It's no secret that Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes wants to be less a reality star and more a legitimate television personality. She's already conquered the sitcom realm with her NBC hit The New Normal, and now many of her fans are hoping we'll see the Neenster on the talk show circuit.
Not too long ago, NeNe served as a guest host on ABC's The View, and she was very well received to say the least. While I don't always find NeNe's behavior on RHOA to be all that funny (although her WIG! oneliners are classic), I find her hilarious outside the show. Now that Joy Behar has announced she'll be bidding farewell to The View after nearly seventeen years, would NeNe make a good replacement?
I don’t know about you all, but I am about sick to death with these Real Housewives of New Jersey and their dramatic shenanigans. My former students acted with more maturity…and they were first graders! This time Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile didn’t limit their issues to the Garden State, but instead brought their antics to ABC’s The View. The women’s segments (that’s right, segmentS plural) aired this morning if you were lucky (?) enough to watch.
An insider tells RadarOnline.com, “The producers on The View asked Teresa if she would try to resolve her issues with Melissa, together, on the show in front of the cameras, but Teresa said she didn’t feel she should do so in front of an audience. Teresa felt that after apologizing repeatedly with no resolution, that Melissa would just attack her, so this all should be handled privately at this point.” And by privately, I am sure she means that Bravo gets dibs to that smack down.
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Angelina and the Real Housewives of New Jerseycast member are pictured above after meeting this weeked at the Beatstock 2010 music festival in New Jersey. “He is adorable, I have the biggest crush [on him],” Angelina told Radar.
“I was hanging out with him at the beach bash and he kept asking if he could get me drinks,” Angelina said. After she got booed onstage, Albie texted her a comforting note: “You did a great job. I got your back girl.”
Angelina however has a boyfriend, but states the possibility of a new romance is in the air, as she believes Albie is interested too. “He texted me after, ’Hey what are you doing? You’re so cute, lets hang out tonight.’”
A friend of Albie’s tells Radar:”He was happy to meet her and thought she was a cool girl.”
Goodluck to Angelina. She might need it trying to get past Mama Bear Manzo.
In other Jersey Shore news, the show’s break out star Snookiisn’t taking too well to the President saying he didn’t know who she was during his recent appearance of The View talk show.
Snooki, who might or might not be getting an inflated ego, tells E! News – “I know he knows who I am… Why did he have to lie and say he didn’t know me? He did say Snooki and JWoww about the tanning stuff and now he doesn’t know who I am? He has to stop lying.”
What Snooki is referring to was back in May at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner when President Obama joked about a tanning tax, saying “the following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation and House minority leader John Boehner.”
Perhaps someone should inform Snooki the President has speech writers…
And finally the ratingsof Jersey Shore this season can only be described as nothing short of amazing. The second season’s premiere episode averaged over 5.3 million viewers, while last week’s episode averaged 5 million viewers. No wonder MTV is currently filming the 3rd season with the same cast.
“I’m going to tell her what I told her before — your house is in foreclosure,” Danielle tells PEOPLE. “I wasn’t lying and you did know,” says Danielle as she references a recent episode of the show, when she accused Teresa of having a home in foreclosure.
Danielle adds that while she’s also had some problems with debt, she was never in as bad as a situation as the Giudices. “Divorce put me in debt. I didn’t lie about that. But we’re talking $100,000. We’re not talking $11 million,” she says. “I think people need to spend within their means and if you don’t know what you have, you need to communicate with your husbands.”
This follows Teresa’s appearance on The View Monday, when she claimed her husband, Joe Giudice, kept their financial problems from her.
Danielle however makes it clear that should never be an excuse. “One thing that comes with marriage is that it’s fifty-fifty,” she says. “It is your responsibility to know these things. You can’t just throw him under the bus … That’s not cool,” adding “if you have it, don’t flaunt it because it will come back and bite you.”
The Reunion – As we reported, the reunion show was taped this week on Wednesday, and it seems something big went down. Below are the few tweets those involved with the taping have since made -
BravoAndy – We are wrapped in New Jersey. WOAH. Very unexpected stuff. I am pooped. #needmakersmark
CarolineManzo – Finally home relaxing taped reunion show yesterday, busy day in NYC today. The reunion was UNBELIEVABLE.
