USMagazine, Monday, October 15, 2012, 6:30am (PDT)
Joe Gorga dropped a major bombshell on Sunday's third and final installment of The Real Housewives of New Jersey season four reunion -- but this time, his big reveal didn't involve his sister, Teresa Giudice.
Joining the other RHONJ husbands -- Chris Laurita, Joe Giudice and Rich Wakile -- for a discussion of this season's top moments, Gorga leapt to Jacqueline Laurita's defense when talk turned to her supposed one-time job as an exotic dancer.
"What's the problem with a stripper?" Gorga, 38, wondered aloud after Joe Giudice alleged that Chris Laurita told him he met wife Jacqueline when she was a stripper in Las Vegas.
Agreed Chris Laurita, who actually met his wife at a trade show in Chicago: "We talk about strippers like serial killers."
Realizing that most of his RHONJ peers had no problem with strippers, Gorga offered a stunning admission: He was a Chippendales exotic dancer for a year during college. "I had a g-string that looked like an elephant," Melissa's husband and father of her three children admitted. "I made a couple thousand a night and had a great time!"
Though there was a moment of levity when the group laughed about Gorga's one-time gig, things turned tense when Gorga accused sister Teresa of ruining his family. "I've been hurt so bad -- it's tough," Gorga told reunion host Andy Cohen as he faced his sister and her husband for the first time in a year. "I didn't just lose my sister, I lost my parents."
Speaking directly to Teresa, Gorga was even more heated. "You've got to stop this, Teresa. If you stop, we can maybe be a family," he seethed after his sister accused him of breaking their parents' hearts by distancing his family from them. "My kids don't even have grandparents because of you!"
Sunday's reunion proved that there is little chance for a family reunion for the Gorgas and the Giudices. Indeed, Melissa Gorga revealed she was moving her family out of the Montville, N.J. neighborhood where her sister-in-law also lived.
"I moved to this town so my kids could go to school with their cousins," Melissa recently told Us Weekly. "But after this, I got really scared. I don't want them around anybody who is bashing their mother."