Danielle Staub, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey recently experienced some heartbreak as she recently lost her mother.
According to PEOPLE, Ruth Merrill died on March 21 after having a stroke at the age of 75 in Athens, Penn. Her funeral was held this past Thursday.
Danielle, pictured above with her 2 daughters — Christine and Jillian — shares that her mom will have some appearances on the new season of the NJ Housewives, set to premiere May 3. “She’s on the show a little bit, she’s definitely a voice of reason with me,” reveals Danielle. “She was a sweet woman, she adopted me, I was her miracle. She was one of the most energetic women. She was a very religious woman, a God-fearing woman.”
As for whether or not her co-stars offered their condolences, Danielle answered no and explained that she did not expect them to. “We know how they feel about me,” said Danielle of her costars. “They weren’t my friends before the show, they weren’t friends with me on the show, and they won’t be friends with me when the show has come and gone. I don’t expect them to reach out to me. I would actually be shocked. I would prefer not to have people be fake around me.”
Some of her fellow housewives are however responding to her comments. Jacqueline Laurita tweeted, “Last she told me, she had NO contact w/her Mom in many years & had NO desire to. News to me.Must be new in the past few months. Sad to hear.”
Teresa Giudice also had the following to say via a tweet, “Just found out that Danielle’s mom passed away may she rest in peace..”
Tonight brings us week 2 of the sizzling new season ofDancing With The Stars. As we reported last week, the premiere episode was the highest rated ever in DWTS history with over 23.9 million viewers.
So what can we expect in week 2? Well we have some news and updates below -
Kate Gosselin Turns 35 – Kate celebrated her 35th birthday on Sunday away from her eight kids, as she was in Los Angeles preparing for the show. When asked what she wished for on her birthday, Kate revealed it was to stay on DWTS and make it through the first elimination. “I hope I’m not one of the first to go,” said Kate to PEOPLE. “I really like it here. You become close to everybody so fast.” Kate might not get her wish as some are predicting she will be the first to go.
Erin Andrews Dating Maksim? - This was the big rumor/story that swept through the web last week. Many noticed the two seem to have some great chemistry on the show, and Maksim, 30, didn’t help put the rumors to rest when he answered “maybe” when asked if he and Erin were dating. Erin, 31, also gushed about Maksim, “I think its funny when you are paired up with a really attractive guy. You turn into a fifteen year-old and don’t know what to do,” Erin said, giggling, “he makes me nervous!” The two have been seen spending lots of time together outside of DWTS. Photos of the two are below.
Nicole and Derek Not Dating – Nicole Scherzinger ,who currently leads the show with the 25 points she earned last week, was also rumored to be getting hot and heavy with her dancing partner Derek Hough. Nicole however shut down the rumors saying she is dating Race car driver Louis Hamilton. The former Pussycat doll leader is still the favorite to win the show.
What To Expect Tonight – As for what is to come tonight, we can expect a foxtrot dance from Erin and Maksim. The duo will be dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” which will not help put the dating rumors to rest. Kate Gosselin also reveals she will be doing the jive dance with partner Tony. Doing the jive as well will be Evan Lysaceck, who says “the jive is difficult, but it’s fun.”
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Bethenny tweeted Monday morning, “I’m a real housewife! On way to honeymoon. best night of my life. your messages were so beautiful & sentimental. have a great week tweeps!”
As for the wedding details, the wedding took place Sunday afternoon at the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. Guests included castmates Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb. Ramona told People.com, that the wedding was the “Rolls Royce of weddings!”
As we previously reported, Bethenny’s former BFF Jill Zarinwas not invited. Jill has however wished Bethenny all the best in the press.
It has also been reported that the wedding ,which cost over an estimated $200,000 was paid for by Bravo, as it was filmed for Bethenny’s upcoming reality show – Bethenny’s Getting Married. Bethenny might have also gotten a deal with a magazine for the right to publish her wedding photos. Bidding for that was said to be around $25,000.
Bethenny, 39, met businessman Jason back in 2008. The two are expecting their first child in June.
No word yet on if Bethenny will now be known as Bethenny Hoppy.
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James Clement saw his luck run out last week, when he was voted off his ‘Heroes’ tribe on Survivor All Stars. Jame’s alliance turned against him and saved Colby, likely out of concern for his injured knee.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, James talks about being eliminated, how his leg’s doing (he actually tore his ACL), and discusses being called a villain.
