Real Housewives Star Melissa Gorga Was Once a Stripper, Shockingly

It seems there was a surprise visit during a recent taping of Real Housewives of New Jersey. New cast member Melissa Gorga had a run-in with her old boss from Lookers, a strip club. Yooops!

First of all: Lookers. Lookers. One more time: Lookers. !! I mean what are we, in a fucking Elmore Leonard novel? Lookers? That is too good. Lookers. I mean, just, heh, look at this screenshot taken from their website. Fried clams! Zucchini sticks! "Want to get the food platter at the strip club later?" "Sure, their seafood is delicious. Plus my favorite girl Melissa is dancing." Oh yeah, so that's what we're talking about. We're not talking about Lookers, even though I could talk about Lookers probably for the rest of the day. Wow are men gross. But no, that's not the issue at hand. The issue is hand is Melissa Gorga, sister-in-law of Teresa Giudice. The deal with her is this:

"Bravo's surprise at the fashion show was for Melissa: her ex-boss at Lookers, the strip club she used to work at. No one knew him, no one knew he was coming — although, of course Bravo had a microphone on him — and Melissa ran away from him and refused to film with him," a witness at the taping tells me. "The producers made Teresa talk to him to 'hear him out,' so his accusations would be aired on camera, but Teresa stopped him mid-story and told him to not talk about her family and left."

Giudice, who then attempted to comfort Gorga, was shrugged off as a distraught Gorga went straight to Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita for shoulders to lean on.

"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," a Bravo insider tells me. "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."

That'll do, everyone! This whole thing with Teresa maybe setting Melissa up has started a whole thing on Twitter, so really the fact that Melissa used to be a stripper — which, on its own, whatever, who cares, but for all the Christian moralizing that Melissa does... — has changed the entire game.

Personally I just love that Joe Gorga married a stripper and bought her a castle. He married a stripper from Lookers and said "I'm gonna get you outta those thongs and into a castle." And you know what, dear readers? He fuckin' did. He fuckin' followed through like a man and did it. We should all take a lesson from that. [HuffPo; image via Getty]