joe and teresa giudiceTeresa and Joe Giudice have been incredibly (surprisingly -- burn!) quiet since news of their indictments broke. If the duo is found guilty of the various fraud charges being lobbed their way, they could each face up to 50 years in prison. Mama mia, indeed. 

The couple finally decided to "break their silence" and speak with their supreme overlord, Bravo's Andy Cohen, on a very special installment of Watch What Happens Live. I wasn't sure what to expect when I tuned in, so naturally anything that happened could be described as a surprise. Still, some of the gems that fell from Teresa and Joe's mouths had me agog. 

If you were in danger of being sent off to Shawshank to hang out with Morgan Freeman for a while, you'd want to understand why, exactly, you were being brought to court, right? Though both Joe and Teresa told Andy that they'd known the charges were coming for a while, Teresa was still completely clueless about what she was being accused of. "Some of the charges I understand, some I don't." To be fair, it was a little heartbreaking -- because I believed her! 

Though wary of giving up any info that might jeopardize their case, Joe was willing to say that he firmly believes he and Teresa had not lived beyond their means at any point. While Teresa sheepishly admitted that she regretted the way she'd been portrayed in season 1 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey now, Joe seemed to have no problem with the idea that the couple couldn't wear the same outfit twice since they're TV stars. 

Both Giudices got emotional at the prospect of how all of this is impacting their children. That didn't stop Joe from getting huffy and defensive when Andy brought up the subject of his citizenship. Joe got angry, and then intimated that he and Teresa were only ever charged because they'd appeared on the show. Because, you know, that is a thing which is logical.

I don't think the Giudices are bad people. The interview reinforced nothing so much as their general cluelessness. I think they're bunglers and I hope for their sake they avoid prison. Because Joe is definitely too pretty for jail.

What did you think of Joe and Teresa's interview last night?

 

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