Kathy Wakile

Kathy dishes on her driving lesson with Joey and her own experience learning how to drive.

on Jun 10, 20130

Growing up Italian
 
Being old fashioned and from New Jersey, I have to say, we are really a unique breed!
 
I’ve had the pleasure lately to travel to some beautiful cities across the country, and I’m learning how different we really are. It’s one thing to be Italian, but combine that with old fashioned and living in New Jersey and it becomes a whole different story.
 
Like many old fashioned households, we were brought up having huge family gatherings. Traditionally the moms did everything and the girls of the house pretty much followed the same tradition. Well, at least in most of the families that I knew.
 
Here’s an example. When I was getting my driver’s license, my mother was also. Can you believe my mother raised five children without a driver’s license? Luckily my brothers were quite a few years older than Rosie and I, so we had them to take us where we needed to go. Since my father left the house so early in the morning, by the time he got home it was late and he was way too tired to do anything… but I do remember the time he took me out for driving lessons. We went one full block from my house and he told me to stop the car and put it in “park”-- he made me get out of the car and go in the passenger seat… and told me we were going home. I guess that driving lesson was OVER! Ha!

139 comments
jada12
jada12

Rich has gotten lots of criticism for his rude behavior. It is sad for Kathy how embarassing to read all the negative comments. She knows more than anyone what he is like, warts and all. She married him and did not have a crystal ball to see into the future ( enter RHONJ) My best guess ....behind closed doors she calls him on his behavior often. If he were on stage doing standup improve it would work....not on a reality TV show.

cici.lizaola
cici.lizaola

Hi Kathy, you are one of my favorites on the show.....I love cooking, specially Italian food....Do you have a Cook Book out, cuz I really do not care for Teresa's Book ..

threesistersx3
threesistersx3

Wow, you only married the guy you didn't raise him.

Does anyone really think that you can change what he is? 

No pun intended, but I say fat chance and good luck.

ppickard893
ppickard893

What is your husbands education level.  I am not trying to be mean but I would not take him on any more business meetings either!!!  

Katbud
Katbud

Kathy, instead of being old fashion, get with the times and put your husband in his place. No more behaving like an obnoxious middle school boy!

chickensocks
chickensocks

Kathy, you showed your true character at the reunion last season. If I were Teresa, I would try to forgive you, but I would never have anything to do with you again. You are always going on about respect. Where was your respect for your Aunt and Uncle. The pure hatred on your face when saying those terrible things was shocking. Teresa was right. You came on all soft voice, trying to portray yourself as this perfect "Donna Reed" type mother. What a crock!  You should be thankful that your relationship to Teresa got you this gig to begin with. You should be embarrassed for and of that husband of yours. . 

chocolatepebbles
chocolatepebbles

Kathy, you husband redefines repulsive. The cruelty of making derogatory comments about his daughter's college friends, when he knew his comments had a good chance of being televised. The pure arrogance of thinking he has a right to demean the appearance of young women, when he is very unattractive physically (not to mention his lack of social understanding). How can you shrug your shoulders at it - until it affects you of course. If I was the mother of one of those girls, your husband would be hearing from me, and he'd think three times before he opened his mouth again.

Suzanne44
Suzanne44

Love Kathy but Rich, not so much. He's teaching his son to be the kind of guy Rich would want to body slam for being inappropriate with his daughter.

Allieoh
Allieoh

Your husband is repulsive. I would watch just you, but when he's on I fast forward now..

NCGIRL222
NCGIRL222

Kathy I love that you showed the reality of teaching a teen how to drive. One thing you have that we don't have is Rosie. Next lesson you and hubby stay home and let her instruct. LOL. I see some people didn't like some of the things your Husband said. He is no different then the rest of the cast, he spoke his mind. He is one of the men that I can stomach on the show. Old macho men with drama issues men are not appealing to me.

piperbeau
piperbeau

Kathy your husband is extremely disrespectful... I hope Victoria doesn't grow up thinking that its okay for men to constantly trash talk woman!! If you and Richie really wanted to set an example for your children he would apologize for all the ugly comments he makes to and about Teresa!! Period...  You have no story line! He lives vicariously through your son! and you ride Teresa's coattails!! Lmao! Get your own life.. And if your husbands crude comments irritate you, how the hell do you think Teresa has felt all these years?! 

purrsnickity
purrsnickity

Kathy, I think you've been such a great addition to the show.  Obviously, I don't really know any of you, but you seem like such a nice, normal person, and I feel you give some real grounded energy to the show.  That may come off as boring to some people, but this is a "reality" show, and in reality, some people just aren't overly dramatic, and that's ok.  :-)  I've totally hooked my incredibly resistant boyfriend on to the show mainly because of your husband (he thinks he's HILARIOUS!), so thank you for making my Sundays so much better!  We BBQ, pour some wine, and put RHONJ into our Sunday rotation because you are a part of it.  Keep being you! 

