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Marlo Hampton wants you to know there is more to her than designer labels! Atlanta’s most contested and derided housewife is speaking out about who she really is, and defending herself to the critics.

To start out, Marlo says she never cared that her then-boyfriend Charles Grant allegedly dated co-star (and now friend) NeNe Leakes, and she came on the show with an open-mind. “The girls wanted it to be something major,” she insists. But she does care about how she is portrayed on the Real Housewives of Atlanta!

She is also happy she was able to participate in the trip to South Africa, despite the unsavory taste it left in most viewer’s mouths. Marlo calls the trip to Africa “a life experience,” save for the argument she had with Sheree Whitfield. “I hate that that happened,” she muses to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I would not have cared about her inviting me to the party, because I know that Sheree doesn’t really care for me too much, whatever. But, after we sat on the boat and we’re all like ‘Hey, we’re going to bond, at least when we see each other we’re going to speak, we’re going to be cordial,’ I’m like, OK, we’re starting off on a new foot, we’re connecting,” Marlo explains.

“So as soon as we get back to the room, you call Cynthia [Bailey] over and invite Cynthia and not me, really? Sheree, seriously? Where we just left 30 minutes ago saying ‘Oh, we’re going to try to get along,’ so that really just shocked me. And then we started the argument, I guess the part that blew me was when she was like, ‘Oh don’t go there, you’re dating an 80-year-old white man.’ I just lost it.”

She does regret using the word “faggot” during the course of her rage. “I feel absolutely awful,” she admits. “When I said the ‘f-word,’ this wasn’t on camera, but I was crying, I was so pissed off and frustrated.”

Marlo says her sister is gay, along with her assistant and she is deeply involved in the community. “I called home to Daniel, my assistant who’s gay. I just told him about the whole thing about Sheree, I mean, I just felt awful, I mean, I was upset like that whole night.”

And she wants you to know using the word isn’t as bad as one might think! “But the only thing about it, when I talked to Lawrence [Washington] about it, he told me a ‘faggot’ was a gay messy male. And I did know that guy was being messy, but he’s like ‘Marlo, you cannot say that, though, you’re not gay. It’s like a man calling you the B-word.’”

“I did apologize, my friends love me and they know I was just talking, and I’m just trying to build that relationship back with the gay community, because, I mean that was awful, I really feel bad about that.”

As for how she earns the money to pay for all that Lu-wee VooTAWN, Marlo insists she used to work and she’s really good at investing! “ I mean, from work, and I did own and found the Red Carpet Boutique at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta for three years, which I just closed when I started taping with Bravo.”

“Of course, I have been spoiled by my boyfriends,” she adds. “The main part is that I invested my money.”

“I wasn’t crazy, I didn’t have to spend on everything. My home is paid for, my vehicles are paid for… I came from nothing to where I never want to go back to being a foster child, being homeless, or being in the projects, and just struggling, and not knowing where my next meal was going to come from. I don’t want to go back to that.”

Marlo admits she was “puzzled” by Kandi Burruss asking her about the source of her income. She believs Kandi is so concerned about her cash flow because she’s jealous! “It’s jealousy and envy, that’s what it was. I mean, it’s got to be jealousy and envy, something, Lord — women with low self-esteem only,” she insists.

“The gay men love me, men love me, and strong-minded women love me, who have high self-esteem. Only the low self-esteem women have a problem with me, and it’s like, ‘Why? What is your problem?’ Just because I love fashion, my story is different from yours, my occupation is different from yours, what is the problem?”

And speaking of boyfriends who take care of you, Marlo insists she actually likes Kim Zolciak and wasn’t trying to “jab” her with all the Big Poppa talk during Cynthia’s modeling school opening. “When I originally met Kim, she was so nice and sweet and talking to me, but I wasn’t trying to pull a jab. It came off like one though, but I really wasn’t.”

“I said I had a Big Poppa,” Marlo clarifies. “I feel like, it wasn’t even about you Kim. And she has a past herself, and her comments about me have been inappropriate, but it is what it is. But it wasn’t targeted towards her. But her comments about me are inappropriate, that’s what’s crazy.”