Teresa_Giudice – Hi Tweet♥s! FINALLY finished taping the #RHONJ reunion show! All I can say is you will NOT believe what happens. How was your day? xx
JacLaurita – It was a long exhausting day.Lauren,u did a beautiful job w/my makeup.I Love u & ur Mom.I appreciate everything u did.Thank u.It’s over now.
Danielle has yet to tweet anything about the reunion and Dina twitted a lot during the day of the filming, meaning she likely did not attend the reunion taping, or if she did, she filmed a very small segment. No word yet on when the reunion show will air.
Star magazine is also reporting today that the classiness known as Danielle Staub will be hosting a birthday bash at New York City Gentleman’s Club Scores, on Tuesday, August 10. This is in celebration of her 48th birthday, and the invitation promises Danielle will treat partygoers to a live performance of her tortured lullaby ‘Real Close.’ No word on if the former stripper/porn star will hit the pole.
The DC Housewives have already proven to be the most controversial franchise yet all thanks to notorious cast member Michaele Salahi, who made headlines last year when she and her husband Tareq Salahi decided to crash a White House party.
As if that wasn’t enough, a new controversy hit early this week when the Washington Post reported that Michaele’s husband Tareq threw a drink on another cast member, Lynda.
Lynda, during her appearance on The View Wednesday, said it all started when she heard Tareq being verbally abusive to some Bravo execs during a press dinner in a Beverly Hills hotel. She said she tried to calm him down and he ended up tossing his wine on her. “Aside from ruining the day, he also ruined my beautiful Zac Posen couture suit!” said Lynda to the Post.
Even more interesting, Michaele admitted the incident occurred during her appearance on The View, but defended her husband, saying he was just defending her from past insults Lynda had hurled at her.
And there’s more folks! During the ladies’ View appearance, host Whoopi Goldberg, who was offstage during the segment, walked on the set, touched Michaele’s arm and told her to refocus on answering the White House party crashing question.
After finishing taping the segment, Michaele then reportedly told the producers of the show that Whoopi hit her, leading to an ugly exchange backstage between the Salahis and Whoopi. Whoopi admitted on The View this morning that words were exchanged backstage between she and the Salahis, saying Tareq began taking photos of her on his Blackberry at one point during the argument.
As for Michaele, she tells PEOPLE magazine that her experience on The View was “humiliating and torturous.”
“The first encounter I had with this woman is her grabbing my arm and telling me to change the subject,” Salahi told PEOPLE Thursday. “It was very inappropriate … They want to torture me. I didn’t know [being interviewed on the View] would be this horrific.”
Seems the DC cast will fit right in with the other franchises. A preview clip of tonight’s premiere is below -
Kim G. and Jacqueline may find common ground as Kim G. recounts the latest Danielle drama and insists that their friendship is over. Skeptical of her past two-faced behavior, Jacqueline is not quick to trust and even calls Kim G. out on her shady behavior.
Also this week, Dina Manzo makes a guest appearance as she’s named Teresa’s baby’s godmother. Will Dina’s brief return get her caught up in any Housewife drama? And finally, we get the big showdown between Danielle and Kim G. The new episode airs tonight at10/9c on Bravo.
In other Housewives news, Teresa Giudice appeared on The View talk show this morning and her appearance was nothing short of extremely humiliating as she was verbally bitchslapped by the show’s hosts.
Teresa, who seemed very excited to be going on the show according to her twitter, likely did not expect the intense interrogation she received. Right from the start, Teresa seemed tense and nervous, even stammering over her words. She was grilled by the ladies about her financial situation, and at one point during the show, host Joy Behar was just laughing at her, right in front of her.
Teresa’s appearance on the show was first preempted by the foreclosure argument she had with Danielle. The first question came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck who wanted to know how she went broke, since she is always shown spending frivolously on the show. Before Teresa could even finish stammering her words to answer Elisabeth’s question, Joy chimed in, “Is your husband a slumlord?”
And before Teresa could finish answering Joy’s slumlord question, guest host Bryant Gumbel brought up the accusations being made by Joe Giudice’s former business partner, who told PEOPLE magazine a while back that a bad economy only played a small role in the Giudices bankruptcy filing, saying living beyond their means played a big role.
