Celebrity Apprentice

The Donald conducts the crazy. Credit: Art Streiber,  NBC

The Donald conducts the crazy.
Credit: Art Streiber, NBC

By Lesley Rousso

Sunday night the seventh installment of Celebrity Apprentice began on NBC. It’s two hour debut featured several B list celebs including Lorenzo Lamas (who’s still pretty hot) and Geraldo Rivera (who’s still pretty annoying). I’m pretty sure the show attracted many Bravo TV viewers as Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore are also cast members. Could they’ve chosen two more volatile women?

As always it was girls vs. boys and both teams came up with pretty stupid names. The boys chose Vortex, the girls chose Infinity. We here at TBB, hope that with those monikers they’ll be selling condoms at some point.  Keshia Knight Pulliam from The Cosby Show became the first project manager for the girls with Geraldo as PM for the boys. The first task took place at Pie Face, with the teams selling pot pies they made for charity. Each team had to come up with a sweet and a savory recipe. Geraldo was well Geraldo, if you get my drift, and Keshia was definitely a micro manager. Both teams completed the tasks and sold their gross looking pies while raising money for their charities. Gilbert Gottfried had a circus of freaks performing outside their location and the ladies posed for pictures. The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro went to both shops to select a winning pie. The winner received a substantial donation to their team cause. The gals took that one but in the end it didn’t make a dent because the boys more than doubled the girls final tally of solicited donations.

In the boardroom, the question awkwardly enough, came up about why Keshia hadn’t reached out to “Mr. Cosby” for a donation. Apparently she hasn’t spoken to him in five years and felt weird about it. I won’t spoil it for you but you can probably connect the dots on who got fired. Should be quite the interesting season with jerks like Geraldo and Kate (plus 8 plastic surgery procedures) Gosselin on. I don’t think one thing on Kate is real. She is pulled every which way possible and the weave is never ending.

Episode 2 aired on Monday.  I’ll continue watching until I get bored. Did you catch it? What are your thoughts and predictions for Celebrity Apprentice so far?

Reality Roundup


The cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 pose in Puerto Rico. Source Instagram via E! Online

By Tara Cushing

Happy Sunday lovies. Our resident busy bee Brent Osborne  is off making that honey, so I’m going to borrow his gossiper wings today!

We start off this week’s Reality Roundup with the story everybody I know has been asking me about. Real Housewives of New Jersey Stars Teresa and Joe (Giuseppe) Giudice will not be sentenced this month as originally planned. According to The Bergen Record the couple, who pleaded guilty in March to financial frauds that spanned 8 years, will be handed their sentences on October 2nd.

Teresa’s attorney, Harry E. Klingman told The Record this kind of delay isn’t uncommon. “Typically sentences get postponed so that everybody involved can be fully prepared. The court is waiting on information from all sides- the defense, the government and probation- so it’s postponed by a couple of weeks.

Both Teresa and Joe could face jail time and Joe, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported. The original court date was September 23d.

Filming for The Real Housewives of Atlanta ‘s seventh season is well underway and it appears the ladies will be living la vida loca! E Online!  shared a picture of the cast partying in Puerto Rico.

The picture was on new Housewife Demetria McKinney ‘s Instagram account with the caption “I love my life! Performed #11 and celebrated my birthday in style and beauty with these ladies! XOXO!”

McKinney; whose website biography calls the singer, actress, song writer and dancer “a river with many streams”; joins the cast along with Claudia Jordan. Jordan is a pageant queen and model whose credits include showcasing prizes on The Price is Right, carrying a briefcase on Deal or No Deal and competing on two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice.

The two newbies will join veteran stars Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart, and Kenya Moore. The shenanigans are rumored to commence later this fall on Bravo.

It’s a good thing that RHOA will be finished filming soon, because Nene needs to hustle up north.  From November 25th to January 3d the self proclaimed rich Bitch will be playing the ultimate bitch in the final run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. Leakes is going to be playing the evil stepmother, or Madame as she is referred to in the show.

Leakes follows in some other famous footsteps. Madame was played by Fran Drescher earlier this year and will be performed by Sherri Shepherd starting on September 9th until Nene comes to town.

Cast shakeup on ratings troubled The Real Housewives of New York City. Life and Style Weekly reports that Ramona Singer will be demoted to a recurring role on next season’s RHONY. “Bravo is casting the show around Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman and Carole Radziwill,an insider told the magazine. The source also says that Ramona is the reason for the ratings slump saying, that it all went south when she “carried the show”.

Without an apple in her hand, RHONY will be the first Housewives franchise to no longer star any original cast members. Tack this on to her divorce from husband Mario and her now empty nest with daughter Avery off at college and, well, I’d be shocked if there are any full bottles of Ramona Pinot left in her wine cooler. The queen of pinot was reportedly earning $600,000 per season of New York City Housewives.

Ramona isn’t the only bite producers have taken out of the Big Apple. It’s been reported that Aviva Drescher is no longer going to be throwing down her prosthetic leg. E Online! said its sources have confirmed that the Leggy Blonde has been fired.

