In last nights installment of Real Housewives of New Jersey it’s another round of the feud that never ends (it just goes on and on, my friends), as Teresa and Melissa engage in sister-in-lawemy behavior with behind the back comments and to the face fracas. Kathy hosts a goddess get-together to debut her catering ideas, but Teresa decides that she is the only goddess there, so the party becomes allll about her! Jacqueline and Ashley argue, and argue, and argue some more until Chris reaches his breaking point! Oh, and no Joe G-to-the-orga this episode – so happy days!
Things pick up where Hat-ley and Jacqueline left off last week. In an extremely emotional scene, Jacqueline is sobbing in the basement of the restaurant while Chris tries to console her. Jacqueline asks the questions millions of viewers have been screaming at the TV for 2.5 seasons: Why are they letting Ashley have free room and board when she treats us like crap? Exaaaactly, Lauritas, exaaaactly!
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After TMZ reported that Taylor Armstrongwas once beaten so badly by her late husband Russell Armstrong, to the point that she needed surgery, many wondered why neither Taylor nor the doctor(s) who performed the surgery on her failed to alert the police.
Fast forward to today and TMZ is now touching on that issue. According to TMZ, sources state the doctor who performed surgery on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsstar failed to report the incident to police even though medical professionals who suspect domestic abuse are required to report it by law.
The alleged incident is said to have occurred in June. Russell allegedly beat Taylor so badly to the point that he broke her cheek bones. And when Taylor informed her costars Camille Grammerand Kyle Richardsof the incident, Russell reportedly sent Camille a threatening email.
TMZ adds that the cops never interviewed Taylor because no one reported the incident. TMZ also makes it clear that the surgeon who performed the surgery was NOT Adrienne Maloof‘s hubby, Dr. Paul Nassif. In addition to the doctor, the hospital staff also failed to report the incident.
RadarOnline adds to the TMZ report by stating Taylor did not get the cops involved because she wanted to protect her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy. “She told me she was trying to protect Kennedy,” a source said of Taylor’s decision not to file a police report. “She said that she didn’t want Kennedy to know and she knew that Russell would never harm their daughter… Kennedy would hear them yelling behind closed doors but she didn’t witness any violence.”
Meanwhile, a week after Russell took his own life, the Huffington Post is now reporting he was never paid by Bravo to appear on the RHOBH.
“The only people that get paid to be on the show [are] the Housewives,” a member of Bravo’s Housewives franchise reveals. “Some of the husbands signed the same contracts as their wives without the financial compensation and others like Jill Zarin’s husband, Bobby, sign a day release every time they appear in front of the camera. Most of the husbands are happy to be on the show to support their wives’ dreams.”
“No one has become extremely wealthy from the money they get from the show,” adds an insider. “Last season, the ladies on the New York franchise earned $265,000 for the entire season, while the men earned nothing — except Alex’s husband [Simon] who was paid separately for a web-based show he did.”
While Russell’s attorney has publicly stated Russell suicide was likely a result of his mounting financial problems and impending divorce, his family, his mother specifically, has blamed Bravo saying Russell couldn’t handle the pressure of being a reality TV villain.
For the time being, Bravo has confirmed it will indeed edit the upcoming RHOBH season. While it was reported last week that the Sep. 5 season premiere will be pushed back at least a week, the network reiterated again over the weekend that no decision has been made regarding the season 2 premiere.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST TMZ REPORT? SHOULD THE HUSBANDS BE PAID BY BRAVO?
While Kate Gosselinattempted to put on a happy face following news that her TLC show Kate Plus 8 had been cancelled, a new report is now stating that is far from the case.
According to the Hollybaby blog, Kate is “very depressed” by TLC’s decision and was blindsided by it.
“Kate didn’t even learn about the cancellation from TLC until a few minutes before the story broke,” reveals a source. Ouch. “Kate is devastated. She had no idea that her show was going to be cancelled, she thought this was something they’d film on and off until the kids went to college.”
Another source close to the TLC show echoes the same sentiment. “Kate thought the show would go on forever, she expected it to.” Unfortunately for Kate, ratings for the show fell sharply this season bringing in less than a million viewers per episode. This apparently wasn’t worth it to the TLC network, which reportedly pays the mom of eight a lot of money.
In the meantime, the sources reveal they do not know what Kate is planning to do next. “Kate doesn’t know what she’s going to do, she’s getting lots of offers but hasn’t settled on anything.”
Perhaps the next step in Katie’s life is becoming a stage mom a la pimpmomager Kris Jenner and Dina Lohan! Moments after her show was cancelled, Kate hinted on twitter that she has no plans to stop making money off her kids one of her eldest kids, 10-year-old Mady Gosselin, is interested in acting, specifically on the Disney channel!
