Last night was the season premiere of Project Runway All Stars and frankly after a couple of completely disappointing seasons of regular Project Runway they had to do something to save this mess of a show.
To prove they are serious about fashion, Lifetime is bringing back some of the big guns of seasons pasts. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed that most of the “all stars” were from the Lifetime seasons of the show instead of the infinitely more talent soaked Bravo seasons, but at least Anthony Williams and Mondo Guerro returned! I am SO excited for another season of Mondo’s fantastical clothes and Anthony’s amazing one liners. Loves it!
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Oh dear or should a say, Oh mon dieu! It appears that the Real Housewives franchise will soon be on French soil.
E! News is officially reporting that Bravo and NBC-Universal are in the process of casting a French version of the drama filled reality show.
Housewives has been popular with overseas audiences for a while, so I suppose wanting to strike while the iron is hot Bravo decided to take the franchise abroad to terrorize another country with bickering be-plastic surgeried perpetually adolescent middled-aged women. Oh lucky you France – first McDonald’s now Housewives!
Apparently, France is just the beginning of Andy Cohen‘s world domination as the network is hoping to invade several countries across the globe, bringing us Housewives of Australia, the U.K., Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. And for those confused about how it’s all going to work Real Housewives of Athens has been on the air for a season already and is currently filming for it’s second season! How have we not heard about this? Photos of the first ladies of Greece are below!
Even more surprising Real Housewives of Israel and Real Housewives of Vancouver are currently in production with the Vancouver installment premiering later this year!
So, I guess it’s safe to assume that women all over the world are willing to act a little cray-cray for some C-List celeb and a few bucks. I wonder if the international versions will be as vitriolic as their American counterparts? I also wonder if WWHLis planning to go global as well; or if these ladies are producing singles, cocktails and products left and right? So many questions…
I also wonder if US viewers will be able to experience subtitled versions of the shows on domestic soil? I mean, just in case you haven’t gotten your fill with the six franchises already running all year round!
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ARE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN REAL HOUSEWIVES HAS GONE GLOBAL? WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN WATCHING INTERNATIONAL VERSIONS OF THE SHOW?
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Season 22 of the popular show will take place in the Dominican Republic and will feature — well, exes! Drama is crazy to the maximum as former TV flings are forced to work together in order to dominate! Oh, to relive your glory days of on-air hook-ups once again.
The challenge will feature some interesting exes pairings such as Rachel and Aneesa, CT and Diem, Heather and Dustin, Wes and Mandi, and more!
Meet the couples and see a trailer for the new season below!
Battle of the Exes premieres Wed., Jan. 25 (9/10c) on MTV. Also, on Jan 11 a special preview episode will air explaining just why these former couples broke up!
WILL YOU BE WATCHING? WHICH OF THESE EXES DO YOU THINK WILL GET BACK TOGETHER? WHO ARE YOU PREDICTING FOR THE WIN?
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And that includes the most notorious notable cast member Teresa Giudice! In an interview with Wetpaint, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar explains why she chose the NephCure charity, how she got along with her cast members and makes it CLEAR that she was the only NJ housewife asked to do the show.
As we reported yesterday, Teresa did not choose the charity of her fake BFFDina Manzo, instead choosing to go with the NephCure foundation. A source told Reality Tea last October that Dina had been kissing up to Tre, even filming with her for the RHONJ in hopes Teresa would choose her Lady Bug charity for the show.
“I went to a St. Jude charity event for Eric Trump and I met this little boy named Mathew Levine, and I found out he had this rare kidney disease and he touched my heart. He had just turned 8 and his cholesterol is 365, he takes 15 pills a day,” Teresa explains. “I wanted to do whatever I could to help the foundation.”
When asked how she got along with her costars, in usual Teresa fashion, she pretends everything was all hunky dory despite the fact that Victoria Gotti revealed last month that the two ladies got into a huge blowout on the show. “Everyone seemed great. I went into it with an open mind, I was happy to meet everyone, like Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk! I remember watching him on TV, it was cool,” states Tre.
When it comes to those reports that came out last year stating NBC first asked her costar Caroline Manzo to do the show, Teresa makes it clear she was the only one asked.
“It was not true. NBC made sure to tell me that was false. [They confirmed] that I was the only one that was asked. You should ask NBC that question, I’m sure they’ll confirm it,” Teresa says though Wetpaint though NBC would not confirm Teresa’s claims, simply stating no comment.
