‘Real Housewives’ Melissa Gorga on Viewer Backlash: ‘They’ll Love You One Day and Hate You the Next’

The New Jersey Bravolebrity talks St. George Retreat, fickle fans and what to expect next

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Melissa Gorga is getting used to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey's" fickle fandom.

"I think fans just tend to remember what they’re seeing right now," Gorga told TheWrap.

"I learned that they'll love you one day and hate you the next and love you the next day," she continued. "So it's just, it goes back and forth with the fans. But you just to take it take by day. That’s just how fans are. They see what they see and they make a judgment on that episode. Then on the next episode, they love you and they don't like the other person. It flip-flops a lot."

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The tide seems to have turned against Gorga at this point in the season. In the wake of the highly rated Lake George retreat episodes, which featured a fight between her husband Joe and her brother-in-law Joe Giudice, the reality star decided she wanted to end her and her husband's participation in the Lake George retreat.

"People only remember what they're seeing right now, they don’t remember what happened before," the Bravo star said. "They don’t remember the events that lead up to seeing me a little bit hard and a little bit fed up. I think they’re forgetting why, they’re forgetting what I’ve been through and what has lead up to this."

To be fair, Gorga has been the subject of several rumors at her expense, including the allegation that she once worked as a stripper and most recently that she had cheated on her husband.

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"Every season there’s a new rumor about me," she said. "It’s been open game on me for the whole entire season and it hasn’t stopped and if I saw it stop I wouldn’t be so tough. But, I can see that it just keeps happening and happening so I was done throwing the blanket on it and I really wanted to get to the bottom of it now. I’m sorry if anyone doesn’t like that, but I have to stand by the fact that I don’t want to see my husband hurt anymore and I need to protect him and my family first."

So, what can fans expect for the remainder of the Lake George retreat?

"You can expect reconciliation after Dr. V comes in and she really gets down and dirty with us," she said. "She really is the type of person that we needed to come in and look them in the eyes and tell them to shut up, sit down, and to knock it off. It works, surprisingly. So, we can go from that horrible spot to a better spot. It’s very true when they say you have to hit rock bottom before you can work your way up because that’s pretty much what happened."

Part 3 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey's' Lake George retreat continues Sunday at 8/7c.