A reality TV star who was recently convicted of a number of federal crimes — and is set to begin a 15-month sentence on Jan. 5 — has her own TV show waiting for her when she gets out.
The U.K. publication The Daily Mail reports that Teresa Giudice, who became famous on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” is poised for a return to the cable channel after prison as the host of a new cooking show.
Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, pleaded guilty to a total of 41 counts in a fraud case that may have netted them more than $5 million over 10 years, the report notes. Joe Giudice received a 41-month sentence.
Along with the cooking show, Teresa Giudice will reportedly appear part time on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
The report, which cites inside sources at Bravo, adds that the cable channel will be attempting to tape calls with Giudice while she’s in prison and hopes to conduct a jailhouse interview. A big media event is also reportedly in the works for when she is released.
Giudice has penned three cookbooks that have made the New York Times Best Seller list, the report notes.
“According to network insiders, Bravo knows Teresa has always been a ratings winner for them ever since she flipped a table in the first season of the popular reality series. So it was a no-brainer to have a show ready to go when she gets out of the slammer,” the story reports. “And a cooking show was a natural choice for the Housewife. She could earn about $2 million a year.”