Cynthia Bailey’s Husband Peter Thomas Speaks Out On The “Real Housewives of Atlanta”

31 Jan

And this guy doesn’t mince words, below are the juicier parts of the long Q&A with UPTOWN magazine:

Earlier this week, BV posted an interview with Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Cynthia Bailey. The beauty, who graces the cover of UPTOWN’s Weddings and Travel issue, spoke candidly about her summer nuptials to entrepreneur Peter Thomas. Anyone who follows the show knows all about the investment Cynthia made in Thomas’ now defunct restaurant venture. Cynthia dished her side of the story declaring, “I don’t know when I am getting that money back, but he’s going to have to give me something.”

We heart Cynthia and Peter, so it only seemed proper that both parties had the chance to address the seemingly touchy subject. Peter most certainly wanted to clarify a few points and set the record straight. In an exclusive with UPTOWN, the self-proclaimed “reckless mouth” didn’t hold back on a number of subjects, including marriage, the ex-factor, and how he really feels about the rest of the RHOA cast. In his words…

As much as I appreciate what she’s done, it probably came across to everybody that she put up all this money to help me build my restaurant. No. Initially, she put up $10,000. Uptown [Restaurant and Lounge] cost several hundred thousand dollars—$10,000 couldn’t buy the silverware and the plates at Uptown.

So it’s not like she’s supported my vision and gave me money to build a restaurant ’cuz that’s not what happened. And I want to clear that up. I didn’t agree with her putting that out there to the public. But she’s on a reality show and she’s a new jack to it, so she might feel as if that’s what she needed to do. I didn’t agree to that. But I didn’t oppose either, especially if she’s telling the truth. She has the right to say it. But I don’t want the viewers to leave with the impression, “Oh, sh-t. He got with this model girl and she’s putting up all this money to support his sh-t.” That’s not the way it is.

If I need her to do something for me again, she better step up. That’s part of her duty as a wife. Because she’s never gonna call on me and I say no—never. It’s my duty as a husband to provide whatever support to [help] her go forward. The show that I’m on is called Atlanta Housewives, not Atlanta Husbands. I’m not getting paid to be on the show. But I have to do it to support my wife. So I just gotta bite my lip, swallow my spit, and call it a day.

I say anything I f—ing feel, because I don’t feel I need to answer to anybody but God. People are going on Andy Cohen’s show and being all careful—I don’t give a f-ck. If they ever put me on that sh–, I’m gonna say exactly how I feel, and that’s what people wanna hear. If he asks, “What do you think about the guys in Atlanta wearing heels?” I’m gonna say, “That sh-t is not cute.”

If they say, “What do you think about the other Housewives?” I’m gonna say, “I can’t stand Phaedra’s ass. I think Kim is crazy as f–k. Nene has a big-ass mouth, okay? And Sheree’s not cute! She thinks she’s cute, but she’s not cute.” And this is ON the record. The only one I like is Kandi, and she’s too soft. That’s why she got played with Kim. And that’s how I truly feel. “

Phaedra Parks: Kim Zolciak Is “Not” A Racist, NeNe Leakes Is A “Bully”

31 Jan

This might be te smartest thing Phaedra’s said all season and I wholeheartedly agree:

Hello! I hope everyone’s January has been productive and indicative of their New Year’s Resolutions wish list. While Sunday’s episode edited our four day excursion into a 45 minute fiasco, it did not fully encompass how tense and uncomfortable this girls’ getaway truly was. The trip was planned in Cynthia’s honor but as the old adage says, “Things don’t always work out as planned.”

After watching the episode, several possible topics came to mind; the importance of financial planning as it relates to Cynthia and her wedding woes, house guest etiquette and NeNe’s lack thereof, Kim and Sweetie’s relationship or better yet, NeNe’s slave barrage targeted at Sweetie. In the shadow of Martin Luther King’s birthday and in the wake of black history month, I decided race relations was the most poignant issue since last two episodes have flirted with this very sensitive topic. Is Kim a racist? Is Sweetie a modern day slave? Is NeNe being a bully as usual, or is she really concerned about Sweetie’s well being?

