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Producer-Driven Scripted Drama and Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ Series

September 26, 2012

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TMZ reported that several lawyers and managers in Hollywood have banned together to tell clients to stay clear of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. According to TMZ: “The triggers for the boycott are Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof [both will NOT be returning to the show]. The way the show is structured, cast members can say ANYTHING about anyone on the show and get away with it, even if it’s inaccurate and malicious. Camille and Adrienne have — in the past — complained that other cast members have lied about their business ventures, including Adrienne’s Las Vegas casino, and they’ve had no legal recourse.” As one professional put it, “It’s fine if Brandi Glanville does the show. She doesn’t have anything going for her and the show makes her famous. But for someone who has a real business or career outside the show, they need to stay a mile away.” – TMZ, March 4, 2013, ‘Real Housewives of Bev Hills’ Move to BOYCOTT Show

Note: The following letter to FameWhorgas was originally published on September 26, 2012, and republished on March 6, 2013.

The following letter was sent by the author (who shall remain anonymous) to FameWhorgas on September 26, 2012, with permission to publish.

You are really on to something with how these shows work. I come from a show business family: my father, who recently died, was an old studio actor from way back in the day [edited out details about family connections in Hollywood to protect privacy].

When I was out to LA in March, we had a group of close friends out to dinner [edited out details to protect privacy] and some other execs in the industry; but the interesting part was that to my right was a young lady I had known forever, but I never knew what she did until that night. I asked her and she said, “I am a storywriter for Epic Productions.” I confirmed that that is her actual title. Her job is to put together the RHOC and RHOBH.

Here is what she told me. This has nothing to do with RHONJ, because I assume they use east coast people, but I assume the formula is basically the same.

I am telling you this to give you confidence in your producer-induced set up information. Not that it is directly helpful to you in any way.  Just FYI.

Every Housewife has a producer/ storywriter assigned to them. I will call them producers from now on. In the case of the O.C., in the beginning of the season they write a rough draft of the story of the show and how they would like it to go.

It is true that they do not just randomly film them for hours on end hoping for something worthy of television. In the beginning, they suggest to the cast what they want the conflict to be. In your case [RHONJ], it would be tabloid magazines. The reason it seems like such a clusterfuck is because:

(a) it was a poorly chosen topic that the fans did not care about, and
(b) they didn’t get what they wanted out of the cast because Teresa didn’t care.

Here is a concrete example from RHOC:

Two producers get together after filming tons of footage of Vicky and Slade and Gretchen. They [producers] find something they know will piss off Vicky: this is what they look for. Slade’s kid has cancer. They are not allowed to mention it on camera — it is in the contract, but it is widely known. Slade says that Vicky knows nothing about cancer, her daughter’s cancer scare was nothing compared to what he has been through, she is just milking it for attention. They tell Vicky that Slade said this — hoping that the next episode they put together, Vicky will explode. Vicky can’t tell Slade off about what she really wants to tell him off about because it was told to her in confidence by a producer. So she goes off on him at Bunco night about something silly, and the audience thinks she is over-reacting to whatever he just said. They do this all the time.

They [producers] tell each of the other cast members things that they know are going to piss them off about another person so that when they film, they are full of grudges and rage against the person. When they want to start trouble, they usually go to a person who doesn’t mind coming off as a bitch. It is usually someone with a thick skin who really needs the money and can’t just quit. In this case, it is Tamra Barney — she will do whatever the producers ask her to.

Tamra also has some words for viewers who think that she comes across as a b***h on the Bravo reality TV hit… I was hired to do a job… I am not on the show to show the viewers what I want to show them… I was given a job and I’m doing it well. Andy Cohen refers to me as ‘the perfect Housewife!’ … I am not here to make friends and I tell every single one of the girls that. I’m here to do a job. I have Housewives from other franchises calling me and asking me ‘how do you do this?’ or ‘how do you balance this?’ … If I could I would ask to only show my purse line, or request to get my hair done every day, but that’s not reality. I do have a sarcastic side and Bravo only shows a certain percentage of you, so if that’s all they show… They don’t see me as a mom. They don’t see a lot of my life. You do see a lot of sarcasm because they love my one-liners.” – RadarOnline, March 6, 2013, Real Mean Girl Of Orange County! Tamra Barney Sinks Claws Into Gretchen Rossi, ‘Have You Heard Her Sing?’

Vicky won’t play; they [producers] hate her. They love Heather and especially her husband; they are producer favorites. They all despise Slade, and he has a babysitter to keep him out of meetings, etc.

Originally, it was Gretchen who was offered the wedding (free). She turned it down and they offered it to Tamra and Eddie. It would have been far more controversial for Gretchen and Slade to get married; and Slade knew it, and was holding out for a bigger wedding package when they called his bluff and offered it to Tamra and Eddie.

They have to have four major events every year that every cast member must attend. And they build off of that. That is why when see Caroline’s sour puss: it is because she would rather die than have Teresa and Joe at Jamie’s wedding or in Napa or be at the fashion show — but it is mandatory.

They [Bravo and producers] have been forbidden to discuss Taylor Armstrong or Russell’s suicide, ever. They kept Taylor on as a side housewife as they thought it would seem insensitive to fire her.

Some of the drama in these shows flows naturally (and they get a bonus out of it) and some of it is scripted. The cast knows what they have to do and say (not word for word, they don’t memorize script); and if they don’t get it on the first take, they have to film it over. So they will usually cooperate the first time around so they can go home.

Up until now, nobody has gotten caught scripting episodes, but the Cat [Rodriguez] let her feelings get in the way and went off the professional rails by becoming involved with Melissa. Which is why it is so chopped and edited in an attempt to make it go down the way it was supposed to go down. Nobody did what they were supposed to do except Melissa, who is a very reliable actress. Teresa can’t act to save her life.

One more example: At the RHOBH reunion, there was no real drama to be had since there was a “lay off Taylor” mandate issued. So, everybody except Lisa was told to pick on Lisa. Brandy was kept out of the loop and waited in another room for three hours and was not privy to the set up. Everything you see is contrived.

Talking about the show will get you fired. Bravo actually bullies its own employees who don’t want to play dirty. People have quit because of bullying, but they don’t file complaints because, with their skill sets, they get picked right up for another reality show.

I just wanted you to know that you [FameWhorgas] are so on the right track with this Cat [Rodriguez] person. They hate Teresa because they think she is stupid, and Joe won’t play along; in fact, he acts more inappropriately just to piss them off. He couldn’t care less how he comes across. Jacqueline is a mess because she cares. She was told to set up Teresa, and it made her feel bad.

I know this is hard to read, but I am in a hurry. Sorry. Keep up the good work.


Jacqueline Laurita’s Mother’s tweeted that Bravo asked Jacqueline to setup Teresa Giudice:

“Bravo asked Jac to do things to Teresa that would have put Teresa in a bad light but Jac wouldn’t do it!” – Bonnie Grippe (Jacqueline’s mother), May 16, 2012, Twitter

Jacqueline Laurita’s response to her mother’s tweet on May 16, 2012 (above):

“Bravo DOES NOT ASK TO BRING DRAMA!! They ask for the TRUTH 2b told. NO faking ur life 4 cameras. GET IT NOW? My Mom was confused… THE TRUTH=DRAMA!! GET IT NOW? MOST people wouldn’t want their truth 2b told, would they? Some people are more open. @Bgrippe STAY OFF TWITTER”

Bonnie Grippe’s response back to Jacqueline’s tweet on May 17, 2012 (above); shortly after this tweet she protected her Twitter account:

“These loons tatally twisted what I said. Trying to make the point that you were a good friend to t and even refused to film a scene if it wld make her look bad. They twisted it of course! Love you xxoo”

The Reality of Reality TV and 10 Reasons to Stop Watching Bravo (Excerpt):

Producers get cast members to turn on each other based on off-camera misinformation, manipulation, and a false economy where trash talk is a participant’s only way… In the private one-on-one interviews with a producer, it is the producer’s job to get the sh*t talking started, like “tell me honestly what you think of Sally” – if the interviewee does not respond in a catty way then the producer will usually go to the next level, like “well I personally think she is a self absorbed, attention starved skank,” and then see if the person will take the bait… it is easy to start seeding conversations and gossip… Producers craft dialogue they can feed to cast in a pinch or pop into scenes after the series has stopped filming. They coach cast to deliver monologues on specific topics… And if there aren’t enough sparks, editors “take something black and make it white.” Bait-and-switch is par for the course. “Footage has to be manipulated cleverly and often, so it’s really in my job description to know where all the bodies are buried” … “We shoot 100% of the time and air 1% of what we shot,” then edit “the really good stuff” to suit their purposes. “We have even gone as far as to ‘frankenbite,’ where you take somebody saying, ‘of course I’d like to say that I love him’ and cutting the bite together to say ‘of course I love him’… [It’s] misleading to the viewer and unfair to the cast member, but they sign up for this.”

Melissa Gorga’s Entire Family Hates Teresa Giudice:

“Melissa’s entire family hates Teresa. I went to high school with her cousin Tara Marco and she is always posting negative things about Teresa. How could they ever sincerely make up when the people closest to Melissa are constantly bashing her? I hear things here and there, but since Melissa has been on the show, the Marcos has really gone out of their way to protect her and her secrets. Apparently, they really do believe she can sing and she is the pride and joy of the family, which I am sure has fed her narcissism. It’s also 100% true that Melissa stopped associating with all of her friends since she got on the show because she is afraid of what they know. My friend [name edited out] was close to Melissa, and she told me she has reached out to Melissa many times and to congratulate her on the show, but she ignores all of her old friends now. To my knowledge, Bravo has not contacted anyone that I know personally. If Bravo wants to find them, I don’t think it would be all that difficult. I would imagine that they must know! I have a feeling that more and more people will be coming forward, especially when season 5 airs!”

