PEOPLE doesn’t reveal when or how Snooki, 24, and Jionni got engaged, though Snooki seemed to be dropping hints when she spoke to the mag earlier this year. “I know he’s the one so I know the ring’s gonna come soon,” Snooki told PEOPLE on Jan. 12.
Moving on to Snooki’s douchebag ex Emilio Masella, who simply refuses to leave the public eye since his very brief relationship with the MTV reality star back in 2010.
The latest is a new interview he gave to TMZ, in which, he reveals he’s hoping Snooki will miscarry. Wowzers.
“I hope for her sake … not to be rude or anything … but I hope she has a miscarriage,” said Emilio.
Emilio adds that while he believes Snooki will be a good mother… eventually, he doesn’t think she’s ready for babies at the moment. “When I was with her, she said she wanted twins,” he reveals. “She would always say ‘Let’s have twins.’”
It gets even better, Emilio goes on to claim Snooki’s beau Jionni might not be the father of her baby, but rather one of her costars. “I would def recommend her to get a pregnancy test to see who the father is because I’m sure there are other subjects,” he says. “Vinny could easily be the father.” Must say, Emilio might want to think twice before wishing the next person a miscarriage, as that thing called karma is very real.
As reported last week, Snooki has inked a deal with UsWeekly to share her pregnancy bombshell and now likely her engagement news as well.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SNOOKI BEING PREGNANT AND ENGAGED? EMILIO’S COMMENTS – OUT OF LINE OR WAY OUT OF LINE?
The ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta return tonight, after taking Sunday off, last week. Of course, even after taking a short break, there is no break in the women discussing the recent drama on that never-ending trip to the Dark Continent.
Marlo tells the site, “I don’t think of her as a friend either. The only reason we communicate is because of NeNe [Leakes]. We don’t have anything in common except we’re both tall and pretty.” And they both have some healthy self-esteem, I’ll bet. Marlo, who describes the pair as “cordial,” admits she was disappointed that Cynthia joined the smalls in gossip, while the castmates were vacationing in South Africa.
“It did shock me that she was talking to them about me,” Marlo reveals. “When we were in Africa together, we did get along. We did talk.”
As viewers recall, Cynthia changed her tune about Marlo when the Neenster joined the group for lunch. Marlo continues, “When NeNe came back around, it was, ‘Oh, I love Marlo.’ She’s a little two-faced here.”
Marlo also discusses her role on the show, saying she knew from the start she wouldn’t be joining the cast as a main housewife. Marlo isn’t even married…although, let’s be honest, being an actual housewife has never been a prerequisite to starring in the franchise. Marlo says, “I knew I wasn’t going to be a housewife..I knew what my position was in the beginning.”
However, rumors are swirling that Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak will be getting her own Bethenny Frankel-style Bravo spin-off, leaving a vacancy in the cast. Marlo isn’t automatically assuming that she will fill that void, stating, “I gotta wait and see what God has planned.”
Also getting her own show is Kandi Burruss, whose show The Kandi Factory airs tonight at 10PM ET on Bravo. In an interview with DetroitNews.com, Kandi discusses her Bravo spinoff and her anger over Sheree’s two-faced actions in Africa!
First, Kandi explains why she decided to take a leap with her own show. “I don’t want people to get confused,” Kandi states. “I’m not a reality star, I’m a business and entertainment mogul who happens to be on a reality show. ‘The Kandi Factory’ will allow me to show peole what I really do. I love helping people and I love making hits.”
And when it comes to her drama with Sheree, Kandi reveals: “I was irritated when I watched the whole thing again.” She, however, adds that she and Sheree are still friends. “I’m not the kind of person who holds grudges,” Kandi says. “I was mad at Sheree for what she did but that’s not enough reason to cut her off and not be her friend.”
Moving on to Kim Zolciak, as things continue to go well for her and her new husband, Atlanta Falcon’s defensive end Kroy Biermann. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s online edition is reporting that the NFL player will likely sign a lucrative contract extension. Yesterday, an insider close to the negotiations stated that the re-signing was “imminent” and would likely happen within the next thirty-six hours.
