"People are like, 'Why do you do it?' Because this is my job," Teresa tells Kim Zolciak.
"No, I mean, I guess you can't really ask me that because it's been not the greatest for me," Teresa replied. Kim laughed and said "RHOA" had been "horrible" to her, too, noting that she also found it very stressful.
"I don't find that it's stressful anymore," Teresa added. "It was stressful when my family was on there, and that was disgusting because that's not what my family's about. I just hate ... being in the public eye, obviously, you're made an example of, and that's the part I feel like is not fair. I wish I was treated like everyone else."
Kroy Biermann, Kim's husband, jumped in and asked Teresa if she had any long-term goals, seemingly in terms of her role on the show.
"No, I'm never answering that question ever again," she replied. "I remember being asked that when I first started 'Housewives.' I would've never pictured myself to go to jail, and look what happened. I'm just living day by day and whatever my journey's supposed to be, it's gonna be."
Kroy cut to the chase: "Season 10 -- if they ask, are you gonna be on it?"
"Yeah, honey, I'm not walking away now! I made this show what it is," Teresa fired back. "They got me 'til the end. And unfortunately, people are like, 'Why do you do it?' Because this is my job. This is how I put food on the table for my four daughters, so I can't walk away from it now. This is how I provide for my family."
"If Kroy didn't sign that $15 million deal, I probably wouldn't have walked away either," Kim confessed, "Let's be real."
"If my husband signed that kind of deal, I wouldn't be doing 'Housewives' either," Teresa replied, "Trust me!"
Kim also asked Teresa about her relationship with sister-in-law and co-star Melissa Gorga.
"I would never let it get to where it was before," Teresa explained. "That was just like a whole jealousy thing. I was on TV. They thought I was trying to keep them away from the cameras, which I was not trying to keep them away from the cameras. It was about me and my family. I never thought fame and money would ruin my family, and it did, it did for a little while."
"It'll never go back to what it was," she assured. "If I have something to say, if she has something to say, we both say it to each other, and then we move past it."
Regarding her husband, Joe Giudice -- who is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for fraud -- Teresa said he's "down to 165."
"No alcohol, he works out all the time, he's gotten so lean and fit. He looks really good," she said, steering clear of any deportation talk.
"The Real Housewives if New Jersey" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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