Excerpts from the interview below -
You survived your first tribal after hurting your knee, but were sent home despite beating Colby in the challenge and holding your own in the Hero Olympics.
I think they were trying to save me from myself because they knew I wasn’t going to quit and I would have really messed stuff up. They were concerned about my knee so I think they did it for me even though they didn’t want to.
How’s the leg?
I’m going through surgeries now. I tore my ACL meniscus and then I got some sort of infection from bad water and it messed up the knee more. We will find out more when they go in again in five weeks. My kneecap rubs against the bone and scatters cartilage around the area. It doesn’t really hurt but it gets hot. If I put ice on it, I can watch it melt. It’s more annoying. I want to scratch it from the inside.
You’ve played three times. In China, were voted out with two idols in your pocket. In Micronesia and Samoa, you left due to injury. Which elimination burns most?
Definitely the idols. Me not paying attention and getting voted out is the most upsetting. The other two times I was doing my best, but I got hurt and plans didn’t come to fruition. That was out of my control. It’s strange because I’ve gone 32 years without going to the hospital. I work in a graveyard. I build houses. I played football. And I go and get hurt on the beach. Way to go James! You’re supposed to relax on the beach. [The blindside] made me pay attention more and I swore that if I ever came across an idol, I would play it immediately. I wouldn’t hold on to them.
More than once, players asserted that you should have been a villain. Were you on the wrong tribe?
There’s a fine line between heroes and villains. It’s cute that everyone thinks I’m being super-aggressive and obnoxious because I wanted everyone to focus, win and play as a team. Anarchy obviously doesn’t work and I just wanted everyone to make a plan and stick to it. If you think teamwork is the work of the devil, then send me to the villain side. Trying to organize is just crazy talk. That’s absurd.
Who do you want to win? Amanda deserves it. She plays hard. She’s sweet. She’s been to the end twice. It’d be nice if she makes it this time and actually completes the mission. Poor thing, she’s always a bridesmaid.
There seems to be a trend with VH1 reality love shows, a contestant wins the heart of the bachelor, only to have him never call or contact her again.
Well the finale of Frank The Entertainer In A Basement Affairaired tonight with Kerry Schwartz winning the heart of Frank The Entertainer aka Frank Maresca. The story however ended a little differently as Frank called Kerry 3 days after picking her to break up with her, letting her know he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend.
This was the same guy who mentioned several times on the show that he was looking for “true love.” Evidently true love means a VH1 paycheck. Plus anyone else notice how he showed zero emotion over Felicia leaving? Perhaps that should have been a hint. In a new interview with VH1, Kerry talks about her heartbreak with Frank, the state of her friendship with Cathy, and what she hopes will happen in the future between her and Frank.
Excerpts from Kerry’s interview is below –
What has your communication with Frank been like since the show?
When the show first ended, it was great for about three days. But then, Frank broke up with me because he said he wanted to give his ex-girlfriend another chance. I feel like Frank didn’t really give me a chance at all. You know, I always wanted to make it work with Frank. We saw each other a few times after the show. It’s really hard to hang out in a normal environment because you’re constantly hiding from people and you have to keep it a secret, so we weren’t allowed to go out in public places and hang out like normal people and have fun together. We were stuck in a hotel room whenever we hung out, and there’s only so much you can do in a hotel room. I guess you can say we kept more of a phone relationship for a little while, but I started to give up on him being that he would always talk about how amazing his ex-girlfriend was, and I felt like he still wasn’t over her. He told me all the time he’s still in love with her mentally, whatever that means. I’m not really sure.
Have you talked to him recently?
We’d stopped talking for about two months, but yes. Frank and I still talk now, but we talk as friends. It’s kind of hard for me to talk on the phone with Frank though, because I really liked Frank, I don’t know about any of the other girls, but I did. He would just talk to me about hanging out with other girls in his hotel room and stuff like that, and I just didn’t want to hear that. I tried to not speak with him anymore for a little while, because I felt like every time I spoke to him it would just hurt my feelings.
Are there hurt feelings, or any resentment?
There’s no resentment, but I feel like Frank didn’t really give me a chance. I feel like on the show he saw that I was trying so hard with all these crazy challenges and all these other girls. I think if any woman goes through all those things for a guy, that should prove something to them, but sometimes I feel like maybe I just wasn’t enough for him.
