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It’s no secret that ABC wanted Emily Maynard to be The Bachelorette something desperate, but according to a new report, producers were so anxious to get the southern beauty to sign on they were willing to go to extremes. And tolerate some pretty diva behavior!

Many were surprised when Emily seemed to have a abrupt change of heart about finding love on TV after a first failed attempt, but according to In Touch Weekly (via their print edition), producers agreed to accommodate all of her demands in order for her to agree to the show – including moving the Bachelor house to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. And the network is reportedly paying Emily a whopping $250,000!

A source close to Emily disputes that she is getting a huge fee to appear on the show, telling RumorFix that Emily is not being paid. “None of the reports are true. None of the contestants go on the show for money – only for love.”

Even more surprising is how far the network is willing to go for Emily’s cooperation. “The producers have completely changed the format this season in order to meet Emily’s demands,” a source tells In Touch. Emily has some pretty strict demands for her potential suitors, too. She allegedly requested that producers “pre-qualify” the men to make sure she isn’t getting any losers – or any broke guys. “She wanted only the best-looking, most mannered guys,” the source reveals.

After viewing former competitor Ashley Hebert‘s season, Emily made it perfectly clear she is not accepting any Bentley Williams-esque villains. Furthermore, Emily knows what she’s looking for and the single mom is quickly sending men home! “She’s whittling it down to a handful of candidates who she will spend a lot more time with,” an insider explains. “If she doesn’t like a guy, he’s gone.” During a recent group date in Bermuda where the men were involved in a boat race, a source claims that Emily “had the producers change the teams so that her top guys were in the same boat.”

Most surprisingly, is that after Emily insisted that her six-year-old daughter Ricki would have no interaction with any of her dates, a source is reporting that Emily is keeping Ricki very involved. “She took one of the guys to watch Ricki play soccer on day one!” Not sure I believe this allegation…

Moving on, the most hated Bachelor couple ever,  Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, are still proclaiming that their love is real and a wedding is in their future! “We’re very much in love,” Courtney recently told US Weekly (via their print edition). “We’re talking about getting married maybe at the place where we had our first date in Sonoma. Ben’s open to it.”

For now the couple hasn’t moved in together, but they are going on dates and learning about each others’ lives. “I’m going to be in San Francisco a lot, and he’s going to be in LA a lot,” Courtney shares. “We’ve got a lot of trips planned.”

“They need time to have that normal relationship before saying ‘I do,’” a source asserts. “He wants to take the time to court Courtney.”

Ben adds that they don’t want to rush into things because they want their relationship to last. “We want to figure out who we are together, so we’ll have a better chance.” And putting those cheating and break-up rumors to rest, Ben assures us that he and Courtney have been spending plenty of time together. “When the show was airing, we spent a lot of time together and got to know each other really well.”

Things are continuing to go well for the couple who just returned from a romantic vacation in Puerto Vallarta. “Courtney and Ben have the same sense of humor, and their friends do too,” a friend of Ben’s tells the mag. “Everyone hangs out like they’ve known each other for years. It’s been a very comfortable combining of worlds.”

IS EMILY BEING A DIVA ON THE SET OF THE SOW? IS SHE MAKING DEMANDS OF THE PRODUCERS? DO YOU THINK BEN AND COURTNEY ARE RIGHT TO TAKE THINGS SLOWLY? WILL THEY GET MARRIED?

With Celebrity Apprentice dwindling its roster down to the most dramatic of celebs, it’s only natural that Teresa Giudice remain standing.

Teresa recently took time out of her busy schedule to speak with The Huffington Post’s Dr. Shannon Kellog – a psychologist. Why aren’t ALL reality stars speaking to a psychologist? Dr. Kellog doesn’t diagnose Teresa, but she does quiz her about reality TV–most specifically the non-stop arguments that seem to make up Teresa’s chosen profession–and find out how she copes with the drama. An excerpt from the interview is below!

Dr. Kellogg: On Celebrity Apprentice, you seem to have a different approach to getting along with others than we’ve seen in RHONJ. What was your strategy for getting along with the other players?

Teresa: I didn’t really have a different approach. I used the same approach I use in my everyday life: I give people my heart right away, I don’t hold anything back, but if you cross me, you will hear about it. What people forget is that I was on Housewives with some of my best friends and we got along great for the first two seasons. The only drama from me came when I stood up for my friends out of loyalty.

