The Real Housewives of New Jersey has seen better times.
Despite being absent for almost two years, fans haven’t reacted well to the show’s return. Will the Real Housewives of New Jersey be canceled after Season 7?
Radar Online is reporting that ratings for the Real Housewives of New Jersey are at an all-time low. In fact, the Season 7 premiere attracted only 1.7 million fans, which is the lowest ever for the long-running reality show.
Back in 2009, RHONJ was among the highest watched reality show in the franchise, topping both the Real Housewives of Orange County and the Real Housewives of New York.
The show really hit its stride in 2012 when 3 million fans tuned in for the premiere of Season 4.
Things took a turn for the worse in Season 6, which grabbed an audience of 1.9 million for the opening episode. The downhill trend continued as viewership steadily dropped all season.
Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled about Teresa Giudice’s prison storyline over the past two seasons.
According to E! Online, Giudice’s return home promised an interesting storyline as fans got an inside look at her adjustment post-prison. However, rather than a chance to change her ways, Giudice has returned to business as usual.
Not only is Giudice determined to control Melissa Gorga at all costs, but she doesn’t seem any closer in making amends with Jacqueline Laurita.
Most recently, Giudice was upset by the fact that her cousins, Kathy Wakile, and Rosie Pierri, listened in on a conversation she had with Gorga over New Year’s Eve.
Clearly, time behind bars hasn’t changed Giudice for the better, and Real Housewives of New Jersey fans aren’t tuning in to see the lack of transformation.
Meanwhile, Giudice isn’t the only one serving time behind bars.
The Mirror is reporting that her husband, Joe, started his 41-month term in prison in March. The couple was found guilty of fraud and forced to serve their time consecutively.
To make matters worse, Joe might have to leave the country once he is out of prison. Joe was born in Italy and is not a U.S. citizen.
During a recent chat, Giudice and Gorga were asked about Joe’s impending doom.
“It’s the end of your family unit as you know it because there is all this talk of Joe being deported since he’s Italian. Do you think about that?” Access Hollywood host Kit Hoover asked.
Giudice looked more uncomfortable than ever and refused to answer the question.
“Um, next question please. You know, I don’t think that is something you should be asking,” she said.
“Well everybody’s talking about it. It could be a reality,” Hoover pressed.
“Well, I’m sorry. I think that’s really rude,” Giudice angrily replied.
“Well, it’s a fact and we’re probably going to see it on the show so I don’t think that’s a rude question,” Hoover said.
“No, you’re not going to see it on the show,” Giudice assured him. “In fact, I’m going to leave.”
The reality star then removed her mic and stormed off the set.
“First of all, this is a reality show and we’re watching her whole life play out it’s in the news that this could be a fact and this is a totally fair question,” Hoover added after she left. “And, listen, I hope it doesn’t happen for the family and everybody, but I can only imagine it’s something that has to be weighing on them.”
Following the interview, fans were mixed about Giudice’s decision to walk off the show. Although some though Hoover’s question were inappropriate, others believed that it comes with the territory of being on a reality show.
New episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey air Sunday nights on Bravo.
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