Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sunday's 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Has Record Ratings: 4 Million Viewers
When "The Real Housewives of Atlanta' ratings sagged toward the end of season four, there was talk (and hope by some non-fans) that the show had reached that inexorable stage of lost buzz and erosion of viewers.

But that's not to be.  Credit new cast member Kenya Moore.

Her flakiness, her confrontational attitude and her ability to peeve all the other women on the show (except NeNe Leakes) has driven the entire season, keeping her front and center virtually every week since she joined the show. She has, in a down and dirty way, invigorated a show that had felt tired and tedious at points last season.

This past Sunday, "Real Housewives" drew its largest audience ever in five seasons, broaching 4 million viewers for the first time ever. It was the most viewed cable telecast of the week. It also drew 2.6 million viewers 25-54, biggest ever in that demo. During this particular episode, Moore was the centerpiece yet again. (You can read my recap here.). She lost a business deal with Phaedra and proceeded to create her own exercise video in retaliation. Then she got all huffy because Phaedra had insulted her so she came back by dressing like Phaedra at a fundraiser in the most outrageous manner possible. Stay classy, Kenya!

"Real Housewives" will be taking a week off this Sunday in deference to the Super Bowl.  The 14th episode airs Feb. 10.

Here's the teaser from Bravo:
Porsha pulls out all the stops to throw Kordell a Harlem Renaissance-themed party for his 40th. Cynthia isn't pleased with Porsha’s lack of support she has dedicated to her pageant, and tempers flare when she confronts Porsha. At his big party, Kordell sets Cynthia and Porsha straight by helping to mend their relationship. Meanwhile, Kenya is shocked when she finds two suspicious lumps in her breasts
The show is now averaging 3.1 million viewers a week, up from season 4 to date.
RELATED: Kenya Wears Booty Pads, and More WTF Moments From The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5, Episode 13, "Make an Ass Out of a Donkey"

Dina Manzo Lands Acting Gig, Says Her Real Housewives of New Jersey Co-Stars Leak Stories About Her
Dina Manzo is making the leap from reality to scripted.

The former castmember on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and star of HGTV’s Dina’s Party has landed a role on a new series that portrays the behind-the-scenes on daily soap operas called Tainted Dreams.

Created by Emmy-winning director and soap opera veteran Sonia Blangiardo (General Hospital, As the World Turns, All My Children, One Life to Live), the new dramedy casts Manzo as Allessandra DiGiacomo.

Her character is described as a “smart and successful New York City corporate CEO whose younger gay brother [played by My Big Gay Italian Wedding's Anthony Wilkinson] will face unexpected circumstances due to his sexuality.”

“Coming from a large Italian family, I was immediately drawn to the character of Alessandra’s family dynamic,” Manzo says in a statement.

Regarding the casting, Blangiardo says, “I created the role of Alessandra with Dina Manzo in mind, and we are thrilled to have her join our cast. Her constant support of the gay community and her talent makes her the perfect choice for this series.”

The director created Tainted Dreams after the last of the NYC-based soap operas, One Life to Live, shut down production in November of last year.

“I was struck by the loss of this unique art form that had been such an integral part of NYC for decades. I wanted to somehow capture my own two decades working behind the scenes of three different NYC-based soaps,” Blangiardo explains.

“As a long-time fan of One Life to Live, I am excited to be part of a project centered around the rich, proud heritage of NYC-based daytime drama,” Manzo adds.
RELATED: Dina Manzo Says Her Real Housewives of New Jersey Co-Stars Leak Stories About Her!

Marisa Zanuck Talks Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville and Her Hermes Habit
If anyone knows luxury, it's the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Every Monday, fans tune in to the popular Bravo series to watch the cast casually flaunt their riches as juicy drama inevitably unfolds. While the original group of gals never cease to entertain, every so often a welcomed newbie comes along to shake things up. Enter Marisa Zanuck

Married to Hollywood movie producer Dean Zanuck, the outspoken Hilton & Hyland real estate agent met fellow housewife Kyle Richards 11 years ago when the brunette's husband Mauricio was working at the same firm. Racked sat down with the rising star to talk reality TV, shopping weaknesses and the famed French fashion house that she can't get enough of.

Are you enjoying your time on Real Housewives?
"I love it! It's a lot of fun, but it can also be very stressful. Most of the time I don't think before I speak and can end up hurting someone, which is never my intention. I'm close with Kyle and Mauricio, as well as Brandi and Camille. I'm looking forward to getting to know Lisa and Yolanda more."

What do you enjoy most (and least) about being a real estate agent?
"I absolutely love being a real estate agent in Beverly Hills—I've been doing this for 14 years. It gives me the freedom to be a great mom, and I get to work with some amazing people. Plus, I get a high when I'm working on a deal. The part I like least is the fact that I can go a month or two without a deal, and I'm the kind of person who needs to keep busy!"

Your family is filled with Hollywood players. Do you have any fun movie premiere stories?
"Yes, I did marry into the Zanuck family who is Hollywood royalty. [My husband] Dean and I have been together for 17 years, and in this time we have gone to our share of Hollywood events and premieres. The most recent one I went to was for my father-in-law's [Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck] film, Dark Shadows, which was amazing. Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp performed. It was like being at a concert!" 

What's your weakness when it comes to shopping?
"My weakness is definitely jewelry and purses. I can never have enough jewelry in my life, and I've been really into collecting Hermès Birkin bags lately. These two items will always hold their value. I don't spend big money on clothing because clothes get old and go out of style whereas jewelry and classic bags never do."

