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Well, it looks like Lamar Odom just freed up some time in his schedule to devote to filming his reality shows Khloe & Lamar and Keeping up with the Kardashians.  It was announced this morning that after four months, he’s stepping down from playing pro basketball for the Dallas Mavericks.

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

I won’t pretend to understand a thing about pro athlete contracts, but does this mean he still gets paid even though he’s not playing?

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Despite Bethenny Ever After‘s very low ratings this season, the world can’t seem to get enough of Bethenny Frankel herself! The skinnygirl has been branching out in all sorts of directions, using Bravo and reality television as her own personal marketing platform. One could even say that Bethenny created, what I unaffectionately refer to as, the Bravo Home Shopping Network.

In the latest on Bethenny’s never-ending empire, the star is talking about her upcoming talk show, which will go into limited release this summer on FOX. “I’m looking towards the future. I’m thinking about the talk show,” Bethenny revealed to Access Hollywood. “That’s what I’m the most excited about and the most invested in and focused on… I mean, I got a talk show!”

Bethenny also has a brand new “novel” coming out next month, titled Skinny Dipping. It’s technically a work of fiction, but the main character and the plotline closely resemble that of another skinny girl we all know! Apparently, even though it hasn’t hit bookstores and no one really knows if anyone will buy it based on her previous books reaching the New York Times Bestseller List, Bethenny has already been approached to turn her book into a movie! Oh, lord…

“I’ve been approached for the book to be a film and a television series,” she tells the Associated Press. “My gut says it really is a film; maybe later it could be a TV series. It has the arc, the story, the characters to be a film.” Bethenny is so humble isn’t she?

Bethenny is hoping to wrangle Mila Kunis into playing the main character, aka Neffeny Prankel. “When I thought about the lead character, I thought about people like Mila Kunis,” Bethenny said. “Expect the unexpected. I think that Mila Kunis would be perfect.”

One more thing Bethenny has been working on is her line of Skinnygirl Smooth n’ Shapers. The so-called lazy lingerie will be the focal point of tonight’s episode when Bethenny coerces her entire staff (hopefully minus Dwayne) to model the goods in a photoshoot for the new line. Bethenny said she wanted real women to sport the product, since that is the target audience.

Bethenny released the products are part of her “Real Women” campaign (didn’t Dove already do that?), which evokes women to “glamoflauge” amongst other tips. Below is a photo of a whole bunch of real women in their undies modeling Skinnygirl Shapers!

Which brings us to the eternal question – will Bethenny leave reality television behind now that she has so many other eggs in her basket? All signs point to yes! “I haven’t decided whether I’m coming back,” she shared with Access Hollywood. “I have a good relationship with Bravo and you never know what we’re going to do together, but I don’t know that I want to do this again.”

As for what’s next for the star, she’s not sure about that either. “Everyone asks, are you the next this, are you the next that,” she confessed. “I’m the next Bethenny! I don’t ever look at what anyone else is doing.” One has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much Bethenny? Have we reached a skinnygirl peak?

Finally, tonight marks an all-new episode of Bethenny Ever After. As mentioned above, Skinnygirl does a photoshoot and the team gets turned into sexy mamas! Bethenny and Jason continue to have drama – this time over whether or not he should join the Skinnygirl team and work for his wife. A preview of the new episode is below!

Bethenny Ever After airs tonight at 10/9EST on Bravo.

WHY DO YOU THINK BETHENNY IS SO SUCCESSFUL? WILL YOU READ HER NEW NOVEL OR BUY HER SHAPEWEAR? IS SHE HEADED FOR OVER-EXPOSURE?

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Last night’s Celebrity Apprentice opened up on Awkardville, aka the terrified remaining team members with a ranting Arsenio Hall. Everyone looked like they wanted to avoid Arsenio’s gaze. Everyone except for Lisa Lampanelli, who finally found an outfit that looked flattering (It’s 2012. There are amazing plus size options everywhere. Look into them!). Hilariously, the self-proclaimed insult comic had a problem with Arsenio’s choice of insults for Aubrey O’Day. She yelled at Arsenio that he was about to ruin his image and career and that “every woman in America would hate him” after watching his tirade.

