ladies of NJ took to their Bravo blogs to talk last Sunday’s episode and do what they do best—complain about each other! Gotta love public venting!
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“Things have gotten out of hand,” Teresa admitted to In Touch Weekly (via their print edition). “I want to accept responsibility for the things I did wrong. I’m truly sorry.”
“I wish I could take it all back and start all over,” the reality star confesses. Teresa reveals that the reason for her change of heart is meeting people with real problems on Celebrity Apprentice – and how much it hurts her daughters to be separated from their aunt and uncle. Plus, Teresa admits she misses her friends and family! “All of this drama seemed insignificant after I was exposed to people with real problems,” she shares. “I met a lot of people on Celebrity Apprentice who have lost family members and would give anything just to spend one more day, one more minute with their loved ones.”
“Everyone makes mistakes in life, and Lord knows that I’m not perfect, but I want the girls to see me take responsibility for my actions,” Teresa insists. “It’s been very hard on the girls; families should love and support each other.” Teresa reveals the time is now for her to put aside the pettiness and focus on the positive. And she is ready to forgive – and forget! “My brother has a special bond with Gia. She misses him and it breaks her heart,” Teresa discloses.
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They’re baaaaaaaaaaaack. So, last night was the Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere and well, I think it’s very clear how this is all shaking out. It’s Teresa Giudice vs. the world. Bring back Super T cause she needs that cape! From the very first moment of the show, it was evident the emotions are raw and palpable. And it was hard for me to watch. Dare I say, this is the realest any Real Housewives show has ever been!
Things begin with the Wakiles and Gorgas are at the shore house. Kathy Wakile is cooking of course. Someone brings up Teresa‘s cookbook and, conveniently, just so happens to have a copy. And Richie just so happens to read aloud from it in front of all the parties while Melissa Gorga looks uncomfortable. Everyone discusses how much Teresa has changed since fame swept her under it’s demon wing and flew her far away from the marble palace in the half-vacant sub-division, the orange tans, and the salty, sewery breeze of Jersey; to a place where she is honored and revered and not a pariah for her love of sequins and trash talk. Non-Juicy Joe (aka Joe Gorga – gosh it feels good to use the old nicknames again!) announces that as a family, they are moving past the cookbook insults. We all know that’s not true!
At Jacqueline Laurita‘s she is having a party to get Caroline Manzo and Teresa in the same room together. The Manzo spawn are still incensed about Terea’s comments in the cookbook and Caroline is all like ‘you don’t have to kiss my feet – but you better if you want me to accept this apology.’
Somebody brings up Ashley, Ashlee, Hatlee- whatever – and wonders it she’s still a complete loser. That’s an affirmative! Lauren Manzo, who’s become quite the Donette Caroline, quips that the only thing Ashlee has changed about her life is her hair color. Lauren, on the other hand, completed med school by aged 16 and is a doctor on TV, saving children’s lives. Oh wait – that was Doogie Howser.
Teresa shows up and things are prickly. She wants to talk to Caroline and apologize about the cookbook misunderstanding. What?! <<Head spinning>> She wants to handle something like an adult not chuck an onion at Caroline’s head and tell her to go to hell or something. Teresa sits Caroline down and basically says they were all jokes and Caroline should get over it, but she’s sorry she hurt her feelings. All said though, Teresa’s face was so full of emotion and she looked like she was on the verge of tears. It was odd. All these ladies seem so broken. Caroline doesn’t feel the apology is sincere (even though I think it was in Teresa’s way) but decides she’s going to co-exist with Teresa. They hug and Teresa tells Caroline she’s like family to her.
Meanwhile everyone else is prepping for the shore. At the Gorgas’ Joe tells Melissa Teresa thinks Melissa would leave him if she met a richer man. So this definitely seems like a family rebuilding. Melissa and Joe go back and forth about the Teresa issue; they’re both hurt and Teresa is totally out of line. Who says that? So when did Bravo rename this show The Teresa Experience?
