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MERRY CHRISTMAS! WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL & BLESSED DAY.

A special thanks to you for being a Reality Tea reader! No stories today or a photo post as there were not really enough photos to make one. Who knew reality stars took time off from fame whoring?

So thanks to a suggestion by our reader Carol, we decided to create two polls to see who your favorite and least favorite Bravo housewives are?

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TELL US – WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE & LEAST FAVORITE HOUSEWIFE & WHY?

Remember those funny animated parodies of Bravolebrities, mostly housewives, that you have been seeing over the past year? Well good news! As Bravo is now teaming up with the creator Shepard Boucher to bring us a animated special Shep & Tiffany Watch TV: The Best of 2010 this Thursday at 11/10c.

The special will revisit major pop culture moments of 2010 with a humorous and snarky perspective based on animated web shorts from Shepard.

Below is a highlarious preview clip which shows NYC Housewives Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon visiting Bethenny Frankel in the hospital before she gave birth to her baby. Enjoy!

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CLIP? WILL YOU BE TUNING INTO THE SPECIAL?

It’s over, it’s finally over! The finale of Skating With The Stars aired last night during which soap star Rebecca Budig was crowned the winner of the ABC show.

“I’m shocked, really I am!,” said Rebecca. “Bethenny and I were talking about it, really…I’m just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher. I’ve said it a hundred times…I owe it all to you.” Fred Palascak was Rebecca’s professional partner.

Rebecca’s win wasn’t exactly a shocker to others as she scored a perfect score of 60—30 for technical, 30 for artistic impression on her final skating dance — the only perfect score of the season.

The runner-up was Bethenny Frankel, who surprised viewers by beating out Jonny Mosley on Monday night to make it into the finals. “Rebecca totally deserves it, she should be a real ice skater,” said Bethenny who also fared well on finale night, earning a total of 51 points for her dance.

Now that the show is officially over following a rather long 5 weeks, it is extremely unlikely the show will be returning for a second season. Why? Well, the ratings were simply a disaster. SWTS averaged about 4 million viewers per episode this season, a far cry from the 20 million viewers per episode it’s counterpart Dancing With The Stars averaged. In fact, the Monday night finale episode only brought in 3.37 million viewers.

TELL US – WERE YOU A FAN OF SWTS? THOUGHTS ON REBECCA WINNING?

In case you’re not aware by now, Bethenny Frankel is no longer a housewife on the Real Housewives of New York City.

Though Bravo wanted Bethenny, the clear fan favorite, to return for the show’s fourth season (currently being filmed), Bethenny decided she no longer wanted to do the show, instead opting to make guest appearances here and there a la Lisa Wu Hartwell on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to a new report by Popeater, Bravo is now worried about what effect Bethenny’s absence will have on the show’s new season. “Bethenny is the biggest star the franchise has ever produced,” a Bravo insider reveals. “She not only connected with the most fans, but she also allowed the audience to laugh at how ridiculous the other ladies are. Without Bethenny making fun of the cast, the show just won’t be as much fun.”

Popeater adds that a main concern for Bravo is who will now call out Kelly Bensimon on her erratic/crazy/entertaining behavior. “Without Bethenny on the show, Kelly’s strange behavior is no longer funny, it’s just annoying,” adds the source.

Apparently Bravo became increasingly concerned after catching a glimpse of how the new season is going. Based on what they saw, they decided to ask Bethenny to return for more than the six appearances she is contractually obligated to make.

Bethenny, who is now gearing up for the second season of her Bravo spin off show, however doesn’t want to return for more appearances as she is ready to phase the NYC Housewives completely out of her life. Bethenny reportedly feels “physically sick” just thinking about having to return to the show, something she feels is a “toxic environment.”

A friend of Bethenny tells Popeater, “In her heart she wishes she could just move on.” The friend adds, “To tell the truth, she doesn’t even want to watch the new season let alone be forced to be part of it.” Ouch.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT A BETHENNY-LESS NYC HOUSEWIVES? THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY NOT WANTING TO RETURN TO THE SHOW?

For the four remaining people still watching Skating With The Stars, this story is for you.

Despite receiving some very low scores, Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel will be skating on the show’s finale next week.  No elimination took place on the show last night as one of the “stars” Brandon Mychal Smith had to quit the show due to an illness, following his second week of not being able to dance.

Moving on to the finals alongside Bethenny are Rebecca Budig who scored 53 last night and Jonny Moseley who scored 54. In comparison, Bethenny who called herself  “the Bristol Palin of the competition” scored 38.

But while SWTS continues to be a dud overall, the best part of the show might have been the words of exchange between Bethenny and skating star Johnny Weir.

Following her performance last night, judge Johnny first paid Bethenny some compliments before adding, “But to me it’s very clear you don’t care what we think and I don’t really care to watch you actually perform anymore cause you weren’t listening to our critiques.”  Johnny then added, “”Well, I mean, if she doesn’t care, we don’t care.”  Ouch. Bethenny had no reply while her partner Ethan simply stated “we’ll just get our scores then.”

Some fans of the show feel Johnny’s harsh criticism of Bethenny might stem from his friendship with Bethenny’s former costar Jill Zarin.  “I’m friends with Jill,” Johnny told Popeater a few weeks ago. “I see Jill all the time and adore her.”

And when it comes to Jill’s skating (it was reported a while back that SWTS first asked Jill to do the show before asking Bethenny – something the show denied), Johnny feels Jill is in good skating shape.  “She was like, ‘you know Johnny I can’t skate until I’m in shape’ and I was like Jill, you’re like five pounds, you can skate whenever you want,” said Johnny.

In other Bethenny news, an announcement was made on Monday stating that Bethenny will be doing some kind of a tour.

