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Reality Star Teresa Giudice Says She'll “Do Fine” in Jail

Teresa is due to surrender on January 5, 2015

The last few days have been a rollercoaster for Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe.

The two "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen for a special "Watch What Happens Live" interview that aired on Monday (taped on Friday), where Teresa and Joe discussed their respective jail sentences. Because of a plea deal, many speculated Teresa wouldn't go to prison, including the reality star.

Teresa expressed her shock at getting a 15-month prison sentence, explaining that she thought the plea deal would keep her from going behind bars. Echoing those sentiments was her husband, who admitted that he thought she wouldn't get jail time if he pleaded guilty, which is why he chose to.

"I expected me, I wasn't expecting her," Joe, who received 41 months in jail, said. "I even took all blame and whatever, took full responsibility for everything, because she really had no part in my businesses. She really didn't."

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WATCH: Teresa Giudice expresses her shock about jail sentence

"I was so nervous yesterday that I was shaking," Teresa told Cohen. "My nerves were pulling. At one point I couldn't even move my fingers, they were like stuck. I couldn't open my hands. My nerves were shot. I've had sleepless nights. I mean, I was shocked. I mean, it was very unexpected. I don't even know what to say. I really don't know what to say."

Teresa is due to surrender on January 5, 2015, and her husband will complete his sentence once she's released. The reality couple has four daughters, so their staggered sentence will keep one of them at home with the kids. Gia, the couple's oldest, tried to reassure her mother that everything was going to be OK.

"She was being strong for me, I could tell. She was like, 'Mommy, don't worry about it. I'll be there...I'll help daddy with girls...She was like, 'That'll make me a better mom, that will prepare me for when I'm a mom.' I was like, 'Oh my God.' It broke my heart when she said that," Teresa said.

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As for taking care of his four girls without Teresa there, Joe says, "It's gonna be a lot of work, but they're my daughters and I gotta do what I gotta do."

Teresa shares that while hearing what the judge had to say was difficult, "I'm just gonna take it and become a better person," and isn't worried about prison itself. "I'm gonna do fine. I'll just slick my hair back and go about my day," she said. "I just think about my daughters. That's all I think about."

The second part of this interview will air on Bravo Thursday night at 9 p.m.

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