The two-hour long Celebrity Apprentice is finally starting to feel like its actual running time and not like slow torture. Why is this show so long? How Donald Trump managed to buy two hours on NBC during one of the best nights on television is incredible. Anyway, the show is finally starting to pick up!
The task last night was to create a “viral video” and presentation for O’Cedar’s new “Pro Mist Mop.” Finally there is a task where everyone is on equal ground, as I doubt any of these celebrities had either seen or touched a cleaning implement in a very long time. Donald Trump and the O’Cedar suits meet up with the teams at the gorgeous New York Public Library and decide on project managers.
Lou Ferrignosteps up as men’s project manager and Tia Carrere steps up for the ladies. They both kinda have to after their boardroom appearances last week and complaints about not being used. Time to walk the talk!
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The reason? Sources close to Gretchen reveal she is telling others that Bravo producers first approached her boyfriendSlade Smileyabout a proposal, wanting him to plan it in time for the show’s finale. The show producers reportedly tried to bribe Slade with an exotic proposal destination and a free ring.
But, the always honorable Slade reportedly turned down the proposal offer, and then the producers turned to Tamra and Eddie out of spite. The two accepted the offer and had Bravo come on their Italian vacation to film their engagement for this season’s finale.
Hmm, if this story sounds eerily familiar, it’s because the NY Post reported two weeks ago that Gretchen and Slade were trying to get Bravo to pay for their engagement ring and an exotic trip for Slade to propose. The article also claimed Gretchen was jealous of Tamra’s engagement and wanted to one up her.
So it seems Gretchen thinks Tamra was the one who leaked the NY Post article, which might be the case, and this TMZ article is in retaliation.
Whatever the case is, Tamra is responding to the TMZ story, stating that she is “sick” and “hurt” over Gretchen’s comments. By the way, even though Gretchen isn’t going on the record with this story, there’s a 99.9889% chance she was the one who leaked it to TMZ. Most of the gossip stories that end up on TMZ are leaked to them by the celebs.
“I am sick to my stomach and hurt by Gretchen’s tmz article about my engagement. Jealousy really turns people ugly!”
“And this is a perfect example of things she has done to me through out the years”
Tamra also posted the following statement on her Facebook page -
“After reading the TMZ article that was released. I hope that Gretchen does the RIGHT thing. This is a very hurtful story about my engagement. This is a special time in my life and to have a cast member try an knock me down out of jealousy is very hurtful. Im sorry Bravo wouldn’t buy your ring and send you to Italy. Eddie did it his way on his dime! Bottom line is if you love someone the size of the ring and where you propose really doesn’t matter.”
Just like that, the Tamra/Gretchen feud rages on! Must say I wasn’t buying their faux friendship to begin with!
While, there might be some truth to this story, such as Bravo paid for the exotic trip for Tamra and Eddie, I refuse to believe Gretchen and Slade would turn down Bravo’s offer for a free ring! In fact, Slade was spotted shopping for engagement rings for Gretchen earlier this month. So, if Slade is planning to propose to Gretchen anyways, why would he turn down Bravo’s offer for a free ring and vaca? Makes no sense!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE TMZ ARTICLE? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? DO YOU BELIEVE GRETCHEN/SLADE WOULD TURN DOWN BRAVO’S OFFER? DO YOU THINK TAMRA LEAKED THE NY POST ARTICLE?
UPDATE – Gretchen is now denying she leaked the report to TMZ. But as we reported above, it’s highly unlikely TMZ would publish the story if it didn’t come from her. Gretchen’s statement, posted on her Facebook page, is below -
“Whoever keeps trying to stir up things between @TamraBarney and me, needs to stop making up lies! I never said any of those things TMZ is reporting and have been nothing but happy for Tamra and her engagement. Last week I was begging for a ring from Bravo now this week her engagement is a sham! Give me a break! Why can’t anyone just be happy for her and I! We are both happy and in a good place in our lives!”
A rep for Bravo is also calling the report “inaccurate.”
