Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a shoe spectacular! And oh man was I jealous over Adrienne’s collection. Adrienne hosted a fashion show to showcase her new shoe line as well as raise money for a charity that’s close to her sole (see what I did there?). Lisa and Adrienne exchanged words and Taylor continued her crusade against Camille. All in all it was a pretty good episode that was light on Richards’ drama and Taylor-Traumas!
Things begin with Lisa rushing in the door and she’s late, late, late for a meeting with wedding planner to the insane Kevin Lee. Kevin has apparently convinced Lisa and Pandora to surrender their brains, because as the invitations are unveiled my heart sank when I saw the ridiculous Michael’s craft project gift box. Did I mention those boxes cost $150 a pop? I apparently missed my calling and shall be quitting RT to race to Beverly Hills and design chintzy wedding invites. At least it was a slightly better color combo. As Lisa and Pandora gush over the boxitations, Ken looks slightly confused about what the eff he just paid for.
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For those of you that believed the firing of certain Housewives meant the next season of Real Housewives of New York would feature less arguing, cattiness and back-stabbing, you may be out of luck! I mean they kept Ramona Singer on their payroll after all, and allegedly doubled her salary!
The NY Daily News is claiming feuding has already begun amongst the ladies, despite the addition of three new cast members who were supposed to bring a different atmosphere to one of the most popular series in the Housewives franchise. While insiders promise the show will be “totally different than last season,” that doesn’t appear to be the case! Suspected new Housewives Carole Radziwill,Heather Thomson andAviva Drescherapparently wasted no time in choosing sides and waging battles!
“It’s Sonja, LuAnn and Heather vs. Aviva and Ramona,” the source reveals. “LuAnn and Sonja are now the queen bees of the show.” Does this mean an end to the dreaded (re: inappropriate and immature) Ramonja!?
Ramona and Aviva were friends prior to filming with some reports saying Ramona brought her into the show. Avivia’s previous relationship with Pinot have led her to take a “more neutral” stance in forming relationships with her other cast mates. Better watch out Aviva or your first season may be your last (see: Barshop, Cindy)!
A source reveals that one of the new ladies planned a cast-wide trip to London and everyone was included except Pinot! “Everyone was invited but Ramona,” says the source, adding that Ramona may have been excluded because she is getting “the diva-bitch edit this season.”
“Ramona is still a troublemaker,” says the source. “She delivers drama big time” in the upcoming season.
So, while the other Housewives were abroad celebrating freedom from Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio, Ramona soothed her hurt by throwing herself a “raucous” birthday lunch at Manhattan’s Bar Italia. “She had 24 of her closest friends there and did not seem to miss the other housewives one bit,” a guest reported. “So excited! Headed to my birthday luncheon at Bar Italia with 20 of my best girlfriends!!” Ramona Tweeted.
Oddly not included in the guest list was former blonde bestie Sonja – even though the two have birthdays close together! Sources tell the NY Daily News that there is now “tension” between the former besties.
I also noticed neither lady issued a Happy Birthday Tweet! Photos of the party from Ramona’s Twitter are below – noticeably absent are members of the Housewives cast! Noticeably present – some very scary plastic surgery!
Ramona’s party was not without her product promotions as her real friends surprised her with a pinot grigio themed cake. “We had it done by Heather Barranco Dreamcakes. It had an edible bottle of Ramona’s label of pinot and edible pieces from her True Faith jewelry line, all made of out hard sugar. The cake looked and tasted great.” It is pretty amazing!
After guests were forced to imbibe Pinot’s wine for the afternoon Turtle Time came out in full-force as everyone hit the dance floor to relive the glory days of Studio 54. “Ramona had a blast,” says the insider to Wetpaint. “We all did. We spent the afternoon eating, drinking and getting down on the dance floor!”
Did the party also feature a pinot grigio fountain? Because I’m pretty sure that’s all Ramona really wanted for her birthday! A photo of Ramona with her namesake cake and her wine is below. It’s Pinot-licious! If you’re into that sort of thing…
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THOUGHTS ON THE NEWEST HOUSEWIVES FEUD? ARE YOU SURPRISED THE LADIES ARE FIGHTING ALREADY? ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM BY THE ALLEGED END OF RAMONJA?
