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More drama on tonight’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, titled ‘Youth Will Be Served.

Danielle Staub’s youngest daughter Jillian prepares for her big break to be debuted at her sister, Christine Staub’s Sweet 16 birthday party. But when she expresses a few insecurities, Danielle encourages her daughters to put themselves out there…whether it’s performing a song or pursuing a career in modeling; does she push her daughters too hard or is she being a supportive mom? It also seems Jillian and Christine’s father aka Danielle’s ex-husband, Thomas Staub, will make an appearance on the show tonight.

Also celebrating a big occasion, Teresa and Joe look forward to their 10th wedding anniversary. With all of the rumored money issues that the Giudice’s are experiencing, will Teresa get the diamonds she’s been hoping for or will the celebration be a letdown? Find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

Watch What Happens – Appearing on WWHL tonight will be Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Dratch, and wait for it… the one and only Kim Granatell aka Kim G. Should be a great episode tonight!

In other news, another day, another new unflattering story about Teresa Giudice. The NYPost is reporting today that the broke Real Housewives of NJ star, who’s home items will be getting auctioned off next month, demanded $3,000 to appear at a charity event for abused women.

The Post reports a manager for Teresa said she would only appear at the July 19 New Jersey fund-raiser for Strengthen Our Sisters if she was paid. The event organizer told the Post, “Mike Esterman, who books her appearances, said . . . she would not show up unless she got paid. I explained this was for a shelter for women and children. He said it doesn’t matter…Danielle Staub, her daughters, and Lori Michaels came for free.”

Esterman however attempts to defend his client Teresa telling the Post, “I made it clear I only handle her paid appearances, and the fee is $3,000 and a car service. I said charity events have to be agreed by Teresa personally, and they should reach out to her directly.”

In other Teresa news, a new scandal is brewing in the form of Pizzagate. It all stems from Teresa’s comments during the last episode of the NJ Housewives during which she mentioned that she buys frozen dough to make her pizzas.

The only problem? It just so happens that Teresa has a dough recipe in her cookbook Skinny Italian, for what she calls the “best crust in the world!” This is leading some of Teresa’s fans to question the honesty and integrity of her book.

Below is a preview clip of Teresa wanting diamonds from hubby Joe Giudice. Keep in mind this episode was filmed just weeks after the Giudices filed bankruptcy.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CHARITYGATE & PIZZAGATE, PLUS TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF THE NJ HOUSEWIVES?

We said a while back that you couldn’t make these things up, and folks you simply can’t when it comes to the Bravo housewives. Just a week after showing off her lavish unaffordable mansion in InTouch Weekly, Teresa Giudice’s luxurious home items have now been officially listed on an auction website to be auctioned off on August 22nd.

The website, A.J.Willner Auctions, specializes in auctioning off home items of the rich and morally bankrupt aka Teresa and hubby Joe Giudice. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, who can been seen bragging about their lavish lifestyle on the show, filed bankruptcy to the tune of $11 mil in debt back in October 2009.

And not only does the site list Teresa home address, and a time for the auction, 12:00pm for those interested in stopping by, it also posts the photos of items set for auction from Teresa’s home. Oddly enough, a lot of the items pictured, including Teresa’s stainless steel gas range, flat screen TV, and crest leather & fabric sofas, were all featured in her InTouch magazine home spread.

Other items of Teresa’s that are being auctioned off?

  • Schaefer & Sons Grand Piano
  • Wolf 48″ Stainless Steel Gas Range
  • 1080 Pure 42″ LCD Television
  • Chippendale Style Arm Chair & Pair of Oversized Candle Sticks
  • Round Pine Kitchen Table & 8 Upholstered Tudor Style Chairs
  • Panasonic Viera Oversized LCD Television
  • Dark Finish King Size Bedroom Set
  • Love Seat, Upholstered Arm Chairs & Area Rug
  • Connelly Antique Style Pool Table
  • Faux Marble Chess Set

Yes, even the bed Teresa sleeps on will be auctioned off. Not sure if it gets any more humiliating than that. Unfortunately for the Giudices, their problems have only just began.

