Still, Teresa Giudice says RHONJ are "more over-the-top and crazy"

on May 14, 2012 - The Dish

Real Housewives Talk 'Desperate Housewives'

Before there were Real Housewives of various locales, there were the Desperate Housewives of Wisteria Lane. The steamy ABC drama, whose initial ratings were as hot as the cast soared to hit status after it premiered in 2004, has had its run for nearly a decade and is now coming to an end -- and some of Bravo's Housewives are looking back at how impactful ABC's Housewives have been.

Hollywood.com chatted with Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Gretchen Rossi and Teresa Giudice about the end of DH, and they all agreed that it was a landmark show and very possibly opened the doors for shows like Real Housewives.

"It inspired the Real Housewives franchise — and honestly, I feel I owe a lot to Marc Cherry for creating a show that inspired a real life version of housewives," Real Housewives of Orange County star Rossi told Hollywood.com.  Morgan, her Real Housewives of New York, agreed, saying: "They’re the hottest housewives anyone had ever seen ... That dynasty — we all aspire to dressing like them and having beautiful homes like them. And who the hell gets away with screwing around with the pool boy like that?"

Morgan went on to say that Teri Hatcher's character in the show is the one she most relates with because of how her life shook out. "That’s my life. Perfect marriage, family, and then the bottom falls out, and my life is relegated to plumbers."

Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame says that sometimes, reality can be even wilder than scripted fiction like Desperate -- and makes some allusions to her own current familial woes with her brother Joe Gorga and his wife, Melissa Gorga.

"Could you imagine Susan's brother and sister in-law moving to Wisteria Lane without Susan's knowledge? ... I couldn't imagine watching each episode of Desperate Housewives where all they did was get together without Susan and spend the entire time talking badly about her. I also don't think Lynette Scavo would ever sink to the level of telling Susan's family to cut her out of [their lives] for their own health. You have to laugh though because truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. My co-stars are such drama queens and take themselves so seriously that it is absolutely ridiculous not to mention hilarious."

Not sure what she's hinting at? Watch a snippet of last night's showdown between T and J below: