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‘Real Housewives’ Contract Says Producers Can Fictionalize Footage

September 23, 2013

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RadarOnline reported on September 23, 2013 that producers can fictionalize footage, among other things. The following is the report on the “participation agreement” for “extras,” or unpaid participants, of the show.

EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENT: Read The Secret ‘Real Housewives’ Contract

“The rights granted herein shall also include the right to edit, delete, dub and fictionalize the Footage and Materials, the Program and the Advertisements as Producer sees fit in Producer’s sole discretion,” the opening clause in the contract reads.

What’s more, the document reveals how participants agree, from a legal standpoint, that it’s not the fault of the production company if they’re injured, defamed or have “personal, private, surprising, disparaging and embarrassing” details of their life broadcast — even if those humiliating and “unfavorable” details are not true!

Under the stipulations of the five-page standard contract, participants in Housewives — one of the most popular “reality” shows on the air — agree to the 17 terms, including:

  • They will not be paid for participating. “I hereby waive any and all rights I may have to any compensation whatsoever.”
  • The show may expose them to “public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation” and may portray them in a false light.
  • They shall not talk about the show and what goes on behind-the-scenes — ever — keeping “in strictest confidence” both “prior to, during, or after the taping” all “information or materials.”
  • They must wear “clothing, costumes, accessories and/or makeup” at the discretion of producers.
  • Their appearances on the show are “not a performance and is not (considered) employment.” It adds, “I acknowledge that I am a volunteer.”
  • Footage of them may be “exploited throughout the universe at any time, in perpetuity… without any compensation to me whatsoever.”

Participants also “represent and warrant” they’re in good health and have no medical, physical or emotional condition and agree not to take medication or drugs during filming.

They also sign an undertaking that they won’t run for public office for 12 months after their last scene is shot!

The document was authored by Sirens Project 1224, LLC., the Delaware-based production company behind The Real Housewives of New Jersey franchise.

It exposes how reality television is REALLY made and proves what critics of reality television have often argued — story lines are fake and don’t reflect what truly happened during filming.

Boldly, the agreement states the participant understands “that I am giving up certain legal rights under this agreement, including without limitation, my right to file a lawsuit.”

It adds, “I agree that I will never sue Producer, Sirens Media, LLC (“Sirens Media”), NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Network or anyone because I do not like the manner in which Producer or its licensees or assignees took or used the Footage and Materials or used the Footage and Materials in the Program.”

And if the wannabe reality star breaches the terms and conditions of the deal, the consequences are severe — a minimum $50,000 fine!

“Any breach by me of any of the confidentiality provisions of this Agreement would cause Producer and Network irreparable injury and damage that cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated by damages… therefore, I hereby expressly agree that Producer and Network shall be entitled to injunctive and other equitable relief,” the document reads.

“Accordingly, I agree to pay Producer and Network the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) per breach plus disgorgement of any income that I may receive in connection with my breach as liquidated damages in the event that I breach any of the confidentiality provisions of this Agreement.”

It all begs the question: Why would someone sign away their life for fame or infamy?

According to the contract, participants “acknowledge and agree that a significant element of the consideration I am receiving… is the opportunity for publicity.”

Here is the link to the actual contract:

http://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/rhnj5-appearance-5pgb.pdf

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  1. Lucy94
    September 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    How can they not be paid? We all know “housewives” are paid, some more than others, but still paid. Is this a contract for their “friends”? I’m confused. Only by the pay clause; the rest has been known for years!

    • September 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      The RO story is misleading. I added a blurb in the blog, explaining that this contract is for the “extras”, the unpaid participants like Penny.

      • mzjulesaz
        September 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        I would love to see a “real housewife” contract! I mean if this is just for the day players, I can only imagine.

        • September 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

          This is disgusting. Are you happy now that you have signed this now penney, did you get what you wanted? You either intentionally or unwittingly gave Bravo more ammo to fire at Teresa and you haven’t a legal leg to stand on. You can’t even discuss it………..for the rest of your life. Your descendents if any, can’t discuss it. What numb skull would sign this kind of a contract to be on a fake reality show. People are so stupid.

          • mzjulesaz
            September 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

            Come on now … dontchya think it would be FUN! There is no way in HELL I would sign something like that!

            • pjbottoms
              September 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

              I agree! It’s creepy–like making a deal with the Devil (Bravo)

        • September 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

          here’s an old one I grabbed years ago: http://njhousewives.blogspot.com/p/real-housewives-really-bad-contract.html
          It is out of page order but all there

          • mzjulesaz
            September 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

            Thanks — made me dizzy reading the blurry small print. But no way would I sign that drivel.

            • September 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

              sorry it is such a mess but it can be seen better by clicking the image.

      • lucille
        September 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        so if penny wanted to telll the truth about teresa, she could sue her for 50,000? now when they go to court on thurs what happens then,with wacko,chris and poison joe

      • pjbottoms
        September 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        This looks more like a waiver than a standard “contract.” IMO it makes Siren Media look incompetent. It reminded me of an acronym I learned in a teacher education course CYAET “Cover Your A** Expose Theirs” This contract makes Reality TV even more contrived if that is at all possible.

  2. jennacheryl
    September 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Please read before you sign. Random question did Joe Guidice get his license back?

    • September 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      His license was suspended in 2010 for the DUI conviction (he was charged in January 2010). I don’t know how long it was suspended, but he got caught driving with a suspended license and spent 10 days in jail in September 2010. Then, in June 2010, he allegedly got a fake license using his brother’s ID, which authorities arrested him for in March 2011. At some point he got his license back, which is why you see him driving in seasons 4 & 5.

      Here’s a timeline from WetPaint:

      January 14, 2010 – After crashing into a pole at nearly 2 a.m., Joe was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to maintain a traffic lane in Montville Township, NJ and taken to the hospital. After his release from the medical facility, he was then turned over to the Clifton Police Department, which was discovered to hold outstanding warrants for his arrest for city ordinance violations.

      September 2010 – Joe was sentenced to ten days in jail for driving with a suspended license.

      February 23, 2011 – Joe and Caroline Manzo’s sons, Albie and Christopher, along with others, were detained in the Dominican Republic following a bar brawl. No charges were ultimately filed, but it did delay Joe, Teresa, and the Manzo boys’ return to New Jersey.

      March 25, 2011 – Joe was arrested for fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s license and now faces charges including wrongful identity use and impersonation. He refused to take a plea deal, and is said to face up to ten years in prison if convicted off the charges. A new hearing is set for October 2013.

      July 29, 2013 – Joe and Teresa indicted on 39 counts of fraud. The couple is accused of exaggerating their income in order to receive larger loans, which is something that was allegedly done even before RHoNJ debuted in 2009. They are also accused of failing to disclose all of their income when initially filing for bankruptcy later that year. The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud. If Teresa and Joe are found guilty of all charges, they could each face more than 50 years in prison. They were each released on $500k bond, and are due back in court on August 14, at which point a trial date will be set.

      http://www.wetpaint.com/real-housewives-of-new-jersey/articles/joe-giudices-arrests-a-timeline

  3. jennacheryl
    September 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    not you guys, but the people who want to be extras. In Penny’s case why did they not try to get compensated? Weren’t the producers the ones begging her to be on?

    • September 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I’m sure producers led them to believe it would lead to other paid opportunities (like a spot on season 6), and I’m sure producers played up the angle that they would shoot footage to help promote their businesses (look at all the shots included in season 5 of signage for the stores and restaurants where they taped scenes).

      The contract actually states:

      According to the contract, participants “acknowledge and agree that a significant element of the consideration I am receiving… is the opportunity for publicity.”

      I think Bravo/Sirens (BS – how true!) setup the ambush of Penny and her husband because they thought they were behind the leaks as season 5 was taping.

      The contract actually states:

      They shall not talk about the show and what goes on behind-the-scenes — ever — keeping “in strictest confidence” both “prior to, during, or after the taping” all “information or materials.”

      • jennacheryl
        September 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Thank you for replying to both Fame! I kept seeing him drive this season so I was not sure if he got it back again or if he was on private property when he was diving.

      • threegirlsofone
        September 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Hi Fame and fame-ily! Although I hardly ever comment here, I’ve been reading you since before you shortened your screen name to Fame! I think this blog is the ultimate in so many ways – your research, dedication to exposing the reality behind the so-called reality, the amazingly supportive, warm and intelligent community of commenters here that you foster with such care – and while I am sad that you’ve decided to stop blogging about NJ, it is completely understandable. I remember you once commented that you despise liars, and that was your initial motivation to uncover the truth about the Gorgas. Now, based on all we know and especially in light of how season 5 is playing out and the cast reactions to each other and the drama, it’s obvious they are all in on the lie to some degree, even Teresa, who I still root for by the way. But how can any of us take any of the B/S (thanks Jeannie 🙂 ) that Bravo/Sirens purports as reality each week and continue to sift for what’s truly the truth amid such fabrication?! It’s exhausting to watch this show and I haven’t watched the last several episodes because of the dark, twisted storyline and botched editing. I am so glad you’ll be keeping this blog alive although with a different vein – I missed reading everyone’s comments when you were down and keeping up with the fame-ily as a part-part-time commenter. Thank you Fame, for all you do, and to the rest of you here who keep it classy, funny, and special!

      • September 23, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Oh, I have no doubt that Bravo is pissed at Penney and her husband and are giving them the royal screw edit. It still doesn’t explain why she said to Teresa’s face that she wanted to destroy Melissa and was in on the Stripper set up last year. That didn’t look spliced and diced or edited to me at all.

        • September 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

          It didn’t look edited to me either, Gessie, but I’ll have to watch it again to see if I missed something.

          • September 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

            Now a days with this freaking show you need to watch it in slow motion, Fame!

            • elemcee
              September 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

              I actually put Sunday’s episode on last night while I was cooking dinner. The hubs was laughing so hard, because I was YELLING at the TV. I wanted to see if it looked like frankenbyting when Penny was talking. I was making meatless chicken ala king, so I was concentrating on my sauce, but I looked up as much as could, and no a lot of that did not look edited to me either. The husband agrees, it looked like she actually said a lot of what was “implied”. If someone could read lips, couldn’t they tell us what she is really saying during the “frankenbyting”? Cuz, I do think she is saying a lot of the bad stuff about Tre.

