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With all the drama going on with the Real Housewives of Orange County, both on and off the show, Gretchen Rossi took to her Bravo blog to clear the air on a certain issue.

The issue being the drama that ensued during the last episode when Gretchen invited Lynne Curtin’s daughter Alexa on a shopping trip in an attempt to talk to her about her personal issues. Gretchen suspected Alexa might be depressed based on some of her comments and actions. This seemed to backfire as Alexa was taken back and did not feel comfortable opening up to Gretchen. Lynne also appeared to be upset as she did not feel Gretchen should get involved with her daughter’s personal issues. Considering how her other daughter, Raquel Curtin turned out, Lynne should perhaps be more open to others wanting to help her family, but that’s another story for a different day.

I blogged last week that I wasn’t sure whether or not Gretchen was sincere in her attempt to help Alexa. I suspected it might have been self serving. Well it turns out she might have actually had a legit reason for reaching out to Alexa, as it turns out Gretchen holds a degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and Child Development to boot. Shocking right? More from Gretchen’s blog below -

“Next we see me reaching out to Alexa. Wow, how interesting to see this played out. First of all it barely shows what was truly discussed in that moment with Alexa and how much she opened up to me. What I do know is that I had heard her say on three different occasions that she was depressed and felt like she wanted to talk to someone. It was weighing on my heart and I decided to do something about it. Not because I think I am all knowing, but rather to be a responsible adult. I ALSO have a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies and Child Development. I was trained through my schooling to be very aware of signs such as the ones Alexa was portraying and to not sit back and wait for the worst to happen but rather to be proactive and offer to listen.

I do believe I went about it the right way by first calling and ASKING Lynne if it was OK, and then letting her know that I was going to see if Alexa would open up a little more to me because I wasn’t her parent. I had told Lynne a couple of times I was worried about Alexa, but Lynne seemed to blow it off and I just figured she was the parent that didn’t want to see anything wrong. I had noticed her girls acting out by drinking and other sorts of behavior. I never once spoke an ill word to Alexa about Lynne or Frank and their ability as parents, even though I have my opinions about the way they choose to discipline their girls, and please do not be mistaken that I think I know how to raise a child because I do not have any of my own yet. I do however see many mentors out there able to change and help others simply by listening and caring, for example Oprah. I am not comparing myself to Oprah in any way, but I am saying that she does not have any children, but is constantly able to help children in need, young girls, teenagers, etc. by taking notice to their pain, hurt or signs of need. I don’t think you have the ability to be a good parent just because you pushed out a kid. I think it takes dedication, work, heartache, compassion and discipline in order to discipline your own kids. I only hope to be a good parent one day and I sincerely hope that if I have a child that is hurting or struggling that my dearest and closest friends might be able to point out or take notice when I am blind to it.

It was interesting to hear what Alexa had to say to her mom about me. Alexa specifically said to me at the store that “It’s hard cause sometimes I feel like there is no one there to talk to me,” but yet says something completely opposite to her mom and plays it off to Lynne that I was out of line? It was like they were in their own little world, and talking about stuff that never even happened. They said I was trying to talk to Alexa to take the pressure off of myself and make it about her … HUH?? What the heck are they talking about? I actually went out of my way to say I have been in Alexa’s position before and I made some poor choices because of it and I was trying to avoid the same happening to her. For Alexa to say one thing to me and then say another to her mom about the interaction was very hurtful, but at the same time I can imagine that a child won’t tell their parent how they really feel. I know that Lynne knew where my heart was with Alexa because Lynne and I talked in detail about it. I also don’t know who Alexa and Lynne think they are kidding, but when they say “they talk all the time” in the gym we know that is bull honky because two episodes earlier Alexa is complaining about their communication together and then tells a therapist that she can’t talk to her mom at all anymore! Seriously, who are they kidding? I am not sure why Lynne would say she’s not sure if she can trust me now, when I came to her first before I went to talk to Alexa. She and I have not seen eye-to-eye this season and you will probably see more of that to come in future episodes. I will always have a soft spot for Lynne, but this was a very disappointing rift in our friendship.”

TELL US – WHAT DID YOU THINK OF GRETCHEN REACHING OUT TO ALEXIS? SHOULD SHE HAVE?

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The Bachelor affair scandal continues to heat up as the show’s host Chris Harrison reveals Rozlyn Papa continued having a relationship with the fired Producer even after leaving the show.

