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This season’s cast on Celebrity Apprentice is set to give us what should be some epic on-camera brawls (although they were quite well-behaved in their premiere last Sunday). Already, gossip is spreading about the news of on-set antics and rivalries between cast members.

First up, delicate Italian wall-flower Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey reportedly blew up at husband Joe Giudice when he was partying with some of her fellow cast members while she was hard at work. According to the report, Teresa was heard yelling “You’re a cheater!” The insider adds, “Teresa has a hair-trigger temper and her ‘street-hood side’ comes out when she gets agitated.” You don’t say!

But, it turns out, it was all innocent. The source explains: “That’s what happened when she thought she’d ‘caught’ Joe with one of the show’s gorgeous female contestants. “It turns out that he’d been hanging out with some castmembers behind the scenes during filming. Joe had been drinking and he was acting like a fool when Teresa thought he was hitting on one of the women.”

To be fair to Tre, there have been multiple reports in the press of Joe’s alleged girlfriends from family friend Davana Medina to the infamous Tara G from several years ago. So, it’s understandable the easily-provoked Teresa would get upset to see Joe being friendly to the likes of Aubrey O’Day and Dayana Mendoza. The source says Joe’s behavior was typical, “He fancies himself a ladies’ man, so it’s not hard to figure that he’d flirt with the women on the show.”

Unsurprisingly, the women of Celebrity Apprentice were less than impressed with the married father of four whose legal and financial battles have played out extremely publicly in the past few years (can we say baggage?). The source clarifies what was actually going on, saying “None of them want anything to do with Joe. Although they were polite, they kept him at arm’s length. Teresa doesn’t have a thing to worry about as far as her ‘Apprentice’ rivals go. But she’s a hothead.”

Well, we can’t argue with that. This is the woman who shoved her boss into a chair on national television. So, we’re interested to see what she’ll have to say the next time she runs into fellow housewife Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki, in case you forgot, is a business woman and is very, very successful. Therefore, she is pissed she was not invited to share her knowledge (and sign everyone up for Coto Insurance) and appear on Celebrity Apprentice.

Vicki Tweeted, “How did Theresa get on Apprentice and I didn’t? She has never even owned a business? How the heck did she get chosen? I mean ‘REALLY?!’ Who would like to me up against Donald Trump?”

What’s even more amusing is a few tweets later, she completely backtracked and changed her tune, tweeting to one of Teresa’s fans, “Of I love you Theresa! No I’m not against the betterment of women. I’m all about it! I’ll b watching.”

And, continuing our tour of the strong women of this cast, our final story is the apparent war of words between Victoria Gotti and comedian Lisa Lampanelli. In an interview with Rob Schuter, Victoria blasts Lisa: “It was bad. I’m telling you, I would have rather taken eight Star Jones than one Lisa Lampanelli. I think everyone on that show would agree with me. She wanted this at all costs and let everyone know it.”

She detailed one incident where Lisa got particularly aggressive, “One girl had the nerve to speak up and said, ‘I’m just confused. Let us know who is the taskmaster who is running things,’ then Lisa breaks down and starts screaming at everybody.”

Never one to back down, Lisa had this to say about Victoria: “Victoria Gotti is lazier than Paris Hilton’s left eye.”

A new episode of Celebrity Apprentice airs tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

TELL US: ARE YOU SURPRISED JOE WAS FLIRTING WITH TERESA’S CAST MATES? DO YOU THINK VICKI SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE INSTEAD OF TERESA? WOULD YOU RATHER BE ON A TEAM WITH VICTORIA GOTTI OR LISA LAMPANELLI?

I will never forgive Kim Zolciak from depriving us of her presence during the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s trip to Africa, where they pledged to be nice after visiting an orphanage, and then followed that up with endless arguments about nothing.

It would have been truly hilarious to see Kim in that environment, away from her suburban bubble of Bentleys, fat-sucking lasers, and chain restaurants. But, alas, Kim passed on the trip, and a few people have accused the sole white lady on the cast of being racist and not wanting to go to Africa.

On her recent Bravo blog, former musical partner Kandi Burruss does not back down, making it clear she still believes Kim would NOT have wanted to visit the orphanage:

“First off, I do not think Kim would have gone to Africa, even if she hadn’t just had the baby, and I don’t see her spending time at an orphanage, especially not the one we went to in Africa.As for me saying I don’t see her at the orphanage, no I don’t. She may disagree, but that’s my opinion. I just don’t see her being the type to be there. Not that Kim wouldn’t help. I think she would help with giving donations to get them what they need, but I don’t see her doing physical help.”

