On the latest installment of Mob Wives, the ladies have calmed down just a bit — sure, there is plenty of cursing and yelling and threats, but nary a punch is thrown. That’s a step in the right direction, no?
Ramona Rizzo is heading home after her stint in jail. She explains her situation to Karen Gravano, saying she is devastated to learn that she’s fallen hard for a potential criminal. Ramona has always tried to avoid becoming romantic with a shady character, but she was just taken into custody with her boyfriend due to his dealings. Both Ramona and Karen are clearly looking at this logically. Ramona wishes that she had grown up like Karen — knowing from the get-go the rules of this lifestyle, while Karen reminds her “cousin” that regardless of why Ramona’s boyfriend was arrested, he’s still a decent guy and good with her kids. Is she for real?
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Remember a time when everything Kimmie Kardashian and Ko. touched turned to gold? Everything from sex tapes to magazine covers to products no one much wanted? Well, it seems, my friends, that time has officially ended. The Kardashian family, kontrolled by pimpmomager Kris Jenner, believed they were untouchable, but one obnoxious scheme too many has come back to haunt them.
Back in the day, before Kim went from untouchable to The Untouchable, she filed a lawsuit against Old Navy via its parent company The Gap for supposedly using a look a-like in one of their commercials. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star apparently believes hiring a brown haired woman to be part of their ads means Old Navy is emulating her. As retribution Kim wants them to pay her an estimated $20 million because she has a patent pending on being brunette or something.
If it seems to you that Kim’s claim is baseless you’re not the only one! Fox News decided to do some investigating of their own and asked several legal professionals to give their opinion on the merit of Kim’s suit. The over-whelming consensus? None!
“I think it is a tenuous claim,” stated attorney Alonzo Wickers. “The model didn’t even strike me as being obviously a rip off of Kim, and more importantly, didn’t do anything in the ad that evokes anything I associate with Kim Kardashian.” The model, one Melissa Molinaro, is featured in the commercial singing and dancing — which we know are two things Kim has proven unsuccessful at!
Which is exactly the point — The Gap’s attorney decided to combat Kim’s claim by attempting to prove that she is “libel-proof” or has tarnished her image so much it wouldn’t even matter if people believed it was her in the ads! And not only that, but what little reputation Kim has bears no relation to the theme of the commercial because Kim is not known as a musician, dancer, etc. — but a star whose entire “talent” stems from her publicity-seeking “real” life.
“What reputation? She doesn’t have one,” admonished legal expert Joey Jackson. “Kim Kardashian makes her reputation off of pushing the envelope, playing with the public psyche, and being controversial,” Mr. Jackson explained. “She is a publicity craver and seeker, thereby making any publicity is good publicity for her.”
Jackson believes The Gap will be able to prove that while the level of publicity may be detrimental to a star with actual talents, for someone like Kim whose celebrity stems from ubiquity, it will in no way hinder her brand.
The article compares Kim’s reputation to someone like Taylor Swift’s, whose image as an upstanding person is diametrically opposite to Kim’s image as a “notorious” person whose success was never built on being liked, respected or popular, but instead built on being controversial. Um… major burn!
Additionally, experts believe the disparagement of the Kardashian image has absolutely nothing to do with the Old Navy ad and was instead caused by their own actions. Ya think? “The Kardashians’ value has gone down by about a third and that damage was not done by an Old Navy ad,” explains Mike Paul of MGP & Associates PR, a New York-based crisis management firm. “The family destroyed Kim’s reputation.”
Steven Levitt an expert in calculating celebrity Q Scores or, in other words, a metric scoring system that evaluates celebrity value in terms of public perception, claims that Kim’s score is a 62 which means she is recognized by 62% of the American public. Q Scores are used by companies to determine if a celebrity is a valuable asset to their brand — in Kim’s case, she’s not.
In order to evaluate a Q Score researchers take into consideration negative and positive associations. For instance, someone like Casey Anthony garners mainly negative associations to most Americans, while someone like Betty White is positively identified. Unfortunately for Kim, her positive Q score is a 12; the average positive score is an 18. This breaks down to mean that Kim’s negative association is 58%. So while 62% of people recognize her image, 58% of them associate that image with something negative (sex tape *ahem* sex tape).
