Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Joey C Interview with Quinn Fry

Part 2 Quinn Fry from Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Orange County chats with me about life after the housewives, love, faith, sex, men, alcohol, music...and of course...the other housewives....

Friday, November 20, 2009

Advertising Arts in Review Advertising Interviews Tamra Barney and Tammy Knickerbocker

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Jo De La Rosa Talks About Gretchen Rossi and Slade Slimey
Jo De La Rosa is a former housewife from seasons 1 and 2 ex-fiancee of Slade Slimey back when he was pretending to have money, and who later starred in a failed TV show called Date My Ex; where men competed with each other to date Jo and Slimey had to approve of them while they all stayed at Slimey's pretend house that Bravo rented for them. Jo is still pretending to be a singer and says she has an exciting glamorous life and dating a younger man. I heard some rumors this Bitch was recently seen working as a bartender at Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, CA. But who knows if that is true, with these Bitches and their luck it just may be.

I knew I couldn’t stay away even on vacation, this blog is like crack to me. And fixing the little Internet connection problem helped also.

I was waiting for Jo De La Rosa to say something about the famewhore-mance and shenanigans that Gretchen and Slade have been up to lately. Finally Jo has spoken up and says her and Gretchen used to be friends and this is how Gretchen was introduced to Slimey boy who later ended up hooking up with Gretchen. They probably started screwing while Jo and Slade where ‘trying to work things out’ I bet. I saw that one coming! I remember when I wrote the recap for that episode where Gretchen is invited by Jo to be in her music video Slimey was already flirty with her you could see it in their body language he was all cozying up to her.

Jo found out that Gretchie and Slimey where bumping fuglies through Jay Photoglou who told her back around the time, when Slade got arrested at Gretchen’s house when all that hoopla was going on and Gretchen was sleeping with Slade and dumping Jay for Slade. Gretchen had the audacity to call Jo and ask that Bitch for help, because Slimey boy went to jail and Jo was like what the fuck is wrong with this crazy Bitch!? Yep! Sounds like something a fucked up narcissistic Bitch like Gretchie would do.I remember hearing Gretchen say that her and Slimey had Jo’s blessing and there was no heart feelings but Jo says BOOLLSHIT! To that, and pretty much says that Gretchie is a ho’.

Well that’s what she gets for being friends with someone like super ho’ Gretchen. That bitch will throw her own mother under the bus for a man; she don’t give a shit. That’s why Tamra and Crazy ass Vicki hiss at that ho’ because they can smell ho’ from 18 yards and older Bitches know that shit. That new Bitch Alexis better watch out ’cause when Gretchie runs out of the 2.5 million she may dump Slimey and go after her man since he seems to be the only binezz men that’s carrying the serious bling right now in OC House-Ho’ land.

Here is the original article from Reality Wanted:

By Chandra Clewley

The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Season 1 and 2 resident raven-haired beauty, Jo De La Rosa has been off of the show for four years (!) with just a few guest appearances in Season 4. Last year, her long time love and former fiancĂ© Slade Smiley appeared with her in Date My Ex, a spin off in which Jo dated men that Slade had to live with! With Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County upon us, we have found that Jo’s ex-boyfriend Slade is now in a relationship with Gretchen Rossi. Gretchen, whose fiancĂ©, Jeff Beitzel, died in 2008 of leukemia, has a controversial role on the show. Her antics include potentially cheating on Jeff with Jay Photoglou while Jeff was dying. Gretchen and Slade were introduced by Jo who was friendly with her through their real estate network and happened to cast Gretchen in her first video. Now, the lovebirds who Jo introduced while she was engaged to Slade herself, are the talk of the OC. These days Jo revels in the Los Angeles lifestyle! She is working on her music career, a movie, is the fresh face of a fabulous line of purses and is dating a hot new guy! While everyone expected the Gretchen/Slade relationship to go over like a lead brick with Jo De La Rosa, here she tells Reality Wanted why Slade did her the “favor”…

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: Will you make an appearance in Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County?

A. Jo: It is one of those things where, I left the show back in Season 2, and my life is so different now, who I am now compared to who I was 4 years ago. I live in LA now. There were talks of me coming on the show to confront Gretchen and Slade, but I need to be selfless at this point. Regardless of how I feel about them being together, this is Gretchen and Slade’s time in the spotlight and I just want to move forward with my music. It would have put me back out there in the public eye, but for all the wrong reasons. I will forever be thankful for The Real Housewives of Orange County, because that is how I got my start, but I have my own story that I have to tell through my music, and for me to go back to confront the past just doesn’t make sense.

