After Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15-months in prison, producers of The Real Housewives of New Jersey have been scrambling, trying to figure out how to save season 7, and a new report claims they are considering making drastic casting changes.
“After all of the options were considered, Bravo did approach Teresa about filming prior to her heading off to prison with the intent of working her into the new season,” a source reveals. “However, she was insisting she wanted an astronomical paycheck. Much to her surprise, they turned her down.”
And while delaying filming until Teresa’s release is still a possibility, the network is exploring all of their options.
“Production is currently holding focus groups about moving forward without Teresa,” an insider confirmed. “They are trying to determine what the public perception was of the new cast and if any casting changes need to be made in regards to the new additions last season.”
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“If Bravo finds out that the public perception of the current cast is positive, they will likely begin filming in February; however, they are also exploring the option of putting on the show on a hiatus until the fall,” the source continued. “This would allow them to play around with the cast if need be and film around the normal timeframe the show films in, which is typically the fall.”
As we previously reported, the network is considering bringing back Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, and this insider reveals Kathy Wakile is also being considered as a full-time Housewife.
“Bravo is interested in bringing Kathy Wakile back to the franchise in a big way,” another insider revealed. “When she appeared with Jacqueline last season, ratings went up.”
“In addition, fans will be pleased to know production is exploring the idea of bringing Kathy’s sister, Rosie Pierri, on as a full time cast member,” the source claimed. “Fans love Rosie and it would give a new twist to the show.”
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