Following a successful first season on American Idol, judge Jennifer Lopezis revealing she is uncertain about a return to the show next season.
After Wednesday’s finale, Jlo, 41, refused to confirm whether she would sign on for the upcoming 11th season of the show.
“It’s too early to tell,” said Jennifer, who is believed to be in contract negotiations with FOX. Unlike her fellow judges, Randy Jackson andSteven Tyler who have multi-year deals with FOX, Jennifer only signed a one year contract for a reported $12 million.
It however seems the FOX network would love to have Jlo back on. “Everyone has multiple-year contracts. Jennifer had [a] single-year contract. We loved having her — the hope and expectation is she’ll return,” FOX chief Peter Rice said earlier this week.
This is all likely a negotiation ploy for Jennifer, who is said to have earned significantly less money from the show than Randy and Steven. Steven reportedly raked in $18 million for his first season alone.
Meanwhile, following the kiss seen around the world during the Idol finale on Wednesday, new winner Scotty McCreery is now responding to the rumors that he is romantically involved with runner-up Lauren Alaina, 16.
So are they an item? “Oh no,” Scotty, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. “We’ve been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it’s a brother-and-sister relationship.”
So what was up with the kiss? “She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me],” he said. “It was kind of like a joke. She’s a character.” Scotty also added, “We are really close friends. I met her on day one of Hollywood Week.” So there you have it folks! They are just “really close friends.”
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And immediately following the airing of the show, Ramona’s costar Countess LuAnn de Lesseps kept it classy by making the following tweet – “The fortune teller was spot on with all of us. It was scary.” See what the Countess did there? A not so subtle dig at Ramona by insinuating the fortune teller’s tale was accurate.
Ramona was however one of the guests on Watch What Happens Live last night, during which she denied her husband Mario Singeris cheating on her. “Well I never take fortune tellers to heart. I know what I have,” she said of Mario.
When informed of the tweet from the Countess, Ramona appeared visibly upset. “Hello, she’s the one who’s cheated left and right on her husband. She’s cheated on him, he’s cheated on her,” said Ramona. “What is she talking about? I never cheated on my husband. He never cheated on me.”
Andy Cohen also asked her the drinking question as many fans of the show this season have wondered if she has a drinking problem, you know, since she’s always shown with a half full glass of wine or flipping out whenever her own Pinot Grigio line is unavailable. Well Ramona also denied having any issues with the alcohol.
“You know what, I don’t have a drinking problem. I definitely have a glass or two at dinner. I drink responsibly. I don’t drink and drive. I wouldn’t have 4 businesses. I wouldn’t have a marriage,” said Ramona. “It’s just unfortunately some of these women are threatened by me or let’s say they just want to attack me for certain reasons.” She later added that she is simply a “social drinker” and that wine is only about 8% alcohol.
I suspect this is a case of Ramona trying too hard to plug her Pinot line on the show gone wrong, but perhaps it could be the editing. Or then again, maybe she just drinks too much. But don’t they all?
Some of our readers are also speculating if the “fortune teller” might have been planted, you know, to stir up drama. This actually never crossed my mind but it could be a possibility. For one, Brad, the guy who planned the party and set up the reading with the fortune teller, made it known he wasn’t a fan of Ramona’s.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE FORTUNE TELLER? DO YOU THINK MARIO IS CHEATING? DO YOU THINK RAMONA HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM? OR IS SHE A VICTIM OF BAD EDITING?
Taylor reveals that her marriage has never been better, despite the stories that say otherwise. She says, “Russell and I are together and in love and happier than ever.” Taylor attributes her husband as being the person who made her realize her dieting had gone too far, and it was with his support she was able to recognize the “unhealthy extremes” she went to in order to lose weight. Read the interview exerpt below to see what caused her rapid weight loss and how she was able to change these habits to regain her healthy physique.
How did it all start?
Russell brought home diet supplements two months ago because someone he knows wanted him to look at the company. We didn’t discuss the business end of it, but I started taking the supplements without him knowing. In the back of my mind I didn’t think they would even work, so I wasn’t worried — they were all natural and I thought you had to take prescription drugs to really ever lose weight.
Why did you think you needed them?
