The two hours of product placement given to Ivanka Trump by Celebrity Apprentice last night totally worked because I actually googled Ivanka’s line. It’s basically a line of cute conservative clothes for career girls, “reasonably” priced or downright cheap if you have Ivanka’s budget, but not exactly accessible to those of us who have to shop the sale rack at Forever 21.
I can’t go any further on this recap without mentioning the most memorable thing that happened during the broadcast, which, unfortunately was not even on the show itself, but was the insanely long commercial for Cartier that aired during the first commercial break. If you haven’t seen it, watch it so you’ll have something to talk about at lunch with your co-workers, because judging from Twitter’s reaction, that’s all anyone remembers.
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It seems that the illustrious Joe Giudice can add “slum lord” to his résumé!
A recent investigation by a local ABC news station has discovered that Joe failed to pay the utility bill and properly maintain an apartment building he owns and manages. Joe’s negligence and selfishness left five families–many with children–homeless this week over fire safety concerns, and because the utility company was forced to shut off service due to the severely delinquent account.
“The gas and electricity were shut down,” a resident explained. “Tenants can’t care for their kids and have no heat.”
Joe has an outstanding balance of $52,000 (or about two of Teresa Giudice‘s outfits), and the building was deemed hazardous after evidence of meter tampering was uncovered. Signs labeling the premises “unsafe for human occupancy” were put up after the Fire Marshal determined that a generator installed to get around paying the services, caused a deadly carbon monoxide leak!
The apartment building in question was featured in season two of Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Joe was seen showing Teresa around the premises before it was leased. Teresa famously said she would never live there. Well, apparently, no one should – since the remiss utility bill has also left all the tenants without hot water or heat!
Joe told newscasters, there was nothing he could do. “I don’t own the building,” he said in a voicemail. “I basically manage the building for a company in New York.” Unfortunately, their research uncovered that, while Joe doesn’t own the building directly, a company he owns does! Whoops. In fact, Joe basically admitted ownership when he confessed to installing the generator to help his tenants.
After the news station’s investigation, the power was restored and safety issues rectified, allowing the tenants to move back in. Sadly, it was also discovered that Joe’s failure to pay the alarm company left the building without working fire alarms! Joe was cited for these violations and something tells me he has a lawsuit coming his way very soon! A video of the news report is below!
Teresa and Joe have not commented on the episode, but I’m sure they’ll have something to say soon. Teresa will likely defend Joe. And while I’m not a huge Teresa fan, the more I learn about Joe, the more I am compelled to feel sorry for her. In my opinion, if she wants to remain in the public’s good graces and see her celebrity rise, she may need to ditch that husband of her’s! Especially because she’s working her butt off to pay his bills, and he’s likely going to end up in prison resulting from last year’s identity fraud indictment!
In other news, it looks like Jacqueline Laurita will be back for season five, whether she likes it or not. Our source told Reality Tea directly that Jacqueline signed a six-year contract when she initially joined the show, and despite her no-show at the reunion and her Twitter rampage, Bravo has no intention of firing her…yet!
“Jacqueline doesn’t want to be on the show anymore but, she has a six-year contract,” our source reveals. “The only way to get out of it without being sued is to get fired and they will not fire her.” With all the legal problems the Laurita’s are already facing with their bankruptcy fraud lawsuit and BLK. Water lawsuit, she likely can’t afford another one!
However, Bravo is looking for additional housewives to join the cast, as previously revealed. Reports speculated that they were interested in casting Teresa’s other sister-in-law Sheila Giudice, Joe’s brother’s wife. “When Teresa heard Bravo was interested in them, she quickly wanted to mend the feud between her and Sheila. The last thing she needed was another sister in law on the show bashing her,” our source dishes. Indeed, Teresa has posted a lot of photos on her website featuring her in-laws.
Luckily for Teresa, it seems Bravo has had a change of heart! The insider alleges, “Pete Giudice hasn’t paid taxes in years among other shady business dealings and Bravo didn’t want to take on the risk.” Pete was the one whose identity Joe impersonated, which led to his arrest and indictment late last year. Does failure to uphold the law run in this family or what?!
