A new winner was crowned last night on the finale of CBS’ Big Brother13. Following a season filled with many twists and turns, the final two came down to a newbie vs. a veteran.
In the end returning veteran Rachel Reilly, a 27-year-old waitress, emerged the winner, leaving the game with both her man and $500,000! Rachel, who won the final HOH thus deciding whom she wanted to go up against, beat runner up Porsche Briggs, 23, in a very close vote.
Rachel ultimately won by a vote of 4 – 3. Shelly Moore ended up being the deciding vote as both Porsche’s and Rachel’s alliances remained loyal to them until the end. But don’t feel too badly for Porsche as she also left the game $50,o00 richer.
It’s fashion week in NYC and above is a photo of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice as she attended New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 – the Abbey Dawn fashion show – on September 12, 2011. (She actually looks very nice no?)
Below, Real Housewives of NYC stars Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen, Ramona Singer, step out for fashion week! Jill Zarin hosts a Miami event, Kyle Richards steps out with hubby Mauricio, and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is carried by a group of shirtless men! Plus photos of Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, Lisa Vanderpump, Rachel Zoe & more!
Also below, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, plus Kate Gosselin, Kendra Wilkinson, & more!
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It had been reported that Taylor, 40, was angling to give her first interview toBarbara Waltersbut RadarOnline is now reporting that interview didn’t pan out as Taylor reportedly had too many demands for the veteran journalist.
“Taylor had a list of demands that Walters just wasn’t willing to go along with. Taylor didn’t want to be grilled about her participation on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills possibly contributing to Russell’s suicide,” a source close to the situation reveals. “She didn’t want to be put on the hot seat regarding her spending habits. In the end, Entertainment Tonight was able to come to an agreement with Taylor that she was extremely comfortable with.”
Taylor’s interview with ET will air next Tuesday on September 20. According to ET, Taylor will open up to Nancy O’Dell about the bruises that she says were caused by her late husband. A source close to Taylor states that she underwent Lasik eye surgery on July 5. And just days later, the source claims she was hit by Russell so hard that her corneal flap was dislocated.
Taylor was not seen in public for the remainder of July as her injuries healed. Her first public appearance after that was on August 1, at a press tour promoting season two of the RHOBH.
ET is also reporting that when Russell, 47, showed up at the hospital, Taylor claimed she suffered the injuries when she was kicked in face by their 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. Therefore, the attending doctor did not report any abuse.
It’s more than likely Taylor was paid for the interview and/or the abuse photos. And speaking of those abuse photos, Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe is now speaking out about them and against Taylor.
“I think it’s bullsh*t,” Laurie tells the RumorFix about the photos which she admits she has yet to see. Laurie goes on to question Taylor’s intentions. “Why didn’t she file a police report?” Laurie asks. “I think she needs to let it rest — I mean the poor guy’s dead!”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? WILL YOU WATCH TAYLOR’S FIRST INTERVIEW?
Just when you thought you had seen it all and heard it all with the Salahis, TMZ is now reporting that Tareq Salahibelieves his wife Michaele Salahi was kidnapped yesterday in Virginia.
Tareq himself spoke to TMZ confirming the story and adding that he is upset with cops as he feels they are not taking his claims seriously. Can you blame them?
According to TMZ, the latest drama with the former Real Housewives of DCstars started yesterday morning after Tareq last saw Michelle at their VA home right before he left to go the winery. Tareq tells TMZ Michaele told him she was going to get her hair done, but never made the appointment and has been missing since.
Tareq claims he got a phone call from Michaele late last night from an unfamiliar Oregon cell phone number. She reportedly told him she was going to her mother’s house, located minutes away from their home. Tareq says he was however suspicious and called Michelle’s mom who told him she had yet to speak to Michelle and was unaware of her plans.
Tareq adds that he then decided to call the cops at this point. The cops however told Tareq that Michaele had called them to inform that she was OK and was simply dealing with some “family issues.”
That wasn’t good enough for Tareq who now believes Michaele was forced to make those phone calls by her abductor. Tareq also believes his wife is in real danger because the Salahis have received death threats in the past.
Tareq reveals he is considering going to other law enforcement for help because he feels his local police has yet to take proper action. A rep for his local police department tells TMZ they are not releasing any info about the situation at this time.
In a statement released to the public, Tareq states: “It is our belief as of last night, that Michaele Salahi may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay. We are asking the public to please be on the look out for her…The Salahi family can be reached at 540-635-9933.”
