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Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta opens up in an exclusive new interview with Essence.

Kim talks about how Kandi is dealing with her tragic week, her thoughts on AJ, the breakup with Big Poppa (Lee Najjar) as well as her new boyfriend. She also speaks briefly on Big Poppa’s wife, saying his wife knew about her.

Below are excerpts from Kim’s new interview -

ESSENCE.COM: How is Kandi doing? Have you spoken to her?
KIM ZOLCIAK:
I spoke with her mom and texted her just to let her know I’m here. I was one of the first to find out and I called the other ladies. Everybody has been fantastic but it’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to bring us all together. We were able to put all our stuff on the back burner and come together for Kandi. It’s not something that I ever thought would happen, no matter how tragic the situation.

ESSENCE.COM: What was your interaction with A.J like?
ZOLCIAK:
He actually called me last week and I never called him back, which sucks. I adored him. He was such a great guy. He was actually with Big Papa the night I got engaged. I hated that people have this bad impression of him because he had so many children. He was a great father and he was great with Riley [Kandi's 7-year-old daughter] and he loved Kandi.

ESSENCE.COM: And when is the wig line coming out?
ZOLCIAK:
I’ve joined with a company called Pop Wigs who will manufacture and distribute the wigs. It’s a lot more work than I ever anticipated. I’m working on everything from trademarking to the packaging. I’m really proud of the wigs, so by December people will be able to do pre-orders and we can send them out by January.

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The latest in the soap opera known as the Gosselins is news that the couple kept their cool for their twins’ birthday party.

Jon Gosselin had threatened the party would turn into WWIII if Kate refused to let him stay. Then there was some more drama involving both parents getting separate cakes for the twins.

“We kept it cordial for the kids,” Jon told Usmagazine outside the party Thursday evening. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad picked up the kids from the bus stop after school earlier in the day, and said he planned to stay “awhile” but not overnight.

Jon however managed to roll his eyes when asked how things were going with Kate, saying things were “fine.”

The Birthdaygate drama began when Jon accused Kate of trying to change their joint-custody arrangement so that he could only be present at their home from 4 to 6 p.m during the party.

“I won’t allow that,” he told ET.  “She’s basically saying it would be too stressful to the kids to have both of us here, like we originally planned.”

So that’s it for Birthdaygate, that is until something new develops before the end of the day of course. But seriously, will someone tell these two, especially Jon, that Mady & Cara are now 9 years of age, and might perhaps have access to the Internet and tabloids, where they can unfortunately read about their parents bickering daily about nothing.

New Jersey Housewives' Danielle Staub

Danielle Staub of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is now facing a lawsuit by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher.

Kevin has filed a lawsuit against Danielle on the basis of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  And yes, this is the same Kevin who wrote the tell all book, ‘Cop Without A Badge,’  revealing Danielle’s scandalous past as a drug user and escort.

The lawsuit is based on an interview Danielle gave PEOPLE magazine in June 2009, during which she called Kevin a rapist and a dog murderer.

Kevin– who was married to Danielle in the late 80s — told E! News, “I am filing a lawsuit against my ex-wife, Danielle Staub, stemming from her allegations that I raped her on a bed of broken glass, inserted my handgun inside her and played Russian Roulette, and last but not least, killing her dog by way of hanging it,” Maher states. “She also threatened me on the reunion show that Bravo aired.”

Kevin says he’s receieved “serious and outrageous threats” since the article was released.

For The Love of Ray J 2 Cast

The 2nd season of For The Love of Ray J is here! VH1 rolled out the photos of the new set of ladies vying for Ray J‘s heart.

Ray J’s relationship with season 1 winner, Cocktail, seemed to turn sour just weeks after the 1st season ended. It’s rumored Ray J dumped Cocktail so he could film a second season of his hit dating show. With names like Popper, Lava, Fettucini and Trouble, surely Ray J will find his one true love among this bunch.

The new season is set to premier on VH1 on Monday, Nov. 2 at 9/8c.

World famous R&B superstar Ray J is back for another season of For the Love of Ray J. Last season Ray brought 14 beautiful women to his home to see if he could find love — and he thought he did. After going through challenges, dates and eliminations Cocktail won Ray J’s heart and the two of them hoped things would work out, but it wasn’t meant to be. Just because things didn’t work out with Cocktail doesn’t mean Ray didn’t have blast. Ray wants to give love a second chance, so he hit up VH1 and told them he wanted to do it just like last time, but better.

