Oh, Jersey Shore, I love when you give the viewers a drama-free episode, filled with drunken stupidity, bunny costumes, and Pauly D one-liners. I love it even more when you try to hide a public service announcement about the importance of watercraft safety into said episode. We’re listening, MTV, and we’ll wear life jackets if we’re ever unfortunate enough to find ourselves in a deflating raft with Snooki at the helm. You may have saved lives. #themoreyouknow
The fight that started to transpire at the end of the last episode ends very anticlimactically. The dude who pulled down Jenni’snapkin dress gets kicked out of the club. As Rawn opines, “You either leave Karma or you get kicked out of Karma. And if you mess with Rog’s girl, you’re going to get messed up…because that is Karma.” I am so glad he understands the phrase! Back at the house, all Snooki want to do is “get it in” (I can’t believe I just typed that!), but he’s vomiting. JWoww hauls Roger off to the smush room, but is called away to do her dooty duty. Ronnie hates that Roger never gets to hang out, and he helps Roger escape to the deck while Jenni’s in the ladies’ room.
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I will never forgive Kim Zolciak from depriving us of her presence during the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s trip to Africa, where they pledged to be nice after visiting an orphanage, and then followed that up with endless arguments about nothing.
It would have been truly hilarious to see Kim in that environment, away from her suburban bubble of Bentleys, fat-sucking lasers, and chain restaurants. But, alas, Kim passed on the trip, and a few people have accused the sole white lady on the cast of being racist and not wanting to go to Africa.
On her recent Bravo blog, former musical partner Kandi Burruss does not back down, making it clear she still believes Kim would NOT have wanted to visit the orphanage:
“First off, I do not think Kim would have gone to Africa, even if she hadn’t just had the baby, and I don’t see her spending time at an orphanage, especially not the one we went to in Africa.As for me saying I don’t see her at the orphanage, no I don’t. She may disagree, but that’s my opinion. I just don’t see her being the type to be there. Not that Kim wouldn’t help. I think she would help with giving donations to get them what they need, but I don’t see her doing physical help.”
Kandi also thinks it was simply a matter of Kim wanting to avoid being around Nene Leakes. That’s certainly understandable since the women’s feud has gotten rather ugly on several occasions.
“Kim has been avoiding NeNe for over a year. It would have taken a million dollars to get her to come on a trip where she was stuck for a whole week in close proximity to NeNe. On top of that she hates long flights.”
The supremely lazy Kim might be type to send a check and return to the hotel for a much-needed spa day, but she begs to differ in her Bravo blog, and says she doesn’t mind dirt, or holding children of any race:
“Cynthiaand Kandi seemed to think I wouldn’t attend the Africa trip because NeNe would stop me and I wouldn’t want to hold African children. Although Cynthia made the initial comment, Kandi co-signed, so she’s just as guilty in my eyes. You are supposed to be my friend, why are you agreeing with a hater? If Kandi believes I wouldn’t go to an African orphanage, then she doesn’t truly know me. I love children and always have. I love to take care of people, which is why I went to nursing school.
Kandi says I am germaphobic, and yes, I like my house clean, and no, I didn’t want people around KJ his first few months, etc. But let’s be honest, as a nurse I have wiped many asses in my time, suctioned people, and held a basin when they were vomiting, so forgive me for being educated on all the germs that are out there, but there is nothing that a little hand washing can’t fix. “Germs” have never prevented me from holding a sick child, an adult’s hand, or walking into a less that sanitary place. End of story.”
Fans may recall the time that Kim said she would “shovel shit” for her daughters if she ever lost her ATM, otherwise known as Big Poppa, so she may be on to something. Kim also addresses Nene’s comments that she is too superficial to take on such a charitable task:
“NeNe mentioned that I am materialistic and superficial, which I found funny coming from someone who says she is “very rich.” I love my Louis Vuitton, I love my YSL, and I will STILL die in Dior, but never have I boasted and made displays of my items in hotel rooms. I am very blessed and grateful to have what I have. I never take my things for granted, or the things I’ve been granted will get taken away.”
