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'RHONJ' Reunion Part 3: Good-bye Teresa Giudice

November 12th, 2014 9:19am EST
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This is the last time I'll be writing a recap for the Jersey housewives. I feel like I've been let out of prison.

And just as I am getting out, Teresa Giudice readies herself to go in.

As with the first two parts of the reunion, Andy focused on Teresa G. and her personal issues, but first he let the Jersey boys have a free-for-all and embarrass themselves with name-calling, accusations, and unmatched bravado. They proved that you don't have to be a housewife to make a fool of yourself as well as flaunt your ignoranance or show off how low class you are.

There was a lot of ganging up on J...
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'RHONJ' Reunion Part 2: Let The Name Calling Begin

November 7th, 2014 8:50am EST
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Scumbag. Skeletor. Fame Whore. Oh my.

No it's not the school yard, it's the gathering of the Garden Staters who are in evening gowns; the men are in suits; and everyone is over the age of 40.

"I came on for fun and now look at me," said Teresa Guidice, who Andy once again honed in on right away. Her face has grown considerably more sad sack as the reunion has progressed, so the Bravo puppetmaster thought it was the perfect time to remind her -- via table-flipping era footage -- of her shallow, screaming banshee, "I live in a five million dollar houses," days.

They segued into her fathe...
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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Reunion Part 1: Everybody Cries (Almost)

November 3rd, 2014 10:04am EST
'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Reunion Part 1: Eve
The Garden State ladies got back together, but it looked like a flashback to 1976 or perhaps a Studio 54 reunion.

Teresa G., Melissa, Amber, Dina, Nicole and Theresa A. showed up in what appeared to be their most sparkly, disco evening gown finest for this rather subdued first entry in what may play out to be a very explosive reunion series.

For this installment, crying was the emotion of choice, except for Nicole and Theresa A., but we’ll get to them later.

Kleenex missed out on quite the product placement deal because right off the bat Andy honed in -- for obvious reasons -- on Teres...
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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Finale Recap:

October 20th, 2014 10:19am EDT
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"It's a different day and everything's changed." Cousin Kathy's words refer to The Guidices' sentencing, but can easily describe the whole lot of them.

Although Dina's Ladybug Charity is the main focus of the episode, everyone's life goes through some sort of transformation: Melissa and Joe Gorga break ground for their next McMansion, which is going to be even bigger and more garish then their present abode; and Amber cut her hair for cancer. She's been growing it for five years, and now will donate the locks to make a wig for a child.

The one thing that hasn't changed is that Teresa Apre...
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‘RHONJ’ Season 6 Episode 13 Recap: 'Sorry, Not Sorry'

October 13th, 2014 9:10am EDT
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This week’s title implies that, as Elton John sang, sorry seems to be the hardest word…or maybe it just refers to what a sorry bunch they all are.

Now that everyone has returned from Florida, the whole group is back on the party circuit: Rino and Teresa are having a “tasting” to introduce the menu of their new restaurant, and Dina’s charity event Project Ladybug is coming up.

Jacqueline and Chris go over to Kathy and Rich's house where they and Rosie are making cannolis, which were requested by Teresa Aprea for her party. Nicole shows up to pick up the pastries for her sister and ends up ...
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Teresa Giudice Plays Dumb During Post-Prison Sentencing Interview On 'Watch What Happens Live'

October 7th, 2014 11:35pm EDT
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe made a special appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live to discuss their federal court case that ended with both reality stars being sentenced to prison last week.

The couple sat with host Andy Cohen Monday evening and played dumb about how their case was handled.

Speaking on a plea bargain the couple entered into in March, Teresa said that she didn't realize it meant she could end up in jail.

"I didn't understand that part," she said of the agreement, which could have carried a prison term of up to 27 months (sh...
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'RHONJ' Season 6 Episode 12 Recap: 'Pack Your Bags And Get Out!'

October 6th, 2014 9:06am EDT
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There’s bag packing all around with the Guidices heading off to prison, Jacqueline and her husband Chris moving out of their house, and Amber and Jim thrown out of Boca.

Now that it’s been reported that Teresa will serve a 15-month sentence for fraud, and when she’s out, Joe will serve 41-months, watching their storyline is a bit anti-climactic. On the show, they're still at the stage where they don't know what's to come. Since we do though, there’s no tension.

This week, Joe announces he’s taking Teresa out for a date night – really a date weekend – in New York City, leaving the kids wit...
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Judge Says Teresa Giudice's 'Disrespect For The Court' Is Why She Was Given A Prison Sentence

October 3rd, 2014 7:43pm EDT
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice could have escaped prison time if she had just done what the judge and investigators into her bank fraud crimes had asked of her.

