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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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?
Teen Mom 2 premieres tonight on MTV and for some of the ladies it’s a season filled with drama, heartbreak and tough choices as their babies become toddlers.
RadarOnline is reporting that we will get a birds-eye glimpse of Leah Messer‘s marital issues, particularly that Leah feels trapped at home taking care of her twin daughters while her husband, Corey Simms, works long hours. Leah craves some independence and a job of her own leading to some unfortunate situations, but hey when you have children someone has to take care of them!
Chelsea Houska completes the GED this season, taking the first steps towards creating a more positive future for her daughter, but finding time to study while caring for a baby is another story all together. Also distracting her: she can’t get over Aubree’s father, Adam, who remains disconnected to her and his daughter.
Kailyn Lowry is struggling to balance work and school and the 50/50 split custody agreement she has with her son’s father, Jo Rivera. “It takes a lot to co-parent, but we’re trying to be as civil as possible,” Kailyn told Star earlier this year about their situation. “Our relationship is a roller coaster. There’s always a calm before the storm.” It seems like things are going pretty well for Kailyn, except for the rumors that she may have cheated on her current boyfriend, Jordan with her old one!
Despite critics of the show claiming that MTV is glorifying teen parenting by making celebrities out of the teen moms, Kailyn feels that’s not true at all! “It’s not glamorous in any way,” she insists. “If they actually pay attention, they’ll see that one of us is always crying and going through something.”
“I’m kind of like walking birth control for them!” she adds, saying that her friends have definitely thought about preventing pregnancy after seeing her struggle. “At least someone’s benefiting from it.”
And finally, Janelle. Oh, Janelle. Janelle and her mother Barbara Evans are at it again over her unhealthy relationship with on and off boyfriend Kieffer Delp, Janelle focusing on her son, and getting her life back on track. While Barbara clearly loves both her daughter and her gradnson her methods are a little… well, crazy!
MTV offers a glimpse of what viewers can expect to see this season and it’s not pretty, as Janelle and Barbara get into a violent altercation over Janelle sneaking around to see the jobless, law disregarding Kieffer. Barbara doesn’t mince words, telling her daughter: “That’s why you never go anywhere in life.” Tough love, anyone? A clip of the incident is below.
Teen Mom 2 premieres tonight at 10/9c on MTV.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON? WILL YOU BE WATCHING?
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Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta was all about changes, forgiveness and getting what you deserve. Sheree pulled a Tamra Barney and threw a drink on her ex-husband, Phaedra and Kandi begged forgiveness something desperate from Mama Joyce, who is both livid and embarrassed that reDICKulous appeared last week. Oh yeah, and we met Marlo Hampton. She has a husky voice I wasn’t expecting!
Things start out with everybody’s favorite southern bell doing a stop and drop apology by bringing Kandi an ‘I shouldn’ t have invited a disgusting porny stripper to your birthday party in front of your mama’ cake. Phaedra’s been giving out a lot of “I’m sorry” gifts lately, hasn’t she? According to Kandi her mama is still mad and won’t answer the phone!
The ladies are still confused that NeNe “former stripper” Leakes flew the coop without even saying good-bye. Apparently she couldn’t locate Kandi in the crowd since she took her eyeballs out. Phaedra is especially perplexed given that NeNe used to show her cervix for a quarter back in the day. Um, I’m pretty sure she was a stripper not a gynecological test subject, Phae!
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Bethenny Frankel has built a franchise and identity on being the Skinnygirl, but now that the reality star’s life is in turmoil she’s become the TOO Skinnygirl! In today’s not so surprising news the media is questioning Bethenny’s behavior yet again — this time for her gaunt appearance!
Bethenny has always been on the teeny side causing fans to wonder about her weight and lifestyle choices for years — particularly because of some controversial statements regarding losing and maintaining weight in her book Naturally Thin.
Life & Style is reporting that the itty-bitty former Housewife has insiders “concerned” about Bethenny over-doing it, despite claims that she doesn’t do anything “extreme”, and preaches “everything in moderation.” Reality Tea has reported that Bethenny’s weight has dropped severely in recent years.
