The federal tax fraud charges against Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of the hit Bravo reality series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” may have left many fans stunned but some of Giudice’s co-stars are speaking out against the housewife and they don’t sound fazed by the news.
On Friday “Real Housewives” guest star Kim Granatell shared her thoughts about the Giudices with Wyckoff Patch, but she didn’t have much to say that was positive. ''She needs a reality check,” Granatell said. “Where are her feelings of remorse for ruining people's lives and businesses? A normal person with feelings for others would feel terrible and do everything to make things right. Who's buying her stupid [expletive].”
"Flashing all that cash, I tried to tell people from day one they were criminals," Granatell told the news publication. “Rumor has it they hide money in Italy, but how would they possibly go there without their passports? Maybe they will send someone else there to get it, after all don't they hide everything in other people’s names anyway?''
Two weeks ago, after years of widely publicized legal and financial troubles, Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Joe, 43, were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail/wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements on loan application documents. The charges could carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison, Us Weekly reported.
Although some of Teresa’s fellow housewives have stuck by her side, including former cast member Dina Manzo who was photographed soaking up the sun on the beach with Giudice this past weekend, Granatell reserved little pity for the star. When asked if she was concerned for the Giudices’ children’s well-being -- Joe and Teresa have four daughters aged 3 to 13 -- Granatell responded, “Only if they have to stay with Teresa and Joe.''
Granatell also dismissed the possibility that Joe Giudice might take the fall for his wife. ''How could he do that? She's on the charges too and the kids are molded into brats anyway,'' Granatell said.
The charges against the Giudices have also spurred fear from fans that Bravo might cancel the entire show due to negative publicity. “Nobody wants to see their talent in this kind of a situation,” a Bravo source told the New York Daily News.
The source also shot down speculation that a prison sentence might result in a reality show spinoff. “They are not interested,” the source said. “Bravo only spins off happy situations -- marriages, baby news. Not prison.” Granatell is not the first “Real Housewife” star to call out Giudice in the press. Former New York housewife Bethenny Frankel also criticized the family to reporters, telling Us Weekly that she didn’t feel badly for the beleaguered couple. "I haven't paid that much attention. Do I feel sorry for them? No, I don't. Not so much, because it broke the law. You broke the law and you went on television. That's not really that smart,” Frankel said.
“And it's just funny how certain people are [like a] moth to a flame. It's almost like -- not that you want to get caught -- but people who love to be in the spotlight often have a lot of skeletons in their closet,” Frankel added. “It's just an interesting thing."