Casting Rumors for Season 7 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey (Updated December 13, 2015)

March 13, 2015

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The New York Daily News reported on December 11, 2015 that the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ has a “new deal” where the cast “only gets paid if they get air time” by “making ratings-grabbing TV.”

The “Real Housewives Of New Jersey” better be ready to bring some weapons-grade drama to the next season — or risk a pay cut.

Until now, the stars had been paid a lump sum for the whole season. But Confidenti@l is told that producers will now only pay them for episodes they appear in.

Sources say the idea is to encourage the ladies to make ratings-grabbing TV, rather than coast and cash their paychecks.

We’re told the show’s longest running stars, Melissa Gorga and the soon-to-be-released-from-prison Teresa Giudice, will each be paid $50,000 per episode — if they make it in that week.

It’s unclear how much a third Housewife, Jacqueline Laurita, will get, but sources agree it is likely to be less because she skipped last season.

“The problem is you could sign a contract for an $800,000 salary and then sit back and do nothing,” said a source, “This way, you really have to bring it.”

“Across all the (“Housewives”) series there are people who are more committed and people who are less committed,” said another insider. “People sign up to do it and then lose their enthusiasm.”

This new plan is intended to combat that problem by encouraging maximum participation.

We’re told the new system doesn’t necessarily mean a pay cut for the combustible cast. Since the previous six seasons have had an average of 19 episodes, a Housewife deemed worthy of screen time in each episode could bag nearly $1 million at the end of the season — that would come close to the salaries of highest-paid Housewives across the whole franchise, like Nene Leakes and Bethenny Frankel.

Some of the “Real Housewives of New York” cast members moved to a per-episode pay plan last season and insiders say the same carrot-and-stick approach may add some zing to other series, like Atlanta and Beverly Hills — so we may see the plan rolled out to other shows when contracts are next negotiated.

Three part-time members of the cast — known as “friends of the Housewives” and heavily tipped to be matchmaker Siggy Flicker and couple Robyn Levy and Christina Flores — are expected to stay on a salary, somewhere around the $50,000 mark for the whole season.

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UPDATE JUNE 23, 2015: On June 23, 2015, Us Weekly reported that earlier in June Joe Giudice began filming an hour-long special for Bravo, with the possibility of additional episodes to follow:

The show will document the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s home life without wife Teresa Giudice, who’s currently serving a 15-month prison sentence for fraud at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. Joe, 44, has been the sole caretaker for their daughters — Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5 — since January.

Planning for the special has been ongoing. When Joe talked exclusively with Us earlier this year, he confirmed that he’d met with Bravo about the idea. “Now it’s something for our attorneys to figure out,” he said in April.

On July 19, 2015, TMZ reported that Teresa Giudice would appear on her husband’s Bravo special via telephone conversations from federal prison:

We’ve learned Teresa will appear by jail telephone on a 2-part special, showing how Joe is caring for their 4 kids while his wife is serving out her 15-month sentence.

Bravo couldn’t get a camera inside, so pay phone is the next best option.

As for money … there’s no problem with Bravo paying Teresa an appearance fee, because the “Son of Sam” law — which prohibits people from profiting off certain crimes — only applies to certain violent offenses.

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2015: Andy Cohen sat down with E! News’ Alicia Quarles on March 19, 2015 (click here for the video). When asked if the rumors about Tiki Barber’s wife joining the cast of RHONJ were true, Andy replied, “So false,” and then stated that he hasn’t seen any “Jersey casting.” He went on to explain: “Here’s the thing. They’re doing a wide net, so we haven’t cast Jersey. So anything you’ve heard about casting Jersey is not true, right now.” Andy also said he hasn’t spoken to Teresa Giudice in prison yet and that he “checks in with Dina [Manzo] to find out how she’s doing,” adding that she’s doing okay.

On March 23, 2015, a TMZ cameraman ran into Tiki and his wife outside a New York City restaurant and asked them about rumblings that Traci was joining the cast of RHONJ. He replied: “No, don’t believe everything you read.” When the cameraman asked Tiki — who already runs a celebrity booking company — about doing ANY reality show, he told them “he’s already got enough jobs.”

New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l reported on March 13, 2015 that Traci Lynn Johnson, Maxim model and wife to retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, is poised to join the the Real Housewives of New Jersey for its upcoming season. According to the insider for Confidenti@l, Sirens execs and Bravo bigwigs held a meeting in early March where Traci was named a front-runner.

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UPDATE MARCH 31, 2015: Melissa posted the photo above to her instagram account of herself and Joe having dinner with Tiki and Traci on March 31st.

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2015: Melissa posted the photos above to her instagram account of herself having a “liquid lunch” with Traci and Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) on June 4, 2015.

Confidenti@l’s insider explained that a casting director for Sirens Media, producer of the show, was given a deadline at the Andy and Melissaend of February to find someone to anchor the series alongside cast member Melissa Gorga. When Melissa appeared on WWHL with Cynthia Bailey on March 8, 2015, RHONJ executive producer Andy Cohen asked her about Teresa Giudice, indicting he intends to maintain Teresa’s connection to the show via her brother and sister-in-law.

Traci and Tiki appeared along with Joe and Melissa Gorga on the ‘Bethenny’ show on September 19, 2013 [photo above]. Speaking on ‘Bethenny,’ Tiki told America that his fifth child, and Traci’s first, was due in December 2013 before rubbing his young bride’s belly as the live audience applauded (she gave birth to a daughter, Brooklyn).

With negotiations underway, sources say Traci’s “big, over-the-top personality” and tendency toward scandal fits the bill. Tiki married one-time mistress and girlfriend Traci in a civil ceremony in New York’s City Hall in 2012, eight days after his divorce from his college sweetheart and wife of 11 years, Ginny — who was eight months pregnant with twins at the time — became final. At the time of their affair, Traci was a 23-year-old intern at NBC and Tiki was a correspondent for the “Today” show [he lost his job because of the affair].

Traci, now 28, is currently pregnant. She moved with Tiki to NJ a few years ago and is next door neighbors with Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi from “Jersey Shore” fame [Snooki has refuted claims that she has been “begging” to be part of RHONJ, and Andy Cohen tweeted that Snooki will not be a part of season 7].

A different Confidenti@l source says Traci and Tiki have been interested in doing reality TV for some time, but added there’s no confirmation yet on whether Traci will appear on the show. Athough Bravo has yet to officially announce what is happening with the series, a source for E! News said the rumor is true about Traci joining the cast and said that even though Traci “isn’t officially locked down yet, it looks like it’s going to happen”:

“When producers approached Traci, they told her they were revamping the show. Their goal is to include more well-known names and make New Jersey look more glamorous, like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Traci isn’t the only new face being courted for the show. Hala Kerik, wife of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik—and good friend to Caroline Manzo—and Amber Sabathia, wife of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, have been approached. Amber and CC ultimately decided they didn’t want to open their lives to reality cameras.

“Potential new cast members are being told the show will take an entirely different direction. The focus isn’t going to be on Teresa and her family’s legal troubles. It’s time for a fresh start. More fun and more glam.”

But that doesn’t mean the cast from last season—or previous years—are out. “It’s still early in the process. They’re meeting with a lot of women and trying to determine what ensemble will work best for the show.”

UPDATE MARCH 18, 2015: RumorFix reported on March 17, 2015 that sources “close to production” say that Traci is a shoe-in for the gig and that Bravo, under the gun because they were scheduled to start shooting RHONJ episodes in April: (1) is interested in casting lesbian couple Rose De Jesus and Tobi Petrocelli, a real estate tycoon; (2) Maria Bach, Sebastian Bach’s ex-wife, has been considered; (3) Jacqueline Laurita and the twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea will return; and (4) everyone else’s fate is unknown.

“Bravo is trying very hard to recast the whole show. If they wanted the old crew the contracts would have been signed by October-November and they would be filming December-April to have the show on air in July, one year after last year’s premiere. Bravo hasn’t cut the old crew 100% loose yet because they need them for backup if the test filming they are doing with new housewives doesn’t work. They want something on the air in New Jersey versus nothing, so the old cast sits in limbo and can’t say a word and have to sweat it out. Teresa may be back on Bravo at some point, but she is done on the Housewives. She attracts fans and viewers when she is funny and off the cuff with her family and friends, but she can’t do that on RHNJ because she is always the target and on edge, too cautious and that is not what people want to watch anymore. Bravo will recast and try to hit gold again and then eventually give Teresa some role on her own down the line.” [Jshappyday, March 8, 2015, Reality Tea]

On February 10, 2015, at the 12th Annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, Andy Cohen shared his thoughts with US Magazine on the fate of RHONJ:

“I can’t imagine not filming The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It’s a big franchise for Bravo, and I think whatever we do, we’re going to do it the right way, so we’re still figuring that out right now.”

When asked whether there might be a way to still include Teresa while she’s behind bars, Andy replied:

“I don’t know the specifics of what they allow, but I can’t see them allowing [us to film people visiting her in prison].”

As of February 7, 2015, according to Andy, no footage has been shot for season 7. He also noted that he has taken pleasure in firing a Housewife of the franchise, but wouldn’t say who:

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On January 30, 2015, PEOPLE magazine reported that Bravo may be introducing some new faces to RHONJ:

“The network wasn’t happy with last season,” says a source. “They want a new vibe with fresh Jersey faces.”

But that doesn’t count out all of the show’s season six cast members.

“Some older faces will for sure come back to keep the viewers happy,” adds the source. “It could get interesting.”

A second source says the network isn’t even sure when the show will air again.

“No one knows when it’s coming back,” says a Bravo insider.

On January 29, 2015, Tami B Casting began recruiting new cast members for RHONJ season 7:

Season 7 Casting Call

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · Feb 2
#NEWJERSEY #CASTING Classy ladies who live a Beverly Hills lifestyle with a Jersey Zipcode & attitude!

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · Jan 31
ATTENTION NEW JERSEY! Now Casting Ladies and Families who live a classy and fabulous Beverly Hills lifestyle…

Tami B Casting also recruited for RHONJ season 6 but was not credited as a casting producer, which means she did not actually cast anyone [Jim Marchese claims he negotiated the contracts for the new cast members on season 6]:

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 5 Mar 2013
#JERSEY HOUSEWIFE/FAMILY CASTING! Hot affluent sassy Jersey ladies/sisters/cousins/friends Please Retweet!

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 28 Feb 2013

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 25 Feb 2013
Please refer! #casting #NewJersey #Fabulous Women/Housewives

Tami Brandel @tamibcasting · 24 Feb 2013
#Casting #Jersey women/ housewives please refer

On January 29, 2015, RadarOnline reported that Christina Caparoula (@ccaparoula) is “a casting director/producer who worked on the fifth season of the show,” who is casting for RHONJ season 7. She tweeted on January 26 that she is “Casting Season 7 of Real Housewives of New Jersey,” with a link to her gmail account. She also posted an ad on her Facebook page, Caparoula Casting.

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However, on her IMDb page she has no credits for producing or casting. Since the report from Radar, Christina has deleted the tweet from her timeline and removed the posting from Facebook. Also, she tweeted on January 29, 2015: “Talk about some #buzz that I wasn’t even aware of…..”

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Gia Giudice’s manager also jumped into the mix by tweeting that a network TV channel is “seeking affluent women in New Jersey living a Beverly Hills lifestyles:”

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Regarding returning Housewives for season 7, Amber Marchese’s chances of getting offered a contract are looking slim. On November 6, 2014, RHONJ executive producer Andy Cohen tweeted her husband, Jim, telling him: “We need to talk about you on Twitter.” Jim tweeted a nonsensical reply: “No Andy…we need to talk.”

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Jim has gotten into a nasty Twitter exchanges with fans of the show. The most notable one was with OldJeresyLady on November 23, 2014:

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On November 11, 2014, during a Q&A on Reddit, Andy was asked about Jim: “Is Jim really that big of a douche?” Andy replied: “He is exactly as he appears on television.”

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Also during his Reddit Q&A, Andy was asked: “Will Bravo be filming everything surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s time in prison if they’ll allow the cameras? Is there even a RHONJ left without Teresa?” Andy replied that producers have not yet made any plans for the future of RHONJ:

“We have not made any plans relating to the future of the Jersey Housewives. The final reunion is airing tonight, and we’ll go back and meet and talk and re-evaluate soon… I am an executive producer of ALL the Real Housewives shows, involved in hiring and firing and production of the shows.”

Also on the Reddit Q&A with Andy:

Someone commented that the Housewives franchise has become more dramatic and violent and asked Andy where he thought the franchise was headed: “Some of the earliest seasons of the Housewives franchises were much more light-hearted and fun. Some have pointed to Nene Leakes’ infamous ‘Close your legs to married men, Wig!’ appearance on WWHL and Teresa’s Giudice’s table flip as the point where the women became hyper focused on one-upping each other’s antics, which has slowly devolved into violence. What are your thoughts about where Housewives has been and where it’s going?”

