A mystery no more. Jackie Goldschneider is getting real about why Traci Johnson was missing from the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 12 reunion — her tea just wasn’t piping hot enough.
“She was there for a really long time, she looked beautiful and she had on a stunning gold dress,” the New York native revealed on an episode of Page Six’s Virtual Real Tea Friday, May 20. “But I don’t think Traci said anything groundbreaking at the reunion that it had to go in.”
The Fordham University graduate, 45, explained that the production team had to “make a choice” about what to keep in the three-episode jam-packed event and Johnson, 35, most likely didn’t contribute anything critical. However, Goldschneider insisted the former Today show intern was still “important to the cast.”
“[She offered] forward progress with some of the storylines, especially the family piece with Melissa [Gorga] and Teresa [Giudice],” the freelance journalist — who has been a full-time cast member on the Bravo series for four consecutive seasons — said about Johnson at the time.
The reality star also applauded the Mount Saint Mary alum for defending Gorga, 43, against Giudice, 50, after the two sisters-in-law had a disagreement.Melissa Gorga, Traci Johnson, Jackie Goldschneider, and Teresa Giudice on ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ Eugene Gologursky/Bravo
“She kind of stepped in and was the mediator with that,” the mother of four said, adding that Johnson’s obstacle course “was one of the biggest scenes of the season.”
The outing, which was meant to be a bonding exercise between the New Jersey women, resulted in a variety of explosive arguments, including one between Johnson and the Standing Strong author.
“Teresa likes to throw at her that [Traci] was the ‘nanny’ when she met Tiki,” Goldschneider said about Giudice’s comments during a May 30 episode of the Real Housewives that claimed Johnson was husband Tiki Barber’s nanny when they met. “It was such a long day.”
The Bravo newcomer, who joined the show in season 12 as a “friend of” Gorga’s, tied the knot with the Barber, 47, in July 2012 after he called it quits with ex-wife Gina Cha in 2010. The couple share daughters Brooklyn, 9, and Teagan, 6. (The NFL player also shares son Atiim Kiambu Jr, 19, son Chason, 18, and twin daughters Riley and Ella, 11, with Cha, 34.).
In an April interview, the new cast member exclusively told Us Weekly that she broke down after her fight with Giudice when she realized the reality series may be too much for her family to handle.
“I cried. I don’t think they showed it, but I cried,” Traci revealed. “I was like, ‘I am so sorry. I brought you [Tiki] into these crazy people.’ It was like an image of a zoo. It was like they let the animals out of the cages.”
Goldschneider, for her part, told Us in April that she has “no warm and fuzzy feelings” towards Giudice, adding that she doesn’t think the Fast & Fit author will ever “evolve.”
Noticeably missing. Aaron Rodgers did not attend Jordan Rodgers and JoJo Fletcher’s recent wedding, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.
“There is still a family rift,” the insider says, noting that the brothers haven’t “reconciled” or “repaired their relationship.”
Us confirmed earlier this month that Jordan, 33, and Fletcher, 31, exchanged vows at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California, on Saturday, May 14.
“It’s a sad situation for the family and especially for Jordan who really does love his brother,” the source continues. “Aaron missed out on his big day and that’s something Jordan’s never going to forget. Jordan invited his entire family, including Aaron, even knowing he most likely wouldn’t attend since they’ve been distant for a long time now.”
Bachelor Nation and NFL fans were clued into the Rodgers’ family feud when Jordan competed on season 12 of The Bachelorette in 2016. When Fletcher arrived for his hometown date, the former Vanderbilt quarterback informed her that Aaron wouldn’t be joining them.
“I have a great relationship with my brother Luke. Me and Aaron don’t really have that much of a relationship,” Jordan said on the ABC show at the time. “It’s just kind of the way he’s chosen to do life and I’ve chosen to stay close with my family and my parents and my brother. … It’s not ideal and I love him and I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in his shoes and have the pressure he has, the demands from people that he has. Don’t have hard feelings against him, it’s just how things go right now.”
When asked about his remarks, Aaron told reporters that he wasn’t watching The Bachelorette. “[It’s] a little inappropriate [for Jordan] to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just … I’m not going to speak on those things,” he said. “But I wish him well in the competition.”
After Jordan and Fletcher got engaged on the 2016 finale, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he hoped the Green Bay Packers quarterback would be in attendance.
“There’s no scenario in which I wouldn’t want my entire family at a wedding,” he said at the time. “That’s what our whole family wants and hopes for and, at some point, it’s going to be a good wedding. There’s going to be a lot of people there.”
Fletcher, for her part, hasn’t said much about the situation in recent years. She did, however, tell Us in 2017: “I love Jordan, I love his family and I really think those topics now should be discussed within the family. So I’ve really tried to respect that. But he has a wonderful family. They love us so much and they’ve been so supportive through everything. So, I mean, I love his family.”
More recently, Aaron and Jordan’s dad, Ed Rodgers, made a rare comment about the football star as Aaron made headlines for his controversial opinion on the coronavirus vaccine.
“The main thing [is] I just support him,” Ed told USA Today, adding that “things are progressing” in their relationship. “I’m proud of him. I trust his judgment and decisions. I think that’s what I would’ve done.”
With reporting by Diana Cooper
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker‘s third wedding will be better attended than their first two, but at least one person will be missing in action.
“Scott [Disick] won’t be at the wedding,” an insider exclusively tells Us Weekly of the Talentless cofounder, 38. The New York native dated the Hulu personality, 43, off and on from 2006 to 2015. The former couple share three children: Mason, 12, Penelope, 9, and Reign, 7.
The Flip It Like Disick alum has had his ups and downs with Barker, 46, since the Blink-182 drummer started dating Kardashian in October 2020. Last year, Disick made headlines when he messaged the Poosh founder’s ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima about her PDA with Barker.
“Yo is this chick ok!????? Brooo like what is this. In the middle of Italy,” he wrote alongside a photo of the couple making out during an August 2021 vacation to Italy. “Don’t matter to me as long as she’s happy,” the model, 29, replied. “PS: i aint your bro.”
Kardashian addressed the controversy during the series premiere of her family’s Hulu show, which debuted in April.
“When I was in Italy with Travis on our summer vacation, I woke up to a text from Scott saying, ‘I am so sorry. I DMed your ex-boyfriend who I can’t stand.’ He sent me a screenshot of it and said he posted it on his [Instagram] Story,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum recalled. “Then I wrote him, ‘This is despicable.’ Your actions need to match up with you wanting to be a part of this and act like it.”
Earlier this month, an insider told Us that Disick still finds it “awkward” to witness his ex’s PDA with her now-husband. “He turns away any time he’s around them and they’re making out,” the source explained. “It’s embarrassing, and Travis and Kourtney act like no one’s in the room whenever they’re together. Scott’s all about PDA but would never put any of his exes in such an awkward position.”
The Box Car Racer musician and Kardashian are set to wed in Italy for the third time this weekend after legally marrying in Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday, May 15. They exchanged vows for the first time in Las Vegas in April, but they later revealed that the marriage was not legal because they didn’t have a license.
While the first two ceremonies were private, the Italy wedding will be attended by the pair’s family and friends. An insider told Us that all of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters will be there along with Kris Jenner and her boyfriend, Corey Gamble.
Kourtney’s children, who weren’t present at the courthouse wedding or the couple’s October 2021 engagement, are also expected to attend with Barker’s kids. The Famous Stars and Straps founder shares son Landon, 18, and daughter Alabama, 16, with ex-wife Shanna Moakler. He is also stepdad to Atiana, 23, whom Moakler, 47, shares with ex Oscar De La Hoya.
With reporting by Diana Cooper