Judging from the turnout for the launch of his new book, I don’t think Andy Cohen is “over” his Housewives.
Andy’s new book “Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture” released this week and he celebrated in style – with all of his favorite Bravolebrity BFFs and his mom, Evelyn (seen above)!
And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Bravo event without some drama! Tamara Tattles got some juicy behind-the-scenes gossip – including rumors that many of the Housewives weren’t invited, despite Andy claiming they were ALL included. Also, Taylor Armstrong was reportedly enjoying the free booze – shocking, we know! You can get the rest of the dish here.
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Bravo wasn’t always housewives and bitchy real estate professionals. Once upon a time, the network belonged to comedian Kathy Griffin. And part of it must still belong to her, because the network gave her another show to replace her departed My Life On The D-List reality show. Probably because she’s not so D-list anymore.
Kathy’s new show, plainly titled “Kathy” will be a talk show. But, she doesn’t plan on bringing on big celebrities, probably because her whole act is making fun of the famous. In an interview with the LA Times, Kathy dished more about her new show, and her infamous mother Maggie.
Apparently Maggie has to be on every episode:
“My mom is bigger than all the “Housewives” combined. My mother is, once again, mandated — MANDATED — by the network to be in every episode. They don’t even have the good grace to say things like, “You know, Kathy, you’re one of our stars. We think of you as an iconic cornerstone of the network. And if your mom could help you out, that would be great.” No. They’re like, “Hey, so your mom will be on it every week, you know that right? We’re not … around with that.” I’m like, “Yes, yes. Don’t worry.”
Poor Maggie! She just wants to be left alone to watch the Kardashians in peace! Kathy’s new show will be a more casual talk show, but she wants to keep it real:
“It’s a very loose and chatty show. It’s so loose the network feels like they need to promote it by having photos of me with caution tape around my mouth. The most important thing to me is to keep it as fluid as possible — the whole show.
I want them to feel like they were at lunch with a girlfriend and she was saying all the things I was afraid to say. I like it when people laugh and almost put their hand over their mouth like they weren’t supposed to laugh. I want it to feel like we’re all just hanging out. The set right now is a little bit residential. It’s a little bit talk show. But it’s also none of those things exactly. It’s chatty. One of the things that sort of organically happened was, if I have a question during the run-throughs we do at the office, I’ll turn and ask someone in the office and they’ll pipe in. We’re even thinking of putting microphones on three random people in the audience so if I ask a question and look at that person, they can actually pipe in. It’s not Phil Donahue running into the audience with a microphone, but we don’t know what the … it’s going to be.”
Unlike Watch What Happens, Kathy (sadly) won’t be shooting live. They want to avoid the “incidents” Kathy has gotten into before on live television!
“No — uh, no. No. They won’t do it. I think you know why. They’re trying — let me tell you the real reason: they’re scared … . If you ask them, I’m sure they’d tell you things about fiber feeds — they’d make it technical. They’re not stupid. Which is so great because this is me screaming at Bravo: “Really? Because I’m good enough to go live on CNN with Anderson Cooper for five years in a row.” To which their response was, “Didn’t you say … one year and have to get your check back?”
We’re going to shoot it live to tape. And we’re going to air Thursdays at 10. We’re going to try to truly talk about all the stuff you’re not supposed to talk about. If I get in trouble, at least, hopefully, I won’t go to jail like Juicy from ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.” By the way, there are several people on several channels that have legitimate trials pending. All the “trouble” that I get into because of my big mouth, I don’t actually have a trial date. I’m really just here to make people laugh. And I’m priding myself in not having celebrities.”
And while Kathy doesn’t want to have celebrities, the network wants her to bring them on:
My idols are Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers — people that get in trouble, people that can be wrong. For me, to have celebrities on, it would just be a different kind of a show. I think it’s great that a woman like Ellen DeGeneres can be a comedian and segue into a show in which everyone adores her and she never offends anybody. That is just not my story, not by a mile. The network is pressuring me pretty heavily to have celebrities.
This has to be a place where nothing is off the table. I’m so evil, I’m making fun of the guy with a speech impediment from “Bachelor Pad” because I’m fascinated that there’s a guy with a speech impediment who just can’t stop going on reality shows.
Kathy will have what she calls a “panel of civilians,” of “weirdos” that she knows, rather than the panel of comedians that Chelsea Handler has on her shows. That doesn’t mean Kathy won’t ever have A-listers on:
“That’s really my theory, that the network wants a big first guest and it’s all, “Call Cher. Call Cher. Call Cher.” I said, “Look, Cher’s in her mansion in Malibu. We can’t even afford her hair and makeup and she and I were texting and she doesn’t even know what Bravo is.” It would just be a different tone. I’m open to, once the show is up and running, if celebrities are really willing to come and play, they’re welcome. But until then, they’re not welcome. Not even you, Barbara Walters! How do you like it? You’re banned!
One of the girls, yesterday, was like, “What if we could get Oprah?” I was like, “Really? Really?” Because that would be a really short interview. It would just be her leaving.”