JerseyGirl, whose roommate works on WWHL, told FameWhorgas on August 25, 2012:

“I can confirm that the producers think they (the Giudices) are weird. I don’t know what that means, lol, but when I talked to my roommate (who works on WWHL) he just said ‘Teresa and Joe are just… WEIRD.’ and when I asked him to elaborate or why they thought that, he said, ‘I don’t really know, there’s just something off about them. They are strange people’.” – JerseyGirl, September 19, 2012

“Well… okay, I don’t have a good full account to give you really, because my roommate is actually pretty tight-lipped about it, as it refers to his job. Andy is supposed to act neutral about all the housewives and is not supposed to play favorites, but it’s just known among the staff that he dislikes Teresa, particularly because of the homophobic stuff her husband has said, and also because he thinks she’s emotionally unstable. I don’t really know specifics. I think he likes the Manzos; when I suggested maybe they could leave the show, my roommate said, ‘OMG! no! They have SO many fans, their fanbase is way too huge, and it would sink the show if they left’.

“I can try to ask more. I don’t think Andy sits around bitching/gossiping about the housewives… he has to act professional and is not supposed to play favorites, even though he clearly does. I asked a bit about Melissa going behind Teresa’s back to get on the show and he took the same adamant line that Melissa takes, which was, ‘Teresa knew! She knew they were going on the show! She didn’t go behind her back!’ But I think what Teresa means (this is just my own opinion) is that Melissa had been angling to get on the show for a while, and went behind her back in that aspect, and was not open about her blatant attempts to get on the show… especially when Melissa had to know how damaging it would be to their relationship if she went on the show.

Former RHONJ Post Production Supervisor said in an interview recorded on September 17, 2012:

“In relation to Cat Rodriguez sending a tweet to Teresa: “She would of been asked to make it public by the producers. They are aware of the what is being said on Twitter and blogs. Cat hates Teresa and Teresa knows it. I don’t know for a fact, but I can bet Cat was told to appear mutual to squash the rumors and Teresa would of had to go along with it.”

Former RHONJ Post Production Supervisor said in an interview recorded on September 17, 2012:

Q: “Wait, so the producers invited him [Angelo, to the Posche Fashion Show] because they needed…”

A: “A big drama to lead into the reunion, a hook.”

Q: “So who connected Angelo with the producers of the show?”

A: “That was organised by people who are not part of the cast. You have to remember, there are so many more players in these shows than you see on screen.”

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  1. September 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Wow….. Very well spoken…

  2. Tiff
    September 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and cannot stop reading it. It’s very enlightening. I was SO confused this season on the RHONJ b/c I could not figure out for the life of me why the housewives were SO mad at Theresa for SO long over a cookbook and magazines. Furthermore, I had never even seen the magazines where she talked about them and I buy those all the time! So I’m glad I found this and found out the REAL truth about what goes on at Bravo. Yes, Andy probably has to stay neutral ‘on camera’ but I don’t like him. Never really have. Something is off about him.

    • September 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Don’t have twitter or fb so I’ll post here on this fab blog. I guess Tre fans called out Anderson Cooper on twitter and now he’s invited her back tomorrow. As he should!
      Anybody hear him ask her some dumbass question about poor Jac…now’s not the time for name calling…poor Jac. Really?? Shouldn’t he say that to Jac? Doesn’t JAC have better things to do? His pal Andy must have given him a script to read from. Oh and his reaction to Teresa asking if he’d seen Celebrity Apprentice, no,no,he just can’t bring himself to watch THAT show. She only wanted to make a point about her charity to reinforce that she is caring to sick children. He blew her off and got applause for putting the show down. Then said something stupid about being loyal to Bravo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a talk show host put another show down like that. I felt like it was to keep it all NEGATVE in regards to ANYTHING that Teresa is involved in. Shame on AC…we shoul all ‘roll down the window’ and say…
      Shame on you Anderson!

  3. donewithbravo
    September 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    1. I wish she would have left more details in her letter. We’re already onto the dirty way Bravo plays, and we should be entitled to know the entirety of the dirt.

    2. Even if they got rid of everyone on the NJ show and started anew, don’t you think it’ll be the SAME formula all over again?? This is what we’re all sick of!!!!!! We know how it goes now. The veil definitely was lifted a long time ago. We no longer believe anyone’s “wealth”. We now know that their “charities” are created during their filmtime on Bravo with their help. We all know that 99% of the people on these shows are illiterate BOOBS.

    In closing, the shows are **DONE**. The veil has been lifted. The audience has been duped. We’re all mad about it. There’s no saving it now.

    • Paula2
      September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I agree the shows are done.

    • Tanya
      September 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Yeah, you’re right, the veil has been lifted! It makes me very sad. I think that we identify with the most genuine characters on the shows and end up rooting for them. But if what the insiders in the article above say is true, Bravo and other production companies involved favor the women who are the best actors. The veiwers and the producers desires for the shows will ablways be at odds.

      • donewithbravo
        September 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        I agree, and until we all just stop watching what makes us uncomfortable or downright angry, it won’t change. They’ll just change the cast and keep the same dumb storylines going… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Parkview
        September 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        It pays Bravo to support Teresa, they know it and always have since she threw the table over, and even pushed Andy down–any publicity is good publicity and this was gold, even being pushed. They get a percentage from her books, and don’t care they aren’t really her recipes and the books are written by a paid writer. Profits are profits. So, they did and have protected her and found the best way was to portray her as a victim. And it worked as per the viewers and fans that will buy the books just for that reason and continue to bring them publicity per portraying all those sinister others against a victim.

        This business is a revolving door and so are the titles which often are meaningless and wield little power. The real powers are behind the lines and don’t communicate by such a public way as twitter- friendly or unfriendly -as anything can be twisted to appear other then what it is. For the underlings, one goes from one title to another, goes from one job to another and back and forth; nothing is permanent and leaving, being let go, getting a new title is not sinister or suspicious, just the name of the game. This is much ado about nothing and more likely to be traced to portraying Teresa further as a victim, which is gold for profits — the bottom line.

        You have to really hate a person and have an evil black heart to want to humiliate Teresa, her children and your ILs on national TV, by leaking information that was told to Melissa in confidence because she was family. You never expect family to turn on you like that! Me and the other thousands of ppl who dislike Melissa must be better people than Melissa, because everyone is disgusted at how a family member, no matter how much you dislike them or were supposely wronged by them, would ever go the route Melissa went to seek revenge. It was spineless, evil and appalling!!

        When we hear Jac say to Teresa, more than once, “you didn’t want me to be friends with Melissa,” I dont believe Jac is referring to anything that T told her. I think she got that info from Melissa. MELISSA told Jac that and that is why Jac and Chuck say “well….you never said it but you inplied it.” Well of course T implied it….she thought she was venting to her FRIENDS when she complained to them about Melissa. But what T did not know at the time Jac was communicating and getting to know ALL the Marco sisters WAY before she ever appeared to have a problem with T. There are Tweets and reports of Jac and the sisters hanging out a while back. Now who is the real problem here? Melissa told Jac everything she could think of bad about her sister-in-law and I’m sure lied her way through much of it. Can you IMAGINE the things she must have told Jac? And we ALL know Jac believes it. Jac was starting to get upset at T’s success at the time and along comes Melissa to seal the deal. Yes, Jac is a puppet of Caroline’s for sure. But I’m starting to see a lot of people letting Melissa off the hook a little because of her T-friendly behavior on last week’s episode. Melissa is smart… I will give her that. She won the ear of T’s best friend and quickly turned that friendship upside down. Now the reason Jac won’t tell T what she “lied” about and “what she said” is because Melissa is her new BFF and she doesn’t want Melissa to get upset with her for stirring up the pot while she is trying to “fix her family.” Jac and Melissa are WAAAAY closer than anyone realizes. And THAT is why Jac is “done” with Teresa for “setting up ” Melissa at the upcoming Posche Fashion Show.

        Danielle was harassed, attacked, bullied and ran off the show by these women, including ‘Tre’. Now they are all turning each other. Teresa called Danielle a prostitution whore, flipped a table, chased her and folks called Danielle crazy. What did Danielle do to deserve being bullied like that?

  4. September 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    there is nothing in this letter that i have not posted on my twitter….. plus i am very suspect anyone use of words…HIT SHOW through out the letter…. my hinky meter is going off. ps. i luv this site n reading ur blogs, even when u have used me as a named source without telling/asking me…. FAME.. you work hard n it shows…..awesome website….

    • September 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Chris, I did use some of your longer tweets, and made sure to credit you. Since they are published on Twitter, I don’t ask permission since it is implied (retweeting, etc.) I can remove them if you’d like.

      I do have the fair use notice published on the ‘About’ page.

      Fair Use Notice

      This site contains copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more detailed information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.

      These letters are from legitimate sources and any similarities to your tweets, etc. would be coincidence.

      P.S. I went ahead and removed two comments/tweets credited to you.

      • September 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        my heart is full of respect 4 u n ur fine site/blog. …..no no dont remove them… not my point….i was just trying to give my opinion….that i was suspect of the letter…since it gave no new info or anything “inside” NEW info….. i apologize if i gave the wrong impression… i didnt mean the letter was a compilation of my tweets…..lol…. i am not jill zarins ego….lol. i meant the letter had info i already knew so maybe since its already been widely tweeted by u, SH, FH… lots of people…..maybe its not a genuine letter? as regards to u publishing my tweets… i just wish i had a heads up… i was reading ur awesome blog n spit my tea out when i saw my name….i was shocked n i ruined my shorts….. i had just found ur wonderful site that day. on another note i follow a site that teaches statement analysis … lying… spotting the tells…. while i have no formal training…. the letter has the classic verbiage…. http://seamusoriley.blogspot.com the site takes time n patience to follow n learn the Techniques. my heart is full of respect 4 u n ur fine site/blog.

