Friday, October 9, 2015

NeNe Leakes Talks Leaving "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and Donald Trump
NeNe Leakes was the undisputed star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." But the Bravo TV personality dropped a bombshell in June when she revealed that she was leaving the show. We talked to Leakes about leaving the show, the presidential race and her upcoming projects -- including one with Betty White. We also caught up with Leakes on her involvement in Atlanta's LGBT community: The reality star is hosting the Barefoot Wine Bear Garten Pride Celebration in The Piedmont Room in Atlanta Thursday night.

How is life now that you're not a "Real Housewife"?
I feel like I'm happier. When you work in a lot of negativity, it becomes a part of who you are and I feel like I'm getting back to me, myself and I. It's happy and free. It's been a refreshing time away from the girls. I've done [the show] every season for eight years so I really needed to have a break. I'm not saying I would never ever go back, but it was good to step away. 

That makes it sound like you're thinking about returning. Are you?
No. I'm a part of the Bravo family. I love Bravo, they love me -- I have a great relationship with Andy Cohen. Everybody over there loves me. We all have a good relationship. I started the show and I'd go back whenever I felt like going back. I just don't ever want to say never. 

How did you know that it was time for you to leave?
The whole time I was doing season 7, I was just dying. I was like, "Oh my God. I can't take it anymore." To me, when I really, really was like "This is it" was when I walked into scenes and the girls would just focus on me as if they wanted to argue with me. 

You have said before that you and Donald Trump are very fond of each other. What do you think about his campaign?
Donald and I had a great relationship when I was on "Celebrity Apprentice." He and I talked when I shot my wedding show and he came on and did a scene. I think he's doing amazing and gaining a lot of momentum. I think he's funny as s**t. I never watched a debate before till I watched his. He's funny. He keeps it real. I love all those things about him. That said, I'm not voting for him. I'm not a Republican and I have my eyes set somewhere else. 

Will you say who that is?
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vicki Gunvalson Would Rather Have Gretchen Rossi Return To 'RHOC' Than Meghan Edmonds
Vicki Gunvalson has shared what happened between her and the other housewives on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 10 reunion filming that happened last Thursday. On Sunday, while she was at the Santa Barbara resort with some friends for a few days of detox, Vicki did a Periscope session. As recapped by Reality Tea, during the Periscope session, Vicki revealed her current friendship statuses with Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, and Heather Dubrow. She also talked about her big enemy this past season, Meghan King Edmonds, and admitted that she would rather have Gretchen Rossi return to the show than Meghan.

Vicki pretty much admitted that she and Shannon did not reconcile at the reunion filming. Vicki said that they’re currently not friends. While their friendship wasn’t repaired at the reunion, Vicki sounded optimistic that it will be in the future.
“You’ll see what happens with Shannon and I at the reunion. Right now we are not friends. She believes a lie and I can’t convince her. I’m disappointed in that, but I feel like it will be OK. I think in time she’ll understand.”
The “lie” that Shannon believes that Vicki may have been referring to is the speculation that her ex-boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, with whom she was in a relationship with while filming Season 10, lied and continues to lie about having cancer. It could also be that Vicki knew that Brooks was lying about his cancer but played along with it.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, during an interview a few weeks ago, Shannon said that Vicki is too smart to not know the truth regarding Brooks’ cancer, implying that Vicki knows more than she’s letting on.

On Monday night’s episode, Shannon told the camera that the thought of Vicki possibly lying to her about Brooks having cancer is crushing.
“The possibility that I’m being duped by Vicki is crushing to me. Vicki Gunvalson might not be as good of a friend as I thought she was.”
A preview of next week’s finale episode shows things coming to a head between Vicki and Shannon Beador. Shannon, who defended Vicki earlier in the season but was then told to keep quiet when she herself told Vicki to provide medical proof of Brooks’ cancer to stop the questions, is shown screaming at Vicki. 
“How dare you!” Shannon yells. Shannon tells Vicki that she has dragged her into something that doesn’t make any sense.

While Vicki Gunvalson isn’t friends with Shannon Beador right now, she’s still friends with Tamra Judge. Yet, Vicki added that while she’s still friends with Tamra, they’re not hanging out much right now.
“I don’t spend a lot of time with Tamra and Eddie [Judge].”
As for Heather Dubrow, Vicki was more evasive on where things stand with her. Since Heather’s introduction to the show on the seventh season, Vicki and Heather have mostly gotten along, but haven’t become as close to one another as they have with other cast members.

Vicki was much clearer about where things stand with Meghan King Edmonds. Vicki called Meghan a “messy b**ch” who came on the show with an agenda to tear her down. Vicki’s dislike of Meghan is so strong that she would rather have Gretchen Rossi, with whom she had a lot of drama with during her time on the show, return than Meghan.
“I would rather have Gretchen on show than Meghan. Gretchen has a sweet heart. I didn’t see that with Meghan.”
As the Inquisitr reported on Monday, Meghan believes that she’ll be asked back for another season.

Gretchen, who was on the show from Seasons 4 through 8, was notified of what Vicki said about her during her Periscope session. Gretchen tweeted that what Vicki said was “very kind
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Joe Giudice On Wife Teresa’s Jail Time: ‘I Was To Blame’

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Heather Dubrow is the ‘Only Woman Left’ in the OC with Real Breasts
As the wife of one of the country’s preeminent plastic surgeons, many assume Heather Dubrow has had everything nipped and tucked.

“I’m the only woman left in Orange County who has natural breasts,” the “Real Housewives” star told Page Six. “I haven’t had any plastic surgery.”

Her husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, is famous for correcting cosmetic surgery nightmares every week on “Botched” and sees the plumped-up plastic look fading from fashion.

“It was Angelina Jolie’s lips, that’s out,” he said of patient requests at his Newport Beach, Calif., practice. 

“Now everyone wants Kate Middleton’s nose. She has a very natural nose and it’s imperfect. I love that because it means people are trending towards a more natural look.”

But according to the TV doc, Kim Kardashian’s famous derrière is hotter than ever with female clients.
“Everybody wants a bigger butt — ‘Botched’ Season 3 is the season of butts,” he added.

The upcoming season of E!’s reality drama premieres Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. with all of the terrifying operating room drama viewers have come to know and visits from “the former WWF wrestler Chyna, a Lohan and a Housewife.”

“There’s no upside to working on celebrities,” admitted Heather. “If it goes great, they tell no one. If there’s a problem, they tell everyone.”
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Kim Zolciak Returning To 'Dancing with the Stars' For Final Dance
Kim Zolciak hasn't danced her final dance on "Dancing with the Stars."

We're told the folks at 'DWTS' want Kim back for the season finale next month. The plan is to have her dance in several dances on the final show and all she needs is a green light from her doctor.

We're told Kim's on board, despite being kicked off the show after suffering a mini-stroke that unearthed a heart condition. She's not back to 100%, but she already made it out of the house Sunday to watch husband Kroy play in the Falcons game.

Zolciak was at the bottom of the barrel on the show before her medical emergency. At least one person's rooting for her.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Taylor Armstrong Talks Returning to RHOBH, Teaching Her Daughter About Domestic Abuse
Is Taylor Armstrong ready to stage a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comeback?

She might just be – Armstrong, who recently moved back to Los Angeles from Colorado, is teasing a potential return to the Bravo show.

"I'm around. Let's just say that," Armstrong, 44, told PEOPLE of RHOBH's next season at the Rape Foundation Annual Brunch in Los Angeles on Sunday.

At the event, Armstrong spoke of her personal experience with domestic violence: She has said her late, estranged husband Russell, who committed suicide in 2011, verbally and physically abused her. Armstrong says she doesn't want to "terrify" her 9-year-old daughter Kennedy but still educates her about assault. 

"Because she was a child of domestic abuse, it's very common. I had domestic abuse in my household as a child, as did my abuser, and that's very typical that you would either become an abuser or a victim," Armstrong explained. "And so therefore, what we try to do is just instill an incredible amount of self-esteem in her, so that when someone tries to violate her in any way, she knows how to stand up for herself and can do everything she can to protect herself."

