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While Monday night’s season premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey brought us one of the most dramatic fights in reality TV history, the drama continues off screen for Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.

In fact the two ladies grace the latest cover of Life & Style magazine under the heading “It’s War!” In the issue, Melissa and her husband Joe Gorga discuss the nasty brawl that took place at their son’s christening, and what led to it as they attempt to explain what viewers did not see.

“I was so upset,” Melissa says. “Teresa’s never given us any respect. She was being fake, just acting nice for the cameras.” Joe adds that Teresa did not want to be at the christening and that she only showed up because she was able to finalize her season 3 contract with Bravo right before the event.

“My sister didn’t even want to be there,” Joe tells Life & Style. “She’d just signed her Housewives contract that morning or the day before because she was mad that we were on the show.” Melissa also attempts to shed some light on what led to the rift. “I think when Joe and I started making a lot of money is when she really lost it,” Melissa says. “She was used to being the biggest and the best, and then when I came in, she felt threatened. She doesn’t want anyone to one up her. Teresa’s fine with you as long as you’re one step below.”

Joe adds that the most hurtful part about everything is when Teresa tried to turn their parents against him and his wife. “Teresa would tell our parents ‘Melissa this,’ ‘Melissa that’ or ‘Joey didn’t do this,’ and my parents have never been the same,” Joe reveals. “Her husband talks about me to them all the time, too.”

Despite all the drama, the Gorgas reveal they are still hopeful all parties can come back together. “Things couldn’t get any worse, so I’m hoping it only gets better post-show. Maybe we can become a family again,” Melissa states. Joe adds,” I have wonderful kids, a beautiful house, the whole package– but I don’t have my family. I’m crying out for my family.”

Also a lot of viewers have wondered why the Gorgas invited Teresa despite the bad blood, and in her first Bravo blog, Melissa answers that question. Below is an excerpt -

I think it is extremely obvious when she comes to the table giving us a kiss and saying congratulations for the second time that it was not the norm. You can read it all over all three of our faces. We really were not speaking to Teresa at the time of the christening, but of course I invited her to come, because we always invite each other to all of the children’s parties. I am always invited to her kids’ parties as well, and I will never miss one.

Melissa also promises in her blog that as the season moves along, we will get more of the “back-story.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOE & MELISSA’S INTERVIEW? DOES IT CHANGE YOUR VIEW ON THE BRAWL & THEIR ACTIONS? DO YOU BELIEVE TERESA WAS FAKING IT FOR THE CAMERAS?

Welcome to the third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey! This season – whew – it looks like we’re in for a wild one! While the Real Housewives of New York may have needed to be ‘re-edited’ for more drama – New Jersey probably needed to be re-edited for less!

Teresa Giudice is ba-ack: angrier, crazier, bronzer, bossier, and apparently less broke because “mama is bringin’ home the bacon!” Caroline Manzo is worried about her adult children leaving the nest (wasn’t that the same issue she had last season?), Jacqueline Laurita is still dealing with good old Ashley, and we are introduced to Teresa’s maybe crazier relatives new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.

The 90 minute premiere episode was chock full of crazy as it opens with a Christening party for new housewife Melissa’s son, Giuseppe. It has all the attributes of a classic NJ Housewife Christening party: giant ice sculptures, an open bar, smarmy guidos with open shirts and gold chains, an oil painting of the baby, a lavish sit-down dinner, a knock down, drag out fight… Oh! Wait a second – maybe most Christenings don’t involve full-on fistfights. Well, Melissa had to one-up Teresa’s party from last year! See, Melissa is Teresa’s sister-in-law and is married to Teresa’s brother who is also named Joe, but is not Juicy. Teresa and Melissa are “not exactly best friends,” in fact they are pretty much enemies. As it was well documented that Teresa threatened to quit the show if Melissa was included, but then she realized mama needs that paycheck!

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3

We’ve heard about all the drama and fights for months now, and finally we get to see it with our own eyes tonight as the 3rd season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on Bravo at 9/8c!

On the super-sized 1 hour 30 minutes premiere, Bravo gets right into the thick of things with the widely reported brawl that took place during the christening of Teresa Giudice’s nephew.

When looking back at that very ugly incident, both Teresa and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga have different takes on it. “I was screaming at the cameras to get out of my son’s christening,” says Melissa to the NY Post “I didn’t sleep for three days. I was devastated.”

