When sisters Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri confronted their estranged cousin Teresa Giudice on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, they wondered why the 44-year-old Turning Tables author seemed so quick to close the book on their relationship.
But in an exclusive sneak peek at Sunday’s all-new episode, Wakile and Pierri finally get their answer.
Meeting with Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga, Wakile and Pierri come to the (literal) table looking to repair their strained family feud. But Giudice doesn’t appear interested.
“It’s not that I don’t want to be a family – you guys are always going to be my family. We have the same blood,” Giudice tells them. “I just want to be left alone. I don’t want to be hurt anymore. I’m just tired. I’ve been through a lot.”
“I don’t want to be hurt either and I don’t want to hurt anybody,” Wakile shoots back.
But while she may not have wanted to hurt anybody, Wakile’s husband Rich has been a big problem for Giudice. “Every time I’m around your husband, he’s always got something negative to say,” she explains. “Rich threw my cookbook in the garbage. Doesn’t he feel anything?”
Before Wakile has time to defend her husband, Giudice mentioned she was upset because she hadn’t heard from her cousins while she was in prison.
“The whole year I was away, I didn’t get a card from you or you,” she tells them. “I just want people that have been there for me while I went through this, during when I went through this and when I came home.”
RELATED VIDEO: Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga Talk About Whether Their Family Drama is Really in the Past or Not
“I’ve been trying,” Wakile says. “You have to also understand being on the other side where you shut everybody out.”
Giudice responds: “I didn’t shut nobody out. The only reason why I’m bringing it up is because I feel like now because I’m in the public eye again, you guys are bringing it up. That’s how I feel.”
The accusation really upset her cousins – especially Pierri. “Then you don’t know me really then,” she says. “Then you never did. I want to move forward. You shut us out, Teresa.”
Then, Giudice delivers the final blow: “Just with us guys, there’s been a lot of turmoil,” she says. “I want to cut the cancer out, really.”
“We’re not cancer, I can tell you that,” Wakile replies.
Pleading with Giudice, Pierri asks the final question of the scene. “You’re saying you don’t want ever to hang out and laugh and hug and be a family ever again?”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.