The Lauritas and Manzos Are Hoping Viewers Will Buy Blk ‘Out of Pity’ (They Say They’ve ‘Invested Everything’ in Blk); Melissa Gorga Accuses Teresa Giudice and Bravo Producers of Sabotage (Updated 7/17/2012)
The Manzos and Lauritas made it perfectly clear during season 4 episode 12 (a giant infomercial) that they have everything riding on the success of BLK water (it is not a coincidence that this season Chris Laurita had more screen time than Jacqueline in episode 12 and that he is doing talking head interviews looking rather depressed and saying things like “this has to work” as if this is their last hope). The episode was filmed in August 2011, and BLK is not the success they hoped it would be. This must be adding to the resentment and jealously the cast has toward Teresa Giudice.
Chris Laurita said during episode 12 that he “invested everything” in BLK (Albie Manzo said essentially the same thing). And both Chris and Jacqueline even mentioned that their apparel company went bankrupt. They are hoping viewers will buy their product out of pity, which is what Jacqueline ‘Loose Lips’ Laurita claims Teresa is doing (see quotes below). The creditors of the Laurita’s apparel company forced a corporate bankruptcy in 2009, but they are just now, two and a half years later, mentioning it on the show.
To make the case that they (along with Bravo, which has a vested interest in BLK’s success) are playing the viewers for fools, an astute viewer questioned why the Lauritas were acting like owners of BLK rather than just promoters of the product:
“OK…so, when we first were introduced to BLK it seemed that Chris was partnering with (or backing) Christopher and Albie in a new promotion company. My impression was that they were starting a business to promote other people’s products (and I assume make some sort of percentage off of sales they made). It seemed to me BLK was their first client. NOW it seems as if they are doing more than just promoting BLK…it seems like it’s THEIR product/company. The way they’re talking about all the money they’re spending, the traveling, the booth, the van, etc…that’s legwork people do to promote their own company, not someone elses. A promotional company throws some parties, gives the stuff out at a bar or a food store. Am I missing something? Did they purchase all the ownership rights to BLK? They all can’t get rich on this stuff if they’re just promoting it for someone else…and I don’t see them even remotely promoting anything else. They are all acting like this is their meal ticket and I don’t think there’s a chance it would be unless they OWN it. What’s the deal???” – ivygirl22, July 17 2012, IMDb.com
“People were buying Teresa’s products out of pity, thinking they were poor and needed help. People around town were starting to notice that her big lifestyle hadn’t changed and started saying that the Giudices were con artists, and were part of a big scam to get people to buy her products. People felt like they were getting played.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 27, 2012, Don’t Get It Twisted
“I was wondering if Teresa was just profiting from people’s pity by benefiting from a big media scam while she was really living the high life or was my friend really in trouble, denying it to herself, suffering in silence and getting deeper in debt.” – Jacqueline Laurita, June 27, 2012, The Rules According to Teresa
Albie said during episode 12 that he invested his savings in BLK, and then backed up this statement while the show was airing by tweeting: “True story; no one gets paid from blk. All the money goes to making the company grow. We have all sacrificed a lot, hopefully it pays off!” – Albie Manzo, August 15, 2011, Twitter
“What Albie said is true; they have been traveling non-stop and busting their butts to get BLK out there. As a matter of fact, I’m sure we’ve even met quite a few of you who are reading right now at a BLK tasting somewhere along the way. If you have been to one, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. It’s also true when Albie said they haven’t made a dime. All the money has been going right back into the company, and they’ve been working for pretty much nothing. Times have been rough, but the reward has been worth it.” – Caroline Manzo, July 15, 2012, Getting Saucy
“It was an involuntary bankruptcy. Signature Apparel stopped paying its vendors. And when the company’s books were reviewed by the trustee, a related adversary proceeding was filed against the Laurita Defendants. The Laurita Defendants are Joseph Laurita, director, Christopher Laurita, director, Adeline Laurita (wife of Joseph), Jacqueline Laurita (wife of Christopher), Anthony Laurita (brother of Joseph and Christopher), and Frankie Laurita (son of Joseph and now deceased). The adversary proceeding states the Laurita Defendants used over $7 million of the company’s funds for their own personal use – vacations, cars (Ashlee’s SUVs), credit cards, etc. It’s called a ‘bleed out.’ The bankruptcy trustee’s responsibility is to protect the bankruptcy estate and to get the legitimate creditors of the company paid (even though it may not be 100% but something). The personal assets of the Laurita Defendants will have to be sold and the proceeds paid to the bankruptcy estate to enable the legitimate creditors to be paid something. The Lauritas committed bankruptcy fraud – a federal crime. If prosecuted, prison time and fines.” – Love NJ, July 16, 2012, StoopidHousewives
