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: Housewife Wedding Bells, and Baby Bump Swells

Kandi ties the knot! Credit: In Touch Weekly

Kandi ties the knot!
Credit: In Touch Weekly

By Lesley Rousso

Last weekend two Housewives tied the knot. Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, married TV producer boyfriend  Todd Tucker on April 4th. Burruss’s storyline has revolved a lot around her mother Joyce‘s lukewarm feelings toward Tucker, but it seems like all went well for the big day. The 37 year old singer/songwriter was thrilled telling In Touch, “This is one of the best days of my life. I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me.” Earlier this year Burruss and her mother appeared together on the Bethenny show to tell the world they have made peace regarding the relationship. Burruss has one daughter, Riley, 11, who she brings to the union.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong also married last weekend. Taylor whose former husband Russell committed suicide in 2011 after she filed for divorce, has an 8 year old daughter Kennedy. Taylor appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy with new husband John Bluher. On the show Bluher had told Armstrong of his plans to adopt Kennedy to which she replied,“There could be no better father for (her)”. According to Radar Online, the lavish affair, which took place at the Pacific Palisades, CA Bel Air Bay Club cost the Bluher’s nada. The entire wedding and reception tab was picked up by WETV’s My Fair Wedding. Seems, even though she’s no longer a Housewife, Taylor just can’t keep off of Reality TV.

Last week, Joanna Krupa took to Instagram and Twitter to put to rest some long time rumors that have been swirling around.  “The rumors that I wanted to be transferred to RHOBH were always false,” she stated.  Joanna goes on to say that the rumors that RHOM has been axed or renewed are also false.  Too bad, because given Joanna’s history with RHOBH resident bitch Brandi Glanville, that would’ve been an intersting season.  As far as RHOM goes Bravo TV announced their returning shows last week and the Miami franchise was not on the list.  Considering Bravo beats to their own drum, this could mean anything. In our opinion, if they do bring it back, a cast shake-up is in order.

According to E! News, former RHOC star Lydia McLaughlin is pregnant with her third child.  Lydia announced on Friday that she’s due in November and couldn’t be happier.  She goes on to say that she was trying to have another baby and didn’t want that to be her storyline on the show.  Hence the reason she left.  Lydia says it was “bittersweet” to exit RHOC but she was ready to move on.

In RHONJ news, Lauren Manzo and fiancee Vito Scalia had a blowout engagement party at the Manzo family’s Brownstone catering hall.   According to Instagram and Twitter the only remaining cast members present at the  party were Melissa and Joe Gorga and Kathy and Rich Wakile.  If you remember the Manzo family left the show to focus on Manzo’d With Children.  Obviously former castmates the Laurita’s, Chris and Jacqueline being the bride to be’s uncle and aunt, were also there.

Manzo’d With Children  may have been the right move for Caroline and company. Last week Bravo announced their new lineup, and the RHONJ spinoff, along with two Atlanta spinoffs made the cut.  Kim Zolciak, husband Kroy and their six kids will be returning for another season of Don’t Be Tardy and  Kandi and new hubby Todd will appear in Kandi’s Wedding (working title).  The short term series will be similar to  NeNe Leakes’ spinoff I Dream Of NeNe and focus on the planning of their wedding.  Apparently the theme is Coming to Americawhich symbolizes the couple meeting in Africa. Bravo has also announced some scripted shows to their lineup including Odd Mom Out, which is a series produced by and starring novelist Jill Kargman as an Upper East Side mom who is trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses.

Back to Atlanta, according to TMZ, Kenya Moore has threatened to have Porsha Williams fired after she attacked her at the taping of the reunion show.  The other Housewives are alledgedly on Porsha’s side, but no matter what happens, we cannot wait to see this reunion.  Hey Andy Cohen, at least no one attacked you this time.

TMZ also reports that  Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband Ken Todd is being sued for allegedly attacking two construction workers outside of Sur, the couple’s West Hollywood restaurant.  Brothers Kevin and David Cazaref were using a concrete chipper when they accused Ken of complaining about their work and threatening and attacking them.  Apparently this is not the first lawsuit to come from the incident.  Ken sued the brothers in October 2013 saying he had been attacked and that the brothers tried to extort money from him.  The Cazaref bros are now suing for slander, and assault and battery.

Okay since I am guest Roundup blogging for Brent this week I cannot omit “The Killing Off of @TheBravoholic” from Twitter fiasco.  As a former Bravoholic I was saddened when Bravo decided to get rid of the handle.  In case you’re unfamiliar with it, @TheBravoholic was a contest in which @BravoTV chose a viewer (tweeter) to tweet as the Bravoholic for a week.  Long story short, Bravo chose someone to be the Bravoholic that final week, that people were up in arms over.  This woman, had made a very nasty comment to Carole Radziwill regarding her deceased husband while live tweeting RHONY the previous week.  Complaint tweets came flooding in along with lots of unfollowing and Twitter wars.  I tell you it was a show in itself.  Bravo blamed it on a security breach sending the former ‘holics an email telling us this-

“Due to questionable activity we’ve been experiencing with the account over the past few weeks we’ve decided to retire the Twitter handle and end the weekly contest.  We have evidence of multiple people accessing the account past their tenure as Bravoholic, and since we cannot pinpoint the source of this activity, we have no choice but to deactivate the account.”

