New Yorker Bethenny Frankel has experienced the devastation of Superstorm Sandy firsthand. The Bethenny Ever After star who lives in TriBeCa mentioned that her building has been through multiple evacuation drills and was without power, but on the bright side she was able to spend 24/7 with husband Jason Hoppy and daughter, Bryn.
And using her newfound wealth, the reality star decided to help those less fortunate than by donating $50,000 the Red Cross. Bethenny took to Twitter to beseech fans and others to donate, writing: "Please give back to the tri-state area that has given so much to us @RedCross simply Txt REDCROSS 90999 to make a $10 donation."
Adding to the awesomeness of Bethenny's donation, Skinnygirl Cocktails – owned by BeamGlobal has decided to match Bethenny's personal donation by donating another $50,000. In addition to that, Skinnygirl Daily provided 5,000 Skinnygirl On The Go bars to the Red Cross relief effort in New Jersey to be handed out to victims.
Yesterday I got the exciting opportunity to speak to Manila Luzon. As everybody knows I am an enormous fan of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. Manilla was funny, candid, and his larger-than-life, exuberant persona came through over the phone!
"I love talking about myself," Manila exclaimed when I thanked him for speaking with Reality Tea. And that about sums it up.
Why did you decide to return for All Stars Drag Race?
"The money, kinda! I didn't win my season and I heard they were giving away a lot more money on the all stars season. So, I was like 'Well I did pretty well last time so let me take my chances again.' You can kinda like go through a list of all the girls that had been there and be like, 'Well I think I could take her and I think I could take her too. You know I sent her home before, let's do this!' And I decided to go back on TV for my fans so they could see me."
The Gorgas may still be without power, but that didn't stop them from celebrating! The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars apparently planned ahead for Superstorm Sandy, called their hair and make-up peeps, strapped on their Halloween costumes and posed for a family picture before the storm hit.
Melissa Gorga dressed up as a Devil (I'll let the Teresa Giudice fans supply the jokes) andPoison Gorga was just "On Display." The entire fam went with a devil theme it looks like and the kiddos look absolutely adorable. "We didn't get to trick or treat but we took pics before #sandy Happy Belated Halloween!" Melissa tweeted.
*Remember: Be nice to the kids. Kids are cute – and they are also innocent and positive. And no matter what RHONJ lady you favor, you have to admit they make some pretty darn adorable children.
Last night on Real Housewives of Miami there were dueling psychics, dueling ladies in formal wear, and um… yeah just a lot of straight up unhappiness. If last week's episode was all the debauchery, hedonism, and human sacrifices of Ancient Rome, last night's episode was the aftermath of war.
It's the day of the annual Blacks Gala and everyone is quite positive no one's nipples will hang out, no one will be thrown into pool Dynasty style, and no one will be doing tequila shots or getting slapped in the face. Oh, no instead they'll be milling around in couture gowns and spending $14,000 bidding on an evening at the Playboy Mansion. The only thing Fembot Fakenstein's boobgerie slapfest has in common with the Black Gala is some of the attendees – and that includes Joe "Cameratime" Francis. Doesn't he have some checks to be writing to Steve Wynn? $40 Million of them to be exact.
In preparation for the gala, Lea Black is rushing around clutching a bright pink Birkin as if it's an extra appendage. A third arm that is merely a formality and is crap at the useful things like moving tables and directing quack psychics on how to turn glass into music and peace.
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."