From Jersey Joe to Italian Inmate, the transformation is nearly complete for Joe Giudice.
Much to the chagrin of his four daughters.
And the apparent delight of his really terrible wife.
On Thursday morning, Joe Giudice was released from Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania after serving his time behind bars for his role in a bankruptcy scheme several years ago.
The development was confirmed by his attorney, James Leonard Jr., via the following statement:
“Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees.
"His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”
This seems very unlikely to happen, however.
Joe is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
He’s set to be transferred to an immigration detention center, where he will await a ruling about his possible deportation to his native Italy.
Back in October, a judge decreed that Joe had lost his right to remain in the United States because he committed a felony as a non-U.S. citizen.
As difficult as it may to believe, Joe never bothered to become a citizen, despite having resided in America since his youth.
His fate now rest in an appeal that has been filed by his legal team.
"We are optimistic that once his appeal is heard, he will receive the appropriate relief and will be able to come home and remain there with his family," the Giudice family lawyer said in a statement last week, concluding at this time:
"They love him, they support him and they miss him tremendously."
This last part is true for Joe’s kids, at least.
His daughters have made emotional pleas for their dad to remain in their native country… but Teresa hasn’t sounded quite as passionate.
The couple has been married for 19 years, yet Teresa isn’t even considering the notion of moving to Italy with Joe.
"I mean, unless my kids say, ‘Mommy, I want to move to Italy,’" she told Andy Cohen last week.
She then elaborated, in rather cold fashion:
"It’s like starting a whole new life. And they’ve been through so much already. So, I mean, I’m not doing a long-distance relationship. I’m just not doing it. I want somebody with me every day.
"I know exactly what happens, I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. We do the long-distance thing? It’s not going to work. I’ll be like, ‘Bye bye.’"
Those are the harsh words Teresa has on the subject of leaving her husband, which has earned her the ire of some social media users and co-stars.
There’s been chatter that Teresa has met with a divorce attorney already, along with Bravo producers as she pitches them a spinoff about her oh-so-challenging life as a new single mother.
But those negotiations may need to be put on hold while Joe’s future is decided.
He could remain in ICE custody for up to a year while his appeal process plays out.
“Joe isn’t going to go down without a fight and is going to appeal the decision,” a source told Us Weekly in October ahead of Giudice’s appeal filing. “This isn’t over, not by a long shot.”
Which is really too bad.
We feel for his four girls and all.
But the elder Giudices brazenly broke the law and haven’t seem to have learned many lessons at all.
They remain rich, spoiled and very entitled.
We’re just about ready for them to be canceled from pop culture relevancy forever.