I never thought I'd be so happy to write a post about past (or present) cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey! After weeks of non-stop crazy drama and endless posts about Atlanta and Beverly Hills, I'm thrilled to see these ladies! Yes, you read that right, THRILLED.
Caroline Manzo and her family and Jacqueline Laurita and her family (including kiddos C.J. and Nicholas) stepped out last night to attend "Ringling Bros." And "Barnum & Bailey" Presents "Legends" at Barclays Center in NYC.
Why in the name of everything that is good would a poor girl subject herself to dating Jax Taylor? The Vanderpump Rules star has proven time and time again to be the worst friend and boyfriend on the planet, yet girls still flock to him. What about the term "sex addict" makes him attractive?
Oh, he's on television! That's right! I guess there are some ladies that wouldn't mind hitching their cart to his fleeting fifteen minutes of fame. I just hope they get tested regularly and don't mind the Stassitattoo on his bicep! Well, one such girl doesn't mind a bit. After dating Jax for a month (it's the real deal, y'all!), Carmen Dickman is already giving "exclusive interviews." Of course she is!
If you watched the Shahs of Sunset reunion, you know the cast feasted on delicious Persian food between screaming matches. Those crazy (literally!) kids of Vanderpump Rules even got a cocktail after their explosive, tear-filled sit down. But what of the housewives?
Well, that's an hour of my life I won't get back. NeNe Leakes headed off to NYC this week, ditching a radio interview that was supposed to be about last week's Real Housewives of Atlanta episode featuring Kenya Moore's charity event, so she could spill this "hot tea" on The View instead. So we tuned in. Mistake.
They start off asking NeNe to weigh in on Mama Joyce and Kandi Burruss and Todd, since they were on the show yesterday. When asked what she thinks about the drama between the three, she says, "nothing". When prodded if Mama Joyce should let go and let Kandi make her own mistakes, NeNe will only say "She should let Kandi make her mistakes".
On to the charity event. Whoopi asks, "So it's a charity event in your honor? When did you find out about this?" NeNe replies, "I heard through the girls that there was going to be a charity event in my honor. I happen to be a big supporter of Saving Our Daughters, women of domestic abuse and all those things. I heard about it the night before from Kenya. I felt like if you're gonna honor someone, you should at least call them up and say "hey, I would like to honor you, are you available on this date?"
First the erstwhile hair stylist and jeweler behind Cuffs by Kim D got sued by Johnny Karagiorgis over the Posche 2 brawl (which was in part to support her jewelry line) and now she's being sued by a jeweler and accused of ripping off his designs.
According the suit a well-known New Jersey jeweler Constantino Frangopolous and Kim struck a deal with the devil: he would design pieces for her to wear on Real Housewives of New Jersey and she in turn would promote his pieces on the show.
Last night was the first half of the Mob Wives season finale, and it's not even worth attempting an introduction, so let's just dive in, shall we? Renee Graziano shows up at Big Ang's house, as does Drita D'avanzo. The ladies eat, drink, and chat about Renee's journaling and lack of sex. All of this has lead Renee to write her own version of 50 Shades of Gray. Enter Renee's "sex book." So there's that. It's fiction according to Renee. If it was real, she'd be in a much better place. Renee reads excerpts from her novel, and it's dirty, which is good, right? Her publisher is hosting a launch party for her. That is apparently what reality stars do.
In Philly, Natalie Guercio is meeting with Alicia diMichele Garofalo to discuss Alicia's situation with her sentencing. She admits that she took off her wedding rings after hearing her husband's wire taps. She is ready for divorce, but she's terrified about her sentencing. Natalie is scared for her friend's future. Later, Ang and Drita are planning a one-on-one with Natalie at Ang's house to discuss Natalie's recent behavior. They are upset about Natalie's recent Twitter battle with Renee. Natalie believes that if Renee is able to dish it on social media, she should be able to take it. Drita and Ang wonder why Natalie felt the need to get involved in the first place. Has Natalie watched this show before? She should know better than to awaken the Twitter beast in Renee. The women warn Natalie play nice.
I bet Saving Our Daughters is sorry they ever allowed their charity to be the focus of a masquerade benefit held byKenya Moore on this season's Real Housewives of Atlanta. The aftermath of the charity event gets messier by the day. There seems to be no clear answer as to how much was donated and by whom. And the organization itself has come under scrutiny as it has been touting itself as a 501(c)3 charity when that exempt status was revoked by the IRS last year.
Saving Our Daughters released another statement yesterday to try to explain why they lost their tax exempt status and how they're working to rectify it. I'd like to note here that they removed their previous statement about the event from their website.
The chairman writes, "Saving Our Daughters’ has been a non-profit since 1997 and received its 501 C-3 in 1998. Many people are aware that in 2009 the founder of the organization, Curtis Benjamin, youngest daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor that required immediate chemotherapy and radiation in Atlanta. During this time, all of Mr. Benjamin’s time and energy was solely dedicated to his daughter and family. After 2 1/2 years of battling this disease, Iliss Marie Benjamin died in 2011, one month before her 13th birthday."