Andy replied that the producers try to embrace the things about the shows that make them both dramatic and fun: “I think that, you know, I love the show. And I think occasionally, there have been moments where we’ve had to get them back on track. And I think that last season of Beverly Hills was not its best, and when you see this season, it’s kind of back to the things that people loved about it in season one. And so I think that there’s always, you know, we’re always listening to viewers and we’re always trying to embrace the things about the Housewives shows that make them fun, and dramatic, and successful, in ALL of the best ways.”

He also said: “I think the Housewives are not for everyone. And for those who embrace them, they connect to the show because it is at best a ‘docu-soap-opera’.”

When asked, “Who is most like they are portrayed on TV and least like their TV persona?,” Andy replied that “everyone is pretty similar to how you see them on TV.”

To the comment, “It seems there’s been a growing trend in the Housewives shows to break the fourth wall,” Andy responded: “I don’t love the fourth wall being broken, and I think it’s usually broken when someone is defensive about behavior that they are being held accountable for by the viewers. I don’t know if it’s a trend. That just seems to be when it happens.”

To the question, “What’s your advice on my friends and I actually getting a reality show?,” Andy replied: “I think you should be really sure that it’s what you want. You know? And figure out why you want to be on a reality show. Because it may actually not wind up going your way.”

Andy also was asked: “What are your honest thoughts on Teresa Giudice? Does she ‘get it’ now with what occurred and why she’s going to prison? Is she capable of being accountable for her actions? Do you believe that she truly didn’t know that her plea deal included the possibility of jail?”

Andy replied: “I don’t know the specifics of what she knew, when, but she seems very humbled by what the judge told her, and she seems to have been affected by that.”

When asked if he will be adding any more cities to the Housewives franchise, Andy replied, “Not right now.”

The New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l reported on February 6, 2015 that Jim believes Bravo will be guilty of “glorifying” crime if it renews Teresa’s contract. Confidenti@l asked if that means Bravo has a moral responsibility to can Teresa. Jim answered:

“I’m my opinion, yes. Every other business model has a code of ethics. I don’t think she should be on the show any longer. I think glorifying a felon’s life is counterproductive, and I don’t think it’s appropriate. By the same argument, I think we could have (imprisoned Ponzi schemer) Bernie Madoff on the show. He has good name recognition also, and he’s done things and I’m sure there would be some curiosity. But (the show) is about families and dynamics. It isn’t about seeing how individuals can work our system, rip off the American people, not pay taxes and then live a lifestyle that pretty much no one I know has.”

Andy responded to the New York Daily story via Twitter, saying, “It’s ok nobody reads the daily news.” When Jim tweeted: “Wonder, if no one reads daily news, why did he know about it,” Andy replied, “Jim people tweet me your messy quotes!” Andy did not respond to Jim’s retort: “Funny they do same to me. Guess your lucky.”

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On February 17, 2015, Jim gave an interview to PEOPLE magazine about Teresa not being right for RHONJ any longer. Teresa’s lawyer put Jim in his place by saying, “With all due respect to Mr. Marchese, cast decisions should be left to the professionals at Bravo and Sirius Media [sic].”

Jim must sense by now that Bravo will not be renewing his wife’s contract and is making a desperate last ditch attempt to reverse their decision by drawing attention to himself.  The following are Jim’s quotes from the PEOPLE interview:

“I don’t think they should bring Teresa back. I don’t have an issue with her working. She can work all she wants. I just don’t think it’s appropriate for her to be on this type of show any longer.”

If Bravo wants to do a show with her about life after prison, “they can knock themselves out. But that’s a show to talk about what happened, her problems and how she’s dealing with them. That’s not the same thing as RHONJ. There’s a completely different theme to it.”

RHONJ “is about over-the-top lifestyles and over-the-top drama. At this point she can’t partake in any of this. I just don’t think this is the type of show for her.”

“If she does come back to the show, she is going to be on probation,” he says. “If there is any type of altercation, she will immediately go to jail. For example – she flips a table? She goes to jail because if she did that in a public place, that would be considered disorderly conduct in my opinion. She will be violating her parole.”

“Her trademark table-flipping will no longer be a viable option. Her fan base will be disappointed.”

“I clashed with them [other cast members in season 6] because I have a difference of opinion on how somebody should live their life. You should live within your means and you should be responsible. It’s just not about how much you can spend. You have to actually be able to pay your bills.”

“When we started the show, Teresa wasn’t even indicted yet. We took the job with the belief that you would be able to grow businesses out of it. Because Teresa and her husband have been convicted, it has been very difficult for Amber to launch businesses because no one wants to be associated with the show.”

“Teresa’s criminal conviction and how she is portrayed on the show has made it so that cast members have leprosy at this point because people don’t want to be associated with them. Amber, for example, is starting several businesses, including RevolutionIZ, which provides personal training and 3-D body imaging to help people maximize their workouts. But it’s very difficult to have any major endorsements at this point because of Teresa. Point blank, they tell us, ‘We don’t want to be associated with felons.’ That’s the first thing they think of. I get it. It taints the show.”

“I have a mortgage bank. We lend our money, which is my money, and we were the victims of over $4.5 million of fraud … through the exact same type of fraud scheme – fake W2s, fake bank statements – by people who didn’t really have the money.”

“This happened before I acquired the bank, but it was part of the toxic debt that I acquired. We put in insurance claims and filed lawsuits, but we are getting back less than 20 cents on the dollar. So you can imagine, you lose $4 or $5 million to people who misrepresent themselves, and it hits home.”

On December 12, 2014, AllAboutTRH interviewed Amber and asked her questions about season 7. She said she hadn’t heard any rumors or anything about season 7, qualifying that she would return if the price is right:

Are you planning on returning for season seven of RHONJ?

If they ask me and if the price is right you know, yeah for sure.

Have you heard anything about when RHONJ season seven will begin filming?

Lots of rumors but no nothing. Honestly I’m not the type that pushes for answers it will happen when it’s actually supposed to happen organically. I trust that the producers and Bravo know when to do it and they know the right time. I trust them.

Do you think Bravo would actually hold season seven until 2016 (when Teresa Giudice gets out of prison)?

I don’t know I really don’t. I question it because some of sources seem to be pretty confident when they do say that so that makes me take pause and think maybe they are going to do that. I think it would be very silly. I think they have an excellent cast as is and you know we can carry on. I mean I don’t think she (Teresa Giudice) is going to do the full 15-months. She’ll be back season 8 very easily so I think it would really silly if they were to do that. They’d lose a lot of fans. They should really focus on getting to know the new girls and everyone has an amazing story and I think they need to focus on the dynamics of the girls – less fighting. You saw the lost footage…you saw we were getting along and they cut out all of that and they went right to the drama and there was so many things that happened before that. New Jersey’s about fun, were about strong personalities, were about family and the Italian way and were just so different and it’s unique and everyone brings something to the table.

On December 19, 2014, Fox News interviewed Amber, and asked her, “Will you be on next season?” Amber again replied that she hasn’t heard anything about season 7:

“A lot of rumors. A lot of talk but nothing is set in stone. Nothing. Even on my end, I haven’t heard anything.  They’re not keeping me in the loop, I think by design, but once I get that phone call, if they want me back, we’ll deal with it then. But until then I kind of live my life.  I’m happy.”

On January 13, 2015, Fox News interviewed Jim and asked him about the rumors that RHONJ is on hiatus until Teresa is released from prison, and Jim was emphatic in his opinion that season 7 should go into production without Teresa:

Rumors are running rampant that Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will be under lock and key until its biggest star, Teresa Giudice, serves out her jail sentence at Danbury Federal Correction Institute in Danbury, Conn. on February 5, 2016. But “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jim Marchese told FOX411 the reports of his show’s demise are “fiction.”

“From what I understand, it takes a three or four month break after filming. The time frames I would start to expect shooting wouldn’t be for a month or two, and from the storylines — people’s lives — there’s so much that can still go on.”

Reality shows like ‘Housewives’ thrive on drama for ratings, and Giudice’s legal woes certainly brought plenty of it, but Marchese says it’s not one star, but cast dynamics, that make or break a show.

“It’s not about just one character. It’s all the characters. There was one episode that drew a lot of attention and she (Teresa) wasn’t even there,” he said. “The show does well because of the dynamics of the group and the interaction of the group. I believe the show can go on without Teresa.”

In a January 2015 video posted by BravoTV, “Ask Andy: Has Andy Talked to Teresa Giudice?,” Andy was asked if he has been in touch with Teresa or her family. Andy jokingly said: “Yes, I talk to her every day.” He then explained that he was kidding, “No, I haven’t spoken to her. No, I would love to have spoken to her. I have no idea how she’s doing.” Andy also said that he has not spoken to Joe Giudice. Considering his responses, it’s safe to assume that casting decisions for RHONJ season 7 are still pending.

FOX411 reached out to Bravo who declined to comment.

On November 23, 2014, Andy Cohen answered questions during a fan Q&A at the Gilt City Miami launch party at Villa Azur for the The Andy Cohen Diaries. When asked if it is possible Teresa will return to RHONJ after she serves her 15-month prison sentence, Andy enthusiastically responded, “I hope so!” And when another person asked Andy who he would like to see cast if there ever was an all-star Housewives show, he said he’d like to see “Nene, Teresa, Vanderpump, Bethenny, Adriana and Gunvalson.”

On November 24, 2014, TBB published an interview with Jacqueline Laurita where she stated that she hasn’t yet decided if she will be coming back as a part-time or full-time Housewife in season 7, plus she said that she was the one, not Bravo, to make the decision that she would be part-time in season 6. She also said that she doubted she would see Teresa before she heads to prison and that she’s “texted her but that’s about it.” The following is that interview.

TBB: Why did you come back to The Real Housewives of New Jersey?

JL: I came back because I actually never left (laughs). I had asked to go part-time because I’m working on a lot of other things right now and the stress from the show got to be a little much with trying to do everything I wanted to get done. So I needed a break from the show and they offered that. I said I would do part-time but then I was told my sister-in-law (Dina Manzo) wouldn’t come on full-time if I was part-time. So I said fine. I guess it was in March they wanted me to come back in so I said ok because it’s good money, I was done filming for Manzo’d (With Children) so I felt , “I’ll do it, why not?”

TBB: Did you miss (RHONJ) during the break?

JL: No! (laughs) I didn’t miss it. It was very nice having a break, I enjoyed the break, but part-time to me is very manageable and it’s not as stressful. Once you’ve been away from it for a little while you get this temporary amnesia where you forget why you were stressed out.

TBB: Kind of like when you forget what childbirth is like and you have another baby?

JL: EXACTLY! That’s exactly what it’s like!

TBB: Any desire to come back full-time?

JL: There has been talk about me coming back full-time and I’m still considering it. I would like to do another season of Manzo’d, but I am considering either full-time or part-time (for Housewives). I really haven’t decided. I think the network also is still deciding in what direction the show is going.

TBB: I have to ask about your behavior on Twitter. You really, really went after (Dina) a few weeks ago when part one of the RHONJ Reunion aired. It was the first time anything about the family feud had been spoken about publicly. Do you regret that?

JL: You know if I’m feeling something I say it and I stayed quiet for a very long time, but when I saw that my husband, my son, and I were being talked about, and Dina was telling her version of the story, I had to speak up. So that’s why I (did it). Twitter is my place, that’s where if I feel like saying something I say it and I don’t care who likes it or not. So I was basically just responding to things that were said and I wanted to get my side out there.

You know, I am ALWAYS open to reconciliation with ANYBODY, including Dina. We have tried so many times to make things good with her that it just became frustrating. We tried to get together before Lexi’s graduation to talk, but they weren’t open to that, so we did offer to take Lexi to dinner privately to celebrate her graduation and never got a response. That’s why I responded the way I did to what Dina said at the reunion. I don’t hate Dina, I’m just frustrated with Dina.

TBB: Will you see Teresa (Giudice) before she goes to her sentencing?

JL: I doubt it.

TBB: Have you spoken to her?

JL: I texted her, she answered me, and that was it.

At the same time TBB was interviewing Jacqueline about her return to RHONJ, Hollywood Life was reporting that Caroline Manzo is also returning for RHONJ season 7:

A source revealed to EXCLUSIVELY that Caroline will return to Real Housewives of New Jersey. The series just finished its sixth season, so could she be appearing as soon as the next? A source revealed to that Caroline was offered big money to return, and she agreed!

Regarding rumors about Danielle Staub returning to RHONJ, on November 29, 2014 a fan tweeted Danielle, pleading with her to return to the show, to which Danielle replied: “I would come back and save RHONJ if Andy asks and if BravoTV honors my true being.”

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It is highly unlikely that Bravo will entertain Danielle’s desire for Bravo to “honor her true being” (just ask Dina), and it seems the ship has sailed for Danielle’s return to the series. Danielle does have the potential to give Melissa a run for her money, but if she did return, the entire cast probably would, once again, gang up on her (because that’s how they roll).

