Despite a report that came out weeks ago stating that Teresa Giudice was done with the Real Housewives of New Jersey because she felt she was treated unfairly by the show, a new TMZ report today is stating that Teresa wants to return to the show, but only if the money is right.
According to TMZ, Teresa is on the verge of getting the axed from the show due to her money demands holding up contract negotiations, and Bravo is reportedly losing patience.
Sources close to Teresa are however firing back, telling TMZ Teresa’s under the impression the other women in the cast are earning significantly more money than she is and she wants to double her salary from last season.
Teresa is reportedly willing to walk away from the show if Bravo doesn’t cough up enough cash. Though Bravo refused to comment on the contract negotiations, they did state that they are looking at possible replacements. TMZ adds that all the other ladies are expected to return, with the exception of Danielle Staub of course, who despite her claims that she left the show on her own accord, was fired by Bravo.
My take on this? This seems like a negotiation ploy by both Bravo and Teresa. As we have previously reported, Teresa’s sophomore cooking book is scheduled to be released at the same time the 3rd season of the show will be returning so despite the leaked information to the press, Teresa needs the show. And with news that Bravo has signed Teresa’s sister-in-lawMelissa Gorga, Bravo needs Teresa back on show as well.
Disclaimer – The next story might or might not be relevant to Teresa Giudice or the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Please proceed to read at your own risk. I kid I kid, well not really
Perhaps it’s a slow news day but RadarOnline is reporting today that Teresa’s brother in law, Pete Giudice, has also filed for bankruptcy.
According to Radar, Joe Giudice’s brother Pete and his wife filed Chapter 7 with the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey on June 29, 2010. The couple listed their monthly income as $7,000 with assets totaling $1.3 million but liabilities of nearly $2 million. Guess this is chump change compared to the $11 million debt of Teresa and Joe.
Pete’s debts are defined as consumer debts with the number of creditors estimated to be between 50-99 with claims ranging from $160 to $46,000. Pete has also filed a notice to abandon his $1.3 million NJ home.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO AND TERESA WILL RESOLVE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS DISPUTE? DO YOU WANT TERESA TO RETURN TO THE SHOW?
In a new interview with Wonderwall, Caroline discusses Teresa and Joe Giudice, whether or not she will be returning to the show next season, and touches on the news that Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga will be joining the show. Excerpts from Caroline’s interview below -
WW: Are you looking forward to the new season of your show? CM: You know I don’t even know if I’m on the show to be honest. That’s up to the Bravo producers. At this very moment I don’t even know if I’m in the show. They haven’t told us much of anything.
WW: I hear Teresa’s sister-in-law will be on the show? Did you think she’d fit in? CM: I know that’s the word on the street, it’s in the rumor mill. I’m not sure though who’s going to be on, so I can’t talk about it. But yep she’s nice [Teresa's sister-in-law]; I’ve only met her in passing. You know just saying hi and bye. I haven’t seen her more than 20 minutes in my life. But she seems nice.
WW: How are Teresa and Joe doing after the arrest and bankruptcy? CM: They are good people, they are survivors and they’ll be fine.
WW: Would you welcome the idea of returning to “Real Housewives”? CM: I’d welcome it with open arms, but that’s up to the Bravo producers.
In other NJ news, disgruntled former Bravo employee Danielle Staub continues to bash Teresa Giudice in interviews. The latest is an interview with UsWeekly magazine, during which Danielle mentioned her desire to dress up as Teresa for Halloween.
“I was just going to take a waxing strip and put it on my forehead, with a little doll hair attached to it and call it Cornelius,” she told UsWeekly. “Oh, is that catty of me to say?”
And though Danielle is into “making fun of Teresa a little bit,” she may not go through with it. “Why kick her while she’s down?” she said referencing Teresa’s financial and legal troubles.
And finally, The Spin Crowd’sJonathan Cheban is now denying the newshe probably leaked out himself that he is dating 19-year-old Ashley Holmes. “We’re good friends. I’m friends with the family,” Jonathan tells PopEater. “She’s a cool girl.”
