The Real Housewives Strippergate scandal left Teresa's relationship with her brother, Joe, in tatters -- and as tonight's reunion (the final installment) suggests, Giudice is apparently trying to force their parents, Giancinto and Antonia, to take sides.
"Every time they're together, she tells them this laundry list of terrible things about us," Gorga's wife, Melissa, tells Us Weekly. "They're more distant with us now. Joe [Gorga] feels like she's poisoned their brains. Teresa needs them, so they're standing by her."
Also standing by Giudice is her husband, Joe, who gets into an epic screaming match with his brother-in-law during Sunday's reunion show when he challenges his sister's claim that Gorga was "breaking Mommy and Daddy's heart" by steering clear of them.
"You've got to stop this, Teresa. If you stop, we can maybe be a family," Gorga tells his sister before she begs her husband to interject. "Shut the fuck up! What do you know about me, stupid?" Joe Giudice snaps back. Jacqueline then tries to step in, but is rebuffed by host Andy.
Though the Gorga and Giudice men were verbally attacking each other during Sunday's episode -- taped in September -- they stopped short of coming to blows. Explains Melissa Gorga to Us: "There were security guards everywhere!"
The tension between former friends Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita reached a breaking point during part two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4 Reunion last week when Joe Giudice joined the h’wives on the couches.
After Joe explained his sketchy phone call in Napa, Andy asked Jacqueline to weigh in on the Giudice’s marriage. At first she refused, but after Teresa egged her on Jacqueline brought up the fact that in one of Teresa’s blogs, she insinuated that Chris cheated on Jacqueline.
In an interview with All About the Real Housewives, Teresa addresses Jacqueline’s claims at the reunion. When asked if Jac ever told her that Chris had cheated on her, Teresa reveals, ”Yes. She did. Chris was never allowed to go out with my husband unless they played poker at each other’s houses. I think they might have went out once the whole time I was friends with Jacqueline and I remember Joe telling me Jacqueline wouldn’t stop calling Chris. The only thing Chris is allowed to do is play cards.”
While Jacqueline allegedly keeps her hubby on tight leash, Teresa maintains that she would never impose such restrictions on Juicy Joe. “My husband is allowed to go out with the guys and that’s fine because I go out with the girls and we trust each other,” she explains.
And even though Teresa seemingly has no problem divulging her version of the truth, she admits that she’s not one to talk about other people’s relationships. “I don’t like talking about other people’s marriages but I’m not going to bite my tongue and say nothing while Jacqueline continues to talk about my marriage to strangers on Twitter,” she dishes. “This is not something I would make up because I’m not the type of person to do that.”
So according to Teresa, Chris cheated on Jacqueline. But is there any truth to what Jacqueline said about Teresa telling her that Joe allegedly also has a wandering eye?
Teresa insists, “I never told Jacqueline any of that. If I had proof of Joe cheated on me, I wouldn’t be with him. I’m just not made that way.”
As far as we know, Teresa Giudice plans to stay on The Real Housewives of New Jersey until Andy Cohen himself tells her otherwise, but at least one person in the entertainment industry thinks it’s time for Tre to give reality TV a rest and leave the show.
So who is this outspoken person encouraging Teresa to leave RHoNJ behind?
It’s Wendy Williams! The fabulous talk show host was on Watch What Happens Live! last Sunday, and after watching part two of the RHoNJ Season 4 Reunion, Wendy admitted that she thinks Tre needs to say goodbye to Bravo.
She explains, “As a family woman, family things do not get accomplished on reality TV. If she really loves her brother, if she really wants to keep her marriage together and be a person of the community for her daughters who are now in school, she needs to leave reality TV alone.”
However, even Wendy acknowledged that Tre giving up her spot on Housewives is highly unlikely. “She's in love though with the spotlight — it’s seductive.”
In Touch Weekly is reporting that Joe Giudice hit on Melissa Gorga and fawns over her, which makes Teresa Giudice insecure about their relationship.
A “source” tells In Touch, “When Melissa started dating Teresa’s brother, Joe [Giudice] would flirt with her and check her out whenever Teresa wasn’t looking. Melissa always told me he was a ‘creep.’ He’s so disrespectful to Teresa, but she turns a blind eye.”
Apparently, Joe Giudice gets a kick out of flirting with his wife’s sister-in-law even though it makes Teresa insecure and that “her biggest fear is Joe will lose interest.” The source adds, “Joe got a kick out of flirting with Melissa. He doesn’t care — he thinks he’s an attractive guy. He always complimented the way [Melissa] sings. He told her she makes the most beautiful pregnant woman. He complimented her style, too.”
It sounds like someone is trying to stir the pot further.
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