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Teresa Giudice, husband Joe Giudice now face reality show cancellation amid tax fraud charges

Teresa and Joe Giudice face a fate worse than prison — getting their reality TV show canceled.

In the wake of their federal fraud indictments, Bravo executives are debating the future of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” on which Teresa is the fiercest of the fraus, sources told the Daily News.

The show about the lavish lifestyles of five Garden State gals is reality TV king Andy Cohen’s baby and has been a ratings hit.

But the show has become a headache for Bravo in light of the recent flurry of bad publicity about the Giudices.

“Nobody wants to see their talent in this kind of a situation,” a network source told The News.

Teresa has, in recent months, been pitching her own spinoff show to Bravo honchos, sources said.

“They are not interested,” said an insider. “Bravo only spins off happy situations — marriages, baby news. Not prison.”

There was no official comment from Bravo.

Word that the Jersey housewives might have a target on their backs came a day after Joe and his foul-mouthed parents engaged in boorish behavior before and after he and Teresa made their first appearance in Newark Federal Court.

Joe slapped a news camera out of the way, his parents swore at reporters, and his dad, Frank, capped it all by mooning the shutterbugs.

Teresa is in denial about the charges, which could send her and her husband to prison for 50 years, sources said.

“Teresa thinks people are coming after her because she is famous,” one source said. “She honestly thinks she has done nothing wrong.”

Neither Teresa, 41, nor her 43-year-old husband have entered a plea. And Teresa is letting Joe direct their defense strategy, sources said.

“She is old-fashioned and thinks her husband knows best,” a source said.

While Joe supported the family for years running everything from a stucco company to a pizzeria, Teresa now brings home the bacon.

The News reported Wednesday she gets paid $33,000 an episode and makes thousands more promoting her cookbooks and a specialty food line called Skinny Italian.

Recently, Teresa was hoping to give her show a sweet plot twist before things went sour with the feds.

Just days before she and Joe were indicted, they were scouting locations for a “cupcake cafe,” sources said.

Teresa saw the shop generating new plot lines for her Bravo show along the lines of “2 Broke Girls.” That CBS sitcom is about two Williamsburg, Brooklyn, waitresses — one formerly rich, the other always poor — who scrape up enough dough to open a cupcake shop that quickly goes bust.

The Giudices had zeroed in on a restaurant for lease located in a strip mall just a mile from their tacky $1.7 million mansion in Montville Township, N.J., the sources said. Last week, Teresa came by herself to scope out the site, they said.

Alas, there is already a bakery that sells cupcakes and other treats in the strip mall, along with a salon, barber shop and a deli.

Teresa likely did not come up with the cupcake cafe idea on her own.

Kathy Wakile, her cousin and castmate, has been trying to launch a career as a pastry chef for the past couple of seasons. She is often seen creating desserts for parties and pop-up shops on the show. And she just inked a cookbook deal.

That Teresa would filch an idea from a castmate will come as no surprise to regular “Housewives” watchers.

Teresa frequently feuds with sister-in-law and castmate Melissa Gorga. But Gorga noted on the show that after she wrote a self-help book about keeping a “hot and happy marriage,” Teresa began speaking at conventions about having a happy and healthy marriage.

Jon Fellgraff, an architect who claims Joe still owes him $7,000 for work he did, said it’s a marriage made in hell. He told The Daily Mail that Joe treated Teresa like a “lowly housewife” before she got rich.

“He was the boss,” he said. “She would try to speak and he would put her down.”

Teresa and Joe are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

by Anonymousreply 3008/02/2013

Joe is also accused of failing to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008.

Some neighbors complained that Teresa and Joe are as surly in real life as they are on the show and that their house has become a favorite spot for gawkers.

“A family from Indiana driving to New York stopped by wanting to know where their house was,” one local business owner said. “My sister-in-law from Florida came up and wanted to see their house. I said, ‘Let’s drive by!’ ”

Still, the Giudice’s have fans in the area, especially at A & A Fine Foods, an Italian gourmet deli in nearby Lincoln Park, where they’re regulars. An autographed photo of Teresa in a slinky dress leaning seductively against a convertible hangs proudly in the entryway.

