Months after stating Bravo was likely done with new housewives franchises following the Miami disaster, it seems Andy Cohen is deciding to leave that door open.
In a new interview with Variety, the Bravo executive VP of original programming and development reveals he’s happy with the current franchises on the air but is always open to adding a new series if all things are right.
“We’re at a really good place right now,” says Andy. “Each city will be on for three or four months, and then they go away for close to a year. That’s a nice thing. It allows the women to regroup. It also allows the viewers to miss them.”
Andy adds that if the cast is right, a new additional franchise is possible while also revealing a shocker! According to Andy, Bravo actually tried to get a Texas franchise, which might or might not be my dream franchise, going but failed to find the right cast.
“You only want cities with strong points of view, cities that have strong regional personalities,” explains Andy. “We’ve tried to mount a Texas (incarnation), but we never hit the nail on the head with casting.”
Sighs. Here’s to hoping the socialites, famewhores, and housewives of Dallas will step up to the plate and allow their lives to be featured on Bravo! I stand strong in my belief that a Texas franchise would be G.E.N.I.U.S.
In other Andy news, a new report came out today stating he is one of the three finalists being considered by ABC to replace Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The other two finalists are said to be Ryan Seacrest and Mark Consuelos.
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The HollywoodLife blog is reporting that DWTS executives are angling to have the Bachelorette star on for next season, and have even officially asked her to join the cast.
And similar to those before her aka Jake Pavelka and Melissa Rycroft, it appears Ashley is interested. “They are in negotiations, and it is definitely hers if she wants it,” reveals a DWTS insider.
In other news, Life & Style magazine is now reporting that Chris Lambton, former Bachelorette contestant from Ali Fedotowsky’sseason, is engaged! Chris popped the question to his girlfriend and fellow Bachelor alum Peyton Wright who said yes.
“I found the love of my life in Peyton,” Chris tellsLife & Style. “We are so incredibly happy together. She was worth the wait.”
Good for Chris as if you recall, he turned down the opportunity to be the Bachelor a year ago after he started dating Peyton. That decision seems to have paid off today as Brad Womack who went on to become the Bachelorhas not had as much luck with his love life.
Congrats to Chris and Peyton! The couple started dating last August.
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On the 6th episode this season titled “Whine and Dine,” Caroline takes to the airwaves with her new radio show. Meanwhile, the Gorga siblings (Teresa and Joe) attempt to settle their differences, but they invariably stir up more tension; and Jacqueline plays referee in a face-off between Teresa and Melissa.
A preview clip is below. The episode airs at 10/9c.
Bristol, 20, makes the shocking revelation in her upcoming memoir “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.” In excerpts from the book, Bristol reveals she was drunk off wine coolers when she lost her virginity to baby daddy Levi during a camping trip. It gets even worse as Bristol also says she didn’t remember a thing when she woke up the next day alone in her tent.
And shorty after their first time, the two were intimate again. Bristol also states she was shocked to discover she was pregnant back in 2008 because she was on birth control pills prescribed to treat her cramps. She took eight home pregnancy tests in order to believe she was indeed pregnant.
Levi’s reaction, according to Bristol, was it “better be a f***ing boy.” Her parents were however very supportive though she adds that her mother Sarah Palin was shocked as she wasn’t aware she was sexually active.
There’s more Levi bashing as Bristol refers to him as a “gnat” who is “constantly spreading false accusations against our family.” Bristol also refers to Levi as a self-involved slacker “who cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates,” citing he constantly came home drunk with hickeys on his neck.
All interesting because Bristol reconciled with Levi less than a year ago back in July when they announced they were engaged once again. Bristol however ended things less than a month later after Levi informed her he might have gotten another woman pregnant. “I’d just made a complete fool of myself and given my family the middle finger,” writes Bristol.
Bristol’s memoir is set to be released on Friday. Levi’s memoir (yes he also has one in the works) titled Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs will be released this fall.
