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11/11/11…if you’re Kim Zolciak you probably wished for a fairy tale wedding, which is exactly what the Real Housewives of Atlanta star got yesterday when she married Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann at a lavish ceremony in Atlanta.  Who was on hand to help her celebrate? A slew of Bravolebrities and a famous blogger (no, no one from here at RT unfortunately :)).

While there has been no confirmation yet regarding the attendance of her fellow cast mates, one could place bets that a few of the RHOA ladies were there to throw rice and raise a toast. Kim’s once wig-tugging friend Sheree Whitfield, her producer rainmaker songwriter pal Kandi Burruss who sort of helped her a little with her “Tardy for the Party” hit and fellow over-the-top soiree throwing Phaedra Parks were likely on hand to watch Kim and Kroy’s nuptials.

It’s more questionable that Cynthia Bailey received an invitation given the ladies tense friendship, but stranger things have happened. As for NeNe Leakes, Kim’s former BFF, it’s safe to say she would probably rather get stuck in an elevator with Star Jones and LaToya Jackson than watch her nemesis walk down the aisle.

Also on hand from Bravo was everyone’s favorite (ahem) matchmaker Patti Stanger, who tweeted, “Hanging in ATL @doubletree with my bestie Jackie from @life_and_style as we prepare for @Kimzolciak’s wedding…we are so excited! X0” Perhaps she was able to drum up some new “clients” at the reception. She later updated her Twitter to say, “No phones allowed at @Kimzolciak’s wedding, so no tweeting/photos, I will give you the fun facts after. X0.”

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was also Twittering from the ATL about the big event, saying, “@Kimzolciak So happy to be here to celebrate your special day with you! Much love, happiness, peace and health!!! xoxo ” Perhaps my invitation got lost in the mail?

Even celebrity event planner Colin Cowie took to Twitterverse about his role in the whole to-do. He stated, “Stunning bride, handsome groom — a super glam and chic affair!” Wait, what? D-wight Eubanks wasn’t the wedding planner? For shame!

Not one to be out-tweeted on her own wedding day, Kim gave a shout out to the bakery that made the couple’s cake. She exclaimed, “Omg thank you Highland Bakery for my amazing wedding cake! Absolutely breathtaking I cried when I saw it! It is exactly what I wanted!!!” I hope that crying didn’t mess up her make-up!

Without a doubt, Kim’s two daughters from her first marriage — thirteen-year-old Brielle and nine-year-old Ariana — were a huge part of Kim’s big day. Kim also has a baby boy with her new groom, Kroy Jagger, or K.J. as his infant friends call him.

Kim herself was on cloud nine on her wedding day, telling Life & Style, “This has been the happiest day of my life. It’s been perfect. It’s been a dream come true.” Of her brand new hubby, she gushes, “He makes me a better person. I love everything about him.” Awww…. Best wishes to the happy couple!

See a picture of the bride’s ornate wedding gown below.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIM’S NUPTIALS? WHO OF HER CASTMATES DO YOU THINK WERE IN ATTENDANCE?

Is it me or is this season of Millionaire Matchmaker really dragging on? No pun intended, but between Mr. Drag Queen himself and Mr. Drag Personality, Patti had her hands full last night with her two millionaires. Surely this was filmed months before Patti’s controversy statements about gay men.

Patti is full of famous friends this season and tonight she meets with gossip king Perez Hilton who must be getting desperate for gossip since he now spends his time interviewing Patti Stanger and hosting the Bad Girl’s Club Reunion. Yet, he would be a fabulous millionaire (who actually has money) that Patti should set up!

On to the millionaires — Rachel introduces her client Jason Bross who is a shy businessman that has a career in healthy food on the go. He is always accused of being gay, but he insists he isn’t (thou protesteth too much?). Patti explains he needs a personality and that he is boring — which makes me ponder does Patti ever have entertaining clients? And to prove me wrong, Patti gives us the first ever drag queen millionaire!

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Just when I hoped Patti Stanger was somewhat remorseful for her scathing and incredibly rude comments, she’s at it again!

The Millionaire Matchmaker has come out of hiding to pitch a new reality show and in the process insult some of her Bravo colleagues! According to the New York Post, the incredibly unlikable and bad for TV, Patti participated in a conference call with a “group of LA-based designers” she was soliciting for “Glamazons,” a new reality show Stanger is developing. No word yet if friend and fellow fame junkie Jill Zarin was included in that group!

