Reality Roundup: Bookgate in NY, Braceletgate in NJ, and Birthdaygate in Miami

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

Housewife Guy has the weekend off, but gossip never takes a vacay! This week was no exception, with some of the juiciest stories in TBB‘s very own backyard. The Real Housewives of New York City are on the air and at each other’s Chanel necklaced throats. Bravo is heavily promoting the feud du jour between Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher. The debacle even has its own hashtag #Bookgate. The ghostwriter finger pointing hit new heights, however, when Drescher called into Vh1‘s Gossip Table  Tuesday morning.

Drescher told the panel about the “epic fight” saying, “one of us admits to having a lot of help and one doesn’t” in reference to Drescher’s memoir Leggy Blonde, and Radziwill’s What Remains and The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, a memoir and fictional novel respectively.

“I had a lot of help on my book,” Drescher said. But she dropped a bomb when GT host Rob Shuter asked if there’s any possibility of Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin returning to the show. “I heard they are going to replace Heather (Thomson) and Carole. Heather and Carole are trying to be like Ramona (Singer) and Sonja (Morgan) NOT…I heard that Jill and Bethenny might come back and boot them off the show.”

While Drescher was spreading rumors this week, Radziwill was spreading the word about her first foray into fiction. The longtime journalist and widow of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s nephew Anthony Radziwill, who succumbed to cancer in 1999, was busy visiting bookstores and reading excerpts from Widow’s Guide and autographing copies for her readers. I caught her at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ near her childhood home of Suffern, NY along with her parents and sister. When asked about the Jill/Bethenny comment, which Andy Cohen squashed on Radziwill’s Tuesday appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Radziwill said that Drescher was probably just listening to, “the voices in her head.” She also said that she never meant to offend stay at home moms with the comment she said to Aviva in Tuesday’s episode.

So did Radziwill have any help writing either of her books? She does admit to one surprising source of advice. “Christiane Amanpour, a very old friend of mine and my husband’s (when I first started dating) said; ‘You should keep a journal and you should call it the Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating. She actually says she didn’t say sex but I’m pretty sure she did say ‘sex and dating’…I didn’t keep a journal but I kept the title. She always likes to be credited.”

Personally, knowing Aviva and listening to her call on GT I think it was just her kooky sense of humor. Her tone, to me sounds very jocular. Below is a link to the clip. What do you all think?

http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2014-03-18/aviva-drescher-leg-rhony/

The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be off air for a moment, but it doesn’t mean they are off our radar. RHONJ and now convicted tax felon Teresa Giudice won’t let her legal woes get her down. The mother of four daughters, and cookbooks, made an appearance at Kim D’s Posche spring fashion show on Wednesday night, but you had to pay a price for a moment with the queen of the table flip. Apparently Giudice was with a handler who let people know they had to purchase a 25 dollar book to get an autograph and picture with the reality star. This was in addition to the $110 ticket to attend the dinner. Another caveat, the fans had to pay Teresa in cash. Considering these days anyone can accept credit cards with an iPhone it seems to me Tre wants to hide some income for fear of the government garnishing her wages.

Is a Jerseylicious star ripping off the RHONJ’s niece? According to Candice Laurita; niece of Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo,and Jacqueline Laurita; Tracy DiMarco has been knocking off her accessory business, Dazzle Candy for months.

“When I was told about this I literally felt sick,” Laurita told TBB, “The designs are so similar that it’s impossible to be a coincidence so many times over. When things like this happen it’s always really upsetting, but to have it come from someone with such a large reality TV following, it is that much more devastating to my business that I worked so hard to build.”

This is not the first case of jewelry knock off drama in New Jersey. Last month we reported that Kim D had been accused of stealing her cuff designs from another designer. Laurita is currently awaiting a response from DiMarco but supplied the following pictures from Dazzle Candy and DiMarco’s Princess Armor websites. What do you think?

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Speaking of the Manzos their fanzos may have to wait a little while before they get to see the famous reality tv star family return to the air. A source told us they are having some issues with the production of their spinoff Manzo’d With Children. “They really want it to be real,” the source who by the way was NOT Candice, told us. “They are trying to exert some control over the editing. They don’t want their show overproduced.” Three cheers for Caro and the crew for trying to keep it real!

Let’s leave the Northeast for some fairer weather Housewife scoop. Perez Hilton reports that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams has a new man. According to Hilton’s site Williams is dating 42 year old Teodoro Nguema Obiang son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, dictator, er president, of Equatorial Guinea. Mbasogo is “considered one of the most brutal rulers in Africa.” RHOA fans have been side eyeing the newly divorced Williams’s luxurious lifestyle all season, but this relationship would certainly explain how it’s been funded as the family of Obiang has some serious oil wealth, allegedly pillaged off the backs of their population. Williams was married to NFL player Kordell Stewart whose sexuality has been questioned all season long by her and her cast mates. As Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger would say, it seems like Porsha’s picker is off!

