Saturday, December 20, 2014

Phaedra Parks: 'I Would Love' for the Kids to Visit Apollo in Jail for Christmas
One place Phaedra Parks is planning to visit this holiday season? Prison.

When TMZ cameras asked the Real Housewives of Atlanta star if she was planning to let sons Ayden, 5, and Dylan 19 months, visit her estranged husband Apollo Nida in jail over the holidays, Parks made it clear there's no more bad blood between the two.

"I would love to," she said. "I have sent him a Christmas card and everything. I speak to him all the time."

While the former couple seems to be on amicable terms now, tensions flared between the two when Nida landed in hot water with law and was sentenced to serve eight years in jail for fraud back in July.

"Life is extremely difficult right now," said Parks, after skipping out on Nida's sentencing. "Apollo's actions are the ultimate betrayal … I thought he was a changed man."

After months of speculation, the Bravo star officially announced her split from her former husband in October.

"Phaedra has retained an attorney with the intent of amicably ending her marriage," her rep, Steve Honig, told PEOPLE.

And despite having initial doubts about bringing her children to visit Nida behind bars, the mom of two has changed her tune for now. As she previously said, "If taking them to a prison is going to traumatize them, I'm not going to do it." 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Amber Marchese Talks 1st Season As A 'Real Housewife', Launches New Business Venture
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is chock-full of cattiness and diva antics. Amber Marchese was a new addition to the cast last season, and was thrust into the ring of fire. After one season on the highly volatile show, the reality TV novice is ready for another season of battle, should it present itself.

FOX411: Why did you decide to join the cast knowing you would have to deal with all of that drama? Amber Marchese: First of all, if a challenge is presented I will never, ever say no to a challenge and it was that exact challenge. I knew it was going to be a fun ride, and it was going to be a wild ride. I don’t think it set in that it was so drama-filled and so difficult to go through, I really blocked that part out of it and had really a tunnel-vision of this is really the coolest thing in the world, and it really is. You know, it was too easy for me. It’s not like I tried hard. The opportunity landed in my lap. I follow signs in life, and I felt like this was a really good sign.

FOX411: Your co-star and long-time “Real Housewife” veteran Teresa Guidice is about to start her jail sentence. Have you been in touch with her? Marchese: I saw her at the reunion, and I do talk to her via text once in a while. I really reach out just to say “hey, how are you?” Just thinking of you. Hoping you’re ok and everyone is doing alright.” She’s doing what any mother would be doing. She’s basically shutting the world out, and concentrating on her children. I commend her for that. I mean what else are you going to do? She’s doing what needs to be done.

FOX411: Your husband Jim has been vilified on the show. Do you regret him being a part of it? Has it hurt his career or your marriage? Marchese: No, it hasn’t hurt his business whatsoever. Actually his business is doing very well.  Thank God.  As far as his involvement, he did not want to be involved. He set out to just be the husband and the supporting and loving father. It did not work out that way. He started to be a part of it, and he was like I can’t be half pregnant, so now I’m involved. Then he saw how everyone was really coming at me, and he could just not seat by idle without helping me, and he really did come to my defense and stand by my side. My husband was my alliance.

FOX411: Will you be on next season? Marchese: A lot of rumors. A lot of talk but nothing is set in stone. Nothing. Even on my end, I haven’t heard anything.  They’re not keeping me in the loop I think by design but once I get that phone call if they want me back, we’ll deal with it then but until then I kind of live my life.  I’m happy.

FOX411: You’re a breast cancer survivor, and now you have a new fitness line. Can you tell us a bit about that? Marchese: I had a fitness line called Vici Fitness, which means to conquer and whatever you’re conquering; having a baby, breast cancer, any kind of disease you can conquer it and get on to fitness, but then I found this other group called Revolutionize, and they share the same philosophies of working out as I do, so we combined our businesses together and now I have this consulting firm. It’s a nutrition and personal 
one-on-one training. It can do Skype. It can do phone calls. It can do anything.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sonja Morgan Fights Ex-Husband’s Claim That She Owes Him $6.2 Million
Real Housewives of New York vixen Sonja Morgan has headed to court demanding a New York judge throw out her ex-husband John Morgan’s lawsuit, which alleges she owns him a whopping $6.2 million dollars.

According to legal documents obtained exclusively by, Sonja explains that during proceedings in her bankruptcy case — the result of a bad investment in a movie venture — her 83-year-old ex filed claims for $3.5 million for his share of their Colorado property, $1 million he said he spent maintaining that property and an additional $1,778,000 he believed he was owed from their French estate.

Sonja points out that the final order in their divorce specifically states that she is only to pay half of the mortgage debt on their Colorado home and owes her ex-husband nothing relating to that property. She also states that a judge awarded her 99.9% interest in their French estate after it was determined John gifted her the property during their marriage.

