Reality Roundup- December 6, 2014

Snookie ties the knot... Source: Twitter

Snooki ties the knot…
Source: Twitter

On Beyond Bravo by Lesley Rousso

Tuesday night’s episode of True Tori was a train-wreck if I ever saw one. The episode began with Tori (Spelling)‘s mother (Candy Spelling) showing up at one of her grandkid’s birthday parties with Tatum O’Neal. Despite both women being from legendary Hollywood families, Tori and Tatum, did not know each other…and we thought the entertainment industry was small. In the episode, Tatum was ragging on Tori because she was in the house with a headache. Not that I don’t agree, but, desperate for air time much? Meanwhile, Tori doesn’t speak to her mother unless it’s at one of her kids’ parties. Later in the episode Tori went away on a girls’ weekend and basically complained the whole time. She really needs to pull herself together.

Nicole Snooki Polizzi married her baby daddy Jionni Lavalle over the weekend. I saw the pics, she looked gorgeous. Jionni unfortunately spent his first weekday of married life in court copping to a DUI claim. His license was revoked for three months and he’ll have to attend a drug and alcohol education class.

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

Speaking of DUI, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro pleaded guilty on Monday to a similar charge. Valastro, who reportedly told cops, “You can’t arrest me, I’m the Cake Boss,” stated that he was “very disappointed” in himself for the event which occurred last month. Valastro, 37, was pulled over in New York City when police noticed his yellow Corvette was swerving in and out of traffic. Valastro lives in Montville, NJ, the same town as another favorite reality star convict (see next story)…

Credit:Getty/Dave Kotinsky via popsugar.com

Credit:Getty/Dave Kotinsky
via popsugar.com

Whether you love her or loathe her, you can’t argue that Teresa Giudice makes great TV. She’s the Housewife that changed Housewives and she’s been the unofficial star of Real Housewives of New Jersey for seasons. E! Online reports, however, despite rumors,  the star will NOT be appearing on camera at all prior to her January 5th departure for the big(ger) house. E!, who, like Bravo, is part of NBC Universal, states that not only is Tre not filming before she reports to a Danbury, CT prison, but without her the show may not go on…initially. “Postponing season seven is just one possibility,” the article that was published on Tuesday reads, “…the powers that be are considering all options regarding the future of (the) series and whether Teresa is a part of it or not.” Jacqueline Laurita revealed to us in a recent interview that her own full-time return to the cast of the show is one of those possible options. Would you watch RHONJ without Teresa?

Speaking of Tre, TMZ says they have “obtained” a lawsuit she has filed against her bankruptcy lawyer. Teresa is suing Jim Kridel, for being “a slacker who never even met with her prior to filing bankruptcy docs.” Giudice accuses Kridel of failing to list several key assets including bank accounts, cars, and rental property income. Teresa is suing Kridel for malpractice to the tune of 5 million according to the TMZ article.

Our condolences go out this week to Todd Tucker, husband of Atlanta Housewife Kandi Burruss. Todd’s mother, Miss Sharon, passed on Tuesday unexpectedly. A friend of the family found Sharon unconscious. Todd was in Atlanta and flew to New York to be at his mother’s side where she was comatose in a New York hospital. Tucker, whose father passed when he was young and was raised by his mother, made the following statement via his social media:

“Today I lost my partner, my ride or die best friend! I don’t know what to do? I’m lost! My heart hurts so much! She was a fighter, a warrior for her son! It was me and her agains the world! She’s in a better place!! Mom I love you to death! Rest in peace!”

 

Nene takes on Broadway! Credit: theatermania.com

Nene takes on Broadway!
Credit: theatermania.com

In other, happier Real Housewives of Atlanta news, Nene Leakes has taken on Broadway and she’s been attracting Housewives from across the franchises to the Great White Way. Since her first night as the Evil Stepmother in Keke Palmer’s Cinderella, Nene has been cheered on by Melissa and Joe Gorga with their three children, Kathy Wakile, Kristen Taekman, and former RHONY star Jill Zarin. On her website Nene, who is never humble bashful, posted:

“Waking up this morning in a daze like what just happened! I stood before a SOLD OUT Broadway theatre screaming my name! The overwhelming amount of love and support brought me to tears! I have so many people to thank this morning…I can’t believe this. Like I really can’t believe this!”