“Well, I think some things became very clear in last night’s episode. It is all about their business ventures (which we knew), and their success in promoting their products. Kathy with desserts (Rich thought he was funny–not!), BLK and Chris L. admitting his other business failed and he sunk so much money in BLK and it just has to work or he is in deep sh*t (financially ruined), and now there is a trio of new pasta sauces from Caroline and hubby. This spoke volumes of the need to “take Teresa down”, make her look bad so that viewers will turn on her and not buy her products, and love the Manzo/Laurita gang for exposing Teresa, and then everyone will buy their products, and they will be rich. The want the viewers to spend our money on their crap and not Teresa’s. The almighty dollar and its pursuit has the devil working overtime in NJ. Just what the world needs, more water and pasta sauce. I would never spend one cent to buy any of their products or anything they are affiliated with. It is time for them to go away. Chris Laurita should have thought of his financial future before they embezzled/blew through all their company’s funds.” – julia109, July 16, 2012, Reality Tea
“Pretty sure Teresa’s product sales are out stripping the Sauce and BLK. I’m also pretty sure this is the crux of the issues between the Manzo/Lauritas and Giudices. They were never meant to be the successful ones. The Manzos tried to tarnish her image because they believed the public were supporting her product out of sympathy.” – Sackem, August 5, 2012, Reality Tea
“Now I get why you and Jacqueline wanted to get rid of Teresa. It seems like both of you were trying to alienate her so she could get kicked off the show, so that you girls would have the floor to promote your own products. I get it now; just getting rid of the competition.” – Mimilicious, July 17, 2012, Caroline’s Bravo Blog
“Glad to see Caroline has stopped bashing and blaming Teresa in her blogs, but it is too little too late. We all know the outcome, as all of this came out one year ago, and Caroline continues to go on television interviews and speak negatively about Teresa. So she is fooling no one. I think they really think if they ‘exposed’ Teresa, and viewers saw how terrible she was, that they would no longer buy her products, and be so grateful for the others showing how bad Teresa is, that we would all run out and spend our money on their products instead of Teresa’s. In my opinion, it backfired and more people will say just as I do, that they will never spend one cent to buy any of the products from the other housewives on the show because of how nasty and mean they have been. They should have lived and let live, but I think they may have slit their own financial throats. Chris Laurita finally stated that he had financial problems with his other business (yeah they embezzled or drained all of the funds out of it), and now they really need this BLK to work or else he is in huge financial trouble. Well, they should have found a better strategy than trying to hurt Teresa, in order to help themselves. It is clear that the Manzo/Laurita gang had a meeting, and everyone decided on the agenda, and that would be to trash the whole Guidice family every chance that they got, and that each and every member would do it.” – MelindaK, July 17, 2012, Caroline’s Bravo Blog
“I think the other housewives are jealous of Teresa’s resilience and the business success she’s experiencing despite all her troubles. Caroline and Jacqueline, especially, seem to hate other females (look how badly they treat their daughters compared to their sons), so I’m not that surprised that they’re all trying to pull bullshit excuses out of their asses to justify their raging hatred of Teresa.” – Natasha333, July 15, 2012, Television Without Pity
“It’s so funny watching the beginning of BLK. They have come SOOO far since then. SOOO proud of our hard working boys!! :0) BLK is now in all the major grocery store chains across the country !!! BLK lawsuit settled. It’s over. All is good!! :0) Vanessa’s right! I shed a LOT of tears this season. Besides everything that went on, I found out I had extremely low testosterone. Now good!” – Jacqueline Laurita, July 15, 2012, Twitter [BLK is not in all the major grocery chains across the country if you check their website, http://www.blkbeverages.com]
By louise123, Caroline’s Bravo Blog (‘Caked On’)
July 16, 2012
Last night’s episode solidified and confirmed everything I thought. It’s been so obvious that Caroline’s attack, which built and built, was so much more than Teresa not being honest with them about her “feelings.” Caroline can’t even articulate why she acted like Teresa needed to be publicly executed anymore, so she’s just staying quiet and letting Jacqueline do her dirty work.