My strategy for Celebrity Apprentice was to go in being myself because I knew that would throw people off, that they would be expecting the table-flipping Housewife, and really, that’s only a small percentage of my personality. I have degree in fashion marketing, was a buyer for Macy’s, and wrote three successful cookbooks.

I think the big difference in the two shows is how they’re filmed. For Housewives, they film us here and there for months and months, and then pick and choose little pieces to show, sometimes out of order. Like someone can pick at your nerves for months, and when you finally blow, that’s the scene they show first. You could take the same 1000 hours of footage and give it to 10 different editors, and you’d come away with 10 different versions of who that person “really is.”

For Apprentice, they filmed us for two solid months, and we did so much during that time, so many tasks, that they have to use a lot more of the footage, and mostly in order. And we all lived together in Trump Tower with almost no breaks so what you see is real: our real tension, our real frustration, and our real bonding.

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This season of Real Housewives of New York will be a battle of The Veterans vs. The Virgins. It’s a classic case of make new friends, but keep the old (one is silver and the other’s gold…). Bravo has released the official cast photos and bios – along with the very juicy and drunken trailer. It seems like some of these ladies are harkening back to the days before middle age hit them, as they are putting the drinks away like MTV spring breakers! Or Bachelorettes on another popular show!

The official press release warns us:  “The city that never sleeps is about to get a real embarrassment wake up call.  Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer welcome Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson as they navigate their hectic lifestyles of jam-packed social climbing social calendars, bickering and fighting careers, behaving like children and drunken antics across the globe city living.”  Oh, I just can’t wait for the wine-soaked fun and pinot-filled outbursts!

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And speaking of Pinot, it seems my favorite train wreck and yours, Pinot Singer, caused quite the problems this season! The trailer features newbie Aviva proving she’s perfect for this line of work, as she calls her “white trash!” Bwhahahahahaha! Seriously – I laughed for five minutes when I saw that. Sometimes the truth hurts!

Aviva is speaking to the NY Observer about the shocking new season! Aviva describes the experience of reality television, and being forced to socialize intimately with women she scarcely knew. “It was like an sociological study: we were essentially forced to make the kind of friends over the course of four months that would usually take you four years to become that close to.”

She also adds that her friendship with Ramona is pretty much kaput. She says the show – and specifically the “white trash” scene, made her realize that “friendships can certainly take up and downs,” Aviva explained. “And in that way the show—art, in quotation marks—imitated life. Ramona and I did not start out that way.”

Aviva mentions that she began the season friends with Ramona, “and…well…I can’t say the same for the end of the season.” Wow! You can learn more about Aviva below!

Pinot, herself, is speaking out about the drama amongst her castmates. At the recent Bravo Upfront Event she confirmed things are already rocky as she tells Wetpaint “There’s one woman here I’m not even talking to!” When pressed for details about whom, she gave the Bravo PR sponsored answer like a good little Housewife. “If you watch this season, it won’t be hard to figure out,” she assured us.

In fact, things start to go bad in the season premiere episode! From the press release: “Sonja kicks things off with a party to mingle with Aviva, Carole and Heather. They all seem to hit it off …until Ramona arrives. And as they say, with new friends come new revelations — in this case, Aviva learns that a couple of her “new” friends have had relations with her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Heather and Carole try to figure out who to trust and not.” Wowzers!

Real Housewives of New York premieres on Monday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Below are the cast photos and bios! Warning: Photoshop was applied liberally!

TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE CAST PHOTOS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW HOUSEWIVES?

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After Kim Richard‘s very public battle with addiction on last season’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the reality star talks being strong and moving on after getting help.

Last season was rough for the former child star and it took its toll on her children to watch their mother’s erratic behavior. “My children have been greatly affected by this. I think they wish it could have all been slipped under the radar… ,” she confesses to WetPaint.

“But you know, this isn’t my first time in recovery. And [during Season 2] I knew what I was doing wasn’t right. For me, it’s like: Sip one: I need to leave, Sip five: I’m in trouble. But I made the choice to go to work and to let the cameras in and people saw what they saw. Of course I would go back and change that if I could. But I can’t change the past, so I have to move forward.”

