Kim Granatell


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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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is firing back at her costars in a big way by gracing the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine!

According to the mag, the real reason Teresa’s costars have turned against her all has to do with jealousy and the resentment of her success! And definitely not at all with her taking shots at them in her cookbooks or talking smack about them in her blogs!

The shocking magazine cover reads: “Jacqueline skips reunion after a “mental breakdown”, Melissa caught confessing she married for money; Caroline’s shocking financial mess.” So let’s examine each claim shall we!

Jacqueline’s Finances & “Mental Breakdown” – An “insider” close to Teresa tells In Touch that the real reason Jacqueline Laurita skipped the reunion had more to do with greed and jealousy rather than that whole Porsche Fashion Show drama thingy. The mag states Jacqueline is “envious” of Teresa’s success as she is now suffering from her own financial troubles. “I’ve seen her husband Chris’ credit card declined numerous times,” the insider claims.

Another “source” says they suspect Jacqueline was the one who sold the now infamous photo of Joe Giudice dining with another woman (who has now been revealed as Davana Medina) to the press. Jacqueline has always denied this and below, Kim G. takes credit for leaking the pic. As for Jacqueline’s recent twitter rants, one of which included calling Teresa “scum,” the source claims she suffered a mental breakdown. “She went a little crazy,” says the source. “She lost it.”

Caroline Manzo’s “Financial Mess” – The same “insider” tells the mag Caroline Manzo is in a big financial mess and also experiencing money troubles of her own. “She and her husband have big credit problems, and they’ve mortgaged the hell out of The Brownstone,” their family banquet hall, claims the insider. Caroline is also reportedly very jealous of Teresa’s success as the insider claims it’s always been Caroline’s dream to have her own cookbook and make more money. Err didn’t Teresa say the same exact thing in her blog last week??? “It’s got to be hard watching Teresa, whom she hates, do just that,” states the mag.

Melissa Gorga “Married Joe For Money” – Tre also refuses to let go of her claims that her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga is a gold-digger! Teresa managed to get in some shots against Melissa as she once again publicly states Melissa married her brother Joe Gorga for his money. “We were out to dinner with a few other couples,” Teresa tells In Touch of the incident that took place early on in Melissa and Joe’s marriage. “She got a little buzzed, and she said she didn’t like him when she first met him. ‘But then,’ she says, ‘I saw his house.’”

You can read more of this story in the latest issue of In Touch Weekly.

Immediately following the release of In Touch magazine yesterday, Jacqueline took to her twitter to fire back at Teresa’s the magazine’s claims. Jacqueline not only believes Teresa is behind the In Touch cover story but also stated that Teresa is planning to file another bankruptcy at a later date. Ai ya ya!

Jacqueline tweeted, “Another disgusting display of Teresas lies. Keep hanging yourself!Tell every1 the plan2file4bankruptcy#2@how u laugh At beating the system!”

She later added: “Teresa,keep spending all the money u do &making profit from people/ fake stories u sell.It will catch up to u.U never stopped spending.” A screenshot of Jacqueline’s tweets are below.

Meanwhile, the one and only troublemaker Kim Granatell has now taken credit for leaking out the Joe Giudice picture to the press. Kim G. tweeted yesterday: “InTouch Mag. Teresa’s husband and his latest GF. Thanks to Tom Murro and myself for having those photos! Jacqueline nothing to do with them.”

And finally, the Huffington Post is also reporting that Teresa is maybe in talks to get her own cooking show! Sources tell the site that once she finishes shooting the Celebrity Apprentice, she is off to film her own cooking show. Oddly enough the blog states that details of Tre’s cooking show are “scarce” pointing out that there’s a big difference between shooting a new show and having a successful program make it on TV.

“If all goes [according] to plan, Teresa will be on TV from January to May in ‘The Apprentice,’ May to October with ‘RHONJ’ season four and then with her own show focusing on real Italian food,” reveals an insider. Teresa using ingredientses such as ‘cummin’ on her own cooking show? Must.see.TV!

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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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These days, it seems the best drama on the Real Housewives of New Jersey is taking place behind the scenes.

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. aka Kim 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 Gorga was 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 Laurita and 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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As the days go by, it’s becoming more apparent that the 4th season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey (which is currently filming) will likely be Jacqueline Laurita’s last.

Jacqueline made some not so cryptic tweets last night which made it clear she is over the Bravo hit series. In fact, Jacqueline stated she is ready to move on from the show.

First Jacqueline revealed she will be skipping the season 3 reunion, which is taping today. “I feel nauseous and feverish. No reunion for me.Sorry guys.XOXO!” wrote Jacqueline. Yikes! A reunion show without a current housewife has yet to happen in the history of Bravo. Not sure the network will be too happy with one of the main characters missing out on a reunion show.

What is clear is that Jacqueline was well enough last night to attend the annual Posche Fashion Show. So it appears her reasons for wanting to skip the reunion today has less to do with her health. In fact, her next series of tweets seem to prove that.

