I hope none of y’all missed last night’s educational and always classy episode of Basketball Wives. I learned, among other things, never to wear flip flops with a kitten heel, and to duck and cover if I ever find myself dining with Evelyn in a wine cellar.
We resume with the ladies arguing in a cabana. Kesha peaces out, and Suzie walks her out, but thinks better of leaving Kenya alone with Evelyn and Tami to spin more lies. Her word play is ridiculous. Kenya never SAID that Evelyn was loose, she just said she HEARD Evelyn was loose. Tami finds Kenya to be very untrustworthy if she can’t remember what she’s said. Evelyn is stewing quietly, and Kenya decides to cut her losses and leave. Evelyn then rants about Kenya’s elderly kitten heels and her future a$$ whooping.
Royce is meeting with JoJo Brim and Talia Coles to discuss a potential hip-hop fitness video. It sounds like a cool project, and if I weren’t so lazy, I would certainly exercise with a Royce DVD. Jenn and Suzie come over to Kesha’s for wine, and once again Kenya’s kitten heels are the main topic of conversation. Jenn hasn’t had any issues with Kenya, as they both talk about their ongoing divorces. Suzie is appalled her friend may like Kenya, much less think she’s “normal,” and Kesha warns Jenn that she’s being idolized by a cuckoo bird. Kesha also wants to call the other girl who was in the conversation when Kenya called Evelyn loose.
Over lunch, Evelyn fills inShaunie on the Kenya/Kesha debacle. Good gracious, this show is so scripted. Evelyn no longer cares about Kenya and Kesha’s problems with one another. She is mad as fire about being called a ho loose. She is looking forward to speaking to Kesha’s friend, who was present for Kenya’s loose lips. Evelyn’s ring is super ridiculous, by the way. Speaking of Kenya, she meets up with her “favorite girl” Jenn. Jenn totally relates…she’s her own favorite girl. Kenya is able to schmooze her way into Jenn’s good graces. It’s like Kenya is to Jenn what Jenn used to be to Evelyn, no?
Royce visits Tami to talk about her upcoming play. Tami is proud of her friend and having fun until Royce mentions Suzie. Royce hadn’t heard about the food stamps comment. Tami reveals how difficult it is working with Kenya, and Royce jokes that she brought this upon herself. Tami informs Royce that she will be joining Tami to listen to back-up choirs for Kenya. Royce is not on board, but she’s willing to do it for Tami. I do think their friendship is extremely genuine.
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Last night’s Mob Wives followed Renee Graziano’s emotional distress, and it becomes more and more evident that something shady was going on with husband Junior Pagan in regard to her father’s arrest.
Renee is still in a very bad place after both Junior and her father went away on the same day. Karen Gravano understands that, perhaps they needed to be arrested, but she wishes the feds could have at least waited until after Thanksgiving. Over the phone, her friend Nikole pleads with Renee to motivate herself for A.J.’s sake. While, Renee promises she doesn’t let her son see her so upset, she is screaming and sobbing for most of the conversation.
Ramona comes to visit Big Ang at the bar. Ramona shares with Big Ang how horribly Renee is doing. Big Ang has left her multiple messages, but she had no idea things were so bad. They discuss the need to get Renee out to take her mind off of the situation. Ramona can’t believe that Junior would surrender to the feds, and not even tell Renee and A.J. that he was doing so. She knows now that Thanksgiving will be forever tainted for Renee, much like it is for her, as her grandfather died on Thanksgiving. Ramona states that her grandfather was the true definition of “a gangster” that is lacking in today’s society. Big Ang agrees…no one is loyal anymore. Are these women listening to themselves? I know that Ramona loved her grandfather and he no doubt thought she hung the moon. However, for her to be hung up and proud on the fact he was a criminal, is a little off to me.
Carla Facciolo and Drita D’avanzo meet for lunch, and Carla fills in Drita on Renee’s breakdown. Drita can’t imagine what Renee is going through. She thinks that maybe she should take the kids to visit Lee in jail before the holidays. She hasn’t seen him in over a year. Carla tells Drita that Junior left a note before turning himself in to the feds. Drita can’t believe it – she thinks that if Junior was going to surrender, he should have let Renee take him in to say good-bye.
Drita heads to the Drunken Monkey to see Big Ang. She tells Big Ang she is considering taking the kids to see Lee. Drita admits it’s hard to try to shield her daughters from this lifestyle, only to have to take them somewhere as scary as a prison. Big Ang agrees, but she thinks all men look pretty hot in prison uniforms.
