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Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was about forgiveness. Teresa and Joe work through the text-pocolypse and realize family includes their children, and perhaps it is time to put the petty bickering aside, but not before cheating their way a through a charity marathon! Oh, who am I kidding – last night’s episode was boooor-ring! It seemed to drag along for so long I couldn’t believe it was only on an hour! Maybe that’s because they talked about the same things for the thousandth time!

The episode begins Jacqueline and The Caroline talking fitness – they have big plans to “participate” in a 5K, because Caroline wants get in shape for Punta Cana – which is a week away. Nothing like last minute! Jacs is thinking she’ll just wear Spanx and work out for the trip by upping her tolerance sitting at home by guzzling wine. After exhausting the work out topic, they talk Teresa and The Caroline has a few snarky comments to make about that! Since they are talking about her, when they arrive at Jacqueline’s – who is there unannounced with her ears ringing, but Teresa wearing a pair of giant fur shoulders and heels for a snowstorm, but no coat! Caroline, who told us that while she may have lost 25lbs, she is still completely made of lasagna, tiramisu, and mozzarella, because she is in terrible shape. So, instead of exercising they sit in Jacqueline’s kitchen and eat while discussing the latest Gorgadice dramz. Well, if anything will drive you to dessert it’s hearing Teresa and Melissa out-screach at each other about stupid Joe nonsense.

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On the last episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, millions of viewers watched as Joe Giudice not only got drunk in his home, but also berated his wife Teresa Giudice in front of guests and called his brother-in-law a gay slur.

Fast forward to today and in usual Teresa fashion, she is now defending the actions of her husband. Teresa, who graces the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine with photos of her extravagant vow renewal to Joe, tells the mag despite coming off as a jerk on national television, Joe is still her Prince Charming.

“He doesn’t act for the cameras,” says Teresa (Not helping his case there Tre!) adding that deep down Joe’s really a “sweetheart.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM TERESA & JOE’S EXTRAVAGANT VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY!

When asked about Joe’s “drunken bullying” on the recent episode of the RHONJ, Teresa asserts that she wasn’t hurt by the incident. “He was drunk, in his own home and upset. I get where he was coming from.”

Teresa also insists that Joe is not verbally abusive to her — but simply a guy who speaks his mind. “Joe is Joe,” she states. “You really have to know him to know it’s not malicious.” She adds, “You learn, with age, to let things bother you less and less.”

In other news, Melissa Gorga discusses the hardship of doing the RHONJ in the beginning and how she decided to join the show in an interview with The Insider. Below are excerpts from Melissa’s interview -

TheInsider.com: What’s it been like watching yourself on television?
Melissa Gorga: In the beginning it was hard, but the more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. I’m now at the point where I feel grateful that I’m getting to share my life with America. Show them how I do things. It’s a great experience and I’m eating up every minute of it.

Insider: Teresa and her husband have not said very nice things about you and your husband. Has that been hard?
Melissa: It is. We all went through it months ago so to sit there and rewatch it and find out all these new things that people said behind your back in the confessionals is hard. It’s hard not to pick up the phone and ask, “How could you say that about me?!?” But I take everything I see with a grain of salt because it was said when we were in that place. It’s always hard to go back and watch it, but we knew what we were signing up for.

Insider: Having watched Teresa go through it for two seasons, what made you want to be a part of this?
Melissa: You know, in the beginning, Joe and I weren’t sure if we wanted to do it. But because it really involved my husband’s family, I completely left the decision up to him. It was so much more personal for him, so if he said yes, we were in, if he said no, we were out. I think he knew that we had something to offer and he went for it.

Insider: The cast is about to go on a big vacation together. Can’t imagine that’s going to be good.
Melissa: Yea, we go to Punta Cana and it’s crazy. Kathy & Teresa get into a little tiff on the beach, but there’s always a lot of fun mixed in with the drama – which is the Housewives way!

And finally, following a two week hiatus, a new episode of the RHONJ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 16th episode this season titled ‘Singing in the Pain,” the wives are up and running when they participate in a charity race, with Teresa’s competitive nature on full display. Meanwhile, Melissa premieres her song to an unforgiving crowd in Hoboken. And Teresa throws a birthday bash for one of her daughters, highlighted by a jaw-dropping gift.

