Reality Roundup

Nene Leakes,  Diddy, Naomi Campbell source:rollingout.com

Nene Leakes, Diddy, Naomi Campbell
source:rollingout.com

Can you believe it’s Sunday again? I feel like I was just here yesterday, maybe because there’s so much news that happened over the past week, the time has flown! Let’s start not with Housewives, but with house pimps…are Ryan Serhant and Fredrik Eklund working on a million dollar friendship? The Million Dollar Listing New York stars and rivals have been spending much more time together. The pair, along with their siginificant others, have been hitting the event circuit and posting pictures to their Instagram accounts.

The agents are currently filming their fourth season along with Luis Ortiz. Serhant, who mugged with Ortiz just the other night in a photo he captioned, “I’m making this photo black and white because it’s classic. #lastnight #neverforget #getready #SEASON4 ,” has more than just the new season to celebrate. He recently made his movie debut. Last week he traveled to Toronto for the premiere of While We’re Young, a film starring Ben Stiller. Rumor has it that Ryan, who used to star on As The World Turns, is the movie’s runaway star, but he’s not ready to leave real estate.

Perhaps Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa and Joe Giudice should give Ryan a call. The couple, who await sentencing for multiple counts of financial fraud, have reportedly put their sprawling Towaco New Jersey mansion on the market. Earlier this week TMZ broke the news that the property has been listed for $3.99M . That’s a lot of change! I’m wondering if the new owner gets to keep the chickens.

If social climbing were a sport Nene Leakes would be wearing gold. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was in New York for NYFW last week hanging out with Naomi Campbell and Diddy. Never modest, the soon to be Broadway star, took to social media to brag about it:

“About last night! So my girl @iamnaomicampbell calls me up & say ‘let’s hit the town darling’ (in my Naomi voice LOL) she scoops me up from my hotel and the rest is history! No I think the rest is a movie LOL! Love her. This is how you do fashion week #thecatsmeow.”

If anyone can get away with name dropping it’s Nene, or can she? What do you think?

While Nene is hanging out with A-listers, one of her Atlanta co-stars is hanging out with the O-list, as in offenders. Apollo Nida reported to serve his jail sentence on Thursday according to TMZ. Wednesday the estranged husband of Housewife Phaedra Parks failed to turn himself in and reportedly had a “meltdown” at the home he still shares with Parks. Allegedly the couple fought over finances.

On Thursday Nida took to Twitter and Instagram to thank those who have supported him. Parks’ publicist took to the media outlets to say, “This situation has put a tremendous strain on Phaedra and her family, and she is working hard to bring back a sense of normalcy to everyone’s lives.”

Last week we reported the speculation that actress-singer Demetria McKinney (Devious Maids, Tyler Perry’s House of Pain) had joined the cast of RHOA, but in an interview with Enstarz.com McKinney neither confirms or denies the rumors. Stating that she has “a lot of friends on that franchise”, she was elusive as to why she’s been seen partying with the HW‘s, specifically on what was a recent cast trip to Puerto Rico.

Last but not least, Victoria Gotti, mob daughter and now RHONJ pot-stirrer, has denied some threatening tweets being aimed at Amber Marchese. In a statement to her fans Gotti made it clear that the threatening posts were not aimed at Amber, though she had previously been angry with her. New speculation is that the threats could be aimed at Rino and Teresa Aprea. The couple has accused Gotti of fame seeking by bringing to the show a very scandalous story about  Rino Aprea having an affair with Teresa’s mother many years ago. Rino, Teresa, and twin sister Nicole Napolitano vehemently deny the rumor.

Do you believe Victoria’s story?

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Reality Roundup: New Jersey News and New York Ruse!

Teresa Giudice and Dina Mazno (Source: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Start stirring your gravy and fryin’ your meatballs… The Real Housewives of New Jersey are back! Bravo has announced that the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will premiere on Sunday, July 13th.

Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are the only Housewives returning this season. In addition, RHONJ alum, Dina Manzo will be re-joining the cast.