The RHONY star also charges that John rented out their French estate for years and never paid her a dime of the money he collected. Furthermore, as part of their divorce, which was finalized in 2008, she claims she never received the $3 million dollars owed her in a lump sum and that the amount has now ballooned to $4 million because of accruing interest.

Sonja is now demanding all of her banking heir ex’s claims be dismissed.

A federal court hearing has been scheduled for next month to determine if the reality star must pay up.
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Tamra Barney Says She Was a "Sad, Sad Person" on Latest Season of RHOC
Looks like someone has a redemption arc coming up! Tamra Barney, who was the main instigator for a lot of the drama on last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, is trying to make amends. The soon-to-be grandmother explained to Perez Hilton, “Last season should have never happened.” Harsh! (But, you know, a little fair.)

Last season, of course, Tamra had been dealing with some major legal drama courtesy of her ex-husband, Simon Barney. “You know what, I was going through a lot, personally, with my ex,” Tamra shared. “I really came in a very sad, sad person.”

Tamra naturally couldn’t resist throwing a teeny bit of well-deserved shade: “It was very unfortunate that none of my cast members took me aside — other than Heather [Dubrow] — and said, ‘I know what you’re going through. I’m sorry.’ And Heather’s been my rock. She’s been my girl… I found out who my friends were.”

On the bright side, Tamra feels very optimistic about the future. “I always believe that everything happens for a reason,” she said, “and I’ve had so much good come out of it, and I’m just in such a good place in my life.”
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kenya Moore Slams Kandi Burruss For Not Changing Her Name After Wedding
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore is known for saying just about anything when she wants to, and this has gotten her into trouble with her co-stars. However, Moore is a strong woman, and she can handle just about anything. As last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta was airing, Kenya thought it was interesting that Kandi Burruss hadn’t changed her last name to Tucker, even though she had gotten married.

Kenya Moore decided to ask her followers whether it was time for Kandi to make the big leap and legally change her name. But rather than talk to Kandi about it first, she decided to put it on Twitter for everyone to see. And this, of course, caught Burruss’ attention.

According to a new tweet, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore wanted people’s opinions about Kandi’s lack of action when it came to the name change.

“Who thinks Kandi should change her last name? #rhoa,” Moore asked, which had Kandi replying, “I’m going to change it mam…… Did you have to take a poll? Lol!”

It sounds like Burruss hasn’t had the time to change her last name just yet. But the new family has had to deal with some big things lately. Todd Tucker’s mother, Sharon, passed away recently, as she had a sudden stroke. Sharon was on last night’s episode of the show, which made it a weird thing to relive.
“It’s so weird watching this episode knowing that #MamaSharon isn’t here anymore. I truly miss her! On tonight’s episode you’ll see her let me have it about the things that were said about her, but what you won’t see is how two seconds later she was ready to go have fun. The cool part about Sharon was that she would speak her mind & put you in your place if she needed to but as soon as she got it off her chest she was giving you hugs & wanting to have fun together. #RIPSharon,” Kandi revealed on Instagram.

But Kandi’s last name isn’t all Kenya Moore is talking about. Moore has been trying to clear her name, and she really wants an apology from Phaedra Parks, as her husband decided to spread lies about her. But Kenya isn’t getting any sympathy from Parks. According to the Inquisitr, Phaedra believes that Kenya is just faking the emotions to get sympathy, including her emotional breakdown in the gym.
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Teresa Giudice Says She Didn't Fund Daughter Gia's Music Videos
When it comes to her eldest daughter's budding music career, Teresa Giudice isn't shelling out any cash.

Despite reports that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star dropped thousands on music videos for daughter Gia, 13, and her pals Alexa Maetta, 16, and Cristianna Cardinale, 14 – who formed their girl group 3KT this summer – the teen's manager told TMZ that simply wasn't the case.

Instead, the videos were paid for by the management company and private investors.

But the girls have already proven they can help raise cash for their group by seeking funding from Kickstarter for their Season of Joy video. (The campaign was pulled, however, well in advance of hitting its $7,500 goal.)

And despite Teresa and Joe's impending staggered prison sentences set to begin in January, the 13-year-old is staying positive and focusing on her music dreams.

"Obviously, any news that is hurtful or horrible to hear is so upsetting. But my family is probably one of the strongest families I know, so we'll get through this," she recently told Access Hollywood, adding, "It's going to be fine and when it's over, we're going to be better than ever."
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Have Dina And Caroline Manzo Reunited???
Jacqueline Laurita and Dina Manzo aren’t the only ones mending fences. A source close to the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars tells that Dina has also ended her epic feud with her sister Caroline Manzo as well — and only Radar has all the details of their secret reunion.

“Caroline and Dina met away from cameras a few weeks ago,” the source says. “They reconciled privately.”

The family doesn’t care how this holiday miracle took place.

