One of life’s biggest mysteries is just how much reality stars get paid. How much is your image and reputation worth? According to Media TakeOut‘s last delve into the world of Real Housewives of Atlanta, selling your likeness to Bravo in perpetuity through out the universe is actually profitable. Since this is MTO and their “source” could be nothing more than an anonymous email account, we’ll take this info with a huge grain of salt. And speculate anyway, because it’s so fun!
Per MTO, below is the list of salaries for our Atlanta peaches. If true, Nene Leakes is at best “moderately rich” and not “very rich.”
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As par for the course, the children of the Real Housewives of any location are always dragged into the mess that is the show – and sometimes being on TV isn’t so fantastic. Glamour Magazine recently interviewed the adult daughters of some of our favorite (and least favorite) Bravo moms. The girls were candid about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.
Interestingly, some of the girls would love to do reality TV in their own right, while others have absolutely no desire. “I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit,” Lauren admits. “I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, ‘I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.’ And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”
Pandora, who did get married on TV, and whose wedding was featured in last season’s finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, confesses she had to seriously consider letting such a personal moment be played out in public. “I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding,” Pandora shares.
“My mother’s [Lisa Vanderpump] life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of all that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party?”
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Lindsey Harrison is a teenager from Reno, Nevada. She lives with her mother and younger sister in a space so small, she and her sister share a bed. She also has two older sisters who no longer live at home, but all of the girls are super close. Lindsey has been with her boyfriend Forest Ponce for three years…oh, and she aspires to be a detective and a cage fighter. Yes, you read that correctly. Hmm…what else can I say about Lindsey? Oh yes, she’s 16 and Pregnant of course! Lindsey also sports a giant tattoo across her belly…
Lindsey reveals to her friends that the couple often used condoms, but once time they forgot and she didn’t get pregnant. Because of this, they felt they could be more lax with contraceptives. Both Lindsey’s mother and boyfriend had hoped she would get an abortion. Forest even broke up with Lindsey for a few months when she decided to keep the baby. Now, however, he seems excited about having a daughter who they are planning to name Aniyah. Keeping it in the franchise, I must note that Forest looks like the love child of Chelsea Houska’sAdam Lind and Jenelle’s mistake Kieffer Delp. Attractive, no? Lindsey is glad that Forrest is being more supportive, but she really wishes he would take the initiative to get a job.
Lindsey is hanging out with her older sister Dallas. She tells her sister that she now must put aside her dreams of going pro with cage fighting at age eighteen. Lindsey hasn’t even told her trainer that she is pregnant since he is such a father figure to her. In an effort to spark her enthusiasm, Lindsey’s mother encourages her to go to a cage match. Lindsey is concerned that she’ll see someone she used to train with who will reveal her secret to her trainer. She and her mother are bickering a lot, so she finds herself spending a lot of time at Forest’s house. Lindsey hopes he’ll want her to move in with him. They both think that makes the most sense for their growing family.
Lindsey goes shopping for baby gear and is a bit defeated to find out how much the necessities will cost. She lunches with Forest, and basically they can afford the crib. As she’s the only one with a job, he is going to need to step up to the plate. He promises to start looking. Lindsey discusses potentially moving in with Forest with her other older sister Lacey. She thinks that if they live separately, both homes must be equipped for their daughter, essentially doubling the cost. Lacey seems skeptical about Forest helping as much as Lindsey expects.
After a week, Forest has yet to start his job search while Lindsey is seven months pregnant and taking on extra shifts at McDonald’s. Over dinner with Forest and his mom and sister, his mother broaches the subject of Lindsey moving in with the family. His mom Dora doesn’t want her son working and trying to go to school and complete his homework. Apparently, it’s okay that Lindsey does though. The couple argues after dinner, and it ends with Forest hanging up on Lindsey.
Later that night, Lindsey starts to have contractions…very scary considering she is still two months from her due date. Of course, Forest refuses to answer his phone. She’s admitted to the hospital. They schedule a shot to clear out the baby’s lungs in the event Lindsey goes into pre-term labor. As early as it is, there is a risk the baby’s lungs haven’t fully developed. The following day, Lindsey’s contractions have subsided, and she is frustrated that she still has yet to hear from Forest. She is released from the hospital and ordered to adhere to strict bed rest. Her sister Dallas comes to retrieve her from the hospital and is disgusted to hear how Forest is acting. She thinks Lindsey deserves much better than Forest. I tend to agree.
It appears that reality television has become synonymous with deadbeat parents. In the latest, Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin continue to battle it out over their eight children and this time Twitter got involved!