In a new interview with Parade, Teresa discusses her former cast-mate Danielle Staub, her future, and she also touches on what we reported a while back, which is that she has a college degree. Yes folks, Teresa is college educated as she tells Parade she thinks she is the only NJ housewife with a degree. And unlike her fellow cast-mate, Caroline Manzo, who gave Bravo a ‘Me or Danielle’ ultimatum, Teresa actually voices that she would have been okay with Danielle’s return to the show.
Excerpts from Teresa’s interview below -
Do you have any regrets about getting involved with The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
“Nothing could prepare you for being instantly famous. Being on the show was the best thing I ever did — and the worst thing. Yeah, the paparazzi and the fake stories about my family are aggravating, but we choose to concentrate on the blessings–the great things that came out of it, like my New York Times best-selling cookbook, Skinny Italian, meeting so many wonderful fans, things like that.”
All of your fans are very concerned about your, Joe’s and the girls’ well-being. Is your family really $11 million in debt?
“I really appreciate everyone’s concern. I get the sweetest, most uplifting letters from people. And yes, Joe and me and the girls are all happy and healthy. We’re in God’s hands. What more could I ask?
Do you think that you will have to sell your gorgeous house? Or will you have to get a job?
“I have a job! I have four jobs actually. My first and most important job is being a mommy. But I’m also an author, I run an online boutique, and I make appearances around the country. I think I’m the only New Jersey Housewife that actually went to college. I have a fashion degree and worked as a buyer for Calvin Klein and Macy’s before I had kids. I’ve always worked. I love to work. But my family comes first.”
You truly “sizzle” in the commercial for Sizzles Tanning Salon in Totowa, N.J. How did that come about?
“I just signed with ICM [International Creative Management, a leading talent agency], so yes, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me! I’m also releasing my own fragrance, a make-up line — and a line of cookware.”
It’s official: Bravo announced that Danielle Staub will not be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
“If Danielle was on or off the show, it didn’t bother me. I can deal with her. And I’m certainly not afraid of her or anything. Was she fired? You’ll have to ask Bravo.”
In other news, despite Teresa’s claims that she and her sister-in-law/newest NJ housewife Melissa Gorga are not at war, their facebook and twitter postings tell a very different story.
As we have reported, the two ladies do not get along – at all, mostly due to what sources say is the constant mistreatment and non acceptance of Melissa by Teresa. But we’ll let you be the judge. Check out the following twitter postings made by both ladies last week. Please feel free to pay attention to the timelines -
Guess who else was at Audriana’s small family party? My brother Joe, my sister-in-law Melissa and their gorgeous kids. xx 8:33 PM Sep 21st via web
Well I think we have never made it to a tweet or even a mention at all, why now… hmmmmm, good night! 9:41 PM Sep 21st via web
All joking aside, the past is the past, everyone starts with a fresh slate, family is family, period. 11:27 AM Sep 22nd via web
What a day, can a leopard change its spots? I’m not to sure yet… 5:23 PM Sep 22nd via web
Must say I love the balls on this chick named Melissa Gorga. I’m guessing Teresa badly wants to mend things with Melissa as not to appear as a phony and mean person to her fans on the new season of the NJ Housewives. Teresa’s popularity has taken a major hit with the news of her $11 mil bankruptcy filing and irresponsible spending. Having her true colors shown on the new season of the show will definitely not help matters.
So far, it seems Melissa isn’t willing to play along with the phoniness. Plus if Melissa is even telling half the truth about the awful way Teresa has treated her in the past, then I must say that Teresa is a pretty crappy being. And there’s a whole lot more interesting exchanges between these women. For example, just this week, Teresa posted that she was taking dance classes, after which Melissa called her a “copycat,” later posting that she had been taking dance classes for the past 4 months.
