New Jersey may not be completely devoid of one of its more prominent meatballs. Juicy Joe, the bear responsible for Teresa Giudice spending 2015 in the slammer, got some not-so-great news a few weeks ago from a federal judge. It’s Joe’s turn in jail for committing fraud, and an immigration judge let him know he was being sent back to Italy at the end his prison term since he never became a U.S. citizen despite living here since he as only a one-year-old. While Teresa may have heralded the news that would finally get rid of all that whey protein and pre-workout mix from the pantry (I’m kidding – she was devastated at the thought of losing a member of her onyx palace), Joe isn’t taking the news lying down. He filed an appeal to prevent being shipped back to his mother country.
Page Six says Joe’s attorney James Leonard Jr. confirmed yesterday that Joe was taking legal action to stay in the U.S.:
“The appeal has been filed and we remain optimistic that Joe will soon be home with his family where he belongs. We are extremely grateful for Joe’s immigration attorneys Jerry Gonzales and Tom Moseley and are very confident in them.”
Joe is expected to get out of jail in March, so this news will likely have to wait until next season to get the Andy Cohen telenovela touch on Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Teresa had previously tried to enlist the help of Donald Trump, and even his team pulled an Ariana Grande and essentially said, “Thank u, next.” Plus, it’s not as though Trump is known for wanting to keep immigrants he’s not married to or related to here – even if they are married to former Celebrity Apprentice contestants.
Teresa’s sister-in-law and sometimes sparring partner Melissa Gorga previously told Page Six, “I think that they’re dealing with it. It’s not over yet so everybody’s just praying and hoping that it turns around.” That statement didn’t include “and if it doesn’t, maybe Teresa will finally get that smug-ass look off her face,” but I guess that part was just implied!