Reality Roundup: Teresa and Joe Giudice plead GUILTY; Real Housewives of Atlanta star ARRESTED

Joe and Teresa (Source: Splash News)

Orange really may be the new black…

After pleading guilty to multiple fraud charges Tuesday morning, Teresa and Joe Giudice could be facing time behind bars.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and her husband, Joe, entered a guilty plea to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, and numerous other charges in Newark Federal Court in New Jersey.

Teresa agreed to pay $200,000 to the government and may face up to 27 months in prison. Joe, however, may be locked up for a longer time with the looming possibility of a 46-month sentence.

“Having now confessed their wrongdoing, the Giudices face the real cost of their criminal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Teresa’s old RHONJ nemesis Kim Granatell is on a rampage publically slamming the couple on Twitter, in tabloid magazines, and other media outlets. Kim says that she hopes the couple ends up in prison because they deserve it!

Kim called into The Nancy Grace Show on HLN to discuss the Giudice’s situation. Catch a glimpse of Kim’s conversation with Nancy Grace below:

Despite all of the negativity, Teresa is trying her best to keep her family grounded. “Thank you all for your love & support of my family & my kids,” the 41-year-old reality star wrote two days after pleading guilty to fraud charges. “You know how much they mean to me. I am keeping them protected & private.”

“Teresa was of course upset Tuesday, but then she got right back into running errands and being a mom and a wife,” an insider told Us Weekly. “Life doesn’t stop. She and Joe are doing well, considering.”

While dining with friends at Mastro’s Steakhouse on Wednesday night, Carlton Gebbia, star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was taken out of the restaurant by stretcher and into an ambulance.

According to TMZ, a 911 call was placed at around 9:20 p.m after the reality star had one too many tequila shots and passed out at the upscale Beverly Hills restaurant.

“Sorry!” Gebbia tweeted the next morning. “Apparently I don’t hve the Irish wooden leg! All is well Thk u Cant handle 6shots of tequila.Wen did I become such a lightweight?”

“I can’t even explain what happened,” she wrote in a second post. “Nvr knew there was a limit. Brokers sent over shots I drank n lost count.Didn’t even order bloody dinner.”

Real Housewives of Atlanta guest-star Dwight Eubanks was arrested last month while driving in Dekalb County, Georgia on February 28th. The over-the-top event planner was pulled over and arrested for driving without a valid license. Dwight, 52, was released the same day on a $710 bond.

This is not the first time Dwight has been pinched for driving related charges. In December 2011, Atlanta police put Dwight behind bars for charges stemming from operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

Oh sheet! Former Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord has gotten herself in a legal battle with her former business partner.

After their departure from RHONY, Alex and her husband, Simon, created a high-end bath and bedding accessory company named Aluxe.

According to TMZ, Alex and Simon are now waging a lawsuit against their former partner Vivian Douek for allegedly copying the designs of their products.

Alex claims that their business was extremely successful, and her partnership with Vivian was going great until Vivian created her own line of products that were seemingly identical to Alex and Simon’s. In the lawsuit, Alex also alleges that Aluxe has lost close to $100 million dollars in sales over the last year because of Vivian’s competing line of products.

Polish those pumps and pop that champagne! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season four reunion is right around the corner!

Tears will flow and accusations will fly during the three-part RHOBH reunion. Andy Cohen will play referee while Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Joyce Giraud, and Carolton Gebbia point fingers and rehash all the season four drama!

All the women will go at it, and the husbands will get involved too! Catch a sneak peek of what is to come below:

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills three-part reunion kicks off on Monday, March 17 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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NeNe Leakes (Source: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

NeNe Leakes was served an extra helping of thanks this past week. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family this year after being released from the hospital where she was being treated for blood clots.

“After some routine tests I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lung,” NeNe wrote on her website. “I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job.”

“I’m thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don’t go to the doctor and that’s when the big problems start happening,” she reported.

The future doesn’t look so bright for the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted to disappointing ratings as BravoRatings reports that only a mere 1,592,000 people tuned in for the season four premiere— a major decrease in viewership compared to the season two premiere which pulled in over 2,183,000 viewers.

