Sweet freedom tastes just like a sad egg sandwich -- at least that's what "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice wants to remember it was like.
Teresa was snapped at 2 AM Monday, somberly chowing down her last meal as a free woman -- a hot egg sandwich at Elmer's Diner in Danbury, where she'll be spending the next 15 months.
We're told she spent most of her time at the table with her lawyer ... on her phone, saying goodbye to friends.
Pretty sure she perked up when she saw that prison commissary list.
Welcome to Club Fed ...
Enjoy Your Ice Cream!
1/5/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" inmate Teresa Giudice will be living in the relative lap of luxury while locked up for the next 15 months ... bathing with Dove soap and sipping cappuccinos.
TMZ got its hands on the commissary list from Danbury prison ... it ain't Whole Foods but it's a whole lot better than you'd think. Her food choices include:
-- Hummus and macaroons
-- Albacore tuna
-- Cilantro cubes
-- Louisiana hot sauce
-- Deli meat
-- Dove bars
-- Wild berry frozen yogurt
And there's plenty she can buy to pass the time, including MP3 players w/ Skullcandy earbuds. She can also buy make-up and cover up those zits with acne cream.
And forget sandpaper to clean yourself ... she can buy Charmin, baby! And for those lingering smells, she can purchase fragrance oils.
The best part ... we're told Teresa can spend more than an entire family -- $320/week -- and get this ... her family can put as much money in her account as they want.
So when she's not stocking up on vitamins and beauty supplies she'll be binge eating Fruity Dyno Bites.
She's going to be VERY popular.
'Real Housewives' Star
Checks Into Prison
1/5/2015 5:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice is ringing in the New Year as an inmate ... after checking herself into prison early Monday morning.
Giudice will be serving her 15-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. According to our sources, Giudice showed up at 3:00 AM ... without husband Joe in tow. He was spotted later in the morning driving the couple's kids to school.
Giudice pled guilty in March to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Once Teresa is sprung, Joe will serve a 41-month sentence for fraud. This way while one parent is behind bars, the other can do double duty.
Breaks Out the Bikini Body
and the New Boyfriend
1/1/2015 8:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Which do you think bothers Bethenny Frankel's soon-to-be ex-husband more -- seeing her amazing body in a tiny bikini ... or that she's rocking it with her new man?
Frankel spent the day of New Year's Eve on the beach in Miami with new beau Michael Cerussi. Bethenny's daughter with estranged hubby Jason Hoppy is reportedly with the couple on the trip.
As if all this wasn't enough to irk Hoppy -- whose divorce from Bethenny is still not quite final -- Frankel tweeted, "NYE day & i'm exactly where i want to be with exactly who I want to be with."
Not So Boring to Cops ...
Arrested for Speeding
12/29/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams must be bucking for a promotion on RHOA -- because the chick who got demoted for having boring story lines ... just got arrested for blazing down an Atlanta highway.
TMZ has learned the "Real Housewives" star was pulled over today for allegedly speeding -- cops say 78 mph in a 55 zone -- and they claim she was driving on a suspended license.
Cops hauled Porsha off to jail ... where she was booked. We're told she posted $1,726 to bond out.
Still, she did some time. Hear that 'Housewives' producers? Porsha's gangsta now.
'Real Housewives' Star
Sued By Spa
12/27/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A key player on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" not only shattered the tranquility of a spa, she downright broke it ... this according to a crazy new lawsuit.
Marisa Zanuck runs a real estate company in Bev Hills, which is located next door to Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, which prides itself on a total zen experience.
Marisa -- always one to impress -- decided she needed to spruce up her offices, so a construction crew came in at 9AM and the soothing Enya soundtrack was overpowered by jackhammers.
The spa owner says it was like a war scene ... pieces of her wall crumbled, light fixtures fell off the wall, bottles of fancy oil crashed to the ground ... it was a disaster.
She complained 3 times ... to no avail, and says she was left with no choice but to scream through the broken walls at the workers.
The spa is suing Marisa for thousands of dollars in damages.
And that's not a happy ending.
