The Real Housewives of New Jersey, otherwise known as the Teresa Giudice and Friends Show, has given so much to pop culture. Tre’s table flip. The world’s most dramatic christening, thanks to Joe Gorga. Caroline Manzo’s “family is thick as thieves” quote. Sprinkle cookies. And, most recently, Gia Giudice’s dramatic song about her parents feuding with the Gorgas getting the viral TikTok treatment.
For months, people have been “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things” on the app. The song is the perfect sound to describe feeling like your life’s a mess. Even though my personal fav Gia song is Milania Giudice’s 5th birthday bop. “First you were one, then you were two.” Arguably more iconic than Melissa Gorga’s “On Display”.
And while Tre and Joe Giudice haven’t been the best at handling their finances in the past, this family knows how to make money. Tre and Tarzan went from Sizzle Tan ads to Instagram swipe-ups and book deals. Hell, half of the Giudice girls have Cameo profiles of their own so fans can receive personalized videos. They’ve gotta fund Tre’s pineapple addiction and fabulicious lifestyle somehow. And that somehow is through sponsored posts. You gotta respect the hustle.
Even though the ladies of the Real Housewives of New Jersey are in-between seasons, the drama never stops. Last season featured several explosive head-to-head feuds that took a turn for the nasty. There were cheating rumors and bad analogies that kept up the bad blood between Teresa Giudice and Jackie Goldschneider. Melissa Gorga got into it with Tre, her husband (and bonafide Real Housewife) Joe Gorga and, of course, Jennifer Aydin. Jennifer knows how to push buttons, especially when it comes to MelGo and Margaret Josephs.
The Marge v. Jen feud particularly took a turn for the dark. They argued over the cheating rumors surrounding Evan Goldschneider and brought their husbands into it. Marge shamed Jen for being a stay-at-home mom and referred to Bill Aydin as her “meal ticket.” Jennifer, who seems to have no filter whatsoever, slut-shamed Margaret several times, including during the reunion. This feud is particularly hard because both bring something to the table every RHONJ season. And while they may never be good friends, they both make reality TV gold in my book.
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Teresa Giudice, the Tom Brady of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, has gone through a lot during her 10+ years on the show. We’ve watched her daughters grow up (Milania [Giudice], Milannnnnnia I remember when you were first born). We’ve seen her lose her parents. She went “to camp” due to her legal issues with Joe Giudice. She dealt with Juicy getting deported, a divorce, and hopping into the dating scene after a 20-year marriage. And throughout she’s found time to battle it out with her brother Joe Gorga and Mrs. Sprinkle Cookies Melissa Gorga. Tre’s really had a lifetime of experiences on the show, and somehow it always feels like she’s still just getting started.
The last season of RHONJ brought Tre a new man to handle all of her pent-up
horniness emotions. Luis Ruelas, as Tre puts it, is a gift from her parents in heaven. She considers Luis her “soulmate” and he’s planning on popping the question any day now. Luis got approval from not only Tre’s girls, but Juicy, her brother and even Dolores Catania. Dina Manzo doesn’t even have that coveted stamp of approval and she’s been friends with Teresa for decades.
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A new documentary outlining the embezzlement charges Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne could be facing is juicier than the previous few seasons of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Dubbed The Housewife and the Hustler, the ABC doc dug into all of the fraud allegations surrounding Tom’s longtime (and now disgraced) legal practice where he allegedly misappropriated settlement funds due to his clients for years. We heard horrific first accounts from the victims of the crime who are suffering. And fans even saw Tom’s deposition, where he admits to losing $50-$80 million in cash.
While Erika says she’s a scapegoat in all of this, the feds aren’t letting her off the hook that easy. The documentary brought new questions surrounding her shady divorce, which definitely makes it look like a ploy to protect her assets. Like, Tom gave her company a $20 million loan that he earned off the trauma of his clients ALLEGEDLY so she could prance around in high-end fashion while bragging about her multiple jets. The entire thing is totally nauseating and makes us wonder if Erika will have her own stint at camp a la Teresa Giudice.
Is there anyone out there is Housewives Land that is thirstier for attention than Danielle Staub? She hasn’t been a full time housewife in forever but it’s not for lack of trying. She attempted to claw her way back onto Real Housewives of New Jersey two seasons ago. Pulling on the extensions of rival Margaret Josephs’ was a really power play. Sadly, did nothing to get her back on screen. One uneventful brush off at a lunch with Melissa Gorga and Danielle was once again on the outs.
She’s been persona non grata for so long I was a little shocked to see her on screen again. She appeared for the Erika Bamboozle Jayne documentary The Housewife and the Hustler.
Beverly was interviewed to provide some kind of insight on Erika’s life, despite having only met her once on Watch What Happens Live. According to Danielle, she didn’t get a good vibe. And that was the extent of it. So how did Danielle even land this gig to begin with? She was probably the only ex-housewife willing to sit down and talk about it. Well, her and Dana/Pam Wilkey, who doesn’t really count as a housewife in my book.
Per usual, the latest season of Real Housewives of New Jersey came with rumors aplenty. Even more on theme, the house-husbands were deeply tangled into the mess. There was the entire Evan Goldschneider cheating debacle. Then there was the hearsay about Joe Gorga not paying his bills. Danielle Staub has also alleged something similar about Joey G.
This season, the rumor about Joe came from Michelle Pais. It was then backed up by Jennifer Aydin. Jennifer went a step further, though. Jennifer waited for her moment, and then dragged “The” Margaret Josephs into the fiasco. Let’s not forget Marge’s husband, Joe Benigno is a plumber. Supposedly, off camera, Marge confirmed to Jennifer that she already knew Joe G didn’t pay his bills. Jennifer claims that Marge said something to the effect of, “You think I don’t know? My husband’s a plumber,” behind the scenes. Yikes.
The Bravo gods have answered our (my) prayers — Heather Dubrow is returning to the Real Housewives of Orange County. The news of Fancy Pant’s long-awaited return comes along with some arguably even better news — Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT for good. No more Kelly Fraud’s nasty comments and total ignorance. Or Braunwyn’s over-the-top narcissism. Both ladies were eyeing for a return, but the fans have spoken. And Boringwin really uprooted her entire life as she knew it for a TV show that doesn’t want her back. What a shame. Oh, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas is out after one season, but we hardly got to know her anyway.
The Fancy Pants news is just too much to bear. We’ll finally see the completed Dubrow family mansion. Terry Dubrow, despite duping fans about Heather’s return, will be back on our screens to provide plastic surgery advice and corny dad jokes. And this could lead to a potential Tamra Judge return, but no news has been announced yet. CHAMPS FOR EVERYONE, except maybe Shannon Beador.