“The show does not have the same level of drama that it did with the original cast members Camille (Grammar), Adrienne (Maloof) and Taylor (Armstrong),” a production source told  RadarOnline. “But it also doesn’t have the Beverly Hills factor, either. That peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous that was such a guilty pleasure during seasons one and two.”

According to TV by the Numbers, The Real Housewives of Miami, which recently wrapped its third season, suffered from a ratings decline as well. The season premiered with 1.35 million views and dipped under one million for seven of the sixteen episodes.

Both franchises are dwarfed by the ratings powerhouse The Real Housewives of Atlanta—which currently averages over 3.2 million viewers per episode and has shown a steady increase in viewership season after season.

Despite the reports that Gretchen Rossi was canned from The Real Housewives of Orange County, ChristyReports claims that Gretchen and fiancée Slade Smiley were being followed by a camera crew at a recent charity event.

“They [the camera crew] followed her around all night and I noticed one of them had on a badge that said Marriage Bootcamp,” the website insider reported. “It’s a WEtv spin-off of Bridezillas.”

Production for season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County is already underway. In fact, a recent tweet from Tamra Barney reveals that she, Vicki Gunvalson, and Heather Dubrow have already started filming— which included taking a girls trip to Hawaii.

Joe Giudice’s rap sheet continues to expand. According to a report obtained by the Montville Patch, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was pulled over, again, for driving without an inspection sticker on his vehicle. Joe was also ticketed for not having a valid insurance card.

Earlier this month, Joe was cited by police for careless driving in a school zone.

Joe, who has a long history of driver’s license suspensions, is currently awaiting trial for a separate driving incident after allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI.

The Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed to The Star-Ledger that Giudice’s license has been suspended 47 times since he received it in 1987.

The anticipation for season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles. The couple face a federal trial in February.

Congratulations to Kim Zolciak and her husband, NFL player Kroy Biermann, who welcomed twins this past week.

“Guess what?!!! The twins have arrived!” the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star wrote on Instagram. “We welcomed first a baby girl and second a handsome little boy. They are both healthy and Kroy and I are so thankful!!”

Their daughter’s name is Kaia Rose, who was named in honor of  Kim’s psychic, Rose, who has been featured throughout Kim’s tenure on RHOA. Their son’s name is Kane Ren, who was named in honor of her OB-GYN, who delivered five of her six children.

Kim and Kroy additionally have two sons together, Kroy Jr., 2, and Kash, 15 months. Biermann also recently adopted Zolciak’s two daughters, Brielle and Ariana from previous relationships.

Each week we will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Recently, we featured an update on the former Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen.

This week, we will revisit a classic Real Housewives moment and find out what one former Real Housewives of D.C. star has been up to since the series cancellation.

It became national headlining news when two cast members of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C. crashed the White House State Dinner in 2009.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi made a splash in the headlines when they attended an elite White House party—without invites.  Facebook photos of the couple posing with Vice President Joe Biden indicate that the couple had up-close access to some of Washington’s most powerful successors, without actually being on the guest list.

Real Housewives producers revealed they had been filming with the Salahis for RHODC prior to the event and were told by the couple that they were invited. Despite the couples claim, they later plead the fifth during a federal security investigation.

After numerous legal battles, the couple split  in 2012. Michaele then ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and the two have been an item ever since. Michaele and Neal are currently engaged and busy planning their upcoming wedding.

If you have yet to receive your invitation for the nuptials, don’t fret! According to ABC News, the former reality star is broadcasting her wedding via a Pay-Per-View television special—for only $14.95 you can be added to the virtual guest list and avoid federal investigations!

The upcoming December 15th broadcast entitled Neal & Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event will be hosted by The View’s Debbie Matenopoulos and All My Children’s Cameron Mathison and will feature live performances by the groom’s band, Journey.

Tell us— Will you be laying out the cash to watch Michaele’s wedding? Will The Real Housewives of Miami return for a fourth season? Does The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills need a makeover?  Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. By leaving a comment on this post, you will be eligible to win our November Wrapadoo giveaway!

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Vito and Lauren (Source: Twitter)

Congratulations are due for Lauren Manzo, daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo. The 25-year-old owner of Cafface Beauty Bar said ‘yes’ to boyfriend Vito Scalia‘s tearful wedding proposal on Tuesday.

“She’s so happy!” Caroline revealed to TBB Reality’s own Tara Cushing earlier this week.