In his talking head, Arsenio recognized how ridiculous it was that Lisa of all people should be upset with his word choice, but on the other hand, Arsenio’s anger towards Aubrey seemed way out of line. In the war room, the team decides that from now on, the team follow Teresa’s lead to avoid future problems. Who woulda thought, Teresa Giudice would be the sanest person in a room? Lou Ferrigno and Dayana Mendoza come in from the boardroom and Lisa once again, does nothing to hide her disgust. She tells Penn Jillette that from now on, the two of them will be carrying their team. She’s not exactly wrong there.

The product placement this week is for entertainment.com, a company that no one can seem to refer to with a straight face. The teams have to produce 60-second commercials for the company. Dayana steps up as project manager for Forte and Teresa decides to manage Unanimous. Aubrey makes her return and she and Arsenio have something resembling an adult discussion, and Arsenio even comes close to apologizing, blaming his emotion on the charity work, both for his old friend Magic Johnson and his “cousin from Cleveland” who recently died of AIDS. They both agree to move on.

While a part of me is rooting for Aubrey, it was a huge letdown to see her make fun of Teresa in her talking head spots, especially after Teresa saved her in the last boardroom. Everyone knows Teresa should have brought Aubrey in, and didn’t due to their friendship/alliance, so watching Aubrey take down Teresa was too much. It just confirms what Arsenio said: it’s Aubrey’s world, and it’s all “I, I, I.” Unanimous ends up having a very peaceful week working, and they even blame Arsenio’s outburst for getting all the anger out into the open, but moving past it. This is just to grown-up for me!

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Are they or aren’t they?  Do you even care?  Of course Kim Kardashian can’t stay out of the media for three seconds, so naturally she is milking her romance–or fauxmance?–with rapper and d-bag (I love you, Taylor Swift!) Kanye West.

Apparently, a source close to Kim’s husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries, is speaking out to Hollywoodlife.com about Kim’s newest conquest.  Or would it be Kanye’s newest conquest?  It’s hard to have competing famewhores…things get confusing!

Kris’ friend tells the site, “Whether or not they are in a real relationship, it’s a publicity stunt to sell records on his part and more importantly for her, to divert people from talking about her divorce.  If anyone deserves each other, it’s these two. They both love publicity and material things.”

Adding speculation to this whole ‘we’re madly in love’ charade, Kim has been photographed several times very publicly leaving Kanye’s apartment. In fact, there’s Kim in the above photo just coincidentally leaving her new beau’s apartment wearing his lounge pants and being like ‘Oh, paparazzi! Where’d you come from?’.

The insider claims that Kim and Kanye’s recent public displays of affection and NYC slumber parties are certainly planned by the duos publicists, citing it is “no coincidence they started the same night his new song dropped.”  A song, I might add, that won’t be making my iTunes playlist…I will, however, be downloading Maria’s version of Nyquil:)

What song, you’re asking?  Of course you’re not asking that–everyone has heard that Kanye’s new single Theraflu references his love for Kim (by name!) and threatens to have Jay-Z kick Kris off the New Jersey Nets.  The source continues, “I’m convinced they are the ones who have been tipping off the paparazzi to take their photos everywhere they go so that they can get the publicity.  Someone who is calling the paparazzi can’t be as desperate about her divorce as she says she is.”

Kris Humphries isn’t the only Kris who has a “source” close to the story, though.  Surprisingly, however, both Kris insiders are in agreement!  Someone close to the Kardashian Kamp reveals, “It’s so calculated and of course, Kim’s mother, Kris, is all behind it.  Look at all the great PR they are getting. I must say they make a perfect couple. They both love the limelight and can’t get enough attention.”

“This is also a big f–k you to Kris Humphries. I kind of feel sorry for him because Kim is acting like [she] never ever shed a tear for him,” adds the insider.  “I don’t understand why the Kardashians think this is a good move for Kim. But believe me everything that family does calculated.”

