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I think it’s fair to say that the Real Housewives franchise has changed television. The intensely popular shows that prove to us that anyone can be a trashy trainwreck — regardless of marriage partner, pedigree or income bracket — have become one of the most discussed and hotly debated things on television. Indeed, the shows have become a must watch for millions of people worldwide captivating real housewives and celebrities alike. Even Oprah admits to watching!

The real question is — Why? Why are we so drawn to the dysfunction, the orchestrated drama and the opportunity to observe women embarrass themselves and ruin their lives on national television? The even bigger question is: How much of this is reality at all?

The Hollywood Reporter set out to answer just those questions in an in-depth investigation into “the guiltiest pleasure on television” which is worth an estimated half-billion dollars to the NBC-Universal network. Putting together a group of ladies they refer to as the Housewives All-Stars (their version – not mine), the legendary entertainment magazine interviewed producers, insiders, Andy Cohen and the ladies themselves to figure out just why we watch and why the women participate.

“People want to watch rich girls behaving badly,” explains Linda Ong, president of brand strategy adviser Truth Consulting. “The franchise started as a real-life Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous but became this cultural analysis after the economic breakdown. Every town became a sociological experiment, a very real-time reflection of what was happening to the 1 percent.”

“We wanted something very authentic and they started to film something Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque,” Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Style Media, explains of how Real Housewives of Orange County was developed. “It required a whole revision, so we came to a point where we had to decide whether to sink more money into it or just pull the plug.” Obviously money was sunk.

Housewives was originally supposed to be a film — a real documentary — of the gated community where RHOC is filmed. Entrepreneur Scott Dunlap set out to capture the lives of rich women in the affluent suburb of LA after observing his friends while attending a dinner party in the exclusive Coto community. “Everyone was sitting around the table, the ladies blinged-out, talking about family vacations to Tuscany and all bloviating the same thing: ‘Our life is perfect,’ ” he remembers.

The film never got made, but a decade later Scott eventually turned the idea into a reality show and it became a surprise hit in its very first season. Berwick, who had just green lit the surprisingly successful Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, was in good graces with the network and they decided to take a gamble on the Housewives show with her encouragement.

After reshooting the first few episodes and an “incredibly, incredibly long edit,” the show finally went on the air. “It was an experiment,” a network insider concedes. “They weren’t envisioning this huge franchise; the network was just trying to depict a lifestyle. They didn’t put a lot of advertising or money into it at first.” Shockingly, the show took off with the difficult to reach 30-something viewers the network coveted. Viewers who were still young, hip, and influential, but who had money, education, and technical know-how.

The network immediately signed on for a second season, but decided to hire drama based veteran reality producer Doug Ross who has helmed shows such as Fear Factor and Big Brother. “Scott did a great job at identifying killer cast members,” Ross explains “but the network thought with the help of some ‘grown-ups’ this thing could really blossom.”

Bravo had been working on a show called Manhattan Moms, which was the inception for Real Housewives of New York. The series was originally supposed to be about wealthy NYC moms trying to get their children into ultra elite private schools. With RHOC bringing in ratings Manhattan Moms quickly transformed into RHONY. It was at that point that Zalanick decided to turn Housewives into a franchise. Since most of the season had already been filmed the network and it’s production company, Shed Media, decided to simply go with the footage they had.

The network didn’t even tell the cast members (then Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, and Ramona Singer) about concept change. “We went to check out the artwork on the computer and it said Real Housewives of New York City,” Jill describes. “At first we were a little disappointed, to be honest.” How Bethenny Frankel was added I don’t know, but it was her vision to use the show to promote her business that changed the format completely. Thanks B — because of you we have the Bravo Home Shopping Network!

