No Takers For Bethenny Frankel’s $100,000 First Baby Photos Offer

31 May
“Real Housewives of New York City” Bethenny Frankel isn’t as popular as she thought she is. The reality show star had to give her baby’s first photos up for free after no magazine was willing to pay the $100,000 price she set for them.

Page Six reports that the housewife demanded a hundred thousand dollars for the first pictures of Bryn Casey Hoppy, her weeks-old daughter. But it turns out she hasn’t achieved celebrity status yet. No magazine was willing to take her offer at that steep price.

She ended up giving the photos for free to People magazine.
A source said, “Bethenny was asking for way too much. Some six-figure deals have been done recently for first pictures of Kourtney Kardashian’s and Kendra Wilkinson’s babies, and Bethenny wanted the same.”
“But she found no takers.”
Frankel replied to the news, saying, “Actually it was $100 million.”
The new bride, who married beau Jason Hoppy in March, gave birth to their daughter on May 8.

Damn. Well if it’s true it’s certainly humiliating.

My New York: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

31 May
It’s hard to believe that Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, best known for her role on Bravo’s hit reality series “The Real Housewives of New York City,” which concludes for the season Thursday, moved to Manhattan just three years ago. “I have traveled the world and lived in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places,” says the countess, “but nothing compares to the melting pot that is New York City.” The former Italian model turned philanthropist, socialite and etiquette expert — thanks to her book “Class With the Countess: How To Live With Elegance and Flair” — lives on the Upper West Side in a two-bedroom apartment overlooking the river. This is her New York.
1.Chez Josephine, 414 W. 42nd St., between Ninth and 10th avenues
“This is where I’ll have dinner with friends after a night at the theater. The food is amazing — especially the cassoulet and Chinese ravioli with goat cheese —and the walls are decorated with memorabilia of Josephine Baker. The bistro is owned by her adopted son Jean-Claude Baker, who is a great host and a fabulous piano player. He really captures that period of jazz.”
2. Catherine Malandrino, 652 Hudson St., between 13th and Gansevoort streets
“Catherine is a personal friend and an incredible designer who really understands women and how we should dress. Her clothes are feminine yet sexy, and I love that her boutique is organized by color.”
3.La Pomme, 37 W. 26th St., between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
“I love to dance, and this is my favorite place to dance in New York City. It’s incredibly chic with fun music, great Champagne cocktails and plenty of beautiful people.”
4.Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, 691 Fifth Ave., between 54th and 55th streets
“When that big red door closes behind me, it’s my time for relaxation. No cellphone, no BlackBerry, nothing. This is where I go to relax and recharge. Something about this spa feels very classic and old New York to me.”

Alex McCord: “Kelly Bensimon Worse In Person”

26 May
I appreciate Alex McCord much more now that she’s shown us her “real” side. In the first season and a half of the Real Housewives of New York, I thought that she was too preposterous for words… now she’s the voice of reason! Alex McCord spilled about Kelly Bensimon‘s crazy reveal on the show, and she said that it was even worse in person.
Alex said that she believes Kelly actually came off “better” than she did in reality.
“It was much more [crazy] in real life,” Alex told Us, adding “much more crazy!”
If you missed it, last week’s Real Housewives of New York was epic. During a sophisticated sit-down dinner, model and intellectual giant (scoff) Kelly Bensimon went on an unprovoked rampage, accusing Bethanny of trying to murder her in a dream and calling Alex a “vampire.” 
“I remember the first time that Kelly mentioned that she thought I was channeling the devil. It was in the middle of the soup course!” McCord told Us. “That wasn’t the first time that had happened. Throughout the trip, it just came out of the blue.”

Danielle Staub Talks Abusive Ex-Husband

26 May
The most-talked about subject on Real Housewives of New Jersey (besides “bubbies” and “chuckies”) is the checkered past of housewife frenemy Danielle Staub. Staub’s first husband Kevin Maher has said that Staub was involved in drugs, prostitution and extortion — but now Staub tells Us Weekly that Maher did something much worse.

“I was severely abused,” Staub, 47, says of Maher. “I was in fear for my life. I was visibly bruised, injured, scared and victimized.”  The mother of two says that Maher, a private investigator and former FBI informant, started abusing her after they married in 1988. “He was very possessive… I was hospitalized several times. There is no way to describe how it feels to not have a safe place to go… We are talking days and days in a row before he was exhausted, or ran out of drugs, whatever it was that he was on.”