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

Dina’s sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, who has starred on the show since it’s inception, will not be part of the season six cast. Caroline Manzo has also departed from the series. Caroline’s upcoming spinoff pilot, Manzo’d With Children, was recently picked up for season one and, according to her Twitter will air in fall 2014. We caught up with Caroline at a recent event! Find out what she had to say about Manzo’d with Children and her departure form The Real Housewives of New Jersey here!

Although Kathy Wakile is no longer part of the cast, she and her sister Rosie will be making an appearance or two in the upcoming season, Melissa Gorga revealed during an appearance at the Tampa Home and Garden Show last week. When we recently saw the sisters, they too confirmed their involvment on the show.

Three new Housewives will be joining the cast this season! Amber Marchese and identical twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello are sure to fuel some great drama this season. Amber, a breast cancer survivor, is a New Jersey native with a no-nonsense attitude. Teresa Aprea, and her husband, Rino, are the owners of famous restaurants, Angelo’s of Mulberry Street in Little Italy, and Ponte Vecchio in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She and her husband have an 18-year-old son, Giovanni. Nicole Mauriello is a two-time divorcee (Hey, at least that’s better than 19 engagements…), a fashionista and a mother to two teenage boys, Joey, 14, and Anthony, 16.

Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal drama will be a major story this season. After pleading guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges, Teresa and Joe are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for July 8th.

“Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline,” an insider revealed to Radar Online last month.

Viewers can also expect some catfights, yelling, and stripping & cheating allegations. Oh yes, more stripping & cheating allegations!

Check out the season six trailer below!

Holy cannoli! Catch the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 6 premiere on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST.

Adding on to the success of the explosive sixth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Bravo will be airing a special, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Husbands Revealed, tonight, May 18th.

The special will feature NeNe Leakes’ husband, Gregg Leakes, Cynthia Bailey’s husband, Peter Thomas, Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, and Kandi Burruss’ new hubby, Todd Tucker.

Bravo told Us Weekly that during the episode, the husbands will participate in a Guy’s Night Out and bond over drinks and table talk. The men will be “keeping it real” on everything from who really wears the pants in their relationships to how hard it is to please their leading ladies.

Don’t miss The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Husbands Revealed tonight at 8 p.m. EST!

Pink slip or just no trip? Fans of The Real Housewives of New York City have been questioning the absence of Aviva Drescher from the show after her dialogue was erased from the opening credits.

TheHollywoodGossip reported the mother of four was being “disciplined by producers with a forced three-episode hiatus,” while other reports suggest Aviva’s disappearance is simply a publicity stunt to drum up interest in the ratings starved show.

Aviva broke her silence regarding the matter, telling Radar “I wasn’t (disciplined) … back on in two weeks,” adding that she did not want to go on the Berkshire trip due to health concerns involving her prosthetic leg and asthma.

However, Radar has learned that these recent episodes are not the only ones Aviva will be cut from this season.

“Aviva has had a really bad time this season,” a source revealed. “Because she refused to go on two separate trips with the rest of the women the producers are fuming at her and they’re taking her out of the show as punishment.”

“Aviva also refused to go to Montana with the women, so she won’t be in those upcoming episodes either and they’re planning to do the same thing with the opening credits – take her out of them,” the insider continued. “No one would want her to risk her health or anything if that’s the reason she claimed was why she didn’t go, but the producers are fed up with her now.” 

Aviva’s frequent absences may lead to a major cast change. “Aviva might get axed from the show at the end of the season,” the source said. “Her storyline about Bookgate was dumb and then not being part of the rest of the show is making her more difficult so the producers are seriously considering firing her at the end of the season.”

We reached out to Aviva when the first Aviva Free episode aired two weeks ago, but she was unresponsive.

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Reality Roundup: Custody Battles, Cat Fights, and Court Dates!

Tamra Barney (Source: Judy Eddy/WENN)

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney remains entangled in a brutal custody battle with ex-husband Simon Barney.

Tamra’s RHOC co-star star and on-again-off-again BFF, Vicki Gunvalson is shooting down rumors that she’s a neglectful mother.

“When Tamra told us how hard it was for her to share her children 50 percent of the time with Simon, I felt so bad for her,” Vicki wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “Having the void of not having the three kids around when they are at their dad’s I’m sure is huge.”

