'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice says 'horrible' prison was like 'living in hell' (Video)

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"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice said prison was like "living in Hell" in her first interview since being released in December.

"I mean, there was mold in the bathrooms," the reality star said of Connecticut's Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in an ABC News interview that aired on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. "There was not running water constantly. The showers were freezing cold ... I mean, the living conditions were really horrible. Like, horrible."

Giudice said her cell was nicknamed "the boom-boom room," because her cellmates would constantly have sex in there.

"When I first got there I bought headphones the next day ... So thank God for commissary," she said. "But I just went underneath the blanket. And we had a fan in our room. Like, this huge fan. And they would put that on every single night, so you can't hear anything."

Giudice revealed that she spent her days doing yoga, and working in the kitchen wiping tables three days a week, for which she earned 12 cents an hour.

"My first paycheck was $1.60," she said.

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NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 11159 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, center, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, right, of Montville Township, N.J., walk toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse before a court appearance, in Newark, N.J. Joe Giudice is set to appear in Passaic County court on state false identification charges. He is accused of using his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended for driving while intoxicated in 2010. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Teresa Giudice (R) and her husband Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice leave Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (R) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive to Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after a court appearance, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud. Authorities allege the couple prepared a mortgage loan application stating that Teresa Giudice worked as a real estate agent and made $15,000 a month. In reality, authorities say she was not employed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
FILE - This Sept. 13, 2009 file photo originally released by Oral-B Pulsonic shows "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars, Teresa Giudice, left, and her husband Joe Giudice at the Caravan Fashion Show sponsored by Oral-B Pulsonic in New York. Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice were charged in a 39-count indictment handed up Monday, July 29, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The two are accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo. Prosecutors say they made false claims about their employment status and salaries. (AP Photo/Oral-B Pulsonic, Gary He)
FREEHOLD, NJ - DECEMBER 26: Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at iPlay America on December 26, 2014 in Freehold, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - JULY 13: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attends the 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season Six Premiere Party on July 13, 2014 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
PLAINFIELD, NJ - MARCH 01: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the Fabellini Bottle Signing and Tasting at Costco on March 1, 2014 in Plainfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice host Absolutely Fabulous held at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Pangaea Lounge on August 10, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage for Pangaea Lounge)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 21: Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice greets fans and signs copies of 'Fabulicious On The Grill' at Books and Books at Museum of Art on June 21, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - JUNE 20: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice signs copies of her book 'Fabulicious on the Grill' at Books and Books on June 20, 2013 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Posche Fashion show at The Bottagra on December 3, 2012 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TOWACO, NJ - JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at a Teresa Giudice Family Portrait Session on July 13, 2012 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 14: Television personalities Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Experience Italy Benefit For Harboring Hearts at Ferrari Maserati Of Long Island on January 14, 2012 in Plainview, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images)
VERONA, NJ - JULY 27: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice promote 'Fabulicious' at DiPaolo Bakery on July 27, 2011 in Verona, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the book signing for Teresa Giudice's new cookbook Fabulicious!:Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook at Books and Books on May 21, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/WireImage)
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The east coast-dwelling reality star served nearly all of the 15 months to which she was sentenced in October 2014, after she and husband Joe pleaded guilty to 41 cases of bank, mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Although released from prison in December, she stayed under house arrest till last Friday and was also required to pay $414,000 in restitution, ABC News reported.

Although she was forced to be away from her kids during her time in prison, and will not see her husband for 41 months when he begins his sentence in March for hiding assets, submitting fake loan applications and failing to pay taxes, she told "GMA" that she never blamed him for anything.

"There was legal people around us also when I signed those papers and something that happened and I'm not going to look back," she said.

Giudice claimed that she never even knew she was doing something illegal.

"There was no intent to commit a crime. I didn't know I was committing a crime ...," she said. "I got sentenced. I got served time. I did what I had to do and now I'm moving past it."

Giudice has been one of the incendiary favorites from the Bravo unscripted series since its debut in 2009. She's authored three cookbooks, has a hand in haircare, and ready-to-drink cocktail lines. She also appeared on Season 5 of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

She will also return for the seventh season of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," Andy Cohen confirmed on his SiriusXM show, "Radio Andy," on Monday.

"We were shooting when Teresa left Danbury, when she got home, we've been shooting for the last few months," he said.

Bravo also confirmed the news, saying she will return later this year.

The "Good Morning America" interview aired on Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET.

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