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Following this week’s outburst on Dancing With The Stars over perceived judges favoritism, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is continuing to defend his actions and refusing to apologize! He is also slamming certain competitors – and he is not holding back!

Speaking out on Good Morning America, Maks is still seething over the unfair critique he believes he and partner his partner Hope Solo received at the hands of judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba. “I definitely have nothing to apologize for I have nothing to apologize for to Len, and certainly not to Carrie Ann. She can make all the faces she wants.”

“I don’t regret anything. That’s why I think I’m a bit misunderstood in this situation,” he explained, making it clear he has no intention of trying to make his way back into the judges’ good graces. “Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head, take a knee and say I’m sorry and plea for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for.”

He is also furious about how the judges speak to the contestants during those critiques! “Why is it that the judges are allowed to compare us to animals and say stuff they think is funny when it’s nothing constructive at all and we can’t say that they’re wrong, basically?” Maksim questioned, referring to comments from judge, Bruno Tonioli comparing Chaz Bono to a “little penguin”.

As for his comment to the judges calling DWTS “my show”, Maksim agrees he misspoke, describing: “When I got on this show six years ago I treated it as a dance competition and everyone here tried really hard to change my mind and say ‘Look Maks, it’s a show, there are other elements to it,’ so I embraced it. But one thing I’m not going to embrace is pointed fingers and disrespectful remarks.”

“I love the show. I love the fans. I love every aspect of it and that was the whole idea behind what came out wrong with “my show,” he explained. And he also loves his partner! “One thing I don’t want to do is to have Hope have any negative vibe out of this,” he emphasized, further leading to speculation that the two may be more than dance partners! “She’s truly our star and she’s been doing an amazing job.”

Well, Maks may love Hope and the fans, but there’s someone else he certainly doesn’t love besides the judges – competitor Derek Hough! Maks describes Derek as looking out for number one and calls him “very supportive of his personal career on the show,” referring to Derek’s comments agreeing with the judges’ critiques of Hope’s performance this week.

And he is making it clear Derek is successful because he gets all the partners with experience! “With all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Jennifer Grey, followed by Ricki Lake, I probably wouldn’t be very upset with the judges either!”

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this issue. I’ll be tuning in next week to see what happens! So the question is -

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DO YOU THINK MAKS OWES THE JUDGES AN APOLOGY FOR HIS OUTBUST? WAS HE OUT OF LINE WITH HIS COMMENTS ABOUT DEREK? DO YOU THINK HIS RECENT BEHAVIOR WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT HIS STANDING ON THE SHOW?

Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of Bravo Housewives Kathy Wakile, Melissa Gorga, and Adrienne Maloof as they attended the 9th Annual About Face Benefit for Domestic Violence Survivors, held at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York City on October 20, 2011.

Below, Taylor Armstrong photographed in good spirits with Gretchen Rossi! Melissa Gorga pictured wearing a fat suit! Teresa Giudice photographed filming Celebrity Apprentice with Victoria Gotti! Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Sonja Morgan step out for different events! Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof step out together, plus more photos of Kandi Burruss , The Manzo Kids, Dana Wilkey & more!

Also below, Kate Gosselin, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, JWoww, Maksim Chmerkovskiy & more!

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFevents.com

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According to a new bombshell report, Jacqueline Laurita, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, used to be a former stripper.

The latest issue of In Touch Weekly magazine, out on newsstands on Friday, is stating Jacqueline, 41, used to work as an exotic dancer in Las Vegas, Nev. before she met her husband Chris Laurita.

“She has confirmed her stripper past to multiple friends who are covering up for her,” a source tells the mag. “She is telling everyone to deny it!”

As for the reason Jacqueline decided to strip, another insider states it was because she needed the money. “At the time, she was a single mom who needed to dance at a club in order to pay her bills,” explains the insider. The insider also claims Jacqueline met her husband Chris at the club. Wowzers.

Even more interesting, the mag states the real reason Jacqueline skipped the RHONJ reunion was due to her fear of having her past revealed. “She feared that Danielle Staub would make a surprise appearance and tell all about Jacqueline’s stripping past,” shares a source. “She didn’t want to face the truth!” Indeed, former RHONJ star Danielle did reveal days before the reunion that producers from Bravo had been contacting her to film.

