Rosie Pierri recently introduced her new girlfriend to her family on an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but Ellen Minkin is revealing that Bravo had a big hand in her “relationship” with Pierri.
â€œWhen I met her she was getting more involved and I think she needed a storyline and Bravo pushed it,â€ Minkin told RadarOnline. Although she admits they did date for a brief period, the relationship wasnâ€™t as serious as it seemed on the show.
â€œI would hear it from Rosie that she needed a story, that she needed more exposure, like a girlfriend, so she would look like sheâ€™s successful,â€ Minkin said.
â€œBravo even said, â€˜If Ellen canâ€™t do it, can you get another girl to do it?â€™ Like [I was] a piece of meat,â€ she claimed. â€œThey donâ€™t really care. Whatever sells and if ratings go up. It was really upsetting to me. It was staged.”
â€œ[Rosie] told me if I donâ€™t do it, then I donâ€™t really care about her,â€ Minkin also claimed.
Ellen reveals that she had only known Rosie for a couple of months before she started filming.
â€œI invited her over to my house for a lunch and introduced her to other gay women in the city so she would feel comfortable,â€ she explained. â€œI feel like [Bravo] targeted me. Like, â€˜Letâ€™s get Rosie someone who she can hang out with.â€™ In a way, I felt like everything she did and said was coming from someone else, Bravo, her sister, her brother-in-law. Like â€˜Rosie, you got to get her to get on the show to have a storyline. It was a manipulation.â€
â€œShe was told what to say to me either by Bravo or someone else. I could feel it,â€ Minkin claimed. â€œIt was all about how they were going to do this. It was all to make her look good.â€
Minkin alleges that she had had a few drinks when she signed the papers to film, specifically the scene where Pierri kissed her on camera.
â€œI remember maybe signing something, but it was so fast. You donâ€™t really know what theyâ€™re going to say or do on the show,â€ she said. â€œI wasnâ€™t drunk. We kind of had drinks before we even got there [to meet Rosieâ€™s family].â€
â€œThey all drink. They push it on you,â€ she continued. â€œRosie definitely likes to drink. They want whoever is around them to drink. I was drinking during filming and I think that affected me.â€
â€œThen they were talking about getting married?! I was like, â€˜What are you talking about?!â€™ I think Rosie took it too far,â€ she said, but alleges that her main purpose was for Rosie’s storyline. â€œWe did go out with each other. We became friends and after a while I feel like she liked me more than I liked her. I really just wanted to be her friend. I just feel like they made me look like I broke her heart and Iâ€™m like are you kidding me?!â€
Minkin also claims that she contacted Bravo and pleaded with them to not air her scenes.
â€œI contacted Bravo and told them take me off anything to do with that show,â€ she claimed. â€œBut they said, â€˜Itâ€™s already done and weâ€™re in a meeting about it right now, weâ€™ll see.â€™â€
And although Rosie recently tweeted, “No hard feelings,” regarding their relationshipâ€¦ Ellen has a different story.
â€œAfterward, she said I couldnâ€™t be her friend anymore because I didnâ€™t want to do the show or have any part in it,â€ said Minkin. â€œShe did everything in her power to use me to get on the show. I was trying to be a good friend to her. Sheâ€™s not a bad person, but sheâ€™s starving for attention.”
A rep for Bravo declined to comment. A rep for Pierri did not immediately respond to Radarâ€™s request for comment.
Photo Credit: Bravo