"I mean, clearly, there are violent rapists. That's a whole different situation," she continued. "But if you're in a relationship where someone is taking advantage of you sexually, and young people who get into relationships at an early age, they end up doing things sexually that perhaps they're not ready for, we want her self-esteem to be so high, and her self-confidence, that she can say no. And that she can keep someone from taking advantage of her in that way."

As for RHOBH, Armstrong said she had actually just come from an event with the rest of the ladies: "It's been a big day already. We were just at the Stop Yulin Forever event at MacArthur Park for Lisa Vanderpump and all the Housewives were there, and [Vanderpump's husband] Ken Todd."

"They're my friends, so I'm just around naturally," Armstrong said of hanging out with the group. "Whenever I'm in town, I hang with them anyway. So cameras up, cameras down, one way or another." 
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Vicki Gunvalson Goes on "Detox Retreat" Amid Brooks Ayers' Cancer Drama
It looks like Vicki Gunvalson has had enough Real Housewives drama—she's going on a detox.

The 53-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County long-time cast member booked a luxurious weekend getaway to Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif. With three friends in tow, including designer Marisa Kenson, Gunvalson basked in the detox destination while dressed in a little black dress. 

"The start of our detox retreat at @bacararesortsb with @skyranchfitness and @clubdetox_oc. Yoga, meditation, hiking, massage and healthy eating is what's in store for me this weekend," Gunvalson captioned the photo posted to her Instagram account. Thankfully, she continued to document the entire weekend of wellness. 

The insurance mogul continued to publicize her newfound lifestyle the following morning with a quick snap of a bowl of berries and bottle of green tea. 

"I love detoxing and spending this weekend with people that inspire me and believe in me," Gunvalson wrote. 
"Thank you ladies for allowing me a stress free day. #clubdetoxoc #juicing #cleansingyourmindandbody."

First comes juicing, then comes the spa. Gunvalson got cozy in a robe as she took selfies with her gal pal. 
"Better picture in our new robes. Thank you Sandra. @bacararesortsb spa"

Gunvalson's caption appears to be a subtle dig at some of her RHOC cast mates, particularly Meghan King Edmonds, who have been less than supportive of her in the midst of her ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers' cancer battle.

Ayers has said he is currently suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma—a claim Edmonds has questioned repeatedly on the show, igniting further drama between her and Gunvalson and driving a rift between the housewives. Ayers has threatened legal action in response to the constant prying. 

"Meghan has scoffed that, 'Oh my God, Brooks is threatening to sue me.' I have significant grounds if she doesn't change her ways. This is defamation," he told Us Weekly
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Gay Internet Star Alleges Affair With Porsha Williams' Ex-Husband Kordell Stewart
For years, rumors have swirled that former pro football player Kordell Stewart was secretly gay, and hiding behind his marriage to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams, and now, his alleged gay lover is speaking out, providing details of his affair with the star!

Stewart’s alleged lover is none other than Andrew Caldwell, who rose to international fame with a viral video in which he declared that he had been “delivered” from his homosexuality. “I don’t like mens no more,” Caldwell declared to a church congregation. “I like women women women!” Caldwell has since admitted that he’s still gay — and now he’s saying that he had an affair with Stewart while he was married to Porsha!

“I dated Kordell,” he said in an interview with The ShakeUP Morning Show. While he claimed that sleeping with Stewart was only a one-time occurrence, he was able to parlay the affair into quite the lucrative arrangement. “I had everything that Portia got… I had bags, purses, cars. I’m in a Jaguar right now. Honey, did you see that Jaguar over there?”

Caldwell explained how he came to meet the former NFL star. “We was at a bar. We was at a restaurant and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Kordell.’ “And they was like, ‘Yeah, he’s a football player.’ I was like, ‘Mmm… I like football players… I dated other football players too, I dated some of the Rams.”

Caldwell also admitted that he knew Kordell was married to Williams when he slept with him. “I think she is a gold digger,” he said of the RHOA star. “Girl, you know your husband was gay.”

As Radar has reported, Williams has made gay innuendo at Stewart in the past, suggesting that she had served as her husband’s beard during their marriage.
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Kim Fields Talks About 'RHOA' Experience
Bravo officially announced that award-winning actor and director Kim Fields has made the foray into the reality world by becoming a cast member of Bravo's #1 rated Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fields will be joining the cast of: Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams. Noticeably missing from the lineup is Nene Leakes who announced that she would not be coming back to the reality show that turned her into a celebrity. 

