Amber Marchese recently appeared on the #NoFilter with Zack Peter podcast and the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star was completely unfiltered as she dished about her time on Bravo.
In the interview, Amber talks about her time on RHONJ and the reasoning behind her exit.
Amber also gave her two cents on her former RHONJ co-stars including but not limited to the “ruthless” Teresa Giudice, “underwhelming” Melissa Gorga, and “very sweet” Jacqueline Laurita.
Let’s jump into this VERY juicy interview!
As any OG RHONJ fan knows, it wasn’t Amber who caused the drama during her time on the show. Instead, it was Amber’s husband Jim Marchese who stirred the pot and made fans blood boil.
According to Amber, she and Jim knew “we were getting f–ked…from the beginning” which is why Jim didn’t care. Adding, that producers “would’ve found a way to make him look bad” no matter what Jim did.
“He would never take direction and orders from anybody! Like, they would, production — The problem with production is that production had an idea of where they’re going with their storyline from the beginning,” Amber insisted.
Adding, “Even though we knew we were getting f*cked right from the beginning like right out of the gate, we knew there was nothing we could do about it. There was nothing we could say. Jim could be seriously feeding the hungry, like, with his bare hands, and they would’ve found a way to make him look bad. And that’s just the way it is.”
Amber also says she knew she was going to be fired from RHONJ when everyone in the cast turned on her and Jim.
“When everyone started going against us. And, like, all of the sudden I wasn’t able to film with anybody. I couldn’t defend myself,” she claimed.
She continued, “You know, the twins were mad at me. I was like, I don’t even understand why they’re mad at me? Like, there was so many weird things going on. I know the twins were working with Melissa, you know. And then Teresa was, you know, working against —you know, trying to be my friend, but yet working behind the cameras to screw me over. I just knew that I was literally at one point on a island by myself and I had no allies whatsoever. The minute I felt like I had no ally, I knew it was over for me.”
Turns out Jim threatening to sue Bravo’s parent company NBC didn’t help Amber’s position on RHONJ. In fact, Amber believes Jim’s threat solidified her firing.
“Jim made it very known to them that they were not going to go forward and there was actually supposed to be a lawsuit that Jim like, he did a preliminary lawsuit, went into NBC, and then once that happened, they were like not going to go forward with us, we weren’t going forward with them and that was that,” Amber revealed.
As for her overall thoughts on RHONJ, Amber calls the show the “fakest universe that ever existed.”
She explained, “It’s so difficult to be yourself on that show because you’re put in these certain circumstances that you would never be in, right? Like, I just got attacked down in the basement, I’m certainly not going to go hang out and go get bagels and coffee with you the next day. It ain’t happening! You know, I would be like, ‘You’re a f*cking psycho! I’m pressing charges against you because you attacked me. You invited me over and then you attacked me. Like, they’re just nuts. This is insanity. But you can’t, you have to show up the next day at work… It was the fakest, realist world/alternate universe that ever existed.”
Meanwhile, Amber also shared her feeling about some of her most polarizing RHONJ c0-stars.
According to Amber, RHONJ OG Teresa Giudice is “ruthless” behind the scenes. Amber says Teresa will do “anything and everything” to keep her position on the show.
“I know that Teresa did a lot of stuff behind the cameras, against the twins. You know, that whole storyline with the mom and — you know, that really creepy thing with the mom and Reno. Remember that? Yeah. [Teresa’s] the one that brought that all out. She was the one, but then sat there, like acting surprised like she just heard that for the first time ever. That was a bunch of sh*t. That was a crock of sh*t. She absolutely knew where we were going. We were going to Long Island, we were going out there so that blonde can tell me the story and bring it all out on-camera. So, she knows how to play the game. She knows how to be ruthless. She will do anything and everything that she has to do to keep her position on the show,” Amber claimed.
When it comes to her former real-life friend Melissa Gorga, Amber says, “Her personality in general is, you know, it’s underwhelming.”
Not surprisingly, Amber praised former RHONJ star, Jacqueline Laurita.
Amber said, “She is as real as you get. She’s very sweet, very kind. I, and — the fact that she can get any bad edit always amazes me because she is — what you see is what you get! She’s a good person… The whole thing just brings out the worst in everybody!”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in late 2020 or early 2021.