As the second season of Bethenny Ever After comes to a close, everything Bethenny Frankel has been working towards throughout the season culminates with the speaking tour to promote her new book A Place of Yes and the sale of Skinnygirl Cocktails. Bethenny’s reason for going on tour: the most rewarding part of what she does is talking to women and sharing her experiences and the only way to accomplish this is to sell tickets to hear Bethenny espouse her knowledge and ideas since we don’t get to hear this weekly in the form of her show. This episode also contains lots and lots of talk about babies! Not just Bryn, but future Hoppy offspring presumably arriving in the very near future! Guys – here’s your trailer for next season: Bethenny: Baby Number Two? Since this show took place on a speaking tour and a tour bus, it was very dialogue heavy, with lots of footage of the tour and the bus, until the end when the results of the big sale of Skinnygirl are revealed. Then things get a little exciting.
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The new series will follow Bristol, 20, and her son, Tripp, 2, as she moves from Alaska/Arizona to Los Angeles to work for a small charity in need and move in with Kyle, 19. Kyle’s older brother, Chris Massey, 21, will also appear on the show.
“Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to,” said David McKillop, Executive Vice President, Programming, A&E Network and BIO Channel. “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years but this will be the first time she’s opening up her real life, with her and son and her friends the Massey brothers.”
If you recall, Kyle also appeared with Bristol on the previous season of DWTS, and the two have apparently since become best friends. “Bristol and Tripp have to move to Los Angeles for her new job, she decides to move in with the Massey brothers who are also about to realize how much their lives are about to change,” says the press release.
The new series is set to debut in late 2011.
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While the cast of the Jersey Shore was more than ready to take their GTL to Italy, it seems Italy wasn’t all that ready for the guidos and guidettes.
We reported last week that the cast departed for Italy to begin filming their 4th season on Monday (yesterday). Well those plans have now been put on hold despite the fact that some of the cast members, including Mike ‘The Situation‘ Sorrentino and Paul ‘DJ Pauly D‘ DelVecchio, were already filmed packing their bags and arriving at the airport. MTV has reportedly now asked the cast to be patient and hang tight.
And while some media reports are claiming the delay was caused by the city of Florence revoking the show’s permits to film at certain several historical landmarks, a new report by TMZ states the delay was caused because the President of Italy is planning to visit Florence this week. Florence also happens to be the same city the cast will be filming in.
Sources say MTV decided it would be too much of a hassle to try to shoot around the security and hoopla over the President’s visit on Thursday, so they simply decided it would be best to delay shooting until late this week. MTV confirmed as much with a rep for the network telling THR, “Production on Jersey Shore will begin this week, following the Italian presidential visit to Florence. In the ongoing spirit of cooperation, we’re waiting until his official visit concludes to start filming.”
So there you have it folks, season 4 of the Jersey Shore in Italy is still on!
Meanwhile, one person who would like to keep the cast in Italy for all eternity is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie once again spoke out against the show, making it clear he would like the cast to get out of New Jersey, like for good.
“They parachute these people onto the Jersey Shore and try to make America think these are Jersey people, and they’re not. They’re New Yorkers,” Christie said last Thursday during a four-hour appearance on CBS Corp.’s WFAN. “They ought to take them out to Montauk, all the way out on the point, and leave them there. And don’t drop bread crumbs, so they can’t find their way back.”
Christie also added that he would like the none New Jersey natives of the cast to “go back to New York.” The governor said he asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to “take them back.” Ouch!
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Tonight was the second part of the Bad Girls Club Season 6 Reunion, and it can almost be summed up like this: The girls hate Char, Nikki seems to be back in good graces, brawl with Char, bleeping out every other word, host Perez Hilton dressed in a gold toy soldier (or 1920′s newsboy?) outfit, bleeping, extension yanks, bleeping, more Char hate…and let’s top the whole thing off with a cake fight. Recap. Done.
Seriously, though. Char’s antics on the show alienated the girls who considered themselves her friends and were shocked to see what she said about them in her interviews. Jessica, my personal favorite, seemed especially hurt because she and Char did appear to have a genuine friendship throughout the season. Jennifer (the Jersey native who only lasted a few episodes and annoyingly talks out of one side of her mouth) had the most to say to Char, stopping only when audience member–and Char’s cousin–told her she was “gonna get dog walked.” Do you think that phrase is copyrighted, or can I introduce that into my every day conversation? Because I really want to start saying it.
