It was around 7:45 PM, nine hours into the nearly 13-hour Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion shoot, that a peculiar sense of tension and unease settled into the room at the Borgata Hotel and Casino. Since the shoot began around 11 AM, screaming and all-out verbal war had been taking place. But now for some reason, there was a creepy buzz in the room ... one that you could feel in your gut and on your armhairs.
Yelling. There was so much of it. Tears flowed. Finger-pointing. Insults. Physical appearances, dress choices, literacy levels, parenting style, children's employment history and family members were mocked.
If you read any of the Tweets from the 'Wives or Andy Cohen this weekend (Sayeth Andy: "OMFG THIS REUNION IS EPIC!!!"), you got the sense that this particular taping was different. It's that way because all of the women had not been in the same room together since the major drama that will unfold in the season's final two episodes. Jacqueline Laurita opted out of last season's reunion -- which shot the day after the big incident -- and since then, none have had any contact with Teresa Giudice. That includes her brother Joe and his wife Melissa Gorga.
Without giving anything away, it's safe to say that this reunion is one for the ages. Jacqueline took to Twitter to tell her fans that she had to pop a Xanax in between takes because she was getting so riled up.
I Loved Teresa in the first season, but now it just seems like she wants to be the one with all the attention. She doesn't care if its for good or bad....C'mon Teresa Ii thought you were better than that :(
This will be my last season of RHNJ. I did enjoy the first couple of seasons, but it has gone the way of RHNYC. There is no one to root for. Every housewife on that show has plucked my last nerve. What used to be a "guilty little pleasure" has turned into an agonizing hour of trash talk. So the easy cure....change the channel - which I certainly intend to do.
They will all complain about the drama, but will hang on for dear life to stay on TV. When is Million Dollar Decorators coming back? I want to watch reality TV that doesn't bring out the worst in its cast members as well as the worst in its audience.
Teresa is the problem here, Carolyne didn't start this mess, and Jacquline is such a sucker and a coward that she is unreal. Teresa told Jacquline and Carolyne not to like her family last season when they met them at the Brown Stone. She said she didn't want to have anything to do with her brother nor his wife Melissa. Carolyne stood by Teresa until that cookbook comment.
"Ganging up on one person", "Bullying Teresa", "The Manzos must go", "I'm a die hard Teresa fan", "poor Teresa she's been through a lot this year", blah, blah, blah! Where was all this outrage when Teresa, Caroline and the gang were ganging up on Danielle? This is the same Teresa that waited for and chased Danielle as she walked past her at the Fashion Show S2, along with Jacqueline. This is the same Teresa that flipped a table in S1 because Danielle told her to pay attention? This is the same Teresa that joined in the "attack Danielle gang" because the Manzo's didn't like Danielle because of her past, right? BTW, Teresa took great pleasure in bullying Danielle during S2. She and Jacqueline went to report to Don Caroline after the incident. So come on give me a break! No one deserves to be bullied. But Teresa enjoyed every moment while bullying Danielle. And lied to her husband about it, too. Speaking of her family, she referred to Caroline and her family, as her family. And commented how Caroline is her friend and own her side in reference to Melissa and Kathy. So Teresa has done and said a lot on air to demonstrate her bullying ways! Does she DESERVE to be bullied in return? NO. Not a fan of Teresa nor Caroline nor Dina. I'm not Danielle and not a fan. But will enjoy watching the reunion show!
Iv'e been a die hard Teresa fan this season, and totally don't know what she did to all of them to make them hate her so much. Praying that the reunion show won't make me change my mind, and that their actions are justified. Teresa, hope you aren't going to let all of your fans down. Can't wait to see it all play out!
Hey Andy~Don't worry, somebody out here in Bravoland will be watching the Reunion Show. Seems like a lot of viewers see Teresa as a victim and I see Teresa as a Tiger. Teresa is tough and nothing and no one is going to stop her from going where is she wants to go. Nothing and no one. I find it interesting that Teresa has a polarizing effect on people...you either love her or hate her. Anyway, she will hold her own on the Reunion Show and it will fun watching...this is still entertainment to me.