Chris makes this revelation in his latest blog for Entertainment Weekly.  “I can tell you here that since Rozlyn left the show she and the staffer have continued their relationship and have seen each other several times,” wrote Chris.

He continues, “You heard me say in the episode that Rozlyn and one of our staffers entered into an inappropriate relationship.  I realize this is somewhat vague and open to interpretation, so let me be more specific. It was an inappropriate relationship that got physical. This was not just about one person’s ‘feelings’ for another. We would never go to such extremes because of a schoolyard crush.”

Chris claims other women in the house witnessed the inappropriateness between the two, and that things did get physical between them, he doesn’t expand on what ‘physical’ means.  “First of all, several girls in the house independently witnessed the inappropriate behavior firsthand, and they came forward and told producers what was taking place,” he wrote.  “Second, the staffer came forward and confessed everything himself.  He told executive producers everything about his inappropriate physical relationship with Rozlyn.”

Monday’s episode of The Bachelor concluded with Rozlyn getting kicked off for what the show called an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer. Rozlyn has come out swinging at the show claiming they embellished the story for the sake of ratings. She has denied having a sexual affair with the said staffer, but does admit she continues to have a “close relationship” with him.

Rozlyn continues to speak out against the show in her latest interview on Mix 103.7′s Fisher in the Morning show in Richmond, Va., her hometown. “This is a very scripted, edited television show,” she said Tuesday . “It’s just for entertainment. It does not represent who I really am.”

Rozlyn however has no regrets with doing the show, “I don’t regret it,” she said. “Hopefully, people will see that it’s just a show.” She however regrets not taking things further with the said staffer.  “There was no making out! Unfortunately, I did not get any out of this big sex scandal that supposedly happened. If I had known that I was going to get accused of it, maybe I would have gone for it!”

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“I can tell you here that since Rozlyn left the show she and the staffer have continued their relationship and have seen each other several times,” wrote Harrison in his Entertainment Weekly blog.

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With the tremendous success of their fourth season of Bad Girls Club, the Oxygen network has now ordered a spinoff to feature three of their current and former Bad Girls searching for love.

Love Games is the title of the new reality dating show that will feature Kendra James from Season 4, Sarah Michaels from Season 3, and Amber Meade aka ‘Bounce Up On It’ from Season 3.

The dating series will begin with the three ladies being introduced to a group of 13 bachelors.  Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too will then follow the men as they compete in a series of challenges and accompany the women on dates, with weekly eliminations.  The series will conclude with only one Bad Girl and her beau left standing.

Comedian Bret Ernst will host the eight-episode series, which is currently slated to premiere in March.

The three former Bad Girls Club cast members appearing on Love Games — and their bios below -

- Amber, a 27-year-old from Scottsdale, AZ
Season three Bad Girls Club star Amber lived life in the house focused on fun and boy chasing.  Her no holds barred approach to life and bubbly energy brings out the party atmosphere no matter where she goes.  Amber keeps her dating life spicy with variety — the nice guys bore this spotlight-loving bad girl quickly so she keeps the bad boys close by.  This time around, she is searching for the perfect guy to call her own.  

- Kendra, a 22-year-old from Charlotte, NC
Fresh off of season four of the Bad Girls Club, boy crazy Kendra is looking to tame her intense sexual appetite and get serious about finding “Mr. Right” as opposed to “Mr. Right Now.”  Kendra loves long-term relationships, but admits it takes a certain kind of guy to handle her.  This pretty pageant girl, who is the rule breaking opposite of her perfect and obedient twin sister, is pursuing a degree in political science.   

- Sarah, a 25-year-old from Milwaukee, WI
Married by 19 and divorced by 21, Sarah spent season three in the Bad Girls house making up for lost time — indulging in countless nights of drinking and partying.  Nowadays, guys have their work cut out for them when trying to catch the eye of Sarah.  Between holding down two jobs and college, Sarah doesn’t impress easily.  Her type of guy exudes confidence but is also honest, fun, outgoing and wants to treat her like a princess.  Sarah has grown tired of casual dating and would really like to settle down with someone special.

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? WILL YOU BE TUNING IT FOR THIS SPINOFF?

cast members Amber and Sarah and fourth-season cast member Kendra as they are introduced to a group of 13 bachelors.

Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too’s season will then follow the suitors as they compete in a series of challenges and accompany the women on dates, with weekly eliminations ousting bachelors who fail to adequately demonstrate their affection.

The series will conclude with only one of the ladies and her selected suitor remaining.

