According to a new report, not all reality stars are raking in the dough when it comes to their books.
The HollywoodReporter reported last week that Bethenny Frankelis the most successful of them all. Not only did she sell her Skinnygirl alcohol line for $120 million, but both of her first two books – which made the New York Bestseller list – sold a combined total of 480,000 copies!
New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice’s first cookbook – Skinny Italian – was also a hit as she sold over 100,000 copies.
Other Bravo housewives didn’t have as much luck starting with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes whose memoir ‘Never Make the Same Mistake Twice‘ flopped pretty badly. Nene’s book sold 10,000 copies according to the Perez Hilton blog.
Also flopping were Jill Zarin andDanielle Staub, as their books reportedly sold fewer than 10,000 copies each. The Jersey Shore reality stars didn’t fare much better as Snooki’s book sold 35,000 copies with The Situation’s book only selling 15,000 copies.
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Kim, who is expecting child #3 with NFL player beau Kroy Beirmann, is said to have had an “extravagant” baby shower according to the TalkingWithTami blog. She wore a Rafael Cennamo dress with Guiseppe Stilettos at the baby shower which took place at the Grand Atrium in downtown Atlanta.
In attendance were Kim’s costarsKandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and her hubbyApollo Nida, Kim’s assistant Sweetie Hughes. Also in attendance but not pictured were Sheree Whitfield and Cynthia Bailey. Not in attendance of course was Kim’s frenemy Nene Leakes who publicly stated last month that she is “not interested in seeing the baby, and I have no plans to send a gift.”
As for Kim, it seems she is unhappy with the release of these photos as she tweeted yesterday, “Wow I invite a “friend” to the shower and she releases pics to the press!! Unreal! Several others cud of but haven’t.”
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This apparently led to some whispers and gossip by some of the Bravo housewives. A source overheard one star hiss, “It takes a village to raise a child,” citing the entourage around Padma’s dressing area playing with her 14-month-old daughter, Krishna.
A witness said, “They took all of the women’s bags that had been left in a dressing room and threw them into a hallway so Padma could sit separately with her baby in between shoots.”
Top Chef judge Gail Simmons however comes to Padma’s defense. “We didn’t know a lot of the women [who were there]. It’s not like we work together on a regular basis. I met a lot of people on the set for the first time,” said Gail. “It’s not like we’re holding hands and singing ‘Kumbaya.’”
Gail added, “I don’t think I spoke to most people, either. You are there to do a job. She [Padma] was with her child. I would think that anyone could understand that, and she’s still nursing, which is also not a public thing to do. What’s there to complain about? It’s not high school. We’re all professionals.” Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti added, “We all thought her baby was beautiful.”
A rep for Bravo tells the Post there were no designated dressing rooms. And Padma’s rep sniped, “I think this is a nonsensical item from a ‘Housewife’ who is jealous. It’s going to make Padma look bad, and it’s just not true . . . she didn’t get any special treatment.” Meow!
No word yet on how this article made it’s way to the Post though oddly enough one of the above names has a show debuting tonight on Bravo.
Days after Bravo confirmed the Real Housewives of Atlanta will be returning for a 4th season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is now reporting all six of the housewives will be returning!
According to the AJC, Nene Leakes, Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey will be back next season despite Nene’s public statements about having major doubts regarding coming back to the show.
The site also adds that Bravo has no plans to add a new housewife to the cast, a first in the franchise’s history. As we have reported, the Atlanta housewives are Bravo’s most successful franchise, averaging close to 3 million viewers an episode for their last season.
Filming is slated to begin later this month.
In other news, RadarOnline is reporting that Nene Leakes might be addicted to plastic surgery. Despite having had liposuction done on her thighs, hips and stomach, Nene is apparently willing to go back under the knife to get a flatter stomach.
“NeNe is determined to have a flatter tummy and she intends to have more liposuction done so she looks her very best this summer,” a source tells Radar. “Her friends are worried that she has become too obsessed with plastic surgery and have warned her about the dangers, but she just wants to be the best image of herself that she can be.”
Nene, 41, is reportedly very insecure about her looks “despite being loud and over-confident in public” says the source. “She has always wanted to be famous and now that she is those insecurities have been heightened for her to look perfect.”
Since becoming famous, Radar reports the 6 ft tall Nene has had several procedures done including a nose job, breast reduction and lift, liposuction on her tummy, thighs and hips plus new veneers on her teeth.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALL THE ATLANTA HOUSEWIVES RETURNING? DID YOU WANT TO SEE ANYONE LEAVE? PLUS DO YOU THINK NENE IS ADDICTED TO PLASTIC SURGERY?
If you thought that whole Nene Leakesand Kim Zolciakfeud was over, you know, being that their reality show is currently off the air, well think again.
That beef got reignited this week as Kim graces the latest cover of Life & Style magazine under the heading of “Baby Drama.” It seems Kim’s baby drama has to do with her Real Housewives of Atlanta castmate and former BFF Nene, who had some not so nice things to say about her to the mag.
