Teresa Giudice Can’t Leave RHONJ Because She is ‘Locked into a Long-Term Contract’ Says Her Good Friend Heather Maclean
Teresa Giudice’s good friend of five years and cookbook co-writer Heather Maclean has tweeted since July 2013 that Bravo won’t let Teresa leave RHONJ or get her own series on another network because she is “locked into a contract” that is “longer than five years” and “they won’t let her leave”:
Her contract is longer than 5. Much longer. I think they have her on lockdown until she’s 80… They won’t let her leave.
She’s locked into a contract. Locked. Believe me, when they cast Melissa, she begged Andy to fire her. He said, “Dream on.
She can’t do a spinoff on any other network while she’s on Bravo.
Heather also claimed that when Bravo cast Melissa, Teresa begged Andy to fire her, but he said, “dream on”:
In August and September 2013, Heather continued to tweet about Teresa not being able to break free of her Bravo contract.
On August 19, 2013, @rossst209 asked Heather:
Why can’t Teresa get a show on E, Or A&E, or TLC, or even VH1? Isn’t anyone offering?
Heather replied that Teresa couldn’t get a show on another network because of her Bravo contract, plus she said that Teresa couldn’t even appear as a guest on another network:
She can’t even guest appear on other networks’ shows, especially cooking shows.
Also on August 19, 2013, @Rainbow_Cash_ asked Heather about the shooting schedule for RHONJ season 6:
Is it true that Bravo wants to start shooting S6 of RHONJ next month to cover Teresa’s trial?
Heather replied that they usually don’t give contracts for the new season until after the reunion tapes:
No one has heard a word yet – they usually don’t give next season contracts until after the Reunion tapes as an insurance policy.
Confused by Heather’s tweet that contracts had not yet been negotiated for season 6, another follower, @wlft1, asked why Teresa’s contract goes “forever”:
Heather, you’ve tweeted Tre’s contract goes ‘forever’, yet you’re saying they haven’t rolled out new contract – how come other original HWs from other cities sign new contract every season. We know because some hold out?
Heather didn’t reply, but @Rainbow_Cash_ did respond by tweeting:
Some sign one year contracts. While others sign multiple year contracts. I remember reading an article that said Jacqueline signed a contract binding her to show for multiple years, while people like Kathy have one year contracts. And just because Teresa has a multiple year contract doesn’t mean the rest of the cast does.
Follower @wlft1 followed up by saying that “nobody knows the real story except for the players involved”:
True, just responding to Heather saying they haven’t given NEW contract til after reunion. Actually, she didn’t say new, she said next season’s contracts. My apologies, but it states same thing. I just think nobody knows real story except for the players involved. Btw, I love Teresa n wish her the best!
On September 3, 2013, Heather also didn’t reply when @Exit155nj asked why Teresa couldn’t do a show on another network:
Why can’t she do show on another network? E, Tlc, A&e, vh1 all have shows not dirty and negative. How long is contract?
However, Heather did reply when @teens04 asked how long does Bravo “own you” after you leave the show or after the series ends:
How long do they own you after you’ve left the show or series ended?
Heather tweeted that they own you a “long time, four to five years after”:
4-5 YEARS after. Long time.
On September 3, 2013, @Exit155nj and @BurkettSue commented that every year it seems Housewives leave, and then they asked Heather to explain how Dina Manzo got out of her Bravo contract and how Danielle Staub and Dina both appeared on other shows.
Heather replied, with a wink, that Bravo “allowed them to”:
Bravo allowed them to. 😉
When @wlft1 tweeted, as another example, that “Lisa Vanderpump was on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars,” Heather didn’t respond. And when @claudia65 tweeted that “Dina got off – there has to be a way – maybe just play dead and stop cooperating,” Heather again didn’t respond.
When @claudia65 asked why Teresa couldn’t “pull some stunt to get Bravo to release her?,” another follower, @llllStarllll, replied:
They won’t let her go – she is a star.
Heather didn’t join in the conversation, but she did tweet (to nobody in particular):
Reality TV started out as an entertaining peek into real people’s real lives. It’s now a humbug played out by indentured servants. You can beg to be fired, but if you make great TV, they won’t fire you. Or let you go anywhere else.
The only way to redeem yourself? You have an iron-clad confidentiality agreement as well that means you can’t expose their lies or defend yourself, your family or your honor…or not. If they “fire” you, they still own you. You cannot appear on other networks or even do some other businesses unless they agree.
Producers don’t want to make big stars & then lose them, so first-time contracts are generally 5-10 YEARS. They have the option to use you. You sign away your rights to be portrayed fairly, accurately, or decently. You cannot stop producers’ portrayal NOR defend yourself publicly.
This is my own personal experience with contracts, but I don’t think the public understands how you sell your soul & are trapped by producers. I’m lucky to have gotten out relatively unscathed & blessed to have a wonderful life & career now, but it made me super empathetic to TV ppl.
As Sara Blakely from Spanx (who was on the show with me) said: “No sane person should ever sign that contract.” Yet we did & we’re smart… It almost personally killed me (9 times, I counted!) & destroyed my family. And that was 10 years ago when reality TV was kinder & gentler.
Word to the wise: do not ever sign a contract to appear on reality TV. I know from personal experience since I did. Worst idea ever.
On October 2, 2013, @Evrynameisgone tweeted that Teresa shouldn’t stay on the show and said that “no money is worth it”:
@HeatherMaclean With all they have done to Teresa and the negative karma it has brought upon her, she shouldn’t stay. No $$ is worth it.
Heather tweeted that she agreed and said she wished Teresa could leave:
@Evrynameisgone I know. I agree. I wish she could leave.
In reply, @Evrynameisgone asked why Teresa couldn’t leave:
@HeatherMaclean With all due respect, why can’t she?
Heather didn’t respond.
I find it very hard to believe that Teresa virtually has become an indentured servant of Bravo, unable to free herself from a long-term, multi-year contract, especially since she is now in her sixth season with the network.
I think Heather tweets on Teresa’s behalf (just like Melissa’s sisters tweet on her behalf), and I believe Teresa could put a stop to Heather’s tweets about her if she were passing on information that Teresa doesn’t endorse (just like Melissa could stop her sisters).
Teresa freely admitted during reunion 5 that she likes nice things, plus she said in interviews after the federal indictment that she wants to continue her career as a Housewife, so she’s not denying that she likes the materialistic lifestyle that being a Housewife provides for her. So why pretend that Bravo won’t let her leave the series?