She hilariously notes that she doesn’t understand why the network is so scared of her big mouth, when she hasn’t even gone to jail, like another Bravo-lebrity. “If I get in trouble, at least, hopefully, I won’t go to jail like Juicy from ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Kathy’s show will air once a week, and she swears she won’t go to daily like Watch What Happens because she wants to continue touring.
In case you were planning on enriching your life culturally, you can put those plans on hold! Bravo has released their upcoming schedule of new and returning drugs, television shows!
The most shocking on this list of programs is the inclusion of Millionaire Matchmaker, which apparently will be returning for its sixth, yes, SIXTH season of awful, offensive, stilted, garbage. There is apparently no shortage of professional extras willing to get berated by Patti Stanger or millionaires willing to pimp out their businesses. Bravo has yet to announce a premiere date but it’s slated to return this year.
Also returning: the strangely charming Pregnant In Heels, Million Dollar Listing, Bethenny Ever After on February 20 (but we already knew that) and Inside The Actor’s Studio on January 31, the Bravo show that refuses to die despite a million Housewives franchises. Of course, in case you’ve been busy living life Tabatha Takes Over started its fourth season on January 10th, with Tabatha taking over more than just salons, but every kind of business she can find.
Slated to premiere in the spring are the following shows with my very own synopsis! If no premiere date is listed that means the show will air sometime in the spring.
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Premieres March 14) — Jeff ran out of houses to flip, so now he is taking Jenni and Zoila on the road to redecorate people’s homes and lives. Because when you think life coach, you think an anal-retentive control freak who has alienated almost all of his loved ones! (Just kidding Jeff, I love you!)
The Kandi Factory (premieres March 4) — Another housewife gets her own spin-off! This time around, Kandi Burruss will show us inside her songwriting empire as she mentors young artists. And she’ll probably talk about vibrators a lot.
The Ring Leader (premieres February 27) — You know what we need more of on tv? Shows about wedding planning! Here’s another one, following around wedding planner Kristin Banta.
Shah’s of Sunset – Yet another attempt at the Miami Social/that weird Dallas show about rich young people. Only this time, with Persian-Americans.
Love Broker — One matchmaker on Bravo isn’t enough, now there must be two! This time, the show will follow Lori Zaslow.
Million Dollar Listing New York – The same douches you’ve come to expect on Million Dollar Listing, but in New York this time.
Around The World In 80 Plates - If Top Chef and Amazing Race had a baby. Or, as the press release says, “12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.”
Kathy — The original Bravo-lebrity, Kathy Griffin gets her very own talk show as well as two comedy specials to premiere in the spring.
Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding –In my mind, this show would be titled, “Deleted Scenes from this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta” but apparently Bravo thinks you care enough about Kim Zolciak to watch her plan her wedding to football player Kroy Bierman.
For up to date listings and premiere dates, visit BravoTV.com.
TELL US: WHICH SHOW ARE YOU EXCITED TO SEE RETURN? WHAT NEW SHOW WILL YOU BE WATCHING? WHICH HOUSEWIFE DO YOU THINK ALSO DESERVES A SPIN-OFF? DO YOU AGREE THAT MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER SHOULD BE CANCELLED?
What’s a mom of 8 to do when you have multiple nannies and no job, well if you’re Kate Gosselin, you take a vacation!
The Kate Plus 8 mom was photographed once again lounging in Australia. As we reported, Kate is currently on vacation with her kids, 2 nannies, body guard, camera crew and a sound technician. The vacation is being filmed for her TLC reality show.
The photos were takenby the pool of a luxury hotel in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday. Kate reportedly took her kids to the zoo later on during the day. More bikini photos of Kate below.
In other Kate related news, bravolebrity Kathy Griffin announced yesterday that she is ending her Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List. And get this, the 50-year-old comedienne stated part of the reason she is leaving the show is so that she doesn’t end up like Kate Gosselin.
“It was a really tough decision because I think of the D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons and I also think it was really time to stop doing it,” Kathy told PEOPLE. “Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star. So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin. I’m not saying better,” she said, laughing, “but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit.”
But fret not, as Bravo plans on airing four brand-new comedy specials featuring Kathy in 2011.
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It all started when Kathy made fun of Bristol’s weight while hosting VH1 Divas Salute the Troops on Friday during which she appeared on stage in a bikini. While on stage, Kathy, 50, said Bristol “is “the only contestant in the history of [DWTS] to actually gain weight.”
Kathy’s joke seemed to fall flat with the audience as she elicited some boos instead of laughter. “Come on, come on. She gained like 30 pounds a week,” Griffin shouted over the crowd. “I swear to God, it was fantastic. She’s like the white Precious,” added Kathy.
Unlike her response to Margaret, Bristol made her rebuttal to Kathy short and brief. “The audience’s reaction to this ‘comedian’ spoke volumes, and the decent people I know would probably have booed her, too,” Bristol, 20, told Fox News. “I hope people didn’t have to pay money to hear her negativity and criticisms.”
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It is finally over. The final part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion show aired last night, and we got some resolution to some of the biggest issues of the season.