Finally, Sheree is speaking out about why she decided to tell Kim about Kandi and Cynthia’s comments in Africa! And she is defending her decision to spill the beans, claiming it was all about loyalty! “I believe in friendship, I believe in loyalty. If you say something, you need to own it.”

Sheree admits that she initially misspoke about who made the comment. “I stand corrected: Cynthia did make the initial comment about Kim, but Kandi immediately agreed with her.”

“Only that wasn’t shown. No one watching at home realized that Kandi had agreed with Cynthia. Hopefully, they’ll air the entire conversation during the reunion.”

As for Kandi’s accusations that Sheree threw her under the bus, Sheree dismisses that as ridiculous. ” I told Kim about the incident while Kandi was standing right there next to me — so I wasn’t throwing anyone under the bus. I just strongly believe that if you say something behind someone’s back, you should be able to say it to their face.”

Sheree tells Wetpaint she was more angry that Kandi agreed with Cynthia’s comment – particularly since Cynthia isn’t close with any of the ladies involved. “Cynthia and Kim aren’t close. There’s no loyalty there — they’re not friends,” Sheree reveals. “But Kandi is supposed to be Kim’s friend — and I thought it was strange that she was agreeing with Cynthia on a sentiment that was basically insulting Kim and implying she could possibly be racist.”

The decision to call Kim was made by the producers, according to Sheree, but she decided to tell Kim what was discussed in the jeep. “After the jeep ride, the producers asked us to call Kim, so we did,” she claims she didn’t mention Cynthia’s involvement in the conversation because she and Kim “aren’t close,” but Kandi and Kim are ‘close friends.’” After Tardy For The Party? I beg to differ!

“Kim was thankful that I mentioned it,” Sheree explains. “She knows I’m not messy person. Most real friends would appreciate that.” As for her relationship with Kandi, the two are good now, but things were tense for a while.

The conversation continues next episode when Kim confronts Kandi and a blow-out fight happens!

THOUGHTS ON MARLO’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE WORKED HARD AND SAVED HER MONEY? DO YOU BELIEVE SHEREE TOLD KIM ABOUT KANDI’S COMMENTS OUT OF LOYALTY? WAS SHEREE IN THE WRONG TO DO SO?

Former reality villainess, Jill Zarin is in heaps of trouble after a disastrous and embarrassing appearance at the Jewish Federation of Dallas’ Women’s Event at Night. Jill, along with her sister, Lisa Wexler, and her mother, Gloria Kamen, were booked to speak about Jewish mothers, because as you know, they wrote a little book about the subject, Secrets of a Jewish Mother.

Things were apparently a mess from start to finish and went so awry the organization issued an apology letter to attendees! A copy of that letter is below!

Apparently, the event got off to a rocky start when the fired, Real Housewives of New York star claimed she couldn’t actually speak because she forgot her glasses, and therefore was unable to see her notes. Gee, how about thinking and planning ahead Jillzy? Then according to a guest, Jill, Lisa, and Gloria bickered the entire time, under the pretense of being amusing. The real issue occurred when Lisa, a renowned radio host, began lecturing the audience about the importance of women working outside the home.

According to an anonymous attendee, who communicated her experience to LynnNChicago, it all began when Lisa and Jill staged some sort of a mock Q&A session where they imagined things the audience (a large crowd) would inquire about. Jill would then answer how she would handle a given situation. Lisa, allegedly, took that opportunity to speak at length about the feminist movement, and the importance of women having careers; chastising them against being full-time stay at home mothers once their children are no longer babies. Lisa implored women to have a job outside the home because that is the only way to be fulfilled and happy!

Lisa, supposedly, informed the audience that being out of the workforce for more than five years to focus on motherhood is preposterous, rendering your career all but dead. Apparently, many of the audience members had more than one child, stay home full-time to raise them, and consider motherhood their primary responsibility. Audience members began to leave as Lisa was speaking and Jill looked horrified and uncomfortable by her sister’s comments. As she should be! “Women were walking out in droves,” the source reports.