        • September 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

          Thanks Chris.

        • September 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

          I LOVE that site and have been “training” myself for years there, lol! (I stumbled across it when reading Mark McClish’s excellent deconstruction of Green Beret Murderer, Jeffrey MacDonalds statement.) I’ve found the famewhorga blog to be as fascinating as Statement Analysis, I must eggmit! 🙂

        • Ang
          September 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

          @chrisstark Yes, the amazing Peter Hyatt of http://www.seamusoriley.blogspot.com. I discovered Peter’s blog 2 years ago, still read up and have learned to use the Statement Analysis principles in my daily life. He’s phenomenal as is Statement Analysis!

          As for the RHONJ, I am lost as to who is the bigger liar or mess. I really don’t want to invest the time & energy to watch the whole thing over to figure this out. Fame, I luv the site. Thank you for all of these compilations which mean I can find everything in one place. Your posters are also great! Although everything generally leads to even more questions and few answers. Ahhh….’reality’ tv! Survivor had no idea what a monster it was creating.

      • Cheetah Heaven
        March 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        You are allowed to use tweets, it’s fair game since it’s a social media site. Remember how that server posted that pastors tip saying she gives 10% yo god why does she get 18% and it vital? Anything you post on Social Media or should I say anything that is searchable, is fair game. I would post you a link but none of my comments get posted and I haven’t said one mean thing about you Fame!

        • March 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

          Hey Cheetah Heaven, I couldn’t allow that one comment in because it was directed at another blogger that you have issues with… I request that all my readers take their issues directly to the person(s) and not bring FW into the conflict.

  5. September 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Is really amazing how things turn out though…and shame on you for setting up Teresa, you all had such a pretty friendship…

  6. September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    No surprises here…. I’ve said from the beginning that it’s scripted, chopped up and edited. It makes you feel stupid that you ever watched the show.

    • September 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      I do agree that is edited but to what point? To make the show more interesting? What i do believe is that there’s alot of intrigue with the “she said and he said” that of course will drop in to drama.

  7. September 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Its been clear to me for a long time that Andy didn’t like Teresa. I saw at the last reunion he holds her responsible for Joe’s gay remarks. I hate this show now and have stopped watching it. I read the blogs and yours is the best. Thank you for posting another great and informative blog.

    • kacy
      September 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Yeah-and Theresa also got physical with Andy-she pushed him hard. Remember?

      • September 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        I do not blame her after what he has let happen. She must have smell a rat then…..

    • Tanya
      September 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      I agree, but the gay slurs can’t be the only reason. Joey Gorga has said many gay slurs over the past year. Just this last episode he said “butt buddies”. But Andy still loves Melissa. Even his good pals Anderson Cooper and Kelly Rippa show bias against Teresa and towards Melissa. On WWHL, Kelly Rippa was talking about how she thinks Melissa is beautfiul and sweet. I was like, “wha….? What show has she been watching?” And I heard that Anderson Cooper gave Teresa a hard time on his show today, but was easy on Melissa when she was on.

      • LilyM
        September 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        They get paid to say that stuff… That was my though exactly when I heard Kelly Rippa talk about Melissa, what in the hell is she been watching… All I see in Melissa is fake, fake , fake…

  8. tot
    September 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I’m team Teresa, but… sincerely, if all the ladies have a script, what does Teresa knew about the final episode? I mean, producers was expecting something from her and probably told her to do something, right?

    • SunnyAZ_1
      September 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      IMO.. your question was also the answer. Teresa knew nothing! That’s what they wanted, just like from Season 1 with the table flip. They wanted to push her buttons AGAIN to get her to react. They despise her but yet she’s the one who brings the viewers. He who laughs last laughs the longest…. Teresa laugh yourself all the way to the bank. You have a lot of support

  9. September 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    u might want to cut n paste my new tweets into a blog. (or use them however u wish) they even caught andy cohen’s attention

    • September 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      OK, I’ll take a look at them. Thanks for the heads up.

  10. kacy
    September 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Hmmm…pretty scripted show–too bad it ended with a suicide. Isn’t it interesting that Taylor would rather stay on the show than actually pursue the role Bravo played in the suicide of her husband? Yep-she was so broken up by that suicide. Another good reason I won’t be watching the RHOBH this year.

    • September 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Good point. Everything is crazy….

  11. Anonymous
    September 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    As good as this site is, you guys need a 100 percent credible source to convince everyone and nail those darn bravo manipulators down.

  12. NJ babe
    September 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I found this article and I think Melissa is scum………If T was physical with her………..why is it coming out NOW….


    On The Wendy Williams Show, Melissa Gorga said that her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice “roughed her up,” but an eyewitness tells RumorFix exclusively that’s not true!
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey star claims the incident happened at Gia’s birthday party last year. But Elvira Grau, who is a New Jersey party planner, tells RumorFix correspondent Real Mr. Housewife, “Teresa never laid a hand on Melissa.”
    Elvira, who reportedly turned down a role on RHONJ, adds, “I promise you that if — in fact — there was an altercation, with so many people present, this would have surfaced sooner than now.”
    Elvira explains, “Teresa was annoyed at Melissa trying to give Teresa’s kids Christmas presents to her during the birthday party, when Melissa really should have given them [to the kids] herself in person at the house and not at Gia’s birthday party at Space Odysssey USA many months later. Teresa asked Melissa politely to please drop off the gifts at the house, so the kids could see their aunt and cousins.
    “To Teresa, it’s not physical presents but the thought to the kids. Teresa wanted Melissa’s attention to be to the kids and spending time, not the actual presents. Teresa even said ‘My kids don’t need any more presents, they need their cousins’ which I thought was beautiful,” Elvira told us.
    “The truth is that Melissa is trying to paint Teresa as this horrible villain that twists wrists and that’s simply not the truth. Teresa is hurting right now because of all this family drama. It’s killing her parents! She didn’t want to be on the show with her family because she always knew Melissa would stoop this low. It’s so sad. Her nightmares came true. Melissa’s insecurity gets the best of her, unfortunately,” she said defending Teresa.
    Grau also added, “I want America to know that Teresa is the most loving and fun person who loves her husband, kids, parents, and friends. We spent four days over Labor Day weekend together and I wish America saw the true Teresa — in the kitchen with her parents cooking the most delicious Italian food, serving, and cleaning. They are a real old school Italian beautiful family.”
    Grau owns Space Odyssey USA in Englewood, NJ, which hosts both children and adult birthday parties, as well as other private events.
    RumorFix has reached out to Melissa’s reps for comment.

  13. NJ babe
    September 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Meho is such a POS. She called her husband over to start a fight over the so called “set up”… because her old boss say “HELLO” to her. I can’t imagine Tre got physical with her and got away with it. I am sure Meho will call her husband even if Tre let out a fart near her. Meho..u are full of shit!

  14. cns
    September 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I don’t know if it has been asked, but was the table flip scripted or was Teresa told to do something outragous which turned out to be a table flip. I’m just curious because a lot of people don’t care for Teresa because of that and if it was scripted I think that Teresa should get a pass or at least consideration.

  15. James
    September 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    It’s not just with the RH franchise that this is going on obviously. Everything on BRAVO TV is most likely staged. Think about all the other shows on the channel… Top Chef, Flipping Out, Million Dollar Listing, etc. I’m pretty certain things are being staged and made up on all of the shows that Bravo TV creates..and it’s all for ratings/profit.

    Outside of Bravo what about the other networks. What else is being staged? How about Americal Idol, The X Factor, The Voice. I’m sure many of us who watch those shows have read stories about how the producers are the ones who have the ultimate say on who stays and who goes. Do we really think it’s upto our vote, the people watching? What about our own local and national elections while we’re at it. How many of those elections have been rigged? Do you really want to dig that far down that rabbit hole? Teresa surely got it right when she said she felt like Alice In Wonderland this season. That’s how I feel right now reading all of this. How far does the rabbit hole go?

    Perhaps someone should start a petition or send a letter to the FCC regarding Bravo’s obvious deceitful nature? Do they care? There has to be some sort of regulations about reality tv, or a disclaimer or something before the show starts letting you know “events in this episode have been staged”. Some fans become fanatics of shows like the Real Housewives and dedicate their hearts and pocketbooks to the people they love from these shows. They attend their events, donate to their charities, buy whatever they endorse, and or basically being duped out of their money by the cast and Bravo. It’s messed up to the extreme, isn’t it?

    As an honest gay man I only can hpe that Andy Cohen does what’s right and doesn’t continue to try to hide the faults and obvious issues the viewers of Bravo are having with the RH franchise and other shows on his network.

    • September 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      James, you are so right with all your points. And I wondered the same thing about the reality shows on other networks. I noticed that DWTS and The Voice nullify the viewers votes by giving judges back the power in some cases.

      • September 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        dwts is easy – first 1 off is always the chemically dependent person….. sober enough to do 1 show but cant make the grueling weekly schedule demands…..

        • September 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

          in my humble opinion……

          • September 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

            Where have you been all my life? Thank you!!! I can kind of tell this is a pass time for you. Very well put!

