Cheating Rumors Surface About Melissa Gorga in Season 5 Episode 6; Kim D and Jennifer Dalton Say Teresa Did Not Know the Topic of Melissa’s Infidelity Was Going to be Discussed at ‘Girls Night Out’ (Updated 7/8/2013)
Episode 6: Drinking with the Enemy
The dirt is rich in the garden state. Cheating rumors surface about Melissa, and an awkward exchange between Caroline and her husband, Al, unearths new feelings. Meanwhile, Teresa enlists Rosie’s help to plan a healing retreat that could bring her face to face with her old friend, Jacqueline. Kathy tries to stay downwind from the stink, but the entire trip has her calling foul.
On July 1, 2013, Penny Drossos’ (@PDKHair) friend, Will Love (@WillLoveInc), tweeted about her scenes for season 5 being left on the editing room floor – it appears that he is upset because Bravo will be using Melissa’s former friend Jan Marie DeDolce, rather than her former friend Penny, as a way to introduce the storyline that Melissa is a cheater (like her father – according to Melissa, her father was “a man who cheats”).
Will Love @WillLoveInc
If @BravoPR wants 2 avoid another lawsuit-dont take out animosity on @PDKHair. Keep all her scenes b/c using Jan as scapegoat=WORSE4U! #RHONJ
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @PDKhair We all know what is going to happen. They will edit Penny to look like the bad guy
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR I think @BravoTV feels editing @PDKhair out & making it seem like Jan said what she said is slick BUT its bad move.
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair Whose Jan? We all know Bravo will give Penny bad edit cos of all the backlash of strippergate
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair They want us to believe its all happy families but we know the truth they all hate each other
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR @Bravotv Just keep all of @PDKhair scenes in. Takin out JTGs lawsuit on her + manipulating Jan’s words=more legal bs
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair In real world that would happen Will but we all know how much Bravo manipulates the show & edits
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR From 1 gay 2 another Im doin @bravoandy a favor. I’m warnin @bravotv 2 play fair w @PDKhair 4 their own legal benefit
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @BravoAndy @Bravotv @PDKhair Personally I hope they sue Bravo. They think they can play god & ruin lives & reputations
It looks like Penny’s role in season 5 is being mimimized because of the altercation at the grand opening of Posche 2, where Joe Gorga and the Lauritas attacked Penny’s husband, John Karagiorgis (in what John’s lawyer says was a premeditated assault). This could mean that the phone call with Mike won’t air, which is a very lucky break for Melissa – this call was taped on December 3, 2013 at the Holiday Posche Fashion Show (see photos below), when the topic of Melissa’s cheating came up on camera for the first time in season 5 (only Teresa, Kim D, Jennifer Dalton and Penny Drossos attended the show).
As gessiewtf pointed out, Bravo is not going to take any chances in portraying Penny and her husband in a negative light now because of the brawl and pending litigation. This would explain why the trailer has no scenes from the latter part of the season (as noted in a comment by Lauren Bushman).
It appears that Bravo is using Jan instead of Penny as the primary source for revealing Melissa as a cheater. She is the “Jan” whom Will Love was referring to in his Twitter rant on July 1st.
Episode 5 includes footage from a lunch date where Melissa meets with Jan and another friend, Maria, to tell them about her advice book on marriage, which is followed by footage from January 31, 2013, of Jan (identified as Melissa’s friend) with Penny (identified as Kim D’s friend), Jennifer Dalton (identified as Teresa’s friend), Kim D and Teresa at girls night out at Bellissimo’s restaurant – this is where Jan says that Melissa “did something with an ex” and that “she whispered in his ear, saying that she wants him”; Penny says “she had an affair”; and Jan (or Jennifer) adds that “he’s admitted that she blew him.”
Melissa’s friend Maria tweeted during the episode’s premiere that the scene was edited to make it seem like she was not supporting Melissa:
“Lol. If you only knew what really happened…Of course I support my best FRIEND. 100%. #cutandpaste” – Maria Chappa @MsMariaChapp, July 7, 13, Twitter
Melissa tweeted that her friend Maria was given a bad edit:
“Love how they make it look like my friend @MsMariaChappa was making faces.. We were having a completely different conversation there…” – Melissa Gorga, July 7, 13, Twitter
And someone tweeted Melissa, pointing out that she is fine with editing when it’s her sister-in-law that gets the bad edit:
“Melissa, are you selling out Bravo? Haha how do you like the editing thus season? It was all fine and good when your sil got the bad edit! Karma’s a bitch!”