Carla and Joe take their kids roller skating. They really are such a cute family. I hope Joe can stay on the straight and narrow because it is obvious his young son truly idolizes him. Meanwhile, Renee goes to Ramona’s for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. She promises she will stand behind Junior while he’s in jail. Renee has decided to put a positive spin on Junior’s incarceration, because she knows he can’t cheat on her in the slammer. She is brought to tears talking about her father though. Karen arrives and proposes a toast, and Renee starts screaming like a banshee. Celebrate? They expect her to celebrate? She can’t do this – and she leaves. I hope she’s getting some help.
At home, Drita shares a fun moment with her youngest daughter. She hopes to be both a mother and father to her girls, in Lee’s absence. When she tries to bring up the possibility of visiting Lee, Giselle doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t know who he is, she hasn’t even comprehend who “Daddy” is. Even with Drita’s chiding, Giselle is adamant about not meeting Lee. Drita is heartbroken.
Big Ang, Ramona, and Karen take Renee to a drag queen show in an attempt to take her mind off what she’s going through. Big Ang loves a drag show because they sort of remind her of, well, herself. Renee is even laughing – the women can’t believe it! Over cocktails, Drita tells Carla that there are rumors circulating that Junior snitched on Renee’s dad. Carla is floored. Drita and Carla’s husbands were both incarcerated, thanks to rats. Well, thanks to doing criminal activity, but they were ratted out by others doing the same thing. This news makes Carla sick to her stomach.
Karen and Carla meet for dinner, and the pair discusses an article that accuses Junior of flipping on Renee’s father. Of course, Karen needs to clear the air…yes, her father “cooperated” with the feds, but he didn’t do the “scummy act” of wearing a wire. There is no comparison between Karen’s father “cooperating” and Junior “ratting” on Renee’s dad. After setting the record straight on that little issue, Karen hopes that Renee will be able to overcome this madness.
Big Ang has a friend over to her house, and they are chatting about the recent Junior gossip. Big Ang makes it clear that there are rules in this lifestyle and Junior has broken them. His selfish actions will affect how people see Renee and A.J., and that is a tragic thing to do to one’s family. She reveals that when she was arrested, the police tried to get her to be an informant, but no way, according to Big Ang.
Karen and Ramona go to Renee’s house to make sure she’s okay. Renee cannot, and will not believe the article. She points out that the writer has had to recant three different stories. Renee is worried the way things are going A.J. will be losing his mother next, as she’s stretched so thin emotionally. Renee knows that A.J. is being punished for having a father who is accused of being a rat. She apologizes to Karen for having to go through all of this again, as she was labeled similarly due to her father. She breaks down apologizing for not being a good friend to Karen when she returned last year. She is all over the place, crying, shaking, calm, quiet. Karen wants Renee to face the facts that the gossip could be true, but she refuses.
Renee goes to church in hopes of finding some peace. Big Ang goes to visit her sister Janice with a copy of The Post, which basically confirms the rumors that Junior snitched on Renee’s father. Renee is a basketcase and it’s very difficult to watch.
Next week, Renee tries to come to grips with the news. She now believes that Carla has been talking crap about her behind her back. Carla accuses Renee of being extremely paranoid given her current state of affairs.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? WILL RENEE BE ABLE TO PULL HERSELF OUT OF HER DEPRESSION? SHOULD DRITA TAKE HER DAUGHTERS TO VISIT LEE?
Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta…There is so much going on that I don’t know where to start! If you had told me several seasons ago that Kim wouldn’t be with Big Poppa, Phaedra would be accused of being a criminal kingpin, and NeNe would be a legitimate actress on a television show, I would have died laughing. Looks like the joke is on me!
As you recall, Phaedra Park’s former friend Angela Stanton has promoted an e-book in collaboration with Vibe. Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil makes some pretty strong accusations regarding Phaedra being the mastermind behind a crime spree that landed both Angela and Apollo Nida in jail. Vibe.com shared a series of video interviews with Angela in conjunction with her book release. In one of the videos, she states that Apollo’s “brother” lied about the extent of Angela’s involvement, in an effort to take the heat off Phaedra.
Now Vibe is issuing a “clarification“–or what regular folks would call an “Oops!”–on Angela use of the term “brother.” The site back pedals, “In the first clip (of three), Ms. Stanton refers to an individual involved in the criminal scheme described in the book, as the brother of Apollo [Phaedra’s husband]. It appears as if Everett and Apollo are not related by blood and Ms. Stanton refers to Everett as Apollo’s ‘street brother’ in her book. The statements made in the video clips were made by Ms. Stanton in a figurative manner and not in literal terms.” I wonder how many other Oops clarifications the site will have to make in connection with this book. Tamara Tattles notes that the book, which was holding the 67th spot on Amazon upon its release, has now dropped to the 5,289th position.
