‘RHONJ’: Joe Giudice Had Access to Bravo in Prison, but Why Didn’t He Watch the Show?

Joe Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey shared that even though he had access to Bravo behind bars, he didn’t frequently watch his family on the show.

Andy Cohen, Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice
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In exclusive footage that was not aired during Joe and Teresa Giudice’s sitdown with Andy Cohen, Giudice admitted he really didn’t watch the show. Cohen seemed intrigued by the access Giudice had to cable television while he was in prison. Cohen said, “Teresa had mentioned to me on Watch What Happens Live that you did get Bravo in jail,” Cohen asked. “Did you see The Jersey Housewives while you were away?”

Giudice explained that while he had access, he had more opportunities to view the show when he was at Fort Dix, the first federal prison where Giudice was housed. When he was transferred to Allenwood a federal prison in Pennsylvania, his access wasn’t as readily available. Even when he had considerable access to the show, why didn’t he watch it frequently?

He viewed bits of the show

Giudice said he’d sporadically watch the show. “Occasionally, guys would come and get me and tell me that the show was on,” he shared. “Occasionally I’d watch a little bit here and there. But, not really.”

He adds he only watched small segments and clips. “But I’d watch certain things here and there.’ Cohen then says Giudice should have also been able to watch WWHL too. “I mean, were you not interested …,” Cohen starts. He adds he is curious if Giudice was interested in seeing his family.

Giudice continues, ‘Yes, I did see you a couple of times. Because when I was in Fort Dix, the first federal prison, there was this one guy Jack that loved Bravo. So we always had the Bravo channel on.”

But when he moved to another prison, he didn’t see as much Bravo

However, Giudice says, “When I got to the other prison, which was Allenwood. Alright, there was really nobody that had that channel on too much. You know it was only, you know, only on once in a while.”

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Which meant Giudice didn’t get to see his family when they were on as much as he could have when he was at Fort Dix. “I was able to catch clips here and there,” he explained. But Cohen really wanted to know if his family was on television, wouldn’t he want to see them?

Cohen wondered if watching the show was just too painful for him. “You know, yeah it was actually painful to watch them on television,” he recalls. “It was actually sad. I saw the one episode where my daughter was waving through the window when I was leaving to go to Fort Dix. And I mean that was like gut-wrenching. I couldn’t even watch that.” Recently Giudice reunited with his family in Italy. His daughter Gia posted the first photo of the family back together. “we’re back❤️” she wrote.