Teresa’s friend Heather Maclean (and co-writer of her cookbooks) also tweeted during the episode’s premiere, saying that Teresa, Kim D and Jennifer were out for drinks and Penny and Jan came over under the pretense of talking about carrying Milania Hair Care products in their salons (she also said that Teresa eventually walked away from the conversation):
“Teresa, Kim D, & Jennifer were out for drinks. Penny & Jan just came over. TERESA WALKED AWAY. I’m so disgusted by Sirens’ editing. I cannot believe they spliced it together to look like Teresa sat there. She got up & walked away. The only reason Teresa was talking to Jan & Penny in the first place was because they own salons & said they wanted to carry Milania Hair Care.” – Heather Maclean (@HeatherMaclean), July 7, 13, Twitter
In a July 8th tweet, Jennifer swore that Kim D setup the meeting with Jan and Penny, telling her and Teresa that “two salon owners wanted to carry Milania.”
“@Teresa_Giudice @melissagorga @joegorga I swear @KimDPosche set up meeting w/jan & penny telling us 2 salon owners want to carry Milania! … I did say that this was not Teresa, it was all Kim D. Tre nor I knew who was coming. ” – Jennifer Dalton, July 8, 2013, Twitter
“A friend sent me an excerpt from a blog & I’m laughing hysterically. Cute 1950’s names & they wanted to carry your hairline? BULLSHIT!!! Hurry, go rewrite the blog now that I called you out. Penny & Jan didn’t go to talk about haircare, they went to talk about affair. Period! … Topic of conversation was about bringing up infidelities, you knew about it, & you wanted it said, so stop the bullshit !!! … For the record We didn’t turn on anyone, they turned on us. We took blame until others took advantage & tried making us look crazed. #NoMore” – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), July 8, 2013, Twitter
John also tweeted that no one knew Jan but Penny, that they’ve been friends for years, and someone (the producers or Kim D?) begged Penny to bring Jan:
“If people write blogs about how & why events took place or how people came to meet it must be honest because we were there. #NoMoreCoverUps … No one knew Jan but Penny. Penny & Jan have been friends for years. Penny was BEGGED to bring Jan. Period!!!… Things don’t fall into anyone’s lap …. Penny was begged to bring it. That’s truth !!!” – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), July 7, 13, Twitter
In Teresa’s TH, she said she heard the rumor before, confronted Melissa about it a long time ago, Melissa said it wasn’t true, and Teresa left it at that:
“So, at this point, for Teresa, the Melissa cheating story is old news.” – rfeliciat, July 7, 2013, Famewhorgas
After the lunch date with Jan, Maria and Melissa – and after the girls night out with Jan and the others – Jennifer has lunch with Melissa and spills the beans on them all. She tells Melissa that Jan and Penny “had a lot to say about you and your history.” She goes on to say that Jan is not her friend, and tells her that Jan told them that she has been cheating and that “you guys have been messing around on and off for a long time, for years.”
Melissa responds in shock that Jan, one of her best friends, who she just had lunch with and who was in her wedding, has been “meeting with my sister-in-law and lying about me.”
Jennifer asks Melissa, “Who is [name bleeped out, but you can tell she said Bryan] anyway, like, I don’t get it?” Melissa replies that it is someone she dated 10 years ago. Jennifer explains that “they made it sound like you talk to him and you speak to him on the phone, you see him… I mean, she was going in on you.”
Bryan confirmed on Twitter that his name was bleeped out because Bravo needs his permission to air it, and he turned them down, numerous times:
“@FauxRealityET @bulldog_nj @Bravotv they need his permission to air his name so they had to bleep it.” – Ellen Michelle White (@realwhitegirl1), July 8, 2013, Twitter
“@realwhitegirl1 @FauxRealityET yes they do & I turned down filming numerous times. Kinda funny for a man who was looking for fame & $ huh.” – Bryan (@bulldog_nj), July 8, 2013, Twitter
“All about hurting people and fame, $ I just don’t get it. It’s funny all the lies they perceive.” – Bryan (@bulldog_nj), July 8, 2013, Twitter
When a follower tweeted Bryan on July 8th, saying she was glad he doesn’t participate in the “BS with producers” and told him not to sign anything with Sirens Media since they will “use you, abuse you and leave you to cleanup up your reputation (look what they did to Johnny, Penny’s husband)”, Bryan replied that “only a fool would be on the show” and said, “I haven’t signed a thing – I’m not that guy! Will never happen.”
