The latest episode of Survivor did not disappoint as Russell Hantz was voted off the show for the first time ever.
It seems Russell’s Zapatera tribe members had watched the show one too many times as they were on to Russell from day one. In fact, the six-member majority alliance proceeded to throw the immunity/reward challenge last night, snapping their 2-game winning streak, just to get rid of Russell, whom they referred to as the extra fat that needed to be trimmed off.
Russell‘s ultimate demise was probably the fact that he could not get his hands on the hidden immunity idols — something that has helped him tremendously on his two previous seasons of the show.
By the time Russell realized the other 6-member alliance wanted him off the team, it was already too late to save himself though that did not stop him from trying a last minute ditch effort to sway Julie‘s vote. Julie convinced him she was on his side, but ended up staying loyal to her alliance.
The result of the tribal council was a rare three-way tie, orchestrated by ex-NFL player Steve, who is arguably the leader the six-member majority alliance of the Zapatera tribe. And despite Stephanie‘s redonkulous ramblings, the end result was a re-vote that sent Russell home.
Even better was the fact that Russell’s alliance members lied to him about Matt (“the blonde guy”) losing the Redemption Island duel to Francesca (“the black chick”). Russell was surprised to see Matt upon arriving to the Redemption Island.
This however doesn’t necessarily mark the end for Russell as he still has a chance – albeit a very very long shot – to get back into the game. Francesca on the other hand is off the show for good after losing the duel to Matt.
Meanwhile, Rob continues to rule his Ometepe tribe as well as his groupie alliance. Safe to assume Rob will not be suffering Russell’s fate anytime soon.
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It seemsBethenny Frankel is now starting to experience the pitfalls of fame, as she is now referring to the paparazzi as ‘disgusting rats’ days after bikini photos of her in Miami Beach hit the net.
“You don’t understand, I’ve never had that experience before where I couldn’t go to the beach,” said Bethenny to USA TODAY while chatting about her new show Bethenny Ever After.
“I went out to the beach and these photographers were on top of my chair. The beach guys were bringing us umbrellas and shoving us in. I’ve never seen it like that. They were like rats. It was disgusting,” explains Bethenny, 40. “They were begging, ‘Please let us have a picture of the baby.’ I was like, get away from me.”
Bethenny adds that the fact that she had her baby with her was what made the whole experience difficult. “I was so upset. I came back, I was like on house arrest in my building. I don’t care if it was me five years ago, being single and hot in a bikini — then I’d be like ‘Hey, woohoo!” But with the baby it felt really gross.”
In other Bethenny news, the second season of her Bravo spin-off show Bethenny Ever After premiered on Monday night and the ratings proved to be so-so.
With 1.5 million viewers tuning in to BEA, the ratings were down 28% from the 2.2 million viewers who watched the season 1 premiere. And down 21% from the 1.9 million viewers the show averaged last season. Only time will tell if the ratings remain steady or continue to slip.
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Another day, another magazine cover for a Teen Mom “star.”
Following a bitter custody war with her mother, Teen Mom 2‘s Jenelle Evans now believes handing over her 19-month-old son, Jace, was the right decision.
“When he is older, I will tell him I was really young and I couldn’t put a roof over my own head, let alone his,” Jenelle, 19, tells Us Weekly eight months after voluntarily signing over custody to her mother, Barbara Evans.
According to UsWeekly, Jenelle and Barbara — known for their violent screaming matches — are now working together to raise Jace. Jenelle is taking a few film-studies classes at a local community college, while Barbara, 57, cares for the boy after working her full-time job at a department store.
And while Jenelle reveals she would love to have custody of Jace some day, she does admit she is not there yet. “Once I get a job, save money and have my own place for three months, then I’ll bring my mom to court,” Jenelle reveals of her future plans.
Barbara on the other hand is contempt with the current custody agreement. “Jace wasn’t asked to be born,” Barbara explains. “Somebody has to take care of him, and it’s going to be me. I don’t resent it. I love him to death.”
