Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Official: Jacqueline Laurita Quits; Is It Over Stripper Setup?
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Jacqueline Laurita announced on Twitter that she was done with the show after one of her fellow castmates "got set up."

She seemed to be referring to an incident in which Melissa Gorga was reportedly set-up to appear on camera with a man who was supposedly her former boss at a strip club. It would be just the latest case of a participant in the franchise having some embarassing aspect of her past revealed on-screen.

Bravo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The alleged setup was reported by The Huffington Post. Gorga said on Twitter the story was "so untrue," but declined to explain what about it was inaccurate. The Huffington Post said the attempt to capture Gorga on camera with the supposed strip club boss took place at a fashion show at the boutique Posche; Laurita attended the event Tuesday, according to People.

Laurita said in a series of tweets after the fashion show that she had soured on "Real Housewives" and would not take part in the reunion special, which taped without her Wednesday.

"I feel nauseous and feverish. No reunion for me. Sorry guys. XOXO!" she tweeted Wednesday, later adding: "Someone (not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad. ... 2b honest. I'm tired of the BS &shitty low life people.I didn't know this was what I signed up 4.I have 2rise above&move on."

She continued: "I can't be part of the Charade anymore. It's unsettling. It's disturbing & against what I stand for. I'm a REAL housewife."

She also accused fellow participants of hypocrisy: "There is no real love there. Things aren't always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem) ... You'll all see through the bullshit if you look closely enough. I think you all are pretty smart."
Personally I'm not buying Jacqueline's "public" reason for quitting RHONJ (just like I didn't Dina's). Jacqueline has a mercurial personality and an often-quick temper. I don't think she's taken kindly to all the negative reaction her wayward daughter Ashley has received from fans and I also think there's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff going on with her, Teresa, Dina Mazno (who happens to be Teresa's BFF and of course is also husband Chris Laurita's sister) and possibly even Caroline, although Teresa could be the main culprit as far as Jacqueline's exit goes as who wouldn't get tired of her and her boor of a husband's constant drama?

Kelsey Grammer Gets Kids For Six Days...With Strings Attached

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TMZ has learned Kelsey Grammer just won his battle with Camille Grammer in custody court, but it comes not only with strings attached, but the possibility of an explosion of tempers.

As we first reported, Kelsey and Camille were in family court this morning -- the first time they've come face-to-face since they separated.

Sources tell TMZ ... the two were at an impasse, because Kelsey wanted to take the former couple's two children for 6 days, beginning Monday, while he's in L.A.

We're told Camille, who is repped by Neal Hersh and Judy Bogen, did not want Kelsey to take the kids because Kelsey would not agree to take them to their regularly scheduled activities, which includes dance, sports and therapy.

With Kelsey's lawyer, Lance Spiegel by his side, we're told the judge allowed Kelsey to take the kids for the 6 days, but under the ruling he must also take them to ALL of their scheduled activities.

Now here's where it gets interesting. We're told up to now Kelsey has refused to attend any of the events in which his kids participate if Camille is present -- and she's been to pretty much everything.

And, our sources say, Camille will attend ALL of the scheduled activities next week.

Stay tuned for fireworks.

The Real Housewives of DC: Where Are They Now?
The Real Housewives of DC was canceled after only one season, but the ladies haven't been forgotten. Check out what all of your favorite housewives from our nation's capital have been up to now that they're not bickering and backstabbing on your TV screens.

Mary Schmidt Amons
Before she was a Housewife, Mary Schmidt Amons founded a charity called Labels for Love, which aims to help women and children in need. DC's Fashion's Night Out 2011 recently helped raise funds for the non-profit. Mary also co-founded the District Sample Sale, which donated ticket proceeds and silent auction earnings to the WEAVE charity this year.

Lynda Erkiletian
According to her Twitter, Lynda is still a mother of four, President of The Artist Agency, and Executive Director of the James & Paula Coburn Foundation. Based on her tweets, she also seems to be supporting Chaz Bono on this season of Dancing With the Stars.

Stacie Scott Turner
Stacie was profiled in June in emPOWER magazine about her Extra-Ordinary Life foundation, which helps DC foster care teens. She also visited Nigeria in January 2011 to meet her biological father and half-siblings for the very first time.

Catherine "Cat" Ommanney
Cat recently broke up with her boyfriend, Ricky Martino after she said no to his marriage proposal. She kept her sense of humor about things, though, tweeting: "“OK two rumors I need to address…Firstly I am not engaged. Secondly I do not have Michaele Salahi.”

Michaele Salahi
We've all heard about Michaele Salahi's recent "journey" by now. In September 2011 her husband reported her missing, but it turned out that the Housewife (and White House crasher) had merely run away with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kandi Burruss Gets Her Own Bravo Show, 'The Kandi Factory'
Kandi Burruss is willing to see if her success with making a hit out of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast mate Kim Zolciak's single, "Tardy For The Party," can be replicated and Bravo's cameras will be there to capture the whole process.

The network announced Thursday that it has given a green light to a new special called "The Kandi Factory."

"With her breakout personality and straightforward attitude, Bravo fans have grown to love Kandi on 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,'" Bravo's VP of Development Eli Lehrer says. "'The Kandi Factory' will capture a unique look at her successful music career as Kandi transforms two music hopefuls into the next big pop star."

Apparently, pop star hopefuls have been bombarding Burruss for help in launching their musical careers. On the special, the Grammy-winning housewife will choose two performers who will come to Atlanta and learn the basics for music stardom from Burruss and her team.

Burruss is a singer/songwriter and producer who won a Grammy for her work on the TLC hit, "No Scrubs." She's also a former member of the platinum-selling girl group, Xscape.

True Entertainment will produce The Kandi Factory with executive producers Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez.

While no airdate was given for the special, Burruss returns with the fourth season of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' on Nov. 6.

"Source" Says Jacqueline Laurita Quit "Real Housewives of New Jersey"

If this is true, it better not be because of all the flack viewers deservedly gave Ashley's spoiled, rotten ass this season:
The Real Housewives of New York City are already down four cast members for the upcoming season, and now one of their New Jersey counterparts is on her way out the door.

"Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit," a source tells PEOPLE. "She had to walk away for her sanity."

In a series of Tweets earlier this week, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star hinted that she's done with the show, and even said she did not want to appear on the show's season 3 reunion, which taped on Wednesday.

"I feel nauseous and feverish," Laurita Tweeted late Tuesday night, after attending the annual fashion show for the boutique Posche, a scene of past drama on the hit Bravo show. (Cameras, meanwhile, were there and already rolling on season 4.) "No reunion for me. Sorry guys. XOXO!"

She later elaborated: "Someone (not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad."

A source tells PEOPLE that Laurita "had no intention of going to the reunion, and the other women weren't expecting her to turn up."

Meanwhile on her Twitter account, costar Teresa Giudice also hinted at tensions at the fashion show – and with Jacqueline – writing, "I don’t even wanna go there b/c I don't fight on twitter not w/ fans, not haters, not w/ mean RTs & def not w/ a friend (ahem) or my family!"

