REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY returned for its third season last night (16th May 2011), introducing Teresa Giudice's sister-in-law MELISSA GORGA, reports the Washington Post. During yesterday's season premiere, the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY attended the christening of Gorga's son, where a huge brawl broke out.

Fans of the show soon came to realise that veteran housewife Giudice does not see eye-to-eye with Gorga and tempers began to flare at the family event. Teresa attempted to congratulate her brother Joe on his son's special day, but he rebuffed the gesture, calling her "garbage". Giudice's husband, also named Joe, stepped in to defend his wife and the two men immediately began brawling in front of their children. As punches were thrown, a huge crowd of suited men began rushing to the scene, attempting to break up the fight. The episode closed with Gorga's husband yelling at his father in the lobby of the Christening venue. Melissa appeared on the 'Today Show' earlier this week to speak about her decision to join the cast of the show, telling host Kathie Lee Gifford, "I thought about it for months and months, but I signed on the dotted line".

Danielle Staub, the star of last season's REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY, will not feature in the new series. Staub will instead star alongside Heidi Montag in a new reality television show slated to air on VH1 later this year.