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Thursday Night Gossip Links – November 15th

Kailyn vents after Jo files for child support – The Ashley’s Reality Roundup

Michael B. Jordan’s hard work obviously paid off – Celebitchy

Gretchen Rossi fights back against credit card lawsuit – The Blast

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s child support issues front and center – Starcasm

Celine Dion launches a gender-neutral children’s clothing line – dlisted


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Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s John Hennigan Reacts To His Epic Blindside

Talk about a knock-out blow! Pro-wrestler and self-appointed “Mayor of SlamTown” John Hennigan saw his torch snuffed at the culmination of this season’s best episode of Survivor yet. The best (and worst) part was, he – nor the audience – ever saw it coming.

If you missed any of the action, you can catch up with our Episode 8 Recap, as well as checking out the Podcast below.


Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s John Hennigan Reacts To His Epic Blindside

Nobody embodied the title “Goliath” more than pro-wrestler John Hennigan. He was the biggest, the strongest, the most intimidating cast member this season, based solely on appearances. John quickly became a fan favorite mainly by being a really nice guy! He shed his “SlamTown” persona and quickly showed us all that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a mayor by his muscles. Now I admittedly know nothing about his wrestling career. That aside, he became a memorable Survivor character all on his own.

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John had formed the “Brochachos,” an affectionate term he used to describe his alliance with Dan, and also Christian, the David that would escape John’s fateful Tribal Council. John appeared to be in a grat position heading into this week’s episode. He was not being targeted despite his strong social game, and the fact that he was clearly the biggest physical threat at a time when the game would begin featuring individual Immunity Challenges. When Mike decided he couldn’t trust Gabby, and in turn, Christian, he fired up the Goliaths to try to blindside John’s Brochacho. John himself predicted a “brochacho blindside,” never thinking that he would be the one to be sent packing.

When all seven Goliaths put their votes on Christian, it seemed like  John would see another day in the game. But Davie blew everything up. He played an Idol that nobody knew he had. He saved Christian, thwarting the Goliath’s master-plan. Little did anyone know, Davie – along with Nick and Christian – decided not to vote out the “easy” target Angelina, but instead they threw their votes to John, knowing there was no chance in Hell that anyone would be playing an Idol on John. Why would anyone? He was seemingly as safe as they come. But Survivor got all Julie Chen on us. It reminded us to “expect the unexpected.” John collected three votes and became the second member of the jury. Ironically, as the first person on the jury, Elizabeth is known as the “Mayor of Ponderosa.” This means we have two “Mayors” waiting to cast their final vote for Sole Survivor.

RELATED: Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s Natalie Cole: ‘I Could Have Been Shown As A Heroic Character’

I had the great pleasure of speaking with John today on the FilmSurvivor Podcast. The full audio is available to download at the bottom of this article. Once again, he got very candid with his experiences in the game. He revealed something that he claims he has not shared with any other members of the press. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s John Hennigan Reacts To His Epic Blindside


On the shock of last night’s Tribal Council:

John Hennigan: I was surprised, no one knew Davie had an Idol. I thought that he was going to play it for himself at first even. But then when he played it on Christian, I was even more surprised. Then I knew that Dan was going to play his Idol to protect Angelina, based on who Dan is…he’s a loyal dude and he said he was going to to me, I wasn’t aware he was on the fence, it didn’t seem like that to me…so even after both Idols were played, I still felt for some reason that it was going to be a re-vote with 7 votes on Christian, 5 on Angelina. Until that first vote with my name on it was read, I kind of realized in that very moment, that I had gotten got, and that my one-way trip to Ponderosa was beginning.

RELATED: Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s Lyrsa Torres: ‘On The First Day I Put The Target On Me’

Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s John Hennigan Reacts To His Epic Blindside

On the sexism allegations from Angelina, that her idea to vote out Christian wasn’t taken seriously until Mike – a male – brought it up:

John: I think that’s an over-simplification. I was receptive to the idea and discussed the idea of voting out Christian with her in the previous episode. But at the time it seemed like, I don’t know, I really had gotten along great with Christian and Gabby…I really didn’t want him to go that first week.

