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Bethenny Frankel’s butt might be skinny, but her bank account certainly is not! In an article by the Hollywood Reporter we learn that everyone’s favorite housewife ,Jill Zarin – I mean, Mrs. Hoppy – is now worth $120 million dollars! Ummm… what?! That’s alotta margaritas and diet books! Seriously – that means that besides the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bethenny is the richest person to be on Bravo ever! Vicki Gunvalsun is probably working overnights RIGHT NOW upon this discovery!

So just how did Bethenny, a former natural-foods chef who just a few years ago was the poor, unmarried cast member of Real Housewives of New York City become a multi-millionairess? According to Bethenny: “Everything I create is a solution to a problem that women have,” referring to how she came up with the concept of Skinnygirl Margaritas and her new lingerie line for lazy women whose men like sexy underwear. Here’s the breakdown:

- Bethenny decided to join RHONY after appearing on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and trying to make her business BethennyBakes a more successful venture: “I didn’t know where I was in my life,” Bethenny says of her pre-Housewives days. “I was still taking the subway to events because I couldn’t afford the $20 for a cab.” When Bravo came a’knockin she told them no for TWO MONTHS because: “”I was worried that it would ruin what I had going,” recalls Bethenny, who at the time had signed on as a Pepperidge Farm spokesperson and had appeared on NBC’s Today show for a cooking segment.” After finally deciding she could use the platform to advertise and promote her brand, she became RHONY’s resident career girl and the pioneer of a whole new genre of “Bravo-lebrities” creating brands and businesses because of their successes on Housewives shows: “When I went on the show, no one was going on for business, no one had done anything.” Gee thanks, Bethenny – because of you we are now forced to endure COUNTLESS – pun intended – bad pop songs, weaves, terribly written books and cookbooks, and now SHAPEWEAR!

- Bethenny was able to parlay her success as the most recognizable and well-liked housewife into an enormous empire of products and brand endorsements, starting with her cookbook, Naturally Thin, and expanding to Skinnygirl Margaritas and beyond! Bethenny recently sold the Skinnygirl Cocktail line to “the world’s fourth-largest spirits company, Fortune Brands’ Beam Global — which distributes the likes of Jim Beam bourbon and Sauza tequila — for a price tag insiders have placed at $120 million. It’s a feat never before seen in the spirits marketplace by a single celebrity.” People apparently really really love their low-cal margaritas!

- Bethenny also claims that despite sleeping in a bed with sheets made of freshly ironed 100 Dollar bills, she is still down to earth and cheap! Describing a sweater she is wearing to lunch with the reporter: “It’s Club Monaco,” she notes without prompting. “I love their tops. I don’t have a lot of tops, but everything I buy is on sale. I never pay full price.” She buzzes on for a few minutes about her controlled spending and how her husband of one year, Jason Hoppy, recently encouraged her to purchase an $800 Chanel handbag she was eyeing. “I couldn’t do it,” she says. “I didn’t need it.” Wait – does anyone else remember when even in Season 1 of RHoNY that girlie was carrying around a Hermes Birkin and wearing Louboutins? Are those often on the clearance rack?

Also, according to Bravo, Bethenny’s reign as the most beloved housewife almost never happened since she was almost left out of the cast of RHONY! Bravo was initially hesitant about casting someone who had already appeared on a reality show: ” ‘She was one of the last, if not the last, woman we cast on the show,” says Bravo Media president Frances Berwick. “We had a few reservations and were a little on the fence since we don’t take reality stars and put them on the network.’’

Bethenny also admits she wants a talk show! The THR states Bethenny “aspires to parlay her on-air talents into more of a “conversation” with her fans — a TV format that allows a dialogue beyond 140 Twitter characters.” As for Bethenny, she admits, “Yes, like a talk show.” According to a recent report, Bethenny is in fact in talks with Telepictures Productions (the company behind The Tyra Banks Show and Ellen) about the prospect of her own show though her rep would not confirm or deny the report. Oh, sweet Jesus. Obviously unlike Kris Jenner, Bethenny Frankel is NOT worried about over-exposure!

And despite the popularity of her spinoff show Bethenny Ever After — Bravo has expressed desire to keep her on air (“I’m hoping this partnership is a long one,” Berwick says), – Bethenny only anticipates another season or two of the show. “I like to leave a party when it’s in full swing,” she says. “I don’t want to be there at 3 in the morning with the scary guy in the bad sweater with no teeth. I like to leave when everyone still has their teeth.”

So that ladies, is how you parlay Saturday nights of binge drinking and talking crap about people into a multi-million dollar empire! When is The Apprentice: Bethenny Frankel coming to TV? I wonder if Jill Zarin is going to be sending Bethenny an invoice for a “finder’s fee” after introducing her to Bravo and discovery the true cost of Bethenny’s success?

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY EARNING $120 MILLION? ARE YOU SHOCKED?

A week after being sued by her former make-up artist and friend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is now responding to the lawsuit.

On April 13, 2011, RonAnn Meyers sued both Gretchen and beau Slade Smiley for breach of oral contract and fraud/deceit for cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line. RonAnn is asking for $100,000 in damages after alleging she came up with the idea for the make-up line and agreed to be an equal partner with Gretchen only to be defrauded.

RonAnn also alleged she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.

In Gretchen’s response via her blog, she claims this is nothing but a shakedown from RonAnn and levies some accusations of her own. Gretchen claims RonAnn abandoned the business and only decided to complain after seeing how successful her brand had become. As for the allegation that she cleaned out the joint account, Gretchen claims it was done to put an end to the monthly account fees and that she only did it after failed attempts to get in touch with RonAnn. The full response is below -

“Since I have received so many questions from the media, and questions from my loyal fans and followers regarding the recent claims against Slade and I, with the assistance of our Counsel here is our formal response to the allegations being made.

Ron Ann Myers’ claims are false and nothing more than a transparent attempt to extort a settlement out of someone in the public eye. Although Gretchen works with many talented make-up artists on a weekly basis, she decided to involve Myers with starting her make-up line. At that time both contributed equal amounts of $5,000. A single product was ordered as a test sample. The women divided the product 50/50. As conversations about working together progressed, a written agreement was extended to Myers by Rossi. Myers refused to sign the agreement. Over the next week or so, Rossi and Myers encountered extreme difficulties working together. At this point, Rossi e-mailed Myers, rescinding the original offer to partner together.

In the e-mail to Myers, Gretchen offered to return to Ron Ann her $5,000 and asked her to return the product, since it had Rossi’s name on it. Myers responded in a recorded voicemail, saying, and we quote, “I appreciate your e-mail, I understand, I hope you got mine.” “You don’t need to pay me $5,000 back, that’s not necessary, and as far as the product goes, don’t worry about it, I will take care of it.” Thus, any relationship between Rossi and Myers ended. After several e-mails were sent regarding the termination of the relationship and the need to close the once joint bank account, Myers has refused to respond or communicate with Rossi or Smiley in any way. After several attempts to contact Myers with no response, Rossi closed the account due to it being charged monthly fees and has held the funds in trust.

For 18 months, Ron Ann Myers has abandoned the company, has made no attempt to contact Rossi or Smiley, and has never participated in any future development of the line, its website, its marketing, or promotions. Myers never contributed anything other than the original $5,000, and then kept the product in lieu of payment. Rossi has invested an exorbitant amount of time and money to build her brand and make-up line.

In March of 2011, Myers suddenly appeared again. After seeing the results of Rossi’s hard work, and the numerous articles written about Gretchen and the success of her make-up line, Ron Ann Myers demanded that Rossi and Smiley offer her a substantial position in the company or a settlement; otherwise, Meyers threatened Rossi and Smiley with public embarrassment via the media and press.

Since Ms. Rossi and Mr. Smiley have nothing to hide, and certainly did not embark on an elaborate scheme to defraud Myers, they will defend all allegations, and will do so in an aggressive manner to protect the good name of the company Ms. Rossi has built. Rossi and Smiley have always conducted business in a fair and legal manner, and they are more than prepared to fight these false claims and seek any and all damages and expenses incurred in doing so from Ms. Myers.”

Gretchen/her attorney adds, “We find it sad that people are willing to do almost anything in an attempt to profit off the hard work of others.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN’S RESPONSE? DO YOU BELIEVE HER SIDE?


American Idol – And so six remain.

On Wednesday night’s episode the Idol contenders had to pick any song from 21st century. Casey “Soft Lips” Abrams clearly stole the show with his rendition of Maroon 5’s “Harder To Breathe.” He also took Jennifer Lopez’s breath away when he kissed her during his performance, giving her the most action she’s had since marrying Marc Anthony. Steven Tyler was so excited by the sexual chemistry between J.Lo and Casey – errrrr, I mean, the performance he used the F** word on live TV! Whoops! We expect that from some more low-brow reality shows (see: Housewives, ANYWHERE), but not family-friendly idol. Scottie McCreery was, of course, safe simply for being the cutest person in the world with the most adorable accent. Who cares if he can sing!