Of course, Melissa asks, “What is my sister-in-law saying through all of this?” Jennifer tells her that, “She didn’t say anything, to be real honest with you, she didn’t say much, she was just listening.” Jennifer goes on to say that “Teresa had nothing to do with this, she wasn’t the one that instigated and she wasn’t the one that brought them there – it was Kim D. Kim got it out for you girl!”
Of course, Joe and Melissa blame it all on Teresa, with Melissa in her TH saying, “Teresa’s bag of tricks is about as deep as Kim D,” and Joe in his TH saying, “I know Teresa put Kim D up to it.”
When Jennifer meets Teresa for lunch later in the episode, she tells Teresa she met with Melissa and told her what went down because she wants to build trust with Melissa so that she will list her home with Jennifer instead of the other realtor. Teresa explains to her that by saying she was there, Melissa is going to think she had something to do with it. Jennifer assures her that she told Melissa “Kim D is the one that got these people to come – she believes me, trust me, because I sat with her.” Jennifer suggests that maybe Teresa speak to Kim D about this kind of stuff since “Kim D is a shit starter and it could be turned around on you when it wasn’t you!”
It looks like Jan in the photos above with Melissa from NJGuido.com. The top photo was taken at Club Deko (Club Deko is now Ikon Lounge) in Sayreville, NJ, on April 12, 2003, and the bottom photo was taken on April 7, 2003 [Melissa met Joe Gorga in Cancun in March 2003 but didn't start dating him until October 2003].
The following is an excerpt from the February 11, 2013 Reality Tea article about Jan Marie DeDolce.
Today’s exclusive gem features a friend that Melissa used to be close to, Jan Marie DeDolce. Source A tells us that Melissa dropped Jan (who was a bridesmaid in Melissa’s wedding) like a hot potato once she hit it big with RHONJ. Melissa reportedly dug Jan up out of the friendship graveyard recently because she needed a favor.
“Melissa reached out to her recently (because she needed a favor!) to attend one of her events that was being filmed. Jan also then filmed with Teresa and Kim D from Posche. Jan expressed how Melissa hasn’t been a good friend to her and never supported her business (a salon called Teeze).”
Source A continues:
“Melissa LIVES at hair salons yet NEVER went to or helped promote Jan’s salon. Once again, Melissa just uses people to get what she needs. Melissa doesn’t really have any friends so when she has events she has to call random people so when they tape it appears she has friends.”
Our other sources say that this story is only half true. Source B shared with us:
“They were really good friends. Jan was fun, and Melissa and her used to party on the shore when they were younger. Jan was always wild and was drawn to the wrong guys. Her fiancé died in front of her in Aruba of a drug overdose. Then Jan met Joseph Timpanaro, the father of her daughter and now ex-husband who is a drug addict. While Melissa was building a family, Jan’s life was going downhill. Melissa tried to be there for her, but they just went in two different directions.”
Source B says it’s not true that Melissa hadn’t contacted Jan since she signed on for the show:
“Jan was with Melissa and Kathy at the Halloween Party that aired in Season 3, but Bravo didn’t show her. She was also invited to several parties that were filmed during Season 3 and never showed up. Before Season 3 aired, Jan began to lose touch because she had been going through a lot with her ex-husband Joseph Timpanaro at the time, who is currently in jail on drug charges.”
Melissa and Jan did have a falling out in December of 2011 when a certain photo of Melissa (that Jan took) started making the rounds online. Melissa eventually forgave her and the two had lunch and tried to stay in touch.
An insider tells us:
“Funny that Jan is now trying to cover up why she will be shown filming with Melissa, saying how great Melissa’s marriage is and then shown again weeks later filming with Kim D and Teresa talking bad about Melissa and her marriage.”
Jan and Melissa reportedly got together for lunch in early December, weeks before Jan was invited to film a lunch with Melissa and her close friends around Christmas.
Source C tells us that Jan is definitely after some airtime – at any cost:
“Jan is playing extremely dirty. She is fabricating a story to bring drama to the show in the hopes that Bravo will cast her. She feels that it is within reach since she was friends with Melissa. She is willing to make a fool of herself and look two-faced filming with Melissa congratulating her on her book and saying how strong her marriage with Joe is and then turning around and filming with Melissa’s sister-in-law Teresa saying her ex-best friend’s marriage is a sham.”
