Last night’s Mob Wives episode was all about loyalty – and drinking. It was also about how having drinks with a girlfriend and loyalty do not often mix well if you are Karen Gravano. The episode also focused on what else: Renee Graziano’s loyalty to the lifestyle, loyalty to friendships and family, how Drita D’avanzobetrayed her, and whether or not it is worth it to stay connected to her past. Oh, and how she and Karen are now practically family again. As for Carla Facciolo, well she was pretty invisible again this episode, but her storyline was about family also.
The day after the Mob bust – and after a terrible day, in her own words, “Renee needs a drink.” We find out Junior is already out on bail and is likely only looking at 18 months for gambling (wait – isn’t that legal?) Renee expresses her frustration about the cycle of dealing with prison again and not being part of a normal family, because: “There’s always somebody missing to the federal f*cking government,” Renee doesn’t want that life anymore, but it is just so difficult to break away. By the way – did you see those amazing fur boots Renee had on? Girl definitely likes her fur from head to toe. After all, nothing says “bitch, I’ve arrived,” mafia-style like fur as we were taught last week in Renee’s Mob Wives 101 class.
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Last night’s episode of Mob Wives was, again, about how life when you are part of the “the underworld” isn’t just about the glitz and the glamor, as Renee Graziano’s ex-husband (who is also her son AJ’s father) was arrested in a major FBI bust. Drita D’avanzo had more concerns about her husband’s sentence, and Karen Gravano began coming to terms with and exploring her feelings about her upbringing. Carla Faccilo was, as Nene Leakes likes to say: “Casper the Ghost” this episode because, yeah she was practically invisible. What an emotional episode this was – highs and lows galore, a total emotional roller coaster. As my mother said: “I feel like I need an anti-depressant after watching these broads.” Snark obviously runs in our family.
There was a lot of build up in the first part of the show until we finally got to the part all the previews were throwing in our faces: the FBI arrests! I waited on the edge of my seat for the juicy part and, yeah… it was pretty much a let down. The most we got to see of any FBI action was Renee crying in her kitchen about the arrests and the ladies showing CNN news footage. Foiled again by the infamous preview hype! It was nice that there was a significantly fewer number of bleeps so we could actually understand what they were saying to each other, though.
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Surprise Surprise – appearing on a reality show called Mob Wives is causing family drama for the stars of the show!
In a new interview with the Hollywood Life, Renee Graziano revealed that her super gangster father Anthony Graziano (who is currently behind bars in a federal penitentiary), no longer speaks to her since her decision to appear on Mob Wives and expose all their family secrets and scandals to the world. You don’t say?! You mean a heavy duty gangster and former consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, doesn’t want his daughter on TV bragging about how gangster she is and acting like a Mob Groupie? Hmmm…
When asked about her father’s reaction to her appearance on the series, Renee says: “He has no reaction because we don’t speak, not now, not after I made the decision to do the show. He said to me, ‘You made your bed. Now sleep in it.’ My father doesn’t agree with anyone putting their life on [TV].”
Renee goes on to explain that going on the show wasn’t about her father anyways, but about her, of course: “I think I needed to develop my own identity outside of my family life — out of the lifestyle,” Renee reveals in the article. She goes on to add, “I was also pretty tired of people judging me upon a lifestyle — not realizing that I’m a woman, I’m a mom, I go through hardships. No sympathy — that’s not something that I want from anyone. It was my way of really planting my feet and making a change in my life.”
Oh, well, that’s an original attitude for the star of a reality show – narcissism! I mean what has Renee done that would give her a reason to be on TV except be related to some gangsters? Renee also says that everyone else in her family supports her and that her father loves her anyways.
In more family dramz for the ‘ladies’, Mob Wives resident Ultimate Fighter Drita D’avanzio is facing some criticism for her parenting skills. In an article by HollyBaby, a “source” (re: someone Drita got in a drunken brawl with and punched in the face) reveals that Drita – scandal! – has been taking her nine-year-old daughter Aleeya to visit her dad Lee D’avanzo in prison. Well, I mean otherwise would this girl even know what her father looks like? He’s been incarcerated pretty much her entire life!
