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Bringing you an all new Real Housewives of New Jersey photo post! Melissa Gorga, step ‘n’ repeat lovin’ queen, recently hawked her wares at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Melissa is the spokeswomen for Voli Lyte Vodka and she hosted a bottle signing for fans at the nation’s largest flower expo. What violets have to do with vodka, I don’t really know, but perhaps a whole lotta gardeners wanted to get their low-cal drink on.

The event took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center and of course hubby, Joe Gorga was right by her side. So, um… what is his job again, because he spends an awful lot of time Slade Smiley-ing it up beside his ever-in-the-spotlight wife. Photos of Melissa looking pretty in pink are below!

Moving on, Teresa Giudice is surprising people on Celebrity Apprentice because she’s acting like a normal human being. Yes, that’s right, she hasn’t really had any serious issues with anyone. Yet! Even Donald Trump has been thus far disappointed with her less than psychotic behavior. Really, what other reason was there for him to cast her on the show? We viewers expect the cray-cray and without that, it’s well, dreary.

Apparently, that’s just how she planned things and this is the “real” Teresa. In a new interview with The Huffington Post, Teresa talks appearing on the show, and admits that while things got catty she, surprisingly, kept it in check. “Everyone will see me in a different light as a businesswoman and, of course, it’s for charity,” Teresa insisted to Rob Shuter on the set of “New York Live.”

“We were asked to do tasks and we are all there to raise a lot of money for our charities. You will see a different side of me, I’m very focused,” she continues.

Teresa explains she wasn’t nervous as she already put so much of her very chaotic life on television through RHONJ and was prepared for the challenges of filming, nevertheless it is a drastically different reality show.

“It’s totally different,” Teresa describes. “We are working 20 hours a day. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. and sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience.”

And the show empowered her. “If I had to do it all over again I would. I now feel like I can conquer anything.” Hopefully that includes repaying her debts!

[Photo Credits: Paul Froggatt / PR Photos]

WOULD YOU TRY VOLI LYTE VODKA? ISN’T VODKA ALREADY A “LIGHT” ALCOHOL? ARE WE SEEING THE REAL TERESA ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE OR DO YOU EXPECT HER TO ACT CRAZY SOON?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR PHOTOS OF MELISSA’S BOTTLE SIGNING!

It was the tribal council heard round the world…you know, the one the men’s winning tribe shouldn’t have even been attending. Survivor fans witnessed a great deal of ignorance from Colton Cumbie, the homosexual, rich, Republican, college student who grew up in Alabama charging everything to his parents’ credit cards and hanging out at the country club.

Colton, who fancies himself the leader of the Manono (having received the immunity idol from the women doesn’t hurt his rank either), unleashed some ugly on his hated nemesis, poor stand-up comic Bill Posely. As his tribe mates looked on, most staying silent, Bill was voted off the show. As he said his parting words, Bill displayed, in my opinion, a great deal of class in his dismissal.

In an interview with People.com, Bill opens about why he decided to agree with the Manono to give up immunity to the losing Salani - a first in the history of the show, as well his thoughts on “spoiled brat” Colton. Read that interview below.

Why would you agree to give up immunity?!
I thought I had guys like Jonas, Troy, Matt and Jay on my side and that I could get them to help me blindside Colton. I figured we could go in to Tribal Council and reveal Colton for who he is. I didn’t know how much power Colton had. I didn’t know he didn’t like me. I didn’t even know he had an idol until Leif said something. It all came crashing down at Tribal Council.

Why did Colton have such an issue with you?
I think that the tribe gave me a lot of attention when I was being funny and goofing off and unfortunately it took the spotlight off of him. I think he was used to being in control of his life. He hated having a lot of attention being on someone else.

Your confrontation with him at camp was very heated.
I tried to go up and make some sort of offer of the olive branch and see if we could talk this out, but he didn’t want to talk. Finally I was fed up with playing nice. Nobody else was standing up to him and I couldn’t take it anymore, so I said what I feel like everybody needed to be saying: “He’s a spoiled brat and can’t talk to anybody the way he wants to.”

Colton called Leif a munchkin and an Oompa Loompa.
It is horrible. Colton comes from a spoiled, sheltered, ignorant background. To be able to go to your church with your boyfriend and live with him as an openly gay man and not be persecuted and ridiculed in a town in Alabama – that’s so rare. He was never persecuted and ridiculed because his family is so affluent and they spoil him. He doesn’t know the hurt that a guy like Leif had to deal with his whole life. Colton doesn’t know how it is to be picked on so he thinks its okay to call Leif a munchkin or Oompa Loompa. He thinks it’s okay to call me ghetto trash and say that I should kill myself. It’s crazy.