Levitt believes this analysis (which was not conducted by The Gap’s legal team, but an unbiased, neutral party) will play into The Gap’s defense against Kim as proof that she has no reputation to maintain. “Kim’s ratings are so negative she doesn’t have anything to protect.”
“We are talking about somebody who has four and a half time more negative sentiment than positive in the eyes of the American population. What kind of reputation is that?” Levitt questioned. The Kardashian Kamp did not comment on Fox’s report.
Sadly, for the family who was once on the top of the reality TV pyramid things are going steadily from bad to worse. Days after we reported that the Kardashian’s magazine deal fell through, no thanks to Kris’ irrational demands to control all published material of managing company AMI’s publications, MTV News is confirming that the deal is definitely dead — and the piece recently published in Star magazine questioning Khloe Kardashian‘s biological father is proof the deal is finished!
A rep for the family is of course denying everything, “Kris has never had a conversation with AMI regarding this issue [of her demands]. But the allegations contained in the Star article about Khloe not being a Kardashian are completely fabricated, false and untrue. Robert Kardashian is absolutely her biological father, so of course she was upset over their story.”
Furthermore, the family’s supposed deal with Mattel to release Kardashian Barbie Dolls has also fallen through! “As popular as the Kardashian sisters are, at this point in time we are not manufacturing Barbie-branded Kardashian dolls,” a rep for Mattel revealed.
And finally, Kris Humphries, spurned husband and by-product of the Kardashian media machine, has decided to ditch the PR firm he hired when Kim was trashing his image left and right to the press. 73-days after Kris employed Anderson Group Public Relations to manage his image, the Kourtney and Kim Take New York star decided to divorce the company. Hey, that relationship lasted longer than his marriage!
TMZ reports that Kris and AGPR differed on a long-term strategy for his career and the company was disappointed after his rather disastrous appearance on Good Morning America last month. Apparently, Kris has already retained the services of another PR firm and wants to focus on his reputation as basketball player, instead of attempting to rebuild his media image in the wake of Kimpocalypse.
Reports have already come out saying Kris seeks to get the show canceled for portraying him in false light in order to salvage Kim’s image and her decision to file for divorce.
You know what something tells me Kris has already come out on top and doesn’t need to try too hard to look like the better person in this instance!
And oh yeah, Kimmie Kakes co-hosted Live With Kelly this morning, further proving to the world that she has the personality of a turtle! Apologies to all turtles around the world, but Kimmie didn’t really reveal anything new simply stating she rushed too quickly into her marriage with Kris.
Of course, Kelly Ripa — who spent the entire hour kissing Kimmie’s butt — failed to make mention of our report, which was picked up by GMA and ABC News, of Kimmie faking scenes for her show.
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IS KIM’S TARNISHED IMAGE A VIABLE DEFENSE FOR THE GAP? ARE YOU SURPRISED THE DEAL WITH MATTEL FELL THROUGH? IS KRIS RIGHT TO FOCUS ON BASKETBALL AND IGNORE THE KIM-DRAMA?
Just like that, the very dramatic sophomore season of Love & Hip Hop comes to an end tonight!
And on tonight’s finale,Kimbella Vanderhee will drop a bombshell when she reveals she is pregnant! Yes, Kimbella tells her parents on tonight’s finale that she and beau rapper Juelz Santana are expecting their second child together. Kimbella has a son from a previous relationship so this would make her third kid.
“We’re having a baby” says Kimbella to her mom, who appropriately responds with: ““I wish Juelz would put the ring on your finger already.” Well said mama! Or better yet, how about not getting knocked up again until he puts a ring on it!
Some are now speculating on whether or not Kimbella kept the baby as she has been spotted making club appearances around the country, not looking pregnant. It appears this finale was filmed 1 -2 months ago. We’ll let you be the judge with some recent photos of her below!
Also below are some revealing/sexy photos Kimbella took while pregnant with her first child with Juelz!
While attempting to defend her show by stating it’s not just about fighting all the time (err has she seen the show?) Olivia inadvertently threw the Basketball Wives cast under the bus!
“In Basketball Wives, I thought they were always bickering about nothing. They didn’t really have anything else to talk about, everyone was just sitting around having drinks. In our show, there’s so much for everybody to gravitate to,” said Olivia in the interview.
