Reality villainess Omarosa Stallworth’s dating show premiered last week on TV One. The show, officially titled Donald J. Trump Presents The UltimateMerger, follows Omarosa’s quest to find love amongst 12 eligible bachelors.
Omarosa, 36, who is mostly known for her role on the first season of The Apprentice, describes her new venture with Donald Trump as “a mix between ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘The Bachelorette.'”
Donald and Omarosa reportedly developed the show together.“When you have a development project with ‘the Donald’ you don’t pass it up,” Omarosa told BV Newswire. “Donald is invested in me and seeing me succeed and you have to have someone who is going to look after your success.”
As for the show, it was revealed in premiere episode that Omarosa has a history with two of the bachelors. Omarosa revealed she had briefly dated Charles Parker, a foreign currency trader whom she refers to as a “player,” and R&B singer Al B. Sure, who Omarosa notes, “didn’t seal the deal” the first time around.
Another notable bachelor on the show is CJ Miller, who appeared on the first season of ABC’s True Beauty.
When it comes to the direction of the dating show, Omarosa makes it clear her show is distinct from the others. “I really enjoyed the whole franchise, from ‘Flavor of Love’ to ‘Ray J,’ and I think there’s a place for that type of program, but this one is kind of different. Ain’t nobody passing out roses or writing poetry,’ she laughed.
The Ultimate Merger airs Thursdays on TV One at 9 p.m. ET. A new episode airs tonight. I gave the show a shot last week and actually enjoyed watching it. It was a good show all around. I would like to know what you all thought of the show.
In the mean time, below are the photos & brief bios of the 12 Bachelors.
Name: Al B. Sure!
Age: 41, Occupation: Recording Artist
Name: CJ Miller
Age: 27, Occupation: Author/Model
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BACHELORS AND THE SHOW?
Former prostitution whore and current sex tape queen Danielle Staub has now decided her next ploy to garner attention is to exploit the gay community.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star gave an interview to FOX news during which she proclaimed she is a part of the gay community. “I haven’t even begun my work in the gay community yet,” said Danielle. “I want to go to senate, I want to pass a bill and get gay marriage legalized. I go to events, I march in rallies. I’ve been a part of the gay community for 30 years.”
Oh but she doesn’t end there. When asked about her relationship with openly lesbian songwriter Lori Michaels, Danielle made sure to play coy and not give a straight answer, pun intended.
“I’m not ready to say that one way or the other,” she told Fox News. “Right now my focus is on my kids, but there is room for one more person in my world. Hopefully soon the world will see that.”
Danielle also took her attentionwhoredom to twitter when she referred to Lori as her girlfriend in a recent tweet. “Thank you everyone for supporting me with love and kindness in my song “Real Close” bless my gf Lori Michaels,” she wrote.
And it’s not over folks. Danielle also made sure she tweeted a photo of herself sitting on Lori’s lap. That photo is below.
One person who isn’t buying Danielle’s faux lesbian story? Her co-star Jacqueline Laurita, who tweeted the following on Monday night: “She just asked my friend at her new condo to introduce her to all her single MALE friends so I am as confused as she is apparently. ;0)”
And for all the folks who would like a peek at Danielle’s sex tape, The first 15 minutes of the explicit tape has been posted online for free by Perez Hilton. You can watch that by clicking here. Good luck, you will need it.
Speaking of attention whores, party planner Elvira Grau, who released a press release last week to falsely declare herself Dina Manzo’s replacement, seems to be basking in her 15 minutes of limelight.
Perhaps someone should have told Elvira with fame comes the price of negative press, but something tells us she is more than happy to pay this price.
The NYPost is reporting Elvira and her hubby James Grau owe over $300,000 to the IRS. Elvira, who boasted about having a luxurious lifestyle replete with nannies, maids, cooks and drivers, was slapped with massive state tax liens between January and March on various properties, including her $3 million mansion.
And despite bragging to Teresa Giudice about having a beach house, property records show Elvira and her husband don’t own any thing near a beach.
Despite the bad press, Elvira seems to be loving all the attention, bragging to RadarOnline, “I’m the ‘Crazy Bitch!’ I’m a hustler.” And though Bravo has denied Elvira is a new housewife, they do confirm she will be appearing in a few more episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. No word yet on what Elvira will be doing in the upcoming episodes. Perhaps she will be helping Teresa plan a ‘We’re bankrupt but fabulous party.’ We kid, we kid.
Multiple media outlets are reporting Vienna spent the entire weekend shopping around her Bachelor break up story to a tabloid, even before she officially broke up with Jake. So how much did Vienna receive for her explosive Star magazine interview? According to Popeater, she received a huge payday of $90,000.
“Jake was totally blindsided. Not only did he have no idea that Vienna was calling off their three-month engagement, he also had no idea that she would be the type of girl to profit from the breakup,” adds a source.
But don’t go feeling sorry for Jake just yet because multiple sources believe he never truly loved Vienna and was only staying with her for “fame.” The Hollywoodlife reports Jake has spent almost 10 years trying to break into acting, and he knew picking Vienna would lead to more controversy, more publicity, and more opportunities ala Dancing With The Stars.
A source tells RadarOnline, “She was trying to be a loving, second half to him but he didn’t reciprocate,” the source said. “She wanted a real relationship but he wanted an arm doll and a fake life for publicity.”
One person who isn’t surprised by this sudden break up is Jake’s ex Tanya Douglas. If you recall, Tanya gave multiple interviews this year saying Jake wanted to get back together with her after picking Vienna. “Oh, I’m so surprised,” Tanya sarcastically said on That Guy Kramer radio show after being told that Jake and Vienna were over.
And despite multiple media outlets confirming Vienna dumped Jake via phone, Jake is sticking to his claim that he did the dumping on the phone. When asked by PEOPLE magazine why he broke up by phone, Jake gives a rather interesting answer. He claims the distrust issues with Vienna were preventing him from getting into character for his guest role on Drop Dead Diva, and ending things with Vienna would be the only way he could get out of his “head” and give the character justice. Folks we are not making this up.
“One of the keys to acting is you have to get out of your head,” Jake, 32, tells PEOPLE. “This [show] didn’t hire me to be Jake, they hired me to play Toby Davlin. I can’t be Jake and sell this character.”
Troubled by what he termed “trust issues” with Vienna, 24, Jake says he broke up with her in a phone call Monday night.
“I’ve been trying to put all that aside so that I can give this character justice,” he says. “It’s been a struggle thinking about my relationship and going in front of the camera and shooting.”
Yikes, must say Jake’s words are not helping him shoot down those fame whore rumors. And as for ABC’s reaction to this very nasty public split? Popeater reveals ABC is very upset with the way Vienna handled this and are worried that another ‘Bachelor’ breakup will hurt the entire franchise. You don’t say ABC?
“Once people stop believing the show is about finding true love and instead making these awful people famous, they will stop watching,” reveals the industry source. Seems like ABC has very good reason to be worried.
While the net worth of Jacqueline and her husband Chris Laurita is unknown, it has been uncovered that Chris’s company, Signature Apparel Group, LLC, had a bankruptcy filing last year in September 2009. Chris is listed as being the company’s CEO, Owner and President.
The bankruptcy is described as “an involuntary petition for liquidation under Chapter 7” that was filed against Signature Apparel Group, LLC in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
There’s no word on the current status of the company or how this affects the finances of Chris and Jacqueline, but with Chris being the Owner, CEO and President, it’s safe to assume the demise of the company will put a dent in the couple’s finances. One can only hope the Lauritas have been responsible with their money, so they don’t end up like the Giudices.
UPDATE: Wanted to add that this isn’t a personal bankruptcy filing but one for a company which seemed to be having problems. We have zero knowledge of the Lauritas’ personal spending or finances. This is simply a report on what happened with Chris’s company Signature Apparel.
In other New Jersey news, mama bearCaroline Manzo gave a new interview to Zap2it, during which she touched on the Brownstone and Kim G. Excerpts are below –
And, your kids, have they received preferential treatment [at the Brownstone], because dad’s the owner?
Each of them did everything. Somebody vomited on the floor? We’d say, ‘Albie, go clean up the vomit.’ And he’d say, ‘OK.’ What’s great about it is all the employees at The Brownstone, from the dishwashers to the valets to the bartenders, they all worked in every aspect in every department. So they all know these kids and they know that they put in the hours and they know that they worked and they know that they are good kids. It is a wonderful thing when you are going there and you see them interacting with everybody. We have almost 300 employees and they interact with everybody and they know everybody’s name and everything. That to me is tremendous.
Danielle Staub is one thing, but what is Kim G.’s deal?
Kim and I only know each other because I know that she’s [my son, Christopher’s friend] John’s mom and she knows that I am Christopher’s mom. There was never so much as an invitation for a cup of coffee on her part to me in the past ten years. And to be fair I never reached out to her either. So I just thought that the timing was a little…bizarre. I thought the invitation was a little strange, and this is why I stepped away from that. As far as her friendship goes, I don’t know the woman well enough to say she is not clear about things, or she is being fooled, or is Danielle her type of person or is Danielle not her type of person? I don’t know the answer to those questions. Because I don’t know her.