“Over the successful run of the Bad Girls Club series, the show’s die-hard fan base has demonstrated an insatiable interest in the dating lives of these flirty and outrageously energetic girls,” said Oxygen programming executive Amy Introcaso-Davis.

Love Games gives our avid viewers the opportunity to watch their favorite Bad Girls find love in a fun and wildly entertaining way.

The reality dating series will begin with third-season cast members Amber and Sarah and fourth-season cast member Kendra as they are introduced to a group of 13 bachelors.

Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too’s season will then follow the suitors as they compete in a series of challenges and accompany the women on dates, with weekly eliminations ousting bachelors who fail to adequately demonstrate their affection. “

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It’s deja vu all over again as RadarOnline is reporting Lynne Curtin of the Real Housewives of Orange County has been evicted yet once again.  This will be Lynne’s 3rd eviction in the past year.

According to Radar, Lynne and her husband Frank Curtin have received an eviction notice for the home they are currently living in, making this their 3rd eviction in a span of 9 months!

Interestingly enough, the Curtins are apparently still living in the same house they were evicted from last year.  Other media outlets reported them as moving out of that home; evidently they snuck back in when no one was looking.   This 3rd eviction is in addition to a $1.2 million dollar judgment against them, and court records show that since 2000, Lynne and Frank, have had 5 unlawful detainers filed against them.

An insider from the Housewives franchise told Radaronline, “We are all perplexed at what Lynne does with her money, she’s making $90K this year for appearing on the show, making more than enough to afford her monthly rent. I guess they are professional squatters!”

Frank has also acknowledged experiencing some financial hardship with his construction business,  “My business all went south and I have been trying to work my way out of it. In the last 4 years I have lost everything, and I went through some really hard times.” He continues, “This has been the worst year of my life.”

Let’s hope 2010 will be a better year for the Curtins.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi has made good on her promise to pursue a music career.

Gretchen debuted her new song on Valentine in the Morning on Tuesday, and shockingly enough, she sounds decent. I was more than ready to pile her in the Kim Zolciak category, but she actually sounds very good.

Her first single release is called ‘Nothing Without You’ and she plans on donating the proceeds of the single sales to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as the Jeff Beitzel Foundation – an organization she has created.

You can listen to Gretchen’s new song at this link.

Click the Read More Button to see a photo of her single’s album cover.

TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GRETCHEN’S MUSIC? YAH OR NAY?

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The Bachelor’s Rozlyn Papa – accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male producer – apparently has a criminal past as well.  RadarOnline uncovered some arrest records of the 28 year old contestant which show she has been arrested a total of 3 times and even sentenced to jail.

According to Radar, all three of those arrests occurred back in 1999 when Rozlyn was residing in Richmond, VA.  She was arrested twice in 1999 for petty theft. She was arrested on September 5, 1999 and was found guilty by a judge, receiving a sentence of 2 months and 2 days in jail.

She appealed the conviction and the case was dismissed meaning she didn’t have to spend any time in jail.  Rozlyn was then arrested again on December 11, 1999 for petty theft and received a suspended sentence of 12 months and 12 days.  That sentence was also dismissed on appeal. Her third arrest came on June 11, 2009 for underage alcohol possession, she was found guilty.

Her other run ins with the law include her being ticketed in 2003 for having expired registration on her car, and also being ticketed for driving without a license in 2007, both charges were dismissed as well.

Rozlyn also continues to speak out against the show.  This time around, she’s telling Entertainment Tonight that she  feels “betrayed” by the show. “It seems they want the ratings!” she tells ET. Asked if she had sex with a member of the production team, she says, “Absolutely not, no.”

Rozlyn is also scared the show might have tarnished her reputation by labeling her as a cheater.  “It really comes down to my son. Why would you go on national television and throw a mom under the bus like that?” she asks.

Jake Pavelka is also opening up in his recent blog about the whole affair drama. According to Jake, it “sucks” to be cheated on.  Below is an excerpt from Jake’s blog -

“Yes, the rumors of her cheating on me with a staff member are 100 percent true, with no embellishment. I was having such a great night and then Chris Harrison approached me and the guy looked flustered! I’ve never seen this guy flustered about anything. I think he was embarrassed about what had happened. When he told me the news, my heart dropped and I felt numb.

