“Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” Sneak Peek

31 Aug



Lest you think there’d ever be a “Real Housewives” hiatus in your life, think again! Bravo is taking viewers into the zany, palm tree-lined world of rich women ( or “woman,” if you’re Danielle Staub) in Beverly Hills. Vivian Ward, your strut down Rodeo Drive will now be considered child’s play. The network officially announced Wednesday the bevy of ladies of the newest edition to the franchise (but if you’re a ShowTracker reader, you’re already familiar with the names).

Meet “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”:

Taylor Armstrong: The Oklahoma native who now runs a consulting firm is having marriage troubles. But nonmarital bliss isn’t keeping her from throwing extravagant $50,000 birthday parties for her 4-year-old daughter.

Camille Grammer: Yep, she’s the soon to be ex-wife of actor Kelsey and she promises to not speak of her divorce. (Right!) Her hobbies, according to the news release, include “dancing, skiing, paddle boarding, tennis, hiking, and collecting rare first edition books, such as Pride and Prejudice, Works of Byron 1833, The Sound and the Fury, and the works of William Faulker and Roald Dahl.” (Oh, that Faulker, he’s a rare treasure!) I guess having four nannies allows for a lot of reading time?

Lisa Vanderpump: D.C.’s Kat isn’t the only one with a British accent anymore! Vanderpump is a British designer and restaurant owner who moved to Beverly Hills five years ago. More important, she wears a lot of pink (a lot) and is slightly obsessed with her dog Giggy.

Kim Richards: This former “Disney Girl” appeared in films like “Escape to Witch Mountain” and “No Deposit, No Return.” We hear crickets. She’s also a mother of four … and an aunt to Paris Hilton. Enough said. Wait. We spoke too soon. She’s also the older sister to fellow housewife Kyle Richards.

Kyle Richards: She’s also an aunt to Paris and Nicky Hilton — she must be if she believes “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” And she’s also an “actress,” with credits that include “The Watcher in the Woods” and “Down to Earth.” Again with the crickets.

Adrienne Maloof: A resident of Beverly Hills for 15 years, she’s one of those Maloofs — the dynasty with an enterprise that includes the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Resort in Las Vegas. And it looks like the Albuquerque-raised housewife doesn’t have to go far to keep up her appearance; she’s married to prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Paul Nassif. Oh, and she has three sons ages 7 and younger.

Now Bravo just needs to go to Chicago or something to cover the midwest and they’ll have the whole country on lock.

Bethenny Frankel Isn’t Going Back To ‘Real Housewives’ Of New York City’

31 Aug


Here we are once again, the game that occurs when the media begins reporting on who will or won’t be returning for the next season of “Real Housewives.” The latest whispers are that every cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York City” has been asked back except for Jen Gilbert (which isn’t a surprise).

Despite Bethenny Frankel saying she won’t be returning to “Real Housewives” on a media press call in July, recent reports say she was still in talks with Bravo to stay on with the franchise. Well, apparently all that has been put to rest. Frankel tells Us magazine officially that she won’t be back.

“Last season was scary and painful,” Frankel says. “It took all of the joy out of it.”

While sources tell the magazine that the remaining cast members are scheduled to start filming Season 4 on September 20, Frankel seems as if she’s way over it saying she didn’t “see any reason to go back.” Sources do tell the magazine that she will make appearances next season due to contractual obligations, but not as a regular cast member.
Yawn. When I don’t see Bethenny in the opening intro to season 4 then I’ll believe that she’s not returning.

Teresa Giudice Answers The “Nephew” Question

31 Aug

From Teresa’s Blog:

Danielle’s all about making a fresh start and not wanting people to talk about her past (and her skanky present), but then she starts in with my family. For the record, I said “Do not BRING up my family” not “break up” – she could never break up my family, but she does need to keep their names out of her mouth. 

Of course I have a lot of wonderful family members and friends that are not shown on the show. It’s completely unacceptable for Danielle to drag them into the mud and lie about them.

