Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey promises to be a season of ups and downs, according to one of the returning stars.
Margaret Josephs joined Evan Real and Danny Murphy of Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast this week as she teased that the upcoming season 13 will be “both weird and painful”. She said she thinks fans would love it, describing it as both “heavy” and “light”.
According to multiple reports, three new women – Danielle Cabral, Rachel Fuda and Jenn Fessler – will join the cast, which has remained unchanged for several seasons. The podcast hosts asked Josephs about the change in dynamic with the new cast members, and she spilled that it felt very natural.
She confessed that she likes some of the newcomers more than others, but they all “fit in naturally,” making for a smooth transition for viewers. Josephs explained that she has known Fessler for a number of years and they are good friends, which represents her connection to the group. Fuda, on the other hand, was brought in as Gorga’s girlfriend, and Josephs shared that “she’s a doll” and very “mature.” [and] funny.”
Regarding Cabral, however, viewers can expect to see some tension between the two women, as Josephs teased, “Danielle, I thought we started great, you’ll have to see what happens.” Then she added pointedly, “I found it entertaining, you know, we’ll see how that goes.” According to Us Weekly, the series is set to premiere in early 2023.
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During the same podcast appearance, Josephs was asked if he could be in a better place after an intense season 12 feud with Teresa Giudice. As fans may know, Josephs got a surprise invite to Giudice’s summer wedding to Luis “Louie” Ruelas.
The RHONJ star shared that viewers will see this progression in their relationship in season 13, but teased that it was partly because Giudice was “more open” to hearing Joseph’s opinion. “I know she’s frustrated with me,” she shared. “I don’t think she always agrees with everything I have to say, but I think she knows I’m from a good place.”
The entrepreneur then credited Ruelas with helping Giudice get to this place.
Melissa Gorga and Giudice’s feud made headlines last summer when the two clashed during filming, resulting in Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga skipping Giudice’s wedding.
However, Josephs shared on Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast that she believes Jennifer Aydin is stoking the flames and entering Giudice’s head.
The RHONJ star said she thinks the season will show she’s “tried to be reasonable and reason with both sides” which means the Gorgas on one side and Giudice and Ruelas on the other mean to her bring everyone back together. Josephs shared that she told both of her co-stars that once the show is over, their family will be all that’s left.
“I don’t want any negativity for any of them because it’s very painful to watch,” she admitted. “I cried a lot about it.” Josephs then concluded: “It’s disappointing that anyone is stoking these flames. I find [Aydin’s] stoke the fire.”
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