Well Tami Roman didn’t take too kindly to Olivia’s words and let it be known via Twitter! “I’ve always supported Love/Hip Hop-didn’t think it was cool that @1andonlyOlivia dissed BBW in a recent interview. #nobueno… I just thought we’d all support each other-we’re all in the same game, maybe I was mistaken. Its cool tho,” tweeted Tami.
Olivia immediately started backpedaling, claiming her comments were not meant to be a diss. Olivia tweeted to Tami: “Nope!I said our story lines are diff because we are a hiphop based show and that u guys do dinner n drink scenes n we break glasses on our drink scenes why we have plastic cups now. would never call yall wack I been a fan of the show.”
Tami accepted Olivia’s apology but still questioned her intent with her comments. “My ace sent me the article… #imjussayin I’ve moved on but damn something don’t match up…,” tweeted Tami.
I’m with Tami on this as Olivia’s comments were obviously a diss, and she is now backpedaling. In the interview with The Post, Olivia also whined complained about the way she is edited on the show. “They make it seem like it’s such a struggle and like I need sympathy or something, and it bothers me to my core,” she said.
The Love & Hip Hop finale airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c. A preview clip is below!
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They’re baaack! The all new season of Bad Girls Clubreturns tonight on the Oxygen network!
…And on the 8th season of the show the bad girls take their shenanigans to Las Vegas! What a perfect fit.
In a press release, Oxygen promises: “In the premiere episode, alliances quickly form among the housemates before they’ve even unpacked their bags. Knockout twins Gabi and Dani quickly steal all the attention, while former cheerleader Amy gets the rest of the ladies riled up with her eccentric ways. The girls venture out for their first of many nights on the town, and an accident involving a pair of expensive jeans sets the tone for the rest of the season.”
Yes, this BGC season adds some sibling rivalry to the cast as twin sistersGabi and Dani Victor are both on the show. Below are individual cast photos of the girls as well as their bios!
Bad Girls Club Las Vegas premieres tonight on Oxygen at 10/9c.
Dani Victor, Methuen, MA — At barely 5 feet tall, people underestimate Danielle until they are faced with her sharp tongue. She grew up with a tight knit family and a bossy twin sister, fellow “Bad Girl” Gabi. With few girlfriends, her twin will surely be the one she confides in at the Bad Girl house. She owns 150 pairs of heels and never wears sneakers unless she’s “pretending” to go to the gym.
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Being an actual contestant on The Bacheloris simply not humiliating enough for some folks. Others have to extend their .5 seconds of fame and come back to the show, via their spin-offs, or if you’re Shawntel Newton, you can return in a surprise visit.
In an interview with People, Shawntel explains what the hell she was doing there as well as her very special connection via sexting (er, I mean, “Twitter fling”) to current bachelor Ben Flajnik. Plus, how she dealt with the abuse backlash she received from the other contestants!
On why she decided to meet Ben on the show, instead of meeting him for a drink like a normal person:
“I didn’t want to go back on national television, but I wanted to at least meet Ben in person. This was the only chance I had. [He could] be engaged in a couple of months. It was worth trying. It wasn’t like I was in love with this guy, but I thought there could be something … I didn’t think anyone was in love yet so I didn’t think I was stepping on too many toes.”
On some of the not-so-nice reactions she received from the actual contestants:
I knew I was walking into a lion’s den. I expected going in to have the girls a little confused and upset with me. … Insecurities came out and nothing could have prepared me [for] the reaction [I got]. Hearing girls saying I’m uglier in person and have big thighs and calling me dumpster trash and a b—- – was intense. I was hurt. Jaclyn told me she wanted to punch [me] in the face. Courtney was the most harsh. When I got sent home, she laughed and said, “Sayonara.” Defending myself for two hours was exhausting. A girl can only take so much. I snuck off to the bathroom and I cried.
On her very intimate Twitter relationship with Ben:
I made it very clear on Twitter I had a crush on him and wanted to get to know him [during] Ashley’s season. He sent me a private message and we exchanged numbers. We [said] we should meet in person but he couldn’t be seen in public. It never happened.
On how she thought her surprise visit would do:
I was very confident walking in, because I knew he felt something for me, too. I really thought he would keep me and at least take me on a date to see if there was something. I would have liked that a whole lot better than talking to him for two minutes, getting picked on and then being sent home.
On who’s wearing the pants on the Bachelor set:
I think the biggest influence [on his decision] was Courtney. She basically gave him an ultimatum – “If you keep Shawntel, I’m out” – and he’s making it clear he’s head over heels for her. I think he ends up choosing her.