Giudice also wrote on Wednesday evening: "The rumors are getting ridiculous. Let’s get this straight: I LOVE my WHOLE family. Would never do anything to hurt them."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crazy Kelly Bensimon Can’t Admit She Was Fired From ‘Real Housewives Of New York’
After three seasons on The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon was not asked to return to the Bravo show next year. The former model attended the Buoniconti Great Sports Legends Dinner on Monday where she talked to reporters about ending her run on reality TV and what’s next for her. But one has to be careful with Kelly, who was very particular about certain word choices throughout the interview.

“First of all, I don’t like the word fire,” Kelly corrected reporters, cheerily enough. “This is Housewives and this isn’t — you know, we’re in a recession. Let’s be careful with that.”

The mother of two was also quite careful of her own words when asked what she thought of the rumor co-star Ramona Singer might have had something to do with certain ladies not being asked to return.

“I don’t really like rumors. There’s really no truth to rumors,” Kelly told OK!. “And you know, listen. It’s Housewives. You gotta watch it.”

The reality star continued, “You gotta keep on watching and it’s a really great show and it’s hilarious. If you’re not laughing with me, laugh at me.”

Kelly’s polite phrasing preferences continued when she was asked about her post-Housewives plans.

“I don’t like the word ‘post’ because I had a great time with Housewives,” Kelly told OK!.

“My next journey is all about, ‘I can make you hot.’ I have a new jewelry line that’s coming out for a resort, my new book that’s coming out in the Spring and then I have a big announcement to make in October.”
Wow, that must've been one tough interview, but hey that's the crazy world that is Kellyland--don't pretend that you won't miss it a little bit.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Relationship Drama on Season 4
NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey will all return in the new season, which premieres Nov. 6 (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

So what's up with the ladies? Newly blonde NeNe is officially separated from her husband Gregg but she has yet to sign divorce papers. Though it seems that hasn't stopped her from seeking out new romance.

Speaking of romance ... Kim, who's still estranged from former friend NeNe, is madly in love with Kroy and getting ready for the arrival of her baby boy.

Sheree is taking her ex to court to fight for child support, and she's got Phaedra as her legal counsel. Looks like she's sparing with NeNe as well.

Phaedra's law practice isn't the only thing keeping her busy. In addition to being a doting new mom, she's moving ahead with her plan to get into the funeral home business.

Kandi, who's writing country music these days, is also playing the entrepreneur, coming out with an "intimate luxury line" – a.k.a. sex toys.

And if you thought Cynthia would be enjoying newly wedded bliss with her husband Peter, you'd be wrong. But she's still modeling and has opened The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.

Lisa Vanderpump’s Previous Life: ’80s Music Video Star
Lisa Vanderpump, the owner of two successful Los Angeles restaurants, was always more than just a housewife on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

It turns out that the successful Bravo reality series is not even her first foray into television. The sassy Brit was once the muse for British new wave band ABC and appeared in several of their 1980s music videos.

In the video for the band’s 1982 hit single “Poison Arrow,” which resurfaced this week, Vanderpump plays Samantha, a seductress who shrinks ABC’s lead singer with one blow of her magical compact powder and later poses with a bow and arrow.

With her past life as an ’80s music video star revealed, Vanderpump has ingratiated herself even more to fans.

“We didn’t think that this was even possible, but we just became even MORE obsessed with Lisa Vanderpump!” Perez Hilton wrote on his blog. “You were fierce — even at 22!”

On her website, Vanderpump said she had an unusual childhood, “attending a drama school full time from the age of nine.”

“I loved acting in many children’s films and television series when I was growing up,” she wrote.

According to IMDb, Vanderpump appeared in many television series in the ’80s and ’90s, including “Baywatch Nights” and “Silk Stalkings.” She even made her way on to the big screen, appearing in the 1995 flop “Separate Lives” with James Belushi and Linda Hamilton.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Taylor & Russell Armstrong Marriage Counseling Scenes To Air On The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills
Taylor and Russell Armstrong's marriage counseling sessions, taped months before his tragic suicide, will air in the next few weeks on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is exclusively reporting.

Taylor and Russell's marriage had been her major storyline of the current season, however, executives at Bravo had to re-evaluate what to air after his suicide.

"Bravo has done major editing of the show, to be sensitive to the fact that Russell killed himself. However the decision was made to air the footage of the therapy sessions," a Bravo insider tells

"Viewers will see the two of them with their marriage counselor, Dr. Charles Sophy, as well as individual sessions with Taylor. Russell's one-on-one sessions will not air. Taylor is completely supportive of the decision, and thinks it will help battered women to make the decision to leave an abusive relationship, just like she did," the insider says.

The marriage counseling sessions will begin "to air in the next few weeks.

Last week's episode saw Taylor, who appeared intoxicated, sitting in a suitcase in a closet at Camille Grammer's Colorado vacation home. The audience will see exactly why she was in that precarious mental state," the source says.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Alex McCord Asked For Her Job Back

Whether you liked Alex and Simon or didn't, you had to know that being on RHONYC meant the world to them. No surprise then that they'd want so desperately for Bravo to change their mind and bring them back:
She begged. She pleaded. She was rejected.

Despite issuing a statement last week that made it appear as if she were totally cool with being let go from The Real Housewives of New York City, sources confirm that Alex McCord went to producers over the weekend and asked for her job back.

They said no.

"Bravo doesn't want to cut the relationship, Alex and [husband Simon van Kempen] are nice people, but as for the show and them they are done," an insider tells E! News. "They will be asked to make guest appearances on other Bravo shows, perhaps as judges, or in guest spots - expect to see them in one form or another. They don't want to burn a bridge."

The McCords were making $275,000 per season and will now need to find a new platform on which to plug their new line of Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, Aluxe Home. Our heart goes out to them.
Kind of ironic too that they'd get fired when you consider that Alex and Simon were always out in front supporting all the liberal causes that Bravo likes to push. But I'm sure that with all the reality TV shows out there, we won't be seeing the last of the McCords.

RELATED: Alex McCord to Replace Jill Zarin at Atlanta Real Housewives Tour Stop

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bethenny Frankel Defends Raising Daughter Bryn As A Vegetarian
They grow up so fast!

It's only been 15 months since reality star and natural foods chef Bethenny Frankel, 40, gave birth to Bryn, her first daughter with husband of one year Jason Hoppy.

And yet, when the mother-daughter duo stepped out in New York City Tuesday, Frankel's bundle of joy looked remarkably grown up. Sporting a full head of blonde hair with a butterfly clip, the smiling tot waved to photographers while being cradled by her mother.

Earlier this month, Frankel defended her decision to raise her daughter as a vegetarian. "If Bryn is older and wants something at a party that isn't vegetarian, I don't want her to feel ostracized. She'll find her way," she wrote on her website.

