The upcoming RHONJ reunion is going to be a wild ride for Bravo fans and the New Jersey Housewives alike as Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga duke it out in their most intense reunion showdown ever.
Because of the current feud between Melissa and Teresa, their co-star Dolores Catania admits that she’s not looking forward to attending the reunion. In fact, Dolores says she’s “afraid” about what will go down between the sisters-in-law after their most recent fallout in August 2022.
“On a good day, we have anxiety about the reunion,” Dolores tells HollywoodLife. “Anxiety is one thing, [but] I’m actually afraid.”
The RHONJ cast has been divided since long before season 13 premiered on Bravo in February 2022. This divide among the cast began when Joe and Melissa Gorga‘s decision to skip Teresa’s wedding to Louie Ruelas after a big fight between the sisters-in-law and their men at the season 13 finale party.
“I think that this [new feud] was a culmination of years of buildup, and it all came to a head, unfortunately, right before [Teresa’s] wedding. And we just wish that that didn’t happen,” Dolores said.
The fight, which will air on Bravo later this season, started over a rumor that Melissa cheated on Joe. Teresa and Jennifer Aydin learned about the rumor before the season 12 reunion from Margaret Josephs‘ former best friend Laura Lee Jensen. The tea is that the rumor came to light at the finale party, and all hell broke loose between the Giudices and Gorgas. However, a source close to RHONJ previously told AllAboutTRH that Louie gave Joe a heads-up about the rumor before filming for season 13 commenced.
On top of that, Margaret recently revealed that the entire RHONJ cast knew about the rumor before the season 12 reunion.
“She met with them a year ago,” Marge told E! News in February about her former friend’s meeting with Jennifer and Teresa. “She met with them before the last reunion – it wasn’t during the season. It was funny [that] she and Jennifer held it. I knew [they knew].”
“They tried to bring it up last reunion [which] I believe [is] comical because they couldn’t. We all knew Dolores, Melissa, and I, and we cut them off,” she added.
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Meanwhile, the bad blood between Teresa and Melissa has been so bad since they wrapped filming for season 13 that the RHONJ panel at Bravo 2022 had to be split into two parts so Melissa and Teresa could be kept apart.
The upcoming season 13 reunion will be the first time Melissa and Teresa will be face-to-face since their spat at the finale party in August.
While it’s clear where Melissa and Teresa will go from here, Dolores isn’t even sure they can be in the same room with each other without causing chaos.
“All of us on the show — let’s face it — have to cohabitate with each other to an extent, right? Me and Jennifer [Aydin] had to make up. You have to move on from things to an extent and kind of live together — we travel the world together. We spend every day together. We do vacations together — short trips [like at the] Jersey Shore. We’re staying in the same houses. We’re at the same parties. Something has to give here. Something. To what extent? I don’t know.”
Dolores also tells Yahoo’s In The Know that she found herself in a sticky situation while filming season 13 of RHONJ because she’s longtime friends with both Teresa and the Gorgas.
“There’s so much hurt going on here, and there’s so much behind-the-scenes going on. And I think it’s nastier and uglier than it’s ever been.”
As for why she hasn’t taken a side like some of her RHONJ castmates, Dolores says, “So now it’s coming to the point where it hasn’t been easy amongst the women for them to not feel some type of way about me that I’m not jumping on either side.”
Dolores adds that her goal is to remain loyal to both parties.
“But not now and not ever do I let somebody else dictate how I handle things,” she continued. “It’s never been easy to not pick a side because of what people say to me. And to be honest, I don’t really care what someone thinks or what someone says. And that’s how I maintain it.”
Ultimately, Dolores believes that it is time for Teresa and the Gorgas to part ways for good until they can find peace and stop feuding.
“I just think it’s time for them to really part ways,” Dolores said on the February 7 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “I don’t want that… but if there’s no peace in their life being together, then I think it’s time.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Tuesdays at 9 pm on Bravo.