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In one her most revealing/honest interviews to date, Bethenny Frankel discusses a number of topics including her run on Martha Stewart’s The Apprentice (she was the runner up), but most notable are Bethenny’s comments against the show that made her a star.

Bethenny, who quit the Real Housewives of New York City last year, takes her strongest stance to date against the Bravo hit show, stating that “women should not be rewarded for bad behavior.” Bethenny also discusses Jill Zarin, and her regret in doing Skating With The Stars. Excerpts from Bethenny’s interview with TV Guide below -

TV Guide Magazine: Flashback to 2005. You were a culinary school grad with a made-for-TV personality — did you think The Apprentice would be your big break?
Frankel: Oh, it was fool’s gold! I had a cookie company that was losing money and I was driving a $500 piece-of-junk car — I looked like a crack dealer — and I thought it was going to save me. I had a whole plan in my head: “Martha is getting older, and she will be smart enough to have me come on board.”

TV Guide Magazine: And…?
Frankel: Meeting her was a disappointment. I thought she would be as warm and fuzzy as her brand — like she’d want to bake you cupcakes. Sometimes when you meet your idol, it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

TV Guide Magazine: Then along came Housewives.
Frankel: For two months I turned it down. But I just kept thinking about it — with my business ideas, I had a tree with fruit ripe for the picking. Finally I said yes.

TV Guide Magazine: Is it a relief to be through with Housewives?
Frankel: Yes. Women should not be rewarded for bad behavior. The show evolved — or devolved — into something that is not even remotely who I am. The last season was excruciating.

TV Guide Magazine: You and former BFF Jill had a major on-air falling out. Have you reconciled?
Frankel: She never contacted me after the reunion show. She’d been contacting me for days upon days up until then, because I think she was nervous about how it would come off. I do not think her apology was genuine.

TV Guide Magazine: How is it having Bryn in the mix?
Frankel: She’s now 9, 10 months old and she can see the boom [microphone] — and Jason and I have started to talk about how long we would do this. I don’t know that I’d want to go on forever with her.

TV Guide Magazine: This season, we’ll see you struggle with your in-laws over their complaints that you don’t spend enough time with them….
Frankel: It strikes a chord — you’re not mad at me, you’re not mad at them, they’re nice people. But watching it, you’ll see the passive-aggressive comments that made me feel crazy. In my life, in many cases I look like the bad guy. But sometimes it’s like, maybe she’s not entirely insane.

In a separate interview with USA today, Bethenny expresses some regret in her decision to do ABC’s Skating With The Stars, which ended up being a ratings disaster.

“I just think it was not a wise decision. I had a new baby, crazy career and there was just no reason to put myself through that. I just thought it was fun and it was going to be ice skating,” said Bethenny. “I was painfully thin. I was just miserable. It was the single most excruciating experience of my life. And everyone took it so seriously.”

And finally, some good news for Bethenny as the ratings of her show Bethenny Ever After climbed 10% from last week, with 1.66 million viewers tuning in on Monday night. However, the ratings are still a bit down from last season’s average of 1.9 million viewers.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S LATEST COMMENTS?

Days following the dramatic finale episode on the second season of Basketball Wives, TMZ is reporting the show’s star Evelyn Lozada wants to quit the show for good.

The reason? Evelyn feels she was stabbed in the back by Shaunie the producers of the show. More specifically, Evelyn feels the producers violated her trust by telling costar Tami Roman that she slept with her husband while she was still married to him. Though Evelyn claims she wasn’t aware Kenny Anderson was married during the time and that they dated for 6 months.

Evelyn believes Shaunie producers leaked the information to Tami in an effort to incite the violent confrontation that took place on the show’s finale between the two costars. She now “feels completely betrayed” and fired off an email to producers on Monday night saying she wants nothing to do with the show.

Perhaps the reports of Evelyn being in talks to get a spinoff show with fiance Chad Ochiconco might be part of the reason she is so willing to walk away from Basketball Wives.

