Joe Giudice has been a single parent for about 9 months now, as Teresa Giudice has been locked up since January. Teresa is serving almost a year in jail for fraud. She was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, but many believe she could be returning home before Christmas, making her actual sentence shorter than 12 months. When she is released, Joe goes in to serve over three years for the same crime.
Of course, many fans have wondered how Joe Giudice is doing, since he has been working and taking care of his four daughters without the help of Teresa. The family goes to visit almost every weekend, and make the drive up to Danbury, Connecticut, to see her. Joe hasn’t said much about the sentencing, but he is clearly doing quite well.
According to a new report, Joe Giudice recently sat down with Tamron Hall to talk about what happened the day they were sentenced. Giudice could be doing some promotion for the Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In series that premieres next week.
“No, of course it’s not worth it,” Joe revealed during the interview, adding, “It’s not that I’m not saying I didn’t do anything wrong or illegal, but it was definitely people behind talking to them and telling them we did this and telling but then we did that to bring it to their attention and being in the public eye didn’t help.”
Of course, Joe Giudice was arrested for various things throughout the show, including driving under the influence and forging signatures. In this case, Joe had asked his wife, Teresa, to sign documents, which she did without realizing what she was signing. The two were later charged and sentenced in their fraud case. Now, Joe reveals that he is to blame, since he asked Teresa to sign the papers and he thinks it is unfair that Teresa is locked up.
“Well I was to blame, sure. I took full responsibility for everything, but they still put her away,” Giudice reveals, adding, “[I] absolutely [feel guilty]. I was supposed to go away, not her. And that was part of the plea, what I thought anyway. I don’t know what happened in the court room that day… I feel like somebody just snapped my neck that day. I felt the pain, the chill going down my spine. I couldn’t believe it.”
During the interview, Joe does talk about The Real Housewives of New Jersey and he admits that he didn’t want to be on the show to begin with. In fact, he claims that the show had something to do with them getting exposed for what they were doing.
“I didn’t anticipate going on this show. I didn’t want to go on this show, number one. They were bothering us for over a year. We just thought we were going to do it and it was gonna be like no big deal,” Joe Giudice said, adding, “And that’s how we ended up here. I was just signing my name… I wasn’t an accountant. I wasn’t a mortgage person. I wasn’t a banker.”
Of course, Joe does face a possible deportation after he wraps up his 41-month term in jail, which he is scheduled to start next year. But he hasn’t thought much about his prison term and he didn’t want to address the possible deportation. One can imagine it is painful for Joe Giudice to imagine a life at home in Italy — possibly without his family nearby. While Joe has been doing a good job taking care of the family, their oldest daughter, Gia, has also helped whenever possible.
Are you surprised that Joe Giudice is now taking responsibility for his actions?
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