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.

 

Painting the Town RHONY

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Last week was the long awaited return of  the Real Housewives of New York City and the ladies were super excited! As newbie Kristen Taekman pointed out this premier was a long time coming. Taekman was the host of one of two parties for the cast. The event was held at the Bleecker Street Arts Club in New York’s SOHO, my personal favorite section.

The multilevel space was the perfect fit for the quirky blonde beauty who, as she stated in episode one, is not much for the sometimes stuffy Upper East Side. Complete with Elvis Presley coiffed bartenders and a screening area on the upper floor, the mood was light and social. It was the perfect coming out party for the newest cast member who has made a great impression on fans, especially by filling the venue with some of the Twittersphere‘s most enthusiastic bloggers and Bravoholics.

I asked Taekman how her first official night in the limelight felt. “It’s all surreal”, she gushed. “It’s been a year in the making, this whole thing started a year ago so I just feel like  it’s overwhelming. I keep thinking this is just a fun Elvis party and all my friends are here and I keep forgetting that the show is going to come on in like 20 minutes.” 

When asked what the biggest surprise of her whole Reality TV experience was she said, “The biggest surprise is the girls I met. I really formed some great friendships. I didn’t go to college and I would imagine that this is sort of what a sorority would be like. Love or hate…I formed this bond with these women and even if I was enemies with somebody that’s standing over there we still have this bond.” I guess we have to keep watching to see who she may be referring to.

Even if Taekman has any enemies among the cast it wasn’t apparent that night as the girls all showed up in support, except Sonja Morgan, but we will get to that later. Even Ramona Singer was out, sans wedding ring but with her steady date of Pinot Grigio. I sat next to Singer during the screening, who was also with a mystery man, but my guess is he was a friend…a friend that made sure her glass remained full. Singer seemed a little stressed when the night began, some even felt she wasn’t happy to be there, but eventually even I got a smile and a wink from her. Despite all the scenes of her and ex hubby Mario, she kept from becoming Ramotional. I told both Taekman and Heather Thomson how I felt a little uncomfortable watching some of the show with Ramona, to which Thomson replied, “Ramona is all good. She’s absolutely fine.”

Thomson was there with husband Jonathan Schindler who I caught having a laugh with Countess LuAnn De Lesseps. When asked how her first season as a part timer went De Lesseps joked,”When I heard the lines for the new season I was like ‘THANK GOD!’,” referring to the tag lines at the beginning of the show. “You know it’s fine I’ve enjoyed this season so much. I really had a great time so this actually works out perfectly for me. We made a deal, Bravo and I, and I’m very happy with it. “

Keeping a comfortable distance from one another were Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher who was there with husband Reid. They were all smiles posing for group photos, but I didn’t spot any warm fuzzies between the two beyond that. Drescher and De Lesseps actually both left before the screening.

Back to Ms. Morgan, who was in Austin for the SXSW edition of Watch What Happens Live, but made it back in time to have her own post premier party at the swank Tokya Lounge on the East side of Midtown. Everything that Taekman’s party was this one wasn’t. Where the Bleecker St. affair had a feeling of the more the merrier, Morgan’s party was exclusive, and she wanted it that way.

I’m so glad you could make it,” Morgan said to me from a booth she was sharing with her closest friends. “It was so much to put this together with the press room and the no plus ones.” Even without plus ones, Morgan and Singer, who co hosted the event, had quite a turn out, an estimated 250 people that included designer Malan Breton, gossip hound Rob Shuter, Long Island Princess Ashlee White, Flipping Out star Jenni Pulos, and Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea Black.

“I came to do the Bethenny show tomorrow and I was  in town so Sonja asked me to come so I came by!”  said Black, who tries to watch most of the NYC franchise. She has been quite busy since her own series has been on a break. “I work full time, I’ve got a skincare company, I’ve got a handbag company, a charity, and a 12 year old, and a husband so things haven’t slowed down for me,”she said. She also says that the rest of the Miami cast is doing well. By the way she had one of her handbags with her and it was stunning! 

There was no George appearances at either party, but infamous Housewife ex husband and ex boyfriend Harry Dubin attended both. “I don’t really watch the show,” Dubin who I spotted at two filmed events last summer stated, “but I’m REALLY in it a lot next week.” He then asked me if I’ve read ex wife Aviva’s book Leggy Blonde yet and advised me not to. I’m sure this has to do with what Aviva told us last month…and it only makes me want to read it more.

