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‘RHOBH’ Fans React To ‘The Housewife & The Hustler’ Premiere

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On Monday, June 14, RHOBH fans tuned into the premiere of The Housewife and the Hustler on Hulu. The documentary tells the lives of Erika Jayne and her attorney husband Tom Girardi. Tom’s alleged victims speak out, as well as Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub. The documentary accuses the couple of stealing missions from Tom’s clients.

Fans could not wait for this show to drop on Hulu. They find that the timing of the events is interesting considering Season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is airing. Erika promises to share her side of the story this upcoming season. For now, this documentary gives juicy details about the couple’s lavish lifestyle.

The Housewife & the Hustler debuts on Hulu

The highly-anticipated ABC News’ Original special for Hulu, titled The Housewife and the Hustler talk about the current legal issues involving RHOBH star Erika Jayne and her estranged husband, one-time hot-shot attorney Tom Girardi. The show made its debut on Monday, June 14 on Hulu. The documentary runs for over an hour and talks about Tom’s past financial misdeeds.

It doesn’t stop there. It also addressed Erika Jayne’s lavish lifestyle, including her over-the-top persona. She has a rags-to-riches story about going from a dancer at a New Jersey strip club to marrying the multimillionaire lawyer from Los Angeles. Tom’s questionable legal practices have been rumored for ages, yet the bar never stepped in.

Now, Erika is putting her life at risk by appearing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which just premiered its 11th season. NBCUniversal, as well as Erika and Tom, have not responded to a request for comment. The Housewife and the Hustler includes a guest appearance by Danielle Staub, a former RHONJ cast member. Her appearance had many scratching their heads and arguing that it cheapened the authenticity of the documentary.

At first, the documentary seems to be focused on Erika and her rising fame. Then it gets interesting when ABC News’ Steven Baker interviews some of the people who allege that Tom has stolen settlement money from. There’s also an investigative look into the ongoing allegations against Tom Girardi and his Girardi Keese law firm, which was forced into bankruptcy in January. Tom declares he’s broke, while Erika still has plenty of money of her own.

RHOBH fans react

It didn’t take long for RHOBH fans to react to this documentary. They’ve been waiting for this moment for a while. They took to various forms of social media to sound off on the program. Others had virtual watch parties in which they would gather together and watch the show at the same time while sharing their thoughts on a public platform.

Most feel that The Housewife and the Hustler doesn’t show Erika in a good light. They feel that she’s just as guilty as Tom. Others think he’s just to blame. Here are just some of the comments from Twitter:

  • Wow! 💎🤯 @hulu @erikajayne #TheHousewifeandtheHustler
  • “Just watched #TheHousewifeandtheHustler and Tom Girardi is one sick man.”
  • “Get past Danielle Staub and watch this all the way through. The victims and families deserve to be heard.”
  • “This documentary is so humanizing to Tom’s victims and Tom was actually so terrible. LIke didn’t need to be this terrible. Had to go way out of his way to be this abusive to his clients.”
  • This documentary is bewildering, shocking, eye-opening. I’m sort of recalling every word she has said on #RHOBH and it’s all making sense. Danielle being on it? Teresa, LuAnn, and Jen’s legal woes being brought up… Mess

Some praised the show for exposing Erika and Tom. One fan wondered how they got away with this for so long. Another fan said that the documentary was “sleazy crappolla, poorly and heartlessly edited and a waste of my brain.” It’s unclear whether that particular fan sides with Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi.

Did you watch The Housewife and the Hustler? If so, what are your thoughts? Sound off below in the comments.

Chanel Adams

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1 Comment

  1. When it comes to the Ruigomez family and Tom Girardi, there is no “alledged” here. When it comes to others who have not yet had their case(s) heard before a judge, yes, in those cases the charges are technically “alledged.” However, in the Ruigomez case (as was explained in the Hulu documentary, and by others reporting on the case (like Emily D. Baker)), there is no “alleged,” as Tom *was* in fact found guilty (in a court of law) of doing to them (embezzling client settlement money) what he is alleged to have done to many, many others, for decades! He was found so guilty in fact (in the Ruigomez case) that a judgment has been put on his Pasadena property (and all other property he owns) to recoup the funds he stole from that family.

    I understand reporters need to cover their bum when reporting on cases that *are* before the court, however, in the Ruigomez case a verdict has already been rendered, so there is no “alledged” here, anymore. Which is a point that seems to be missed by several reporters covering this documentary and what is unfolding before us, when it comes to Tom and Erica, and Tom’s former clients.

    When you report what is going on with Tom Girardi (and others) please make sure you are using “alledged” correctly. Using “alleged” incorrectly invalidates the victims’ pain and suffering, and actually helps contribute to it.

    Additionally, even if all of Erica’s current possessions were/are a result of gifts from her husband, and items she purchased herself with her own money from her book sales, music, and TV show appearances (etc), her current behavior of not doing a single thing to help her husbands victims (yes there *are* actual victims here) and his many other alleged victims (and yes, there are a lot of alledged victims here too) is *not* a good look on her.

    To me and many, many others, the way it looks now (rightly or wrongly) is like she is parading around wearing other people’s wealth. That, huge jaguar ring she bragged about, very much now looks like she is wearing a victim’s settlement check on her finger. Her closet full of expensive items looks like a closet full of other people’s money (again, rightly or wrongly, that is the way it now looks). And it is stuff like this, that has transformed a show (RHOBH) I’ve been watching since season 1, into something that now feels icky and gross.

    I was once a huge fan of Erika Jane myself, as well (I loved her persona and several of her songs). However, now, because of her (what very much appears to be) cold-hearted, tone-deaf, greedy, and selfish behavior (up to this point, at least) I can no longer support her either; because even if everything in her possession was purchased with her own money, how can she not want to help the people her husband harmed?!?! I know if I were in her shoes, the first thing I’d do when all of this came to light, would be to go to Southby’s and sell that Jaguar ring and give 100% to the victim fund I’d set up to help pay back the people my husband (whom I’m divorcing) stole from. I’d do that because I’d want to do everything I can to help orphans, widows, burn victims, etc. …but I guess that is the difference… I actually have a heart and care about other people, where it very much appears Ericka Jane and Tom Giardi do not.

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