Following the news that an immigration court has ordered Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice to be deported to his native Italy after he is released from prison next spring, executive producer Andy Cohen is sharing his thoughts on the situation. Earlier this week, the Watch What Happens Live host said that he is “really upset about it.”
During a recent episode on his SiriusXM channel Radio Andy, Cohen said that Giudice has done his time and served his sentence.
“It seems so extreme to deport him. He’s done his time. They have paid back their debt — as far as I understand — and why not sentence him to community service or to something else he could do to enrich the community instead of deporting him?” said Cohen.
He added that his heart goes out to Joe’s wife, Teresa, and their four daughters. And then he told Teresa to call her friend in the White House. The friend Andy Cohen was referring to is President Donald Trump, who Teresa met when she appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
Last week, a judge in Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court ruled that Joe should be deported after he completes his 41-month federal prison sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. The reality star has until November 9th to appeal the ruling.
Recently, Teresa broke her silence about the court ruling with an emotional Instagram post. The 46-year-old posted a pic of the Statue of Liberty crying while her hands covered her eyes. And, all she put in the caption was four praying hand emojis.
Teresa and Joe share four children — Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9. And after the court decision, Gia defended her dad in an Instagram post. She wrote that her family needs Joe to come home after he is released from prison, and his time behind bars is enough punishment for his crimes.
She added that the family has a lot of plans for when he gets out, and she needs her father to be at home because that is where he belongs. Gia also explained that her dad came to the United States when he was just a year old, and America is the only country he knows. The 17-year-old then added the hashtag #bringjoehome.
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This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my dad❤️ my father is no threat to society he is one of the most warm hearted people I know, he would never harm a soul. He puts everyone else before himself. I know who my father is and I think many of you do too. My father did his time and learned from his mistakes. Isn’t being in there supposed to make you realize your mistakes so you can become a better person? And that’s exactly what my father did. He hasn’t felt or looked this good since he was in his 30’s. We have so many plans to do as a family when he gets out. I need my father to be here. My father belongs with us and his entire family. My father came into this country when he was one years old, the United States is the only country he knows, spread the word #bringjoehome
In her own post, Milania wrote that they aren’t done fighting for Joe, and she can’t believe this is happening.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Teresa Giudice remains hopeful that Joe will win his appeal and be able to stay with his family. An insider says that deportation has always been in the back of the family’s mind, but now it has become a harsh reality. And, even though Teresa has said that she would live with Joe in Italy, she will most likely remain in the States to be close to her family and friends. The source added that if Joe Giudice’s deportation does happen, his relationship with Teresa is in question.
The new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres November 7th on Bravo.