Melissa Gorga: I Was Never a Stripper Before Housewives!
Quicker than you can say "allegedly," Real Housewives of New Jersey newcomer Melissa Gorga -- as well as some fellow castmates -- are fighting back against a report that Melissa had previously worked as a stripper long before her Housewives days.
The initial report on The Huffington Post claimed that Gorga was set up during an episode of RHONJ, during which her former boss from "the strip club she used to work at" randomly showed up at a fashion show, causing Gorga to hide so as to not expose her past. Gorga, however, says that the report is wholly inaccurate, saying on her blog:
As everyone knows we are filming season 4 so there is not too much I can confirm, but there is one thing that I would like to clarify...the accusation that I was once a dancer at a strip club. This is 100% NOT TRUE. I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. SORRY, no bubbies there.
She goes on to say that people have "a better chance at seeing some nudity on the episode this Sunday."
Her former boss at Lookers, Larry Guarino, backed up Gorga's claims, telling Us: "She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time ... Lookers was really upscale then too; it wasn't like she was bartending in some hole in the wall."
Gorga then goes on to point a finger at Teresa Giudice, who the initial report says tried to intervene at the fashion show which the incident stemmed from. Melissa, who has had very public issues with Giudice on the show, says that "someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production."
While Teresa has stayed mum on Twitter in reaction to the drama, Gorga's castmate Jacqueline Laurita has not been having an easy time with the massive blow-up. She said this week: "I can't be part of the Charade anymore.It's unsettling. It's disturbing & against what I stand for. I'm a REAL housewife." Later, after the emotions settled, she calmed down and wrote: "I'm pulling back.I'm not going there.I was impulsive.It's behind & beneath me.Too Unimportant.My life is good now."