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: Do you keep in touch with any of the other Housewives from the show?

A. Jo: You know what? I don’t. The thing is, people never really understood, I was so much younger than the other women on the show. I was never really as much friends with them as I was working with them. I had my own friends that I went out with in LA, doing my own thing, and the show made it seem like we were all friends, but really, I had my own life with Slade. I have always felt like the black sheep in that group because they were so much older than me, with children and marriages and I was just a 22 year old girl, barely figuring out who I was.

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: Did you feel stifled in your relationship because you wanted to be in LA when you were on the show?

A. Jo: I definitely had so much inside of me that I hadn’t even tapped into at the time, but when I was engaged to Slade, I was engaged and I wasn’t working. I lost a lot of my goals, my dreams and my passions, and it wasn’t until I was finally in the relationship with Slade and at home bored that all of those things kind of rekindled in myself. It was a wake up call, like “what am I doing?” I’m 22 years old, engaged, and I had always wanted to pursue my dreams of music. I was accepted into the UCLA dance program, so I was always interested in the performing arts. I ended up passing on the dance program, but I was always involved in music and dance. Most girls in my situation would have taken that ring and that car that Slade gave to me and they would have lived off of that, the difference is that I gave back everything, the ring, the car, all of what he gave to me and I started over in LA! Slade really did me a favor because it used to be all about “Slade and Jo”, “Slade and Jo”. Now it’s “Slade and Gretchen”. For the first time, I can be on my own terms as Jo De La Rosa.

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: How long did you two date? Even on Date My Ex, he was always with you…

A. Jo: We were together for five years. Here is the funny thing, some insider information: even though I was on the show; I was still in love with Slade. I was still trying to work things out. It was never really over for Slade and I. Even after Date My Ex, Slade and I were still trying to work it out and then….came Gretchen.

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: I know that Lauri dated Slade for a little bit before she was married. Chronologically, when did this happen?

A. Jo: Slade and I were on a break, and he started dating Lauri. And then we tried to get back together…Lauri and I had a conversation about it on camera, and then here we go again with Gretchen…

Q. Chandra, Reality Wanted: On the show, Gretchen said that she called you to let you know about her and Slade, even though he had said not to. Is this accurate?

A. Jo: She called me because I found out from her ex-boyfriend Jay that Slade and Gretchen were hooking up. So the whole reason she called me was because it was already out. She actually called me when Slade was in jail and she was asking for help. (Smiley was arrested in February 2009 for unpaid child support, purportedly at Rossi’s Costa Mesa home.) I was just like, “How can you call me and ask me for help when I just found out that you are sleeping with Slade?” The truth of the matter is that it is what it is, and Gretchen, to me, is…it’s just dumb. We were ALL friends, you know, no matter how close we were, I just wish they would have come to me first, without me having to find out the way that I did. Even being able to talk to Slade on it, one on one, but they didn’t even give me that. I just have to move forward, and not have a confrontation on camera. He was the love of my life, and she knew that. I was with him for 5 years, we were engaged, I acted as the mother of his children, and I was building a life with this man, and she was the girl that I knew, and you know what it is, at the end of the day, I just hate the way it all came down and came to an end. Slade and I are no longer even friends, and I haven’t even been able to talk to him face to face about it, and I know that is because of her (Gretchen).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sheree Whitfield Ain't Had None In A While

Personally, I think Sheree's fine as hell with a body to match. But what dude's gonna have the patience to get past all that attitude?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

She By Sheree Is Finally Here!

The rumors are true, interviews Sheree about her line being official:

Sheree Whitfield learned her lesson the hard way on the first season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" when she tried to host a fashion showcase—with no clothing. Now the southern stylista is having the last laugh after presenting a star-studded fashion show for her She By Sheree collection.

