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UPDATE – The HollyWood Reporter reported in April that Bethenny Frankel sold her Skinnygirl cocktail line to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for $120 million! You can read more about that by clicking here.

According to a new report, Bethenny Frankel is not happy with the way she is being portrayed on her Bravo reality show Bethenny Ever After.

See, just four episodes into the season, some fans of the show as well as critics feel Bethenny is the villain of her own show, citing the treatment of her in-laws to being too hard on hubby Jason Hoppy.

And now the RumorFix is reporting that Bethenny is well aware of the backlash and feels she is being portrayed as “mean” on the show. She is reportedly now demanding producers re-edit episodes of her show to portray her in a better light.

Sources reveal that Bethenny is upset that some blogs are calling her out on her alleged bad behavior. The Jewish Journal referred to her as being “mean, selfish, and narcissistic.”

It seems Bethenny is not only the star of her show but also the executive producer though she hadn’t really exercised any control until now. “Bethenny is making producers re-cut all the shows to make her nicer — even the shows that have already aired. You will notice the rerun is different,” says the source.

In other Bethenny news, she continues to enjoy a reign of success as she just sold her “Skinnygirl” spirits brand to Fortune Brand’s Beam Global Spirits & Wine unit for an undisclosed amount

“Partnering with Fortune Brands and Beam Global was the right move at this time,” said Bethenny in a statement to CNN. “I created a new category that needs their muscle and distribution to take this concept worldwide in the immediate future.”

Bethenny appeared on GMA this morning, during which she stated the brand simply got too big for her to handle and that she will still be involved in the development process of the Skinnygirl brand.

Bethenny’s new book, “A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life” also hits the shelves today.

According to Bethenny, “a place of yes” doesn’t always mean being positive or agreeing with others. “It means that you go for what you know you can have in your gut,” she told GMA. “I’m not a yes-man by any stretch of the imagination. Right now…I say ‘no’ to a lot more than I used to because that’s saying yes to myself.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REPORT? DO YOU THINK BETHENNY IS MEAN?


A huge episode of Million Dollar Listing will air tonight on Bravo, during which real estate agent Josh Flagg will officially come out as being gay.

While all of the stars on the show, including former cast member Chad Rodgers, had allowed their love lives to be a part of the show, Josh was the only one to keep that part of his life private.

Well, that all changes tonight as Josh makes the revelation both on the show and in his new memoir Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream, which also comes out today.

According to Josh, 25, he is very pleased with the way he chose to come out. “You know my sexuality does not define me, it is not who I am, but rather it is part of me, and I did not ever want people to think of me as “the gay real estate guy,” I did not want that to be the only demographic that was watching me on TV or the only demographic to associate with me,” said Josh in an interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

“I am very glad I did things the way I did because I feel I eased people into it and I made people comfortable with ME, and then kind of just dropped the fact that I like guys instead of girls. Many people knew, many had no idea,” he added.

And how does Josh feel about his costar Madison Hildebrand, who also came out on the show, beating him to the punch? “Madison did not beat me to the punch. Madison just decided to come out on national television before I did, but as far as I know, I was out to the people I wanted to be out to well before Madison was. At the rate we are going, we might have to change the title of the show to “Two Homos and the Straight Dude.”” joked Josh adding that though he respects Madison’s approach, he chose to take “a different approach, a more subtle approach, and I kind of like the way Bravo did it … slowly revealing my life, because for the most part no one knows anything about my life other than what they can read on the Internet or what they see on the show with my family, but my private life was always kind of a mystery.”

Josh also reveals that his fellow castmate Josh Altman has been supportive. “He is a great guy and a good friend of mine and we have gotten closer since filming the show,” said Josh. “We do some business together and we get along real well. I have nothing bad to say about Josh Altman whatsoever.”

Josh is currently in a relationship with long term boyfriend Colton Thorn. Photos of Josh and Colton below. MDL airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c. A preview clip is below -

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JOSH’S COMING OUT? AND ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?


Break up? What break up? Following a report last week that the two were broken up, it appears the Bachelor star Brad Womack and his fiance Emily Maynard are still going strong!

In fact, Emily spent most of last week in Texas with Brad, during which the above photo was taken. Photos of the couple were posted on twitter days ago by one of Brad’s friends who wrote, “Wow! I guess you can’t trust tabloids after all.”

The friend posted four photos of the couple, and on Thursday morning, Emily, 25, was photographed arriving back at Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina alone but still wearing her engagement ring. That pic is below.

