What’s a Bravo housewife to do when most fans of your show despise your guts and no one bought the book you released months ago? Well if you’re Jill Kamen Zarin(yes she’s doing the three name thingy now a la Kelly Killoren Bensimon), you just keep on trucking!
Like her or not, Jill Kamen Zarin has some major products to push to you. First up, the Real Housewives of New York City star recently released her own bedding line sold exclusively at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It features 4-piece bedding sets in black-and-creme (with sapphire blue highlights), rust-and-red, ivory-gold-and-black, and dark plum.
According to TooFab, Jill is already planning her next collection (Why wait to see if your first one is a success?). Her current line starts out at $180, with one of her comforter sets named after her daughter Allyson. Photos of Jill’s bedding line below.
Jill is also planning to expand her non-existent empire by tackling next a shapewear line. Women’s Wear Daily reports the line of slimming leggings and garments will be called Skweeze Couture by Jill Zarin.
“I’m obsessed with looking my best, and I wear Spanx, but there’s no competition out there,” Zarin told WWD.
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“Kim and Kroy are engaged, and only a few people know about it,” a source confirms to Radar. As for why Kim, 32, is keeping it a secret, it all has to do with dollars (doesn’t it always with Kim?). “They wanted to announce it in a national magazine, but Kim was so excited that she told a couple of close friends about it.”
The insider also adds that Kroy bought Kim a “substantial” ring that she has shown to a few friends, though she is not wearing it in public.
And when it comes to their supposed spin-off show a la Bethenny Frankel who’s show was also based on her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials, it seems that is still on the table. “Kim is actually in her second trimester with her pregnancy now, and the couple are still in talks about getting their own spin-off reality show,” adds the source.
Kim and Kroy, 25, have been together for a total of six months. Kim has yet to confirm the engagement, but we’re guessing she will likely do it the same way she did her pregnancy– by selling the story to a tabloid.
In other Kim news, the RealEstalker is reporting that Kim has put her Atlanta town home up for sale. In fact, the home listing on realtor.com has photos of Kim in her home. It seems Kim is hoping to capitalize on her Bravo fame as the listing states the home belongs to a Real Housewives of Atlanta star.
The home is listed as 3396 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The price is $499,999. Kim reportedly purchased the home back in 2006 for $486,000. Photos of Kim’s home below.
Kim has also responded to the TMZ story that showed her smoking a cigarette 3 weeks ago while being two months pregnant. She tweeted, “Please don’t believe all u read! I woke up to some more BS in the press!! Imagine that?!!” She then added that though “it’s pretty hard to argue with a photo,” the picture “was taken 2 months ago.” Sure it was.
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UPDATE – Kim Zolciak’s rep is now denying the engagement news to PEOPLE magazine.”She is definitely not engaged at this time,” her rep insists. Hard to believe since Kim has an history of denying things only to appear on a magazine cover the next day admitting to the said things.
RadarOnline and UsWeekly are both reporting that Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has now been awarded back custody of her daughter just a week after the 2-year-old was made a ward of the state, following domestic abuse charges.
According to UsWeekly, Amber welcomed her daughter Leah back into her home on Monday. “Leah is moving into Amber’s new home, where Amber had her daughter’s bedroom all set up for her return,” a source tells UsWeekly. “Amber is so excited to have Leah back!”
Just last week, Amber and her ex-fiance Gary Shirley appeared in an Anderson, Indiana, courtroom for an emergency child placement hearing concerning their daughter. The ruling back then was that Gary get temporary custody with Amber getting supervised visitation.
But according to RadarOnline, that all changed yesterday when the Child Protection Services visited her home for what was supposed to be a monitored visitation and ultimately decided the changes in Amber’s new home, which included a new bed for baby Leah, were more than suitable for Leah.
“Originally Amber was supposed to have a monitored visit today with Leah, but when CPS saw the change in her apartment they decided it met Leah’s needs,” a source told Radar. “CPS will continue to monitor Amber a few times a week and check in with her to make sure it’s going well, but as of now, Leah is back in her care.”
RadarOnline adds that it is unclear if Amber’s parental rights have been reinstated. A source adds that Gary was very upset about the decision. “He really loves Leah and was so excited to have her when the court placed her in his care,” said the source.
Amber is still facing charges of domestic violence, and if found guilty, she could face up to three years in jail and fines up to $10,000.
Following many millions earned and many years of successful numerous endorsements, it seems the Kardashians sisters have hit a major bump with their latest effort to branch into financing.
Just 3 weeks after announcing their endorsement deal with mastercard for their own prepaid debit card – Kardashian Kard — the three sisters, Khloe, Kim & Kourtney, have officially pulled the plug on the deal.
According to TMZ, the Keeping Up With The Kardashian stars sent out a “Notice of Termination” to the companies behind the card on Monday afternoon — stating that they’re sick of the “negative spotlight” after the Attorney General of Connecticut opened an investigation to determine if the card violates consumer protection laws.
The “Kardashian Kard” includes a picture of the trio on one side and was aimed at young adults. It immediately came under attack after the hidden fees were revealed to the public. For example, It costs $59.95 just to buy the card for six months, or $99.95 for 12 months. Which doesn’t include any money on the card as the card owner was responsible for adding money to it.
