Also below, Bethenny Frankel continues her Miami vacation in a white bikini; Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita attend an event; Taylor Armstrong is present at a grifting, err, gifting lounge for the Oscars, Kelly Bensimon is still running in the streets of NYC; Camille Grammer does her best Angelina Jolie impersonation at an Oscars party,Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan at an event together; and Kim Richrds attends an Oscars party!Plus, photos of Adrienne Maloof, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Rachel Zoe& more!
Also below,Kim Kardashian; Kourtney Kardashian,JWoww, Renee Graziano, Holly Madison, Jake Pavelka, Gloria Govan, and more!
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Jill Zarin has found herself in the crossfire again. It seems that ever since her friendship with Bethenny Frankel fell by the wayside, Jill can do nothing right. The most recent controversy surrounding the red-headed former reality star centers around an appearance at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Event at Night. Jill was billed as the keynote speaker, and along with her sister, Lisa Wexler, and her mother, Gloria Kamen, they were to discuss their advice book Secrets Of A Jewish Mother.
Somewhere along the way a few people were offended by comments Lisa allegedly made, insulting stay-at-home mothers, rumors began circulating that women stormed out or left in “droves.” One lone tweeter with an agenda (an agenda as she self-admittedly loathes Jill) decided to claim Jill and her family were “hot messes” and “disastrous”, offending many of the 700 guests in attendance. Well, of course, the blogs and then the media picked up on the alleged controversy, which prompted the organizers of the event to send a formal email apology letter to all the women who attended.
Jill is finally speaking out giving her side of things and claiming that very few people were actually upset, and the supposed mass walk-out was largely comprised of women who needed to leave, as the event ran long. She claims no one was behaving as if they were upset during or after Lisa’s comments.
“They completely lied,” Jill tells Naughty Nice Rob. “They didn’t have their listening ears on and misunderstood what she said. No one walked out. It was running one hour late and was already 10:00 PM after dessert, so a few left. I have it all on tape.” Indeed, Jill does have it on tape – and the videos are up on her YouTube channel!
“From the minute we got on stage, we had mic issues,” Jill recounts. “So bad that they took off all our individual mics and gave us only one big handheld mic — so unprofessional. No one could really understand us.”
Jill adds, “We were thrown under the bus. We were never asked to be funny. We were asked to talk about subjects in the book, which we did.”
Lisa is also speaking out about what happened, taking to her radio show, and not backing down from her comments. Lisa describes the episode as a miscommunication. And she is not willing to apologize to the Federation or the women who attended the event, but she is sorry that Jill is taking the heat from her comments. She is also sorry she chose the wrong forum to express her feelings.
Lisa insists she was not insulting stay-at-home mothers, but merely discussing the quandary any professional woman faces once she decides to become a mother, which is a subject broached in their book, and very few people even noticed her comments during the event. Lisa blames herself saying she did not prepare adequately for the program and essentially admitted to ad-libbing. She says the controversy was started by people on Twitter that don’t like Jill and attack her from multiple aliases.
Jill also appeared on her sister’s show, both women both claim there was no dispute between the Federation until the twitter/media episode blew it out of proportion, and the Federation issued the letter as damage control. Jill believes the Federation had “no right” to send that letter and “hurt their livelihood,” particularly without discussing the matter with them first. Jill doesn’t feel anything said was so egregious it warranted so much upheaval and she defended Lisa’s comments as “lessons.”
Jill is still disappointed by the “atrocious” handling of the situation and the lack of communication by the Dallas chapter – apparently, they found out about the letter through the internet! Jill explains they have spoken at many chapters across the country with no controversy, and they have been asked back repeatedly. Jill is also offended that her participation as a member (a Lion of Judah) was not considered in the Dallas chapter’s handling of said negative reaction from attendees.
Unfortunately, in the radio broadcast, emotions got out of hand where Jill is concerned, and she released the name of the woman who sent the email apology (which is already all over the internet thanks to the prolific posting of the letter). Jill is furious and hopes she will suffer consequences for the letter. Jill point-blank mentioned that she thinks the woman should be fired.
Jill continues to speak of how the event was mismanaged and she had no idea the event was a fundraiser or that they were billed as the “entertainment.” Jill maintains that many people left simply because the time management issues, and the Federation attempted to blame her and her family for their own poor organization skills.
Lisa astutely points out that Susan (the author of the letter), a full-time working mother, should be understanding of Lisa discussing the challenges working mothers face. Jill says the Federation benefited from the controversy since it gained national attention and she made front-page news over the “nonsense.”
Jill also talked about learning to deal with negative reactions from the media – a lesson learned from appearing on Real Housewives of New York. Jill cautions viewers about the editing process, which vilified her in favor of Bethenny. Jill believes “somebody” on RHONY (whose name she did not mention) paid a select group of people to besmirch her reputation and continue to slander her in the press through the internet.
