Calling this season “difficult” in the wake of Russell Armstrong’s suicide and the constant fighting amongst the ladies, she explains: “You just have to keep plowing ahead.”
“I felt a bit under attack this season with people saying this and saying that,” she admits, speaking to Parade. “I think if you stay true to yourself, people will make up their own minds.” And according to last Monday’s WWHLpoll the viewers did make up their minds!
“I don’t really care what others think of me. You’re not going to please everybody,” she adds about the downside of fame. “I care what I think and what my children and my husband thinks. If I’m OK with them, I’m OK with myself. It’s a very good barometer. I just try to be honest.”
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth,” Lisa remarks, confronting her issues with co-star Taylor Armstrong. “I’ve had issues with Taylor, like ‘Sorry, Taylor, you’re too thin. You’re not eating.’ It doesn’t matter what way you cut it, does she like it? No, but that’s what we are encouraged to do, to be honest. We’re not going to sit there and say nothing on the show, we’re encouraged to speak our mind and sometimes people don’t like it.”
“I always knew there was volatility in the marriage, I was worried for her,” Lisa clarifies. “I kept saying “Maybe we’re not the closest of friends, however… if you need a place to stay.” And there was certainly no malice to her statements! “I feel very sorry for her – Taylor and her little girl.”
“We’re in a pretty good place right now,” she tells RumorFix about her current relationship with Taylor. Why do I not believe her?! “Things get worse before they get better,” she stresses, explaining that the dynamics of the show are “fascinating.”
Lisa also tackles Kyle Richard’s backstabbing ways this season, saying she found them “hurtful” and she wishes she could have relied on Kyle’s support throughout the season.
Perhaps Lisa is ready to move far, far away from the drama and onto her own show? Rumor has it that’s definitely a possibility! “It has been mentioned, but I can’t talk too much about that right now,” she says of the opportunity to go solo.
“This has been sort of a surprise. I knew what I was getting into, the franchise is so successful. I’ve had a lot of fun with it. I don’t know where it goes from here. It’s just great to be able to get a platform.” Wow – I have a feeling Kyle’s head will explode if Lisa gets her own TV show!
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THOUGHTS ON LISA’S INTERVIEW? DOES LISA HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HONEST OR SHOULD SHE KEEP HER FEELINGS TO HERSELF? DO YOU BELIEVE HER RELATIONSHIP WITH TAYLOR IS IN A BETTER PLACE? WOULD YOU WATCH LISA ON HER OWN SHOW?
Basketball Wives: L.A.’s Jackie Christie has been all over the internet discussing the past first season of VH1′s hit show. She’s been granting interviews with different blogs to get her side of the story to fans. Recently, she spoke with The Urban Daily to talk about her co-stars, what it’s like to be a true basketball wife, and of course, that crazy Hawaiian vacation.
The Hawaiian trip proved to be the breaking point for the ladies and Jackie. Jackie recalls, “They were like you have to leave the island. I said, ‘How can you vote the island off the island? I am the island. You guys dont have any pull. I am the island you guys are playing in my territory.’” She continues, “As for what the girls are doing in Hawaii, that wasn’t real. They really weren’t being upfront or honest about what they were doing and saying. I think the girls know what they’ve done and that all the dishonestly will come back and bite them and I explained over and over again it doesn’t matter what you do and say on TV, you have to address it.”
As for what really went down, Jackie continues to maintain, in a very roundabout way, that everything she told Imani Showalter that Laura Govan said (and vice versa) is true. “I really don’t want to knock the other cast members. People are always trying to make each other people look bad and that’s not what I’m here to do. I will just say I am being honest, I was very honest on the show. I don’t have any motives or any reason to make these girls go against each other.” A very different perception from what was shown, eh?
She explains, “My truth is what was said, was said to me! Like I told Laura ‘you said all these things about me that I’m overweight but second of all you said my hair was ugly’ and I thought we were friends. What I told those girls in Hawaii is what I said in their face. They know their truths and on the reunion it is going to be really really surprising.”
