Police arrest, charge “Real Housewives of New Jersey” hubby with DWI

The cameras may be rolling for a second season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but it’s a “Real” husband who’s getting a lot of unwanted attention.

Teresa Giudice's hubby, Joe, was charged with DWI early this morning in New Jersey./Credit Bravo

Teresa Giudice’s “happy wife, happy life” hubby was arrested last night and charged with driving while intoxicated following a car accident near his Towaco home.

According to The Daily Record, Giuseppe (Joe) Giudice hit a pole with a 2006 Ford at 1:47 a.m. on Jacksonville Road. When Montville police responded, the paper reports, they discovered Joe, 39, had been drinking.

Joe was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. After providing a blood sample, the Record says, the father of four was charged with DWI. He also received summonses for assorted other infractions, including failure to maintain lane, careless driving and reckless driving.

While in custody, Montville police learned that Joe had outstanding warrants out of another town, Clifton, for violating city ordinances.  As a result, he was transferred to Clifton and held on $2,625 bail before being released, TMZ reports, at 6:20 a.m.

Although neither news report includes info as to the whereabouts of Teresa, her “Real Housewives” co-stars, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, earlier last night tweeted that she was with them, first having drinks at The Standard hotel, followed by dinner at I Trulli, both in New York City. Although Caroline’s tweets do not mention Joe, Jacqueline includes two Joes in her second-to-last tweet of the night:

“At Vig27, with Chris, Joe, Teresa, Joe,Vic, Tamra, & Marcos. Gay bars are the best.”

Could Joe Giudice have been with the group – which evidently also included “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Barney – prior to his accident and subsequent arrest?

Update

Megan from Bites of the Apple shares her NYC encounter with the “Real Housewives,” just hours before Joe’s crash, right here.

Update Update

The Star-Ledger reports that Joe didn’t just crash his vehicle – a Ford pickup – he flipped it. And when he spoke with a police officer about the accident, he said he had wanted to get rid of the truck anyway, the paper says.

“Real Housewives of Orange County” pales in comparison to Gretchen’s real-life drama

Well, isn’t this interesting?

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The Orange County Register reports that Gretchen Rossi from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” has obtained a restraining order against Jay Photoglou, the man who claims to have dated her while she was dating/engaged to Jeff Beitzel. (Jeff died in September, and during “The Real Housewives of Orange County” reunion a few weeks ago, Tamra Barney said Jay had called and told her he was Gretchen’s boyfriend.)

The restraining order request, which was filed on March 6 in Newport Beach, states that Jay has threatened to kill Gretchen, 31, and her dogs, burn down her Costa Mesa house and has already stolen things from her abode. She also claims he has made harassing phone calls, grabbed her hair and yanked her head back, and vandalized her car and home. But that’s not all – oh, no. Gretchen also says he threatened to “dispose” of former “Real Housewives” star Slade Smiley.

“He was someone I trusted and believed had my best interest at heart until he started blackmailing me and became volatile,” Gretchen wrote in her request for orders to stop harassment. “He has since been nothing but verbally and pyshically (sic – which is another way of saying that  Gretchen can’t spell) abusive to me.”

Jay, 39, lost his Huntington Beach home to foreclosure in December, the newspaper reports. He claims he’s been friends with Gretchen since January 2008 and denies making any threats or harassing her.

Slade, meanwhile, was arrested last month at Gretchen’s house (gee, that’s a busy place!) on a civil contempt warrant, the paper says. He reportedly served Jay the restraining order.

Gretchen denies ever having a romantic relationship with Jay, although apparently she has admitted in other interviews that the pair briefly dated before her engagement to Jeff.

Jay – who supports himself as a car salesman – says he did have a relationship with Gretchen both while Jeff was alive and afterward, and that Gretchen is lying about it to “keep her image clean” and “protect her newfound celebrity status.”

Gretchen said that Jeff is a con man who constantly lies. “I just want this guy out of my life,” she said.

And then the plot thickens even more: A neighbor of Gretchen’s said that Jay moved into her house right after Jeff died. It “certainly seemed that” the two were dating, he said. The neighbor says it appears that Slade is currently living there.

