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Shannon Beador has really REALLY turned the other cheek this season on Real Housewives Of Orange County – or maybe she actually got a new set of cheeks?! Shannon recently shared a series of photos of her hanging out with last season’s enemies Heather Dubrow and Tamra Barney, hashtagging the photos #ThreeMusketeers. This prompted many to wonder: What about Vicki Gunvalson?

Vicki has had a traumatic year – she lost her mother suddenly, and boyfriend Brooks Ayers revealed his cancer had returned and treatments were unsuccessful. In addition to all of that has Vicki lost all her friends on RHOC?! It looks like it, sadly. 

Fans questioned Shannon about her friendship with Vicki and also her new-found buddy-buddy relationship with Tamra and Heather who treated her so despicably last season. Shannon emerged as fan-favorite in light of the backstabbing. Has she now joined Club Mean Middle-Ager?

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Amber Marchese With Family

Amber Marchese revealed last week that she’s had another cancer scare, despite the reality star undergoing a double mastectomy six years ago. The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star found another lump in her breast, which led to another surgery and then a biopsy of the lump. 

Jim Marchese allegedly revealed that the tests determined Amber’s the lump was cancerous. But was it? Now Jim is seemingly recanting his story and states he was misquoted! Jim insists they’ve never received the results of Amber’s test – and they haven’t found out if the lump was cancerous or not. 

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Asa Soltan Rahmati and Reza Farahan came hard for Mike Shouhed‘s new wife Jessica Parido on the Shahs of Sunset After Show. Jessica has been extremely vocal about her low opinion of Mike’s friends and Mike’s friends aren’t open to the new people. And the ish really hit the fan after the group sided with Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi on Turkey-Gate.

This week, Mike planned a “reconciliation dinner” so they could all forgive and forget. And sing Kum Ba Yah. Mike is an idiot. Jessica came to the dinner with a different agenda. One that Reza didn’t appreciate.

“I was very shocked that Mike allowed the reconciliation dinner to go south. If he was smart, he would have asked Jessica to hold all of her insults for a later date, maybe two or three dinners later, once we were on better ground,” Reza suggested. “Jessica was clearly not interested in reconciling. She came with an agenda, and her agenda was to insult us, point fingers, and to let us know loud and clear that she doesn’t give a f-ck about any of us.”

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Bruce Jenner’s still untitled 8-part docuseries to be aired on E! this July will chronicle his journey transitioning from a male to female. The series will reveal not only how Bruce is handling the transition, but will also include reactions from his family along the way. But it’s not all heavy-handed, serious stuff, says Bruce. He insists there will be plenty of lighthearted, “fun” moments too, like how he’ll have to adapt his golf game when he’s walking around with new breasts. TMZ’s production sources say “Bruce’s golf game will be front and center. Bruce is a great golfer, and apparently it’s not an easy transition to swing with breasts.” The show, intended to educate the public and provide hope for those going through gender transitioning, also seeks to entertain. Sources tell TMZ that “If all you have is a downer, you don’t have a show.” Having been a staple on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for eons now, one would guess Bruce is somewhat of an expert on what makes good reality TV. 

Since the show  intends to balance “the dark moments, the lighthearted moments and moments that are just plain hilarious,” it’s anyone’s guess what scenes may be included. We’re promised a glimpse into the cosmetic procedures Bruce will undergo in gender reassignment as well as the social aspects of his life, such as the wine and cheese parties Bruce likes to host with his “girlfriends.” Nothing is cemented in terms of “must haves” yet, but a production source said, “There will be a happy medium. Bruce has a great sense of humor and it will be showcased. But the show will deal with the very serious issues Bruce is committed to showing.”

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After a long and grueling season as resident newbie (and self-appointed interventionist on Kim Richards!) on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Rinna is now facing some sad news at home. Monday, Rinna tweeted “My dad is is in the hospital again with pneumonia and it’s the 4th time this year. Dang it. He is almost 93. He is a fighter!” She also posted a throwback photo on Instagram of her and her parents with the comment: “Sending love and prayers to my Dad he is in the hospital but he is a fighter so fight Daddy fight!”

Some will remember meeting Lisa’s dad, Frank Rinna, from her visit to their hometown of Medford, Oregon on this season’s RHOBH in order to sell her childhood home. During the visit, Lisa claimed, “I just belong in a big city.” While growing up in Medford, Lisa admitted she asked herself, “Why am I here? I’m more fabulous than this.” But emotions were high when she saw her aging parents during that visit, who hadn’t been in the best of health. “I have a lot of guilt being so far away. It’s really, really hard,” Rinna said. Rinna’s mother, Lois, had a stroke that damaged much of her memory, but Rinna said her father deals with his own pain quietly: “He fights through it because I don’t think he can leave [my mom].” Although Rinna said, “My mom is the Rock of Gibraltar. She always had everything together,” she also admitted, “It’s hard not having your parents be young and not full of life. What I’m realizing now is that I’m the adult. I’m taking care of my parents. You never prepare for that.”

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I know I sound like a broken record season after season after season (or is it all just one neverending season?), but could this be the longest ever season of Dance Moms? After the great video showdown of 2015, the ALDC has returned to Pittsburgh after a victorious stint in Los Angeles. Abby Lee Miller is true to form with her nastiness and self-pity, but of course her bad behavior is magnified thanks to Lifetime adding Cathy’s Candy Apples into the mix. The moms are (surprisingly!) getting along, and while they don’t love the cold weather, they are happy to be home…for a week at least. Melissa wonders if it could be their last Pittsburgh pyramid. She seems to think that when Abby heads back to L.A. next week (we deserve frequent flier miles just for watching!), it will be for good.

Not only is there a competition this week, there is also a dance convention where the dancers could win scholarships. The moms inform their girls that not only will the Candy Apples be trying to beat them, but Ava and her mom Jeanette will be at the competition as well. Poor Kendall says what her teammates are thinking…it’s never a fun competition week with Abby when Cathy is involved. At pyramid, Abby gushes over Maddie’s Grammy’s performance (as she should, it was amazing), saying she got more applause than Madonna. Does she really want to get on Madge’s bad side? Maddie also dishes on behind the scenes of the awards show, and Holly feels the need to interrupt to proclaim that Nia will be having a premier party for her video at the dance convention thanks to her recent video? Really, Holly? Why? I try to defend you, but you’re not making it easy! Even Nia looks like she wants her mother to stop her one-upping. Holly extends an invitation to the studio, but Melissa can’t make it because she has dinner plans. Joke’s on you, Melissa–it’s a daytime event.  

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RHONY Recap Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Care

Someone at the Real Housewives Of New York emporium got a little too liberal with the Sex And The City DVDs this season. I’ve been missing my vintage Carrie Bradshaw as much as the next former 20-something girl of a certain millennium, but do we really need to re-live her life starring Carole Radziwill in My So-Called Reality Show? (Another gem of my generation). 

While Carole is busy cosplaying Carrie, the other girls are busy being Housewives and starting high velocity fights over wrangled pretenses and loose indignations. Carole is riding bikes in heels around NYC, dating a boy who doesn’t wanna grow up, experimenting with drugs, getting munchies for KFC, losing her virginity <insert emoji here>, and rocking those Jordache jeans she saved all her babysitting money to buy. Life is good when mercury is in retrograde. 

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