It should be an exciting time in the Giudice household. But, thanks to a Judge’s ruling last fall, the excitement has turned to tension as Joe and Teresa wait to find out if he will be deported to his native Italy after he completes his 41-month federal prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud next month.
Last October, an immigration judge unexpectedly ruled in favor of deportation upon Joe’s release, despite the fact that he has been in the United States since he was a baby. Juicy Joe immediately appealed the decision, and now the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is waiting to find out his fate.
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During a recent episode of RHONJ, Dolores Catania told Teresa that Joe could be a completely different person if and when he comes home.
“A leopard doesn’t always change his spots. Joe may be a little soft-spoken and humbled now, but let him get a little comfortable at home, Teresa,” said Catania.
Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga added that Joe is going to want things to go back to the way they were before he left and be the man of the house. But, since Teresa has spent the last 41 months taking care of things on her own, the dynamic has changed, and she doesn’t look to anyone for answers.
Catania also pointed out that the couple’s four daughters have gotten older and become independent while Joe’s been in prison, and Teresa isn’t at home as much as she used to be.
“Joe is not coming home to the same Teresa he left, just saying,” explained Catania.
According to All About TRH, Teresa has acknowledged that things will be different when Joe gets home because everyone has changed, but they will deal with it when it happens.
Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga has also discussed the upcoming changes with his sister, asking her what will happen when Joe gets home. He says his sister is definitely a different person, but Teresa says that when her husband comes home, she will be with him, and they will go out together.
Joe Gorga believes his brother-in-law has a new respect for life now, and Melissa believes that he has had plenty of time to think, and it is impossible not to change after spending time in prison.
The general consensus among Giudice’s friends and family is that Joe has made positive changes, and Teresa is handling the situation well.
But, when it comes down to it, no one knows what will happen if he actually does get deported instead of going home to New Jersey.
Catch Teresa Giudice in part one of the Season 9 Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion Wednesday night on Bravo.