The Real Housewives of New Jersey is probably one of the most entertaining series of Bravo’s crown jewel franchise. Sure, each series has its moments, but we’d be lying if we told you that Teresa Giudice turning a table during an adult tantrum wasn’t the best thing on TV since the moon landing.
The key to their success is that many of the RHONJ women are related either by blood or marriage. The two longest-running cast members, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga, are sisters-in-law through Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga.
They have seen each other through many things, including Teresa Giudice’s stint in prison, her husband Joe Giudice’s sentence, his deportation to Italy, and their subsequent divorce. We’ve had our fights, and we’ve had our fights with other co-stars, and while we seem to be close, families can be complicated.
RHONJ: Teresa And Melissa Have A Complicated Friendship
According to Teresa Giudice, it was hard for her and Melissa Gorga to ever get along with The Real Housewives of New Jersey because it started the wrong way. Apparently Melissa Gorga – who started in season 3 – did it without telling her sister-in-law. “Well, unfortunately, it was a sad thing for me in this whole show, not just the legal stuff, but the family stuff,” Teresa Giudice explained in November 2019, by The Sun. “My family came to the show, behind my back, and that was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me.
That caused a lot of tension between the sisters. The viewers saw it playing first-hand over the seasons. But it’s all good now. With everything Teresa Giudice has been through in the show, her sister-in-law sitting behind her back in the cast is the least of her worries.
Jennifer Aydin confirmed so much on a Watch What Happens Live appearance in February 2020, “I think they certainly got along better than they ever did,” she said. “But they’re not best friends, to be honest,” she added, agreeing with Melissa Gorga. “Do we love each other? Are we family? Yes,” Melissa Gorga explained. “But would I raise my hand and say, “Let’s be best friends? I don’t know. And I don’t know if she would.” Sounds complicated.