Reality Roundup: Wedding Bells and Dumbbells– Real Housewives of Orange County Spinoffs!

Tamra Barney (left) and Gretchen Rossi (right). (Source: contactmusic.com)

She’s baaaaackk! Since getting the boot from The Real Housewives of Orange County, Gretchen Rossi has been out of sight and out of mind! However, she and her RHOC fiancé Slade Smiley are ready for their reality television return! The Orange County couple are set to star in a new reality show, Marriage Bootcamp on WeTV!

Marriage Bootcamp is a new reality show that aims to mend the relationships of current and former reality stars and their partners. Joining Gretchen and Slade are Jersey Shore’s Jenni “JWoww” and her fiancé Roger Mathews, Bad Girls Club star Tanish Thomas and her husband Clive, and The Bachelorette alums Trista and Ryan Sutter.

Marriage Bootcamp premieres May 30th, 2014 on WeTV!

Order in the court! The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice have officially begun their pre-sentencing proceedings and are gearing up for their July sentencing date!

“Joe and Teresa will be meeting with officials from the probation department and a report will be prepared for the judge to review at the July 8 sentencing hearing. The probation report will give the judge guidance as to what prison time if any Joe or Teresa will be sentenced to,” a source told Radar Online.“The couple will meet with officials separately. Joe is prepared to tell the probation department that he was the sole perpetrator in the crimes, and that Teresa had no knowledge.”

In doing this, Joe is hoping that the judge will not send Teresa to prison, and instead either give her probation, or house arrest,” the source added. “A meeting with a psychiatrist is also on the books to determine their mental health status, and how they would do if placed in prison. This is always done in these cases, and the Giudices aren’t receiving any special treatment.”

Teresa could face up to 27 months behind bars while Joe could be locked up for over 46 months. The couple pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud earlier this year.

Teresa and Joe’s legal drama will be a major story this season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Reportedly, Teresa’s bosses at Bravo are extremely upset with her after she did not show to the Bravo Up-fronts last week.

“The network obviously wanted her there and wanted her to talk about her legal problems because they are in the show, but she just isn’t willing to do any press right now.” Radar‘s source revealed.

“Teresa is terrified of making a wrong move between now and her sentencing. She’s praying that she gets only house arrest or even probation. So she’s staying out of the limelight and avoiding any situation where she will have to talk about the case.”

Despite the harsh realities, Teresa is living in denial regarding the fact that Joe could possibly be deported back to Italy following the sentencing. “She is hopeful that their lawyers will be able to avoid this altogether, but it isn’t looking like it will happen,” Radar’s source added. “Joe is going to deal with whatever his punishment is, and if that includes being deported, he will face it. Of course, Joe would fight any attempt to be deported, but he knows his chances of being successful are slim.”

Teresa and Joe Giudice will appear in court on July 8th, 2014. Season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will premiere the following week on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST. Catch a sneak peek of the upcoming season here!

Put on those red socks… Top Chef season 12 is headed to Boston! Following the successful 11th season in New Orleans, Bravo’s Top Chef will stage in Boston for season 12!

“Boston has always been at the top of our wish list as a location for ‘Top Chef,’ not only because of its rich historical significance, but also because of its robust and ever-growing culinary scene,” Shari Levine, Senior Vice President of Current Production at Bravo, said in a network press release. “Top Chef will showcase the many facets of the city which in turn will bring its fresh, unique flavor to season 12.”

Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons will all be returning for the upcoming season. Top Chef: Boston will air this fall.

Riding off the success of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spin-off Vanderpump Rules, Bravo’s network executives are hoping to strike gold in Orange County.

“Bravo is seeking to anchor Monday nights better for RHOC next year with a comparable program, if not a spin-off, that carries a So Cal vibe,” LALATE reported last week.

Although a spin-off focused on Tamra Barney’s CUT Fitness has been denied time and time again, it seems like a great fit!

Tell us— Would you watch a CUT Fitness spin-off? Will Teresa and Joe get off the hook? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. 

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Reality Roundup: Custody Battles, Cat Fights, and Court Dates!

Tamra Barney (Source: Judy Eddy/WENN)

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney remains entangled in a brutal custody battle with ex-husband Simon Barney.

Tamra’s RHOC co-star star and on-again-off-again BFF, Vicki Gunvalson is shooting down rumors that she’s a neglectful mother.

“When Tamra told us how hard it was for her to share her children 50 percent of the time with Simon, I felt so bad for her,” Vicki wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “Having the void of not having the three kids around when they are at their dad’s I’m sure is huge.”

Last month, Simon filed paperwork seeking modification of his and Tamra’s child custody agreement. In the documents, Simon claimed Tamra was an unfit mother and does not properly feed the children or keep up with their hygiene.

