After she and her husband were guilty were found guilty on several counts of fraud, it began to look as though Teresa Giudice would be headed to prison.
Their original sentencing date was delayed following the death of Joe Giudice's father, but now the new day of reckoning is fast approaching, and Teresa is reportedly begging Bravo not to send a Real Housewives of New Jersey camera crew to document what may turn out to be the worst day of her life.
"Teresa doesn't want cameras from Bravo to be at her sentencing on September 23," says a source close to the network. "[She] has told producers of the show her thoughts. Bravo doesn't care what Teresa wants or thinks and they are done protecting her."
Teresa has complained about being "exploited" by Bravo in the past, and her diva-like behavior on set coupled with her habit of bad-mouthing the network has gained her little sympathy from execs.
Even so, if Bravo does send cameras Teresa's sentencing hearing, they'll likely be doing so not as an act of revenge, but out of a desire to protect their investment.
As the most recognizable face of RHONJ, Teresa has earned up to $250,000 per season in the past. If she's sent to prison, the network will lose the most popular personality on a show that's already struggling in the ratings.
It stands to reason that if producers are going to lose Teresa, they'd at least like to air a satisfying conclusion to her story.
So yes, it's hard not to feel for a woman who doesn't want to be further humiliated on television, but the RHONJ franchise has done an awful lot for Teresa and her family, and for Bravo, it will all come down to a business decision.