“She used to come by all the time before she got the show,” said owner Alfonso Ciampa. “Now they’re more low-profile because when they come in, people are gawking and bothering them for autographs.”

by Anonymousreply 108/01/2013

[quote]“Nobody wants to see their talent in this kind of a situation,” a network source told The News.


by Anonymousreply 208/01/2013

[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]

by Anonymousreply 308/01/2013

Teresa is supposed to be making star appearances at home and garden shows for the next two months.

by Anonymousreply 408/01/2013

Coming after her because she's famous? God, she's delusional.

by Anonymousreply 508/01/2013

[quote]Teresa, 41, nor her 43-year-old husband have entered a plea.

41 and 43?! Jesus Christ! Rode hard and put away wet.

by Anonymousreply 608/01/2013

Do women get raped in prison too? God I hope so.

by Anonymousreply 708/01/2013

Whore Whore!

by Anonymousreply 808/01/2013

r6, at least they made beautiful children.

by Anonymousreply 908/01/2013

Hey Teresa! How you gonna get electrolysis in the slammer? What you gonna look like when your hairline is at eye level, you stupid whore?

by Anonymousreply 1008/02/2013

She was kind of funny and fun to have "around" at the beginning. But, once she got the tiniest taste of fame, she turned into an absolute mental case of a monster. The most un-self-aware (or is it self-unaware) person I've ever seen, in that her behavior and actions are always PURE in her own eyes, no matter how backstabbing or underhanded. I hope prison time slaps her back into reality. That cum-sloppy butthole fart of a husband of hers can just go back to the Old Country, or rot in prison too. What a fucking MONUMENTAL ego maniac.

by Anonymousreply 1108/02/2013

Yeah, but Melissa used to be a stripper! And the came on MY show to take ME down!

by Anonymousreply 1208/02/2013

R12, don't forget the sprinkle cookies from Corrado's.

by Anonymousreply 1308/02/2013

Talent my ass.

by Anonymousreply 1408/02/2013

I wonder how much money they made off her cook books.

by Anonymousreply 1508/02/2013

A fate worse than prison. Reality TV show cancellation.

by Anonymousreply 1608/02/2013

Please let this be the downfall of Andy Cohen too.

by Anonymousreply 1708/02/2013

[quote]“Nobody wants to see their talent in this kind of a situation,”


by Anonymousreply 1808/02/2013

[quote] “Nobody wants to see their talent in this kind of a situation,” a network source told The News.

R2 and r18 already said it, but it need to be said again...TALENT???

by Anonymousreply 1908/02/2013

Probably as much as Adrianne Maloof made of her handbags, R15.

by Anonymousreply 2008/02/2013

[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]

by Anonymousreply 2108/02/2013

[quote]Yeah, but Melissa used to be a stripper! And the came on MY show to take ME down!

I'll laugh (and be horrified) if after all this Theresa has to book jobs as a stripper (a la Danielle) to help earn some money.

by Anonymousreply 2208/02/2013

Future Stripper Whore!

by Anonymousreply 2308/02/2013

These people are so fucked. Don't they understand that they are definitely going to jail? And if they plead not guilty the sentence will only be worse.

by Anonymousreply 2408/02/2013

Hummm...I thought Teresa entered a not guilty plea. Maybe they just SAID, she was going to enter not guilty?

by Anonymousreply 2508/02/2013

Does anyone know when the trial will be? Hopefully not a long wait.

by Anonymousreply 2608/02/2013

Free legal advice: You can always change your plea from Not Guilty to Guilty, however, you CANNOT always change your plea from guilty to Not Guilty.

This is why EVERYONE pleads not guilty. They want to see what the evidence is first.

by Anonymousreply 2708/02/2013

It will be over a year from now.

by Anonymousreply 2808/02/2013

Has Mr. Cohen made mention of this yet? Or is it still the elephant in the clubhouse?

by Anonymousreply 2908/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 3008/02/2013
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