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Now that NBC has confirmed the new cast of Celebrity Apprentice season 5, the cast has been out and about doing press!

And that includes the most notorious notable cast member Teresa Giudice! In an interview with Wetpaint, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star explains why she chose the NephCure charity, how she got along with her cast members and makes it CLEAR that she was the only NJ housewife asked to do the show.

As we reported yesterday, Teresa did not choose the charity of her fake BFF Dina Manzo, instead choosing to go with the NephCure foundation. A source told Reality Tea last October that Dina had been kissing up to Tre, even filming with her for the RHONJ in hopes Teresa would choose her Lady Bug charity for the show.

“I went to a St. Jude charity event for Eric Trump and I met this little boy named Mathew Levine, and I found out he had this rare kidney disease and he touched my heart. He had just turned 8 and his cholesterol is 365, he takes 15 pills a day,” Teresa explains. “I wanted to do whatever I could to help the foundation.”

When asked how she got along with her costars, in usual Teresa fashion, she pretends everything was all hunky dory despite the fact that Victoria Gotti revealed last month that the two ladies got into a huge blowout on the show. “Everyone seemed great. I went into it with an open mind, I was happy to meet everyone, like Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk! I remember watching him on TV, it was cool,” states Tre.

When it comes to those reports that came out last year stating NBC first asked her costar Caroline Manzo to do the show, Teresa makes it clear she was the only one asked.

“It was not true. NBC made sure to tell me that was false. [They confirmed] that I was the only one that was asked. You should ask NBC that question, I’m sure they’ll confirm it,” Teresa says though Wetpaint though NBC would not confirm Teresa’s claims, simply stating no comment.

And just to let us know how well she got along with her Apprentice costars, since you know, she’s know for getting along great with others, Teresa made certain to post photos of herself with Victoria Gotti, Clay Aiken and others on her Twitter page. Those photos, including Teresa’s official Celebrity Apprentice photo, are below!

TERESA GIUDICE WITHDRAWS BANKRUPTCY FILING!

Moving on to a report by Life & Style magazine which states Teresa is “embarrassed” by her husband’s Joe Giudice’s recent indictment: Last month, Joe, 40, was indicted by a grand jury and is facing up to 11 years in prison if found guilty of wrongfully using someone else’s identity as well as one count of impersonation. Joe is accused of using his brother Pete Giudice’s marriage and birth certificate to get a new driver’s license while his license was suspended following a 2010 DUI arrest.

“Teresa’s really embarrassed by Joe right now,” an insider tells Life & Style, while Joe insists he’s not to blame. “They didn’t even catch me driving” is Joe’s argument about the indictment.

Meanwhile, the National Enquirer is reporting that Teresa broke down in tears when she discovered Joe could spend over a decade in prison. However, she wasn’t crying because of Joe but rather over the possibility of losing her house!

“Teresa is showing Joe no mercy behind closed doors, but that’s not surprising to those who know her well,” a family friend revealed. “It’s when the cameras aren’t focused on her that Teresa shows her true colors – and it’s always about ‘me, me, me.’”

The insider continues, “Her chief concern is to maintain the illusion of an opulent lifestyle at any cost and that means holding on to her gaudy mansion. The fact that Joe could be sent to prison for 10 years seems to be a secondary concern. Teresa fears this latest setback will be the tipping point that pushed them off a financial cliff and that it’s only a matter of time before they lose their mansion.”

And despite her income from her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice as well as royalties from her cookbooks and Housewives, sources tell The Enquirer those are just a “temporary bandage” for the family’s financial woes. Yikes.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE’S EMBARRASSED BY JOE’S INDICTMENT AND MORE CONCERNED ABOUT APPEARANCES?

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In what might just be the worst kept secret of all time, Donald Trump and NBC are finally revealing the cast of Celebrity Apprentice season 5!

The network unveiled the latest crop of D-list celebrities who will compete for a $250,000 cash prize for their bank accounts favorite charities! And just as we reported back in October, Italian sisters from another mother — Victoria Gotti and RHONJ housewife Teresa Giudice are a part of the cast!