We start off with a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s delusions. After spewing out her bullying crap against the women, Kelly decides to do her best Jill impersonation when she decides to storm of the show, like a brat not getting her way. In all honesty, Kelly leaving the stage for those few minutes ended up being my favorite part of the show. At this point, like Ramona, I just couldn’t anymore. I mean this woman was just making up events that never happened. It was extremely frustrating as a viewer to see her take no responsibility for her actions and on top of that, just sit there and lie over and over and over again. This is why I could definitely understand why Ramona, Sonja, and Bethenny felt the need to interrupt her lies.
Bethenny sums it up best when she says, “She just makes up whatever she wants to say. She’s going to tell me she’s an African American Asian woman in a minute. And we’re like okay, no, you’re not.” Alex and Sonja echo what I’ve been saying all along, which is if there was any bullying going on during the trip, it was being done by Kelly, who continually attacked the women, interrupted their conversations, and even called them “demented” to their face because they chose to gossip about Jill.
In the midst of LuAnn snickering like a high school mean girl, we also hear once again that Kelly was sent home by the producers and did not leave the trip on her own accord, as she has claimed. Kelly returns, and I really find myself hoping she had stayed away longer. Kelly once again attacks Bethenny and claims Bethenny, who we all saw cooking numerous times during the trip, did not cook.
Sonja asks Kelly when she bullied her, during which Kelly shares that Sonja was actually a friend to her on the trip and was there for her. In addition to Sonja, I find myself asking when did Alex bully Kelly on this trip? What we saw was Kelly randomly unleash a verbal attack on Alex, telling her she looked like a vampire and was channeling the devil.
It seems when Kelly doesn’t like what the other women are saying ,she attacks them. Kelly accuses Sonja of drinking too much, thus not remembering the systematic bullying she was a part of. She then tells Ramona her blood type is Pinot Grigio. Kelly accuses the women of being hateful and jealous of her, and at this point, I’m all but tired of listening to this insane rambling. Fortunately, we get a commercial break.
Wanted to add the following quote made by a commenter yesterday. MamaSays had the following to say –
“Every time they show a clip of someone addressing how fragile or crazy Kelly is in her presence she is seen nodding or looking a little vulnerable. This tells me that she is accustomed to having people discuss her mental state in front of her and, to me at least. shows that this is something that has occurred at least a few times before.”
Amazing insight by this reader. How many times was Kelly called crazy to her face? How many times did she appear physcially upset or even deny being crazy? I agree that at age 42, there’s about a 100% chance Scary Island wasn’t the first time Kelly had an “episode.”
Next up is Jill, and the topic of Jill getting kicked off Scary Island is brought up. Jill is ready to once again go into victim mode. Sonja speaks out, and unlike Kelly, actually makes sense. Sonja doesn’t believe Jill was sincere in coming on the trip to make up with Bethenny. Why? Well for one, Bethenny only lived a block away from Jill back in NYC. You know, a trip that would only have required 10 minutes of her time, and not 9 hours.
Victim Jill continues, “And by the way Ramona, thanks for asking me or Bobby if we wanted a drink of water or bathroom cause after nine hours of traveling….” said Jill, who earlier claimed she flew via a private jet. Apparently, private jets don’t offer water or bathrooms, and neither do airports. The only victim in this situation is Bawbee, who allowed his wife to drag him into this mess.
Jill, who by this point has watched Kelly’s off the wall behavior in St. John, now informs us she can relate to Kelly because of the way she was also treated by the bullies. Jill’s odd defense for Kelly didn’t end at the reunion show, as weeks later, she did an interview during which she compared Kelly’s bullying plight to that of Phoebe Prince. In case you’re wondering, Phoebe is the teenage girl who took her life this year because she was being bullied her some of her high school peers. Yes, Jill went there. But back to the show, for some reason, Jill decides Alex is to blame for the public backlash against her, the BP oil spill, and of course being kicked off St. John by Ramona. I’m guessing Jill’s four media consultants advised her to attack Alex and defend the crazy woman at all costs.
Kelly accuses Alex of being an actress and faking her anxiety at seeing Jill in St. John, and at this point, I really just want this woman to zip it, so that I can hear the sane people arguing. Jill apologizes to Ramona and Ramona appears to accept, despite Jill’s blog on Monday accusing her co-stars of not forgiving her. Jill takes things up a notch when she breaks out the crocodile tears and decides to proclaim that being kicked of Scary Island was “the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life.” Really Jill? More painful than Bobby’s cancer? And if at this point, anyone is still buying this woman’s act, then well I don’t know what to tell ya…
It’s now LuAnn‘s turn in the hot seat and the first part that stands out is when Andy asks LuAnn if her former husband, Count Alex de Lesseps, does not like jews. This is basically Andy asking LuAnn if the Count is Anti Semitic. One would expect LuAnn’s answer to be a definite NO, but the way LuAnn answers this question is rather interesting. “Umm I would say that umm, it’s not that he disliked Jews, he just umm would be surprised umm if I was with somebody Jewish.” Those, my folks, were the exact words that came out of LuAnn’s mouth. The bizarro look on Andy Cohen’s face says it all, so I will move on.