Earlier this week I spoke with Melissa Gorga. I had no expectations going into the conversation and I was very excited to get her perspective on the drama that has encapsulated her life since joining the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
First of all, I have to admit – it's very strange to speak to someone that you see on television. We as viewers are so close to these reality stars lives, yet so far away. We are offered a very limited glimpse of the truth and yet it feels far more personal than that. RHONJ has captivated fans more than any other Housewives series because, not only are the women former close friends, they are family and their drama is palpable and relatable.
Melissa understands this and was candid about discussing it. Watching the show last season I had so many questions to ask the women directly and it was amazing to get the opportunity to do so in person.
Melissa was open, honest, and heart-felt in her answers and was very forthcoming about her family drama, her feelings on reality television, and the opportunities it has presented for her and her family. She strikes me as a down-to-earth person who has a supportive marriage and a positive outlook on life. I asked Melissa questions I wanted answers to and she answered each one willingly.
It was more like a conversation than an interview. Sadly, she didn't say "Thank you, Jesus!" once. I was hoping for it! An excerpt from our conversation is below:
RT: What was your first season of being on a reality TV show like?
MG: "It was crazy, I guess. I wasn't used to it, but now it's kinda – I'm easy with it. When it was airing last season I was a little uncomfortable. I was, like, what did I do? Why am I putting my life out there like this? But now, it's just a way of life. Our show, it's about family and it's real. Everybody goes through it with family. Everybody has in-law issues, and sister-in-law issues, so we just kinda put it out there."
"I've been very lucky," Melissa adds. "Things have been good."
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We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night. The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live. A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!
Teresa Giudice finally gave Donald Trump the sparks he was asking for when she got into it with Debbie Gibson on last Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice. She even decided to insult Debbie’s choice of wardrobe for the occasion like there was some kind of dress code. In an interview with Zap2It, Debbie insists she was happy to be done with the show: “Once the potshots started, I was glad [to leave]. I can take constructive and professional criticism.”
Wait, so “your tits are hanging out” isn’t professional criticism? That explains a lot. What’s even more interesting is Debbie’s revelation that, post show, she found out she had actually fund-raised more money for the guidebook challenge than chopping block-mate Dayana Mendoza. That makes the inclusion of Aubrey O’Day, who raised less money than both of them, even more suspect. But we all know Dayana’s money is worth more to Donald because it came from Dayana’s model friends. If there’s one thing that man likes, it’s to look at, and discuss tall, thin women. It’s not hard to do the math here.
But, in Dayana’s defense, Debbie has this to say: “I don’t think she was the hardest worker or the most creative, but she certainly wasn’t a problem. They were calling her distracting, and I thought it was all a bit contrived.”
Does Debbie’s former ally Lisa Lampanelli know that Debbie was quoted saying something positive about Lisa’s Venezuelan nemesis? Is Debbie a new target for Lisa’s humor?
In another interview on Debbie’s post-firing tour, she tells The Deadbolt that she still doesn’t understand why Teresa was so angry with her in the boardroom. “Teresa never delegated anything to do with the visuals for the kiosk for where we were selling the book. She never delegated it. It wasn’t my job to wonder who she delegated that to.” I felt the same way when watching the episode. When Debbie brought up the kiosk to Teresa in the war room, Teresa looked at Debbie like she had four heads. The kiosk was kinda essential to their task and should have been a priority.
In response, Teresa blames the editing and says, “I’m the one who actually thought about that at some point later in the day and that translated to I was setting her up. If I was setting her up, I wouldn’t have brought it up at all and we would’ve shown up and had an undecorated kiosk.” Actually, if they’d had a bad kiosk, Trump would have taken that as poor management, not the under-handed strategy Teresa thinks. She would have been fired.
In the end, Debbie thinks she was let go for the very original reason of “jealousy.”I don’t really get it. I just think she wanted me gone. Maybe she was threatened at that point because I was a strong player. I don’t really know what her deal was.”
