It's been more than a year since Teresa Giudice's Fabulicious cookbook was published, and Giudice's Real Housewives of New Jersey costar Caroline Manzo is still taking offense over Giudice calling her "as Italian as the Olive Garden" within its pages.
Though Giudice maintained that her comments were good-natured and made in jest, the 51-year-old reality star launched into an epic tirade on Sunday's Real Housewives of New Jersey, denouncing Giudice as a "sociopath" and a "fraud."
Things turned ugly for the duo during the final night of their Napa Valley wine country trip, when Giudice's cousin Kathy Wakile tried to bring Manzo and Giudice together, only to drive them even further apart. "Kathy is really trying to get [Teresa] through her Fabulicious haze, letting her know these people are helping her," Manzo said Sunday before the fireworks began.
When Manzo, 51, decided to confront Giudice, 40, about her cookbook dig, all hell broke loose. "This is why I want nothing to do with you -- you are a disgrace! I'd like to admit what you've done to me. Tell me the truth: That you meant to do that to me in the cookbook. Tell me you hate me!"
Giudice continued to insist that her cookbook commentary was a "joke." "I have more class than you. I can definitely prove it to you on my kids," Giudice told Manzo. "I'm telling the truth. I don't know how to lie. I never ever, ever, ever wrote one bad thing about you."
As Jacqueline Laurita pretended to be asleep during their vicious spat, and Melissa Gorga and Wakile remained silent, Manzo continued to lay into Giudice. "I am just as Italian as Teresa Giudice, but she has that off-the-boat mentality, to be the best," Manzo reasoned. "She has to look down at everyone. If she's looking up at you, she's thinking of a way to take you down. I'm arguing with a sociopath. In Teresa's mind, it's her rules. She doesn't give two s--ts."
Attempting to intervene, Joe Giudice pulled his wife away from the situation, telling her they needed to head to the airport to catch an earlier flight. But even as she walked out the door, Giudice put up a fight against the woman who called her an "ugly human being."
Snapped Giudice of Manzo: "She's a f--king c--nt and can go f--k herself."