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The Real Housewives of Atlanta stepped out this week to support Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas, who alongside Robert “RL” Thomas of the R&B group Next, held a party in celebration of the opening of their new lounge BarOne in Atlanta.

If you recall, Peter, who was found not guilty this week of assaulting a former female employee, shut down his previous lounge/restaurant Uptown last year when it stopped doing well. No word yet on whether or not Cynthia also invested in this latest venture of Peter’s. And speaking of Cynthia, she recently opened up her own modeling agency called The Bailey Agency.

Metromix.com snapped photos at the event which was hosted by the one and only Nene Leakes. Above are housewives Phaedra Parks and Sheree Whitfield with Peter. Below, more photos of all the housewives including Kandi Burruss.

In other news, it’s now been weeks since Kim Zolciak gave birth to her baby boy Kroy Jagger and we have still yet to see photos of the little one. Many are now wondering why as Kim is not one to shy away from cameras, even selling releasing her sensual pregnancy photos to the tabloids.

Well it appears Kim is planning to wait a little bit before releasing her baby’s pics. “I’m going to go with a month or two. She’s figuring it out,” said her rep to the Wetpaint website when asked about the baby’s photos. The site adds that Kim has already sold the photo rights to an as-yet-unnamed magazine.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star and new mom Kim Zolciak is seeking Bethenny Frankel levels of B-list celebrity status. She has a new baby, and now she wants her own show! And a bevy of product lines! Oh, and a stint on Dancing With The Stars (what Skating With the Stars isn’t good enough?)!

In an interview with Atlanta Radio Station Q100’s Bert Show, Kim spills the goods on the new baby, the NeNe Fall-out, and the future of her real-lebrity career. Speaking to the station from home where she is hanging out with new son, Kroy Jr. (K.J.), Kim reveals that she was not featured weave-less and sans make-up in the delivery room for RHoA – Bravo cameras filmed her going to the hospital but did not feature her labor which was: “Perfect. No complications. And it was quick. He’s here finally.”

As for her relationship with co-star NeNe Leakes, Kim reveals that NeNe did not send any sort of congratulations, in fact Kim elaborated that she and NeNe were not featured together at all during filming: “We just don’t speak. I don’t have to work with her anymore.” Which is surprising considering Bravo is desperate for high drama ratings and notorious for instigating conflict between the housewives supposedly demanded Real Housewives of New Jersey stars appear in at least one scene with the ostracized Daniel Staub during her last season with the series.

Kim also divulged she did not watch NeNe on her other reality venture, Celebrity Apprentice, but she heard (didn’t we all?) about Nene’s dedication to her domestic violence charity aggressive behavior on the show, describing: “She just can’t control her mouth.” Noting in the article that NeNe wins people over with her sense of humor, but: “she can’t stop when she’s mad. It’s one thing for Kim and Nene to go back and forth, but put her on another show and she has issues with three people. That says something about her character.”

So – since the Kim/NeNe Drama we come to expect as the main plot-line of RHoA is no more, what can we expect from Kim this season? Well, lots of scenes with her and Kroy, as Kim claims he will be less robotic and boring more relaxed this season since he is getting more comfortable in front of the cameras (which is code for ‘more enamored with fame’): “It’s annoying to him but with the lockout and him being home and he films with me a lot, a lot more than if the lockout wasn’t happening.”

Kim also let’s us know her quest for fame does not end with appearing on Housewives: “I just launched a watch line. My wig line is coming out. My book. And then I have other TV stuff in the works.” The other TV Stuff Kim is referring could be her own Bravo spin-off which she and archenemy Nene are rumored to be competing for! Or it could be “Dancing With The Stars”, which she told the station she would love to do.

Surprisingly, NeNe she had no response (so far!) to Kim’s comments about her behavior on Celebrity Apprentice or to the comments about Kim possibly getting a Bravo spinoff. She has also been strangely quiet on her Twitter feed the last couple of days, although she did Tweet the following on June 15th: @NeNeLeakes “I’ve had some really good meeting 2day! Now I need 2 go celebrate” and @BravoAndy: “I haven’t heard from u! Miss u butter cup LOL” Wonder what that might mean?

