Traci Lynn Johnson wasn’t one to bite her tongue as she navigated joining the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
So, it’s not surprising that she has, even more to say as season 12 wraps.
The reality TV newbie recently opened up about her time on RHONJ. She also shared her thoughts on some of the dynamics within the cast.
While Traci wasn’t scared to go head-to-head with Teresa Giudice throughout season 12 that wasn’t always the case. Traci admits that she was a bit nervous about encountering the RHONJ OG at the beginning of the season.
“I think in the beginning, I was a little hesitant to ever really speak my mind to Teresa because she does come off very aggressive,” Traci admitted to Us Weekly on April 23. “But the further along in filming I got, I realized she has a lot of bark but not a lot of bites. And the worse she can usually do is yell at you.”
Speaking of Teresa, Traci says she wasn’t a fan of Teresa’s antics during the cast trip to Nashville. She noted that Teresa isn’t someone she would usually associate herself with in real life.
“I didn’t see it coming. Quite honestly, I don’t think I ever would have anticipated an almost 50-year-old woman clearing a table of drinks at someone. That just isn’t people I associate myself with. And what Marge was saying wasn’t something that warranted that reaction,” Traci quipped.
“It’s just another example of a Teresa-ism in her life where she gets to make the rules and not play by them,” she continued. “My husband’s not allowed to ask her boyfriend a question that’s happening in real-time, yet she can look up 12-year-old fake news articles about me and try to talk about it.”
Traci was also shocked by the ladies’ inability to let things go.
“I was very shocked to see that you think you’re okay one day, and then two weeks later, the same thing gets brought up again, and I’m kind of sitting back going, ‘I thought we resolved that two weeks ago. I still go back to Teresa being mad at me for things my husband asked her boyfriend. To me, I’m still to this day confused at why you’re mad at me for something my husband did, but you’re not mad at him,” she explained.
Another hot topic Traci shared her feelings on was Teresa’s daughter Gia Giudice. Gia, who normally stays out of the drama on the show, found herself entrenched in a family feud with her Uncle Joe Gorga.
While Traci is all for Gia sharing her feelings, she doesn’t believe Gia should be disrespectful to her Uncle.
“I think Gia has every right to state her opinion to her uncle, but I think at the end of the day, she has to remember she’s 21-years-old and her uncle has been there for her since the day she was born. So have a little respect, too,” Traci confessed.
The three-part reunion begins on May 3 at 8 p.m. ET.