Joe Giudice finally takes the blame for Teresa's prison sentence (VIDEO)

Oct 7, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. ET
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Joe Giudice may finally be taking responsibility on behalf of his wife, Teresa, but he's far from manning up about the crimes that led to his family's jail time woes.

During an interview with Today's Tamron Hall, Joe explained, "I was to blame, sure. I took full responsibility for everything, but they still put her away."

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He also confirmed that he "absolutely" felt guilty for the fact that Teresa was jailed.

And while those all sound like positive steps to take in the direction of owning up to your mistakes, Joe then flipped and failed to take personal responsibility for the crimes.

"I was just signing my name. I would never fill anything out," Joe said. "I wasn't an accountant, I wasn't a mortgage person, I wasn't a banker."

He also added, "I'm not saying I didn't do anything wrong or illegal, but there were definitely people behind, talking to them and telling them we did this and telling them we did that to bring it to their attention. And you know, being in the public eye didn't help."

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He also said that whole scheme was "not worth it," and he doesn't know "why it happened."

Sounds like a fancy way of playing the blame game.

Ultimately, whether Joe wants to take responsibility or not, he'll be paying the price for his crimes. Once Teresa is released around Christmastime, Joe will begin his own 41-month sentence for fraud and failing to file a 2004 tax return. The couple was able to stagger their prison sentences so one parent would be around to care for their daughters, Gia, 14, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 6.

After he serves his time, Joe also faces the possibility of deportation since he isn't a U.S. citizen. He would not comment on his feeling about that possibility during the interview.

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Watch the full interview below.