Stop the presses! Jim Marchese, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, is revealing the reality show is “completely fake.”
To some extent, fans and viewers already understand this, but Jim calls the show “very scripted” and points to the producers for “100 percent writing his lines.” He and wife Amber quit the show after season 6, wanting nothing more to do with that version of reality.
“The Housewives, for me, it was completely fake,” Jim told Radar. “Like none of these people were ever really in my life. It was a very scripted show for me. Nothing was real, and so they were nothing more than actors that I worked with.”
Jim explained that in real life, he and Amber are like most normal families, “kinda boring” so the producers helped them create a storyline that was more entertaining.
“Viewers did not get a feel for who Amber and I are, what we’re about,” he added. “We’re actually kinda boring, honestly. So they created things for us…all the times she had to cry about cancer, completely production invented. That was her I guess, the story they kinda foresaw.”
Many times Jim tried to get the producers to “really focus” on who they were, and this prompted fights over the things they made Amber do. Case in point, the conversation with Victoria Gotti.
“She was never [supposed to go] to Long Island to meet with [Victoria] Gotti. That was never supposed to happen. Those were things that she was instructed to do. They pretended that my wife just showed up at Teresa [Giudice]’s book signing — no she was ordered to be there. That was a job. That was a completely production made event.”
One of the surprises Jim revealed was how many times a scene was reshot because the producers didn’t like something.
“The producers 100 percent wrote my lines,” he said. “They would make me recut scenes four or five times because they didn’t like what I did. Everything from the idea of a pig roast was theirs — the Florida trip was theirs — to the reason I didn’t go bowling was theirs. It really wasn’t — there was nothing that was authentic in my world.”
As for that epic scene in Boca Raton where Jim accused Rino of sleeping with his wife’s mom, Jim had to rehearse this for a week so he didn’t “crack up” as he said it.
“I don’t care if it’s fake and you’re acting,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter. It’s just hard to keep a straight face the whole time. I mean I had to practice it for like a week to not crack up as I was saying it. The hardest thing for me to do was to be as brutal and over the top because that’s not my personality. So needless to say, I took a lot of liquor to make that scene work for me. A lot of liquor. Probably more than I should’ve had!”
“Over the top” is not Jim’s personality? O-kay. So how did Jim do such a good job of making us believe is was? He got “blitzed.”
“I had to get blitzed to do that scene,” Jim laughed. “I couldn’t do that scene straight. I mean, and I caught a lot of heat for this, but I was given a ticket for one day and my job was to get thrown out in one day. That’s not easy to do. And to tell someone that I think their husband had sex with their mother, is not an easy thing to do.”
So what’s the take away for watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Jim, as usual, has an interesting analogy.
“I compare it to drinking 10 shots of tequila. It’s a lot of fun when you’re doing it, but when you get to the tenth shot, you know you shouldn’t have done it and you regret it for a while. But you can still laugh and talk about it later.”
“Real Housewives is exactly like that,” Jim concluded. “It seemed like a really good idea when it first started, like that first shot. But that tenth, it’s like what the hell am I doing?”
Jim and Amber can be seen this fall on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.