Big Ang

Karen Gravano

Shame, shame, shame. Instead of honoring the memory of their amazing friend Big Ang, the women of Mob Wives are getting into Twitter wars over planted stories… and could they be any more passive aggressive (said in my best Chandler Bing voice)? It’s pathetic.

Not only do their posts and retweets take away from those grieving for their beautiful, larger than life co-star, but they aren’t even tweeting at each other. Their silly behavior needs to get in check, and stat. On one side, we’ve got Karen Gravano going on and on (and on) about “someone” making up a rumor that Ang’s family didn’t want her or newbie Brittany Fogarty at the funeral due to their fathers’ reputations as informants. On the other side, Drita D’avanzo is staying relatively silent but obsessively retweeting Brittany’s statuses which defend Drita’s honor. Give me a break. Please.

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NeNe Leakes at Academy Awards

Last night the Oscar Awards celebrated some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Per the usual, despite their highly dramatic performances, reality TV was not honored. Alas some of our favorite reality stars also happen to be actors and actresses. Actors and actresses whose contributions to the academy has NOT been recognized with a golden statue. UGH. 

Below is our list of Reality TV star/actors and actresses who haven’t been nominated by the Academy… YET! Just a note: Eileen Davidson of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills has actually won an Emmy Award, she’s being included in this list even though she’s already thanked the audience for really, really liking her.

Above, NeNe Leakes has starred on Broadway and in several television shows, but she has yet to break into the movies. Last night she hosted the Samsung Oscar Viewing party in NYC. 

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I’m not going to lie, watching last night’s Mob Wives was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do for this gig. I’ve recapped this show since it started, and I loved getting to see Big Ang’s fun-loving personality on her drama-free spin-off Big Ang. It’s so sad to recap Ang’s battle with cancer (and her co-stars’ ridiculous petty, immature, and bullish behavior) knowing the outcome. However, I poured a glass of wine, toasted Ang’s sass and class, and tried to keep the tears to a minimum…and I’m guessing a lot of you did the same!

When the episode begins, Drita D’avanzo is still raging at the thought that Karen Gravano is spreading lies about Lee, but she won’t let it spoil the high of her finishing the first draft of her memoir. She shares a precious exchange with daughter Giselle whose birthday is quickly approaching. All Giselle wants as a gift is a second puppy, but she knows her dad will be a tough sell. Drita does a role play where she pretends to be Lee so Giselle can practice her powers of persuasion. Get that adorable child another dog!

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Everyone grieves differently. Everyone grieves differently. Everyone. Grieves. Differently. I’m going to keep repeating that mantra so that I don’t go off on the fact that Mob Wives’ Karen Gravano is giving soundbites to multiple media outlets regarding her friend Big Ang Railoa’s funeral. In fairness to Karen (who thought I’d ever type that??), Ang was loved by so many, I know her fans want to know how her friends and family are dealing with her tragic death to cancer…and I am sure the sites requested a comment. 

Beloved Big Ang was laid to rest on Monday at Brooklyn’s Basilica of Regina Pacis with family, friends, and her Mob Wives co-stars of past and present in attendance. As I’m guessing is the nature of the “lifestyle” as the ladies like to call it, there were rumors that Karen and Brittany Fogarty were banned from the memorial service due to their father’s penchants for cooperating with the feds. Not so, says Karen!

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Big Ang with granddaughter

The realization that Mob Wives’ most beloved star Big Ang Raiola has passed away from cancer still hasn’t really hit me yet. While she prided herself on her larger than life, surgically enhanced features, I think we can all agree, they paled in size compared to her giant, compassionate heart and her friendly, genuine smile. The world is a little smaller without her in it, but I am grateful she shared her vibrant personality with all of us who watched the show. 

Big Ang was the only reason to watch Mob Wives. As her co-stars brawl and partake in scripted drama, we could count on Ang to share no nonsense advice and sometimes humorously stirring the pot. While the current season features Ang’s second battle with cancer, here’s hoping her co-stars truly learn that there are much, MUCH more important things in life than holding grudges…if only to honor their true, sweet friend.

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News of Big Ang’s death has spread quickly this morning and her friends, co-stars and fellow reality TV stars took to Instagram to share their tributes. 

Everyone from Sheree Whitfield to Drita D’Avanzo and Renee Graziano and so many more, the stars shared their favorite pictures and thoughts about the beloved Mob Wives star.   Big Ang was loved by all who met her and will be missed by so many. 

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola of 'Mob Wives' visits at SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

After a year-long battle with throat, lung and brain cancer, Big Ang passed away at 3:01 a.m.  The Mob Wives star, whose real name was Angela Raiola, was just 55 years old. 

Angela’s death was confirmed by her friend Vinnie Medugno early this morning.  He wrote, “It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angelia Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home. She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and the closest friends. YOU, (her fans) were some of the most special people in the world, and she loved you immensely. Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end.”

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I wonder if the ladies of Mob Wives remember that warehouse round-table where the vowed to leave their anger behind and not speak poorly about each other. It doesn’t seem like it! Renee Graziano is hopeful that the women are moving forward, and she’s hosting the group (sans Prissy Marissy) at a baseball game. 

Renee, Carla Facciolo, and Karen Gravano argue about the protocol of placing one’s hand over one’s heart during the national anthem…and they are having this debate during the actual national anthem. As if their loud banter isn’t disrespectful enough, Karen swears up and down that your supposed to put your hand over your heart during the Star-Spangled Banner, not the national anthem. It takes her the entire song–and prodding from Renee–to realize the songs are one and the same. Patriotism at its finest. Big Ang is looking great despite her recent tests to determine the mass on her lungs, and all of the ladies agree that their beef is extremely petty in comparison to what she’s facing. Drita D’avanzo arrives with Brittany Fogarty who is understandably wary about facing this group of hens after their last encounter. She’s hoping she and Karen can move forward after last week’s tense chat, and she invites the ladies to come watch her watch in one of the many shows that she’ll be walking in for New York Fashion Week. Wait, what? 

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