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In today’s shocking news, Jon Gosselin has found himself a new job as a — gasp — construction worker!

Yes, TMZ is reporting that the 33-year-old father of eight began working with Green Point Energy, a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in renewable energy, earlier this week.

The above photo was taken as Jon was hard at work installing solar panels on the roof of a storage building. Jon, a onetime technology worker, had reportedly been unemployed for over a year before a brief stint working for a real estate developer back in December.

In other Gosselin news, Kate Gosselin appeared on CBS’ talk show – The Talk this week, during which she refuted any comparisons of her TLC show Kate Plus 8 to Disney show “Hannah Montana” which Billy Ray Cyrus, father of teen star Miley Cyrus, has now said “ruined” his relationship with his daughter.

According to Kate, “the big difference” between “Hannah Montana” and “Kate Plus 8” is that on her series, “We’re not scripted, we’re living it.”

Kate also claimed the show has never interfered with her parenting her children. “I am still the parent on camera and off camera,’ she said. “I have zero regrets.”

She went on to credit her TLC show with being able to afford her family “amazing experiences,” such as the recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. “My kids have traveled the world,” she said adding that the film crew has become part of the family.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JON’S NEW JOBS AND KATE’S COMMENTS ON THE TALK?

Bethenny Frankel continues her attempt at world domination as she once again graces another magazine cover, to once again discuss her past dieting issues.

Bethenny, star of the upcoming Bethenny Ever After on Bravo, is on the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine under the heading, “I Was Obsessed With Being Thin.”

The 5-foot-6 reality star reveals she weighs 123 pounds and maintains an everything-in-moderation, guilt-free approach to eating. Bethenny, who has ten-month-old daughter Bryn with sales exec hubby Jason Hoppy, 39, however makes it clear that giving up the guilt was a lifelong battle.

“I spent my entire life being obsessed with dieting,” says Bethenny. “Bingeing and then fasting or starving. Forbidding everything. That’s how I used to be: up and down 5 pounds every single day, to the extremes. My metabolism was totally wrecked.”

According to Bethenny, her issues with food first started at age eight — when her mom sent her to a New York obesity clinic — and continued well into her thirties. Below are some excerpts from Bethenny’s interview –

Bethenny On Diet Extremes

“Truthfully, I grew up and I took laxatives for periods of time. I did suffer from constipation for most of my life. I don’t know if I took them because of that or because I wanted to be skinny, or if it was a combination of both. I also did the Jane Fonda workouts in seventh grade. And I would go buy magazines just to see what the new diet was and rip it out: the cabbage-soup diet, the stewardess diet, the Atkins diet, the Scarsdale diet, the Beverly Hills diet. I’ve been on 5,000 diets.”

Bethenny On Being Told To Lose Weight By A Casting Agent –

“Yes. A casting agent for Aaron Spelling – it had to be, like, 1992 – said, If you’re going to be an actress, you should maybe take off 10, 15 pounds. So I went on a diet. I went to Diet Center, where they would weigh you every morning. I lost 8 pounds.”

Bethenny On Her Relationship With Food Today –

“It’s more about balance. Eating real when you can. At a minimart the other day, I ate corn nuts and looked at the back of the package: They were corn, oil and salt. But compared to neon-orange potato chips, it’s the lesser of two evils. People assume that I’m going to tell everyone that everything needs to be organic, local and vegan every day. It’s not like that. Yesterday, I had a little bit of gelato and a red velvet cupcake. You can go into a deli and have a bag of potato chips and it’s OK. You can have pizza.”

You can read more of Bethenny’s interview in the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine. Bethenny Ever After debuts February 28 at 10/9c on Bravo.

TELL – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S MAGAZINE COVER AND INTERVIEW?

According to a new report, former BFFs Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port are now feuding.

The latest issue of UsWeekly magazine reveals that despite being close during The Hills, Lauren, 25, and Whitney, 25, are now at odds with one another.