During Thursday's sentencing of Giudice and her husband Giuseppe, aka Joe, Judge Esther Salas told her that she had considered handing her a sentence of just probation, but her cavalier attitude toward filing her financial disclosure was the lone factor in her decision to sentence the mother of four to 15 months in prison.

"I will say on the outset, I'm going to focus on what I didn't say to your husband -- that...
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'Real Housewives' Stars Joe And Teresa Giudice Both Sentenced To Prison For Bank Fraud

October 2nd, 2014 4:54pm EDT
'Real Housewives' Stars Joe And Teresa Giudice Both Sentenced To
"Real Housewives Of New Jersey" couple Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice were handed sentences from U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas in a Newark, New Jersey, court on Thursday after pleading guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud in March.

Joe was sentenced to serve over three years in prison for the white collar crime, while wife Teresa will spend 15 months behind bars.

The couple made a plea bargain with prosecuters, entering their guilty pleas to the 40-plus counts of fraud in exchange for lighter sentences.

According to TMZ.com, Teresa reportedly asked the judge not to...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Episode 11 Recap: 'Gators And Haters'

September 29th, 2014 9:58am EDT
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It's the First Responders party all over again, but this time it's the men of the Garden State who are about to let the fists fly.

Teresa Guidice is probably glad she chose not to join them down south. She stayed home with her family, not only her nuclear one, but Joe's clan, which includes his parents as well as his brother and his brood. "I'm protected from the world," said Teresa about being with her extended family. Basically because she knows that none of them are going to ask about her legal issues in person or via text like Jacqueline, whose husband Chris reached out to Joe wanting ...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: S6 Ep10 The Day Of Jacqueline

September 22nd, 2014 9:09am EDT
'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: S6 Ep10 The Day Of Ja
Just when you thought it was safe to go back over the George Washington Bridge: Jac is back.

The former cast member does very little in this episode except reintroduce herself to the audience as the loving mother of autistic four-year-old Nicholas. She’s still on the housewife periphery though, as her only contact is with sometime-housewife Kathy, who’s building a house that they visit. Jacqueline tells Kathy that she’s reached out to Teresa Guidice in her time of need via text message; apparently the two women have not spoken in a while. She says that even though they no longer have a rel...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Ep 9 Recap: There Will Be Bloodwork

September 15th, 2014 9:46am EDT
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Cancer, colonoscopies and conspicuous consumption. This was the least entertaining episode of this show I have ever watched and would have stopped watching immediately if it were not my job to recap. It just could not end fast enough.

If you recall from last week, the NJ ladies are preparing for a Florida trip, mainly to get Teresa Guidice out of her element (where plea deals and jail sentences swirl around her), but also for the women to discuss plans for Dina’s charity event.

By the end of the hour, both Teresa G. and Amber have begged out of the vacation.

The lives of Teresa and Joe G...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Episode 8: 'Guilt Trip'

September 8th, 2014 10:01am EDT
'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Episode 8: 'Guilt T
Orange is on its way to being the new black in the Garden State as this episode revolves around Teresa and Joe Guidice pleading guilty to mortgage and bankruptcy fraud.

It is February 28, 2014. The news is reporting an update on the plea deals and Teresa's phone starts ringing. Amber calls crying and tries to be supportive. She, as always, likens the situation to the time she had cancer (because she can’t go five minutes without making everything about her) but says Teresa Guidice is luckier, because the potential for death is not the end of her current narrative. Then Melissa calls to fin...
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'RHONJ' Season 6 Episode 7: You Gotti Have Heart

August 25th, 2014 9:25am EDT
'RHONJ' Season 6 Episode 7: You Gotti Have Heart
So the drama of the first responder party has been put to rest, and everyone is supposedly friendly again. But tranquility is the kiss of death on reality TV, meaning I couldn’t wait to to see what new commotion – real or manufactured -- awaited the Jersey gals.

With other franchises, to shake things up the housewives are often sent on a trip where cabin fever or too many cocktails get the ladies in each other’s faces. Something tells me that that ploy isn’t necessary with this group, as they don’t need a distant land or booze to get them screaming at one another. So, instead of taking th...
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9 Classic Memorable Reality TV Moments: From Innocent To Cruel

August 20th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
9 Classic Memorable Reality TV Moments: From Innocent To Cruel
The one thing about reality television is that for the most part, it is completely unscripted (or so the networks would like us to believe.) What happens on camera is usually a reaction to something another cast member did and therefore, causes lots of juicy ammunition for others to keep the perpetual fires lit. Reality has become a hotbed of catcalls, catfights, bad behavior and image-wrecking scenarios. Still, there are some bright lights in the genre. Some of the best reality show moments have made us cry, held back our disbelief and ran us straight to social media to talk about it with ...
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'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Episode 6 'The Family Business'

August 18th, 2014 10:09am EDT
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Vision boards. Scientists. Corporate jets. Oh my. We're getting lofty in the Garden State.

