According to E! News, LuAnn has already written and recorded a song titled “Money Can’t Buy Class,” a dance song inspired by her memoir/etiquette book Class With the Countess. LuAnn is however claiming she isn’t taking the singing thing too seriously, “I’m not trying to be Madonna, but I love to sing, and I can sing,” she says. “I sing all the time for my friends.”
So who would the Countess like to duet with? You will be surpised by LuAnn’s answer – “I want to work with Akon,” she said. “I love Akon. I saw him perform at the Apollo Theater. I took my daughter to see him because she’s such a huge fan, and I realized how great he was.”
When asked if a duet with Atlanta housewife Kim Zolciak is in the future, the Countess gave a somewhat polite answer. “I can’t see myself teaming up with her for a duet,” LuAnn said. “I think I’m going to fly solo for the moment.”
LuAnna also reveals she is dating again after her highly publicized split from husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps, who left her for an Ethopian princess last year. “I’m going slowly, but I’m very happy,” she said. “I’m finally ready to move forward. It’s taken a long time, and I’ve been through a lot, but I have been dating.”
She confirms some of her dating escapades will make it on to the 3rd season of the Real Housewives of New York City.
With the huge success of their Housewives‘ franchises, Bravo has decided to increase their reality programming by 20% in 2010. They announced their latest upcoming shows in a recent press release.
Coming this year is Bethenny Frankel’s new show titled Bethenny’s Getting Married? Interesting title to say the least. Also returning is Patti Stanger’s Millionaire Matchmakerand Rachel Zoe’s The Rachel Zoe Project.
More information on the shows and their premier dates below -
Bethenny’s Getting Married? – As one of the breakout characters of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel has shared her social life with millions, and in her new docu-series fans will get an up close and personal look at her career. Viewers will follow the outspoken New York City socialite as she juggles her happy love life, plans a wedding and prepares for baby while managing her insanely busy schedule and career as a natural foods chef.
The Millionaire Matchmaker – Premieres Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT “The Millionaire Matchmaker” follows Patti Stanger and her dogged staff as they give their big-bucks clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists. In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up on dates hand-picked by Stanger based upon their beauty and intelligence. In the series’ third season, Stanger will stop at nothing to build her matchmaking empire – her business is flourishing, she has a successful book under her belt and is now hosting her own radio advice show.
The Rachel Zoe Project - The hottest stylist in Hollywood is back and offers an all access pass to fabulous fashion as “The Rachel Zoe Project” returns for a third season. The fashion-forward docu-drama delves further into the inner workings of Team Zoe as they jet from coast to coast attending store openings, fashion weeks around the world, and laboring to find the perfect gowns to adorn the red carpet during award season. This season Rachel parts ways with longtime employee and friend Taylor and Rachel and Brad welcome a new member to Team Zoe..
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List - Returning for a sixth season of unpredictable hilarity is the two-time Emmy award-winning. Griffin has also signed on for two new stand-up comedy specials in 2010 with the network.
Flipping Out – The fourth season of Bravo’s popular docu-series “Flipping Out” returns with everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper, Jeff Lewis. Lewis makes his living with the help of a group of diverse and often disgruntled employees he counts as friends. These include his incredibly patient assistant Jenni Pulos, who still dreams of making it as an actress, despite seven years at Jeff’s side, and his beloved housekeeper Zoila.
Top Chef: Just Desserts - Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will serve as host of the network’s newest culinary competition series “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” a spin-off of the popular Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning franchise “Top Chef.” The series, produced by the Magical Elves, will consist of pastry chefs competing against one another in a series of challenges.
The Real Housewives of New York City – The anticipated third season premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Top Chef Masters - The second season of Bravo’s successful culinary spin-off premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular 10 p.m. time period on April 14.
Thintervention with Jackie Warner – An emotional new docu-series inspired by renowned fitness expert Jackie Warner’s life mission to change lives through healthy habits, “Thintervention” will give viewers an even closer look at what Warner does best – kick butt and inspire drastic lifestyle changes for her overweight clients who are struggling to lose weight and get healthy for good.
Shear Genius – Premieres Wednesday, February 3 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Bravo’s creative hair-styling competition series “Shear Genius” is back for its third season with a whole new look. International model and handbag designer Camila Alves makes her hosting debut alongside new series judge Jonathan Antin, celebrity stylist and former star of Bravo’s hit series “Blow Out.” Famed stylist Kim Vo returns as a judge for his second season, and new to the series, accomplished stylist Orlando Pita adds his voice of expertise as mentor to the contestants.
Happy New Years to you all! Some of our favorite Bravo housewives made sure to ring 2010 in style by hosting New Year parties! New Jersey housewife Danielle Staub hosted a party at the China Club in New York City. NYC housewife Kelly Bensimon also hosted a party of hers at Guastavino’s in NYC as well. You can see more photos of the duo below.
In other news, some of the housewives recently got together to do a photoshoot for PEOPLE magazine. No word yet on when they will be appearing in the mag. A behind the scenes photo is below –
From L to R: Nene Leakes, Caroline Manzo, Gretchen Rossi & Kelly Bensimon
Is Tamra Barney a grandma? There are rumors floating around that the self professed “hottest housewife” on the block might have become a grandmother. Allegedly Tamra’s son,Ryan Vieth posted some information on his facebook about his one month old daughter named Dakota Vieth. Perhaps someone with access to Ryan’s page can confirm this for us.
Gretchen Rossi also recently took to her facebook fanpage to post a photo of her shooting a commercial for TurboTax, not sure what the correlation is between Gretchen & taxes but a behind the scenes photo is below.