There’s something different about Alexis Bellino. Is it her new nose perhaps?
The Real Housewives of Orange County star is finally admitting to a nose job – her first facial plastic surgery, or so she claims! Speaking to the Orange County Register, Alexis explains it’s nothing drastic, but people are wondering if something about her face has changed!
“Most people don’t even know I had a nose job,” she said of the new schnoz she purchased in mid-October, “They notice something [new] about me. It’s perked up my face.”
Alexis reveals it was not only vanity that led her to alter the face God gave her; it was a medical procedure! According to Alexis she got the surgery to help with the debilitating sinus infections she has suffered from for years. And while she was at it, she decided to change the way her nose looked. Apparently there was a bump resulting from when she broke her nose at age six.
Sadly, Alexis says she experienced a difficult recovery which took “weeks longer” because it was more than just a cosmetic procedure and she is still slightly swollen. But she loves her new nose! And so does Dr. Niccole! “Wait ’til you see her nose. It’s just perfect,” he enthused. “I don’t want to brag, she’s a pretty girl, I didn’t have Jimmy durante’s nose [to work with]. But wait ’til you see her. It’s really gorgeous.”
Who else loves her new sniffer? Husband,Jim-Blob Bellino! “Oh, he loves it,” Dr Niccole assured. “Thank God. I prayed for about a week on that one.”
For those of you wondering how changing her nose coincides with Alexis’ strict Christian beliefs – there’s no conflicts. WWJD? According to Alexis, He would get a nose job if it made him happy! “I believe it is okay for me to have a procedure done on my body because it boosts my confidence and I believe that God wants me to be happy,” Alexis recently stated in a blog defending her plastic surgery and wardrobe choices. Well, whatever makes you happy Jesus Barbie!
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THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS’ NEW NOSE? CAN YOU EVEN TELL THE DIFFERENCE? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE SHOULD STOP WITH THE PLASTIC SURGERY?
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, things got ridiculous in a big way. I mean big. It was a penis spectacular as the talk was of men, circumcision and some of Phaedra’s more eccentric clients (and I don’t mean Bobbi Brown!). Thank goodness for censorship bars!
Things start out with Phaedra begging Kim’s forgiveness for the baby shower blow out between Peter and Apollo. Kim succinctly tells us that next time ex-cons and ass holes are off the guest list! Phaedra comes a calling with a huge gift and is instantly forgiven – she could have told Kim Kroy was to blame so long as she brought a present. Ok, actually Phaedra apologized — admitting she was embarrassed by Apollo — and Kim accepted. There’s apparently been no word and NO retail apology from Cynthia despite her geriatric husband acting crazy. The ladies talk labor and Phaedra was as crazy as a vampire in sunlight. Love it!
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Gretchen Rossi is talking the upcoming season of Real Housewives of OC, specifically new Housewife Heather Dubrow. It sounds like Heather was in for a wild ride of Housewives hazing before settling in and being accepted into the cast full of catty over-grown mean girls.
Speaking to Us Magazine, Gretchen reveals “we were pretty hard on her.” Although Gretchen is not revealing who that “her” is, because Bravo has yet to confirm that Heather, who has been spotted filming several times with the cast and was mentioned by Vicki Gunvalson in a recent interview, is the newest Housewife! “At first I didn’t like her, but now I really like her,” Gretchen explains.
“As I’ve gotten to know her the friendship has blossomed. She’s blunt and she’s very straight forward yet she has a very classic and sophisticated appeal to her. I think the audience is really going to like her. ”
And poor Heather was definitely put through the wringer! “We just gave her a hard time and every time she said something we’d just be rolling our eyes or doing something, but nothing too harsh,” Gretchen informs us. “We don’t make her go running in her underwear around the street or anything like that!” Oh, how kind of you…
In other RHOC news, Gretchen and her boyfriend, fiancé, leased object, partner – whatever –Slade Smiley hosted a cancer benefit this past week and the OC Register was on hand to cover the event. The event, Magic of Giving, was hosted in honor Slade’s son Grayson Smiley, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer and has undergone seven brain surgeries. Slade has credited much of his financial difficulty to providing treatment for his son’s care, for which as you can imagine, bills are exorbitant.