Source C says that Melissa’s enemies/frienemies are coming out in full force since she announced her new book:
“The second Melissa announced that she was releasing a book on her ‘hot and happy’ marriage, the accusations and attacks started rolling in. Jan is a snake. She doesn’t care if she ruins a family over her lies.”
Also during episode 6, Joe Gorga says that when he is frustrated with his sister he usually has sex with his wife.
“Wow … that speaks volumes. Once again, there is something wrong with Joe Gorga’s feelings towards Teresa – he’s trying to hurt her as a lover tries when he’s hurt. Then I remember this photo from his wedding when he has hand on Teresa’s bottom. It’s creepy and there is definitely something wrong with him.” – lemonmarabou, July 4, 2013, Famewhorgas
“I just finished watching the First Look episode on my DVR. Just like lemonmarabou above commented on, I am flabbergasted that Josephine told Rich he has sex with Melissa when he is mad at his sister. I remember how Teresa caught such flak, and still does, being accused of having ‘unhealthy’ feelings towards her brother. Now this is the third time Josephine has said something that has made me cringe and think how odd for a brother to be saying something like that. The first time was when he told Teresa she looked so sexy in the therapist’s office – she was wearing red – last season. Then he told Caroline his relationship with Teresa is like girlfriend and boyfriend. Now he says he has sex with his wife when he’s mad at Teresa. (Sidenote to Melissa – two things – that must make YOU feel real secure in your relationship and will that be included in your book on how to have a sexy marraige? – Just asking.) I find this really disturbing. When I heard Josie telling Rich that, my mouth fell open. I am usually not one to ‘go there’ as it has such an ick factor and I definitely don’t want to accuse anyone of anything that isn’t really there. While I don’t have a brother, I do understand sort of what a close relationship would be between a brother and sister as my husband is very close to his sister but certainly not like that! Maybe I am being overly sensitive but this doesn’t seem like normal behavior from a brother to a sister, or is it just me?!” – Jeannie5233, July 4, 2013, Famewhorgas
The following are transcripts for the previews of season 5 episode 6.
“Angelo Vrohidis was at the Posche fashion show on September 27, 2011, with a table of people from the salon [Salon La Chateau Allure]. He is friends with the salon owners [Penny Drossos and John Karagiorgis] and was formerly a manager at Lookers, the gentleman’s club where Melissa worked in 2003, the year she met Joe Gorga. So ALLEGEDLY, the morning of the fashion show while Teresa is getting her hair done, Angelo comes up to her and asks about Melissa …Teresa tells him she doesn’t want to hear/talk about it. That night at the fashion show, Angelo confronts Melissa, who jumps up and runs to the bathroom all the while saying to the other housewives that Teresa set her up. This was when Jacqueline went nuts, saying Teresa DID this to poor Melissa! And the next day Jacqueline doesn’t show up for the reunion. ALLEGEDLY the people from the salon [the owners] and Lookers had a bone of their own to pick with Melissa. Right after this happened, Melissa started sending out information that she never danced … she just bartended. But the people calling her out all tell a different story; and Penny, along with several others, has been contracted by Bravo to NOT mention anything until this show airs.” [pjkacper, June 22, 2012, Bravo's Message Board]
Penny Drossos and John Karagiorgis claim that Bravo had nothing to do with Angelo being at their salon just before the PFS, that it was not planned for Angelo to confront Melissa at the PFS, and that Bravo did not setup Melissa. But it seems unlikely that the events leading up to the confrontation could be a total coincidence—in the least, it appears Penny and Johnny invited Angelo (and Kim D) to the salon (and later the PFS), and he was the one who informed Bravo of Melissa’s past working at Lookers. Bravo took advantage of the opportunity to capture on camera the reunion between Angelo and Melissa during filming at the PFS at the end of season 4 by (1) encouraging Angelo to approach Melissa on camera at the PFS, and (2) getting Melissa to confront Teresa on camera and have her admit to what Angelo told her at the salon — that Melissa used to work for him as a dancer.
Melissa has threatened to sue people for calling her a stripper, but she has not made the same threat for calling her a dancer. Lookers’ girls don’t strip: they dance around in thongs and bras or other outfits while selling cocktails. There was a discussion on the NLS Society forum in November 2003 about the dancer wearing a ‘cross around her neck’ with a ‘fake chest.’ According to her pay register, she was working there at the time. So it’s really just semantics, and she is telling the truth when she says she wasn’t a stripper… If they don’t take their clothes off and wear lingerie the whole time, then they’re not truly stripping, they’re ‘dancing.’