You know how it is as a woman; I was feeling my clothes were tight. I get everything tailored to fit me just right, so even if I gain just a few pounds my clothes don’t fit. I’d gained some weight because I was so busy with the show, being a wife and mother and running my start-up business. We went to charity events at night and I was eating unhealthy “event food” or drive-thru food, so I felt I needed to lose some weight. When I was taking the supplements, I had so much energy and wasn’t hungry — I thought it was great at first.
Has Russell ever made you feel self-conscious about your body?
Not at all. As a matter of fact, like most men, he likes me best when I am voluptuous. Recently we were looking at photos and he pointed out one and said I looked so lovely in it. I laughed as I told him: “I was five months pregnant there!”
When did you know you’d gone too far?
It was Russell who got me to admit the truth. He saw I wasn’t eating much and that I was too thin. I wasn’t weighing myself or taking my measurements, but when he said it I knew he was right.
Okay, so Taylor and Russell are more in love than ever, and in two months herbal supplements caused her to shed a ridiculous amount of weight. Can I get the name of these “supplements” and directions to the back alley where they are sold? Kidding aside, I think supplements alone is a slightly odd reason for such a drastic body change. Of course, all of the stresses involved in being a reality star (NOT to be confused with the stresses of being in a bad marriage with a robot, because She. Isn’t.), could certainly take their toll on a person’s lifestyle, eating habits, and frame.
Other Bravo stars in the commercial include Kathy Griffin, Kara DioGuardi, Padma Lakshmi, and Patti Stanger. If you recall, this was the same shoot in which some of the Bravo housewives reportedly felt snubbed by Top Chef host Padma, who they say ignored them during the shoot.
On the 8th episode this season titled “Misfortune Teller,” LuAnn hosts the ladies in Morocco, where she nabs Sonja and Ramona trying to secretly leave the property shortly after they arrive. Later, Jill runs into an old friend while shopping, and he invites the women to his birthday party, which features a fortune teller and a snake charmer.
Will this be a repeat of Scary Island? We can only hope have no idea but judging from the Bravo previews, it will be a dramatic trip that will span over 3 episodes! The new episode airs tonight at 10/9c.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Ramona Singer and news figure Willie Geist.
Meanwhile, in an interview with E! Online, Sonja Morgan briefly touched on her money and legal woes. Sonja filed bankruptcy last year and less than a week ago, a judge denied her appeal to get a $7 million judgment against her dismissed. Hannibal Pictures sued Sonja for agreeing to finance a movie, and then backing out of the deal.
“I had a slate of five films ready to go,” explained Sonja of her production company Sonja Productions. “I had one movie in the can and another movie fell through and a big lawsuit.”
Sonja adds that she was no longer able to finance the movie after she filed for divorce. “It was really hard on me…all while I was dealing with the divorce and I have a little child to take care of and a big house to maintain,” she said. A preview clip of the new episode is below.
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She graces the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine (out on stands Friday) under the heading “Fame Destroyed My Family.” Things reached a boiling point for Teresa during the Christening ceremony of her nephew as her younger brother Joe Gorgacalled her “garbage” in addition to a nasty words of exchange with her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.
Teresa, 39, tells In Touch that she won’t “stoop down to Melissa’s level” and refuses to use the word “jealous” to describe Joe & Melissa, though Teresa’s husband Joe Guidice has no problem doing just that. “Melissa is the most jealous person in the world, and she’s a liar,” says Joe.
Teresa also reveals that the situation with her brother is causing marital problems, with Joe telling In Touch, “I told her a bunch of times not to mention the brother in front of me—I don’t want to hear it and when I hear the name I get pissed off…There have been a couple of times when she has said the name, and I almost did leave.” Joe adds that he once ignored Teresa for an entire week after a heated spat.
And when it comes to Joe’s mounting legal problems, he blames the Bravo hit show stating that being more recognizable has made him and Teresa targets. “It seems like nobody ever went to jail for the stupid thing I went to jail for,” said Joe. That stupid thing is a DUI he received in January of last year. He served 10 days in jail in September. As for his most recent arrest in March, Teresa says she will continue to “stand by” her man, while Joe’s confident he will be exonerated.
