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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?

The drama surrounding Real Housewives of New Jersey continues to explode! Melissa Gorga and Caroline Manzo are scrambling to get their sides’ of the story heard while ostracized castmate Teresa Giudice is indisposed filming Celebrity Apprentice.

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).

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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?


On last night’s FINAL episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey I 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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Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion from hell gave me stress-induced anxiety, like for real! I could not guzzle the wine fast enough! The rage was palpable and the ladies were down right dirty. This made RHONY’s reunion seem almost tolerable. Did I just type that?!

First of all, does anyone remember that notorious website Socialite Rank? Well, I wish we had a website devoted to Housewives Ranking, called of course, Housewives Rank, because if we did The Caroline and Teresa would be neck and neck for bottom of the heap after last night’s dreadful performance! Melissa had her moments of dirty as well, and for the most part Kathy kept her hands clean and imagined beautiful beaches and escape. Me too, Kath!

*Simple Disclaimer – I am a woman without a housewife – I play no favorites. I participate in equal opportunity snarking. All the ladies are ridiculous to a degree (yes, some more than others) and I like to spread the snark around!

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Well, finally – finally – we reached the season finale to the arduous, tortuous, never-ending season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. And it was kinda disappointing, no? Maybe cause we already knew what was happening real time.

Things start off with Melissa meeting with Teresa’s her stylist, because she is an over-the-hill wannabe pop star and over-the-hill wannabe pop stars need to look good! Really booby and trampy apparently = good. Melissa’s stylist, or is it Teresa’s stylist, suggests she wrap a scarf around her boobs and wear it as a shirt. Right. Let me get this straight: TWO WOMEN are paying this woman money to make them look like hookers and fighting over who she styles? There is some issue about how Teresa didn’t want her to also style Melissa. Maybe she wanted Melissa to actually look good?

While Terlissa’s stylist is there, Melissa gets a call from Teresa about the family photoshoot they are planning. Melissa claims this is the first family photo shoot she and Joe have been invited to and she is excited to put the past behind her and move forward. Why do I not believe her?

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Poor Danielle Staub! Her new bread and butter, Lemon Basket has, unfortunately closed “indefinitely” after a mere five months!

The restaurant, which opened in May, was as part of Danielle’s tour on Famous Food and the prize she received for out-cunning her competition, like: Jake Pavelka, Ashley Dupre, and Heidi Montag, and walking away the co-winner along with DJ Paul.

Apparently despite the exposure from the show and Danielle’s tremendous celebrity, “the restaurant just never took on, and partners Mike Malin and Lonnie Moore of The Dolce Group were forced to throw in the towel,” Eater LA reports. “We gave it a shot but it just never picked up traction,” Lonnie Moore explains of the closing.

The restaurant received lukewarm reviews, and despite heavy promotion (and even a Groupon offer), never seemed to improve from there. Then in September the restaurant was forced to temporarily close after a reported cockroach infestation! One month later they shut down their doors “indefinitely.”

Danielle hasn’t released a statement yet about the fate of Lemon Basket, though she did Tweet the following to fans wishing her well: “I appreciate the well wishes.” Now that she’s no longer in the restaurant business, I guess Danielle could always return to her former career of stripping reality TV villainess.

Do you think the tragic name had anything to do with it? Or that diners were afraid of actually running into Danielle while eating there?

Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Are you surprised the restaurant closed after only 5 months? Would you (or did you) ever eat there?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice seems to be fighting with everyone these days. Last week’s episode contained an explosive fight with Kathy Wakile, it looks like the Manzos no longer consider the Giudices “like family”, Jacqueline Laurita is over the petty nonsense, and Teresa just can’t stop saying negative things about people! But in her defense, it appears no one else can stop saying negative things about her either!

A quick peek at Teresa’s Bravo blogs confirms that Teresa is annoyed with everyone and perhaps a real rift is developing between Teresa and Caroline!

In a recent blog, Teresa addresses the book signing and subsequent text drama between her husband and her brother, Joe Gorga. And after stating that it “meant so much to her that her brother and Melissa and Kathy and Richie” all came to her book signing, Teresa goes onto complain that it took them so long to get there! “I had dozens of book signings all summer long and into the fall. The book signing they all came to was at the end of January. That’s a long time not to come out and support me, no? I talked to my whole family about them all the time. It was a big deal to me and I was hoping they would come.”

Taking the high road as always, she let’s us know that her brother and Melissa don’t care about her best-selling cookbooks, “I never got one public congrats. Not one. (I still haven’t…) For the record, I have congratulated Melissa and my brother for her song on Twitter several times and I’m happy to do it here on my blog as well: Congrats to both of you!” Passive aggressive much, Tre?

In defense of Joe Giudice’s rude texts and drunken anger, Teresa reiterates that he believed Joey’s attendance at the signing “was to look good on the show.” She goes on to point out that she hopes that was not the case, because “we’re all working on getting to a better place now.” So, writing snarky comments on a nationally published network blog isn’t going to further strain an already tumultuous relationship?

Responding to Caroline’s comments about Gia’s heartbreaking song to her family at Melania’s birthday party, Teresa insists “ She’s not screaming out in pain or whatever Caroline said. She’s a normal ten-year-old girl who’s creative and passionate.”

