Reality Roundup

We love Joanna Krupa's transformation, even though it's not as drastic as Bruce (Jennerfer) Jenner's.

We love Joanna Krupa’s transformation, even though it’s not as drastic as Bruce (Jennerfer) Jenner’s.

By Tara Cushing and Jamie Bertolini

According to Andy Cohen via Twitter, the entire cast of Vanderpump Rulesall let Stassi [Shroeder] ‘have it’” during the reunion filming on Friday. At one point, Jax Taylor tweeted “I need a drink so bad this reunion could not be going any worse ….” The SUR staff posted photos after filming wrapped at PUMP and neither Stassi, nor Kristen Doute were present.

Our deepest condolences to Vicki Gunvalson. The Real Housewives of Orange County star lost her mother on Wednesday. The original OC Housewife posted the following tribute on her Instagram page:

“Tonight I received a phone call that is every person’s

worst nightmare. My amazing, beautiful and strong

mother passed on and is now with the love of her life

my father in heaven. I am who I am today because

of her. An amazing cook, organized, bold personality

and had a sense of style and fashion I adored. I miss you

so much mommy! My life will never be the same without

you to give me advice and your wisdom. You were so healthy

and so vibrant, and so beautiful. I still need you. I love you MOM.”

 

In other unfortunate RHOC news, Radar Online reports that one season wonder Peggy Tanous is not only divorced from husband Micah, but could also soon be homeless. According to Radar, Tanous has missed a whopping 75 mortgage payments on her $840K home, and that she filed for bankruptcy two years ago. Court documents show that Tanous is only bringing in an estimated $30K a year. Her only current income is $2500 per month in checks from her ex, although she has never publicly acknowledged their split. We have interviewed Peggy and she has always remained a friend of TBB ‘s Twitter. If the reports are true, we wish her the best during this trying time.

Caroline Manzo’s son, Christopher Manzo of the Real Housewives of New Jersey had a second chance on Millionaire Matchmaker this week. According to his interview on Bravotv.com, he is still single but has dated since appearing on the show.

Real Housewives of Miami gone Beverly Hills Joanna Krupa took to Instagram to show off a new bob this week. The model had her hair cut by dry cut specialist and stylist to the stars, Mika Fowler. The new do is a sophisticated look for Krupa. We love the upgrade! To see more of Mika’s work you can follow her @mikafowler on twitter and @mikafowlerxx on Instagram.

In Million Dollar Listing New York news, Fredrik Eklund and his husband Derek Kaplan have once again listed their Manhattan apartment for sale. The recently renovated, West 27th Street home is on the market for $2,995,000. Fredrik and Luis D. Ortiz also announced that they’ve co-listed a Chelsea Penthouse to the tune of $6 million. We are wondering if this will be seen on the net season of MDLNY.

Good news for GG2D fans: Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce has been renewed for a second season and production is set to begin filming this summer. Bravo‘s first big foray into scripted television has been a big hit.

It appears that Kristen Taekman and Bethenny Frankel are not hitting it off as filming continues for The Real Housewives of New York City. According to Kristen’s interview on Bravotv.com. Kristen states, “I feel like I was really looking forward to getting to know her,” she tells the New York Daily News, “and at this point I feel like that hasn’t really happened yet in a way that I wanted to.” Will Kristen have a glass of Skinnygirl tossed at her next season? We will have to wait and see.

Southern Charm fans, T. Rav returns to our TVs on March 16. Being a South Carolina resident (Jamie) and quite a fan of Charleston, I love this show and the drama that it brings! Also, I can’t wait to see the rise and fall of Ravenel’s campaign if we’re being totally honest here.

Outside of Bravo TV, network news heavyweight Brian Williams is involved in a scandal that’s becoming sleazier than one of his daughter’s scenes on Girls. The Nightly News anchor and managing editor is stepping away from the news desk at NBC for an undisclosed period of time, following allegations that he lied about his personal experiences and eyewitness accounts. NBC is investigating while Lester Holt will be filling in for Williams.

Last we bring you more news about Bruce Jenner, here on in referred to as Jennerfer. Jennerfer has been a huge topic of conversation over the last few weeks with the reveal that he/she is indeed undergoing a gender metamorphosis. After months of speculation following surgery to remove his Adam’s Apple, the former Olympic athlete and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has finally come out, or his family pushed him out, of  the gender reassignment closet. Rumored to be filming a docu-series for E!, and revealing his/her process in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview, Jennerfer already had enough emotional stress. Sadly Jennerfer was involved in a fatal car accident in Malibu, along the Pacific Coast Highway Saturday morning. While he/she walked away without a scratch, the Lexus Jennerfer rear-ended was struck by a Hummer when it was pushed into oncoming traffic, killing the driver. According to TMZ police are obtaining a search warrant for Jennerfer’s cellphone to determine if the accident is a result of texting while driving, which is illegal in the state of California. If it is determined that Jennerfer was texting at the time of the accident, he/she could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

 

Reality Roundup

The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week's In Touch Weekly. Credit: intouchweekly.com

The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week’s In Touch Weekly. Credit: intouchweekly.com

Once again  I will be subbing for guru of gossip Brent Osborne. He’s filled me in on the juiciest stories this week, plus I’ve got some nuggets I’ve got to toss in as well. So without further ado let’s get started, and remember, if you join in the conversation you could win a gift card from this month’s Housewife Hot Item sponsor Wrapadoo!

Our first stop this week is in my own backyard with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Though their fans may think otherwise, former prosecutor and legal news commentator Nancy Grace says that Teresa and Joe Giudice are “going down.” These were the exact words she used to describe her prediction of their fate when a caller on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live asked her to weigh in on the couple’s 39 fraud count indictment.

“I think they were in it together and you know what? You can get away with shoplifting, maybe stealing a car, but don’t mess with the feds when it comes to money. Never mess with the tax man. Never mess with the feds, alright? They have no mercy.” 

Grace went on to compare the two to Martha Stewart saying that the Giudices will be “used as an example to other people.”

A source very close to Teresa disagrees. “She didn’t know what she was signing,” the good friend of the 41 year-old Housewives star told me when the story first broke over the summer. “She was busy having babies and shopping, she had no idea what she was signing. When you are in a marriage and trust your partner you don’t always read what they put in front of you.”

Teresa recently broke her silence regarding her legal troubles in an exclusive interview with In Touch Weekly. “Look – every family has problems. Nobody’s perfect. I have to be strong for my kids…especially Gia – she’s the only one who knows anything is going on, so I do everything I can to make her feel comfortable.”

The Giudices are set to stand trial on February 24th.

Things are certainly a lot more cheery over at the Manz-sion. A new show Manzo’d With Children isn’t the only new endeavor for the reality star family. On the heels of the success of their Hoboken, NJ restaurant Little Town NJ brothers Albie and Chris Manzo are opening their next restaurant and soon!

Along with their Little Town partners (Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr of Funbars.com) US Weekly reported that the duo will be opening a “Vegas style” sports bar at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment as early as November 23d.  The venue, to be called Victory Sports Bar and Club, will include both private party event space and a weekly night club. They will follow that up with Victory Terrace, a rooftop establishment in April.

These Manzo kids are making their momma proud! Manzo matriarch Caroline tweeted on Thursday.

Last Saturday I was at Little Town and apparently missed the elder Manzo offspring by an hour. “I’m on my way back from city,” Albie texted me via Twitter direct message. Perhaps the ambitious 27 year-old was at a business meeting with the NYC based Sinensky and McGarr. Keep coming back to TBB for my thoughts on Little Town and a special RHONJ surprise coming soon!

Jetting acrosse the country there’s some fresh squeezed OJ coming from The Real Housewives of Orange County. After only once season OC newbie Lydia McLaughlin is saying sayonara. According to an article in US Weekly the decision was McLaughlin’s. She says she was asked back but…”never wanted to make a career out of being a Housewife…I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives…I’ve always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it and that I probably wasn’t going to be doing it again.”

McLaughlin will now be remembered as another one season Housewife wonder like Peggy Tanous also of RHOC and RHONY Cindy Barshop. McLaughlin takes with her; 2 children, a holy rolling marriage, and a pot smoking bunny loving mother. Oh and also Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino who reportedly were not asked back.