Uh oh … it seems the Kardashian kurse has struck again! Reality television is causing Khloe Kardashian to suffer major marital problems. According to reports, Khloe, obviously not learning from her sister’s mistake, is letting her love of fame overtake her love for husband Lamar Odom! And she is letting her mother’s interference destroy her relationship!
“Fame is Khloe’s number one priority,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife “Lamar wants out of the reality TV limelight, but Khloe is convinced that if Lamar doesn’t continue being on TV with her, there would be NO Khloe.”
And Khloe will do anything to stay in the spotlight – even sell out her marital dramas for ratings! There seems to be a lot of that going around these days (see: Frankel, Bethenny)! The source claims that Khloe wants their marital issues to be captured on Khloe & Lamar because she likes attention! “The whole reason Khloe has become so popular is because of her marriage to Lamar. She obviously doesn’t want Lamar to be unhappy, but she knows that all the drama makes for good TV.”
“All this fame stuff is taking a HUGE toll on Khloe’s relationship with Lamar. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start going to couple’s counseling,” the source adds. “Most likely Khloe will want it to be filmed. It’s really unfortunate because at the beginning, Lamar and Khloe were so close. However, Lamar isn’t just married to Khloe. He is married to the entire Kardashian empire!”
The source is blaming, none other than, pimpmomanger Kris Jennerfor all the Kardashian girls’ problems. “Unfortunately, this is what she has been taught. Same goes for Kim [Kardashian]. Fame will always be more important than husbands and boyfriends,” the source alleges. “And believe me, it’s not like Kris is giving Khloe any sound advice on what to do to help her relationship with Lamar. It’s all about ratings!”
Fed up and annoyed with being a Kardashian pawn, Lamar wants out! The NBA star wants to refocus on the thing that made him famous – basketball! “Lamar never thought that being part of the reality show would have such a huge impact on his life. At the beginning, Lamar thought it would actually be fun to part of the show,” the source shares.
“But when he got let go from Lakers, he realized that the show was nothing but a distraction. The show started taking a toll on Lamar and Khloe’s relationship when he got traded. It was kind of a wake-up call for Lamar. He’s scared about his future and his career.”
For now, Lamar is hanging on to appearing on TV for the sake of Khloe. “Of course, Lamar is not obligated to star in any more Kardashian reality shows, but Khloe would be devastated if he said no,” the source said. “Khloe may end up having to chose between her marriage or reality TV and fame.”
Khloe should just ask her sister, Kim, what happens when you sell out your heart and soul for reality TV – your image plummets. Kim is still battling ex-husband Kris Humphries in a divorce dispute that has lasted longer than their ill-fated marriage.
After Kris refused to back down on filing for an annulment based on fraud, Kim recently made the decision to file for fraud right back, claiming Kris promised to live in California with her after they married and then tried to demand she move to Minnesota.
If you thought this rebuttal sounds ridiculous and desperate – you are not alone! An insider close to Kris claims he is also laughing at her allegations. “Kim trying to get Kris to claim he defrauded the marriage is ludicrous,” the source tells HollywoodLife. “It just shows how ridiculous and desperate she really is.” Kim – desperate? You don’t say…
Sadly for pathetic Kimmie, everyone on earth saw how she refused to let her husband move his belongings into HER California home so they could start a life together. Yep, one could say Kourtney and Kim Take New York is Kris’ most reliable witness!
And speaking of how pathetic Kim is, a new survey conducted by Fitness Magazine/Yahoo! Finance determined that Kim is one of the most overpaid celebrities.
According to the survey, which appears in next month’s issue, 51% of people believe the 31-year-old desperate famewhore does not work hard for her money. Also scoring high, wasSnooki! 64% of people believed the hard-partying walking tequila shot was overpaid.
Finally, the famewhore matriarch is showing off where her daughters learned all their tricks. The formidable Kris J proved she will do anything for attention when she recently released a TOPLESS photo of herself on her website. Yes, you read the word topless correctly. As in, not wearing a shirt. As in, lots of skin.
Kris posted a photo of herself while she was pregnant with son Rob Kardashian. Apparently, this is supposed to be a birthday present for him! Uhhhh…
“Happy 25th birthday to my wonderful, handsome son, Rob!! Rob, you are the best son a mother could ask for and you make me proud every day. I love you so much!!;” Kris wrote. The photo of a topless Kris is below. Warning… you may have flashbacks after viewing!
