By Tara Cushing
Happy Sunday lovies. Our resident busy bee Brent Osborne is off making that honey, so I’m going to borrow his gossiper wings today!
We start off this week’s Reality Roundup with the story everybody I know has been asking me about. Real Housewives of New Jersey Stars Teresa and Joe (Giuseppe) Giudice will not be sentenced this month as originally planned. According to The Bergen Record the couple, who pleaded guilty in March to financial frauds that spanned 8 years, will be handed their sentences on October 2nd.
Teresa’s attorney, Harry E. Klingman told The Record this kind of delay isn’t uncommon. “Typically sentences get postponed so that everybody involved can be fully prepared. The court is waiting on information from all sides- the defense, the government and probation- so it’s postponed by a couple of weeks.”
Both Teresa and Joe could face jail time and Joe, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported. The original court date was September 23d.
Filming for The Real Housewives of Atlanta ‘s seventh season is well underway and it appears the ladies will be living la vida loca! E Online! shared a picture of the cast partying in Puerto Rico.
The picture was on new Housewife Demetria McKinney ‘s Instagram account with the caption “I love my life! Performed #11 and celebrated my birthday in style and beauty with these ladies! XOXO!”
McKinney; whose website biography calls the singer, actress, song writer and dancer “a river with many streams”; joins the cast along with Claudia Jordan. Jordan is a pageant queen and model whose credits include showcasing prizes on The Price is Right, carrying a briefcase on Deal or No Deal and competing on two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice.
The two newbies will join veteran stars Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart, and Kenya Moore. The shenanigans are rumored to commence later this fall on Bravo.
It’s a good thing that RHOA will be finished filming soon, because Nene needs to hustle up north. From November 25th to January 3d the self proclaimed rich Bitch will be playing the ultimate bitch in the final run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. Leakes is going to be playing the evil stepmother, or Madame as she is referred to in the show.
Leakes follows in some other famous footsteps. Madame was played by Fran Drescher earlier this year and will be performed by Sherri Shepherd starting on September 9th until Nene comes to town.
Cast shakeup on ratings troubled The Real Housewives of New York City. Life and Style Weekly reports that Ramona Singer will be demoted to a recurring role on next season’s RHONY. “Bravo is casting the show around Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman and Carole Radziwill,” an insider told the magazine. The source also says that Ramona is the reason for the ratings slump saying, that it all went south when she “carried the show”.
Without an apple in her hand, RHONY will be the first Housewives franchise to no longer star any original cast members. Tack this on to her divorce from husband Mario and her now empty nest with daughter Avery off at college and, well, I’d be shocked if there are any full bottles of Ramona Pinot left in her wine cooler. The queen of pinot was reportedly earning $600,000 per season of New York City Housewives.
Ramona isn’t the only bite producers have taken out of the Big Apple. It’s been reported that Aviva Drescher is no longer going to be throwing down her prosthetic leg. E Online! said its sources have confirmed that the Leggy Blonde has been fired.
Drescher was taken out of opening credits several shows last season due to her absence from two cast trips. When the girls questioned her story about having to miss a Montana trip due to asthma, Drescher got angry and threw the leg down, a stunt she has repeatedly said was not planned. Radziwill told Buzzfeed that executive producers told some of the cast that Drescher’s husband Reid had offered to get Aviva to Montana if they could guarantee her a spot on season 7, which caused them to question if her asthma was really the issue.
I chatted with Aviva recently, and though she did not confirm or deny the firing, she did seem like she is in a good place. Outside RHONY I have found Aviva to be kind, elegant, and down to earth. Hopefully she can now put her best leg forward and start the next chapter of her life.
Tell us, would you watch RHONY without Ramona and Aviva? Would you see Nene on Broadway? What do you think will happen at Tre and Joe’s sentencing? Share your thoughts below.
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