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Oh, Jersey Shore, I love when you give the viewers a drama-free episode, filled with drunken stupidity, bunny costumes, and Pauly D one-liners. I love it even more when you try to hide a public service announcement about the importance of watercraft safety into said episode. We’re listening, MTV, and we’ll wear life jackets if we’re ever unfortunate enough to find ourselves in a deflating raft with Snooki at the helm. You may have saved lives. #themoreyouknow

The fight that started to transpire at the end of the last episode ends very anticlimactically. The dude who pulled down Jenni’s napkin dress gets kicked out of the club. As Rawn opines, “You either leave Karma or you get kicked out of Karma. And if you mess with Rog’s girl, you’re going to get messed up…because that is Karma.” I am so glad he understands the phrase! Back at the house, all Snooki want to do is “get it in” (I can’t believe I just typed that!), but he’s vomiting. JWoww hauls Roger off to the smush room, but is called away to do her dooty duty. Ronnie hates that Roger never gets to hang out, and he helps Roger escape to the deck while Jenni’s in the ladies’ room.

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In today’s Mob Wives update, the castmate everyone seems to love to hate, Karen Gravano gave an interview to the Huffingtonpost.com about her new book, Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me!

During her chat, she opens up about the drama on the show, her take on what she calls “the lifestyle,” and the rift between her and father due to her involvement with the VH1 hit.

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Read her interview below.

Why did you decide to write this book?
I just felt like my life came completely full circle and I realized why everything happened. I realized who we are as a family. I realized who my father was. I understand why he got into the lifestyle he did. For a long time, I didn’t understand why he cooperated [with the authorities].

You write that you were furious that your dad cooperated with the police.
All my life I was taught that it was something you never do. I was thinking, “That’s something you taught me all my life not to do. Why are you doing it?” When we grew up, in our circles, that was the worst thing you could do. It wasn’t like I had friends who had normal fathers. All my friends’ fathers were gangsters. Everyone I was around was into that life. When he did it, I knew people would turn their backs on us. I didn’t know [it would be] to the extent that they did. I felt like my whole life was over.

Why do you think he cooperated?
Because he felt that he was double-crossed. He heard the Gotti tapes and once he listened to those tapes he realized that John double-crossed him. His first initial thoughts were, “I’m going to fight my case and when I get out I’m going to kill him.” You know that’s how it’s done in that lifestyle. But then he felt disgusted by the whole lifestyle, so he decided to turn his back and walk away.

Do you think “Mob Wives” glamorizes the gangster lifestyle?
The show was pitched to me to show what the women go through, the struggle. All of us are single moms because our partners are in prison.

The show also focuses on a lot of bickering between the cast members.
That’s why my book is so important to me. Again, when you’re on a show and there’s four women, you’re kind of caught up in the situation. I’m definitely not saying it’s other people’s fault because I definitely contribute to a lot of the drama. I felt like I came home and got sucked into it. I’m sick of the bickering, it’s not who I am. For me, I can be that person, but I feel like my story is so much bigger than that and I feel like out of all the women on the show, my father, Sammy the Bull, he’s the biggest name. The show isn’t scripted by any means, but you realize there are cameras and you kind of get caught up in the moment. It’s all very new to me to talk about the lifestyle, admitting it. We never said the word “mob” growing up.

Does your dad like the show?
He definitely didn’t like the name, but after he started watching it, he realized it’s about the women, so he was okay with it. But now he’s like, “I hate the fighting, I hate the arguing, the cursing,” so I’ve also had to deal with that. My father is totally disgusted and hasn’t spoken to me over the show. Hopefully I can make up for it.

So, he’s not talking to you now?
He’s angry, [but] it’s not like we’re never going to talk again. He’s really pissed off about the show. So he doesn’t want to talk to me right now. He’s just mad. He doesn’t like watching the show. He doesn’t like the arguing, the cursing.

Don’t you want to say, “Who are you to give me etiquette lessons?”
No, even though he did that, he always wanted better for me. It’s not like he’s not talking to me because he doesn’t want anything ever to do with me. He feels like I’m bigger than that. It’s not that he’s saying it because he’s judging me; he’s saying it because he cares about me. It’s two different things.

