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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 cast may see a wide variety of changes, especially given the absence of Alpha Girl Teresa Giudice.

With slightly under a week until she begins her 15-month prison sentence, Bravo is scrambling to prepare for the next season of the show in her absence.

As a result, they’re considering some drastic changes to the cast.

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A source tells celebrity gossip website Radar Online:

“After all the options were considered, Bravo did approach Teresa about filming prior to her heading off to prison with the intent of working her into the new season."

However, it didn’t happen, because her demands were too high: "She insisted she wanted an astronomical paycheck. Much to her surprise, they turned her down.”

While it’s still possible that Giudice’s exit will leave The Real Housewives of New Jersey canceled or delayed in her wake, that is far from a done deal now.

“Production is currently holding focus groups about moving forward without Teresa,” an insider said of the show airing without its number one draw by far.

“They are trying to determine what the public perception was of the new cast is and if any changes need to be made in regards to the additions last season.”

Teresa Aprea, Nicole Naplitano, Amber Marchese and their respective husbands all brought the drama, but was it enough for Bravo to bring them back?

“If Bravo finds out that the public perception of the current cast is positive, they will likely begin filming in February,” the source said, but a hiatus is equally likely.

“This would allow them to play around with the cast members if need be and film around the normal timeframe the show films in, which is typically the fall.”

Past stars Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita will return, and another familiar face, Kathy Wakile, may also be brought back, according to reports.

In addition, production is exploring the idea of bringing Kathy’s sister, Rosie Pierri, on as a full time cast member next season, with or without Teresa.

What do you think? Can the show go on without … this?