Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Rhonj' Spinoff Will Have Joe, Maybe Teresa

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Rhonj' Spinoff Will Have Joe, Maybe Teresa

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Has Joe Giudice really been filming a two-part spinoff special for Bravo? And could wife Teresa -- who's midway through a 15-month sentence at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut -- actually be participating in it?

In Joe's case, yes, his attorney said Tuesday.

And in Teresa's case, maybe, after a fashion.

Although Bravo has yet to confirm this persistent rumor, neither is the network denying it. And while Bravo has not even said if there will be a seventh season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," some insiders speculate that this potential special would be a way of testing whether "RHONJ" fans would accept convicted- felon Teresa, once the show's breakout star, back in their lives.

"I can confirm that he has signed up for the show where he is taking care of the children," said Miles Feinstein, the Clifton lawyer who represents Joe Giudice. "He is abiding by all conditions that were imposed for his release."

How are the Giudices getting around the fact that cameras are not allowed in federal prisons?

"Teresa is [recorded] via speakerphone on Joe's end," says "RHONJ" insider Tom Murro of Franklin Lakes, explaining that cameras film Joe as he talks to his incarcerated wife, whose voice can be heard.

Is she allowed to do that?

Edmond Ross, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Corrections, did not comment directly on the Giudice situation. But he said that an inmate's phoned-in interview or participation in a television broadcast would have to be pre-arranged and subject to the approval of the Danbury prison's warden. Live radio or television broadcast appearances are generally not allowed. The inmate cannot be compensated for any work performed during their stay, nor can they operate a business, Ross added.

Feinstein, meanwhile, said he's "heard nothing about" Teresa's involvement.

According to Murro, who describes himself as "close friends with most of the ladies" on the show, Joe will star in the two-part special, which will feature appearances by the couple's four daughters and Melissa Gorga, wife of Teresa's brother Joe Gorga.

Any proceeds from such a special would presumably go toward paying off a $415,589 judgment owed by Teresa and Joe, following their guilty pleas last year to mortgage and bankruptcy fraud charges. …

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