Kandi also thinks it was simply a matter of Kim wanting to avoid being around Nene Leakes. That’s certainly understandable since the women’s feud has gotten rather ugly on several occasions.

“Kim has been avoiding NeNe for over a year. It would have taken a million dollars to get her to come on a trip where she was stuck for a whole week in close proximity to NeNe. On top of that she hates long flights.”

The supremely lazy Kim might be type to send a check and return to the hotel for a much-needed spa day, but she begs to differ in her Bravo blog, and says she doesn’t mind dirt, or holding children of any race:

Cynthia and Kandi seemed to think I wouldn’t attend the Africa trip because NeNe would stop me and I wouldn’t want to hold African children. Although Cynthia made the initial comment, Kandi co-signed, so she’s just as guilty in my eyes. You are supposed to be my friend, why are you agreeing with a hater? If Kandi believes I wouldn’t go to an African orphanage, then she doesn’t truly know me. I love children and always have. I love to take care of people, which is why I went to nursing school.

Kandi says I am germaphobic, and yes, I like my house clean, and no, I didn’t want people around KJ his first few months, etc. But let’s be honest, as a nurse I have wiped many asses in my time, suctioned people, and held a basin when they were vomiting, so forgive me for being educated on all the germs that are out there, but there is nothing that a little hand washing can’t fix. “Germs” have never prevented me from holding a sick child, an adult’s hand, or walking into a less that sanitary place. End of story.”

Fans may recall the time that Kim said she would “shovel shit” for her daughters if she ever lost her ATM, otherwise known as Big Poppa, so she may be on to something. Kim also addresses Nene’s comments that she is too superficial to take on such a charitable task:

“NeNe mentioned that I am materialistic and superficial, which I found funny coming from someone who says she is “very rich.” I love my Louis Vuitton, I love my YSL, and I will STILL die in Dior, but never have I boasted and made displays of my items in hotel rooms. I am very blessed and grateful to have what I have. I never take my things for granted, or the things I’ve been granted will get taken away.”

We have to give a point to the Zolciak for this. None of the Atlanta cast members have ever been able to go very long without mentioning clothing labels or money, with perhaps the exception of Kandi, who has always been a bit more grounded. But none of these ladies have ever shown up ANYWHERE in just a pair of worn Old Navy yoga pants and a Target tank top – know what I mean? Speaking of label-whores, Kandi also mentions Marlo in her blog post, and her discomfort at her constant braying of her expensive wardrobe (earned with a paycheck that came straight from the heavens if we are to believe her):

“I think for the most part Marlo is a nice person, and yes, I think she’s fashionable, but I just don’t like being around people who constantly boast and brag about what they have. At a certain point people will only notice you for what they can see on the surface, if that’s all you seem to offer. I think Marlo has an incredible closet full of beautiful clothes and shoes, but the constant talk about them I can do without.”

Back to the topic of the Wigged One, Kim, the final question is, is she in fact racist? Kim says she isn’t and that if she was, she would not be on this show:

In my eyes children in need are children in need. I have said this before, and I will say it till I die, I DON’T SEE COLOR, not with women, men, children, or adults. What they said was ignorant and rude. I do not need to explain that I am not a racist, because the people who know me know my heart.

I embrace all races, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be a cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Need I say more?

My feelings are that Kim is completely checked out of this show, and didn’t see any personal benefit to going on the Africa trip. She’s consistently missed group events throughout the seasons, and the one housewife vacation she went on last season was to visit one of her boyfriends. With Kim, sticking to the surface answer is probably the closest to the truth.

TELL US: WHY DO YOU THINK KIM SKIPPED OUT ON THE TRIP TO AFRICA? DO YOU THINK SHE IS TOO SELFISH TO HAVE GONE TO THE ORPHANAGE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OTHER CAST MATE’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER?


Our time with the approximately 15-week long commercial that was the ninth season of Top Chef ,is almost over. Next week, we’ll see our last two competitors battle it out for the $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, as Padma has lovingly reminded us in all the credits.

This week’s episode featured, what I think must be, the most crushing elimination of all, the one where you almost make it, but fall short, the bronze medal. While it must suck to be the first let go, at least no one remembers you. But here, we’ve watched the eliminated contestant for weeks, so we might feel some attachment.

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After the city of Hoboken refused to let Jersey Shore stars Snooki and JWoww film, the people of Jersey City took them in like tanned refugees. In a report posted by NJ.com, Jersey City mayor, Jeremiah Healy, was excited to have the gals on-board, thinking their presence would “boost Jersey City’s reputation and spur the local economy.”

