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Teresa Giudice Released From Prison: Andy Cohen, Amber Marchese and More React

Teresa Giudice
Teresa Giudice

She’s a free woman! Teresa Giudice was released from Connecticut’s Danbury Federal Correctional Institution on Wednesday, December 23, following 11 months behind bars. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is now home in the Garden State with her husband, Joe Giudice, and their four daughters — Gia, 14, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 6 — at their Tuscan-style Franklin Lakes compound.

As previously reported, Teresa, 43, is set to celebrate Christmas Eve with her brother, Joe Gorga, and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.

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“They’re on really great terms right now,” a source told Us Weekly earlier this month. “Everything that happened with Teresa going away made both women realize that there are more important things in life than their old feud. Melissa and Joe reached out to Joe Giudice … and all four of them are on the best terms they’ve ever been on.”

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice

The holidays will be a special time for the reality star — before the New Year begins. Her husband Joe, 43, will start his 41-month jail sentence for his fraud conviction, in March of next year. He will turn himself in at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution in New Jersey.

Teresa, meanwhile, will have plenty of time to catch up with friends. Some have already opened up about their excitement that she’s returned home safe and sound.

“I am so happy for her,” RHONJ alum Amber Marchese exclusively told Us in a statement. “I really am. Mother and her babies united as they should be. It is a true Christmas blessing. I wish the Guidice family nothing but continued happiness, love, and blessings.”

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Bravo’s Andy Cohen also spoke out. “Welcome home @Teresa_Giudice! #RHONJ” he tweeted on Wednesday. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards even gave a shout-out to Teresa earlier in the week. “This morning I’m thinking about how much I love @amyschumer & how happy I am about @Teresa_Giudice coming home for Christmas #RandomThoughts,” she wrote on December 20.

Tamra Judge added via Facebook: “I can’t believe its been a year already. So happy that she gets to spend the holidays with her family, has to the best Christmas gift ever her children.”

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