On September 30, 2011, Melissa said on her website:
“Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”
Video from Posche Fashion Show September 27, 2011 — The One Where Melissa Accuses Teresa of Outing Her as a Stripper/Dancer from Lookers (Taken by an Innocent Bystander) — Everyone is Ignoring Teresa
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If Melissa was never a stripper/dancer at Lookers as she claims, then how could anyone set her up?
“Melissa, if you don’t want everyone to know you stripped for any man who would toss a dollar bill at you, well, you shouldn’t have agreed to do this show.” – Rosalie Marie, Penny Drossos Says Melissa Gorga Is Lying About Her Past And Was A Stripper!, April 22, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com
StoopidHousewives Uncovered a Lead Producer at RHONJ Who Was Biased Against Teresa Giudice
Why do viewers get the feeling that the show is a Teresa Giudice bashfest? Let lead RHONJ producer, “Cat” Rodriguez’ tweets tell the story!
Using the twitter name @YourFriendKitty, Co-Executive Producer “Cat” has communicated frequently with the New Jersey crew… except for Teresa Giudice! “Cat” also stepped in at the Posche Fashion Show… something that is a no-no for a “reality” producer … to assist in defending Melissa Gorga when things got a bit rocky after Melissa’s ex-boss from Lookers showed up!
Ms. Rodriguez is no longer Co-Executive Producer of the RHONJ. Don’t know the REAL reason she was let go from her duties at the RHONJ… can only surmise that either ratings dropped or that Bravo caught on to her obvious bias toward everyone but Tree! Ms. Rodriguez is also NOT listed on IMDB in any producer capacity
In October and November of 2011, Melissa Pointed a Finger at Teresa, Accusing Her of Setting Her Up
At the Posche fashion show on September 27, 2011 (filmed the evening before the reunion for season 3 was filmed), Melissa pointed a finger at Teresa Giudice, accusing her of masterminding the plot to bring Melissa’s old boss from Lookers to the show to expose on camera Melissa’s past as a dancer for the Gentlemen’s club.
“Someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production,” Melissa told Celebuzz on October 1, 2011.
“Someone takes a chance when they shouldn’t have,” Melissa told TheInsider.com on October 12, 2011. “When you do something, you simply need to own up to it. If you’re gonna throw it out there, own it, say, ‘Yes I said it and I did it.’ It’s very difficult for me to deal with someone who’ll poke you and then say, ‘That wasn’t me, I didn’t poke you’… If you throw it out there and do it, you need to own it.”
After all the kissing and making up seen at the end of last season, Melissa’s husband Joe Gorga is ‘disgusted’ with his table tipping sibling once again.”
“Teresa ‘tried to set me up’ and is back to her old tricks, Melissa told Media Bistro on November 30, 2011, without giving anything away.
Melissa Later Has Since Changed Her Story But She Is Still Pointing the Finger, Just in a More Subtle Way
Reality Tea interviewed her on April 12, 2012, and this is her newest claim:
“I’m almost sure the stripper thing is the finale,” Melissa hinted. “I was a little upset at the time. I felt so set-up. And the other girls saw it and they were getting so upset over it. We just didn’t know who to look at; we didn’t know who to blame. And you know certain signs point to certain things and there’s little clues here and there. But until I watch it play out on TV… I’m sure there’s things that I don’t know yet, that I haven’t seen, that other people have shot. Until I really see it play out I’m not going to point my finger at anyone. In the long run, it doesn’t hurt me.”
According to Reality Tea, Melissa admits that the guy (Angelo) who confronted her during the Posche fashion show (PFS) actually spoke to Teresa.
“He didn’t even say it to my face,” Melissa reveals. “And supposedly [this conversation], it went on behind my back with my sister-in-law and it didn’t happen in front of my face. I wish he would have said it to me so I could have been able to defend myself. I wasn’t even able to say ‘that’s not true!’”
Reality Tea asked Melissa: “Why do you think he confronted Teresa with these allegations? ” Melissa answered:
“Well, that’s the tricky part. That’s the part that we’re trying to figure out. How it was all so conveniently Teresa had met him earlier in the day and Teresa had went to a salon and got her hair done and he just happened to be there and he just happened to come to the Posche Fashion Show… I’m not pointing finger at anyone, because I don’t have facts and that’s not fair. But it just doesn’t feel right. I just don’t wanna believe that anyone would do that to me, especially someone who is part of my family.”