And just to let us know how well she got along with her Apprentice costars, since you know, she’s know for getting along great with others, Teresa made certain to post photos of herself with Victoria Gotti, Clay Aiken and others on her Twitter page. Those photos, including Teresa’s official Celebrity Apprentice photo, are below!
Moving on to a report by Life & Style magazine which states Teresa is “embarrassed” by her husband’s Joe Giudice’srecent indictment: Last month, Joe, 40, was indicted by a grand jury and is facing up to 11 years in prison if found guilty of wrongfully using someone else’s identity as well as one count of impersonation. Joe is accused of using his brother Pete Giudice’s marriage and birth certificate to get a new driver’s license while his license was suspended following a 2010 DUI arrest.
“Teresa’s really embarrassed by Joe right now,” an insider tells Life & Style, while Joe insists he’s not to blame. “They didn’t even catch me driving” is Joe’s argument about the indictment.
Meanwhile, the National Enquirer is reporting that Teresa broke down in tears when she discovered Joe could spend over a decade in prison. However, she wasn’t crying because of Joe but rather over the possibility of losing her house!
“Teresa is showing Joe no mercy behind closed doors, but that’s not surprising to those who know her well,” a family friend revealed. “It’s when the cameras aren’t focused on her that Teresa shows her true colors – and it’s always about ‘me, me, me.’”
The insider continues, “Her chief concern is to maintain the illusion of an opulent lifestyle at any cost and that means holding on to her gaudy mansion. The fact that Joe could be sent to prison for 10 years seems to be a secondary concern. Teresa fears this latest setback will be the tipping point that pushed them off a financial cliff and that it’s only a matter of time before they lose their mansion.”
And despite her income from her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice as well as royalties from her cookbooks and Housewives, sources tell The Enquirer those are just a “temporary bandage” for the family’s financial woes. Yikes.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE’S EMBARRASSED BY JOE’S INDICTMENT AND MORE CONCERNED ABOUT APPEARANCES?
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I think it’s fair to say that Jill Zarin, former Real Housewives of New York cast member, is having a hard time letting go. Since she was abruptly fired last year Jill has given countless interviews about leaving the show and how much she loves being away from the cameras. And we’re not believing it for a second!
In the latest, Jill did a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter and gave an explosive testimonial about what it’s really like to be a part of Reality TV and offered up some pretty shocking behind the scenes details about Bravo and the show. Now that she’s not under contract she has nothing to lose and good — because I love a juicy story!
When asked why she was let go from the cast Jill explains she still has no idea and swears that Bravo was stringing her and fellow fired Housewives along before finally issuing the pink slip.
“First off, I like to say I was fired because I’m not embarrassed about it. I didn’t do anything wrong, so I really don’t know why they fired us and kept the other girls.”
“We were told that they wanted to begin season five filming over Labor Day, so the other ladies and I were preparing story lines, basically putting our lives on hold until shooting. In June, it wasn’t even a question if they were inviting me back. By August, conversations started to change. They were hesitant to commit and delayed the announcement. Then I got a call the Wednesday after Labor Day that Bravo decided to bring back LuAnn [de Lesseps], Sonja [Morgan]and Ramona [Singer], but the rest would not be decided until the end of the week.”
“I’m smart enough to know that they were putting out contracts to new girls, and whether they signed would determine our fate. So, at 5 p.m. on a Saturday night I get a phone call from my producer, and she told me that Bravo had made the decision to let the four of us go.”
“I was upset because I was told to put my life on hold,” Jill explains. “But I didn’t argue, I wasn’t going to try to sell anyone. I said, ” ‘OK. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.’ ”
“Andy Cohencalled shortly after, which I’m sure was a difficult thing to do. He gave me the respect I deserved considering I committed four years of my life to the show. He said they wanted the series to go in a different direction and that last season ended very dark — which I find ironic because they could have controlled that. I filmed many happy scenes that the network canned.”
Very interesting as fans of RHONY and others in the Housewives franchise have been begging for the shows to return to their original intent of happy and fun-loving docu-dramas about wealthy women and their lives. Is Bravo really deciding not to air that kind of footage in lieu of footage with high drama content?
Jill continues by explaining that Bravo’s decision to let her go had absolutely nothing to do with reports that she requested a higher salary to continue filming. “First of all, we were finally making a decent amount of money last season. That was never a concern,” Jill states, saying it is “absolutely untrue” that salary disputes occurred.
“They’re getting a lot of money now, so that’s another thing I’m disappointed about. I didn’t get to make the money I feel I deserved. I didn’t just help make the show popular; I cast it,” Jill shockingly reveals.
