“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dolores Catania’s boyfriend of two years, Paul “Paulie” Connell, shared information about the Bravo franchise’s upcoming 14th season during a September 2023 interview with Page Six. While speaking to the publication, the businessman mentioned that Luis “Louie” Ruelas, who wed Teresa Giudice in 2022, has continued starring in the series for season 14.
When asked how Ruelas has been “fitting in” with the male RHONJ cast members, Connell replied, “The energy is a little different at this moment.” He shared, however, that he believes Ruelas will be able to mend his relationships with his co-stars. As fans are aware, Giudice’s brother, Joe Gorga, his wife Melissa Gorga, Frank Catania, Margaret Josephs, and John Fuda took issue with Ruelas after he claimed that private investigator Bo Dietl looked into the RHONJ cast on his behalf during the show’s 13th season reunion special. Ruelas and Dietl eventually stated that his claim was untrue.
“I think it’s going to make itself work around,” shared Connell.
The Eco Electrical Services LLC CEO also revealed he did not have an issue with the father of two.
“I’m an everybody fan,” stated the Irish native.
Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas Spoke About Becoming a Cast Member on RHONJ
Ruelas discussed joining the RHONJ cast during a May 2023 interview on “Sherri,” alongside Giudice. He shared he was unprepared to have conflicts with certain RHONJ stars. The reality television personality stated, however, that he was not surprised when his wife’s castmates “came for” him in RHONJ season 13.
“They are fighting for my wife’s seat so they have to, if they are not going to go after her, they are going after me. I’m next in line,” said Ruelas.
Giudice agreed with her husband’s assessment, stating, “They can’t come for me so of course they go for my honey.”
“And then I was like, ‘No you aren’t doing that,’” continued the 51-year-old.
While recording the September 20 episode of her podcast, “Namaste B$tches,” Giudice stated that she would have chosen to keep Ruelas off RHONJ for longer. According to the mother of four, her estranged brother mentioned she had begun dating Ruelas in the summer of 2020, and that is why he began appearing on RHONJ during season 12.
“[Joe Gorga] introduced him on the show, he, like, opened his big mouth and told everybody about him. But I was trying to keep him on the down-low, you know, of course always using me as a storyline, you know. But I didn’t want to tell people about Louie because I wanted us to have some private time alone, and I wanted to ease him into this, slowly, because it’s not for everyone,” said Giudice.
Teresa Giudice Discussed Filming RHONJ Season 14
Giudice mentioned filming RHONJ season 14 in the September 20 episode of her podcast, “Namaste B$tches.” She suggested she was frustrated that some of her castmates have taken to social media to share images taken during the production of the upcoming season.
“I don’t like to post the cameramen, like, it used to be — I’m old school — it used to be like you are not supposed to show that. Everyone else doesn’t follow the rules, and everyone else likes to post the cameras and show that we are filming,” said the “Skinny Italian” author.
The reality television personality shared similar comments in the September 6 “Namaste B$tches” episode.
“A lot of people from the cast are posting pictures with the cameras behind them. At least I try to be discreet and I don’t do that, but other people on my cast want to make sure they put it out there that we are filming,” stated the RHONJ star.