Reality Roundup

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The Giudices filmed a WWHL special one day after a judge sentenced them to 15 months and 41 months for fraud charges. Credit: Andy Cohen on Instagram

By Lesley Rousso

The biggest thing going on in the land of reality this week is obviously Teresa Giudice.  Thursday Tre and her husband Joe were sentenced in the fraud case that was pending against them.  Juicy Joe was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and though many thought Tre would be slapped with house arrest, that wasn’t the case.  Judge Esther Salas dragged it out all day and finally in the bitter end, sentenced Teresa to 15 months in the clink.  Incarcerations for the couple will be staggered so the couple can split time caring for Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. Teresa will serve her time before  Joe, who still faces possible deportation after he completes his sentence.  Teresa is due to report to jail January 5th which affords her the privilege of spending the holidays with her family.

According to E Online Teresa will film the Real Housewives Of New Jersey Season 6 Reunion as planned  (rumor has it that is today).  Additionally Teresa and Joe will appear on a special Watch What Happens Live Monday night at 9, which was filmed on Friday according to Andy Cohen’s Instagram. It will be the couples’ first television appearance since their hearing.  Eldest Giudice daughter, Gia, took to Twitter Thursday after the sentencing, “Such an amazing support system its unreal,” she tweeted to her over 117,000 tweeps. Teresa was scheduled to promote her Fabellini at an event on Wednesday, but has since canceled it.

Remember Bethenny Frankel wearing Bryn‘s Hello Kitty pajamas on Instagram a couple of months back? Well, Judge Ellen Gesmer, who is presiding over Jason Hoppy and Bethenny’s ongoing divorce didn’t seem to enjoy it.  Bethenny was ordered not to wear her daughter’s clothes anymore.  The Skinnygirl mogul said it was only a joke, Bryn asked her to do it.  She thought it was funny and posted it.  Judge Gesmer however said that it was ridiculous and that her child is not a joke.  Sorry not sorry, I’m on Team Bethenny here.

Brooks Ayers, controversial on-again off-again boyfriend of Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Vicki Gunvalson‘s, revealed yesterday that he has stage three Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  He was initially diagnosed in the fall of 2013.  Although the two are no longer dating Vicki says she’s quite sad about the diagnosis and is determined to fight it with him.  Obviously, we wish Brooks a full recovery.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is filming currently and allegedly Brandi Glanville is fighting with everyone, especially Lisa Rinna.  Reality Tea reports that the cast is filming in Amsterdam with Yolanda Foster giving them a tour of her homeland.  The entire cast is there including Kim Richards.  Really? I’m not so sure this is the best environment for her.  Anyway, Lisa Vander Pump is thrilled to have good friend Lisa Rinna as a cast member, and says she’s trying to work it out with Brandi.  Sources claim Lisa Rinna however, is fed up with Brandi and her drunken antics and that Brandi is jealous of Lisa’s life. Looking forward to the next season!

Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘s Porsha Williams has been demoted to friend of the Housewives for Season 7 and newcomer Claudia Jordan is stepping in.  Porsha claims she was blindsided by the downgrade considering the amount of filming she did for the upcoming season.  She goes on to thank Bravo for the opportunity and says we will see her just in a lesser capacity.  Claudia moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles and has appeared on several shows including The Price Is Right, Deal or No Deal and The Celebrity Apprentice.  Additionally she was Miss Rhode Island USA and is good friends with fellow pageant queen Kenya Moore.  Another newbie is Demetria McKinney an actress who has guest starred on Tyler Perry‘s House of Payne and Devious Maids.  While she excels at acting, her passions are music, her boyfriend and being a mom to their 14-year-old son.  The new season debuts Sunday November 9th at 8pm EST.

It’s premier week on our favorite network! Manzoed With Children premieres tonight at 9pm, following a new episode of RHONJ.  The People’s Couch begins an all new season on Tuesday at 10pm and I couldn’t be happier.  If you haven’t given it a shot yet, I highly recommend it.  It’s absolutely hilarious!

