Spreading rumors, below-the-belt jabs, insensitive slights – all business as usual for Teresa Giudice, and insiders say her fed-up castmates on The Real Housewives of New Jersey really let her have it at the three-part reunion show taped at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
A source says a group including Melissa and Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Kathy Wakile and Caroline Manzo – pretty much the entire cast – “went apes**t” and “berserk” on Teresa after a season of non-stop treachery.
As for the stripper controversy that’s dominated the show’s late-season storyline, Teresa tells Cohen she pleaded with him to take out the content revealing Melissa’s supposedly pastied past, despite being at the root of the nasty allegation in the first place.
Of course, Melissa’s husband Joe is none too happy with the salacious rumors about his better half, and “loses his mind” during the taping.
“They go back and forth, but nothing is resolved … there’s so much pent-up anger and hurt there,” an insider says. “At one point, he says, ‘Dad told me you were going around town saying Melissa was a stripper.”
Joe’s not the only family member that Teresa butts heads with at the Borgata, as at one point, a source says that “Teresa says to [her cousin] Kathy, ‘My mother told me you are going to get divorced.'”
An exasperated Kathy told Teresa her mother is a “f***ing liar” and that she is a “disgrazia.” (Italian for disgrace.)
One source says Teresa’s jab at the Wakile marriage was just a smokescreen to “deflect from her own marital issues.”
Jacqueline’s feud with Teresa comes to a head when Teresa peppers her with barbs about having her own stripper past, causing Jacqueline to unleash her fury on the most-hated housewife. An insider told US magazine, “Everyone sides with” Jacqueline, predictably.
“Even Andy seems disgusted Teresa goes there … [Jacqueline's] going through a hard time with her [son's autism diagnosis,] and it is just below the belt.”
The first part airs on Bravo this Sunday at 10/9c.