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Insiders and Eyewitnesses Say RHONJ Cast and Producers Fake and Stage Scenes; Season 5 Premieres June 2, 2013 With the Same Cast

April 3, 2013 137 comments

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Insiders and Eyewitnesses Say RHONJ Cast and Producers Fake Scenes

In the photo above, Teresa Guidice, Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita go to Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City on Thursday, March 28, 2013, to support Kathy Wakile and her Dolci Della Dea cannoli making kit. The following is a report by Naughty But Nice Rob about the event and how they faked and staged the scenes:

If you are expecting to see all the ladies gang up on Teresa Giudice, think again – so far the producers want them all to get along.

“I saw Teresa arriving and saying hello to all of the other ladies, kissing them, and acting very friendly. So that confirms that they are, or at least, were all getting along as of last Thursday,” one source at the taping tells Naughty But Nice Rob. “I took footage on my iPhone and you can clearly see the producer guiding them through conversation and orchestrating the situations. It was kind of disheartening to see how involved the producers get. I over heard them say many times, “make sure you talk about this” – and literally direct people when to walk into certain conversations.”

Another eyewitness confirmed the account adding,

“The producers forced Teresa to have a 20 minute conversation with Kathy Wakile’s mother. They also forced Teresa and Kathy to talk about some incident with Kim D. I couldn’t make out exactly what it was, but I think it had something to do with Kim D insulting Kathy’s appearance on QVC and making fun of her business venture with the cannolis. Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita also had a long conversation about some situation unfolding with Kim D. I did hear them specifically talk about the upcoming hair salon opening.”

However the biggest moment that was staged was when the women were running late to meet Kathy and the producers told her she needed to act upset and mad that they didn’t show up.

“I have video of one producer basically telling her that if she didn’t cause a scene, they would have nothing to use from that night. So, they made her and Richie have a 10-minute conversation about how annoyed they were that the other housewives didn’t show up, while Richie called all of them on the phone.”

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 5 Premieres June 2, 2013 With the Same Cast

According to BravoTV’s website, RHONJ will premiere June 2, 2013. The following is part of Bravo’s “overview” of season 5:

  • A sense of communal rebuilding encourages Teresa to rise above the past drama with her brother and sister-in-law, Melissa, and mend her family for good.
  • Jacqueline struggles to cope with her son’s autism diagnosis while tensions from her fallout with Teresa push her towards her breaking point.
  • Caroline fights to shed her reputation as a bully.
  • Melissa strives to break free from the weight of her husband Joe’s family drama.
  • Kathy attempts to step out of her husband’s shadow to find her own voice and launch her career.

Here is the other part of the “overview” of season 5:

Season 5 welcomes back the entire cast as Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile pick up right were last season’s contentious reunion left off. This season they are on a mission for redemption, scrambling to pick up the pieces of their fractured relationships. The women also find themselves shifting through rubble after Hurricane Sandy leaves much of the Jersey Shore in ruins, including some of their homes.

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“Bravo wouldn’t do bodily harm but it’s completely taboo to say anything [about the upcoming season] and you have to respect the position you’re in because they are my employers. I understand where they are coming from. There’s a lot of money put into these shows and they don’t need a housewife running rampant telling story lines, it’s the last thing they need.” – Caroline Manzo, Naughty But Nice Rob, April 1, 2013

From BravoTV’s website, Teresa Giudice’s biography:

“Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey Girl born and raised. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met Joe, her loving husband of 13 years. Teresa devotes herself to her four beautiful daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana. A graduate of Berkeley College with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management, Teresa is an inspirational working mom. She launched her own professional hair care line, Milania, and a line of bottled bellinis, Fabellini, and will soon introduce a line of ready-to-use gourmet foods straight from Italy, Skinny Italian-Fabulicious Foods, as well as Fabulicious Desserts. Teresa has also taken the publishing world by storm with her three New York Times bestselling cookbooks Skinny Italian, Fabulicious! and Fabulicious! Fast & Fit. Her fourth book, Fabulicious! On the Grill will be released in May. In 2012, Teresa showcased her business savvy by starring on NBC’s hit show Celebrity Apprentice where she raised $70k for the charity NephCure.”