What about that much anticipated reunion? Jackie teases that a few juicy tidbits will be revealed, saying, “There will be some explosive information shared at the reunion, VERY BIG. It’s going to be very interesting. I think a lot of people will be shocked. I think a lot of people who swayed one way will probably take a second look at the way they feel or are thinking. I think it’s going to say a whole lot about who we are as people.”
Jackie has some things to say about a couple of her fellow castmates. As for Draya Michele, Jackie disputes any conjecture that she was ever mean to the new girl. As she remembers, “When I met Draya I adored her, I took her out for ice cream. I told her right off the bat that you seem to be combative. I took her under my wing off the bat, I didn’t judge her. When I found out about her and whatever happened with her son it was from one of the other cast members at the pamper party. I tried to tell the girls we’re all here, let’s all talk about it. I’ve always liked Draya.” Seems like her recollection as an instigator and mine as a viewer are maybe a little skewed.
Jackie also discusses the only other lady who, like Jackie, can actually call herself a basketball wife. Of Malaysia Pargo, she says, “I tell Malaysia ‘you’re the last person I want to have beef with. You’ve called me a million of times, you told me you don’t trust any of them’ so for you to sit there now like you are apart of this group all happy – you were the first one to get in a fight with all of them. You need to sit down and fall back!” Yikes!
While Malaysia and Jackie share the common bond of holy matrimony, only Jackie knows how hard it is to be Jackie. She won’t say the other women are jealous of her… however, she will not say it either. She muses, “I would hate to use the word jealous,but I don’t know what else it could be. I think I’m strong willed and determined, I have a path in life and you know maybe that’s what it is. Maybe they’re all still figuring it out. And they’re like who are you to tell me…” She continues, “Starting out they sung my praises, once it started going and things started coming out, colors started being shown. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and I said that. ‘Don’t cross me!’ I don’t know if its jealousy, I hope not.”
Finally, Jackie dishes on the break-up between Gloria Govan and fiancé Matt Barnes, “I think, even on the show it shows that we are good friends. We went out and Matt shared a lot of stuff, Gloria was even touched as well.” She says, “I’ve known him for about seven years. They are really respectful of one another. I was really shocked with that whole thing. I honestly don’t believe this break-up is permanent. What I think may be wrong is that sometimes you lose that communication and there isn’t that much intimacy where you sit down and really open up to your mate. I would love to advise them on that. Gloria seems like she has everything under control.”
Does Gloria? Those sneaky Matt Barnes and Eva Longoriarumors won’t seem to go away. TMZ is reporting that on Tuesday, Eva did something that screams “relationship,” well at least according to When Harry Met Sally. She picked up Matt from the airport. While sources continue to claim the pair’s relationship is nothing but platonic (and I tend to agree with them… they seem like an odd pairing), tongues continue to wag. And why not? Eva is a well-known TV star reportedly dating Penelope Cruz’s younger brother, and Matt is in a relatively high profile break-up. Sources say that the friendship is one based in both “celebrities” love of charity work. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
Not to jump back to Jackie’s interview, but I think she sums up this blog post so eloquently when discussing the cast of Basketball Wives: L.A. Jackie matter of factly states, “I feel like all of them are cooky.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT JACKIE’S RECENT INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE BEHIND THE EVA LONGORIA AND MATT BARNES RUMORS? THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK WILL BE EXPOSED DURING THE REUNION?
The explosive fight took place during a party Emily hosted to celebrate finally getting a backbone the end of her nine-year relationship with rapper Fabolous. Kimbella, not wanting to go the route of Evelyn Lozada on Basketball Wives, decided to inform Emily — in front of everyone — that she dated Fabolous while Emily B was pregnant with his son. Kimbella has stated she had no idea Fabolous had a girlfriend.
