This is old news that I just discovered going through my draft folder It is, if I recall correctly some quotes from an Ask Andy episode where Andy was asked about something Jim Marchese was mouthing off about. I started to post on Halloween and apparently got distracted by candy or something.
I just thought I would throw it up for comment rather than delete it completely.
“First of all, he wasn’t involved in the original show. He characterizes it as ‘tongue and cheek fun, a guilty pleasure,’ but it was pretty intense from the get-go,” Andy said. “Teresa [Giudice] flipped a table in the finale of the first season, so if he calls that ‘tongue and cheek fun [and] a guilty pleasure,’ that’s fine. I don’t think it was that fun for Danielle Staub, actually. I got pushed like a rag doll in the Season 2 reunion, that didn’t seem like ‘tongue and cheek fun.'”
He continued, “I take issue with him saying, ‘It is morphing into a dark endorsement of criminal behavior and exploitation of children.’ He put his kids on the Housewives, so his kids — who are a lot younger — were on. And also, the thing about it is, we have been following this family for seven, eight years, and so we are continuing to follow them. There’s great interest in what’s going on with them. We haven’t endorsed anyone’s behavior on that show. We’ve shown it, as a matter of fact, without editorialization. And I would say the same for Jim’s behavior, which many people thought he was a jackass last season. We showed his behavior without any generalization. We left it on the viewers to make their own mind up.”
I hate to agree with Jim Marchese about anything. But I think most people see the way Andy treats Teresa, Juicy, Apollo….I feel like I am missing somebody… as endorsing and exploiting criminal behavior.
What do you think?