You two had it out at Tribal Council.
He said in Tribal that he “doesn’t associate himself with poor people” and to “take my broke ass home.” I think it was just a classist thing. He’s ignorant and just didn’t like that I was from a different walk of life than him. To have everyone sit quietly while Colton said those things about me was hard.

Tarzan spoke up.
For him to defend Colton after what he had heard was appalling.

Did you take anything positive out of this experience?
I had a mom write to me and tell me her and her daughter were tearing up listening to me talk at Tribal and were so sad about what Colton had said. I thought I would be the funny guy not somebody that people would be inspired by.

As one would expect, Colton is quick to respond to Bill’s statements, and like any good reality star, he’s learned that Twitter is where people air their dirty laundry regarding their celebreality peers. After receiving well-deserved backlash, Colton took to the twitterverse to defend himself and apologize…sort of…okay, not really.

The controversial Survivor tweeted recently, “Were my comments ignorant? YES! They were meant to be funny..I see they weren’t. Do I regret them? I’m torn. In a way, yes b/c it hurt ppl.”

He continued, in 140 characters or less, by stating, “..but seeing myself act that way on television helps me to grow as a person b/c it’s uncomfortable and embarrassing for ME to watch. It’s kind of one of those situations where you you don’t really realize how you sound until it’s played back and you’re literally cringing..”

Colton sums up his response tweets with the following nugget, admitting, “I seriously don’t hate anyone. I make fun of MYSELF..my sense of humor as always been kind sarcastic and somewhat critical. I call myself a “queen” as a joke. Am I a bigot? I don’t think so. I think I was a 20 year old brat who had never been out into the real world, and what I thought was funny and ok wasn’t. I’ve learned I can still be funny and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of some1 else. *pageant wave*”

Well, I’m happy that both he and Bill can agree that Colton acted like a total brat, at the very least. I’m all about letting stupid behavior slide (you have to when part of your job involves writing about Kim Kardashian!), but I can’t help but think that Colton is trying to do more damage control and less soul-searching. Here’s hoping Jeff Probst *pageant waves* him out of tribal council sooner rather than later!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BILL’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT COLTON WAS TRYING TO BE FUNNY? ARE HIS TWEET SINCERE? HOW MUCH LONGER DO YOU THINK COLTON WILL LAST ON THE SHOW?

Tamra Barney is officially confirming she is engaged!

In the latest issue of Us Weekly magazine, the Real Housewives of Orange County star opens up about her recent engagement to beau of 2 years, Eddie Judge.

Tamra, 44, reveals Eddie, 39, proposed to her during a romantic trip to Bora Bora, Mexico in February. Tamra reveals she “was shocked” though she had a hunch Eddie was getting ready to propose.

And, upon their return home, Eddie had another surprise up his sleeve. “Eddie reproposed to me in front of the children (Ryan Vieth, 23, her son from her first marriage, and young kids Sidney, Spencer and Sophia with second ex-husband Simon),” reveals Tamra. “And my answer was, ‘Yes, we will marry you!’”

A PHOTO of Tamra’s diamond engagement ring is below! You can read more about Tamra and Eddie’s engagement in UsWeekly.

Tamra is twice divorce, just having finalized her latest divorce with ex-husband Simon Barney last October.

Moving on to Slade Smiley and Vicki Gunvalson, following their nasty blowout during ’80s night from hell! Further proving the truth is not her strong suit, Gretchen Rossi stated that while Vicki’s beau Brooks Ayers has been arrested for not paying child support, Slade has not.

While, we can all agree that Vicki is a major hypocrite for slamming Slade, only to date Slade Sr. Brooks, Gretchen fibbed when she said Slade had never been arrested for child support issues. And during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live last night, Vicki called out Slade for having been arrested back in 2009.

And folks, Vicki’s right! According to this report by TMZ, Slade was indeed arrested back in February 2009 and held on $10,000 bail for failure to pay child support. His mugshot is below.

In fact, Slade himself released a statement acknowledging both the arrest and that he had fallen behind on child support payments for his son Grayson. So, I’m not quite sure why Gretchen felt the need to lie about this issue or any of the other million issues she’s lied about.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAMRA’S ENGAGEMENT & RING? DO YOU THINK THEY’LL LAST? THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN LYING ABOUT SLADE’S ARREST?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE TAMRA’S RING & SLADE’S MUGSHOT!

