Andy Cohen and Joe Giudice's tense exchange on 'WWHL' divides viewers: Watch!

Andy Cohen's explosive sit-down interview with "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, made for must-watch television on Sunday evening, and it produced more than a few notable reveals about the future of the estranged couple's marriage.

But it was a tense exchange between Andy and Joe towards the end of the interview, which took place with Teresa in the "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" Clubhouse and Joe in Italy via satellite, that got social media talking.

Cohen asked the Giudices if they "regret being on the show," because "there's a possibility without it that you two would be in Jersey together" and potentially never would've gotten thrown in jail for their financial crimes. While Teresa said that she doesn't regret it, Joe said he wished he "never would've done it."

"By the way, it's not to say that you never would've gotten caught if you weren't on the show," Andy corrected Joe.

"It was probably the best thing that ever happened to you, Andy, alright?" Joe shot back. "Andy, the best thing that ever happened to you was that we, you know, started this 'Housewives' thing. I don't think anybody even knew what this 'Housewives' thing was before we started it."

"No, there was 'Orange County' and 'New York' before you," Andy said. "And the best thing that ever happened to me was the birth of my son, but one of the great things in my life is my relationship with the two of you."

"...and the birth of the New Jersey Housewives," Joe laughed.

In fact, before "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiered in 2009, there were three existing franchises: "Orange County," "New York City" and "Atlanta." That being said, many attribute Teresa's infamous table-flipping moment from the first season of "New Jersey" in 2009 as one of the franchise's breakout hits that helped it skyrocket in popularity.

Viewers tended to side with Andy on Twitter following the exchange on "WWHL," with some people calling it "the best reminder that some people never really change" and "the best part of the entire show." Others, however, said that "Joe told the truth": "Joe isn't wrong though, the table flip didn't make Real Housewives but it definitely made it appeal to a lot more people then it initially was."

"The Housewives franchise didn’t really go global until #RHONJ when Teresa flipped the table," someone else said. "Joe and Tre didn’t MAKE the franchise but they definitely took it to another level that it may not have reached without them."

While Teresa Giudice, the only remaining original cast member of the reality show, continues to live in New Jersey, her husband, Joe, recently decided to go back to his native Italy as he awaits a ruling on his appeal to a judge ruling that he be deported after serving three years in prison.

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UNSPECIFIED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice, Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice and Milania Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Milania Giudice, Andy Cohen and Teresa Giudice -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Teresa Giudice (C) , Gia Giudice and Milania Giudice attend Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl at the STYLE360 Fashion Pavilion in Chelsea on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage for STYLE360)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice takes daughter Audriana Giudice for a swim at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice takes daughter Milania Giudice for a swim at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice poses with daughter Audriana Giudice 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) Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice, Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice and Milania Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TOWACO, NJ - JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice and Milania Giudice poses for a Teresa Giudice Family Portrait Session on July 13, 2012 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice , Joe Giudice and Gabriella Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Joe Giudice poses with daughter Audriana Giudice at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Joe Giudice poses with daughter Audriana Giudice at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice take daughter Audriana Giudice for a swim at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Episode 215 'Teresa's Family Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'High Tide, Low Blow' Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice, daughter Audriana Giudice -- (Photo by: Andrei Jackamets/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: (L-R) TV personalities Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita and daughter Ashley Laurita visits Kiss & Fly on March 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Don't Drink the Holy Water' Episode 213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dina Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice (Photo by Andrei Jackamets/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Into the Lion's Den' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Gabrielle Giudice (Photo by Andrei Jackamets/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Into the Lion's Den' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Gabriella Giudice (Photo by Andrei Jackamets/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Babies, Bubbles and Bubbies' Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice (Photo by Andrei Jackamets/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TOWACO, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Teresa Giudice and Gabriella Giudice attend a portrait session at a private residence on September 16, 2011 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Gia Giudice (L) and Alexa Maetta attend Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Teresa Giudice (C) , Gia Giudice and Milania Giudice attend Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl at the STYLE360 Fashion Pavilion in Chelsea on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage for STYLE360)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Gia Giudice (C) of Electric Sass attends the Z100 End Of Summer Concert at Luna Park on August 24, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Teresa Giudice and daughter Gia attend 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' New York Screening at AMC Empire 25 theater on April 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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