The 19th season of the Amazing Race ended last night as new winners were crowned following a somewhat dramatic season.
In the end, engaged couple Ernie Halvorsenand Cindy Chiangcame out victorious, crossing the finish line at Atlanta’s historic Swan House to take home the $1 million prize.
Ernie and Cindy’s win was a bit surprising as the couple had spent most of the season being stuck in second place. Front runners, Jeremy Cline andSandy Draghi, who actually started the race in first place ended up coming in second.
Jeremy and Sandy lost their lead in the competition when their clue instructed them to head to a residence once known as “The Dump.” Failing to do their own research, the duo simply relied on a guy in a truck who sent them to the wrong location — a furniture store called “The Dump.” On the other hand, Ernie and Cindy found the right location when they arrived at “The Dump” — an apartment in which “Gone with the Wind” was written.
Project manager Ernie, 29, and his fiancée Cindy, 30, a brand manager, won the competition following a journey that took them through 40,000 miles, four continents, 10 countries and 20 cities.
“This has been the best premarital counseling that you could ever get,” said Cindy following the win. “I can’t think of anything better in life than to have a husband that could be so supportive and caring even when I’m at my low.”
The couple revealed they plan on using the $1 million prize to start a charity to help those in need around the world. Former NFL player Marcus Pollardand his wife Amanicame in third.
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According to PEOPLE, Kimmie Kakes and pimpmomma Kris are currently “giving back” in Haiti. Kim is said to be in the country with the We Advance charity group and actressMaria Bello, who co-founded the organization.
“She connected with Mario Bello and is there with Maria’s foundation and also with her mom,” a source close to Kim tells PEOPLE. “Her intention was always to take the end of the year to focus on some of the other things that are important to her and this trip was one.” Hasn’t Haiti suffered enough with the earthquakes? No word yet on when Kris and Kimmie plan to release photos of her Haiti visit to the press! You know it’s coming.
Kim’s image rehab charitable visit to Haiti is right on time because she is scheduled to host a New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas. An invite for that is below. Tickets cost a mere $200 per person for general admission.
Moving on to Kim, 31, and her ex Reggie Bush, 26. According to new reports, the two have been talking again and are even considering getting back together.
“Reggie reached out to Kim via text shortly after she announced she was filing for divorce to make sure she was okay,” a Kardashian family friend tells Life & Style. “They’ve stayed in touch ever since, texting and talking. Kim was Reggie’s first love. He knows she’s hurting right now, but when the time is right, he’ll swoop in and take care of her.”
Sources add that since their breakup in March, 2010 (Reggie dumped Kim by the way) he has been pining for her and hoping for a chance to get her back. Riiiight. “He’s concerned about her; he’s making sure she’s holding it together,” shares a friend. “Reggie always knew that it wasn’t going to work [between Kim and Kris], so he’s been waiting and watching.”
Meanwhile, followingKris Humphries’ filing for an annulment on the basis of fraud, sources close to Kim now claim to OK! magazine that she has been crying every day since Kris’ filing. Poor Kimmie Kakes, perhaps she can use one of the bills from the $17 mil she made off the wedding to wipe away her tears.
“I saw her recently and she’s really shook up,” an unnamed relative tells Ok!. “The family is worried about how angry Kris is and how far he will go.”
The sources go on to insult our intelligence insist that Kim’s tears go way beyond Kris damaging her brand. “Kim isn’t superhuman. People seem to have this idea that because she’s on TV, she’s some sort of robot,” says the insider. “She’s just been through this awful breakup and she’s hurting. Now what Kris is doing is making it hurt that much more. The truth is that she’s extremely emotional and very sensitive and she is having a very hard time dealing with all this.”
Above is a screen shot of a tweet made by Kim on Oct. 31, the same day she filed for divorce. And just two weeks ago she was tweeting away her excitement over the premiere of her E! showKourtney and Kim Take New York, you know, the same show that chronicles the demise of her marriage. I’ll let you do the math!
Finally, Barbara Walters is revealing that people were very upset with her decision to include the Kardashians in her 10 Most Fascination People of 2011 — set to air Dec. 14.
“The whole idea of this program that we’ve been doing for 18 years is to pick people who have made an impact and whether you like or don’t like it the Kardashians were a controversial choice,” Barbara told the Hollywood Life. “We did Jersey Shore last year and no one objected. [The Kardashians] strike a different chord.”
Barbara was also asked if she thinks the Kardashians’ fame will last. “I really don’t know what the future is for the Kardashians,” she says. “What happens next in their future and life I can’t say.” Me thinks that Barbara’s nice way of saying NO!
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The housewives ate and drank until late into the night at Kyle’s multi-million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills and posed for some fun holiday season pictures. About 200 people were said to be in attendance. More photos from the event below!
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According to a new report, Khloe Kardashian continues to remain desperate for a baby.
Khloe, 27, graces the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine, which reveals she is currently undergoing invitro while putting major pressure on herself to get pregnant.