Jacqueline added, “Someone( not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad.”

She continued, “2b honest.I’m tired of the BS &shitty low life people.I didn’t know this was what I signed up 4.I have 2rise above&move on.” No word yet on whom she’s referring to.

But what is clear is that some major drama went down at the Posche fashion show last night and it involved Teresa Giuidice! Of course. According to the tweets of those in attendance, there was a fight that went down in the bathroom during the fashion show. The rumor is that the fight was between Teresa and her new nemesis Monica Chacon. If you recall, Monica was Kim G’s guest to Melissa Gorga’s Christmas party this season, which of course led to nothing but drama.

Based on some of the tweets, it seems producers of the show might have purposely invited Monica in other to set off some drama. This would make sense in regards to Jacqueline’s tweets about a “set up.”

Soap actress, Martha Byrne, who was at the show, was live tweeting through the event. She tweeted last night: “Fight in the bathroom,” adding minutes later – “Teresa in bathroom with ….” Martha, who also stated some of the fashion show drama was scripted, tweeted some photos from the event. Those are below!

It also appears Joe Gorga was somehow involved in the whole fiasco as he has been making tweets about Teresa all day. First Joe tweeted — “I thought the saying was blood is thicker than water. #BULLSHIT” Joe then went on to retweet the following messages from fans: –

“I think Teresa must have set Melissa and/or Joe up to look bad (ie @JacLaurita tweets and now @joegorga tweets).”

“Me too theresa changed all bout her & $$$ nothing else shame.”

Danielle Staub, who claimed producers of the show had been contacting her to film, has also been mum on twitter since yesterday. Leaving some to wonder if she is involved in this fiasco is any shape or form.

In the meantime, below is a screenshot of Jacqueline’s tweets –

For the most part, the NJ housewives have been mum on twitter today as the reunion is filming. Though Jacqueline did manage to tweet this message just hours ago – “I can’t be part of the Charade anymore.It’s unsettling. It’s disturbing & against what I stand for. I’m a REAL housewife.”

Photos credit: WENN

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In today’s Real Housewives of New Jersey news, a local NJ store owner is accusing Kathy Wakile’s husband Rich Wakile of bullying him around.

Ed Bergan, owner of the Something Sophisticated clothing store in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey did a photo shoot with Rich and his son Joseph to help promote his store after they reached out to him. In exchange, they received some free shirts (two shirts apiece).

That all sounds good enough. However some drama ensued when according to Ed, Rich decided he didn’t get enough free shirts (the polo shirts retail for close to $100 a piece) and had his assistant send the store a scathing email, demanding they stop using Rich’s image to promote the store.

In the email, which was sent to Reality Tea, an assistant for both Kathy and Rich writes, “Richard and Joseph lending themselves to your shop for a photo shoot is definitively much more of a benefit to you than it is to them… I feel it is totally of bad taste and disrespectful not only to give both Richard and Joseph a limit of two items that they could take from your shop.”

The email continues, “Two shirts at a price point of a total for maybe $100 in exchange for all that associated your shop with both Richard and Joseph is not at all being thankful nor grateful for whom they are. Richard and his family are already established brands.” Wowzers.

To end the email, the assistant Leslie Mota then demands the store immediately stop using the Wakiles’ images for any promotion. “I must regretfully inform you that we are not allowing the pictures to be used by you, your shop and/or photographer in anyway. We are not authorizing you to use them for the purpose of promoting your business and/or clothes line.”

The store owner first relayed the story to Tom Murro of Celebritymagnet.com, who was there visiting the store with new couple Kim Granatell and Michael Lohan. Yes the two are reportedly now dating. Tom adds that the store however has other supporters in the form of the Manzo brothers, and as for Kim G., she was “disgusted beyond words” upon hearing the store owner’s story.

The Wakiles have yet to respond to this story. In their defense, these are the words of their assistant… though the assistant was likely doing their bidding. A screen shot of the entire email is below plus a photo of Kim G. and Michael Lohan at the store.

Meanwhile, a week after writing the following on her blog – “It’s getting harder and harder to keep the girls from reading the outrageous headlines when we’re in the store,” Teresa Giudice once again graces the cover of In Touch magazine while granting them yet another interview! The cover story this time around? “I’m Terrified of Being Poor.”

Teresa is pictured on the cover with one of her daughters which brings up a point made by one of our readers, Frankswif3y, who questioned in a recent comment if Teresa is using images of her kids to gain public sympathy. In looking at her five recent In Touch covers, she is pictured with her daughters on four of those covers. But we’ll let you be the judge. The latest cover is below.

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On last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey it’s a very special holiday – Trashymas! I’m sure everyone got many, many lumps of coal. Jacqueline got one in the form of Ashely, Teresa received one in the form of Kim G, Melissa and Kathy received one in the form of Teresa, and The Caroline – well, she got diamonds. Lucky girl.

