When host Access Hollywood Live co-host Dave Karger asked the Real Housewives of New Jersey star about the chances of her husband, 44, being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence, she immediately tried to shut it down.
“Next question please,” replied Teresa, 44. “I don’t think that’s something you should be asking.”
Karger’s co-host Kit Hoover continued to push: “Well everybody’s talking about it, and it could be a reality.”
“I think that’s really rude,” the reality star continued.
“Okay, well it is a fact and we’re probably going to see it on the show so I don’t think that was a rude question,” Hoover fired back.
Teresa then cut her off: “No, you’re not gonna see it on the show. As a matter of fact, I’m going to leave.”
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Following the interview, Teresa’s rep James Leonard, tells PEOPLE that the actions from the hosts were “tasteless.”
“Teresa was there to promote the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey and the paperback release of her book, not to be asked a question like the one that was posed about this being the end of her family,” her rep says. “She politely deflected the question and asked them to move on and they didn’t, so she left. She was doing Access Hollywood, not 60 Minutes or a sit down with Barbara Walters. To see the host hi-fiving at the end of the segment as if she did something worthy of a celebration was absolutely taste less.”
“Clearly the question posed and the answer they hoped to illicit were not something Teresa was comfortable discussing,” adds the rep. “She has her own personal reasons for that and owes absolutely no one an explanation for her choosing to not answer the question.”
Melissa Gorga was also in the interview with her sister-in-law and “absolutely supported Teresa walking off and walked off right behind her in a display of solidarity,” adds the rep.
Teresa also spoke with NBC’s New York Live about the incident, explaining that “it’s a legal matter.”
“I’m not going to address it. It’s nobody’s business,” she said. “It’s a legal matter, and I’m not addressing it. So, if anybody asks me, going forward from here, I’m going to walk off … so don’t even try it. Because they’ll just make it worse.”
“Everything that happened to me, being in the public eye, unfortunately made it worse for me,” she added. “And I feel like if I wasn’t in the public eye, who knows what would have happened. Unfortunately when I first got into this, I didn’t know all of this was going to happen, and I got into it for fun, not to be scrutinized, and to be jabbed at, to be under a microscope. Like, I didn’t know anybody in Hollywood or California, I mean I grew up in Jersey! So I didn’t know about any of this. So I really got into it blindly and I was very naive.”
Speaking with PEOPLE Now, Teresa recently opened up about how she’s coming to terms with Joe’s absence – especially as it concerns her four daughters.
“I think about it like there’s people in the military that are not there for everything,” Teresa said. “Of course he would be there if he could … as long as we have our health, that’s all that matters. When you have your health, you have everything.”
Back in February, Joe, 44, maintained a stoic attitude when discussed a possible forced relocation for him and his family.
“I’m not even worried about that as far as that goes,” he told PEOPLE. “That, we’ll worry about when I get out.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sunday (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.