07/15/2013 06:07 am ET Updated Jul 15, 2013

Joe Giudice Says 'Autism Isn't Really A Bad Disease' On 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' (VIDEO)

Joe Giudice put his foot in his mouth again on the latest installment of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." He was discussing Nicholas, the son of castmembers Jacqueline and Chris, who has autism. He said that both Jacqueline and Chris use Nicholas as an "excuse."

“A lot of people have autism. I mean, autism isn’t really a bad disease -- some of them are like, scientists," Joe said. Teresa shut her husband up, and tried to defend him in a confessional later.

“I know my husband, and he doesn’t have one mean bone in his body, he just knows I’m really hurt by what Jacqueline did to me," she said.

Nicholas has lost much of his ability to speak as a result of his autism. Jacqueline and Chris have both spoken passionately on camera about their difficulties in coping with it.

The Stir was very harsh with Joe, calling him "loathsome" for his comments. The Hollywood Gossip believes that his words come from a place of ignorance, but that doesn't make it okay. They wrote, "Some say ignorance is bliss. I say it's frightening.”

HuffingPost TV recapper Sydney Levin wrote that neither of the Giudices came out of the moment looking great. They wrote, "Brendan Fraser owes them his career -- they were the people on which ‘Encino Man’ was based, right?”

Catch new episodes of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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