As we reported last week, Teresa and Joe are now being accused of perjury by their bankruptcy trustee John Sywilok, whose responsibility is to round up the Giudices’ assets and distribute the proceeds to creditors.

John alleges in court documents dated June 30 that the couple failed to list profits from several business, including Teresa’s clothing line TG Fabulicious LLC, a pizza parlor (which was shown in the most recent episode of Real Housewives) and her cookbook, Skinny Italian, which he claims was written prior to the bankruptcy filing.

The Wall Street Journal also reveals the Giudices are accused of undervaluing some of their luxury items in their bankruptcy filing, including a pool table ($1,000), wedding bands ($400) and living room furniture ($2,000). Like anyone would believe their wedding bands cost $400.

Jim Kridel, an attorney for the Giudices, however tells PEOPLE his clients are innocent of any wrong doing and he plans to object to the filing in court, saying they did not hide sources of income.

“The contract for Teresa’s book was signed after the bankruptcy petition was filed, and all money was received post petition,” he says, adding that the Giudices are legally allowed to freely spend money earned after filing bankruptcy. “If she knew the recipes, it doesn’t take four years to write a cook book,” he says. “It’s not a Mary Higgins Clark novel.”

As for the pizzeria, Kridel claims it is owned by Joe’s father, and therefore should have never been considered an asset at the time of the filing. What’s interesting is that Teresa said during last episode of the NJ Housewives that Joe owned the pizza parlour.

And when it comes to the book fiasco, Teresa is likely lying about that as well, because Teresa wrote in one of her Bravo blogs back in June that her book, Skinny Italian, went to press before Bethenny Frankel’s book, The Skinnygirl Dish, came out. This was Teresa’s attempts at fending off rumors that she copied Bethenny’s book.

So let’s dig a little more into this. Bethenny’s book came out December, 29, 2009 according to Amazon. Teresa filed for Bankruptcy on October 29, 2009. So according to Teresa, she signed the contract for her book, finished writing the book, and was able to get it to press, all within a 2 month span?! Well, we call BS and say it’s highly impossible unlikely. Plus one also has to wonder if Teresa is being made fully aware of her financial troubles. Showing off her home in a national magazine two weeks after their trustee filed documents to auction off her home items just seems surreal and downright moronic, but then again…

TELL US: DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR TERESA & JOE? WILL YOU BE ATTENDING THE AUCTION?

UPDATE - It seems the items listed on the auction website are only the featured items of the auction. A whole lot more of Teresa’s home items will also be auctioned off including all of the beds of her kids, all of the TVs in the kids’ bedrooms, toys, games, books, and even some of her baby’s items including the crib and rocker. Even her refrigerators and jewelry will be auctioned off.

Other items include the kids’ bikes, Gia’s ATV that was given to her on the show for her birthday, and also a boat owned by the Giudices. Poor kids. You can see the full list of auction items by clicking here. Thanks to our reader Anita Vacation for the link.

UPDATE #2 – More photos of Teresa’s home items to be auctioned off have been added.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF TERESA’S HOME ITEMS SET TO BE AUCTIONED OFF -

While the headline grabbing Real Housewives of DC doesn’t debut for 2 more weeks on the Bravo network, the show’s stars have already began their press interviews.

Two of the show’s cast members, Mary Schmidt Amons and Stacie Turner, recently did a phone conference interview and well, let’s just say they had some interesting things to say.

The HollywoodLife points out that both of the DC ladies had nothing but praises for Bethenny Frankel, who is by far the most successful and popular Bravo housewife.

“I have watched the New York and Atlanta Housewives,” said Stacie (pictured right), who owns her own real estate agency and is also married to a man named Jason. She added, “I relate to Bethenny the most because she’s an entrepreneur juggling a bunch of things like being a mom” and owning a business.”

Stacie’s cast-mate Mary also states she can relate to Bethenny the most. “It’s really hard to associate with the other casts,” Mary explains. But “the person I most identify with is the person who has been a very positive influence … [is] Bethenny!” She added, “I enjoyed watching her on this season [of the NY Housewives]. It’s been interesting to see how motherhood and marriage has changed her!”

The Washington Post also adds that during the conference call interview, Mary wanted to make certain that the show “is not all about the Salahis.

