Maybe future presidential candidate Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks sharing his opinions on both his politics as well as President Obama, but the question today is has the Donald gone too far?
Gone too far as in is he now hurting NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice? Oddly enough, many critics feel Donald’s recent publicity tour is actually a stunt to increase ratings for his show. But that now seems to be backfiring as not only are some viewers threatening to boycott the show due to Trump’s political statements, but Groupon announced Thursday that it had decided to pull all future ads from the Celebrity Apprentice website at the urging of its customers.
After an online petition was launched last week urging a boycott of companies that advertised with the show, Groupon, which doesn’t advertise on the TV show but rather on the NBC.com website, stated that they would not place ads on the show’s website in the future so as to “[avoid] intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers.”
“Enough consumers have contacted us to warrant ensuring that we don’t place ads on the Apprentice homepage in the future. It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion… this isn’t a political statement, it’s avoiding intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers,” said Groupon via a statement on their website.
And according to NewsOne, a news service for the African American community, other advertisers are starting to pressure NBC to either control Trump or risk losing their sponsorship on the Celebrity Apprentice.
Meanwhile, the big question still remains – Is Trump actually going to run for president? “I am thinking of saying on live finale of The Apprentice finale on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the New York Times last month, claiming that the decision is a “tough” one because Celebrity Apprentice has been performing well in ratings. The decision is apparently tough because if Trump decides to run for president, he will no longer do the Apprentice.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of Celebrity Apprentice as we finally get to see the widely promoted smackdown showdown between Nene Leakes and Star Jones. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – SHOULD TRUMP KEEP HIS POLITICAL OPINIONS TO HIMSELF? IS HE HURTING THE SHOW? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
When it comes to Kim, her spin-off show would be about her life with new beau/baby daddy to be/NFL player Kroy Biermann and her new baby which is due in June. Nene’s show would involve her efforts to break into Hollywood after moving to Los Angeles later this year.
However, fret not RHOA fans as Bravo realizes the Nene and Kim are the two biggest reasons we tune in each week. If both shows do come to fruition, Bravo reportedly plans to keep at least one of the ladies on the “Real Housewives.”
And while Nene and Kim are arguably the two biggest stars on the show, Bravo is experiencing a major problem which is that both ladies absolutely want nothing to do with each other following their latest blow up on the tour bus towards the end of season three. You know, the blow up during which the Nene lost her cool for no reason at all, called Kim’s assistant a slave, and even threatened physical violence.
This is likely creating challenges for Bravo producers who began shooting season four earlier this month, and would like to maximize interaction amongst all six cast members especially between Kim and Nene. And just as we speculated, Kim’s recent baby shower was indeed filmed for the upcoming season and Nene was not in attendance.
While Bravo declined to comment on the story, the network is reportedly considering adding a new housewife in case Kim and/or Nene leave the show for good following season 4. Perhaps Bravo might want to wait to see how things pan out on the Real Housewives of NYC this season with the departure of the show’s starBethenny Frankel. If the latest lackluster episode of that series was any indication of what is to come, then the network’s decision to allow Bethenny to leave was a very poor one.
While a spin-off show for Nene and/or Kim might not be the worst idea, allowing one or both of them to leave the RHOA will be a disastrous idea. Even more disastrous considering the RHOA is the highest rated housewives series on Bravo.
As for Nene, she continues to get hosting gigs which included covering the royal wedding with Perez Hilton for WE-TV on Friday. Plus she is currently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, you know, just in case you haven’t seen the previews of her highly promoted upcoming blow-up with Star Jones this Sunday.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT? WHOSE SPINOFF SHOW WOULD YOU PREFER TO WATCH – KIM OR NENE? WOULD YOU CONTINUE TO WATCH THE RHOA IF KIM AND NENE LEFT THE SHOW?
This episode of Real Housewives of New York City was scattered, hard to follow, and all over the place – so the writing is reflective of how difficult it is to connect the plot points. The episode, which Bravo dubbed “Ramona’d” was all about Ramona Singer unleashing her Pinot Personality and letting her cray-cray take over, I call that Cramona. Crazy Ramona. We’ve seen it before from Mrs. Mario Singer – however not like this, but lets start out the recapping by focusing on another lady who is losing her marbles and a different one who is losing her teeth. Sonja Morgan and Cindy Barshop take it away!
