At 6 a.m. on Friday morning, a fleet of cars arrived at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City carrying the cast of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" to tape their reunion show. It wasn’t until 10 p.m. that same evening that the ladies finally emerged from the hotel, looking exhausted and not very happy.
Taping started with Teresa Giudice, Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga on one couch and Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita on the other. However, after Teresa refused to acknowledge the family members sitting behind her, literally turning her back on them, production staffers rearranged the cast.
“It was four against one, with Teresa being the odd one out. Everyone lost it, but it was Jaqueline's and Melissa’s response to Teresa bringing up accusations saying they were once strippers that started the biggest fights,” one insider tells me. “Caroline is so over Teresa that she couldn’t even be bothered to fight that hard. She raised her voice several times, but it was nothing compared to Jacqueline."
One of the funniest moments of the taping was when Caroline’s daughter, Lauren Manzo, picked random words from Teresa’s blog and asked her what they meant. Teresa’s responses caused many to laugh and wonder who actually writes her blog.
“Kathy went crazy when Teresa brought up her father that has passed away,” a cast member tells me. “Joe Giudice, Teresa's husband, said he paid dearly for calling his wife the 'C-word' on camera, after which he bought her new jewelry. But overall nothing new was said, and old stories were rehashed over and over again. Teresa even brought up old cast member Danielle Staub and her relationship with Melissa once again.”
“If it was bad between all the ladies and Teresa before going into the taping, it was worse by the time filming had ended,” one source close to production tells me. ”At this point, producers are not even trying to make them all get along, they know its over. I’m sure they are going to be looking for a new cast member for Teresa to film with because at this point she will be taping all her scenes alone.”