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Chris and Jacqueline Laurita’s Shotgun Wedding

June 27, 2012 40 comments

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When asked by AllAboutTRH on October 10, 2012 if Caroline Manzo told her that Jacqueline Laurita was a stripper, Teresa Giudice said: “Yes she did. Caroline has told me many things about Jacqueline. Caroline used to even tell me that Jacqueline doesn’t take care of her kids. When CJ was born and growing up, Caroline told me Jacqueline was really into herself, into working out and was basically more into herself then she was her child. Caroline used to complain that Jacqueline never cooked and thought she was a horrible mother. (Video from Reunion 4 Part 3)

Danielle Staub Claims That Jacqueline Laurita was a Stripper in Las Vegas and That She Broke Up Chris Laurita’s Engagement to Dina’s Friend ‘Jen’

Danielle called Jacqueline a “Vegas whore” during the reunion special for season 2. After the reunion for season 3 aired in October 2011, Danielle tweeted (see tweets below) that Jacqueline was a stripper. She said:

“I kept it to myself because Jacqueline was so weak and asked me not to say anything.” – Danielle Staub, October 27, 2011, Twitter

Danielle exchanged tweets with a few viewers in October and November of 2011, who surmised that Jacqueline skipped the reunion because she was afraid her past as a stripper was going to come out. The viewers asked Danielle if Jacqueline was also a prostitute, but it appears Danielle did not respond. The viewers went on to say that Jacqueline wants to appear “goody goody” and that while watching Danielle go through hell for her past, Jacqueline pretended to be “high class” when she herself had “supported a young child by stripping.” They accused Jacqueline of being “a two-faced friend all along to everyone.” Danielle tweeted that Jacqueline “needs everyone to love her and if they don’t, she literally destroys them.” Danielle also tweeted that Jacqueline would attack anyone who supported her and that Jacqueline “doesn’t realize how loyalty really works.” She also tweeted that Jacqueline “should spend more time parenting and less time worrying about what Teresa is doing.”

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Note: Danielle’s tweets exposing Jacqueline as a stripper were in late October 2011; the season 4 episodes where Jacqueline practically forbid Teresa to communicate with Danielle were filmed in early August 2011, a few months earlier. When Danielle outed Melissa in her August 7, 2011 tweets during Teresa’s appearance on WWHL, Teresa tweeted back that she would like to know more about what Danielle had to say, which infuriated Jacqueline because she was fearful that Danielle also would reveal all of her secrets.

According to more tweets from Danielle Staub in October/November 2011 (see tweets below), Jacqueline “took her now husband from Jen his fiance”; Jen was Danielle’s “nail girl” and “Dina Manzo’s then best friend”; both Jen and Dina worked at Nisha. Apparently Chris Laurita was in a relationship with one of Dina Manzo’s friends, Jen (who worked at Nisha), when he met Jacqueline, and he cheated on Jen with Jacqueline. This may be why Dina never got along with Jacqueline because, in Dina’s mind, she broke up her friend’s relationship with her brother.

“Jacqueline took her now husband from Jen his fiancé... Jen told me all about Jacqueline when she was my nail girl and Dina Manzo’s then best friend (both worked at Nisha).” – Danielle Staub, October 10, 2011, Twitter

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Danielle Staub Knows Jacqueline Laurita’s Secrets and That’s Why She Freaked Out When Teresa Giudice Replied to Her Tweets

Reading Danielle’s tweets from October/November 2011, we can see why Jacqueline does not want Teresa to communicate with Danielle — it’s because Danielle knows Jacqueline’s secrets and Jacqueline wants to continue burying the truth (as does Melissa). Allegedly, Jacqueline got pregnant and then married in a rush, which is why she doesn’t have a wedding photo with herself in a wedding dress.

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“We got married very simple, if you will. We didn’t do professional wedding pictures. You know that picture everyone has with the bride and the groom and the wedding dress and you know it just nice to put in the foyer… When I got married to Chris I wore gray pants and a black shirt.” – Jacqueline Laurita, Season 4 Episode 24, The Lost Footage (image above)

According to Jacqueline’s IMDb.com bio, she and Chris married in 2002 (she does not give the actual date): Christopher Laurita, Jr. (CJ) was born on May 24, 2002, so she was pregnant or already had given birth to CJ when she married Chris. It was a shotgun wedding — the ceremony in the park/gazebo without a wedding dress or bridal party that she talked about in season 4 episode 8 and season 4 episode 24.