Jill and her family were reportedly described as “hot messes” by guests, who were terribly offended by the comments made at the event. The anonymous attendee further complained that their speech was not “well planned.”

Jill’s mother also, allegedly, referred to Jill’s first husband, as a “dwarf” then a “little person” during an anecdote where she shared why she advised Jill against marrying him. Jill’s ex-husband is merely short, but nevertheless his height is a ridiculous reason to advise Jill not to marry him! That man is also Jill’s daughter, Ally Shapiro‘s father. “No one was pleased,” the woman adds, claiming when they later saw Jill in the lobby it was uncomfortable and awkward.

After the speech was allegedly cut short by organizers, because of the exodus, Jill, Lisa, and Gloria set up a table to sell and sign books. “Then it abruptly ended- Jill said they brought plenty of books for people and she would sign them and take pics,” an attendee describes. “There were 2 people buying books when I left and 2 people at the signing table. Everyone else was getting out of there as fast as they could!!” Yikes.

Jill claims they donated the books, but an event insider says organizers actually bought the books to give to table hosts as a token of appreciation.

Event organizers issued a formal apology letters to attendees for the comments made by Jill’s sister. “We also realize that our entertainment after dinner was a true and complete disappointment,” read the apology letter. “Their presentation was not what we had planned with them and certainly did not meet our expectations of a funny and poignant take on Jewish motherhood.” You can read the letter in its entirety below.

Lisa seems to have a completely different take on what happened, claiming the organizers were pleased with her contribution! “I spoke from my heart. I spoke of my values as expressed in our book and on my radio show every day,” she retorted in a statement to RadarOnline. “In a group of 700 women, some will agree with me and others will not. As to the specific allegation that I spoke against stay at home moms, that is an absolute lie.”

“We have presented to numerous groups throughout the country with very positive feedback. We are disappointed to hear that some members of the Dallas audience did not feel that way,” Lisa added. “The sentiment of the person who wrote that letter is not reflective of the very positive audience feedback we personally heard after the event as well as emails we received.”

Indeed, a woman who did attend the event claims she enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. “I got invited by @lisawexler and I thought they did a great job! I don’t know why people would take offense to what she said,” twitter user rings33 remarked.

Jill has not commented on the controversy directly, but she did speak to blogger, Ilana Angel to give her perspective about what happened. According to the conversation they had, Jill is “disappointed” by the response circulating around the blogs and feels the event was disorganized from the beginning, which reflected poorly on their presentation.

“Jill was billed as the entertainment, but was not assigned a wrangler and left on her own to meet and great the guests. She was told she was the keynote speaker, yet she did not appear until the end of an event that was running long and already losing guests,” Ilana writes.

An attendee contacted Ilana and said they had a wonderful time and enjoyed Jill’s contribution to the platform. One guest claims the treatment Jill received by the Federation was “mortifying” and was a disservice to the organization.

Apparently, the Dallas chapter has also acknowledged that Jill’s involvement garnered them many new members that evening and helped them raise a significant amount of money, but the Federation has still not issued an apology to Jill or her family for what happened. Jill is a proud member of the Jewish Federation.

Jill will be speaking about her experience at the event on her sister’s radio show this Thursday, if you care to listen! Quite the mess!

[Photo Credit: Johnny Lewis/WENN.com]

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT HAPPENED? WHO IS TO BLAME: JILL AND HER FAMILY OR THE ORGANIZATION? WERE GUESTS RIGHT TO BE OFFENDED BY LISA’S WORDS?

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This week’s episode of the longest show on television, Celebrity Apprentice was not only the most anyone has ever mentioned restaurant chain, Medieval Times on television, since their ubiquitous ads in the 90s, but was also an ad for the Real Housewives franchise.

This is unsurprising considering Real Housewives of New Jersey cast-member, Teresa Giudice‘s presence on the cast and NBC’s ownership of the Bravo network. While, it made sense for the women’s team, Forte, to pick the ‘Un-Real Housewives of Camelot’ as their theme for their 15 minute Medieval Times show (this week’s assignment), it all felt a little dirty, especially when Aubrey O’Day excitedly announced the Real Housewives had “like, 5 million viewers.”