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The Real Housewives of Orange County star, who wrote a handwritten letter to a judge in 2010 to get Brooks released from jail after his arrest for not paying child support (he owed over $40,000 to two different women), is vehemently defending Brooks. “He is not a deadbeat dad,” says Vicki.
“He is a wonderful man and a wonderful father,” a very emotional Vicki told the Rumor Fix. “He has integrity and loves his children more than life. He just fell on hard times, like we all did. He works in a commission-based business as do I, and his child support payment amounts were based on when he was making a lot more money. He couldn’t pay his child support and in the state of Mississippi the laws make it very difficult.”
Gretchen Vicki continued on with her defense of Brooks despite the court documents that make it clear he was a deadbeat dad. “He is not a deadbeat dad, and he’s paid $110,000 since 2008 to his ex,” adds Vicki. “I knew about the DUI and the other arrests, because he has never lied to me about anything. Everyone has a past. No one is perfect.”
Yes, in addition to Brooks’ arrests last year for child support delinquency, he was also arrested back in 2009 for a DUI. Reality Tea obtained the above mugshot for Brooks’ DUI arrest on June, 16, 2009 in Florida. The arrest record listed him as self-employed and his occupation as “Insurance.”
Vicki also goes on to state that she cares for Brooks very deeply and that she is worried her new relationship might not survive in light of all the negative press. “For me it was a new life and a new page,” says Vicki. “He treats me the best I’ve ever been treated, but because of all the harassment, we probably won’t make it. He doesn’t deserve it and I can’t subject anyone to this.”
Interesting how Vicki sounds a lot like Gretchen when she’s defending her boyfriend Slade Smiley, much to the criticism of Vicki who has stated in the past that court documents don’t lie.
Vicki also took to her facebook page on Thursday and put up the following quote, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Funny how it’s okay when she’s bashing Slade for not paying his child support, but when others do it to her beau, it’s called gasps – “judging.”
And unfortunately for Vicki, the bad news doesn’t end with the above. An ex-girlfriend of Brooks has now come out today stating that Vicki and Brooks have been involved with each other for years.
Debbie Keanetells Radar Online that she started dating Brooks in 2005 and had an encounter with a jealous Vicki back in 2007, while she was still married to Donn Gunvalson. “I was tagging along on a business trip with Brooks in 2007 in West Palm Beach, Florida and he kept talking about how his friend who was famous was coming to the conference,” said Debbie.
Upon Vicki’s arrival, she immediately sought Brooks out.“She sent him a text saying ‘finally here, I need a drink,’” said Debbie. Two nights later, Debbie adds that she and Brooks were in a bar when Vicki walked in, so she decided to confront Vicki about flirting with Brooks. “She told me to mind my own business and then went and told Brooks he needed to ‘keep your girl in check.’”
Vicki, while admitting she was at the conference with Debbie and Brooks in 2007, denies Debbie’s version of events. Debbie “was really nice and complimented me on the show and on my outfit,” said Vicki also insisting she was at the conference with Donn.
As many of our readers have pointed out, Brooks appears to be the same guy that was shown this season on the OC Housewives flirting with Vicki during her trip to Cabo. That trip was billed as a girls trip to Mexico with only Tamra and Vicki. So we ask, if it was Brooks in Cabo, how did he end up on the same trip?
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On the second episode this season, Kim Kardashian pushes 15-year-old sister Kendall Jenner to a breaking point when trying to help with her modeling career in New York. Meanwhile Kris Jenner & Scott Disick come to blows when Scott keeps Kris from having a key to his and Kourtney’s house.
Check out a sneak peek below of Kim overseeing Kendall’s big photo shoot in NYC. In the clip, Kim questions Kendall’s seriousness as a runway model causing Kendall to snap. Kendall accuses big sis Kimmy of living vicariously through her and pushing her into doing runway which she’s “scared” of. Kendall screams, “I feel like you’re doing this for yourself!”
In other Kardashian news, Kim unveiled her new haircut this week as she decided to cut off a few inches off her notoriously long locks. “I decided to change it up a bit and cut my hair! I cut it like 5 or 6 inches! I’m loving it! What do you think?” blogged Kimmy. We’ll let you answer that with photos of her new haircut below!