“We spent five months together, and we spent a lot of time sharing our stories, and I think that the American public is going to be really interested and inspired by our stories,” she said, with the Post adding that she didn’t sound like someone too happy to be upstaged by Michaele Salahi.

And when it comes to the impact the party crashing incident had on the cast, Stacie stated: “It was so unbelievable because they’d been nothing but nice and normal around us,” adding, “things did change a little bit after that point… I was just shocked that anybody would have the gall to crash a party like that.”

The Real Housewives of D.C. is set to premiere August 5th on Bravo.

Tonight’s episode of Bethenny’s Getting Married is titled “Baby Won’t Wait” referencing Bethenny Frankel’s early delivery.

Bethenny delivered her baby girl Bryn Hoppy back in May. Bryn came 5 weeks early for the first time mom. Above is a new photo of baby Bryn with Bethenny and dad Jason Hoppy.

Coming up tonight, 5 weeks before the due date and fresh off their honeymoon, the newlyweds realize that the time has come… Bethenny is going into labor! Bethenny and Jason frantically try to rearrange their busy schedules (well, Bethenny at least), get to the hospital and stay calm through the hours and hours of labor as they welcome baby Bryn into the world. As usual, the couple keeps things amusing, even through the labor pains! A preview clip is below.

In other Bethenny news, fresh off the feud with fellow reality star Omarosa, could a new feud be brewing up for Bethenny? That answer is yes according to E! News. Bethenny, during an interview with E!, had some rather harsh words for Bristol Palin and her rumored reality show with baby daddy Levi Johnston.

“If it was her mom getting married or remarried it would be interesting,” said Bethenny. “If it was Sarah was raising the baby, maybe. But what’s the deal with the two of them?”

“I don’t know what they are and I don’t even know who they are,” she added. “I don’t get it. And it would be too awkward to watch them in something L.A. because they don’t belong there.” Ouch, neither Bristol nor her people have yet to respond to Bethenny’s mean unprovoked comments.

Bethenny, who has stated on numerous occasions that she would rather not return to the Real Housewives of NYC, is however open to doing a second season of BGM, perhaps this time titled Bethenny Going For Baby #2? “I can’t have that many more because I’m not a spring chicken,” said the 39-year-old. “But my husband really wants to have another one. I think maybe subconsciously because his brother passed away and he’s now an only child is part of the reason he’s really desperate to have another.”

She also adds that her success with her diet books, drinks, shows etc is still somewhat of a surprise to her. “I thought I was destined for something special, but I certainly didn’t know it could be like this,” she said. “It’s very surreal.”

A preview clip of Bethenny as her water breaks is below -

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW EPISODE OF BETHENNY’S GETTING MARRIED?

Weeks after the sane one Bethenny Frankel gave her ultimatum on returning for the 4th season of the Real Housewives of New York City, the crazy one Kelly Bensimon is now giving her ultimatum as well.

Kelly, who just always happens to be in the same locations as the paparazzi, is pictured above walking in the SOHO district in NYC on July 13th. She gave a new interview to E! News during which she revealed what it would take to have her return for another season (perhaps Kelly should wait until Bravo asks her back first) and even suggests new additions to the NYC cast. Oddly enough, Kelly’s co-star Bethenny had mentioned a few weeks ago that she would only return if changes were made to the cast.

Kelly tells E! News on returning for another season – “We’re just going to see. The deciding factor is really just being able to celebrate these women—I don’t want to fight with people. That’s really like the big deciding factor, if it’s going to be authentic. If it’s not authentic, I don’t want to be a part of that.”

Kelly even has some suggestions for a new cast – “I’ve asked a lot of my friends. If they do want to change up cast, I have a lot of awesome friends that I’m sure would jump on with me. I’d be like, ‘Let’s have some good times. Let’s have some fun here.’”

Kelly is also open to making up with Bethenny – “We haven’t been in touch, because we’re not filming anymore,” Kelly explains, “but her value system has changed. I can be sensationalistic on camera, but my children are the most important things to me. So I’m happy that now we have something to bond over.”

