On last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After the crew continued their vacation in Montauk, where Jason and Bethenny continued their passive aggressive marital meltdown. There were some cute parts (Cookie) but it was a lot of raw sadness in the form of a couple who seems genuinely at odds, but still love each other.
Things start out with Dwayne. Bethenny has a driver now – who also seems to double as a bodyguard. Is she afraid of Jill, now that she has been cast aside from reality TV? Why Bethenny can’t drive herself to Montauk is interesting to me… she did so last week. I guess she’s big league now, or a “baller” as Bethenny likes to say. Also on the trip is Bethenny’s Glammy. Does she own this Mercedes?
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In today’s not so surprising news, the vapid and self-absorbed Kim Kardashian is still refusing to return the thousands of dollars in wedding gifts she received! But she did make good on her promise to donate the money the gifts are reportedly worth!
Instead of just sending the gifts back with a heart-warming “thank you,” Kim issued a note to wedding guests letting them know that while they won’t get their presents back, she’ll be donating twice that amount to a charity of her choice. I wonder if Kris Humphries‘ parents also got a copy of this wonderful letter?
“I would like to thank you for your generous and thoughtful wedding gift. It has taken me some time to pull everything together but I wanted to let you know that the money for every gift received by me at my wedding has been donated to the Dream Foundation …,” Kim’s note read. A photo of the letter, obtained by TMZ, is below! I smell a publicity stunt from Kamp K on this one!
So, why won’t Kim return the gifts? Because she allegedly exchanged them for Rolex watches. Straight Klass right there! Weeks after she filed for divorce Kim was spotted swapping out the presents (which were never even picked up from the designer boutique where she registered) and picking up some trinkets for herself – including a couple Rolex watches for members of her family!
Kim and Kris received upwards of a $100,000 – $250,000 in gifts and reports speculate they were even gifted a Ferrari! Kris has maintained that he has never even seen the loot, as he was whisked away to NYC following their three-day honeymoon to film Kourtney and Kim Take New York; otherwise known as Kim’s Really-Real Divorce Show.
Despite Kim’s generous gesture to the Dream Foundation, Kris still wants the gifts return to their original sender. Except Kris needs to realize she already cashed them in for more stuff for herself! Kim has a really tough life and deserves it!
According to TMZ, Kris is appreciative of her willingness to donate the cash, but feels that she should be giving back the gifts AND making the cash donation. Why? Because he feels she fooled the guests (and himself) into believing their nuptials were the real deal! I have to say, I agree with Kris! Kim allegedly made $17M off this sham wedding and all she’s shelling out is a measly $200k. Cheap!
Moving right along, Lamar Odom is depressed over getting benched. The NBA star who relocated from LA to Dallas to play for the Mavericks is having a rough go of things down south.
He is “heartbroken that he’s no longer on the Lakers,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife. And Lamar apparently regrets deciding to move to Dallas for his career!
Additionally, Lamar is feeling overwhelmed by several other stressors; including his demotion to the Texas Legends after a season of mediocre playing, and issues in his personal life. Sources report filming Khloe and Lamar is taking its toll on the basketball star, along with Khloe Kardashian‘s fertility struggles, which have been blasted all over the media in an effort to promote their reality show. His father’s illness has also been difficult for him to deal with.
Despite his frustrations, sources report Khloe and Lamar’s relationship is still strong. “They still have a tight bond,” the source explains. Lamar’s depression “isn’t affecting the marriage yet.”
“Khloé has really tried to help while he has been depressed. It’s been quite the uphill battle.” Hopefully Lamar can turn things around and redeem himself for the rest of the season.
I do wonder how much longer they will continue filming their marriage to appease Kris Jenner! Both seem over being a part of the show and Lamar has done very little to promote this season.
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SHOULD KIM BE RETURNING THE GIFTS AND DONATING THE MONEY? WHY DO YOU THINK SHE WON’T GIVE THE GIFTS BACK? WILL LAMAR AND KHLOE’S MARRIAGE SURVIVE THE STRUGGLES?
