Earlier this month, The Dish headed south to Atlantic City to hang behind-the-scenes during the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion taping. It turned out to be a doozy with all sorts of fireworks, and while we can't give anything away before it airs (part one premieres Sunday at 10/9c), the countless hours lurking behind the cameras did yield some interesting little tidbits for the RHONJ die-hards out there. Here's what we noticed:
1. Family still comes first: From the Housewives themselves to production assistants and crew members, there were tears in nearly everyone's eyes following a montage of Jacqueline Laurita's son Nicholas, who she recently announced has been diagnosed with autism. Nicholas utters a few words in the video that cause Jac to sob uncontrollably, which had everyone misty-eyed for her.
2. Lauren Manzo does double duty: When she's not defending her mom, Lauren's make-up expertise comes in handy, as she does touch-ups and keeps mom Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline looking all done up in between takes.
3. The bar was NOT open: In between the drama-filled taping, both Joe Giudice and Chris Laurita were both in need of a stiff cocktail. Joe G was hoping some of the wine bottles used as decor were corkable (they weren't), while Chris headed back to craft services in search of something a bit stronger. Sadly, there was no alcohol on set.
4. Teresa Giudice doesn't do tanning -- just bronzer and spray tan: Despite Andy Cohen's love of T's (amazing) tanning salon commercial from a few years ago, Teresa's given up the UV lights and opted instead for sprays and bronzers. And after a slew of Andy-arm-grabbing, the remnants of said treatments were left as a souvenir on his suit.
5. Reunions take for-freaking-ever: When all was said and done, Andy was on set from about 9 am until well after 11 pm. The shoot itself lasted roughly 13 hours, including lunch.
6. Cameras take breaks; fights don’t: Throughout the day, even when the cameras stopped rolling, the combat often continued. The 'Wives clearly weren't doing it solely for the cameras.
7. Joe Giudice really enjoys Red Bull: Joe G. needed a bit of a pick-me-up before sitting down for his emotional interview, and Red Bull was his remedy. When the cameras were about to start up, rather than put it to the side, Joe chugged the entire can, leaving Andy smirking and saying "OK, here we go!"
8. Don't ever mention Rosie and Kathy Wakile's father: You'll see at the end of the first episode what we mean here ...
9. Speaking of Kathy, she's has had a little work done: You may notice that Kathy Wakile looks slightly different, and in the first few moments of the shoot, she addresses her newly-revised facial features, making for a hilarious follow-up line courtesy of Andy.
10. Melissa Gorga can sing on cue ... and so can Teresa: There's one part of the reunion when Teresa and Melissa get into it over M's singing caree r, prompting Melissa to bust out a few lines – and Teresa to follow suit. We’ll let you channel your inner Adam Levine and decide for yourself who has the stronger voice.
You remove Ramona,Teresa,Brandy and Nene, what u got? Since every situation needs a bad guy to make the good guys(caroline "dog in the manger" manzo) look good, you will have every show scurrying around to find another bad guy which will give you a 2nd rate bad guy. Keep em all and "let the good times roll."
For people interested in the human condition, the RHONJ reunion is as compelling as witnessing a group therapy session. It's amazing how these ladies repeatedly accuse eachother of the very same offenses that they themselves inflict upon others, sometimes within a single conversation! None of them seem able to accept responsibility, refrain from stirring the pot, or miss an opportunity to sling a random barb at another. Teresa cannot defend herself, even when she's being wrongly accused, because of her compulsion to lash out at her attackers with inane gibberish and gestures. Caroline and Melissa have apparently graduated from the same school of Holier Than Thou, with honors in antagony and martrydom, accusing Teresa of all the same sort of meddling and backstabbing that they've so skillfully delivered and backpeddled from. Kathy continuously attempts injecting herself anywhere in a storyline with all the fervor of a mosquito at a bbq and no regard for her own irrelevance in the matter. And Jacqueline has apparently awakened from her feigned narcolepsy with a whopping case of Tourettes, incessantly launching raunchy verbal assualts and petty jabs at the Guidice's. Our group leader, Andy Cohen, remains a class act throughout, trying to no avail to to make sense of the discord and bring peace to the theatrical asylum.
First of all I must say, when I started watching years ago, Caroline was not my favorite. I found her to be quite opinionated and wondered why she was always into everone else's business. Now all these years, fights, and magazine covers later....I understand! Teresa has become quite toxic although I really don't think she means to be. Ultimately I do believe her when she says she misses and loves her brother. However she has obviously never learned to grow up and take responsibility for her own actions. She consistantly blames others for her problems or (like with her hubby Joe, the cheating & jail & financial problems) she outright refuses to acknowledge it own up to any problems or deal with them. (at least on camera). I believe they have all become a little used to the fame, and really there is nothing wrong with that. We take advantage of advancement opportunities in our lines of work and there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these ladies or their children using their "fifteen minutes" to put them in a better place financially. However.....there is such a thing as ethics and integrity and I believe there is a LOT of both lacking in the Gudice's. Caroline & her husband have set a fine example for their children and their work ethic, ambition, and more over their MANNERS reflect that. When Teresa's children behave the way they do and SAY things they have OBVIOUSLY heard their parents say, it speaks alot to her character. I have become VERY disappointed in Teresa's behavior and cannot fathom how anyone would choose fame and money over the love of family. I understand why the other women have been pulling away and are even now finding their voice (Jaqueline) over Teresa's bad behavior.