NeNe Leakes seems to have a new biffle in the form of Glee creator Ryan Murphy. The Neenster has been honing her acting skills on the hit series, and it was just announced that she will be starring in Murphy’s latest pilot, The New Normal. The show centers around a gay couple and their surrogate, and NeNe will play the recurring role of Rocky. It appears that the RHOA reality star may have found the perfect way to channel her dramatic personality!
NeNe recently tweeted a picture of her famous bestie, stating, “THE MAN that is changing my life 1 script @ a time Ryan Murphy.”
Adding another photo of her and Ryan for her followers, NeNe tweeted, “I gotta get that Emmy baby & this man is helping me make sure that happens.” Both of those photos are below.
NeNe’s former best friend/current nemesis Kim Zolciak also took to the twitterverse to defend herself when a follower called out her behavior towards former assistant Sweetie Hughes. After someone tweeted “RT @snooki I hate when people are mean to their assistants. Your not cool. responded, @throughmyeyes__ how about my former assistant/friend @sweetieHughes is one of my dearest closest friends soooo stfu!”
Mere minutes later, Kim gave quite a shout out to her friend, tweeting, “First vacation in a loooong time w/ out @sweetieHughes we already miss u!!! If u wanna come I got u ” A hilarious picture of Kim’s wigs on said vacation is also below!
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The show features JoAnn and Steve as they work their matchmaking magic on a new batch of singles who have issues finding their Mr. Right. This season promises a man hater, a man eater, a lover of deadbeats, and a very awkward virgin! Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they were all the same person?
It appears that the mother-son dream team will have some pretty difficult cases this time around, and I, for one, can’t wait to see how they handle this bunch. Meet the ladies in desperate need of tough love below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LADIES OF THIS SEASON’S TOUGH LOVE? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE HARDEST WOMAN TO DEAL WITH FOR STEVE AND JOANN?
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And then there were eight. We’re jumping in to covering American Idol, which is awesome for me because 1) I love it; and 2) but for recapping the elimination show, I’d likely be reminded of my Pauly D and Vinny Thursday night withdrawals. The show begins as it should…Randy Jackson is smooth, dawg, Steven Tyler is swathed in an excessive amount of man scarves, and JLo is sporting an outfit I would have killed for back when I was in middle school – and mind you, that was in the late 80′s.
The show opens with the always suave and debonairly coiffed Ryan Seacrest promoting Aerosmith’s upcoming tour. The remaining nine singers are shown the celebrity tweets, which tout their favorite idols of the season. Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, and Mariah Carey all show some love for those who chose their songs. Poor DeAndreBrackensick didn’t receive any such tweets after his performance of Eric Benet’s “Sometimes I Cry” (sidebar…I’m so excited to be recapping the AI because all season I’ve wanted to hear from y’all how much he reminds you of former contestant Jason Castro). Instead, DeAndre gets a personal visit from Eric Benet. He’s moved to tears, Ryan is excited to have Eric grace the stage, and somewhere Halle Berry is flaunting her engagement ring at her television screen while Olivier Martinez chides his future bride about being married to such a d-bag. Did I digress too much?
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Knowing that last night’s episode of Survivor was Colton-free, did you feel better about tuning in to watch?
The now merged tribe celebrates with champagne and cheese back at the beach. Everyone seems to be happy that it’s every player for themselves. Alicia is appalled to think that Christina is still in the game. Let the backstabbing begin! The following morning, Jonas is impressing the women with his culinary skills. Model Jay denies Tarzan some coffee, with Jay informing him that the coffee is only for the people who won it in the last challenge.
What? Tarzan can’t believe his former dude teammate isn’t reverting back to the guys versus the girls alliances. He approaches Mike about getting the gang back together, as the men and women are equal in numbers. Tarzan promises a female defector in the form of Alicia to create a stronger voting pool. Sure, yeah, sounds good, says Mike, who trusts Tarzan about as far as he can throw him. Interesting…it seems the most recent winners don’t want to play the way of the middle school dance with boys on one side and girls on the other.
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Last night’s premiere of 16 & Pregnant’s fourth season gave viewers double the baby mama drama with two new episodes. The first episode introduces us to cheerleader Mackenzie Douthit and her bull riding beau Josh McKee from Oklahoma.
Mackenzie loves going to the rodeo with her friends to watch her boyfriend compete, only this time she’s got an extra person with her…in her belly. She’s a rising junior in high school, and Josh has graduated. Mackenzie doesn’t want to get too far behind with her cheerleading goals, so she still attends practices (to watch), and she plans to jump right back in to the tumbling and pom poms as soon as possible. Josh appears to be very supportive, and the couple seems to have fun together.
