After all of the controversy on The Real Housewives of New Jersey about whether or not Melissa Gorga was a stripper, her former boss is speaking out in her defense! Personally, I don’t even think fans care if Melissa was a stripper or not, as you saw clearly in the WWHL poll Sunday night. But her former boss is knocking Angelo Voorhees credibility, and speaking out!
Larry Guarino, Melissa’s former manager at Lookers Gentleman’s Club in Elizabeth, N.J, insists to US Weekly that reports of Gorga being a stripper are grossly exaggerated. While, Melissa did clock in at Lookers, it wasn’t as a stripper.
“She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time,” Guarino says of Melissa. “Lookers was really upscale then too; it wasn’t like she was bartending in some hole in the wall.”
Fed up with the internet rumors, Melissa took to her blog late Friday night to clear the air saying the allegations are, “100% not true.” She confirmed she worked at Lookers during college, Melissa says her work outfit “was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. SORRY, no bubbies there,” she wrote. “You will have a better chance at seeing some nudity on the [Housewives] episode this Sunday.”
The Huffington Post reports that network producers brought Gorga’s “former boss” to the show in order to confront her, Guarino insists the man, Angelo Voorhees, had little to no contact with her to begin with. “She was never ever a dancer. Angelo never even worked with her because he worked during the day and she worked at night,” Guarino argued, who trained Voorhees as a Lookers manager prior to Gorga’s hiring.
A source close to the show tells The Huffington Post, “Melissa doesn’t want her new besties, Caroline and Jacqueline, to know about her past (including who paid for her fake boobs), so she came back to the table and told everyone that Teresa had set her up. Teresa had nothing to do with it, but Jac and Caroline were more than ready to go with it because it makes Teresa look bad. And Bravo will never admit they set it up like they set up Danielle, whose past was also ‘accidentally’ discovered.”
A rep for Bravo says, “Bravo was not involved in any set up. Ours cameras document the lives of these ladies.”
While it appeared to viewers Teresa wanted NOTHING to do with Voorhees while getting glammed up with Kim D, a source reveals to US Weekly that she was behind the set-up.
At the Posche fashion show, “Teresa was like, ‘I’m trying to protect you, I’m all about family,'” the source says, adding that Melissa confronted her sister-in-law about a set-up and asked why she didn’t warn her of Voorhees’ presence. “Teresa was trying to embarrass Melissa and imply she used to be a stripper. All the other cast members thought it was wrong of Teresa. The girls were like, ‘If Teresa’s all about family… stop stirring the pot!”
So we are left with two different stories, from two different publications, and a reunion that is going to be a back and forth battle of ‘he-said, she-said.’
Tell Us- Who do you think was behind the set-up, if anybody, Bravo or Teresa?
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