  16. linda conner
    September 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Andy loves Theresa! She is big money and big business! Stay focused people! The drama is fake….scripted……AGAIN CHARACTERS!!! The more you all talk about it, the more they (BRAVO) loves her! Don’t ever forget where network loyalty lies…..MONEY (why else would they put up with DIVAS)…..Remember the shows of the 80s and 90s? Dynasty? Dallas? Mel Rose place? Who do you remember? The Villains (and they all had a heart and deep down inside they had redemption or not) so you kept watching……Theresa is the ultimate reason to watch! She is not a villain, she is made to look like a “special type of villain”-one whom you have grown to love….so even more money and intrigue and web sites and blogs and magazines, and endorsements for all! Andy and Bravo are probably (no actually, they are) kissing the ground she walks on! She is just a dollar sign (a las a big one). The pathetic clowns they put around her, all help this machine to keep going! and by the way, Andy has a big mouth and should be careful what he says around “friends” at dinner parties…..not everyone is so loyal to the money machine…..He is laughing at YOU (America) all the way to the bank…..but to call the audience “these people are so stupid” is not very smart, is it? Just relax everyone, its a “show”.

    • September 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      I am sure Andy is not the only one that can do that job, he is not all that. If so he would not have tried to take Teresa down. He was up Caroline Melissa a$^. Hey maybe his a^% needs to go.

      • September 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        He has definitely singled out North Carolina because they did not vote in same sex marriage and then he critized Teresa cause of comments she made. He can dish it out but cannot take it.

        • September 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

          better said trash North Carolina because they did not vote in same sex marriage. These viewers are paying your salary and you want to talk juck on National TV. Shame on you..

  17. linda conner
    September 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    oh, and in the day of “smart phones” that record……shouldn’t all associated with the money machine be careful? In most states, it is legal to record another, as long as one person knows (and that one person can be the person recording)……….

  18. Sadie
    September 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I love Teresa, but it’s clear that she (as well as all the other housewives, obviously) prioritizes money and fame over family and maybe even reputation.

    You can say all you want about Teresa needing the money or whatever, but she said herself that she did the show because she thought it would be fun. Doesn’t look like much fun anymore, so why continue to subject herself to the drama? She says she doesn’t want her family to be targeted, but look at all the critics on her, her husband, and even her children now! And I don’t mean to single out Teresa because, like I said at first, all the housewives in each city are guilty of this.

    If they care so much about fame, that’s their prerogative. I just wish they would stop saying they value anything else above that because they clearly don’t.

  19. carti
    September 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    All I can say is Andy Cohen is one sick twist. And this blog is infinitely more entertaining than anything Cohen could slap together and put on the air. Excellent sleuthing Fame! Keep up the good work.

  20. September 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    ALERT this is @JacLaurita fake account n its vile https://twitter.com/MopseySharmila NOTE WHO SHE TWEETS 2 VS WHO SHE FOLLOWS

    • Jeannie523
      September 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Chris – I don’t have a Twitter account but I did read her incredibly disgusting comments to Gia – what is wrong with people???? is there any way you can “out” this horrible individual on Twitter??????

      • Cali-Kel
        September 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        This is sick. If it IS Jaqass’ fake account, why would she should stoop that low to Gia? Oh nevermind, I forgot who I was talking about. If it is hers I am truly appalled – and I didn’t think anything else she could do would shock me.

    • Pv
      September 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Im not questioning your credibility, but do you know for sure this is jac? If so, how? I believe she would say these things, but Id like to be sure its her before I attack.

    • Victoria Veney
      September 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Thank for the info Chris this woman is truely disturbed and clearly need help!! How could you tweet something like that to an 11yr old child!! All these women are sick sick sick they all are trying to bring T down at any cost and it’s just pathetic how far they are all willing to go to do this!!!

    • Ang
      September 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      Sorry but I don’t think that is Jacqueline. The person behind the account says they are of East Indian descent. The use of ‘mum’ being that they usually learn The Queen’s English indicates to me that it may in fact be someone of English or one who descends from a country that generally learns The Queen’s English (as East India does I believe).

      Anyone can feel free to correct me if I am wrong as I am not East Indian but am of British descent living in a country that is still under the Queen’s rule.

  21. September 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    everyone is hitting the report spam button. s/b gone by tomorrow

  22. September 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    The problem is that the finale turned out to be a big dud….now we know why. There really was just no story/drama there. They tried to create something out of a whole lot of nothing…..a lot of screaming in the parking lot over some bald guy saying “hello…good to see you again”….heck I don’t even care if the hoe stripped or tended bar. probabaly a lot of girls fantasy to strip/dance. not mine, but when my younger boyfriend saw me nakey for the first time his knees buckled and he said ….. wow…you could be a stripper….shoot….I was somewhat flattered…..I’ve only seen strippers in a couple expensive clubs in s. florida and they look amazing.

  23. Nik
    September 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I find it hilarious that you edit out your sources family connections in Hollywood for sake of their privacy, yet you give out their title and company they work for.

    • September 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      I am not the one to do the ‘editing out’… the sources decide that.

      In the case of the former RHONJ post production supervisor (stories here: https://famewhorgas.wordpress.com/category/interview-with-former-rhonj-post-production-supervisor/), the cousin who did the interview is the one who did the ‘editing out’, and the editing out was done before it came to me. For the transcripts I published later, additional ‘editing out’ was done by the source to better protect the identity of the cousin who worked on RHONJ. In the first part of the transcript which I published on Sept 23, the cousin probably should/could have edited out more details to protect the identity of the source.

      The letter from the person whose father died, and who ran into a long-term acquaintance in LA who works as a storywriter for RHOC, is obviously a different source. That source sent me the letter with the identifying details (not edited out), and I asked if any of that should be edited out before I published it… but it was the source, not me, who did the ‘editing out’ of details that could be used possibly to identify him/her.

      These people are two very different sources with different connections to the industry, and the cousin (in the series of interviews published at FW) is the one who chose the details to edit out (for the first source); and in the second case, the source itself is the one who chose the details to edit out (the letter about producer-driven scripted drama — story here: https://famewhorgas.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/producer-driven-scripted-drama-and-bravos-real-housewives-series/).

  24. Pv
    September 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    If this is true that Danielle was asked to go confront Mel at the PFS, Im a little miffed she refused. I mean, Danielle injected herself into this season by spilling the beans on Melissas contacting her, now she doesnt want to? I HATE to say it, but now Im suspicious of Danielle. She could have had her grand vindication and she refused? It makes me question the validity of what she had said…and I totally do not want to do that. I understand she probably doesnt want to revisit a bad time in her life…but she shouldnt have started it and not finished it. Is she waiting for something? A book? A mag cover? Another show? She needs to come out with the truth…and the emails.

    • September 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      I believe she refused because she doesn’t trust Bravo, and I don’t blame her.

  25. September 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Danielle was asked to ATTEND the PFS = fact true. Kim G was begged over n over to attend. They both have tweeted they where asked by rhonj producers n they both declined, Kim G stated she has condo that faces pfs parking lot in ny n watched the whole event with radar on line writer tom murror = fact

  26. September 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Fame – what is ur twitter acct? post link plz n thank u for ur hard work n awesome blog.

    • September 27, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Chris, I don’t have a Twitter account, sorry… and thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it!

  27. September 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    i will keep linking ur blog via my twitter then…..i have a great group of followers n they will luv u n ur hard work. xxoo

    • September 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks Chris!

  28. Victoria Veney
    September 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Lmfao now it’s T’s fault that lazy bitch had to get the Lap band really Lauren? These people are pathetic once agin it’s a T bashing session not only does she have to listen to the 4 bitches she works with now she got to hear it from all their pyscoitic family members!! This is Fin unreal how Bravo could pit this sister and brother aginest each other Bravo your disgusting evil and emmoral Im glad to see T give it right back to them!! As for MANDY you are totally without morals you dont even belive in the family unit if you had your way we would all be sleeping with the same sex and it’s ok for you to judge someone and have nasty opinon of other people but if someone eles says anything about a gay person you go balistic really Mandy? I would never judge someone for being gay cause Im not God and it’s not my place but I have every right to say I dont belive in the gay and lesbian relationships that is not the way God intended it to be how in the world would any of us been born if we were all supose to be gay and sleep with the same sex idiot!! Thats what I dont get when they are trying to say the Bible is wrong and God made me gay BS their is nobody born gay if you are gay it’s because you choose to be gay not because God makes mistake the God I serve dont make mistakes!! The family unit should always be intaked no matter what I have no problem with people choosen to be something different and gay but STOP blaming it on GOD that you and thousand of other people choose to be gay!!! All I can say is no wonder you condone this behavior from these pathetic women Melissa Kathy Jacqueline and Caroline these woman are unbeliveable and they are getting exactly what they deserve it’s called KARMA and what goes around comes around and T should have knocked all thoes evil bitches on their asses but she way more of a woman than all those bitches put togather!!!!

  29. JJ
    September 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Caroline tries to act like some kind of Mafia Godmother, maybe she should go to Mob wives!!!! Those woman would tear her apart LOL. I think Caroline is so full of herself she actually thinks that we all listen and believe every word she says. Theresa has done so good just putting up with that miserable person everyday, I wouldn’t. She says in the beginning of the show, she has no time for Drama.. that is all she aparently has time for because she can not talk to anyone without bashing Theresa, to anyone who will listen.

  30. LilyM
    September 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I thoght you could use this post from the The Chirping Twit, if you don’t already know….

    just happened to catch the very end of a video (starting @ 4:27 in the video) when The View’s Joy Behar asks if there’s been any violence and the last words out of Melissa’s mouth are, “No violence, no.”

    P.S. The View segment was filmed June 6, 2012, or about five months AFTER the January 29, 2012 party in question.

    Love this blog… 🙂

    • dch60
      March 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Good catch! Melissa is such a liar. She also must have a bad memory. The two do not go well together. As they say, you don’t have to have a good memory if you tell the truth.

  31. michelle m.
    September 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    I use to be a big Bravo Fan. But now with all this Ter bashing and Andy and his friends. It’s just disgusting that is has gotten to this. I am NEVER watching Bravo again. I will only watch NJ reunion to support TERESA and see what she plans. I wish her all the best.