Mackenzie puts a lot of pressure on Josh to plan for their future, and her family doesn’t think that she realizes what a change this will be in her life. After her sisters plead with her not to name the poor child “Cowbell,” her mother inquires as to why she wasn’t more careful. Duh! As a cheerleader, she didn’t want to take the Pill and risk getting fat. Um…I don’t want to point out the obvious, but…
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Y’all had to know Colton Cumbie of Survivor wasn’t going anywhere – heck, he may be getting more attention now that he’s off the show, than when he was the resident villain on the beach!
Colton has been speaking out about his time on the show, leaving before his time, and whether he has been fairly perceived by the viewing audience. Here’s a quick hint…Colton doesn’t seem to have any issue with how he was portrayed on the show. Finally, a reality star (I’ll use that term loosely) who isn’t blaming editing – that’s huge, especially for someone so hated!
He recently spoke with Jarett Wieselman with theinsider.com. Excerpts from that interview are below -
Have you been surprised by the haters?
Oh, not at all. Not at all. Once the show started airing, I knew. Coming out of it, my hope is that people would appreciate my game play. Let’s be honest, a little 20-year-old gay boy convincing a group of men to do what he wanted, without ever lifting a finger? They’ve never had anyone like me. It would be one thing if I helped out at camp, but I did nothing. I literally was their queen.
It seems like the gay community is the most incensed about your behavior — what do your gay friends think?
Oh, here we go – I’m about to get slayed for this. But to be honest, I don’t know many gay people. I really don’t. I have a boyfriend but he’s the straightest gay person you’ll ever meet – he hunts and fishes. But he’s proud of me. He thinks I did well. I just think the gays hate me because I’m a republican. Once that came out, they looked for any reason to hate me. To truly appreciate what I bring to the game, you have to like my sense of humor – I compare it to Chelsea Handler. I think people are just too sensitive.
Do you think the show presented a fair representation of who you are?
I’m not going to blame the edit. I was in control of my own actions. I did what you saw. I wish they focused more on my strategic gameplay than my comments, but then again, I’m glad I saw that because it helped me to grow as a person. Things were taken out of context, but that was me. I didn’t zero in on one person. I didn’t just zero in on Bill [Posely]. My hate knew no bounds [laughs].
Let’s talk about that Tribal Council where Bill went home — you took a lot of flack for your comments regarding race. Take me back to that night, what happened?
I think things were misinterpreted but I also think things were left out. Obviously I know more African American people than my housekeeper, but that’s what they chose to showcase. I don’t know how to say it without seeming ignorant, but I was being honest in a way. We are super close to my housekeeper. She is like family. I was trying to defend myself but it came across badly.
Do you see yourself as a “Survivor Villain?”
If we’re speaking strictly on gameplay, I’m totally a villain. I made it clear that you’re with me or you’re against me. If you don’t think I was running the show, then you weren’t watching [laughs]. I take pride in my villain title because it’s not something that’s easily earned. There are a lot of wannabes.
Many would argue you saved the most selfish move for last. Why did you keep The Immunity Idol?
I wouldn’t have been a villain if I didn’t do that. The irony is that I wanted to give the Idol away. I wanted to give it to Jay, but we were separated so I couldn’t get it to him. I considered giving it to Christina for a millisecond, but she wouldn’t have known to do with it. I didn’t want to screw up Jay’s game by giving the Immunity Idol to someone on Manono.
As a fan of the game, how does it feel to have been medically removed and not voted out, or won?
It feels absolutely horrible. I don’t have closure. Had they blindsided me or voted me out, I would have been able to sit back and be OK with it. But they didn’t get me. I got myself, basically. My body turned against me. I was my own worst enemy. It’s frustrating. I lie in bed at night and wonder what got me sick. Bad crab? Evil coconut?
Do you know what it was?
They think it was a food born or water born [virus] – you know, I honestly wonder if I got taken out Caesar-style. Obviously you know I did nothing, so it would have been so easy for someone to poison my food [laughs].
Okay kids, so what did we learn? Colton seems pretty proud of being the most purposefully lazy person ever to grace Jeff Probst’s presence, he really loves his housekeeper, and the gay community likely hates him for being a Republican. I am not sure what to say…but at least he’s honest? The reunion is going to be interesting, to say the least!
A new episode airs tonight at 8PM ET on CBS.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF COLTON’S INTERVIEW? IS HE SHELTERED OR JUST A HORRIBLE SNOB? BOTH? DO YOU THINK COLTON COULD HAVE WON HAD HE NOT GOTTEN SICK?