I know I opened my home and my heart to the viewers and I’m so blessed you have let me. But my extended family – my aunts and cousins and in-laws – didn’t and they deserve their privacy. I would not answer anything about them because it’s nobody’s business, but since so many of you asked what Danielle said that made me so mad, I will tell you as best I can…

In April, my newest nephew was born off camera. (No, not Jacqueline’s baby; Jacq and I are not related.) And no he’s not sick. He’s perfect and beautiful and we’re blessed to have him in our lives. If you all remember, I was scheduled to do the live Bravo Chat Bubble for a Real Housewives of New York episode the night he was born, and I was at the hospital so long, I was late logging in. So, yes, of course I was at the hospital when he was born!

When we were talking about Danielle not even acknowledging the birth of Jacqueline’s new baby Nicholas – which is part of the show – Danielle jumped in and accused me of not acknowledging my own new nephew. 

Did you see my face, how confused I was? At first, I had no idea what she was talking about because I WAS there and my 90,000 Twitter followers were kind of at the hospital with me that day too. But then I realized what she was saying – that she had been digging around my extended family and trying to find dirt on me and defame them. And I just had it. I will not stand for that (or sit still anyway).

It’s the same thing that happened at the Fashion Show. My life is complicated and stressful enough due to the bankruptcy and the ongoing legal issues we’re going through right now. If you’ve ever been in the legal system for anything, you know it’s  painful, private and definitely not fun. I wish I could say more about my finances and address the inaccuracies in the press more clearly, but our case is still open, so I can’t. Then to have Danielle throw one of her little bombs at me about my house being in foreclosure (which for the love of all that is holy it is NOT!) let me know she was in my legal business as well. She needs to stay out of my private business. I’m not in hers. Never have been.

So to answer the question about why I talked about her sleeping with Steve after just meeting him and then screwing around with him at my Shore house in front of both mine and her daughters… that is connected to the show. In the first season, I gave her a chance. I invited her and her girls and her new boyfriend into my home, and she disrespected me and horrified me with her behavior. We all saw it. And then she lied about it. 

Lied and lied and lied and then denied. Everyone always asks me what I was saying when I flipped the table last year. I know a lot of it was bleeped out, but here’s the answer: “You f—-ed a guy in my Shore house!” 

That’s what set me off. Completely and utterly disgusting.

The only other thing I have to say about part 1 is sorry Caroline, but I’m afraid I don’t agree with you about prostitutes. Call me old school, call me old fashioned, but I do have a problem with them. I think they do hurt more than just themselves. I’m not a big fan of whores – the prostitution, coke or skanky kind.

I have to disagree with Caroline too: I have no respect for people who have sex for money and prostitution degrades women.

Who Is Teresa Giudice’s Nephew?

31 Aug


It’s the question the entire world is asking:

Who is Teresa Giudice‘s nephew and why did the mention of him cause her to blow up at Danielle Staub on last night’s reunion episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey?

There are a lot of rumors floating around about who this “nephew” is, but–like most things on the internet–the majority of these claims are made up.

On Monday night, Teresa launched into Danielle (and pushed Andy Cohen!) when Danielle accused Teresa of not acknowledging her nephew. Teresa paused and then shot up from her seat and began hurling an awesome amount of obscenities at Staub.

There have been rumors circulating that the “nephew” that Danielle referenced was actually a love child between Joe Giudice and his sister-in-law. There was also a claim that the nephew was an illegitimate child and was involved with some alleged “criminal element” of Joe’s family.

There is no actual evidence of the Giudices being involved with a criminal element (aside from Italian stereotyping) or of Joe carrying on an affair with his alleged sister-in-law. So where did these “nephew” claims come from? The Houston Chronicle did a recap of last night’s reunion special and the writer speculated that these were the reasons behind Teresa’s reaction:

Now, the Internet is totally clueless about what Danielle’s even talking about. Twitter and Facebook are, of this writing, alight with inquiring minds desperate to know what this was all about. I will tell you that I do not know. I really have no idea at all. Really. This is merely speculative. REALLY REALLY SPECULATIVE, but I have two theories. Either someone in Teresa’s family had a love child (which is probably more likely) or, and this is the sexier theory, Joe’s family has some sort of criminal element and one of his less desirable family members had a baby to whom they’d rather not claim relation. But, again, I’m literally making that up.