Fields is most recognized as roller-skating Tootie from the 1970's mega-hit show, Facts of Life and as the super, sassy Regine Hunter from the 1990's hit Living Single. Fields has been in front of the camera since she was 7 years old and continues to hone her craft as an actor. Her most recent acting credits are a Hallmark TV movie, For Better or for Worse, and motion picture, What to Expect when you are Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz. She has also been very busy behind the scenes as a sought after director and producer. She has directed successful televisions shows on TBS, BET and TVOne. Fields said, "I'm an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, mom and wife."

It's because of Field's celebrated history as a "legit" actor and director that many have questioned her choice to join a sometimes tasteless, oftentimes embarrassing, generally degrading and always controversial reality show like the The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fields said, "When there were rumors about me joining the The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast I was intrigued by how much chatter there was. I was humbled by how many fans were protective of me. Not the brand, but of me." 

In this exclusive interview, a very candid and humorous Kim Fields opens up about her entertainment career, her decision to join The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Atlanta drama, and her family. 

Tanya: Over the past few years you have taken on more directing jobs than acting. Are you still passionate about acting?
Acting is my first love. There are still so many characters inside of me that are waiting to come out. 

You starred in Facts of Life for nine years and Living Single for six years. Do you stay connected with your cast mates?
Oh yes. Those are large chapters in our lives and reaching milestones and your co-stars are there to experience all of this with you. They become your family. I stay connected with everyone. When former cast mates, from both shows, come to Atlanta they come and hangout. Lisa Whelchel and I were working on a movie together for Hallmark and our kids played together. That was really cool. Erika Alexander swears that we named our son, Sebastian Alexander, after her because we were such good friends. So we let her continue to think that (laughing). I also stay connected with everyone through social media, Facetime and Skype. 

You made guest starring appearances on many shows including a very memorable episode on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air where Will Smith tried to get you into bed. What was it like working with him?
Working with Will Smith was one of the highlights of my career. He is so talented and has a tremendous work ethic. We are still friends and I reach out to him and his partner to pitch ideas. He loves my mother. In fact, my mother was his son Jaden's acting coach for the movie Pursuit of Happiness. 

Viola Davis gave a stirring acceptance speech during the recent Emmy awards. She spoke about the struggle women of color have in securing acting roles in Hollywood. Do you agree with Viola's statements?
There is a history in the shortage of opportunities for women of color and people of color verses our non-persons of color counter parts. I don't feel that I was often compartmentalized as an African- American actor, yet I am fully aware of the plight that actors, directors and producers of color face in our industry. I choose to focus on being proactive in creating opportunities for myself and others while acknowledging that we are not playing on a level playing field. The web, other digital outlets and technology have increased the opportunities for actors tremendously. 

You are married and have two children. How do you balance your career and family?

Yes, my husband's name is Christopher Morgan and we met in Atlanta. My two children are Sebastian and Quincy. I am 46 with a two year old and an eight year old. You'd think I would be a size two running after my kids like a do. There is no nanny. We have the occasional sitter. If my work causes me to be gone more than 2 days, the kids come with me. My husband and I are involved in school activities. Again this year, I am the Chair of the Black History Month events. The kids have lots of extracurricular activities too. We are 1000 percent hands on. We just make it work. 

How does your husband deal with your celebrity?
I have an amazing husband who is a strong man of God. He is very dedicated to me and our family. We have been married for eight years and together for 10 years. It's not being easy being married to someone who has been in the public eye for over 35 years, but he has become very comfortable with it. 

Is it more difficult to maintain privacy as a celebrity in light of the Internet?
The Internet is my scrapbook. The Internet can be a wonderful tool. But sometimes it's food and sometimes it's poison. It causes us to live a transparent life even though I am a private person. There is no hiding place although I have nothing to hide. You don't even have to be a celebrity for everyone to know your business. 