Unfortunately, some establishments in town are rejecting the spin-off. One bar, LITM, reportedly put up an anti-Snooki sign so everyone can know the guidette is not welcome there. Bar owner, Will Kelly said that filming would be “intrusive” and Barcade owner, Paul Kermizian thinks the high-end environment of his half-bar, half-arcade club, Barcade would not mix with the one associated with Jersey Shore, which makes me think he hasn’t seen the show.

Right now, however, which club the girls will turn into their Jersey Shore version of the infamous Karma might be the last thing on their minds. While they were due to start filming Tuesday, shooting has been delayed, with no comment from 495 productions. The ladies have been silent about the matter on their social media accounts. Could they be on strike, holding out for a bigger paycheck? Only time will tell.

In other news, with this spin-off slated to start shooting and the upcoming premiere of The Pauly D Project, the future of Jersey Shore, itself ,may be up in the air. On a recent appearance on Live With Kelly, both Sammi and Deena said there was no news on a sixth season. Sammi said, “We haven’t heard anything.” Both Deena and Sammi said they would “love to film again” with Deena adding, “I pray we film again.”

Previously, we reported that there were rumors of moving the cast to Las Vegas or Australia, which might give the show the boost it needs. The fifth season, currently airing on MTV, has had lower ratings than earlier ones, and just isn’t as interesting or fun as the ones before. Half the cast seems completely checked out (JWoww in particular, seems incredibly bored) and the other half of the cast is still doing the same stuff they’ve done for ages in an attempt to stay on the air.

And finally, Snooki recently tweeted some pics of her and JWoww as the good folks from Sophisticate’s Hairstyle attempted, keyword being attempted, to give the Jersey gals a classy hair makeover! Did they succeed? The photos are below and we’ll let you be the judge!

UPDATE - A representative from the LITM bar tells Reality Tea “LITM has never displayed an “anti-Snooki” message, banner, or sign above its bar. Proprietor Jelynne Jardiniano’s decision to not participate as a filming location for this reality series is based in LITM’s commitment to maintaining the comfort of our customer base.”

TELL US: DO YOU THINK JERSEY SHORE SHOULD RE-CAST, RE-LOCATE OR END ALTOGETHER? WILL YOU WATCH THE SPIN-OFFS OF JWOWW, SNOOKI AND PAULY D? WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO FILM IN YOUR CITY?

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If you think you won’t have to hear about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member, Taylor Armstrong, now that their endless second season is finally over, you’re wrong. The media circus is only beginning for the recently crowned New York Times best-selling author of Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within (if you don’t believe me, read it and weep, folks! She’s 15 on the non-fiction list (for combined print and e-book sales) right underneath Tina Fey’s memoir. ).

Now, I know that the best-seller list includes sales from the publishing company to book stores, and doesn’t take into account returns, so this best-seller list status might be very short-lived, but we can all bet that the self-promoting Taylor is going to use “New York Times best-selling author” on her resume forever and ever, even if she never makes it back on there again.

Her Amazon reviews, usually a good way to take stock of how the public truly feels about a text, are extremely negative, so I think book sellers will start to see this book getting placed back on the shelves and in the discount book bin in just a few weeks.

One person who probably has several hundred copies of the book in his house is Taylor’s psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, who we can all remember from his awkward visit to the SUR opening in last season’s penultimate episode. He remains a huge fan of Taylor, and even gave an interview to Radar Online while at her recent Los Angeles book signing, saying “I’m so unbelievably proud of Taylor for the strength to keep going, and for still doing the hard work while still mourning the loss of her late husband, and going through the process of mourning the loss of Russell, and being a single mom. The book signing was very emotional for Taylor and there was an outpouring of emotion from the people that came out to support Taylor.”

Dr. Sophy even told a heartwarming story of women who were inspired to leave their abusive husbands due to Taylor’s book:

“There were three sisters that came to the book signing last night. They were in Los Angeles, vacationing from Hawaii, and decided to come. They told Taylor that their mother had been in an abusive relationship for most of their adult lives, and after reading Taylor’s book, their mother decided to leave him.”

Well, if Taylor’s book really is inspiring women to leave their husbands, then we can give her credit for that. Taylor’s tales of abuse are still being questioned, even after she posted a medical report from her infamous eye injury to her Facebook page (only to remove it moments later). On the three-part reunion for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, none of the ladies seemed to really advocate for Taylor, except for Kyle Richards. Unsurprisingly, Kyle was the only cast mate to show up at this book signing.

