Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s husband pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea deal on his fraud and impersonation charges.
Joe Giudice — who is facing up to 10 years in prison — appeared in a Paterson, New Jersey, courthouse on Monday with his attorney Miles Feinstein and dismissed a plea deal that would have capped his sentence to five years.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Joe was indicted on December 20, 2011 by a grand jury in the Garden State and charged with fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license in his brother’s name.
Joe, 40, was charged by a Passaic County grand jury with one count of impersonation and one count of wrongfully using identifying information of another, authorities said.
When his license was suspended, according to officials, Joe used his brother Pietro’s marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver’s license with his picture — and his brother’s info — at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
Teresa and the rest of the gang will be premiering the fourth season of their hit Bravo show this spring.
I’m with Sheree: who’d want to invite an ex-convict, ghetto hoodrat like Marlo anywhere? Plus she barely knows the b-tch. And while this way-too-long, extremely petty argument was really hard to watch, what seems to be lost on everyone involved is how Cynthia instigated the whole thing by running back like a little schoolgirl to Marlo and Nene to tell them that they weren’t invited to the dinner party. Either way major props go to Nene for staying calm and trying to play peacemaker here, it can’t be easy to get in-between two hoodrats about to throw down, esp. when they’re grown-ass women.
Mark it down, folks: PETA just added another “win” to its record.
The animal rights group has successfully convinced Cindy Barshop, former “Real Housewives of New York” star and owner of luxe spa chain Completely Bare, to swap the real fur on her fluffy fox merkins to faux.
Barshop got the attention of media (and plenty of incredulous women) when she introduced two furry bikini line enhancements: the “Foxy Bikini” ($225), in which actual fox fur is applied to the nether region, and “The Carnivale Bikini “($195), which adheres neon-colored feathers to one’s bikini line.
While most people (including us) were more perplexed as to why a woman would want a tuft of colorful fluff down there, PETA took issue with the use of fox fur. In a statement to The Huffington Post, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said about Barshop’s new offering:
“It’s outright sleazy, and it’s downright cruel to kill an animal to decorate your privates. She seems to be making the point that fur is for c*nts.”
Clever. While initially Barshop defended her fur accessories, saying “I don’t believe in cruelty to animals and I don’t eat red meat, but that doesn’t mean I hate those that do,” she has since changed her tune. Now Barshop has reportedly swapped out the real fox fur for the faux stuff, telling Ecorazzi, “I have every intention to fix this by re-introducing the Foxy Bikini with Faux Fur.”
PETA, obviously, is quite pleased. In a statement, the group announced:
“PETA is delighted that Cindy Barshop has decided to switch to faux fur for her line of merkins. Kind women know that it’s always best to ‘fake it’– when it comes to fur, that is — whether you wear it above the belt or below.”
And they all skipped off into the sunset. Don’t you just love a happy ending?
Oh good gracious! Those ladies of Atlanta are at it yet again. This time Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Mama Kim Zolciak is telling cast mate Cynthia Bailey’s husband what’s what.
Now I am rarely Team Kim, except when singing “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing” in my car and wishing I had a few luscious wigs to sport, but I think that in this case, she has a reason to be angry. And not just regular mad…twitter mad. We all know it’s the tweets that bring the heat.
Kim took to twitter, the rich man’s crap talking mecca, to remind Cynthia’s husband Peter Thomas that she has more important things to do than traipse off to South Africa…and those things have nothing to do with racism. Peter went as far as to insinuate that Kim’s absence on the ladies’ RHOA trip had more to do with the fact she had issues with other races and less to do with the fact she had two daughters and a newborn son at home. With her new husband Kroy Biermann away at training camp, shouldn’t Kim have figured out a way to go on the trip so as not to offend Peter, a househusband notorious for stirring up drama? Maybe Sweetie could have baby-sat. Is the man serious?
Apparently Peter believed that the fact the women’s destination was South Africa was a major hang up for Kim. He alluded that had the trip been to some European destination, Kim would have bent over backwards to find child care. Oh no he di-int!
