'RHONJ' cast is sticking together amid 'real issues': 'We all put our crap aside'


Jersey girls stick together during the toughest of times, even if they're fighting.

Half of the cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" -- Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs and newcomer Jackie Goldschneider -- stopped by BUILD Series on Thursday, where they talked to AOL's Gibson Johns about the upcoming ninth season of their show, which is premiering amid a double-whammy of real-life headlines about their cast mates.

Since filming has wrapped, news broke that Teresa Giudice's husband, Joe, was facing a deportation order after he serves his prison sentence and that Danielle Staub is getting a divorce, despite her wedding being a focal point of this season. All three ladies agreed that it's "hard" when such intense developments happen in each other's lives outside of filming.

"It’s always hard when it comes to the real issues, especially when they’re happening in my family and people are asking you questions abut it," Gorga, who is Giudice's sister-in law, said. "You know, we really do put it all out there, but there are certain things that we’d like to keep private. It’s hard, because we don’t really keep much private. I really have nothing that’s off limits, except for my children. It’s hard when there are big life situations going on and you’re on a reality show."

Josephs, who is currently in her second season on "RHONJ," agreed with Gorga and maintained that they stand behind one another across whatever alliances exist at the time.

"With everything going on now, I think we’re all super supportive," she said. "We all put our crap aside, even if we’re fighting, and if something horrible is happening to one of our cast mates, I think we all rally together to be supportive."

"At the end of the day, we’re a team and we don’t wish ill on anybody on our cast," Josephs added.

As for Staub specifically, Josephs teased that things aren't all hunky-dory with the divisive friend of the Housewives, despite their friendship last season.

"Danielle is a statement in general," she said. "Last year we were besties, and this year you see some stuff going on with us, for sure. I’ve said this before… It’s been all over the media. It’s no secret that her marriage has unraveled. Married for 10 weeks. Whatever. It works."

Gorga seemed to echo those statements, noting that Staub's penchant for drama is still there this season.

"She still comes in and causes drama constantly," she said. "You’re going to see her engagement party and her bachelorette party and her wedding and, you know, whenever Danielle walks in the room, you know the drama is coming."

Season 9 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premieres on Wednesday, November 7 at 9 p.m. on Bravo