Bryn still consumes some animal products, though. "I chose not to have her be vegan because I believe she needs the fat and protein in milk," Frankel explained. "Sometimes I need her to fill up on organic cheese. Her health comes first."

"Our babies are a beautiful clean slate," Frankel said. "I am so excited for how healthy [Bryn] will be."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lisa Vanderpump & Kyle Richards Open Up About Taylor Armstrong’s Grief

Do Kyle and Lisa have to give their opinions on everything?
Some of the ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gathered at the opening of SUR Lounge in L.A. on Thursday to celebrate the birthdays of Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. While the event was certainly a happy one, Lisa and Kyle took time out of the celebration to share their thoughts on Russell Armstrong‘s death and how friend and castmate Taylor Armstrong is dealing with the tragedy.

When Russell committed suicide over the summer, he left Taylor to deal with not only their financial troubles, but also the upbringing of their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, alone.

“It has been extremely difficult,” Lisa explained to OK!. “And that is something that there are no words to make better. Kennedy has been the priority right now, and I think that’s all any mother can do, to regroup. I have seen Taylor a couple of times, and I’m actually very proud of her.”

Kyle shared with OK!, ”It’s just hard because all of a sudden she’s not just a single parent — she’s an only parent. I think she’s just concerned about the pain [Kennedy] may be in, but I know she’s been reading books with her and just trying to see if she can open her up and see what’s going on in her little mind. She’s only 5 years old and she doesn’t know how her father died, but she knows he died, so it’s just awful.”

Russell’s death affected not only those closest to him, but also those closest to Taylor. As fans of the show will know, throughout the time leading up to her estrangement from Russell, Kyle offered Taylor a source of comfort. The pair became quite close, making the loss even harder for Kyle to reconcile.

“It’s been really sad,” Kyle told reporters. “Taylor was the one I knew the least [when we started], but once we start filming she just started opening up to me more and more, and I just saw someone that was in need and having a hard time. I just wanted her to feel safe and comfortable enough that she could open up and we could be there to support her.”

And while the Housewives were not exactly the biggest fans of Russell, all the cast members, including the ladies’ husbands, were devastated by the tragedy.

“There wasn’t anyone that wasn’t shocked and blown away by this, because you never saw anything like this coming,” Kyle revealed. “I don’t have any words. I was in the Bahamas and my niece told me it was on TMZ, and I just couldn’t believe it. I thought it just had to be another one of those rumors, and then I looked at it myself and I literally started screaming.”
RELATED: Taylor Armstrong Reaches Out to Battered Women

Friday, September 23, 2011

Camille Grammer Finds Love Again After Being Dumped By Kelsey
Time heals all wounds, and after being humiliated by cheating husband Kelsey, Camille Grammer finally looks ready to move on with her love life.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 42, made her public debut with Dimitri George Charalambopoulos, 35, at her co-star 53-year-old Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant, Sur.

They walked in a few steps apart, with Camille carrying flowers and Dimitri had his hands full with a beautifully wrapped present.

Camille and Dimitri joined fellow Real Housewives Lisa and Kyle Richards, which marked a welcomed diversion from the drama of Russell Armstrong's suicide, which has dominated their lives since August 15.

The party was a joint celebration for Camille, Lisa and Adrienne Maloof, who all have birthdays close together, and was sponsored by Angel Champagne and Voli Lyte Vodka.

Stefano Zagni - owner of Angel Champagne - was on hand to ensure the drinks flowed free all night.

A year after her very public split from Kelsey Grammer, this is the first time Camille has been seriously involved with another man - and it appears that she's made a great choice to return to the dating scene with!

'According to U.S. magazine Life & Style, the new couple met three months ago and she's 'very into him.'

'Camille finds him very attractive and is having a great time with him,' the friend tells Life & Style.

'They spend a lot of time at her house in Malibu, but he hasn't moved in. She says the chemistry is incredible.'

At first, Camille kept her relationship secret because of her bitter custody battle with Kelsey.

She didn't want anyone judging her,' said her friend, but now that Real Housewives is on the air and they have been an item for a substantial length of time, Camille wants to tell the world about her romance.

'She thinks it's time everyone knows that she's happy again,' confided the insider to Life & Style.

The object of Camille's affection is a dashing bankruptcy lawyer from Dallas, Texas who recently relocated to Malibu to be closer to Camille.

The Housewife took the tall, dark and handsome hunk to the NBC's 8th annual pre-Emmy celebration at Spago last Saturday, where eye witnesses told Life & Style 'they were canoodling throughout the night.

'Towards the end of the evening, he starting picking roses from the floral arrangements to make a bouquet for Camille.

'His gesture made her blush, and she gave him a huge kiss for everyone to see. She seems so thrilled, and her friends are thrilled for her after what she's been through with Kelsey in the past year,' the party-goer went on to say.

Alex McCord, Jill Zarin At War After Real Housewives Firing
You can take the ladies out of Real Housewives of New York, but you can't take the Real Housewives out of the ladies!

After getting fired from the hit Bravo show, Alex McCord is ready to place some blame: On Jill Zarin, also evicted from the cast.

McCord, 37, told Good Morning America Friday that Zarin, 48, "has been trying to get me off the show for a number of years. She succeeded...She's a manipulator and she's very good at feeding information to her own end."

McCord's husband Simon van Kempen added that Zarin was a "flawed woman extraordinaire...Jill sometimes is still very much stuck in junior high as the girl who was unpopular, who was bullied. And 30 years later, she's still there."

In response, a rep for Zarin tells Us Weekly: "Alex and Simon's allegations represent the type of negativity that Jill is eager to move on from. Jill will continue to take the high road and wish Alex and Simon nothing but the best."
Honestly I don't think Jill had anything to do with Alex's firing, esp. since she got fired too. But hey I can understand them both being upset at being let go, gotta hurt even more that Ramona and LuAnn got to stay.

Teresa Giudice Feels 'Vindicated' Paying Off Debts
When Teresa and Joe Giudice first filed for bankruptcy in 2009, listing a staggering $11 million in debt, their obstacles seemed insurmountable.

But now, an attorney for the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star says she feels "vindicated" to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.)

"Teresa and Joe are happy about this," Teresa's bankruptcy attorney Jim Kridel tells PEOPLE. "Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors."

For a while, though, that didn't seem to be a possibility, with joint debts totaling nearly $11 million -- the combination of mortgages on inner city apartment buildings Joe owned, bills for building materials and the balances of multiple credit cards.

"Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe's debt," Kridel explains, adding that Teresa, 39, "wanted to pay" various credit card bills and smaller debts, which totaled near $100,000, but couldn't once they'd filed the petition. Once a bankruptcy has been filed, creditors cannot be paid preferentially.

But now that several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of apartment buildings Joe had owned, and a former business partner's $586,000 claim againt Joe was settled through a building's sale, the remaining debts are within a manageable range, Kridel says.

