Reality Roundup November 22, 2014

Reality Roundup by Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

Will Lisa Rinna be the new queen of the Housewives? Source:stylebistro.com

Will Lisa Rinna be the new queen of the Housewives?
Source:stylebistro.com

Ramona Singer and Real Housewives of New York City castmates celebrated in Atlantic City last weekend. The group, which included Bethenny Frankel, whose filmed birthday celebration we reported about last week, hopped aboard a party bus to celebrate the newly single Singer’s birthday.

Countess LuAnn DeLesseps shared a photo on her social media that showed the cast, and an unidentified blonde, lined up on their way to one of my favorite places, The Borgata Casino Hotel. This is the first time the cast was filmed at the Jersey Shore and not their usual weekend playground, the Hamptons. I’ve got three thoughts, who is the unknown woman, I wish I had gone there last weekend, and is Bravo’s cast vacay budget shrinking?

It’s a trend! It seems that Housewife returns aren’t going to stop. The latest name to be dropped as a born again HW is Caroline Manzo. Radar Online reports that with its star Teresa Giudice leaving the land of fur collars for the cell of orange jumpsuits, Bravo execs are trying to get a game plan together for the next season.

A source told Radar that both Caro and Jacqueline Laurita are very good prospects for full time status once again for season 7. One factor is that ratings increased when Jacqueline and Kathy Wakile both returned to the show for small parts during the ratings starved season 6. For those who are wondering if Caroline returning means that Manzo’d With Childen is not, the source told Radar that the spin-off actually “exceeded Bravo’s expectation ratings-wise and they are definitely interested in another season.”  Check out TBB next week when we post a Jacqueline exclusive in which she talks about plans for next season!

How would you feel about a double dose of the Manzo family? If Caroline were to return she would be joining the ranks of her estranged sister, Dina Manzo, and Bethenny Frankel as Housewives who learned the hard way to never say never. Also on that list are Camille Grammer, who called her actor ex Kelsey a “dick” and an “ass” on Watch What Happens Live  on Tuesday, Taylor Armstrong, and Adrienne Maloof. All three women made return appearances on this week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere. How much of them we will see this season? We hope enough to keep it interesting.

While on the topic of The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsE!Online says that everybody’s new favorite 90210-er is going to be Days of Our Lives and Melrose Place alum Lisa Rinna. Rinna, who has several reality series to her credit (Celebrity Apprentice,Dancing with the Stars and Harry Loves Lisa) told E! that filming RHOBH was “was very close to doing Melrose Place without a script in your hand.” Interesting words for “reality”. If any of you have seen the trailer of Lisa tossing a glass of what appears to be wine at Kim Richards, you have to be wondering if a veteran soap star isn’t going to be acting at least a bit. Fellow soap actress Eileen Davidson is also joined the series. Bring on the drama queens! What are your thoughts on actresses on reality television?

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On Beyond Bravo by Lesley Rousso

Can Kathy carry Joan? Photo credit: Getty Images

Can Kathy carry Joan?
Photo credit: Getty Images

Although she hasn’t confirmed it personally, TMZ is reporting that Kathy Griffin will take the place of Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. Reportedly the show will no longer be  airing weekly and will be downsized to only awards shows and special events. Radar Online reports that Griffin was handpicked for the show by Rivers’ daughter Melissa. Do you think Kathy can fill Joan’s shoes?

Radar Online is reporting that Kyle Chrisley, the troubled son of Todd Chrisley, is making claims that his father is in fact gay. The family patriarch’s sexual orientation has been questioned since Chrisley Knows Best began airing due to him being overly flamboyant. Kyle, whom his father says is bipolar, is not the first one to make this claim. A former male employee sued the reality star after he asked him to perform a sex act on him. What are your thoughts on Todd Chrisley?

MTV reality star Diem Brown passed away last Friday after an extremely long battle with cancer. Family and friends payed tribute to her in a memorial service held in Manhattan on Tuesday. Her sister and friends eulogized her and Tricia Yearwood sang. Former The Challenge castmates, including Chris “CT” Tamburello, Diem’s on again off again boyfriend, were also on hand at the 34 year old’s funeral. We send her family love and prayers.

 

We are happy to introduce our new and improved Reality Roundup! We know you are busy and will still offer the same all in one place gossip “cheat sheet”, but we will also give you the option of reading it as the gossip grows during the week. Read now or read later, it’s up to you, but we will have the latest buzz waiting for you when you are ready!

Tell us below what you think of the new Reality Roundup format and any opinions you have on this week’s news!

Let the tongues wag! 

 

Reality Roundup-November 8, 2014

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credit: Charles Sykes/Bravo

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

The week started off with the big reveal. After years of beating around the bush, we finally know more about the bitter feud that has been keeping Real Housewife of New Jersey/Manzo’d With Children stars, sisters (and sisters in law) Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo at odds.

During last Sunday’s RHONJ Reunion, Dina stated that she would “never do a show with family again.She then went on to specify that family specifically meant sister in law Jacqueline Laurita. “I don’t want a relationship with Jacqueline…I don’t need the chaos.” Dina also admitted to not knowing her nephew, Jacqueline’s son, Nicholas, “at all. There’s nothing I can do to help Nicholas, but I pray for him.”

