Reality Roundup: New York Concerns and New Jersey Returns!

Ramona Singer and Aviva Drescher (Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

After a season of poor ratings, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City is in desperate need of help! Although RHONY has not been given the green light for a seventh season, rumor has it that RHONY producers are in talks with the cast about another round.

LuAnn (DeLesseps) is back for sure,” a source revealed to Confidenti@l . “They are now negotiating her fee. Last season The Countess was paid a day rate every time she filmed as a ‘friend’ on the show. Plus, she got a bonus if her scene made it into the series.”

Carole (Radziwill) is also safe,” the source added. “She is a dear friend of Andy’s and has formed a genuine friendship with Heather Thomson. This is what the show is looking for,” adds another insider. “They want genuine relationships and drama, and want to stay away from anything the ladies ‘stage’ to make good TV — such as throwing an artificial leg. 

While the other ladies may be back for another ride, the Real Housewives train may not be departing for Aviva Drescher.

“It is the end of the road for Aviva,” Confidenti@l reports. “She has not been told anything officially, but has been told if she wants to start looking for other TV opportunities, it is fine with Bravo.”

As for Ramona Singer, the only way she will be back is if she opens up about her marital problems, a friend of the New York City housewife revealed. “At the reunion, Ramona shut down any questions of her doomed marriage. She will not be able to do that if she returns.”

Ramona, 57, initially filed for divorce in January 2014 after catching her husband of 22 years, Mario, and his supposed girlfriend, together in their Hamptons home.

“I tried to make my marriage work because I have strong values and I believe that people make mistakes,” Ramona told People Magazine earlier this month. “But you reach a point where you realize the other person isn’t putting in as much effort as you are. And I reached my breaking point.”

 She’s baaaack! After being noticeably absent from the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Caroline Manzo and her family are back on Bravo in their own spinoff series, Manzo’d with Children.

The show will feature Caroline’s children, Lauren, Albie, and Chris, and husband, Al, with special appearances by her sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline’s other siblings.

“We had an absolute blast filming,” Caroline told Bravo’s The Dish. “It’s fun. It’s lighthearted. You really get the picture of who we are as a family, so we’ll see what happens.”

Catch a glimpse of what is to come here! Manzo’d With Children premieres on Bravo October 5th!

If you haven’t heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, you are probably living under a rock. As of Aug. 29, in addition to raising awareness, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $100 million in support Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

In an effort to raise money and awareness, Bravolebrities from across the nation have been participating in the challenge.

Kathy Griffin participated in the challenge by going commando for the shoot. “I thought I should take it up a notch,” she told the late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel after being nominated by Suze Orman, Aubrey Plaza, Margaret Cho and Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean. More like she took it “up a crotch”!

Check out Kathy’s video and some of your favorite Bravoleb’s below!

 

NeNe Leakes, The Real Housewives of Atlanta:

 

Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens: Live!

 

 

 Kristen Taekman & Carole Radziwill, The Real Housewives of New York City

 

Teresa Giudice, The Real Housewives of New Jersey

 

Bethenny Frankel

 

 Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Vanderpump Rules

 

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Reality Roundup

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida (Source: BravoTV.com)

Things aren’t always sweet down in the peach state! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison this past Tuesday for fraud charges.

Apollo, the husband of Atlanta Housewife Phaedra Parks, was found guilty for committing mail, wire, and bank fraud.

According to federal court documents, Apollo deposited millions of dollars worth of “fraudulently obtained checks” into almost 40 bank accounts that had been opened using “stolen identities.”

In addition, Apollo stole United States Treasury checks, “retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies,” court documents stated.

“Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions,” said Reginald G. Moore, of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

Despite the bitter downfall, Phaedra Parks is keeping her head above the water. “Phaedra’s doing great,” Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss told Hollywood Life of her friend.

“She’s basically working,” added the newlywed singer. “That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work. I know that she’s promoting her book and doing the book tour and stuff like that and she’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”

Apollo, 35, will serve five years under parole supervision after he completes his eight years in a federal prison, U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. ruled during sentencing last Tuesday. A hearing on July 17 will determine how much restitution Apollo will have to pay to his victims.

This will not be the first time Apollo will be spending time in a jail cell. The father of two was released in 2009 after serving time for racketeering charges.