Kim shares that she has gotten tons of support from fans who credit her for being a role model. Ok… “It’s been amazing. People will say things to me like, ‘You’ve saved my son’s life,’ or ‘You’ve helped me so much,’” Kim reveals.”You know, before, I used to have a really hard time admitting I was an alcoholic. But I’m not ashamed or embarrassed any more. It’s made me a much stronger person and, hopefully, put me in a place where I can help other people.”

“If I can do it, under THESE circumstances – having it all filmed, having everyone know every little detail about everything – then you can do it. It CAN be done,” she adds.

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Fans are loving Big Ang, it would seem.  The Mob Wives star is reportedly in talks for her own spinoff show!

Sources tell Wetpaint that “a deal is in the works.  Nothing has been signed, but a deal is being set up.”  VH1 declined to comment, but where there’s smoke…

The networks are handing these spinoffs out like candy, aren’t they? Snooki & JWoww, Lisa Vanderpump, Bethenney Frankel and on and on….. Like a free gift with purchase.

It seems that Mob Wives is turning out to be too much reality for some viewers of the show. After recent episodes showed the grizzly reality of the mob lifestyle, fans are speaking out about the show losing it’s entertainment value.

Two weeks ago, the show featured the ladies’ vacation to the Poconos, where they fired off some rounds in the woods to reconnect them to their roots or something. Karen Gravano, daughter of former mob boss, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, recounted the first time she discovered her father’s gun under a mattress. Now, relatives of some of Sammy’s victims are speaking out about the inappropriateness of the show and the topic!

“Sammy was a psychotic killer. And I do believe genes are inherited,” said Lynda Milito, a mob wife of her own, who credits Sammy for offing her husband Louie Milito. “What about the people [Sammy] killed, and their extended family? How can [Karen] be allowed to shoot a gun? The apple does not fall far from the tree, and crime does not pay,” Lynda tells the NY Post.

Concerns were also raised about Karen, who was once on probation, being in contact with a firearm. In response to the concerns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Philadelphia Field Division issued a statement denying that any illegal behavior took place on said trip. “We are aware of the show and the episode. We do not have a criminal investigation.”

Karen also denies breaking probation and issued a statement through her rep denying any wrongdoing.  “My probation terms have been over since 2003. At that time, I filed a motion to have my constitutional rights restored and to my knowledge, they have been restored. They’re doing everything they can to discredit me because of their personal issues with my father.”

Moving on to other distressing Mob Wives issues - Renee Graziano has been dealing with the horrific reality of learning that her ex-husband, Junior Pagan, ratted out her father, Anthony Graziano, which resulted in his return to jail.  Junior is reportedly in the Federal Witness Protection Program.

Renee has shared that she fell into a deep depression, later leading to hospitalization after she contemplated suicide. Well, now Renee is moving on, but she will “never” speak to Junior again!

“I have no relationship with my son’s father whatsoever,” Renee told HollywoodLife. “Not at all. I found forgiveness for myself, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to go on and date and be a happy person. As far as my father is concerned, I won’t be able to forgive him [Junior] not now and not ever.”

Renee also reveals that her son AJ is healing as well, but things are still difficult for him. “He is doing the best that he can and hopefully he will come out of it soon.”

Not surprisingly, as Renee is the one who has brought them all together, Renee credits her co-stars for keeping her sane and helping her through the awful situation. “They have helped me,” she shares. “I’m in a really good place with the girls. I don’t always like them, but I love them.”

Renee is also ready to start dating again! “I’m single and I’m open to dating,” she dished “I’m looking for a real man.”

Maybe they can give Renee her own spinoff, too.  Bachelorette-style.

[Photo Credit: WENN.com]

TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A ‘BIG ANG’ SPINOFF SHOW?  WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE OUTCRY OVER RENEE’S GUN FIRING? WHO DO YOU THINK RENEE SHOULD DATE AFTER JUNIOR?

Well, oh my. In what is another case of reality being more interesting than reality TV, it seems Gretchen Rossi‘s never-ending court battle with alleged ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou will now be involving her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars!

Here’s the backstory: Gretchen joined RHOC as the supposed fiancé of millionaire Jeff Beitzel, who was suffering from leukemia. Jeff passed away shortly after filming ended in 2008. Jay allegedly contacted Tamra Barney to spill the news that Gretchen was lying about her relationship to Jeff and using him to be on the show meanwhile he, Jay, was her real boyfriend! Whoopsie! Tamra confronted Gretchen, which began their seasons long feud.