You seem pretty forgiving – even after she twisted Chris’ words when he said that they were “in for a surprise” and added fuel to Danielle’s fire.
I was able to let go. Certainly it was disappointing. No doubt. It was uncomfortable for me to watch without question. But again, it is not like we had a relationship and she turned on me. It is not like we had a relationship and she was like two-faced. We didn’t have a relationship. So is that’s what she wants to do, than great. However, I’m not going to let her actions impact me enough to affect the boys’ friendship.
If it seems like just yesterday Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi announced their split through their rep, even asking for some “privacy” during their tough time, it’s because it was just yesterday, but apparently a lot can change within 24 hours.
In what seems straight out of a bad soap opera, the recently split Bachelor couple have now taken to trashing each other in the media. And when we say trashing guys, we mean absolutely throwing each other under the bus.
First, Vienna gave a paid interview to Star magazine and the accusations she throws out against Jake are not pretty. Vienna calls Jake a “monster” and then accuses him of only being with her for fame. According to Vienna, she and Jake haven’t had sex in months, and the only time he would even kiss her was in public, and in front of cameras.
“We haven’t been intimate in months now,” Vienna reveals. “More than four months. At first his excuse was that he was fasting. The second excuse was that he didn’t feel like it. And the third excuse was that he said that he felt that I wouldn’t understand that he wants to wait until marriage, even though I told him I’d support him. Then the last excuse was that we fight so much that I push him away. I was like, really — which excuse is it? I literally have been living six months with this guy who won’t be intimate with me!”
“He kisses me only if we’re on a red carpet or if cameras are there,” she says. “Besides that, I have to ask for a kiss — and if I do he’ll pucker his lips and just peck me. I’m like, that’s how I kiss my grandmother!”
Vienna also alleges Jake emotionally abused her. You can read more about the sordid break up details in the new issue of Star magazine.
It seems Jake caught wind of Vienna’s interview with Star magazine and decided to go on the offensive. While attempting to take the high road in the public eye, he had his people leak out to multiple media outlets, including TMZ and UsWeekly, that he dumped Vienna because she had been cheating on him.
The man Vienna is accused of cheating with is ABC ‘Gleek’ actor Gregory Michael (pictured above with Vienna on June 20). Gregory however denies being a homewrecker as he tells RadarOnline the above photo was taken the same day he met Vienna. Gregory tells Radar Vienna told him she was single. “She [Vienna] made it very clear that her relationship with Jake had been over for some time now,” added Gregory. Vienna has also denied cheating on Jake, saying the fabrications are “100% false.”
TMZ is also reporting Vienna has given Jake the $50,000 engagement ring back, but Jake will not get to keep it. Apparently ABC requires all Bachelor couples who don’t get married to return the rings. And in case you’re wondering, none of the men from the Bachelor franchise remain with the women they chose.
Other accusations made by Jake? Well he also tells PEOPLE Vienna was very jealous and that he did not trust her. While Jake tells the mag he did the dumping, multiple media outlets report Vienna was the one who dumped Jake by phone this weekend.
TELL US – WHO’S STORY DO YOU BELIEVE? VIENNA OR JAKE?
In the midst of celebrating a world championship with her NBA hubby Lamar Odom, E! reality star Khloe Kardashian is also having to defend her recent gift to him.
It all started when Kris Jennertold the world E! News about Khloe’s present to Lamar for winning a championship with the Lakers. “It’s a brand new 2010 Rolls Royce …d rop-top coupe, white on white,” said Kris.
And the price tag for Khloe’s gift? Just a mere $400,000. The amount of course sent tongues wagging with I and many people speculating that the gift was likely purchased with Lamar’s NBA paycheck.
Khloe however denied this when she took to her twitter yesterday. “People r so pathetic,” Khloe, 25, Tweeted. “Y would I give some1 a gift w/ their money? That’s lame. I actually make my own money. Shocking I know. Stop hating!”
Glad you cleared that up Khloe. RadarOnline is also reporting now that the NBA season is over, Khloe and Lamar will finally take their honeymoon, as they never got to take one last year. The couple will be taking a private jet sometime this week bound for Cabo San Lucas. And part of their honeymoon will be filmed for one of their reality shows, likely Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
Khloe and Lamar have also been spending time this week with Lamar’s kids from his previous relationship with ex-girlfriend Liza Morales. Photos of Khloe & Lamar with his kids are below, as well as a photo of Liza, who bears a striking resemblance to Khloe.
