Tonight is the long awaited premiere of CBS’s summer hit reality show – Big Brother!
Big Brother 12 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. As usual, the show will air three episodes a week. This season will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The uncensored nightly broadcast will continue to air on Showtime as well.
13 contestants are vying for the $500,000 prize this season but it wouldn’t exactly be Big Brother without a big twist. The twist this year is that there is a Saboteur who has been planted among the houseguests to do viewers’ bidding and disrupt the players’ lives throughout the competition.
However the ‘Saboteur,’ who will be revealed to the viewers on July 15, isn’t eligible to win the $500,000 prize. According to the show’s producers, the inside man/woman isn’t an actor, but a real player who went through the same casting process as the rest of the houseguests.
And though the show has yet to premiere, the houseguests have already moved in and are already playing the game as we speak. You can click below to get a free sneak peek at what’s going on in the house!
The big day has finally arrived and Bethenny Frankel is indeed getting married! A few select housewives aka Alex McCord and Ramona Singer (and plenty of awaiting paparazzi) are present as the Bride prepares to walk down the aisle. With her due date in the near future, a very pregnant Bethenny gets desperate when she needs a bathroom break too close to show time.
Tune in tonight at 10/9c on Bravo to see Bethenny and Jason exchange their vows. Photos from the big day can be seen here.
Speaking of Bethenny, though a lot of amazing things seem to be happening to her – think PEOPLE magazine cover and a hit reality show – some are starting to wonder if it’s all too much too soon.
I blogged a while back stating that watching Bethenny on BGM gave me some cringeworthy moments. I didn’t go into detail about it but the folks at NyMag.com wrote a good article asking is Bethenny to BGM what Jill Zarin was to the Real Housewives of New York City. As in is well liked Bethenny the villain of her own show?
Examples of Bethenny’s villainess behavior include asking her assistant Max Meiselto pick out her panties for her, scolding him for not having the car ready after one of her speaking arrangements, getting snappy with fiance Jason, or how about when Jason’s mom took Bethenny wedding dress shopping and tearfully told her “I finally have a daughter.” Bethenny seemed moved by her comments and teared up as well only to then turn around and act like she was doing the woman a favor, in therapy, when she stated “I could have gone on my own.”
It didn’t end there as Bethenny then held it against Jason during a later argument about how she had to take his mom dress-shopping. The writer makes an excellent point when she says Bethenny “should be thanking these people for not holding it against her that she’s dragged them onto Bravo.”
Another blogger at Chicagonow.com wrote a nice article asking “Is Bethenny Frankel being built up just to be torn down?” Bethenny seems to be at her peak right now with the husband, hit show, popularity amongst the fans, and of course the PEOPLE magazine cover. And trust folks, the People magazine cover is a HUGE deal. She’s been on the cover before but she’s never had the main cover dedicated to her. That’s a first for any Bravo reality star. In fact the only other reality stars who has had a cover story dedicated to them on People are Kate Gosselin, and some past Bacheloralums. Oh yeah, and the above picture is of Bethenny during her appearance on CBS’ Early Show today.
The article questions if the tide is turning for Bethenny as some fans are jumping ship based on what they’ve seen on BGM, you know Bethenny being a pregzilla bridezilla. Then there’s also been the negative press questioning her rapid weight loss after the birth of daughter Bryn, and the whole beef with reality villainess Omarosa.
But then again perhaps we the bloggers are over-analyzing what we see on TV. My take on this? I’m a Bethenny fan, and still like her for the moment. My fear however is those sentiments might change by the time this season of BGM ends. I hope that’s not the case. Perhaps I’m just overreacting to what is normal behavior by a hormonal pregnant lady who’s planning a wedding. But perhaps I’m not. Perhaps Bethenny is just too honest and doesn’t know where to draw the line in filming a reality show. Or perhaps she’s just a villain. I would love to hear your views and opinions on Bethenny on Bethenny Getting Married?
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND ON BETHENNY ON BGM?
TMZ broke the story on Tuesday that Alexis and husband Jim Bellino left their stroller unattended while they were off “doing something” and it ended up rolling into a pool. According to TMZ, one lifeguard pulled the stroller out of the water with one child still in it, while Jim dove in to save the other child.
