Teresa Giudice’s reality TV and subsequent fame and financial success may have been a whole lot different if it weren’t for Andy Cohen.
It turns out the Big Daddy of Bravo didn’t listen to those who told him to fire Teresa after her fraud conviction and prison stint.
As any OG Real Housewives of New Jersey fan knows Teresa served a nearly year-long prison sentence for multiple counts of fraud before returning to the series for season 7.
It turns out Andy, and Bravo, don’t care if Housewives are involved in criminal and legal issues as long as they are onboard for discussing them on-air.
“There were people who said, ‘You have to fire her,’” Andy tells Vulture. “And it’s like, ‘Look, she’s going to jail. We’ve invested all this time.’ This was something that her friends were accusing her of for years, and she was running from it. I’d rather see her grow as a human being than kill her off.”
The aftermath of Teresa and her ex-husband Joe Giudice’s legal issues created drama for season and season. In fact, it still drives the plot on RHONJ nearly 6 seasons later.
RHONJ airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on BRAVO.