What are some of your latest big shopping splurges?
"I recently purchased a couple of David Webb pieces—I'm such a fan! And when I went to Paris last month I bought a beautiful Hermès Birkin for myself. Oh, and I just got a new Porsche!"

If you can do more reality TV, what shows would you like to try?
"The only other reality show that I would consider doing would be my own show with my family and sisters. We're all so funny together since none of us have any boundaries. I'd also really love to be on Dancing with the Stars!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Joe Gorga Attempts to Talk to Teresa Giudice - And It's An Epic Fail
Melissa Gorga recently revealed that she has been able to film scenes with Teresa Giudice for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but when Teresa’s brother, Joe Gorga, recently tried to approach her at an event, things didn’t go as smoothly.

According to All About the Real Housewives, the siblings both attended an event for Kim D.’s jewelry line (natch) and things got ugly when Joe tried to have a conversation with his sis. An insider reveals that Joe — who attended the event with Melissa — headed straight for Tre.

He immediately started a fight with her causing a scene and she wasn’t having it. She walked away from the situation wanting to go home but producers asked her to stick it out,” the insider dished. “Joe Gorga and Teresa haven’t even spoken and everyone finds it odd that Joe only will talk to Teresa on camera!” And unfortunately for Teresa, Joe wasn’t even the only relative who had beef with her!

The source continues, “Kathy showed up after Teresa and didn’t even say hi to her. Teresa congratulated Kathy on Twitter about her Cannoli set and assumed everything was fine but Kathy still obviously has a problem with her.”
RELATED: Teresa Giudice gets grilled: Fourth cookbook on outdoor entertaining

Jill Zarin Says She'd Return To 'Real Housewives Of New York' For A Million Dollars
Less than a year ago, Jill Zarin said she wouldn't return to "The Real Housewives Of New York" for "a million dollars," but now, the former Bravo star is changing her tune. 

Zarin, who recently released a line of jewelry, stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday, January 29 and admitted that for a million dollars, she could be persuaded to make an appearance. "I'm a businesswoman," she said with a laugh. Besides, Zarin added, "I don't think they're writing a check tomorrow." 

As for the fate of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise itself, Zarin said she think's "there's too many 'Housewives,'" noting that there are about 37 cast members total. "There's no more room ... I think that 'Housewives,' I think it's over." 
RELATED: Jill Zarin Shows Off Her New Jewelry Collection: Hot or Not?

Tammy Knickerbocker's Daughter Lindsey Arrested for DUI, Punching a Cop
The daughter of "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tammy Knickerbocker is behind the craziest DUI arrest of recent memory -- after she allegedly rammed several parked cars while super duper drunk ... and then PUNCHED A COP.

According to cops, 23-year-old Lindsey Knickerbocker was popped on December 14 after witnesses told police she had smashed into two parked cars on Balboa Island in O.C.. Witnesses said Lindsey then fled to a friend's house nearby.

When police followed Lindsey to the house, cops say Lindsey punched one of the arresting officers in the stomach. Lindsey was promptly placed under arrest.

Now the insane part -- according to court docs, Lindsey is accused of having a blood alcohol content of .32% at the time of her arrest ... FOUR TIMES the legal limit in California.

Lindsey has since been charged with four crimes -- DUI, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, hit-and-run, and battery on an officer.

She's due in court next month. Attempts to reach Lindsey were unsuccessful.
RELATED: Season 8 of Real Housewives of OC to air in late March, 2013 (Video)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bitter Brandi Glanville Tells Leann Rimes To 'Go F*ck Herself'

Hey, while I in no way support adultery, women who think just their good looks and great sex will keep a man from straying are just lying to themselves. Brandi has admitted that Eddie Cibrian cheated on her with several women during their marriage, so clearly there was a problem in the marriage that had nothing to do with LeAnn Rimes. All this hate and vitriol, solely directed towards Rimes, is not only misdirected anger and bad for the kids, but just shows how messed up in the head and depressed Brandi still is:
What feud?!

"She can go f--k herself!" Brandi Glanville fired back tonight when ex-husband Eddie Cibrian's new wife, LeAnn Rimes, was brought up during a Q&A session during her book-signing for Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders at Palihouse in West Hollywood hosted by Gilt City Los Angeles.
"Well, she has to, because who would want to?" the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star added naughtily.

That obviously proved to be a rhetorical question, and Glanville did admit that, sometimes, she says things and "then I go home and think about them. I have a conscience. I definitely feel bad about certain things and when I'm wrong I say sorry." 

But when someone goes after her (as seen on RHOBH), "I go 10 times harder," she said. "Especially when it comes to my family and my children—bitch, it's on!"

"Heartbreak is universal," she said, noting one of the revelations she had while writing Drinking and Tweeting. "I think for women to hear me complain about what happened to me, it makes them feel better about what they've gone through."

As for her marriage to Cibrian, which produced two sons before ending in the summer of 2009, Glanville maintains she tried her best to make it work.

"I did everything right," she recalled. "I loved so hard. I loved my children and my family was perfect. I did everything I could do for him and the boys and to make him not want to stray. So, when it happened, especially with someone as attractive as her..."

The audience laughed as Glanville trailed off purposely.

"When a man cheats on you its not about you," she concluded. "It's about notoriety. They want to be with you but they want their cake and eat it too."

