On this week's part one of the season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey
, we saw a creepy, bald spa owner approach Teresa Giudice with some secrets about her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga's past as a stripper. This was just the spark that started the explosion that will happen in the second part of the finale. And Teresa is insisting that she had no knowledge of the creepy spa owner and no intention of setting up Melissa for a scandal.
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"I think you can see I was sincerely uncomfortable at this strange guy trying to talk to me about Melissa's past," Teresa said, defending herself on her Bravo blog
. "I think he really did think I knew about her past -- which I didn't, I still don't, and I, like the rest of America, don't care! But I didn't want anything to do with anyone talking about my family, so I left. The whole situation just felt weird, so I took myself out of it. I can't keep track of all the people Melissa has pissed off in our town, but I am not going to be a part of it."
Teresa is very clear on the fact that although she had heard rumors about Melissa's past as a dancer at a gentlemen's club, this was the first time someone had claimed he outright knew it to be true, and that's why she was caught off guard.
"The one thing that does still sadden and confuse me is why my cast members, especially my own family, were back then and still are so ready to believe I would 'set Melissa up,'" she wrote on her blog. "First of all, I don't play like that. I don't scheme and plot and try and twist people's minds and opinions about things. Second, I have nothing to gain from exposing Melissa. She is my parents' only daughter-in-law, she goes by our family name 'Gorga.' Why would I want anything bad out there about a Gorga? She's my only brother's wife, the mother of my godson, and my daughter's godmother. She may not have any family loyalty toward me, but I have it toward her and I always will."
Even if Melissa has a past as a stripper, Teresa claims that it doesn't even matter to her.
"I'm not gonna lie, I don't really see what the big deal is here. Someone Melissa used to work with said 'hi' to her at a fashion show and then left. I don't know what his intentions were. She used to work at a bar, he worked there too, maybe she danced, maybe she wore a tank top, maybe she only stopped by to empty the trash on her way from church. Who knows, but again, big deal. The Angelo guy didn't say anything bad to her, wasn't mean or violent, didn't have secret pictures to leak to the press, wasn't involved in a legal case with her ... the whole thing was a big fat nothing. Who cares if Melissa danced? As long as she doesn't plan on opening a car wash and recruiting my girls to work there, I don't care."
Oh, nice Manzo burn, Teresa. So what do you think? Is Melissa trying to hide her stripper past? Did Teresa set her up? Is the whole thing just blown out of proportion? So many questions that will hopefully be answered in the finale and the reunion! Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image and videos courtesy of Bravo)