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It appears fired Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin is having a hard time accepting that her Housewives days are over!

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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This has not been not been a good year for Teen Mom star Amber Portwood! The troubled mom has gone through a suicide attempt, rehab, and numerous break-ups with Gary Shirley and is now admitting to being diagnosed Bipolar.

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 aware Ben Flajnik‘s season of The Bachelor premieres next month…

[Photo Credit: WENN.com]

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?


The lovely thing about Real Housewives of Atlanta is the drama never stops, but it never gets to the mean, desperate, depressing places of Real Housewives of New Jersey or Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — meaning I don’t need a Prozac after watching and I don’t feel bad snarking on the women. Even when these ladies are fighting, clawing at each other and backstabbing all the way to Texas they still keep the fun and sassy in place. Just thought I’d open with a big shout-out to the only remaining silly Housewives show. Perhaps that’s why the franchise pulls in the highest Bravo numbers (hint, hint Cohen, et al)…

Anyway, NeNe Leakes is still waving the “Hater” flag and she is waving it wild and free in the faces of her colleagues. Who yeah, are haters, but it takes one to know one! In her latest Bravo Blog called “Lies and Gossip”, Ms. Leakes confronts her co-stars for talking about her constantly while pretending they just don’t care.

NeNe opens by giving credit where credit is due for keeping her name in the news.”We are up to the fifth episode, and the girls have talked about me in every one. Is that hating or what?”

“I laugh when watching the show, because it seems as if they all got together and said, “We’re going to talk about her and say this and that! We’re going to say Cynthia [Bailey] is up her a–!” All of this nonsense has truly backfired, because it has helped me in every way. So for that I say thank you!”

Since no one seems to want to let go of reDICKulous or NeNe fleeing Kandi Burrussfaux birthday party without so much as a good-bye, NeNe gives more insight into her decision to leave. “Kandi’s birthday party — I had been out of the state working and once I returned, Kandi personally invited me to her birthday party,” NeNe explains.

“I was willing to go even though we don’t always get along with the same people. Phaedra [Parks] decided to give her a gift which was a monster-esque stripper that jumped out of a box and put his privates in his mouth. Then he put it into Kandi’s glass, stirred it up, and handed it back to her. It was just disgusting, so I decided to leave.”

And unlike some Housewives who may or may not have past in adult entertainment (ahem… Melissa Gorga), NeNe is not ashamed! “Yes, I’ve heard all the talk wondering why I would be put off when I used to be a dancer! And yes, I used to be a dancer. It was twenty years ago, and I’m not ashamed of it. I danced as a single mom to support myself when I was in my twenties after getting out of an abusive relationship. Not once however did I bend over and suck my own lady parts. I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I wouldn’t dare do today, and I would have to credit that to growth! I’m a real woman. I have lived and learned. I embrace who I am and don’t look to anyone for validation.

As for why she was hours late to the opening of Bar One, NeNe claims Cynthia was aware of her tardiness and better late than never, anyways. “Cynthia and I know who we are as adult women, and we’re very comfortable in our skin. That’s why we’re able to have such a great relationship. I texted Cynthia several times, so she knew I was having an issue and would be late.”

“I walked into the room and owned it! Eyes were rolling and lips were smacking. After the ladies picked their faces up off the floor, I spoke to those I wanted to speak to and those who didn’t get a hello knew why,” NeNe admonishes.

Confronting the rumors of her alleged affair with Charles Grant, NeNe is calling foul! “These girls will not give credit where it’s due, because their goal is to tear you down and put out false information, just as they tried to do with me, Gregg [Leakes], and Charles. But that didn’t work either! Gregg and I have always been close. Gregg knows me and I know him. Our relationship was not based on lies or gossip!”

In fact, NeNe recently Tweeted: “I wouldn’t go 2 the zoo wit Charles Grant! I’am VERY n Love & VERY happy & this is a VERY good time 4 me n my life! Winning” And it seems next week we will meet the man responsible for her romantic happiness, John Kolja! According to WetPaint, he’s also responsible for some of her business success as he is the owner of the restaurant franchise she just opened! Although NeNe has yet to confirm their relationship they’ve been cited together looking cuddly, many times. Well, there you have it!