According to Jill, she has subsequently received a lot of apologies from fans who feel they misjudged the situation initially, and she says, “haters will be haters.” All in all, a lot of huff and puff over what seems like a simple miscommunication!
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THOUGHTS ON JILL AND LISA’S REACTIONS TO THE CONTROVERSY? DO YOU THINK THE ENTIRE THING WAS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION AND HANDLED INAPPROPRIATELY BY ORGANIZERS OR DID LISA’S COMMENTS WARRANT THE REACTION?
Holy majoly! On Monday night’s episode of Basketball Wives, it was the conversation heard ’round the world…and by “world” I mean the VH1 following that the show has amassed. Evelyn Lozada takes to her personal blog to address her discussion with Chad Ochocinco regarding his infidelities, seemingly giving him a pass to cheat, as well as dishing on her cast mates–former friend Jennifer Williams in particular.
It’s obvious that Evelyn and Jenn have quite the history, and perhaps (maybe? Just a little?) Evelyn is upset about the downfall of their friendship. She reminds her fans, “You know what’s funny; the fact that Jennifer brought up my daughter is disturbing. I say this because Jennifer doesn’t know the half about being a mother…she isn’t one! Jennifer has been in my daughter’s life since Shaniece was six years old. Recently, she saw my daughter in passing and didn’t say two words to her. With that said, she needs to keep my daughter’s name out of her mouth and I am VERY serious about that.”
Evelyn even wants to clarify a lot of things when it comes to Jenn. “On Jennifer saying that I need to speak to her in a respectful manner, I was VERY calm at the beginning of last week’s scene. How can I talk to her in a respectful manner when she is yelling? I even told her to calm down. How does she even expect me to accept or seem to believe her apology is sincere when she was constantly yelling at me?” She continues, “It truly baffles me that Jennifer can even say that I need to speak to her in a respectful manner when all the while she has been disrespecting me by talking about me publicly. Even Shaunie [O’Neal] and Tami [Roman] could see that she doesn’t get it.”
“One thing that I would like to point out is that Jennifer has been around my brother-in-law and one of my niece’s since birth. Not one time, even when we were cool did she reach out to see how he was or how my family was doing,” Evelyn accuses. She explains, “I know that she and I aren’t cool, but if there were something tragic happening in her family, I would put this entire BS to the side and check on her.” Evelyn further asserts, “And about me being exempt from Jen’s life…no one is worried about Jenn she has been exempt from my life for a while. #BOOM”
Moving on to other cast mates, Evelyn seems to follow the mantra that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Who knew she was capable of that? Perhaps her publicist is writing this blog…
Of Kenya [Bell]’s “music productions”, Evelyn sidesteps the issue, revealing, “No comment on Kenya’s videos…keep watching because I touch on that later.”
Additionally, Evelyn sings Suzie [Ketcham]’s praises. She says, “I know she receives a lot of flack, but at the end of the day, the show wouldn’t work if it weren’t for Suzie. Suzie is connected to everyone and whether she is messy or not, she is the reason why the show flows. You can be mad at me for saying that, but it’s the honest to God’s truth.” So the reason the show flows is because Suzie desperately goes back and forth among the ladies (I use that term loosely) in hopes of staying on everyone’s good side.
Maybe the most shocking thing Evelyn says on her blog (and mind you, this is a blog where she addresses her one-sided open relationship with Chad) regards her nemesis Royce Reed. She shares, “I really think that acting is Royce’s calling, for some reason something within me tells me that. Royce seems very passionate about acting and I think she will do very well. Not to mention that her hair looked amazing on tonight’s show. Royce at one time judged me last season regarding Chad and I will not judge her for being with a different man this season. However, I’m happy for her and wish her all the best.” Wait, what??? I think I just had a minor stoke reading that! I mean, sure, the statement is passive aggressive, but it includes more than one compliment! Her publicist HAS to be writing this.
Finally, Evelyn addresses her relationship with Chad. She laments, “Are we perfect? Absolutely not, however, we do love each other and are both focused on making this work. I would never involve my daughter nor would he involve his children in something that wasn’t real.”
“I am not condoning Chad for cheating; I am a realist as to the world we live. When your relationship is high profile and publicized like mine, I don’t put anything past anyone. Who is it to say that either one of us will eventually fall into that temptation one day? We don’t know that. My thing is, I want to take my wedding vows and say, we want this to be forever, but you never know. Chad and I are open with communication, we talk all the time and he is a work in progress.” Evelyn reveals, “I am hoping that men and women both can relate to us because there will be temptation, but it takes a strong bond to defeat it.” There is so much wrong with what she’s saying, I can’t even begin to start.