On the premiere episode, Melissa says of Teresa, “That bitch will never miss a party, especially if someone else is paying for it.”

Melissa, who was able to watch the premiere episode with her husband Joe Gorga in advance reveals, “My husband and I were both gasping for air.” She told Joe, “Now the whole world is going to think you’re crazy as she is. He said, ‘Unbelievable. I can’t believe I have to go work tomorrow.’”

As for Teresa, she told Ryan Seacrest last week on his radio show that she “blacked out” during the drama. “It has to do with my family and it’s sad and it breaks my heart.” Teresa recounts, “I blacked out…what happened on the show, I could’ve never imaged it in a million years…me and my brother, we were like best friends, up until he got married.”

Teresa adds, “[Joe Gorga] started it…it was something that came from left field.”

Meanwhile other newbie Kathy Wakile has sort of taken a backseat thanks to the Teresa/Melissa feud. Below are brief bios of both Kathy and Melissa-

Kathy – A first cousin of Teresa, Kathy resides in Wayne, New Jersey with her husband of more than 19 years, Rich, and their two children, Victoria, 17, and Joseph, 15. Kathy works hard to keep her family’s world in order and carefully monitors her children’s social lives. However she loves to party and have a good time. Kathy and her family definitely live life to the fullest.

Melissa – Melissa is a sassy Italian who is known for her witty, fun, and loving personality. After graduating from New Jersey City University with a B.A. degree in education and psychology, she is now a stay at home mom whose life is all about her family. Melissa and Joe have been married for almost seven years and met while both were away on spring break in Cancun. They live in an ornate mansion that her husband, a successful real estate developer, built and Melissa decorated. Melissa and Joe have three beautiful children, Antonia, five, Gino, three, and Joey 11 months.

A preview clip of tonight’s episode is below. In the Season 3 opener titled “In The Name of The Father,” Kathy and Melissa gear up for a family christening while Jacqueline’s lunch with her daughter leaves a sour taste. Meanwhile, Caroline’s surprise gathering with her sons turns emotional; and Teresa serves up a cookbook in a bid to bring financial stability to her family.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MELISSA & TERESA’S COMMENTS? PLUS ON TONIGHT’S SEASON PREMIERE?

According to a new report, sex tape alums Danielle Staub and Ray J are an item!

Danielle 48, former star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was snapped kissing the R & B singer/VH1 reality star/Kim Kardashian’s ex who is 18 years her junior. The two pictured above at the grand opening of the Lemon Basket restaurant last Wednesday were spotted kissing at the same event.

No word yet on when we can expect a new sex tape from these two but the photo of the kiss is below!

In other news, Danielle, who is set to star on VH1′s upcoming reality show Famous Food, is now speaking out once again against her former costar Teresa Giudice. In a brief interview with Rumor Fix, Danielle reveals she is not surprised Teresa got into a bar brawl and reportedly got punched in the face.

“I’m not shocked at all” said Danielle of Teresa’s involvement in the bar brawl.”She’s an animal.”

Meanwhile, Danielle’s former costar Caroline Manzo is speaking out against her via an interview with Life & Style magazine, explaining why she decided to shun Danielle at the last reunion of the NJ Housewives. If you recall, Danielle attempted to call a truce with Caroline, who refused to hug her.

“I knew she wasn’t sorry,” Caroline tells Life & Style of the shocking moment. “I wasn’t about to let her end the show on a fake positive note. I refused to give her that moment.”

Caroline added that Danielle hasn’t lived up to her promise as she continues to bad mouth her former costars. “During the finale, Danielle offered to stop the war of words,” Caroline states. “But she’s still talking about everyone. She broke her promise. Things have not changed with her one bit. She’s the same person now that she’s always been, and I want nothing to do with her.”

And finally, Danielle also tells E! News that the ratings of the new season will go down the drain without her. “It’s not going to have the ratings,” she said. “I brought the [drama]. People either loved me or hated me, but they were paying attention. This [season] is just full out nasty family fighting. Everyone’s got that. Where’s the element of surprise there?”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON RAY J & DANIELLE? PLUS CAROLINE & DANIELLE’S COMMENTS?

Surprise, surprise Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice isn’t getting along with fellow castmates – especially the ones she’s related to!