After the first season success of RHONY, Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of New Jersey cropped up shortly thereafter. “Bravo unwittingly had stumbled upon television’s next guilty pleasure: a vehicle that showcased the lives of a handful of spoiled, consistently imperfect women whose only real distinction was the city in which they reside — and their unerring ability to behave badly.” With the premiere of RHONJ (now arguably the most hotly contested of the franchise) Bravo was able to capture more than just the 30-something audience and gained fans across all age ranges — including men and older viewers.

And casting is at the nexus of the franchise’s success. Bravo has shown a ruthless ability to let go of stars that no longer agree with their vision — hence the firing of four members of RHONY including original cast members Jill and Alex. They also seem to have an innate ability to locate women whose propensity for drama will result in big ratings. Teresa Giudice, anyone? And to keep the perspectives fresh, Bravo regularly adds new Housewives into the mix.

The real shocker (or perhaps not so real shocker to regular viewers) is the requirement for the women to craft their own storylines. “We started meeting with producers to discuss storylines,” former Housewife Peggy Tanous reveals. “I started getting anxiety thinking about all the forced drama that does happen on occasion.”

Peggy starred in one season of RHOC which featured a season finale argument with her former close friend (and the woman who got her scouted for the show) Alexis Bellino. Peggy has cited the end of this friendship and the contrived storylines as her reason for deciding not to sign on for a season two. While that may be the case, shortly after Peggy resigned (or was let go), news surfaced of her family’s financial distress.

Doug Ross contends that the producers in no way stage scenes or fabricate drama, “The audience could sniff that a mile away, so why even bother?” Although he does admit that the women are expected to plan events expressly for filming purposes.

Shed Media’s Maureen O’Connell agrees, “Honestly, sometimes I wish they would do what I tell them. I wish I had that kind of puppeteering power. But it’s the women who ultimately drive the train.” The responsibility of keeping the drama alive is an important one because drama = popularity with fans (sometimes) = ratings = maintaining their position in the cast roster and well, their paycheck.

But are they taking it too far? Since the franchise’s inception it’s bared witness to countless financial crisis (foreclosures, bankruptcy, tax evasion, etc), the destruction of friendships, arrest, divorce, murder (Kandi Burruss‘ fiance was in a fight, resulting in his death, outside an Atlanta strip club in 2009), alcoholism, family strife and now domestic abuse and suicide. Yet — the women and the viewers keep coming back.

On the converse, the cameras have also captured the good: friendships, marriage, love, pregnancy, incredible financial gains and business opportunity. Andy thinks the network is more than conscientious of the colorful cast of characters that pay his bills and garnered him his own TV fame in the form of Watch What Happens Live. “I have a deep responsibility to the women,” Andy insists. “And I take that very seriously.”

Some disagree. It was the suicide of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast mate Taylor Armstrong‘s estranged husband Russell Armstrong this past summer that caused fans, viewers and the media to question just what the reality of filming the show entailed. Particularly after reports surfaced that Bravo and NBC may have encouraged Taylor to file for divorce from Russell to remain on the show.

Bravo and Andy had questioned whether or not to air the footage from this past season featuring Russell and there was news of re-editing to present a softer storyline. Obviously that did not happen. “We talked endlessly,” Andy acknowledges. “In the end, we decided to capture what happened as sensitively as we could.” It seems that ultimately the network has decided not to feature Russell’s death in the storyline. The season ends Jan 23rd and no mention of it has been made.

Defending his position — and the network’s — Andy reminds viewers that the women agree to participate and the producers are not responsible for the issues that arise during filming. “Look, this franchise is a documentation of a period in these people’s lives. All of these women have stories to tell and some are dealing with some really serious issues.”

Despite the bad taste such episodes have left in viewers mouths the ratings continue to grow (the season premiere episode of RHOBH was up 42% from the series first season premiere) and show no signs of slowing down. It is Bravo’s ability to bring the constant and unexpected drama — a White House crashing, a huge family blow out at a Christening — that keeps viewers unable to look away, not knowing what there is to expect next.

Additionally, it is the women themselves that keep the drama happening and their decisions to return season after season, year after year. The reason is likely money. Jill even recently admitted that she was sad to be off the show because of the paycheck it generated.