IS KHLOE A FAMEWHORE OR IS THIS JUST GOSSIP? WILL SHE AND LAMAR LEAVE REALITY TELEVISION BEHIND? IS KRIS JENNER RUINING HER DAUGHTER’S LIVES? IS KRIS’ TOPLESS PHOTO CUTE OR CLASSLESS?
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First, she appeared on VH1′s Famous Food, which turned out to be a flop, and now she is peddling her voice out to her fans for $18 a minute!
Yes, Danielle joins a slew of other Z-list celebs such as Michael Lohan, Tila Tequila, Nadya Suleman, and Angelina Pivarnick at Dial-A-Star.com which promises, “Dial-A-Star.com is the only place you can talk directly to a TRUE celebrity! Our service is unique an offers a completely discreet one on one conversation with celebs. The service is completely private and anonymous.”
Rumor Fix was the first to break the news and below are the rates for the other “stars” -
Lindsay Lohan’s mom, Dina Lohan – $10
Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan – $10
Jersey Shore’s Angelina Pivarnick – $10
Octomom Nadya Suleman – $15
Former Charlie Sheen porn star Capri Anderson – $10
Another fun fact? Dial-A-Star just happens to be owned Gina Rodriguez - a former porn star! Some are now wondering what type of convos are actually taking place during these calls. A screenshot of Danielle and other celebs on the site is below.
Danielle is, however, proud and excited about her new gig as she tweeted this morning: “I’m signing in at 8am to take your calls. Its been great adding voices to the faces of so many who’ve called! 1-888-695-4543 Ext: 106474.” Hey, a girl’s gotta earn her money somehow!
Moving on to Teresa Giudice, who continues to be very subdued on Celebrity Apprentice, almost to the point that you forget she’s even on the show! However, it is Teresa’s snafu in the boardroom last night that has people talking.
See, while in the boardroom, Teresa was called “slow” by her teammate Patricia Velasquez, who considered her the weakest link on the women’s team. Teresa of course spoke up to defend herself and, well let’s just say, she ended up proving Patricia’s point in the process!
Teresa stated: “A writer? I could be a writer. I just finished my third book. I have a ghostwriter. So I could get my writing done, no problem.” Wowzers.
Teresa took to her twitter page last night to defend herself in a series of tweets. She wrote -
“You gonna knock me down, I’m gonna knock you right back down!”
“Meant to say CO-writer not ghostwriter, I just got all caught up in the moment. I have a co-writer for my books. Her name’s right on them.”
“I’ve never hidden that I have a co-writer for my books. I’m not a professional writer. I’m a cook! Why wouldn’t I work w/ a pro?”
“I was just trying to say I could get writing help from pros too– just like everyone else in that room was. #CreativeLiars.”
Finally, it seems we are much closer to the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 4 premiere than we thought. According to a tweet by Melissa Gorga, the next season of the RHONJ will debut next month on Bravo!
In looking at Melissa’s twitter page today, it appears the tweet has since been deleted. Perhaps Bravo asked her to, as they want to make the announcement themselves. Melissa made the original tweet over the weekend.
Should be a great season, as we will get to see the rift developing between Teresa and pretty much everyone else on the show.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S NEW LINE OF WORK? WOULD YOU PAY $18 TO TALK TO HER? WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF TERESA’S “GHOST WRITER” COMMENT? EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW RHONJ SEASON?
When we last left the Mob Wives, the ladies were in the midst of a bar brawl in the Poconos. Renee is being her normal dramalicious self, but as soon as the guy she’s arguing with becomes overly insulting, her friends are up in his face as well. The patron is kicked out by security, and Renee decides to call Junior, screaming at him to come and retrieve her from this hell known as nature.
Carla is now left at Shenanigans with Ramona and Karen. Immediately, the “cousins” start touting Carla for being so loyal to Drita. Oh great, thinks Carla. She didn’t sign up to be part of a Drita basins session. Ramona states that she’s thrilled Carla has joined their team, but her face turns totally sour when Karen cites that Carla is just “Team Carla.” Luckily, Carla gets a much-needed break when Karen and Ramona decide it’s time to sing karaoke and make a mockery of Louis Vuitton.
