Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel Celebrate Memorial Day With a Barbecue and an Accident


Despite onscreen fights with their co-stars, Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer proved they're friends in real life.

The Real Housewives of New York City stars hung out together in the Hamptons over Memorial Day Weekend, where they enjoyed a barbecue with friends. Frankel took to Snapchat to show off her the events from her relaxing weekend away, where she posted videos and pictures of her grilling, lounging by the pool and even her new tricked-out Ford Bronco.

"Grillin' n' chillin'," she captioned a picture of herself cooking some burgers. The Bravo star looked like she was ready to celebrate the start of summer, as she posed in her teeny purple bikini with her delicious food in hand.
She also snapped a funny pic of herself wearing matching purple goggles outfitted with eyelashes, presumably before she went for a swim in her pool.

But all the fun and games came to a quick end when Frankel discovered Singer had scratched her brand new car, which she had designed to match the colors of her brand Skinnygirl. She shared a video of Singer sitting on the ground next to the tiny scratch on the door and wrote, "I will kill her." In the video Frankel can be heard scolding her reality BFF.

"Ramona walked in one second ago and scratched my car!" she says in the video.
RELATED: Did Bethenny Frankel Save 'Real Housewives of New York' Franchise?

Stephanie Hollman Reveals Why She Was in Therapy ‘the Entire Time We Were Filming’

For Real Housewives of Dallas star Stephanie Hollman, fame is still a weird concept. 

“I’m always really shocked when people come up to me and recognize me, because you know, I don’t think it’s really hit me that I’m on TV occasionally,” Stephanie tells ET. “It’s really weird.”

Stephanie says she doesn’t think of herself as a celebrity, and probably never will. 

“People feel like they know you,” Stephanie says. “Like, I ran into these girls in the bathroom. One of them was like, ‘I love you on the show, do you want to talk about poop?’ No, we don’t have to talk about poop, it’s fine!”

“It’s really cute, they think that they’re, like, your girlfriend,” she adds. “It’s really fun.”

Notoriety was never the goal of signing up for reality TV. Stephanie just wanted to get out of her comfort zone. 

“I feel like I’ve learned more about myself in one year than I have my entire life,” Stephanie admits.

“My husband [Travis Hollman] is amazing. Whenever I was approached to do the show, I did not think I could do it. He was like, give yourself permission to, you know, try something and be yourself, and the worst thing that happens is you don’t go back for a season two.”

“So, I will say I’m very lucky, because Travis played along the entire time,” Stephanie gushes. “He was a trouper.”

Stephanie says it was important for her to protect that relationship going into filming.

“I’m going to be completely honest,” Stephanie shares. “We do therapy, which sounds unromantic.

We started before the show, and we did it the entire time we were filming, ‘cause I felt like it’s easy for people to lose sight of who they are, and I didn’t want to lose sight of what is important, which is my husband and my children.”
RELATED: Will Stephanie Hollman Return To 'Real Housewives Of Dallas' Season 2?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Do Not Talk Trash About Dorinda Medley's Birthday Cake

Note to self: Do not ever, under any circumstances, talk trash about Dorinda Medley's birthday cake.

In this sneak peek of next week's all-new episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the action's right where we left it at Dorinda's Berkshires home—and things are about to go from bad to worse. It's clear that last night's cliffhanger argument between Bethenny Frankel and Luann de Lesseps broke the party into two groups, with Luann and Ramona Singer camped out in the kitchen. Luann's still losing her mind over Sonja Morgan's rescinded invitation, loudly questioning why there would be a cake that says "Happy Birthday, Dorinda" if the reason for the trip wasn't, as her host claimed, to celebrate a birthday?

Her big mistake? Continuing to rant once Ms. Medley herself was within earshot.

"You can talk about me, you can talk about my house, you can talk about my decorations—but do not mess with Diane Sincala's birthday cake," Dorinda says calmly in one of her talking heads. "When it comes to my mother, you don't go there."

That calm, however, is nowhere to be found in the moment. When Dorinda enters that kitchen, Luann never knew what hit her.

"Don't say my 'non-birthday birthday.' It's not my birthday. My mother bought this on Saturday," she begins, growing more and more agitated with each sentence. "Don't say that. I think everyone is acting very poorly. I put in a big effort here and this is my home. And I made a conscious choice not to invite Sonja so we could all have a good time! And I think it's a disgrace of you people!"
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Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice's First Meeting In Years Makes For One Awkward 'RHONJ' Season 7 Moment

Tuesday has been an exciting day for Real Housewives of New Jersey fans. First, the trailer for RHONJ Season 7 was released. Finally, right? Then, a sneak peek of Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita's first meeting in years was posted by Bravo. The last time new episodes and footage of RHONJ aired was in 2014, so seeing the first interaction between Teresa and Jacqueline, who haven't had face-to-face contact for two years, is definitely a treat. That said, it also makes for one extremely awkward moment between the pair who used be thick as thieves.

As you can watch below, Teresa is busy vacuuming when there's a knock at the door. A very surprised Teresa opens the door and finds Jacqueline holding two large cups of coffee. Well, I guess if you're going to show up uninvited in the morning, you better come bearing caffeine.

