Teresa Giudice is reportedly afraid of getting axed.
The 48-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star allegedly invented a rumor that her castmate’s husband cheated because she’s worried she’ll be fired if she doesn’t come up with a compelling storyline, Page Six reported Sunday (February 21).
Teresa kicked of Season 11 of the hit show by voicing a shocking rumor that she “heard” that castmate Jackie Goldschneider’s husband Evan “screws around” with women at the gym, except sources tell Page Six she didn’t hear the rumor 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. [She’s] too expensive and they can filter through different women. She’s desperately trying to stay relevant,” the source told the outlet.
Teresa has a member of the cast since the show first aired in 2009.
“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,” her lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. countered to Page Six in a statement.
“There wasn’t even a question about whether he cheated on me…the only reason I was upset was because of her trying to spread a rumor — not because I ever questioned my husband,” Jackie told the outlet.
“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,” a source also told Page Six.
Teresa recently opened up about her new boyfriend, calling him her “soulmate.”