RHONJ Drama: Kathy Wakile Shades Melissa Gorga

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Kathy Wakile, the RHONJ star, is throwing some shade! To be honest, who knew RHONJ Kathy Wakile had it in her! LOL.

The Bravo alum shaded her former co-star and cousin-in-law Melissa Gorga‘s need to do anything to stay in the spotlight and on the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

According to Kathy, she wasn’t willing to change her reality to remain on RHONJ like Melissa and hubby Joe Gorga did.

The Gorgas and the Wakiles both joined RHONJ during season three. Both joined the show behind the back of Teresa Giudice, who starred on the show since its premiere in 2009.

While Melissa and Joe remain on the show, the Wakiles were kicked to the curb by Bravo after season 5. Kathy did appear on seasons 6 and 7 as a friend of the Housewives.

If you’re wondering why Kathy is all of the sudden throwing shade at Melissa there’s a very logical explanation.

The mom of three recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she addressed her relationship with Kathy.

During the appearance, Melissa gushed about Kathy and her sister Rosie Pierri. She also insisted that she and Joe only pulled away from Kathy and her family to please Teresa.

I think we [do regret pulling away from Kathy and Rosie. Joe always thinks about that as well. I think he did that for her when she got out of prison and she thought that was her next step and he wanted to please her, but you can see him in that scene. He was very uncomfortable and it’s the only family he has and we love Kathy and Rosie and I’m sad that we don’t have them.

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Oddly enough this contradicts a prior statement made about her fallout with the Wakiles. In 2018 Melissa claimed the Wakiles were “sour” that they were no longer on RHONJ alongside the Gorgas.

“Look, I know they are a little sour about not being on the show any longer, and it’s unfortunate, to be honest. I wish them all well. I love the Wakile children.”

Likewise, Kathy is now the one firing back at Melissa.

In a comment on Instagram, Kathy explained that she’s not going to pretend or rehearse a storyline to be on RHONJ. She also threw shade at certain people getting “caught up” in the fame.

Kathy said:

My problem is I never rehearse what I’m about to say, like a lot of people do so sometimes when I’m trying to get my point across I fumble with the right words. In short – “my reality” is what I signed up for. I wasn’t changing that to make a “good story” or “good TV” like many do.

She continued:

After being on a reality show for a while many people get caught up in that life and want/need to stay in that world so they manufacture “reality” to be interesting. I wouldn’t do that. I am me, I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten wiser, I’ve grown and I keep learning each day is a blessing.


The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on Bravo.

Thoughts on Kathy’s comment? Sound off in the comments!

 Kathy Wakile threw shade at Melissa Gorga because she believes Melissa and her husband Joe Gorga changed their reality and did whatever it took to stay on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, while Kathy was not willing to do the same.

The Wakiles were kicked off RHONJ after season 5 by Bravo. However, Kathy did make appearances as a friend of the Housewives in seasons 6 and 7.

In 2018, Melissa Gorga claimed that the Wakiles were “sour” about no longer being on RHONJ alongside the Gorgas. However, she expressed her love for the Wakile children and wished them well.

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