Photos of each of the 19 ladies is below -

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MORE PHOTOS OF THE LADIES BELOW —

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In a recent interview, Kim Zolciak explains the reason she missed her BFF Kandi Burruss’s concert performance during last Thursday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

“My daughter Brienna was really sick that night,” says Kim, also claiming Kandi was aware that she wouldn’t be able to make it to the concert.

“She’s understanding,” Kim said. “I wouldn’t miss something like that especially after all the work she did on ‘Tardy for the Party.’ I wouldn’t just not show up.”

Since the producers didn’t explain the reason for Kim’s absence, it gave viewers the impression that Kim intentionally skipped the event.

Kim is also upset about Lisa comments of her possibly having a disease referring to Kim’s “cancer” scare during the first season reunion. “Who talks like that?” she said. “That’s so low! She’s a mother and a wife. That’s not funny. It’s a little too much for me. It’s one thing to make fun of somebody and make it cut but to really insult them…”

Not sure if I’m buying Kim’s excuse and claim that Kandi knew she would not be showing up, considering Kandi seemed to be looking for her after the performance.

Jon Gosselin and Kate Gosselin

The Jon and Kate Gosselin saga doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Jon says estranged wife Kate is trying to prevent him from seeing his twins on their birthday. Both Mady and Cara celebrate their 9th birthday today.

“She’s trying to prevent me from seeing my kids on their birthday because she doesn’t want to see me,” alleges the dad of eight, in a recent interview on Entertainment Tonight (ET) that aired Wednesday night.

Both Jon and Kate have to take turns living in their $1.1-million Pennsylvania home when they have custody of the kids, but Jon says he’s “just going to stay” when its his turn.

“I own the house, so I can do what I want,” he says.

A few days ago, Kate accused Jon of taking $230,000 from their joint bank account, leaving her with $1000. Kate sent Jon an email saying, “Due to recent events, it will be too stressful to the kids to have both of us here as planned. I would like to split the evening so they can see us both.” The email also limits the time that Jon can spend with the kids on Thursday from 4 to 6pm

In the interview with ET, Jon also claims that his “kids didn’t care” when they found out their parents were splitting up.”When we told them we were going to get divorced, the 5-year olds said, ‘What’s for lunch?’ The only two people who really cared were [9-year-old twins] Mady and Cara,” Jon told ET. “Cara broke down and Mady said, ‘Oh, I saw this coming.’”

Jennifer Hudson baby

Jennifer Hudson is introducing the world to her new born son. Jennifer gave birth to her first child, David – named after her fiancé, David Otunga (Punk from I Love New York 2) – on Aug. 10.

“I love being nurturing and caring because I love to see other people happy,” says the American Idol alum. “Who better to devote my time to than my own child?”

Below are excerpts from her interview with PEOPLE -

How hard was it keeping your pregnancy under wraps?
“David and I were the only people who knew for a long time. I would forget I was pregnant, it was so easy. I didn’t have any morning sickness, no cravings either. I just thought, ‘Oh, well, we’ll wait until it’ll tell on itself.’ I didn’t show until I was seven months so that made it easy right there.”

Has his personality emerged yet?

“He has a lot of personality, like David. He’s always been a good sleeper. His favorite time to smile now is diaper changes. Or when he spits up on you – he just cracks up like he thinks it’s the funniest thing. And his bottle is his pacifier. With a pacifier, it’s like he knows, ‘Ain’t nothing come out of here. No, I don’t want that. Where’s the real deal?’ His best friend is that bottle; that’s all he wants.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s reunion show which was scheduled to tape this week is reportedly postponed.

Bravo had planned to film a two-part show this week that was due to air on the network on October 29 and November 5. The taping has now been rescheduled in light of the death of castmate Kandi Burruss’s ex-fiancé Ashley A.J. Jewell.

Dwight Eubanks confirmed this news to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The hairdresser and honorary “sixth housewife” said he didn’t expect AJ to be edited out of the upcoming episodes.

“I don’t see them editing him out. It’s television. It’s reality. We just have to prepare and get geared up for next year,” said Dwight.

He also added that he is uncertain of Kandi’s future on the show, saying: “She’s had such a dramatic year. She had her uncle die, too. She has her own career to focus on. Now her life has changed with her daughter and taking temporary custody of [AJ's] twins.”

Kandi has however previously voiced her desire to return for a 3rd season before the passing of AJ.

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