While everyone will have their opinion, as they are rightfully entitled to; personally, I do not think Kim is a racist, nor do I think Sweetie is a modern day slave. However, I do believe that NeNe is a bully and couldn’t care less about Sweetie’s well being. In this era of political correctness we often skirt around the hard topics, because we are afraid of offending others and do not want to be accused of being a racist. But avoiding sensitive issues does not change our country’s history, which is fraught with the mistreatment of people of color. Admittedly, race relations have improved drastically over the past 40 years, but improvement does not heal the wounds caused by the aggregation of disparate treatment. As a person of color, I understand the ramifications of being denied rights, excluded and rejected. A modern day racist doesn’t dress in white sheets or burn crosses, they are much more subtle and covert. Unlike Kim, a racist would not employ you or treat you like a family member, as she has with Sweetie. I had the opportunity to have several long conversations with Sweetie and Kim in Miami, and during those chats I realized that Kim and Sweetie have a sibling like relationship that spans well over a decade. My heart went out to Sweetie because as a woman of color, I know comments that evoke historical hatred can make you doubt what you know in your heart is true. 

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” Is Bravo’s Hightest Rated ‘Housewives’ Show

30 Jan

Bravo now has seven different versions of the popular “Real Housewives of…” reality series, including versions in Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Beverly Hills, and the latest, Miami. And out of all of the “Housewives” shows, according to recent stats and figures, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is doing the best as far as ratings are concerned.

Last Sunday’s episode gave the show its best numbers ever, at 3.43 million viewers. Apparently these recent numbers for Season 3 of the show are much better than last season, which saw about 2.9 million viewers per week. This has a lot to do with the show moving from Monday nights to Sunday nights this season.

As of right now, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” remains the top franchise among the six “Housewives” that have aired so far (“RHO Miami” begins airing this March). RHOA airs its season finale tonight at 10 pm, followed by two weeks of “reunion” footage shot at the Georgia Aquarium.

Sounds like everybody really likes Nene, Sheree, Kim, Kandi, Cynthia and the rest of the Atlanta Housewife gang! Either that, or they like he drama they all bring. SMH…

Lisa Vanderpump chats on ‘Real Housewives’ drama, Cedric — and, of course, Jiggy

30 Jan

Lisa Vanderpump joined Show Trackers for a live chat Friday morning to talk about her first season on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and the first part of the dramatic reunion on Thursday night (next week promises even more drama!). Even though there was much to discuss, the conversation centered around a few things: Cedric, formerly known as the Permanent Houseguest. How she manages to keep her reputation on a show that has a tendency to annihilate them. And, of course, Jiggy!

As season came to a close, we learned that Lisa and her husband were ready for Cedric to finally flee from their nest. He lallygagged and in the epilogue to the season finale, we also learned that there was a big blow up between Lisa and Cedric as he moved out. They haven’t spoken since. She wasn’t going to talk much about it — she didn’t want to spoil the second part of the reunion Thursday — but she did reveal how much the situation pained her.

Many of the chatters brought up the Cedric situation. They said he was a conman, at worst, and — even if he was the least bit genuine in his mooching — he was taking advantage of the Vanderpump family. One commenter, Kristen, asked Lisa is she doubted Cedric’s sincerity.

“I must be stupid,” Lisa wrote back, “ but everybody warned me and no [she didn’t question his sincerity] not until the end.”

If you spot a professional freeloader coming run in the other direction as quick as possible.

20 Questions With Fashion Model Cynthia Bailey

29 Jan

In this season on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ Alabama-born model Cynthia Bailey has her share of ups and downs. Much of the storyline for this former Essence magazine cover girl and single mother revolves around her nuptials to entrepreneur Peter Thomas. Bailey opened up about her dwindling finances in the midst of planning her lavish wedding, and things got really ugly when the couple discussed their money problems with actor and New York Times best-selling author Hill Harper. chatted up the 43-year-old statuesque beauty to discuss all the hype surrounding her marriage, and we got the lowdown on just how “real” she is. It seems like the perfect time to talk about your role on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ You’ve definitely had a transition on the show this season.
Cynthia Bailey: I was really happy with how they rolled me out. They rolled me out really slow. We do end with the wedding, and from this point on you see a lot of me and maybe more than you want to. For my first time doing it, it was good to have a slow transition.

