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The recession has affected most households in this country and even The Real Housewives of Orange County are not exempt.

This season has chronicled the housewives’ financial struggles whether small or major. Gretchen Rossi had a garage sale, Jeana Keough went shopping with her daughter at H&M, Tamra Barney is now doing her own housework, and coming up soon will be the eviction of Lynne Curtin. Off camera, Slade Smiley’s financial difficulty is also common knowledge since the publication of a report showing he owes over $80,000 in back child support.

All of the above is a drastic turn from what we’re used to seeing from the OC Housewives. Long gone are the days of buying yatches, diamond rolexes and harleys. A new article from the Huffington Post details the financial woes of the housewives. “All of them have been very much affected by the economic situation,” explains the show’s executive producer, Douglas Ross.

Ross discusses the upcoming episode that will show Lynne’s family being evicted. “We try to treat it as gently but as honestly as we can,” Ross says. “We happened to have been there with our cameras … as part of our normal schedule when they were served the eviction notice. It’s one of those great reality TV moments that happened to be caught because we were in the right place at the right time.”

And though money can be a sensitive issue, the OC housewives don’t seem to mind sharing their struggles with millions of viewers. “It helps people across the nation because they realize it’s not just them,” says Jeana. “I’m pretty open. … There’s not too much I’ll hide. It was difficult for my husband … but the world’s in this place right now and I think people are going to relate to it,” adds Tamra.

Though the housewives get paid to appear on the show, Jeana says the amount (rumored to be $100,000 per housewife) is not enough to support a family. “It’s so minimal. It’s not enough to make your house payments. It’s more like a location fee to keep your house clean.”

Vicky Gunvalson is however one of the luckier housewives as her insurance business is booming more than ever. “When I first started (on the show), I was working out of the house with two employees and now I have a huge office with 10 employees, 700 agents out in the field,” says Vicki, who plans to retire comfortably at age 55. Interestingly, the HuffingtonPost article quotes Vicki as saying she is 42 years old, which is false as she is 47.

Despite her very public eviction, Lynne says things are looking up for she and her family as she predicts they will be able to build a house next year. “My husband is a builder in Southern California. It’s not like he doesn’t try. He’s not sitting at home watching TV. He is going out and making an effort. … I’ve been married for 20 years. … We’ve had the high life we’ve had the low life. It’s just reality.”

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Kim Zolciak of the Real Housewives of Atlanta has once again broken up with her still married boyfriend/fiance Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar, but the question on everyone’s minds is could there be a Big Mama in Kim’s life?

Kim recently performed at the Splash Bar in New York City. In between her performances (yes she performed more than once) Kim announced that she is “with someone” and “happier than ever”. Bravo Sr. Vice President of Programming Andy Cohen, who was also at the event, joined Kim on stage and asked her who the lucky guy was. To which Kim answered, “who said it was a man?”

This of course led others to believe she was referring to a woman. Kim was then seen spending some time giggling and cuddling backstage with the woman above, who introduced herself as DJ Tracy Young.

Apparently, DJ Tracy is also loaded. Dina Manzo of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was also at the event.

Tell Us – Are You Buying Kim As a Lesbian? Or Is This Just Another Ploy For Attention?

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta will return for a third season but some of the housewives may not be returning. According to a NYDailyNews report, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak have become more demanding, requesting more money from Bravo to appear on the show. Bravo on the other hand isn’t willingly to succumb to their demands and may have plans to have the two “divas” replaced.

“Bravo has been taking meetings with some notable and wealthy Atlanta women about possibly joining the show,” says the insider. “They’re trying their best to keep the process under wraps, but they’re gearing up to make a major move in the third season.”

TMZ is also reporting that part of Nene and Kim’s demands includes having Bravo pay their electric bill, demanding an upgrade in flying from coach to first class, and they also want stipends for wardrobe, hair and make-up.

According to the source, Bravo wants the other housewives - Kandi Burruss, Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu to return as long as they like. “Kandi was a fan favorite last season. Her audience approval ratings were through the roof,” the insider explains. “And Sheree’s clothing line [She by Sheree] and her catch phrase, ‘Who gonna check me, boo?’ were definite standouts.”

“Things with NeNe and Kim have been intense,” says the source, “but Bravo feels the show is about the franchise as a whole and won’t let one person stop it.”

No one seems to be commenting including Bravo and reps for NeNe and Kim. I’m guessing Bravo leaked out this story as a ploy to tell Kim & Nene to get on board or else. The same thing happened right before the Real Housewives of NYC started filming, Jill Zarin allegedly wanted more money, and Bravo wasted no time casting for new housewives, threatening to replace Jill.

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Last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County brought us the long awaited confrontation between castmates, Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi.

Tamra wanted Gretchen to admit to wrongdoing, and Gretchen wanted an apology from Tamra. In a new interview with RadarOnline, Tamra opens up a new can of worms as she once again bashes Gretchen and her boyfriend, Slade Smiley.

