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One of the facts of the world of reality TV that I’ve had trouble getting some of you guys, particularly Teresa Giudice fans, is the relationship between the tabloids and the reality TV personalities. The frustrating argument always occurs over whether or not Teresa was paid for her interviews by In Touch. Each time I have explained here before that Teresa was under contract with In Touch, I receive a barrage of insulting comments, usually in broken English, from Tre huggers who tell me I am an idiot and that Teresa doesn’t have any control over what the tabloids say. They seem to fail to understand that reality personalities often enter into long-term contracts with major tabloids. Not only do they get paid for the exclusives they provide directly to the tabloid they partner with, they also have varying levels of control over what is published. For example, Kim Zolciak had a contract with Life & Style magazine for the exclusive rights to her wedding and the birth of her two sons. She has control over what is presented in that particular magazine and is paid for the stories. She has no control over what other tabloids post unless she enters into a contract with them.
Hopefully, this seemingly difficult concept for some of you has become more clear now that Joe Giudice admitted on RHONJ that Teresa was indeed paid for her In Touch articles. Teresa has had a long-standing contract with In Touch magazine. Click through for all the tea on Teresa’s contract and which three other housewives are currently under contract.
- How I Blew $11 million (September 2010)
- My Kids Saved Me (September 2010)
- I’m Sorry I Was Selfish (May 2011)
- My Life With Joe (June 2011)
- Fame Destroyed My Family (June 2011)
- I’m Terrified of Being Poor (August 2011)
- A Wedding to Save the Relationship (September 2011)
- It’s Worse Than Anyone Knows (October 2011)
- I Won’t Stay With a Cheater (August 2012)
- Teresa Talks Split (August 2012)
In addition to those ten paid covers, In Touch ran two other non-paid covers involving Teresa. In June of 2011 they ran a hypothetical story about her being pregnant with a boy. It had her on the cover with the misleading caption A Baby Boy for Teresa. It was a nonsensical article about what it would be like if Teresa had a boy. Also in the October 31, 2011 issue, Teresa was on the cover with Caroline and Jaqueline (photoshopped) with the Cover emblazoned with The Secrets That Could Destroy Them All. This was another non-paid cover which was coverage of last season’s finale episode.
I told you when the last interview with Teresa Giudice came up that her contract was over. That was the final cover of the ten cover deal. The last story barely had a single quote from Teresa. It seems as though she was done with the tabloid drama. Plus the national TV coverage of Joe on the phone with his lover seemed to really throw Teresa off her game. So unless both Teresa and In Touch come to another agreement, we may either see less of Teresa in the tabloids, or she will sign with another tabloid like Life & Style.
But wait, there is more tea. Last Thursday there was an In Touch Icons and Idols event. I was able to see a list posted on twitter of those who would be attending. This is a publicity stunt for all the minor celebrities who have a contract with In Touch. (Though of course they don’t say that.) This list was a list of people who are currently contracted with In Touch and likely requited to attend. I noted Teresa’s name was not on the list and intended to write about it and then more important stories came along. This was my final confirmation that Teresa’s contract had ended.
Almost as important as Teresa’s name not being on the list, is the housewives whose names were on the list and therefore contracted with In Touch. They are Nene Leakes, Gretchen Rossi, and Vicki Gunvalson. Nene had a cover last month (Meet My Secret Grandaughter, August 2012) but neither Gretchen or Vicki have had a cover recently. Vicki used to be with Life & Style. I suppose we should be on the lookout for a cover from these two Orange County housewives soon. Or at least a couple of interviews. I’m guessing that Nene’s deal was for a one time cover. Nene is a hot commodity at the moment and has no reason to sign a contract for exclusive covers with anyone. Still all three housewives were at the Icons and Idols event last Thursday. And of course Gregg Leakes was trailing in Nene’s wake just as he always does.So there you have it. Teresa Giudice is OUT at In Touch and Nene, Gretchen and Vicki are IN. For now. Stay tuned for updates.