Previously on Top Chef: salty grits, Padma eats ribs, and cookware gets thrown!
The chefs walk into a completely empty space, followed byPadma Lakshmiand Hugh Acheson who tell them that their elimination challenge this week will be to open and manage an Olive Garden location. Whoever can make the Tour of Italy the fastest will win access to the coveted breadsticks recipe. Finally, a challenge for us normal folks!
Actually, that never happened, but it was kinda close. Padma tells us it’s that time of the season again — for the restaurant wars challenge. Yay! This time, they will be separated by gender, which means we are in for some wonderful talking head commentary on girls ruling and boys drooling. Or, the opposite as Edward kicks off the trash talking by saying that the men are stronger chefs. You’ll want to remember that statement, folks.
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ESSENCE.com: Congratulations on getting your own reality show. How did it come about? TAMAR BRAXTON: It was the fans of “Braxton Family Values” who demanded it. I kept hearing people say, ‘You should have your own show.’ They wanted to know what was behind the dot com’s and where I get all this energy from. I just thought it would be a great for them to see that there is another side. The Tamar on “Braxton Family Values” is real, but that’s me in the sister role. I do have another side: Tamar, the wife. I’m still animated, but in a different kind of way.
ESSENCE.com: How is Vince doing after suffering a pulmonary embolism in November? BRAXTON: We just got home after three months in New York because he was sick. He’s now walking, he’s not in a wheelchair. We’re grateful. He’s probably the healthiest he’s ever been. He had a pulmonary embolism along with a lung attack – which is like the heart attack of the lungs. We’ve changed our lives. He exercises, he eats right. There are no longer sodas in our house. It’s been a lot for us to go through. ESSENCE.com: So besides getting to meet Tamar, the wife, what else will we see on “Tamar & Vince”? BRAXTON: You’ll get to see that Tamar has a brain, and I’m a businesswoman. There are a lot of business ventures that I’m working on right now that I’m really excited about.
Meanwhile, Tamar and Vince grace the latest cover of JET magazine during which Vince shut down any claims that his wife is a gold-digger.
“I love my wife. This girl is so far from being a gold digger. I wouldn’t be with someone like that for nine years,” says Vince with Tamar adding: “When I met Vince I had my own house. I had my own car. I was independent.”
Vince continues, “We have fun, which is what a relationship is all about. Tamar is the greatest. Like, we’d just drive to Disneyland, then go to the movies and fall asleep. Because we are friends and you can’t stress that enough in a relationship.” Tamar also adds that she puts away her divatude when it comes to Vince: “He’s my husband, and I don’t talk to him the way I’d talk to a girlfriend.”
And congrats are in order for Evelyn Braxton as the Braxton mama is engaged!
A source close to the Braxton family not only confirms the engagement but also tells the Sister 2 Sister blog that Mama Braxton is set to tie the knot this February!
“She will be working out at the gym to be over-the-top fabulous,” said the source, who adds that Evelyn is “excited.” She should be as the mother of six had a bitter divorce with ex-husband Michael Braxton over infidelity issues. There’s no word yet on who Evelyn’s fiance is but a good guess might be the Doc, a.k.a. her new beau on the show.
Also, Towanda Braxtonand Trina Braxtonwith husband Gabe attended a birthday bash in Atlanta this week as Atlanta V-103 morning show co-host Frank Ski threw a party for his wife, Tanya. Some photos from that bash are below courtesy of FreddyO.
Finally, following last week’s episode which had Tamar displaying her over-the-top attitude… yet again, some are now wondering if Tamar needs to tone it down a notch.org.
Tamar blew a fuse last week when sister Towanda revealed she had to leave their rehearsals to be there for her son on his first day of school. Tamar not only got upset but also refused to perform unless she received an apology. In addition, she also got into it with the Braxton voice coach. So we have to ask: Is it time for Tamar to tone down her attitude?
A new episode of the Braxton Family Values airs tonight on WeTV at 9/8c.