For Teresa to even now be so cruel to Jaqueline after all she and her family are dealing with again speaks volumes about her character. As for Melissa, she and Joe just need to continue to be loving parents and loving spouses. Don't let Tersa's actions taint the relationships around you. I love that Rich and Joe G. seem so enamored of their wives and Chris and Al are obviously very supportive of their wives even though they aren't as into the PDA. I think Jaqueline should stay on the show if for no other reason than to help other families out there that are dealing with autism. Kathey and Melissa need to just pull back from Teresa and when hey do have to interact...kill her with kindness. Just smiles and walking away. You may not have any control over who you're related to or how they treat you, but you can always put YOUR best face forward and not sink to their level. I wish all the ladies good luck and I hope that Teresa can finally get control of her life, grow up and be the good person she claims to be.
Omg what great idea! I would pay good money for front row seats for that! You KNOW they're all available ...because they're all reality show loser hasbeen's.
I really must say that the montage of Nicholas was definitely a tear jerker. I was crying because I saw how sad you were and I know it must be challenging for you but always know that God is with you and He will take care of NIcholas. Put your faith in Him and pray from the heart and you will see how He will lessen your load, I am living proof of that. I was very,very sick a few years ago and everyone thought I would not make it but I prayed with all my might and He took care of me and thanks to Him I am here today writing to you. Nicholas is a beautiful boy and I know it may be hard now but he will surprise you with things that he will do in the future. The only person who did not have a tear in their eye was Teresa Giudice and that is no big surprise because if it's not about her, it doesn't matter. She has put you through too much but don't worry about it because I'm sure you're well aware that a person with her mentality cannot distinguish what a good friend is and what a GREAT FRIEND WAS!! IT'S HER LOSS, MAYBE ONE DAY SHE'LL REALIZE IT WHEN SHE FINDS HERSELF ALL ALONE WITHOUT HER BROTHER, COUSIN AND FRIENDS. WHAT A LONELY LIFE THAT WOULD BE ALL BECAUSE YOU HAD BAD FEELINGS ABOUT PEOPLE. ANYWAY, I WISH YOU ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD, GOD BLESS YOU, CHRIS AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. I REALLY HOPE YOU COME BACK NEXT SEASON AND IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR CHRIS SPEAK SO MUCH THIS SEASON. HE SEEMS LIKE A GREAT PERSON. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL FALL THAT WE ARE HAVING HERE IN NJ. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
@mscgibbs Yes, Danille was a train wreck but I love to watch these train wrecks. I just heard (and then Googled) what these " Real Housewives" make! I had NO idea! That explains a lot!!
Teresa is obviously a pathological liar as well as an awful person. She talks about everyone being jealous of her but she sooo jealous of Melissa it is painful to watch. Selling all the cookbooks in the world doesn't seem to make up for the fact that she doesn't have the beauty, talent or fairhful husband that Melissa has. If she weren't so mean i would feel sorry for her. She was as green as her dress!
@andycohen #RHONJ Loved the first episode on Sunday nite! @CarolineManzo @laurenManzo @jaquelinelaurita @melissagorga @KathyWakile You are all classy Ladies. Don't sink to TG level! Can't wait for the next shows! She doesn't represent NJ-- you do.
i just wanna say Is that all of them are there because they want their minute of fame and they r gonna do what they need to be known , the only thing i don't agree is that you let this kind of fame break friendships and specially families , all have a bit of guilt to what is going on , jacqueline and caroline , if teresa was always talking negative things about her family why was there a friendship of ten years and all of the sudden now that this other ladies are in the show they open up, if at some point they appreciated teresa they should had step away without bringing all the negative stuff she said like, she used to tell me this... and she just to talk about her..., all that doesn't talk good of a person if u took and listen to all that negative comments before and didn't say anything then why now , is it because now there is not only about them is also about you that is very high school not of grown and wise woman that claim to be , any smart, sincere and grown person can tell right away if someone is or not negative and steps away right there and then , melissa and kathy if there was so much drama before the show and they wanted to fix their relationship with teresa why jump on it is obvious there was gonna be drama and this proves it , and Teresa they major problems that she has are not the ones she has with her ex friends or family is with her self if she puts her feet on the ground and stops thinking others want to be herself (melissa)?... if anything is Jlo who somebody is trying to be no offense but their is only one Jlo you have to have the ass first to even try ! lol going back teresa stop, use your minute of fame to be known as a person who even though it falls down can get up without having to step on others and be honest is ok if you don't like your sis in law or cousin or don't want be buddy buddy this world is made up of teresas and melissa's etc.... just do things to be better without steping on them , if you don't want them in your life for any reason just be honest nobody should judge !