We start off this episode with an awkward dinner or lunch or something between Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline. The ladies discuss Dina’s exit from the show and of course Danielle’s name is brought up in the conversation. The only part that stands out in this scene is when Caroline says, “I feel so bad for Dina. She’s going through so much.” Come again Caroline? Dina’s going through so much? Like what exactly? As we the viewers haven’t been privy to any of Dina’s problems, infact we have been led to believe Dina’s life was all unicorns, lollipops and rainbows with the exception of the Danielle drama.
I thought Caroline’s comment was interesting to say the least. Reason #192 by the NJ cast sucks? Well thanks to the ladies focusing on the Danielle drama so much, we don’t get to hear about or see their own personal issues and drama. The ladies decide they need to watch out for Danielle because “she’s capable of anything,” and the dinner/lunch/brunch or something scene ends.
Next up is Danielle‘s visit with a plastic surgeon. Was I the only one who noticed some lights were out on the sign for the plastic surgery office? Not sure that I would be putting my life on the line in what looks like a motel reject but Danielle is more than ready to fix her wonky tits, so she will take the chance! And thanks to the now infamous sex tape she made before this revision surgery, we can all affirm her boobs were indeed deformed.
Danielle then once again breaks out her her boo hoo story about feeling so undesirable due to her wonky tits, and I can imagine a good percentage of viewers are rolling their eyes at this point.
We then get to see Lauren Manzodoing makeup at her makeup school, and overbearing mama Caroline of course pays her daughter a visit. Don’t get me wrong, Caroline seems like a great mother, but she just appears to be way too involved in the lives of her children. It appears she has nothing else going on in her life other than her children and family. At this stage in her kids’ lives, it might be time for Caroline to began pulling back, and perhaps work on finding a hobby that doesn’t involve her children. Someone commented a while back, saying they already feel bad for Caroline’s future daughter-in-laws, and can’t say I disagree.
Ashley decides to pay her parents a visit and apologizes for her bratty behavior at the poker game. Ashley informs her parents she wants to come back home, which I think is great, because she had no business living on her own to begin with. She simply lacks the maturity needed to make it on her own at this point in her life.
Next up is Teresa and she informs us she is having a housewarming party for her new home. We finally get to meet nutty party planner Elvira Grau, who immediately scolds Teresa for not having help or a pool for that matter. Something about Teresa was off this episode. She just seemed a bit more laid back and more quiet. I’m guessing this was filmed at the peak of her financial problems. When you think about it, Danielle made her sex tape in September 2009, before her visit with the plastic surgeon in this episode. Teresa filed for bankruptcy in October 2009, meaning this episode was definitely filmed right before or right after the bankruptcy filing.
Back to the show, Teresa and Elvira have an interesting exchange.
Elvira– Why don’t you have a pool?
Teresa – (Awkward pause) Because I have a beach house. (Quick thinking there Teresa!)
Elvira – I have a beach house, I have a pool.
Elvira once again scolds Teresa for not having help, and at this point it’s pretty obvious Kim D. and Kim G. are not the only ones auditioning for Bravo. It however seems Elvira has her sights set on something bigger than just the Housewives’ franchise. The annoying, rude and overbearing party planner is aiming for her own Bravo spin off!
The big rumor last week was that Kate Gosselin might be the next Bachelorettefor the ABC hit dating show. The rumors then grew legs after the higher ups at ABC, including the show’s creator publicly commented on the rumors, saying they would love to have Kate on the show.
Kate’s people however quickly shut down the rumors by issuing a denial. Well now fast forward to a week later and it seems the Kate Plus 8 mom might be open to the idea. When RadarOnline caught up with Kate back home in PA, they asked her about the dating show rumors and her answer or non denial rather was quite telling.
“It’s furious… I really… everybody… they’re just all talking about it and I haven’t said anything,” coyly replied Kate, who then added, “I am lonely and I do need help… and I’m not mean like everyone says I am.”
If she had zero interest in doing a dating show, she would have just answered no right? Funny enough, we blogged last week that Kate would likely sign on for the Bachelorette if the price was right. According to reports, she received $500,000 for her appearance on Dancing With The Stars, and there’s a good chance she could receive double that amount to appear on the Bachelorette.
And the above picture of Kate? Well it was taken this week as she was simply doing some shopping at a local Target and Bed Bath and Beyond in Reading, Pennsylvania. Seems like a certain someone is enjoying her time in the limelight.
TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH KATE ON THE BACHELORETTE?