We’re not lawyers, or even court reporters; therefore, we’re not going to even sit here and try to presume innocence or guilty on Teresa and Joe Giudice on some of the various fraud charges that the couple was indicted with this week. If convicted on a number of counts, which include a failure to properly report earnings from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” during a bankruptcy filing, they could spend as much as a few decades in prison.
Can we see them getting that much jail time, even if convicted? Not exactly, given that they are celebrities and that’s just the weird way of this world. But if they were be behind bars, it would be worth wondering if this would change the hit Bravo series in some substantial way.
First of all, you have to consider the MASSIVE faux pas that Bravo may have made in forcing this series to be so much about Teresa. Is she great television? Sure, but so many people now, including Kathy Wakile, Melissa Gorga, and Jacqueline Laurita, all have stories that directly involve her. You remove her from the equation, and some of that common link goes away. On the flip side, having a Teresa-less series for a while could actually be a great thing for the show to get its way out of the rut it’s in. We’d rather watch a dancing gorilla than listen to Teresa and Melissa fight about “destroying the family” anymore.
If convicted, we have a hard time believing that Teresa will stay a part of the cast in the short-term, and we wonder whether or not Bravo will just say “that’s enough” and decide to cut the cord with them. You have to move on at a certain point, and continuing to support people in prison is never a good thing. Of course, we do expect them to allow the legal process to play out, as they understandably should.
Do you think that there could be changes coming for Teresa and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” depending on the outcome of this trial? If you do want to check out our review of Sunday night’s episode and more, you can do so at this link.