Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was just – sad, and it’s hard to know what to think. I was expecting a welcome break from the trauma (not to be confused with drama), but my hopes were dashed as the Taylor show came crashing into us harder than Malibu waves. Which reminds me, according to Bruce Jenner’s bespangled and fabulous ex-wife Linda Thompson, the ocean is going to be there long after all of us are gone, so I probably shouldn’t get too worked out about the problems of Housewives.
Anyway things started out on a truly lovely note with Wedding Planner to the Insane Kevin Lee organizing some tablescapes for Lisa and Pandora to choose from – well really Lisa, because after all it’s her wedding!
The ladies were excited, gracious and truly wowed, and after doing some finagling and maneuvering around they put their stamp of approval on the over-the-top fabudiculous arrangements (I made up a new word. Call me Teresa Giudice).
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Also over the weekend, Huffington Post gossip columnist Rob Shuter, who first broke the news about the RHONY firings back in September, revealed filming is NOT going well on the new season. Apparently there is a lack of drama and Bravo is expected to make some more casting changes! Ai ya ya.
Rob tweeted: “Sad to fear filming on #RHONY not going well. Ladies have travelled to London and Miami to spice it up. Expect more cast changes!”
Indeed, this Miami trip is the second for the housewives as they just took a trip to London not too long ago without Ramona. I can’t say I’m really surprised to hear this news as I stated back in September that getting rid of Jill Zarin was a bad idea. As much as I’m not a fan of Jill, she is equivalent to a Nene Leakes and makes for good TV drama.
I believe getting rid of Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop, while leaving Jill and Alex McCord on the cast and adding 2 to 3 new cast members would have done the trick. While I definitely agree the last season and the reunion got overly nasty and downright ugly, I think Bravo’s firings were a bit too drastic.
Andy Cohenstated back then that the firings were simply giving fans what they wanted. “In the end we listened to the fans, who expressed a desire for new stories and a major change in a direction,” said Andy. But will the fans continue to tune in without enough drama is now the question.
The Huffington Post is also reporting today that Bravo has yet to ask any of the fired housewives to return though the network did discuss having Alex make appearances on the new season right after she was fired. However, Alex reveals she declined Bravo’s offer.
“Before filming began, Bravo and I discussed me making cameos throughout the fifth season,” Alex reveals. “Eventually, I decided against it. I didn’t want to be the backup if things didn’t work out with any of the new girls.” A bit surprised but good for Alex!
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ET Online, a pretty reputable media outlet, reported sources close to the couple stated a wedding was “imminent”; however adding it would be the “complete antithesis of sister Kim’s lavish affair and that it will be low key, just family.” Hmm, could it be due to the public backlash from Kimmie’s extravagant wedding that only lasted 72 days???
The report added that there was no word yet on whether the nuptials would be televised (like these people would ever do anything away from cameras!). Perhaps realizing that the last thing the public wants is another fake Kardashian wedding, pimpmomager Kris Jenner wasted no time in denying the wedding report.
In a statement to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, Kris insisted the wedding report is “false!” Me thinks they’re just waiting for the backlash to die down before earning more millions from another televised wedding!
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Life blog is reporting that Kris is still working hard behind-the-scenes to get her family out of the mess Kimmie Kakes has put them in.
Her genius solution? To pimp out push her youngest daughters, Kendalland Kylie Jenner, to the public eye while taking attention off her talentless older daughters!
“Kris wants E! to move ahead with their plans to tape a reality show centered around Kendall and Kylie. But E! hasn’t made any final decisions yet,” reveals a source. “Kris thinks the time to do it is now. She thinks it’s perfect timing.”
The insider continues, “She thinks a reality show about her two youngest daughters would take the heat off Kimmy and the whole divorce scandal,” adding, “She even thinks her son Rob should have some sort of reality show because he attracted so many fans from when he was on Dancing With the Stars. Kris thinks more is better.” Le sigh.
In more Kardashian news, TMZ reported over the weekend thatKhloe Kardashian is now facing an assault lawsuit.
