Even if you're not a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you've probably heard the news. Two of its most famous — or now infamous — stars, Teresa and Joe Giudice, were sentenced on Oct. 2 for their fraud case, to which Teresa and Joe pled guilty to four and five counts, respectively, back in March. Teresa has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, her husband Joe to 41 months, and the couple must pay more than $414,000 in restitution.
Leading up to the sentencing, there was a lot of speculation about what the fate of the Giudices would be, not only in their legal troubles but also how their possible jail sentence would affect their current and future appearances on RHONJ, since Season 6 is airing right now on Bravo. Though some were initially uncertain whether or not Teresa and Joe would remain as stars of the show this season because of their legal battle, they did return, and Bravo has made it the (obvious) focus of this season. The season premiere was even very cinematic, opening on the day Teresa and Joe pled guilty in March and showing how each of the Housewives handled the news before "flashing back" to just before Christmas 2013.
But we eventually came back to the day Teresa and Joe announced their plea deal during the eighth episode of RHONJ. Bravo showed Teresa and Joe in their home in the days leading up to their courtroom appearance. Cameras also followed them entering and leaving the courthouse, as well as the press conference where their lawyer read a statement following their court appearance.
So this makes me wonder how much of Teresa and Joe's sentencing Bravo will show, if any at all. Well, cameras aren't allowed inside U.S. federal courts, so we'll never get to see what went on during the actual sentencing, which is probably for the best. With the descriptions of Teresa and Joe's emotional and remorseful statements during their sentencing filling news reports, you can get the picture of how devastated they were anyway. We don't need to see it for ourselves. Their legal battle isn't meant for our entertainment.
However, if you've seen any of the stories reporting their sentencing, you know that the media was out in full force on Oct. 2. Nothing could stop cameras from following Teresa and Joe in and out of the courtroom or from yet again filming the press conference. I would be surprised if Bravo didn't have its own camera crew there to capture all the action at the courthouse exterior for the RHONJ Season 6 reunion, which will air sometime this fall. Teresa and Joe's sentencing will no doubt be a major topic then.
And we don't even have to wait that long to hear from the couple. Teresa and Joe will actually be appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Monday, Oct. 6 to sit down with host Andy Cohen in their first interview after the sentencing. We may not actually get to see Teresa and Joe's sentencing, but it looks like we'll at least get to hear all about it.