Meanwhile, Jay will have the chance to respond to the order during a hearing set for 10:30 a.m. March 27.

The newspaper also reports that Jay had a previous restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend in 2002. In addition, he had dozens of traffic violations and in 2002 faced allegations of domestic violence. Those allegations were later dismissed.

I don’t even know how to respond to this story…
Update: A real-life Jersey girl (that would be me – metiny1 born, bred and still resides) will blog live on Facebook beginning at 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 12, during the premiere of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Come join me and share your thoughts as we meet these five women. Click here or look up my handle,  TV Blogger Ava Gacser, on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

A “Real Housewives” reunion to remember

Unbelievable! I thought that this season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” was entertaining. It doesn’t hold a candle to last night’s reunion, which was so full of zingers that I’m relegated to doing a virtual play-by-play, a la “Lost.” Sorry this is so long, but it’s just sooo good:

real9:02 – What?? Jeana let her teenage daughter Kara get a boob job? “She was graduating from high school and that was what she wanted,” she says.

9:04 – Tamra tells host Andy Cohen she was going to bring him her old boob implants. “I’m going to sell them on eBay,” she declares.

9:06 – Lynne rings on the boob implant discussion: “If you had a flat tire on your car, wouldn’t you get a new tire?”

9:08 – The conversation turns serious when Andy asks Gretchen why she’s wearing her  $60,000+ diamond engagement ring since her fiance, Jeff, died in September. “I don’t feel right taking it off yet,” she says. Neither would I if I had a $60,000+ diamond ring. I’m just saying…

9:10 – Boy, this must be trash Lynne hour starring Vicki and Tamra! Lynne finally wakes up and retorts, “It would hurt my feelings – because I know they’re both rocket scientists over there.”

9:12 – Classic moment courtesy of Andy: “To clarify, Lynne, you’re not home smoking on a bong all day?”

9:13 – OMG! How can Gretchen not know who Florence Nightingale is? Or “All About Eve,” for that matter?

9:15 – Classic moment courtesy of Andy, part 2: “This is a no skank zone.”

9:17 – Jeana calls her date, Allen, from the season finale “a little geographically undesirable.” Drat! He was cute.

9:18 – Jeana is delusional about defending her son Shayne’s ridiculously hostile behavior toward her.

9:19 – Thank God! Andy totally calls her on it, asking why she always defends said bad behavior – especially when it’s directed toward her.

9:20 – “I try not to tell the children what to do,” Jeana says. Bingo! That’s your first problem!

9:22 –  Jeana, feeling on the defensive, decides to attack the weakest of the bunch – Lynne – when she says, “I had a Lynne moment.” Snap!

9:23 – Oh, boy. Here comes Lynne’s water works. Wait a sec – all those mean things Vicki and Tamra said about Lynne being dumb don’t upset her, but Jeana’s statement makes her cry?

9:24 – Jeana apologizes – sort of: “She didn’t expect that from me. I never pick on her.”

9:26 – Vicki to Lynne: “You’ve hurt my feelings a lot, too.” Who the heck is she kidding?

9:32 – Now it’s getting juicy: Andy asks pointed questions about Tamra’s *etiquette* party in which she and Vicki vow to get Gretchen “naked wasted.” I’m still not sure what the heck that means.

9:34 – Tamra pleads stupidity and blames booze. “I was the most ashamed and most embarrassed in my entire life,” she swears. Somehow, I don’t believe her. “I guess I’m a mean drunk.” Now that I agree with! So what’s her excuse the rest of the time?

9:37 – Gretchen, who’s been classy thus far, says she accepted Tamra’s apology.

9:40 – Waaahhh?? Gretchen’s got a boyfriend she’s been keeping on the side the whole time?

9:42 – Tamra gives  a long-winded explanation about some guy named Jay (or is it “J” as in Jeff?) calling her and threatening to out Gretchen about their relationship. Gretchen fesses up that she was with this guy at 1 a.m. after a party, but that he’s an ex-boyfriend who’s been harassing her.

