Following the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” season finale, things got serious at Andy Cohen’s clubhouse when the entire 30 minutes of “Watch What Happens: Live” was devoted to interviewing Teresa and Joe Giudice, whose legal troubles are stacked so high, it compelled the show to play menacing Eminem-esque themed music at the beginning of every segment!
But in all seriousness, Tre and Joe’s problems are no joke. They’re currently facing a 39-count indictment, which includes mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, tax evasion, and fraudulent statements on loan applications. And the courts are giving them a dose of reality that they never fathomed: If found guilty, the two could face up to 50 years in prison.
Not the biggest surprise, Teresa and Joe have pleaded not guilty.
For many viewers, the couple’s issues with the law are simply a byproduct of their narcissism and inability to live within their means.
Despite agreeing with Teresa and Joe’s lawyers not to ask particular questions that could impede their case, Andy tried as best as he could to get some juice and break the rock-hard exterior the couple put up.
Wearing conservative grey business suits that made them look like bankers, Teresa and Joe were … well, Teresa and Joe.
While Joe’s favorite word was “whatever,” Teresa decided to hold on the word “positive” and “strong.”
“I can’t believe this is happening to us,” Teresa told Andy. “I have to be positive … I have to be strong for my husband and children.”
The couple claimed they were surprised by the charges and quickly dismissed any personal responsibility in the matter: In fact Teresa admitted she felt “roped in” to the mess since she leaves Joe to handle all the accounting, while Joe pretty much blamed their accountants since they supposedly handled the couple’s finances.
So who would take care of their kids if both were to hop into orange neon suits?
With a tinge of bitterness, Joe made a point to say that Joe and Melissa would not be parenting his four daughters.
Despite Joe blaming the show for contributing to their legal woes, Teresa told Andy she would continue being on camera.
“Moms are strong; they have to keep it together,” she said.
Not satisfied with the emotional wall he was getting from Tre, Andy pushed and prodded, trying to pull out a modicum of vulnerability. Finally, towards the end of the show, Teresa got teary eyed and revealed she, at times, has wondered if being on the show was their downfall.
“Do you think you can survive in jail?’ Andy asked Teresa.
“I can’t even think about that,” she said. “I haven’t done anything.”
We’ll see if the New Jersey courts agree, as the couple’s trial is set for February 2014.