Also in the interview, Jenelle reveals her relationship with pot-head boyfriend, Kieffer Delp is “totally, completely over.”
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Not so great ratings and negative reviews in tow, the show must go on, and it did last night as Bravo aired the second episode of the Real Housewives of Miami.
While episode 2 didn’t seem to help matters that much, a single phone call via Lea Black on Watch What Happens Live last night did seem to bring some glimmer of hope. Perhaps this season won’t be all that bad after all. More on this later.
The episode begins with Adriana having a convo with fiance Frederic as the two have a surprisingly not awkward conversation about Adriana and her love for guys. The topic then turns to the catwalk drama involving the other ladies. Adriana gets it right when she refers to Larsa and Cristy as high school “mean girls” in her interview, but gets it wrong when she states she did not make a fool of herself on the catwalk.
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RadarOnline was able to get exclusive access and photos to the birthday party, and those photos are below. “Portia is obsessed with being a princess,” gushed Kyle to RadarOnline. “And I don’t know where she got it because I was a tomboy,” she added with a laugh.
“She’s like her mom. She likes sparkles and sequins!” boasted Kyle. Radar reports it was a family affair with Mauricio, and Portia’s older sisters Farrah, 22, Alexia, 14, and Sophia, 11.
Also in attendance were Kathy Hilton, Nicky Hilton, actress Ali Landry and even fellow housewife Taylor Armstrong, who brought along her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy.
“I adore Portia. She’s the cutest little girl,” Taylor told Radar. “My daughter Kennedy loves mothering Portia because she’s a couple years older so she thinks it’s really fun to be around the smaller children and get to be the big sister for the day.” We’re guessing Taylor has yet to read this interview by Kyle.
Following the party, Taylor even took to her twitter page, sending the following tweet to Kyle on Monday night. “Kennedy and I had a blast with Portia and @KyleRichards18 today. Xo girls.” Kyle has yet to reply to the tweet, perhaps she just missed it in her timeline.
Kathy also spoke to Radar, stating –“I’m the auntie so all my nieces are like my kids. Our family is like that.”
Kyle added, “My whole family and friends are here so we’re having a lot of fun.” Seemingly missing from the party? Kim Richards as there was no mention of her in the article nor was she in any of the photos. Kim has however made one public appearance since the whole finale episode debacle. She appeared on E! News two weeks ago in an interview with sister Kathy, during which they both wished Paris Hilton a happy 30th birthday. She looked to be in good spirits.
That E! news footage doesn’t appear to be online as of yet. Also, the paps caught up with Kathy on Feb. 14 during which she commented on the Kim and Kyle situation. Kathy said they were raised as three girls, they are family and that loyalty is most important. She also said they will get beyond all of the conflict, adding that TV is TV, but she does not want a TV show to come between her family. Interesting use of the word loyalty there.
And now back to Taylor and Nene as the two apparently went out for drinks on Monday night during Nene’s current visit to LA.
Taylor tweeted that she had “lots of laughs” with Nene, who then tweeted a photo of the two ladies together with the caption – “Drinks last nite n LA wit Beverly Hills wife @Tayloratweets now it’s time 4 my business swag then hookup wit @KyleRichards18.” Like three two peas in a pod. That photo is below.
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While this season of Top Chef All Stars had brought us some surprising eliminations (Fabio, Angelo anyone?), the elimination of Dale Talde however seemed to be the most surprising yet as he had performed solidly all season, and won a number of competitions.
In a new interview with TV Guide, the Season 4 alum talks the potato dish that got him eliminated, whether Angelo Sosa was really of help to him, his newer calmer self, plus his opinion on Chicken Oyster-gate.
Excerpts from Dale’s interview below -
Did you think you were getting cut after Judges’ Table?