From BravoTV’s website, Melissa Gorga’s biography:

It’s all about family for sassy Italian Melissa Gorga. She and her husband Joe Gorga have been married for eight years. They have three beautiful children — Antonia, 7, Gino, 5, and Joey, 3. A housewife and proud of it, Melissa blends old school Italian values with a modern lifestyle that allows her to follow her passion. She turned her dream of becoming a recording artist into a reality with multiple songs breaking the top ten Dance/R&B charts on iTunes, including On Display and How Many Times. Melissa is just getting started. Along with her blossoming music career and chasing after three high-energy kids, Melissa has written her first book, Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage, coming out in September 2013. Little Miss Everything (as Joe calls her) has a lot going on. It’s hard work juggling career(s) and kids, but somehow Melissa makes it all look easy!

From BravoTV’s website, Jacqueline Laurita’s biography:

“Jacqueline Laurita, one of the original cast members on RHONJ, has been married for more than 11 years to her husband Chris, who is also the brother of another original cast member, Caroline Manzo. Chris is president and CEO of BLK Beverages. The couple has two sons, CJ, 10, and Nicholas, 3, and Jacqueline has a daughter, Ashlee, 22, from a previous marriage. Jacqueline has been a cosmetologist for over 20 years. Aside from spending time with her family, Jacqueline continues her passion and career in the beauty industry as an owner of a beauty Medspa in Oakland, N.J. called, “Altruistic Beauty Medspa” that should be opening late summer/early fall 2013. The spa is dedicated to those who are unselfishly devoted to the welfare of others. This sanctuary is all about giving back. Jacqueline always tries to see the good in people, but can hold her own when challenged. Jacqueline does not take anything for granted and believes that true wealth is about love, family, friends, personal growth and helping others in need. As a Warrior Mom, her mission is not only to recover her youngest son, Nicholas, from Autism, but also to help many other families by becoming an active advocate in the Autism community. You can follow her Autism Journey in Parenting Magazine from February-July 2013 as she is a contributing editor for the magazine as well as having an online blog on their website as well as her own.”

From BravoTV’s website, Caroline Manzo’s biography:

Caroline Manzo is the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman. Always putting family first, she is a devoted wife and mother of three children, Albie, 27; Lauren, 25; and Christopher, 24. Caroline has been married for more than 29 years to her husband Albert who runs The Brownstone, a very successful catering facility in Paterson, NJ. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in the state. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time managing the household, her family has been known to run her ragged as she supports BLK Water, Brownstone Sauce, and Cafface Beauty Bar. Caroline also has a new Podcast on iTunes, “Let Me Tell You Something,” which is a Manzo family roundtable each week. Caroline is affiliated with several charities including SCTNOW, a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking within our own borders, CROC, a foundation dedicated to helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, Wounded Warriors Project, and The PG Chambers School, a NJ facility dedicated to educating children with physical and mental disabilities. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all — family, friends and a career. In her opinion, that is what makes her a “Real Housewife” of New Jersey.

From BravoTV’s website, Kathy Wakile’s biography:

Since last season, Kathy has developed her hobbies into a career as a domestic diva. Juggling home, career, and family she manages to find time to be involved in raising brain tumor awareness, a cause close to her heart. Her Goddess Eye jewelry line gives a portion of sales to the National Brain Tumor Society and The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Kathy’s dessert line called “Dolci della Dea” — Goddess Sweets — launched its debut product the Cannoli Kit on QVC and is aspiring to branch out to other retail venues nationwide, including Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC, LA, and Miami. Kathy believes in having your cake and drinking it too. She has found a way with her “Red Velvet Cosmo” cocktail. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey with her husband of 21 years, Rich, and their two children, Victoria,19 and Joseph, 17. Despite all the changes in the last year, Kathy still loves to party and live life to the fullest. While keeping her finger on the pulse of so many different things she effortlessly continues to find the balance in everything she does.

Related:

“In a recent episode, when they show Kim D with Teresa, they edited it to make it seem like she was leaving St. Josephs hospital in Paterson after her father’s heart surgery. This is not true. That morning Teresa and Kim D met at Kafe Neo in Totowa for breakfast. I work there, so was allowed to come with family in order to fill the restaurant without having random customers disturbing the shoot. From what I overheard at my table, it was a conversation about Teresa’s new fitness endeavors and obsession. She was dressed like that because she was shooting a fitness class that morning. Coincidentally, Caroline and Melissa and Jacqueline were also shooting at a gym in the area that morning. So expect for Melissa to play up a new fitness storyline this season to compete with Teresa’s.

“And also Kim D was consoling her about her father, in my opinion, as a way of proving why her and Teresa are still friends. They both were actually very nice and funny, making all of us laugh and taking the time to small chat with everyone there.