    After reading this and knowing what the producers try to do to Ter is disturbing. Andy Cohen you make me sick! Teresa please leave the show! You are better than all of them and can do 10x better than being stuck with Andy Cohen! Oh, and the Jack Hole of the day goes to YOU Andy Cohen!!!!

    • paula2
      September 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM


      • JJ
        September 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        Double Ditto!!!!

  32. October 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I do feel that Andy is Team Melissa. It’s clear he hates Joe Guidice because twice on WWHL he has scolded Teresa about gay slurs her husband said and then on both Season 3 & 4 Reunion he grilled Joe on his criminal matter. It was very purposeful and harsh. Felt like Joe Guidice was being grilled by a Prosecutor. If I was their attorney I would be suing BRAVO.

  33. Calypso
    March 6, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Before anyone gets as unnerved as I did – check the comment dates. I feel kind of silly now but after everything that has happened lately – can you blame me?

  34. March 6, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Great post – it’s so interesting to read the comments from September last year. Somethings change and others stay the same – we still mistrust Andy!

  35. Aubree
    March 6, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    So Melissa knew abou the pfs?

  36. March 6, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    PS – I must have been away! No comment from me – better pick up my game!

    • March 6, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      PPS – I still find the TMZ story interesting because the film industry (which I’m in) is full of cautionary tales and it reads to me that their experiences are used as examples. Let’s not forget that Camille is an executive producer – has the show damaged her reputation? I know Alison the psychic took a hit.

      • Ana-Capri
        March 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Ok I am dying to know-what do you do in the film industry? Sounds so exciting!!

        • March 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

          I’m in the camera department – I wear a tool belt to work most days which is a totally different life from being a Mummy. I’m beginning to shoot.

          The film industry is like the army, hierarchical – you do as you’re told and you don’t talk back. Everyone is replaceable. I agree 100% with Fame’s post about producer and editorial habits. They would be shown a rough cut during their talking heads for them to comment on. There would be one crew per lady, you can’t help but build camaraderie because you have to get along for the duration of the shoot – even if you think the talent is a fool. This creates a sense of comfort so if the Producer is told to niggle at the talent, they would feel safe talking freely – I’ve done my share of feature film and it really does become like family even though you know your place. Ego is massive on set. And not just from the talent – I’ve mainly worked with my country’s A list and have encountered a few on the D list. Trust me, the D list turn it on more than the ones who have a craft. You get some folk (in the crew) who like the power games which is unfortunate and in my experience, the environment can at times be like a worksite. I know every dirty joke in the book working with the grips which is why I get the Juicy thing – if there is that kind of banter on set then it’s easy to forget appropriateness. I’ve not done reality TV but I’m guessing it’s a three man technical team. On the talking head days, you might get a gaffer unless it’s a lighting camera man with a small lighting kit – like the news. The producer would take the roll of director, like in the news because there’s nothing to direct per se.

          I’ve also completed a degree in journalism dealing with ethics in the media… for a kid in the game who knows how it works, I surprise myself at times at how involved I get but at the end of the day, reality TV is like a behavioural science project – rats in a cage, and I find in amazing the lengths people will go to to get to the top of the heap.

          • March 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

            PS I also get the roll of the press – what’s the point of having a show with no advertising? The thing with the bloggers is it’s not control. Of course Andy would deny deny of someone gets too close – a magician never gives away his secrets!

            • March 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

              Oh and another random thought,Teresa and Joe signed up for a reality show, it’s well documented that it took Teresa some time to decide to sign up and I see them as more business types – how can I hussel to make more money. Melissa signed up for the fame so she’s be playing the game. She had the make up kit on the front stairs when Kathy popped over to talk about the magazine. She’s camera ready and angle aware. They are playing two different strategies I think anyway. I’m sitting in Australia, not Jersey but I can see Missy being all buddy buddy with the camera guy asking for performance feed back and the Guidices would be more like “are we done yet” – with Juicy Joe saying “did youes get what youes need yet – I’m done!” Pure conjecture based on on set experience – I’m not on their set.

              • Jeannie5233
                March 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

                Love the “Juicyisms” Sackem!!

                • March 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

                  Seriously – he’s my new Guru!

            • March 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

              See this is programme spin. Again though, this is my opinion.

              It’s not human nature to forgive such atrocities because someone muttered a few words. How many times have we uttered life is short…

              A source tells the new issue of In Touch that Caroline approached Teresa with a peace offering, telling her, “Life is short, your family is hurting and it’s time for everyone to heal.” Teresa agreed, and that opened the channels of communication between them. The source adds, “They’ve been able to get along ever since”


              • LilyM
                March 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

                Poor Caro, desperate to sell her book, I saw in Ashley’s twitter asking people if they where gonna buy the book or something like that and also if people had questions for her aunt, she didn’t got a big response, let me correct myself, she got a itty bitty respond like 4 likes and 4 retweets, on Caro’s own words “People don’t like ugly” Karma is a B***h isn’t … love your Juicy impersonation, Love him !! 🙂

          • Jeannie5233
            March 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

            So interesting Sackem! So that is where “hanging from a helicopter” is easier than getting a day’s laundry done comes from!! 🙂

            • March 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

              Yes! Absolutely Jeannie! One of the highlights of my life has been shooting a car spot (I was an assistant) out in the desert and riding back in the helicopter at dusk flying over kangaroos! Magic! I’ve travel the length and breadth of my beautiful country and met all types of people! The film industry is an interesting place!

              • Ana-Capri
                March 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

                Sounds wonderful-we are hoping to make one more trip there-magical indeed!!!

                • March 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

                  There’s so many must see places

            • March 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

              Can you tell which posts I had to type with my “other hand” whilst I was feeding someone! Jeez terrible!

          • dch60
            March 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

            Wow Sackem… you’ve been holding out on us! LOL Thanks so much for the insight. I think your perceptions about how Melissa acts as opposed to Teresa and Joe are spot on too. I can just imagine Melissa kissing up to everyone too.

            Anyway, I was wondering about why you would be hanging out of a helicopter too… I would have never guessed the reason. Sounds like an exciting job. I would find it much more appealing being behind the camera rather than in front of it… but that’s just me.

            • March 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

              I love my job and it’s totally better behind the scenes. I’ve just been doing it so long that I don’t really mention it – and I don’t want to sound like a know all because at the end of the day, I’m just a viewer and every production is different.

          • Ana-Capri
            March 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

            Wow -that’s really incredible! Thanks so much for sharing.

          • March 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

            Thank you Sackem, for giving us an inside peek. Just now reading all of the new comments. I left Tuesday to visit my daughter in another state and I am just getting back. I try not to indulge in my guilty pleasures while visiting my family. I did take a peek at Fame’s revamped story on my phone while going to dinner on Wednesday. The comments were hard to read. lol

  37. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Talk about producer driven, tabloid driven, media driven…. I wonder who holds the big guns in this tangled web. What do the producers, or Messy, want her image to be this season? A “born-to-be-mommy”, aka “please film me more with my kids, I want to look like Teresaaaaaaaa”

    That’s the plan right? Now you have to wonder who is paying media outlets to do just that, show Messy in the “mommy-light” that she wants: http://www.babble.com/celebrity/melissa-gorga-shows-how-to-work-hard-play-hard-and-love-hard-photos/#snow

    Ironic how she’s not IN any of the pictures with her kids…. Yeah Messy, I’d LOVE to have you as a “mommie”

    • March 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Wow, that reads like a press release!

    • dch60
      March 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Gag! What a joke. Exactly right Sackem… it does read like a press release… written my Messy herself.

    • March 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Pretty damn funny in retrospect, how they all got there knickers in a knot about Teresa selling stories to the tabloids now that it has become their number one pastime themselves. Hypocrites. Another Bravo induced storyline that was a load of crap and an epic fail.

  38. corky21
    March 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I can verify this story. I’ve said it a few times on other blogs as well. A family member of mine watched a taping of RHONY and they said the producers were talking to different HWs and then an argument started, then they cut, then they talked to the HW again, then filmed, then cut, and then filmed it again. How is that real? The whole Brandi/Adrienne surrogate thing, they went to Kim and said, go tell Adrienne what Brandi said about Adrienne. And Brandi probably found out about the issue from the producers anyway. So most of it is fake. I think the issues between the women when they are mad and fighting is real though, but it’s egged on and created by the producers of the show.

    • Jeannie5233
      March 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      corky21 – I agree – I was at the restaurant the night Bravo filmed RHOOC’s Briana telling Vicky G. she had eloped. While the reaction they captured was “real”, it took several “takes” to get the footage the producers wanted. Whle I was not an “eye” witness, we did hear conversations and heard Vicky after filming was done for the scene. Let’s just say she genuinely was upset.

      • Ana-Capri
        March 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        You were there??? Wow

    • dch60
      March 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I wouldn’t say “fake.” More like set up. I believe Brandi knew about the surrogate. They did know each other prior to housewives. Brandi made a comment at the reunion last year too about Adrienne and Paul. (I think what Brandi said was beyond the surrogate situation… there’s something else involved too.) Anyway, the producers probably picked up on it and planted the seed to spill it when filming started. I always did think that it was the producers that, at the very least, suggested Kim say something.

      I do believe the issues are real and the emotions are real, but, again, they’re set up and the poked and prodded. I’m sure every time they cut in the situation you’re referring to, they were probably working up the housewives even more i.e. telling one something nasty the other said when they walked away, so the fighting escalates. Sort of like a prize fight. They go out for a round, the bell rings, they go to their corner where their manager starts whispering in their ear and pumping them up then they go back in for another round.