MamaMila
MamaMila

When Teresa was offended by your husband's jokes, you didn't understand it.  Now that they are at your expense and embarrassing you, it's getting under your skin.  I swear, you RHONJ really are hypocrites......and you hate that Teresa became a star.   

Mallie.N
Mallie.N

Love seeing you on the show, you are so funny and real!!!!

shannah74
shannah74

Kathy, you are a lovely lady and have brought up two great children. but please explain to Rich that when he is trying to be funny he diminishes himself and his family. I know he is a good husband and loves you and the children more than life - that is obvious for all to see. If he could just learn to stop the unfunny jokes and behave in a dignified manner it would bring honor and respect to your family instead of the embarrassment and shame he brings now. It is a very hard lesson he needs to learn but his love for you could see him through the transformation. I wish you all the very best.

Cee_See
Cee_See

Kathy,

First I want to tell you that you have great hair. Your hair looks great when styled like "Farrah Fawcett" style. It also looks good pulled back into a ponytail! Also, you do seem good with your kids. You come across as understanding, loving and concerned about their well being.

 

With that being said I really want to like you but your attitude about saying "one simple sentence" is unforgiveable. That one sentence was said for millions to hear. I think you came across so gruff during the S4 reunion to ensure you'll be around of S5. It worked, congratulations on humiliating your cousin, your Aunt and your Uncle so you can make some extra cash. Times are tough, I know, but it would seem like you and your cousin-in-law put your morals and values aside in order for a "piece of the pie". It's a shame for a woman your age to choose greed over family. Your behavior makes it easier for people to side with Teresa. I still don't get why you think your popularity after insulting an ailing man and his wife would make people want to order your over priced canoli's? It blows my mind?

 

Oh, and your husband insults people and thinks he can get by with the insults by saying, "it's a joke?". People like him are cowards they are to chicken'poop' to come out and say what they want to say! I do think your husband plays and idiot for the camera's.He's not funny but too each their own.

maria89
maria89

No one should ever ever ever call a girl fat...for your husband to make fun of those college girls is beyond disgusting....it doesn't matter if he was "joking"' those girls will remember that for the rest of their lives.

grandislandmom
grandislandmom

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens.  Your husband acting like a 3 year old in the backseat while you are teaching your son to drive is an embarrassment. He should be ASHAMED of himself.

I certainly hope your child does not become a statistic.  Teaching a teen to drive should be taken very seriously.

 

Wyogirl
Wyogirl

Hi Kathy

 

You look great this season.

 

I love your kids and us Mom's know, great kids come from great parents...

 

Not sure why everyone is up set with Rich. He's FUNNY and yeah, he can go over the line, but he sure the hell is not using the C word.. he's good man, he works hard and he loves hard and he plays hard..

 

And, the big thing, you two have done an awesome job with those two kids.. they are so well balanced and the big thing, they are both Happy.. those smiles are awesome.

  

Your family rocks and you do not need to explain Rich crossing the line. Hey, your kids are happy and healthy and your marriage is solid.. Awesome Sister and Mom...

 

 

Scorpion1
Scorpion1

Stop making excuses for your husband. When Joe Giudice says anything wrong you are all over that. Well do the same to your husband. He is not cute and neither is the crap that comes out of his mouth.

jerseyviewer12
jerseyviewer12

Another week another horrible comment from your husband.  I am not saying that the comments that Joe Guidice says are always appropriate.  They are definitely not.  But honestly Rich's aren't either.  For that matter Joe Gorga is pretty foul also.

But for your husband to make comments about your woman like that.  All we read about is body issues and women lately and as an adult he should have known better.  Those girls probably thought they would be on camera for a bit and told family and friends.  If that was my daughter I'd slap his face.

