Wendy Williams Encourages Teresa Giudice to Leave Joe: 'I Wouldn't Want Him Home'

Jodi Guglielmi

Wendy Williams understands the importance of looking out for yourself.

While discussing Joe Giudice‘s looming deportation to Italy on Friday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the talk show host urged Teresa Giudice to start her life without Joe.

“If I were Teresa, I wouldn’t even want him home at this point,” she said, adding that she hopes Teresa remains on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. “I would not have him living in my house.”

And when it comes to the couple’s four daughters, Williams said they’re probably better off if their parents are happy.

“I am all about a family staying together,” she said. “But families don’t stay together because of the kids. In fact, sometimes it’s worse for the kids.”

Wendy Williams and Teresa Giudice | Michael Loccisano/Getty; Jamie McCarthy/Getty

It was revealed on Thursday that Joe is now one step closer to deportation as his appeal against the decision to deport him was denied.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal,” James J. Leonard Jr., the Giudice family attorney, told PEOPLE in a statement. “We have filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows, and reunite him with his wife and four daughters.”

Williams’ comments on the subject come at a rough time for the star. She is currently dealing with a family separation of her own after filing for divorce from husband Kevin Hunter earlier this month.

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Her personal rep issued a statement to PEOPLE, saying, “Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together. No additional comment will be provided at this time.”

Williams has continued to host her hit daytime talk show through the divorce, even making light of her new single status on Friday’s episode by referring to herself as a “single woman.”

“Just a breakdown of observing him as a single woman,” she said while discussing Jason Momoa’s freshly shaven face.

The divorce comes after Hunter allegedly fathered a child with his longtime mistress.

On Tuesday, Hunter broke his silence on the split in a statement to PEOPLE, admitting he was “not proud of my recent actions” and apologizing “to my wife, my family and her amazing fans.”

“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said. “No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”

Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter | Johnny Nunez/WireImage

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A source who has spent time with Williams since the breakup told PEOPLE that the daytime host believes Hunter’s alleged affair has been going on for more than a decade.

“Wendy is telling people she had no idea he had been having an affair, but when she found out the details, it turned out he had been seeing the woman he had a baby with for 15-16 years,” the source said. “That made her realize it was time to move forward with her life. Seek treatment and move on. She’s not taking him back.”

On Thursday, Hunter was removed from his position as an executive producer on The Wendy Williams Show. Hunter had held an executive producer title for the show since it debuted in 2008 and the two also share a production company, Wendy Williams Productions.

“Kevin Hunter is no longer an Executive Producer on the Wendy Williams Show. Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors,” said the show’s spokesperson.