Tamra refers to Slade as a “douche bag”, and referred to Gretchen as “always lying,” especially about the allegations that she was cheating on her dying fiancé Jeff Bietzel. Tamra then upped the ante by telling RadarOnline: “I challenge you, Gretchen Christine Rossi for a lie detector test. If you pass, I will forgive you.”

The subject then turned to new housewife, Alexis Bellino, whom Tamra claims to actually like. “I like Alexis,” Tamra said. “I think so far she’s a really good match with us, she seems to be very sweet.”

Really hope Tamra Sue’s getting paid for these interviews, it just seems rather catty and unnecessary.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF THE OC HOUSEWIVES? ARE SIMON AND JIM CONTROLLING HUSBANDS?

The Real Housewives of Orange County have surprisingly stayed out of the headlines for the past week, but tonight’s episode of the OC Housewives will likely change that as we get to see a confrontation sit-down between arch rivals, Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi.

The above preview shows Tamra and Gretchen doing lunch, as the two attempt to put the past behind them.  Tamra once again brings up Gretchen’s alleged boyfriend, Jay Photoglou.  The Jay drama began when Jay called Tamra during filming last year, and told Tamra that Gretchen was cheating on her then fiance Jeff Beitzel, with him.  When most 40 year old mothers receive random phone calls from random men in the middle of the night, they tend to ignore it, block their numbers, or tell him to never call them anymore, but no, not our Tamra. How could she pass up an opportunity to get some damaging info against Gretchen, who she seemed to be rather jealous of for no reason at all. Tamra of course entertained Jay and even struck up somewhat of a friendship with him.

The drama continued as Jay continued to call and email Tamra.  The led to Tamra accusing Gretchen of two timing Jeff during the Reunion show, as well as some name calling between the two ladies in the media.  Jay in the meantime continued to leak numerous scandalous photos of Gretchen, including the now infamous vibrator photos.

Some of the leaked photos include Gretchen kissing Jay while wearing her engagement ring from Jeff.  Gretchen interestingly has never really explained these photos, and maintains she never cheated on Jeff.

In the mean time, the feud between Tamra and Gretchen has even gotten nastier based on a recent interview they both gave In Touch magazine. You can read that story here.

TELL US – WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

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Michael Voltaggio has been crowned the new winner of Top Chef’s Season 6.

Michael beat out the other 2 finalists, his brother Bryan Voltaggio, and Kevin Gillespie, a chef from Atlanta. Michael was named the Top Chef champ after serving the judges an impressive four-course menu in California wine country that showed his creativity and technical talent.

Kevin was the first sent home out of the final 3, leaving the two brothers to battle it out for the win. At the end of the day, the judges felt Michael was the stronger of the two.

Michael wins $225,000 in cash and merchandise, a spread in Food & Wine magazine and a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. “I wish both of us could win,” Michael said of his brother, breaking into tears when their mother walked out.

TELL US – WERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS? WHO WERE YOU ROOTING FOR?

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Real Housewives of NYC star Kelly Bensimon visited a beach this weekend, as the reality star mother of two decided to soak up some sun in Miami, Florida.

Kelly also decided to show off her gymnastic skills as she proceeded to do some cartwheels on the beach shore.

As we reported earlier, the 44-year-old former model will be stripping down for Playboy magazine. “It’s the ultimate compliment and every woman’s dream. You get to be a sex symbol and work with top people in the business. It’s such an honor,” says Kelly on posing for Playboy.

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The second season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been filming for months and the drama has apparently been brewing.

Danielle Staub recently went to court in an attempt to get Ashley Holmes, the 19 year old daughter of co-star Jacqueline Laurita, arrested for pulling out her hair extensions during filming last month.

According to NJ.com, Danielle also wants to file charges against Jacqueline, her one-time close friend but with whom she had a falling-out with towards the end of last season. Danielle claims that she had gotten into an argument with Jacqueline, during which Jacqueline’s teenaged daughter Ashley pulled her hair and ripped out clumps of her hair extensions. All of this is revealed in a filed police report.

Ashley confessed to pulling Danielle’s hair but claimed she did it because she thought Danielle hit her mother. Jacqueline denied being hit by Danielle according to the same police report. The report also reveals Police found Danielle “very emotional and rather incoherent” but she wouldn’t file a report. They told her that she could file a simple assault complaint.

Danielle was back in court Thursday afternoon for an hearing that will decide whether or not she can file charges. Teresa Giudice is also said to have been present during the fight, but did not get involved.

UPDATE: Danielle dropped her complaints against Teresa and Jaqueline in court on Thursday. However, the judge issued a summons against Ashley Holmes on charges of harassment and simple assault, both disorderly persons offenses. Ashley was not present in court.

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