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Our time with the approximately 15-week long commercial that was the ninth season of Top Chef ,is almost over. Next week, we’ll see our last two competitors battle it out for the $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, as Padma has lovingly reminded us in all the credits.

This week’s episode featured, what I think must be, the most crushing elimination of all, the one where you almost make it, but fall short, the bronze medal. While it must suck to be the first let go, at least no one remembers you. But here, we’ve watched the eliminated contestant for weeks, so we might feel some attachment.

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After the city of Hoboken refused to let Jersey Shore stars Snooki and JWoww film, the people of Jersey City took them in like tanned refugees. In a report posted by NJ.com, Jersey City mayor, Jeremiah Healy, was excited to have the gals on-board, thinking their presence would “boost Jersey City’s reputation and spur the local economy.”

Unfortunately, some establishments in town are rejecting the spin-off. One bar, LITM, reportedly put up an anti-Snooki sign so everyone can know the guidette is not welcome there. Bar owner, Will Kelly said that filming would be “intrusive” and Barcade owner, Paul Kermizian thinks the high-end environment of his half-bar, half-arcade club, Barcade would not mix with the one associated with Jersey Shore, which makes me think he hasn’t seen the show.

Right now, however, which club the girls will turn into their Jersey Shore version of the infamous Karma might be the last thing on their minds. While they were due to start filming Tuesday, shooting has been delayed, with no comment from 495 productions. The ladies have been silent about the matter on their social media accounts. Could they be on strike, holding out for a bigger paycheck? Only time will tell.

In other news, with this spin-off slated to start shooting and the upcoming premiere of The Pauly D Project, the future of Jersey Shore, itself ,may be up in the air. On a recent appearance on Live With Kelly, both Sammi and Deena said there was no news on a sixth season. Sammi said, “We haven’t heard anything.” Both Deena and Sammi said they would “love to film again” with Deena adding, “I pray we film again.”

Previously, we reported that there were rumors of moving the cast to Las Vegas or Australia, which might give the show the boost it needs. The fifth season, currently airing on MTV, has had lower ratings than earlier ones, and just isn’t as interesting or fun as the ones before. Half the cast seems completely checked out (JWoww in particular, seems incredibly bored) and the other half of the cast is still doing the same stuff they’ve done for ages in an attempt to stay on the air.

And finally, Snooki recently tweeted some pics of her and JWoww as the good folks from Sophisticate’s Hairstyle attempted, keyword being attempted, to give the Jersey gals a classy hair makeover! Did they succeed? The photos are below and we’ll let you be the judge!

UPDATE - A representative from the LITM bar tells Reality Tea “LITM has never displayed an “anti-Snooki” message, banner, or sign above its bar. Proprietor Jelynne Jardiniano’s decision to not participate as a filming location for this reality series is based in LITM’s commitment to maintaining the comfort of our customer base.”

TELL US: DO YOU THINK JERSEY SHORE SHOULD RE-CAST, RE-LOCATE OR END ALTOGETHER? WILL YOU WATCH THE SPIN-OFFS OF JWOWW, SNOOKI AND PAULY D? WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO FILM IN YOUR CITY?

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Do you like the recap title? I got it from one of my former first grade students after his dad’s alma mater beat my alma mater in basketball. If only I’d known in 2005 that Roy’s words would be so helpful to me now. On last night’s Survivor, the tribes proved once again that girls are passive-aggressive, while men like to pound their (sometimes waxed) chests when they succeed. It’s a study in middle school behavior to say the least.

The women head back to the Salani camp, which is basically the Manano camp. The guys brag that they were nice enough to keep their fire burning. It’s annoying to Michael that none of the women had to be voted off since Kourtney broke her wrist. Christina approaches Alicia to rehash the differences the girls had at tribal council. Alicia apologizes for any bad blood, but in her interview she twirls her imaginary evil-doer mustache and proclaims that if she saw Christina drowning in the ocean, she’d look the other way. It’s that kind of empathy I would hope that most special education teachers portray.

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Something tells me Jennifer Williams and Evelyn Lozada are going to be milking this ‘our friendship is over’ feud for all it’s worth. In round infinity of the drama that these two ladies refuse to handle in private, the Basketball Wives stars are taking to their VH1 blogs to slam each other once again.

To start us off, Jennifer quotes the legendary Whitney Houston: “I finally faced the fact that it isn’t a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems.” And that is exactly how she feels after dealing with Evelyn’s nonsense!

Just to recap Evelyn got mad at Jenn over a blog her publicist wrote which said Evelyn should speak to her directly if they have issues (because writing a blog is just like picking up the phone, Jenn?) and confronting the accusations that Jenn is jealous of Evelyn’s fauxlationship engagement with Chad Ochocinco Johnson. Apparently, those little comments were the catalyst for all the drama we’ve been hearing about since this summer!

