Much of what comes out of the mouth of Teresa Giudice, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, isn't always credible, or understandable for that matter ("ingredientses"?). But when it comes to knowing her value to the show, she speaks the truth -- she's the real star.
Or at least that's what sources say she says. And "knowing" Teresa like we do, they're probably right.
A source told Reality Tea:
Teresa gloats at the fact Melissa [Gorga] is nothing more than a cast member. She isn’t the break out star she thought she would be. Teresa feels that Melissa is just one big joke. Teresa is out and about at appearances and book signings and Melissa is singing at Great Adventure.
And like her and her big ego or not, she's right. Would you watch RHONJ without Teresa? That would be a big negative, because even if YOU might, most people wouldn't, and therefore there would be no show to watch.
Teresa may not be nice, but damn if she doesn't make for some good TV. There's no way that any of the others could carry the show. Caroline Manzo has just turned into a big, annoying grump; Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile are simply too nice; and Melissa Gorga is ... Melissa Gorga. I go between liking her and being annoyed by her, but the fact is she could leave the show, and no one would really miss her. This apparently burns Melissa up as she thought her own brilliant personality would make her the big star. But she was wrong.
Melissa's alleged plan isn't really working out the way she had hoped. Teresa is still really popular and the main focus of the show.
It's unique really to the New Jersey Housewives too, as I can't think of another city that's so dependent on one star. Most of them have plenty of players in the drama game, but not so with the Garden State. And Teresa is smart to know her worth and capitalize on it, haters be damned.
"Teresa loves that the past 2 seasons revolve around her," the source continued. "It doesn't matter if people are talking good or bad. It's still all about her."
And unless Bravo brings back Danielle Staub (Please Andy Cohen, please!) or finds some hot new blood to bring on and stir things up, it's always going to be.
Do you think Teresa Giuidce is the real star of RHONJ? Would you watch if she wasn't on the show?
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