So will you be watching Real Housewives of Atlanta? Which spin-off would you rather watch: NeNe or Kim? Are you surprised ultimate Fame-Hoochie Kim didn’t let Bravo into the delivery room?

Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich

Heading into the Celebrity Apprentice finale last night, it was a tight race between country singer John Rich, 37, and deaf actress Marlee Matlin, 45 (she looks great for 45 no?).

In fact Donald Trump revealed that this was his toughest ruling yet in the history of the show. “I’ve never had to go through something like this… You’ve both been amazing,” said Trump to both finalists before announcing a winner.

Ultimately, John, one-half of the country-music duo Big & Rich, came out on top, beating Marlee to earn a $250,000 check for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Marlee had been competing for the Starkey Hearing Foundation charity.

“Today has been an unbelievable day!” said John after his win. “I got Trump to put on a Stetson hat on national television and now I get to drive down to Memphis with a $250,000 check for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

With the exception of Richard Hatch, who is back in prison for tax evasion (much to the delight of David Cassidy), most of the “fired” contestants returned for the live finale. Though noticeably missing was music legend Dionne Warwick.

Of course the Donald had to revisit the whole Nene Leakes vs everyone Star Jones drama. Nene claimed she had moved on and didn’t hold a grudge, only to yell over Star seconds later while Star attempted to answer a question from Trump.

And right before he made the winner announcement, Trump promised to do something he had never done before. What was that you ask? Well while he hired John, he did not fire Marlee. Rightfully so as there were no losers this season with over $3 million raised for charity– a record for the show.

It was also announced last week that Trump will return for another season of the Celebrity Apprentice.

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A new winner will be crowned tonight on Celebrity Apprentice as Marlee Matlin and John Rich go head to head!

And leading up to tonight’s finale, Marlee spoke out on the drama involving her fired former teammates Star Jones and Nene Leakes, making it clear she wasn’t a fan. “Whatever the hoopla was that surrounded the relationship they had and whatever drama came, I didn’t choose to involve it in terms of the way I played the game,” said Marlee in a conference call with the press. “Whatever way they decided to deal with each other isn’t what I am about or the kind of person I am.”

Marlee’s comments would explain why she did not choose Star to join her team for the final task. She continued, “Whatever clash that occurred, for me, it got too old too quick. I just decided to focus on the task; it’s not about who I am. Sometimes it overshadowed the purpose and my aim for being there which was to raise money for charity but I would never let it get in the way.”

Marlee then went on to make it clear that she still respects both women. “But they are both women I respect and I know are very vocal and that’s what is great about them,” she added.

Meanwhile, John Rich also revealed a shocking tidbit while talking to the press, which is that he and rapper Lil Jon were actually friends before the Apprentice – something they both failed to reveal on the show!

According to Jon, he met Lil Jon years ago at an awards show. “I remember shaking hands with him at an awards show,” said John. “It wasn’t like we became best friends or anything because we live in different towns, but anytime I was in Atlanta or LA, because he is back and forth between the two towns, I’d always call him, and every now and then he’d be in Nashville and would call me.”

In fact, John called Lil Jon to inform him about joining the CA cast only to discover Lil Jon would also be appearing on the show. “I actually called when I’d decided I would be on Celebrity Apprentice to tell him I’d be on a TV show and might need him to help me out with a task or donation at some point,” said John. “He started laughing and said, ‘Too late, I’m on the same show!’ We just laughed our heads off. At that point I said, ‘This will be fun.”

So can we expect a music collabo from the ‘Jons?’ That answer is a yes! “We actually did record something together and there is a record coming out now called Rich Rocks, and Lil Jon appears as a guest artist,” explain John. “It’s a really cool thing and I’ve had a huge response from all the country fans that are really liking him too.”