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Last night on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies returned to the States, to nothing but drama. NeNe learned Bryson got arrested, Peter is spending more money Cynthia can’t afford to waste, and Kim is furious over Kandi‘s alleged “black babies” comment with Sheree stirring the pot all the way to millionaire’s row! Oh, these girls – no moving experience in Africa was going to move them!
The women are getting ready to leave South Africa. Marlo has the housekeeper bring her an icee and pack up all her things, while she lounges on the bed barking instructions. I’m very surprised she and Kim don’t get along better – they have many similarities! Meanwhile, NeNe needs help zipping and hauling all her Louis VOO-Tawn luggage to the car.
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Kelly Bensimon is back to doing what she does best – acting crazy in a bikini!
Kelly recently vacationed in South Beach, where she donned a string bikini and frightened beach goers and photographers alike, but that didn’t stop her from flaunting it as an advertisement for her new book, I Can Make You Hot. Is there a chapter dedicated to obtaining the perfect leathered skin? I kid, I kid – Kelly is in great shape.
Kelly promises the book has nothing to do with Real Houswives of New York, from which she was famously fired, and it won’t include any gossip from the show. Which, pretty much means I won’t be reading it! Instead Kelly’s newest tome will focus on something else she does well – making mistakes! The book is all about her past oops moments and what she’s learned from the experiences.
I imagine it goes a little something like this: Chapter One. It was a mistake to join a reality show knowing I’m insane. It was an even bigger mistake to not suck up to Bethenny Frankel like everyone else did. It was the biggest mistake ever to get into an argument about processed foods while eating gummy bears. Even worse I had a huge screaming meltdown over dinner when I started hallucinating about Al Sharpton. That’s the last time I’ll eat those dried mushrooms I got at the farmers market, trying to prove I don’t do refined sugars! I should have known that it was a bad idea when the guy selling them charged me $50 and told me I’d get a ‘real sugar high’. Danggit! Do you think people hate me?
Anyways, Kelly is excited to share her mess ups with you and tell you what an amazing experience it was. “It’s been really fun writing about all these mistakes I’ve made over the years. Everyone thinks they should write about how great they are, and I always think it’s more charming to learn about all the mistakes that I made and maybe you can learn from them, too,” Kelly told CeleBuzz.
Kelly’s advice book hits stores in April. Pre-order now! Even more exciting – more photos of Kelly running around in a string bikini. Photos below!
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THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S BIKINI BODY? WILL YOU BE READING HER BOOK?
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The ladies of Basketball Wives simply cannot go anywhere without their drama. You might even say they carry it along with them in their purses. Apparently, during a cast trip to Tahiti last month (why are reality show casts always on trips, like they can’t create enough trouble at home?) Tami Roman and newbie Kesha Nichols got into quite the altercation!
We all know Tami does not mince words and mid-way through the trip she apparently called Kesha out on talking behind the girls’ backs. According to TMZ, the two got into an argument and Kesha fearing for her life stormed out! Unfortunately, she left her designer bag behind! Tami decided to hold onto the bag in the hopes that when Kesha came back to retrieve it, they could continue their friendly little chat!
Sadly for Tami, things didn’t go as planned. When Kesha learned Tami had the bag in her room, she realized it was not safe for her to go in there alone and got hotel security involved! Hotel security (presumably also afraid) wanted to call the police over the “theft.” I’m thinking Meeka Claxton gave these people a call and told them what happened in Italy last year!
Producers intervened and convinced Tami to return the bag and Kesha reportedly hopped on the next plane back to the US!
Moving on, Evelyn Lozada still expects us to believe this wedding to Chad Ochocinco is happening. Evelyn insists she’s not a Bridezilla–yet–she just wants everything to be perfect! “It’s Florida in Palm Beach in July and I’m currently busy planning. I don’t have my dress but I have a potential designer,” she dishes.