It is great to see them hugging and smiling, rather than in one of the heated arguments they've got into in the past. However, as soon as the smiles and hugs are over, it gets super uncomfortable. Teresa keeps repeating how she had no idea Jacqueline was stopping by to which Jacqueline replies, "Always full of surprises." They continue to stand awkwardly in the foyer, but Teresa does end up inviting Jacqueline in. But, before they can sit down and talk, they're interrupted by the phone. End scene.

Well, fans will just have to wait until the RHONJ Season 7 premiere on July 10 to see what else happens.
RELATED: Why You Will NOT Want To Watch This Season of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’

Sunday, May 29, 2016

LeeAnne Locken Reveals Traumatic Past

LeeAnne Locken is ready to open up about her troubling past.

On the first season of "The Real Housewives of Dallas," LeeAnne has revealed that she grew up as a "carny kid," but she has left out the more shocking details about what truly went down on the carnival, until now.

While LeeAnne comes clean about her past, she also attempts to make up with her fiercest rival. Will they be able to truly move on?

Check out the top 3 spoilers from episode 8 of "RHOD" below!

3. LeeAnne's traumatic past.
In a sneak peek of the new episode, the women come together for an event, where LeeAnne will share the struggles she experienced as a young child.

"I was abandoned by my mother. My label was 'not worthy.' I was molested, and my label was 'not valued,'" LeeAnne revealed, leaving some of the women in tears.

2. LeeAnne and Brandi come face-to-face.
LeeAnne and Brandi Redmond have been enemies for almost the entire season. However, after hearing about Brandi's brother's recent attempted suicide, LeeAnne has decided to try and move on from their issues.
RELATED: ‘Real Housewives of Dallas’ preview: LeeAnne and Brandi square off

'Friend of the Housewives' Marie Reyes Speaks on "Real Housewives of Dallas"

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

NeNe Leakes Blasts Kenya Moore & Other 'RHOA' Stars

NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore might have ended season eight of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta on good terms; but it Leakes definitely didn’t have a problem going off about Moore and their previous feud.

Leakes, who is currently headlining her own comedy tour “So Nasty & So Rude” (which interestingly enough is what Moore called her during a reunion special of the show in a previous season), did not hold back at all when she dished on the drama between her and Moore.

“This b**** is going to come to come and tell me ‘B**** I been in Hollywood for 20 years.’ B**** you was not in Hollywood for no twenty years and if so I did not see you’re a**,” Leakes said during her show at a Los Angeles night club. “You were not in Blac Hollywood, White Hollywood.”

She went on to say that she is the one who made Moore relevant.

“But what I did for you’re a** blew the dust off that crown. You put your a** in my Hollywood. I took the hedges off that for you.”
RELATED: NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey Reunite For Cyn’s Handbag Launch (PHOTOS)

Katie Rost Put On Blast For Fake Philanthropy

RHOP star Katie Rose is being labeled a fake philanthropist over charges her charity for underprivileged kids barely raises any money for anyone but her legal team and office costs according to Globe Magazine:
The only contributions to show up on federal tax forms over the last five years for the foundation are donations totaling $32,000 from her mom, Geico executive Rynthia Rost, according to public record.
On her foundation website Katie talks a good game…but in the last five years the charity handed out less than $3,000, mostly small checks such as $200 to the DC College Access Program.
In contrast, the records show that the operation spends far more in administrative, legal and accounting costs.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Sonja Morgan Excluded from Berkshires Trip Following Bethenny Frankel Showdown Over Tipsy Girl

This is what it's like to be on Bethenny Frankel's bad side: Not only do you get non-invited from the Berkshires, but said non-invitation gets explained to you as a good thing, because you are so fragile, because you need to be away from the group, because you need one-on-one time with Dorinda Medley.

Such is the life of Sonja Morgan on Wednesday night's The Real Housewives of New York City, after Frankel took Morgan to task – in skin-peeling fashion – last week over Morgan's potential new Prosecco line called Tipsy Girl.

Of course, that's not how Frankel saw it: In her words, she was very over the whole conflict. Over it. And to hear Medley tell it, since she is the one who did the non-inviting, not having Morgan join the rest of the group for the Berkshires trip was about spending more quality alone time with her, away from outside influences like alcohol and tension.  

But to Morgan? It all felt like "choosing sides." And Medley chose Frankel.

Not that she agreed with the decision. As she told new roomie LuAnn de Lesseps, "The girls love me at parties, I'm the one making out with everyone."

When everyone wasn't talking about the Berkshires trip and Morgan's absence from it, they were talking about de Lesseps' new mystery man (named Tom), who used to date Ramona Singer.
RELATED: Real Housewives of New York City recap: 'All the Countess's Men'

Marlo Hampton Apologizes For Wearing Confederate Flag Outfit

Marlo Hampton, featured as a recurring friend on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is apologizing for a recent social media post showing her wearing Confederate-flag apparel.

Here’s her apology:
“A message to my fans:
Please accept my sincere apologies for any offense that was taken by my previous post. Please watch this video to understand my point of view. It was not my intention to hurt or disrespect anyone. I truly respect all of your opinions and point of views. Thank you to @c_brewton* for inviting me to my first NASCAR experience, opened my eyes and I learned a lot. We live in a very big world and while not all point of views will be understood they definitely should be respected. Again, my deepest apologies.”
(The friend Marlo tagged in the post is Catherine Brewton, VP Writer-Publisher Relations BMI. Award Show Host, Music/TV Producer & Philanthropist.)
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bankruptcy Case Reopened for Teresa Giudice

A federal judge has reopened a bankruptcy case for "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys), who pleaded guilty in 2014 to bankruptcy fraud.