Emily, while appearing hurt, took the news rather calmly but for some reason, Chrissy decided to physically attack Kimbella claiming she had no right to inform Emily of the news the way she did. Chrissy, reportedly age 41, punched Kimbella and even savagely stomped on her while she was down.
Fast forward today and Chrissy is now revealing she regrets her actions… sort of, saying she is sorry for allowing Kimbella to take her to that place. Apparently, Kimbella is the one to blame for her over the top anger.
“I don’t regret my feelings, but I regret the way I allowed myself to be pulled out of character. [Vanderhee]‘s another grown woman, and it’s crazy to put your hands on somebody like that,” said Chrissy to MTV News. “It’s just that I was so hurt and so caught in the moment — it was just reactional. I just reacted to the pain. I know it’s gonna sound crazy, but it wasn’t really personal.”
Chrissy goes on to admit she didn’t really give Kimbella a fair chance. “I really didn’t get a chance to know her [Kimbella], so I don’t know what her intent was, but I just felt like it was hurtful,” said Chrissy of coming to Emily’s defense. “I can only deal with what was in front of me and it just came across really hurtful.”
Chrissy’s boyfriend Jim Jones (who is on the same label as Kimbella’s boyfriend Juelz Santana) admits the fight put him in an awkward position. “It’s awkward,” Jim admitted. “If it was a fight with anyone else, it wouldn’t matter to me, but due to the fact that Juelz is my brother, it’s a little bit different.”
As for Kimbella, she insists she meant well in her actions. “I didn’t come at [Emily B] maliciously. I had good intentions and I wasn’t there to hurt anyone or take anything from anyone,” said Kimbella to MTV. “I could’ve taken her aside to tell her that privately, but I felt like in the moment, Emily was so proud that she was leaving [Fab], and I was just in that moment with her.”
My take is Chrissy’s actions were completely uncalled for… especially if she is 41-years-old. She is simply too grown to be attacking another woman… especially over an issue that doesn’t even concern her to begin with. I believe she had it out for Kimbella from the start. As for Kimbella, I don’t know if she really meant well with Emily (perhaps telling her in private would have been better), but she did not deserve to be attacked and stomped on.
As for Kimbella and Fabolous, he recently stated he did not date her and barely knows who she is. Uh uh.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CHRISSY’S ACTIONS? WAS IT NECESSARY OR UNCALLED FOR? DO YOU THINK KIMBELLA MEANT WELL WITH EMILY?
The classy, articulate, and extremely refreshing Stacie, who says she initially turned down a spot on Housewives fearing it would be too “intrusive,” has always presented herself as the type of person that would not engage in catty, famewhoring behavior. Now she is commenting on the constant altercations and misbehavior happening on reality shows and wondering just how much of it is actually real!
Speaking to Sister2Sister, Stacie expresses her displeasure at the extreme behavior exhibited to generate ratings and C-List celebrity. “I just think that at this point, people have flipped tables. They’ve had fights… that now, it’s almost a competition to see how outrageous you can make the show,” Stacie laments, echoing what many fans are starting to suspect.
“I think in the first or second season it really is real because the people are real people. They’re not actors; they don’t know what to expect. By season four, you’ve got to outdo for ratings. And it becomes, you know, it’s all about entertainment.” Here’s looking at you, Real Housewives of Atlanta!
Stacie believes the decorous behavior (save for those Sahalis) displayed on RHODC, which “lacked the typical catfighting and hair-pulling seen on the other ‘Housewives’ shows” is one of the reasons Bravo issued a cancellation notice! Except Stacie feels that was a mistake as not all viewers want to watch the non-stop arguing!
“I think based on the tons of fan mail that we’ve gotten, there was a segment of viewers that were really happy to see something that was a little different, but for whatever reason the powers that be decided to cancel,” Stacie explains of how a little too much realness may have discouraged the network from continuing the series.