Caroline and Jacqueline are both in such dire straits over blk water: Jacqueline for her and Chris, and Caroline for her and her boys. This was supposed to take the world by storm.
Caroline just worked herself into a craze—a jealous, lunatic craze—because they were not doing well (like many people out here), and singing about the bad economy (which is true) while, simultaneously, Teresa was on the best seller list again and they couldn’t keep her books on the shelves.
I believe they worked themselves into a FRENZY watching her succeed. Caroline always needs a target when she’s failing, and she lashes out; and boy did she target Teresa. But this time she went too far, as she did with Dina.
Caroline and Jacqueline most likely, without even speaking to each other, came up with this “Teresa is twisting everything and lying about her life” together as they (and we watched them) gossip and gossip and gossip about Teresa with themselves and her “family.” She was the topic of EVERYONES conversation and it was always negative. They were building their case before our very eyes each week! You bet Kathy, Melissa and Joe loved their CASE, because it meant ruining Teresa, woohoo!
While Caroline and Jac were hiding their feelings of money desperation (how ironic), they were focusing their treacherous gossip on the one person who was making it with their product from this show. When everyone is drowning, and one person is headed straight for safe ground, everyone tries to sink the swimmer, and THAT’S what they did. It was mean, cold, calculated, and I have no empathy for their current situation with blk water because they were willing to publicly destroy Teresa.
Even if Caroline and Jaq thought it was true about Teresa misleading them (which I don’t think they did), but even if they did, what they then did with their “feeling” on national TV is unforgivable and just plain messed up. If we bought what they were selling about Teresa, AND GAVE THEM THE REACTION THEY BOTH WANTED, Teresa would be ostracized and ruined on this show. It’s unarguably what they were “going for.”
Caroline has been relentless and even went this week onto the Bethenny show to badmouth Teresa more. This week! It was really scummy, and then jumps on here and writes pleasantries. It’s bad enough Teresa’s family wanted her ruined for their own success. Bravo needs to give us some REAL friends and women for Teresa to play with, She’s earned it.
“This episode was so much fun! It was nice to see everyone getting along and doing their thing; let’s hope this is the start of a new, happier trend in Jersey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my fingers, toes, and even my eyes crossed!” – Caroline Manzo, July 15, 2012, Getting Saucy [three days after her appearance on Bethenny’s show, above]
By louise123, Teresa’s Bravo Blog (‘Dance Mom’)
July 12, 2012
The fat lady has not only sung, she has left the building and is headed to The Olive Garden.
Teresa, it’s done, over.
The reason the other women are still scrambling is because they think they STILL can make some sense out of their attack if they continue on the war path. The had some people fooled for a while, but the jig’s up.