Just one more thing...it is getting a little boring...I'm almost ready for Danielle to come back and Caroline to go...now that would be different!
True, it's disgusting and quite the trainwreck... I have to admit though, that I can't look away and will watch future episodes of the NJ Housewives with them still being my favorite of the franchise.
This has gotten beyond disgusting. Count me out and please stir the cast up or I won't be back next year.
I won't be watching. I heard the Manzos all get to talk and it's everyone against Teresa. Sounds disgusting.
I'm so sick of the double standards! Andy, I love you...but why do you show so much favor towards the Manzo's? If you were smart you would change tactics and start exposing Melissa and the rest of the gang. How about having Danielle make an appearance??
Jessie_Lynn87 I agree, Andy does give "passes" for the Manzo's. Danielle doesn't need to come back. She was fired for this crap. Bravo got rid of formers in New York series....doesn't make any sense. Those crazy ladies were nothing like what the hell is happening now. Bethany even got her own show and made it big big big. The house needs some cleaning. It's the best you have going, not because of Caroline/her kids, Kathy/Richie....stop it now. They have gotten their claim to fame, their big break....not reorganize and make it about the Guidice's and Gorgos. Bring in Melissa's sisters, and Joe G.'s sister, include more of the parents, etc. This is not working!!! Viewer's are moving away, slowly but surely...fix it now. It's been such a success until now. Don't blow a good thing. Clean it up!!
Unless the gang up mentality ends I am done too. I would like to support Teresa not so much because I am a fan but I hate bullying and that is what it has become. She deserves the support.
I only watched the first episode of RHONJ this year. I have only watched a few minutes here and there of RHONY.
All the Housewife shows started out as a fun, guilty pleasure, to watch.
That is no longer true. Every show consists of yelling, name calling, stabbing
each other in the back, and self-made drama to get more screen time.
Quite frankly they are hard to watch. So I won't.
Teri1960 Summing it up perfectly. I'm afraid something tragic is going to happen.....it's too much anger/hostility! Not at all like it used to be....I was glued back then. I flip channels when it gets to rough, and it does more than not!
We've renamed the show in my house AWSAEO [Angry Women Screaming At Each Other.
Watching the show has become like slowing down for a traffic accident this season. I agree it's not wnjoyable, but I don't agree its Teresa bashing. That delusional diva gets as good as she gives.
I'll watch the reunion shows, but I won't be back next season if Teresa is.
ANDY! I know you like DRAMA BUT THIS HAS TO STOP!!!!!!!!!! HOW CAN U LET THIS HATE FOR 1 PERSON HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! HAVE YOU NOT HEARD US!
jw1919 I know he hasn't heard me, I have been stating the exact thing on many of my blogs. Do they even really read these? Andy likes to have fun and having lots of laughs. This is so out of character for him, and I guess, what he thinks of us, as well. He can't think the majority of us like this show anymore!
Am very tired of all the ladys attacking Teresa. Shes apologize since the begining but to the manzos nothings ever enough. Season 2 everyone forgave danielle. Lots of unfairness. Am very disapointed. i will not watch the reunion just reading about it. Breaks my heart no one knows how to forgive and forget. Am still a big fan of Teresa, i always will , Kathy as well.
Salvajemarav900 Everyone forgave Danielle??! What show were you watching? Danielle gave Jacqueline that long creepy hug and Caroline continued to call Danielle out for not taking responsibility.
Teresa is no victim of attacks. Teresa will not take responsibility for her actions; her only response when she gets cornered with the truth is to say it was a joke.
And Joe Guidice is responsible for saying horrible things about Teresa's brother creating even more of a family rift.
its not fun watching NJ and this will be my last season watching I will give the reunion a chance but honestly if its a bunch of name calling I'm out
Bravo last year you promoted "a NO HATE campaign" but yet here in NJ cast you allow such evil and hate..
