Giudice Jailed:Reality Roundup 1/11/15

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

Happy New Year Bravo TV watchers. I took some time off…for which I was sick, boohoo…and now I’m trying to relight the fire under my (thanks to the holidays) well padded ass. Even though I was off, gossip wasn’t, and it never is. Let’s explore some of the stories from this first week of 2015!

Of course the biggest news is Teresa Giudice‘s sentence commencement. She arrived at the Danbury Federal Correction Institute in Danbury, CT very early Monday morning. The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey arrived at the prison at 3am, dodging the press. Personally, I find it quite interesting since she hasn’t seemed to be camera shy during this entire process, what with showing up on Watch What Happens Live only a day after she was sentenced to 15 months for financial crimes committed by both her and husband Joe (Juicy) Giudice, who will serve 41 months upon his wife’s return.

Speaking of return, Teresa is obviously already making an impression. Before even her first week of incarceration was complete, he release date was already changed. As of now Tre fans will have their queen back to reality on February 5, 2016; two months earlier than originally planned. My prediction is we will continue to see her sentence shortened. Would love to hear your predictions of when she will return home. (Please comment below!) The home she returns to, however may not be the one she left. Her Towaco, NJ mansion continues to sit on the market and has just been reduce another $500K to $2.999M. The home originally was listed for $3.999M in September.

For more on Teresa, and what I think about her situation, check out the above video from The Derek Z Show. Thanks Derek and team for filming me! It was a blast.

In other news Real Housewives of New York City‘s Sonja Morgan opened up about her divorce. The boisterous blonde made an appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker where she talked about being ready to find love again and that due to her high profile ex-husband (grandson of J.P. Morgan) she has mostly stayed private about the details. Also appearing on the episode was Perez Hilton. Jill Zarin appeared with daughter Ally Shapiro, the week before. Hmmm rating issues, as in we need Millionaire Matchmaker the celebrity season? Did you catch Sonja on Patti Stanger‘s show? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section. By the way Sonja, I thought you looked fantastic! Where can we find that awesome black blouse?

The other RHONY blonde making headlines is former Bravoleb Aviva Drescher who along with husband Reid, stars in the new season of Marriage Bootcamp which is a Reality Stars edition. The show debuted on Friday on WEtv. Aviva told me about her experience a few months back. For some of the shocking drama tune in Fridays at 9/8 C. Did you see the first episode? Share your thoughts with us!

Finally, we should call this Reality Roundup, “3 Blondes and a Brunette”, Gwyneth Paltrow will be the next heavy hitter to be interviewed by Andy Cohen on WWHL. The actress will appear on Thursday’s show. Andy told E!News “I am so excited for Gwyneth Paltrow in the Clubhouse that I plan on drinking the most goop-tacular health drink I can find to toast her with!” What are your thoughts on Gwyneth?

Last but not least, do you all have any New Year’s Resolutions? This year I need to be more forgiving of myself for things I can’t accomplish, and I totally need to stick to my TV watching schedule! How about you?

RealityRoundup-November 15th

Teresa's house gets a price cut. Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images via The Daily News

Teresa’s house gets a price cut.
Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images via The Daily News

by Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

This week began with Victoria Gotti and company returning to Reality TV, with an E! special Growing Up Gotti: 10 Years Later. Apparently to be an Italian family in the Reality Television spotlight all of your grown children still need to be living at home. On Monday Victoria visited the Wendy Williams show where she explained that the boys each have their own apartments and or wings on her sprawling compound. Gotti also addressed the drama she stirred on Real Housewives of New Jersey with Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano, saying that Rino (whose name, along with Nicole’s, Wendy couldn’t remember) indeed told her he slept with his mother-in-law. She also mentioned, however that Rino is a prankster, hinting that possibly his admission was in jest. Whether you think joking about sleeping with your mother-in-law is cool or not, I think one thing we can all agree on is that Victoria needs to get rid of those extensions. Wendy kept telling her how fabulous she looked, which leads me to believe Wendy Williams is either visually impaired, or a liar. Watch the clip below:

 

Victoria Gotti thinks her friend “Cheresa” (see video) will standby her man while he serves his sentence. What I want to know is; how much money will she be able to recoup for her debts while he’s gone. Radar Online reports that it may not be as much as we all think. Rumors swirled that Teresa and Joe Giudice were paid $325,000 to appear on Watch What Happens Live for an exclusive interview the day after their sentencing. Radar somehow got a copy of an October 13th check paid to the Giudices by an NBC affiliate for $50K. Though $50K is a nice chunk of change for an interview, it’s nowhere near the $400,000 the couple owes in restitution. Radar reported that the money they did earn went to repay the company that was set to roll out Teresa’s gelato bar line. Apparently she’s been iced out of that business.

The financial problems seem to be mounting for the Giudices as they try harder to sell their 10,000 square foot mansion in Towaco, NJ. The Daily News reported that the price of the magnificent home has been dropped by half a million dollars. Teresa’s fans, and foes, can own her house for $3.5 M! That’s a lot of Fabellini!

While we’re still on the topic if Teresa, is there a chance that without its hottest, and most controversial, star that RHONJ is about to enter its own ice age? In a Reddit AMA session Andy Cohen addressed the issue of the future  of the franchise that flipped the standard when it flipped the table. “We have not made any plans relating to the future of Jersey Housewives…we’ll go back and meet and talk and re-evaluate soon.” Andy, whose new book The Andy Cohen Diaries was just released, went on the tell the audience that Teresa is one of the easiest housewives to work with. I wonder if she will get a “single mom” type show spinoff after she serves her 15 month sentence and Joe is serving his. Good idea? What do you all think?

While the feds are getting ready to turn the key on Teresa, Vicki Gunvalson has been given the key to the city of Tupelo, Mississippi. While visiting for an MSU Bulldogs football game the Real Housewives of Orange County star was awarded the title of honarary citizen for her “efforts to promote the city of Tupelo,” as explained by the city’s mayor Jason Shelton.  With Vicki as she was honored, was boyfriend Brooks Ayers, who, surprise surprise is a long time Tupelo resident…and still dating Vicki. Personally I really haven’t heard of Tupelo until I heard this story. Did I miss something amidst all the woohooing?

It’s been 4 years since she stressed and cried on camera over having to attend her 40th birthday party, but on November 6th, Bethenny Frankel was ready for the birthday girl spotlight once more. E! Online reported that a party was held in New York City’s The Monarch Room. The full season 7 cast of The Real Housewives of New York City was on hand, as well as Bethenny’s boyfriend Michael A. Cerussi III.

Sources say the cast filmed upstairs privately away from the rest of the attendees from 9pm to 11pm. If there was any drama it was resolved, as they all came down and danced the night away, according to E!’s source. The source also said that Ramonja (Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan) were both seen with much younger men. Should they subtitle season 7, the Real Cougars of New York City ?

 

On Beyond Bravo

by Lelsey Rousso

Kim Kardashian’s gigantic ass was literally everywhere this week. Kim posed for Paper  Magazine‘s Winter Cover Star in nothing but her tush, which is freakishly photoshop large.  Especially compared to her teeny tiny waist, which she got doing some kind of photoshop corset fitness, whatever the hell that is.   The cover urged kim to “Break the Internet“.  Honestly, I’d be happy if she did break it.  Then I wouldn’t have had to see her full frontal picture released shortly after.  In comparison to that shelf she calls her butt, her boobs are pretty nice.  Listen, I can be fair when I need to be.

Oh snap, Mama June is sitting down with Dr. Phil, giving him an in depth interview about how she feels she owes to her fans.  She has fans?  Radar Online reports that she claims she was not dating her child molester ex Mark McDaniel and that he in fact, is dating someone else.  From what’s been released so far, Dr. Phil is not taking it easy on her.  Well of course not, that’s what he does and that’s why I’m obsessed with him! I can only imagine what he is going to give her crap about.  The interview, which airs on Monday also features daughter Pumpkin and estranged husband Sugar Bear.

Tell us what you think about this week’s gossip then check out our recommended vendors (with coupon codes) for holiday shopping!

Reality Roundup

Bethenny  Frankel shows off her new book and teeny tiny frame. sourde: Bethenny Frankel Facebook

Bethenny Frankel shows off her new book and teeny tiny frame.
source: Bethenny Frankel Facebook

By Lesley Rousso

Happy Sunday! Well, you either love her or you hate her and once again Kim Kardashian has angered people. According to Rumor Fix, Kim compared Keeping Up With The Kardashians to the beloved, iconic I Love Lucy. Kim recently said her show doesn’t get the respect it deserves and because, of the nine spin-offs it spawned, it has more episodes than the 1950’s television legend. Lucy fans were less than impressed, even offended by, the statement.

Speaking of Kim, her stepmother stepfather has raised waxed eyebrows once again. This week Bruce Jenner was spotted sitting in his car in Malibu with fire engine red nails and smoking a cigarette. I’m not sure which is more controversial. The nails were really no surprise but I was blown away that the worlds greatest athlete smokes. The next day we caught up with him again and the polish was gone. Later on in the week, TMZ reported that Bruce is being taunted on the golf course. A couple of hecklers asked Bruce how his d*ck was, possibly suggesting it may not be there much longer. Another guy made fun of his hair and threatened to cut it off. I’m starting to feel sorry for him.

Bethenny Frankel caused a bit of an uproar this week after posting a pic on Facebook where she looks shockingly thin. Many people commented and expressed concern for Bethenny’s health. Guess her brand isn’t named Skinnygirl for nothing. Meanwhile Jason Hoppy, B’s ex and father of daughter Bryn is fighting to keep the four-year-old off of Real Housewives Of New York when B returns. Jason’s attorney will be filing papers quoting Bethenny’s own words about how horrible the show is. Lawyers for both will hash it out in the next few weeks.

Former RHONY star Aviva Drescher is returning to Reality TV. She and husband Reid will appear on the second season of Marriage Boot Camp. US Magazine reports that the two, who both have had previous divorces, are intent on making this one work. The magazine reports that their main problem is Aviva’s self destructive behavior and that Reid is tired of living in her drama. Among the cast of the show, which will premiere in January, are everybody’s favorite Reality Star has-beens Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

Last but not least Gia Giudice made her music video debut this week. Gia and her girl group 3KT released their cover of Britney Spears’ hit song Circus. Rumor has it that Teresa Giudice, despite millions in debt and a looming prison sentence for fraudulent finances, splurged $10,000 on the video, which was also paid for by the other parents of the aspiring singers. Radar Online reports that Joe Giudice, who will serve time after his wife, isn’t thrilled about Gia wearing hot pants and a leather bustier and that he thinks the video is too risqué. I think at this moment, that’s the least of Joe’s problems.

Stay tuned tonight for a first look at the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8, followed by part one of the Real Housewives Of New Jersey reunion at 9, then the  Manzo’d with Children finale at 10, and Watch What Happens live at 11.