During the course of the call, a source claims Patti excoriated real-life glamazon, Rachel Zoe, and accused her of being “near bankrupt” as a result of an “addiction” to vintage couture! Hey, I can relate! Even worse, she claimed Rachel was forced to sell her apartment and “do a reality show” because of her addiction! Whoa! Slanderous! Apparently Patti had no proof to back any of this up, but hey – irrelevant details! A rep for Rachel, of course, denied the assignations calling them “laughable.”

Patti then went after Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes! Using NeNe to serve as a warning to her budding reality minions, Patti demanded that they better refrain from becoming “divas” if they want to keep their jobs. She used the sweet-natured Housewife’s attitude to illustrate her point, snapping: “NeNe is about to be cut. With her diva attitude, you watch, she’s going to get cut.”

Patti also demanded people on her show better play nice or else! “You’re all going to pretend like you’re friends, and you’re going to go out every night or you’ll be fired — you’re all replaceable,” she allegedly commanded!

Well, of course now that this story is making headlines everyone is doing damage control! Speaking through her over-worked rep, Patti refuted the story as exaggerated. “Oh, come on. I have the utmost respect for Bravo and all my colleagues there,” she told the Post. “I was obviously misunderstood.”

As for Bravo they retaliated with the following statement: “Bravo does not produce shows with those kinds of stipulations and therefore would never be green-lit on our network. And there is zero truth to those comments about Rachel Zoe and NeNe Leakes.”

DO YOU BELIEVE PATTI MADE THOSE STATEMENTS? DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO HER COMMENTS? WOULD YOU WATCH HER NEW SHOW? HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL HER CONTRACT WITH BRAVO IS CANCELLED?


On last night’s episode of Millionaire Matchmaker I was all ready for some crazy drama at the hands of hot, young, party-boy, commitment-phobe Sylar but instead things were very mature and genuine. Was I watching the right show? Thankfully I had Patti’s abrasive, cray-cray to remind me that I was definitely in the right place! Patti also set up a nerd who just can’t vacate the friend zone, thus getting him a little help from friend, Jenny McCarthy!

This week, Patti‘s clients are two twenty-somethings. One is nerdy internet start-up CEO Bill Clerico, who has the unfortunate disposition of being a redhead. Patti informs us “no one wants to date redheads.” Even Prince Harry? Bill is the founder of WEPAY and according to Patti, if Mark Zuckerberg can get a girl, Bill can — he’s way hotter. Hot even for a ginger. However, Bill isn’t just a ging — he’s also short, nerdy and a work-a-holic! Uh-oh! Patti wants to de-nerd him and make him see a girl as his priority instead of work.

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Patti Sanger has emerged from hiding and is back to insulting people giving advice. In a new interview, the Millionaire Matchmaker talks her professional life, matchmaking, and how her reality show isn’t all that real.

“I was always a matchmaker in my personal life and realized there was a lot of money to be made doing it,” Patti tells TheFashionSpot blog of her roots growing up in NYC before moving to Miami and then LA where she became the Director of Marketing at the now defunct on-line dating site, Great Expectations.

Patti decided to branch out and started her own matchmaking service, which as we know is called Millionaire’s Club International, which grew into an international company with over 30 employees – which I guess implies she had some successful matches somewhere. From there Patti sparked the attention of Bravo and a reality television show was born!

“These days, I’m taking on less clients, but making more money,” she reveals on the state of her company. And she also confirms what I’ve always believed to be true! The clients we see her matching up on reality TV are definitely not her clients in real life! “My clients would NEVER go on the show,” Patti emphasizes. “They’re more discreet, living in places like Aspen and Monaco and want to remain private.” Imagine, reality TV setting up scenarios and changing reality! Poor Bravo, nobody is singing them praises these days!

Talking the difference between matching women up coast-to-coast, Patti declares: “New York women are picky, bitter, and don’t even try. Get a blow out, put on some makeup, and wear a dress!” she demands. “New York girls are smart in business, dumb in love; LA girls are smart in love, dumb in business.” Aaahhh… Patti and her generalizations! And she even has one for the Europeans! “Europeans are more comfortable with relationships,” she insists.

Patti also discusses her ever so archaic “rules” for finding love, which include: 1) A two-drink maximum on dates, as she equates getting too drunk as “sabotage” 2) Not giving too much information away on the first date – keep some things “secret” and 3) Don’t talk about your ex – “It doesn’t make a person feel special”. Allegedly Patti follows these rules herself, except for an once where she broke them on “accident.” As for what kind of guy she’s looking for: tall, rich, and romantic – and “no metrosexuals!”

Best of luck to Patti on her quest to find love and on her quest to set other people up successfully. I’ll believe it when I see it!

