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Andy Cohen Has One Regret About His Interview with Teresa and Joe Giudice
The WWHL host breaks down the most surprising parts of his conversation with the RHONJ couple.
While reflecting on his conversation with the couple during The Real Housewives of New Jersey Special Event: Joe and Teresa Unlocked on his radio show on Monday, October 28, Andy said that he wishes he had handled the moment he asked Teresa about Caroline Manzo's prediction about their legal issues and the future of their marriage differently (clip above). "I did regret not saying to Teresa... because she was saying all this horrible stuff about Caroline, but Caroline's never been to jail, Caroline has never committed a crime," he said on Andy Cohen Live.
The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host added that the moment was completely spontaneous. "I brought up... and it just hit me, it was not anything I had planned on asking her, but as I was sitting there I realized that I remember Caroline making a prediction five years ago. Her prediction was that Joe was gonna go to prison, Teresa was gonna get strong and independent, and then was gonna divorce," Andy explained. "The only point I was trying to make to her — and I ultimately finally did — was that Caroline's prediction might be right."
There were some parts of the interview that even Andy wasn't expecting. "I was surprised, John [Andy's co-host], by how open they were," Andy said. "Neither believes the other has been faithful to them, which was, to me, very surprising because Teresa had reacted so badly every time Joe had been accused of cheating on her."
Andy also admitted on his radio show that he felt "super uncomfortable" and "super awkward" during some parts of the interview, especially during some of the more tense moments between Teresa and Joe.
One caller asked for Andy's take on Joe's demeanor during the interview. "He also may be leaning into a sense of pragmatism about where this is going. I appreciated his candor, frankly," Andy shared. "He's obviously been through hell, so it seemed like he also was a little like, 'Listen, it's either gonna work or it's not. It's either gonna happen or it's not.' So he just seemed kind of resigned to whatever it was."
Toward the beginning of Andy's radio show, one caller asked if he feels "any guilt" about the drama some of the Housewives experience in their personal lives after becoming reality TV stars. "I don't have any guilt. This is a voluntary process," Andy told the caller. "Everything is voluntary on this show. We don't force anybody to go on. It's a deal they're making themselves and saying, 'OK, well, I'm gonna put my life out there on reality television.'"
He noted that both good and bad things can come from a life in the spotlight. "If you talk to people who join the show whose marriages were falling apart when they joined the show, a lot of times their marriages have been, a magnifying glass has been put up to their marriage and then they're like, 'OK, this didn't work, but now I have the financial independence where I can get out of this marriage and find another happier place.' I think Tamra [Judge] would argue that happened with her. And I think other people would argue as well. 'I came on this show, I thought I was in a good marriage, I got divorced, and now where am I? This didn't really work out for me,'" Andy explained. "But I think that there are inherent risks in putting your family on blast on reality television, and I hope that it works out for people. And I don't feel guilty because I think it's a voluntary thing."
Teresa and Joe didn't seem to speak very optimistically about the fate of their marriage during their conversation with Andy. However, Teresa said that she is still holding out hope that she will feel differently once she and Joe are finally reunited when she and their four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, Audriana, 10) visit him in Italy in a few weeks. "I think there's a lot riding on this," Andy said of the upcoming trip on his radio show.
But Andy said that he isn't so sure The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple will stay united. "I can't see them getting back together," he shared. "They don't seem like they're still attracted."
See more of Andy's interview with Teresa and Joe, below.