Mob Wives continues to be a guilty pleasure of mine, although I hated to watch the Renee Graziano's relapse on this past season. What I did love seeing was the change that has occurred in Drita D'avanzo since she first appeared on the VH1 reality show. She was always the first to throw a punch and draw blood, and her mouth was sharper than any knife she could have shanked a co-star with…that's for sure!
Now, Drita is addressing rumors of a spin-off (I'll be setting my DVR for that!), and sharing the inside scoop on her relationship with husband Lee. The reality star is glad that viewers are getting to see her less violent side, and she admits that she's confused by Renee's recent erotica offering. Aren't we all, Drita? Aren't we all…
She's been through it all: scheming ex-hubby (JUNIOR PAGAN!) she re-ignited things with who was using her to obtain info to rat out her famous mobster father. A near-death plastic surgery experience, rehab, fights, a life story to make your head spin. And of course, there's Jail Mail.
With new cities being optioned for the popular show, producers (including Renee's sister Jennifer Graziano) are looking to give one of the original ladies a spinoff. “Of the current cast, Renee Graziano and Drita D’Avanzo are our next bet for getting a spin-off,” Jennifer told Radar Online.
Oh man – this latest news bit is alllll about the classiness!
Natalie Guercio was at Delilah's Gentleman's Club in Philadelphia to judge an Entertainer of the Year event where she proceeded to get into a fight with the security.
The Mob Wives star claims Renee Graziano the bouncer got so enraged he punched her IN THE FACE! No word on what caused the fight, but Natalie was so furious she went off on the guy and according to witnesses "called him every name in the book."
Well this is rich. I don't know why I always assume that reality stars will learn from their past behavior and grow. I'm always proven wrong. I suppose that in the event they did become better people, they'd become less entertaining. Case in point? Renee Graziano.
The Mob Wives star didn't exhibit the most glowing portrayal on the most recent season, often turning violent on co-star Natalie Guercio at the drop of a hat…or the word "delicious." Renee also talked a lot of smack about her best friend's wife Alicia DiMichele Garofalo, and it doesn't appear that she's going to stop anytime soon! I guess if she can her name in the tabloids, she doesn't care what she has to say to do it!
Okay. So, wow. Last night's Mob Wives reunion took a page out of the Shahs of Sunset debacle with a sit down dinner hosted by Sherri Shepherd. Big Ang is wearing a sequined hoodie that was definitely inspired by the great Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard. I really don't know what else to say. Sherri announces that the women have joined together to break bread instead of breaking tables. That's a plus.
Right off the bat, Sherri asks Alicia diMichele Garofalo about where her sentencing stands. Alicia reveals that because the restitution portion of her case has yet to be settled, the judge had to postpone her sentencing. We are then treated to highlights of the colossal beat down drama between Natalie Guercio and Renee Graziano. The women laugh that Ang, who gets along with everyone, was wary of Natalie, while Renee initially thought Natalie was her mini-me. I don't think I've ever seen a more hilarious video montage than one themed "Delicious." Renee calls the comment rude, and Sherri tries to impart that Natalie was trying to pay her beau a compliment. In no way does Renee think that Natalie was hitting on her man, but she finds the term incredibly disrespectful. Drita D'avanzo agrees, but not the extent that Renee does. Remind me that if I ever find myself at meal cooked by Renee to have a pocketful of synonyms!
When it comes to fighting, the housewives franchise has nothing on the ladies of Mob Wives! Case in point? The giant brawl at the season's premiere party with broken bottles rumored broken bones! I think that Renee Graziano could take on all of the housewives at once, and it still wouldn't be a fair fight! Well, maybe Teresa Giudice could get in a couple of good blows…
Even though Drita D'avanzo has calmed down since seasons past (she used to be the scariest one!), she still knows how to differentiate between the "fights" the Bravolebrities claim to have and the knock-down-drag-outs-call-the-police-I-see-blood! explosions for which their VH1 counterparts are known!
Last night was the first half of the Mob Wives season finale, and it's not even worth attempting an introduction, so let's just dive in, shall we? Renee Graziano shows up at Big Ang's house, as does Drita D'avanzo. The ladies eat, drink, and chat about Renee's journaling and lack of sex. All of this has lead Renee to write her own version of 50 Shades of Gray. Enter Renee's "sex book." So there's that. It's fiction according to Renee. If it was real, she'd be in a much better place. Renee reads excerpts from her novel, and it's dirty, which is good, right? Her publisher is hosting a launch party for her. That is apparently what reality stars do.
In Philly, Natalie Guercio is meeting with Alicia diMichele Garofalo to discuss Alicia's situation with her sentencing. She admits that she took off her wedding rings after hearing her husband's wire taps. She is ready for divorce, but she's terrified about her sentencing. Natalie is scared for her friend's future. Later, Ang and Drita are planning a one-on-one with Natalie at Ang's house to discuss Natalie's recent behavior. They are upset about Natalie's recent Twitter battle with Renee. Natalie believes that if Renee is able to dish it on social media, she should be able to take it. Drita and Ang wonder why Natalie felt the need to get involved in the first place. Has Natalie watched this show before? She should know better than to awaken the Twitter beast in Renee. The women warn Natalie play nice.
Mob Wives newbie Alicia deMichele Garofalo certainly started her reality career under different circumstances as she's awaiting sentencing for counts for fraud and embezzlement as the bookkeeper for her husband Eddie's crooked trucking company. We've watched as she's dealt with her husband going to jail and fearing for her three sons if she has the same future behind bars. Now, she's announcing plans to divorce Eddie…who she hasn't been with for years. Wow. I love the liberties that shows take with "reality"!
Speaking to Radar Online, Alicia reveals, “My husband and I aren’t together anymore. I’m filing for divorce within the next couple of months.”
Citing "just a lot of betrayal" and "too many [reasons] to mention" that factored into her decision to file for divorce, Alicia is more concerned about her sentencing than the end of her marriage. Eddie is currently serving his sentence in Brooklyn while Alicia awaits her fate. She laments, “At the end of the day, I could be taken away from my children. I don’t know what’s worse than that.”