Finally, our source reveals something we’ve known all along – Melissa Gorga has become a complete famewhore! “Melissa sure let fame get to her head and fast,” the source shares. “Melissa will only do appearances that she is getting paid for.”
“She has been asked to attend several charity events and she doesn’t. But, if she gets paid she will be there! She is very focused on being bigger then Teresa.”
A fan recently asked Melissa about the non-stop appearances she has done (and advertising on Twitter) and Melissa claims she’s just all about the fans! “I love meeting everyone! I’ll do it as long as they keep booking me!,” she tweeted. I, personally, believe the Gorgas are not as financially stable as they pretend to be, and possibly need the money.
Good lord, RHONJ is like the Jerry Springer of Housewives!
TELL US – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE SITUATION AND JOE’S ACTIONS? WILL TERESA EVER LEAVE JOE? DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON? IS MELISSA A FAMEWHORE OR JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY?
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This season’s cast on Celebrity Apprentice is set to give us what should be some epic on-camera brawls (although they were quite well-behaved in their premiere last Sunday). Already, gossip is spreading about the news of on-set antics and rivalries between cast members.
First up, delicate Italian wall-flower Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey reportedly blew up at husband Joe Giudice when he was partying with some of her fellow cast members while she was hard at work. According to the report, Teresa was heard yelling “You’re a cheater!” The insider adds, “Teresa has a hair-trigger temper and her ‘street-hood side’ comes out when she gets agitated.” You don’t say!
But, it turns out, it was all innocent. The source explains: “That’s what happened when she thought she’d ‘caught’ Joe with one of the show’s gorgeous female contestants. “It turns out that he’d been hanging out with some castmembers behind the scenes during filming. Joe had been drinking and he was acting like a fool when Teresa thought he was hitting on one of the women.”
To be fair to Tre, there have been multiple reports in the press of Joe’s alleged girlfriends from family friend Davana Medina to the infamous Tara Gfrom several years ago. So, it’s understandable the easily-provoked Teresa would get upset to see Joe being friendly to the likes of Aubrey O’Day and Dayana Mendoza. The source says Joe’s behavior was typical, “He fancies himself a ladies’ man, so it’s not hard to figure that he’d flirt with the women on the show.”
Unsurprisingly, the women of Celebrity Apprentice were less than impressed with the married father of four whose legal and financial battles have played out extremely publicly in the past few years (can we say baggage?). The source clarifies what was actually going on, saying “None of them want anything to do with Joe. Although they were polite, they kept him at arm’s length. Teresa doesn’t have a thing to worry about as far as her ‘Apprentice’ rivals go. But she’s a hothead.”
Well, we can’t argue with that. This is the woman who shoved her boss into a chair on national television. So, we’re interested to see what she’ll have to say the next time she runs into fellow housewife Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki, in case you forgot, is a business woman and is very, very successful. Therefore, she is pissed she was not invited to share her knowledge (and sign everyone up for Coto Insurance) and appear on Celebrity Apprentice.
Vicki Tweeted, “How did Theresa get on Apprentice and I didn’t? She has never even owned a business? How the heck did she get chosen? I mean ‘REALLY?!’ Who would like to me up against Donald Trump?”
What’s even more amusing is a few tweets later, she completely backtracked and changed her tune, tweeting to one of Teresa’s fans, “Of I love you Theresa! No I’m not against the betterment of women. I’m all about it! I’ll b watching.”
And, continuing our tour of the strong women of this cast, our final story is the apparent war of words between Victoria Gotti and comedian Lisa Lampanelli. In an interview with Rob Schuter, Victoria blasts Lisa: “It was bad. I’m telling you, I would have rather taken eight Star Jones than one Lisa Lampanelli. I think everyone on that show would agree with me. She wanted this at all costs and let everyone know it.”
She detailed one incident where Lisa got particularly aggressive, “One girl had the nerve to speak up and said, ‘I’m just confused. Let us know who is the taskmaster who is running things,’ then Lisa breaks down and starts screaming at everybody.”
Never one to back down, Lisa had this to say about Victoria: “Victoria Gotti is lazier than Paris Hilton’s left eye.”
A new episode of Celebrity Apprentice airs tonight on NBC at 9/8c.
