Andy Cohen's explosive sit-down interview with "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, made for must-watch television on Sunday evening, and it produced more than a few notable reveals about the future of the estranged couple's marriage.
But it was a tense exchange between Andy and Joe towards the end of the interview, which took place with Teresa in the "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" Clubhouse and Joe in Italy via satellite, that got social media talking.
Cohen asked the Giudices if they "regret being on the show," because "there's a possibility without it that you two would be in Jersey together" and potentially never would've gotten thrown in jail for their financial crimes. While Teresa said that she doesn't regret it, Joe said he wished he "never would've done it."
"By the way, it's not to say that you never would've gotten caught if you weren't on the show," Andy corrected Joe.
"It was probably the best thing that ever happened to you, Andy, alright?" Joe shot back. "Andy, the best thing that ever happened to you was that we, you know, started this 'Housewives' thing. I don't think anybody even knew what this 'Housewives' thing was before we started it."
"No, there was 'Orange County' and 'New York' before you," Andy said. "And the best thing that ever happened to me was the birth of my son, but one of the great things in my life is my relationship with the two of you."
"...and the birth of the New Jersey Housewives," Joe laughed.
In fact, before "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiered in 2009, there were three existing franchises: "Orange County," "New York City" and "Atlanta." That being said, many attribute Teresa's infamous table-flipping moment from the first season of "New Jersey" in 2009 as one of the franchise's breakout hits that helped it skyrocket in popularity.
Viewers tended to side with Andy on Twitter following the exchange on "WWHL," with some people calling it "the best reminder that some people never really change" and "the best part of the entire show." Others, however, said that "Joe told the truth": "Joe isn't wrong though, the table flip didn't make Real Housewives but it definitely made it appeal to a lot more people then it initially was."
"The Housewives franchise didn’t really go global until #RHONJ when Teresa flipped the table," someone else said. "Joe and Tre didn’t MAKE the franchise but they definitely took it to another level that it may not have reached without them."
While Teresa Giudice, the only remaining original cast member of the reality show, continues to live in New Jersey, her husband, Joe, recently decided to go back to his native Italy as he awaits a ruling on his appeal to a judge ruling that he be deported after serving three years in prison.
Season 10 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premieres on Wednesday, November 6, at 8 p.m. EST