Gretchen attempted to file a restraining order against Jay, but it was summarily dismissed. Thus began the long drawn-out court battle between Jay and Gretchen over defamation, etc. Gretchen was supposed to pay all of Jay’s legal fees after she lost her court case against him. He retaliated with a defamation lawsuit, and she filed a countersuit.

Well, finally Gretchen and Jay will be facing-off in a civil trial that could get very interesting! The National Enquirer (a more reliable source than you’d think) is reporting that Jay’s attorneys recently deposed Gretchen and she changed her story about when she allegedly met Jay.

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Gretchen had previously claimed he was a “family friend” and they briefly dated before Jeff entered the picture.  “Jay Photoglou is nothing more than a thief and liar. Jay and I had a short-lived relationship BEFORE Jeff and I dated,” she said of the situation way back in 2009.

During the deposition, Gretchen also admitted that she “spent time with Jay on at least four separate occasions after she got engaged to her now-deceased fiance.” When the attorneys sought more information she refused to answer further. Just so you know, multiple photos of Jay and Gretchen from that time period are floating around the web – damn that trusty time stamp – including ones that show them hanging out with Alexis and Jim Bellino!

Which brings us to the reason the ladies of RHOC will likely be involved in the civil suit. Jay is planning to subpoena several of Gretchen’s former and current castmates to testify against her, concerning when she met Jay and the type of relationship they shared! On the short list is: Tamra, Peggy Tanous, Lynne Curtain, and guess who? Alexis!

“No matter what, Gretchen is not going to like it when her fellow housewives have to spill the beans about her relationship with Jay Photoglou,” said an insider reveals. “I’m sure no matter what they say, it won’t help Gretchen’s case.” I’m not sure why Gretchen continues to pretend she is innocent in all of this – it’s ridiculous!

What’s interesting about this situation is that Alexis was formerly one of Gretchen’s closest friends, but she has since defected! After a tension-filled season where Alexis openly admitted she is unhappy about Gretchen’s newly burgeoning friendship with Tamra;  Jesus Barbie is now speaking out about her new friendship with Vicki Gunvalson!

“Vicki and I have finally turned over a new leaf. We’ve started hanging out outside of the show, which has been nice,” Alexis shares with WetPaint. “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic about it.”

Alexis adds that it’s difficult for her to get past some of the negative things Vicki has said about her in the past, but she wants to think happy thoughts. “I try not to dwell on it,” she explains. “I want to live in the moment and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I think, back when Vicki said all those things about me, she was in a really unhappy place. Now, she’s happy again and in a better place and so far, we’re getting along just fine.”

Proving this friendship is indeed real, Vicki recently tweeted a photo of them at an event. The photo is below!

While, Alexis and Vicki have made amends, and Tamra and Gretchen are now BFF, there’s two people who just can’t see eye-to-eye: Gretchen and Vicki! Gretchen recently spoke out saying she doesn’t “respect” Vicki and has no interest in a relationship with her. And HollywoodLife reveals that things have evolved into a full-fledged feud!

“There’s a feud between Gretchen and Vicki,” the source says. “And Vicki and Alexis are bonding over it. They are also both visibly annoyed about Gretchen and Tamra’s new friendship.” Things are so acrimonious, Gretchen intentionally skipped Vicki’s recent 50th birthday party, which was attended by all of her other castmates!

And finally, Vicki is doing what she does best – talking about herself! In a new interview with US Weekly, Vicki shares her secrets to longevity as a Housewife!

“Number one, I’m the original; Number 2, I’ve allowed the cameras to enter all parts, all facets of my life; and I signed up for this!;” Vicki believes these are the reasons she’s lasted seven seasons on the show. She said her approach to filming is, “This is my reality — come on in through all the issues and struggles and trials — and good times!”

Vicki also adds that things get pretty testy with Tamra as the season goes on – including an epic fight in the season finale where their friendship faces the ultimate test. Things are good between the two now. “We were able to mend the fences and kinda get through it,” she says. “Will I ever forget? uh-huh.”  Juicy! I wonder what happened!?

You can watch the video of Vicki talking RHOC below!

THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN AND JAY’S LATEST COURT BATTLE? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? IS ALEXIS’ FRIENDSHIP WITH ALEXIS AUTHENTIC? SURPRISED VICKI AND TAMRA HAD SUCH SERIOUS ISSUES?

