Margaret Josephs addressed Melissa Gorga‘s ongoing feud with Teresa Giudice while promoting the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Thursday.
Months after the Gorgas infamously skipped Teresa’s wedding to Luis Ruelas, Margaret insisted the couple was “justified” in their decision as she looked back on something Teresa did on camera that was “very hurtful” to them and slammed Jennifer Aydin for being a complete hypocrite for her role in the drama.
“I know what happened at the season finale and I think it’s very unfortunate,” Margaret told E! News on February 2. “I know why Melissa and Joe were very upset and I think it was devastating. It’s very sad when this happens with families and I think Melissa and Joe are justified, truthfully, for not going to the wedding.”
“I think everybody’s going to see why,” she explained. “I think it makes sense and it’s sad.”
While Margaret couldn’t spoil the Gorgas’ storyline with Teresa, she confirmed Jennifer brought up cheating rumors against Melissa on the show — despite her criticism of Margaret’s decision to expose Bill Aydin‘s affair on season 12.
“I think it shows her level of hypocrisy of that I said something that was actually true, and if she was so devastated, it hurt her children, and then the following season she brings up something that’s nothing even based on anything valid. She doesn’t think about anybody’s kids but her own. I think it’s distasteful and speaks about a lot of who she is,” Margaret stated.
Although sources have claimed it was Teresa who “pushed” for the rumor to come out, Margaret said she doesn’t believe Teresa spread false claims on camera before addressing her season 13 reconciliation with the longtime cast member.
“[We] got along pretty well during the season,” Margaret noted. “I was shocked because after I had left the reunion I said there was really no hope for us, that I could be cordial to her. I thought our relationship was really severed for good.”
According to Margaret, she was shocked when Teresa invited her to her home for lunch at the start of season 13.
“She wanted to meet with me and make up. [But] I wanted to make sure it was sincere. I said it would be baby steps and she assured me it was sincere,” Margaret recalled. “I thought we had some good heart to hearts, but right now I don’t think it’s as good.”
“I think she vacillates very easily and I’m not like that,” Margaret added, hinting she and Teresa are no longer in a good place.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 premieres on Tuesday, February 7, at 9/8c on Bravo.