Alexis however gives a different version of events on her website. She states she and Jim turned their backs for a quick minute to say goodbye to some people, and the stroller ended up in the pool because she forgot to put on the brakes. Alexis also claims Jim was the one who saved both girls.
Below is what Alexis had to say -
“On Sunday, July 4th, my family was leaving the Balboa Bay Club swimming pool in the late afternoon. As we were leaving, I turned to say goodbye. Our girls were in their stroller and I thought I had put the brake on, but apparently I didn’t. My husband, Jim, and I were both standing close to the stroller. Within seconds, the stroller had rolled towards the pool and a stroller wheel rolled off the edge of the pool. Before either of us could grab the stroller, a second wheel rolled off the edge, and the stroller went into the pool. Of course, Jim instantly went into the pool. He grabbed both of the girls himself and lifted both of them out of the water. Because the girls were not strapped into the stroller, and Jim was right there, their heads did not even go under water.
While we are not making light of this incident, and have been reminded to never take our eyes off the children for even a second when near water, it has been so hurtful to know how this experience has been mischaracterized in the media. To all of you who have offered your support, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
TELL US: DO YOU BELIEVE ALEXIS’ VERSION OF EVENTS?
RadarOnline reports friends of the couple believe Ed’s playboy ways is to blame for the split. “We think Ed was doing shady stuff during their relationship,” an inside source told Radar in an exclusive interview. “Jillian knew but couldn’t put her finger on it.”
The friends also recall another incident about a month-and-a-half ago when the couple flew to Los Angeles from Chicago and Jillian stayed with girlfriends while Ed stayed with the guys.
The morning after the night out on the town, Ed’s pals had an early tee-time to play golf but when they went to pick up Ed, he couldn’t make it. “I believe he had a girl with him and had no way to get her out of the house,” revealed the inside source. “They all knew he was a player.”
A former Bachelor contestant also chimes in, “Jillian thought that she could change him.”
Radar is also reporting that Jillian will have to return her $60,000 Platinum Neil Lane engagement ring to ABC. Why? Well apparently to keep the ring, the engaged couple is required to stay together for 2 years. They do not have to get married within that 2 year period, but they would need to remain a couple. This might explain why Jillian was so hell bent on making things work with Ed despite the very public details of his two timing ways.
The NYDailyNews is reporting that in a new interview with Life&Style magazine, out this week, Dina reveals the real reason she walked away from the hit show was because Danielle tried to have her daughter taken away. This would also explain the big meltdownCaroline Manzo had during last year’s reunion when she declared she would never forgive Danielle for what she did to Dina.
If you recall, Danielle claimed earlier this year that Dina forged her ex-husband’s signature in order to have her daughter Lexi appear on the first season of the Bravo show. Dina however denies Danielle’s claims, saying both she and her ex-husband gave permission.
“My ex husband was well aware of Lexi’s involvement in the show,” Dina told the mag. “She would often call him with details after a day of shooting.”
However once the show aired and her ex saw the content, he decided he wanted Lexi off the air. It was this moment, according to Dina, that Danielle began to spread malicious lies in an attempt to turn Lexi’s dad against her.
“She told my ex’s family that I’d actually forged his signature on the contracts, which I did not,” Dina said. “She knew she could work on his emotions, so she supplied him with every phone number of everybody he’d need to follow through with a lawsuit – contacts at Bravo, our production crew and her attorneys.”
Fortunately for Dina, her ex did not believe Danielle’s story and never tried to sue her. “She thought more would come of it, like I could lose custody,” Dina explained. “She just wanted to hurt me.”
Dina also denies Danielle’s other allegation that her husband, Tommy Manzo, has left her for a girlfriend. “Tommy lives right here with me and is happy as a clam,” she said. “Things are better than ever.”
In other NJ news, Danielle hit the premiere of the ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘ in New York City yesterday night. Danielle brought along her two children and her faux girlfriend Lori Michaels.
Bethenny, who can be seen on the cover with 8-week-old daughter Bryn, is opening up about her painful past.