In other Mob Wives news, everyone’s favorite addition Angela “Big Ang” Raiola is channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe on a recent photo shoot for NEXT Magazine. VH1 shares some of her best shots from the spread on its site. I could swear in the third picture she’s humming “Happy Birthday, Mr. President!” but I can’t be sure. Enjoy those pictures below!

WHAT DO THINK OF RENEE’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SHE’S ABOVE THE DRAMA? COMMENTS ON BIG ANG’S PICTORIAL?

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Do you like the recap title? I got it from one of my former first grade students after his dad’s alma mater beat my alma mater in basketball. If only I’d known in 2005 that Roy’s words would be so helpful to me now. On last night’s Survivor, the tribes proved once again that girls are passive-aggressive, while men like to pound their (sometimes waxed) chests when they succeed. It’s a study in middle school behavior to say the least.

The women head back to the Salani camp, which is basically the Manano camp. The guys brag that they were nice enough to keep their fire burning. It’s annoying to Michael that none of the women had to be voted off since Kourtney broke her wrist. Christina approaches Alicia to rehash the differences the girls had at tribal council. Alicia apologizes for any bad blood, but in her interview she twirls her imaginary evil-doer mustache and proclaims that if she saw Christina drowning in the ocean, she’d look the other way. It’s that kind of empathy I would hope that most special education teachers portray.

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It’s the curtain call for the girls of Teen Mom 2, and we can only hope they have learned from their many struggles during the recent installment of the franchise. It’s doubtful, but we can hope! Last night the moms sat down with, the one-and-only, Dr. Drew Pinsky, to discuss the hardships they faced during their sophomore season.

Dr. Drew begins with a recap of the season. Sidebar, are Kailyn and Leah going to the same hairdresser? Their hairstyles are shades of off-white and stark white, respectively. After watching the footage, both are already teary. Kailyn claims she is upset watching her friend get upset. The show has brought the pair closer.

Chelsea reveals that Aubree loves doing her hair and make-up. It appears that maybe Chelsea was sitting a seat over from the blondes in the salon. She has also been visiting Year Round Brown, as she’s very tan. Jenelle expounds on what Chelsea has said about Aubree and Jace…apparently the toddlers are either fighting or making out when they are in the same room. The therapy session cuts to commercial, and of course the first advertisement (of many, I’m sure) introduces the newest teens on 16 and Pregnant. #Depressing.

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It’s been a big week for Bethenny Frankel, but I’ve come to learn that every week is a big week when you’re a Skinnygirl with anything and everything on your plate…and that plate is seen by a gazillion viewers, followers, haters, and fans. Oddly enough (and I didn’t think it was odd at all until my dear friend–a true Fan-kel–pointed it out to me over cocktails), I have no opinion on Bethenny. Whatsoever.

I think she’s savvy and smart. I think she’s equally annoying. I love her clothes. I hate her brashness, but I think I’m secretly jealous of it. She is the one reality star that should push my buttons–good or bad–but doesn’t. That said, I am following her current reports much more closely because I am equal parts saddened by her heartbreaking news, intrigued by her ability to garner such strong reactions, and a ridic lover of bad daytime talk shows. Quite the combo!

After the new season of Bethenny Ever After premiered Monday night, the reality maven was a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. In between drinking games and pleading the fifth, Bethenny spoke about her, much touted, new foray into the realm of daytime chitchat. Following this announcement on WWHL, The Hollywood Reporter expanded on Bethenny’s growing empire.

The star, known for her sharp tongue and keen business skill, revealed to Andy Cohen that her new talk show, Bethenny, will premiere June 11th on Fox. Citing the premise of her show, she opined, “Instead of watching my marriage, my sex life, my conversations about money, I want to involve you.” Hmmm, I am not sure I want to be involved in ALL that, but I’m curious nonetheless.

Bethenny continued, “It’s a girlfriends show, but it’s really honest…[j]ust what’s really going on, have an honest conversation without it being just me being in the fishbowl. I want to involve everyone in the conversation.” It sounds, well just fabulous! When she stated she planned on having celebrity guests as well, I was sold. Now if only I could quit my day job, so I can sit home to watch it…

The one-hour daily program is being produced by Telepictures Productions, with Bethenny and Ellen DeGeneres serving as executive producers. I do love some Ellen! The Frankel/Hoppy clan will be spending some time in Burbank, as that is where the show will be taped.