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The strange case of Camille Grammer‘s threats towards boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulosex-girlfriend, Lisa Chynoweth, continues to get stranger and stranger. Today, more information surfaces about why Camille was allegedly recorded without her permission, making threatening comments towards Lisa.

In response to the shocking YouTube video that surfaced of Dimitri being deposed by his ex-girlfriend’s lawyers, he has sought a temporary restraining order!

RadarOnline reports that the restraining order was obtained in Dallas, Texas and states: “the court examined the pleadings and affidavit of Dimitri Charalambopoulos, and finds that Dimitri Charalambopoulos is entitled to a temporary restraining order restraining Lisa Chynoweth from releasing any deposition transcripts or videos regarding this case to anyone, directly or indirectly, for any reason…”

According to RumorFix, Dimitri is also petitioning the court for a gag order against Lisa to prevent her from further disparaging his reputation! “Necessity of gag order, sealing file, closing courtroom and confidentiality order,” the petition requests

“Dimitri loves his son and will hold Lisa responsible in court for her actions,” a source explains to Radar.

Unfortunately, the video has already hit the net, and it also featured a recorded phone call of Camille telling Lisa: “If you go to the press, I have lawyers that are beyond what you can imagine and they will pull stuff on you and you will be so mortified about your life and your family and what you have done. You don’t want to do that to Marcus.”

Many have wondered just why Camille would go psycho-bitch on the woman over a custody dispute, and as always, there is more than meets the eye about the situation. A source is coming forward defending Camille and allegedly exposing Lisa’s actions as a set-up to make Camille look bad and potentially extort her.

Allegedly, it was Lisa who contacted Camille first. “Lisa is the one that called Camille about a month and a half ago and she had a laundry list of issues she needed to address. Camille was very gracious in the beginning of the conversation and just let Lisa talk. Camille had a lot going on in her life because she was still in a custody dispute with Kelsey [Grammer],” the source–who is reportedly close to the situation–describes.

“Towards the end of the conversation, Lisa told Camille that the press had been calling her and brought up Camille’s children. Lisa knew about the custody battle and threatened to insert herself into that situation. Camille was provoked and reacted as any mother that loves her children would, period. Camille didn’t threaten Dimitri’s son, Marcus, she was simply saying that no child should have to deal with the fallout of their parents feuding.”

People are always trying to goad Camille into an awful situation, aren’t they? First Taylor Armstrong, and now this Lisa person!

The source adds that Dimitri is totally supportive of Camille’s version of events, and that the couple has never been happier. “Dimitri and Camille have never been closer and more in love. Camille has handled herself with true class and Dimitri is so grateful to have her in his life.”

“Neither one of them thought they were ever going to find true love again and be able to trust someone with their heart. They are a fantastic couple and are rock solid.”

The source also adds that despite Lisa’s accusations against Dimitri and Camille, he is a loving and devoted father. “Dimitri won’t trash her [Lisa] in the press though as she has threatened to do to him. He is a gentleman and will handle this with class. He is so grateful to have Camille in his life.”

THOUGHTS ON THE NEWEST INFORMATION ABOUT CAMILLE’S THREATENING PHONE CALL? WAS CAMILLE GOADED INTO MAKING THE COMMENTS?

In what seemed like the briefest rehab stint in recorded history, The Situation checked out of the swanky Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah yesterday!

TMZ reports that The Situation was seeking help to “get control of a prescription medication problem” he had “due to exhaustion,” and entered the facility on March 20th where he spent a mere 14-days!

Upon getting out of rehab, the Jersey Shore star was spotted at nearby airport looking ecstatic and even took a photo with a fan before boarding his flight. The photo is below!

Mike is due to begin filming the 300th season of Jersey Shore very soon! Which is worrisome, as reality television and healthy behavior do not seem like a good mix! No word on Mike’s post-rehab plans just yet!

UPDATE: The Situation took to his Facebook Page to let fans know he’s “back stronger and better than ever!”

“The Situation is home!! I just want to thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement,” he added. So when is he getting treatment for referring to himself in the third person?

THOUGHTS – WAS MIKE’S REHAB STAY LONG ENOUGH? SHOULD HE RETURN TO REALITY TV?

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