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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Brandi Glanville (Source: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Yet another Real Housewife has been granted a spin-off!

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville is the latest Real Housewife to be given a reality television spin-off series on Bravo.

While most of the Real Housewives spin-offs revolve around engagments and weddings, Brandi’s show will focus on her life as a dating single mother.

“Brandi will be taping a pilot for Bravo,” an insider told Radar. “Putting your dating life on TV for the world to see is never easy, but Brandi’s never backed down from a challenge. She’s ready to jump back into the dating scene and it will be interesting to see what kind of men can actually handle her!”

 Tamra Barney, star of The Real Housewives of Orange County, was one of the fortunate housewives to land her own wedding spin-off series. Tamra’s O.C. Wedding will air on Monday, September 2nd.

NeNe Leakes’ wedding spin-off, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding will premiere on Tuesday, September 17th. The show will chronicle the weeks leading up to her outrageous nuptials with her ex-husband, Gregg Leakes.

“Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time,” NeNe told Life and Style last month. “I know exactly what I’m getting myself into. Gregg and I are real adults, so it was better.”

It is no secret that The Real Housewives have their fair share of financial woes. This time around, former Real Housewives of Miami star Karent Sierra is in the red.

Florida Community Bank filed a lawsuit against the popular cosmetic dentist to the stars in Miami-Dade civil court back in March of 2013 over two of Karent’s Miami homes.

Now, GossipExtra is reporting that one of Karent’s homes will be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Court documents show that the bank was awarded a judgment against Sierra for a whopping $1.05 million, including back interest, principal and fees.

Karent is not returning to The Real Housewives of Miami for it’s third season, which premieres August 12th.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson broke up with her boyfriend, Brooks Ayers after two years of dating.

 “We were dating, but we never moved our relationship to the next level,” Vicki told Us Weekly. “We care a lot about each other, but we are now dating other people… That’s where we’re at.”

Vicki noted that the reason behind their split will be addressed on the season eight reunion show; however, I have reason to believe it may have something to do with the ongoing cheating allegations against Brooks. Rumor suggests that Ayers cheated on Gunvalson after fellow Real Housewives cast-mate Lauri Peterson claimed Brooks had affair with a porn star.

“I wasn’t there and neither was Laurie,” Vicki said about the cheating allegations. “All I know is what I heard from Brooks, which was a completely different story than what Lauri fabricated…Lauri doesn’t know, I don’t know, so I think we can all shut up. I’m not going to defend Brooks, because I wasn’t there.” 

It’s been over a year since Phaedra Parks, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta filed a lawsuit against Vibe Magazine and author Angela Stanton for defamation, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait even longer for the final outcome on this case.

Phaedra filed charges against Angela over her book, Lies of a Real Housewife. In the book, Angela claims that Phaedra was the leader of an auto-theft ring and that she and Phaedra used to be partners in crime, literally.

Both parties were due in court earlier this year but after Angela’s attorney walked off the case and Phaedra’s witness could not provide, the hearing was delayed. Since, Angela has hired a new attorney and has now filed a counter suit against Phaedra!

Angela is countersuing Phaedra for defamation, tortious interference with business relationships, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Angela currently provides no proof of Phaedra’s alleged criminal involvement in her book.

Kathy Wakile, Patti Stranger, Jill Zarin, and Aviva Drescher (Source: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

Jill Zarin may not be a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City anymore, but she still knows how to party in the Hamptons.   

The redheaded reality star held her Luxury Ladies Luncheon at her beachfront Southhampton estate in New York last Saturday.

Despite the downpour, many of Jill’s famous friends came out for a good cause—the luncheon was held to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Among the fabulous faces at the event were RHONY stars Aviva Drescher and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Kathy and Rich Wakile, and the hot mess that is Dina Lohan!

Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lynne Curtin may not be on the show anymore, but it seems like she owes Uncle Sam some of the money she made while she was!

According to documents obtained by TMZ, the IRS filed a tax lien against Lynne—claiming the former reality star owes close to $32,000 in taxes!

Lynne joined the season four cast of RHOC in 2008 and left the show after season five in 2010. Since her departure from the series, Lynne and her husband Frank split after 22 years of marriage. His name is not listed on the lien.

Bravo can’t get enough of Atlanta, Georgia! Home of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine, Bravo has announced a new Atlanta based reality series, The New Atlanta.

According to Bravo,  “The New Atlanta will follow five of the city’s trailblazers as they strive to achieve their dreams, search for love, and find resolutions to heartbreaks from the past. Fighting their way to the top, each hopes to make their mark in the cutthroat industries of fashion, music, event planning and business while taking advantage of Atlanta’s hot social scene.”

Mona Scott Young, the creator of VH1s hit reality series Love & Hip Hop, produces The New Atlanta. Catch the show’s trailer here.

Viewers flocked to Bravo last Sunday night as 2.7 million people tuned in to see brother-in-laws Joe Giudice and Joe Gorga claw each other on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

 Based on those numbers, Bravo earned the No. 1 spot on cable television among adults 18-49 in the 8 p.m. timeslot last Sunday—in addition to the top spot among all ad-supported cable channels for total viewers.

Viewers stuck around to watch Andy Cohen host Watch What Happens: Live!, which will air its fourth anniversary episode this Tuesday. Sisters Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri’s appearance attracted close to 1.2 million viewers—giving the show it’s highest viewership of the season.

The brawl broke out during a family retreat in which the feuding family members were to take part in various team-building exercises in an effort to mend their broken relationships.

