Monet Stunson, a 24-year-old model from Glen Carbon, IL found herself the second house-guest to leave the Big Brother 12 house last week.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Monet opens up on being ousted, why she shouldn’t have trusted Matt, and why winning the $10,000 prize made her a target.
Excerpts from Monet’s interview is below -
To the casual observer, it didn’t seem like you had any strategy at all. What was your game plan?
I did have a strategy and that was not to win the first HOH and not to win a large prize early on in the game. However, I did win the money so that changed my strategy and put a huge target on my back.
Matt seemed to play you and everyone else in the house. Did you see it coming?
Yes and no. My initial reaction to Matt was that I didn’t trust him, but I kind of let that slide. I trusted him a little too much once he was put up as a replacement nominee. I should have expected it.
Besides Britney, is there anyone in the house you see yourself keeping in touch with?
I might attempt to keep in touch with Kathy or maybe Lane. I will definitely keep in touch with Britney.
You called just about everyone in the house “stupid.” Do you think you played a smart game?
I don’t think I called them stupid to their faces. I tried to play a smart game, but having such a huge target on your back makes it hard.
Rachel’s case against you was that you had already won $10,000 and that you never tried to warm up to her. Knowing what you know now, would you have passed on the money? Would you have been friendlier to Rachel?
I didn’t want to win the money — don’t get me wrong, I’m happy I have it now — it’s just kind of what happened. As far as Rachel goes, I probably would have pretended to like her more … pretended we were long lost friends.
What are you going to do with the money you won?
I’m going to save it.
Looking back, what would you have done differently?
I would have aligned myself with the other girls. I would have been nicer and pretended to like them.
Tonight’s episode will show a third house-guest leaving the BB house. The HOH Matt nominated Andrew and Kathy, with the intention of backdooring Brendon. Brendon however won the POV competition, meaning Andrew or Kathy will be leaving the show tonight.
TELL US – WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE EXIT THE SHOW? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE?
The all new 4th season of Celebrity Rehab only started filming a little over a week ago and there is already drama on the set.
RadarOnline is reporting that professional mistressRachel Uchitelwalked out on the show while filming this week. Rachel told producers “I quit” and ran away from the set, getting away to a swanky Beverly Hills hotel after an intense day of filming drove her over the edge.
So what drove Rachel over the edge? According to TMZ, it was an intense talk about her father’s death. Sources tell TMZ that Rachel’s breaking point came during a recent one-on-one therapy session where the main topic was her dad.
Rachel’s father died of a cocaine overdose in his 40s, and Rachel was 15 at the time. Rachel’s exit was however short lived as she returned the next day because her ‘Rehab’ castmates called and urged her to rejoin them.
In other Rachel news, TMZ also reported a while back that Rachel has a major crush on Dr. Drew Pinsky, and her infatuation with him is what led her to sign on for the show. Something tells us Dr. Drew’s wife will be making more frequent visits to the set.
It was also revealed last week that actor Eric Roberts had joined the cast, much to the surprise of many. While Eric remains in Rehab, his wife is now speaking out on his behalf, and revealing his addiction.
“Eric quit drugs and alcohol in 1995,” his wife, Eliza Roberts (an actress and casting director), tells E! News. “He has no interest in anything, other than marijuana.”
As for how his addiction to marijuana came about, his wife adds, “He uses marijuana as a medication. He has a prescription. However, a dependency is a dependency and he doesn’t want to be dependent on it anymore.”
So how is Eric’s famous daughter, Emma Roberts, and sister, Julia Roberts, reacting to the news? “Everyone in the family is very supportive of each other and of each other being their best self and being healthy.”
Money is likely the motivating factor for Eric’s appearance on the show, as the “celebrities” do get paid. According to TMZ, Rachel Uchitel is receiving $500, 000 while Jeremy London is only getting $40,000. No word yet on how much Eric will be receiving, but one has to assume it will be more than what Rachel is getting.