Giudice finished her 15-month sentence in December after she and her husband, Joe, admitted they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

NJ.com reports Teresa Giudice's attorneys on Tuesday told a federal bankruptcy court judge she has agreements to pay off all but two of her 29 creditors. Giudice had been trying to block the reopening of the case.

The newspaper says Judge Stacey Meisel's decision to reopen the case could mean unsatisfied creditors might be able to collect potential proceeds from a lawsuit she filed against her bankruptcy attorney.

Tamra Judge Defends Her Bikini Body Days Before Fitness Competition

No matter what the haters say, Tamra Judge is proud of her figure today.

As the Real Housewives of Orange County star gears up for this weekend's Muscle Mania competition, the fitness enthusiast is finding the need to defend herself from a few negative nancys.

While posing for a selfie with her Lumee case, Tamra had a message to those who were quick to comment on her bikini body.

"Before all you mean people start pointing out the obvious about my belly button," she shared. "I had emergency surgery and was cut vertically down my stomach which screwed up my BB."

She added, "I'm obsessed with this @beccaswim ....I feel a trip to Cabo coming on @eddiejudge thank you @beccaswim for all the beautiful suits."
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ana Quincoces Now A Contestant on "Food Network Star"

Ana Quincoces may be a name that rings some bells if you are an avid watcher of the Real Housewives franchise. Before The Real Housewives of Miami was canceled by Bravo, Ana starred on the show, and fans remember her for being a feisty woman who didn’t take anything from anyone.

Quincoces was working in the legal field, which gave her an edge, but she was also unhappy with being caught up in cheating rumors, as Karent Sierra’s then-boyfriend had been cheating on her with a woman named Anna. Quincoces has left the drama of The Real Housewives of Miami behind, and she’s now ready to fight again — but on her terms.

According to a new Bravo report, Ana Quincoces is a contestant on Food Network Star, a show about talented cooks who are competing to get their own cooking show on the network. While she was filming The Real Housewives of Miami, Ana was often spotted cooking in her kitchen, and she has admitted that she’s talented when it comes to Cuban food. But the Cuban angle won’t be her winning edge — it will be her ability to make something out of nothing.

“Making something from nothing. I will go into a kitchen with bare cupboards and very little in the refrigerator and I can make something really great,” Ana told The Food Network of this new experience, according to Bravo. “It’s kind of like a challenge. I think if you go to the grocery store and buy every single ingredient you need to make a meal… anybody can do that. So if I have something, some starting point, I will kind of figure something out with whatever’s available. That and the fact that I’m fast in the kitchen. I think I have an ability to balance flavors really well. Different dimensions of flavors and different layers of flavor. I think… the hallmark of Cuban cooking is very much like that. So, I think I have that ability.”

Of course, Ana Quincoces does have working experience in the food industry. She’s a cookbook author and chef, and she’s created a line called the Skinny Latina. She’s a finalist on the show, and she’s so close to landing her own show. Does she have a weakness that could prevent her from winning? No, but she does have a weakness: her sweet tooth.
RELATED: Ana Quincoces: From ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ to Food Network

Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania Join 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'

The Real Housewives of New Jersey are bringing two new housewives into their circle — Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker — and, with Season 7 premiere of the hit Bravo television series on it's way, these latest introductions will also be stepping into your living room. One of the newest RHONJ cast members, Dolores Catania, is no stranger to these women. She might be a stranger to some fans, however, which means we need to ask the obvious question: who is Dolores from RHONJ Season 7?

Catania, a single mother of two, is actually said to be a family friend of fellow cast members Teresa Guidice (who has returned from prison for the new season), Jacqueline Laurita, Kathy Wakile, and the Manzo family. In fact, according to All About The Tea, fans have actually seen Catania before in tapings for previous seasons and at events for the show. But there's still a whole lot more fans need to know about one of the show's latest additions.

First off, the New Jersey native is a whole lot more than a housewife and a mom. Aside from raising her two college-aged children, Gabrielle and Frankie, the happily divorced housewife has also held a number of jobs over the years. Catania has done everything from serving as a corrections officer to working as a surgical technician to acting as a realtor in the state she knows and loves. Most recently, she also owns a number of fitness centers in the area and is an active member in charity work as well. Basically, between working, staying close with her ex-husband of 15 years, raising a family, and being apart of the latest season of the Real Housewives, Catania might as well be called Wonder Woman. And, in the latest sneak peak of the new season, it seems like looking for love is just going to be another addition to her already busy schedule.

However, as fans can see in the Season 7 preview, having so much on her plate is just the cusp of what we can expect from Catania. Having a busy schedule, a strong Italian background, and a soft spot for her friends also proves that nothing is going to get past this straight-forward new cast member. At the 2:10 mark of the trailer, she is already letting her friends know how serious she is by screaming, "Trust me when I f*cking tell you, I've had enough of it all! I don't f*cling deal with this sh*t!"
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ahead of New QVC Line, Lisa Rinna Apologizes To Fans On Instagram Over Season 6

Lisa Rinna has second thoughts about her recent "Housewives" behavior.

Season 6 of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was very intense for both Lisa R. and Lisa Vanderpump. After Lisa R. accused Lisa V. of manipulating the Munchausen rumors about Yolanda Hadid, the friendship between the Lisas was over.

