It seems all attempts by Italian groups and lawmakers to get Jersey Shore taken off the air has only helped propel the MTV show into being more popular.
Case in point – the Jersey Shore cast is currently on the cover of PEOPLE this week. The ratings for the show have also gone through the roof as the show is now averaging over 2 million viewers a week.
The cast has also been able to catapult the show’s popularity into cold hard cash. According to TMZ, the show’s break out star, Nicole akaSnooki is generating a $10,000 fee to make club appearances. Her fellow castmates, DJ Pauly D and Mike aka The Situation are also able to generate $7,500 per club appearance.
It gets even better as sources tell TMZ The Situation is booked every weekend for the next two months! Guess it really pays to be a Guido/Guidette.
In response to the bombshell divorce papers filed by her husband yesterday, Tamra Barney is defending herself against allegations of infidelity.
Tamra’s husband, Simon Barney accused the Real Housewives of Orange County star of being unfaithful in the divorce papers he filed. Simon wrote: “Petitioner contends that Respondent has been verbally abusive and has committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity.”
Tamra has now taken to her facebook page to deny the cheating allegations. “Thanks to everyone who understands and supports me,” she wrote. “For the record, all accusations are false.”
Vicki Gunvalson, who is still in shock over the split news, is also defending her costar by telling UsWeekly, “Wonder who he thinks she cheated with?” she said in an email. “Personally, I think if Tamra spoke to a man Simon would call it cheating. Tamra has 3 little kids. That’s all I care about is making sure they get through all of this.”
A rep for Bravo revealed that Tamra, 42, “is going to share her story first on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Show hosted by Andy Cohen, airing next Thursday at midnight.”
Last night’s episode of The OC Housewives also touched on the couple’s marital issues. Tamra spoke several times about being unhappy in her marriage, while Simon believes all is well. We also had Gretchen Rossi attempt to reach out to Lynne Curtin’s daughter, Alexa, whom she thought was depressed much to Lynne and Alexa’s dismay. Something about Gretchen trying to help Alexa came off as insincere and self serving to me, but perhaps I’m wrong. Vicki also renewed her wedding vows to husband of 15 years, Don Gunvalson.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK TAMRA CHEATED? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? WAS GRETCHEN WRONG FOR APPROACHING ALEXIS THE WAY SHE DID?
CBS has officially unveiled the 20 former castaways who will be competing on the 20th season of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
The latest season of Survivor will premier with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, February 11 at 8PM ET on CBS. The castaways will be divided up into two tribes of 10. It will be a Heroes vs Villians theme, with the “Heroes” being “defined by their decisions of integrity,” courage and honor, and the “Villains” having “mastered their skills of deception, manipulation and duplicity,” according to CBS.
The show’s host Jeff Probst also discussed the upcoming season, “This season we’re bringing back some of your favorite past competitors — 10 heroes going up against 10 villains in a knock-down, drag-out brawl.” This season was also filmed in Samoa, the same location as Survivor 19.
Back in the mix isRussell Hantz — a favorite from the Survivor:Samoa. According to reports, season 1 winner Richard Hatch was asked to return for this season. However, he had to apply to leave the country since he is under house arrest. His request was denied by a federal judge in Rhode Island.
The two separate teams are listed below -
Heroes: Amanda, James, Cirie, Tom (Palau), Stephanie, Rupert, Candice, JT, Colby and Sugar.
Villains: Boston Rob, Jerri, Russell, Parvati, Sandra, Coach, Tyson, Danielle, Randy and Courtney.
JAMES CLEMENT: HERO
Occupation: Gravedigger Past appearances:China; Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites His M.O.: Known for his smile and impressive pecs (he made it to PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men issue!), James won the Sprint Fan Favorite prize of $100,000 in back-to-back seasons.
BENJAMIN ‘COACH’ WADE: VILLAIN
Occupation: Soccer coach/orchestra conductor Past appearances:Tocantins: The Brazilian Highlands His M.O.: The self-titled Dragon Slayer, who slung his jacket over his shoulder while approaching the voting lectern during tribal councils, told wild but seemingly true stories by the campfire
The 23 year old star reached a plea deal on Thursday with Los Angeles prosecutors and was sentenced to three years of informal probation, in addition to being required to pay a fine and attend an alcohol education course and AA meetings.
Stephanie’s DUI charges were dropped after she plead no contest to a misdemeanor “exhibition of speed” charge. She has previously described her arrest as “the worst thing to happen to me and, at the same time, it was the biggest blessing.”
Even more shocking? Simon is accusing his wife of infidelity. This is quite ironic as tonight’s episode of The Real Housewives of OC deals with the couple’s marital troubles.
In the divorce papers Simon wrote: “Petitioner contends that Respondent has been verbally abusive and has committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity.” According to a source close to the couple, Tamra reportedly moved out of their million dollar home earlier this week and into a two-bedroom apartment.
