Below,Taylor Armstrong is pictured with Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, Kyle Richards attends a Disney event, Camille Grammer steps out with her boyfriend! Countess LuAnn and Sonja Morgan attend an event, Lisa Vanderpump and her white Bentley! Plus more photos of Kathy Wakile, Rachel Zoe& more!
Also belowKim Kardashian and her family attend the opening of their new store in Las Vegas, and Khloe Kardashian cheers on Lamar in Dallas, Patti Stanger steps out! Plus Maksim, Holly Madison,& more!
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Uh oh! Is pimpmomager Kris Jennerabout to get the boot from her favorite famous for no reason daughter?
According to a report by Star Magazine, that might be the case! Star magazine is reporting that there are rumblings that Kim Kardashian is getting ready to fire her momager!
The reason? Since the huge media backlash that occurred following her disastrous 72-day marriage, a source reveals, “She’s having serious doubts about keeping her mom as her manager. She thinks Kris has been giving her bad advice and she blames all of this backlash on her.” Ouch!
Even more telling, Kim met up with Hollywood manager Ray Manzella on Dec. 1 at a cafe in Pacisif Palisades to discuss potentially bringing him on to work for her. In fact, Ray confirmed to Star that he would like to take Kim on as a client while also admitting he’s been having meetings with people who are involved with Kim’s company.
Another source, however, states that if Kim does decide to bring Ray on board she still plans to keep Kris in some capacity as a figure head. “Kris will be working together with Ray on Kim’s projects,” explains an insider. “Kim hasn’t fired Kris as her managed yet.”
Meanwhile, the barrage of bad publicity continues for the famewhoring family. The Kardashians grace the latest cover of Star magazine (to be released on Friday) under the heading “Kardashian Sweatshop Scandal – Family’s Fashion Empire Makes Millions From Child Labor.”
According to Star, the Kardashian family are selling and endorsing fashion products manufactured in foreign sweatshops, where workers as young as sixteen years old are abused and virtually imprisoned.
“The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people,” Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, tells Star. “Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women’s rights.”
Several of the Kardashian brands are said to be involved with the “slave labor.” These include items in the family’s high-end K-Dash by Kardashian label and the Kris Jenner Kollection — which is sold on QVC —in addition to ShoeDazzle, which was co-founded by Kim and endorsed by her. The report states all of the mentioned brands are manufactured in areas of China where government regulations are often ignored and workers are subject to inhumane conditions.
Li Qiang, the executive director of China Labor Watch, is now urging the greedy Kardashian family to take a stand and to stop turning a blind eye to human rights abuses. “People like the Kardashians are producing their products in China because they will get more profit, since the labor cost is so low compared to the United States and other countries,” he tells Star.
In addition to underage labor, the condition of the workshops is compared to being “like minimum-security prisons.” The workers, who earn a measly $1 per hour, are helping add to the $65 million a year fortune of the Kardashians by living in “squalid factory-run dormitories filled with the stench of sewage while toiling up to 84 hours during seven-day work weeks.”
Wowzers. The Kardashians are, however, of course denying they knew anything about this. “This is the first we are hearing about it and take it very seriously as we would never condone this,” their rep Jill Fritzo told Radaronline on behalf of the Kardashians. “We are presently investigating the situation.” You can read more about this in the latest issue on Star!
Moving on to a lighter topic as Kris Humphries has finally been picked up by an NBA team! Even better for Kimmie’s husband of 2 months, he was re-signed by his former team — the New Jersey Nets. According to reports, Kris signed a one year contract with Nets, with ESPN reporting the deal is worth close to $8 million! Not too shabby.
Finally, after releasing photos from their Christmas Card this year, the Kardashians need more attention and have now released some heavily photoshopped behind the scenes pics! Those are below!
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In the suit, uncovered by TMZ, Michaele wants a judge to grant her a separation asap as she states Tareq is a violent control freak who uses psychotic scare tactics and physical violence to control her.
Michaele, who famously ran away with Journey guitarist Neal Schon back in September, says she did so to get away from Tareq because she feared for her safety.