In other RHOA news Phaedra and her husband Apollo Nida, recently did an interview with ESSENCE.com about their appearance on the show positively affecting the portrayal of black families shown on television.

After the loving parents gushed about their now 16-month-old son Ayden, they talked about what viewers can expect to see from them this season. And because she’s no longer expecting, Phaedra says we’ll see her as a professional and an entrepreneur, as their family still has big plans to open a funeral home. Apparently, Apollo had a change of heart and is now fully on board with the plan and his brother is also involved!

Most importantly, Phaedra reveals her true intention behind going on the show was to demonstrate to the black community that marriage, along with “children in wedlock” are a good thing and a goal the black community should embrace. Phaedra hopes to demonstrate the importance of going to college and living the “American Dream” through her presence on the show (she should probably leave reDICKulous at home from now on…).

Phaedra adds that the public doesn’t see enough of that because there are so many “stereotypical portrayals” that the media “feeds into,” particularly “negative depictions” of black men. Especially interesting, it seems Phaedra was the catalyst for the cast’s trip to Africa this season, that she hopes shows viewers a different side of both Africa and the ladies!

It was a great interview, and I feel, an opportunity to see Phaedra and Apollo as they really are which is intelligent, well-spoken, family-oriented people who are likely very different from what we see on TV. After all, Phaedra has confessed to “playing a character” on the show! You can view the video below!

THOUGHTS ON NENE’S BLOG? ARE HER CO-STARS TOO FOCUSED ON HER LIFE? WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON PHAEDRA’S INTERVIEW?


Jersday will soon be back for all you Jersey Shore lovers! Also back? Seaside Heights as the Guids return to their roots on the infamous Jersey Shore. <fist pump>! Snooki is calling it “the best time of my life.” I’m calling it ca-ca-ca-caraaazeee! Oh and bloody and boozey and bronzey.

In the fifth season the entire cast returns and things get even more risqué as the sneak peak features a drunken and delushous Snooki taking a pee someplace that’s usually reserved for the family pet. Vinny Guadagnino apparently has enough as he vacates the house. “This is real. This is a reality right here. Vinny’s out of here,” Pauly D declares. The trailer promises many drunken nights, many bar fights, many pranks, many grenades and much ado about everything. Oh, and The Situation is bleeding.

The Situation and Snooki will continue to go at it, and this time Mike is also targeting the pouflette’s then boyfriend Jionni LaValle and promising to disclose a secret. Uh oh! Deena Cortese swears that the cast is more like “brothers and sisters” and the bickering never lasts long. “But you’ll see, we had a lot of fun in Jersey; we had so much fun. We were home, we were comfortable.”

“We’re back in our habitat and I’m ready to tear the speakers off this joint,” The Situation promises. Oh, you know you can’t wait! Check out the sneak peak below!

Jersey Shore premieres Thursday, January 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Get your cocktails ready!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PROMO? ARE YOU EXCITED OR ARE YOU OVER THE SAME OLD DRAMA WITH THE CAST?

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ABC’s 16th season of The Bachelor will air this January and winemaker Ben Flajnik who was oh-so publicly rejected by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette continues his search to find a wife!

Ben will begin his quest by meeting sixteen beautiful women, okay 15 and one senior citizen who does seem like a beautiful person; including a germ-a-phobe epidemiologist who spritzes him with Lysol. Aaaahhh… nothing says love like Febreeze! Also in the mix a lady on a horse, but unlike Lady Godiva she’s apparently fully clothed. There’s also a surprise guest who is back from seasons of Bachelor’s past — no it’s not Ashley she’s still under contractual obligation to appear happy with JP!

