The Real Housewives of Orange County: Season 9 So far…

The updated ladies of the OC. Orange you glad there's no more "Grelexis"? Photo:bravotv.com

The updated ladies of the OC. Orange you glad there’s no more “Grelexis”?
Photo:bravotv.com

By Lesley Rousso

 

The original, one that got all this cray-crayness started, The Real Housewives of Orange County is a few episodes into its ninth season. Wow, can you believe it’s been almost a decade since the Real Housewives and Bravo changed the landscape of reality tv?  Some people remember where they were when Kennedy was shot, I remember where I was the first time I met the ladies of the the OC.

The only original cast member left is the cantankerous but still lovable Vicki Gunvalson.  Tamra Judge is back, as is Heather Dubrow.  Gone are Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, mercifully.  Debuting as new wives are Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek.  I think Lizzie seems nice, but we only met her last week.  One thing I liked about her though, was that she doesn’t seem to put up with shit from the other  girls.  She gave Vicki as good as she got and in the upcoming episodes it looks like she and Tamra are going to have some major issues. Lizzie is married with two boys and she’s also a bathing suit designer.  Tamra said she’s “a cross between Alexis and Gretchen, Grelexis.” She seems like a smart cookie though, and I think her bathing suit line is not along the lines of Alexis Couture, or She By Sheree for that matter.  Sometimes I like Shannon and other times she’s just odd.  Her relationship with her husband David is very awkward.  She’s also a bit of a nervous nilly who gets acupuncture several times a month, or is it a week.  She is the mom of three girls, and her family owned the I. Magnin chain of department stores.

Shannon isn’t clicking with Heather at all and Tamra and Vicki haven’t been very nice to Heather this season.  They complain about how judgemental and uptight she is.   Tamra and Eddie continue to run Cut Fitness, with Tamra’s eldest son Ryan working there too.  Heather and Terry prepare to break ground on their new hotel, I mean house and apparently do just that while throwing a Hoe Down. Yee Haw.  We found out that Vicki and Brooks (ugh) are again an item.  I honestly do not think they ever broke-up.  Brianna won’t have to worry about running into him though.  She and her equally charming husband Ryan Culberson are moving to Oklahoma.  Later in the season we will be treated to a  Mexican vacay, Heather’s hoe down, and Brooks talking about Vicki’s vagina (double ugh).

Upcoming tiffs include Tamra mistrusting Lizzie,  Terry calling David a “penis”, and   Tamra telling Heather she “acted out” their friendship.  Tamra accuses Lizzie of saying Eddie wanted to “F” her and Lizzie says Tamra is the most insecure woman she’s ever met.  Tamra runs, literally runs away hysterical.

There’s also a new “friend” of the housewives, Danielle Gregorio.  She hoted the  ugly Christmas sweater party at which Lizzie made her show debut.  She’s married to husband Joe and had three kids, one from a previous relationship.  That’s all I got.

So far, so good.  I’m really happy Alexis and Gretchen are gone.  We needed a little bit of a shake-up.  The whole Gretchen and Slade Smiley thing and Jesus Jugs bit was starting to get old.  The OC remains my second favorite housewives franchise, a super close second to Beverly Hills.  Hell, they could film anything in California and I’d watch it.

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NeNe Leakes (Source: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

NeNe Leakes was served an extra helping of thanks this past week. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family this year after being released from the hospital where she was being treated for blood clots.

“After some routine tests I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lung,” NeNe wrote on her website. “I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job.”

“I’m thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don’t go to the doctor and that’s when the big problems start happening,” she reported.

The future doesn’t look so bright for the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted to disappointing ratings as BravoRatings reports that only a mere 1,592,000 people tuned in for the season four premiere— a major decrease in viewership compared to the season two premiere which pulled in over 2,183,000 viewers.

“The show does not have the same level of drama that it did with the original cast members Camille (Grammar), Adrienne (Maloof) and Taylor (Armstrong),” a production source told  RadarOnline. “But it also doesn’t have the Beverly Hills factor, either. That peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous that was such a guilty pleasure during seasons one and two.”

According to TV by the Numbers, The Real Housewives of Miami, which recently wrapped its third season, suffered from a ratings decline as well. The season premiered with 1.35 million views and dipped under one million for seven of the sixteen episodes.

Both franchises are dwarfed by the ratings powerhouse The Real Housewives of Atlanta—which currently averages over 3.2 million viewers per episode and has shown a steady increase in viewership season after season.

