Teresa Giudice fabricated a story that the husband of her castmate had cheated, because she’s scared that if she doesn’t come up with some grade-A drama for the Bravo show, she’ll be fired.
Giudice, 48, kicked off the Season 11 premiere of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” show, spreading a rumor that she “heard” about Evan straying from castmate Jackie Goldschneider’s husband, except that sources tell us she didn’t hear it at all.
“She’s being watched by the network and needed a story to stir the pot. She had zero proof [that he cheated] and made up the story because Bravo has been getting rid of original ‘Housewives,’” a source told us adding that Giudice fears she may be on the chopping block. “[She’s] too expensive and they can filter through different women She’s desperately trying to stay relevant.”
Since the show first aired in 2009, Giudice has been a part of the cast.
Her lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr., told us, “The core principle of reality television is authenticity, and I don’t believe there has ever been a more authentic ‘Housewife’ than Teresa Giudice, and there never will be. She is without peer in what she and her family have shared with the cameras over the years. When you are as real and authentic as Teresa has been, you don’t need to pull stunts or manufacture story to be relevant and that is ridiculous for anyone to suggest otherwise.”
On the show, Giudice revealed that she heard Evan “screw around” at his gym with other women, but did not disclose how she heard the story. Goldschneider challenged her about the “baseless rumor” and recently told Page Six that “there wasn’t even a question about whether he cheated on me… The only reason I was upset was because she tried to spread a rumor, not because my husband was ever questioned.”
As for Giudice’s fate at Bravo, a source said: “Teresa is the highest paid ‘Housewife.’ If they get rid of her, it’s because they pay her too much and her act is no longer worth it, but she’s been a franchise favorite forever.”