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Andy Cohen's New Book Details His "Top-Secret Lunch" with Teresa Giudice Before Her Prison Sentence
The #WWHL host explains why he believes the #RHONJ mom is "more vulnerable than people realize."
There's no shortage of juicy anecdotes about Andy Cohen's interactions with the Real Housewives in his latest book, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries, out Tuesday. From pulling back the veil on heart-to-hearts to spilling the tea on behind-the-scenes drama, Andy doesn't hold back. "The Housewives are getting copies before the book comes out and, honestly, I don't know who will be mad," he told The Daily Dish.
While fans of any and all of the franchises will find something in the pages of the release to keep them entertained, it's Andy's revelations about his relationship with The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom Teresa Giudice that may stand out. "I printed a lot of emails that Teresa and I sent to each other in prison," he said. "Sometimes my recollections of the emails are a little tongue in cheek, so I hope she takes them in that way."
In addition to those emails, Andy also got real about a meeting he had with Teresa right before she reported to Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. to serve 11-months in connection with the multiple counts of fraud she pleaded guilty to in 2014. "I also wrote about a top-secret lunch that Teresa and I had right before she went to jail where we got a lot off of our chest. She told me how hurt she had been by me sometimes on episodes of Watch What Happens Live, she had left the show feeling like I had made fun of her or I had hurt her feelings," he said, before recalling, "I had made a joke about her about how she might look in an orange jumpsuit. We didn't wind up using that in the one-on-one that I did because it was inappropriate and I apologized to her."
You see, Andy had a very specific reason for that meal with Teresa. "I wanted to have lunch with her because I didn't know if I would ever see her again, frankly," he said. "I didn't know if she would be coming back to the show , if we would be waiting to do the show until she came out."
Given his unique relationship with Teresa, Andy revealed that viewers may no understand what she's like simply from watching her on TV. "I think she's more vulnerable than people realize and I think she's also stronger than people realize," he said. "So it's a weird juxtaposition, which is what makes her interesting. I was amazed by her spirit when she was in jail. She was very upbeat and she wasn't feeling sorry for herself, which is more than I could maybe say for myself if the roles were reversed."
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