As for the physical abuse claims, Michaele says the final straw came on September 11 when she returned home a few hours late from running an errand. She alleges Tareq waited for her in the dark, in the basement and told her she needed to learn a lesson. Michaele ended up fleeing with Neal two days later.
Tareq is of course denying the allegations, telling TMZ that Michaele is a “chronic liar” while calling her allegations “absurd.” Tareq insists he truly loved her and did all he could to support her during their marriage.
Last month, Tareq filed a $17 million lawsuit against Michaele and Neal for what he called “publicly humiliating him with their torrid affair.”
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What first appeared to be just rumors now seems like the real deal as a new report is stating Emily Maynardis very close to signing on as the next Bachelorette!
Life & Style magazine reports that Emily, former Bachelorwinner and ex-fiance of Brad Womack, has officially been asked by ABC to become the next Bachelorette.
Even better, Emily, 25, is reportedly very interested in the gig! “It’s basically a done deal,” a source close to Emily reveals. “She hasn’t signed the contract yet, but she’s fully on board.”
It appears Emily, single mother to 6-year-old Ricki, has had a change of heart as she stated last summer that she didn’t want the gig following her breakup with Brad.
Life & Style states Emily is ready to find love again and ABC believes she is perfect for The Bachelorette: “Emily is America’s sweetheart,” the source adds. “Fans are going to be thrilled! Everyone loved her.”
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After Phaedra agreed to represent Sheree in her child support case with ex-husbandBob Whitfield, the ladies eventually decided to end their professional relationship amicably as Sheree felt Phaedra was outsmarted by her ex in court. Many felt Sheree was ungrateful as there was nothing Phaedra could have done to prevent her ex from filing an order of contempt against her.
During her appearance on the Watch What Happens Live Aftershow on Sunday night, Sheree went into more details about why she felt Phaedra didn’t represent her well. Sheree’s defense is that Phaedra volunteered to file a contempt motion on her behalf (didn’t she tell Phaedra NOT to file???), but Bob beat her to the punch two weeks later because Phaedra was waiting to get clearance for Bravo cameras.
“I never met with Phaedra outside of your cameras. So to me when I’m meeting with her, and I’m saying this is my life. Like even if the cameras are not there, what you’re supposed to do, I still need you to do it,” said Sheree.
Sheree also talked about Phaedra’s employees hounding her to get the retainer. “I love Phaedra. I didn’t want to end it in a bad way but it didn’t sit well with me when it kind of made it seem like they were hounding me, asking me, trying to get this money when that is not the case. When Phaedra asked me for the money, it was the day before… She had her people call me… I get a phone call. They’re like we need the money. I never got a contract. I never got any kind of paper work,” said Sheree.
“The money part came in after Bob filed because it takes it to a whole other level. Before it was something very simple when she volunteered to file the contempt but she never did it because the cameras couldn’t get to her in time,” continued Sheree.
Sheree adds that by the time they went to court a month later, Phaedra had still yet to file anything. “The only time Phaedra and I met off camera was with another attorney who is a family attorney who was actually coaching her on how to handle my case,” added Sheree.
And on the actual WWHL show, Sheree fired back at the criticism that she shouldn’t be suing for child support if she can afford expensive items such as a Hermes bag, designer clothes and a Porsche to replace her old seized Bentley.
“This is the ignorant thing that I hate to hear people say,” said Sheree. “Why are you fighting for child support? First of all, I did not make these kids by myself. We did this together. So I shouldn’t have to fight you to be responsible for your kids.”
Meanwhile, Sheree also debuted her new song “Who Gon Check Me Boo” on WWHL. Some are calling it a diss track to her costarNene Leakes though Sheree denies the allegations. We’ll let you be the judge! Below is Sheree’s song!
In other RHOA news, former show extra cast member Dwight Eubankswas arrested yesterday.
MyFoxAtlanta reports the arrest was made after a traffic stop where Dwight told the cop he didn’t have his driver’s license on him. The cop conducted a check and discovered Dwight’s license was suspended, after which Dwight was taken into custody.
Dwight’s license suspension came about when he failed to appear in court for a previous unresolved matter. He has a court date set for February.
