In case your DVR wasn’t already working hard enough on Sunday nights, it’s time to add another show! The highly anticipated fourth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres tonight, and Bravo has got the press machine in overdrive for its arrival. The video preview, released weeks ago, is very dramatic and shows how different this show is produced versus the other Housewives franchises, who stick to a combination of fights spliced in with fun vacation scenes. On the RHONJ universe, it’s all gloom and doom.
The show is definitely being framed as Teresa Giudice versus everyone else, so intensely, that the producers even allowed Teresa to skip the press activities required of the other women before the season airs. In an interview with HollywoodLife, Teresa insists there was a real reason, “My new book, Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit, is coming out May 15 and I need to do press for it on TV shows, but you can’t get booked for the same shows within a span of three weeks.” She adds, “I really need to go on the shows to promote my cookbook and both our RHONJ network, Bravo and the shows producers are fine with me missing the RHONJ promotions, they understand.”
I’m sure they understand; Teresa’s absence fuels the fire! And if you’re curious if Teresa makes jokes about the precious Manzo boys in her new book, she learned her lesson: “I wasn’t saying anything malicious about Caroline or anyone else in the cookbook, and I’m sincerely sorry that I offended Caroline. I really like her. I was joking in my cookbook.”
We all know if a joke doesn’t end in a punchline about Lauren Manzo‘s weight, Caroline won’t laugh. The humorless matriarch of the Manzo clan turned on Teresa in the last season and brought along her puppet/sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita with her. Caroline tells the Huffington Post that Teresa was always Dina’s friend, “Teresa was and still is Dina’s friend. The viewers make assumptions that we were best buddies, but no, she was part of a group, an ensemble that we traveled with.”
She goes on, “But the relationship between Teresa and I was never that deep. I did respect her as human being and as a person…” That respect is now probably totally gone. HuffPo asks Caroline if her relationship with Teresa is salvageable and she gives a vague, Bravo, “watch what happens” answer:
“You can never say something’s never salvageable, but when you’re sorry you have to mean it. You have to be genuine in what you say. And if you’re not genuine in what you say then don’t waste your words… So right now, where I am, is pretty much where you saw me last, but you’ll see the story play out in the season and who knows where we’ll wind up.”
Of her relationship with Dina Manzo, from whom she is currently estranged, she is confident that they “will end” and that “Dina will be back.”
As par for the course, the children of the Real Housewives of any location are always dragged into the mess that is the show – and sometimes being on TV isn’t so fantastic. Glamour Magazine recently interviewed the adult daughters of some of our favorite (and least favorite) Bravo moms. The girls were candid about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.
Interestingly, some of the girls would love to do reality TV in their own right, while others have absolutely no desire. “I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit,” Lauren admits. “I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, ‘I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.’ And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”
Pandora, who did get married on TV, and whose wedding was featured in last season’s finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, confesses she had to seriously consider letting such a personal moment be played out in public. “I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding,” Pandora shares.
“My mother’s [Lisa Vanderpump] life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of all that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party?”
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If you take the time to blink by the time you open your eyes there will be some rehashed new Real Housewives of New Jersey drama. In the latest Melissa Gorga‘s crusade to prove she was not, under any circumstances, in any way possible a stripper, exotic dancer, go-go dancer, adult entertaintress — whatever. Nope not for one hot moment! Girl, give it up already — we don’t care!
If you remember the blog AllAboutTRH interviewed Angelo Vrohidis who was the manager of Lookers where Melissa worked possibly as a bartender (according to her) and possibly as a dancer (according to him). Melissa was so enraged by this accusation she accused him of being a drug addict on Twitter and then threatened to sue any media outlets who claimed she had danced. Even going so far as to have her ex-manager speak out saying she was a bartender and having the owner of Lookers, Chris Kontos, sign a sworn affidavit corroborating those claims. She also promised she would get payroll sheets proving she was merely a bartender.
