According to a new report by TMZ, the cast, which is currently filming season 4 in Florence, Italy, will get a raise for the upcoming fifth season.
If you recall, MTV announced weeks ago that the fourth season would premiere on August 4, with season 5 set to begin filming later this month. The cast was not happy with the news and refused to film the new season as MTV wanted to use their season 4 contracts rate/terms.
It however seems the MTV network has caved in as new contracts have been drawn up. The cast reportedly got a “significant” increase in their raise. Snookiand co. are scheduled to fly back from Italy on the 23rd of this month, with filming on the fifth season scheduled to begin in New Jersey on the 26th.
It was reported back in April that most of the cast members were receiving $100,000 per episode aka well over $1 million for season 4!
Meanwhile, the cast was photographed above posing for what will likely be their official season 4 cast photo on Wednesday. In the picture taken in a Florence back street, cast member Vinny Guadagnino, one of the authentic Italians on the cast, can be seen holding up an Italian flag.
You can click on the above cast image to make it bigger!
So can we expect skipping through the grass on tonight’s episode? It’s doubtful. “Debt Becomes Her” follows the ladies as they leave Morocco and head back to the Big Apple. Ramona and Jill try to maintain their newly (and barely) fixed friendship, while someone else clamors to cause drama in Ramona’s life. Additionally, back in the States, Sonja’s money issues are revealed plus Alex and the Countess get into it. A sneek peak is below.
In other NYC news, how do housewives become relevant? Well if you’re a new housewife, it’s a lawsuit, of course! Cindy Barshop has flown under the radar this season on the show (except for a hanger debacle and a seating situation on a Moroccan mini-van), but she’s now at the center of a employment lawsuit surrounding her pink parts salon, Completely Bare.
According to TMZ, Cindy had to let go an employee after client complaints and disciplinary measures. In turn, the employee, Altovise Collier, sued Cindy, citing that her termination was not because she was a bad waxer, but rather because Cindy is racist and didn’t want Collier, who is black, to continue to work for her. Last week, Collier filed suit against Cindy on claims of discrimination. However, Cindy says that Collier, who worked for Completely Bare for less than three months before being fired, is using race to distract from the truth: her poor performance on the job.
Regarding the Completely Bare countersuit, Cindy states, “In an effort to mask her own deficient work performance and serial on the job screw-ups, Collier, in a racist fashion, asserts that her race, national origin and skin color were the basis for her termination.” Cindy believes that Collier is attempting to tarnish Cindy’s “professional reputation,” and she is suing to the tune of $5,000,000 to make sure that these defamatory claims are put to rest.
Transitioning from a new housewife with new problems, we turn to an old housewife and old beef. In an interview with TV Guide, Jill Zarinreveals what went down after her taxing fight with Ramona Singer in Morocco. Apparently, it all stems from last year’s Scary Island. Jill reveals, “We’d been putting off talking about what had happened last year in St. John for a long time.” She elaborates, “I showed up, and [she] didn’t welcome me in. Technically, did she throw me out? No, but when I said I would leave, she was like ‘don’t let the door hit you on the behind.’”
Having held off on that discussion until Morocco proved even more dramatic for Jill and Ramona. Jill admits, “I [saw] on the commercials that she [fell] on the bed crying, and to me it looks fake…She’s crying a lot this season and they are such inauthentic tears.” Ouch, but kudos for using Kelly’s buzzword!
Even though the pair appeared to make amends on last week’s episode, Jill concedes, “We’ll be frenemies for the rest of our lives… [this] was really sort of the end of it.” Of course, Jill wouldn’t be a good reality star if she didn’t recognize that viewers love drama. No matter what, it’s all about making us tune every Thursday, and Jill knows Ramona plays a big part in that. She recognizes, “Thank God for Ramona… I don’t know what [we would] do without her. If we were all holding hands, running through the grass, how boring would that be?!”
A preview clip for tonight’s all new episode is below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CINDY’S LAWSUIT, JILL’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
A day after news broke that Vicki Gunvalson’sboyfriend Brooks Ayers was a deadbeat dad who owed a ton in child support, Vicki is now claiming she was not aware of Brooks’ child support issues.
Brooks, pictured above in the mugshot obtained by Reality Tea, was arrested on August 29 (under the name David Brooks Ayers), and taken to the Lee County Jail in Mississippi for failure to pay over $40,000 in child support to two different women. That arrest was reportedly Brooks’ second arrest in 2010 for the same issue. The arrest record also lists Brooks’ age as 43.
It gets even better as Vicki, who was just gushing about Brooks on the recent OC reunion show, then goes on to downplay her relationship with him. “I’ve only just started dating this guy, we’ve had like three dates. I don’t know about any of it,” added Vicki.
There is however just one major problem with Vicki’s statements. See, court documents prove she was absolutely aware of Brooks’ child support issues. In fact, RadarOnline obtained a hand-written letter Vicki wrote to a Mississippi judge last year in August following Brooks’ most recent arrest.
