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It’s official. The world is probably about to end. Mob WivesKaren 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.

[Photo Credit: D. Salters/WENN.com]

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?


On last night’s Project Runway All Stars challenge, the designers experienced a PR first! The designers had to make an avant-garde look using LED lights for the first ever blacklight runway show!

Immediately, when Angela explained the challenge Austin lit up (haha) but everyone else dimmed considerably. The nervous energy in the room was palpable. The designers received $300 to buying LED lighting and accessories, and then went to Mood to procure some blacklight worthy fabrics.

Almost everyone was over-whelmed by the idea of incorporating the lights into their garment on top of being forced to make an avant-garde look – which I guarantee most of these designers didn’t even know what that meant conceptually. Throwing every detail and weird idea at a dress and stapling some odd wings on doesn’t make it avant-garde – it makes it weird. Nevertheless, that’s the standard way to approach a PR avant-garde challenge and it happens every time the have one. Basically, a designer that isn’t avant-garde and doesn’t embrace that as their medium, isn’t going to excel in that style, so we always end up with a hot mess of weird, crazy, and ugly.

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Ready or not, the first Jersey Shore spinoff is coming soon!

While Snooki and JWoww are currently busy filming their own spinoff, MTV has now released the trailer for DJ Pauly D’s spinoff, The Pauly D Project.

The new series will give fans an inside look into Pauly D’s life away from Seaside Heights, NJ, as cameras document his transition from world-famous housemate to world-class DJ, with his best friends from his home state of Rhode Island along for the ride.

The press release states “viewers will get to see Pauly D chase his dream as he signs a recording contract with rap icon 50 Cent’s G-Note Records, accompanies pop icon Britney Spears on her international “Femme Fatale” tour and tries to balance it all with the array of photo shoots, public appearances and media interviews that are now a part of his everyday life.”

Joining Pauly D on the show are his boys: Michael “Biggie” Morgan -a DJ who became best friends with Pauly D when they were DJs together at Club ULTRA in Rhode Island; Gerard “Big Jerry” Gialanella – the unofficial baby brother of Pauly D’s crew (and often the butt of their group’s jokes), who also serves as Pauly D’s personal security and a much-needed confidante; Ryan Labbe – Pauly D’s partner in crime who is quick to give him a reality check; and Jason “JROC” Craig – known in Las Vegas’ most elite circles as “Mr. Vegas,” and serves as Pauly D and Co.’s West Coast social liaison.

With those intros out-of-the-way, the trailer for Pauly’s show is below! The show seems like a bit of a snoozefest to me, but I’ll let you be the judge! The series debuts on MTV on March 29 at 10:30/9:30c.

TELL US – YAY OR NAY ON THE PAULY D PROJECT? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? OR ARE YOU OVER THE JERSEY SHORE FRANCHISE?

Kate Gosselin‘s finances are in the hot seat again! The mom of many, who just cannot be without her $2k Ted Gibson extensions and her gigolo bodyguard, Steve Neild, is allegedly under tremendous financial strain since the cancellation of her unpopular reality show, Kate Plus 8!

The aspiring pimpmomager has been hard at work shilling coupons and running marathons, but, apparently, it’s not enough! Rumors have surfaced that Kate is all but broke and is forced to host a Royal Caribbean Cruise this summer because she is “strapped for cash.” Yeah – what a horrible job. Ugh. I so feel for you, Kate.

“The last thing Kate wants to do is hang out with complete strangers,” a source tells HollyBaby. “She’s doing it for a free vacation and because she needs money desperately.” Kate has mentioned more than once that one of her big concerns about being dumped by TLC is the lack of luxury vacations! Why do I think a Kate Gosselin Cruise is not going to be the company’s best-selling trip? Do you think she’ll spend the entire week having meltdowns, screaming over pizza, and ordering the vacationers around so they can have the authentic Kate-perience?

And Kate is not letting go of her TV stardom dreams. “Kate wants her own show, a talk show, but it’s just not panning out,” the source explains. “Kate doesn’t know what’s next, but she’s doing whatever she can to make money for her and the kids.”

