On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey the year may have changed, but everything is still exactly the same. Teresa can’t get along with anyone she is related to, by proxy or otherwise; Jacqueline can’t deal with Ashley, Caroline just wishes she had never gotten involved, and Melissa tries in vain to reason with crazy. Oh yeah, Kathy was there too – kinda.
The Caroline is back on the radio and she’s tawking about New Year’s Resolutions and Ashley calls in and said her resolution is to leave reality TV. I wish! The Caroline gets a call from a person who is being nice to someone who just won’t be nice back; Caroline encourages this person to continue to be good and pure. Guess who is coincidentally listening while wearing her fur coat? Melissa! Melissa, thinking – I’m a good and loving person dealing with someone who just won’t reciprocate, I will not be intimidated – calls Teresa to extend the Swarovski encrusted olive branch, and arrange a playdate between their girls.
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It’s Jesus’ birthday on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Caroline celebrates with her diamond studded version of Silly Bandz, while Rich and Kathy celebrate with a six foot fried fish. The Gorgas and Guidices go head-to-head for the most modest Christmas ever, and the ever thoughtful Ashley forgets to buy gifts for Chris and Jacqueline. Plus, there’s an added supermodel cameo!
It’s a very juicy Christmas Eve dinner at the Guidices. The recently, and barely, repaired relationship between Teresa and her brother Joe is finally making headway, as he and his family are attending the melee. But wouldn’t you know it? The Gorga siblings’ horrible cousin Kathy has done the unthinkable…she’s invited Joe and Melissa to her house for Christmas Eve dinner as well. What’s such a popular couple to do? Well, attend both shindigs, of course, leaving Teresa forced to do what she does best–give her brother a guilt trip. She leads him into the dining room and shows him the place settings reserved for him and Melissa. Does the mean and hateful Kathy really want those seats vacant on Christmas Eve? Teresa and her brother are ALWAYS together Christmas Eve (newsflash, Teresa, he IS with you on Christmas Eve). Kathy is just a cousin, she can see Joe the day after Christmas. Boxing Day is a great day for cousins. Joe tries to play the peacemaker before he and his Gorgas peace out for Kathy’s dinner.
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If you recall, Teresa has been angling to get on the show for over a year now. “I am thinking about doing Dancing With the Stars. What do you guys think?” wrote Teresa back in July 2010.
Well fast forward to today and Teresa is singing a different tune when it comes to DWTS, stating the show does not want any ‘Housewives’ on it. When a fan sent her a tweet saying she should be on the show, Teresa responded, “Would [love] to but they don’t want ‘Housewives’ this season. But Playmates are OK?”
DWTS has yet to respond to Teresa’s comment. Perhaps the show just doesn’t want Teresa this season or maybe they are really anti-housewives. But surely a ‘Housewife’ would be an upgrade from Rob Kardashian no?
Meanwhile, a new episode of the RHONJ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 11th episode this season titled “A Very Jersey Christmas,” it’s Christmas morning and housewives are stirring. Caroline receives a long-overdue present and Melissa considers herself the luckiest woman in Jersey. But there aren’t many ho-ho-ho’s for Teresa, whose holidays take a not-so-merry turn.
The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below!
Watch What Happens Live – The guest tonight is John Hickey. Not exactly sure who that is either but Andy Cohen tweeted this moments ago, “ATTN BIG BROTHER FANS: watch “watch what happens live” tonight at 11 for a big surprise just for you.”
And finally, as we reported this week, the 4th season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is currently being filmed by Bravo. It also appears relationships between the ladies on the show are changing. For starters, Caroline Manzo seems to be getting closer to Melissa Gorga and even Kathy Wakile. Just this week, Caroline was tweeting back and forth with Kathy.
Lauren Manzo first made this tweet, “Just saw Sunday’s episode & I just LOVED it!!! I smiled the whole time!! @melissagorga & @joegorga were so cute! @Kathywakile made me cry!” Kathy replied that she had yet to receive the episode, and Caroline then tweeted twice to Kathy including this tweet – “That stinks. I watched it twice, the kids are gorgeous, every single one of them.”