We have to give a point to the Zolciak for this. None of the Atlanta cast members have ever been able to go very long without mentioning clothing labels or money, with perhaps the exception of Kandi, who has always been a bit more grounded. But none of these ladies have ever shown up ANYWHERE in just a pair of worn Old Navy yoga pants and a Target tank top – know what I mean? Speaking of label-whores, Kandi also mentions Marlo in her blog post, and her discomfort at her constant braying of her expensive wardrobe (earned with a paycheck that came straight from the heavens if we are to believe her):
“I think for the most part Marlo is a nice person, and yes, I think she’s fashionable, but I just don’t like being around people who constantly boast and brag about what they have. At a certain point people will only notice you for what they can see on the surface, if that’s all you seem to offer. I think Marlo has an incredible closet full of beautiful clothes and shoes, but the constant talk about them I can do without.”
Back to the topic of the Wigged One, Kim, the final question is, is she in fact racist? Kim says she isn’t and that if she was, she would not be on this show:
In my eyes children in need are children in need. I have said this before, and I will say it till I die, I DON’T SEE COLOR, not with women, men, children, or adults. What they said was ignorant and rude. I do not need to explain that I am not a racist, because the people who know me know my heart.
I embrace all races, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be a cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Need I say more?
My feelings are that Kim is completely checked out of this show, and didn’t see any personal benefit to going on the Africa trip. She’s consistently missed group events throughout the seasons, and the one housewife vacation she went on last season was to visit one of her boyfriends. With Kim, sticking to the surface answer is probably the closest to the truth.
TELL US: WHY DO YOU THINK KIM SKIPPED OUT ON THE TRIP TO AFRICA? DO YOU THINK SHE IS TOO SELFISH TO HAVE GONE TO THE ORPHANAGE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OTHER CAST MATE’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER?
In today’s Mob Wives update, the castmate everyone seems to love to hate, Karen Gravano gave an interview to the Huffingtonpost.com about her new book, Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me!
During her chat, she opens up about the drama on the show, her take on what she calls “the lifestyle,” and the rift between her and father due to her involvement with the VH1 hit.
Why did you decide to write this book?
I just felt like my life came completely full circle and I realized why everything happened. I realized who we are as a family. I realized who my father was. I understand why he got into the lifestyle he did. For a long time, I didn’t understand why he cooperated [with the authorities].
You write that you were furious that your dad cooperated with the police.
All my life I was taught that it was something you never do. I was thinking, “That’s something you taught me all my life not to do. Why are you doing it?” When we grew up, in our circles, that was the worst thing you could do. It wasn’t like I had friends who had normal fathers. All my friends’ fathers were gangsters. Everyone I was around was into that life. When he did it, I knew people would turn their backs on us. I didn’t know [it would be] to the extent that they did. I felt like my whole life was over.
Why do you think he cooperated?
Because he felt that he was double-crossed. He heard the Gotti tapes and once he listened to those tapes he realized that John double-crossed him. His first initial thoughts were, “I’m going to fight my case and when I get out I’m going to kill him.” You know that’s how it’s done in that lifestyle. But then he felt disgusted by the whole lifestyle, so he decided to turn his back and walk away.
Do you think “Mob Wives” glamorizes the gangster lifestyle?
The show was pitched to me to show what the women go through, the struggle. All of us are single moms because our partners are in prison.
The show also focuses on a lot of bickering between the cast members.
That’s why my book is so important to me. Again, when you’re on a show and there’s four women, you’re kind of caught up in the situation. I’m definitely not saying it’s other people’s fault because I definitely contribute to a lot of the drama. I felt like I came home and got sucked into it. I’m sick of the bickering, it’s not who I am. For me, I can be that person, but I feel like my story is so much bigger than that and I feel like out of all the women on the show, my father, Sammy the Bull, he’s the biggest name. The show isn’t scripted by any means, but you realize there are cameras and you kind of get caught up in the moment. It’s all very new to me to talk about the lifestyle, admitting it. We never said the word “mob” growing up.
Does your dad like the show?
He definitely didn’t like the name, but after he started watching it, he realized it’s about the women, so he was okay with it. But now he’s like, “I hate the fighting, I hate the arguing, the cursing,” so I’ve also had to deal with that. My father is totally disgusted and hasn’t spoken to me over the show. Hopefully I can make up for it.
So, he’s not talking to you now?
He’s angry, [but] it’s not like we’re never going to talk again. He’s really pissed off about the show. So he doesn’t want to talk to me right now. He’s just mad. He doesn’t like watching the show. He doesn’t like the arguing, the cursing.
Don’t you want to say, “Who are you to give me etiquette lessons?”