Summing it up, Evelyn professes, “I love Chad, my focus is him and vice-versa and we are going to do this thing and work it out. A lot of times people say you shouldn’t be open with your dude and tell him what you have done in the past and vice-versa, but it works for us, he doesn’t judge me and I don’t judge him. Nobody is perfect it is what it is. I wasn’t looking for Chad, Chad came into my life on Twitter.” Of course he did – it’s almost poetic.
Thank you, Evelyn, for giving me the perfect transition to your recent tweets which seem to condone Chad’s behavior and an open relationship. Her cryptic quotes reference how open the couple’s communication is, as well as pointing out the fact that Evelyn never turned down the threesome. Hmmm….A screen shot of said tweets is below.
Well there you have it, misspellings and all! Who am I to talk…especially in 140 characters or less.
THOUGHTS ON EVELYN’S BLOG? DO YOU THINK SHE’S HURT BY JENN? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE’S TRULY OKAY WITH AN “OPEN” RELATIONSHIP WITH CHAD? ANY COMMENTS ON HER TWEETS?
Judging from your comments, I think we can safely say that this season of Top Chef was a dud. Whether, it was the lack of any stand-out “personalities” on the cast, or the heavy amount of advertising for Texas, something was off about the show’s ninth season. It lacked the show’s usual addictive quality and there was no one to root for.
On last night’s finale, the reliable Paul and the talented but prickly Sarah went head to head, creating a four-course menu and “restaurant of their dreams” in Vancouver. They were given sous chefs for the task, which both chefs correctly guessed, were their former contestants. It turned out that not only was it their former rivals, but it also included three contestants that didn’t even make it into original sixteen and two master chefs, Barbara Lynch and Marco Canora.
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Get your pickle jokes ready, folks! It’s looking like the rumors are true and Jersey Shorestar Snooki is pregnant, despite vehemently denying it. We reported yesterday that Snooki’s motivation for hiding the pregnancy was because she had promised the exclusive scoop to USWeekly, including a cover.
And according to a new report by TMZ , Snooki had other reasons for wanting to keep her pregnancy a secret. See, Snooki is also bit superstitious and didn’t want reveal the pregnancy before the three month mark, as many women do. Snooki was already pregnant when she visited Sirius / XM Radio at the beginning of February and had to answer questions about her pregnancy rumors, during which, she denied being preggos and pretended to be offended.
The official announcement is expected to come from the Snooki camp very soon. In the meantime, below are new photos of Snooki taken this week which seem to be showing a baby bump!
This will definitely change the direction of Snooki’s spin-off with JWoww, which began shooting in Jersey City this week. In an interview with US magazine, Snooki may have given us a small hint about her condition when she mentioned there would be less of the non-stop partying viewers have watched her indulge in, on Jersey Shore. She explains, “We want it to be different than Jersey Shore, so it’s not always going to at the club, drinking and partying. It’s the first time I’m going to be on my own for real. You’ve only seen the party side of us.”
If the rumors are right, the side of Snooki we’ll see is her maternal one, shopping for Liz Lange and heading to Lamaze class. One indication that the rumors might be right on target is Snooki’s unusual silence on her Twitter page where she usually posts many mundane updates a day. She may be keeping quiet until her big reveal.
TELL US — CUT SNOOKI SOME SLACK FOR LYING ABOUT BEING PREGNANT? DO YOU THINK SHE’LL BE A GOOD MOM? ARE YOU READY FOR A SOBER SNOOKI?
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It’s not looking good for The Bachelor‘s Ben Flajnikand his rumored fiancé, Courtney Robertson. With two shows left in the sixteenth (time flies!, no?) season, reports are already emerging that the couple is already having a rough time in the real world.
Last week, there were reports that Ben was chasing rumored runner-up Lindzi Coxafter being turned off by Courtney‘s behavior on the show. This week, Us Weekly is reporting that Ben was spotted canoodling with several different women. There was even some funky dancing! Even more damning, the latest issue of the mag has photos of Ben kissing two of these mystery women on the same day–Feb. 18–at different times. Yikes.
It’s not clear how many people spilled their story, but it gets pretty detailed. The witness explains a night out, in great detail saying, “Ben seemed pretty toasted, and this woman in red pants came up to him. It looked like an altercation at first, then he kissed her on the mouth and hugged her. She wrapped her arms completely around him and embraced him. After the kiss, she walked the other way.”
While, the report says Ben left the bar with two girls, he only took one girl home, who was not the red pants girl described above, and who he had apparently met while in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day. Is there any greater indication that Ben is cheating other than the fact he went to Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day? If your significant other is heading to the sluttiest city on earth without you on Valentine’s Day, then it’s time to break up.
