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Bethenny Frankel finds herself on the receiving end of some negative publicity today after her Skinnygirl drinkline was yanked from the Whole Foods supermarket chain.

The reason? Apparently some of the supposed “natural” ingredients in the Bethenny Ever After star’s drinkline were discovered to be not so natural. “There are no ingredients listed on the bottle,” one nutritionist tells the Huffington Post.

“Bethenny has been promoting the drink on and off-camera for years [as] full of ‘natural flavors, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and made with premium Blue Agave clear tequila,’ but that’s about all we know about its ingredients,” the nutritionist states. A store worker adds, “The store prides itself in selling the best quality whole products that our high-end consumers expect. Not novelty products that are shaded with secrecy.”

A Whole Foods employee in Michigan also confirmed the news to TMZ. The employee states the products were briefly sold at his store while confirming the line was recently pulled because “it was learned the ingredients are not natural.” Yikes.

Neither Bethenny nor the Whole Foods chain have yet to comment on this issue. No word yet on how big a blow this will be to the Skinnygirl cocktail empire. As reported, Bethenny sold the drink line earlier this year for a reported $100 million when counting the incentives and payouts — which are likely contingent on the line’s continued success.

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UPDATE – The Absurdtosublime blog reports they were told the products were yanked because of an unnatural ingredient that was found: caramel color. The site adds that the bottle does indeed read “made with blue agave tequila with natural flavors and caramel color added.” The site however points out that a number of items in the Whole Foods stores, such as frozen foods, contain one “unnatural” ingredient or two.

UPDATE #2 Beam, the company that owns the Skinnygirl line, tells TMZ Whole Foods never “pulled” the product, but simply decided not to reorder. Uh uh. The company adds that the “Skinnygirl Margarita contains very low levels of sodium benzoate (a preservative) so it can stay on the shelves.”

It was double eviction week last Thursday on Big Brother 13, as two of the strongest players left in the game were voted out.

Veterans Danielle Donato and Jeff Schroeder were evicted, joining fellow veteran Brendon Villegas in the jury house. In new interviews, both Danielle and Jeff speak out on their evictions, what they would have done differently and their thoughts on being able to play the game twice.

Below are excerpts from Danielle’s interview with Reality Wanted -

Q. RealityWanted: What prompted to you to turn on your alliance with the veterans so early in the game?
A. Daniele: I knew that Jeff was going to be really hard to get out later on in the game. I had a really tight alliance with Brendon and Rachel. They were the perfect alliance member because they were strong competitors and huge targets. I knew that with Dominic the four of us could run the house. Period. Also, Brendon and Jeff walked around the house just bullying everyone, including me. I didn’t want any part of that. I am my own person and wanted to make my own moves and not base things on what Brendon and Jeff told me what to do.

Q. RealityWanted:
Did you expect to be backdoored by Jeff? He has said in the past that that’s not how he plays.
A. Daniele: Jeff walks around that house preaching integrity and honesty. The reason I didn’t backdoor Jeff was because he accused me of attacking him on a personal level in week three in trying to back door him. I wanted to prove that it wasn’t personal. The only reason he backdoored me was because he held a personal grudge and wanted to make a big move.

Q. RealityWanted: Your relationships with Kalia and Porsche seem genuine. Are they friendships that you will carry outside of the game?
A. Daniele: I never came into this house expecting A. to make friends and B. to make friends with girls. I cannot wait to have real friendships with these people outside of the house. Kalia and Porsche are both amazing women. Those friendships were real and they will last forever.

Q. RealityWanted: What was the best part about getting to play the game a second time?
A. Daniele: I think the best part is knowing what I’m getting myself into and being able to appreciate the whole experience more.

Below are excerpts from Jeff’s interview with Reality Wanted -

Q. RealityWanted: What was the fight this week with Shelly about? Is it because she told Rachel that you threw the cornhole challenge?
A. Jeff: It was just to call Shelly out. She made three deals with other people in the house. That might have been my demise, but it happened the way it happened. I wasn’t scared of anyone in the house, but ultimately, that was my demise. Either way, I’m out and they are in.

Q. RealityWanted: Are you surprised that she suddenly turned on your alliance?
A. Jeff: Shocked. I thought I would be friends with Shelly after the game – and I want to say that it is all just a game – but for Shelly to do something like that really hurt. Right now, it stings, but we’ll see how I feel at the finale.

Q. RealityWanted: Playing a week’s worth of Big Brother in one night might be great television but it seems pretty terrible if you’re a player and end up on the wrong side of things. Could things have gone differently if tonight’s events took place over the course of a week?
A. Jeff: I don’t know what I could have done to prepare even if I had known, but I definitely would not have had it out with Shelly yesterday.

In other BB news, TMZ is reporting today that Shelly Moore’s family has met with the FBI over the death threats they had been receiving following Jeff’s eviction. Some deranged fans were apparently leaving frightening calls and emails for Shelly’s loved ones.

Fortunately, the FBI has determined that none of the threats were “credible.” Sources close to Shelly’s family also reveal that the threats have essentially stopped in the last couple of days. Good.

And finally, a new live eviction episode of Big Brother airs tonight on CBS. HOH Porsche was forced to put up two of her own alliance members after opening up the Pandora box and unleashing the pairs twist back on the house. Up for eviction are Shelly and Adam. It appears Shelly will be the one getting the boot unless she is able to pull off a last minute miracle. The episode airs tonight at 9/8c.

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The new season of the Amazing Race marks a decade of entertainment from the CBS series, so expect to see lots of new twists and turns.

The nineteenth season is highlighted by a cast headed up by former Survivor winners Jenna Morasca and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn. Joining them are a retired NFL player, Olympic snowboarders, a set of twins, the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, and, of course, a pair of former Vegas showgirls…just to name a few.

This year’s race around the world will span four continents, twenty cities, and almost 40,000 miles of global travel. The eleven teams will start their trek in Southern California before heading to Taiwan. Thailand, Denmark, Malawi, and Indonesia will be other destinations for those fortunate enough to survive elimination.

This season, hosted by Phil Keoghan, also boasts a new “Hazard” penalty and the first ever double elimination. The new season of Amazing Race premieres Sunday, September 25, on CBS. Meet the teams below!

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In a new interview with In Touch Weekly, Jersey Shore star JWoww, 25, is finally opening up about the speculation that she got some work done on her face.

Despite sporting what appears to be a much different look on the new season of the MTV hit show, JWoww aka Jenni Farley is denying she got any new procedures done.

“People are saying I got cheek implants, my chin shaved down and a nose job,” she tells In Touch, citing that weight loss is to blame for her drastic new look. “I lost 15 pounds and my cheeks have become more defined. I highlight my cheeks instead of putting bronzer on them,” she added. “If I got work done, I would be open to talking about it; I didn’t,” claims JWoww before going on to admit she does have a boob job and is open to Botox in the future.

“I have cellulite,” confesses JWoww, who hasn’t ruled out the possibility of getting plastic surgery down the road. “I’ll probably get Botox by the time I’m 30, and have my breast implants redone in a few years after I’ve had kids,” she says. Did she or didn’t she? We’ll let you be the judge as a before and after photo of her is below.

Meanwhile, JWoww’s costar and BFF Snooki is speaking out about Dancing With The Stars. Despite reports that she had signed on to do the show, Snooki is not a part of the new season.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Snooki claimed she was never asked to be on the show. “They never asked me, not once did they come up [to ask,]” said Snooki. “I feel like I’m too busy to do it [right now,] cause I have all my products coming out … [but] in the future, I definitely want to dance.”

It however appears Snooki is trying to take the high road unlike her costar DJ Pauly D who dissed the show. According to numerous reports, she was indeed asked but declined due to her busy schedule. Meaning she stands to make more money in the next 2 months by doing club appearances rather than being tied down to the show.

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E! reporter and reality star Giuliana Rancic is standing her ground when it comes to the brewing weight controversy involving her fellow skinny girl LeAnn Rimes!

The drama began when Giuliana, star of Style network’s Giuliana and Bill, stated in an interview that she would like to feed a too skinny LeAnn at her new restaurant. LeAnn didn’t take too kindly to the comments from Giuliana, who has also been criticized for being too skinny, as she fired off a number of tweets earlier this week.

“She lost a lot of weight from all the stress in her life,” said Giuliana, 36. “She seems a little thin right now, and I think she looks great when she’s a bit curvier.” LeAnn, 29, then responded via twitter: “@GiulianaRancic hey, we should go to dinner sometime. You get criticized all the time for how small you are. You can see just HOW much I eat and maybe put a stop to this crazy “shrinking” once and for all…..oh, & then we should workout together!”

While talking to E! yesterday, Giuliana reveals she sees nothing wrong with her original comments. “I don’t see anything wrong with pointing out that someone looks good curvier. There’s nothing hotter than a girl with some curves. I wish I was a curvy bombshell!…trust me!” says Giuliana.

