Reality Tea

NeNe and Gregg Leakes shopping in Soho

Well, that's an hour of my life I won't get back.  NeNe Leakes headed off to NYC this week, ditching a radio interview that was supposed to be about last week's Real Housewives of Atlanta episode featuring Kenya Moore's charity event, so she could spill this "hot tea" on The View instead. So we tuned in.  Mistake. 

They start off asking NeNe to weigh in on Mama Joyce and Kandi Burruss and Todd, since they were on the show yesterday.  When asked what she thinks about the drama between the three, she says, "nothing".  When prodded if Mama Joyce should let go and let Kandi make her own mistakes, NeNe will only say "She should let Kandi make her mistakes". 

On to the charity event.  Whoopi asks, "So it's a charity event in your honor? When did you find out about this?"  NeNe replies, "I heard through the girls that there was going to be a charity event in my honor. I happen to be a big supporter of Saving Our Daughters, women of domestic abuse and all those things.  I heard about it the night before from Kenya.  I felt like if you're gonna honor someone, you should at least call them up and say "hey, I would like to honor you, are you available on this date?" 

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This week's reality TV viewer numbers were all over the place. On Sunday, just over four million viewers watched Kenya's charity ball for Saving our Daughters on Real Housewives of Atlanta. That is a considerable drop from last week's record breaking 4.638 million but still above this season's average. 

The commitment ceremony nonsense on Sister Wives is not holding viewers' attention.  Only 1.825 million bothered to watch this week – down almost 600K since the premiere. Keeping Up with the Kardashians scored big this week with 2.574 million tuning in to see Kanye propose to Kimmy. Sweet. Now let's send these two to the moon. Forever.

On Monday,  1.952 million viewers tuned in for the season three premiere of Basketball Wives L.A. Meanwhile, both Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (1.711) and Vanderpump Rules (1.780) lost a lot of viewers this week – but Vanderpump Rules came out on top again.

On Tuesday, part one of the Shahs of Sunset reunion garnered 1.151 million, which is a drop from last week. The trainwreck that is Dance Moms these days logged just over two million viewers this week. Forever ruling the night is Teen Mom 2 – and 2.403 million heads exploded after Jenelle and Nathan decided that they were in a good place and want to make a baby.

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A Night Under The Stars Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research

Man is Kim D swimming in the lawsuits lately!

First the erstwhile hair stylist and jeweler behind Cuffs by Kim D got sued by Johnny Karagiorgis over the Posche 2 brawl (which was in part to support her jewelry line) and now she's being sued by a jeweler and accused of ripping off his designs. 

According the suit a well-known New Jersey jeweler Constantino Frangopolous and Kim struck a deal with the devil: he would design pieces for her to wear on Real Housewives of New Jersey and she in turn would promote his pieces on the show. 

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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.  

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I bet Saving Our Daughters is sorry they ever allowed their charity to be the focus of a masquerade benefit held by Kenya Moore on this season's Real Housewives of Atlanta.  The aftermath of the charity event gets messier by the day.  There seems to be no clear answer as to how much was donated and by whom.  And the organization itself has come under scrutiny as it has been touting itself as a 501(c)3 charity when that exempt status was revoked by the IRS last year.  

Saving Our Daughters released another statement yesterday to try to explain why they lost their tax exempt status and how they're working to rectify it.  I'd like to note here that they removed their previous statement about the event from their website.

The chairman writes, "Saving Our Daughters’ has been a non-profit since 1997 and received its 501 C-3 in 1998.  Many people are aware that in 2009 the founder of the organization, Curtis Benjamin, youngest daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor that required immediate chemotherapy and radiation in Atlanta. During this time, all of Mr. Benjamin’s time and energy was solely dedicated to his daughter and family. After 2 1/2 years of battling this disease, Iliss Marie Benjamin died in 2011, one month before her 13th birthday." 

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70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Beverly Hills, California

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Alexis Bellino at MAGIC Market Week Las Vegas

It's that time of the week again!  Our favorite reality stars sniffed out the cameras again this week! 

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick grabbed dinner at Casa Vega, Trista Sutter attended an event for Viva, and Rachel Zoe had dinner with her son Skyler.  Khloe Kardashian bowled for charity while Joyce Giraud shopped with husband Michael Ohoven.

Vanderpump Rules star Sheana Marie and fiance Shay enjoyed a romantic Valentine's weekend getaway.  NeNe Leakes hung out in Miami with Marysol Patton and Alexia Echevarria at Seasalt & Pepper restaurant. 

Kendall Jenner hit the runway in London, Lisa Vanderpump ran errands in Beverly Hills, and Kim Kardashian stepped out in all white.  See the gallery below for all the pics!

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Our hearts truly go out to Shayne Lamas and Nik Richie. The couple suffered a miscarriage and Shayne remains in the hospital after an emergency surgery. 

Shayne revealed in a statement today that the child she was carrying was a boy. "In loving memory of my son, Rex Jagger Lamas-Richie," and urged fans to donate blood, "To everyone out there, please donate blood. You can save a life like mine."
 
The former Couples Therapy star also thanked fans for their love and support and reassured them that despite a Valentine's Day setback, she is on the path to recovery. "Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I've cried reading the expression of generosity and warmth from everyone," Shayne shared with Us Weekly. "I'm out of ICU at Mission Viejo Hospital. I cannot thank the medical staff here enough for not giving up on me."

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