In other news, Bravo’s ownAndy Cohen also made a shocking revelation when he told the HollywoodLife he was once approached to be The Bachelor!
“I got a call once years ago before anybody knew who I was,” Andy revealed. “My picture was in W magazine, and the producers of The Bachelor called. They were calling to see if I would ever be interested in going through the casting process.”
Andy err of course turned ABC down for obvious reasons. “I said, ‘You are barking up the wrong tree,’” he stated. “‘Unless The Bachelor is going in a different direction …”
TELL US: SHOULD BEN HAVE KEPT SHAWNEL? DO YOU THINK SHAWNEL IS DESPERATE FOR PULLING THIS STUNT? IS COURTNEY BEN’S TOP CHOICE RIGHT NOW? DO YOU WANT TO SEE A GAY BACHELOR SEASON?
Sweetie, who had been Kim’s friends for years and is very close to both of her daughters, claimed to have no issues with Kim’s treatment of her nonetheless it bothered some viewers to the point where a “Free Sweetie” campaign was started by a radio station.
This summer fans learned that Sweetie had been set free because Kim allegedly fired her poor, beleaguered assistant. Sweetie continued tweeting Kim’s daughter, Brielle, occasionally and has been seen in a few episodes of this season. Neither Sweetie, nor Kim, explained what happened with their relationship and neither woman has made negative comments about the other to the media.
I know, the maturity displayed is the most shocking element of this whole situation. It’s so… un-Housewives of them!
Fans still want to know what the EFF happened!? We may never know, unless Bravo is saving it for Kim’s spin-off, which was filmed in part over the summer as she prepared for her November wedding to Kroy Biermann. In the meantime, it looks like Kim and Sweetie still have some sort of relationship — at least according to the Twitter!
Earlier this week, Sweetie tweeted about not being able to sleep and needing a 5-hour energy drink in order get up super early. That prompted Kim to tweet a warning against it! “noooooo those things are dangerous,” Kim reminded her former(?) friend, adding, “last time we took that we thought we were having a heart attack!”
The ladies continued to engage in friendly banter with Sweetie reminiscing about times of energy drinks past, “lmao ugh yeah I was feeling that heart attack feeling again.smh!!!”
“I learned the 1st time! Baha! Never again,” Kim replied. “lol now that I think about it. All nighter driving from Tennessee…hahhahaha! #hardworking,” Sweetie recounted. “Baha! Be safe! Xxo,” Kim tweeted back. So are these two friends again or what? I’m guessing yes, and Sweetie simply chose to take a different, less stressful job. For all we know, Bravo “made” Kim fire Sweetie for dramatic purposes!
Moving on, Kim gold digger extraordinaire recently blogged that she was warned against dating Kroy! Um… are we sure it wasn’t the other way around? “I was warned by everybody: ‘Don’t date Kroy, he’s an NFL player, don’t date him,’ ” Kim explained, claiming friends also worried about their six-year age gap.
“I had never dated somebody younger in my life. [Kroy] was 24 when I met him, but he’s really mature,” Kim revealed. “There aren’t a lot of guys at 24 who would step into a commitment with someone who has children. That’s a sacrifice. And I just think Kroy is definitely wise beyond his age.” Yes, Kroy does seem very mature — and patient!
While Kim makes no secret that Kroy’s amazing ass-ets are what initially attracted her, she quickly realized he was more than just a good tight end. “After I met him, he just sent me a text that said, ‘It was really great to meet you. I’ll be in touch.’ Some guys, when you meet them, they try to play it cool for a couple days. But Kroy just sent me that text. And, honestly, people always say you just know when you meet The One. And almost immediately I just knew.”
I want to know how many of Kroy’s friends warned him, ‘Don’t date Kim!’ Regardless, I hope these two are happy and I wish them the best of luck in their future!
Finally, a new episode of RHOA airs tonight and the Housewives, minus new mommy Kim, leave for Africa. Pulling a fast one, unbeknownst to the other ladies, NeNe secretly invites Marlo Hampton — the mug shot model, financed by faith, gold-digging fauxcialite! No one is too pleased with the new addition.
While everyone else prepares for their trip, Kim schemes to lose weight the easy way and the sudden end of the NFL lockout forces Kroy to travel, leaving Kim and KJ behind! A preview of the new episode is below!