I found it odd that the ladies hated Char but were willing to forgive the always instigating Nikki. However (and I guess it makes sense from a Bad Girls standpoint), all the girls felt that at least Nikki stayed true to herself and wasn’t fake and backstabbing like Char. Nikki was annoying when she moved into the house, and she was just as annoying when the season ended. Strangely enough, minus a few scuffles with Char, the girls were very nice to one another, even those who had been mortal enemies in the house. While this made it easier to follow along with the reunion (less security involvement = more actual conversation), it was pretty lame. Personally, I like when people get along, I can understand what they’re saying, and I never find out who is (or isn’t) actually sporting undergarments, but for a Bad Girls Club reunion, it’s the tamest yet.
Of course, even when they are talking (and not fighting), it’s hard to understand the girls, as their constant screaming during the first half of the reunion has rendered them all incredibly hoarse. However, without words, it’s clear that Wilmarie’s dress is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen and former past season Bad Girl Tanisha is the only lady from the whole franchise with a legitimate job…even if that job is hosting Love Games 2 featuring has-been Bad Girls (I’m talking to you, Natalie Nunn).
HillbillyLauren and Jessica have let bygones be bygones, and it’s clear–even as castoff/deserters Sydney, Ashley, Jennifer and Jade return to dish–that all’s well that end’s well…except when it comes to Char. Funny, I do believe that Char got in the least amount of physical fights, which just means all the other girls were fighting EACH. OTHER. Whatevs, all is fine and Char is the bad guy…until Perez has BGC alums Amber and Kristen (love her!) bring in a birthday cake for Jessica’s big day. He starts a cake fight and it’s all fun and games until Kori gets cake in Jade’s hair. It’s hard to tell if they are joking or killing each other (hint, it was the latter), but Jade’s family comes at Kori. Once separated, Jade trashes a dressing room (which let’s be honest, it’s a BGC club dressing room, so all she really did was knock over a folding chair) and gives the viewers what they have come to expect from these reunions…less love (seriously, they all get along now except for Char??) and more “dresses hiked up, faux hair pulling, every word bleeped out” kind of entertainment.
Keep your shirts pulled down and your beads around your neck…Season 7 is leaving Los Angeles and heading to the Big Easy, New Orleans! It is set to debut July 11 on Oxygen.
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The five remaining stars were under a lot of stress as they had to do two dances last night: Their regular dance routine and an insta-dance, which meant they received the music for their second routine only 30 minutes before their performances.
Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas received the highest scores of the night. In fact, the duo was only one point shy of getting the first perfect score of the season. Chelsea and Mark received a score of 29 for their almost perfect waltz. “You’ve finally found the perfect dance for Chelsea to shine!” said judge Bruno Tonioli.
Improving this week wasKirstie Alley, earning a very impressive score of 28 for her Argentine tango with partner Maksim. “Your body is shrinking, your talent is huge!” raved Bruno. Meanwhile Kirstie experienced yet another mishap but this time during her rehearsals. While rehearsing with Maksim, Kirstie missed a jump and fell off a stage. She blamed her fall for lack of sleep and forgetting to eat. Kirstie admitted to only taking in 1,400 calories a day and also revealed she is now down to a size 4 to 6ish.
Coming in last place this week was Ralph Macchio, who revealed last night that he was battling a bum knee. Ralph revealed he had missed a few days of practice after suffering a ruptured cyst behind his knee. Despite coming in last, the 49-year-old actor didn’t fare too badly, getting a 25 for his Viennese Waltz with partner Karina Smirnoff and a 21 in the insta-dance.
“For someone who’s had limited time to practice, you did a great job,” said Len Goodman. “The thing is, it lacked polish. You only get polish with time.” Despite his injury, Ralph remains in serious danger of going home tonight.
This week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County is pretty drama-free, relatively speaking. Peggy and Alexis continue to rehash and compete (with a photoshoot face-off being one of the night’s highlights), Tamra and Fernanda make nice, Vicki continues to struggle with her marriage issues, Gretchen heads to the Lone Star State to sell her wares, and Slade’s mom tells it like it is.
Tamra meets Lynne for lunch and Lynne asks if Tamra and Fernanda are an item. Tamra acts shocked but spills more of the details on the infamous kiss. She reveals that Eddie is convinced that Fernanda is in love with her. I am not so sure Eddie feels this way or if it’s more Tamra wanting him to feel that way, but regardless, we learn that the kiss did involve tongue, but thankfully, no “nipple tweaking.” Tamra always has a way with words.
