Monday, October 20, 2014

Bethenny Frankel Is Officially Returning To 'Real Housewives of New York City'
Dreams do come true! Bravo has officially confirmed what Us Weekly broke earlier this month: Bethenny Frankel is returning to The Real Housewives of New York City for season 7! The network made the announcement in a press release on Monday, Oct. 20, and Us spoke to the star about her decision two days prior.

"I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City," Frankel, 43, said in the Bravo statement. "Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!"

Executive Producer Andy Cohen also shared his excitement, paying Frankel a huge compliment in the process. "Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise," he said, "and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!" 

As for which former costars she will be stepping back into the ring with? Bravo notes that the rest of the cast for the upcoming season have "yet to be announced." Her original cast members LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer were the only ones still standing after last season. Her former friend Jill Zarin and rival Kelly Bensimon exited in 2011.

Frankel admitted to Us that a reason why she decided to come back was for a new start. "I'm such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season," she explained. "Slightly exciting, a little bit of anxiousness, but it feels fresh. It doesn't feel like [how] I felt going into the third season of the Housewives. There was just so much muck and I just didn't feel it was good energy."

Frankel confirmed in 2010 that she would not be returning for the show's fourth season. During her time away, she and then-fiance Jason Hoppy filmed the spin-off Bethenny Getting Married?, two seasons of Bethenny Ever After, and welcomed daughter Bryn, now 4.

Coming back for another round of RHONY will prove to be a big change for the TV personality, who has hit some speed bumps within the past two years. She split from Hoppy in December 2012 and only recently reached a custody settlement after a drawn-out legal battle. In February, her eponymous daytime talk show was cancelled after just one season.

With all these changes, Frankel explained to Us that her story lines this upcoming season may look different, too. "When I went onto Housewives when I was younger, I didn't have family, I didn't have a business, I didn't have partners," she told Us, keeping mum on whether Bryn would make an appearance. "I think basically the important thing is how I'm just being honest about my perspective." As for opening up about her love life on TV? "That's not really what the focus of my life is right now," she said.

Frankel insists that the decision to return as a full-time Housewife was just her own, even though the title doesn't exactly fit. She joked to Us: "Ironically, I'm never a Housewife when I'm a housewife!"

UPDATE: Bravo announced on Monday that RHONY favorites Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan will complete the cast for the upcoming season.
As long as my favorite 'Housewife' Ramona Singer returns full-time then I have no problem with Bethenny coming back (and honestly, Bethenny's return should boost the ratings). Still wish annoying-as-hell Kristen would go away, but I guess you can't get everything you wish for tho I can't help but wonder what Jill and Alex really think about this news.

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Heather Dubrow Speaks the Truth on Teresa Giudice's Future with the "Real Housewives of New Jersey"
Talk about a dramatic finale!

On Sunday's episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, cameras rolled as Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice were sentenced to prison on fraud charges.

Although the cast ended on a united front with everyone feeling bad for the couple's punishment, one star of the Real Housewives of Orange County thinks it may be best for Teresa to step away from the cameras.

"I don't know them, I feel terrible for their children and their family. However, they did these things. They pled guilty," Heather Dubrow said on The Melting Pot, a radio show heard on iHeartRadio.  "I loved when Teresa said I'm gonna do whatever I can to make it right but then I saw her on Andy Cohen's show last week and to me, there was no remorse. "

Dubrow can't help but also remember what happened on sentencing day that may have had a great impact on the judge's sentencing.

"Even on the day of their sentencing, they were hiding jewelry and they didn't tell the court all their assets," she shared. "They took money from people!"

When asked if Teresa will continue filming the show, Dubrow had her hesitations.

"If there was a Bravo executive who pled guilty to 41 counts of fraud, would they keep them on the payroll? Isn't [Teresa] a Bravo employee?" she asked. "At some point, are we harboring a criminal?"

In a clip of the upcoming reunion show, Teresa tearfully tells Cohen that, "this is probably going to be my last reunion."