But, she added, she hopes Cibrian and Rimes make it work—if only "because I don't want my kids to go through a divorce again."
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'The Real Housewives' Of Divorces, Bankruptcies And Businesses By The Numbers
With seven series in the U.S. and 67 Housewives in all, Andy Cohen's Botox-fueled franchise has been an undeniable hit for the Bravo network. But "The Real Housewives" shows have also yielded some serious consequences for his gals, judging from the trends we've witnessed over the past seven years. How serious? One out of four cast mates ends up divorcing their husbands during or after filming the show, according to our research, and almost one in five ends up filing for bankruptcy. So why do it? Business, business, business. 

Bankruptcies. While cast mates can pull in six-digit paychecks per season, their newfound fame creates its own set of problems for the girls, judging from the number of bankruptcies filed on the show. At a reported $600,000 per season, "Jersey" Housewife Teresa Giudice is the franchise's top-earner, even though she and husband Joe filed for an $11 million bankruptcy in 2009.

Divorces. Here's a question: How many Housewives does it take to realize that reality TV is probably not good for your marriage? Before Camille Grammer joined the cast of "Beverly Hills," husband Kelsey Grammer consented as a last "parting gift" to his soon-to-be ex-wife. The former "Frasier" star said of Camille and the show: "It was a very difficult marriage and a very difficult decade. I thought, 'So long, here's a present for you.'"

Businesses. Whether they arrive business owners or just become one, 42 percent of Housewives end up hawking a product on the show. It appears they've taken careful notes from the original Bravo entrepreneur, Bethenny Frankel. First, Frankel peddled her line of low-calorie drinks endlessly on "New York," using the TV time to boost her brand image. Then she finagled her own spinoff show, got hitched and sold her Skinnygirl company shortly thereafter, for an estimated $100 million.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Kenya Moore Shows Off Her Stallion ‘Booty’ As She Mocks Phaedra Parks
Kenya Moore took her “booty” war with Phaedra Parks to a whole other level on Sunday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The former beauty pageant queen made a daring entrance to a party for the launch of NeNe Leakes’ shoes, which she designed for

Kenya, 42, arrives at the glitzy party wearing nothing but a black mesh see-through dress topped with a white hat that appears more suitable for a day at the Kentucky Derby.

Showing her virtually naked bottom and with black strips of material that barely preserve her modesty the former Miss USA made an elaborate entrance that leaves other partygoers and her fellow housewives slack-jawed.

It is Kenya’s blatant attempt to mock Phaedra who wore a similar outfit earlier in the season during their trip to Anguilla.

In the episode, Kenya tells her friend exactly what she plans to do as they drive to the party.

She says: “It’s going to be live and in living color. You wanna call me crazy?”

Speaking in a fake Southern accent she mimics Phaedra, saying: “That Kenya girl she must need some medication huh?

“’Cause after she didn’t do what I wanted her to do I’m…gonna say anything in the world to just make other people not like her.

“I do know what defamation of character means honey. And I do know what slander means, because I’ve been doing that to my good ole friend Miss Kenya.”

Talking about her plan to embarrass Phaedra, she goes on to say: “Let me just show you how ridiculous you look.”
RELATED: Phaedra Parks Pregnancy Has Her Son Hoping For A Baby Sister

Kelly Bensimon Accepted To Boston Business School, Working On A New Book
Proving there is life after the “Real Housewives of New York,” Kelly Bensimon has been accepted into business school in Boston. 

Her rep confirmed she’ll be doing an online MBA in business and finance at Northeastern University. 

We’re told Kelly is also working on a new book, and was recently signed to New York Model Management with legendary agent Marion Smith, her original agent at Ford Models more than 20 years ago. 

Kelly has said she has no regrets about leaving the Bravo show in 2011.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lisa Hochstein Sues Random Woman Over Internet Comment

Is she serious?!? She can't be serious:
"Real Housewives of Miami" star Lisa Hochstein does NOT have sex for money and she's suing some random woman on the Internet who said that she did.

Hochstein recently filed a lawsuit against a woman named Jessica Lederman -- claiming she suffered "severe emotional distress" after Jessica blasted her in the comment section of an entertainment news website.

According to docs, Jessica wrote "Lisa was an escort who also did soft porn in Vegas" ... in response to an article about Lisa joining the "Real Housewives" franchise..

But Hochstein says it's a bold-faced lie and that she's never been in the escort business or done soft core porn in Las Vegas. Hochstein claims Jessica's remark damaged her reputation and threatened both her employment and social life.

Pretty random to go after someone who commented on a web site ... but to each their own.

Hochstein is suing for more than $15,000. A judge has yet to rule.
RELATED: 'The Real Housewives of Miami' star Lisa Hochstein talks cheating men

Future's Unsure for Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps and others on 'NYC Housewives'
The “Real Housewives of New York City” have turned into a bunch of nail-biting nervous Nellies whose futures on the show are in limbo.

“They are getting the runaround from the Bravo network about the new season,” a show insider tells Confidenti@l. Bravo is always secretive about the drama leading up to filming, but we hear from a source that it’s worse than ever now, and the ladies feel “tortured” by their bosses.
Taping for season six, likely to star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson, has been pushed back — for the second time — until late February, without a specific start date. It was originally supposed to start next week.

“The entire thing is in disarray,” says our show insider. “They were told one date and it didn’t happen. The last season ended in October and they were told to keep February onwards free. They’ve been waiting weeks to get story lines and plot out the season, but nobody’s called.”

