Kim DePaola [Kim D] has been thirsting for a spot on The Real Housewives Of New Jersey for years and – hilariously – minces no words when it comes to how she’s scrambled to get there. In a recent interview, Kim admitted to starting StripperGate (she still believes Melissa Gorga was a stripper), following producers’ directions on stirring the pot, and intentionally messing with Teresa Giudice and Melissa’s newfound “friendship” last year.
Above all, Kim thinks Teresa hasn’t changed in the slightest since coming home from prison. Moreover, she accuses Teresa of having the power to cast RHONJ Housewives. “I think she has taken over the power as to who they hire and who they fire. That’s my opinion,” claims Kim.
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Kim flat out told the Tomorrow Show that producers drive the drama – and at times, have asked Kim to “hold back” when she’s gone too far. “I’ve been told to hold back. The ground producers want you to say everything. But sometimes the head producers will say ‘eh, ya know, that’s a little [much], we don’t even want to go there because there are certain–there are such ugly things sometimes,’ ya know?”
“I’ll know certain things and they know it’s true, but they don’t want it to come out,” Kim continues. “They might wait for the next season. Other times they want you to bring things out. Other times you’re told ‘ya know what, no I don’t think you should say that’ or ‘I don’t think you should do that.’ And to be honest with you that annoys me because I know that it’s the truth. They’re my boss and you have to listen to your boss.”
Though Kim would love to be a Housewife, she’s apparently happy to play whatever role production asks her to – even if it’s shady as sh*t. She spills, “Last year I wasn’t asked immediately to come back. But then when I was asked back, they said we really want you to pull the masks off of the Teresa/Melissa friendship. That’s why I was called back. They had a bond, I tried to break it, you know with what I knew. Uh, they still held hands and–and they’re still together right now. So I believe that maybe Danielle [Staub] might do the trick, who knows. We’ll see.”
Speaking of Danielle, Kim says she’s excited to see her back on the show next season, and that she harbors no ill will toward her. “Danielle and I have had our differences, but I don’t have a problem with Danielle, and I’m gonna tell you something. I think Danielle brings great TV. Great, great TV. I really do.”
When it comes to Teresa and Melissa, however, Kim’s got some choice words for both ladies. First, Kim dishes on how Melissa “back doored” Teresa to get a spot on RHONJ, which erupted in a years-long feud between the sisters in law.
“I knew how she got on. You know, I knew that she back-doored Teresa. They had sent a video to Bravo that I heard was above and beyond and, uh, they signed without Teresa even knowing. You know, I was on the phone with Teresa the night before the christening. She hadn’t even signed yet, and then as you know, you know what happened at the christening. So I knew there’d be issues because when, a, a brother and a sister-in-law sign a, a contract to be on a show with you without even telling you, you know there’s issues right off the bat, so you can’t forgive that.”
Kim also stands by her beliefs about Melissa’s questionable past. “You know I brought out the stripper thing, I still believe that,” she states plainly.
As for Teresa, Kim insinuates that she hasn’t changed at all and is presenting a persona to viewers simply to get back in their good graces. “I don’t even think last season you got to see the real Teresa. I, I, I happen to like, the, the original Teresa who you really saw who she was whether you liked what she did or whether you didn’t, but that was the real Teresa.”
After coming home from “camp,” Kim says Teresa “had a lot on her plate. I don’t even know how she did the show to be honest with you. After coming off something like that, your husband is going away, you got four daughters, I give her credit for that. Um, but you didn’t see the real Teresa, really, until the end when she was on that stage, when they did the reunion, that’s when she came out. That’s the real Teresa. When she hits, she hits below the belt, too.”
Well, RHONJ has always been a franchise that hits below the belt. And with Kim D and Danielle double teaming their efforts to mess with these broads, there’s no telling what fresh
hell drama awaits!
TELL US: ARE YOU SURPRISED BY KIM’S ACCUSATIONS ABOUT PRODUCTION INVOLVEMENT? DOES TERESA HAVE POWER OVER CASTING? WILL DANIELLE’S RETURN BRING ‘GOOD TV’?
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