TELL US: ARE YOU SURPRISED JOE WAS FLIRTING WITH TERESA’S CAST MATES? DO YOU THINK VICKI SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE INSTEAD OF TERESA? WOULD YOU RATHER BE ON A TEAM WITH VICTORIA GOTTI OR LISA LAMPANELLI?
On last night’s season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice, we met our new gang of folks of questionable notoriety on a quest to make money for charity…and advance their dead (in the case of Arsenio Hall and Dee Snider) or just getting started (Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice) careers.
The first challenge was for each team to take over a sandwich shop, and sell sandwiches to raise money for their respective charities. The ladies decided to go with the name Forte, suggested by pop queen Debbie Gibson, which seems like a grammatically incorrect choice, but that’s probably not a strong point for this bunch. The men choose Unanimous, since they’re all friends. Aww. I would have expected something manlier given their choice of Paul Teutul of American Chopper as their project manager. Something like “Brakes and Babes” or “Muscle Confidential.”
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“There was cattiness going on, working with girls,” admits Teresa, adding that it was even worse than the NJ Housewives. “Put a bunch of girls together, cattiness does happen.”
Teresa, who chose The NephCure Foundation, a charity working to cure kidney diseases, over her fake BFF Dina Manzo’s Lady Bug charity however adds that she got along well with the men’s team.
“I loved Arsenio (Hall),” gushes Tre. “He was awesome. I have to say, all the men were amazing — Clay Aiken, Arsenio, Adam Corolla, Paul Teutal — they were all amazing. I love, love, love them!”
Teresa who got into a huge blowout with fellow Italian Victoria Gotti however makes it clear she has no issues with “standing up” for herself. “I was not intimidated by anyone and I don’t get starstruck,” she says while admitting the board room was a stressful place. “If anyone was intimidating to me, it would be the Trump.”
And in a separate interview with UsWeekly, Teresa also discussed her RHONJ costars! When it comes to Caroline Manzo and Melissa Gorga, Teresa revealed she hasn’t spoken with Caroline since the very dramatic reunion “I have not spoken with Caroline. Melissa and I are a work in progress,” she says.
Teresa also promises the upcoming 4th season — set to premiere this Spring on Bravo — “will be a real eye-opener.” Whatever that means.
Moving on to The Donald a.k.a Donald Trump, who is now stating that the Real Housewives are dying to be on his show! When asked if other Bravo Housewives have approached him about doing the show, The Donald told reporters, “Almost all of them!”
He then went on to sing the praises of Teresa. “Teresa is on there and is great, as you know. She was a real piece of work and is terrific on the show. She’s very tough, very educated and she’s got her own ideas. She was a great character, no question about it.”
The new season of Celebrity Apprentice premieres tonight on NBC at 9/8c. A preview clip is below!
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UPDATE – Melissa Gorga just tweeted: “Good luck to @Teresa_Giudice. Hope she raises a lot of $ for @Nephcure on #CelebrityApprentice. I Met Matthew & he is truly an amazing boy.”
TELL US – HOW DO YOU THINK TERESA WILL DO ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? DO YOU THINK SHE’LL EVER MAKE UP WITH CAROLINE?
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In attendance was Melissa Gorga, while Teresa’s brother Joe Giudice did not attend. The party included a dance featuring both Gia and Milania. More photos from the party below!
Meanwhile, our RHONJ insider tells us that Teresa continues her attempt to push Gia into the spotlight. “Teresa has always been desperate to have Gia in the limelight,” the source tells Reality Tea. “She wanted her to model, that didn’t work out. She wanted her to sing, that didn’t work out. Now, she has Gia in a ‘dance’ group.”
Our source continues that guests were shocked at Gia’s dance outfit. “Guests at her daughter’s birthday party were disturbed by the outfits Gia wore. She is just a little girl. Teresa dresses her like she is 16. People were shocked,” says the insider.
As for the drama that took place between Melissa and Teresa at the party, the Wetpaint blog is now confirming something did go down between the two sisters-in-law!
A source tells Wetpaint the drama began when Teresa would not even allow Melissa to be photographed. Indeed, Melissa was not pictured in any of the professional photos taken at the party. “When a photographer went over to ask Teresa if he could take a picture of Melissa, Teresa said ‘no,’ ” says the source.
