Melissa Gorga calls out husband Joe for freakout that got him kicked out of son’s wrestling match: ‘You overreacted’

Melissa Gorga called out her husband, Joe Gorga, for an explosive display that got him kicked out of their son Gino’s wrestling match.

“OK, so you lost your cool,” the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, 44, told Joe, 49, on Thursday’s episode of her “On Display with Melissa Gorga” PodcastOne podcast.

“You overreacted,” she added.

Joe made headlines when a video surfaced of him getting up from the bleachers last Saturday to interrupt his 16-year-old son being pinned to the floor by an opponent at Parsippany Hills High School gym.

As he explained on “On Display,” Joe felt the referee had been making poor calls to Gino’s detriment.

Before the father of three — who also shares daughter Antonia, 18, and son Joey, 13, with Melissa — could reach the ref, school staffers and parents intervened to halt a brewing physical altercation.

Melissa Gorga told her husband, Joe Gorga, that he “overreacted” during a freakout at their son’s recent wrestling match. melissagorga/Instagram
Joe was ejected from eldest son Gino’s match following an explosive display that was caught on camera. melissagorga/Instagram

A rep for Joe later told TMZ that he never intended to hurt anyone and admitted his emotions got the best of him. He added that he is “proud” of Gino for navigating the situation as a “class act,” remaining behaved despite the fiery nature of the parental outburst.


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Joe had no idea the incident had been captured on camera and would be leaked for public consumption, lamenting to his spouse that his “whole life” feels like a reality show.

“I can’t even go to a wrestling match anymore. It’s a reality show. Everything’s a reality show,” said the businessman, who joined “RHONJ” with Melissa in 2011’s Season 3. “It’s ridiculous.”

Joe explained that he felt the referee had been making unfair calls to Gino’s detriment.
He admitted that his emotions got the best of him. Par Hills Tv/YouTube

Joe also offered a stern message to anyone looking to exploit future private moments.

“Leave me the hell alone,” he asserted. “Let me be with my son or something, my God!”

He and Melissa — who tied the knot in August 2004 — moved on from the episode by attending Monday night’s premiere of Netflix’s “Lift” in New York City, where they posed for photos together on the red carpet.

The father of three said on “On Display” that, after the footage leaked, his whole life feels “like a reality show.” BRAVO
“Leave me the hell alone,” he asserted. “Let me be with my son or something, my God!” joeygorga/Instagram

There, the “On Display” singer discussed a different type of drama with “Entertainment Tonight”: her still-rocky relationship with estranged sister-in-law Teresa Giudice, Joe’s older sibling.

“It is the new normal. I think it just is what it is. I always say it’s unfortunate. I’ll never be, like, happy about that,” Melissa explained. 

“But we’re all living, and we’re happy, and sometimes things just need to take its course. Right now that’s definitely how it is.”