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Happy Jerzday kids. In today’s Jersey Shore update the stars of the Boardwalk are everywhere – on talk shows, getting tattooed, talking about each other, but is it too much? Here’s a break down of what’s been happening in guido-land!
First up, Snooki got a new tattoo to go along with her new super svelte body. Snooki tweeted: “Gettin tattoo done as we speak omg I can’t . If I could say every curse word in the book I would……well I am. Out loud and proud.”
The petite pistol got a star with leopard print kisses and some hair pieces zebra stripes tattooed on her shoulder to go with the crown and pink bow on her other shoulder. This newest ink matches her very vibrant hair color! Photos of Snooki getting inked are below!
Next up, is the cast of Jersey Shore over-exposed? I mean they are everywhere with product endorsements, creating their own products, ring tones, liquor, tanning solutions — you name it — and now they are headed for spin offs? Is that just too much of a good thing?
Allegedly, yes. In Touch Weekly is claiming the cast can no longer make big bucks for appearances anymore because they are too prevalent! “They’ve saturated the market,” an insider claims. “Their popularity has dropped and venues are bored of them.” Well, they are only good at a few things: getting drunk, acting skanky and acting a mess… so yeah, I mean it’s not like they have actual talents to fall back on!
Over exposure or no, that certainly didn’t stop several clubs from booking them for New Years Eve celebrations. Of course, I don’t know how much money they earned to show up!
Finally, the ladies of Seaside Heights gossiped to MTV News about The Unit, The Situation’s brother from another mother. And if you’re wondering what The Unit refers to — it’s below his belt thankyouverymuch!
“The Unit is another part of Mike,” Deena Cortese explained. “He’s like Mike’s unit, it’s kind of unreal. He kind of, like, gives Mike more ‘umph’ to be, like, a jerk.” According to Snooki, “He’s like Mike times 10, so it’s, like, gross, gross, gross. It’s not attractive.”
If you’re hoping for more of The Unit’s U-nique charms he’ll be hanging around in a few more episodes this season. Lucky us!
I hope you’re ready because the second episode of the fifth season airs tonight on MTV (10/9c). Get your cocktails ready!
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Below, Bethenny Frankel at a book signing & in LA this weekend, Jill Zarin celebrates her anniversary with Bawby, Kyle Richards does an interview with Mario Lopez, Ramona Singer shows off her fun side during a gala, Adrienne Maloof attends an event, Lisa Vanderpump out in Beverly Hills, and Teresa Giudice promotes Celebrity Apprentice! Plus photos of Countess LuAnn, Rachel Zoe& more!
It seems there is never a dull moment with the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the cast works overtime to keep the drama coming day after day. I guess they don’t want us to forget about them! Surprisingly this latest news update has nothing to do with Teresa Giudice squabbling with any Housewives! Shocked? I know — me too. It also has nothing to with Melissa Gorga making backhanded comments about anyone! Shocked? I know — me too.
As well all know Teresa is moving onto other projects besides being a hot-tempered Housewife and recently announced that she will be starring on Celebrity Apprentice. It seems that Terea’s stint on the show was a great experience for her and she gets along famously with The Donald.
Appearing on New York Live, Teresa warned fans that while some tempers flared Celebrity Apprentice was a totally different reality show experience. “I loved it. At first we are working 20 hours a day — getting up at 4:30 a.m., sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience and if I had to do it all over again, I would.”
Even though there were still some mean girl antics, no one let it get in the way of professionalism. I mean, what’s a little drama when it’s for a good cause, right? “The girls are very catty you know, but this was different from Housewives. We were asked to do tasks and we did them. Donald is amazing. It’s about charity, so it’s totally different from Housewives.”
Teresa admits there’s “definitely clashing” as there are “a lot of us Italians on the show,” but for the most part she wasn’t giving anything away about her rumored dispute with Victoria Gotti, whom Teresa described as “lovely.”
