Reality Roundup: Bookgate in NY, Braceletgate in NJ, and Birthdaygate in Miami

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

Housewife Guy has the weekend off, but gossip never takes a vacay! This week was no exception, with some of the juiciest stories in TBB‘s very own backyard. The Real Housewives of New York City are on the air and at each other’s Chanel necklaced throats. Bravo is heavily promoting the feud du jour between Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher. The debacle even has its own hashtag #Bookgate. The ghostwriter finger pointing hit new heights, however, when Drescher called into Vh1‘s Gossip Table  Tuesday morning.

Drescher told the panel about the “epic fight” saying, “one of us admits to having a lot of help and one doesn’t” in reference to Drescher’s memoir Leggy Blonde, and Radziwill’s What Remains and The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, a memoir and fictional novel respectively.

“I had a lot of help on my book,” Drescher said. But she dropped a bomb when GT host Rob Shuter asked if there’s any possibility of Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin returning to the show. “I heard they are going to replace Heather (Thomson) and Carole. Heather and Carole are trying to be like Ramona (Singer) and Sonja (Morgan) NOT…I heard that Jill and Bethenny might come back and boot them off the show.”

While Drescher was spreading rumors this week, Radziwill was spreading the word about her first foray into fiction. The longtime journalist and widow of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s nephew Anthony Radziwill, who succumbed to cancer in 1999, was busy visiting bookstores and reading excerpts from Widow’s Guide and autographing copies for her readers. I caught her at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ near her childhood home of Suffern, NY along with her parents and sister. When asked about the Jill/Bethenny comment, which Andy Cohen squashed on Radziwill’s Tuesday appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Radziwill said that Drescher was probably just listening to, “the voices in her head.” She also said that she never meant to offend stay at home moms with the comment she said to Aviva in Tuesday’s episode.

So did Radziwill have any help writing either of her books? She does admit to one surprising source of advice. “Christiane Amanpour, a very old friend of mine and my husband’s (when I first started dating) said; ‘You should keep a journal and you should call it the Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating. She actually says she didn’t say sex but I’m pretty sure she did say ‘sex and dating’…I didn’t keep a journal but I kept the title. She always likes to be credited.”

Personally, knowing Aviva and listening to her call on GT I think it was just her kooky sense of humor. Her tone, to me sounds very jocular. Below is a link to the clip. What do you all think?

http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2014-03-18/aviva-drescher-leg-rhony/

The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be off air for a moment, but it doesn’t mean they are off our radar. RHONJ and now convicted tax felon Teresa Giudice won’t let her legal woes get her down. The mother of four daughters, and cookbooks, made an appearance at Kim D’s Posche spring fashion show on Wednesday night, but you had to pay a price for a moment with the queen of the table flip. Apparently Giudice was with a handler who let people know they had to purchase a 25 dollar book to get an autograph and picture with the reality star. This was in addition to the $110 ticket to attend the dinner. Another caveat, the fans had to pay Teresa in cash. Considering these days anyone can accept credit cards with an iPhone it seems to me Tre wants to hide some income for fear of the government garnishing her wages.

Is a Jerseylicious star ripping off the RHONJ’s niece? According to Candice Laurita; niece of Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo,and Jacqueline Laurita; Tracy DiMarco has been knocking off her accessory business, Dazzle Candy for months.

“When I was told about this I literally felt sick,” Laurita told TBB, “The designs are so similar that it’s impossible to be a coincidence so many times over. When things like this happen it’s always really upsetting, but to have it come from someone with such a large reality TV following, it is that much more devastating to my business that I worked so hard to build.”

This is not the first case of jewelry knock off drama in New Jersey. Last month we reported that Kim D had been accused of stealing her cuff designs from another designer. Laurita is currently awaiting a response from DiMarco but supplied the following pictures from Dazzle Candy and DiMarco’s Princess Armor websites. What do you think?

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Speaking of the Manzos their fanzos may have to wait a little while before they get to see the famous reality tv star family return to the air. A source told us they are having some issues with the production of their spinoff Manzo’d With Children. “They really want it to be real,” the source who by the way was NOT Candice, told us. “They are trying to exert some control over the editing. They don’t want their show overproduced.” Three cheers for Caro and the crew for trying to keep it real!

Let’s leave the Northeast for some fairer weather Housewife scoop. Perez Hilton reports that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams has a new man. According to Hilton’s site Williams is dating 42 year old Teodoro Nguema Obiang son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, dictator, er president, of Equatorial Guinea. Mbasogo is “considered one of the most brutal rulers in Africa.” RHOA fans have been side eyeing the newly divorced Williams’s luxurious lifestyle all season, but this relationship would certainly explain how it’s been funded as the family of Obiang has some serious oil wealth, allegedly pillaged off the backs of their population. Williams was married to NFL player Kordell Stewart whose sexuality has been questioned all season long by her and her cast mates. As Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger would say, it seems like Porsha’s picker is off!

 South of Atlanta the ladies of Real Housewives of Miami as well as others, Countess LuAnn DeLesseps , gathered to celebrate Marysol Patton‘s birthday. The odd thing, Patton’s birthday was in January. The daughter of the free spirited Mama Elsa is a Capricorn, as she’s tweeted me about our shared birth sign before. A source who attended the event said the party, “was just going to be (a restaurant opening) but restaurant owners wanted to do a belated birthday bash for her.” Restaurant owners? Sounds more like producers to me. Could RHOM be filming another season? Does Marysol have a pilot for another show? Hmmm sounds fishy to me. Patton’s true birthday is January 9th.

