The rumors are true. Albie and Chris Manzo, the twentysomething brothers on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will soon star in their own Bravo-TV reality series about their bachelor life in Hoboken, where they moved this past November.
The show will be called “Boys to Manzo” and was plugged in a small ad during the new episode of Real Housewives on Monday night.
Chris is naturally funny and entertaining, but Albie seriously needs to open up and let his guard down in order for this show to work.
Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio could be the silent hit of the season’s Real Housewives of New York. Pinot Grigio and Ramona Singer are inseparable this season of New York Housewives prompting fans to exclaim on Facebook “where can I buy Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio?” In fact, after years of reality stars pushing upon fans to buy their cliché workout tapes and weight loss pills, Singer is parlaying her exposure on Housewives into a Pinot Grigio storyline, both on screen and off-screen. A quick perusal of Singer’s secondary Facebook account reveals at least fifty fans since last night alone asking about where to purchase the Pinot Grigio, suggesting that demand may be exceeding supply.
It’s been hard to go even one episode without Pinot Grigio becoming the core of the feud between the blondes and the brunettes this season. In one episode, the Housewives battled over the exclusion of the beverage at a function.
But much like Vicki Gunvalson’s love of Coto Insurance has become a battleground in this season’s OC Housewives, with Gunvalson finding more comfort in time at work than with her own husband, Singer’s love of pinot grigio has become often the battleground of disputes between the ladies. But therein could rest the jealously.
The coupling of celebrities with beverages has been a big business the last decade. Now reality stars that tried to push traditional brands like handbags, jewelry, and creams are realizing that distribution channels for beverages can lead to far more lucrative careers. The first notable sale this decade was when rapper 50 Cent teamed with Glacéau in the deployment of Vitamin Water. By 2007, Coca-Cola bought Glacéau for US$4.1 billion bringing the rapper far in excess of $100 million from the sale.
Beverages don’t all compete against each other. Market researcher Nielsen Co., for example, ranks sales of beverages according to types of spirits. For example, from January to February, in the ready-to-drink cocktail category, Nielson reported that Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita topped the competition, earning $218 million during that period.
Today, Singer’s distribution is growing (see here). “The vines ranged in age from 15-20 years old in soil of calcareous origin that is rich in limestone. The grapes were hand-picked and immediately crushed upon reception at the cellar” Singer says in a news statement this week. “The next process is the fermentation of the wine in stainless steel tanks which took 15 days. The wine was then filtered and fined before resting in a temperature controlled tank for 2-3 months.”
Jealousy is an ugly color for Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona Singer.
RadarOnline.com has learned that the controversial reality-TV star hatched a plan to follow in the footsteps of former RHONYC star Bethenny Frankel in hopes of becoming as popular and successful as she is — but it’s not working out so well for her.
“Ramona has always been jealous of Bethenny and didn’t even want her on the show at first,” a source close the situation told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“Ramona is trying to play the sympathy card and came up with a plan to spin her negative press by saying that she is the ‘Bethenny’ of this season… Ramona is the person who really turned Bethenny against Jill [Zarin] and now it’s backfiring on her!”
According to the source, 54-year-old Singer is jealous of Frankel’s Skinnygirl brand and hopes to rival it with her new wine label.
“Ramona has gone to the press to say that Bethenny exaggerated about the amount of money she made with the sale of her Skinnygirl brand because she is seething with jealousy over Bethenny’s success,” the source said.
“Ramona thought that if she got in a fight with Jill she could be the Bethenny of this season and gain a ton of fans like Bethenny did and build her wine to be as successful as Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand.”
Kelly’s long been jealous of Bethenney, but Ramona? Not till the news got out about Bethenny’s rumored fortune do I believe that there was any jealousy was there. As for setting up a fight with Jill just to be popular with fans, that’s just ridiculous considering how much Jill and Ramona fight anyway.
So far this season on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Bravo shifted the big feud from Danielle Staub and the Manzos to Teresa Giudice’s family drama. Yet, Teresa’s cousin, Kathy Wakile, says she had no idea at first that she was even being considered for the same show Teresa was on.
“Maybe it was naive on my part,” Kathy tells Zap2it after we asked her if she thought Bravo was interested in her because of her connection to Teresa. “I really had no idea it was even for the Housewives.”
The new housewife says her relationship to Teresa isn’t something she flaunted. She has never shared the same last name as her cousin, doesn’t tag Teresa in photos on Facebook, and she didn’t like to tell people that her cousin was on the show until she really knew them.
“I didn’t do that,” she explains. “Because I would always like to establish myself for who I truly am on my own.”
Of course, the cat’s out of the bag now and to viewers it seems as if she sides with Teresa’s sister-in-law and new cast member, Melissa Gorga, against her cousin. But, Kathy says that was never her intention.
“It’s never been a team for me,” she says. “I never wanted to choose between Melissa or Teresa. As I said before, I grew up with Teresa. Teresa is my cousin and I love her. I looked at her like a little sister. When Joe and Melissa got married, I looked at Melissa like a cousin too. And we all got along really, really well initially. And what happened was Teresa’s life got busier.”
