Ben Flajnik, the 29-year-old wine-maker from Sonoma, CA will begin his quest shortly for a wife! ABC has just announced the sixteenth season of The Bachelor will debut this January. They are officially 0-15 so let’s hope they can get a success under their belt with Bachelor Ben’s romantic, sensitive ways.
After getting his heart broken by BacheloretteAshley Hebert in the most boring season ever, Ben has the chance to redeem himself as 25 women try desperately to woo him for their chance at fifteen minutes of fame finding love.
Describing Ben as a “rare, modern Renaissance man,” he is hoping he can meet a woman that loves music, wine and his dog. The former music production major with a minor in business from University of Arizona initially found success working in Internet advertising. However, he decided to turn his love of wine into a full-time business and now co-owns a winery that produces multiple brands.
This three-time loser in love is “confident” the fourth times a charm and he will “find his soul mate and a lasting, love-filled relationship” on the show. Ben has very high expectations!
Ben plans to remain in California for both his family and his winery, thus whatever woman he chooses better be ready to relocate! She also must deal with his mom and sister — which based on Ashley’s home visit with him –- is going to be tough to handle! Be ready for lots of excitement along the way in Ben’s quest for love (spoilers are reporting a surprise visit from a past-season’s Bachelor contestant that has a crush on Ben!).
The new season of The Bachelor will premier on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET).
WILL YOU BE WATCHING? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT BEN AS THE BACHELOR?
It’s getting down to the wire on Dancing With The Stars and the five remaining stars put on their strongest performances yet on Monday night!
In fact, in a season first, a contestant finished the night with two perfect scores! Yes, war veteran J.R. Martinezearned a 30, not once, but twice alongside partner Karina Smirnoff. First J.R. earned three 10s for his flawless waltz. “It was like a musical Valentine card,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “You dance with your heart on your sleeve. It was divine.” Moments later, J.R. earned another 30 for his insta-jive! “There’s nobody coming close to you tonight,” gushed judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Showing a definite improvement last night was soccer star Hope Solo as she tied for second place with Ricki Lake! Perhaps it was all due to her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiywho promised to take a kinder, gentler approach with Hope. “I will take responsibility for being overly rough,” said Maks during rehearsals about being too hard on Hope last week. It appeared to work as the duo received their highest score of the season — a 27 for their light and breezy quickstep. They ended the night with a total score of 52!
Coming in last was news anchor Nancy Grace, finishing the night with a combined score of 44. “It’s midnight, and it’s time to go home,” judge Len Goodman said to Nancy after comparing her to Cinderella. Ouch!
Oh, Real Housewives of Atlanta how I missed your crazy ways! It’s a new season… with the same intros? Bravo? What’s up with that!? On last night’s season premiere episode Kim prepared for her new life with Kroy and KJ, NeNe and Sheree got crazy, Phaedra found her new calling, Cynthia debuted The Bailey Agency and Kandi well… she was vibrating with excitement over a new business venture.
Things start out with a super prego Kim — and I think her wig is getting bigger as her bump grows — along with Sweetie and Kroy cleaning out her storage unit. Apparently, Kim and Kroy are moving into her dream home and she is planning to fill it with all the furniture Big Poppa paid for! While Kim sits in the car and drinks a slurpy, Kroy does all the heavy lifting. Kim seems happy yet warns Kroy he better not hurt his money maker hauling Big Poppa’s furniture around – she needs his booty to bring home those checks! She still can’t get over his booty either! Is Kroy a stripper or her boyfriend? Kim reflects on the differences between Big Poppa and Kroy: Big Poppa wouldn’t move a tissue, Kroy is a real man who lifts other man’s furniture, Big Poppa was married and Kroy isn’t, oh and Kroy’s ring is going to mean a thing! I missed Kim’s trashy!
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In the latest issue of Star magazine, sources reveal Adrienne and husband Paul Nassif — known for bickering on camera — are doing a lot worse in real life.
The mag states their union is much rockier than it appears on TV. “Things have not been good between them for a while,” a friend of Paul reveals. “He says they haven’t had sex for ages,” the source adds. Yikes.
The insider, however, makes it clear Paul has no intention of seeking a divorce because he’s become accustomed to the lavish lifestyle his wealthy wife provides. “They just try to have very little to do with each other,” adds the friend.
