Last night’s Jersey Shore episode was aptly titled by the network “Free Vinny.” Not even 30 seconds into the episode and I can’t get Micheal Jackson’s “Free Willy” soundtrack song out of my head, only my mind is singing, “Hold me, like the roommate Vinny, and I will say to thee, you are my friend.” Pathetic, right? Right. I hope it sticks with you as it has with me.
So right off the bat, we all know it’s NEVER a good sign if the Shore Store boss shows up at the house. He knows his hair blends in all too well with the house’s “quaint” wood paneling, so usually he tries to stay as far away as possible from that set. It must be dire. It is… with Vinny at home and Mike MIA, there are shifts that need to be covered. Crude words aren’t ironed on to scanty boy shorts all by themselves, dear readers! Boss man Danny is not happy with their work ethic and he threatens to increase his employee base. That means potential new roommates for the gang. Because this show has all of a sudden turned into the Real World.
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As it turns out, Mob Wives break out star Big Ang is more than well qualified to be on the show!
In a new bombshell report by the Smoking Gun, it turns out Big Ang, age 51, (real name Angela Raiola) is a convicted felon.
Back in 2001, Big Ang was indicted on six felony counts after an undercover investigation and drug bust targeting a mob-tied drug ring operating in New York City. She was one of the 15 defendants named in the criminal case after she was caught repeatedly selling cocaine in the undercover operation by the DEA and New York Police.
According to federal agents, Big Ang was as an associate of the drug ring’s leader, who was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison (and is currently in prison). Big Ang is said to have provided cocaine for “street level distribution” selling the drugs in the Brooklyn bars where she worked.
The charges against her included conspiracy to distribute and five other charges related to separate cocaine sales she made to undercover cops. In fact, her handbag contained 14 small plastic bags containing cocaine during her arrest.
In March 2003, Big Ang — out free on $100,000 bond– pled guilty to some of the charges. In October 2003, she was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to spend four months under home confinement. And nine months later, in July 2004, a federal judge ordered her to enroll in “an outpatient and/or inpatient drug treatment or detoxification program.” Wowzers.
Moving on, as no Mob Wives family is more dynamic than on-again/off-again/married/separated/divorced/reconciled couple Renee Graziano and her ex-husband/new “roommate” Junior Pagan. In an interview with HollywoodLife.com, Renee opens up about how the couple’s roller coaster relationship has affected their 17-year-old son AJ.
Renee reveals, “AJ told me, ‘Protect your heart.’ He wanted it to work out, but he didn’t want to see his mother hurt, cry and see me go through the motions that I am now.”
After forgiving her ex-husband, who during filming was awaiting sentencing, Renee recalls, “AJ was nervous for me because he knows the amount of love I have for his father. He was happy, because I was happy. He was happy as well because he had his mother and father in the house at the same time, something he hasn’t had since he was 5 years old.”
Renee explains that her relationship with her son is very close and she doesn’t sugarcoat her past with Junior. She admits, “My son was my adviser. I speak freely with AJ. I want him to not do what his father did [in the past]. I’ve taught him to respect women.”
Discussing her tumultuous relationship with Junior, Renee shares, “We got married very young. I hold him accountable for his actions, but do I blame him this far into the game? No really. We all make mistakes.” However, when the pair reconciled on the show, Renee admits to feeling “ecstatic, overwhelmed, and at peace,” citing, “I was happy to have my family. It was something I waited for, for a very long time.
Unfortunately for Renee (or fortunately, depending on your take of the situation), her relationship with Junior didn’t remain happy for long. She reveals that viewers are going to see the duo do a 360 as the season progresses.
VH1 recently announced Mob Wives has secured a talk show-esque spin off, which sounds very similar to the Teen Mom’s after episode sofa chats. Apparently, “Mob Wives: The Sit Down” will feature celebrity guests discussing freshly aired episodes. Dear VH1, this has been done before, only Bravo calls it Watch What Happens Live.
