Reality Roundup: The Best of 2013

Porsha and Kordell Stewart (Source: Paras Griffin/Landov)

From legal turmoil to marital bliss, it’s been another crazy year for Bravo’s Real Housewives. That Housewife Guy runs down 5 of the juiciest headlines of 2013.

 5. Porsha Stewart BLINDSIDED by Husband’s Divorce Filing

Although it was not necessarily a shock to viewers of The Real Housewives of AtlantaPorsha Stewart claimed she was completely blindsided when her ex-husband Kordell Stewart filed for divorce back in March.

After less than two years of marriage, Kordell called it quits and filed divorce papers in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia on March 22nd, saying that his marriage to Porsha was “irretrievably broken.”

The Atlanta housewife can finally move forward with the next chapter of her life as her divorce from Kordell was finalized earlier this month.

On this Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Porsha has a dramatic breakdown over her divorce.

 “As much as I want to get over Kordell, being around these different women talking about children and babies, it just made me think about the family that I wanted and the family that we shared,” Porsha says.

In the preview, Atlanta co-star NeNe Leakes tried to comfort Porsha. “I’ve tried to be there to support Porsha, but our relationship is very one-sided. It’s very frustrating,” NeNe reveals.

Watch NeNe dish out some advice in the video preview here. 

4. NeNe Leakes Re-Marries Ex-Husband Gregg Leakes

Second time’s the charm for NeNe and Gregg Leakes. The couple officially became man and wife again in 2013. Before divorcing in 2011, the two were married for 13 years. The pair reconciled in 2012 and NeNe announced their second engagement via Twitter last New Year’s Eve.

Nene and Gregg said their “I Dos” for the second time in front of 400+ guests and Bravo cameras in Atlanta, Georgia this past summer at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. The duo spared no expense for their “Old Hollywood” themed wedding—the lavish event boasted a whopping $1.8 million price tag.

NeNe’s reconciliation with Gregg and her journey to the altar were documented on her own spinoff series, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.

NeNe was the third Atlanta housewife to earn an official spin-off series this past year. Kim Zolciak’s wedding/married life spinoff, Don’t Be Tardy and Kandi Burruss music competition series, The Kandi Factory debuted on Bravo earlier in 2013.

After getting divorced in 2011, NeNe says that this time she and Gregg will last. “Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time,” NeNe told Life & Style“I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.”

3. The Real Housewives of New Jersey Manzo Swap

Whether you love her or hate her, Caroline Manzo will not be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey next season. From the “Ham Game” to her biting wit, the RHONJ star has made her mark over the past 5 seasons.

Despite the fun-times Caroline has had on the show, she says it was time to move on. “Over the past few years my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn’t wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see,” Manzo wrote on her Bravo blog.

“I’ve always prided myself on being a good example for my children and my decision to leave is based on advice I’ve always given them: ‘Be true to yourself and be proud of who you are, you are born with a name and you die with a name, don’t dirty it up.’ Going back to film another season of Housewives would only make me a hypocrite. For me, peace and integrity cannot be bought with money or fame.”

Fans of the family matriarch will not have to say their goodbyes just yet. Caroline and her family are wrapping production on their pilot spin-off series for BravoManzo’d With Children.

Alert the welcome wagon—former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo is back for another run! Marked by the departure of her sister Caroline Manzo, original cast member Dina Manzo will be returning to the series next season.

“Well I guess the (hairless) cats out of the bag,” Dina tweeted back in October of this year. “Yes I’m back. Unlike the past this time it felt ‘right’ … See you on Bravo my friends.”

Dina left the show during season two after a feud with her then co-star Danielle Staub. She then went on to host an event planning reality show on HGTV titled Dina’s Party.

After three years of feuding, the Manzo sisters have reconciled. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Dina reveals she and Caroline are “totally fine,” adding that anger has been replaced by civility.

“When we see each other, we kiss each other hello,” Dina told the mag this week. “We just don’t hang out for Sunday dinner, that’s all…If Caroline needed me and called me tomorrow, I would be there. I love my sister. I will always love her.”