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Bethenny Frankel is making the TV rounds promoting her marital meltdown on this season of Bethenny Ever After. This is no surprise for the woman who apparently thinks nothing is sacred – not even taking a pregnancy test.
First up, Bethenny hit up The Tonight Show to discuss how her marriage was a mess during filming, but luckily things between herself and husband Jason Hoppy have improved. “[The] second year was way more difficult than the first,” Bethenny explained. “I was pregnant when I got married, so we were all excited about the baby and the wedding.”
“The first two years are challenging, but now we’re coming into a better rhythm. We got married older, so we are accepting each other now,” Bethenny adds.
Bethenny and Jason’s dilemmas certainly affected filming as we watched them go from happy and exuberant, to miserable and testy over the course of three seasons. Bethenny is admitting they were both at fault for the problems and have learned how to handle miscommunication. “I’m an initiator of arguments,” Bethenny confesses. “And he’s the escalator.”
“I’ll light that fire, and then there’s a big fire and I’m like ‘Oh my God, who put that fire there, what happened?’” Luckily the couple has been in therapy and they are learning how to treat each other.
And despite incessant rumors that the two are headed for a divorce, Bethenny insists that couldn’t be farther from the truth. “We’re together, we’re committed, we work on it, and we’re in love. And we’re in it.”
Unsurprisingly, Bethenny is giving credit to the infamous lost at sea-gate for their reconnection. The reality star appeared on Anderson with Anderson Cooper today where she once again insisted they were really, truly, honestly lost at sea and the Coast Guard really, truly, honestly came to their relief – or were at least called.
“We got on it at 6 at night, it was freezing, we were in Block Island, we were laying down, my husband got terrible sea sickness and all of a sudden I felt a big crash. A wave hit us and we were in 10 feet of water when we should have been in 150 or some big number of feet, and the GPS went out and the next thing you know I heard the captain saying, ‘Maria Cristina to the Coast Guard,’” she recounts of her harrowing experience of 15 minutes without a GPS. What did they do for centuries, I wonder?
Bethenny insists the episode was very real to her and regardless of the true severity of the situation, she was extremely nervous.”We were freaking out. We were with my camera crew and I was like, ‘Oh my God this is about them too.’ One of the guys can’t swim, we were panic stricken,” she insists.
“So, by the way, to hear someone say that it was fake was very insulting because I was freaking out. … the whole thing was horrendous.”
The positive of the trip was that she and Jason actually communicated and learned to rely upon each other. Maybe that was all part of Dr. Amador‘s evil plan? Maybe he faked getting lost at sea?! “The good news, we did not argue — my husband and I — we actually got along very well. No one blamed anybody for dragging them on this ship of fools,” Bethenny recalls.
Bethenny’s appearance on Anderson was not limited to discussing playing Gilligan’s Island, the former Real Housewives of New York star also talked the beginning days of appearing on the show and all the changes that made her want to leave. “Well, when we first started it was way more fun. When we first started it was called, ‘Manhattan Moms.’ It was a totally different show, I didn’t know it was ‘Real Housewives’ — I wasn’t even a housewife,” Bethenny remembers.
“Then as it went on, people become more knowledgeable about what the show is and they watch other seasons and other casts and there is a preconceived notion of how to act. That’s different then when I started, when I started it really was fun — it was a new adventure,” Bethenny explains, echoing what viewers have noticed in recent years seasons of the Housewives franchises.
She admits she is glad she signed on, and of course, had some serious success because of her involvement. “I do have a respect for, well respect’s not the right word, I have a nostalgia for the five of us that started together. It did create so many opportunities for all of us and I can remember back to when it was me, Jill [Zarin], The Countess, Ramona [Singer].” What about Alex McCord – did Bethenny just block her out?
Bethenny also talked her own reality television guilty pleasure – Jersey Shore! “Well, I don’t even know why I do because it gives me anxiety,” she reveals. “I’m like it’s just so filthy … You couldn’t give me $10 million to lay in that smoosh bed, much less smoosh in that smoosh bed.”