This drama divided "RHOBH" fans, and it caused Lisa R. to fight back at some of them as well. However, Lisa R. is now having second thoughts about the way she reacted.

On Friday, the former soap opera actress took to Instagram to apologize to fans for any rude comments she may have sent their way, during the end of season 6.

"Last month, as 'RHOBH' was wrapping up, my social media platforms were flooded with intense, unkind messages. As a rule, I prefer to focus only on the wonderful, amazing fans out there because they bring such incredible light with everything they do and say," Lisa R. began the post. 

"Unfortunately, the consistent negativity that appeared on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook day after day, seeped in and to my disappointment, got the better of me."

She continued, "I used ugly, derogatory words in the comment section of my Instagram account to try and stop the people who were constantly lashing out at me. That's not okay."

At the end of the post, Lisa R. was hopeful that anyone who she hurt can forgive her.

"Please take this as my sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone that feels slighted, hurt or disappointed by my comments directed to a very specific group of Internet trolls," she wrote.
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Real Housewives of Orange County Trailer Has More Brooks Ayers Drama, Baby Dreams for Meghan King Edmonds and Marital Woes for Terry and Heather Dubrow

Here's your first dose of Real Housewives of Orange County goodness ahead of the new season.

There's a lot to unpack in the first trailer for season 11 of the Bravo show. Read on for (just a few) of the highlights.

The Brooks Drama Lives On

After last season's cancer drama surrounding Brook Ayers, Vicki Gunvalson tells the ladies she's moved on from her ex. But the women aren't all so sure, with accusations flying during the trailer that she still loves him ... which isn't unfounded as the trailer contains footage of Gunvalson telling Ayers over the phone as much. 

But despite the suspicions, PEOPLE confirmed Monday that Gunvalson has a new man in her life – former police officer Steve Lodge, whom she has been spotted getting cozy with on Instagram in recent weeks. After breaking up with Ayers last year, she was previously dating A construction superintendent in Arizona 

Meghan Is Ready for a Baby

Meghan King Edmonds is already a stepmother to her baseball pro husband Jimmy Edmonds' children, and now she's ready to have a biological baby. She's doing so with the help of IVF, and seems quite keen on the idea.

"Baby, baby, baby, baby," she repeats over and over in the trailer for good luck.  
RELATED: Meghan King Edmonds Buys Her Mother A DNA Test: Storyline For 'RHOC'?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Teresa Giudice Celebrates 44th Birthday with Daughters and Brother Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga

Party for Tre! Teresa Giudice was surrounded by her loved ones while celebrating her 44th birthday on Wednesday, May 18.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star appeared to have a low-key gathering at her Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, home. She was joined by her daughters — Gia, 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6 — brother Joe and sister-in-law  Melissa Gorga, and others.

One noticeably absent family member was her husband, Joe Giudice. Joe, 43, is currently serving time at the Fort Dix Correctional Institution in New Jersey for conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud. He began his 41-month sentence March 23. (That same month he got five months knocked off his sentence.)

Teresa, who completed 11 months behind bars in December, shared several photos of her birthday festivities via Instagram. Dressed down in a white tank top and jeans, she posed with her family while sitting next to a vanilla sheet cake.

"the sweetest birthday with my beautiful girls," she captioned one photo. She added in a second pic with the Gorgas: "With my beautiful family @melissagorga."
RELATED:  Teresa Giudice Reveals Just How Close She And Melissa Gorga Have Become

NeNe Leakes Hints She’ll Be Back Full Time on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Season 9

NeNe Leakes, speaking to hundreds of fans at the Ultimate Women’s Expo this past weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center, refused to answer specifically whether she’ll be back for the ninth season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

But her teasingly noncommittal answer certainly implied that she will return because if she really wasn’t planning to, she’d say so. She’s that type of person.

The questioner asked straight out if she was coming back after complaining this past season without her was a “snoozefest.”

“Season nine?” Leakes said on stage. “Uhhhh…’Housewives?’ Uhhhh…. you got to wait for them [Bravo] to announce it. I can’t announce it. I would be in so much trouble if I made the announcement.”

“Maybe?” the questioner said.

“Maybe. We’ll see. I think you guys will be surprised by who’s coming back and who’s not coming back.”
Leakes during her 30-minute talk also said she has a one-woman show which she plans to bring in Atlanta toward the end of the year.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Luann de Lesseps Talks Wedding Plans and Losing Her Countess Title

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Dawn Ward Cries 'Witch Hunt' After Neighbours Oppose Her Plans to Build a Wedding ...

REAL Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has blamed a “witch hunt” after neighbours opposed her plan to build an extension to her £13.5m mansion, Warford Hall. 

The lavish ten-bed home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, already boasts a cinema, a games room, a beauty salon, a gym, a swimming pool, a bar, seven reception rooms and stables for 15 horses. 

Now businesswoman Dawn, 42, who shares the mansion with her husband, ex-footballer Ashley Ward, and their four daughters, wants to add a conference and wedding venue to host up to 60 events per year. 

The glam WAG, who already runs a successful interior design company, has been granted planning approval to build an extension, but she still needs approval for a “change of use” for the space, which is currently being used as living and office space. 

And neighbours aren’t happy – up to 150 people have objected to her plans, complaining the venue would cause too much noise and disruption in the community. 

A final decision is expected to be made at a planning meeting at Macclesfield town hall June 1, which locals are being encouraged to attend. 

