• Teresa Giudice allegedly made up the rumor that Jackie Goldschneider's husband cheated on her, a report says
  • She reportedly feared that she would be axed from "RHONJ" if she couldn't come up with a compelling storyline
  • Giudice's lawyer denied the accusation, insisting that she didn't need to create a drama to stay relevant

Teresa Giudice made up some drama about one of her "Real Housewives of New Jersey" castmates because she feared that she would be axed from the Bravo show, a report says.

During last week's premiere episode of "RHONJ" Season 11, Giudice spread a rumor that her castmate Jackie Goldschneider's husband, Evan, was cheating on her. She claimed to have "heard" about it but didn't share how the story made its way to her.

However, an unnamed source told Page Six that Giudice invented the rumor herself because she was terrified that she would be fired if she doesn’t come up with a compelling storyline on the show.

"She’s being watched by the network and needed a story to stir the pot. She had zero proof [that he cheated] and made up the story because Bravo has been getting rid of original ‘Housewives,'" the insider told Page Six. "[She’s] too expensive and they can filter through different women. She’s desperately trying to stay relevant."

However, the lawyer of Giudice, who has been part of "RHONJ" since it premiered in 2009, denied the accusation, insisting that she didn't need to create drama to be relevant.

"The core principle of reality television is authenticity, and I don’t believe there has ever been a more authentic ‘Housewife’ than Teresa Giudice, and there never will be," her lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. told the outlet.

"She is without peer in what she and her family have shared with the cameras over the years," he continued. "When you are as real and authentic as Teresa has been, you don’t need to pull stunts or manufacture story to be relevant and that is ridiculous for anyone to suggest otherwise."

During Wednesday's Season 11 premiere, Giudice asked other cast members — Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs and Jennifer Aydin — whether they had heard that Evan "screws around" with other women when he goes to the gym. However, her castmates questioned her, including Goldschneider, because she didn't share where she had heard the rumor.

Goldschneider then confronted Giudice about the "baseless rumor." She didn't question her husband's faithfulness and said she was only upset because Giudice was trying to spread the false claim.

Giudice's future in the reality show remains uncertain.

"Teresa is the highest paid ‘Housewife.’ If they get rid of her, it’s because they pay her too much and her act is no longer worth it, but she’s been a franchise favorite forever," a source said.

Giudice is in a relationship with Luis “Louie” Ruelas. She made their relationship Instagram official in December by sharing a photo of them with the caption: "The BEST thing that came out of 2020."

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Teresa Giudice is pictured in a 2019 episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Greg Endries/Bravo