RHOA airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.
ARE KIM AND SWEETIE STILL FRIENDS? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM AND KROY WILL LAST FOREVER?
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Season two of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has certainly brought the drama this go-round. The first season’s viewership was high, but the new drama has increased by 12 percent since last season, averaging about 2.2 million viewers. Last week’s episode was ratings gold when Taylor Armstrong finally discussed on camera her abusive relationship with now deceased husband Russell Armstrong.
According to a new report by Radar Online, Bravo is looking to shake things up… just a tad for season 3. The shocker? The network is expected to ask Taylor to return, while likely firing Camille Grammer. The reason? Camille was not a bitch too reserved this season!
“Producers are asking Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richardsif any of their wealthy female friends would be interested in appearing on the show,” a Bravo network insider tells RadarOnline. “It’s an open secret that Camille most likely won’t be back for a third season. She came off as such a bitch during season one, whereas this season she has been very reserved,” continues the source.
The source goes on to add that Camille “isn’t exactly eager to return. Camille has some other projects in the works, but she needs to get released from her Bravo contract before she can pursue those.” You have to wonder if Camille really wants to exit the show, or if this is just a way to save face in case Bravo decides to fire her a la Jill Zarin.
America watched as Camille endured a very nasty and public divorce from actor Kelsey Grammer prior to this season. Kelsey, who appeared on a handful of episodes last season, famously told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that securing a spot for Camille on RHOBH was a “parting gift” to his then-wife. He stated, “Whether or not it worked well for her doesn’t matter — it was my way of saying, ‘Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go.”
With Camille likely absent from a third season, the source dishes on some other changes that viewers could potentially see, sharing, “Expect Taylor and Brandi [Glanville] to come back. Kim Richards doesn’t want to, but she needs the money, so her role might not be as prominent. Producers will focus more on Brandi because she is so polarizing and she loves playing the villain.”
In other Housewives news, Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey got into a Twitter feud today after Dana retweeted a not so nice tweet made about Brandi. The message retweeted by Dana stated: “Brandi has some nerve dis Kim, while she mixes xanax.alcohol. Claims only to fly. Hope Ed knows this, if flies w/kids.” Yikes.
Brandi was none too pleased about Dana retweeting that message and fired off some tweets to Dana. Below are Brandi’s tweets -
“@Danawilkey its so sad to see how desperately u want back on the show. U will throw anyone under the buss.#ursoobviousitssad.”
“@Danawilkey I’m blocking you, cuz ur so sweet via texts and horrid on twitter. Wen u figure out who u really are hit me up!”
“I’m not gonna say anything bad about @danwilky she just doesn’t know who she is.My custody and family are just off limits. Moving on.”
Following the backlash from Brandi’s fans, Dana passive aggressivelytweeted -
“Lets not get crazy people! I RT alot of good and bad things.I thought the comment was interesting thats why I retweeted it. No other reason.”
Ultimately, Dana removed the re-tweet and apologized to Brandi. “Brandi blocked me so let her know I’m sorry I didnt mean anything by the RT…and good luck with everything. I’m jumping off. #rhobh,” tweeted Dana.
The Twitter war ended well as Brandi accepted Dana’s apology. “@Danawilkey I accept ur apology, just be u, the u u are in person. Xob” tweeted Brandi. Whew!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRAVO WANTING TO KEEP TAYLOR AND BRANDI WHILE POSSIBLY FIRING CAMILLE? THOUGHTS ON BRANDI AND DANA’S TWITTER FEUD? WAS DANA OUT OF LINE?
As for what is to come this season, the press release reads: “Reeling from the repercussions of last season’s drama, the series once again ventures behind the gates for a salacious look at the love and lives unfolding inside one of Southern California’s wealthiest communities. This season Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossiand Alexis Bellinowelcome brunette bombshell Heather Dubrow.”
Andy Cohen also assures us this season will be one to watch! Andy tweeted yesterday, “Just watched two episodes of new season #RHOC – omg might be best season yet!!!”
In addition to newbie Heather, Bravo has also announced another new addition to the show — Sarah Winchester, who is being described as a “friend of the housewives” a la Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey of the RHOBH. A photo of Sarah is also below as well as her bio!
The new season premieres Tuesday, February 7 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo.