PoorJill Zarin. It seems she can never do anything right! Last Thursday Jill and her husband Bobby attended the annual Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) fundraising gala, which is a big celeb draw. Performing at the event was the magnificent, amazing Barbra Streisand. Since Barbra doesn’t often perform live and Barbra is amazing (Memories, anyone? “The Way We Were”?) Jill taped a little bit of the concert and in her thrall posted it on YouTube. BIG MISTAKE. Huge.
Well, according to RadarOnline, Barbra‘s attorneys found out about the video and immediately demanded the former Real Housewives of New York super villainess take it down or risk getting sued!
Jill, being scared of a big A-List real celeb, immediately obliged and informed her Twitter followers that their front row glimpse of the glorious Babs was no longer available with this Tweet: “Someone from Barbra streisands company just called my store to tell me to take down my YouTube video or they will sue me. Is that nuts? Sorry guys. I took it down!” Hey, I’d be scared too, Ms. Streisand will cut you.
Things should have ended there but gossip gangster Rob Shuter got involved and despite claims that Rob is a Jill fan, he called her out, Tweeting: “Barbra Streisand threatens to sue ex #RHONY @jillzarin for posting YouTube video of private concert! Not everyone wants to live on camera.”
Jill retaliated, Tweeting to Rob: “It was a 30 second clip of her on a big screen . Lets not get excited. Like video of tv screen. 30 seconds?” Jill also accused Rob of threatening her employees. When one drama queen meets another, madness ensues — see the Twitter chain below.
In order to make nicey-nice with the Barbra, Jill tweeted that her December Newsletter was going to include an apology. Perhaps she can send Babs some Skweeze Couture as an apology gift.
I feel for Jill. I do think she was just genuinely excited and wanted to share her experience, I don’t think she meant to do anything offensive or illegal. Rob continued to make fun, tweeting that he was seeing Hugh Jackman tonight and wondered if he should tape it? Le sigh.
Moving on Kelly Bensimon is returning to a TV screen near you and Jill is going to tape it and put it on YouTube, illegally of course! No just kidding. Actually, Kelly will be part of a new HGTV show called Hollywood at Home. I’m guessing this was taped before she was fired??
Kelly’s NYC apartment will be featured in an upcoming episode which tours the living quarters of the famous (or semi-famous, apparently). Frankly, whether you like Kelly or not her apartment looks pretty amazing. A glimpse of the Cray-Cray’s apartment is below. Sometimes marrying for money pays off…
Hollywood at Home premieres on Thursday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
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DO YOU THINK BARBARA OVER-REACTED TO JILL’S VIDEO OR WAS JILL WRONG TO POST EVEN 30 SECONDS OF A PRIVATE CONCERT? WILL YOU BE WATCHING KELLY ON THE NEW HGTV SPECIAL?
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Sheree starts out by defending herself against accusations that her luxury dream house is a ruse created by the Bravomeisters for stroyline purposes. Unfortunately for Sheree, Atlanta blogger Tamara Tattles has been hot on her tail and revealing the truth about what goes on at the faux-chateau. After the blog revealed Andrew, the builder who’s been featured on the show, isn’t even a licensed contractor, Sheree is claiming she never intended for him to build her ballroom/skating rink anyways!
“The home building process requires a huge amount patience, planning, meetings, and self-control. People warned me that building a new home would be not only a huge headache but a slow detailed process, because contractors like to move at their own pace,” Sheree writes.
“To clear things up, Andrew is not my builder. He is someone that did some work for me in my clothing boutique years ago. We ran into each other when I began this project. I hired him to oversee the day to day progress when I am out of reach. Another story that I will go into later!” Uh huh… suuuure.
Now onto the dirt concerning NeNe, Sheree is not backing down and refers to NeNe as “delirious!” That’s a bit rich considering the source, but you know not exactly untrue.
“NeNe made a statement that I hit below the belt. This woman is delirious. Remember, I have known her untruths, her misleading behavior, and evil ways for quite a long time and have kept them quiet. I personally would have never gone there had she not started in with me,” Sheree insists.
“I do agree that once you go there, you open up a whole new can of worms. I don’t think she want those worms let out. I didn’t start it, I only finished. The hateful, mean-spirited way she reacted took it way past any possibility of reconciliation in the future.” Oooohhh… is that a promise or a threat from the former Mrs. Whitfield?
In response to Cynthia’s comments about her financial issues, (if you remember Cynthia wrote that the only thing she knows about Sheree is that she lost a house, a car, and a man), Sheree thinks Cynthia needs a little bit of educating!
“I have never, ever lost a house, nor was I repeatedly evicted from several houses (that was your girl),” Sheree seethes! “I did have a car that was paid in full seized which probably cost the amount of your home. Please don’t get that confused with a repossession (again that was your girl).” Sheree is obviously less embarrassed that her car was seized after she failed to pay her lawyer fees following a failed attempt to alter her divorce agreement so she could get a larger settlement.
“However, luckily for me,” Sheree continues, “I had another car I could fall back on. Don’t you and Peter share a car? I would hate to have to drop someone off or wait for someone to be done to move forward with their day. I love my independence and my freedom to move about, thank God for my other car.”
As for Cynthia’s comments that she “lost a man” Sheree is not taking that lightly and wants us to know the man actually lost her! “Honey, you are too old to speak on things you have no clue about or were not even around at the time to know the truth about. Stop listening to the haters,” Sheree slams!
“Now fortunately for me, I know my self-worth! I know what I deserve and what I will and will not put up with. And because of this, I left a man! Let’s get it straight. I decided to seek a divorce because I refuse to be in an unhealthy relationship. I believe in myself, my kids, and our happiness, and we deserved much better. Besides, being in an unhealthy relationship can lead to really dark eye circles, large bags, balding, and not to mention extreme low self-esteem. Honey, I don’t have time for any of that!”
Well, there you have it Sheree is perfect and impervious to any flaw! Sheree ends with this quote: ” ‘Your reputation is a reflection of who people THINK you are, but your character is a representation of who you TRULY are…’ ” So why is she pretending to be building a huge mansion and living the lifestyle of someone very rich if she doesn’t care about her reputation?
Anyways, moving on Cynthia despite taking a lot of flack about the less than stellar “preview” of Bar One featured on last week’s episode and her faux-ship with NeNe, she is defending both! In her Bravo blog, titled “Late Not Hate,” Cynthia reveals that she “loves” NeNe and that Bar One is a thriving business.
Cynthia insists Bar One is “doing great” despite some less than stellar Yelp reviews and that contrary to what her co-stars might think Bar One is not the ghetto. “Bar One is located in the Grant Park area in Atlanta,” Cynthia explains. “When did Grant Park become the hood? Oh, when Bar One opened up there of course.” Cynthia also wants us to know a bevy of celebrities have visited the venue, such as: Ludacris, Jill Scott, Tami Roman and many more — including Sheree (yes, Cynthia graciously included her in the celebrity list…).
And as for Phaedra Parks‘ comments referring to her husband Peter Thomas as a “hustler” and a “pimp,” Cynthia is kind of flattered! “I think this was actually meant to be a compliment,” she writes. “So I’m going to let this one slide. Thank you, I guess.”
Finally, Cynthia reacts to everyone’s comments that she is NeNe’s puppy and again she insists they are merely friends — true friends — and she didn’t particularly care that NeNe was late! “I love NeNe like a fat kid loves cake and Peter loves her too. Yes, Peter and I do love NeNe, and she loves us. We are just one big happy family, just loving each other to death.”
“I didn’t do or say anything when NeNe turned up late to Bar One. I would rather NeNe come late and show us love than be on time and hate. Who cares? Everybody is always late. What was I supposed to do? Jump on her like a spider monkey and beat the crap out of her? Oh, maybe I should have poured water on her shoulder. That would have taught her a lesson.” Buuuuurn!
She fires back at Sheree’s comments that they could only afford five-minutes of the very rich and famous NeNe’s time! “NeNe only gave us five minutes because that’s all we can afford. We can’t afford NeNe for more than five minutes, but we can afford to open two businesses at the same time. Hmm… Maybe if Peter and I save up enough money, we can also afford to put skating rinks in Bar One and The Bailey Agency.”
A new episode of RHOA airs tonight and Kim Zolciak finally goes into labor, but not without her wigs! Besties NeNe and Cynthia visit NYC where she gets a little advice from mogul Russell Simmons and Sheree’s child support drama continues! A preview clip is below!
RHOA airs on Bravo at 9/10 c.
DO YOU BELIEVE SHEREE’S EXPLANATION OF CHATEAU SHEREE? IS SHE ANGRY ABOUT CYNTHIA’S COMMENTS BECAUSE THERE MIGHT BE SOME TRUTH TO THEM OR IS SHE JUST DEFENDING HERSELF? IS CYNTHIA REALLY NENE’S PUPPY OR ARE THEY TRUE FRIENDS?
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There’s never a dull moment in the lives of Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s stars! In the latest, NeNe Leakes is speaking out about the drama and confronting fans speculation that much of the drama may be scripted to make good TV. And newbie, possible non-Housewife, Marlo Hampton is sowing her wild oats after admitting to a split from boyfriend Charles Grant!
Appearing on The Talk, NeNe calls the outlandish confrontations and crazy behavior ” very real.” “We’re not scripted, and we say whatever we wanna say,” she explains, denying that the scenes are not “amped up for television.” NeNe does admit that the very real fighting gets “exhausting.” And although her job makes her so very tired with it’s constant negativity NeNe feels it’s also “very entertaining.”
Revealing that she does not consider her co-stars friends, NeNe explains they were “associates” prior to the show, “but now we’re not!” NeNe believes being in the spotlight has ruined several of her relationships. “You’re on this platform and people are judging and talking about you, and relationships break up because you’re on television… I don’t know what reality television does, but it breaks up relationships.”
When asked just how rich she is by the ladies on The Talk, NeNe claims her argument with castmate Sheree Whitfield was blown out of proportion and she does not feel pressure to ‘keep up with the Jones.’
“When I said that to Sheree, I felt like she was trying to pull me down. Like you don’t have this, and you don’t have that. You don’t have this…I was like, ‘No, No, No. I have it all honey,’ ” NeNe insists. “It wasn’t just about money… I have so many things. I am so blessed. I’m so rich in spirit; I’m rich in life; and in so many ways. And that was my point to her. Don’t try to pull me down, I am VERY rich.”
Finally, TamaraTattles reported the very exciting news that NeNe will be a guest star on Glee as swim coach Roz Washington! Wow! Yes, you heard it — NeNe will be making her acting debut in the musical comedy, but don’t worry she won’t be singing — or wearing a swimsuit! NeNe recently Tweeted: “Off 2 work again out here n LA” I’m guessing this is really going to burn some people’s biscuits!
In other RHOA news Marlo recently confirmed that the ‘lil engagement she was rumored to have with Charles Grant is off and has been for a while! Releasing a statement to TheYBF.com, Marlo declared that the couple is officially splitsville in the wake of Charles’ recent arrest for felony charges involving fraudulent checks. Yes, Charles was arrested a week ago for writing a bad check for an amount over $500. His mugshot is below. Isn’t he very rich?
“I truly regret that this has happened to him,” Marlo tells the blog. “While my relationship with Charles ended earlier this year, I hope he will put these challenging circumstances behind him and move forward.”
Now that she is officially single, Marlo celebrated in style by hosting a glamorous Christmas party at her home. Does anyone know what exactly Marlo does for a living? Does she pay her bills in theKim Zolciak fashion?
None of the Housewives were present at the fete, but Lawrence and Derek J made an appearance! NeNe was invited, but apparently unable to attend because she Tweeted her apologies to her new friend! Photos of Marlo’s party and her chic home are below. Say what you will about Ms. Hampton, but girl has style.
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IS THE DRAMA REAL OR DO YOU THINK IT’S “AMPED” UP FOR RATINGS? ARE YOU SURPRISED NENE WILL BE GUEST STARRING ON GLEE – WILL YOU WATCH? THOUGHTS ON MARLO’S BREAK UP AND HOME PHOTOS?