And again, I ask regarding the 3rd season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub who? The addition of Melissa to the show is absolutely genius. Also, as of the moment, it does not seem like Bravo wants Dina Manzo back. Can’t say I blame them considering Dina’s husband refuses to do the show, and Dina’s ex-husband has now reportedly banned their daughter from appearing on the show.
First, RadarOnline is reporting that Joe Giudice, husband of Teresa Giudice, has been released from jail after serving 8 days of his 10-day sentence for driving with a suspended license.
According to Radar, Joe was wearing a black and white jump suit as he walked out of the jail’s lobby around 6 a.m. this morning. His brother, Pete, and friend, John, were waiting to pick him up. The trio left in a jeep. Joe refused to answer any questions, simply telling reporters “get outta here.”
“Hey everyone..just so you know..as of right now..i will not be returning for season 3.. but my mother will..i hope we can all still chat :),” wrote Ashley. No reason was given for her leaving the show, but judging from the “as of right now” statement, we’ll take a gander and blame it all on contract/negotiation/money issues with Bravo.
The 3rd season of the NJ Housewives has yet to begin filming so perhaps Ashley might still return to the show.
Finally, RadarOnline is also reporting today that there is an additional new NJ housewife on the block. If you recall, they broke the story weeks ago that Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, whom she absolutely does not get along with despite her public denials, had joined the cast.
Well it seems things are about to get worse for Teresa. Sources tell Radar Bravo has asked Katherina Wakile to join the cast, and that Teresa is none too happy about this. Why? Well apparently Katherina is Teresa’s cousin!
“Teresa isn’t happy that her family is being asked to join the cast,” a source told Radar. “She feels as if her entire family is being approached to be a part of the show.”
The source adds that Teresa has yet to sign on for the 3rd season, but judging from the news that her second cookbook will be released in May, 2011, around the same time the 3rd season of the show is set to premiere, something tells us Teresa will be signing that dotted line any day now.
The Real Housewives of New Jerseystar tells the mag, ““After watching the reunion special, I realized that I am a much better person.” Teresa also tells the mag that Danielle has done a lot to her off the show including befriending the wife of Joe’s former business partner’s lawyer in order to garner information about she and Joe’s affairs.
Teresa also states “Danielle has been digging around my extended family, trying to find dirt on me and defame them, but I want to set the best example for my children,” adding, “I just want to move on with my life.”
Danielle is however singing a different tune in the newest issue of UsWeekly magazine, telling the mag she got the information about Teresa’s nephew straight from the horse’s mouth or from Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorgarather.
“The baby I was talking about is Melissa’s,” admits Danielle to UsWeekly. “Teresa’s sister-in-law has a major beef with Teresa and Joe. Melissa was made to feel like an outsider. Teresa treats them like they’re no good.”
Danielle adds that Teresa tried to keep her sis-in-law, rumored to be Danielle’s replacement on the upcoming season, off the show. “In the beginning, Melissa and her family were at the events at Teresa’s, but you never see them on camera. In my opinion, there’s some jealousy there.”
Teresa however denies Danielle’s claim, telling the mag, “It is my brother, and I love him and his family.” And when it comes to the story that Melissa has been added to the cast, Teresa remains in denial plays coy stating: “I hear mixed things. [Melissa] says yes, then the says no.” Teresa then added that “Bravo is trying to pit us against each other.” Perhaps Teresa should read her sister-in-law’s facebook postings about her.
Danielle however makes it clear the two hate each other. “Those two are probably going to kill each other!” says Danielle of Teresa and Melissa being on the show together.
As we reported earlier this week, Danielle also revealed in another interview that she communicates with Melissa and her husband Joe Gorga. If the story of Joe and Melissa communicating with Danielle rings true, then must say it’s a very clear sign of just how they really feel about Teresa.
In other news, NJ.com is reporting that a suit was filed against Melissa Gorga last week by a sprinkler company for $50,000 worth of work on an apartment complex in Paterson, NJ.