And just how much money do the women make to expose their lives to the non-stop drama? A Lot. A lot, a lot. Particularly given the opportunity to develop their own brands — which is encouraged — and have the ability and support to promote these brands on the show which reaches huge audiences. All earnings from which the network takes a percentage of.

“Combined, the Housewives have published more than a dozen books; received product deals from makeup and jewelry to sex toys and alcohol; average well over 100,000 Twitter followers (Atlanta‘s Leakes has nearly 600,000); and receive an approximate six-figure salary each season (the New York cast is drawing a $250,000 payday for season five) — not movie-star money, but steady income for people arguably of limited talent.”

The desire for that success and the monetary wealth that comes with it is sometimes all-consuming. At this particular behind the scenes shoot, Housewives All Star Pinot Singer spent the whole afternoon hawking her pinot grigio line, advertising it to anyone who would listen and scaring off her fellow Housewives. I think it’s fair to say Ramona has a one-track mind.

Ramona was brought to the attention of producers by her then friend Jill, but she wasn’t interested. “By age 39, I already had $1 million cash in the bank,” Ramona dishes, grabbing a bottle of what else? – Pinot! “I said, ‘I’m sorry, but no thank you. I don’t have time. I don’t need to be famous.’ ” She gave it a second thought after the producers convinced her it would be a good platform for her business, True Faith Jewelry. And after five years on the successful series and the development of her own Pinot, Ramona is hoping to follow in Bethenny’s footsteps and nab her own spin off. Seriously? No.

“I’m already thinking ahead,” Ramona reveals. “Initially I thought I wanted to do something like [advertising executive and TV host] Donnie Deutsch and actually visit companies looking for help. I can’t just sit on a couch.” I’m guessing that means she wants to try a Tabatha Coffey approach…

Not all the drama is caught on camera – backstage at THR’s exclusive photoshoot with the RHOBH’s Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards were overheard talking. “One of the girls asked me what I think of Brandi [Glanville],” Lisa whispers loudly to Kyle, while Brandi sits alone pretending to ignore them. “And I said, ‘Who?’ ” Then the two friends burst into laughter. Yeah, Brandi doesn’t fit in – that’s obvious, but why so mean ladies? I expect more from Lisa.

Andy insists the show has no malicious intent, and after all the characters drive the storyline. And the viewers are obviously liking what they see since they return season after season. “It’s good, clean fun,” he asserts. “Its like eating a bowl of no-cal popcorn; guilt-free gossip. You can watch it, you can talk about it with your friends and, at the end of the day, you can feel better about yourself and your life.” Right… I’m not sure I agree.

Below is a video of the Housewives All Star shoots featuring NeNe Leakes, Caroline Manzo, Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona and the entire cast (plus Dana Wilkey and Andy) of RHOBH! Also below are photos from the RHOBH shoot!

THOUGHTS ON THE EXPLOSIVE INFORMATION UNCOVERED? DO YOU BELIEVE BRAVO IS SO HANDS OFF IN CREATING DRAMA?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO WATCH THE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO!

Last night was the season premiere of Project Runway All Stars and frankly after a couple of completely disappointing seasons of regular Project Runway they had to do something to save this mess of a show.

To prove they are serious about fashion, Lifetime is bringing back some of the big guns of seasons pasts. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed that most of the “all stars” were from the Lifetime seasons of the show instead of the infinitely more talent soaked Bravo seasons, but at least Anthony Williams and Mondo Guerro returned! I am SO excited for another season of Mondo’s fantastical clothes and Anthony’s amazing one liners. Loves it!

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO READ THE REST!


Oh dear or should a say, Oh mon dieu! It appears that the Real Housewives franchise will soon be on French soil.

E! News is officially reporting that Bravo and NBC-Universal are in the process of casting a French version of the drama filled reality show.