"The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes," he says. "She may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Taylor Armstrong Interview with "Entertainment Tonight", Speaks On Russell Armstrong's Suicide And Reputed Abuse

Part 2

Sorry, but this is just bad timing and pure exploitation. I'm not necessarily questioning her credibility because I truly believe that Russell Armstrong was a creep, but Taylor made a choice to stay with this alleged abuser and if she's going to speak out she should own up to her own responsibility in keeping herself and her daughter in an environment that wasn't safe.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jill Zarin Says She Was "Hurt" And "Shocked" At Bravo Firing

Michaele Salahi on Neal Schon Affair: I Just Walked Away From Everything
Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon have finally broken their silence over their much publicized affair. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the former star on "The Real Housewives of D.C." admitted that she "just walked away from everything" to be with the Journey guitarist.

It has been revealed that Michaele had dated both Schon and Salahi in the '90s. Still, the 46-year-old decided to choose estranged husband Tareq Salahi over Neal because of her multiple sclerosis. "I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia," she explained. "Life on the road with a rock band ... well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up."

Despite the decision, Michaele still had feelings for Neal and had been communicating with him secretly via text "for a while". "Neal was like, 'Are we going to do this forever?' And I said, 'No, we're not,' " she recalled. "I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely - in my soul."

It wasn't until a Journey concert in Virginia on September 4, however, that Michaele took off her wedding ring. "What happened was ... she takes off her wedding ring, OK, right in front of Tareq - takes it off," Neal recalled. "And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I'm sitting down. I have tennis shoes on and she's, like, nine feet tall over me."

"And she looks down at me like she's standing on stilts and says, 'I love YOU. And, that's never gonna change,' " shared the 57-year-old rocker further. "And when that happened I said, 'Get over here! This has taken 15 years!' " Though so, Michaele claimed she didn't immediately hop on the bus with Neal to save Tareq from humiliation.

Days afterward, Neal wrote to Michaele to tell her that he doesn't want to wait anymore, and she agreed. "I was going crazy," explained Michaele. "Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything."
If this turns out to all be true, you have to wonder if Bravo execs are second-guessing themselves for cancelling Real Housewives of D.C.

RELATED: Tareq Salahi: Michaele's Acting Like A Groupie

Bethenny Frankel on Fired New York City Housewives: "I'm Not Surprised"
Bethenny Frankel may be long gone from the Real Housewives of New York City, but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear what she has to say about her former costars getting booted from the show.

Especially because two of the departing, Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon, aren't exactly her best friends...

"I'm not surprised only because it's been the same cast for so many years and Bravo...likes to make changes," Frankel told me yesterday while promoting her new True Hollywood Story (premiering tomorrow night on E!). "They probably just felt like it was time for a change. People do that in relationships, they do that in work strategy. I don't think it's personal. I think it's really just business."

Frankel, as you know, didn't wait around long enough not to be asked back. "I did leave on top," she said. "It was all very planned out. I knew this was the type of place you don't want to overstay your welcome. I always say, 'You don't want to be the one in the nightclub at two in the morning where everyone looks pretty scary.'"

Will Zarin, Bensimon, Alex McCord and Cindy Barshop hit the jackpot like Frankel has with her spinoff, the Skinnygirl empire and now possibly a movie about her life? Only time will tell.

"The girls are probably a little nervous and scared, because it's change," Frankel said. "It can be lucrative when you get a lot of attention, but I also think it's very tiring. They'll get to relax a little more and not be scrutinized all the time."
RELATED: Bethenny Frankel, Husband 'Lost At Sea For 20 Hours'

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Taylor Armstrong Says Late Husband Abused, Threatened To Kill Her

Really now, this is just crossing the line. While I'm of the believe that Russell Armstrong was a total creep while he was alive, even a creep like Russell deserves to rest in peace for a little while before Taylor goes off and tells the world what their marriage was really like (he is too the father of her freaking kid). To think I wasn't much of a fan of Taylor's before Russell's suicide, now she's completely on my shitlist:
Taylor Armstrong of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" said in a TV interview that her late husband subjected her to an abusive and frightening life. 
On a segment of "Entertainment Tonight" airing Tuesday, Armstrong talks about her marriage with Russell Armstrong, who committed suicide last month, and its effect on their daughter. 
"He grabbed me by the neck and shoved me against the wall and he said, 'If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I'll kill you," Taylor Armstrong told "Entertainment Tonight," according to a transcript from the entertainment news program. 
The couple was estranged when Russell Armstrong, 47, hanged himself on Aug. 15. He was depressed about financial issues and problems with his wife, according to a coroner's report. 
Taylor Armstrong says she explained his death carefully to her young daughter. 
"I just told her Daddy got sick and he died, and that we could pick a star in the sky that could be daddy and that she could talk to him every night," she told "Entertainment Tonight." 
Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce on July 15. Russell Armstrong had yet to respond to her petition when he committed suicide. 
Russell Armstrong addressed rumors about the couple's problems in an interview with People magazine in July: 
"Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit."
RELATED: Did Taylor Armstrong sell her Black Eye Picture for $125K?

Cindy Barshop: ‘Women Genuinely Didn’t Like Each Other Anymore’

How would she know? She was only there for one season. In fact I'm starting to think that Cindy's complete bitchfest throughout the last season may've been the biggest reason for Bravo giving so many the heave-ho. I mean she was that divisive and as I said when they first cast her: a dumb choice to begin with:
The “Real Housewives” franchise has proven once again just how real reality TV can be.

Even housewives, and even reality TV stars, get fired.

Bravo confirmed on Saturday the widely-circulated rumors that “Real Housewives of New York” cast members Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop, and Kelly Bensimon were given the pink slip for Season 5 of the hit series, set to begin filming in just weeks.

The network portrayed the ladies’ departure from the show as “friendly,” writing in the statement, “We’ve had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers.”

At least one of the women on the other side of Bravo’s ax, however, painted a less-than friendly picture.

“Following the reunion it was clear that the women genuinely didn’t like each other anymore,” Cindy Barshop, whose appearance on Season 4 was her first, and last, on the show, told ABC News after her firing was confirmed.

Barshop was referring, of course, to the show’s contentious, two-part finale in April that brought all five housewives together in a crying, screaming and finger-pointing recap of the past season.

The mass firings now leave Ramona Singer and LuAnn DeLesseps as the only two members of the original cast to survive through to Season 5. The third housewife to avoid the ax, Sonja Morgan, a friend of Singer’s, joined the show partway through Season 3.

Joe Giudice Takes The Fifth, Begs Off Bankruptcy
Never mind! “Real Housewives of New Jersey” husband Joe Giudice — “Juicy Joe” to wife Teresa -- abandoned his quest to have his millions of dollars of debts forgiven in federal bankruptcy court.

He made the about-face after invoking the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination when questioned by the trustee for his creditors about assets, income and business interests he is accused of hiding from the court, according to court papers obtained by The Star-Ledger this week.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Morris Stern signed off on a settlement between Giudice and the trustee, John Sywilok. The agreement does not apply to Teresa Giudice, who is still pursuing a discharge of her debts.