They are planning to invite about 250 guests and the list has been a “challenge” for Evelyn. “I initially wanted something smaller, but Chad is a big personality and if I leave it up to him he will have animals running around.”
Included in the list, are her castmates, except for one person. Of course, Evelyn can’t get through an interview without mentioning her former bestie Jennifer Williams!
“Jennifer is definitely not invited, it really wouldn’t make sense as she really wasn’t supportive of my relationship from day one,” Evelyn shared with RadarOnline. “I want people who are really, truly happy for us. She never really cared.”
While rekindling things with Jen is not a possibility, starring in an Evelyn and Ocho reality show is! Ugh. “If it works out for the both of us we would do it on TV, there is some interest but nothing is set in stone yet,” Evelyn explained. “The Patriots would let him do that because he wouldn’t be playing then as it would be out of season, coach Bill Belichick is very strict during the season but he wouldn’t be opposed because it’s the off-season.”
“We would probably do a few episodes running up to the wedding and air it outside of Basketball Wives.” Anything for fame these two!
And speaking of The Patriots, Evelyn confesses that Chad took his Superbowl loss pretty hard and the family spent the evening consoling him! “The kids were so torn, it was hard. They wanted to see their dad win so badly,” Evelyn reveals. “After that we literally went to the team hotel and went to the MacDonald’s drive thru and we all sat in the car and spent time with him, and that was our night.” That’s actually pretty sweet.
Finally, Evelyn has been kicking it old school and posting photos of herself back in the day on her website. “It’s Throwback Thursday and I wanted to share a picture of me and my Princess Shaniece. She makes my heart melt! #LoveBeingAMommy,” Evelyn wrote. Also getting into the spirit was Evelyn’s daughter Shaniece, who put some photos of her parents at the hospital when she was born. Very sweet. “Mommy & Daddy #1993,” she captioned the photo. You can see the photos below!
THOUGHTS ON TAMI’S PURSE SNATCH? CRAZY OR NOT SO BAD? DO YOU BELIEVE THE EVELYN AND OCHO WEDDING WILL HAPPEN? WOULD YOU WATCH THEIR REALITY SHOW?
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It seems that the illustrious Joe Giudice can add “slum lord” to his résumé!
A recent investigation by a local ABC news station has discovered that Joe failed to pay the utility bill and properly maintain an apartment building he owns and manages. Joe’s negligence and selfishness left five families–many with children–homeless this week over fire safety concerns, and because the utility company was forced to shut off service due to the severely delinquent account.
“The gas and electricity were shut down,” a resident explained. “Tenants can’t care for their kids and have no heat.”
Joe has an outstanding balance of $52,000 (or about two of Teresa Giudice‘s outfits), and the building was deemed hazardous after evidence of meter tampering was uncovered. Signs labeling the premises “unsafe for human occupancy” were put up after the Fire Marshal determined that a generator installed to get around paying the services, caused a deadly carbon monoxide leak!
The apartment building in question was featured in season two of Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Joe was seen showing Teresa around the premises before it was leased. Teresa famously said she would never live there. Well, apparently, no one should – since the remiss utility bill has also left all the tenants without hot water or heat!
Joe told newscasters, there was nothing he could do. “I don’t own the building,” he said in a voicemail. “I basically manage the building for a company in New York.” Unfortunately, their research uncovered that, while Joe doesn’t own the building directly, a company he owns does! Whoops. In fact, Joe basically admitted ownership when he confessed to installing the generator to help his tenants.
After the news station’s investigation, the power was restored and safety issues rectified, allowing the tenants to move back in. Sadly, it was also discovered that Joe’s failure to pay the alarm company left the building without working fire alarms! Joe was cited for these violations and something tells me he has a lawsuit coming his way very soon! A video of the news report is below!
Teresa and Joe have not commented on the episode, but I’m sure they’ll have something to say soon. Teresa will likely defend Joe. And while I’m not a huge Teresa fan, the more I learn about Joe, the more I am compelled to feel sorry for her. In my opinion, if she wants to remain in the public’s good graces and see her celebrity rise, she may need to ditch that husband of her’s! Especially because she’s working her butt off to pay his bills, and he’s likely going to end up in prison resulting from last year’s identity fraud indictment!
