Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jill Zarin Reveals The Truth About 'Fights' On The 'Real Housewives'

Albie and Chris Manzo Will Star in Hoboken Based Reality Show "Boys to Manzo"

The rumors are true. Albie and Chris Manzo, the twentysomething brothers on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will soon star in their own Bravo-TV reality series about their bachelor life in Hoboken, where they moved this past November.

The show will be called "Boys to Manzo" and was plugged in a small ad during the new episode of Real Housewives on Monday night.
Chris is naturally funny and entertaining, but Albie seriously needs to open up and let his guard down in order for this show to work.

Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio Excites Housewives Fans

Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio could be the silent hit of the season’s Real Housewives of New York. Pinot Grigio and Ramona Singer are inseparable this season of New York Housewives prompting fans to exclaim on Facebook “where can I buy Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio?” In fact, after years of reality stars pushing upon fans to buy their cliché workout tapes and weight loss pills, Singer is parlaying her exposure on Housewives into a Pinot Grigio storyline, both on screen and off-screen. A quick perusal of Singer’s secondary Facebook account reveals at least fifty fans since last night alone asking about where to purchase the Pinot Grigio, suggesting that demand may be exceeding supply.

It’s been hard to go even one episode without Pinot Grigio becoming the core of the feud between the blondes and the brunettes this season. In one episode, the Housewives battled over the exclusion of the beverage at a function.

But much like Vicki Gunvalson’s love of Coto Insurance has become a battleground in this season’s OC Housewives, with Gunvalson finding more comfort in time at work than with her own husband, Singer’s love of pinot grigio has become often the battleground of disputes between the ladies. But therein could rest the jealously.

The coupling of celebrities with beverages has been a big business the last decade. Now reality stars that tried to push traditional brands like handbags, jewelry, and creams are realizing that distribution channels for beverages can lead to far more lucrative careers. The first notable sale this decade was when rapper 50 Cent teamed with Glacéau in the deployment of Vitamin Water. By 2007, Coca-Cola bought Glacéau for US$4.1 billion bringing the rapper far in excess of $100 million from the sale.

Beverages don’t all compete against each other. Market researcher Nielsen Co., for example, ranks sales of beverages according to types of spirits. For example, from January to February, in the ready-to-drink cocktail category, Nielson reported that Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita topped the competition, earning $218 million during that period.

Today, Singer’s distribution is growing (see here). “The vines ranged in age from 15-20 years old in soil of calcareous origin that is rich in limestone. The grapes were hand-picked and immediately crushed upon reception at the cellar” Singer says in a news statement this week. “The next process is the fermentation of the wine in stainless steel tanks which took 15 days. The wine was then filtered and fined before resting in a temperature controlled tank for 2-3 months.”

Ramona Singer Jealous Of Bethenny Frankel?!?

Jealousy is an ugly color for Real Housewives of New York City's Ramona Singer.

RadarOnline.com has learned that the controversial reality-TV star hatched a plan to follow in the footsteps of former RHONYC star Bethenny Frankel in hopes of becoming as popular and successful as she is -- but it's not working out so well for her.

"Ramona has always been jealous of Bethenny and didn't even want her on the show at first," a source close the situation told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.

"Ramona is trying to play the sympathy card and came up with a plan to spin her negative press by saying that she is the 'Bethenny' of this season... Ramona is the person who really turned Bethenny against Jill [Zarin] and now it's backfiring on her!"

According to the source, 54-year-old Singer is jealous of Frankel's Skinnygirl brand and hopes to rival it with her new wine label.

"Ramona has gone to the press to say that Bethenny exaggerated about the amount of money she made with the sale of her Skinnygirl brand because she is seething with jealousy over Bethenny's success," the source said.

"Ramona thought that if she got in a fight with Jill she could be the Bethenny of this season and gain a ton of fans like Bethenny did and build her wine to be as successful as Bethenny's Skinnygirl brand."
Kelly's long been jealous of Bethenney, but Ramona? Not till the news got out about Bethenny's rumored fortune do I believe that there was any jealousy was there. As for setting up a fight with Jill just to be popular with fans, that's just ridiculous considering how much Jill and Ramona fight anyway.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kathy Wakile: 'I Never Wanted To Choose Between Melissa and Teresa'

So far this season on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," Bravo shifted the big feud from Danielle Staub and the Manzos to Teresa Giudice's family drama. Yet, Teresa's cousin, Kathy Wakile, says she had no idea at first that she was even being considered for the same show Teresa was on.

"Maybe it was naive on my part," Kathy tells Zap2it after we asked her if she thought Bravo was interested in her because of her connection to Teresa. "I really had no idea it was even for the Housewives."

The new housewife says her relationship to Teresa isn't something she flaunted. She has never shared the same last name as her cousin, doesn't tag Teresa in photos on Facebook, and she didn't like to tell people that her cousin was on the show until she really knew them.

"I didn't do that," she explains. "Because I would always like to establish myself for who I truly am on my own."

Of course, the cat's out of the bag now and to viewers it seems as if she sides with Teresa's sister-in-law and new cast member, Melissa Gorga, against her cousin. But, Kathy says that was never her intention.

"It's never been a team for me," she says. "I never wanted to choose between Melissa or Teresa. As I said before, I grew up with Teresa. Teresa is my cousin and I love her. I looked at her like a little sister. When Joe and Melissa got married, I looked at Melissa like a cousin too. And we all got along really, really well initially. And what happened was Teresa's life got busier."

Kathy explains Teresa became busy with her life and small kids while her own kids were becoming old enough to do social activities and Kathy needed to be with them. So, the cousins drifted apart. Meanwhile, she began to spend more time with Melissa, who even though she had small children too, she stayed closer to home and could spend time with Kathy.

"It wasn't a divide that was intentional by any means," Kathy says. "But still sometimes Teresa sees it that way. It was not intended to be that way."

Vicki Gunvalson's regrets on 'Real Housewives of Orange County': 'I hurt Donn a lot'

Damn right you did:
While Vicki Gunvalson filed for divorce back in October of last year, it's all now unfolding on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County." And the O.C. housewife has some regrets about how she handled the situation on-camera.

"I hurt Donn a lot by exposing all of the things that I did," Vicki tells E!Online. "Which I never meant to do. The unfortunate part is I started talking to Tamra [Barney] in confidence, and you tend to forget that there's a microphone on and she's like, 'What's wrong with you, what's wrong with you, what's wrong with you? You're not yourself.' And I just started unloading. And the cameras caught it."

Vicki says her divorce isn't final and it doesn't sound as if she has her heart set on making it that quite yet.

"We're very cordial," she says. "We hope we're making the right decision. We're not legally divorced yet. We're in the process, we're doing mediation. I love Donn, I respect Donn, I want the best for Donn. If I'm it, then we'll stay together. If I'm not it, then we won't. Right now we're just proceeding with the separation and that's where we're at right now."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ramona Singer Explains Her Drinking Habits

Dina Manzo, Caroline Manzo And Teresa Giudice Speak @ Project Ladybug's Wine, Women & Shoes 5th Annual Ladies Night Out

WPRO Interviews Jill Zarin

Bravo to Porn Site -- Stop Pimping 'Real Housewives'

Bravo is on the rampage ... after the network discovered a XXX website using the "Real Housewives" good name to promote its sex performers -- and now, they're gunning to shut the whole site down.

