It’s always been a wonder to me what goes on behind closed doors in Jersey. The Real Housewives of New Jersey franchise has always rested on the fact that blood is thicker than water. We’ve seen how family loyalty can trump almost any outright mistreatment. But what happens when the outside friendships start to erode the family ties?
The last few seasons we’ve seen Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice try to manage their “sister-act” alongside Teresa’s growing friendship with Jennifer Aydin. In the final reunion episode of season 11 it seemed new lines had been drawn. There was Melissa, Jackie Goldschneider, and Margaret Josephs on one side. The other side sat Teresa, Jennifer, and Dolores Catania. Yet there was no clear rift between Tre and Melissa in any of this.
Does anyone out there miss Danielle Staub? I didn’t think so. Now does Danielle miss us? Absolutely. Desperate for any screen time, she recently appeared in a short series of interviews on The Housewife and The Hustler. For those of you who don’t know, THATH is a documentary about Erika Bamboozle Jayne and husband Tom Girardi’s alleged well, bamboozling.
So what does Danielle have to do with Erika? Nothing really. Danielle’s only real contribution to the conversation was talking about that one time she was on Watch What Happens Live with Erika. Oh and they both worked at Shakers. Just not at the same time. Riveting, I know. But Danielle just can’t pass up any opportunity to talk about anything really. So I’m sure she jumped at the chance to trash her old castmates from Real Housewives of New Jersey. For someone who hasn’t been on the show in years (and years), she sure has a lot to say.
At the beginning of Season 11 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, it seemed as though Teresa Giudice and Jackie Goldschneider would never be friends. Let’s get this straight — Jackie started as a fan, while Tre is the queen B of RHONJ. And Jackie was coming for her, and we all know what can happen when you try to go against Teresa and her four dorters. The analogy heard around the world was seemingly the nail in the coffin. But then, shockingly, Tre showed some growth. Just a little, but a lot for her.
By the RHONJ reunion, the two made up and even made plans to go on a double date. Yes, Evan Goldschneider was opening to hanging with the woman who spread rumors about him cheating on Jackie. That takes being a bigger person, and Tre looks like she may actually be learning a thing or two about accountability. Hell has frozen over.
The summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and everyone wants to believe the coronavirus pandemic is over. Restrictions have eased and people are ripping their masks off in a 21st Century version of bra-burning.
It may be a bit premature, and certainly people are still contracting the virus. Each and every tally and life matters, but some just get more media spotlight than others. In our beloved Bravo community several Real Housewives and their families have contracted and, thankfully, recovered from the disease. Shannon Beador, Kyle Richards, Frank Catania, Margaret Josephs, Joe Beningo, Marge Senior, Kathy Hilton, Dorit Kemsley, and Jennifer Aydin all recovered from the coronavirus. And now one more familiar Bravo face is battling COVID-19.
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.
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.
We could all use some kindness, but the last place you expect to see it is on Bravo. But damn it, call your friends and family because this story managed to melt even my hardened, dark, barely beating heart. Go ahead and grab a tissue because the sun might get in your eyes or you could be at risk of suffering a spontaneous allergy attack after this one. Bravo and the shows on Bravo are many things to many people, but sometimes it’s everything to one person. Today we meet Miss Bella Pape.
Bella loves reality television and all that it implies, her favorites are the Real Housewives and she’s quite familiar with the franchise. But Bella isn’t binge-watching shows on a rainy day, she was born with a disorder that has kept her in long-term care for most of her life. In 2020 Bella was hoping to attend BravoCon, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The event has returned in 2021, but Bella’s health is deteriorating and traveling is no longer an option. So the troops rallied and brought BravoCon to Bella, thanks to Real Housewives of D.C. alum, Mary Amons.