All of this boiled down to two words for the Manzos and the Lauritas: Black Water. I mean, it was pretty obvious how much Caroline is invested in the success of Black Water (blk). She had her sons on Millionaire Matchmaker for god’s sake, and when it appears her son is finally in love, she actually morphed into ‘Jabba The Hut’ because she feared he may get his priorities mixed up and lose focus on Black Water. That lovely scene [Caroline saying “I worry because at this point in Albie’s life he’s not capable of having a relationship; his priority should be work and blk; I’m worried”] was followed by Lauren telling us all that her main goal in life is to have more money than her brothers. Jacqueline is so busy peddling products and slamming Teresa on Twitter 24/7, she’s lost all reality (no pun intended).
Listen, I’ve heard this before but it ties everything together. After Bethenny hit the friggin lottery with this show, that brass ring was out there. They tried—Black Water was supposed to get THEM on the cover of Forbes. It didn’t.
You were building your empire and hot on her trail, so MAN, you were gonna pay. All of this ridiculous circumstance you find yourself standing in the middle of is ALL envy. Envy because YOUR ventures with this show hit big and Black Water can’t get off the ground.
We watched the parallel lines as your books and on-air persona became bigger and bigger—you became the target. We know Caroline and Dina’s rift is because of a business deal, we just don’t know what it was. Well surprise, surprise—look what Caroline did to you when she thought her turf (success) was being infringed upon. I mean, it had to be bad: her own sister hasn’t talked to her in a year.
Fortunately, we saw what Caroline did to you, so we know her means of operation. The funny part is she thought she and Jacqueline could pull off this story that all of this hate and anger is because you weren’t being real. Dina came out and said their rift had absolutely nothing to do with anything you did or said to her, so they had to think fast. It still doesn’t make sense. Caroline screaming “Of Course It’s Not About The Cookbooks” was a very telling moment. Bottom line, Teresa, is Caroline and Jacqueline are furious the fans brought you to success and not them. You had to pay. They can’t take it out on US, though Jacqueline is starting to.
The beauty of all of this is how you handled yourself. It was crazy, bizarre, and so, so ugly but you remained grounded and lived in gratitude. Caroline and Jacqueline targeted you because it was easy. You already had a sister-in-law and brother who came on for your blood to pursue their own fame. That’s a whole other blog, and frankly it bores me now. They both are repulsive, and I imagine you will never look at your brother the same again. What he did was so far past anything I thought a human was capable of doing to family, but the fact remains that he did it.
Times are tough and these women all want to keep their lifestyles. Everyone is hurting, and the mere fact that you were succeeding with your ventures drove them mad. Melissa is now getting karma. She’s almost done: there’s nothing inside her to carry a personality on the show now that she’s been exposed. The women have worn out ‘The Teresa Is BAD’ story, and there’s nowhere for them to go, and they know it [they’re clinging onto hope that the viewers will buy that Teresa setup Melissa to expose her dancer/stripper past (the final episode of season 4), but they’re keeping quiet now because they don’t know how Bravo will spin it].
You have such a wonderful family in your house and you’ve been so strong, it’s almost unimaginable. Caroline and Jacqueline are lost in a panic. Caroline thought she could use the ‘Caroline Rules’ persona to get us to swallow anything, but what she didn’t understand was that we stopped believing in that a long time ago. Just because Bravo published the supporters and the non supporters comments on the blogs, she thought it was 50/50. Clearly now they see it’s about 90/10, and what a vindication for you after all they put you through. Whenever I begin to feel sorry for Jacqueline I think about the fact that if she had her way, you’d be in the gutter now.
I don’t know if I’d categorize them (Caroline and Jacqueline) as bad people, but they certainly lack character.
Your brother, Melissa, and Kathy? The way they have enjoyed seeing you at the center of a public lynching is so disturbing. Joe and Melissa dancing on the table for attention summed them up nicely. Your cousin has always, and continues to do, everything in her power to remove you from grace. She’s way more dangerous than anyone thinks. They have no idea how ridiculous they look kissing up to your enemies. That just tells it all. Bam. Now that they see the Manzo/Laurita side is losing steam, those rats will jump ship—rats always do.