A rep for the reality network fired off a letter on Monday to RealHousewivesofScottsdale.com -- a site that boasts live XXX performances from several "housewives" -- and accused the site of sullying the "Real Housewives" reputation.

Bravo claims RHOS is infringing on their trademark -- insisting site operators better pull the plug on the entire operation stat ... or else.

But the site owner ain't scared -- telling us, he's not pulling the plug on anything ... and he's willing to go to court over it.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kandi Burruss Speaks On "Celebrity Apprentice" And The Money Kim Zolciak Still Owes Her

I'm sorry, but Kandi's a herb for letting Kim get away with that crap.

Teresa Giudice On Cover Of In Touch Weekly, Blames Fame for Family Troubles

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice places the blame on her TV stardom as the reason her once supportive family has turned on one another.

In an exclusive interview with In Touch this week, Giudice talked about her fame on "Real Housewives" and how it has affected her brother, Joe Gorga, and sister-in-law, Melissa.

Giudice said she doesn't want to "stoop down to Melissa's level" and refused to use the word "jealous" to describe her brother and sister-in-law, but cited the brawl at the christening of the Gorgas' son Joey (in last week's premiere episode) as an example of how fame has sadly split their once close-knit family and nearly destroyed her marriage.
Can someone please ask Teresa if she ever gets mad or blames Joe for any of the problems her family's been through of late. Or is she really just in that much denial?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Vicki Gunvalson Talks Impending Divorce and Finale Fights


Danielle Staub To Fight "Teen Mom" Jenelle Evans

You've got to hand it to Jenelle Evans. We've spent months shaking our heads at the Teen Mom 2 star's utter lack of direction in life, but good news y'all! It's landing her a job fighting Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub! And we get to stand on the sidelines and snicker.

After the knock-down drag-out fight that landed the teenager in jail, and put Evans neck and neck with Amber Portwood as angriest Teen Mom star ever, the Celebrity Boxing Foundation showed up to try to bail her out of trouble. In exchange, they're trying to put Evans in the ring with Staub, one of the crankiest housewives ... which is saying a lot now, isn't it?

It's pretty clear what the "foundation" gets out of this. They want to gain notoriety, natch. And moo-lah. Evans gets out of jail -- the "foundation" has said they'll pay off Brittany Truett, the girl who Evans beat up, to drop the charges. She gets to act like a misguided teenager in front of thousands of people and get PAID for it. Oh wait, she has that job already. Anyhoo. Staub has got a line of people suing her for money; she could use the cash.

So what do WE get out of this?

Hello! Let's repeat this. Jenelle Evans fighting Danielle Staub. Two of reality TV's cattiest, dirtiest fighters, in the ring, TOGETHER.
RELATED: 'DWTS' Chelsea Kane: I Might Be Related to 'Real Housewives' Star Danille Staub

Marlo Hampton, New Member of "Real Housewives of Atlanta"?

Mark my words and remember where you heard this first!!

Word on the curb is that there’s a new Real Housewives of Atlanta “housewife” in town. Meet Marlo (or Marlow) Hampton, the fiance’ of NFL baller Charles Grant…

As taping continues for RHOA season 4, Marlo and Charles were spotted at IIDA Georgia Chapter’s ‘Dressed in the Garden of Eden’ event at Piedmont park a few weeks ago with cameras in tow.

Here’s the scoop…

During that event Marlo and Charles sat comfortably between Sheree’s gay hubby, “Miss Lawrence” Washington and Phaedra Parks.

While most at the park could be heard whispering… ‘who the hell is Marlo,’ the newest “housewife” kept mum while rocking Gucci from head to toe.

I don’t know too much about Miss Marlo, I don’t even think she’s originally from Atlanta, but my intel told me in *Kanye’s voice* that she “don’t mess with no broke n*ccas” and that she was once a “stylist”… (NeNe even wore some of her clothes last season). MESSY!!!

Things are about to get even more MESSY in that Marlo was apparently placed on the show as an obvious thorn in NeNe’s side.

Although she adamantly denies it, NeNe and Charles are rumored to have had lil fling a while back.

If you recall, Kim Zolciak put NeNe’s adulterous relationship on blast on Bravo’s Aftershow and the relationship even resulted in a few pregnancy rumors.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Andy Cohen Talks "Real Housewives" On Bloomberg TV

h/t: J. Austin @ Bloomberg.net

Taylor Armstrong Admits That She "Went Too Far" With Weight Loss

Yeah and water is wet:
Surrounded by false rumors that her marriage is on the rocks and she’s anorexic, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong sets the record straight in this week’s issue of OK! magazine!

She has always been model-slim, but recently photos surfaced of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong looking exceedingly thin, which sparked rumors that marriage trouble had led to an “eating disorder.”

It’s “absolutely not true,” Taylor shares exclusively with OK!. “My husband, Russell, and I are together and in love and happier than ever. But I do want to tell OK! exactly what did happened. I decided I needed to drop a few pounds, but I went to unhealthy extremes.”

How did it all start?
Russell brought home diet supplements two months ago because someone he knows wanted him to look at the company. We didn’t discuss the business end of it, but I started taking the supplements without him knowing. In the back of my mind I didn’t think they would even work, so I wasn’t worried — they were all natural and I thought you had to take prescription drugs to really ever lose weight.

Why did you think you needed them?
You know how it is as a woman; I was feeling my clothes were tight. I get everything tailored to fit me just right, so even if I gain just a few pounds my clothes don’t fit. I’d gained some weight because I was so busy with the show, being a wife and mother and running my start-up business (beautyticket.com). We went to charity events at night and I was eating unhealthy “event food” or drive-thru food, so I felt I needed to lose some weight. When I was taking the supplements, I had so much energy and wasn’t hungry — I thought it was great at first.

Has Russell ever made you feel self-conscious about your body?
Not at all. As a matter of fact, like most men, he likes me best when I am voluptuous. Recently we were looking at photos and he pointed out one and said I looked so lovely in it. I laughed as I told him: “I was five months pregnant there!”

When did you know you’d gone too far?
It was Russell who got me to admit the truth. He saw I wasn’t eating much and that I was too thin. I wasn’t weighing myself or taking my measurements, but when he said it I knew he was right.

NeNe Leakes Not Leaving 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

After becoming even more of a major star on "The Celebrity Apprentice," it still looks like NeNe Leakes is still going be a cast member on the show that made her famous -- "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

Just how false is the rumor that the controversial reality star is saying goodbye? Less than 24 hours after it started to circulate, the following statement was released by Bravo on the matter:

"I'm happy to report that NeNe Leakes is still gainfully employed by Bravo as a cast member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. In fact, after the finale of Celebrity Apprentice, NeNe spent some time in New York shooting scenes for the upcoming season."
Why anyone would believe, with an ego the size of her's, NeNe Leakes would leave RHONYC on her accord his beyond me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Slip of the Tongue? Danielle Staub Calls Italian-Americans Offensive 'G-Word'

Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Danielle Staub is set to star in the new VH1 show, “Famous Food,” alongside Heidi Montag and Jake Pavelka.