Kroy was a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, and the source claims he wants to negotiate a three-year contract. The Falcons, however, would like to lock in his contract for up to four years. The good news for Kim Kroy, is that the deal will be worth between $10-12 million. That’s a lot of wigs!
Meanwhile, NeNe and Cynthia hosted a party in North Carolina this weekend, along with rapper TI. Baksetball Wives star Tami Roman was also in attendance. Photos from that event are below!
On tonight’s episode, the women pack up to head back to Atlanta. Well, all except for Marlo, who lounges, while her poor South African housekeeper painstakingly follows her every command regarding shoebags, carry-ons, and designer name dropping. Kandi and Cynthia discuss tension with Sheree. Phaedra, Sheree, and Cynthia take away life lessons from the vacation, while NeNe believes they will be returning to Atlanta as two separate groups yet again, the talls and the smalls.
Back in the states, Kim is worn out taking care of her two daughters and a newborn. While she has two housekeepers, she is in desperate need of a nanny. Kim gets mad beyond words when she finds Sweetie and Brielle lounging by the pool. Who does Sweetie think she is? She doesn’t need a tan! Kim shouldn’t be charged with going through all of these resumes herself! Additionally, on the NeNe front, Bryson gets arrested, again. Shocking, I know. A new episode airs tonight at 9PM ET. Watch a preview clip below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MARLO’S COMMENTS IN REGARD TO CYNTHIA? SURPRISED KANDI’S STILL FRIENDS WITH SHEREE? WILL YOU BE WATCHING KANDI’S NEW SHOW?
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Poor Kimmie Kakes. According to a new report, Reggie Bushisn’t the only famous man who wants nothing to do with her, after dumping her again recently, for the umpteenth time, apparently other athletes/singers/rappers/actors are also shying away!
If you’ve been keeping up with Kim Kardashian’s drama, you know she and her pimpmomager Kris Jennerare hell-bent on finding her another famous dummy to trick into marrying her! Life & Style reports that after divorcing Kris Humphries, and getting her heart-broken again by Reggie, Kim now fears she’ll be single forever. “She’s like, ‘No one will date me!’” says a close friend.
And she might just be right! According to the friend, guys no longer want anything to do with Kimmie Kakes due to their fear of getting “Humphried.” Yes that is now a verb. “The Kris situation was so ugly – guys are now worried they’ll get Humphried!”, reveals the source. In fact, sources say that Kim was indeed trying to get hooked up with NBA star Jeremy Lin, but he and his people quickly put the kibosh on that plan! Ouch.
On top of being dateless, Kim’s family is STILL upset with her for bringing them down with the divorce backlash, and her relationship with her sisters remains strained. “Her family is concerned they’re going to sink along with Kim,” admits an insider. Going to? Seems like they already have.
However, the latest issue of Star magazine is reporting that Kim, 31, is not giving up on love just yet. So where does a famewhore reality star go to find love after being deemed undateable in her own country? If you guessed Saudi Arabia, you guessed right!
Yes, in a story that doesn’t at all seem planted by pimpmomager Kris to deflect from Kim being dumped by Reggie, Star is reporting that following her latest humiliation at the hands of Reggie, who was pictured with a new girl just two weeks ago, Kim is now trying to move on with a Saudi Arabian prince, who also happens to be a billionaire. Even better, Kim met this prince during her trip to Dubai last October, you know, while she was still married to that poor schmuck Kris H.!
“Kim is over dating singers like Ray J and athletes like Kris and is setting her sights much higher,” Kris Jenner An “insider” reveals. ” And by, she’s over dating singers and athletes, the insider means, they’re over dating her! “She’s determined to marry royalty,” adds the source.
While in Dubai last year, several royals reportedly gave Kim their phone numbers, I’m guessing they wanted to know her rate for the night, with the insider adding: “The one she really had a connection with is a billionaire.”
Kim and her billionaire prince have been reportedly keeping in touch over the phone with Kim now planning a trip back to the Middle East. While Kim will claim her trip is to expand her business in the region, insiders insist she’s really heading there for a rendezvous at a palace with the Prince.
