During The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Andy Cohen gave the cast time to speak about the fraud charges Joe and Teresa Giudice are facing. After playing the clip in Arizona where Joe admitted he feared going to jail over his DMV case, Andy opened the floor to the other cast mates to reveal their thoughts on Teresa and Joe’s federal indictment.
“It’s deep,” Caroline Manzo says, after Andy asks why she got emotional during the clip. “You never kick a person when they’re down. There’s something about him [Joe Giudice] that is very real, and when he allowed himself to be vulnerable, you find it in your heart to say, ‘I wanna hug him.’ Because he allowed himself to say, ‘I’m scared. I don’t want to leave my kids.’ It was precious to see that, because when you have that attitude to admit your flaws and your fears that’s when the help comes pouring in.”
“I know when we were fighting last year, I yelled, ‘I hope Joe goes to jail,'” Jacqueline Laurita says, recalling the season 4 reunion. “At that moment in time I didn’t care if he went to hell, but in actuality I feel for him as a man, as a husband, as a father and it’s different when you’re in the situation then when you’re just mad and spewing things.”
Andy asks Joe Gorga what went through his mind when he first heard about the indictment. “Listen, I got depressed. It’s hard to talk about, I don’t even really want to touch on that subject. It’s a hard thing to swallow, and I hope that everything works out.” Andy asks how Joe found out about the news. “We spoke about it,” Joe says. “Teresa and I spoke about it.”
“I told my brother and Melissa that this was coming out,” Teresa reveals. “I didn’t know when. (Jacqueline says she told her coming back from Arizona, which was in mid March.) Ya, so I wanted my brother to hear it from me. The day it came out we didn’t know that day, but I told my brother something is happening.” Andy asks what Joe said to Teresa, and she reveals, “Nothing, he said I’m here for you.”
Andy asks when you see your family on the national news walking into court what goes through your mind? “It’s heartbreaking,” Kathy Wakile says. “And you want it to go away for them. You want their pain to go away. You don’t want anyone that you love to go through that.”
“It’s a scary thing,” Melissa says, then Joe Gorga interrupts her and says that he and Melissa had the girls for Antonia’s birthday party recently. “We were sitting at dinner and Gabriella just took to me,” Joe says. “She hung by me all night and she was under my shoulder and we sat there and she leaned on me the entire night and I look over and I see Melissa crying. I didn’t have to ask her what she was crying about, I started crying.”
“It’s not easy, we’ve been through some hard times,” Joe continues. “But you never want to see your family go through something like this. No matter what.”
Andy reveals there were a lot of viewer questions wondering if it came to it, would Melissa and Joe take care of the kids. “I mean if she asked us to, of course,” Melissa says, and Joe added, “I would be there in a heart beat. When we heard the news I called my sister and we talked about it, but I couldn’t call Joe. I was so hurt and I tried dialing his number and I would hang up because I didn’t know how to talk to him. I didn’t know if he wanted to hear from me. I didn’t know what to say.”
Next, Andy asked Jacqueline how she feels about the situation. An emotional Jacqueline, says, “I just think about how scary it is and the kids and the whole situation in general and I just can’t imagine. That’s why I say Teresa is the strongest woman I know. Thinking about it, it scares me and I know she’s got to be scared and I know their family has to be hurting and the kids, and I just think of all of it. I don’t know enough about it to know where it’s going, but it’s just scary.”
Teresa and Joe explain that they are staying positive for their daughters and their family around them and they think everyone in the room for their support and kind words.
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