Gretchen Rossi recently spoke out about Slade Smiley and being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Gretchen continues to wear the engagement ring given to her by her late fiance Jeff Beitzel, though she is now dating Slade.
OnNene Leakes- “I’m really good friends with NeNe. She is one of my favorite people ever. She is so cool.” Gretchen and Nene met at a commercial shoot for Bravo. “She is one of the most confident women I have ever met and I love that about her,” Gretchen said. “She would sit there and go, ‘I’d watch me too if I were watching the show.’ She’s so all about herself…I’m a strong, confident woman, but just in a very different demeanor.”
OnSlade Smiley - “Slade is one of the best men I’ve come across in my life besides Jeff,” Gretchen explained. “And I know he’s a secure enough man that whether or not I’m wearing this ring would not matter to him at all.”
The Bachelor’s 2nd runner up Jillian Harris is currently filming The Bachelorette and is about halfway through filming. The filming began just 4 weeks after the shocking/infamous “After The Final Rose” episode.
Jillian’s mom Peggy states, “It was a first, what happened with Jason, and I think it will make her more aware. What she learned was to be really careful when choosing. It will put more pressure on her.” The Canadian Bachelorette will have a pool of 25 men to pick from. The Bachelorette is set to premier on ABC next month.
David Alan Grier recently talked about his Dancing With The Stars weight loss. The actor told US, “I’ve actually lost 26 pounds. The first day I came in, I was like, ‘I’m not going to lose weight – we’re waltzing!”
David’s extensive dancing routine includes 3 hours of daily aerobics with his dancing partner Kym Johnson. Kym adds, “You’re burning a lot more calories because you’re actually moving your whole body, as opposed to doing just weights.” Grier says he had also been on a strict diet of egg whites, fruits, and yogurt.
As the 5th and perhaps the last season of MTV The Hills is set to premier on April 6th, Lauren Conrad discusses leaving the show and what she thinks of Audrina Patridge‘s new reality show.
On leaving the show – “I actually thought last season was going to be my last, [But] the producers wanted to hopefully give the show some sort of closure and needed one more season. I didn’t have that much conflict in my life over the last few months.” She adds, “I think I only cry in one episode.”
On Audrina’s new show – “To be honest, I really haven’t heard that much about it. She has a pretty interesting life. She’s a really cool girl. She’s fun to watch.”
Kelly Bensimon has just lost a modeling job with Saks Fifth Avenue. The newest/most hated housewive of New York was the face of their Spring Catalog, and according to the NY Post has not been asked to return for further modeling gigs.
Kelly has found herself in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons. She was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, followed by her very crazy dramatic catfight with Bethenny on the latest episode of RHONY.
An insider claims Kelly’s recent run in with the law had nothing to do with this. Kelly states through her rep, “Working with Saks is a wonderful experience that I hope to continue in the future.”
Megan Joy was eliminated this week from American Idol after saying she “didn’t care” what Simon thought. Megan recently spoke to E! about being eliminated, her family, and getting a new tattoo -
On Saying She ‘Didn’t Care’: When asked Wednesday night what she thought of Simon’s criticism of her, Megan flippantly said she “didn’t care.” Now, she explains, “I care about the competition. I didn’t want people to misunderstand me not caring. I just didn’t care that Simon didn’t like my song. So, I couldn’t help but be honest.”
On the Kara-Brother Fight: On the commercial break after Kara got heckled by C.J., the judge went up to her heckler and had words with him. “I think she was just kind of like, ‘How dare you? Who do you think you are?’ And then she was like, ‘Who are you?’ He’s like, ‘Her brother.’ And then she was like, ‘Oooh. I see.’ It was kind of funny.”
On Her Most Memorable Night: “The night I was sick. The miracle that I actually got through my song because I was literally was laying on the ground with IVs in me [30 minutes] before.”
On Reuniting With Son Ryder: “I’m gonna hold him for as long as he’ll let me, and I’m going to try not to sob like a lunatic because I’m sure he’ll just be confused and scared. It’s going to be beautiful. I cannot wait.” She adds that she doesn’t get to go home until “hopefully Wednesday” because she has to “wrap things up here” and finish doing press.
On Her Next Tattoo: “I had a lucky ring that I’ve worn the entire time, and I’m going to have that tattooed on my ribs.” (Ouch!)
The Real Housewives of Orange County has yet to be greenlighted for it’s fifth season, and according to the NY Post, Slade and Gretchen’s new relationship might be playing a big factor.
As you all know by now, Gretchen and Slade are now a couple. Slade had appeared on previous seasons while dating Jo De LaRosa and Lauri Waring. The Post reports that the folks at Bravo are very skeptical of this publicity stunt new relationship and are not anxious to have Slade back on the show.