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The recurring theme with Bravo’s Real Housewives seems to be one of short sales, evictions, and foreclosures.  The OC Register is reporting that Tamra Barney of The Real Housewives of Orange County listed her home for a short-sale back in July.

Tamra claims that this was a “business decision” after she and her husband lost $600,000 on the house.

However a reader the Register’s comments section had a different view on the issue, posting the following -

When a home goes to a short sale their credit is SHOT, the Barney’s will be lucky if anyone will even RENT to them! They’re deadbeats who obviously don’t pay their bills. A short sale is a last attempt before FORECLOSURE. I don’t know who they’re trying to fool with the custom home.

Banks don’t loan money on a new home if they haven’t paid for their old mortgage. The Barney’s are HIGH RISK and lenders are very careful now, this is BS. Three lates on a mortgage and banks won’t look at you for at least 2 years after the last late payment.

All very interesting.  The show mentioned last season that Tamra’s husband, Simon Barney, lost quit his job with a Mercedes car dealership.

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The latest issue US Weekly brings us another not so flattering cover story for Jillian Harris and her fiance, Ed Swiderski. The issue focuses on how Ed was able to trick and manipulate Jillian, while juggling his two other girlfriends.

A few of The Bachelorette contestants tell US Weekly they heard Ed talk about having a girlfriend back home. Wes Hayden is one of the men speaking out, and he would know a thing or two this topic, considering he was accused of having a girlfriend while on the show as well. Below are some of what the guys are saying -

Wes Hayden – “Dave [Good] and I both remember Ed saying he had a girlfriend,” says Hayden, who also was accused of having a girlfriend while on the show. “But we are not the kind who are going to run our mouths.”

Michael Stagliano – “There was definitely something, I can’t put my finger on it, where I did think, I’m not going to be best friends with this guy. Ed’s a shady character.”

Jesse Kovacs – Bachelorette contestants are required to relinquish cellphones and laptops on the show to keep interaction lively among the participants. But because of Ed’s job as a Microsoft consultant, he “had an agreement” to keep both “because it was imperative for him to have access for work.”

Reid Rosenthal – Says some contestants knew Ed was bad news and “didn’t care to hang out with him.”

The cover story also claims Reid Rosenthal still has feelings for Jillian. Nothing will likely come from that as Reid is the front runner to become the new Bachelor, and Jillian has no plans of ending things with Ed.

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Despite a report by TMZ revealing that Lisa Wu Hartwell and husband Ed Hartwell had their home foreclosed, Lisa is now denying the foreclosure to People magazine. We were “not evicted, it was a short-sell. It was not a foreclosure,” says Lisa.

Lisa, 38, continues, “It was decision that we made and not one that was made for us. But we were not put out.” As for the TMZ report that the couple defaulted on their bank loan, she re-affirms that an attempt to restructure the loan “didn’t work out.” Lisa claims, “we chose to move, we were not evicted.”

It seems short-sell is what they’re calling foreclosures nowadays. I take it she “chose” to move after receiving notification of a foreclosure from her bank. Even her rep confirmed the foreclosure story yesterday. Plus TMZ has documents confirming the story.

Lisa however admits her family has moved into a new “downsized” home in a neighboring community due to the pressure of the recession. This clashes with the comment her rep made yesterday, saying the couple has moved into a new home sitting on 10 acres. Not sure how 10 acres is downsizing.

TELL US – ARE YOU BUYING LISA’S SPIN ON THIS STORY?

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Michael Cohen dishes about Bravo’s Miami Social and his cast mates in an all new interview with RadarOnline. The entertainment and fashion writer talks about his on-going beef with Ariel, George and his insane girlfriend Lina, plus his thoughts on Katrina and Ben’s marriage. Below are some excerpts from his interview -

RADARONLINE.COM: Did you know the other cast members before you started filming?

Michael: I did. Katrina, I’ve known since 2003. I wrote her wedding story for In Touch Weekly. Isn’t that funny? She was on The Apprentice at the time so when she married Ben it was a big deal back then. I knew Maria from the gym, I knew of Ariel and I knew Hardy. I knew George because he’s good friends with my friend Joey. You know we all knew each other because just like any clique, it’s always a small circle.

RADARONLINE.COM: Did you always dislike Ariel?

Michael: It’s not that I didn’t like him—and it’s not that I liked him. First of all, the crazy thing to me in my mind is—and I’m not being a bitch, I’m just being real—you know when you work at places like Us and People, we really do get invited to the grade A events? You know what I mean? So we really do know the “Grade A” players, and I know who does what events. And, let’s call a spade a spade. Miami is no fashion capital. OK? It is not. I don’t even know if there are pattern makers that live in Miami. So when Ariel talks about these fashion events, I’m like, ‘What f***ing fashion events are you talking about?’ You know? So I started to dislike him because of that because I do not like bulls**t. That’s what I don’t like.

RADARONLINE.COM: Are Katrina and her husband really over?

Michael: Yeah, my prediction is that this is it. You know, Katrina is doing her thing. Their relationship has been going since they were kids. A lot of people say to her, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to do? Ben’s such a great guy.’ But it’s hard. We can’t judge that. Ben is a great guy—but not for her today. You know? And that’s basically what it comes down to.

RADARONLINE.COM: What can you tell us about this hot mess of a relationship between George and Lina?

Michael: Well, you know I am good friends with George and we’ve had many talks. And you know what? It’s not even about the sex, I have to be honest with you. I was like, ‘What keeps you guys together?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t know, there’s something about her.’ She’s had a very tough life and he’s trying to be like Mother Teresa here and save her. He’s really caught up in it. I don’t know. He’s really a victim, if you ask me, of this whole thing. I get very upset and very disturbed watching it. It’s disturbing because she really is so crazy and not crazy in a funny way.