And speaking of Shaunie O’Neal, who might or might not have not instigated the whole drama for show ratings (she’s also a producer on the show), she is now defending herself as some fans feel she is to blame for the fight. In a new interview with VH1, Shaunie claims she can’t be held responsible for the fight because she wasn’t aware of Evelyn’s secret.

“I couldn’t start something I didn’t know. I didn’t know that about Evelyn… Before we brought Tami on the show, I talked to Evelyn and Jen, just to run it past them and to see if they knew her. It was kind of like, “I’ve heard of her,” no big deal,” said Shaunie. “Did I hold a gun to Evelyn’s head and say, “You gotta go”? No. Did I think telling Tami was what she should have done? Yes. The only reason I went with her was to support both of them. I felt both sides.”

As for Tami, she tweeted on Sunday night she “felt stupid” upon finding out Evelyn’s secret, citing that everybody knew but her. “My thing is – I don’t care that @EvelynLozada slept w/Kenny- WHO DIDN’T. I was more concerned about the friendship I thought we were developing,” tweeted Tami.

And finally, a third season of Basketball Wives is a sure thing at the moment as Sunday night’s finale was the highest rated episode of the series plus the highest rated show on the VH1 network since 2009, with over 2.3 million total viewers tuning in. The ratings even helped the debut of new series Love & Hip Hop which also received high ratings with over 1.9 million viewers. VH1 reveals Love & Hip Hop will officially premiere on Monday, March 14 at 10:30/9:30c

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN WANTING TO LEAVE THE SHOW? DO YOU THINK SHAUNIE IS TO BLAME FOR THE FIGHT? PLUS THOUGHTS ON LOVE & HIP HOP?

Top Chef Masters 3

After not sending any chefs packing last week, Top Chef All Stars returns tonight with an all new episode.

On the 13th episode this season titled “Fit for a King,” the chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it’s a royal pain with limited cooking equipment.

And back to last week’s episode as show judge Gail Simmons revealed this week in her Entertainment Weekly blog that the show’s producers were not too happy with the judges decision to not eliminate anyone. Below is an excerpt -

“When we got to Judges’ Table, we realized there was no way to penalize any of them for what they had made. We, for the first time, were at a stalemate. We just couldn’t think of a legitimate reason to get rid of anyone. But I don’t want anyone to think that this is setting a precedent. This is not the point of the show. It took probably an hour of begging our producers to let us do it. They kept us there for a while, saying “Guys, deal with it. Make a decision.” Then finally, after a long time of hashing it out and none of us feeling comfortable, we decided to bring everyone to the finale. Rest assured, we will be eliminating every single person except one in the finale.”

The new episode airs on Bravo at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.

Meanwhile, Bravo announced this week that Top Chef Masters will return next month with a brand new format and 12 new award-winning chefs hungry to compete for the title of “Top Chef Master” and win $100,000 for their charity.

On the new season, the masters will no longer be judged on a scale, but in elimination style challenges similar to the format of the original Top Chef. In each episode, money will be at stake, with the winners of every quickfire challenge winning $5,000 and elimination challenges winning $10,000 for their designated charities.

As previously announced, celebrity chef Curtis Stone will serve as the newly appointed host of the series along with returning judge and culinary expert, James Oseland, and new series judge, the legendary food critic and author, Ruth Reichl. Season three of Top Chef Masters will premiere Wednesday, April 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and will move to its regular time period on April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

A preview clip of tonight’s Top Chef episode is below -

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE PLUS ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE RETURN OF TOP CHEF MASTERS? DO YOU AGREE WITH THE JUDGE’S DECISION TO NOT ELIMINATE ANYONE LAST WEEK?

Real World Las Vegas

Once upon a time, before the Jersey Shore became a huge phenom, there was a little show called The Real World.

Yes, the Real World returns tonight on the MTV network for it’s 25th season! And what better way to highlight season 25 than to have the cast return to Las Vegas. Remember the first season 12 Vegas cast with Steven, Trishelle, Alton, Irulan, and others?