“Join Bethenny Frankel, Best-selling author and star of “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Getting Married?” for an evening of sass and fabulous fun. America’s favorite “skinnygirl” will dish on life, her work, and her passion for living healthy and living well. Throw on your best pumps for a hilarious and unpredictable evening with Bethenny Frankel!”

The ticket prices range between $29.50 to $75 for VIP passes.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S SKATING & FEUD WITH JOHNNY WEIR?

Another milestone for Bravo’s biggest Housewives’ success story as Bethenny Frankel graces the January cover of Redbook magazine. Who shot the cover you asked? None other than Gilles Bensimon, ex-husband of Bethenny’s former costar Kelly Bensimon.

UsWeekly published excerpts from Bethenny’s interview with the mag, in which she admits her past bad habits. “I used to get drunk and binge on everything in the deli, and then do a juice fast or starve, then do it all over again,” the 40-year-old Bethenny Getting Married star shares.

And when it comes to staying in shape during and after her pregnancy with 6-month old daughter Bryn Hoppy, Bethenny reveals she was determined to not overeat “out of emotion.” She explains, “Most people treat pregnancy like the big binge, and then they can’t take the excess weight off so they go on a crash diet.”

So is baby #2 in the works for Bethenny? “I would love to have a second child, and it’s not something I have time to wait for,” she says. “You really experience your biological clock if you’re my age.”

With the second season of her Bravo spin-off show (now titled Bethenny Ever After) in the works, Bethenny is glad her Real Housewives of NYC days are long behind her.

“I’m completely done with women being rewarded for bad behavior,” she says of her former castmates. “I don’t bite the hand that feeds me, and I’m very grateful to Bravo, but thank God I got out of that alive. It was fun the first season. Then it got not fun, and then it got scary and unhealthy and disgusting.”

In other Bethenny news, her mom Bernadette Birk is once again slamming her in the press. In a new interview with the HollywoodLife, Bernadette accuses Bethenny of purposely doing badly on Skating With The Stars. “Bethenny has always had an agenda,” Bernadette says adding that Bethenny has been skating almost all of her life. “She couldn’t be that clumsy if she tried! And this is a person that lived on skates as a child.”

Bethenny is one of the three reality stars gracing January’s cover of Redbook ((on newsstands December 21). The other two reality stars are Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi and Biggest Loser’s Alison Sweeney. More photos of Bethenny in the mag below, including a photo with baby Bryn.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S INTERVIEW & HER MOM’S COMMENTS?

The DailyBeast has released the 2010 earnings list of reality TV stars and E! star Kim Kardashian is sitting pretty on top of the list.

According to the site’s calculations, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star pulled in estimated $6 million this year alone! And how did Kimmy earn her money? Well from doing a countless number of endorsements (clothing lines, watch line, swimsuit line, fragrances, and diet-products), writing a book, doing a spin-off, and paid appearances. Kim reported commands up to $75,000 per paid appearance.

Coming in second place on the list is MTV’s Lauren Conrad at $5 million. In a close third is Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel at $4 million. Kate Gosselin is also number 5 on the list pulling in $3.5 million. In fact out of the top 10 reality earners, 8 are female.

The full list is below -

  1. Kim Kardashian: $6m
  2. Lauren Conrad: $5m
  3. Bethenny Frankel: $4m
  4. Audrina Patridge: $3.5m
  5. Kate Gosselin: $3.5m
  6. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino: $3m
  7. Khloe Kardashian: $2.5m
  8. Kourtney Kardashian: $2.5m
  9. DJ Pauly D: $2m
  10. Kendra Wilkinson: $2m

According to the Daily Beast, Jersey Shore star Snooki failed to make the list because she only earned $750,000 this year. And while this list looks impressive, we do have some major doubts about a number of those estimated earnings.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE REALITY STARS EARNINGS LIST?

It seems reality star Bethenny Frankel is starting to second guess her decision to do her 4th reality show/disasterSkating With The Stars.

Now in it’s third week, SWTS can best be described as nothing short of a catastrophe. In addition to its bad host, bad judges, multiple injuries, and unknown stars, the show is also experiencing disastrous ratings that only continue to decline.

Just how bad are the ratings? Only 6 million viewers tuned in last week in comparison to the 19 millions viewers that routinely watched Dancing With The Stars. The ratings took an even bigger hit last night as only 5 million viewers tuned in.

“It really is,” Bethenny told reporters last week when asked if doing the show has proven difficult. “It’s like the Mafia, and I can’t get out because I’m committed and I love [my partner Ethan Burgess] and I have to do this now for him. But there are days that I’m like, ‘Why the heck did I do this’? But ultimately it is really fun.”

When it comes to the harsh criticism she has received from the judges, Bethenny joked, “I thought I was a badass. I thought I was phenomenal. I had the best time. I am the woman Johnny Weir wants to be and he clearly has an issue with that.”

And just last week, a fan asked Bethenny on Twitter if she wanted to get voted off. This was her reply – “I Love my partner&we pee laughing so I want to stay for that.plus grt for his career.”

Moving right along. The NYPost is also reporting today that Real Housewives of NYC nut star Kelly Bensimon was seen flirting with pro baseball player Alex Rodriguez in Miami.

According to the Post, a witness states Alex “had his arm ’round Kelly and they were flirting.” The two were then seen browsing art at the Convention Center the next day. Surely this story wasn’t leaked to the press by Kelly’s people.

And in a strange twist, the NYDailyNews reported back in April 2009 that A-Rod and Bethenny were hooking up, something Bethenny denied back then.

TELL US – SHOULD BETHENNY HAVE SAID NO TO SWTS? THOUGHTS ON THE KELLY & A-ROD STORY?

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