I believe all three—Joe, Melissa and Kathy—are bad people—100%. All three knew what they were doing every bloody episode, for two seasons; and they literally planned it, complete with contrived scenes—all to see you fall hard. No two ways around that.
I stand behind what I say—bad people. Just cut all ties. This was too much, too far to the dark side.
In the latest issue of Star ‘magazine’, an ‘inside source’ (Melissa) is saying that Teresa Giudice is behind the confrontation between Melissa and her former boss (Lookers Gentlemen’s Club manager Angelo Vrohidis) on September 27, 2011, at the Posche Fashion Show (PFS).
Since September 27, 2011, Melissa has been claiming that Teresa set her up to expose her dancer/stripper past, but she hasn’t said much about it since earlier this year. With this latest article from Star, she is once again blaming Teresa for the PFS setup.
“Bullshit, all bullshit. Guess ‘source’ needs money for bills!! She better shut the fuck up with her blatant lies before I release the tape her GF made of her. FYI: I don’t need to make $ off it, remember. Or how about the fact when producers contacted her friends to join the show she told them it wasn’t worth going on. That’s a lie too BS! Let me understand this… X bfs lie, Gfs lie, x boss’s lie, everyone lies but her … Shut the fuck up liar!!!” – Penny Drossos@PDKhair, July 4, 2012, Twitter
“This was just sent to me & it’s a bunch of bullshit. Teresa Giudice never tried to sabotage her nonexistent career (pic.twitter.com/tFqP23Rk – photo above). What a way to piss me off. Star suggests my friend Angelo was part of a set-up. Oh let’s guess who leaked that bullshit story. Bartender, dancer, whatever. You all get on the stage at some point. Star claims source? Angelo managed for 13 yrs & will not retract! Neither Teresa Giudice, Bravo, or anyone was part of a setup. It was pure coincidence. So Star, if you want facts we won’t hide! Can you hear me now Star. No-one tried to sabotage a 15 min famer, autotoned coattailer, or a family & friend backstabbing famewhore!! Star claims Melissa Gorga was sabotaged. There was nothing to sabotage, she did it to herself w/her past. She’ll go Kung Fu on my ass. Wait till she sees this bullshit article Star posted. Talk about leaking bullshit story. Here’s a fact, fakeass’ lawyer sent Angelo letter” [Melissa had her lawyer start a lawsuit against Angelo after he gave an exclusive interview with AllAboutTRH last year; it was quickly dropped]. – John Karagiorgis@JohnnyTheGrk, July 4, 2012, Twitter
Penny 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 him 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 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) having Teresa mention to Melissa on camera that Angelo told her at the salon that Melissa used to work for him as a dancer, and (2) then encouraging Angelo to approach Melissa on camera at the PFS.
“Teresa, as you probably have learned, when the tide goes against you, you have to be careful of every little thing you say, because it can and will be turned against you no matter how right you are or how justified you are or how wronged you have been. Given the slightest opportunity, they will mock and trash you every time you open your mouth. I know, I’ve been there and it’s miserable, frustrating and cruel. Just know that these people are cruel and crazy: don’t let them beat down your spirit because you will need it.” – Lin8888, July 16, 2012, Teresa’s Bravo Blog
By louise123, Jacqueline’s Bravo Blog (‘Fearless’)
July 14, 2012
We have three women who feel exactly the same, and we’re frustrated. I think all of this arguing about whether Jacqueline is a good friend or not is just ridiculous because the deck ambush was just a setup. Teresa not “opening up” is NOT why Jacqueline and Caroline went on the warpath—it’s what they created to try and snow the viewers, and it didn’t work.
The two things that are JUST KILLING them, just eating away at them daily, which snowballed into this, are:
1) Dina wants nothing to do with either of them because this show brought out their true colors, and
2) their endeavors, their “take the world by storm” project, isn’t working. In fact, it’s a disaster (and here’s the important part) in comparison to Teresa’s success with her endeavors on this show.