Chantal Spears, a transgender woman, is claiming that on December 5, 2009, Khloe beat the crap out of her outside a Hollywood night club. The reason? Chantal a.k.a. Ronald Spears allegedly walked up to Lamar and told him he was “too young to be married.”
Chantal/Ronald, who is seeking unspecified damages, claims Khloe violently struck her “in and about her body,” causing her serious injuries. She, however, denies she provoked Khloe.
And finally, the ratings are out for Sunday night’s episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York and it appears they remained steady for the most part despite the very boring episode filled with manufactured drama. There was a slight decline from the 3.2 million total viewers who tuned in to the premiere episode, with 2.9 million viewers returning for episode two.
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TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE KRIS OR DO YOU THINK THE KARDASHIANS ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE BACKLASH TO DIE DOWN BEFORE PUSHING OUT KOURTNEY’S FAIRYTALE WEDDING? WOULD YOU WATCH A KENDALL/KYLIE SPINOFF?
Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.
The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”
Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”
Apparently her quest for fame and the constant accusations about her past has taken its toll on Melissa’s marriage to Joe Gorga as she recently confessed to HollywoodLife, that it’s been stressful.
“This year, to be honest with you, I feel like there is a lot of stress from the show and being in the public eye,” Melissa revealed, while attending the Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. ”All I want from my husband is to just… I just want to make sure we keep this bond that him and I have.”
“I don’t want to let anything or any person break it,” she added. “That to me is the most important thing because we had an amazing life before we entered this show. And we still do and I don’t want to let anything break it. I know this business can break you sometimes.” Perhaps she now understands how sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice feels…
Here’s my opinion: Melissa has a right to not want her past exposed, whether she is embarrassed that she worked in a strip club (in any capacity) or not or just doesn’t want people digging into her past, but she went on a national television show to expose her “real life” so she has to expect curiosity from the public beyond just what she wants us to see.
We know Melissa wants the world to view her as the happy and privileged wife of a prominent real estate developer, a loving mother, backstabbing sister-in-law and a hopeful singer — and we do see her that way, but like all of us Melissa has a past. Perhaps it’s a salacious past that she is ashamed of, perhaps not.
But here’s the thing, Melissa has no problem exposing, commenting on and discussing Teresa’s embarrassing moments, negative behaviors, family discord as well as financial issues to the media and the world. So is it really fair of her to demand that no one discuss her own situations? She didn’t mind when everyone was accusing Teresa of all sorts of misdeeds, but now she’s suing anyone who says something about her she doesn’t want to hear and getting into Twitter fights with people who don’t like her song? #JayMohr.
Melissa should let stripper-gate go. Drawing more and more attention to it pretty much guarantees that the media, the networks, the blogosphere are going to keep speculating about it. Melissa has a lot going for her and seems to have a pretty lovely life. She should focus on the positives. We know Melissa reads RT (she Tweeted that she loves it) so a little advice from me: the truth will come out whatever it is, so go practice singing and accept that you’re “On Display!”
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“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows,” a source said. “They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.” The source, however, claims that Bravo was also concerned about Kim’s health. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”
“The pressures the women face being on the show are enormous. Kim was basically told that if she wanted to stay on the show then she had to get help, so she did,” continues the source. “Kim doesn’t have any other significant source of income and she needs to keep her job on the show.”
Star magazine first broke the news two weeks ago that Bravo was planning to give Kim an ultimatum to get help if she wanted to remain on the show.
In other RHOBH news, Taylor Armstrong has unveiled the cover (posted below) of her upcoming memoir — Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Taylor tells us what we can expect from the book which is due out February 2012. “My book takes readers behind the glamour of Beverly Hills to show them the terrible violence I suffered, and the slow and painful process of rebuilding my shattered life,” Taylor states. “I want readers in abusive relationships to learn from my suffering and use my book to help them find their own courage within.”
During Taylor’s appearance on Watch What Happens Live, she offered words of support to her costar Kim. “I adore Kim and I stand behind her,” said Taylor to Andy Cohen. “And if there’s anything I can do to support her [I will]; but if she’s getting healthy what more could we ask.”
Meanwhile, Adrienne Maloof also offered her support to Kim. “I wish her well. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Adrienne to UsWeekly.