The hilarious and complicated anti-hero of Bravo, Jeff Lewis, is finally returning to us with a brand new show, Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, premiering tonight at 9 pm ET!

Here is the description of the show, straight from the horse’s mouth, or press release: “Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is taking on a new role as a home therapist in the new series following Jeff Lewis, his trusted assistant, Jenni, and his loyal housekeeper, Zoila, as they take over someone’s home to redesign not only their space, but their lives. Jeff will observe the homeowners and diagnose their problems with the goal of improving them inside and out.”

If you’re a fan of Jeff’s classic Bravo show, Flipping Out, don’t worry. In a recent interview with GoPride.com, Jeff reveals that not only is the show that made him famous, returning, they are currently filming, saying “We’re filming Flipping Out actually today.”While I’ve always thought Bethenny Frankel was Andy Cohen‘s pet student, it’s clear that Jeff is likely in second place. Who else has two active shows on the network?

In his interview with GoPride, Jeff goes into the differences between the two shows:

“Well, I think the big thing is that with Flipping Out, whenever we end the show unfortunately you don’t always get to see the finished products because we’re usually working on client’s homes, and you know when it’s done it’s done. So the problem is that you really never get to see the reveal. You never get to see it furnished or accessorized. There is a true before and after reveal, which I like because I get to see the project all the way through, and then so do the viewers.

…I guess for me after doing this for five years, I think it would be nice for people to really see what I can do because Flipping Out has been focusing on the construction end of it. We only have a week of doing these homes, we do light construction, but we do a lot more furnishing and accessories. I felt like I was kind of weak in that department, but the show has really helped strengthen my skills in this particular arena. I’m actually really proud of the reveals.”

So rejoice, there will be more real estate porn! What there won’t be, according to Jeff, are staged “happy endings.” In the following tidbit, he reveals a very interesting piece of information from backstage:

“Sometimes Jenni and I had a wonderful dynamic with the family and it was light and it was funny, and it was just great. Then other times we would walk in and it was heavy and dark. What I love about those episodes is that they were real and there was no Hollywood ending. I said whatever happens, happens, and we’re not going to produce it. We ended up losing a producer over it. I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. But, we ended up losing a producer over that because we didn’t agree.”

In the interview, Jeff is clear that the show is not supposed to be about helping folks who are in severe need, and is quick to point out “We dig deep into relationship issues not financial ones.”

Speaking of relationship issues, the last season of Flipping Out was the first to feature Jeff’s boyfriend, Gage Edward. Previously, Jeff had been careful to leave his relationships offscreen. Not only did Gage make a splash as Jeff’s boyfriend, but he was also instrumental in firing two of Jeff’s employees, which wasn’t well-received.

Jeff reveals that it wasn’t easy on Gage to go through the reality television microscope:

“… it has brought a lot of stress because you know Gage wasn’t always depicted favorably last season of Flipping Out, and that was really hard on him because he really is a really good, nice person. He does have my back. He is very, very professional in a sense of he’s protecting my business. When we had to let go of a few people last season it wasn’t ultimately Gage’s decision; it was mine. But he did present the information, and as a result he took the heat for that. And we got a lot of very, very upsetting, nasty blogs, reviews, emails, and that was hard on him, for somebody who’s been under the radar for so long.”

It isn’t clear if Gage will be a part of Interior Therapy, or if it will just be Jeff and his ladies.

TELL US: ARE YOU EXCITED FOR INTERIOR THERAPY? DO YOU MISS FLIPPING OUT?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE A PREVIEW!

Dubbed the ‘Gentle Giant’ by Ryan Seacrest, TMZ is now reporting Jermaine Jones will be kicked off American Idol on tonight’s episode.

The reason? Jermaine, 25, lied to the show about his criminal past. According to TMZ, Jermaine concealed that he has been arrested twice, in addition to the fact that he currently has outstanding warrants.

Show producers reportedly confronted Jermaine on Tuesday afternoon about his criminal past… on camera. One of the incidents involved violence, which was especially troubling to the producers. Even worse, during both of his past arrests, Jermaine lied to the cops by giving them fake names.

Further confirming TMZ’s report, Jermaine himself tweeted his demise from the show yesterday before deleting the tweet. He wrote: “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” His AI twitter account has also been deleted.

Some are wondering if Jermaine’s criminal past is the real reason he’s being kicked off the show, or whether it really has to do with a TMZ report from Tuesday morning which stated Jermaine also fibbed about his relationship with his father.