Teresa also addresses that she was “surprised” to hear Caroline and her kids speaking negatively about her and her books. “I had no idea they did that. I’ve always adored Caroline’s whole family and have never said a word about them, so it was a little shock.” She does admit that the Manzo family likes “to laugh a lot and they have silly senses of humor,” concluding that, “Life’s too short to take offense to the small things!”

And after last week’s trip to Punta Cana, both Teresa and Kathy both have plenty to say about that little fight they got into regarding how Teresa may or may not be a negligent parent and Kathy may or may not have been intentionally insulting her.

Teresa states her reason for verbally lashing out at Kathy on the beach, in a blog entitled “Go Time”, goes a little something like this: “I had never gotten to talk to Kathy about her comment about Audriana being left unattended, and yeah, it bothered me a lot. She got her little dig in about detaching from my children, and it gave me a chance to finally ‘go there.’ “

“It might seem like Kathy’s comment to me about detaching from her children was innocent, but believe me, I know my cousin. I’ve known her a long time.” Reacting to gossip that Caroline and Jacqueline might be taking Melissa and Kathy’s sides against some of the pettyness, she asserts:”I get that the Manzos and Lauritas don’t know this about her, but I know how she is. She likes to give little subtle digs that hit people where she knows it will hurt them.”

Kathy, who meant it when she said she wasn’t backing down, strikes back calling Teresa out as being the reason their relationship has deteriorated!

“What happened to moving forward, not rehashing the past, and staying positive? Why do you insist on pointing fingers about something that happened six months ago?”

And then Kathy accuses Teresa of having “issues”! “Don’t keep holding me responsible for your inability to see things for what they really are. She obviously has some unresolved issues and once again mishears, misunderstands, and puts her own spin on it.” Those are some fightin’ words, Kath!

In more positive Kathy news, she recently did an interview with The Celebrity Café about the future of her catering company and, in typical housewives fashion, the other business ventures she has on the horizon.

“We are having to hold on catering for now. We are still looking at different options,” Kathy explained. And revealing what those options may be, she confesses: “I’m really working on getting a line out of desserts that people respond to. It may be a retail store.”

When asked if she had thoughts on doing a cookbook, Kathy disclosed: “I would love to put a cookbook out one day, but first I want to make sure that it’s something I’m really behind.” Ok, so reading between the lines, that means expect one on bookshelves next year!

Finally; The lady who wants to repay her creditors the old-fashioned way by, you know, sending them a check, has just become the new face of PearlBrite! Teresa released the following statment about the partnership: “I am excited to be part of this innovative teeth whitening solution that offers great results at an affordable price for the consumer and an amazing business opportunity for the individual or business owner. As a shareholder and devoted user of the company products I see a bright and profitable future for all of us.”

Teresa has inked a three-year endorsement deal with the company, for which she is also a shareholder. PearlBrite stated: “We are very excited to have Teresa as a shareholder, spokesperson and friend of the company and believe the relationship will bring great opportunity for growth.” And for those of you who may want to go into business with the Giudices, PearlBrite is a network marketing company with many opportunities available!

Sadly, for those of you dying to see Melissa’s singing debut there will be no new episode of RHONJ tonight, but the show resumes it’s never-ending season next week at it’s regularly scheduled time!

Thoughts on Teresa’s Bravo Blogs – is she defending herself or starting the dramz? Thoughts on Kathy’s newest baking venture – would you buy her products? What do you think of Teresa’s new PearlBrite deal?

Well, I’m excited to finally report some positive news concerning Teresa Giudice’s finances!

As you recall, on Monday the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s husband, Joe Giudice withdrew his bankruptcy filing after controversy over allegations the Giudices had lied about their assets and income at the time of filing. Joe was at risk of facing criminal prosecution related to bankruptcy fraud. Teresa still potentially faces those charges, as she has yet to withdraw her filing, although sources report she is planning to.

Now, onto the positive! In a new interview for PEOPLE, Teresa’s attorney Jim Kridel reports “Teresa and Joe are happy about this,” and Teresa feels ” ‘vindicated’ to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.).” Wait – what?! Did I read that correctly?! Why, yes, yes I did.

Mr Kridel continues “Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors.”  The Giudices however had a hard time doing that as they owed a seemingly insurmountable amount of money related to multiple mortgages on several inner city apartment buildings, bills for building materials, and the balances on their various credit cards which accumulated to about $11M in debt according to their bankruptcy filing.

“Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe’s debt,” Kridel claims. Apparently, the smaller debts and credit card bills, which totaled around $100,000, were attributed to Teresa, and her lavish spending and out of control need for anything covered in glitter, lace, or marble, who “wanted to pay,” however once the Giudices filed bankruptcy their creditors were not allowed to be paid “preferentially.”

The article explains that as of now several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of the apartment buildings listed as a liability in their bankruptcy filing and Joe has also paid the $586,000 claim against him from his former business partner through a building’s sale; leaving the Giudice’s remaining debts “within a manageable range.”

With her many business ventures (including a make-up line and bottled cocktail) Teresa is no longer completely broke. Teresa “may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing,” her lawyer articulates. No word if Joe is currently employed, but at least his wife is bringing home the bacon and attempting to spend it wisely!

According to Kridel, who gave this interview with dollar signs in his eyes, “The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes.” Well, hopefully they won’t default on that bill…

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Do you believe Teresa that she wants to repay her debts? Are you as shocked as I am that she supposedly wants to do the right thing? If Teresa does, in fact, repay her creditors the old-fashioned way would this give you a more positive opinion of her?

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