What is clear is that Bravo has already replaced Peggy on the series with newbie Heather Dubrow! The National Enquirer was the first to break the story which has now been confirmed by other media outlets.
Heather, pictured above at the 2002 People’s Choice Awards, is an actress who is married to plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow. The two tied the knot in 1999, have four children together and reside in Newport Beach, CA. Heather, who used to go by the name Heather Paige Kent, also appeared on the 2000-2002 CBS drama That’s Life.
Heather’s husband Terry made the following tweet on September 27 – “Ok I’ll admit. I’m doing a major new reality program. Cameras everywhere. Very weird.” He however now claims he was not referring to the RHOC but rather a plastic surgery show he was filming for a Latino network. Dr. Terry is no stranger to reality TV as he has appeared on Fox’s The Swan and E!’s Bridalplasty.
Heather also tweeted the following to Gretchen Rossiafter attending her improv show on Oct. 6 (yes Gretchen is now doing comedy improv with Slade): “@GretchenRossi you guys were awesome! So brave ! Loved being there!”
Meanwhile, Peggy told The ENQUIRER, “I declined Bravo’s offer to return to the show. The atmosphere was just too toxic.”
More photos of Heather below plus a pic of her husband Dr. Terry!
Photo credit: WENN
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON HEATHER’S ADDITION TO THE CAST? YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON?
The surprise of the night however came when it was revealed that Ricki, 43, had threatened to quit the show during the week, despite being the one to beat. “I feel a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Ricki while struggling with the new routine. “Has anyone ever quit the show?”
“I am going to have a breakdown. I just can’t do it,” Ricki complained. “It’s just very confusing for me. I am not getting it. I want to quit. Like I totally want to quit — and I am not a quitter.”
Fortunately for Ricki she hung in there, and even more impressive, she and her partner Derek Hough (who is rumored to be dating Lauren Conrad) nabbed the season’s first scores of 10! Following her performance of a tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “brilliance in the ballroom,” Ricki earned two perfect 10s, scoring a total of 29 points out of 30.
Coming in second place for the third week in a row is war veteran J.R. Martinezand his partner Karina Smirnoff. J.R. received a good score of 26 points for his smooth fox-trot.
At the bottom of the scoreboard was Carson Kressley, who earned a low score of 20 points for his underwhelming pirate-themed Viennese waltz. Judge Len Goodman said the dance was “like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and enjoyable when it’s over.” Ouch! Carrie Ann also criticized Carson before going on to call the dance his “most butch” performance yet.
The full scores from last night are below -
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20
On tonight’s results show, another celebrity will be sent packing!
TELL US – DO YOU THINK RICKI WILL WIN THIS SEASON? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?
Well, finally – finally – we reached the season finale to the arduous, tortuous, never-ending season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. And it was kinda disappointing, no? Maybe cause we already knew what was happening real time.
Things start off with Melissa meeting with Teresa’s her stylist, because she is an over-the-hill wannabe pop star and over-the-hill wannabe pop stars need to look good! Really booby and trampy apparently = good. Melissa’s stylist, or is it Teresa’s stylist, suggests she wrap a scarf around her boobs and wear it as a shirt. Right. Let me get this straight: TWO WOMEN are paying this woman money to make them look like hookers and fighting over who she styles? There is some issue about how Teresa didn’t want her to also style Melissa. Maybe she wanted Melissa to actually look good?
While Terlissa’s stylist is there, Melissa gets a call from Teresa about the family photoshoot they are planning. Melissa claims this is the first family photo shoot she and Joe have been invited to and she is excited to put the past behind her and move forward. Why do I not believe her?
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A month ago, RadarOnline reported that Adrienne, who hails from the very wealthy Maloof family, was experiencing financial trouble and was forced to downgrade her lavish lifestyle.
Adrienne is now setting the record straight, admitting she is indeed cutting back on her wealthy lifestyle. “Regardless of your income, everybody is cutting back, it’s the responsible thing to do,” Adrienne told RadarOnline about her family’s financial situation.
Adrienne, whose wealth stems from her family’s successful ownership of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, as well as the NBA team the Sacramento Kings, says while her family is wealthy, they still watch their purse strings.
