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There is no doubt that Mob Wives’ Big Ang was larger than life when she was on this earth, and her Staten Island home has memorialized the fun-loving reality star in a big way. The city commissioned a mural of Ang that was unveiled in front of family, friends, and fans on Sunday morning. 

As the final season of Mob Wives winds down, it’s been difficult to watch Ang struggle with the return of her cancer (and subsequent clean bill of health) after losing her to cancer three short weeks ago. In the days following her death, there was unnecessary drama surrounding her co-stars, but hopefully, this mural will serve as a constant reminder to live and love as Ang did. 

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Scott Disick Piles Money On Khloe

Y’all can all rest easy…Scott Disick is fine. He’s not partying too much since his split from Kourtney Kardashian. He hasn’t fallen off the wagon after multiple rehab stints. He’s just living his life the only way Lord Disick knows how…royally.

The former Keeping up with the Kardashians (along with several spin-offs) star is sick and tired of being unfairly portrayed in the media. Sure, Scott admits to some really dark times in the past, but that’s all behind him. He’s just trying to have fun–in a very low-key and normal thirty-two-year-old single guy way. Just get off his back already, mmmmkay? Clearly I’ve missed all the reports of Scott’s recent debauchery and playboy shenanigans because I was pretty surprised to hear him speaking out against them. I guess losing Kris Jenner as a promotional mouthpiece–whether positive or negative–has affected the poor chap. Now he’s forced to do his own interviews to clear his name. Hard times, for sure.

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I thought maybe watching Mob Wives would get easier, but it didn’t. I’m still so sad for Big Ang’s family and friends, and I want her co-stars to stop engaging in behavior that she would frown upon. Do you hear that ladies? The episode begins with Carla Facciolo, Renee Graziano, and Karen Gravano coming to cook for Ang who is recuperating form her lung surgery. While she is in a lot of pain, she’s up and about and anxious to find out if she’ll have to undergo chemotherapy. As the women nosh on a delicious looking spread, Karen shares her disappointment that her father has been denied early release. She blames his name…any other inmate with his record of good behavior would be back on the streets by now. Ang is just happy to toast her friends and be out of the hospital. 

Drita D’avanzo’s daughter Gizelle is celebrating her birthday, and her mother surprises her with the puppy she’s been begging to get for the last few weeks. This brings the miniature dog count in their family to two. Meanwhile, Karen is meeting with Brittany Fogarty, the newbie who must regurgitate everything that’s ever said to her by anyone. Karen complains about the court’s vendetta against her father. While Brittany can somewhat relate, she has never felt like Karen, that she has to defend her own name due to her father’s actions. Karen then decides to try to warn Brittany (yet again) of the pitfalls of being friends with Drita. Brittany hopes that her sharing Drita’s latest beef with Karen wasn’t considered instigating. She didn’t realize the history between the pair, and she’s taking herself out of their issues. Oh really? Their conversation turns to Brittany’s distaste for Carla and Renee, but she agrees to give them one more chance for Karen…since their fathers have so much history together. 

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Shame, shame, shame. Instead of honoring the memory of their amazing friend Big Ang, the women of Mob Wives are getting into Twitter wars over planted stories… and could they be any more passive aggressive (said in my best Chandler Bing voice)? It’s pathetic.

Not only do their posts and retweets take away from those grieving for their beautiful, larger than life co-star, but they aren’t even tweeting at each other. Their silly behavior needs to get in check, and stat. On one side, we’ve got Karen Gravano going on and on (and on) about “someone” making up a rumor that Ang’s family didn’t want her or newbie Brittany Fogarty at the funeral due to their fathers’ reputations as informants. On the other side, Drita D’avanzo is staying relatively silent but obsessively retweeting Brittany’s statuses which defend Drita’s honor. Give me a break. Please.

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It certainly didn’t take long for Erika Girardi, er, Erika Jayne, to figure out that you’re not truly a housewife until you’re hocking a ware. I guess in some sense, she’s been marketing her music (and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has certainly helped her gain new fans), but now you can show your loyalty to the newbie with a shirt that may not be appropriate to wear outside the privacy of your own home. 

The pop diva turned reality star is selling one item on her website…a t-shirt emblazoned with her favorite word. If you enjoy enjoy planning ahead and telling folks to See You Next Tuesday, it may be the perfect addition to your wardrobe!

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Nicole

If you had told me back in 2010 that a post-Jersey Shore Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi would appear on additional reality shows, my money would have been on Celebrity Rehab or some other franchise that reeks of Dr. Drew. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fist pumping, cahhb cahhlling, Sunday dinner eating, GTL-ing, DTF-ing, Shore Store employees probably more than the average fan, but I didn’t really predict any sort of staying power. Of course, we all know I’m an idiot.

Not only has most of the cast matured and done very well for themselves, Snooki went on to star in a reality spin-off with bestie Jenni “J-Woww” Farley (with another one on the way!). She got married to Jionni LaValle, and the couple has two ridiculously precious children. While she still has a penchant for all things animal print, those giant sneaker slippers (I’m hoping) are a thing of the past. That’s right, guys, our little meatball is all grown up, and she’s embarking on a new reality endeavor for the FYI network. I think this is what is known as “adulting.”

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southern charm trav

“He’s got more honey… than any honeybee.” I cannot (cannotcannotcannotcannotcannot) wait to get that catchy little ditty stuck in my head, and the countdown is on the home stretch! Mrs. Pat, allow me to grab you a dressing drink. Shepard “Shep” Rose, I promise not to fangirl you in bars this spring. Cordially Cooper Ray, I’m sorry I can’t make you the same promise because it’s going to happen. Cameran Eubanks, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Craig Conover, and Landon Clements, my DVR has been lonely without you, but everyone knows we southerners have to hibernate when the temperatures dip into the upper 40s. 

Well, guess what dear readers? We hit seventy degrees this week in Charleston, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis emerged from their winter slumber to engage in an epic brawl on social media, and yours truly got her roots done. These signs can only have one meaning… we have a premiere date for the third season of Southern Charm! Bless all y’all’s hearts. It’s going to be sweeter than the Arnold Palmer at Martha Lou’s Kitchen (google it). 

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I’m not going to lie, watching last night’s Mob Wives was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do for this gig. I’ve recapped this show since it started, and I loved getting to see Big Ang’s fun-loving personality on her drama-free spin-off Big Ang. It’s so sad to recap Ang’s battle with cancer (and her co-stars’ ridiculous petty, immature, and bullish behavior) knowing the outcome. However, I poured a glass of wine, toasted Ang’s sass and class, and tried to keep the tears to a minimum…and I’m guessing a lot of you did the same!

When the episode begins, Drita D’avanzo is still raging at the thought that Karen Gravano is spreading lies about Lee, but she won’t let it spoil the high of her finishing the first draft of her memoir. She shares a precious exchange with daughter Giselle whose birthday is quickly approaching. All Giselle wants as a gift is a second puppy, but she knows her dad will be a tough sell. Drita does a role play where she pretends to be Lee so Giselle can practice her powers of persuasion. Get that adorable child another dog!

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