In fact, Victoria revealed a while back that Teresa and her ended up getting into a major blowout during filming. C.A.N.T. W.A.I.T!

“This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will be the most exciting yet. The show will be great, with a record number of contestants and 15 episodes. We are thrilled to bring 18 new and talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring,” promises The Donald.

Unfortunately for Teresa’s fake BFF Dina Manzo, Tre did not pick her Lady Bug charity for the show. Ouch!

Below is the full list of the cast and their respective charities –

Teresa Giudice, Bravo Housewife, 39: The NephCure Foundation
Victoria Gotti, Famous mobster daughter, 48: Association to Benefit Children
Tia Carrere, Actress/Model, 44: After-School All-Stars
Debbie Gibson, Singer, 41: Children International
Lisa Lampanelli, Comedian, 50: Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Dayana Mendoza, Former Miss Universe, 25: Latino Commission on AIDS
Aubrey O’Day, Singer, 27: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Cheryl Tiegs, Model/Actress, 64: The Farrah Fawcett Foundation
Patricia Velasquez, Model, 40: Wayuu Taya Foundation

Clay Aiken, Former American Idol runner up, 32: The National Inclusion Project
Michael Andretti, Race-car driver, 24: Racing for Cancer
Adam Carolla, Radio and TV personality, 47: Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters
Lou Ferrigno, Incredible Hulk star, 59: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Arsenio Hall, Actor and Former late-night host, 55: Magic Johnson Foundation
Penn Jillette, Magician, 56: Opportunity Village
Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman, 56: March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies
George Takei, Star Trek actor, 74: Japanese American National Museum
Paul Teutul Sr., 62: Make-A-Wish Foundation

The new season of Celebrity Apprentice will premiere Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9/8c on NBC.

[Photo Credit: SPLASH]

TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED OR ARE YOU REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON?

Reality Tea can now confirm the identities of all the 18 celebrities participating in Celebrity Apprentice season 5!

All thanks to a show insider who sent us the full list — posted below — of the 18 celebrities (nine female and nine male) filming the new season!

As reported previously, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and famous mobster daughter Victoria Gotti are indeed part of the cast (Nene Leakes vs Star Jones the sequel anyone?!) and joining them will be the likes of Adam Carolla, Aubrey O’Day, Clay Aiken, Debbie Gibson, Lisa Lampanelli and others!

Below is the full cast list -

Women’s Team:

  1. Teresa Giudice – Bravo Housewife
  2. Victoria Gotti – Famous mobster daughter
  3. Aubrey O’Day – Singer and former member of Danity Kane
  4. Cheryl Tiegs – Model and Actress
  5. Dayana Mendoza – Former Miss Universe
  6. Tia Carrere – Actress and Model
  7. Patricia Velasquez - Model
  8. Debbie Gibson – Singer
  9. Lisa Lampanelli – Comedian and Roast specialist

Men’s Team:

  1. Adam Carolla – Radio and TV personality
  2. Arsenio Hall - Actor and Former late-night host
  3. Clay Aiken – Former American Idol runner up
  4. Dee Snider – Twisted Sister frontman
  5. George Takei - Star Trek actor
  6. Lou Ferrigno – Incredible Hulk star
  7. Marco Andretti - Race-car driver
  8. Paul Teutal – American Chopper dad
  9. Penn Jillette - Magician and one-half member of Penn & Teller

Another source tells Reality Tea the women were spotted filming at Cafe Metro on W 52nd Street in NYC on Tuesday during which they had a challenge that required them to cook and sell food. They sold “$20 Grilled Cheeses, and $100 or $500 sandwiches.”

Our source also supplied us with the below pics which includes a group shot of the women on the menu and another shot of Teresa actually slaving away in the kitchen! Those pics are below!

According to reports, Celebrity Apprentice season 5 is scheduled to premiere early next year.

Top Photos credit: PR Photos

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