Get ready to see a lot more of Melissa Gorga with her husband and children on Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, because RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the mother of three is attempting to squash her reputation as a drama-fueled catfighter and instead become a wholesome fan favorite.
According to a source close to the hit Bravo show, Melissa, 33, has specifically asked that more scenes be filmed with her family, as she feels her sister-in-law and arch nemesis Teresa Giudice has used her children to build a solid fan base.
"Melissa feels that one of the main reasons Teresa became a quick fan favorite was because her relationship with the husband and kids was used as a featured storyline," the source exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
"And with Melissa's provocative past coming back to haunt her this season, she wants to use her family to play the sympathy card."
As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported earlier this month, Melissa's former boyfriend made an appearance via cell phone during filming this season where he claimed that he and Melissa continued to be intimate after she'd married her husband Joe Gorga.
"Melissa was already caught up in the middle of 'strippergate' last season, so with the new allegations of cheating coming forward this season she's trying to figure out a way to clean up her image," the source continued.
"What better way than exploiting her home life?! She made sure the cameras were there for their family tree-lighting ceremony and on Christmas morning, as well at numerous celebratory brunches."
To watch how all the drama plays out, tune in to Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, expected to premiere this spring.