As for her relationship with the show’s infamous host, Teresa loved working with him! “Donald is amazing,” Teresa gushed. “He just said ‘Teresa, I see a different side of you. This is not the Teresa I know.’ And I’m like that’s what I wanted everyone to see,” Teresa regales. “There are going to be a lot of surprises on the show.”
You can check out the video below. Teresa also talks the differences between Housewives and CA and other aspects of her life.
While things are looking up for Teresa professionally, her husband Juicy Joe Giudice was recently indicted which might land him in prison for up to ten years. On the very same day he was indicted Joe proved he is a Giudice at heart as he shopped through his pain and was seen “trying on a mink coat and hat!” I can tell he’s taking this whole felony thing very seriously. As well as this whole paying back his creditors thing…
Apparently, the thought of leaving his marble mansion behind for a cell hasn’t really sunk in for Joe, who continues to put on a happy face. “Everything he does he laughs at,” a source tells Us Weekly. “He doesn’t take anything seriously.” Teresa is reportedly furious and embarrassed by her husbands legal incident. And frankly, I would be too!
Moving on to another Joe who also has some problems managing his money,Non-Juicy Joe Gorga recently settled a lawsuit brought against him by a Paterson window company.
According to NorthJersey.com, Joe owed the Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. an approximate $25,000 for unpaid services and agreed to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount before the case went to trial. Starlite’s attorney Darren Del Sardo revealed that the exact settlement amount would remain confidential by “mutual agreement” of both parties in the case.
According to Joe, he hired the Starlite to install windows in the Courtland Suites apartment complex in Paterson and was given an estimate of $100,000 for the work. During the course of the project the company increased the price by another $30,000. Joe willingly paid the originally quoted $100k for the job but refused to pay the additional $30 grand which resulted in a lawsuit against his company, Gorga Enterprises Inc.
Starlite decided to go through the Passaic County state Superior Court’s Civil Law Division to recoup their loses on the basis that Gorga Enterprises “entered into a contract” with the company “from December 2008 to January 2009 to deliver $25,577.19 worth of windows.”
Joe claims he had no formal (a.k.a. written) agreement with the company for the monies owed because “he does business with a handshake.” Joe, a developer who works with large-scale projects, claims “discrepancies happen all the time” in his line of work and people “always want to sue you.”
Indeed, court records show that Joe and Gorga Enterprises, Inc have been the subject of 26 liens and civil court judgments for small-claims matters mainly less than $15,000. In 2010 Joe was sued for breach of contract by another New Jersey company for the installation of a fire suppression system in that same apartment complex.
The most interesting thing about this entire situation is Starlite Window’s attorney Darren Del Sardo. This is not Mr. Del Sardo’s first affiliation with the RHONJ as in 2009 he represented former Housewife Danielle Staub in a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend over his attempt to release sex tapes starring the racy mom of two. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.
He then represented Danielle again when she filed a complaint against Ashley Holmes for ripping out her extensions during Season 2′s Posche Fashion Show. Del Sardo was seen in an episode walking with Danielle from the courthouse with Kim G looking like a “broke down Sex And The City,” Jacqueline Laurita famously quipped.
Oh that Danielle – those were the good old days when your cray-cray brought the drama and the laughs and no one was hating on their family and ruining their child’s welcoming into God’s kingdom with a knock-down, drag-out drunken brawl.
And speaking of family drama – you know there is no RHONJ news without some – G-to-the-eeya Giudice turned 11 this weekend and celebrated with a huge blowout befitting of a queen. No just kidding, Teresa actually had a modest family party for her eldest daughter and posted photos of the celebration on her website.
“Being a mom is the best gift I could have ever been given. Gia was the best gift I’ve ever been given. All my girls are,” Teresa wrote. “I love you, Gia! You are a beautiful, amazing girl and I’m so proud of the young lady you are turning into.” Very sweet.
If you are wondering if Joe and Melissa were guests at the party, indeed they were not! Joe Tweeted “wish I had an invite” when asked by fans if they were present. Melissa added that they called instead and wished Joe’s goddaughter a Happy Birthday over the phone. “we called I think that was much better,” Melissa explained.
