Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Questioning Amber's Intentions

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Questioning Amber's Intentions

Melissa Gorga dishes on the awkward conversation with Amber.

Hi babydolls! ‎

We're back! And with some new blood! I know there seem to be a lot of changes going on, and if you're like me, you're probably a little leery about it. But don't be! I promise you're going to love this new season! It's fresh, it's new, and everyone was ready to go with bells on. Trust me! Sometimes too many bells!  

‎There will be no shortage of drama this season, but you are also going to see a lot of personal things going on in each of our lives and see how much all of our babies have grown! 

Antonia is growing up to be such a sweet and beautiful little girl. Gino still makes up laugh every single day, and my baby Joey is getting so big! I want him to stay my baby forever. My kids are my world, and Joe and I are so incredibly blessed.

OK, onto our first episode...

Dina is back, and I'm glad she is. We've always gotten along really well, and it was nice to have a level-headed person there during some of the drama. Teresa is remaining strong through this traumatic time. It breaks my heart to watch this episode and to see Gia cry. She is a brave little girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. Joe and I love her so much and tell her every time we see her. Our family went through ups and downs like every family does, but at the end of the day, blood is thicker than water. We love each other and always will. It was so incredibly sad and heartfelt to watch Franco Giudice tell his family that he loves them and will always be there for them. Joe grew up with him and loved him so much. He was such a fun and generous man. My heart breaks for the Giudice family, but I know they now have an angel watching over them.

And we finally get to meet the new girls! The twins, Nicole and Teresa, are so much fun and bring such great energy to the show! They come from a traditional Italian family and will fit in well! 

And you got to meet my old friend Amber! Amber is a girlfriend I haven't seen in almost a decade. I met her in my 20s while we were both in college. Still confused why she said I didn't go the college way and I'm pretty sure she married "well" too. Anyway. We used to go out together on Saturday nights with a big group of girls for a couple of years right before I met Joe. For me, once I got married, moved to Northern New Jersey, and starting having kids, priorities changed. Not as many girl nights out, and with me living far away, I think it's fair to say that we just grew apart. Neither of us ever reached out to each other in the past few years, and we hadn't even met each other's children. 

When I learned Amber was joining the show, I sent her a text message congratulating her and welcomed her. I was excited to see her after so long and to meet her husband and her beautiful family! I have to say I was a little taken back at her party when she was coming at me for not acknowledging she had cancer, because I had no idea. I was even more taken aback that she thought I should have known! How would I have known? She never reached out to tell me. We had no mutual friends that told me. I had no way of knowing and I'm not psychic. And the Facebook message confused me that much more. She said I left her some kind of Facebook message sending my condolences, but when I asked her to show me the message, it miraculously disappeared. So by the end of her party I was trying to figure out why she really wanted to come back into my life. I definitely was questioning how genuine her intentions were. However, one thing I do know is that I felt horrible that she went through having cancer and wish I could've been there for her during that very difficult time. I've dealt with close family members losing their battle to cancer this year, and it is such a vicious disease. Either way Amber is a survivor. I'm so happy for her and thank God she's cancer free! I am hoping we can get back to some of those fun times.‎ 

Keep watching. This season will show how friendships can build and just how easily friendships can fall apart. 

I missed the loyal and amazing #RHONJ fans and am so glad to be back! 

July is a very busy month and I'm excited to debut my very own jewelry line the "Melissa Gorga Collection" coming out on HSN! I'll be live on HSN July 28th! Go to for more details!‎  

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @melissagorga
Instagram @melissagorga

Lots of love,


Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.