Not one to take these accusations lying down (although she probably was, because Kim rivals me in the ‘lounging’ department #imnotlazyimtired) Kim blasted her co-star’s husband on the twitterverse saying, “Peter is so ignorant!! Kj was 7 weeks old, I was breastfeeding and Kroy was gone at football camp! Sooo Peter can kiss my ass!!!”
No word yet on whether Peter is sticking to his guns or if he’ll back pedal with the best of them. The man is infamous (on this Bravo franchise, at least) for speaking first and thinking second–if at all, so who knows if Kim will get an apology or another round of haterade from the outspoken restauranteur.
Not that Kim has time to worry about such trivial things, especially with her spin-off debut Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding right around the corner. Do you have spring fever, or are you just itching to the wig-a-licious wedding spectacular? I have both, but I’m leaning more towards the latter.
Taking to that trusty twitter account yet again, Kim tweeted a curious fan that “Don’t be Tardy for the Wedding airs on Bravo in April!!!” While Bravo is remaining mum on when the world will get to see the Zolciak-Biermann nuptials, if anyone has an inside track to when the train wreck fabulousness that occurred on 11.11.11 will be premiering, it’s everyone’s favorite auto-tuned bride.
Perhaps the Bravo machine wants to declare the news for all to hear via Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. Mr. and Mrs. Big Poppa Biermann will be joining Andy in the clubhouse in January 29. Jokes aside, I do think Kim has reigned it in this season, and I for one am excited to see her so happy.
Meanwhile another Atlanta housewife is ready to make a bigger name for herself. In an interview with Sister2Sister, Kandi Burruss discusses her own spin-off Kandi Factory, and why the show’s format is near and dear to the musician’s heart.
Kandi is excited to show the world what she really does for a living on her new show Kandi Factory which airs (where else?) on Bravo March 4. The series will follow the Grammy winning adult toy purveyor as she works to make two unknown singers into the next great talent. As someone who has worked with the likes of Usher, TLC, and Alicia Keys, Kandi certainly knows what she’s doing.
She tells the site, “Bravo is giving me the opportunity to do what I do, on television. I’m very excited about that.” She continues, “Musically, that’s near and dear to my heart. That’s what I do. I love being creative.”
Not only does Kandi have a slew of number one hits under her belt, but she also did what many would have deemed impossible if they hadn’t witnessed it themselves. She wrote and produced two songs for cast mate Kim Zolciak and made her into an iTunes sensation. If you’ve heard Kim sing, you know that is no small feat! Given her knowledge of the industry, as well as her ability to work magic on the vocally challenged, it’s no wonder she’s secured her own spin-off.
Kandi reveals, “Ever since I did the situation with Kim, people come up to me on the street every day. Now, I actually have an opportunity to do it for normal people for real. We’re going to pick two for the episode and one may be a diamond in the rough and one may not be able to sing hardly at all. We’re going to show you what we do. We have our whole team. It’s not just me.”
“I will put together the team to transform this person into someone hot. Can I do it?” asks Kandi. “I made the statement on one of the episodes that I can make anybody hot, and in my mind, I really do believe that. But whether it’s true or not is going to be left for you to decide.”
And decide I’m sure we will. I know I’ll be tuning in on March 4 for the new series!
I will also be tuning in tonight at 9ET as the ladies head to South Africa. On the 12th episode this season titled “South Africa: Just Like Home,” the ladies arrive in Cape Town, where a relaxing yacht ride turns ugly when Marlo confronts Sheree about not inviting her to a party. In Atlanta, Kim finds it difficult to adjust to Kroy’s absence and taking care of her brood on her own.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ season finale ended with a lavish wedding and a colonoscopy, but it was fairly less dramatic than what the women had gone through since the show’s season premiere back in the fall. Adrienne Maloof, one of the housewives who stayed out of the drama for the most part, is opening up about the very dramatic season on her official Bravo blog. And despite the drama is about abuse, divorces and alcoholism, she is happy it has all been put on the table.