“It doesn’t matter to the family what brought Caroline and Dina back together or who approached who first,” the source says.

The Manzos are just thrilled to be a reunited family again.

“Now, the whole family is good,” the source says. “They are all just very happy to be together again.”

Laurita told Radar on Dec. 11 that she is also glad that she could reconnect with her estranged family members.

“We all mutually decided to stop the nonsense and move forward in a positive way,” she said. “We even had Thanksgiving together for the first time and it was peaceful and normal and great to have everyone together.”

Dina even got to meet her nephew Nicholas, who has autism, for the first time.

“He loved her,” Laurita said. “He even sat on her lap and played with her hair.”

As for Dina, she also seems grateful that the family feud has ended.

“Things have been good for a bit just wanted to keep it private for a minute,” she tweeted on Dec. 11. “Not everything needs to be done w cameras”
RELATED:  Dina Manzo Spends Thanksgiving With Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita

Alexis Bellino & Vicki Gunvalson Reunion Sparks ‘RHOC’ Casting Rumors
With filming for The Real Housewife of Orange County yet to begin, rumors about the cast lineup are running rampant. Speculation reached a fever pitch this week when Vicki Gunvalson and former housewife Alexis Bellino posted chummy pics of a girls’ night out, leading some to guess that she would return to the show. Now, only has the truth behind the photos fans are talking about.

Bellino posted a photo with Gunvalson captioned “What people think doesn’t matter. What people DO does matter. @vickigunvalson.”

Does this mean that Bellino is re-joining the show, which is rumored to start taping next month? “No way,” an insider close to the show claimed.

“Alexis is desperate for attention and by posting it likely is trying to get people think she is returning to the show, but she is not,” the source said. “Don’t believe what you see there.”

In fact, it’s not just Bellino who is blacklisted, according to the source. “None of the old housewives will be coming back to the show for this season,” the source said. “Bravo has no interest in their storylines, which is why they were gone in the first place!”

While Gunvalson may be playing nice with Bellino, she certainly has her hands full with other drama. As Radar reported, she accidentally posted a photo of her bare breasts on Thursday. Not long before, her on-again off-again boyfriend Brooks Ayers was caught on video admitting to being violent with and cheating on Gunvalson.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cynthia Bailey Slams NeNe Leakes For Ike and Tina Comparison
Cynthia Bailey may claim to have moved past her feud with NeNe Leakes, but that doesn’t mean she’s about to let her former friend walk all over her.

After NeNe compared Cynthia’s marriage to Peter Thomas to the abusive relationship between Ike and Tina Turner, the 47-year-old model is firing back.

I know that the ‘Anna Mae’ reference from NeNe was meant to be offensive and disrespectful, however I was actually flattered to be compared to one of the world's most popular entertainers, the queen of rock and roll herself Anna Mae Bullock AKA Tina Turner. Tina Turner is a legendary icon whose success, talent, strength, spirit, beauty, and class (not to mention her fabulous legs) speaks volumes and needs no introduction. My name being mentioned in the same sentence with her is an honor within itself,” Cynthia tells

While NeNe’s intentions have not been clarified, Cynthia says she can only hope that NeNe wouldn’t make such an ugly comparison. “I hope this was not a failed attempt to make fun of the fact that at one point in Ms. Turner's largely successful career and life she was a victim of domestic abuse,” says the Real Housewives of Atlanta star.

Cynthia isn’t the only one blasting NeNe for her unflattering comment. Peter recently responded to NeNe’s insults on Twitter, saying, “Contrary to what people project I don't control my wife, or have any interest in doing so” and calling her “very irresponsible” to even joke about the subject.
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Ally (Jill Zarin’s Daughter) Joins All Star Cast on Millionaire Matchmaker
First of all, hats off to Patti Stranger for making it to eight seasons on Bravo.  I may detest the woman, but she’s hung in there despite a despicable personality, lack of success in actually making any matches, insulting her fellow bravolebrities and Bravo executives, low ratings, the list goes on and on.  But she’ll be back on our small screen starting December 7.  I seriously don’t mind.  I enjoy an evening where I’m not even tempted to turn on Bravo.

Anyhow, this season seems to be celebrity matchmaker – and the short preview clip released by Bravo shows a lot of familiar faces – including Chris and Caroline Manzo, Sonja Morgan, Reza from Shahs, Chilli from TLC, Heidi and Spenser, Marysol Patton, Perez Hilton, and Ally Shapiro and Jill Zarin.

Last we saw Ally, she had been hunted down by her mom and a camera crew, and was humiliated on-screen as they went clothes shopping.  Shortly after that she transferred colleges and moved to Nashville – far far away from Jillzy.  It’s hard to believe she could be talked into appearing on this fiasco.  On a positive note, the preview shows Jill reaching for her drink and inadvertently sticking a straw up her nose – so that’s good for a chuckle at least.
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