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Despite the lawsuits, controversies and negative media attention from the last year, reality mogul Bethenny Frankel has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100 list. Bethenny landed at spot number 100, but hey it’s better than nothing, right?
“Not too long ago, I didn’t have anything at all,” Bethenny recounts to THR. “It’s been abrupt: fame, marriage, baby, success.” As her reality show wraps filming for its third season, Bethenny has no plans of slowing down – she has gag orders to issue and fake dramas to reproduce, y’all! Perhaps the skinnygirl should slow it down as she recently claimed she is so busy she forgets to eat!
“I have a couple things on the fire, probably three or four, including a few project possibilities with Bravo. We’ve been great partners,” she reveals, adding that her first novelSkinny Dipping will be in stores in May 2012.
Despite her talk show not getting picked up, Bethenny is not daunted as she has other development deals in process and even hints that she may make her life story into a movie! “I’ve been approached,” she shares, “but you have to make the right choices. I’m not going to force anything.” Oh sweet lemonaide, that is just too much!
Moving on, the Bethenny Ever After star will stop at nothing to indoctrinate the public with Skinnygirl and force upon us a new product pretty much every day. We’ve been shape weared, and cleansed inside out, and boozed up, and skin cared and snackbar-ed, and now dressed.
For those of you who are tired of the Bravo Home Shopping Network (a.k.a. all of their shows), I have some unfortunate news: Skinnygirl now produces “loungewear.” Oh, yuck yay! Bethenny announced the addition of the newest products on her website. The collection of Skinnygirl garments features yoga pants, a tank and a t-shirt — all emblazoned with her logo, of course! Bethenny advertised that the collection is “perfect to workout in, run errands in, or simply relax in.”
Cafemom reviewed the products and wonders just what kind of woman wants pants with Skinnygirl on the thigh? Their assessment: “Bethenny’s made some awesome products in her day, but this line of clothes misses the mark big time. Because the last thing I want people reading on my clothes is Skinnygirl. I feel like it’s just begging for judgment.”
“Maybe she [Bethenny] wants her clothes to shame us into living the Skinnygirl life,” the reviewer wonders. “But I want my clothes to make me feel good, not guilty, don’t you?” Perhaps the reviewer is biased, but she has a point. If I want clothes that make me feel guilty, I’ll put on my pre-baby leather pants. A photo of the Skinnygirl Loungewear collection is below.
[Photo Credit: INFphotos]
ARE YOU IMPRESSED WITH BETHENNY’S LATEST ACHIEVEMENT? WOULD YOU PURCHASE SKINNYGIRL LOUNGE WEAR? WOULD YOU WATCH A MOVIE ABOUT BETHENNY’S LIFE?
JWoww a.k.a. Jenni Farley is known for her over-the-top sex appeal, but in a recent Maxim spread she looks equal parts gaunt, exhausted, and old — was this supposed to appeal to the vampire lovers amongst us? Basically the cover is a hot stinking mess of ugly. Where’s the Photoshop when you need it!?
JWoww was so excited to land the cover of the infamous mag she claimed to have “cried” when she learned the news, but I’m wondering if she cried when she saw the pictures! Yikes!
Fans of JWoww are concerned that the booby Jersey Shore beauty, who has become somewhat of the surprising voice of reason amongst the other cray-cray messes she shares a home with, looked well, not quite herself save for the über cleavage.
Talking to Maxim, JWoww dishes on last season’s Italian fiasco adventure, Jersey Shore’s upcoming season and how to girl fight like a pro! “It was insane,” she says about last season’s trip to Italy. “I’m glad we’re going back to the Shore now, because Italy was hard.”
“Even rewatching it is pretty intense! It’s very emotional, and I was there and lived it. But we’re fine now, and that’s the best thing about us,” JWoww says of the extreme filming situation. “We watch it together and laugh at what we went through.”
“We definitely had to rely on each other, which made our relationships stronger, but also made us more sick of each other. Temperatures were running high. People were fighting. Heads were hitting walls.”
