It seems almost everyone nowadays, including Alyssa Milano & New Jersey lawmakers, are not fans of MTV’s hit reality show – Jersey Shore. The town in which the show was filmed is now attempting to distance itself from the controversial show.
The Borough of Seaside Heights — the New Jersey beach town that’s home to the show – released a statement on Monday saying it “did not solicit, promote or participate in the filming” of the show. The town did however issue a permit allowing the production company to film, but says those permits are issued routinely.
The town also insists the show doesn’t reflect the majority of its visitors.
In other news, it seems controversy sells as ratings for Jersey Shore continue to soar each week. According to TVGuide, ratings for the MTV series increased to 2.5 million viewers for the December 17th episode. In the adults ages 18-49 demo, the show rose 27 percent to a 1.4 rating. Jersey Shore also earned a 2.2 rating among women ages 18-34.
This is in comparison to the 1.3 million viewers the show debuted to on December 4th.
The latest scandal to rear its ugly head from The Bachelor is that one of the young women looking for love with the new “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka was fooling around with a staff member from the show, according to reports. The incident became public when ABC aired a brief promo about the contestant. “She’s been having a sexual affair with somebody else in the Bachelor House,” one of the other women is heard saying on the clip, which has now been removed from the ABC website.
According to the NYpost, fansofrealityTV.com also revealed several weeks earlier that a male member of the show’s production crew and one of the contestants were romantically involved while “The Bachelor” was shooting in the fall. In addition, the website claims to have some inside information regarding the affair.
Officials from the show have refused to comment but this is somewhat interesting since reality shows prohibit cast and crew members from fraternizing off camera. Mark Burnett, producer of several hit reality shows including “Survivor” claims that his crew members are warned that merely talking to a contestant is grounds for immediate termination.
“The Bachelor” has been lucky with ratings – impromptu happenings like when Jason Mesnick changed his mind a month after initially proposing to Melissa Rycrofthave proved to be a ratings boost for the show. In the Reunion show, he announced he was really in love with the runner up Molly and dumped Melissa on national TV.
The episode where the alleged scandal takes place will air in late January, according to reports. However, no one seems to know which bachelorette was caught fooling around this season and the fate of the crew member. The bachelorette will however be one of the 15 that remained on after the first night of eliminations.
The new season of the Bachelor premiers January 4th on ABC.
Could this be a reality match from hell? TMZ is reporting that Jon Gosselin and Real Housewives of NJ’s Danielle Staub partied together at the Tenjune nightclub in LA Tuesday night.
Danielle confirmed she did some “dancing” and “socializing” with Jon inside. When asked if she would ever date the 32 year old father of eight, she said no because he is too broke “too young” for her. She however noted she wouldn’t mind being friends with him.
TMZ also caught up with Jon and all they got out of him was pretty much a no comment regarding all questions asked of him. Jon made it clear he couldn’t answer any of their questions due to TLC’s injunction against him.
Bethenny discussed the rather controversial nude picture she took for PETA. She had been criticized for saying little to no airbrushing was done, when the actual before and after photo showed a lot of airbrushing. “There was a rogue boob they took out,” Bethenny told TODAY’s Matt Lauer of the photo, which was taken when she was pregnant. “It’s a little airbrushed, but the truth is, here it is. I don’t care.”
She continued, “It wasn’t like I was posing for a fitness video or I was trying to be a model. It was about not wearing fur, which I’m really passionate about.”
When asked about her pregnancy and wedding plans to fiance,Jason Hoppy, Bethenny told Lauer she’s too busy thinking about her baby to plan a wedding. She is due in June 2010 by the way. Bethenny also said that people might have to change how they view her once she becomes a mom. “I think people think I’m a little abrasive,” she said. “It’s going to be hard for people to imagine me being soft and cuddly with a little, cute pink baby.”
Bethenny who just wrapped up filming the 3rd season of the Real NYC Housewives has been given her own reality show on Bravo. The show is currently in production, but according to Bethenny, she might still return for a 4th season of the NYC Housewives. “Who knows if I’ll be on ‘Housewives’?” she told Lauer. “This season is so incredible, it’s nice to leave the part at full-tilt.”
In less than a week,The Bachelorwill premiere on January 4th on ABC. And as usual the bachelor, Jake Palvelka is at a dilemma as he struggles over who to keep and who gets to go home first out of the 25 ladies.
Fortunately for Jake, during the season premier episode former Bachelorette Jillian Harris and her beauEd Swiderskicome to his rescue. Let’s not forget that Jillian and Ed are making history since they are one of the very few success stories to emerge from several years of ABCs The Bachelor and Bachelorettes shows. The couple appears on the premiere and offer advice to Jake .
If this isn’t the blind leading the blind, then I don’t know what is.
Inside the latest issue of the mag, Kourtney describes what its like being a mommy to baby Mason Dash Disick: “I feel so lucky. He’s such a good baby.”