“There is a quote by Frederick Douglass that I love. He once said, ‘If there is no struggle, there is no progress,’ and I think that sums up this season. We faced our struggles, but everyone now has new things to look forward to, and for that I am grateful,” Adrienne writes. Several housewives on the show has gone through some struggles, but leave it to Adrienne to put a fun spin on the show’s season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Her husband Paul had a colonoscopy on the episode, which surely created much discussion. “Leave it to Paul to make something serious absolutely dramatic and hysterical. Being a doctor, you’d think he’d be practical and clinical about getting the test done, but no — there he was, asking for someone to hold his hand (amongst other things he wanted me to do that we don’t need to discuss again). I was happy to be there in the beginning of the appointment because I wanted to support his choice to get the test. I knew my husband was full of hot air, I just didn’t know how much!” Adrienne shares on her blog.
Despite it being a humorous event for viewers, the colonoscopy does fall in with the theme of the show’s messages this season. It is all about taking life as it comes. The colonoscopy is all about doing things for yourself to be healthy, just as Taylor leaving her husband behind for herself and helping her mental health. Falling under the same category are Camille moving on with her Greek boyfriend and Kim’s admission to rehab.
In other words, it is all about doing something for yourself, despite the struggle it has been.
Unfortunately, Kandi Burruss has had her share of hardships in the past few years, and perhaps no other Bravo housewife understands the pain that Taylor Armstrong (from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) felt when her estranged husband Russell committed suicide last summer, quite like Kandi.
Longtime Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers may remember that Kandi’s finace, A.J. Jewell, was killed outside of an Atlanta strip club in 2009 — a topic Kandi tearfully addressed on the show’s season 2 reunion.
While Kandi sympathizes with Taylor and her heartbreaking situation, she tells CNN’s Showbiz Tonight that she isn’t on board with Taylor’s choice to release a memoir detailing her struggles.
Kandi says, “I’m sure that there were problems there, and I sympathize with her, but, I mean, you know, there are two sides to every coin and I just don’t feel the need to speak on someone who is not here anymore. That is just me.”
Kandi also spoke about Taylor’s co-star, Kim Richards, and says she wasn’t surprised by Kim’s substance abuse.
She continues, “I didn’t know it was a secret … but, you know, sometimes people have issues within themselves but they don’t want to admit it out loud — but everyone else can see it.”
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One of reality television’s favorite couples will serve as Style Ambassadors for StyleWeek Providence Friday night. Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen are returning to Providence for the second year in a row.
“We love fashion almost as much as we love each other. One of our dear friends, Rosanna Sinel, is the director of StyleWeek Providence. We met her at Fashion Week in New York a couple years ago. And she got us involved, and now we’re in,” said Alex McCord.
“One of the things we love to do is support emerging designers,” said Simon van Kempen. “It’s great to go to New York Fashion Week where you have the really big names. But, before they are big names they are small names showing at smaller shows, and that’s when they need the support.”
Both Alex and Simon are known for their personal style. From the daring, to the artistic. They describe their fashion choices as “eclectic.”
“It depends on the day. I sometimes choose outfits that are a little bit pushing the envelope, and sometimes it’s too much for some people. If I enjoy it, that’s all that matters,” said Simon.
Although, the fashionable duo may best be recognized for starring in numerous seasons of The Real Housewives of New York.
“I think it was fun. Sometimes we wanted to throw things at the TV. One of the things that we are very lucky about is we have each other. And when we were in the hot seat, we’ve been so together,” explained Alex.
Alex and Simon will not be returning to the show next season, but say this may not be the last you see of them on television.
“At the moment we are concentrating on our home line, Aluxe Home, which is 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets and towels. So we’re very busy with that. And you will probably see us again on TV too,” said Alex.
After six seasons (and one on the way) of seeing their enhanced, tanned, Botoxed faces you would think we know all there is to know about the Real Housewives of Orange County. Apparently not! I guess they have gotten a newbie or two…
E! News recently did a little sit down with the first ladies of Bravo to dish about the show as the gals gear up for the new season, and they are giving us some new dirt on what’s to come.