Despite getting the cold shoulder from Tre, the source reveals Melissa still tried to have a good time at the party, spending most of the night with her mother-in-law. “She said ‘hello’ to Joe Giudice. He was nice, and Melissa was nice right back to him. Milania and Antonia [one of Melissa’s kids] were hugging and dancing the whole time. ”
Teresa reportedly looked annoyed watching Melissa and decided to approach her while others were getting ready to leave. “Teresa started to get loud, and you could see Melissa was struggling to keep the scene low-key, because her youngest son, Joey, was in her arms,” says the source. Yikes!
As for why non-juicy Joe wasn’t in attendance, he was reportedly upset that Teresa did not invite him to the private family party she had for Gia in early January. Doesn’t seem like the Giudice/Gorga feud will be ending anytime soon!
More photos below from the birthday party!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? ARE YOU SURPRISED TERESA WAS THE REPORTED INSTIGATOR?
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Poor, little Gia Giudice often seems like the only mature person in her family — extended family included — and it appears that once again this may be the case! Gia’s eleventh birthday party was this past Saturday and after much ado about whether or not Joe and Melissa Gorga were invited to said party, it appears they sort of attended.
Here’s the back story: Joe had taken to Twitter, the grown-up way of communicating with one’s sister, to put Teresa Giudice on blast for not inviting his family to Gia’s party. Teresa retaliated with an interview claiming, ‘oh yes, she did too invite them; the invites just hadn’t gotten there yet’.
In yet anotherinterview Melissa co-signed the invitation was received and made sure to inform everyone that the Gorgas would be there to represent. It’s called a PHONE, people. You know, antiquated technology by today’s standards — use one!
Gia’s party happened at a place called Space Odyssey, sans Real Housewives of New Jersey cameras, but that didn’t stop an employee (who also happens to be a fan) from gossiping on the interwebs about what took place at the shin-dig.
Here’s what transpired: An employee named Natalia Velandia who was working during the party tweeted that Teresa and Melissa got into a fight at the event. “Confused if this lady here for Teresa’s giudice party is Melissa Gorga cause like that’s my b*tch,”Natalia wrote.
When it was confirmed that it was indeed, Melissa, Natalia tweeted: “I wanted to take a picture with her but I couldn’t cause her and Teresa were arguing and my boss would’ve killed me.” A screenshot is below!
While it seems entirely plausible that Teresa and Melissa would get into a fight at Gia’s birthday, AllAboutTRH did some digging and interviewed a different employee who claims that was not the case!
“The party had 40 to 50 kids and Teresa’s oldest daughter performed with her dance group. They were also celebrating Milania’s birthday and I know Gia grabbed her on stage too,” the employee, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed. The source explains she saw Melissa and Teresa “talking and they were very close to each other. It was really loud but it didn’t look like they were arguing.”
The most shocking — and I mean shocking — reveal in all of this is that Teresa’s brother apparently NEVER CAME TO THE PARTY (yes that necessitated all-caps)!
“I saw Melissa walk in and waited for Joe Gorga to come in because there were a lot of couples at the birthday and I assumed since Joe was the God father he would be at Gia’s birthday but he surprisingly never showed up!,” the source recounts. Say what? Joe G-to-the-Orga “I love my family” never even made an appearance?
Confirming that Joe was a no-show was Space Odyssey owner Elvira Grau who also denies that Melissa and Teresa had an altercation. I am sure Melissa, Teresa, and Joe will all have a defense and a reason for his absence — and it better be a good one — but for now alls quiet on the New Jersey front with no one blabbing on Twitter. We’ll have to wait and see!
Moving right along, remember when Joe Giudicewas indicted for ID Fraud? NorthJersey.com reports that on Monday, Joe appeared in court and pleaded Not Guilty to wrongfully using documentation to illegally obtain a driver’s license and impersonation charges. According to Joe’s attorney, Miles Feinstein, he also rejected a plea agreement that offered to cap any prison sentence at five years in exchange for a guilty plea.
Mr. Feinstein believes the deal was unreasonably harsh and not equitable to deals offered to other clients facing similar charges. “I believe that because of Joe’s celebrity he is being treated differently,” he alleged. “It’s totally unfair.” Joe faces up to ten-years in prison if found guilty in a court of law!