While discussing reality TV, she had a very real mishap of her own! Bethenny managed to traumatize the audience when she full-on mooned them; revealing her hot pink panties during a dance contest with Anderson. For once, I don’t think was a plug for Lazy Lingerie or Skinnygirl Shapers or whatever it is she’s pimping now – I think it was a legitimate “Oops” moment and she handled it with dignity. Hey, at least she wasn’t wearing a thong! A clip of Bethenny’s intimate exposure is below.
And speaking of being shipwrecked, a new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight where we will see Bethenny and Jason get lost amongst the waves during a therapeutic sailing trip to Block Island.
Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.
DO YOU BELIEVE JASON AND BETHENNY WILL MAKE IT? DID SHE REALLY BELIEVE SHE WAS LOST AT SEA OR WAS IT A PLOT FOR HER SHOW? IS BETHENNY ACCURATE THAT THE HOUSEWIVES ARE ACTING ON RHONY?
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One thing is for certain - in between episodes of VH1′s Basketball Wives, we’re sure to hear about the ladies. They don’t want to be forgotten during the week! Even the new girls are quickly learning that.
On the last episode KENYA BELL called you a “hater” when you stepped back from her project. How did you feel about that?
That’s one of those situations where there was a lot more back-story. When I said, ‘If it’s not gonna be perfect, I don’t want to be a part of it,’it seemed like I was being really short with her but that was not what was meant. Kenya was just very inexperienced. She’d never shot a video, never hired dancers, never had a story board. There were so many things she didn’t know and I was trying to enlighten her and consult her and she just didn’t want to hear it. Because she didn’t have a budget and because everything was kind of thrown together I felt that it was best for me to remove myself from it so that we could still remain friends. I made a professional move and I think she was offended by it. She then threw that jab at me during her dance auditions.
The issue on your race, and where you’re from, has been brought up time after time. Can you tell us about your struggles being multiracial?
It’s never easy growing up, being half of one thing and half of something else especially when they’re complete opposites. I grew up in the South and when I was born it was never cool for interracial couples to be out and about, and it was looked down upon by the white community. My father and his side of the family weren’t in my life at all, so I was a little mixed kid growing up around all white people. My family loved me and never made feel any different but in school and other places I never felt white enough. As an adult, I’m around black women that I want to relate to and now I’m not black enough. It’s like I can’t win for losing. My question of “blackness” was brought up on a previous episode by Tami. She said that I “didn’t look like a Kesha.” Whether my name is Kesha, Shaquana, or Becky—it doesn’t matter. I identify myself as black. I feel if I want to relate to you as a black woman, why would you ever want to push me away?
Just from viewing the few episodes that have aired, do you wish you’d done or said anything differently?
I didn’t want what happened between Kenya and I to be so drawn out. I didn’t want to keep arguing with her because it wasn’t worth it. The first dinner we had with Tami and Evelyn [Lozada], when we were meeting Shaunie [O'Neal], wasn’t the place to be hashing things out. And of course when you’re talking about something and you have three other opinions, things escalate and become a little bigger than what they really are. It didn’t really need to go there but that’s what the show is—all of us as a group talking about stuff. More than anything, I’m just not used to the cattiness and people being so vocal about their judgment of others.
Last week, both TAMI and KENYA tweeted that a scene about you exchanging numbers with KENYA’s husband was edited out. What was this all about?
That was such a non-issue that it wasn’t even covered on the show. The show is all about drama. If there was something really there, don’t you think they would’ve jumped on that and made it a full storyline? They’re not trying to protect me anyway, I’m the new girl. I saw Kenya’s husband out in New York and it had been two years since I had seen either one of them. I was under the impression that they were still together and didn’t know that they weren’t. We had all exchanged information when were friends way back. When we started filming the show, I think he found out that Kenya was doing it and he texted me. He sent me a text that said “Hey.” I didn’t respond to it and I immediately told Kenya—end of story. It was nothing. That’s why we didn’t see it on the show.