62 Million votes determined that Jacob Lusk’s touching, but sappy rendition of “Dance With My Father” put him as the first member of the bottom three. Also hanging out in the bottom three were Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart. Haley turned out to be safe after an awesome version of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”

Then Katy Perry assaulted both our ears (with her weird, whiny song E.T.) and our fashion sensibilities by wearing a white satin spandex, caped, sequined jumpsuit. Yes – I just typed the words WHITE SATIN SPANDEX, CAPED, SEQUINED JUMPSUIT to describe an article of clothing. *Shudder*

As for the elimination, Stefano’s long reign in the bottom three ended as the judge’s wild card pick was sent home. Poor Stefano! I know you have great things ahead of you – after all Jennifer Lopez thinks you’re “hot” and she loves you! He very graciously left by singing “Lately”

Next week we are treated to a series of fun and exciting Carol King songs as interpreted by the six finalists!

TELL US – DID THE VOTERS GET IT RIGHT? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR TO WIN THIS SEASON?

Jill Zarin’s New Look: Surgery or Spray Tan?

Jill, Jill, Jill…you’ve always got to give viewers something to talk about. Did she or didn’t she? When the always loud, often catty, and sometimes ringleader of the Real Housewives of New York took to the red carpet for the 9th Annual TV Land Awards, the media was buzzing about Jill’s dramatic new look. Plastic surgery rumors exploded on the internet, but during her recent appearance on WWHL, Jill (looking equal parts Barbara Eden circa 1965 and a 90’s Madonna sans cone bra) coyly refuted any type of surgery, but was open about her use of injectables.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SIMON VAN KEMPEN’S NEW MUSIC SINGLE!

No stranger to controversy and cat fights, the reality diva has been subject to these rumors before. In 2009, Jill’s personal blog set the record straight with exactly the type of maintenance she required to fight the natural aging progression. Mrs. Zarin cites an earlier breast reduction as the only time she’s been under the knife. And let’s be honest, who can blame her–I didn’t even know someone COULD be a G cup. As for the other pricey procedures, Jill copped to getting years’ worth of Botox injections (which I think is a requirement to even be considered for any Housewives cast), laser tightening of her neck, and treatments to reduce cellulite prior to pesky bikini season (shudder).

Now, in an interview this week with Wendy Williams (you have to love it when Wendy gets an exclusive!), she’s is explaining her new look yet again. While I fully expected Jill to say that her new, majorly slicked back ponytail and extensions tightly pulled her skin back for an instantly taut look, she instead introduced America to the ‘liquid facelift.’ People.com explained the process more succinctly, stating that “[r]ather than using a filler to tackle individual smile lines, the dermatologist…lifted Zarin’s face by injecting Restylane along the jaw line and up along the sides of her face.” And only at a couple thousand dollars a pop…bargain!

But wait…that doesn’t explain her slimmer looking nose, does it? That, my friends, has nothing to do with scalpels or injectable fillers, but it is instead the sleight of hand of Jill’s new hair and make-up artist. Like countless license tags (“Heidi ‘N Spencer 4EVER”) and klassy t-shirts (I Survived Spring Break ’08!), Jill is getting airbrushed. According to Jim Crawford, her new face painter, prior to his services, Jill was using plain old make-up (the nerve!). Crawford has magically thinned Zarin’s nose and face by using contouring make-up in a darker shade, as well as airbrushing the sides of her face and hairline. Sweeping her bangs away from her face also diminishes the appearance of her nose and showcases her wrinkle-free, frozen forehead.

I will say I have always thought Jill was attractive in a “ladies who lunch” sort of way, which makes sense, as that is exactly what she is. Am I in love with her new look? Um, no. But it isn’t going to give me nightmares or anything (fingers crossed). Her hairstyle and those extensions are way too severe, and while her face is free of lines, that extreme ponytail ages her because it’s such a desperate attempt to follow a trend she is just too old to follow. While she has yet to have a surgical face lift, she states, “All [of] the sudden if I woke up with jowls, that’s it. I’m going under the knife.” Regardless of how you feel about her, you have to give her credit. Jill is nothing if not honest about what is (and isn’t) going on with her face.