Not only do the ladies not have a start date, they don’t know if everyone is definitely being asked back.

“It’s likely to be the same cast, but they still haven’t been told who’s coming back and who’s not,” says the source. “They are going crazy. They call the network every day demanding answers.”

The countess is especially nervous because she has a pending deal with home shopping network QVC, selling home goods including towels and plates. She fears the deal will fall through if she doesn’t have a show to hawk it on.

Radziwill, who recently landed a six-figure deal to write a novel called “The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating,” is worried her book will “tank” if she’s not on the show to promote it, says our source. “Not many people connected with her. The truth is, Jill Zarin brought the ratings and she’s gone and no one is as good.”
Meanwhile, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” is in full swing, with Bravo hiring Teresa Giudice’s real-life friends, Noelle Brescia and Priscilla DiStasio to be “unofficial Housewives” who hang out with Giudice. “Teresa is crazier than ever,” says our insider.
RELATED: LuAnn de Lesseps Gives a Rare Glimpse of Her Home

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Adrienne Maloof: Brandi Glanville Is No Longer My Friend
Adrienne Maloof doesn't think it's fair to compare her situation with Brandi Glanville on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to Camille Grammer and Taylor Armstrong's issues last season.
"A few of the women are comparing this situation with the disagreement between Russell and Camille," Adrienne writes in her Bravo blog. "For me, there is one key difference and that is the direct involvement of my innocent loved ones who were NEVER supposed to be part of the drama."

"With Russell and Camille, all parties involved were adults and capable of defending themselves," Adrienne continues. "Any mother would agree that protecting young children is of the utmost importance."

And what about Adrienne's "friends don't sue friends" mantra from last season? "I still believe that friends don't sue friends, but Brandi has made it abundantly clear that she is not my friend," she explains.

Adrienne goes on to thank a few of her fellow cast members. "I want to sincerely thank my dear friends Faye, Camille, KyleKim, and of course Mauricio for being so supportive through these difficult times," she writes.

Let's hope that Adrienne's difficult times get a little less difficult in the near future.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Kandi Burruss Releases New Song: "Baby I'm Good"
It’s been several months since we’ve heard a new track from the wonderfully talented Kandi Burruss, but after seeing this snap of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star hard at work in the studio, we knew it couldn’t be long ‘til she dropped a new song. And as fate would have it, now we have the privilege of bringing you her latest tune, “Baby I’m Good.”

The upbeat tune is a departure from one of her more recent hits, “Fly Above,” but it’s clearly a reflection of her current loved-up state — all thanks to fiancé Todd Tucker, we bet.
Some of the “aww-worthy” lyrics include, “I just wanna sit back, relax / Baby why don’t you rub my back /  Spend the love time with my man / Baby oh yeah, like that / I just wanna stay home, make love, I’m longing for your touch / Watch a flick and cuddle up, doing nothing is enough.”

Clearly, Kandi is more than satisfied with her new boo, and considering all that she’s been through over the past few years, we’re overjoyed to see her lovin’ life again.
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Jason Hoppy Copies Bethenny Frankel's Divorce Demands
Bethenny Frankel's estranged husband has made it clear ... he's not going down without a fight in divorce court, because he's gunning for exactly the same spoils Bethenny wants from him.

TMZ has learned Jason Hoppy has filed his response to Bethenny's divorce petition, in which he's requesting PRIMARY CUSTODY of the couple's 2-year-old daughter. We broke the story, Bethenny also wants primary custody.

Jason also wants child support from Bethenny -- she wants the same from him.

Jason is asking for Bethenny to foot the bill for medical and dental insurance as well as related expenses for himself and daughter Bryn. In Bethenny's legal docs she asks that Jason pay for her medical and dental bills, as well as Bryn's.

Jason wants Bethenny to maintain life insurance on herself, making both Bryn and him beneficiaries. She wants him to maintain a life insurance policy for her benefit as well as Bryn's.

And last but not least ... Jason wants "exclusive use and occupancy of the marital residence."  Surprise -- Bethenny wants that too.

Ah, one last thing. He wants her to pay for his lawyer, accountant, etc. 

This one's not gonna end nicely.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teresa Giudice Claims She Gets Sex 'Every Night' From Husband Joe

Huge TMI here, but you know what? Good for them. After all, say what you want about the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but they're all still married:
Teresa Giudice is FAR from bashful about spilling on her very active sex life with husband Joe! The Real Housewives of New Jersey star opened up about her sex life and revealed how she and her husband have maintained their marriage for twelve years in a new interview with Star magazine, and has the details.

“My secret to a great marriage is to make sure you give it to him every night,” the 40-year-old dishes.

“My husband is always poking me in bed, and I think, ‘Can’t I have a night off?’” Luckily, the reality TV star gets a little easy to obtain help to get her in the mood, Fabellini sparkling wine!

“It gets me in the mood, and Joe just shows up!” Teresa says.

For more of Teresa’s tips for a happy marriage and to read all about her relationship with Joe, pick up the latest issue of Star magazine — on newsstands Thursday.
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Karent Sierra Speaks Out On Strained Cast Friendships
Karent Sierra attended the “Real Housewives of Miami” reunion to confront the ladies who wanted to confront her about her relationship with Rodolfo and how they ended their relationship. It appeared that her relationship was the focus of the season, and now Karent is finally speaking out for herself. According to a new Bravo blog released on Jan. 22, “The Real Housewives of Miami” star Karent Sierra is finally sharing her thoughts and while many would hope for an update on her love life, Karent has actually realized who her true friends are.

“This has been an amazing season. I have met some amazing people. From each and every one of these ladies I try to pull out the positive aspects that I have received from them. I truly need to thank each and every one of them, because it's not only through the beautiful and kind friendships that I have grown, but also through the women that tried to bring me down at all cost. So to all of you I say thank you,” “The Real Housewives of Miami” star Karent Sierra writes. She didn’t always have the support of the women on the show, because they all seemed to want to bring her down at one point or another. And many saw the women as being dramatic when they confronted her about the affair.

However, “The Real Housewives of Miami” star Karent Sierra isn’t negative in her attitude when it comes to those co-stars who got a kick out of bringing the affair on the table. “It’s because of them that I have become a more confident and stronger woman. Sometimes we look back at negative circumstances in our life and people that have not treated us kindly (to say the least) without justification or reason, and we end up suffering from their actions and cruelty. I have chosen to stand taller and stronger and turn the negative into a positive. When people will fabricate anything about you and pick fights with you for no reason, it must mean that you are doing something right,” she writes.
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LeAnn Rimes Says ‘Screw You’ to Brandi Glanville

As much as I can't stand Brandi Glanville, this was certainly a treat to see. Nice assist from Jimmy Kimmel too, but "Ouch!" on the "none of them have any talent" line.  

RELATED: The Real Housewives’ Brandi Glanville: Who Cares If Beyonce Lip Syncs?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alexis Bellino Celebrates Her 36th Birthday at Andrea’s in the Encore
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Alexis Bellino celebrated her 36th birthday with her husband Jim Bellino and 10 friends at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Saturday night.

The curvaceous and controversial stay-at-home mom enjoyed executive chef Joseph Elevado’s Asian cuisine and Andrea’s Aphrodisiac cocktails while soaking up the sounds created by musical chef Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame.

The birthday party later moved to the adjoining Surrender Nightclub, where Alexis was presented with a birthday cake. Grey Goose and champagne flowed throughout the night as the group enjoyed the sounds of producer and DJ Cedric Gervais, who launched his monthly Las Vegas show-themed party “Le Show.”

Thanks to Aaron Garcia for his photo gallery. Andrea’s, the new hotspot where George Clooney celebrated the launch of his Casamigos Tequila in its first week of opening, celebrated its star-studded grand opening with Steve and Andrea Wynn (for whom the restaurant is named), Elijah Wood, Kate Upton, Stacy Keibler, Arianny Celeste, Krysten Ritter, Holly Madison, Maria Menounos, DJ Afrojack, Havana Brown and more last Wednesday night.
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Yolanda Foster Says Adrienne Maloof Has Poor Communication Skills
Yolanda Foster thinks Adrienne Maloof shouldn't have gotten lawyers involved in her spat with Brandi Glanville.
"Adrienne is using her money to intimidate Brandi with a lawsuit because she does not have the chops or communication skills to work this out like normal people do," Yolanda writes in her Bravo blog.

Yolanda is confused as to why Kim Richards has no recollection of making plans to meet up.

"I have no idea why she doesn't remember planning our day together, but hopefully we can still do it some other time when she is ready to commit," Yolanda says. "I wish Kim would have just phoned me to say it is not a good time for her to do a cleanse, rather than act as if we never made a plan."

She feels that Kim and Kyle Richards could use professional help to work out their issues. "I wish Kim and Kyle would choose to go to therapy together to try to heal these wounds and move on to a relationship their mom would have been proud of," Yolanda writes.

Yolanda also thinks Taylor Armstrong needs to cool it on the drinking. "Taylor... really?  Please stop drinking — it makes you aggressive and it's so unattractive," Yolanda writes. "Maybe being home with her beautiful little angel is a better and safer place to get through this tough and unthinkable time of her life."
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Aviva Drescher Urges Obama To Legalize All Drugs
"Real Housewives of New York City" cast member Aviva Drescher thinks she knows what President Obama's first executive order of his second term should be -- decriminalize possession of all illegal drugs.

The reality TV star told RadarOnline that doing so will "free today’s slaves who are shackled in the modern day plantations — aka jails." 

And if you were wondering, no, the 42-year-old isn't just talking about decriminalizing marijuana. She wants it all legal. 

“Legalize possession of all drugs,” she reportedly said.

Drescher's comments aren't too surprising, given that she revealed in September that she and her cast mates partied hard while on vacation in St. Barts: 

“We do more filming, and on vacation that microphone never comes off. There was a lot of drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll.”

Somehow we doubt the president has any plans to take advice from any "Real Housewives" cast member about anything...
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jacqueline Laurita Believes Her Son Can Recover From Autism
For those of you who don't know me, I'm one of the original cast members of Bravo's hit reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I signed on to this show back in 2008 without taking into consideration how much my life could change. I never stopped to think that there would be a greater purpose to it. You see, my 3-year-old son, Nicholas, has autism. We kept it under wraps until we could figure out what was wrong, and what we were going to do about it, but that time has come.

Honestly, I'm glad it's out there. I don't think people should be afraid or ashamed to share their struggles. When you open up, you often find that it's the support and generosity of others that can provide the strength and tools you need to get through it. Ever since my husband, Chris, and I went public about our son's diagnosis in People magazine, the support has been overwhelming. Thousands of you have reached out to us with knowledge, resources, and success stories. Our family faces many challenges, just like any other family. Right now, one of our greatest happens to be helping Nicholas recover from autism—because I believe it's possible. Maybe not all children will recover, but many have, and all of us parents with a child on the spectrum should be given that hope.