“Aww that Mady… So well spoken! Wants to do MORE tv!!! Disney anyone? Lol” And when a fan tweeted her that “Mady is a star in the making,” Kate replied “AGREED! MADY SAYS ‘THANKYOU!'”
Kate also had an interesting response when a fan wondered if she planned on going back into nursing. Kate replied, “I plan on staying on tv but if I have to to provide for my 8 lovelies, of course!” She plans on staying on TV? How entitled is this woman??? Good luck with that Katie!
As for Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin, he made it clear he no longer wants his plus eight to be on television. Jon revealed last week that he was “very relieved” the show was cancelled. “I hope they can have more private family moments,” said Jon. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”
“Because I’m so busy, I’m not always hungry. I have to make myself eat more because of my busy schedule,” Bethenny explains. Perhaps, Bethenny who has always been thinner than the average gal and lately even more so, is becoming worried that her brand may suffer as a result of her recently very svelte appearance, as she expands into the skincare and shapewear businesses.
In the past fans have expressed concern over her dwindling frame. Or perhaps, she and husband, Jason Hoppy are hoping to add another little one to their family and she is concerned about her tiny frame making it difficult to conceive again? Mere speculation on my part.
Whatever it is that is responsible for her recent weight loss, Bethenny admits: “I have to eat more because I burn off a lot of calories,” adding that now she is eating more than ever in the form of sensible meals and even, desserts!? Well, not a whole dessert, but part of one! “I love dessert so I eat dessert,” she said. “If I had eaten a brownie five years ago, I probably would have had to have 12 brownies. Now, if I want a brownie, I’ll have a little bit of a brownie.”
Crediting her lifestyle, including being a mommy and running several business devoted to health and well-being, for making her realize how important it is to enjoy foods and alcohol in moderation, she reiterates -it’s all about a balance! “Girls put a lot of pressure on themselves to be skinny. They don’t understand that it’s not about a quick fix — but a healthy lifestyle.”
A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, among other things (like low-fat alcohol). Yoga buff Bethenny released a yoga DVD last year and is often seen walking around Manhattan with her family.
Best of luck to Bethenny in getting her weight back on track to a place she is comfortable with.
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Do you think Bethenny is too thin? Do you think Bethenny’s recently itty-bitty appearance has been negatively affecting her Skinnygirl Empire?
First Evelyn, who got engaged to NFL player Chad last November, discusses the drama from the finale episode when she caught Chad having lunch with another woman. “We resolved it and we moved on,” Evelyn reveals to the Hollywood Life. “I don’t know if he sees my point, but there’s always that man-woman conflict.”
And what about those trips to the fertility clinic so that she and Chad would have twins right away? Well it appears the baby plans are on hold for now. “That’s the good thing with fertility, you can pick and choose when you want to have babies,” explains Evelyn. “We want to have the babies after the wedding.”
As for the wedding, Evelyn confirms they are indeed planning to wed in the summer of 2012! “I would like something small,” Evelyn gushes. “But Chad being who he is wants something bigger and more over the top. We’ll see if we can meet somewhere in the middle.”
Meanwhile, weeks after TMZ first reported that Evelyn was in talks to appear on Dancing With The Stars, she is now confirming the report. Evelyn states that while she has yet to sign on for the show, she would love to kick off her dancing heels!
“I would love to do Dancing with the Stars,” Evelyn states. “There was that whole rumor that they were thinking about having me on and I wouldn’t be opposed.” Evelyn continues, “The rumor is true. I haven’t been picked, but the rumor was true. There was a story. They were talking about potential contestants and I was one of them.”
Evelyn also adds that fiance Chad, who competed on the show in the past, is fully supportive. “He’s very supportive,” Evelyn continues. “He’s like, ‘You’ll have a good time.’”
Moving on to tonight’s part II of the Basketball Wives reunion. The drama picks up tonight as Meeka and Tami will really go at it. In fact Tami Roman hits Meeka Claxton with some low blows when she brings up her husband Speedy Claxton and his time in the NBA league. The always messy Shaunie can of course be seen in the background snickering. The preview clip is below. The reunion airs at 8/7c.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN’S INTERVIEW & TONIGHT’S REUNION? FEEL BAD FOR MEEKA YET?
Whispers of a split first began weeks ago after Lisa was spotted out and about at multiple events without her wedding ring or her husband.
Over the weekend, Lisa took to her twitter page to confirm the split after Ed changed his relationship status on his facebook page from married to separated. Lisa however denies the separation stemmed from money issues as was being reported by some media outlets.