Still smarting from the First Responder attack, all the castmates decide to retreat back into their families for moral support, with the kids having a more high profile role than usual.

I almost feel badly for this second-generation that counts reality TV as part of its legacy; although none of them yet seem any worse for the wear just yet. Especially not the feisty Gia Guidice. She has just turned thirteen, and as her gift, Teresa passes down to her a ring that Gia’s grandmother had given to Teresa...
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10 'Celebrities' Famous For Doing Nothing

August 17th, 2014 11:00am EDT
10 'Celebrities' Famous For Doing Nothing
What is fame? The proper translation of it is "the condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements." Be mindful of the words "notable achievements" as we talk about the following 10 people who are famous for doing nothing. As they continue to make money just by living, recall the true stars of yesteryear who actually demonstrated a talent or made a difference in the lives of others around them.

1. The Entire Kardashian Family

Reality TV’s first family members don’t let their lack of talent bother them. In fact, they glorify in it ...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season 6 Episode 5 ‘One Flew Over The Chicken’s Nest’ Recap

August 11th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
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A house divided cannot stand. But it does wonders for a housewives’ franchise.

Even though this episode is bookended by arguments revolving around the First Responder party, the core is a rather bland mix of everyone getting a chance to redeem themselves by showing their softer sides via family interactions.

Can we ever be distracted though from the fact that this bunch really loves to throw down? Whereas the women are indoor brawlers, duking it out in the living room, the men prefer the great outdoors. So we begin episode 5, on the front porch of Nicole’s boyfriend Bobby’s house, where w...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Season 6, Episode 4 ‘A Hairy Situation’ -- Be Tardy For This Party

August 5th, 2014 9:26am EDT
'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Season 6, Episode 4 ‘
Wecome to the Garden State.

The Car Dealership

Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe enter a car dealership, which it seems they singlehandedly keep in business. Melissa has once again banged up her Bentley to the tune of almost eight thousand dollars (that’s eight large, in tough guy parlance.) It’s revealed that Joe has made a business investment and it is yet to be seen if it is a fruitful one. He’s concerned about their finances while Melissa seems to believe money is no object. The first reference to Nicole and her boyfriend Bobby’s “First Responder” party is made.

Dina’s Closet

Or is ...
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'Real Housewives' Star Teresa Giudice And Her Husband Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges

March 4th, 2014 7:29pm EST
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe (Joe) each pleaded guilty to bank fraud on Tuesday.

The couple was hit with federal indictments on bank, mail and wire fraud along with tax evasion last July, 41 counts in all, and faced 30 years in prison each if they were convicted. Both Teresa and Joe each admitted their guilt in court in a plea deal that will lessen their sentences. According to TMZ.com, Teresa, who pled guilty to four counts, now faces around two years in prison while her husband could be locked up for nearly four years after pleading guilty on...
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'Real Housewives' Star Teresa Giudice And Husband Joe Facing Two New Fraud Charges

November 18th, 2013 11:43pm EST
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are in more hot water.

The federal government has added a pair of new charges to the 39-count indictment for bank fraud and tax evasion filed against them back in July.

One of the charges is against Teresa for lying on a mortgage application. The reality star listed her monthly income as $15,000 from a real estate job she didn't have. The other charge is for bank fraud.

In a statement issued on Monday, Teresa's lawyer Henry Klingeman said, "As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment...
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19 Of Our Favorite 'Real Housewives' In Bikinis

October 2nd, 2013 9:04pm EDT
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On March 21, 2006 we were all introduced to The Real Housewives of Orange County: Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring -- five women living in an upscale gated community in OC whose lives were followed for the sake of entertainment.

Two years after the debut of the series, Bravo cashed in by adding another branch of the series, The Real Housewives of New York City, which made a star of series regular Bethenny Frankel, a former natural foods chef who has since gone on to release numerous best-selling books, create a cocktail company (which she then ...
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'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Season 5 Finale

September 30th, 2013 11:24am EDT
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As all good things must come to an end, so must the fifth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Must they go out with such a whimper, instead of a bang, though? These are the women that made “prostitution whore” part of our lexicon, and nary a table was flipped this entire episode.

