Watch What Happens Live is seriously amazing this week. Last night we got a peak at what would happen if Real Housewives of New Jersey was actually Real Husbands of New Jersey. The show opened with hilarious taglines for Frank Catania, Joe Benigno, Bill Aydin, Evan Goldschneider, and Joe Gorga.
Every one of them spilled some tea, thanks to Andy Cohen’s ridiculously shady questions. For instance, Andy asked Frank when was the last time he and Dolores Catania had sex. Frank answered by taking a drink – indicating (to me at least) that it wasn’t too long ago. These guys were clearly having fun last night and definitely deserve a spinoff. Audience questions were good too, because one fan about Joe’s strained relationship with the Wakile’s.
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.
Unlike other cities, the husbands on the Real Housewives Of New Jersey have always been as central to the storyline as the women themselves. The current house-husbands provide the best comic relief, particularly during their tea-spilling boys’ nights. However, no house-husband has caused more drama on RHONJ than Teresa Giudice’s ex Joe Giudice.
Juicy Joe is just someone who fans love to hate. To be clear, he was a pretty terrible husband to Tre in my opinion. He got her thrown in jail, “allegedly” cheated on her all the time and never held back from putting her down on camera. Since their separation, both of them have found love with new people and are supporting each other better than they did when they lived on the same continent. And their alliance is causing tension between Teresa and Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga.
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.”
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.
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.
Real Housewives of New Jersey has always been about family. We watched former “OG” Caroline Manzo wrangle her brood, and became invested in Teresa Giudice and her extended family. These familial connections, whether close or strained, have always been the heart of this franchise. And so has the glorious food. Remember Kathy Wakile’s cannoli and dessert creations? Just please don’t bring sprinkle cookies to Teresa’s house. Or she might flip a table.
Teresa’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, had some tension last season with Teresa. Teresa found that Melissa’s inability to control her husband (and Teresa’s brother), Joe Gorga, was really annoying. Melissa remarked that there are some “shocking” moments in the upcoming season between the sisters-in-law. Melissa also discussed how she is taking on Danielle Staub next season. But what Melissa hasn’t done is tried to mend fences with RHONJ alum Kathy.