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Fans are loving Big Ang, it would seem.  The Mob Wives star is reportedly in talks for her own spinoff show!

Sources tell Wetpaint that “a deal is in the works.  Nothing has been signed, but a deal is being set up.”  VH1 declined to comment, but where there’s smoke…

The networks are handing these spinoffs out like candy, aren’t they? Snooki & JWoww, Lisa Vanderpump, Bethenney Frankel and on and on….. Like a free gift with purchase.

It seems that Mob Wives is turning out to be too much reality for some viewers of the show. After recent episodes showed the grizzly reality of the mob lifestyle, fans are speaking out about the show losing it’s entertainment value.

Two weeks ago, the show featured the ladies’ vacation to the Poconos, where they fired off some rounds in the woods to reconnect them to their roots or something. Karen Gravano, daughter of former mob boss, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, recounted the first time she discovered her father’s gun under a mattress. Now, relatives of some of Sammy’s victims are speaking out about the inappropriateness of the show and the topic!

“Sammy was a psychotic killer. And I do believe genes are inherited,” said Lynda Milito, a mob wife of her own, who credits Sammy for offing her husband Louie Milito. “What about the people [Sammy] killed, and their extended family? How can [Karen] be allowed to shoot a gun? The apple does not fall far from the tree, and crime does not pay,” Lynda tells the NY Post.

Concerns were also raised about Karen, who was once on probation, being in contact with a firearm. In response to the concerns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Philadelphia Field Division issued a statement denying that any illegal behavior took place on said trip. “We are aware of the show and the episode. We do not have a criminal investigation.”

Karen also denies breaking probation and issued a statement through her rep denying any wrongdoing.  “My probation terms have been over since 2003. At that time, I filed a motion to have my constitutional rights restored and to my knowledge, they have been restored. They’re doing everything they can to discredit me because of their personal issues with my father.”

Moving on to other distressing Mob Wives issues - Renee Graziano has been dealing with the horrific reality of learning that her ex-husband, Junior Pagan, ratted out her father, Anthony Graziano, which resulted in his return to jail.  Junior is reportedly in the Federal Witness Protection Program.

Renee has shared that she fell into a deep depression, later leading to hospitalization after she contemplated suicide. Well, now Renee is moving on, but she will “never” speak to Junior again!

“I have no relationship with my son’s father whatsoever,” Renee told HollywoodLife. “Not at all. I found forgiveness for myself, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to go on and date and be a happy person. As far as my father is concerned, I won’t be able to forgive him [Junior] not now and not ever.”

Renee also reveals that her son AJ is healing as well, but things are still difficult for him. “He is doing the best that he can and hopefully he will come out of it soon.”

Not surprisingly, as Renee is the one who has brought them all together, Renee credits her co-stars for keeping her sane and helping her through the awful situation. “They have helped me,” she shares. “I’m in a really good place with the girls. I don’t always like them, but I love them.”

Renee is also ready to start dating again! “I’m single and I’m open to dating,” she dished “I’m looking for a real man.”

Maybe they can give Renee her own spinoff, too.  Bachelorette-style.

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TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A ‘BIG ANG’ SPINOFF SHOW?  WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE OUTCRY OVER RENEE’S GUN FIRING? WHO DO YOU THINK RENEE SHOULD DATE AFTER JUNIOR?

Is poor, pregnant Snooki being duped by that innocent-looking Jionni LaValle? Rumor has it that he’s been cheating on his fiancé with an ex-girlfriend.

In this week’s National Enquirer (not always trash tabloid), a source says that Jionni has been photographed getting cozy with an old flame named Erica Wecksler, a 22-year-old fashion merchandiser.

“Poor little Snooki is caught up in a love triangle that she knows nothing about! He’s engaged to Snooki but go­ing behind her back to contact Erica, calling and texting her. He’s cheating on Snooki.”

Firing back is Snooki’s rep, who says that the whole thing is made up by a bunch of wannabe famewhores. Oh, so people like the Shore gang before they got their big break?

Her rep tells Hollywood Life: “Snooki is very happy, healthy, in mommy-to-be mode and doesn’t let rumors like this bother her.  It’s sad when people come out of the wood work to make some quick cash with made up or embellished stories. Those people are not friends of hers and only want 15 minutes of fame or in their case 30 seconds.”

It’s a good thing that Snooki doesn’t let the crazy rumors get to her, because we know there will be at least twelve new ones per day and filming hasn’t even started on the new season yet!

Another Jersey Shore couple is also dealing with the rumor mill this week.  JWoww and Roger Matthews have been facing reports in the media that they were heading for a split, but a friend close to the reality star and her beau says it’s the total opposite. Star says that Jenni dumped Roger when she started filming her new spinoff show with Snooki, but a source says that the two are “always together” and “practically engaged”.