The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below!


TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA AND MELISSA’S INTERVIEWS? PLUS TONIGHT’S ALL NEW EPISODE?

In two new interviews, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga talks her music career, the current status of her relationship with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice, as well as her take on Jacqueline Laurita’s drama with daughter Ashley.

While talking to the Hollywood Life, Melissa discusses the toll the Gorga/Giudice feud has had on Teresa’s daughter Gia. “Gia’s different, but the kids are still young enough where they don’t know what’s going on [between Teresa and I],” states Melissa, adding that things between her and Teresa are actually OK at the moment, but more on that below.

And when it comes to Ashley Holmes’ volatile relationship with her mother Jacqueline, Melissa actually defends Ashley, 20.“I’ve never seen a bad thing out of Ashley,” Melissa explains. “She’s very respectful to me, to all adults around her.”

“It’s that time of her life, she’s kind of not sure where she wants to be or what she wants to do and it’s a little frustrating for Jacqueline,” adds Melissa, also saying that if she ever has to experience something similar with her now six-year-old daughter Antonia, she’ll hope to work through it. “I want to show her that I’m her friend, but I also want to be her mother. I don’t want her to hate me, but I want her to respect me.”

What is clear is that Melissa will not hesitate to take parenting pointers from the one and only Caroline Manzo! “I look at her and I see a lot of my family with them,” Melissa says of The Caroline. “I love Mama Caroline!”

Melissa also discusses her new single “On Display,” which is currently available for purchase on iTunes. She explains what the song is really all about: “It’s about being on display in your everyday life. It’s your first day at your new job, people are looking at you and watching you… People are looking at you, they’re waiting for you to do something wrong, but you’re not going. You’re standing tall.”

When asked which housewife she would most like to do a duet with, Melissa is smart enough to name the only talented housewife RHOA’s Kandi Burruss!

And in a separate interview with UsWeekly, Melissa reveals that Teresa actually likes her new single, while also opening up some more about the current state of their relationship citing some days are better than others.

“Sometimes it’s awkward. When we watch the show things are said that we had no idea were even said,” says Melissa. “The kids had a play date recently. Are we best friends or together every single day? No. But we try for the kids. At the end of the day we’re family and we are going to be throwing birthday parties and we are going to be at family dinners here and there.”

And speaking of Teresa, she has yet to update her twitter page since last Sunday, Aug. 28, the same day Bravo aired the RHONJ episode which showed her husband Joe Giudice using a gay slur. Bravo has also yet to post the housewives latest blogs but the minute Teresa defends responds to the episode and/or Joe’s comments, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Finally, following her move to Los Angeles over a week ago, Ashley Holmes posted some new pictures of her apartment on her blog. Those pics are below!

No new episode of the RHONJ will air tonight. The show returns with a new episode next week.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK SHE AND TERESA WILL EVER HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP?

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Bravo offers us a different perspective on the most infamous family feud in reality TV history, and quite possibly everything is the fault of Joe and Joe. Go figure.

Arriving at The Caroline’s parents’ house in the middle of a scary dark woods, making me think this is a Steven King movie instead of an episode of RHoNJ — Caroline explains that Chris Laurita has started a mysterious new business that produces something mysterious and all the employees will be her blessed boys and some other rando nephew who will be setting up office in her parents’ old house.

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A new episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is set to air tonight, and once again it’s Giudice vs. Gorga!

However, it’s not Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga fueling the drama this time around, but rather Joe Giudice. In the preview clip below, Joe Gorga reveals his brother-in-law sent him a threatening text message asking him not to come to Teresa’s book signing. Teresa was the one who invited her brother and Melissa by the way.

According to J. Gorga, the text read: “So nice of you and your fake wife to support your sister tonight for the first time. Yous are so fake it makes me ill… I’ll break your jaw. I’ll wire it shut.” J. Gorga also adds that Joe referred to him as a word that was bleeped out in the clip. In another preview clip, it sounds like J. Giudice might have used a gay slur that begins with a letter F. Not certain on that however. No word yet on how Teresa’s going to try to clean this one up.