Shamed and bankrupt Bravo housewife Teresa Giudice is now speaking out on the upcoming August 22 auction, which intends to sell practically all majority of her home items, including her bed, furniture, TVs, and even her gas range, to recoup some money for her debtors. You know, the ones she owes $11 million.
On having to file bankruptcy for her $11 mil debt – “As you know, Joe and I filed for bankruptcy protection back in October 2009 primarily because of real estate deals gone bad in a bad economy. We didn’t spend millions of dollars on gold toilets or private planes. We bought buildings, fixed them up, and tried to help other people start their own businesses or be able to afford an apartment. The economy crash trickled down to everyone. We worked so hard for so many years and it was heartbreaking to file, and not something we took lightly. Of course you can’t sit in your bed and just cry all day, so we moved forward, got new jobs, and are working hard once again. The point is to get a fresh start so you can move forward.”
On the upcoming Aug 22 auction to sell off her belongings – “But it’s not a fun or an easy process. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to be involved in a legal situation, you know it’s a lot of back and forth between both sides. Right now, our bankruptcy trustee is trying to get an auction going, and our lawyer is objecting it. Every day, there are new tactics used, stories circulated, and details “leaked” to the press, but it’s all part of the legal wrangling. All I can do is rise above it, keep my head high, and know that at the end of the day, I have my family, my health, and I’m in God’s hands. Nothing else matters, certainly not a lamp.”
On Charitygate (a story she demanded $3000 to attend a charity event) – “As for the story that I wanted money to appear at a charity event, completely false. I have never charged to appear at a charity event, nor do I accept anything for helping charities… I’ve never heard of the shelter that’s complaining about me, but they called the person who books me in clubs and he told them he doesn’t do charity, and to contact me directly. It’s very easy to get a hold of me at my website, and I do check every email. I can’t help every single charity that asks of course, but I do as I many as I can. I have no idea why this charity would try and bash me in the press, unless they were looking for press, which they obviously got. I did notice that Danielle was in attendance at this particular event…. Coincidence? Hmmm….”
On Danielle Staub and her daughters – “I also really liked seeing Christine’s Sweet 16 Party. She is a beautiful girl, but you can tell she’s counting down the days until she can leave that house. Poor Jillian has a little longer to wait. We finally got to meet their dad, and I think it’s obvious where they got their good looks from! Jillian singing was so sweet, but it nearly broke my heart that Danielle was pushing her so hard. Of course, Danielle turned everything back around to her. Typical. I thought it was creepy that she would wear her engagement ring just to make a statement to her ex-husband’s new wife. Sad.”
On writing new book – “I’m hard at work on my next book, a follow-up with Skinny Italian. It’s going to be fabulous! I can’t wait!”
And now that Teresa’s 12,000 square foot mansion is about to be empty, wouldn’t it be smart for she and Joe to sell the home and buy something smaller for a “fresh start?” It however seems Teresa is more concerned with saving face than being financially responsible. Perhaps waking up to an empty mansion on August 23rd will help the delusional housewife realize the gig is up.
In other NJ news, Jacqueline Laurita had this interesting tweet regarding Danielle’s implication that Tom Staub is a bad father to her daughters. “Their Dad goes to EVERY track meet, dance recital,everything! He also gets them every weekend so I don’t get why she acts like he doesn’t on tv,” tweeted Jacqueline. Not surprised Danielle would try to paint someone else in a bad light to further her life long plight of being a victim.
And since we’re on the topic of Danielle Staub, she appeared in last week’s issue of Star magazine, telling the mag she loves being a villain. “Every show has to have a villain,” Danielle told Star. “It might as well be me!”
The 47-year-old sometime porn actress then goes on to add that her cast-mates need her to make RHONJ a success. Danielle stated, “They do, or the show would be like watching paint dry.” She does made a valid point there no?
TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S COMMENTS? PLUS WOULD RHONJ BE BORING WITHOUT DANIELLE?
Melissa, who tied the knot with hubby Tye Strickland last December, confirms the good news to the magazine. “It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” says Melissa, who is due in February.
“It’s the most wonderful surprise in the world,” she adds. “It’s such a blessing.” Melissa, who was famously dumped by then fiance Jason Mesnick on national television last year, has since had her streak of good fortune. She appeared on Dancing With The Stars last year and is now set to co-host the upcoming Bachelor Pad which debuts August 9th.
Melissa also credits hubby Tye, 29, with helping her stay calm, saying she can’t imagine having a child with anyone else. “He’s actually cried more than I have,” she tells Us. “Tye is caring, he’s funny. He’s going to be a great dad.”
As for the sex of the baby, Melissa who just bought a new home near Dallas with Tye, says she’s hoping for a boy while Tye wants a girl. “We’re going to find out as soon as we can,” she adds.
New Atlanta housewife Cynthia Baileytied the knot this weekend, but of course it wouldn’t be a housewives wedding without any drama.
First, a publicist for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star sent out a press release to multiple media outlets informing them of her impending weekend nuptials.
While the press release seemed harmless enough, Bravo was none too happy. A publicist from Bravo contacted Access Atlanta, telling them that Cynthia had yet to be officially confirmed as a new housewife.
Cynthia’s publicist, after getting a stern call from Bravo, then contacted Access Atlanta as well wanting them to take down the wedding story because Cynthia “wasn’t supposed to reveal this life-changing plot line, per Bravo’s contractual arrangement.” It was obviously too late by this point as the story had spread. Interesting though to see how things work within the Bravo network.
In other news, the wedding did take place this weekend and the NYPost ended up posting a lil tidbit about a certain co-star acting like a diva.
According to the Post, Cynthia’s wedding to restaurateur Peter Thomas was held up for 45 minutes by Nene Leakes, who apparently barged into Cynthia’s bridal suite and demanded her hair and makeup be done.
The drama didn’t end there as Kim Zolciak then reportedly got into a tiff with her new boyfriend/blond boy toy, who “was checking out a hot redhead while puffing a cigar. Kim caught him in the act,” said a witness.
The Post reports all the Atlanta housewives were in attendance except Lisa Wu Hartwell. Not surprising considering the report that came out months ago revealing Lisa will be kicked off phased out of the show this season.
UPDATE: Nene Leakes is denying The NYPost story, posting the following on her twitter page -
“Why do these bloggers lie so much! I went 2 a wedding demanding hair & makeup! Now y would I do that? I have my own team! Thank u
I caused drama @ a wedding! Yup that’s what I do now. Go 2 weddings & cause drama
I know they cant help but talk about me! Who else they gone talk about?? TING TING”
We are now onto the 12th episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and while it wasn’t as good as next week’s episode will be, it was still very interesting to say the least.
There are two angles one can go with in doing this recap. One is we finally get to meet Tom Staub, the man behind the legend, you know the man who decided Danielle Staub was fit to be his wife and the mother of his children. The other angle is Teresa Giudice of course, who was one of the most searched people on the internet yesterday thanks to the news of the impending public auction of her home items, and her thirst for diamonds, you know considering this episode was taped just a few weeks after she signed off on the bankruptcy documents. Oh what the hey, I say let’s go with both angles!
The episode starts off with some precious family time with the Giudices as they do monopoly night. When Joe wasn’t busy threatening to kick one of his daughters, Teresa decides to bring up their upcoming 10th anniversary. Teresa can’t believe she and Joe have been married for 10 years because “it feels like 5.” Teresa asks the kids for anniversary gift ideas and one of their daughters suggests chocolate and flowers, but bankrupt Teresa makes it clear that’s not good enough. Joe has an even better suggestion, when he jokingly suggests the $100 luxury tax ring, before retracting it, joking saying that he couldn’t even afford that. Must say the financial jokes by Joe are very telling. Notice how they seemed to start just a few episodes ago? Teresa however makes it clear there will be no hanky panky for one month if Joe doesn’t come through, and I can’t help but wonder if Teresa can even go a week with no hanky panky from Jiucy Joe.
Danielle decides to meet up with her friend/party planner to plan a party for herself her daughter Christine‘s sweet 16. Danielle then lets us know she plans to make this a memorable party for herself Christine because she never had a birthday party “thrown to” her until she was 47-years-old. Really Danielle? Not even a party at 1? 10? 16? 18? 21? 30? 40? 45? Well since Danielle is not known to ever lie or exaggerate, I will go ahead and take her word for this.
Christinereveals her idea to donate all proceeds from her party to a charity and Dirty D decides this is a perfect moment to take credit for Christine’s idea because that’s her daughter and she gave birth to her. And I take a moment to ponder how Danielle’s daughters seem to have turned out amazing and well grounded in spite of their mother. Danielle asks Christine if she wants to invite her father and Christine answers yes. Danielle then lets us know that Tom hasn’t been the best father in the world to his daughters, and I can’t help but wonder if Danielle is being truthful about this, or just trying to paint her ex in a bad light out of vengeance, not that this is Danielle’s MO or anything.
Jacqueline and Caroline meet up and yet again Caroline is making perfect sense when she advises Jacqueline to distance herself from the three-faced Kim G. and focus on her daughter.
The Giudices and the Lauritas have a get together during which Joe, who looks rather stressed, ponders what to get his wife for their upcoming 10th anniversary. Joe mentions the 10-year gift has to be a “big one,” bankruptcy be damned. Teresa, who just signed off on bankruptcy papers to the debt of $11 mil a few weeks earlier, is then shown having a conversation with Jacqueline. “I love diamonds, diamonds and diamonds and diamonds,” says the bankrupt Teresa when asked what she wants for her anniversary by Jacqueline. And how genius are the show’s editors for choosing the oh so perfect background music for this ridiculous scene.
And it’s now that time of the show, when we get to see the hotness known as Albie Manzo. This time around, Albie is sporting a buzz cut, which might or might not be slightly taking away from his hotness, and we find out Albie has joined the police academy while waiting to get into a new law school. Must say it’s nice to see a Manzo with ambitions that go beyond the Brownstone.
She’s baaaack! When most people suffer a mental breakdown on national television, they go away for a while, getting help, meds and all that good stuff, but not our Kelly Bensimon!
The Real Housewives of NYCstar, pictured above attending an event this weekend, is simply relentless and simply doesn’t know how to stop herself! She continues to prove her insanity by giving multiple crazyinterviews, making crazy twitter ramblings, taking crazyphotos, and dishing out crazydiet tips!
In her latest interview with Out.com, Kelly discusses her time on the housewives, her new passion for safe sex education(guess she’s over the whole anti-bullying campaign), and other crazy topics. While the interview is really long, the good folks at Jezebel were able to sum up the best 10 Inane Kelly quotes from the interview. A few of those are below -
1.) “I was at Mohegan Sun for the opening of their Mohegan Sun Days event, it’s their [monthly] GL — GLBT night. I always think that sounds like BLT.”
2.) “So then speaking with GMHC about safe sex and also just about bullying, I learned so much about how alternative lifestyles get bullied so much and I was really disturbed by that to be honest with you because I have been a model for a long time and I have had so much respect for people that have alternative lifestyles.”
3.) “Why do we have to be all flowers and lollipops. Why can’t it be like fighting but we are actually learning. That’s called back-door education.”
4.) “The one reason I would like to do my own show is because I am exposed to so many unbelievable people and so I would use my show as a vehicle to explore all these different people that I know, whether it would be Richard Meier to the man that helps me with my computers.”
5.) “[T]hey asked me to be on the show because they wanted me to legitimize the brand and they wanted a real socialite. They wanted a real New Yorker, if you will, on the show. And it was a great opportunity for me because it’s obviously got everything that I love, whether it’s my safe sex initiative or anti-bullying or working on my jewelry line or just having my books…”
6.) “[E]verybody knows my name so that’s a huge honor and I am really grateful to Bravo for exposing me and exploiting my name like that.”
