The Real Housewives of New Jersey Preview / Blogs Bravo aired the premier episode of Season Three of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, with over three million viewers it was the highest rated show ever on Bravo.
After watching the first episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey I can certainly see why Teresa didn’t want her family members added as Bravo’s Housewives. Teresa doesn’t get along with her sister-in-law Melissa or her cousin Kathy.
From Teresa’s blog: Would I have joined the show if there was a chance it involved my family members being pitted against one another? No way in hell. I would never want my family exposed in that way. What sane person would? Who would subject their family to this on purpose? No opportunity or fun new celebrity career would be worth that trade off. Not even remotely.
Why then did Teresa continue filming Season Three? Could it be that she had no choice, the Housewives sign on for three years when they begin appearing on the show, Jacqueline told me that she didn’t want Ashley to appear on the show this season but she’d committed to three years and couldn’t get out of it. Rumor has it Teresa threatened to walk if Melissa and Kathy were brought onto the show, would Bravo have sued Teresa? I’m no fan of Teresa’s but she is a popular housewife in New Jersey compared to Jacqueline and Caroline.
What would Bravo do if a Housewife didn’t want to return but was forced to film? Would that ever happen? The Housewife by rights could sit and watch TV all day during filming and give Bravo nothing to air. I think Teresa could have gotten out of filming if she really wanted to. That said, she is in it and she’s at odds with her cast mates who happen to be her family.
Did Kathy and Melissa get together and decide they were going to gang up against Teresa? Possibly but they were at odds before filming began, all three women confirmed that. Teresa told us on screen that she was upset with Kathy because she refused to tell her husband what to say. Apparently Kathy’s husband was criticizing Teresa for her over the top spending, so was the rest of the country but Kathy should have stepped in and told him to shut up according to Teresa. Did Teresa step in and tell her husband to shut up on that bus in Italy when he was swearing like a truck driver and making a fool of himself? No she did not in fact she told viewers that she just leaves Joe alone when she goes off like that.
According to Kathy’s blog her husband likes to tease people and he is a funny guy, he was simply making a joke, Kathy says he joked with Teresa about a lot of different topics, Teresa chose to remember the spending jokes.
Teresa talks about the Christening party: To see what happened when I wasn’t in the room, to watch my brother run after my ailing father and insult my mother — it’s just too much. My family doesn’t deserve this. I’m not going to trash anyone in my family or pick through every one of Melissa’s lies. I’ll let her speak for herself, and you can decide whatever you want to believe.
Teresa says that she isn’t going to trash anyone in her family then in the same sentence calls Melissa a liar. Teresa’s problem is that she’s already a known liar, we know for a fact that Teresa has lied to viewers so for my money, I have to believe that Melissa isn’t lying until she proves otherwise.
Teresa added: I’m so proud of my wonderful husband, Joe. He always stands up for me and my family, and he kept his cool. How he did this, I have no idea. He doesn’t do interviews like the other husbands, because it’s just not him. He’s a private guy. He isn’t going to sit down and whine or trash anyone else, especially not our family. And I love and respect him so much for that.
Teresa is trying to paint her husband as the voice of reason and the one who kept his cool but she forgets we’ve already seen this madman in action, we know he swears in front of his children, he drinks and drives, drives without a license and tries to get a drivers license with a fake name. We know he scammed his partner by forging his signature, filed bankruptcy but hid assets and screwed a whole lot of people out of a whole lot of money.
Please Teresa, don’t try to pretend that your husband is a saint and your brother is the bad guy. If what Joey Gorga says is true, add another crime to Joe Giudice’s list, coming between Joey and his father is unforgivable and Teresa never denied any of that. Teresa’s gesture at the Christening congratulating Joey and Melissa seemed fake and scripted but not scripted by Bravo, by Teresa. Maybe she was afraid that the Gorga’s were getting more camera time than she was, maybe she wanted to pretend to be a loving sister to Joey and never dreamed that Joey would call her out the way he did.