Peggy goes to Alexis’ home to confront ask her why Jim wasn’t at the dinner party. In her interview prior to speaking with Alexis, Peggy says that as long as she’s known Jim “he’s never had a real job” so she’s not buying that “work” kept him from attending. Alexis is (finally) honest, admitting that Jim doesn’t want to hang out with the catty ladies any longer, and Peggy is hurt that Alexis didn’t feel as if she could tell her the truth earlier. Peggy presses to see if Jim has beef with she and Micah, and Alexis rambles on and on about how she’s too busy to have a social life, what with her perfect kids, and working out, and that whole fashion designer thing. Peggy brings up a time when Jim was very condescending to Micah about Micah’s lamborghini knowledge (seriously, who ARE these people??) and Alexis reminds Peggy that Jim has had four lamborghinis in the past. Ahhhh, now I get why this episode is called “It’s Not a Competition.”
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Ramona Singer isn’t one to bite her tongue and she didn’t in a recent interview with Popeater.
If you recall, Bethenny Frankelgave an exclusive interview to the Hollywood Reporter last month during which Bethenny an unnamed “insider” told the magazine that Bethenny sold her Skinnygirl drink line to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for $120 million! That figure has since been reported by pretty much every other media outlet known to man, with only a few questioning the authenticity of that number.
Well it seems Real Housewives of New York Citystar Ramona, who also has her own drink line of Pinot Grigio, is one of those few as she tells Popeater she doesn’t believe for a second that Bethenny really received $120 million for her company.
“Oh no, she likes to exaggerate,” Ramona told Popeater. “It’s rumored, remember? It didn’t say fact. Rumored.” Ramona adds that she suspects the actual figure is much less than $120 mil. “I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total,” Ramona said. “And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”
Ramona does bring up a good point which is that Bethenny did develop her Skinnygirl cocktail line with partner David Kanbar. So if that reported figure is accurate, it’s safe to assume it had to be split.
As for Bethenny, she appeared on Watch What Happens Live last night and played coy when Andy asked her if she indeed sold her Skinnygirl line for $120 million. “Listen, I’m not going to kiss and tell. I’d be stupid if I did,” was Bethenny’s response. “I did really well. I can now you know take you out to dinner. I’m looking for an apartment now. But you know, more money, more problems,” she added.
And while Andy didn’t bring up Ramona’s comments, Bethenny did manage to say “Ramona’s off the rails more than she was on the first season,” when a viewer question asked her who she thought had changed the most on the NYC Housewives.
And finally, many are also questioning if Bethenny has had any recent work done on her face. Andy asked her this on WWHL and she denied getting any facial procedures. We’ll let you be the judge as the above photo of Bethenny (you can click on it to make it bigger) was taken just days ago at a recent event. What is interesting though is that Bethenny took a 2-week vacation back in mid April and unlike her previous vacays, no pictures of her surfaced during this period.
Meanwhile, the finale of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. Bethenny’s ever growing business hits an important point this week when she gets an offer for SkinnyGirl. The suspense is killing her, but when she finally reveals the number, will it be to her liking? Also, Bethenny takes to the stage to answer her fan’s questions about her journey and her business. And tough questions about her relationship with her in-laws, who also happen to be in the audience, come up. A preview clip is below -
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Last night’s Mob Wives episode was all about loyalty – and drinking. It was also about how having drinks with a girlfriend and loyalty do not often mix well if you are Karen Gravano. The episode also focused on what else: Renee Graziano’s loyalty to the lifestyle, loyalty to friendships and family, how Drita D’avanzobetrayed her, and whether or not it is worth it to stay connected to her past. Oh, and how she and Karen are now practically family again. As for Carla Facciolo, well she was pretty invisible again this episode, but her storyline was about family also.
The day after the Mob bust – and after a terrible day, in her own words, “Renee needs a drink.” We find out Junior is already out on bail and is likely only looking at 18 months for gambling (wait – isn’t that legal?) Renee expresses her frustration about the cycle of dealing with prison again and not being part of a normal family, because: “There’s always somebody missing to the federal f*cking government,” Renee doesn’t want that life anymore, but it is just so difficult to break away. By the way – did you see those amazing fur boots Renee had on? Girl definitely likes her fur from head to toe. After all, nothing says “bitch, I’ve arrived,” mafia-style like fur as we were taught last week in Renee’s Mob Wives 101 class.
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