I jest, because if any group of ladies warrants a post-show conversation, it’s this dysfunctional mix! The show will be hosted by “Big Morning Buzz Live’s” Carrie Keegan. Vh1 is banking on the fact that the Mob Wives’ sophomore season has averaged 2.2 million viewers, 1.3 being the coveted 18-49 age group, which equals a ratings gold mine. In its time slot, it’s the number one show in this demographic with viewership up 67% from the first season. Those are some numbers my friends!
The mobster talk sensation has already been slated for seven episodes, and it will be the second spin-off for the often talked about series. The first spin-off, Mob Wives: Chicago, will premiere this spring.
Also, because it’s Friday and I love y’all, I’m leaving you with some Big Ang before photo amazingness courtesy of VH1. Those pictures are below for your viewing pleasure. TGIF!
Yesterday’s Project Runway All Stars challenge mixed two of my favorite things of all time: food and fashion! Woo hoo! Sadly all the results were pretty yuck. The challenge was a little convoluted. The designers had to make an outfit inspired by the colors and flavors of gelato that made an extravagant fashion statement worthy of a red carpet — all within six hours. It would take me that long to pick a gelato!
Angela meets the designers on the runway accompanied by a gelato cart and everyone picks a flavor using the high school gym class method. Their look must use the color of the gelato as well as derive inspiration from the flavor. Then, Diane Von Furstenburg, Queen of International Ready To Wear (according to Austin Scarlet), takes the runway. Diane adds new, discombobulated element to the challenge; their look must also make a fabulous and innovative fashion moment. Inspired by ice cream flavors. In SIX HOURS!
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With the February 20 premiere of the 4th season of Basketball Wives just weeks away, here’s to hoping VH1 is still filming as the drama rages on for the show’s stars!
As it’s been widely reported, former BFFs Evelyn Lozada andJennifer Williamsare currently on the outs! It appears poor Jen might be out of the “circle” for good after Evelyn fired off a number of nasty tweets to her former bestie.
First, Evelyn tweeted: “So @iamjennifer thinks I’m MADD that’s she’s hanging out with @NeNeLeakes ??? Bitch pls! Interview coming soon…. #ItsOnContacts.” Evelyn then accused Jen of “running her mouth” to the press to remain relevant and accused her of being “insecure.” Yikes. Below are more of her tweets -
Yes, Evelyn’s fiance Chad Ochocinco had to step in and be the voice of reason. Not sure what this says about this union when ‘Ochocinco’ is the level headed one in the relationship!
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If you recall, TMZ broke the news days ago that the producers of the show were putting together a very lucrative offer for her to join the cast. Well it seems Vanessa, who is said to have received $75 million in her recent divorce from Kobe Bryant, realized she has nothing to gain by aspiring to be the next Shaunie O’Neal!
According to the report by The Insider, a source with knowledge of the situation said, “No disrespect to the other ladies but ‘Basketball Wives’ just isn’t Vanessa’s style.”
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN & JEN’S TWITTER WAR? DISSAPOINTED VANESSA TURNED DOWN BASKETBALL WIVES?
Jenelle Evans‘ contentious behavior has caused some of the most shocking moments on Teen Mom 2. Her out of control temper, struggles with substance abuse and poor decision-making culminated in multiple arrests and led her to give up custody of her son, but the devastating events haven’t slowed Jenelle’s naughty streak down!
Jenelle is speaking out about what led to her most recent string of arrests and no surprise, she is taking little to no accountability for her actions! “I actually am confused about the arrest from last week,” Jenelle explains to E!. “I haven’t contacted Hannah [Inman] or[James] Duffy in a month, and I was the first to press charges, so I think they are trying to charge me with things out of spite.”
Hannah initially contacted the police about Jenelle’s allegedly harassing behavior and that led to her first arrest this January. “Hannah does not own a cell phone either so there’s no way I could of harassed her with phone calls,” Jenelle reveals.
“I never threatened Hannah,” Jenelle insists. “I guess she claims I’m a threat to her, which makes me laugh, because I moved 45 minutes away from her three weeks ago to get away from the drama and be closer to school.”
