“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga stated she had an unusual experience filming the show’s upcoming season 13 reunion. While recording the May 11 episode of her podcast, “On Display With Melissa Gorga,” alongside her guest, celebrity hairstylist Justin Anderson, Gorga claimed that “there was so many weird accusations that came from, like, left field” made during the production of the reunion special, filmed on April 20, 2023. The 44-year-old, who joined the RHONJ cast in season 3, stated that she believes the accusations were made to deflect from other situations.
“I’m talking like [the accusations] sounded like they came from the sky, and then they were like thought up the night before, like ‘this is what’ — it was insane,” continued Gorga.
The reality television star also said the reunion, moderated by Bravo producer Andy Cohen, was not as organized as it has been in the past.
“There was a lot of deflecting going on where it’s like ‘wait this has nothing to do with anything that went on all season. Like can we discuss’ — usually you go through the cue cards, and it’s like ‘so this happened, so this happened, tell us your feelings, so this happened, why did you say this, why’ — there was none of that, just so you know. Zero, because it was just screaming and cursing, it was like — I’m being honest, a different reunion,” said the mother of three.
Gorga also stated that “it was so bizarre, some of the stuff” said during the season 13 reunion.
“Like bizarre, bizarre, I was like ‘wait huh?’ Like we’re just like — it was crazy,” said the “On Display” singer.
Andy Cohen Spoke About His Experience Filming the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Season 13 Reunion
Cohen made similar comments about the RHONJ season 13 reunion during the April 24 episode of his SiriusXM program, “Radio Andy.” The Bravo producer stated that “there was a ton of new allegations being made” at the reunion.
“There was a lot of new material to get into which was good, so we didn’t spend a ton of time rehashing the past. We leaned into a lot of the new stuff,” said Cohen.
The father of two stated Gorga and her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice had heated interactions with each other throughout the season 13 reunion. As fans of RHONJ are aware, Giudice has had an ongoing feud with her sister-in-law and her brother, Joe Gorga. Their relationship worsened after the couple decided to not go to the “Skinny Italian” author and her now-husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas’ wedding, held on August 6, 2022.
“The level I won’t even say vitriol, I will just say hate between Teresa and Melissa, it’s – I mean the gloves are off. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the way the two of them were going back and forth, it was that thing of neither wanted the other to have the last word in any petty fight,” stated Cohen.
The “Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up” author also disclosed that he “almost walked off at one point.” In addition, he stated that he snapped at Giudice during the production of the season 13 reunion.
“There was a moment where I turned to Teresa, I apologized to her later, I didn’t yell at her but I think I lost my s*** with her in a way that I haven’t maybe ever. I think it relates maybe to being a parent of a toddler,” quipped the 54-year-old.
Teresa Giudice Opened Up About Filming the Season 13 Reunion
Giudice shared her thoughts about the RHONJ season 13 reunion during the May 10 episode of her podcast “Namaste B$tches.” She stated that she feels “much more relaxed now that it’s over.”
“I got some stuff off my chest that I needed to get off my chest and that’s it and now just a new beginning,” said Giudice. “And that’s it, I put that in the past and sometimes you have to close out chapters.”
The mother of four shared that she is looking forward to watching the upcoming reunion.
“So glad it’s over and I’m here to put it behind me,” stated Giudice.