After reading Melissa’s blog I get a sense that she is similar in her writing to Alex McCord, Melissa’s blog is four pages long but it is jammed with background information and even sprinkled with things to come. I could be completely wrong but at this point, I believe every word Melissa says. Why did Teresa keep her family off screen for the past two years? Jealousy? Melissa has everything that Teresa doesn’t have. Her brother isn’t in the middle of a bankruptcy, the Gorga’s have a beautiful family with both boys and a girl and the Gorga’s have an even larger and more grand home than Teresa.
Teresa made such a big deal on screen about her new home, she went on and on about having materials shipped over from Italy and one of a kind railings but in the end we learned that she didn’t pay for any of those things. She’s living in a home that she and Joe Giudice didn’t pay for or earn. Obviously Teresa can’t control the sex of her baby but I believe that she had four children in an attempt to have a boy. I don’t think it has anything to do with carrying on the family name or being Italian, I simply think that like many people, The Giudice’s wanted to have both a boy and a girl.
In past season’s we met Caroline’s sisters and we will even meet Jacqueline’s ex-husband this season but Teresa never introduced her brother and sister-in-law to viewers, she claims that Melissa is front and center in every party scene for the past two seasons but I don’t recall seeing her, I’m certainly not going to take Teresa’s advice and review all the past shows to play a drinking game searching for Melissa.
Teresa is insinuating that Melissa only wants to be on television but what exactly was Teresa’s motivation for signing up as a Housewife? She wanted to save abandoned puppies? Cure cancer? End world hunger? Please!
If anyone had good reason not to put their lives on television it is the Giudice’s who have made complete fools of themselves. I believe that they knew when they started on the show that they were in financial trouble and I think they saw the show as a way of getting out of it but Bravo doesn’t pay their housewives $10 million a year.
The cookbook wasn’t Teresa’s way of honoring family recipes, it was simply a way to make money, just tell the truth. Why didn’t the Gorga’s and the Giudice’s get together before filming started and talk, why didn’t they agree to put on a united front if only while the cameras rolled? If Joey and Teresa were as close as they claim to be why would they want to appear on screen at each other’s throats this way? What must their parents feel?
We know what Bravo’s motivation was but why weren’t these two families smarter than that and stick it to Bravo by being a loving, caring family and treat each other with respect at the very least during filming? As Kelly would say, they make for great TV.
On a side note, there was a lot of speculation that Teresa didn’t write her own blog, the style is very different than her last season blog, did she hire a professional to write her blog?
Some of Melissa’s recent Tweets:
So for now I’m on Team Melissa, she seems sincere, everything that she says certainly is in line with what we’ve seen from Teresa in the past, she’s selfish and not very bright.
Jacqueline’s blog is long and quite frankly, boring. Her explaination of her differences with Ashley were really redundant. She said the same things on the show and we really do get it. I’m glad that Jacqueline and Chris are teaching Ashley that she can’t just have anything she wants and that life isn’t as simple as Mommy and Daddy paying her rent so that she can live closer to her non-paying job.
Had Ashley gone in to work on a regular basis and been on time it could have turned into a paying job but she doesn’t want to put in the effort. She tells her parents that if they would pay for her apartment in New York she could get to work every day and be on time and that is why Ashley is so frustrated, she thinks that they don’t understand that.
They do understand but expect Ashley to prove herself and that is why they are good parents. That said, I don’t think I could take an entire season of Jacqueline and Ashley going at it with Chris in the middle being the voice of reason all the time. It will get old pretty fast.
Caroline’s blog was predictably mostly about her boys getting their own apartment. The problem with this is that Caroline was talking about empty nest syndrome at the beginning of last season, over a year ago she was crying over her kids leaving home, while they were still living at home and had no plans to move out. Now a year later they are finally moving out and I’m asking, “What the hell took you so long?”
