By Teresa Ambord
It's doubtful New York prosecutors are happy about it . . . and neither is TV's Bravo Network. As the case against reality star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe unfolds, outtakes from The Real Housewives of New Jersey will become part of the evidence to be sifted.
The New York Daily News quoted a source as saying, "For every hour that airs, there are more than twenty hours of unedited footage. They shoot for three months and end up using only the footage that fits into the story line they want to focus on."
Teresa has been part of the show since 2009, so depending on how far they go back, there could be hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage prosecutors will need to comb through, and they need to do it fast. The case against the Giudices, based on a thirty-nine count indictment, will go to trial on October 8.
As for Bravo, the source quoted above said, "The network is not happy. Everyone is asking if Housewives ruined Teresa. The real question is, will Teresa ruin Housewives?"
Teresa's attorney Henry Klingeman maintains his client is being targeted because she's a celebrity. He told reporters, "She's concerned, but she's taking care of business, taking care of her children, getting ready for school. I'm confident we'll have a really strong defense. I'm confident in her."
Housewives has a large cast, mostly Teresa's family, and at least on-screen, there's plenty of venom to go around. With the Giudices' legal troubles well known, it seems likely that comments were made and captured on film, which is certainly what prosecutors are hoping for.
If the couple is guilty and there's evidence of their guilt on the outtakes, this move by the prosecution leaves the defendants nowhere to hide.