    • September 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      She has been begging on twitter for three years with BIG promises. I thought she was too “camera unfriendly” to ever get on, but I was wrong. I hope she is happy with herself. Showing that rat’s nest on national t.v. can’t have paid off in the free publicity department, either. all in all, an epic fail.

      • toxicprince
        September 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        right? what was up with her hair? it is so ugly! i am a male hairstylist, & i have NEVER seen a cosmetologist (or even someone that just OWNS a salon) with such awful hair. the extensions were just too long! & that color, my goodness! honey, get a toner on that bleached mess. if that’s what HER hair looks like, i can’t imagine anyone wanting to get their hair done at her salon.

        • Jack Hole
          September 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

          @ Gessie and Prince… so right on!! Ugh! Her hubby looks “healthy” but she has the look of someone that has been going through something 😦 She was a pretty girl when she was younger ( I can NOT believe she is 2 years younger than me!!!!!) When I saw her birthdate there was no doubt in my mind that she is struggling w some form of addiction( could even be an eating disorder)? It is not professional for me to speculate BUT, from what I can see, something has made her age to look 25 years beyond her what her chronological age is!! I seriously thought she was pushing 50!!

          • Miami53
            September 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

            Could it be ciggy’s or the sun? I noticed that a lot of the females from NJ have sun damage on their chests and face…maybe they were sun worshipers when they were in their teens. Even thou I’m Italian and tan easily, I still put #50 sun block on.

          • September 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

            How old is she?

            • elemcee
              September 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

              I wanna know too, Moma! I thought she was at least 50. Do not mean to be mean, but I really did.

          • September 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

            I agree, Jack She looks like someone who had done meth in their life. Not trying to be mean, but I have seen girl that use that crap and they all age ay before their time.

          • toxicprince
            September 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

            how old is she? i thought she was around 50 too.

        • vallygirl
          September 25, 2013 at 6:16 PM

          Toxicprince, I was going to say the same thing about Penny’s hair! I’m a colorist and all I want to do is tone that girl’s hair!! The color is wrong it washes her out, she belongs in the warm family of colors. The warm will balance out her skin tone. Someone in her salon doesn’t understand color theory I’m just saying.

  4. Honnie Badger
    September 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    As I had mentioned, I cadged such a document from a reality show that was taping (not filming) in a local establishment where I was. This document would make anyone who is not a narcissist hurl in disbelief.

    So to answer Fame’s question about who would sign on to be a featured character on a reality show — a true and total famewhore/narcissist. Reasonable people would never sign such shit.

    • jennacheryl
      September 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Nice Honnie! lol! I remember you writing about that now, you were at a bar/restaurant right?

      • Honnie Badger
        September 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Indeed, Ms. Jennacheryl! (beautiful name, bTW). I like a certain historic hotel that has a lovely bar/restaurant (delish food!), where I enjoy meeting friends for conversation and cocktails. The taping was done in one of the ballrooms, and I thought it was pretty darn audacious of the particular production company to ask everyone who entered the establishment beyond 4:00 pm to sign — or get out. I chose to get out!

        • jennacheryl
          September 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

          I would too! No desire to be on a reality show, a girl I knew in college was on that show on NBC @ dogs a last fall and they made her out to be the biggest prima donna and I know that is so false of her behaviour! Thank you for the compliment! My best friend calls me that, she created it

    • September 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      So true.

  5. jennacheryl
    September 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Okay this is completely random but I am trying really hard to get in with Samsung in NC does anyone have any ideas on whom to contact about my resume?

    • Honnie Badger
      September 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Ooh! Best of luck, Jenna! Great question; I wish wish wish I had one for you, but will pray you get that perfect “in!”

      • jennacheryl
        September 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Thanks Honnie! I do too. I am so sick of not working and I want to work with Samsung so badly! I believe in their products very much you know!

        • Honnie Badger
          September 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

          Jenna — your last line is exactly why you need to be hired. Blessings!

          • jennacheryl
            September 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

            Thanks Honnie!

    • Longtimelistenerfirsttimecaller
      September 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      This only works if you’ve been active on LinkedIn.com: look up their company, and it should have a list of their employees, Scroll through to find out who is in HR or hiring, and see if you and they have any mutual connections in common that you could ask for an introduction. Also look to see if they have any jobs posted on LinkedIn. If they do, it will include the pic and name of the person responsible for the posting. Good luck!

      • jennacheryl
        September 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Thank you Longtimelistnerfirsttimecaller! I appreciate it!

      • jennacheryl
        September 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        okay I may be really silly but I am not seeing employees in hr but I am seeing the jobs. Am I looking in the wrong place?
        Thank you longtime!

        • September 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

          Sounds to me like you are looking in the right place. I will be praying for you to get a job with them. I think you would be a great addition to their company.

          • jennacheryl
            September 25, 2013 at 1:21 AM

            Thank you Gloria. I really need a job

  6. john
    September 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    “Footage may be “exploited throughout the universe at any time, in perpetuity… without any compensation to me whatsoever.”

    Wut? Are they airing the Real Housewives on other planets in the universe too?

    • Debbie J
      September 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      John – yes they are trying to find a planet that believes this bs!!

      • mzjulesaz
        September 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        OMG … that reminds me of that movie Galaxy Quest! Can you imagine aliens watch this drivel and patterning their lives after RHONJ. LOL

  7. Confused
    September 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Where is Larry Flint when we need him to front the “fines” for Penny and Johnny to tell the truth.

  8. Spaghetti Kitten
    September 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    The irony of BS hosting “Inside the Actors Studio” but producing a multitude of “reality” shows that involve contracts such as these is not lost on me. NeNe Leakes has always been the most “protected” by BS HW imo…despite some really outrageous/illegal activities on and off camera – assaulting KimZ etc…but state on camera early on that she’d been a card carrying member of SAG pre-HW. Perhaps the Union negotiated a different contract for NeNe…or maybe just being a member of the Union protects her from the fate Teresa (and others like Jillz) have endured.

    Just some thoughts from this Union activist, lol.

  9. Spaghetti Kitten
    September 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Potpourri of thoughts:

    Despite making Whack-Jack look like the reincarnation of Carrie Nation, I don’t believe the Kathie Lee Gifford paternity question was from the dark recesses of her pickled brain. ANY publicity is good publicity for Melissa Famewhorga. ANY scandal is better than no scandal. Are there any music downloads or book sales to report on?

    In regard to my previous post about the possibility of there being an inherent protection for card carrying SAG members like NeNe Leakes, entwined with the recent alleged BS strong-arming of bloggers/Penny my question now becomes >>> What or who protects/protected Jacquelyn Laurita…and WHY?

  10. Have2Say
    September 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    what was the WWHL poll question last night?

    • Deb G
      September 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Have 2 say it was who do you believe Penny or Teresa and of course Penny won.

      • toxicprince
        September 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        maybe those polls are right. it’s just teresa’s fans don’t watch wwhl, only the stupid fans that have no idea what’s really going on do.

        • mzjulesaz
          September 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

          I watched kind of, but I quit trying to vote long ago as I always got errors when voting for Tre.

        • lucille
          September 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM

          i voted for teresa twice, expected her to lose, because caroline and rest of that mafia crowd probably was voting against teresa

      • Have2Say
        September 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        I went on the website to see if it was posted and its not. I did watch a clip where Ms. Andy read a tweet by Teresa and caught that Jacqueline said “anything for air time”

  11. September 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Hi all-hope you are well-crazy busy today. The examiner.com is reporting the Albie was involved in a fight???? I know they are wrong a lot. Also I think Kim G comes here to comment 🙂 IMO

    • jennacheryl
      September 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      why do you think Kim G is on here?

  12. September 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    This is Cra Cra who in the world would sign a contract like this. Sign your soul to the devil? Good grief! I was an extra on a reality show a couple of years ago. I signed a form that was no more than 3 sentences. I wanted to keep shopping in the area I was at and curious about how they film. They were not going to use my name location would be given etc. I don’t care what I was promised I would have never signed away my soul. What is wrong with these people.

    • Saddle_River_NJ
      September 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Absolutely insane to sign something like that – *if they actually read it carefully* I’m only mentioning this because I have tried in the past to *save* friends of mine from idiotic situations they got into because they never bothered to read something they signed, or they were told to “never mind” some of the wording because it was just boilerplate and no one ever paid any attention to it. 3 kinds of people would sign something like that. 1) Just Plain Stupid, 2) Woefully Naïve, or 3) Desperate Fame Whore. Sadly – Penny seems to have been way too happy to sell her soul. She may have some serious regrets now but that’s the breaks.

      I am so thoroughly disgusted with Bravo, the Syphilitic Songstress and that Mincing Boy-Hungry Cohen. I’m telling everyone I know about the shenanigans that go on and to totally boycott Bravo. And God help me if I run into one of those filthy Housepigs, they will get a rather nasty earful…

      • September 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Saddle – have you heard anything about the Wakiles looking to “move on up” into Franklin Lakes? I’ve seen some tweets and comments alluding to it and I wonder if it is true? If it is, that poor town being inundated with these low-class people!

        • mzjulesaz
          September 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM

          Who is giving them the house for free “tweets”? Richie and Kathy both tweet they were looking for a new house early in the season and then crickets.

          • kayswhims
            September 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

            Did Rich buy TSIL’s house? lol

            • mzjulesaz
              September 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

              No that was in Montville and the place to be is Franklin Lakes … LOL.

        • Saddle_River_NJ
          September 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM

          I hope that human refuse stays away. I really resent the fact that this area is beginning to look like a Bravo stage. The trashy Moxie twins are angling for a show to be filmed locally. The Manzo’s appear to be getting thier crappy show. Housepigs may start another season. If the Wakiles move down from the Packanack Lake area in to Franklin Lakes that means more of those horrid people. The Village council in Ridgewood is starting to revise the local ordinances and may ban all filming other that news crews. Locally around here people are just generally getting disgusted with trash tv (which is all Bravo does at this point) and it’s impact on the quality of life. I know of several local resteraunts that will not allow filming because “regular” customers don’t want to deal with the nonsense. I’ve actually had quite a bit of experience with “real” productions (Lots of Law & Order SVU, and a couple of big budget films) and they are super courteous and as low key as possible – a tough feat with all those Haddads and red Panavision trucks. The Sirens/Bravo folks are pushy and arrogant – I’ve heard this from a couple of business owners who will never deal with them again. It seems the entire Bravo universe is just trash. Luckily my town has virtually no place that would be suitable for filming other than maybe the Saddle River Inn. I’m “safe” for now. But I sure as hell don’t want to run across these pigs if I run up to Market Basket or are down near my Mom’s house in Ridgewood

        • I live in the neighborhood
          September 24, 2013 at 6:30 AM

          Holla please thank you Jesus get them a few miles further from me. Right now I am 5 miles from Montville, and Wayne 13 from Franklin Lakes. My town is the home of the Sopranos we always had filming going on the production crews were always courteous.

