The whole controversy began when Teresa went to the Posche Fashion Show and pulled her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, aside and asked her about the stripper rumors.
During the RHONJ reunion, the cast accused Teresa and Posche Fashion owner Kim D. of setting up Melissa for an embarrassing confrontation with Melissa’s former boss, Angelo Vrohidis. But, Teresa tells RumorFix correspondent Real Mr. Housewife exclusively that she’s the real victim, “I feel like I was set up. I never said Melissa was a stripper because I don’t know if she was.”
She’s shocked that Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita would even say that. “I felt like I was set up,” she tells us. “If you really watch closely, Jacqueline is texting the whole time. Did you see Jacqueline’s face? She looked so contrived and calculated and kept texting with someone. You’ll see a lot of things revealed at the reunion show. Kim D says that she spoke to Jacqueline every day for an hour and a half on the phone. So to me that says a lot. Jacqueline definitely knew what was going on.”
Teresa says, of course, she’s heard the stripper rumors, “but I never said that she was. I wouldn’t say that she was even if she was. She’s been in my family for seven years now and that’s not something I wanted to put out there, because I do have four daughters. It’s not my style. I’m old school. My parents are off the boat. I’m first generation. It’s not something I would want to put out there, because I didn’t know for sure.”
Teresa tells us, she wasn’t even going to bring up the rumors — but felt she had to when she saw Angelo at the fashion show.
“I confronted her because I had to tell her what happened because this guy approached me in the salon,” Teresa said.”After he came to the fashion show, Melissa said she knew him and he looked familiar to Kathy [Wakile]. Then I thought ‘Now I need to tell her what this guy said to me at the salon.’ If he didn’t come to the fashion show, I would have never told her or I would have told her the next day off-camera. Because he came up to her at the fashion show and Melissa said she knew him, I was like, ‘Oh my god this guy might be telling the truth, so let me tell her what he said.’ I was questioning it too.”
Teresa cleared up one more editing snafu by Bravo producers. While it looked like she went back inside to continue partying after the event, she says, “I didn’t go back inside. That was the beginning. When I was saying ‘Hi’ to everyone, that was the beginning, but I guess they ended up putting that afterward.”
Come back Thursday to find out Teresa’s side of what Melissa claimed happened on Wendy Williams, what Teresa thinks the biggest misconception about Melissa is, and what Teresa has to say about Kathy’s sister, Rosie, and Danielle Staub.