J-Woww also jumped on Twitter (as all celebs do to either stir the pot or set the record straight).

She tweeted:   “Just found out online me and roger broke up lol awkward since we r at the gym together right now… Love tabloids.”

Who can keep up anymore? I’ve got whiplash.

In other J-Woww and Snooki news, the dynamic duo shared a photo of their new pad in Jersey City where they’ve been filming their spin-off show.

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Jenelle Evans.  Oh, Jenelle.  I so want to be in your corner, but with each passing day you make it impossible harder.  The latest in Teen Mom debacle news comes from Radaronline.com, and it’s brought to us by–who else?–Jenelle’s supposed biffle.  Geez, Jenelle!

Jenelle’s bestie, Tori Rhyne, opens up to the Star Magazine site, claiming the young, troubled mother has found something to whet her palate while she’s not smoking weed.  Tori claims her pal has tried her hand at LSD, and she states Jenelle is “thinking it helps her, but it really doesn’t.”  Her “friend” (who in no way was compensated for this interview…ahem, cough, cough) alleges, “She does it a lot — she fell in love with it.  It’s just a little sheet that she puts on her tongue and waits for it to hit her: Then she gets all weird.”

The site also claims that Jenelle has found other ways to cope, now that she is routinely tested for marijuana use, per her probation conditions.  Among her drugs or choice?  Star cites Xanax, Ecstacy, booze and alcohol as Jenelle’s choice vices.

However, Tori is concerned that her friend just can’t give up the Mary Jane.  “After she gets off, she’s going to smoke a big blunt, that’s what she told me,” Tori tells the site, while acknowledging that Jenelle has put forth little, if any, effort in regaining custody of son Jace who is being cared for by her mother Barbara Evans.

Tori continues, “She’s only worried about getting off probation, so she can smoke weed!”  Her friend, who cares enough to get paid by a tabloid to air her fears, shares, “When Jenelle does acid she is an amazing person, but of course it is not her – it is the drug that she is on.  As bad as that sounds, I do worry about her because I don’t want her to have a bad trip and never be able to get out of it.”  She sounds like a fabulous person and support system.  I wonder if she like to split a Best Friends locket with me…

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Last night’s American Idol elimination had the remaining eight contestants worried about their fate after a night filled with eighties tributes.

Ryan Seacrest approaches Joshua Ledet who had been feeling faint.  He seems very thrilled to have his health issues highlighted on the live show.  Ryan announces that JLo is introducing a new, sexy video.  He questions whether Jennifer had some sort of connection with any of the back-up dancers.  A blushing JLo pleads the fifth.  Oh, Idol…you’re so coy!   A sneak peek of the video reveals that it is very desperate sexy.

Not letting go of the fact that Joshua is sick as a dog, they show a video of a pre-school class in Vietnam wishing him luck.  Huh?  Last night’s results are based on duet teams.  Joshua is strong enough to make it to center stage with Jessica Sanchez.  Joshua sang “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” to rave reviews from the judges.  Jessica channeled Whitney Houston with “How Will I Know.”  Steven Tyler calls her (and her voice) absolutely “beautiful.”  Jessica fumbles, telling the crowd she doesn’t have a voice for eighties music.  Both are safe.

The Wanted, a British pop group, is introduced and makes quite a debut.  I like this song…I didn’t know they sang it!  However, enough is enough, let’s get back to the results!  Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon are the next pair in the hot seat.  Skylar belted out a country version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Randy Jackson called it her best performance to date.  She received a standing ovation.  Colton sang my favorite Cyndi Lauper ballad “Time After Time” and I loved it.  Jimmy didn’t agree.

Ryan wants to keep the anticipation high, so he calls Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick to the stage with Skylar and Colton.  Hollie flashed back with everyone’s favorite Flashdance theme, singing “What a Feelin’” and I wish I had on a cut-off sweatshirt.  The judges didn’t love it.  Perhaps, I loved the song more than her rendition, but you have to admit, it’s a fab, open your sun-roof and sing your head off song.  On the other hand, Jennifer loved DeAndre’s version of the El Debarge hit.  I concur with Jimmy on this one…the judges loved him, but I found it mediocre at best.  But his mediocre is better than I’ll ever be!  Unfortunately, he finds himself in the bottom three, and Hollie joins him.  Both Skylar and Colton are safe.

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Bringing you an all-new photo post this week!

Above is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump and her famous dog Giggy, as they arrive at JFK airport on April 2nd.

Photos below include: Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy out for a stroll; Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa protesting at DASH; Simon Van Kempen and Alex McCord attend an event; Phaedra Parks in NYC; Debbie Gibson and Aubrey O’Day at the Crystal Light launch; Peggy Tanous attends an event and many more!