Despite the reports that Gretchen Rossi was canned from The Real Housewives of Orange County, ChristyReports claims that Gretchen and fiancée Slade Smiley were being followed by a camera crew at a recent charity event.

“They [the camera crew] followed her around all night and I noticed one of them had on a badge that said Marriage Bootcamp,” the website insider reported. “It’s a WEtv spin-off of Bridezillas.”

Production for season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County is already underway. In fact, a recent tweet from Tamra Barney reveals that she, Vicki Gunvalson, and Heather Dubrow have already started filming— which included taking a girls trip to Hawaii.

Joe Giudice’s rap sheet continues to expand. According to a report obtained by the Montville Patch, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was pulled over, again, for driving without an inspection sticker on his vehicle. Joe was also ticketed for not having a valid insurance card.

Earlier this month, Joe was cited by police for careless driving in a school zone.

Joe, who has a long history of driver’s license suspensions, is currently awaiting trial for a separate driving incident after allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI.

The Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed to The Star-Ledger that Giudice’s license has been suspended 47 times since he received it in 1987.

The anticipation for season six of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles. The couple face a federal trial in February.

Congratulations to Kim Zolciak and her husband, NFL player Kroy Biermann, who welcomed twins this past week.

“Guess what?!!! The twins have arrived!” the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star wrote on Instagram. “We welcomed first a baby girl and second a handsome little boy. They are both healthy and Kroy and I are so thankful!!”

Their daughter’s name is Kaia Rose, who was named in honor of  Kim’s psychic, Rose, who has been featured throughout Kim’s tenure on RHOA. Their son’s name is Kane Ren, who was named in honor of her OB-GYN, who delivered five of her six children.

Kim and Kroy additionally have two sons together, Kroy Jr., 2, and Kash, 15 months. Biermann also recently adopted Zolciak’s two daughters, Brielle and Ariana from previous relationships.

Each week we will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Recently, we featured an update on the former Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen.

This week, we will revisit a classic Real Housewives moment and find out what one former Real Housewives of D.C. star has been up to since the series cancellation.

It became national headlining news when two cast members of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C. crashed the White House State Dinner in 2009.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi made a splash in the headlines when they attended an elite White House party—without invites.  Facebook photos of the couple posing with Vice President Joe Biden indicate that the couple had up-close access to some of Washington’s most powerful successors, without actually being on the guest list.

Real Housewives producers revealed they had been filming with the Salahis for RHODC prior to the event and were told by the couple that they were invited. Despite the couples claim, they later plead the fifth during a federal security investigation.

After numerous legal battles, the couple split  in 2012. Michaele then ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and the two have been an item ever since. Michaele and Neal are currently engaged and busy planning their upcoming wedding.

If you have yet to receive your invitation for the nuptials, don’t fret! According to ABC News, the former reality star is broadcasting her wedding via a Pay-Per-View television special—for only $14.95 you can be added to the virtual guest list and avoid federal investigations!

The upcoming December 15th broadcast entitled Neal & Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event will be hosted by The View’s Debbie Matenopoulos and All My Children’s Cameron Mathison and will feature live performances by the groom’s band, Journey.

Tell us— Will you be laying out the cash to watch Michaele’s wedding? Will The Real Housewives of Miami return for a fourth season? Does The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills need a makeover?  Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared. By leaving a comment on this post, you will be eligible to win our November Wrapadoo giveaway!

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Many Bravolebs were in attendance at NeNe and Gregg’s nuptials! (Source: Splash News)

After months of planning, Nene and Gregg Leakes are married — again! The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars said their “I Dos” for the second time in front of 400+ guests and Bravo cameras in Atlanta, Georgia.

NeNe’s exclusive guest list included the former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, The Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton and The Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley. Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger and Atlanta housewives Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak were also in attendance.

However, Atlanta’s newest housewife Kenya Moore was too busy to attend NeNe’s lavish wedding.

“I was working in Africa,” Kenya told CocoFab.  “I hosted some shows and I have some other business dealings there as well.”

Ratings for Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and  Princesses: Long Island  continue to be a disappointment for the network. However, Kim Zolciak‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta spinoff, Don’t be Tardy, scored high ratings for the season finale.

Ratings dropped again this week for The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Only 2.1 million people tuned in to see Rosie Pierri and Teresa Giudice duke it out on the small screen. Princesses: Long Island also saw a ratings drop as the show did not even rank in the list of Top 100 Sunday night cable shows.