“A little insight into their filming: they had to re-film them both coming into the restaurant and eating breakfast. The producers had to keep reminding them to ask about certain things and make sure the conversation was going in the right direction. If Teresa stumbled her words too bad, they would start over and reenact the scene.

“Just like Teresa and Joe at dinner, this part of her filming was entirely cut out. The producers seemingly just wanted her to be with Kim D when she got the text from Caroline, which is such a ‘coincidence’ considering everyone holds Teresa’s continuing friendship with Kim D against her (Caroline even brings it up at their confrontation in the same episode). This is only one of probably multiple incidents where Teresa and Kim film together, for it to only meet the cutting room floor.

“I just found the whole thing quite funny, because the producers promised my employers camera time and exposure for at least our restaurant logo, and instead nothing but the parking lot made the final cut.”

Kim D gives a totally different account in her blog

Heather Maclean met Teresa five years ago, a few months after RHONJ started airing. Here are some highlights:

I helped Teresa get an agent and a book deal, and she told the publisher she wouldn’t write the book without me. It’s been 4 books now and we’re still best friends! I don’t ghostwrite Teresa’s blogs. I don’t ghostwrite anything. A ghostwriter is a secret, uncredited writer, and I’m credited on everything I write or edit. Teresa knows every word of her blog is going to be scrutinized though, so she does run her thoughts and ideas past other people to make sure they sound good… She talks about what bothered her in the episode, if she’s being too sensitive, whether she should say something this way or that.

I worked with a lot of different networks, but they’re all pretty much the same: they want great entertainment as cheaply as possible.

I was at the Posche Fashion Show where Teresa was forced to confront Danielle (I was crying in the corner).

I think the best way to describe reality TV is “real people put into unreal situations.” They cast interesting people, but filming them in their normal lives is never going to be interesting enough, so the producers amp up the drama. They’ll tell you, “This is boring! I’m falling asleep! No one’s going to watch unless you guys do something dramatic!” They don’t necessarily give you lines, but they will definitely give you suggestions, or tell you want they need you to say “for storyline,” but to go ahead and “say it in your own words.”

To be fair, the producers try and get as much of a real story as they can, but it’s almost impossible. Have you ever heard of the Heisenberg effect? It’s the idea that nothing can be purely observed because the very act of observing something changes it. The minute a camera shows up, reality changes… Not everyone in a cast member’s life will agree to be on TV, so you’re never going to get a true and complete picture.

Every relationship, especially with in-laws, is going to have its up and downs, but I think Teresa’s and Melissa’s differences have been greatly exaggerated for the show. Before the show started taping, they never missed a single Christmas together.

RHONJ Former Producer Says Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile May Not Be Returning for Season 5 of RHONJ; Cast Salaries for Season 4 Totaled $1.23 Million; RHONJ Season 4 Ratings (Updated 12/21/2012)

September 27, 2012 255 comments

The transcript below is the continuation of an interview conducted by the cousin of a former RHONJ post production supervisor. The cousin recorded the interview on September 17, 2012. The interview is a piece for another country on the reality of reality television and is not just about the RHONJ. The source forwarded parts about the RHONJ to Fame-Whorgas for publishing with the purpose of reading fan comments to get a different perspective on the transcript before publishing the piece on the country’s news website. My source saw that people were doubting the legitimacy of the interview when part 1 was published on September 23, 2012, so has given me permission to post the following:

“I was asked by my country’s main news website to write a piece on the reality of reality television. My cousin worked on RHONJ, so I asked for an interview. The interview was only given because RHONJ does not screen in my country, and I promised anonymity. We also don’t have any BRAVO shows on television here. I called my cousin in Washington and spoke for 20 minutes before realizing I would have to watch the RHONJ to understand what was going on and who was who. So I went online and watched every episode and called back a few weeks later. The second interview (which was recorded) was an hour and a half and mentioned numerous shows from TLC and Oxygen, but I have edited it down to the relevant parts, mainly due to privacy for my cousin.”

On Next Season

Q: “Cast changes for next season?”

A: “With the casting for the next season, that decision is made before the reunion episodes — we try to tie up any loose ends during the reunion to complete the women’s character arc and give the viewers a satisfying conclusion to the character that they have invested in over the series.

Q: “I know you said you’re not part of season 5, but can you tell me anything? I’m curious as to how the show would carry on after so much drama has spilled into the cast’s real lives.”

A: “I’m not involved next season, but I know Jacqueline and Kathy were not made offers, so Jacqueline won’t be back but look for Kathy to return in a limited capacity. Currently three women are under consideration to join the cast.”