It will be interesting to see how Teresa and Caroline’s relationship unfolds on the new season. If you recall, Teresa has been taking some not so subtle shots at Caroline in her Bravo blogs regarding Caroline’s relationships or lack thereof with some of her siblings. And as we all know, Caroline is very protective when it comes to her family. Can’t imagine the friendship between the two ladies will not be somewhat damaged or tested on the new season.
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Yes, filming on the RHONJ season 4 has already began! In fact, it began weeks ago. This is pretty surprising as to my knowledge, Bravo has never filmed a new season of a Real Housewives series while the previous season was still on the air.
It is likely this is being done due to the extremely high ratings and the network doesn’t want to wait an entire year to push out a new season. There are also rumblings Bravo did this to captureTeresa Giudice’s bankruptcy fraud trial which was originally scheduled for mid July. As we reported, that trial has now been postponed to October 13. I am also hearing Bravo is planning to debut the new season this fall. Wowzers.
Meanwhile Perez Hilton recently reported the producers behind the show put out an ad looking for new housewives. I can however confirm all of the current five housewives have been filming so it’s likely Bravo is just looking to add an extra housewife to the mix.
In other news, after receiving backlash for the awful things her husbandJoe Giudice said about Melissa Gorga on the most recent episode of the show, Teresa is now blaming editing for Joe’s actions claiming he wasn’t trashing Melissa. While the Gorgas visited the Giudices for Christmas, all seemed to be going well until Joe decided to unleash some not so nice words about Melissa who was nearby but couldn’t hear. Bravo captioned Joe’s words on screen and below is the transcript of Joe’s exact words -
“I don’t give a sh*t about her”
“She’s a friggin’ animal”
“They’re f*cking animals”
“Who the hell would want to be that friggin’ racoon face over there? She’s a witch”
In Teresa’s latest blog on Celebuzz, she claims Joe wasn’t talking about Melissa but rather one of Melissa’s sisters – Lysa Simpson – and that Bravo simply edited it to make it appear he was trashing Melissa. “At my Christmas Eve party, sitting in his own house with his own brother-in-law, Joe was talking about Lysa NOT Melissa,” wrote Teresa. But how can Joe be talking about Lysa when he used the words “over there” to describe the person he was trashing? Need more proof? Below is a screen shot from the episode.
Perhaps Melissa’s sister was lurking in the room somewhere in Teresa’s home and went undetected by everyone including Bravo’s cameras. Even more interesting are the number of negative comments on Teresa’s Celebuzz blog. As you all know, Bravo has a policy of not posting the very negative comments on the housewives’ blogs on the Bravotv website.
Also interesting is the fact that those “f*cking animals” are not the ones going on trial for bankruptcy fraud, being arrested for DUIs, or facing 10 years in prison.
And finally, the most recent episode of the RHONJ featuring the smackdown of Kim Granatell was the highest rated episode of the season! Over 2.9 million viewers tuned in to see the Manzos take down the sh*t stirring Kim G. Sunday’s episode was up 15 percent among total viewers compared to the previous week’s episode.
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Last night’s episode ofReal Housewives of New Jerseywas all about Jesus’ Birthday and in the spirit of Christmas everyone got along except for the notorious Kim G. – who really is incapable of getting along with anyone so she got thrown out of Jesus’ Party by the Manzo’s – who don’t let no body mess with their family.
Things pick up where they left off at Jesus’ birthday party. Melissa lets Teresa know she “got that bitch outta there” meaning Monica Chacone, who was Kim G. ’s plus one for about five minutes until Melissa escorted her politely to the door. Teresa gives her brother and SIL props for handling it well, BUT she wants to know why Kim G. was invited in the first place? Melissa says Kim is harmless which ummm…. What?! Please re-watch season 2, Melissa! However, Melissa calls a spade a spade when she describes that Kim G. and Teresa are eerily similar – in fact, so similar they may be “secret sisters.”
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This time around, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star poses for the mag with one of her daughters, and grants them an exclusive interview to discuss her finances today and most importantly her fear of going broke… again.