“This is how we’ve been successful for over 150 years in our family business…. we watch our overheads, we don’t spending frivolously, we take care of our employees and give back philanthropically to various charities — And of course, we always work very hard on all our projects,” Adrienne added.
Even more surprising, Taylor is being romantically linked with another Bravolebrity — Most Eligible Dallas star Matt Nordgren(what happened to his relationship with Courtney???). The original report by In Touch Weekly stated Taylor was “spotted openly holding hands with the quarterback-turned-energy-entrepreneur at two separate high-profile events” in Dallas two weekends ago.
Another report by local Dallas columnist OhSoCynthia added that sources inside Matt’s circle revealed he and Taylor “hooked up” in July when the cast was in Los Angeles doing press and publicity.
Matt, while admitting he did spend time with Taylor in Dallas, is however playing coy by giving the PC statement that he and Taylor are just friends. “It’s important for the Bravo family to support each other. Anytime someone’s going through that difficult of a situation I want to be supportive. She’s a friend, and that’s what friends do. She was in town handling business for her situation,” said Matt.
There is another Texas connection with Taylor as Russell is originally from Texas. Taylor continues to lay low though she was photographed about a week ago without her wedding ring.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode! On the 6th episode this season titled “Let The Games Begin,” Taylor’s gal-pal Dana hosts a game night, yet the breezy fun turns dicey when Kim spends an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom. As suspicions rise about Kim, accusations fly. Adrienne also confronts Kyle about her concerns with Kim’s well-being after Kim’s recent, odd behavior.
The episode airs at 9/8c and a preview clip is below -
Photos credit: PR Photos, WENN
TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE ADRIENNE’S IS EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY? THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR POSSIBLY DATING MATT? AND THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
Three months after her widely reported suicide attempt, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is now opening up for the first time and in a shocker, she reveals she is “still suicidal.”
While talking to E! News, Amber, 21, reveals she was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday after suffering a severe panic attack. “I couldn’t breathe and I passed out,” says Amber. “I stopped breathing.”
Amber, who continues to make tabloid headlines with baby daddy Gary Shirley, then goes on to state she is still having a hard time despite spending weeks at a rehab facility in Malibu.
“Honestly, I feel like I did two months ago. I’m still suicidal,” Amber reveals. “I’m f–king depressed. My family’s not together.”
Amber goes on to add that she is very upset at all the tabloid headlines, most notably the recent Life & Style magazine cover story which stated she is choosing partying over spending time with her 2-year-old daughter Leah. The mag even managed to get quotes from Amber’s own brother Shawn Portwood who stated that Amber “enjoys her freedom too much right now.”
“What hurts me the most is when people believe the lies about me,” Amber tells E! News. “The bullying is too much to handle. Look at the rate of teen deaths related to bullying. It’s scary.”
Amber also makes it clear that she doesn’t have a drinking problem and that she did not go to rehab for such. “I went to rehab for depression and anger management, not drug or alcohol abuse,” says Amber. “I have been out twice since I left rehab and I’m 21. I take my medication the way I’m supposed to.” Amber revealed last year that she suffers from bipolar disorder.
As for not seeing her daughter Leah, Amber reveals she agreed to let Gary have custody in other “to keep CPS off our backs.” She adds that she tries to see her daughter as often as she’s allowed. “I see Leah whenever I can. I have stipulations as to when I can and can’t see her.”
TELL US: SURPRISED AMBER’S STILL SUICIDAL? SHOULD SHE QUIT TEEN MOM? SHOULD MTV STEP IN?
Does anyone remember that tragic story of the time Bethenny Frankel was lost at sea for a harrowing 21-hours and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard and towed to shore? Yeah, well apparently that was all staged for the upcoming season of Bethenny Ever After. Oops!
Unfortunately Bethenny forgot there is this thing called public record where the Coast Guard is concerned and she also forgot that sometimes when you slander people to the media they might retaliate with their own version of the events. And that version might be a little more credible…
In a new interview with Jewish Journal, Tim Russell, the towboat operator who “rescued” Team Frankel is speaking out and basically dismissing Bethenny’s version of events as “not true!”
It all started during Bethenny’s appearance The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. During her sit down with Ellen, Bethenny recounted the tale of her day at sea, including claiming she gave Tim Russell a $2,800 tip for safely returning her to shore! When Ellen tricked Bethenny by claiming Tim was backstage during the show, Bethenny’s face drastically changed!
That interview prompted Tim, who has 40-years sea experience, to speak out about what really happened! Tim explains it was actually Bethenny’s therapist, Xavier Amador who was also captaining the boat and has 30-years of sailing experience himself, that called him around 5am requesting assistance. The therapist was able to give Mr Russell “his exact coordinates, which he read off of the GPS system!” The GPS that was allegedly broken?!
Tim recounts that the therapist “did call the Coast Guard, and the USCG suggested he call a tow company because there was no danger.” After telling the therapist his rate for the tow and learning that the boat was fine, Tim “he explained they did not need him and could come in on their own as the boat was fully functioning.” But Bethenny’s therapist “insisted they needed help.” Tim explains he “thought it was bizarre and did not know what was going on, but did not want to ignore the call incase there was an issue,” so he headed out with his wife to check out the situation.
When he arrived the boat was completely fine and there were nine people on board: Bethenny, Jason Hoppy, her therapist, and a film crew of six people! Bethenny’s boat “simply followed Tim and his wife back to the shore with no towing and a functioning GPS,” Tim maintains.
Upon arriving at the dock, Tim observed that “Bethenny got out of the boat and kissed the dock, but only after the crew got out of the boat to get the shot,” which is when he realized it was a set-up for her reality show. Tim insists he had no idea what was going on or who Bethenny was, until her therapist informed him Bethenny is a “television star and just sold her company for $120 million dollars.”
And now about that supposed tip – Tim says it never happened, despite what Bethenny shared on Ellen’s show! He is adamant he never went to the press to complain about Bethenny and after hearing her in the press and on Ellen he wanted to “make the point that Bethenny was not honest,” and that is why he spoke to a reporter. He also felt her untrue statements put his livelihood at risk. Tim believes “it was all for show when she went on Ellen and started to lie about him.” Yikes!
The U.S. Coast Guard also confirms that Bethenny was not rescued by their outlet, with a spokesman explaining: “the captain of Frankel’s boat did initially contact the Coast Guard, but, because the situation was not “life-threatening,” the skipper was given the phone numbers of local “salvaging” outfits that could help get them back to shore.”
Bethenny has yet to comment on this latest scheme, but I’m sure her official statement is coming soon! I mean she’s made a career of shooting her mouth off! A photo of Bethenny and her crew on the dock prior to getting “lost at sea” is below.
Photo credit: Roger Wong/INFEvents.com
So what is your take on the incident? Do you think Bethenny is being truthful or is Tim Russell seeking his 15 minutes? Do you believe Bethenny would go to such lengths for her reality show?
UPDATE – Bethenny made the following tweets moments ago -
“I will ALWAYS be honest with my fans. I know you know that!”
“Let’s review last week’s idiocies 1)I have a”nice”coach 2)I’m getting divorced 3)I’m pregnant 4)I lied re:being lost at sea Anything else?”
The Govan sisters, who are still very much in the drama on the show, are dishing as to what is yet to come this season. In an interview with HollywoodLife, Gloria Govan discusses her relationship with fiance and L.A. Laker Matt Barnes, while her sister Laura teases about what’s happening in later episodes.
Gloria explains her love of Matt, saying, “A lot of people assume my relationship is perfect, although I don’t ever recall [claiming it is]. You get a great 3D view of our relationship this season. You’ll see us going to therapy. I think a lot of people will be surprised and confused, but that’s where our relationship was.”
She also discusses bringing the controversialDraya Michele into the group, a groupie jump-off lady Laura Govan isn’t going to be biffles with any time soon. Gloria elaborates, “I kind of feel like with Draya it’s sleeping with the enemy. I feel like she has potential to be a really cool person, if she got her priorities straight. She’s not someone I would call to go to lunch, but I don’t want to body slam her.” Well, that’s kind of nice, right?
Laura agrees, asserting, “You’re going to get surprised. It’s almost like a Lifetime movie. You’re going to be like, ‘What the hell?’ You’re going to be like, ‘Laura’s so shady.’” Who thinks that? Everyone? Laura reveals, “You’ll go through a couple weeks when you think everyone’s crazy. Then its all going to come full circle.” She also wants viewers to know it’s not all about cage-boxing and cat fights. She says, “I do want to get some key things out — like, we run foundations. We do things for shelters. Besides all the drama, there are a lot of things we do do as women.”