ESSENCE.COM: Congrats, Sheree, on the debut of your collection. How was your first fashion show, and what did you learn from the fashion bust we witnessed on the first season?
From the last time, I learned it's trial and error. Creating a fashion line is like an assembly line. If one person doesn't perform correctly, everyone is off. I've gone through a lot of seamstresses, and if the clothes weren't right, I wouldn't show them. My name is on it and I take this serious. I've loved fashion since I was a kid and I'm all about the fit. This time I wasn't nervous and felt good about everything. We fit the models and I felt they all were flawless before hitting the runway. I don't regret anything and it took getting knocked down to get me to here. It makes [the victory] that much sweeter.

ESSENCE.COM: What was your inspiration?
My line is sexy, feminine, with a bit of an edge and inspired by the 50's. The clothes are made to be worn with a lot of confidence and it's all about accentuating a woman's shape. Curves are in and my clothes celebrate that. For the show, everyone said they felt like they were in Paris and not Atlanta. I used to go to Fashion Week, so I knew how it should be done.

ESSENCE.COM: Now would you dress your "Housewives" cast mates and have you given Lisa Wu Hartwell, who also has a fashion line, any tips?
I definitely would dress them. I appreciate all of them coming out to the show and that means a lot to me. Doing a fashion line is a lot of hard work. For Lisa, this isn't her passion, and she hired someone to do the line for her. This should be your passion. You need to know about the color forecast or the next season, and all the things that go into this business. You have to be dedicated and put in the time if you want it to really be successful.

ESSENCE.COM: And you are doing just that. So what's next for your line and where can women buy your clothes in the fall?
I am working on getting the clothes into stores next. Now that people can see my designs, I am meeting with buyers from stores and boutiques to feature the clothes nationwide, and they will even start coming to me. However, I don't want it to be in too many stores, so it's still exclusive. These are pieces you can wear to work and then to a cocktail party. I envision women, young and old, wearing this line everywhere.

Sheree Whitfield Interview @ Baby Phat Spring 2010 Show

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teresa Giudice Gives Birth To 4th Daughter

The infamous table-flipper spouts yet another seed:
There's a new Jersey girl in town! The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe welcomed daughter Audriana on Monday evening in (where else?) New Jersey, a Bravo rep confirms to PEOPLE.

The baby weighed in at 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 20 ½ inches long. "Teresa and her husband Joe are doing great," the rep says.

Audriana is the fourth child for the couple, who are also parents to daughters Gia, 8, Gabriella, 4, and Milania, 3.

announced the pregnancy in May, shortly before the show's inaugural season ended. She caused some controversy during her time on Housewives, flipping a full dinner table during a fight with castmate Danielle Staub and lashing out at a makeup artist on a reunion show.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Danielle Staub Tries To Score Free Photo For New Book

Someone needs to tell Danielle Staub that nothing in life is free - even if you are a TV star.

The "Real Housewife of New Jersey" has been trying to convince photographers to shoot the cover of her forthcoming memoir on the house; the tome will be published in the spring by Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

"Danielle is trying to talk photographers into snapping her picture for free, claiming the book is going to be a big hit and that people will start clamoring to give them work," says a publishing insider. "It's so embarrassing and tacky!"

A rep for Staub declined to comment.

No way Danielle Staub returns for another season of "Housewives". She's too one-dimensional and the other ladies all hate her....with good reason.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lynne Curtin Is The Latest Housewife To Get Evicted!

Damn, "Real Housewives" and "foreclosure" seem to be getting more and more synonymous these days:
TMZ has learned Lynne Curtin from "Real Housewives of Orange County" could be evicted from her home -- if she doesn't come up with more than $12,000 in the next three days. Just minutes ago, Curtin and her husband received a 3-day eviction notice from the owner of the Laguna Beach house where they live. Yes -- they're renters. According to the notice, the couple owes the home owner a $10,000 security deposit, $600 late fee and $1,763 in other expenses. The homeowner also claims the Curtins have been delinquent on their utilities -- which have now been shut off. And it gets worse -- the Curtin's real estate agent claims the reality star and her husband never forked over $2,500 in commission for getting them into the house back in June. The best part -- Bravo cameras happened to be rolling when the eviction notice was served ... wonder if they'll exploit that storyline on the show?
You just know those spoiled, stuck-up daughters of Lynne's aren't taking this bit of news lightly.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Disses Gwyneth Paltrow!

Gwyneth Paltrow keeps cool in a pair of denim cut-offs (with pockets showing!) on Tuesday, August 11, in The Hamptons, NY.