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In an all-new interview with Life & Style magazine, Bethenny Frankel opens up about the hardship of her marriage.

On the third season of Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny, 41, tries to balance her life as a mother, wife, and of course, business mogul. Her second year of marriage to Jason Hoppy is, however, full of growing pains.

“It’s just hard,” says Bethenny to Life & Style. “I often feel like I come across as the crazy one in the relationship. Once in a while, I want to be the good cop.” Well then start being the good cop Bethenny! Below are some excerpts from the interview:

L & S: You two argue more this season. Why?

Bethenny: There’s been a lot of pressure, both personally and professionally. We had a baby and my business exploded at the same time.

L & S: Has there been a specific low point?

Bethenny: Probably leading up to when we got stranded on a boat together in September. We were physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. We weren’t connecting – we didn’t even want to be on the boat together.

L & S: Did divorce ever cross your mind?

Bethenny: Oh. no. Marriage is a commitment. We work at it every day. Actually being stuck on a boat for nearly 24 hours gave us an opportunity to connect.

L & S: So what have you learned since then?

Bethenny: Relationships are about acceptance. Jason and I are very different; I have a strong personality and he’s more mellow, Plus, we got married in our late 30s, and you’re very set in your ways by then. It’s about trying to compromise when you can.

L & S: Jason complained you weren’t having enough sex. Are you back on schedule?

Bethenny: There’s no such thing as a sex schedule. But we’ve definitely been having sex whenever we can. When you have a baby, you’re working and you’re tired; you try to pour on the romance whenever you can. Every woman in America can totally relate!

You can read more of Bethenny’s interview in the latest issue of Life & Style magazine.

As we reported last week, the ratings for Bethenny’s series has taken quite a dip this season. Last week’s premiere episode brought in less than 1 million viewers compared to the 1.5 milion viewers who tuned in to the second season last year. Some are speculating that perhaps fans are getting tried of Bethenny’s constant whining ‘woe is me’ attitude (she has a seemingly great husband, a healthy daughter, and millions to top it off – why can’t she just enjoy it? Even if it’s for half a second???) or perhaps she’s not as relatable to fans as she used to be. She is like a gazillionaire now, after all.

Quite frankly, I find myself having a love-hate relationship with Bethenny these days. Must say I was somewhat of a big fan, that is until I started watching her spinoff. As I blogged back in 2010, Bethenny is, in fact, the villain of her own show. From the constant complaining to the way she treats her in-laws, I and most viewers got to see a side of Bethenny that we could have done without. I’ve come to the conclusion that while she’s easy to hate, she’s also hard not to like…sometimes. Plus, looking at all she’s accomplished professionally, she definitely remains an inspiration to all.

A new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo. On the second episode of this season titled, ‘Alias Benjamin Frankelin,’ Bethenny delights in a weekend getaway on Long Island with her closest gal pals. It’s all about sun, beach fun and clambakes, yet Bethenny reveals that trust issues hound her in the wake of all her success.

A preview clip is below!

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S INTERVIEW ABOUT HER MARRIAGE? DO YOU THINK THE MARRIAGE WILL LAST? IS SHE ALWAYS THE BAD COP? WHY DO YOU THINK THE RATINGS FOR HER SHOW DROPPED?

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If we’re talking drama, we must be talking Basketball Wives! In Royce Reed’s VH1 blog from this week, she doesn’t hold back when discussing the other women. And I mean, she REALLY lays it all out on the table.

Speaking of Evelyn Lozada, Royce jokes, “Evelyn is getting married y’all. Yeah, I said it. I’ll admit I thought it was a publationship (that’s a relationship for publicity) but I seriously doubt anyone would get married solely for attention…especially after calling me out about having a blog, a twitter account, etc. when she now has more followers than all of us, tweets that ruin friendships, and a new blog…I’m just saying. I hope she doesn’t eat her words, because I will be serving up a lot of sh*t if I find out it’s fake. With that said, I’ll leave that notion alone and say that I do now believe the relationship is real.” Publationship! I love it!