      • September 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        111

        • mzjulesaz
          September 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

          Gessie … I give 111?

          • September 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

            No, that is the latest count on Jeannie’s ever -increasing inventive names for the cauldron of chlamydia. (My personal favorite)

            • mzjulesaz
              September 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

              OMG … you made me snort, love it!

  13. September 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Teresa’s Blog, posted on Bravo’s website, September 23, 2013:

    “Melissa and Penny’s Game
    Teresa Giudice

    Teresa shares her thoughts on the confrontation with Penny.
    Posted by Teresa Giudice – 2 hours ago

    We’re winding down to the very end. Can you believe there’s only one more episode left?

    First I want to say congrats to Melissa on her book and her music career. I am so happy for her! And congrats to the Manzo boys for their restaurant. The food is delicious! Love you all!

    I loved seeing Victoria Gotti again. When we were first cast on Celebrity Apprentice together, the tabloids tried to say there was a fake feud between us maybe because we’re both strong, Italian women? It’s exactly that that made us friends! I trust and respect her. She’s one tough lady. And not many people know how accomplished she is. She’s written five books, was a columnist for the NY Post, and she had her own show Growing Up Gotti almost ten years ago, before Jersey shows were hot. I love her!

    Did you see that we were drinking Fabellini? I’m super excited that our new formulation will be hitting stores nationwide in the next couple of weeks! To bring the price down and make it taste even better, we moved production to Italy. Fabellini is now made in the heart of Ferrari country. I can’t wait for you to try it! Go to my website for more information: http://www.teresagiudice.com or http://www.tgfabellini.com/.

    On last week’s episode, my brother said something about me to Chris Laurita that really bothered me. I decided to ignore it and not write about it, but I couldn’t sleep all night. But then he was at me again this episode, so I have to say something. Last week he said no one should “take advice” from me. That really hurt because I was good enough for Joey to take advice and help from when he was first starting his business. Then this week he tells some ridiculous story about how I acted when I was 5. Here’s what’s funny: he was 3 at the time. How long is he going to keep talking trash about his only sister? I wish he would stop, but it is taking a toll. You can only get hurt so much before you get numb. This week, when he was spewing garbage about me, I was numb. I don’t know what that means, but that’s how I feel now.

    I wish I was numb during that confrontation with Penny at Moxie, but I was more like shocked. First of all, I couldn’t believe Melissa’s questions. We were finally together to confront Penny together about the awful cheating rumors she has supposedly been spreading about Melissa. And the first thing Melissa asks her? About MY FATHER in the hospital. WHAT?

    Why would that be Melissa’s sudden concern? My father was in the hospital a couple of times months earlier. Penny and her husband have tweeted lots and lots of horrible things about Melissa’s past for years and THAT’S the only thing Melissa is upset about? My father? Why my father? To deflect from the rumors about her? To distract Penny from saying things she knows about her? To make me mad so I would get more involved?

    Whatever Melissa’s calculated reason was, it worked. The entire thing turned around on me. For two years Penny has been tweeting exclusively about Melissa, and in two seconds, it gets turned around on me.

    As you all know, I never talk about my parents to anyone. I get upset when my own family like Kathy talks about my parents. Why would I ever say a word about them to a stranger? Especially someone who has been publicly attacking my sister-in-law for years? Why would I go near that person? I’ve only met Penny at events. I’ve never talked to her on Twitter, I don’t follow her, I just stayed far, far away once I figured out (along with the rest of America) that she was just trying to make herself relevant.

    How would Penny know about the controversy of when Melissa did or didn’t go visit my dad in the hospital? We had filmed about it in public, me asking Melissa. There were lots of people there that could have told her.

    Right then, when Penny brought up my dad in the hospital, I knew what was going on. I knew that she and Melissa were playing some kind of game, and I wasn’t going to play along.

    I can’t figure out Penny and why she says what she says except that she wanted to be a Housewife. Her stories don’t make sense, she does talk out of both sides of her mouth. She says she didn’t do anything, then she says someone else made her do it. My favorite line of the night was from Jacqueline: “What are you 5? You make your own decisions. It doesn’t matter what someone else told you to do, you chose to do it. So I blame you.”

    Thank you all so much for you amazing support! You lift me up with your kind messages and prayers. It means so much to me and my family!

    Tanti Baci,
    Teresa xx”

    • Tassie Devil
      September 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Hi Jeanne

      WOW I am so confused with Teresa and the rest of the show I know about the editing, but for 2 years I have supported T against those that were out to crucify her so terribly eg: her family & friends.
      T knows about how they edit so she must be aware of how they have edited Penny, Penny and Co came on to defend T in the past, either on the show or twitter etc as they saw how TSIL and her family were treating T like we all did. People like FAME started a blog in frustration.
      Now all of a sudden those that made her life HELL are the goodies and others the baddies.
      Teresa should be showing her disappoint with KIM D as she brought the others in the circle as she knew they had the DIRT on tsil KIM D would have fed the info about Ts father to PENNY & JTG.

      This is so scrambled as I am typing in a pissed off fame of mind as I feel my energy I had for supporting T was for nothing

      Jeannie I hope each day is getting a little easier for you, as I know but memories make it a little better and knowing they have gone to be with other family and friends and watching over us and our children in this CRAZY WORLD

      • Jeannie5233
        September 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Ah, my Tassie Devil – where have you been, my dear?!?!?! So good to see you here. I am okay – that is about all I can muster up right now. I miss her so much – every day there are constant reminders – big and small. I take joy watching my young grandboys – life bursting from their brilliant smilesand the strength of their little arms wrapped around my neck giving me the biggest hugs. I am comforted for I know she is within me, my daughters, and within my boys. She continues to live on.

        Thank you for your words of comfort, Tassie and don’t be so much a stranger here with the Fame-ily!! XO

        • Laram
          September 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

          Xo, Jeannie

        • Isolde
          September 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM

          Jeannie, I realize that in my absence your beloved mother passed away, and I cannot express how very sorry I am. I was visiting my mother, and one night she gave me quite a scare (screaming in her sleep like something was terribly wrong and then she wasn’t easily awakened to make sure she was okay). I went into panic mode, and of course started thinking of what will I do when she dies, and just sobbed quietly for quite awhile. It only made me resolve to do as much as I could for her while I was there in order to show her how much I cared and to make her happy while I had the opportunity.

          I know that you did so much for your mother in caring for her especially at the end, and I admire your strength in doing so, because I know with each day and seeing her suffer and slipping away, that it had to be extremely painful for you. I am glad you were able to be there for her and make her days easier, and make as many memories as you could. I know you must miss her terribly, and I think of you often and pray that God eases your pain. I know that everyone’s kind words comfort you, but that no matter what anyone says, that your heart is heavy and that you miss her very much. I am glad that you have your children and grandchildren to help distract you and turn your sadness into happy times that you spend with them. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday, and may God replace your sadness in time with much happiness, and keep as busy as you can and if there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know. God bless you and your family always, Jeannie.

    • mzjulesaz
      September 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      I realize this is so edited and producer induced, but dang how much can one girl take from her family when she’s already down?

      How much more can Tre take? Is Bravo trying for another Russell Armstrong? I realize that Tre signed her soul away to the devil, but really — enough is enough Bravo.

      I’m surprised Bravo didn’t edit it more.

      • Honnie Badger
        September 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        I tell ya, Julez — Tre is a much much stronger individual inside than poor Russell, who I think was more fragile to begin with. Girlfriend will not or ever take that way out; she’ll deal with whatever she must face, in her own inimitable style. And it’s that style that forms her undeniable TV charisma and why her fans are so passionate in their support.

      • jennacheryl
        September 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        I left a similar comment on bravo yesterday. This chick is like a rubberband being pulled in so many directions. I really feel for her. I will stay on this site..regardless of discussions but over NJ.

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Justing reading the comments on Teresa’s blog and a poster made a very interesting point. When Penny was saying “last year, when the whole Posche thing happened, you knew your SIL was going to be set up. You knew what was going down. You wanted to destroy her”. Could it be Penny was addressing Melissa NOT Teresa. Make sense to me given Penny has said Teresa wasn’t involved and we all know the evil claws of editing this season. Just something to think about.

      • Jeannie5233
        September 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        It certainly is something to think about given what we now know – frankly, with B/S, anything is possible at this point.

      • Longtimelistenerfirsttimecaller
        September 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Wouldn’t be surprised if she was told to “always say Sister in Law…”

        • September 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

          You might be onto something. Didn’t Melissa say sister-in-law instead of Teresa also?

    • mzjulesaz
      September 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Purusing the comments on Tre’s blog tonight and they are scathing — I’m just laughing.

      The comment from SusanS made it through … wow, wonder how long before they delete it.

      Teresa: I don’t understand why you don’t just cut your brother and his evil wife out of your life. I don’t which one is worse. All they seem to do is talk, talk, talk about you and they can never let anything go. How many episodes has it been now that your idiot brother has brought up the cheating rumors? He knows dam well they are true and they started with Meho’s (Melissa) BFF, Jan. He just doesn’t want it confirmed on TV even though he knows the truth. They confronted Jan, in fact she said it to their face, and they didn’t react at all. So why do they continually bring it up. Regarding the evil SIL visiting your father, hello, it was shown on TV and there were a lot of people at the party that heard it being discussed between Meho and Kim. Why is Meho bringing it up now? Just to try and show that it had to be you who started the rumor because it was such a private family matter. I call BS on Meho. She is doing what she does best, deflecting.