Dale: I wasn’t confident about my dish. When you don’t feel good about your dish, you feel like you have a chance to go home. … I should’ve asked the judges to wait [for service]. If I literally had five more minutes, [the potatoes] would’ve been cooked through.
So what happened? You put in a new batch of potatoes?
Dale: I did. We were going to cook à la minute with them, and they came on us a little faster than we thought. I ended up kind of freaking out and serving. … I never thought [about not serving the potatoes]. It was part of the dish. And the croutons were just too mustard-y. Paula Deen is a mayonnaise girl. If you watch her show, she just puts mayonnaise on everything.
How much did Angelo help? It didn’t seem to be an advantage to get him since he was just eliminated and is coming off back-to-back seasons.
Dale: He helped me a lot, but I mean, put yourself in his position. Fifty-two straight challenges for that guy. That’s crazy. Crazy! I mean, really, it’s masochistic. It’s like, why put yourself through that again? But he did. Sometimes you have no more gas in tank. … He did [try to talk me up]. He saw me with my head down and he was like, “Dude, you’ve got to get your head up. Keep your head up, man.” He’s a buddy of mine. He’s my merman. He’s helped here at [Buddakan]. He opened the restaurant.
You’ve been open about taking anger-management classes after Season 4. How important was it for you to come back and show everyone you’ve changed?
Dale: I came back to compete! [Laughs] One, I love to cook, and two, I love competition. I’m one of those failed athletes by genetics. I’m not an athlete because I’m 5-foot-5 and I’m flat-footed and my ankles are terrible. If I could’ve been an athlete, I would’ve tried to, but I love to compete. A lot of it was trying to show people I’m a lot more mature this time around. I didn’t like who I was. I didn’t like seeing myself like that. You really see yourself in a different light when you’re put in front of millions of people. Some people dig it and some are like, “You’re kind of a jerk.” When your mom is embarrassed of your behavior, it says something. I don’t ever want to put my parents in a position where they’re embarrassed to see me. … The [fan reaction] has been unbelievable. [The show] really showed me in a great light and I appreciate that.
What’s your take on Chicken Oyster-gate?
Dale: You can’t patent food, but you also can’t straight-up tell people that you ripped this dude’s dish off and you won $5,000 and shove it in his face. That sucks. Mike should’ve told [Richard], “You gave me some inspiration.” To be honest, we all [get inspired]. That’s why we go out to eat. That’s our job. I have to. My owner says, “Dale, you have to eat out twice a week and tell me where you’re eating, and it has to be food that’s relevant to New York City.” I have to take inspiration from that.
Dale also adds that he is currently looking for investors regarding two of his concepts — a Thai/seafood restaurant and a Bodega. As of the moment, he just took a position with a company with Stephen Starr, the culinary director of Buddakan.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode, the five remaining chefs will create food fare on the open water. Later, they will take a journey to Ellis Island to whip up dishes based on their family tree. The new super-sized episode airs on Bravo at 10/9c. A preview clip is below -
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The song, titled “Jam” was produced by mega hit producer The Dream, who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. The song appears to be about going out to the clubs and picking up guys. And umm, we’ll let you be the judge and jury. The song is below.
The E! network will premiere the song’s music video on March 6.
In other Kim news, according to reports by various media outlets, she is now “in talks” to snag herself a movie role in the upcoming movie about infamous New York mafia don John Gotti.
Kim is apparently in the running to star as Kim Gotti, daughter-in-law of the late John Gotti. Famed actor John Travolta has already been cast as the real-life godfather in the upcoming biopic, which will reportedly be produced by Gotti’s son, John Gotti Jr. “Kim is in talks to do the movie,” reveals a source close to Kim to UsWeekly.
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UPDATE – According to Kim’s blog, Jam will be available for purchase on iTunes at 12 p.m. today. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the song will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
UPDATE #2 – It seems the servers from the audio are crashing. We will try to find another audio source.
ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!
Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.
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