As for Kim, she did an interview this week with Extra while shooting her guest spot for Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, in Atlanta. In the interview, Kim, of course claimed she is single and not looking to mingle. Riiight.
“I’m not dating right now. I don’t really care to,” claims Kim. “Obviously, I’ve learned that I rush into things when I fall in love and get excited. So maybe I should chill out for a little bit.” Kim’s comments are hard to believe, as she was telling the media the same thing back in 2010, while she was secretly having those close to her hand out her number to Kris Humphries and every other professional athlete on the planet. Kris was unfortunately dumb enough to take the bait.
Moving on to Khloe Kardashian’s hubbyLamar Odom, who we reported yesterday got demoted by his NBA team to go play for the D-league aka the Developmental League.
The good news for Lamar? ESPN just reported moments ago that the Dallas Mavericks have called him back to the team, ending his very short stint with the Texas Legends. A source tells the site the team had a change of heart because they “need” Lamar now following their latest loss.
So, why did the Mavs send Lamar to the D-league in the first place? The official word from the team is that they wanted him to get his legs better but sources tell ESPN the Mavs and Lamar’s teammates are very unhappy with him. In fact, his coach Rick Carlisle and teammate Jason Kidd have publicly criticized him this week. “Our fans want to know that Lamar’s in. Our players want to know that Lamar’s in. It’s not about how many points he’s scoring or rebounds; those things are a factor. Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven’t seen that so far and that’s got to change,” said coach Carlisle during his weekly radio show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Galloway & Co.”
Jason, on the other hand, made it clear that Lamar’s inconsistent effort and extended absence were a major concern. “Trust factor is always big,” Jason told ESPNDallas.com. “For that, he’s going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play.”
In addition to his bad game play–he’s having the worst season of his career–Lamar’s team reportedly became fed up with him after he took more than a week off to deal with a personal family matter. While Lamar told his team last week that he needed time off to go be with his dad, a media report came out stating his father was deathly ill. That report, however, ended up being false as Lamar’s father appeared publicly days later in good health stating he only suffered a minor stomach issue. And folks, let’s just say the NBA doesn’t give you time off because your daddy has a tummy ache.
So now the Mavs, who were already disappointed in Lamar’s game play this season, felt that taking time off was the final straw, hence sending him to the D-league to send him a message.
However, the rumor now is that Lamar didn’t really take time off to be with his dad but rather his wife Khloe. An unconfirmed rumor, which we hope is not true, is that Khloe might have suffered a miscarriage and Lamar was using his dad’s minor illness as a cover up. In fact, the above photo of Khloe was taken in late December which led to some speculation that she was sporting a baby bump. Other sources are also saying that Lamar has been quite depressed since being traded from the Lakers last December, and that his heart doesn’t seem to be in the game anymore. Yikes.
Whatever the case is, Lamar will be back with his team starting today.
In the creepy photo shot, Kendall and Kyle posed as the twins from ‘The Shining’ for a Toddlers & Tiaras-inspired challenge for an upcoming episode of the series. Those photos are below! The trio will appear as guest judges on ANTM on Wednesday, March 7.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIMMIE BEING UNDATEABLE? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE HAS A BILLIONAIRE PRINCE OR WAS THAT STORY PLANTED BY PIMPMOMAGER KRIS? THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH LAMAR?
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It seems that the illustrious Joe Giudice can add “slum lord” to his résumé!
A recent investigation by a local ABC news station has discovered that Joe failed to pay the utility bill and properly maintain an apartment building he owns and manages. Joe’s negligence and selfishness left five families–many with children–homeless this week over fire safety concerns, and because the utility company was forced to shut off service due to the severely delinquent account.
“The gas and electricity were shut down,” a resident explained. “Tenants can’t care for their kids and have no heat.”
Joe has an outstanding balance of $52,000 (or about two of Teresa Giudice‘s outfits), and the building was deemed hazardous after evidence of meter tampering was uncovered. Signs labeling the premises “unsafe for human occupancy” were put up after the Fire Marshal determined that a generator installed to get around paying the services, caused a deadly carbon monoxide leak!