Kourtney was also asked about her baby’s controversial middle name — Dash (the name of the clothing store of the Kardashian sisters). She explains, “Dash is not for my clothing store, as some people have suggested online. That would be stupid. Dash is short for Kardashian, and it was my father’s nickname.”
There are also rumors that Kourtney freaked out recently when she found out that Kim Kardashian‘s NFL boyfriend, Reggie Bush, was planning to propose to Kim during the holidays. Apparently Kourtney was none too pleased as she wanted the holidays to be all about she and her new born baby.
According to the National Enquirer, “Reggie doesn’t want to battle Kourtney, so he backed off to keep the peace.” The story claims Reggie is now planning on proposing to Kim in early 2010.
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The soap opera known as the life of Jon Gosselin is refusing to end anytime soon. As we previously reported, Jon’s apartment in NYC was ransacked this past weekend with a ton of his items being stolen or left destroyed.
A note accusing Jon of being a cheater was left in one of his rooms with a knife in it. The note was signed with Hailey Glassman’s name, who happens to be Jon’s disgruntled ex girlfriend.
According to RadarOnline, Hailey was interviewed by the NY Police Department on Saturday evening. Accompanying her was her attorney Stephanie Ovadia and her associate Anand Ahuja, who specializes in domestic violence cases. The cops ofcourse questioned Hailey about the burglary. The cops also had a talk with Hailey’s parents.
Hailey’s attorney is however coming out swinging by accusing Jon of staging the whole thing. “It appears to be a huge publicity stunt,” said Ahuja, who also believes the police investigation will show someone is trying to frame Hailey.
Hailey’s other attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, admits Hailey took some items out of the apartment. According to Ovadia, that security footage will show Hailey removing a TV and other items from his apartment. Ovadia however makes it clear Hailey did nothing wrong by removing her belongings. “We’re not denying Hailey took the TV,” Ovadia told Radar. “We are not denying she took her belonging out of the apartment. She is moving on with her life and taking her belongings.”
Jon Gosselin’s attorney, Mark Heller seems to see things differently and was quoted as saying: “Hailey Glassman is going to jail. It’s a simple as that.” But Hailey’s attorney believes that comment was irresponsible and claims Hailey, “is not even a suspect.”
As each day goes by, it’s starting to appear more and more that Hailey is in fact the culprit. Not sure why she needed to get two attorneys if she did nothing wrong, and her lawyers comments and admissions seem a bit telling.
Russell Hantz went from being the most hated man in Survior history to the most liked. He has also been called “the greatest player of all time” by the show’s host – Jeff Probst.
Frankly, there’s nothing Russell, 37, did not do during his season of Survivor. He sabotaged the camp by emptying canteens and burning socks, he lied about being a Hurricane Katrina victim, and he was able to get rid of people he thought were threats. In his latest interview with PEOPLE, Russell talks about his game and his thoughts on not winning the $1 million prize.
Excerpts from his interview below:
You said at the final tribal council your chance of winning had dropped to 55 percent. Were you still that sure you had won?
It kind of shook me up. I knew I didn’t win because I can read people that good. It’s like, you try so hard for something, and when you hear you didn’t win it, it’s rough. I thought maybe there’s a shot, but I started thinking and thinking about it when I was home, and analyzing everything that everybody said, and I was like, ‘I didn’t win.’ That’s why I already opened the website, russellgotscrewed.com. That’s why it’s so impressive to know that John did vote for me and Shambo did vote for me because you da man if you can get stabbed in the back, turn around, and give that person the vote. That takes a strong personality.
At first, you were the most hated contestant ever. By the finale, you were the Fan Favorite. Is that because people began to understand your game play?
Everything I did out there was strategic, every single move — burning the socks, pouring out the water. Best move I made was pouring out the water and burning the socks! It’s a tough thing to do because when you do it, you can’t get caught because if you get caught, you’re going home. But I went in it with very aggressive play and I think it worked for me. I made it all the way to the end and I would never change anything about the way I played the game.
Did you have a plan in mind when you started?
You don’t know how you are going to play the game until you are out there because you have to evaluate the people that are around you. So when I went out there, I’d seen that I could manipulate them, so I took control of the game the whole time, from day one. As soon as we were able to talk when we got out to the island, I said, ‘Let’s get some bamboo,’ and you see me do it four or five times. Right then, I was trying to see whom I could trust. I couldn’t trust Betsy. I couldn’t trust Marisa. I knew I could trust Ashley for a little while. I knew I could trust Natalie the whole time. The physical game is good and all, but for me, it’s a mental game and you just control people. And it’s crazy how you can control people so easily.
Were you a fan of Survivor before going on it?
I had never been a fan of the show. I just never really watched it! I put my application in, never thought they would call me up, but then I watched the last all-stars, where Parvati won, then I fell in love with it.
You held on to your third hidden immunity idol when you didn’t play it the last time you could. Where is it now?
Oh, it’s in my game room. It’s in my game room with a picture of me finding it and the rules for it and the idol just sitting there!