Speaking of Kyle, she’s posted her final Bravo blog of the season, calling it “draining and emotional.” She also describes how she felt watching Kim admit to her alcohol problem during the final interview with Andy Cohen:

Watching Kim sit across from Andy and say “I’m an alcoholic” touched me beyond words. For Kim to put herself out there in front of millions of people and admit that was a huge step in her recovery. Since the beginning of Season 1, all of the girls in the cast have been kind and supportive towards Kim. Although, they knew of her struggles, they respected her choice to deal with it privately. That is something I will never forget.

Funny how Kyle neglected to mention that the only people who have ever brought up Kim’s troubles on-camera, were she and Taylor. Kyle during the infamous limo fight, and Taylor during the reunion when she insinuated Kim was in an “altered state of mind” during dinner in New York City. In any case, Kyle reports Kim is doing well, writing “Kim and I sat together yesterday and read through so many heartwarming e-mails from all over. Kim is doing so well. Each day she is stronger, happier, and moving forward, one day at a time. . .”.

One person who certainly has Kyle’s number is Lisa Vanderpump, who also put in her final Bravo blog of the season, thanking the fans, and referring to her disappointment at some of the comments that were made.

“I have few regrets this season, but I have been more deeply disappointed when watching the footage of some of the negativity. I would never allow, out of allegiance to my friend, somebody to repeatedly trash a friend of mine who was totally unaware of the situation until it had been aired. That is something I just can’t fathom.”

If I know anything about the housewives and their cycle of drama (and I’d like to think that I do!), that little paragraph is setting up a totally new dynamic for season three.

TELL US: HAVE YOU READ TAYLOR’S BOOK? WILL YOU BUY IT? DO YOU THINK SHE IS A ROLE MODEL FOR ABUSED WOMEN? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DR.SOPHY’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK KIM IS FULLY RECOVERED? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LISA’S COMMENTS IN HER BLOG ABOUT THE DISSAPOINTMENT?

Oh, dear. Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino and her husband/king Jim Bellino have hit the blogs to defend their honor against enemy forces:  Peggy Tanous (who was quoted as saying she dated Jim back in the dark ages because he had “toys”), Alexis’s castmates, and of course, the evil blogosphere, media, commenters, and anyone who dare say a negative word about the Bellino name.

We’ll start with Alexis, who we saw shut Peggy down in last week’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County after Peggy attempted to have a drunken conversation in the doorway of a limo on their many issues, namely that Peggy and Alexis have swum in the same gelled hair dude pond. Anyway, limo conversations are reserved for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Peggy. Only Kyle Richards can do that in housewives land. She owns the trademark.

Posting a four-page screed to her Bravo blog, Alexis blames Peggy for their failed friendship, and further explains the behavior at the crawfish trashbag party:

“[Peggy’s] daughter London had broken her arm over the summer, and I had texted Peggy to tell her I was thinking and praying for her. So at Vicki’s when she’s telling me the story of what happened to London’s arm, I was merely relating to her daughter and what she was going through when I made the comment about having a rod in my leg. I WAS NOT COMPETING with a four-year-old! That just sounds so ridiculous to even say. The fact that Peggy would even say that makes me once again think she is looking for drama.”

She makes a good point about Peggy’s silence in the five months break they had from filming, and questions why Peggy wanted to have the conversation at the party rather than in a more calm environment the next day. Personally, I think that Peggy was urged to go outside to talk to Alexis at the insistence of a producer who was probably pissed the dinner party was free of drunken screaming. Peggy has said that she left the show because she was unwilling to participate in certain story lines, and I think she may just not be any good at provoking Alexis properly enough to get her to fight.

“Throughout the evening I ignored Peggy’s negative remarks towards me. I have to admit that when she made the ridiculous comment about me pouring ketchup over her dessert in San Antonio last year, the thought of pouring ketchup over her head instead of over her dessert instantly ran through my mind. And I chuckled at the thought of it, but I’m only human! At the end of the evening when she walked out to my limo claiming she wanted to “talk,” I had to question her motive. She has had five months to come to me to talk about everything, and she chooses now?

She had the entire dinner party to talk to me, and instead she continued to insult me with under-breath remarks. Not to mention the fact that over the summer when I texted her about London’s arm, she could have easily texted back that she wanted to talk then, but she did NOT. Instead, she waited until the end of Vicki’s dinner party, and I didn’t feel that was the appropriate time — it didn’t feel authentic either. I volunteered to meet her for coffee or lunch the following week, and she never called — so you tell me who really wants to work things out, and who’s looking for attention. The way she has handled herself both on and off camera makes me very curious about her intentions.”

