Joe Giudice's time behind bars will be very different from Teresa's
Bravo couldn't get enough of Teresa Giudice when she was behind bars, but is the network as interested in her husband, Joe?
Apparently not. And as Joe gets ready to serve his 41-month prison sentence for fraud charges at the Federal Correctional Institute, Fort Dix, in New Jersey, he is going in without any interest from the network, production sources tell TMZ.
So, you will not be finding out how Joe is coping with being behind bars, and he won't be given the same three-part special that his wife, Teresa, got when she was serving time. In fact, Bravo reportedly has no plans to do anything with Joe, other than film him entering the prison gates on Wednesday — which will air on Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
According to TMZ, Joe will "essentially disappear from sight" during his prison sentence, unless the story line directly affects his wife or four daughters.
Three and a half years is a long time to be apart from your spouse, but if you thought Teresa was going to throw in the towel, you'd be mistaken, because she's reportedly firmly focused on making her relationship work.
The family had a bit of a going away party with 75 loved ones at Blu Alehouse restaurant in Riverdale, New Jersey, on Monday night, Entertainment Tonight reports. According to a source, Joe rented out the back of the restaurant and guests were treated to a feast of steak, pasta and chicken.
"It was a very light and fun night," the source said of the party. "Everyone was laughing and joking. There were a lot of kids running around — everyone brought their kids."
"It was very low-key, private and a lot of fun."
The source also noted that no professional Bravo people were present, and there were no microphones or cameras.
"There were tears, laughter, joking, a lot of hugs," the source revealed. "People were crying when they were saying goodbye to him. There was no one that wasn't invited there. No fans or press. It was small and intimate."