Housewives has been popular with overseas audiences for a while, so I suppose wanting to strike while the iron is hot Bravo decided to take the franchise abroad to terrorize another country with bickering be-plastic surgeried perpetually adolescent middled-aged women. Oh lucky you France – first McDonald’s now Housewives!

Apparently, France is just the beginning of Andy Cohen‘s world domination as the network is hoping to invade several countries across the globe, bringing us Housewives of Australia, the U.K., Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. And for those confused about how it’s all going to work Real Housewives of Athens has been on the air for a season already and is currently filming for it’s second season! How have we not heard about this? Photos of the first ladies of Greece are below!

Even more surprising Real Housewives of Israel and Real Housewives of Vancouver are currently in production with the Vancouver installment premiering later this year!

So, I guess it’s safe to assume that women all over the world are willing to act a little cray-cray for some C-List celeb and a few bucks. I wonder if the international versions will be as vitriolic as their American counterparts? I also wonder if WWHL is planning to go global as well; or if these ladies are producing singles, cocktails and products left and right? So many questions…

I also wonder if US viewers will be able to experience subtitled versions of the shows on domestic soil? I mean, just in case you haven’t gotten your fill with the six franchises already running all year round!

[Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com]

ARE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN REAL HOUSEWIVES HAS GONE GLOBAL? WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN WATCHING INTERNATIONAL VERSIONS OF THE SHOW?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATHENS!

MTV Challenge Battle of the Exes
This week MTV has finally released the trailer for The Challenge: Battle of the Exes!

Season 22 of the popular show will take place in the Dominican Republic and will feature — well, exes! Drama is crazy to the maximum as former TV flings are forced to work together in order to dominate! Oh, to relive your glory days of on-air hook-ups once again.

The challenge will feature some interesting exes pairings such as Rachel and Aneesa, CT and Diem, Heather and Dustin, Wes and Mandi, and more!

Meet the couples and see a trailer for the new season below!

Battle of the Exes premieres Wed., Jan. 25 (9/10c) on MTV. Also, on Jan 11 a special preview episode will air explaining just why these former couples broke up!

WILL YOU BE WATCHING? WHICH OF THESE EXES DO YOU THINK WILL GET BACK TOGETHER? WHO ARE YOU PREDICTING FOR THE WIN?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR PHOTOS OF THE CHALLENGE COUPLES!


I think it’s fair to say that Jill Zarin, former Real Housewives of New York cast member, is having a hard time letting go. Since she was abruptly fired last year Jill has given countless interviews about leaving the show and how much she loves being away from the cameras. And we’re not believing it for a second!

In the latest, Jill did a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter and gave an explosive testimonial about what it’s really like to be a part of Reality TV and offered up some pretty shocking behind the scenes details about Bravo and the show. Now that she’s not under contract she has nothing to lose and good — because I love a juicy story!

When asked why she was let go from the cast Jill explains she still has no idea and swears that Bravo was stringing her and fellow fired Housewives along before finally issuing the pink slip.

“First off, I like to say I was fired because I’m not embarrassed about it. I didn’t do anything wrong, so I really don’t know why they fired us and kept the other girls.”

“We were told that they wanted to begin season five filming over Labor Day, so the other ladies and I were preparing story lines, basically putting our lives on hold until shooting. In June, it wasn’t even a question if they were inviting me back. By August, conversations started to change. They were hesitant to commit and delayed the announcement. Then I got a call the Wednesday after Labor Day that Bravo decided to bring back LuAnn [de Lesseps], Sonja [Morgan] and Ramona [Singer], but the rest would not be decided until the end of the week.”

“I’m smart enough to know that they were putting out contracts to new girls, and whether they signed would determine our fate. So, at 5 p.m. on a Saturday night I get a phone call from my producer, and she told me that Bravo had made the decision to let the four of us go.”