Based on your behavior on recent seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, neither can we! All jokes aside though, it sounds like an amazing show! Maybe I should try to get my glass slippers down there to check it out! The show runs through January (Hmm maybe that could be my birthday present…calling Mr. Blonde…)

Speaking of Nene, it appears she will get another chance to tell Kim Zolciak to close her legs (or stop reproducing). The frenemies are scheduled to have a sit down with Housewives Fairy Godfather Andy Cohen on a December 7th airing of Watch What Happens Live. Despite a tumultuous relationship, the two have both come around to wanting to reconcile, with Kim recently saying that she missed her pal. Could this be a prelude to a RHOA comeback for Kim? Don’t Be Tardy for this WWHL episode!

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Reality Roundup-November 29, 2014

Teresa at the recently aired reunion show. Via:People.com

Teresa at the recently aired reunion show.
Credit: Charles Sykes/Bravo/Getty Via:People.com

By Tara Cushing (The Bravo Blonde)

What’s cooking? According to The Daily Mail it’s a new Bravo cooking show starring Teresa Giudice. A Real Housewives of New Jersey “insider” reportedly told the publication that there is already a deal for the mother of 4 girls, and several New York Times bestselling cookbooks, to host her own cooking show while appearing part-time on the series that made her famous enough to write a cookbook in the first place.

“Teresa is, of course, devastated she has to spend even one day behind bars but she has already made this whole situation a money maker for her…Teresa and Bravo have been taking this time to plan a big media event when she is released from prison either late next year or early 2016.”

Teresa reports to a facility in Danbury, Connecticut to start serving her sentence on January 5th.

Will Jacqueline Laurita see Teresa before sentencing? According to what she told me at an event on November 19th, probably not.” The once besties have barely even spoken since the sentencing. “I texted her, she answered me, and that was it,” Jacqueline said when I asked her about the current status of their friendship. To read the entire interview including what Jacqueline said about coming back to RHONJ and about her feud with Dina Manzo, click here.

Kim Zolciak shows off what looks like a corseted waist. Credit: Instagram

Kim Zolciak shows off what looks like a corseted waist. Credit: Instagram

Kim Zolciak has 4 reasons to celebrate this week. On Monday twins Kaia and Kane Biermann turned one. Kim posted adorable pictures of the birthday twins on her social media and made the following statement:

“It seems like yesterday I told Dr. Hood I feel different this pregnancy I couldn’t stay awake. Seriously though and he did an ultrasound and BAAM 2 sacs!!! I couldn’t believe it!!!…although twins run high on my moms side I was still in shock! What a blessing!!”

 The other two reasons she should celebrate, her impossibly thin waist which she is flaunting in selfies. She credits a cleanse from 310 Nutrition, but let’s not forget that she did  have a tummy tuck. As a mother of twins I can tell you that is a huge part of the formula (I had to do it too). She is quick to point out that plastic surgery isn’t a “cure all” and that she does work out (I will also agree that this is key). The fourth reason she should celebrate is that she’s gone a full year without being knocked up. Guess she should be kissing the feet of her plastic surgeon and Kroy‘s urologist. Ummm, it is a urologist that does the vasectomy…right? I’m not sure, what I am sure of is that Kim, those twins would only be inherited from your mother’s side. Twins on the father’s side are usually not genetic. It’s the female line that double ovulates. I’m also sure that you didn’t proofread that post (commas and apostrophes are our friends, my dear.)

Real Housewives of Orange County ‘s Vicki Gunvalson is no longer hiding her relationship with Brooks Ayers. Though the two have been off and on for quite a few years now, Vicki told US Weekly’s Brody Brown that not only have the two been exclusively dating again for the last year, but Brooks has moved into her home. Vicki’s daughter, Briana Culberson, who has been publicly against her mother’s relationship, hadn’t known that the two were together prior to the interview. However, this is the least of the couples’ problems.