Anyway, luckily our onlooker continued to observe what Ben and his friend were up to. He said, “Ben and this girl looked like they were having a good time. They were doing weird dance moves, laughing and joking.” Allegedly, the woman stayed at Ben’s apartment and even had to do a walk of shame and go home in the same clothes as the night before!
Not content with his hook up, Ben reportedly had another woman over the next night. A nosy neighbor also reported this and their grossness in a nearby park, revealing that “The woman’s hands were all over Ben’s body and his hands were on her ass the entire time.”
Let me remove that image from your memory bank by telling you why Ben is acting like a college kid on spring break. Again, it’s stressed that he just didn’t like what he saw on the show. The source explains, “Ben began having issues with what he saw. Instead of talking to Courtney about it, he just started avoiding her. They haven’t split, but he basically stopped talking to her.” I’ll have to assume he is waiting to ask Bachelor host, Chris Harrison permission to speak with her.
Despite her reputation as an ice queen, poor Courtney is heartbroken. An insider says, ““Courtney did develop feelings for Ben. She cares for him and wants to make it work. [But] Courtney is really frustrated. She’s trying to figure things out, but he isn’t talking to her.” I’d imagine anyone would be frustrated after working that hard to get a guy on national television. Ben’s close friends, who have talked to tabloids about his relationship, say that nothing has officially ended, but it’s just as well.
“They have not had a breakup talk, but it’s been very tense between them,” a source says. “She feels very disconnected from him, and he can’t stand confrontation.”
A rep for Ben has responded to the rumors in Life & Style, claiming Ben is not cheating and that a recent photo of Ben kissing another woman were misinterpreted, as well as the visits from lady friends. It turns out Ben has two male roommates and the girls may have visited them.
The statement reads: “The photo is of two friends who have known each other for years and are together in a social setting, surrounded by a group of friends. Ben did not take any girls back to his apartment alone. It was a group setting every time. Ben has never condoned cheating.”
And finally, in what is perhaps ABC’s attempt to throw off viewers, Courtney, was pictured trying on a wedding dress yesterday in Beverly Hills, with paparazzi in tow!
This is, all the more odd, as the Bachelor contestants are placed under very strict rules and guidelines, meaning there’s no way in heck ABC would allow, Courtney, a finalist, to be pictured trying on a wedding dress, a week before the finale, unless they were in on it. Some fans of the show have wondered whether Bachelor insider, Reality Steve, actually got the ending wrong this season and perhaps Lindzi Cox ends up the winner!
DO YOU THINK BEN IS ALREADY OVER COURTNEY AND SEEING OTHER WOMEN? DO YOU THINK THEY WILL MAKE IT AS A COUPLE?
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Oh ladies of Survivor, did any of you ever watch an episode before coming on this show? Perhaps you did, as you finally made some headway on last night’s episode.
A storm’s a brewin’ on the beach, and Colton invites the women to the men’s camp, which has more shelter to survive the elements. The women politely decline, because… They. Are. Tough. The women are freezing and wind-blown, when the downpour begins. They are huddled together under a flimsy palm-frond tent. Good times! Thankfully, the Salani make it through the night. They are cold, hungry, and tired, and with their fire gone, they don’t know what they’ll be eating. Troyzan and Colton allow the women to come dry off by their roaring fire. Of course the men have fire…they are a cohesive team. Some of the women are proud they didn’t cave in to sleep at the guy’s camp, but they have no shame in using their fire. Hairless Matt is not amused to find boobs in his camp.
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Guess what – 16 & Pregnant is back! The fourth season of the controversial show will chronicle twelve new teen girls, as they struggle through pregnancy and the dramatic ups and downs associated with having a child as a young parent – including navigating complicated relationships with parents, boyfriends, and friends.
This season will continue to show a variety of different choices the moms make, from adoption, abortion, and choosing to raise their child alone or with a partner.
One teen determines if adoption is the right choice for her child, because she fears she will be a single mother due to her boyfriends unreliability. Another teen mother will choose to keep her child while her sister, also pregnant, opted to have an abortion. And of course, one mother will be forced to put her college plans on hold after she decides to raise her baby.
The teens will also struggle in relationships with their own parents, who are often conflicted on how to help and support their child through teen pregnancy and parenthood. One teen will fight to raise her baby while dealing with her drug addicted parent, and another girl’s mother disapproves of her child’s father. There will be “baby daddy” drama, as the girls learn that being a teen mom is much harder than it looks! Which, you would think after many seasons of watching this show they would have figured out by now. Apparently, not.
Additionally, MTV has decided to take on Teen Mom 3! Hopefully, this crop will fare better than the originals and the juniors! I’m looking at you, Portwood and Evans!
A trailer for the new season of 16 & Pregnant is below!
The new season of 16 & Pregnant premiers on MTV Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON MTV’S DECISION TO ADD TEEN MOM 3 TO THE LINE-UP?
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