Andy Previews Emotional Sit-Down with the Giudices
By ETonline Staff
This Sunday, Teresa and Joe Giudice will be featured in their very first in-depth interview since the reality stars were indicted on fraud charges in July. Andy Cohen, who emceed the sit-down airing on Bravo, previewed their frank and emotional conversation which, he said, left no question unanswered.
"There are things that fans want to know that we certainly wanted to ask," Cohen told ET about the interview taped earlier this week. "This is the first time that Teresa and Joe have spoken about the 39 counts against them, and so we felt that it was important to kind of get into every aspect of, you know, what's going on with them and more specifically, just on an emotional level, what's going on with them at home, with the kids-- what have they told the kids? How are they doing? Are they scared?"
The special, premiering right after the finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey on September 29, will prominently feature the couple speaking about how they're coping with the charges that could potentially land them 50 years in prison.
"It seems to me, from talking to them, that they're not letting themselves go to a point where they're letting themselves feel vulnerable about what may happen. Their goal is to win this case," Cohen explained. "They want to beat this, obviously. And they think they can."
In August, the Giudices pleaded not guilty to a 39-count indictment including charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. Authorities allege that during 2004 through 2008, Joe received income totaling almost $1 million, but did not file tax returns for those years.
If found guilty, Joe, who is not a United States citizen, will be deported back to Italy.