This season the Manzo story will focus on the forgotten daughter, Lauren. She’s not getting as much attention as her brothers and she’s not taking it anymore. Watch What Happens…
I love that both Jacqueline and Caroline warmly welcomed Melissa and Kathy to the show in their blogs, that had to hurt Teresa a bit, no? I am interested to see how Jac and Caroline interact with Melissa and Kathy. From Entertainment Gather:
Melissa Gorga Almost Left ‘Real Housewives of NJ’
http://entertainment.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979350356 Access Hollywood interviewed Melissa as well: http://www.accesshollywood.com/access-hollywood-live/access-hollywood-live-did-melissa-gorga-already-almost-quit-the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey_videotab_1329021 Life & Style Reports it this way: Teresa Giudice and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga‘s on screen fight during the May 16 premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been called one of the worst fights in TV history, but the feud is even worse off screen! New Housewives cast members, Teresa’s brother Joe and wife Melissa, sat down with Life & Style for an exclusive interview and photo shoot to reveal what really went down that shocking night and the history of their family drama. “I was so upset,” Melissa tells Life & Style about the brawl at her son’s christening. “Teresa’s never given us any respect. She was being fake, just acting nice for the cameras.” In fact, screen time may have been Teresa’s main motivation for attending the family affair at all. “My sister didn’t even want to be there,” Joe tells Life & Style. “She’d just signed her Housewives contract that morning or the day before because she was mad that we were on the show.” Melissa, Joe and their three children live in a 15,000-square-foot custom-built mansion in Montville, N.J. “I think when Joe and I started making a lot of money is when she really lost it,” Melissa says. “She was used to being the biggest and the best, and then when I came in, she felt threatened. She doesn’t want anyone to one up her. Teresa’s fine with you as long as you’re one step below.” Things got so bad, the Gorgas found themselves ushered into corners during Housewives tapings, barred from book signings and 300-person premiere parties and their daughter excluded from birthday parties. But the most hurtful was when his sister tried turning their parents against Joe and his wife. “Teresa would tell our parents ‘Melissa this,’ ‘Melissa that’ or ‘Joey didn’t do this,’ and my parents have never been the same,” Joe confides. “Her husband talks about me to them all the time, too.” Still, they both hope someday the family fighting will end. “Things couldn’t get any worse, so I’m hoping it only gets better post-show. Maybe we can become a family again,” Melissa tells Life & Style. Joe adds,” I have wonderful kids, a beautiful house, the whole package– but I don’t have my family. I’m crying out for my family.” For more on Melissa, pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now in New York and Nationwide Friday! http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/2011/05/large-cover-1122.html Tonight NBC will air the finale of The Celebrity Apprentice. I really enjoyed this season, they certainly had some interesting characters with interesting personalities. I don’t think that it is a fair competition by any means, many things come into play when deciding who is fired each week and the celebrity’s performance isn’t always the reason someone gets fired. Trump was inconsistent and even unfair at times but I don’t think for one minute that he makes the decisions on who to fire each week.
It’s all about star power and personalities. Only a handful of people over the years have ever quit The Apprentice but our girl NeNe will go down in history as one of those Celebrities who quit. NeNe didn’t quit because of a family emergency or her health, no NeNe quit because she knew that she was going to get fired.
The upcoming challenge that NeNe was about to face was all about fundraising and some celebrities have more power to raise money than others. Unfortunately NeNe had already proven she wasn’t able to raise a lot of money in New York City. During the art exhibit challenge NeNe’s “big star” was Jill Zarin who donated a total of $500.00. This was in a challenge that raised a total of almost $2 million dollars between both teams.
NeNe was safe because her team won but had the men’s team won that challenge, NeNe would most likely have been fired for not raising much money. She should have been fired for bringing Jill Zarin on the show, period!
When NeNe learned of the newest challenge and that it was another fundraiser she knew that she didn’t have the star power to bring in big donations and she couldn’t really hide with just four players on the team, it was going to be clear that she couldn’t contribute to the challenge so she walked off. Very cowardly but not really surprising of our NeNe.
