‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ Producers Planning New Format To Wrap Up Season 14 As Bravo Eschews Reunion

The ongoing feud between Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga has producers of The Real Housewives of New Jersey now looking at different formats and concepts for a season wrap up show as they eschew a traditional reunion.

Over the weekend, it emerged that the Bravo show wouldn’t be doing a reunion special for Season 14 – the first time since it launched in 2009.

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Deadline understands that the producers of the show are now plotting what that might look like. We hear that the finale is set to air in very late summer or early fall. It is expected to be slightly fewer episodes than usual – last season consisted of 19 episodes.

“There’s no way we can do a traditional reunion show,” a Bravo source told Deadline. “It will be a different format and the production team is now looking at different concepts.”

The source called the finale “huge”.

It was clear when RHONJ returned on May 5, the cast division made things awkward for everyone. Giudice and her sister-in-law Gorga are still not on speaking terms and their feud has reached a new level. Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga didn’t attend Giudice’s wedding Luis Ruelas. The pair are also dealing with issues such as sending their daughters to college.

It’s also had a knock-on effect with the rest of the group; the relationship between Jackie Goldschneider, who is friends with Giudice and Jennifer Aydin, and Gorga and Margaret Josephs has broken down. Rachel Fuda and Danielle Cabral have also sparred with Giudice.

A cast shake-up is expected after Season 14 finishes. “It’s very obvious they can’t go on like this,” added the source.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is produced for Bravo by Sirens Media, an ITV America company, with Andy Cohen, Jordana Hochman, Sarah Howell, Mioshi Hill, Lauren Volonakis and Maggie Langtry serving as executive producers.

Andy Cohen said on SiriusXM’s Reality Checked with Kiki Monique, “When all of us producers saw the last cut of the finale, we all came to the decision separately and then we talked. We all had the same thought, which is the finale is kind of the finale and the reunion all in one. It’s in the great tradition of absolute shocking, dramatic Jersey finales and they have this final epic group encounter, which is like, it feels like the Last Supper and is just so Jersey.  And it’s shocking and it’s dramatic and it’s amazing TV. I’m telling you, when you see it, I think that you’ll feel complete. I really do.”

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