Joe & Teresa Giudice's Sneaky Prison Strategy?


ET is dissecting the new clips from Joe and Teresa Giudice's appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Livetonight and asks -- are they playing us?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was sentenced to 15 months in prison for charges including bank fraud, mail and wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud, while her husband Joe was ordered to serve 41 months in jail and must pay $414,000 in restitution.

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Now, Joe is looking to spend at least some of those 41 months in a rehab facility instead of a prison, citing an alleged alcohol problem as the impetus for the move.

"I might have a little problem," Joe Giudice told Andy Cohen. "I could easily do two, three bottles [of wine per night] ... four bottles easily with another person. Sometimes two by myself easily."

The timing of Joe's alcohol confession has risen suspicion. Questions also arose when the couple claimed that they weren't paid for their Watch What Happens Live appearance, since the Giudice's produced four checks totaling $150,000 as partial payment for an upcoming interview during an open court session.

But regardless of how outsiders may feel about the couple and their predicament, Teresa seems to be focusing on the silver lining.

"I think it's a learning lesson for both of us," she said. "I know [Joe] didn't mean to hurt me in any way."

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As for how she plans to face being behind bars, she told Andy, "I'm going to do fine [in prison]. I don't care about [my appearance]. I'll just slick my hair back and go about my day."

Andy asked the reality star if she was worried about her temper of which she responded, "Not at all. I've grown since then, and I'm not that same person."

She says her biggest fear is that her four "daughters are okay" while she's serving her sentence, which begins Jan. 5. The couple will have staggered sentences so they can look after their children. "It's going to be a lot of work, but they are my daughters, and I gotta do what I gotta do," said Joe, who noted that he plans to bring his daughters to visit their mother in prison twice a week. "I guess I'll be the housewife."