Hmm…she actually sounds relatively normal, which makes me wonder if she will last. Moving on to Kesha’s biffle Royce Reed, TMZ is reporting that her custody battle with basketballer Dwight Howard continues to rage on in court. Dwight is fighting for primary custody of his son with Royce, after filing documents with the court, claiming his former girlfriend tries to prevent him from seeing their son on his scheduled days. He further alleges, Royce hinders his ability to have a relationship with his son.
Royce isn’t taking any of this lightly, and she had her attorney file a motion this week to have Judge Tim Shea recuse himself from the case. In the filings, Royce claims that the judge is partial to Dwight and has a thing against baby-mamas. The documents go on to state that Judge Shea did not allow Royce to present her side of the case at a recent hearing.
In addition to the motion, Royce’s attorney filed an affidavit stating the judge told the parties during the hearing that he was going to award primary custody to Howard even though neither side had yet to present evidence. He later decided to delay his decision. Royce’s lawyer also cites a potential conflict of interest as the judge’s website lists one of Dwight’s lawyers as endorsing Shea. That can’t be good!
Many have wondered why Royce’s son hasn’t been featured on the show. Dwight had Royce sign an agreement which prohibits her from having their son on the series or even talking about him on the show.
Finally, Jennifer Williams just continues to build her brand away from the show. TheYBF.com has pictures of Jen’s recent photo shoot for the April/May issue of Today’s Black Woman Style Report. Those shots are below. You have to admit that divorce really seems to suit her. A new episode of BBW airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
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With their fourth season starting to wind down, the Real Housewives of Atlanta filmed their reunion show on Friday! And according to the tweets byAndy Cohen and some of the housewives, it is the best reunion to date! Below are some of those tweets:
Andy Cohen – “We just wrapped the #RHOA Reunion. Probably the best ATL reunion in 4 Seasons of the series. And I’m on vacation now! SeeYa!”
Nene Leakes – “The 1 thing I learned @ the reunion show yesterday is that people will say, do & believe whatever #Dumbbroads“
Kandi Burruss – “Good morning! Yesterday I let people get under my skin & take me out of my character.#GoingHam but Im Looking forward 2 a better day 2day.”
Kim Zolciak - “Some ppl n this world have no class, using the F word referring to gays is disgusting, insulting my husband etc is why prison is where she shud of stayed!”
Nene - “I can’t wait 2 get back 2 Lisa’s house that I live n! LOL LOL the lies Mr Never Land tells! They never end”
Nene – “Finished the reunion show early this morning where shots were fired & lies were told but Raleigh NC i’am here”
A photo of Kandi Burruss at the reunion is below! It seems like Sheree one or more of the housewives accused NeNe of living with former housewife, Lisa Wu Hartwell.
Meanwhile, this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta drama has centered around the feud between the talls and the smalls. However, lots of pesky gossip is surfacing behind the scenes, leading me to think that some of the biggest drama is stuff we didn’t get to see.
According to Marlo Hampton’s most recent Bravo blog, she’s learned a lot. Some might even say she’s tinkering on the edge of a new vocabulary. She writes, “Today I learned a new word, shadanfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\ , noun: A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others. I learned that when people around you do not mean you well, you must not give them the tools with which they can trip you up.” That sounds like it is straight from Webster’s Dictionary. Dern, that’s deep Marlo!
Talking about that vacation which never seems to go away, Marlo continues, “Some time had passed since my mistake. To be honest, I had hoped that with it all taking place on a different continent, maybe it would not have traveled back home. There I was, all dressed up and ready to play — I expected the evening only to be fun. But Sheree [Whitfield]had been waiting. To look at it now, she had it all planned out. She had as fast as she could made sure to tell on me, and like a vulture circling its prey, she had chosen the optimal time to strike — when I least expected it and was defenseless.” Um, to which mistake is Marlo referring?
Marlo then goes on to explain why she lied to Lawrence about using the F-word, you know, even though it was caught on camera! She adds: “I did not want to lie. I wanted the opportunity to explain and to say sorry. But I couldn’t, because she was there, gloating, so eager to bring my mistake to light. I felt ambushed, backed into a corner. Her smiling face was so hateful, so cunning. What strikes me, is that her friend is not even her concern. In her enthusiasm to set me up, she actually delighted in causing him pain, by stating it was him I had directly talked about, when it was not.”
