Plus, Giudice explains why she reacted so strongly when Joe called her "scum."

on Jul 29, 2013 - The Dish0

We've certainly seen the stars of the Real Housewives of New Jersey fight with their fists, however some of the show's most shocking confrontations have been fought with words. On last night's Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen had Teresa Giudice dissect some of the hurtful verbal exchanges that have led to some of the most explosive moments in the show's history.

So why exactly did Teresa call Melissa Gorga a "bitch"?

"I was kidding," Giudice explains. "We kid around. My husband and my brother, they always bust each other's chops. Me and Melissa, we don't do it that much, but I mean, a little bit. That's how we are. And hello, you see Richie! He does it all the time."

So why did it sting Teresa so badly when her brother, Joe Gorga, called her "scum" at the retreat? Especially since she was able to forgive her husband for calling her "the c-word" on a controversial episode last seasons? She addressed that question on the After Show, pointing out that Juicy Joe never called her a name to her face (he was speaking on the phone).

"We didn't grow up that way," Teresa says of her brother. "He never spoke to me that way. And my thing is, if a friend says it to you, who cares? Because you forget about it and you can write them off. When your family says something hurtful like that, you forgive but you never forget."

Watch Teresa Giudice explain why she called Melissa a bitch and tell us in the comments: is that the worst thing Teresa has ever said about her sister-in-law?

Watch Teresa Giudice talk about the memorable "scum" moment and tell us in the comments: why do you think "scum" set her off so badly?

4 comments
Hogan
Hogan

Teresa,

Now you have a chance to show some intelligence in your behavior. I have blasted you about that. I am seeing that you were just injured and set out to injure in return. Not the way to go. Keep up being true to the therapy you have progressed in and let everyone else show their own colors; keep yours clear and NICE. I like what brother Joe said about put down your dukes. I loved that. I also liked what husband Joe said last night - he is a lot smarter than I have thought he was and a lot more tenderhearted than he has ever shown. You two are on the way to gaining lots of support from the community - please keep it up!

LadySmith314
LadySmith314

Omg some people just need to let go. I'm usually hard on Teresa's case but I honestly felt she was joking around when she called Melissa the B word.

Lin8888
Lin8888

The way you handled the situation with Melissa was perfect.  It was extremely generous and mature of you.  Bravo, Teresa!  Obviously you were kidding when you called her a bitch and if you had not handled it that way, it might have seemed schmaltzy or insincere.  I couldn't believe that someone phone in on WWH last night to criticize you for that. It was ridiculous.  Nit-picky to the max.  Just goes to show you that some people won't let their prejudices die no matter what you do.  Those are the haters who you should never try to please.

Koopla
Koopla

I have not seen actual footage of Teresa calling Melissa names except this time when she called her bitch but it was more being silly because they made up and Melissa knew it. Sort of like when Caroline said to Teresa "Catch me Bitch!" when they were playing the trust game. Why do you guys hold Teresa to so many double standards?