Teresa Giudice injected the authentic into a explosive RHONJ reunion.
Teresa Giudice brought her A-game to the reunion of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” — but immediately reverted to mom mode, sources said.
On Thursday, the 48-year-old reality diva taped a “very volatile” recap of the season with the entire cast, getting into the most heated exchanges with Jackie Goldschneider, with whom she already had a strained relationship after a season of name-calling and rumor-spreading.
“Neither Teresa nor Jackie disappointed,” the insider said. “If Teresa and Jackie were the main act, Margaret and Jennifer were the undercard battle. There are some pleasant surprises.”
The feud between Giudice and Goldschneider, 44, began when Giudice spread a fabricated story that Goldschneider’s husband had cheated on her at a birthday party Goldschneider threw for him.
Goldschneider further inflamed the two by claiming that the adultery rumor was as damaging as if she had gone around telling people Giudice’s daughter Gia smoked cocaine.
“My analogy about Gia was merely an analogy — it contained no truth,” Goldschneider tweeted following the February segment. “The rest of the cast, as you’ll see in the coming weeks, acknowledged this. At my husband’s birthday party, the action was genuinely unfortunate — ruining a marriage and family is not entertainment.”
Goldschneider also sparked an argument during a cast trip to the Jersey Shore when he made a snide remark about Giudice’s federal prison sentence. Giudice, for his part, referred to Goldschneider as a “nasty slut.”
Meanwhile, Margaret Josephs, 54, and Jennifer Aydin, 44, have been at loggerheads since Josephs referred to Aydin as a “sloppy drunk.” In response, Aydin said that Josephs was irresponsible for sleeping with her boss in her twenties; however, Josephs informed the cast that she had been sexually assaulted by her boss when she was younger.
Josephs, for her part, responded to Aydin by stating that she never fights with her husband, plastic surgeon Bill Aydin, because he is her “f—ng meal ticket for [her] entire f—ng family” and referring to her as a concubine.
In real life, we’re told that mom-of-four Giudice restored the “real” in “Real Housewife” following the reunion.
According to a source, after the reunion taping ended in New York City around 9 p.m., Giudice drove down the Jersey Turnpike into the early morning hours for an adventure.
She was seen checking into Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City at 1 a.m. with her daughter Audriana for a dance competition — while still wearing full “Housewives” reunion makeup, hair extensions, and lashes.
Despite the hectic day before, Giudice was reportedly prepared to watch her daughter when the competition started at 7 a.m.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.