Kelly, who plans on releasing an exercise video any day now, also continues to take her new calling as an health expert very seriously. This time around, she shares her diet and fitness tips with the HollywoodLife, “My largest meal is lunch and then I’ll have a lighter dinner, I eat a lot of carbs at lunch,” she said.

And what does Kelly eat for lunch 6 days a week? Brown rice, tofu and broccoli. Despite running 7 days a week, Kelly largest meal of the day is her 356 calories lunch, which also contains “a lot of carbs.”

TELL US: DO YOU THINK BRAVO WILL ASK KELLY BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON?

Is it safe to finally remove the dumb question mark from Bethenny’s Getting Married? since Bethenny Frankel finally got married during the last episode of the show?

While we ponder the answer to that, a new episode of BGM is set to air tonight. Now that the wedding is over, Bethenny and hubby Jason Hoppy finally get a chance to relax on their honeymoon, well that is until Bethenny’s hormones decide to rear their ugly head.

CLICK HERE TO SEE HONEYMOON PHOTOS OF BETHENNY & JASON!

Bethenny’s hormones get the best of her during the trip, but a very understanding and sweet Jason is thankfully there to calm her nerves about the new family they are forming.

Will Bethenny be able to really let go and enjoy her honeymoon or will her emotions get the best of her? Find out this tonight at 10/9c on BRAVO.


Just a week after her PEOPLE magazine cover story came out detailing her volatile childhood, Bethenny Frankel’s mother, Bernadette Birk, is now telling her side of the story to Star magazine.

“I love my daughter but what she’s saying is killing me,” Bernadette reveals in a new interview in this week’s issue of Star. Bernadette denies Bethenny’s assertion that she was a bulimic who was always drinking.

Bethenny told PEOPLE Bernadette was “never a mother to me” and calls her childhood “toxic.” Bernadette, an interior design professor, admits there was discord in the family but insists Bethenny was “the most important person in my world.”

Bernadette says she and Bethenny have only spoken twice in the last 10 years, also adding that she only knows what is going on in Bethenny’s world by watching her on television.

Bernadette’s ex-husband and Bethenny’s former stepdad John Parisella did however corroborate Bethenny’s story in PEOPLE.

TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND THE NEW EPISODE OF BGM?

In an all new interview, Bethenny Frankel, star of Bethenny Getting Married reveals her mother has yet to meet her daughter Bryn Hoppy.

“My mother hasn’t expressed any interest in meeting Bryn, which was shocking to my husband,” says Bethenny to Parade. “Life is hopefully long, so I don’t know what the future will bring. Right now, I would say no. I only want positive energy around her for as long as possible. Life will be difficult enough before she knows it.”

This comes just days after Bethenny’s cover story with PEOPLE magazine during which she opened up about her childhood abuse. “I never had a true childhood,” she tells People. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”

Bethenny’s father is the now deceased highly known horse trainer Bobby Frankel. According to Bethenny, Bobby walked out on she and her mother, Bernadette Birk, when she was just 4 years old. Bethenny’s mom re-married another horse trainer named John Parisella when Bethenny was 5, which led to them moving homes seven times in over 10 years. Bethenny says her father cut her off when Bernadette accused him of keeping money from them. She also says her father seemed to resent her and punish her for the actions of her mother.

Things then got hostile with Bernadette and her new husband John. “The house would be in shambles,” Bethenny says of her mom’s vicious outbursts in which she would smash “dishes, pictures, the TV — anything she could see” and physically fight with John. Bethenny says she would either have to hide in her closet or call the police to break things up.

Bethenny also sheds light on her troubles with her weight and drugs during her teen years. She began starving herself and purging at the age of 13. “I was owned by dieting,” she says. “I hated myself.” Her situation worsened when she began clubbing in her teens, drinking heavily and even doing cocaine.

As for Bethenny’s relationship with her mother today, she says the two have barely spoken in the past 10 years. Bethenny however makes it clear she is over the past and is now in a better place with her husband and daughter. “I just want to give her the life I didn’t have,” says Bethenny of baby Bryn.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO OF BETHENNY WITH HER MOM AND STEPFATHER -

While Jill Zarin has on many occasions been referred to as a “blogger’s dream” due to her many faux pas this season – think babygate, amazongate etc. Well I’m here to debunk that notion, as her co-star Kelly Bensimon is the REAL blogger’s dream.