Also coming up on the 15th episode this season titled “Black as Ink,” Caroline’s pride spills over when her two sons set out to launch their bottled-water line. Meanwhile, Lauren’s grand opening for her cosmetic venture brings Jacqueline together with her daughter.

The episode airs on Bravo at 10/9c and a preview clip is below!

In other RHONJ news, a week after it was revealed her dad and step mom were arrested on charges ranging from arson to money laundering, Ashley Holmes is once again defending her parents.

Earlier this year, Matt Holmes Texas home caught on fire garnering him a $429,000 check from the insurance company. Months later, cops revealed a “credible witness” came forward stating Matt started the fire with kerosene and gasoline. Investigators had already suspected arson so Matt was arrested for arson, insurance fraud, and money laundering while his wife Jodi Holmes was arrested for money laundering as well. You can read more about that here.

Ashley, who has now decided to start going by Ashlee, posted the following on her twitter page yesterday -

“As most of you know my dad &step mom are going through a VERY hard time right now.. they are not allowed to comment on anything at this time.. but those of you that are close to us know the truth.. the media is eating them alive and of course are saying MANY things that are untrue.. It’s so hard not to be able to tell our side of this, but we will soon! We’re leaving it in Gods hands now & we know that everything will be ok…Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers..xo thank you.”

Meanwhile, as we reported earlier this week, Ashley has moved to California! She made the move days ago and later blogged that she got an internship. “I have an internship waiting there for me with Buzznet & Celebuzz. I recently formed my own LLC. I’m currently working on my own clothing line that I hope to launch by 2012. I am working on building my own website… I am also writing a book,” she wrote.

Fans of the show who keep up with the RHONJ on twitter noticed this week that most, if not all, of the cast took a trip to California. We have to wonder if this has anything to do with Ashley. Only time will tell as Bravo is currently filming the 4th season of the show.

And finally, Ashley made the following tweet just moments ago about former RHONJ star Danielle Staub: “LOL guess who keeps trying to contact my boss @LizzieGrubman BEGGING her to rep her…. ? what a joke #clown #notgonnahappen.” The drama never ends.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOE GIUDICE’S THREATS TO JOE GORGA? PLUS THOUGHTS ON ASHLEY’S COMMENTS & HER MOVE TO CA?

In last nights installment of Real Housewives of New Jersey it’s another round of the feud that never ends (it just goes on and on, my friends), as Teresa and Melissa engage in sister-in-lawemy behavior with behind the back comments and to the face fracas. Kathy hosts a goddess get-together to debut her catering ideas, but Teresa decides that she is the only goddess there, so the party becomes allll about her! Jacqueline and Ashley argue, and argue, and argue some more until Chris reaches his breaking point! Oh, and no Joe G-to-the-orga this episode – so happy days!

Things pick up where Hat-ley and Jacqueline left off last week. In an extremely emotional scene, Jacqueline is sobbing in the basement of the restaurant while Chris tries to console her. Jacqueline asks the questions millions of viewers have been screaming at the TV for 2.5 seasons: Why are they letting Ashley have free room and board when she treats us like crap? Exaaaactly, Lauritas, exaaaactly!

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Ah, the joys of appearing on reality television. A week after his appearance on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the recent arrest of Ashley Holmes’ dad, John Madison Holmes aka Matt Holmes , is now making headlines.

While Matt appeared to be the voice of reason on the most recent episode of the show, it turns out he was actually arrested weeks ago and charged with arson, insurance fraud and money laundering.

Matt, 39, wasn’t arrested until early June of this year, though the alleged arson actually took place on March 12, 2011. Matt’s wife, Jodi Sue Holmes, 36, who also appeared on the RHONJ, was later arrested on a charge of money laundering as well.

According to court records, after a fire destroyed the couple’s Texas two-story house that was undergoing remodel work, Matt told the Police that he had been at the house dropping off supplies for contractors 30 to 45 minutes before firefighters were called to put out the fire.

However, a few months later, “a credible witness” came forward and stated Matt started the fire in three rooms of the house using kerosene and gasoline, according to investigator Ken Dabbs, who already believed the fire to be intentionally set after finding no electrical shorts or other reasonable cause.