Jill goes onto claim that she was responsible for bringing in Bethenny Frankel (her then close friend), which is common knowledge and possibly alleges that Bravo should have paid her a finders fee of sorts. “I brought in Bethenny, and I don’t get a percentage of anything she spins off. The first, second and third season salary pretty much added up to the fourth season. I worked really hard.”
This leads me to wonder if other Housewives receive percentages of earnings as rewards for adding to the casts. I doubt this very much, but it is a possibility. Bravo has readily admitted that Kyle Richards was the first woman cast to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and she introduced the other women to producers and assembled the majority of women that were eventually hired — even her season one nemesis Camille Grammer.
When asked if the show is scripted Jill describes that, of course, editing plays a huge part in what viewers see. “It’s a TV show, not a documentary. It’s not scripted, but it is edited. It doesn’t mean we didn’t live it, it just means they focus on a particular storyline.”
Also, Jill point blank accuses Bravo of manipulating scenes and circumstances to build plot lines! “With New Jersey, they were brilliant to film season four before season three aired. They had to. Bravo had no delusions that they set up Teresa [Giudice]by hiring her sister-in-law and cousin without letting her know. It’s understandable Teresa would be upset. The show couldn’t film now: Teresa and Caroline [Manzo]won’t even be in the same room, and Jacqueline [Laurita] quit. As a cast, they’re kaput.”
As for what she is up to now that she is done with Housewives, Jill is not leaving television in the dust as she is working to secure other deals in the medium. “My husband and I were recently in L.A. for meetings about a potential television opportunity. And now I finally have the freedom to do that.”
Jill insists that the NBC-owned Bravo kept their Housewives under close watch and did not allow them to branch out into other networks — even to promote products which the network takes a percentage of. “That’s the one thing Bravo would never give us: the ability to appear elsewhere. Before, I could never appear on another network. We couldn’t even do Good Morning America, we had to do Today, even if it was to promote our brands. They were very controlling,” Jill reveals.
“In hindsight, it would have been smarter for them to do a development deal with me. I would have been stupid enough to let them build my ego and give me a deal for no money that would lock me to the network.”
Even though Jill has scathing things to say about the network that paid her bills for four years she is still happy she did the show. “The show made women in their 40s and 50s relevant again. Hollywood is all about young girls, and this was an opportunity that didn’t require us to be young and beautiful. It’s real women.” Well, somewhat…
“But I won’t miss the lying and the fighting,” Jill discloses. “And I won’t miss the stress over clothes. I had to have 80 outfits for the season, and I would totally stress over that.”
Wow pretty good stuff! I have to say being part of the Housewives franchise sounds incredibly stressful and complicated and I’d rather be a viewer than a participant!
Moving on, current RHONY cast member Pinot Singer spent her holidays on the island of St. Martin with her husband Mario and daughter Avery. Photos of the family vacation are below! They look happy and relaxed and I’m jealous! I wonder if she toted along any Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio?
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Kim Kardashian is having a horrible time because everywhere she turns something else blows up in her face. This time Reggie Bush is telling his former girlfriend that he is over her for good and he’ll have no more of her manipulating ways. Good for you, Reggie! I mean his mom already warned him to stay away from Kim!
After failure at life Kimmie Kakes dumped Kris Humphries, her husband of 72-days, she apparently hoped her longtime love who couldn’t care less about the spotlight would gladly take her back after they shared a series of flirty texts, supportive phone calls and a few Skype sessions, but things didn’t work out for the confused star of Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
After a tweet claimed to have spotted Kim and Reggie out on the town at Smoothie King in Miami many assumed the couple had reunited — except it wasn’t Kim. Oops! Kim wasn’t even in Miami at the time. “Reggie has always dated Kim look-alikes,” a friend explains to Life & Style. “She knew it must’ve been yet another look-alike at Smoothie King. It was a wake-up call for Kim.”
“She’s embarrassed because he doesn’t love her back. He truly is the one guy she loves, and she’s had to read about him and his other girls,” a source reveals. “She calls him way more than he calls her. He’s trying to be a nice guy, but he doesn’t want to be a rebound or the next guy in her media blitz. He has zero interest in that.” Wow — the truth hurts, Kim!
Even worse, while Kim was hoping to rekindle things Reggie was busy living the life of a single man hanging out LIV nightclub in Miami! “He’s with different girls every night. He loves being ‘the man’ and being single.”