According to the mag all the upheaval surrounding the brand and image she has worked so hard to cultivate is taking a toll on Bethenny, who an observer notes looked “very thin” at a recent appearance. “Her arms were particularly tiny and frail. She looked almost sickly.” Another eyewitness confirms: “Bethenny is scary skinny in person. She looks emaciated and ill.”
An insider speculates that with Bethenny losing control of her “world” she is taking it out on her diet and has become “obsessive” about portion size and has taken to eating snacks, like small bags of pretzels, instead of a meal or she claims she forgot to eat. “Because I’m so busy, I’m not always hungry,” she confessed to the mag. Bethenny has made no secret of her struggles with her weight, telling anyone who would listen that her mother, Bernadette Birk, sent her to weight-loss camp as a child and that her classmates called her a “whale.”
Additionally, Bethenny is desperate to regain the public’s positive image of her as the “rags to riches, little girl lost who made it big” and is apparently using her weight to gain acceptance from the media and fans.”Bethenny’s in a panic,” an insider reveals. “She’s being attacked left and right for not being real.”
Indeed, Bethenny’s fear of public rejection has left her so worried she’s hired help! “She’s so frantic to improve her image, she’ s hired image consultants to guide her through 2012.” Well, I say she needs it with all the nonsense she’s been embroiled in lately!
While insiders are claiming Bethenny’s life is falling apart the Bethenny Ever After star recently blogged about all she has to be thankful for. After imparting her advice for a healthy and simple holiday meal, Bethenny noted her appreciation for her amazingly patient husband Jason Hoppy, her daughter Bryn and dog Cookie.
“I’m most thankful for my family, and in particular my beautiful baby girl Bryn. She has changed my perspective on life. She has made me more grateful and aware, and has given me different purpose than I had before,” Bethenny wrote.
“I’m grateful for a loving and supportive husband who is a great father to Bryn and a good friend to me,” she added. “I’m especially grateful to Cookie who has been with me through the most difficult and influential stages of my life. She is woman’s best friend and I love her as much as a child.”
I’m glad Bethenny is recognizing all the people who put up with her cray-cray and still love her for the wack-a-doo she sometimes is! Hopefully 2012 will be a more positive year for Team Frankel or I’m predicting she may go the crash and burn route of the Kardashians with too many negatives and too many scandals overshadowing the positives! Best of luck Bethenny in getting things on track and remember: eat some holiday cookies!
THOUGHTS ON THE ARTICLE – DO YOU BELIEVE BETHENNY IS TOO THIN? IS SHE JUST REACTING TO STRESS OR DOES SHE HAVE A PROBLEM? DO YOU THINK 2012 WILL IMPROVE FOR BETHENNY OR ARE FANS TIRING OF HER CONSTANT DRAMA?
The rumors that Kate Gosselin is having an affair with her long-time bodyguard Steve Neild have been swirling for a while, but is there some truth to the gossip? I mean, Kate is apparently worried over her finances given that she no longer has a “real” job, yet she is still keeping Steve on the pay roll? Sounds fishy to me!
After being caught on what seemed like a romantic date without Kate’s eight, In Touch Weekly is reporting that the two looked quite cozy during an intimate dinner last month. “They were smiling and laughing,” an onlooker reports. “They definitely looked like a couple.”
Kate has long denied any romantic relationship with Steve, telling the Today show: “There is no affair. There never has been an affair;” claiming they are just “very good friends.” However, viewers of her former show Kate Plus 8 can attest that there were certainly some sparks (remember the pizza meltdown of the final season? yikes!)
Even her ex-husband Jon Gosselin has added to the rumors that Kate and Steve are a little more than just friends. “I speculate, but I don’t know — that’s a general feel,” Jon told Good Morning America. “You know, almost like when they were traveling together, I felt jealous. Here I’m Mr. Mom. And then there’s some other guy traveling with my wife.” And he was wondering just what kind of protection Steve was providing for his then wife! “Whether it’s protection or not, it’s all in — it’s in the back of my mind.”