The article explains that the first time Lee went away, Drita told Aleeya that her daddy was off working. But poor Aleeya still had to deal with teasing from her classmates that she didn’t have a daddy. And when Lee returned home, Aleeya “had a really hard time adapting,” says the source.
“When he first came home, Aleeya told all her friends, ‘See, I told you I had a dad.'” However, the second time Lee went to prison Drita decided to tell her daughter the truth. “The second time around she decided to tell her where her dad was so she didn’t think he up and left for no reason,” explains the friend. The article also lets us know that Lee and Drita are still happily (really?) married: “She has her second thoughts every now and then, like anyone would after 12 years of marriage. But she is standing strong.” The source adds that Lee “has another 2 to 4 years left.”
I don’t think it’s a big deal for her to take her older daughter to see her father, as long as she doesn’t take her younger one. What do you think? Should Drita be dragging her fourth grader to the federal pen for visits or not? Also, if you were Renee’s dad – would you disown her?
On episode two of Mob Wives, which aired last night, it was all about loyalty and betrayal. Renee Graziano feels betrayed by her friends, she also feels betrayed by her ex-husband Junior – who barely has any involvement in their son AJ’s life. Carla Facciolo and DritaD’avanzo feel betrayed by their husbands for going to prison and leaving them to fend for themselves and raise their children while waiting for them to come home. And Karen Gravano feels betrayed by all the friends who ditched her when her dad ratted out all of their husbands and fathers to feds so he could go hang out poolside in AZ even though he killed 22+ people. So you know, that makes perfect sense!
So here’s what happened: “Bleep, bleepety, bleep, bleep, bl-ble-bleeep, bleep! Yeah?! Well, bleep, bleepin, bleepety bleep, ble – bleeeeeeeeep you!” Oh you couldn’t figure out what happened either? Yeah – this show needs to be on HBO or something – I can barely understand what’s being said because they have to bleep out every other word! My husband said I should start a “bleep tally” for each episode, but too much counting! Anyways, deciphering through the bleeps, this is what went on. Things picked up where they left off with Renee and Karen squabbling at Carla’s birthday party over who owns Staten Island – the state of NY or Renee? Renee seems to think it might be her, but you know – technicalities! Then her and Drita get into it when Drita tries to make peace with Renee, but ends up almost becoming The Hulk and punching her in the face and Carla had to intervene by grabbing Renee’s neck. Drita sums it up by saying: “If I hit you an ambulance is gonna come.” What a super classy party! So sad I missed it.
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Move over Real Housewives of New Jersey! There’s newer group of classier ladies on the town. The new VH1 hit show is called Mob Wivesand the press release teases “all the myths, legends and tales about “mob life” have all centered on the made men who run these wrong-side-of-the-law closed societies until now.”
Here’s the first thing you should know about the women of Mob Wives – they talk about prison A LOT. Because all the men they know are currently in one. Their fathers, uncles, brothers, husbands – whatever. So yeah – the ladies are pretty much experts on navigating the federal penitentiary system.
The other things you should know about the women of Mob Wives: these girls don’t back down. They are assertive. They fight. They cuss. They love what they call “the life” which is how they refer to people involved in the mob. And loyalty is their number one priority. Which is why things are going to get very complicated and dramatic this season as the ladies struggle with their identities, their future, and their families… Let’s meet the girls!
A new episode of Mob Wives airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c.
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TMZ is reporting today that after threatening to quit the show, Evelyn is officially signed on to return. What did it take to get her back on the show? A major increase in her salary by VH1 plus an apology from the show producers.
Evelyn had asked for $20,000 per episode but while she didn’t get that exact amount, her new salary will more than double the $7,500 per episode she was earning before.
TMZ adds that Evelyn also got an apology from producers of the show for the way she was portrayed on the season 2 finale. Though we’re not sure why the producers had to apologize when it was Evelyn herself who admitted to having slept with her costar Tami Roman’s ex-husband while they were still married.
Meanwhile, Shaunie O’Nealtweeted last week that filming had already began on the new season. “Taping all day for BBW season 3 today with my ladies @EvelynLozada and @iamjennifer. Hoping this season will be the best yet!,” tweeted Shaunie on March 27.