Dabbs reveals Matt and his wife received $429,000 in insurance money. The police complaint alleges that Jodi knew about the arson and used the proceeds to make purchases, which included plastic surgery and a $40,000 diamond ring.

Cops reveal that to their knowledge, the couple has ever been involved in anything like the suspected arson and neither has ever been arrested. The charges however appear to be pretty serious as the FBI is also involved with the investigation. John was released on $225,000 bond while his wife Jodie was released on $75,000 bond.

As for Ashley, she made the following tweet late yesterday, “FYI- my parents have NOT been indicted..this whole thing was started by a disgruntled employee..they are INNOCENT &that’s all i have to say.”

In lighter news, housewife Melissa Gorga recently took some sexy bikini shots for Life & Style magazine! The 32-year-old mama of three opened up about her diet and staying fit.

“There is no dieting going on in the Gorga household! I can’t diet! I stay active so I can eat what I want,” Melissa tells Life & Style. However, she adds, “I’m not a huge meat-and-potatoes girl. I tend to go for lighter meals, because that’s what I enjoy.” Melissa reveals that after her third C-section, in December 2010, she began meeting with her trainer three times a week for hourlong weight workouts to maintain a sculpted and toned figure. A bikini photo of Melissa is below!

And finally, a new episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey airs tonight on Bravo. On the 14th episode this season titled “Belly Up and Up,” verbal warfare and an agonizing decision lowlight Jacqueline’s relationship with her daughter. Meanwhile, Teresa’s financial woes escalate. And the wives trek to Kathy’s food-tasting bash, featuring surprise guests and unsavory behavior from Teresa and Melissa.

A preview clip is below!

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE ALLEGATIONS REGARDING ASHLEY’S DAD & STEPMOM? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

UPDATE – Click The Continue Reading Button Below To See More Photos of Jodi and Matt, Plus the Bikini shot of Melissa!

In today’s reality news, Bravo Housewives continue their attempt at world domination!

The Bravo network announced earlier this week that for the first time in history of the series, Housewives from various cities will gather together on one stage for what is being called “The Real Housewives Live Tour.

According to the press release, “Fans will have the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite cast members as the ladies discuss the most talked about moments, reveal cast secrets and answer questions straight from the audience.”

The three-city tour begins in Atlantic City, NJ on October 1 with Caroline Manzo (RHONJ), LuAnn de Lesseps (RHONY), Kyle Richards (RHOBH) and Vicki Gunvalson (RHOC).

On October 8, Sonja Morgan (RHONY), Gretchen Rossi (RHOC), Lisa Vanderpump (RHOBH) and Phaedra Parks (RHOA) will meet fans in Hammond, Indiana.

The tour will then conclude October 15 with NeNe Leakes (RHOA), Jill Zarin (RHONY), Melissa Gorga (RHONJ) and Marysol Patton (RHOM) in Atlanta.

For the fans looking to get up close and personal with the cra cra housewives, it’s gonna cost you! The ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $170.00. They go on sale Friday, August 19.

In other housewives news, a new report is once again dispelling those silly Jill Zarin is considering leaving the Real Housewives of New York City rumors. According to the NY Post, that is far from the truth as the Jillousy has practically been begging Bravo to keep her on the show.

“Jill would re-sign tomorrow if she could. She has been pitching herself very aggressively to keep her on next season, because she’s terrified she’ll be phased out,” reveals a source. “She would love to have her own show like [former "Housewives" star] Bethenny Frankel, but she’s not getting it.” Ouch!

This makes you wonder if Jill was indeed one of the reported two NYC Housewives who told Bravo they would be willing to take a pay cut to remain on the show. In the meantime, some are speculating that Jill alongside Countess LuAnn and Sonja Morgan will indeed be returning next season due to the fact that Bravo is including them in the tour.

Perhaps Jill has now received word from Bravo that she will be returning because she has changed her tune since last week. Jill recently told UsWeekly that she is NOT leaving the show.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE BRAVO HOUSEWIVES TOUR? WILL BE BE ATTENDING? PLUS ARE YOU SURPRISED JILL IS DESPERATE TO REMAIN ON RHONY?

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