Kandi Burruss Gets Her Own Bravo Show, ‘The Kandi Factory’

30 Sep


Kandi Burruss is willing to see if her success with making a hit out of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast mate Kim Zolciak’s single, “Tardy For The Party,” can be replicated and Bravo’s cameras will be there to capture the whole process.

The network announced Thursday that it has given a green light to a new special called “The Kandi Factory.”

“With her breakout personality and straightforward attitude, Bravo fans have grown to love Kandi on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,'” Bravo’s VP of Development Eli Lehrer says. “‘The Kandi Factory’ will capture a unique look at her successful music career as Kandi transforms two music hopefuls into the next big pop star.”

Apparently, pop star hopefuls have been bombarding Burruss for help in launching their musical careers. On the special, the Grammy-winning housewife will choose two performers who will come to Atlanta and learn the basics for music stardom from Burruss and her team.

Burruss is a singer/songwriter and producer who won a Grammy for her work on the TLC hit, “No Scrubs.” She’s also a former member of the platinum-selling girl group, Xscape.

True Entertainment will produce The Kandi Factory with executive producers Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez.

While no airdate was given for the special, Burruss returns with the fourth season of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ on Nov. 6.

“Source” Says Jacqueline Laurita Quit “Real Housewives of New Jersey”

29 Sep

If this is true, it better not be because of all the flack viewers deservedly gave Ashley’s spoiled, rotten ass this season:

The Real Housewives of New York City are already down four cast members for the upcoming season, and now one of their New Jersey counterparts is on her way out the door.

“Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She had to walk away for her sanity.”

In a series of Tweets earlier this week, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star hinted that she’s done with the show, and even said she did not want to appear on the show’s season 3 reunion, which taped on Wednesday.

“I feel nauseous and feverish,” Laurita Tweeted late Tuesday night, after attending the annual fashion show for the boutique Posche, a scene of past drama on the hit Bravo show. (Cameras, meanwhile, were there and already rolling on season 4.) “No reunion for me. Sorry guys. XOXO!”

She later elaborated: “Someone (not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad.”

A source tells PEOPLE that Laurita “had no intention of going to the reunion, and the other women weren’t expecting her to turn up.”

Meanwhile on her Twitter account, costar Teresa Giudice also hinted at tensions at the fashion show – and with Jacqueline – writing, “I don’t even wanna go there b/c I don’t fight on twitter not w/ fans, not haters, not w/ mean RTs & def not w/ a friend (ahem) or my family!”

Giudice also wrote on Wednesday evening: “The rumors are getting ridiculous. Let’s get this straight: I LOVE my WHOLE family. Would never do anything to hurt them.”

Crazy Kelly Bensimon Can’t Admit She Was Fired From ‘Real Housewives Of New York’

29 Sep


After three seasons on The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon was not asked to return to the Bravo show next year. The former model attended the Buoniconti Great Sports Legends Dinner on Monday where she talked to reporters about ending her run on reality TV and what’s next for her. But one has to be careful with Kelly, who was very particular about certain word choices throughout the interview.

“First of all, I don’t like the word fire,” Kelly corrected reporters, cheerily enough. “This is Housewives and this isn’t — you know, we’re in a recession. Let’s be careful with that.”

The mother of two was also quite careful of her own words when asked what she thought of the rumor co-star Ramona Singer might have had something to do with certain ladies not being asked to return.

“I don’t really like rumors. There’s really no truth to rumors,” Kelly told OK!. “And you know, listen. It’s Housewives. You gotta watch it.”

The reality star continued, “You gotta keep on watching and it’s a really great show and it’s hilarious. If you’re not laughing with me, laugh at me.”

Kelly’s polite phrasing preferences continued when she was asked about her post-Housewives plans.

“I don’t like the word ‘post’ because I had a great time with Housewives,” Kelly told OK!.

“My next journey is all about, ‘I can make you hot.’ I have a new jewelry line that’s coming out for a resort, my new book that’s coming out in the Spring and then I have a big announcement to make in October.”

Wow, that must’ve been one tough interview, but hey that’s the crazy world that is Kellyland–don’t pretend that you won’t miss it a little bit.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Relationship Drama on Season 4

28 Sep



NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey will all return in the new season, which premieres Nov. 6 (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

So what’s up with the ladies? Newly blonde NeNe is officially separated from her husband Gregg but she has yet to sign divorce papers. Though it seems that hasn’t stopped her from seeking out new romance.

Speaking of romance … Kim, who’s still estranged from former friend NeNe, is madly in love with Kroy and getting ready for the arrival of her baby boy.