However a source, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told us that a reconciliation between the two has NOT happened. Reading between the lines of Dina’s statement I’d say our source is on the money!

2. Bethenny and Jason Call it Quits

It may sound like old news, but it has only been one year since the former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel called it quits on her marriage to Jason Hoppy. After months of speculation about the state of their marriage, Bethenny announced that she and Jason were separating.

“It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating,” Frankel said in a statement. “This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family.”

The couple announced their split back in December 2012 and filings were made in January of 2013. The two have been dealing with ongoing highly publicized divorce settlement issues, including custody disputes over their 3-year-old daughter Brynn, ever since.

The Skinnygirl mogul met her soon-to-be ex-husband in late 2008 and they tied the knot less than less two years later. The duo wed on March 28th, 2010 in front of Bravo cameras at New York’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel. Their nuptials were featured on Bethenny’s first Real Housewives spinoff show, Bethenny Getting Married.

Since the split, Bethenny has been busy filming her self-titled day-time talk show, Bethenny.

1. Not So Fabulicious—Teresa and Joe’s Legal Turmoil

It is no secret that the stars of Bravo‘s Real Housewives franchise have their fair share of financial woes. This time around, The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice have caught themselves in financial peril, again.

Teresa and Joe were indicted this past summer on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges that, according to legal experts, may cause them both to serve time in federal prison. The indictment details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud, against the couple from Towaco, N.J.

The 33-page indictment document accuses Joe Giudice of failing to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008 and states that Joe and Teresa falsely informed lenders on loan application that they were employed and/or receiving substantial salaries when in fact, they were not.

The couple pled not guilty to the charges; however, if convicted Teresa and Joe could each face decades behind bars. Joe even faces being deported to Italy if he is found guilty of just one of the 39 counts in the indictment, prosecutors said — as it emerged recently that he is not a US citizen.

Added to that, Juicy Joe is currently awaiting trial for allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI. He can face up to 10 years in prison for those charges. Joe’s rap sheet continued to expand this year after being pulled over twice in one month.

In November, Joe was cited by police for careless driving in a school zone. He was also ticketed for driving without an inspection sticker on his vehicle and not having a valid insurance card.

The couple opened up about their legal woes on a special episode of Watch What Happens Live back in September. Host Andy Cohen sat down with the reality television stars to discuss their indictment and how they are managing to keep their lives together.

During the sit down, an emotional Teresa said she is trying to stay strong for their children. “I can’t fall apart, Andy. I have my daughters, they mean the world to me … maybe something that my daughters can learn from this is that my mom was really strong through all of this and was there for us and I hope they always have that with them,” Teresa said wiping away tears.

Catch a clip below:

The couple’s federal fraud trial, originally scheduled for February, will now take place in April of 2014.

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Kandi Burruss (left) and Kim Zolciak (right). (Source: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank)

The stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives certainly know how to throw down— both in and out of court.

Months after The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss filed a lawsuit against her former costar Kim Zolciak, a verdict has been reached. Burruss, who was represented by her current cast member Phaedra Parks, claimed Kim had swindled her out of a large portion of profit off their 2009 single “Tardy for the Party”.

 A judge officially ruled in Zolciak’s favor last week after she responded with her own legal documents, claiming Burruss used the lawsuit as a publicity stunt to promote her now-cancelled spin-off show The Kandi Factory.

“I hardly got anything from Tardy for the Party. That is the truth,” Kandi wrote on her blog in October 2010. “I am not mad about it. I really blame myself because I didn’t handle my business correctly.”

“The truth always prevails,” Kim wrote on Twitter. “Revenge can be bitter sweet but if you sit back and watch karma it can be pure entertainment.”

Kim and Kandi starred together on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim has since left the series and is currently starring in her own spinoff series, Don’t Be Tardy. She and her husband Kroy Biermann are expecting twins.

The pinot may be a little too bitter for one Real Housewives of New York City couple. According to Page Six, Ramona Singer’s husband of 27 years Mario has been having an affair with a young mistress.

Mario reportedly has an ongoing relationship with the young blonde after meeting in the Hamptons this past summer, and there are pictures to prove it!