Jennifer claims she didn’t have time to write her own blog–or check her publicist’s work–because she was on vacation in Italy. Aaaahhh… lifestyles of the credit card indebted and D-List famous! “I honestly didn’t think she wrote anything awful or harmful,” she explains. “It stated my opinion and I feel I‘m allowed to have one. Take a look for yourself. Was this statement really worth all the drama?”

“What I really have a hard time understanding is that this blog came out July 19th, 2011 and the first time I heard about Evelyn being mad was in November 2011,” Jenn seethes in her VH1 missive. “When we filmed the reunion in July the blog was out and she didn’t mention it then. It is just absurd to me that we are fighting over something so simple in my eyes but I guess not in hers. So be it!”

Fast forward to this week’s season premiere, which featured a whole lotta she-said/she-said drama between the two, and culminated with some enemy lines being drawn! “Tonight the world witnessed for themselves the type of evil I am dealing with,” Jenn said of the season premiere episode. “These words pretty much sum up the state of affairs,” Jenn asserts and reminds us of what Evelyn said to her: “You’re not my friend, you’re my enemy.”

“It was at this very moment that I realized there would be no resolution. No matter what I would do, Evelyn already had it in her mind that I was her enemy. And there you have it…,” she concludes. She maintains that she never thought their friendship would totally end,  and even if they did not remain friends, she had no interest in being enemies.

And now it’s Evelyn’s turn! Evelyn starts out by titling her blog: “Take Your Crocodile Tears And Go Talk To Your Publicist,” so we know right from the get-go she’s not taking any of this lying down.

First she reminds us that her fight with Royce Reed was purely and totally in response to her loyalty to Jenn and had nothing to do with her own desire to get some attention and air time.

Then she launches into the trouble with Jenn. “Jenn knew what I was upset about and has known for a while. The actual discussion during the last scene of the show was actually longer, but due to editing was shortened,” Evelyn reveals.

And Evelyn is exonerating herself from evil, just like Jenn is. “Prior to the radio interview, blogs or any interviews that Jenn has done I never betrayed or had a conversation about her relationship with Eric. I am usually the first person the media will approach for a comment on Jen’s relationship because at the time, I was the closest to her.”

“Have you EVER known me to comment on her relationship or personal life via any media outlet?,” Evelyn asks. “Of course not because I am LOYAL.”

Evelyn maintains that her issues with Jenn stem mainly from her former friend’s dismissive attitude towards her engagement, which Evelyn feels is a reflection of Jen’s jealousy over her happiness. “Her comment tonight, “I can F*** whoever I want to F***, I’m not marrying no damn athlete!” was again, very hurtful. Basically she is still dissing my relationship and my fiancé,” Evelyn says. “What type of so-called friend would have the audacity to do that?”

“And why would she contradict herself?,” Evelyn wants to know.”Didn’t you just say on the show ‘I can f*** whoever I want to F***, I’m not marrying no damn athlete!’ I don’t get it!”

Then taking it to the next level–the always classy one–Evelyn accuses Jenn of hooking up with athletes in secret! “Whether you are having sex with, marrying, dating or not you are still sleeping with athletes and my man happens to be an athlete! DUH! That would be the same type of person!” Oh, these ladies!

“And what is so crazy is that Jenn was OUT having ‘relations’ with athletes and trying to play the innocent role on the show. Last season Jen was dating, however, she acted as though she wasn’t to viewers. At least, I give our viewers ALL of me; I don’t lie to any of you guys regarding my personal life, friendships, etc,” Evelyn fumes.

I personally think at least Jenn is keeping it somewhat classy and reserving the mudslinging for some less personal attacks. I am dead sure she has some serious dirt on Evelyn’s antics that she could start throwing to the media. And if Jenn wants to hook up with athletes as a single woman and not tell the public, who cares? So long as it’s not Evelyn’s fiancé, she shouldn’t worry about it!

Evelyn insists her anger is directly related to Jenn’s comments about Chad. “We have been friends for twelve years and at the end of the day, talking smack about my fiancé is OFF LIMITS,” Evelyn advises. “The comments that Jen carelessly made about my relationship is an issue and she was not being a real friend.”

“Once Chad proposed, do you realize that Jen NEVER congratulated me…she didn’t say anything positive, never took time out to meet Chad…nothing,” Evelyn adds. “All of the crocodile tears is for show, it’s fake…she did this to herself. Jenn showed me her true colors and I am done with her.” Evelyn is also disappointed Jenn didn’t throw her a bridal shower.

