Usually, this time of year is consumed by tax-related worries. April 15 is around the corner, after all. However, that deadline has been pushed to July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no doubt about it, this is a difficult time for all of us. The coronavirus has changed everything. Essential workers are putting themselves at risk on the front lines. Many people have lost their jobs. So many of us are working at home while taking care of relatives and homeschooling kids. Everyone has had to adjust in some way.
At the very least, there are still some small joys to provide escapism, like reality TV for instance. Some of our readers are binge watching old favorites. Others remember the day of the week based on the new show that is on that night. Yes, there are more important things going on in the world, absolutely. But, at least reality TV has given us all some entertainment and a community for discussion.
The news cycle never stops. Even in a global pandemic, reality stars are thirsting for attention (i.e. going live on Instagram and making embarrassing Tik Tok videos). Not only that, but there are some old episodes and news stories that will be interesting forever. One thing that a lot of reality stars have in common, other than extreme thirst and a propensity for cosmetic enhancement, is an issue with taxes. How do so many public figures think they can get away with not paying taxes when they’re in the spotlight? Can’t they just hire someone to be on top of this? Overall, it makes zero sense, yet it happens a lot. Let’s take a look back at some of the reality TV star tax scandals throughout the years.
One of the saddest stories to come out of the Bravo family in a long time was the death of Teresa Giudice’s father, Giacinto Gorga. We all know him as the affectionately named “Nonno” from the show. Nonno passed away on April 3rd and most of his family has opened up their hearts and shared their grief on social media since then. Both Teresa and Joe Gorga’s kids posted loving thoughts and messages on Instagram. So did Joe Giudice, saying of his father-in-law, “Thank you for setting an example for us and my girls-you’re an exemplary example. We benefited from it every day.”
It’s going to be hard to watch Real Housewives of New Jersey without Nonno. Throughout the years, we’ve seen him as the center of his entire family. We even saw his grief when his beloved wife, Antonia Goga died back in 2017. I will never forget watching Nonno cry over missing his wife. But Nonno gave us so many good times on the show and it’s clear that it’s not just his family that will miss him.
Real Housewives of New Jersey fans learned the sad news that Giacinto Gorga, the father of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, passed away on April 3. It was clear that Giacinto, known as “Nonno,” had struggled with health issues recently. Both Melissa Gorga, and Teresa had asked fans to pray for the beloved patriarch of the Gorga family.
Nonno was a part of RHONJ from the very beginning. Nonno loved being in the kitchen. He could boil an octopus like nobody’s business, and I loved seeing him cook with his granddaughters. Ever since the death of Nonno’s wife, Antonia, Nonno had been living with Teresa and her four daughters. He was a huge part of their lives, and a support during Joe Giudice’s incarceration and deportation woes.
It’s a sad day for the Bravo family. Real Housewives of New Jersey patriarch and fan favorite, Nonno (real name Giacinto Gorga) has passed away. His death is an extra tough pill for the family to swallow since it comes only three years after wife Antonia passed away from pneumonia.
As the father to star Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, Nonno has been around since the show’s beginning. With good reason – for a reality show that focuses heavily on close-knit Italian families, Nonno was right where he belonged. It was hard not to love him as he stepped up to help his granddaughters when Teresa went to jail, followed by her husband Joe Giudice. By far my favorite Nonno memory is from last season when he boiled a full octopus at 6:15 in the morning.
During the finale part of the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10 reunion, Danielle Staub made her “final” appearance as a (part-time) cast member. During that same appearance, she also admitted that she would probably be back. In actuality, she’s hoping she can weasal her way back into the fold somehow.
She also denied being a “rat” because she told Melissa Gorga that Teresa Giudice is the one who encouraged her to pull on Margaret Josephs by her ponytail. Instead, Danielle focused on the semantics. She told the cast and Andy Cohen “ratting somebody out is somebody who goes to prison and gets arrested because someone ratted them out.” That doesn’t quite make sense, but that really is what she said. Click here for a clip of that explanation.
Did Joe Giudice get a paycheck for Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10? Even though he was in jail/ICE/Italy for the past few seasons, he’s still managed to dominate the storylines with all of his legal drama.
This season, a big topic of conversation was the “rumor” that Joe Giudice cheated on Teresa Giudice. She even admitted she found a secret cell phone that he used solely to contact another woman. And even with that glaring evidence, Teresa still wasn’t sure if he was cheating on her. Is she playing dumb? Or does that evidence really not sway her? Well, anyway, Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga c
ontinued to use her for screentime shared his thoughts on the Joe Giudice cheating rumors during Part 3 of the reunion.
The dramatic Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion has reached its conclusion. This episode is all eyes on Danielle Staub. Her final act as a cast member of this show is coming. It’s sure to be a fiery ending to her run. Also, what will happen with Teresa Giudice and Margaret Josephs‘ friendship? That hair pull might have ruined everything between them forever. I don’t really see how Marge and Tre move forward after that.
Jennifer Aydin has been stealing the show at this reunion, but the other women are sick of it. Melissa Gorga & Jackie Goldschneider are likely hoping Jennifer stays quiet during this final part. Good luck with THAT. She was entertaining, but it started to border on obnoxious. Just. Let. Someone. Else. Speak. PLEASEEEEEE. Can someone convince Dolores Catania to go full Patterson Dolo on her?
Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10 concludes tonight with Part 3 of the reunion. Last week’s episode left off with Danielle Staub refusing to come out unless she’s sitting next to Andy Cohen.
News flash, Danielle, you are not a full-time cast member and you have not been since Season 2. As we saw in the trailer, Danielle ends up sitting nowhere near Andy. Instead, she’s ostracized to a chair by herself, and she couldn’t be sitting any further from Andy. In a Hail Mary attempt to get next to Andy, Danielle claimed she couldn’t hear Andy at the reunion because of where she sat last year. Sure, Danielle.