Because Bravo knows a good thing when it sees it, last night we were treated to even more madness from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. While the season was supposed to be over after the reunion trilogy (The Hunger Games it was not), the network decided to milk a little bit more out of the women and the viewers. So it is without further ado, I present to you the lost footage from season four. It's actually very telling to see what ended up on the cutting room floor, and what's being revisited in light of the ongoing feud surrounding Teresa Giudice and everyone elseMelissa Gorga. Editing truly is magical!
Narrated by Andy Cohen, the episode takes us behind the scenes of what happened during the season and at the far-too-drawn-out reunion. Buckle up (if you haven't boycotted the show yet!), and enjoy the bumpy ride with Melissa, Teresa, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, and Kathy Wakile. It's truly a sight.
We begin with a lost cause…Andy is trying to convince Juicy Joe (once again) that homophobic slurs are offensive and nasty. Joe is all, Ahhwatdisagain? before turning into a brick wall of Who Cares. By the way, did you know that Joe went on a boat ride with seven guys and one of them was gay? He is not a homophobe. The comments he made about Gregg Bennett were meant to be funny, not mean. He's so sorry Greggy doesn't have a sense of humor! Jacqueline tells Andy that she thinks Joe speaks more out of ignorance than maliciousness. Fair enough.
Oh Lord. Who knew that stripper-gate would be the scandal of our generation? Somewhere Richard Nixon is laughing his arse off at all of this. I gave up wishing the ladies of Real Housewives of New Jersey would go away in the off season, but doesn't it sound like such a nice break?
We'll probably never know exactly what happened between Melissa Gorga and sister-in-law Teresa Giudice. To be honest, I don't even care anymore. At all. Of course, the women think we do, so they're going to keep talking about until the next big drama occurs. You do realize that means we'll be hearing about this until the show airs again, right? That's kind of a long way off from now. Yikes.
I know you're waiting with baited breath, so I'll get right to the point of this post. Melissa takes to her Bravo blog to answer her fans' most burning questions. It's deep y'all!
So we've made it. It's the end of Real Liars Housewives of New Jersey. I don't know about you, but I am so relieved to be done with this show. I don't know where I stand on things other than to say that I can see everyone's points as valid, but I'm tired of hearing about them.
So let's get started. We begin with Juicy Giudice still under interrogation. He's familiar with it by now, I suppose, given all his legal infractions. Caroline Manzo's comments about how Teresa Giudice will leave her husband and write a book about it if he goes to prison are revisited.
Caroline seems to be saying without saying it that editing minced her comment or took it out of context. Or perhaps she just doesn't want to admit that she said and meant it. There's so much backpedaling with these people I never know what to think. Anyway, Caroline dismisses it as a "hypothetical" and Juicy snaps that Caroline is a "know it all" She is – a very unwarranted 'know it all.'
Caroline says since Teresa is discussing her marriage with magazines, it's fair game. Andy Cohen asks about Joe admitting in Napa they got paid by the magazines, but all of the sudden it's denies, denies, denies. 'Huh? I said that? I was drunk? Whaddai say?' Joe and Teresa are masters of obfuscation. That should be their next book!
I'll be the first to admit that I finally took a stand on my feelings for Real Housewives of New Jersey'sTeresa Giudice after watching that horrid first installment of the reunion. Now I may be eating my words…just a bit. A very little bit. I still don't feel sorry for her, and I think I may keel over if I ever hear her utter the words "I was wrong" or "I lied." However, now I don't feel badly for any of them. They are all a bunch of fame whores as evidenced by the new Us Weekly cover story. You have to love that they're all wearing red. I guess they got Tre's devil memo!
You have to love the hypocrisy that comes with being a New Jersey housewife. One minute Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile are calling out Teresa for hawking her story on magazine cover after magazine cover (after magazine cover!), the next minute they are gracing the pages of Us Weekly (high brow…no In Touch for these gals!) and bashing their former friend. Eye roll.
In a five page spread, the women spill all the details of their fallout with Tre. Now, I don't doubt for one second that Teresa is a textbook narcissist, but how is moaning about her in a national publication going to change that? Are these ladies actually expecting her to have some sort of epiphany and change her ways? Doesn't anyone know how to take the high road anymore? Geez. Build a bridge, people!
Oh, Teresa Giudice. Didn't your very sweet mama ever teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say, zip it? I'm guessing that old-fashioned adage came before the era of reality TV! In the days following the first installment of the circus of crazy known as the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, all eyes are on the ladies as they scramble to defend their deplorable behavior.
In a Bravo blog I'm suuuuure she wrote herself, Teresa sorta, maybe, kinda, a little bit takes accountability while also pointing fingers at others. Just to be fair – all the ladies are behaving similarly! Let's get this started.
"Like every Housewife in every city, I think filming the reunion is one of the worst parts of our job. It's a long, long day, it always gets ugly, it's hard to sit through and even harder to watch. At least this year I knew what I was walking into: I knew the other cast members, even my family, were going to band together to bash me. Last year was a total shock. This year was just sickening and sad."
"They're so desperate to make me look bad. Here's the thing: I don't care. I know who I am and I don't need to prove it to any of them. And I'm certainly not going to waste my off-camera, family time looking up words in the dictionary and making obsessive lists about them."
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!
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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