As you may recall, Teresa and her hubby Joe Giudicefiled bankruptcy 2 years ago to the tune of $11 million in debt. Teresa once again claims she was kept in the dark about her finances which were being handled by Joe. “Most couples would have gotten a divorce,” Teresa tells In Touch. “In most cases, people would have fallen apart,” agrees Joe. “But we are strong.”
Teresa, who can be seen on recent episodes of the RNONJ driving a Benz and wearing Christian Louboutin boots, goes on to reveal she and Joe have learned their lesson citing they have cut back on their extravagant lifestyle. “I don’t try to keep up with the Joneses anymore,” shares Teresa who has also been shown on the Bravo hit show having hairstylists come into her home to do her hair. “Sometimes, I do my own hair and makeup. I spend within my means,” she adds.
As for their finances today, the Giudices, who are “terrified of being poor,” assure us they are now very careful in how they spend their money. Joe’s new motto? “It isn’t how much money you make, it’s how much you save.”
Teresa adds that she has “no credit card debt” today. “I live a simple life,” Joe shares. “I shop at outlets and buy things cheap.” Joe also denies he is sponging off Teresa as a report that came out weeks ago stated he had sold his pizza place and was no longer working. “I am not living off Teresa,” he fumes. “I got money. What we are doing now is working together.”
You can read more of Teresa and Joe’s interview in the current issue of In Touch.
In other NJ news, Melissa Gorga recently revealed that her debut music single, titled “On Display,” will be released on iTunes next month. Melissa also released her single cover on her website melissagorga.net. That single cover is below!
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONJ. On the 10th episode this season titled, “There Arose Such a Clatter,” the holiday season turns frosty when the Manzos tangle with Kim G. Meanwhile, Teresa and Kathy throw separate Christmas bashes; and Teresa isn’t very merry in the wake of a decision. A preview clip is below!
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Ed Bergan, owner of the Something Sophisticated clothing store in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey did a photo shoot with Rich and his son Joseph to help promote his store after they reached out to him. In exchange, they received some free shirts (two shirts apiece).
That all sounds good enough. However some drama ensued when according to Ed, Rich decided he didn’t get enough free shirts (the polo shirts retail for close to $100 a piece) and had his assistant send the store a scathing email, demanding they stop using Rich’s image to promote the store.
In the email, which was sent to Reality Tea, an assistant for both Kathy and Rich writes, “Richard and Joseph lending themselves to your shop for a photo shoot is definitively much more of a benefit to you than it is to them… I feel it is totally of bad taste and disrespectful not only to give both Richard and Joseph a limit of two items that they could take from your shop.”
The email continues, “Two shirts at a price point of a total for maybe $100 in exchange for all that associated your shop with both Richard and Joseph is not at all being thankful nor grateful for whom they are. Richard and his family are already established brands.” Wowzers.
To end the email, the assistant Leslie Mota then demands the store immediately stop using the Wakiles’ images for any promotion. “I must regretfully inform you that we are not allowing the pictures to be used by you, your shop and/or photographer in anyway. We are not authorizing you to use them for the purpose of promoting your business and/or clothes line.”
The store owner first relayed the story to Tom Murro of Celebritymagnet.com, who was there visiting the store with new couple Kim Granatell and Michael Lohan. Yes the two are reportedly now dating. Tom adds that the store however has other supporters in the form of the Manzo brothers, and as for Kim G., she was “disgusted beyond words” upon hearing the store owner’s story.
The Wakiles have yet to respond to this story. In their defense, these are the words of their assistant… though the assistant was likely doing their bidding. A screen shot of the entire email is below plus a photo of Kim G. and Michael Lohan at the store.
Meanwhile, a week after writing the following on her blog – “It’s getting harder and harder to keep the girls from reading the outrageous headlines when we’re in the store,”Teresa Giudice once again graces the cover of In Touch magazine while granting them yet another interview! The cover story this time around? “I’m Terrified of Being Poor.”
Teresa is pictured on the cover with one of her daughters which brings up a point made by one of our readers, Frankswif3y, who questioned in a recent comment if Teresa is using images of her kids to gain public sympathy. In looking at her five recent In Touch covers, she is pictured with her daughters on four of those covers. But we’ll let you be the judge. The latest cover is below.