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Many Bravolebs were in attendance at NeNe and Gregg’s nuptials! (Source: Splash News)

After months of planning, Nene and Gregg Leakes are married — again! The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars said their “I Dos” for the second time in front of 400+ guests and Bravo cameras in Atlanta, Georgia.

NeNe’s exclusive guest list included the former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, The Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton and The Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley. Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger and Atlanta housewives Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak were also in attendance.

However, Atlanta’s newest housewife Kenya Moore was too busy to attend NeNe’s lavish wedding.

“I was working in Africa,” Kenya told CocoFab.  “I hosted some shows and I have some other business dealings there as well.”

Ratings for Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and  Princesses: Long Island  continue to be a disappointment for the network. However, Kim Zolciak‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta spinoff, Don’t be Tardy, scored high ratings for the season finale.

Ratings dropped again this week for The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Only 2.1 million people tuned in to see Rosie Pierri and Teresa Giudice duke it out on the small screen. Princesses: Long Island also saw a ratings drop as the show did not even rank in the list of Top 100 Sunday night cable shows.

However, over 1.3 million people tuned in to see Kim pee on a stick last Tuesday. Kim announced that she is expecting baby number five on the season finale of Don’t Be Tardy.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo must be one proud mama! Caroline’s sons, Albie and Chris Manzo are continuing to promote their BLK Water and despite the rumors, the company must be doing well—a new line of flavored BLK Water will be hitting shelves this summer.

“And here….we….GO!!! @blkbeverages #getexcited July 2013 August 2013,” Albie wrote on Instagram along with a photo of the new bottled beverages. The four new flavors of water are mango coconut, blueberry acai, black lemonade and tropical punch.

In addition to BLK, the Manzo brothers continue to operate their restaurant in Hoboken, Little Town New Jersey.

Mazel Tov to Flipping Out star Jenni Pulos—who gave birth to a healthy baby girl on June 29th!

Jenni and her husband Jonathan Nassos named their first child Alianna Marika. Alianna weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs 10 ounces.

“Wow motherhood, just had 1 full hour of sleep & feel that this is “refreshing”. Does not matter at all, totally worth it. You all r right!,” Jenni Tweeted after just one day of motherhood.

Last year, Jenni revealed she had suffered a miscarriage just two months after her wedding.

Princesses: Long Island star Amanda Bertoncini triggered an uproar after disrespecting a statue honoring a fallen 9/11 firefighter from Great Neck on a recent episode of the show.

Last week’s episode featured Amanda staging a low-budget photoshoot for her products  in front of a monument paying tribute to FDNY firefighter Jonathan Ielpi and other slain heroes. Amanda’s friend, identified onscreen as Eleca, posed with and on the statue while holding a beverage covered by Amanda’s product, the Drink Hanky.

“It was disgraceful,” Ielpi’s father, Lee, a retired FDNY firefighter, told the New York Daily News.

“It was a slap to the people of Great Neck,” he said. “It was a slap to the fire department of Great Neck and it was a slap to all of the people that were lost on 9/11.”

Amanda has since apologized saying,  “I would like to apologize to the community of Great Neck, fellow Long Islanders, and anyone who was affected by 9/11,” she says. “I would especially like to extend my sincere apology to the family of Jonathan Ielpi. I never meant to hurt or offend anyone.”

Bravo released a statement stating that the footage will not be shown in any future airings of the show, “Bravo would like apologize for any distress we may have caused the family of Jonathan Ielpi and other firefighters. As soon as we were alerted that this was a memorial statue, we immediately removed the footage from any future airings. Again, we deeply regret this.”

It is a rare occasion when reality stars from different television shows interact with each other. The  Bachelor ‘s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici  went on a double date with RHOBH’s Pandora Vanderpump and husband Jason Sabo!

The couples most likely were introduced through Pandora’s mom, Lisa Vanderpump, who competed against Sean last season on Dancing with the Stars.

Will Ramona Singer (left) and Aviva Drescher (right) be able to bury the hatchet this season? (Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City is rumored to be the most dramatic season yet. From booze to brawls, Bravo cameras are capturing all the craziness!

Ramona [Singer] has turned into Joan Collins,” a source told the NY Daily News. “She is telling everyone that she is the star of the show.”

And although her castmates labeled her “ridiculous,” only Aviva Drescher has confronted her so far. However, this season Aviva is trying to make amends with Ramona.  In fact, an apology is expected to be given in the first episode! “Aviva tells her how much she has missed her.  She is being so nice to Ramona that it is freaking her out. Ramona hates to be touched, and Aviva is hugging her every chance she gets.”

The biggest drama this season is expected to stem from Aviva and Carole Radziwill, who are feuding over their socialite status. “Aviva thinks Carole is a fake socialite.  She is desperately trying to find evidence that Carole had a ghostwriter for her book and did not get the $800,000 advance she claims.”

On last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson learned that her on-again off-again boyfriend had been unfaithful. Vicki learned that Brooks Ayers had cheated on her with a 21-year-old porn star.

Former RHOC star Lauri Peterson revealed that the porn star was actually a friend of her daughter’s and said that Brooks met the girl at a poker party.

Now, Lauri’s daughter Ashley Zarlin is denying the fact that she and the XXX actress were friends.

“None of my friends are porn stars, hookers, or escorts,” she wrote on Twitter. “I do not know ANYONE who has slept with Brooks other than Vicki. I don’t even know Brooks. My mother was NOT talking about me on the show! Ew.”

“This is exactly why I have not made an appearance on RHOOC this year. Too many of you take reality TV way too seriously and you pass judgement before getting your facts straight. If you only know how much was scripted,”she added.

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