The apartment building in question was featured in season two of Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Joe was seen showing Teresa around the premises before it was leased. Teresa famously said she would never live there. Well, apparently, no one should – since the remiss utility bill has also left all the tenants without hot water or heat!
Joe told newscasters, there was nothing he could do. “I don’t own the building,” he said in a voicemail. “I basically manage the building for a company in New York.” Unfortunately, their research uncovered that, while Joe doesn’t own the building directly, a company he owns does! Whoops. In fact, Joe basically admitted ownership when he confessed to installing the generator to help his tenants.
After the news station’s investigation, the power was restored and safety issues rectified, allowing the tenants to move back in. Sadly, it was also discovered that Joe’s failure to pay the alarm company left the building without working fire alarms! Joe was cited for these violations and something tells me he has a lawsuit coming his way very soon! A video of the news report is below!
Teresa and Joe have not commented on the episode, but I’m sure they’ll have something to say soon. Teresa will likely defend Joe. And while I’m not a huge Teresa fan, the more I learn about Joe, the more I am compelled to feel sorry for her. In my opinion, if she wants to remain in the public’s good graces and see her celebrity rise, she may need to ditch that husband of her’s! Especially because she’s working her butt off to pay his bills, and he’s likely going to end up in prison resulting from last year’s identity fraud indictment!
In other news, it looks like Jacqueline Laurita will be back for season five, whether she likes it or not. Our source told Reality Tea directly that Jacqueline signed a six-year contract when she initially joined the show, and despite her no-show at the reunion and her Twitter rampage, Bravo has no intention of firing her…yet!
“Jacqueline doesn’t want to be on the show anymore but, she has a six-year contract,” our source reveals. “The only way to get out of it without being sued is to get fired and they will not fire her.” With all the legal problems the Laurita’s are already facing with their bankruptcy fraud lawsuit and BLK. Water lawsuit, she likely can’t afford another one!
However, Bravo is looking for additional housewives to join the cast, as previously revealed. Reports speculated that they were interested in casting Teresa’s other sister-in-law Sheila Giudice, Joe’s brother’s wife. “When Teresa heard Bravo was interested in them, she quickly wanted to mend the feud between her and Sheila. The last thing she needed was another sister in law on the show bashing her,” our source dishes. Indeed, Teresa has posted a lot of photos on her website featuring her in-laws.
Luckily for Teresa, it seems Bravo has had a change of heart! The insider alleges, “Pete Giudice hasn’t paid taxes in years among other shady business dealings and Bravo didn’t want to take on the risk.” Pete was the one whose identity Joe impersonated, which led to his arrest and indictment late last year. Does failure to uphold the law run in this family or what?!
Finally, our source reveals something we’ve known all along – Melissa Gorga has become a complete famewhore! “Melissa sure let fame get to her head and fast,” the source shares. “Melissa will only do appearances that she is getting paid for.”
“She has been asked to attend several charity events and she doesn’t. But, if she gets paid she will be there! She is very focused on being bigger then Teresa.”
A fan recently asked Melissa about the non-stop appearances she has done (and advertising on Twitter) and Melissa claims she’s just all about the fans! “I love meeting everyone! I’ll do it as long as they keep booking me!,” she tweeted. I, personally, believe the Gorgas are not as financially stable as they pretend to be, and possibly need the money.
Good lord, RHONJ is like the Jerry Springer of Housewives!
TELL US – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE SITUATION AND JOE’S ACTIONS? WILL TERESA EVER LEAVE JOE? DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON? IS MELISSA A FAMEWHORE OR JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY?
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In her new Bravo Blog, Gretchen opens up about dealing with Vicki, and why she thinks Vicki lacks empathy for others. “Unfortunately, her actions are constantly proving to me that somehow she always believes her situation is more important than anyone else’s,” Gretchen remarks. “The crazy part is that even despite the harsh and incorrect things said about Slade not being a good dad or a “deadbeat” (as she liked to put it at times), I still find compassion for her and would not wish what Slade or I have been through on my worst enemy.”
