Danielle Staub

Kelly Bensimon

Kelly Bensimon was able to take some time away from Kelly world to talk to People in a new interview about the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York.

As we reported earlier, Kelly has signed on for the 3rd season, but she is uncertain as to which other housewives will be returning. “I am coming back,” says Kelly. “But I actually don’t know who else is coming back. They don’t really tell me.”

Kelly is however uncertain is the new season will be able to match the drama of the other housewives’ franchises. “We start shooting in two weeks,” she said. “And it’s going to be interesting now because the bar is so high. When Gretchen [Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County] is getting a motorcycle at a party and Teresa [Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey] is throwing over the table, what’s going to happen?”

She goes on to talk about The New Jersey Housewives – When I met Danielle, she said, ‘Thank you so much for being supportive of me. She was just really excited and flattered that I supported her. Unless you do something wrong to me, I will give you a chance.”

And what about Caroline Manzo? She’s “the all-time mama bear,” Kelly said. “And actually, she was really sweet and really nice.”

Kelly has also gotten close with some of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, “I was going down to Atlanta to open a hotel, so I called NeNe [Leakes],” Bensimon said. “I took out NeNe and Lisa [Wu Hartwell] and we had so much fun. They’re crazy, fun and spirited. They’re awesome girls.”


The contract information of The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast has been leaked and boy oh boy is it interesting.  Popsquire was able to get their hands on the contract signed by one of the ladies, and here is a brief summary of what it entails –

  • Unlike most other reality shows, the contract does not require Bravo to pay the NJ ladies for their appearances.
  • In addition to receiving no compensation, they have to pay Bravo 10% of “any and all gross income…unrelated to the Series” that they earn for up to four years after the last episode of the series. (So I take it Bravo is earning 10% off the profits of Bethanny’s “Naturally Thin” book)
  • The producers did agree not to film the ladies engaging in any of the following conduct without prior approval: “(i) showering/bathing, (ii) urination/defecation, and (iii) engaging in actual sexually explicit conduct.”

Okay, so these women sign away their lives and even part of the earnings just to be on television?  Fame is a helluva drug.


Danielle Staub’s past unraveling in front of the public eye apparently means big business for her ex husband, Kevin Maher. The book he helped write about his and Danielle’s past, Cop Without A Badge, has now gone back into print. It is due out July 10th for all those wishing to their hands on this very significant piece of history.

Below are some more interesting excerpts from the book about Danielle/Beverly Merrill courtesy of Starcasm

The book’s description of Beverly / Danielle’s involvement with the kidnapping:

”Some rich kids kept saying he didn’t have the money. But the DD knew the father was some rick old f**k, so the DD [dealer] grabbed the kid. Beat the s**t out of him for three days. Didn’t feed him. Kept telling the kid that if his father didn’t send money, he was going to kill them . . .

‘She was there man’, Uribe said with a sigh. ‘She was there through the whole f**king thing. She was partying with the DD for a month straight.”

What Kevin Maher thinks after meeting the pantiless Beverly/Danielle in Miami:

“She’s beautiful. I hope she’s not just another coke whore.”

After a couple lines of coke and romp in the sack Kevin has a startling revelation about Beverly/Danielle:

“She has no morals, but she’s a good person.”

Coke-fuelled insights don’t lie and within hours Maher is “in love,” forgetting completely that at that time he is still married to a woman named Beth. How Maher got Beverly / Danielle off with probation instead of prison for her kidnapping charges:

“Maher . . . bent the truth about one of the dealers.”

Real Housewives Danielle Staub

Danielle Staub’s ex and author of “Cop Without A Badge,” Kevin Maher continues to speak out about his ex wife. Kevin gave another interview to Star, stating her life is in danger.

The reason being? “She helped put a couple of big-time Colombian coke dealers in jail,” says Kevin. “These are dangerous men who never forget…and they could be back out on the street now. It’s mind-boggling to me that she’d put herself at risk!”

Kevin continues “I can’t believe Danielle would have allowed herself to go on TV — on a series that basically shows where she lives! — given what she has done in the past.” How sweet of Kevin for caring so much for Danielle’s safety.

In other NJ Housewives’s news, Jacqueline Laurita gave a new interview to Life & Style magazine and spoke out against Danielle once again –

“I don’t think it was something as simple as giving a phone number out, but leave it to Danielle to try to downplay her whole dirty deed. She’s an angry, bitter person. She felt Dina rejected her, so she went out to destroy her!