How It All Started

It was such a gradual regression with our son. Nicholas has a cousin, Joey, who is two weeks younger. It was hard not to notice that Nicholas was not meeting the developmental milestones at the same rate as his cousin. Joey walked and talked earlier than Nicholas, and seemed more in tune with his environment and the people in it. Meanwhile, Nicholas enjoyed playing by himself, and seemed content in his own little world. However, Nicholas was doing some things that Joey could not. He knew his letters and their sounds. He could count up to 20, and identify his shapes and colors. He was a whiz on the iPad.

Signs of regression became too clear to ignore when he was around 2 years old, shortly after we started filming season four of RHONJ. He stopped singing his favorite songs, using utensils, and following my finger as I pointed to an object. Eye contact and language slowly diminished. He wouldn't answer to his name. When Nicholas stopped saying “I love you,” it was devastating. As a mom, when your child starts to talk, hearing those three little words is something you cherish. Losing that broke my heart.

There was a three-month waiting period to see the developmental pediatrician. We arrived at her office already assuming that our child had autism. But after watching the doctor play with Nicholas for over an hour, there was a part of me hoping to hear I was wrong.

Nothing prepared us for the pain of hearing a professional say “Your child has autism.” Seeing the diagnosis written down on a piece of paper in front of our faces hit us hard. I got a lump in my throat, and found it hard to swallow. I could see the pain on my husband's face. The pediatrician gave us information on treatment options, and recreational activities for kids on the spectrum.

I went home, hugged my husband, and cried until I couldn't cry anymore. I cried for myself; I cried for my husband; I cried for my other kids, and I cried for my Nicholas. After that one-day grieving period, I woke up the next morning focused on bringing out the best Nicholas that he could be. I began reading everything I could find on autism. We learned that early intervention is key to recovery. We learned that diet and nutrition play an important role. We learned that my husband and I would have to work together to be our son's greatest advocates.

Going Public

Some of you may wonder why we would be so open about our son's disorder, maybe thinking that we should have kept it hidden—but we feel strongly that autism is not a shameful secret. Nicholas is our son, and we are proud of him. We are not ashamed of him or the diagnosis. We don't ever want him to feel ashamed, either. My son is a beautiful little boy who is very smart and loving. Autism is one small piece of who he is.

I often wonder what led me to this life as a reality TV personality in a seemingly meaningless, drama-filled series. I didn't know it would be a platform to help others. Whether you have a child with autism, some other disability, or none at all, we all need support. I hope you will follow us on our journey in this new Parenting column, and I hope you'll let me follow yours.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

IRS Files Tax Lien On Sheree Whitfield's 'Chateua Sheree'

Who'll Sheree find to blame for this one?
Sheree Whitfield is in hot demand ... at least her bank account is ... because the IRS says the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star owes them over $40,000 in back taxes.

According to docs, Uncle Sam filed a tax lien against Sheree in Georgia for unpaid taxes in the years 2009 and 2010  to the tune of $41,752.83.

The feds aren't only ones after her bank account. As TMZ first reported, Sheree was recently ordered by a judge to fork over $119,000 to her former divorce lawyers, for an unpaid legal tab.

Bills, bills, bills ... someone's gotta pay 'em. 
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Alexia Echevarria Sues for $2 Mil Over Son's Horrific Car Crash
"Real Housewives of Miami" star Alexia Echevarria says she was inundated with medical bills after her son's tragic car crash and now she's suing her insurance broker for $2 million ... claiming her massive bills are all their fault.

Echevarria filed a lawsuit in Florida court against a company called Garcia Lorenzo & Associates ... claiming they dropped the ball when it came to executing her insurance policy.

Echevarria's 13-year-old son was in a "catastrophic" car accident back in 2011 which landed him in the ICU with severe bodily injuries, including a brain injury. In the suit, Alexia says thanks to GL's shoddy coverage, she was faced with millions of dollars in medical bills.

Echevarria claims that when she signed with the company back in 2008, she asked for a special type of extra coverage -- the exact coverage that would have helped curb the costs from her son's accident. She claims the company carelessly left it out.

A judge has yet to rule.
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bethenny Frankel Already Has A New Billionaire Boyfriend?

I don't buy it:
Does Bethenny Frankel have a new boyfriend less than two weeks after filing for divorce from husband, Jason Hoppy?

After the reality star reportedly moved into billionaire Warren Lichenstein‘s New York City apartment with daughter, Bryn, Frankel is spending time with her “friend” at his Aspen mansion this weekend, is exclusively reporting.

“Bethenny will be staying with Warren this weekend at his vacation home in Aspen, Colorado. The two are just friends at this point,” a source close to the situation tells exclusively.

The Real Housewives of New York City star moved out of the Soho loft she shared with Jason Hoppy, on January 11, with their daughter, Bryn, 2, according to Life & Style Magazine.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Cynthia Bailey's Husband Peter Thomas Calls Lisa Vanderpump's SUR Restaurant "Ghetto"
Peter Thomas revealed on Twitter that he was in Beverly Hills and tweeted Lisa Vanderpump that he was at her SUR restaurant. However, it wasn’t a nice tweet that he sent to her. Instead, he questioned the classy establishment because there was an arrest going on inside the restaurant. 