“I was upset because I was told to put my life on hold,” Jill explains. “But I didn’t argue, I wasn’t going to try to sell anyone. I said, ” ‘OK. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.’ ”

Andy Cohen called shortly after, which I’m sure was a difficult thing to do. He gave me the respect I deserved considering I committed four years of my life to the show. He said they wanted the series to go in a different direction and that last season ended very dark — which I find ironic because they could have controlled that. I filmed many happy scenes that the network canned.”

Very interesting as fans of RHONY and others in the Housewives franchise have been begging for the shows to return to their original intent of happy and fun-loving docu-dramas about wealthy women and their lives. Is Bravo really deciding not to air that kind of footage in lieu of footage with high drama content?

Jill continues by explaining that Bravo’s decision to let her go had absolutely nothing to do with reports that she requested a higher salary to continue filming. “First of all, we were finally making a decent amount of money last season. That was never a concern,” Jill states, saying it is “absolutely untrue” that salary disputes occurred.

“They’re getting a lot of money now, so that’s another thing I’m disappointed about. I didn’t get to make the money I feel I deserved. I didn’t just help make the show popular; I cast it,” Jill shockingly reveals.

Jill goes onto claim that she was responsible for bringing in Bethenny Frankel (her then close friend), which is common knowledge and possibly alleges that Bravo should have paid her a finders fee of sorts. “I brought in Bethenny, and I don’t get a percentage of anything she spins off. The first, second and third season salary pretty much added up to the fourth season. I worked really hard.”

This leads me to wonder if other Housewives receive percentages of earnings as rewards for adding to the casts. I doubt this very much, but it is a possibility. Bravo has readily admitted that Kyle Richards was the first woman cast to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and she introduced the other women to producers and assembled the majority of women that were eventually hired — even her season one nemesis Camille Grammer.

When asked if the show is scripted Jill describes that, of course, editing plays a huge part in what viewers see. “It’s a TV show, not a documentary. It’s not scripted, but it is edited. It doesn’t mean we didn’t live it, it just means they focus on a particular storyline.”

Also, Jill point blank accuses Bravo of manipulating scenes and circumstances to build plot lines! “With New Jersey, they were brilliant to film season four before season three aired. They had to. Bravo had no delusions that they set up Teresa [Giudice] by hiring her sister-in-law and cousin without letting her know. It’s understandable Teresa would be upset. The show couldn’t film now: Teresa and Caroline [Manzo] won’t even be in the same room, and Jacqueline [Laurita] quit. As a cast, they’re kaput.”

As for what she is up to now that she is done with Housewives, Jill is not leaving television in the dust as she is working to secure other deals in the medium. “My husband and I were recently in L.A. for meetings about a potential television opportunity. And now I finally have the freedom to do that.”

Jill insists that the NBC-owned Bravo kept their Housewives under close watch and did not allow them to branch out into other networks — even to promote products which the network takes a percentage of. “That’s the one thing Bravo would never give us: the ability to appear elsewhere. Before, I could never appear on another network. We couldn’t even do Good Morning America, we had to do Today, even if it was to promote our brands. They were very controlling,” Jill reveals.

This could be the real reason none of the Housewives are ever cast on the ABC show Dancing With The Stars and instead are recruited for fellow NBC show Celebrity Apprentice!

“In hindsight, it would have been smarter for them to do a development deal with me. I would have been stupid enough to let them build my ego and give me a deal for no money that would lock me to the network.”

Even though Jill has scathing things to say about the network that paid her bills for four years she is still happy she did the show. “The show made women in their 40s and 50s relevant again. Hollywood is all about young girls, and this was an opportunity that didn’t require us to be young and beautiful. It’s real women.” Well, somewhat…

“But I won’t miss the lying and the fighting,” Jill discloses. “And I won’t miss the stress over clothes. I had to have 80 outfits for the season, and I would totally stress over that.”

Wow pretty good stuff! I have to say being part of the Housewives franchise sounds incredibly stressful and complicated and I’d rather be a viewer than a participant!

