Teresa Giudice is out of prison, Joe Giudice is going to prison, and their kids are all growing up so fast—it seems like a good time for a new Teresa. Plus, a new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, which brings with it the return of a frenemy.

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Season 7 will air later this year (no premiere date set), with formerly absent cast member Jacqueline Laurita—the source of many of Teresa’s emotional woes, according to Teresa—making a comeback. (Amber is out, but no final word on whether Dina or the twins Teresa and Nicole are filming.)

Points of drama this time around include Teresa’s journey to re-situate her family post-prison and her attempt at yet another round of pretend amends with Melissa and Joe Gorga.

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“For me, this season is all about letting go of the past and embracing the future. People are calling me Teresa 2.0,” Teresa told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. In an interview with Good Morning America airing on Tuesday, Teresa 2.0 also gives an update on her financial status and says their home is no longer in foreclosure.

It’s a new day. It’s a new kinda Teresa. A kinder, calmer Teresa than last spring, when Teresa 1.0 ended a working relationship with Heather Maclean, the co-author of her famous cookbooks (including Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It).

Teresa later hired People writer K.C. Baker to help with her memoir. But a source tells Page Six the split from Maclean wasn’t an amiable one and that Maclean was effectively “excommunicated when Giudice banned her from contact via email and from visiting the Danbury prison where Giudice served her 15-month prison sentence for fraud.”

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Teresa 2.0’s memoir will focus on her prison stint (including passages about sex between her cellmates) and her daughters’ emotional reaction, which is apparently a different spin than the original idea. Via a source:

...Maclean was supposed to help create a different kind of book utilizing Giudice’s experience while incarcerated and platform to share the stories of the women she met while behind bars — not exploit her fellow prisoners.

The insider notes that Maclean’s plan for the book didn’t exploit the kids and she believes it’s unfair to highlight their grief.

Maclean considers this a lost opportunity for Teresa 2.0 to “use her platform to shine a light on women’s issues,” the writer told Page Six in a statement.

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“Teresa chose to go in a different direction,” Maclean adds. “The way this was handled was a shock to me—despite that, and the end of our time together, I wish her all the best with it.”


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