So which ones are being kicked off the show because if a overhaul was done with RHONY, then it HAS to be done with NJ. Enough is enough, Andy.
Thanks for the warning. I never cared for Teresa but she was the only person called out about anything at the last reunion and watching a public lynching isnt my idea of fun.
I hope Bravo actually posts this but I agree with other viewers that I no longer watch the show. I am sorry...but to see family members ganging up and attacking one person is disgusting. I am not saying Teresa is an angel but neither are melissa and Kathy or Caroline and Jacko for that matter. I love the Real Housewives series but will no longer watch NJ if the Manzos, Lauritas, Wakiles and Gorgas are on. They are disgusting to watch.
@loopylindsey76 I totally agree. For Bravo and Andy to let this get so out of hand is ridiculous. These are people's real lives. They should have shut down filming after the Napa trip then Teresa, Melissa and Kathy would be in a good place....now everything has been destroyed and to put them back into a room together a year later is ridiculous. I feel so bad for Teresa. Funny it says even Lauren Manzo gets into it.....are you kidding me???That girl has been spewing hate for Teresa all year! She can't keep her mouth shut...like her cabby mother.
loopylindsey76 Does Bravo read any of this? I see that they allow posts, but do they actually read them??? FYI BRAVO...sure hope they do. And I hope the campaign for the cleanup happens.
Karen9822, well said! I’ve tried posting my comments about the attacks and watching Teresa get stabbed in the back for 2 seasons, but the show continues on the same path. Andy, just stop it! No, I’m NOT a Teresa fan, I “was” a fan of the show, and I happened to like all of the women. Watching this season was heart-breaking. I read the blogs, and the comments from the viewers. It’s clear that we all want this family saga to end, Andy. After reading this blog, I won’t be watching the reunion either. I’m done…done…done.
I think it is REALLY time to change the cast of this show. We, the viewers, watch these shows to have fun and forget our problems NOT to get all stressed out by other people's sick problems...because let me tell you watching these women has become sickening. Please Bravo make it fun again just like you did with NYC!
alna_mm Some problems are good to watch, they do show that we are not alone....but this stuff is so stressful, it's over the top. It's filled with so much ugliness, meanness, and only reflects that the unity of family is not the foundation..it's gone. It makes me feel so much worse, if and when I watch. Sometimes I watch the clips on site and that can be enough for me!
really, so this is normal behavior? having all the men and all the cousins and extended families and all the women gang up against one person....sounds like a gang fight in chicago....when 41 people gang up on one....this is the lowest that Bravo has ever gone...it should have been just the women who attended the blood bath....someone could have gotten hurt very badly that night and jackie was crazy to go and try to cause physcial harm to teresa because it would have just taken one smack from teresa and jackie would have been down for the count....jackie needs to focus on her son and not go all out crazy..I for one will not be watching the next season unless bravo gets rid of 2 women and replaces them with 2 women to balance out this drama...
Well this blog has made up my mind for me. I will not watch the last episode or the reunion of RHONJ. I just can't take it anymore. This show has become way too dark for me. I will read the blogs but I can not tune in. I know you will not post this but this is JMO and you need to know how viewers feel. To me this show needs and entire makeover. It is sickening to see an entire cast attack one person for two years.
I can't believe these women act like they haven't done anything & are so holier than thow! They have bashed, back stabbed, talked behind Teresa's back for 2 seasons! They blame everything on her, but we have not seen anything terrible she has done or said to them! Tabloids made her look bad & took what they said on the show! Cookbook, it was not meant to be hurtful & I laughed when I read it, before they made it an issue on the show! Her brother has treated her like crap & has been an embarrassment to his parents & himself! Jac is bat crazy! Caroline is angry that the show isn't all about her & her kids, & her family! It is so obvious! What they have done to Teresa is so much worse than anything she has done! In these last 2 episodes & in the seasons to come I give Teresa a pass for anything she really does do to them! She has taken it long enough! Everyone excuses Melissa w/the Danielle thing, but they get upset at anything Teresa does or says! They pick it apart & twist it. Whatever they were trying to has back fired b/c we are all sick of it & see through it. I liked all of them until Teresa's family came on the show. Teresa is busy working for her family & doesn't have time to coddle Jac! She is a mom to 4, & a working mom at that! It is exhausting, I know first hand!