The most shocking part of the story is when Teresa reveals that her eldest daughter Gia has been getting bullied at school since her aunt and uncle (Melissa and Joe) joined the show. “The other day at school, a kid went up to my daughter and said, ‘Your family is embarrassing.’ She told me she was crying,” revealed Teresa. Wowzers. Thank goodness Gia’s classmates missed the episodes with the table flipping, shoving of Andy Cohen or the humiliating and very public bankruptcy that made headlines last year. But all snark aside, it’s always sad to see the kids suffer for the consequences of the adults around them. Here’s to hoping things get better for little Gia.
And lastly, Teresa reveals that the turmoil has been especially hard for her sick dad who suffers from emphysema. “It’s breaking my heart,” says Teresa. “My brother knows how sick our dad is. I don’t know why he would do what he did.” She’s referring to the actions of her brother Joe when he began yelling at their dad during the Christening drama.
Oddly enough, Teresa makes no mention of a desire to quit the show in the article. You can read more of Teresa’s interview as well as see photos from her past in the current issue of In Touch. A bigger image of the cover is below.
In other Teresa news, move over Rachael Ray! As Teresa reveals she wants her own cooking show. While talking to the Miami Herald last week, Teresa, who has written two cookbooks, one of which made the NY Times best seller list, revealed her desire to get her own show.
It seems while the RHONJ has caused a strain for Teresa, it could also help achieve her latest goal. “When I first got into this, I didn’t do it for the money. I did it for fun,” said Teresa. “Now hopefully I’ll get my own cooking show. Maybe it’ll take me there.’’
Well if anything Teresa’s show would be entertaining, at least the part where she tries to pronounce her “ingredientces!”
TELL US – DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR TERESA? WOULD YOU WATCH HER COOKING SHOW?
That answer is a very strong maybe! The Bethenny Ever Afterstar was photographed above this week on Tuesday as she went for a stroll with daughter Bryn and husband Jason Hoppy in NYC.
It is however the appearance of what looks to be a baby bump that is catching the eyes of some, including us. The very skinny Bethenny, 40, appears to have some extra curves around the tummy area.
If she is pregnant, this would not come as a surprise as she has been very vocal about her desire to have a second baby. Earlier this year, she revealed that if she were to have a second child, it would be sooner than later due to her age. “I would love to have a second child, and it’s not something I have time to wait for,” she told Redbook magazine in their January issue. “You really experience your biological clock if you’re my age.”
“We throw caution to the wind and use the withdrawal method now,” added Bethenny. “If we got pregnant again, we’d be happy.”
So is she or isn’t she? Only time will tell. In the mean time, we’ll let you be the judge with more photos below of Bethenny with Bryn and Jason!
TELL US: BETHENNY – PREGNANT? OR ATE A SKINNYGIRL BAGEL?
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Good news fans of Mob Wives! The VH1 network has officially picked up the show for a second season.
This news comes as no surprise as the show has been doing very well in ratings, averaging over 1.3 million viewers per episode. All four women will be back for season two.
In addition to the season 2 news, the network also announced a “Mob Wives” reunion special is set to air July 10. Something tells us there will be plenty of security on the set!
And if you thought the last ‘dinner from hell’ episode of the show was dramatic, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
According to a new report by the NY Post, there is still at least one more fight coming our way this season. Castmates and former friends Karen Gravano and Drita D’avanzoreportedly got into a nasty physical fight during the season finale taping at the Rare View bar atop the Shelburne Hotel in New York. In fact things got so crazy, that it left one castmate bloody.
Once Karen and Drita got physical, security is said to have stepped in and separated the two, who were taken in different elevators. However, the fight spilled into the lobby, and security ended up throwing them out of the hotel according to sources.
Another cast memberRenee Graziano ended up bleeding in the scuffle after she cut her leg on a bench.
In the mean time, it seems VH1 has yet to decide on whether or not they will air the fight. A VH1 rep stated, “At this time, we are concerned about the well-being of our cast. The network has yet to determine whether we will air this footage.” VH1 has standards?
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TELL US – YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE REUNION & SEASON 2? SHOULD VH1 AIR THE FIGHT FOOTAGE?