A letter to neighbours reads: “We feel that by our very presence we may hope to display to members of the committee the strength of feeling there is against what could change forever the character of our peaceful village community.”
RELATED: Cheshire Housewives Dawn Ward and Misse Beqiri cosy up on a night out

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Carole Radziwill's Boyfriend, Adam Kenworthy, Injured in Plane Crash

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Robyn Dixon Speaks on How Race Plays a Role on 'Real Housewives of Potomac'

During the first season of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Robyn Dixon had one of the more intense storylines. By the time the season ended last month, she'd discussed her unconventional romantic relationship with her live-in ex-husband, former professional basketball player Juan Dixon; revealed that they'd had to declare bankruptcy in 2015 after being scammed by a close friend in what Robyn called a "mini-Ponzi scheme"; and gotten into heated arguments about her racial identity after other cast mates insinuated she wasn't black enough.

It all came to a head when one Housewife's husband grabbed another Housewife's boyfriend's butt at a party—and Robyn responded by asking if it was a "white guy thing." While this might seem merely playful, it caused an uproar, with one of the Housewives calling Robyn "racially obsessed" and saying Dixon was biracial "as if it was a fighting word." Following the dramatic season finale, we talked to Dixon about her relationship, the bankruptcy, race, and how they all played out on the show.

BROADLY: This season, you revealed that you had to file bankruptcy in 2015 after you were scammed in a Ponzi scheme. What happened?Robyn Dixon: Juan and I have a friend that we knew since high school, and we all went to college together. He was in our wedding, and he was the guy who would always check on me and the kids when Juan played [basketball] overseas in Europe. This guy was very close to us.

As long as we knew him, he always worked in the financial industry—that's what he always told us, so that's what we believed. Why would we not believe our friend when he tells us what he does?
So eventually he's like, I've got this great opportunity coming up where you'll make 40 percent and get your money back in a couple of months, blah, blah, blah. Obviously now that sounds too good to be true, but at the time I was like, why would I doubt him? That was our close friend. He looked like he was living a reasonable life. 

When did you figure out something was up?He kept periodically sending phony documents so you'd be like, let's put more in, or leave it in, or whatever. Then Juan and I got to a point where we no longer had income. We said, "OK, we need our money back." Then it was lie after lie after lie. [The friend] was in court for a year from a guy that was suing him, and we didn't even know this. He was just hiding so much behind the scam.

Then he was going to face jail time because he needed to give this guy his money. That's when he came to me and asked me for more money. I was like, wait a minute—what are you telling me? You're telling me you don't have anyone's money?

A few days after I realized the money was gone, he threw himself off a bridge and killed himself. It was very crazy and emotionally complicated because I was so angry, but I was so devastated that he killed himself. Losing a ton of money sucks, but the fact he was our friend that killed himself was so awful. It was the worst time of my
Did this situation impact your decision to do the show?I was very honest with the producers and casting people when I was approached to do this show. I was like, listen—I'm not living that glamorous life that you might want to portray. They were totally fine with that, because I have connections to the women and I have lived that life and am in that circle.

I made the conscious decision to go on the show and tell my story. Most people in my situation would run away from an opportunity like this because of embarrassment or shame, or just because they don't want people to know what happened. I kind of looked at it as an opportunity to help people who watch the show by proving there is still hope after going through a devastating situation like mine.

Can you talk about your unconventional relationship with Juan?Juan and I met in high school a few months after he had lost both of his parents to AIDS-related illness. They were drug addicts who were in and out of jail and the street and weren't really consistent parents in his life. When I met him, it was shocking to me that somebody my age had already experienced so much. My father is a dentist and my mother is a business owner and college professor, and they've been married for 43 years; my life was completely different. I was so touched by his experiences, and we just immediately connected after we met. We've been stuck together for the rest of the lives.

Did you expect racial identity to be such a big topic of conversation on the show?I went to predominately white schools all my life, and whether I wanted to or not, race was always discussed. People would always say things like, "What color are you? You're not black." I remember being in third grade and during a Black History Month lesson, the discussion turned into "What color is Robyn?" The teacher herself said, "Your parents must be white."

People just didn't understand why I looked the way I looked. I was like, no, I'm black. They were always like, there must be something else there. And my best friend at the time was like, "No, she's black. I know her parents and they're black." We need a whole other episode or show just to talk about black history. There [is] white ancestry in my blood, and I don't deny that, but I can't identify a white parent or relative like Katie [Rost] can. 

Were you surprised by the reaction of some of your fellow cast members to these discussions about race and racial identity?I was mostly surprised by Katie's, because I thought she would understand my experience, but after awhile I realized she had a completely different experience than [I did].
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ramona Singer and Dorinda Medley's Dramatic Feud Spills Over Onto Twitter

They just can't stop! The Real Housewives of New York City stars Ramona Singer and Dorinda Medley took their beef to Twitter late on Wednesday, May 18, as footage of their spectacular bust-up at Medley and boyfriend John Mahdessian's party aired. 

As Us Weekly reported previously, when Mahdessian decided to throw Luann de Lesseps' former squeeze Rey out of the party, Singer decided to make a stand, resulting in a screaming match between her and Medley (which even included threats to call the police!)

And taking to Twitter as the episode aired, the feisty duo proved neither of them had managed to put any of their hotheaded history behind them. 