Sheree is taking her ex to court to fight for child support, and she’s got Phaedra as her legal counsel. Looks like she’s sparing with NeNe as well.

Phaedra’s law practice isn’t the only thing keeping her busy. In addition to being a doting new mom, she’s moving ahead with her plan to get into the funeral home business.

Kandi, who’s writing country music these days, is also playing the entrepreneur, coming out with an “intimate luxury line” – a.k.a. sex toys.

And if you thought Cynthia would be enjoying newly wedded bliss with her husband Peter, you’d be wrong. But she’s still modeling and has opened The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.

Lisa Vanderpump’s Previous Life: ’80s Music Video Star

28 Sep



Lisa Vanderpump, the owner of two successful Los Angeles restaurants, was always more than just a housewife on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

It turns out that the successful Bravo reality series is not even her first foray into television. The sassy Brit was once the muse for British new wave band ABC and appeared in several of their 1980s music videos.

In the video for the band’s 1982 hit single “Poison Arrow,” which resurfaced this week, Vanderpump plays Samantha, a seductress who shrinks ABC’s lead singer with one blow of her magical compact powder and later poses with a bow and arrow.

With her past life as an ’80s music video star revealed, Vanderpump has ingratiated herself even more to fans.

“We didn’t think that this was even possible, but we just became even MORE obsessed with Lisa Vanderpump!” Perez Hilton wrote on his blog. “You were fierce — even at 22!”

On her website, Vanderpump said she had an unusual childhood, “attending a drama school full time from the age of nine.”

“I loved acting in many children’s films and television series when I was growing up,” she wrote.

According to IMDb, Vanderpump appeared in many television series in the ’80s and ’90s, including “Baywatch Nights” and “Silk Stalkings.” She even made her way on to the big screen, appearing in the 1995 flop “Separate Lives” with James Belushi and Linda Hamilton.

Taylor & Russell Armstrong Marriage Counseling Scenes To Air On The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

27 Sep


Taylor and Russell Armstrong’s marriage counseling sessions, taped months before his tragic suicide, will air in the next few weeks on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

Taylor and Russell’s marriage had been her major storyline of the current season, however, executives at Bravo had to re-evaluate what to air after his suicide.

“Bravo has done major editing of the show, to be sensitive to the fact that Russell killed himself. However the decision was made to air the footage of the therapy sessions,” a Bravo insider tells RadarOnline.com.

“Viewers will see the two of them with their marriage counselor, Dr. Charles Sophy, as well as individual sessions with Taylor. Russell’s one-on-one sessions will not air. Taylor is completely supportive of the decision, and thinks it will help battered women to make the decision to leave an abusive relationship, just like she did,” the insider says.

The marriage counseling sessions will begin “to air in the next few weeks.

Last week’s episode saw Taylor, who appeared intoxicated, sitting in a suitcase in a closet at Camille Grammer’s Colorado vacation home. The audience will see exactly why she was in that precarious mental state,” the source says.

Alex McCord Asked For Her Job Back

26 Sep

Whether you liked Alex and Simon or didn’t, you had to know that being on RHONYC meant the world to them. No surprise then that they’d want so desperately for Bravo to change their mind and bring them back:

She begged. She pleaded. She was rejected.

Despite issuing a statement last week that made it appear as if she were totally cool with being let go from The Real Housewives of New York City, sources confirm that Alex McCord went to producers over the weekend and asked for her job back.

They said no.

“Bravo doesn’t want to cut the relationship, Alex and [husband Simon van Kempen] are nice people, but as for the show and them they are done,” an insider tells E! News. “They will be asked to make guest appearances on other Bravo shows, perhaps as judges, or in guest spots – expect to see them in one form or another. They don’t want to burn a bridge.”

The McCords were making $275,000 per season and will now need to find a new platform on which to plug their new line of Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, Aluxe Home. Our heart goes out to them.

Kind of ironic too that they’d get fired when you consider that Alex and Simon were always out in front supporting all the liberal causes that Bravo likes to push. But I’m sure that with all the reality TV shows out there, we won’t be seeing the last of the McCords.

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Bethenny Frankel Defends Raising Daughter Bryn As A Vegetarian

25 Sep


They grow up so fast!

It’s only been 15 months since reality star and natural foods chef Bethenny Frankel, 40, gave birth to Bryn, her first daughter with husband of one year Jason Hoppy.

And yet, when the mother-daughter duo stepped out in New York City Tuesday, Frankel’s bundle of joy looked remarkably grown up. Sporting a full head of blonde hair with a butterfly clip, the smiling tot waved to photographers while being cradled by her mother.