What made you decide to sign on to The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
I've been asked for years to do a reality show. One of my criteria is that I would be given the opportunity to show a strong family unit. When they came to me to do the show, they said, "We love you. We love your light and we love your opinions and you can give them in your way." So far they have been great in letting me be me. 

In order to be a part of the Housewives of Atlanta cast, the ladies live in the Atlanta area. What brought you to Atlanta from California?
There has been a tremendous growth in the entertainment industry throughout Atlanta. There are many opportunities in film, television and theatre. I was offered an opportunity to direct Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. It was a time when I was thinking about leaving California anyway so it was a great fit. 
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shannon Beador Describes Explosive Confrontation With Hubby David’s Mistress: ‘That Was A Knife In My Heart’
Shannon Beador is finally talking about the big elephant in the room: husband David’s former mistress.

The Real Housewives of Orange County stars sat down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live to discuss the affair that rocked their marriage to the core.

“I have actually spoken to her because she called me once,” Shannon told Andy. “But I’ve never sought her out.”

Then, trying not to break down in tears, she added: “In that conversation I wanted to say certain things but I didn’t. I said, ‘I want my family back.’ Her response was, ‘He’s obsessed with me! He wants to marry me! I don’t even know the guy,’ and it was not, it wasn’t a kind conversation.”

“I don’t think people understand the level of hurt,” Shannon continued.

“One day David handed [our daughter] Stella his wedding ring and said, ‘Give this to your mother, I don’t want it anymore,’ and that was a knife in my heart,” she confessed.

“I thought we’re never going to get back together and I had to do some of the interview commentary for the show and I wore his wedding ring because there wasn’t any way I was going to give up.”

As Radar previously reported, the couple were able to work through their issues with couples’ counseling — as seen on RHOC — though Shannon admits the affair “shattered their children .” 
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Yolanda Foster Chops Off All of Her Hair
Yolanda Foster is saying snip-snip to her blond locks!

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star shared a photo on Instagram tonight revealing that famed hairstylist to the stars Chris McMillian was on the verge of cutting off all her hair.

Playfully posing with her tresses as faux mustaches, Foster shared a picture of the duo in the salon with the caption, "Done with the old, embracing the new............... #1964Original #WorkingMyWayBack @mrchrismcmillan."

Working her way back to what, you ask? Well since her hashtag is saying 1964, we can only guess Yolanda is taking it back to her birth! Yep, the reality star was born in 1964 so we're guessing she's going real short.

We can only guess that the new 'do is part of the beauty's decision to go au natural. 

One week after the Bravo star revealed that doctors discovered a ruptured 20-year-old silicone implant and said she "may have hit the jackpot" amid her ongoing battle with chronic Lyme disease, the 51-year-old reality star took to Instagram to announce she's going "toxic free." 

And for Foster, that means cutting out a number of beauty treatments from her regular routine. 

"Homeward bound, grateful and down to the bare bone of the original 1964 model......#NoMoreImplants #NoMoreBotox #NoMoreExtensions #NoMoreHighlights #NoMoreNailPolish #ToxicFree," she wrote alongside a photo of herself resting comfortably in a robe on an airplane. "Forced to honor my authentic self and respectfully own it!!! #MyHealthJourney #SearchingForaCure"
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Jill Zarin Hospitalized After Multi-Car Accident in NYC
Close call! Real Housewives of New York alum Jill Zarin was briefly hospitalized after being involved in a car crash in New York City on Friday, Oct. 2.

“Jill Zarin was rushed by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated for unknown injuries and later released,” a rep for the reality personality tells Us in a statement. “Zarin is currently at home recuperating and no additional details are available at this time.”

Zarin, 51, was on her way to promote her sci-fi film, Night of the Wild, when the car she and her publicist were riding became involved in a three-car pile-up on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive. 

The reality star’s sister, Lisa Wexler, confirmed the news in a tweet.

“My beautiful sis @Jillzarin TODAY at 5:30, thk G-d OK after car crash on FDR,” the talk radio host wrote.

Earlier in the day, Zarin tweeted about her film, which premieres on the Syfy channel on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. EST.

“Just one more day until my movie NIGHT OF THE WILD PREMIERES!” she wrote. “I’ll be tweeting LIVE!”