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Joe and Melissa Gorga Say Teresa Giudice Owes Them a ‘Thank You’ for Participating in Prison Special With Joe Giudice

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There seems to be more bad blood between the Gorgas and Giudices than any Bravo fan ever could have imagined.

Joe and Melissa Gorga are still holding a grudge against Teresa Giudice following the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 12 reunion.

The reality TV couple recently appeared together on an episode of Melissa’s ‘On Display’ podcast, where they did a deep dive into their issues with Teresa.

According to Melissa and Joe, Teresa owes them a thank you for her prison special, Teresa Checks In. The two believe that the only reason Teresa and her ex-husband Joe Giudice could have her spinoff show was because of them.

To start, Melissa and Joe said that Teresa should be happy they joined RHONJ because they ultimately helped keep the franchise going while she was in prison and gave her a show to come back to.

“I couldn’t imagine my sister not being happy that I was here or calling me a b-tch,” Melissa of Teresa’s reaction to her joining RHONJ during season 3.

She then turned to Joe and noted that it was history repeating itself.

“It’s a shame because your father did this with his sister, and it’s kind of like, history repeating itself, and it’s extremely sad,” she added.

“When [Teresa] got out [of prison], we were able to cast all of these new people. We kept the core of the show going. It would have just turned into the show that she had for three episodes, which Joe Giudice did on his own,” Melissa said.

“You’re being too nice,” Joe quipped.

He explained: “How about ‘Thank you?’ Because when she was in prison, Joe [Giudice] wasn’t working at all either. So they had no income. If we weren’t on the show, their kids would not still be living in that house and have food and have whatever they had.”

Melissa added, “Joe Giudice needed to make money on that show (special), and he needed someone to film with, and here we were – we jumped in so that the Teresa went to prison special was able to be made because he had us to bounce off of.”

When it comes to what Joe and Melissa would have done if roles were reversed and they joined RHONJ before Teresa, Joe said,  “You know what I would do? I would bring my entire family in, my family, your family, because let’s make this show great as a family. Let’s all capitalize on family. Not, ‘I don’t want you on the show.’ Look at the Kardashians.”

As for why he walked off the RHONJ season 12 reunion set, Joe confessed, “Twelve years later, I just saw that hate. She’s got like this anger and this hate for us, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m done. I want off.’”

Part three of the RHONJ season 12 reunion airs Tuesday, May 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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