No casting announcements for the new season have been made. Despite some honest opinions from Dubrow, many in the Housewives community have been supportive of Giudice.
Props to Heather for taking a stand and having the courage to speak openly and honestly about Teresa and Joe. Again, Teresa and Joe Giudice pled guilty to some SERIOUS crimes and frankly speaking, got off pretty easy considering what the law states they should be confined for the CRIMES they committed once they pled guilty. I'm tired of people and certain "Housewives" crying and feeling sorry for these two, in turn giving compassion to two people who didn't two craps about the people they scammed to continue living their rich and extravagant lifestyle. Wanna shed a tear or two for their girls? Fine. But all this sympathy for Teresa and Joe G. needs to end. I mean they're grown-ass adults for chrissakes and maybe some time in prison will finally be their wake-up call.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dina Manzo Allegedly Had A Meltdown At 'RHONJ' Reunion Show
Dina Manzo had a meltdown involving her family feud with Jacqueline Laurita during the taping of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show on Sunday, has exclusively learned.

Although Manzo’s sister-in-law Laurita wasn’t at the reunion shoot, her daughter, Ashlee Holmes, a makeup artist, was on hand to do Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri’s makeup.

And when Manzo saw Holmes in the makeup room, she went ballistic, a source told Radar.

“Dina flipped out,” the source said. “As soon as she saw Ashlee, Dina threw a little tantrum and asked to have her removed.”

And incredibly, Bravo bowed to Manzo’s request, as “production removed Ashlee from the main floor and into a separate room to work on the makeup.

“This made no sense, as Ashlee hadn’t done anything wrong. She just showed up to do her job.”

But reality show firebrand Manzo, 42, continued to rail about her niece, 23 — and more viciously, about Laurita, 44.

“Dina was ranting and raving that she will never film a show with Jacqueline ever. I suppose she thought Jacqueline was going to show up to the reunion since Ashlee was there, but Jacqueline wasn’t because she was set to be a keynote speaker at an autism conference for the Talk About Curing Autism Foundation in California that day,” the source noted.

As RHONJ fans know, Laurita’s son, Nicholas, 5, has battled autism and the housewife has shared his emotional milestones on the show.

But in a less heartwarming family situation, according to the source, Manzo’s fussing didn’t end when the reunion show taping did.

“When the day wrapped, one would think the feud was done, but it wasn’t,” the source sighed. “Dina and her daughter Lexi continued to make passive aggressive tweets in an attempt to strike at the Laurita family on social media and behind the scenes.”

In fact, Manzo wrote to her followers on Twitter, “Reunion is in the can…happy this is over.”
"Ashlee hadn’t done anything wrong...", right and I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you for $5. Anyway, as I've stated many times on this blog: Dina Manzo is a narcissist, which doesn't make her a bad person, just someone who thinks she's more important than what she really is and her actions over the years prove it--from comments she's made about leaving 'RHONJ' that alluded to her being so "above the drama" to making it seem in interviews prior to this season starting that she only came back to the show because Bravo kept "begging" her to come back. And while the real truth about why Dina is still estranged from brother Chris and sister Caroline may never come out, I truly believe it has more to do with Chris' wife Jacqueline (hey, Jacqueline and Caroline didn't always get along either and considering what an instigator Ashlee Holmes is, we all know the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree) then people let on and Dina feeling hurt about Caroline not leaving 'RHONJ' when she did. Still, even with Caroline and Jacqueline not being there, Dina knew the risks of coming back to do 'RHONJ' what with being back in the public eye/spotlight, having plenty of first-hand experience with the way Bravo edits and yes, even the chance that Jacqueline, having too much free time on her hands, might want to return (hey, Caroline has her own show now so she could care less about 'RHONJ') to the show. I say even though that nice Bravo paycheck will no doubt tempt her to stay, Dina will use Teresa Giudice heading to prison soon as an excuse to exit stage left for good as she wants no part of possibly having to share any screen time with Jacqueline, much less the same "drama" she claimed to have left 'RHONJ' for in the first place.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

'RHOBH' Co-Stars Question Kim Richards Sobriety During Cast Trip To Amsterdam
Has Kim Richards fallen off the wagon? It’s the troubling question being asked after Paris Hilton‘s aunt appeared to be under the influence during The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast trip to Amsterdam.