Bravo should bring all the trouble makers of the housewives shows and make a show of them: The cast members will be Danielle Staub, Nene Leaks, Ramona Singer, Michaele Salahi, Teresa Guidice, and Brandi Glanville.
Teresa is soooo all about her and no one else. This is sad. She is nasty, mean negative and will not listen to anyone and is such an ugly person
Teresa IS pretty self-centered and materialistic. Always has been! Hey, it's part of her charm. But the nasty and ugly comments on your part makes me wonder ... do you think you have to take a side? Is it all or nothing in your judgements? The other woman take the nasty and ugly to a whole new level. Actually made me want to root for Teresa! To be honest, I have no use for ANY of the other woman! Once again, Caroline wants to be the mama, but only comes off as she really is at the core - a bully, big time. Jacqueline - well her sweet days are in the rear view mirror - we all know how completely nasty she can get - now I understand where her daughter gets it from. Melissa and Kathy revealed who they really are - NOT the victims, thats for damn sure! Just 2 very jealous family members that let envy seep out of their pores and try to grab some of the lime light while they could. Teresa's brother Joe let anger eat him up when Teresa let fame come between their relationship. Seems like his world revolves around sex and knocking back a few six packs a day. Very self absorbed man. Both brother and sister seem to have the narcissitic curse - too bad they didn't value an education, since they both seemed very uneducated. sjwyo - your post caught me attention because you only mentioned Teresa's bad manners - grow up.
Just watched the reunion part 1 and I have to say I think they're all crazy. From what I saw this season Teresa was really trying to get along with everybody. I also think that Kim made them all look like fools. I think this was all pay back from last season on her part and they all fell for it like freakin idiots. I feel sorry for the whole bunch, I used to love this show but after this season I don't know if I will ever watch again. They have all been real bitches to each other. Teresa has a Ho for a husband and seems to have her blinders on but for some reason I kinda like her. She seems to have a real problem putting what she wants to say into the right words without offending people. I don't think she means to, but if she had true friends they would see that. I do like the way Caraline trie to clear things up for everybody but I don't understand why she turned on Teresa as bad as what she did.
Golddgr I disagree. I think that if anyone had been targeted the way she has been targeted beginning with the producers of the show and extending through the cast anyone would become crazy. She was shanghaied by Jacqueline and Caroline. Teresa has no duty to tell Jacqueline what her legal troubles are. That whole scenario made zero sense. I was as confused by Jacqueline's "umbrage" as Teresa was. And what the hell was Caroline bitching about? The cookbook? Seriously? Why would she care? She actively promotes her children on the show and her children aren't exactly rocket scientists and they have said some truly stupid things. That's fair game for any use. Period. She should have gone to the Bravo producers and said don't use my kid's dumb remarks. She didn't do that. She isn't mad at them. Again,the cookbook is not really a cohesive argument for her enormous egomaniacal outrage directed at Teresa. Teresa is right, it's outright stupid for Caroline to be that affronted. It's fair game. All of it.
I really don't think this can all be put on Teresa. When every thing she say's is being dissected for negativity and alterial motives. Caroline and the other Manzos continually dropping digs. Teresa is continually on the defensive and usually doesn't say the right thing. Not that she is completely not at fault but alot of it was blown up. I certainaly would not want to watch the Manzo show I think they were behide the set up, not to set up Melissa but to set up Teresa.
@JJ246 yes, I agree. I think Teresa suffers more form foot-in-the-mouth disease more than anything. She just seems clueless and plasters that fakey smile on her face. She just seems........well, distracted, most of the time. Of course if I was married to that cheating baboon I would be distracted too.
Jacqueline - I hope you read these comments. I know every one has their own plan with autism but your case sounds very similar to ours and we have had amazing results that have left our therapists shocked at the quick recovery we have made over the past 3 years. My son was diagnosised at 3 and we were told he would only be able to go to a school for autistic children only and never mainstream. I found dr Kendall Stewart in Austin Texas and my son who drastically change at 2 1/2 started to come back to me. I saw clarity in his yes again and he became a typical little boy. We are still dealing with ADHD but it is getting better by the month and I couldn't be happier with the results we have had. I hope you will look into this dr. I am a fan of the show but never follow the blogs nor would I comment on one - but in this case I had noticed before that your son was showing some of the symptoms my son did in the beginning and I had to share our experience. I wish you and your family the very best. Dan
Love, Love, love Teresa! After she flipped that table in Season #1, it was love at first flip! LOL! Her brother should be ASHAMED of himself!
