In addition to be a Housewife (and housewife), Lea is also an author with her first novel coming soon, a serious philanthropist, and a skin care maven. Lea is frank, funny, and exactly as she comes across on the show – meaning she's very 'take me as I am' and very fun.
An excerpt from our conversation is below.
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As I sit here and plow through my son's Halloween candy (hey – he's only 2!) while I work, I'm even more thankful that my family and loved ones are safe after Superstorm Sandy. While several reality stars found themselves in the middle of a storm (and not one manufactured by producers or caused by gossip and pettiness), the Real Housewives of New Jersey undoubtedly – and as usual – were some of the hardest hit as they are in the epicenter of a hurricane.
Several of the ladies lost power for days and even worse had their shore houses destroyed in the process. Here's an update on how everyone is doing post-Sandy as New Jersey begins to rebuild.
And just a quick comment: Caroline Manzo has been updating her twitter with relief stations and information for victims. Apparently annoyed followers have decided to unfollow because of too many tweets. Seriously people? Have a heart. While Caroline only lost followers (and electricity) – SOME PEOPLE lost everything. Empathy, people, empathy.
Teresa Giudice had several appearance scheduled for this week and canceled them all. She has been cooking to help out friends still without power.
Pimpmoma Kris Jenner is up to her old antics again. Not six minutes after Kourtney Kardashian popped out (or should I say yanked out) baby no. 2 – she's pressuring Kourtney to marry long-time boyfriend Scott Disick on national TV. Cause that worked out so well for ol' Kimmie Kakes.
I suppose with Kim's relationship to Kanye West permanently in limbo because of her never-ending divorce trial, Kris has got to focus her attentions on another money and attention generating daughter.
"Kris is the mastermind behind Kourtney and Scott getting engaged and married on TV," Kris' assistant a friend of K-Fam tells Hollywood Life. "She’s the one who initially came up with the idea. She thinks it will bring in huge ratings for the season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.”
Brandi Glanville certainly is a lightning rod for drama, isn't she? I'd say girl can't catch a break but all this publicity actually is a break. I mean thanks to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and all the chaos she's caused she's completely resuscitated her career.
RadarWongLine, which seemingly has a vendetta against Miss. B, recently reported that she is dating a RHOBH producer, Alex Baskin – and hoping to use it to score favoritism on the show.
According to Radar, a show insider told them: "Brandi has been boasting to her friends that she has been hooking up with Alex. Brandi says she isn't serious about the relationship, it's just a bit of fun, but that Alex has very, very serious feelings for her."
The "Money & Power" issue features a glammed up NeNe bathing in diamonds and sipping champagne because that is how the very, very rich role. Bloop! NeNe's cover hits newstands Nov 5th as the Dec/Jan issue. Well, Ms. Leakes that is quite an honor.
Luckily NeNe, who will wear a dress made of money in EBONY, hasn't let all the fame go to her head too much (unless She by SheBroke happens to be in the room!), NeNe was spotted shopping at a West Hollywood Target this weekend according to People Magazine. The soon-to-be-megastar was there with a friend and buying Sprite.
Together the two ladies partied at the Bowery Hotel while waiting out the storm – and lucky for them they had some run-ins with celebrities Denise Richards and and Michelle Rodriguez (of course Karent tweeted about it and posted a ton of photos!) The Real Housewives of Miami stars spent their downtime posting zillions of pictures of their forced slumberparty and now claim they are "closer than ever." Below are photos of the ladies hunkered down and braving #Sandy.
Last night on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race the queens were still in dynamic duos and working on that suddenly appearing S in C-U-N-T-S. This time they had to stage a celebrity impersonation sketch comedy variety show. It was a laugh riot. Or not.
Before all that they were challenged to a little game called #inDaButtRu where they had to prove how well they knew their partners. Even down to the undies they wear out of drag! Rujubee wins and their prize: two creamy pies in the face.
For the main challenge it was RuPaul's Gaff-in Variety Show! Not only did they have to choose a celebrity to impersonate, they had do a comedy routine that played off their partners. I love this challenge and this is where the show really excels – however I didn't think anyone was that funny. Just me?
I love it when the queens have to really stretch and show off their comedic chops. Vicki Lawrence from Mama's House was the guest judge and she also starred in the comedy routines.
In a recent radio interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Taylor reveals that she is happy, happy, happy as can be and madly in love! Taylor spoke to the radio hosts while she was vacationing in Mexico with "the love of my life."
"I'm with my gay BFFs. They are two gay guys who are so sexy and hot and it's just so amazing to be with my gay best friends," Taylor raved euphorically..