Regardless, she has no regrets! “I’m proud of the way that we portrayed ourselves on ["RHODC"], and relieved that the overall takeaway that I’ve gotten is that other women could identify with me, and see a woman who was doing positive things.”
Stacie is so over reality TV — she no longer watches, preferring shows with “positive portrayals” of women. Adding that she’s never seen Basketball Wives or Basketball Wives LA, two shows obviously known for outlandish antics.
So what does Stacie watch? Vh1’s Single Ladies, a fictional show. “I liked that it was circled around a business owner who’s trying to do her own thing. I like shows like that,” Stacie declares, hoping networks will seek to provide reality shows that exhibit that same positivity!
THOUGHTS ON STACIE’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU AGREE WITH HER THAT REALITY SHOWS HAVE BECOME TOO DRAMA DRIVEN AND NEGATIVE? AR YOU READY FOR SOME MORE POSITIVE REALITY SERIES OR DO YOU LIKE THINGS JUST THE WAY THEY ARE?
The Bachelor is back and I know I’m probably the only person who is excited, but as a closet fan, I can’t help it!
ABC has just released the first official trailer for Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s season which is promised to be full of surprises! Among them a bachelorette that arrives on horseback to meet him! Um… I hope she wasn’t wearing a mini skirt!
Also, a bachelorette who is, shall we say, on the cougar side of things! Yes, an elderly woman exits the limo and greets Ben with “I fell madly in love with you.” I’m guessing this is a joke or perhaps one of the real bachelorette’s grandmothers! Which would be sort of cute, admit it!
Ben, of course, will be gallivanting anyplace with a hot tub and a beach with his harem of hot ladies because everyone knows finding love in a bikini is the way to go! In the preview, we also see Ben drinking some champagne and making out – because that’s what Bachelors do!
The official trailer is below! The Bachelor premieres Jan 2, 2012 on ABC (8/9c).
WILL YOU BE WATCHING OR AM I THE ONLY DORK WHO STILL LOVES THIS SHOW?WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ELDERLY LADY MEANS?
Poor Kim Richards seems like she can never get a break! After proclaiming to the world that she is truly happy with her new boyfriend, Ken Blumenfeld, he’s not looking like such a great guy after all.
Kyle Richards recently took to her Bravo blog raising some concerns over her sister’s relationship with the mysterious Ken, who Kim was supposedly dating for a year before introducing him to her family!
As for fans wondering why Kim withheld her relationship from her sister, Kyle explains her relationship with Kim is complex and cannot be understood simply from watching the show. “This relationship is decades in the making. Plus, there are many contributing factors that you will never see because I am not comfortable sharing them with the world,” she asserts.
Kyle confirms that although Kim did attend a premiere with Ken for her niece Paris Hilton; neither, she nor their older sister Kathy Hilton, met him that night. “I started hearing about Kim’s ‘neighbor’ Ken from my nieces. Kim had been spending time over there, but still hadn’t shared anything with any of us.”
“I think it must look strange to you that I am crying over Kim moving in with a boyfriend that she seems to be happy with,” Kyle admits. “I have many reasons for not thinking Ken is the right person for Kim,” she explains, refusing to give anything away. “It looks as if I am crying because I want her to live closer to our family. Why do you think that is?”
“There are so many things I simply cannot say. If I say certain things that would explain everything better, I would be betraying my sister. If I ignore it in front of the cameras, people think I am blind,” she reveals. “For now, I have to wait until my sister is ready to speak up and explain things herself,” Kyle adds.
Perhaps Kyle’s concern is justified because it appears Ken has quite the shady past which makes him the perfect addition to Bravo! RadarOnline is reporting that in 2009, the 48-year-old Ken was arrested for a DUI! Kim, the sweet buy loopy star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently opened up about her struggles with alcoholism, even confessing on the show that she hopes never to drink again. This information about Ken strengthens recent suspicions that Kim has fallen off the wagon. A copy of Ken’s mugshot is below.
