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New Jersey 'Housewife' Teresa Giudice: Reality TV ruined my family

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"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice claims reality TV has ruined her family.

During Teresa Giudice's between-seasons break from the drama on the "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," she's been busy with boardroom drama on "The Celebrity Apprentice." But she now claims that all of that reality TV angst has taken a huge toll on her personal life.

In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Giudice said that she found the "Celebrity Apprentice" to be a "cattier" show than "Housewives," because with a star-studded bunch of strangers, "you really don't care what the other person thinks of you and if you say something, you'll just say it."

But as it turns out, "cattier" is easier, as far as Giudice's concerned.

In a new interview with Star magazine, she explained that it's her "Housewives" role that's really causing her problems.

“My 'Housewives' experience has completely changed,” she said in a quote made available on Radar Online. “Jacqueline (Laurita) and I had a wonderful relationship for about 10 years. We were great friends, but not anymore. It’s so sad. We actually went through a ‘friends divorce,’ which is so hard."

Losing friends isn't the worst of it. According to Giudice, when her brother Joey Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa joined "Housewives" behind her back, it affected her family bond.

“I felt deceived,” she told Star. “I haven’t spoken to my brother since before Christmas. We haven’t gone this long without talking in my whole life! I’d have to say that reality TV ruined our family, and it’s a disgrace.”

You can catch Giudice on "The Celebrity Apprentice" Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. She and the other New Jersey "Housewives" return to Bravo on April 22 at 10 p.m. for season four of the show.

If reality TV really is to blame for ruining relationships in Giudice's life, do you think she should say so long to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her current spot on "The Celebrity Apprentice"? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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