"I was so disgusted..I thought @ramonasinger was leaving with that nut job and I know she’s almost as certifiable as HE clearly was…. or IS," blasted Medley. 

"Only you are certifiable and you know why I'm disgusted by the way john treats women including YOu!" blasted Singer.
"Look it’s just not her place.. You don’t create problems just because there’s nothing interesting FOR YOU going on," Medley went on. "It was Luann’s issue and she was gone. John was fully right in having him leave."

"It was disrespectful to me, to JOhn, to Malan, the caterer, the press, the guests, & the employees who worked hard to put this together," she continued. "Just not nice and not right @ramonasinger. Look everybody.... She walked in with an agenda, it wasn’t positive, and this is a man's business!!!!"
I'm on Dorinda's side on this one. That lush was acting erratically and Ramona didn't seem to care one bit of how he was behaving and what a distraction he was causing.

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Is 'The Real Housewives of Dallas' in Real Danger of Being Canceled?

We’re more than halfway through the premiere season of The Real Housewives of Dallas. We’re using the word ‘we’ because this is a team effort. We can’t do it alone. We need support. See?

That's because the ratings for The Real Housewives of Dallas have been consistently low. The first two episodes had a 0.4 rating (meaning 0.4 percent of people ages 18 to 49 watched), and then a 0.3 rating for episodes 3 through 5. Things are mildly starting to look up with episode 6 earning a 0.4 rating.
But it's still not great. To put that in perspective, more people are watching SpongeBob SquarePants at 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoons on Nickelodeon. The viewership for Dallas’ Housewives installment drops off after Southern Charm finishes at 9 p.m. on Bravo. (1.161 million people tuned into its latest episode, while 883,000 people tuned into The Real Housewives of Dallas’ latest episode, which aired directly after Southern Charm.)
During the same timeslot, Teen Mom 2 on MTV garnered 1.455 million viewers, surpassing The Real Housewives of Dallas by several hundred thousand viewers. And to make matters worse, when Bravo pulled a Surprise Saturday on May 7, airing all the week's new episodes Saturday night, The Real Housewives of Dallas didn't even earn a spot in the top 100 most watched cable showed by people ages 18 to 49. Monday night, however, it was in the top 50.

These numbers pale in comparison to The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Atlanta (see graph). Atlanta is the Housewives' highest rated installment, according to Rick Porter, editor of TV by the Numbers. Potomac, like Dallas, also premiered this year, but seems to be doing better.
This season of The Real Housewives of Dallas will have 10 episodes, not including the reunion, which films next week. A Bravo representative did not offer up a timeline of when or if it will be renewed for a second season, adding they don't know, but if we were in the betting business, it’s not looking good.
I tried a couple of episodes of 'RHOD' and found these women contrived and kind of boring. Then too, the hype surrounding an alleged 'former porn star' turned me off. Plus, these women don't exactly exude the kind of 'southern charm' that you'd expect from Texans and I think the timing of the show was bad with 'RHOBH' just ending and 'RHONY' getting started and doing so well--'RHOD' kind of got lost in the crowd.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Luann de Lesseps on Friendship with Carole Radziwill: 'We're working on our relationship'

It's been a rough road to reconciliation for Carole Radziwill and Luann de Lesseps, who famously went from friends to bitter rivals on The Real Housewives of New York City after the former began dating the latter's (younger) family friend and former chef, Adam Kenworthy, and the latter began what the former saw as a smear campaign against their relationship.

It was a feud that overtook social media, last season's reunion special and the start of the latest season of the Bravo hit. When they've happened to interact in the handful of episodes that've aired thus far in season eight, it's been with when what we'll call a detached cordiality. Does any hope remain to get this relationship back on track? 

E! News caught up with Luann on the red carpet at NBCUniversal's 2016 Upfronts presentation in New York City, where we grilled the Countess on the state of affairs between she and Carole—and what she had to say was promising.

"Let me just say that Carole and I moved to a better place. Let's put it that way," she admitted. "We were good friends and so it was tough, what we went through. We're working on our relationship."
Of course, that's but one side of the story. As we've seen on the show, Luann has been eager to put the feud behind them, while Carole has adamantly stated she has no desire to have a relationship with former friend. So, we're going to take this update from Luann with one heck of a grain of salt.

We also quizzed Luann on what's proving to be this season's major storyline: the hotly debated relationship between Dorinda Medley and boyfriend John Mahdessian. As one of the few Housewives yet to vocalize their opinion on the couple on camera, we wanted her take on the whole thing. 

"I'm not into judging people's relationships. Dorinda seems to love John and that's between them, so I don't really get involved in people's love lives. I don't," she insisted. "Who am I to judge? Am I the judge and the jury? Dorinda's happy and she loves John and that's all that matters."
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Kristen Taekman on Being ‘Too Normal’ for ‘Real Housewives’

Kristen Taekman is out of the reality TV trenches. 

“That is a really good way to put it,” the star tells ET. “I am out of the trenches. All my Army gear's off. I put the helmet down, I took off my military jacket.”

Kristen exited The Real Housewives of New York after two seasons last year. We recently caught up with the 39-year-old model at YouTube Space NY, where she joked that she was just “too normal” for reality TV. 

“I loved every minute of it,” Kristen admits. “I just don't think I really fit in! And I think that's OK … You only want so much normal. Two years of normal, people can take, but then they're like, where's the crazy, you know? She needs to drink more!”