Moving on to tonight’s new episode of the Real Housewives of NYC. On the third episode of the season titled ‘Hairy Mess,’ Alex attempts to mend her relationship with Sonja by having lunch with her. Meanwhile, Ramona, who gained infamy for her wild-eyed runway walk the year before, is asked to appear on the catwalk again. Also: Alex basks in her new career as a model; LuAnn’s boyfriend throws a get-together featuring wine and speed dating; dramas intensify between Kelly and Ramona.

The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Alex McCord and Denise Richards.

TELL US – YOU BUYING WHAT JILL IS SELLING? DO YOU THINK SHE ONLY HAD A “LIQUID FACELIFT?” PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?


The Real Housewives of New Jersey managed to remain in the headlines while they filmed their third season thanks to the antics of some of the stars, which included a brawl at a christening party and a recent brawl during a vacation to the Dominican Republic.

So when Bravo finally released the season 3 trailer last week, many fans were disappointed as it seemed to be lacking the drama we were expecting. Well fret not as it seems Bravo heard the complaints. The network has released a new sneak peek giving us a look into the family drama involving Teresa Giudice, her brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa Gorga, and her cousin Kathy Wakile.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT TERESA & MELISSA’S FEUD!

In the video below, Teresa says about her brother, “He was like my best friend … [But that changed] after he got married. Melissa’s my sister-in-law and we’re not exactly best friends.” We then get to see the widely talked about christening brawl which begins with Teresa walking over to her brother and his wife, words are exchanged and Joe tells Teresa, “You’re garbage.”

The family feud erupts, and well, you just have to see the madness below. Kathy sums it up best when she states: “War has lots of casualties.” The new season of the NJ Housewives premieres May 16 on Bravo.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE NEW VIDEO OF THE NJ HOUSEWIVES?

Snooki skinny

Holy moly! It seems Jersey Shore star Snooki has spent the last couple of weeks hitting the gym!

The pint-sized MTV reality star showed off her new slimmer figure this week via a set of photos on her twitter page. In her recent photos, the 23-year-old appears to be at her slimmest yet since joining the mega-hit show almost two years ago.

And if Snooki’s recent tweets are any indication, she did it the old fashioned way – through diet and exercise. “As everyones planning their night at the club, I’m wondering when Golds closes lol. #motivated,” tweeted the Snooks on April 16 referencing the popular Gold’s Gym.

“Water is my new best friend. #dieting,” she also tweeted on April 15. Snooki, who has been open about her battle with bulimia and anorexia in the past, told UsWeekly back in January, “I just want to get back into shape like I used to be.” She is definitely well on her way! More recent photos of Snooki from this week below.

Snooki and the rest of the gang will jet off to Italy to shoot season 4 sometime in May. And speaking of Italy, it seems the mayor of Italian city Florence (the city the Jersey Shore gang will be getting their GTL on) has issued the cast a list of rules to abide by during filming.

The New York Post reports Matteo Renzi, made the list of rules public via Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The rules are below -

– The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol.
– The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.
– The show will not be filmed to promote Florence as a drinking town.
– The show should be filmed in a manner to promote Italy (not Americans visiting Italy) and feature it’s culture and good food.

So let’s see, no drinking in public and no bars that serve alcohol. So are you as worried about season 4 as we are? As we reported weeks ago, the Italians got a glimpse of the Jersey Shore series for the first time last month when the show began airing there and they were not impressed with the cast’s shenanigans. “They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” columnist Roberto Del Bove lamented.

And finally, Life & Style magazine is reporting that The Situation, who reportedly earned $5 million last year, is not the only JS cast member raking in the dough!

DJ Pauly D reportedly earns half a million dollars a month according to the mag! “He makes at least $500,000 a month,” an insider tells Life & Style. And how does he earn that much? Apparently with his DJ gigs, endorsement deals, and his own spin-off TV series. He is also reportedly in talks with 50 Cent to sign with the rapper’s record label, G-Unit.

Pauly D’s most lucrative job of all is apparently being one of the nation’s most in-demand DJs right now. “That alone commands up to $40,000 per set, and he does three to six gigs per week,” the insider says. Mamma mia! It really pays to be a fist-pumper.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SNOOKI’S WEIGHT LOSS, THE MAYOR’S RULES & DJ PAULY D’S EARNINGS?

Move over Kim Zolciak Danielle Staub Countess LuAnn! We have another singing ‘Housewife’ on our hands, except this time around it’s a man baby!

Yes, Real Housewives of New York City star Simon van Kempen has decided to branch out into a singing career.

