It doesn’t seem as if Joe and Teresa Giudice are as hard up for money as some reports claim. On Tuesday, Extra! posted a video interview that it did with Joe Giudice at his home in New Jersey. During the interview, Joe talked about whether Teresa will return for another season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Joe said that they would need to get a “very big” paycheck in order to return to the show. He also admitted that they have not received an offer from Bravo yet to secure Teresa’s return upon her release from prison, which isn’t expected to happen until early 2016.
“The numbers would have to be very big in order to go back so um, we’ll see… as of right now there’s nothing.”
Joe’s answer seems to indicate that Bravo would need to offer more money than they did for seasons past in order to get them back on the show. In February 2014, NJ.com reported that Teresa made $650,000 each season.
While Teresa’s sitting in prison, the network is proceeding with the show’s seventh season. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, executive producer Andy Cohen revealed yesterday that casting is underway for the upcoming season. Andy also admitted that it may be a while until casting is finalized.
About two weeks ago, Andy told E! News that no one has been cast yet. He also revealed that he’s taking a wait and see approach with Teresa, whom he hasn’t seen since she went to prison in early January but keeps tabs on via her good friend and fellow New Jersey housewife Dina Manzo.
“You know what, I haven’t spoken to Teresa yet. Her access to the outside world is obviously limited. Certainly I’m thinking about her. I woke up thinking about her this morning actually. I’m kind of checking in through Dina to find out how she’s doing and by all accounts she’s hanging in there and doing okay. And we’ll watch what happens with that.”
During his interview with Extra!, Joe also admitted that he now appreciates Teresa much more.
“When you have four kids you have to stay strong. Her being away definitely makes me appreciate her way more, a lot more, and you know everything she did.”
As for Teresa Giudice’s everyday life in prison, Joe Giudice revealed that she’s still getting her hair and nails done like she did during her The Real Housewives of New Jersey days. He even said that he and their four daughters once had to wait an hour during their prison visit to see Teresa because she was getting her hair done, which he found “a little annoying.”
“She’s got a little group she hangs out with and does her thing with every day, and who she goes to the gym with and who she hangs out with, and who does her hair and who does her nails… they have their little thing going every day.”
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