Perhaps their recently reported financial issues are to blame for the couple’s marital problems? A report by RadarOnline came out two months ago stating Adrienne was experiencing financial trouble and was forced to downgrade her lavish lifestyle. However, Adrienne denied having financial difficulty stating she was simply “cutting back” because “it’s the responsible thing to do.”
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHOBH… On the 10th episode this season titled ‘Your Face or Mine,’ the reason for Kim’s bizarre behavior is at long last revealed during Paul’s night of beauty treatments. Elsewhere, it’s spirits in the material world when Kyle’s séance sheds light into the past and future. Kyle also uncovers Kim’s secrets.
The new episode airs at 9/8c and a preview clip is below!
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Lisa Vanderpump and Matthew Broderick.
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TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE THE REPORT ABOUT ADRIENNE’S MARRIAGE? THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW AND TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
In today’s Kim Kardashian divorce saga update, Kimmie is working over time to redeem her public image following backlash for her divorce filing after an entire 72 days of marriage!
Just less than a week after she filed, TMZ is reporting Kim flew to Minnesota on Sunday morning to meet up with her “husband”Kris Humphries. The news of Kim flying to see Kris is all the more shocking as just a day earlier, Kim herself “sources” close to Kim were telling TMZ she planned to go into hiding for a number of weeks. Wonder if that whole SNL skit (posted, below) had anything to do with her sudden change of heart?
According to TMZ, Kim is now all of a sudden trying to see if her two month marriage can be saved. She and Kris reportedly met up with their pastor yesterday for four hours, after which sources revealed a reconciliation is “up in the air.”
Sources reveal the meeting with Pastor Joel Johnson went well as the couple talked through lots of issues. The two expressed respect and love for each other while acknowledging there is a lot wrong with their relationship.
As for Kris, he is said to be “ecstatic” that he’s being used Kim came to Minnesota to redeem her public image and is hoping he can still win her back! As for Kim, she is reportedly very uncertain about reconciling, but is willing to keep talking.
In fact, Kimmie made certain she was photographed outside of Kris’ home yesterday just so the public can see she is really, really trying to save this marriage, you know, the same one that brought her over $17 million in profits!
As of this morning, Kim has returned to Los Angeles. A photo of Kim outside of Kris’ home yesterday is below!
Meanwhile, despite receiving a ton of backlash for hiring Kim to be in his movie, Tyler Perry is choosing to keep her in the upcoming “Marriage Counselor” flick.
TMZ reports fans have been flocking to Tyler’s website and begging him to fire Kim from the movie. One post read: “… why are you even considering putting no talent, show everything Kim K in a movie. I will not support that movie …” Tyler is, however, refusing to take the good advice of his fans back down telling TMZ Kim “is scheduled to work as planned.”
In the genius skit, which aired on Saturday, the show mocked the entire family but mostly Kim’s quickie divorce in the form of a E! parody titled “Fairytale Divorce Special.”
In the skit, Kristen Wiig who played Kris Jenner said of the divorce: “I know a lot of people say Kim got married just to make over $17 million from the wedding but that’s not true — she also got married for attention.” Kim, played by Nasim Pedrad, however remained in good spirits in spite of her heartbreak. “Things are looking up for me: I’m single and there’s an NBA lockout!” she said.
The clip of the highlarious skit is below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? IS KIM’S TRIP TO SEE KRIS IN MINNESOTA GENUINE OR AN ATTEMPT TO REDEEM HER IMAGE? THOUGHTS ON THE SNL SKIT?
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Basketball Wives L.A.’s star Draya Michele is often referred to as a groupie. Now she may be adding movie star to her resume…”home movie” star, that is.
Friday, per the usual, Draya was tweeting up a storm as she got ready for an evening out on the town. Things then took a drastic turn when Draya revealed that she has an intimate home video that may be surfacing. “So someone is threatening to leak a very private movie,” she says, noting, “There’s only 2 people in possession of it and I am one.”
Draya went on to thank her supporters and issued a “pre-apology” to her family. “I just wanna pre apologize to my family, my son, my friends, and my supporters. We live in a very cruel word… I always assumed it was love that drove certain individuals crazy…. Come to find out it was MONEY and the want for it the whole time,” wrote Draya.