No, even though he did that, he always wanted better for me. It’s not like he’s not talking to me because he doesn’t want anything ever to do with me. He feels like I’m bigger than that. It’s not that he’s saying it because he’s judging me; he’s saying it because he cares about me. It’s two different things.
In other Mob Wives news, everyone’s favorite addition Angela “Big Ang” Raiola is channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe on a recent photo shoot for NEXT Magazine. VH1 shares some of her best shots from the spread on its site. I could swear in the third picture she’s humming “Happy Birthday, Mr. President!” but I can’t be sure. Enjoy those pictures below!
WHAT DO THINK OF RENEE’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SHE’S ABOVE THE DRAMA? COMMENTS ON BIG ANG’S PICTORIAL?
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On last night’s episode of Project Runway All Stars the designers headed to the UN where flags of the world were their inspiration!
The designers, still mourning the farewell of Kara, meet Angela at the UN. She briefs them on what, exactly, the UN does, in case you are confused. Does the UN need some good PR or something? Anyways, she informs the designers their challenge will be to choose a flag from one of six countries representing various regions of the globe, and design a garment inspired by the culture of the chosen country. One more twist – they have to use the colors in the flag!
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Did anyone else totally forget about Kate Gosselin? Cause I know I did! Not to worry, she’s back and she’s reminding us that she’s here and she really isn’t getting enough attention!
Appearing on Dr. Drew‘s Lifechangers (exactly how many shows does this man have?), despite the rumors that she is dating bodyguard Steve Neild, Kate opened up about being single and ready to mingle! I hear Match.com is working for people, Kate! “I am lonely,” says the former Kate Plus 8 star. “I clean up the house, put kids to bed, and there I sit. Ideally I would find that person – I don’t know if I feel ready for that.”
Kate admits it’s really difficult to have a love life in between raising eight kids and talking about couponing. “The odds are so against me, one mom and eight kids,” Kate admits. “I think a lot of my friends, who are being constructive, say, ‘Gosh, who are you going to meet that is going to be able to deal with eight kids?’ My answer is always if they can deal with eight kids in our situation, it probably will be the person.”
While Kate’s love tank may be empty, she says things have improved with ex-husband and former nemesis, Jon Gosselin. The two are actually getting along! “He basically lives his life and I live mine. It’s more peaceful,” Kate revealed. “Possibly he’s working now and so he feels like he’s living a regular life again and maybe a little happier with himself, so that boils down to peace between us. The kids are now okay going there.”
“I feel like he’s trying again. That’s good. The bottom line is the kids come home basically happy and that’s all that matters,” Kate says of Jon’s recently improved parenting skills.
Why do I feel like a stint on Relationship Rehab is next for Kate?
Meanwhile, Jon, who recently split from his long-term girlfriend Ellen Ross, reveals he’s enjoying being a single dad! “Being a single dad with no interruptions has really brought me closer to my children: I really feel being a single dad has improved my self-awareness and well-being,” Jon tells Star Magazine.
And when it comes to possible trying the knot again in the future, Jon admits he’s nowhere ready for that. “I still have a lot of work to do on myself, and I am an extremely busy person, between work and the children,” he told Star. “My family is the most important thing in my life. I will strive to make it better for them every day.”
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DO YOU BELIEVE KATE IS LONELY OR JUST CRAVING THE SPOTLIGHT AGAIN? ARE YOU HAPPY KATE AND JON HAVE WORKED OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES AND ARE GETTING ALONG?
The good news? After spending close to two months in jail for violating her probation, via drug possession, the MTV reality star will finally be released today according to TMZ. The bad news? Amber was released because the halfway house, Sister 2 Sister Ministries, Amber was supposed to go to, has now refused to accept her.
Their reason? They apparently felt Amber, 21, is a handful and abhorred too much negative energy. This means for the time being, Amber is able to live with her grandparents… and continue to film for MTV’s Teen Mom.
Had Amber been accepted into the halfway house, she would be required to stay there for at least eight months, during which, she would also have to get a regular 9 – 5 job and would be unable to film for MTV.
“Amber is so happy and relieved that she won’t have to live at the halfway house,” her mother, Tonya Portwood, told E! News on Thursday. “And now she will get to spend more time with her daughter, which is what this was all about anyway.”
Amber is, however, not completely out of the woods yet or even close to it. Following her release today, she’ll be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. Plus, the judge is still requiring her to apply for residency at another halfway home, a process which could take months.