“The girl said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but I have to show you some pictures,” a source told Page Six. “She showed me a photo on her phone of Mario’s ding-dong. A selfie text of his naked body, in the girl’s apartment!”

According to the paper, after a few weeks of fooling around Mario reportedly got the young girl pregnant and then paid for her to have an abortion. Although the report claims the two are still seeing each other, Ramona claims the story is indisputably false. “It’s not true,” she told HollywoodLife.com

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer is recovering from surgery this week after being diagnosed with early stage endometrial cancer. Camille “underwent a radical hysterectomy today,” her rep told E! News on Friday. “The surgery went well and she is expected to make a complete recovery following a significant recuperation period.”

 Camille, 45, was at an elevated risk for cancer due to genetic issues, her rep says. “[Camille] has been diligent about regular checkups and monitoring, which explains that early detection and rapid treatment.”

 “Mrs. Grammer expresses gratitude to all the amazing health care professionals who have taken such loving and nurturing care of her. She urges all women to be aware of the genetic factors relating to women’s cancers and get regular checkups.”

Brandi Glanville sent well wishes to her former RHOBH co-star telling E! News, “Camille is a strong woman and I know she’ll come out of this even stronger. She has been a good friend to me and I send her all my love.”

Camille has two children via surrogate with her ex-husband, former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.

 Caroline Manzo, an original cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, may not be returning for season six of the hit reality series. In her Bravo blog this week, Caroline reveals her true feelings on the never ending Gorga-Giudice feud and discusses her thoughts on Part 1 of the reunion show. Is she really done with RHONJ?

“The back and forth between the Gorga-Guidice clan was predictable, Caroline wrote. “…to be honest, at this point in the game I’m throwing the towel in. Both believe they are right and innocent, and frankly, you can’t berate someone for speaking what they believe to be their truth. One day the sun will shine down on them all and there will be peace in the neighborhood, you gotta believe folks, believe.”

During the reunion show, Teresa Giudice admitted to lying in her blog about the healing vacation the cast attended together. Caroline voiced her feelings about Teresa’s reversal writing, “When Teresa told me she lied in her blog that Al and I fought throughout our Arizona trip I was speechless. I’m not going to say anything other than shame on you, grow up. What she tried to do backfired. It didn’t hurt or cause any drama within the Manzo household, it only made a decision very easy for me — I’m done.”

Despite Manzo’s possible looming departure on RHONJ, fans of the family matriarch will not have to say their goodbyes just yet. Bravo has given the green light to a pilot starring Caroline and her family. Manzo’d With Children (working title) will follow the Housewife in her duties as the “ringleader of the crazy circus that is her Italian family.”

Caroline’s sister, Fran, who we met earlier this season on RHONJ, will also be part of the pilot as she continues to bring in stray animals, including a pet pig, to the house.

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Danielle Staub (Source: Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

By: Brent Osborne

Summer may be over, but the Real Housewives are just heating up!

The original Real Housewives of New Jersey villain Danielle Staub is making her return to Bravo this week. The prostitution-whore mother of two will sit down with Andy Cohen on an all new episode of Watch What Happens Live September 8th!

Danielle is prepared to clear the air on some of the rumors surrounding her and her family as well as share her opinions on her former co-stars.

Speaking of those co-stars it must have been a busy week for the New Jersey court system! Two separate cases involving stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey have been postponed.

Earlier this year a brawl broke out at Kim D’s second Posche store opening involving members of the RHONJ cast. Details about the scuffle are all over the net, however having been at the event which was filmed for the show, we can’t comment.

Jacqueline Laurita, Chris Laurita and Joe Gorga were all charged with assault following the brawl after a lawsuit was filed by Johnny Karagiorgis. The matter was due in court on September 5th.

NorthJersey.com reports that the charges of assault and terroristic threats have been adjourned and will no longer go before a criminal court judge. Instead, the trial will be heard in municipal court on September 26th.

The case against Johnny, filed as a result of charges being pressed by Jacqueline, Chris, and Joe, will also be adjourned and held in municipal court.

The brawl will reportedly be shown on an upcoming episode of RHONJ.

