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rhonj melissa gorga jewelry

How did I miss the fact that Melissa Gorga had a jewelry line that actually survived the “idea” phase where many a housewives’ hock is created but never comes to fruition? Clearly, cookbooks and cheap sweet bubbly are immune from this branding backlash phenomenon!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has launched her own line of affordable baubles on HSN, and dare I say the majority of the line is both wearable and budget friendly. I’d have predicted a lot of gaudy CZ at blood diamond prices, but I was pleasantly surprised!

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love hip hop peter erica

I can’t say I’m surprised to hear that Erica Mena is calling it quits on a little scripted train wreck I like to call Love & Hip Hop. The controversial star spent more time over the past few seasons starting fights, slaying the viewers with ridiculous one-liners, and trying to decide if the lady pond was the best place to swim. However, on the most recent installment, Erica wasn’t starting club brawls…if she was even featured, she was chatting with her son, giving reasonable advice (what?) to her co-stars, and gushing about her upcoming wedding to Lil’ Bow Wow

Of course, most of the time Erica was just absent. The once wild-eyed, sharp-tongued crazed instigator took a backseat on the show where she was once the focus. If she was filmed, Erica was calm, cool, and collected. I felt like I wasn’t even watching L&HH in terms of Erica’s contribution, but thankfully Rich Dollaz brought me back to reality (the fabricated kind) every week.

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Yolanda Foster

Yolanda Foster hasn’t been able to blog much throughout season five of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills due to her struggle with Lyme disease, but she managed to write a doozy of a blog following part one of the reunion. The blog is more about Lyme disease, which she compared to the AIDS epidemic, than the reunion, however. Yolanda also told us a little story about another infection she is battling due to letting a baby cow suck on her chin.

Yolanda explained why she felt it was necessary to attend the RHOBH reunion despite her setback with Lyme disease, “I know the reunion is an important end to the season, so I felt the need to pull up my bootstraps and show up, no matter what. In my mind, keeping my commitment to Bravo and Evolution was very important, even though my body wasn’t ready to get dressed and all dolled up after living in my robe and pajamas for the past four months.”

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Giuliana Rancic on too skinny criticism

Giuliana Rancic is responding to criticism about her weight. After the Fashion Police star appeared on the Golden Globes red carpet looking shockingly thin, Giuliana says the attention to her body size has “gotten out of hand” and she feels compelled to speak-out to dispel rumors that she has an eating disorder. 

“I eat more than any of my friends,” Giuliana insists. “I eat a very robust, healthy, balanced diet and dessert almost every night. I’m not hiding from anything.” 

When the barrage of comments about her weight refused to diminish, Giuliana felt she had to defend herself! “I never want my weight to distract people from what I do. But it is becoming a distraction, [whenever] I wear something sleeveless, show my arms, my back.”

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Death of Fake Reality TV

With the help of reality stars Jon Gosselin, Ronnie Ortiz-Margo, Omarosa, Tila Tequila, and Big Ang, AOL held a mock funeral for “fake reality television” in Times Square to promote its new organic reality series Connected

So my first reaction to this ridiculousness was, OMG! The reality TV stars really will show up for anything! (And I was shocked professional camera chasers Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi weren’t there.) But I’ve come to appreciate that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously and are able to poke fun at the genre that made them famous. During the funeral, Jon buried an Ed Hardy t-shirt, Big Ang dumped a bottle of alcohol, and Ronnie said farewell to “GTL” and buried a dumbbell, tanning lotion, and a bottle of laundry detergent.

Check out more pictures of Jon, Ronnie, Omarosa, Tila, and Big Ang at the “Death of Fake Reality TV” and learn more about Connected below.

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teresa-giudice-prison-us-weekly

We all knew it was just a matter of time before Teresa Giudice broke her silence! And we all know it’s just a matter of time before her exclusive WWHL interview from Danbury is aired, right?!

Sharing a family photo with au naturel hair paired with Wet-n-Wild cosmetics straight from the commissary, Teresa, through her lawyer reveals she’s doing fine, but is homesick. “I miss Joe and my girls terribly,” the Real Housewives Of New Jersey star revealed. Joe Giudice confesses that he’s handling it the worst of all! Really?

“I cry more than the girls,” Joe says of leaving Teresa after their six-hour visiting days. “I pretty much cry every time I leave. Like a little baby.” As for how their four daughters are coping, Joe admits to Us Weekly that their youngest, Audriana (5) thinks mommy is “working” (uhhhh…) and that Teresa keeps in contact regularly through phone and email. 

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Season 5

She’s not a Jedi Master, but she does play one on TV. Eileen Davidson calmly and eloquently cuts right through the BS in nearly every Real Housewives of Beverly Hills interview she does, and she’s doing the same in her Bravo blog this week. After last night’s RHOBH Reunion, Part 1, Eileen quips that she had concerns from the beginning about being placed on the crazy couch with Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, and probably-ready-to-leave-because-she’s-ill Yolanda Foster

“My first RHOBH reunion started off with a surprise, when I walk onto set and I’m told to sit next to Kim. I thought about running, but then I reconsidered. Ha!” says Eileen. After fielding a few softball questions about her hubby Vince, Eileen says things got more interesting, and more sad – when it came to Kyle Richards relationship with her sister, Kim. Eileen comments, “I’m sad that Kim and Kyle aren’t speaking. This is a big, messy, and complicated situation. Maybe the time apart will be good for them? I’m hoping so.”

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Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kid’s Choice Awards

As a native Pennsylvanian, I must admit the latest Abby Lee Miller news is making me do a happy dance – a dance that would not likely make the cut in Abby Lee’s eyes, I’m sure. But a happy dance nonetheless! Because, my friends: Abby is moving to LA! And taking her studio – and her show – with her.

According to TMZ, Dance Moms star Abby Lee is “bringing her east coast, in-your-face style to the west coast … and setting up shop in L.A.” She’ll be sharing the same studio that Dancing with the Stars uses for their rehearsals while she waits for her very own studio space to be completed. Much like the Red Room in 50 Shades of Grey, Abby’s new studio will surely be tricked out with the torture devices and pleather-ish decor that reflect her “particular taste.” 

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