Replacing Jill Zarin this season as Empress of the frienemies, Sonja agreed to trek all the long way downtown to TriBeCa and meet Cindy for some shopping and designer schmoozing at Vivienne Tam and then lunch at Cipriani. Unfortunately, when Sonja arrived Cindy had some news: after having a few too many Martinis at Ramona’s event the previous night, she devoured a bunch of pistachios and the veneers on her two front teeth fell off! A likely story if I’ve ever heard one –I personally think she took a drunken tumble after all those martinis. It happens to the best of us. The ladies proceed into the store where Cindy actually pulls out the broken front teeth, which she has brought with her in a Ziplock baggie along with an accompanying tube of Fixadent. While in Vivienne Tam Cindy, asks Sonja to help her put her teeth back in. Yuck. Sonja is understandably grossed out! Who wants to eat lunch after all that? Sonja still does, actually.
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In a new interview with Celebuzz, the 34-year-old Alexis discusses her relationship with her fellow housewives costars today, her Alexis Couture fashion line, having to grow a “thick skin” for her second season, and most importantly, having to deal with the backlash from being on the show. Excerpts are below -
On the show, you have the Alexis Couture fashion line. How is that going?
It’s going great! The episode you guys get to see it on has the photo shoot for it, so you’ll get to see the different styles. I also wear stuff on the show. I followed something that I was passion about and got someone on board with me, so I made it happen.
What three words would you use to describe your own personal style?
Trendy, edgy, and girly. Very Sex & the City.
You’ve been on the show now for a couple of years. It what ways has your life changed since starting the show?
It’s changed a lot in the fact that when I first came on the show I was kind of naïve and thought I was going to be friends with everybody. After a season of seeing everyone’s true colors and seeing how reality television works, it put a bit of a twist for the second year. You second guess yourself more because you think about how other people will perceive it. I’ve also just decided that I need to take more risks. I was very timid and scared to be confrontational during the first year. I was worried about what America would think, but I realized people are going to have different opinions.
What is your relationship with the rest of the housewives like right now?
It’s sad because I thought with Peggy coming on we would be able to survive and get back to the friendship. We’re not really on good terms as of right now, but I’m still hopeful that something might change or that we can have a discussion and start over. I miss my friend. With Tamra, I’m just shocked at what comes out of her mouth. I was hopeful that Vicki and I could start again, but I’m hurt. I hope we can put the past behind us.
How do you deal with the negativity in the press?
I don’t even read what is in the press. I stay out of it because I know that no matter what, people are going to say negative things. If someone tells me they read something, I’m hurt at first, but I think my skin is a lot thicker this year.
Is there any other housewife from a different franchise that you identify with?
I don’t know if I identify with them, but there are definitely other ‘housewives’ I like. The group is kind of like a sorority. I like Kyle from Beverly Hills a lot because I think she is real. I think I can relate to her.
You already have three children, so are you planning on having any more kids anytime soon?
You know, I’d love to have another little boy. My husband is absolutely done, though. I’m hopeful maybe in a couple of years he’d like to adopt.
And when it comes to the revelation on the most recent episode thatTamra Barneyand Fernanda Rochashared a bathroom kiss while Tamra was still with husband Simon Barney, Alexis makes it clear she is not Team Tamra. Below is what Alexis had to say about Tammy Sue’s cheating in her Bravo blog -
“Oh boy, then we get to the scene with Fernanda and Lynne. Who else was shocked to hear Tamra and Fernanda kissed last year at Tamra’s birthday while Tamra was still married? Why am I shocked though? Cheating is cheating, whether it’s with a girl or a boy. That was a chin-dropper! And once again, I feel Tamra has pointed fingers and blamed others for her own actions. She claims Gretchen cheated and was this horrible girlfriend to Jeff, yet it seems Tamra did the same thing she was accusing Gretchen of. Also, getting a little deeper, Tamra just accused me of not owning the foreclosure rumor (which was never true as we sold our home), but she is not owning kissing this other woman?”