Jenelle was arrested a second time in less than a week, this time for a Domestic Violence Protection Order Violation. According to Duffy, the reason for that arrest was Jenelle’s refusal to remove a naked photo of Hannah from her Facebook wall. This coming from the same man who released scandalous photos of Jenelle all over the Internet!
“I didn’t post any naked picture of Hannah. I have four admins on my Facebook fanpage. One of them must of posted it. I didn’t even know it was posted. After I got arrested, I searched for it and deleted it,” Jenelle adamantly declares. “I really don’t understand why any of these charges are taken out against me.” Jenelle is due back in court February 6th.
Firing back, Jenelle accuses Duffy of controlling Hannah and bullying her! “Duffy is using Hannah to his advantage, I believe. He is forcing her to do this. It’s a known fact, or else she will be on the streets.”
“Duffy is also jealous of my manager and mad that Hannah won’t give it up to him,” Jenelle adds. “This is very disturbing to me, because she is only 19 and he is 46. I wish she would see how dangerous he is and move out.”
Jenelle claims her distressing legal situation has led her to seek psychiatric help. “Now I have to go back to the psychiatrist because I feel like I’m about to have a nervous breakdown. It’s constant harassment against me, having me arrested for petty things. That’s why my probation officer hasn’t violated me for probation. She knows it’s not my fault.”
“I’m hanging on to everything that’s happening this past month,” Jenelle reveals. “I almost reached my breaking point, but went to see my psychiatrist to get back on my medication to help with this depression and anxiety Duffy and Hannah caused. Everything always works out in the end though.”
While Jenelle has been spending time in the care of mental health professionals, the troubled reality star was apparently diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder. Jenelle took to Twitter to defend her actions from Tuesday night’s explosive episode, featuring her diabolical fighting with her ex-roommate, Tori. Jenelle has some serious ex-roomie drama!
In response to fans calling her “seriously psychotic,” Jenelle tweeted, “”bi polar disorder sweetheart.” Jenelle reassured fans that she is alright now, “I’m on my medication now and my life has change tremendously.” Well, errrr… I guess you could say things have changed for Jenelle… On the upside, Jenelle seems to be focusing on her classes and hopefully staying away from the drama.
Today, Bravo released the first previews for the reunion which will not only be dramatic, but will also be in three parts. While Kim was unable to attend the reunion taping, due to her recent stint in rehab, she did manage to do a sit down interview with Andy Cohenduring which she finally admits her drinking problem.
The dramatic preview for the RHOBH 3-part reunion is below. Part I airs Monday, January 30 on Bravo at 9/8c. Part II airs Feb. 6, and Part III airs Feb. 13.
Kim’s substance abuse issues first came to light early last year after her sister Kyle Richards revealed her alcoholism during their big limo fight.
RadarOnline is reporting that Bravo is seeing the light, listening to the fans and possibly writing Lady Armstrong that severance check!
“Taylor is absolutely freaked out at the possibility of not returning for a third season,” a source reveals. “Even though there has been a ratings bump this season because of the suicide, Taylor knows the criticism she has endured because of the tragedy. Taylor needs this job, she doesn’t have any other source of income, period.”
“She is fearful that producers of the show are going to cut her because she is seen as a liability to the show.” In light of the recent drama surrounding Taylor she may have a point. Additionally, Bravo structured the entire second season of RHOBH around her storyline to great fan dissatisfaction.
Taylor is defending herself against the recent rumors of being fired. “It’s not true,” she told RumorFix. “We have not even been picked up for season three.” While appearing on the Today Show on Tuesday, Andy Cohen announced there will be no cast changes and Bravo has made no decisions about season three. I find that hard to believe in light of the fan reactions to this season!
Finally, Taylor’s memoir Hiding From Reality is due in stores next month and I know y’all are waiting with bated breath to hear what she has to say; so you’re in luck! In order to drum up sales and excitement for the tell-all, Us Weekly is releasing some of the more gory excerpts.