THOUGHTS ON THE INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE PATTI IS A SUCCESSFUL MATCHMAKER BEHIND THE SCENES? WOULD YOU FOLLOW HER RULES FOR FINDING LOVE?

So, I was secretly hoping for Millionaire Matchmaker to have another week off, but unlucky me got to sit through another episode. I kept my fingers crossed that Patti Stanger would be in Florida for this episode, and Bravo would hire Kim Richards to take her spot. Now that would be a good show, Kim probably would not make it to the office, recruiting sessions, or mixer, but hey the viewers would finally get to see the Millionaire Matchmaker bathroom as Kim does her make-up!

Now to the important issue at hand, Destin and Rachel are still planning their wedding! Haven’t they been engaged for a full three seasons now? Well, my favorite part of the episode was Destin’s adorable offspring! Destin’s son definitely got all the good genes, but where was his Mohawk?

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Patti STanger
Is Patti Stanger having a nervous breakdown? Or maybe she is just totally nuts! Or maybe all the plastic surgery has been effecting her brain…

After making several homophobic comments and accusing gay men of being incapable of monogamy on Watch What Happens Live that resulted in a public apology and a chastising statement from Bravo, Patti did it again on The Joy Behar Show! Seriously!

This time the Millionaire Matchmaker (whose client base is probably invisible at this point!) insists, “Gays don’t have a lot of testosterone.”

“I’m talking about that they use both sides of their brain. Straight men only use one side,” Patti, the bio-geneticist continued, explaining how the gay brain works to Joy Behar. “Gay men are very bright, very handsome … they put themselves better together,” Patti asserts. “They dress good, they decorate, they clean, they cook.” Is that maybe a compliment? I’m not sure – I need someone to analyze how the Stanger brain works! Or, actually… maybe not!

Patti offered no excuse or apology for her behavior, nor has Bravo released a statement about this latest incident, but a friend of Patti’s told The Huffington Post, “She finally understands what she has done and instead of continuing to dig herself deeper [into] trouble, she has decided to flee to her family.”

“She’s going to hide out for a while but has learned her lesson,” according to the friend. “From now on she is going to try and be much more careful about what she says.” Well, it may be too late now, Patti!

Are Patti’s comments totally out of line or was she just trying to be funny? Should Patti’s show be canceled after all her insensitive comments?

Following a stint on Watch What Happens Live that left host Andy Cohen visibly disgusted in response to her homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks, things are getting worse for former reality star Patti Stanger!

Now one of Patti’s former clients (who left the club after being dissatisfied with the service she received) is speaking out about the behind the scenes workings of The Millionaire Matchmaker. And surprise, surprise – Patti is just as abrasive off camera!

Bryce Gruber, who appeared on the show as a Millionairess in season four, shares her experience working with Patti and the club. According to Bryce, Patti (who is Jewish, herself) insulted the Jewish-American founder of The Luxury Spot.com, by telling her she looked “too Jewish.” Um… seriously?

“She mentioned several times that my curly hair was ‘too Jewish,’” Bryce continues. “And asked me why I didn’t get my nose fixed for my Bat Mitzvah.”

In addition to basically calling her unattractive, Patti described Bryce – who if you remember from the show was very reticent on her date – as “uptight” during her most recent appearance on WWHL.

And as for Bryce’s match – guess what?! It wasn’t successful! “She didn’t listen to me when I said what I wanted,” Bryce relays of Patti’s matchmaking skills. “She got upset with me when I said I didn’t like any of the men she picked and, off-camera, she pulled me aside and said, ‘If you want to look like a sweetheart to America, you’ll pick the teacher.’ She coerced me.” Wow! Patti is losing credibility (if she ever had any to begin with) by the minute!

Patti’s former assistant of eight years, Chelsea Autumn, is also giving her opinion about working with Patti! Chelsea, who left what she previously called the “claws of Stanger” in 2010 to start her own matchmaking service, Queen of Hearts, explains of Patti’s attitude and behavior: “I think she has a lot of deeper issues that she’s never really dealt with.”

And This isn’t the first time drama concerning Patti’s treatment of others is making headlines! Shortly after leaving the show, Chelsea’s rep gave a very harsh statement about the “constant abuse” associated with working with Patti, which was corroborated when TMZ featured a recorded conversation of Patti berating a stylist!

“I don’t think she loves herself, and if you don’t love yourself, no one else is going to be able to love you,” Chelsea describes, painting a sad picture of the woman who claims she can help anyone find love.

Are you shocked that Patti’s treatment of her clients is even worse behind the scenes?! Do you think Chelsea’s description of Patti is accurate or does she have an ulterior motive? Do you expect there to be another season of The Millionaire Matchmaker?

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