MTV announced today that they will not be airing Lauren Conrad’s planned new reality show, and she is none too happy about it.
In you recall, MTV confirmed last September that the Laguna Beach and The Hills alum would be the focus of a new reality show based on her professional life as a fashion designer. Fast forward to today and it seems the network had a change of heart.
“We decided not to go ahead with the show,” MTV’s head of programming David Janollaritold Entertainment Weekly. “She did do a pilot. There were talks about whether we could somehow manage to put together a special based on that footage but that’s also a big question mark based on her interest in that and the finances.”
Following that statement by MTV, Lauren then fired back in her own statement to UsWeekly, insinuating that MTV wanted the show to include more of her personal life, which was not something she wanted to do. Lauren also feels MTV underestimated how “savvy” her fans were.
Lauren’s full statement – “We sold a show to MTV, filmed it and are really proud of the final result. MTV felt the subject matter was too high brow for their audience and offered me the opportunity to change the show by incorporating more of my personal life. We agreed going into the project that this show would be an aspirational one, focusing on my career and my goals and not my personal relationships. We delivered the show that we sold and are sorry MTV didn’t feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it.”
TELL US – A SHOW BASED SOLELY ON LAUREN’S PROFESSIONAL LIFE: YAY? NAY?
And unlike all those other magazine stories which have all been pro Kyle and anti Kim, this story actually has sources from both sides. Despite the fact that both sisters stated they were in a good place on the reunion episode, a source reveals they are still struggling to get back to where they were.
“Since the show, Kim and Kyle’s relationship has gotten worse. They’ve barely spoken,” an insider tellsOK!. “This is the biggest fight they’ve ever had. Normally, an argument lasts a few days. This is different… Kim would usually be the one to back down first, but it doesn’t seem like she’s going to. This could definitely be a long feud.”
Below are more excerpts from the OK! article -
Substance Abuse – A sources reveals, “Kyle was referring to what she believes are Kim’s problems with alcohol.” The Kyle source adds that Kim’s family has tried to help: “The word is they staged many interventions but Kim won’t even admit she has a problem.” Meanwhile, a source close to Kim states she “didn’t even want to be on Housewives.” After losing a fiance to murder and surviving two divorces and a traumatic breakup, Kim was apparently left with little money. Kyle reportedly helps support her, “so when Kyle asked her to be on the show, Kim felt obligated.”
Under Pressure – The pal adds that Kim did not want to do the show knowing she’d be out of her league. “She’s not a ‘lady who lunches,’ nor does she shop all day. She got in over her head and couldn’t keep up with [the other women]. She’s uncomfortable in that wealthy environment; it’s been years since she lived so extravagantly. She feels like a fraud and can’t quite pull it together.” The pal reveals that any increase in Kim’s drinking or use of medication is because of how uncomfortable she feels on TV with Kyle and her other costars. “She’s really just trying to cope.”
Sister Rivalry – A source states “there’s deep-rooted jealousy between the sisters” which stems from their childhood. “As kids, Kim was the more successful sister. Her acting career was bigger, and Kyle’s always been resentful of that.” A source close to Kyle however sees things differently saying Kim is the one who is now jealous. “She thinks Kyle has a perfect family, kids, life – everything is ‘perfect.’”
Stolen Home? – When it comes to Kim’s accusation that Kyle stole her home, a source says after the sisters’ parents died, Kim was due to inherit their L.A. home but Kyle got it instead. “Kim has never forgiven Kyle for that.” A source close to Kyle refutes that saying Kyle bought her sister’s share of the house – then even let Kim buy it back at a lower price. “Kyle didn’t even cash Kim’s check, because she knew she couldn’t really afford it,” the source tells OK!.
We’re not so sure how accurate Kyle’s source is as we at Reality Tea did some investigation of our own and the Palm Springs home, which seems to be the home in question, is registered to a certain Mauricio S Umansky and Kyle R Umansky. According to the Blockshopper Riverside website, the Umanskys are owners of the home as of January 2008, and there are no sales history available on the home from 2001 to present.
Meanwhile Kyle tweeted on this on Tuesday in reply to a fan asking her about the home issue – “I didn’t steal a house…how would one do that?”
As of the moment, friends are hoping the two sisters will reconcile and Kyle has said she’d be willing to do another season of the show with Kim. However the healing between them might take a while as a source states some of the things that were said are unforgivable.
“For Kim, Kyle calling her an alcoholic on film was destructive. For the world to believe that about her tore her apart. That’s something that will take a while to forgive.” We should also note that Kim has yet to break her silence since Bravo aired that finale episode. You can read a lot more about the sisters as well as their costars in the latest issue of OK! magazine. A good read.
As we pointed out yesterday, Popeater reported back in December that Bravo higher ups were not happy with the way the 4th season was going after viewing the footage. Things were apparently so bad that Bravo asked Bethenny Frankelto return to the show for many appearances, something she wanted no part of.
Fast forward to today and the NY Post as well as the NYDailyNews are both reporting Bravo pulled the plug on the Feb. 15 premiere because they thought it was too boring.
According to the Post, the producers decided to cancel the original premiere because “it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of” other Bravo housewives series. In fact, Andy Cohen emailed the entire cast of the show early yesterday informing them of the news.
“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Andy wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.” Andy also warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo made the official announcement.
Sources tell the Post that following good ratings for its drama-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the producers simply felt the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy viewers. “They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.”
The NYDailyNews also confirms the Post’s story adding the cast was informed of the change just hours before it became public news. Bravo also reportedly received negative feedback following the sneak peeks they aired this week during the RHOBH. The final reason for the change? Bravo “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”
The cast of the show are however giving a different reason for the sudden cancellation. Both Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord tweeted yesterday that Bravo simply needed more time to finish the editing considering they were still filming just a week ago.
In an interview with Star magazine, Sonja Morgan gives the same reason. “I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly. Personally, I’m relieved. It gives me more time to relax, especially considering Ramona [Singer] and I were shooting seven times a week. They’ll have Miami go out first and when they’re done, we’re up.”
Sonja added, “they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.” Safe to assume they “filmed like crazy” because Bravo wasn’t happy with the footage they saw more than halfway through filming.
As for Bravo, Andy released this official statement – “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.” The new season is now slated to air in April or May.
TELL US – WHICH STORY DO YOU BELIEVE REGARDING WHY THE SHOW WAS POSTPONED? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE SNEAK PEEKS?
On the show, Kim appeared very upset W magazine published what she called “full-on porn” pictures of her in its annual November Art Issue, claiming they told her she would be covered in art instead of being featured fully nude in the issue.
“Looking back, I love the photos,” Kim told UsWeekly on Thursday in L.A. “W Magazine is iconic so I’m really happy that I did it and that those are the photos.”
So why the tears on the show? “It’s just that that’s not what I thought they were going to be,” she explained. “Obviously I’m comfortable posing nude — I’ve done that before, and I did that then for the magazine. But that’s probably not the direction I would’ve wanted to go if I thought that was going to be the case.”
W magazine also fired back at Kim’s allegations on Tuesday when they insisted Kim’s “cover was conceived as an artistic collaboration with well-known artist Barbara Kruger, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture.”
Which brings us to another issue, is Kim Kardashian’s 15 minutes of fame coming to an end? Following the latest episode of her show, Kim surprisingly received a ton of backlash from fans, who for one did not believe she was even genuine about being upset, and also called her a hypocrite for complaining about the nude shots considering she became famous after releasing having a sex tape leaked.
In fact a look at the UsWeekly and HollywoodLife coverage of the story shows over 90% of the comments being very negative towards Kim. “Oh cry me a river. I may not have as much money as KK, but at least I have enough common sense to keep my clothes if I don’t want to play show and tell. Kim K — get a grip and go AWAY,” said one reader. “Oh my god this female is ridiculous! You cry over some picture, but you don’t cry over your sex tape and play boy pics?” said another. The comments on our coverage of the story echoed the same negative sentiments.
While Kim has always received criticism for her shenanigans, it has never been this negative before. Add in the recent negative press she and her family received over their Kardashian Kard debacle, fashion empire crisis, and one has to wonder if she is on the last few minutes of her original 15? Once upon a time, her former BFF Paris Hilton covered magazines and was very popular with numerous endorsements, only to become a public has been. Only time will tell if Kim is next to follow. The ratings for her E! reality show do continue to be high however with 3.17 million viewers tuning in to their most recent episode.
And finally, just 3 days after the crying episode aired on E!, FHM UK released some new bikini photos of Kimmy gracing the cover of their March issue. And when asked about her Playboy photos in the FHM interview, Kim replied, “I thought those Playboy pictures looked great.” She added, “I’ll keep them forever, but it was an independence thing for me, rather than something I want to do all the time.”
Guess it’s safe to see why fans are not taking her woe is me tears too seriously. Those FHM photos are below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S CHANGE OF HEART? 15 MINUTES OF FAME ALMOST OVER?
Holly Madison is insisting she is not jealous of ex-beau Hugh Hefner’s engagement despite her recent comments to the media, you know, the ones which include statements like Hugh “could do better than Crystal.”
In a new interview with UsWeekly magazine, the 31-year-old Holly’s World star claims she just wants what’s best for Hugh. “I think everyone expected me to feel one way, they expected me to be really jealous,” said Holly of Hugh’s engagement to Crystal Harris, 24. “But it’s not how I feel. We’ve been apart for two years. I just want him to be happy.”