According to the court order, Giudice consulted with a criminal defense lawyer before taking the Fifth. “The defendant Giuseppe Giudice acknowledges his desire to resolve the matter without the need for further inquiry or litigation, and without making any further admissions,” the court papers read.

Generally, if a trustee discovers that a debtor is concealing assets or income, he or she would make a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the bankruptcy fraud unit of the U.S. Trustee Program, said Millburn bankruptcy lawyer Leonard C. Walczyk. “They are really cracking down on bankruptcy fraud,” he said. “It is a real hot issue.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kim Zolciak To Get Her Own Spin-Off Show?

Ugh!!! But while I'm no fan of Kim Z., I could see why Bravo would entertain giving her a show. I mean, despite Kim Zolciak having no brains, totally lacking any class, stealing money from so-called "friends" and being a horrible singer, no one could ever say she's boring. In other words she appeals to the same idiot audience that worships the trolls on "Jersey Shore" and we all know what a huge ratings bonanza that show is. But to put Kim and Bethenny in the same sentence is a serious insult to Bethenny:
After the massive news that Bravo fired four cast members from its hit "Real Housewives Of New York," more changes are in the works for the franchise -- including a new spin-off show starring Kim Zolciak of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

“Originally the show was to be five African American women but after Bravo met Kim, they insisted she be part of the cast,” an insider tells me. “Kim is a game-changer. She was the first housewife to release a single ["Tardy for the Party"] and just like Bethenny [Frankel], she fell in love and got pregnant while taping the show. She’s the perfect choice for the next lady to get her own show.”

The Atlanta franchise premiered in the fall of 2008, following the Orange County and New York casts, and just one year later became the highest rated show in the franchise and the highest rated reality series on the Bravo network. The season three finale brought in a staggering 4.4 million viewers. Season four filming began in late April and is set to debut later this year.

“Kim’s new show is going to follow the very successful Bethenny formula,” an insider tells me. “A new mom and her fiancĂ© trying to make everything work. Juggling baby, boyfriend and career. But instead of all those trips to a therapist that Bethenny made, expect Kim to work out her problems at the nail salon with friends.”

Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's Official: Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop And Alex McCord Are Out Of "Real Housewives of New York City"

Shocking and I don't agree with this decision at all. Who cares about Kelly and Cindy, the show just won't be the same without Jill and Alex:
The Real Housewives of New York City is officially down four familiar faces.

Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop, the newest addition to the popular Bravo show, were not asked back for season 5.

"Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn DeLesseps will be returning for season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City," a network spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "We've had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them."

In response, McCord told PEOPLE via email: "Of course Simon and I are sad not to continue with RHONY but it's a friendly decision and discussions with Bravo are ongoing for other projects."

Zarin also weighed in, via her rep, who told PEOPLE in a statement: "Jill is humbled by the extraordinary amount of media interest in her response and looks forward to personally opening up about all of this very soon and announcing some exciting new projects."

Rumors about the casting changes began earlier in the week after the Huffington Post, citing sources in the network, announced that Zarin, McCord and Bensimon were fired from the show. At the time, however, their reps – as well as Bravo – said nothing was official.
RELATED: LuAnn De Lesseps Talks New ‘Housewives’ After Casting Shake Up

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kelly Bensimon Hosts Sexually Explicit Toddler Fashion Show

God this woman is stupid. I mean, being a part of this disgrace alone is reason enough for Bravo to be done with her:
New York Fashion Week was plunged into controversy today after a six-year-old was allowed to gyrate in skimpy clothing on the catwalk.

Shocking pictures emerged of a spray-tanned Eden Wood, who shot to fame after appearing on TLC reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, dancing provocatively in hotpants and a crop top at a show for children's footwear brand Cicciabella.

The images are likely to trigger outrage from parents across America, and raise questions about why Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is allowing such a show to take place.

California-based psychotherapist Dr Tina Payne Bryson, who is co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, believes that Eden's oversexualised behaviour could lead to serious problems in teens and adulthood.

She told MailOnline: 'My main concern is two-fold. First, she has been taught and shown how to be sexy--to dance and walk and look (and even strip a layer!) like a sexy adult woman. She has been sexualised well before she has the social, psychological or relational maturity or development to understand the power of sexuality.

'And related, consider the implications of behaving and acting sexy as she matures around males. Sexualiding a child before they are emotionally and psychologically ready makes it difficult for them to handle the kind of sexual attention they get from men.

'Two, she is getting so much positive reinforcement for how she looks and how sexy she is. How is her brain wiring up her own expectations for who she is and what people value about her?'

Social psychologist, Susan Newman, Ph.D, added: 'Adult behavior by a child sends inappropriate messages to youngsters and even to adolescents about body image, values, and what is important. It is upsetting to see parents who allow and promote it.

'It is a parent’s job to make sure their children do not have their childhoods taken away for the sake of the spotlight and some celebrity status.'

The youngster, from Taylor, Arkansas, was modelling for children's footwear brand Cicciabella.

Her appearance in the show flouts guidelines set by fashion industry body CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) which demands that designers do not use models under the age of 16.

But the event's host, Real Housewives star Kelly Bensimon, defended Eden's on-stage performance as just a 'fun, girly moment.'

She told the Daily Beast: 'That wasn’t stripping. That was just her having a little fun, girly moment.

'If she was really doing something, I would have literally moved her into doing something else. I have rules.'

LuAnn De Lesseps Dishes On How To Have A ‘Friendly Divorce’
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is known for being outspoken on The Real Housewives of New York City and now she’s speaking out to exclusively with her top tips for a ‘friendly divorce.’

Nowadays, the mother-of-two is enjoying a romance with a younger man and raising her two children Victoria and Noel. But just two years ago she faced a more trying time during the breakup of her marriage from French husband Alexandre de Lesseps.

However, de Lesseps says that despite press speculation that infidelity resulted in the end of her relationship and they endured a bitter separation, she maintains that it was quite the opposite.

She has opened up about the split and is sharing how they managed to maintain their friendship throughout the breakdown of their marriage.

The Countess, the title she kept after divorce, says although she was initially shocked and pained by the end of her sixteen year marriage, she managed to regain her positive outlook on life.

“Contrary to what was written in the press, when we announced our separation, Alex and I decided to end our marriage before either of us began dating other people,” she says. “We separated and then divorced after careful consideration about how it would affect our children.

“We eventually decided that we would be better off as friends than as husband and wife, which turned out to be completely true! We talk often now especially since our daughter Victoria is looking at colleges and Noel is busy with high school and building his skateboard empire.”
Can't help but wonder that for all the "advice" LuAnn likes to give out, when people see her contradicting herself and being mean to people on TV does it ever cross her mind why anyone should take anything she says seriously?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jill Zarin Tells Us Magazine: I Wasn't Fired From Real Housewives of NYC

Yunno as much as I despise Jill Zarin I really do hope she comes back to RHONYC--the show just wouldn't be the same without her. Plus, let's face it, in four seasons of RHONYC she's become one of the greatest reality-show villains of all-time:
Not so fast!