The lawsuit complaint accuses Melissa, her husband Joe and their business, Gorga Enterprises Inc. of breach of contract, unjustly enriching themselves by misdeeds, and failing to pay for work performed by the Bravante Automatic Sprinkler Corp. Seems like Melissa should have no trouble fitting right in with her fellow co-stars.
The Danielle Staub press tour continues, with more details of her interview with Steppin’ Out magazine coming out.
As we reported yesterday, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar completely trashed her co-stars in the magazine story. She referred to Teresa Giudiceas an “ape” before spilling some details about Teresa’s shaky relationship with her brother and sister-in-law.
Today, RadarOnline and E! Online have posted some more parts of Danielle’s interview, as she finally admits to being bisexual and even claims she slept with Prince in the past. Excerpts are below -
On being bisexual –
Danielle: I’ve had six relationships with women and I will tell you women kiss better than men. That’s very, very true. I remember each and every one of them. Hi girls!
Steppin’ Out: Is it fair to describe you as bisexual? Danielle: I don’t really like labels. I’m trying to keep that part of my life as private as possible. Let’s just say I’m interested in sexuality. When I’m ready to say it officially, I’ll be sure to put you on the list of people that should know.
On sleeping with Prince -
Steppin’ Out: What about Prince? I can’t picture you and him in bed together. Danielle: Yeah, but when you’re lying down you’re all the same height! Plus he wore heels. The one thing I’ll tell you about Prince is that he is the best kisser in the world. The guy can kiss. Kissing to me is really important. I was actually thinking about writing a kissing book.
Danielle: “The reason Melissa initially contacted me was to tell me she felt so horrible watching somebody else be treated as badly as she was treated by Teresa for over a decade. She said that when Teresa is jealous and threatened by another woman that’s how she behaves.”
TELL US – ARE YOU GLAD DANIELLE IS GONE FROM NJ HOUSEWIVES? OR DO YOU SECRETLY WANT HER BACK ON THE SHOW?
We reported earlier this week that a source told us there was a rift between the ladies, but little did we know just how bad this rift was. Thanks to Melissa, who seems rather ballsy, we can now bring you more details of this feud. The source, who sent us the photos of Melissa, also sent us some facebook postings the 31-year-old housewife and mother of three has made on her facebook page within the past year.
Here’s what Melissa posted on her FB page on December 28, 2009 -
“Finds it amazing how you can bring Christmas cookies to someones house, then go back there again the next day after Christmas b/c of a different celebration, and the woman of the house picks up some cookies and says to you, “these are the k…ind of cookies I like, when you come to my house bring these cookies, I threw out the ones that you brought, did you get them from A & P” a supermarket”, NO I replied, I got them from Corrados, an excellent Italian shop, that we all know and love. And I’m pregnant so those caught my eye and I bought them, then she replied, “I threw them in the garbage I don’t like those kinds of cookies” NOTE TO SELF: I should have said, ” Well they are better then the NOTHING THAT YOU BRING TO MY HOUSE EVERY EASTER!! How can someone be so rude, and always want to attack someone else, what could it be, HMMMMM! I think I might know but I wont go there. I think some people need to come back to plant earth, Oh I forgot, she also let everyone know Last night, AND I QUOTE ” I AM A CELEBRITY” I’ve been quiet for so long but now you’ve pushed me right over the edge! RIGHT OVER IT!!”
Whoa! After getting some supporting messages from friends, Melissa then added, “I feel a little better, I was really upset and hurt so I just said it, not usually my personality, but don’t push a pregnant woman! Thanks for the kind words!”
And it doesn’t end there folks! Melissa also accuses Teresa of using her mother as a nanny! The following post was made on March 26, 2010 -
“I agree I hate when people say I don’t need a nanny I do everything myself, & their mother is there everyday!!!!”
Teresa has mentioned on many occasions that she doesn’t have a nanny and does everything herself. And Melissa is not the only one getting the cold shoulder from Teresa, it seems the rift extends to Teresa and her brother as well. The following was posted April 23, 2010 when a friend asked Melissa if she and Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga would be making an appearance on the show.
