The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice might still be locked up, but her family is still the subject of Bravo’s newest spin-off.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In will air soon, and the family should be happy about the publicity. Her co-stars, though?
Fellow NJ housewife Amber Marchese and her husband Jim Marchese opened up to Radar about the Giudices' decision to film the jail special.
She claims the Giudices are “exchanging their kids’ mental health for a paycheck!” And we have to agree.
Teresa’s children - Gia, 14, Milania, 9, Gabriella, 8, and Audriana, 3 - were the focal point on the show that Jim called “dark endorsement of criminal behavior and exploitation of children.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be drama without a volleying of insults. Teresa isn’t there to fight back or flip tables, so Andy Cohen stepped in to augment the drama.
Cohen reminded Amber and Jim that they, too, put their children on television.
But Amber claims the situations are entirely different.
“I usually remain silent regarding all Real Housewives of New Jersey shenanigans, especially Andy and Bravo’s judgments of what makes ‘RHONJ‘ great, however he publicly criticized my decision to include my children on the show,” Amber stated.
She added, “They crossed a line and so now, they get my iron fist response!”
She reminded Cohen, “We are not having our children eat of off ‘Gucci plates,’ nor are we living in a home that the mortgage is unpaid.”
Not only did Amber slam the Giudices' lavish and fraudulent lifestyle, she claimed Teresa and husband Joe Giudice aren’t invested in their own kids.
“One of the things about Melissa, Jackie and I remains constant: we focus on our children and their best interests,” she said.
“The same cannot be said for Teresa and Joe G. They are literally exchanging their children’s mental health for a paycheck!”
Not only did she bash Teresa calling her a sh!tty mother, she also called her a sh!tty friend:
“Melissa and I have been friends for about 15 years and Jacqueline and I for a year and a half or so."
"I have first hand witnessed how Teresa has treated her friends and family. Teresa used me, pretending to be my friend, but all the while she was setting me up to take the brunt of the Victoria Gotti scandal!”
“It was no accident that Teresa picked me to go with her to hear that disgusting rumor about the twins, and it also was not a coincident that Tre was not in Florida when it came out.”
Amber took a beating on her first season of the show. But now she is ready to stand up for herself.
The RHONJ is slated to begin filming after Teresa is released from prison next month. And the cameras can’t roll without the drama.