BV: There are so many questions people have regarding your relationship with Peter. We see you two fighting about money and things get heated. How does that make you feel watching it back?
CB: Those are not my favorite things to watch because there is so much emotion there. We have a great relationship, but we’re going through a crazy financial crisis while shooting the show and having the wedding. We lost the restaurant and everything was happening at the same time. We both deal with things differently. I feel like I’m a worrier. I don’t know anybody who wasn’t affected by the recession. We didn’t have to be forthcoming, but I didn’t want to sign up for the show and try to hide that. It would’ve taken way too much energy. Some people on the show don’t always say, “My money isn’t right,” or “I can’t afford this. I can’t afford this car.”

BV: Some people are buying Aston Martins, right?
CB: Right, exactly! I feel like I’ve had an amazing life, and I never thought I would not have money, but going through this with my partner was difficult, but very humbling. I don’t think he dealt with it in a good way. He was a complete a**hole a lot of days. It would have been easier for us to act nicely, but we just kept it real. I would walk away like, “Why did you have to act like that?” I know it looks crazy. There are things that I watch and I say, “What the hell?” but you have to realize you saw 10 minutes of a three-hour shoot. I don’t have any control of editing. But in this house with Peter Thomas it’s a 50-50 venture, and he isn’t controlling anything more than that.

BV: Your relationship is definitely different from Nene and Gregg’s. What are your thoughts on that?
CB: I do try to let Peter be dominant — not saying Nene doesn’t, but I think Nene comes across more dominant in that relationship, and I don’t know if that is actually the case. She comes across more dominant in terms of the show.

BV: Let’s keep it real. You have the only real strong-willed husband on the show. Phaedra’s husband, Apollo, follows suit with what she says, too.
CB: I think Phaedra has a lot of control in that relationship. It comes across like that on the show. I’m not trying to be negative with my cast mates, but the dynamics of those three marriages are very different. I think with mine and Peter’s, he is the man in the relationship. I give him that respect. I think he is a complete jackass sometimes, but he wants to handle things well and to be able to pay for things and not stress me out about anything, but that just wasn’t our situation. I wish we could’ve been balling out the whole season, but it didn’t happen that way.

BV: Another thing that some people love about you, Cynthia, is how you’ve showed this whole phenomenon in which women give their men money to build their careers and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Do you regret giving Peter money for the restaurant?
CB: I support Peter’s vision and who he is. I supported his decision. I didn’t say I was going to partner with him. I said, “Oh you need this? I am going to give you that.” It was a business transaction. That was his thing, and I was doing my thing. I thought no matter how much I was in love, I need to get my money back and they didn’t have anything to do with each other. I may be 60 and say, “Are you going to give me that money back from Uptown from 30 years ago?” When you say I need to borrow it, it’s a loan. A loan is a loan. Nothing changed we just got married. I still want it back.

Cynthia Bailey was a great and much-needed addition to RHOA. Sure, she’s a longtime supermodel, but her story goes way beyond just her looks or her career. And what with Kim and Nene usually dominating the storyline on RHOA, the show needed something unique but at the same time real and Cynthia more than provided it throughout the season.

Camille Grammer’s Request for Divorce Case Delay Granted by Judge

29 Jan

Good for Camille. Kelsey’s audacity is wanting to get his marriage over with so he can marry his mistress is just way over-the-top:

Camille Grammer’s request for a delay in her divorce from estranged husband Kelsey Grammer has been granted by the judge handling the case.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson to postpone the couple’s proceedings as to provide her lawyers sufficient time to review their pension and financial asset information, E! News reported Wednesday.