Holly adds, “I’m more protective than anything else. I just wanted to make sure he’s making the right choice.” It also helps that Holly is currently happy with her new beau of five months, All Time Low guitarist Jack Barakat. “He’s totally cool — really down-to-earth,” she said of Jack.
In other Holly news, she posed in some new bikini photos on Tuesday just weeks after being told she needed to lose weight for her Las Vegas burlesque Peepshow. The occasion? She was being photographed for new ads for SVEDKA Vodka’s specialty HOT_BOT cocktail.
Those bikini photos are below! The obviously badly scripted Holly’s World airs Sunday nights at 10.30/9.30c on the E! network.
TELL US – IS HOLLY A JELLY BEAN? HER BODY: PERFECT? OR NEEDS TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT?
The RHMIA (Bravo also announced today that’s the hash tag they want to use for the show) was originally filmed as a different show under the title Miami Social Club. However following filming, Bravo loved what they saw, so much that they decided to make it a housewives franchise.
The cast includes (from left to right in the above photo), Alexia Echevarria - executive editor of Venue magazine, Marysol Patton - runs her own PR firm the Patton Group, Larsa Pippen - wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen, Cristy Rice - recently divorced from NBA star Glen Rice, plus Lea Black - wife of famed attorney Roy Black and Adriana DeMoura-Sidi – a full time mom & art collector.
And despite the reports that came out a while back stating Elaine Lancaster, a Miami South Beach drag queen would be a “housewife,” Elaine did not make the final cast. A preview clip is below -
TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT THE RHMIA? THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW & CAST?
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In an odd and unprecedented move, Bravo has decided to axe the Real Housewives of New York City, at least for the time being. With less than 2 weeks before it’s scheduled Feb. 15 premiere date, Bravo announced today that the 4th season of the RHONYC has been pushed back to late Spring.
The show taking it’s place? The all new Real Housewives of Miami, which will be making its debut on Feb. 22. No reason was given for the sudden move to postpone the RHONYC, which was still being heavily promoted on the network as of Tuesday.
The clues might lie within a December report by Popeater which stated Bravo execs became “increasingly concerned” with the way the 4th season was going based on the footage they saw more than halfway through filming. That same report stated the execs wanted Bethenny Frankel to make more appearances on the show.
Bethenny however had no interest in returning to the show with a source close to her saying the thought made her “physically sick.” Another sign of trouble was the fact that the show was still filming as of 2 weeks ago despite its close premiere date.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRAVO REPLACING RHONYC WITH RHMIA?
UPDATE – A new post will be posted within the next hour with photos & bios of the RHMIA cast!
Below are some tweets made by the New York Cast over this story –
SimonvanKempen – #RHoNY Delay is good as we were still filming up until last week & a 2/15 premiere was a very quick turnaround. Gives us a chance to breathe.
mccordale – #RHONY will start in Spring – find out who the #thuginacocktaildress is when the weather’s warm enough to wear one!
UPDATE #2 - Simon just tweeted that Bethenny will not be making any appearances on the 4th season. Previous reports had stated she would be making guest appearances on the show.
The drama began when the off-on couple went out to a club on last week’s episode, and Sammi saw Ronnie talking to a female, which led to a jealous rage once they got back home, and later on a punch in the face.
TMZ caught up with Sammi and costar Deena Corteseon Tuesday in NYC (same day the above picture was taken) and when asked about the altercation with Ronnie, Sammi revealed she’s “appalled and disgusted” at herself for punching him, adding that the whole thing was a “low point” in her life.
Deena also chimed in stating “violence is not the answer.” According to TMZ, the Seaside Police is not planning to investigate the incident unless Ronnie presses charges, which doesn’t look like is going to happen.
As for the current relationship status between Sammi and Ronnie, the two broke up again just two weeks ago following reports that Ronnie was creeping at a nightclub. No word of whether or not they’ve gotten back together again… for the umpteenth time.
And yes, pictured on the far right with Sammi and Deena is Teen Mom star Maci Bookout. According to the HollywoodLife, Maci, 19, hung out with the Jersey Shore stars on Tuesday, as the trio enjoyed dinner and drinks. No word on why Maci was in New York, though it was likely to meet with MTV. The latest issue of Life & Style magazine also reports Maci got a recent boob job, going from an A cup to a C cup.
And finally, a new episode of Jersey Shore airs tonight. On the 6th episode this season titled ‘Should We Just Break Up?‘ Snooki meets a guy, but he may or may not be engaged, Pauly makes peace with an old enemy; and Ronnie’s hard partying takes a toll on his relationship with Sammi.
The all new episode airs on MTV as 10/9c.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SAMMI PUNCHING RONNIE? AND ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?