Melissa finally made the cover of Us Weekly, on news stands September 19, 2012 … the headline is about strippergate, which is a year-old story. The whole purpose of the Posche Fashion Show setup was to boost Melissa’s career; it’s her ‘sex tape’. Now she can spend the next six months talking about it on talk shows and trying to get more tabloid covers, all at the expense of her husband’s family (because we all know she doesn’t consider Teresa family… Melissa has her sisters; she doesn’t need or care about Teresa). Funny thing is, in this video of her interview on ‘The Couch’ she’s still denying she was ever a stripper. One of these talk shows needs to use the correct term ‘dancer’ and get her to deny that.
“I’m wondering if the ‘bulldog’ and her crony Jacqueline are going to crucify Melissa next season for being on the cover of US Weekly and bashing one of the other housewives? What a hypocrite.” – 4evanyer, September 19, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
“I just want to say congratulations on your US Weekly cover!!! All your hard work scheming with Danielle, then getting on the show, then turning Teresa’s friends against her for the SAME things that you do are really starting to pay off!! I thought Teresa was crazy for saying you were jealous of her, but this cover cements EVERYTHING. You are out for the same money and fame as her. I don’t think there is anything worse than a jealous hypocrite.” – BrittBrittasco, September 19, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
“Melissa is behind her own setup. Why is this an issue? Because Melissa is making it one.” – CaraLinda, September 19, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
“What about wondering how Jacqueline went running to Melissa telling her that Teresa set her up? I want to know how everyone figured out what happened so quickly after the guy just came up and said a very innocent ‘hi, remember me’? How is that threatening and a set up? Melissa promised Bravo she would take Teresa down. She had to find a reason to rile things up again and blame Teresa for something awful. She knew a story line of her getting along with Teresa wouldn’t cut it. Hello!!!!” – NotAfraidofReality, September 19, 2012, Jacqueline’s Bravo Blog
“It looks like anybody can get on a housewives show these days. I remember when the Real Housewives used to be about rich women in gated communities living luxurious lives. Now we have reformed strippers that are brought on the show to ‘take down’ their family members so they can get a singing gig at Six Flags. I think we have hit rock bottom folks!” – swiss_miss, September 19, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
“The rumor is that the ‘mutual friend’ is a biased producer named Cat Rodriguez (who is no longer with the show). The producer was involved in the set up and texted all the ladies except Teresa when they were at the table about who the guy was and what supposedly was going to happen (if you watch the episode, you’ll notice a lot of the ladies checking their phones at the table). This is why Melissa knew it was coming and (in the final episode) baits Teresa in the bathroom to tell her who the guy was so that they could all then turn around and blame Teresa. Teresa confronts Jacqueline and asks her why she told Melissa that Teresa was setting up Melissa, to which Jacqueline responds ‘my friend was texting me and told me everything that was gonna happen and that you were behind it’. Teresa then says ‘what friend?’ and Jacqueline says she doesn’t want to ‘sell out’ the friend. Since the friend is the producer and Jacqueline didn’t want to be called out by Teresa the next day at the reunion 3 taping (and Bravo certainly didn’t want this information to leak out), she decided not to show up to the reunion, and this is also supposedly why the network did not enforce its contract and make her come since a producer would be implicated in the drama.” – Maggs, September 19, 2012, Fame-Whorgas
RHONJ Executive Producer Cat Rodriguez Was the Person Texting Jacqueline at the Posche Fashion Show
According to Jazzyg, commenting at Fame-Whorgas on September 20, 2012:
“I know a friend of Cat Rodriguez who lives here in Los Angeles, CA and she can confirm with me that Cat was let go for her conflict of interest when she produced season 3 and 4 of RHNJ. She was also the person texting Jacqueline and intervening during the PFS blowout, which is what sealed her fate.”