How is Kyle Richards handling the latest news? “Kyle is doing okay. Even though Kathy [Hilton] is not on the show, I know that they are close,” a source tells UsWeekly. “It must be very difficult for Kyle and Kathy and their families.”
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Last night’s Love & Hip Hop was filled with everything it should have been: a family feud between Jim Jones’ loud lady and rapping mother, Fab’s exes getting slightly friendly and, of course, Kimbella’s hair getting up close and personal with a candle wick. Priceless!
The episode begins with Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones discussing her chat with Yandy Smith over the ladies’ recent blow-up. Chrissy tells Jim that she feels like she could be a better manager for Jim than Yandy is. Poor Jim. He can barely get through his interview without looking like a kid off of his ADD meds… the last thing he needs is for his lady and manager to be feuding. He offers to let Chrissy help him design some coats for his collection instead. Chrissy’s on board until they pair gets in a tiff over her cut of the check. Jim laughs, saying that Chrissy is “[messing] up his concentration.” What did I just say about ADD? Those who have it can certainly spot it!
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Teen Mom 2 premieres tonight on MTV and for some of the ladies it’s a season filled with drama, heartbreak and tough choices as their babies become toddlers.
RadarOnline is reporting that we will get a birds-eye glimpse of Leah Messer‘s marital issues, particularly that Leah feels trapped at home taking care of her twin daughters while her husband, Corey Simms, works long hours. Leah craves some independence and a job of her own leading to some unfortunate situations, but hey when you have children someone has to take care of them!
Chelsea Houska completes the GED this season, taking the first steps towards creating a more positive future for her daughter, but finding time to study while caring for a baby is another story all together. Also distracting her: she can’t get over Aubree’s father, Adam, who remains disconnected to her and his daughter.
Kailyn Lowry is struggling to balance work and school and the 50/50 split custody agreement she has with her son’s father, Jo Rivera. “It takes a lot to co-parent, but we’re trying to be as civil as possible,” Kailyn told Star earlier this year about their situation. “Our relationship is a roller coaster. There’s always a calm before the storm.” It seems like things are going pretty well for Kailyn, except for the rumors that she may have cheated on her current boyfriend, Jordan with her old one!
Despite critics of the show claiming that MTV is glorifying teen parenting by making celebrities out of the teen moms, Kailyn feels that’s not true at all! “It’s not glamorous in any way,” she insists. “If they actually pay attention, they’ll see that one of us is always crying and going through something.”
“I’m kind of like walking birth control for them!” she adds, saying that her friends have definitely thought about preventing pregnancy after seeing her struggle. “At least someone’s benefiting from it.”
And finally, Janelle. Oh, Janelle. Janelle and her mother Barbara Evans are at it again over her unhealthy relationship with on and off boyfriend Kieffer Delp, Janelle focusing on her son, and getting her life back on track. While Barbara clearly loves both her daughter and her gradnson her methods are a little… well, crazy!
MTV offers a glimpse of what viewers can expect to see this season and it’s not pretty, as Janelle and Barbara get into a violent altercation over Janelle sneaking around to see the jobless, law disregarding Kieffer. Barbara doesn’t mince words, telling her daughter: “That’s why you never go anywhere in life.” Tough love, anyone? A clip of the incident is below.
Teen Mom 2 premieres tonight at 10/9c on MTV.
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If you recall, Karina, 30, and Brad, 33, got engaged back in October 2010, but signs of trouble began to emerge this year when they decided to postpone their wedding two months ago. At the time, the couple claimed they were “still together, but [had] conflicting schedules.”
“They are just two different people,” a source tells E! of the split. Karina, who was in Las Vegas this weekend for a promotional appearance, reportedly did not want to make a big deal about her break up so she would wear her engagement ring during photo ops, but removing it when cameras were off.
Maksim had always been tight lipped about what went wrong with Karina, but on his stint on the Ukraine version of The Bachelor earlier this year, he opened up a bit stating she really hurt him and would lie about other men. His family also alleged Karina lied about being pregnant in order to keep Maksim. Wowzers.