Oh Lord. I am terrified to write this blog post because I know how things go when one speaks of Teresa Giudice from Real Housewives of New Jersey. Here's my disclaimer: I think Teresa is a whole lot smarter than she lets on, and I think she has the ability to be extremely manipulative when it works for her. But guess what? I think the same thing about Melissa Gorga as well! In fact, all of these women seem hell bent in taking down one another in the press.
Here's the thing, Teresa can't have the keen business sense she possesses and be as ditzy as she appears. She knows fully what her fan base expects her personality to be…but it is the same with each of the ladies. Carolina Manzo is the Mama Bear, and Jacqueline Laurita is the airhead. This isn't their first rodeo! I actually find myself feeling sorry for Teresa. Her marriage seems to be in shambles, and her husband is grossly disrespectful. It's not fun to watch, it's pathetic. Of course, Teresa's fatal flaw is that she never can (and probably never will) actually admit when she is in the wrong. Oh, she'll flippantly say it in the tabloids or in her blog, but it is always followed by a qualification of how things aren't really her fault. Though she claims otherwise, Tre has perfected the art of playing the victim…and people buy it hook, line, and sinker.
That said, do I think Teresa set up Melissa with stripper-gate? No! Teresa says there is no way she could pull off that stunt given that she's a horrible actress. False. She is a wonderful actress, but I have watched enough Bravo to know that it has its own agenda and story line. The network is the ultimate puppet master, and we all know Kim D. would do anything to be one of those puppets. So, let's recap before we get into the meat of this post: I think Teresa is capable of masterminding stripper-gate, but I honestly think she has some sense (twisted as it may be) of family loyalty. Paired with Melissa's obvious desire to replace Teresa in popularity with the viewers, it makes for a perfect storm of drama. So, while Teresa has clean hands in this situation, it doesn't mean she isn't culpable for other things, like selling stories to the tabloids or pretending to think digging at Caroline's kids in her cookbook was an innocent joke. Disclaimer complete!
Sometimes Real Housewives of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving. And sometimes it's the white elephant present that gets passed round and round at the party cause nobody wants to take it home. After last night's episode I have come to deduce two things: 1) That Kim D and the producers are crazy, maniacal, and will do anything for drama – hence setting up both Teresa GiudiceANDMelissa Gorga OR 2) Teresa is the world's best actress, has truly missed her calling, and needs to get on Broadway ASAP.
I'll do my best to remain neutral in this recap because I have my own opinion on what's going on – regardless of what the other members of the RHONJ are attempting to spin. So it's just check my sanity at the door here and suspend my rational thoughts – you know like any good Jersey Housewife!
And I'll also do my best to remain positive, because when it's all said and done this wasn't a bad episode. For the most part everyone was nice to each other, respectful, and got along. Well, except for Richie Wakile who is doing his damnedest to stay relevant and carve himself a niche in the show. More on him in a minute.
Tonight begins the two-part season finale of Real Housewives of New Jersey. And so it goes – we are finally nearing the end of the line with this series. Just it seems RHONJ will never come to an end! At this point I think Bravo needs to start a totally separate network dedicated entirely to Jersey. It'll really make things easier.
Following the explosive Posche Fashion Show: Round 3 (aka the cesspool of all things drama where Jersey is concerned) the ladies of Jersey entered into a tidal wave of denial and furtive tweeting; each one accusing the other of being culprit. I guess tonight we leave it up to the Gods of Editing to determine who truly is to blame. My money is on Kim D.
After last year's reunion most of the ladies have not spoken to each other – and no one has spoken to Teresa Giudice. Until this season's reunion, that is! Following filming nearly all the Housewives spoke out about their experiences on twitter, yet Teresa remained quiet saving her thoughts for an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
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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 Jerseystars 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.
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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With so much drama surrounding the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Posche Fashion Show, we can finally bring you the actual photos from the event which was attended by all the cast members! More photos of the cast at the fashion show below!
In addition to the photos, there is also more news to report on posche-stripper-gate of course. The latest is that the former manager of the strip club which some were claiming Melissa Gorga used to dance at has now come out on record denying those pesky rumors.
Larry Guarino, Melissa’s former manager at Lookers Gentleman’s Club in Elizabeth, N.J., insists to Us Weekly that Melissa was absolutely NEVER a stripper at the club. Larry admits he did hire Melissa years ago but only to work as a bartender!
“She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time,” Guarino states of his former employee. “She was never ever a dancer.” A source also confirms to UsWeekly that Teresa was in on the set-up to, you know, try to expose Melissa as something she never was. “[Teresa] was trying to embarrass Melissa and imply she used to be a stripper. All the other [cast members] thought it was wrong of Teresa.”
