The Real Housewives react. Former stars of the Bravo franchise like New York's Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin responded to the news of Teresa and Joe Giudice being sentenced to prison on Thursday, Oct. 2, with sympathy. Teresa's former RHONJ nemeses Danielle Staub and Kim Granatell, however, took the opposite route and dissed the embattled spouses on social media.
Us Weekly exclusively caught up with Frankel at a New Balance Breast Cancer Awareness Month event in NYC, where she said she empathizes as a mother. "It actually gives me the chills," Frankel told Us of her fellow Bravo Housewife. "It's a long time but she'll definitely get through it."
Giudice was sentenced to 15 months, and will serve her time first before Joe begins his 41-month stint behind bars. "Every bad experience you go through, on the other side, you realize why it happened," Frankel told Us. "She's just in the hell of it right now. It's terrible for the kids but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and they will be stronger as a family."
Frankel's former pal and RHONY costar Zarin also took to Twitter to express sympathy for the couple.
No matter what you think of Teresa and Joe.. Our hearts are breaking. I am physically sick. Please pray for their children and family.
— Jill Zarin (@Jillzarin) October 2, 2014
"Teresa got 15 months and Joe almost 4 years. I am in shock," Zarin continued. "I really hoped the judge would show more leniency. Please give her space and time to process this."
On the less-sympathetic end was Staub, whom Teresa once referred to as a "prostitution whore" in the first season of RHONJ. (As viewers witnessed, Teresa angrily flipped a table during that memorable fight with Staub.) Shortly after the judge ordered Teresa to 15 months in prison, Staub responded to one fan's message.
— danielle staub (@daniellestaub) October 2, 2014
Like Staub, Kim G also blasted the couple in a series of hate-filled tweets.
— Kim Granatell (@Kimgranatell) October 2, 2014
Teresa, meanwhile, has yet to publicly address her sentencing. On Thursday, she broke down in tears as she addressed the court before sentencing. "I speak as a wife, a mother, and a daughter," said Teresa. "Today I am blessed but I am also humbled. I hear you and what you are saying, and it is time for me to wake up."
Both she and Joe are expected to film their first post-sentencing interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Monday, Oct. 6.
Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!