Teresa Giudice’s Friend, Heather Maclean, Answers Viewers Questions on Twitter
Teresa’s “very good friend” of five years and co-writer of her cookbooks, Heather Maclean (@HeatherMaclean), along with her kids, just spent the week at Teresa’s house, and she has been tweeting up a storm the past few days.
The following are some of her tweets and Twitter exchanges.
When asked if she would ever ghost write for Melissa, Heather replied:
Um no. I’ve turned down 2 other HWs. My loyalty is to Teresa and I wouldn’t want to work on a book project that was ill-gotten.
When asked, “What will happen when Melissa doesn’t sell enough to meet the $300,000 advance on her marriage advice book – will she have to pay it back?,” Heather replied:
According to people I know in publishing, that number is wayyy off. But no, she won’t have to pay it back. I was really surprised to see Melissa of ALL people is not giving her writer credit. Every other HW is confident enough to. Melissa really expects anyone to think she wrote a book herself? Lol. Although maybe it was the writer’s choice! 😉 It’s a very odd move for someone so adamant that they aren’t a copycat. Trust me, she is and then some. #SWF
When asked if Teresa’s mother-in-law is aware that Melissa wrote a snide remark about her in her Bravo blog, Heather replied:
Unfortunately she is more than aware. Beyond devastating. She told me so many stories about her hospitality to Melissa over the years. Yes, someone in town told her. Terrible. 😦 Teresa’s mother-in-law cannot understand why Melissa would SO disrespect her in her blog. She was on 1 episode briefly weeks ago… To list her full name like that, mocking her in public, someone who gave her such hospitality, a respected elder, is really incomprehensible…and in MY book, reprehensible. Teresa’s MIL was NOT talking about Melissa and Melissa knows it because she was told. So her insult is fake… Which makes it all the more horrible to me because it’s unnecessary.
Melissa did not need to avenge herself because she was never offended. #FAKE And really that’s your idea of vengeance? Publicly humiliating an older woman? It wasn’t enough she was attacked at Melissa’s family christening?
I spent a lot of time with Teresa’s MIL, a lovely woman, who unlike Melissa’s mom (smh) is not on Twitter. She has no way to defend herself. If I were Melissa, I would seriously consider moving now. She might have crossed one too many lines now. 😦 And Teresa’s MIL told me I could tell Twitter her answer to Melissa’s blog question: “What did she think of her son and Teresa in the hot tub?” She said, “Good for them! I love to see that my son and his beautiful wife are still so in love and playful after 14 years of marriage.” 🙂
Heather later tweeted that she was with the Giudices when Melissa’s blog was published:
I was there with the Giudice family when Melissa’s blog disrespecting Joe’s mother came out. With them and saw their confusion and anguish. I was with Teresa when she immediately called and then texted Melissa to ask why she did it, to directly communicate and work it out privately. I was with Teresa for the next four days while Melissa did not respond in any way. Teresa wants family peace more than anything.
She later tweeted:
In the interest of fair and balanced reporting, I can tell you that Melissa finally called Teresa back this morning! Hooray! 5 days>never. Melissa said Teresa’s MIL shouldn’t have come on the show if she didn’t want to be talked about. Teresa wished her luck next time she saw Mrs. G.
Heather added that Juicy’s mother “was edited terribly on the show. She was NOT talking about Melissa, and Melissa knows it! She was told!”
When asked to “please clear up when earlier you said someone told Teresa’s MIL about the slam in the blog, but now you say you were with them when it came out?”, Heather replied:
I was staying at Teresa’s house with my family when it came out. The next day her MIL came over and said she’d heard about it.