Alexis also goes on to defend her husband Jim against the hen cackles of Tamra and Vicki, who took that evening as an opportunity to get some digs in at the departed househusband.

“Let’s move on to the women once again bashing my husband. Isn’t it funny how Jim doesn’t talk about them, want to be around them, use any energy on them at all, and yet all they do is berate him? I really hate to give this topic any of my time at all, but the truth is that it seems so easy for Tamra and Peggy to sit on a couch and just persecute my husband. It’s so disgusting.”

Jim decided to stop filming the show after he saw what the editing monkeys had done to him, which was pretty smart, but it doesn’t mean these bitches won’t continue to talk about you. On this particular issue (whether or not Jim was wrong about keeping his past relationship with Peggy a secret), it’s easy to sympathize with Alexis, but Jim should have mentioned it when the women started to hang out, and certainly when the women started to film a reality show. Lucky for us, Jim has decided to start blogging! In his blog, “Keeping It Real Weekly” he explains why he never told Alexis about Peggy (it was written in all caps by Jim himself):

“I thought when I decided to step back from the show and let Alexis do her thing, I would be allowing the best things for her life while I went back to what I do best: business. Instead, I am more the topic of discussion now than when I was part of the show. Without provocation, I have become the whipping boy of Orange County…

WHEN ALEXIS AND I BECAME SERIOUS, WE HAD A VERBAL CONTRACT THAT NEITHER OF US WOULD EVER BRING UP OR DISCUSS OUR PAST RELATIONSHIPS. I WAS VERY HONEST AND UPFRONT THAT I HAD DATED A LOT ALL IN SEARCH OF THE WOMAN THAT I WANTED TO CALL MY WIFE, AND SINCE WE CHOSE TO LIVE IN THE TOWN THAT I GREW UP IN, WE AGREED THAT THERE WAS NOTHING POSITIVE TO BE GAINED FROM BRINGING UP OLD FLAMES, OR HAVING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHO HAD DATED WHO, AND ALL THE STRINGS THAT COME ATTACHED TO OPENING THAT CAN OF WORMS. WE MADE THIS AGREEMENT OUT OF RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER, NOT AS A WAY TO HIDE OUR PASTS. WE TOOK EACH OTHER AS WE WERE, AND THAT WAS THAT.”

In the blog, Jim also refers to himself as the “whipping boy of Orange County” which I have to disagree with; that position belongs solely to Slade Smiley.

[Photo Credit: WENN]

TELL US: WHO DO YOU THINK IS TO BLAME FOR ALEXIS AND PEGGY’S FALL OUT? DO YOU THINK JIM SHOULD CONTINUE TO BLOG OR JUST FADE AWAY? WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD HAVE TOLD ALEXIS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PEGGY AND JIM? WILL YOU MISS PEGGY ON THE SHOW?


On last night’s season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice, we met our new gang of folks of questionable notoriety on a quest to make money for charity…and advance their dead (in the case of Arsenio Hall and Dee Snider) or just getting started (Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice) careers.

The first challenge was for each team to take over a sandwich shop, and sell sandwiches to raise money for their respective charities. The ladies decided to go with the name Forte, suggested by pop queen Debbie Gibson, which seems like a grammatically incorrect choice, but that’s probably not a strong point for this bunch. The men choose Unanimous, since they’re all friends. Aww. I would have expected something manlier given their choice of Paul Teutul of American Chopper as their project manager. Something like “Brakes and Babes” or “Muscle Confidential.”

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I apologize for the delay in this week’s Top Chef recap. That being said, here are my thoughts on this week’s Canadian journey.

Last week, Ed got sent home in a humiliating double loss of not only a chance at being in the finale, but also of a Prius. Sorry Ed, but canned or frozen food does not fly in the Top Chef kitchen.

We open this week with the gang meeting up in the parking lot of the Vancouver airport, all looking refreshed and like they’d finally had something to eat and drink, besides Shiner Bock and barbecue. Sarah talking-heads that she’ll be nice now, and that she’s a totally different person.

And then Beverly gets there. No one is especially mean to her, but it is awkward for Lindsay, Paul, and Sarah, who are war buddies, to even act warm towards Beverly. They pile into the Toyota, and Sarah immediately interrupts Beverly after Paul asks her about Last Chance Kitchen.

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