      Jeannie… that’s really cool that you were there! Vicki’s reaction was priceless. Whenever someone would say that these shows weren’t real I just could never believe that these women were that great of actresses… at least some of it HAS to be real. Thinking back on that I can’t imagine why several takes would have been necessary. I mean really? What the heck is the point? Why can’t they give us exactly what happened? I’d really like to watch just how they film “a scene.” Take what happened with Gia basically being bullied by Jac and Caroline (I wouldn’t have wanted to see that go down) in Jac’s basement. That was raw. I can’t imagine them taking several takes of that torture. Then again, I would have put down the camera and given Gia a hug. Ugh… so aggravating… why do I watch?

  39. corky21
    March 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I often wonder about people on the scene, because we see the wives in restaurants talking with another, but usually when they put them all together they are in a separate room away from eye witnesses. In the beginning they didn’t do that, now they do, that just shows, that when they are alone in a room away from staff, say in the hotels, kyle’s dining room, Lisa’s yard, or out in the winery, etc., no eyewitnesses can blog about the fakeness, and the set ups.

  40. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Just went to Messy’s page to see if she tweeted her SIL congrats yet…. NOPE! But she DID photo-shop her default picture so that her eye color is now exactly like Tre’s… totally normal, right?

  41. March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This is from the Fame-Whorgas article I linked up the thread and though it would be an interesting reminder to this topic. Hope that’s ok Fame!

    According to Tom Murro:
    “Kim G did not invite me to Melissa’s party,” said Monica Chacon, who is outraged over having been set up for a public fallout. “I went as Kim’s guest after a producer of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ invited me to a charity event, supposedly with the consent of the hostess, Melissa Gorga.” I was also assured that Teresa would not be at the event since she and Melissa did not get along. Without getting into specifics which are irrelevant at this point, Bravo should be ashamed of themselves for setting someone up who did not sign up to be a part of the show or have a venue with which to defend myself. There are always three sides to every story. But as far I knew, I was simply going as a guest to a charity event. It is unbelievable how everything unfolded.”
    According to an insider:
    “Missy and Bravo TOGETHER invited Kim G with Monica Chacon.”
    In the clip below from Melissa’s housewarming party, she first claims, “I don’t even know who the woman [Monica] is, so why is she in my house?” Then she feigns surprise recognition when Kim G says to Melissa, “Say hi to Monica again.” Melissa quickly regroups and says, “I think I met you at the fashion show.”


    • March 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      As does this – Dina explaining what happened at the Fabellini launch.


      • Ana-Capri
        March 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        That’s right-I remember this very well. They sliced and diced her words and the timing of her words.

        • LilyM
          March 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

          All this editing, and that the women know about it make me gag, specially remembering the reunions with the exaggerated reactions, specially Jacko, Caro and lets not forget Rosy, I am sorry but this makes me sick, they knowing, that almost all of it is acting not reality…

          • celi
            March 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

            i wonder if they kept the memo from teresa i dont think most of the time she was acting,she was really hurt by their actions n words,n she said once she didnt know the others were talking about her til she viewed the films ,so sad for family to do this to their own,i hope they(melgo,jogo,cathy ,rosey, are happy with themselves)that the whole world has seen.
            it all makes me sick ,actually sick.

          • March 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

            I do not think any of the housewives knows how the program will be edited. As far as Jacko, Caro and ALL of the others, their jealous nature seems to take center stage during the reunions.

  42. dch60
    March 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Good job again Fame. It’s been said for some time that reality tv isn’t actually reality in the true sense of the word. Jill also kinda gave it away when she last was on WWHL. She said she went to Andy with a “storyline” of a fight with Bethenny. However, Bethenny did not know about this. I do think they use some elements of surprise… you said it too when you explained about everyone going against Lisa but Lisa wasn’t aware of it. So I don’t envision a sit down conference with all the ladies, although maybe they do as a very basic overview. I mean there’s no doubt that not everyone is aware of everything that is going to go down. These women are NOT actresses even though some are better at doing what they think is expected of them.

    It’s also obvious in the talking heads they are being fed information that may anger them about another housewife/housewives and that’s why we end up hearing inflamed statements. A producer, or whoever they use, is sitting there saying “you know when you walked away housewife A & B said so and so about you and your husband.” So then the housewife is upset and ends up saying something nasty about them and their husbands. Wah lah… “reality” AND drama. Their perfect equation.

    Regarding Teresa knowing about Melissa coming on the show… I think what Teresa means about Melissa doing it behind her back is that Melissa wasn’t the first one that told her about it. Teresa knew because someone ELSE told her and either Melissa/Joe didn’t call her at all, or they called quite some time after Teresa was told. That’s going behind Teresa’s back IMO. If I recall correctly, even Melissa admits she told Teresa a few days before filming started. Melissa herself has told so many different stories about how it all went down so we know she isn’t exactly being honest about the situation. One version is that Melissa didn’t even know until a few days before filming. Well if Melissa didn’t know then how did “Teresa know all along”? Ugh. The only thing that’s certain is that we’ll never know exactly what happened.

    One thing that’s a reality is that these shows destroy friendships and families. Season after season they see people who are supposed to be their friends talking behind their backs and making nasty comments in their talking heads. To a certain extent, this happens in all of our lives, well minus the talking head part. I’ve said things to one friend about another that I wouldn’t want heard and friends have said things to me about another. It’s not necessarily nasty gossip. Many times it’s out of concern but something you just don’t agree about. But if someone hears this time after time… it’s going to effect the relationship. Then things get progressively nastier because they each know the other said things about them and more liberties are taken. It almost becomes a competition.

    Speaking about competition… then there’s the aspect of one being more popular than another (can anyone say “Teresa”?). Everyone wants to be the most liked (well, normally anyway). Add in the belief that “I deserve it more than SHE does” (again, Teresa is a perfect example of having this effect on the others). All the above is a recipe for disaster is any relationship… no matter how strong it may have started out. Then there are alliances… oh my. Now you’re getting to the reality of the situation.

    These shows may be “producer driven” but we’re still dealing with real people’s lives and relationships and the aftermath may be outcomes that never would have happened if it weren’t for the show.

    So we may not see “reality” but it ends up being reality for each and every housewife. I can guarantee what happened between Bethenny and Jill was real. I bet they would still be friends if not for the show. Same for Lisa and Kyle… they would still be besties. Jac and Teresa. Maybe even NeNe and Kim Z. I guess that’s the price for the REAL benefits from the REAL opportunities be it books, songs, clothing lines, jewelry, wine, adult toys, etc etc.

    And we get to watch and talk our little hearts out about the “reality” of it all. Oh, and I think Bryan is real. Most of all thank heavens Fame is real… and thanks for putting the reality in where it’s otherwise seriously lacking… Fame!

    • March 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Great post!

    • Jeannie5233
      March 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Excellent read – and after having read it, I am sad for all of those friendships that have suffered because of money and fame. It is a shame because while money and fame can be tempting and alluring, it is friendship that is priceless.

      And while these friendships have been changed forever and it is a shame, what is worse is the damage this franchise has done to a FAMILY. No matter if you shoot bullet holes through a fence and then fill those holes with filler and glue, that fence will never be as strong as it once was.

    • March 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Great post you nailed it.

    • NotAHousewife
      March 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Yes, but they all signed up for it, so tough crap on them. NO sympathy here.

    • March 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Great post and oh so true, sad, but true.

  43. dch60
    March 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Sorry haven’t read the comments yet. Just wanted to tell Jeannie… I’m thinking about you and your mom and family. Don’t know if you saw my message on a previous blog… you and yours are in my prayers. Don’t forget to take care of yourself too Jeannie. ((((Jeannie))))

    • Jeannie5233
      March 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      dch60 – I am so glad you posted this because I went to look and found your message. You are a dear and so thoughtful. Thank you for your graciousness and compassion. Every day brings a new chapter – some good; some not so good. Getting her to eat is becoming more and more of a problem. Yesterday she fell but, thankfully, it was not serious and she has no bruises. Today has been a decent day with her being pretty lucid. It sure is a roller coaster ride, that’s for sure. As I’ve said before, while I’ve never been a fan of roller coasters, this is one ride I am not looking forward to ending. Frankly, I never expected her to still be here, given her diagnosis last November – this is a very long and often times painful process – not so much for her, thankfully, but for those who love her so.

      dch60, it is you, and so many others here in the FW community, who have opened up their hearts and given me such support, that have played such a part in helping me get through each day. I do my best to remain upbeat, especially in her presence, and I try to take breaks. They are getting less though as she needs more attention. I don’t mind it – she is my life right now and I cherish every minute I have with her. I cannot tell you how grateful she is still with me – her birthday is in April – mine is 4 days later and we have always celebrated together. And I truly believe I will be given the gift of one more birthday together.

      I find it astonishing, really, that in this day and age of cyber socialization where so much “hate” and “bullying” is rampant, here is a safe haven. I am grateful for that; I am grateful for YOU; and I am grateful for everyone else here.

      • March 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        BIG CUDDLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ana-Capri
        March 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Sending some prayers your way.

        • LilyM
          March 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

          Me too !! I do know the power of prayer first hand, God Bless !! 🙂

      • March 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Jeannie, you and your family are in my prayers. I lost my parents when I was young or as I tell my husband, when I needed them the most in my life. Life does go on and is bittersweet. My husband still has both of his parents and his mother’s condition reminds me of your mother’s condition. My mother-in-laws doctor suggested hospice in August of 2011 and she is still with us. I remind him each and every day of how lucky he is to still have his parents, he still has his entire family. Some days his mother is in a world of her own, other days, she is funny and insightful. In short, I do feel what you are going through.

  44. AnnieC
    March 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Great Job Fame! Keep up the fight – the ‘real’ world needs you!

  45. Hunny Badger
    March 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I’m a bit confused. If the writer writing about the producer friend from the West Coast “assumes” because she has no idea what RHONJ “East Coast” producers do, how does she know exactly what happened?

