RHONJ Former Producer Says Outsiders Were Involved in Setting Up Strippergate
The producers invited Angelo, to the Posche Fashion Show because they needed a big drama to lead into the reunion, a hook. The people who connected Angelo with the producers of the show were not part of the cast. The cast are angry with each other because of what they were being fed by the producers, who were only trying to up the drama.
Angelo actually went and approached the table before his interaction with Melissa and was stopped by security at the table and turned away. Melissa saw him at this point. She didn’t want to let on she knew in front of the cameras, but she texted her husband under the table to come to the fashion show and let him know what was going on, and she texted one of the producers who let her in on what was going to happen and who was coming over to say hello.
A producer texted all the wives, except Teresa, and told them why Angelo was there and that Angelo had told Teresa at an earlier time that Melissa was a stripper and he was there to embarrass her. To avoid getting their conversation on camera, the woman all texted each other under the table. The other cast were angry with Teresa for not letting Melissa know what was going to happen, but she was told not to by producers because they wanted a ‘reaction shot’ from Melissa — so either way, Teresa lost out.
Teresa was told by the producer to discuss with Melissa who Angelo said he is, but she refused to do it until pushed by Melissa. Melissa then made a call in the bathroom to her husband to tell him about the situation, and he told her he was on his way. That phone call was faked: he was already aware of the situation from her texts earlier and was actually just next door. Melissa knew who Angelo was, and he is who he says he is.
In the final edit of the finale of RHONJ, Teresa and Kim D will get the blame for Angelo being at the fashion show. Angelo has several conversations with female guests and a conversation with producers that gets edited into one conversation that implicates Teresa and Kim D in setting up Melissa. The truth is, Angelo was just trying to impress these other guests (by saying) that he was part of the show and had filmed with Teresa earlier in the day. They (the producers) got lucky: he outright lies to impress a woman and says to her that he is a vital part of the finale and was asked to be there by the producers; and that audio track is what is heavily edited and used to incriminate Teresa.
Everyone who had ever worked with Melissa happened to be there and so did past friends, old roommates, the list went on and on. Everyone knew she was a dancer and it was no big deal — all of this was edited out.
- Former RHONJ Post Production Supervisor, September 17, 2012
Fame-Whorgas received more from its source who is related to a former post production supervisor for the RHONJ. The source is still editing the transcript, but here is the section related to the Posche Fashion Show.
A: “(edited*****************************) at the Posche fashion show.”
Q: “I actually haven’t seen the episode. I know the basics of what happened, but it hasn’t leaked.”
A: “Well, it hasn’t screened yet but (this interview was conducted on 17/09/2012).
Q: “Sorry, can you just clear up who invited the man who outs Melissa as a stripper?”
A: “Angelo, he was invited by the producers. He doesn’t say she was a stripper, just that she worked for him at a gentlemen’s club. Cat and Caroline (producers Cat Rodriguez and Caroline Self) needed the season to go out with a dramatic ending because they knew without the drama the audience wouldn’t have a hook to go into the reunion, and they were getting pressure from the network. I mean, the reunions are always the highest rated shows of the season anyway. It was after Andy started to have more input in the series once again, after seeing disappointing and confusing early footage, that Cat started getting worried about her job, so she knew she needed to bring the drama.”
Q: “Wait, so the producers invited him because they needed…”
A: “A big drama to lead into the reunion, a hook.”
Q: “But you said earlier that the season is planned, that there is a basic structure and plan; so if there was a plan, wouldn’t they already have a big finale planned? And did everyone know what was going to happen?”
A: “No, the only cast member to know about Angelo before the evening was Teresa and that is because she meets him at the salon. Melissa knew that someone from her past wanted to say hello to her and that was all. The original plan for the finale was that they (the producers) were hoping on Danielle or Kim G to be there: they pretty much begged them to attend the fashion show. The dramatic end for the season was supposed to be Danielle confronting Melissa about getting in contact with her behind Teresa’s back, but Danielle refused to attend. So the next plan was to have Kim G make an appearance and attack Teresa about comments made in the media about her, but she refused as well. Then Jacqueline was asked by the producers to attack Teresa over comments she had made on Twitter about her daughter, but Jacqueline refused. All scenarios had Teresa as the sympathetic character.
Q: “So who connected Angelo with the producers of the show?”
A: “That was organised by people who are not part of the cast. You have to remember, there are so many more players in these shows than you see on screen.”
Q: “Did Melissa know she was going to be outed as a dancer?”
A: “No, but she was made aware that someone from her past wanted to say hello and we were to film her reaction to that. Angelo was kept away from the ladies on purpose so that Melissa wouldn’t see him until the right moment, but Angelo actually went and approached the table before his interaction with Melissa and was stopped by security at the table and turned away. Melissa saw him at this point.