Outside the land of Bravo, Big Brother‘s Evel Dick revealed he is HIV positive, Kendra Wilkinson confessed she probably won’t leave husband Hank Basset after his cheating scandal, and Taylor Swift will replace Chris Martin as a mentor on The Voice.

It’s a little late in coming but we’d like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Joan Rivers. I always just loved her and although she was brash and some didn’t enjoy her, from what everyone says she was a warm and generous lady.  She was hilarious and wonderful and she will be missed.

 

Reality Roundup: Housewife Wedding Bells, and Baby Bump Swells

Kandi ties the knot! Credit: In Touch Weekly

Kandi ties the knot!
Credit: In Touch Weekly

By Lesley Rousso

Last weekend two Housewives tied the knot. Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, married TV producer boyfriend  Todd Tucker on April 4th. Burruss’s storyline has revolved a lot around her mother Joyce‘s lukewarm feelings toward Tucker, but it seems like all went well for the big day. The 37 year old singer/songwriter was thrilled telling In Touch, “This is one of the best days of my life. I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me.” Earlier this year Burruss and her mother appeared together on the Bethenny show to tell the world they have made peace regarding the relationship. Burruss has one daughter, Riley, 11, who she brings to the union.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong also married last weekend. Taylor whose former husband Russell committed suicide in 2011 after she filed for divorce, has an 8 year old daughter Kennedy. Taylor appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy with new husband John Bluher. On the show Bluher had told Armstrong of his plans to adopt Kennedy to which she replied,“There could be no better father for (her)”. According to Radar Online, the lavish affair, which took place at the Pacific Palisades, CA Bel Air Bay Club cost the Bluher’s nada. The entire wedding and reception tab was picked up by WETV’s My Fair Wedding. Seems, even though she’s no longer a Housewife, Taylor just can’t keep off of Reality TV.

Last week, Joanna Krupa took to Instagram and Twitter to put to rest some long time rumors that have been swirling around.  “The rumors that I wanted to be transferred to RHOBH were always false,” she stated.  Joanna goes on to say that the rumors that RHOM has been axed or renewed are also false.  Too bad, because given Joanna’s history with RHOBH resident bitch Brandi Glanville, that would’ve been an intersting season.  As far as RHOM goes Bravo TV announced their returning shows last week and the Miami franchise was not on the list.  Considering Bravo beats to their own drum, this could mean anything. In our opinion, if they do bring it back, a cast shake-up is in order.

According to E! News, former RHOC star Lydia McLaughlin is pregnant with her third child.  Lydia announced on Friday that she’s due in November and couldn’t be happier.  She goes on to say that she was trying to have another baby and didn’t want that to be her storyline on the show.  Hence the reason she left.  Lydia says it was “bittersweet” to exit RHOC but she was ready to move on.

In RHONJ news, Lauren Manzo and fiancee Vito Scalia had a blowout engagement party at the Manzo family’s Brownstone catering hall.   According to Instagram and Twitter the only remaining cast members present at the  party were Melissa and Joe Gorga and Kathy and Rich Wakile.  If you remember the Manzo family left the show to focus on Manzo’d With Children.  Obviously former castmates the Laurita’s, Chris and Jacqueline being the bride to be’s uncle and aunt, were also there.

Manzo’d With Children  may have been the right move for Caroline and company. Last week Bravo announced their new lineup, and the RHONJ spinoff, along with two Atlanta spinoffs made the cut.  Kim Zolciak, husband Kroy and their six kids will be returning for another season of Don’t Be Tardy and  Kandi and new hubby Todd will appear in Kandi’s Wedding (working title).  The short term series will be similar to  NeNe Leakes’ spinoff I Dream Of NeNe and focus on the planning of their wedding.  Apparently the theme is Coming to Americawhich symbolizes the couple meeting in Africa. Bravo has also announced some scripted shows to their lineup including Odd Mom Out, which is a series produced by and starring novelist Jill Kargman as an Upper East Side mom who is trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses.

