On the 6th episode this season titled “Feeing From 40,” it’s a Hoppy birthday for Bethenny—or is it? As her 40th-birthday bash draws near, Bethenny falls victim to blues and blahs, and Jason plans surprises aplenty. On edge, Bethenny distracts herself by practicing for her stint on “Skating With the Stars.” A preview clip is below.
In other news, Bethenny Frankel’smother is once again speaking out against her following the most recent episode of BEA and the release of Bethenny’s latest book A Place of Yes, in which Bethenny opens up about her childhood issues.
“I didn’t feel like a victim as a child, and I don’t feel like one now,” Bethenny, 40, writes. But “I never felt very safe, and I never felt like I could trust that someone else was in control of the situation.”
In separate interviews, both Bethenny and her mother Bernadette Parisella Birk spoke to the HollywoodLife. “I shouldn’t have been in Vegas at 13,” Bethenny explains. “I shouldn’t have been in nightclubs at 13.”
Bernadette however insists Bethenny isn’t telling the truth about her past. “She was NOT in any nightclubs at 13, unless she was crawling out her bedroom window at night,” Bernadette tells the HollywoodLife. “But yes, we took her to Vegas with us because we were not going to leave her with a babysitter,” adds Bernadette. “We took her all over the world, she wasn’t out of my sight ever.”
Bethenny admits to the site that not all of her childhood was bad. “My childhood was not terrible,” admits Bethenny. “I had a lot of happiness — or at least a lot of fun times. I did a lot of interesting things’ — but not necessarily at an age that would have been appropriate.”
Bethenny reveals that she has no intention of reconciling with her mom for the time being. “My life is kind of the way I want it right now,” says Bethenny going on to add that her intent is not to hurt her mother with the things she wrote in her book.
But Bernadette says she isn’t buying it. “If she didn’t want me to read the parts about me in the book then why would she publish it?” Bernadette wonders. “My comment is the same as it was — I consider her to be demented and beyond help,” Bernadette says. “Reconciliation is not up to her at all. She would never want to repair anything because then all of her lies would come out.” Wowzers. A picture of Bernadette is below.
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Holy jackpot! TMZ is reporting that Hugh Hefner, age 84 and worth $43 million, has no plans of asking his 24-year-old fiance Crystal Harris to sign a prenup.
Yes, you read that right. With just 10 weeks until their June 18 wedding date, sources close to the couple tell TMZ there has been zero mention of a prenup.
The reason? Hef “actually cares” about Crystal and doesn’t want to ask her to sign one says a source. And as for Cystal, she doesn’t expect Hef will bring it up before they tie the knot.
Just a week ago, Life & Style magazine reported Crystal was cheating on Hef with 24-year-old Jordan McGraw aka the son of Dr. Phil. A rep for Crystal has denied the cheating claims stating she and Jordan were simply working on her music career.
Meanwhile, Hugh’s ex Kendra Wilkinson is very “pissed off” about not receiving an invite to the June wedding. This coming directly from the horse’s mouth.
“I haven’t gotten my save the date yet,” Kendra told E! Online. “I’m not joking, I’m really pissed off about it.” Kendra lived in the Playboy mansion and dated Hef from 2004 to Oct 2008, plus Hef actually attended Kendra’s 2009 wedding to Hank Baskett.
“If I don’t get a save the date, I have another wedding to attend that same day,” said Kendra. “I got a save the date from one of my closest friends for that date. I’m planning on going to Hef’s, but I haven’t gotten the save the date for that same date. I’m getting kind of antsy because I need to pick which wedding to go to.”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON HEF NOT ASKING FOR A PRENUP? DOES KENDRA HAVE A RIGHT TO BE ANGRY AT NOT RECEIVING AN INVITE?
Days after Bravo confirmed the Real Housewives of Atlanta will be returning for a 4th season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is now reporting all six of the housewives will be returning!
According to the AJC, Nene Leakes, Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey will be back next season despite Nene’s public statements about having major doubts regarding coming back to the show.
The site also adds that Bravo has no plans to add a new housewife to the cast, a first in the franchise’s history. As we have reported, the Atlanta housewives are Bravo’s most successful franchise, averaging close to 3 million viewers an episode for their last season.
Filming is slated to begin later this month.
In other news, RadarOnline is reporting that Nene Leakes might be addicted to plastic surgery. Despite having had liposuction done on her thighs, hips and stomach, Nene is apparently willing to go back under the knife to get a flatter stomach.
“NeNe is determined to have a flatter tummy and she intends to have more liposuction done so she looks her very best this summer,” a source tells Radar. “Her friends are worried that she has become too obsessed with plastic surgery and have warned her about the dangers, but she just wants to be the best image of herself that she can be.”
Nene, 41, is reportedly very insecure about her looks “despite being loud and over-confident in public” says the source. “She has always wanted to be famous and now that she is those insecurities have been heightened for her to look perfect.”
Since becoming famous, Radar reports the 6 ft tall Nene has had several procedures done including a nose job, breast reduction and lift, liposuction on her tummy, thighs and hips plus new veneers on her teeth.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALL THE ATLANTA HOUSEWIVES RETURNING? DID YOU WANT TO SEE ANYONE LEAVE? PLUS DO YOU THINK NENE IS ADDICTED TO PLASTIC SURGERY?
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.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MEAT LOAF’S MELTDOWN & MARLEE’S DECISION TO HAVE SOMEONE FIRED? SHOULD GARY HAVE WENT HOME INSTEAD?
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.
TELL US – SHOULD TOP CHEF CHANGE THE WAY CONTESTANTS ARE JUDGED? OR IS THE CURRENT FORMULA IDEAL?