On the new episode titled ‘My Mansion Is Bigger Than Your Mansion,’ Kyle and Taylor have an intimate lunch as Taylor confides that her marriage isn’t as strong as she would like. In other relationship news, Lisa takes Kim’s request to heart and sets her up with one of her Beverly Hills friends. Will Kim’s strong personality mesh well with the new guy or will Lisa’s attempt at matchmaking blow up in her face? Find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.
In other BH news, Camille Grammer is now doing what every despised reality star does — crying foul over her portrayal on the show.
Camille voices her complaint to OK magazine. “I’m very disappointed in my character. They’ve turned me into a villain and I’m not like that. It’s not me. I can’t even watch myself. I don’t know why they [the producers] are doing that. I guess they needed that character,” she says.
Camille’s costar Lisa Vanderpump however has a different take on things as she feels what viewers are seeing is the real deal. “Personally, I feel that the show is very accurate. They shoot enough footage that they’re going to really portray you how you really are,” states Lisa.
When asked if she liked her portrayal on the show, Lisa answered, “Have I said things I regret? Sure. If a camera crew were following you for four months would you have moments? I’m sure you would have moments of regret.”
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On the episode which was filmed months ago, Nene was shown visiting a divorce attorney and threatening to file for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Gregg Leakes. However, as written in our recent recap, there have been zero reports of a divorce filing in the press. So did she really file? Is she still with Gregg? Well, Nene answers all those questions in an exclusive interview with Essence.com.
Excerpts are below -
ESSENCE.com: There’s been so much scrutiny on your marriage lately. What has that been like?
LEAKES: I was having a really rough time because I wanted to speak out on that and I wanted people to understand that Gregg didn’t take me out of a strip club, let’s be very clear about that. We got together when he didn’t have a thing so I don’t know who the heck these people are out here saying this stuff because when we got together I was the breadwinner. I started a business and I brought Gregg on board and we became a couple later. And when we were able to live a comfortable life, it wasn’t because of what Gregg had done, it was because of what we had done together.
ESSENCE.com: When did you see the divorce lawyer?
LEAKES: You guys saw me sitting in the parking lot outside the attorney’s office which Bravo played backwards. In real life it didn’t happen that way. I filed months ago, before that audio even came out. When the audio did come out it just reassured me that I was doing the right thing. It bothered me because I had filed, but I was trying to work it out and he and I had just come back from a trip we had taken. Like two days after we came back, the audio came out.
ESSENCE.com: Are you scared of being on your own?
LEAKES: I am scared, but I’m taking baby steps. I’ve been with Gregg since I was 28, and I’m now 42. I thought I was a woman when I got with him, but I’m really a grown woman now. I’ve been with him for some of the best years of my life so it is scary for me to be like, ‘I’m gonna be on my own.’
ESSENCE.com: So are you and Gregg still together?
LEAKES: We are still together. We are in the same house and we are still legally married. But that’s not to say we won’t be unmarried.
ESSENCE.com: How is your relationship? Are you cordial?
LEAKES: We are cordial, and it is very much of an up and down thing. One day is good, the next day is bad. That’s what I’m really tired of. And I’m very aware that the 40s for me, are the new 30s and that I need to be happy because life is very short.
ESSENCE.com: What do you think Gregg is going through right now?
LEAKES: He’s going through a lot because he doesn’t want a divorce. He says he’s very much in love and he wants to stay married.
Must say Nene’s interview doesn’t help quiet the rumors that she might have played up her marital problems at the request of Bravo. Though she does state that she filed for divorce in the interview, nothing about a filing has been reported in the press. Perhaps the press just missed the news. Lisa Wu Hartwell has also claimed that she quit the show because Bravo “basically wanted to script elements of [her] life and make her amp up the drama.”
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So what can we expect from season 2? Well, we get to see Brandy as the tackles her appearance on Dancing With The Stars and dating all while recording a new album. Ray J on the other hand will be tackling his career and relationship issues with his new girlfriend.
According to a VH1 press release, Brandy and Ray J “will face new challenges while expanding their entertainment empire and music careers. Without the constant guidance and assistance from Sonja, Brandy and Ray J will have to find a way to fill in her shoes and step outside the box to take their family business to a new level.
On top of having to manage their family business, both Brandy and Ray J juggle new albums. Do Brandy and Ray J have what it takes to stay fresh in the industry as they take on more responsibilities in both their personal lives and careers? Watch as the Norwoods step up as CEOs and reach new levels of success.”
The show premieres on VH1 Sunday, December, 5 at 11PM. The supertrailer is below -
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Following her July release from jail after serving 30 days of a 180 day sentence for her role in the burglarizing Orlando Bloom‘s home, TMZ is now reporting that Alexis was arrested on Wednesday for possession of black tar heroin.
As for how the arrest came about, it all began when the 19-year-old missed a post-jail probation meeting in November, thus violating her probation, which led to cops paying her a visit at her L.A. home.
Upon arrival, the cops decided to search Alexis’s home and found black tar heroin. They immediately placed her under arrest.
It didn’t end with the heroin as cops also tell TMZ they found her with a fake Florida driver’s license. Alexis has been booked on two counts — possession of a controlled substance and perjury (for the fake ID).
She is facing some serious jail time since she is still on probation for her previous crime. Above is Alexis’s new mugshot as she is sporting a rather ironic shirt that says “FREE BIRD.”
Meanwhile, Alexis’s mom/costar/enabler Andrea Arlington seems to be in denial about her daughter’s arrest. “She was not arrested or being charged with possession as far as I know,” Andrea told E! News yesterday, insisting that Alexis was in trouble because she missed her probation meeting.