First up, the ladies talk new arrival Heather Dubrow, and they weren’t readily accepting of her entry into the club! “When I first met her I actually thought she was a little pretentious. I actually used the exact words that ‘I think she had a stick up her ass,’” Gretchen Rossi confesses.
“I was a little bit worried that she wasn’t going to fit in with the group, because she was so nice, so classy and yet so elegant. And with the girls on the show, we don’t always roll like that,” Tamra Barney laughs. Can I just say that is the most obvious statement that has ever come out of Bathtub Porn Tamra’s mouth!
Heather admits things got off to a rocky start with some of the ladies, “I would say out of everyone Alexis [Bellino] and I have had some friction, [but] I was pleasantly surprised how well we all got along.”
Gretchen also warns us that some serious tension arrives between her and matriarch Vicki Gunvalson over their mens’ respective child support issues. If you recall, it came out last year that Vicki’s new beau, Brooks Ayers, also had his own child support issues. In fact he was once arrested for failure to pay over $40,000 in child support.
“Vicki had a lot to say about Slade [Smiley] and about his child support issues…I just feel like she was being a hypocrite—[her new boyfriend] had a similar situation as Slade yet she was still very judgmental towards Slade.” Yes, this show has TWO men with child support drama.
And speaking of Vicki’s man dramas, this season will tackle Vicki and Donn Gunvalson‘s impending divorce. “I don’t know if the show had anything to do with the collapse of [Vicki’s] marriage,” Tamra reveals, “I know that it puts strain on your relationship, no doubt.”
“If the relationship is struggling, I think that the cameras might hone in on issues that you already have. The cameras don’t lie,” Gretchen added.
Oh, in case you hadn’t noticed, Tamra and Gretchen are doing this interview together. And there have been no reported screaming matches. The two have officially patched things up and now consider each other friends. Finally – after three seasons of petulance. “I knew that the only way to move forward was just to forgive and ask for forgiveness. It has become a very true and authentic friendship,” Gretchen shares.
“It was time to build a bridge and get over it. In the process of doing that we realized we really like each other,” Tamra readily admits. Good for you girls, bring the fun back!
The ladies also talked their best beauty tips, and sum it up thusly as, GTD. Gym, Tan, Doctor. Speaking of doctor, Tamra discussed her recent downsizing. The mama of four, who will be shown getting the procedure done during the season, finally wanted a classier look. Hopefully her behavior will follow suit!
“It’s been one of the best things I have ever done in my life,” Tamra gushes. “I feel a lot more confident without my implants. [With my implants] I felt like [my chest] was the first thing everybody looked at.” Tamra, who is 5’4, was previously sporting 34 DD’s.
There will be triple the drama when Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special kicks off on Jan. 30 (9 p.m.) – the first in a three-part series that reunites the ladies for heated discussion with Andy Cohen.
And – surprise – Kim Richards will be joining the fray after all.
Though she didn’t participate in the initial filming because she was seeking treatment for alcohol abuse, Richards sat down for a separate chat with Cohen, her first since leaving rehab, which will air as the third installment on Feb. 13 (9 p.m. ET). In the chat, she tells Cohen why she checked into rehab. “I’m an alcoholic,” she says. “I’m an alcoholic.”
What else can you expect? PEOPLE has an exclusive look at the show (see above clip). But let’s break it down further:
In part one, expect the ladies – Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump – to delve into the confrontation between Camille and Taylor at Lisa’s tea party, among other hot-button issues and feuds. And clearly there’s still bad blood among many of the women.
Kyle tangles with Lisa; Camille and Taylor rehash their issues (“She completely threw me under the bus,” Camille says, referring to Armstrong); and Lisa and Adrienne spar after Lisa is accused of selling stories to tabloids.
On the second part (airing Feb. 6, 9 p.m. ET), newbie Brandi Glanville joins the women to defend her controversial comments all season – only she seems to cause even more trouble.
“I was being bullied in a room and I had no friends,” she says, reflecting on a brutal game night in which she got into an argument with Kim and Kyle Richards. But it’s Taylor Armstrong who seems to have the most issues with her behavior, calling out Glanville for threatening the other ladies.