“Reggie has been seen with every club girl and athlete chaser in Miami,” an insider claims. “A new girl every night, sometimes three different ones a day.”
In other Kardashian news the plastic faced professional reality stars are literally becoming plastic! A source tells Us Weekly that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe will be made into Barbie Dolls for Mattel’s upcoming limited-edition doll line. “The dolls will reflect the girls’ measurements and may even come in Kardashian-designed outfits,” a source describes. Wait — Kris Jenner doesn’t get a doll, but she’s one of the girls too! (eye roll).
Eager to promote her newest product and distract from her disastrous personal life, Kim has kept busy tweeting her imaginary friend, Barbie. “Merry Christmas Barbs!” the vapid living doll tweeted to the actual toy. “I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of each other [in 2012]. Shopping soon!”
DOES KIM NEED TO GET OVER REGGIE OR DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER? WOULD YOU BUY A KARDASHIAN BARBIE? WOULD ANY SANE PERSON WASTE MONEY ON THAT?!
The reason? Evelyn, star of VH1′s Basketball Wives, suspects her NFL fiancé Chad has been cheating on her! A professional athlete being unfaithful? You don’t say!
Sources tell TMZ that Evelyn recently confronted Chad after she became suspicious about his behavior a.k.a. suspecting him of cheating.
While Evelyn hasn’t “officially” cancelled the wedding the summer nuptials have now been put on hold. Even worse for Evelyn, she was set to start filming a spinoff show with Chad in three weeks, but that is also now up in the air.
As for Evelyn and Chad, they are both keeping mum about the TMZ report for the time being.
This news isn’t exactly shocking as many have predicted the famewhoring attention loving duo would never make it down the aisle.
Plus back in Nov. 2010, Chad’s ex-girlfriend Rubi Pazmino, who won his VH1 dating show that summer, told Reality Tea exclusively that Chad was seeing both Evelyn and her at the same time. Rubi revealed she told Evelyn about Chad’s two timing ways, but Evelyn still continued to see Chad. Rubi ended up breaking off her relationship with Chad and soon afterwards he proposed to Evelyn.
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UPDATE – Chad is now denying he and Evelyn have split, though he is not denying the TMZ report that their wedding is currently on hold.
Just moments ago, a fan tweeted to Chad that they heard he and Evelyn had broken up. He responded, “Broke a lamp or headboard? Not a chance in hell kind madam.”
He then tweeted to Evelyn: “@EvelynLozada I get off 3:30 and please put gas in my Prius before you come to pick me up.” Evelyn responded to Chad tweeting, “KISS THE BABY.”
It’s time to be schooled in all things Love & Hip Hop thanks to recent sit-downs with cast members Chrissy Lampkin and Kimbella Vanderhee. On the syllabus this semester? How To Be A Kept Woman, My Man Doesn’t Cheat, Drink Tossing 101 and Crackwhores from the Valley (that’s an upper lever course — you’ll need to take the prerequisite Strippers from the Valley, first).
Speaking with BitchieLife.com, Chrissy discusses her relationship with Jim Jones, those pesky infidelity rumors that seem to follow around those in this industry and what she’s like when VH1′s camera’s stop rolling. A portion of that interview is below.
[Y]ou said on the show that you didn’t work. So does Jim support you currently?
Yeah. He takes good care of me. I don’t care how people take it. I get flack all the time. He’s my man. What–you want him not to? I came up in a time when that’s what men did and aspire to do. What man doesn’t want to take care of his woman? [Before] I was never a person that didn’t have anything. When I met Jimmy, I had my own apartment and car. He’s taken it to a bigger level. I’ll be fine.
Being that you’re with someone like Jim–on a higher level than the average Joe– do you feel you have to accept infidelity as a part of your relationship?
You should never ever accept it. Everybody has individual issues in relationships. Is that something that I want to deal with, absolutely not. Is that something I have dealt with with Jimmy, no. Am I a realist? Absolutely, but I don’t dwell on that type of stuff because it doesn’t come my way.
You’ve never had infidelity issues with Jim?
I can tell you on my life, not once. There’s no girls calling my phone, no one comes to my house, I don’t have it. We have other problems. We’re not problem-free, but that’s just one I don’t have. [People just assume] he’s the worst! He’s a flirt. Don’t get it twisted. He has fun flirting, but I don’t know how far it goes and I don’t look for it. It’s never come my way.
Being that you don’t look for it, are you a woman that is secure enough to know she doesn’t have to check her man’s email, phone and personal things?
