With Teresa Giudice locked up in Connecticut until next year, The Real Housewives of New Jersey firebrand is on the outs with the show she put on the table-flipping map.
Executive producer Andy Cohen admits he hasn’t talked to her since she’s been incarcerated, and that he’s moving ahead in his search for new cast members.
We expect Teresa’s reaction to that news would be something like this:
“I haven’t spoken to Teresa yet. Her access to the outside world is obviously limited,” Cohen says, although he says he has been “thinking about her.”
“I woke up thinking about her this morning actually. I’m kind of checking in through Dina [Manzo] to find out how she’s doing,” continued the Bravo fixture.
“By all accounts she’s hanging in there and doing okay,” Cohen says, adding that when it comes to her return, “We’ll watch what happens with that.”
“It’s obviously big franchise for Bravo, and I think whatever we do, we’re going to do it the right way, so we’re still figuring that out right now,” he added.
Obviously, finding new Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members that will bring in big ratings is a challenge. On the flip side, so is waiting on Tre.
Especially, insiders believe, given her personal history with Andy
Reports say Giudice and Cohen have feuded for years, though, and that tensions have intensified since she and husband Joe were sentenced to prison.
In his 2013 book, Cohen recalls how he interviewed Joe and Teresa Giudice the same they received their shocking indictment on 39 counts of fraud.
“It was like pulling teeth,” he noted, echoing a familiar refrain we’ve heard often. “They are either very un-introspective or in complete denial. Or both.”
Giudice, according to sources, was pushed “over the edge” and “felt so betrayed by Andy” when he joked about her sentencing on his popular show:
“She just would prefer that Andy not make comments about the sentencing, because she doesn’t want to do anything that could impact” the situation.
“It’s one thing for the legal proceedings to play out on the show, but Andy Cohen isn’t a lawyer, and shouldn’t discuss things he knows nothing about.”
As for reports that Joe is cheating on Teresa while she’s in prison, he denies this, although again, we imagine her getting wind of that rumor and …