A blogger’s dream indeed. While Kelly’s actions on the show left a lot of doubt about her mental health, her actions off the show have left little doubt for most fans of the show.
When asked what she plans to do next by Out, Kelly gave the following answer: “I am in the process of working on a really, really new project that is confidential and I can’t tell you about, but its going to be very, very exciting. It’s coming out in a couple of weeks and it’s a really big deal for me.”
And then seconds minutes later, Kelly revealed the top secret confidential project to Out (you know cause if she wants to change her mind about something, it’s totally cool): “I only want one thing. I want live stream. So every time I walk into the office, I want to be live. They’re like, “What are you talking about?” I said every time I walk into to the office I wanted to be live — on me in every single meeting. How do I work, how do I do things, how do I get things done?”
Just what the world needs, a live stream on a mentally unstable being. From reading Kelly’s interview, it’s pretty obvious she believes she is sane, and does not see or understand how the rest of the world views her. It seems Kelly has a major addiction to fame as well, and continues to put herself in the public eye in a continuously failing attempt to prove she is not crazy. She came back for a second season of the Real Housewives of NYC to repair her reputation, she posts several inane messages on twitter each day to prove her sanity, and she is now willing to put her life on live stream to prove she is not crazy, while feeding her fame addiction at the same time of course.
Unfortunately for Kelly, her latest attempt to do a Truman like show by streaming her daily life to the world only shows why she continues to be a danger to herself and hopefully not her kids as well. The results of her latest attempt to prove her sanity will be the same as her previous attempts. Perhaps its time for Kelly to finally realize she indeed has a problem, and focus on getting help instead of spending so much time trying to prove her non existence sanity to the world. And where are her loved ones? Why are they not intervening and helping this woman, similar to what Britney Spears’ family did?
TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A LIVE STREAM SHOW FEATURING KELLY BENSIMON?
With the new edition of Big Brother currently airing, a lot of the show’s fans have been wondering what is going on with last season’s favorite Jeff Schroeder.
Jeff, who came close to making the BB final 2 last year, has since appeared on the Amazing Race this year with girlfriend & fellow BB alum Jordan Lloyd. While the couple came way short of winning the show, it seems Jeff is now ready for a new adventure.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Jeff discusses being the host of Around the World for Free, a web series for CBS.com that will take him across the world for 100 days with no money and with viewers determining where he goes, how he gets there and where he stays. Jeff also confirms that he and Jordan are still together, and discusses how they make their long-distance relationship work.
Excerpts from Jeff’s interview below -
You have said that doing a travel show was your ultimate dream and now it’s been realized. How does it feel?
Not to be too philosophical, but I’ve learned that anything can happen if you really believe in it and want it enough. I’ve been saying it for a long time and I know that BB and The Amazing Race were springboards for me to get this show. But it’s an amazing feeling to realize a dream.
So many things can go wrong in 100 days. Are you nervous?
If you look for problems or if you go out looking for the bad, then you’re going to find it. I have to focus on the positive and keep telling myself that there are good people out there and that everything is going to be good. My attitude is that I know things are going to go well but I’m hopping things go even better!
Are you catching up on your world cultures or are you going into this fully blind?
Obviously I’m no world traveler but I kind of want to go in blind. I want to learn as the audience learns. I think I’m an average, everyday guy and I want everyone else to be on my page. I want to go into this with an open heart and open eyes.
How are you and Jordan doing?
We’ve had our bumps but no break-ups and everything is going great. We only get to see each other every two weeks or so. We have to travel back and forth but we vacation together and do a lot of fun things together. Lately I’ve been busy with the show and she’s been busy with school, but having to work with a long-distance relationship really worked out for us because when we finally get a break from what we’re doing we’re so excited to see each other. So far, so good.