The official list of Bachelorettes has yet to be released yet insiders are promising a season of very diverse and vibrant personalities amongst the women which means lots of drama. And, apparently one potential suitor that ditches Ben for a producer. Oops. During the course of the season the ladies will be faced with over-coming their biggest fears, including leaping from a helicopter into Belize’s famous Great Blue Hole! Yeah — Ben would so not be worth that for me.

According to ABC’s press release, Ben will woo his ladies on a series of “romantic and adventurous dates” that test their “perseverance in pursuing their romantic objective, along with fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw passions.” Wow — sounds saucy! Ben will travel with the ladies through California, then to Utah, to Central America and finally Switzerland where the final three women will anxiously vie for a Neil Lane engagement ring to borrow until the wedding is called off!

The Bachelor will premiere on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET).

DO YOU BELIEVE BEN WILL FIND LOVE ON THE SHOW? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON?


Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was just – sad, and it’s hard to know what to think. I was expecting a welcome break from the trauma (not to be confused with drama), but my hopes were dashed as the Taylor show came crashing into us harder than Malibu waves. Which reminds me, according to Bruce Jenner’s bespangled and fabulous ex-wife Linda Thompson, the ocean is going to be there long after all of us are gone, so I probably shouldn’t get too worked out about the problems of Housewives.

Anyway things started out on a truly lovely note with Wedding Planner to the Insane Kevin Lee organizing some tablescapes for Lisa and Pandora to choose from – well really Lisa, because after all it’s her wedding!

The ladies were excited, gracious and truly wowed, and after doing some finagling and maneuvering around they put their stamp of approval on the over-the-top fabudiculous arrangements (I made up a new word. Call me Teresa Giudice).

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Oh, Melissa Gorga — relax. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is furious about all the allegations that she is an ex-stripper! So mad, in fact, she is threatening legal action against anyone who accuses her of dancing in her underwear — except while she’s performing “On Display,” I presume?

Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’ interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.

The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”

Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”

Apparently her quest for fame and the constant accusations about her past has taken its toll on Melissa’s marriage to Joe Gorga as she recently confessed to HollywoodLife, that it’s been stressful.

“This year, to be honest with you, I feel like there is a lot of stress from the show and being in the public eye,” Melissa revealed, while attending the Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. ”All I want from my husband is to just… I just want to make sure we keep this bond that him and I have.”

“I don’t want to let anything or any person break it,” she added. “That to me is the most important thing because we had an amazing life before we entered this show. And we still do and I don’t want to let anything break it. I know this business can break you sometimes.” Perhaps she now understands how sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice feels…

Here’s my opinion: Melissa has a right to not want her past exposed, whether she is embarrassed that she worked in a strip club (in any capacity) or not or just doesn’t want people digging into her past, but she went on a national television show to expose her “real life” so she has to expect curiosity from the public beyond just what she wants us to see.

We know Melissa wants the world to view her as the happy and privileged wife of a prominent real estate developer, a loving mother, backstabbing sister-in-law and a hopeful singer — and we do see her that way, but like all of us Melissa has a past. Perhaps it’s a salacious past that she is ashamed of, perhaps not.

But here’s the thing, Melissa has no problem exposing, commenting on and discussing Teresa’s embarrassing moments, negative behaviors, family discord as well as financial issues to the media and the world. So is it really fair of her to demand that no one discuss her own situations? She didn’t mind when everyone was accusing Teresa of all sorts of misdeeds, but now she’s suing anyone who says something about her she doesn’t want to hear and getting into Twitter fights with people who don’t like her song? #JayMohr.

Melissa should let stripper-gate go. Drawing more and more attention to it pretty much guarantees that the media, the networks, the blogosphere are going to keep speculating about it. Melissa has a lot going for her and seems to have a pretty lovely life. She should focus on the positives. We know Melissa reads RT (she Tweeted that she loves it) so a little advice from me: the truth will come out whatever it is, so go practice singing and accept that you’re “On Display!”

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA WAS A STRIPPER OR JUST DESPERATE TO PROVE THAT IT’S ALL A LIE? THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER MARRIAGE?

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