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Friday, September 3, 2010

Bravo Filming The Gorga's Already

Article from the NY Post.

Hey Teresa: be careful what you wish for.

Now that despised Danielle Staub has been axed from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," the show has recruited new cast member Melissa Gorga -- hothead Teresa Giudice's sister-in-law and bitter enemy.

There's apparently no love lost between rivals Teresa and Melissa, who's married to Teresa's kid brother, Giuseppe Gorga.

While the profligate Teresa and hubby Joe are bankrupt and fending off creditors, Melissa and Giuseppe -- a former landscaper who segued into real estate development -- are living the good life in their $4 million mansion in tony Montville, NJ.

NEW GIRL: Meet Melissa Gorga: She's married to "Housewife of NJ" Teresa's brother Giuseppe (left).

Bravo cameras have been filming Melissa, Giuseppe and their three young kids (two boys and a girl) for several weeks now, according to radaronline -- which quotes an insider as saying, "Teresa and Melissa don't get along . . . They don't speak."

How great is that?
Melissa, in fact, was said to be peeved that Teresa put the kibosh on allowing Antonia -- Melissa's daughter -- to ride in a limo with her cousin Gia to Gia's birthday party, which aired last season.

Can you say "dysfunctional family"?
The dark-haired, statuesque Melissa has been married to Giuseppe for six years and was his secretary when he ran his landscaping business. She recently gave birth to their second son.

The Gorgas sold their Franklin Lakes home for $2.5 million in 2006, and their 13,500-square-foot, 16-room Montville estate is said to be twice the size of Teresa and Joe's Towaco McMansion -- perhaps adding to materialistic Teresa's angst.
It's not clear when Giuseppe gave up landscaping for real estate, but he's obviously found a lot of success -- and some trouble -- in his second career.

According to a July 21, 2006 article in The Herald News, which covers Passaic County, Giuseppe coughed up $57,000 for two vacant lots in a rundown section of Paterson, NJ as part of the city's Redevelopment Plan.
But things went awry when contractors stopped showing up to build the houses -- leaving them partially constructed.
Neighbors described the two houses as "crack houses, outhouses and flophouses for users, squatters and hookers."

A Bravo rep would only say yesterday that the "Housewives of NJ" will return next season.

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