When someone commented that Melissa “has respect for nobody – you don’t see Teresa going after the Marcos,” Heather tweeted:
Ever! And certainly not by name! Sooo disrespectful. 😦
On her relationship with Teresa, Heather tweeted:
Teresa knows I tweet my opinion and that I would never do anything to hurt her family. I gave and received lots and lots of hugs and kisses. The tears… What has been done to this family… Unbelievable. Believe me, I don’t want my name attached to RHONJ in any way but I feel I have a moral obligation to tell the truth for this family. xx
When someone tweeted, “I’m more convinced then ever Melissa’s followers are fake,” Heather replied: “Me too! I can’t watch any other HW show, but there was just something so sweet and unique about Teresa,” and she retweeted:
I am perplexed with people who buy followers on social media.What is the point? Perceived popularity? You are fooling no one but yourself!#RHOC
When someone tweeted, “If Teresa tries to get out there and defend herself or her family, people twist everything,” Heather replied:
“Exactly! I can’t stand the twisting.”
On her opinion of RadarOnline, Heather said:
I never look at Radar. They’re never even close to the truth and it’s pretty clear who their sources are.
On the comments by Kung Fu/Say What?? at LipstickAlley, Heather said:
I read it. Nuggets of truth but mostly fiction. The RHONJ expose on lipstickally making the rounds is mostly fiction. Especially the parts about Joe Gorga. Not true in almost every way. Trust me. You know I don’t like the way Joe Gorga treats his sister, but those are some seriously insane and hurtful allegations. No one deserves that. I know Joe Gorga’s family very well and he was raised right. He’s a good, good guy. Reality TV can make even the best person look terrible. And new-found “fame” can mess with your mind and then your behavior. 😦 No idea who Kung Fu is, but no one is that deeply acquainted with every single cast member. Not possible. I can’t speak to the Manzo or Laurita “tea” in that article, but I know the Giudices and Gorgas. Not true.
Note from Fame: Kung Fu is not an insider, IMO, but is a super fan who carefully follows the blogs and has created a story based on both fact and fiction – just because some of what he/she is saying is true does not mean all of it is true. It can be best described as fan fiction.
Calypso did the research on what Kung Fu was claiming about the Manzos based on various newspaper articles which he/she linked to. Calypso proved that the articles were about different Manzo brothers and a different Brownstone restaurant – as unbelievable as it sounds (what are the odds?!)
The story about passing bribes through cereal boxes was an article about Louis Manzo and Ronald Manzo (other Manzo brothers) and also involved Michael J. Manzo (no relation to Lou or Ron – apparently “Manzo” is a common name in the region). And – wait for it – the Brownstone establishment in the articles was the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory in Jersey City, not The Brownstone catering house in Paterson.
Calypso wrote: “I really do prefer the truth over a fabricated and ‘alleged’ tale used to deceive others. Why fill a post full of allegations and innuendo if you KNOW the juicy truth? Albert and Tommy Manzo may have DIRTY HANDS and I suspect they do but …. you have to ask yourself after reading all of this are they involved in this case? The hundreds of pages I’ve read say – no.”
Calypso’s full comment here:
Concerning Heather’s tweets defending Joe Gorga and the LipstickAlley comments, someone tweeted Heather that “this is Teresa sticking up for her brother again – damage control,” to which Heather replied:
Nope, it’s me sticking up for the truth again. I don’t speak for Teresa, but I know the facts.
On the same topic, someone else tweeted, “those allegations really bother me – really destructive,” to which Heather replied:
There’s a big difference between bitchy conversations and legal accusations. Not cool!
Finally, concerning the LipstickAlley comments, Heather said,
I think Kung Fu is most correct with his opinion on how production tricked Melissa this season.
The following is King Fu’s comment on “Melissa coming on and production building trust with her”:
They prove they are on her side, build her up, teach her how to play the game. Then she trusts them enough to relax and say things knowing they will edit them out. They have her pick at Teresa until Teresa snaps, then edit it to make it look like Teresa started the whole fight. Now when producers have her do it again, she is confident and knows it’s safe to mumble under her breath at Teresa, whisper insults, hide out of camera range, and make comments to stir the pot. The season airs and bam… Melissa is happy and satisfied that producers are on her side. Then they flip the script and stop editing those things out. By the time Melissa realizes it, she’s fucked. She’s depending on BRAVO paychecks, already signed a new contract, and getting her ass handed to her on national TV. This happens to nearly all the housewives. Melissa was so confident and giddy over having production “in her pocket” that she failed to realize she was walking the exact same path that many before her had walked.