Moving on, Royce has a sharp tongue when speaking of Suzie Ketcham‘s new bond with Jennifer Williams. “Suzie and Jenn. Seriously? Okay, first of all let’s call a spade a spade. You all are close right now by default. Suzie, you have run your mouth repeatedly and now you wonder why I’m not speaking to you? I said hello when you texted me. I also let you know you were full of sh*t.” She continues, “Everyone saw how pressed you were to become friends with people who could care less and I still had your back. But first time shame on you, second time shame on me. Third time…won’t be a third time… Jenn, sweetie, how are you calling someone immature and friendless? At the end of the day, I’m free and I go home with my pride, my dignity and REAL FRIENDS.” Ouch.

Speaking of her “real friends,” Royce also has some pretty harsh words for buddy, Tami Roman. She writes, “Tami, Tami, Tami…I love you but you had a messy moment. I understand you trying to get Jenn and Evelyn to speak and trying to see where each of their minds are. BUT that’s not where the problem was. The problem was you going back to Jenn and Suzie about our lunch date with Kesha [Nichols] and Kenya [Bell]. You call me out when I’m wrong so now I’m calling you out. That was deadass wrong. There was a different way to say how the first impressions went, but it was delivered all types of messy. Imma give you a pass because…hell…I don’t have a reason, I just am. But next time Imma wear full armor and tell it like it is so when I get popped it won’t hurt. Imma still say it though…” Yowsers.

Finally, Royce doesn’t like to say “I told you so…” but she totally does! She blogs on the Evelyn/Jenn meltdown, stating, “I don’t LIKE to be right about things like this. I just never felt the friendship was as solid or close and it looked to most viewers. I’ve know these women since summer 2009. I’ve seen a lot, heard a lot, but never vocalized much. It wasn’t my place to tell them ‘This friendship is the pits!’ Just from last season it seemed very one-sided and strained. I’ve never really seen them get deep or support each other fully. It always seemed full of side-eyes and judgments. Ten years or not, time doesn’t constitute the title of ‘Best Friend.’ But,again to each their own. Crocodile tears aside, what I DON’T respect is passing off blogs you didn’t write as your own then retracting them and throwing the true author under the bus when you get backlash from it.” Royce certainly doesn’t hold back, does she?

Moving right along, in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Evelyn discusses the upcoming season, whether her relationship with former bestie, Jenn is salvageable, and Shaunie O’Neal getting into the drama more than usual.

She begins by stating, “I am happy to be with some of the ladies, I’ll say that! I am really good friends with Shaunie O’Neal, we were friends before the show, and Tami Roman.”

Of course, as we all know, 36-year-old Evelyn has had recent discord (to put it mildly) with her former shadow Jennifer. She reveals, “As of now, me and Jennifer are not friends and I don’t think I will ever reconcile the friendship.” Continuing, Evelyn cites Jenn’s ego as a point of contention, “In the first episode they talked about her being ‘bougie,’ when you are that person and you get a little bit of fame, you start believing the hype. She thinks she is better than everyone else.”

Also, on Evelyn’s radar as potential trouble? Newbie Kenya. Of her new castmate, Evelyn claims, “Most of the cast members feel she’s a little strange to say the least. She’s not really someone I would hang out with after filming , she’s not my type of person.”

Evelyn admits that she is a fan of the other newcomer, Kesha Nicols. She says, “Kesha always remained herself and didn’t change, she wasn’t trying to do anything to make her mark on the show, but with Kenya she is not being herself and tries really hard to fit in. When you come into a fourth season, you smell B.S. from far away. It’s best to be yourself, that’s why I took a liking to Kesha. She is a really sweet girl and always seems like she is the same person on and off of the set.”

Of course, Evelyn doesn’t think she’ll have to put up with Kenya for long, stating, “I think her fakeness could definitely be Kenya’s demise.”