Kathy explains Teresa became busy with her life and small kids while her own kids were becoming old enough to do social activities and Kathy needed to be with them. So, the cousins drifted apart. Meanwhile, she began to spend more time with Melissa, who even though she had small children too, she stayed closer to home and could spend time with Kathy.
“It wasn’t a divide that was intentional by any means,” Kathy says. “But still sometimes Teresa sees it that way. It was not intended to be that way.”
Damn right you did:
While Vicki Gunvalson filed for divorce back in October of last year, it’s all now unfolding on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” And the O.C. housewife has some regrets about how she handled the situation on-camera.
“I hurt Donn a lot by exposing all of the things that I did,” Vicki tells E!Online. “Which I never meant to do. The unfortunate part is I started talking to Tamra [Barney] in confidence, and you tend to forget that there’s a microphone on and she’s like, ‘What’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with you? You’re not yourself.’ And I just started unloading. And the cameras caught it.”
Vicki says her divorce isn’t final and it doesn’t sound as if she has her heart set on making it that quite yet.
“We’re very cordial,” she says. “We hope we’re making the right decision. We’re not legally divorced yet. We’re in the process, we’re doing mediation. I love Donn, I respect Donn, I want the best for Donn. If I’m it, then we’ll stay together. If I’m not it, then we won’t. Right now we’re just proceeding with the separation and that’s where we’re at right now.”
Bravo is on the rampage … after the network discovered a XXX website using the “Real Housewives” good name to promote its sex performers — and now, they’re gunning to shut the whole site down.
A rep for the reality network fired off a letter on Monday to RealHousewivesofScottsdale.com — a site that boasts live XXX performances from several “housewives” — and accused the site of sullying the “Real Housewives” reputation.
Bravo claims RHOS is infringing on their trademark — insisting site operators better pull the plug on the entire operation stat … or else.
But the site owner ain’t scared — telling us, he’s not pulling the plug on anything … and he’s willing to go to court over it.
I’m sorry, but Kandi’s a herb for letting Kim get away with that crap.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice places the blame on her TV stardom as the reason her once supportive family has turned on one another.
In an exclusive interview with In Touch this week, Giudice talked about her fame on “Real Housewives” and how it has affected her brother, Joe Gorga, and sister-in-law, Melissa.
Giudice said she doesn’t want to “stoop down to Melissa’s level” and refused to use the word “jealous” to describe her brother and sister-in-law, but cited the brawl at the christening of the Gorgas’ son Joey (in last week’s premiere episode) as an example of how fame has sadly split their once close-knit family and nearly destroyed her marriage.
Can someone please ask Teresa if she ever gets mad or blames Joe for any of the problems her family’s been through of late. Or is she really just in that much denial?
You’ve got to hand it to Jenelle Evans. We’ve spent months shaking our heads at the Teen Mom 2 star’s utter lack of direction in life, but good news y’all! It’s landing her a job fighting Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub! And we get to stand on the sidelines and snicker.
After the knock-down drag-out fight that landed the teenager in jail, and put Evans neck and neck with Amber Portwood as angriest Teen Mom star ever, the Celebrity Boxing Foundation showed up to try to bail her out of trouble. In exchange, they’re trying to put Evans in the ring with Staub, one of the crankiest housewives … which is saying a lot now, isn’t it?
It’s pretty clear what the “foundation” gets out of this. They want to gain notoriety, natch. And moo-lah. Evans gets out of jail — the “foundation” has said they’ll pay off Brittany Truett, the girl who Evans beat up, to drop the charges. She gets to act like a misguided teenager in front of thousands of people and get PAID for it. Oh wait, she has that job already. Anyhoo. Staub has got a line of people suing her for money; she could use the cash.
So what do WE get out of this?
Hello! Let’s repeat this. Jenelle Evans fighting Danielle Staub. Two of reality TV’s cattiest, dirtiest fighters, in the ring, TOGETHER.
Mark my words and remember where you heard this first!!
Word on the curb is that there’s a new Real Housewives of Atlanta “housewife” in town. Meet Marlo (or Marlow) Hampton, the fiance’ of NFL baller Charles Grant…
As taping continues for RHOA season 4, Marlo and Charles were spotted at IIDA Georgia Chapter’s ‘Dressed in the Garden of Eden’ event at Piedmont park a few weeks ago with cameras in tow.
Here’s the scoop…
During that event Marlo and Charles sat comfortably between Sheree’s gay hubby, “Miss Lawrence” Washington and Phaedra Parks.
While most at the park could be heard whispering… ‘who the hell is Marlo,’ the newest “housewife” kept mum while rocking Gucci from head to toe.
I don’t know too much about Miss Marlo, I don’t even think she’s originally from Atlanta, but my intel told me in *Kanye’s voice* that she “don’t mess with no broke n*ccas” and that she was once a “stylist”… (NeNe even wore some of her clothes last season). MESSY!!!
Things are about to get even more MESSY in that Marlo was apparently placed on the show as an obvious thorn in NeNe’s side.
Although she adamantly denies it, NeNe and Charles are rumored to have had lil fling a while back.
If you recall, Kim Zolciak put NeNe’s adulterous relationship on blast on Bravo’s Aftershow and the relationship even resulted in a few pregnancy rumors.