During the premiere episode of season 11, Teresa Giudice told everyone that she heard a rumor that Jackie’s husband, Evan Goldschneider, was cheating. Jackie eventually caught wind of the rumor and met up with Teresa at Margaret Josephs’ house to hash it out.
While attempting to get through to Teresa about how devasting it is to spread gossip with no proof, she put her foot in her mouth by making a poorly structured analogy.
Jackie compared Teresa spreading rumors about Evan cheating to her, claiming she “heard” a rumor about Gia Giudice “doing coke in the bathroom at parties.”
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In an interview with Us Weekly, Jackie explained why she doesn’t regret the comment.
“I wasn’t starting a rumor about Gia. I was giving an analogy, and I think almost everyone will see that’s an analogy,” she explained.
Adding, “The truth is there’s no one else in Teresa’s life that I can make her understand when you say something about someone you love whether or not it’s true – it hurts. You know, I don’t regret that because if I was saying something nasty about Gia, then I would regret it, but I was giving an analogy which was pretty clear to almost everyone.”
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Following Wednesday’s premiere, Jackie also defended herself on Twitter and insisted she NEVER claimed there was any truth to the statement.
“My analogy about Gia was simply an analogy – there was no truth to it, of course,” Jackie wrote.
“The rest of the cast understood this, which you’ll see in the coming weeks. The behavior at my husband’s birthday party is truly unfortunate – destroying a marriage and family is not entertainment,” she continued.
Season 11 of RHONJ airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.