Hours after The Huffington Post reported Jill Zarin and her fellow Real Housewives of New York City cast members Cindy Barshop, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord would be axed from the Bravo hit's upcoming fifth season, Zarin is setting the record straight.

"Jill has not been fired from The Real Housewives of New York City. The truth is that Jill is still in discussions with Bravo for season 5 and hasn't made a final decision about returning to the show," a rep for the 47-year-old reality star told Us Weekly Thursday afternoon.

Lisa Vanderpump Sells Her $29 Million Beverly Hills Mansion
Lisa Vanderpump, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, just sold her 17,000 square foot house in Beverly Glen to an undisclosed buyer, according to Zillow.

While the final price was kept under wraps, the home was originally priced at $29 million.

Beverly Hills real estate agent Mauricio Umansky, husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star Kyle Richards, over-saw the deal.

The house has a French chateau-style, and was the setting for Pandora Vanderpump's wedding to boyfriend Jason Sabo. The house was also one of the filming locations for hit Bravo show.

It sits on two acres of landscaped grounds graced that has terraces, fountains and outdoor seating areas.

Tareq Salahi Files For Divorce After Michaele's Lover 'Taunted Him With Lewd Picture'
White House gatecrasher and reality TV star Tareq Salahi has filed for divorce today citing adultery and abandonment.

His wife, Real Housewives of D.C star MIchaele, ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon earlier this week.

And in bizarre twist, Tareq claims his love rival taunted him with a lewd picture.

In legal documents obtained by TMZ today, he alleged: 'The paramour [Neal] sent to my email account... a email with an attachment of a penis.'

Tareq claims his wife has been having an affair for 'several months', adding: 'She continually exposes our friends and acquaintances to her adulterous relationship and has flaunted the same throughout the community, the nation and indeed the world, and thus caused me to suffer great harm, humiliation and embarrassment.'

The pair are understood to have a pre-nuptial agreement.

Tareq was once friendly with the rocker and his band Journey, however he has now been banned from gaining access to the group's tour.

An unearthed photograph shows the love rivals arm-in-arm, as Michaele smiles slyly on the other side of them. It was taken after one of the band's concerts.

Mrs Salahi first met Schon on 1995 and the pair felt an instant attraction, reported U.S. website TMZ.

They allegedly embarked on a sexual affair as early as in 2009, which the Journey musician even bragged about to friends via e-mail.

A second photo predicts the direction that their friendship was destined to take, as Michaele, 45, sits comfortably on her future lover's knee with his arms wrapped tightly around her.
I'm still not buying the story that the Salahi's are getting a divorce. Hell, I don't even buy the idea that Michaele is having an affair. The Salahi's are nothing but an older version of Speidi, that is, a d-list celebrity couple who will literally do anything to extend their 15 minutes of fame. It's too bad their desperate antics are what killed "Real Housewives of D.C."

US Weekly Says Four Real Housewives of NYC to Be Fired
Time for a reality check? 
Several stars of the Real Housewives of New York City will soon be axed, Us Weekly has learned. 
On the chopping block: Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord and Jill Zarin. ("They are sick of her being a diva," a source explains of Zarin, 47.) 
The Huffington Post reports that Zarin, Bensimon, 43, McCord, 37 were notified by Bravo on Thursday morning that they would not be part of the full-time cast next season. 
With that group gone, only LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan will remain in the core cast, with additional new castmates to be determined.
Frankly I don't buy it. First, it seems like every few months, no matter which show it's about, rumors start to circulate that several Housewives will be let go before the next season. Yet it's never happened. Why? Well while I don't pretend to have any insider knowledge on Bravo's business dealings, from a practical sense looking from the outside in, it just doesn't make any sense to get rid of popular Housewives regardless of how much viewers may like or dislike them. Think too, that seemingly the main reason Bravo has gotten rid of past Housewives was because they were just too boring (i.e. DeShawn Snow) or just had no charisma (i.e. Lynne Curtin). That said I think for Bravo (or any major business) the bottom line is the bottom line. So i'd be shocked if they got rid of Jill simply because as much as most people hate her, Jill is entertaining, has always had a great feud going with Ramona and frankly speaking, where would Team Jill be without its classless leader? So yeah as much as I'd love to see Cindy (and maybe Kelly) go, I'd be shocked, shocked to see anyone else be given the pink slip.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

‘Devastated’: Tareq Salahi Learns Wife Michaele Was Not Kidnapped, Just Having An Affair

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LOL!!! Sorry but I'm just not buying any of this. I mean Tareq and Michaela Salahi are worse than Speidi when it comes to just making shit up:
Michaele Salahi has been located and it turns out she wasn’t kidnapped after all, as her husband Tareq had feared, just having an affair with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.

Yesterday, Salahi had alerted the news media that she “may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress” and called upon the public to “be on the look out for her, and if found please contact the authorities and please approach her and contact the authorities to intervene and that she may be forced to say she is okay, when in fact she is not and being held under possible abduction.”

Salahi’s worst fears were unfounded, but much to his chagrin, she was in the company of Schon in Memphis.

According to Good Morning America, “Hours after (Tareq) made a public plea for help in finding his wife, whom he believed had been kidnapped Tuesday, Virginia’s Warren County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying authorities had spoken with Michaele Salahi and she was “fine” and “where she wanted to be.””

“Tareq is devastated but he is relieved to know that Michaele is safe and is okay,” said Tareq’s attorney, David Silek on GMA Thursday.

He added that divorce talk was premature, and won’t stop believing that the Salahis can work things out. “If there’s an opportunity for reconciliation, that’s something they can and ought to explore.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Taylor Armstrong’s Shocking Black Eye Photos
Taylor Armstrong documented the physical abuse she allegedly received at the hands of her husband Russell Armstrong, and the shocking photographic evidence was released on Monday night.

As exclusively reported, Russell allegedly hit Taylor in the right eye so hard that she was rushed to the hospital and had to have plastic surgery to fix her damaged face, and now the photos of her black eye have been shown on Entertainment Tonight.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star gave the television show the photos that show her with a complete black and blue bruised right eye socket, with a cut near her eyebrow.

Since Russell’s suicide in August, Taylor’s marriage has been the focus of intense scrutiny, from their dire financial straits to her claims that her husband beat her; the release of the photos seemingly back up her claims of the violence she suffered at the hands of her now deceased husband.

Taylor’s co-stars in the reality show tried to help her and confronted her with the knowledge that she was suffering from abuse in her troubled marriage and she decided to pull the trigger on her marriage. "Taylor knew she could no longer stay in her marriage. She was physically and emotionally abused by Russell. Taylor needed to know from the Housewives that they would be there for her when she decided to file, and they have been," the source reveals.

"Ever since Russell's suicide, the other cast members have truly stepped-up. Bravo has also been extremely supportive of Taylor during this time," a source close the star told

Entertainment Tonight first aired the shocking photos Monday night to promote a special ET investigation, which will air Tuesday.
RELATED: Kyle Richards: How We'll Help Taylor Armstrong Cope

Michaele Salahi Was Not Kidnapped, But May Be Splitting From Tareq?