Q: “And she didn’t do anything?”
A: (abridged due to privacy of source) “Well, I don’t think she wanted to let on she knew in front of the cameras, but she texted her husband under the table to come to the fashion show and let him know what was going on, and she texted one of the producers who let her in on what was going to happen and who was coming over to say hello. Shortly after that Angelo enters, says hello to Melissa, then says hello to Teresa: that was intentional (his hello to Teresa) to show the other ladies that he had met her before, but that backfires because she plays it off as a friendly hello and he then leaves the scene. It was at this point Teresa realises she is being set up to take the fall for bringing Angelo to the fashion show, so she confronts one of the producers.
Q: “So why didn’t Melissa just deny recognising who Angelo was after he left the table?”
A: “She couldn’t because she suspected Teresa was involved in the storyline somehow, so she knew she couldn’t lie.”
(edited – in regards to the bathroom scene)
A: “Teresa is told by the producer to discuss with Melissa who Angelo says he is, but she refuses to do it until pushed by Melissa. Melissa then makes a call in the bathroom to her husband to tell him about the situation, and he tells her he is on his way. That phone call was faked: he was already aware of the situation from her texts earlier and was actually just next door.”
Q: “Did Melissa know who Angelo was, did she recognise him? And is he who he says he is?”
A: “Yes she did know who he was; and yes, he is. He went through checks before appearing on the show. We don’t just put microphones on anyone and say ‘go nuts’. We checked with the owner of the establishment if Angelo was who he said he was, and if Melissa worked there, as well as numerous other checks.
(edited) ON THE FASHION SHOW
“The Posche show was advertised as having the cast of RHONJ there, so in that situation you get everyone who wants to be cast on the show up and try and get noticed by the cameras. It’s a nightmare because the reality of the situation becomes too fake and dramatic as every woman wants to get in on the drama to have her 15 minutes, or even better, get noticed by a producer. We had a lot of that happening this night: suddenly everyone who had ever worked with Melissa happened to be there and so did past friends, old roommates, the list went on and on. Everyone knew she was a dancer and it was no big deal — all of this was edited out.”
Q: “Why did Angelo leave?”
A: “The producers told him to leave because Joe Gorga was texting (name removed crew), asking him what the hell was going on and that he was on his way to the fashion show.”
Q: “If the Angelo part was producer influenced, then why does the cast hate each other so much; why was everyone so angry?”
A: “Because of what they were being fed by the producers, who were only trying to up the drama. (name removed – producer) texted all the wives, except Teresa, and told them why Angelo was there and that Angelo had told Teresa at an earlier time that Melissa was a stripper and he was there to embarrass her. To avoid getting their conversation on camera, the woman all texted each other under the table. [Section removed by source to protect privacy.] The other cast were angry with Teresa for not letting Melissa know what was going to happen, but she was told not to by producers because they wanted a ‘reaction shot’ from Melissa — so either way, Teresa lost out.
Q: “It doesn’t seem normal to not talk to your sister for a year because of such a trivial thing; there must be more to it?”
A: “Of course, I mean you won’t see it (the media blitz, because I am overseas) but there’s been interviews and leaked stories to the press where they go after each other, attacks on twitter, on each others fans — they have sold each other out for stories — so, yes, there is more too it but the fact that Joe thought his sister would rather listen to producers and shut her mouth than make Melissa aware that she was about to be outed as a dancer on television. Also, Season 3 was screening and you have to remember they lived one experience, then 8 months down the track they have to relive that moment again, but with everyone’s opinion added to the mix — it’s hard for anyone, let alone a family that already had problems.
Q: “So what are we going to see in the final edit of the finale of RHONJ then.”
A: “Teresa and Kim D will get the blame for Angelo being at the fashion show. Angelo has several conversations with female guests and a conversation with producers that gets edited into one conversation that implicates Teresa and Kim D in setting up Melissa.The truth is, Angelo was just trying to impress these other guests (by saying) that he was part of the show and had filmed with Teresa earlier in the day. They (the producers) got lucky: he outright lies to impress a woman and says to her that he is a vital part of the finale and was asked to be there by the producers; and that audio track is what is heavily edited and used to incriminate Teresa.”
The Napa Trip
Q: “But they all seemed to be getting along in Napa?”
A: “For the cameras, yes.”
Q: “Oh, so the whole Napa trip was a put on?”
A: “They all decided to put the past behind them for the sake of making the trip bearable because they all had to be there, but no one was happy about going on the trip — they all just grinned and bear it.
Q: “So, do you think Teresa and Melissa were wanting to put the past behind them and be a family at any point in season 3 or 4, or was it all a put on?”
A: “No, I think, at times, they were both wanting to put the past behind them, but when one was ready to, the other wasn’t, so they butted heads a lot.”