Or, could her demise be the Queen Bee herself, producer Shaunie O’Neal? Evelyn hints, “Shaunie actually gets into a conflict with one the cast mates , she’s usually quiet and stays out of the mess. She did have an issue with one of the ladies on the show, and I think viewers will be surprised that she voiced that and who that person ended up being.”

Evelyn admits that living in the spotlight can be hard at times, admitting, “I have my moments, sometimes you may say something and then look at it after filming and regret it. We all have those moments. I would have told Jennifer never to talk to me again, but that doesn’t make sense on the show because there are cameras here and you have to tell the story even if it can be frustrating.”

Of course, Evelyn wants to stay out of the drama (sure she does) and focus on her upcoming nuptials to New England Patriots player Chad Ochocinco, exclaiming, “We’re getting married this summer in Florida – I can’t believe it’s just a few months away!”

Essence.com has the photographs from a recent wedding spread for which Evelyn posed. See pics of her bridal photo shoot below! A new episode of Basketball Wives airs tonight on VH1 at 8PM ET.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ROYCE’S BLOG? TOO HARSH OR JUST HONEST? COMMENTS ON EVELYN’S INTERVIEW AND PHOTO SHOOT?

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The Bachelor is tumbling close to its finale, and even though most of us are aware of the spoiler that couldn’t be contained, there is still more drama surrounding his choice. According to a new report, once Ben Flajnik viewed the first two episodes of this season, he was disgusted and embarrassed with his fiance, and “had a sudden change of heart”. He is reportedly now chasing his runner-up.

However, there is one tiny problem – there is a new rumor that Courtney Robertson (one of the two finalists) is pregnant! The source tells In Touch Weekly, “He’s freaked out. He’s completely petrified at the thought of starting a family with someone he has only known for a few months.” Well, who can blame him?

So, how exactly did Courtney trap Ben into her web? A source broke down her seduction techniques for US Magazine so we can all follow along at home. They may astound you!

The first shocking piece of information is that Courtney “looked to The Bachelor as a game. Ben was the prize, and she was going to win.” She probably saw it as a game with a prize, because that’s kind of what the show is. If you want true love, visit match.com. If you want fame amongst dozens and a public short-term fling, visit this reality show!

Next, Courtney used her clothing, and the source says “she was very particular about what she wore and when she wore it” just like the hundreds of women who just bought lingerie to show off for Valentine’s Day, and just like anyone who has kept their nicer outfits for date nights or special occasions. How cunning of Courtney to engage in this totally normal, mundane ritual!

You’d be very surprised to know that another technique Courtney used was her sexuality! Contestant Jaime Otis said, “Courtney knew Ben was sexually attracted to her. She wasn’t shy to use it.” This is just pure evil, and none of the other women have worn sexy outfits for Ben, or made out with him, in an an attempt to use his sexual attraction to them for their favor. Courtney is the only one!

Courtney saw this situation as some sort of war, and word is she even trained for it. Another contestant, Monica reveals she indulged in “four-hour [naps] before every event” and she used passive-aggressive remarks to keep the other ladies down. Eliminated contestant Emily O’Brien says, “Those little jabs were tactics to try to intimidate all of us, to get us off of our game, and to take the focus off of Ben.”

Like many reality vixens before her, she was not there to make friends, and a source reports she was trained by her agent to keep quiet: “Courtney said her agent prepared her well and told her not to share any personal information with the girls. She kept in her corner the whole time. She never made conversation with the girls.”

More interestingly, the source confirms what we already know is true – Courtney lied to Ben about being unlucky in love prior to being on the show. In fact, Courtney’s dating history is pretty varied. She’s dated actor Jesse Metcalf, Reese Witherspoon’s husband and power agent Jim Toth, and right before the show, dated photographer Clark Cavan. This isn’t counting her rumored San Francisco sugar daddy whose photos she apparently scrubbed from her Facebook wall once the show began airing.

There’s also the news that once Courtney realized Ben was a millionaire, she used this information as her focus. This is also probably very true, since the men she’d dated were all rich and successful. We’re not saying she’s a gold-digger, but knowing that Ben had money was likely what kept her game so razor sharp. And the skinny-dipping.

