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Dubbed the ‘Gentle Giant’ by Ryan Seacrest, TMZ is now reporting Jermaine Jones will be kicked off American Idol on tonight’s episode.

The reason? Jermaine, 25, lied to the show about his criminal past. According to TMZ, Jermaine concealed that he has been arrested twice, in addition to the fact that he currently has outstanding warrants.

Show producers reportedly confronted Jermaine on Tuesday afternoon about his criminal past… on camera. One of the incidents involved violence, which was especially troubling to the producers. Even worse, during both of his past arrests, Jermaine lied to the cops by giving them fake names.

Further confirming TMZ’s report, Jermaine himself tweeted his demise from the show yesterday before deleting the tweet. He wrote: “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” His AI twitter account has also been deleted.

Some are wondering if Jermaine’s criminal past is the real reason he’s being kicked off the show, or whether it really has to do with a TMZ report from Tuesday morning which stated Jermaine also fibbed about his relationship with his father.

Jermaine had told AI producers, and pretty much all of America, his father abandoned him, and his mother ten years ago, only to pop up again in his life now that he has the American Idol fame.

Only one problem with Jermaine’s sob story, his dad Kevin Jones, is refusing to go along with it, telling TMZ he’s had a relationship with his son through the years. Kevin reveals he’s been in the audience cheering him on, and even had dinner with him twice last week. Yikes.

TMZ’s report is what led the AI producers to do a little more digging into Jermaine’s past.

Jermaine was among the show’s top 13 finalists after the judges gave him a last-minute spot among the 11th season’s top 13 male semifinalists.

Unfortunately, Jermaine is NOT the first AI contestant to be DQed from the show. Corey Clark was disqualified for concealing his arrest record back in 2003, and let’s not forget Frenchie Davis who was also kicked off the same season due to her previous appearance on an adult website.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JERMAINE GETTING KICKED OFF THE SHOW? ARE YOU SHOCKED HE LIED ABOUT HIS FATHER & HAS A CRIMINAL PAST?

In what has been described as somewhat of a dark season, all thanks to the black widow Courtney Robertson, the Bachelor season 16 ended last night with an engagement!

Yes Ben Flajnik, 29, did indeed propose to Courtney, 28, as expected, and much to the dismay of may fans. In fact, Courtney found herself on the receiving end of some boos when she took the stage for the After The Final Rose special.

So what’s the latest with the couple? Well, it appears they are still together for the time being, and trying to make things work. The engaged couple was brutally honest during the March 3 taping of the ATFR, during which Ben revealed that he did dump Courtney in early February over not being able to deal with the backlash.

There were times “I didn’t leave the house, I just laid there and I cried,” revealed a somber Courtney over being dumped, adding that trust is very important to her.

Ben, who vehemently swore on his father’s grave and denied cheating — despite the photos and reports that say other wise — then apologized to Courtney and vowed to be there for her through thick and thin. “It hasn’t been an easy ride,” Ben said. “I want to apologize to her, in front of everyone, for not standing by you throughout this entire journey…I messed up in that regard, as an engaged couple and as the man, I feel I should have stayed with you the entire way instead of taking steps back and taking time apart.”

The apology seemed to work as Courtney added, “I know how I feel about him, and that I love him. I’m not ready to just turn my back on him. So…I’m willing to try.”

Ben and Courtney are expected to grace tomorrow’s over of PEOPLE magazine. I must say, I actually found myself feeling bad for Courtney last night. I know she was this awful villain, but she does seem to truly love Ben, plus Ben chose her despite all the warnings from others, and should have therefore stuck by her through the hard times. I can’t imagine the two would ever be able to build complete trust again, especially in light of the cheating scandal.

Moving on to the forgotten runner up, Lindzi Cox, who managed to keep her dignity intact when she told Ben to call her in case things didn’t work with Courtney.

Appearing on Good Morning America today, Lindzi seemed to be in a much happier place, even wishing Courtney and Ben the best. “At the end of the day, yeah maybe it was tough for a little bit, but he made a decision, it was what’s best for him, and I respect that,” said Lindzi, 27. “I wish him nothing but the best.”

As for why she failed to appear on the AFTR special, Lindzi stated that Ben and Courtney simply had more important issues to hash out than her need for closure. “Ben and Courtney came out and it was a pretty emotional go they had. I think it was tough for them. I’m in a good place. I don’t really need my closure,” Cox said. “I think Ben has bigger things to worry about, so we just decided that I’d play another day.”

Meanwhile, ABC announced that a new season of the Bachelor Pad is under way. Even better, similar to the past MTV Read World/Road Rules challenges, the network will now allow fans to try out for the series!

A slot is being kept open for one fan on the series to compete for the $250,000 prize! Those with the “charm, wit and personality to find love or money” on Bachelor Pad 3 can apply by clicking here.

And finally, Emily Maynard’s season of the Bachelorette is also coming soon! ABC revealed the new season will debut on Monday, May 14. Filming is reportedly slated to begin on Wednesday in North Carolina.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE BACHELOR FINALE? DO BEN & COURTNEY STAND A CHANCE? DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR COURTNEY OR BEN? WILL YOU BE TRYING OUT FOR THE BACHELOR PAD 3?

Like it or not, Evelyn Lozada’s spinoff with Chad Ochocinco Johnson is coming soon to a TV near you!

After months of rumblings and unconfirmed reports, TMZ is reporting that Evelyn, star of Basketball Wives, and NFL fiancé Chad, have inked a deal with VH1 for a spinoff about their upcoming wedding. You now, the one most people, including me, still don’t believe will ever happen!

Evelyn An insider tells TMZ that Evelyn and Chad will each take home $300,000 for their spinoff, which is scheduled to begin filming in the next couple of weeks. As filming is still ongoing for the current season of Basketball Wives.

Negotiations on the series reportedly ended last week, and VH1 is expected to make an official announcement this week.

Moving on to newbie Kenya Bell, aka this season’s Meeka Claxton! More bad news for Kenya as she is not only hated by her costars but her husband too, who just filed for divorce.

TMZ reports former NBA star Charlie Bell has filed for divorce in a Michigan court citing a breakdown in his marriage.

This doesn’t exactly come as a big surprise as Kenya was famously arrested back in May 2011 for attacking Charlie with a box cutter… in front of their children. Classy.

Kenya was ultimately charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence, but was able to avoid jail time by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. A photo of Kenya’s mug shot is below!

A new episode of Basketball Wives airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c and a preview is below as well.

TELL US – YOU EXCITED ABOUT EVELYN & CHAD’S SPINOFF? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? THOUGHTS ON KENYA’S VIOLENT PAST?

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According to a new, not so shocking report, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is not only trying to one up her costar Tamra Barney’s recent engagement, but is also trying to get Bravo to pay for her engagement ring!

Less than two weeks after Tamra got engaged, The NY Post is reporting that Gretchen is next, and instead of leaving the planning and proposal to her slave beau Slade Smiley, she is faking planning it all, a la Kim Kardashian, in hopes that Bravo will foot the bill. Evidently, in famewhoreville the woman does all the planning when it comes to a proposal!

A source tells The Post, “The housewives are always trying to one up each other, and the engagements are just another example of that. Gretchen was trying to hustle for an engagement storyline after hearing her rival had a ring.”

Sources reveal that after finding out that Eddie Judge proposed to Tamra, Gretchen and Slade, who have been together for 3 years believe it or not, got in touch with Bravo. “They called Bravo producers and asked if they would pay for the engagement ring and travel arrangements for a proposal in an exotic location. Bravo said no.” Ouch!

Sources add that Eddie proposed to Tamra with his own ring, purchased with his own money, ya listening Slade?!  Bravo reportedly had to re-shoot some scenes to include Tamra’s engagement news.

Hours after the NY Post report came out, Gretchen took to her Facebook, of course, to deny the report. And, we all know honesty is Gretchen’s strong suit!

First Gretchen wrote: “I normally don’t do this, but there is just so much bull honkey going on in this article that I have to address some of the ridiculous statements. Who comes up with this non-sense anyways?”

Oh but it didn’t end there as Gretchy Gretch laid out what she claims to be false about the report –

“A. I never asked Bravo to pay for an engagement ring or exotic trip

B. I didn’t know Slade was considering asking me to marry him until I saw him ask his Mom on the show (the same time the world saw it)

C. I …didn’t even know you could try and steal away a story line from another cast memeber, that is just ridiculous.

D. The lawsuit against Slade and I has been dropped and dismissed

E. Slade most certainly does not work for me and never has. He has only helped me with my business, as any good partner would. He has his own job working for a company in advertising and marketing.”

The lawsuit reference is about Gretchen’s former business partner, Ron Ann Myers, who sued her for $100,000, alleging breach of contract and fraud, last April. The Post had mentioned the lawsuit in the article, also stating that Slade was working for Gretchen.

We also reported last week about the speculation that Slade might be planning to propose to Gretchen with the same ring he gave his former fiancé Jo De LaRosa. Guess we now know why!

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REPORT? DO YOU BELIEVE THE POST OR GRETCHEN?


The newly engaged Tamra Barney is now free to move on to her next marriage as Radar Online is reporting her divorce from ex, Simon Barney has been finalized!

According to Radar, the divorce of the Real Housewives of Orange County star was finalized on October, 12, 2011 with a judge ruling neither party has to pay child or spousal support.

The divorce document states “neither party shall pay child support to each other. The parties shall each be responsible for the needs of the minor children during their respective period of physical custody.”

The document adds that the two “do hereby waive, now and forever, any and all rights to spousal support and/or maintenance, both temporary and permanent and further do hereby release the other from any and all claims past, present and future for spousal support and/or maintenance.”

As for the division of their errr assets, Simon gets to keep his 2002 Harley Davidson, several bank accounts and a 1987 Ferrari, while Tamra Sue got to hold on to her post separation income and the rights to her website.

The judge also ruled that the two are not allowed to make negative remarks “about the other party in the presence of any child of the marriage or to the public.”

Tamra and Simon were married for 11 years and have 3 children together. As reported this week, Tamra recently got engaged to her beau Eddie Judge! No word yet on when the two plan to tie the knot.

Moving on to Jesus Barbie a.k.a Alexis Bellino, who is now speaking out about her religion and her looks! In an all new interview with the Huffington Post’s Naughty But Nice Rob, Alexis fires back at critics who question her religious values, you know, when you take into consideration the way she dresses, speaks, acts, etc!

“I don’t walk around with my Bible, but I am religious,” Alexis states. “I believe in Jesus Christ and that he is our savior and I am vocal about it. Sometimes I look back and think, ‘Would I have been so vocal about it if I had known about the backlash I would have gotten?’ I take in the critics and if it gets bad, I just think about a scripture.”

It gets even better,  Alexis believes she has been able to lead other women back to God due to the way she dresses! “I have brought so many girls back to the Lord because they didn’t realize you could go to church and dress like this,” adds Alexis.

Alexis also defends her choices to get plastic surgery, most recently a nose job that did not take! “Vicki [Gunvalson’s] been on [the show] for seven years,” she says. “If you go back and watch the first season, she looks nothing like it and acts different. We all have had work done! Are you kidding me? Anyone who says differently is lying.”

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAMRA’S DIVORCE SETTLEMENT & SIMON NOT HAVING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALEXIS’ COMMENTS? SHOULD A CHRISTIAN DRESS THE WAY SHE DOES?

According to a shocking new report by Radar Online, a source is revealing that when Taylor Armstrong claimed in her memoir that her deceased husband Russell Armstrong once tried to drown her, she was telling the truth. And in fact a police report about the incident was filed.

Radar Online reveals the incident occurred back at the home of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars a few years ago and names two witnesses to the alleged abuse. Those two are Taylor’s friends – Jennifur Diamond and her then husband Mark Alsentzer.

A source reveals the drama began when Russell flew into a rage and injured Mark. Russell then left the group, after which Taylor begged Mark not to press charges. However, Russell was eavesdropping on the group’s conversation and heard Taylor state: “Just take care of Kennedy if anything happens.”

Upon hearing this, Russell allegedly jumped out of the bushes and lost it. “Russell was in a frenzy, and he had a wild look in his eyes. He hit Mark, and threw Jennifur, her dog, and Taylor in the swimming pool and tried to drown Taylor. Taylor thought she was going to die as Russell held her under the water,” a source reveals.

“Mark and Jennifur were able to pull Russell off of her and probably saved her life. The cops were called and a police report was filed. At that point Taylor hadn’t been receiving any therapy, and she begged and pleaded with her friends not to press charges. Taylor had to cover her neck for several weeks because of the choke marks. She even had trouble speaking because of Russell’s strength when he tried to choke her,” continues the source.

“Mark got 16 stitches and had work done on his teeth because of what Russell did,” the insider said. “I can’t be sure that Russell gave them money to stay quiet, but he definitely gave them money to cover the expenses of Mark’s medical stuff which was somewhere around $12,000.”

Have a few questions about this report, the first being, why hasn’t this police report been made public? And was the police report only a complaint about Russell injuring Mark? Because if his alleged attempt to drown Taylor was reported, surely that would have led to Russell’s arrest and some serious charges.

Moving on to a lighter topic,  Brandi Glanville, age 39 (she looks younger no?) shares her beauty and plastic surgery secrets with Shape magazine! Below are excerpts from Brandi’s interview –

SHAPE: You’re in such amazing shape but also such a busy mom. What’s your workout regimen like and how do you find time to stay in shape?

BG: After I drop my kids off at school, I head right to my Pilates trainer. I’ve had the same one for nine years! I started with her when I was pregnant with [my son] Mason. Before that, I had never even really worked out before! Once I got pregnant, everything kind of changed. Now I do three times a week and besides that, I stay active by going on bike rides with my kids, walking the dogs, or going for a hike near my home. I can’t even think about stepping foot on a treadmill!

SHAPE: You also have amazing skin. What’s your skincare regimen?

BG: I get a spray tan every week. I also have issues like adult acne and Melasma (patches of skin discoloration) since I’ve had my kids, so I try everything—lasers, photo facials—and I wear hats all the time to protect myself from sun.

SHAPE: It seems there would be a lot of pressures in Beverly Hills to always look perfect. How do you deal with that?

BG: Having grown up modeling, I’m very self-aware of my physical appearance. It’s hard to grow older, especially in this town where everyone is perfect! They’re all 20 years old and gorgeous and I’m now in same dating pool as them, yikes, it’s really hard! This town makes you insecure. And yes, I’ll cop to a few plastic surgery procedures like Botox and fillers. I think everyone should do what makes them feel good but remember: Less is more!

Brandi was also asked about how she deals with negativity from some fans, to which she responded: “People have said horrible things like I’m ‘plastic’ and I’m a bad mom. I think after three years of hearing it I have just developed a thick skin. I think it’s human nature, and I know what they say isn’t true so I’ve learned to not take it to heart.”

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REPORT ABOUT RUSSELL AND TAYLOR? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? AND THOUGHTS ON BRANDI’S INTERVIEW?


Some good news for Amber Portwood,the Teen Mom was able to catch a break in court yesterday.

As reported, Amber, 21, was in hot water over failing to provide a urine sample for her mandatory daily drug testing. In fact, Amber spoke to E! News, denying she failed to take the drug test, while other sources stated Amber did show up to be tested but waited over an hour and simply could not go.

“I would be in jail if I skipped” Amber told E!. “Honestly, I don’t give a s–t what people are saying…I’m doing what I have to do…they are not a concern of mine.”

Luckily for Amber, she faced a judge yesterday who chose to punish her by tackling on an extra 30 days of daily drug testing instead of sending her to prison. In addition to that, she is also required to re-read the drug court handbook and write a 500-word report on what is expected of her. For realz!

TMZ adds, as well as missing a drug test, Amber also failed to attend one of her AA meetings which is also a major no-no. Here’s to hoping Amber can finally get it together, though, something tells me…

Moving on to other troubled Teen Mom star, Jenelle Evans,who has also had issues with drugs as she is currently on probation for a previous drug violation.

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According to the latest issue of Star magazine, Jenelle, 20, is still abusing drugs. The source? Her former boss James Duffy, who she is still engaged with in a legal war.

James told Star that he witnessed Jenelle drop an Ecstasy pill in early November, and saw her drunk and taking shots of E&J Brandy on a different night. “Around 2 or 3 a.m. that night, she snorted something in front of me,” said James, adding that Jenelle also told him she does drugs with her troubled on-and-off boyfriend Kieffer Delp. “When they got ‘down,’ they would snort Adderall ‘to pick them up,’” he said. “Jenelle did so much Adderall that her heart was pounding really hard, causing her to freak out.”

So, how is Jenelle passing her urine tests if she’s still on drugs? Well according to James, “Jenelle explained to me that the way she does drugs is that it only stays in your system for two to three days. She’ll do them on Friday knowing that she has to come in and do the test on Monday, because they schedule the days a week before.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON AMBER’S PUNISHMENT? DO YOU BELIEVE JENELLE IS STILL USING DRUGS?

Bringing you an all-new photo post with a TON of awesome photos this week!

Above is a photo of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe Gorga, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, and Rich Wakile with NYC Housewife Sonya Morgan as the group ate dinner at Abe and Arthur’s in the meatpacking district on March 2, after they attended the NYC premiere party for Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. More photos are below!

Also below: Teresa Giudice attends a launch for her new wine line; Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile attend an event in NJ; Gretchen Rossi shops in Miami with beau Slade Smiley; Jill Zarin seeks some publicity with Dina Lohan, Bethenny Frankel is looking quite skinny in LA; Kelly Bensimon pets a dog in NYC; Kyle Richards dons one or two interesting attires; and Kathy and Rich Wakile share a passionate kiss on the red carpet! Plus, photos of Melissa Gorga, Ryan Serhant, Rachel Zoe & more!

And there’s even more below: Kim Kardashian is pictured with Kanye West; Renee Graziano and Big Ang attend a red carpet event;and Snooki and JWoww take a walk. Plus, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Sammi, and more!

[Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky]

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