Melissa Gorga was never approved to visit her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice in prison during the 11-and-a-half months she served in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. This is something we saw her struggle with during The Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Checks In special and Melissa's appearance on Watch What Happens Live last summer, as it seemed like many other members of their family, such as Melissa's husband Joe Gorga, were able to do so.
Teresa explained why Melissa wasn't approved to visit her in prison during part one of her one-on-one interview with Andy Cohen on WWHL Tuesday night. "By the time she sent it in, it was like three months later, and my list was full at the time. I took my brother-in-law Pete off the list to add my brother," she said.
Teresa also had personal reasons for not adding Melissa, with whom she has had a rocky relationship over the years, to her visitors list. "When I left, obviously, things weren't the greatest between Melissa and I," Teresa told Andy. "Me and my brother were laughing about it, it was a scene that we already filmed [for the upcoming seventh season of RHONJ], and I said to him, 'I really didn't want to spend five hours sitting with Melissa and chatting with her in the visiting room,' and we laughed about it."
However, Teresa said she was happy that Melissa and Joe helped take care of her four daughters while she was away at prison, as we saw on Teresa Checks In. "Oh, of course. Listen, to me, family means the world to me," she said. "I love my brother. I love Melissa. I love my nieces and nephews. I want them in my life."
We'll see more of the status of Teresa and Melissa's relationship when Season 7 of RHONJ premieres later this year. You can check out a sneak peek of Teresa's homecoming from the upcoming season, below.