Kelsey had been hoping to accelerate his divorce from the 42-year-old reality TV star, his third wife, so he could legally wed Kayte Walsh, his current fiancee, next month. Last month, the actor had asked the judge to bifurcate the case and hold off on the division of the couple’s marital possessions for a later time so that a divorce decree could be granted as soon as possible.

“There is no question [that Kelsey] plans to remarry immediately,” Camille’s lawyer reportedly told the judge. “She shouldn’t have to go into her pocketbook to fight for the estate when you know there is going to be a remarriage… with Ms. Grammer number next.”

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Adrienne Maloof Talks About Shooting Show’s ‘Grueling’ Reunion

29 Jan

For fans who tuned in to see drama and catfights during Part 1 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion special on Bravo Thursday night, one of its cast members says the final product was edited down from a long, grueling day of, well — even more drama and catfights.

On a visit Friday to the Sundance Film Festival, Adrienne Maloof recalls it took 15 hours to shoot the Beverly Hills reunion, which has been broken into two one-hour parts.

“It was physically grueling, mentally draining. When you pack a whole season into 15 hours you have to relive everything,” she admits.

The women have had a lot of rehashing to do, with the season focusing on feuds between sisters Kim and Kyle Richards and between Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer. Recent episodes also featured the unraveling of Camille’s marriage to actor Kelsey Grammer.

For her part, Maloof managed to stay out of the frey throughout the season and was only a bystander to the arguments that broke out.

“They’re all very lovely girls, but there are those moments where it gets very dramatic,” she said. “I would like to say each of our personalities really does come out organically and I think that’s what makes the show such a hit.”

Listen, I like Adrienne, I think everyone does–she’s certainly the sane and reasonale one in the group and I like how she stuck up for the lush that is Kim Richards in the limo on the finale. But for entertainment purposes, if it wasn’t for her family’s immense wealth and the ongoing (but funny) bickering between her and her hushand Paul, Adriennne would risk suffering the same fate as past “nice, but boring” ‘Housewives’ like DeShawn Snow. Just putting it out there.

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Bethenny Frankel, Baby Will Be “Best Friends”

28 Jan

Bethenny Frankel steals a few hours away from daughter Bryn, 8 months, when she hosts Pampers Gifts To Grow launch event at NYC’s Oasis Day Spa, where guests indulge in massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

Despite the brief commitment, the married reality star misses her little girl and the cute things they do together.

“I put her in a bow every single day — and me, too, sometimes,” Bethenny, 40, tells me between spoonfuls of soup. “We wear matching bows.”

Unlike many tots, Bryn loves hair accessories.

“She’s easy with everything. She wears hats. She’s not dressed up in tutus or anything crazy, but she has her little bow. It’s her signature.”

And that’s not all.

“She says ‘ma ma ma,’” Bethenny says. “She has a tooth coming in … she sits up, she laughs, she sleeps through the night. I took her to a couple singing classes. We have fun. When we’re on my tour bus [promoting Pampers Gifts To Grow], we sing The Wheels On The Bus. We have a good time. I want to be with her every single second of the day. She giggles. She giggles for days. I make her laugh a lot. We sit in the mirror and we look. We sing songs. Everything is a precious moment with a baby. Everything.”

Kim Richards Too Drunk To Fly

28 Jan

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards recently embarrassed herself at an airport when was prevented from getting on a plane because she was too wasted fly.

Kim was caught on tape slurring, stammering and popping pills at San Francisco International airport in July. After she repeatedly kept asking about her flight delay, airport security arrived to help control the reality star. Upon further investigation, they soon discover Kim is in the wrong flight terminal.

Police expressed concern about the former child star’s condition and asked her, “Have you had anything to drink today… [the staff] is kind of concerned about your sobriety.”

Richards eventually was taken out of the airport without further incident.

Sources close to the family say they’ve been dealing with Kim’s “issues for a long time. Kim’s family checked into rehab after the final episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was filmed, but she checked herself out only a few days later.

TMZ has the video. The part where she attempts to name-drop so she can get out of the situation is pretty sad.

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NeNe Leakes Recent Pregnancy Scare

28 Jan

Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes was at the center of a pregnancy scare recently and it wasn’t by her husband Greg Leakes, can exclusively reveal.