Even worse than the cast-wide drama was the lack of available GTL solutions! “There was no tanning situation,” JWoww laments. “I opened JWoww’s Tanning Salon and was spraying everyone myself just to get by. When we got back to Jersey, we kind of OD’d on the tanning. We all burned our asses off pretty bad.”
But Italy wasn’t all bad. There were some amazing adventures the castmates experienced together. “Italy was an especially amazing place for me, because I was an art history student. And besides the statues, I got to see the streets where, like, da Vinci and Michelangelo lived.”
While JWoww is glad to be back in Seaside Heights for the upcoming season, Italy isn’t over yet! “A lot of the drama that came from Italy has to get finished. So you’ll see that.” If MTV fears fans may tire of the same old drama, Jenni disagrees. “You could put us anywhere, and we’d make a great show.”
Fans can expect more of the same that made the cast famous in the first place. “We’re back at the T-shirt store and living in the same house,” Jenni explains. “We appreciate it more because Italy was so different. We jumped in headfirst.” Despite her excitement over the gang getting back to their old antics, JWoww thinks she’s definitely grown up over four seasons. “I was in a bad relationship during the first two seasons, so I took that out on people I shouldn’t have. I was definitely more of a bitch. ” And now, she feels more like “the mom” of the house.
She may have cooled it in the bitch department, but JWoww can still throw down. Her advice for guidettes in drama? “Pull your hair back. You don’t want some bitch yanking on your hair.”
As for what’s next? “Me and Snooki just started filming a spin-off. I hope we go on a road trip,” she shares. Oh boy…
Now onto those so-called sexy shots! Is JWoww sick? Hungover? I think it’s just the result of some bad, bad make up and terrible lighting making her look washed out and flat. That said for a men’s magazine who wants to sell sex, it’s not very appealing. You can view JWoww’s photoshoot below. Maybe they were going for an artistic vibe…
JWoww has faced accusations of plastic surgery in the past but brushed it off as weight loss, which could explain the gaunt facial expression. After JWoww posted samples of the shot on her Facebook page, some fans reacted negatively with one accusing her of looking “plastic.” And another fan chastising her for her “new” look: “STOP having messing up your face!!!! You looked so good before it all !!!!!”
“Fame got to her head. Be original Jwow.. How more plastic can you get??” a different fan lambasted. Not everyone thought she looked like a Twilight extra, many fans thought she looked hot no matter what!
And yesterday on The Wendy Williams Show, JWoww again denied plastic surgery! “They say I got my cheeks done, they say I got my nose, my chin. I just lost 15 pounds, and it was all in my face and neck,” she asserts. “That’s what was insulting to me, because I was like, ‘What did my nose look like 15 pounds ago?’”
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PHOTOS – ARTISTIC OR UNFLATTERING? DO YOU THINK JWOWW HAS HAD WORK DONE OR JUST LOST WEIGHT?
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See, Jill still believes she’s very popular and therefore deserves the freebies and perks that came with being a Bravo housewife! The NY Post is reporting that for her Nov 30th birthday, Jill’s “aides” asked several restaurants if they would be willing to “comp dinner for eight” in exchange for “press and tweets” about her experience.
Sadly, for the once semi-famous Jill no one leaped on the opportunity to be included in her Jill Zarin Newsletter! Instead, Jill and 11 friends dined at Lavo, which Bobby Zarin paid for. Jill’s assistant, Sarah Vitale, claims it was far less outrageous than it appears and she simply “reached out to restaurants who have offered to host dinners for Jill in the past… we went with Lavo because she’d never been there before.”
In addition to wanting free food, Jill’s assistant apparently requested gifts from several P.R. firms. When asked if this is true, Sarah told the post Jill had no knowledge of her requests. “They sent her stuff in the past, so I didn’t think it was a big deal.” To be fair, these are standard practices and most celebs are comped all kinds of things. The big question being, is Jill a celeb?
Kelly Bensimon may be crazy, but she has some smokin’ hot legs — at least when they’re Photoshopped! Kelly recently did a sit down with AVENUE Magazine where she talked about her experiences on the Real Housewives of New York, then did some modely poses in lace underwear!
