The couple was constantly defending their relationship–which caused a rift between family and friends–to anyone who would listen. Coming up on this season, Brooks will be accused of faking cancer (not to be confused with the time he was accused of hiring a hit man), although it’s a claim he and Vicki vehemently deny….of course, they also denied engagement rumors. The pair has issued a joint statement on their break-up through their PR representative.
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I can’t believe I’m about to admit any of this, but here it goes. Because Bethenny Frankel has always been such a polarizing force in Bravoland, I’ve always tiptoed around her in my posts, claiming I was lukewarm, citing I had no real opinion of her one way or another. I neither loved her nor loathed her, and I was lying. Please accept my sincere apology. You see, when I had to recap Bethenny Ever After and write on that custody case a hundred times, she grated on my last nerve. Just thinking about the sound of her voice gave me a headache. I purposely didn’t try anything SkinnyGirl just to spite her (I’m sure she felt the sting!). I just pretended to be neutral, but the truth is, I didn’t like her (as much as you can dislike a stranger).
When she was added to this season’s Real Housewives of New York line-up, I rolled my eyes so far back in my head, it’s a wonder they didn’t get stuck. My friends and I would chat after each episode…is she going to keep being so defensive and rude and loud and then turn around and start crying? Who talks to others like that? What’s her deal? And then something happened. Maybe it was her friendship with Carole Radziwell. Maybe it was because she chilled out a little. Maybe it was her innate ability to go off on Ramona Singer and have everything be fine ten minutes later. I can’t pinpoint when or what, but Bethenny grew on me. Dare I say I enjoyed her the second half of the season?
Remember that time the ladies of the OC went on vacation together and it actually ended on a positive? Of course you do…it was this week’s installment! Sure there was drama when the Real Housewives of Orange County invaded Mo’orea, but it didn’t end with a screeching Tamra Judge promising never to return. Hasty words, I guess. Despite the constant tension between Shannon Beador and Meghan Edmonds (or Meghan KING Edmonds, as Shannon calls her…like she’s disciplining a child who has done something bad enough to warrant the dreaded three names), their last supper ended with laughter instead of screaming.
The women had some fun along the way, as well, with Heather Dubrow leading the charge to ignore comfort zones and keep things light. Lizzie Rovsek hasn’t quite recovered from the insanity of last year’s girls’ trip, so she tried to stay in the background and out of the squabbles. She keeps a surprisingly level head when rehashing Sunday’s show.
I should know by now never to believe any rumors that involve the star of a reality show not wanting to return. Let’s face it, they only stop being on the show when they get canned. Yes, I’m looking at you, Jill Zarin! The latest culprit in this phenomenon is none other than the lady everyone loves to hate…Dance Moms’Abby Lee Miller.
On this week’s finale, Abby infamously shooed her dancer off stage during the Nationals awards ceremony after placing second in group routine. The interwebs have been working overtime with speculation that Abby is refusing to return to the show that unfortunately made her a household name. Whether you believed that Abby was fed up with how she’s been portrayed (yeah, it was all totes editing!) or disputes over salary, it seems that none of the rumors were true. It looks like Abby’s back for season six, but the fate of the mothers and dancers is still up in the air!
If you had to choose which of Kody Brown’s wives is the most miserable in her current situation, who would you pick? That gorgeous mane aside, he has to get all of their nerves from time to time. Hard to imagine, I know. The Sister Wives stud has seen his fair share of changes of the past few seasons, but what can we expect in the show’s upcoming sixth season?
Kody and his real wife and three other “spiritual” wives will return in early January of next year September 13th to TLC (their Facebook page posted as I was writing!), and rumors are already swirling about what’s going on in the cul-de-sac compound. Let’s rehash what’s been going on before we speculate, shall we? Last season saw Meri, Kody’s first and only legal wife of twenty-five years, file for divorce. Did she come to her senses about this sham? Nope. Did she high-tail it out of Vegas before the ink could dry on the papers screaming, “I’m free! I’m free!”? Unfortunately not. Was there another man? No. Another woman? Well, duh! Meri wanted to pave the way for her favorite sister wife (the closet loving one) Robyn Sullivan-Brown to legally wed their husband.
Congratulations, dear readers. We did it. And more importantly, we did it together. We survived yet another season of Abby Lee Miller’s shenanigans on Dance Moms (not counting the reunion, of course…that will be a gem!). Pat yourself on the back. You are stronger than you thought you could be. After last week, the Nationals soloists were up in the air, but finally we got see some amazing drama–and even better dancing!
The finale episode begins with Abby corralling the girls to hype up Nationals and poo-poo the ALDC’s track record thus far this season. Jill hopes that Abby will focus and become the leader the team needs, but learning the Jeanette’s team is competing has her off her rocker per the usual. Abby is stressed about the studio opening, and Jessalyn wonders how in the world it will be finished in time. JoJo is on the bottom of the pyramid for constantly needing corrections, followed by MacKenzie. Kendall rounds out the bottom for being “okay.” Kalani is third on the pyramid for placing third in the competition, with Maddie holding down the second spot. Woo hoo! A deserving Nia tops the pyramid for being the overall high scoring solo. Finally.
Last night was another phenomenal installment of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Between Lil’ Scrappy threatening to overthrow Momma Dee’s monarchy just days before her wedding to Ernest to Stevie J. and the boys taking a fishing trip, it was one for the books. It begins with Kirk Frost surprising Rasheeda with a store front. He knows he’s been in the doghouse a lot lately, and he hopes it will put him back in her good graces. Rasheeda is over the moon excited by Kirk’s gesture, and she’s even more thrilled to learn she’s at one of the ritziest malls in the city. I’m guessing Lenox Square, and to that I say, good job Kirk!
As his mother’s wedding draws closer, Scrappy is summoned by his sister Jasmine who is still not on board with the nuptials. She breaks the news that Dee is getting married sooner rather than later, and she’s got Erica Dixon and Bambi as bridesmaids. Scrappy can’t believe his mom isn’t having a long engagement, and why is she putting his ex and his current boo in her wedding? They hate each other…not to mention, he and Erica aren’t on the best terms at the moment.
And so begins the downfall of Draya Michele. Last night’s Basketball Wives LA centered on a girls’ trip helmed by Brandi Maxiell to Santa Barbara. Why, after so, so, so many times of going on these mini-vacays, a knock-down-drag-out fight ensuing, and the inevitable dread that comes from rehashing said trip at the reunion, do these women think this time will be different? Jackie Christie is stirring the pot as fast as she can, and even the girls who vowed to dislike her forever believe every word that comes out of her exaggerating mouth. It’s comedy gold.
In an effort to bring Angel Brinks into the mix, Draya has invited her to come along as someone who can save her from her friends’ drama. Angel is like a mini-Kardashian, and Draya wants to give her the low down on the ladies with whom they will be traveling. She shares that Shaunie O’Neal isn’t keen on strangers infiltrating their group even though Shaunie herself is considered a newbie according to Draya. Next, Draya mean girls Mehgan James. Angel can’t wait for the weekend!