Melissa (along with her husband and all the other housewives) did point her finger at Teresa:
“She says she doesn’t want to point fingers, yet mentions that it’s ‘convenient’ that Teresa had her hair done at the salon (Salon La Chateau Allure) that day (the same salon she always uses) and that he was there (Angelo Vrohidis is friends with the owners, Penny and Johnny Karagiorgis). She’s absolutely pointing fingers, just in a sneaky way; and she’s still doing it even after Angelo specifically said Teresa was not involved.” [Hannavas, April 13, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com]
Since She Doesn’t Know How Bravo Will Spin It, Melissa Has Setup a Scenario Where She Can Blame Editing for Making Teresa Look Innocent
According to Reality Tea on April 12, 2012, “Melissa is waiting to see how it plays out on TV to get answers”:
“Bravo has magic,” Melissa hints. “We’ll see which way they play it.”
When interviewed by RHWGossip on January 14, 2012, Jacqueline said Bravo will make Teresa appear innocent:
“Jacqueline did say Teresa will appear INNOCENT of any wrongdoing in regards to the set up!”
“Melissa is plainly delusional and is in damage control mode, just like Caroline with her interview yesterday. The way they are behaving leads me to believe that they know Bravo is no longer on the hate Teresa train — they got off a few stops ago. So now that Bravo will show what really happened, they are trying to control the damage. Just last week, in that horrible Realty Tea article, Mel said something to the effect of ‘you never know which way Bravo is going to spin it’. They are already gearing up to blame editing on how they will come across. Since her little story about Teresa setting her up at the fashion show has blown up in her face, Mel is now trying to say all kinds of other things.”
According to Reality Tea, Melissa believes the entire thing started with a group of people [including Penny and her husband Johnny] who want to get on the show and want to be Housewives, so they were starting drama to catch Bravo’s attention. This is the same excuse Melissa used when she was put on blast by Sherri Shepherd for the altercation with her stylist at a Heather Robinson’s VIP birthday party — it got Bravo’s attention and Melissa was cast the next season.
Melissa is blaming the setup on a group of people ‘starting drama to catch Bravo’s attention’ — Melissa would know because that is exactly what she did — she fed rumors about Teresa to Danielle Staub — and it worked because she got Bravo’s attention. Then she sealed the deal with an audition tape for Bravo where she promised to expose and destroy Teresa if Bravo cast her.
Back on September 30, 2011, Just After the PFS (Which Was Held on September 27, 2011) Melissa Stated on Her Website That Teresa Staged This Whole Thing to ‘Expose’ Her for Being Something She Wasn’t
There have been a lot of rumors floating around over the last few days that I want to clear up. As everyone knows we are filming season 4 so there is not too much I can confirm, but there is one thing that I would like to clarify…the accusation that I was once a dancer at a strip club. This is 100% NOT TRUE. I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. SORRY, no bubbies there. You will have a better chance at seeing some nudity on the episode this Sunday. Thanks to the always shy Joe Gorga!
The reason I am so adamant about clearing this up is because people are making false accusations solely to hurt me and my family. Someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production. I have been happily married to my husband for 7 years and we have 3 beautiful children.
Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.
So here is a FACT for you: New Jersey State Law states that no Go Go bar can have any sort of nudity and serve alcohol. *State of New Jersey Department of Law & PublicSafety, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook; page 34 (”Go-Go Dancers”).
Thank you so much for all of your support. I love you guys!
Prior to Releasing These ‘Paystubs’ in December 2011, Gorga said on Her Website on September 30, 2011
“I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”
In her Bravo blog on April 30, 2012, she changed her story to fit with the time frame of the pay register she released:
“I put myself through college with the help of my godfather and worked three jobs doing it. I was substitute teaching, working in a tanning salon, and bar tending one night a week.” [Melissa Gorga, Like a Prayer, April 30, 2012]
A few weeks earlier, on April 12, 2012, Melissa was interviewed by one of her favorite blogs, Reality Tea. She said Joe Gorga used to come see her when she was a bartender at Lookers Gentleman’s Club while in college. She also said she couldn’t remember when she graduated college [she graduated college in 2004, the same year she married Joe, so of course she remembers... she avoided answering the question because she was caught off guard and feared she might contradict one of her lies].
Reality Tea: So, the infamous ‘stripper rumors…’ How did Joe and your family handle hearing those things about you? Was it stressful?