“I never had a true childhood,” said Bethenny, 39, the only child of legendary horse trainer Bobby Frankeland his first wife, Bernadette. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”
Bethenny also reveals to the mag that she has long been estranged from her mom, whom she describes as “extremely volatile. She was never a mother to me.” Bethenny is however now grateful for the chance to create a stable home with hubbyJason Hoppy and their daughter: “I live for this baby.”
You can read more about Bethenny’s story in the latest issue of PEOPLE. In other Bethenny news, she did a phone conference interview just days ago and below are some of the tidbits she revealed -
On whether she’s ever wished she hadn’t done something in front of the cameras: Bethenny Frankel: No. It’s who I am and I’m never going to edit myself or not do something . . . everything that happens on the show, my life really is. That’s the one good relationship that I really do have with my fans: the honesty. If someone asks me if I’m pregnant, then I say “yes I am” if I am. That’s the thing I really take pride in, is telling the truth. It is what it is.
On whether there will be a second season of Bethenny Getting Married?: BF: We haven’t discussed it yet, but I imagine that there will be.
On the pros and cons of begin married to Jason: BF: There are so many pros; the man was in the hospital with me for six days from the minute my water broke to when I had the baby, that’s the kind of person he is. He’s there and a total partner. I have to say, I don’t think there’s any cons to being married to him.
On her relationship with the other Real Housewives Alex and Ramona: BF: They’re in my repertoire of friends, we email each other, see each other once in a while; it’s all very clean. It just is.
On why she thinks Jill has turned her animosity toward Alex: BF: I’m the one who had the baby and all that stuff, so you can’t be mean to the pregnant girl, so I guess she had to find someone new to have an issue with. Alex is the wrong one [to target], I have to say — there’s nothing underhanded about her at all.
UsWeekly is breaking the story in their latest issue. And former Bachelorette star Jillian is confirming the news to the mag, “I love him and I’m really sad, but I have to look out for me,” says Jillian, 29.
Ed, 30, also talks to the mag, “We’re both kind of resetting. Jillian isn’t happy and I’m definitely sad about the whole thing, but we’ve got to work through some things on our own if we decide to move forward.”
This news isn’t exactly a shocker as it was revealed last August that Ed had two girlfriends back home in Chicago during his time on the show. Even more damaging was news that Ed had sex with one of the said girlfriend just days after proposing to Jillian. There have also been rumblings that despite moving in with Jillian, Ed had yet to curb his cheating ways.
“There’s bumps on the road, and we don’t always deal with them properly,” said Jillian to UsWeekly in early June. “Our life is not always perfect.”
UsWeekly promises to reveal the actual reason for the split in their latest issue.
TELL US: ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THIS BREAK-UP? IS IT TIME FOR ABC TO GIVE UP ON THE BACHELOR FRANCHISE?
As Heidi Montag continues to be a lost cause in her quest for famewhoredom, her mother Darlene Egelhoffis finally breaking her silence on the rift between she and her daughter.
On last night’s episode of The Hills, Darlene was shown visiting Heidi’s sister, Holly Montag, in LA, during which she opened up about losing her daughter to the devilSpencer Pratt.
“I haven’t slept in months. I had to go get a prescription for sleeping pills just to be able to go to sleep at night to the point that I didn’t even know how I would even make it another day,” she says. “I’ve been mourning the loss of a child and, yeah, it hurts. It hurts more than I thought it could hurt.”
It seems Darlene’s LA visit was likely filmed back in May, when it was reported she visited Heidi’s house only to be turned away by Heidi and Spencer, who called the cops on her. Heidi then publicly commented that she would try to get a restraining order against her own mother.
In other Heidi news, she continues to leak out fake stories, despite the fact that most of the press has been ignoring her ever since it was revealed that she and Spencer faked their infamous split. The two new stories floating around now are that she regrets her 10 surgical procedures, and that she is hoping to get newly single Vienna Girardi to be on her upcoming “reality show.” Good thing Heidi realizes no one wants to watch a show about just her and the douchebag known as Spencer. And at the moment, no network has confirmed a Heidi reality show is in the works.