Of course this story would never be complete without a Twitter rant from Jac herself, who has become quite infamous for her unfiltered use of the social media network. How major was this rant? So major that I was at a meeting at work and noticed a couple of co-workers scrolling through the tweets, totally hooked on every typed word. The diatribe, which was posted during last Sunday’s RHONJ Reunion was in response to Dina Manzo ‘s reunion appearance.

Here are a sampling of some of those gems:

Credit: twitter: @JacLaurita

Credit: twitter: @JacLaurita

 

Later that same evening Caroline appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen where she weighed in on the issue stating that Dina hadn’t been involved in any family functions for years. Watch what happened in the clip below:

 

Dina responded with the video below:

To date this is the MOST that has been said publicly about the bitter feud that continues to keep the ManzoLaurita clan at odds. Do you think they will ever be able to make amends?

Move over Tre and Nene, there are two new Housewives trying to impress Donald Trump. Bravo TV‘s The Dish reports that Real Housewives of Beverly HillsBrandi Glanville and Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kenya Moore are going to be on The Apprentice at the same time.

“It’s official! I’ll be on the new season of #CelebrityApprentice and @realDonaldTrump isn’t ready for all this jelly!” Kenya tweeted.

The cross country reality duo will be joined by a cast that includes Vivica A. Fox, Ian Ziering, Geraldo Rivera, and former reality star Kate Gosselin, among many other famous (and infamous) personalities. Will the queen of the goblet and the queen of the scepter get along? Tell us what you think!

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills‘ Kim Richards has had more downs than ups in recent years and it appears she’s faced with more very serious issues in her life. Rumors that Kim has been battling addiction again have been circling and according to Radar Online, the cause could be related to the declining health of her ex-husband Monty Brinson, the father of 28-year-old daughter Brooke. Richards and Brinson were only married for one year in 1985, but Radar‘s source states that they remained close, so close in fact that Kim could possibly be living with Monty, helping him in his last days. Kim and Monty will be on the new season of RHOBH together at Brooke’s wedding which was filmed over the summer. Brinson, who has terminal cancer, walked Brooke down the aisle in what is already being called an “emotional” episode.

If losing one of her best human friends isn’t enough for the fragile former child star, Kim may also be losing her best friend of the canine variety. Last Saturday her pitbull Kingsley bit sister Kyle Richard‘s 18-year-old daughter Alexia multiple times and left a wound on her hand that needed surgery. In a statement Kim claimed that she had told the girls that her room, where she keeps the dog when company is over, was “off limits” but “the girls” didn’t heed her warning. She went on to say that her family’s safety  “always comes first ”  but that ” (Kingsley) is my best friend. This is a very difficult decision and time for all of us.” However, according to TMZ, this is not an isolated incident, as a matter of fact it is one of four and that “the dog is no stranger to the L.A. Department of Animal Services.” Although it’s been reported that the dog has attacked 3 others beside Alexia, including a friend of Kim’s whose arm was bit “to the bone”,  there won’t be any hearings unless a formal complaint is made. Last season’s RHOBH featured Kim’s story of how hard it had been for her to gain control of Kingsley. What are your thoughts on the dog?

One Beverly Hills lady who is having good luck these days is Lisa Vanderpump, whose spinoff Vanderpump Rules premiered for its third season last week. The restauranteur and reality star triple threat (she’s a former Dancing With the Stars contestant) can now add acting to her growing resume, sort of. Lisa makes a cameo appearance in the first episode of HBO‘s The Comeback opposite Friends alum Lisa Kudrow.  She told E! News:

“I was in free fall, but then (Kudrow) kind of carried me…I saw the script and I said, ‘OK, I’m good to go. I’m safe here.”

Oh I hope they sing Smelly Cat ! You can watch The Comeback with Lisa and Lisa on HBO at 10pm on November 9th. RHOBH comes back to Bravo at 9pm on November 18th. You can read about guest blogger Jamie Bertolini‘s encounter with the Vanderpumps on Monday right here on  TBB.

Who is the highest paid Housewife? According to The Daily News both Nene Leakes (Real Housewives of Atlanta)  and reborn Real Housewife of New York City Bethenny Frankel are getting paid $250,000 an episode, however Nene isn’t happy that there’s another rich bitch on the network. A source told the New York paper that both women want to have the title of highest paid Housewife. Nene feels that she deserves the biggest check since she gave up other projects to continue RHOA, according to the source, which is the highest rated Housewives franchise. Bethenny is set to save the sinking good ship RHONY with her season 7 return. A feat that, if she can pull it off, is worth her weight in gold (make that Nene’s weight, not Bethenny’s.) Personally I’d be happy with $250K for the entire season. Keep that in mind Andy Cohen.

Lastly, Lydia McLaughlin couldn’t cut it as a Real Housewife of Orange County, but maybe she has a future in a revival of the classic My Three Sons! The petite and pixie like Lydia gave birth to her third son on Tuesday, November 4th. Roman Scott joins big brothers Stirling, 5, and Maverick, 3. Though Lydia and husband Doug originally told Us Weekly they were hoping for a girl when they announced the pregnancy last spring, they seem to have adjusted well to the change of plans:

“Baby Roman has captured our hearts and just like that our lives are forever changed. We are so grateful to now be a family of five,” she told US, who she gave the exclusive story too.

May he be blessed with all the bounty you so outwardly gloated about on air Lydia. Tell us, do you miss the McLaughlins on RHOC?

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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.