Polish those dancin’ shoes! Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars is just around the corner! Rumors surrounding the Season 19 cast have already begun running rampant!

One of the rumored cast members set to star on the upcoming season of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars is newlywed Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss. Other cast speculations for Season 19 include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney.

The beloved ballroom television show was given a lot of love this week! Dancing With the Stars was nominated for an Emmy Award yet again for Best Reality-Competition Show.

Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars is set to debut this fall.

Speaking of the Emmy‘s, one Bravo show that may have a statue is Million Dollar Listing New York. Ryan Serhant took to social media last week to announce the nomination and thank his co-stars and fans. The series just finished its third season and is at the top of the Million Dollar Listing game. There are currently three MDL franchises, the newest being Million Dollar Listing Miami. Is Bravo now going to grow this Housewives style?

LuAnn DeLesseps is reportedly not getting paid, but don’t believe everything reported. After Radar Online ran an article that stated Countess was either getting fired or she had to work for free, Hollywood Life sought out the truth. A rep for the Real Housewives of New York star told HL, “Every year they talk about the same potential of firings.  LuAnn had a great season and she is looking forward to returning, but she is very busy with her new business ventures including her Countess LuAnn Dress Collection and she is set to follow up with jewelry and home. So whatever the future hold will be positive.” The rep went on to clarify that the only work miss DL does for free is her “charity work.”

When we spoke to LuAnn at the RHONY premiere she stated she was happy with her currently part-time Housewives gig. Though to us, it seems like she’s still as much a show staple as ever. What do you all think?

Shahs of Sunset has one less cast member. Lilly Ghalichi, the “Persian Barbie” has been fired. This suits co-star Mercedes (MJ) Javid just fine. MJ told TMZ that her co-star was too fake for reality television. “I think it was inevitable”, Javid says in a TMZ video when asked her thoughts on the firing. “You’ve got to be real to be on reality TV, I think she was very interesting, but she wasn’t herself and that was her problem.”

Not far from Sunset, a new baby has been born! The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is a grandma, again!  Vicki’s daughter, Briana Wolfsmith-Culberson, welcomed her second child this past Wednesday morning. The new bundle of joy weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz.

“Being a mother is one of life’s greatest joys. I never knew there was a love out there greater than the love I have for my own children,” Vicki said in a statement. “Being a grandmother, now twice, teaches me that love is never ending and life is full of divine surprises … This is a real Woo Hoo moment.”

Briana and her husband Ryan Culberson are also parents to son Troy, 22 months.

 “Real glamour, real drama, fake boobs.” That’s the tagline for Hulu‘s newest original comedy series The Hotwives of Orlando, a spoof on Bravo’s The Real Housewives.

“A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, ‘The Hotwives of Orlando,’ takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous…more world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando,” Hulu executives described. “The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.”

While the seven episode series will debut this Tuesday, catch a hilarious preview below!

Lastly, tonight is the big night. Hold onto your tables, Real Housewives of New Jersey is back along with born again Housewife Dina Manzo. Dina, who left after season 2, told E!Online that she’s hoping to bring back some of the lighthearted fun that the fans have been requesting. “I think the the fans-viewers and the network- were ready for a change. I kind of believe them when they say we need to go back to that feeling of season one, kind of fun and a little bit of drama, but nothing that hurts a family and got too dark,” she says in a new interview.

As for family she will not be speaking about hers. “I didn’t like being talked about when I was on and I’m sure they (Caroline Manzo, Chris and Jacqueline Laurita) wouldn’t like it either. So that’s the kind of one thing I said I wasn’t going to talk about.”

Tonight TBB will be on deck at the RHONJ premiere party, Fabellini in hand (ticket comes with one…side-eye) to get the scoop and meet Dina for the first time. Rumor has it that Untying The Knot‘s Vikki Ziegler, who went to high school with the Laurita clan, will also be present.

Tell us— Are you looking forward to the new RHONJ season? What city would you like to see MDL happen in next? Which Bravolebrity would you like to see compete next on Dancing with the Stars? Leave a comment below and voice your opinion! Your email will never be sold or shared.

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Reality Roundup: Get Him Out, Get Her On, Get Our Ratings Up

Melissa and Joe Gorga. Photo:TheHollywoodGossip.com

Melissa and Joe Gorga.
Photo:TheHollywoodGossip.com

By Brent Osborne

We are one week away from the premier of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but things are less than flowery in one of the Garden State’s backyards. Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga and husband Joe are suing the inhabitant of their former home.