Also featured: Pauly D, Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic, Dayana Mendoza, Coco Austin and Ice-T, Dee Snider, Tyra Banks, Lisa Lampanelli, Gene Simmons, Anita Gohari (Shahs of Sunset), Rachel Zoe, and so many more!

 

[Photo credit: Pacific Coast News]

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Well, oh my. In what is another case of reality being more interesting than reality TV, it seems Gretchen Rossi‘s never-ending court battle with alleged ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou will now be involving her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars!

Here’s the backstory: Gretchen joined RHOC as the supposed fiancé of millionaire Jeff Beitzel, who was suffering from leukemia. Jeff passed away shortly after filming ended in 2008. Jay allegedly contacted Tamra Barney to spill the news that Gretchen was lying about her relationship to Jeff and using him to be on the show meanwhile he, Jay, was her real boyfriend! Whoopsie! Tamra confronted Gretchen, which began their seasons long feud.

Gretchen attempted to file a restraining order against Jay, but it was summarily dismissed. Thus began the long drawn-out court battle between Jay and Gretchen over defamation, etc. Gretchen was supposed to pay all of Jay’s legal fees after she lost her court case against him. He retaliated with a defamation lawsuit, and she filed a countersuit.

Well, finally Gretchen and Jay will be facing-off in a civil trial that could get very interesting! The National Enquirer (a more reliable source than you’d think) is reporting that Jay’s attorneys recently deposed Gretchen and she changed her story about when she allegedly met Jay.

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Gretchen had previously claimed he was a “family friend” and they briefly dated before Jeff entered the picture.  “Jay Photoglou is nothing more than a thief and liar. Jay and I had a short-lived relationship BEFORE Jeff and I dated,” she said of the situation way back in 2009.

During the deposition, Gretchen also admitted that she “spent time with Jay on at least four separate occasions after she got engaged to her now-deceased fiance.” When the attorneys sought more information she refused to answer further. Just so you know, multiple photos of Jay and Gretchen from that time period are floating around the web – damn that trusty time stamp – including ones that show them hanging out with Alexis and Jim Bellino!

Which brings us to the reason the ladies of RHOC will likely be involved in the civil suit. Jay is planning to subpoena several of Gretchen’s former and current castmates to testify against her, concerning when she met Jay and the type of relationship they shared! On the short list is: Tamra, Peggy Tanous, Lynne Curtain, and guess who? Alexis!

“No matter what, Gretchen is not going to like it when her fellow housewives have to spill the beans about her relationship with Jay Photoglou,” said an insider reveals. “I’m sure no matter what they say, it won’t help Gretchen’s case.” I’m not sure why Gretchen continues to pretend she is innocent in all of this – it’s ridiculous!

What’s interesting about this situation is that Alexis was formerly one of Gretchen’s closest friends, but she has since defected! After a tension-filled season where Alexis openly admitted she is unhappy about Gretchen’s newly burgeoning friendship with Tamra;  Jesus Barbie is now speaking out about her new friendship with Vicki Gunvalson!

“Vicki and I have finally turned over a new leaf. We’ve started hanging out outside of the show, which has been nice,” Alexis shares with WetPaint. “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic about it.”

Alexis adds that it’s difficult for her to get past some of the negative things Vicki has said about her in the past, but she wants to think happy thoughts. “I try not to dwell on it,” she explains. “I want to live in the moment and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I think, back when Vicki said all those things about me, she was in a really unhappy place. Now, she’s happy again and in a better place and so far, we’re getting along just fine.”

Proving this friendship is indeed real, Vicki recently tweeted a photo of them at an event. The photo is below!

While, Alexis and Vicki have made amends, and Tamra and Gretchen are now BFF, there’s two people who just can’t see eye-to-eye: Gretchen and Vicki! Gretchen recently spoke out saying she doesn’t “respect” Vicki and has no interest in a relationship with her. And HollywoodLife reveals that things have evolved into a full-fledged feud!

“There’s a feud between Gretchen and Vicki,” the source says. “And Vicki and Alexis are bonding over it. They are also both visibly annoyed about Gretchen and Tamra’s new friendship.” Things are so acrimonious, Gretchen intentionally skipped Vicki’s recent 50th birthday party, which was attended by all of her other castmates!

And finally, Vicki is doing what she does best – talking about herself! In a new interview with US Weekly, Vicki shares her secrets to longevity as a Housewife!

“Number one, I’m the original; Number 2, I’ve allowed the cameras to enter all parts, all facets of my life; and I signed up for this!;” Vicki believes these are the reasons she’s lasted seven seasons on the show. She said her approach to filming is, “This is my reality — come on in through all the issues and struggles and trials — and good times!”