A: “(edited*****************************) Caroline was made an offer to return and declined — it is possible she is waiting for a bigger offer ($$) or has something up the pipelines. She had only participated in season 4 so that her children would get exposure for their business ventures. She knew it (being a Real Housewife) would one day end, so she made sure her children had established themselves in their own businesses. I don’t like to have personal feelings about cast, but I do admire her — she had a plan going into season 3, and that was to use this platform to assist in setting up her children financially.”

(edited out)

Q: “Was Jacqueline fired for not attending the reunion (season 3)?”

A: “No, the producers didn’t want her there. The morning of the reunion, Jacqueline was threatening to expose Teresa and couldn’t be calmed down. (Names removed) had gone over to talk to her after she sent tweets which revealed plot points of the finale (edited*****************************). No one was to mention the fashion show, but Jacqueline kept saying she was finished and was going to expose Teresa at the reunion. Chris was worried about Jacqueline’s mental state, as she had not slept all night and been drinking a lot later in the night when all of the cast, minus the Giudices, met after the show for drinks. (Name removed) was more concerned about the reunion but knew it would confuse the large TV audience if Jacqueline was attacking her ‘friend’ (since the viewers were watching season 3). So, at the last minute, the call by the producers was that Jacqueline was not going to attend. The reunion episode was then edited with introducing what had happened at the fashion show to keep all of the twitter and blog fans happy and to tell them, ‘we know you are aware of what is going on, so we are going to mention it and move on’.”

Q: “And Melissa? Will she be back?”

A: “Yes (abridged due to privacy of source), she will definitely be back.”

Q: “Melissa’s sisters?”

A: “No, no, we get what they try and do on twitter and it takes the sparkle off the series; they won’t be housewives anytime soon.”

Q: “And you said earlier about Kathy not being asked back — so the big question is, do you know if Teresa is back next season?

A: “Teresa is 100% safe on housewives. I think you will find next season the format of the show will change dramatically.”

(edited out)

On September 25, 2012, the source e-mailed me this exchange with the producer cousin about the RadarOnline story: ‘Giudice Family In Talks With Bravo For Breakout Show

Q: “Is this true?”

A: “It’s true that they are looking at giving them a spinoff but Teresa will still be on season 5 of RHONJ with Melissa.”

Teresa Giudice is the top earner among all the women who appear in the various franchises, taking in a whopping $600,000 per season! Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer of The Real Housewives of New York City pull in a cool $500,000 each per season. After castmates Alex McCord and Jill Zarin got the boot last season, the two remaining NYC stars were given huge raises – nearly doubling their salaries, according to Star. Orange County’s Vicki Gunvalson, the only member of the Southern California show who’s been featured for all eight seasons earns $450,000 per season. Fan favorite NeNe Leakes, who now appears on NBC’s The New Normal and has previously appeared on Fox’s Glee, pulls in $350,000 a season for her loud-mouthed antics on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. [RadarOnline, December 19, 2012]

Salaries of RHONJ Cast Members for Season 4

Dp on September 27, 2012 said at Fame-Whorgas:

Caroline $265,000
Albert $12,000
Chris $35,000
Albie $35,000
Lauren $27,000

Teresa $355,000
Joe $38,000
Gia $5,000

Jacqueline $240,000
Chris $14,000
Ashlee (for season 3) $22,000

Melissa $65,000
Joe Gorga $45,000

Kathy $50,000
Rich $10,000
Victoria $8,000
Joseph $8,000

So I can understand why Caroline needs to think about it — it’s nearly half a million dollars to her family a year.

Shooting Schedule for Season 4

  • 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

Ratings for WWHL and The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4

Reunion Special Season 3, 3.4 million viewership (Part 1, October 16, 2011; Part 2, October 23, 2011)
Episode 1, 2.9 million viewership (High Tide, Low Blow) – Premiered April 22, 2012
Episode 2, 2.2 million viewership (Poker Face)
Episode 3, 2.5 million viewership (Third Eye Blind)
Episode 4, 2.3 million viewership (Drowning Pool)
Episode 5, 2.3 million viewership (Spoiled Sports)
Episode 6, 2.5 million viewership (Uncivil Union)
Episode 7, 2.3 million viewership (True Love, True Lies)
Episode 8, 2.7 million viewership (Best Friends for Never)
Episode 9, 2.9 million viewership (Public Display of Rejection)
Episode 10, 2.3 million viewership (Temporary Shrinkage)
Episode 11, 2.5 million viewership (The Sniff Test)
Episode 12, 2.6 million viewership (The Jersey Side Step Premiere)
Episode 13, 2.3 million viewership (Sit Down and Man Up)
Episode 14, 2.1 million viewership (Pack Your Baggage)
Episode 15: 2.2 million viewership (If This RV is a Rockin’)
Episode 16: 3.0 million viewership (Whine Country)
Episode 17: 3.1 million viewership (Hot Tub of Sour Grapes)
Episode 18: 3.0 million viewership (Dinasty of Denial)
Episode 19: 2.7 million viewership (Bald Canary Sings)
Episode 20: 3.4 million viewership (Strip Down Memory Lane)
Reunion Special: 3.5 million viewership (Part 1)
Reunion Special: 3.6 million viewership (Part 2)
Reunion Special: 3.3 million viewership (Part 3)
Lost Footage Episode: 1.6 million viewership