Well, the new Vegas cast has some pretty big shoes to fill though it seems that shouldn’t be a problem as this season includes a well-stocked liquor cabinet and a male gay porn star among the cast. But get this, as it seems the cast member Dustin Zito, is apparently “straight” and simply “gay for pay.” Part of the press release is below -

“As the season progresses, the roommates get to know each other, divulge secrets about themselves, and experience the ups and downs of life while living at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Everything in Vegas this time around is on a grander scale, and that will come across loud and clear this season,” said MTV in a press release. “Romance amongst the cast members is at an all time high, as secrets are revealed and relationships are challenged. While some relationships will fail, others will emerge stronger and deeper.”

The new season of the Real World premieres tonight on MTV at 10/9c. A trailer is below plus the cast photos and bios.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE CAST PHOTOS & BIOS!

Sad news to report today as TMZ confirms rocker and Celebrity Rehab alum Mike Starr has passed away.

Cops reveal to TMZ that Mike, former Alice in Chains bassist, was found dead in a Salt Lake City home in Utah on Tuesday afternoon.

While there are no reports on Mike’s cause of death at the moment, he was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. The cops stated he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was arrested.

Mike appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009. He was 44 years old. RIP Mike.

In other Celeb Rehab news, TMZ is also confirming that Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi has been kicked off the show.

The reason? Michaele had “no addiction.” Sources tell TMZ she had “no reason to be there.” In fact Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi told TMZ over the weekend that Michaele’s only addiction was “probably to chocolate.”

Oh, but it gets even better. Sources tell RadarOnline that Dr. Drew Pinsky tested Michaele for multiple sclerosis, something she claimed to have, and she tested negative, just as many had suspected.

“Dr. Drew did a thorough medical examination of her, including a full neurological check-up, and she is fine. Michaele is all drama, that is her main issue,” said a source to Radar.

Meanwhile, there is now some drama involving Famewhore Jr. Tareq and Famewhore Sr. Michael Lohan. Evidently, Michael, who is also on Celebrity Rehab, was renting out his LA apartment to Tareq for 3 weeks at a rate of $2,500. However, when Tareq failed to pay the money promptly, Michael left the Pasadena Recovery Center, with cameras in tow, to confront Tareq at the apartment. Michael has reportedly evicted Tareq.

TMZ is also reporting that Michael is planning to bring the Celebrity Rehab cameras along for his daughter Lindsay Lohan’s next court date, which is apparently making Lindsay and the rest of the family furious. Lindsay is now trying to prevent the cameras from the courtroom.

UPDATE #1 – VH1 has released this official statement explaining why Michaele was sent packing.

“The treatment program that Celebrity Rehab documents is intended for individuals with serious substance abuse and addiction issues. Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria. As a result, she is no longer participating in the program.”

UPDATE #2Tareq Salahi is now telling TMZ he might be suing Celebrity Rehab for illegally firing his wife because of her “health condition.”  Tareq and his lawyers issued a statement saying, “[Michaele] was fired due to her health condition which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”  As reported above, tests performed on Michaele showed zero medical conditions including no signs of MS.

The Real Housewives of Miami return tonight with an all new episode at 10/9c.

On the 3rd episode this season titled “Optical Delusion,” following her successful charity gala, Lea decides it’s time for Cristy to pay up. Meanwhile, art-house owner Adriana hosts a gallery opening, but the event begins to fizzle when the artist doesn’t complete his paintings in time and her backup entertainment fails to impress.

Watch What Happens Live – The guest tonight will be none other than Bethenny Frankel!

Ratings – The ratings are out for last week’s episode (the second episode of the season) and it’s more bad news for Bravo. The show’s ratings declined 14% with only 1.03 million viewers tuning in, down from the 1.21 viewers who watched the debut episode. Those ratings are almost unheard of when it comes to the Bravo housewives’ franchise in recent years. Definitely not looking good for the Miami franchise.

And finally, housewife Adriana De Moura-Sidi opens up about her first marriage in a new interview with Star magazine.

While Adriana has discussed her ex-husband’s infidelity on the show, she tells Star she experienced other horrors in her marriage. Her divorce court documents reveal both physical violence and rape at the hands of her ex-husband.