According to a series of tweets released on Jan. 17, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump had a situation going on at her restaurant last night and Peter Thomas was there to capture it all. “What's really going on in your spot tonight? This is Peter from #rhoa,” Peter tweeted t Lisa. “I'm at #sur right now and it's ghetto. Two sheriffs just walked in to arrest a white woman. This is definitely happening rt now & I'm loving every min of it. Just shows u can be in any neighborhood & this stuff happens. Not bashing.” Despite saying that he wasn’t bashing “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, he did say that he was at SUR and that “it is ghetto.” 

Surely, this doesn’t have Lisa too happy. And while “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump probably didn’t want Peter to share that an arrest had taken place at SUR, she did tweet him back to calm him down after his many messages to her. “I am on it Peter...chill,” Lisa replied in a cool manner. 
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Kenya Moore Disses Phaedra Parks, Wants To Date Jesus, Calls Walter Jackson A "Liar"

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Marisa Zanuck Says Taylor Armstrong Is the "Queen of Inauthenticity"
As it turns out, Marisa Zanuck was not impressed with Taylor Armstrong's behvavior on this week's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

"Let's talk about Taylor; she seems to be a walking contradiction," Marisa writes on her Bravo blog. "Honestly, how does Taylor tell Lisa to find her a man in one breath and then in the other she starts playing the victim, talking about how she feels guilty dating, etc.? I think [it's] B.S."

Marisa says that, later in the episode, Taylor "is so desperate to get some attention on herself that she starts sticking up for Brandi and yells that they are both are single women and need to stick together."

Apparently, Marisa thinks Taylor is too self-pitying. "Taylor goes on and on about how her deceased husband left her with a mountain of debt and problems," Marisa writes. "OMG.. how often do we have to hear about this!!! Who cares! So over Taylor!"

"The thing that pisses me off is that Taylor is just fake — she is the queen of inauthenticity," she continues.

But Marisa did have some positive things to say about the ladies this week, particularly Brandi Glanville.

"Brandi has been through a lot, and it is great that she can be so open and honest with all of us," Marisa says about Brandi's meeting with Scheana.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

NeNe Leakes Hopes to Win a Golden Globe Next Year, Urges Marlo Hampton Return To 'RHOA'
After a near-perfect week that began with a People’s Choice Award win for Favorite New TV Comedy and ended with a night out at the Golden Globes, NeNe Leakes should be basking in the glow of her hard-earned fame.

However, the always-ambitious actress and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has her sights set on something even bigger for the 2014 awards season — a Golden Globe of her very own!

During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, NeNe semi-joked about her lofty aspirations, revealing, “I'll probably be nominated next year.” 
And while that idea may seem far-fetched, there once was a point when we thought NeNe’s goal of becoming a legitimate Hollywood actress was out of the question! But clearly, she’s proven us wrong so far!
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Gretchen Rossi Talks Beauty, Brains and Big Plans
Starpulse’s Jeza Belle sat down with “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi, for a one on one interview. Gretchen shared the success she’s having with her businesses as well as her thoughts on babies and marriage with boyfriend Slade Smiley.

Tell us what’s new since Season 7 of RHOOC wrapped?
Lots! There have been many ups and downs. My businesses continue to grow and expand. In my personal life however, I’ve had some tough circumstances going on lately. Slade’s youngest son Grayson went in for major brain surgery in New York and had some big complications. He was in ICU for three months and only just now is being moved to a different facility. There has been lots of bi-coastal traveling, worry and emotion on both Slade and my parts for his son.  On top of that, I’ve had some issues with a court case that has been going on for the last four years, but I won and am thankful to have that wrapped up. Lots of stress!

Our heartfelt best wishes for Slade’s son. I read recently that Slade and you were trying to get pregnant and have a child of your own as well…any news on that front?
Slade and I have been talking a lot about babies and have even spoken to some doctors. He had gotten a radio show, ‘Radio Slade’, and had been focused on that while I’ve been working hard with my companies. But, babies are definitely a point of discussion for both of us as eventually we would love to have a family.

Would you prefer a boy or a girl?
It’s a cliché, but it is the truth that at this point I just want a healthy baby. I am thirty five and of course the older you get there can be complications. However, that said, Slade has two boys and as fun as it would be to have a girl in the family, I’ve always had the feeling that I would have boys. It could be fun to have a girl to change things up though.

You are the Barbie of the OC in so many ways with your girly-girl style. In fact, your collection even offers bling for the bottom of a gal’s pumps! How odd would it be for you then to have a boy?
Thank you…I actually take pride in being girly-girly! I can’t lie over the years I’ve been out with my friends buying things for their little girls and have bought a few things I could not resist along the way. You know I love the bling and the girly thing so I have a few pieces I’ve gotten over the years just in case I do have a girl one day. I won’t be disappointed with either and actually would love to eventually have one of each!

Marriage came up quite a bit in the last season, any chance you and Slade will get married in the future?
Definitely it’s a possibility for the future.  I don’t feel like we need the license to show that we are in a loving committed relationship. However, the more the idea of kids comes into the conversation, the more I’ve really thought about the idea of marriage as a possibility. We’ll just have to play it by ear.
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Adrienne Maloof, 51, Confirms She’s Dating Rod Stewart’s Son, 32

‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star is spending quality time with Sean Stewart, who is almost 20 years her junior. The reality star tells exclusively that Sean is a ‘very sweet person.’

Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif’s divorce was finalized less than two months ago, in November, but The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is moving on already — with a much younger man!
Adrienne, 51, dined with Rod Stewart’s son Sean Stewart, 32, at Koi in LA, according to In Touch magazine.

“It was really full-on PDA,” a fellow diner told the magazine.

“They looked really cute and comfortable together, definitely like they’ve known each other a long time. They were sitting really close and talking in each other’s ear and then ordered food to share,” the source added. reached out to Adrienne, who told us exclusively, “[Sean is] a very sweet person and very kind to my little boys.” There’s no denial there!

Sean, a songwriter, musician and model, is the son of Rod Stewart.

Sean starred in the 2007 reality show Sons of Hollywood, where he wrote the theme song “In Crowd.”

Sean also appeared on Season 2 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which premiered in October 2008. He was being treated for addictions to alcohol, ecstasy, vicodin, morphine, Fentanyl, cocaine and heroin during his time on the show.

In a joint statement to People magazine at the time, the reality stars said, “We’re happy to announce we have reached agreement on a settlement that we are both very pleased with. Divorce is a painful process under any circumstance and certainly more painful under the constant glare of the media spotlight. There has been so much untrue negative innuendo and destructive rumors beyond our control the past few months. We want the best for each other and we’re confident we can help each other make a continuing positive impact with our children. We’re happy to be moving forward with our lives in a positive way, not only individually but as co-parents.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Teresa Giudice Giving Advice To Brides Despite Joe’s Cheating Allegations
Teresa Giudice’s marriage to Joe Giudice has been on the rocks for a while but that isn’t stopping her from giving advice to brides-to-be, has exclusively learned!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is making an appearance Tuesday night at the Coral House on Milburn Lake’s First Annual Brides of LI Expo and she’s going to dish on the good times in her marriage, not the bad!

“Teresa is speaking and she’s going to talk about how to have a happy marriage, how to be a good wife,” a source exclusively told

“She isn’t planning to say anything bad about Joe, or any of their problems. She doesn’t ever want to reveal the problems in their marriage, and she certainly isn’t going to it in front of a whole room of hopeful brides.”

As previously reported, Joe has been accused of cheating on Teresa multiple times, and even viciously called the mother of his four children the c-word on camera!

“Teresa knows that she has a marriage that isn’t perfect, but she isn’t going to let on about that at a bridal event!”

On the reunion show for season four of RHONJ Jacqueline Laurita said that Teresa admitted to her that Joe cheated on his wife, but Teresa adamantly denied her accusation.

“A bridal expo is the last place Teresa plans to air her dirty laundry,” the source said.
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Kandi Burruss Is Engaged To Todd Tucker
The ring didn't mean a thing for Kim Zolciak, but it sure means a lot for her Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Kandi Burruss!

Line producer Todd Tucker – who appears on the current season of the Bravo series – and Burruss are engaged, the reality star's rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Burruss, 36, and Tucker first met while filming the fourth season of Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2011.

The Grammy Award winner – who penned TLC's hit "No Scrubs," Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and Pink's "There You Go" – is slated to star in her own show, The Kandi Factory, where she searches for the next big pop star talent.

Burruss is also mom to 11-year-old daughter Riley from a previous relationship.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kim Richards Says Brandi Glanville “Knows She’s Wrong”
It seems like everyone is taking sides in the never-ending feud between Real Housewives of Beverly HillsBrandi Glanville and Adrienne Maloof. But Housewife Kim Richards refused to be baited when she weighed in on the issue on Watch What Happens Live.

“There isn’t a side to take,” she told host Andy Cohen when he asked her feelings on the feud, given her history with Brandi and friendship with Adrienne. “Honestly, I think Brandi put herself in a situation where she said something she shouldn’t have, which she does often. She knows she’s wrong and clearly it’s not a side.”

Kim also wasn’t swayed when fellow guest Tom Arnold asked whether or not what Brandi had said about Adrienne was true. “That is not the point right now! “ she said, garnering a few giggles from the studio audience. “The point is she shouldn’t have said what she said.”

You tell ‘em, Kim!
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Monday, January 14, 2013

‘Donkey Booty’ Workout Strains Friendship Between Kenya Moore & Phaedra Parks
If business and friends don’t mix — then business and housewives REALLY don’t!

We learned as much on Sunday’s edition of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, as once-pals Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks showed off an oil-and-water dynamic while trying to hammer out a deal over an exercise tape Phaedra was making.

Phaedra — seeking Kenya’s production expertise for her “donkey booty” workout vids — scoffed at Kenya’s demand of a $100,000 budget for the tape and 10 percent of the back-end profits. The money, as expected, was a huge sticking point between the two, as Phaedra’s inability to pony up irritated the sexy Kenya to no end.

“I can barely buy a pair of shoes with what they’re paying me — and I only wear $1,000 shoes,” Kenya said, later grousing, “I don’t work for free!”

Said Phaedra: “She keeps insinuating we’re doing something for free. We are out of slavery. This is the normal course of business. You negotiate.”

Tension was only heightened when Phaedra asked Kandi Burruss‘ boyfriend Todd if he would produce her video for a fraction of what Kenya was asking for.

Kenya’s timing of prodding Todd for details at an elaborate birthday bash Kandi threw for him only made things worse, as Kandi admonished Kenya, “No offense Kenya, love you to death, but this is his birthday, so I don’t really want to talk business right now.”

In the end, an insulted Kenya disengaged herself from the deal — and said she’ll make her own workout tape — likely leaving a rift with Phaedra that will progress as the season does.
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