In a new interview with Usweekly, Brad, 38, gushed about Emily, making it clear he is still very happy with her. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life,” Womack told UsWeekly on Thursday at Dizzy Rooster, his Austin bar. “I’m serious. I’m so happy.”

“I just put Emily on a plane 3 hours ago,” he added. “She’s awesome. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” he raved.

When asked if he thinks the relationship will work out, Brad answered “Yes!” He added, “I swear to God, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Honestly, I’m the luckiest guy.” Definitely not protesting too much. More photos of Brad and Emily below.

As for Brad’s runner up Chantal O’Brien, she’s also doing great with her new love Jeff Razore, a Seattle native and marketing consultant. “I think because of my [Bachelor] experience, it’s allowed me to be where I am now and be in a relationship,” Chantal told PEOPLE. Reality Steve also reported that ABC wanted Chantal to be the next Bachelorette, but she turned it down due to her new relationship. No pressure there Jeff! A photo of Jeff is below.

TELL US – ARE YOU ROOTING FOR BRAD AND EMILY? WAS IT SMART OF CHANTAL TO GIVE UP THE BACHELORETTE FOR HER NEW BEAU?


Dancing With the Stars returned for its 12th season on ABC Monday night with a night full of surprises!

Front runner Kendra Wilkinson did not come out on top despite being declared the early favorite. Kendra found herself closer to the bottom of the pack, only scoring an 18 for her cha cha dance.

The biggest surprise of the night however was 60-year-old Kirstie Alley who wowed both the audience and the judges with her high spirited cha cha dance, earning a score of 23. Kirstie and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy brought a lot of fun, energy and silliness into their dance. In fact, judge Bruno Tonioli declared it “the best of the night.”

And while Kirstie earned the highest score in the cha cha category, the ‘Karate Kid’ Ralph Macchio scored the highest points of the night, garnering a 24 for his foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff. “What an amazing surprise!” said Carrie Ann Inaba. “It shocked me that you had such elegance.” Len Goodman went on to declare his performance “the best foxtrot tonight.”

Failing to sizzle was talk show queen Wendy Williams, who earned a low score of 14 for her stiff cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani, who Wendy did not know who he was during their first meeting. USA Today‘s Ann Oldenburg called Wendy’s performance “awful” adding that “the talk show host was stiffer than Kate Gosselin when she took the floor for her cha cha cha.” Ouch.

Promising were Disney starlet Chelsea Kane and NFL player Hines Ward. Next Monday, all of the 11 stars will return to the ballroom for a new dance. Votes and scores from the first two weeks will be combined to determine who goes home on the first live results show next Tuesday, March 29.

The full scoreboard from last night is below -

Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 24
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 23
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 21
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 21
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 19
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 19
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett & Louis Van Amstel: 18
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 18
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya: 17
Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani: 14
Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer: 13

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S DEBUT? WERE YOU SHOCKED BY KIRSTIE’S GOOD PERFORMANCE?


The third episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County aired last night with what felt like a night of TMIs. From Gretchen’s sex talk about Slade to the marital nightmare between the Bellinos, ending with the Tamra soft-core bathtub scene with Eddie. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!

The episode beings with mogul Gretchen, who is clearly still harboring some resentment over Alexis‘s princess comment, as she dons a tiara to open the door for Alexis. For someone who claims to be very busy, Gretchen sure seems to have a lot of time to waste shopping for tiaras, and getting princess license plates. Perhaps this is why she needed an assistant. Alexis regrets the day she ever uttered the word princess, and following a brief chat, the ladies head out to do some shopping while I attempt to make sense of Alexis’s maxi dress.

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An all new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the new episode titled “It’s My Baptism and I’ll Cry If I Want To,” Gina takes Bethenny, Jason and Bryn to her Trinidadian church to give Bryn a “blessing.” Once the ceremony is underway, Jason and Bethenny suddenly realize it seems much more like a baptism than just a simple blessing. Feeling misguided and upset, Bethenny and Jason explain their feelings to Gina. Meanwhile, Jason’s parents come to New York for Bryn’s official Christening ceremony and also get to join in the fun of her first Halloween.

In other Bethenny Frankel news, her former assistant Max Meisel is now speaking out and attempting to defend himself following a firing scolding by Bethenny on last week’s episode. Bethenny stated Max was slacking on the job, was more interested in the glitz than the actual work, and had become a liability, citing an incident in which he asked her husband Jason Hoppy for a condom.

In his Bravo blog, Max defends himself, stating while he wasn’t perfect, he was a good employee and that boundaries should not have been a problem stating that on the “third day on the job Bethenny asked me the oldest girl I’ve had sex with.” Excerpts from Max’s blog below in which he seems to take some not so subtle shots at Bethenny -

“Alrighty, so before you write me off as the worst assistant on the planet, please hear me out… The conversation with Jason about condoms at the SkinnyGirl Party was taken way out of context. As inappropriate as it sounded, it didn’t take place exactly how it was pitched. It was a “guys talking at a bar”-kind of situation, however, I understand it was the wrong thing to talk about. I hold Jason in extremely high regard and I would never intentionally do anything to demean that. I didn’t mean to cross a line. I didn’t know where the boundaries began and where they ended. My third day on the job Bethenny asked me the oldest girl I’ve had sex with. It seemed as if some days there there were boundaries and some days there were none.

Bethenny made a very bold statement about my motives for wanting to become her assistant. She believes I wanted to be around for the attention and the “red carpet glitz.” The way she spoke, you’d think I had been hanging with Cameron Diaz and Mark Wahlberg as a result of working for her. I can assure you, although Bethenny has risen in popularity substantially over the last few years, I didn’t look towards her as the fast track to popularity.

I can’t begin to explain how out of my comfort zone I’ve been with every task I’ve performed. From picking thongs out of a drawer to building a crib, from purchasing her underwear to picking out her wardrobe, it’s all been as foreign as learning Chinese. I want to reiterate that I’m not making excuses for my mistakes. I acknowledge that I haven’t always been in top form. I’m writing this to shed a different shade of light on the situation.”

Interesting comments by Max. A preview clip of the new episode is below.  Max Meisel photo credit – Jesse Dittmar.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MAX’S COMMENTS? PLUS TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE OF BEA?


As the days go by, it’s starting to seem more and more plausible that Evelyn Lozada will not be returning to Basketball Wives.

For starters, TMZ reported last week that Evelyn gave the show producers an ultimatum to either pay her $20,000 an episode or she walks for good. Sources close to the production told TMZ that Evelyn and her costars currently pull in around $7,500 an episode.

And then just yesterday, TMZ reported that Evelyn is in talks with the E! network regarding a spinoff show with fiance Chad Ochocinco. Sources close to Evelyn reveal that E! approached her with the new offer as soon as they discovered she wanted to quit Basketball Wives.

As for the reason Evelyn wants to quit the show, she is reportedly very upset with the way the finale episode turned out and is blaming producers for instigating the fight between her and costar Tami Roman. Evelyn has yet to make a final decision but sources add that she and Chad are seriously entertaining the E! offer.

And speaking of Chad and Evelyn, the couple spoke to PEOPLE magazine during which they both stated they will not be rushing to the altar anytime soon.

“He has four kids. I have one. We want to be engaged for at least a year and enjoy our time with our children, and then we’re going to plan our wedding,” Evelyn told PEOPLE, adding that they would both like to have more children. “The more kids, the happier I am,” she said.

So how does Chad feel about the dramatic finale of Basketball Wives during which Evelyn admitted to having once slept with former NBA player Kenny Anderson, while he was still married to costar Tami? Chad revealed all is well because they don’t hide anything from each other.

“I know everything about her, so there are no surprises,” said Chad. “My grandma says, ‘Always marry your best friend, because your best friend will be able to tell you anything and not hide nothing.’ That’s one of the things I really like, which is one of the reasons why she’s wearing that ring.”

Evelyn added that she had a hard time dealing with the backlash from the show. “I was having a hard time [watching],” she said. “I have a lot of followers on Twitter, so everyone has an opinion on your life, and they think they know you. Some of the things they say are hurtful, but he made me keep it together. He’s very supportive with everything.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CHAD & EVELYN’S COMMENTS? WOULD YOU WATCH A SPINOFF SHOW WITH THE TWO?


Kate Gosselin was all smiles as she celebrated her 36th birthday last Friday in New York City minus her plus 8.

The Kate Plus 8 star, who’s birthday is actually on March 28, alongside a small group of friends (Kate has friends?) got together at the NYC STK restaurant to celebrate. She showed off lots of leg while sporting a classic little black dress.

According to the HollywoodLife, Kate’s bodyguard Steve Nield was also present at the party though they didn’t get photographed together. While the TLC cameras were on hand to film Kate entering the restaurant with a friend (really, Kate has friends?), Steve reportedly ducked into the restaurant ahead of time to keep from being spotted with her. Sources reveal Steve had very little contact with Kate during the festivities.

And the very next day, Kate was photographed shopping at FAO Schwarz in NYC with a gal pal and her bodyguard Steve. Those photos are below.

Kate Plus 8 returns to the TLC network with new episodes on April 4.

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