'You're Trailer Trash, Bitch'
12/21/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Real Housewife' Joanna Krupa sounds like she's ready to physically duke it out with archenemy Brandi Glanville ... calling her a trailer trash fame whore who is a European model wannabe.
Krupa went ballistic when our photog asked about Brandi, who trashed her on Andy Cohen's show. Glanville insinuated Cohen got food poisoning from bad fish ... code for Krupa's smelly vagina.
Krupa went for the jugular, telling us Brandi is so pathetic there's no room for doubt on why Eddie Cibrian dumped her.
Watch the video. It has all the makings of a fabulous bitch fight.
'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks
Me and the Kids Are Going
To the Big House For XMAS!
12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.
Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.
But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.
And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.
I Got a Bum Rap
I'm Not Paying for Gia's Music Videos
12/16/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Guidice may be a criminal, but she's not as bad as people are making her out to be in the restitution department.
There has been a torrent of criticism that Teresa funded her daughter's 2 music videos when she still owes the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and she stiffed her creditors by declaring bankruptcy.
But we've learned ... Teresa didn't ante up a red cent for the 3KT videos. Gia Guidice's manager, Xhist Entertainment, tells TMZ the videos were funded by the management company and private investors ... not Teresa or Joe.
There are reports Teresa blew 5 figures on the videos. We're told they were way cheaper -- $5K-8K a pop.
She's bad, but not that bad.
Ex-'Housewife' Carlton Gebbia
The Wicked Witch is Dead
So I'll Return to 'Housewives'
12/13/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-"Real Housewives" star Carlton Gebbia says she may have been fired, but she won in the end because Bravo secretly came back to her on hands and knees, asking her to return.
Carlton got her walking papers from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... because the audience didn't connect to her Wiccan ways ... something the show wanted her to do.
We're told Bravo execs had a meeting with Carlton, asking her to make a few appearances. She made it clear ... she had NO interest in returning.
But fast forward to this week, when Andy Cohen went on his show and publicly apologized to Carlton, saying the show screwed up by portraying her as a wicked witch when she's actually a devoted mom, a fun wife and a savvy businesswoman.
That did the trick. Carlton tells us she's now open to returning to the show.
To be continued.
Sorry for my Topless Pic
That Damn Reflection
12/11/2014 12:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson's topless Instagram photo was inadvertent ... so she claims.
Vicki posted a photo Thursday AM, thanking Bravo TV for her Christmas Present -- a nice set of headphones.
In the Dept. of Obvious ... even a casual look at the pic reveals Vicki was naked when she pressed the red button. She, however, says she never saw her boobs before posting the photo.
Vicki tells us she was distracted, getting ready for work.
The question ... are you buying what she's selling?
'Vanderpump Rules' Cast
We're Making Pennies and
Stuck Flying Coach
12/11/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The "Vanderpump Rules" cast is pulling in big ratings, but most of them are still drawing small paychecks … TMZ has learned.
Several sources connected to the show tell us anyone NOT named Lisa Vanderpump only made $5K for the WHOLE first season -- but when ratings soared they all went looking for raisies.
We're told the cast wanted 2 things: more money and first class seats on flights. Bravo budged on the cheddar ... handing them each roughly $3K/episode for Season 2, and $5K/episode for Season 3.
But while LV's sipping free booze in first -- everyone else will still be in the pretzel and peanut set. They're stuck in coach.
Much of the cast believes Bravo denied their flight upgrades because execs don't want them losing that working class charm. Most of 'em are bartenders and servers, after all.
Vanderpump not only rules ... she negotiates better.
'RHOA' Porsha Williams
Getting Dumped Could Make Me Millions
12/10/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams may have figured out a way to make millions of dollars ... and it's all because she got dumped by her sugar daddy.
We found out Porsha has been approached by SugarDaddyForMe.com, which offered to create a new website called PorshasSugarBabies.com, recruiting women like her who have their sights set on meeting really rich and mostly old dudes.
SugarDaddyForMe.com is the real deal, with 4.5 million members, so it would give Porsha a platform to create her own brand and keep 50% of the profits.
We broke the story ... the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star got a reality check when her married mystery man pulled the plug on their relationship and also cut her off financially.
Porsha's noodling the idea.