      Some of you viewers should go to some of the other bloggers such as Faux Reality or Stoopid Housewifes (Famewhorgas was the best, but she recently stopped blogging because she is so disgusted with the phoniness of this show), but she still has some of her old blogs up. I suggest you go read these blogs and see the real truth behind this show. Bravo producers slice and dice, edit, cut and paste, anything they can to create more drama. Penny had a blog on Faux Reality telling the truth about this show and how they edit the hell out of it, but Bravo’s legal made the take it down. It is still there in story form, read it, it is great! Penny never accused Teresa of any of these rumors, it was all editing by Bravo. It is no different than Meho’s singing, all auto tuned. That woman can’t sing for the live of her. We already saw that on the show last week, and suddenly she can sing at the radio event. Sure, if you auto tune her enough, which they did. I really don’t see how Johnny Wright can’t see past this tramp, but then again, maybe she is doing him favors as well. I”m sure her idiot husband could care less as long as it makes them famous. That is all those two slime bags care about. They spend no time with their kids and I don’t think they could care less about then either.

  14. suedechik79
    September 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Sirens 1224 LLC….1+2=3 2+4=6

    3 6’s

    666

    I ❤ coincidences.

    • Miami53
      September 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Sorry, I don’t get what they are trying to say…can you explain?

      • suedechik79
        September 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Its part of the game. Little people (the public) sign a contract with a company that pretty much tells you right in the title with whom they are aligned. 666 indicates Luciferian agenda (which has nothing to do with religion, check out the history of the Rothschilds). Its like an inside joke, almost.

        Theres 666’s everywhere in modern logos and pop culture.

        • black enga
          October 14, 2013 at 3:52 AM

          I have suedchik79, I worked in a Natural food co-op back in 08, a coworker gave me a cd and told me to wake up, had no idea what he was talking about until I watched it. It blew my mind. I just pray a lot and tell my family I love them everyday, what else can you do?

      • suedechik79
        September 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        333 and a combination of 3 6 (three sixes) is also 666.

    • Enga
      September 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Very perceptive of you. That is the dark scary rabbit hole I was talking about. I started noticing little things like that on most of these reality shows and the jewelry and fashion trends they wear per production and advertisement like the floating cross neclaces that always end up upside down. There is a very dark side to B/S. How can Teresa always be the bad guy and the others always come out smelling like a rose? Have you ever seen this happen on any other reality show? Why does Teresa keep playing along with all this hatred pointing straight and only at her? This whole set up thing is just too much. These people are truly evil. If your friend in real life told you this was happening to her you would tell to leave her friends, family, and job alone and run for the hills and don’t look back. My question is why she won’t. I know the contract is binding but what about when it is up? I hope she high tails it to Italy after all this is over. I am really disgusted with Bravo at this point. But God takes care of his children and from what I have seen on this show, the devil takes care of his. I can only pray at this point because I don’t know what else to think. Be blessed fame and fame ily.

      • September 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Are you guys refering to the NWO (New World Order) agenda?

        • Enga
          September 25, 2013 at 3:55 AM

          Okay I have officially been blown away. Just noticed that I posted at 9:23 on 9,23, so I googled it. Luke 9:23. These side way crosses have always seemed wrong to me. Okay, I am saying my prayers and going to bed now.

        • suedechik79
          September 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

          Something like that. Its all the same stuff, Bravo is reprogramming your mind whilst distracting you from the entire world falling apart. Follow the money trail ALL the way back and you see where the real players lie.

        • black enga
          October 14, 2013 at 3:54 AM

          Yes

  15. Isolde
    September 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    First off, I would like to say hello to Fame and the rest of our fame-ily here at this site. I have been absent for several weeks because I went to see my mother out of town, and spend some time with her. I didn’t have access to internet and didn’t even take the laptop, as I knew I would be busy, and wanted to focus on my mother. She is alone and 81, and my siblings rarely go around, and she had hurt her hand and had to have several stitches, so I felt I needed to go and spend some long overdue time with her. We had a great time together, except when siblings called to stir things up, because they don’t go, they don’t want anyone else to either–jealousy that someone might get too much credit for caring and showing it. Sad and disheartening, and they don’t get it, how much longer do we have to spend with our mother and I don’t have a jealous or selfish bone in my body–I would love it if they spent time with her and she wouldn’t be lonely. For this reason, I watched the episodes, but didn’t take the computer, so I would not take time away from spending with my mother–no distractions as time is valuable. I have taken the past week to catch up on the blog and comments in order to get the truth behind the episodes—since we all know about the deceit in what is shown.

    My big question is and would love to know the answer to this–Why is Bravo and all affiliates hell bent on protecting the Whorgas vs. maligning Teresa? Clearly, they have set Teresa up again, even editing Penny’s comments to implicate Teresa being behind the rumors, etc. regarding TSIL, when everyone knows that these rumors are true, and too many people know about them. The lengths that production has gone to this season, is beyond belief and defies human decency. To know now that the whole cast (minus Teresa), was in on the set up of implicating Teresa in the end, after all the phony make up sessions throughout the season, literally makes me sick. To know that Caroline and Jacqueline called Penny from Arizona, and the Wakiles called the Greeks the night before the Posche opening, is incomprehensible. The Manzos/Lauritas put a better face on it than last season, but obviously hate Teresa and are still out to destroy her and her popularity. I knew the Wakiles were phony, but why be a part of doing this to your own family–especially when they acted so hurt that the division even affected the relationship of their mother with T’s father? They have truly sold their souls to the devil to be able to do this to another human being, let alone someone they called friend and family. How much do they expect Teresa to endure with all this betrayal? I think we all know that Teresa did not give up on her brother because of genuine love for him and her parents. How can he live with himself for all this betrayal to his family? This is insane behavior on everyone’s part with a great deal of cruelty and treachery thrown in. I have been done with some of my sisters for their jealous nonsense, but this is so much more and defies human decency. I hope Teresa walks away from these people forever, and never looks back except to someday reveal the entire truth of what took place and call everyone out for the low life scum that they are.

    I don’t like that the Greeks were part of this, but am glad to see that she is still trying to get the truth out (FHOGS by Penelope Pitstop at Fauxreality Entertainment). Teresa’s blog at Bravo seems to confirm this confrontation was made about her father and the hospital in order to anger Teresa, and keep the real questions from being answered. Everyone should read the accounting of FHOGS. The Greeks should have been wiser not to let themselves be used, but who also would have thought a network would screw with the truth as they have to villainize one of their most popular celebrities. Again, I would love to know why Bravo would subvert the truth and villainize Teresa? Who deliberately sets out to ruin someone’s life (expected from the cast and even Teresa’s own family because of their behavior and jealousy), but the production company and the Bravo network??? Thanks to Fame and other bloggers, and all the intelligent viewers, who have exposed all of this and seen through it. I only have prayers for Teresa and her family for the damage done to this woman, and all the legal troubles that have come about because of this show and the nasty deeds of this cast. May she be vindicated, and the other cast members get their comeuppance!!!!

    • Jeannie5233
      September 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Hello Isolde – I just want to say I am so glad – so happy – you spent quality time with your mom. When looking back at this very special time you spent with her, you will have some precious memories to hold onto. You clearly understand at age 81 your mom is in the twilight of her years. Trust me when I say for as much joy you got out of your visit with your mother, her joy is ten-fold. She will hold this visit in her heart always. You gave her a priceless gift and yourself one too.

      • Isolde
        September 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Thank you Jeannie and please read my comment to you upthread with the passing of your mother. I know that you of all people can appreciate trying to spend time and making some good memories for her and myself as well. We did enjoy each other, and that made it all the more hard for me to leave her knowing that she will find herself even more lonely once I left. There were several things she wanted to do (especially canning some green beans so that she will have them to make when siblings visit her, so we canned 80 quarts and she was so happy). It was a lot of work, but well worth it for her to be happy. As we all know time is precious and some pain is worth it when you know you have made someone happy–especially your mother, who has given much for her children. It was even worth putting up with crap from the siblings, and I actually feel sorry for them, that they don’t get it about spending time with her. I am so happy for you Jeannie for all the time that God gave to you and your mother and as you said, the joy for her was probably more than you know. Hugs to you Jeannie each and every day and may your good memories comfort you each day.

      • September 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Hugs to you, Jeannie and Isolde. Please cherish the extra moments you both spent with your mom.

      • September 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Isolde. How lucky you are to have spent time with your mother. I wish more people would appreciate the time they have with their family. Like Jeannie, I would give anything to have my mother with us still. God Bless you

    • Deb G
      September 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Isolde, thank-you for writing my thoughts for me! I’m glad you spent time with your Mom, my Grandmother lived with me for the last 7 years of her life. It was hard at times but, I loved her so much and wouldn’t let the family put her in a nursing home. Back to what you posted I hope Teresa just loves her brother from afar. I have a brother and he would never treat me like that. We are all Italian and we have had plenty of fights but when push comes to shove we never would turn on one another. Also God help the person that would talk crap about any of us to one another, we can say what we want but we defend each other if someone says something. For the love of God I thank him that Fredo Marco isn’t my brother.

    • mzjulesaz
      September 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Isolde, bless you and the time you spent with your mother. As Jeannie stated, it meant so much to your mom and hopefully you will have many more visits with her.

    • elemcee
      September 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Isolde, I do not think Penny is as innocent as she wants us to think she is. I think she got caught up believing Bravo’s b.s., and then he husband got attacked, and now she regrets it. I think she is embarrassed and humiliated that she allowed herself to get caught up, and now she is back peddling. I think some of what she said was edited, but not all of it. I definitely think Bravo used and abused JTG and Penny, but they believed they were going to get a spot on the show and did things they now regret.

      • Miami53
        September 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Why would they believe TB telling them that they could be on RHONJ…wouldn’t you think that you would want to hear that info from Bravo or whoever is in charge…common sense tells you that.

        • elemcee
          September 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

          I think they were hearing it from Bravo.

      • September 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        You say that perfectly, Elemcee! That is what I think Penny is doing right now, too.

      • September 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        she shud go to lawyers and say I want out they hurt my husband by animals,penny you can do it.

  16. September 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Phew! I figured I’d give it a try and click on Fame in my bookmarks. Lo and behold… the clouds parted and the angels sang! The nightmare is over!