The 36-year-old actress has been posting videos of herself cooking on her website but Bethenny Frankel finds it pretty unappetizing.

“The idea of Gwyneth being the next Julia Child is unthinkable and probably unwatchable,” says the 38-year-old Real Housewives of NY star. “I once watched her show [Spain…on the Road Again] with chef Mario Batali. It was like watching delicious paint dry.”

Adds Bethenny, “I’m just not feeling her as the next Rachael Ray, who’s fun and goofy and a wing-it kind of girl. Wasn’t Gwyneth macrobiotic, then vegan, then into juice fasting? You need to be willing to dive in and taste it all and not always be on some cleansing fad diet… Who can afford holistic doctors, meals at Babbo, cupping sessions and healers? If I buy my food at Costco and get my hair done for 30 bucks, what’s the average viewer able to afford?”

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sheree Whitfield's Fight with Party Planner Anthony Shorter


Lisa Wu-Hartwell Loses Home To Foreclosure
Lisa Wu-Hartwell needs a "Big Poppa" of her own ... the real housewife of Atlanta just lost her real big house in Atlanta.

TMZ has learned Hartwell
and her husband, former Oakland Raiders linebacker Edgerton Hartwell, were booted from their multi-million dollar Georgia mansion last week -- after the couple defaulted on their loan and the bank sold it shortly after.

Hartwell's rep tells us the couple was in talks with the lender to restructure the loan because the home had lost value -- but that failed. They originally bought the place for $2.9 mil back in 2007 -- but the bank only got $1.9 mil when they resold it this month.

The rep says "Ed and Lisa are fine. They have settled in their [new] home, that sits on 10 acres and they OWN it!"
Damn, this is rough. Seems like the Hartwell's were trying to have another baby too. If that hasn't already happened, guess they could be having second thoughts now.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kim Zolciak Spotted With "Big Poppa"?!?

That's what TMZ is claiming. Funny that any mega-rich rich dude would spend a dime on a lying, conniving, ghetto bitch like Kim, but whatever.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - Vicki Gunvalson Interview

Vicki Gunvalson, star of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" reflects on her experience as a Insurance Agent. She provides advice for new and seasoned agents as well as a testimonial for lead generation services.

Nene Leakes Denies Choking Kim Zolciak, Hangs Out With Danielle Staub

Wouldn't have expected these two hanging out, much less even knowing each other. And yeah, Danielle needs to quit with her obsession of Dina.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Will Return To "Real Housewives of New York City"
While it seemed like things were finally taking off for Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, the Skinny Girl entrepreneur is right back where she started.

After the announcement that she would have her own reality show, Skinny and the City, and then subsequent slap-on-the-wrist lawsuit for copyright infringement, Frankel had at least one good thing going for her--her engagement to Jason Hoppy. Oh wait, that wasn't true either? Okay, scratch that. Well at least Real Housewives will take you back.

Frankel has officially announced that she will be returning for the 3rd season of Bravo's hit reality show, The Real Housewives of New York.

“I’m definitely going to do the Housewives this season,” Frankel told People over the weekend. “It’s been great... I love it. I understand we start filming [season 3] in September.”

As for her engagement to Hoppy, Frankel said: “You don’t see any ring." Well, okay then.

Frankel's new brand of 'Skinny Girl Margaritas' are on shelves now. The drinks that were made famous on the show are known for their health appeal.

“The drink has 96 calories per serving, so it’s less calories than wine," she said. "The tequila already comes in the bottle and it costs $12.99. It’s being sold in restaurants as well as liquor stores."

The skinny chef and alcohol connoisseur also has a book in stores, titled Naturally Thin.

Good. While she did get on my nerves a little bit towards the end of last season, no way is RHNYC the same without Bethenny.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Real Housewives of Orange County Adds a "Spicy Blonde"

There's a new Real Housewife in Orange County — socialite Alexis Bellino.
Bellino, 32, joins Bravo's Real Housewives of Orange County for its fifth season, now in production. She is described in the network's press release as a "spicy blonde who unabashedly lives life on her terms."
A stay-at-home mom, Bellino lives a privileged life with her entrepreneur hubby and three children (James, 3, and 20-month-old twins Melania and Mackenna). And what does this wife and mother do during her down time? Why, she works out to look her best, of course.
Returning for the new season of Housewives of Orange County are Tamra Barney, Lynne Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Gretchen Rossi.
Are you excited for this new addition to the OC family?
Damn, she's HOT too. You just know that Tamra's not gonna like that.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Dishes On "New Jersey"'s Last Supper

On last night's first of four Real Housewives of New Jersey post-finale specials, I can now I see why the ratings were so high. Perhaps if I mud wrestle one of my castmates at Madison Square Garden, then I will feel complete and validated.