And finally, a report by Wetpaint states that Courtney attended the Women Tell All taping! Making this the first time a Bachelor finalist has attended the taping. The final two women have always skipped the WTA taping, instead taping the After The Rose special. The reason ABC made an exception for Courtney is of course to have her face-off against the other women aka more drama aka more ratings!

A new episode of The Bachelor airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

TELL US: DO YOU THINK COURTNEY IS PREGNANT? DO YOU THINK SHE TRAPPED BEN WITH HER TECHNIQUES? WHO SHOULD BEN PICK?

With just one day left until the official announcement by ABC, TMZ has now revealed four of the Dancing With The Stars season 14 contestants!

Sources close to production confirm to TMZ that The View’s Sherri Shepherd, actor Jack Wagner, actress Melissa Gilbert, and entertainment reporter Maria Menounos are all gearing up to put on their dancing shoes!

Sherri’s name is not much of a surprise as she has made no secret of her wish to do the show in the past.

Meanwhile, there had been rumors that super hotness/pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy would not be returning to the show, but Maksim shut down those rumors over the weekend confirming to TMZ that he will be back! It is his show after all.

One person who won’t be appearing on the new season is E! reporter Giuliana Rancic. Reports came out stating the series was interested in Giuliana following her battle with breast cancer. The 37-year-old E! host, however, stated she had to turn down the offer as she is currently too busy to do the show.

She told E! Online: “I’ve been a big fan of the show for years. But sadly, my schedule at the moment would never allow for the gruelling rehearsal commitment.”

Other stars rumored to be in the running to join the show include Bruce Jenner, JWoww, and Paula Deen.

ABC plans to unveil the full cast tomorrow morning on Good Morning America. The new season will then officially kick off on March 19.

[Photos Credit: WENN.com]

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE DWTS SEASON 14 CAST SO FAR? HAPPY THAT MAKSIM IS RETURNING?


It has been the Battle of the Bravo blogs for the ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe Leakes comes to the defense of her new bestie, Marlo Hampton, while getting a couple digs to former biffle/mortal enemy Kim Zolciak. Of course, because she does everything that her Neenster idol does, Cynthia Bailey also professed her affinity for Marlo in her blog, while making a few comments about Kim, as well. Oh, and she also is adamant that she doesn’t do everything that her idol Neenster does. Sure…

NeNe blogs, “All the talk about Marlo’s fashion… LOL! I swear, these girls are not smart!” Oh Neens, I can hear your raspy voice laughing as I read those words.

NeNe goes on to remind viewers that at the Bar One opening, in the beginning of Season Three, the Smalls were fans of Ms. Hampton, as long as Marlo wasn’t a fan of NeNe’s. She recalls, “From what I understand and can see with these two good ole eyes of mine, they liked Marlo and were cool with her as long as she wasn’t cool with me! They were doing what haters do, being envious, conspiring, and trying to figure out a way to bring you down! They wanted so badly to have me and Marlo fight over a man I was NEVER involved with sexually! They were down with her!”

NeNe addresses Marlo’s, less than stellar (and might I add criminal), past and states that it has no bearing on the pair’s friendship. She explains, “Yes, I’ve heard about Marlo’s past, and everybody has one. Some worse than others, but she treats me nicely, so I see no need to not do the same for her!”

Having doled out enough compliments for a months worth of blogs (for NeNe, at least), she returns to what she does best–call out Kim, responding to rumors that a certain someone was MIA from the Africa trip because she couldn’t be in such close proximity with NeNe. NeNe continues, “As far as Kim not coming to Africa because of tension between me and her, it’s all lies. I’ve been in the same room as Kim a few times, and I give her nothing! I haven’t spoken to Kim in two years and have no plans to.” In all fairness, I have to point out that perhaps Kim’s newborn coupled with her husband’s absence was probably higher than NeNe on the list of reasons which caused her to decline the vacay.

NeNe touches on the women’s experience with the medicine man, and agrees–slightly– he was correct in saying her current (but estranged) husband, Gregg, is a good man. She cryptically reveals, “Gregg is a good person, which is why I married him, but a good man doesn’t always equal a good husband. I know what I’ve been through!” Wow. Sometimes what you don’t say speaks volumes!