They want to blame Teresa for both. In fact, they have turned ruthless in the attempt.
The reunion we watched, the TERESA BLOODBATH, was taped AFTER this season taped—get it folks? AFTER.
They tried to say Teresa is the reason for their separation from Dina, but Caroline never expected her sister to come out from hiding to call it a bold face lie. But she did. That’s why, at the reunion, ALL Caroline could do was point at Teresa when Andy asked about their rift with Dina, and who was the cause—all she could do was point at Teresa and say: “I’m looking at it.” Caroline knew then that Dina had said it isn’t true because Teresa went to Dina’s house after the setup and told her what they accused her of.
Remember, Caroline screamed “OF COURSE this isn’t about the cookbook!!” and then she hissed through her gritted teeth that she was sick of Teresa coming between her family. Dina publicly stated that Teresa said nothing to her to cause the bad blood between her and Caroline and Jacqueline.
Whatever the business rift between Caroline and Dina, it was too much for Dina. Caroline must have done something pretty bad; and it has been alluded to that it was business/money related with CAROLINE—surprise, surprise…. Dina STILL isn’t talking to her.
No wonder Teresa looked bewildered on that deck. But she was ready at the reunion because this season had already taken place.
Caroline wants blkwater to work BAD—we all saw how she treated Albie’s girlfirend just in the “event” that she may come between blkwater and true love. Please, even Lauren said it: everything is about money. Well no WONDER they were out for Teresa!
Here Teresa was succeeding with a flourish (with us), and they were left out to dry by the viewers, in that aspect. I mean, they can’t blame US, though Jaq is starting to, so they turned on the woman who was getting what THEY wanted. It’s all so simple and has NOTHING to do with Teresa “not opening up.”
That is all smoke and mirrors, and what they are COUNTING on for this reunion. Jaq and Caroline are really horrible people and have revealed themselves. Dina just caught on before us.
By LisLwr, Jacqueline’s Bravo Blog (‘Fearless’)
July 15, 2012
My opinion is I believe you followed Caroline’s lead. I think you both were very angry with Teresa, and most likely came up with the reason you are telling the viewers as to why you are angry with Teresa together. And it’s very possible you two didn’t even mention the real reason out loud to each other because it’s very easy to do that as humans, when we don’t want to admit something to ourselves. I’ve seen Teresa do the same thing.
I think you and Caroline came up with this “Teresa isn’t being honest” reasoning to mask what is really going on because you need to verbalize something to match the angry actions the viewers are seeing. The taping of this show must be very hard. They throw you all together, and of course you would seem obsessed when you have to talk about each other day after day and every move each of you make is magnified in the numerous public outlets especially while the show is being taped.
I think you and Caroline were justifiably jealous of all the attention Teresa was getting from being the break out star, and the huge success she was having with her books, products, bookings, and magazine articles. I think it’s very easy to feel left out when a friend becomes larger than life, and seemingly is going there without you.
Maybe Teresa could have handled her best friend differently. Just like Teresa was, all of you were trying to make a product stick with the viewers. I don’t blame you, I would have too. We all saw how Bethenny did it, and boy oh boy, that “brass ring” as another viewer put it, was out there! It seemed obtainable by all the HW’s in every city this network showcases. The stakes were so high because each of you women on that show know what can happen if you find the right niche like Bethenny did. It can be LIFE CHANGING.
All of you guys, like everyone else out here, is feeling the hit the economy has taken and everyone, including you guys and Teresa, want to either score big like Bethenny, do better than you are now, or at the very least, keep your lifestyle, especially when your lifestyle is shown to millions of viewers.
All of you women are worried like all Americans are with this horrible economy. Teresa is in a panic for her family and took a huge hit after her legal problems, and her books and new products are supposed to be her savior. You are worried for your family and petrified too, and BLK H20 is suppose to be your savior; Caroline is worried for her boys and is in a panic as blk h20 is suppose to be her boy’s savior.