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WireWrap at PreviouslyTVForum commented at the end of October 2014 about Teresa and her family being taped for another season of RHONJ:

1. They, Bravo, have Teresa/Joe over the barrel so to speak — they are desperate for money.
2. There is only so much of ‘poor Teresa’ the viewers will put up with, especially after this season.
3. Watching Teresa/Joe and the girls keep living the same over-the-top lifestyle, and supporting it, would not be good for Bravo as a whole — more and more viewers would get angry and stop watching Bravo.
4. I do not think Teresa will act any different nor will she allow the viewers to see what is really going on.

The following are other rumors about season 7 of RHONJ.

There were rumors that taping for season 7 of RHONJ started at the end of October 2014 because producers were rushing to get as much as possible of Teresa Giudice before her incarceration beginning on January 5, 2015. Rumors also were that season 7 basically will be cut in half due to Teresa’s sentencing, and that all the cast are getting half the pay because they won’t be shooting as much as they would during a normal season. Producers would be able to get enough footage of Teresa to make another short season like season 6 (compared to seasons 2-5), and the final episode(s) of season 7 could be footage of Joe taking care of their daughters. Since Teresa will be released from prison just prior to Christmas 2015 to serve out the last 45 days of her sentence under house arrest, she would be out by the time they started taping season 8, so the only thing she would miss would be the taping of the reunion for season 7. However, many viewers probably would find it cruel of Bravo to record footage of those four girls as Teresa prepared to leave for prison.

On October 8, 2014 RadarOnline reported on those rumors, quoting a ‘source:’

“Bravo is set to begin filming in approximately three weeks,” the source said. “The producers want to make sure they capture all of the footage with Teresa and her family that they can before Teresa heads off to prison.”

And the network also wants all the other ladies back as well!

“They’ve already made offers to all the Housewives to come back ASAP,” the source noted. “While Teresa is a given, as Bravo wants to film her as long as they can, execs also want all the Housewives to get explosively emotional about the Giudice prison time on camera.”

According to the source, “The network was set to film the girls immediately following the sentencing, as Bravo wanted to get their reactions; however, once the judge announced that Teresa would not have to report to prison until January 5th, Bravo execs changed their tune,” the source claimed. Rather than simply get Giudice daughters’ reactions and waste time while Teresa spends time with her family, Bravo wants to capitalize on the last few months they have left with the scandalous reality star and mix things up with her and the rest of the Housewives, the source told Radar.

“While three months may not be a lot of time, Bravo will be sure to capture as much usable footage as they can, and can always film Joe single-parenting the girls if they need extra footage.”

According to the source, while all the Housewives are being asked back, a feud amongst the women complicates matters about who will be full time.

“Bravo has made it clear that they’re interested in Jacqueline Laurita as a full-time housewife in addition to Dina Manzo. However, Dina has made it clear she does not want to work with Jacqueline,” the source said.

As Radar has reported, Manzo has tried to control the drama on and off the set, and has made it clear to cast members this season that she didn’t want them filming with her.

If Bravo is interested in both Laurita and Manzo, the source said, “One thing they are mulling over is possibly splitting time between Dina and Jacqueline by filming Dina for half a season, likely the half Teresa would still be around for—and then filming Jacqueline for the other half, once Teresa goes away.”

The source added that Bravo was still wavering about what to do with Housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile “as Melissa’s storyline was weak this season and, while Kathy was only at friend status, episodes she was on seemed to do better in the ratings. They may offer Kathy full-time and Melissa part-time, or keep it as it. They are still debating what to do.”

On October 30, 2014, Us Weekly’s source said Teresa is open to taping during the time period leading up to her incarceration, but Teresa’s rep denied the story:

Teresa Giudice only has a couple more months with her family before she has to surrender to serve her 15-month prison sentence (with ‘good conduct’ credit, it would be reduced to 13 months) — and Bravo may be there to catch it all on film. In the new issue of Us Weekly, sources reveal exclusively to Us that the Real Housewives star is “open” to allowing cameras in on her final days.

According to a source, Bravo is “pressing hard” to tape extra footage of Giudice before she begins her sentence on Jan. 5. Producers are hoping to capture the star spending Christmas with her husband Joe and their four daughters, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5.

“They want her walking through her house for the final time and taking out her extensions to prep for jail,” the insider adds of the reality star, who will serve her time before her husband’s 41-month sentence.

Although Teresa’s rep denies the story, the source adds: “Teresa is open — for the right money.”

On November 21, 2014, NY Daily News reported that RHONJ will be on hiatus until Teresa is released from prison in 2016:

‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is going to jail along with Teresa Giudice.

A source close to the production tells Confidenti@l that Bravo expects to shelve the hit show until the future Jersey jailbird gets out of the slammer.

While other members of the cast have been anxiously waiting for seventh-season contracts to drop on their doorsteps, a network insider tells us that “there is zero moving forward anytime soon for ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ ”

“If we’re doing a season seven, Teresa will be part of it,” the source says. “We would shoot it when she’s out of jail.”

“The season for ‘Housewives’ is not consistent in the way that the other shows are, like ‘OK, episode one is always Jan. 1’ or whatever,” explained the insider, “ ‘Real Housewives of New York’ missed an entire year before we brought it back. It’s not that we have to do it within a certain amount of time. We do it when we know it’s right and when we want to do it.”

“The network has not made any decision on how we’re moving forward with (‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’),” the source added. “We have nothing going forward, we have no (footage) in the can, nothing that we’re shooting right now.

“We’re completely figuring out what to do with the show. We can’t really figure it out until we see what’s going to happen with her and the rest of the cast,” added the source, who insisted that Bravo doesn’t plan to shoot scenes with Giudice before she dons her orange jumpsuit.

Giudice could not be reached for comment. A rep for Bravo said: “The network has made no decisions about ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ as we just finished airing season six.”

A couple of days later, on November 25, 2014, a ‘show insider’ told The Daily Mail that Teresa already has a deal to host a cooking show for Bravo in addition to appearing part-time on RHONJ, plus the source said that Teresa is planning to file for divorce as soon as she is released from prison:

“Teresa is, of course, devastated she has to spend even one day behind bars but she has already made this whole situation a money maker for her,” the insider reveals.

According to network insiders, BRAVO knows Teresa has always been a ratings winner for them ever since she flipped a table in the first season of the popular reality series. So it was a no-brainer to have a show ready to go when she gets out of the slammer.

And a cooking show was a natural choice for the Housewife. She could earn about $2 million a year. Teresa has already published three successful cook books that have all been on the New York Times Best Seller list.

“Teresa and BRAVO have been taking this time to plan a big media event when she is released from prison either late next year or early 2016,’ the insider continued. “Teresa has been so popular with the viewers that they know this is going to be an amazing event. They are going to stay in touch with Teresa while she is in prison by taping phone calls and if possible, they will do jailhouse interviews with her.”

Once she leaves the prison the first person to get an interview will be Andy Cohen on BRAVO, says the insider.

“But aside from her career Teresa is also planning to file for divorce as soon as she gets out of jail and gets back home with her girls and Joe is carted off to do his time. Teresa is livid with Joe for putting her in this position so she is fed up and going to send him the divorce papers and tell him to sign them while he is sitting in cell— or else! Teresa depended on Joe too much to take care of the family and now she is paying for it! She trusted Joe and that’s why they got into trouble — he was greedy and did some shady deals to live large.”

“This has been a huge wake-up call for Teresa but she is not going to lay down and give up! Teresa is determined to make all of this up to her daughters. Teresa does not want her kids to suffer because of her — and Joe’s — mistakes so she has been working on her life after prison and she is going to be very rich!”

“Up until now Teresa was just another housewife who loved to cook for her family and lavish her daughters with expensive gifts but now she is planning on being a single mother who has to raise her daughters. This is a whole new life for Teresa and she is going to be a force to be reckoned with when she starts over!”

“Teresa has a new attitude, she is much wiser and will not trust anyone to take care of her and their daughters again.”

MailOnline reached out to Bravo for comment but has received no response.

Teresa will spend up to 15 months at the federal prison in Danbury Connecticut

However, on December 1, 2014, Radar Online reported that Teresa is not getting a cooking show on Bravo:

Previous reports claimed that Teresa Giudice would have her own cooking show (with a lucrative deal attached) waiting for her after she completes her prison sentence. However, a rep for Teresa reportedly told Radar Online that those claims are “not true.”

“Teresa hasn’t been offered any new projects with Bravo. In fact, there is [sic] a lot of bad feeling where Bravo and Teresa are concerned. The network feels used, and was stunned Teresa said in court documents that the show was a sham.”

The insider continued by stating that the television network would never sign Teresa Giudice up for her own spin-off show after everything that has happened in recent months.

Recent reports claim that someone within Teresa’s circle has been floating false stories in the media about her with the hopes of helping her get some work.

“[Teresa Giudice] is desperately trying to figure out how she is going to pay off the remainder of the $210,000 restitution. With no new job offers out there, it’s going to be very hard for Teresa to come up with the money.”

On December 2, 2014, RadarOnline’s ‘sources’ contradicted their report that production on season 7 began in late October. Their new ‘sources’ claim that Bravo is nervous about moving forward on season 7 without Teresa to help bring the ratings, so they are exploring shelving the season until 2016:

Although initial plans were to rush the show back into production before Teresa’s departure, sources now tell Radar can that production on the popular show has been delayed — indefinitely.

“Bravo is very nervous to do the show without Teresa,” a show insider exclusively tells Radar. “They fear that without her, the show will not be as big of a success.”

“They’re exploring shelving the season until 2016, when Teresa gets out of prison,” the source said. “By having her fresh out of prison, there would be a clear storyline. It would also pull on fans’ heartstrings to see the changed Teresa back in the limelight.”

What about earlier reports that the soon to be jailbird Teresa was already filming footage up to the time she goes to prison? “These reports are not true,” another source very close to Teresa tells us.

“There are many people who are trying to hurt Teresa by claiming things that don’t really have a strong basis in truth,” the source said.” Believe it or not, Teresa really does not have an interest in being in the spotlight at the current moment.”

“If you notice,” the source continued, “Teresa is not currently doing any media. She could be milking this, but she’s staying relatively quiet.”

  1. March 16, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Both Kathy and Richie have gotten into Twitter wars with RHONJ fans, which surely has something to do with Kathy’s demotion on season 6 to “friend of Housewife” (Rosie is guilty as well). For example, Kathy called Teresa’s fans an “army of idiots” and Richie slung insults at numerous fans and said “the asshole bloggers are going down 1 by 1.”

    Melissa was smart and kept her hands clean by using her sisters, makeup artist and QOM to do her dirty work.

    It seems the Wakiles haven’t learned their lesson, recently getting into it with another fan, as reported by AllAboutTRH:

  2. March 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    According to a story about Tiki Barber’s affair with Traci published in April 2010 by the New York Post:

    The affair was particularly stunning in light of Barber’s long-standing disdain for his philandering father.

    “I don’t give a [bleep] that the relationship didn’t work,” he said of his parents’ split in a 2004 Post interview. “Not only did he abandon her, I felt like he abandoned us for a lot of our lives. I have a hard time forgiving that.”

    Barber’s confidants were shocked.

    “He was always the nice guy with a million-dollar smile,” a Barber family friend told The Post.

    “We were shocked to find out that he could walk out on his wife of 11 years while she’s pregnant with twins.”

    “He was with this girl in Senegal while Ginny was three months pregnant. And we believe she was also with him in Vancouver while he was blogging about the Winter Olympics for”

    Johnson could be seen posing with a smiling gal pal in a pic on her MySpace page. The two were wearing red short shorts and Giants jerseys emblazoned with Barber’s No. 21.

    In his 10-year NFL career, Barber set nearly every career offensive record for the Giants, and made three Pro Bowls.

    His end run on Ginny with the much younger Johnson runs counter to the all-American Barber persona that fans and TV viewers know.

    During Giants games, Tiki used to blow a kiss to Ginny in the stands every time he scored.

    In his 2007 memoir, “Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond,” Barber described the example he wanted to set for his kids.

    “I want to be an honorable man, because that’s what I want them both to be,” he wrote, noting, “My family is everything to me.”

  3. March 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Tobi Petrocelli and Rose De Jesus: Lesbian Couple Up for RHONJ; Traci Lynn Barber is a Shoe-in for the Gig
    March 17, 2015

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey is looking to shake things up next season and the show is seriously considering adding a lesbian couple to the cast, RumorFix is reporting exclusively.

    Sources close to the production say Bravo is interested in real estate tycoon Tobi Petrocelli and her partner Rose De Jesus, who is an executive assistant at Petrocelli’s family real estate firm.

    Tobi met Rose when she was visiting New York. After dating long distance from New York to New Jersey for a while, the two girls moved in together. And, if any of them is to be considered the Housewife, it’s Rose, she collects fine flatware and artwork.

    The ladies are slated to get married this year, which we all know makes for good TV.

    We’re also told that Traci Lynn Barber, wife of NFL great Tiki Barber, is a shoe in for the gig.