We start off at Kim’s salon opening from hell, Posche 2: the Reckoning, where Penny and the Gorgas are still screaming at each other about Twitter. Penny maintains, steadfast, that Teresa fed her all the information she ever tweeted about, and told her to say everything nasty she ever tweeted. I mean, it’...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Hair We Go Again

September 23rd, 2013 8:52am EDT
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Apparently it’s true that Justin Timberlake’s manager, Johnny, has shown interest in taking Melissa on as a potential new artist, and that wasn’t a strange dream I just had. In order to complete her demo, she has to fly down to Orlando (Joe’s going too because of reasons?) and stay at Johnny’s magical recording studio compound/human-sized mini golf castle.

The point of this trip is to whip Melissa into shape before recording her demo tape, after her disastrous session in her home studio. Before Johnny can take her around as one of his artists, she needs work. She’ll have to work with a voc...
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'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: The Blonde Drops A Bombshell

September 16th, 2013 11:28am EDT
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Teresa’s summary of the Arizona trip to her mother is hilariously succinct. “We went to Arizona and we went healing and we had SUCH a good time and now everything is better.” To Teresa, everything is so good that she can now invite her parents over for Sunday dinner. Her mother looks unconvinced, but sighs and agrees to come over. What’s one more table flip going to hurt?

Jacqueline has to face her fears and give a speech for an autism charity event (basketball is involved?), but the poor thing doesn’t even know where to begin. She looks petrified at the thought of getting on stage in fron...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Zen Things I Hate About You

September 9th, 2013 10:37am EDT
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The gang is still in Arizona for their cleansing retreat that’s supposed to be Melissa’s birthday party for a third episode, and it’s just finally getting dramatic. Caroline, not prompted by an unseen Bravo executive or anything, asks the room if they’re all happy with each other and their relationships. Joe Gorga decides to lay it all out.

He tells Teresa in front of everyone what he and Melissa think she’s been up to with Penny, and explodes.

Flash backward 12 hours earlier.

It’s the morning of Melissa’s birthday, and she’s enjoying some cuddle-action with her husband in bed when Teres...
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Horse Whisper to a Scream

September 2nd, 2013 12:46pm EDT
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Because Andy Cohen owes a favor to the guy who runs this resort, the gang is in Arizona for another episode of cleansing and healing in the Arizona sun. Poor birthday girl Melissa didn’t sign up for this; she begs Joe for poolside cocktails when he tells her they’re going on a special horseback riding exercise. Love and light, girl.

Turns out, they’re not riding the horses. You can see Melissa dying inside. It’s a horse therapy exercise with a gruff cowboy named Wyatt, who isn’t taking nonsense from anyone. He explains that horses can pick up on your energy and authenticity (your genuine n...
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'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Children Of The Scorned

August 12th, 2013 10:29am EDT
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Last week’s discussion (fight? confrontation?) between Jacqueline and Teresa wraps up as the ladies get to the real meat of the problem: their incessant need to tweet every time they’re upset with each other instead of confronting their problems directly. But they agree to get over it, essentially, and move forward in their relationship in a new way. They’ll be civil – and maybe one day, they’ll be friends again.

Jacqueline and Kathy hit up a lingerie store later on to discuss her reconciliation with Teresa, and she reveals that she’s heading to Beverly Hills soon to get a tummy tuck and h...
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'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Recap: Best Frenemies Forever

August 5th, 2013 10:25am EDT
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In the wake of the most restorative bonding retreat in the history of trust building, all is calm and well in Franklin Lakes. Melissa goes to visit Joe with their sons at one of his construction sites, when he gives her some good news – Sizzle Tans wants the couple to appear on a series of billboards for the company.

Since Teresa was the star of a Sizzle Tans commercial several years ago, Melissa declines the offer so she won’t have something to fight about with her sister-in-law, and lets her husband star in the ad by himself. Are we all maturing already?

Things are so good, that Teresa ...
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Joe and Teresa Giudice Post $500,000 Bond Each, Face 30 Years In Prison For Fraud

July 31st, 2013 12:04am EDT
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice were indicted on 39 counts of fraud and tax evasion in a New Jersey federal court on Monday.

The couple were each freed on $500,000 bond, according to TMZ.com, and are scheduled for an arraignment hearing on August 14.

Both Teresa and Joe are facing lengthy prison sentences if they're convicted of the charges, which include mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion.

The couple allegedly faked documents to secure property loans, failed to declare income in relations to their 2001 bankruptcy, and...
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