God, this is stupid. Dumber is anyone who takes these two seriously:
Virginia's Warren County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying she was "fine," hours after her husband, Tareq, said he thought she had been kidnapped.

The Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi isn't missing after all.

On Wednesday, her husband, Tareq, asked the public to help find his wife, telling TMZ that "may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities, she is OK."

He said the last time he saw her at home was around 11 a.m. Tuesday; she told him she was going to see her hairstylist, but didn't make the appointment, and he hadn't seen her since.

But it seems that Michaele is safe and sound and simply doesn't want her husband to know her whereabouts. On Wednesday, Virginia's Warren County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying that officials had spoken to her and that she was "fine," reported.

Authorities say that they spoke to Tareq around midnight Tuesday, about six hours after his wife called him from an Oregon area code but failed to make further contact.

"Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later," the sheriff's office said. "Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past. She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be. Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was. Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff's Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now."
RELATED: Salahi Disappearance: Michaele Ran Off With Journey Guitarist!

Tamra Barney Wants Her Breast Implants Removed
Talk about growing against the trend in Hollywood -- Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney exclusively tells Star that her boobs are too big, and she’s having her implants removed. has a preview of the story in which Barney tells Star why she’s downsizing her ample assets.

“Big boobs make you look so much heavier when you’re a small girl. I’m 112 lbs., and I have these D boobs popping out. It’s a stripper look, and I don’t want that!,” Tamra, 43, tells Star.

“I’ve already had one reduction, and I’m actually planning on having my implants removed,” Tamra added.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Tamra says her estranged hubby, Simon Barney, encouraged her to keep her bigger boobs.

“His comment was: ‘I don’t want mosquito bites,' Tamra recalls.

Her current flame, Eddie Judge, also likes her big bust, but that isn’t stopping Tamra from going through with the surgery.

“I’m at the time in my life where I really don’t care what a man thinks. I’m doing this for myself. And ultimately, what makes me happy makes Eddie happy too!”

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Teresa Giudice's Italian Fashion & Food Advice
With over 800 RSVP's to see "The Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Teresa Giudice at Water Tower Place's In Fashion Lounge, it's no wonder this Magnificent Mile shopping center chose Teresa as the star attraction for their Fashion's Night Out in Chicago. Teresa, in the Windy City to mingle with fans and sign copies of her latest cook book "Fabulicious", took time before greeting her swarm of anxious followers to talk with Starpulse about everything from her favorite shopping tips to her best recipes to make the perfect Italian dinner, Jersey style.

Like Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from "New York" and Gretchen Rossi from "Orange County", you are in Chicago for the In Fashion Lounge. What style tips do you always use while shopping?

My thing is I love unique pieces that stand out like snake skin is very in now. Snake rings too, I love that. I love hats too. You can have a simple outfit and then accessorize it and it looks hot. Jewelry and hats totally make an outfit.

You have two Italian cook books out right now, "Skinny Italian" and "Fabulicious". If you were to take recipes from both books to make the perfect Italian meal, what would be on the menu?

For an appetizer, stuffed eggplant. For a second dish, steak pizzaiola and let's see for dessert, I love the strawberries with the sambuca and for a pasta dish I love devil shrimp over angel hair pasta. I love red sauce. Italians are big with the red sauce. If you want to use a white sause, do linguini in a white clam sauce. Wait, no! My favorite in "Skinny Italian" is tagliatelle with peas and ham. But, the white and spinach tagliatelle so when you make it, it looks really pretty. It's absolutely delicious. Also, another great dessert is the holy cannoli cupcake. In my second book "Fabulicious", the last chapter is called "The Happy Ending". Who doesn't need a good happy ending like a cupcake?

You have TV star and New York Times best-selling author credits under your belt. Are there any other ventures you would love to get involved in?

I am coming out with a cosmetic line with nail polish, lipgloss, and lipstick called TG by Teresa Giudice in October. It's going to be in places like CVS and Wal-Mart. So, it's like a buy one get one free, like you buy a nail polish and you get a lipgloss free. They are packaged together.

I am also coming out with and formulated my own bellini, which is called Fabellini and it will be out around the holidays. It's all natural. I am using a gold medal champagne with natural peach puree. You know my first book I was all about bellini, so I'm like I need to formulate my own. It's 12% alcohol too so it will totally get you buzzed!
RELATED: The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Sad Songs Say So Much

Dina Manzo Warns Other ‘Housewives’ Ready To Quit
Ex “Real Housewife” of New Jersey, Dina Manzo, told me backstage at “New York Live” that other ladies currently on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are not having fun anymore and might follow Manzo’s precedent and say goodbye to the show.

“Well it didn’t feel good anymore,” Manzo told host Sara Gore and me, while promoting her new HGTV reality show “Dina’s Party.” “It wasn’t fun and I woke up one morning and [thought] ‘what am I doing? I don’t like doing this. I don’t have to do this.’ And that’s where that fine line comes. You can leave. I wouldn’t put my daughter on anymore [during] season 2, my husband never wanted to be on. So you have that choice. I don’t blame Bravo. I don’t blame production ’cause at any time you, you do sign a contract, but you can play chess. Say, okay fine come on over and film me washing my dishes.”

And although the current cast was rushed back into filming another season before this one, which captures Teresa Giudice’s financial disaster, has even finished airing, Manzo tells me it might be the last for more than one of the housewives. She also confessed that, in her opinion, Bravo was too quick to air “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” after the suicide of Russell Armstrong.

“I really thought it was going to [be] postponed a bit … People forget that it’s really our lives it’s not just a scripted show,” Manzo said. “So it’s a very hard thing for the audience to remember for that second. This really happened in someone’s life … So, I thought they would wait a little bit longer but my god, what a situation.”
Dina's full of it and she's clearly not telling the whole story here. First, Dina tried to pin Danielle with being the sole reason she left (that along with all the supposed negative energy RHONJ was bringing to Project Ladybug) RHONJ. Come to find out later that as much Dina claims to not like drama (much less the spotlight), now she's about to do her 3rd different reality TV show. Then too everyone knows that Dina and Teresa are besties so clearly there's some underlying drama with what's now happening on the show and Teresa's relationship with Caroline (who just happens to be Dina's older sister and who has time and again shown that she has the balls to call out Teresa's stupidity on air). I mean, who knows if Dina's relationship with Teresa is effecting her relationship with Caroline, but what we do know is that the Manzo family isn't as innocent and tight as they like to claim. And Dina, instead of just moving on with the life, doesn't need to be speaking negatively about Bravo or RHONJ unless she has a bone to pick (i.e. Teresa's true colors coming out and how that puts a bad light on her BFF).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Teresa and Joe Giudice Renew Wedding Vows In Lavish Ceremony

The irony here is that with all the Housewives who've had their marriages crumble and break up during the series' reign, in a way you have to respect Teresa and Joe for still being together. But then too Joe Guidice is such a drunken boor and Teresa Guidice is such an all-around idiot that not only can you never doubt their sincere love for each other, for the sake of the rest of the world let's hope that they stay together forever because they truly belong together:
Teresa Giudice, from The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, and her hubby Joe Giudice renewed their wedding vows in a lavish ceremony in Long Island. Teresa doesn’t do anything simple and her wedding renewal ceremony was no exception! Keep reading for all the details!