Lydia’s co-star and veteran HW Tamra Judge recently fired her PR rep, according to an insider. Apparently the newlywed has been shopping around a book without much success and is pointing her well manicured finger at Illumination PR who had been handling her. However, our source told us exclusively that they had seen Tamra’s book proposal and that it frankly “isn’t that good.”

Judge is not the first Housewife to have been represented by Illumination. The firm at one time handled Melissa Gorga who also moved on to a different rep. 

Vicki Gunvalson is going to have to talk to the judge, and we don’t mean her OC castmate. Legal drama continues with her former Vicki’s Vodka partner Robert Williamson. Williamson who sued Vicki for fraud originally has had the tables turned on him. Radar Online reports that Vicki’s attorneys are looking to have the trial moved to federal court. Vicki claims that Williamson tried to “frame, expose, or blackmail” her and that Williamson engages in illicit conduct like running an unlicensed gambling venture.

Last week was a huge premiere week for Bravo TV and one of its home run shows already has a major strike out. Shahs of Sunset premiered on Tuesday and though Season 2’s premiere attracted over two million viewers, the Season 3 premiere brought in less than 1.2 million leaving us to wonder where half the audience went. Also premiered last week was The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Vanderpump Rules.

RHOA returned with its Season 5 cast in tact, while RHOBH boasts two new ladies Carton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud. Last season Adrienne Maloof made her exit mid season while Taylor Armstrong and Camille Grammar stepped down to smaller roles and are rumored to not appear this season at all.

Tell us your thoughts on the new Bevely Hills Housewives, this week’s anticipated premieres, the fate of the Giudices, the prospects of a Tamra book, and more! Your email will never be shared or sold so don’t be shy! Talk to us! 

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Peggy Tanous on the Reality of Life After Real Housewives

In Season Six, Peggy Tanous joined the RHOC cast as a blonde homeopathic bombshell with a hot shot on the firing range. After a brief appearance at the start of the seventh run of Bravo‘s longest running HW franchise she called it quits. In an exclusive interview Peggy told me why she left, what she is up to now, her side of her fall out with Alexis, and what she thinks of the show now that she’s watching with the rest of us.

TBB:  Hello Peggy! Congrats on the birth of your new nephew! When you were on RHOC you shared with us your battle with Postpartum Depression. Are you still working on raising PPD awareness?

Peggy Tanous
PT: Thanks for the congrats!! My nephew Marcos is a sweetie! Yes I definitely am still trying to raise awareness about PPD. I am writing a book on my experience and will be releasing it in fall. I also teamed up with a jewelry designer Amber who owns The SS Collection. You can find them on Facebook. She just designed a green ring, which is one of the colors signifying depression, and will be selling them on her page. A portion of the sales will go to the LA chapter for PPD!! I also continue to sell my natural supplements for PPD on http://www.peggytanous.com!

TBB: In addition to PPD, you are also an advocate for an organic lifestyle. What other positive ways have you been able to use your exposure from having been a Housewife?


PT: Being on the show has given me a voice to speak out on various important charities, as well. People want to learn more about living natural and I love being able to teach them about leading a more holistic lifestyle. I have my own You Tube channel now, Positivity with Peggy where I interview people and give health, beauty and fashion tips!!
 
TBB: So we discussed the positive, are there any negatives associated with having been on reality TV?

PT: Yes, one negative aspect of being on reality TV is people always have opinions about everything you say and do and feel the need to tell you them… And when you run out of your house to grab milk or something looking horrible you get asked to take a photo with a fan.

TBB: We knew before RHOC season 7 started that you were leaving the show, but you did make an appearance in the beginning. Was your decision made prior to that filming?

PT: Yes and No. Before filming the opening party at Vicki’s I was questioning going back because one, we were not coming to terms financially with my contract. When other franchises with lesser ratings than OC are getting paid more I felt, if I was going to put my life out there, I deserved the same as the other franchises. Secondly, I was asked by production to do certain things and felt this was not authentic reality or really me.

TBB: Can you share some of the other reasons that led you to leave RHOC?


