Teresa Giudice's Sentencing Prompts Support (& a Little Shade) From Various Real Housewives
Loyal fans of the Real Housewives of New Jersey know that Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga have had an extremely rocky past... to put it lightly. From the second Gorga joined the show, there have been extreme arguments and accusations on both sides. They've "made up" several times before and now it seems like it is actually genuine. They appear to genuinely care for each other, they get along, they stick up for each other, and it's all so nice to see. It's just sad that this all took so long to happen, because now Giudice has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud. Gorga has finally made a public statement regarding Giudice's sentence on her Bravo blog. "Obviously this has been a very tough week. We are heartbroken for our family and especially those four sweet girls,” she said of the Giudices’ four daughters. "Pray for them. No matter how you feel, I hope everyone is wishing their family strength and faith."
Gorga is not the only member of the Real Housewives franchise to comment on the ordeal. Check out the very real reactions to Teresa Giudice's sentencing from other New Jersey housewives and other incarnations of the show.
Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice did not get along when Staub was on RHONJ. After all, Giudice's infamous "prostitution whore" table flipping incident was directed at Staub. Immediately following Giudice's sentencing last Thursday, Danielle posted a retweet with the addition of her own comment, "yep," on Twitter.
Everyone just assumed it was about Giudice given the timing, but Staub back peddled on that one and said she was not trying to be shady: "There was someone who Tweeted me and I said, 'Yup.' That was the only thing I said in this whole span and it was a about karma." Since then Staub has changed her tune and put some kind words into the universe, saying, "I wanted to be here with a message from my daughters and myself [to Teresa.] Your kids are really all that's important right now. Don't worry about what everybody else is thinking, don't worry about social media, don't worry about the press." Let's hope that Staub put their past behind her and that those kind wishes and concerns are genuine.
In an interview with Extra, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes spoke out about how sad she was for Giudice and her family, "It hurt me so much because I like Teresa a lot... I haven’t reached out to Teresa yet. I knew so many people are reaching out to her. Me and Teresa, we talk like real... I feel so bad because she’s a mom, I’m a mom, you know how it feels when your kid spends the night with somebody you’re like you’ve got to come home by Sunday, just imagine going away for a whole year, leaving your kids behind, I just don’t know what to do.” As a mom, Leakes clearly sympathizes with Giudice. I wonder if she will eventually reach out to the RHONJ star directly.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump spoke to E! about reaching out to Giudice by phone. About Giudice, Vanderpump said, "She's always been a lovely woman. I know that from first-hand experience." Additionally, she talked about what she said on the phone to the RHONJ star: "Hey, I'm thinking of you, and I know things will work out in the end. I just don't know how, or what, you're going to have to get through to go there. Know that no negativity, I support you." It's nice to see that the Real Housewives bond is strong and that the women are supportive of each other no matter which city they're from.
Former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin appears to be friendly with Giudice. The two Bravo stars have been seen having dinner together before. Zarin spoke out on Twitter on following the sentencing. She does not condone any illegal or ignorant behavior, but tries to remind people about the importance of family at the end of the day.
Former (and possibly future) Real Housewives of New York City cast member Bethenny Frankel spoke out with a very brief comment following Giudice's sentencing saying, "It actually gives me the chills. It's a long time but she'll definitely get through it." It is such a sensitive topic to comment on because obviously committing fraud is far from OK, but it definitely is chilling to see a mother separated from her family for so long.
Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice went from being like family to having heated arguments on RHONJ. It's no secret that they are no longer friends, so it has to be a touchy subject for Manzo to address both privately and publicly. In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Sunday, Manzo said, "You know, I’m blown away. I’m blown away by the whole thing. It’s so much bigger than 'The Housewives.' It’s so much bigger than Bravo. It’s just life changing for these two people and their children, and the only thing I can think of is their kids. Just God bless those kids." She tried her best to keep it about family, but she could not help emphasizing that the show was not to blame for this drama by adding, "You can’t blame anything. You can’t blame Bravo. You cannot blame anything for things that happen in your life, you know what I mean?" She is not wrong. The public nature of this has to be very taxing for the Giudice family.
Although she was never an actual "real housewife," perpetual hanger-on Kim Granatell felt the need to make a nasty comment on Twitter. In typical Granatell fashion, she took the opportunity to bash Giudice during a sensitive time.
The sweetest support from anyone associated with Real Housewives definitely comes from Giudice's 13-year-old daughter Gia. She has had to grow up pretty quickly throughout this whole ordeal and has been in the know about the impending sentence the entire time. The cutie pie tweeted twice on Oct. 2, the day of the sentencing. The simple sentiments remind us all of who is really affected the most, the Giudice children.
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