Indeed, an insider is telling the mag that Kate and Steve definitely have a relationship! “Kate and Steve take long, lingering walks and even stay in the same room when they travel.” On a recent trip to Chicago the pair was definitely acting like a couple, and Steve also accompanied Kate on a recent trip to Australia! “Kate doesn’t hide her feelings for Steve,” the insider adds.”They’re not ashamed of their relationship.” But perhaps they should be!
For those of you who are thinking ‘good for Kate for finding a man!’ think again as Steve is actually a married man (who is often spotted sans wedding ring)! Steve’s wife of 20 years, Gina must not be too pleased by the amount of time he spends with a woman other than his wife. When In Touch attempted to contact Gina for her opinion on Kate’s relationship with her husband, she hung up! “She must be outraged,” a friend informed the mag. Kate has also claimed to be “good friends” with Steve’s wife, but somehow I doubt that! A photo of Gina Neild is below.
DO YOU BELIEVE THE RUMORS? DO YOU BELIEVE KATE WOULD REALLY HAVE AN AFFAIR?
According to the latest NeNe Leakes is not about to let Kim Zolciak one-up her in the spin-off department (remember how upset she got over Tardy For The Party!) and she is demanding her own show. With Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding — Kim’s one-season spin-off currently in the works to chronicle her wedding to Kroy Biermann — Star Magazine is reporting that the always big-hearted and supportive Ms. Leakes is beside herself with jealousy!
“She’s furious that Kim got her own show and she didn’t,” a source tells Star. Apparently NeNe has become quite the diva (oh, really?) ever since her rather volatile stint on Celebrity Apprentice. “She’s saying she’s too big for RHOA, and Bravo doesn’t pay her enough,” the source claims. The source adds that NeNe erroneously believes RHOA will “crumble” if she leaves and the show is “all about her.”
“NeNe has told friends if she doesn’t get what she wants, she will quit!” Would the fans really mind that? “She thinks she’s Madonna,” the source reveals which is the most laugh out loud, pee my pants quote I’ve ever heard from a “source”!
In fact, on a recent episode of WWHL, NeNe expected the star-treatment with a full list of over-the-top demands! “She insisted on her own, very expensive make-up artist, a stretch limo, and the presidential suite during her stay,” the insider asserts, adding that NeNe also requested Cristal Champagne but was rejected! BRAHAHAHAHA!
And while she was the consummate professional (ha!) on stage, things were quite the opposite behind the scenes. “She acted nice to host Andy Cohen while shooting but laid into him afterward and said she wants her own show,” the source alleges. Luckily for all of us, the mag is reporting that the Bravo execs are not likely to accommodate her given her recent behaviors! And in a recent interview Andy stated there are no plans for Kim’s spin-off to be permanent as he likes her on the “mother-ship.” Although if NeNe and Kim continue to refuse to film together things are going to get very interesting!
Upon being questioned by fans about the status of her new home, Sheree Tweeted: “not done yet, really just getting started! It’s been quite a handful… everyone’s on their own schedule & seem to have an agenda.” Basically, the house is in exactly the same condition as it was during filming!
The property that viewers have seen getting demolished over the last few episodes of RHOA was indeed purchased with the intent to build a new home — but it was not purchased by Sheree! Her mother, Thelma Ferguson, actually purchased the original house in a bank foreclosure for around $300,000 in Dec 2010, due to Sheree’s recent financial struggles. Sheree’s mother, Thelma is a successful author and MBA educated business woman who seems quite different from her gold-digging daughter. A copy of the deed is listed below.
If you remember Sheree had big hopes of getting a seven-figure divorce settlement from her ex-husband Bob Whitfield who owns a recording studio and is a retired Atlanta Falcons player. Sheree ended up getting a mere $1M and a portion of his pensions. Instead of paying the attorneys that defended her all the way to the GA Supreme Court, she purchased an Aston-Martin (featured on last season’s show) which was then seized!
As the original home on the Fulton County property was demolished it is now an empty lot on which Sheree owes quite a hefty mortgage. In addition to the rent on her townhouse (which is rumored to be paid by Bravo). How is Sheree financing all of this? She is apparently paying the mortgage on this now empty lot with the money she makes as CEO of her own company. Yes — I burst out laughing too, because Sheree has incorporated herself! According to the State of Georgia, Sheree is the owner, founder, and Chief Executive (and sole employee, it seems) of Sheree’ Corporation, which may or may not still be in business. Oh, ladies — just live within your means!
