Aaaahhh… Real Housewives of New Jersey - just when I thought this season would never end and we'd be trapped in a labyrinth with Melissa Gorga popping up around random corners to sing at us and Teresa Giudice chasing us down calling us "prostitution whore!" comes word that the reunion for the eternal fourth season has filmed.
So there is light at the end of the tunnel. I won't be recapping RHONJ until the end of eternity. To quote a certain NJ lady, "Thank you Jesus!"
Yes, that's right this weekend the RHONJ reunion filmed to insane reviews. Just ask anyone who was there. Taking to twitter the cast reacted to what was surely a PTS inducing nightmare of screaming, accusations, hysteria, and one very afraid and powerless Andy Cohen shrieking randomly for people to shut-up. Oh, Andy… why you so useless?
On last night’s FINAL episode of Real Housewives of New JerseyI 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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As long as there has been reality television, there have been reality television feuds. And of course, as long as there have been Real Housewives, there have been Real Housewives feuds. Case in point, the current feud involving Teresa and the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast!
If you watched the first half of the New Jersey reunion last week, you saw, as did the rest of the world, what would appear to be a very unlikely housewives’ feud between former friends and now enemies Teresa Guidice and Caroline Manzo.And as we learn on tonight’s reunion conclusion, the Guidice/Manzo blow-up seems to have undertones of Manzo versus Manzo as Teresa makes sure to bring up the discord between Caroline and her sister Dina Manzo.
But first in an interview with People right after the reunion, Teresa claims to love her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga despite just telling In Touch Weekly that Melissa married her brotherJoe Gorga for his money. “I love my family,” states Teresa. “I love Melissa. My brother is married to her for seven years… I’m trying to make things better.” Teresa adds: “They are trying to make it look like I’m hurting Melissa. But, if anything, I always stuck by her.” Always stuck by her???
When it comes to Caroline, Teresa plays the victim changes her tune, saying, “I don’t get Caroline’s problem with me. I never did anything to intentionally hurt people.” Maybe, maybe not, but I certainly never heard her apologize for unintentionally hurting people. Claiming she was “set up” by her cast mates on the reunion, Tre continues, “I never, ever got in between Dina and Caroline. It’s none of my business.” That may very well be the case, but one has to wonder, why does she even bring it up tonight then?
Maybe her reason is spite. Caroline did reveal on national television that Teresa recently called brother Joe an a$$hole. Family tit-for-tat, perhaps? You air my dirty laundry, I’ll air yours! Thankfully, Caroline has taken to her Bravo blog to clear up any confusion on her part.
She writes, “I don’t regret anything I said at the reunion to Teresa, because I was telling the truth. All of our emotions were on overdrive from the night before and I couldn’t hide my feelings. I didn’t see why I should at this point. Wait a minute, correction, I do regret one thing; I will never forget the look on Joe Gorga’s face when he saw the clip of me outing Teresa’s true feelings about reconciling with him. Many of you think Teresa said this to me in confidence, not true, it was widely known and said to others beside myself. Joe didn’t deserve to hear that, and I wish I never said it.”
Caroline also touched on the comments Teresa made about her in her cookbook which included calling her 1/16th Italian. “It was never about the Italian remark, it was about the underhanded sneaky insults towards the rest of us followed by an insincere apology. I referred to her once as a modern day Lucille Ball because of her flighty “innocence” and goofy personality back in the day. To use my words as a defense against your insulting remarks towards my son is unbelievable. Apology not accepted.”
Discussing her issues with Dina, Caroline states that her reasoning for wanting to keep it quiet on the reunion had less to do with her pride and more to do with her parents. She says, “My fear in having this issue exposed had nothing to do with me at all. It was all about my parents.” She continues, “Teresa knew how important it was to me to keep the Dina issue hidden, but tried numerous times throughout the season and through her blogs and interviews to reveal it. She finally had her moment at the reunion. Did she think I would deny it? Congratulations, Teresa, the only thing you succeeded in doing was hurting my parents. What a fool I’ve been in my efforts to bring your family together when it was your intent to destroy mine from the start.” Ouch!