RADARONLINE.COM: What’s happening with George and Lina today?

Michael: The drama still goes on. Like Lina pulled a crazy one last night. Not on TV but in real life. She and George had another huge blow-up fight. And she’s in a cast. This is really life. I mean, this show is no-bullshit. This shit still goes on today. The same shit you saw is still freaking going on. It’s amazing.

RADARONLINE.COM: Why is she in a cast?

Michael: She got upset about something and she hit something. And now she sprained her wrist and she needs a cast. I don’t know—it’s so crazy.

In other news, came across an interview with George where he talks about his Tourette’s causing his facial tics. I never noticed him twitching, but others have.

We also reported some funny rumors in our previous post that people believed Lina Fidler might be some sort of escort. Well it turns out she actually has a legit job. I came across this website which lists her as being a Real Estate sales associate. It’s towards the bottom of the page. I’ve seen two other websites that list her name as being in real estate as well. Must say it’s never a good sign when people think you are an escort based on your own actions.

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In June, we reported that American Idol Alum Jennifer Hudson and fiancé David Otunga were expecting their first child. The couple opted to keep the baby’s gender a secret until he was born.

The couple welcomed baby boy- David Daniel Otunga Jr. who weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces on Monday, her publicist confirms to Usmagazine.com.

“The baby is beautiful and perfect,” Hudson’s publicist tells Us. “His parents are ecstatic.”

Sources say, Jennifer was looking forward to starting a family with David. “I definitely want a family,” the 27-year-old told Access Hollywood earlier this year. “You know, I’m almost 30 now, so we gotta get started sometime.”

Report of Jennifer’s pregnancy came seven months following the tragic deaths of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, who were murdered last October.

We certainly wish both Jennifer and David the best with the newest addition to their family.

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Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelorette revealed some interesting information regarding the cheating allegations made against Bachelorette winner, Ed Swiderski. Chris confirmed what we all suspected, that both of Ed’s exes – Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen, were paid by US Magazine for revealing information about their affair with Ed.

“The problem is the two girls cashed in and took a paycheck for the story in Us, so, they kind of sold out, which is unfortunate. They sold out at the expense of Ed and Jillian,” Harrison revealed to ET. Lindsey revealed in an interview with US Weekly that she slept with Ed just 8 days after his proposal to Jillian Harris. Both exes also admit to sleeping with Ed during the taping of the show.

Even though Ed is not admitting to the affair, Harrison said “there is a shred of truth in there, which Jillian already knew about.” He continued, “But if there is a shred of truth, you can’t fight the bull!@#$, so what are you going to do? There is not much she can do.”

Jillian admitted to tearing up by the rumors. “I would never do anything mean-spirited in my life,” she said. “I’ll never say a mean thing about one of those girls even though I’m very confused why they would do something like this.”

With all the controversy and drama, both Jillian and Ed still remain a couple. “It is tough, but they are still together, they are still engaged” says Chris.

The fact that these women were paid for their stories does not negate the fact that they might be telling the truth. The time-lines and proof they provided were very damaging. Plus to my knowledge, USWeekly was going to do the story with or without their input, so it was probably in their best interest to get their “truth” out there.

Tell Us: Does the fact that the girls were paid make them any less credible to you?

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The Jon and Kate Plus 8 saga continues as Kate Major breaks her silence after Kate Gosselin’s tearful interview on the Today Show.

In an interview with E! News, the former Star reporter referred to Jon Gosselin as a “liar” for denying their alleged romantic relationship. “We had plans to travel together, to live together, and to be together,” says Major, who dined with Jon in NYC and in the Hamptons throughout July. “He made his decision in the Hamptons. He wanted to be with me.”

According to USmagazine, Jon not only denies any romantic relationships with Kate but admits his heart is with 22-year-old girlfriend, Hailey Glassman.

In addition, Kate Major says Jon promised to break up with Hailey, which was the reason she resigned from her job with Star magazine.

He’s the one who actually told me to quit my job… He told me he was going to Massachusetts to break up with [Glassman]. I know the truth. He knows the truth. Unfortunately, she did not.”

Kate wants Jon to man up and be honest about their “relationship”. She also says she has gotten a lot of backlash from the media since Jon denied an affair between the two, making her look like the liar.

“It’s been a nightmare. I did not want to have to do this,” she said. “I did not want to have to sell him out, but when he makes me look like a liar, a fool, and an idiot. I have to speak out.”

Kate goes on to insist she can prove they had a romantic relationship. “I was not the only one who was around when we were romantically involved,” she said. “We were holed up together. It’s not like we were just sitting there doing an interview.”

Tell Us: Who do you think is telling the truth in this Kate Majors vs Jon Gosselin saga?

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Another day, another foreclosure for The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The latest housewife to get her home foreclosed is Lisa Wu Hartwell. Sheree Whitfield’s home was foreclosed a while back.  Nene Leakes was also evicted from the home she was renting late last year.

TMZ is reporting today that Lisa Hartwell and her husband, former Oakland Raiders linebacker Ed Hartwell, were booted from their multi-million dollar Georgia mansion last week — after the bank foreclosed on the place. The bank sold it shortly after.

Lisa’s rep does not deny the story. The rep claims the couple was in talks with the lender to restructure the loan because the home had lost value — but that failed. They originally bought the place for $2.9 mil back in 2007 but the bank only got $1.9 mil when they resold it this month.

The rep continues, “Ed and Lisa are fine. They have settled in their [new] home, that sits on 10 acres and they OWN it!”

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