It really seemed like much ado about nothing. Am I missing something? Some girl, who doesn't know five other girls, did some creepy stuff 25 years ago, and is now on a reality show with said five girl Italian Stallions, who are "thick as thieves" and won't tolerate her criminal past.

Now the "criminal in question" wants to pull out a book at an orchestrated dinner to clear the air with the same people she doesn't know, definitely doesn't like and who want nothing to do with her and never will.

The core issue is that Danielle was publicly humiliated because of some salon visit by Dina and Caroline. Um, you signed up for a reality show with a past like that? I'm gathering that Bravo is a bit more public than Le Chateaux salon in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Whether she actually came to the restaurant with that book folded into her tiny clutch, or if the Bravo producers had that book hidden under the table, is neither here nor there. In any case, it seemed premeditated. I mean who brings it out at a dinner party?

Look, Danielle, face it, they hate you. You tried to get them to like you, and you're now the center of attention so you feel a little powerful, but they still hate you. My advice, stay home with your beautiful girls and camp out on your therapist's couch for a long while. You've destroyed your own life and now you're on the road to destroying your girls'. Her ex-husband should come get them stat.

There is more to this than we see, though, because Danielle wanted to be Dina's friend so badly at the season's beginning and now is hating her so vehemently. Dina's nervous pacing and body language, as Danielle astutely noticed, were telling.

Caroline and Dina keep talking about how Danielle wants the attention and now, mission accomplished. She's splashed all over magazines for her visit to the big house and a sex tape. Bravo, Danielle, I'm sure your girls are proud. Now, the toxicity of actually shooting a reality show, coupled with this scandal is beyond damaging to those kids. It's the whole Jon and Kate controversy. Those kids shouldn't be working in this way or exposed to this.

As for Teresa, she was quite proud of her behavior, and in general, really wanted to glorify the table flipping as an Italian, Jersey right of passage. How embarrassing, seriously. It seems that Teresa's lack of vocabulary led her to express herself physically. She made it clear that Danielle doesn't know who to mess with, but Danielle didn't seem too frightened. I will give Teresa credit for finally using an SAT word correctly: audacity. Congratulations, T!

Incidentally, Danielle did look great in that dress, and what is insane is that she came off better than most of the group, which shows what we're dealing with.

Thankfully, Teresa's husband was so turned on that they got it on that night. I guess they did it four times that day, rather than the three times daily she boasted about earlier.

The wisest comment was when Danielle's daughter said that how Teresa behaved was the opposite of a lady. Smart little girl.

The running assessment from the kids was entertaining, which ranged from comments that their father would never tolerate this and Teresa is a feisty little Italian-tempered girl, to the comments of Caroline as the lioness of the crowd. It became comical actually.

I still like Caroline a great deal. I loved when she laughed—thought it was rude when she texted—but I appreciate her ability to form a grammatically correct sentence, which is more than I can say for Teresa, Dina and Danielle. Actually, Danielle sounds articulate compared to the others, and that's including her pronunciation of caw-fee and taw-king.

Jacqueline was a star, a class act and she became my fast favorite. She is actually a strong woman who stood up for someone, right or wrong, because she believed in her. Very nice. Congrats on your baby, Jacqueline. Your husband, Chris, is a lucky man.

And lastly, as for Dina blogging that TV isn't just for money and that I should apologize by donating "some of that Skinnygirl money" to her charity, here is my response: Dina, I happily donate my time and money to the Children's Tumor Foundation, Camp Confidence and the Step Up Women's Network, just to name a few.

Dina, for you to insinuate that you did this reality show for charity, I will quote my friend Kathy Griffin and say, "That's a bag of bulls--t."

I'm thinking I'll lock my doors and seal my windows after this one.