While the writer acknowledges that these are completely made-up theories some people in the internet took them seriously. Jacqueline later tweeted that there was no “love child” between Joe and his sister-in-law. From Jacqueline’s Twitter:

No, there is no Tara or love child.Lol!Tamra from OC HW was out 2dinner w/us the night of accident,maybe that’s the blond pple saw

The “Tara” Jacqueline references is the name of a mystery woman that random Twitter users have been speculating was Joe’s mistress. Reality Tea said that they had received emails about Joe’s affair with a mysterious “Tara G.,” but there has been no evidence that Joe has been sleeping with this woman.

“Tara” has been mentioned by a few commenters on this very blog, but I always had my doubts about Joe having a mistress because for starters Joe and Teresa’s love for each other just seems really sincere to me and then too, with Teresa’s now-infamous temper, I don’t see her putting up with Joe cheating on her. Now Jacqueline has come out and denied it, but she’s obviously biased and either way something must be up for Teresa to go nuts like that.

Dina Manzo Tells Us She’s Been Happier Than Ever Since Quitting ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey!’

31 Aug


We had a heart-to-heart former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina, and she told us life is so much better now that she’s off the show!

Dina Manzo, 40, is finally back to her pre-fame self! We spoke to the former reality star Aug. 28 at the 2nd Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally at the Hamptons’ super swanky Georgica Restaurant & Lounge, and she looked great! We told you first that Dina was thinking about leaving the show — and we were right! The former Bravo housewife revealed that she doesn’t miss the heated drama with Real Housewives villain Danielle Staub one bit!

“I’m totally getting back to myself,” she told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “I was back to myself really the day after I stopped filming the show. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m truly at peace … I meant what I said when I left. I was so happy except for that whole situation [with Danielle] I was like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t need this!’”

But she did comment on the recent rumors that Danielle won’t be back for a third season.

“We don’t even know if that’s true or not,” she said. “But if it is, it will be a different kind of show. It will probably be what I initially thought it would be … about a crazy family who likes to have fun.”

Listen, I’m happy that Dina’s found so much “peace” in her life (she always seemed like the most reluctant ‘Housewife’ anyway) now, but when is Dina going to acknowledge that no one forced her into reality TV and she was the first ‘Housewife’ to get into it in the first place? I like Dina, but frankly speaking most ‘Housewives’ pretty much leave the scene (Hello Kimberly Bryant? Hello Jo De La Rosa?) once they’re gone, yet it seems that considering how much we’ve heard about Dina’s going-on’s since she quit RHONJ, that she’s missing the spotlight a lot more than what she’s letting on.

Andy Cohen Speaks On Tonight’s New Jersey Housewives Reunion With “The Hollywood Reporter”

30 Aug


THR: In July 2009, THR reported that salary negotiations for the cast of “RHNY” prompted Bravo to recast certain housewives. Are these scenarios unavoidable?

Cohen: Look, [“Flipping Out” star] Jeff Lewis will e-mail me every week and say, “Oh, the ratings were great last night; I guess this means I get a raise.” There have been situations when housewives have wanted to have frank talks about salary, and I say, “If you really want to have this conversation, let’s have it.” I have the benefit of knowing the research, knowing the ratings and knowing how much it costs to make every show. I give them my perspective.

THR: In the finale of MTV’s “The Hills,” producers suggested to viewers that the show was scripted. What response do you have for critics who say the same about “Housewives”?

Cohen: Whenever anyone wonders about whether these shows are real, I tell them, “If you were to tell me that Jeana [Keough] from ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ was going to split from her husband while we were shooting, I wouldn’t have believed you. You never know what road the show is going down.

THR: The most recent addition to the franchise, “Real Housewives of D.C.,” premiered Aug. 5 with an extra tinge of scandal by adding White House party crasher Michaele Salahi to the cast — who also recently accused “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg of assault. To what degree do you get involved with these incidents?

Cohen: We don’t editorialize. If someone says on the show, “I’m the best mother in the world” and then the next scene you see her smoking a cigarette and blowing smoke in her daughter’s face, that says it. We let viewers decide. What we’re really involved in are the stories. We let them deal with their own stuff.

THR: During the reunion specials and on your talk show, it seems you aren’t afraid to voice your own opinion of things.