News of her depleted financial state has had many fans questioning just how she affords such luxury items as a bodyguard, particularly when Kate was all but begging her Twitter followers to help her afford the five laptops she needed to buy for her children! “Steve works for Kate for free,” the source reveals. “If she ever pays him, it’s the bare minimum.”

Kate is apparently trying to drum up sympathy for her financial plight by taking to twitter to work the single mom angle. Despite telling Dr. Drew in a recent interview that she now has an amicable relationship with ex-husband Jon Gosselin, who is much more involved in their childrens’ lives, Kate is still trashing him – albeit indirectly. And she is insinuating she needs money to pay for her children’s necessities because she is raising her kids alone!

Apparently, one fan had enough, writing: “If only I had that money! Surely she has the money from her TV show to buy five laptops.”

“do u personally no how exp raising 8 kids alone is?Didnt think so..didn’t any1 teach u nvr 2 assume u no some1 else’s $ situation?;” Kate responded. That prompted other tweeters to wonder just how the divorced mother became a single one, being that Jon is still there and very much involved in his kids’ lives. “Kate, you are NOT raising kids alone. Don’t lie. Also many moms here know what it’s REALLY like to raids kids alone,” one user seethed. Yikes!

Jon has not commented back, but an irate Kate went on a blocking rampage and encouraged fans to ignore and block these so-called negative users. Is she hanging out with Jill Zarin these days?

Speaking of Kate’s rampant follower,s the egotistical wannabe A-lister has now coined a name for her illustrious fans. “How many more of u are ‘Gosselinators'(a new term that I think means majorly dedicated truly devoted fans4life)?;” Kate wondered on twitter. She got one reply. Right – so Gosselinators… that’s just… sad. I prefer Gosselinista, myself!

[Photo Credit: WENN]

IS KATE BROKE OR JUST DESPERATE FOR ATTENTION? IS IT WRONG FOR HER TO ASK FANS TO HELP HER BUY THINGS FOR HER CHILDREN? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW TERM “GOSSELINATOR”?

After being attacked outside a West Virginia movie theater by three women, Leah Messer is terrified to leave her house, according to sources!

Two weeks ago, Leah and her fiancé Jeremy Calvert were walking in a parking lot, when three women approached her. “The women started screaming, ‘Look, it’s that bitch from Teen Mom!’” an insider tells In Touch Weekly. The women then followed the couple, and according to Leah, beat her “viciously,” bruising her face and chest.

After the incident, Leah has become seized by fear that something may happen to her again. “Leah’s now terrified to leave her home,” the insider explains. “There are just so many haters.”

The attack has left a precarious Leah, already distraught over a recent miscarriage, depressed and according to friends, has pushed her over the edge. “She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown,” the source adds. Hopefully things will improve for the mom of twins!

Moving on to other Teen Mom 2 news, Jenelle Evans is still dealing with custody issues! The tumultuous Jenelle, who after a string of recent arrests, confessed to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, now worries that the diagnosis will keep her from parenting Jace.

Jenelle has been seeing a doctor recently and is now on medication to help control her violent mood swings, which have contributed to her unruly and dangerous behavior in the past. But Jenelle is, surprisingly, thinking ahead and worrying that she won’t be capable of caring for Jace long-term!

“She is really, really scared,” an insider shares with Reality Weekly. “Jenelle is worried she’ll end up going off the deep end. It’s her nightmare that she is going to end up in the psych ward.” Jenelle’s fear is exacerbated by her brother’s diagnosis. “My brother, he has bipolar and schizophrenia,” Jenelle recently confessed to Dr. Mohammed, the Medical Director at Malibu Horizon Drug Alcohol Rehab Treatment Center

Jenelle is so concerned about her mental stability, she is wondering if she should relinquish custody permanently! “It’s one of the reasons she’s wondered if she should give up Jace,” the source admits. “She’s that scared she won’t be able to take care of him down the road.”

Apparently, Jenelle’s fears have been haunting her in her dreams and she grows more afraid by the day. “She’s been calling herself crazy,” the source adds. “She spends a lot of time in tears.”

Friends also worry about Jenelle’s long-term mental health. “She has always been off,” says a former pal. “She gets something on her mind and gets very obsessed with it. She can’t sleep or calm down.”

Hopefully both Leah and Jenelle can get their demons and behaviors under control for the sake of their children! At least Jenelle has the support of her mother, Barbara Evans, to raise Jace.

And finally, while the second season of Teen Mom 2 only concluded last week, MTV has already began filming on a new season of the series! Kailyn Lowry tweeted the photo below this week which shows MTV camera crews filming her along with her friends. No word yet on when the new season will air.

As we reported yesterday, MTV has also greenlighted Teen Mom 3 which will likely feature some of the cast members from the upcoming 16 and Pregnant season.

ARE LEAH’S FEARS JUSTIFIED? SHOULD JENELLE GIVE UP CUSTODY OF JACE OR JUST TRY TO MANAGE HER MENTAL ILLNESS? DO YOU BELIEVE JENELLE WILL BE ABLE TO GET HER ACT TOGETHER AND BE A MOTHER?


Bringing you an all new photo post this week!

Above, is a photo of Kim Kardashian, Kyle Richards, Kris Jenner, and Mauricio Umansky, as they attended the QVC presents The Buzz red carpet cocktail party held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, on Feb. 23. Kyle might want to keep an eye on hubby Mauricio as Kim’s skankiness knows no boundaries!

Also below, Bethenny Frankel continues her Miami vacation in a white bikini; Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita attend an event; Taylor Armstrong is present at a grifting, err, gifting lounge for the Oscars, Kelly Bensimon is still running in the streets of NYC; Camille Grammer does her best Angelina Jolie impersonation at an Oscars party, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan at an event together; and Kim Richrds attends an Oscars party! Plus, photos of Adrienne Maloof, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Rachel Zoe & more!

Also below, Kim Kardashian; Kourtney Kardashian, JWoww, Renee Graziano , Holly Madison, Jake Pavelka, Gloria Govan, and more!

[Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com]

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Jill Zarin has found herself in the crossfire again. It seems that ever since her friendship with Bethenny Frankel fell by the wayside, Jill can do nothing right. The most recent controversy surrounding the red-headed former reality star centers around an appearance at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Event at Night. Jill was billed as the keynote speaker, and along with her sister, Lisa Wexler, and her mother, Gloria Kamen, they were to discuss their advice book Secrets Of A Jewish Mother.

Somewhere along the way a few people were offended by comments Lisa allegedly made, insulting stay-at-home mothers, rumors began circulating that women stormed out or left in “droves.” One lone tweeter with an agenda (an agenda as she self-admittedly loathes Jill) decided to claim Jill and her family were “hot messes” and “disastrous”, offending many of the 700 guests in attendance. Well, of course, the blogs and then the media picked up on the alleged controversy, which prompted the organizers of the event to send a formal email apology letter to all the women who attended.

Jill is finally speaking out giving her side of things and claiming that very few people were actually upset, and the supposed mass walk-out was largely comprised of women who needed to leave, as the event ran long. She claims no one was behaving as if they were upset during or after Lisa’s comments.

“They completely lied,” Jill tells Naughty Nice Rob. “They didn’t have their listening ears on and misunderstood what she said. No one walked out. It was running one hour late and was already 10:00 PM after dessert, so a few left. I have it all on tape.” Indeed, Jill does have it on tape – and the videos are up on her YouTube channel!

“From the minute we got on stage, we had mic issues,” Jill recounts. “So bad that they took off all our individual mics and gave us only one big handheld mic — so unprofessional. No one could really understand us.”

Jill adds, “We were thrown under the bus. We were never asked to be funny. We were asked to talk about subjects in the book, which we did.”

Lisa is also speaking out about what happened, taking to her radio show, and not backing down from her comments. Lisa describes the episode as a miscommunication. And she is not willing to apologize to the Federation or the women who attended the event, but she is sorry that Jill is taking the heat from her comments. She is also sorry she chose the wrong forum to express her feelings.