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS REAL OR ANOTHER PUBLICITY STUNT?
UPDATE – In a not so shocking and very expected update, it turns out Michaele was NOT kidnapped afterall! TMZ is now reporting Michaele actually ran off with Neal Schon, the lead guitarist for the band Journey. TMZ adds that Michaele (pictured below with Neal and hubby Tareq in 2010) has actually been dating the rock icon.
She even went to his show in Nashville last night and is currently with him in Memphis, where Journey is set to perform. A rep for Journey confirms the news stating: “Nobody kidnapped her and they are in Memphis together.” Neal is to the right of Michelle in the photo below.
It all ends tonight as a new champion will be crowned on Big Brotherseason 13!
One of the three remaining finalists in the game – Rachel Reilly, Adam Poch, and Porsche Briggs — will walk away with a prize of $500,000. The runner-up will receive $50,000 while Jeff Schroeder America’s Favorite Houseguest will also receive $25,000! Warning – the next paragraph contains spoilers.
The first two parts of the final HOH competition were played days ago and the winners Rachel and Porsche will battle on tonight’s live show for the final part. The winner will then decide whom they want to compete against in the finale. It appears both Rachel and Porsche are planning to take each other. But wouldn’t Porsche fare better against Adam???
Meanwhile, following her eviction on Thursday night, fan favorite Jordan Lloydis now speaking out. In an interview with Zap2It, Jordan reveals why she decided to play the game again: ” Jeff wanted to come back and try to win again, and since we had been doing long distance it was a good opportunity to spend some time together. We thought it would be fun to try to win again and get to see each other all summer.”
When asked who she’s rooting for, she replies, “I am hoping its Rachel and Adam just because they were in my alliance and I would love to see them win.”
Has she forgiven Shelly for betraying her boyfriend Jeff? Jordan states they have already repaired their relationship adding “whatever happened in the Big Brother house stays in the Big Brother house, so all of that has been squashed.”
Other evicted HG Kalia Bookeris also speaking out about her eviction. While talking to Zap2It, Kalia is asked whether she feels the veterans were unfair to the newbies in the house. “It depends on how you look at it,” says Kalia. “Daniele was a vet and she gave me a wealth of information when I played with her. But it was hard on the newbies because we had an uphill battle the entire time and the vets already knew how to play.”
Kalia’s biggest regret in the house all had to do with the duo twist of course. She reveals, “I got jacked from the duo twist the first time, how would it be any different the second time. It came at the worst possible time.” Kalia adds that she feels Rachel is the strongest player left in the game.
The finale airs tonight at 9:30/8:30c on CBS, immediately following the new season premiere of Survivor.
Following the surprise announcement on theBachelor Pad finale that his ex-fiance was now engaged to her new beau, Michael Stagliano is speaking out on what he calls a humiliating moment.
On Monday’s airing of the Bachelor Padreunion, Michael was brought out on stage and told his ex Holly Durstwas enaged to fellow contestant Blake Julian. Immediately following the reunion taping last week in Los Angeles, both Michael and Holly spoke to PEOPLE.
“I was caught off guard, humiliated. I know neither Holly nor Blake wanted it to go down like that,” said Michael. “I’m now even more thankful for the talk we had two weeks ago, which provided closure I didn’t have before. If we hadn’t had that that, it would have been so much worse tonight. I might have just walked off stage.”
Holly, who actually got engaged days before the reunion taping, goes on to blame ABC and the Bachelor Pad producers for setting up Michael.
“I was really upset,” said Holly. “I was thinking, “Well, at least I will be able to tell him before the show so he isn’t blindsided.” But I wasn’t allowed to speak to him prior to walking out on stage. As soon as I sat down, I whispered that I needed to talk badly and then the bomb was dropped almost immediately. He was blindsided. That was the lowest thing they could have done for ratings.”
Umm Holly, you had days to tell him but you didn’t! Michael however keeps it classy when he reveals he is actually happy for Holly despite all.
Michael states, “We were engaged and therefore I will always care about and love her so it makes me happy when she is happy. I wish we could have been happy together but we’re always going to care about and love each other. I have no reason to be mad at Holly or Blake. You can’t help who you fall for.”
Holly adds, “If we had walked out there hating each other, I don’t think we would have gotten as many votes. He’s the best guy and I can’t wait for him to find the right girl.”
Meanwhile Bachelor insider Reality Steve is reporting that Holly’s fiance Blake got the $25,000 Neil Lane diamond engagement ring for free from ABC in exchange for allowing them to tape the proposal. Classy. Holly will reportedly have to return the three carats cushion-cut diamond ring in the case that the engagement gets called off.
A picture of Holly’s engagement ring is below!
TELL US – IS ABC OR HOLLY TO BLAME FOR MICHAEL FINDING OUT ABOUT THE ENGAGEMENT THE WAY HE DID?
When it comes to Bethenny (she is facing class action lawsuits over claims that her Skinnygirl drinkline is not all natural as claimed), Simon comes to her defense… sorta. “For me, there’s truth in advertising,” he told E! News. “If you’re upfront about it, there wouldn’t be scandal. I don’t think she was hiding anything at all, [but] once she sold it off, she lost a little control.”
Alex chimed in adding that Bethenny will get through it, though she is obviously “pretty peeved.”
When asked if they will be returning for another season of the RHONY, the duo echoed previously reported sentiments, which is that Bravo has yet to inform them of their decision. “We honestly don’t know,” Simon said. “You know as much as we do. We find out when everyone else does. It’s up to Bravo.”
Silex also touched on Russell Armstrong’s suicide, praising Bravo for handling it well. “We watched the first episode of Beverly Hills and I met him,” Alex stated. “There’s no great way for them [Bravo] to handle it.” Simon added, “It’s such a private thing. I thought Bravo handled it as well as they could… They either have to cancel the show or face it head on. They faced it head on.”
In other news, it seems to be pouring for Bethenny Frankelas just days after the class action lawsuits were filed against her, RadarOnline uncovered legal documents about the new home she purchased in TriBeCa, New York.
According to Radar, the docs reveal Bethenny, 40, put down $2.7 million on the four-bedroom condo and borrowed $2.3 million from Bank of America — in the form of a 30-year mortgage. The site then went on to question what happened to her reported $120 million payout if she’s taking out a mortgage. Radar also pointed out that Bethenny’s former assistant Molly was the one who signed all the paperwork.
Gossip columnist Rob Shuter then tweeted, “Strange! @Bethenny is in $2.3 million in debt! Got mortgage on her new apt. Where is her $120 million?” This led to outrage from Bethenny fans who defended her on twitter.
Bethenny fan @AtlantaSue2 tweeted: “@NaughtyNiceRob @Bethenny Ridiculous. A mortgage isn’t considered bad debt. It’s an investment. You look foolish tweeting this crap!” In fact, Bethenny herself then replied, “You guys are so smart. People are morons. @AtlantaSue2.”
When all is said and done, it appears taking out the $2.3 million mortgage might have been for tax benefits. Plus even though Bethenny reportedly earned over $100 million for the sale of her drinkline, it’s more than likely most of that amount will come in future payouts and/or when incentives are reached.
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According to a new report, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood continues to be at risk for a relapse after two months in a California rehab facility where she received treatment for depression following a suicide attempt.
Sources close to Amber, 21, reveal since returning home to Indiana, the fragile single mother has run straight back into trouble aka the arms of her baby daddy Gary Shirley.
“I told her to take it slow with Gary and not jump into anything,” Amber’s brother, Shawn Portwood, tells In Touch Weekly. “But they’re back together.”
In Touch adds that while Amber was in recovery, Gary went wild. Often leaving their 2-year-old daughter Leah in the care of his mother, while he partied every night “He was always drinking and hooking up with other girls,” a pal reveals. “He says he loves Amber, but he really doesn’t act like it!”
Shawn however adds that despite getting back with Gary, Amber is trying to improve her life. “She has enrolled back in school and is taking control. She’s at peace,” Shawn says.
In other news, Amber’s fellow troubled teen mom Jenelle Evans received some good news days ago.
While she was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge for simple affray (fighting in public), the 19-year-old managed to escape jail as she was instead given a suspended sentence of 30 days, meaning she stays out of jail unless she violates probation within the next 12 months.
In addition to that, she’ll also have to pay a small fine of $100, attend anger management classes and do 24 hours of community service.
Following her court appearance on Friday, Jenelle kept it ever so classy by tweeting, “F— yes. !!!!! I WINNNNNNN ;).” This entire court case stemmed from a videotaped fight that occurred back in March during which Jenelle beat the crap out of her former friend Britany Truett.
A new episode of Teen Mom airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK THESE TWO TROUBLE TEEN MOMS WILL EVER BE ABLE TO CHANGE?