Melissa released a blog post on her official website yesterday stating that while she bartended at the club, she never danced. Part of Melissa’s statement below –
“The accusation that I was once a dancer at a strip club. This is 100% NOT TRUE. I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. SORRY, no bubbies there.
The reason I am so adamant about clearing this up is because people are making false accusations solely to hurt me and my family. Someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production. I have been happily married to my husband for 7 years and we have 3 beautiful children. Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”
What’s sad is that person trying to tear her down is her own sister-in-law Teresa Giudice. In fact, just days after a RHONJ insider confirmed to us that Teresa and her new BFF Kim DePaola were behind the set-up, Jacqueline Laurita is now confirming the same in a series of explosive tweets made this morning.
Jacqueline is very upset, rightfully so, about a story that Teresa’s camp likely leaked out to the Huffington Post yesterday. In the article, a mysterious “source” accused Jacqueline of leaking a photo of Joe Giudice having dinner with another woman to the press.
Jacqueline not only called Teresa “scum” this morning but she also posted the text messages she sent to Teresa which actually prove she was trying to help out Teresa by warning her about the image that was about to leak. After posting those texts (some of which are posted below) Jacqueline then made the following tweets –
“Teresa put out an article that I text her and threatened to release those pictures and I didn’t! I wanted to prove that. Teresa is scum!”
“What until u hear the rest.There is much more but I’m letting it all unravel little by little all on it’s own.No more talk about it!”
Ai ya ya, things are definitely getting ugly in New Jersey! Below are more photos from the Posche Fashion Show and screen shots of Jacqueline’s text messages to Teresa.
Photos credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com
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And a new report today by the Huffington Post’s Rob Shuter is adding fuel to the fire. What is clear is that during the Tuesday night fashion show, there was an attempt by one or more parties to expose Melissa Gorga as an alleged past stripper.
A source told Reality Tea yesterday that Kim DePaolawas the one heading this attempt with some help from her new BFF Teresa Giudice. The Huffington Post is however claiming today that Teresa was not behind the expose but rather Bravo producers who had the owner of the strip club come to the fashion show. Even worse, the article is claiming that Melissa did indeed used to be a stripper — something Melissa is still denying.
“The ladies were taping a fashion show at Posche,” an insider states. “Teresa [Giudice] didn’t want to go because she’s completely over the fake Bravo set-ups; however, no one knew what was about to happen. Melissa [Gorga] was nervous that ex-Housewife Danielle Staub was going to show up, but it turned out the surprise guest would be much more damaging.”
Teresa The source continues: “Bravo’s surprise at the fashion show was for Melissa: her ex-boss at Lookers, the strip club she used to work at. No one knew him, no one knew he was coming — although, of course Bravo had a microphone on him — and Melissa ran away from him and refused to film with him,” a witness at the taping says. “The producers made Teresa talk to him to ‘hear him out,’ so his accusations would be aired on camera, but Teresa stopped him mid-story and told him to not talk about her family and left.”
A new source today however tells Reality Tea that Bravo producers were NOT the ones behind the attempt to expose Melissa but rather Kim D. with the help of Teresa. The source states Bravo originally wanted to have the reunion on the 27th — the same night as the Posche Fashion Show — but Kim D. freaked out and convinced the higher ups to move the date promising there would be some air worthy drama.
Twitter user @RIONJ1 told Reality Tea the following: “A fact is a fact. [Melissa] used to work as a dancer at Looker’s Gentlemen’s Club in Elizabeth. Her former manager bought tickets to the show and brought it up on camera when he came over to introduce her. She was paranoid and called Joe Gorga and told her “she was being set up” and parroted that to everyone else. She just assumed Teresa was in on it because she still hates Tre.” RIONJ1 adds that Melissa’s former manager is the one who paid for her boob job.
The Huffington Post article goes on to add that Jacqueline Lauritaand Teresa continued their twitter battle offline following the fashion show fiasco and that Jacqueline, who believes Teresa was in on the set- up, was the one who leaked out a photo to the press of Joe Giudice having dinner with another woman.
“Jacqueline’s parting shot after she hung up the phone was to text Teresa a photo of [her husband] Joe and [a] mystery lady at dinner and said she was going to leak it to the press to hurt Teresa,” an insider claims.
The above paragraph is pretty doubtful as Joe was photographed having dinner with the mystery lady while the fashion show was going on. So it’s highly unlikely Jacqueline was the one who snapped the picture and then leaked it to the press.
Teresa The Huffington Post “source” however claims Joe wasn’t cheating on Teresa and that Teresa knew about the dinner with the mystery lady. Uh Uh.
