‘NEW JERSEY,’ NEW YEAR Teresa Giudice of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” who was released from federal prison Dec. 23 after serving 11 1⁄2 months for bankruptcy fraud, has released a video message to fans.
Posted Dec. 30 on the Bravo website — and apparently since removed, though still available as part of news featurettes on the “Entertainment Tonight” site and elsewhere — the nine-second video shows Giudice, 43, standing between a stairwell and a Christmas tree at her home. “Hi everyone, I’m back!” she says cheerfully. “I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It’s gonna be a great 2016. Love, love, love you all.”
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— FRANK LOVECE