Caroline continues to discuss the feud with her sister, admitting, “Despite all the rumors circulated about Dina and me, I remained completely silent, making not one single remark. Many of you confuse my silence on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media as guilt. Quite the opposite, it’s a matter of self-respect. Why sensationalize the situation? I’m only writing this now, because I believe as viewers you deserve some answers, I will never speak of this again, as it is a private matter that will take time and love to heal, but mark my words, this too shall pass.”
Dinaechoes her sister’s sentiments, stating, “Teresa has nothing to do with my relationship with my sister. I wish all of the girls peace and happiness in their lives. As far as my relationship with my sister is concerned I’m sure in time things will mend itself.”
Caroline finishes up her blog by stating: “Teresa may think she hurt me, but what she doesn’t understand is that she can never hurt me, because I take into account where it’s coming from. Unlike you, Teresa, I can look in the mirror and hold my head high knowing that I have always given the best of myself to my family and friends. I live my life with integrity and self-respect.”
So Teresa didn’t cause the feud, she just brings it up tonight on the second half the reunion? I, for one, can’t wait to see the drama unfold. Watch a sneak peek of tonight’s madness below. The conclusion of the reunion airs tonight on Bravo at 10PM ET.
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The latest is Caroline Manzo is finally speaking out against her former friend and costar Teresa Giudice. Following Sunday night’s finale which revealed the growing rift between the two ladies, The Caroline is not mincing her words when it comes to Tre! The drama began when Teresa insulted Caroline by stating she is “as Italian as the Olive Garden,” and then to add insult to injury, she also took a shot at Caroline’s son Christopher Manzo in her cookbook.
In an interview with Life & Style magazine, Caroline, 50, states fame has changed Teresa, 39. “I’m done with her,” Caroline states. “We’re housewives, nothing more,” Caroline asserts. “But she believes she’s Angelina Jolie or something!”
“She’s a bully,” Caroline adds. “She crossed the line in so many ways in trying to maintain this image that she has, that there were no boundaries.”
Oh but there’s more! In a separate interview with The Insider, Caroline accuses Teresa of playing the victim. “You don’t have the right to play the victim when you’re the one doing all the hitting,” said Caroline. “Everybody here wants to hug… Everybody loves each other here, it’s all love.”
Teresa apparently sees herself as the victim as she blogged last week: ” The whole time we were filming, I had no idea what other people were saying about me. I just assumed they were all my friends.”
Caroline, who had remained loyal to Teresa on the show, almost to a fault, then goes on to admit she even mistreated Teresa’s sworn enemies family members Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile based on what Teresa had told her about them.
“I was awful to them, awful to them. [Kathy] came to my house, this poor thing — her angel wings are underneath the dress, you don’t see them — and I abused her. Because I had a preconceived notion about who they were, and it was so far from the truth,” said Caroline.
Caroline finishes the interview stating: “Why should I feel sorry for somebody that walks away from people that want to help her, that walks away from love and tries to hurt?”
A former friend of Teresa’s tells Life & Style: “She is just not the same person. When filming began on the show, she seemed so sweet but now she doesn’t seem to care about the people around her.”
Our RHONJ insider told us Teresa is now friendless as evident by the fact that none of her RHONJ castmates attended her recent party to launch her Fabellini wine with the exception of Dina Manzo.
And speaking of Dina, Caroline is finally confirming what we reported a while back. Back in June, we broke the news that Caroline and her sister Dina were no longer on speaking terms. A source confirmed the story to us back then in addition to the fact that the two sisters stopped following each other on twitter.
Back then Caroline denied the feud, perhaps wanting to protect her family, but in a new preview clip for the upcoming reunion, she finally comes clean. In fact she blames Teresa for straining her relationship with Dina.