“That was always a friendship for the show more than anything,” says an insider. “They are like any work friends who no longer work together.”

So what is the reason for the rift between the former pals? “Whitney is upset because she thinks that The City was canceled to make room for Lauren’s new reality show,” the source tells US. “Whitney feels like she got the shaft.”

The source adds that Lauren’s other former costars – with the exception of her roommate Lauren “Lo” Bosworth, 24 – consider her a foe, including Audrina Patridge, 25.

“The other girls were always jealous of Lauren,” says the source, adding that now that MTV has dropped LC’s show, “I’m sure Whitney and Audrina are loving this.”

Following slams by Nene Leakes, not once but twice, Star Jones is finally responding to her Celebrity Apprentice costar.

If you recall, Nene recently went on the Wendy Williams Show and stated, “I’m not feeling Star Jones. I gave her a chance when she got there, but Star is a trip. She’s very special. I wouldn’t spit on Star if she was on fire.”  Star is now telling her side to Black Voices and below is what she had to say-

“This actually saddens me. Black women trashing other black women all for the sake of personal aggrandizement. When the cast was first announced, I was both excited and concerned. Excited that this was going to be the most diverse cast in prime-time reality programming and concerned because the media immediately started the drumroll of “can this many black women get along?” The four of us actually chatted about the unique opportunity we had to influence the perception of black women and the way we interact. We each brought something different to the show, so I had hoped we could avoid falling into the typical “snake charmer in your face loud bombastic black woman” stereotypical box that was expected. Some of us were more successful at our quest than others.”

In other news, the YBF blog is reporting that Nene and her Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Phaedra Parks went at it during a local radio interview on Wednesday.

The smackdown occurred on the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” when Nene called in to talk about Star and Phaedra.  Following Nene’s trash talking, Phaedra then called in to the show and a back-and-forth ensued.  Below are some of the “highlights”

Nene On Phaedra being an Equestrian:

“You are sitting on the same show I’m sitting on so your attorney work must not be working out for you. And as far as her being an equestrian, I don’t know that for sure. But she was raised in the projects of Athens and they didn’t ride horses. They barely drove cars through there… If I wanted to ride a horse I could have rode one.  I decided to drive a car.”

Nene on Phaedra Being a Lawyer:

“Now she can be a class act act or whatever you want to call it….And I don’t care if she went to school for 20 years, you end up on the same show I am on. And I do more than you do and make more money than you so what’s next?”

Phaedra On Growing Up in Athens and NeNe’s Attitude:

“I don’t have any issues with NeNe. I did not grow up in the ghetto cause there are no ghettos is Athens (Georgia). You have forgotten a lot about high school. You have forgotten a lot about your hometown. And from what I understand, you say you are from New York but you’ve been in Athens since you were three years old. So it’s not amazing to me that you would forget most things.”

The ladies reportedly went back and forth before one of the female members of the radio show cut off the conversation.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON STAR’S STATEMENT & NENE VS PHAEDRA?

According to a new report, you now have 65 million more reasons to hate the Kardashians.

The Hollywood Reporter via UsWeekly is reporting today that the Kardashian family made over $65 million combined in 2010! It gets even worse better as that amount is more than talented celebrities Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise made combined.

And just how did Kim, Khloe and Kourtney make $65 mil? The report states that amount was made from their reality shows, endorsements, product lines, public appearance fees and more. In fact, momager/pimp Kris Jenner is being credited for the girls’ staggering fame and financial success.

“My job was trying to take my kids’ 15 minutes and turn it into 30,” said Kris to THR. Khloe Kardashian, 26, tells the mag: “My mother has just always been this ‘Let’s make water into wine’ person…She knows how to take one small talent or ability and grow it into something huge.”