Lisa insists she was not insulting stay-at-home mothers, but merely discussing the quandary any professional woman faces once she decides to become a mother, which is a subject broached in their book, and very few people even noticed her comments during the event. Lisa blames herself saying she did not prepare adequately for the program and essentially admitted to ad-libbing. She says the controversy was started by people on Twitter that don’t like Jill and attack her from multiple aliases.

Jill also appeared on her sister’s show, both women both claim there was no dispute between the Federation until the twitter/media episode blew it out of proportion, and the Federation issued the letter as damage control. Jill believes the Federation had “no right” to send that letter and “hurt their livelihood,” particularly without discussing the matter with them first. Jill doesn’t feel anything said was so egregious it warranted so much upheaval and she defended Lisa’s comments as “lessons.”

Jill is still disappointed by the “atrocious” handling of the situation and the lack of communication by the Dallas chapter – apparently, they found out about the letter through the internet! Jill explains they have spoken at many chapters across the country with no controversy, and they have been asked back repeatedly. Jill is also offended that her participation as a member (a Lion of Judah) was not considered in the Dallas chapter’s handling of said negative reaction from attendees.

Unfortunately, in the radio broadcast, emotions got out of hand where Jill is concerned, and she released the name of the woman who sent the email apology (which is already all over the internet thanks to the prolific posting of the letter). Jill is furious and hopes she will suffer consequences for the letter. Jill point-blank mentioned that she thinks the woman should be fired.

Jill continues to speak of how the event was mismanaged and she had no idea the event was a fundraiser or that they were billed as the “entertainment.” Jill maintains that many people left simply because the time management issues, and the Federation attempted to blame her and her family for their own poor organization skills.

Lisa astutely points out that Susan (the author of the letter), a full-time working mother, should be understanding of Lisa discussing the challenges working mothers face. Jill says the Federation benefited from the controversy since it gained national attention and she made front-page news over the “nonsense.”

Jill also talked about learning to deal with negative reactions from the media – a lesson learned from appearing on Real Housewives of New York. Jill cautions viewers about the editing process, which vilified her in favor of Bethenny. Jill believes “somebody” on RHONY (whose name she did not mention) paid a select group of people to besmirch her reputation and continue to slander her in the press through the internet.

According to Jill, she has subsequently received a lot of apologies from fans who feel they misjudged the situation initially, and she says, “haters will be haters.” All in all, a lot of huff and puff over what seems like a simple miscommunication!

[Photo Credit: Johnny Louis/WENN.com]

THOUGHTS ON JILL AND LISA’S REACTIONS TO THE CONTROVERSY? DO YOU THINK THE ENTIRE THING WAS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION AND HANDLED INAPPROPRIATELY BY ORGANIZERS OR DID LISA’S COMMENTS WARRANT THE REACTION?


Holy majoly! On Monday night’s episode of Basketball Wives, it was the conversation heard ’round the world…and by “world” I mean the VH1 following that the show has amassed. Evelyn Lozada takes to her personal blog to address her discussion with Chad Ochocinco regarding his infidelities, seemingly giving him a pass to cheat, as well as dishing on her cast mates–former friend Jennifer Williams in particular.

It’s obvious that Evelyn and Jenn have quite the history, and perhaps (maybe? Just a little?) Evelyn is upset about the downfall of their friendship. She reminds her fans, “You know what’s funny; the fact that Jennifer brought up my daughter is disturbing. I say this because Jennifer doesn’t know the half about being a mother…she isn’t one! Jennifer has been in my daughter’s life since Shaniece was six years old. Recently, she saw my daughter in passing and didn’t say two words to her. With that said, she needs to keep my daughter’s name out of her mouth and I am VERY serious about that.”