Giuliana adds that she meant no harm with her comments. “I didn’t mean it as an insult but apparently some people took it the wrong way. If someone told me they prefer me with some more weight on me…I’d give them a big, fat kiss!” says Giuliana. “I think this is just a big misunderstanding and hold no hard feelings towards LeAnn. Hope to see her on a red carpet soon!”

We are closely monitoring LeAnn’s twitter page and will bring you an update the minute she responds! You know she will.

Photos credit: WENN

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Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of the Real Housewives of Orange County stars Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino as they attended the “Scarface” Blu-Ray DVD Release Party hosted by Ciroc held at Belasco Theatre Los Angeles, California on August 23, 2011.

Below, Real Housewives of NJ stars Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga & Jacqueline Laurita celebrate Gregory Bennett’s birthday party at a gay club, Real Housewives of NYC stars Kelly Bensimon & Jill Zarin celebrate her Shape magazine cover, Bethenny Frankel steps out with hubby Jason Hoppy, plus Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Joe Gorga and a new bikini shot of Alexis Bellino!

Also below, Kim Kardashian attends the VMAs post honeymoon, the Jersey Shore cast at the VMAs, plus Kendra Wilkinson, Ashley Hebert, Vienna Girardi, & more!

Photo credit: Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

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According to a new report, Barbara Walters will likely get the first interview with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong.

Since the tragic suicide of her estranged husband Russell Armstrong, Taylor, 40, has managed to stay out of the spotlight while mourning her loss. A source close to her however indicates she’s being sought out by the media for the first interview.

The source tells RadarOnline that while Taylor is more than willing to sit down and tell-all, she’s only willing to do that when the time is right, and more importantly, she wants to do the interview with someone she can trust.

“Taylor would likely feel the most comfortable with Barbara Walters,” the source says. “Taylor expects to be asked the tough questions, and will answer them… The interview will most likely happen in the next month or so, and not sooner. Taylor needs a bit more time before she is ready to talk about the suicide.”

UsWeekly reported days ago that Taylor’s rep was shopping her first interview around for $100,000. But to my knowledge Barbara Walters doesn’t do paid interviews so it will be interesting to see how this all works out.

Meanwhile, Bravo announced today that the second season of the RHOBH will premiere on Sep. 5 as scheduled. In a statement released to the press, the network states a quick special featuring interviews with some of the BH housewives will air right before the season premiere episode.

“Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway,” Frances Berwick, the President of Bravo said in a statement before adding that the network plans to air several anti-suicide PSAs throughout the show.

The statement continues, “Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSA’s during the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. We will also provide additional information and resources on Bravotv.com, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time.”

And finally, RadarOnline is reporting this morning that Taylor is considering going to the FBI after a business associate of Russell’s, Alan Schram, also committed suicide 24 hours after Russell’s body was discovered.

Taylor is reportedly puzzled and wants to talk to the FBI to determine if there was a criminal motivation for the suicides. TMZ reported days ago that Russell and Alan were both members of an exclusive club called Tiger 21 — a group of investors who critiqued each other’s financial portfolios. The two guys also became friends.

“Taylor is leaning towards turning over some information that might be of interest to the FBI, which could shed some light as to why both men killed themselves,” reveals a source close to Taylor. “Taylor’s instincts are absolutely telling her that something much more was going on with these two men, than anyone knows about.”

The source adds, “Russell was a very secretive person. Taylor was unaware that he had stopped taking his anti-depressant medications in the two weeks prior to his suicide, even though he swore to her he was taking them.”

Taylor is now reportedly sorting through Russell’s things and paperwork, and putting aside items that she thinks are out of the norm to possibly turn them over to the FBI.

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Silver bells, silver bells! It’s Christmas time on Teen Mom. Amber deals with a tragedy from the past, while Maci can’t decide whether to drop out of school. Catelynn receives a surprise visit from her long-gone father, while Farrah tours Arizona with her family.

Amber and her old friend/new boyfriend Clinton are decorating her new house for Christmas. Clark Griswald called, and he’d like to borrow that inflatable Christmas tree. Gary sends Amber a video text of Leah attempting to use the potty (really Gar?) while a huge bouquet is delivered from her “wink, wink” secret admirer. Amber looks lovingly at Clinton for pulling off such a romantic gesture, but he’s cursing Gary’s name for upstaging him…Clinton apparently did not send the flowers. As any sweet girlfriend would do, Amber calls her ex, putting him on speaker phone so her new dude can hear. Gary asks, “Did your day just get better? That’s five dozen roses.” WTF Gary? Stop spending your hard-earned MTV money at the Bunny Ranch and FTD! Put that cash aside for Leah! “Five doz? They are so heavy,” responds a dazed Amber.

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