"I was to blame. I took full responsibility for everything, but they still put her away," he said. "I mean, I was supposed to go away, not her. And that was part of the plea. What I thought, anyway. I don't know what happened in the courtroom that day."
The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars were charged with bankruptcy and mail fraud last year. Teresa is currently serving 15 months at Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut and is expected to return home around Christmas. At that time, Joe will begin his 41-month prison sentence.
In the interview, Joe admitted that he's "guilty."
"I felt like somebody just snapped my neck that day," he said of the day he learned the mother of his children was going to prison. "I felt a pain and chill going down my spine. I couldn't believe it."
He added: "I'm not saying I didn't do anything wrong or illegal, but there was definitely people behind [the scenes] talkin' to [law enforcement officials] and telling 'em we did this and telling 'em we did that to bring it to their attention. And, you know, being in the public eye didn't help."
For Joe, being in the public eye wasn't something he wanted. He said he didn't want to do the reality show in the first place. His public persona got him in hot water earlier this year after pictures surfaced of him with another woman.
"I don't date anybody. I don't go on dates and none of that is true. That person just happened to be out one night with a friend of mine that knew her and they came and sat at the table. Somehow pictures were taken," Joe claimed. "Listen, anybody does anything for money. So, if they feel they can make a couple bucks [selling a story], they're going to make it. They're going to say whatever they want to say."
- Jan. 16, 2018 Is January Jones dating Nick Viall? Plus, more news