Well, they’re heeeere! See, in his interview Angelo explained the payroll system claiming strippers were paid as independent contractors and other employees were on the bar’s payroll. “You have to understand, bartenders got paid by checks. Dancers were independent contractors that did not get paid by the establishment,” Angelo described. “Its different now but she worked a long time ago and that’s how it was back then. When Melissa worked, we didn’t pay the dancers and they didn’t pay us.”
And now Melissa AllAboutTRH has produced paystubs that verify she worked 7-hours per week for about one year (literally Jan 2003 – Dec 2003) as a part-time bartender. While, this does verify that Melissa bartended, some of her story doesn’t add up. Melissa claimed she worked at the club as a bartender for a few months and her manager, Larry Guarino, was quoted as saying: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.” Angelo also said she worked at the club for less than a year.
The payroll sheet clearly shows she was employed at least a full year. Some commenters wondered if the paystubs could be made up to substantiate Merlissa’s claims. And some fans wondered if Melissa could have been both dancing and bartending? While it really doesn’t matter and it was years ago, the stories still don’t add up for Melissa.
Moving on, things are apparently getting better between Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzoas the two sisters are planning to spend Christmas together! Wetpaint Entertainment spoke to the Manzo spawn: Albie, Chris and Lauren (I’m sure Greggy was lurking around somewhere too) who revealed Dina would be part of the family Christmas festivities. “Christmas Eve is bigger for us than Christmas Day,” Lauren explained. “My mom is one of 11 kids. We have everyone over and we have a five-course meal and tons of presents. The whole great room is filled with presents.
“She’s part of the family. At the end of the day, we’re family and we love each other, no matter what happens on the show,” Lauren added. While they were excited to talk Christmas, the Manzo siblings were less enthused about the upcoming fourth season of RHONJ.
“It’s funny, but Season 4 is going to go a little bit backwards,” Albie revealed. “They showed some of the footage in Season 3 – the part where the cookbook comes out. But Season 4 had already been shooting and starts even before that.”
“The cookbook isn’t what started all the problems, it actually came in the middle of all the trouble,” Albie continued. “So in Season 4, you’ll see all the events that led to it.” And speaking of the climactic Posche Fashion Show, Lauren describes it as a “disaster,” confirming that everyone is mad at Teresa Giudice!
While Dina may still be working on her relationship with her sister, she’s getting along swimmingly with Teresa as the two friends had a girls night out in NYC! Dina posted on Twitter that she had a “no drama” dinner with Teresa and another friend this Friday night and included a picture. A copy of the photo is below.
Teresa talked the dinner on her personal website and explained the third friend, Jackie, was Dina’s Maid of Honor. “She’s actually the one who first introduced me and Dina,” Teresa wrote. I bet Caroline loves that Jackie!
“It’s soooooo nice to be able to hang out with my girlfriends again without cameras around for a change,” Teresa continued. “We’ve promised to do it at least once a month… ” While it’s great that she wants to pursue friendships away from cameras is she going to post about it every month on her website because to me that’s pretty much the same as having cameras there!
Unfortunately for Dina she took a lot of heat on Twitter from some fans that accused her of being disloyal to her sister by continuing a friendship with Teresa. Dina responded, Tweeting: “To a few of u who just won’t give it up, just because I had dinner with a friend doesn’t mean I hate my sister. Get over it, it’s a TV SHOW!” Good point! She also pointed out to fans that Teresa was the one who reached out to her to rekindle their friendship, adding: “It works both ways doll.” Twitter… ruining the lives of C-List celebrities everywhere!
[Photo Credits: WENN.com]
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Meanwhile, Melissa Gorga, pictured above with hubby Joe Gorga, attended the Zenvo ST-1 50S launch at the Liberty House Restaurant last week in New Jersey! Melissa helped launch the Zenvo ST-50S automobile. Produced in Denmark, the car is worth a cool $1.8 million!
Below are more photos of Melissa and Joe with the car! And finally, Dina Manzo got a new tattoo and a picture of that is below as well!