Evelyn concludes by saying she is very hurt by Jenn’s attitude. “I thought she was a true friend, I was loyal and I seriously thought she would have been happy for me. We were friends for twelve years and regardless she has judged Chad and me. Meanwhile, she is doing the same thing.”

Well, that’s that! I’m thinking these two are done. The fat lady has sung and the tears have been cried, sadly we’re still going to have to hear about the drama for the next few moths! I’m going to console myself by placing bets on who flings a drink first – Jenn or Evelyn?

WHO DO YOU BLAME FOR THE FRIENDSHIP ENDING: JENN, EVELYN, OR BASKETBALL WIVES FAME? ARE YOU TIRED OF THIS TOPIC ALREADY? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL THROW A DRINK FIRST: EVELYN OR JENN?



On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, skeletons came out of the closet, or the bedroom if you will, as Tamra and Gretchen told the other ladies about their new friendship and the truth about Brooks’ trouble with the law surfaced.

Things start out at the Effing Catalina Wine Mixer. Which, really is a wine mixer with all the wine these forty-something parents are mixing! No wonder they are acting like such nut balls. They could have their own Will Farrell-esque comedy about people who refuse to grow up.

Tamra is obviously insane – it’s more clear than ever after her meltdown last week – and is very upset that Vicki and Eddie were touching. Tamra is sobbing jealous because she loves them both so much. Eddie reassured her that he is not interested in Vicki, and that he loves her very much. Why he’s interested in Tamra is a whole ‘nother subject.

Back at the table Tamra starts crying again, explaining she doesn’t care about horoscopes, but Vicki and Eddie aren’t allowed to high-five or get within a 50 foot radius of each other. What is she so worried about?????

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It’s the curtain call for the girls of Teen Mom 2, and we can only hope they have learned from their many struggles during the recent installment of the franchise. It’s doubtful, but we can hope! Last night the moms sat down with, the one-and-only, Dr. Drew Pinsky, to discuss the hardships they faced during their sophomore season.

Dr. Drew begins with a recap of the season. Sidebar, are Kailyn and Leah going to the same hairdresser? Their hairstyles are shades of off-white and stark white, respectively. After watching the footage, both are already teary. Kailyn claims she is upset watching her friend get upset. The show has brought the pair closer.

Chelsea reveals that Aubree loves doing her hair and make-up. It appears that maybe Chelsea was sitting a seat over from the blondes in the salon. She has also been visiting Year Round Brown, as she’s very tan. Jenelle expounds on what Chelsea has said about Aubree and Jace…apparently the toddlers are either fighting or making out when they are in the same room. The therapy session cuts to commercial, and of course the first advertisement (of many, I’m sure) introduces the newest teens on 16 and Pregnant. #Depressing.

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It’s been a big week for Bethenny Frankel, but I’ve come to learn that every week is a big week when you’re a Skinnygirl with anything and everything on your plate…and that plate is seen by a gazillion viewers, followers, haters, and fans. Oddly enough (and I didn’t think it was odd at all until my dear friend–a true Fan-kel–pointed it out to me over cocktails), I have no opinion on Bethenny. Whatsoever.

I think she’s savvy and smart. I think she’s equally annoying. I love her clothes. I hate her brashness, but I think I’m secretly jealous of it. She is the one reality star that should push my buttons–good or bad–but doesn’t. That said, I am following her current reports much more closely because I am equal parts saddened by her heartbreaking news, intrigued by her ability to garner such strong reactions, and a ridic lover of bad daytime talk shows. Quite the combo!

After the new season of Bethenny Ever After premiered Monday night, the reality maven was a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. In between drinking games and pleading the fifth, Bethenny spoke about her, much touted, new foray into the realm of daytime chitchat. Following this announcement on WWHL, The Hollywood Reporter expanded on Bethenny’s growing empire.

The star, known for her sharp tongue and keen business skill, revealed to Andy Cohen that her new talk show, Bethenny, will premiere June 11th on Fox. Citing the premise of her show, she opined, “Instead of watching my marriage, my sex life, my conversations about money, I want to involve you.” Hmmm, I am not sure I want to be involved in ALL that, but I’m curious nonetheless.

Bethenny continued, “It’s a girlfriends show, but it’s really honest…[j]ust what’s really going on, have an honest conversation without it being just me being in the fishbowl. I want to involve everyone in the conversation.” It sounds, well just fabulous! When she stated she planned on having celebrity guests as well, I was sold. Now if only I could quit my day job, so I can sit home to watch it…

The one-hour daily program is being produced by Telepictures Productions, with Bethenny and Ellen DeGeneres serving as executive producers. I do love some Ellen! The Frankel/Hoppy clan will be spending some time in Burbank, as that is where the show will be taped.

