The best thing about reality television? The real drama seems to happen once the tape stops rolling. A reader sent us the following pics of Southern Belles: Louisville’sShea Johnson getting seemingly cozy with Russ Renbarger.
Yes this is the same “playboy” Russ that briefly dated Hadley Hartzon the show. The pictures were taken at Russ’s new bar, Renbarger’s Brewhaus, in Louisville on Monday night.
The reader also informed us that Russ briefly dated the not so honorable judge, Katie King right before the show started filming. Katie King is the homewrecker woman who cheated with Shea’s fiance, Jeff Stovall. I keep hearing Katie and Jeff are still together.
So are Shea and Russ dating? or just having a friendly night with alcohol involved? Though these pictures look interesting, I doubt Shea would date Hadley’s ex. I remain on Team Shea for now.
Even thoughJonand Kate Plus 8returned to TLC Monday night, the viewers did not return. The ratings have declined tremendously since the 1 month long hiatus.
According to USmagazine, the return of Jon & Kate Plus 8 brought in less than half the audience of the show’s previous episode.
The first half hour of Monday’s show showed Kate and the kids vacationing while Jon supervised their kitchen renovation, the second hour showed Kate camping with the kids without Jon. Both episodes drew 3.9 and 4.1 million viewers respectively.
The May 25 premiere brought about 9.8 million viewers so this is a significant drop. It may be time for TLC to pull the plug on this show.
Jillian Harris is deciding to stand by her man, Ed Swiderski, despite piling evidence that Ed cheated on her. We broke the story yesterday night about Ed’s ex girlfriends selling their stories to USWeekly magazine. They are both saying Ed was intimate with them before and during the filming of the “The Bachelorette.” With one claiming Ed slept with her after proposing to Jillian.
The cover of US’s new issue is now here. The ladies pictured above are the ex girlfriends. Lindsey Johnson is the blonde, and Bethany Steffen is the brunette.
Jillian has however given multiple interviews defending Ed. She talked to People yesterday saying, “I am not destroyed!…There’s a little bit of anxiety that comes with this news, but I am absolutely not destroyed.”
“What did he do wrong?” Jillian asks. “My biggest concern is with everything that happened after the day we got engaged, and after we got engaged he has been so open with me. He’s told me all of this, every little text message and every little phone call. I use his computer. I know that any communication he had with the girls post-show was platonic. I’m not worried about it.’
So how does Jillian plan on getting through this? “Ed and I are trying to find humor in all of this — and there isn’t much — but it’s bringing us closer.” She’s right, there definitely isn’t any humor in any of this new information.
Jillian says she and Ed are planning on getting out of the “limelight” to focus on their relationship. “I think he feels very bad that I’m getting dragged into this and he feels bad for the girls as well.”
This is all very disappointing to read. Most fans, including me, were rooting for Ed and Jillian to have a happily ever after. I just can’t imagine them working through this. Cheating and lying even after he proposed to her seems like a major deal breaker in my opinion. I also think it would be best for Jillian to stop publicly defending him until she gets all the facts.
UPDATE – More details according to US.
Ed slept with Lindsey 8 days after proposing to Jillian. He tried to sleep with Bethany the next day.
Ed had been dating both Lindsey and Bethany behind each other’s backs prior to filming The Bachelorette in late March.
He texted Lindsey that Jillian wasn’t his “type” and that he prefers “all blondes.” He also wrote her “I love you.”
He slept with both women while he was away from the show during his “job” hiatus.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to Idol,” Abdul, 47, writes on her Twitter page. “I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon.”
She adds: “What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. I do, without any doubt, have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.”
Paula’s reps have refused to comment except provide a confirmation that she is leaving. The show will begin taping for the 9th season, with auditions starting in Denver.
FOX TV also released a statement saying, “Paula Abdul has been an important part of the American Idol family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show,” “While Paula will not be continuing with us, she’s a tremendous talent and we wish her the best.”
With Paula gone, the three other judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will return.
Tell us: Are you going to keep watching AI without Paula?
Things are getting very ugly and very fast for The Bachelorette’s Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris, as two of Ed’s ex-girlfriends are now talking publicly. Both say Ed was intimate with them before, during and after “The Bachelorette” was filmed. Their story will be US magazine’s cover story for this week’s issue.
Bethany Steffen and Lindsey Johnson (both pictured above) have both sold their stories to USWeekly magazine. Jill Martin of Us Weekly said, “It’s the ultimate deception — Ed wasn’t living a double life, he was living a triple life!”
Lindsey, the blonde in the above picture, says she dated Ed for a year — and he promised that they’d be engaged before the end of 2009. She even drove him to the airport on March 25, where he assured her he’d only be on the show for two weeks.
Ed kept in touch with both women via text and email while filming. On April 10, he allegedly wrote Lindsey, “I’m going to molest you when I get home.”