It turns out the couple’s Montville, NJ mansion was never actually sold, despite the claims that they received their full 3.8 million dollar asking price last August. There had been much speculation as to why a sale had never been legally recorded and it’s come out that the sale was actually a rent to purchase agreement with Kai D. Patterson, a software engineer and founder of Project Child Support. Reps for the Gorgas said that the agreement was “a purchase agreement with an extended close option…To date (Patterson) has failed to uphold his financial obligations under the agreement and provided bounced checks totaling $20,000 as well as failed to pay rent for the months of April, May, and June 2014…After repeated attempts to have (Patterson) honor his agreement, the Gorgas were left with no other choice, but to pursue legal action and filed a summons for eviction.”

Melissa, who has had to continue to pay the taxes on the mansion, told US Weekly, “I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I am not going to pay for a complete stranger to live in a multi-million dollar home.”

Reality Tea published Kai Patterson’s statement regarding the issue. According to Patterson, the Gorgas have failed to fix several problems with the property, many that stem from burst pipes that resulted from Melissa shutting off the utilities last September. Patterson says that he entered into a lease/purchase agreement with the Gorgas that entitles him to the benefits of a renter/landlord situation, while putting money towards the downpayment of the house. After many chances for Joe to fix the problems associated with the property as per the agreement, and some back and forth personal business dealings with Joe, Patterson decided to refuse payment until the issues were addressed. Patterson also says he received hateful texts from Melissa, whom, he believes, did not have full knowledge of the deals he had made with Joe.

All I can say is, had Patterson watched last year’s RHONJ he may have seen this coming. Who can forget when Jennifer Dalton went to turn on a sink in the mansion and the knob came off? Red flagging much?

In other NJ news, former RHONJ Danielle Staub is ready to come back to Bravo, but is Bravo ready for her? In a desperate plea to get back on the show and defend her family, Danielle ranted on her Facebook page about needing to come back for the sake of her children. In a series of tweets she also stated that Bravo TV  and Andy Cohen have asked her back on more than one occasion. Truth or delusion? Either way on Saturday Staub called for her fans to petition the network.

Credit Facebook.com

Credit Facebook.com

While on the subject of HW  casting, with summer in full swing, casting rumors for the upcoming seasons of The Real Housewives are warming up

TMZ reports that two former reality stars are set to return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season! Former RHOBH cast members Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof were reportedly shooting scenes with the show’s current stars including Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster,Kim Richards, and Brandi Glanville. 

After the recent network firings of newcomers Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, there are two openings! However, this RHOBH return is too good to be true! Although both Camille and Adrienne were filming at Kyle’s annual White Party, there are no plans for them to return to the series in any full capacity, People confirms.

Major cast renovations may be underway in New York! As the current season of The Real Housewives of New York continues to plummet in the ratings, Bravo execs may be taking a significant bite out of the Big Apple.

“Bravo doesn’t want to cancel the series because New York is the unofficial capital of the United States,” an insider told Radar Online. “The amount of wealth concentrated into such a small area makes it a major drawThe entire current cast, including Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Luann de Lesseps, and Carole Radziwill are all expected to get pinks slips,” the source said.

The source continued to say that Ramona Singer will most likely be the only current RHONY star to be offered a contract to return next season and that “Aviva Drescher could be offered a much smaller role, of series guest star.”

Remember, however, casting rumors always abound with Housewives. After the dramatic sixth season and an intense reunion brawl, rumors surrounding the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta began spiraling out of control. Porsha Williams was thought to have been fired after being removed from the season six reunion taping after an argument with cast mate Kenya Moore turned physical. Speculation surrounding the return of RHOA veteran NeNe Leakes also spiked after the dramatic reunion show.

Despite the rumors, all six ladies will be returning for season seven of the hit reality show. Porsha, Kenya, and Nene will be back to grace our telivision screens along with Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss. The ladies are set to begin filming in the next few weeks. Season seven of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is likely to premier this November.

That’s all for now, but Reality Roundup will be back on WEDNESDAY! Lesley Rousso will dish weekly about some of the hottest reality TV shows on E!, MTV, VH1, FOX and many more in a new On Beyond Bravo column! Stay tuned!

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