Laura continues, “I wasn’t on this show to be famous. I wasn’t trying to win an Oscar. I’m not sure if I’d do a second season if asked.” Well, there’s good news…she’s not expecting an Academy Award for her work on this reality show. Further, I’m glad to see she’s taking a page from the Bravo Housewives play book and saying she may not want to do another season. If she’s not asked back, it will be imperative she has these statements printed so it doesn’t look like she was fired.
Gloria, on the other hand, isn’t going anywhere if season two is a go. She exclaims, “I hope we get offered another season. I would jump on the opportunity.”
Bad editing or drama-avoiding no-show? If you’ve been following the craziness behind Basketball Wives: L.A.’s Kimsha Artest’s absence from recent episodes, the viewers may finally have a resolution. While stories swirled that Kimsha had gotten the freeze-out from producers, she is now insisting that she didn’t get cut out of the show. Instead, she maintains that she took herself out of the drama because she didn’t want to be associated with such cattiness.
In an interview with BlackSportsOnline, Kimsha explains, “I don’t want to be affiliated with the shenanigans, the drama, the back and forth…it’s uncalled for, it’s childish, and it’s just not me.” She goes on to explain the fake Facebook fallout, stating, “Anybody who read that could have known that’s not me. Period.” As for legal ramifications with the faux page, Kimsha continues, “We’ll definitely figure out who it is. I’ve got a good idea, but I ain’t gonna blow them up just yet.” When asked if there is any truth as to the rumored beef with her and Miami’s Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada, Kimsha replies, “I don’t know Shaunie. I don’t know Evelyn. What beef?”
The producers of the VH1 spin-off seem to be on the same page, relaying that Kimsha wasn’t edited from the show, instead she just stopped showing up to film. While the show’s creators may not agree with how Artest left, they are corroborating her side of the story. The producers issued a statement saying, “When Kimsha Artest signed on to be in ‘Basketball Wives: LA,’ we were very excited to have her onboard. That is why we were confused and disheartened when after a limited number of days shooting she stopped showing up for filming. This is the sole and only reason Kimsha has not appeared on more episodes of the series. Her minimal coverage on the show was entirely her decision and not that of Shed Media, VH1 or Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal. ‘Basketball Wives: LA’ continues to be a ratings success for VH1 every Monday night.”
Now that we’ve solved the mystery of the absent cast member, a new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. (sans Kimsha) airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
Photos Credit: WENN, VH1
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIMSHA’S STATEMENTS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A SECOND SEASON OF BASKETBALL WIVES: L.A.?
Despite receiving a high score and praises from the judges last Monday, The Hills alum and her partner Mark Ballaswere given the boot on Tuesday night.
Following her elimination, Kristin spoke to UsWeekly and was quite honest about her feelings. “I’m really sad,” said Kristin, 24. “But I’d rather go out on top and have people be shocked than have people be like, ‘Thank god she’s leaving, it’s about time.’ It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I could not be happier that I did the show.”
Kristin then went on to state the obvious that DWTS is clearly not a dance competition but more of a popularity contest! Okay perhaps I added in that last part.
“It is what it is,” mused Kristin. “That’s the thing with Dancing with the Stars, you never know,” she said, laughing. “It’s clearly not a dance competition!”
Kristin however preferred to remain mum when asked about her reconciliation with ex-fiance/NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, stating: “I’m just not talking about it.” Kristin made headlines earlier this year after Jay dumped her out of the blue. The two are now back together.
Kristin also appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! during which she revealed that perhaps not having enough of a “sob story” was part of the reason she was sent packing. The episode called for each celebrity to perform a dance that evoked the most memorable year of their lives.
“Maybe I didn’t have a good enough story. It’s hard to compete with memorable years. Mine was I graduated from high school and moved to L.A,” said Kristin. A new episode of DWTS airs tonight on ABC.
Photo credit: WENN
TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH KRISTIN’S COMMENT THAT DWTS IS NOT A DANCE COMPETITION? SHOULD THE JUDGE’S SCORES HOLD MORE WEIGHT?