The most shocking news of all? Both women say they were intimate with Ed when he abruptly left the show on April 15, telling Jillian that he had to leave the show “to work” in Chicago. While in Chicago, Ed then told Bethany and Lindsey he needed to fly to Texas on business, but returned to the show and attempted to win Jillian back.
On April 23, Ed reportedly emailed Bethany, writing, “I was really hoping to grab your ass.” Ed popped the question to Jillian on May 24. Days later on June 3, Ed allegedly texted Bethany, asking her to come by and “bring beer and condoms.”
I really have no words for this story. The source of this story is Extra, as told to them by UsWeekly. More on this story will be in this week’s issue of US Magazine. Feel bad for Jillian, it’s practically impossible to build a lasting relationship that’s based on lies and deception.
UPDATE: If anyone has better photos of either Lindsey or Bethany, please feel free to send it in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Bravo’s reality shows are usually a hit or miss. NYC Prep is a perfect example of a miss, while their latest reality show, Miami Social is a hit.
Miami Social is my latest guilty pleasure. It was one of those shows I didn’t plan on watching or writing about, until I watched it, and realized I sorta loved it. This post will contain some spoilers of what is to come this season so do not read any further if you do not want to know what happens.
The biggest shocker of all is news that Hardy Hill is now married to someone who is not Trixia, his girlfriend of 6 years on the show. Hardi is married to a woman name Pachi Lake. I’m not certain how long ago this show was taped but he sure moves quickly. Hardi and Pachi have their facebook relationship statuses as being married to each other. A photo of the married couple is below.
In other news, it seems George’s “crazy” girlfriend, Lina Fidleris no longer pregnant. She looked very non pregnant at last month’s premier. Either she had the baby or decided not to have the baby. I’m leaning towards the later, not sure if the world was ready for a Lina mini me. I suspect George has some serious self esteem issues, for him to think he doesn’t deserve better than that. But then again, he probably just loves the drama. Some people get off on that.
It doesn’t seem Katrina and Ben Moss have reconciled their marriage. I know most fans, including me, would like to see them back together but I simply don’t see that happening. On the outside, they might seem like the picture perfect couple, but at the end of the day, no one knows what went on behind their closed doors. I admire Katrina’s entrepreneurship skills, and being a self proclaimed workaholic myself, I can see where she’s coming from. I however highly doubt I would ever put work before my loved ones. I love the quote someone said on the show – “No one ever lays on their death bed wishing they had spent more time working.” Enough said. I get the feeling Ben will have no problem picking up the pieces.
There are a lot of funny ramblings about Lina’s profession. Most people suspecting she might be some sort of escort. I honestly have no idea, but would not be surprised. It would actually make a lot of sense.
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Bringing you the latest chapter in Jon Gosselin’s very public midlife crisis. Radaronline is now reporting that Jon was caught spending the night with Stephanie Santoro, 23, who is a cocktail waitress and aspiring model.
The story gets juicier, as Stephanie was hired by Jon to help babysit his 8 kids. The “sleepover” occurred at his Pennsylvania home this weekend, while Kate was out of town with the kids on a camping trip. According to Radar, Jon has his own private apartment on top of the garage at his family home.
Radar was also able to get a photo of Stephanie peeping out of Jon’s house during the early morning hours of Sunday. The picture is below. They were also able to confirm that Stephanie had indeed babysat his kids in the past.
Stephanie would not confirm her recent tryst with Jon. This is the third woman Jon has been linked with since the divorce filings in June. The others are Hailey Glassman, 22, and Kate Major, 26. Jon sure knows how to pick em.
TMZ is reporting that Slade Smiley of The Real Housewives of Orange County, also known as Gretchen Rossi‘s current boyfriend, is being investigated for allegedly hitting someone during a party.
The Laguna Beach PD is looking into an altercation Slade allegedly got into at a friend’s birthday party back on July 15. The person accusing Slade of hitting him is allegedly none other than sleazeballJay Photoglou.
Jay is Gretchen’s ex, and has spent the last year leaking photos of he & Gretchen online, while trying his hardest to make himself famous. Gretchen has accused Jay of stalking her, and even filed a restraining order against Jay earlier this year. Can’t blame Slade for wanting to knock his teeth out, if the story is true.
According to TMZ, “there was a pushing and shoving match” that led to the other guy leaving the party. The hotel where the party was being held did not call the cops that night and neither did the other guy … until eight days later.
In other news, the sleaze known as Jay Photoglou refuses to go away. According to this report, he will be appearing on an E! network special about the Real Housewives franchise titled “So True So False Real Housewives Scandals.” And yeah, you guessed it, he will be there to talk about Gretchen. Sighs.
The show is suppose to be airing on E! on August 5th. I have been unable to find any information about it on E!’s website or the TV guide listings. Will be on the look out for it though.