TLC’s juggernaut of a reality TV series, 90 Day Fiance, is the beautiful gift that keeps on giving. (If by beautiful gift, we mean horrific, bloody, no-survivors trainwreck.) And one of the ill-fated couples that has everyone scratching their heads this season comes in the form of Jorge, a “legal” marijuana distributor in LA, and Anfisa, his Russian mail order bride fiance.
Anfisa has become somewhat of a reality TV anomaly, in that she is NOT playing any head games with the so-called love of her life. Her demands for a $10K monthly allowance and a $45K wedding gown – not to mention the $70K Jorge has already spent on her – are clear, concise, and served up straight. As for Jorge, he seems up for the frank negotiation, if it includes making Anfisa his wife at the end of their 90-day K1 Visa term, which dictates that a couple must marry lest the foreign-born partner be returned to their homeland.
But, let’s start on a positive note! Even though they’ve butted heads on more than one occasion over the years, Christy says she’ll always have a true friend in Tonya Banks. “I think with Tonya nothing would really tear us a part. Tonya’s really solid. I am solid and we’re really solid in ourselves. And, so we know if something … goes on that day, she knows to call me, I know to call her, and we’re cool,” says Christy.
Who’s more important in her own mind than the President of the United States? Kim Kardashian, that’s who! The reality and social media star is taking major steps to beef up her security after a robbery in Paris left her bound, gagged, and minus some serious jewelry – but ultimately unharmed (at least physically).
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, along with her entire Kardashian family, is taking the Paris incident seriously, which is to be expected. But her latest move to hire former Secret Service agents is leading some to wonder: Is this, perhaps, going a bit too far?
Lisa Vanderpump is one of a handful of Bravo Housewives who has staying power in this sometimes precarious industry. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star recently shared her feelings on what it means to be a reality ‘star,’ including how she initially got into the world of warring Housewives, and how she has navigated its rocky waters since.
Part of Lisa’s appeal is her depth. Lisa is not merely a “housewife” who cameras follow around for dramatic purposes; she’s also a long time business woman, brand builder, and activist for animal rights and the LGBT community. The restaurateur and humanitarian seems to understand something that many of the other Bravo Housewives (96 in total since the franchise’s inception ten years ago) often do not: Audiences stick with the person, not the persona.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell‘s spinoff Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After premieres this week. “Ben and Lauren are the biggest ‘Bachelor’ couple of the last ten years,” shared the network. “Their romance captured everyone’s attention, and we are delighted to continue their story on Freeform.”
Check out the reality TV listings list, which includes the Watch What Happens Live guests for the week, and let us know what you plan to watch.
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In photos today we have: Jill Zarin celebrated the 80th anniversary of Zarin Fabrics with a party held at Zarin Fabrics. Kristen Taekman and Kelly Bensimon showed up to celebrate with her. Also, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West headed back to L.A. with their two kids. Their 3 month “lease” on their NYC apartment (provided for free by Airbnb) was up this week. We also have Bethenny Frankel, Val Chmerkovskiy, Kyle Richards, and more!
Kate especially loved seeing friend and coworker Ben Robinson star in the crossover series, especially enjoying his prowess with the ladies. She jokes, “I was just talking to Ben two days ago and said, ‘You know, [the] next season you do, you need to go for [hooking up with] three cast members in one season – like the Ben Grand Slam.”
After Jacqueline called Teresa the “C” word at their last dinner in Vermont together, Teresa says she doesn’t even recognize her old friend. “She’s just not the Jacqueline that I know. The Jacqueline I know didn’t act that way.”