However, we couldn’t help but lose our reality television appetite after a phone interview with Staub, who was promoting the restaurant-related series.

“I am definitely a foodie; people underestimate how much I eat because I am small. I can eat like a man,” Staub told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “Even when I was eight years old, even though I was adopted, I knew my heritage was Italian, and I hated the American food my parents made. So I learned to hang with my Guinea friends and whenever I would taste a dish I would go to the store and reproduce the dish.”

Hold up – did she just use the G-word?

According to the Urban Dictionary, “Guinea” is a racial slur used against an Italian-Americans. And unlike the "N-word," which some African-Americans sometimes use to address each other, or even "Guido," another Italian American slur which is bandied about shows like "Jersey Shore," no Italian-American would ever address another Italian-American using this term.

Indeed several Italian-Americans we talked to were deeply offended by Staub’s vocabulary.

“It's an offensive term that should be never used and is unacceptable. People should have better judgment,” said John Marino, National Executive Director at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). “It is both regrettable and alarming that she would use such a pejorative term, which reinforces a negative image and harmful stereotype of an entire ethnic group. Our society has made great strides in diversity and towards tolerance and has rightly cast aside the 'G–word' along with similar slurs directed at other ethnic, racial and religious groups.”

Starcasm Sucks!


For the record I make sure to always give credit to websites from whom I get stories on the Housewives from. Until recently no one has had a problem with my use of their stories until Starcasm.net, which after a couple of years of publishing stories (and always giving credit to) is suddenly coming down on yours truly with DMCA violations. This sucks twofold. First, as I just mentioned I've never once written a post here where I got info from another blog without giving credit to said blog via a link. Two, I do this for fun, because I love the Housewives franchise and I like to offer my views to the world and see what other 'Housewives' fans think. I don't make a dime off of this website because I like to write and it's really just a hobby. But Starcasm.net, a website I stopped visiting like a month ago when they hit me with their first DMCA violation (via Blogger) apparently has nothing better to do then bother me and threaten this blog's existence....really now, get a life. Besides that, there's really not much I can do besides not printing their work (which I've already done and while they continue to pick on me, delete previous posts I got from them), but putting them on blast for wasting of time and energy in going after a small-time blogger does make me feel a little better.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Real Housewives of OC Final Episode: Bravo’s Magic Editing Time Machine

A question about credibility arises:
Someone should tweet Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live and ask Andy:

‘How did Vicki Gunvalson manage to hold her ‘annual fall party–the party in the final episode that contains Bravo footage of the Tamra Barney-Jeana Keough ‘brawl’–one day after Vicki left the hospital after her emergency ‘surgery’?’

The following screenshot from TV Guide, the Bravo info on the RHOOC final episode set to be aired Sunday, June 5, at 10 EST, 9 Central.

Wow! That Vicki is one hell of a trooper! Two days after ‘surgery’ in the hospital, Vicki throws a big party at her house. You’d think her BFF Tamra Barney, who, in episode 12, the episode before the final episode, knew Vicki was having trouble with her marriage and who, two days earlier during Alexis Bellino’s fashion show, was freaked out Vicki was in the hospital about to have surgery, would have reconsidered showing up at Vicki’s party with the intention to serve to a cease and desist letter to Jeana Keough? Tamra’s actions leading to a nasty confrontation that turned into a ugly brawl, footage Bravo heavily touted in promos beginning the first episode of season six, the Tamra Barney-Jeana Keough ‘fight’.

According to TV Guide, Bravo will rerun episode 12 on Sunday during the Memorial Day weekend. Episode 12 contained footage of Vicki confiding to Tamra, Vicki wasn’t sure if she could stay in her loveless marriage, and, the footage from the Alexis Bellino fashion show. During the fashion show, footage of the cast members being relatively ‘polite’ until Tamra received a phone call or text message from Vicki, Vicki was in the hospital, ‘hemorrhaging’ and about to go into surgery. (Tamra’s claims.) Missing from the episode the curious lack of Bravo video footage of Vicki’s trip to the hospital. A trip to the hospital, prime Real Housewives’ ‘drama’ footage.

According to court documents Vicki Gunvalson filed for a divorce on October 18, 2010.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Melissa Gorga On Reconciling With Teresa Giudice: 'It's Not Happening'

After last week's blowup at the christening in the premiere episode, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" fans got a taste of the drama to come.

Zap2it has already spoken to new housewife Melissa Gorga about the details surrounding her joining the show and how she felt about her son's christening being ruined, but we still have a whole season ahead of us.

In this part of our interview, we speak to her about the chances of reconciliation this season and what we can expect as the season unfolds.

Teresa has had a rough year. Did you reach out to her when all that bankruptcy stuff was going down?
Um, yes, actually I did. I did call her a couple times, but she was always in denial and didn't want to talk about it. And you know the relationship I have with her I didn't want to throw it in her face. I didn't want to call too much and too often, because there was a new story every single day. You know, her husband's going to jail, her husband's doing fraud, and I was like, 'What am I going to do? Call every time I see something in the paper?'

The relationship we had at the time she would have just thought I was throwing it in her face. So, I did reach out to her and then I began to text her and say 'If you need anything.' And the truth is if she truly did need anything, my husband would give her anything she needed. It was one of those things. You know, if Teresa has a headache, she'll tell you she doesn't have a headache. It's kind of hard to talk to her. She doesn't confide in us. She doesn't confide in her family. We had to find out in the papers. She never even told us what was going on in her life, so we had no idea.

In the premiere, Teresa says she was happy when you married her brother and wanted a relationship, but you acted cold with her. Is that true?
No. I have both sisters down The Shore and she was going to be the only sister that I had. And I really did want a relationship with her. And I feel we did try in the beginning. And she did try. But little by little, the things she would say, the way that she was was very different from the way that I was and we started to bump heads. And as Joey and I started to become more successful, I think she started to change and her personality toward me started to change. And she looked at me as a competitor instead of a sister-in-law and that's when things just started to go downhill and all of that was just bizarre to me, because I have none of that going on in my family. And I have two older sisters and cousins everywhere, so I'm not used to that.

It took me for a loop. And every time she spoke my jaw would drop. I couldn't believe the words that were coming out of her mouth. So, it's kind of hard for me. It was a really hard time. I think we've all come to a place now where we've accepted it. It's not happening. It's just never going to happen, so we just kind of gave up. But, you will start to see us try to mend fences and try to fix it.