Teresa and Joe Giudice were slated to stand trail in Newark, NJ on October 8th after being indicted last month on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges. However, the couple will now appear in court on February 24th, 2014 after lawyers for both sides petitioned for a continuance.

Teresa and Joe both plead not guilty to the charges against them. However, if convicted, Teresa and Joe could each face decades behind bars. Joe even faces being deported to Italy if he is found guilty of just one of the 39 counts in the indictment as it emerged last month that he is not a US citizen.

Joe is still set to stand trial in October for using his brother’s identification to get a new license while his own was suspended due to a DUI. He can face up to 10 years in prison for those charges, alone.

It is no secret that The Real Housewives have their fair share of financial trouble. This time around it is the former Real Housewives of Miami star Karent Sierra. As we reported a few months ago, two of Karent’s properties were being foreclosed upon by their lending agents. Unfortunately, this rumor became a sad reality after her 1,200 square foot property was ordered to auction by a judge. The home, which is co-owned by her mom, was appraised for a mere $137,089.

Florida Community Bank was also awarded a judgment against Karent in the amount of $1.05 million dollars for back interest, principal, and fees attached to the home. Yikes…

Filming for season six of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently underway and when the cameras start rolling, the drama always seems to intensify!

A fight involving a couple of supporting castmembers broke out on Thursday night, and according to TMZ, cast member Brandon DeShazerKenya Moore’s assistant, caught the worst of the RHOA brawl.

Witnesses told TMZ that Apollo Nida, Phaedra Parks’ husband, “violently attacked” Brandon at an event being filmed for the show.

Apollo allegedly needed to be restrained by seven crewmembers before withdrawing.

The confrontation reportedly stems from Apollo’s anger and frustration after Brandon and Kenya allegedly went back on their promise to produce a workout video featuring Phaedra, and instead made their own, leaving Phaedra out of the mix.

Phaedra and Apollo have since gone on to produce their own series of workout DVDs entitled Phine Body.

Kandi Burruss’s hitmaker show, The Kandi Factory, is no more. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star confirmed the news on Twitter, stating that her spin-off show would not be coming back for another season.

The show  followed Kandi as she helped aspiring artists jumpstart their dreams of success in the music industry. Kandi is currently engaged to Todd Tucker. Could there be a wedding spin-off in her future?

YOUR LIFE IS PRICELESS, SHOULDN’T EVERYBODY’S BE?

One Atlanta Housewife who does have a wedding spin-off is Nene Leakes. Are you counting down the days until , I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding premieres? Well so am I! Catch the video promo for the show below!

The show hits Bravo on Tuesday, September 17.

Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars Adrienne Maloof and Dr. Paul Nassif have finally put their divorce behind them.

“We recently reached an agreement on all outstanding issues related to our divorce settlement and all pending litigation,” they told People Magazine in a joint statement.

Adrienne and Paul are “happy to be moving forward with our lives in a positive way, not only individually, but as co-parents,” they say. “This is a new beginning for each of us.”

“Our first priority is our children’s well-being and happiness,” they add. “As their parents and advocates that is our goal. Our children are our most important treasures and need to be treated with the respect and privacy they deserve. … We appreciate the good wishes we continue to receive from our supporters around the world.” Adrienne and Paul filed for divorce in August 2012 after announcing their separation one month earlier. They reached an initial settlement in November 2012.

 This Roundup is winding down and so is the fifth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, as well as its ratings! The former ratings powerhouse took a hit with only 1.8 million viewers tuning in. Perhaps the season five reunion, which was filmed last week, will hike up the ratings.

The only guest a Real Housewife typically brings with her to a reunion taping is her hairdresser. However, for Teresa Giudice an extra guest pass was needed.

According to Wetpaint, Teresa brought her legal ace Henry Klingeman with her to the taping.

“Teresa wants to clear her name, but she’s extremely limited in what she can talk about,” a source told the site. “It’s very frustrating for her.”

 Rumor has it that Dr. Venus Nicolino, the psychologist who tried to help Teresa and Joe Gorga mend their relationship on the group retreat, also attended the taping.

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