In her story, “How I Met Chris“, she says they met in 1996 (she was living in Las Vegas but had gone to Chicago to work a trade show that Chris and his brother attended). According to Jacqueline:

“From that day on it was nonstop visiting and ridiculously long and frequent phone calls in which we really got to know each other and became the best of friends and fell in love. That went on for about five years [around 2001]. There was a year break between us after three years [year break around 1999-2000].

“I really had no desire to move to New Jersey at the time and pull Ashley away from my family and friends and he couldn’t make the move to Nevada. We couldn’t move forward. I was so in love with him and I wasn’t dating other people, but I was scared to make the move.

“After our year apart, our failed attempts to get each other out of our minds and attempts of being with other people, we both realized we were just meant to be together and it wasn’t worth fighting it anymore. We reconnected, and then a year later [in 2001-2002] he came to me and proposed to me right in front of Ashley. I had to make a decision right then and there [moved to NJ and married in 2002]. We’ve been together since and we’re still going strong. (While dating Chris I also went on to work for Lancome and worked on-call for swing and graveyard shifts as a cocktail waitress for a local hotel and casino called Samstown. I also freelanced as a makeup artist, just in case you were wondering.) “

Jacqueline Accused Joe Giudice of Cheating on Teresa

“On May 6, Caroline wrote in her Bravo blog that me calling MY OWN brother in PRIVATE to talk about his marriage (like we’ve always done our whole lives) was ‘cruel and thoughtless,’ and that talking about anyone’s marriage is a ‘line that should never be crossed’.” [Teresa Giudice, July 24, 2012, The Knitting Circle]

“If I get hurt I get nasty, and I got nasty because I was hurt.” [Jacqueline Laurita, Season 4 Episode 15, during her conversation with Teresa in the RV, away from the others, where Teresa tries to understand why Jacqueline no longer wants to be her friend]

In Teresa’s June 18, 2012 Bravo blog, she used an analogy of a cheating husband to address Jacqueline’s objection to her replying on Twitter to Danielle Staub:

“As far as Jacqueline goes, she is a really hard person to be good friends with because she is so unstable and moody. But I never thought her moods would turn crazy against me. She was screaming at me to ‘move on’ and forgive Melissa for something evil that Melissa did two years ago, but guess what? I just found out about it a week earlier! Give me some time to process it! And I had already decided to and did publicly defend Melissa. How is it holding an old grudge when you just found out?

“Let me see if I can use an analogy Jacqueline might understand: if you caught your husband flirting with your friend, you would be understandably crushed. Say you worked through it for months though and forgave him. Then you found out he really didn’t just flirt, he slept with her. Two years ago. Does your old forgiveness count? It was two years ago! Why should you care? You said you forgave him! Hypocrite! Um, I say would you care. And that your previous forgiveness doesn’t count because you didn’t know what you were forgiving. You need to work through the new offense that you just found out about. Right?”

On June 18, 2012, Jacqueline went on a Twitter rampage: in one of her many tweets she said that her husband didn’t cheat on her but that Joe Giudice cheated on Teresa and she caught him:

“I think it’s obvious that my husband didn’t cheat on me. Look at us. Look at them [the Giudices]. It was her husband that cheated & she caught him.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 18, 2012, Twitter [later deleted but screen shot saved here]

A day later, on June 19, 2012, Jacqueline jumped on Twitter again to further accuse Joe Giudice of cheating, this time she direct messaged someone:

“Joe cheated on Teresa with her friend/babysitter.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 19, 2012, Twitter Direct Message

On Twitter, Jacqueline made it clear that she interpreted Teresa’s analogy in her June 18, 2012, Bravo blog to be an accusation that Chris had an affair with one of Jacqueline’s friends two years ago:

“Teresa tried to imply in her blog that my husband cheated on me two years ago, which is completely false. It was her husband so I cleared that up.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 26, 2012, Twitter

In her June 27, 2012 Bravo blog, “Don’t Get It Twisted”, Jacqueline attacked Teresa again about the analogy she used in her Bravo blog a week earlier:

“Shame on Teresa again for trying to imply in her last blog that my husband cheated on me, which is FALSE. Again, she is shifting issues that she is dealing with onto other people. I think there may be a jealousy issue on Teresa’s end from seeing how people are responding to me and my husband as opposed to her and Joe’s relationship. She can’t stand the fact that viewers love my husband, so she wants to try to knock him down to her husband’s level. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.”