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Also, below is a photo of another new castmember, Angela Raiola a.k.a. ‘Big Ang.‘ The Starcasm blog reports “Big Ang” is the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela is described as a single mom of two raised in Brooklyn. She also likes to jokingly call herself “bad girl” and is best friends with Drita. Find out why they call her “Big Ang” below!
Meanwhile, the HollywoodLife blog is reporting that tension between the cast members is at an all time high! More importantly, there seems to be a division with Karen, Renee and Ramona on one side and Drita, Carla and Big Ang on the other side. In fact, the site caught up with the ladies during the VH1 event.
First, Drita reveals she doesn’t understand why Renee is hanging out with Karen and Ramona. “I think she’s confused,” said Drita who also doesn’t like newbie Ramona as well as continues to dislike Karen. “My mother said if you dont have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all so that’s what I have,” Drita added.
As for Renee, she is puzzled as to why Drita has a problem with her hanging out with Karen. “They must be confused,” said Renee. “They must be confused with their own loyalty. This is my side of the fence. You don’t pick your family.”
Seems like the battle lines have been drawn! Mob Wives season 2 debuts on VH1 on Jan 1st.
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The news series with a working titled ofTamar & Vince “will showcase Tamar Braxton and husband Vincent Herbert as they navigate their hectic lives, from Tamar’s solo album to Vince’s busy career as a successful music producer.”
Production on the show begins in March, and WE tv has ordered eight, one-hour episodes. “We are so very excited for this amazing opportunity,” said Tamar. “With our family series, Braxton Family Values, we aim to show audiences the true meaning of family and sisterhood, and with our new show, marriage. Our journey as two driven individuals that love as hard as we work is one we think audiences will relate to.”
The series will also follow Tamar in her ongoing pursuit of pop super stardom with hubby Vince helping and supporting her every step of the way. The press release promises “viewers will get an inside look at their complicated yet devoted relationship, including how their upscale lifestyle must adjust as Vince recovers from a recent life-threatening health scare.”
Tamar & Vince is scheduled to premiere in fourth quarter 2012. No word yet on whether Toni Braxtonis super jelly over her sister’s spinoff!
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Speaking to Star magazine, Russell’s ex-wife Barbara Fredrickson, and his former fiancé Milette Fields, both accuse Taylor of being heartless and self-centered following his suicide. Barbara and Millette (both have kids with Russell — Aiden, 14, and Griffin, 11) say Taylor couldn’t be bothered to break the news of Russell’s passing in person.
“She never called us to say he passed away,” Barbara tells Star. “She could have said, ‘Before this hits the news, this is what happened.’ I would have done that, but she didn’t.”
They also claim Taylor failed to call her estranged husband’s mother to offer her condolences. “She e-mailed Russell’s nephew to ask his mom to call her,” Barbara reveals. “She never said, ‘We all need to be together as a family.’ That’s really odd behavior.”
However, the biggest issue the ladies have with Taylor is their claim that she is denying their sons access to Russell’s legacy. “Since his death, Taylor has made things very difficult,” explains Barbara to Star. “We’ve asked about a trust or a will, but she won’t tell us. We’ve had to hire lawyers to get answers.” Millete adds, “Nothing has been given to our sons — not even a T-shirt, a tie, or a family photo.”
Another issue is Taylor’s tell-all book, set to be released in February, which will include her allegations of abuse at the hands of Russell. “Enough is enough! Let the children mourn and remember their father in a good light,” fumes Barbara. “Shame on her for profiting from her husband’s tragic death.”
While neither Bravo nor Kim has yet to comment on the rehab stint, Kyle told E! Online, “She’s doing very well, thank you,” during a recent event. “That’s all I’m going to say. She’s doing fantastic,” added Kyle.
Best wishes to Kim. Reports have stated her rehab stint will be for 30 days. She is also expected to be released around the same time Bravo plans to film the RHOBH reunion. Some are now questioning whether Kim should even be allowed to participate in the reunion due to the high level of drama always involved.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHOBH. On the 16th episode of the season (how many episodes are there this season???) titled “Uninvited,” when Taylor’s husband threatens to sue Camille, ripple effects from the action impact all the housewives and could mean they’ll exclude Taylor from Kyle’s annual white party.
The episode airs tonight on Bravo (9/8c) and preview clip below!
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