“This has been the most devastating week of my family’s life,” Tamra wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “I want to thank my family, friends, therapist, fans, and complete strangers for their support.”

“My children are my life, and I love and cherish them with all my heart,” Tamra continued. “I believe that divorced children should have both parents in their lives. I have always told the children that it would be great if their dad could live right across the street so they could see us both every day. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t feel the same way.”

Simon “knew the papers would be made public,” Tamra told In Touch. “It’s sickening that he would do it this way, just to hurt me.”

The jig is up! Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Pheadra Parks, was charged with fraud earlier this year. Now, in U.S. District Court Wednesday, Apollo Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Gayla’s plea resulted in a 61-month prison sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal.

Apollo and Gayla worked together from 2009 until 2013. The pair allegedly laundered close to $3 million together through fraudulent bank accounts and companies.

Apollo is still working out a plea deal of his own. According to court records obtained by Radar Online, Nida allegedly created companies “purporting to be collection agencies,” the documents read, “in order to obtain access to the personal [information] of others,” and then used that information to take out loans and purchase checks.

Despite the harsh consequences Apollo may be facing, “we’re still staying positive,” he told Radar. “I feel good about the support I’m getting…All the support’s been needed.”

The sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may have encountered a production delay!

Bravo doesn’t have an air date for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey because of Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing hearing,” an insider told Radar Online.

After pleading guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges last month, Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing scheduled for July 8th.

“Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline,” the insider continued. “Having Teresa available to do press interviews and promotions is essential.”

“Teresa’s legal team absolutely won’t let her do any interviews before the sentencing hearing because it could impact her sentence,” the insider added. “If Teresa was out doing press interviews promoting RHONJ before the July 8 sentencing, it would look like she wasn’t taking the process seriously which she definitely is. After the sentence is handed down, it’s expected Bravo will officially give season 6 a premiere date. 

Although Teresa is holding out for house arrest, she and Joe could potentially face years behind bars.

Bravo executives are “hopeful that Joe will be sent to prison first, and will be ordered to serve time before Teresa’s sentence is served. Teresa is contractually obligated to do press for the show, but the network is working with her because of her legal problems.”

Despite the unconventional drama, Teresa “is trying to keep things as normal as possible for her daughters.”

It wasn’t the first time hair was pulled on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the brawl that happened on the RHOA Reunion this past Sunday was one for the history books!

The altercation, which happened on March 27th, led to an arrest—Porsha Williams Stewart was charged with simple battery against her co-star Kenya Moore.

The 31-year-old reality star was immediately released after posting $2,000 bond.

Over 4.1 million viewers tuned in this past Sunday to witness Porsha grabbing Kenya’s hair, pulling her to the ground, and dragging her across the floor.

“I’ve sat through many reunion shows, but this one takes the cake for me,” RHOA co-star NeNe Leakes wrote on her personal blog. “My feelings are simple! You TAUNT, you INVADE people’s personal space, you PUSH, you PROVOKE, you LIE and yet you don’t condone violence! Well, what message are you sending?”

“I feel like I’ve been put in provoking situations all season,” NeNe continued. “If I had reacted in a violent manner in any of these situations I would be considered the bad one, the one that is wrong, the one that is mean. But at the same time is all of THIS really okay? When is it ‘okay’ to BULLY someone, then question retaliation?”

Porsha will break her silence when she appears on Tuesday’s edition of The View to discuss the incident.

Part two of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion will air tonight, Sunday April 27th at 8pm.

Catch a clip of the brawl below:

Editor’s Note: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Kathy Wakile‘s daughter Victoria underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor last week. Though friends of the family told us they did not know, the news became public when both Kathy and Victoria tweeted and instagrammed about the surgery which appears to have been successful. This is the second time Victoria has had brain surgery of this kind, the first when she was a child. We wish Victoria a speedy recovery.

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Reality Roundup: Teresa Giudice CASH ONLY Bookgate, Atlanta Hoedown Throwdown, and Bethenny Returns to Bravo

From Left to Right: Kenya Moore with RHOA co-stars Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes, and Porsa Stewart (Source: 5pinkave)

It was a Hoedown Throwdown this past Thursday during the taping of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s season six reunion.   

Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart got into a brief physical altercation during the filming, People confirmed. Adding that Porsha was sent home after the brawl broke out and was not allowed to finish filming.

“A fight broke out that had to be broken up,” a source told the mag. Things allegedly got heated between the feuding stars when Porsha went after Kenya during an argument. “There was definitely some hair pulling, but no one was injured. It was broken up so quickly that nothing serious happened.” 

