Andy Cohen Weighs In On How Jail Will Affect Joe & Teresa Giudice's Marriage


On October 2, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice were sentenced to serve time in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud. Teresa was given 15 months behind bars, while Joe got 41 months.

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Soon after, Joe and Teresa sat down with Andy Cohen on his late night Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live, giving Cohen a chance to hear their side of the story.

On Thursday, Cohen walked the red carpet outside the Friends of Hudson River Park charity gala, and he stopped to talk to ET about Joe and Teresa's legal problems, and how jail is going to impact their marriage.

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"They are going to be apart for a long time," Cohen said. "I think they've got a really strong bond, but it's just so hard… For both of them, family comes first, and they're family. They've been together for years. They're high school sweethearts."

Joe and Teresa were officially married in 2000.

Joe and Teresa will be allowed to serve their time separately, with Teresa going in first. Joe begins his sentence when she exits. This is to allow one of them to watch the couple's four children.

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Teresa is set to begin serving her sentence on January 5, 2015.

Check out the video for more from Cohen on what surprised him the most about his post-sentencing interview with Joe and Teresa.