Teresa Giudice didn’t sit quietly this afternoon after her sister-in-law and The Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Melissa Gorga blogged about how she and Kathy Wakile joined the show. Teresa took to her own blog to address her appearance on The View and to share her opinions on how Melissa and Kathy joined the show. Teresa’s blog was a bit longer than Melissa’s – we use “bit” very loosely.
Teresa begins her blog by addressing Melissa’s recent statements, including a tweet directed at Teresa:
Just so everyone knows I asked Elizabeth to please ask me about getting on the show, bc Teresa fibbed.— Melissa Gorga (@melissagorga) June 8, 2012
“I do have to set the record straight” Teresa says, “I wanted to just tell you all directly. I’ve been telling the same story–the truth–since it happened. Suddenly Melissa has a new answer for it, fresh from her new PR people: it’ a lie and it’s my “crutch.” Are you kidding me?”
Teresa then writes about Melissa and Kathy joining Housewives, attacking Melissa’s explanation.
First lets take a look at Melissa’s side; (According to her blog) Melissa informed Teressa about interviewing for Housewives a couple days after the interview:
“I was called for an interview on a Friday afternoon. Just an interview, Saturday the producers must have called Teresa to tell her they were interviewing me, Sunday, Teresa and I talked, yes she was mad they wanted to interview us but she knew about the interview. I was not asked to join the show until 3 months later. She knew the whole 3 months that we could possibly join the show.”
Teresa doesn’t quite see it that way:
“I had no idea Melissa or Kathy were joining RHONJ until the day a Bravo producer called me and told me. And I was shocked almost out of my mind because I literally had no idea… not even the tiniest hint. The two of them can split hairs all they want and dance around the exact when/how/why, but the fact is you don’t get cast on the show overnight. It takes interviews, phone calls, meetings, contract negotiations, etc. However much they did for however long I don’t know because it was all behind my back.”
According to Teresa, she didn’t learn about Melissa and Kathy’s involvement in Housewives until a producer notified her:
“I got a call from one of the producers saying: “By the way, the new Housewives are your sister-in-law and cousin Kathy.” Total shock.”
“I interviewed on a Friday and told Teresa about it that Sunday” is technically true, but far from the complete story. She could have interviewed that Friday, but was it her very first interview, the first time she’d ever had a hint of being on the show? Did she wait only 2 days between first getting in contact with Bravo and telling me? No and no.
Teresa then asks a very important question, why is this all a big deal?
“Because the shock and betrayal I felt by my family joining the show behind my back (during an already hard time in my life) is why I was so obviously miserable during Season 3, and continued to affect my relationships with them into Season 4.”
Teresa then reiterates that she hasn’t spoken to Melissa or Kathy since September, even though Melissa attended Gia’s birthday party in January:
“Since September I haven’t heard from Melissa or Kathy personally. I’ve gotten texts and a few tweets from them and I’ve sent texts and tweets to them about their kids’ birthdays and supporting their new businesses, but that’s it. “
“I did send my brother and Melissa an invitation to Gia & Milania’s birthday party in January. They didn’t respond, so I was surprised when Melissa showed up alone, posed for photographs, and left.”
Teresa goes on to say she originally “passed” on appearing on The View, “Because we have a lot to resolve, and I didn’t think it could be done sitting on a couch in front of an audience for a few minutes.”
She then says she can’t wait for Season 5 to start dealing with issues in person:
“I can’t wait to start filming Season 5 so we can finally deal with everyone’s crazy face-to-face. It’s easy enough to be a tough guy behind my back, but let’s do this out in the open.”
What do you think of Teresa’s stance on the situation?