Among her shocking allegations, she insists Russell was going to force her to abort her baby if it wasn’t a girl! “Russell wanted to keep the baby only if it was a girl. Because he already had two boys. At five weeks I took a blood test and mailed in the sample to learn the gender, and fate, of our baby.”
Taylor claims Russell controlled every aspect of her life and she constantly lived in fear of being recorded. “I always assumed I was being recorded in the car and at home,” Taylor’s book reads. “I was always careful to make sure the content of my conversations was very clear.”
The reality star insists her attempts to fight back made matters worse and that Russell’s abuse was calculated. “He would grab my hair and bang my head against the side of the car between the two door. Or against the glass of the passenger window while he was driving, because it made his point to me but didn’t leave a visible mark.”
Asserting that Russell believed he would kill her, Taylor claims he blamed her for his violent outbursts. “Don’t ever do that again because I almost killed you,” Russell reportedly told Taylor. “One of these days I’m afraid I’m going to kill you.”
Taylor realized she needed to leave Russell after his abuse caused her a dislocated cornea that could have left permanent danger. “Hearing that I was in danger of having a lifelong deformity from something that Russell had done to me was enough to finally snap me out of the spell Russell had over me,” she writes. “When my assistant and I got home from my doctor’s appointment, I told her to pack a bag for Kennedy.”
Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within hits stores February 7th — just after RHOBH finishes airing!
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IS TAYLOR A LIABILITY FOR BRAVO? WILL SHE BE FIRED? THOUGHTS ON THE SHOCKING ALLEGATIONS SHE MAKES ABOUT HER MARRIAGE?
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Ahhhh… New Jersey. Never a dull moment in the garden state!Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudce just cannot stop talking about each other or blaming each other for the notorious Real Housewives of New Jersey feuding! They talk about each other so much I want to start a collection for every time one of them utters the others’ name. Then, I’ll be buying red bottoms left and right, too!
In response to Teresa’s recent sit-down where she promised that Melissa and Joe were invited to Gia Giudice‘s birthday party, Melissa spoke to HollywoodLife about the status of her relationship with Teresa and let everybody know she will definitely be at Gia’s party. Hopefully no one gets in a drunken brawl! Also, can I just say it’s pretty lame of them to be dragging Gia’s birthday into this ridiculous feud!
“I’m actually going to Gia and Milania’s birthday party on Saturday [Jan. 28],” Melissa broadcast while attending the premiere of One for the Money. “This will be the first time that we get together [since] the reunion. She’s been with Apprentice, and I’ve been doing a lot of appearances promoting my single, so we’ve both been really busy.”
Melissa claims she is anxious for the families to put the past behind them. And certainly exonerates herself form any blame for the family upheaval. “I honestly have tried everything I can to mend the relationship between Teresa and her brother,” Melissa clarifies.
“I think a lot of people were very confused and thought it was between Teresa and me, but a lot of it does stand between a brother and sister. Somehow I get caught in the middle.”
The “On Display” AutoTune-er is positive Season Four will show viewers a different side of her role in the battle of the sister-in-laws from hell. Seriously, they need to go on the WWE and hash it out already! “On season four, you are going to see me really do everything in my power to make it better,” Melissa shares. “I might get slapped in my face, I might not. You have to watch and see, but I can put my head on my pillow at night.”
Melissa also promises to watch Teresa on Celebrity Apprentice. “She will fight to the death,” Melissa assures us.
Speaking of family members who don’t get along with Teresa, Kathy Wakile is giving her opinion on the family drama. “I got a lot of heat [from fans] saying I went against my blood. Well, Joe’s my blood too, and I never went against Teresa,” Kathy insists. “I tried to make her see where she and Joe were misreading each other.”
Additionally, Kathy is adamant that editing definitely plays a role in how viewers perceive things. “If you said it, you said it, but you don’t know what I said before and you don’t know what I said after,” she explained to the WaynePatch. “So where editing comes into play and where you might get a little ‘oh, well I said something really nice before that but they didn’t put that in there.’”