The mag also makes mention of the fact that Chris’ company, Signature Apparel Group, is dealing with major debts, citing the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 and owed about $25 million. “She doesn’t want any of this coming out,” adds the insider.

There have always been rumblings about Jacqueline’s alleged past as a stripper. In fact just weeks ago, Danielle Staub, who used to be good friends with Jacqueline, tweeted that Jacqueline used to be a stripper. On October 1, a fan tweeted to Danielle ‘Would u mind responding to the rumors that [Jacqueline was] an exotic dancer years ago in LV?’ Danielle tweeted back, “She was and then some.”

And then right after the Posche Fashion show drama and falling out with Teresa Giudice, Teresa, in her ever so passive aggresive manner, seemed to insinuate Jacqueline was a past stripper. Teresa tweeted: “And for the record: I don’t believe MG was a stripper but I wouldn’t care anyway. (I have lots of ex-stripper friends… ahem…).” A screenshot of Tre’s tweet is below -

As for Jacqueline, she has yet to deny the report though she did tweet yesterday that Teresa was behind the latest In Touch cover story. “Im bracing myself 4more joy,I hear Teresa put out 1more article in intouch which should be the end of her 7cover contract.Can’t wait,” tweeted Jacqueline.

Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS SHOCKING REPORT? DO YOU BELIEVE JACQUELINE WAS A FORMER STRIPPER?

It’s the season finale of television’s most vapid series: The Rachel Zoe Project and Rachel sums it up thusly as: Holy Life Change! After welcoming her baby into the world (no, not the Rachel Zoe collection – Skyler) and expanding her brand to include a designer clothing line; Rachel’s company and personal life has grown, grown, grown!

Rachel marvels that complete bliss and vintage Chanel are not mutually exclusive as she reflects upon the birth of her child and how he has become her everything – not clothes! The Zoes have fallen completely in love with their beautiful son – he is SO adorable – and Rachel does not want to leave him for a minute, so he will be accompanying her to the office! Yeah, maternity leave? Not happening – Company Zoe waits for no baby!

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In the world of Basketball Wives: L.A., it’s hard to keep up with who is the lady Jackie Christie and her cast mates love to hate. On the most recent episode, Laura Govan is the target, but up until then, Draya Michele bore the brunt of Jackie’s wrath. After the ladies confronted Draya about past child neglect allegations (leaving her in tears), the group received backlash for bullying, with Jackie as the ringleader.

In a recent interview, Jackie speaks out about the “misconception.” She says, “The biggest misconception is that we are mean and bullies, and we don’t like Draya, but that is not true. We all have something to offer; it’s a lot of judging that goes on, especially because of the way things seem on TV. But once you get to know us as a whole, we all are not bullies and are caring, compassionate women. But we are not bullies—we all are really good people once you get to know us.” Say it one more time and people may just start to believe it!

Of the infamous scene, Jackie, like all reality veterans before her, blames editing for creating a situation that appeared to have all the ladies ganging up on Draya. Jackie explains,“See a lot of people didn’t get to see everything that was being discussed. It comes off like I was being a bully, and it seemed as though we were all just coming down on her, but there were a lot of things that was edited out. Draya wasn’t crying from what I was saying to her.”

She continues, “A lot of things were talked about and said throughout the whole conversation, and yes, I am crazy about my husband, but who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t just saying it to Draya in a way that came off to be aggressive, even though that is how it may have appeared. Yes, I do have a strong personality, but I also am a loving and caring person.”

Finally, moving on from the Draya drama, Jackie addresses her missing cast mates, Kimsha Artest and Tanya Williams. If you recall, it has been SEVERAL episodes since we’ve laid eyes on those women. Despite a fake facebook page hurling accusations that Shaunie O’Neal orchestrated their absence, both women claim they left on their own because they didn’t like the way their cast members were behaving constant drama.

However, Jackie says we shouldn’t count Kimsha and Tanya out for good yet. She reveals, “I like both of them. I do miss their presence on the show—they are going to come back on a few of the future episodes. We stopped filming now, but they did do a lot of filming separate from myself, because a lot of times we don’t film together. But I do like both of them; I would love to see them be a part of the show again in the future.”

Switching gears from Los Angeles to Miami, recently Royce Reed of the original Basketball Wives claimed she was leaving the show. Once again heading to Twitter to track her career decisions, Royce has changed her tune and decided to return for season four.

Royce tweeted, “Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change and after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4. How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired and my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, and messages from my fans. I love y’all and u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie”

While many of her fellow cast mates have threatened not to film with Royce, she did receive some love from Tami Roman, who responded, “OK, I don’t know whether 2hug u or smack the ish outta u-girl don’t take me on emotional roller coaster LOL-welcome back :)”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACKIE’S INTERVIEW? IS SHE A BULLY? ARE YOU EXCITED ROYCE WILL BE RETURNING TO BASKETBALL WIVES: MIAMI? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS EVER REALLY GOING TO LEAVE?

It’s time for your daily dose of Kray-Kray! Kelly Bensimon is moving onto other ventures following her departure from Real Housewives of New York and she fancies herself a fashion designer, who is looking for a man!

In a new interview, Kelly tells Celebuzz, that while she enjoyed television, her new goal is looking for love! “I would love to get married to someone that is a partner and is in it with me and not for the publicity,” she says of her plans to settle down and stop running in traffic.

Housewives was a great opportunity because now I know what I don’t want,” she describes of her life following the Baywatch of Housewives, explaining that while she “loves reality TV” and thinks it’s a great “platform” it didn’t always (or ever?) work to her advantage where romance is concerned. “Being on Housewives was a blessing and a curse – especially for my dating life. A lot of people wouldn’t take me seriously, and I don’t blame them.” Hey at least she’s able to recognize that the whole world thinks she’s wack-a-doo!

“Seriously, what awesome guy wants to be reprimanded by women they don’t even know? That was the not-so-hot part of reality TV,” she explains. Anyone else not getting it?

Since being fired, her love life has improved and she is hoping to find Mr. Right! “My dating life is fun. I’m having a good time and hopefully I’ll meet the man of my dreams and have a little baby boy! That is on my bucket list. I want to have another baby.”

While she is not terrorizing the eligible bachelors of NYC (who are suddenly all very married), Kelly has been hard at work on her new career: shoe designer! Kelly is launching a new line of ballet flats created for Kelly by Kelly Bensimon. How long do you think it took her to come up with that name? Her line of flats will be affordably priced starting at $39.99 and $3 from each pair sold will go towards the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Ok – that’s pretty great!

“The reason I am doing this is because I’m the mother of two girls,” she tells E! “If I can put my name out there on something creative and help generate money to find a cure for this disease then I’m going to do it. I’ve seen the courage and I’ve seen the hope and I’ve seen amazing women persevere through such horrible situations. It’s really exciting to be able to help in any way.”

“I want to make it super chic but incredibly affordable because I feel like why can’t fashion be democratic?” And Kelly has big plans to expand into other fashion avenues. “This is the start of a bigger Kelly collection,” she reveals. “This is my first huge milestone and I’m hoping to bring all this great product and be able to be as charitable as possible on the largest scale possible. That’s my goal. That’s what I want.”

But if you are hoping to see Kelly in any of the ad campaigns for Kelly by Kelly Bensimon, and I know you were, don’t hold your breath. “I don’t need to be modeling in the ads,” Kelly scoffed. “The shoes are so hot, they speak for themselves. They don’t need anybody to be wearing them.”

The Kelly by Kelly Bensimon Ballet Flat collection will be available for sale this spring.

Photo credit: PR Photos

THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S HOPES TO FIND A MAN? IS THERE SOMEONE OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE? WOULD YOU BUY ANY OF KELLY’S PRODUCTS? EVEN FOR A CHARITABLE CAUSE?

Jeremy Calvert
In the latest Teen Mom news, Leah Messer, the nineteen-year-old mother of (almost) two-year old twins Aliannah and Aleeah, and ex-wife of babies’ daddy Corey Simms, is moving in with her boyfriend Jeremy Calvert after a mere four months of dating.

It’s truly romantic, y’all…as the entire relationship move is documented–where else?–twitter! The big move happened yesterday, so I can only assume that now the lovebirds are settling in to their new nest.

Monday, Leah’s new man (??) tweeted, “@TM2LeahDawn one more day and we will have are own house baby :) ),” to which Leah answered, “@calvert505 :D I can’t wait!!!!”

