Reality Tea

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I've never had more of a conflicting feeling when recapping a new show.  On one hand, I couldn't wait for the train wreck that is Bravo's Southern Charm. On the other hand, it's a train wreck that's filmed in my backyard of Charleston, South Carolina. Okay, so maybe it's not technically my backyard because I am certainly not living South of Broad (anymore…I did rent a carriage house for two years in law school that was in the exclusive area blocks from the Battery, but it didn't have central air or any form of heat which made it less hoity-toity!), but this is a small town. Everywhere I went yesterday I heard people talking about the show with equal parts disgust and intrigue…which is exactly how I approached it! I do have to applaud Bravo for finally making dudes look like total d-bags instead of focusing on women who eat, sleep, and breathe drama.

And so it begins. In the opening montage, I see my office and my church. It's surreal, but I have a feeling it's something I'm going to have to get used to as the season progresses. I apologize in advance for being all "fan girl" over the city…not the participants in this debacle! Thomas Ravenel, the state's former treasurer, is just ridiculous. I'm going to have the hardest time not being horribly snarky when it comes to T-Rav. I once saw him making out at an oyster bar, and it was sloppy. Then he went to jail. As he's being introduced, co-star Whitney Sudler-Smith (who is also listed as an executive producer on the show…really, Andy Cohen?) does a spot-on interpretation of the name-dropping Southerner. T-Rav opens by reinventing himself on a radio show. Good times.

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The lucky few have been chosen! 

Four select ladies from various Real Housewives franchises banded together to film a bit for the upcoming Bravo Upfronts. The Upfronts is when Bravo dangles its most popular shows to hype the upcoming seasons. Not being seen at the Upfronts probably means you won't be seen on TV. Unless of course you're select members of Real Housewives of New York. Case in point: Sonja Morgan

During last year's Upfronts Sonja was in a contract dispute with the network and was a no show – mainly because she was rumored to be uninvited

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It looks like someone's ego needed a slight reality check last night after the Oscars.  This latest blind item reveals someone who needed to be knocked down a few pegs. 

The gossip: 

Lots of celebrities attended Oscar parties yesterday. Oscar winners and nominees prefer the big parties like the the Vanity Fair Party or The Governors Ball, while music types gravitate more towards the Elton John Party or the Madonna Party.  Among the party guests yesterday was a well-known Reality Star.

While some of the lesser celebrities were happy to meet her and get their photo taken with her, some of the bigger celebrities gave her a wide berth. Two of them were a Singer and an Actress – who are friendly in real life – who were chatting on one side of the room with a few other people.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season 4 and “Vanderpump Rules” season 2 Cross-over premiere

Where would the Real Housewives franchise be without twitter? Particularly Brandi Glanville who has created a whole best-selling book career surrounding her inability to spell or censor. 

Well now Lisa Vanderpump wants to get in on the fun! Following last week's Scary Island 2.0 adventure in Puerto Rico where the ladies cornered Lisa at the beach, she's been retweeting and tweeting all about being victim numero uno (I hope Brandi's OK with my using a bit of Spanish there!). 

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Here it is, the post nobody's been waiting for – Kailyn Lowry's book is set to hit books stores in April. 

After talking about it for over a year, the Teen Mom 2 star's memoir Pride Over Pity will finally be available for purchase next month. No need to rush out. This time next year, I suspect there will be plenty of copies of her book still available for purchase.

Kail revealed about the book, “There are a lot of things in it involving addiction, rape,  being abandoned by my dad,  and tons of things in between – life before the cameras and where I want things to go from here."

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So first you have to actually believe that Farrah Abraham or her mom actually had $250,000 to throw around. Then if you believe that you have to remember this is Farrah Abraham who has never told the truth in her life. 

In today's laughable Farrah story, she is accusing her mom Debra Danielson of getting wrapped up in some international online dating scheme that depleted her of a quarter million dollars. 

In a deleted scene from a past episode of Couples Therapy (but available on the VH1 website) Farrah is seen concocting a crazy story about her mom to Taylor Armstrong and asking for advice. Oh man could these two compare notes…  

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Until the reality stars start snagging themselves A-List actor husbands, attending pre-Oscar parties and post-Oscar events is the closest they'll get to the actual Oscar red carpet.  But this is reality TV and they'll show up wherever there are cameras present. 

Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner all wound up at Elton John's AIDS Foundation viewing party last night.  Kim DID win an acting award this weekend – a Razzie for worst supporting actress for her part in Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. 

Also out and about this weekend: Gretchen Rossi, Joyce Giraud, Taylor Armstrong and others attending the QVC pre-Oscar bash.  We've got all your photos below! 

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