While Kourtney recently revealed she is pregnant with her second child, Khloe and her NBA hubby Lamar Odom, 32, have been doing everything they can to get pregnant since tying the knot two years ago. “Kourtney’s news just highlights that Khloe’s not pregnant yet,” a source told UsWeekly. “She’s thrilled for Kourtney, but she’s really sensitive. And it’s hard to see your sister get something you want so badly.”
UsWeekly reports that Khloe’s desperation for a baby led her to start in vitro fertilization back in September. Khloe has reportedly had several consultations about IVF, began taking prenatal vitamins and is currently prepping for the procedure, which costs $10,000 to $15,000 per treatment.
And in true Kardashian fashion, UsWeekly adds that Khloe’s fertility woes will be a key plotline on the next season of her E! reality hit Khloe & Lamar, which is currently filming and will premiere early next year. Khloe will reportedly open up about the stress of trying to conceive. “I know she’s ‘the funny sister,’ but she’s the kind of person who does get really stressed out,” says the source.
As we speculated this week, perhaps Khloe is already pregnant. She appears to be sporting a baby bump in recent photos, which would also explain her recent weight gain. Plus if Khloe’s pregnant, it would further explain why pimpmomager Kris Jenner had Kourtney announce her pregnancy at just 9 weeks. This would allow Khloe to announce her own pregnancy soon, garnering her individual attention as well as more money for her announcement!
Meanwhile news broke yesterday that Khloe’s hubby Lamar, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, was going to be traded to New Orleans. The deal, however, fell through with sources close to Khloe telling TMZ today that she is ready and willing to move anywhere for Lamar. It’s still a great possibility that Lamar will be traded out of Los Angeles.
In the VERY awkward interview, Kris, 26, was asked numerous questions about Kim and his divorce, while he gave the same response over and over again simply stating he wanted to move forward and focus on basketball and his charity.
“Through everything, I’m just focused on family and preparing for basketball,” said Kris. “For me, it’s just, certain things happen in life and you’ve got to move forward. I’m excited to be where I’m at right now, with the NBA season coming up.”
When asked about his new E! show Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kris made it clear he is NOT a fan. “The only things I really watch on TV of myself is playing basketball. I’ve never been someone to really watch the show on TV or anything like that,” he said. “I don’t really play into all the gossip.”
TMZ is now reporting that Kris is “livid” and felt ambushed by Good Morning America. Kris is claiming he was under the impression that the interview would not focus on his split from Kimmie!
Sources close to Kris tell TMZ he knew he would be asked about the divorce during the sit-down, but didn’t expect to be grilled like he was. Adding that the only reason he agreed to do the interview was to promote his charity work as well as support his mother’s cooking segment on the show. Kris is now “livid” over the way the interview turned out.
However, GMA is calling foul on Kris’ claims saying no pre-show deal was made to limit the interview. Love ya Kris but did you really think GMA wanted to talk to you about charity work and your mother’s cooking abilities??? Le sigh. It has also been widely reportedly that the prenup, signed by both Kim and Kris, prohibits them from spilling the beans in the event of a divorce.
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A source tells the Hollywood Life blog that Taylor’s costars think it’s “horrible” that she’s writing her book so soon after Russell’s passing.
“When Taylor announced she was going to write a book about her supposed abusive relationship with her husband everyone thought it was just disgusting,” says the source. “It’s just too soon and the cast just thinks this speaks volumes about who Taylor is at heart.”
As for Taylor, she has stated in the past that she is writing the memoir, titled Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within, to help other women in abusive relationships. In fact, in a statement given to ABC news today, Taylor states the only reason she’s releasing her book now is because Russell is no longer here, citing she would have been too scared to do so if he was still alive.
“I wish I could have ben able to tell my story before now… But, until my husband Russell’s suicide, I didn’t feel safe to bring my story into the light, to help all battered and abused women, and men, and aid them in their struggle,” says Taylor.
Taylor continues, “I discussed my book Monday night for the first time on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. The overwhelming response from viewers and their outpourings of support has been gratifying. From the bottom of my heart, I believe if my book can help others find the courage to deal with the pain and fear of their abusive relationships, I will have made a real difference in their lives.”
“Kim has been to rehab more than once before,” says the source, “but every time is a new time, and everyone just hopes this sticks and that she gets the help she needs. It’s serious.”
The source who reveals Kim has been “erratic” also adds that she is no longer living with her boyfriend Ken Blumenfeld and that she was pretty much homeless before rehab.
“He’s not in the picture. No one really knows what the deal was with them, but Kim doesn’t live with Ken,” the source says. “She’s basically homeless, staying with various friends. She doesn’t have a home base. It’s not unusual for people to not hear from her for long stretches of time. It’s been that way for years.”
Kim’s family is, however, “relieved she’s getting help,” states the source. “She has lots of issues. She needs help.”