Enough with Rich being Rich.

snowyfield
snowyfield

Hi Kathy,

I love your family and I learn a lot about myself watching all of you together.  Rich is fine...it's nice to see that you love him even with his faults (we all have our own faults).  Our son is heading off to college this fall and it is a learning experience for everyone.  A priest at the school our son will be attending, gave the advice, "That as our child changes and becomes an adult, we as parents need to change, too".   

squirrelmistress
squirrelmistress

hi Kathy love you and your family. wow! so many haters on here. i elt for you when you were bringing your daughter to college. you had such a witful look on your face, like you were wishing you could go too ignore all te haters on here about rich. i have 2 brothers that are just like him and you love him, that's all that matters. how do you stay so slim with all thoseyummy treats you are always baking? love your is rosietoo. she tells it like it is. my kind of person. stay sweet <3

FanViewerNJ
FanViewerNJ

You came on here to get fame and money at your cousin's expense. You enjoyed Teresa's year of hell, every moment of it.  That storyline has run its course. You wanted fame and to see Teresa knocked down--- SIMPLY because she had it without you. Hopefully you will be phased out. As Nene says: You never win when you play dirty! You fell right into Melissa's plan, and she used you. Please go away, and take Richie with you. Your five minutes is up.

shysharon
shysharon

Tell your husband, if he doesn't knock it off, you'll film without him! It looks like he's showing off for the camera.

Also, if your daughter turned out so well, as it appears I don't understand why you think she's better off at home, like she can't handle parties? Are you justifying? It' ok if she doesn't live on campus, you don't have to justify, but to imply she couldn't handle it, is an insult to her!

Linnie-0711
Linnie-0711

 @ppickard893

 I used to love your family, however I do not understand how you can put up with Rich. He is a real ass.

rosyposy
rosyposy

Kathy is a star for the same reason Teresa is......Bravo cast them as NJ housewives.  The fans are liking Kathy much more than Teresa.  One is sweet and honest.....the other is a twisted, jealous liar.  I love me some Kathy.  It doesn't matter who Bravo cast first, it really doesn't.  Wives on all the housewife series are becoming famous and selling books and all sorts of things.  Can we all say Bethany Frankel?

CityGirl95
CityGirl95

 @Robson

 Seriously!!! I would love to hear a thank you and you know what? I might just try her canollis! But for now I own all Teresa's books!

Frotaine
Frotaine

 @Cee_See I think you had incredible self-control to not go off on Teresa much sooner.  I lost count of how many times Teresa was rude and insulting to Kathy before Kathy bit back.  Unlike Teresa, Kathy has apologized.  Times are tough, that is why Teresa does not want to share the pie with anyone.  Evidently money trumps family. 

Mallie.N
Mallie.N

 @maria89 Uhm, Joe Giudice called Kathy fat. That was okay though according to Teresa because "it was joe´s oppinion and he was allowed to express his oppinion".

Mallie.N
Mallie.N

 @Robson She didn´t act any worse than Teresa has since S1 so what is the big del all of a sudden?

Teresa said that Kathy and Richie almost had gotten divorced and when Kathy denied it Teresa threw her own mother under the bus by referring it back to her. On national TV she said her own mother was out there talking s*it about her own niece. Not nice. I loved Kathy´s response and if it´s true Teresa´s dad wouldn´t even talk to her she was right, he´s a coward.

Scorpion1
Scorpion1

 @Robson

 I think what Teresa said about Kathy not accepting her sister being gay hit a little to close to home. I'm sure she accepts her now but it think Teresa was telling the truth. Brought out the mean in innocent Miss Kathy.

Tainayosoyboricua
Tainayosoyboricua

 @jerseyviewer12 Rich makes jokes, he knows what is going on, he has a daughter and know the sh-- that goes on, he is a jokester, that is what he does, makes joke.

Tainayosoyboricua
Tainayosoyboricua

 @squirrelmistress I totally agree, Kathy is cool and her husband, Rich, he is awesome, silly and I love it when he jokes, Kathy knows that Rich has a very good heart, he likes to make jokes, and his family knows that and love him for it, Kathy and her family are great.

karenmom
karenmom

 @Tainayosoyboricua I don't care where you are from, no woman should condone Rich's comments about women. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like these Jersey guys think it's ok to objectify women and comments like Rich makes are "jokes". 

re68319
re68319

 @Tainayosoyboricua  @squirrelmistress Yes,..that is why she said on her one on one....it annoys her...you are not watching the same show...or maybe you took a popcorn break when she said it.

 

ElaineDiS
ElaineDiS

 @Tainayosoyboricua As someone mentioned above, those poor girls probably told all their family and friends they were going to be on TV, and had everyone watching while that man called them fat - beyond humiliating. He's a pig. I'd be surprised if Victoria still has any friends at school....