Celebrity Apprentice, Keeping Up with The Kardashians: Top 5 Buzziest Reality Shows of 2012 (VIDEO)

Which reality shows had everyone buzzing in 2012? Showbiz Tonight’s AJ Hammer counts down the top 5 buzziest reality shows, exclusively for Celebuzz.

#5 – Celebrity Apprentice – America got a kick out of watching a bunch of celebrities turn on each other — for charity, of course. Once all of the bickering was over and everyone was fired, it was former late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall, who Donald Trump hired as the Celebrity Apprentice.

#4 – Kardashian’s Take Over E! – Whether it was Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom in Dallas or Kanye West switching up Kim Kardashian‘s style, the Kardashian’s continued to rack up viewers. The season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s broke ratings records for E!, setting us up for more Kardashian shenanigans in 2013.

#3 – Real Housewives of New Jersey – You just gotta love the endlessly classy ladies of RHONJ, especially Teresa in all of her glory.

#2 – Jersey Shore – Admit it, you’re going to miss the Jersey Shore gang. 2012 marked the final season of the boozy adventures in Seaside Heights. Now, that we’ve watched Snooki become a mom, there’s no way this show could get any more shocking.

#1 – Honey Boo Boo – TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had everyone marveling at the pint-sized Georgia beauty queen. How big was Honey Boo Boo this year? She was spoofed on Saturday Night Live and ratings for the hit show rivaled those of the Presidential Conventions.

Which was your favorite reality show to watch in 2012? Are you a fan of Honey Boo Boo? Leave us a comment below.

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight Mon. – Thurs. at 11pm ET/PT on HLN. And be sure to check back every week for AJ Hammer’s countdown of the top 5 buzzmakers right here on Celebuzz.

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Melissa Gorga Reflects on Family Drama: ‘It’s Hard for All of Us’ (VIDEO)

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is not ready to make nice with her sister-in-law and co-star Teresa Giudice.

“Maybe time heals all wounds, but for now, we need a break,” Gorga told Celebuzz at MTV’s Restore the Shore fundraising event last Thursday night. But the family feud hasn’t been easy for Gorga and her husband Joe.

“It’s hard for all of us,” she added. “There’s only so much we can do. We tried, and we tried so many times. At some point, you just have to step back.”

Gorga and Giudice had a very public falling out last year — it aired during the Season 4 finale of the hit Bravo show — when 40-year-old Giudice allegedly orchestrated a plan to publicly humiliate the mother-of-three by accusing her of being a stripper.

“I felt like I was accused of a lot of things, like somebody was trying to hurt my character,” Gorga said. “I don’t like that. I don’t respect that. I would never do that to someone.”

So what’s to come in the fifth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey? Rumors of former cast member Danielle Staub’s return to the series have been circulating online, but Gorga kept mum.

“Who knows what’s to come!” she said.

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New Jersey ‘Housewives’ Star Joe Gorga Reveals Family’s Account of Being Trapped in Superstorm Sandy

Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga and husband Joe are some of the more than eight million people without power in the wake of megastorm Sandy, which battered the East Coast on Monday night.

The reality television couple and their three children — Antonia, 7, Gino, 5, and two-year-old Joey — remain bunkered at the family’s $3.8 million mansion in Montville, N.J.

“Melissa is going out of her mind,” Joe told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “We have no heat, no hot water, but I’m keeping her warm. That’s what’s important.”

He added that no-one in their geographical area has power, though the couple does have a generator.

“One lamp is on and after a few hours we turn it all off. We have no cable and we have moved all our food into one freezer,” Joe said.

Melissa took to Twitter earlier this week and posted a photo of Joe, the brother of fellow RHONJ star Teresa Guidice, with a chainsaw in hand as he helped the recovery process.

“We had a tree hit the house and we have damaged gutters and stucco… we actually had three trees fall on our site,” he said.

While the Montville home emerged relatively unscathed, the same cannot be said for the family’s beachside vacation house on the Jersey Shore.

In its tear of destruction, Sandy left parts of New Jersey’s beloved shore in tatters, with beaches swept away and the famous boardwalk and amusement park almost completely destroyed.

“We actually went down to the Shore to see Melissa’s family and they’re okay,” Joe said.

“Everyone’s healthy and no one’s gotten hurt… but we haven’t seen it [our Shore home] yet, because the area is still flooded.”

As for how sister Teresa, a fellow N.J. resident, is coping after Sandy’s destruction, Gorga said: “I believe Teresa is doing okay… My parents are there and they have electricity.”

The Gorga and Guidices are estranged in the wake of last season’s ”Strippergate” scandal.

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Melissa Gorga Talks ‘Off the Wall’ Reunion with Teresa Giudice (VIDEO)

It’s Teresa Giudice against the world on Bravo’s three-part Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion.

“It’s crazy,” fellow housewife Melissa Gorga told Celebuzz. “The reunion is off the wall. Things you think would never get said, are said. The finale has nothing on the reunion.”

While Gorga says that reuniting with her estranged sister-in-law for the first time in a year was “difficult,” she was more concerned with her friend and castmate Jacqueline Laurita. The RHONJ star recently revealed that her three-year-old son Nicholas has autism.

What did Gorga have to say about Laurita? 

“Jacqueline is going through a tough time publicly right now,” said Gorga. “A lot of people didn’t know that’s why she had zero tolerance level for Teresa. This petty nonsense for her was just irrelevant.”

“I did see her go through a lot,” the reality star continued. “I would call her, and I would hear it in her voice. I felt bad for her, that she had deal with little ridiculous things, back and forth. I felt for her. She had to get through a whole season, knowing what she knew and not wanting anyone to find out.”

As for the other cast members — Caroline Manzo and Kathy Wakile – Gorga says that their relationship couldn’t be stronger.