“I consider myself a survivor,” Adriana tells Star in an exclusive interview. According to the court papers, in December 2006 Adriana told Roberto Sidi she wanted to end their relationship. This led to an argument and ultimately violence at the couple’s condo. Adriana reveals in the court papers that Roberto choked her, threatened her life and even raped her — all while their young son slept in the next room.

You can read more of Adriana’s interview in the current issue of Star magazine. A preview clip of tonight’s episode is below -

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

It was only a matter of time.

Months after new Real Housewives of Orange County star Peggy Tanous and her husband Micah Tanous defaulted on their home loan, the OC Register is now reporting that Peggy’s home is officially in foreclosure.

The Register reports Peggy, 41, has received notice that her house has been scheduled to be sold at a foreclosure auction later this month.

Back in February, it was reported Peggy’s home had a default notice dated Nov. 16, 2010, with records showing the amount in default at $190,713. Peggy’s home was purchased in 2006 for $1,379,000, with a loan for $1 million. The bank states that as of the recent foreclosure notice, she owes $1,318,253.

As of today, the auction has been set for March 17. Fun fact? Peggy appeared on E! News less than a week ago showing off the same home.

In other OC news, Vicki Gunvalson discusses her divorce in a new interview with UsWeekly. Vicki reveals she and soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalson are still living together nearly five months after filing for divorce.

“We’re still living together,” said Vicki, 48, though quickly clarifying that a reconciliation is out of the equation. “We’re [mediating] our divorce,” she said. “We still have our finances co-mingled [and] joint accounts.”

When asked if it’s awkward, Vicki stated – “It’s very hard — but the reality is, he’s not fighting for me, he’s not saying, ‘Babe I want you back.’ He’s saying ‘Babe, I wish you well.’” Is she wanting him to fight for her?

So what went wrong? “My love tank has truly been empty for many many years,” Vicki revealed. “We stopped communicating. My happiness came from my work and my children.”

Vicki adds that things came to a head late last summer, when she and Donn didn’t speak or see one another for six weeks. Finally, during a major blowout back at home, Vicki handed him a letter she’d written weeks beforehand. “I said, ‘Here, I want a divorce…I’m done.’ It was the hardest day of my life.”

It seems Nene Leakes has feelings too. Who knew?

Following a public backlash for the second year in a row due to her behavior both on and off the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nene is now admitting the negative press can be “hurtful” at times.

During a recent interview with Zap2It, Nene was asked how she feels about all the bad press surrounding her. “Some of the press is hurtful, because I’m a human like anybody else,” said the Nene. “So, some of it is hurtful. And some of it, when I know it’s a flat out lie, I’m like whatever, it doesn’t really matter. But, some of the press is hurtful and I do read some of it, sometimes.”

Nene goes on to add that she has learned a lot about herself since doing the show. What has she learned you ask? Well, mostly that other people are very judgmental and that she’s a really strong woman.

“Being on the show, I’ve learned that people are very judgmental, very, very judgmental,” she says. “And I’ve learned also that I have very thick skin. I’ve learned that I’m a really strong woman. I have really gone through some things and really come out on top. So, I am a strong woman. At the end of the day, when I go home I sleep very well.” Poor Nene, always the victim.

In other Nene news, the NYDailyNews is reporting that Nene might be getting the boot from the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The reason? Apparently, both Bravo and Andy Cohen have had it up to here with her “extra-grande ego.”

An insider reveals that Andy’s relationship with the Nene has become strained due to her “disrespectful” and “arrogant behavior.” Another issue is Nene’s overly aggressive behavior toward costar Kim Zolciak, as Kim had to file a police report two years ago after she alleged Nene choked her during an argument.

“She’s alienated all of the women other than Cynthia [Bailey],” the source adds. “So, as of now, the plan is to “phase” Leakes out within the first two to three episodes of season four, which begins in October.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NENE’S COMMENTS & THE NYDAILYNEWS STORY? DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR NENE?

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