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Teresa Giudice Speaks Out for the First Time Since Being Released From Prison: 'It's Going to Be a Great 2016!'

by Antoinette Bueno 1:25 PM PST, December 30, 2015
Playing Teresa Giudice Speaks Out for the First Time Since Being Released From Prison: 'It's Going to Be a Great 2016!'

Teresa Giudice is taking the time to wish all of her fans a "Happy New Year."

A video released by Bravo on Wednesday, marks the first time the 43-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star has spoken out since being released from prison last week. In the video message, Teresa directly addresses her fans, after spending nearly a year behind bars.

"Hi everyone! I'm back," Teresa says. "I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year. It's going to be a great 2016."

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"Love, love, love you all, muah," she adds, blowing a kiss to the camera.

The video is taken at Teresa's New Jersey home, which is notably still festively decorated for the holidays. In October, Teresa's husband, 43-year-old Joe Giudice, and her 14-year-old daughter, Gia Giudice, told ET that they made sure to put up Christmas decorations prior to the reality star's release from jail.

"This tree that we have is, like, so damn tall," Joe laughed.

"We have to, like, decorate it perfect," Gia added. "She'll want the house set up. If she comes home and the tree's not up, like, the first thing she'll say is, 'Where's the tree?'"

Both Teresa and her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, will return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey for it seventh season, a source close to the show told ET in September. Cameras were rolling as she returned home from her prison sentence on Dec. 23, when she had a brand new 2016 Lexus LX570 waiting for her, a source also confirmed to ET earlier this month. The sleek black ride -- which retails for $95,000 -- even came with a festive red bow on the hood.

"With Christmas comes miracles," Melissa tweeted about her sister-in-law's homecoming last Wednesday. "Welcome home."

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Teresa began her 15-month prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud in March 2014 on Jan. 5, but was released early. She is to remain on house arrest until Feb. 5.

While Teresa may be looking towards a great 2016, Joe presumably is not. Next year, he'll start serving his own 41-month prison sentence, after he also entered a guilty plea. The couple took a plea that would allow them to serve time separately, so that one of them would be able to care for their four children while the other parent is serving time.

Watch the video below for more on Teresa's fancy new car, which is already causing some controversy.

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