“I’m so incredibly happy!! I’m in shock,” Lauren told Us Weekly. “I’m so excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. Well he was my brothers’ best friend first, but I stole him!”

The couple has yet to pick a date; however, they are hoping to tie the knot in the church at Fordham University, where Scalia went to school.

Vito and Lauren have both been featured on RHONJ but we are not so sure cameras were present to capture this precious moment for Caroline’s new family-centric spin-off, Manzo’d with Children. Reports are that the show already wrapped filming prior to the proposal. However if there’s a season 2 maybe we will see some wedding planning!

(Learn about Lauren’s other recent milestone here!)

Get ready for another season of bloodshed and tears! The fourth season of Vh1’s Mob Wives returns December 5th!

Now titled Mob Wives: New Blood, viewers will witness returning cast members Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola mingle with newcomers Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio.

Alicia will certainly fit in amongst the cast as she is no stranger to being a prison wife. Her husband, Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo, was indicted for racketeering, extortion, and conspiracy to murder. Alicia herself has been indicted and pled guilty to embezzlement. In fact, she is facing a potential prison sentence.

Natalie Guercio is the owner of the Carto Funeral Home—a business known for its mob-related burials in South Philadelphia.

Also returning for a fourth season is Vh1’s Couples Therapy, which will be getting a dose of Real Housewives drama! The season four cast will include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong and her fiancée John Bluher.

Bravo’s head honcho Andy Cohen will be stepping down from his role as Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development at the cable channel this January. It was announced earlier this week that Andy has launched his own production company, Most Talkative, and has earned a multi-year development deal with Bravo.  

Andy will continue to host Watch What Happens Live! and executively produce all platforms of The Real Housewives franchise as well as host the Housewives reunions and specials.

“‘Watch What Happens Live’ is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life — it’s the exact extension of my love for pop culture and fun,” Andy said in a statement released by Bravo. “I’m thrilled to launch my production company Most Talkative and to continue my role as EP of the ‘Housewives’ -– I couldn’t imagine leaving behind women that have become a part of my daily life.”

The current season of Watch What Happens Live! has been averaging over 850,000 viewers per episode, and has attracted some big celebrity guests in the past few months including Cher, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Dina Manzo is officially returning to the hit series next season; however, production for season six has been postponed.

“They were supposed to film at Dina Manzos event but the production team couldn’t get everything in place in time so they pushed back the first filming date,” a source explained to Radar Online about a Project Ladybug fundraiser that took place on November 11.

The anticipation for season six is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles, including Joe’s most recent offense of driving carelessly in a school zone.

Joe, who has a long history of driver’s license suspensions, was cited by police last week in Montville, N.J. for careless driving in a school zone, according to a copy of the citation obtained by ABC News.

Joe allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic lanes as a police car approached.

“The officer assumed he was texting,” Montville Township Administrator Victor Canning said. “He didn’t actually see him texting but he assumed that’s what he was doing.”

Juicy Joe is currently awaiting trial for a separate driving incident after allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI.

Added to that, Joe, along with his wife Teresa, was indicted on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges this past summer. 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.

Eeach week I will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Recently, we revisited one of the most infamous moments in Real Housewives history—the Teresa Giudice table-flip!

This week, we will find out what one former Real Housewives of New York City star has been up to since her departure from the series.

Alex McCord and hubby Simon van Kempen were staples on the hit reality television show since its debut in 2008; however, McCord was fired from the show in 2011 during a mass firing which also left former cast members Jill Zarin, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon with a pink slip.

Since her departure from the series, Alex launched a linen company, Aluxe Home and Hotel Collection, with her husband.  In addition, the couple made the move from Bravo to VH1 to star on the show Couples Therapy in 2012. The duo also wrote a he-said, she-said book called Little Kids, Big City, discussing their experiences of raising two children in New York City.

Currently, Alex hosts her own web-series, The Real Deal with Alex McCord, on TheStir.com and runs a fashion blog on Sulia. Simon owns and writes the popular  site Bravoratings.com ,and occasionally gets into it with other Bravolebs on Twitter…check out his site for his recent “chat” with Andy!

Tell us— Who is your favorite Real Housewife, past or present?  Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. By leaving a comment on this post, you will be eligible to win our November Wrapadoo giveaway!

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