PT: Basically I went to Vicki’s party without signing my contract yet to see how I felt. Production knew I was up in the air and they had already planned this party with all the wives attending and needed me there, so I went to see if this would help me decide wether I wanted to move forward with Season 7 or not. Once there I felt things were very forced and that I was purposely put into certain situations and conversations and knew I wanted to move on to do more positive opportunities. After that night I knew I did not want to continue with Season 7. I then signed a contract to do an exit interview to explain my departure. I was later asked to film at the final party and declined the offer

TBB: It is always heartbreaking to see a friendship end, however the competition between you and Alexis Bellino was very evident from the beginning. Things blew up between you and Alexis during the season 6 reunion. Where do things stand between you now?

PT: Alexis and I have not seen or spoken to one another since filming at Vicki’s party last September. What people don’t realize is unfortunately our friendship was already deteriorating before we even started filming Season 6. She had told me to try out for the show and then changed her mind. She then lied to me about it and was telling Gretchen and other people around town awful things. She even said if I got hired on she would quit the show. Then once I was hired on Jim felt he should finally come clean and tell her we had dated way back when. He told her a week before filming. I suggested she and I sit down and talk about it, but she refused. It obviously made it uncomfortable to film knowing she was resentful and knowing she was saying horrible things about me before she even knew about me and Jim. She should have seen what a loyal person I am because I never told production about my past with Jim or brought it up while filming.
 

TBB: So once you left, did you continue to watch? If so, what is it like to be on the other side of the television? Do you see things differently? If not, why not?
PT: Of course I watched the first few episodes I was in and then I continued to watch to make sure I was not brought up. It was interesting to see ideas I had told production we planned on doing being used once I left, like the Costa Rica trip. Micah and I were planning to go there with our kids. It was also funny to see certain scenes when I already knew about them or knew it was edited to look different.

TBB: What are your opinions on the falling out between Tamra and Vicki, Alexis being confronted for being “showy”, and “Cakegate’?

PT: It’s sad to see Tamra and Vicki fighting, but the nature of the show is for the cast to have conflict and inevitably make enemies. You can’t stay friends with one person too long without eventually fighting. I do think once Tamra and Gretchen started mending their friendship that Vicki was threatened by this. Alexis being confronted was a matter of time. I’ve known her for over 5 years off camera and she definitely is showy and and very concerned about appearing a certain way to others. And I have personally seen both she and Jim be rude to people and had heard stories from the crew. I do, however, think the “intervention” in Costa Rica was a bit much. Each of the girls could have spoken to her individually about their issues and opinions of her. But once again, that is the nature of the show. Drama, drama, drama. Isn’t that what you all want to see?? As for the cake incident, I did tell Sarah she should not have touched it since it was the center piece of the party. She is a very sweet girl and I think the alcohol was getting to her. It is typical when filming for food to be brought out late after everyone has consumed alcohol, so being someone that also gets low blood sugar, I understand her need for some sugar. I think Heather could have spoken to Sarah about it privately. But once again, everyone is doing their job by causing conflict and fighting for camera time.

TBB: Do you ever regret leaving the show?

PT: I don’t now, but in the beginning I questioned my decision, as doing a second season would have gotten me that much more publicity and it’s nice to work on a show where they come to your house. Now I’m going to LA all the time. At the end of the day I know it was the right decision for me. Fame and fortune are great, but through it all I truly feel you have to be proud about what you are doing and be authentic to yourself.

TBB: What does the future have in store for Peggy Tanous? Will we see you on TV again?


PT: So much is going on and I’m very excited about all of it! Micah and I filmed for a show that is on TV Guide that will air in August! I will post more about it when it is close to airing! I have been auditioning for several big hosting gigs and have two of my own shows I created that are in pre-production where I will not only be the host on one and main cast member on the other, but I’m also taking on a producer role! Then there is the mom’s show MILPH (Mother’s in Life, Passion and Health) I’ve been involved with for a while that’s finally coming together and I will be hosting that as well as acting as co-producer on it! We just had a big casting for it in LA and got some incredible moms! Lastly, there is a great possibility of my own spin off show and I’ve been in meetings all last week for that! So, as you can see I’m very busy! Not to mention finishing my book, shooting for my You Tube channel and getting ready to launch our wine http://www.monarchywines.com! And most importantly raising London and Capri, which is the best job of all!

TBB: .Thank you for talking with me today. Is there anything else you would like people to know?

PT: Thank you! I just want to thank everyone for their continued love and support and look forward to being back in your homes very soon with fun and positive shows!