Gretchen is also tired of Vicki discounting Grayson‘s cancer diagnosis. “I wish when she was making such horrible statements she could put herself in Slade’s shoes and think about the fact that it’s already scary and hard enough to deal with your child being sick, let alone having someone claim you are a bad or deadbeat parent on top of that pain. It’s moments like this that make me realize why Slade has so much hurt and pain still.”
Believing that the root of Vicki’s issues lie in her jealousy over her friendship with Tamra, Gretchen calls her out for being fake! “Vicki said to Tamra she is so happy her and I are friends, but was it just me or were you not believing her for one second?;” Gretchen wonders.
“I love how Tamra kept calling Vicki out about being full of it when it came to loving Alexis [Bellino] all of a sudden. Vicki has never really been a huge fan of myself or Alexis, so it was obvious she was just saying those things in spite to Tamra.”
And defending herself and Slade against the insulting improv show, which also happened to be not funny, Gretchen insists Alexis wasn’t the only person laughing!
“Obviously Slade’s set caused some turmoil between him and I. I was trying to make amends with Tamra at this point, so I had every right to be frustrated with his content. However, on another hand, I actually really understood where he was coming from.”
She continues, “Just because I am ready to forgive and move on doesn’t automatically mean he is too. I have to respect that. Even though I didn’t agree with his content, he is his own person and has to deal with his emotions how he sees fit. I know the woman have said a lot of hurtful and untrue things about who he is as a father without knowing all the details or facts (as Tamra openly admitted at our first lunch together) so Slade’s emotions are understandable.”
“Overall the show was a huge success — so much so that the owner of all the Improvs across the country came up to us afterwards and asked us to tour the show and manage Slade,” Gretchen expects us to believe.
I’m sure their appearance on a popular reality show with millions of viewers worldwide had nothing to do with that. I’m also sure that their willingness to trash their co-tarts from that popular reality show had nothing to do with the owner of all the Improvs asking them to tour. I guess Liz was wrong – comedy is Slave’s calling (eye roll).
Gretchen is quick to point out that no matter what, she loves Slade. “My loyalty is and will always be with Slade,” she writes. “I will always have his back, and I will always fight for him when necessary. Otherwise I will allow him to fight his own battles.”
Meanwhile, Life & Style is now reporting that an engagement is on the way for Gretchen and Slade! According to the mag, Slade was spotted shopping for engagement rings at the Jewelry Mart in NYC on Feb. 12.
Slade reportedly zeroed in on a dazzling 4.5-carat yellow diamond set in a bed of smaller white diamonds. “It was everything he was looking for,” an onlooker tells the mag. “He knew it would steal Gretchen’s heart.”
So many questions, so little time, but we’ll give it a go! For starters, how can Slade afford this ring? Plus, doesn’t he have other priorities aka the $138,000? Yes you read that right, he reportedly owes that amount in back child support. Perhaps this upcoming engagement is an attempt by the couple to get their own Bravo spinoff a la’ Bethenny Frankel and Kim Zolciak.
And speaking of loyalty, Alexis is defending her bestie – Vicki! “Watching Vicki in the beginning scene while cooking in the kitchen was so hilarious! She just cracks me up! I couldn’t stop laughing at Vicki,” Alexis writes in her Bravo Blog. “The more I get to know her, the more I think she is so fabulous. There is never a dull moment around her and I enjoy her so much!”
Despite defending Slade’s actions on this week’s show, Alexis is now backpedaling and calling him out for being hurtful. “Slade’s comedy act was definitely hurtful to Vicki and Tamra, and I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of other people, especially as part of an act where they aren’t able to defend themselves,” Alexis explains.
“However, some parts of his act were funny. I have to give both he and Gretchen props for getting up on that stage, because whether the show was good or bad, comedy has to be one of the most difficult things to attempt, and I wouldn’t have the nerve to do it.”
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DO YOU BELIEVE SLADE’S ACT WILL REALLY BE TOURING? WAS HIS ROUTINE FUNNY OR NOT? ARE YOU SURPRISED ALEXIS AND VICKI ARE REALLY FRIENDS?
