Reality Roundup

We love Joanna Krupa's transformation, even though it's not as drastic as Bruce (Jennerfer) Jenner's.

We love Joanna Krupa’s transformation, even though it’s not as drastic as Bruce (Jennerfer) Jenner’s.

By Tara Cushing and Jamie Bertolini

According to Andy Cohen via Twitter, the entire cast of Vanderpump Rulesall let Stassi [Shroeder] ‘have it’” during the reunion filming on Friday. At one point, Jax Taylor tweeted “I need a drink so bad this reunion could not be going any worse ….” The SUR staff posted photos after filming wrapped at PUMP and neither Stassi, nor Kristen Doute were present.

Our deepest condolences to Vicki Gunvalson. The Real Housewives of Orange County star lost her mother on Wednesday. The original OC Housewife posted the following tribute on her Instagram page:

“Tonight I received a phone call that is every person’s

worst nightmare. My amazing, beautiful and strong

mother passed on and is now with the love of her life

my father in heaven. I am who I am today because

of her. An amazing cook, organized, bold personality

and had a sense of style and fashion I adored. I miss you

so much mommy! My life will never be the same without

you to give me advice and your wisdom. You were so healthy

and so vibrant, and so beautiful. I still need you. I love you MOM.”

 

In other unfortunate RHOC news, Radar Online reports that one season wonder Peggy Tanous is not only divorced from husband Micah, but could also soon be homeless. According to Radar, Tanous has missed a whopping 75 mortgage payments on her $840K home, and that she filed for bankruptcy two years ago. Court documents show that Tanous is only bringing in an estimated $30K a year. Her only current income is $2500 per month in checks from her ex, although she has never publicly acknowledged their split. We have interviewed Peggy and she has always remained a friend of TBB ‘s Twitter. If the reports are true, we wish her the best during this trying time.

Caroline Manzo’s son, Christopher Manzo of the Real Housewives of New Jersey had a second chance on Millionaire Matchmaker this week. According to his interview on Bravotv.com, he is still single but has dated since appearing on the show.

Real Housewives of Miami gone Beverly Hills Joanna Krupa took to Instagram to show off a new bob this week. The model had her hair cut by dry cut specialist and stylist to the stars, Mika Fowler. The new do is a sophisticated look for Krupa. We love the upgrade! To see more of Mika’s work you can follow her @mikafowler on twitter and @mikafowlerxx on Instagram.

In Million Dollar Listing New York news, Fredrik Eklund and his husband Derek Kaplan have once again listed their Manhattan apartment for sale. The recently renovated, West 27th Street home is on the market for $2,995,000. Fredrik and Luis D. Ortiz also announced that they’ve co-listed a Chelsea Penthouse to the tune of $6 million. We are wondering if this will be seen on the net season of MDLNY.

Good news for GG2D fans: Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce has been renewed for a second season and production is set to begin filming this summer. Bravo‘s first big foray into scripted television has been a big hit.

It appears that Kristen Taekman and Bethenny Frankel are not hitting it off as filming continues for The Real Housewives of New York City. According to Kristen’s interview on Bravotv.com. Kristen states, “I feel like I was really looking forward to getting to know her,” she tells the New York Daily News, “and at this point I feel like that hasn’t really happened yet in a way that I wanted to.” Will Kristen have a glass of Skinnygirl tossed at her next season? We will have to wait and see.

Southern Charm fans, T. Rav returns to our TVs on March 16. Being a South Carolina resident (Jamie) and quite a fan of Charleston, I love this show and the drama that it brings! Also, I can’t wait to see the rise and fall of Ravenel’s campaign if we’re being totally honest here.

Outside of Bravo TV, network news heavyweight Brian Williams is involved in a scandal that’s becoming sleazier than one of his daughter’s scenes on Girls. The Nightly News anchor and managing editor is stepping away from the news desk at NBC for an undisclosed period of time, following allegations that he lied about his personal experiences and eyewitness accounts. NBC is investigating while Lester Holt will be filling in for Williams.

Last we bring you more news about Bruce Jenner, here on in referred to as Jennerfer. Jennerfer has been a huge topic of conversation over the last few weeks with the reveal that he/she is indeed undergoing a gender metamorphosis. After months of speculation following surgery to remove his Adam’s Apple, the former Olympic athlete and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has finally come out, or his family pushed him out, of  the gender reassignment closet. Rumored to be filming a docu-series for E!, and revealing his/her process in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview, Jennerfer already had enough emotional stress. Sadly Jennerfer was involved in a fatal car accident in Malibu, along the Pacific Coast Highway Saturday morning. While he/she walked away without a scratch, the Lexus Jennerfer rear-ended was struck by a Hummer when it was pushed into oncoming traffic, killing the driver. According to TMZ police are obtaining a search warrant for Jennerfer’s cellphone to determine if the accident is a result of texting while driving, which is illegal in the state of California. If it is determined that Jennerfer was texting at the time of the accident, he/she could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

 

Caroline Manzo…The Next Chapter

Photo: CarolineManzo.com

Photo: CarolineManzo.com

She may no longer hold the title of Real Housewife, but Caroline Manzo is holding her head very high these days. Well rested since completing her final season on RHONJ over a year ago, she has been spending lots of time with her family and being “normal”. Now preparing for her reality television return in a new, self titled series, she’s ready to bring the light hearted laughter back to Bravo. I caught up with Caroline at the annual Spring Sparkle shopping event.

TBB: The Manzo’d With Children pilot is complete and you are about to start production on the real McCoy…

CM: Yes, the real McCoy! Eight episodes which we will start filming in about 2 weeks. I don’t know how long the process will take, maybe 8 or 9 weeks.

TBB: How do you think this will compare to filming Housewives?

CM: It’s a completely different animal. It’s a half hour (show), it’s light hearted. There will be dilemmas and stuff but not the crazy drama that Housewives was. It kind of just spotlights the way we live our life in our house.

TBB: I know your mother, Nettie Laurita, she’s a very creative , very interesting and inspiring woman. Will she be on the show at all?

CM: I don’t know. We only have 8 episodes and they will be following our lives, so I don’t know what’s going to make it on. There’s so much going on with me and Al, and the three kids (Albie, Lauren, and Christopher) and then there’s the extended family, Vito (Scalia), and my sister Fran (Laurita) who’s also on the show. That’s a lot to pack into 8 episodes in a half hour, really only 22 minutes when you count the commercials!

TBB: How are the plans for Lauren and Vito’s wedding coming along?

CM: We’re taking out time. She’s got a year left as she’s getting married next summer. We have the venue, obviously The Brownstone, and we have the church and the band booked. Probably July or August we’ll start wedding gown shopping. Then I’m just going to sit back and relax! The hardest part I don’t even have to worry about. I’m just going to show up at The Brownstone and I’m sure everything will be fine!

TBB: What has it been like knowing the The Real Housewives of New Jersey is taping and you are no longer a part of it, after you were for so many seasons from the very beginning of the series? Do you miss it at all?

CM: It was funny, my husband and my kids said to me, “We got your back,” because it takes a toll on you. I am just happy and relaxed enjoying time with Al and the kids. I’ve been playing tennis, and getting back in the gym, and cooking dinner. I’m just being normal. Not one single second did I think about it, not one moment did I miss it. I wish them all well, obviously. My time was done, I knew when it was time to go and I opted out.

TBB: Have you heard anything about the filming of Season 7?

CM: I know nothing, I know absolutely nothing. If I see any of the ladies I don’t ask about it. When something is in my past, it’s in my past. I had nothing left to give, I didn’t see eye to eye with a lot of the way things were going, so why would I go back and ask questions and wonder how filming was going? I would have stayed on otherwise. So, I left for a reason and I’m happy.

TBB: What was your initial reaction when you found out that your sister Dina (Manzo) was rejoining the cast of Housewives?

CM: It’s her choice and I’m not going to say more than that.

 

The latest Sparkle event was sponsored by Jeff Bailey, Todd Bailey, and Anthony Laurita of United Real Estate NJ. Photographed with Caroline and TBB.

The latest Sparkle event was sponsored by Jeff Bailey, Todd Bailey, and Anthony Laurita of United Real Estate NJ. Photographed with Caroline and TBB.

TBB: Are we going to see a revival of the Ham Game?

CM: I hope not! Those kids you know what, they don’t stop! I love them to death! They keep me young, they keep me laughing all the time, you know, Ham Game, who knows! If it’s not Ham Game, leave it to Christopher to think of something else I’m sure!

TBB: How’s Jacqueline doing?

CM: Jacqueline’s doing great! Nick is in therapy, we’re all hands in on that. It’s 1 step forward, 100 steps back, but I’ve always said, “If love can cure, he’ll be fine.”

TBB: Will we see Chris and Jac on (Manzo’d With Children)?

CM: I hope so, they are a very big part of my life. Again, it’s only 8 episodes and when you’ve got a family as big as mine…My house is like the hub, mine and Chris’s house are where everything all happens. But again, it’s like the Housewives, they film thousands of hours and you just never know what’s going to make it.

TBB: What do you hope viewers get out of Manzo’d With Children?

CM: I want them to smile. I want them to laugh and I want them to smile because that’s what life’s about!

Reality Roundup

The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week's In Touch Weekly. Credit: intouchweekly.com

The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week’s In Touch Weekly. Credit: intouchweekly.com

Once again  I will be subbing for guru of gossip Brent Osborne. He’s filled me in on the juiciest stories this week, plus I’ve got some nuggets I’ve got to toss in as well. So without further ado let’s get started, and remember, if you join in the conversation you could win a gift card from this month’s Housewife Hot Item sponsor Wrapadoo!

Our first stop this week is in my own backyard with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Though their fans may think otherwise, former prosecutor and legal news commentator Nancy Grace says that Teresa and Joe Giudice are “going down.” These were the exact words she used to describe her prediction of their fate when a caller on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live asked her to weigh in on the couple’s 39 fraud count indictment.

“I think they were in it together and you know what? You can get away with shoplifting, maybe stealing a car, but don’t mess with the feds when it comes to money. Never mess with the tax man. Never mess with the feds, alright? They have no mercy.” 

Grace went on to compare the two to Martha Stewart saying that the Giudices will be “used as an example to other people.”

A source very close to Teresa disagrees. “She didn’t know what she was signing,” the good friend of the 41 year-old Housewives star told me when the story first broke over the summer. “She was busy having babies and shopping, she had no idea what she was signing. When you are in a marriage and trust your partner you don’t always read what they put in front of you.”

Teresa recently broke her silence regarding her legal troubles in an exclusive interview with In Touch Weekly. “Look – every family has problems. Nobody’s perfect. I have to be strong for my kids…especially Gia – she’s the only one who knows anything is going on, so I do everything I can to make her feel comfortable.”

The Giudices are set to stand trial on February 24th.

Things are certainly a lot more cheery over at the Manz-sion. A new show Manzo’d With Children isn’t the only new endeavor for the reality star family. On the heels of the success of their Hoboken, NJ restaurant Little Town NJ brothers Albie and Chris Manzo are opening their next restaurant and soon!

Along with their Little Town partners (Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr of Funbars.com) US Weekly reported that the duo will be opening a “Vegas style” sports bar at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment as early as November 23d.  The venue, to be called Victory Sports Bar and Club, will include both private party event space and a weekly night club. They will follow that up with Victory Terrace, a rooftop establishment in April.

These Manzo kids are making their momma proud! Manzo matriarch Caroline tweeted on Thursday.

Last Saturday I was at Little Town and apparently missed the elder Manzo offspring by an hour. “I’m on my way back from city,” Albie texted me via Twitter direct message. Perhaps the ambitious 27 year-old was at a business meeting with the NYC based Sinensky and McGarr. Keep coming back to TBB for my thoughts on Little Town and a special RHONJ surprise coming soon!

Jetting acrosse the country there’s some fresh squeezed OJ coming from The Real Housewives of Orange County. After only once season OC newbie Lydia McLaughlin is saying sayonara. According to an article in US Weekly the decision was McLaughlin’s. She says she was asked back but…”never wanted to make a career out of being a Housewife…I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives…I’ve always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it and that I probably wasn’t going to be doing it again.”

McLaughlin will now be remembered as another one season Housewife wonder like Peggy Tanous also of RHOC and RHONY Cindy Barshop. McLaughlin takes with her; 2 children, a holy rolling marriage, and a pot smoking bunny loving mother. Oh and also Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino who reportedly were not asked back.

Lydia’s co-star and veteran HW Tamra Judge recently fired her PR rep, according to an insider. Apparently the newlywed has been shopping around a book without much success and is pointing her well manicured finger at Illumination PR who had been handling her. However, our source told us exclusively that they had seen Tamra’s book proposal and that it frankly “isn’t that good.”

Judge is not the first Housewife to have been represented by Illumination. The firm at one time handled Melissa Gorga who also moved on to a different rep. 

Vicki Gunvalson is going to have to talk to the judge, and we don’t mean her OC castmate. Legal drama continues with her former Vicki’s Vodka partner Robert Williamson. Williamson who sued Vicki for fraud originally has had the tables turned on him. Radar Online reports that Vicki’s attorneys are looking to have the trial moved to federal court. Vicki claims that Williamson tried to “frame, expose, or blackmail” her and that Williamson engages in illicit conduct like running an unlicensed gambling venture.

Last week was a huge premiere week for Bravo TV and one of its home run shows already has a major strike out. Shahs of Sunset premiered on Tuesday and though Season 2’s premiere attracted over two million viewers, the Season 3 premiere brought in less than 1.2 million leaving us to wonder where half the audience went. Also premiered last week was The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Vanderpump Rules.

RHOA returned with its Season 5 cast in tact, while RHOBH boasts two new ladies Carton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud. Last season Adrienne Maloof made her exit mid season while Taylor Armstrong and Camille Grammar stepped down to smaller roles and are rumored to not appear this season at all.

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