ABC’s “The View” panel didn’t hold back when discussing “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice who reported to Danbury Federal Prison on Monday.
Rosie O’Donnell, who was pinch-hitting as moderator for a sick Whoopi Goldberg, criticized Giudice over how she’s chose to handle news of the 15-month sentence with her four daughters — Gia (age 13), Milania (age 8), Gabriella (age 10) and Audriana (age 4).
“Her 13-and 10-year-old daughters [know] where she’s going, but her 8-year-old and 4-year-old girls think she’s going on a trip to work on a book about jail,” O’Donnell said during Monday’s show.
Nicolle Wallace echoed O’Donnell’s sentiments: “The notion that they cant get online and figure out where mommy really went,” noting her young son’s ability to use an iPad.
“She should’ve just told them she was going to be on ‘Orange is the New Black,'” said guest co-host and comedienne Margaret Cho. “Crazy Eyes’s new girlfriend. That would have been the best.”
Also joining the conversation were fellow guest co-hosts CBS Sports analyst Tony Gonzalez and “Mindy Project” producer Tracey Wigfield, who were substituting for Rosie Perez who will be on hiatus for a month while she stars in Larry David‘s Broadway Play “Fish in the Dark.”
“As a woman who hails from New Jersey, I’m so excited we have such another positive representation in the media. It’s so exciting after ‘Jersey Shore,'” Wigfield said, backed by a laughing audience.
Giudice will be serving her prison time in Connecticut at the correctional facility featured on Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is the New Black.” She and husband, Joe Giudice, were convicted of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud in New Jersey federal court on Oct. 2, as TheWrap previously reported. Joe Giudice also plead guilty to a count of failing to file a tax return and was sentenced to 41 months. The couple will each serve their sentences separately in order to allow one parent to care for their four daughters.
Of Guidice’s ordeal, the panel of “The View” was unanimous in the lack of sympathy for the Bravo reality star.
“The arrogance to commit a crime while you’re on television,” Gonzalez said.
“She spent like $300,000 on a 1-year-old’s birthday,” Wigfield noted.
“That’s ridiculous,” Gonzalez responded.