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Rachel Fuda Shockingly Reveals the Last Time She Talked to Jennifer Fessler

The RHONJ cast member said her fallout with Jennifer was "surprising" and "disappointing."

By Joshua Espinoza
Jennifer Fessler and Rachel Fuda on the Dissolution of Their Friendship

Rachel Fuda says she and Jennifer Fessler are no longer on speaking terms — and haven’t been for quite some time. 

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom shared the unfortunate update in a newly published video for Rachel filmed the interview on May 15, about seven months after Season 14 wrapped production. The mother of three said she was shocked by the fallout, which seemingly stemmed from Jennifer’s relationship with Teresa Giudice.

“If you had given me a bingo card, none of this was on it for Season 14,” Rachel said. “My relationship with Jenn Fessler was surprising, disappointing, and something that I really wasn’t expecting… We haven’t spoken [in] almost five months.”

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Jennifer Fessler and Rachel Fuda on the Dissolution of Their Friendship

Rachel and Jennifer were introduced in RHONJ Season 13 and immediately hit it off; however, their friendship took a different turn as Rachel’s feud with Teresa became increasingly heated. Jennifer attempted to remain neutral amidst all the drama but ultimately found herself in the crossfire. This was demonstrated in Season 14, Episode 9 when Jennifer tried defending Rachel’s husbandJohn Fuda, in a conversation with Teresa and Gia Giudice.

Once Rachel learned about the discussion, she accused Jennifer of “being obsessed” with her and immediately stormed off.

Jennifer Fessler reflects on her fallout with Rachel Fuda

A split of Rachel Fuda and Jen Fessler.

Jennifer touched on the drama with, insisting she only had good intentions.

“You always want to have your friends' backs and you always want to be loyal,” she said during the June 3 sitdown. “It’s not been quite as easy this season to maintain friendships.”

Jennifer said she and Rachel became quick friends in Season 13, as she was immediately drawn to her and her family.

“It was amazing. It was really, really nice. And things have changed a little bit,” she explained. “I try to defend my friends to the best of my ability whilst still hearing another side — while being open to other people’s point of views and their truths. I don’t know that it landed quite like I wanted it to, but that was always my intention.”

Is there a chance for a Jennifer Fessler-Rachel Fuda reconciliation? 

Jennifer said she had no ill feelings toward Rachel. “Listen, I only wish Rachel and her entire family good stuff,” she continued. “She hasn’t been so nice, so generous, necessarily, about me in the press and that’s OK. I can take it. It hasn’t been smooth but I will always have love for her in my heart.”

But Jennifer hasn’t ruled out a reconciliation, as Rachel recently left a sweet message on one of her Instagrams.

“I just sort of melted,” Jennifer said about the comment. “She wrote something really nice [and] everything else just kind of went away. I was like, ‘Rachey.’ I’m not giving up. I’m hoping that we can come back together in some capacity, but [I have] nothing bad to say about the Fudas.”

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