What can we expect of you this season?
You're going to see a lot of my interaction with my husband. He's hysterical I have to say. He and I together are a power couple and we're great and we really compliment each other well throughout the whole season. So, you're going to see a lot of me and my husband. A lot of me being a little bit of everything where I cook, I clean and now I'm going on this journey to be a singer. And I have incredible producers who have worked with Brittany Spears and Beyonce coming into my home and I sing next to a piano a capella. And you're going to see my journey all the way up to my first performance, to my first live singing performance. So, it's an amazing journey you're going to take with me on the whole ride of my music career.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NeNe Leakes on the Today Show

Cynthia Bailey Discusses Husband's Business Ventures and Loaning Him Money

Camille Grammer Tones Down Her Act

Has Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife Camille Grammer been ordered in their divorce settlement to shut up about their painful split and calm down on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"?

After hitting the jackpot in her recent divorce settlement with the "Frasier" star -- and facing a custody battle for their kids -- Camille has returned to the show's second-season tapings "subdued."

So much so that Bravo producers are finding her character -- which provided a lot of the crazy entertainment in Season 1 -- "really boring," according to sources, one of whom added, "Producers have told Camille she has to start being more interesting and causing more drama."

"Nobody knows what's in that divorce settlement," says a source close to the show. "But I would not be surprised if she could not discuss certain things. She's checking what comes out of her mouth, and the producers are pushing for the cast to be as naughty and as full-on as possible."

While Kelsey and Camille agreed on a quickie divorce so he could marry Kayte Walsh, Camille doesn't want to lose any access to her children, so she's refusing to act in a way on the show that could give him ammunition for a custody battle, pals say.

"She is caught in a real dilemma," says one source. "She wants the attention. But she's not stupid. She's not going to throw away $50 million for some stupid show. She is not going to act crazy and allow Kelsey to use that to argue for full custody of the kids."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

After Christening Fight Melissa Gorga Considered Quitting RHONJ

Season 4 of “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” started off with a major brawl at a baptism and Melissa Gorga was stuck in the middle. Why is there bad blood in the family that started the fight? Plus, does her husband Joe have an obsession with her feet? Watch the show Mondays at 9 PM on Bravo.

Was Countess LuAnn's Teenage Daughter Kicked Out Of Private School?

The Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is having problems with her teenage daughter.

Victoria, the reality star's 16-year-old daughter, was reportedly asked to leave her $45,000-a-year private school in the wake of the release of a YouTube clip showing her using racial slurs and rolling what appears to be a joint.

Victoria de Lesseps left the Tony Ross School in the Hamptons shortly after the video swept the internet, according to the New York Post.

Countess LuAnn, meanwhile, has strongly denied the allegations claiming her daughter left the school of her own reconnaissance.

"Victoria withdrew from Ross School five months ago, but it was unrelated to the video," a rep for the family said. "She is happily looking forward to studying art in Paris this summer."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer Locked in Twitter and Facebook War

Ding, ding, ding!

Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer are at war, this time on Facebook and Twitter!

After Thursday night's episode of The Real Housewives of New York, the two took their beef to their social media platforms and began battling it out virtually.

Although Zarin, 47, and Singer, 54, have had a tumultuous relationship as of late, the real drama ensued when Singer showed up at Zarin's charity lunch toting a crate of her own pinot grigio, under what she claimed was a request from Zarin's assistant. The two went head-to-head at the door.

"When Jill saw the wine in my arms, she asked why did I brought it," Singer penned in her BravoTV blog Friday. "I said 'your assistant asked me to.' She replied, 'No, he did not,' and I was flabbergasted. 'Do I need to show you the email he sent me?' I replied and she just stormed away. Once again, Jill gets caught in a lie. I have finally realized that she is a pathological liar. She will just outright lie to make herself look good and make someone else look bad."

In true "ramotional" fashion, Singer tweeted on Thursday night: "If you want to see proof of Jill's lies check out my Facebook page tomorrow morning!"

Then, on Friday, she posted an email from the former assistant -- Darren Bettencourt --on her Facebook page with the caption: "On last night's episode, Jill denied that I was ever asked to bring wine to serve to the ladies at the charity lunch. Please see the emails between our assistants confirming just that! Another Jill lie..."

Before Singer's blog went up, Zarin tweeted, "I am sure Ramona's big surprise is something to do with my assistant. She doesn't know what I asked him to do and what he TOLD me."

Zarin followed up: "I will respond to Ramona's PROOF in my next newsletter. Sign up at jillzarin.com."

Bettencourt, who is now Zarin's manager, told Us Weekly: “The wine was always meant for the silent auction. The emails that [Ramona] posted are taken completely out of context. I can tell you that I spoke with Ramona’s assistant and she knew fully that the wine was not being brought there to serve for the guests. Her assistant left me a crazy email that I couldn’t understand, that’s why I sent the initial email. When Ramona showed up with the wine she had every intention of drinking it, while we were under the impression that it was for the auction, to raise money for charity. We didn’t even have the right glasses to serve wine in.”

Sonja Morgan Liable For Fraudulent Conduct

Maybe all that wacky behavior Sonja's been displaying this season has something to do with all the off the screen drama she's been involved with of late:
The United States Court of Appeals has upheld a $7 million judgment against "Real Housewife of New York" star Sonja Morgan made by Hannibal Pictures and its owner Richard Rionda del Castro, which alleges she is personally liable for fraudulent conduct when a movie she agreed to fund, "Fast Flash to Bang Time," was not made.

"With the confirmation by one of the highest Courts of our country, the masks are falling and there is no longer any doubt that we were defrauded and severely damaged. We are now going to collect to the fullest extent of the law," says Rionda del Castro in a statement.

Morgan filed for bankruptcy in November, claiming the movie was never made because its planned star, John Travolta, needed "various conditions" that her company, Sonja Productions, couldn't provide.

Hannibal Pictures distributes three to six motion pictures a year with budgets between $10 million and $30 million. The latest are "Casino Jack" starring Kevin Spacey, "Big Bang" starring Antonio Banderas, "Son of No One" starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino and "Things Fall Apart" starring Curtis 50 cent Jackson and Mario Van Peebles.

Danielle Staub Raked in $25,000 for Strip Sesh

Danielle Staub was paid $25,000 up front to strip for Scores in NYC -- but the deal went sour real quick after she allegedly reneged on her contract ... and now, she's getting sued for $375,000.

According to the lawsuit -- filed in April -- Danielle got $25,000 to appear in a full nude strip video back in November ... the same video TMZ posted stills from earlier this week.

According to the suit, it was all part of an exclusive 3-year contract -- which also required the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star to do voice work ... and even appear in a live video chat session on ScoresLive.com.

But Danielle allegedly bailed on their deal out of nowhere ... cutting off all contact with Scores after shooting the video -- and now, the company is suing her for $375,000 ... claiming breach of contract.

An exec at Scores tells us, they haven't heard a peep from Danielle since they filed the lawsuit -- but now that the pictures have leaked ... she's breaking her silence for publicity.