Yes indeed, in 2007, Kris, 55, shopped around a new reality series when daughter Kim Kardashian, now 30, became the star of a sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J. E! programming executive Lisa Berger admits the network almost passed on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but was convinced otherwise by Ryan Seacrest. “It has changed the face of E!” she told THR.

So does Mama Kardashian ever turn down any endorsement for the girls? Kris reveals she said “hell to the no” when a sex toy company that wanted to sign Khloe and husband Lamar Odom with a line of “vibrating panties, nipple rings and vibrators.”

These days, Kim can charge up to $100,000 to $250,000 to appear at an event — and even $1 million abroad. She also commands as much as $25,000 to mention a brand in a tweet… All because of a sex tape.

In other Kardashian news, UsWeekly & E! News report that Kim and former BFF Paris Hilton finally buried the hatchet this weekend after years of feuding. It all went down during a Grammys after party on Sunday, when “Paris came up to her and apologized, and said she didn’t want to fight,” a source explains. “Paris said she was happy for Kim’s success despite what reports have said — Kim was sweet and accepted her apology.”

As for what caused the feud, it has been reported that Paris became jealous of Kim once her fame started to surpass hers. Things got really ugly back in 2008 when Paris did a radio interview and referred to Kim’s famous butt as being “gross” and “disgusting.” Paris then added, “It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag.” Paris later apologized for her comments.

Meanwhile, sources close to Kim reveal the reunion only lasted about 30 seconds. “There was no reunion at all,” said a source very close to Kim told E!. “And there never was a feud, Kim was like, ‘Who cares about her?'” Ouch.

And for those unfamiliar with the woman pictured above with Paris, it is indeed Kim Kardashian, you know, before not having all the plastic surgery procedures she claims to have never gotten.

Below are more pictures of Paris and Kim aka ‘Kim’s before photos’ –

TELL US – IS THE WORLD UNFAIR? OR IS IT REALLY UNFAIR?

Former Jersey Shore star Angelina Pivarnick is now engaged!

Yes, E! News confirms that Angelina’s boyfriend of two months David Kovacs, popped the question at STYLE360 Sachika’s fashion show on Wednesday. And she said “yes” of course.

“It was so surreal,” she told E! of the big moment. “The ring is huge. So big.” David proposed with a with a 2.5 carat ring while other media outlets report that two have known each other for a few years. A picture of Angelina and David is below.

In other Shore news, JWoww told E! News Wednesday that the yet to be filmed season 4 will shoot a few weeks in Italy and then return to film the remainder of the season back in Jersey.

JWoww also revealed that season 4 should probably be the last. “If it ends, it has to end at the Jersey Shore,” said JWoww. “I think we would have done it all by then. What else could we do?…I just feel like after Italy and going back to Jersey one more time we probably accomplished it all.”

And what about her relationship status with Roger? JWoww revealed they are still together after 7 months of dating. “I’d love for him to come to Italy two or three times,” she said. “That’ll make us or break us, because if we can make it through Italy and not seeing each other so much, then we’re cool to move in and stuff like that.”

She also stated she is still considering posing for Playboy magazine once the show ends. See, JWoww’s contract with MTV reportedly bans her from posing nude for the men’s mag. “I do feel like it’s a strong thing for women to do. And as long as they cover up certain parts, I’m good,” she laughed. “We have to cover up the vajajay cooka. And then it’s like, Why not? You see my boobs out half the time anyway.”

Moving on to tonight following last week’s drama filled episode which showed Sammi and Ronnie breaking up for the umpteenth time. On the 8th episode this season, Ronnie is an emotional wreck following Sammi’s departure, and when the girls take her side, Ronnie feels like he has no friends left in the house. And believe it or not, Ronnie will also spend tonight’s episode trying to win Sammi back, you know, after destroying all of her things last week.

The new episode airs at 10/9c on MTV.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ANGELINA’S ENGAGEMENT, JWOWW’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

If you have yet to watch the premiere episode of Survivor: Redemption Island, please feel free to stop reading this while also heading right over to the CBS website to catch this episode. Yes, it was that good!