Also, interesting is the tale of Kandi Burruss‘ two birthday parties. While we all watched with horror as reDICKulous performed a dip n dick at Kandi’s birthday party last week, it appears that was merely a made-for-TV party arranged by Bravo! It turns out Kandi actually had another party which appeared classy, sophisticated and stripper-free!
Kandi’s real (re: Bravo-free) party took place at Straits Restaurant in Atlanta and featured quite an impressive guest list, including former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, Mama Joyce and Kandi’s daughter. The only Housewives-related guests were Phaedra Parks and Derek J (Kandi’s hairdresser)! Some photos of Kandi and Phaedra at Kandi’s real party are below!
Finally, a new episode of RHOA debuts tonight and we meet possible new Housewife Marlo Hampton, who happens to be dating NeNe’s ex-fling Charles Grant (isn’t she still married?). Cynthia Bailey continues to have issues with her family and her husband Peter Thomas. And Sheree confronts her ex-husband over child support issues. A preview of the new episode is below.
Episode five of Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.
THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST DRAMA? DO YOU THINK NENE WILL GET HER OWN SHOW? WILL CHATEAU SHEREE EVER COME TO FRUITION? ARE YOU SURPRISED KANDI HAD TWO PARTIES?
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Whoever is calling Cynthia passive probably means to say passive-aggressive (which I’m pretty sure is a pre-requisite for being a Housewife!). Proving that she really wants to keep her job she is not backing down from her fight with Kim Zolciak and she’s also (finally) taking a stand on her sister’s involvement in her marriage to Peter Thomas!
Taking to her Bravo blog, which she titled “No Respect,” Cynthia reiterates that she never, ever, not once received any sort of wedding gift from Kim! “If I got a gift, I would say that I did. I received gifts from Kandi,Phaedra [Parks], and NeNe. Why would I lie?”
“To be honest, I never really cared that she didn’t bring a gift, her presence at the wedding was presents enough. The only thing that hurt me was how she insulted me by bringing her own wine and saying that Peter and I wouldn’t make it a year. I never got an apology for that,” Cynthia seethes.
While it’s a day late and a dollar short, Cynthia apologizes for her husband’s equally appalling behavior at Kim’s shower! “Well anyway, I apologize for Peter andApollo [Nida]bumping heads at her shower. Again, it was not the time or the place. Again, we did not instigate it in the first place. Again, I am happy for Kim and wish her well. I really have no issue with Kim. Now, can we move on about who brought who a present already?” Yeah — maybe both of you could just stop bringing it up?
“I love Peter, and he loves me. Our relationship is not perfect, because we are not perfect. We don’t not always agree on everything, but we have each other’s back 100%. He pushes me and I push him. Our love is not based on money or materialistic things. We have both had plenty of that. I choose love over money every time,” Cynthia said in defense of her marriage.
And because she loves her hubby, she thinks her sister Malorie Bailey Massieshould butt out! “I love my sister very much, but her interference with my marriage is a problem,” Cynthia clarified. “I appreciate her concern, but at 44, I think I got this. I have no desire to make choices for Mal regarding her marriage, and I deserve the same respect.”
“I confide in my sister because we are sisters. Not to be judged or criticized. I would never cross the line between her union with her husband unless she asked me to,” she continued. And she has one request going forward: stay out of it! “Love you, Mal, but can you leave me and Peter alone?”
And responding to claims that she is NeNe’s puppy on a leash, lacky, made for TV friend; Cynthia claims that’s not true! “I have a great friendship with NeNe because she has been a good friend to me. I am a good friend to her as well. You can’t force real friendships, you either connect or you don’t.” Yet Friendship Contracts are still necessary?
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CYNTHIA’S COMMENTS? SHOULD MALORIE BUTT OUT? DOES SHE DESERVE AN APOLOGY FROM KIM? IS SHE NENE’S PUPPY?