Oddly enough, Alexis’s first husband Jeff Barryaccused her of having an affair with a wealthy father of three she met at the gym during their marriage. According to an interview Jeff gave two years ago, he and Alexis moved to San Diego shortly after their 2002 wedding. “We were young and didn’t have a lot of money.” says Jeff. “Then Alexis…started hanging out with trust fund babies. Having the right pair of expensive jeans became important to her.”
Jeff stated he pretended to be a friend of Alexis’s and started emailing her under false pretenses. His suspicions were then confirmed that Alexis was indeed sleeping with the married wealthy man. Coughs, this might explain why good ol Jim doesn’t trust like Alexis going anywhere without him, coughs.
The Missouri college sweethearts separated in 2003 after just 15 months of marriage and the divorce was finalized in June 2004. You can click here to read more on Alexis’s first marriage and divorce.
As forGretchen Rossi, she seemed to skim over the revelation of Tamra’s cheating in her Bravo blog, perhaps not wanting her own skeletons to come out again. “All I have to say is wow regarding the scene with Fernanda! Drama! An affair possibly took place? If Fernanda’s partner didn’t know, I wonder if Simon ever knew?” were Gretchen’s only comments about the kiss. Well played Gretch.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALEXIS’S INTERVIEW AND COMMENTS?
Khloe Kardashian graces the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine telling us her sob story letting us know it’s not easy being the “biggest” Kardashian.
Khloe, 26, admits that taking red carpet photos with older sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian has taken a toll on her self esteem. “They are 5-foot and 5-foot-2, so I look massive next to them,” says Khloe, who is 5-foot-10. “Everyone expects me to be 9 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds [when they meet me].”
Poor Khloklo, as she also had to deal with criticism about her weight from momager-pimpKris Jenner on a recent episode of her show Khloe & Lamar after Kris told her to lose weight due to her endorsement deal with Quicktrim. On the same episode, Khloe later cried to hubby Lamar Odom about her weight. “I’m so f****** fat,” she sobbed to Lamar. “I’m so tired of pretending that I’m happy with my weight, just to be a good role model, when I’m so f****** disgusting.”
Khloe has “struggled with her weight since she was 8 years old,” Kris a family friend tells UsWeekly. “She was always taller and developed much broader shoulders than her petite sisters.”
Khloe reveals she first gained weight following Kris’ divorce from her late father Robert Kardashian Sr. “My brother [Rob] and I were always heavy. They gave us food to keep us comforted. All we did was eat crap,” she recalls. “I had older women tell me, ‘You should really work out,’” she explains. “It really got to me.”
As of today, Khloe claims she is now happy with the way she looks.”Now I can say that I’m proud of my body,” Khloe wrote Wednesday on her blog, in response to the UsWeekly cover story. “My body weight will always be something that I will have to work on for the rest of my life,” she said, “but I am finally in a really good place and learning to love me for me and not for someone else’s standards.” Khloe was also pictured hitting the gym yesterday in LA wearing all black, a day after the UsWeekly story came out. That pic is below.
In other news, a new episode of Khloe & Lamar airs this Sunday on E!. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE USWEEKLY COVER STORY? DO YOU BELIEVE KHLOE IS REALLY HAPPY WITH HER WEIGHT TODAY?
The VH1 network is planning to turn up the heat this summer with the announcement and premiere dates of some all-new series as well as returning favorites!
Basketball Wives – The biggest surprise of all is the very quick return of the Basketball Wives. While the second season only ended less than 2 months ago, season 3 will debut on May 30 at 9/8c. With the exception of Suzie Ketcham, who quit the show, all of the cast members including Royce Reed, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, and Jennier Williams will be returning. VH1 also announced that Meeka Claxton, wife of former NBA player Speedy Claxton, has joined the cast. According to reports Meeka and Tami have already gotten into a physical altercation during filming. A photo of Meeka is below!
