Kathy Wakile of the Real Housewives of New Jersey has spent a lot of time defending her mouthy husband, Rich Wakile, this year, but we're starting to realize that maybe he is just a big old softie. After all, most of the time, he's just trying to protect his wife.

When Kathy stopped by the Bravo clubhouse to appear on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live, one caller wanted to know why Rich is so mean on Twitter. Here's what Kathy had to say:

"If you're gonna put out an insult to one of his family members, mainly me or my children, you're gonna get something back. You throw a punch, you better put your hands up, cause you're gonna get it back," Kathy explained.

She went on to claim that Rich actually enjoys the Twitter banter. "He loves it. Bring it on!" she shouted on his behalf. Hey, whatever gets you through the night, Richie.

Kathy’s always been supportive of her eccentric hubby, but he certainly did get on her nerves in last week’s episode. All’s fair in love and cannolis!

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