Photo via usweekly.com

Photo via usweekly.com

Brooks, who has battled Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since 2009, is once again facing the reality of having the disease. Brooks told Vicki earlier this fall that he was diagnosed with Stage 3 of the cancer. Vicki stated in the interview that cancer, “will either tear you apart as a couple or bring you together. And with us, without a doubt, it’s brought us together.”  Vicki also stated that her RHOC castmates have mostly been there for her all except for ex BFF Tamra Judge. “You know what, you really find out who your true friends are when things like this happen,” she said. Are you team Tamra or team Vicki? Tell us why below.

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My Night in AC-Andy Cohen Talks Live with Anderson Cooper

Hoping to meet Andy again for a better photo op. (and a job..pick me Andy, pick me!)

Hoping to meet Andy again for a better photo op… (and a job..pick me Andy, pick me!)

On Friday November 14th Bravo fans flocked to the 92nd Street Y on New York’s swanky UES (that’s Upper East Side for you out of towners).  The crowd, like so many I have been a part of, was there to meet a Bravoleb but this was no ordinary Bravolebrity, and it wasn’t even an ordinary meet and greet. This was the pen-ultimate Bravolebrity appearance. The fairy godfather of the Housewives himself, Andy Cohen,was taking to the stage to share a few laughs and promote his new book The Andy Cohen Diaries , with…wait for it…Anderson Cooper.

Dandy Andy and The Silver Fox (as I’ve heard the other AC is called in some circles). Thank The Lord for my guardian former intern That Housewife Guy (Brent Osborne) who knows by now that half the time I’m so buried in my to-do list that I miss these opportunities unless they are placed right in front of my face. This was one ticket that I didn’t mind buying. Let’s face it, I’m not “comped by Andy Cohen” successful…yet. The $70 ticket got me entry to the event and the book. It also got me seated in the balcony next to some cackling battle-axe who smelled like offensive old lady perfume and shushed me when I arrived (late as usual). (Go ahead and flame me folks, but I stand by that I’m not mean, I’m honest!)

Due to traffic that made our last mile to 92nd street take 25 minutes, we missed the grand intro and entrance, but luckily our books, all copies were sold out, were still waiting for us. So was a lot of fun and gossip. Andy and Anderson will probably hate me for saying this, but their chemistry is amazing. They know each other so well and it’s tough not to wonder why they aren’t together in THAT way. They talk a lot about their adventures with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. (Seriously…can we be sure they aren’t in some best kept entertainment industry secret love connection?)

Anywho Andy divulged much from his Shallow Year that is outlined in the book. His audience question answers, however aren’t. So I took some notes:

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If Andy could do an all-star Housewives cast it would include Nene (Leakes), Vicki (Gunvalson), Teresa (Giudice), Lisa Vanderpump, and Bethenny (Frankel). Speaking of Bethenny, she initially came back to Bravo trying to pitch a new show. It took some time, but Andy planted the seed that eventually brought her back to RHONY. Though Andy likes to showcase large personalities on TV, he himself would never do a reality show, though he loves doing Watch What Happens Live, and knew he had made-it when the show was picked up for 5 nights a week. Somebody you will never see on WWHL is Howard Stern. Apparently they have tried and Stern thinks he is too big for The Clubhouse. However, Andy still aims high even after his Oprahcalypse. His wish list includes Madonna (who he once was on the same plane with) and Michele Obama who said she may do it late second term.

I tried to get a question about Housewife divorces delivered, but that bad breathed old hen next to me made it impossible for me to get my index card to the usher. It didn’t matter however, because I got my moment. After the show Andy agreed to sign all the books in the audience. I wonder if he had known how many books there were if he would have still done that. Alas, a benefit to being stuck in the way back of the balcony next to Madame le Stench, those front rowers were screwed! We got a decent spot in line, and though there wasn’t much time to take a decent picture, Mr. Cohen did stop mid signature while reading my post it. “Are you on Twitter he asked?”

“Yes, I’m The Bravo Blonde, I have a blog where I write about your shows.”

“I know you! I know you from Twitter,” Andy exclaimed, excited to see somebody he sort of recognized in that crazy sea of fandom.

“Yes, and you know my Miami writer, Lesley Rousso, Mommy Rou.”

“She came to my show!”

Then I was shooed off by a guard but not before I was able to say, “My goal is to work for you!”

See Andy, I can dream big too!