  46. March 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    What’s up with the rolled up pants legs on Melissa and Lysa?

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      They wanted to make sure you could see their hideous shoes.

  47. March 7, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Dear Jeannie, Just as I’ve written about my experience with cyber whack-a-doo’s, I think we also shared about my season of caring for elderly relatives – including my own Dear Mom – who passed ’97. Your mention of roller coasters reminded me of the eulogy Erma Bombeck’s husband delivered the year before – that my Mom and I both found to be so moving – for her, as it related to her long time marriage to my Dad, but for me, it applied to the roller coaster of our sometimes turbulent Mother/Daughter relationship but ultimately what’s important, which for me is that I’d do it all again…better in some ways perhaps…but every second of it….all over again>>

    ~ In 1947, three or four couples were outside the Lakeside Ballroom in Dayton, Ohio. We were too early to be admitted for the big-band dance, so we all wandered over to the adjoining amusement park. Not far from the ballroom was the roller coaster. All of the boys began cajoling their dates to ride with them. The girls giggled and said no. It was too frightening, and it would mess up their hair and dresses. I looked at my date and asked her if she wanted to go. She didn’t hesitate. She said, “Sure, I’ll go.” I was surprised and looked at her again. She was slight, narrow-shouldered, with tiny hands and feet. But she had the greatest smile and laugh. Her smile had a charming space between her two front teeth. I thought, this is some kind of girl! The Lakeside roller coaster was a rickety old leftover from the Depression. The frame was mostly made of unpainted two-by-fours. No modern inspection by OSHA would have ever approved this for man’s use. The cars were linked together with what looked like modified train couplers. They were mostly red-painted wood with metal wheels and a cog-like device that clicked loudly. The seats had worn, black leather padding. There were no belts, but there were worn steel bars that had to be raised and lowered by the attendant. The attendant was an old man in oil-stained bib overalls. He said little, but raised the bar and she entered the seat first, and I followed by her side. The bar clicked in place just above our waistlines. There were two tapered two-by-fours on the platform, each angled away from the other. He moved the one closer to the car to an upright position. The car moved forward, slowly picking up speed. The metal wheels on the metal track made so much noise you had to yell to your partner to be heard. The car left the level starting track and began a slow ascent. In about 20 or 30 seconds, when the track became steeper, the cog device engaged the car. You could feel it grab. Then there was a distinct rhythmic clacking sound as the cog device labored to overcome the near-perpendicular angle of the track. You felt like it wouldn’t make it, but just when it reached a point that forced the passengers to stare, not at the car ahead or the track, but only at the night sky, it plunged downward, a wild, almost free, fall. Maybe, whatever controlled the speed was now broken. She made her first sound since she had said, “Sure, I’ll go.” She screamed and clenched my arm. I said, “Hang on to the bar.” She kept hanging on to my arm. Suddenly we were at the bottom, and we both were so relieved that we laughed, and I saw that smile again. The ride continued, with bone-jarring twists and turns, dizzying heights and abrupt plunges. Sometimes we would enter a dark tunnel, so dark the sparks from the wheels and tracks made it look like it was on fire. She kept hanging on to my arm. I was gripping the metal bar so tightly I thought I would bend it. This was some ride. We were thrilled and exhilarated, scared and breathless. We had been in and out of many tunnels. Each time they ended with almost blinding light in our eyes, and then on to another straight-up climb. We started into a tunnel that seemed to plunge deeper than all the others. It kept dropping. We both sensed this one was really different. Finally, instead of the bright lights, we were back at the platform. We looked at each other. We didn’t speak, but we sensed the ride had changed. The man in the bib overalls was standing by the tapered two-by-fours. He started to push one from its angel to a straight-up position. The car stopped. I told him the ride was great, but it was too short; we wanted to go on. He raised the bar. She smiled again. I looked at the attendant again. He said, “This is April 22, 1996 – your ride is over.” I looked over at her seat. She was gone.”

    William Bombeck

    • March 7, 2013 at 6:13 AM

      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, it bought a tear to my eye.

      • Jeannie5233
        March 7, 2013 at 6:47 AM

        Thanks for the cuddle Sackem – back at ‘cha!

    • Jeannie5233
      March 7, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      I am full out bawling right now!! What a gift you have shared – not only with me, but with everyone who will read it. Because that is real – that is what is important. This beautiful and touching piece can certainly be applied to the many different relationships we have in our lives.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you – XO

    • Ana-Capri
      March 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Very beautiful….thanks for the smile and the tears! I will be passing this one on!

    • celi
      March 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      im still crying but where did she go? what does this mean?

      • Jeannie5233
        March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        This beautiful story is an analogy of their life together full of the ups and downs it brings to us all just like a roller coaster and when the roller coaster ride ends, she has left and gone to Heaven. I absolutely love it and have retyped it to put away in order to reference it when I need it – thanks to dch60.

        • March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

          Jeannie (and all) so glad you received my heartfelt intentions of the piece. After posting, I started to have “writers remorse” due to the abrupt ending (“she was gone.”) So often the written word doesn’t come across the way intended, but the beauty of the piece does lie in the journey as you so well recognize. I’d like to thank you for sparking that memory by mentioning “roller coaster” lol, I hadn’t thought of how moved I also was by Bill Bombeck’s eulogy of Dear Erma (who I so LOVED–what a pioneer she was – and hilarious too!) in several years and it always reminds me of my Beloved Mom and Dad’s marriage/same era, but also just l-o-v-e. 🙂

          • Jeannie5233
            March 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

            oh geez Oprah – I meant thanks to you!! Sorry – not getting enough sleep and I need a cup of coffee! (dch60 – I thank you to as well for beginning this thread so that Oprah could share this story) 🙂

        • celi
          March 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

          i understand now ,it is beautiful

    • March 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Beautiful. I read many of Erma’s books. I have never read this before. Tears flowing.

  48. March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    So the Manzo boys ARE opening their food joint this season apparently with Mama Manzo’s recipes. Oh brother. Gotta get on the band wagon that Mama’s driving.

    • Ana-Capri
      March 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      It seems it may not be theirs at all??
      From NJ.com:

      “HOBOKEN – Reality TV stars Albie and Chris Manzo — of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame — have teamed up with the Village Pourhouse owners to open a new eatery in Hoboken next month.

      Little Town NJ, at 310 Sinatra Dr., is slated to open April 9, and the Manzo brothers aim to give the new restaurant some New Jersey flair by using their mom Caroline Manzo’s recipes for the brunch buffet and Sunday Gravy on weekends.

      Little Town NJ, which incorporates a farmer’s market area where local farmers display their produce, is the third location of Manhattan’s Little Town NYC, owned by Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr — who also own the Village Pourhouse on First Street in Hoboken.”

      • Ana-Capri
        March 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        I never thought for a minute that they could be traveling the country peddling that BLK stuff while getting ready to open a restaurant!

      • Ana-Capri
        March 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM


        “Little Town NJ is named such because it plans to provide “neighborhood-driven hospitality,” prepare its dishes with local New Jersey ingredients and have a wide selection of local beers on tap, the owners say.

        Small plates include “Chargrilled Cape May Oysters” with “savory gorgonzola butter,” “Little Town Rice Balls stuffed with NJ Taylor ham and cheese; and “Fried ‘Mutz’” — breaded and fried local mozzarella served with spicy “Jersey tomato marinara sauce.”

        Larger dishes include the “East Hanover Dog,” an Italian hotdog wrapped in a pizza crust and stuffed with sautéed peppers, onions and crispy potatoes; and the “Short Hills Joe,” a New Jersey deli-style “Sloppy Joe” of roast beef or turkey with coleslaw and Russian dressing on fresh rye and six varieties of cheeses.”

        • AnnieC
          March 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

          From their mouths and the Bravo site… “There’s so much of us that’s going to be in it as far as the decorations, the food — we had a huge part in it…… We were involved in pretty much everything. We don’t run the day to day financials, but we’re in there as partners in most of the big decision making.” Guess time will tell if they have a financial stake in the business.

          • Ana-Capri
            March 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

            Great find AnnieC!

          • March 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

            Well there you go. It’s not theirs! It’s not a partnership if you don’t share financials so essentially, they are employees.

            • March 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

              PS Why do these people keep claiming things that aren’t theirs?

              • AnnieC
                March 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

                IMO because the Bravo PR machine think we have very little active matter between our ears.

            • March 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

              exactly Sackem. If they’re not involved in the “day to day financials” I doubt they’re involved in “most” of the big decision making either. The owners may “run things by them” before they happen, but only as a courtesy.

  49. Ana-Capri
    March 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    With just a tiny bit of looking on the web I see lots of photos of the owners Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr with the New York ladies.

  50. haydaki
    March 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Ana-Capri here’s another short little article I found about the opening of the restaurant. Are they business partners with the other two guys, or just spokespeople? http://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/index.ssf/2013/03/poll_will_you_be_dining_at_the.html

    • Ana-Capri
      March 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Hello- and thanks! I don’t know if they have a financial stake in this or not. If they do, I am pretty sure it isn’t much.

      Black water, Restaurant, Reality TV stars, Stripper car Wash, Brown Sauce, Attorney, Policeman, oh and they are such Mommas boys. Did I miss any?
      I fear many will not patronize this restaurant because it is affiliated with those two!

      • haydaki
        March 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I do agree with not many people patronizing the restauran just because of themt, they sometimes over- estimate their popularity! I do wish them luck, running a successful restaurant is not an easy task. Their father should be able to give them great advice.

        • Ana-Capri
          March 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

          I don’t see them as have any hands on , maybe more of just the face!

          • Ana-Capri
            March 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM


          • haydaki
            March 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM

            gotcha, makes sense!

