Jackie tells TooFab she feels "awful" for the Giudice children and for Joe, but not necessarily for her co-star.
It all went south when Jackie tried to defend her instant bestie and Teresa's sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, in a conversation about women controlling their husbands. "Do you think your husband would be in jail right now if you could control what he did?" Jackie served Teresa on a silver platter. It was not well-received, but Jackie has absolutely no regrets.
"I don't regret it at all. I really don't," Jackie told TooFab. "It had nothing to do with her actual husband or what he did; it was a question more about control. If the conversation was about control, first of all, how could you not know that someone might say that? I mean, your husband is in prison, and you're talking about the fact that a wife can control everything that a husband does. Clearly, you can't. I don't know how she wouldn't see it coming."
"And looking back, I think that Teresa was already moving on with her life," she added. "So for her to sit there and say, 'This is my life. I'm going through this right now,' I don't really buy it all."
Joe Giudice is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bank fraud. In October of last year, a judge ordered that he be deported back to Italy immediately after completing his sentence. Teresa has since appealed the order, but she told Andy Cohen during the Season 9 reunion that her lawyers have not given her any new information regarding a possibly different outcome for her family.
Teresa got emotional Wednesday evening when Andy asked her what her husband's deportation would mean for the future of their relationship, but she ultimately said they would likely go their separate ways.
When we asked Jackie if seeing Teresa open up about her situation made her feel more sympathy for her co-star, she said, "I feel awful for her children. I really do. I can't imagine my children being ripped away from their father. And I actually feel pretty bad for Joe. Even if he broke the law, I think it sucks for him to have to serve time and then have to leave. But as the reunion went on, I found it hard to feel bad for Teresa."
Overall, Jackie said her first season on the show was "great" and that she made "some really good friends" aside from all the "confrontations."
"I think I did a good job, and I was happy watching it back," she said, noting that the one thing she wished she could have handled slightly differently was the article she wrote on spoiled children, which she based on fellow newcomer Jennifer Aydin.
"I think that looking back, I should have given Jennifer a heads up on the article coming out so she wasn't so caught off guard," Jackie said. "I don't regret writing it, per se, but I think it maybe would've been nice to give her a heads up."
Jackie said her relationships with Melissa and Margaret Josephs are "really strong and really real" but that she's had a difficult time connecting with some of the others, including Jennifer.
"I'll feel like we're good, and then I'll see something she says about me on social media, so it's tricky with her," she told us. "I never know which way is up. I don't know what's going on in her head. I just think there are still some weird feelings there. I'd like to say we're good -- and most of the time, we're good -- but I think she's a little bit unpredictable."
This season, viewers also got to see Jackie reconnect with her sister after nearly two decades of no contact. She was happy to report to us that things are still moving in the right direction, but made sure to note that they're "not really" friends -- yet.
"After that phone call, we got together a few times last summer, and it was good. I mean, it wasn't great, but it was good. And then we cooled off for a little bit," Jackie told us. "We still can text each other, which is a lot more than we've been able to do in 20 years."
"So tomorrow is my mother's 70th birthday, and as a result of us reconnecting, we are all taking my mother our to dinner together -- all three of her children and all eight of her grandchildren," she said proudly. "Are we friends? Not really, but it is better than it was. And who knows where it can go from here? It's baby steps, but it's better than it was."
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