According to Life & Style, the always sweet and easy to get along with Mrs. Giudice has taken a turn for the worse and is terrorizing fellow NJ Housewives with her demanding, diva behavior. In fact, the theme for this season might as well be: Teresa Gone Wild!

She is even going so far to talk smack about former BFF Caroline Manzo by “criticizing her cooking and the fact that she does her grown sons’ laundry,” in the forward for her new cookbook Fabulicious!. The article also warns fans should expect further jabs from Teresa during her upcoming book tour: “Teresa plans to take the feud further, attacking Caroline while she’s not there to defend herself.” Uh-oh! I can’t wait to see Caroline call Teresa a “clown” next!

An insider reports that Caroline and Jacqueline Laurita are beyond annoyed with Ms. Diva New Jersey: “they don’t know how much more they can take. This isn’t the woman Teresa used to be.” Imagine, reality TV fame changing someone… So, what’s the reason for Teresa’s increasingly demanding behavior?

Since Teresa’s husband Jr. Mafia Joe is having all sorts of money trouble, including filing for bankruptcy to the tune of $11 million and being arrested for multiple driving infractions, it is now Teresa who is “bringing home the bacon” and acting as the main breadwinner for the family of six (and hopefully no more on the way!) with her two cookbook. Teresa’s harder than usual to handle behavior is the result of needing Bravo’s paycheck more than ever so she decided to replace the ousted Danielle Staub as the show’s villainess and wants to become “the most valuable star on Housewives.” A source reveals to Life & Style: “She says Jacqueline’s boring and Caroline’s old. She thinks they can’t do the show without her.” Well – she may have a point – who else is crazy enough to flip a table during dinner?

Unfortunately, Teresa’s not just having issues with money, her husband, and her friends; she is also having problems with her new castmates – who she happens to be related to! Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga (who is married to Teresa’s brother Joe) and her cousin Kathy Wakile, are the newest Jersey Housewives, and it has been well documented that Teresa did not want her sister-in-law on the show. In fact, she even threatened to quit if she was brought on, but then Teresa remembered she needs the money, so nevermind that!

Teresa, herself, tells E! Online a different story, claiming Melissa and Kathy never even told her about their participation in the show: “I didn’t find out until I had heard from Bravo,” she said. “I got the phone call from Bravo and I was like blown away. I was like, ‘Really?’ And then that’s what made me a little upset because I was like, ‘Wow, it would have been nice for my brother to call me or my cousin to call me. It’s just weird to me. It really is. Just blows my mind.”

The E! Online article explains Teresa and Joe were once best friends, but the relationship apparently fell part after he married Melissa. Teresa further explains she used to like her sister-in-law until she started getting more attention than Teresa: “I wanted him to get married so bad. That was his third fiancée, so we just wanted him to get married. We always said we wanted our kids to grow up together. And I really wanted her to become the sister I never had.” She even asked Melissa to be the godmother for her daughter, Gabriella.

Teresa claims the strained relationship she has with her family “breaks my heart,” and “that’s why you’re going to see a totally different side of me this season. It’s really sad. I cry a lot on the show and it’s very hard for me.” A different side of Teresa? A side that’s not volatile, argumentative, and violent? Well, it must not be too different because: “in the premiere of season three, a full-on brawl actually breaks out during Melissa and Joe’s christening party for their son after they exchange nasty words with Teresa.” Yikes!

Well the good news is we can likely expect just as much drama without Danielle Staub! Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres May 16th at 10p EST on Bravo.

Will you be watching this season? Do you think Teresa’s behavior will have taken a turn for the worse?

With less than 2 weeks until the season premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has released her second book.

As we reported last week, Teresa’s first book – Skinny Italian- was a big success selling over 100,000 copies, and the follow up to that is a new cookbook titled Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook.

Fabulicious, released yesterday, promises “60 more flavorful family recipes straight from Salerno–with an emphasis on preparing, serving, and eating meals with the ones you love” as Teresa shares her simple, inexpensive, and “fabulicious” dishes. Okay, all seems pretty harmless except Teresa manages to take a dig at her sister-in-law and costar Melissa Gorga in her cooking book. Yes folks, you read that right.