ARE YOU SURPRISED JOE GORGA SKIPPED GIA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY? THOUGHTS ON THE NEWS? SHOULD JOE HAVE ACCEPTED THE PLEA AGREEMENT?
Ahhhh… New Jersey. Never a dull moment in the garden state!Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudce just cannot stop talking about each other or blaming each other for the notorious Real Housewives of New Jersey feuding! They talk about each other so much I want to start a collection for every time one of them utters the others’ name. Then, I’ll be buying red bottoms left and right, too!
In response to Teresa’s recent sit-down where she promised that Melissa and Joe were invited to Gia Giudice‘s birthday party, Melissa spoke to HollywoodLife about the status of her relationship with Teresa and let everybody know she will definitely be at Gia’s party. Hopefully no one gets in a drunken brawl! Also, can I just say it’s pretty lame of them to be dragging Gia’s birthday into this ridiculous feud!
“I’m actually going to Gia and Milania’s birthday party on Saturday [Jan. 28],” Melissa broadcast while attending the premiere of One for the Money. “This will be the first time that we get together [since] the reunion. She’s been with Apprentice, and I’ve been doing a lot of appearances promoting my single, so we’ve both been really busy.”
Melissa claims she is anxious for the families to put the past behind them. And certainly exonerates herself form any blame for the family upheaval. “I honestly have tried everything I can to mend the relationship between Teresa and her brother,” Melissa clarifies.
“I think a lot of people were very confused and thought it was between Teresa and me, but a lot of it does stand between a brother and sister. Somehow I get caught in the middle.”
The “On Display” AutoTune-er is positive Season Four will show viewers a different side of her role in the battle of the sister-in-laws from hell. Seriously, they need to go on the WWE and hash it out already! “On season four, you are going to see me really do everything in my power to make it better,” Melissa shares. “I might get slapped in my face, I might not. You have to watch and see, but I can put my head on my pillow at night.”
Melissa also promises to watch Teresa on Celebrity Apprentice. “She will fight to the death,” Melissa assures us.
Speaking of family members who don’t get along with Teresa, Kathy Wakile is giving her opinion on the family drama. “I got a lot of heat [from fans] saying I went against my blood. Well, Joe’s my blood too, and I never went against Teresa,” Kathy insists. “I tried to make her see where she and Joe were misreading each other.”
Additionally, Kathy is adamant that editing definitely plays a role in how viewers perceive things. “If you said it, you said it, but you don’t know what I said before and you don’t know what I said after,” she explained to the WaynePatch. “So where editing comes into play and where you might get a little ‘oh, well I said something really nice before that but they didn’t put that in there.’”
Kathy cites last season’s Posche Fashion Show fight as an example. “I said I was trying to reason with her [Teresa] intelligently, and then they got the clip ‘I guess intelligence is just a foreign language to her,’ and they put that somewhere else. That’s editing.” Good lord, that fashion show is the nexus for every bit of unsavory drama on RHONJ!
Confessing that doing the show has been a challenge, Kathy reveals the Christening brawl occurred on her second day of filming, which initially gave viewers a negative opinion of her. Nonetheless as the season progressed fans started to understand her perspective and saw a different side of her issues with Teresa.
“I think the story started to unravel a little bit and people got to see reactions back and forth and how I continued to try to reconcile with Teresa,” Kathy believes. “I think people got to see a little bit more of who I was and how I am with my family.”
“I don’t like trouble; I don’t,” Kathy insists, claiming she never wanted to get stuck in the middle of the Gorgadice family drama! “I really cringe at confrontation. I try to avoid it all times.” Well, then she’s in the wrong business!
Despite the drawbacks of participating in a show which broadcasts all your flaws and missteps to the world, Kathy believes fans will have a more positive experience watching the fourth season. “It’s a really great, fun season, season four and there’s a lot going on and a lot happening, and Jersey comes alive in the summertime,” Kathy shares.
Of course, viewers will also get more exposure into her rocky relationship with Teresa, which definitely isn’t Kathy’s fault. I’m pretty sure blaming others is the state pastime!
WILL SEASON FOUR SHOW US A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MELISSA AND KATHY? IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS FAMILY TO WORK THINGS OUT?