Last week, Kate received a suspicious tweet from a follower who apparently joined twitter for the sole purpose of asking Kate about her custody issues with Jon. “is it true Jon going to court next week for nonpayment of child support?;” the user inquired. Kate was completely shocked and seemingly had no idea Jon had plans to head to court! “I don’t know if he’s going to court but wouldn’t surprise me…. How do you know this stuff?!?;” Kate asked in reply.
The user went on to accuse Jon of being a deadbeat dad, saying he was months behind on child support; revealing that Jon owes $40 per day for all eight of his children and his monthly payment is a mere $1200.
As for how the user was privy to this very private information – she claims that her niece works in the PA court system and she saw the file. Well, um… seriously I think this spells firing for a certain niece. Aunt of the year, right here!
To her credit, the formerKate Plus 8 star refused to discuss the situation, telling the user: “Woah….I’m not allowed to talk about orders from the court.…”
The user, who has no identifying information, seemingly created the account for the sole purpose of revealing this information.
Jon did not address the accusations, but did take to twitter to advise others not to ask him about the situation. “stop posting about stupid court sh*t. Consider your sources people. Dont need drama during the holiday. Thx,” he wrote.
TELL US – IS JON A DEADBEAT DAD? WAS THIS TWITTER ACCOUNT LEGIT OR STARTED JUST TO SLAM JON?
We’re given the update that Melissa Gilbert was whisked off to the hospital right after she left the dance floor last night. She’s doing well, resting up at home. She should be able to continue on with the rest of the competition if she gets proper rest.
After some recaps and an encore performance of Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s “Purple Haze”, a few of the safe couples are announced.
All of the ‘pros’ share that this season has been one of the toughest they’ve experienced because the ‘stars’ are all so good and the competition is fierce.
A few more safe couples are announced and we watch two more performances and FINALLY we get to the elimination! When it was all said and done (after a LONG dramatic pause), we bid farewell to Sherri Shepherd and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
Sherri was in tears and devastated, but took it much better than I thought she would. “I just want to say thank you for letting me live a dream that I’ve always had.” And she gave some words of wisdom, telling people to go and tackle the thing that scares them the most.
This season viewers of the Real Housewives of Orange County have watched an emotional Tamra Barney juggle several changes in her life; from finalizing her divorce to Simon Barney to forming a friendship with Gretchen Rossi. I personally would have wondered if Tamra underwent a lobotomy if it weren’t for her omnipresent crass humor. It appears Tamra’s emotionally charged scenes, including her decision to get a breast reduction, stemmed from a cervical cancer scare!
The reality star recently did a sit-down on the The Dr. Oz Show (which will be airing this Thursday) where she shared about her health scare. “I was going through this divorce. I go to the doctor and I have lumps in my breasts and I had cervical cancer that had to be removed.”
Tamra reveals that the diagnosis initially caused “panic” but she decided to confront the situation immediately. “I really went through this like, ‘What is going on with my body? What is going on?’ I’m talking to my doctor about … doing a hysterectomy,” she confessed, “and I have lumps and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god. I needed to take over my body.’ ” Tamra admits that is what led her decision to have her implants taken out. Wow! Best of luck to Tamra with her health.
Moving on, tonight Sarah Winchester will make an appearance on RHOC and she’s arriving guns blazing! The self-proclaimed Winchester Rifle heiress is billed as a friend of Gretchen and well, frankly girlfriend just screams g-r-i-f-t-e-r. I swear, Bravo seeks these people out intentionally.
Sarah takes issues with people thinking she is just a spoiled, little, hoochie looking for her fifteen-minutes and she wants you to know she works hard for her money. If you recall, Sarah had a rumored relationship with Shane Keough, but she refutes those rumors telling Cinderella’s Glass Closet that she was actually dating a man named Kurt who will be appearing with her this season.
Apparently Sarah isn’t a gold-digger and it was Kurt who insisted she leave her career to travel the globe with him. Wait – don’t heiresses have this thing called an inheritance? Guess not! Here’s Sarah’s illustrious career history: “I do want to state that just because my family history is rich- I am not living off of just their money. I started at McDonalds, and then went on to a law firm, and next a mortgage company. I want to send a message that it is important to work for what you have, and I have done exactly that. I love what I do and am supporting myself financially. I am not solely living off of my family’s money, and I do not live off rich men either.”
Sarah also clears up how she is related to the Winchester Rifle family – and it’s through marriage, not blood. “It is true that my great, great, great grandfather Oliver Winchester,” she explains. “However, I am not related by blood (only by marriage) to Sarah Winchester.”
Sarah insists she was actually initially hired to be a straight-up Housewife, but problems in her relationship derailed things and she opted to sign-on as a friend of the Housewife. Oh, and she only ever agreed to do the show to bring awareness to the charities she supports.