Bethenny discussed the rather controversial nude picture she took for PETA. She had been criticized for saying little to no airbrushing was done, when the actual before and after photo showed a lot of airbrushing. “There was a rogue boob they took out,” Bethenny told TODAY’s Matt Lauer of the photo, which was taken when she was pregnant. “It’s a little airbrushed, but the truth is, here it is. I don’t care.”
She continued, “It wasn’t like I was posing for a fitness video or I was trying to be a model. It was about not wearing fur, which I’m really passionate about.”
When asked about her pregnancy and wedding plans to fiance,Jason Hoppy, Bethenny told Lauer she’s too busy thinking about her baby to plan a wedding. She is due in June 2010 by the way. Bethenny also said that people might have to change how they view her once she becomes a mom. “I think people think I’m a little abrasive,” she said. “It’s going to be hard for people to imagine me being soft and cuddly with a little, cute pink baby.”
Bethenny who just wrapped up filming the 3rd season of the Real NYC Housewives has been given her own reality show on Bravo. The show is currently in production, but according to Bethenny, she might still return for a 4th season of the NYC Housewives. “Who knows if I’ll be on ‘Housewives’?” she told Lauer. “This season is so incredible, it’s nice to leave the part at full-tilt.”
After Bethenny blasted housewife costar Jill Zarin for wearing fur, Jill responded by tweeting, “I wouldn’t throw stones at glass houses, my love.” Sources believe Jill could be referring to Bethenny’s new cookbook that’s full of chicken recipes. A source wondered, “How can someone who encourages people to buy and eat chicken be a pioneer against animal cruelty?”
However, PETA’s Michael McGraw cameto Bethenny’s rescue and hassaid: “Bethenny is not a vegan and never claimed to be. She has, however, brought much-needed attention to PETA’s anti-fur campaign.” Another housewife that has beef with Bethenny is Real Housewife of New Jersey,Teresa Guidice. After Bethenny’s informed us she was pregnant when the ad was shot and claims there was little airbrushing, Teresa responded by saying, “Someone tell Bethenny that sperm does not make you look fat. I’m not buying the airbrushing thing in any case.”
In other housewife news, Kelly Bensimon is also getting in on the fur discussion. She asked on Twitter why she shouldn’t wear fur and she wants the cold, hard facts. “Fur really gets u guys fired up. Let’s talk facts, not emotion. Tell me factually why peeps shouldn’t wear fur. I want to know, facts only.”
The third season of The Real Housewives of NYC has yet to air, but judging from the recent events that have taken place in past months, it’s safe to say this will be a drama filled season.
“The minute I can, I will call you and give you all the dirt,” says housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon in a recent interview. “I promise I will give you everything. I’m going to be much more talkative in the press this season than I was last season.”
When asked if she had gotten her fellow housewife Bethenny Frankel — who is four months pregnant — a baby gift, Kelly said “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, they’re friends.’ ” Kelly explains, “No, we’re just on a TV show together. So it’s not appropriate for me to give her a gift.” (Kelly also says she doesn’t like giving baby gifts until the baby is born.)
So much for the alleged truce that had been called between the two, as they constantly feuded during the last season. Kelly is also working on repairing her tarnished reputation which she feels has been unfairly trashed on- and off-camera. She however insists that has nothing to do with her recent charity work, as she and Jill Zarin helped serve meals at the Food Bank’s soup kitchen in NYC.
According to UsWeekly, Bethenny is sharing the untouched version of her picture in an attempt to prove she was not heavily airbrushed, as claimed by others including fellow housewife, Teresa Giudice, who recently slammed her. “Everything I’m about is being honest and being upfront,” Bethenny, 39, tells UsMagazine. “So if people are talking and saying [the photo] was airbrushed…then, you know what? Here’s the picture. Have it your way.”
Bethenny who is now four months pregnant with her first child adds that she would “never, ever allow them to put up a billboard that was really far from the truth.”
When asked about her pregnancy, Bethenny says — “It’s been great. I haven’t been particularly nauseous, and I get a decent night’s sleep, which is refreshing. My boobs are big, but other than that, nothing’s crazy.” She also reveals she and fiance, Jason Hoppy, are putting off their wedding until after she gets through her pregnancy and upcoming book tour.
Perhaps it’s just me, but umm doesn’t the untouched version of the pic prove that it was indeed heavily airbrushed?
Real Housewives of New Yorkstar, Bethenny Frankel is four months pregnant and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to shooting The Real Housewives of New York City series, she just completed the filming of her first exercise DVD. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also planning a book tour to promote her new book, The Skinnygirl Dish. In a recent interview with Life & Style, Bethenny reveals her pregnancy bump and talks of the excitement of being an expecting mom.
Below are excerpts from Bethenny’s interview:
L&S: Congratulations! Are you super excited?
Bethenny: I’m really excited. I’m starting to show a little bit. I don’t fit in my pants — it’s very liberating. Now I believe that I’m pregnant.
L&S: Have you gained a lot of weight?
Bethenny: Five or 6 pounds, but they’re right in my stomach. A lot of people think being pregnant is one giant binge, but you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. I’m not changing the way I eat. If I eat chocolate cake at lunch, I try not to have it after dinner. By no means is it dieting, but I’m trying to maintain some sort of balance because I’ll have to deal with it later. I’m actually thinking of writing a pregnancy book. There’s no reason to gain 75 pounds.
L&S: Do you feel like this is a miracle baby?
Bethenny: Absolutely a miracle. I’m not young, and I run around like a maniac. I always wanted to have kids, but I thought I’d wind up adopting or freezing my eggs. I didn’t think it would just happen at my age. Did I plan the pregnancy? No. Did I want it? Yes. I felt like there was something huge missing in my life that I hadn’t experienced yet.