In the letter, signed by Vicki herself, she makes a direct reference to Brooks’ child support case. An excerpt from the letter is below -
“I am a personal friend of (David) Brooks Ayers and am acting on his behalf at this time. He was arrested last night on a child support arrearage order, that was unknown to him and currently is in the Lee County Jail.”
So how can Vicki now say she had no idea? The letter by Vicki was written on August 30, 2010 (two months before she filed for divorce), and also the same time Bravo was filming the 6th season of the OC Housewives, you know, the same season Vicki bashed Slade Smiley once or twice for not paying child support.
That irony is not lost on Gretchen Rossi who has been heavily criticized by Vicki and her BFF Tamra Barney for dating Slade (who also has child support issues). Gretchen definitely had some choice words for both Vicki and Tamra yesterday. Below are some of the tweets by Gretchen -
“Geez Karma is my friend lately! That is why you never judge someone cause one day u could end up in the same spot!”
“Ironic that @Tamrabarney won’t say anything about this, but beats up Slade.”
Still no word yet from Tamra regarding this latest tidbit of information.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST NEWS? DO YOU BELIEVE VICKI’S TALE?
It’s finally happening! Months after it was first reported that Bethenny Frankel had a talk show in the works, she has now began filming the pilot!
The HollywoodReporter reveals the Bethenny Ever Afterstar began filming her yet to be titled talk show – which will be an advice-based show – earlier this month.
Sources also confirm that fellow Telepictures talk show host and producer Ellen DeGeneres is involved with the project. And while Bethenny has yet to officially confirm her new venture, she did drop a major hint a while back.
“I want to be on TV in a format where I can have a longer conversation with my fans rather than 140 characters on Twitter,” said Bethenny earlier this year. “It probably will be a talk show.” Another hint was also dropped during a recent appearance on The Ellen Show. “I’m working with you now,” Ellen said to Bethenny on her show.
It appears Bethenny is in good hands as Telepictures, an extension of Warner Bros., is responsible for other successful series such as The Tyra Banks Show, Lopez Tonight and Ellen. Bethenny’s show will include multiple segments according to a source, some of which have yet to be taped.
However, the show is still in the early stages right now, meaning a network will officially order it to series only if they like what they see with the pilot. If the show does get picked up, it will likely film in New York where Bethenny resides with her family. In addition to her talk show, Bethenny is also set to begin filming season 3 of her Bravo series next month.
Bethenny was pictured above on June 8 during the Forbes Celebrity 100 Event in which she was honored. Another photo below of Bethenny with Khloe Kardashianwho won the Next Gen Entrepreneur award alongside her sisters.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S TALK SHOW? EXCITED?
According to a new report by In Touch Weekly, Teen Mom 2 “star” Corey Simmsmight have another baby on the way.
The mag claims Corey’s girlfriend of less than 2 months Amber Scaggs, 21, is pregnant, with sources close to Amber revealing she believes Corey is the father. The news is all the more awful shocking as Corey is still legally married to the mother of his twin girls Leah Messer. In fact, the two only just separated back in mid April.
“She took a pregnancy test and it came out positive,” Amber’s friend Kacy Lynn Rogers confirms on the record. “I know that she was with Corey around Easter, and she is approximately six weeks pregnant, so it makes sense.”
And it appears Corey is unaware of Amber’s reported pregnancy (he sure knows now!) because the couple is currently going through a rough patch. “She doesn’t have anything to say to him,” says another pal of Amber’s, who also confirms she is pregnant. “He’s been showing his true colors lately. I don’t even know if Amber will tell him for a while.”
Meanwhile friends of Leah are worried she will lose it once she finds out about the reported pregnancy. “She will really flip out,” a pal of Leah’s tells In Touch. “She already hates Amber.” Amber is also a single mother to 1-year-old daughter Bralyn from a previous relationship.
It however appears Leah became aware of the story on Tuesday, a day before the new In Touch issue came out. She posted the following message on her facebook page this Tuesday, “Lord, Tomorrow is gonna be rough, I’m ready for it to come and gooooooo. Please!” She then posted the following yesterday when the news officially broke, “Today has shown me it’s time to start a new beginning for my girls andddd Myself.”
TELL US – DOES ANY OF THE TEEN MOM STARS’ ACTIONS SURPRISE YOU ANYMORE? THOUGHTS?
More Pictures of Amber Scaggs Below -
UPDATE - Amber Scaggs is denying she is pregnant. She tells the Starcasm blog she and Corey have yet to get physical. “It’s not true. It’s not even possible for me to be pregnant,” states Amber.
RadarOnline is reporting that Taylor, pictured above with husband Russell Armstrong on June 12 as they celebrated her 40th birthday, is battling with her castmates and causing tension during filming.
“Taylor is telling the other women exactly what she is thinking, and she isn’t holding anything back,” says a source. “Taylor has had some tense moments with Adrienne Maloof especially. Adrienne was completely taken aback by Taylor because she usually tried to avoid conflict. There has also been some drama between new housewife Brandi Glanville and Taylor.”