Moving on, the heiress talks tonight’s episode which will feature a show-down with Vicki Gunvalson. Taking to her Bravo blog, Sarah believes she and Vicki just got off on the wrong foot due to all the issues in their respective personal lives that they were both going through at the time.
“I sincerely wanted to find an opportunity to sit down with her to introduce myself and give Vicki my condolences on her condition, but from what I heard Vick’s walls were up, and the likeliness of Vicki meeting anyone halfway on an emotional level right now (including Gretchen and Slade [Smiley]) were slim to none,” she writes.
“Truth be told that made me very apprehensive to approach Vicki any time, but I knew it needed to be done sooner or later. I wanted her to get to know me for the person that I am and covey that we are all here for her if she needs us. Let’s just put everything else aside,” she explains.
“I was going to do my best to try to befriend Vicki at some point for the sake of all the greater issues and hope for the best, but I always say that I cant control what others say and do I can only control the way I react. . .,” Sarah concludes.
Finally, as we all know Vicki and Tamra have a wine club called WinesbyWives; which features wines of the month hand selected by them. When asked if she would be willing to feature fellow Housewife Teresa Giudice‘s Fabellini Wine, Vicki slammed the beverage tellingIn Touch Weekly she “doubted it was up to their standards.” Ouch! And really – Vicki and Tamra’s standards? Standards which include getting “naked wasted” and serving dinner out a plastic grocery bag? Seriously…
With all that drama just vomited on you poor readers, tonight marks an all-new episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. Heather Dubrow decides to host a bowling party to bring the ladies together and squash some of the burgeoning drama, except it has the opposite of desired effects when Vicki and Sarah get into a screaming match at the event!
Real Housewives of Orange County airs tonight at 9/10EST on Bravo!
THOUGHTS ON TAMRA’S NEWS? ARE YOU EXCITED TO GET TO KNOW SARAH BETTER?
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Against the wishes of her family, Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is reportedly moments away from signing a reality show deal.
As of now, it’s just a verbal agreement, but it’s expected that Bobbi will sign on for a new reality show that will follow her life as she adjusts to the loss of her mom and will focus on her controversial relationship with “brother” Nick Gordon. And her family is not happy about it.
Bobbi Kristina’s relatives worry that it may turn into another train wreck like Whitney’s hot-mess-of-a-show back in 2005, “Being Bobby Brown”. Bobbi is reportedly going through her own battle with drugs and alcohol and her family is worried about exposing that for the world to see.
A source tells Radar Online: “This show is being done against her family’s advice.” But she’s determined to show the world that she’s not going to fall victim to the same lifestyle as her mom.
A source said that during a meeting she told the network execs: “‘I will show the world I am NOT my mother and will NOT walk in her shoes down her path,’ then seconds later would mutter, ‘My mother was just normal, completely normal, someone who did normal things. She just listened to all the wrong people–and did the wrong things.’”
Bobbi is reportedly telling friends that she wants to do the show to see something positive come out of the tragic loss of her mom. “Something good might as well come out of all this bad stuff.”
I’m curious to see which network is going to take this on. If she truly is struggling with an addiction, it could be a disaster. People will tune in out of morbid curiosity, of course, but will they stay tuning in if she’s a mess?
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Last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After was all about good-byes and changes as Coordinator of Chaos Julie Plake announced she would be moving home to focus on her own life after years with the Skinnygirl team. Bethenny Frankel also contemplated having husband Jason Hoppy work with her and help run the Skinnygirl empire. Did I mention Bethenny is running an empire, cause she is, just in case you forgot. She’s, like, kinda the biggest deal since, like, sliced bread. Or bottled cocktails – which never, ever existed before Skinnygirl came along.
Ok, I have to admit after a couple of episodes of really liking Bethenny again, last night she was grating on my nerves with her constant pity party and I’m so amazing nonsense. We get it – you built a successful business on your own. You are NOT, Madame Frankel, running the United States from your 3-bedroom- apartment in TriBeCa with only two twenty-something assistants who can barely send an email. Stop trying to pretend you are.
Anyway, things begin with Julie sitting Bethenny down to discuss her future. Julie lets Bethenny know the time has come for her to say good-bye. Julie will be moving home to Pittsburgh and focusing on her relationship with Drew because she’s completely burned out by giving her life to Bethenny. Bethenny is upset, but supportive, and openly admits that while Julie is great at her job – the job is probably not the right fit for Julie emotionally. Bethenny also recognizes what an agonizing decision this has been for Julie. She handled it with class and gratitude – it was nice.
While sharing the news with Jason, Jackie, and Maggie; Bethenny looks like he’s gagging on that Skinnygirl cleanse she’s drinking. Jason is sad and seems genuinely upset that Julie will be leaving their family, but he is apparently pondering leaving his job to join the Skinnygirl team. In Julie’s absence, Jackie and Maggie will be promoted. Bethenny worries if Maggie will be able to handle the ball-busting Skinnygirl team – and the constant chaos. Poor Julie – she is a C.O.C. no more!