Exclusive Interview: Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s John Hennigan Reacts To His Epic Blindside

For much more from John Hennigan, including my full interview, please listen to the latest episode of the FilmSurvivor Podcast by clicking here.

Remember! The next episode of Survivor: David vs. Goliath is next Wednesday, and be sure to check back here for my recap and reaction, as well as for my weekly podcast exit interview!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter – @tomsantilli – and on Facebook, for all of the latest Survivor coverage, interviews, and movie reviews.


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Margaret Josephs Calls Danielle Staub A “BackStauber”

Last year, fans were living for Margaret Josephs’ and Danielle Staub’s friendship. That’s about to change with the current Real Housewives of New Jersey season. There’s some obvious friction between the two of them. Will the fans pick sides? Or will the viewers be able to love them both?

Only time will tell. Two episodes in, the viewers haven’t witnessed outright drama between Margaret and Danielle, but there has been plenty of shade and tension. Margaret discussed the situation with Andy Cohen during last night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Married At First Sight, The Rap Game, & Bring It! Returning To Lifetime In January

Everyone says “new year, new me,” but all know that rarely happens. Instead I like to be more realistic with my expectations for each new year. What’s my take on the old adage? “new year, new shows.”

And there are plenty of shows returning to Lifetime in January 2019. Married At First Sight, The Rap Game, and Bring It will be blessing us with some new episodes next year.

Reality Star Sightings

Happy pre-Friday! Today Jersey Shore cast members Roger Matthews and JWoww are giving us the warm fuzzies and maybe a glimmer of hope that love will win? Even though they announced their split and JWoww has filed for divorce, Roger has proclaimed that he won’t stop fighting to reconcile and we are cheering him on. They stepped out together with their daughter Meilani to attend the grand opening of  DreamWorks Trolls The Experience in NYC.

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania also attended the Trolls event, along with newbie Jennifer Aydin.

NeNe Leakes enjoyed a night out in Hollywood to celebrate the Fashion Nova x Cardi B Collaboration Launch event. Khloe Kardashian and Somaya Reece were also spotted at the party.

Jax Taylor Discusses The Effect Of His Father’s Death On Vanderpump Rules Season 7

The last time Vanderpump Rules viewers saw Jax Taylor on screen, he was crying uncontrollably. He discussed the loss of his father during the Season 6 reunion and got very emotional. He could barely catch his breath and insisted that his father’s passing has changed him for good.

There have been plenty of Jax reincarnations throughout the years. Plus if you think about it Jax Taylor is really just a reincarnation of Jason Cauchi, Jax’s given name. Nevertheless, Jax usually reverts to his “old ways.” Personally, I’m a Jax apologist who believes he is the foundation of this show, even with the 92525252 person ensemble cast. Yes, I know I have a problem. Nevertheless, even I acknowledge personal growth is always a good thing. This is especially true at this point in his life with a wedding on the horizon.

Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Danielle Hits Below the Belt and Has a Tantrum — In Other Words, It’s Another Day

On last night’s Real Housewives of New JerseyMargaret Josephs and Joe Beningo  go to a tattoo parlor. Joe wants to get their wedding anniversary tattooed around his finger.

At Melissa Gorga’s house, Jackie Goldschneider shows up and talks about how hard it is to be parents of twins. Jackie writes about parenting and her husband works in finance.  Melissa talks about her improved relationship with Teresa Guidice. Foreshadowing much?

90 Day Fiance Preview: Larissa Hates Las Vegas, Leida Is Disappointed In Eric

It seems 90 Day Fiance star Larissa Dos Santos Lima can’t help but be immersed in drama.  Despite husband Colt Johnson pleading with her to keep their relationship off social media, Larissa was forced to reveal some very personal information on Instagram this week.

It turns out that Larissa is a mother of two children, a son and daughter, who she left behind in Brazil.  The father of her son, Marcos Hack, shared the news on social media earlier this week.