'Real Housewives' of NJ alum zings Teresa Giudice over jail time

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By Brooke Sassman

For someone like "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" alum Caroline Manzo, touring a jail made throwing shade at cast member Teresa Giudice way too easy.

Back in 2014, Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and her husband, Joe Guidice, got 41 months.

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So when the traditionally outspoken Manzo, 55, was asked about whether or not celebrities in jail receive "special treatment," she didn't hold back.

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"I don't know any celebrities that have been in jail — real celebrities that have been in jail," Manzo says in a clip from the new season of her reality TV show, "Manzo'd With Children."

On TODAY Friday while promoting the show, the television personality said she was "sorry if I insulted anybody" — but the word "celebrity" simply means something different to her.

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"Celebrity in my mind...you got to have a talent," she told Hoda Kotb.

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey," which premiered in 2009 on Bravo, is now in its seventh season.Bravo

She also addressed a recent health scare on the show, telling Hoda and Billy Bush that she had discovered a lump on her chest.

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"We had about three to four months of not knowing 1,000 percent what it was," she said. "It turned out to be an infection, crazy infection."

Manzo's message to others: Do a little homework and go one step further when it comes to evaluating health issues. A mammogram missed the infection, but it was an ultrasound that ultimately picked it up.

The third season of "Manzo'd With Children" returns to Bravo Sunday night.