Kathy and Richie are packing. Richie pulls out some sex oil and Kathy gets all squeamish, telling him to hide it so no one sees it. Yet – they’re talking about it on television… Right. If sexing up their marriage is going to be a storyline, don’t expect me to recap that. Kathy implores him to just be nice to Teresa and try to get along, since they’ll all be spending time together over the weekend.
Over at Teresa‘s they are also packing up for the shore. Teresa admits this has been a hard year for her with Joeww and his issues. Teresa says Joe has become the nanny and she is now the breadwinner. She loves having him help her around the house, except he’s still lumbering around like a caveman screaming at everyone and tantruming. In the middle of all the chaos, Melania calls Gia a “stupid pooper” BWAHAHA! – which needs to replace bitch and whore as the standard HW insult. Teresa threatens to wash her mouth out with soap unless she apologizes like she means it. Hmmm… maybe Caroline needs to try that approach with T!
In the car on the way there, Teresa asks Joe about what he did last night. Joe claims he was out with some girls! On business! Um, say what? Teresa and Gia‘s hair stands up on end and they’re both like ‘wadaya mean girls’? Joe barks that they need to stay outta his bizness – except that broke fool doesn’t have bizness. And he was at TGI Friday!
Teresa is well aware of the rumors that Joe is cheating on her and she tells him Gia knows too, so he better keep his legs closed! Who would have an affair with Joe? Teresa would cut you faster than you could say Boo. Dang, I get the shivers just thinking about it!
Later while Jr. Mafia Joe is preparing for prison by weight lifting, Teresa wafts in wearing her leopard print robe to confront him about Gia being aware of what goes on. Teresa cites a magazine article she did talking about him going to prison and says Gia is worried about it and can read things. A Giudice that can read? Impossible! Joe, in a rare moment of clarity, tells Teresa this is the life they chose by going on TV. Teresa wants to protect her girls, but Joe seems unconcerned.
The funniest part was the mouse poop in that slide thing they had all rolled up on the roof and all the girls freaking out. haha. I love Melania and she melts my heart. She’s totally a crazy Housewife in training!
At Jacqueline‘s she gets a visit from her lifecoach. Apparently Ashlee is completely out of control and only focused on partying. In fact several times she has gotten stranded in the city because she’s too drunk to get home and Chris has to pick her up in the middle of the night. Yikes. The lifecoach gives her the same advice she’s been getting for three years and hasn’t taken. So when are they buying Ashlee another car?
So, Caroline is menopausal – or pregnant with a change of life baby! No just kidding – although I just kept waiting and waiting for Bravo to pull that out. It could still happen! Maybe Kathy will get the middle-aged storyline this season. Anyway, Caroline’s been having migraines and has been increasingly short tempered. She blames the company she keeps and her children for deserting her. Then hastily adds that Lauren still lives at home though. The doctor tells her she’s getting old. ha
The Gorga’s arrive at their shore house, which used to be normal and quaint until Joe decided to blow it up into a mcmansion complete with a liberry and a roller rink. Sadly, it’s still a construction zone and not fit for habitation. Melissa glares at him and snaps – no sex for you. Tarzan’s not leaving the jungle tonight!
So they all cruise over to Rich and Kathy‘s place, where they proceed to talk about Teresa some more. Apparently Melissa just so happened to come accross Teresa’s In Touch Weekly cover. And after she drew devil horns and a mustache on Teresa’s face and sobbed that she wasn’t front and center, she read the article. Basically, Teresa admitted she was scared that Jr Mafia Joe may be headed to prison.
There’s always something with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Which is probably why they’re our favorite of the Housewives franchises. The ladies can never keep the drama or the fashions tame and understated. As the ladies have been making the media rounds to promote the upcoming season, one key member of the cast has been conspicuously absent.
Teresa Giudice has been keeping a lowish profile as of late – at least where the RHONJ is concerned – and focusing on her other reality venture, Celebrity Apprentice. Apparently that’s a calculated move on her co-tarts’ part as they are refusing to do any publicity with her! Eeks.