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Former lead producer Cat Rodriguez misled the cast, telling them Teresa knew in advance that Angelo was coming to the fashion show to embarrass Melissa. Then, in the final edit, Bravo used crafty editing and sub-titles to give the impression that Teresa was in on the setup. For Teresa to setup Melissa, she didn’t need the encounter at the salon; in fact, the encounter at the salon is why the cast and some viewers believe she orchestrated the setup. Had she been the mastermind of the plot to out Melissa as a former exotic dancer, she would have told Angelo to approach Melissa at the fashion show, and say to her exactly what he said to Teresa at the salon (‘Hi Melissa, remember me, you used to work for me as a dancer at a little gentlemen’s club in Elizabeth‘), and no one would have been able to pin the blame on her. The producers setup Teresa – by making sure she was at the salon and that Angelo told her on camera before the show about Melissa’s past – so she could be accused of outing Melissa. Something shady was going on, but Teresa was not part of it: it was all Bravo’s doing with help from Kim D (Kim D was having problems with Melissa and so she had an agenda) and Penny and Johnny Karagiorgis. Bravo used Kim D and Penny and Johnny to setup Teresa; Penny and Johnny (who had their own bone to pick with Melissa) were unwittingly part of Bravo’s setup of Teresa (they wanted exposure for themselves (as potential cast members) and exposure for their salon, but Bravo cut Penny from the episodes and Johnny got only limited exposure, so it backfired on them.
“Andy Cohen does play a role in the editing process. He has said so directly in interviews. With that said, overall Cat Rodriguez [@yourfriendkitty] and Caroline Self [@carolineself] have the most editing power. They are the executive producers of Season 3 and Season 4 of #RHONJ. They work on location and off location. They send the editors what footage to use as well as tell them what to keep in and what to cut out. Caroline Self is tight with the Manzos while Cat Rodriguez is tight with the Gorgas and Wakiles. Cat edited @PDKhair as well as multiple ex-coworkers of Melissa’s, who were present at the salon and fashion show, completely out of the two-part finale. Their interactions made the Angelo incident look g-rated. Obviously that move was deliberate. Furthermore, Cat held Penny back from defending Kim when Joe Gorga called Kim a drug addict, a cunt and went to punch her. Even worse, as you will see in the finale, Cat completely butchered the conversation Angelo had with a friend at the bar to make it appear as though Teresa masterminded everything. The unprofessionalism of Cat Rodriguez and Caroline Self is disgusting. In this economy, why are these the type of people who have employment? Only a network like @BravoTV would believe that their viewers are so incompetent that they wouldn’t see past the blatant bias.” – Will Love, September 18, 2012, Twitter
Here is the real timeline:
- Washington, DC Fancy Food Show – July 8, 2011
- Melissa takes Gabriella, Milania and Antonia to Sweet & Sassy for manicures and pedicures – July 11, 2011
- Jamie Laurita’s wedding – July 23, 2011
- Beatstock 2011 in Farmingville, NY – August 20, 2011
- Caroline’s Birthday - August 23rd or 24th
- Cast Arrives in California - August 28, 2011 (cast spends 2 nights at Half Moon Bay RV Resort and 1 or 2 nights at Cassini Ranch)
- Caroline’s Birthday Dinner in the Vineyard - September 1, 2011
- Final Dinner at the House with the Big Blow Up Between Caroline and Teresa - September 2 or 3, 2011
- Posche Fashion Show (Season 4 Finale) – September 27, 2011
- Taping of the Reunion Special for Season 3 – September 28, 2011
- Fashion & Beauty Week 2011 at the Pleasantdale Chateau – October 3, 2011 (Caroline, Jacqueline, Melissa & Kathy attend and blacklist Teresa and Kim D)
- Teresa’s Fabellini Launch Party (Taped for Season 4) – October 7, 2011
- Sirius XM Radio to Launch ‘Real Housewives Radio’ (Taped for Season 4) – October 8, 2011
- Jacqueline tweets that Teresa is scum, etc. during premiere of reunion 3 – October 16 & 23, 2011
- Kim Granatell (Kim G) is Writing a Book About Her Experience on the RHONJ
- Kim G’s Shocking Allegations Against the Manzo Clan
- Tom Murro and Kim G. are Friends to the Manzo/Laurita Camp
- Watch What REALLY Happens on The Real Housewives of New Jersey
- RHONJ Former Producer Reveals Details About Dina Manzo, the Gorgas, the Christening, Editing, and the Mystery Phone Call
- RHONJ Former Producer Says Jacqueline Laurita’s Anger Stems from Failed Endorsement Deals, Which She Blames on Teresa Giudice
- Posche Fashion Show, Play by Play