Teresa Giudice appeared on WWHL Tuesday night for her first post-prison appearance on Bravo and to promote her new memoir; Turning The Tables.
Andy noted that he had a secret lunch with Teresa two weeks before she was incarnated and that she didn’t seem prepared for what was to come. He asked her if she thought she was prepared. “No, not at all,” she said. “I was, just like you said, [living] in the moment. Just focusing on my daughters. I felt like I was dying, in reality, that’s how I felt. Every weekend I wanted to do something special with them, especially with my little baby [Audirana]. I didn’t want her to forget me. She was 5 years old at the time and that’s how I was feeling.”
What were her first few days in prison like? “When I first got there I was pretty much numb. I was going through the motions. They strip search you, you have to bend down, cough… something that I’ve never done before. I felt humiliated. I get to my room, I met the other girls in my room. They were really nice. I look at my bed, there were urine stains, blood stains on the mattress. That was disgusting. The other girls helped me make my bed. I was exhausted by the time I got to my room it was like 4:30am and pretty much everyone was sleeping, the girls woke up to help me. After I made my bed, I passed out for a few hours and then I got up again with the girls around 6:30 7 because they were getting ready to go to work.”
Best thing about prison and the worst thing? “The only thing I can think of was being able to work out three times a day. The worst thing was being away from my daughters and Joe.”
Does Teresa now fully understand why she went to jail? “Yes. In the beginning I didn’t understand just because I’ve never been in trouble before, so I didn’t understand the legal system. But once you get there you become so knowledgeable about the legal system and just by talking to the other girls about everything. But I know why I was sent there.”
Does she hold herself accountable for what she did? “Of course I do. I signed papers without reading them. I plead guilty to what I did, I got sentenced, I served 11 1/2 months, I apologized to the judge, I did my time, my restitution is paid.”
What does Teresa say to people who say she shouldn’t return to RHONJ? “Listen, no one is perfect in life. We all fall down and obviously I fell down and I’ve picked myself back up. I think we should all encourage each other and pick each other up. So I hope that’s what the world is going to do with me.”
How does she think coming home to a new Lexus SUV looks when she just got out of prison? “My lease was up on my car and I needed a car, so Joe got me a new lease and he got a me a Lexus. It’s a lease. Lexus decided to put on the big red bow and they were smart because they knew tons of paparazzi were going to be at my house. So they got a lot of press for that.”
Is she more or less scared for Joe to go to prison now? “Believe it or not, I was just totally numb with it, I didn’t even think about it. I am more worried about Joe than I was myself. I think women are stronger and different. They’ll just walk away from situations… I don’t know how men’s prisons are.”
Did Teresa ever get into a fight in jail? “No I didn’t, but I did see fights that happened.”
Did inmates ever try to pick fightsÂ with Teresa because they had seen her on TV? “Yeah they did and they would talk about certain situations that happened. They’re in my book.”
Did being in prison teach her anything about how to handle conflict? “It did. I wasn’t going to give anyone anything in order to ruin my good time.” (Good behavior).
Andy showed some footage from Teresa Checks In and wanted Giudice to react to the footage. “It breaks my heart [to watch that].” Andy then asks her how Joe did while she was away. “He did good,” Teresa says, adding that her brother Joe Gorga also did a great job of taking care of their parents while she was away.
In her book, Teresa writes that while she was away she was able to relive some of the good times with her brother. How did being away give her perspective on her life? “When something like this happens, from now on I just want to live everyday like it’s my last day and you know what, don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s nonsense.”
Andy noted that he and Teresa emailed while she was away and brought up that Melissa wasn’t ever approved to visit her or email her. “By the time she sent it in it was like three months later and my list was full. I took my brother-in-law Pete off the list to add my brother. When I left, obviously things weren’t the greatest between Melissa and I, and you’ll see on the show I ended up saying it to my brother in a scene we already shot, ‘I didn’t really want to spend 5 hours with Melissa in a visiting room,’ and we laugh about it.”
Andy pointed out that Teresa didn’t acknowledge Jacqueline Laurita in her new book. “While I was there I didn’t hear from her and when I left we weren’t speaking. I haven’t really spoken to her in three years.”
What did Teresa eat in prison? “The cooks did they best they could with the food they had. It was different everyday. There’s like hamburgers and hotdogs, that’s obviously a no-no for me. They would make chicken fajitas. Pizza.”
What’s the first thing she ate when she got out? “Rino sent food to our house from his restaurant Angelos. What I remember specifically going for was the lobster.”
Did Teresa ever become resentful of Joe while she was away? “No I didn’t. I live with the man. I know he didn’t mean to harm me in anyway. He took full responsibility, the government saw it a different way. What else can we do?”
What was her reaction to the tabloid reports while she was away that Joe was cheating? “I saw them because the girls there would get them. One of them was, matter of fact, one of our friends and made him take a picture with this blonde which was a friend of his and then he sold the story.”
Is Teresa worried about Joe’s deportation? “We’re just taking it day by day. Focusing on our children right now.”
Teresa interrupts to say one thing in reaction to respond to what Bethenny Frankel had to say about her. Andy played a clip where Frankel said she’s amazed why people come on reality TV with skeletons in their closets. Teresa states, “If I had skeletons in my closet I would have never come on the show.” Andy replied, “Well, debatable.”
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