I'm with Bethenny on Jacqueline--she really impressed me throughout the show, easily the realest New Jersey housewife, too bad she has a spoiled bitch for a daughter. Danielle is a pathetic, drama-queen, it's sad that the show had to revolve around her. If Dina's coming back, I want to see her husband. Teresa's funny and has great daughters, but is way too loyal to the Manzo sisters, while Caroline is just boring and needs to be replaced--either that or add a 6th NJ housewife next season and force her to be Danielle's friend.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vicki Gunvalson Gets Tattoo On Her Ass!

A very revealing moment for one of The Real Housewives of Orange County when Vicki Gunvalson dropped her drawers and got some artwork on what some say is her best asset, and only can show you the revealing pictures.

Check out the photos of the 47-year-old mom, who is all smiles with her second hubby Donn, letting everyone in on her Vicki's secret.

The Bravo blonde has no problem turning the other cheek as her bum gets beautified!

Seems like Vicki's really competing hard with Danielle for the title of Housewives biggest ho.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Is Here And So Are Her Nipples
Bethenny Frankel at the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala in New York

Holy crap, could this chick embarrass her kids any more? Wasn't appearing on the Real Housewives of New York enough? She has to go and pull this see-through shit? Her kids won't be able to show their faces at school. And I know we've all had parents embarrass us in some way or another, but this is just over the top. The worst my mom ever did was a little meth, but it's almost like, whose mom hasn't dabbled in that?
Ummm, Bethenney doesn't have any kids and that outfit looks hot on her IMHO. People need to lighten up.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Kelly Bensimon Gets Community Service For Slugging Ex-Boyfriend

A claws-out cougar from "The Real Housewives of New York City" accepted a deal yesterday over charges she belted her much younger beau.

As part of the deal - in which she did not have to plead guilty - Kelly Bensimon, 40, will have the assault charge against her dropped if she can stay out of trouble for one year. Judge Michael Yavinsky said she also has to serve two days of community service.

"I'm very pleased. Justice was served," a beaming Bensimon said after 'fessing up to her March assault on Nick Stefanov, 30.

The model wasn't very apologetic about the beatdown.

"I learned that if a man is in your apartment and he won't leave, that you should absolutely do whatever it takes," the 6-foot stunner said.

Guess that little fit Kelly threw on the "Reunion" show about this case, worked.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kim Zolciak Throws A Party!

Kim and her new BFF Derrick J threw a party in the ATL last night. Sheree and Kandi came through, but NeNe didn't. has more pics.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

That's Danielle Staub In "Cop Without A Badge" Book

Ok, the word, rumors, gossip, whatever concerning Danielle Staub is now official:
After the teaser on last week's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," we were all waiting to find out about Danielle and her mug shot in the book "Cop Without a Badge."

But first, we have to hear a recap of the gossip from last week as Teresa and Jacqueline sit down with Danielle to discuss all the nonsense. Which, as is the case with drama queens the world over, meant that Danielle would barely let anyone else finish a sentence, went on and on about how victimized she is and did her damnedest to attempt to squeeze out a few tears. Among the rumors was the husband chasing and offering a personal trainer sex in exchange for training - a charge Danielle dismisses by informing us that she owes more than $25,000 to Neiman Marcus, so why would she chase someone with a salary as low as a personal trainer. She does know that fitness training is not like marriage, right?

Danielle is convinced that Dina is the one who is doing all the talking, but Dina is more concerned with her daughter going to Cyprus with her father for two weeks. Because Dina seems to think Cyprus is a third world country where they don't have toilet paper, diseases run rampant, older men are looking to impress young American girls (Lexi isn't even a teenager yet) and terrorists are lurking around every corner.

Teresa's husband Joe decides he wants them to take salsa lessons and Jacqueline and her husband, Caroline's kids, and Danielle all go too. Caroline watches uncomfortably as Danielle cougar eyes her son and grabs his hips in an effort to teach him how to move. But things get even more uncomfortable when Joe keeps calling things "gay" and Danielle tells him to knock it off (which, I agree with, frankly). Joe tells her to 'be quiet; and Danielle shoots back that he can't talk to her like that because she is not his wife. They all leave awkwardly as Teresa tries to figure out if she was insulted or not. She decides she is, hangs up on Danielle when she tries to talk about what happened at the dance lesson, and gets to the business of moving into her ridiculously over the top house and focusing on Gia's career.