Last month, Simon filed paperwork seeking modification of his and Tamra’s child custody agreement. In the documents, Simon claimed Tamra was an unfit mother and does not properly feed the children or keep up with their hygiene.

“This has been the most devastating week of my family’s life,” Tamra wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “I want to thank my family, friends, therapist, fans, and complete strangers for their support.”

“My children are my life, and I love and cherish them with all my heart,” Tamra continued. “I believe that divorced children should have both parents in their lives. I have always told the children that it would be great if their dad could live right across the street so they could see us both every day. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t feel the same way.”

Simon “knew the papers would be made public,” Tamra told In Touch. “It’s sickening that he would do it this way, just to hurt me.”

The jig is up! Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Pheadra Parks, was charged with fraud earlier this year. Now, in U.S. District Court Wednesday, Apollo Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Gayla’s plea resulted in a 61-month prison sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal.

Apollo and Gayla worked together from 2009 until 2013. The pair allegedly laundered close to $3 million together through fraudulent bank accounts and companies.

Apollo is still working out a plea deal of his own. According to court records obtained by Radar Online, Nida allegedly created companies “purporting to be collection agencies,” the documents read, “in order to obtain access to the personal [information] of others,” and then used that information to take out loans and purchase checks.

Despite the harsh consequences Apollo may be facing, “we’re still staying positive,” he told Radar. “I feel good about the support I’m getting…All the support’s been needed.”

The sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may have encountered a production delay!

Bravo doesn’t have an air date for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey because of Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing hearing,” an insider told Radar Online.

After pleading guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges last month, Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing scheduled for July 8th.

“Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline,” the insider continued. “Having Teresa available to do press interviews and promotions is essential.”

“Teresa’s legal team absolutely won’t let her do any interviews before the sentencing hearing because it could impact her sentence,” the insider added. “If Teresa was out doing press interviews promoting RHONJ before the July 8 sentencing, it would look like she wasn’t taking the process seriously which she definitely is. After the sentence is handed down, it’s expected Bravo will officially give season 6 a premiere date. 

Although Teresa is holding out for house arrest, she and Joe could potentially face years behind bars.

Bravo executives are “hopeful that Joe will be sent to prison first, and will be ordered to serve time before Teresa’s sentence is served. Teresa is contractually obligated to do press for the show, but the network is working with her because of her legal problems.”

Despite the unconventional drama, Teresa “is trying to keep things as normal as possible for her daughters.”

It wasn’t the first time hair was pulled on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the brawl that happened on the RHOA Reunion this past Sunday was one for the history books!

The altercation, which happened on March 27th, led to an arrest—Porsha Williams Stewart was charged with simple battery against her co-star Kenya Moore.

The 31-year-old reality star was immediately released after posting $2,000 bond.

Over 4.1 million viewers tuned in this past Sunday to witness Porsha grabbing Kenya’s hair, pulling her to the ground, and dragging her across the floor.

“I’ve sat through many reunion shows, but this one takes the cake for me,” RHOA co-star NeNe Leakes wrote on her personal blog. “My feelings are simple! You TAUNT, you INVADE people’s personal space, you PUSH, you PROVOKE, you LIE and yet you don’t condone violence! Well, what message are you sending?”

“I feel like I’ve been put in provoking situations all season,” NeNe continued. “If I had reacted in a violent manner in any of these situations I would be considered the bad one, the one that is wrong, the one that is mean. But at the same time is all of THIS really okay? When is it ‘okay’ to BULLY someone, then question retaliation?”

Porsha will break her silence when she appears on Tuesday’s edition of The View to discuss the incident.

Part two of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion will air tonight, Sunday April 27th at 8pm.

Catch a clip of the brawl below:

Editor’s Note: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Kathy Wakile‘s daughter Victoria underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor last week. Though friends of the family told us they did not know, the news became public when both Kathy and Victoria tweeted and instagrammed about the surgery which appears to have been successful. This is the second time Victoria has had brain surgery of this kind, the first when she was a child. We wish Victoria a speedy recovery.

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