The Giudice’s money issues have been a big topic on The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season. Teresa has tried to reign in her spending habits and has become the bread winner for her family. As author of two books, Skinny Italian and Fabulicious, Teresa has been able to keep her family’s financial issues in check.

So what do you do when your family is having financial problems? Throw an elaborate wedding ceremony for yourself, of course! Yes, Teresa and Joe renewed their vows and it wasn’t just a simple ceremony. In the September 19th issue of InTouch magazine fans will get to see exclusive photos from the elaborate event. A horse-drawn carriage and a $25,000 Pnina Tornai gown are just some of the details you will get to see in the magazine.

Why would the couple renew their vows now? Some people say it was in attempt to save their rocky marriage, but Teresa tells InTouch it was for her four girls. Teresa says, “I wanted to show my girls that marriage is really important, as is being faithful to one another.” Plus, she probably didn’t mind wearing a fairytale wedding gown either!

The wedding was filmed for the fourth season of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Maybe Bravo footed the bill for the ceremony?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kim Zolciak's Ex-Husband Is A Child Molester
The ex-husband of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star KIM ZOLCIAK is a convicted child molester!

The ENQUIRER has learned that Kim’s first husband Dan­iel Dominic Toce, the father of her two daughters, is behind bars in a Con­necticut state prison after pleading guilty to molesting a 15-year-old.

“Kim can’t believe the father of her girls is a child molester!” a source close to the reality star confided.

“When she got the news, she was sick to her stomach. Kim can’t stop thinking about the shocking crime that Daniel committed on that inno­cent girl.”

Toce remarried after his two-year union to Kim ended in 2003 and was arrested in 2010 for sexual risk of injury to a minor.

He already was no stranger to local police, having a laundry list of arrests and convictions ranging from breach of peace to felony robbery and larceny, dat­ing back to 2004.

After pleading guilty to a single count of felony sex abuse against a mi­nor, he was sentenced to 10 years behind bars. He’s now serving 2 1/2 years at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional In­stitution in Suffield. His remaining sentence will be suspended.

When he’s released from prison, Toce will be on probation for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

With Toce behind bars, Kim, 33, hopes to cut off all contact between him and their two daughters, Brielle, 14, and 10-year-old Ariana, said the source.

“Kim is consulting her legal team to see if she can permanently terminate Daniel’s parental rights or at least severely restrict them,” the source divulged.

“She doesn’t want him anywhere near her two girls when he gets out of prison.”
Be even more interested to see if NeNe does anything with this little bit of news.

Bench Warrant Issued For Arrest Of Gretchen Rossi

This is funny when you consider how much Slade should be in jail for failing to pay child support, while Gretchen should just be arrested for being stupid:
A bench warrant for the arrest of The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi was ordered by a judge on Thursday, has exclusively learned.

Rossi and her ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou have been locked in a nasty legal battle and when she failed to make a court appearance on Thursday, a judge issued the warrant for her arrest and set her bail at $2,500, according to court documents obtained by

The judge gave Gretchen a break, and continued the warrant until September 15, meaning she has until that date to appear in court, and she will not be arrested.

The blonde bombshell reality TV star was in Las Vegas on Thursday for a promotional event.

She and Photoglou are suing each other for libel, defamation and slander. He filed a notice with the court detailing proof that Gretchen was served with the papers notifying her of the appearance, and has exclusively obtained those documents.

A process server declared that he tracked down Gretchen and her boyfriend Slade Smiley to a Palm Springs hotel to serve her with the papers, and he videotaped the successful encounter.

The documents state that when the process server served the documents to Gretchen she said “Can you believe these f**king people?” which they recorded on the video.

Dina Manzo Speaks On Entertaining And Her New Show "Dina's Party"
The event designer and former housewife of New Jersey has teamed with HGTV for show on party-planning. We sat down with her to chat about the new series and got some pointers from her on how to entertain on the fly.

Dina Manzo might be most recognized for her brief stint as one of the ladies on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but she's a lot more. Manzo, a designer who runs the event-planning firm Design Affair has put together lavish dinner parties and soirees for some of the most fashionable A-listers coast-to-coast. Now she's coming out with Dina's Party, a series about throwing glamorous parties on the fly, which premieres on HGTV this Saturday at 10PM/9 central.

Manzo took some time out of the busy schedule to talk to us about the show, the emotional men on it, and how to entertain...the right way.

1. Were there any memorable homeowners that you worked with on your new show?
They were all wonderful but I was lucky enough to do some parties for some personal friends. The pilot is for one of my very best friends who's moving to Dallas, TX. It was his surprise going away and he had no idea. I put it together with his partner and he had no idea at all! When I have a connection with the person, that's when it's the most amazing.

2. What's your favorite part of every show?
The reveal. It's when I finally get to surprise them and people can't even believe it.
Especially the men involved...they got quite emotional about the reveal.

3. What was your favorite party theme in the show?
There was a Vegas episode that was lots of fun. It was a birthday party for a gentleman who loves Vegas. Being married with children, it wasn't as easy for him to get away so we brought Vegas to New Jersey. And one of the things we did was recreate the hand-blown chandeliers in the hotels and hung them above the dinner table.

There was also an episode in the Hamptons when I was actually on vacation during month of July, and they tricked me into throwing a party there. It was for a socialite who's used to the red carpet soirees but we gave them a homegrown Hamptons for something a little different.

4. Funniest moment?
Well it wasn't a funny one, but one of my favorite moments was at the surprise party for my friend. He walked in and had no clue and everyone was crying.

The weather in New Jersey has been insane, from hurricanes and tornadoes coming through. And throughout the pilot there was a blizzard. It's like I've gone through every weather that you can think of. Looking back, it's funny now but not at the time.

5. Was there anything unexpected that came up for you as an event designer?
We had three days to make phone calls and set up everything up and throw the party. Usually I have around 6 months. I have to say I was surprised that I was able to pull everything together.

6. We're quickly approaching the holidays, which is when a lot of entertaining takes place. We'd love some of your tips. First off, how do you get people to RSVP to one of your events?
I'm totally against an Evite. It's so impersonal and you see everyone who's declined. Invitation by snail mail is old fashioned, but that's unexpected and it gets people excited about the theme of the party. I usually put together a little sneak peak arrangement to include in the mail invite to give people an idea of the decor and it gets people to want to see what the party will be like. Just remember to send your invites out 8 weeks in advance so you're the first one that gets to their door because if you're too late they'll have committed to something else during the holidays and all the other events.
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