And apparently the cast is yet again blaming Teresa for all of this season’s drama. “This season is the most dramatic yet,” Melissa one cast member reveals. “It got so ugly that I’m not sure any of us will want to return for another season if Teresa remains on the show. The betrayal and backstabbing is heartbreaking. I have not seen how it will be all edited together yet, but let’s just say everyone will get to see [Teresa’s] true colors.”
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Melissa, who is pictured above with costar Jacqueline Laurita during her birthday dinner, was also joined by Caroline Manzo and Kathy Wakile! Melissa rang in her big day on March 21 with a dinner at the Delmonico’s Steak House in New York City.
Also in attendance, were Melissa’s hubbyJoe Gorga, Albert Manzo, and Melissa sisters who are all pictured below! Melissa had a fabulous birthday cake, which was done by Cake Boss’ Carlo`s Bakery. All the PHOTOS are below!
The only RHONJ star not in attendance, was of course Melissa’s sister-in-law/nemesis Teresa Giudice! And judging from the recently released preview of the RHONJ season 4, it’s easy to see why Tre’s invite may have gotten lost in the mail.
In fact, Jacqueline took to her Twitter page yesterday to voice her true feelings about Tre. After a fan asked Jacqueline what does Teresa have to be jealous of, Jacqueline responded: “IMO [In my opinion] its the relationship & attention her bro gives Mel her need 2b the best.” Wow! Very honest of Jacqueline there.
Jacqueline later added the following tweets –
“Season 4 gets pretty ugly but you all will enjoy watching I’m sure. I am in a completely different place now.SO Happy&Focused”
“I dont recruit an Army of soldier friends 2b on “Team me” all the time.I appreciate constructive criticism.Just dont b rude.Help me2c light”
And finally, our RHONJ insider is also telling us that Teresa, who seems to have alienated all of her costars, continues to have issues keeping friends. Well with the exception of her new BFF, who also happens to be her employee, aka her make up artist, Priscilla DiStasio!
“Teresa seems to have new BFF’s left and right now. The latest is her makeup artist. She has not one long term friend in her life. She uses people and then she is done with them!” says our insider. “All her other friends are long gone. They, like Jacqueline, see her for who she really is.” Yikes!
The new season of the RHONJ is set to premiere April 22 on Bravo.
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The press release promises: “Season four breaks down the walls to reveal the truth behind all the tabloid rumors. From Jacqueline’s absence at the season three reunion to accusations of Melissa’s past and the fallout from Teresa’s cookbook, the ladies are determined to set the record straight.”
In the over 2-minute clip below, it’s pretty much all the housewives vs. Teresa! We see Teresa apologizing to Caroline for one of the million things she has done to wrong her with Caroline responding: “I can’t even look at you.” In a separate scene, Jacqueline tells Teresa “F**k you.”
We also see the ladies at the now infamous Porsche fashion show, during which a man, presumably Melissa’s former strip club manager (she was a waitress there), comes to her table to approach her.
The biggest blowout, however, comes between sisters-in-law Melissa and Tre! In one scene, the two almost come to blows as Melissa tells Teresa: “Run away coward like you always do when you’re wrong.” Oddly enough, Kathy is hardly shown in the preview.
The new season premieres Sunday, April 22 at 11/10c on Bravo. The preview clip is below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? IS IT THE CRAY-EST YET?
The third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey got down right nasty, and the reunion pretty much goes down in history as the most insane and vitriolic reunion ever. Even worse than whenTeresa Giudice pushed Andy Cohen while trying to go after Danielle Staub. No, last year’s reunion was worse as we saw family go head-to-head and longtime friends turn on each other.
Jacqueline Laurita famously sat out, opting to stay home and tweet instead of facing the questions in person. She has kept quiet about what her real motivations were for skipping the mayhem, and even claiming she was sick. Well, Jacs is finally speaking out about why she didn’t take part in C-List celebrity Deathmatch: The Bravo Edition!
“There were a lot of things going on. A lot of things behind the scenes, actually. It was a long build-up. There were a lot of things that got me to that breaking point,” Jacqueline explains to Ranu’s Reviews.
