Reality Roundup- December 13, 2014

Noelle Reno and the late Scot Young. Credit: The Independent UK

Noelle Reno and the late Scot Young.
Credit: The Independent UK

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

The week started with some tragic news. Scot Young, boyfriend to Ladies of London‘s Noelle Reno, fell to his death on Monday. The wealthy Londoner tumbled from a fourth floor window of the apartment he shared with Reno in a what one witness called “a horrific scene” that shocked the police who responded to the incident. The accident has not been deemed suspicious. Young leaves behind two daughters he shared with his ex-wife.  Our sincerest condolences to his family and Noelle.

*Update: British publications are connecting Young’s death to a “Ring of Death” that includes some of his associates who all passed in similar suspicious circustances. The Telegraph reported on the 12th that all men were involved in a “mysterious property deal” called Project Moscow with ties to the Russian Mafia. The “project”is suspected to have been a scam that fleeced Young and his contemporaries of their fortunes and left them with huge debts. Sounds like a Lifetime movie in the making to me!

Did Vanderpump Rules’sStassi Schroeder tell Jenny McCarthy that she was hit by her ex-boyfriend? Somebody pointed me to a story this week in which there was an interview that Schroeder claimed that Jax Taylor, her ex and co-star on the show, hit her. Unfortunately when I had a chance to listen to the clip it was no longer available on Soundcloud and I couldn’t locate it on Google. Jax and Stassi dated before breaking up during the show’s second season. Tell us, do you think Jax would hit Stassi?

Maybe Jax’s rage starts with his paycheck. TMZ reports that the cast of VPR makes Pump chump change. Reportedly the stars of the show made just $5k for the entire first season. They were raised to $3k per episode for the second season and now get $5K per episode on season three. Considering a season on Bravo is usually 6-12 weeks that means they are getting a maximum of $60K. No wonder they all still live in those shoebox apartments.

Sonja Morgan shows off her cover and dress from her upcoming line. Photo Credit: OK Magazin

Sonja Morgan shows off her cover and dress from her upcoming line.
Photo Credit: OK Magazin

Sonja Morgan dished to OK Magazine about the current filming of Real Housewives of New York City‘s latest season. At the party to celebrate her cover on Latino Show Magazine where she sports one of the dresses from her upcoming line (2015) Sonja Morgan New York. Morgan admitted to not knowing Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson well on prior seasons but says that now there are “real friendships” and that the “girls are fully integrated.” Morgan (51)  also showed off her 24-year-old boyfriend Dominik Persy at the event. Where was I you may wonder, as I usually cover Sonja’s events live? Yours truly got her invite, but I was on mommy duty that night with my two favorite stars. Thanks for the invite Sonja, will definitely make the next one!

On season 5 of The Real Housewives of New JerseyJoe Gorga told his sister to, “Cook a book.” It seems like Teresa Giudice may indeed be cooking up something. People.com reports that everybody’s favorite table flipping Fabulicious Housewife has been spending her last few weeks of freedom creating cooking videos. The You Tube video, hosted by Glam, called Get Cooking with Teresa Giudice, features Tre showing how to make devil shrimp over anger hair pasta. You can watch the clip below. Teresa will be surrendering to a Connecticut prison on January 5th. Tell us, would you watch a Teresa post prison cooking show?

More out of RHONJ, Bravo-Dish is reporting that the Manzo-Laurita feud is over. Jacqueline Laurita told Radar Online that the whole family, including Dina Manzo, “had Thanksgiving together for the first time and it was peaceful and normal and great to have everyone together.” Jac also stated that Dina finally met her youngest son Nicholas and that “he loved her. He even sat on her lap and played with her hair.” Dina and Caroline Manzo appear to have also turned over a new leaf. After the holiday Dina tweeted “Things have been good for a bit and just wanted to keep it private for a minute~Not everything needs to be done w cameras” to which Caroline responded “True – we kept it private :)”. I reached out to Jacqueline for a comment and am awaiting a response. In the meantime you can read about the feud in her own words in her November TBB interview.

