There are lots of stories flying around about the Real Housewives of New Jersey since the finale and in anticipation of the three-part reunion episodes. Contracts are negotiated after the reunion for the next season so everyone is vying for position. First out of the gate was Melissa Gorga. Melissa, who was horrified that Tre would do INTERVIEWS! with MAGAZINES! for MONEY! Finally got one to pay attention to her. In her interview on Wendy Williams this week, she wanted to make it clear that Teresa was ruining her life. She managed to work into the interview the two main accusations she made in her US Weekly cover story this week. First she says that Teresa violently twisted her arm in front of throngs of innocent children at a family birthday party and then she claims that Teresa called some club that hires Melissa to perform and told them to stop booking her and not to pay her.
I can see Teresa grabbing Melissa by the arm. After the Kathy face grabbing incident, where Kathy repeatedly told Tre not to touch her, it’s clear that Tre has no problems getting in someone’s personal space. However, I doubt Tre was trying to wrench Melissa’s arm out of its socket while she was holding a kid. I have a theory on why Melissa is on tour with this story this week. I’ll get to that in a minute. As for the club story, that one makes less sense to me. Why would Tre be calling a club owner telling them not to pay Melissa and, as Melissa added on the Wendy Williams show, “to hire Tre instead?” When has Tre ever done the club scene? What the hell would Tre do at a club? Rattle off a list of ingredienceses for meatballs? Maybe now that her *ahem* “wine” is out she could borrow an outfit from Melissa and pass out free samples or something? It’s not that I think Tre is morally above such behavior, I just can’t find a motivation for her to do it.
I do have the motivation for Melissa to be making these particular allegations at this time though. It sounds like Melissa grabbed Tre by the arms at the reunion, according to a new Tre interview in In Touch this week. (New contract or one shot cover story?) If we end up seeing this on the show it will seem as though these interviews of Melissa are nothing more than her way of getting out ahead of the story so she can say that Tre started it. She’s already explaining a physical confrontation between her and her sister-in-law. Melissa is pretty good at this stuff. Speaking of Melissa, I was irritated that in the previous articles here discussing the finale that I failed to mention Melissa in the SUV with Joe at the end of the episode. She kept trying to feed Joe his line which was apparently “Shame on you!.” She tried to get him to say the line to Teresa several times and Joe ignored her. Now THAT was a moment that Melissa didn’t think would be aired. That says a lot about Melissa and the image she wants to project about being the one taking the high road and trying to keep the peace between the siblings. Tre told In Touch she had a complete breakdown after filming the reunion and is having a hard time being estranged from her brother. Tre’s position is not that she was jealous and didn’t want to share the spotlight with Joe and Melisssa, though I do believe that was part of it, Tre claims that she was worried that it would destroy her family. It seems that was a realistic concern.
Finally, while we are talking about siblings, Radar Online is reporting they have a source at Bravo leaking that Teresa may be getting her own spin-off based on the entire Giudice family. Pete Giudice and his wife Shelia would be a big part of the show. Ew. Radar’s source seems to think that will mean Tre will not be back on RHONJ next season. I don’t see the logic there, Kim Zolicak has a spin-off and she is still on RHOA (for now), Lisa Vanderpump has a spin-off and she is still on RHOBH. I do wonder if maybe Jaq is going to be leaving despite her desires to spread the word on autism next season. That interaction she had with a Tamaratattles reader recently about her secret jobs where she makes millions sounds to me like someone getting ready to explain her departure. If she gets the axe we all know how she will spin her departure.
It’s clearly “contract season” in New Jersey and it seems that a lot of people are fighting to get one. Oddly, Caroline has nothing to say in her blogs and seems to be over the whole lot of them. We will have to see if she is willing to go through with another season. I imagine it will depend on who else is returning. Kathy is her usual quiet self. So that leaves Tre, Melissa and Jaq to try to out squawk each other. Thoughts?