There has been no mention of the tape since, and Draya seems to be forgetting her troubles while partying in West Palm Beach. A screenshot of her tweets is below -
Meanwhile, Gloria Govan is taking the news of her ex-fiancé’s new personal life in stride…you know, those rumors that he has been getting more than a little cozy with Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. In an interview with Sister2Sister, Gloria opens up about the toll the show took on her relationship with Matt Barnes, her future dating life and those pesky stories about how quickly Matt has moved on…
While Gloria doesn’t blame the show for the demise of their relationship, she does believe that editing didn’t paint a true picture of the kind of fiancé she was to Matt. For example, when she told her sister that Matt “can bounce” if he’s not happy with how she does things, Gloria claims that the scene made her look disrespectful to her mate. She admits, “That was a heartfelt conversation between me and my sister. I was on the verge of tears. They didn’t show all that. That’s not how I feel. I actually kinda like him.”
Of the show, Gloria says, “I think it definitely brought on added stress to our relationship. We’re filming five days a week for hours at a time. That brings on added drama and added stress. The show wasn’t the reason Matt and I have gone our separate ways, but it has added some unnecessary drama.”
However, while Gloria seems to choose her words carefully in regard to her ex, she’s skeptical of his denial that anything is going on between him and Eva Longoria. She jokes, “Dang. I haven’t even been out of the house for a month.” She insinuates that the rumors are true, stating, “Those are the things that float around that start to get to you in your relationship. I know he denied it, but I don’t really know too much about that situation to say it’s not true, but I don’t know enough to say that it is. It wouldn’t surprise me.” Hmmm…is she implying it happened before they split?
She continues, “I’m not sure if I think they’re rumors. I think at this point having been with Matt, I don’t really put anything past him. He hasn’t directly said, ‘I’m doing this. I’m doing that.’ I’ve heard from some sources that it could be a definite possibility.”
While Gloria says she isn’t dating yet, she isn’t opposed to pursuing a new relationship. She reveals, “At some point in time when I am starting to look to seriously date, it could be a celebrity or another athlete from another sport.” No basketballers? Gloria asserts, “I’m attracted to athletes, but I have enough respect for Matt not to date one of his colleagues.” Plus, I’m guessing she’d rather have a celebrity.
Well, as nice as that is she does get in a few digs…perhaps aimed at Eva or maybe castmate Draya Michele. Gloria muses, “If you continue to date athletes, you’re going to be considered a groupie. At some point in time, you have to have respect for yourself and not dip into the same cookie jar.”
A new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO THE MATT BARNES/EVA LONGORIA RUMORS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GLORIA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SHOCKED TO HEAR THAT DRAYA HAS A SEX TAPE?
Good News! Kate Gosselin, reality TV has-been is now employed! And she’s “cutting back” on her expenses. I wonder if she’ll <gasp> use boxed hair dye to save money?!
The former star of Kate Plus 8 just announced she will begin a partnership with couponcabin.com, where she will write blogs about couponing to help pay the bills. “No matter how much money you have, it’s just smart to use coupons,” she tells E! about her new guest blogging gig. “It’s like free money in your pocket.” Kate’s first blog will debut Nov 22 – just in time for the holidays, she reminds us.
Apparently, Kate is an excellent saver (riiight) and has been couponing since “C-List celebrity” went to her head. “One week, I remember saving more than half my grocery bill that week with coupons,” she said. “I was beyond thrilled.” Kate’s blogs will reportedly include tips on how to “stretch a budget for a large family, holiday shopping tips, gift ideas and more,” along with sharing her “top coupons.” Oh, how the money have fallen.
In other Kate news, the 36-year-old single mother is cutting back on her personal expenses and investing much of her new-found free time into developing a budget. Good! So did she sell that $55,000 sports car? “I track my expenses and budget more carefully, which means I have to spend time on it,” she tells Life & Style, trying to earn brownie points with the public so she can land another TV gig “Finding the time is, of course, hard when you’ve got a large family. I’m doing my best to stay on top of it, though.”
Kate claims she takes budgeting very seriously as a result of losing the bulk of her income. “[Now] when I need to make a purchase, I always comparison shop to make sure I get the best prices,” she insists. “I’m constantly planning ahead. I plan ahead with grocery lists, daily purchases, extra expenses, you name it.”
Kate’s reasoning behind her money-saving efforts? Apparently, Kate’s change in income requires her to live on a much stricter budget! After a quick perusal of her recent earnings I find it hard to believe that she is that hard up for cash! Here’s the breakdown:
For the final year of her TLC reality show, Kate was earning a reported $250,000 per episode! It adds up to about $5.25 million in just two 21-episode seasons! That doesn’t count the income her children likely received for participating in the show!