    I’m just so relieved everything is okay, Fame. All kinds of things were going through my head… I checked other blogs and at the time, no one knew what was going on… also at the same time Fame became “private,” over at Faux I ran across Penny’s blogs which were redacted per Siren’s attorneys. That had me very worried. I recalled when other bloggers were being sued with regard to RHs… one involved Kim G… another Sheree Whitfield. Shamefully, I don’t know what the outcomes were… I forgot about them until the other day… and although I didn’t believe either had a leg to stand on… they can, nevertheless, be a PITA. With that in mind I’m so, SO happy my worries were for nada. It’s back to reality for the Gorgas – party’s over!

    Still haven’t watched Jersey (stopped watching mid-spa retreat) but I may watch the reunion. I think I’ll check in here first to find out how it went. IIRC, according to the tweets from the housewives they seemed to end it on a high note. As we know, they can make it into anything they want with creative editing.

  17. Laram
    September 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I think I just lost all respect for anyone signing any such contract. Unbelievable!! I cherish my rights and respect myself and my family too much to ever “work” for such a crapfest just to be on tv. When I was a PA all extras were paid and insured on stage for live performances.

  18. Sharon
    September 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I’m thinking/hoping that Teresa will come to the point that she doesn’t care about her Bravo contract and will come out and tell the truth about everyone on the show.
    As for last night’s show, Sept 22 2013, it was so jumbled up that little of it made any sense. It did support the idea that Jac really is a nasty, nasty bitch though.

  19. September 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I didn’t watch last night so I was surprised to hear that they would be showing the brawl.

    Anyway, so the whole editing fiasco is exposed but it’s not like the cast wasn’t there in person to see and hear what went on. Which means they are all being good employees and going along with the story we are being shown – including Teresa.

    This includes the blogs they write each week, feeding us not their own personal feelings as to what really happened but how they reacted to the story Bravo fabricated for them that week.

    If Bravo fabricated the story of JTG tweeting bad stuff about Nicholas for the show (which I believe they did). Then, when the brawl took place over those lies and Jac, Chris and TB gave that fabricated story to the police knowing that JTG signed the agreement and could be fined for exposing the truth???

    The footage the police requested should have been the actual footage, not yet edited, and should show them accusing JTG, him denying, and then being attacked. It all seems pretty cut and dry, so why did JTG get charged? What happened to his charges?

    And the 3 are going to court this week and will be telling the Bravo lie to a judge?
    Something has to be missing – what am I missing?

    All I can say is these folks better be glad they aren’t related to Michael Corleone from The
    Godfather because they’d all be sleepin with da fishes. My son and I watched The Godfather part 2 last night 3 1/2 hrs long which took us 5hrs to watch. (We’d already had 2 breaks before the movie stopped for intermission.) One more tonight (part 3) and our Godfather Movie Marathon is complete. I told him I’ll be picking the next movie and it’ll be something like Gone with the Wind or North and South with Patrick Swayze.

    • Deb G
      September 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Calypso, you are wrong about one thing Fredo is Teresa’s brother!

    • jennacheryl
      September 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Or did production tell the Lauritas that it these tweets were out there? I mean it is not that far of a stretch

  20. September 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Well said Isolde! Teresa seems to be the only one who is never in on production’s conniving schemes until it’s too late. Thankfully she’s finally numb to her brother; this is the element that everyone counts on when they are attacking her, her love for her brother and her unwillingness to retaliate against him – especially TSIL. TSIL uses Teresa’s family loyality when it’s convenient for her as well, like now that she needs all of her past deeds covered up T must back her up! TSIL is truly one of the most manipulative personalities out there, hope she’s proud…

  21. Luvfamewhorgas
    September 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Fame could we have a discussion page for Nashville the tv show? I looooovvveee it. The men are hot and the music is awesome. Also I am so glad you are back. Ya know whenever I get worked up about RHONJ I have a mantra…”this $hit ain’t real..it ain’t real…they twist it around and it ain’t real.. Usually keeps me calm for about 10 minutes but seriously we all know they splice and dice it and cut it up. I am trying to keep my blood pressure low and remember it ain’t even real by the lowest standards. Glad you are back.

    • Deb G
      September 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      I love Nashville and Scandal !

      • Luvfamewhorgas
        September 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        I love Nashville. I only get the tv when everyone goes to bed so I have like a 3 show limit but Nashville is my fav.

  22. September 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I don’t know what to think anymore.

    • Tassie Devil
      September 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Aussie hi Gessie

      Im with you, if this is their real life Please for the love of God, he has to intervene and stop this BULLSHIT I just watched this weeks episode and for a moment when jacka-waka walked to Penny you could see Ps face she took a deep breath and must have thought here goes even her friend looks afraid. Jacka-waka asked to speak to her then comes the rest of them I’d be a little taken back too.
      If this is a setup for the Greeks hope they have good reps because this may ruin them, they knew what they were going into but they have children could you imagine the bullying they will have to go through, just like Teresa’s

      Cheers
      Tassie

      • September 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        I’m sure Nicholas will be thrilled to know someday that he was the subject of a dirty brawl. Way to go, Whacky.

  23. Tassie Devil
    September 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Bryan ‏@bulldog_nj 5h
    @JohnnyTheGrk hey buddy, did penny do Melissa’s hair to?? Looks Great!! 👌 pic.twitter.com/Bk9BautJGn

    Bryan ‏@bulldog_nj 5h
    @JohnnyTheGrk Here’s the two of them in the ocean I think the water was to deep for joe. Lol pic.twitter.com/RSTpiPLCQT

    View photo

    THESE PHOTOS ARE FANTASTIC GO CHECK THEM OUT

    BULLDOG IS FIRING ON ALL 6 TODAY

    • kayswhims
      September 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      LMAO – water is too deep for joe

    • September 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I hate to say this, but the first picture, with the horse’s blown out hair, does remind me of TSIL.

  24. September 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM
    • Jack Hole
      September 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      LOOOOOOOOOVED THIS!!!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Question, so is this Penelope person fame or I even thought it might be penny getting around her blacked out post. Either way I found it interesting.

      • Jack Hole
        September 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        My read on it is Penny is Penelope, Lovey is her hubby, Yak Yak is Melissa, Dum Dum is Joe Gorga, Cheetos is Chakra…and so forth

        • Jack Hole
          September 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

          And correct, she has been censored beyond her contract (which is interesting in and of itself since she tweeted a while back that the gag order of a contract was over for her on June 2dn) but considering she has used fictional names in the blog, I do not see how Bravo can go after her! And good for her. I think that she and her group have some serious issues (I commented as to what upthread some place) but I have to respect someone who feels so strong about providing and standing by the truth-unlike the rest of the cast.

          In fact, issues or no issues, I think what makes her information credible is she CLEARLY does not gain anything from providing the truth. I think they wanted a piece of the pie (haha) and as this is rolling out, they get the gist of how demented it is and the truth has become more important to them. If they were only concerned with a moment of fame (which is the big accusation about their presence) wouldn’t it serve them to “go along” with the edit that Bravo gave them? I know the fight happened and all bets were off (bc Bravo crossed the line) but many cast members have returned after a fight or altercation so. I could be wrong but I have to think that someone going to this length to tell the truth has some powerful and real feelings behind it!!

          IMO, Dina is a little more “trained” about blabbing- I think she is dying inside because she can’t talk.

  25. September 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    why wont my posts show?

  26. kayswhims
    September 23, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    If caroline cares so much about TB, why didn’t she offer to let him and TSIL live in her house til they built their new one? Horseyface could hang out with Fran

  27. teramusique
    September 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I wonder how much of the fight we’ll get to see. I was under the impression they were just going to gloss over it and pretend it never happened.

    Can’t wait to see Melissa’s talking head “OMG this whole fight is Teresa’s fault!”

  28. IamNobodysHW
    September 24, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Just wanted to say hello to everyone XOXOXO

    • Honnie Badger
      September 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Salutations to you and XOXOXO too! 🙂

    • September 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Hello and big hugs and prayers to you, too!

  29. September 24, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Love and kisses back at you

  30. jennacheryl
    September 24, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Hello! So I know I am rehashing things but I am watching reruns of NJ and Melissa’s falseness and hatred of her sil is almost palpable. I have never had a tv character make me as mad as she does! I truly cannot stand her and T was right, Joey is whipped by his wife and I hate that phrase as much as I do fake people. Seriously, what does she do?
    Next rant after M’s friends admitted to be the ones to starting the rumors or sharing them why do they still want to blame T?

  31. I live in the neighborhood
    September 24, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    This show is done for me. Who ever watches now shouldn’t violence is promoted first a table flip funny yes but Danielle daughters were in the room, pulling extensions out of head, chased through a country club. Fast forward fight in the Dominican Republic, brother in laws fighting, and at the end of the day Johnny being assaulted.

    I don’t care who you like what you believe, the violence is disgusting. I would hate when the kids get older and see this crap on TV. Dina was right when the table flipped the whole show changed. Now you have other franchises slapping people, throwing drinks in people faces, telling secrets about surrogacy. When they aired Russell Armstrong on RHOBH we all should have known Bravo had no morals.

    I am looking forward to your new blog Fame, recipes, fun, fed up with Bravo corner.

    • elemcee
      September 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      I stopped watching Beverly Hills when Russell killed himself. I should have stopped watching Bravo altogether. Now I have (except watching yesterday’s rerun of Jersey, cuz I wanted to watch Penny’s scene). The violence is not acceptable.

  32. littlewitch
    September 24, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Thank you so much for posting this Fame, this is such a sad set of facts. There is something so sad about people with an emotional/ financial need so great that they would knowingly sign on to a situation that requires them to agree to being defamed, lied about, humiliated and embarrassed. For attention and for money.

    How vile is BRAVO or any company that would pander to the desperation of these people, gross exploitation . There is a special place in hell for the people at BRAVO who concocted this mess, and fortunately the BRAVO people have all already signed up to go there every time they cash a paycheck… in exchange for the illusion of power and glory right now.

    This was a real eye opener, thank you again for posting this.

  33. September 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    How is that book and that song doing Melissa?

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Here is a longer video of TSIL’s “performance” at Red, White, and Boom 2013. It shows her and TB getting ready with TB doing the usual camera hogging – what a POS he is! If she is legitimately trying to break into the music industry, why would she allow him to participate – no one will ever take her seriously (even without him, no one will ever take her seriously!!!!) Idea: Being that he was a former Chippendale dancer, perhaps she should save money, get rid of her “backup” dancers and put him on the stage to “dance” while she “sings” – might as well put him to work considering he has all this time to follow the little wifey around.