The Rumor Fix blog adds that Kim is at the Betty Ford Center near Palm Springs. She will reportedly be in the program for 30 days at a cost of $27,900. Could Bravo be footing the bill? After all, it was reported this week that the network forced Kim to get help.
Angela, alongside Lisa D’Amatoand Allison Harvard, was competing for the crown. However, during an odd final judges panel,Tyra Banks and the other judges revealed Angelea had been disqualified… without giving viewers any reason or explanation.
“We’re back in Los Angeles on the Top Model set and we’re here for a special finale that’s being conducted under unusual circumstances,” said Tyra. “It turns out, our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition,” added fashion photographer Nigel Barker.
With Angelea (pictured far right) disqualified, Lisa and Allison were left to battle for the win and Lisa came out on top. Unfortunately for Lisa, viewers are more concerned with Angela’s disqualification.
According to PEOPLE, the speculation is that Angelea might have given away some finale spoilers and her possible win on her personal Facebook page before the show aired, which would equal violating the rules of the competition.
Yes, the rumor now is that Angelea was actually the original winner and that following her disqualification, the show had to re-tape the ending. In fact, the CW network admits they only learned of the information about Angelea AFTER the show wrapped, and that they did have to re-shoot scenes.
The network said in a statement: “After production wrapped on the current cycle of America’s Next Top Model, we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale.”
Wowzers. As for Angelea, she seems to be taking her disqualification rather well as she tweeted the following last night: “OMG!!!! IM TRENDING WORLDWIDE on twitter right now!!!!!!!!!! Wowwwww!! That’s the whole world!! Lol! #humbled!! Thanks y’all!!! #LOVE.”
Meanwhile, runner up Allison had the following to say when asked about Angelea’s disqualification. “I think what happened with Angelea is more of a personal thing that went on with her. Out of respect and undying love for her, I think I will remain silent,” said Allison to Zap2It. And the mystery continues…
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On the last episode ofBraxton Family Values and pretty much every episode before that, viewers have watched Towanda Braxton struggle to take care of her family while her deadbeat husband Andre Carter refuses to get a job! And despite her so called separation from Andre, the two continue to live together.
In an interview with Art Terrell of Atlanta’s KISS 104, Towanda gets put in the hot seat and tries to justify her open marriage with the mooching Andre, who refuses to care for his family.
“You know what, with me being on the road all the time with my sisters and filming and stuff. I needed somewhere there of course with my kids. And if I’m not there, their father should be there,” said Towanda of why she wants to continue living with Andre.
Towanda continued, “With the kids, we do things together. But as far as our marriage we’re separated. I think that because you are separated and you’re not with that person, you don’t have to be mean and nasty. It doesn’t have to get ugly.”
When the host insists they’re not separated because, you know, they continue to live together (albeit in her sister Trina Braxton’s house), Towanda insists the economy is to blame for that. “We don’t sleep in the same bed. We’re like roommates… There are so many people now that are going through the same thing that I’m going through because of the recession, because of the economy. It’s affected so many people,” she stated. Uh uh.
Maybe it’s just me but in watching last week’s episode it seems Towanda still has feelings for Andre or perhaps she’s simply scared to be alone.
Moving on to Toni Braxton, who this season has been accused of sibling rivalry, particularly being jealous of her youngest sister Tamar Braxton and her growing popularity.
In an interview with Essence, Toni states: “I’m a little disappointed about what’s on the blogs, and people thinking that I don’t want to help my sisters, or that I want to make them perpetual backup singers. People have to remember that this is a reality show and some things are done for entertainment. I love my family, I’ll do anything for them. It makes me not want to do reality show anymore because I wouldn’t want anyone to look at my family and me in a negative light.”
“I love Vince, he’s great, but I thought it was a conflict of interest. He manages everyone in my family. I do think Tamar was disappointed because it became this public thing, and people thought her husband wasn’t capable. Its nothing like that, Vince is great for other people, for me as a family member, way too much,” says Toni. “There’s a little bit of truth to the idea that you shouldn’t mix business with family. You can’t separate when it’s family or business. If something goes wrong, I can call my manager and yell and cuss. I can’t do that to my brother-in-law, that’s not cool.”
So what’s going on between Toni and ex-husband Keri Lewis? “We’ve gone out on a few dates, I’m not gonna deny that,” says Toni. “When you have kids with a person, and you really love a person, but you realize that being together is not an option right now.”
When it comes to her comments about fame changing people, Toni admits fame has changed her sisters just a tad. “I do think success has changed some people. My sisters want to go the Ivy [restaurant in L.A.], and all those places with the paparazzi, whereas I’m like, ‘okay, I’ve done that. I don’t want to get dressed up to go eat.’ But I understand them because I was the same way when I first got into the business. I wanted to be seen, so I get that, because when you’re new in something you’re supposed to relish in it,” says Toni.
Toni also makes it clear there is no rift between her and her sisters, insisting the reason she’s been missing out on promotional appearances with them is because she was sick.
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