WWHL 1.7 million – Joe and Melissa Gorga; May 6, 2012
WWHL 1.7 million – Joe and Teresa Giudice; June 17, 2012
WWHL 1.4 million – Mike Tyson and Melissa Gorga with Joe Gorga as Guest Bartender; July 8, 2012
WWHL 1.5 million – Kathy Wakile and Vanessa Williams; July 15, 2012
WWHL 1.5 million – Caroline Manzo and Megan McCain; July 22, 2012
WWHL 1.3 million – Teresa Giudice and Renee Graziano; July 29, 2012
WWHL 2.4 million – Andy’s 1-on-1 interviews with Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice; August 26, 2012
WWHL 1.8 million – Teresa Giudice and Perez Hilton; September 9, 2012
WWHL 1.9 million – Jacqueline Laurita and Theresa Caputo; September 16, 2012
WWHL 2.0 million – Melissa Gorga and Mario Lopez; October 14, 2012
WWHL 1.1 million – Caroline Manzo and Yvette Nicole Brown; October 21, 2012

For season 2 ratings (before Melissa’s and Kathy’s first season), click here.

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion Special
1 10 May 12, 2009
2 18 May 3, 2010 August 23, 2010 August 30, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)
3 21 May 16, 2011 October 9, 2011 October 16, 2011 (Part 1 of 2)
4 24 April 22, 2012 September 23, 2012 September 30, 2012 (Part 1 of 3)

Andy Cohen Teases Fans by Hinting That Danielle Staub Could Be Returning to RHONJ; Bravo Leaks Details from RHONJ Season 4 Reunion

September 7, 2012 41 comments


Terra @terrad85 on September 3, 2012, tweeted this question to Andy Cohen:

“If you had to bring back one of the housewives, which one would it be? You may NOT #PleadTheFifth, sorry.”

Andy replied:

“Dina and Danielle!”

He then tweeted (to no one in specific):

“Truth is stranger than fiction. And I am reminded of that each and every day at Bravo! Good night.”

Terra replied:

“That’s very vague. Be more specific.”

But Andy didn’t respond.

This Twitter exchange between Andy and a fan fuels the rumors that Dina or Danielle, or maybe both, may be returning for season 5.

Andy tweeted a photo and comment on September 7, 2012 (see below), leading viewers to believe that taping for the reunion was in progress. Later that day, Andy tweeted:

“Just wrapped #RHONJ reunion. It was intense, funny, dramatic & VERY EMO. And I have Teresa’s bronzing glitter all over my suit sleeve!! … Man do I need a drink.”

Below are photos tweeted from the Borgato Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, on the day the reunion special was taping.

Dina made an appearance on season 4 episode 18, which premiered Sunday, September 9, 2012, where she attends Teresa’s Fabellini Launch Party held on October 7, 2011.

Teresa appeared on WWHL after episode 18 premiered. On the WWHL After Show, Andy showed a comment that Teresa made about Danielle which didn’t make air from her one-on-one interview with him (which premiered August 26, 2012):

Teresa: Definitely love and light.

Andy: I’m just impressed that you quoted Danielle.

Teresa: I kinda, I don’t know, I kinda miss… not that I miss… you know what, she did do things to hurt me… not hurt me, she really didn’t hurt me. Look, I stuck by Jacqueline and Caroline, being loyal because they were telling me all this stuff about Danielle, and I really didn’t know Danielle.

Andy: So you’re feeling more of an alliance with Danielle, now, in the rear view mirror.

Teresa: Well, she knew a lot of things about Caroline and Jacqueline, and she, at the reunion show, she kept her mouth shut. She didn’t, you know, let it out. And, you know, that’s something to be said about that.

Danielle tweeted this response (which later was removed from her timeline):