 South of Atlanta the ladies of Real Housewives of Miami as well as others, Countess LuAnn DeLesseps , gathered to celebrate Marysol Patton‘s birthday. The odd thing, Patton’s birthday was in January. The daughter of the free spirited Mama Elsa is a Capricorn, as she’s tweeted me about our shared birth sign before. A source who attended the event said the party, “was just going to be (a restaurant opening) but restaurant owners wanted to do a belated birthday bash for her.” Restaurant owners? Sounds more like producers to me. Could RHOM be filming another season? Does Marysol have a pilot for another show? Hmmm sounds fishy to me. Patton’s true birthday is January 9th.

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RHOM: The Finale and Reunion parts 1 and 2

Should they stay or should they go? Joanna Krup and Lea Black. Credit: Bravotv.com

Should they stay or should they go? Joanna Krup and Lea Black. Credit: Bravotv.com

By Lesley Rousso

Well, where do I begin?  Last we left off, Lisa was completely hammered swinging on the pole and arguing with everyone in the party bus.  The next morning, the ladies wake up super late and find that they’ve missed their plane. Lea finds Lisa passed out behind the bar in the suite wearing sunglasses. Drama ensues, they pack like psychos, and they end up renting a car to drive to Cali, ala the Hangover, for Joanna’s rehearsal dinner.   On the way there they stop in the desert for Lisa to throw up and Adriana to pee. Priceless watching Adri in her five-inch red heels, popping a squat, in the dirt.  On the way, they discuss the previous night and everyone kisses and makes up blaming the alcohol for all the drama.

Back in San Diego, the girls arrive at the Park Hyatt and hurry in to get dressed for the rehearsal dinner.  Joanna looks stunning in a red dress, happy to see her sister Marta and her parents.  Romain’s brother ended up making it also.  Guests arrive, and Lisa is sad Lenny isn’t there with her.  They rehearse and cocktail hour begins.  Lisa and Alexia discuss that it’s hard for them to be there without their husbands.  Lisa then tells Lea that Lenny and she have picked a surrogate and it’s a double-edged sword for her.  On the one hand she’s glad, and on the other, she wants to carry her own baby.  Lea gives her good advice, telling her to let it go and that essentially she’ll wind up with what she wants at the end, which is a baby.

The next day, everyone preps for the wedding, Joanna informs us that there will be over thirty thousand flowers on hand.  Lea invites the other girls down for facials and Adri is the only one who shows.  Lea is less than thrilled.  Adri apologizes again to Lea, about planting the article.  Adri seems to think that her and Lea are getting back to normal. Lea has a different story to tell. She informs Adri that once she sees that someone’s core is evil or negative, she doesn’t want it in her life.  Adri bursts into tears and again apologizes.  She practically begs but Lea is just over it.

Alexia gets her hair done, and surprise, in walks Peter as her date.  She’s thrilled and they have a really sweet exchange.  Hopefully, he’ll cut his hair soon.

The wedding begins, all in attendance.  Romain makes his way to the chopping block, oops I mean altar.  The bridesmaids enter and then Joanna arrives on her father’s arm.  Joanna looks gorgeous, of course that goes without saying.  The vows are sweet, the reception rocks, yada yada the episode ends.

Now I’m sure by now, we’ve all seen the reunions and heard about Joanna’s, umm, personal body scent problems.  That was revealed on Watch What Happens Live last week by Brandi Glanville, as told to her by Mohamed  Hadid.  Allegedly, Joanna had an affair with Mohamed when he was married to Yolanda Foster.  Mohamed tweeted out though, that the two are only friends.  Brandi then dropped her little bombshell abount Joanna’s chuckalina to Andy Cohen and Mark Consuelos, who subsequently fainted.  Joanna’s vagina apparently now has its own twitter handle. Classy.

So, I could recap the reunions now, but honestly, I think you should probably watch them with your own eyes.  There was lots of fighting and #RHOM was actually trending last night which I cannot imagine has happened much this season, due to poor ratings.  In fact, many tweeted that the reunions were better than every episode combined.  Will the ladies return?