The exec adds, Danielle "has no shot of winning this lawsuit. It is a crystal clear breach of contract"

Real Housewives of New Jersey on the "Wendy Williams Show"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Danielle Staub Stops Stripping, Seeks Psychological Help

Well, that was quick. Kudos if she's serious about getting help because she needs boatloads:
Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub tells PEOPLE she walked away after her stripping appearance and is seeking treatment for psychological problems rooted in childhood sexual abuse.

"I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!" Staub, 48, says after photos of her dancing nude at Scores in New York appeared on the Internet.

"My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial," she says. "For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure.

"Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time," she continues, "I can no longer push it behind me."

The reality star, who is currently working on a new show with Heidi Montag and Jake Pavelka, says she has "sought out" Dr. Drew Pinsky for assistance.

Staub says she was "coaxed" into signing the appearance with Scores by her past handlers, but adds, "I have to own my mistakes and can't blame others." She says she has since "walked away" from the deal.

Camille Grammer to fight Kelsey for Full Custody of their Children

Kelsey Grammer must be either be mad ignorant or totally aloof if he thinks he can get a judge to side, then too word has it the kids have made it clear that they're happy where they are:
Camille Grammer is steaming mad at ex-husband Kelsey Grammer for his latest legal move in their messy divorce.

Kelsey filed legal papers in L. A. Superior Court last week to win sole custody of their two children, an act “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star called "another act of creepishness and chutzpah," according to TMZ.

"She will fight like hell to keep her children with her, being raised by her, exactly where the children wish to be," a close friend of Camille’s told People Magazine.

As fans of “Real Housewives” know, Kelsey moved to New York last year to join the Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles” where he would be “appreciated.”

While in New York, Kelsey carried on an affair with flight attendant Kayte Walsh. As a result, Kelsey and Camille were divorced in February. Before the ink was dry on the divorce papers, Kelsey married Walsh.

Camille, who lives in Southern California with her children, initially was open to the idea of shared custody with her ex, but now that Kelsey has filed papers, she’s going to fight for full custody of Mason, 9 and Jude, 6.

The 42-year old is confident that the court will grant her full custody, as Kelsey “abandoned his family and got married within months of separating from Camille, all of which speaks volumes about his parenting and his respect for his current children."

"Camille looks forward to a full and complete professional evaluation," the friend adds, "which she is more than confident will show her to be the more appropriate person to be primarily responsible for the custody of the children."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bethenny Frankel Lands On This Year's Forbes Celeb 100

I think it's safe to say that Bethenny's officially "up here" now:
The reality show veteran makes her debut on our list as the first TV personality to successfully launch--and unload--a brand on-camera. In March Frankel sold Skinnygirl Cocktails in a estimated $100 million deal to Fortune Brand's Beam Global. The entrepreneur is unstoppable: Frankel foods, sodas, kids clothes and even a daytime talk-show are all in the works.

Danielle Staub Is Now A 48-Year-Old Stripper

Of course, the ones you feel bad for are her kids. But then you'd think their dad would've done the right thing and taken them away from Danielle a long time ago considering all her antics. I mean, the woman is a pariah:
Now that she's no longer a "Real Housewife of NJ" ... Danielle Staub has picked up a new career as a fully nude, reconstructed, 48-year-old STRIPPER ... and for better or worse, we've got the photos to prove it.

TMZ has learned ... Staub recently signed a 3-year deal with the people at Scores Gentleman's Club in NY -- in which Danielle agreed to do one live appearance and occasionally appear on ScoresLive.com.

Of course, Staub is no stranger to public nudity -- who can forget her infamous sex tape ... in which Danielle erotically advises her partner about the perils of downing an onion and cheese bagel ... and some broccoli ... right before boom boom time.

RELATED: New Jersey Housewives Ratings Will Drop Without Me, Says Danielle Staub

Jill Zarin Poses As Fans Online?

I admit, I watch the "Real Housewives of New York City." Or, at least I did, until Bethenny Frankel left. I always felt like she was the one person on that show I'd love to meet and could imagine being friends with. Before her departure, I had that same rubberneck fascination as other fans, watching these "money can't buy you class" rich ladies make every friendship I've ever had seem that much more precious.

No one was more a target for collective derision than the egocentric, louder-than-life Jill Zarin, a woman who could barely stand to not be the center of attention, the first to cast aspersions on the other housewives and the last to let go of a grudge.

When New York Magazine's Vulture published a post suggesting that RHONYC might fire all the current bickering Betties and just start again from scratch, riffing off a New York Post story, it invited nearly 100 comments. Not so high, and not so unusual a count, but it seems like several commenters are convinced that Zarin, posing under several aliases, used the comments section to bolster support for her staying on the show. (Hat tip to Gawker for the find!)

Here is some of the unabashed pro-Jill gushing:

Gingerette3: "Bravo is nothing more than one big BS machine, creating stories like this to rile you people up. They would NEVER drop this cast. Maybe Alex and Kelly but NEVER the rest. Too many people love Jill Zarin. She is the best of all housewives. We LOVE her!!"
Cookie09: "The problem with the show right now is the blondes have an obvious agenda. They are so fake it's ridiculous. The friendship between Alex and Ramona causes me to run for the Pepto Bismal (sic). Give Jill Zarin her own show and get rid of these co-stars. Bring Kelly along for laughs. I think this is BS to drum up ratings btw."
JillZarinFan1: "Why is Bravo panicking? Who can say Beverly Hills will do well again? I would agree with the long needed removal of Alex McCord as well as Ramona who has obviously drank herself into another reality. But I watch the show for ladies like Jill Zarin, the Countess and even Sonja who is funny as hell to watch. I agree the episodes without Jill this season were iffy, but last week was great. Jill has a star quality that makes the show great."

What makes this even remotely interesting is that this would be a repeat offense by Zarin, who was pegged by Gawker as the perpetrator of favorable Amazon reviews of her book, "Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Family, Real Love."

The unwritten laws of the Internet dictate self-policing and calling out when it seems like a troll is afoot. More from Vulture::

Cparkeast: "As always Jill goes over the top with one comment after another herself under different names. There really aren't that many Jill Zarin fans in this world so of course the readers would get suspicious."
Gerji6: "Gingerette, You certainly are pro-Jill Zarin. I can't help but notice that you have the same name as her dog...G I N G E R ! Coincidence?" (Which sparked this response from @freelyvivacious: @Gerij6 - Not at all a coincidence. Jill's fans go by the name Gingerettes. Annie and I came up with it. It is originated by her beloved Ginger and her ginger hair.)
Leatherfacedtranny: "OMG i take back every nice thing i said about Jill Zarin. Her interns are clearly back at work trying to save her butt. Every nice thing about Zarin on this blog is said by someone who has never commented at NYMag before. Conspiracy!"

If Zarin is trying to win the hearts and minds of fans to stay on the show, or even spin-off her own, she has a ways to go to convince people she's deserving, if people assume so readily she'd come up with fake fans to keep her 15 minutes of fame.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kelsey Grammer Trying to Rip Custody From Camille

The nerve of some people. Is Kelsey Grammer that aloof not to see how bad he looks here esp. after the whole world saw him cheat on on his ex-wife? Unbelievable:
Kelsey Grammer has just filed legal papers to get sole physical custody of the two children he had with his ex-wife Camille Grammer ... TMZ has learned.