Jermaine had told AI producers, and pretty much all of America, his father abandoned him, and his mother ten years ago, only to pop up again in his life now that he has the American Idol fame.

Only one problem with Jermaine’s sob story, his dad Kevin Jones, is refusing to go along with it, telling TMZ he’s had a relationship with his son through the years. Kevin reveals he’s been in the audience cheering him on, and even had dinner with him twice last week. Yikes.

TMZ’s report is what led the AI producers to do a little more digging into Jermaine’s past.

Jermaine was among the show’s top 13 finalists after the judges gave him a last-minute spot among the 11th season’s top 13 male semifinalists.

Unfortunately, Jermaine is NOT the first AI contestant to be DQed from the show. Corey Clark was disqualified for concealing his arrest record back in 2003, and let’s not forget Frenchie Davis who was also kicked off the same season due to her previous appearance on an adult website.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JERMAINE GETTING KICKED OFF THE SHOW? ARE YOU SHOCKED HE LIED ABOUT HIS FATHER & HAS A CRIMINAL PAST?

Today’s Real Housewives of Orange County post is brought to you by the letter S. S for Slade Smiley. It seems no matter how hard he tries to recapture his former glory as the OC lothario, Slade is a wanted man. And a mocked one. In the latest, Vicki Gunvalson still hates him, and a national Deadbeat watch group has targeted his recalcitrant parenting.

Slade is still being accused of deadbeatism, well, because it’s likely true! Recently, the child support challenged father has been taking heat from Most Wanted Deadbeats, an advocacy group that shines light on parents who are not supporting their children. The organization, owned and operated by Jennifer Young, has been monitoring Slave’s actions and reporting on his on-going case.

Slave owes over $130,000 in back child support to his ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. The son they share together, Grayson, has a brain tumor which requires constant medical attention. Tamra notoriously called Michelle at last year’s RHOC reunion and exposed his awful ways.

Rumors arose that Slade was arrested at Gretchen’s house in 2010 for his failure to pay, and that his license had been suspended. Slave, once making loads of money, had apparently squandered it all and was completely broke, and claimed he was unable to find work. That’s the back story.

He’s been in court trying to renegotiate his monthly payment to meet his greatly reduced financial state. Slade was previously obligated to a whopping $3500 per month, which he was not paying. Jennifer recently announced on Twitter that Slave’s monthly child support has been amended! “child support was just reduced in Slade’s favor to $775.00 mo. Let’s see if he can meet that obligation,” Jennifer wrote. Hopefully Slave can move himself off the deadbeat list! What is his newest career exactly?

And proving that he should definitely be able to afford that new payment, Slave and Gretchen were spotted on a shopping spree in Miami. The duo were buying armloads of designer duds, according to Wetpaint.

Moving on, Tamra Barney takes to her Bravo blog to explain why she invited Slade to her ’80s party, and gives her opinion on the whole mess! “I’m not 100 percent convinced that she [Gretchen Rossi] did not know he was going to use us in his act, after all me and Vicki were not invited for a reason,” Tamra explains of the infamous unfunny improv show. “It really has not impacted our friendship in the long run. At first I was a little pissed off, but I got over it.”

As for why Slade was invited, it was purely a timing issue. “The party was planned and the guys were invited prior to the Improv act. I was not even sure that Slade would show up to the party after what he did at the Improv.” Right – a normal person with scruples would NOT attend, but this is Slade we’re talking about here. “I was not going to un-invite Slade over a dumb improv act.”

“I have never defended Slade for what he did,” she adds. As for Vicki’s feelings of betrayal, Tamra explains she is still very close to Vicki and TV is not always telling the truth. “I do not feel like I have rolled over Vicki at all. I keep hearing Vicki saying things like ‘How could she do this to me?’ and ‘Where is your loyalty?’ Don’t let ‘sound bites’ persuade you into thinking something different is going on, actions speak louder than words. I have NOT done a thing to Vicki.”

“The funny thing with TV is. . .if you hear me say over and over again ‘She hurt me. She hurt me.’ you will believe I hurt her even if you never saw a thing happen. Be smart!”

Tamra admits she is on much better terms with Slade today. “We went through years of nonsense. I did not just wake up one day and say ‘Let’s rip on Slade,’” she explains. “Vicki and I were both a punching bag for Slade for many years. It is a two way street and none of us were innocent.”