Kristen made the choice to step away from the Bravo hit after her friend, Heather Thomson, announced she was leaving the show following its season seven finale. Kristen’s exit also came as she and her husband of 10 years, Josh, were dealing with the Ashley Madison hack. Josh’s name appeared in the data leak last fall. He has since issued a public apology.

Kristen says she and Josh have moved on from that scandal, adding that it only made them “100 percent” stronger as a couple. 

“I just feel like, you know, looking back, I know my truth, and our truth, and our relationship,” she notes. “I just feel like I'm not on a reality TV show anymore, and I don't have to explain it to anybody. So, that's kind of how I'm leaving it.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kim Zolciak-Biermann Speaks on How Having a Stroke Changed the Way She Lives Her Life

Kim Zolciak-Biermann is opening up about how her perspective on life has changed after she suffered a stroke last September, caused by a hole she had unknowingly had in her heart since birth. She had heart surgery in October, shortly after the stroke.

"If my hand starts to fall asleep, I panic, because that's how my stroke started," Zolciak-Biermann told InTouch. "It's been hard, but I'm getting better."

She also revealed that having a stroke altered one major part of her life: her priorities.

"It's a process. It really changes you. I couldn't give two shits about some of the things I used to care about, like people's rude comments on Instagram. My husband and kids are all that matter," Zolciak-Biermann said. "It could've been the end of the road for me, so I just enjoy every single moment with them."

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star is a mother of six. Since suffering a stroke, she seems to be more open and honest with her fans than ever. She recently got real about the plastic surgery she's had.

"I had a boob job and I've had a hernia fixed," she told E! News. "I had a pretty big hernia from the twins, so I said just do a tummy tuck, which is kinda the same thing, just makes the skin really tight. But that doesn't change my size. I'm the same size I was the day I walked into surgery, I'm just a little bit tighter looking."
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Amber Marchese's Husband Jim Suing Airline for $100M Over Assault Arrest

Former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Jim and Amber Marchese tell People magazine that they plan to sue Virgin America for $100 million after the couple was booted off a flight at Los Angeles International Airport last month and Jim arrested for allegedly attacking his wife.

The domestic violence charge has been dropped, People reports, but the Marcheses, who live in Colts Neck, say they never should have been kicked off the flight. They believe a flight attendant saw Jim put his hand on the back of his wife's neck and alerted the captain. Jim did put his hand on his wife's neck, she says, but only to pull her closer to tell her something private. 

"It was hard to hear," Amber tells People. "So he pulled me closer so he could whisper to me so the other passengers couldn't hear us." 

They were both relaxing in the first-class cabin for their overnight flight to New Jersey when police officers asked them to leave the airplane, and took them aside for questioning about the alleged attack. Amber says the police officers pushed her to admit that her husband attacked her, but she refused. Jim was arrested for domestic violence and released on $50,000 bond.

The couple are not returning to "Real Housewives of New Jersey" for its upcoming seventh season, but had been in Los Angeles to tape a new reality show project, she revealed earlier on social media. 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bethenny Frankel Admits To Getting Plastic Surgery: 'I Get Botox In My Jaw'

Bethenny Frankel has revealed the surprising secret behind her changing face - she gets Botox injections in her jaw.

The Real Housewives of New York star and Skinnygirl mogul made the revelation in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com following speculation she's had invasive plastic surgery.

The 45-year-old admits her appearance has changed dramatically in recent years, but says it's a result of getting treatment for teeth grinding and clenching.

'I do look different. I’ve had Botox in my jaw,' she said at DailyMail.com's 2016 Newfront in New York. 'You can see that my jaw has completely changed.' 

'About three years ago, my dermatologist said to me, why don't we try injecting your jaw because it’s so tense,' she explained.

The treatment relaxes muscles that have become bulky through being overworked from years of teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism.

It has soften her once strongly defined square jawline and altered the shape of her face.

'My jaw from grinding for so many years was like this,' she says, holding her fist tightly to illustrate. 'It’s like a muscle, it’s like working out with weights.'

She's pleased and 'excited' by her new look, noting: 'I think it’s why I can take a shorter haircut.'
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Kyle Richards Talks Rocky Friendship with Yolanda Foster

Kyle Richards dished to ET about her current relationship with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star Yolanda Foster after Foster's Lyme disease diagnosis came into question during the show's sixth season.

Foster was clearly hurt by her co-stars' skepticism concerning her 2012 diagnosis, after some of the women suspected she was making her illness appear worse than it was. Despite the controversy, Richards told ET's Katie Krause that her relationship with Foster seems to have survived unscathed.

"We're fine," Richards said. "We didn't have any major problems...we're OK."

In fact, Richards shared that she's on good terms with all of the housewives now, but revealed that during filming, it was Lisa Rinna who hurt her feelings the most. Tensions reached a new high when Rinna lashed out at Richards' sister, Kim, this past season, tossing water on the former child star after Kim threatened to reveal a secret about Rinna's husband, Harry Hamlin.

"I told [Rinna], 'You're making it difficult for me to maintain a friendship with you by doing that,' but she did feel bad and apologized, so we kind of moved on from that," Richards recalled. "And I'm one to move on and let go of things, so I'm fine."

As for whether Richards will return for another season, she told us no deals have been finalized.

