Teresa Giudice has no plans to leave the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey amid her family feud with brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. In fact, she feels she “[needs]” to return to the show.
While looking ahead to the new season, Teresa pointed out that she “started the show” as she spoke of season 14 and confirmed that her husband, Luis Ruelas, is starting a new company while also discussing her drama with the Gorgas.
“They know exactly what they’re doing. Read between the lines,” Teresa told Extra during a May 23 interview. “Did you see them at the finale? I was like, ‘Please, I know what you’re doing. You want attention.’ I’m not giving it to them, and I just walked away.”
According to Teresa, she wasn’t the one who started the season 13 rumor that accused Melissa of cheating, and she had “nothing to do with it.” So, when it came to the Gorgas’ decision to skip her and Luis’ wedding, Teresa said it “was very sad.”
“I bent over backwards… I asked her to be in my wedding. I asked my nephew to be in my wedding. Then they got upset that I didn’t ask the mom to come. And I bent over backwards. I’m like, ‘I’ll invite her.’ I tried everything!” Teresa insisted.
“Here’s the happiest time of my life, and listen, I’ve been through a lot. Not that I need anybody to feel sorry for me. But my brother knows what I’ve been through, and his wife. I was just so happy. The only thorn in my side were them two, and it’s so sad — it’s my only family,” she continued.
While Luis admitted it was “hard” and “uncomfortable” going through their family drama on television, he denied being serious about his threat to “bury” the Gorgas.
“No, not like that,” he stated. “It was just frustrating because we’re getting married that day, and I looked at my phone, and I saw what they were doing. And it’s a shame. They’re berating us, they’re making fun, bantering with Teresa. It just wasn’t fair.”
As for if she’ll be back for season 14, Teresa didn’t hesitate.
“Hello, I started the show… I need to come back. I have four daughters — one’s going to law school,” she noted. “I have no idea [who will return]. I don’t even know if I’m coming back! I don’t know if I’m locked in! I gotta check with my lawyer.”
Meanwhile, during an interview with Bravo on May 25, Teresa opened up about Luis’ new business with his eldest son.
“Louie, my husband, and my stepson [Louie Jr.], they’re starting a new company called Men of Legacy… They’re going to be helping fathers and sons that don’t have a good relationship to have a better relationship,” Teresa shared, confirming Louie Jr. is taking a step back from his college education to focus on the business.
“They’re building a whole [podcast studio] — which I think is done any day now… in one of the garages [and] it looks beautiful,” she continued.
And now that her own podcast, Namaste B$tches, has reached “a million downloads,” Teresa is looking forward to seeing the same success with her newly-launched cooking show, which premiered after her and Luis’ wedding special last week.
As RHONJ fans may recall, Teresa first shared the news of her cooking show in April on her Instagram Story.
“I can’t wait for you guys to watch it, subscribe, and learn how to cook. It’s so simple and easy! Cook with love, and cook with me,” she announced at the time.
The three-part Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 reunion begins Tuesday, May 30, at 8/7c on Bravo.
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