Reality Roundup: The Best of 2013

Porsha and Kordell Stewart (Source: Paras Griffin/Landov)

From legal turmoil to marital bliss, it’s been another crazy year for Bravo’s Real Housewives. That Housewife Guy runs down 5 of the juiciest headlines of 2013.

 5. Porsha Stewart BLINDSIDED by Husband’s Divorce Filing

Although it was not necessarily a shock to viewers of The Real Housewives of AtlantaPorsha Stewart claimed she was completely blindsided when her ex-husband Kordell Stewart filed for divorce back in March.

After less than two years of marriage, Kordell called it quits and filed divorce papers in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia on March 22nd, saying that his marriage to Porsha was “irretrievably broken.”

The Atlanta housewife can finally move forward with the next chapter of her life as her divorce from Kordell was finalized earlier this month.

On this Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Porsha has a dramatic breakdown over her divorce.

 “As much as I want to get over Kordell, being around these different women talking about children and babies, it just made me think about the family that I wanted and the family that we shared,” Porsha says.

In the preview, Atlanta co-star NeNe Leakes tried to comfort Porsha. “I’ve tried to be there to support Porsha, but our relationship is very one-sided. It’s very frustrating,” NeNe reveals.

Watch NeNe dish out some advice in the video preview here. 

4. NeNe Leakes Re-Marries Ex-Husband Gregg Leakes

Second time’s the charm for NeNe and Gregg Leakes. The couple officially became man and wife again in 2013. Before divorcing in 2011, the two were married for 13 years. The pair reconciled in 2012 and NeNe announced their second engagement via Twitter last New Year’s Eve.

Nene and Gregg said their “I Dos” for the second time in front of 400+ guests and Bravo cameras in Atlanta, Georgia this past summer at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. The duo spared no expense for their “Old Hollywood” themed wedding—the lavish event boasted a whopping $1.8 million price tag.

NeNe’s reconciliation with Gregg and her journey to the altar were documented on her own spinoff series, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.

NeNe was the third Atlanta housewife to earn an official spin-off series this past year. Kim Zolciak’s wedding/married life spinoff, Don’t Be Tardy and Kandi Burruss music competition series, The Kandi Factory debuted on Bravo earlier in 2013.

After getting divorced in 2011, NeNe says that this time she and Gregg will last. “Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time,” NeNe told Life & Style“I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.”

3. The Real Housewives of New Jersey Manzo Swap

Whether you love her or hate her, Caroline Manzo will not be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey next season. From the “Ham Game” to her biting wit, the RHONJ star has made her mark over the past 5 seasons.

Despite the fun-times Caroline has had on the show, she says it was time to move on. “Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn’t wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see,” Manzo wrote on her Bravo blog.

“I’ve always prided myself on being a good example for my children and my decision to leave is based on advice I’ve always given them: ‘Be true to yourself and be proud of who you are, you are born with a name and you die with a name, don’t dirty it up.’ Going back to film another season of Housewives would only make me a hypocrite. For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame.”

Fans of the family matriarch will not have to say their goodbyes just yet. Caroline and her family are wrapping production on their pilot spin-off series for BravoManzo’d With Children.

Alert the welcome wagon—former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo is back for another run! Marked by the departure of her sister Caroline Manzo, original cast member Dina Manzo will be returning to the series next season.

“Well I guess the (hairless) cats out of the bag,” Dina tweeted back in October of this year. “Yes I’m back. Unlike the past this time it felt ‘right’ … See you on Bravo my friends.”

Dina left the show during season two after a feud with her then co-star Danielle Staub. She then went on to host an event planning reality show on HGTV titled Dina’s Party.

After three years of feuding, the Manzo sisters have reconciled. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Dina reveals she and Caroline are “totally fine,” adding that anger has been replaced by civility.

“When we see each other, we kiss each other hello,” Dina told the mag this week. “We just don’t hang out for Sunday dinner, that’s all…If Caroline needed me and called me tomorrow, I would be there. I love my sister. I will always love her.”

However a source, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told us that a reconciliation between the two has NOT happened. Reading between the lines of Dina’s statement I’d say our source is on the money!

2. Bethenny and Jason Call it Quits

It may sound like old news, but it has only been one year since the former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel called it quits on her marriage to Jason Hoppy. After months of speculation about the state of their marriage, Bethenny announced that she and Jason were separating.

“It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating,” Frankel said in a statement. “This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family.”

The couple announced their split back in December 2012 and filings were made in January of 2013. The two have been dealing with ongoing highly publicized divorce settlement issues, including custody disputes over their 3-year-old daughter Brynn, ever since.

The Skinnygirl mogul met her soon-to-be ex-husband in late 2008 and they tied the knot less than less two years later. The duo wed on March 28th, 2010 in front of Bravo cameras at New York’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel. Their nuptials were featured on Bethenny’s first Real Housewives spinoff show, Bethenny Getting Married.

Since the split, Bethenny has been busy filming her self-titled day-time talk show, Bethenny.

1. Not So Fabulicious—Teresa and Joe’s Legal Turmoil

It is no secret that the stars of Bravo‘s Real Housewives franchise have their fair share of financial woes. This time around, The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice have caught themselves in financial peril, again.

Teresa and Joe were indicted this past summer on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges that, according to legal experts, may cause them both to serve time in federal prison. The indictment details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud, against the couple from Towaco, N.J.

The 33-page indictment document accuses Joe Giudice of failing to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008 and states that Joe and Teresa falsely informed lenders on loan application that they were employed and/or receiving substantial salaries when in fact, they were not.

The couple pled not guilty to the charges; however, if convicted Teresa and Joe could each face decades behind bars. Joe even faces being deported to Italy if he is found guilty of just one of the 39 counts in the indictment, prosecutors said — as it emerged recently that he is not a US citizen.

Added to that, Juicy Joe is currently awaiting trial for allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI. He can face up to 10 years in prison for those charges. Joe’s rap sheet continued to expand this year after being pulled over twice in one month.

In November, Joe was cited by police for careless driving in a school zone. He was also ticketed for driving without an inspection sticker on his vehicle and not having a valid insurance card.

The couple opened up about their legal woes on a special episode of Watch What Happens Live back in September. Host Andy Cohen sat down with the reality television stars to discuss their indictment and how they are managing to keep their lives together.

During the sit down, an emotional Teresa said she is trying to stay strong for their children. “I can’t fall apart, Andy. I have my daughters, they mean the world to me … maybe something that my daughters can learn from this is that my mom was really strong through all of this and was there for us and I hope they always have that with them,” Teresa said wiping away tears.

Catch a clip below:

The couple’s federal fraud trial, originally scheduled for February, will now take place in April of 2014.

Tell us— In your opinion, what was the JUCIEST Real Housewives gossip of 2013? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. 

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Brent Osborne has always been loud, a little brash and unapologetically truthful. Prior to joining TBB, Brent founded and authored the successful Real Housewives blog, ThatHousewifeGuy.com and the Starpulse.com column of the same name. Brent’s industry experience is extensive and includes interviewing former Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. Inspired by his former teachers, Brent is currently pursuing a career in Childhood Education with hopes of becoming a High School Guidance Counselor. With coffee running through his veins, Brent works numerous jobs and attends school full-time. Brent’s mantra is “Love what you do and work with others who do the same.” He’s grateful to his supportive family and friends for cheering on all of his endeavors!

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