Reality Roundup: Babies, Bankruptcies, and Bailouts, oh my!

Andy Cohen (left) and Kim Zolciak (right). (Source: Twitter)

Bravo’s new slate of programming for the upcoming year is sure to be a hit. Three Real Housewives franchises will be returning, so far, as well as two returning spin-offs and two new spin-offs.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta has already been renewed and the Atlanta ladies will be returning for a seventh season. Season five of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is on the network’s agenda and The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return for its sixth season this summer. The Real Housewives of Miami was noticeably absent from the list of returning series; however, Bravo has yet to announce a cancellation.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spinoff Vanderpump Rules was  renewed for a third season and the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak will be coming back to Bravo for the third season of her spinoff, Don’t Be Tardy.

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo will return to the network to star in her own family-centric spinoff series, Mazo’d with Children. The show, which is set to debut later this year, will feature Lauren Manzo’s engagement.

Bravo cameras were rolling as The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss said “I Do” to Todd Tucker earlier this month.  The series will document Kandi’s long journey down the aisle.

Additionally, Bravo  handed season renewals to many other series including The Millionaire Matchmaker Season 8, Fashion Queens Season 3, Shahs of Sunset Season 4, Watch What Happens Live, and second seasons of Thicker Than Water and Blood, Sweat & Heels.

Check out the full list of new and returning programs at BravoTV.com.

On the set of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion taping last month, things got physical between cast mates.

According to multiple reports, Porsha Stewart got into a brawl with castmate Kenya Moore while filming the reunion special. A police report was filed and an arrest warrant in connection with the altercation was processed for Porsha.

TMZ reports that Porsha turned herself in on Wednesday to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and was booked on misdemeanor battery charges. The RHOA star was immediately released after taking a glamorous mug-shot and posting $2,000 bail.

See what went down tonight on Part 1 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.

No means no! Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has turned down offers to return to the ratings-challenged Real Housewives installment.

Although Andy Cohen is no longer a Bravo executive, “Honchos at the network asked him [Andy] to reach out to Bethenny and ask her if she would be open to making a return to RHONY,” an insider told Radar. “The hope was she would come back as a regular cast member, but Bethenny was also offered a guest role.”

“Bethenny didn’t even take time to think it over [before saying] no,” the source revealed. “She has absolutely no plans at this time to return to reality television. She believes she has moved on from that.”

Although Bethenny will not be returning to reality television anytime soon, “she would love to appear on television again in a different capacity,” the insider added. “Perhaps even as a fill-in host for Andy on Watch What Happens Live.”

Bethenny’s self-titled network talk show was cancelled earlier this year.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…..you guessed it! Just days after saying “I Do”, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss says that she and her husband Todd are ready to start their own family.

“We’re trying now for a baby!” Kandi revealed in the new issue of In Touch. “We haven’t succeeded yet. If it happens today, then we’re good with it.”

“We’re really looking forward to having kids together,” Kandi dished. “I can’t wait to [have] one big family!” Kandi has one daughter Riley, 11, and Todd has a daughter Kaela, 17. Both are from previous relationships.

In addition to pleading guilty to multiple federal fraud charges last month, The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice are in a crushing amount of debt.

The reality stars will only be ordered to pay back $7,500 of the whopping $13 million debt they cited in a 2009 bankruptcy filing.

“We just want the money she owes us,” an employee of the North Hudson IVF fertility clinic, one of the Giudices’ creditors, revealed to Radar. “We’re just a company that helps people.” Teresa was rumored to have undergone multiple fertility treatments at the clinic in order to conceive the couple’s youngest daughter Audriana. Radar reports that the Giudices owe the clinic $11,765.59 for their services.

According to bankruptcy documents obtained by Radar, some of the Giudice’s debts include $5.4 million to Wachovia, close to $2 million to the Community Bank of Bergen County and over $1 million to Dime Savings Bank. They also owe thousands of dollars in back taxes to the State of New Jersey and the IRS.

“If it weren’t for the money she’s made from Real Housewives of New Jersey, she would be in serious financial trouble right now,” a source revealed to Radar. “Her book sales have been very low, and Teresa hasn’t been offered any gigs for paid promotional appearances either,” the source continued. “It’s a foregone conclusion, Teresa absolutely will have to sell her beloved New Jersey mansion. She’s terrified she could end up homeless.”

Teresa and Joe are currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple federal fraud charges. They both could be spending years behind bars.

RHOC‘s Tamra Judge is in a very bitter and public battle with ex husband Simon Barney for custody of their three children. According to Radar Online Simon is using evidence, including school absentee forms that show Tamra forgetting to call in the children’s absences, to prove a pattern of neglect. A series of text messages between Tamra and her 15 year old daughter Sidney have also been made public in which Sidney states that her mother is acting selfish and break(s) promises. In the conversation Tamra tells her daughter she consistently has to walk on egg shell(s) around her. She says My pain is deep for years and trying to make sure you kids are okay on top of that is not easy. Tamra and Simon’s two other children are Spencer, 13, and Sophia, 8.

Showing support for the OC star is another Housewife who is no stranger to teenage daughter drama. RHONJ Jacqueline Laurita has shown she’s got the back of her west coast friend.  The two have been cracking jokes regarding the situation back and forth via their Twitter accounts like this one: 

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The image Jac attached was of Faye Dunaway in her most infamous role as Mommy Dearest. The tweet got some people a little miffed, but it seemed to jive with Tamra’s quirky sense of humor. In fact it appears that Tamra and husband Eddie Judge are close with the Jac and Chris Laurita. The NJ couple got some sweet treats from their OC friends as evidenced by this very public thank you:

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Looks like Housewife crossovers don’t just happen on TV folks!

Tell us— Do you side with Tamra or Simon?

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About HousewifeGuy

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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