Famous Food – The network confirmed what we reported weeks ago, which is that reality famewhores Danielle Staub, Heidi Montag, and Jake Pavelka will indeed star together on a new reality show. The concept of the reality show is that the famewhores are given an opportunity to create a flourishing and fully-operating restaurant. Over the course of eight weeks, the colorful crew of “celebrities” will roll up their sleeves and work together to launch their own restaurant, aptly named, “Famous Food.” Joining the above three famewhores will be DJ Paul and Juicy “J” (from rap group Three 6 Mafia), Ashley Dupre (famed ex-prostitute) and Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”). The show debuts Sunday, July 10 at 10/9c.
Tough Love – Also returning this summer is Tough Love: Miami. Steve Ward and his mother Joann Ward are back to help single women make a splash in the Miami dating pool. Steve will work with a group of eight single, attractive women, all composed of classic female archetypes including the “too much too soon” romantic, the “gold digger” and the late 30′s “work obsessed.” They will be living together in a house for 10 weeks and given a chance to learn Dating 101.”VH1 Tough Love: Miami” premieres Sunday, July 10 at 9/8c.
Celebrity Rehab – Season 5 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Michaele Salahi debuts Wednesday, June 29 at 10/9c. From heartbreak to hope, this season follows Dr. Drew and his patients on their difficult and deeply emotional journey to sobriety, as well as an often raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction. As we reported back during filming, Michaele got kicked off the show early on for not having an addiction. Joining Michaele this season are Michael Lohan,Bai Ling, Jeremy Jackson, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden.
Also returning, The T.O. Show season 3 will premiere Monday, August 22 at 10:30/9:30c and La La’s Full Court Life will debut the same night at 10/9c.
TELL US – WHICH VH1 SHOW ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
Guess that first elimination wasn’t a fluke after all.
A month after being saved by the judges, Casey Abramswas yet again eliminated on American Idol… For good this time. Following his energetic performance of “Hi De Ho” on Wednesday night, the 20-year-old Wilmette, IL native received the fewest number of votes landing him in the bottom three with Scotty McCreeryand Jacob Lusk.
“A lot of fans are going to be disappointed with tonight’s result,” said Ryan Seacrest at the beginning of the show and he was right. While this wasn’t a shocking Pia Toscano type elimination, Casey’s ousting was still a bit of a surprise.
“This is what talent looks like,” said Ryan while the judges gave Casey a standing ovation. Casey went on to give an excellent farewell performance, singing “I Cast a Spell on You.”
With Casey’s elimination, five contestants - Jacob, Scotty, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin and Lauren Alaina – live to perform again next Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c. This season’s American Idol winner will be crowned on May 25.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CASEY’S ELIMINATION? WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL WIN THIS SEASON OF AMERICAN IDOL?
On the 4th episode this season titled “Ramona’d,” Ramona gripes when her Pinot Grigio wine isn’t made available at Cindy’s birthday party. Meanwhile, a betrayal results when Sonja confides in Cindy that she plans to negotiate a meeting between Ramona and Kelly, and LuAnn throws a cocktail party for the wives in the Hamptons.
The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – Andy Cohen will host a special “Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular” tonight in true Bravo style with guests Countess LuAnn De Lesseps and Cat Ommanneyfrom the now canceled Real Housewives of D.C. If you recall, Cat famously made out with Prince Harry a few years ago and sold told her story to a UK tabloid.
Moving right along to Sonja Morgan who tells the HollywoodLife that being on the NYC Housewives is “emotionally exhausting.”
Sonja, who’s popularity has taken a hit this season following what some are calling overblown-egoritis, admits she has a hard time watching the episodes in advance (Bravo delivers each week’s episode to the stars of the show about a week in advance so that they know what’s coming). “I get too nervous to watch, so I put it off,” says Sonja, adding that she watches the episodes along with the rest of us.
Another tough part of doing the show for Sonja is having to relive the bad experiences, for example her fight with friend and costar Alex McCord. “It’s very hard because these incidences, they happen months ago and then they’re over in a matter of hours,” says Sonja. “But we relive it every time the show airs.”
Sonja also states that the show producers “take hours of film and then they take the most dramatic and highlight it. So that’s TV drama!” As for Sonja and Alex, the two seem to be in a better place today as they are still friends, and have both decided to put the march madness drama behind them.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW, SONJA’S COMMENTS & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?