"I don't know yet!" she said. "Nothing's confirmed yet."
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley & Jules Wainstein Talk 'RHONY' and Gossip on 'FABLifeShow'

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Cary Deuber Talks Plastic Surgery, How She Met Her Husband and Being on 'Real Housewives of Dallas'

Okay, this lady Cary Deuber cracks me up. You know how, like, someone is funny and you just can’t figure out why you’re laughing, yet you are? Exactly.
So, here I am shoving a baby Snickers in my jaw and hoping I don’t drool all over my keyboard while looking at this pic of Cary Deuber.
Cary is an avid practitioner of yoga, and spends her downtime meditating. What downtime, Cary? You have a baby daughter, two step-children and three dogs!
You’re on the shamelessly addicting Bravo docu-series The Real Housewives of Dallas. Why did you want to join this show?
I’ll try anything once in life. The more risks you take the higher the reward. I felt like this show wasn’t something on my bucket list but once it was presented to me I couldn’t turn it down. It’s not like Bravo comes knocking on doors every day!
You’re originally from the East Coast! What’s the best childhood memory you have from Connecticut?
I loved the fall. The leaves and going to the pumpkin patches to pick out a pumpkin. I miss the four seasons but love the warm weather here in Dallas.
You’re a CRNFA certified registered nurse first assistant that has actively led and participated in multiple medical mission trips, focusing on pediatric surgeries in various third world countries. Why did you choose pediatrics? What did you learn from your experience as a nurse?
I love giving back. I feel like helping others is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It teaches you compassion and what life is all about...giving. I work with adults in the states so it is a nice change of pace to work with children. These kids can’t eat and are struggling to survive. They have craniofacial congenital anomalies that are fixable with surgery. It is the most amazing feeling being a part of a team that saves and betters their lives.
People PRETEND to find balance in their life. What are your priorities?
My priority is my family and work comes second. Everything I do, I do to benefit them. I also think it is hard as a mother to juggle hubby and kids. Husband comes first! Happy parents are better parents and that trickles down to the kids.
How did you meet your plastic surgeon husband Dr. Mark Deuber? Have you had plastic surgery?
I met Mark when he was a resident at UT Southwestern and I worked at Baylor University Medical Center. I have had plastic surgery. I have breast implants and had liposuction many years ago. I also have Botox and fillers.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bethenny Frankel Thinks Sonja Morgan 'Creates Imaginary Businesses' To Stay Relevant on 'RHONY'

Have the ladies and viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City learned nothing over the years? The lessons learned: 1. Bethenny Frankel will always tell it like it is. 2. She's fiercely protective of her business.

On the Wednesday, May 11 episode of RHONY, Sonja Morgan threw herself a birthday party and introduced the world to Tipsy Girl, her new line of Prosecco. Ramona Singer was quick to say: "Skinnygirl and Tipsy Girl? A little too close to home." Next week we see Bethenny address the whole situation, as you can see in the preview below ("It's a personal insult and I don't want anything to do with you," Bethenny says), but she took to her Bravo blog to give audiences a taste.

"It is my mission to help women in business and give them inspiration and guidance, but also to not fool them into thinking you go on TV and voila you have a business," she wrote while addressing her Skinnygirl protein shake launch that was depicted on the show.

"Sonja has had: an event company, a jewelry line, toaster, Nigerian football team, fashion line, and now a Prosecco--none of which have come to fruition. It is laughable but more sad," she wrote. 

"Women, this is not how it works. This is the problem when being a reality star is your actual job versus having a career the show follows. People create imaginary businesses to stay relevant."

The Queen B of RHONY said there is room for everyone in the drink pool, as other women including Ramona, Teresa Giudice, NeNe Leakes and Vicki Gunvalson have followed suit in launching spirits.

"I know the numbers and believe me, it isn't easy and almost all have discontinued or are currently a vanity play. I have begrudged none of them. There is room for everyone, and I hit it out of the park," she wrote. "I believe people are wondering how I will feel about Tipsy Girl because Sonja has a drinking problem. I have a brand called Skinnygirl including a Prosecco, and I am supposedly her mentor who had no idea. Please note, the product is not available for sale. This may just be another sideshow to stay on the main show."
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Does NeNe Leakes Wants Porsha Williams Fired From Season 9 'RHoA' Cast?

Is NeNe Leakes trying to get her former good friend fired?
For most of their time together on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," NeNe and Porsha Williams have been two of the closest friends in the cast. However, that all changed at the season 8 reunion.

As fans will remember, a violent, never-before-seen clip from the season 8 finale was shown at the reunion, where Porsha beat up her assistant. This was the third physical fight Porsha has gotten into on "RHOA." Her first two fights were with castmates Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey.

At the reunion, NeNe told Porsha that she can no longer be involved in these violent fights, and this may jeopardize Porsha's role on season 9.

A source revealed to OK! Magazine that NeNe and some of the other "RHOA" ladies are "tired" of Porsha's violence on the show.

"I think there's a little truth to it," the source said about the cast's issues with Porsha. "They are over her with the fighting."

Allegedly, NeNe wants to see Porsha fired from the show, because of these fights, but the source was unsure whether or not NeNe had that type of power.

Porsha's role on the show may be safe, due to the high ratings on both "RHOA" and "Dish Nation," which she co-hosts.

"She brings drama to the show and Dish Nation ratings are through the roof with her," the insider explained. "I don't know if Bravo will get rid of her or if NeNe has that type of power she once did on the show."
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