Did competing on this show change your friendship with Cathy? You two came in as friends.
Before the show started, we made a pact that no matter what happened, we wouldn’t let it affect our friendship. When I found out that Cathy slept with Frank, I was really disappointed in her, but at the same time I was like, OK I have to think about the situation that we’re in. I thought about leaving for a second, but I thought I’d made it too far to leave. Cathy and I are really, really good friends. We’ve grown so much closer since the show is over. Frank actually didn’t want me to talk to Cathy or any of the other girls after the show, but I absolutely fell in love with so many of the other girls on the show. I love so many of them. There’s no way that I wouldn’t keep in touch with them, so that’s also like a really big issue. Cathy and I talk to each other every day. We see each other all the time, and she’s just a really great person.
Do you really see yourself staying in touch with Frank?
At the end of the day, I’ll always remain friends with Frank. I’m always here for him. We’ll see what happens. I’m still talking to him, so we’ll see what happens. I think I have a better relationship with Cathy right now than I do with Frank, though.
It also seems Kerry has gotten over her shyness as she posted some very sexy photos of herself on her facebook page. Some of the photos are below -
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Excerpts from Bethenny’s interview with Zap2it below -
Jill really took that “get a hobby” voice message to heart. What do you think about her keeping it that long and the fact she plays it for people?
I know. That to me is shocking. Yeah, at a certain level, I have trust in people. So, I was just completely shocked. The thing is I say it got disproportionate to what it originally was. It escalated. I meant everything I said on that message. She didn’t play the entire message. I’m not sure why she didn’t want everyone to hear the whole message. I meant everything I said, but the playing for other people is like somebody opening up your journal. I didn’t blast it out to 20 people.
Knowing how much she cares about that line, have you apologized at least for that part of the message or are you going to?
You know what I say on marriages and relationships? It’s never about what it’s about. Something small happens and there’s something much more massive underneath it. Sometimes the aftershock is worse than the original earthquake kind of thing. I think that what happened after became so much more enormous, as you’ll see throughout the season, that I was reaching out. To get to the place where I am now, where it’s become a much different thing. Other things were said. Other things were done. It really became a whole other issue.
Kelly recently posed for Playboy. Would you ever pose for Playboy?
At this point in my life, not even because I’m pregnant, that would not be a good business decision for me. With business, it’s like a thread. Everything needs to adhere to that line. There would be no reason, no upside to posing for Playboy for me. It would not be good for my brand. I think for somebody like a Heidi Montag, where she was sort of on her way down, I think that was a good thing to do. It depends on what your endgame is. Posing nude for PETA, that was for charity and not really about business, but it wouldn’t hurt my brand. I just don’t think that posing for Playboy has anything to do with anything that I am.
Last season, you had a problem with Ramona’s statement that Jill likes to adopt the underdog and she was referring to you. Do you see some truth to that statement now?
It happens with girlfriends all the time. When you’re down and out, people rally around you. It’s easy for you to be the one that’s the needy one. When you’re not the underdog anymore, things shift. Yeah, I do think there was something to what Ramona said. I didn’t see it at the time or I didn’t choose to see it, but I can understand why she said that. Absolutely.
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Lock your daughters up! The biggest douchebag on the planet,Jon Gosselin is once again single reports UsWeekly.
The Jon & Kate Plus 8dad has been dumped by his 25 year-old girlfriend Morgan Christie, after just a few months of dating. “It’s true,” an insider confirms, stating that Jon is “a mess and feels like a loser.”
Jon and Morgan, a law school student, first met back in November while snowboarding in Utah. The two went public with their relationship in January during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where they shocked partygoers by showing “tons of PDA, holding hands, kissing,” according to a witness.
So what’s next for Jon? Well that remains a mystery for now. A source however reveals “Kate Gosselinwon’t let Jon have extra custody, she thinks they’re better off with a nanny.”
In an interview with Radar, Hailey shares her plans to move to Los Angeles. “I’m moving out in August and probably moving to the Santa Monica area,” states Hailey. “I was offered to do a show called Starting Over, which will be about me leaving New York and all the negative behind me.”
So get ready world, Hailey will be coming to a TV near you soon.