All of the hype about the NeNe / Star Jones battle wasn’t such a big deal, possibly the show cut out a lot of the fighting and arguing, rumor has it that Star hired a body guard after that incident we saw on screen. That was said to enrage NeNe and cause her to leave the show but I think it is because she didn’t want to hear Trump say, “You’re fired!” to NeNe on national television. NeNe did accomplish a few things, she was the first housewife to appear on the Celebrity Apprentice and she got her name out there, appearing on NBC weekly on a top rated show certainly made her name more familiar to the general public and she was the topic of a lot of talk show discussions due to her behavior. I don’t think she gained too many “fans”, Trump certainly isn’t a fan but more people know know her name.
Does this open the door for more housewives to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice? Personally I’d like to see a season of Celebrity Apprentice with nothing but Housewives but I highly doubt Trump would agree to that.
Typically when one Housewife has some success out there it opens the door for some of the other housewives. NeNe successfully closed the door for future housewives to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice. I highly doubt they’ll cast another housewife because of NeNe’s behavior.
So who will win? Marlee Matlin or John Rich?
I would really like John Rich to win because of the two charities that they represent. John Rich’s winnings all go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital while Marlee’s go to a charity that provides hearing aids to third world countries. Both celebrities have given over a Million dollars to their charities already and so at this point they are pretty even.
I happen to believe that a children’s hospital is more deserving of the final donation. Just my opinion.
Speaking of the Atlanta Housewives, apparently Kim Zolciak’s hormones are running wild as she’s due to give birth any day now. Kim had a bit of a Twitter war with Kelly Bensimon of New York but Kim the coward later deleted the Tweet. I really hate when the delete their tweets, if you said it, own it. If you made a mistake then apologize, don’t delete your Tweet!
From Stars of Reality:
Kim Zolciak had some strong words for Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon on Twitter today — but then she apparently took them back. The pregnant Real Housewives of Atlanta star tweeted: “How disgusting Kelly from RHONY to make comments about my unborn child and Kroy! Grow up and keep my name outta ur mouth!” (Real Housewives gossiping about each other? Shocking!) Kim removed the post from her Twitter page just a few minutes later, but it was too late. A few of her fans had already retweeted the message to their followers.
(Lesson for Kim: Once you put something in the Twitterverse, you just can’t take it back.) http://www.starsofreality.com/Kim-Zolciak-Kelly-Bensimon-Grow-Up-16903766
Tonight The Real Housewives of Orange County For the first time in Bravo’s history three Real Housewives shows are running at the same time. Luckily Orange County will end first, I really see absolutely nothing of value with this show. It’s not interesting, it’s not fun, it’s not even worth talking about, seriously, but its what I do so stop back tomorrow for the RHOOC blog!
Finally we have a mini-blog from Amy over on Twitter, follow her at @AmyKish
They’re baaack!!! And oh what a difference a year makes! Not! I find it hard to believe that after everything these women have been through lately, they are picking up exactly where we left them. In a gutter. Yes, there are two new Housewives in the cast this season. And yes, anyone is better than Psycho Danielle. But what was Bravo thinking to bring in not one, but two of Teresa’s family members? Surely there are more women in Patterson that could entertain us without a Housewives gone wild event!!!
Melissa is married to Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga. Her first complaint? Teresa did not have the manners to say how beautiful her ginormous mansion is. Seriously Melissa? You are showing a woman who’s own marble zibbra print kingdom is in foreclosure (allegedly) a beautifully paid for home.
Next we meet Kathy. I don’t know about you, but biking to the Farmer’s Market complete with a basket made me pee a little. She seems genuine so far. And I must say that during the Oh My F-ing God moment she impressed me by taking care of all the kids.
So what the hell did we witness? Did Teresa simply go over to say good night and got blind sided? Or did she know what would happen? Only she can answer that. All I know ia for the first time I was speechless and pissed off! Why can’t these AssHats get along for a baby? And why do I need to watch them? Until next time…..Winning!
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