Reality Tea

Bethenny Frankel

After busting in on the Real Housewives of New York Berkshires weekend hosted by Dorinda Medley this week, Bethenny Frankel has a lot to say in her latest Bravo blog. Even though she “came from a place of yes” in forcing herself to go to Dorinda’s in the first place, not all of the ladies were filled with glee to hear the *Ding-Dong!* of her arrival. “Oh the Berkshires…there is a lot of talk about the Berkshires. Fortunately, you won’t have to endure many more tears from me after this,” begins Bethenny. Although she originally intended not to attend Dorinda’s birthday weekend because it was her time with daughter, Bryn, Bethenny explains she had a change of contract heart. “So what did I do?” explains Bethenny, “I booked a limo with blankets and pillows and princess movies and came to the dinner after bedtime. I came from ‘a place of yes,’ and it worked out. That said, I was, as Carole [Radziwill] puts it, ‘wound tight’ having tried to pull it all together.”

One high point of the trip was getting to see Dorinda’s fab house, and the ridiculously overdressed women who inhabited it. Bethenny comments, “It was a beautiful house and so wintery, and I walked into a scene from Knots Landing with the way these women were dressed. I felt like I was overdressed. There is no more casual place in the world. That definitely made me giggle.” But giggling was cut short by the school principal at dinner that night! Bethenny explains her feelings about Heather Thomson butting in to her private giggle-fest with table neighbor, Sonja Morgan. “Well, I just wanted to chill and laugh, and I felt that Heather was on my jock again. We definitely have different styles when getting to know each other,” says Bethenny. 

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Kim Richards rehab

Well, folks, Kim Richards has checked back into rehab following another public drunken episode at daughter Brooke Brinson’s wedding in Mexico less than two weeks ago. TMZ reported that Kim’s belligerent and “under the influence” behavior at Brooke’s wedding, for which Kim had received “special leave” from her former treatment facility, was so extreme that Kim’s sober coach fled her side, and the country. Sources say Brooke vowed to never speak to Kim again after the incident, and even long-suffering sister Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky have made statements that they are done bailing Kim out.

Since the wedding fiasco, reports have surfaced that Kim was wandering around Mexico, refusing to return to rehab. But E! News reports that Kim did, indeed, checked herself in to a different rehab facility a few days ago. “She’s doing ok, a lot better than she had been,” a source says.

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Abby Lee Miller at the ALDC LA Grand Opening

Abby Lee Miller just opened the L.A. Branch of the Abby Lee Dance Company and she’s taking Dance Moms along with her! According to reports the sixth season of the show will primarily take place in L.A. as Abby opens her new studio, recruits students, and conquers the west coast competition dance scene. 

Several members of the show have temporarily relocated to L.A. – including Maddie Ziegler  – even though Maddie just recently purchased a million-dollar house in Pittsburgh from her earnings. So just how much are the stars of Dance Moms earning!? You’re about to find out!

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The Real Housewives of Orange County - Season 10

The countdown to season 10 of the OGs of the OC has begun, with Bravo’s original Housewives brainchild, the Real Housewives of Orange County, returning next week. There’s a new face in the group (isn’t there always? even if there’s not a new cast member?), and this season her name is Meghan King Edmonds, the very young wife of 44-year old hubby, baseball star Jim Edmonds. And she’s not afraid to start spilling the beans on her costars right away!

In a Perez Hilton interview this week, Meghan dishes on her marriage, her unique home dynamics, an her castmates. Breaking all of her vows to “never marry” an older athlete, Meghan now shares a home in CA with his 17-year old daughter (who’s closer in age to Meghan than Jim is) while Jim travels back and forth to St. Louis for work. Meghan also says she’s close friends with her stepdaughter’s mom. Sure, sure. A good friend of Heather Dubrow, Meghan says letting the Bravo cameras into their lives was a tough decision, but Heather’s given her advice to just “be herself” and “stand her ground” to succeed on the RHOC.

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Reality TV Stars Latisha Tankard

Our favorite reality TV stars love to show off their adorable kids/family photos on social media. It’s tough to narrow down, but here’s our pick for the sweetest photos from the past few weeks.

Above: Thicker Than Water‘s Latisha Tankard shared this picture of Micah, adding, “Playtime with Daddy. I just loooove these two together.”

Below you will find photos from Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Melissa Gorga, Atlanta Exes star Torrei Hart, Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman, Couples Therapy star Abbey Wilson, Love & Hip Hop‘s Mendeecees, and many more.

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Abby Lee Dance Company

The mothers and daughters of Dance Moms showed up to support Abby Lee Miller at the grand opening of Abby Lee Dance Company LA on Saturday night. Which begs the question, contractual obligation or Abby is not really the wicked shrew she appears to be on Dance Moms?

As if there’s any other possibility… contractual obligation! LOL!

Dance Moms Holly Frazier, Jill Vertes, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni, Jessalyn Siwa, and Kira Gerard were there, as well as their dancing daughters, Nia Frazier, Kendall Vertes, Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, JoJo Siwa, and Kalani Hilliker. See photos from the opening below.

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Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards has inked a deal with TV Land to co-produce a sitcom inspired by her childhood. Even more exciting, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star will work alongside some huge talents, 30 Rock writer John Riggi and The West Wing and Shameless producers John Wells and Andrew Stearn.

The “dark comedy” will follow a character by the name of Bonnie Nolan, a suddenly single 40-year-old mom of three young daughters, in the 1970s. Like Big Kathy, mother of Kathy Hilton, Kyle, and Kim Richards, Bonnie will need to learn how to support herself and her girls after her marriage falls apart.

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RHONY recap - Bethenny vs. Heather

The Real Housewives Of New York traveled to the Berkshires to celebrate Dorinda Medley‘s 50th birthday. After spying all the luxury, wealth, and fabulous splendor around her, Ramona Singer had a change of heart – both about the Berkshires and about Dorinda’s boyfriend John. 

Ramona learned that people of the Berkshires are not uncivilized heathens gallivanting around bra-less (well unless they’re Sonja Morgan!) –  without air conditioners, wine fridges, and personal valets. Last season the horror of a home without a heliport nearly did Ramona in along with the terrible fright of experiencing trees in their natural habitat. Thankfully Dorinda opened Ramona’s eyes and Ramona recognized being prejudiced and stereotyping is not OK!

Speaking of things being OK, Luann de Lesseps was trapped in a car with Ramona the entire way there as Ramona feverishly searched for the number of the AC company she called last year – just in case. As Luann swanned out of the town car, in a fur-trimmed cape, she paused to look at Dorinda’s massive splendorous spread and she said, “Dahling – we aren’t in Connecticut anymore. And yes, I survived the cruel joke of a car ride with Ramona!”

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