Kelsey's lawyer filed the legal docs today in L.A. County Superior Court.

Sources say Kelsey and Camille Grammer have been at war over the kids. We're told the children have been having emotional difficulty dealing with Kelsey walking out and divorcing their mom.

Kelsey is asking for joint legal but sole physical custody, but it's not clear where he wants the kids to live. Kelsey is currently in Chicago and the kids are in school in L.A.

Sources close to Camille are scoffing at Kelsey's move, saying she's been a full-time mother and he has been nothing but uncooperative in trying to work out a custody agreement. She was willing to give him 50/50 custody, but now all bets are off.

Clips From Last Night's Episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

Bad blood explodes between Melissa, Joe and Teresa at a family christening.

Teresa talks to Jacqueline Laurita about growing tension with her brother Joe.

Well, this episode certainly lived up to expectations and why would anyone be surprised that Joe Guidice is in the middle of it. It's sad to see a brother and sister not get along like that, but for now I'm on Joe Gorga's side if only for the fact that with all sorts of DUI's, fraud, verbal abuse, housing scams and other crimes we've seen Joe Guidice involved in the past couple of years, it's any wonder why Teresa still stays with the man--the guy's become a joke. I mean, getting on a father's kid because the son works too much and takes care of his family?!? Really now?


Monday, May 16, 2011

LuAnn de Lesseps Keynote Speaker At NYU Nursing School

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps was the keynote speaker at the NYU College of Nursing graduation today and she credited her nursing degree to the success she achieved as a model.

“I worked part time as a nurse when I was scouted to model, and I am convinced I got many of my jobs because I was not just a waitress,’ LuAnn told RadarOnline.com after her speech.

“Think about it, the people hiring would rather go on the plane to Aspen with a nurse than with someone who was just waiting tables.”

Known for her role on the hit show, the Real Housewives of New York, the Countess said she found her love of nursing when she was a teenager.

“I worked in a home for the elderly when I was only 14 years old, my job was to wash dishes in the back but I would chat with everyone there and I just fell in love with the elderly.”

Explaining how she became the keynote speaker, LuAnn said “I met the Dean of the NYU College of Nursing and she just loved all the humanitarian work that I do and so she asked me to be the keynote speaker.”

Crazy Kelly Bensimon Wants to Make You 'Hot' with New Book

Kelly Bensimon doesn't just feel sexy – she wants you to feel sexy, too.

The Real Housewives of New York City star, 43, signed a deal with St. Martin's Press to write a book tentatively titled I Want to Make You Hot.

"Spend seven days with me and my expert friends and we'll have fun with exercise, eat better, dress amazing, have more fun and smile through a life that's too short," Bensimon says in a press release announcing her new project.

Bensimon, who says she feels "good about myself, my fluctuating weight and my life," hopes to inspire readers to develop a positive self-image. "Hot isn't about a waist size or a number on a scale," she says. "We can control how we look and feel, so let's get started together."

The guide – Bensimon's fourth book – will include over 40 recipes, along with tips on how to live a healthy life and have fun while doing it. It's tentatively scheduled to arrive in stores in 2012.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Entire Real Housewives of New York City Cast May Be Replaced

Look out Jill, Ramona, LuAnn, and Alex -- according to a new report, you're all on the chopping block.

Bravo executives were so overwhelmed with the success of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -- their season finale was the highest-rated episodes in Housewives history -- they're looking at revamping the NYC franchise with all super-wealthy women with over-the-top lifestyles.

Producers believe that the hotel-sized mansions, stretch limos, diamonds, private jets, and record-setting divorce settlements that are part of the Bev Hills housewives' world, that made the show so appealing. They think the NYC show would perform better with that same feel.

So if you have Adrienne Maloof of Camille Grammer-size bank accounts, live in Manhattan, and have always wanted to be on reality TV, you may be in luck, reports The New York Post.

"We're always casting for new housewives in every city," a Bravo rep conceded to The Post. Would the cable net do a wholesale housecleaning and start the NYC show over with an entirely new cast? "We've never done that before," is all the rep would say.
Of all the "Housewives" rumors I've heard of late this might be the dumbest, but then I thought there was no way they were cancelling RHODC so what do i know.

Jacqueline Laurita: NJ Housewives Is Less "Dark" Without Danielle Staub

It's just too funny watching Teresa's unchanging "this is the last place on earth I want to be right now" expression on her face in this clip:
With Danielle Staub long gone from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline Laurita and her costars are no longer running scared.

When the Bravo show premieres its third season Monday, fans will still see their fair share of drama, but as Laurita tells Us Weekly, this time it'll be served up family style.

"It's not the same type of drama than when Danielle was on [the show]," Laurita tells Us of the group dynamic in the wake of villain Staub's September 2010 departure. "I think that was a little more dark, and now [we as a cast] have less of a fear of life. It's more like 'Oh my God, what's my family member going to say about me?' because your feuding with them. This drama went on before with Danielle but you couldn't see it because Danielle's drama overshadowed what was going on in our lives."

In the mix for season three are Teresa Giudice's cousin Kathy Wakile and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, whose family gets in a massive blowout with the Giudices on Monday's premiere.

No tables are flipped at Gorga's son's christening, but Giudice tells Us that the fight was so epic she "blacked out" and has few memories of the day.

"It's still a whole blur to me," Giudice says. "I blacked out that day and it's still blurry to me. When I watch the episode I'll see what went on because I still don't [remember]. It was a crazy day."

Casting Notice Goes Up For Real Housewives Of Malibu

Seriously?! We thought that they were done expanding this franchise!

Apparently, another casting notice has gone out for an ADDITIONAL group of Real Housewives - this time in the Malibu area!

It reads:

Producers of a ‘Malibu Housewives’ show are looking for Malibu women to join the cast. An ultra stylish docu-soap that follows the privileged lives of Malibu’s high society women and their families. Do you have a glamorous Malibu lifestyle? Are you a regular on the guest list for Malibu’s most exclusive social events? A high rolling social butterfly juggling the ups and downs of family life along with a high-powered career and a social calendar to die for? If you are living the “way of life” that is Malibu we want to hear from you… All family types will be considered but most important we’re looking for dynamic Malibu women with an abundance of personality and style!

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIRED: Must include an introduction of yourself and family. Tell us why you’re interesting and complex and worth exploring further. Have fun with it, tell us about your life, your business and how you spend your leisure time. Show us your personality, give us a tour of your home/homes. Also, include charitable or philanthropic work you may be involved in.


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Upload your video to a private page on youtube or vimeo and email a link to the video along with your personal information requested below to: casting@ambitiousfilms.com

1. Name
2. Contact information (phone, e-mail)
3. Occupation
4. Photo of yourself
5. A brief description of yourself
6. Link to casting video

NOTE FROM PRODUCERS: Once all video submissions are viewed the finalists will be chosen and calls/emails will go out to our 6 lucky ladies on their way to becoming Malibu’s next reality stars, good luck ladies.