“I’m not interested in seeing the baby, and I have no plans to send a gift,” Nene tells Life & Style of Kim’s baby, due in June. “Absolutely no plans at all,” added the Nene.
Meanwhile, Kim is still very upset at Nene for both accusing her of treating her assistant Sweetie Hughes like a slave and then calling Sweetie a slave to her face.
Plus back on Feb. 16, a “Free Sweetie” campaign was launched after Nene called in to Rickey Smiley’s Atlanta radio show. “To have all these T- shirts and posters being made, it’s disgusting,” Kim tells Life & Style. “NeNe has problems. I never want to speak to her again.”
That feeling is mutual with the Nene, who Life & Style describes as still being “extremely angry,” as she had more words for Kim. “She’s a big, big liar, and I have a problem with liars,” NeNe tells Life & Style.
As if the national magazine cover story wasn’t enough, the ladies took their beef to the twitter.
Nene fired the first shots when she tweeted on Wednesday morning. “U know these chicks gotta get press somehow so what better way than 2 call my name because nobody is calling theirs!” wrote Nene, having spent the past two months talking aboutStar Jones to the press. “My life is EVERYTHING right now so please don’t bring these negative, miserable pretending 2 b happy people comments 2 my timeline!” added Nene. Life must be tough when you’re always the victim.
Kim’s response you ask? She tweeted a link to the Life & Style story and then added “I want her to say what I have EVER lied about! Lmao! She can’t! Nice try #peoplecanttakeitwhenothersarehappy.”
And finally, we reported two weeks ago that Kim and her NFL player baby’s daddy in waiting Kroy Biermann were looking to purchase a $3.25 million mansion. In fact, the two even put in an offer on the 11,000 sq. ft. mansion in Duluth, Georgia. Well it seems that offer did not go through as the AJC reports the couple is now in talks to lease the same property.
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“Laying out @ the pool doing me! Just fabulous hunni,” tweeted Nene yesterday, the same day the above photo and many others below were taken.
Nene was photographed in a teeny neon yellow bikini top, playing with an ipad and reading magazines. She later caught up with Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams yesterday night during which they both hung out. All of the photos are below.
Meanwhile,Star Jones appeared on the Wendy Williams Show this Friday during which she touched on the Nene feud. At first, Star appeared to take the high road. “I am an educated African American woman I am not going to lower myself. Period. Bar none,” stated Star.
Following further grilling by host Wendy, Star then added, “Did I sleep with her and forget to call the next day? Because I am starting to feel that way. Have you ever had an experience where someone talks about you again and again and again?”
Moving on to the Celebrity Apprentice as a new episode airs tonight on NBC at 9/8c.
On the fourth episode this season titled “Off the Hook,” the star contestants answer the call to produce a 30-second video for a video-phone product. While one team works on a tender ad that tugs at emotions, the other team creates a video loaded with controversy. Both Nene Leakes and Lil Jon will serve as project managers for their teams.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON NENE’S PHOTOS, STAR’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S CELEBRITY APPRENTICE?
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According to Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development aka Andy Cohen, the Real Housewives of Miami is the end of additional cities to the successful reality series.
When asked about which city he would look to next to find more housewives by OK! magazine, Andy replied, “I really feel like we’re done.” When further pressed on if Miami is the last stop on the Housewives spinoffs? Andy answered, “Yeah.”
And when it comes to other housewives getting their own Bravo spinoff shows a la Bethenny Frankel, Andy reveals that is very unlikely. “I think they’re all good where they are,” he stated.
This comes as no surprise following the lackluster ratings and reviews of the Miami franchise. The show has averaged a dismal 1.18 million viewers over the first 3 episodes.
While ending the addition of new franchises might be best, we are a little disappointed we will never get to see a Real Housewives of Dallas. That would have been all kinds of awesomeness no?
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Everybody knows Phaedra Parks is more than just your typical Bravo housewife. After all, the 38-year-old attorney is also a full time southern belle and a self proclaimed connoisseur of finer foods.
And in a new interview with RadarOnline, theReal Housewives of Atlantastar reveals she is working on writing a book while also developing a number of reality shows.
So what will Phaedra’s book entail? “It’s about being a southern belle and all the accoutrements that go with it,” Phaedra reveals. “It’s a modern day twist on etiquette and being a lady. And it’s alright for women to embrace their ladylike side.”
“It’s high time that women start enjoying being ladies again. People have moved away from that,” adds Phaedra of the book which is expected to be released by the end of summer or early fall. “I want to give my tips,” she says. “So many people over the years have asked me about how to have it all without losing yourself.”
Meanwhile, Phaedra is also busy pitching three new reality shows which she describes as being “empowering.”
“The first show is a docudrama and will take a group of women and empower them,” she says. “The second show is more of a documentary that deals with serious issues of dating. And the third show is more fun and lighthearted focusing on alternative lifestyles.”