The reality diva – who is on the verge of divorcing Greg – was terrified that she might have fallen pregnant at the worst possible time.

NeNe has been linked with Chicago Bears defensive end Charles Grant in recent times although he has denied any involvement with the reality actress.

Ironically, recently revealed how NeNe ‘flipped-out’ after she discovered her son Bryson had got his girlfriend pregnant because she did not believe that the child was actually his.

A source told “NeNe was in a real panic because she thought that she was pregnant and the timing could not have been worse.

“Fortunately, it turned-out that she was just late and she was really relieved when she found out that she was not in fact pregnant.

LuAnn de Lesseps To Guest On ‘Law & Order: SVU’

27 Jan

PopWatchers, I’ve got more housewives on my mind than Paul Finch. (Late ’90s shout-out!) Because not only can we expect an epic, two-hour Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion showdown tonight, but we can also start preparing ourselves for a semi-nude scene from LuAnn de Lesseps in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. (Where does “semi-nude on a procedural” fall on the Alex’s smutty art to Kelly’s artsy smut scale?) NBC confirms to EW that the Countess will play an art patron who poses for a painter in the opening scene of the Feb. 23 episode. And that, dahling, is the interesting part: Lesseps appears to be only in the opening scene. So, hearing that news, let’s guess what happens to her character, shall we?

1) She patronizes the painter (works two ways!) to death and is quickly charged with one count of condescension.

2) She escapes after the painter attempts to off her with a copy of Class With the Countess, which is too thin to do any damage.

3) She’s murdered when the painter discovers that money can’t buy you class, but it can buy you a gun.

The Real House-Husbands Strike Back

27 Jan

It’s not easy to be married to Real Housewives—you can be publicly humiliated, insulted, or dumped. Nicole LaPorte talks to Beverly Hills spouses Mauricio Umansky and Russell Armstrong about the perils of public marriages; to New York’s Bobby Zarin about being an “Ambassador of Good Will;” and to Bravo executive Shari Levine about the show’s divorce rate.

“I’m going to be more engaging next season,” Russell Armstrong said, when cornered at a party recently and asked about his stint on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Over the course of the recently-ended reality show (Part 1 of the reunion episode is Thursday), Armstrong—a straitlaced venture capitalist married to Housewife Taylor Armstrong—emerged as an unrivaled schmuck.

Robotic and awkward, Russell appeared always to be dragging a pouting Taylor away from parties just as they were getting started; he bought their allergic daughter a puppy and then seemed to want them to keep it. Even just sitting at the breakfast table, he looked like he’d prefer to be having a colonoscopy. Taylor, meanwhile, spoke openly to her fellow Housewives about her marital problems.

“I didn’t really understand what we were getting into,” Russell told The Daily Beast defensively, but with more charm than was ever displayed on TV (not that that’s saying much). “I don’t really watch reality television. And so we decided early on that this was Taylor’s project; that I was going to be supportive, but just stay in the background. And that backfired.”

It’s not easy being a Real Househusband. Although the show—which has also explored the McMansions of Orange County, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.—ostensibly revolves around the demi-fabulous femmes of its title, spouses inevitably get dragged into the drama. Very often, there is a price, and coming across as a schmuck is the least of it. These people were all cast, at least in part, for their potential volatility; being prodded by producers and fellow castmembers, and seeing their relationships through the public’s eyes, can be a combustible combination.

On The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Mauricio Umansky, husband of Kyle Richards, came close to losing one of his biggest real-estate clients (Frasier star Kelsey Grammer) after his wife had a spat with Grammer’s soon-to-be-ex-wife Camille. More seriously, the series has attracted attention for the number of couples who have divorced after, or while, being on the show—most recently, we’ve seen the Grammer union dramatically implode, and on last year’s The Real Housewives of D.C., British expat Cat Ommanney’s husband, Charles, a White House photographer who appeared visibly irritated while cameras were rolling, filed for divorce not long after the show wrapped. In its six different editions, there have been seven Housewives divorces and one broken engagement.