This is the first time I have been cheated on (to my knowledge) and man, it sucks. I had started to develop feelings for Rozlyn and that’s why I had given her a rose. But what also hurt was the fact that I was friends with the staff member who engaged in the affair. That was hard to swallow. I was so hurt by both of their decisions, but I reminded myself that I still had 14 amazing women there for me, so I composed myself and moved on. After Rozlyn left the show, a few of the girls admitted that they saw her and the staff member inappropriately physical with each other … to put it politically correct. Honestly, I harbor no ill will towards either of them and wish them both the best in life and career. Hopefully they are still together and in love!”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE ROZLYN AFFAIR SCANDAL?

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With the huge success of their Housewives‘ franchises, Bravo has decided to increase their reality programming by 20% in 2010.  They announced their latest upcoming shows in a recent press release.

Coming this year is Bethenny Frankel’s new show titled Bethenny’s Getting Married? Interesting title to say the least.  Also returning is Patti Stanger’s Millionaire Matchmaker and Rachel Zoe’s The Rachel Zoe Project.

More information on the shows and their premier dates below -

Bethenny’s Getting Married? – As one of the breakout characters of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel has shared her social life with millions, and in her new docu-series fans will get an up close and personal look at her career. Viewers will follow the outspoken New York City socialite as she juggles her happy love life, plans a wedding and prepares for baby while managing her insanely busy schedule and career as a natural foods chef.

The Millionaire Matchmaker – Premieres Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT “The Millionaire Matchmaker” follows Patti Stanger and her dogged staff as they give their big-bucks clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists. In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up on dates hand-picked by Stanger based upon their beauty and intelligence. In the series’ third season, Stanger will stop at nothing to build her matchmaking empire – her business is flourishing, she has a successful book under her belt and is now hosting her own radio advice show.

The Rachel Zoe Project - The hottest stylist in Hollywood is back and offers an all access pass to fabulous fashion as “The Rachel Zoe Project” returns for a third season. The fashion-forward docu-drama delves further into the inner workings of Team Zoe as they jet from coast to coast attending store openings, fashion weeks around the world, and laboring to find the perfect gowns to adorn the red carpet during award season. This season Rachel parts ways with longtime employee and friend Taylor and Rachel and Brad welcome a new member to Team Zoe..

Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List - Returning for a sixth season of unpredictable hilarity is the two-time Emmy award-winning. Griffin has also signed on for two new stand-up comedy specials in 2010 with the network.

Flipping Out – The fourth season of Bravo’s popular docu-series “Flipping Out” returns with everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper, Jeff Lewis. Lewis makes his living with the help of a group of diverse and often disgruntled employees he counts as friends. These include his incredibly patient assistant Jenni Pulos, who still dreams of making it as an actress, despite seven years at Jeff’s side, and his beloved housekeeper Zoila.

Top Chef: Just Desserts -  Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will serve as host of the network’s newest culinary competition series “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” a spin-off of the popular Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning franchise “Top Chef.” The series, produced by the Magical Elves, will consist of pastry chefs competing against one another in a series of challenges.

The Real Housewives of New York City – The anticipated third season premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Top Chef Masters - The second season of Bravo’s successful culinary spin-off premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular 10 p.m. time period on April 14.

Thintervention with Jackie Warner – An emotional new docu-series inspired by renowned fitness expert Jackie Warner’s life mission to change lives through healthy habits, “Thintervention” will give viewers an even closer look at what Warner does best – kick butt and inspire drastic lifestyle changes for her overweight clients who are struggling to lose weight and get healthy for good.

Shear Genius – Premieres Wednesday, February 3 at 11 p.m.  ET/PT.  Bravo’s creative hair-styling competition series “Shear Genius” is back for its third season with a whole new look.  International model and handbag designer Camila Alves makes her hosting debut alongside new series judge Jonathan Antin, celebrity stylist and former star of Bravo’s hit series “Blow Out.” Famed stylist Kim Vo returns as a judge for his second season, and new to the series, accomplished stylist Orlando Pita adds his voice of expertise as mentor to the contestants.

TELL US – WHICH SHOW ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?

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Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and boyfriend Slade Smiley were photographed while spending a day in LA recently.

Alongside the duo was Slade’s son, Grayson Smiley, who has been fighting inoperable brain cancer since preschool. According to Bauer-Griffin, the couple first hit up a CVS Pharmacy and then grabbed hotdogs at Wienerschnitzel on January 10, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Slade has been accused in the past of failing to spend enough time with his son. Must say Gretchen and Slade are getting better at making their staged paparazzi photos look more “candid.”

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