Back to Atlanta, according to TMZ, Kenya Moore has threatened to have Porsha Williams fired after she attacked her at the taping of the reunion show.  The other Housewives are alledgedly on Porsha’s side, but no matter what happens, we cannot wait to see this reunion.  Hey Andy Cohen, at least no one attacked you this time.

TMZ also reports that  Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband Ken Todd is being sued for allegedly attacking two construction workers outside of Sur, the couple’s West Hollywood restaurant.  Brothers Kevin and David Cazaref were using a concrete chipper when they accused Ken of complaining about their work and threatening and attacking them.  Apparently this is not the first lawsuit to come from the incident.  Ken sued the brothers in October 2013 saying he had been attacked and that the brothers tried to extort money from him.  The Cazaref bros are now suing for slander, and assault and battery.

Okay since I am guest Roundup blogging for Brent this week I cannot omit “The Killing Off of @TheBravoholic” from Twitter fiasco.  As a former Bravoholic I was saddened when Bravo decided to get rid of the handle.  In case you’re unfamiliar with it, @TheBravoholic was a contest in which @BravoTV chose a viewer (tweeter) to tweet as the Bravoholic for a week.  Long story short, Bravo chose someone to be the Bravoholic that final week, that people were up in arms over.  This woman, had made a very nasty comment to Carole Radziwill regarding her deceased husband while live tweeting RHONY the previous week.  Complaint tweets came flooding in along with lots of unfollowing and Twitter wars.  I tell you it was a show in itself.  Bravo blamed it on a security breach sending the former ‘holics an email telling us this-

“Due to questionable activity we’ve been experiencing with the account over the past few weeks we’ve decided to retire the Twitter handle and end the weekly contest.  We have evidence of multiple people accessing the account past their tenure as Bravoholic, and since we cannot pinpoint the source of this activity, we have no choice but to deactivate the account.”

Well, this set off another Twitter frenzy, with all mourning @TheBravoholic.  It spun off polls and fights and banding together as former Bravoholics with moments of tweet silence.  While I do feel bad the account is gone, and that TBB’s own Tara Cushing and Brent Osborne should’ve been chosen over some of theses clowns (collagegate, holicgate 13), the whole thing was super entertaining.  I wish that others could’ve had the chance but it is what it is. It was fun and I got to do it and that was pretty damn cool.  It’s over but there is a group of us who are now, the few, the proud, the Holics.

 

 

 

Reality Roundup: Teresa Giudice CASH ONLY Bookgate, Atlanta Hoedown Throwdown, and Bethenny Returns to Bravo

From Left to Right: Kenya Moore with RHOA co-stars Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes, and Porsa Stewart (Source: 5pinkave)

It was a Hoedown Throwdown this past Thursday during the taping of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s season six reunion.   

Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart got into a brief physical altercation during the filming, People confirmed. Adding that Porsha was sent home after the brawl broke out and was not allowed to finish filming.

“A fight broke out that had to be broken up,” a source told the mag. Things allegedly got heated between the feuding stars when Porsha went after Kenya during an argument. “There was definitely some hair pulling, but no one was injured. It was broken up so quickly that nothing serious happened.” 

 Despite the reports, Kenya Moore’s rep is denying the allegations. “Miss Moore was not engaged in any physical altercation,” ABC News reports. “She adamantly condones violence and would never be involved in such behavior.”

“one thing u will NEVER see me do is fight,” Kenya tweeted last week. “Your brain and tongue are your most powerful weapons.”

Maybe we will also never see her proofing her rep’s quotes because that should have said adamantly does NOT condone violence. Let’s hope it was a misprint.

The two reality stars have been feuding since they met. This season, Kenya accused Porsha of being a “beard” for her ex-husband, NFL pro, Kordell Stewart, after their public split. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays on Bravo.

Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel reunited with her former RHONY castmate Ramona Singer last week on Watch What Happens: Live! The two bonded over their turbulent love lives and their preceding divorces.