In addition to telling the mag she wants to get married again and have a baby boy, Kelly discussed how being on a reality show impacted her life and she has nothing but good things to say, including that she made a “life-long” friend in fellow firee Jill Zarin! Indeed, Jill confirmed telling the mag: “Our friendship is real. She’s the most loyal, good friend you could ever count on. She’s such a hard worker.”
As for what she’s gained from the show, Kelly reveals: “I’m a 43-year-old woman who [Bravo] have empowered, who can now support herself and her kids.”
“I wasn’t going into it like it’s my lifelong goal. My legacy isn’t the Housewives. My legacy is the future of my kids.” Which is actually kind of a refreshingly non-fameho attitude.
“I learned a lot from the process, ” Kelly declares. “Can you imagine being in a room with women you don’t know who are screaming and yelling at you for no reason? It took me one scene to recognize that anger came from fear.” And it took her two seasons to realize crazy came from… ? Additionally, Kelly obviously isn’t embarrassed that her very public breakdown will be immortalized for years to come. “The show is going to be on for a long time yet,” she shares. “It’s like Baywatch.” Yeah — with faaar less hot bikini bods! And speaking of bodies, Kelly’s Photoshop Spectacular for the mag is below!
[Photo Credits: PNP/WENN.com & D.Salters/WENN.com. All other photos courtesy of Antony M. Tortoriello for AVENUE]
REACTIONS TO KELLY’S RACY PHOTOSHOOT AND HER INTERVIEW? WAS JILL IN THE WRONG TO EXPECT FREEBIES FROM RESTAURANTS AND P.R. FIRMS OR WAS SHE JUST DOING WHAT EVERYONE ELSE DOES?
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In the latest incident RadarOnline is reporting that Amber was caught instigating a fight and scrapping with a woman at an Indiana IHOP last month. All class, no trash there! “She was drunk, and there was another girl in the restaurant who had been drinking too and apparently said something about Amber to her friend,” a source revealed to Star magazine.
“Amber instigated the fight,” the source adds. “She told the girl, ‘You don’t know anything about me! I’m gonna whup your ass!’ They just attacked each other.” In the video, Amber is seen wearing a white t-shirt and flailing her arms in the air before she straight up charges the woman. A photo of an irate Amber during the incident is below.
“There were a couple punches thrown and hair pulling, then they were separated,” the witness reports. No word if charges were filed or not, but I imagine they were asked to leave the restaurant…
Amber has announced that her often erratic behavior can partially be explained by bipolar disorder, which she was diagnosed with three years ago.
Speaking to E! News, Amber opened up about her diagnosis and how it affects her life. “I struggle with it. I hate it. I grieve over it,” she shares. “When I went to rehab for two months, they diagnosed me with dissociative disorder too, which makes me black out. People don’t understand what it’s like.”
Despite the struggles, Amber reveals things are looking up for her in life (really? see above?) as she now has a new boyfriend, Mike who she adores. “He’s a gorgeous man. We haven’t spent a day apart since we met,” she says.
“I always knew I wouldn’t be with [baby daddy] Gary for the long term,” Amber confesses. “But with Mike, I know he’s the one. We never fight. He balances me out.” The couple has been seeing each other for about a month.
And speaking about the Nov 18 dispute at IHOP, Amber insists she did not start the fight! “Yes, we did go have a couple of drinks,” she admitted, saying she was with her new boyfriend Mike. “But I was not drunk. We were sitting by ourselves, laughing and talking and my legs were up on his, just having a good time. Suddenly, I hear this couple make these racist comments.”
“I looked over and said, ‘Excuse me, but why are you starting drama? Please do everyone a favor and keep your comments to yourself,’” adding that the comments persisted. “So that’s when I got up and told her to shut her f–king mouth.”
Amber explains she hates being approached in public because she is often made fun of based on what audiences see on TV.
“I’m sick and tired of people bashing me every time I leave my house,” she snapped. “When I go out, I mind my own business, but people try to fight me and get me going because I guess they think I’m most famous for fighting Gary,” Amber laments.