I don’t want to do it. It’s not even about being secure. It’s a recipe for disaster because you can see something that’s innocent and if you’re looking for it your mind will tell you it’s something else. I stay away from that. If it’s something real, it will come out and it will come to me. Thus far, I don’t have that problem.
How has dating Jim changed your life?
It’s taught me patience. It’s taught me that if you stick with something you believe in, then God makes great things happen.
What’s your life like outside Jim Jones?
Chrissy likes to be around friends and family. Chrissy likes to take care of her 70-pound dog who I think is my son. That’s my homie. I take care of my house. I do regular things. I’m trying to get into charity work for young girls at the age where they’re old enough to want to do it and too young to do anything about their lives. I think that’s a critical time when they need to be given the tools to make wise decisions. I want to get involved with that.
What do you want people to know about you so they can stop assuming?
I just want people to know I’m well-grounded. My head and my heart are in the right place. I’m a survivor. I’m resilient. I’m a complex person because I’ve seen so much and have lost so much in life; it’s going to take a lot to shake me. I want people to know I’m a solid person. What you see is what you get.
Also on the media train this week is Chrissy’s favorite cast member, Kimbella Vanderhee. She gives a scathing interview to TheYBF.com in response to newcomer Erica’s Mena’sverbal media barrage regarding the knock-down-drag-out smack down between the two which was filmed for the show. Among the highlights, (to break it down Real Housewives of New Jersey style) Kimbella believes that Erica is a prostitution whore. Seriously, she says so in her first answer!
YBF: Erica Mena has been popping off about your big fight this week. She seemed to start going in on you as soon as you opened you mouth and it was your first REAL time meeting?! She says a lot ended up on the cutting floor and the show was shaped to make her look like the bad guy. Do you agree? What’s your side of the story?
I don’t agree. She is bi-polar. In fact, she is a crack whore and you will get to see it in the rest of the episodes brought to you by VH1! She is obviously embarrassed by her actions because she really got to see who “she” really is. She doesn’t know how to conduct herself as a lady and it showed. I basically I was attacked. I tried to stay classy but she tried my patience and crossed the line. It’s crazy to hear her blaming VH1 and not herself.Even the producers were dumbfounded when all this happened.
YBF: Did you know Erica before this?
No! What’s wrong with these women? What did I do to Chrissy or Erica for them to do this to me?
I don’t know her….and I haven’t heard anything great about her. The one thing I can tell you is that folks in the industry are saying before “Love & Hip Hop,” she was found stripping in the Valley and giving bl*w jobs for $200. So that is the career that me and VH1 are ruining?
YBF: There was a rumor that you and Erica were both–at the same time–sleeping with Emily B.’s baby’s daddy, rapper Fabolous, back in the day. And that’s supposedly why Erica has beef with you. She’s denied it. Can you confirm or deny?
I have no idea what anybody is talking about. I dated Fab three years ago…if she dated him three years ago….that’s fine.
YBF: Some people think she’s just purposely causing drama to get a permanent slot on the show and make a name for herself. Do you agree?
Yes. And she wants to talk about me doing stuff for free? She’s not a cast member, so she’s not even getting paid to be on the shows!
YBF: Obviously, you’re having a rough time getting along with the girls. You had a fight on your very first episode of this season with Chrissy. Why is that? And do you plan to do another season with these ladies?
I don’t know how to answer that. We had a lot of positive things go on but the producers chose to focus on the drama. I wish they would make it more even…a little bit of positive and a little drama. Why do they focus on the negativity? They show one aspect of my life, which is the drama I go through with females that I don’t know. It’s always a problem!
YBF: So for the record–WHO WON THE FIGHT?
I’m not about that. We shouldn’t be fighting because we are both grown women. I’m not going to condone fighting.
So ladies, what have we learned here? Well, as far as Chrissy concerned you won’t find what you’re not looking for… especially if what you’re not looking for are other ladies showing an interest in your man. Kimbella’s wonderful life lesson? Classy women don’t condone fighting — instead they talk on the Internet about their nemesis’ penchant for playing button-fly peek-a-boo for pennies. I hope y’all are taking notes!
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF CHRISSY AND KIMBELLA’S INTERVIEWS? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT CHRISSY IS THAT SECURE IN HER RELATIONSHIP WITH JIM? IS KIMBELLA NOW SINKING TO ERICA’S LEVEL OR IS SHE JUSTIFIED WITH HER COMMENTS?
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