Earlier this month, Frankel defended her decision to raise her daughter as a vegetarian. “If Bryn is older and wants something at a party that isn’t vegetarian, I don’t want her to feel ostracized. She’ll find her way,” she wrote on her website.

Bryn still consumes some animal products, though. “I chose not to have her be vegan because I believe she needs the fat and protein in milk,” Frankel explained. “Sometimes I need her to fill up on organic cheese. Her health comes first.”

“Our babies are a beautiful clean slate,” Frankel said. “I am so excited for how healthy [Bryn] will be.”

Lisa Vanderpump & Kyle Richards Open Up About Taylor Armstrong’s Grief

24 Sep

Do Kyle and Lisa have to give their opinions on everything?

Some of the ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gathered at the opening of SUR Lounge in L.A. on Thursday to celebrate the birthdays of Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. While the event was certainly a happy one, Lisa and Kyle took time out of the celebration to share their thoughts on Russell Armstrong‘s death and how friend and castmate Taylor Armstrong is dealing with the tragedy.

When Russell committed suicide over the summer, he left Taylor to deal with not only their financial troubles, but also the upbringing of their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, alone.

“It has been extremely difficult,” Lisa explained to OK!. “And that is something that there are no words to make better. Kennedy has been the priority right now, and I think that’s all any mother can do, to regroup. I have seen Taylor a couple of times, and I’m actually very proud of her.”

Kyle shared with OK!, ”It’s just hard because all of a sudden she’s not just a single parent — she’s an only parent. I think she’s just concerned about the pain [Kennedy] may be in, but I know she’s been reading books with her and just trying to see if she can open her up and see what’s going on in her little mind. She’s only 5 years old and she doesn’t know how her father died, but she knows he died, so it’s just awful.”

Russell’s death affected not only those closest to him, but also those closest to Taylor. As fans of the show will know, throughout the time leading up to her estrangement from Russell, Kyle offered Taylor a source of comfort. The pair became quite close, making the loss even harder for Kyle to reconcile.

“It’s been really sad,” Kyle told reporters. “Taylor was the one I knew the least [when we started], but once we start filming she just started opening up to me more and more, and I just saw someone that was in need and having a hard time. I just wanted her to feel safe and comfortable enough that she could open up and we could be there to support her.”

And while the Housewives were not exactly the biggest fans of Russell, all the cast members, including the ladies’ husbands, were devastated by the tragedy.

“There wasn’t anyone that wasn’t shocked and blown away by this, because you never saw anything like this coming,” Kyle revealed. “I don’t have any words. I was in the Bahamas and my niece told me it was on TMZ, and I just couldn’t believe it. I thought it just had to be another one of those rumors, and then I looked at it myself and I literally started screaming.”

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Camille Grammer Finds Love Again After Being Dumped By Kelsey

24 Sep


Time heals all wounds, and after being humiliated by cheating husband Kelsey, Camille Grammer finally looks ready to move on with her love life.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 42, made her public debut with Dimitri George Charalambopoulos, 35, at her co-star 53-year-old Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, Sur.

They walked in a few steps apart, with Camille carrying flowers and Dimitri had his hands full with a beautifully wrapped present.

Camille and Dimitri joined fellow Real Housewives Lisa and Kyle Richards, which marked a welcomed diversion from the drama of Russell Armstrong’s suicide, which has dominated their lives since August 15.

The party was a joint celebration for Camille, Lisa and Adrienne Maloof, who all have birthdays close together, and was sponsored by Angel Champagne and Voli Lyte Vodka.

Stefano Zagni – owner of Angel Champagne – was on hand to ensure the drinks flowed free all night.

A year after her very public split from Kelsey Grammer, this is the first time Camille has been seriously involved with another man – and it appears that she’s made a great choice to return to the dating scene with!

‘According to U.S. magazine Life & Style, the new couple met three months ago and she’s ‘very into him.’

‘Camille finds him very attractive and is having a great time with him,’ the friend tells Life & Style.

‘They spend a lot of time at her house in Malibu, but he hasn’t moved in. She says the chemistry is incredible.’

At first, Camille kept her relationship secret because of her bitter custody battle with Kelsey.

She didn’t want anyone judging her,’ said her friend, but now that Real Housewives is on the air and they have been an item for a substantial length of time, Camille wants to tell the world about her romance.

‘She thinks it’s time everyone knows that she’s happy again,’ confided the insider to Life & Style.

The object of Camille’s affection is a dashing bankruptcy lawyer from Dallas, Texas who recently relocated to Malibu to be closer to Camille.

The Housewife took the tall, dark and handsome hunk to the NBC’s 8th annual pre-Emmy celebration at Spago last Saturday, where eye witnesses told Life & Style ‘they were canoodling throughout the night.