Whether this be an actual official Real Housewives show, or just a cheap knock-off for another network…no and NO!

There doesn't need to ANOTHER group of women from this area fighting with one another! Orange County and Beverly Hills are more than enough, thank you very much!
For once I agree with Perez.

Report: Danielle Staub Dating Ray J

Rapper Ray J and former 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' cast member, Danielle Staub, are dating, MediaTakeOut.com reports.

Staub, who left 'Housewives' after two explosive seasons, was photographed locking lips with the 'Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business' star. Wielding a glass of champagne, the 48-year-old mother of two looks carefree as she puckers up to Norwood, 18 years her junior.

Love hasn't been easy for Staub. Her criminal past was revealed during the first season of 'Houswives' when cast members confronted her about Charles Kipps's book 'Cop Without a Badge' which exposes Kevin Maher, one of Staub's ex-husbands, as an undercover FBI informant. She was also accused of leaking her own sextape in 2010.

Norwood's ultimately unsuccessful quest for true love was captured by cameras on 'For the Love of Ray J' in 2009 and 2010.

Although she walked away from her role on 'Housewives,' Staub can't seem to part with reality TV and was recently spotted filming a "food-related" series for VH1 with Heidi Montag and Jake Pavelka of 'The Bachelor.'
From Kim Kardasian to Danielle Staub?!? Sad to see Ray-J go down like that.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

7 Craziest 'Real Housewives' of All Time

I love these kind of lists:
Atlanta -- Kim Zolciak. Some of you were probably immediately thinking NeNe Leakes here (who is by far the most entertaining), but we’re going to have to go with Kim. Kim is more ... unsettling crazy. Her smoking, her drinking, her taking advantage of Kandi, her dating women then dating men, her outfit when she recorded "Tardy for the Party"! If you sit down and make a list (like some insane people we know), Kim comes out on top.

New York -- Kelly Bensimon. We must admit, Kelly definitely seems more “sane” this season -- and Sonja Morgan seems more crazy. Actually, Sonja kind of seems like a totally different person, which is a major bummer, because she was our second favorite last season (behind Bethenny Frankel, of course). What’s up with all her diva behavior, pecking order talk, and her forgetting to wear pants?!

However, nothing will ever top Kelly on Scary Island last year, manic and running around with gummy bears. You have to do some other-worldly nutso stuff to top that. And as weird as Sonja’s acting this season (and how odd Ramona Singer is in general), Kelly still has them beat.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Michaele Salahi Discusses New Single "Bump It"

Michaele Salahi Discusses Her New Single 'Bump It' on FOX 5 News: MyFoxDC.com

Alexis Bellino Denies Having Eating Disorder

Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino is setting the record straight with RumorFix on recent reports that she is struggling with an eating disorder, and wants to clear a few things up.

The svelte 34-year-old mother of three says a Life & Style magazine interview misrepresented her words to make it look like she still has a serious eating disorder, when the truth is she has been in recovery over the past ten years.

"Firstly, I never said I eat 900 calories a day. They asked me what my diet is like and I said that if I overdo it on one day, the next day I will cut back and eat healthier. They came up with that figure. The bowl of ice cream I just had with my kids is probably more than 900 calories! I don't count my calories, ever," she told RumorFix exclusively.

"Secondly, I never said I don't eat dessert," she continues. "I LOVE dessert, and I have to eat something sweet after every meal. It's just that if it's a big dessert, I'll put salt and pepper on half so I don't eat it. Last night I ate my dessert AND my husband's!"

"It's all about balance, and I am healthy and balanced!" she tells RumorFix.
RELATED: Alexis Bellino Battling Eating Disorder Since Age 12

Crazy Kelly Bensimon Teach You How To Make A Hair Cocktail

Last Friday night, Real Housewives of New York's Kelly spent the night at home, making an elixir for her long, flowing tresses — and filmed the whole thing for all of us to laugh at enjoy!

It would appear that Kelly's vapid, self-obsessed personality isn't just for the VH1 cameras — the entire video features a "you're so welcome I made this video for you, internet!" vibe. We can't help but mention the irony in that her ex-costar Bethenny Frankel also has a personal cocktail of sorts (Skinny Girl Margarita, anyone?) And somehow, we just don't believe that the combination of olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice and vodka is actually good for our hair. But thanks for the tutorial, Kelly — we feel slightly dumber now.
Hmmm, after seeking this and what with Bethenny newfound fortune, does Crazy Kelly still think she's "up here" while Bethenny's "down there"? Just asking.

Simon van Kempen Gives Shockingly Awful Live Performance

The Real Housewives franchise has spawned a number of wanna-be singers before Simon van Kempen's latest train wreck. With Atlanta's Kim Zolciak's "Tardy for the Party," the intention seemed to be to create a competitive pop single. With music heavyweight Kandi Burruss ("No Scrubs" writer) producing, the tepid single managed to perform well on the dance charts.

Countess LuAnn of NYC attempted to imitate the success with the cheeky "Money Can't Buy You Class," which was universally panned. Ex-New Jersey housewife Danielle Staub also flopped with "Real Close." The same can be said for Gretchen of Orange County's multiple singles. White House party crasher (and DC housewife) Michaele Salahi's new tune "Bump It" will likely follow the same path.

So why did Bravo TV choose to heavily promote the worst single of them all, Simon van Kempen's (husband of NYC housewife Alex) "I'm Real" with a hyped live performance on Watch What Happens Live? There may be some grand marketing reason, but to imagine this single moving more than a novelty sale or two is mind-boggling.

If camp is the intent, the talent takes the ridiculousness much too earnestly for the experience to be anything but painful. Simon bobs and weaves while losing any semblance of pitch as Andy Cohen plastic smiles even more nervously than usual. The sight is a sad one. But given the continuing charade, it must be somewhat lucrative.

To add more confusion to the mix, it is worth noting that one artist has used the Bravo platform to cleverly launch a single: Miss Lawrence of Atlanta ("Closet Freak").
Really if Bravo keeps this kind of stuff up, don't be surprised if the 'Housewives' franchise is done soon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ramona Singer Slams Bethenny Frankel's Business

We all know that Ramona's not playing with a full deck this year, but it's still kinda sad to see her hating on Bethenny like this (not that this is the first time she's pulled a stunt like this).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Real Housewives of New Jersey - Meet Kathy Wakile

Gotta admire how Bravo kept the news of Kathy being on a show such a secret--now we know that even Teresa didn't know about it.

Real Housewives of New Jersey - Meet Melissa Gorga

New Jersey Housewives Are Back: "It's Really Sad. I Cry a Lot," Teresa Guidice Says of New Season

You'd think with Danielle Staub gone, Teresa Guidice's life on The Real Housewives of New Jersey would take a turn for the better, right?

Well, it's just not so. In fact, things actually appear to be worse. And I'm not even talking about her husband Joe's money problems....

