Teresa Giudice continues to exploit her children from jail
Bravo TV is wasting no time filming Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey because of Teresa Giudice's pending jail term. She's headed to prison for 15 months beginning Jan. 5 for bank fraud.
While she's away, she and her husband, Joe Giudice, have figured out a way to keep the money rolling in — using the kids to film. A source told Radar Online why the family made the decision to keep their family in the spotlight.
"It was a no brainer for Teresa to decide to do the show, because she obviously needs the money to pay off mounting debts," said the insider. "The producers were thrilled, because it will result in a ratings bonanza."
The Giudices knew they had an advantage over the network to ask for a hefty payday, not only for them, but for their four daughters. While no dollar amount has been agreed upon, the cable network knows they are going to have to offer up some big bucks to get the girls to continue on the show.
The insider said, "Teresa is using the girls as leverage to get more money. She knows viewers will want to see how they are coping with the fallout from their parents' legal problems."
Bravo TV realizes that the reality stars' ongoing legal saga is the key to keeping fans interested in the New Jersey franchise. There is reportedly a holiday special that will also air before Teresa begins her sentence early in the new year.