Bethenny heads over to Drybar, which is partnering with Skinnygirl to incorporate the classic Skinnygirl ponytail and margarita into their menu. The owner practices the classic ponytail on Bethenny and even after the re-do it looks like crap. Maybe it’s Beth’s hair, maybe that lady needs Tabatha to take over, but really – that was one sorry, sad ponytail that looked more ‘I just worked out’ than ‘I styled my hair this way.’ Afterwards Bethenny pours up a cocktail and wonders why people don’t drink in the morning. She prefers morning drunk to go with her morning sex and if she gets a blow-out, Jason should get a blow job, but Drybar doesn’t offer happy ending specials.
Bethenny discusses working with your spouse with the owner, who declares that it’s fun combining the two. One could say it’s the fruit in the sangria. Except Bethenny and Jason have a lot communication issues, so Bethenny seems nervous about adding more strain on their relationship. You know, more like adding a cauliflower to your sangria. Nonetheless, she doesn’t completely rule it out!
Next Bethenny meets up with Matt, her sexy Skinnygirl nutritionist or something. The idea that Matt is sexy is not lost on Bethenny who grills him continually on his single life, specifically if he dates and sleeps with models. Cause Bethenny can, like, relate. Nope, she’s not a forty-one-year-old married mother, she’s a single skinnygirl ready to mingle and dammit she’s good at being a bar slut! Oh, Bethenny… Oh Bethenny… Matt tells her he told hot girls at Nobu (does Bravo have a secret partnership with Nobu?) that he worked for Skinnygirl. Poor Beth had a wistful look on her face as she wished Matt were picking her up at the bars with a Skinnygirl diet bar ad.
Why do all of her business meetings turn into sex talk and personal life convos? Bethenny fills Matt in on how Jason has a passion for working with Skinnygirl and he is very fascinated by the operation. However she worries about mixing marriage and business. Matt feels her pain and echos that it may result in their relationship being all business talk and no break. Which is an excellent point!
Bethenny takes assistant-in-training Maggie to a high-end antique store where she and her decorator Brooke peruse $6,780,000.* vases. *Numerical values inflated for entertainment purposes. Bethenny is in shock over the prices – which are high. Like, gobsmackingly so. I agree with Bethenny – too scary! No $43,000 chair moments for me! And they definitely are not good for people with children.
Bethenny tells Maggie that Brooke didn’t know her when she was broke (well, no one did apparently because she never was. Thanks, Dad!), so Brooke expects her to spend lavishly like all her other clients, which include a whole host of famous people. And here comes the ‘I was poor and couldn’t pay my rent’ woe-is-me sob story that peppers every episode. After all that shell-shocked nonsense Bethenny discovers some bars that she likes. At $35,000 for the pair, they’re a steal!
Back at the apartment where Skinnygirl lives, the team is preparing for their big Lazy Lingerie photoshoot. Jason, apparently, chose this to be his first day of work with the Skinnygirl crew. I suppose to over-see the shoot (wink, wink). Bethenny is very excited that she has coerced her staff into prancing around her living room in their netherthings while she bounces on the sofa cheering.
Bethenny, again, explains how her business works – it’s like very, very complicated. Let’s talk about how amazing and fantastic and amazing Bethenny’s business is again! She’s so important. She is like the queen empress princess of the whole entire world. Skinnygirl alone is keeping the NASDQ alive. Bethenny’s like patenting stuff y’all. She invented bras! And margaritas! And yoga! Didn’t ya know?! ohmigawd – it’s Bethenny and her empire! It’s just, like, so mesmerizing.
Bethenny announces she is turned on by Julie wearing butt pads while holding Bryn. Dr. Amador is not working. Then she kisses her hairstylist, Stacey, on the lips to steal some of her “jarring” attention hot pink lipstick that oozes sex. Stacey is so getting some – as evidenced by the lipstick and the Skinnygirl neglige. Getting molested by Bethenny is no small fete!
From lingerie to Parenting magazine with an argument about furniture in between. Jason and Bethenny discuss the very real possibility of purchasing $35,000 furniture pieces. Jason makes some valid points about how they have a small child and they actually live in their space, so it will likely get banged up. Bethenny co-signs that she’s incapable of having valuable stuff, but she wants them nonetheless. Hey, I agree with her – if I could afford them I’d be mighty tempted. And they were awesome!
Bethenny then points out that they don’t use their valuables wisely, as evidenced by the expensive bowl being used to store iPod charges. haha. Seriously – that was my favorite scene of last night.
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