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Ice-T’s Annual Birthday Bash 2013

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Tara and Hi 5’s Treston Irby.

Friday February 15th was the annual Aquarius Boyz Birthday Bash, AKA Ice-T’s (Law and Order SVU, Ice and Coco) star-studded birthday party. The event, a huge success in past years, however, had a few hiccups this go-round.

Originally to be held at Manhattan’s Flat Iron Hotel, the venue was changed last minute due to an overwhelming number of ticketed and invited guests. The party was moved to the Yotel located on 10th Ave. The swanky modern space seemed to have it all, except good lighting, resulting in dark photos and videos for much of the gathered press.

Tara with Glam Fairy's Sharie Manon.

Tara with Glam Fairy’s Sharie Manon.

The black tie event had a purple theme. Many of the women in attendance, like Glam Fairy’s Sharie Manon, Briella Calafiore, and Jessica Romano, wore gowns that were or accented with violet. Jerseylicious’s Tracy Dimarco, however, had another color she needed to wear. The buxom beauty “rehearsed” for her August wedding in a white satin mermaid gown adorned with gold jewels. “I’m really excited,” she gushed about her upcoming nuptuals, and disclosed that she plans “to be pregnant next year.”

Back in the VIP lounge we spent some time hanging out with musical act Hi Five who were waiting to perform. Treston Irby of the group told us about their new single Favorite Girl and their tribute video for Sandy Hook Elementary.We wrote the song before the incident, ” Irby divulged, “but, since the lyrical content was powerful we felt that it could bring some healing to all the families affiliated with the tragedy… The song (You Never Know) is on iTunes. All the proceeds go to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary through the United Way.”

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-never-know-single/id591250854

We spotted a few more famous faces that evening including Ramona Rizzo and Karen Gravano of Mobwives, singer Tweet, and actor Stephen Baldwin. However we never saw headliners Ice T, Coco, or Wendy Williams, who we heard from a source all showed up well past midnight. There was a disturbance during the evening when an unidentified man got into an argument with Ice T’s manager Mickey Bentson’s daughter and X Factor’s Lyric 145. Lyric’s rep says that her client was defending her friend when things got physical, and it was after this incident that Ice T, Coco, and Wendy arrived, however another source told us she was there and never saw them.

What do you think? Would Ice T really be a no-show at his own party?

Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS 2013

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

On Saturday, February 9th, a crowd of enthusiastic fashion and reality television fans gathered at the Altman Building on the lower West Side of Manhattan for the first ever annual Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS show. The show, coordinated by Monique Tatum, spotlighted original designs by Dominique Auxilly, modelled by reality stars from Bravo, Style, MTV, UPN and VH1.

“There are over 300,000 people infected in the U.S who don’t know,” said Tatum as she addressed the crowd. Tatum, who lost her own father to HIV/AIDS when she was just 12, is hoping to spread the message that testing is imperative. Between Auxilly’s designs, models paraded up and down the runway in T-shirts that prominently displayed the statistic.

Introducing the show was former America’s Next Top Model contestant Kim Stolz. “Runway, if you remember from the show, runway wasn’t my thing, which is why I’m not walking tonight,” Stolz teased as she wore a black and ivory Auxilly creation.

The first model to walk was another ANTM personality, supermodel Janice Dickinson who looked stunning in a dress appliqued with layers of tan chiffon. She was the first in a parade of larger than life personalities from shows like Mobwives, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, and more.

Some surprises of the night were Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese who looked stunning. She’s appeared to have lost some weight and gained a whole lot of confidence. On the other side of the scale, Tracy Dimarco of Jerseylicious looked curvier than when we last spotted her at the Mobwive’s premiere party. She confidently rocked her curves making everyone cheer. Causing the biggest stir was Lil’ Kim who got a standing ovation (seated behind RHONJ’s Jennifer Dalton- Kim’s BFF- we were in her “cheering section”). Most memorable was one star who tripped on her way back in (check the videotape).

NOTE: This video was a spur of the moment decision, so we didn’t have the proper equipment to give you the best footage. We promise to bring you higher quality video reports in the future!

The show was very well done, despite a long delay in its start. Doors opened at 7:30 pm but it wasn’t until after 9 that everyone was ready to rock ‘n roll. Speaking of rock ‘n roll, the music was on point. During Kelly Clarkson’s Catch My Breath I had my own epiphany. Being at a NYFW show has been a lifelong dream of mine. I paused, took it all in, and caught that breath.

All said and done though the most important aspect of Reality of Fashion/Reality of AIDS was the cause as reiterated post show by RHONY’s Alex McCord:

The thing is that, with so many causes and diseases and conditions that plead for attention, people can’t just think that because there are drugs (there’s a cure). There’s actually no cure for AIDS… One of the things that [Monique Tatum] keeps impressing (on us) is that awareness is key because AIDS can be managed and people need to remember that.”

Funds from ticket sales will benefit Broadway Cares. In addition more donations will be made via an auction of Auxilly’s designs from the show. For more information visit http://www.realityontherunway.com.

The event was sponsored by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), EFFY Jewelry, AIRWORKS Compressors Corp, Lamik Beauty, Lozo’s Virgin Hair, MVC Productions Management, Sign Expo,Amoy Couture Hair, Time Frozen Photography, The JW Essex Marriot Hotel, Dre
Productions, Hatch Creative Studio, Cherwin and Cherwin Auctioneers, Pulsd,
St. Moritz Security Services, Draude Inc, and Arter Clothing