The show's two new Housewives happen to be related to Teresa. Melissa Gorga is her sister-in-law (she's married to Teresa's only sibling, younger brother Joe). Kathy Wakile is Teresa's first cousin.

Sadly, Teresa doesn't appear to get along with either of them or her brother.

In the premiere of season three, airing May 16, a full-on brawl actually breaks out during Melissa and Joe's christening party for their son after they exchange nasty words with Teresa.

It wasn't always like this.

Teresa and Joe were once best friends, but the relationship apparently fell part after he married Melissa. What happened isn't clear, but it's very obvious Melissa and Joe are no fans of Teresa's husband, Joe. "It breaks my heart," Teresa told me recently from Chicago, where she was promoting her second cookbook, Fabulicious! Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook. "That's why you're going to see a totally different side of me this season. It's really sad. I cry a lot on the show and it's very hard for me."

Teresa insists she was excited when Melissa joined the family. She even asked her to be her daughter Gabriella's godmother. "I was really happy for them," Teresa said. "I wanted him to get married so bad. That was is third fiancée, so we just wanted him to get married. We always said we wanted our kids to grow up together. And I really wanted her to become the sister I never had."

Well, that didn't happen. In fact, Teresa says, no one from the family told her that Melissa and Kathy had joined the Housewives cast. "I didn't find out until I had heard from Bravo," she said. "I got the phone call from Bravo and I was like blown away. I was like, 'Really?' And then that's what made me a little upset because I was like, 'Wow, it would have been nice for my brother to call me or my cousin to call me. It's just weird to me. It really is. Just blows my mind."

The siblings seem to agree on one thing: They try not to discuss the problems with their parents. "What you see is not what our family is really about," Teresa said. "I mean they were straight off the boat and we grew up in a very respectable home. We loved each other so much and it was all about us four—my parents and me and my brother."
Considering how we never saw brother Joe during the first couple of RHONJ seasons, one could make a good guess that they're that close, but who knew it was this bad? Well, maybe Danielle knew.

Taylor Armstrong Is Not Dumping Her Husband

Taylor Armstrong is still a houseWIFE -- because she and hubby Russell are NOT splitting ... this according to her rep.

Rumors of their demise have been circulating because the couple was often seen fighting during the first season of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills".

But a source tells People.com, "They've gone through therapy and they have issues within their marriage that they're actively working on, but they're both really committed to making their marriage work."
RELATED: Taylor Armstrong, Hubby Secretly Separate

Monday, May 9, 2011

NeNe Leakes Quits 'Celebrity Apprentice'

See ya, NeNe!

Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes made a quick getaway on Sunday's Celebrity Apprentice, but she didn't get to hear Donald Trump utter his famous phrase "you're fired!" Instead, the reality star bolted on her own accord, reasoning that the drama with foe Star Jones had pushed her over the edge.

During Sunday's episode, where teams were tasked with producing and selling tickets to a comedy show, Leakes, 41, left her team -- John Rich, Lil Jon and La Toya Jackson (who switched places with Meat Loaf at the start of the episode) -- high and dry without an explanation. Later, when her teammates couldn't reach Leakes, Trump decided to dial her up himself.

"I've never called anybody but I'm calling you because I think you have great ability," Trump, 64, told Leakes in a last-ditch effort to keep her around. "If you quit, it's going to follow you for the rest of your life. For you to quit at the end is stupid."

In the wake of her monumental blowout fight with Jones (as seen on the May 2 episode), Leakes remained confident in her decision to leave the series.

"I really feel that Star got her way," Leakes said after her conversation with Trump. "Mr. Trump bought into her bulls--t. I don't have to stay with BS to raise money for my charity. The best thing for me to do is leave."

Leakes' swift exit stunned her castmates, namely Rich, 37.

"Star ran her off and that's so amateur," the country crooner said after they confirmed she was gone for good. "I cant say I have a healthy amount of respect for that. You can't just abandon your team. She didn't even say goodbye to us!"

When Rich, Jackson and Lil Jon met with the opposing team -- Jones, Meat Loaf and Marlee Matlin -- Trump was even more fired up about Leakes. The billionaire businessman launched into an epic tirade about potential, and how Leakes' exit cost last week's eliminated contestant Hope Dworaczyk a chance to compete.

"The fact is she left, she quit, she gave up. To you, NeNe, I say, you're fired. And you're a quitter. And Star Jones kicked your ass whether you like it or not. Potential doesn't mean sh--. I've been hearing about potential all my life, but that usually [is said of people who are] not performing. We let go of Hope and we ultimately lost NeNe. That's fine. That's the way life is."
Ha! I actually watched "Celebrity Apprentice" for the first time last night just to catch up with NeNe and all her storied antics on the show. And what does she do? Bail. What's ironic here is that Donald Trump was right when he said "this will follow you around for the rest of your life" because from what I saw NeNe has no leg to stand on here. First, who could blame Star Jones for finally having enough of NeNe's hotghettomessness and thus, wanting NeNe off her team? And it wasn't like Star gave anyone a "either she goes or I go" type of ultimatum, she simply didn't want to be on the same team as NeNe and at first NeNe seemed to be okay with that. Then too, considering how much they can't stand each other, it was in the best interest of both Star and NeNe that they compete against each other anyway. But NeNe in all her hoodratness couldn't stand the fact that someone would rather put her on ignore than lower themselves and get all ghetto (ala Kim Zolciak) when she attempts to bully them, so she did what lames do: quit. Add the fact that "Celebrity Apprentice" is all about the charities and NeNe putting her own personal hatred for Star ahead of her own charity is a really bad look.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Alex McCord Donates Famous Dress at Fundraiser Hosted by LuAnn de Lesseps

Alex McCord from the Real Housewives of New York attended a charity fundraiser hosted by fellow castmate LuAnn de Lesseps last night which raised money for the homeless. While at the event, Alex McCord delighted her fellow castmates, and guests of the event, by donating her infamous “S&M Dress” to the charity. The so-called “S&M Dress” was worn by Alex McCord when she and Sonja Morgan hashed out their differences at Sonja Morgan’s party in episode 2 of this season’s Real Housewives of New York.

From Alex McCord: “I love this dress by Walter, and it certainly got my castmates and the viewers talking. Who would have thought a simple black dress in New York City would create so much excitement? I’ve now worn it on TV twice as well as a red carpet, so it’s time to donate it and let someone else start her own conversation. Simon and I love supporting Henry and ACE, and that LuAnn was there hosting the event was the icing on the cake . . . or the detail on the dress!”

The event that was hosted by Real Housewives of New York cast member LuAn de Lesseps last night, benefitted a charity boutique from the NoLita neighborhood in Manhattan named; Use Your Head, Shop for a Cause. The charitable boutique features vintage and contemporary designer clothing and accessories which are donated by generous supporters of the shop. 100% of the proceeds from Use Your Head, Shop for a Cause go to support ACE Programs for the Homeless. For the past twenty years, ACE Programs for the Homeless has been providing job training, work experience and a support network for the homeless.