Photos of Gia’s fete are below. I cannot believe how big the first girls of Jersey are becoming! It seems like Gia was so little when the series started. Happy Belated Birthday Gia from all of us here at Reality Tea!
Celebrity Apprentice premieres on NBC, Frebruary 12th at 9/8c. I, for one, cannot wait to watch!
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Because everyone likes a little something extra after the holidays, last night MTV gifted us with not one, but two new episodes of Teen Mom 2! I know you’re just as pumped about it as I am, and if you think I’m being sarcastic… well, you’re right. Two hours of mayhem, stupid choices, and those poor toddlers.
EPISODE ONE: MY SHAMELESS PLUG FOR NORTH CAROLINA COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS
Leah and Corey are gearing up for more doctor’s visits for Ali. In an effort to cheer up the twins, Leah brings home a kitten. Just one more thing for the couple to take care of in the midst of all their issues. Corey isn’t thrilled about the cat (can you blame him?) but he is happy he’ll be able to accompany Leah to Ali’s geneticist appointment.
Chelsea is recovering from her surgery and she’s bummed to learn that the owners of the house her dad’s she’s renting are trying to sell it. She reveals to her dad that she’s going to have to find new digs. She promises her dad that when she finds a new place, Adam won’t be living with her… he’ll just stay there the majority of the time. Chelsea is ready for a change. There are too many bad memories in her old house — fighting with Adam and growing distant from her former roommate Megan (foreshadowing? And thanks to all the readers who made me realize it will be Megan who shows up preggers in this episode, when I mistakenly thought it was Chelsea’s sister). Chelsea also wants to go back to blonde. Whoa, the changes!
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Oh Bethenny Frankel, your hour long product promotion otherwise known as Bethenny Ever After is soon to return to us and I would say I’ve missed you but you’ve hardly been out of the spotlight for a moment this year!
The most notorious Housewife to ever grace the screens of Bravo; known as much for her wit, meltdowns and domesticity as she is for her cocktails and everything else Skinnygirl — including her endlessly dwindling waistline — spoke during the Bravo press tour panel (covered by E!) about appearing on reality TV, Russell Armstrong‘s suicide and how the drama on Housewives came to a fever pitch.
When asked if the network that made her famous had crossed the line in choosing to air Russell’s storyline after his tragic passing, Bethenny did not speak about the allegations of abuse surrounding him but admits that things have definitely changed since she initially signed onto Real Housewives of New York. She believes the shows are now attracting “more dramatic women” all angling to “be more dramatic than the next.” I totally agree with Bethenny on that one and it was a thoughtful way to dodge the question on whether or not she sees Taylor Armstrong‘s storyline as credible.
“When I came on the show, it was called Manhattan Moms. Real Housewives wasn’t even a franchise. There was one city,” Bethenny says of the early days. “We were all very new to it and we didn’t even know what it was. It was very fresh.”
“Now, people who sign on to do reality shows, they have a preconceived notion. They’ve seen it already and some people probably show a more dramatic side of their lives and are more dramatic because they want to up the ante. Certainly on Bravo the shows are real. It’s really happening.”
Luckily, the drama on-screen has prepared her for the drama in her personal life as she faced a plethora of scandals and allegations in 2011, along with some incredible successes and much happiness. “I’d say I’m definitely a survivor because of [my background],” Bethenny shares.
While she concedes that the negative media attention has been “challenging,” she doesn’t feel the need to explain herself! “There was a period when I felt that I really had to react and explain and that period has passed. A lot of that gets addressed on the show.”
In season three of her semi-popular reality show, viewers will continue to see Bethenny confronting many challenging aspects of her life. “This season is about working through it, whether it’s in your relationship or in your business,” she reveals.
“The minute that I sold part of my business, it was like someone was waiting at my door to hit me with a baseball bat in the back of the head. I do tend to thrive when I need to survive, when I’m up against adversity.”