And in a recent radio interview, Eric admitted he is still in love with Jennifer and wants to stay married. “I love the woman. I’m still in love with that woman,” said Eric on the DJ Charlamagne show.
Eric added that despite the way things appeared on the show, he was genuinely fighting to save his marriage. “I didn’t want to get a divorce. I’m the one who’s tryin’ to make $h_t happen. It had been a year and a half I’d been tryin’ to. You feel me? Nobody don’t know that part,” said Eric. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out on the third season of the show!
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Hosting the reunion this year will be former NBA star John Salley. The ladies will all sit together to rehash the events that occurred this season, including the fight that broke out betweenTami Roman and Evelyn Lozada last week, over Evelyn’s admission that she had slept with Tami’s ex-husband Kenny Anderson.
Since that episode aired, there have been rumors that Evelyn also slept with her BFF Jennifer Williams’s husband Eric Williams, but we can rest assure you that rumor is very false.
The reunion will be airing in two parts. The first part airs tonight at 8/7c with part two airing tomorrow night, March 14 at 8/7c. Gloria Govan will also be a part of the reunion show, appearing at some point. A sneak peek is below.
In other news, it seems Royce Reed might be returning next season after all despite the recent comments made by Shaunie O’neal. According to TMZ, Royce’s would be replacement Allison Mathis was axed by VH1 after her ex/baby daddy Chris Bosh put up a fight.
Apparently, Chris did not want Allison nor their daughter on the show, and VH1 simply decided Allison wasn’t worth the headache. Sources say this move means Royce will likely be returning though producers are still hoping for a last-minute replacement.
TELL US – DO YOU WANT ROYCE TO RETURN? PLUS THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW & TONIGHT’S EPISODE?
Days following the dramatic finale episode on the second season of Basketball Wives, TMZ is reporting the show’s star Evelyn Lozada wants to quit the show for good.
The reason? Evelyn feels she was stabbed in the back by Shaunie the producers of the show. More specifically, Evelyn feels the producers violated her trust by telling costar Tami Roman that she slept with her husband while she was still married to him. Though Evelyn claims she wasn’t aware Kenny Anderson was married during the time and that they dated for 6 months.
Evelyn believes Shaunie producers leaked the information to Tami in an effort to incite the violent confrontation that took place on the show’s finale between the two costars. She now “feels completely betrayed” and fired off an email to producers on Monday night saying she wants nothing to do with the show.
Perhaps the reports of Evelyn being in talks to get a spinoff show with fiance Chad Ochiconco might be part of the reason she is so willing to walk away from Basketball Wives.
And speaking of Shaunie O’Neal, who might or might not have not instigated the whole drama for show ratings (she’s also a producer on the show), she is now defending herself as some fans feel she is to blame for the fight. In a new interview with VH1, Shaunie claims she can’t be held responsible for the fight because she wasn’t aware of Evelyn’s secret.
“I couldn’t start something I didn’t know. I didn’t know that about Evelyn… Before we brought Tami on the show, I talked to Evelyn and Jen, just to run it past them and to see if they knew her. It was kind of like, “I’ve heard of her,” no big deal,” said Shaunie. “Did I hold a gun to Evelyn’s head and say, “You gotta go”? No. Did I think telling Tami was what she should have done? Yes. The only reason I went with her was to support both of them. I felt both sides.”
As for Tami, she tweeted on Sunday night she “felt stupid” upon finding out Evelyn’s secret, citing that everybody knew but her. “My thing is – I don’t care that @EvelynLozada slept w/Kenny- WHO DIDN’T. I was more concerned about the friendship I thought we were developing,” tweeted Tami.
And finally, a third season of Basketball Wives is a sure thing at the moment as Sunday night’s finale was the highest rated episode of the series plus the highest rated show on the VH1 network since 2009, with over 2.3 million total viewers tuning in. The ratings even helped the debut of new series Love & Hip Hop which also received high ratings with over 1.9 million viewers. VH1 reveals Love & Hip Hop will officially premiere on Monday, March 14 at 10:30/9:30c
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN WANTING TO LEAVE THE SHOW? DO YOU THINK SHAUNIE IS TO BLAME FOR THE FIGHT? PLUS THOUGHTS ON LOVE & HIP HOP?