Staub describes this period of abuse in her memoir The Naked Truth, which hits stores today. The book is partly a rebuttal to Maher’s own 1995 biography Cop Without A Badge, which describes Staub as an unstable criminal, cocaine addict and stripper (a book which played a prominent role in the first season of Real Housewives of New Jersey). The exes’ different versions of the truth have landed them in court: in October, Maher filed an anti-defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, claiming that she lied to the media about how he terrorized her.

“I did hit her. It’s true,” Maher tells Us, but says it was “in self defense.” Wow. We wonder what the judge will have to say about that.

Really at this point can anyone believe anything that comes out of Danielle Staub’s mouth?

Jill Zarin on CBS News

26 May]

Jill Zarin from “Real Housewives of NYC” appears on CBS News with her mother Gloria Kamen and sister Lisa Wexler to discuss their new book “Secrets of a Jewish Mother”.

RHONJ Recap: Danielle Staub vs. Everybody Drama Is Getting Tired

25 May

Yawn. More 4 vs, 1 drama. Danielle’s still obsessed with getting in with people who clearly don’t like her (mind you with good reason). I’m not even blaming the women, I just keep wondering how long RHONJ can keep people watching with the same storyline. Then too there’s so much more Bravo could do with RHONJ to spice it up. For starters leave Teresa and Caroline alone. Teresa could have her own show with her and her family’s antics. Same thing with the Manzo family (I love the sidebar with Lauren dating Albie’s best friend). Jacqueline’s got the mother/eldest daughter drama, but last season she was great playing the middle between Danielle and the rest of the women, yet now she’s clearly taken sides and won’t even take Danielle’s calls (but hey she is married to a Manzo brother). This season Dina seems to be running solo: hubby still refuses to be on the show, cute little Lexi is away and what happened to all the charity work she used to do? Lastly, Danielle’s just gotten desperate and it’s sad to watch her continually beg to be in a group that wants nothing to do with her (plus, as we saw last week she does have her own friends so why does she want to be down the other women that badly?). If a show needed an extra cast member RHONJ would be it, someone to play the fence between Danielle and other women. Dina needs to open up, sure she remains great eye candy, but I don’t think that viewers feel like they know Dina as well as the other women. I’d like to see more interaction between the Manzo siblings too.

Kelly Bensimon: ‘I’m Not Proud’ Of The Way I Acted

24 May
Kelly Bensimon wants to be clear about one thing. She’s not crazy — and that wasn’t a nervous breakdown you saw on “The Real Housewives of New York City” Thursday, as she blew up at her costars during a trip to the Virgin Islands.
“It was a nervous breakthrough,” Bensimon tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview appearing in next week’s issue.
“I learned don’t do it. Don’t be around people who don’t like you. I will never engage them like that ever again. I learned my lesson, as should everyone.”
The lesson involved comes as a result of what Bensimon, 42, calls the group’s “systematic bullying” of her throughout the vacation, during which she and costars Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan and her former rival Bethenny Frankel were sequestered on a yacht.
“It was four people against one. I go on this trip, I’m trying to be open. I have no expectations. I’m trying to be nice to these women who clearly don’t like me,” Bensimon says. “But the minute I got on the trip, they went after me. It was constant.”
Good to see Kelly’s still pointing fingers and blaming everybody but herself for being a lunatic. And “four people against one”? Like that wasn’t Sonja who tried to have your back throughout most of the “breakthrough”? And “nice” as in throwing a fit and calling Jill because ‘evil’ Bethenny tried to “kill you” by leaving that gift bag outside your door? Calling Alex all kind of names out of nowhere? Telling Ramona and several others to “Zip it!”? I guess that ex-boyfriend you punched in the face last year actually punched himself too, right? And what kind of mother, who puts her kids first, poses for Playboy anyway? Not only is Kelly certifiably nuts, but quite stupid…just own it already because no one’s buying your B.S. excuses

‘Real Housewives Of New York’ Scores Series Top Ratings Mark

23 May
Bravo notched its most-watched episode of The Real Housewives of New York City on Thursday night.

The May 20 installment averaged 2.32 viewers, according to Nielsen data. The NBC Universal network also attracted 1.63 million adult 18-to-49 viewers, its most episode ever with the show among the demo most coveted by advertisers.

