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The 'X Factor' Season Finale at CBS Television City

Serious question…did any of you watch the X Factor?  I kept up with some of gossip, but I prefer The Voice.  It seems that the talent show just can't seem to get it together as far as judges are concerned (see you later, Britney Spears!), and now there are rumors that one of the hosts is on the chopping block.

Since brief stint on the show, Khloe Kardashian has been criticized for being awkward and orchestrating nip slips.  There was even a rumor that was being paid by The Voice to do such a horrible job.  That's bad!  Of course, I highly doubt that Khloe was getting cash for her craptastic hosting (it would almost be better if she were…), but the poor girl has no experience other than ridiculous reality shows.  Now, sources are alleging that she may not be back next season.

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Last night's episode of Mob Wives was very difficult to watch.  I recapped with a lump in my throat, but it was amazing to see the people of Staten Island come together and help one another.  Instead of brawling and screaming, Karen Gravano, Ramona Rizzo, Big Ang, and Drita D'avanzo collected donations and cooked meals for shelters.  Renee Graziano completed rehab and had a break through moment with son AJ.  It was the "realest" reality I've seen from a VH1 show ever. 

The footage of the wreckage after Sandy is devastating, and the women are reacting to the carnage.  The community is pulling together to help their neighbors.  A tearful Drita is talking to her daughters while collecting items to donate.  It is heartbreaking to see actual reality happening on reality television.  Ramona and Karen are going to help their friend whose home was damaged.  Ramona realizes how fortunate she is that her house escaped any damage.

Carla goes to check on Ang who is cooking up a storm for Sandy victims.  Both Carla and Ang can't believe the destruction that Sandy brought to Staten Island.  Both of their homes are okay, but they share stories of friends and relatives who lost everything.  Ang reveals that she lost her new salon in the storm, but she doesn't care after seeing how lucky she was compared to others.  She's heading up a donation drop-off at the Drunken Monkey.  Ang explains that there are so many people willing to help that she had to find a school bus to house all of the items.

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If you learn nothing else from reality television…know this–don't mess with Real Housewives of Orange County's Gretchen RossiJay Photoglou found out the hard way…and to the tune of over $500,000! 

As you recall, Jay and Gretchen had a very public he-said-she-said over some pretty nasty rumors (and pictures, if I recall correctly).  Gretchen sued Jay for defamation, among other things, claiming she lost job opportunities based on the lies he was spreading about her in the media.  Now Jay wants a re-trial.  Good luck with that, buddy!

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Well, well, well…this certainly took longer than I thought it would!  Finally, former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin is chatting up a storm about the state of Bethenny Frankel's marriage.  Viewers watched the demise of former besties' friendship, and Jill has been grasping at straws to stay relevant.  It's humorous (and slightly sad) to watch. 

The brash redhead has practically made a career based on talking about her nemesis and what went wrong in their relationship.  Jill will do or say just about anything to get her name back in the media.  I've really never seen anything like it!  Of course, it's no shock that she'd be adding her two cents on Bethenny's divorce from Jason Hoppy.  I'm just surprised it took so long!

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Sure, Kim Kardashian is super annoying, self-absorbed, and mind-numbingly vapid, but she sure does post some entertaining pictures on her Instagram.  Case in point?  The picture above, which she aptly captioned "Bo Derek braids."  Let's discuss for a moment, shall we?  Ignoring the fact that Bo Derek is likely extremely insulted (and rightfully so), I am so distracted by her make-up.  And does that ring say "couture?"  Anything but…she looks like she belongs on Solid Gold.  Even Kanye West is so embarrassed that he has to hide his face.  Oddly enough, I am kind of feeling his gold studded plaid flannel.  I know, I know.  It's probably just the only thing in the picture I can slightly compliment.

I've got some more Kimmie K. pictures for you after the jump…as well as an update with Kim's divorce proceedings with Kris Humphries.  It's neverending.  Happy weekend, y'all!

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Unlike her Bravo counterparts, Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein stays relatively under the radar.  However, in recent months, she and her plastic surgeon husband Lenny have been at the center of a historical controversy…and Lisa's not staying quiet anymore.

The couple purchased an estate on Star Island at auction for the low, low price of $7.6 million.  Lisa and Lenny intended to tear down the dilapidated structure on the foreclosed property and build their dream home in its place.  Unfortunately, the pair's plans have been put on hold.  They are now in a legal battle with the Miami Design Preservation League after the group's attempts to label the existing house as a historical landmark.  If the preservationists are successful, then it's ciao to the new casa.

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Well, it appears the rumors were true!  Kate Gosselin just can't go away…it's as if reality television is her own form of crack.  This go-round, the former Jon and Kate Plus Eight star will be switching lives with Kendra Wlikinson for Celebrity Wife Swap.  I guess ABC is taking a cue from Bravo's housewives' franchise and not requiring its "stars" to be actual wives…

The women will spend a week in the other's household, trying to maintain order with the family rules before implementing a system of her own.  I can only imagine how drill sergeant Kate will fare when she returns home after laid back Kendra has been in charge!

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I remember a much simpler time when TLC was all about stories.  There was A Makeover Story (fun fact: The Office's Angela Kinsey and her friend from an improv group were once on it before she became famous), A Dating Story, A Wedding Story, and (the only one still left) A Baby Story.  Sure, it was a really long time ago, but The Learning Channel didn't used to be all about scary pageant moms, wedding dress salons, and Gypsy Sisters getting kicked out of hot pink stretch limos and tanning with motor oil.  The only thing I learn from the network these days is how to make Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's sketti.  I must add that my boyfriend Clinton Kelly calls TLC home, so he's bringing the class. 

Now TLC is just ninety minutes up the coast from where I reside, in what may be South Carolina's version of the Jersey Shore.  That's right!  The Learning Channel has landed in Myrtle Beach, or "The Dirtle" as many call it.  Don't get me wrong, Myrtle Beach is all kinds of fun and has a little of everything.  It's like a tiny Vegas with a Planet Hollywood, a Hard Rock Cafe, and a giant shopping/restaurant/bar/music venue that spans city blocks and includes everything from Medieval Times to a mini Grand Ol' Opry that features singers who look just like actual country stars.  Add in the helicopter tours and a shop on every corner that sells over priced beach towels, shark tooth necklaces, and hermit crabs, and you've got a little slice of heaven in the Palmetto State.  Don't take my word for it–you can now see for yourself on TLC's new series Welcome to Myrtle Manor.  Joking aside, I have friends from Myrtle Beach who are none too thrilled at the idea that this show is potentially mocking their hometown. 

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