The biggest drama of BravoCon Day 2 wasn’t the mile-long restroom queues or more jostling general admission ticket holders, but the families of The Real Housewives of New Jersey engage in an all-out feud – from two separate panels. (One of which was moderated by The Daily Beast’s own Obsessed editor, Kevin Fallon.)
At opposite sides of New York’s Javits Center, “Jersey Ladies & Their Men” signs drew thousands of viewers eager to learn more about the state of the strained family relationship between RHONJ OG Teresa Giudice and her brother, Joe Gorga. When Gorga and his wife Melissa joined the show in Season 3, the siblings’ bad blood was put on. on display (very intentional pun) for the whole world to see.
For years, Teresa and Melissa had a public argument with Joe in the middle. But that long-standing fight has tempered in the show’s final seasons, with the sisters-in-law putting aside their differences to bring their families together.
But all that changed recently, when unfounded rumors of Melissa’s infidelity to Joe spread during the filming of RHONJthe upcoming thirteenth season. The gossip intensified an already contentious relationship over the show’s final two seasons, and Melissa and Joe ultimately decided not to attend Teresa’s lavish wedding, meaning they missed out on the hairstyle that touched the sky. . Perish the thought.
At the first “Jersey Ladies & Their Men” panel, Melissa and Joe were joined by fellow cast members and their husbands Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno, and Jackie Goldschneider with her husband Evan. When the BravoCon panels were first announced last monththe RHONJ the actors were all to be brought together in one panel. A few weeks later, news came that the cast had been split into two separate groups, fueling fan speculation that the change was due to Teresa, Melissa and Joe’s ongoing feud.
“We also found out by surprise,” Melissa Gorga told the audience about the panel separation during a question-and-answer session. “We were like, ‘Wait what happened?’ And we called the heads of Bravo, if we’re honest, and said, ‘Why are we splitting up?’ So I can tell you right now that it wasn’t at the request of the Gorgas. cowards and I could have sat here with everyone I don’t know if there were phone calls with anyone on the other side but this side was willing to come up here all together.
To a resounding echo of cheers throughout the duration of the panel, Joe Gorga further excited the audience when he jumped out of his seat. passionately defending himself and his wife. Although with a kind of strange analogy to nepotism. “If I get [a] construction work, and I have a cousin who does electricity, I give [them] work!” Gorga said. “Not that we have to compete, shit! We’re family…I’m sick of hearing this bullshit. help lift you up.
Leave it to Bravo fans to propel the drama.
An hour and a half later, during the second panel (the one brilliantly chaired by Fallon), an unruly audience turnout encouraged cast member Jennifer Aydin to weigh in on Melissa and Joe skipping the wedding. “I think they had to do what was best for them at the time,” Aydin said. “However, there will be a day – trust and believe – if not soon, one day he will regret not being there for his sister’s wedding.”
” You do not do not show up for the family,” Aydin continued. “It’s just a testament to the kind of family you are.”
With an over-enthusiastic audience cheering him on, Aydin also detailed their take on the panel split. “They’re holding on for life,” Aydin said of Melissa and Joe’s status as cast members on RHONJ. “They’re going to say whatever they need to say to keep them. We would have hosted a panel all together, because at the end of the day, we are all professionals and we are able to be cordial with each other.
Earlier in the day, on the first New Jersey panel, Joe Gorga put the potential resolution of the feud on his sister. “She’s the eldest in our family… and whatever she says, it’s fine. I did everything right, really. I love and respect her, and my wife has respect for her.
But Teresa Giudice had a different perspective. “Families shouldn’t act this way,” Giudice said. “They are my only family that I have here… he is my only brother. If you saw how my brother and I grew up, we were inseparable.
“When people get married, different blood comes into the family, things change,” Giudice continued. “…That’s what happened in our family, unfortunately. Fame and money ruined our family.
But Giudice ended on a (slightly) happier note. “My brother and Melissa are the ones who said they wanted the toxin removed, so they got what they wanted, and I wish them well.
Whether or not the Giudices and the Gorgas can bury the hatchet for the thousandth time – and come to terms with a few sprinkled cookies – is a question only they can answer in season 13 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey released in early 2023.