Simon and Tamra have been married for 11 years. They have three children together in addition to Tamra’s son from a previous marriage. “Simon has simply had enough,” the source said. “The show changed her.” The source adds that though they had been having marital problems for the past couple of years, Tamra did not know that Simon was filing divorce papers, even after she moved out of their home.
It is interesting to see Simon accuse his wife of being unfaithful as viewers know Tamra has been very vocal and critical of fellow cast member Gretchen Rossi, claiming Gretchen cheated on former fiancé Jeff Beitzel.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS? ARE YOU SURPRISED?
UPDATE: A rep for Bravo tells UsMagazine that Tamra has “no comment” at this time . She will however be opening up next week on Bravo. “She is going to share her story first on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Show hosted by Andy Cohen, airing next Thursday at midnight.”
Tonight’s episode of MTV’s hit show Jersey Shore will feature another run in with the law. This time around, it involves cast member Ronnie Magro, who was arrested back in September after getting into a fight with another man in front of MTV’s cameras.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested on Sept. 4 for aggravated assault for striking a man with a closed fist. Ronnie, 24, tells PEOPLE that though the charges have now been dismissed, he did spend a few hours in jail, had a mug shot taken and paid about $600 for bail.
Ronnie claims he was provoked while he was walking home from a bar with Snooki and their costar Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola. According to Ronnie, the other person involved in the fight was being disrespectful to his friends, shouted “racist” remarks at their African-American security guards and might have spat on him. He however regrets the incident, “I definitely felt out of place,” he says of being in jail. “It’s definitely a place I never want to go back to again. Definitely a lesson learned.”
Still A Couple – In other news, Ronnie and his girlfriend from the show, Sammie Sweetheart are surprisingly still going strong. The pair confirms to PEOPLE that they are indeed still together and care very much for each other. “I care about her deeply and I see it going for a long time,” Ronnie says. “I don’t really want to jinx anything [but] I love being with her. I have a best friend that’s my girlfriend, which is really hard to find.”
Adds Sammie: “I’m very happy and content with my life right now. Things are just amazing and I’m just gonna go with it.”
Jenni “J-WOWW” Farley, has also reconciled with her boyfriend Tom, despite cheating on him with costar DJ Pauly D on the show. Jenni says all is well with their relationship and he moved in four months ago.
And finally, the ladies of the show stripped off their 5035 20 pounds of make up for a makeunder photo-shoot courtesy of In Touch magazine.
From left to right, Jenni “J-Woww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola — who swear by eyeliner, bronzer, and lip gloss — ditched their make up for the shoot. Must say Snooki looks the best, she should consider making this look permanent.
28 year old model Rozlyn Papa,who has been described as one of the most beautiful women in The Bachelor history, is fighting to clear her name in the latest Bachelor scandal.
As we previously reported, Rozlyn has been confirmed to be the woman who will be revealed on next week’s episode as having had an inappropriate relationship with one of the show’s producers. According to ABC and the show’s host Chris Harrison, Rozlyn was immediately sent packing and the producer was fired as well.
While ABC has yet to use the word “sexual affair” to describe what happened, they did run a teaser video which had one of the other bachelorettes saying: “She’s been having this sexual affair with somebody else in The Bachelor house.”
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, Rozlyn, vehemently denies having any sexual relationship in the house. “No, I did not have a sexual relationship with a producer on the show,” Rozlyn said.
The show said she was terminated for an “inappropriate relationship” with a producer. “What they mean by inappropriate relationship is not what inappropriate relationship means in the real world,” she told Radar as she defended her reputation.
So what is the current status of her relationship with the said producer? “I had a relationship with someone on the show that didn’t benefit them,” Rozlyn said, referring to the network and the show’s senior producers. “We remained really close but we are not dating now,” Rozyln said of the since-fired producer.
Rozlyn continues, “This is a TV show and it’s made for entertainment but it is a far cry from reality. I know that things on television weren’t always as they seemed, but I had no idea the extent of the show manipulation.”
Khloe had the following to say when asked about becoming a mother during a Wednesday radio interview for 104.3 MY FM’s Valentine in the Morning, Khloe says, “I want to so badly! That’s a goal for me.” She then qualifies: “I’m 25. I’m not rushing it.”
She however hints she isn’t doing anything to prevent not having one either, “I’m also not doing anything to prevent it…I want to, we both want to, we’re in an ideal situation.” When the radio host asks if husband Lamar, 30, is aware that she’s off all forms of birth control, she quickly replied, “Oh, he knows. Lamar wants to have a baby tomorrow!”
This doesn’t come as a surprise as Khloe had a pregnancy scare in an earlier episode of their reality show. Good luck to Khloe and Lamar, but perhaps they might want to continue learning more about each other before bringing in a baby, you know, considering they got married after 1 month of dating.