      What makes this video stand out – She is promoting her new song but the footage of her performance shows her singing “On Display” while the autotuned version of her new song is dubbed over it. So you don’t see her actually performing “Never Let Me Go”.

      Oh, and the video was shot by “officialmelissagorga” – while the radio stationXL106.7 has put out interviews with other performers who appeared at RH&B 2013 (Jonas Bros.), to the best of my ability, there are none for TSIL.

      More fakery.

      • Saddle_River_NJ
        September 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Taking a step back and observing all of Bravo’s lies, fakery and sloppy editing, it really brings into question everything we see on other media outlets. I pretty much assume everybody has a slant (MSNBC vs Fox for example) but it really makes you wonder how much of our “reality” is manufactured. Back in the 30’s and 40’s studios like MGM would manufacture stars. They would groom, train and promote talent (critical point being *talent*) The stars could actually sing, dance and act. The PR machine would actively work to cover up negative things and promote positive. But at least the average person had an idea that Hollywood wasn’t “real”. If TSIL is such a talentless fool, it makes me question how much of Johnny Wrights other clients are complete fabrications. And if Bravo slices, dices and conjures up an imagined reality – what other shows do it and to what extent? Back in the 50’s there was the huge scandal with all the game shows and they disappeared for almost a decade. With the glut of reality shows, is there a possibility we could be on a similar path? If there were a chance that Bravo and its insipid programming would go away, I would feel no loss…

        • Honnie Badger
          September 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

          I honestly think that Bravo paid this Wright dude big bucks to participate in this scripted season; he did it solely for PR. And I think this is one of the reasons why her shitty performances were totally scrubbed — so that HE doesn’t come out looking tarred with shit, ya know?

          thoughts?

          • windycitywondering2
            September 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

            ITA – no way would Wright take on Melissa as a client without Bravo intervention$$$. He can barely cover his amusement her total lack of talent or her goofy husband attached to her hip!

          • Confused
            September 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

            I agree 100%. Set-up from minute one. Someone with a lot of pull and power was able to have every single recording of her black-board scratching performance pulled from the internet. I heard it (my ears still hurt) and that alleged performance was a clear slap in the face to anyone that has worked to make a career in the music industry. He only talent is that she has been able to keep her fake boobs in shape. Not much there…..

          • September 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

            Agree, Honnie why else would he spend time with someone that has no singing ability at all. I’m a little confused, They had a clip of her performing (or trying to perform) a song. This was when joe was sitting there and told her “very good” she sounded terrible and did a th about how she wasn’t feeling it and in joes th he said “I know my wife isn’t perfect by her voice has came a long way” was this the same song she sang in the clip Jeannie put up for us? How can the same song sound so different The clip above seemed like she was dubbed in, Her words were total out of sinc with the words from the song. I understand auto tuning but my goodness, nothing could make her sound good after the way she sounded in the clip i’m talking about. Did you guys catch when she said something about being lucky because joe is able to travel with her? If that guys is working there is no way he would be able to following her around all of the time, and it seems he is with her where ever she goes.

        • patriciafromco
          September 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

          exactly @Saddle River NJ, was thinking the same thing about Johnny Wrights other clients and how much the vocal talent is real or fake .. have noticed for a couple of seasons that the cast on other reality shows are “forgettable” no one with real personalities. It makes sense since there are casting workshops where “wanna be actors” work on developing a personality that the shows will hire. Just fake people acting like they think viewers want… So the shows are boring and fake feeling. Don’t think there is much true “reality” in reality TV any more .

  34. Confused
    September 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    My perspective on this show has changed from fun & enjoyment to I’m not watching to now shock & awe that there are people out there that actually believe that this show represents any type of reality. While trolling twitter I am even more concerned that there are young women out there who believe the BS that melwhore is peddling. Not only here cockamamie bs story about a marriage, the importance of family and her journey to becoming a singer and all the hard work that she’s done to achieve her success. NOT THE REAL WORLD AND ABSOLUTELY NO REALITY INVOLVED IN THIS AT ALL. My suggestion to all is that EVERYONE write to Bravo and tell them that you are boycotting not only the HW’s show but the entire channel. Then pass the information on where to write and even a form letter to anyone you know that watches and have them do the same to their friends. Andy has absolutely no problems address LGTB issues, but the question is how sensitive is he to women’s issues?

  35. marcy
    September 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    @Jeannie question can Bravo do anything if a contracted HW moves out of the area? Especially if they need to downsize due to financial problems. Or legal

    • Honnie Badger
      September 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      I’m not jeannie, sorry — but I think that an HW could move anywhere if they are still under contract, simply be flown in and housed in a rented “mansion” when taping begins. Just my two cents.

    • Jeannie5233
      September 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Contracts 101 – plain and simple – if any party defaults on any conditions laid out in a contract signed by both parties, then that party will be held liable. Unless the issue of moving out of the area and how it would it affect the other conditions of the contract is specifically addressed within said contract, the party moving out of the area would still be held accountable to whatever is in that contract until it expires or is mutually terminated.

      • Saddle_River_NJ
        September 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        There could also be a situation where a judge could void a contract or find some of it’s conditions unenforceable. Suppose for example a person was required to testify under oath regarding some element of their involvement in a Housewives production. There appears to be no exclusion for legal testimony under oath in the contract. A judge could void the contract if . There is sound historical evidence to support such a decision – Favala v. Cumberland Engineering comes to mind. Most courts have ruled that an employee may disclose facts and provide expert testimony on items covered by a contract or confidentiality agreement. Also to have terms like in perpetuity and throughout the universe are so ridiculously broad, they would probably not stand up in court. If Bravo tried to use “trade secrets” as a tact for shielding its total fabrication of an apparent “reality” – most judges would deem lying and deception not worthy of protection.

        • Saddle_River_NJ
          September 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

          I seem to be rambling here – succinctly I’m trying to say the entire contract could be considered void unless it specifically includes a provision allowing testimony if compelled to do so

          • September 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

            I love it when you ramble, you seem to know what your talking about and I have learned a lot from your posts. Maybe this is a stupid question, but what could bravo really do if someone didn’t follow their contracts? I realize they could sue them but most of the NJ housewives have nothing to lose. IMO 90% of them are broke the way it is.

            • Saddle_River_NJ
              September 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

              Thanks Gloria! Realistically enforcing the contract might not be in Bravo’s best interest. Let’s say for arguments sake they went after Penny. Once the actual, legitimate truth got out, Bravo can’t stuff it back in the bag. How the truth comes out is important. If someone just goes to a gossip magazine and tells all, they could be in for some serious legal action – but it would all be out in public view. Then people would be made painfully aware of the nonsense Bravo pulls. Bravo looses big time in that scenario. But lets say that Joe and Penny pursue legal action for the beating he took. Since there isn’t any clause in the contract specifically dealing with answering questions under oath, anyone giving testimony would be free to answer. Bravo might try to have the testimony sealed, but that too would be very bad PR. What kind of “trade secret” could they claim about taping a cable reality show? The judge the 3 idiots are appearing before on Thursday is no fool. I heard he is already suspicious of the claims that the “footage was destroyed” in the melee. If any of them are found guilty on the assault charges, that opens an opportunity for JTG to pursue a civil claim. That would involve depositions (under oath) and open court testimony under oath. Which is worse? Perjury charges or Bravo’s unenforceable contract? That would open a floodgate of terrible publicity for Bravo and NBC/Universal Media. If one show is a total fake then all others are guilty by association. The old adage about there being no such thing as bad publicity doesn’t work here. This whole thing is a mess for all involved.

              • elemcee
                September 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

                Wow SR, you make it so easy to understand! Thank you.

        • Dana Ferro
          September 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

          But for a contract to be enforceable it has to have “equality” in its terms. (there is a legal term for the word for equality) meaning if an employer creates a one sided contract that only benefits the employer and there is no “benefit” for the person signing, I do believe that a judge can rule it uneforceable based on a statue in law based on “equality” (again the legal terminology escapes me at the moment) This may be a state by state basis or federal I am not fully sure I remember researching it a couple years back. But a contract must benefit both parties ex. party 1 gives party 2 x in exchange for y. But bravos contract seems to give employee nothing and holds all the cards.

          • Saddle_River_NJ
            September 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM

            I think the term you are looking for is unconscionability. A couple of attorneys I know have taken a quick look at the Sirens contract and both agree it’s a textbook case of unconscionability and would be ruled unenforceable by any reasonable judge.

  36. Deb G
    September 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    OMG I just heard Wendy Williams say that The Manzo and Walklie family’s are to good for the RHONJ and to recast. I use to watch her can’t stand her anymore Andy was on. I quickly changed the channel.

    • Sharon
      September 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Wendy is truly disgusting. You my want to research her history. An employee was constantly harassed by Wendy’s husband who wanted sex and Wendy told her to do it. Also WW went on tv and said a celebrity’s wife had cancer and even most of the family did not know that. Yes, WW has been sued a few times.

      • September 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Really Sharon, So let me get this straight. Wendy told an employee to have sex with her husband???? If I were that girl I would of sued him for harassment. I don’t know much about her but heard to is an ex meth user. The newer pics of Melissa remind me of wendy Williams.

  37. jennacheryl
    September 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Is XNewJerseygirl around?

  38. September 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    IM WRITING BRAVO BUT ADDRESS PLZ.AND I KNOW I WONT BUY ANY JONES BROS,CDS OR MELWHORS TRASH .OR ANYTHING JOHNNY WRIGHT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH

    • Honnie Badger
      September 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Hi, Celi! If you like pretty music like I do, here’s a suggestion — Joni Mitchell! I can continue to play her albums and never get bored. Such beauty she gave us! (my age is proudly showing! 🙂 )

      • Confused
        September 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Second that!

      • September 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        hi honeyb ,im so happy fame and all are back on ,good to hear from you
        I only listen to my gospel songs and the ones I write,so im ok,but I do like susan broles and opera and joni m,love to sing high

        • Honnie Badger
          September 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

          I love, love, love some real soulful, resounding gospel music! The raise-the-roof with total joy kind! Wow, you write songs, that is AWESOME! I wish I could hear your music, I’m so sure it’s just glorious.

