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Monday, September 22, 2014

Big Ang goes off on Renee and Karen from Mob Wives during filming of season five

Angela (Big Ang) Raiola went ballistic on location at a Chelsea bar, a source tells us.
The peace at the Ainsworth, an upscale sports bar in Chelsea, was broken when the cast of the reality show “Mob Wives” ran amok while filming there last week.

An insider tells Confidenti@l that bouncers had to step in when the VH1 show’s formidable, 6-foot-tall star, Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, suddenly went on a rampage and tried to attack fellow cast member Renee Graziano.

“Big Ang went psycho,” we’re told. “Renee literally ran out of the place.

“I would run out, too — (Big Ang) is scary!”, said our source. “She was screaming at (cast member) Karen Gravano and Renee, calling them ‘rats’.”

“It was a shock because Big Ang is so sweet — she’s really not a fighter. Renee must have really upset her. Karen got in the way, and she was tossed like a feather by Ang. Even the bouncers were having trouble controlling her, and the producers didn’t try — why would they?” sniffed the source.

Apparently the mountainous star even tried to launch a table at her foe. “Well, it worked for Teresa Giudice,” joked the insider, referring to the infamous 2009 table-flipping incident on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” that helped make Giudice a household name.

“Eventually Drita (D’Avanzo), another member of the cast) managed to calm her down, and in the end nobody was hurt — there was just a lot of running and smeared makeup and spray tans,” said the source. “But the whole thing made a real scene in the restaurant.”

The series, which follows several wives and daughters of mafiosi, is shooting its fifth season, which is expected to premiere in December.

Last Monday, even before the blowup at the Ainsworth, D’Avanzo posted to her Facebook page : “I can promise every Mob Wives fan that Season 5 will be the most shocking yet!!!!!!! Oh boy...oh boy... #December.”

Big Ang and reps for VH1 and the Ainsworth declined to comment.

Ang had also been enjoying some more peaceful activities of late. On Sept. 14, the Staten Island bar owner emerged victorious from the Reality All Star Meatball Challenge, beating other unscripted-TV stars from her home borough in a contest to make the best version of the Italian classic.



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