‘Towards the end of the evening, he starting picking roses from the floral arrangements to make a bouquet for Camille.

‘His gesture made her blush, and she gave him a huge kiss for everyone to see. She seems so thrilled, and her friends are thrilled for her after what she’s been through with Kelsey in the past year,’ the party-goer went on to say.

Alex McCord, Jill Zarin At War After Real Housewives Firing

24 Sep


You can take the ladies out of Real Housewives of New York, but you can’t take the Real Housewives out of the ladies!

After getting fired from the hit Bravo show, Alex McCord is ready to place some blame: On Jill Zarin, also evicted from the cast.

McCord, 37, told Good Morning America Friday that Zarin, 48, “has been trying to get me off the show for a number of years. She succeeded…She’s a manipulator and she’s very good at feeding information to her own end.”

McCord’s husband Simon van Kempen added that Zarin was a “flawed woman extraordinaire…Jill sometimes is still very much stuck in junior high as the girl who was unpopular, who was bullied. And 30 years later, she’s still there.”

In response, a rep for Zarin tells Us Weekly: “Alex and Simon’s allegations represent the type of negativity that Jill is eager to move on from. Jill will continue to take the high road and wish Alex and Simon nothing but the best.”

Honestly I don’t think Jill had anything to do with Alex’s firing, esp. since she got fired too. But hey I can understand them both being upset at being let go, gotta hurt even more that Ramona and LuAnn got to stay.

Teresa Giudice Feels ‘Vindicated’ Paying Off Debts

23 Sep


When Teresa and Joe Giudice first filed for bankruptcy in 2009, listing a staggering $11 million in debt, their obstacles seemed insurmountable.

But now, an attorney for the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star says she feels “vindicated” to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.)

“Teresa and Joe are happy about this,” Teresa’s bankruptcy attorney Jim Kridel tells PEOPLE. “Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors.”

For a while, though, that didn’t seem to be a possibility, with joint debts totaling nearly $11 million — the combination of mortgages on inner city apartment buildings Joe owned, bills for building materials and the balances of multiple credit cards.

“Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe’s debt,” Kridel explains, adding that Teresa, 39, “wanted to pay” various credit card bills and smaller debts, which totaled near $100,000, but couldn’t once they’d filed the petition. Once a bankruptcy has been filed, creditors cannot be paid preferentially.

But now that several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of apartment buildings Joe had owned, and a former business partner’s $586,000 claim againt Joe was settled through a building’s sale, the remaining debts are within a manageable range, Kridel says.

“The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes,” he says. “She may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing.”

Taylor Armstrong Interview with “Entertainment Tonight”, Speaks On Russell Armstrong’s Suicide And Reputed Abuse

22 Sep


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Sorry, but this is just bad timing and pure exploitation. I’m not necessarily questioning her credibility because I truly believe that Russell Armstrong was a creep, but Taylor made a choice to stay with this alleged abuser and if she’s going to speak out she should own up to her own responsibility in keeping herself and her daughter in an environment that wasn’t safe.

Michaele Salahi on Neal Schon Affair: I Just Walked Away From Everything

22 Sep



Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon have finally broken their silence over their much publicized affair. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the former star on “The Real Housewives of D.C.” admitted that she “just walked away from everything” to be with the Journey guitarist.

It has been revealed that Michaele had dated both Schon and Salahi in the ’90s. Still, the 46-year-old decided to choose estranged husband Tareq Salahi over Neal because of her multiple sclerosis. “I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia,” she explained. “Life on the road with a rock band … well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up.”

Despite the decision, Michaele still had feelings for Neal and had been communicating with him secretly via text “for a while”. “Neal was like, ‘Are we going to do this forever?’ And I said, ‘No, we’re not,’ ” she recalled. “I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely – in my soul.”

It wasn’t until a Journey concert in Virginia on September 4, however, that Michaele took off her wedding ring. “What happened was … she takes off her wedding ring, OK, right in front of Tareq – takes it off,” Neal recalled. “And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down. I have tennis shoes on and she’s, like, nine feet tall over me.”

“And she looks down at me like she’s standing on stilts and says, ‘I love YOU. And, that’s never gonna change,’ ” shared the 57-year-old rocker further. “And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!’ ” Though so, Michaele claimed she didn’t immediately hop on the bus with Neal to save Tareq from humiliation.

Days afterward, Neal wrote to Michaele to tell her that he doesn’t want to wait anymore, and she agreed. “I was going crazy,” explained Michaele. “Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything.”

If this turns out to all be true, you have to wonder if Bravo execs are second-guessing themselves for cancelling Real Housewives of D.C.

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