Parties and Bravoleb sightings aside this was about the premier of season 6 and both Taekman and Thomson have been anxiously awaiting my thoughts on the first episode. In a nut shell, I think it’s the start of a great season and Taekman brings a lot to the show, but, and please don’t hold this against me, no more forced Aviva and Ramona scenes…pleeeeease. Did I just lose my next invite? Hey this blonde can’t help but be honest! Ya habibi!

For more on the RHONY premier check out this video from John Basedow for Examiner.com!

http://www.examiner.com/article/heather-thomson-likes-aviva-drescher-the-least-aviva-hates-carole-radziwill?cid=rss

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Reality Roundup

The Giudices share their softer side with ABC News. Credit: ABC News

The Giudices share their softer side with ABC News. Credit: ABC News

Hello gossip hounds. Brent is off this weekend so I once again will try to deliver the dish.

Let’s start in New Jersey as I know so many of you are very interested in the legal saga of Teresa and Joe Giudice. Teresa told ABC News that she is “easygoing” compared to her table flipping reality tv persona. She says “out of respect of the process” she is going to “let the legal matters play out in court” rather than go into what she did or didn’t know regarding her and Joe’s 41 count tax and financial fraud indictment with charges that span from 2004 to 2011.

The Giudices have asked for separate trials and Joe will “testify to Teresa’s non involvement” in any criminal activity if they are granted. Teresa told correspondent Amy Robach that as strong as she is she does break down after her girls are asleep at night. Joe, who could be deported back to Italy, told Robach “If you’re weak you’re not gonna make it.” He also goes on to say that he is proud of all of Teresa’s accomplishments. The couple is currently filming Real Housewives of New Jersey season 6 which, according to the report, will NOT feature any of the legal storyline.

While we are on the topic of RHONJ EOnline reports that a source close to the shows’ filming has been dishing about the season 6 conflicts, and they are not between Teresa and sister in law Melissa Gorga. According to the article Melissa and Teresa are getting along fine, but Mel is “clashing” with Dina Manzo who returns to the show after departing after season 2. The cast shakeup also includes three new Housewives; Amber Marchese and twin sisters  Nicole and Teresa Napolitano, who seem to be stirring the pot as well. Chances are we will not know when season 6 will air for quite a while, but last season wrapped filming in April and aired in June.

RHONJ may be a while away, but The Real Housewives of New York is returning to Bravo on March 11th. As we reported last week, Ramona Singer is in the midst of a nasty divorce from husband Mario. One person who is weighing in on this is former RHONY  cast member Jill Zarin. It seems that the mouthy red head took New York Fashion Week as an opporunity to express her opinion on Singer’s marital woes. “Ramona wasn’t admitting socially what was reall going on and I think the viewers want to know,” she told Buzz. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps was a little more sympathetic. “We have talked,” she told the New York Post about her co star. “It’s not easy going through a divorce in public. I went through it. You don’t wish anything bad onto other people, no matter what they’ve done to you in the past.” De Lesseps, though still part of the RHONY cast will be a part timer on the new season. I spent some time over the summer with the cast while they were filming. Be sure to watch next month for what looks to be interesting, and if not, well, this could be the end of this franchise.

Speaking of the end, E Online reports that Real Housewives of Miami will have a season 4. Despite previous rumblings that the show was over, Alexia Echevarria told E  that “There will definitely be a season four for Miami. I have spoken to producers and they are currently working on dates  for taping, since we usually begin taping this time of year we were told taping is being pushed back a little.” When asked about why castmate Joanna Krupa had “spread” rumors of a cancellation Alexia said that the model, “has poor comprehension” in regards to what producers had told the cast. Alexia also goes on to say that Joanna doesn’t belong on RHOM or any of the franchises. Joanna told E that Alexia needs to “fact check before trying to put words in my mouth.”

One thing that looks like it will definitely end is Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann‘s quest to populate the world. The Don’t Be Tardy  star told Life and Style magazine that her husband will be undergoing a vasectomy. “We’ll do something permanent because I’m so fertile,” she said. Kim revealed that she really wanted to do something right after the birth of twins Kaia and Kane but high blood pressure prevented it. The couple shares six children, four together and Kim’s two older daughters who Kroy adopted. So there will be no more Biermanns born? Relief, now can we get Kevin Federline to join the vasectomy club?

Tell us what are your thoughts on Real Housewives of Miami. Should there be a season 4?

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