      • September 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        speaking of age, does anyone know how old penny is? I have a feeling she looks much older than she really is. I’m 50 I showed my hubby a pic of her and he said she looks older ten me. But I think she is much younger then myself

  39. September 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    well i remember watching jersey shore and following the story ( dont judge i was having fun :D) and even mtv show was not es sliced and diced and fabricated as this one.sam and ron really had fights, but it never ever got to that dark dark place,ive been reading today and they still stay close and call eachother family, thats what mtv created,and bravo is trying to destroy already existing family. just comparing,maybe it stupid, i dont know but it seems like bravo is toxic

  40. Jersey
    September 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I know its been a long time since I posted but I do read people’s comments

    Penny and Johnny are not 5 years old, they should know better that, if you play with fire you will get burned. Joey Gorga and Richie promised that they would give Penny more airtime if they cooperated with Bravo. This was a lie as we know. Bravo wanted to discredit them because Meho needs to sell books and they want a successful launch of the Manzo spinoff. I won’t watch that spinoff because I know the Manzos were part of discreditng the Greeks because they did not want the truth to come out about Al and Caroline’s marriage.

    I lay most of the blame on Ms. Andy and the entire production team because like Penny, the cast is not allowed to say the truth. Andy had is favorites and that was the Manzos and the Gorgas. It is sick that these two families are willing to cooperate with Bravo to trash the Guidices and the Greeks. They wanted the negative attention to focus on them rather than lies they put in there book and their marriage. Teresa said it best in her blog as to why is Melissa questioning about the hospital visit instead of the cheating rumors?

    The public is not stupid. The sales of Meho’s and Caroline’s book proves it. I hope when the Manzo show flops it will send a loud message to Bravo.

  41. Kelley
    September 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    The website Jezebel gave a scathing review to Yuk-Yuk’s book,’Love Italian Style’- http://jezebel.com/real-housewife-melissa-gorgas-new-book-advocates-mar-1371722729

    I have a feeling that this book will make Yuk Yuk and Dum Dum look even dumber, if that’s at all possible.

    • Jeannie5233
      September 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      HOLY SH*T!!!!!

      This review, with its many excerpts from the book, is such an eye opener into their marriage and what a sh*t storm it is! It only confirms even more what I and many others have thought that there is violence in that household. How frightening for the children.

      This book is seriously dangerous to young impressionable girls and women who will think that these appropriate expectations from a husband and that this is how the wife is expected to behave. Frightening this is being marketed as a marriage book.

      Frankly, if this had been written by someone other than TSIL (because I know she is just as capable of her own level of sickness), I would highly recommend to the author to get away from this sick bastard as fast as she could.

      This is not old school Italian or old school anything – this is classic, controlling misogynistic behavior.

      I almost feel sorry for TSIL – almost.

      • Miami53
        September 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        SO, SO TRUE!!!!

      • Confused
        September 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Good post Jeannie. As a “seasoned” woman, I am literally in shock at what I read. That relationship is nothing to look up to and from what I read I’d be hard-pressed to not believe that there was abuse in that household. First sign is a woman making excuses for bad behavior………….

        • September 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

          “First sign is a woman making excuses for bad behavior .” EXACTLY!!!! And that was the first thing that came to my mind when TSIL made excuses in her TH for TB when he lost his temper and threw the glass in Arizona (“He has such a good and big heart” – yeah, so big he is completely comfortable with screwing over and destroying his entire family)

          TB is dark and sinister – it is clear he has violent tendencies, even without the alleged steroid use. Why else would his Teresa beg him not to be violent when they had the pact of a united front when they were in Arizona. Why else did she get so upset when TSIL called him from the bathroom at the PFS – Teresa knows what he is capable of.

          I don’t have enough adjectves for him – he is a POS bastard – the lowest of the low. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about him.

          I watch him in his THs with him overly emoting about how HIS heart is so broken – His heart isn’t broken – it doesn’t exist.

          What a sick, sick individual.

          • Confused
            September 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

            There are so many things that are going through my head that I am at a loss for words. Usually I pray for people in bad situations, BUT, after reading this I’m praying for intervention of some sort. In fact. I’m inclined to believe those rumors of date rape when he was in college. AND for all those that believe that it didn’t happen because there was no police report, I’m here to tell you with all sincerity THAT MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Colleges are notorious for covering up crimes, especially those against women. I know that there has been legislation to address this, but it was a common occurrence to handle those issues internally.

            • September 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

              Totally agree too, Confused Just the way he acts on national tv in regards to his sex drive “by the way, its not normal” tell me a lot about him. I’ve said it before, I would not trust that guy around ay of my female family members.

          • Sharon
            September 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

            Totally agree. Just seeing him on screen scares me.

      • September 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        That sick bastard has a daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • September 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

          Yes, can you see it now – Antonia brings home her fiance and TB sits him down to give him some “fatherly” advice:

          “Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated.

          Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.”

          Yes, this is an exact quote of TB from TSIL’s book.

          Then TSIL presents Antonia her book on her wedding day – just as she promised in one of her interviews.

          I just can’t stop shaking my head at this.

        • September 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

          Sorry, I lost it at – If your wife says NO….. OMG that poor child. Mom will be teaching her how to use men and keep them p*ssywhipped and dad teaches her martial rape is ok. Yeah, these douches need kids – and she’s proud to give this book to her daughter on her wedding day???

          What in the hell will he be teaching his boys? Oh wait – we’ve seen the dancing video!

          I know there is some backwards thinking still thriving in this world but neither of the these subhuman creatures know what love is and they shouldn’t advising others on anything.

          • September 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

            You and I are on the same brainwave – here is what he is teaching his boys:

            “My sons can have a separate entrance to the house. They can come and go as they wish. They can have anyone up to their room. I don’t care.”

            Another quote from TB in TSIL’s book.

            What a role model he is for his sons – not!

            • Confused
              September 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

              It’s no wonder that Hoda and Kathy Lee were literally holding in their puke when they had to interview her.

            • September 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

              Yes we are. At this moment, I hope EVERY woman and mother reads this book. Who could read this and NOT be appalled?

              • September 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

                I don’t want her or bravo make money off the book

                • September 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

                  I don’t want anyone to prosper from this book, but I do want everyone to see for themselves how sick these two are.

            • Saddle_River_NJ
              September 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

              I wonder how he would feel if one of his sons decided to being another *boy* through the separate entrance?

              • September 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM

                Good one, Saddle lol

              • LilyM
                September 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

                #LMAO true, it will be horrible for any of their kids if one of them happens to be gay! I pity those kids, but, what really makes my blood boil is the fact that she lets him believe he’s the man of the house so she can pussy whip him left and right, so she, can get away with anything she does, those poor kids are gonna be in trouble when their older, I don’t like to comment on children but for me Antonia looks sad, her eyes don’t show the light that Carowide was so prompt to point out in Danielle’s kids!

      • September 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        You are so right Jeannie. My parents, aunts and uncles had old school marriages. That is how it was done in the 1950’s. It might surprise Melissa to know that the women in those days had outings with their friends. They would have lunch, perhaps go shopping for the day or take in a movie. There were the Altar Society and Mother’s Club meetings, the one woman who could drive, picked up the others in the family station wagon and they were off to the meeting and social afterwards. The children were left with their father. I even witnessed my uncles changing diapers.

        All of this controlling, misogynistic behavior coming from someone who refers to himself as an Angel of God. This is beyond disgusting.

        • September 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM

          I mean, she’s not even allowed to go to the freakin’ CVS if it is close to dinnertime!!!!

          And no overnight appearances alone. She admits to it. And while that may be because of the “cheating rumors” – after reading this, I think it is also because he is riding her skirttails and it is a huge control issue on his part. That is why he is with her 24/7.

      • LilyM
        September 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        I don’t, and heres why, the way she talks about him being the man of the house and that she needs to do everything a certain way so he can be happy and the “KING” of the castle, is her way of letting him believe just that, when in reality she’s the one controlling his actions and reactions! remember how easy she took him to the room in Arizona and call him and Idiot, do you believe he would be calm after trowing that kind of tantrum, be call an Idiot also, no sir, I have brothers and when their mad the last thing I want to do is call them names, shes the one pulling the strings in this relationship, she got to know him early on the relationship and sociopath that she is, adapted to his likes and desires so she could manipulate him good! I think she as several personalities and she adapts to the situation for her personal gain! The end, lol!

    • patriciafromco
      September 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      lol,,, I couldn’t stomach to read through it…

    • Confused
      September 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      I just read that review…………I agree with the blogger whole-heartedly………that relationship is sick and to think that trash was allowed to be published let alone backed by Bravo/NBC or whomever. Sickening to say the least.

    • Miami53
      September 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      I finally read all of it…I couldn’t believe it got worse. What father throws and breaks a high chair…doesn’t feed babies…Do you know how many men who love to be a father…She better run as fast as she can out of there…

      • Miami53
        September 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        “would love to be a father”…sorry type…I’m so furious!!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Kelley – THANK YOU so much for posting this. I highly recommend all our fellow readers click on the link and read this review. It gives a very comprehensive glimpse into what is a very sick relationship. I am appalled, truly appalled.

      I always thought that TB was the worst of the bunch. This creatin is beyond defending.

      • Miami53
        September 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Kelly- Also, THANK YOU too…unbelievable reading…its too bad this wasn’t out sooner before anyone bought the book.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kelley
        September 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Thanks, Jeannie and Miami53! I first found the story on Jezebel’s facebook feed and the comments there were pretty much the same. It’s really hard to believe that in this day and age, even someone’s who’s very conservative in their beliefs towards marriage would agree with any of this nonsense.

        There’s no defense for Joe at all. I could see Papa Gorga being ‘old school’ and having a traditional Catholic marriage, but I’ve never seen ANY woman, Italian, old school or whatever, tolerate a man treating her like this. This is some ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ nonsense.

        I really think that once the book flops, and the show is cancelled, or the Gorgas get booted off, Messy will leave him the first chance she gets. If she has nothing left to gain from being with him, she’ll take the kids and run.

        • September 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

          why would she take the kids ,she doen nothing with then now ..I know money

          • Kelley
            September 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

            Hate to say it, but to her, those kids are a paycheck. Child support and if she can get them in to modeling or acting, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her do it.