“Teresa’s laughing about it privately, because she knew about it already. Joe had told Teresa he ran into the girl, a family friend, the night when he went out for drinks with his buddies,” claims the source. “The girl has a boyfriend, and I’m pretty sure Joe wouldn’t carry on a big affair at TGI Fridays in Clifton.”
Immediately after the Huffinton Post story was published, Melissa once again denied the story tweeting, “I like rob but this is so untrue.” And when a fan stated the obvious which is that the story likely came from Teresa’s camp, Melissa replied: “You think?!?” Our original source yesterday also stated “Melissa was never a stripper” so the stripper mystery continues…
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A day after we reported on the drama that took place during the annual Posche Fashion Show on Tuesday night, we now have more details on what really went down thanks to an insider who was not only at the event, but is actually close with the cast members.
According to the insider, Monica Chacon was NOT at the event, and neither was Kim G. though the producers of the show wanted her there and even invited her. Kim G. however sensed the set up and declined the invite which in itself is quite shocking.
The insider reveals the drama all had to do with Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice. Apparently, Kim D. akaKim DePaola, who is the owner of the Posche Boutique, was attempting to expose Melissa's alleged past as a stripper during the fashion show. Even worse, Teresa was apparently in cahoots with Kim D. though she tried to play innocent in usual Teresa fashion.
"Teresa was involved in a rumor that started which stated Melissa was a stripper," the insider tells Reality Tea adding that "Melissa was never a stripper."
The insider continues, "Of course, once Teresa got caught, she [started] playing the blame game. Teresa and Kim D were part of this "set up" which is why Joe Gorga came at the end of the fashion show."
The above is the reason Joe Gorgawas extremely upset yesterday and tweeting up a storm about his sister. Joe tweeted Wednesday morning – “I thought the saying was blood is thicker than water. #BULLSHIT”. Upon arriving at the fashion show, Joe had it out with Kim D and had to be calmed down by Caroline.
The source reveals that Jacqueline Lauritaand Caroline Manzo are no longer on speaking terms with Teresa and that they only sat at the same table with her because Bravo made the cast sit together.
The insider also confirms Jacqueline did NOT attend yesterday's reunion as promised. Wowzers. In fact, PEOPLE magazine is reporting today that Jacqueline has officially quit the show after tweeting yesterday about her displeasure with the turn the show has taken. "Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit," a source tells PEOPLE. "She had to walk away for her sanity."
As for the stripper accusation, Melissa denied this on twitter. She wrote: "Fact: I was never a stripper… But have nothing against them."
Teresa, who passive aggressively encouraged Danielle Staub to leak out any information she had about Melissa weeks ago, also passive aggressively defended Melissa. Teresa tweeted – "And for the record: I don’t believe MG was a stripper but I wouldn’t care anyway. (I have lots of ex-stripper friends… ahem…)"
Our source however insists Teresa was in cahoots with new BFF Kim D. (she has alienated all of her costars) to expose Melissa's alleged stripper past, stating that Teresa and Kim D. even arrived at the fashion show together in an Escalade limo. The two had been filming all day together — at a spa and getting ready for the event.
And right after Teresa wrote her tweets yesterday including this particular one – "I don’t even wanna go there b/c I don't fight on twitter not w/ fans, not haters, not w/ mean RTs & def not w/ a friend (ahem) or my family!", Jacqueline responded making it 100% clear her tweets from yesterday about somebody being set up were indeed about Teresa setting up Melissa. Jacqueline wrote –
"I love the blame shifting when someone is caught in lies. Unbelievable… There is no real love there. Things aren't always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem)… You'll all see through the bullshit if you look closely enough. I think you all are pretty smart."
You gotta love the use of "ahem" aka the same word used by Teresa minutes before Jacqueline's tweets. Can you say so much drama?
And finally, RadarOnline is reporting today that Joe Giudice, Teresa's husband, was caught having a friendly dinner with another woman on Tuesday night – the same night the Posche drama was going down. In fact the site obtained a photo (posted below) of Joe with the other woman, who is described as being "in her late 20s or early 30s.”
And eyewitness tells Radar: “They were drinking martinis and when the woman finished hers she took a sip out of Joe’s glass too. They looked like they were having a good time together and laughing with each other." The source adds that after a waiter brought the two wet naps the woman opened hers and “wiped Joe’s hands off with hers."
"It was really intimate to see her touching his hands like that," states the eyewitness adding that Joe and the other woman "looked very comfortable and cozy together." Ai ya ya. That photo of Joe with the mystery lady is below. Unfortunately for Tre, this isn't the first time Joe has been spotted out with another woman.
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