Former RHONJ cast member Jim Marchese is accusing Bravo and the producers of the show of faking and manipulating storylines to seem real, when in fact they are not.
â€œThe Housewives, for me, it was completely fake,â€ he said in a new interview. â€œLike none of these people were ever really in my life. It was a very scripted show for me. Nothing was real, and so they were nothing more than actors that I worked with.â€
â€œViewers did not get a feel for who Amber and I are, what weâ€™re about,â€ he told RadarOnline. â€œWeâ€™re actually kinda boring honestly. So they created things for usâ€¦all the times she had to cry about cancer, completely production invented. That was her I guess, the story they kinda foresaw.â€
â€œI asked the producers to stop and really focus on who we were a hundred times,â€ he confessed. â€œWe actually got in fights about it, and they made my wife do things.”
â€œShe constantly called Teresa; she was forced to go to Long Island,â€ he said as an example. â€œShe was never going to Long Island to meet with [Victoria] Gotti. That was never supposed to happen. Those were things that she was instructed to do. They pretended that my wife just showed up at Teresa [Giudice]â€™s book signing â€” no she was ordered to be there. That was a job. That was a completely production made event.â€
â€œThe producers 100 percent wrote my lines,â€ he revealed. â€œThey would make me recut scenes four or five times because they didnâ€™t like what I did. Everything from the idea of a pig roast was theirs â€” the Florida trip was theirs â€” to the reason I didnâ€™t go bowling was theirs. It really wasnâ€™t â€” there was nothing that was authentic in my world.”
â€œMost of the conversations werenâ€™t even conversations we would normally have,â€ he added, noting that he had to rehearse telling Teresa Aprea that her husband Rino slept with her mom during their epic Boca Raton battle.
â€œI was in the shower practicing it,â€ Marchese admitted. â€œIt was hysterical. Itâ€™s just not something you say as an adult!â€
â€œI donâ€™t care if itâ€™s fake and youâ€™re acting,â€ he said. â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter. Itâ€™s just hard to keep a straight face the whole time. I mean I had to practice it for like a week to not crack up as I was saying it. The hardest thing for me to do was to be as brutal and over the top because thatâ€™s not my personality. So needless to say, I took a lot of liquor to make that scene work for me. A lot of liquor. Probably more than I shouldâ€™ve had!â€
â€œI had to get blitzed to do that scene,â€ he laughed. â€œI couldnâ€™t do that scene straight. I mean, and I caught a lot of heat for this, but I was given a ticket for one day and my job was to get thrown out in one day. Thatâ€™s not easy to do. And to tell someone that I think their husband had sex with their mother, is not an easy thing to do.â€
â€œI compare it to drinking 10 shots of tequila,â€ he concluded of his time on the show. â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun when youâ€™re doing it, but when you get to the tenth shot, you know you shouldnâ€™t have done it and you regret it for a while. But you can still laugh and talk about it later.â€
â€œReal Housewives is exactly like that,â€ Marchese said. â€œIt seemed like a really good idea when it first started, like that first shot. But that tenth, itâ€™s like what the hell am I doing?â€
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