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Teresa Giudice Explains Why She Won't Use the Word "Criminal"

Here's why you won't hear the (other) C-word come out of the #RHONJ author's mouth.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Why Teresa Won’t Say ‘Criminal’

The dinner during Sunday night's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey was definitely one to remember, especially because Jacqueline Laurita stormed out of the restaurant after calling Teresa Giudice a "criminal." Though Teresa didn't seem bothered by Jacqueline's outburst, she wouldn't say the word "criminal" while describing the night's drama to her husband Joe Giudice, but rather, she referred to it as "the C-word." 

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Teresa explained why she wouldn't use the word in the episode during Sunday night's Watch What Happens Live. "I don't consider myself that, so that's why I don't even want to say that word," she told Andy Cohen (clip above).

Teresa previously explained during her appearance on WWHL in August why she won't refer to her 11 months spent serving out her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut as "camp" and not "prison." "Where I was it was called 'Danbury Prison Camp,' and I don’t like the word 'prison' because really where I was... I wasn’t in a cell," she said. "There were no bars and I wasn’t caged in. There was no wire fence on the outside. It really looked like a camp. That’s where the facility where I was."

The RHONJ trip to Vermont featured in Sunday night's episode was supposed to be drama-free as Melissa Gorga hoped Teresa could have some fun amid dealing with the sadness and stress of her hubby's impending prison sentence. Joe began his 41-month prison sentence in March, but just because he's away from Teresa and their four daughters doesn't mean he isn't still connecting with them. 

Teresa revealed on Sunday's WWHL that Joe, who has lost more than 30 pounds since he entered the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix in New Jersey, has been watching this season of RHONJ from prison. "He never watched it [at] home, and now he's watching it there," she said. 

We'd definitely be interested to know what he thought about Sunday night's explosive episode. Relive the disastrous dinner, below.

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