And she is confirming what all her twitter followers already knew – she had a breakdown! “I had like a little breakdown if you will. I just had enough of everything. I just didn’t want to be involved in anything. I just wanted to be alone. I went through something.”
Jacqueline admits she is no more excited about season four than she was about the reunion. Season four has already been filmed. “I have to say Season 4 was a very hard season for me. It was a little different on camera then the pressures I was getting off camera.”
“I always try to do the right thing by everybody and that’s what I always try to do but sometimes people don’t perceive things that way. It was really hard. I went through a really hard time with a lot of it,” she reveals.
As for what viewers can expect next season, she says a lot of changes! “There is a lot of relationship shifting. I think by the time the reunion comes out a lot will be explained,” Jacqueline concludes.
Moving on, Dina Manzo‘s image as the golden and charitable girl just sitting at home with her crystals and cats is about to be destroyed. Our source exclusively tells Reality Tea that Dina’s image, just like her friendship with Teresa, is all for show!
“Little Mrs Charity……is not who everyone thought she was,” our source asserts. “Dina’s social media image is SO farfetched from who the ‘real’ Dina is. Those who really know her just shake their heads and laugh.”
If you’re wondering if Dina and Caroline Manzo have patched things up, the answer is no. They’re still not speaking; nor is Dina speaking to Jacqueline. Many have wondered how Dina could continue her friendship with Teresa, particularly after all the drama with Caroline, and the answer is money! Apparently, the two have a completely business relationship built around mutual favors.
“Teresa taped a segment for her party planning show, Dina’s Party. She needs Teresa to help her with her popularity. In return, Dina attended her beverage launch party and was filmed by Bravo. Their interaction was so fake,” the insider describes. “Dina also wants to come out with a book and she wants to use the same publishing house as Teresa. So, basically it is a business deal. Dina may take to Twitter to praise Teresa but, that is not what she claims behind the scene.”
And even worse, our insider says Dina has stopped caring about her charity, Project Ladybug, now that she has her own show! “Project Ladybug was a charity started by ALL the Laurita sisters. When Dina went on the show [RHONJ], she took it over as if she was the founder and the blood, sweat, and tears behind it.”
“She wanted the glory and the attention associated with Project Ladybug. She wanted to look like the hero,” the source adds. Caroline and their other sister, Cookie Laurita allowed Dina to take the lead and downplayed their involvement, but Dina “only speaks of Project Ladybug as if it were her own.”
Apparently, now that Dina’s Party has come along, Dina barely spends any time on the charity she once claimed to love, and has skipped events to promote her party planning and decorating ventures. The source points to Dina’s twitter account as proof that she has lost interest in the charity. “It is sad but Dina used it to get herself out there more,” the source shares.
Dina made a brief appearance at the Chicago launch of the charity last year and has done nothing more to support the cause. “Dina did nothing for that event but, show up,” the source adds.
Finally, the RHONJ are launching yet another alcoholic beverage.Kathy Wakile, the fashionably challenged cousin of Teresa, recently launched her own Red Velvet Cake Flavored Vodka. In honor of the newest drink I’m sure no one will buy to come out of the Bravo Home Shopping Network, Kathy, along withMelissa Gorga (who will do anything for a photo-op) made an appearance at Bottle King in Wayne, NJ.
Also in attendance was Melissa’s daughter, Anotonia, Richie Wakile and Victoria. Photos from the event are below!
[Photo Credits: Dave Kotinsky & WENN.com]
THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE FINALLY EXPLAINING WHY SHE SKIPPED THE REUNION? HAS DINA BECOME A FAMEWHORE? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE AND TERESA HAVE A FAKE RELATIONSHIP? WILL YOU TRY KATHY’S VODKA?
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UPDATE – Dina tweeted the following to us in response to our report. She wrote: “@realitytea hey just read ur post! Next time u want a source #truth ask my parents or the parents of a ladybug not an envious loser! Thanks!”