Things got extremely tense very quickly in Amsterdam because the ladies, led by newcomer Eileen Davidson, believed that Kim was under the influence of something,” a show insider tells exclusively. “No one saw Kim drink or take any pills, but she did slightly slur her words during one of the initial outings on the trip.”

“Eileen was trying to stir things up behind the scenes, along with Yolanda [Foster], questioning Kim’s sobriety.”

However, sources close to Richards emphatically deny she had suffered a setback in her recovery and blamed producers for trying to create drama.

“Kim was extremely jet lagged and tired. It was a very long plane flight, and hadn’t been sleeping well. Look, Kim can be a bit of an airhead, so throw that in with no sleep, and she could seem out of sorts,” a Richards family pal tells Radar. “Absolutely committed to her sobriety, Kim is disgusted anyone would question it. This has been a storyline in the show for a long time, and Kim is disgusted anyone, including the show’s producers would exploit it for ratings.”

Relations between Richards and Davidson have been tense since the soap queen joined the show.

Newcomer Davidson “didn’t make any effort to try to get to know Kim at all,” an insider previously told Radar. “Eileen can come off as very snobbish and aloof.”

“Whenever Kim and Eileen film together, there is always a lot of eye rolling on the part of the soap star,” the source reveals. “Eileen complains that Kim is a total airhead and doesn’t understand why she is even on the show. In Eileen’s opinion, Kim is a total bore, and just rides on her sister, Kyle’s coattails.”
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Nene Leakes Says She and Cynthia Bailey Will Never Be Friends Again

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dina Manzo Claims She Wasn't Attacking Jacqueline Laurita With 'Rat Poison' Remark on Twitter
Jacqueline Laurita might be bringing in solid ratings for “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but it appears she has one hater on the cast. Dina Manzo isn’t particularly excited to see her sister-in-law back on the show and the two don’t necessarily get along very well. According to All About the Tea on Wednesday, the resentment of Dina Manzo might be even deeper than some viewers realize as she made some rat poison remarks allegedly pointed at Jacqueline Laurita.

There is always drama on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but the drama is in front of the camera and people don’t wish others ill will. According to Reality Tea on Wednesday, when the drama of Dina Manzo revolves outside of the camera lens, it attracts the attention of everyone as it becomes very personal. This is why people are so shocked about the alleged remarks Dina Manzo made about rat poison.

“Did you ever wish someone’s Dr. messed up & used rat poison instead of Botox? No? That thought isn't very zen is it?” wrote Dina Manzo on her official Twitter account.

The rumors were that the comments were allegedly directed at Jacqueline Laurita as she has been known to use Botox. Yet, Dina Manzo shot down the idea, saying that Laurita wasn't filming during the time she posted her vile tweet. However Jacqueline Laurita revealed this week on Twitter that she was filming during the time in question and hinted that maybe the posting did reflect on her. Now fans are returning to their original thought that this rat poison comment was allegedly directed at Jacqueline Laurita.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” fans are horrified that allegations of using rat poison would ever be said, let alone considered on another human. It’s outlandish and doesn't reflect the Bravo brand at all as people don’t watch the show to think about another person die. A good dose of drama is fine, but too much is wrong.

Did Dina Manzo post a cryptic message about Jacqueline Laurita? Or is there someone else that she despises that she wishes ill on?
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Phaedra Parks Speaks on Divorce from Apollo Nida: 'My Heart Aches for My Two Sons'
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks says she had no clue that her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, had been engaging in illegal activities, telling Ellen DeGeneres that she was blindsided up until the moment he contacted her for help after he was in police custody.

"I didn't have any idea this was going on until he called me and said 'Hey, I've been arrested,' " Parks confides on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an interview airing Wednesday.

While she acknowledged that Nida was on parole from a previous conviction when the couple, who married in 2009, first met, she says she was ready to accept his past.

"Well, to be honest, he had been to prison," she explains. "But he was a changed person, so the person I married, I thought he had changed." 

Now, the couple are divorcing, and Parks, an attorney, is faced with raising their two boys, Ayden and Dylan, alone as Nida serves an eight-year federal sentence for fraud.

She says she is trying hard, despite nasty allegations from her ex, to remain above the fray for the sake of their children. Nida had previously lashed out when she didn't attend his sentencing hearing.