“I get picked on every time I go out in public. I just want to be a normal 21-year-old. I do my duties, I take care of my child. Yes, I did hit Gary, and what people saw was an angry Amber who reacted to the father of her child telling her he had cheated on her.”
“People pick on me just to see if I’ll fight them. They think I’m this hard person, but I’m not! I’m a good person. I love my friends. I love people… I just want people to know that people change. I’m doing really well. I’m happy. Yes, I am on an MTV show, but I deserve a normal life, too. People need to realize that the show, Teen Mom, is on TV just to help others not make the same mistakes. That’s it.”
DO YOU BELIEVE AMBER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIGHT? THOUGHTS ON AMBER’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE INFORMATION SHE REVEALED?
Bloggers beware! In today’s surprising news the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are suing the popular blogger realitysteve.com for soliciting information to be used for leaking spoilers about their hit shows!
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Federal Court NZK Productions and Alternative Television, Inc — the producers of the shows — are claiming the defendant, blogger Steve Carbone (a.k.a. realitysteve) is ” attempting to have contestants breach their confidentiality pledges.” The website has leaked such high-profile information as the location of the shows, the final three, the winners, even going so far as to disclose the participants before ABC officially releases the cast list. In exchange for realitysteve contacting participants for classified gossip they want at least $75,000 in damages.
Participants in the ABC shows are required to sign contracts barring them from divulging “non-public” information about the shows. Realitysteve is accused of learning “confidential information” about the series by “contacting and soliciting information from participants, cast, crew, and other employees of the series.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, show employees are told that they will face high penalties upwards of a million dollars for disclosing the info, but according to the suit Carbone “allegedly contacted them with knowledge they were subject to confidentiality obligations.” Supporting this claim, the producers have included an email supposedly sent by realitysteve to a Bachelor contestant on Nov 17. It reads:
“Let me just say, I’m very well aware of your contract. I also know that over 500 contestants have been on this show and not one of them has ever been sued for the $5 million. It’s just a scare tactic. Trust me. Just like they had no idea you sent me that last email, they’ll have no idea about any correspondence either. I know you’re scared and a little paranoid by it, but don’t be. Unless they are hacking your email or tapping your phone, there’s absolutely no way for them to find out.”
In exchange for providing him with information, realitysteve allegedly offered the participant $2,500 if she were willing to breach her contract. “Since you are a student, and I know you have loans up the ying-yang, I’d be willing to compensate you… I swear, this is the easiest money you’d ever make and you and I are the only two people that would know.”
The producers claim this is not an isolated incident and include several other examples of where realitysteve contacted participants and former participants for information to further his site. According to the producers realitysteve was sent more than one cease and desist letters, which were ignored, before they sought legal action against the blogger for “intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair competition and demanding at least $75,000 in damages and an injunction.”
It is interesting to note that despite the producers so-called ire that realitysteve referred to their confidentiality contracts as “scare-tactics” they are not seeking damages against any of the show participants who broke their own contracts!
Rebutting against the lawsuit realitysteve posted a “statement” about claims and insists: “I have not been served a lawsuit, nor have I even seen this lawsuit, so I have no specific comment at this time.”
Instead he posted the communication he received from the production companys’ attorneys. realitysteve’s attorney, Brad Kizzia, insists there has been “no interference” with participants’ contracts and alludes to the website seeking legal action against the plantiffs! “For your clients to sue Mr. Carbone would be unnecessary – at best a waste of the parties time and expense and at worst, an illegal slap action attempting to deny Mr. Carbone’s First Amendment rights.”
Well, this is all very interesting! And in case you weren’t awareBen Flajnik‘s season of The Bachelor premieres next month…
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THOUGHTS? DO THE PRODUCERS HAVE A RIGHT TO SUE REALITYSTEVE FOR LEAKING SPOILERS ABOUT THEIR SHOW? SHOULD THEY BE TAKING ACTION AGAINST THE PARTICIPANTS THAT LEAK INFORMATION INSTEAD? DO YOU BELIEVE THIS A FRIVILOUS LAWSUIT TO GENERATE PUBLICITY FOR THE SHOW OR IS THAT JUST ME?