The finale/reunion episode begins tonight at 9/8c. Nene, Garey Busey, and the other fired celebs (excluding Richard Hatch who is back in jail) will all be in attendance!

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After famously quitting Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night following weeks of yelling, Nene Leakes made the press rounds yesterday! The above photo was taken Monday as she walked the streets of New York City.

Nene’s actions came as a surprise to most fans of the show considering she had vowed to take down her rival Star Jones just a week earlier. And it seemed she had the perfect opportunity to do just that after Donald Trump moved her to the other team as Star stated she no longer wanted to work with her. There are also reports that came out months ago stating that behind the scenes, Star had to hire a bodyguard to protect her from Nene, who made physical threats against her. Whatever the case, Nene decided to quit the show without informing her teammates or saying a proper goodbye.

“I call my own shots in life, I do whatever I feel, and when my gut tells me to do something, I follow my gut feeling,” Nene told Access Hollywood Live on Monday. “I felt like it was a toxic situation for me and for my own sanity and health reasons and everything else, I decided to leave the show,” she continued. “Star was absolutely being manipulative and backstabbing and all those things, but the final straw for me was when Mr. Trump decided to switch me, take me out of my comfort zone to accommodate Star.”

Oh but it gets better as the Nene feels the Donald disrespected her by moving her to a new team. “I felt he was disrespecting me,” said Nene. “I’d rather be around people who love and care for me. I don’t want to be in toxic situations, So, I decided to say, ‘Bye,’ because I don’t think you have to be backstabbing and lying and manipulative to raise money for a charity… we’re not on ‘Survivor!’” Funny to hear Nene say she doesn’t like being in “toxic situations” when she’s usually the one creating the said toxic situations, you know, by getting into people’s faces and continuously yelling at them.

Oh well, Nene also added that she will be in attendance for the show finale. “Absolutely I will be back on the finale,” she revealed.

As for the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 4, Nene confirmed it has indeed began filming. “We’re shooting our fourth season,” she said. “We’ve been shooting for about three weeks.”

Meanwhile, John Rich gave an interview days ago during which he called Nene out on doing the show for personal gain and not for her charity.

“You’re standing there with somebody who’s not on the show for their charity,” he explained. “It’s all about [NeNe's] attitude and wanting to have all that drama. And that’s been the separating factor. Why are you here? If you’re not raising money, you must be here for yourself. Last night, I was able to visit a 5-year-old St. Jude patient and present a check for $649,000. If Trump fired me next week, I’ve still done what I set out to do.”

John makes a valid point as Nene failed to raise any money for her charity, going 0 for 2 when she was the project manager before ultimately quitting.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON NENE’S COMMENTS? DID THE DONALD DISRESPECT HER? DO YOU AGREE WITH JOHN RICH’S COMMENTS?

The super-duper sized 3-hour episode of Celebrity Apprentice aired last night and it did not disappoint! The episode brought us a not so surprising whiner and quitter, a sequel of a previous firing, and ended with arguably the most shocking “you’re fired” of the season!

Let’s begin with Donald Trump meeting up with the remaining 7 contestants to give them instructions for their new task. Nene Leakes, who verbally attacked Star Jones last week for reasons still unclear, is feeling much better this day and ready to make up with Star. When asked by Trump if she was ready to work with the Nene, Star made it clear that answer was a NO. And can you blame her? Trump ended up moving Nene to the other team, and the overly sensitive bully’s feelings were apparently hurt. Victim Nene stated she needed some time to herself, and selfishly disappeared on her team, who were forced to work without her. “Nene is so disappointing to me. You can’t abandon us. She didn’t even say goodbye,” stated John Rich.

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You either love her or you hate her as no one I know has ever had a neutral opinion about NeNe Leakes.

In a recent radio interview with the Russ Parr Morning Show, NeNe, who stars on the Celebrity Apprentice, is not happy about the insinuations in the line of questioning inferring she bullies fellow cast mates. Of course, the always diplomatic and never defensive NeNe attempted to set the record straight.