At the Giudices, they are decorating the hugest Christmas tree ever, but sadly it’s not made of money. Teresa wants us to know that because of the bankruptcy they only got a tree decorated in semi-precious metal and not the one made entirely of gold. D’ya hear that bankruptcy judge – they’re cutting back. If cutting back means driving a Benz and wearing Louboutins then I can only hope to cut back some day! Teresa also wants us to know that all she wants for Christmas is for Melissa’s bad energy to go away. ‘Cause, it gives her a headache.

Melissa is not happy because she just wants an authentic smelling tree for Christmas AND Jesus’ Birthday (which are NOT one and the same, apparently) as she is throwing Jesus like the best birthday party ever. Joey and Melissa discuss their concerns about Jr. Mafia not mixing well with others at their party since he is like totally responsible for the Christening incident. Uh huh. Joey Giudice totally caused the entire thing. Joey G-to-the-Orga and Teresa and Melissa and her sisters had nothing to do with it. Nothing. At. All. Uh huh. We learn Melissa’s hoping to be cast next season sister, Lyssa claims Joe G-to-the-Iudice’s mother punched her in the face at said Christening. Is that where Joe gets it from? Melissa makes it clear NOTHING is going to ruin Jesus’ party!

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It’s been a week since the highly dramatic premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 3, and the topic of conversation is still the now infamous Christening brawl.

Last week, Melissa Gorga and hubby Joe Gorga gave their side of the story to Life & Style magazine, and now Teresa Giudice is doing the same in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine. In fact, Teresa tweeted days ago that she almost got the cover but was instead bumped in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I’m in PEOPLE mag this week! An actual true story from a good magazine! (I was almost the cover but #ArnoldIsAPig),” she tweeted.

The PEOPLE interview is supposed to be about Teresa fighting back against everything out there about her in the press. She talks about the cheating rumors alleging her husband Joe Giudice is unfaithful, she addresses the bankruptcy issues, Joe’s most recent arrest, and of course discusses her brother and sister-in-law. Below are excerpts from the interview –

Teresa On Bankruptcy – Teresa touched on the bankruptcy drama as she and Joe filed back in 2009, with $11 million in debt. “It was stressful, but I wasn’t overly emotional about it,” says Teresa. “To me, I didn’t overspend. That was a lifestyle we always lived… I hated it when people called me the Broke Housewife,” she adds. The PEOPLE story also added that the bankruptcy is yet to be finalized due to ongoing litigation. As we reported back in November, the Giudices are scheduled to stand trial in July for bankruptcy fraud. The bankruptcy trustee is looking to get the bankruptcy dismissed alleging they concealed assets.

On Joe’s Arrest & Cheating Allegations – When it comes to Joe’s most recent arrest in March for driving on a suspended license that was obtained illegally, Teresa doesn’t discuss Joe’s alleged actions instead stating she never heard from her brother during this period. “Even if I don’t need his support, I still want to know I have it,” she says. And as for those pesky rumors that Joe is cheating, Teresa denies it and stands by her man. “If he had someone, I’d like to meet her. I’d punch her in her face. He knows I would,” states Teresa. Joe also denies the rumors. “How am I going to cheat?” Joe asks, adding that anytime he poses with a fan,”they say I’m with a new blonde or a Teresa lookalike.”

Cookie-gate – As we reported last year, Melissa brought cookies to Teresa’s home on Christmas in 2009 and Teresa ended up throwing the cookies in the trash while also telling Melissa to get her cookies that she likes next time. Surprisingly, both Teresa and Melissa admit this really did happen in the PEOPLE article. “I was trying to be nice,” Melissa explains. “But then she told me in front of everyone, ‘Don’t ever bring those cookies again… I was like, I give up.” Teresa’s response? “Nobody ate them. I told her straight to her face, ‘The next time you come, bring pignoli cookies.'” Teresa also attempts to defend her actions by adding that a previous snide remark in a housewarming card from Melissa a few weeks earlier had set her off.

On The Brawl – Teresa says, “It was so awful, I blacked out. I don’t remember half of it.” She adds, “This is not how we were raised. I get choked up thinking about it.” Teresa’s husband Joe adds, “Joey embarrassed himself, his father and everybody there. They acted like Jersey Shore, beating each other up. It wasn’t us.” Melissa attempts to defend her husband by stating “there was a lot of emotion that led to that point.”

And today, Teresa adds that she does want to fix things with her family. “I don’t know how things go so bad between us, but I want to fix it,” she says. You can read more of Teresa’s interview in the current issue of PEOPLE magazine.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode as the #1 sh*t stirrer Kim Granatell makes a return! On the new episode, the ladies deal with the aftermath of the brawl as the Brownstone hosts a fashion show. The catwalk sets the stage for catcalls and catfights, particularly when Kathy voices off and Caroline stands her ground.

A preview clip is below. And on Watch What Happens Live tonight, the guests are Teresa and Jacqueline Laurita.

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