During the Season 4 Reunion Special Both Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita Accused the Others’ Husbands of Cheating on Them

During the reunion special, Teresa said to Jacqueline in regards to her husband Chris: ‘Didn’t he cheat on you a long time ago? That’s what you told me.’

Jacqueline denied the allegation, but Teresa wouldn’t let up, saying, “Fine, then he didn’t cheat on you. That’s why you told me you didn’t trust him. That’s why he’s not allowed to go out.”

Jacqueline lashed back and accused Joe of swearing and getting into physical fights with Teresa.

Teresa shrugged off the accusations, replying, “‘Yeah, I punch him like if we’re playing around.”

Jacqueline responded: “No honey, no, you guys get into some pretty bad…I’ve heard every name in the book… And now that you’re going there, you told me your husband cheated on you several times. You caught him with his secretary, the babysitter…and you asked me what you should do because my ex-husband had cheated on me.”

After the season 4 reunion special taped on September 7, 2012, AllAboutTRH asked Teresa Giudice if it was true that Jacqueline told her that Chris Laurita previously cheated on her? Here is Teresa’s response:

“Yes. She did. Chris was never allowed to go out with my husband unless they played poker at each other’s houses. I think they might have went out once the whole time I was friends with Jacqueline and I remember Joe telling me Jacqueline wouldn’t stop calling Chris. The only thing Chris is allowed to do is play cards. My husband is allowed to go out with the guys and that’s fine because I go out with the girls and we trust each other. I don’t like talking about other people’s marriages but I’m not going to bite my tongue and say nothing while Jacqueline continues to talk about my marriage to strangers on twitter. (Jacqueline has messaged viewers and has spoken about Joe cheating on Teresa on twitter several times.) This is not something I would make up because I’m not the type of person to do that. Jacqueline and I even have a mutual friend who was going through something with her husband and Jacqueline told our friend how to track her husband through GPS and how to put a memory card on there phone so that she would have access to her husbands stuff and I was shocked because I didn’t even know you could do half of that! And she knew all that stuff because she would do that with Chris.”

As reunion 5 was airing on October 6, 2013, Jacqueline tweeted the following regarding the comments she made during reunion 4 about Juicy cheating with his secretary and the babysitter (she said in the reunion 5 footage that she was wrong to say it but didn’t expand on it):

“Last reunion, although brutally honest, I said things that were not my place to say! I was not going there again.”

Danielle Staub Knows Jacqueline Laurita and Melissa Gorga’s Secrets, That’s Why Jacqueline Doesn’t Want Teresa Contacting Danielle (Updated 6/19/2012)

June 12, 2012 29 comments

“Bravo has exploited, beautifully, ordinary people who are so desperate for any level of fame that they will serve up their families, their secrets, and their friendships. There are plenty of people who look at all this mess and say ‘no way,’ but there are plenty more who would willingly take anyone’s place on these shows.” – Ellemm, June 22, 2012, Television Without Pity

As explained by Andy Cohen on the June 17, 2012, episode of WWHL, over an 11-month period in 2007-2008, Teresa Giudice changed her mind several times about joining the cast (she kept dropping in and dropping out) “because she wasn’t sure what she was getting herself into.” Teresa entered the arrangement with Bravo after months of hesitation. She says she signed on to do the show with friends and a stranger (Danielle). Teresa did not campaign against anyone or seek out to get her spot on the show, like Melissa Gorga did.

Teresa has said many, many times that she never would have signed up had the original cast included her family members. Her family members were cast in the third season after the show was an established hit.

