Love her or hate her, Teresa Giudice is undoubtedly the OG of OGs when it comes to real housewives. Her family drama is a major reason that Real Housewives of New Jersey delivers season after season. Whether she’s throwing away Melissa Gorga’s sprinkle cookies, igniting a fight between her ex Joe Giudice and brother Joe Gorga or going to bat for her four dortors, her family is always center stage.
And it even goes back to the early days when Melissa and Tre’s cousin Kathy Wakile joined RHONJ behind her back, which Tre says is the “worst thing to ever happen to her.” Nope, not jail. Not her ex being deported. It was her family trying to take her crown.
Yesterday, there was a Real Housewives of New Jersey marathon on Bravo and I just happened to tune in to the scene with Teresa Giudice telling her cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri that she wants to “cut the cancer out,” but that her “door is always open” if they really needed something. She basically fired them from the show at that moment.
Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga sided with Teresa (this one time) and that was the last season we saw Kathy. Recently, Kathy’s daughter Victoria Wakile got married and there was an Instagram post addressing Joe and Melissa’s “absence” from the wedding. Fans who pay attention never actually expected the Gorgas to be there, so the headline itself didn’t make many waves. However, Kathy’s son Joseph Wakile responded with “Lmao we cut those farm animals out of our life years ago that’s why they weren’t in attendance.”
As Jackie Goldschneider said during the premiere episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 11, Teresa Giudice has had a rough decade. Unfortunately, Teresa lost a lot of sympathy from viewers when she started spreading cheating claims about Jackie’s husband.
Prior to all that, she was just having fun on the show… for the first two seasons anyway. In Season 3, her family members Joe Gorga, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile joined the show without telling her. They feuded for years. Then, she and her now-ex-husband Joe Giudice served back-to-back jail stints. Her mother passed away. Joe Giudice got deported. Teresa and Joe Gorga’s father died. She’s definitely had a lot going on, in the public eye, while raising four daughters.
When Teresa Giudice told her cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri that she was going to “cut the cancer out,” she meant it. From that moment on, their roles on Real Housewives of New Jersey diminished. After that, they disappeared completely.
Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga used to be friends with Kathy, but once, Melissa and Teresa “made up,” the Gorgas left the Wakiles in the dust; I.e. they stopped filming the show with them anymore.
Other than bringing out the green-eyed monster in Teresa Giudice, what does Melissa Gorga bring to Real Housewives of New Jersey? Oh, right, a fake baby storyline, a fake sister storyline, a fake restaurant, and is there anything else I’m forgetting? Oh, yeah, the constant Envy shout outs and that time she advocated for marital rape.
Well, she does bring Joe Gorga’s comedic relief (and occasionally offensive remarks), but what storyline does she actually have? That’s what her former RHONJ nemesis Jacqueline Laurita wants to know.
Teresa Giudice has her fair share of family problems. I don’t even know where to begin. Obviously, there’s her estranged husband Joe Giudice’s pending deportation. Her relationship with sister-in-law Melissa Gorga is never great for more than a few episodes. Teresa and Joe Gorga’s father Giacinto Gorga was recently hospitalized. She’s still reeling from the loss of her mother. She spent eleven months away from her four daughters while she was
in jail away at camp.
Even with all of that, Teresa still thinks that her family joining Real Housewives of New Jersey is the worst thing that has ever happened to her. Yes, she actually said that. Melissa and Joe Gorga joined the show in Season 3 along with Teresa’s cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri. She had no idea they were a part of the show until the cameras started rolling. As polarizing as Teresa is among the RHONJ fandom, most people would agree that’s so shady.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has had a lot on plate her recently. Her husband, Joe Giudice, requested to return to Italy to await the final ruling in his bid to stay in the United States. An immigration judge ruled that Joe, who never became a United States citizen, should be deported to Italy after he completed his jail term for federal fraud charges. After being in ICE custody and losing his request for an appeal bond, Joe hopped a plane to Italy.
Teresa took her four daughters and made the trip to Italy to visit Joe. While their daughters looked ecstatic in photos and videos of the trip, Teresa looked detached and uncomfortable. She already made it clear that if Joe is deported, they would divorce. Of course, Bravo was filming to document all the awkwardness.