Brace yourself as Simon, hubby of Alex McCord, unleashed his debut single, ‘I Am Real,’ on us today via Popeater. I Am Real is described as “a bass-thumping, synth-heavy dance track filled with defiant lyrics aimed at “cheeky tongue waggers.””

“I thought ‘I Am Real’ is a fun song with lyrics that suit me to a ‘T,’” says Simon . “It’s cheeky and catchy and captures my four years on reality TV.”

Simon’s new song include genius lyrics such as “Gold and diamonds glitter. But the taste is slightly bitter. When wives attack behind my back, they trash me on the Twitter.” Are you paying attention folks at the Grammys!? When asked what artist is most similar to him, Simon states, “I’d say Jarvis Cocker, but I don’t want to be Pulp’d.”

So, no need to wait any longer. The new single of Simon van Kempen is below! And it’s actually not that bad no?

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TELL US – SIMON’S NEW SINGLE: HOT OR NOT?

Emily Calls It Quits. What Will Happen to Brad Woeisme?

In an absolutely unforeseeable, unpredictable, and downright shocking turn of events, it appears that two-time Bachelor star Brad Womack and his fiancée Emily Maynard have called it quits. Again. For good. This time. For real. Now, I realize that I really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, of all the seasons and all the engagements, the only couples who have made it down the aisle are Trista and Ryan Sutter, and that guy with the kid who dumped his original pick on live television to go for the runner-up. I kid, I kid…Jason and Molly Mesnick, such a cute couple. Not to mention, Brad doesn’t exactly have the most stellar track record–he didn’t even pick a lass his first time on the merry-go-round. I mean, the actual show dubbed him “The Most Hated Man in America” in an effort to hype his sophomore season.

According to Life & Style, Emily ended the relationship by phone on April 9th because her beau was “not acting like a fiancé, and she’s knows that he’s not going to change.” Sources add that Brad was far from the perfect fiance. He reportedly ignored Emily for days at a time, until she finally picked up the phone to tell him it was over. “Emily has spent nights alone in bed crying,” a source tells Life & Style. “[She was]waiting for Brad to call her back or pick up the phone when she’s called him.”

The article additionally claims that Brad made an offer on a house without even consulting his (much, much) better half, and that recent erratic behavior led Emily to believe that Brad may have been unfaithful. That erratic behavior includes Brad skipping out on trips to go visit Emily & her 5-year-0ld daughter Ricki in Charlotte. “He’s backed out of plans to come and visit her,” says a friend. “He’s even gotten drunk and canceled a flight at last minute.”

As Bachelor fans will certainly recall, Emily expressed concern about Brad’s temper to host Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose, even admitting the couple had split briefly after the filming commenced. OK Magazine also cited pressure to move to Texas and fit in with Brad’s lifestyle as a reason for the breakup.

So why only speculation at this point? Life & Style reports that Emily was contacted by ABC on April 13th with a friendly reminder of her binding contract not to disclose the details of their (now nonexistent?) relationship until ABC gives its permission. ABC is reportedly encouraging Emily to try to work things out with Brad, because they want Bachelor couples to make it down the aisle. Emily, who has stopped wearing her engagement ring, also explained to a friend that Brad is “insecure and not stable.” And she does not want to subject daughter Ricki to his nasty temper.

“She wants to be in a happy, healthy, loving relationship, and if she could make things work with Brad she would be ecstatic,” says the friend. “But for her daughter’s sake, Emily fears that she has to move on. She just doesn’t know what else to do.”

Not to bring up any sour grapes, but heck yes Brad wants to get married. We knew that before he’d picked Emily when the show was still in production…mainly we knew that when Brad’s former on-and-off girlfriend Laurel Kaygay went to US Weekly in February. Laurel revealed text messages Brad sent to her before he left to film the Bachelor, some imploring he’d like to marry her. I know, I know. “Consider the source!” you’re thinking. I’m just saying that maybe he does really want to get married…he just may not be concerned about the “to whom” part. Either way, current girlfriend Emily may be better off…

I (admittedly) watched this past season of the Bachelor religiously, and I really liked Emily. She seems like a down-to-earth chick who is not only making decisions for herself, but also considering what’s best for her young daughter, little Ricki. And honestly, if ABC plays its cards right, Brad could pull off the Triple Crown of Bachelor stints…seriously, girls who just want to be on television have done much crazier things for their fifteen minutes of fame.

TELL US – DID EMILY MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN DUMPING BRAD? DO YOU THINK BRAD IS A CHANGED MAN?

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