Well, this set off another Twitter frenzy, with all mourning @TheBravoholic.  It spun off polls and fights and banding together as former Bravoholics with moments of tweet silence.  While I do feel bad the account is gone, and that TBB’s own Tara Cushing and Brent Osborne should’ve been chosen over some of theses clowns (collagegate, holicgate 13), the whole thing was super entertaining.  I wish that others could’ve had the chance but it is what it is. It was fun and I got to do it and that was pretty damn cool.  It’s over but there is a group of us who are now, the few, the proud, the Holics.

 

 

 

Reality Roundup

Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, and Dina Manzo. (Source: BravoTV.com)

Get your meatballs and leopard print handcuffs ready! The stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey have reportedly started filming for season six of the series.

“The first day of filming for everyone was this Tuesday!” a source revealed to AllAboutTRH.

While the complete season six cast has yet to be confirmed, rumor has it that Jacqueline Laurita will not be returning to the series. Both Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice are expected to be retuning while Kathy Wakile takes  a back seat to the other women next season.

Marked by the departure of her sister Caroline Manzo, original cast member Dina Manzo will be returning to the series this season. Producers will also be adding three new housewives to the mix—twins  Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend, Amber Marchese.

In a recent interview with In Touch, Dina reveals that after three years she and her sister Caroline have reconciled, saying she and Caroline are “totally fine.”

“When we see each other, we kiss each other hello. We just don’t hang out for Sunday dinner, that’s all,” she said.

“I will be at Lauren‘s wedding,” Dina told In Touch. “If Caroline needed me and called me tomorrow, I would be there. I love my sister. I will always love her.”

Despite the alleged reconciliation, an insider revealed to TBBReality that the story is completely false. Could Dina just be pulling a good PR stunt?

For more RHONJ news tune into TBB Monday for a new TBBonTV special with designer Lindsey Andrews as she talks about the dress Caroline wore on the reunion, gives us a tour of her new Hoboken NJ apartment, and answers the question we are all asking!

The anticipation for season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles. The couple faces a federal trial in February.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Stewart is single and ready to mingle, legally.

E! News reports that Porsha and Kordell Stewart are officially divorced. “Kordell wishes to thank his family, friends and fans for their loving support and encouragement during these difficult days. He is grateful and thankful for your continued prayers for him and his family,” Kordell’s attorney said in a statement.

“Today is the 1st Day of the rest of my LIFE” #blessed #lovinglife #favored #free,” Porsha posted on Instagram this week.

Kordell filed for divorce back in March claiming that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County welcomed a new suntanned star to the season nine cast last week.

According to Tamra Barney, Shannon Beador is the latest  addition to the RHOC cast. Tamra broke the news via Facebook and Instagram after posting a photo of the two together with friends at the USC-UCLA football game this past weekend.

“Excited to be going to the game tomorrow with Shannon & David (new housewife) can’t wait to see you…,” Tamra wrote on her Facebook page.

The Facebook post and Instagram photos with Shannon have since been deleted.

Production for the ninth season of the show is currently underway and although the season nine cast has yet to be confirmed by Bravo, rumor has it that both Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi have been given a pink slip by the network.

Vicki Gunvalson, Heather Dubrow, and Tamra will all be returning whereas Lydia McLaughlin announced her departure for the series last month after only one season.

Season nine of the hit reality show is set to premiere in early 2014.

Real Housewives of Atlanta favorite and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss is about to add off-Broadway actress to her resume!

Kandi will be joining the cast of the off-Broadway comedy NEWSical the Musical from January 13 through January 26, 2014.

The play sets all of today’s top pop culture headlines to music, including news about Honey Boo Boo, Paula Deen, and Andrew Weiner. Good luck, Kandi!

After a spell of dreadful ratings, over 1.9 million people tuned in to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week—a positive increase in viewership for this season.

The current fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted to disappointing ratings last month as BravoRatings reports that only a mere 1,592,000 people tuned in for the season four premiere— a major decrease in viewership compared to the season two premiere which pulled in over 2,183,000 viewers.

Thursday night marked the long-awaited return of the newly revamped reality series, Mob Wives: New Blood. With two new faces and the returning ones of Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, and “Big Ang“, this season is certainly going to be full of drama!

The entire cast, including new girls Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio, gathered at Greenhouse in New York City Thursday night to kick off the season.  To no avail, the party ended in a scuffle.

TMZ reports that it all started when Natalie’s boyfriend got into a verbal argument with another partygoer. The situation quickly escalated and more than ten people got in on the action. TMZ’s sources revealed that bottles were being thrown and one partygoer may have suffered a broken ankle. In fact, it was confirmed that one person was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Just one day after newbie Alicia DiMichele made her reality television debut, she attended the sentencing hearing for her husband Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, Jr., in Brooklyn Federal Court.

A Federal Judge sentenced the mobster to seven years in prison for murder conspiracy, extortion and witness tampering. Alicia herself is facing a potential prison sentence.

Each week we will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Last week, we revisited an event that made national headlines involving the former Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi. This week, we will discuss one of the most infamous feuds in Real Housewives history.

The ongoing feud between former BFF’s Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin escalated during their stints on The Real Housewives of New York City. Although The Real Housewives of New York City is a distant memory for both Frankel and Zarin, the two have yet to reconcile.

Bethenny, in an attempt to bury the glittered hatchet or was it to save her ratings, recently invited Jill to be a guest on her new talk show; however, Jill rudely declined.  Current Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps  visited Bethenny’s studio last month and as part of their discussion on moving on, Bethenny and LuAnn de Lesseps revisited the infamous feud between Bethenny and Jill.

Catch a glimpse of their conversation below!

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