9:43 – Tamra asks Gretchen if Jay was at Bass Lake with her. She cops to it, but says he’s a family friend and that nothing was going on. Hmmm, that seems kinda weird. Still, even if Gretchen had a boyfriend and the whole Jeff show was bogus, Tamra doesn’t have to be so darn mean.

9:44 – Snap again! Jeana’s on a roll. She says she saw Jay’s clothes laying on the floor… of Gretchen’s bedroom.

9:45 – “It’s all about moral character,” declares Tamra. Ha! Look who’s talking!

9:46 – Tamra to Gretchen: “You’re such a (expletive deleted) victim, aren’t you?”

9:50 – Lynne while watching video of her daughter Raquel, drinking and being a brat: “It looks like me when I was 17.” Shocking!

9:52 – Vicki says her kids are good, and that she would take their phones and cars away if they behaved like Raquel. You know, I believe her. And seriously, her kids are the best of the bunch. Wow, that’s quite a statement.

9:55 – Lauri’s back. (yawn) Josh is doing well… in jail, she reluctantly admits to a prying Andy. “I recognize my son again,” she says. Well, that’s a start I suppose.

orange19:58 – Dang! That shirt is hilarious!
Update: A real-life Jersey girl (that would be me – metiny1 born, bred and still resides) will blog live on Facebook beginning at 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 12, during the premiere of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Come join me and share your thoughts as we meet these five women. Click here or look up my handle,  TV Blogger Ava Gacser, on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

“Real Housewives” offers a peek at a bleak future

I shudder to think what kind of future the children of  “The Real Housewives of Orange County” have to look forward to.

Credit Bravo

Credit Bravo

Over the course of the season, I’ve vacillated between disliking control freak/workaholic Vicki intensely because she’s simultaneously insecure and full of herself and actually admiring her – because of all the housewives,  her kids seem to be the least screwed up.

Case in point: Vicki’s son, Michael, is the first in her family to graduate from college. Her 22-year-old daughter, Brianna, is one of the only children of a housewife to have the makings of a respectable career, much less a job. Brianna has been working diligently in a hospital as part of her college training. But Vicki freaks out when Brianna tells her she wants to become an Army nurse and plans to enlist.

I understand her concern as a mother not wanting her child to go into war, but as Brianna points out, Vicki had several opportunities to sit down and explore things with the recruiter, and she flat-out rejected all of those meetings. Brianna points out, rather sadly and rightly so, that she was the only student present without a parent.

Evidently, it’s Vicki’s way or the highway.

By comparison, Lynn’s daughter, Raquel, hasn’t done anything since she graduated from high school over a year ago. She’s got no job, but her parents bought her a BMW for her birthday. Her parents let her drink alcohol in their presence. She has no aspirations in life and isn’t afraid to say so. When Lynn pushes her to get a job, Raquel accuses her of being mean. Her younger sister, Alexa, isn’t much better. Apparently she’s a closet smoker.

Then there’s Tamra, whose son, Ryan, is an utter goofball. The 22-year-old spends his time partying, settling on a career (car repairman, California Highway Patrolman) and then giving up after a few months, or trying to seduce one of the other housewives, Gretchen.

Shane, Jeana’s oldest, is perhaps the worst of the bunch. He’s rude, mean and downright abusive toward his mother. This 20something may be putting his all into his future career – as a minor-league baseball player – but he needs serious therapy to deal with the anger he exhibits toward the woman who birthed him. They say children learn behaviors from watching their parents, and if that’s the case, then Jeana’s ex-husband, Matt, needs to be hung out to dry. And Jeana herself needs to learn how to stand up to her son – regardless of the fact that he’s an adult and twice her size.

If, as Whitney Houston sings, these children are our future, then God help us all.
Update: A real-life Jersey girl (that would be me – metiny1 born, bred and still resides) will blog live on Facebook beginning at 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 12, during the premiere of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Come join me and share your thoughts as we meet these five women. Click here or look up my handle,  TV Blogger Ava Gacser, on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

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