This season of Celebrity Apprentice continued to be one for the books as the latest episode brought us an epic meltdown and a record breaking fund raising.
Before the teams could get started on their latest fund raising tasks, the men’s team had to deal with the loss of Jose Canseco, who decided to bow out after learning the health of his father, who is battling cancer, had taken a turn for the worse. Jose met up with Donald Trump to break the news, and the Donald ended up donating $25,000 to his charity. Richard Hatch however pondered if Jose’s early exit might have also been because he knew he wouldn’t be able to raise any money.
Either way, the show went on. The task was for both teams to raise funds via an art auction. Country singer John Rich was the manager for the men’s Team Backbone and all was going well, that is until Gary Busey took some of the painting tools purchased by Meat Loaf, allegedly. And holy meltdown as Meat Loaf absolutely lost it.
“Motherf–k! I bought those motherf–king sponges!” screamed Meat Loaf at Gary. “You look in my eyes. I am the last person in the f–king world you ever want to f–k with! You pushed me to the f–king limit!” In fact Meat Loaf had to be retrained from getting physical with Gary. Meat Loaf, who stated he had been to anger management in the past, would end up apologizing to Gary as it turned out his missing art supplies were sitting in a corner the entire time.
Things went more smoothly for the women’s Team ASAP as team manager Marlee Matlin managed to raise an astonishing $986,000 – an apprentice record. This gave the women a win over the men, who also raised an amazing $606,000.
A stunned Donald then gave Marlee the option of letting the men’s team stay intact or choosing to have someone fired. Marlee huddled up with her team before ultimately choosing to have someone fired from the men’s team. While the men felt Gary should be fired for his lack of focus, Donald ultimately decided to keep Gary for the ratings to fire Richard for raising the least amount of money.
Meanwhile, we began to see the brewing drama between Nene Leakesand Star Jones this week as the two ladies got into a quick tiff during which Star accused Nene of patronizing her. “Nobody is patronizing your a**,” responded Nene. And judging from the previews for next week, it seems the Nene will be rearing its ugly head on national television once again, as she is shown verbally attacking La Toya Jackson for reasons unknown.
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On the 5th episode this season titled “No Hate,” Peggy consults a nip-tuck surgeon. Meanwhile, Vicki has trouble balancing her workload demands with family time. And Fernanda throws a party to celebrate her citizenship, but tensions run high when Alexis can’t attend. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guest tonight will be Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone and Nene Leakes.
In other OC news, it seemsTamra Barneyhas had a change of heart after first expressing regret over her now infamous soft-core porn bathtub scene with beau Eddie Judge. Right after the episode aired, Tamra blogged calling the scene a “big mistake” and “not one of my smartest moments on TV.”
Fast forward to today and Tamra tells Life & Style she has no regrets. “I’m a free spirit, so I’m fine with it,” she says. “It probably wasn’t one of my better on-camera choices, because one day I might have to answer to my children, but they don’t watch the show. And would they disown me because I’m happy and in love? No.” Tamra then adds, “You see more on daytime soap operas!”
And finally, Gretchen Rossiis calling out Tamra in a new interview with Popeater. According to Gretchen, Tamra is a phony who amps up the drama when cameras are turned on.
“Tamra [Barney] definitely turns it on for the cameras,” Gretchen tells the site. “She and I get along really well off camera, but when we’re on camera she’s just mean and evil. Not nice.”
Gretchen then goes on to explain why she’s okay with not being the star of the show. “I think [Tamra] wants to be the star of the show, and that’s fine with me,” she said. “Because if she wants to be the star of the show, that means she’s a train wreck, so I’m totally OK with that.”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAMRA & GRETCHEN’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
In an interview with UsWeekly magazine, Vicki first discussed the future of the OC Housewives, which also happens to be the first housewives franchise from the Bravo network.
“I believe we are going to be around a long time because the viewers want to see our lives unfold,” said Vicki. “I mean my life is totally different now than it was when I started 6 years ago. I was 42, I’m 49 next month so it’s really kind of interesting. I’m hitting 50 on TV.”
Vicki then admitted she is going through a midlife crisis which would explain the above outfit. “I’m going through a midlife crisis,” she said. The reason? “I’ve got a convertible, a belly button ring, and I’m getting a divorce!” said Vicki who filed for divorce last October from hubby Donn Gunvalson. Vicki has also put her home with Donn up for sale this week.
In other news,Gretchen Rossi is moving forward with her music career as she debuted her new single ‘Revelation’ today via the Perez Hilton site.
This isn’t the first time “Gretchen Christine” has released a song as she also released a single back in January of 2010 called ‘Nothing Without You.’ While the first song was a ballad, the latest single is more of a dance track. Gretchen actually sounds decent on the song as she did on the first track. And not to start any Milli Vanilli rumors, but has anyone heard Gretch sing live? Oddly enough, unlike her fellow singing housewives aka Kim Zolciak and Countess LuAnn, Gretchen has yet to be shown recording a song or singing on the Bravo show.
The Revelation audio is below. The song is also available on iTunes today.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON VICKI’S COMMENTS AND GRETCHEN’S NEW SONG?
Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel is probably used to being questioned about her weight by now, after all she did receive some criticism for dropping her baby weight too quickly a year ago. However it is her most recent appearance at a Bravo event this week that is now causing a bit of a stir.
Less than a day after we posted photos of Bethenny, 40, attending Bravo’s Upfront party, a ton of the post comments seem to be about her startlingly thin appearance. While Bethenny has appeared skinner in recent months, her latest appearance seems to be her thinnest yet. Below are some of the comments posted by our readers, most of whom are her fans -
“She does look a bit too skinny, but she is a busy woman.” – Real Moe
“Love Bethenny, and hope she reads this because she is looking seriously anorexic, and it is not at all attractive. She doesn’t look fresh and healthy. She’s looking worn and old. Skinny girl needs to strive for healthy girl.” – Michelle
“Bethenny is one of my favorites…yet she does like too thin…wonder if she is burning the candle at both ends.” – Jada Murray
“Bethenny looks really thin. Almost anorexic. Hope she’s taking care of herself, she’s a mommy now.” – Kari
“Bethenny is way, way, way too thin.” – MamaG
“I love Bethenny but….she is way too thin!” – Jackie
Those are just a few. Bethenny, who has penned best selling books about weight loss, has always been open about her past weight struggles. In fact, she revealed to UsWeekly back in February that she was once obsessed with dieting.
“I spent my entire life being obsessed with dieting,” she said. “Bingeing and then fasting or starving. Forbidding everything. That’s how I used to be: up and down 5 pounds every single day, to the extremes. My metabolism was totally wrecked.”
As stated in some of the above comments, Bethenny does have a busy career and is currently on a book tour in addition to being a mom. Here’s to hoping all is well with Bethenny. Below are some more photos of Bethenny before and after.
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A day after his big win on Top Chef: All Stars, 39-year-old chef Richard Blais is speaking out via a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. In excerpts below, Richard explains why he always appeared insecure about his dishes, his feelings on chicken oyster-gate today plus his next plans.
How He Chose His Final Dishes – “Most of it is on the fly, like, here are the ingredients you’re given. I tried to focus on picking out my favorite ingredients. Hamachi is a fish I really love. The black cod has such a beautiful fat content that it’s easy to cook, especially for a lot of people.”
On Why He Always Doubted Himself - “On Top Chef, we’re getting reviewed every single Wednesday night, and in reality, every day. So you’re just seeing a little bit more intense version of that. But I think all good chefs do that. They analyze and maybe over-analyze the tiniest details.”
On Being A Favorite To Win It All – “There was definitely a tremendous amount of support on social media. It’s such an honor to have people root and cheer for you, and to walk down the street and have people say, “Oh you should’ve won your first season,” and “We’re rooting for you this time.” I definitely got the sense that maybe everybody else thought I was a favorite, but internally I never bought into it.”
When asked about oyster-gate, Richard states it is completely “squashed” and that while Mike might have been influenced by his idea, he did not steal his recipe. For the time being, Richard is still a partner at Flip Burger but reveals he has some new projects ahead that he can’t discuss just yet.
Meanwhile, it seems the folks behind Top Chef can breathe a sigh of relief today as some fans of the show actually threatened to stop watching if Blais did not win. In fact, one fan tweeted to judge Tom Colicchio before the finale aired and stated that all faith would be lost in Tom and the show if Richard lost. Tom replied, “if Richard doesn’t win perhaps you should loose faith in Richard.”
As we all saw, Richard did indeed win which however brings us to an interesting question. If Richard, who appeared to be a much better competitor than Mike Isabella based on wins (9 wins to Mike’s 4), had lost the final challenge hence the competition, would that have been fair? This also seems to be the criticism with contestant Tiffany Derry making it to the final 4 over other competitors such as Dale Talde, who won way more challenges than she did.
Let’s compare the two contestants shall we -
Tiffany – Won 2 quickfires and zero elimination challenges. In the bottom 7 times.
Dale T. – Won 4 quickfires and 3 eliminations challenges. In the bottom twice.
Dale came in 6th while Tiffany made it to the final 4. And oh yeah, both of Tiffany’s wins came in group challenges. Numbers don’t lie and from looking at the above stats, it seems absurd that Dale was sent packing first. This isn’t to criticize Tiffany or put down her culinary talents, but once again, numbers don’t lie.
In Tiffany’s defense, she doesn’t make the rules which leads us to believe it might be time for the show to make some rule changes, taking into consideration the overall season performance, and not just one challenge when it comes to the elimination rounds. The ‘Top Chef‘ title shouldn’t go to someone who got hot in the final challenges, or someone who was mediocre all season long and managed to hide in the middle of the pack.
The Top Chef title should go to the contestant who excelled consistently over a season’s entirety, like Richard Blais. We can’t help but sit and imagine a finale battle between Richard and Dale. Now that would have been something to watch. Fans of the show also seemed to believe Mike was no competition for Richard as our poll question of who deserved to win before the finale aired garnered Richard 84% of the votes. A similar poll from UsWeekly gave Richard 86% of the votes. Something tells us those poll numbers would have been much different had Dale been in Mike’s shoes.
While Mike did end up giving Richard a run for his money, sorta, on the finale, fans of the show still overwhelmingly believed Richard deserved the title. A PEOPLE.com poll had 86% of the viewers agreeing with the show’s end results.
And though the finale showdown between Richard and Mike appeared extremely close on television, Melissa Maerz of the LA Times disagrees. The reason? Maerz was one of the lucky few who actually got to taste the finale dishes during Bravo’s finale party on Wednesday.
According to Maerz, it was not a close call at all. Maerz states all of Richard’s dishes were superb, describing his hamachi dish as “astoundingly delicious and clean-tasting, it was like a magical fish that’s spent its whole life swimming upstream into a Brita water filter.”
As for Mike, his halibut “was the worst dish by far, flavorless and cold, with a slightly sweaty texture, and the overly sweet kumquats lent it an aftertaste of jelly doughnut.” His pork shoulder with pepperoni sauce was “as if someone had nursed a tender baby pig from a bottle of liquid pizza.” Ouch. Maerz however adds that the dishes were not prepared by the all-stars themselves, but rather by a team of chefs.
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In today’s Kardashian news, the reality tv family continues to contribute to their unavoidable impending demise via overexposure world dominate.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians family – Khloe, Kourtney, Kris and Kim – grace the latest cover of Redbook magazine. In the article, Kris Jenner defends her daughters, you know, against all those awful critics who question why they are famous.
“It’s annoying when I hear, ‘What do your girls do?’ Well, first of all, all of my daughters have jobs. They are fashion stylists and designers; they own a chain of stores. They had the stores before they had the show,” pimp matriarch Kris, 55, tellsRedbook. “And my kids worked from the time they were 13 years old. So to me, that’s a huge misconception that the girls don’t work. They work 25 hours a day.”
And what about the criticism that her daughters are talentless hacks? “They might not be singers or dancers, but they certainly know how to produce a television show,” says Kris. “Whether you want to call it talent or not, they have multiple shows on the air. How many shows do you have?” Okay, so they don’t have a talent.
As for why their family seems to appeal to the TV audience, Khloe Kardashianbelieves it is due to their realness. “We are a real family. We don’t sugarcoat anything. We’re not the Brady Bunch, but we always put each other first,” Khloe, 26, says. “We love each other on camera, we cry on camera. I think people relate to the realness of it.”
Kim Kardashian also insists they have nothing to hide. “There’s nothing I’m really ashamed of, and I work hard on the show and all my other projects,” she states. “I don’t drink or do drugs, so I’m comfortable showing the world what my life is all about.”
And finally, after Kourtney Kardashian issued a non-denial denial via her twitter page back in February following reports that she was engaged to beau Scott Disick, it seems we will finally get the true answer on Sunday’s finale of Kourtney and Kim Take New York . The previews show Scott shopping for engagements rings for Kourt. The reports also stated back then that Kourtney and Scott would be getting their own spin-off.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REDBOOK INTERVIEW?
“There’s nothing I’m really ashamed of, and I work hard on the show and all my other projects,” she tells the mag. “I don’t drink or do drugs, so I’m comfortable showing the world what my life is all about.”
Following the judges’ use of the one time save last week on American Idol, it was double elimination night and there were no do-overs.
It seemed the fans of the show were well aware of this as they voted in record numbers. Over 55 million votes were cast this week according to host Ryan Seacrest, 25 million more votes than last week.
Last week’s least vote getter Casey Abrams was able to rest easy as he was safe from elimination. In the bottom three were Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia and Paul McDonald, with Naima and Thia getting the boot.
Not exactly a surprising elimination night as the two contestants have had a bit of a roller coaster season. Naima’s reggae rendition of “I’m Still Standing” on Wednesday night was panned by the judges, while Thia’s “Heat Wave” did not fare much better plus she was also in the bottom three last week.
Naima and Thia will still get to tour with the other remaining finalists as it was revealed during last Thursday’s elimination that the entire top 11 will get to participate in the summer tour.
Another interesting fact? The latest elimination makes this season the first time ever in Idol history the first four eliminated finalists were all women.
In other Idol news, In Touch Weekly is reporting that Casey Abramsand Haley Reinhartmight be dating! An insider tells In Touch that Haley and Casey, both age 20, have become quite the cozy couple.
“Most of their downtime is spent together and they have a very touchy-feely relationship,” reveals the insider. “They’re always lying on each other when they’re around the other contestants and everybody thinks they’re hooking up.”
TELL US – DID THE VIEWERS GET IT RIGHT? WHO ARE YOUR ROOTING FOR?
It was a very busy day for Bravo yesterday as the network not only announced new and returning shows, but also hosted a total of 3 different upfront parties in 3 different cities!
And of course the housewives came out to party alongside plenty of other Bravolebrities. Above is a photo of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast at the Los Angeles party. Also at the LA party was the entire cast of the Real Housewives of BH including Kim Richards.
Joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast at the Chicago party was none other than Bethenny Frankel, who tweeted that there was a clear division amongst the cast members but more on that below.
At the New York party were the Real Housewives of NJ and the Real Housewives of NYC. Casts of other Bravo shows such as Top Chef, Million Dollar Listing, Million Matchmaker & more were also in attendance. It is a photo overload below!
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Bravo officially announced the RHOA and the RHOBH will be returning for another season. Not exactly surprising as the first had the highest ratings in housewives history while the later has already began filming. The big surprise however was the early renewal of Bethenny Ever After as while the ratings are still good, it has declined over 20% from its debut season.
Not announced yesterday? The Real Housewives of DC which is reported to have been canceled. The only two housewives franchises missing from the Bravo parties? The RHODC and the RHMIA.
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