BethennyFrankel turned the tables on Andy Cohen for a special segment of Watch What Happens Live. He dished on casting mistakes he’s made, which franchise has the most behind-the-scenes drama, whose fans he worries about burning down his house, and more.
Bethenny asked Andy, thinking back to the first season of Real Housewives of Orange County, did he think it would be as big as it is today. He said the possibility hit him in season two when Matt and Jeana Keough‘s marriage fell apart. “I was like, this is like a soap opera. Like, I care about Jeana, and things are not going well for her.”
On reality TV being blamed for the demise of so many marriages, Andy shared, “I think it has accelerated marriages that weren’t working. I’ve talked to Tamra [Judge] about this. I’ve talked to Vicki [Gunvalson] about this. They were in a relationship that wasn’t working. They saw it replayed on TV, and were like, ‘Wow, this is really bad.’ They had a chorus of people saying ‘dump him, dump him’ and they actually had the balls to do it.”
Oy. I cannot decide which of these headlines is more “bang my head against a brick wall” worthy. Ugh. Probably the second one, because the first comes from Teresa‘s lawyer, who’s being paid (maybe) to say things like Teresa’s “strength and resolve” amaze him. <side eye> And there’s more where that came from.
“December 23rd is her release date,” Teresa‘s lawyer, James J. Leonard, told E! News. “There is a possibility that could be moved forward. That’s something we’re actively working on. She will be home for Christmas. I know that means the world to her. Christmas in her house is a big event. When she gets out, she will be on what they consider home confinement, but she will not ultimately be confined to her home. She’ll be free to travel about with certain restrictions until February 5th.” If released on December 23rd, Teresa will have spent 11 months and 18 days of her 15-month sentence behind bars.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Bravo is delaying the 7th season to accommodate Teresa’s release from prison, which is due to happen sometime around the end of this year, in theory. Joe Giudice said Teresa was done with RHONJ unless offered ” a lot of money” – well, has she been offered that moola?! (Goodness knows she needs it!) because her attorney says she’s in the process of negotiating a contract with the network.
Teresa’s attorney shared that she will most-likely be returning to RHONJ if terms can be agreed upon – and really why wouldn’t she because it’s basically The Teresa Show. “Anyone who has watched that show since the very first episode understands that Teresa Giudice is the central figure around which the show revolves,” her attorney James J. Leonard Jr. says.
Olive green & gray is the New Black for Real Housewives of New Jersey’sTeresa Giudice, who’s traded borrowed designer dresses for standard-issue prison jumpsuits these past 4 months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Rumors recently surfaced that Teresa was showcasing her “diva-like” behavior while in prison, seeking special treatment and not complying with prison protocol.
Nothing could be further from the truth, says Giudice’s lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. “Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false,” he says. “She is getting along well with everyone – staff, inmates – all the way down the line.”
Last week, reports surfaced thatJoe & Teresa Giudice’s New Jersey “mansion” was going into foreclosure, and this week things are looking even worse for the convicted felons of Real Housewives of New Jersey. According to Vicky Hyman at NJ.com, “The canal-front beach house on the Jersey Shore owned by Teresa and Joe Giudice will be auctioned May 19 by the Ocean County Sheriff’s office.” Officials say, “Bidding for the five-bedroom, two-bath home will start at $100 and increase in increments of $1,000.” That’s a just a bit lower than the $347,000 the Giudices paid for the Manahawkin home in 2005.
NJ.com also reports that Teresa and Joe currently have not one, not two, but THREE mortgages out on their Jersey Shore home. “They tried to sell it last year for $315,000, just before their fraud sentencing,” the website said. That didn’t pan out, apparently. “The foreclosure proceeding was initiated by America’s Servicing Company, which holds the first mortgage on the home,” they add.
“Community Bank of Bergen County filed a notice of foreclosure in Morris County Superior Court Wednesday on their Indian Lane property,” according to court papers obtained by NJ Advance Media on NJ.com. In their 2010 bankruptcy filing, Community Bank was listed as one of the Giudice’s creditors. The bankruptcy ploy was scrapped soon afterward though: “The couple eventually abandoned their bankruptcy claim after the trustee representing their creditors alleged they hid assets and income, which led to a federal prosecution.” And we all know where that whole bizniss got Juicy & Tre now.
Meanwhile, Teresa is desperate to liquidate her Montville, NJ mansion to repay her bankruptcy debts. Teresa and Joe initially listed their home for $3.999 million last fall, then dropped the price by $500,00 and again by half a million in January. With no takers they pulled the 10,044-square-foot home from the market, but have now relisted it again at $2.9 million.