Back in Atlanta, NeNe insists she is diving right back into the thick of things and living above the drama. She states, “I’m working on opening The L Lounge and getting various products on the market.”

Ending her blog on a high note, she proclaims, “I’m a lot of things at times, but one thing is for sure, I’ve always been the type of woman that stands alone, stands up for what I believe in, and doesn’t need validation from anyone!” I feel like I’m Every Woman should be playing!

On Cynthia’s Bravo blog, she writes the exact same things Nene did about her thoughts on Marlo, in light of the comments she made to the Smalls. Cynthia claims to like Marlo, but her blog entry is the slightest bit passive aggressive. Is someone sad that NeNe’s time is being monopolized by the newest Tall?

Cynthia begins, “I like Marlo. We are very cool, but we are not close. The most time we have spent together was in South Africa. Any time spent we spent together has been through NeNe. The two of them have become great friends and really connected. I am cool with all the girls (most of the time), but NeNe is the only one I talk to on a regular basis. I really don’t have a problem with Marlo, and like I said, personality wise, we are different.”

Marlo loves fashion, and it seems to be a big part of who she is,” Cynthia continues. “I love fashion as well, but outside of my fashion school, fashion is not big priority in my personal life. I really don’t have an interest in talking about clothes, shoes, and bags all day long with Marlo or Karl Lagerfeld himself for that matter.”

Cynthia goes on to defend her statement about Marlo, saying, “I have no problem repeating any of the comments that I made regarding Marlo to NeNe (or Marlo) while on safari with the Smalls. I honestly didn’t think my comments about Marlo were a big deal. So what, I said that we have two different personalities and I don’t care to talk about fashion all day. That’s how I feel. What’s wrong with that?” Nothing…except you would never say that in front of the Queen Ne.

As if she read my mind, Cynthia writes, “NeNe knows exactly how I feel about Marlo, so what else did I need to say. These ladies have had plenty to say about Marlo, so my two cents seemed “small” in comparison.” Clever! See what she did there?

Her take on Marlo’s past is the same as NeNe’s. Cynthia says, “I have never questioned where Marlo gets her money, her criminal past, or this 80-year-old sugar daddy the Smalls seem to be so interested in talking about. I don’t care how any of the girls get the money to support their lavish lives, because it is none of my business.” Continuing, she compliments her new co-star, “Without question, Marlo rocks the hottest and latest fashions in this group! No one can touch her. While we may have a piece here and there, she is the walking (and talking) Gucci ad! I think she even gets a lot of her looks straight off the runway. Fabulous!”

Of course, Cynthia couldn’t let the compliment end there, adding, “If you see me with an expensive designer look straight off the runway, please believe it came straight from a NY showroom and I’m wearing it for free. I have a family and a business to support. I can’t afford it, and make it a point NOT to act like I can.” Mee. Yow.

Summing up her blog she gives her two cents on Kim. Cynthia admits, “I said I couldn’t PICTURE Kim in Africa at the orphanage holding African kids. I also said, ‘I’m not saying she WOULDN’T do it, I just can’t see it.’ That’s just my opinion, like it was her opinion that my marriage wouldn’t last a year. Kim and I are not exactly best buds, we don’t owe each other anything.” However, she is quick to add, I don’t think Kim is a racist.”

Finally, NeNe’s youngest son Brentt celebrated his thirteenth birthday last week with both Nene and Gregg in attendance. While Cynthia was nowhere to be found, Marlo was on hand to gift Brentt a pair of Gucci sneakers! Can Marlo come to my next birthday bash? Check out pictures from the party below!

Also there is no new episode of RHOA tonight, instead Bravo will air a special about Kim and her husband Kroy. I can sense your high level of excitement!

THOUGHTS ON NENE AND CYNTHIA’S BRAVO BLOGS? IS CYNTHIA LOSING NENE TO MARLO? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BRENTT’S NEW KICKS?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM BRENTT’S PARTY!

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