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Now that Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is wrapped up, the ladies have some more free time to spend on other projects until Season 6 starts filming in a few weeks, and they are certainly keeping busy. New author Melissa Gorga recently appeared on Bethenny Frankel's show, Bethenny, where she appeared to have a total blast.

The sexy mama of three took to Instagram to share a picture of herself from the green room. For those of you unfamiliar with the entertainment term, the green room is the place where the actors and guests hang out until it's show time.

"Green room #selfie at @bethenny :-)," Melissa wrote next to the photo.

Melissa looks stunning in a simple cranberry-red mini dress, with a high neck and short hemline. She's also rocking a fresh blowout on her enviable, long hair. The Jersey gal recently hit the beauty salon where she became a whole lot blonder with all-over honey highlights. Her makeup looks absolutely flawless, as usual.

Melissa appeared on the daytime talk show to participate in a panel devoted to a conversation about parenting styles. The episode tackled controversial questions like whether or not spanking is an acceptable form of discipline. Wetpaint Entertainment was at the filming of the episode, and we can assure you it was quite the heated debate!

The episode will air on Monday, November 18. Since Bethenny is a syndicated program, don't forget to visit the show's website, bethenny.com, to find out when and where Melissa's episode will air in your city.

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