For what it’s worth, here’s my two cents.   I enjoy watching RHOM for a couple of reasons.  The first is obviously, because I live here, it’s my hometown, although my real hometown is Cleveland, Ohio (happy Mom?).  Honestly though, I’ve lived here since I’m three, and my father Mike Reineri was a very well-known local radio star.  So I like seeing everything I’ve grown up with, places I still go and of course the beautiful views which made me realize I take it for granted sometimes.  Another reason I enjoy watching, and I may get flack for this, is Lea Black.  She’s hysterical and never fails to make me laugh. Selling her wares, doing her best Amy Phillips impressions of herself, whatever.  I don’t always agree with her, but that’s fine, at least she’s entertaining.  I enjoy Lisa and think she should stay and would like to see more of Alexia.  If they come back I also think Marysol should be on more.  As for Adriana, I could take her or leave her.  It’s nothing personal, I just wonder what more she has to offer.  As far as Joanna is concerned, she needs to go.  She’s played out and she’s just exhausting.  She’s always upset or bitching about something, she’s very mean and as stunning as she is, she’s starting to look a little ugly.  I don’t care about her sex life with Romain who may or may not be gay, or may or may not be sleeping with a Colombian cocktail waitress.  Enough!  If it comes back, which I’m doubting right about now, we need some new blood Bravo!  If all is said and done for the ladies, Adiós amigas, it’s been real.  I think…

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RHOM Episode 11: The Black Sheep

Yee Haw! Lisa, Lea, and friend at a Texas bar! Credit: Bravotv.com

Yee Haw! Lisa, Lea, and friend at a Texas bar! Credit: Bravotv.com

By Lesley Rousso

The episode begins with Lea packing up for a trip to her home state of Texas.  She explains that she’s going because RJ wants to see his cousins and none of her huge family ever plans on leaving Texas.  Lisa is also packing, she is joining them.

Romain and Joanna Skype with Romain’s family to tell them they’re getting married and have set a date.  Unfortunately, none of them can make it to the wedding.  Later, Romain sets up a lovely drink outside on their dock and he rips up the prenup.  A huge boat pulls up and they hop aboard.  Romain then brings out a surprise from inside, an adorable puppy!  The three sail off into the sunset.

Adriana‘s son Alex prepares for a dance and Adri wants to be the chaperone.  Not happening!  She makes a very big deal out of him going.  Which, as a mother, I totally get.  Frederic plays chauffer and drives Alex and his friend in his Rolls.

Back at the airport, Lea, Lisa and RJ are headed to Dallas.  When they arrive at the hotel Lea’s family is waiting for them.  Lea has a huge family that, until now, we really knew nothing about.  I immediately see where she gets her taste in jewelry. I was literally “blinded by the light”.  Lea is the oldest of her sisters but, because she doesn’t live there, she feels she doesn’t really fit in with their “cult”. It is uncanny how much Lea’s sisters sounds exactly like her.

The group ventures to suburbia to a cousin’s house.  Everyone is in denim, sparkly jewelry and cowboy boots, the complete opposite of our Miami gals. As they prepare to eat lunch,  her family blesses the food, which RJ thinks is bizarre.  Her mother and sisters tell Lisa that Lea was the most popular girl in school and had tons of boys after her.  They also reveal that Lea worries about the family and just sends checks if she knows someone is struggling. (She could just send one of her five hundred Birkins). The family and Lisa agree that Lea puts a wall up with people.  Her mom says that they know the true Lea, who is a caring and generous person.  They bring up Lea’s sister Kim, who died in a freak car accident three years ago.  Lisa observes that Lea just kind of shuts down and seems to have a really difficult time talking about her feelings.

Lisa and Lea meet up with a friend at a Dallas bar. Lea had a skincare company in the 80s and this woman was one of her employees. We are treated to many old pictures and videos.  She was also in the health club business (think Jazzercize).  Then, a man with a cowboy hat…stereotype much…asks Lea to dance and we learn that Ms. Black is a pretty great dancer.  In her twenties, she tells us, she worked sixteen hours a day in heels dancing.  Up next, they ride the mechanical bull and I half expect her to tell us about her days as a professional bull rider.

Back in Miami Alexia and Herman throw a small dinner party to celebrate their anniversary.  Alexia gives a speech and Frankie throws his two cents in whenever he feels like it.  It’s actually adorable.  Peter to be doing better, now if he would just cut that hair. Marysol stops by Alexia’s and the two chat about Mama Elsa.  She’s not doing well and Marysol is very upset.  I’m not exactly sure why they knocked Marysol to recurring status when she’s on every episode.

Lea, RJ and Lisa prepare to head back to Miami, and have a last breakfast with Lea’s mom.  They say goodbye and the episode ends.

Let me give you my opinion, for what it’s worth.  I found a really likable Lea Black on this episode.  I enjoyed seeing where she came from.  It helped me to understand who she is, and why.  Dare I say, I have a new respect for you Lea.  Let people in a little more though, it can do wonders.

Up Next:  Lisa plays armchair psychologist on Lea, Adri and Lea cry over their lost friendship and Joanna and Lisa argue.

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