It’s a fast move (literally!) in their relationship, but Leah is ignoring the haters. Letting her boyfriend twitterverse know, she exclaimed, “@calvert505 some just don’t understand! I’m happy and your happy, and I’m pretty sure we are above age and make our own decisions. Idcc! lol” She goes on to gush, “@calvert505 I loves you!!! I’m soo happy and that’s all that matters! Your great with the girls!” Yikes…poor Corey!

Not to be out-tweeted, Jeremy responded, ”@TM2LeahDawn i love you more!! and we are happy no matter what, you and the girls are my world!!!”

The young couple’s lovefest continued on the social networking site (Do they not have cell phones? Is texting now considered old school?), with Leah stating, “@calvert505 I couldn’t imagine being with anyone else! I truly believe some things fall apart so better things will fall together!” Wow, she really is quite the philosopher.

Leah even takes the time to address her ex, even though it comes off as a bit of a dig in favor of her new beau. She says, “Corey is their father and we will respect that for the sake of them! Jeremy know darn well my kids are first and foremost, and he best treat them like their his own even though…” Oh, Leah…

Yesterday morning the move began with Jeremy tweeting, “@TM2LeahDawn moving day :) )) I love you” Awwww.

Jeremy driving the Uhaul! Bahaaaa!! Love himmmm<3″ Leah responded, tweeting (what else?) a picture of Jeremy driving the U-Haul. I’m assuming the move went smoothly, as Leah tweeted late last night/early this morning, “@calvert505 Your amazing babe! The best thing that’s happened to me since the girls were born! I <3 you!!”

It looks like things are looking up for Leah, who recently complained that MTV ruined her life. No word yet on where to send the sweethearts a housewarming gift…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COUPLES TWEETING? CUTE OR A WAY TO GET UNDER COREY’S SKIN? IS THE MOVE HAPPENING TOO SOON IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP?


Last night was the results show for Dancing with the Stars’ Ode to Broadway. Right away, the judges choose J.R. Martinez, who is tied with Rickie Lake for the top spot, to dance an encore performance of his quickstep. Not surprisingly, J.R. and Karina Smirnoff receive a standing ovation, and the pair is deemed safe from elimination.

After the leaders (along with second place contender Nancy Grace) hype up next week’s Halloween extravaganza, Broadway darling Kristen Chenoweth performs a song from her new CD. Monday night’s performances featuring Ricki and Derek Hough, as well as Nancy and partner Tristan MacManus are highlighted. The two pairs are up next on the chopping block, and both are declared safe.

The “stars” then discuss their frustrations, tension, and stress from the rigorous practices and live performances. It’s very dramatic…for results show filler. Is it just me or is this elimination episode going even more slowly than normal? At least we have Corbin Bleu (yes, that dude from High School Musical) to mix things up with a Broadway-themed song and dance with the Maci’s Stars of Dance performers. It’s a pretty fabulous number.

Martina McBride takes the stage with her newest song. Behind the scenes footage of David Arquette and Kym Johnson, as well as Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, is shown. Chaz has the lowest score scores from Monday night, and he’s the first contestant sent to the bottom. David and Kym will return to dance next week.

Pros Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer hit the stage with some very talented children. It’s a Halloween themed dance to get the audience excited for next week’s special. These kids are amazing dancers, but the girl dressed up as the doll freaks me out just a tad. Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy discuss Maks’ outburst at Len Goodman on Monday night after he called it Hope’s worst dance of the season. While Hope stands behind her partner, Maks feels he overstepped his bounds by referring to it as HIS show. Perhaps just a bit…

Rob Kardashian hitting partner Cheryl Burke’s head on the floor is replayed, but the couple still manages to skate through till next week. It really bothers me that I am kind of starting to enjoy Rob…he’s definitely not the best dancer, but he has a cute personality. Maybe I just feel sorry for him because his family grates on my last nerve (not you, Lamar Odom!). Hopefully it’s just a phase.

Hope and Maks are in jeopardy with Chaz and Lacey. Chaz looks worried, Hope is laughing (maybe nervously?). It’s getting to the point where I get kind of sad to see anyone go, regardless of how bad they dance. After a long run, most of it at the bottom of the leaderboard, Chaz is eliminated. You can’t say he didn’t have a great run! He says his good-byes with a lot of class.

DO YOU THINK CHAZ DESERVED TO GO HOME? WHICH “STARS” DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE IN THE FINALS? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE NEXT ONE ELIMINATED?

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