In addition to his own issues with alcohol use, it was recently reported that Ken is still active on the Internet dating site Match.com where he is listed as “separated.” In fact, Ken allegedly logged on as little as three weeks ago! Which is a problem considering Kim and Ken are apparently still together.
MailOnline has information from a source that claims Ken is a “nightmare” responsible for causing “several explosive arguments with Kim at his Westlake home.” In fact, one argument was apparently so bad Kim packed up and moved out. She was staying with a friend when Ken followed her there and “convinced” her to move back in with him! “He’s controlling and Kim shouldn’t be living at his home,” the source continues, echoing comments previously made by Kyle. “The family doesn’t like him.”
Kim’s family’s worry stems from the child-star’s past issues with addiction and recovery. Particularly, returning to the spotlight seems to have been nerve wracking for the very private Kim, who reportedly checked into rehab following last season’s explosive season finale episode. “Kim went through a lot last year with her drinking problem and the pressure from the show,” the source reveals. “Her relationships only trigger Kim’s addiction.” And based on Ken’s own DUI he may not be the best sober-partner!
Unfortunately, Kim seems blind to Ken’s manipulative ways. “Kim thinks she’s in love with someone who cares about her, but Ken is a controlling nightmare and he’s not right for her,” the source adds. “Kim should not be with this guy, he’s no good for her.” I hate to say it but maybe Kyle has a right to be worried!
THOUGHTS ON THE INFORMATION EMERGING ABOUT KIM’S BOYFRIEND? DO YOU BELIEVE HE IS BAD FOR HER OR CAN PEOPLE CHANGE? SHOULD KYLE GIVE KEN MORE OF A CHANCE?
After feuding with co-star Sheree Whitfield in the season premiere and taking more heat on last Sunday’s episode, NeNe is taking to her Bravo blog… and Twitter… and every single talk show in the stratosphere to get her side of the conflict heard while her cast mates are distracted by Kim Zolciak’s million dollar sparklefest tacky as hellwedding.
In her new blog titled oh so subtly “Hateration”, NeNe announces just that: “Hateration is in full effect!” Oh lawd! And she has a little advice for Sheree and Kim: “I’m a tough girl. I worked hard to get where I am, and I have earned every bit of it! It’s going to take an army to bring me down, so keep trying haters, but it’s not going to work!” Something tells me they’re up for the challenge…
She followed that up by Tweeting: “I’m glad y’all get 2 see these chicks on their full time job which is HATING on me” hehe (ok, it’s kinda funny since neither Sheree or Kim have what one might call gainful employment, unless you count famecourting!)
NeNe continues by taking digs at pretty much all of her co-stars. “It looks like I was Kim’s birthday gift after all,” NeNe zings. “Kim claims to be happy, but then she sits around talking about me!” Well, the same could be said for NeNe sitting around talking about Kim. Be honest, Lady Leakes – you all talk about each other!
“These girls love to put false information out there. I love the fact that I’m the topic of these boring girls’ conversation all the time! According to these girls I don’t have anything! No friends, no furniture, no teef teeth, no man, no money. NOTHING!”
As for Sheree, NeNe tweeted: “False information! Sheree has been n2 it wit Me,Kim,Dwight & Lisa! Um the pot can’t call the kettle black,” regarding last Sunday’s comments from “Man-Sheree” that NeNe fights with everyone.
She also accuses Kandi Burruss of “playing both sides of the fence”. “She listens over here and runs back over there to dish it,” NeNe admonishes! “Kandi said I have this ‘angry black woman syndrome,’ but how would she know! I’m never around Kandi, and I am black, but definitely not angry!” I think Star Jones and LaToya Jackson might have a different opinion, but ok!
NeNe wants us to know her life is just grand and looking a lot better than certain co-stars lives! “I have girlfriends I’ve been friends with for twenty years. My house has just the right amount of furniture for me. My teeth are prettier than any of these ladies, and I didn’t get them done for free!”
“And I’ve been in the longest relationship of any of these ladies. Fifteen years to be exact,” she adds. Wait – is she or is she not divorcing? Although true that Gregg Leakes and her were married for 15-years until Bravolebrity came along… NeNe also claims the only reason her co-stars take issue with Cynthia Bailey is because she is “friends” with her!
Making it clear that all that Hateration is motivated by Jealousy with a capital J, NeNe announces: “I’ve had the most success of all these ladies!” In case you have forgotten, NeNe is “very very rich!” though she is now insulting our intelligence by claiming she didn’t mean financial wealth when she stated she was very rich, instead claiming she meant she was rich spiritually! Evidently, when she said she was cashing Trump checks, she also meant in a spiritual manner! But anyway, Nene is so rich in fact she is proving it by producing a t-shirt with her new catchphrase.
Following in Alex McCord’s “Thug In A Cocktail Dress” success, NeNe announced on Twitter that fans will now be able to purchase an “I’m Very Rich Bitch” Swarovski crystal emblazoned shirt for the affordable price of $150! NeNe doesn’t want any of us non-rich people pretending otherwise, I guess. A photo of the over-priced, crappy t-shirt is below. If you want one without “bitch” she’ll custom make you one. Bloop, bloop!
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THOUGHTS ON NENE’S BLOG? DOES SHE MAKE SOME GOOD POINTS ABOUT HER CO-STARS OR IS SHE ALSO GUILTY OF HATERATION? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NENE’S NEW T-SHIRT? WOULD YOU BUY ONE?
BELOW IS A PICTURE OF NENE’S “I’M VERY RICH B*TCH” T SHIRTS!
Poor Kate Gosselin try as she might, she just can’t let go of the past! Despite having a new job as the representative and former “celebrity” blogger for CouponCabin.com, Kate still yearns the spotlight and misses it in a big way!
Although the star of the once popular Kate Plus 8is reportedly “happy” to have a new job, she is still hoping in vain for a new TV gig! “Kate would do anything to have her own job as a TV host,” Kate an unnamed source tells HollyBaby.
Kate, while grateful for the opportunity to espouse her knowledge of budgeting (knowledge?), really, really, really just wants to show off her TV prowess! “She’s happy to have something to do while the kids are at school and she knows a lot about being on a budget, so the coupon job is good for her,” the source continues. “But is she thrilled to not have cameras with her? No! She craves the spotlight.”
“She’d even do reality TV again if someone asked her to.” She’d even do reality TV? I’m pretty sure that sentence meant to say she’d LOVE to do reality TV again! So if SuperMom Kate is prepared to do pretty much anything to get in front of the paparazzi again – why isn’t she on another reality show already?
“Kate’s really unwilling to show her personal life outside of being a mom so not many networks are interested in another reality show,” the source expects us to believe. “That’s why her TLC show bombed, it became boring.” Wait – the show became boring and audiences lost interest because we, the viewing public, wanted to see more of Kate’s personal life?! Yeah – I don’t think so. Frankly, we saw enough of that!
Personally, I think too much of Kate (and ex-husband, Jon Gosselin) in the public eye was the reason people lost interest in the show. Their divorce drama combined with constant pleas for media attention (aka famewhoring) drove viewers away. Especially after fans started to realize the show and subsequent drama was less about featuring a family and the lives of the eight Gosselin kids and more about the dysfunctional dynamic behind the scenes. Furthermore, I, along with many other fans started to think the show was exploitative to the children and Kate becoming a domineering drama queen, screaming at everyone on the show further isolated viewers. Again, that’s just my opinion.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS KATE REALLY DISINTERESTED IN DOING REALITY TV? DO YOU THINK AN UNWILLINGNESS TO PUT HER PERSONAL LIFE ON SCREEN IS THE REAL REASON THE SHOW BOMBED?