 Despite the reports, Kenya Moore’s rep is denying the allegations. “Miss Moore was not engaged in any physical altercation,” ABC News reports. “She adamantly condones violence and would never be involved in such behavior.”

“one thing u will NEVER see me do is fight,” Kenya tweeted last week. “Your brain and tongue are your most powerful weapons.”

Maybe we will also never see her proofing her rep’s quotes because that should have said adamantly does NOT condone violence. Let’s hope it was a misprint.

The two reality stars have been feuding since they met. This season, Kenya accused Porsha of being a “beard” for her ex-husband, NFL pro, Kordell Stewart, after their public split. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays on Bravo.

Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel reunited with her former RHONY castmate Ramona Singer last week on Watch What Happens: Live! The two bonded over their turbulent love lives and their preceding divorces.

“I’m taking everything day-by-day,”  Ramona said when asked about her separation from her husband, Mario.

Bethenny, who split from her husband Jason Hoppy in 2012, admitted that although it’s been a rough couple of months, she is finally feeling a little happier.

“Honestly, it’s been a year — 15 months — of this,” Bethenny told Andy Cohen. ” I am dating. And I’m happy. I’m good. I finally feel a little bit of liberation, a little bit of freedom, just a little bit of just not feeling so bad. It’s been a really, really hard time. Let’s put it that way.”

 The 43-year-old Skinnygirl mogul and television personality also commented on the cancellation of her self-titled daytime talk show, Bethenny.

“I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled,” she admitted. “And I’m not really great when I’m shackled. As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”

“Ultimately, it was not what I really should be doing,” Bethenny added. “I really didn’t love it the way that I thought that I would.”

Bethenny is not going to let the cancellation of her talk show  stop her from getting right back in front of the camera.  Bethenny has been in serious talks with Andy about returning to Bravo with a new show, a source revealed to RadarOnline.

“They’ve been in deep negotiations and she is definitely ready to return to Bravo,” the source admitted. “This would be one of the first things he [Andy Cohen] produces with his new company.”

Andy Cohen started his own production company a few months back and scoring a deal with Bethenny is a high priority for the reality television guru.

As for returning to The Real Housewives of New York City, “Bethenny probably won’t stoop to that level,” a Radar insider revealed. “She thinks she’s beyond and above that.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars, along with Andy Cohen, made their music video debuts in Lady Gaga‘s new “film” for her single “G.U.Y.” Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump’s beloved dog even got a cameo! Catch a glimpse of the ladies in the music video here.

The winners of the first ever Real Housewives Awards were announced on Watch What Happens last week. Among the award recipients was Kim DePaola, aka Kim D,  from The Real Housewives of New Jersey  who was crowned the Best Supporting Agitator. Kenya Moore added a new sash to her Miss USA collection when she was announced the Rookie of the Year and The Real Housewives of Orange County star and original housewife Vicki Gunvalson took home the gold with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice came under fire this past week after RadarOnline exploited the reality star for charging CASH ONLY — with no receipts — for a copy of her autographed book and a picture at a recent event.

Patrons who attended the fashion event, which was hosted by Kim D, were charged $110 for a ticket that included dinner, wine, music and a fashion show.

“Teresa was advertised as the celebrity guest and that she would be signing copies of her latest book. But nowhere was it advertised that she would be charging guests $25 to sign and take a photo with her!” a guest told Radar.

“When you walked up to her, the woman next to her was quick to advise that it was $25 and ‘cash only.’ Cash only? Who takes cash only? Even Teresa was telling guests it was ‘cash only, no receipts’ and she had bags of cash beside her where her colleague was collecting the money.”

“Why would someone insist on cash only?” the eyewitness questioned. “Everyone was saying it was clearly to avoid a paper trial of her sales.”

Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice were indicted this past summer on numerous counts of federal fraud and tax charges. Their indictment details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars entered a guilty plea to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, and numerous other charges in Newark Federal Court on March 4th, 2014 and the couple could be facing months behind bars.

After reports surfaced of Teresa’s book signing stunt, Giudice announced that she donated the proceeds from the cash she collected to charity, and sent a $400 check to The Nephcure Foundation.

“The arrangement was always that Teresa would be giving all proceeds to the Nephcure Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for debilitating kidney diseases,” a source told Radar Online. “Teresa had several expenses related to the book signing, and several vendors that had to be paid. All of the profits were donated to the charity. In no way whatsoever was Teresa trying to make a quick buck.”

 According to our sources, filming for the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has wrapped. Teresa and her RHONJ castmates are set to make their return to Bravo this summer. Seems filming is on the same timeline as  the last go round. It was one year ago tonight that the cast was involved in a big brawl that ended up last season’s finale, and landed some of them in court.

 

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