In other news, it looks like Jacqueline Laurita will be back for season five, whether she likes it or not. Our source told Reality Tea directly that Jacqueline signed a six-year contract when she initially joined the show, and despite her no-show at the reunion and her Twitter rampage, Bravo has no intention of firing her…yet!
“Jacqueline doesn’t want to be on the show anymore but, she has a six-year contract,” our source reveals. “The only way to get out of it without being sued is to get fired and they will not fire her.” With all the legal problems the Laurita’s are already facing with their bankruptcy fraud lawsuit and BLK. Water lawsuit, she likely can’t afford another one!
However, Bravo is looking for additional housewives to join the cast, as previously revealed. Reports speculated that they were interested in casting Teresa’s other sister-in-law Sheila Giudice, Joe’s brother’s wife. “When Teresa heard Bravo was interested in them, she quickly wanted to mend the feud between her and Sheila. The last thing she needed was another sister in law on the show bashing her,” our source dishes. Indeed, Teresa has posted a lot of photos on her website featuring her in-laws.
Luckily for Teresa, it seems Bravo has had a change of heart! The insider alleges, “Pete Giudice hasn’t paid taxes in years among other shady business dealings and Bravo didn’t want to take on the risk.” Pete was the one whose identity Joe impersonated, which led to his arrest and indictment late last year. Does failure to uphold the law run in this family or what?!
Finally, our source reveals something we’ve known all along – Melissa Gorga has become a complete famewhore! “Melissa sure let fame get to her head and fast,” the source shares. “Melissa will only do appearances that she is getting paid for.”
“She has been asked to attend several charity events and she doesn’t. But, if she gets paid she will be there! She is very focused on being bigger then Teresa.”
A fan recently asked Melissa about the non-stop appearances she has done (and advertising on Twitter) and Melissa claims she’s just all about the fans! “I love meeting everyone! I’ll do it as long as they keep booking me!,” she tweeted. I, personally, believe the Gorgas are not as financially stable as they pretend to be, and possibly need the money.
Good lord, RHONJ is like the Jerry Springer of Housewives!
TELL US – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE SITUATION AND JOE’S ACTIONS? WILL TERESA EVER LEAVE JOE? DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON? IS MELISSA A FAMEWHORE OR JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY?
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In her new Bravo Blog, Gretchen opens up about dealing with Vicki, and why she thinks Vicki lacks empathy for others. “Unfortunately, her actions are constantly proving to me that somehow she always believes her situation is more important than anyone else’s,” Gretchen remarks. “The crazy part is that even despite the harsh and incorrect things said about Slade not being a good dad or a “deadbeat” (as she liked to put it at times), I still find compassion for her and would not wish what Slade or I have been through on my worst enemy.”
Gretchen is also tired of Vicki discounting Grayson‘s cancer diagnosis. “I wish when she was making such horrible statements she could put herself in Slade’s shoes and think about the fact that it’s already scary and hard enough to deal with your child being sick, let alone having someone claim you are a bad or deadbeat parent on top of that pain. It’s moments like this that make me realize why Slade has so much hurt and pain still.”
Believing that the root of Vicki’s issues lie in her jealousy over her friendship with Tamra, Gretchen calls her out for being fake! “Vicki said to Tamra she is so happy her and I are friends, but was it just me or were you not believing her for one second?;” Gretchen wonders.
“I love how Tamra kept calling Vicki out about being full of it when it came to loving Alexis [Bellino] all of a sudden. Vicki has never really been a huge fan of myself or Alexis, so it was obvious she was just saying those things in spite to Tamra.”
And defending herself and Slade against the insulting improv show, which also happened to be not funny, Gretchen insists Alexis wasn’t the only person laughing!
“Obviously Slade’s set caused some turmoil between him and I. I was trying to make amends with Tamra at this point, so I had every right to be frustrated with his content. However, on another hand, I actually really understood where he was coming from.”
