Reality Roundup-November 8, 2014

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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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Reality Roundup

Is Tori Spelling faking it? Photo credit: people.com

Is Tori Spelling faking it?
Photo credit: people.com

By Lesley Rousso

It’s been quite the busy week in the land of reality tv. But then again, when isn’t it?

First off, let me welcome Bethenny Frankel back to The Real Housewives of New York City. Opinions seem to be mixed about the Skinnygirl‘s return but I for one, am thrilled. Bethenny belongs on reality tv and always brought fun and a little drama to the scene. I can’t wait to see her interaction with the other ladies.

Speaking of The Real Housewives, Us Magazine is reporting that this will be the “most intense” season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills yet. According to Kyle Richards and Yolanda Foster, it’s a complicated season that features newbies Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson. On a side note, how ironic is it that two soap opera stars are joining a soap opera? Anyway, the ladies dish that there is all sorts of drama to go around in the fifth season, including many disagreements and some new friendships. Additionally, several outlets including Radar Online are reporting that Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin refuses to appear on the show. His agents allegedly told him it may be bad for his acting career if he participates. Sources say it’s quickly becoming a storyline as one cast member relentlessly questions Lisa about Harry’s absence. We shall see. Season five of my favorite housewives franchise premieres soon on Bravo TV.

True Tori premiered this week and as expected it was another crying and whining fest. I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would do a reality show of this sort. Well obviously for the money but it seems like blood money to me. While I do think Dean McDermott is definitely a cheater, I did a little investigating the other night and I cannot find a photo of this woman he cheated with anywhere. Is it fake? The world may never know. Tori Spelling meanwhile who’s in the hospital with respiratory issues, yet again tweeted out a cryptic message the other day, claiming she now knows there’s one person who will never be there for her. Is it Dean? Is it Mama Candy? Again, the world may never know, and probably doesn’t care anyway!

Hasta la vista Honey Boo Boo. TLC has cancelled this ridiculous show after four seasons. Why you ask? Well, Mama June is currently dating a convicted child molester who People magazine reveals is an old boyfriend. Mark McDaniel served ten years in a Georgia prison for aggravated child molestation. Get this, Anna Cardwell, June’s 20-year-old daughter, was the eight year old victim of McDaniel. Anna is reportedly beyond hurt by her mothers actions and says their relationship may be over. Honestly, why these people were ever on tv is a mystery to me. I found this show only mildly entertaining and I’ll watch pretty much anything. Watching those fools and their disgusting behavior does not, a tv show make. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, hey hey hey, goooooodbye.
Tonight on Bravo, Real Housewives of New Jersey secrets revealed part one airs at 8 EST. Why not the reunion? That’s annoying. It’s followed by a couple of episodes of Manzo’d With Children and Watch What Happens Live with Dina Manzo and Mark Consuelos at 11:30.
Watch this space for my latest reality adventure as I meet up with Andy Cohen yet again at his next book signing in November.  Stay tuned…

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

Melissa and Joe Gorga. Photo:TheHollywoodGossip.com

Melissa and Joe Gorga.
Photo:TheHollywoodGossip.com

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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