Cohen: Any opinion I have usually reflects viewer opinion. During the “Real Housewives of New York” reunion, I was hammering Jill with questions because I knew fans weren’t going to be happy until she responded. Surprisingly, it was [onscreen frenemy] Bethenny that came to her defense and said, “Why don’t you just nail her to a stake and burn her?”

THR: Speaking of the reunion shows, it’s almost a guarantee that one of your wives will storm off the set. Do producers have to coax them back on?

Cohen: Typically, they come back on their own accord. We had a situation with Danielle that viewers will see [tonight] where I had to talk her off the ledge, bring her back and negotiate with the other women.

Danielle Staub — My Ex Is A Total Scumbag

30 Aug


Danielle Staub is going after her ex-husband with a vengeance — claiming the guy is such a drug-abusing, violent, sexual deviant … that his $5 million defamation lawsuit against Danielle should be thrown out of court.

Danielle just filed legal papers in L.A. County Superior Court — in which she states that Kevin Maher has “no evidence” that Danielle ever made several controversial statements about him … including accusations that Kevin killed her dog, forced her to play Russian Roulette … and even raped her.

As we previously reported, Maher filed a lawsuit against the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star — claiming she did make the alleged statements … and in doing so, she damaged his reputation to the tune of $5 million.

But Staub claims Maher has admitted to being such a scumbag in the past — that even if she did make the statements, his reputation couldn’t suffer any worse than it already has.

“Real Housewives Of New York” Want Snooki $$$

30 Aug


The “Real Housewives of New York City” won’t sell out on the cheap. While the cast has been asked back for Season 4, they won’t commit to Bravo unless they get “Jersey Shore”-style contracts.

“The ladies are upset because they are making a lot less than Snooki [who earns $30,000 per episode on MTV]. They’ve got a lot more to say,” a source close to the Housewives told us.

An insider says the New York cast members — including Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord — are making the same as their “Real Housewives of New Jersey” counterparts at around $4,000 an episode and “they have little choice but to pimp themselves out with side gigs to bump up their earnings.”

“It’s a full-time job without the full-time pay,” a second source says. “That’s why a reality star with any sense does a book line or jewelry line to support being on the show.”

An insider says the Housewives are exploring other options before they re-sign.

Ummm, everyone knows that the TV business is all about ratings and last time I checked “Jersey Shore” was pulling in some record numbers that RHONYC clearly hasn’t. I’m not mad at the RHONYC women asking for a raise, but requesting “Snooki” money could really be pushing it.

Alexis Bellino Defaults On Home Loan, But Stays In House

28 Aug


Jim and Alexis Bellino, last season’s newest cast members of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” recently defaulted on a $4.6 million loan for their stately home on Circle Drive in Newport Beach.

According to documents obtained exclusively by The Orange County Register, the Bellinos failed to pay $83,856.92 since April 26 on their home loan, and faced the threat of foreclosure and having their home sold at public auction to the highest bidder.

However, the auction (or trustee sale), scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25, never happened. The Bellinos modified the loan on their Newport Coast home, and never had to move out.

“Chase Bank has been great to work with on my modification,” Jim Bellino said in an interview Friday. “The trustee sale has been canceled, and the modification has been agreed upon.”

Since the housing market bubble burst, several “Real Housewives” have faced serious real estate conundrums. Original “housewife” Jeana Keough defaulted on her loan, faced foreclosure and got a loan modification, much like the Bellinos. Tamra Barney short sold her home for less than the Barneys purchased it.

Caroline Manzo Unsure She Will Return For Season 3 Of RHONJ

28 Aug


The ladies of Franklin Lanes know how to create must-see TV for their hit Bravo show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Their over-the-top drama has given the network one of its highest-rated seasons of all the “Housewives” shows so far. Season one gave us a table-flipping, season two saw a hair weave get pulled out, but what’s in store for season three? Family matriarch and perhaps the most favorable cast member of the group, Caroline Manzo answers our questions.

“The biggest surprise for season three? Good question. Is there a season three and will I be on it?” Manzo asks.

With unconfirmed rumors circulating the internet that resident villain Danielle Staub will not be returning for season three, can the show survive without their most-hated housewife that fans love to watch?

“Well we’ll just have to wait and see what Bravo has in mind for that one,” Manzo says. “Life with Bravo is like a box of chocolates,” she adds with a chuckle.

