Melissa Gorga appeared on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live(WWHL) talk show on Sunday night after the airing of the latest Real Housewives of New Jersey episode. During her appearance, Melissa talked about her current relationship with former co-star Caroline Manzo and her family. Melissa was also asked about her co-star and sister-in-law Teresa Giudice’s bad relationship with her cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri.
Caroline Manzo starred on Real Housewives alongside Teresa from the first through fifth seasons. After Melissa joined on the third season, Caroline got a first-hand view of the family drama that happened between the Gorgas and Giudices. For the most part, Caroline stayed out of whatever was happening between Melissa and Teresa. As the seasons went on, Caroline’s friendship with Teresa deteriorated, but she remained friendly with Melissa. On WWHL, a viewer asked Melissa about her current relationship with Caroline and her family.
“The Manzos. It’s good. You know I don’t get to see them as often as I would like to, um, because I think Lauren’s married now, everybody’s busy and the Manzos have their own show so I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like but I absolutely still love the whole family.”
Caroline and her family have their own spin-off show, Manzo’d with Children. In April 2016, Bravo announced that the spin-off has been renewed for a third season. Caroline’s sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, who currently stars on Real Housewives alongside Melissa and Teresa, was frequently shown on the spin-off’s first two seasons.
The season finale of Season 2, which aired in November 2015, featured the wedding of Caroline’s daughter, Lauren Manzo. As the Inquisitr reported, Caroline’s sister Dina Manzo, who starred on Real Housewives for Seasons 1, 2, and 6 and went through a period of estrangement from both Caroline and Jacqueline, attended the wedding. Jacqueline, Melissa, Kathy, and Rosie also attended the wedding.
Speaking of Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri, what exactly does Teresa Giudice have against them? After years of bad blood, Melissa Gorga and Teresa were finally able to repair their relationship, and they’re now back to being close family members. The current season has also shown Teresa attempting to fix her friendship with Jacqueline.
Yet, the same can’t be said for Teresa and her cousins. A viewer called into WWHL and asked Melissa why Teresa excludes Kathy and Rosie from family events, such as the Christmas Eve dinner and the New Year’s Eve party. Melissa said that the Christmas Even dinner was meant to be intimate, but as for New Year’s Eve, she’s not sure why they weren’t invited.
“Well for Christmas Eve it was just that we wanted it to be intimate, just with her parents. I mean it was her first day back. For New Year’s Eve I’m not sure, I mean it was her invite.”
When Andy asked Melissa what specifically is the issue that Teresa has with Kathy and Rosie, who are currently “friends” of the housewives, Melissa mentioned that their family drama runs deep and that Teresa didn’t like some things that were said. Kathy and Rosie’s mom is Teresa’s aunt from her dad’s side. On a previous season, it was revealed that Kathy and Rosie’s mom and Teresa’s dad don’t speak to one another. Whatever Melissa knows about the family drama from her husband, who himself doesn’t seem to hang out with his cousins all that often, she isn’t sharing.
“You know, I don’t know. I think it’s something you have to ask her. I know it runs through the veins of the family and things that were said bothered her.”
On a previous episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa and her family was shown having Christmas Eve dinner at Joe and Melissa’s house. For New Year’s Eve, Teresa threw a big party that once again didn’t include Kathy and Rosie.
Prior to the party, Teresa actually called Jacqueline in an attempt to repair their friendship. Unbeknownst to Teresa, Jacqueline was hanging out with Kathy and Rosie at the time. When Kathy and Rosie yelled “hi” from the background, Teresa didn’t seem all that excited to hear from her cousins. In fact, she asked Jacqueline if she always answers her calls on speakerphone. In her confessional interview, Teresa said that she wasn’t expecting to talk to her cousins.
On Sunday night’s episode, everyone gathered together to celebrate Dolores Catania’s birthday, including Kathy, Rosie, and Teresa. Kathy and Rosie hugged Teresa and everyone toasted to “true friendships” and “new friendships.” Yet, it was clear that there was still tension between the cousins.
The preview for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 shows that while viewers will continue to see Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga support one another, viewers will also watch the friendship between Teresa and Jacqueline deteriorate. Viewers will also see Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri finally confront Teresa.
“What exactly did I do to you,” asks Rosie.
“Well we’re not cancer,” Kathy responds to Teresa after Teresa says that she wants to cut the cancer out of her life.
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