The $50 a head gala, held at Victor Paul Salon raised money for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which assists cancer families experiencing financial difficulty by helping to pay medical bills.
The evening featured a magic show by famous illusionist Anthony “the Magic” Hernandez and was attended by several other celebrities, including Project Runway’s Michael Costello. The entire OC cast was in attendance (including Heather), as Bravo was filming the evening for the upcoming season!
Vicki, who attended the event with boyfriend Brooks Ayers, was happy to be included. And singing a different tune she had nothing but empathy for Slade’s situation! Hmmm… is it because she now knows from experience?
“We’re all either stricken or know somebody that has been stricken with cancer. My heart goes out to Slade,” Vicki sympathized. Her own daughter Briana Wolfsmith (who eloped this week) has undergone tests for cancerous tissues.
“Anything I can do to help Grayson, I will,” Vicki continued. “Everything aside, and it’s about this little boy. At the end of the day, we are all compassionate. That’s why we’re here. We love little Grayson. I’ve known him for eight years now. He doesn’t deserve this. It’s a tough life for him.”
“I’m very thrilled people that people are willing to give up their time to support something like this,” Slade announced. “Everyone’s affected in some way.” As for his take on the upcoming season 7 of RHOC, which is currently filming, Slade promises big changes!
“You’ll see a lot this season, a lot of relationships have evolved and changed,” Slade revealed. “There’s been a major attempt at mending broken fences. There is still some conflict within the women, but they all came together for Beckstrand.” Indeed, based on some recent photos taken during filming; it seems the ladies are making an effort to put pettiness aside and strive for a more fun-loving, positive seventh season! Here’s hoping, at least…
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THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN’S COMMENTS ABOUT HEATHER? THOUGHTS ON THE MAGIC OF GIVING EVENT; SURPSIED THAT THE ENTIRE CAST ATTENDED? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON OF REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY?
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Bethenny Frankel’s dreams of breaking into the talk show market may officially be dashed.
The New York Post is reporting that after Bethenny’s talk show “failed to sell into syndication” it has been dropped by its producer Telepictures! “Several stations expressed interest, but there’s probably not room for Bethenny’s show this year,” a source close to Telepictures revealed. Warner Bros (which owns Telepictures) declined to comment on the state of Bethenny’s show.
Unfortunately Bethenny’s blunt, abrasive manner failed to attract the attention of major networks (despite receiving some help from a so-called “nice coach”) and was then overshadowed when several other celebrities with more cred, such as Katie Couric, Steve Harvey, and Anderson Cooper were snapped up for syndication.
As we previously reported, Bethenny was hoping her “advice-based” show would land a spot on NBC, the network that owns Bravo, but was bumped in favor of Survivor host Jeff Probst’s new show, which did well in test markets.
While the Bethenny Ever After star’s show was being test-marketed hoping to gain “traction” (or interest from networks) she found herself in the midst of a series of PR Blunders including a couple of Skinnygirl-related lawsuits and that whole lost-at-sea fiasco where she claimed she was forced to get a “gag order” against the captain of a rescue boat who disputed her version of events. These instances could have been explanations for Bethenny not getting the green-light from networks.
Yet all is not lost for Bethenny as she has supposedly received a few opportunities for other “TV types” now that the syndication deal is over. An insider is reporting she’s received offers from both cable stations and other networks.
Personally, I believe cable is a much better market for the over-the-top Bethenny who may not be able to taper her personality down enough for mainstream markets. I also believe she would do better in a panel-format show like The View.
Bethenny has not commented on the latest bad news – YET!
In other Bethenny news, Skinnygirl is now launching another product no one needs — Skinnygirl Face & Body. Bethenny Tweeted the exciting news: “Proud to announce: Skinnygirl Face & Body gift sets are @Walmart! A perfect holiday gift for Skinnygirls of all ages!”
Yes, just perfect! Named for her “famous” cocktails, fans can choose from a Sangria set or a Margarita set each of which contains a body wash, lotion and a body scrub. A picture is below. Oh, gee – I hope I get one for Christmas.
