Real Housewives of New Jersey fans were shocked last fall when reports surfaced that mom of three Melissa Gorga was previously employed as a stripper -- a claim she and her former boss vehemently denied. On Sunday's episode -- centered around the annual Posche fashion show -- viewers learned just how those rumors began.
"We're going to a fashion show, which historically doesn't end well, but we're going into it on the heels of a huge blowout. The recipe is not a good one," Caroline Manzo predicted early on during Sunday's show. The Posche 2010 runway show, which concluded with a fiery spat between Giudice and her cousin, Kathy Wakile, who challenged the way Giudice parented her daughters.
Reuniting with Posche's owner, notorious pot-stirrer Kim D., while getting her makeup and hair done pre-show, Giudice, 40, was introduced to Angelo Vorhees, a man who said he once managed Gorga, 33, at Lookers Gentleman's Club in Elizabeth, N.J.
As Kim D. prodded Vorhees for details about Gorga's alleged past as a stripper, Giudice was horrified, but admitted that he confirmed her suspicions about Gorga's one-time career. "I don't f--king want to hear it," Giudice sniped to Kim D. "[Me and Melissa] are in a good place."
Later, during the runway show, Vorhees appeared again, this time confronting his former "employee" Gorga. "I don't know where I know him from but I know his face," Gorga said just before the episode's end credits rolled.
Larry Guarino, the man who actually did hire Gorga at Lookers -- as a bartender! -- confirmed to Us Weekly after the fashion show that Vorhees had little to no contact with Gorga to begin with. And while Giudice may have attempted to comfort her sister-in-law during the fashion show, a source tells Us Weekly she was in on the set-up. "[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," argues the insider, adding that Gorga confronted her sister-in-law about a set-up and asked why she didn't warn Gorga of Vorhees' presence.
Confirms the source: "The girls were like, 'If Teresa's all about family… stop stirring the pot!"
Part two of the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. (EST) on Bravo.