    Maria Bach, Sebastian Bach’s ex-wife, has also been considered by the network. We aren’t sure of her status at this point.

    But according to insiders RHONJ is looking to keep Jacqueline Laurita and the twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea. Everyone else’s fate is unknown.

    The network is under the gun because they were scheduled to start shooting episodes in April.

    Bravo won’t comment on casting news.

  4. April 1, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Sheila Giudice retweeted
    OfficialTGFanpage @Team_Giudice · Mar 11

    Please RT this Tweet! Hope this helps @SheilaGiudice3 sick of the press hurting your family!

    Flat-out Stop With The Lies!

    Hello Fans of Teresa Giudice,

    It has come to my attention via many dm’s and articles about the Giudice family. First before anyone is permitted in to see Teresa they are searched. Second no cell phones are permitted in the visitor area of Danbury. Third if anyone was to have a photo of Teresa, it would be the family, and since they don’t, stop making up bullcrap. Fourth do you people who call yourself journalists have nothing better to do with your life other than make up stories to sell.

    Now for the story that isn’t a story. Joe Giudice was in Atlantic City to deal with some business in December he was with a group of people. One of the people he was with is now being linked to him in a romantic way. THERE IS NO TRUTH TO THIS LINK. This story is a lie. Instead of trying to report the truth or get the truth, you all who are bloggers or journalists are working your butts off to create fiction. Just stop! Enough is enough!

    These two stories are nasty and mean, let’s work at becoming better people in life. Stop reporting or recapping the lies. Stop creating stories about the Giudice Family because in the long run, when they are together as a family and your alone without yours, it is them who will win because the Giudice’s believe in love, faith, family and prayers. And it is that combination that will get them through this together and stronger than ever before.

    @sheilagiudice3 @truegia


  5. April 2, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    Tiki must be in desperate need of money to consider signing up for the show. It will be detrimental to his image.

    huh? says:

    The problem is Melissa is not normal and if she comes back and IS “more normal” it’ll be fake. Meh… she’s fake no matter what. The only way I’d want to see Melissa back is if Danielle is back too and Melissa’s back stabbing ways are revealed without any doubt. But being real… that’s not happening.

    I don’t want to see Kathy, Jacqueline OR Caroline Manzo ever again. The twins, Amber can’t carry the show.

    The only way RHoNJ stands a chance is with an entirely new cast. RHoNJ was cast with such an emphasis on family and it just won’t work without Teresa. Teresa was too huge of a presence she was at the core of everyone else’s storyline. Bringing back any of them would only accentuate the absence of Teresa. It won’t work.

    purplebee says:

    In all honesty, I think Bravo is going to surprise us. They know the viewers didn’t like the twins. Amber and her wife (JM) are like groupies for the show. And as for Melissa, she’s desperate in every area of her life! So who knows what they will throw at us. Any woman that holds her family with integrity and grace would never become a housewife these days! I will surely miss Teresa because, in my opinion, her life on the show was her reality!

    anonymous says:

    I could never connect with Melissa. Her “character” changed from season to season. Always a new persona. I never felt she was genuine. Very fake. I think this is a perfect time for Bravo to drop her.

    The daily story about Melissa. Put out by Melissa. Yes, like her 50 questions game she played on twitter …LOL she is funny. Little Miss “Everything” as she calls herself is about a whole lot of nothing. I was not buying the nice girl act for one second. Image rehab was in full affect. She is not willing to be real on this show and there is always an angle she is working.

    She’s trying to get people talking. But I don’t even care about her latest lies lol. Her drama is played out.

  6. April 2, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Joe Giudice in Talks for New Reality Show, But Will Teresa Giudice Give Her Blessing?
    E! News
    April 2, 2015

    The Giudice clan may step in front of the cameras once again. E! News has exclusive details on Joe Giudice’s proposed reality TV plans while his wife, Teresa Giudice, serves a 15-month prison sentence.

    Joe, who along with daughters Gia, Milania, Gabriella and Audriana, appeared alongside Teresa on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, may get the spotlight in either a series or a special about the family while Teresa is in prison. E! News has learned Joe is in discussions to film the new project about his life at home with his daughters and it will focus on how they’re coping with a mom behind bars and what their every day lives are like now.

    A source told E! that everything is still in the early stages and the show would be separate from any upcoming Real Housewives of New Jersey season and the drama that comes along with assembling the group of women. We’re told Joe wants to do it and Teresa is aware of the talks, but she has yet to give her seal of approval. The reality star and New York Times best-selling author wants to know all the details because she gives her blessing. We’re told at the end of the day it’ll be Teresa’s call whether they move forward with the new reality project or not.

    If the family decides to do it, they want to make sure the world gets to see the true Giudices, not who everyone thinks they are. Should all the plans work out, production would begin in a few months. Joe will likely begin his prison sentence in March.

    Joe discussed his new life with the girls in the newest issue of Us Weekly and mulled TV plans.

    A rep for Bravo had no comment.

  7. May 2, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Teresa Giudice’s Lawyer Clears Up 7 Rumors About the Reality Star
    PEOPLE Magazine

    The lawyer for Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has had it with rumors flying around about his famous client, and he tells PEOPLE he wants to set the record straight.

    “There’s a lot of bad information out there,” James J. Leonard Jr. tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Every day there is another story out there about her and every day the stories are wrong.”

    Here are seven untruths about Giudice, 42, that her lawyer says he wants to clear up:

    Whether Giudice consulted with a divorce lawyer while in prison:

    Recent reports said that Giudice met with divorce lawyers behind bars to talk about splitting from her husband, Joe Giudice.

    “I can state unequivocally that I am the only lawyer that Teresa has met with since she has been in prison,” Leonard says. “While we have discussed many things, we have never discussed her divorcing Joe. If anything, as bizarre as it may seem, this experience of them being apart has only brought them closer.”

    He adds: “She has also talked about her future with Joe and the girls.”

    Whether her husband Joe Giudice’s actions negatively affected her release date:

    Reports have said that Giudice was denied early release after Joe met with “the feds” and “the whole thing fell apart” because of “the things he said.”

    Not true, Leonard says.

    “Several months back we were able to secure an early release date of Dec. 23,” Leonard told PEOPLE earlier this year. “That means Teresa will leave the prison on Dec. 23 and go home and sleep in her own bed. Two days later she will wake up and celebrate Christmas with Joe and her girls.”

    He clarified that she will remain in the prison system under home confinement until her sentence ends in early February 2016.

    Whether she is acting like a diva in prison and not getting along with other inmates:

    “Let’s be clear,” he says. “She is in a correctional facility. She’s in a federal prison. She is not in a country club or some resort. She is surrounded by women from all walks of life, many of whom have violent backgrounds, and she has adapted extremely well to her surroundings.

    “If you’re in prison and you have problems with another inmate, the other inmate doesn’t anonymously go to a gossip blog and report the problem. They step to the inmate and they confront the problem and it gets dealt with one way or another.”

    “The truth is she had not had a single incident or infraction since she arrived at Danbury. She has been a model inmate in every sense of the word.”

    Whether Bravo will have her back on RHONJ or not:

    “Anyone who has watched that show since the very first episode understands that Teresa Giudice is the central figure around which the show revolves,” he says. “That’s not to take anything away from any of the other women, but Teresa has been the focal point for the last six seasons, and I don’t expect that to change moving forward, assuming both sides can agree on a contract.”

    The state of her relationship with sister-in-law Melissa Gorga:

    “I know it is contrary to popular belief, but Melissa doesn’t hate Teresa and Teresa doesn’t hate Melissa,” he says. “Do they see eye-to-eye on everything? Absolutely not. Show me two sisters-in-law that do.”

    “What you see on television are snippets of their life that are edited and pieced together to fit the format of the show. But the truth is they can and often do co-exist without any problems in their everyday lives. I think that the Teresa/Melissa dynamic makes for good television and will likely continue in season 7, but hopefully in a less dramatic fashion.”

    Whether her New Jersey mansion is in foreclosure:

    “I have been told that Joe is in the process of reconfiguring their mortgage with the bank,” he says. “I do know that the house has been on the market for quite some time. I think they will either refinance their loan and keep the house or they will find a buyer and move into a new house. I do not envision a scenario in which their home will be foreclosed.”

    How Teresa and Joe’s children, Gia, 14, Gabriela, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5, are faring while their mom is in prison:

    “They are holding up surprisingly well, but they miss their mother terribly,” he says. “This is a very difficult situation, but this is a very strong family. I know the girls can’t wait to have their mother home.”

  8. May 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Teresa Giudice ”Not Even Contemplating” Divorce While in Federal Prison, Her Attorney Says
    E! News
    April 30, 2015

    Teresa Giudice is taking things one day at a time, her attorney James L. Leonard tells E! News.

    And despite all of the latest hullabaloo surrounding the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, the mother of four is trying to remain as positive as possible during her lengthy federal prison term.

    So with all the rumors swirling around out there, Leonard came to us to clear the air once and for all about the latest goings on with the reality show family.

    “Teresa’s release date is still set at Dec. 23. That has not changed,” he explained, slamming reports that her early release date would be revoked. Giudice will be free to return home to serve the rest of her sentence under house arrest.

    But the silver lining? “She will celebrate Christmas at home.”

    The outspoken TV star’s attorney also shut down speculation that she’s looking to end her marriage with her husband, Joe Giudice.

    “She is not filing for divorce. She is not even contemplating it.” So there!

    “As far as prison goes, she’s maintaining. She’s adjusted well, she has a routine and she just takes it one day at a time,” he added.

    “With the weather breaking, she’s spending more time outside. There is a track so she’s been walking and running on the track a lot.”

    Meanwhile, Joe and his daughters are doing their best to stick to their normal routine and keep their heads up.

    “At home, Joe and the girls are gearing up for summer. They’ll be out of school and will have their activities.”

    Leonard added that all five are “still going to visit her as much as possible.”

  9. September 5, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Teresa Giudice Will Return to ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ — But Who Else Is In?
    September 4, 2015

    Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey is gearing up for season seven after a long hiatus, and fans are wondering: Who is going to be part of the cast?

    Two people who are almost certainly coming back to the new season are Real Housewives veterans Teresa Guidice, who is currently serving a prison sentence for fraud, and Melissa Gorga, a source close to the show tells ET.

    Jacqueline Laquita is also likely to return, the source tells ET, while new additions Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano – who joined in season six – have not been officially asked to come back, according to a second source.

    Dina Manzo, who returned as a full-time castmember in the previous season, will not return. Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri will be back as “friends” of the main cast.

    Rumors have swirled that the wife of former NFL star Tiki Barber, Traci Johnson, had been approached to appear on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, though she has not officially signed on.

    At one point in time, Bravo also sought out Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Geraldo Rivera’s wife Erica Levy to join the cast. Levy declined.

    The season seven cast is expected to be finalized by the end of September, and filming will begin shortly afterward. Cameras will also be rolling when Giudice returns home from her prison sentence on Dec. 23.

  10. September 29, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Teresa Giudice Post-Prison Interview: ‘RHONJ’ Star To Receive Huge Paycheck For First Sit Down (Report)

    Teresa Giudice has reportedly inked a deal with Bravo to make $200,000 for her first post-prison interview.

    “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star still has a few months to go before being released from the penitentiary, but she’s already figuring out a way to pay for some of her outstanding bills.

    A source told Radar Online:

    “Bravo is giving Teresa the huge paycheck because her contract to film Real Housewives of New Jersey didn’t include the post prison interview. Teresa’s attorney brokered the deal and was able to get $200,000 because there was bidding with several entertainment news programs. Teresa had wanted an advance of the $200,000 so her family could pay some outstanding bills. But Bravo didn’t agree to give any portion of the advance because it’s uncertain when Teresa will be able to film the interview. Her attorney is working with probation officials about Teresa’s post prison requirements. There is a small chance that Teresa will have to go to a halfway house first as she transitions back to civilian life.”

    Teresa & Joe Giudice Giudice, however, won’t be taking home the full paycheck. The federal government will be taking 25 percent as a result of her fraud case. The reality star reportedly still owes over $214,000.

    Giudice turned herself into a Connecticut prison in January. Her attorney James J. Leonard Jr., told Us Weekly over the summer that she was planning to publish a memoir. The book will be about “growing up from humble beginnings” before she landed in jail to serve 15-months for fraud.

    Meanwhile, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Check In” special will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 11, on Bravo. According to the network, the episode will feature “daily check in calls” from Giudice as well as “family prison visits.”

    Giudice is set to be released from prison in December.

  11. December 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    September24 said on December 14 at AllAboutTRH:

    The supporting cast of the Teresa Show are in collusion to take Tre down and make her life miserable just for tv time and paycheck.