Kathy cites last season’s Posche Fashion Show fight as an example. “I said I was trying to reason with her [Teresa] intelligently, and then they got the clip ‘I guess intelligence is just a foreign language to her,’ and they put that somewhere else. That’s editing.” Good lord, that fashion show is the nexus for every bit of unsavory drama on RHONJ!
Confessing that doing the show has been a challenge, Kathy reveals the Christening brawl occurred on her second day of filming, which initially gave viewers a negative opinion of her. Nonetheless as the season progressed fans started to understand her perspective and saw a different side of her issues with Teresa.
“I think the story started to unravel a little bit and people got to see reactions back and forth and how I continued to try to reconcile with Teresa,” Kathy believes. “I think people got to see a little bit more of who I was and how I am with my family.”
“I don’t like trouble; I don’t,” Kathy insists, claiming she never wanted to get stuck in the middle of the Gorgadice family drama! “I really cringe at confrontation. I try to avoid it all times.” Well, then she’s in the wrong business!
Despite the drawbacks of participating in a show which broadcasts all your flaws and missteps to the world, Kathy believes fans will have a more positive experience watching the fourth season. “It’s a really great, fun season, season four and there’s a lot going on and a lot happening, and Jersey comes alive in the summertime,” Kathy shares.
Of course, viewers will also get more exposure into her rocky relationship with Teresa, which definitely isn’t Kathy’s fault. I’m pretty sure blaming others is the state pastime!
WILL SEASON FOUR SHOW US A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MELISSA AND KATHY? IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS FAMILY TO WORK THINGS OUT?
By the time you read this article, there’s a good chance Bruce Jenner might or might not still be in time out from his wife — pimpmomager Kris Jenner!
In what can only be described as a open mouth insert foot moment, Bruce made a startling revelation in a new interview with OK! Magazine. What exactly did he reveal? Oh just that he found out about his step daughter, Kim Kardashian’sdivorce through the media. Yikes. Surely this cannot help Kim’s tanking reputation.
“Actually, I found out she was getting divorced by hearing about it on the news and stuff,” Bruce revealed to OK!. “I was like, the last to know. But I could hear telephone conversations in other rooms happening and I knew something was up but I didn’t know it was that bad until after.”
“I’m smart enough to stay out of all those things,” Bruce explained. “I have given them advice through out the years, but in this particular case I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t want to… you don’t get involved in love. Just hope for the best.”
Bruce goes on to reveal his advice for Kimmie: “You’re going to take a lot of heat for this. Just continue to be the same good person you’ve always been.’ And I think she has and I said, that’s about all you can do right now.” Good person???
There seems to be a trend here asKris Humphries also revealed last October that he found out about the divorce filing through TMZ.
And in a separate interview, Bruce also reveals he could care less about whether his daughters — Kendall, 16, and Kylie, 14 — go to college!
“If they want to go to college, certainly, I think it’s a good idea. But I’m not the advocate of, ‘You’ve got to go to college!'” Bruce said to UsWeekly. “I think by the time they graduate from high school, they will probably be in a position to go right to working.” And by working, he probably means appearing on a E! spinoff!
Bruce also reveals he is banking on Kendall making it big as a supermodel! “She’ll probably have a career by the time she’s out of high school,” he said. “If that’s what she wants to do, that’s good. I don’t know if college is going to be that important for her.”
Moving on to Kimmie Kakes, who continues to prove she is a vapid shallow individual with very little depth to her!
Perhaps in her attempt to keep up with the ton of negative press she’s been receiving lately, and I mean TON, Kim was pictured Tuesday in Los Angeles looking at Google Alerts of herself on her Blackberry phone.
In case you’re wondering what the heck a ‘Google Alert’ is, it’s a news service you sign up for which alerts you (typically via email) when an article pops up on the Internet about a subject you subscribed to. It’s typically used by media outlets, Reality Tea included, to get the latest updates about the subjects, in other words, the celebrities they cover.