As Joe Giudice faces almost certain deportation, Teresa has asked fans to pray for her family as they launch their desperate appeal.
Teresa is still a Real Housewife, and Bravo is offering her a hefty payday if she'll let their cameras film this tense process.
Curiously, Teresa has said no. Perhaps she is not as icy as people seem to think.
RadarOnline reports that Teresa Giudice passed on a sizable offer to film her family's trials and tribulations as they appeal Joe's deportation.
Specifically, Bravo has reportedly offered Teresa $500,000 -- a cool half million. But Teresa turned it down.
"Teresa refused to film any special scenes," the insider reveals.
She is balking at this lucrative opportunity "because the attorney told her not to do anything until the final decision is made."
Her pleas for leniency might not go over well with a judge who learns that she's exploiting the drama of it all for a payday.
"She’s terrified to do anything to harm Joe," the source explains.
Joe's imprisonment has been bad enough on his family, but that at least was understandable.
His upcoming deportation to Italy is exacting a serious toll.
"This situation is so bad for Teresa,” the insider says.
The source adds: “She’s not talking about it at all."
"She’s afraid that anything she says can be used against Joe," the insider laments.
Being a public figure can really backfire when it comes to having your day in court.
The report says that Milania recently visited her father in prison, but that Teresa was otherwise occupied at the time.
"Milania has a close relationship with her dad," the source says.
The insider says that she had to see him because "she’s been so upset by everything."
Of course! She's a preteen and her father is her whole world.
"Joe’s family was shocked that Teresa didn’t go with her daughter," the source claims.
The insider then takes a harsher tone when discussing Teresa.
"Actions speak louder than words with Teresa," the source says.
"She tells everyone she is so devastated," the insider continues.
The source finds it odd that she asks for prayers "but then she doesn’t go visit him and doesn’t even go with Milania."
That seems unfair, especially considering that we know what Teresa was up to at the time.
That source's judgmental tone aside, Teresa has four daughters, not just one.
We don't know who went with Milania (it's hard to imagine that a 12-year-old waltzed into the prison visiting area on her own).
Teresa was out looking at universities with Gia, who just a few months away from turning 18.
When people say that life goes on, they mean that Teresa's first responsibility is as a parent, not as a grieving wife.
She's looking to Gia's future.
We are sure that Joe wouldn't have it any other way.
As for Teresa's refusal to film, most of us can't imagine turning down half a million dollars under most circumstances.
But she has to be wondering how she would feel if the judge denies Joe's appeal and mentions that she had turned it into a media circus.
As we said, being a public figure can backfire.
Courts like to set an example and no prosecutor or judge wants to be accused of going easy on someone just because they're famous.
From Dance Moms to Jersey Shore, stars of reality shows have learned that they can and will be put behind bars if they break the law.
Teresa and Joe already learned that lesson the hard way.
Now she's just hoping and praying that being on their best behavior will keep Joe from being torn from his family forever.