She tells the radio show, “I don’t know what you been watching because nobody has said that I seem like I’m the bully on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ I know I’m not a bully and everybody has their opinions and that’s fine with me. You’re not on the show, I am. So you don’t know what goes on.” Well, I guess that’s it then, NeNe is not a bully. Not one to end it there, NeNe goes on to share what it is about her sparkling personality that could potentially lead to that false public opinion. She adds, “I’m not bullying anybody. I stand up for what I believe in, and I’m very honest, and I always tell the truth. I’m not a liar, I’m not manipulative, and I don’t stab you in your back, because I will stab you in your chest.” I’m just concerned that regardless, stabbing is involved.

NeNe insists that it is her star quality and not her penchant for drama that landed her on Celebrity Apprentice. “I’m on the show because I am very popular and Mr. Donald Trump handpicked me himself,” she insisted. NeNe did admit to the radio hosts that Apprentice wasn’t her cup of tea and revealed that she was soon hoping to get her own show. If that happens, I know I’ll be watching. Seriously.

When asked if her slightly (?) negative portrayal was the fault of editing (isn’t that what all reality stars say is to blame for less than stellar reputations?), NeNe is not happy. She retorts, “You need to say that to your listeners and also you haven’t seen Star be manipulative, evil and conniving? She was calling me uneducated. She likes to pull the ‘I’m more educated than anyone’ card all of the time. Just because you went to school for ten years doesn’t mean you are smarter than me because we are on the same show getting the same check. I don’t like people who like to put out bad information. That’s not cool to the listeners. I have a very big heart. I’m a very good person and there’s nobody you can talk to that has ever been around me that would tell you anything other than that. That is who I am and what you see on TV is TV.” It’s very commendable to own her behavior, I have to say, but I am guessing that Gregg or Kim Zolciak may think otherwise as to how fabulous she says she is.

Recently fired “celebrity” castmate Hope Dworaczyk also dished about NeNe’s behavior, as well as that of NeNe’s Apprentice nemesis Star Jones. In the past, Hope has called NeNe “unstable” but opened up to E! Online about both co-stars. “Star was bossy and you couldn’t tell her any different, but NeNe was a bitch, too…I love them both and I hate them both, because they were so hard to work with, yet, when we were in our down time, they were fun and enlightening and dancing on the floor.” Too bad that Hope won’t be dancing on the floor of Trump Towers with NeNe any longer.

What drama can NeNe stir up innocently come across on tonight’s episode? Watch the following preview of the special three-hour episode below!

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After feeling the wrath of Nene Leakes on the most recent episode of the Celebrity Apprentice, Star Jones is now speaking out against her castmate.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, Star struck back against the Nene. “What were you thinking when Nene was going off like that?” Ellen asked Star. “I was thinking my grandmother is going to watch this,” Star replied.

“I was thinking I need to keep calm because, not for nothing, but when you’re confronted in the wild with an un-caged animal you’re supposed to retreat. You’re not supposed to attack,” added Star, 49, referencing why she decided to walk away from Nene during the verbal attack.

But it didn’t end there. “No,” replied Ellen, “with a bear you’re supposed to appear bigger. You’re supposed to get larger.”

“If you can tell me how to get bigger than that, I got money for you,” responded Star. Ellen then wanted to know if there was a possibility of a reconciliation anywhere in the future for the two reality stars: “How do you all get along now?” asked Ellen.

“Well, the lawyer in me would say, ‘We were not friends before, we were clearly not friends during, we are not friends after,’” said Star, adding, “I don’t know that girl and I don’t hang with people like that.” Ouch!

As for the Nene, she seems proud of the way she behaved on the show as she tweeted yesterday, “I always tell the truth because I don’t c the point n lying & it worked 4 me on last nite episode! I had taken all I could take. Bye Hope.”

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