I think it’s a very fine line between being mad and being jealous, and even though you were mad about the rag magazines, and maybe you had a right to be, it’s reasonable to say that all the attention in these magazines, good or bad, was appearing to make Teresa success even larger.
I believe you have a right to your feelings of anger with Teresa but I believe it’s more of a case that while she was growing and growing, climbing out of her hole, she wasn’t seeing the hole you were in, and I think your hole was a dark place full of panic and angst because blk h20 wasn’t working like Teresa’s attempts were, three times.
I think Teresa could have come to you and said “how can I help, I know you are trying to have this product both of your families are so invested into to stick, and it isn’t, what can I do?” But she didn’t. Let’s face it, Teresa can be self absorbed, and we’ve learned that Teresa is very private when it comes to money and what she feels is family, private business.
But I believe your pride stood in the way of you telling her how you were really feeling, and then in that case, you are doing the very thing you are telling us is why you are so angry at Teresa—you didn’t open up and tell her you were growing angrier and angrier because she wasn’t noticing how deep into despair you were getting. I think at that point, you then were more worried about Teresa failing, then you succeeding (which isn’t nice, but very natural) and you tried to show the story on television that you wanted to appear true, and unfortunately, the story was Teresa was getting her success by lying to the viewers and you.
I think you had every right in your had to be angry with Teresa, but now Teresa has every right to be angry with you because on that deck, in front of millions of people on camera, you insinuated she wasn’t being honest with the audience and her creditors; and you purposefully asked her about paying back her debt, you told the amount, and you insinuated she was building things at her home when she was suppose to be using the money she was pulling in from this show to pay back her debt. That was meant to sabotage her standings, and I don’t know if Teresa will ever forgive you—it was pretty low.
I also don’t know is you will ever forgive Teresa for not realizing what you were going through either, because that was pretty low for best friends too. What I DO know is you and Caroline coming up with this reason as to why Teresa needs to be publicly humiliated was contrived, and I don’t think Teresa ever planned to hurt you. I think she’s at fault for being completely self absorbed, but I do not think it warranted the set-up which followed.
I think the reaction you are getting now is what happens when you become immersed in something that doesn’t ring true, and I think you and Caroline know this. You are handling it differently though. Caroline is backing away, trying to salvage her reputation by staying quiet, while you are doing both of yours and Caroline’s dirty work by going round and round with the “filler” information which may be very true in some aspects, but just comes across as more of the same web of deceit that got us all here to begin with.
I can’t imagine this all will be left as anything other than two best friends who lost out on a hard to come by, best friendship because of an age old story—jealousy. I am not taking all blame away from Teresa: it is not 100% your fault Jacqueline; however, I will say even in Teresa’s darkest hour, she did not resort to a personal attack which can’t ever be taken back, and I think unfortunately for you, with Caroline’s guidance (no matter how vocal it was or wasn’t behind closed doors) you did resort to unfair play which is what the viewers are left with.
We already know your show’s finale ends with you accusing Teresa of sabotaging Melissa, which appeared to you to be true; however, the facts have since been released that Teresa had nothing to do with it. I’m not sure how you will play out what’s to come, but I do know both of you would be better off is the table started fresh today, and the two of you would sit down and both be 100% honest with each other without cameras.
We’re tired out here, and it seems the lines are formed in the sand. Only you two can bring in the tide to remove them. Not Melissa: her intent has been quite clear from the onset. Whatever Teresa and Melissa may have done to each other prior to Melissa joining, in my opinion, has completely exonerated Teresa because of the things Melissa has done since joining. However, your intent nowhere NEAR compared to Melissa’s, until recently, and I can sympathize with your anger at Teresa, but I do not agree with your reasons. I hope you all find peace, and peace never comes until truth does.
By DG_5, The Daily Beast
There is no show without Teresa because the rest of them are mean and boring.