Last year, Kate was a contestant onDancing With The Stars for which her wooden and completely emotionless performances reportedly earned her an unheard of $100k per week! It was rumored that she earned more than any other contestant.
Kate is the “author” of four books – two of which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. Who bought those!?
Kate commands $25,000 to $40,000 for each speaking engagement or appearance she commits to. WHAT?
Another thing to remember, Kate will continue to receive royalties from reruns of her shows as well as residuals from sales of books and other endorsements.
So where exactly did all that money go? Surely her hair care doesn’t cost that much! Allegedly Kate shells out nearly $500,000 per year to employ a staff, which includes two housekeepers, two nannies, a personal assistant and one infamous bodyguard, but I have a feeling that TLC likely footed the bill for many of those expenditures. No word if any of those employees have been laid off since her show was canceled!
Also, Kate sends all eight of her children to private school, which costs the family an estimated $500,000 per year. Wouldn’t her retired famewhore ex-husband Jon Gosselin be contributing to those costs? Additionally, Kate lives in a million-dollar home she claims is essential to maintaining her children’s lifestyle.
Kate shares that despite the new financial strain she is still able to put money aside. “I’ve also been managing to save for my family’s future.” Good for Kate, I am glad she is working hard to provide for her children.
Following up on last week’s shocking story about the recent arrest of former Kate Plus 8 editor William Blankinship on child pornography charges, Kate has yet to comment on the ghastly situation. Hopefully she is working together with Jon to best protect her family as a result of this serious issue.
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THOUGHTS ON KATE’S NEW MONEY SAVING EFFORTS? IS IT LEGITIMATE OR ANOTHER PLOY FOR MEDIA ATTENTION? DO YOU BELIEVE KATE IS REALLY STRUGGLING FOR MONEY BASED ON HER PAST EARNINGS?
“The professional dance community is really small. The dancers have known one another their entire lives,” an insider explains, referring to the contention that has developed. “Now that the group is famous, it’s added a whole other level of rivalry and competitiveness.”
The long-standing rivalry was exacerbated following Maksim’s on-air showdown with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inabaafter a controversial critique of he and partnerHope Solo’srumba. Maksim, who referred to DWTS as “my show” during his rant and encouraged Len to retire, upset Derek who defended the judge’s comments! Mad Maks retaliated by slamming Derek in an interview and claiming he only does well in the competition because he has partners with previous dancing experience!
Well, Derek is not taking those accusations lightly! “I had a laugh about that [comment],” the three-time winner responded. He believes Maks’ accusations stem from jealousy over never having a DWTS win! “I was looking at the plaque upstairs and…well, never mind,” he snipes, referring to the winners’ plaques, which is absent of Maksim’s name.
Apparently, this rivalry may have something to do with Maks briefly dating Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough! Allegedly “Julianne told Maks she didn’t want to have a serious relationship,” yet started seriously dating the very famous Ryan Seacrest which seemed to lead to big things in her career! Well, a source is claiming that a “bitter” Maks started “planting false rumors that Julianne was cheating on Ryan” with him! As for Derek, he was not a fan of Maks dating his sister. “Derek did not like him going out with his sister,” says a source.
Another reason for the beef between the pros is the belief that Derek is a “golden child” of DWTS producers. “Maks speaks his mind, but Derek is a kiss-ass. He never challenges anything. No wonder he gets the best partners!” says a source. Another source, however, states that it’s sour grapes on Maksim’s part.
“There’s no special treatment. Derek is a great teacher! Maks has had great partners too – Brandy, Erin Andrews — and he couldn’t make them win,” says the source. “He should have won with Mel B!” Touché…
However, one source counters that while Derek seems like a nice guy on air; looks can be deceiving! “Derek is dating Lauren Conrad for publicity,” says the insider. “He is focused on becoming a huge star like Julianne.”
A new episode of Dancing With The Stars airs tonight on ABC (8/7c).
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THOUGHTS ON THE FEUD? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON — MAKS OR DEREK? DO YOU BELIEVE DEREK ISN’T THE NICE GUY HE PRETENDS TO BE? IS MAKSIM JEALOUS OF HIS WINS?