Additionally, it will get a special preview in test markets for six weeks. Those of you lucky enough to live in New York and Los Angeles will be among the first viewers. Wendy Williams was successful with a similar strategy. If Bethenny prevails on these selected stations, she will be in good company on the daytime talk circuit. It was reported that Jeff Probst, Katie Couric, and Steve Harvey will also be joining the increasing crowded world of sofa chats, cooking segments, and book clubs.

And speaking of book clubs, Madame Frankel has had three lifestyle and nutrition books to hit the New York Times’ bestseller list. She is now taking the plunge (get it?) into fiction as her first novel, Skinnydipping, will hit the shelves May 1.

While in the clubhouse, Bethenny also opened up about her recent miscarriage and some resulting health issues. Earlier Monday morning, she revealed her tragic ordeal on the TODAY Show when asked if she had plans for more children. A tearful Bethenny responded, “We were pregnant with a second baby, and at eight weeks, I miscarried.”

Understandably, Bethenny, who is the mother to 21-month-old Bryn with husband Jason Hoppy, has been struggling during such a difficult time. She shared, “There are so many…things that come with [miscarrying]. You go through a roller coaster of emotions…[a]bout your age, about being a woman, about, can you have another baby, are you a failure to your partner? You go through a million different things.”

On WWHL, she revealed to Andy, “As a result of [the miscarriage], I was on an antibiotic Doxycycline. I took it at night without any water, went to bed and it burned a hole in my esophagus. I have a hole in my heart and my esophagus.” She retorts, “But it’s okay — I’m feeling good. I wouldn’t be drinking a Skinnygirl Margarita if I weren’t feeling good!”

I’m glad to see she still has her signature cocktail and signature sense of humor. Our thoughts are with Bethenny and her family.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S REVELATIONS? WILL YOU BE WATCHING HER NEW TALK SHOW?


Oh, the cray-cray ladies of the original Basketball Wives are finally back for a fourth season with two new additions. How we’ve missed you!

The episode begins with Evelyn Lozada meeting with her wedding planner. Evelyn admits that she had hoped for a destination wedding, but seeing as not everyone has passports, the event will need to remain local. She also reveals that she doesn’t want any bridesmaids. She cryptically references the fact that many of her friends haven’t been extremely loyal, and she only wants people she loves and trusts in attendance. Hmmm…to whom could she be referring?

Jennifer Williams is in NYC and has an unlikely meeting with Suzie Ketcham. Suzie inquires as to whether Jenn has spoken to ex-husband Eric since drink toss 2011. It appears that Suzie has relocated. Is this Basketball Wives: Miami or Basketball Wives: New York? Wait, I think it is. My bad. #duh. Jenn learns that Suzie rarely talks to former biffle, Royce Reed. Suzie is equally shocked to find out that Evelyn and Jenn are on the outs.

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Last night’s Mob Wives had the mobsters coming clean to their lady loves about their prior bad behavior. It was quite the confessional!

The episode begins with Drita D’avanzo heading back into the boxing ring. Her trainer is upset to hear that she’s been fighting again. Drita believes she could curb her street fighting if she was able to rid douchebags in her life. Her memory of beating up d-bags extends all the way back to kindergarten. Her temper is in no way to blame for her penchant for hitting other people. Okay.

Karen Gravano and Ramona Rizzo meet for dinner. As much as they are willing to invite Carla Facciolo into their inner circle, they blame Drita for brainwashing her. The two respect the fact that Carla is loyal to a fault, even if it’s to Drita. Karen and Ramona plan to change that. Ramona chalks it up to the double-D factor…no Drita, no drama. After all my time watching this fiasco, I can honestly say that Drita may not be the only cast member who stirs the pot.

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There was a lot going on this weekend with the Real Housewives of Atlanta…especially in the Twitterverse! Kim Zolciak and former assistant Sweetie Hughes are speaking out about a write-up insinuating that Sweetie thinks Kim’s new husband Kroy Biermann is a racist.