    CsqD said on December 11, 2015 at AllAboutTRH:

    I’m cynical and very leery of Melissa and Joey. I think the only way this family can heal is when RHONJ is cancelled. To be fair, both the Gorga and Giudice families made a nice paycheck from RHONJ by feuding with each other. It’s just that the Gorgas need to be in a constant feud with Tre to remain relevant. Tre on the other hand doesn’t necessarily need them to remain interesting, though. Anyway, I just wish Melissa would stop publicly talking for her in-laws. I can see right through her!

    missha50 said on December 11, 2015 at AllAboutTRH:

    Remember the Gorgas’ side comments during TCI, it was alot of the same ole shady undertones covered with faux words about fresh starts. I feel they were just setting up their S7 storylines.

    huh? said on December 12, 2015 at AllAboutTRH:

    There is not one time or one thing more absolutely filthy than their behavior at their own son’s christening! Quite obviously, nothing is sacred to Joey Gorga. If anyone ever wants to talk about exploitation of the kids… they used their son’s holy day to make their debut on RHoNJ and to make it crystal clear to the viewers what their agenda was and what we were in for in the years to come… bringing Teresa, Joe’s SISTER, down and damn… did they ever put on a show. Stupid fools made her more popular than ever. They set themselves up… if there is such a thing as Karma… THAT is the perfect example.

  12. December 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Chi Di said on December 10, 2015 at

    Melissa will never change, and here we go again! I really do not believe we can/should just go back to that ugliness.

    The majority of Tre supporters, or at least I, were partly driven to her side by Bravo’s apparently deliberate efforts to not just give her the bad edit for years in a row, but also their failure to paint any of her castmates in a similar light, by sharing the truths of their complex, dishonest lifestlyes and problems. Bravo allowed the others to judge publicly and badmouth Teresa and Joe, while going out of their way to ensure only they had the bad edits. Family after family, name after name, each family had ugliness in their stories, including crimes and courtroom drama in several. Several of the stories have yet to reach courtrooms and could be fundamental parts of the new season. And in fairness, I know many viewers believe that, whether they like Teresa and Joe or not, the others need to be equally exposed as well, including those hiding behind children .

    Add to that the ugliness of a deceitful, jealousy driven sister-in-law and her lightweight husband and it became a very ugly experience. ( And much as I saw this clearly and wanted to support T, who does not recognize the laws they violated and their responsibility, too ?)

    But just as I react so emotionally to Missy’s coverage today, I don’t see how NJ can continue as it was. Just as Atlanta appears to have been the series designed to show how ratchet and ridiculous many black women can be, NJ appears to have been designed to show a series where dishonesty/mob ties/crimes play a key role. Atlanta is losing viewers rapidly, and after OC and now BH, viewers have had enough of negativity, feigned/misunderstood/lying about illness and death, alcoholism, divorce, etc.

    Teresa’s return will be followed by Joe’s departure. While we all know there is a redemption story for her as he is imprisoned, these stories are so negative and so ugly that I have trouble seeing them play out without a different approach and mindset. I deeply hope Bravo sees the wisdom in cleaning up its act, presenting the others for whom they are, and stop with the editor-biased chosen edits and allow the others’ true deceptions to be displayed.

    It is up to Teresa to have learned some lessons and be wiser, harder working, and less superficial, to make a life for her girls. Hopefully Bravo is willing to learn some too, allow the others dishonesty to be exposed, and result in action.

    I apologize for the lecture, if it seems like one. My first reaction was to already write off Missy and her lies, but I sincerely hope Bravo has also learned some lessons, as it awaited T’s return, and whether T is their favorite or not ( not), we see no repeats of previous seasons and other cast mates get honest, truthful coverage, flaws and all.

  13. December 13, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    [Rant] Please no more Housewife products.
    submitted 5 months ago * by Woodsbooger at Reddit


    I am tired of these Housewives and their stupid businesses and/or products. And i’m not talking about those who had previous businesses and just happen to highlight them on the show. I am referring to the Housewives who are on the show then suddenly come out with their own brand of Wine, or Champagne, Shoes or Nail Polish, Clothing lines, Gyms, Books and Restaurants.

    They tell us all about how they have always dreamed about it or they have this big story line about their launch, drama happens, and they start to cry about everyone is ruining their dream.

    It just frustrates me to no end, and then tonight I sat down to fully watch the latest episode of OC and see that Heather is coming out with a line of Champange. I thought she was opening a restaurant? What happened with that?

    So naturally i’m like this

    I hope someone understand what I am trying to say. Does anyone else feel like this?

    [/END RANT]

    Edited to make a list of all the businesses/products so we can reflect on all this terribleness:

    Alcohol (Wines, Champagnes, Vodkas and Margaritas)
    Home Appliances (Toasters)
    Singles (As the product of various music careers, lets be honest, none of these women have been successful enough to have a real CD)
    Books (Self Help Books, Cookbooks, Funny Books.)
    Nail Polish
    Gym Ownership
    Real Estate Agentry
    Clothing Store Owners
    Malibu Country Actresses (Though we must remember Heather Dubrow was up for a more larger, more significant reoccurring role.)
    Skin care lines

  14. January 23, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Jacqueline got into it with a Housewives viewer on instagram on January 19, 2016. In her exchange, she told a fan that she is not desperate to be back on the show, and she reiterated what she said a few years ago about being in it for the money, and she advised the viewer to not take it too seriously because it’s just a show. The exchange started with a tweet by Jac that linked to instagram.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita Jan 19
    I asked @kathywakile if she had anything to munch on while we watched #RHOBH and she whipped up…
    https: //

    Kathy Wakile Verified account
    Anytime you wanna snack & chat sweetie @JacLaurita
    5:55 PM – 19 Jan 2016

    The following are the instagram comments from Jac and the viewer plus some other comments:

    alwaysglam@jaclaurita both desperate to be back on housewives … Get a life and act your age already

    jaclaurita@alwaysglam I don’t think that I am the one that’s desperate. But hey, I’m not going to say no to a big fat grown up paycheck! Oh… And people my age do eat guacamole ya know! 😘 How do you I’m not sitting here by the fire knitting? Geez.

    alwaysglam@jaclaurita not referring to the guacamole but what I know from your excessive tweets and revengeful ways in the past. I thought you were such a great person season 1, and I’m sure deep down you still are. That big fat grown up check comes with a heavy price. Is it all really worth it?

    jaclauritaYes @alwaysglam . It’s entertainment. My advice to you is to not take it that seriously. I don’t. It’s a show. I know who I am (I like me) and so does my circle of trusted friends and family.

    kouklitsa16That’s right! @jaclaurita. Love all the RH shows but it’s strictly entertainment. People need to stop being so judgmental and love life without putting others down.

    lindseybusheemilbockerIt’s a show people !! They have to follow story lines to get ratings .. I am sure most of us if put on reality tv would not be liked either because it does not show your real character most of the time .. It is a one hour show a week …

    On November 27, 2012, exclusively reported “why Jacqueline struggled with coming back for another round of fights on reality TV.” Signing up for more yelling, name calling, and spats with Teresa Giudice was a yes for Jacqueline for a simple reason: money.

    “Several things make me stay,” she exclusively told friend Tom Murro. “Contracts and the money of course.” As previously reported, Housewives contracts can be lucrative, earning six figures a season and for NeNe Leakes up to $1 million a season! Jacqueline has another motive that she says is why she’s opening up for more drama – being able to bring attention to Autism, a cause near to her heart because of her son Nicholas’ diagnosis. “I know my son will get so much help and support from others. And as much as much as it helps us, we can help others in a big way. We can use the platform to raise awareness and do so much good.”

    ‘RHONJ’ Cast Reportedly Not Supportive of Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice’s Truce: ‘All for the Show,’ Says Insider
    By TV Deets
    December 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    On Christmas Eve, Melissa Gorga hosted a family dinner with Teresa Giudice in attendance and Bravo cameras rolling on the entire evening. It’s been reported that the two have genuinely patched things up but according to a new report, the rest of their cast mates on The Real Housewives of New Jersey may not be so supportive of their truce.

    Radar Online reports that Melissa and Teresa’s decision to move forward and an insider close to the two shares that they had a 45 minute conversation as soon as Teresa arrived at Melissa’s. “They had a very real heart to heart,” a source told Radar, adding that “Teresa thanked Melissa for looking after her four girls while she was in prison.”

    It seems that Teresa has been able to do some thinking while she was serving time in federal prison and came to the realization that Melissa is in her life and around her brother, Joe Gorga, and her children — for good. “The two have had their issues over the years but Teresa gained a new perspective on their relationship while she was in prison,” the source explained. “Her brother, Joe, obviously loves Melissa, and Teresa recognizes that is really all that matters. They hope to move forward with new respect and admiration for each other.”

    While most RHONJ viewers seem supportive of the two’s truce, it’s a different story when it comes to the rest of the cast. The cast “believe the kiss and make-up between Teresa and Melissa is all for the show,” another source claimed. “Why didn’t Melissa once visit Teresa in prison? The minute the cameras stop rolling, they’ll probably be back not speaking again.” It’s interesting that Radar attributed that quote to another cast member as opposed to stating ‘Housewife’, meaning that if the cast does feel that way, it will be coming from bit players like Kathy Wakile and her sister, Rosie.

    Hopefully the RHONJ cast aren’t slamming the make up between Melissa and Teresa because these two have been at each other’s throats for years and really do need to put the drama behind them for the sake of their family. If this report is true, then it looks like Melissa and Teresa have some jealous cast members hanging around them.

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return in late 2016.

    Teresa Giudice Might Open a Restaurant as Filming on Season 7 of ‘RHONJ’ Continues
    By TV Deets
    January 8, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Teresa Giudice has been quite busy since being let out of the big house.

    According to a new (and somewhat hilarious report), Teresa is considering opening a new restaurant as filming continues on season 7 of her show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

    “It will keep her busy while Joe [Giudice] is away,” a source told InTouch via Radar Online. As the report points out, Teresa learned about “running a big kitchen” while in prison so she thinks she has the chops to pull it off. In addition to working in the prison kitchen, Teresa is the author of numerous best-selling cookbooks which became part of her storyline with Caroline Manzo a few seasons ago on RHONJ. Her memoir, Turning the Tables, is set to be released this February.

    According to the report, Teresa is currently scouting locations and if this report is true, we can bet Bravo cameras are rolling on the entire process.

    Unfortunately for Radar, this story just reeks of fabrication; Teresa is too focused on filming this season of RHONJ, patching things up with Melissa Gorga, and reuniting with her family to be focused on yet another new business venture. If we had to guess, we bet that the show will partly follow Teresa through the book process.

    AllAboutTRH reported on February 6, 2016 that Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Robyn Levy, Siggy Flicker, and Dolores Catania are going on the first cast trip of season seven, which could indicate that they are the official Housewives.

    Season 7 RHONJ Housewives:

    Teresa Giudice (confirmed)
    Melissa Gorga (confirmed)
    Jacqueline Laurita (confirmed)
    Robyn Levy and wife Christina Flores
    Siggy Flicker, famous matchmaker and author, and her husband, Michael Campanella

    Season 7 RHONJ Friends:

    Derek Zagami, manager of Melissa’s shop, Envy
    Jackie Beard Robinson, financial-backer of Melissa’s shop, Envy
    Dolores Catania, friend of Teresa

    Other Extras:

    Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri, sisters and Teresa’s cousins; Kathy is Jacqueline’s new BFF
    Teresa Aprea and Rino, former castmate and her husband; friends to the Giudices

    According to AllThingsRH:

    Our sources reveal that Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita are currently the only Housewives that are signed on full-time right now, as Kathy Wakile, Siggy Flicker, Robyn Levy, Christina Flores, and Dolores Catania are all currently ‘Friends of the Housewives,’ until Bravo says otherwise. Our insider tells us that Teresa has called a “truce” with her former enemies Jacqueline and sister-in-law Melissa and reveals that the three have even filmed together on more than one occasion, but is the truce real or is it just for the cameras? “The reality is that Melissa and Jacqueline will both play nice for TV because they both need the paychecks from the show,” our insider exclusively tells us. “Teresa, Melissa and Jacqueline hold grudges until death. Their truce is absolutely not genuine.” “Jacqueline sees herself as Melissa and Teresa as Dina [Manzo] in this situation,” our source continued. “So she has embraced Melissa because they are a lot alike.”

    Table-Flipper No More! Teresa’s Mellow New Attitude Worries ‘RHONJ’ Execs
    Will her return to reality TV be a ratings bust?
    By RadarOnline
    Posted on Jan 19, 2016
    Teresa Giudice Lost Zen After Prison

    Teresa Giudice has made a triumphant return to the spotlight post-prison but has exclusively learned that the reformed reality star’s new attitude has producers of the Bravo show worried about the upcoming season’s drama.

    The 43-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star was back in action at her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga’s fashion boutique, Envy, opening on January 14, 2015, with her daughter Gia Giudice, 15, by her side. But according to eyewitnesses, she seemed like a different woman.

    “She was so zen after being in prison that nothing is fazing her anymore,” the insider said. “She had to be told where to stand and what to do and basically did nothing. She wasn’t at all like her old diva self!

    Giudice is fresh out of the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, and the source said her outlook on life has completely changed.

    She basically has a ‘f**k it’ attitude. She figures nothing else that bad can happen to her. She spent nearly a year away from her daughters that she loves so much,” the source explained. “So she’s at peace with everything.”

    A far cry from the table-throwing diva that fans fell in love with, Giudice was clearly a different person at the event.

    Said the source, “Everyone was really impressed by Teresa. They really think she may have changed. No one believed it could happen, but it did.”

    Now, the insider said the only people who are worried about the new Giudice are the producers of the Bravo show.

    “Teresa’s drama, and especially her fights, are what people tuned in to see. They wanted to see her have meltdowns and screaming fits. The producers are worried that the show won’t have any bite with her new calm attitude,” claimed the source. “The last season was a little boring and they’re worried about ratings if she doesn’t bring anything good to the table.”

    If you check out Jacqueline’s instagram you will see that she and Kathy have been attending events together for the past year. I expect her to film many scenes with Kathy for season 7, although who knows how much of the footage will be aired. Teresa and Kathy are not on good terms, so expect Bravo to use Jac and Kathy to go at Teresa: it could be the only reason they brought Jac back.

    Both Jacqueline and Kathy, especially Kathy, have a working relationship with a blog that hates all things Giudice (plus, it had a clock counting down the days until Teresa went to prison), just as FW hated all things Melissa (despite what the cast believed, Teresa and her inner circle were never a source to FW, except for possibly an anonymous e-mail sent to FameWhorgas in October 2013: This should be a red flag to Teresa that those two are up to no good when it comes to her.

    allaboutthetea and wakiles

    Jacqueline also gives exclusives to AATT:

    Jul 14, 2014 – TEA ALERT: Jacqueline Laurita Checks Dina Manzo on Twitter
    Aug 7, 2014 – Hot Tea Alert: Jacqueline Laurita Returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey
    October 8 Hot tea alert: Jacqueline Laurita exposes text message proving Dina Manzo tried to turn the #RHONJ cast against her
    Oct 11, 2014 Family Malice Uncovered: Dina Manzo’s Vile Tweet Directed At Jacqueline …

    Jac fed the story to AATT on Oct 11th, 2014 about a March 29, 2014 tweet by Dina:
    did ya ever with someone’s Dr. messed up and used Rat poison instead of Botox? No? That thought isn’t very zen is it?

    Jac was also behind the August 7th, 2014 story, as proven by her tweet the day after it was published:

    Jacqueline Laurita
    Yes, for those asking, I filmed in March and then some pick up scenes later on.
    11:23 AM – 12 Oct 2014

    However, it may have been a year or more since Jac gave exclusives to AATT, so perhaps Jac will not let Kathy’s dislike for Teresa damage any chance for a reconciliation. But, if history repeats itself (as it normally does), Jac will betray Teresa again, so Teresa should be cautious around her. On January 22, 2016, an “exclusive source close to the freed felon,” who could be Kathy or Jac, told AATT that “Teresa is often doped to the point of incoherence… she is so stoned that she can’t follow basic directions from production.” The source explained that cast members are given an outline, known as ‘beats,’ which dictates and directs filmed conversations in every scene.” The source says “Teresa films drugged and misses her beats constantly. She isn’t engaging on film and is not the same Teresa.” This could be a legitimate source or a fabricated story based on RadarOnline’s earlier report on January 19th (see story above).

    Also, Melissa’s oldest sister Kim Pirella is one of the contributors to MomsThought, which continues to tweet negatively about Teresa, so Teresa shouldn’t trust Melissa at ALL:

    MomsThoughts™ ‏@MomsThoughts Jan 8, 2016
    Boycott @BNHolmdel #Holmdel #NJ! Why is Barnes and Noble supporting convicted felon @Teresa_Giudice who cheated NJ residents??? Shame!

    MomsThoughts™ ‏@MomsThoughts Jan 9, 2016
    @JustTheFactsNJ @BNHolmdel @Teresa_Giudice @BNBuzz it’s offensive to every hard working, tax paying citizen of NJ! #BoycottBN

    Bravo just doesn’t get it. Watching someone’s bloodline go against them is unbearable. Jac and Kathy are a lethal mix, and this storyline will backfire. The viewers do not want to see a family member take down another, especially someone whose young children are about to lose their father to prison for more than three years.

    ‘At War Now!’ Teresa Giudice & Jacqueline Laurita Battle ‘On Camera’
    The two ‘RHONJ’ frenemies set the stage for the drama of the new season.
    Posted on Jan 29, 2016 @ 14:47PM

    Teresa Giudice has barely been out of prison a month now, and the drama in her life is already heating up! can exclusively reveal Giudice, 43, got into a major battle with her Real Housewives of New York City [RadarOnline obviously meant New Jersey] costar Jacqueline Laurita, 45, on Dec. 22 [RadarOnline obviously meant Jan. 22].

    “Jacqueline and Teresa had a big fight on camera Friday night,” a source close to production told Radar.

    According to the source, “Teresa is the one who started the fight.”

    “She approached Jacqueline first,” the source said. “Teresa was insinuating that Jacqueline was calling her friends and new cast members to make friends with them while she was jail.”

    Jacqueline didn’t appreciate the confrontation.

    “It escalated into a huge fight,” the source noted.

    After arguing about allegiances, the fight turned into a debate about Giudice’s legal problems.

    “The fight was about who was phonier and whose fault it was that Teresa went to jail,” the source said. “It was the fact that Teresa is still blaming everyone else for her legal problems and Jacqueline thinks Teresa is in denial.”

    “Jacqueline’s like, ‘Every week it’s somebody else you’re blaming,’” the source continued. “Teresa was still screaming, ‘We had nothing to do with it. I shouldn’t have had to go to jail.’ It was everybody’s fault.”

    After that, the battle turned to the topic of Giudice’s relationship with Melissa Gorga.

    “Teresa was making this big insinuation that her and Melissa are close again,” the source explained. “It makes Jacqueline mad. It’s a big scam that Teresa and Melissa are so close. It’s all a big lie just for the cameras.”

    “Jacqueline was suggesting that it’s [Melissa and Teresa’s relationship] not real, that it’s all fake and basically that Teresa is fake and doing it for the public,” the source said.

    At that point, Giudice threw a fit and was done.

    “They fought about everything and it lasted 45 minutes,” the source said. “Then Teresa flipped out and stormed out of Jacqueline’s house.”

    Giudice and Laurita are no longer speaking.

    Another source close to Giudice denies that the fight ever happened, but the source insisted, “They are at war now.”

    And producers of RHONJ are still going to make them film together again.

    “This is the big storyline,” the source said. “This is who is going to fight: Jacqueline and Teresa.”

    “There hadn’t been any drama yet,” the source added. “Nobody was bringing it, not even the new girls. So this is finally the drama. It’s a real fight, but it was all in front of the cameras.”

    I hate the Kardashians’ show, but Khloe made a good point when, concerning family, she told Howard Stern:

    “We’ve never turned our backs on each other yet with all the cluster f–ks of s–t in our lives, so why would we now?”

    The following is the full text of what she said:

    Khloé Kardashian really let loose during her interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, January 13. The Kocktails With Khloé host, 31, claimed that Caitlyn Jenner lied so much about her gender transition that she couldn’t keep her story straight — and ultimately left the famous family feeling betrayed.

    “People would think that we were lying … But no, we believed him,” Kardashian explained of the stepparent formerly known as Bruce Jenner, adding that she first found out about Jenner’s plans to transition during an E! meeting. “They mentioned Bruce had a television show about transitioning, and that’s the first we heard of it … We felt betrayed because more business people [knew].”

    “We felt so, like, what the f–k! We’ve been asking you, and why do [business ] people know? I never want someone to feel like they have a one-up on our family,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality star continued. “We’ve never turned our backs on each other yet with all the cluster f–ks of s–t in our lives, so why would we now?”

    Kardashian added that she would try to talk to Caitlyn, but that she would shy away. “He would only want to talk to us on-camera,” Kardashian revealed. “I think for security he felt we couldn’t get upset [on-camera] or whatever.”

    Even Jenner’s internet-breaking June 2015 Vanity Fair cover reveal was a complete shock to the family, Kardashian said.

    “He did have private talks with us after,” Kardashian explained. “But he never said he was going to transition. He would just say his soul has always been a woman.” Kardashian explained that Jenner only informed them she’d be transitioning after her April 2015 Diane Sawyer interview, which they watched together as a family.

    “Bruce made it a point for all of us to watch it together, and that’s when it was the first time we heard a lot of things,” she recalled. “We didn’t even know about Diane Sawyer until it was taped and done. On that show is when we genuinely found out about transitioning.”

    Lamar Odom’s estranged wife admitted that she took his transition hard because of the deception.

    “It’s not that easy. But it’s also [like], I don’t give a f–k what you want to do. I just [wanted him to] stop lying to us about things!” she explained. “Each sister had a different story because he couldn’t keep up with things.”

  15. February 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice reveals the details of her year spent behind bars in new book — including lots of lesbian sex
    BY Larry Mcshane, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    January 30, 2016

    The bizarre antics of a few loud-mouthed Jersey housewives did not prepare Teresa Giudice for “The Real Inmates of Danbury” and their surreal world.

    Nasty bathrooms. Maggots in the food. Lesbian sex. Humiliating strip searches. Lesbian sex. Hair-pulling brawls. And all that lesbian sex!

    The 43-year-old reality show veteran recounts the lurid details of her 12 months behind bars in the new book “Turning The Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again.”

    Inside the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Conn., Giudice was known to the warden as Inmate No. 65703-050 — and to fellow inmates as “Hollywood.”

    Her introduction to prison life was harsh, with Giudice forced to surrender her rhinestone-studded jacket and leggings for a strip search.

    Naked and sick to her stomach, she was ordered to squat, stick out her tongue and cough.

    “I wanted to die,” she writes.

    Day two wasn’t much better. The mother of four girls recounts the unexpected sounds and scents of nocturnal canoodling arising from two of her five roommates.

    Giudice had just said her nightly prayers, made the sign of the cross, and was falling asleep when she heard a “muffled sound” through the stillness.

    “I could see two women … writhing around … I cannot believe this is happening!” she writes.

    But it happened again and again — so much that her prison residence became known as “The Boom Boom Room.”

    And that’s just the tip of the prison sex iceberg. The suburban housewife recalls straight inmates who became “gay for the stay” behind bars, unsettling shower escapades and prisoners selling their bodies for commissary money.

    Giudice steered clear of jailhouse romance, but found herself fantasizing about her husband (and co-defendant) Joe.

    On one family visit, she whispered into his ear about some naughty new sex tricks shared by her inmate pals. On Father’s Day, she sent him a card with three pages of new sexual positions.

    “ Madonna mia , I was dreaming of my husband,” she declares.

    Giudice, 43, was one of the original cast members when the Jersey edition of the Bravo show debuted in 2009. The prison drama frequently reminded her of reality television — in ways both good and bad.

    Her cable television notoriety followed her to Danbury, where other inmates sold stories about her to the tabloids. Giudice said she read the magazines religiously in prison, keeping up with everything written about her.

    And Giudice was once summoned for a strip search, with her room tossed by correction officers, after another inmate claimed she was hiding a cell phone.

    There was no phone, just embarrassment and inconvenience.

    Some of her fellow prisoners were starstruck by her presence in the prison. Prior to Giudice’s arrival, Danbury’s last celebrity inmate was former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill on an income tax rap.

    There were a few menacing stares among the smiles of her prison devotees, Giudice recalls. There was also a lot of fan mail, including letters from male inmates across the country looking for a prison pen pal.

    She eventually tapped into the prison’s surreptitious spa services, finding the inmates who would do her nails, give massages and style her hair. The prison seamstress, for a few extra bucks, specially tailored her jailhouse ensembles.

    And she found some bargains at the prison commissary, including sunglasses for $5.20.

    “A far cry,” she said from the $350 Tom Ford shades she was used to wearing.

    Co-writer K.C. Baker, a veteran of People magazine, perfectly captures Teresa’s oft-whiny voice in the 261-page book — much of it drawn from Giudice’s prison diary.

    She began writing everything down after arriving in Danbury on Jan. 5, 2015. Giudice writes that she had to hide the diary from other inmates who viewed its contents as nothing more than a lucrative payday.

    Giudice and her husband Joe pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges for financing their high-flying lifestyle with $5 million in bogus mortgage and construction loans.

    There were a couple of unexpected bonuses from her jail stretch. She became a workout warrior, exercising up to six hours a day, and a voracious reader.

    A particular favorite was “The Secret,” the best-selling New Age self-help book. Giudice said she was inspired to create her own “vision board” with images taken from magazines and her own hand-written notes.

    Among her vapid wishes for the future: Earning $40 million to “take care of my girls and help needy children,” making her own yoga DVD and a Florida beachhouse.

    Giudice was released on Dec. 23, returning to her Montville, N.J., home — where a $90,000 Lexus, a gift from her husband, was parked in the driveway.

    The housewife writes that one of the things she was most looked forward to was swapping her prison-issued “Granny” underwear for a thong and her leopard skin pajamas.

    Spouse Joe Giudice is due to start his own 41-month prison term in two months. The Italian-born Giudice could also face deportation upon his release from the federal lockup.

    Giudice’s debut as an author hits stores Feb. 9, just 48 days after her release from prison and four days after the end of her stint under house arrest.

    Danbury inmates furious over ‘snitch’ Teresa Giudice’s lesbian claims
    By Derrick Bryson Taylor, PageSix
    February 1, 2016

    Teresa’s Giudice‘s soon-to-be-released tell-all, “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again,” has inmates at the Danbury, Conn., facility (where Giudice served less than one year for fraud) fuming over allegations of lesbian sex.

    “The last thing anyone likes is a snitch,” a source tells Page Six. “They are very upset.”

    According to published excerpts, the 42-year-old “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star called her prison cell the “Boom Boom Room” and often heard her cellmates engaging in sexual acts.

    “I could see two women … writhing around … I cannot believe this is happening,” she wrote. Giudice also said a number of inmates went “gay for the stay” while at the facility.

    “She’s talking about her own roommate,” said the insider. “But it’s not hard for people to know who her roommate was. It’s going to come out. It’s nonsense to say that.”
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    Several inmates have been asked about the accuracy of the book, and a select few have been approached by “Nancy Grace” to discuss it on television, Page Six has learned.

    “Incarcerated women are pissed because they feel it will only add to the stereotypes. Why be a misogynist against women,” said the source. “You had the opportunity to write something and you’re writing only about the vision board and the sex.”

    Some readers may see parallels between Giudice’s experience and the hit Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black” because they both take place at the Danbury facility.

    “You get a tabloid writer, who has never met Teresa, who writes a book basically taking ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and takes it 10 steps further,” said the insider. The source was referring to former People magazine reporter K.C. Baker.

    We’re told it’s a possibility that the warden of the prison will come forward to rebut the claims spelled out in the book.

    “Turning the Tables” will be released on Feb. 9.

    A request for comment from Giudice’s rep was not immediately returned.

    Teresa Giudice ‘excommunicated’ cookbook co-author
    By Derrick Bryson Taylor, PageSix
    February 8, 2016

    When it came time for Teresa Giudice to pen her new memoir, “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again,” she hired, then fired the co-writer of her previous four books.

    Page Six has learned that the 43-year-old reality fixture unceremoniously booted New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean from the project in the spring of 2015 and eventually recruited People magazine writer and reporter K.C. Baker to co-author the tome.

    A source characterizes Giudice and Maclean as former “best friends,” but says Maclean was “excommunicated” when Giudice banned her from contact via email and from visiting the Danbury prison where Giudice served her 15-month prison sentence for fraud. Together, the pair produced the wildly successful “Fabulicious!: On the Grill” (2013), “Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit” (2012), “Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook” (2011) and “Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It” (2010).

    Recently released excerpts of the memoir highlight Giudice’s cellmates engaging in sexual acts, prompting many to label her a “snitch.” The source adds that Maclean was supposed to help create a different kind of book utilizing Giudice’s experience while incarcerated and platform to share the stories of the women she met while behind bars — not exploit her fellow prisoners.

    The insider notes that Maclean’s plan for the book didn’t exploit the kids and she believes it’s unfair to highlight their grief.

    “It was a pleasure to help Teresa on the four successful cookbooks we did together,” Maclean told Page Six in a statement. “I did not however have anything to do with her current prison memoir, and can’t comment on it since I haven’t seen it. I did work with her on a book for many months both before and while she was in prison that was meant to serve as a cautionary tale for other women who find themselves in bad situations.”

    She continued, “I believe that she had an opportunity to use her platform to shine a light on women’s issues and could have been a wonderful advocate for better financial decision-making. However, Teresa chose to go in a different direction. The way this was handled was a shock to me — despite that, and the end of our time together, I wish her all the best with it.”

    Another excerpt, published Monday, details the “hysterical” reaction of Giudice’s four daughters — Gia, 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 6 — to her leaving for prison. “We lay there, a tangled mess of arms and legs, hugging each other and crying. Me, Joe and Gia, bless her heart, tried to calm the little ones down as best we could. This was tearing my heart out, but I didn’t let them see that. I couldn’t. I had to be strong for them,” Giudice wrote.

    Requests for comment from Giudice’s lawyer and K.C. Baker weren’t immediately returned.

    Emily said on February 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm at AllAboutTRH:

    I do think it is interesting that Teresa is denying the falling out with Heather, even though Heather has pretty much confirmed it. To me, it means that Teresa knows she needs to hang on to Heather.

    I don’t see Heather as someone who has “used” Teresa for money. The others that have been accused of using Teresa did nothing to earn their share of the money. They just rode Teresa’s coattails. Heather, on the other hand, worked for her money, wrote several beautiful books using Teresa’s story and recipes, and thanks to the fact that the books were of good quality, and beautifully written and photographed, they sold well. Heather did not use Teresa any more than Teresa used Heather. They collaborated on projects and each of them worked hard.

    So why would Heather be distancing her from Teresa now? I am not sure but I think Heather thinks the KC Baker book is smutty tabloid garbage meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It will make some easy money because of its trashy appeal, but in the process, it will smear Teresa’s name and keep her from making the kind of comeback that would have really helped her restore her good name.

    IMO, if Heather had written the book, it would have been a more thoughtful explanation of Teresa’s situation, and of the things she has learned and the changes she will make going forward. This is what I would have liked to see. Heather has something that Teresa is a bit weak on: Integrity. And Heather could have helped Teresa on that front. But Teresa has decided to go another way, and unfortunately, as much as I like Teresa, I am not that interested in seeing her continue her usual superficial ways. I wanted to see someone changed, with more depth and understanding. I am disappointed that she has chosen to go the same way as any other vapid housewife.

    This may be the end of the RHNJ viewing for me. I am not buying that smutty book.

  16. February 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Teresa Giudice turned down ‘Dancing With the Stars’
    By Emily Smith, PageSix
    February 7, 2016

    Teresa Giudice has turned down the chance to appear on “Dancing With the Stars” after getting out of jail. Reps for the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star had been talking to ABC about her joining the “DWTS” cast for its next season, which starts this spring.

    A source said, “Teresa was offered a six-figure sum, but she decided against it. She feels that she needs to spend time with her family and be there for her children right now.”

    Giudice, 43, served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, a minimum-security camp for women in Danbury, Conn., from Jan. 5, 2015, till Dec. 23, but remained under house arrest until Friday morning.

    While Giudice may have passed on “DWTS,” she still has her commitment to “Real Housewives” and has been shooting for the Bravo show.

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  17. February 15, 2016 at 5:15 PM


    NBC Universal
    February 8, 2016

    Returning Housewives include Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Jaqueline Laurita

    NEW YORK – Feb. 8, 2016 – Bravo Media’s first ladies of the Garden State are back as “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” returns later this year with Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga welcoming back veteran Jacqueline Laurita. Additional cast to be announced.

    This season, Teresa looks to repair fractured relationships with her family and friends. As her release from prison brings the Giudice family back together, the reunion is short-lived as they prepare for Joe to begin his sentence at the end of March. Hoping to repair relationships with her brother and sister-in-law, Teresa reconnects with Joe and Melissa to permanently put the past behind them. Meanwhile, Jacqueline, whose main focus continues to be helping her autistic son, longs for the “Lucy and Ethel” friendship she had with Teresa and is willing to bury the past if it means a more light-hearted future.

    For more, go to:

    “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is produced by Sirens Media, LLC, A Leftfield Company, for Bravo. Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton, Lucilla D’Agostino, Caroline Self, Omid Kahangi and Tess Gamboa Meyers serve as executive producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

    Ryan McCormick

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey Will Return Later This Year
    Get the scoop on which ‘Wives will appear on #RHONJ Season 7.

    by Jocelyn Vena, The Dish
    February 8, 2016

    Mark your calendars, because things are about to heat up in 2016 as The Real Housewives of New Jersey is set to return for Season 7. Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are both returning to the series, and will welcome RHONJ veteran Jacqueline Laurita back to the crew. And the trio couldn’t be more excited to welcome viewers back into their lives. “We’re back! This season for me is all about family, fun, friendships and fashion,” Melissa said in a statement to The Daily Dish. “I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to and how much our kids have grown.”

    “I’m baaaaack! I can’t get enough of my Bravo family!” Jacqueline added, after taking a full-time hiatus from the show last season. “Sometimes a little break is all I need to jump back in and bring my best! Looking forward to new beginnings. XOXO.”

    Season 7 will pick up nearly two years after Season 6 wrapped in November 2014, and will follow Teresa as she mends the relationships in her life following her release from prison in December 2015. “I am very excited to be back,” Teresa told The Daily Dish. “For me, this season is all about letting go of the past and embracing the future. People are calling me Teresa 2.0.” The mother of four is trying to repair her relationships with her sister-in-law Melissa and brother Joe Gorga, while also preparing for her husband, Joe Giudice, to begin his own jail term in late March. Meanwhile, Jacqueline is hoping to fix the once-tight relationship she had with Teresa, while also focusing on her duties as a mom to her three kids, including her autistic son, Nicholas.

    That’s all we can tell you for now, but stay tuned for more details closer to the premiere date!

    At Teresa Giudice book signing in Ridgewood, all is forgiven by fans
    February 10, 2016

    The crowd takes photos as Teresa Giudice arrives at Bookends in Ridgewood for her first book signing

    Supporters of convicted fraudster Teresa Giudice clutched copies of the reality TV star’s memoir in the basement of Ridgewood’s Bookends on Wednesday night, their faces and smartphones poised expectantly in anticipation of her scheduled 7 p.m. arrival.

    Almost 25 minutes later, Giudice carefully ambled down the carpeted staircase in a black lace dress and shiny nude heels, her dark hair set in glamorous waves, her cheekbones contoured and delicately flushed. The sleekly dressed crowd of more than 100 — some from as far as Philadelphia and Poughkeepsie — cheered as Giudice kissed photographers on the cheek and sat down to sign copies of her recently released memoir, “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again.”

    In her fans’ eyes, all, apparently, was truly forgiven.

    Less than two months ago, the trim Paterson native returned to her Montville home after serving 11 months of a 15-month sentence in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. Giudice’s house arrest ended Friday, and since then, she has embarked on a string of media interviews.

    But on Wednesday night, Giudice did not speak to the crowd of journalists gathered, instead turning her attention to her “amazingly loyal and supportive fans,” whom she thanked thusly in her memoir.

    They “never turned their backs on me and have been with me on this crazy journey,” Giudice wrote of her fans, sometimes known as Trehuggers.

    And support her they do. Because, said those in the crowd of fans:

    Because everyone deserves to be forgiven. Because she served her time. Because her daughters need her. And besides, how much can a wife really know about the papers her husband asks her to sign?

    “I give her a lot of credit,” said Shannon Page of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “That has to be so super very hard. And yes, what she did was wrong.”

    While Giudice “chose to be on TV and in the public eye, I don’t think you should judge someone,” Page said.

    She pondered what it would be like if all our misdeeds were broadcast to the world; if everyone knew if we had once “stolen a piece of gum from the store.”

    “They knew what they were doing was wrong,” Page said, but “We all make mistakes. I believe people should be forgiven.”

    Page, who came to the signing with her 20-year-old daughter, Brooke, said she’s happy Giudice’s back home with her four daughters. Giudice’s husband and childhood sweetheart, Joe, begins his 41-month sentence in March.

    In March of 2014, the couple pleaded guilty to defrauding banks and other lenders by submitting fraudulent applications and supporting documents in connection with nearly $5 million in mortgages, construction loans and lines of credit between 2001 and 2008.

    Bob Bernardino, 28, set out from Philly at 3 p.m. to be first in line for the book signing. He said he feels for Giudice.

    “She probably didn’t know as much as anyone thought she did,” said Bernardino, who has watched all seasons of the Bravo TV show. “I think once she went to court, she realized the seriousness of it. I think she took full responsibility for it.”

    Bernardino brought along his co-worker Megan Winscom, 25, who said at the least, “It’s great for her career. It keeps her relevant.”

    Near the end of the line, friends Keri Agnello, of Fort Lee, and Lisa Lauria, of Waldwick, said they love how “real” Giudice is. In October, the two watched the three-part “Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In” special, which followed Joe and his daughters.

    “I made lasagna, we drank wine,” Agnello said. “We were supporting the Giudice family.”

    The two friends, who have watched the show together since the beginning, called Giudice a “very good mother” and praised her lack of a filter.

    “I don’t know if other housewives in other states are as real as the Jersey ones,” Agnello said. “She doesn’t filter how she feels. That’s not something everyone understands about New Jersey, but that’s who we are.”

    Among Giudice’s supporters were friends Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes, Dolores Catania of North Haledon and Siggy Flicker of Tenafly, who said she couldn’t confirm rumors that she would be on the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which Giudice herself and Laurita of Franklin Lakes are set to star in.

    “She is a strong woman,” Flicker said. “She did her time, she’s taking care of her family. I think she’s exceptional.”

    “She’s killing it,” Flicker said, nodding intently.

    Teresa Giudice’s fans explain the love at star’s first public event
    By Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for
    February 11, 2016

    You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and of squeals but of mind. A journey into a forgiving land of leopard print and hair extensions.

    Next stop, the Teresa Zone.

    In a tight lace dress and with mahogany locks flowing, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice descended the staircase at Ridgewood’s Bookends Wednesday night to exuberant cheers from more than a hundred fans who had queued to have copies of the reality star’s new memoir, “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again,” signed.

    Giudice was 15 minutes late, but no one seemed to mind. As fans approached the dais one by one, she hugged them, posed for pictures and accepted a bouquet of two dozen hot pink roses from Jorge Rey of Edgewater, who says he’s been a fan since the first season, “table flip and all.”

    Fans continue to stream into the bookstore, as did Giudice’s two youngest daughters Milania and Audriana, whose arrival was also greeted with cheers. (Giudice’s co-star and erstwhile friend Jacqueline Laurita also attended the signing, as did Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania, two women reportedly tapped for the upcoming seventh season of the show.)

    Teresa Giudice fans explain the love at book signing Jennifer Kaplan of Mahwah, Jorge Rey of Edgewater and Amanda Herman attended ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice’s book signing. (Video at

    Fans — they call themselves Tre Huggers — talked about Giudice as if they knew her, and not just as a castmate on a jiggered-for-maximum-drama reality show. Honest, they called her. Funny. A great mother. Gorgeous. Real.

    “She’s no-nonsense,” says Monica Arocho, who drove up from Metuchen with friend Jennifer Walker. “She says it like it is. She’s down to earth. She’s like anybody we would know.”

    “She could be anybody,” Walker, from Matawan, added. “She could be me. She’s a mother. She takes care of everything. She’s awesome.”

    She’s also an ex-con, which didn’t seem to bother anyone in the crowd when asked about Giudice’s guilty plea to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and her subsequent 11-month federal prison sentence. Most seemed to accept Giudice’s explanation that she simply signed papers she didn’t read first, adding that prosecutors never would have gone after her and husband Joe had it not been for her celebrity.

    “It’s never okay,” says Alessandra Federico of Cliffside Park, “but we hope that she learned from her mistakes.”

    “Don’t judge,” Walker says. “You don’t know the story. You don’t know everything that happens. You just know what you read or what you see on TV. You don’t know everything.”

    “She served her time,” says Amanda Herman of Westwood. “She didn’t get out of it like a lot of celebrities. She served her time amongst the real people and she looked beautiful and she came out stronger for it.”

    Fellow fans Sue Mazzarella and her daughter Gianna of Whippany were all for giving their favorite Housewife a second chance, but weren’t so quick to buy Giudice’s story. “You don’t sign things that you don’t know what they are,” Sue Mazzarella said. “I always feel like they both knew what they signed, you know. You want the good life and you got it and you have to pay the price for it.”

    Amazon reviews of Teresa’s prison memoir:

    It would be great for the BOP to respond to these allegations
    Byfellow prisoneron February 10, 2016
    Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase

    I was also in Danbury at that time and Teresa ‘s view of the camp is definitely her own version. Guards were advised she was getting special treatment – it was denied, but in the book she admits it. Her friend Kikki, aka Jen Kirk was the salad person and she not only provided Teresa with special salads but also home made dressing – campers not on the favored list were given awful remade dressing. The rest of us had iceberg lettuce and maybe a sliced carrot, no broccoli, peppers etc for the common folk.

    Inmates are not permitted to alter government property – no problem for Teresa – other inmates had altered garments confiscated. No bartering for manicures, massages or other favors is allowed – Teresa openly admits it yet nothing was done.

    Teresa was very self absorbed – she would arrive at an exercise class or meeting after it started and immediately open a window – never cared to ask if anyone minded. Finally we just started closing it right after and she finally got the message.

    Now, she is getting paid to corroborate that the BOP doesn’t do their job – inmates having sex, smoking, making hooch etc. It would be great for the BOP to respond to these allegations.

    Don’t waste your money

    Probably more worthwhile to those familiar with show.
    ByCollege StealthTOP 500 REVIEWERon February 9, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

    I want to be transparent; I’ve never watched “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and got this book because it was a new release. I didn’t even know who Teresa Giudice was prior to reading this book.

    I think that there may be a bit more in this book for people who have watched Real Housewives of Jersey, as there are a number of recalls to the television show and scenarios that are compared to it throughout the book by Giudice. Ono the Kindle version, the first 40% of the book is dedicated to her life prior to prison, with a whirlwind over-view of her family background, such as her mother and father, and then over-view of her marriage to her husband Joe.

    There is really no discussion, aside from a few pages of conversations with lawyers regarding her activity that led to her time in prison. I had to look that up on my own to find it out, although it says she was indicted for fraud, there’s no discussion by Giudice about what led to those charges of fraud on the part of herself or husband.

    The writing is easy, bordering on simplistic, but it makes for a very fast read, albeit seemingly superficial. The book immediately starts with Giudice highlighting that she is a good person, who people think is mean because she is strong, then begins a prologue that focuses on her going to prison early to avoid the paparazzi’s, avoiding the “pap” to get into the prison, and even while taking her mug shot, thinking about how it’s not a good photo and, good thing the paparazzi can’t see her. Giudice’s discusses how, even before going to prison, she had told her children she was going to prison to write a book about it, but that’s minimal, much more about the paparazzi throughout the prologue. A significant portion of the book, even while in prison, focuses on people “snitching on her” and trying to make money off of pictures of her in prison. Eventually, Giudice discusses that she and her husband took their own pictures of her in prison to sell to U.S. Weekly; she indicated she did it to help pay down restitution, but it was also to do it before someone else did.

    I can’t help but notice Giudice makes comments such as, “I have always been a hard worker,” then goes to discuss her jobs, like a paper route in which her dad drove her on every day, not really recognizing the irony in her father physically driving her on the route every day, unlike other paper delivery people. I mention his because this kind of seems like a repeated behavior throughout the book, a direct “I” claim and then the following information does a limited job of actually supporting that “I” statement. Another example is talking about how she wants to do what she can to help pay down restitution, but then refers to her children out skiing while she is in Danbury.

    Giudice’s courtship with Joe is sweet; she discusses them being family friends first and having had had the opportunity of dating of other people first, which was probably best. They actually didn’t marry until she was 27, and Joe is 29. Giudice also addresses rumors that her husband was cheating on her while she was locked up, which seems to be a pretty confident narrative. Giudice makes reference to her time as a buyer for Macy’s, but doesn’t go into much detail about it, aside from her highlighting she had fashion sense. Maybe because I haven’t seen the show, but twice Giudice references saving money and that their house was full of/decorated with items from their apartment, which her and Joe had when first married.

    In prison Giudice prides herself on her bargaining capabilities and even barters with an inmate to make her prison uniform fitted. Giudice does probably spend the most time talking about her inmates who were gay for the stay, as well as the discomfort of constantly having bunkmates having sex around her. There is also a focus on the different items available for sale in the prison and the T.V. room situations, and also overall hygiene.

    There are only one or two relationships in prison that Giudice spends much time talking about, her Yoga partner and another one in which the prisoner was her roommate and continually had some outbursts against her, but then would reconcile. Giudice touches on some people being crazy, but does not dive too much into the mental health issues of some of her surrounding prison mates, and generally references the diversity of those around her, focusing mostly on the white collar crimes people committed as a result of fraud. There are screen shots of her journal that she kept, nothing too deep, but it is a nice touch that adds to it, as are the pictures at the end. There are pictures of Giudice with her family, but also some that were taken with her friends from the prison.

    Overall, a quick read. I wouldn’t say that there is much to be gained regarding Giudice’s personal life after reading it. My assumption is that it is probably a lot more supplemental to those who are familiar with the show, with the added portion of her being in prison. Again, which has some details, but is not to terribly in depth about the nitty gritty of everything. I’d personally give the book three stars, but based on my assumption about it supporting the show, I’m giving it four.

    NOVELRANK gives statistics for Amazon sales. Currently it only shows hardcover sales for Teresa’s book:

    February 15, 2016
    Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again (Hardcover)
    Avg Rank: 437
    All Time Sales: 452

    You could estimate that she has sold as many Kindle books but very few audiobooks, so the total number of books sold at Amazon as of 2-15-2016 is around 1,000 (hardcover, Kindle and audio combined). The general industry thinking is that Amazon accounts for about 30% of print sales. Therefore, you could extrapolate that she sold an additional 1,600 hardcover books in other bookstores as of 2-15-16, which means she sold an estimated 2,600 total (Amazon sales plus other bookstores) as of 2-15-16.


    Best Sellers in Biographies:

    15. Turning the Tables: From Housewife to…
    by Teresa Giudice
    3.6 out of 5 stars (80)
    Kindle Edition

    Best Sellers in Memoirs:

    12. Turning the Tables: From Housewife to…
    by Teresa Giudice
    3.6 out of 5 stars (80)
    Kindle Edition

    15. Turning the Tables: From Housewife to…
    by Teresa Giudice
    3.6 out of 5 stars (80)
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    Best Sellers on Audiobooks:

    Not listed in the top 100 in any relevant category.

    Source: Amazon Best Sellers
    Our most popular products based on sales. Updated hourly.

    Typically in order to have a hope at becoming a Bestseller there needs to be a huge influx of sales within a very short period of time. We’re talking about 500-1,000 sales must occur in order to appear on Amazon’s Bestseller radar. In other words, if you can bring in 1,000 sales of your book within the first few days following its release then you are on your way to making it part of Amazon’s Top 100 list. To ensure a spot on The Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller list, you need to sell about 3000 books in the first week and to hit gold and the New York Times Bestseller list, you’ll need 9,000 copies sold in the first week.

    There are firms like ResultSource, a San Diego-based marketing consultancy, specializes in getting books onto bestseller lists, according to The Wall Street Journal. For clients willing to pay enough, it will even guarantee a No. 1 spot. It does this by taking bulk sales and breaking them up into more organic-looking individual purchases, defeating safeguards that are supposed to make it impossible to “buy” bestseller status.

    You’ll need to account a budget to buy between 3,000 and 9,000 copies of your book, which can run you up to a couple hundred thousand dollars depending on the cost of your book to either hit the Wall Street Journal or New York Times Bestseller list and you’ll also have to account for their fee, which is typically more than $20,000.

    If you don’t have $100,000-$250,000 lying around to buy your Bestselling Author status, you’re going to have to rely on good book marketing strategies to boost your sales and get you on the list of top sellers.

    A marketing expert said:

    Surprisingly enough, how many copies you need to sell of your book will often depend on when you release it. Pre-Christmas releases, for example, require bigger numbers than releases that happen in May. Why is this? Well, the holiday should speak for itself, and the same is true for key fall months like September. The hotter the month (not in temperature but in publishing releases), the harder it is to get onto a list. [January really is a slow month for booksales: 5,000 copies sold will not get you anywhere near the top-15 in the month of September; even 10,000 copies sold in September may not be enough.]

    A book’s sales surge often happens during a very short period of time and doesn’t always have to equate to huge numbers; it’s the velocity of the push that matters. An associate of mine in publishing once told me that a book she was working with only sold 4,000 copies before it landed on a major list. The smallness of the number is staggering when you think about it. Keep in mind that this book hit a list during a slow period, too, so that also worked in its favor.

    Also, lists aren’t always based on sales. The New York Times, for example, is known for a non-sale list, meaning that they circulate to 37 reporting (book) stores to find out whether a book is doing well. If it’s being talked about by the stores, it will often make the list.

    When you do the research, you realize that there is no way anyone can “rig” a list and promise you bestseller status. Well, there is one way: by buying up a lot of copies of a book within a short period of time. There have been companies promising bestseller status that do this, but once their warehouses are uncovered the companies often fold. Also, these books at some point will flood the system yet again, usually as used copies on Amazon, which will compete for sales attention with their newly printed counterparts. Any way you slice it, buying up your own books with the hope of getting on a list should be the last thing on your marketing agenda.

    Marketing your book with an eye on the bestseller list is great, but it’s not a preferred way to gain or keep your marketing stride. Instead, focus on things you can actually control that will benefit you. Like, let’s say regional promotion or an aggressive Internet campaign. Or how about reading groups both online and off? Slanting your campaign to hit a list isn’t a great idea, in fact, it’s often the worst thing you can do.

    Yes, there are books that publishers know will hit a list right out of the gate. These titles are generally celeb or news driven, but for the most part, 99.9% of all bestseller status is unpredictable. Gather your marketing chips and put them on a bet that is more likely to pay off. I know authors we’ve worked with who get the word from their publisher that their book just hit a list, and they’ll often call me elated and excited. Now that’s a wonderful surprise.

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