Season-to-date, The Real Housewives of New York City has registered a double-digit advance versus its sophomore season average among total viewers and is on pace to record its highest season ever among all key demos, said Bravo executives.

Moreover, the May 20 episode of Watch What Happens: Live delivered 1.33 million total viewers, and ranked as the series’ second best in all key demos. 
Uh oh, this mean that more Kelly breakdowns are on the horizon?

Teresa Giudice’s “Skinny Italian” Is A New York Times Bestseller

22 May
Yes, a Real Housewife from New Jersey has a book on the New York Bestsellers list. Teresa Giudice – the one who famously flipped over a table at a dinner party screaming that another cast member was a “prostitution whore” – recently released her book that is apparently selling like hotcakes. And no, it’s not a tome about dinner party manners. She wrote a book about food called Skinny Italian. The mom of four posted on her Twitter account that her book made it to this coveted list. She wrote:

“OMG, OMG, OMG, I just heard “Skinny Italian” made the NYTimes Bestseller list!!! I am literally screaming and crying right now…”

“THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH for the bottom of my heart. Truly, I appreciate your support so much! ♥♥♥ u all!!! I gotta go call my mom…”

Congrats to Teresa! Get her take on Kelly’s epic breakdown HERE.

Danielle Staub: “I Wasn’t A Prostitute, I Was Paid For Relationships”

21 May
I can’t really tell who you people care about in the Real Housewife world, so I’m sorry if you find this one boring. Real Housewife of New Jersey Danielle Staub has already been outed as a former hooker in league with some kind of major Miami coke dealer back in the 1980s (sidenote: rumor is that the coke dealer was part of the Medellín cartel). In 1986, Danielle, who then went by the name Beverly Merrill in life (her hooker name was “Angela Minelli”), was arrested on federal charges of extortion and cocaine possession. She had six kilos of coke! Anyway, long story short, she cut a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty to the extortion charge and cooperating fully. If you want to read about her arrest and her plea deal, Gawker has a really good summary, including some of the old court documents.
Anyway, parts of this story came out on the first season of RHONJ, in a hilarious dinner scene. Something about a “prostitution whore”. So Danielle/Beverly/Angela wants to set the record straight. So she’s written a book about her adventures, The Naked Truth. People Magazine has some excerpts from the book, as well as a short interview. Here are some of the highlights:

On writing the book: “I don’t want acceptance anymore. It’s my journey, I wasn’t afraid to put it out there.”

On her 1986 arrest: “I was 20, I didn’t have morals!”

On the on-air confrontation: “Reliving it all was gut-wrenching. But it was also the most incredible rebirth. I am blessed to have survived.”

Book excerpt, on her sexual abuse at the hands of members of her adoptive family: “Sexual abuse entered my life I was extremely young. My bedroom door would open in the middle of the night, and in would come a relative or family friend – one of my abusers – who’d climb into bed with me and treat me with no regard.”

Star-f-cking: “I was young, hustling and doing quite well. I dated an Olympic athlete. I met Don Johnson in an elevator and we ended up kissing for what felt like ages. I was at a party and I met Prince. All I am going to say is that he was the best kisser out of all the celebrities I have ever been with.

On being a prostitute: A friend introduced her to a “call service” and she began going on dates for money. Until now she denied having been a call girl. “Was I going to admit it before I’d been paid to admit it? No. What I was doing was not illegal. On the other hand, soliciting sex is. I wasn’t a prostitute! I was paid to establish relationships. I ended up having physical relationships with two men. I was attracted to them and they were attracted to me.”

Any wonder her own daughter looked liked she wanted nothing to do with her in those model shoots? Damn that “PROSTITUTION WHORE-AH!”

DeShawn Snow Is Getting A Divorce

21 May
One of the former cast mates of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will soon be a housewife no more.
DeShawn Snow and her husband, former NBA player Eric Snow, are divorcing according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Eric Snow recently filed divorce papers in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia stating that there is “no hope of reconciliation” for the pair who has been married for 12 years.  He requests joint custody of their three sons. 
The family was featured on the first season of “RHOA” which included an episode about a less than successful charity event hosted by DeShawn Snow at their mansion.

Surprising and not surprising at the same time. DeShawn was a Christian woman who always came off as innocent, faithful and dedicated to her husband and children, but she could also be naive and totally clueless when it came to spending Eric’s money too. Sad that after 12 years the Snow’s are no more because even tho they were boring as hell they seemed to be good for each other.