Moving on, current RHONY cast member Pinot Singer spent her holidays on the island of St. Martin with her husband Mario and daughter Avery. Photos of the family vacation are below! They look happy and relaxed and I’m jealous! I wonder if she toted along any Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio?

[Photo Credit: PNP/ WENN.com]

THOUGHTS ON JILL’S EXPLOSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT BRAVO AND RHONY? ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT BRAVO IS SO CONTROLLING OF IT’S HOUSEWIVES?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE PHOTOS OF RAMONA ON VACATION!


Kim Kardashian is having a horrible time because everywhere she turns something else blows up in her face. This time Reggie Bush is telling his former girlfriend that he is over her for good and he’ll have no more of her manipulating ways. Good for you, Reggie! I mean his mom already warned him to stay away from Kim!

After failure at life Kimmie Kakes dumped Kris Humphries, her husband of 72-days, she apparently hoped her longtime love who couldn’t care less about the spotlight would gladly take her back after they shared a series of flirty texts, supportive phone calls and a few Skype sessions, but things didn’t work out for the confused star of Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

After a tweet claimed to have spotted Kim and Reggie out on the town at Smoothie King in Miami many assumed the couple had reunited — except it wasn’t Kim. Oops! Kim wasn’t even in Miami at the time. “Reggie has always dated Kim look-alikes,” a friend explains to Life & Style. “She knew it must’ve been yet another look-alike at Smoothie King. It was a wake-up call for Kim.”

“She’s embarrassed because he doesn’t love her back. He truly is the one guy she loves, and she’s had to read about him and his other girls,” a source reveals. “She calls him way more than he calls her. He’s trying to be a nice guy, but he doesn’t want to be a rebound or the next guy in her media blitz. He has zero interest in that.” Wow — the truth hurts, Kim!

Even worse, while Kim was hoping to rekindle things Reggie was busy living the life of a single man hanging out LIV nightclub in Miami! “He’s with different girls every night. He loves being ‘the man’ and being single.”

“Reggie has been seen with every club girl and athlete chaser in Miami,” an insider claims. “A new girl every night, sometimes three different ones a day.”

In other Kardashian news the plastic faced professional reality stars are literally becoming plastic! A source tells Us Weekly that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe will be made into Barbie Dolls for Mattel’s upcoming limited-edition doll line. “The dolls will reflect the girls’ measurements and may even come in Kardashian-designed outfits,” a source describes. Wait — Kris Jenner doesn’t get a doll, but she’s one of the girls too! (eye roll).

Eager to promote her newest product and distract from her disastrous personal life, Kim has kept busy tweeting her imaginary friend, Barbie. “Merry Christmas Barbs!” the vapid living doll tweeted to the actual toy. “I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of each other [in 2012]. Shopping soon!”

DOES KIM NEED TO GET OVER REGGIE OR DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER? WOULD YOU BUY A KARDASHIAN BARBIE? WOULD ANY SANE PERSON WASTE MONEY ON THAT?!

Happy Jersday! You know you’re psyched. The GTL-ers are returning to both the TV screens and the shore in the drama-filled fifth season of Jersey Shore!

Oh, it will be a season — of that I am convinced. A season of all the things that made us love them; far from the respectable and classy Italy and back to where they belong roaming the boardwalks of Seaside Heights in search of a drink, a good time and a grenade!

And oh my, are they happy to return to the land of the guidos and gyms and tanning salons. “They didn’t have any fried foods there, no mozzarella sticks or chicken parm,” Sammi complained to The Chicago Sun Times about the cast’s Italian adventure.

“It was so difficult to get my hair straightener to work out there; the electricity stunk. Driving was terrible. We had a stick-shift Fiat. I didn’t drive the whole time … I couldn’t wait to get back home.”