@TML67 Are you kidding!? Her brother is being a good husband and father. That is his FIRST obligation. Just because you are someone's sibling doesn't guarantee love or trust. Teresa takes advantage of that. The look of betrayal on his face when he realized it was over and that Teresa was forcing him to choose between her and his wife when he was in the car leaving that trashy Kim D's " fashion show" was heartbreaking. Teresa's a fame whore. She doesn't deserve such a good brother.
I think Teresa definitely knew. She will do absolutely anything to discredit/defame Melissa's name and reputation. Teresa just cannot stand the fact that Melissa is a beautiful, talented, classy and kind-hearted woman as opposed to Teresa who is just a jealous, obnoxious, immature and manipulative troublemaker, which is probably why she associates herself with people that have those characteristics also (like Kim D). Teresa doesn't want peace with Melissa or her brother, she loves the drama, and when there is none, she makes sure to create some. Its truly pathetic and disgusting!! I really feel sorry for her daughters, what an awful example she is setting for them. Im so happy that Caroline and now Melissa have finally seen through Teresa's fake bs!! Teresa is just playing the typical victim, if anyone should feel attacked and/or be having a breakdown it should be everyone that has known Teresa and/or had interactions with her. She is nothing but a con-artist and liar, she does not care about anyone but herself.
@MBrownsuperstar Well said!!! You are definitely right in your assessment of Teresa!!! You would think that she would stop and think, why are all these women so against her and angry. She keeps blaming everybody but herself and takes no ACCOUNTABILITY for her behavior. She's pitiful!!!
I don't know if I can bring myself to watch. We'll see it's on the DVR but Revenge and Dexter will be too and I'm not sure if I want to watch another Teresa bashing. (BTW Caroline was my favorite, even went to AC to see the HW because of her) Think it's a huge mistake for that family to be in season 5. Jac as I already commented should be with her family, not on Social Media all day and the Manzo's are a bore now.
WOW! I just watched the reunion show from when Danielle was on. ....GASP Caroline grabbed Teresa's face ! .... what's with all the face grabbing in New Jersey?
I don't care how bad Teresa is to these women, they deserve it for attacking her for two years. I will only be watching to see Teresa finally after all they put her through fight back.
Love, Love, Love Teresa, can't wait for the reunion! Great tidbits...anxiously waiting for Juicys emotional interview, and Kathy's new face? No booze on the set? Amazing
What happened to "Love and Light " Danielle Staub Said it Best.. While licking her Wounds and Patching up her Bald Spots...I'm guessing "Mob Wives " is Channeling "Bravo" now....
I feel like a little kid sitting on a roller coaster at the top of the steepest drop. PUT YOUR HANDS UP EVERYBODY!!!!
Seriously, Teresa is almost a caricature of herself. You can't help those who will not help themselves and she has been utterly delusional for so long, I have lost all sympathy for her.
Hello....I can not wait for the reunion. I want to see if anyone can answer their questions from Andy without Teresa over talking them and saying 'bring it on, bring it on....' LOL......
I don't care if everything bad that is said about Teresa is true, I still love to watch her!
The reunion will be hard to watch. I am happy that all the other ladies now see Teresa for what she really is. RJWNJ will be better off without her. I is disturbing to have to watch her manipulations season after season. Round 1 coming on, LOL.
What I found interesting in this post was the statement that the arguing continued after the cameras quit rolling. The show might be scripted into a basic framework but clearly these women have issues that are REAL.
I'll just say...this is so, so sad - a family in ruins with 2 outsider put their 2 cents in. Such a shame. Wondering what Bravo is going to do with this franchise now...I, for one, will NOT watch a show with the Manzos or Jac (who has 2 different personalities) - check her twitter. Just won't do it. Only word I can come up with is sad! The other issue is WHY the heck is Lauren Manzo filmed? She is NOT a housewife and said horrible curse words about Teresa on screen without being reprimanded by her Mom and continues to bash Teresa on Twitter. Oh, well, I'll stick to Top Chef.
JMRN I'm in the exact opposite camp. If Teresa is there I won't watch. I dropped Atlanta because of NeNa & NY because of Ramona for the very same reasons. I just don't find watching women who are delusional or psychotic fun.
Rebecca535 JMRN I completely agree JMRN. It's so hard to watch T now. I can't stand her and I will not be watching her anymore.
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I'm done with it as well. Was surfing to find info on Top Chef and saw this. I want strong, healthy friendships in my life. These poor women. It's horrible what has become of them. Sad is a word I see used frequently to describe them. It fits. Sorry, Bravo...you let crazy loose and now you are losing a fan base.