However, over 1.3 million people tuned in to see Kim pee on a stick last Tuesday. Kim announced that she is expecting baby number five on the season finale of Don’t Be Tardy.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo must be one proud mama! Caroline’s sons, Albie and Chris Manzo are continuing to promote their BLK Water and despite the rumors, the company must be doing well—a new line of flavored BLK Water will be hitting shelves this summer.

“And here….we….GO!!! @blkbeverages #getexcited July 2013 August 2013,” Albie wrote on Instagram along with a photo of the new bottled beverages. The four new flavors of water are mango coconut, blueberry acai, black lemonade and tropical punch.

In addition to BLK, the Manzo brothers continue to operate their restaurant in Hoboken, Little Town New Jersey.

Mazel Tov to Flipping Out star Jenni Pulos—who gave birth to a healthy baby girl on June 29th!

Jenni and her husband Jonathan Nassos named their first child Alianna Marika. Alianna weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs 10 ounces.

“Wow motherhood, just had 1 full hour of sleep & feel that this is “refreshing”. Does not matter at all, totally worth it. You all r right!,” Jenni Tweeted after just one day of motherhood.

Last year, Jenni revealed she had suffered a miscarriage just two months after her wedding.

Princesses: Long Island star Amanda Bertoncini triggered an uproar after disrespecting a statue honoring a fallen 9/11 firefighter from Great Neck on a recent episode of the show.

Last week’s episode featured Amanda staging a low-budget photoshoot for her products  in front of a monument paying tribute to FDNY firefighter Jonathan Ielpi and other slain heroes. Amanda’s friend, identified onscreen as Eleca, posed with and on the statue while holding a beverage covered by Amanda’s product, the Drink Hanky.

“It was disgraceful,” Ielpi’s father, Lee, a retired FDNY firefighter, told the New York Daily News.

“It was a slap to the people of Great Neck,” he said. “It was a slap to the fire department of Great Neck and it was a slap to all of the people that were lost on 9/11.”

Amanda has since apologized saying,  “I would like to apologize to the community of Great Neck, fellow Long Islanders, and anyone who was affected by 9/11,” she says. “I would especially like to extend my sincere apology to the family of Jonathan Ielpi. I never meant to hurt or offend anyone.”

Bravo released a statement stating that the footage will not be shown in any future airings of the show, “Bravo would like apologize for any distress we may have caused the family of Jonathan Ielpi and other firefighters. As soon as we were alerted that this was a memorial statue, we immediately removed the footage from any future airings. Again, we deeply regret this.”

It is a rare occasion when reality stars from different television shows interact with each other. The  Bachelor ‘s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici  went on a double date with RHOBH’s Pandora Vanderpump and husband Jason Sabo!

The couples most likely were introduced through Pandora’s mom, Lisa Vanderpump, who competed against Sean last season on Dancing with the Stars.

Will Ramona Singer (left) and Aviva Drescher (right) be able to bury the hatchet this season? (Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City is rumored to be the most dramatic season yet. From booze to brawls, Bravo cameras are capturing all the craziness!

Ramona [Singer] has turned into Joan Collins,” a source told the NY Daily News. “She is telling everyone that she is the star of the show.”

And although her castmates labeled her “ridiculous,” only Aviva Drescher has confronted her so far. However, this season Aviva is trying to make amends with Ramona.  In fact, an apology is expected to be given in the first episode! “Aviva tells her how much she has missed her.  She is being so nice to Ramona that it is freaking her out. Ramona hates to be touched, and Aviva is hugging her every chance she gets.”

The biggest drama this season is expected to stem from Aviva and Carole Radziwill, who are feuding over their socialite status. “Aviva thinks Carole is a fake socialite.  She is desperately trying to find evidence that Carole had a ghostwriter for her book and did not get the $800,000 advance she claims.”

On last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson learned that her on-again off-again boyfriend had been unfaithful. Vicki learned that Brooks Ayers had cheated on her with a 21-year-old porn star.

Former RHOC star Lauri Peterson revealed that the porn star was actually a friend of her daughter’s and said that Brooks met the girl at a poker party.

Now, Lauri’s daughter Ashley Zarlin is denying the fact that she and the XXX actress were friends.

“None of my friends are porn stars, hookers, or escorts,” she wrote on Twitter. “I do not know ANYONE who has slept with Brooks other than Vicki. I don’t even know Brooks. My mother was NOT talking about me on the show! Ew.”

“This is exactly why I have not made an appearance on RHOOC this year. Too many of you take reality TV way too seriously and you pass judgement before getting your facts straight. If you only know how much was scripted,”she added.

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