All of the housewives excluding Danielle also appeared this morning on the Regis and Kelly show. Danielle was not with them because the housewives felt it would be uncomfortable. Also when pressed about what Danielle did to Dina, they all refused to say exactly what it was. Below is a picture of them leaving the studio –


Photo courtesy of PicApp.


It is now being speculated that the exact thing Danielle Staub did to Dina Mano was try to help her ex husband get her daughter, Lexi, taken away from her. Keyword here is speculation. Allegedly, wanting to hold on to custody of her daughter might have been the main reason Dina decided to quit her job to become a full stay at home mom.

No word on if the information Danielle gave to Dina’s husband is true or false, nor do we know what information this might have been. This theory does make a lot of sense considering what Danielle wrote in her blog last week regarding Caroline’s outburst –

“I simply gave a phone number to her ex brother-in-law to contact proper people with questions that he had concerning something that was absolutely none of my business. I was asked to give this information to him. If I had to do it again, I would have declined and preferred not to get involved.”

All interesting stuff. Moving on from that, is a clip of Danielle’s appearance on the soap – All My Children in 2001. This seems to be one of the few truths to come out of her mouth, as it was revealed she was never a Ford model even though she claimed she was.


The Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey were in attendance for the taping of Bravo’s Fashion Show season finale. As you can see from the above photo, the other New Jersey housewives were sure to keep their distance from Danielle.

More photos of the housewives are below courtesy of GettyImages. The NYPost wrote a blub about this the other day saying –

“At this morning’s taping for the “Fashion Show” finale at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC, “The Real Housewives” of both New York and New Jersey sat together in the audience while Danielle was seated apart from the group. When asked to get together for a picture, Danielle’s inclusion was “very awkward,” according to a source in the audience.”


Good news Real Housewives of New Jersey fans! Life&Style magazine is now confirming that the series will be returning for a second season. This does not come as a surprise as the finale episode was the highest rated ever for the Housewives’ series.

According to the story, filming is set to begin next month. An insider revealed, “They’re doing a second season, and it’s going to be crazier than the first. It’s going to explode.”

Can the 2nd season top the table flipping 1st season? We shall see. It will also be interesting to see what Bravo does, as all four of the ladies want absolutely nothing to do with Danielle. Jacqueline has even gone on record saying she never wants Danielle to see her new born son. Not that we can blame any of them.


Things have taken a much sour turn for Jacqueline Laurita and Danielle Staub since the taping of the reunion show, as Jacqueline has now ended her friendship and all contact with Danielle.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star spoke to US last week making this telling quote, “I am not friends with Danielle.” But she doesn’t stop there, “She has never seen the baby, nor will I ever show her. I learned my family was right about her all along.”

Jacqueline has now gone into further detail about why she had to end the friendship, and you’ll be surprised it has nothing to do with her in-laws, Caroline and Dina Manzo.

“Danielle knows exactly why we are not friends anymore. She did something HORRIBLE behind the scenes to destroy Dina and my family. We have PROOF of it. I wish I could say what it is, but that’s Dina’s call. The other reasons were after seeing the show I got some threatening phone calls from Danielle. She didn’t like what I had to say about her on camera so she flipped out on me. I honestly didn’t think that I said anything that bad. Sometimes you get cut off from finishing a sentence when it comes to TV as well, and I had tried to explain that to her. I didn’t appreciate the way she spoke to me. She told me to stay away from her and her “real” friends. I still don’t know what she was talking about. I certainly haven’t spoke to any of her friends about anything because I don’t even know what I would have spoke about. I don’t even know her friends. The night before the reunion show she called my sister-in- law to try to turn her against me with lies! I didn’t appreciate that either. I have heard all over town that she is trashing me and plans to “bring me down,” whatever THAT means. It’s enough for me to know that I don’t need someone like that in my life that could turn on me so quick because they don’t like my opinions when asked about their lifestyle.”

That was very telling and I must say I can’t blame Jacqueline. I used to have some sympathy for Danielle because I felt the Manzo sisters were ganging up on her, but my opinion of her has since changed.

I truly believe she thrives on the drama, and is simply very delusional as well as pathological. She also seems to always be the victim in all of her personal conflicts.

She does seem like a toxic human being, plus what 46 year old mother in her right mind makes a sex tape with her 26 year old boyfriend? She overall seems like a very tragic human being, who thrives on attention no matter how negative or detrimental it is to others around her.

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