Additionally, it will get a special preview in test markets for six weeks. Those of you lucky enough to live in New York and Los Angeles will be among the first viewers. Wendy Williams was successful with a similar strategy. If Bethenny prevails on these selected stations, she will be in good company on the daytime talk circuit. It was reported that Jeff Probst, Katie Couric, and Steve Harvey will also be joining the increasing crowded world of sofa chats, cooking segments, and book clubs.

And speaking of book clubs, Madame Frankel has had three lifestyle and nutrition books to hit the New York Times’ bestseller list. She is now taking the plunge (get it?) into fiction as her first novel, Skinnydipping, will hit the shelves May 1.

While in the clubhouse, Bethenny also opened up about her recent miscarriage and some resulting health issues. Earlier Monday morning, she revealed her tragic ordeal on the TODAY Show when asked if she had plans for more children. A tearful Bethenny responded, “We were pregnant with a second baby, and at eight weeks, I miscarried.”

Understandably, Bethenny, who is the mother to 21-month-old Bryn with husband Jason Hoppy, has been struggling during such a difficult time. She shared, “There are so many…things that come with [miscarrying]. You go through a roller coaster of emotions…[a]bout your age, about being a woman, about, can you have another baby, are you a failure to your partner? You go through a million different things.”

On WWHL, she revealed to Andy, “As a result of [the miscarriage], I was on an antibiotic Doxycycline. I took it at night without any water, went to bed and it burned a hole in my esophagus. I have a hole in my heart and my esophagus.” She retorts, “But it’s okay — I’m feeling good. I wouldn’t be drinking a Skinnygirl Margarita if I weren’t feeling good!”

I’m glad to see she still has her signature cocktail and signature sense of humor. Our thoughts are with Bethenny and her family.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S REVELATIONS? WILL YOU BE WATCHING HER NEW TALK SHOW?

The Bravo network has now released a new preview clip for Kandi Burruss’ spin-off show, The Kandi Factory!

Kandi, star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, who is now notorious for helping turn tone-deaf Kim Zolciak into a iTunes music super star will attempt to do the same with two music hopefuls by giving them their chance at music stardom.

In this special, Kandi will give two protégés, with no music industry experience, the opportunity to come to Atlanta. She will write an original song for each based on their personal stories. The amateurs will then have the chance to work with her team of experts–composed of a producer, choreographer and stylist–to master the key elements that make a pop star.

It, however, appears Kandi’s show will be a one time special, for the time being, and not a weekly series. No word on why Bravo decided to use this format. Perhaps, it was always intended to be a special than a weekly series.

The Kandi Factory will air March 4 on Bravo at 10/9c in the form of a 90-minute special. A video sneak peek is below!

Moving on to some RHOA drama, Kandi does not bite her tongue when it comes to her costar Marlo Hampton. In her latest Bravo blog, Kandi tells the truth refers to Marlo, who took over 25 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes to Africa for a 10-day vacation, as being both “shallow and materialistic.”

“I think for the most part Marlo is a nice person, and yes, I think she’s fashionable, but I just don’t like being around people who constantly boast and brag about what they have. It comes off as shallow and materialistic,” blogs Kandi. “I hate when NeNe says that I’m mad just because I let it be known that I don’t like Marlo’s bragging. Now when I remind NeNe that she has made similar statements about Kim, she says it’s because Kim is materialistic and superficial but Marlo doesn’t seem that way. Huh?! ”

Kandi continues, “Well anyway, I think Marlo has an incredible closet full of beautiful clothes and shoes, but the constant talk about them I can do without.” Amen sister!

Kandi also touched on Cynthia Bailey’s two-facedness! On the last episode of the show, Cynthia continued to prove she is nothing more than Nene Leakes’ lapdog as she appeared scared to share her true feelings and opinions about Marlo when her leader, Nene, was around.

Kandi writes: “Now Cynthia on the other hand does hang out with Marlo from time to time, because of NeNe I suppose. It threw me for a loop when she was so open on the safari about her thoughts of Marlo when it was just us Smalls listening, but she TOTALLY changed her tune when NeNe met up with us. If she has ever wondered why people have said she follows NeNe and doesn’t have her own mind, then maybe she gets it now. I didn’t get it. Why wasn’t she as honest with NeNe about her opinion as she was with us? That was crazy.”

Crazy indeed for an adult woman to be scared of another adult woman! Especially, one who’s suppose to be her friend.

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TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING IN TO KANDI’S SPECIAL? THOUGHTS ON HER COMMENTS ABOUT MARLO & CYNTHIA? IS CYNTHIA A COWARD?

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