All we have seen is them being ugly, not Teresa! I will not watch another season (RHONJ used to be my fav show) if it is a gang up next season. It is not fun to watch! All the other girls (esp. Jac) are terrible on twitter as well! Teresa never stoops to their immature level! Their blogs have been terrible, but if T says anything in her blogs about them they make a big deal about it! Keep holding your own Teresa & don't let anyone get you down!
EjadeS Anyone notice that it was Teresa and Joe that tried to make the best out of the trip...made their minds up from the beginning that they were going to go, have fun, enjoy family, etc. It was Chris L/Jacko, Caroline, Manzos, Kathy/Richie, even Melissa/Joe Gorgo that were looking for trouble before it even started. Credit where credit is due...Teresa and Joe smiled, laughed and tried their best to engage in a positive trip..they were out numbered!!!
It looks like it is time to have a large change in cast members. This show has become a family reunion gone BAD and not fun to watch anymore. We get it already everyone hates Teresa and she loves being hated.
I mostly agree with you, but honestly, do you really believe Tre loves being hated? Come on, she is under the gun in every aspect of her life and she is fighting to survive for her family. It's in really poor form for Caroline to form a lynch mob when Tre is going through the toughest time of her life. Tre is a pillar of strength; I thought I had a crappy family, the Gorga's and Wakiles bring backstabbing and betrayal to another level.
TEAM TERESA ALL THE WAY!!
writeaboutit linnrose she has to smile, even under the question of her husband's call at Napa! They can tear her up, beat her up, try to make her break.....I don't care what is going on behind closed doors, how much her heart is broken or how betrayed she feels, the woman will not let them win. She has been crucified literally on that show, and like her or not, she does have strength and character....Caroline proclaims to be the no bullshit person, says it like it is...yaddy yaddy yadda. She doesn't have a clue what it really takes, and won't ever be able to get it...Caroline really is so shallow, that reality outside of her simple little perfect world.....would crumble her. Talk the Talk, but to Walk the Walk...that's heroic. Teresa stands out for alot of reasons, some not so ladylike, def some annoying...but damn, she is a good person, a good mother, a good wife, a good daughter, a hard worker, if she puts a little glitz to it, who cares, if she's proud of herself and wants the world to know...I say, You Go Girl. I would rather be your friend, your sister, then anyone else on that out of control show. You don't need that anymore Teresa, you are your own star, shining. The show is only a couple of months, you are the entire universe. Let the others try without you....no one will watch.
I know Italian women, men, children and family. You my dear, are one of the fading few. You love hard, you play hard, you work hard. You are loyal to your family, no matter the differences or how it may look. This to shall pass. Make your world smaller, surround yourself with what is true for you....your daughters, mom and dad, husband, and God. Let's not forget him!! He will never bully you or let you go. The way Caroline, Kathy etc. are behaving to one of his children, he must be shedding a tear. I am, we are, it's enough. If Bravo/Andy can't or won't do it, please Teresa, leave the show!!! It's not worth it.
Bethany Frankel had nothing compared to you, (I am a fan)! It was just a different product. The success that has come her way, will come your way even larger. You have much more to share. If Bravo doesn't see it, and can't do it....I bet offers will come from the wood work. It's your responsibility to stop this, for your girls, and for your fans! It's enough Teresa!! You are better than this...believe this, we do!
Bravo, I love all your shows and am a loyal fan but this type of conflict is not fun to watch. The petty, light-hearted drama? Yes please! Family members viciously attacking each other? No thank you. RHONJ has turned into a single, cruel plot line, with characters that are miserable to watch. If the next season is the same cast with the same issues ( again!), I'm going to have to find a new channel to watch.