    • Honnie Badger
      September 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      HOORAY FOR JEZEBEL! I agree with Jeannie, holy sh*t!

      Now I’m wondering if the publisher published this on purpose to uncover the maniacal BS that the Gorgas bring and the shady, skanky, skeevy couple they really are. I noticed it may have been PURPOSEFULLY uncorrected (unedited). Again, perhaps to show what a-holes this couple are?

    • September 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      how can bravo, nbc or any publishing house stand behind a book that tells young GIRLS that rape is to be expected in marriage. holy hell i hate these people. We women and men need to take a stand. In no way should we give this book any public time, but the first chance we get we need to stop the rape culture. I’m sick to my stomach.

    • elle
      September 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Wow, that was an interesting review, but I couldn’t help but notice that TSIL is once again being portrayed as “the victim”. Not that I don’t believe TB is a jerk, but I give those quoted anecdotes as much credence as I do the stories about her life in high school and Boca. Whether she wrote it herself or had a ghost writer, she put her name on this drivel simply proves to me that she (and he) will do anything for the fame $$.

  42. Miami53
    September 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    That was so disgusting….I feel sorry for all those young ones I saw Friday night getting her autograph for their book. He sounds like someone from the 1950″s…I can’t believe he was born in the States….he needs a good kick in the a$$. She is doing a disservice to her daughter and also letting the sons think that is normal in a marriage. He doesn’t change diapers….what a ungrateful man…I’m not evening calling him a father.

    • Confused
      September 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      IMHO, his attitude goes well beyond a traditional 1950’s marriage and straight into a horror flick.

      • September 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        I wonder if he let his kids sit in their own waste while melissa was out buying sexy clothes and cleaning supplies until Melissa got home. These two are disturbed on every level imaginable, and shame on the publishing house and Bravo for standing behind this shit.

    • mzjulesaz
      September 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      WOW, WOW — I almost feel sorry for her, but nope. No matter how bad TB is she is too for hanging around to get her 15 minutes. Shame on her!

      PS … My hubby changed diapers, why because that is a task parents share! Granted it was funny as for the poopy ones, he had to change them in the bathroom while he throwing up, but he did it and didn’t complain.

      • Confused
        September 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Mine was so involved with our son, not only did he change diapers, but he gave me advice on how to breast feed! lol

  43. patriciafromco
    September 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Fame,, Am excited to move on and see where we are going from here !!!!
    Great week to everyone !

  44. September 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    omfg wow , never read the book and i wasnt even going to but this was daaaaaaaamn good analysis. no offence to anyone but Arabic and middle eastern men (from deep villages) behave like that,i think they give more respect to their wives. its obvious that they have abusive relationship and he has been and is abusing her mentally and physically.

    but u know what? i dont feel sorry for her a bit, she did this to herself, he knows she is a gold digger and after his money so sure while he has money he is abusing her the way he wants.cuz of the money she is shutting the F up and taking it.

    if my husband would even try one third of those things he would be out of the door right away. and im from very traditional eastern european country, but generations changed even in my country and i dont remember my dad behaving like that.

    its embarrassing and i hope that young kids wont take that book as their “how to”.

    • September 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      does anyone know the ratings of the carowines and tsil sbooks n teresas cookbooks?
      thank you

      • September 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Unfortunately, TSIL’s book is selling well on Amazon:

        Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #18 in Books > Self-Help > Relationships > Marriage
        #22 in Books > Self-Help > Relationships > Love & Romance
        #51 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women

        This may be because of curiosity rather than true interest in gaining any real advice from the content of the book.

        Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

        Also, every singlie review written today refers to these excerpts we are discussing here and gives the book 1 star. Obvuously, other people are just as appalled as we are.

  45. September 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I am Arabic and the life of a woman in the Arab world consists of oppression, inequality and brutality. Three powerful words, that western woman are less familiar with exept Melissa Gorga after reading some things today. Women in Arab countries have long lagged behind other countries in terms of prospects and governance positions in politics and business. They have continued to live in their male-dominated society, sustained only so that they dutifully fill their traditional domestic roles. Laws exist under which young girls are raped under the name of marriage, and women are subject to so-called “virginity tests” a façade covering the sexual assault this results in. Many woman are not citizens in the Arab world; theare objects and possessions. I am happy I was born in Holland and I have the right to live my life with the freedom that I have. Shame on Melissa Gorga for her book!!!! This book is not recommended for American Woman. May god bless America and freedom. I am so upset that somone like that is writing such book when there are woman in the world who would love the freedom that she has in America. She choose this lifestyle because she is a weak person, look how she got on the show, not on her own but with the promise to destroy Teresa.

    • September 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Thank you Anna fo sharing your background. You say this book is not written for American women. I say this book is not written for ANY woman in this world. God bless you and I am thankful you were able to enjoy the freedoms that all women are entitled to.

    • September 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      anabhebec,,,,anna

    • September 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      hi there i said exactly the same about arabic world, i hope (i can see by your post) i didnt insult u,ive got to know a lot of girls and not a lot of them dare to say what u just said, respects from me.

      well done on the post.

      not arabic but ive seen and read “stoning of soraya m” and i stll get chills remembering the story. so agree with u, who ever has been born to be free,equal and doesnt appreciate it dont deserve it either. but she isnt quiet cuz she thinks its right, no cuz if she speaks up she wont have money.

      best wishes from denmark 🙂 temporarily but still 😀

    • teramusique
      September 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Happy to see your comment addressing this issue, Anna!

      Unfortunately this book was never intended to be helpful for anyone, just to sell an image.

      “MY Hot and Happy Marriage”.

      It’s all a facade, a sham that will end as soon as they no longer get media attention.

    • mzjulesaz
      September 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Thanks you for sharing Anna! I agree she is taking women back centuries and should be ashamed. I feel sorry for any woman that reads this drivel and takes it seriously. Just disgusts me.

    • Confused
      September 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Well said Anna! and thank you for your post. It is VERY important for our young women to understand your message and not follow or idolize MG. There is nothing interesting about what she has to say or stands for. She is a fraud of a woman and frankly a book burning is in order!

    • elemcee
      September 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Anna, that is an amazing comment! Thank you.

  46. September 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Forwards, not backwards! This book will bring you just backwards and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!’ thats what my grandmother told me as a young girl if I ever got married.

  47. September 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    me cell thank you love you too. I agree Jeannie, not any woman in the world needs this book!!!!

  48. Honnie Badger
    September 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Her book should be used in psychology classes to teach how to identify a narcissist with very poor self-esteem.

  49. Lee
    September 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I just read the review of Mel’s book from Jezabel. As a first generation Italian American I am once again disgusted by this couple. They give Italians a bad name.

    • GrisGrisx3
      September 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      My first post here but I loved reading it for some time now and thank Fame for everything she has given us included a nice environment to relax and read with good people.

      I would never pay for this “advice book” but in it Melissa Gorga’swrites “allegedly from Joe Gorga”:

      “Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated.

      Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.”

      National shows are helping promote the book, other housewives and Bravo have congratulated her….has No One read the contents before they bring Melissa on their show to giggle endlessly about poop?? (that statement is insulting to women at best and bad for one’s health at worst but at least it’s not advocating a violent felony)

      It is upsetting that most of the pictures that Melissa has posted on twitter are of very young girls buying her advice book. Some so young that they have to “save up” to get buy it.

      Seriously? No one is outraged that Melissa and Joe’s “advice on how to be happy” to women is to tolerate being violated & abused??

      I am offended and horrified that any woman or man would find this acceptable.

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Lee, they give human beings a bad name.

      • September 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        some people is turning this world upside down,BUT THANK GOD JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER

        • September 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

          Amen!

  50. MurfsGirl
    September 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I have to ask…the Jezebel blog is damning…this is true…if you take the excerpts as perfectly reproduced (with all of the grammatical & spelling errors).

    However, could this possibly be a “media” brouhaha to get people to actually BUY the book to see if she really wrote this tripe?

    • mzjulesaz
      September 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      It’s disgusting and alarming that shows are promoting it.

      • September 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Just goes to show-they didn’t read it–at all.

    • Kelley
      September 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      I kind of wondered the same thing. But it seems like pretty much all of the comments on Jezebel’s site and on their Facebook link were overwhelmingly negative. If this was an attempt to get people to buy it, I think it failed miserably.

  51. mzjulesaz
    September 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    TSIL’s blog is up … she’s the victim, no proof, yada yada … she’s an idiot.

  52. mzjulesaz
    September 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I have to say this now as I keep forgetting to … I love that pic of Tre! I even like the purple hat on her! But mostly I like the pic!

  53. September 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    This book should be taken off the shelves immediately. I’m serious.

    • MurfsGirl
      September 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      ITA, Gessie.

  54. September 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Thanks fame and please don’t
    stop! I am suffering from withdrawals!

  55. mzjulesaz
    September 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Not that it will help, but nail her Bravo blog (who knows some might threw), nail @Andy on twitter and his facebook page. This is beyond gross. Shame on you TSIL.

  56. Autumn
    September 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Ever seen any photos of the producers for these shows? The assistants? Camera crew?

    They’re often unmarried, have little experience in real-world settings, and little respect for anyone besides their self-absorbed selves. Basically losers at life being paid a lot of money to produce soap operas. I bet few of them can BELIEVE they actually get paid to fawk around and play-work.

    I will also point out that some of them allow their personal choices to taint how they put on each show. Thus we end up with casts who resemble drag queens and supporting characters who cross-dress, behave like catty mean girls, etc.

    We don’t see many HW leading traditional lives we can relate to bc there’s nobody putting these shows on who leads a traditional lifestyle where ppl work, do things w their kids, etc ( OTHER THAN Teresa!) Ever consider WHY they try so hard to drama Teresa up? Or why only one few HW have a man who isn’t dependent on wife/gf for his income?

    Bravo, through their hiring of production companies, push this nonsense off on us viewers and we allow it. Ick.

  57. michele clavell
    September 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    you can definitely tell about the editing. I was wondering why Caroline was getting so angry, I have heard in the past that al Manzo has been having an affair. Now I see that’s why she was so upset and yelling ask him date.I also don’t understand how they could not be paid? That does not make any sense. Even know they get advertisement deals and clothing line, etcetera etcetera.

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