Below is an excerpt from the book in which Teresa talks about her family -

“I see my brother, Joe Gorga, his wife Melissa, my niece Antonia, and my nephews Gino and Joey several times a week. Same with all of Joe’s sisters and brothers, and their families, my cousins, my aunts, and my mother and father-in-law… and no, we don’t always get along. Do I sometimes wish my cousin would stop with the lame jokes? Yes. Do I wish my baby sister-in-law didn’t copy everything I do down to the shoes I wear and the chairs on my front porch? Of course! But you know what they say: “You can’t pick your family.”

Yes folks, that is a direct quote from Teresa’s cooking book. It must take a special skill to use a cooking book as a venue to take a dig at a family member though something tells us Teresa will play dumb deny she meant it in a bad way. But slamming of the family members aside, the book also offers some pretty delish recipes!

In other New Jersey news, the housewives visited the Bravo offices yesterday to do some promotion for the show. Those pictures are below as well as the screen shots from Teresa’s book. Also below is a preview clip from the upcoming premiere episode in which Teresa explains her relationship with her brother Joe and Melissa.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S COMMENTS ABOUT MELISSA AND THE PREVIEW CLIP?


According to a new report, not all reality stars are raking in the dough when it comes to their books.

The HollywoodReporter reported last week that Bethenny Frankel is the most successful of them all. Not only did she sell her Skinnygirl alcohol line for $120 million, but both of her first two books – which made the New York Bestseller list – sold a combined total of 480,000 copies!

New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice’s first cookbook – Skinny Italian – was also a hit as she sold over 100,000 copies.

Other Bravo housewives didn’t have as much luck starting with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes whose memoir ‘Never Make the Same Mistake Twice‘ flopped pretty badly. Nene’s book sold 10,000 copies according to the Perez Hilton blog.

Also flopping were Jill Zarin and Danielle Staub, as their books reportedly sold fewer than 10,000 copies each. The Jersey Shore reality stars didn’t fare much better as Snooki’s book sold 35,000 copies with The Situation’s book only selling 15,000 copies.

TELL US – ARE YOUR SURPRISED TO SEE MOST OF THESE BOOKS FLOPPED?

Let the drama games begin!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice took to her twitter page yesterday and managed to slam two of her Bravo housewives counterparts including her sister-in-law.

First, Teresa, 38, took a shot at Real Housewives of NYC star Simon van Kempen. Though in Teresa’s defense, Simon did sorta fire the first shots. In an interview with Popeater yesterday to promote the release of his new music single ‘I Am Real‘ (listen here at your own risk), Simon was asked which Bravo housewife should never record a song, and he replied “Teresa Giudice.”

It seems Teresa was none too happy with neither Simon’s response nor his music. She tweeted yesterday, “I guess RHONY Simon said of all people *I* should never do a song. Hmm… Singing’s not my thing. Apparently not his either. #worstsongever.”

Okay, fair enough. Except Teresa then took things a step further insulting her costar and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga with her follow up tweet. “And I have heard some BAD Housewife songs. Trust me. xx,” added Teresa.

See Teresa hates Melissa, who also happens to be a singer with a new single whose singing story line will play a major role on the upcoming season of the NJ Housewives… according to the season trailer.

Melissa caught wind of Teresa’s tweet and responded with “I see the green eyed monster strikes again…….” Safe to assume the two sister-in-laws have yet to make up. A screen shot of the tweets below -

Meanwhile, the AMNY site is reporting that we can expect to see a whole lot more of Albie and Chris Manzo when the third season of the NJ Housewives premieres May 16.

Albie reveals he and his younger brother filmed “a lot more” this season with their mother Caroline Manzo. “At this point, I think it’s become a family experience — it’s what separates us more from the other ‘Housewives’ shows,” said Albie.

As for what we can expect this season, Albie teases, “You’ve got to wait and see.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? TEAM TERESA OR TEAM SIMON/MELISSA? HAPPY TO SEE MORE OF THE MANZO BROTHERS?

UPDATE - Teresa responded to our story on her twitter page stating she was not slamming Melissa but rather former costar Danielle Staub.

“Me tweeting a joke ab Simon’s song is turned into a whole article? http://t.co/OkL0x9p LMAO But sorry I was NOT talking about my sis-in-law,” tweeted Teresa adding “My sis-in-law doesn’t even have a song out… I was talking about D and her hilarious fake lesbian song from last year.”

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