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This time around, the topic of conversation is not her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, but rather her husband Joe Giudice. Teresa reveals she is “terrified” of Joe going to prison for his latest arrest and being left alone to take care of their 4 daughters together.
In the article, Teresa doesn’t touch on her bankruptcy legal issues at all (she and Joe are scheduled to face trial next month for bankruptcy fraud) as she only brings up Joe’s recent arrest for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s licence with his brother’s ID.
“It would be devastating,” said Teresa of the prospect of Joe going away – he is facing up to 10 year in prison. “I’m terrified. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Teresa reveals she also worries about what a 10-year jail sentence would do to their four daughters – Gia, 10, Gabriella, 6, Milania, 5, and Audriana, 21 months.
“I would be very nervous about the kids if Joe were to go to prison,” admits Teresa. “Daddy is their hero and their king. They go crazy for him.” And of course the Giudices, well mostly Joe, uses this as an opportunity to take a shot at Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga. Joe “would not do “sh*t” for Teresa states Joe Giudice when asked who would help his wife in the case of a prison sentence.
Oddly enough, Teresa admits Melissa reached out to her during Joe’s past jail stint while her brother Joe didn’t. “When the whole thing happened, his wife [Melissa] texted me,” she remembers. “I was nice to her, saying, “Thanks for text. We’re doing fine.’ But it would have been nice if my brother called. He is my brother — it would have been good of him to reach out to me.” Teresa adds that she felt alone during that time aka during Joe’s 10-day sentence (he only served 8 days) despite getting support from Joe’s family.
Joe also shockingly says he would understand if Teresa divorced him and remarried if he went away for 10 years. Teresa however reveals she can’t even imagine dating anyone else. “I couldn’t see myself with another guy,” she confides. “I’ve known Joe my whole life.”
And today, Teresa says she has major anxiety. “I have anxiety about it,” Teresa says. “I can’t sleep.” Joe adds that he absolutely cannot go back to prison citing that “a week in jail is like an eternity.” He adds, “When you are living outside, taking care of your family and then suddenly, you’re confined and being ordered around, it’s awful.” He insists,”I don’t belong in a place where those people are.”
You can read more of Teresa’s story in the latest issue of In Touch Weekly.
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It is however her shocking revelation last summer, which managed to fly under the radar for some reason, that is making headlines today. See last summer Amber, 21, revealed to PEOPLE magazine that she has bipolar disorder – a condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood.
“I take medication,” she said to PEOPLE at the time. “I haven’t [taken] anything today. Am I acting crazy? This is me though, and I like it.”
Amber revealed she was diagnosed back in 2008 after a going through a very depressing time following the birth of her daughter Leah. And despite admitting her disorder, Amber expressed doubts that the diagnosis was accurate. “I don’t think I’m bipolar, to be honest with you,” she said. “I’m just really outgoing. I think everybody thinks they’re bipolar these days. You’re a teenager, you have hormones. You’re gonna switch up every two seconds!”
Sources however add that Amber has been in therapy for two years.
Meanwhile, Amber’s on-off boyfriend Gary Shirley tweeted yesterday that Amber is doing better. “Amber is safe and getting the help she needs right now. Thanks for your prayers and support,” wrote Gary.
And more details are also now coming out about Tuesday’s events as it appears Gary also called 911 after Amber threatened to harm herself. She apparently thought he was cheating on her.
In the 911 call, Gary begged the cops to check on Amber stating she told him “she’s going to hang herself.” Gary added, “I just spoke with my girlfriend and she had said something to me … said she’s having a hard time with her life … call the police, they can find my body in the garage.”
As of today, Amber is still being evaluated at St. John’s Hospital in Indiana with a source stating that Gary visited her briefly on Tuesday afternoon. Amber’s hospitalization makes sense as those who threaten or attempt suicide are kept under a 72-hour hold.
Photo credit: SPLASH.
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UPDATE – Amber has now been released from the hospital, three days after her reported suicide attempt.