And for those who viewed the debut last night, you might be willing to attest that the tribal council was without a doubt the wackiest ever, and also one of the best ever.

The episode began with show host Jeff Probst introducing the returning all stars Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz to the two different tribes. Rob’s tribe seems happy and eager to have him on their team, while Russell’s tribe is willing to make do with the hand they have been dealt. Francesca makes a critical error at this point in the game when she opens up her mouth and states, “They’re troublemakers. I don’t think they’re here just to help us out.” Bad move Francesca, bad move. With those words, Francesca immediately put a target on herself.

Despite giving his Zapatera tribe a sweet speech about being a changed man, we immediately see Russell is back to his old tricks as he singles out the young Stephanie to be his new Parvati. The men in Russell’s tribe however are not so impressed and are already on to him, planning to vote him out the first chance they get.

Things take a more entertaining turn on Rob’s Ometepe tribe as his groupies… oops, most of his female tribe members seem to swoon over him, make googly eyes at him, and are eager to join his alliance. Let’s all hope Amber has nothing to worry about. One person not too willing is Kristina who immediately goes looking for an idol clue. Rob is on to Kristina, who is aware Rob is on to her and now realizes she poses a threat to Rob.

Meanwhile, “federal agent” Phillip, who for some reason has decided his saggy red briefs is the way to the $1 million prize, decides to pull the women together and let them in on a little secret. He used to be a “federal agent” yall!, as the ladies pretend to be impressed. Phillip also makes certain to put a target on his back by criticising the others and pointing out all that they are doing wrong. Francesca and Kristina both seem the most irritated with Phillip and his know-it-all condescending attitude, but the two ladies made a fatal Survivor error when they decide to form an alliance with an unstable game player. This brings their alliance to three versus Rob’s six member alliance.

This makes way for an epic tribal council as Phillip just flies off the handle for some unknown and unprovoked reason, proceeding to out his alliance while also revealing Kristina’s immunity idol. Phillip however makes certain to let us know he is not unstable, and what better way to prove that than by mispronouncing Francesca’s name a number of times. Who knew Francesca was so hard to pronounce?

Kristina takes a great risk by not using her idol and Francesca is the tribe’s first causality as she is voted off to the Redemption Island. Great episode overall. Would like to see Francesca return to the game as she appears to be a strong player. Those chances are however very slim. Pretty gutsy move by Kristina to not play her idol but her days on the tribe are numbered. She is that player who played way too hard, way too quickly. It will be interesting to see if Russell’s tribe does get rid of him quickly or allow him to make it far in the game.

Meanwhile, in other Survivor news, Russell Hantz is now denying the allegations that he leaked out Survivor spoilers for the two previous seasons he was on. “The problem is with me, I am that villain and people take shots at me. Even though it’s not really who I really am in real life. So, you know, all I can say is it’s 100 percent false. It’s hard for me to sit there and take it, but I don’t give it any credit whatsoever,” said Russell on CBS The Early Show this week.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON EPISODE ONE OF SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND? THOUGHTS ON THE CAST AND THE TRIBAL COUNCIL? SHOULD THE TRIBES VOTE OFF RUSSELL & ROB?

Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft and her husband, insurance agent Tye Strickland, welcomed a bouncing baby girl on Wednesday afternoon.

According to PEOPLE magazine, Ava Grace Strickland was born in Dallas, weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 oz. Ava Grace is the first child for the couple, who tied the knot back in December 2009 in Mexico.

“Our lives have changed so much in the last two years and today we’ve been blessed with the best change ever, our beautiful baby girl,” Melissa, 27, said in a statement.

Melissa, who was famously dumped by Jason Mesnick following their engagement on The Bachelor, dated Tye on and off for two years, before rekindling their romance in 2009, and getting engaged just four months after her breakup with Jason. Congrats to Melissa & Tye!

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