        • Dubbalicious
          March 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

          It’s interesting that Al Manzo hands down dissuaded Kathy Wakile from opening a restaurant yet, his 2 sons are now in the restaurant biz. Something tells me the darling Manzo boys are being used as the face of..nothing more, nothing less!!

      • March 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        I didn’ want to say it before but I’ve got case of the “I don’t care fatigues” but when I trsd it would include Caroline’s recipes the first thing that sprung to mind was that the family isn’t exactly the poster family for healthy eating…

        • March 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

          *first read

        • Ana-Capri
          March 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

          Very funny-lunch first, then have your lapband 😉

          • March 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM


  51. Ana-Capri
    March 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Here is a link to -wait for it-court cases for Michael Sinensky and Sean Mcgarr , the owners of Little Town. http://dockets.justia.com/search?q=Michael+A.+Sinensky

    • Ana-Capri
      March 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Just like the Manzos-looks like they didn’t pay overtime??? AS Caroline would say-“If you hang around with garbage you start to stink”

    • March 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Without wanting to insult my Jersey friends BUT does everyone have a record or have Bravo just picked a dodgy bunch?

      • Ana-Capri
        March 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I think Bravo likes it this way-so sad 😦 I believe they were trying for a Sopranos theme!

      • Jeannie5233
        March 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Just as Gov. Christie didn’t want the Jersey Shore cast to be representative of the NJ population, he probably feels the same way about the RHONJ. (He did go after Al Manzo after all).

        Having lived in NJ for 7 years and summered at the Jersey Shore many years (I still do even though I no longer live in the state – nothing like it and it will be restored – I have faith!), I can vouch for the majority of Jerseyans – great people!!

        I agree with Ana-Capri – I think Bravo went out of their way to find a cast that would imitate, to a lesser degree, the success of the fictional Sopranos!

        • March 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM


      • NotAHousewife
        March 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Well, as a lifelong PROUD resident of NJ for all my nearly 50 years, and being that we have about 8 million folks living here, I would believe that not every single one of us 8 million people have “a record.” I wish the Jersey bashing would just stop. Therefore, Bravo picked a really bad bunch of apples.And trust me, I wouldn’t want to drink cider from those apples! 🙂

        • Anonymous
          March 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

          Wow, 8 million people in NJ,that’s alot of people! Just adds to the theory that Bravo works in typecasting. Was not my Internet to offend – As an Aussie we get typecast to! Thankyou for sharing more about you home . I’d honestly love to hear more.

          • March 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

            Ha *internet!! That was meant to be intent. Thanks iPad, making me look dumb since 2012!

  52. March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Not buying the part about “Jacquelyn cares”… Jax is second only to Taylor Armstrong in the despicable department. I also recognize the producer driven drivel. I’m invested and drawn in by the reality around the edges of the BS.

    PS: Love love loved reading about Sackem’s job/adventures!!! I’m a tool belt kind of gal myself – but unfortunately on movie sets, lol! GO Sackie!

    • Ana-Capri
      March 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Great comment ,” drawn in by the reality around the edges of the BS”-they are all full of fake set-up drama, but with Jersey I think we see, at least a little bit of REAL life.

    • March 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      I’ve done some weird stuff Oprah!

  53. March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    “not” on movie sets. #neededitbutton 🙂

  54. JerseyGirl
    March 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Love the update. Also, the re-shooting thing is very true. As I’ve mentioned I’m from the area (northern NJ, one town away from Franklin Lakes) and one of my friend’s mothers was actually on the show for half a second, in a cut-away shot looking “shocked” when she overheard Danielle/Dina fighting at that restaurant they went to in Season 2 to “hash things out” or whatever. My friend’s mom was super fascinated with the whole thing (like me, hah) and she said that they filmed half the fight and then the ladies were given a “break” to touch up makeup, go to the bathroom, etc. and then came back and filmed the fight over again as a “second take”. Of course on the show it appears as a five minute splice of fighting with all the best parts extracted. So yeah, obviously scripted.

  55. March 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Just added some quotes from Tamra about why she comes across as a b***h: she says she is just doing her job and Andy refers to her as the perfect housewife:

    Tamra also has some words for viewers who think that she comes across as a b***h on the Bravo reality TV hit… I was hired to do a job… I am not on the show to show the viewers what I want to show them… I was given a job and I’m doing it well. Andy Cohen refers to me as ‘the perfect Housewife!’ … I am not here to make friends and I tell every single one of the girls that. I’m here to do a job. I have Housewives from other franchises calling me and asking me ‘how do you do this?’ or ‘how do you balance this?’ … If I could I would ask to only show my purse line, or request to get my hair done every day, but that’s not reality. I do have a sarcastic side and Bravo only shows a certain percentage of you, so if that’s all they show… They don’t see me as a mom. They don’t see a lot of my life. You do see a lot of sarcasm because they love my one-liners.” – RadarOnline, March 6, 2013, Real Mean Girl Of Orange County! Tamra Barney Sinks Claws Into Gretchen Rossi, ‘Have You Heard Her Sing?’

    As a reminder, the insider who sent me the letter included in this article said this about Tamra:

    “They [producers] tell each of the other cast members things that they know are going to piss them off about another person so that when they film, they are full of grudges and rage against the person. When they want to start trouble, they usually have a go to a person who doesn’t mind coming off as a bitch. It is usually someone with a thick skin who really needs the money and can’t just quit. In this case, it is Tamra Barney — she will do whatever the producers ask her to.”

    • Hunny Badger
      March 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      My question is: aren’t the HW characters by now fully aware of these producer-induced shenanigans? Yet they still play it all to the hilt. Therefore, they are all manufacturing the “drama” for the fame and Bravo paychecks.

  56. Ana-Capri
    March 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Looks like Jacqueline Laurita may be losing her home-Zillow has it in pre-foreclosure.

    • Jeannie5233
      March 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Ana- Capri – I just saw this article on RealityTea which is getting its info from the Zillow listing. They also mention the Business Bankruptcy and the $300,000 NJ tax lien. Looks like karma is finally knocking on the Lauritas’ front door.


      • March 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Wow – but they were “fine” at the reunion remember, her financial problems were no big deal. I guess we can understand why she was so angry at Teresa making money and taking opportunities- doesn’t excuse it though.

        • haydaki
          March 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

          You can look up information at this site http://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/web1/ACMSPA

          • Bullie
            March 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

            Yes look at the info here not at RealityTea. Do not give those farm faced hacks your pageviews. That website needs to sashay away ASAP.

            • haydaki
              March 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

              I dont visit their very often, is it not a factual site Bullie? I mostly go here and Allabouttrh.

            • Anonymous
              March 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM

              We ‘re thinking the same AGAIN!

            • dch60
              March 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

              Not as bad as Radar On Line.

              • Jeannie5233
                March 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

                I agree dch60 – while RealityTea is what I consider an internet “tabloid”, it is not as bad as RadarOnLine and Fame has referenced it in some of her articles in the past. But anytime we can get our information from real and legitimate sources, I’m all for it – all the better!!! 🙂

                It’s actually akin to certain people using Life & Style, InTouch, UsWeekly, or other print tabloids as being their sources for Truth, Justice, and the American Way!! I mean, we all know we are supposed to believe what is in these rags as the honest truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – puhleeze! When one uses this crap as “PROOF” and a legitimate source to claim “FACT” – well, in my eyes, that considerably hurts that person’s credibilty.

                Bottom line – most of the people here at FW are here because they are intelligent and question – and, thankfully, do not accept the drivel the print and internet tabloids print as gospel.

                • March 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

                  All about facts Jeannie! That’s why we love Fame!

            • March 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

              I stopped visiting when Fame’s story was stolen.

              • Jeannie5233
                March 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM

                Hi Moma!!! So happy to hear from you !!!! and thank you 😉

              • March 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

                I did too-stopped that day and with the exception of one or two slips, have stayed away. I MIGHT have to lurk there however, just to see if the Whacky Chan fans over there have the balls to face the music and give Jac the same crap they gave Teresa!! The very fact that (so-called) pro Teresa blogs aren’t recommending everyone tweet Jac and ask her about it shows me that we so called Tre huggers are just nicer people…lol. There are a few RT regulars who were particularly nasty about Tre, and I must see them EAT CROW. Silently of course lol.

      • March 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        I wonder if this come up on RHONJ? Nope — reason, it’s private information and they didn’t go to the tabs like Tre did.

  57. Hunny Badger
    March 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I think that most Bravo “HWs” are purposefully morally corrupt to stir the bottom of the barrel. Remember, these are women who sign the contract because “fame” and “tabloid stories” and cheap “red carpets” make themselves feel better about themselves.

    • March 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      You make a great point Hunny (I like the new spelling of your handle).

      I haven’t published a new blog in a while, but I will have one up before the end of the day. Thank you, my dear readers, for your patience and support 🙂

      • Hunny Badger
        March 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Thank you so much, Fame! Someone on another site told me he/she was so confused because there was another “Honnie” and I had no clue. I would hate to inadvertently rip off anyone!

        And you do get to the heart of what is really going on here, which is why your blog — and your hard work — is so well read. Why these women who seemingly are supposed to be our “peers” are going through stuff that many of us wouldn’t? I do hope that makes some sense!

        • March 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

          It makes total sense Hunny. You are so right… we here at FW get what is going on! And yes, most of us would never sell out our family and friends for a taste of fame and a weak promise of fortune.

  58. linda
    March 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    jac loosing home? not paying her bills? shocking….. I wonder how she will use her son to pay her bills now………

  59. March 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I love my family very much. I enjoyed the days I spent with my daughter. But, if I said I did not miss you guys, I would be lying.

    Let us sing, lol.

    We are family, I got all my sisters with me, ….

    • happylady
      March 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Get up everybody and sing!

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