She continues, “Just because I am ready to forgive and move on doesn’t automatically mean he is too. I have to respect that. Even though I didn’t agree with his content, he is his own person and has to deal with his emotions how he sees fit. I know the woman have said a lot of hurtful and untrue things about who he is as a father without knowing all the details or facts (as Tamra openly admitted at our first lunch together) so Slade’s emotions are understandable.”
“Overall the show was a huge success — so much so that the owner of all the Improvs across the country came up to us afterwards and asked us to tour the show and manage Slade,” Gretchen expects us to believe.
I’m sure their appearance on a popular reality show with millions of viewers worldwide had nothing to do with that. I’m also sure that their willingness to trash their co-tarts from that popular reality show had nothing to do with the owner of all the Improvs asking them to tour. I guess Liz was wrong – comedy is Slave’s calling (eye roll).
Gretchen is quick to point out that no matter what, she loves Slade. “My loyalty is and will always be with Slade,” she writes. “I will always have his back, and I will always fight for him when necessary. Otherwise I will allow him to fight his own battles.”
Meanwhile, Life & Style is now reporting that an engagement is on the way for Gretchen and Slade! According to the mag, Slade was spotted shopping for engagement rings at the Jewelry Mart in NYC on Feb. 12.
Slade reportedly zeroed in on a dazzling 4.5-carat yellow diamond set in a bed of smaller white diamonds. “It was everything he was looking for,” an onlooker tells the mag. “He knew it would steal Gretchen’s heart.”
So many questions, so little time, but we’ll give it a go! For starters, how can Slade afford this ring? Plus, doesn’t he have other priorities aka the $138,000? Yes you read that right, he reportedly owes that amount in back child support. Perhaps this upcoming engagement is an attempt by the couple to get their own Bravo spinoff a la’ Bethenny Frankel and Kim Zolciak.
And speaking of loyalty, Alexis is defending her bestie – Vicki! “Watching Vicki in the beginning scene while cooking in the kitchen was so hilarious! She just cracks me up! I couldn’t stop laughing at Vicki,” Alexis writes in her Bravo Blog. “The more I get to know her, the more I think she is so fabulous. There is never a dull moment around her and I enjoy her so much!”
Despite defending Slade’s actions on this week’s show, Alexis is now backpedaling and calling him out for being hurtful. “Slade’s comedy act was definitely hurtful to Vicki and Tamra, and I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of other people, especially as part of an act where they aren’t able to defend themselves,” Alexis explains.
“However, some parts of his act were funny. I have to give both he and Gretchen props for getting up on that stage, because whether the show was good or bad, comedy has to be one of the most difficult things to attempt, and I wouldn’t have the nerve to do it.”
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DO YOU BELIEVE SLADE’S ACT WILL REALLY BE TOURING? WAS HIS ROUTINE FUNNY OR NOT? ARE YOU SURPRISED ALEXIS AND VICKI ARE REALLY FRIENDS?
On last night’s Project Runway All Stars challenge, the designers experienced a PR first! The designers had to make an avant-garde look using LED lights for the first ever blacklight runway show!
Immediately, when Angela explained the challenge Austin lit up (haha) but everyone else dimmed considerably. The nervous energy in the room was palpable. The designers received $300 to buying LED lighting and accessories, and then went to Mood to procure some blacklight worthy fabrics.
Almost everyone was over-whelmed by the idea of incorporating the lights into their garment on top of being forced to make an avant-garde look – which I guarantee most of these designers didn’t even know what that meant conceptually. Throwing every detail and weird idea at a dress and stapling some odd wings on doesn’t make it avant-garde – it makes it weird. Nevertheless, that’s the standard way to approach a PR avant-garde challenge and it happens every time the have one. Basically, a designer that isn’t avant-garde and doesn’t embrace that as their medium, isn’t going to excel in that style, so we always end up with a hot mess of weird, crazy, and ugly.
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