The Real Housewives of New York City star, who might or might not be in dire need of anti-psychotic meds, is simply the gift that keeps on giving. For starters, the above picture of Kelly was taken just this week on July 7th as she attempted to hail a cab in the streets of NYC. As if the above photo as well as more nutty photos of her from the hail a cab event weren’t good enough to make a story, Kelly then proceeded to write some more nonsensical rants on her twitter page, that is of course, when she’s not busy linking non flattering articles and videos of herself to her followers.

“enjoy what the press writes. everyone needs content, let them use my tweets, youtube.com videos whatever they need. its content,” is perhaps the only tweet Kelly wrote that actually made sense. And thank you Kelly for all the crazy content you give.

It all started when some sites and blogs started writing about her insane starvation diet. You know the one she shared with Star magazine that has her eating 2 oranges for breakfast, brown rice, broccoli and tofu for lunch, and salad with shrimp for dinner, six days a week. Well she received a lot of criticism, deservedly so, for her starvation diet, which is even more unhealthy when you add in the fact that this woman runs in NYC traffic 6 – 7 times a week.

Kelly re-affirmed that she does indeed eat that diet via twitter but denied the diet is 700 calories a day as claimed by many blogs. She tweeted, “the kkb diet is am: two oranges, lunch: veggies, brown rice, and tofu with any sauce, dinner: 2 chicken breasts/salad. 7 day: off,” later adding, “texaminer. I said it was 700 calories which is humanly in possible. Sorry examiner, gotta call u out.” I’m guessing she meant to add a ‘never’ in front of said, and the examiner is a site the publishes blogs, one of which criticized her diet.

Well let’s examine the KKB diet then shall we. The calorie count comes directly from WebMD’s food calorie counter.

Breakfast – 2 oranges: 124 Calories (Medium sized orange at 62 cals per orange)

Lunch – Brown rice, tofu and broccoli: 356 Calories (1 cup Brown rice – 216 cals, 1 cup brocolli – 52 cals, 1/2 cup tofu – 88 cals)

Dinner – Salad with shrimp: 192 Calories (1.5 cup Salad with shrimp with no dressing – 106 cals, dressing – Italian, 2 Tbs – 86 cals)

Total: 672 Calories

So Kelly Bensimon eats a diet of 672 calories a day, assuming she uses 2 tablespoons of salad dressing instead of one. The 700 calories the other blogs dubbed her diet is apparently generous. “I run eveyday for 2miles and do 30 lunges on each leg,” tweeted Kelly. A 42-year-old woman who runs two miles seven days a week is only taking in 672 calories a day folks! Eating disorder anyone?

The nuttyness doesn’t end with the diet. Kelly also stated she would only return for a 4th season of the NYC Housewives “if they upgrade the cast to REAL New York A-list women.”

Below are more interesting tweets by Kelly:

“bullying doesnt discriminate. its ugly and pointless.”

“i wish they’d show the real me. kids, dogs, horses, creativity,charity,and hard work doesn”t sell. people like fighting.”

“crazy sells. noone likes the nice girl. reality tv is meant to entertain. talk shows teach/preach.”

“PLAYBOY had an outreach of 239 million. i want to do it again at 50.”

“reality tv should be about REAL people, not fabricated reality stars. its a bad example for women. i want people to aspire to greatness”

These my folks, are the worlds of a self proclaimed Colombia Columbia graduate. Really nothing else to add at this point but I do have to ask the question, does Kelly have “people” working for her? You know like a publicist or manager of some sort to advise her against making an asinine anti bullying PSA video, or tell her not to share a 700 calories a day diet with millions of people. Perhaps its time for her loved ones to step in and start feeding her, while also taking away her internet twitter access.

Bethenny Frankel also made a funny when she said this week that “The whole of NBC Universal doesn’t have enough money for me to hang out with Jill and Kelly right now.” Can you blame her? NBC Universal owns the Bravo network by the way.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S DIET? DO YOU THINK SHE HAS AN EATING DISORDER?

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF KELLY ROAMING THE STREETS OF NYC -

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