“Sadly.We r separated but wld NEVER b over money. That is so far frm the truth. Wish ppl cld respect ppl’s privacy during times like these,” tweeted Lisa on Saturday.
Lisa, who is now going by her maiden name Lisa Wu, follows in the footsteps of DeShawn Snow, who also filed for divorce from her husband Eric Snow (he left her for his pregnant mistress) shortly after being fired from the RHOA by Bravo. Oddly enough, reports claimed Lisa was fired by the network because she refused to amp up her marital problems with Ed.
Lisa and Ed got married back in 2005 and have a 3-year-old son together, Ed. Jr. Lisa however has two older sons with ex-husband, R&B singerKeith Sweat.
TELL US – YOU SURPRISED BY THIS SPLIT? DO YOU BELIEVE THERE IS A HOUSEWIVES CURSE?
In an all new interview with TV Guide, Chris talks Vienna and her unsuccessful attempt to stage a walkout on the show, while also discussing Kasey’s control of the game, plus Gia and Ames’exits. Excerpts from Chris’ interview below -
Were you taken aback by Vienna claiming that the show was “cheating?”
Harrison: You can play the victim all you want … but if you’re going to start accusing the show I’m not going to stand for it. Who’s keeping you here? .That’s why when she said that, I said, “If you don’t like it, then leave.” Literally, she was trying to have this coup d’etat and stage a walkout. … it’s not the last temper tantrum that a houseguest will have this season.
Are you surprised she still refuses to speak to Jake?
Harrison: I’m surprised overall that she just won’t let it go and she just won’t bury the hatchet. In her defense, I think she’s acting out of emotion, and I don’t think she’s taking under consideration the public perception of her. She has to realize she’s on a show and even if you don’t want this closure with Jake, when he comes up to you five times and you diss him like that, it’s going to be perceived pretty badly.
What about Kasey’s game moves this week? Harrison: It’s impressive how he’s the Godfather of the house right now. It’s funny how Vienna thinks she’s really a part of it too, but she’s really not. She doesn’t realize how much Kasey is really the one in control of this game, at least up until this point. He’s played it beautifully, I have to say.
Did you expect Gia to leave the show? Harrison: That got out of hand so quickly and I have no idea how she went from zero to I’m leaving. She got caught … trying to strategize and break up Kasey and Vienna, and then when Graham and Kasey played the game better than her, she got pissed, upset, her feelings got hurt and she left. I think it was more, “I’m about to be voted out so instead of losing, I quit.”
How incredible was Ames’ exit? Harrison: That was one of the greatest moves I’ve seen in Bachelor history. Ames showed that, “I don’t need this, it’s not going to change my life that much, but leaving here with my dignity and with my love is more important.” It was a storybook moment only Ames [could do], it was a beautiful moment and funny to see the cast applauding.
And tonight on ABC, a new episode of the Bachelor Pad airs. On the new episode, the guys and gals face a synchronized-swimming challenge, Jake finds (and Kasey and Vienna lose) allies. Meanwhile, Melissa gets mad at Blake, and the formerly affianced Michael and Holly share what might be a defining moment in their relationship. It airs at 8/7c.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CHRIS’ INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK VIENNA’S PLAYING THE VICTIM? DO YOU THINK JAKE’S A GOOD GUY?
While the official photos won’t be out until Tuesday or Wednesday (PEOPLE magazine got the exclusive rights to those images), E! was able to post some screen shots from their footage as they got the rights to the video.
In more images below, you can see Kimmie prepping for her big day as well as photos of her sisters/co-maid of honors Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
Meanwhile, new reports out today are now estimating Kimmie made over $17 million from her made for TV wedding! According to the NY Post, below is how Kimmie raked in the dough –
Payments received –
* $15 million plus profit for four-hour, two-part wedding special on E!
* $2.5 million for exclusive photos with People magazine
* $300,000 for exclusive engagement announcement with People
* $100,000 for exclusive rights to bridal shower with Britain’s OK! mag
* $50,000 to have bachelorette party at Tao in Las Vegas
Hmm, highly doubt the E! network shelled out $15 million for the wedding footage but what do I know? Kim also reportedly received a lot of freebies for her big day including her free Vera Wang wedding gowns (yes plural as she wore three ivory Vera Wang gowns throughout the night) plus a “deeply discounted” rate for her $3 million Lorraine Schwartz wedding bling.
Kim and Kris will reportedly head to NYC soon and are not expected to go on a honeymoon right away due to their busy schedules. Below, more pics from Kim’s wedding courtesy of E!.
TELL US – DID KIMMIE MAKE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE?
UPDATE – Below is a video from Kim’s wedding released by E! –
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