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TV star says hubby 'regrets' huge family fall-out – 'He did what he had to do'

Melissa Gorga appears on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live this June. Speaking to Melissa, Jeff reveals he had a soft spot for former The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kathy Wakile. If you’re an OG RHONJ fan then who wouldn’t be a fan of Kathy? She and her husband, Richie, and her sister, Rosie Pierri, all appeared as cast members on the show back in the day.

For anyone new to The Real Housewives of New Jersey and the cast’s connections, Melissa’s husband, Joe Gorga, is Kathy and Rosie’s first cousin. However, due to a family feud, they fell out of touch. Joe also isn’t on talking terms with his sister, Teresa Giudice, these days.

(L-R) Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile attend the 9th Annual HealthCorps' Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on April 29, 2015 in New Y...
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Kathy Wakile is set to be Melissa Gorga’s neighbour

Sitting next to her cousin, Nicholas Marco, Melissa Gorga shares with Jeff Lewis that Kathy is set to become her neighbor very soon.

After Jeff expressed he was a fan of Kathy and Rosie back in the day, saying: “I’d see them at events, they were really lovely…”, Melissa shared the news.

She smiled: “I have a funny story for you actually, about that.”

Melissa continued: “Her and Richie just bought a lot just across the street from me, on my street…”

Melissa has ‘hopes’ for Kathy and Joe

Melissa says she’s “all about family,” as she sits beside her cousin on Jeff Lewis Live.

She describes what she’d like to see happen in the future: “I secretly hope Joe and Kathy are like walking down the street one day and bump into each other. At the end of the day, Kathy’s a good person. I do think that he regrets… he did what he had to do at the time to back his sister up and do what he had to do but he enjoyed Kathy… Kathy was a good cousin to him.”

Melissa went on to say Kathy “took care” of Joe and that he and Rosie also had a “great relationship.”

Speaking of Joe and Rosie, Melissa added: “Growing up, those two were extremely close. So, I do think it’s unfortunate that that’s family and they’re not together.”

She emphasizes how the family members are first cousins and adds how Kathy’s mom is “still here and doing well, Joe’s aunt.”

Melissa said: “That’s sad to me, that whole thing.”

Jeff suggests Melissa be the one to break the ice and mend the rift in the family.

“Why don’t you walk to the door and say hello, congratulations, I’m excited to have you as a neighbor, I’d love for you and Joe to reconnect.”

Melissa replied: “I’m gonna do it.”

Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga attend the
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