"It is extremely hard," Parks says of moving on. "My heart aches for my two sons. They are the heart and soul of who I am."

"That's the best thing we ever did together – we have great kids. I never want to do anything to diminish his character in public," Parks – whom a source told PEOPLE will be "better off without" Nida – says. "We've had some times when he's done things that weren't so cool, weren't so nice."

Nida has alleged that Parks cheated on him with a man supposedly named "Chocolate," a detail DeGeneres seized upon even as Parks claims the story was fabricated to discredit her.

"I think it's totally absurd to think I cheated," she tells DeGeneres. "They're saying I had an affair with a man from Africa named Chocolate. Everybody knows that I do love a Snickers bar every once in a while, but it's definitely not a man from Africa that I've ever had an affair with."

"Do you know a man named Chocolate?" DeGeneres teases.

No, she says, before adding: "I do know Mr. Goodbar, though."  
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teresa Giudice's Husband Joe Escapes Deportation AND Extra Jail Time By Copping Plea In Fraud Case
You can call Joe Giudice a wise guy -- already looking at 41 months in prison for a federal fraud conviction ... he wisely copped a plea Wednesday in a different fraud case, after prosecutors made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Giudice agreed to plead guilty to charges of driver's license fraud. He was busted in 2011 for impersonating his brother to get a license ... because his own was suspended due to a DUI. 

Prosecutors threatened him with a 10-year prison sentence -- which would be tacked onto his federal sentence -- and raised the possibility of immediate deportation.

Instead, he accepted a plea deal for an 18-month sentence ... but he will be allowed to serve it at the same time as his federal sentence. In other words -- he won't serve any additional time.

Despite the deal ... "The Real Housewives of NJ" star was in a sour mood on the way into court -- telling photogs, "I'll kick every one of yous in the head."
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Kenya Moore Donates $20,000 Check To Detroit Public Schools After 2nd Cancelled Appearance, Now Demands NeNe Leakes Do The Same
Kenya Moore has a message for NeNe Leakes ... I'm rich enough to make an eyeball-popping donation to charity ... so now it's your turn to pony up, bitch.

Kenya tells TMZ ... she made good on the challenge NeNe made on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion show ... by cutting a $20,000 check to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

NeNe had said Kenya was all smoke and mirrors and didn't have that kind of loot ... but now that Kenya has stepped up, she's calling NeNe out on her own words -- that she'd match the $20K.

We reached out to NeNe to see if she'll make good.  So far, no response.

As for Kenya ... she says she chose to give to Detroit because she grew up there, and the city means a lot to her.  According to the deal, NeNe has to earmark her $20K for the same charity.

Go Motown!
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Tamra Judge Reacts To Ex-‘RHOC’ Castmate Gretchen Rossi’s Shocking ‘Sociopath’ Accusation: ‘Some People Never Change!’
Gretchen Rossi had some harsh words for her former co-star-turned-nemesis Tamra Judge on Watch What Happens: Live Tuesday — but she certainly didn’t get the last word.

Leave that up to Judge, who spoke to exclusively Wednesday about being called a “sociopath” by the ex Real Housewives of Orange County starlet.

“It’s sad that she finally got the opportunity to come back to Bravo and all she could do was talk about me — some people never change!” she told Radar of Rossi’s appearance with Andy Cohen after reportedly getting fired last year.

As Radar previously reported, Rossi lashed out at the 47-year-old reality star, blasting her as a “lying, manipulating, conniving, narcissistic sociopath.”

“I say she’s a sociopath because sociopaths don’t even realize that they do any wrong,” explained Rossi. “All they do is blame everyone else for their mistakes and that’s all she continues to do and the viewers saw it last season.”

But the mother-of-three, who recently took home a big legal victory in her ongoing custody battle with her ex-hubby Simon Barney, feigned amnesia regarding her fellow blonde frenemy, who since her exit from the reality show has appeared on Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars and is trying to get pregnant with fiancĂ© Slade Smiley.

“Gretchen who?” joked Tamra, who’s taking the high road in the latest twist in the vitriolic feud. “I wish her nothing but happiness in the future.”
Tamra should know by now that Gretchen/Slade will say or do anything to stay relevant. Sure, she took the high road, but the best response would've been to say nothing.

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