Well, now they are home and they are ready for action. Ready for more fights between Snooki and The Situation, ready for JWoww to be well… wowful, ready for Deana to do something shocking and ready for more tanning sessions than a girl can count. “We hit Jersey hard,” said Pauly D warns.

Of course — there will always be The Situation having situations! “Mike has always been that character — kind of an egomaniac, kind of mischievous, a snake in the grass,” Vinny says of his roommate. “Do I think it’s 100 percent real? No, but that’s the character he has on the show. It’s who he is in that scenario. He’s actually a good kid deep down.”

Watch a clip of the upcoming episode below. It features Vinny and The Situation reuniting with a little sexual chemistry of the dry hump variety. Or something. Only in Jersey, only in Jersey…

Jersey Shore Season 5 premieres tonight at 9/10c on MTV.

TELL US – WILL YOU BE WATCHING?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO WATCH A CLIP FROM THE SEASON PREMIERE!

Bravo recently announced that the seventh season of Real Housewives of Orange County will be premiering next month and OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson is giving her opinion on what’s to come and it sounds just as crazy as ever!

In a new TalkFusion video Vicki talks insurance and Housewives; warning fans this season is not for the faint of heart! “Just want to give you a little insight. February 7th our show is going to launch. And holy balls is all I have to say! I thought it was going to be a pretty quiet season for me, I thought I was going to slide in and slide out. No.”

“I guess that’s why I’m on a reality show for seven years. You never know what is going to happen,” Vicki continues. “I have to say it’s going there, there is going to be a lot of things that you learn that happens in my life, personally, this season.”

Don’t forget to watch the finale,” Vicki encourages. “That was a pretty emotional finale for me as well.” Vicki has been tweeting a lot lately about how things are going and recently presented fans insight into the crazy filming schedule that is required to produce a small amount of usable footage.

In her tweets Vicki seemed to take issue with fans questioning her choices and being “fake” nice on camera. Vicki also reminded fans to remember that editing really shapes the story. “30 hours of filming per week for 7 minutes of air time per episode. You do the math. #havenoclue,” Vicki tweeted to fans bashing her on-screen behavior.

When those same detractors called Vicki out for choosing to appear on a reality show, Vicki reminded them she signed her life away is under contract!

Vicki also responded to questions about her ex-husband, Donn Gunvalson, and Vicki seemed to imply infidelity took place! “Yes, he was family. Too bad he didn’t value family as much as I did. #2sidestoeverystory,” Vicki wrote about Donn. “Donn is up for dating many women at once. Give him a try. #beentheredonethat,” she added. Yikes!

Luckily, Vicki is still happily together with Donn lookalike, Brooks Ayers. She tweeted a photo of them celebrating New Years together. The photos are below.

Tamra Barney has also been promoting the new season on the Twitters and seems to be very excited about the changes to come. Tamra Tweeted: “Boy have things changed since season 6!”

She definitely seems to have made amends with Gretchen Rossi because Tamra defended the lease of Slade Smiley on the Tweets! Telling a fan: then call her a fool! Cuz we are BFF’s now and you better get use to it!” I wonder if things are still rosy between Vicki and Tamra?

Tamra also posted a vintage HW photo on Facebook. This one features the now-fired Lynne Curtin. The ladies are dressed up in traditional 50′s housewife garb and look fantastic! That photo is below!

And since we just celebrated New Years Eve, below are some photos of the OC ladies celebrating in style! Including Tamra making out with Andy Cohen last year! Oh dear.

Tamra rang in the New Year at the Circo Vodka Party in LA with Alexis Bellino. PopstopTV posted a video of the bash, which you can view below! Meanwhile, Gretchen and Slade celebrated at the Ciroc party in Houston, Texas! Photos are below!

Real Housewives of Orange County premieres February 7th at 9/10c on Bravo.

THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? DO YOU THINK DONN CHEATED ON VICKI? ARE TAMRA AND VICKI STILL BFFLS?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE VICKI & GRETCHEN CELEBRATING NEW YEARS EVE!

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