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THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S LATEST TALK SHOW DILEMNA? DO YOU THINK SHE SHOULD ATTEMPT ANOTHER TV PROJECT OR SHOULD SHE STICK TO REALITY TV? WOULD YOU TRY HER NEW BODY CARE LINE?
Speaking to Good Morning America a humble and excited J.R. still couldn’t believe he won! “It’s amazing. We’ve all been putting over three months of work into this. To be able to hold that [mirror ball trophy] up was a tremendous honor.”
J.R.’s partner Karina Smirnoff, who landed her first win on the show, also could not believe it! “I think I was screaming so loud, I lost my voice. It is an amazing feeling,” she said of learning they won. “And what a person to share it with.” Awwww… I love them together!
“I’m just so grateful that I was able to be part of the journey to help get her first mirror ball trophy. She deserves it. She should be in the elite category of people who’ve won on this show,” J.R. told The Hollywood Reporter about his partner.
The duo credits their win to non-stop grueling practices; even beyond the work some of their co-competitors put in! “We’d take a break but instead of going to sit down, we’d go to everyone else’s rehearsal. Just trying to keep everyone’s energy up,” J.R. explained. “That was the cool thing about it. It was never competitive among us. It was all fun and we cheered everybody on.”
Rob Kardashian echoes that sentiment and despite his second place finish he is proud of his performance. “I literally couldn’t have asked myself to have done any better. I went as far as I could go,” Rob revealed “J.R. deserved that trophy.”
Even though J.R. was a total prankster on set; even hiding Rob’s phone and Cheryl Burke’s shoes! “For two hours he didn’t rehearse because he was looking for his phone,” J.R. laughs. So that was his secret!
Rob admitted he loved participating in the show because he was able to escape his annoying sisters; particularly working with Cheryl. “I genuinely did like kind of learning a new dance,” he revealed. “You start over every single Wednesday, that’s the worst part of the week and then you have to learn a whole new dance again in four days, but I enjoyed it.”
Third place finalist Ricki Lake explains the show is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time; adding that the weight-loss benefits weren’t bad either!
“This really is putting everything on the line. Your body is at its limit. You get emotionally caught up in it. You want to win. You know, it’s very scary to do these moves in front of 20 million people,” Ricki described.
J.R. won more than just the hearts of the American public; he impressed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well!
The Iraq war veteran received a special shout out, congratulating him for both his win and the message he sent to other veterans! “Your strength and spirit captivated the nation, and your victory sends a strong message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors,” Panetta wrote in a letter reported by the Washington Post. And apparently Panetta would like to personally speak to J.R.!
Hopefully J.R. will be able to fit Mr. Panetta into his busy schedule! Because following his win J.R. will be co-hosting CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Dec. 11 and also participating in CNN Heroes: Where Are They Now? special which airs this Thursday.
Congratulations J.R. and Karina! I, for one, think you definitely deserved the win not only for your dancing, but your hard-work, class and showmanship!
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THOUGHTS ON J.R. AND KARINA’S POST-WIN INTERVIEWS? ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS?
Oh these Atlanta ladies! In the latest round of Southern Hostility, Kim Zolciak is flinging every insult she can find at Cynthia Bailey! Girl must really be sipping on the margaritas as of late, because she is having some trouble keeping her comments to herself!
Kim’s, I mean, Kroy Biermann’s, ostentatious (re: tacky) baby shower may have been months ago, but she is still fighting mad at Cynthia and her husband, Peter Thomas for showing up over four-hours late and causing a scene with Phaedra Parks‘ husband, Apollo Nida! Oh, and for failing to give her a shower gift! I mean Kim was only registered for Louis Vuitton changing pad covers and diamond encrusted pacifiers – why is Cynthia so cheap?!
Taking to her Bravo blog, the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star speaks out about Peter’s behavior and blames Cynthia for not keeping her man in check! “The fact that Cynthia and Peter came twenty minutes before it was over, without a gift, and then Peter started some ridiculous fight was more of an insult than not showing up at all… It’s obvious Peter had an ulterior motive walking in there, because he said, ‘I hope we don’t get kicked out.’”