Drescher was taken out of opening credits several shows last season due to her absence from two cast trips. When the girls questioned her story about having to miss a Montana trip due to asthma, Drescher got angry and threw the leg down, a stunt she has repeatedly said was not planned. Radziwill told Buzzfeed that executive producers told some of the cast that Drescher’s husband Reid had offered to get Aviva to Montana if they could guarantee her a spot on season 7, which caused them to question  if her asthma was really the issue.

I chatted with Aviva recently, and though she did not confirm or deny the firing, she did seem like she is in a good place. Outside RHONY I have found Aviva to be kind, elegant, and down to earth. Hopefully she can now put her best leg forward and start the next chapter of her life.

Tell us, would you watch RHONY without Ramona and Aviva? Would you see Nene on Broadway? What do you think will happen at Tre and Joe’s sentencing? Share your thoughts below.

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Reality Roundup: Get Him Out, Get Her On, Get Our Ratings Up

Melissa and Joe Gorga. Photo:TheHollywoodGossip.com

Melissa and Joe Gorga.

By Brent Osborne

We are one week away from the premier of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but things are less than flowery in one of the Garden State’s backyards. Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga and husband Joe are suing the inhabitant of their former home.

It turns out the couple’s Montville, NJ mansion was never actually sold, despite the claims that they received their full 3.8 million dollar asking price last August. There had been much speculation as to why a sale had never been legally recorded and it’s come out that the sale was actually a rent to purchase agreement with Kai D. Patterson, a software engineer and founder of Project Child Support. Reps for the Gorgas said that the agreement was “a purchase agreement with an extended close option…To date (Patterson) has failed to uphold his financial obligations under the agreement and provided bounced checks totaling $20,000 as well as failed to pay rent for the months of April, May, and June 2014…After repeated attempts to have (Patterson) honor his agreement, the Gorgas were left with no other choice, but to pursue legal action and filed a summons for eviction.”

Melissa, who has had to continue to pay the taxes on the mansion, told US Weekly, “I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I am not going to pay for a complete stranger to live in a multi-million dollar home.”

Reality Tea published Kai Patterson’s statement regarding the issue. According to Patterson, the Gorgas have failed to fix several problems with the property, many that stem from burst pipes that resulted from Melissa shutting off the utilities last September. Patterson says that he entered into a lease/purchase agreement with the Gorgas that entitles him to the benefits of a renter/landlord situation, while putting money towards the downpayment of the house. After many chances for Joe to fix the problems associated with the property as per the agreement, and some back and forth personal business dealings with Joe, Patterson decided to refuse payment until the issues were addressed. Patterson also says he received hateful texts from Melissa, whom, he believes, did not have full knowledge of the deals he had made with Joe.

All I can say is, had Patterson watched last year’s RHONJ he may have seen this coming. Who can forget when Jennifer Dalton went to turn on a sink in the mansion and the knob came off? Red flagging much?

In other NJ news, former RHONJ Danielle Staub is ready to come back to Bravo, but is Bravo ready for her? In a desperate plea to get back on the show and defend her family, Danielle ranted on her Facebook page about needing to come back for the sake of her children. In a series of tweets she also stated that Bravo TV  and Andy Cohen have asked her back on more than one occasion. Truth or delusion? Either way on Saturday Staub called for her fans to petition the network.

Credit Facebook.com

Credit Facebook.com

While on the subject of HW  casting, with summer in full swing, casting rumors for the upcoming seasons of The Real Housewives are warming up

TMZ reports that two former reality stars are set to return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season! Former RHOBH cast members Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof were reportedly shooting scenes with the show’s current stars including Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster,Kim Richards, and Brandi Glanville. 

After the recent network firings of newcomers Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, there are two openings! However, this RHOBH return is too good to be true! Although both Camille and Adrienne were filming at Kyle’s annual White Party, there are no plans for them to return to the series in any full capacity, People confirms.

Major cast renovations may be underway in New York! As the current season of The Real Housewives of New York continues to plummet in the ratings, Bravo execs may be taking a significant bite out of the Big Apple.

“Bravo doesn’t want to cancel the series because New York is the unofficial capital of the United States,” an insider told Radar Online. “The amount of wealth concentrated into such a small area makes it a major drawThe entire current cast, including Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Luann de Lesseps, and Carole Radziwill are all expected to get pinks slips,” the source said.

The source continued to say that Ramona Singer will most likely be the only current RHONY star to be offered a contract to return next season and that “Aviva Drescher could be offered a much smaller role, of series guest star.”

Remember, however, casting rumors always abound with Housewives. After the dramatic sixth season and an intense reunion brawl, rumors surrounding the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta began spiraling out of control. Porsha Williams was thought to have been fired after being removed from the season six reunion taping after an argument with cast mate Kenya Moore turned physical. Speculation surrounding the return of RHOA veteran NeNe Leakes also spiked after the dramatic reunion show.

Despite the rumors, all six ladies will be returning for season seven of the hit reality show. Porsha, Kenya, and Nene will be back to grace our telivision screens along with Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss. The ladies are set to begin filming in the next few weeks. Season seven of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is likely to premier this November.

That’s all for now, but Reality Roundup will be back on WEDNESDAY! Lesley Rousso will dish weekly about some of the hottest reality TV shows on E!, MTV, VH1, FOX and many more in a new On Beyond Bravo column! Stay tuned!

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