The article then goes on to claim that Taylor spent the first season avoiding confrontation and being a peacemaker. Yes, I’m scratching my head on that one as well. RadarOnline adds that since being in therapy this year, Taylor is now learning to be more assertive and speak her mind.
“Taylor has been getting counseling, which will be featured on the show this year, and she has been encouraged to stand-up for herself, and not let people, including her husband, Russell take advantage of her,” the source adds.
So when can we expect the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 2, which is currently filming, to premiere? The insider reveals Bravo “has plans to put the show on the air by October of this year.”
Meanwhile, Taylor came out last month attributing her very skinny frame to simply trying out some diet pills her husband brought home. Some of you wondered what those pills were, and according to Taylor’s twitter page, the diet supplement is called RegeneSlim. “They gave me lots of energy but not jitters. I do drink caffine though so, not sure about other people’s “jitter response.”” tweeted Taylor.
The network made the announcement this week as well as the unveiling of two new fashion series. So what can we expect on the upcoming new season? Well we can expect more fashion talk as style guru Rachel Zoetakes her celebrity styling to a whole new level.
This season captures the incredible star power behind Rachel’s business, which is expanding to include her own exclusive clothing line. As her business continues to grow, so does Rachel’s family as she prepares for the birth of her first child with husband Rodger Berman. Rachel also goes bananas when she tries to juggle and manage her new team, clothing line and celeb clients all while preparing for motherhood.
Missing in action this season will be Rachel’s long term assistant Brad Goreski who quit working for her last September to branch off on his own. Back then the two stated they ended their work relationship amicably, however a report came out in February stating Rachel was furious and feuding with Brad for stealing styling her a-list client Demi Moore.
The new season premieres Aug 2 at 10/9c. And right after the Rachel Zoe Project every Tuesday night will be the airing of two new series Fashion Hunters at 10pm and Mad Fashion at 10:30pm.
“Fashion Hunters” follows the fashionistas at Second Time Around as they go out searching the attics, closets and garages of New York’s elite. Far from the land of thrift, this hip shop makes dreams come true for shoppers looking for designer fashions on a budget. The team has to deal with demanding customers from savvy socialites to downtown hipsters looking to sell back or buy their next great “get.”
“Mad Fashion” follows former Project Runway alum Chris March. From start to finish, viewers will see Chris and his eccentric crew as they create one-of-a-kind designs for his high-profile clientele. No creation or idea is too crazy for this team as they design Jennifer Coolidge’s Mardi-Gras float ensemble and model Chrissy Teigen’s gown for the MET Costume Gala. Tensions will rise as Chris pushes the boundaries of fashion and challenges his clients’ comfort zones. A sneek peak of Mad Fashion is below -
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON OF THE RACHEL ZOE PROJECT? THOUGHTS ON THE TWO NEW FASHION SHOWS?
RadarOnline paints a very unflattering picture of Brooks as court records show he is in good company with Slade a deadbeat dad who owes a ton in child support to two different women.
It gets even worse as Brooks was arrested TWICE last year in Alabama and Mississippi for failing to meet his child support obligations to estranged wife Kim Ayers. The court docs show he owed Kim and another woman over $40,000 in back child support at the time of his arrest.
It is also this next tidbit of information that makes us wonder if Vicki was cheating on Donn before filing for divorce. See following one of Brooks’ arrest in August of last year, Vicki sent a handwritten letter to a Mississippi judge in a desperate bid to get Brooks released from jail.
“I am a personal friend of (David) Brooks Ayers and am acting on his behalf at this time,” wrote Vicki on August 30. “Due to the fact I live in California, I am unable to deliver this request personally,” she added.
The problem is this letter was written TWO months before Vicki, 48, filed for divorce from husband of 16 years Donn Gunvalson in October. In fact, some of our readers have also pointed out that Brooks strikes a striking similarity to a guy that was shown flirting with Vicki in a pool on this season’s OC Housewives during her trip to Cabo with Tamra.
As for Brooks, he has three kids with his estranged wife Kim and a 16-month-old son with his ex-girlfriend Nicolette Catanzarite. “I don’t want him back,” Kim told RadarOnline. “What I want is the child support. He ought to do the right thing and take care of his kids.” Kim also issued a warning to Vicki, “Sometimes you don’t know people. You have a choice to make. Do your homework! It’s not hard.”
Nicolette also spoke to Radar stating that Brooks is not the Southern gentleman he pretends to be. “I once thought of Brooks just what Vicki said on the show; he was the sweetest southern guy in the whole wide world,” said Nicolette. “But over the last two and a half years, I have slowly realized things weren’t right. He’s the catch-me-if-you-can type of guy. He’s definitely a deadbeat dad.”
Nicolette says she is owed $900 a month plus $19,000 in arrears. “I want the bastard to pay child support!” added Nicole.
Brooks’ lawyer attempted to defend Brooks saying the amount Brooks owes is “subject to debate” while also adding that since Brooks’ release from jail in September, he has paid $20,000 to Kim.