Vicki also adds that things get pretty testy with Tamra as the season goes on – including an epic fight in the season finale where their friendship faces the ultimate test. Things are good between the two now. “We were able to mend the fences and kinda get through it,” she says. “Will I ever forget? uh-huh.”  Juicy! I wonder what happened!?

You can watch the video of Vicki talking RHOC below!

THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN AND JAY’S LATEST COURT BATTLE? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? IS ALEXIS’ FRIENDSHIP WITH ALEXIS AUTHENTIC? SURPRISED VICKI AND TAMRA HAD SUCH SERIOUS ISSUES?

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We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night.  The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live.  A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!

Above: Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Below: NeNe Leakes, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Tamra Barney, Taylor Armstrong, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and more!

Did you watch the show last night? Do you need therapy after listening to that sing-off??!!!

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Teresa Giudice finally gave Donald Trump the sparks he was asking for when she got into it with Debbie Gibson on last Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice. She even decided to insult Debbie’s choice of wardrobe for the occasion like there was some kind of dress code. In an interview with Zap2It, Debbie insists she was happy to be done with the show: “Once the potshots started, I was glad [to leave]. I can take constructive and professional criticism.”

Wait, so “your tits are hanging out” isn’t professional criticism? That explains a lot. What’s even more interesting is Debbie’s revelation that, post show, she found out she had actually fund-raised more money for the guidebook challenge than chopping block-mate Dayana Mendoza. That makes the inclusion of Aubrey O’Day, who raised less money than both of them, even more suspect. But we all know Dayana’s money is worth more to Donald because it came from Dayana’s model friends. If there’s one thing that man likes, it’s to look at, and discuss tall, thin women. It’s not hard to do the math here.

But, in Dayana’s defense, Debbie has this to say: “I don’t think she was the hardest worker or the most creative, but she certainly wasn’t a problem. They were calling her distracting, and I thought it was all a bit contrived.”

Does Debbie’s former ally Lisa Lampanelli know that Debbie was quoted saying something positive about Lisa’s Venezuelan nemesis? Is Debbie a new target for Lisa’s humor?

In another interview on Debbie’s post-firing tour, she tells The Deadbolt that she still doesn’t understand why Teresa was so angry with her in the boardroom. “Teresa never delegated anything to do with the visuals for the kiosk for where we were selling the book. She never delegated it. It wasn’t my job to wonder who she delegated that to.” I felt the same way when watching the episode. When Debbie brought up the kiosk to Teresa in the war room, Teresa looked at Debbie like she had four heads. The kiosk was kinda essential to their task and should have been a priority.

In response, Teresa blames the editing and says, “I’m the one who actually thought about that at some point later in the day and that translated to I was setting her up. If I was setting her up, I wouldn’t have brought it up at all and we would’ve shown up and had an undecorated kiosk.” Actually, if they’d had a bad kiosk, Trump would have taken that as poor management, not the under-handed strategy Teresa thinks. She would have been fired.

In the end, Debbie thinks she was let go for the very original reason of “jealousy.”I don’t really get it. I just think she wanted me gone. Maybe she was threatened at that point because I was a strong player. I don’t really know what her deal was.”

In other Teresa news, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s fourth season is just around the corner! So, it’s time for the ladies to do their media blitz. While watching the preview, it’s clear that Teresa will continue to be the odd man out, a complete turn around from the beginning of the series. In an interview with Star, Teresa shares how the show has destroyed her relationship with Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo.

“Jacqueline and I had a wonderful relationship for about 10 years. We were great friends, but not anymore. It’s so sad. We actually went through a ‘friends divorce,’ which is so hard. Then, Jacqueline basically attacked me on the show about a magazine article that said I was going to jail. She was upset that she hadn’t heard it directly from me, but I wasn’t going to jail … the whole thing was so ridiculous.”

She says both Jaq and Caroline “take everything that is small, and turn it into something serious.” Like an innocent joke in a cookbook. Loosen up Manzo-Lauritas!

Teresa also has choice words for her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, saying “I felt deceived.” It’s not hard to see why, when it’s clear that Melissa was cast to not only bring the real tension they’d been experiencing for years onto the show, but also to create more drama. That Christening episode last season is still one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen on television. And as you all know, I recap Bad Girls Club! But the issues between the Gorgas and Giudices are so deep and so ugly, and I can understand why Teresa would be upset.

Sadly, she reveals she’s estranged from her brother Joe. “I haven’t spoken to my brother since before Christmas. We haven’t gone this long without talking in my whole life! I’d have to say that reality TV ruined our family, and it’s a disgrace.”

DO YOU THINK DEBBIE WAS FIRED UNFAIRLY FROM CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? DO YOU THINK REALITY TELEVISION RUINED TERESA’S FAMILY?

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