After Teresa tried to put the bankruptcy blame on a bad economy and Joe’s businesses going bad, Bryant brought up a good point when he asked her if people not paying Joe rent could really be to blame for their $11 mil debt. Teresa then claimed their debt was not $11 mil and that those numbers were exaggerated by the media. Bryant asked her how much her debt was, “$10 million?” snarked Bryant to Teresa, who then replied that she did not know the exact amount.
Teresa claimed she was not aware of her huge debt because Joe kept it from her until it was absolutely necessary to tell her. I always live within my means. Always. The money was coming in from the apartment buildings so we were able to live the lifestyle that we did,” insisted Teresa. “How are you living within your means if you’re $11 mil in debt? I don’t get that,” were the next words out of Joy’s mouth.
Teresa was also asked about the foreclosure rumors, to which she said her home is not in foreclosure and has never been in foreclosure. Regarding the upcoming Aug 22 auction, she confirmed her lawyer has filed an objection. She was also asked if the ring she was wearing was real, to which she admitted it was “costume jewelry.”
When asked about the Dancing With The Starsrumors, Teresa said she could not comment on it. “You should go on Dancing With The Stars, and then have a yard sale!” exclaimed other guest host Mario Cantone. And yes folks, it was that kinda day for Teresa. I almost felt bad for her when it was all over. Almost.
Below is what Teresa tweeted after she finished taping The View -
“Whew! It’s over! I knew The View wasn’t going to be a lovefest, but you gotta take the tough questions sometimes…
Thank you all for your encouraging tweets. I’m fine. I’m a tough cookie. It takes more than an old comedian to bring me down. ”
In case you’re wondering, the “old comedian” she’s referring to is Joy Behar. The video of Teresa’s interview has yet to hit the net, but it will be posted here the minute it appears online.
Thanks to our reader bailey78. Part of Teresa’s interview is below -
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It seems like both JonandKate Gosselin enjoy being in the tabloids. The he-said she-said conflict between Jon and Kate continues and there is no sign of it ending anytime soon. After Kate appeared on The View as a guest host, she gave an ambiguous answer about Jon allowing girlfriend, Hailey Glassman to meet their eight kids. Jon is now responding in the media, and denies any claims of Hailey ever meeting the kids.
“I’ve never brought Hailey to meet the kids,” he tells E! News, “nor do I plan on doing that anytime soon.”
Similarly, Hailey denied the rumors on her Twitter page, writing “I was never at Jon and Katezilla’s house nor did I meet the children, And nor am I in a rush to… When the truth finally comes out, the public owes Jon and I a HUGE apology, until then keep hating n being blinded, Bunch of Helen Keller’s.”
BTW: Because Helen Keller was known for being such a “hater.“
A source close to both Jon and Hailey tells E! that Jon asked Kate where she’d heard about the “Hailey-meets-kids scenario”. Kate responded that she saw it “in the tabloids.” The source added, Jon will consider introducing the kids to Hailey “at the appropriate time” once the divorce is finalized.
Kate Gosselin opens up about her feelings during a speaking engagement this weekend and her appearance on The View.
At Ohio’s second annual Cleveland Women’s Show on Friday, the reality mom of eight, 34, told a crowd, “I’ve lost a lot of control in my life.”
Kate continues, “At the beginning of all of this, you’ve heard me say before, I didn’t want fans gawking, I didn’t want people gawking, I just wanted to be myself, my family.” She however went on to thank her supporters, “I have learned, I appreciate your support, I need you, I love you, thank you.”
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom also made her anticipated appearance on The View as a guest host on Monday. When asked about her feelings towards Jon Gosselin bringing his new girlfriend around the kids, Kate admits it is tough. “I’m not going to lie, it’s difficult, this is all difficult” says Kate. She however made it clear that she intends to take the high road, saying – “For the sake of my children, I am going to continue taking the high road.”
Kate went on to admit having a recent meltdown, “I melted down over the weekend in the privacy of my own home.”
In other news, USWeekly is reportingJon and girlfriend Hailey Glassman were spotted was all over NYC Sunday night celebrating the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Jon was spotted at an after-party at hotspot Avenue and also at a bash at the Hotel on Rivington in NYC’s hip Lower East side.