In other Teresa news, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s fourth season is just around the corner! So, it’s time for the ladies to do their media blitz. While watching the preview, it’s clear that Teresa will continue to be the odd man out, a complete turn around from the beginning of the series. In an interview with Star, Teresa shares how the show has destroyed her relationship with Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo.
“Jacqueline and I had a wonderful relationship for about 10 years. We were great friends, but not anymore. It’s so sad. We actually went through a ‘friends divorce,’ which is so hard. Then, Jacqueline basically attacked me on the show about a magazine article that said I was going to jail. She was upset that she hadn’t heard it directly from me, but I wasn’t going to jail … the whole thing was so ridiculous.”
She says both Jaq and Caroline “take everything that is small, and turn it into something serious.” Like an innocent joke in a cookbook. Loosen up Manzo-Lauritas!
Teresa also has choice words for her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, saying “I felt deceived.” It’s not hard to see why, when it’s clear that Melissa was cast to not only bring the real tension they’d been experiencing for years onto the show, but also to create more drama. That Christening episode last season is still one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen on television. And as you all know, I recap Bad Girls Club! But the issues between the Gorgas and Giudices are so deep and so ugly, and I can understand why Teresa would be upset.
Sadly, she reveals she’s estranged from her brother Joe. “I haven’t spoken to my brother since before Christmas. We haven’t gone this long without talking in my whole life! I’d have to say that reality TV ruined our family, and it’s a disgrace.”
DO YOU THINK DEBBIE WAS FIRED UNFAIRLY FROM CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? DO YOU THINK REALITY TELEVISION RUINED TERESA’S FAMILY?
“Silicon Valley” Bravo captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories.
“Life After Top Chef” For the first time cameras are taken outside of the “Top Chef” kitchen and into the lives of Bravo’s most beloved former cheftestants as they reach milestones in their personal lives and culinary careers. From opening their own restaurants to expanding their growing franchises, viewers will follow Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Richard Blais in Atlanta, Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles and Spike Mendelsohn in DC.
“Below Deck” The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide when this young and single crew of “yachties” live, love and work together onboard a luxurious mega yacht while tending to the ever-changing needs of their wealthy, demanding charter guests.
“Huh?” Ever wonder who is behind those hilarious cat memes? Bravo goes inside the office of Ben Huh and his eclectic staff at icanhascheezburger.com, one of the largest humor publishers on the Internet known for their popular LOLs and FAILs.
“Miss Advised” These single relationship experts can’t seem to practice what they preach as Amy Laurent in New York, Emily Morse in San Francisco and Julia Allison in Los Angeles struggle to stay afloat in the deep end of the dating pool.
“Newlyweds: The First Year”From the moment they say “I do” to their one-year anniversary, cameras capture diverse couples across the coasts experiencing the trials and tribulations of their first year of marriage.
“Gallery Girls” Viewers are introduced to seven young women who dream of living a chic and fashionable existence in New York City. All share a passion for art, but are divided amongst their Manhattan and Brooklyn lifestyles with vastly different attitudes and tastes towards fashion, art and men.
“LA Shrinks” It takes one to treat one! The professional and personal lives of dynamic experts are exposed as they counsel a wide array of clients at some of the top private practices in Los Angeles.
“Decades” Renowned boutique owners, Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver, show off their exclusive and glamorous world of vintage couture filled with Givenchy, Balenciaga and Chanel.
The official preview trailer for all the new reality gems is below!
And now for the list of returning shows. I was surprised to see Chef Roblé & Co and Pregnant in Heels (although I kinda liked that show) coming back. Also returning is Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Top Chef (including Last Chance Kitchen), Top Chef Masters Million Dollar Listing, Million Dollar Decorators, and Inside The Actors Studio – which will feature the cast of Mad Men.