“Melissa Gorga was at nearly every single family function, especially the ones filmed for Bravo. For years, she sent Bravo ‘audition’ tapes, e-mails, and even spoke with producers and assistants in person. No one was interested in her or her husband, who they mocked behind the scenes.” – RHONJ Insider, Comment Posted at Reality Tea, September 17, 2011

When you compare what Danielle Staub said to what Melissa herself said in her very first Bravo blog and in one of her early interviews, it confirms that Danielle simply was repeating what the Gorgas told her about Teresa, and that she was not lying about Melissa’s malicious intent regarding Teresa:

  • Melissa was “constantly contacting Danielle” to “help her expose Teresa and Joe;”
  • Melissa “wanted to come on with Danielle season 2 to get back at Teresa;” and
  • Melissa “begged (along with Joe) to come on with her season 2,” and Danielle said “No!”.

Teresa’s brother has been directly contacting me for the past year and a half, letting me know how he feels about his sister And not once do you see her with her brother and her sister-in-law and their beautiful children. Not once! But she glorifies everybody else. Why couldn’t she show her real family? Why? Just tell me why? Because they have more than her maybe? Because she’s jealous of them maybe? Or maybe they would have told the truth and said Teresa goes off like that all the time. ‘It’s not just Danielle. Teresa’s certifiably crazy.’ I think they’re going to have their chance now to speak the truth. Go for it, I’m all behind you.” – Danielle Staub, September 6, 2010, Out.com

“‘With Joe Gorga, everything is for sale, his wife, his house…’, Melissa said during season 4 episode 13. Boy Melissa, you said a mouthful. His own sister was for sale, and not only did he sell her, he threw her under the bus. Just for camera time on a reality show.” – FanViewerNJ, July 26, 2012, Melissa’s Bravo Blog

During reunion 2 in September 2010, Teresa said,I wanna know who the f*ck she [Danielle] is talking to.”

Danielle tweeted Teresa in August 2011 (a day before episode 8 was filmed in sesaon 4), saying that Melissa was communicating with her in 2009 and 2010. And Jacqueline calls it a betrayal of their friendship for Teresa to respond to the tweets because of what Danielle did to Ashlee (which was three years ago, and which was put to rest at the reunion special for season 2 in September 2010 when Jac and Teresa hugged it out with Danielle at the very end of part 2 of reunion 2)? Danielle tweeted Teresa about Melissa contacting her, and Teresa tweeted back two responses, which had nothing to do with anyone but Melissa, yet Jacqueline makes it about her. Teresa has every right to know what went down, no matter how long ago it occurred (Teresa just found out about it the day before episode 8 was filmed). Melissa shouldn’t be off the hook for betraying Teresa, especially since she denies conspiring with Danielle to take down Teresa (so, of course, Melissa has never apologized for doing this). And Jacqueline should remember that she continued to have contact with Danielle’s sidekick, Kim G, even after Kim G encouraged Danielle to pursue the assault case against Ashlee in 2010.

“I also don’t understand how any of these women can see that Melissa was contacting Danielle in order to stir shit up for Teresa, and yet Melissa comes out of this smelling like a rose and Teresa is labeled the crazy, vindictive bitch. That’s talent.” – Stinger97, June 17, 2012, Television Without Pity

“Teresa wants confirmation from Danielle that Melissa and Joe did do all the sneaky shit to get on the show that they are being accused of. Melissa wants to bury the truth. Teresa wanting to hear it from the horse’s mouth is her searching for the truth.” – RabbleRouser, June 14, 2012, LynnNChicago

The Gorgas came on the show with the intent to make Teresa’s personal life public and to ruin her relationships with her ‘second family’. It has been and continues to be a very public bashing of a family member by other family members, who have gossiped about Teresa to her ‘friends’ to get them to side with them to take her down. It is ludicrous for Teresa’s brother to expect her to just “let it go.”

Teresa Giudice Explains the Gorga’s Bravo Audition Tape and How They Joined the Show (Plus Radio Interview)

June 9, 2012 13 comments

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Possibly the most hypocritical words ever spoken on Reality TV were spoken by Melissa Gorga during season 4 episode 7 when she talked about the August 1, 2011, issue of In Touch magazine, which featured Teresa Giudice on the cover (I’m Terrified of Being Poor): “I get it—you need to make money, [so] make your money—but at the same time, you need to be loyal to your family. Maybe she can go see a therapist about that. I’m sorry, that’s how I feel.”

