Reality Retirement? Teresa Giudice's Lawyer & Probation Officer Want Her Off TV

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Jun. 25 2015, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Could it be the end of an era? has learned that Teresa Giudice's future involvement with reality TV is in serious jeopardy, because the probation department hasn't approved her plan to return to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her lawyer doesn't want the mother of four to participate in her husband Joe's Bravo spin-off either!

As Radar reported, Joe recently announced he's set to begin filming solo for Bravo. "His special as a single dad will air close to Teresa's anticipated December release," an insider explained. "But Teresa's lawyer doesn't want her involved with Joe's special in any capacity because it could screw up her early release."

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As for her plan to return to RHONJ, "The probation department hasn't signed off on it," a source revealed. "And the probation department has to approve Teresa's employer and employment because of the terms of her release."

Sources previously told Radar that filming for RHONJ isn't expected to begin until the fall, because Bravo hopes to have Teresa return.

"None of the cast members of RHONJ have signed contracts for next season. But there isn't anything to be concerned about because filming has been pushed from the summer and won't be beginning until late September, early October," a source said.

Giudice is expected to be released in December, and would be included in the second half of the season.

Recently, Giudice signed off on legal documents from prison, allowing the government to garnish her Bravo wages for 25%. The terms of the deal also permits them to seize furniture from the family mansion, and to take possession of a 2005 Maserati to satisfy $400,000 in restitution to victims in her bankruptcy fraud case.

A decision from the probation department is expected soon, and in the meantime, "Bravo is being assured that Teresa will get approved to do it," the source said. "Her lawyer will argue this is the only way to repay outstanding creditors, whom are owed more than $14 million."


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