Last night’s Jersey Shore was one party short of a baby shower for Snooki. Or, it was just the gang clerbing before Nicole became “with child.” Tough to tell…
Snooki and Vin come back to the house as drunk messes. Deena and Pauly question the duo about sexual tension and hooking up with one another. Nicole and Vinny play it cool while cuddling up on Vin’s twin bed. Sexy. Snooks passes out, while the rest of the gang prepares to go to Jenks. Deena’s boy toy Joey calls the bat phone, and he informs her (and her white clip on extensions) that he’s going to have to bail. She needs to change her outfit to something less DTF. Deena is disappointed in the roommates’ showing. The Rawn/Sammi pair is sleeping, JWoww is in bed… That leaves Vinny, Pauly, Deena, and sketchy Sitch heading to the club.
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In today’s Kardashian news, the Kardashians continue to fall victim to their own greed!
The latest is a $5 million class action lawsuit which was filed yesterday against Kim Kardashian, and her sisters, Khloeand Kourtney Kardashian, over their endorsement of the Quicktrim over-the-counter diet pills.
According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed by a number of unhappy Quicktrim customers in New York City who state that the Kardashian sisters are lying when they claim they got their bikini bodies from using Qucktrim. The reason? The main ingredient in the supplement is, wait for it, caffiene!
The lawsuit states: “QuickTrim’s main ingredient is a large dose of caffeine, which the FDA has determined is not a safe or effective treatment for weight control.”
The lawsuit also adds that the Keeping Up With The Kardashian clan lied to the general public via their commercials (you’ve all seen those horrid tv ads featuring Kimmie Kakes), magazines, and social media accounts, since 2009. An example of this was a certain blog post made by Kim back in 2009, in which she posted a bikini photo (posted below) of herself with Khloe, crediting Quicktrim for their weight loss!
The lawsuit plaintiffs are crying foul, stating the Kardashian testimonials were unsubstantiated. Alongside the Kardashians, QuickTrim and other companies that sold the products are also named in the lawsuit.
In other Kardashian news, Kimmie Kakes was in Atlanta this week to film a guest spot on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, and of course our Kimmie took this as a perfect opportunity to orchestrate a famewhore stunt by calling up Real Housewives of Atlantastar Nene Leakes and a photographer or two to snap them going to dinner!
According to FreddyO, the two reality stars dined at the STK restaurant, described as a swank new steakhouse in Midtown Atlanta. During and after their dinner, the two, of course, wasted no time in taking to Twitter to inform the world of their time together!
“At dinner with my favorite Dash Doll Kim Kardashian; she is so sweet,” tweeted The Nene. “I’m still laughing out loud! Too much fun!” responded Kimmie. Photos of the two are below!
And finally, they say when it rains, it pours, and unfortunately for the Kardashians, it is storming! According to ESPN, Khloe’s hubby Lamar Odom has been demoted by his NBA team to the D-league aka the Developmental league.
The reason? Lamar is, unfortunately, having his worst season since being traded by the Lakers last December. The official word from the Mavericks is that they want Lamar to “get his legs back under him.”
The good news, however, is that while Lamar suffers the humiliation of playing for the Texas Legends, he will still receive his $8.9 million annual salary. Though something tell us we won’t be seeing Khloe and co. cheering for Lamar in the Texas Legends stands!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE QUICKTRIM LAWSUIT? DO THE PLAINTIFFS HAVE A CASE? HAVE YOU TRIED THE PILLS? PLUS THOUGHTS ON KIM & NENE’S DINNER TOGETHER?
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It’s official. The world is probably about to end. Mob Wives‘ Karen Gravano’s book Mob Daughter, is currently number 18 on the New York Times bestseller list of hardcover nonfiction tomes. I kid, I kid…not about her achievement as an “author” but about the world ending. It can’t. I am still on the first installment of the Hunger Games, so the world is going to have to stick around long enough for me to read Karen’s book. And that could take years. And years.
