‘Real Housewives’ Blowout Timeline: Documenting the Melissa-Teresa-Jacqueline Drama

/ October 3, 2011

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Though there was plenty of drama on last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, there was even more unfolding over the weekend as filming got underway on the show’s upcoming fourth season.

Of course, those with normal lives try to relax and stay away from the Internet on weekends. So, just in case you’re one of the lucky ones who fall under this bracket, Celebuzz is here to catch you up with a timeline of The Real Housewives’ latest scandal, in which castmember Melissa Gorga has been accused of being stripper in an apparent set-up by her co-star (not to mention sister-in-law) Teresa Giudice. Oh, and Jacqueline Laurita might have quit the show.

Are the rumors true? Below, get a rundown of every accusation and denial between Wednesday and this morning.

9/28 - New Jersey castmember Jacqueline Laurita posts a number of feverish Tweets, confirming she did not attend the season 3 reunion. She also implies that she has quit the show. “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.”

9/28 - Jacqueline calms down, tweeting, “Ok,I’m pulling back.I’m not going there.I was impulsive.It’s behind & beneath me.Too Unimportant.My life is good now.”

9/28 - Jacqueline’s co-star, Teresa Guidice, tweets: “The rumors are getting ridiculous. Let’s get this straight: I LOVE my WHOLE family. Would never do anything to hurt them.”

9/30 - The Huffington Post publishes a report alleging that Melissa was ambushed by the boss from “the strip club she used to work at” while cameras were rolling at a fashion event earlier in the week. A distraught Melissa allegedly hid from her alleged past, leaving Teresa to listen to the boss’ side of the story. (Teresa eventually told the boss to leave, according to the report.)

9/30 – Melissa publishes a post on her blog in which she claims the rumors that she was once a stripper are “100 percent not true.” She adds: “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 then takes it a step further by accusing “someone” of “desperately” trying 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.” (In the initial report by The Huffington Post, an insider claimed that producers made Teresa talk to the former boss so that he could get his side of the story on camera, to which Bravo denied.)

9/30 - Melissa’s former manager, Larry Guarino of Lookers Gentleman’s Club, defends Gorga’s blog post, telling US Weekly, “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.” In that same report, a source confirms Teresa was in on the set-up.

10/2 - On Twitter, Jacqueline alleges that Teresa plotted the whole thing. “Teresa told me that ‘rumor’ about Melissa when she first started the show,” she tweeted. “She wanted her out then. She plotted it. She played dumb on camera and even defended Melissa.” According to US Weekly, she added, “There is even a lot more to the story that will eventually come out. She’s no good and yes…she has stabbed me in the back plenty of times. I’m not so forgiving anymore.”

Well, there you have it, Housewives fans. Whose side are you on? Do you believe Melissa and Jacqueline or Teresa? Sound off in the comments below.