“We’ve never had problems with each other,” she said. “We like each other a lot. We support each other.”

Meanwhile, things with Giudice couldn’t be worse. During Part 1 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special, host Andy Cohen asks if Giudice has seen the other housewives since the Posche fashion show last year, to which she replies, “No,” she hasn’t — except for Gorga at her daughter’s birthday party.

However, as Gorga previously told Celebuzz, “It wasn’t a pleasant time.” While Gorga remains hopeful that they can be a family again, she also admits that she’s not ready to reconnect with her estranged sister-in-law just yet.

“I think we just need more time,” she said.

 

However, she does worry for Giudice, who displayed some very erratic behavior at the reunion.

“I think we all have a little concern for her,” she said. “Obviously, the behavior is becoming a little wacky and we are all seeing it. And there’s no denying it. I think we’re all concerned about it.”

Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion continues on Sun., Oct. 7 at 10 PM ET. Watch our interview with Gorga below. 

 

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Teresa Giudice Admits She ‘Needs Help’ After Reality Show Breakdown

Love her or hate her, Teresa Giudice is one of reality TV’s most talked-about personalities. This season on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Guidice’s erratic behavior left viewers split. However, her fellow Real Housewives all agreed on one thing: They want nothing to do with her.

The tension from the explosive season finale finally boiled over in The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special, which left Giudice emotionally distraught.

“I said to myself I wasn’t going get upset, but I couldn’t help it,” she told In Touch. “After the taping was done, I broke down. I started crying and I couldn’t stop.”

What else did Giudice have to say? 

“I’m not conniving and manipulative,” said Giudice, referring to her estranged sister-in-law and castmate, Melissa Gorga.

However, Gorga feels differently. “I’m still so mad,” Gorga admitted to Celebuzz during an exclusive sit-down interview.

During the show’s heated finale, tensions boiled over when Giudice pulled Gorga aside at the Porsche fashion show to ask how she knew Angelo Vrohidis, a man who claimed Gorga once danced for him at an Elizabeth, N.J. strip club titled Lookers Gentlemen’s Club.

Gorga denied Vrohidis’ accusations and later discovered that Giudice had more to do with the man’s accusations that she had originally let on, which is the reason why, more than a year later, the two are still on non-speaking terms.

However, instead of taking some of the blame for her family’s friction, Giudice is pointing fingers at the reality cameras. ”We’ve never gone without speaking until we were on a reality show together,” said Giudice. “This is exactly what I didn’t want.”

Hear Gorga’s side of the story, below.

 

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Melissa Gorga on Teresa Giudice’s ‘Wacky’ Behavior: ‘We All Have Concern For Her’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is not ready to make nice with her sister-in-law and costar Teresa Giudice.

“I’m still so mad,” Gorga admitted to Celebuzz during an exclusive sit-down interview.

The two had a very public falling out last year — it aired during the season finale of the hit Bravo show on Sunday night — when 40-year-old Giudice allegedly orchestrated a plan to publicly humiliate the mother-of-three by accusing her of being a stripper.

Though the debacle — which the media has infamously dubbed “Stripper-Gate” — happened over a year ago, Gorga said the betrayal feels as fresh as ever.

“The craziness of it all eats you up inside when you watch it again,” she said, of the incident which involved Giudice pal’s Kim DePaola at her Posche Fashion Show.

What else did Gorga say about the feud?

During the show’s heated finale, tensions boiled over when Guidice pulled Gorga aside at the Porsche fashion show to ask how she knew Angelo Vrohidis, a man who claimed Gorga once danced for him at an Elizabeth, N.J. strip club titled Lookers Gentlemen’s Club.

Gorga denied Vrohidis’ accusations and later discovered that Giudice had more to do with the man’s accusations that she had originally let on.

“We were really upset,” said Gorga. “We were floored. Everything was perfect, so why is someone causing a commotion and why did they put this plan together to do this to me? I don’t know. I didn’t do anything to hurt her.”

“I haven’t done anything to hurt Kim D. So it was kind of shocking that they ambushed my like [that] and tried to expose me, or so they thought. They really didn’t expose anything.”

However, Giudice maintains her innocence, claiming that she had never met the strip club owner before the fashion show.

“I never believed Melissa was a stripper, but it just seems like a coinkie-dink,” Giudice said during the episode, after Gorga swore on her children she had never stripped.

“I know Teresa. I know her a lot better than everyone else does for an hour a week,” Gorga responded to Celebuzz. “Why didn’t she call me? Why didn’t she call me when she was at that hair salon? And why isn’t she made at Kim D… The guy Angelo was caught on the mic saying, ‘Teresa and Kim wanted me to do this.’”

Since filming the finale, Gorga has only seen Giudice twice; the reality star said that her and her husband attended her niece Gia’s birthday party, but “it wasn’t a pleasant time.”

The reality star also told Celebuzz that she’s most saddened by the thought of her young children – Antonia, Gino, and Joey — being raised without their cousins.

“It’s hard for them because if the moms aren’t seeing each other, then the kids aren’t seeing each other,” Gorga said.

“It stinks. That’s the part that makes me so upset because it was so good. Why would she throw a punch like this? It’s because she’s being selfish.”

While Gorga remains hopeful that they can be a family again, she also admits that she’s not ready to reconnect with her estranged sister-in-law.

“I think we just need more time,” she said.

However, she does worry for Giudice.

“I think we all have a little concern for her,” she said. “Obviously, the behavior is becoming a little wacky and we are all seeing it. And there’s no denying it. I think we’re all concerned about it.”

Tune in for the explosive Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion Sun., Sept. 30 at 10 PM ET on Bravo.

For now, watch our exclusive one-on-one interview with Gorga in the video above.