“I’m taking everything day-by-day,”  Ramona said when asked about her separation from her husband, Mario.

Bethenny, who split from her husband Jason Hoppy in 2012, admitted that although it’s been a rough couple of months, she is finally feeling a little happier.

“Honestly, it’s been a year — 15 months — of this,” Bethenny told Andy Cohen. ” I am dating. And I’m happy. I’m good. I finally feel a little bit of liberation, a little bit of freedom, just a little bit of just not feeling so bad. It’s been a really, really hard time. Let’s put it that way.”

 The 43-year-old Skinnygirl mogul and television personality also commented on the cancellation of her self-titled daytime talk show, Bethenny.

“I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled,” she admitted. “And I’m not really great when I’m shackled. As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”

“Ultimately, it was not what I really should be doing,” Bethenny added. “I really didn’t love it the way that I thought that I would.”

Bethenny is not going to let the cancellation of her talk show  stop her from getting right back in front of the camera.  Bethenny has been in serious talks with Andy about returning to Bravo with a new show, a source revealed to RadarOnline.

“They’ve been in deep negotiations and she is definitely ready to return to Bravo,” the source admitted. “This would be one of the first things he [Andy Cohen] produces with his new company.”

Andy Cohen started his own production company a few months back and scoring a deal with Bethenny is a high priority for the reality television guru.

As for returning to The Real Housewives of New York City, “Bethenny probably won’t stoop to that level,” a Radar insider revealed. “She thinks she’s beyond and above that.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars, along with Andy Cohen, made their music video debuts in Lady Gaga‘s new “film” for her single “G.U.Y.” Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump’s beloved dog even got a cameo! Catch a glimpse of the ladies in the music video here.

The winners of the first ever Real Housewives Awards were announced on Watch What Happens last week. Among the award recipients was Kim DePaola, aka Kim D,  from The Real Housewives of New Jersey  who was crowned the Best Supporting Agitator. Kenya Moore added a new sash to her Miss USA collection when she was announced the Rookie of the Year and The Real Housewives of Orange County star and original housewife Vicki Gunvalson took home the gold with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice came under fire this past week after RadarOnline exploited the reality star for charging CASH ONLY — with no receipts — for a copy of her autographed book and a picture at a recent event.

Patrons who attended the fashion event, which was hosted by Kim D, were charged $110 for a ticket that included dinner, wine, music and a fashion show.

“Teresa was advertised as the celebrity guest and that she would be signing copies of her latest book. But nowhere was it advertised that she would be charging guests $25 to sign and take a photo with her!” a guest told Radar.

“When you walked up to her, the woman next to her was quick to advise that it was $25 and ‘cash only.’ Cash only? Who takes cash only? Even Teresa was telling guests it was ‘cash only, no receipts’ and she had bags of cash beside her where her colleague was collecting the money.”

“Why would someone insist on cash only?” the eyewitness questioned. “Everyone was saying it was clearly to avoid a paper trial of her sales.”

Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice were indicted this past summer on numerous counts of federal fraud and tax charges. Their indictment details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars entered a guilty plea to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, and numerous other charges in Newark Federal Court on March 4th, 2014 and the couple could be facing months behind bars.

After reports surfaced of Teresa’s book signing stunt, Giudice announced that she donated the proceeds from the cash she collected to charity, and sent a $400 check to The Nephcure Foundation.

“The arrangement was always that Teresa would be giving all proceeds to the Nephcure Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for debilitating kidney diseases,” a source told Radar Online. “Teresa had several expenses related to the book signing, and several vendors that had to be paid. All of the profits were donated to the charity. In no way whatsoever was Teresa trying to make a quick buck.”

 According to our sources, filming for the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has wrapped. Teresa and her RHONJ castmates are set to make their return to Bravo this summer. Seems filming is on the same timeline as  the last go round. It was one year ago tonight that the cast was involved in a big brawl that ended up last season’s finale, and landed some of them in court.

 

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