Jacqueline Laurita’s Mother Said ‘Bravo Asked Jacqueline to Do Things to Teresa to Put Her in a Bad Light’
“Bravo asked Jac to do things to Teresa that would have put Teresa in a bad light but Jac wouldn’t do it!” – Bonnie Grippe (Jacqueline’s mother), May 16, 2012, Twitter
“Bravo DOES NOT ASK TO BRING DRAMA!! They ask for the TRUTH 2b told. NO faking ur life 4 cameras. GET IT NOW? My Mom was confused… THE TRUTH=DRAMA!! GET IT NOW? MOST people wouldn’t want their truth 2b told, would they? Some people are more open. @Bgrippe STAY OFF TWITTER” – Jacqueline Laurita’s response to her mother’s tweet on May 16, 2012 (above)
“These loons tatally twisted what I said. Trying to make the point that you were a good friend to t and even refused to film a scene if it wld make her look bad. They twisted it of course! Love you xxoo” – Bonnie Grippe’s response back to Jacqueline’s tweet on May 17, 2012 (above); shortly after this tweet she protected her Twitter account
“Jacqueline tries to convince everyone and justify what she has done, however, her own mother took to Twitter to state that Bravo asked her to take Teresa down. Which is it? Who is lying? Since Jacqueline likes to share everything with family and friends, wouldn’t you think she shared that information with her mother? Did her mother try to make Jacqueline not look so bad, so she took it upon herself to say that was what Bravo had her do, paid her to do? And, if Jacqueline was such a good friend, why would she deliberately do that, because she was paid to by Bravo–that doesn’t sound like what a good friend would agree to? I hope Andy will address this in the reunion, as I would like to know the truth about Bravo’s involvement in this take down and exposing of Teresa. At any rate, even if Jacqueline subsequently denied it, calling her mother a liar, it was calculated and underhanded. Therefore, I believe nothing that Jacqueline has to say to try and cover her ass at this point in time. It is all bs.” – MelindaK., August 5, 2012, Jacqueline’s Bravo Blog
“I just finished going over some of the comments on BubbaJax Bravo Blog…and while reading it I realized something. I’m starting to believe that Bonnie was right when she said that JaxAss was asked to do some things to Teresa to make her look bad…the whole cast and production was in on it… I believe Jackaholic’s job was to get Teresa to admit on camera things about her bankruptcy, her relationship with the tabloids, and to admit that she was jealous of Melissa and wanted JaxStabber to side with her in the feud. That’s why BubbaJax is so emotional: she does not want to fall in line with the rest of the cast and turn on Teresa. Think about it. Jacqueline tried to get Teresa to admit to all of those things at the backyard ambush, and many other conversations with Teresa. She kept bringing up the same things… and Chuckie’s and JackStabber’s response were, ‘there, you just admitted it’. The insane clown posse lead by Chuck Droopy Jawled Manzoid. What a sick bunch of people.” – Meadow (@improgressing), August 16, 2012, StoopidHousewives
Who Is Jacqueline Laurita Waving to as Angelo Vrohidis Approaches the Table?
It appears that Jacqueline Laurita waved to Angelo Vrohidis as he approached the table at the Posche Fashion Show on September 27, 2011; after waving, she immediately pointed to her mic (?) and then started to chuckle.
As several readers have pointed out, there is a blonde woman behind Angelo that Jacqueline may be waving to instead. This woman can be seen saying ‘Oh my God’ as she looks in Angelo’s direction. If she’s not talking about him, it could be something off camera to her right. If she is reacting to Jacqueline and Angelo, then it is very suspicious because how would she know who Angelo is? And why would Jacqueline be motioning to her and then her mic? Maybe Jacqueline is motioning for her to be quiet because Angelo is mic’ed and because the staged scene is about to go down.
So if Jacqueline was in on the setup to frame Teresa, then they all were in on it: Caroline, Melissa, Joe Gorga Kathy, Richie, RHONJ Executive Producer Cat Rodgriguez, Kim G, Kim D, Angelo, etc. Joe Gorga and Richie Wakile were close by (perhaps on the balcony with Kim G watching the events?), just waiting for Melissa’s phone call. It was a Bravo set up with a Kim D assist, and the rest of the cast must have played the roles laid out for them.
Angelo didn’t say anything to Melissa about knowing her when she was a dancer; he simply walked away and no one at the table paid any attention to him or questioned who he was (which was strange since moments before Pete Giudice approached the table and they all asked who he was — see Pete Giudice’s tweets below were he calls out Caroline for pretending she didn’t know who he was). However, before walking away, he made it a point to ask Teresa, ‘How are you, good?’ (very suspicious indeed).
The only reason there was a scene is because Melissa made one in the bathroom by calling her husband to come rescue her, which was just as the producers planned.
Just re-watch episode 19 (youtube video here; embedding has been disabled; go to 41:30), and it is so obvious that they were all acting except for Teresa. Here are screen shots: