Bravo’s three part Real Housewives of New JerseyÂ special Teresa Checks In was emotional and all things reality with the Giudice family as matriarch Teresa is serving her prison sentence in Danbury. And while viewers have the opinions on the spin-off special, so do RHONJ stars Amber and Jim Marchese.
Jim had spoken out about the show, saying that it wasâ€œdark endorsement of criminal behavior and exploitation of children.â€ Producer Andy Cohen has since responded to Jim’s accusations defending the special and calling Jim out on allowing his own children to appear on RHONJ. Now Housewife Amber is giving her opinion to Radar Online.
â€œI usually remain silent regarding all Real Housewives of New Jersey shenanigans, especially Andy and Bravoâ€™s judgments of what makes â€˜RHONJâ€˜ great, however he publicly criticized my decision to include my children on the show,â€ she said. â€œThey crossed a line and so now, they get my iron fist response!â€
“Jim and I, as parents only had our children participate in family events, such as ginger bread house making, a fall harvest party, and a cute kidâ€™s commercial for our family business,â€ Amber insisted. â€œWe never had them in â€˜adult situationsâ€™ or speaking about â€˜adult issues.’â€
â€œWe have all had difficult times in our lives: Melissa and Joe [Gorga] moved into a rental for a while; Jackie and Chris [Laurita] spend thousands on care for their son; and Jim and I have had our challenges,â€ she continued. â€œWe are not having our children eat of off â€˜Gucci plates,â€™ nor are we living in a home that the mortgage is unpaid.â€
â€œOne of the things about Melissa, Jackie and I remains constant: we focus on our children and their best interests,â€ she said. â€œThe same cannot be said for Teresa and Joe G. They are literally exchanging their childrenâ€™s mental health for a pay check!â€
â€œMelissa and I have been friends for about 15 years and Jacqueline and I for a year and a half or so. I have first hand witnessed how Teresa has treated her friends and family,â€ she said.
â€œTeresa used me, pretending to be my friend, but all the while she was setting me up to take the brunt of the Victoria Gotti scandal! It was no accident that Teresa picked me to go with her to hear that disgusting rumor about the twins, and it also was not a coincident that Tre was not in Florida when it came out.â€
â€œI have remained silent on this subject for so long because karma seemed to be taking a life on its own for all of the awful things she has done to people,â€ Amber said. â€œShe is sitting in jail. But the truth of the matter is, she went to great lengths to humiliate the twins and their families; she has been cruel to Melissa, and she has been cruel to Jacqueline. That is the absolute reality of this all.â€
â€œI always say, you cannot always tell who the anchor truly is in a family or group of friends, until they are gone,â€ she concluded. â€œIt is no coincidence, there has been no drama in the last eight months [of Teresaâ€™s prison stint] and all of us are still friends!â€ Ouch.
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