The usually snarky and snappy Watch What Happens Live
dedicated Sunday's episode to the legal woes facing The Real Housewives of New Jersey
cast member Teresa Giudice, her husband, Joe, and their legal woes.
Roughly a month ago, the couple was charged with a 39-count federal indictment that includes conspiracy and fraud. They are facing a potential 50 years in prison. During WWHL
, host Andy Cohen asked how the couple have been coping over the past month. Teresa said she's sad and can't believe this is happening to them. She said it's like a dream, but I think the word she's really looking for is nightmare. She said her focus is trying to be strong for her husband and her children.
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Joe and Teresa claimed to be surprised by the charges, but what else would
they say? Gee, we know we're crooks. It's amazing they thought they
could even forget to cross an 'i' on their tax returns given they've been
living in the spotlight for years. Even once the charges were filed,
Andy pointed out that they continued to make public appearances, travel
and post family pictures. He questioned the motivation behind these
actions, especially since most people would expect them to keep a low
Teresa said she refused to crawl under a rock and hide
because that's not the type of person she is. She said that once they have
their day in court, the public will see what kind of people she and Joe
really are. Until then, she has no plans to run away. Joe said they
pleaded not guilty for a reason. My guess is their lawyers are giving
them some sound advice and urging them to go about their normal routine.
Their Daughters' Futures
An obvious question is what happens to the couple's four daughters if
they are found guilty? Teresa's not focusing on that now, stating she's
just focusing on her family. Cohen said that he's certain anyone who's a
fan of the show must be wondering if the couple would let Joe and
Melissa take care of the girls if it came down to that. Teresa skirted the question, but Joe made it clear that their children would wind
up under the guardianship of Teresa's brother and his wife. He stated they would most likely end up with members of his family, and said he
didn't even think his kids would want to go to live with Melissa and
Joe given what they've heard them say about their parents. Is Bravo to Blame?
The Giudices were asked if their castmates have been in contact, and Teresa replied with a yes. Cohen dug a bit deeper to gauge the level of support the
couple was receiving from Melissa and Joe. Her husband quickly indicated that it wasn't very much, but Teresa defended them by pointing out there's really nothing
that they, or anybody else, can do. It's in the hand of the attorneys.
the other petty personal conflicts highlighted on the show have fallen
off the couple's radar. Joe believes the show brought the charges on. He
said if he was on the show, nobody would care. Cohen pointed out that a
lot of the charges stemmed from before they even appeared on the show. He asked them if they regretted anything they said or did relating to this incident.
Teresa was reminded of her comment in season 1 that she didn't want to live in "a used house." She does regret how statements like that shaped her public persona. She said she started working at the age of 14, and that people took things she said the wrong way and had a different perception of who she really was.
Teresa has no plans to quit the show, but hopes the other women give her respect and understand that she can't speak about legal issues. She didn't want anyone jumping down her throat because there are things she simply can't discuss. Teresa claimed that if the tables were turned, she would behave appropriately.Ignorance is Not Bliss
Teresa maintained that she has no knowledge of her husband's business dealings. According to Joe, the family's finances are handled by accountants and attorneys. He was adamant that they hire people to handle their money. This begs the question, do they consider themselves victims of shady business practices? Teresa answered, "Obviously."Denial is a Couple in Jersey
The couple seemed in denial and unprepared to deal with some very real consequences. They appeared confident that the truth is on their side, and they don't have to worry about Joe being deported or ending up in jail or someone else raising their children. They didn't even admit to living beyond their means, which is ridiculous given the fact that they have two homes, one that is nauseatingly decadent, and that you never see Joe work. Their money woes became public knowledge by season 2. Joe even refused to take any responsibility for anything regarding the charges. Even host Andy Cohen questioned whether they fully grasped the severity of their situation.
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