[Photo credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com]
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Real Housewives of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving! Following last week’s excoriating Bravo blog, Teresa Giudice is claiming the network edited out a portion of her sentiments and she has released the “pieces” that were cut. The reality star posted the complete, unedited version on her personal webpage for your shock and amusement. Oh, lawdy!
In installment two of Teresa vs. the other Housewives — Teresa continues to call out her cast mates and family members that happen to be cast mates! She definitely wants the public (and Bravo!) to know she is not taking a beating lying down. So, when is Celebrity Deathmatch Jersey Style happening? Oh wait… I think it’s already begun!
Teresa starts things off by insisting she is innocent of having a relationship with the tabloids! “I can’t believe Jacqueline Laurita thinks I put out a magazine story that says bad things about ME on the cover. How does that even make sense? I’m not even going to try and follow her logic anymore.”
She also echos what most of us believe — that Caroline Manzo is a little silly arguing her adult children (who signed releases and received payment from Bravo) did not sign up to be a part of the show. “I can’t believe Caroline told the media her ‘children didn’t sign up for this.’ They are grown adults and they actually did literally sign up for it. They have contracts and got paid. What do you call that? And Caroline keeps telling Jacqueline to let Ashley [Holmes] grow up?…” Oooohhhh… sometimes the truth hurts, Mama Manzo!
Accusing Caroline and Jacqueline of being the ones who hold grudges, Teresa brings up She Who Should Not Be Named, New Jersey version: Danielle Staub (her new Twitter frienemy and the reason all this nonsense originally began!) “I know Caroline and Jacqueline obsess about things and people and revenge (What sane person would stalk Danielle’s ex-husband? What sane person would be friends with Kim G? That’s just ugly.).” Teresa better watch out as she appears to be the next target they have selected to “obsess” over!
Also, hinting that Jacqueline might just be having that rumored breakdown we’ve been hearing about, she states: “I just hope she gets well… “ Well, I just hope Chris Laurita deletes her Twitter! How does girl have time to associate with Kim G when she spends day and night Tweeting the masses?!
Then, Teresa actually makes a fair point (don’t hurt me for saying it!) about how reality TV and family may not mix. “Caroline and Jacqueline and Dina [Manzo] signed up for the show TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. It was the first time a family joined any Real Housewives show which I think is what made it so interesting from the beginning. I was just the friend on the sidelines with my juicy husband any my fab-u-lous girls,” she explains.
“I thought it was very brave to go on a show with your family, and I wouldn’t have done it. Watching what being on TV together did to the Manzo and Laurita family is EXACTLY WHY I didn’t want my family on the show with me. Seeing all the hurt they went through, I would be crazy to want the same thing for my family.” Except the one thing I will say in the Manzo and Laurita famblees’ favors is that they kept their family drama off the air which, as we know, is the opposite of the Gorgadiceakiles!
Teresa point blank accuses Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile of coming on the show to “hurt” her! “They didn’t come on like the Manzos first did, just to show the world how a real family looks,” she argues. “They came on to hurt me, insulting me and my husband and my kids from the very first episode through the last (is there a single episode they didn’t say something nasty about me? My own family?).” They insulted her kids?
“I would hope Melissa and Kathy wouldn’t have sold their own sisters down the river for a shot at 15 minutes of fame, but I’m not their sister, and I think they don’t think they care about the hurt it causes me and my parents because we’re not their immediate family.”
Explaining she was “worried” about her family experiencing the negative sides of fame, Teresa reveals she attempted to warn them about the tabloids and becoming victims of “made up stories.”
“I told them stuff they didn’t want to talk about would come up, that people from their past would try and take them down, that journalists would dig through their lives… Melissa told me she didn’t care. Then Melissa brings it up at the reunion as if I was trying to scare her off the show? It’s just twisted. Sad and twisted.”
Teresa goes on to call out her cast mates for having “skeletons” in their closets. “I don’t lay in bed at night worrying that my porn past or previous arrests or unstable history is going to come out because I don’t have any of those things,” she wrote. No names on who has a porn past or an arrest history!