In the clip below, Teresa says to Caroline, “No wonder why Dina doesn’t want to talk to you! Like, what happened to you?” Caroline responds: “I lost a lot of my relationship with her.” Andy Cohen then asks, “With Dina?” Caroline states, “Yeah.” Andy asks over what, and Caroline right at Teresa and says, “I’m looking at you.” Whoa!
Part 1 of the reunion airs this Sunday on Bravo at 10/9c.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE’S COMMENTS? DO YOU AGREE THAT TERESA IS A BULLY AND PLAYING VICTIM? THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE NOT TALKING TO DINA & BLAMING TERESA?
Teresa Giudice says to Caroline, “No wonder why Dina doesn’t want to talk to you! Like, what happened to you?” Caroline says, “I lost a lot of my relationship with her.” Andy asks, “With Dina?” Caroline says, “Yeah,” and when Andy asks over what, Caroline looks to Teresa and says, “I’m looking at you.”
Well thanks to RadarOnline and People magazine today, we can now report a physical fight occurs between the bankrupt Teresa Giudice and former prostitution whore Danielle Staub.
RadarOnline reports things got so heated between the two ladies, to the point that producers had to step in to separate them. “A fight broke out between Danielle and Teresa. It got so crazy that the producers had to get involved and break it up,” says a source.
“It got a little crazy,” another source adds. “Did anyone walk away with a black eye, no… But it definitely got to the point where I think everyone was more than holding on to their seats or being held back.”
PEOPLE magazine adds that at one point host Andy Cohen and Caroline Manzo had to intervene as Teresa got up out of her chair and started for Danielle, who was sitting across the room.
Andy Cohen calls this the best reunion show ever, adding that “you won’t believe how it starts and you won’t believe how it ends.”
Part one of the reunion airs Aug. 30 on Bravo, with part two airing on Sept. 6. Another photo from the reunion is below -
We’ll start off with Danielle Staub, who hosted a party for her 48th birthday last night at NYC’s Scores strip club. The former stripper/escort however took some time away from the pole her party to talk to the press, during which she told NBC Newyork she’s in the works of creating her own spin-off reality show.
“It will definitely be a lot more of her (gal pal Lori Michaels) and I and definitely my kids,” Danielle told the site. “There will be a lot of questions that will be answered.”
And when asked about the status of her relationship with faux girlfriend Lori, “We’re exclusively committable,” answered Danielle while holding Lori’s hand.
The HollywoodLife is also reporting today that Danielle’s former BFF, three-faced Kim Granatell, tried to crash Danielle’s strip club party last night.
According to the site, right as Danielle was about to walk into her party, Kim G., pictured above in front of Daniele’s party last night, arrived with an entire entourage in tow even though she wasn’t invited. Danielle was reportedly blindsided and refused to walk in until Kim G. was escorted off the premises. “It took a little while but Kim finally got into her black Bentley and sped off,” says the site.
Next up is Dina Manzo, who bowed out of the Bravo hit show mid season. According to the Crushable site via Life&Style magazine, Dina did not attend the recent taping of the reunion show. Dina’s reason for being a no show? She wants absolutely nothing to do with Danielle.
Teresa Giudice also talked to the mag about the reunion taping. “The reunion was crazy, exhausting and unbelievable,” Teresa tells Life & Style.Andy Cohen also chimes in saying, “It was nuts, absolutely nuts!”
Life & Style reports that taping lasted nearly 12 emotionally-draining hours.
According to a Bravo press release, the reunion will be in two parts airing August 30 and September 6. The show’s finale will air August 23.
And finally, everybody’s favorite bankrupt housewife Teresa Giudice spoke to UsWeekly magazine, basically telling the mag her daughters – Gia, 9, Gabriella, 6, Milania, 5 and Audriana, 11 months – are not too young to wear makeup.
“They see their mommy doing it and they want to do whatever mommy does,” Teresa, 38, tells the mag, adding, “It’s just lip gloss.”
Teresa also shares her plan of writing another book with the magazine, while revealing she hasn’t lost all the weight she gained during her last pregnancy. “I haven’t lost it all yet!” she says. “I still have about 10 pounds to go.