Unfortunately, as it is with everyone who seeks fame, the backlash comes as quickly as the love. After hearing that some folks are boycotting an upcoming Barnes & Noble appearance to promote her book, SILive.com is reporting that Karen understands the discontent. After all, she’s a victim too, y’all. She claims to be on the same side of those who believe she is profiting off her father (Sammy the Bull)’s bad behavior (to put it mildly).
In an interview with Advance, Karen claims, “I’m on their side. I’ve said they were victims of this lifestyle, and the decisions that our fathers chose.” She continues, “I also lost a [my uncle] to this, so I just think it’s actually insulting at this point that they can sit there and call themselves victims but they don’t consider the loss that I felt — or the things that I went through because my father is Sammy the Bull.”
She’s referring to her father, Salvatore Gravano, who was known as Sammy the Bull. Sammy served as an underboss of the infamous Gambino crime family. He later turned tables and became an informant, sending John Gotti to federal prison until his death. Her book chronicles her life growing up on Staten Island and learning at young age about her father’s crime-spreeing ways.
As for people who think her book profits are blood money, Karen cites that no one seems to blame the Gotti Mafioso for their crimes. She believes her critics are solely focused on her father. She tells Advance, “I’m starting to become a little skeptical. Are they mad that he killed their fathers, or are they mad that [my father] cooperated?”
From there, Karen makes a bit of stretch. I know she probably wasn’t thinking fully about what she was saying, so I’ll give her a pass, but she compared the families of said mobsters to those who suffered on 9/11. If you think I’m wrong, please call me out, but that’s how I took her following statement. She says, “I never said families are not the victims — I will not say the men are victims. The people in 9/11 are victims. When you walk into something like that and you don’t know it’s going to happen, then you’re a victim.”
Karen does concede that her father has gotten what he deserves and is paying his dues. Rightfully, his situation doesn’t cause her to think any less of him. She admits, “I can’t help that I love my father, the same way that they love their fathers,” she said. “All of them chose the wrong path in their lives, the men.”
By “they,” Karen means others in the lifestyle who have profited off books which detail their stories. While she calls them “hypocrites” Karen is quick to state, “I didn’t write this book to have fights with them. I wrote this book to shed light on the life I went through.”
Karen also discusses her three years’ probation after pleading guilty in Arizona to helping her father sell ecstasy. She even claims her father’s past as her reasoning to seek criminal involvement. Karen cites the leniency she received in her youth from law enforcement for being Sammy the Bull’s daughter. That, coupled with the reaction to her father becoming an informant, shaped her behavior.
“I felt like you only get respect when you’re bad,” Karen asserts. “It made me feel like I want to be bad, and I turned my life over to crime.”
She continues, reasoning, “It made me who I am. I know why I made my decisions. I know why I did it. I don’t put blame on anyone else. I didn’t say, ‘I’m going to deal drugs because my father hurt me.’ I’m going to deal drugs because it’s a choice that I made.”
As for her involvement on Mob Wives, she is adamant that the idea for the book came before the show. When asked about the over-the-talk drama we see every Sunday night, Karen explains, “When we do scenes or we do shows where we’re not bickering, people find them boring.”
Furthermore, Karen defends a past comment relating Staten Island to the “breeding ground for the Mafia.” She counters, “That’s what I’ve seen. I didn’t mean the whole entire Staten Island. I think that if anything, we’re not representing a borough, we’re representing ourselves.” Staten Island thanks you for clarifying.
As for her father, Karen is quick to admit that she felt “betrayed and hurt” when he cooperated with the FBI. Her book, she hopes, is about family, saying, “I was looking at it as a little girl whose father just left her.”
Karen hopes that her true supporters will view the book in light of how she has persevered. “How can I take this and spin it into a positive, where it can work for me, instead of against me, for the rest of my life?” Karen ponders.
“I can’t deny who I am,” she continues. “I’m a hustler and if I’m hungry and if there’s food in front of me I’m going to take it and eat it.” And by food, she means Drita.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KAREN’S INTERVIEW? IS SHE A VICTIM OR IS SHE PROFITING ON HER FATHER’S WRONGDOING? WILL YOU BE READING HER BOOK?