Caroline is petty, bitter, and very obviously envious of Teresa. She thinks that Teresa is beneath her, so it irritates her to no end that somebody inferior to the great and wise Caroline has managed to successfully brand herself and sell products.
Jacqueline has no mind of her own, and thinks and does whatever Caroline tells her to think and do. She also trashes her daughter Ashley in every episode.
Melissa, the sister in law—oh my God, what a psycho. This woman has managed to insert herself into Teresa’s life—getting on the show, taking her friends, copying her clothes, and attacking her 24/7. She’s creepy and obsessed. She can’t sing or dance either and looks like a fool.
Joey, Teresa’s brother—he said that Teresa needs to ‘fall’. What kind of creep says something like that? He’s jealous and believes that he and his family have a right to profit from her success. Every week he says the worst things on TV about his own sister. He treats his family like trash.
Kathy—boring woman with a gross husband who exploits her gay sister for a storyline.
I wish Bravo would fire everyone except for Teresa. If it’s true that Teresa is no longer talking to any of them, then that’s a smart move on her part. They are toxic losers who won’t be happy unless Teresa is broke and her husband is in jail. They are that envious.
By jillybeans, Melissa’s Bravo Blog (‘That Was Easy’)
This blog is all sunshine and light, but if one really reads “between the lines”, as you and other Housewives have asked us to, it is clear you are one bitter little lady.
You say SILs should be able to “play with other,” and that is true, but your cookie comment was not playful: it was a jab. You have admitted that you hated Teresa—she did use that term toward you, but you seemed to be proud to pronounce that little tid bit to her.
You constantly retell that cookie story. You went online to crab about it and to show her in a bad light, so making that cookie comment to Teresa on this episode was not friendly banter—it was a slap in the face, and a reminder that her reaction to your oh so generous gift of pregnant-lady sprinkle cookies was the excuse for you targeting her and joining the show to take her down.
Your hatred of her was so intense you that you even exposed your own children and your nieces to it. That is so sad.
One thing I did notice [at Antonia’s birthday party] was that all four of Teresa’s children did run to you, your husband and their cousins for hugs and hellos. However, your children were not so expressive, which is fine, but I do think it’s telling. Your husband was doing everything he could to setup Teresa to be caught talking about Jacqueline as he spotted Jac approaching, while Gia was seen running up to greet her. Then we see Gia embrace Jac and Kathy. It seems Teresa’s children really do have feelings for you, your family, Kathy’s family and Jacqueline (even after the way Jac abused her at Field Day). Obviously her girls might be spirited, but they seem genuinely loving.
Teresa’s 4 children seem to be more affectionate toward their family members. That to me shows that they feel affection for those people. That they seem genuinely loving. At this party, we not only see the children all getting along, but we do see a difference in how Teresa’s children interact with the adults in their family. Melania is right there next to her uncle as he is getting his tattoo; she even calls his daughter over to see. Gia hugs all the adults and is even shown holding Melissa’s baby.
We have also seen Teresa being loving to Melissa’s children. In the beginning of this season, when they were all the beach, who was in the water with the Gorga and Gudice children? Joe Gudice. And let’s not forget Gia’s gymnastics meet last season: Melissa spent the entire time on her phone. Teresa and her husband were loving to Melissa’s daughter.
By carolyngrdwsk, Jacqueline’s Bravo Blog (‘Fearless’)
How could anyone ever trust Jacqueline again? Melissa and Kathy set Jac and Caroline up to do their dirty work—so they wouldn’t have any blood on their hands. The problem is, the viewers saw through all of it. They aren’t good actresses! Jac and Caroline, you can thank Melissa and Kathy for turning you into the biggest villains on reality TV and destroying any chance of capitalizing on any opportunities related to this show. In fact, everyone I know says the same thing: If we have to see these sneaky faces next season, we won’t bother watching — and no one will support any of your business endeavors, that’s for sure [Jac and Caroline allowed jealousy to make it way too easy for them to jump on Melissa’s hate train].