And branching out, Bravo also announced the arrival of two scripted shows! “22 Birthdays” focuses on the sordid and scandalous activities of a group of parents at an exclusive private school, with each episode centered around an extravagant and lavish birthday party. And “Blowing Sunshine” is set at a fictional private rehabilitation center and follows its staff and high profile patients.
A preview of the upcoming explosive season was revealed and it appears that the rumors of Pinot Singernot getting along with any of her fellow Housewives are confirmed! She goes to battle with everyone and may soon find herself on the Jill Zarin side of things if she keeps this up! The new ladies were shown banding together in an act of solidarity against “mean girl” behavior.
Among last night’s surprising events was the conspicuous absence ofTeresa Giudice! The entire Real Housewives of New Jersey cast was spotted together on the red carpet and participated in the Housewives East vs. West Battle Royale, but there was no Teresa in sight! It is well established that Teresa is not speaking to any of her castmates and rumors have been swirling that she’s headed for a spin-off following the explosive fourth season, airing later this month!
Also interesting was that Lisa did not sit with her fellow RHOBH castmates and instead took the stage solo for a sit-down with Andy. She also skipped the Housewives battle. Perhaps confirming the casting gossip that Taylor Armstrong and Kim Richards are returning next season was their attendance. Oddly,Brandi Glanville was not in the audience!
Finally, the most troubling events of last night were the musical performances of Melissa Gorga and LuAnn de Lesseps. Now I love you both, but please believe – you cannot sing! Step away from the microphones…
THOUGHTS ON THE NEW SHOWS – WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR KANDI AND LISA’S SPIN-OFFS? DID YOU WATCH THE ALL-STAR PARTY LAST NIGHT?
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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.
[Photos Credit: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S BIRTHDAY PHOTOS? AND THOUGHTS ON JACQUELINE’S TWEETS? DO YOU THINK TERESA IS JEALOUS OF MELISSA?
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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?
First, she appeared on VH1′s Famous Food, which turned out to be a flop, and now she is peddling her voice out to her fans for $18 a minute!
Yes, Danielle joins a slew of other Z-list celebs such as Michael Lohan, Tila Tequila, Nadya Suleman, and Angelina Pivarnick at Dial-A-Star.com which promises, “Dial-A-Star.com is the only place you can talk directly to a TRUE celebrity! Our service is unique an offers a completely discreet one on one conversation with celebs. The service is completely private and anonymous.”
Rumor Fix was the first to break the news and below are the rates for the other “stars” -
Lindsay Lohan’s mom, Dina Lohan – $10
Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan – $10
Jersey Shore’s Angelina Pivarnick – $10
Octomom Nadya Suleman – $15
Former Charlie Sheen porn star Capri Anderson – $10
Another fun fact? Dial-A-Star just happens to be owned Gina Rodriguez - a former porn star! Some are now wondering what type of convos are actually taking place during these calls. A screenshot of Danielle and other celebs on the site is below.
Danielle is, however, proud and excited about her new gig as she tweeted this morning: “I’m signing in at 8am to take your calls. Its been great adding voices to the faces of so many who’ve called! 1-888-695-4543 Ext: 106474.” Hey, a girl’s gotta earn her money somehow!
Moving on to Teresa Giudice, who continues to be very subdued on Celebrity Apprentice, almost to the point that you forget she’s even on the show! However, it is Teresa’s snafu in the boardroom last night that has people talking.
See, while in the boardroom, Teresa was called “slow” by her teammate Patricia Velasquez, who considered her the weakest link on the women’s team. Teresa of course spoke up to defend herself and, well let’s just say, she ended up proving Patricia’s point in the process!
Teresa stated: “A writer? I could be a writer. I just finished my third book. I have a ghostwriter. So I could get my writing done, no problem.” Wowzers.
Teresa took to her twitter page last night to defend herself in a series of tweets. She wrote -
“You gonna knock me down, I’m gonna knock you right back down!”
“Meant to say CO-writer not ghostwriter, I just got all caught up in the moment. I have a co-writer for my books. Her name’s right on them.”