When someone said, “Honestly, my heart breaks for Teresa… sometimes for your own sanity, cut your losses,” Heather tweeted:
I know. And sadly I agree. I’m so proud of Teresa for continuing to work on fixing and forgiving. It is not easy, but she will never give up. xx
On Melissa, Heather tweeted:
She seems to have a very convenient amnesia for a lot of things. But as an actual witness to everything, I truly think unless someone gets through to Melissa and holds her accountable for her actions… the family will never heal. Teresa can’t get through to her. Maybe we all can. xx Teresa is definitely trying! 🙂 And if I know her, she’ll never give up!
And this is my personal opinion again, but since I know Melissa Gorga reads my tweets (and prints them out with dates), I have to say… a 7th grader is completely different from a 2nd grader. When a young person reaches out to you, you should respect and validate their feelings. I know Melissa doesn’t have teenagers yet, but I do. They see and feel and hurt and understand and need honesty and you to LISTEN to them. Not yell. And in MY book, hanging up on a child is despicable
[Note from Fame: Apparently, Melissa yelled at Gia over the phone and hung up on her when she called Melissa to express that she was hurt about what she said on the bus to the retreat about her father cheating.]
So now Melissa is crying that I’m a “disgusting liar” that is tearing her family apart. What?!? How can my opinion be a lie? Unlike the egg accounts and Melissa fan clubs (run by whom…?) that are personally attacking me, calling me names and threatening me, I’m not. I’m not talking about Melissa’s past or her family or her marriage. Not name calling or being disrespectful. Just my opinion on her actions.
I don’t care about press or attention or # of followers. I’ve already turned the RHONJ down. Teresa doesn’t ever pay me (the publisher does). I believe our friends and family keep us and our ego and our pride in check so we can be better people. We all have it. Except some “celebs.” There is not one person close to Melissa that ever tells her she’s wrong about anything. I don’t think that’s healthy or good for anyone.
I know Melissa (obsessively?) reads my tweets. I only hope that 1% of my opinion about decent behavior sinks in someday. For her family. They can never heal if Melissa and Joe continue to blame everything on everyone else. Teresa has nothing to do with my opinion or the fans’. She doesn’t pay us, she doesn’t ask us, she doesn’t promise people favors to run fake bashing sites. She can’t control the whole world!
I think Melissa’s new temper tantrum is because she is freaking out about how she’s being portrayed this season and needs someone else to blame.
How in the world could Teresa’s friend twittering (never mind what Mel’s own blood has twittered) be the cause of her family breakup? Insane.
I’m guessing Melissa’s also trying to set the stage so that if anyone from her past comes forward, it will also be Teresa’s fault. It’s not. It’s yours.
About Melissa’s attack on Joe Giudice at the retreat, Heather tweeted:
Note to Melissa: when you try and “break up” a fight, you should probably try and pull off your husband, not scratch and poke the other guy.
When someone tweeted, “What’s right is right and wrong is wrong… I still can’t get that 4 against 1 at the reunion out my head,” Heather replied:
It’s all very, very sad and my heart is breaking for this family. I know first-hand how hard Teresa is trying. I wish I knew that about Melissa.
When someone tweeted, “Wish it were you instead of the Kim chick that was on the show!”, Heather replied:
Never, never, never. They’ve asked and I declined. Not interested in being on TV again and certainly not on that show! 😉
Heather also retweeted a July 27th tweet from Donna Marco (@donnamarco1), Melissa’s mother:
All families have problems,sometimes the hurt is so deep it’s hard to forgive. Why do people lie just to hurt. God is watching you!!!
Last week Heather tweeted that she wasn’t able to live tweet during episode 8, saying:
I’m sure Melissa will be relieved. Her Crisis PR team has enough to worry about tho 😉 .