And with the new season airing next month Bravo has just released the first preview, which features a clip of lost at sea-gate as well as showcasing some of the struggles Bethenny and husband Jason Hoppy face in their second year of marriage as they juggle parenthood with finding time for each other. You can view the video below!
Season 2 of Bethenny Ever After premieres on Bravo, February 20th (9/8c).
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DO YOU AGREE WITH BETHENNY’S STATEMENTS ABOUT THE SHOWS ATTRACTING MORE DRAMATIC WOMEN WHO COME WITH AN AGENDA? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF BETHENNY EVER AFTER?
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Ai ya ya. With the last few minutes of their 15 minutes of fame continuing to tick — the Kardashians’ fall from grace continues to get ugly.
First, fans began to turn on them and now the media is following suit as the recent reports about them have been FAR from flattering. The latest is a new bombshell report by Star Magazine which finally confirms what most have suspected a.k.a Khloe Kardashian is not really a Kardashian.
Even more shocking, spilling the deeds are none other than Khloe’s former stepmoms (yes, plural). First, Jan Ashley, 63, ex-wife of Robert Kardashian, flat out tells Star that Robert told her Khloe was not his biological daughter.
“Khloe is not his kid — he told me that after we got married,” Jan who married Robert after Kris Jenner, reveals to Star. “He just kind of looked at me and said [it] like it was a matter of fact. He said, ‘Well, you know that Khloe’s not really a Kardashian, don’t you?’ And I said…’OK,’ and that was it.”
Also confirming the news is Ellen Kardashian, also age 63, who married Robert in 2003 — just two months before his death after dating him for close to six years.
“Khloe brought it up all the time,” says Ellen to Star. “She looked nothing like the rest. She was tall, had a different shape, light hair, curly hair. Didn’t look anything like the other three children.”
In fact, this news isn’t so surprising as Kris Jenner herself admitted last year in her new book that she did cheat (this must be where Kimmie Kakesgets it from) on Robert during their marriage, which ultimately led to their divorce. Both Jan and Ellen reveal they were aware Kris cheated.
“Robert did question the fact that Khloe was his,” Ellen says. “Any normal man would if they knew their wife had cheated on him.” Ellen adds that Robert told her he and Kris were NOT sleeping together during the time Khloe was conceived.
“[But] he never would have considered a DNA test,” Ellen concludes. “He loved her very much.” WOWZERS. You can read more about this report in the upcoming issue of Star Magazine, out on newsstands Thursday.
And just in case you’re having doubts about this story, below are childhood photos of Khloe with her dad and sisters. We’ll let you do the math. But yikes. I can’t help but actually feel bad for Khloe, who has made no secret of how much she loved her deceased father.
Moments after the Star story came out this morning, Khloe took to her Twitter page and lashed out. She wrote:
“The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this! Should be ashamed of urself! I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are).”
Err no word yet on which one of her former stepmoms she’s referring to. Or better yet, when we can expect the next E! special — Khloe’s Fairytale Search For Her Bio Dad. You know pimpmomager Kris Jenner’s pitching this to E! as I write this.
In other Kardashian news, Kim Kardashian continues to have the worst new year ever! First came reports that she cheated on her ex Reggie Bush with rapper Kanye West, then came another report that she helped end Kobe Bryant’smarriage by hooking him up with her friend and today comes a new report that she has been replaced by Sketchers by, get this… a dog!
See, last year the footwear company featured Kimmie in their popular Shape-Ups Super Bowl ad. However, a French bulldog will be promoting their newest shoes on Super Bowl day in a few weeks. Ouch!
The new ad, which features the bulldog racing a pack of greyhounds in a pair of GoRUN shoes, will also feature another reality star/mogul — Mark Cuban.
Sketchers Fitness president Leonard Armato, however, downplays the drastic casting change saying there is no love lost between his company and Kimmie Kakes. “Kim got us more attention than we ever dreamed,” says Armato.
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