Three episodes later, Teresa’s brother Joe showed the same hypocrisy when he said: “I think it’s extremely hard for Teresa to be a good friend, a loyal friend. She can’t even be loyal to her family. How can she be loyal to a friend. That’s why I’m going to therapy: to make her understand what she does wrong.”

How many of you would be ok with your family member opening a competing business in the middle of the night without your knowledge, all the while trying to steal your customers, then waging a campaign to discredit your livelihood. That’s not jealousy…it’s called betrayal!!!

– Dubbalicious, March 25, 2012, Reality Tea

97.9 WRMF Radio Interview With Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey

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June 7, 2012

Teresa Giudice took the time to speak to us about her family feud with Joe and Melissa Gorga and where they stand today, what really happened surrounding all the rumors about drama on the set of The View, The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, if she’ll have her own television show, her new cook book “Fabulicious! Fast & Fit” and more!

Editor’s Note: In the radio interview, Teresa does an excellent job answering questions, much better than her appearance on ‘The View’ and in her other TV interviews. She also wrote a blog on her website (below) explaining much more, including how Joe and Melissa Gorga joined the show.

The Truth Always Comes Out

By Teresa Giudice
June 9, 2012

I flew to Miami yesterday for my book signing so I didn’t get to watch “The View” (we filmed it on Tuesday). And since I left right after my segment because I had a book signing on Staten Island that evening, I didn’t know what Melissa and Kathy said during their segment. Now in my hotel, I just watched the whole thing online, and… wow… so many things going through my mind…

It’s hard to get your thoughts straight when you’re being interviewed for TV — especially when you’re trying to talk to 5 women at once like on The View and there are no “retakes.” If you’ve ever done a live or even taped television segment, you know how much is going on and how overwhelming it can be, but I think I’m getting better! But I’m always much better at writing what I think because you’re not on the spot, you can take your time, and there’s the wonderful delete button! So here goes…

You all know I’m not big on bashing my co-stars, family, or really anyone on Twitter or Facebook and I try my hardest not to in my blogs either. I just don’t live my life that way. I never have. I didn’t run around town with Danielle’s book. I don’t meet with people’s ex-husbands to dig up dirt on them. I don’t hire private investigators to look up people’s true identity on Twitter… I’m way too busy living my life, raising my beautiful daughters, working, and raising money for Neph Cure.

I only heard today that Melissa called me a liar or a fibber or whatever, when the press started calling me for my response. I’m not going to play he-said-she-said in the papers, but I do have to set the record straight so I wanted to just tell you all directly. I’ve been telling the same story–the truth–since it happened. Suddenly Melissa has a new answer for it, fresh from her new PR people: it’s a lie and it’s my “crutch.” Are you kidding me?

Here’s the absolute truth: I had no idea Melissa or Kathy were joining RHONJ until the day a Bravo producer called me and told me. And I was shocked almost out of my mind because I literally had no idea… not even the tiniest hint. The two of them can split hairs all they want and dance around the exact when/how/why, but the fact is you don’t get cast on the show overnight. It takes interviews, phone calls, meetings, contract negotiations, etc. However much they did for however long I don’t know because it was all behind my back.

After Dina and Danielle left in Season 2, there were two open spots on the show. None of us knew who they would pick. The producers interviewed tons of people in NJ. Every time one of my friends or even acquaintances got a call from producers for an interview, they called me immediately to tell me. That only makes sense, right? I was happy for anyone else to get the opportunity to be on the show and hoped a bunch of my friends would get picked. For whatever reason, they weren’t. Why would anyone who knew me interview for a show I had been on for two years and keep it a secret from me???

I got my contract from Bravo for Season 3 and just a few weeks before we were scheduled to start filming, I got a call from one of the producers saying: “By the way, the new Housewives are your sister-in-law and cousin Kathy.” Total shock. Never in a million years was that even a possibility to me because I’d never heard anything about it from them. In fact, when I was filming, Kathy would put the show down and say she could “never” be on TV like that. I would have to defend myself and say, “Well, I chose it and I’m having fun with it.”

I called Melissa and Kathy to ask if it was true. They did not call me. They confirmed that yes they’d “interviewed” but said “nothing was set in stone yet.” They said they were still thinking about the offer and going to make family decisions about it. Um, what? *Family* decisions?!?