On Sept. 29, Teresa Giudice, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” sat down with Andy Cohen in the Bravo Clubhouse for her first interview since she and Joe were charged last month with a 39-count indictment. The lengthy interview aired on Sunday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live” and provided good insights into Teresa and Joe’s lives, although they couldn’t talk specifics about the impending court case, which will be tried in February. According to E Online and other sources, the Giudices could spent up to 50 years in jail if convicted. Below are ten of Cohen’s most burning questions and Teresa and Joe Giudice’s responses.
1. “What has the last month been like for you?”
Teresa Giudice responded, “I’m not happy about it. I’m sad. I can’t believe this is happening to us. It feels like a dream.” The “RHONJ” star went on to explain that she is trying to be strong for her husband and children. Joe added that he was surprised by the charges and stated, “If we were guilty, we would have pleaded. We’re just going to stay positive and keep our chins up and keep moving.”
2. “What have you told your kids about the charges?”
Teresa answered that her oldest child, her 12-year-old daughter Gia, “knows that something is going on." The mother of four added that they haven’t gone into specifics, but they tell the girls that their attorneys are handling the issue. Giudice also claimed that magazines exaggerate the case out of proportion.
3. “Do you think in the back of your mind, who you would want to care for the kids if you’re not able to?”
Joe Giudice answered that his sister or brother would care for his girls if he and his wife were sent to prison. “If God forbid, something should ever happen where we have to worry about where the kids would go, it wouldn’t be with Melissa and Joe,” he added. He claimed that Teresa’s brother and sister-in-law have not been very supportive, but Teresa chimed in that there’s very little they can do at this point. “It’s in the hands of the attorneys and that’s it,” she stated on Sunday night.
4. “Do you think the show brought these charges on?”
Joe responded immediately, “Oh, absolutely! If I wasn’t on the show, nobody would care.” Andy Cohen was quick to point out that some of the charges stemmed from actions done prior to the show and Joe fired back, “Whatever is done is done at this point.”
5. “How do you feel about people saying that you shouldn’t continue with the show given this looming case?”
Teresa answered and told Cohen, “I still want to keep working. I’ve worked since I was 14. I’ve always been a hard worker and I’m a hustler.” She added that she hopes her cast mates show respect during this difficult time. “If this was happening to them, I would give them respect.”
6. “Who does the finances in your home?”
Joe answered that he and Teresa have accountants to keep track of their finances. “We hire people to do the stuff. We don’t do it,” Joe added. When Cohen pressed and asked how they feel about 39 counts, Teresa answered, “I feel like I’m numb to it.”
7. “Do you have serious fears about going to jail?”
Teresa told Cohen that she now wakes up with anxiety. "I used to sleep like a baby. Now, I get up in the middle of the night and have stress,” she explained. She also said that she hates thinking about everything, but remains strong because she is a mother. “Moms can’t break down. They have to keep it together,” she told Cohen emphatically.
8. “Are you worried about being deported?”
Joe Giudice is not a US citizen, but is in the country on a green card. He explained that he was born in Italy and came to the USA when he was one year old. “I’m a legal resident because I got my green card,” he stated. He also said that he never applied for citizenship because he never got around to it. When Cohen pressed Joe about the possibility of being deported, he answered, “I’m not going to even worry about that.”
9. "Have you ever lived beyond your means?”
During the first season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice was panned for saying that she didn’t want to live in a “used house.” So, Cohen asked the couple if they ever lived beyond their means. “People have said that, but they’re idiots,” Joe told Andy. “Whatever I could afford to buy, I would buy. We’re allowed to make money,” he added. Teresa said that she regrets the comment because “people had a different perception of who I really am and took it the wrong way.”
10. “In hindsight, do you feel like you’ve made mistakes?”
Andy Cohen was clearly looking for contrition from Teresa and Joe, but they showed very little. Joe answered, “Nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes.” When Cohen delved deeper and asked if he takes responsibility for anything related to the charges, Joe responded with a simple “no.” Teresa added that she is not in denial of anything, but looking back, she thinks she wouldn’t be in the situation she is if she weren’t on “RHONJ.” “This might not be happening. That does cross my mind,” she said.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” aired its season finale on Sept. 29. The show premiered in 2009 and is the second most popular series in the franchise, behind only “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Next up is a series of reunion shows. For a sneak peak at the photos from the reunion that was taped on Sept. 6, head to Reality Tea. The Enstars website posted that Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, Joe Giudice, Joe Gorga, Rosie Pierri and Dr. V., who was present on the cast members' family retreat in Lake George, all take part in the reunion.
To see portions of Teresa and Joe Giudice's interview on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, head to the official Bravo website.
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