Marlo is probably just happy to be off the radar, as Phaedra Parks’dark past seems to be surfacing. A former friend of Phaedra’s is coming forward with a tell-all book touting the Atlanta housewife as the ringleader in an alleged insurance and forgery scam that sent her husband to the clink.
The source, Angela Stanton, is promoting a book, Lies of a Real Housewife–the book cover is below–and recently revealed a lot about her former friend and alleged partner in crime in an interview with vibe.com. She speaks about her time in state prison and giving birth while handcuffed to a bed in jail. Angela lost her mother while serving her sentence, and Phaedra went to the funeral in her place. Once released, she was charged with seventeen counts of conspiracy, and her friend Phaedra wouldn’t represent her, citing a conflict of interest. It was at this point that Apollo’s brother, Everett Nida, claimed Angela was the mastermind behind the crimes.
While she didn’t have to return to prison, Angela found it nearly impossible to find a job with her criminal past. She was scraping by for her children, and even attempted to become a “dancer” at a nightclub. Angela says she was shocked to turn on RHOA to see that Phaedra had married Apollo, and had been able to maintain her lifestyle and give birth not handcuffed to a bed. She was disgusted that Phaedra could pretend to be a friend and even attend her mother’s funeral, and then turn on her. While Angela holds herself accountable for her actions and decisions, she maintains that it was not her, but Phaedra, who was the brains behind the operation. She states, “My book is not about vengance, it’s about justice.” An excerpt of her book is below.
Phaedra Parks was the answer to everything. The only thing I really needed to know was how to act. All my life I always believed that acting was part of my God given talent. Along with hustling, acting came natural. I began thinking of myself as this smooth criminal. I had gotten accustomed to the quick money by now, and quite naturally I never turned down any jobs, no matter how high the risk.
The next mission would be one of the biggest jobs ever assigned to me by Phae. The assignment was well thought out, strategized, and planned. The execution of it was going to demand time. These types of jobs have to crawl before they mature and start walking. Then low and behold, before you even know it, they were off and running…The first part of my assignment involved scoping out potential vehicles at luxury car dealerships. Each day I simply drove around Atlanta, and the surrounding cities looking for potential prey. Every car lot I visited had several luxury cars. I spotted all of the latest models of Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Hummers, Corvettes, and Cadillacs.
Once I had the information recorded, I reported it back to E. We rarely discussed business on the phone. So E and I met daily, and swapped information, and fake documents. It seemed like we never stopped. I provided the VIN numbers, and he provided the fake identification cards, and fraudulent registration cards matched to the vehicles I previously recorded. At this point, I was handling all of the day-to-day operations.
The cars were then sent to a chop shop. The VIN numbers were filed down, and replaced with new ones. Once replaced, I was provided with fraudulent certificates of vehicle titles from the state of Ohio. It seemed like I was going back and forth to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hapeville, Georgia, on a daily basis. The Ohio titles had to be swapped out for Georgia. No, ifs, ands or buts about it, that was an important step of the scam.
There were other areas of the business that required my attention. This was a major operation, and I could only be in one place at a time. Phae insisted that I enlist the help of my cousin, Sheree. She too was a go-getter and about her business as well. Anything having to do with making money, she was with it, and so was I…
On tonight’s episode, Peter and Cynthia discuss the scene Mallory made at their anniversary party. Cynthia seems ready to write off her sister at this point. Kandi and Kim have a sit down to clear the air. They discuss the comment about Kim not holding a black baby and how their collaboration with Kim’s music career put unnecessary stress on their friendship. They miss trips to the Bahamas, Connect Four games, and their girls playing together. Can I get a collective “Awwwww”? NeNe meets with her attorney to discuss the status of her divorce from Gregg. She is feeling scared about such a big decision, having been with Gregg for such a long time. The Neenster seems very vulnerable, but even in the lawyer’s office she’s cracking jokes. A new episode airs tonight at 9PM ET on Bravo. Watch a preview clip below.
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