Peter, 50, opens up about his life and why he proposed to Cynthia, 43, despite her reservations about marriage. When it comes to Phaedra, Peter simply believes “she’s an idiot” when it comes to the comments she makes. Excerpts from Peter’s interview below -
ESSENCE.com: We don’t know that much about you. Do tell.
THOMAS: I’m Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-raised, lived in Miami, had seven or eight nightclubs in South Beach for the past 20 years. I’m a New York, Miami dude, and I lived in London for a while. I get around, and Atlanta’s new to me. My parents live here.
ESSENCE.com: Cynthia hasn’t been shy about her reservations towards marriage. What did you think of that?
THOMAS: I’ve heard about Cynthia Bailey for the last 21 years of my life. You know Russell Simmons proposed to her, she turned him down. Jayson Williams made a public half-time announcement on TV, she took the ring and gave it back. People that I know, even exes, talk so well about her. She’s an independent person and I love that about her. She likes to know that she has her own and I understand why because of her mom. I respect women who are like Cynthia because I’m not one of those guys who think men are superior to women. I used to date Nia Long and she was making like $800,000 a movie, and I was cool with it.
ESSENCE.com: What did you really think of Phaedra’s comments about wanting a “clean” man?
THOMAS: Phaedra is like 36, 37 years old and word around town is she’s dated a couple of rappers she represented, so when she says “clean” she probably means someone that doesn’t have baggage so she doesn’t have to deal with mothers from previous relationships. My point to her was I’m a grown man and I have five kids, and there’s really nothing wrong with it. I would understand if she was like 22 and getting married but as old as she is saying that… the only reason Apollo is “clean” is because he’s been incarcerated for the last six years. She’s an idiot. That’s how I really feel about the statements that come out of her mouth.
ESSENCE.com: How do you feel about the other castmates?
THOMAS: I don’t really know them enough. I’ve been around Sheree a few times and she’s always cordial. NeNe, she’s loud. I could be around NeNe, she could definitely be my homegirl. Kandi’s a really nice person, and Kim’s just crazy.
In other Atlanta news, Phaedra Parks gave a recent interview to a local GA news station – wjbf.com, during which she disucussed being a new mom and also touches on her portrayal on the Bravo hit show.
“Its very exciting, I don’t have anything to compare it to since it is my first child, but I adore my son. He’s wonderful, he’s really a sweet baby,” says Phaedra while also revealing that she had a high risk pregnancy and 3 days of labor.
When it comes to her “portrayal” on the show, Phaedra adds that “at the end of the day, it’s reality tv and so reality tv is about drama it’s about suspense.” Phaedra’s video interview is below -
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Kate Gosselin is making the press rounds today, giving new interviews to the Today Show and PEOPLE magazine. And no, she has nothing to promote. She is simply wanting to set the record straight on some issues.
Issue #1 being that two of her kids were expelled from their private school in PA due to bad behavior. Despite the report made by several media outlets, include the reputable PEOPLE magazine, Kate still denies her kids were expelled though she admits they “were having anger issues, acting out, having behavior things.”
“The school would never use that word,” Kate, 35, tells PEOPLE. “[Collin and Alexis] were not expelled. [The school] did not feel like they could meet their needs anymore, so it was decided they should leave, for now.” (Um isn’t that expulsion?)
Kate also tells PEOPLE the kids were acting out because they missed their dad Jon Gosselin. “They’ve been the ones to verbalize the most that they miss Daddy,” she says. “I could see that they’re the ones struggling the most.”
And it wouldn’t be a Kate Gosselin Today Show interview if she didn’t manage to take a shot at her ex-husband. When asked by host Meredith Vieira about a Tweet Jon sent last month, apologizing for his actions in 2009, Kate said she found his words to be insincere.
“I have never personally been apologized to,” she said showing frustration and adding that she doesn’t consider “an interview on TV or a tabloid” the appropriate venue to issue an apology.
While Kate claims to have forgiven Jon “for the sake of my kids,” she still wants us to know she is a victim. “I am angry — I’m hurt and I’m angry,” she said of Jon’s past actions, adding she does not like to dwell on the past because she doesn’t “have time to waste being upset.”
When it comes to the status of her kids today, Kate tells PEOPLE Collin and Alexis are seeing a therapist and “doing much, much better.” She adds, “I’ve kept the stability, the income – everything that they know and love – I’ve been the parent to come through on that.”
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A preview clip of tonight’s episode teases that not one, but two players might be quitting the game! Below is the official press release -
“You Started, You’re Finishing” – A castaway’s selfish act causes great disappointment for an alliance member; meanwhile another tribe member shares some motherly advice to toughen up a young castaway. An extreme challenge comes along just when the castaways are at their weakest. Knowing it is for their survival in the game most of the remaining castaways give it all they’ve got in hopes of earning immunity and safety for another few days.
At Tribal council two castaways are on the edge of out right quitting, and Jeff tries his best to keep them in the game. Will he be successful? Find out on SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA, Wednesday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.”
Guess we will have to wait until tonight to see if anyone does quit the game. A video preview is below -
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UPDATE – Jeff Probst is now telling PEOPLE magazine that viewers will be completely shocked by tonight’s episode. “It’s a Survivor first. What goes down has never happened before,” Probst tells PEOPLE. Adding, “It is an absolute game-changer because the alliances that were firmly in place are no longer in place and it really sets the stage for a great finish because it truly is anybody’s game at this point.”
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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