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Last week Melissa and Joe Gorga put their custom-built NJ home on the market for $3.8M, Melissa took to twitter to explain that the couple wants to relocate to nearby Franklin Lakes and that building their new dream home will be part of next season’s storyline (so is that confirmation that she’s coming back?). Melissa also said they would not start construction on the new home until the old one has sold.

Melissa and Joe also listed their Jersey Shore home for sale. This led many to wonder if the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were having financial difficulty! Well, according to RadarOnline the PDA-laden couple is flat-out broke! “Melissa and Joe are in way over their heads. Joe owes a lot of people money. They have the house on the market because they can’t pay the mortgage now that the interest rate on it has exploded,” a source close to the couple reveals.

Apparently, Joe and Melissa did what many aspiring famewhores did – they exaggerated their wealth and prestige for the sake of the show. Remember, Bravo likes to promote the whole aspiration wealth thing! “They are portraying a life they that they really didn’t live prior to the show,” the source continues. “Melissa likes to drop name brands now and has become very arrogant.” Reality Tea’s own source previously revealed that Melissa has really let fame go to her head and pretends to be fabulously wealthy.

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Kenya Moore is allegedly the newest castmember on Real Housewives of Atlanta. The former beauty queen and current model/actress was called in to replace the fired Sheree Whitfield. Interestingly, until recently Kenya didn’t even live in Atlanta – she lived in LA – and she’s not from there. She grew up in Detroit. So how did a non-Atlanta native land a spot on a show about Atlanta housewives?

Additionally this begs the question – is Bravo taking storyline manipulation too far? I mean this is supposed to be reality TV, but how little is too little reality? Popular Atlanta blog Tamara Tattles has been investigating the issue of how Kenya ended up on the producer’s list to join the show.  First of all, Tamara confirms Kenya is definitely a member of the cast next season.  And that she came to the producers’ attention from former Apprentice villain Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth!

And how does Omaraso know Kenya? Through NeNe Leakes! Apparently back in the days when NeNe was threatening Star Jones on Celebrity Apprentice, Omarosa was her behind-the-scenes mentor. While she obviously didn’t do a very good job directing Ms. Leakes in business etiquette, she made an impression on the feisty housewife and the two remained friends.

Last July, NeNe (along with supposedly estranged husband Gregg Leakes) were hanging out at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Omarosa was also there – with her friend Kenya! NeNe and Kenya hit it off and NeNe started dropping her name to producers. Kenya agreed to relocate and thus her entry into the Real Housewives was cemented.

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According to rumors, former Bachelor winner Shayne Lamas is in talks to join the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County!

“Shayne has been approached about joining the show,” a network source tells RadarOnline. “It’s early days still and it’s at the initial talks stage but there’s a real interest in her joining.” The source adds, “Producers are very interested in Shayne, as well as her husband Nik, combined they lead a pretty interesting and fun life!”

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This month Reality Tea is bringing you the first of an all-new series – The Booze ‘N’ Book Club. With zillions of reality stars – and new ones popping up every second – and each one with something to sell, we here at Reality Tea decided to test out some of these fetes of literary greatness. And what goes better with books that are badly written than cocktails? So we thought we’d try something fun and review some of these gems!

Each month Reality Tea will be reviewing both a book and a cocktail. This month we kick off with Bethenny Frankel, the queen of reality star promotions and the inventor of the Bravo Home Shopping Network. Coincidentally, Bethenny also has several books and several boozes. We all know she became famous with her grandmother’s diet plan (taste food, don’t engorge yourself – hello 1950) and the Skinnygirl Margarita, but Bethenny has been a busy little bee building an empire of readables and imbibables.

The latest Skinnygirl cocktail to break forth from her, I mean BeamGlobal’s, loins is Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo and of course Bethenny just published her first “novel,” which has already shimmied up the NY Times Bestseller list. In honor of all of Bethenny’s accomplishments and her hard work hawking anything she can find, we salute you with a review!

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Teen Mom trainwreck Amber Portwood is already back in jail! The 22-year-old was picked up on Thursday for a drug court violation.

According to the Indiana Herald Bulletin, Amber was not fulfilling the obligations of the drug court program while she was recovering from surgery. Amber entered the drug court program February 16th as part of her probation. The court granted her leniency while healing from surgery but apparently Amber’s recuperation was exceeding the time limits deemed acceptable.

Amber’s over-worked attorney Evan Broderick said, “I think things came to light that she could have been doing more.” He wouldn’t say why Amber had surgery, but said it was not serious. Mr. Broderick revealed Amber is in jail for recovery and could be out as early as next week once the court reviews her case. “It’s not uncommon to give a sanction in jail to get them back on track,” Mr Broderick added. She has not been terminated from the drug court program.

Speaking out on her behalf is her mother Tonya Portwood, who blames the court for the mishap. “They got it wrong,” Tonya insists to RadarOnline. “She had surgery, and basically she was on bed rest for a couple of days.”

THOUGHTS ON AMBER’S LATEST LEGAL DEBACLE?

Well, you win some; you lose some apparently. This week BeamGlobal, the company that now owns Skinnygirl Cocktails and its affiliates (they now offer wine and vodkas) unleashed its new ad campaign. The campaign tells us to “Drink Like A Lady,” and curiously absent is a person who is hardly ladylike at all – Bethenny Frankel!

“Bethenny started this brand in an amazing way,” says Kevin George, Beam’s SVP & Global CMO told Forbes. “But as we look to consumer research of what women are looking for in terms of calorie-consciousness and convenience, we found there’s a huge group of people who are into that but actually don’t know who Bethenny is yet.” Imagine that?!

Perhaps once her new talk show debuts, her fans may increase, but as Beam seeks to take the Skinnygirl line global, Bethenny Ever After isn’t a well-known show. Although I have to wonder if BeamGlobal feels the weekly meltdowns featured on BEA may be hurting the brand…

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This Sunday Sister Wives returns for it’s third season. Just in time for Mother’s Day! The wives and husband Kody Brown have been making the rounds promoting both the new season and their new book, which is presumably about living a polygamous lifestyle.

This season the Brown family continues to struggle with living in Las Vegas. This season fourth wife Robyn welcomes Solomon, her first child with Kody into the world (she has three from a previous relationship). Solomon is the 17th child for the family. As first wife Meri continues to struggle with her fertility issues, Robyn she offers to help Meri by being her surrogate.

Kody and his ladies appeared on Anderson Cooper where they talked about their unorthodox marriage and what fans can expect from this season. And unsurprisingly Meri is considering Robyn’s offer! “It’s something I’m looking into,” Meri told the Silverfox.

The wives say they all work together to raise all the children, and Solomon is no exception. “It doesn’t matter,” explained third wife Christine. “When he cries we all turn and try to make him happy except when it’s time to eat.” Meri echoed that, saying: “We feel like one of the moms definitely.”

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Well, it looks like Kenya Moore is marking her territory. Amidst speculation that the former Miss USA is joining the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya confirmed she is indeed, the new cast member. Bravo isn’t going to like her announcing that!

Hopefully this won’t be a case of counting her chickens before they hatch, but Kenya spoke to Sister2Sister where she all but announced her new job! “I’ve had an opportunity recently to be on a reality show,” Kenya she revealed. “I feel like it’s almost like my duty to take the job because it’s the converse of what we’re seeing now.”

Kenya says her motivation for joining was to stop the image of women on reality TV as being “immature” and “petty,” which is why she had no interest in Basketball Wives! Kenya confirmed she is not involved in that show, but coyly reveals she will be involved in another one!

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