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While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received some backlash weeks ago for blocking a $420,000 tax credit that was intended for MTV hit show Jersey Shore, it turns out he has the full support of the state of Jersey after all!

According to new polls, New Jersey residents not only support Gov. Christie’s decision but they also feel the show is very bad for their state!

“Garden State voters agree overwhelmingly with Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to slam the door on ‘Snooki,’ ‘The Situation’ and the rest of the ‘Jersey Shore’ crew,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute which conducted the polls.

An overwhelming nearly 70 percent of voters polled think the show is bad for the state, while 71 percent agree with Christie’s decision to veto the tax credit citing the state should not pay $420,000 for a show that “perpetuates misconceptions about the state and its citizens.” Ouch!

Fortunately for the Jersey Shore gang, they do have an usual fan in former American Idol judge/current American Idol X-Factor judge Simon Cowell! But seriously American Idol and X-Factor are the same show no?

“I thought [Jersey Shore] was genius, absolute genius,” said Simon to MTV this week. “And whether you like the show or not, these kids are suddenly big, big stars. They just make me laugh.” No word yet on whether Simon is laughing at the cast or with them!

Simon goes on to add that Snooki has in fact inspired him on X-Factor. “Yeah, so that was the reason why I came to New Jersey: I wanted to find the next Snooki,” he says. Oh that Simon, always tongue-in-cheek! He is joking right?

And finally, move over Jill Zarin Kelly Bensimon! There is a new “celebrity” cyber-bullying victim!

While bullying and cyber-bullying has become a hot topic and a serious issue in recent times, Vinny Guadagnino is now revealing his sad tale of cyber-bullying at the hands of some of his 2 million twitter followers! And yes he has 2 mil followers on twitter. Apparently Vinny, who chose to put his life on national television, feels negative tweets constitute as “cyber-bullying.”

“I get cyber-bullied every single second of the day!” Vinny tells Life & Style. “Right now, if I go through my Twitter I guarantee that within two seconds I’ll find someone making fun of my friends and family and calling me the devil.”

Vinny goes on to add that being “cyber-bullied” is what encouraged him to join forces with MTV to help bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention month. “I want to get involved because I can relate,” he states. “This is about young people on social media and the different problems they have. I’ve been there, and I’m still there.”

Allrighty. A new episode of the Jersey Shore airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.

TELL US – JERSEY SHORE RESIDENTS: ARE YOU ASHAMED OF THE JERSEY SHORE? DO YOU THINK SIMON WAS JOKING WITH HIS COMMENTS? IS VINNY A REAL VICTIM OF CYBER-BULLYING?

Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice with Dina Manzo at her Fabellini Wine Launch at the Brotherhood Winery on October 7, 2011 in Washingtonville, New York. As we reported days ago, none of Teresa’s RHONJ costars attended the event.

Below, more photos from Teresa Giudice’s party! Caroline Manzo and Melissa Gorga are pictured heading to the ABC studios, Kathy Wakile attends an event, Real Housewives of NYC stars Ramona Singer, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen step out! Kelly Bensimon is photographed in an actual upstaged paparazzi shot, Kyle Richards wears an interesting attire, plus photos of Nene Leakes , Rachel Zoe & more!

Also below, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, plus Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson & more!

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They say when it rains, it pours and unfortunately for Bethenny Frankel it continues to storm.

Just days after the towboat operator who “rescued” her publicly stated she faked the whole ordeal for her reality show, a new report by the Huffington Post is now stating Bethenny did not receive the widely reported $120 million for the sale of her Skinnygirl drink line earlier this year. Just how much did she earn? $8.1 million — a far cry from the reported amount.

The Huffington Post uncovered the SEC quarterly financial disclosures posted on Fortune Brands’ (the company Bethenny sold her line to) website yesterday which revealed the acquisition of the Skinnygirl cocktail business was for $8.1 million. The statement read, “…the acquisition of the Skinnygirl ready-to-drink cocktail business ($8.1 million).” Below is another excerpt from the disclosures –

“In March 2011, we acquired the Skinnygirl ready-to-drink cocktail business. The acquisition included inventory and identifiable intangible assets. In addition to goodwill, we recorded contingent consideration, which is based on the achievement of certain sales targets. In future periods, the Company may be required to record contingent consideration in an amount not in excess of approximately $25 million. Any change in the Company’s estimated liabilities for contingent consideration will impact operating income in future periods.”

To sum this up, Bethenny received $8.1 million upfront and stands to earn up to an additional $25 million based on future sales, incentives, meeting high targets etc. W.O.W.Z.E.R.S. That puts the full possible sum of the sale at $33.1 million. While still definitely impressive — it is definitely a far cry from the reported $120 million.

Ramona Singer expressed her doubts about that amount back in May citing the amount was likely closer to $30 million. Who would have thought Ramona had it right? “I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total,” Ramona said. “And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”

In Bethenny’s defense, she has never confirmed that $120 mil amount, but then again she never denied it. I guess the question now is should she have spoken up and publicly stated the number was way off? It will be interesting to see how Bethenny responds to this. She has yet to comment on this latest finding.

Moving on to Bethenny’s other dilemma aka Lost-at-sea-gate. The original story by Bethenny, star of Bethenny Ever After, was that she alongside her husband Jason Hoppy, her therapist and a Bravo camera crew were lost at sea for over 20 hours after their GPS malfunctioned.

Bethenny first gave an interview to E! News recounting the ordeal which she described as “traumatic.” And then during an appearance on The Ellen Show, she told host Ellen DeGeneres that she tipped tow boat operator Tim Russell $2,800 for safely returning her to shore.

Right away, some questioned the authenticity of Bethenny’s story which led the Jewish Journal to find Tim and interview him about what really happened. Tim had some very harsh words to say about Bethenny as he revealed she was never in any real danger while insisting that the navigation system was working when he received the call. Tim also added he was only called to help after the Coast Guard refused due to the lack of danger. To top it off, Tim said he never received the $2,800 tip from Bethenny.

Wowzers. Bethenny is now firing back in an attempt to defend herself. She is still sticking to her story as she tells E! News she was indeed lost at sea.

“Fiction? For some reason the craziest things just happen to happen to me,” she tells E!. “Not many people have an iguana poop in their suite on their honeymoon or their baby nurse attempt to baptize their child.”

“I wish that boat trip were fiction rather than the nightmare it actually was,” added Bethenny. “My truth is stranger than fiction.”

Bethenny also made the following tweets: “I will ALWAYS be honest with my fans. I know you know that!” She added: “Let’s review last week’s idiocies 1)I have a”nice”coach 2)I’m getting divorced 3)I’m pregnant 4)I lied re:being lost at sea Anything else?”

For someone as brash and honest as Bethenny, I was expecting a better defense of herself especially if someone is falsely accusing her of lying. I personally feel she should have answered the tough questions such as did she really tip Tim $2,800? And why would Tim come out and state her story was fake? I can’t imagine a man who was tipped $2,800 woould publicly state that he wasn’t.

Photo credit: WENN

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? SHOULD BETHENNY HAVE SPOKEN UP ABOUT THE REPORTED $120 MILLION SALE AMOUNT? DO YOU BELIEVE BETHENNY OR TIM?

Big Poppa who? It’s official! Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is finally engaged!

Kim confirmed on her twitter page that she will be tying the knot with NFL beau/baby daddy Kroy Biermann!

“I am happy announce that YES @biermann71 and I are engaged! I’m on a cloud and so blessed!!” tweeted Kim. She later added: “Thank u ALL so much 4 the Congrats on our engagement I have never been happier @biermann71 has made me smile from day 1! Appreciate the ♥!”

Kim, 33, and Kroy, 26, who plays for the Atlanta Falcons, have been together for over 18 months. The two met during the filming of the RHOA last year.

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Kroy and Kim welcomed their first child together — a son back in June. Kim has two daughters from previous relationships.

Following the engagement announcement, Kim also tweeted a photo of herself and Kroy with popular wedding planner Colin Cowie. That pic is below as well as some other recent pictures of Kim from the last week!

Filming on the upcoming 4th season of the RHOA is in its last days so it’s likely Kim’s engagement will be a part of the season!

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S ENGAGEMENT? HAPPY FOR HER?

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Weeks after Joe Giudice was photographed having an intimate dinner with a mystery woman, Reality Tea can now reveal the identity of the woman!

While Teresa Giudice was busy stirring up drama attending the Posche Fashion Show on September 27, Joe, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, was photographed having dinner at a local TGI Fridays with a mystery brunette. RadarOnline was the first to publish the photo.

Well our RHONJ insider is now alleging to us that the mystery lady is Davana Medina, a divorced 37-year-old professional female body builder. And while Teresa came out stating the lady photographed with Joe was simply a family friend, the insider tells Reality Tea that is not the case.

The insider alleges that Davana used to date Joe’s brother Pete Giudice way way back in the day. “She used to “hook up” with Pete Giudice when they were younger. They have known each other a long time,” says the source. “But she sure is not a “family” friend as Teresa stated. [Teresa] had no idea he was going out with her that night. It is rumored that they have been seeing each other for years.”

The same insider revealed last week that Teresa was “a mess” and very “upset” over the Joe cheating allegations, adding that she “has accused him of infidelity many times over the years.”

A different source tells Life & Style magazine: “Joe actually used to date Davana’s sister before he married Teresa,” reveals a former friend of Davana’s. “But Joe was very close to Davana, as well. He’s been at her house many times, late at night.” Yikes.

As for Teresa, she stated in a recent interview that she would leave Joe if he cheated on her. More photos of Davana below.

In other RHONJ news, Teresa is firing back at costar Caroline Manzo following Sunday night’s dramatic season 3 finale! In a blog posted on her website, Teresa claims the comments she made about Caroline in her Fabulicious book ware simply jokes (Isn’t it funny how she never does anything wrong?) and also goes on to accuse Caroline of being jealous of her cookbook success. Below are excerpts from Tre’s blog –

“I remember when I was writing my very first book proposal, Caroline was also trying to sell her own cookbook (and 5 other Housewives were too!). Caroline told me I was doing it wrong, that I wasn’t smart enough, that I didn’t have the right agent, the right co-writer, the right anything. I took her criticism like I always do, with a smile, and did what I wanted to anyway. And my book got picked up. Caroline’s didn’t. Not one publisher wanted it. I don’t know why. I wish everyone success in all they do, but I can’t help it hers didn’t get published. “

“What I wrote about the Manzos in Fabulicious! was the same thing: a joke. And not even a mean joke, a repeated joke that was made up for a fake feud on the “Rachel Ray” show…. To be honest, I don’t think Caroline is really upset. I think she’s trying to make up a reason to be mad at me and she doesn’t have anything else because I’ve never done anything to her or her family…”

Below is the excerpt from Teresa’s book that set Caroline off. Not quite seeing the humor in it…

Unlike some of the other “Housewives,” I do not condone young girls stripping to bring in business to a car wash, old ladies in hot pants climbing up on a pole to bring their sexy back, or videotaping yourself in any state of undress at any time.”

TELL US – DO YOU THINK JOE’S CHEATING? ARE YOU BUYING TRE’S CLAIMS THAT HER COMMENTS WERE A JOKE? DO YOU THINK CAROLINE IS JEALOUS OF HER SUCCESS?

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Ready or not, there is a new OC housewife ready to make her mark!

As we reported last week, Peggy Tanous is officially NOT returning for the Real Housewives of Orange County season 7. According to Peggy, the decision was her choice, but really who knows?

What is clear is that Bravo has already replaced Peggy on the series with newbie Heather Dubrow! The National Enquirer was the first to break the story which has now been confirmed by other media outlets.

Heather, pictured above at the 2002 People’s Choice Awards, is an actress who is married to plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow. The two tied the knot in 1999, have four children together and reside in Newport Beach, CA. Heather, who used to go by the name Heather Paige Kent, also appeared on the 2000-2002 CBS drama That’s Life.

Heather’s husband Terry made the following tweet on September 27 —Ok I’ll admit. I’m doing a major new reality program. Cameras everywhere. Very weird.” He however now claims he was not referring to the RHOC but rather a plastic surgery show he was filming for a Latino network.  Dr. Terry is no stranger to reality TV as he has appeared on Fox’s The Swan and E!’s Bridalplasty.

Heather also tweeted the following to Gretchen Rossi after attending her improv show on Oct. 6 (yes Gretchen is now doing comedy improv with Slade): “@GretchenRossi you guys were awesome! So brave ! Loved being there!”

Meanwhile, Peggy told The ENQUIRER, “I declined Bravo’s offer to return to the show. The atmosphere was just too toxic.”

More photos of Heather below plus a pic of her husband Dr. Terry!

Photo credit: WENN

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON HEATHER’S ADDITION TO THE CAST? YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON?

It’s slowly turning into the Ricki Lake Show on Dancing With The Stars as for the third week in a row, Ricki led the scoreboard!

The surprise of the night however came when it was revealed that Ricki, 43, had threatened to quit the show during the week, despite being the one to beat. “I feel a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Ricki while struggling with the new routine. “Has anyone ever quit the show?”

“I am going to have a breakdown. I just can’t do it,” Ricki complained. “It’s just very confusing for me. I am not getting it. I want to quit. Like I totally want to quit — and I am not a quitter.”

Fortunately for Ricki she hung in there, and even more impressive, she and her partner Derek Hough (who is rumored to be dating Lauren Conrad) nabbed the season’s first scores of 10! Following her performance of a tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “brilliance in the ballroom,” Ricki earned two perfect 10s, scoring a total of 29 points out of 30.

Coming in second place for the third week in a row is war veteran J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff. J.R. received a good score of 26 points for his smooth fox-trot.

At the bottom of the scoreboard was Carson Kressley, who earned a low score of 20 points for his underwhelming pirate-themed Viennese waltz. Judge Len Goodman said the dance was “like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and enjoyable when it’s over.” Ouch! Carrie Ann also criticized Carson before going on to call the dance his “most butch” performance yet.

The full scores from last night are below –

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20

On tonight’s results show, another celebrity will be sent packing!

TELL US – DO YOU THINK RICKI WILL WIN THIS SEASON? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof is finally responding to a report that she is experiencing financial difficulty.

A month ago, RadarOnline reported that Adrienne, who hails from the very wealthy Maloof family, was experiencing financial trouble and was forced to downgrade her lavish lifestyle.

Adrienne is now setting the record straight, admitting she is indeed cutting back on her wealthy lifestyle. “Regardless of your income, everybody is cutting back, it’s the responsible thing to do,” Adrienne told RadarOnline about her family’s financial situation.

Adrienne, whose wealth stems from her family’s successful ownership of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, as well as the NBA team the Sacramento Kings, says while her family is wealthy, they still watch their purse strings.

“This is how we’ve been successful for over 150 years in our family business…. we watch our overheads, we don’t spending frivolously, we take care of our employees and give back philanthropically to various charities — And of course, we always work very hard on all our projects,” Adrienne added.

In other RHOBH news, there are new reports that Taylor Armstrong, whose estranged husband Russell Armstrong committed suicide two months ago, is now moving on and dating again.

Even more surprising, Taylor is being romantically linked with another Bravolebrity — Most Eligible Dallas star Matt Nordgren (what happened to his relationship with Courtney???). The original report by In Touch Weekly stated Taylor was “spotted openly holding hands with the quarterback-turned-energy-entrepreneur at two separate high-profile events” in Dallas two weekends ago.

Another report by local Dallas columnist OhSoCynthia added that sources inside Matt’s circle revealed he and Taylor “hooked up” in July when the cast was in Los Angeles doing press and publicity.

Matt, while admitting he did spend time with Taylor in Dallas, is however playing coy by giving the PC statement that he and Taylor are just friends. “It’s important for the Bravo family to support each other. Anytime someone’s going through that difficult of a situation I want to be supportive. She’s a friend, and that’s what friends do. She was in town handling business for her situation,” said Matt.

There is another Texas connection with Taylor as Russell is originally from Texas. Taylor continues to lay low though she was photographed about a week ago without her wedding ring.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode! On the 6th episode this season titled “Let The Games Begin,” Taylor’s gal-pal Dana hosts a game night, yet the breezy fun turns dicey when Kim spends an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom. As suspicions rise about Kim, accusations fly. Adrienne also confronts Kyle about her concerns with Kim’s well-being after Kim’s recent, odd behavior.

The episode airs at 9/8c and a preview clip is below –

Photos credit: PR Photos, WENN

TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE ADRIENNE’S IS EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY? THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR POSSIBLY DATING MATT? AND THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?