“I’ve never hidden that I have a co-writer for my books. I’m not a professional writer. I’m a cook! Why wouldn’t I work w/ a pro?”
“I was just trying to say I could get writing help from pros too– just like everyone else in that room was. #CreativeLiars.”
Finally, it seems we are much closer to the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 4 premiere than we thought. According to a tweet by Melissa Gorga, the next season of the RHONJ will debut next month on Bravo!
In looking at Melissa’s twitter page today, it appears the tweet has since been deleted. Perhaps Bravo asked her to, as they want to make the announcement themselves. Melissa made the original tweet over the weekend.
Should be a great season, as we will get to see the rift developing between Teresa and pretty much everyone else on the show.
[Photos Credit: WENN]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S NEW LINE OF WORK? WOULD YOU PAY $18 TO TALK TO HER? WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF TERESA’S “GHOST WRITER” COMMENT? EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW RHONJ SEASON?
This season of Celebrity Apprentice has been a letdown so far for fans of Teresa Giudice‘s particular flavor of rage. She was ostensibly cast for her inability to let things go and start fights, but on the last few episodes, she has been downright quiet. On last week’s episode Donald and Ivanka Trump both questioned Teresa about how different she was from her reputation, with Teresa insisting that this toned down her is the “real” version.
On a recent press call, Donald Trump praised Teresa, using his favorite compliment and saying “She’s a very quality person,” but expressed his surprise: “I mean, she’s more reserved if anything else, and I think it’s a lot different than when you see her on the other show.”
Ever the businessman, Donald went so far to say that she came on the show as an exercise in “rebranding.” This wouldn’t be entirely off the mark; Teresa has several irons on the fire for her lifestyle brand with multiple books and a new alcohol line. Being on a network show like Celebrity Apprentice is a way to introduce her many wares to folks who have never seen her, or her table flipping, before.
Donald revealed that “She’s a little bit of a surprise… I don’t mean a negative surprise, but it’s surprising to me that she’s not more volatile.” Since Danielle Staub or Melissa Gorga are nowhere near the board room, Teresa doesn’t have her usual triggers to provoke her into acting like a lunatic. The most interesting theory behind her personality change is that “she is a little bit intimidated by some of the other people,” Donald suggests.
One person Teresa is most definitely not intimidated by is fellow contestant and ’80s pop queen, Debbie Gibson, who told her last week she was not “owning it” at boardroom. On Teresa’s personal blog, she warns: “I just want you to know the history of me and Debbie because it’s not over yet. Stay tuned!”
The background behind Teresa and Debbie’s argument is juicy and was a real mistake to edit out of the show. Teresa writes:
“During the Ivanka window display task last week, they didn’t show it but it was my idea to use Ivanka’s sketches in the window to tell the story, and I think that was a pretty big contribution to us winning. They also didn’t show that Debbie and I had a huge fight about it when I heard she was trying to take credit for it.”
Okay, who fell asleep at the wheel and left this out? Show us more of this and less of Lou Ferrigno‘s whining. So, you can see why Teresa was especially upset to have Debbie accuse her of holding back and not contributing when this had already happened. The real question is: Why not bring it up at the boardroom in front of Donald? Teresa continues:
“So when you see us in the Boardroom this week, you know why I was mad at her already. As soon as she’s project manager, she wants to call me out for not giving as much? Is she serious? Do you see how much Mr. Trump talks about me? You know why? Because Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka were there with us on all the tasks and saw who worked hard and reported it back to him. You’re not getting to see a lot of my input (yet…) but Mr. Trump knew. I just want you to know the history of me and Debbie because it’s not over yet. Stay tuned! (I might have to just change my name to Tiffany…)”
A new episode of Celebrity Apprentice airs tonight at 9 ET on NBC. A preview clip is below!
TELL US: DO YOU THINK TERESA IS FAKING HER PERSONALITY? IS SHE REBRANDING? DO YOU LIKE DEBBIE GIBSON?
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