Jim Marchese and his wife, Amber, are livid that the next season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been delayed until Teresa Giudice gets out of prison, and their reason actually makes sense, if you’re not into making money.
Jim told Radar Online that he and Amber are furious over Andy Cohen’s decision to push back filming to accommodate Giudice’s schedule, saying the move rewards Joe and Teresa for their criminal behavior.
“It is BS that the entire cast, especially my wife, had their filming put on hold because Tre and Joe committed several felonies and [Teresa is] sitting in jail,” Jim said.
He is also ticked about the three-episode special featuring Teresa and her family specifically.
“Viewers were duped into thinking they were watching RHONJ,” he said. “If Andy [Cohen] had so much confidence in Tre and Joe to pull ratings, he could have called it ‘Teresa Checks In’… period!
“Andy is clearly endorsing Tre’s behavior as it was focused on Tre and the sympathetic issues surrounding her kids,” he claimed. “For example they were [shown] crying missing their mom and over-dramatized other hardships…
“Not one scene was dedicated to the people she stole from, how their lives have been hurt or the children of families victimized by their crimes.”
Jim even went so far as to say that the focus on Teresa is making Amber question whether or not she wants to continue participating on the show.
“Every time they focus on Tre’s incarceration, they hurt the show and its reputation,” he said. “Now, my wife has to decide if she wants her good name on a show this dark.
“The delays in filming and lousy ratings are just two more examples of how Tre’s criminal activity hurt families.”
Cohen has not commented on Jim’s accusations — he is probably pretty busy dealing with the fallout of Vivica Fox’s comments about 50 Cent on Watch What Happens Live over the weekend — but Jim seems to be missing the big picture. It seems obvious that this is a calculated move to ensure the highest ratings, and that should just translate to more money for everyone involved in the show.
While Jim does have a point about the people adversely affected by Joe and Teresa’s financial misdeeds, his rant sounds more like sour grapes to us.