From Her Website
“I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers… Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”
In her Bravo blog on April 30, 2012, she changed her story to fit with the time frame of the pay register she released:
“I put myself through college with the help of my godfather and worked three jobs doing it. I was substitute teaching, working in a tanning salon, and bar tending one night a week.” [Melissa Gorga, Like a Prayer, April 30, 2012]
A few weeks earlier, on April 12, 2012, Melissa was interviewed by one of her favorite blogs, Reality Tea. She said Joe Gorga used to come see her when she was a bartender at Lookers Gentleman’s Club while in college. She also said she couldn’t remember when she graduated college (as if it was decades ago and her memory is failing her).
Reality Tea: So, the infamous “stripper rumors…” How did Joe and your family handle hearing those things about you? Was it stressful?
Melissa: “That, I have to say, was probably the least amount of stress. It was just so absurd. It was so ridiculous. Joe [Gorga] actually used to come see me when I bartended there. I bartended when I was in college.”
Reality Tea: Sadly Melissa couldn’t seem to remember when she graduated! Minor detail? Right?
Odd that Reality tea is only following @JacLaurita & @melissagorga, not hard to figure out who the “sources” are. #bitterbettys
27 April 2012
Editor’s Note: So which is it Melissa, did you work at a ‘bikini bar’ for a couple of months while in college or did you bartend/dance at the ‘gentleman’s club’ Lookers for at least a year, starting in 2003 when you were 24 years old, the year you met Joe Gorga. In season 3, episode 6, Joe made no mention that you were still in college when he met you, just that you were working three jobs and he promised you a ‘Pretty Women’ scenario, where he would put you on a pedestal and give you everything you wanted (so you wouldn’t have to work three jobs anymore, including the one in the sex industry).
The Gorgas are sticking to the story that she was working three jobs when Joe met her in 2003. And she is being more specific now, saying she ‘bartended’ one night per week to fit the time frame of the pay register she released to AllAboutTRH in December 2011. She told Reality Tea she can’t remember when she graduated college because it won’t match the Lookers’ pay register, which means she’ll be caught in another lie.
“The hooker claims she went to college. She’s not sure of the decade, but she’s almost positive she did attend.” [NYGirl, May 24, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com]
From Before She Married Joe
According to Teresa (season 3 reunion), Melissa told her and Kathy (when they were out together drinking in Hoboken and Melissa was a little buzzed): “I wasn’t stupid like my sisters; of course when I saw his house I was going to jump on that sh*t.” Melissa and Kathy attacked Teresa: Kathy claiming she said something other than that (but not actually denying that she said that as well) and Melissa denying it ever happened. Teresa then said: “The truth comes out when you’re drinking.”
From Before Season One Even Aired
Melissa posted anonymously in 2008 while season one was filming:
“One of the pathetic losers that are on this show, is a very close relative of mine. Don’t understand how that show chose her to be on tv. If anyone knows who I might be talking about, what an idiot, clueless mother and a housewive that has no idea what her husband does and who. She definitely needs a reality check.”
“I know one of “housewives” very well. Just from knowing some of the girls on this show I can see why Bravo didn’t pick woman with real money and class they picked the dumb ones with no class and charge cards, it makes for a better show. Why don’t they donate some money to chairty instead of worrying about out doing each other with material things.”
“I know the two sisters on the show and know a third housewive (not so much a housewive at home) I would love to see a show about their so called husbands. I know alot of ones’ husband and he definitely is not too involved with his wife and three kids. But what she don’t know, she will never have a clue about!!!!!!”
“Born and raised in Paterson and and then thinking that she has the wonderful life that these women so called have on this show. This is all just a show because that woman has nothing just a bunch of credit cards with a high balance!!!!!”
“I saw one of the housewives just recently. I don’t need to kiss anyones’ ass especially her. Don’t know wjat definition of beautiful, funny, entertaining your talking about and believe me no one is kissing her ass in this family. She came from nothing and now she thinks she’s living that perfect lifestyle. Believe me everyone in this family is laughing at her. She’s a mess!!!CLUELESS about life! Try having a conversation with her, “what a dumbass”
“FAMOUS” hahaha That’s great. Is that what you actually believe. Famous for WHAT!! And RICH – ER, even better, maybe Teresa should do a credit check on her husband and see how RICH there NOT!”
“One of them…the one that lives in Montville now used to live in a shit hole of a house in Lincoln Park with a mazaratti parked out front. Hmmmm can someone say dirty money. Yeah right ‘construction’ HA H”
“OMG!!! I love it, cant wait to see more, come on people, you gotta admit, these girls are a complete mess. You got the fat wife from the brownstone that needs hair extensions. Dina’s looking old. The wacko from Wayne, (her poor kids), and then Teresa, what is she gonna do when she finds out alllll the $ they owe people and they are gonna be looking for it after they see this show air! The only nice one is the sister in law. She don’t belong with those idiots!”