Finally getting to the book issue, Caroline, Dina and Teresa get their hands on it and read it. As they report, Danielle was involved with kidnapping, the Colombian drug cartel and prostitution. Jacqueline meets with Danielle and asks if the man she was dating was involved in those things and Danielle flatly responds "I'm not going to answer that" and then explains in a confessional that if she was involved in it, Jacqueline should have figured it out by now. Which is a specious argument at best.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Thinks New Jersey Counterparts Are "Boring"
If Real housewives of New York City's Bethenny Frankel were to be asked, the housewives over at the garden state aren't all that exciting compared to the boob-job-getting, backstabbing ladies of the big apple, but their husbands are a different matter entirely.

"I'm not finding the actual content all that riveting (and I mean not even in a "can't look away from a train wreck kind of way")," she writes on her E! Online blog. "I find it pretty boring so far, and I think it is largely because the husbands may be the most interesting characters, and they don't seem to be surfacing anytime soon."
I totally agree. So far "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has not lived up to the hype (I believe that it's still getting great ratings tho). Danielle is, by far, the most interesting character and Teresa puts you to sleep (tho her family could make things interesting if Bravo were to feature them more). Granted, there's still a lot of season left, so who knows if the drama will get better, but so far I'm not impressed.

Jeana Keough Not Returning To "Orange County"?
Jeana Keough and her family may not appear on the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, according to an unsourced, two-sentence post on The Dirty that said “Bravo and the Keough’s [sic] couldn’t come to terms over contract negotiations. As of now, Jeana and her family are not signed on to the 5th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.” If thats true, that’d leave Vicki Gunvalson as the only original cast member.

Jeana has addressed the rumors but only in a roundabout way. Replying to someone who said “hope the show continues,”
Jeana wrote on Twitter, “Don’t hold your breath!”, and later, when someone asked if there’d be another season, she wrote, “Yes, that’s what I hear is going on!”
Jeana's certainly the sane and reasonable one on "Orange County" and I was interested in seeing how her finally going out and dating, after her marriage recently fell apart, would turn out. But hey, maybe after all these years, she's just tired of the cameras. If she does decide to leave, the show will definitely miss her.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Who Will The Real Housewives Of DC Be?

Bravo announced this week that it will bring its “Real Housewives” program to Washington and is hard at work “scouting the D.C. area to identify the city's alluring and discriminating residents ... women who have their pulse on the most important cultural events, political galas, gallery openings and fundraisers in Washington society."

We’re here to help – or at least handicap the search.

Despite the show’s title, “Real Housewives” doesn’t actually require women to be housewives — many of the “housewives” featured on other versions of the show are accomplished women with impressive jobs — or not even married. Still, being single is the exception to the rule and, for the sake of consistency of our list, we’re including married women only.

Sorry, MoDo.

And, yes, we’re being realistic here, so don’t look for, say, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Vicki Kennedy on our list. And many of Washington’s best-known socialites — the Catherine Reynoldses, Buffy Cafritzs, Beth Dozoretzes and Catherine Meyers of the world — aren’t likely to “stoop” to the tawdry world of reality TV.

So who might be a good fit – and a reasonable “get”? Here are some of our best guesses:

Michelle Fenty

Why they'd pick her: As the wife of Washington's mayor, she's a natural pick for any local show. Her family is cute (a 6-month-old girl and 8-year-old twin boys) and photogenic (the "Housewives" crew would love catching a sweaty mayor busting through the front door after his morning run). And, if the mayor’s mini-political controversies continue, a peak inside their household would make for must-see TV.

Why they wouldn't: The wives and husbands of politicians have learned to take a backseat to their hobnobbing spouses, and it's doubtful that an already private mayor would encourage his wife to pull back the curtains on their lives.

Sally Quinn

Why they'd pick her: As one of Georgetown's longtime hostesses, she brings an institutional knowledge of the city that some of the up-and-comers lack. She and husband Ben Bradlee (former executive editor of the Washington Post) can whip off stories about the days of Camelot and put the younger wives' Obama-mania in perspective.