While Tamra has moved on, Vicki – not so much. “Why would Slade do that?” Vicki wonders in her Bravo blog. “Was it done so he would feel better about himself?…I would be extremely embarrassed if I was Gretchen.”

“What man makes fun of your girlfriend’s friend’s looks and body image? How embarrassing? Gretchen, thank you for sticking up for us, and I’m sorry you were put in the middle of it. I hold no grudges against you. . .so far. You were put in a really tough place and I think you handled it very well.”

Finally, tonight marks a new episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. Things will continue to get crazy at the ’80s party, as Gretchen and Vicki dissolve into a screaming match. Jim returns as Alexis prepares for her nose job sinus surgery and Slade continues to cause problems! A preview of the episode is below!

Real Housewives of Orange County airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.

[Photo Credit: SPLASH]

SHOULD TAMRA HAVE UNINVITED SLADE? WILL SLADE MAKE HIS MONTHLY CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS. WHAT IS HIS JOB EXACTLY?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR A PREVIEW OF TONIGHT’S EPISODE!


On last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny and Jason found themselves at an all-time low, as their fighting turned venomous and anguished. Interestingly, we also saw Jason put his foot down, refusing to let Bethenny sell out their marital woes on television. I love integrity in a man. Bethenny also learned that Julie may be thinking of moving on, and her apartment renovations got horribly off track due to miscommunication.

Bethenny is doing a shoot for People Magazine. She has invited some friends/employees to hangout/counsel her. Her poor hair dresser had a yoga top boob-malfunction, which was a super funny story and as a yoga zealot, I’ve often worried about the astray boob. Aaaahhh… namaste – not for the faint of heart!

Bethenny regales them with tales of Mr. Perfect Behaving Badly. Apparently, the Frankel-Hoppys don’t have much luck with 40th birthdays. Bethenny planned a special birthday weekend for Jason and all went divine until Jason expressed disappointment that his parents weren’t included. Which caused massive fighting. Bethenny feels she included them by setting aside a day on the weekend for him to visit with them. I feel for Bethenny – my feelings would be hurt, but I also understand Jason’s perspective.

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Bringing you a special Real Housewives of Beverly Hills photo post today, as Taylor Armstrong and Dana Wilkey got together with some of their co-stars to host a domestic violence benefit for the 1736 Family Crisis Center’s 40th Anniversary.

Taylor volunteers for the organization and has claimed she will be donating a portion of her book proceeds to their efforts. The event took place at Dana’s home and in attendance were Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and Peggy Tanous. I’m not even sure what to think about Dana’s outfit and appearance!

I noticed her best friend forever Lisa wasn’t in attendance! Also, absent; Camille Grammer, who according to Dana’s Twitter was in Hawaii. Representing for Team Awesome was Dedra Whitt, Camille’s BFFL. “Camille was in Hawaii but she was missed,” Dana wrote.

The event was, of course, sponsored by Ciroc vodka, which frankly, I don’t approve of. “Thank you so much @Ciroc for supporting the 1736 Family Crisis Center with your sponsorship. We were so happy to have you at the event,” Taylor tweeted. American Idol alums, Ace Young and Diana Degarmo performed. I hope Ace didn’t write his own music this time…

More PHOTOS of Taylor and the gang from the event are below!

Moving on to Lisa Vanderpump, as after a season of bitter drama, she found herself in the crosshairs at the reunion when former friends, Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof, ganged up on her. Lisa has expressed reservations about signing on for a third season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, particularly because her spinoff may or may not happen. Well, apparently, if Lisa returns, she’s making sure the ladies play by her rules!

According to RadarOnline, the drama off-camera was far worse than anything Bravo caught on film, and the fall-out because of the reunion was epic. “Lisa is on the warpath and she’s ready to battle her co-stars,” a source revealed “Lisa told Kyle that she has to take sides now. That she’s either with Lisa or against her.”

Apparently, it’s all a game for the desperate for fame Lisa, who is interested in creating drama. “Lisa is trying to manipulate the other women on the show and she wants Kyle to be on her side and be her friend,” the source added. “And she’ll do anything she can to stir up the drama.” Interesting…

DO YOU BELIEVE THE ALLEGATIONS THAT LISA IS MANIPULATING THE WOMEN FOR DRAMA? IS SHE FORCING KYLE TO BE HER FRIEND FOR RATINGS? THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR AND DANA’S EVENT? DO YOU THINK CAMILLE WOULD HAVE COME?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR PHOTOS OF THE LADIES AT THE BENEFIT!

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