Unfortunately, the fees did not end there as after those six or 12 months are up, it then costs $7.95 a month to keep using the card. Users also had to pay $1.50 to withdraw cash from an ATM, and $1 to check their balance. Talking to a customer representative? $1.50 for each call, and canceling the card costs $6.
And oh yeah, losing the card also results in a charge of $9.95. Ultimately, consumers lost money before even getting the chance to use the card. In the letter obtained by TMZ, the Kardashian lawyers wrote, “The Kardashians have worked extremely long and hard to create a positive public persona that appeals to everyone, particularly young adults,” before adding that the investigation “threatens everything for which [The Kardashians] have worked.”
Those who have the card still have up to 30 days to continue using it. Once the 30 days are over, they would receive refunds of balances and up-front fees.
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Many fans were shocked to hear that Brad Womack of the Bachelorseason 11 was once again chosen to be the new bachelor on the upcoming season 15, as Brad is notorious for dumping both of his final two contestants during his 2007 season.
But ready or not, the new season has been filmed and is all set to premiere early next year on ABC! In the preview clip below, we see that Brad really really wants us to know that he is indeed a changed man, but the best part of the clip is when one of his bachelorettes decides to give him a slap on behalf of all women.
According to an ABC executive, the women had heard rumors of Brad being the next bachelor but they did not know for sure until they got out of the limo.
“The rumors about Brad were out there and some of the girls had seen them and were prepared for Brad but for a majority of them, it was a surprise,” the executive tells Entertainment Weekly.
The new season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on ABC. A preview clip is below -
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As the episode begins, we find out that Kandi Koated Nights has reached a high level of success as the show now has a new home – Kandi’s TAGs boutique store. The guests on this episode include Kim, Sheree, Nene, and Cynthia. The sex talk begins and oddly enough, Nene seems to be the most prudish about her sex life, probably realizing this episode would be broadcast to millions of viewers months later on Bravo. Kandi wants to know the ladies’ freak numbers and who’s been peed on. In her interview, Kim makes it clear peeing is a no-no though anal is a-okay! And now we know why Big Poppa kept her on his payroll for so long.
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The NY Post is reporting that Albie andChris Manzohave been given their own spin-off show by the Bravo network.
According to the Post, sources close to the Real Housewives of New Jerseyextras stars reveal that not only have they signed a contract with Bravo, but they have also begun filming the new untitled series.
Oddly enough, it was reported just last month that the boys moved out of their mom Caroline Manzo’s home and into their own bachelor pad. “The boys were looking for some independence,” an insider revealed. “They’re getting a ton of attention from the ladies and needed their own space.”
While a Bravo rep tells the Post that “Bravo has not made any announcement,” Rob Shuter of Popeater tweeted over the weekend that Bravo sources told him the boys are not getting their own spin-off show. Only time will reveal if the story is indeed true.
In other Real Housewives of NJ news, everyone’s favorite bankrupt housewifeTeresa Giudicerecently started her own blog on her official website, teresagiudice.com, on which she writes about her public appearances and family life.
However it was a recent blog post about her fellow castmate Jacqueline Laurita that got people talking. In the post, Teresa praises Jacqueline and then appears to take a swipe at her sister-in-law and newest NJ housewife Melissa Gorga. Well, we’ll let you be the judge. Teresa’s post is below -
“As if you didn’t already know, she is the sweetest, nicest, most genuine person you could ever meet. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and she always has your back. She’s also so funny. We have the best time together. And she’s a GREAT mom! (And no, she doesn’t have a nanny either! The only person I know with a nanny is my sister-in-law Melissa. (I’m not judging if you have a nanny, that’s cool, it’s just not my style.)”
Teresa then added the following update after a fan accused her of taking a dig at Melissa -
“I didn’t even occur to me that you might take it as a dig, because it wasn’t meant that way at all. I’m sorry if it seemed like an insult. I was only stating facts because people keep sending me questions on Facebook and Twitter about who of us has nannies. I know you are a great mom, and as I have said many times on my Twitter and Facebook and my website I will never say anything bad about my family. “
We’re thinking this might have been Teresa’s way of getting back at Melissa, who accused her of using her mother as a nanny in a facebook posting last year. Teresa has since updated the blog post, deleting any reference to Melissa. We were however able to get a screen shot of the original post thanks to Google cache. The screen shot is below.
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Despite stating she wanted to give the single life a real shot just weeks ago, it seems Kim, 30, has found something special in Aubry, 34. A source tells UsWeekly Kim and Gabriel, a model and ex of talented celebrity Halle Berry, are the real deal.
“They met through friends and have been dating a few weeks,” says the source. “It’s sexy!” Adds Kim the insider, “They decided to step out together at the game.”
E! Online also reports Kim and Miles had a recent date night on Thanksgiving day with a source telling E! that Aubry is the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s “official boyfriend.” A photo from that date is below.
In other Kim news, she is making headlines today for posing and playing dead in a coffin photo. The reason? She is among a group of celebrities trying to raise awareness for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by participating in the Digital Life Sacrifice event, in which she’s quitting Twitter and Facebook until $1 million is raised. A pic of that is below as well.
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