And she insists whatever her family members might reveal about her didn’t matter! “I wasn’t worried that they would come on and expose me because there’s nothing to expose.” Ok, Teresa may not have what she considers skeletons – but isn’t her husband Jr Mafia Joe Giudice possibly facing jail time for multiple offenses, including a DUI? And then there’s that never-ending bankruptcy… And the cheating allegations…
Teresa also points out some of the unsavory behaviors of her co-stars (I think she ignored some of her own déclassé behaviors)! “I didn’t expose my daughter’s problems to the world, judging her for a difficult time in her life in front of all of America. That was Jacqueline. I didn’t make fun of my niece/cousin and criticize her all the time and tell the world I thought my daughter was fat and ugly. That was Caroline and her kids. I don’t have a pre-teen son on Twitter using curse words and insulting my own family. That’s Kathy. Bravo, ladies! Class acts, all of you!” She forgot to mention: ‘I didn’t have sex with my husband in a public bathroom on national TV. That was Melissa.’ Really though, class and RHONJ do not mix! Isn’t that why we watch?!
Reality TV doesn’t define me,” Teresa concludes, neither do “big fat bullies who puff hot air because no one will listen to them don’t phase me, rumors don’t keep me up at night. I have my family, we all have our health, we live a very normal, happy life of Sunday school and dance lessons and birthdays and trips to Costco. I am moving on and up to amazing new things.” Keep us posted, T!
And in other RHONJ news Teresa nemesis #1 (or 2 or 3…) Caroline, along with hubby Albert Manzo (sure has been doing a lot of appearances to save face with his wife lately), were spotted at Michael’s restaurant in NYC meeting with editors from People Magazine and Bravo’s SVP of Communication Jennifer Geisser. Which only means one thing – the New Jersey drama isn’t ending anytime soon!
I predict a sob-story interview about her feud with Dina and finally breaking her silence about the brawl in Punta Cana involving the Manzo boys, which likely demoted Teresa from “like family” to “acquaintance” status! I wonder if she’ll also mention Teresa’s – Oops! I mean Jacqueline’s – latest financial woes?! Who would have expected NJ Bankruptcy 2.0!
Here’s my two cents: Either Teresa knows big controversy brings big ratings (which means big dollars and endorsements for her) or she is just furious, fighting, spitting mad. Either way, Teresa garners a lot of attention and keeps things interesting – whether you like her or not! Admit it, she makes a few fair points in her blog, although she certainly fights dirty!
Don’t worry – whatever happens us minions at Reality Tea will continue to work round the clock slaving to bring you the latest gossip.
THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S UNEDITED BLOG? DO HER ACCUSATIONS HAVE ANY MERIT? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY HOPE FOR THE GORGA, WAKILE, AND GIUDICE FAMILIES TO REBUILD THEIR RELATIONSHIPS?
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).
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?
In the never-ending saga that is the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the gang heads to Punta Cana and it’s more of the same: drunken antics, terrible trashy clothing, and bickering. To borrow a phrase from the one, the only Juicy: “Shut UP!”
Preparing for a luxurious 5-day kid-free stay in Punta Cana on Bravo’s dime, at The Gorga Marble Compound, Joe, after stuffing his children in a suitcase, begins personally inspecting all Melissa’s stripper bikinis by sniffing the crotch. In front of his mother-in-law and his children he is sniffing the crotch of his wife’s bathing suit while she dangles another hoochie mama confection in front of his face.
At the Giudice marble mansion, Teresa has raided the Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Catalog from 1993 and is packing every sequined string bikini in the land. Melania takes this opportunity to assault and batter both her sisters. Um… where is Gabriella? Was she taken away by family services or something – I haven’t seen her all season. Maybe she’s already too embarrassed to be participating in this show. Joe promises to try and have a good time – Gia echos what we’re all thinking when she gives him a disbelieving look.
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As the second season of theReal Housewives of New Jersey dwindles to an end, thought you all might be interested in some amazing ‘before’ shots of the NJ ladies before they became famous, or infamous rather for one or two of them.