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Jersey Shore star ‘The Situation‘ may be out of rehab, but it seems that his problems are far from over.  Reportedly, the reality star is not only battling an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, but some darker addictions as well – like sex and fame, sources say.

This week’s print edition of Reality Weekly claims that The Situation is in a spiral and it’s all taking a toll on him, despite his seeking helping at the Cirque Lodge in Utah.  A friend tells the magazine that “Mike projects this image that he’s in love with himself, but inside, he’s really fragile and insecure. He has a really dark side and a lot of demons, which is why he developed a problem with addictions”.

The friend claims that Mike has to drink in order to feel comfortable in social settings and that he beds multiple women in an attempt to boost his fragile ego. “He gets such an ego boost if a woman wants to sleep with him.  He’s always trying to top himself; how many girls he can have at once, how many Miss Hawaiian Tropic models he can sleep with, how many different girls he can have in one day. ”

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Last night’s episode of Shahs of Sunset gave us a glimpse into Reza Farahan’s daddy issues, Sammy Younai’s creative math abilities, and Golnessa “GG” Gharachedaghi’s aversion to poor people’s clothes.  Also, what happens in Vegas comes back to haunt you, repeatedly.

The episode starts out with GG and Asa Soltan Rahmati taking a stab at being friends.  Asa decides she wants to expand GG’s horizons (in case daddy really does cut off her credit cards?) and takes her to her favorite resale clothing boutique, Decades.  GG admits that she’s not a fan of vintage clothing and says that you just can’t get rid of the stench from “used clothing”.  In GG’s world, vintage = peasant rash.

ASA and GG dish about Mercedes “MJ” Javid’s rude behavior, showing up three hours late for the party GG threw for her parents’ 40th anniversary.  GG is happy that Asa agrees with her that it was disrespectful.  MJ was right last week, the wrath of GG IS coming.

We get to meet Reza’s mom! He explains how hard she worked and gave him unconditional love after his dad left. Reza talks about his upcoming trip to NY to see his dad for the first time in several years.  His mom brings out some pictures from Reza’s childhood.  Reza’s mom was Muslim and his dad was Jewish, which was a scandalous relationship at the time.  His dad had to convert to Islam and his family was furious.  Reza’s parents never stood a chance because they had so much pressure coming from both sides of the family.

Over at GG’s condo, she and her friend Tahira get ready for girls night.  Here comes the crazy! You know Girls Night in GG’s hood is code for Golnesa Gone Loco up in someone’s face, at some point in the evening.  GG vows that won’t be the case and if there’s any sign of impending drama, she swears it’ll be the end of her night.  She doesn’t put that in writing.

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It’s no secret that ABC wanted Emily Maynard to be The Bachelorette something desperate, but according to a new report, producers were so anxious to get the southern beauty to sign on they were willing to go to extremes. And tolerate some pretty diva behavior!

Many were surprised when Emily seemed to have a abrupt change of heart about finding love on TV after a first failed attempt, but according to In Touch Weekly (via their print edition), producers agreed to accommodate all of her demands in order for her to agree to the show – including moving the Bachelor house to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. And the network is reportedly paying Emily a whopping $250,000!

A source close to Emily disputes that she is getting a huge fee to appear on the show, telling RumorFix that Emily is not being paid. “None of the reports are true. None of the contestants go on the show for money – only for love.”

Even more surprising is how far the network is willing to go for Emily’s cooperation. “The producers have completely changed the format this season in order to meet Emily’s demands,” a source tells In Touch. Emily has some pretty strict demands for her potential suitors, too. She allegedly requested that producers “pre-qualify” the men to make sure she isn’t getting any losers – or any broke guys. “She wanted only the best-looking, most mannered guys,” the source reveals.

After viewing former competitor Ashley Hebert‘s season, Emily made it perfectly clear she is not accepting any Bentley Williams-esque villains. Furthermore, Emily knows what she’s looking for and the single mom is quickly sending men home! “She’s whittling it down to a handful of candidates who she will spend a lot more time with,” an insider explains. “If she doesn’t like a guy, he’s gone.” During a recent group date in Bermuda where the men were involved in a boat race, a source claims that Emily “had the producers change the teams so that her top guys were in the same boat.”