Evelyn even wants to clarify a lot of things when it comes to Jenn. “On Jennifer saying that I need to speak to her in a respectful manner, I was VERY calm at the beginning of last week’s scene. How can I talk to her in a respectful manner when she is yelling? I even told her to calm down. How does she even expect me to accept or seem to believe her apology is sincere when she was constantly yelling at me?” She continues, “It truly baffles me that Jennifer can even say that I need to speak to her in a respectful manner when all the while she has been disrespecting me by talking about me publicly. Even Shaunie [O’Neal] and Tami [Roman] could see that she doesn’t get it.”

“One thing that I would like to point out is that Jennifer has been around my brother-in-law and one of my niece’s since birth. Not one time, even when we were cool did she reach out to see how he was or how my family was doing,” Evelyn accuses. She explains, “I know that she and I aren’t cool, but if there were something tragic happening in her family, I would put this entire BS to the side and check on her.” Evelyn further asserts, “And about me being exempt from Jen’s life…no one is worried about Jenn she has been exempt from my life for a while. #BOOM”

Moving on to other cast mates, Evelyn seems to follow the mantra that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Who knew she was capable of that? Perhaps her publicist is writing this blog…

Of Kenya [Bell]’s “music productions”, Evelyn sidesteps the issue, revealing, “No comment on Kenya’s videos…keep watching because I touch on that later.”

Additionally, Evelyn sings Suzie [Ketcham]’s praises. She says, “I know she receives a lot of flack, but at the end of the day, the show wouldn’t work if it weren’t for Suzie. Suzie is connected to everyone and whether she is messy or not, she is the reason why the show flows. You can be mad at me for saying that, but it’s the honest to God’s truth.” So the reason the show flows is because Suzie desperately goes back and forth among the ladies (I use that term loosely) in hopes of staying on everyone’s good side.

Maybe the most shocking thing Evelyn says on her blog (and mind you, this is a blog where she addresses her one-sided open relationship with Chad) regards her nemesis Royce Reed. She shares, “I really think that acting is Royce’s calling, for some reason something within me tells me that. Royce seems very passionate about acting and I think she will do very well. Not to mention that her hair looked amazing on tonight’s show. Royce at one time judged me last season regarding Chad and I will not judge her for being with a different man this season. However, I’m happy for her and wish her all the best.” Wait, what??? I think I just had a minor stoke reading that! I mean, sure, the statement is passive aggressive, but it includes more than one compliment! Her publicist HAS to be writing this.

Finally, Evelyn addresses her relationship with Chad. She laments, “Are we perfect? Absolutely not, however, we do love each other and are both focused on making this work. I would never involve my daughter nor would he involve his children in something that wasn’t real.”

“I am not condoning Chad for cheating; I am a realist as to the world we live. When your relationship is high profile and publicized like mine, I don’t put anything past anyone. Who is it to say that either one of us will eventually fall into that temptation one day? We don’t know that. My thing is, I want to take my wedding vows and say, we want this to be forever, but you never know. Chad and I are open with communication, we talk all the time and he is a work in progress.” Evelyn reveals, “I am hoping that men and women both can relate to us because there will be temptation, but it takes a strong bond to defeat it.” There is so much wrong with what she’s saying, I can’t even begin to start.

Summing it up, Evelyn professes, “I love Chad, my focus is him and vice-versa and we are going to do this thing and work it out. A lot of times people say you shouldn’t be open with your dude and tell him what you have done in the past and vice-versa, but it works for us, he doesn’t judge me and I don’t judge him. Nobody is perfect it is what it is. I wasn’t looking for Chad, Chad came into my life on Twitter.” Of course he did – it’s almost poetic.

Thank you, Evelyn, for giving me the perfect transition to your recent tweets which seem to condone Chad’s behavior and an open relationship. Her cryptic quotes reference how open the couple’s communication is, as well as pointing out the fact that Evelyn never turned down the threesome. Hmmm….A screen shot of said tweets is below.

Well there you have it, misspellings and all! Who am I to talk…especially in 140 characters or less.

THOUGHTS ON EVELYN’S BLOG? DO YOU THINK SHE’S HURT BY JENN? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE’S TRULY OKAY WITH AN “OPEN” RELATIONSHIP WITH CHAD? ANY COMMENTS ON HER TWEETS?

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