With Staub potentially out of the picture, what some would call the Garden State’s biggest embarrassment, mother-of-four Teresa Guidice, might be in the running for most disliked cast member with her recent bankruptcy scandal exposed and her lack of lady-like manners on full display for fans soon to see. A sneak peek at their two-part reunion show which is set to air this Monday, sees the women not only taking their claws out, but belting out one of the biggest primal-like screams reality television, or Andy Cohen for that matter, has ever witnessed.

I know that Caroline seems to be self-conscious about her age as compared to the other ‘Housewives’, but I can’t think of any other reason why she’d want to leave the show. I hope she chooses to stay as the loss of her whole fam would be a huge blow to RHONJ.

Kandi Burruss New Single: “Leave You”

28 Aug



Singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and formerly of Xscape debuts her new single “Leave You” — exclusively on ESSENCE.com. Also, Kandi describes the inspiration behind the track… 

Exclusive from Kandi, describing the inspiration behind the song:

“Working on this album, I knew I wanted to get back in the studio with Jazze Pha, a long-term friend and great producer. He and the two co-writers of the song are very talented people who I feel really understand me as an artist.

“I went into the session wanting to record a real R&B song that took you back to my Xscape days. We were known for songs that felt good, had a great groove to them, and displayed strong vocals and hard hitting production. ‘Leave You’ — in my opinion — is my 2010 version of that.

“The song was not about a specific situation of mine but more my desire to create that record everyone can relate to. If someone is not doing the things they did to get you when they have you — it is time to take that walk and leave!”

Hard to believe that Kandi, a longtime professional singer and songwriter, hasn’t been more forward about expressing how she really feels about all these ‘Housewives’ wanting to be singers.

Teresa Giudice Shocked By Own Actions at ‘Housewives’ Taping

28 Aug


HollywoodNews.com: Teresa Giudice has shocked many fans during her stint on Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ such as when she flipped a table, but even she is shocked by her behavior on the upcoming reunion show.

Two moments that shocked her in the preview clip include her yelling that she’s going to “pin down” Danielle Staub and shoving the host, Andy Cohen, out of her way, reports UsMagazine.com. “I didn’t mean to shove Andy … When I’m attacked, I attack back. I don’t like to be held back or touched,” Giudice explains about why she behaved the way she did.

And she isn’t the only ‘Housewife’ who was thrown off by the whole event. Caroline Manzo opened up that after taping the reunion she “could not compose a rational thought in [her] head for two days.”

Sounds like this year’s reunion show is going to be one to watch.

Charles Ommanney Talks “Real Housewives of D.C.” & Divorce From Cat

28 Aug


EARLIER this summer, as he stood alone in the lobby of Washington’s Mandarin Oriental hotel with a packed car parked out front, there was no one to say goodbye to Charles Ommanney despite a decade of life in the city. Six months earlier, he had a wife; two children; three dogs; a house in Chevy Chase, Md.; and a gaggle of cameras following him around. 

Every Thursday night, you can still see that earlier version of Charles Ommanney’s life, like a “Twilight Zone” episode in which, in a strange quirk of post-modernity, his previous life continues to play out in real time even as his current life runs in the opposite direction. That’s because Mr. Ommanney, on Bravo at least, is Cat Ommanney’s spouse on “The Real Housewives of D.C.” 

“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve seen the previews and I made a promise to myself to not sit and watch my ex-wife,” Mr. Ommanney, sounding miserable, said by telephone from Miami. “It’s just too painful. I’ve got eight more weeks of hundreds of Facebook requests from people I don’t know. I’d almost like to go and live in Katmandu. I have very few regrets in my life, but this is the one.” Once, he points out, if you Googled “Ommanney,” you would have discovered three centuries of naval admirals going back to his great-great-great-grandfather. Now you find rumors about the marriage breakup and snarky tattling on the show.

With all the talk about Cat possibly being a racist I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt early on, but last night’s episode, what with how she handled herself at the Salahi’s winery, proved that while she’s no racist, she’s definitely a bitch. That said, is anyone surprised that she’s now getting divorced? If it’s one-n-done for Cat Ommanney I don’t think that anyone will miss her.