After an interview Sweetie gave to blogger ATLien about her termination as Kim’s lackey right-hand-woman created some hullabaloo about Kroy’s potential prejudices, the ladies started tweeting up a storm to discredit the story.

As you recall, ATLien wrote, “I’ve heard rumors that Kim’s new husband, Falcons player Kroy Biermann doesn’t ‘prefer’ African-Americans chilling around the house, and since Sweetie is clearly one of those, it’s been inferred that he may be the cause of her sudden job loss.”

Not one to take this gossip lightly, Kim took to the mean streets of her Twitterhood to set the record straight. On Friday, she tweeted, “Under no circumstances did @sweetieHughes imply @biermann71 was racist nor discriminates against african americans when u do an inter be legit! Its disgusting!”

Sweetie was quick to respond to her twitter pal and former boss, saying, “@Kimzolciak ignore the BS and Have a wonderfull day sweetie:)” which was later followed with, “Omg America get a life!!!!!”

It appears the world may never know the back story behind Kim and Sweetie’s parting of ways. Of course, we can always read between the tweets…and pray the situation is highlighted on the upcoming Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding!

In other RHOA news, Phaedra Parks spoke with Naughty But Nice Rob with the Huffingtonpost, defending former client Bobby Brown. Bobby has been receiving backlash in the media regarding the tragic death of his ex-wife, singer Whitney Houston. While many have blamed Bobby for enabling his wife’s addictions while others have criticized his support of the pair’s 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Christina.

Phaedra, who has often talked on the show about representing Bobby as his attorney, tells the site, “What we have to remember is that they both were adults and as adults we make choices. They are adults. Whitney took responsibility for what happened with her life. She was wonderful, an icon. I’m happy to have worked with both of them.”

When asked about Bobby’s delay in rushing to his distraught daughter’s side in L.A., Phaedra again dismisses the public’s criticism. She states, “In defense of Bobby, when this happened, he was on stage.”

Phaedra continues, explaining, “He doesn’t have a private jet. He got there as soon as he could. He is a wonderful father. I know he will be there for all his children. I’m worried for any child that looses a parent at a young age — that point in your life is when you need your mother. At 18 years old, you are beginning your transformation to be a women.”

Our thoughts continue to be with Whitney’s family and friends.

And finally, going back to where we started (Twitter is always full-circle!), Kandi Burruss and 9-year-old daughter Riley will be moving from their old home in Fayetteville, Georgia and a new McMansion pictured below!

Kandi tweeted the below picture with the news, “Just got a new house!!!!!! So much work to be done….”

Wow! That is quite an upgrade, but well-deserved in light of Kandi’s success both on the show and with her other ventures. Her late-night radio show, Kandi Koated Knights, continues to gain popularity, while her line of adult toys is about to launch. Combine all of this with her upcoming Bravo spin-off Kandi Factory, and I’d say Kandi is earning quite enough to make that jump. Congratulations!

Don’t forget about tonight’s episode, airing at 9PM ET. “No Bones About It” continues with the women’s tour of South Africa. Everyone dines in luxury, discussing their time at the orphanage and how silly their petty fights seem in light of what they’ve seen. Phaedra cites the women’s bounty of good things, with Nene agreeing that they are all certainly blessed. Marlo just needs the waiter because the her lunch is undercooked. Phaedra takes it upon herself to impart culture on her travel companions, and the ladies head to a museum. They learn that in certain villages, if a man gets his father or brother to go fetch a lady who has caught his eye, she must become his bride. Kandi isn’t keen on that proposal.

They also meet a help artist herbalist who lets them smell the ancestors (they smell a bit like “pee” according to the ever honest Neenster), and he throws some bones to tell the women’s fortunes. For a mortician, Phaedra isn’t on board with the bone throwing. Sheree is not digging on his prediction that she will never marry again because she’s too old. However, the medicine man is adamant. He also informs Nene that while Greg is a very good man, if she isn’t happy, she shouldn’t stay. Later, Marlo gets sick.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIM AND SWEETIE’S TWEETS? ARE THEY JUST TRYING TO SAVE FACE? THOUGHTS ON PHAEDRA’S BOBBY BROWN INTERVIEW AND KANDI’S NEW HOME?

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