“I’m not mad at Apollo, because he was defending his wife. I would want Kroy to do the same for me,” Kim continues. “But Peter took the whole argument to another level and as a wife, Cynthia should have kept her man in check!”
“But if you haven’t noticed, Cynthia doesn’t speak unless she has permission from NeNe [Leakes] so it came as no surprise that she didn’t say anything to Peter.” Wow! “I certainly will not be inviting Peter or Cynthia to anything else,” Kim “Side Boob” Biermann added.
Kim didn’t stop there; she continued her onslaught through Twitter! “My baby shower was beautiful and then Peter shows up and causes a mess!!” she snapped. “Apollo really did hold his composure as long as he cud! He was defending his wife!”
Then, she called Cynthia boring and boasted about having the hottest hubby! Really, Kim – anyone else remember how “hot” Big Poppa was? “Ughh Cynthia….. Boring snoozefest!! I have the hottest househubby for sure!!!!!! #jealous” Kim commented, referring to last week’s WWHL poll questioning who is the hottest man in the ATL. “Hell yes Apollo and @biermann71 tied for hottest house hubby! No doubt @PhaedraParks and I r lucky!!”
As for Cynthia’s allegation that Kim actually didn’t get a wedding present, Kim claims that’s not true. She retaliated with a tweet slamming Cynthia and calling her a liar! “Cynthia is full of sh*t Kroy & I gave her card w/ cash 4 her wedding! We knew she was having financial problems so we figured she could use the $ instead of purchasing something she didn’t need!” Well, if Cynthia is so “poor” maybe Kim shouldn’t have expected a baby gift from her?
After basically insulting Cynthia on all levels and keeping it classy (cause that’s how Kim rolls), Kim did admit that both Peter and Apollo apologized for their behavior. “Wish ya all got to see everything that happened but that wud b hrs worth!” she explained. “For the record Peter did apologize as did Apollo!! We still had a good time!” Oh, well then were all the rude comments necessary, NeNe? Oh, whoops I meant Kim!
Cynthia, who was a guest on Wendy Williams this Wednesday, did not respond to Kim’s comments but Tweeted: “Never mind who is against you, just focus on who is with u.” On her own Bravo blog, Cynthia praised Kim’s shower and the relationship Kroy has with her daughters. She also reiterated that she was tardy for the party due to work!
Although Cynthia does confront present-gate! “Kim said I did not bring a present. I brought her the exact same present that she brought me to my wedding. Nothing. It took me hours to pick it out, and it was perfect.”
Surprisingly, NeNe has kept quiet about her BFF’s feud with Kim, instead Tweeting that last weeks episode was “soooo boring” without her in it! NeNe has been occupied guzzling the surely disgusting delicious Miss Moscato wine she is now producing and hanging out in NYC with Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams. NeNe tweeted a photo of the two of them having drinks while son Brent spent Thanksgiving with his father, Gregg Leakes. Perhaps this divorce is real after all… The photo of NeNe and Jen is below!
Also, Kim tweeted a photo of her wedding jumpsuit (one of her three wedding outfits) and that photo is below as well!
Tonight the controversy continues with a new episode of RHOA. Phaedra attempts to mend fences with Kim over Apollo’s behavior at Kim’s shower. The basically drama-less Kandi Burruss finds herself in the hot seat with mama Joyce at her birthday party, where Phaedra gives her a memorable gift! Peter squares off with Cynthia’s sister leaving Cynthia torn between her husband and her sister.
And Sheree Whitfield is frustrated over the slow progress building the elusive Chateau Sheree – by the way there are some rumors circulating around Atlanta claiming Sheree never actually built said dream house. The Atlanta blog Tamara Tattles did some research and discovered it may have been a manufactured storyline for the show! In fact, The Nene tweeted: “She was frontin! It was never built,” after a fan tweeted to her asking how a “broke” Sheree could afford to build a new home. A preview of the upcoming episode is below.
Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Bravo (9/10c) followed by an all-new WWHL (11/12c).
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON: CYNTHIA’S OR KIM’S? SHOULD KIM LET THE BABY SHOWER DRAMA GO OR WOULD YOU STILL BE MAD? WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE HOTTEST MAN IN THE ATL?
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