As reported earlier this week, despite stating last year that she no longer wanted to appear on Teen Mom, Amber has had a change of heart as sources close to her reveal she needs the MTV income after spending most of her money on legal fees. Amber will also be required to take regular drug tests while she lives with her grandparents.
Amber is still on probation for five years and on a suspended five year prison sentence, meaning any failed drug test or probation violation could lead to a five year stint in prison.
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TELL US – IS IT TIME FOR MTV TO CUT TIES WITH AMBER?
Also below, Taylor Armstrong signs copies of her tell-all book with her daughter in tow; Melissa Gorga walks the streets of NYC; Gretchen Rossi attends a fashion show with beau Slade Smiley;Alexis Bellino pictured at a NYC event; Bethenny Frankel pictured in NYC;Ramona Singer pictured with Top Chef’s Richard Blais; Kyle Richrds shops in Beverly Hills; Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen attend an event; Jill Zarin launches her shapewear line at Macy’s;and Phaedra Parks attends a fashion show in New York! Plus, photos of Kelly Bensimon, Brandi Glanville, Rachel Zoe& more!
Also below,Kim Kardashian and pimpmomager Kris Jenner do lunch; Renee Graziano steps out in Florida;Padma Lakshmi dons an interesting get up; Plus, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Aubrey O’Day and more!
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Wanna know what Donn Gunvalson does on the weekends? If you guessed ‘frequent raunchy sex clubs’, you guessed right! It was recently discovered that Vicki Gunvalson‘s long suffering soon-to-be-ex-husband Donn, is a lover of sex clubs. I guess Vicki’s not the only one whose love tank is full!
According to RadarOnline, Donn allegedly has an interest in sex of the public variety, and that he and his partner(s) like to frequent Freedom Acres swingers club in Devore, California! BWHAHA! Vicki loves to advertise that she has no freak number and insists she’s uncomfortable discussing sex – perhaps that’s why her love tank was running on empty all those years! Maybe she should’ve hit up the sex shop with Tammy Sue on the occasion.
A witness spotted Donn and an unidentified lady visiting the club. “I recognized him immediately, and once I started talking to him he introduced himself as Donn,” the insider reveals. Donn wasn’t just there to mingle, however. “He went to the back room with the woman he brought and they were engaged in public sex,” the witness describes.
Apparently, Donn visits Freedom Acres often, but he typically just has sex in public with the partner he brings along and refrains from any of the more risque ventures the club has to offer. “I’ve never seen him have sex with anyone other than who he brings,” the witness explains. “He just seems to really enjoy public sex and the vibe of the club.” In case you’re wondering, Freedom Acres also offers a pole dancing area, a place to view XXX movies and much, much more!
Donn was not available for comment when asked if he likes to do the dirty in public! Also, not commenting – Vicki, who is probably dying of humiliation right about now!
“I was not comfortable with this conversation. I barely knew these girls and they were talking about oral sex!!! I made a joke (“I’m married and I don’t have to do this anymore.”) in the hopes of shutting down the conversation, and Alexis jumps down my throat,” Heather explains.
“Then while painting, you ask me what my special gifts are, I answered the question (acting, singing, etc.), then you take me to task for it??? If you don’t want to know, don’t ask!,” Heather adds. Dang, she and Alexis are really not getting along! “Terry [Dubrow] walks in, and as usual, the talk turns to surgery. Yes Alexis, we know you don’t need the knowledge of plastic surgery, you have had enough procedures to know what he’s talking about.”
“Finally when Terry was making jokes about weddings and our marriage, I walked out of the room to shut it down. I didn’t guzzle a drink, I had the last sip of champagne in my glass, told Brian that Terry had gone cuckoo, then I came back and tried to regroup,” Heather insists. “I didn’t want to fight in front of new friends. That doesnt make me an actress, Alexis, it makes me an appropriate party hostess!”
And she has some advice for ol’ Alexis: “Bottom line: You just met me, lay off. If you have a real issue with me, then we can talk.” So when are these two going to catfight?
Alexis, of course, retaliated, saying Heather could have just “walked away” if she didn’t like the topic of conversation. Finally, it seems that the Alexis/Vicki friendship is legit – Vicki just posted a new photo of the two of them on her Facebook Page. The photo is below!
ARE YOU SURPRISED DONN WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT AT A SWINGERS CLUB? DO YOU BELIEVE HE WAS REALLY THERE? IS HEATHER OVER-REACTING TO ALEXIS?
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