If you are wondering if this could all be to smooth things over before next season (if there is one) of RHONJ starts filming, you aren’t alone. I heard through the Franklin Lakes grapevine that Dina does not want to return to the show. Could the reconciliation be just one aspect of getting her to stay? What do you think?

Fans of Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Vicki Gunvalson, got a little extra Woohoo from the original Housewife when she inadvertently Instagrammed a topless photo of herself. Vicki was posting a thank you for a pair of Beats headphones Bravo gave her for Christmas when the packaging reflected her naked body into the photo. Vicki claimed she was getting dressed for work. Blame it on multitasking. I can’t help but think of the classic Elaine Christmas card episode on Seinfeld. Season’s greetings Vicki!

Reality Roundup-November 29, 2014

Teresa at the recently aired reunion show. Via:People.com

Teresa at the recently aired reunion show.
Credit: Charles Sykes/Bravo/Getty Via:People.com

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

What’s cooking? According to The Daily Mail it’s a new Bravo cooking show starring Teresa Giudice. A Real Housewives of New Jersey “insider” reportedly told the publication that there is already a deal for the mother of 4 girls, and several New York Times bestselling cookbooks, to host her own cooking show while appearing part-time on the series that made her famous enough to write a cookbook in the first place.

“Teresa is, of course, devastated she has to spend even one day behind bars but she has already made this whole situation a money maker for her…Teresa and Bravo have been taking this time to plan a big media event when she is released from prison either late next year or early 2016.”

Teresa reports to a facility in Danbury, Connecticut to start serving her sentence on January 5th.

Will Jacqueline Laurita see Teresa before sentencing? According to what she told me at an event on November 19th, probably not.” The once besties have barely even spoken since the sentencing. “I texted her, she answered me, and that was it,” Jacqueline said when I asked her about the current status of their friendship. To read the entire interview including what Jacqueline said about coming back to RHONJ and about her feud with Dina Manzo, click here.

Kim Zolciak shows off what looks like a corseted waist. Credit: Instagram

Kim Zolciak shows off what looks like a corseted waist. Credit: Instagram

Kim Zolciak has 4 reasons to celebrate this week. On Monday twins Kaia and Kane Biermann turned one. Kim posted adorable pictures of the birthday twins on her social media and made the following statement:

“It seems like yesterday I told Dr. Hood I feel different this pregnancy I couldn’t stay awake. Seriously though and he did an ultrasound and BAAM 2 sacs!!! I couldn’t believe it!!!…although twins run high on my moms side I was still in shock! What a blessing!!”

 The other two reasons she should celebrate, her impossibly thin waist which she is flaunting in selfies. She credits a cleanse from 310 Nutrition, but let’s not forget that she did  have a tummy tuck. As a mother of twins I can tell you that is a huge part of the formula (I had to do it too). She is quick to point out that plastic surgery isn’t a “cure all” and that she does work out (I will also agree that this is key). The fourth reason she should celebrate is that she’s gone a full year without being knocked up. Guess she should be kissing the feet of her plastic surgeon and Kroy‘s urologist. Ummm, it is a urologist that does the vasectomy…right? I’m not sure, what I am sure of is that Kim, those twins would only be inherited from your mother’s side. Twins on the father’s side are usually not genetic. It’s the female line that double ovulates. I’m also sure that you didn’t proofread that post (commas and apostrophes are our friends, my dear.)

Real Housewives of Orange County ‘s Vicki Gunvalson is no longer hiding her relationship with Brooks Ayers. Though the two have been off and on for quite a few years now, Vicki told US Weekly’s Brody Brown that not only have the two been exclusively dating again for the last year, but Brooks has moved into her home. Vicki’s daughter, Briana Culberson, who has been publicly against her mother’s relationship, hadn’t known that the two were together prior to the interview. However, this is the least of the couples’ problems.

Photo via usweekly.com

Photo via usweekly.com

Brooks, who has battled Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since 2009, is once again facing the reality of having the disease. Brooks told Vicki earlier this fall that he was diagnosed with Stage 3 of the cancer. Vicki stated in the interview that cancer, “will either tear you apart as a couple or bring you together. And with us, without a doubt, it’s brought us together.”  Vicki also stated that her RHOC castmates have mostly been there for her all except for ex BFF Tamra Judge. “You know what, you really find out who your true friends are when things like this happen,” she said. Are you team Tamra or team Vicki? Tell us why below.

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Jacqueline Laurita On Being Back, Coming Back, and Backing Herself Up

imageOn an unseasonably cold November night Jacqueline and Chris Laurita attended an event to learn more about healthy eating habits for children. The event (which we will revisit later on) addressed issues like gluten intolerance, which is very personal for the Lauritas since their son, Nicholas, must follow a gluten free diet. After the presentation I was lucky enough to catch up with Jacqueline and ask her some of the fans’ burning questions like if she’s coming back to Real Housewives of New Jersey for season 7 (see her answer below). I was also lucky enough to have the Lauritas walk me back to my car post event. What can I say, it was dark, I was alone, and I’m terribly neurotic. Thank you Jac and Chris for looking out for me! Happy Thanksgiving!

TBB:Why did you come back to The Real Housewives of New Jersey?

JL: I came back because I actually never left (laughs). I had asked to go part-time because I’m working on a lot of other things right now and the stress from the show got to be a little much with trying to do everything I wanted to get done. So I needed a break from the show and they offered that. I said I would do part-time but then I was told my sister-in-law (Dina Manzo) wouldn’t come on full-time if I was part-time. So I said fine. I guess it was in March they wanted me to come back in so I said ok because it’s good money, I was done filming for Manzo’d (With Children) so I felt , “I’ll do it, why not?”

TBB: Did you miss (RHONJ) during the break?

JL: No! (laughs) I didn’t miss it. It was very nice having a break, I enjoyed the break, but part-time to me is very manageable and it’s not as stressful. Once you’ve been away from it for a little while you get this temporary amnesia where you forget why you were stressed out.

TBB: Kind of like when you forget what childbirth is like and you have another baby?

JL: EXACTLY! That’s exactly what it’s like!

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TBB: Any desire to come back full-time?

JL: There has been talk about me coming back full-time and I’m still considering it. I would like to do another season of Manzo’d, but I am considering either full-time or part-time (for Housewives). I really haven’t decided. I think the network also is still deciding in what direction the show is going.

TBB: I have to ask about your behavior on Twitter. You really, really went after (Dina) a few weeks ago when part one of the RHONJ Reunion aired. It was the first time anything about the family feud had been spoken about publicly. Do you regret that?

JL: You know if I’m feeling something I say it and I stayed quiet for a very long time, but when I saw that my husband, my son, and I were being talked about, and Dina was telling her version of the story, I had to speak up. So that’s why I (did it). Twitter is my place, that’s where if I feel like saying something I say it and I don’t care who likes it or not. So I was basically just responding to things that were said and I wanted to get my side out there.

You know, I am ALWAYS open to reconciliation with ANYBODY, including Dina. We have tried so many times to make things good with her that it just became frustrating. We tried to get together before Lexi’s graduation to talk, but they weren’t open to that, so we did offer to take Lexi to dinner privately to celebrate her graduation and never got a response. That’s why I responded the way I did to what Dina said at the reunion. I don’t hate Dina, I’m just frustrated with Dina.

TBB: Will you see Teresa (Giudice) before she goes to her sentencing?

JL: I doubt it.

TBB: Have you spoken to her?

JL: I texted her, she answered me, and that was it.

So there you have it folks! No final decisions yet on whether Jac will be back. What are your thoughts? Do you want to see Jacqueline and her family return to RHONJ for Season 7?