“We were at some of the parties but she really didn’t do any thing with her brother or his family….”
There you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth or posts rather. As of September 2nd, when the source sent us these messages, Melissa had yet to delete her posts. Must say this chick has a lot of balls. We like!
As for what might have caused the feud between Teresa and Melissa, a source tells RadarOnline the two have always been in competition, before adding that “Melissa will stand up to her on TV. She’s a nice woman, but Melissa will give her a run for her money if Teresa busts her balls.”
A source also tells us exclusively that Melissa’s daughter Antonia is into modeling and acting, similar to Teresa’s daughter Gia, which might also be a reason for their competition.
So how does Teresa, 38, feel about her sis-in-law-nemesis joining the show? Well if Teresa’s reaction on the Today Show wasn’t evident enough that she is none too pleased about the news, RadarOnline reports she absolutely does not want to be on the show with Melissa, but unfortunately for her, Bravo has made their choice.
The question on everyone’s mind now seems to be what is the real deal with Melissa and hubby Joe’s finances? As reported earlier this week, Melissa reportedly lives a very extravagant lifestyle, one that puts Teresa’s lifestyle to shame. A source told Radar that Melissa’s house is twice the size of the Giudices and that she has two live-in nannies! And we ask, why does one need two live-in nannies?
What stood out about the Gorgas is the statement that “Melissa’s husband used to have a landscaping business and then he got into real estate.” As we all know, the real estate market took a major dive in recent years, which is leading many to wonder if the Gorgas might be having financial troubles.
While there is no bankruptcy news to report on the Gorgas, we can confirm that their custom built 2009 home was listed for sale earlier this year. The 13,500 sqft home, with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, was listed for $4.1 million, and was only taken off the market just days ago. This has us wondering why a financially stable Gorga family would be trying to sell a custom built home that they just moved into a year ago.
There are also rumblings of liens being put on the Gorgas’ home, but the only thing we found is that they have a $2.25 mortgage loan on the house and pay over $50,000 a year in property taxes alone.
Below are more photos of Melissa, who seems to be a party girl/housewife, as well as photos of the Gorgas’ mansion.
Even more shocking? Radar reports Bravo has already began filming Melissa for weeks! A Giudice family source tells Radar, “She [Melissa] is not replacing her [Teresa]. I think Melissa is actually Dina’s replacement.”
Radar reports that not all the current housewives have officially signed off on a new season. TMZ reported yesterday that Teresa is holding off on signing on because she wants more money from Bravo. Similar to what has been reported of the NYC Housewives, TMZ states that Teresa wants Jersey Shore cash, or $30,000 per episode to be exact.
A source tells TMZ Teresa is “asking for a cut of the DVD and merchandise sales … freedom to make more paid appearances … and her salary DOUBLED.” Teresa is reportedly ready to walk away if Bravo doesn’t give her what she wants by September 3, when filming on the third season is scheduled to begin.
But back to Melissa, her addition to the show could be genius, as we reported yesterday that a source revealed to us that Melissa and Teresa do not get along. Melissa even reportedly complained about Teresa not allowing her young daughter to ride in the Limo with Gia and her friends during Gia’s birthday celebration.
As for Melissa, a source tells Radar she used to do paperwork for her husband Giuseppe Gorga as his secretary, before becoming his housewife. Talk about a come up.
The source adds that Melissa’s husband/Teresa’s younger brother is in real estate and that the Gorgas’ extravagant lifestyle will put the Giudices to shame. “Their house is actually twice the size as Joe and Teresa’s. It’s enormous! She has two live-in nannies and lives in a $4 million mansion on an exclusive lot in Montville. Teresa and Joe’s house looks like a garage compared to theirs.”
It’s likely that Danielle Staub’s nephew comment is what got this ball rolling. Something tells us this upcoming season will be good!