Mob Wives: Chicago is set to premiere on June 10th but already there is controversy surrounding the show.
James Fecarotta, the cousin of cast member Renee Fecarotta Russo, is pissed that his family member, who knew very little about his father, John Fecarotta, is using the family name to gain fame and fortune on the upcoming VH1 reality show.
Although police claim John Fecarotta had ties with the Chicago mob, his son is disputing those claims saying his father simply “owned restaurants – plain and simple.”
It was 26-years ago that Fecarotta was gunned down outside a bingo hall in Chicago’s Northwest Side and James feels Renee is forcing his family to relive the tragedy all while flaunting the mobster lifestyle in their faces. “She wants to capitalize on my father for a bunch of b.s. . . . she’s just making our family look bad with the things she says, the things she does.”
“She’s going on TV to make a quick buck.” - James Fecarotta on Mob Wives: Chicago’s Renee Fecarotta Russo
James claims Renee even changed her name from “Renee Russo” to “Renee Fecarotta Russo” in order to appear as though she had direct ties to his father. “That’s a joke,” he says when asked about Renee’s claims of being close to John. He’s attempted to complain to VH1 about his disapproval but his calls have gone unanswered.
Read a breakdown of the rest of the Mob Wives: Chicago cast and watch the trailer here before it’s premiere on June 10.