Why they wouldn't: Since Quinn is one of the more obvious choices, she'd also be one of the more uninspired and most predictable. And on a show that encourages personality and characters, Quinn can frequently come off as detached and aloof. Perhaps a better choice would be yoga instructor Pary Williamson, who was recently engaged to Sally and Ben’s son, Quinn.

Tammy Haddad

Why they'd pick her: More and more, Haddad has become a symbol for social Washington and the nexus between power and parties. She and her husband, Ted Greenberg of the World Bank, would make for great television, since Greenberg frequently jokes with guests that he's just background music at some of their parties and adorably concedes that Haddad truly runs the house.

Why they wouldn't: If "Real Housewives" had any designs on someone besides Haddad dominating the show's narrative, they’d better not pick her, since Haddad's big personality won't be easy to hide.

Ana Marie Cox

Why they'd pick her: The Air America pundit, along with husband Chris Lehmann (of CQ), would present a nerdy, eyebrow-raised contrast to Georgetown's stiff upper lip. She'd be the one staring into the camera, asking America, "Can you believe these chicks?"

Why they wouldn't: Cox picks her friends carefully and might have a hard time pretending to be buddies with some women that she'd otherwise rather ridicule.

Bethenny Frankel Gets Something Off Her Chest

Real Housewives of New York City's Bethenney Frankel talks about her latest pet project: her boobs.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Danielle Staub: Former Stripper And Coke Fiend?!?

IF you thought the women on the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" were as hardcore as can be, you may soon be in for a bigger surprise.

In the weeks ahead, the show is apparently going to expose some blockbuster revelations about one of the cast members, Danielle Staub.

Staub has hinted on the show that she has some secrets. And now they seem to have been revealed in a out-of-print book about the life of a petty criminal and police informant.

The show's producers have not yet said what those revelations are. But the book, "Cop Without a Badge" contains some radioactive information.

It tells the story of ex-con and government informer Kevin Maher and his gal pal, Beverly Merrill -- who, in a mug shot in the book, bears a striking resemblance to Staub. According to the book, Merrill is described as a man-hungry hellion, who is busted with her boyfriend and winds up as a stripper.

Merrill becomes tangled up with Maher after her former boyfriend kidnaps a kid in a drug deal gone bad. Maher arranges a deal for Merrill, five years probation in exchange for pleading guilty to extortion, according to the book.

Merrill later marries Maher, but it doesn't last.

Afterward, according to the book, she changes her name to Danielle and takes a job as a stripper at the Satin Dolls club, the North Jersey club that subbed for The Bada Bing in "The Sopranos," A search by The Post indicated that a Beverly Merrill is connected to Staub though public records.

So far, 3 episodes in, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has revolved around Staub and this stuff will only add to the drama. "Beverly Merrill" is definitely Danielle and it looks like she's had a lot of work done on her face. But with a sordid past like that, who can blame her for the complete identity change? Danielle's dropping hints that Dina knows what's up, but I guess we'll all have to just wait and see.

Kelly Bensimon Interview With Obsessed TV's Samantha Ettus

Kelly Bensimon talks about being "infamous", her Real Housewives co-stars and says that she'll "absolutely" be back for another season. Great. As confused, disoriented and shallow as Kelly is, her addition to the show was a good choice by Bravo. Kelly added drama to the show and her feud with Bethenny will go down in infamy--and it showed us all that Ms. Frankel isn't as cute innocent as the media likes to portray her. Plus Kelly's hair needs its own show anyway.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Kelly Bensimon Arrested For Assaulting Boyfriend
A model who appears on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City" is facing charges that she punched an ex-boyfriend and left a bloody gash on his face.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, 40, was arrested in Manhattan last week on a misdemeanor assault charge after her 30-year-old ex-boyfriend Nicholas Stefanov told police she assaulted him.

Killoren Bensimon surrendered Thursday, two days after the alleged assault. A misdemeanor complaint says she hit Stefanov with her fist in her apartment.

She was released without bail after her arraignment on a third-degree assault charge.

Her lawyer, Stephen Turano, didn't return a call for comment, but the Daily News quoted him as saying she denies the allegations. He called Stefanov "a jilted lover."

Stefanov told the Daily News that he still loves Killoren Bensimon. He said the pressure of being on the hit reality TV show caused her to snap and punch him during an argument.

He said she "had the courtesy to take her (engagement) ring off first," the News reported, adding she also returned it to him that night.