Most surprisingly, is that after Emily insisted that her six-year-old daughter Ricki would have no interaction with any of her dates, a source is reporting that Emily is keeping Ricki very involved. “She took one of the guys to watch Ricki play soccer on day one!” Not sure I believe this allegation…

Moving on, the most hated Bachelor couple ever,  Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, are still proclaiming that their love is real and a wedding is in their future! “We’re very much in love,” Courtney recently told US Weekly (via their print edition). “We’re talking about getting married maybe at the place where we had our first date in Sonoma. Ben’s open to it.”

For now the couple hasn’t moved in together, but they are going on dates and learning about each others’ lives. “I’m going to be in San Francisco a lot, and he’s going to be in LA a lot,” Courtney shares. “We’ve got a lot of trips planned.”

“They need time to have that normal relationship before saying ‘I do,’” a source asserts. “He wants to take the time to court Courtney.”

Ben adds that they don’t want to rush into things because they want their relationship to last. “We want to figure out who we are together, so we’ll have a better chance.” And putting those cheating and break-up rumors to rest, Ben assures us that he and Courtney have been spending plenty of time together. “When the show was airing, we spent a lot of time together and got to know each other really well.”

Things are continuing to go well for the couple who just returned from a romantic vacation in Puerto Vallarta. “Courtney and Ben have the same sense of humor, and their friends do too,” a friend of Ben’s tells the mag. “Everyone hangs out like they’ve known each other for years. It’s been a very comfortable combining of worlds.”

IS EMILY BEING A DIVA ON THE SET OF THE SOW? IS SHE MAKING DEMANDS OF THE PRODUCERS? DO YOU THINK BEN AND COURTNEY ARE RIGHT TO TAKE THINGS SLOWLY? WILL THEY GET MARRIED?

Um, congratulations?

Despite recent reports of discontent, it appears that Teen Mom 2 “star” Leah Messer has once again tied the knot…her second marriage at the ripe old age of nineteen.  The Ashland Daily Independent is reporting that Leah and fiancé Jeremy Calvert walked down the aisle on Wednesday at the Wedding Chapel in Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

The local paper states that the intimate affair was officiated by the Reverend Marty Gute, a city commissioner and minister in Ashland.  It was attended by a very small number of family, including Leah’s twin daughters, with ex-husband Corey Simms, and close friends…as well as MTV camera crews, of course!

Reverend Gute reveals that he received a phone call from MTV producers on Tuesday, hoping for permission to film inside the chapel.  He recalls, “When I asked what was going on, they said it was for the Leah Simms wedding, and that name didn’t ring a bell at first.”  However, when Gute told his wife and daughter about the phone call, they both knew exactly who he would be marrying.

“I think they wanted to keep it out of the news, but the producer said he knew it would hit Facebook soon,” Gute continued. “He asked my daughter not to tweet about it, though.”  He also believes that the couple will have a larger, more public wedding in the near future.  Of course they will!

Citing Leah and Jeremy’s nuptials as one of the most exciting he’s officiated, Gute is not stranger to marrying pseudo-celebs.  He tells the newspaper, “We’ve had two couples on Jerry Springer — one from Boyd County and one from Ashland.”  Yup, it sounds about right to add Leah into that mix.

Reverend Gute states that the mothers of the bride and groom served as witnesses, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.  The wedding was scheduled to begin at 3pm, but apparently didn’t start until 4:30 due to the couple attaining their marriage license at the Boyd County Courthouse and procuring their rings at a local pawn shop pre-ceremony.  Needless to say that MTV cameras were on-hand to film those things as well.

Regardless, “Everybody was happy and joyful and took a ton of pictures,” exclaims the Reverend.  No word yet on how Corey or his camo hat are feeling about the newlyweds!

ARE YOU SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT LEAH AND JEREMY’S WEDDING?  DO YOU THINK IT WILL LAST?  COMMENTS ON HOW COREY IS LIKELY FEELING RIGHT ABOUT NOW?

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