Richards’s dramatic sit-down will air last, and she will be joined by Dana Wilkey, another “friend” of the Housewives, to discuss the now-infamous game night in more detail. That will be followed by a “lost footage” special, airing Feb. 16, which promises to feature more footage from the fight between Brandi and Kyle at the tense Malibu beach party.
Marlo Hampton has been quite a controversial addition to Season 4 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and just as the h’wives are coming to terms with Marlo’s criminal past, the “socialite” drops another bomb.
In a preview clip for next week’s episode in South Africa, Marlo gets agitated when she realizes that Sheree Whitfield invited Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, and Phaedra Parks to a party, but conveniently chose not to extend the invitation to Marlo and NeNe Leakes.
In a fit of anger (and after drinking some wine) Marlo verbally attacks Sheree. According to Marlo, since Sheree doesn’t have a man, she should “go and hang with them f****ts with your ugly ass.”
We understand that Marlo was angry, but there’s really no excuse for that kind of language, especially when she’s attacking Sheree’s friends.
In a lighter moment, Marlo claims “My Aston [Martin] was paid for in cash” and quick-thinking Sheree fires back with, “Yeah, by an 80 year old man!”
Oh ladies, wasn’t this trip supposed to bring you closer together?!
Maybe it’s just me but considering her heavy criminal past and let’s just say not-cute-at-all looks, I can’t help but wonder about what exactly went into the ridiculous decision to add Marlo Hampton to the cast of RHOA? Granted, as I’ve said before here, Kim and Nene are no slouches themselves when it comes to hoodratness (and Sheree’s not too far off the boat either), but when it comes to bottom-of-the-litter, ghetto theatrics that make you cringe (much less be ashamed to be a black person) Marlo takes the cake.
The woman just doesn’t seem to have an ounce of class in her and the way she was ready to physically take it to Sheree after she didn’t get an invite to that dinner in Africa was waaaay over-the-top (sure, maybe some of that was for TV, but still). Then too, as one of Bravo’s top-rated shows it’s not like RHOA needed to add Marlo to its cast, which makes me wonder even more with a past like that why is she there? With a temper like that the woman is not only a dangerous physical presence, but on TV she’s God-awful to look at–please let this be her last season and even more Bravo needs to get rid of the genius who thought it was a good idea to bring Marlo onto RHOA in the first place.
After Camille Grammer revealed exclusively to HuffPost Celebrity that Bravo was looking for new castmembers to replace the original Beverly Hills “Housewives,” I sat down with Brandi Glanville and Lisa Vanderpump, who are not sure they even want to return to the show.
“I’m coming back if they give me $1 million,” Brandi said, laughing. “I’ve had a great time… A little bit of a rough start. By the end, I’ve made some great friends.”
Similarly, Brandi’s co-star Lisa Vanderpump, who has already filmed the pilot for a Bravo spinoff following the launch of her new L.A. restaurant Sur, is unsure about her future when it comes to “Housewives.”
“I’ve had an amazing experience,” Lisa told me. “I love working with Andy [Cohen] and our producers are really great. We’ve had a really good time, but it’s been a hell of a year for me.”
The drama-filled second season finale aired Monday night, with everybody turning on Lisa, making it understandable that she has reservations about returning.
Bravo’s ‘s newest cast member Sarah Winchester — who claims to be an heiress to the Winchester Rifle company — has taken out a temporary restraining order against a relative’s friend, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
The dark haired beauty — who is friends with Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino — got a TRO against Matthew McGownd after she alleged that he was leaving harassing voicemail messages and threatening to physically harm her.
According to the court docs, McGownd left her a message stating: “I (Winchester) f**ked with the wrong person, and I will regret it. He will do physical harm to me or anyone else involved..on the date of 9-27-10 after many text messages, phone calls and voicemails, I did advise Matt that he was affecting my job and to leave me alone. He still persisted and my boss told me to go home or to the police to get help.” The case was dismissed after neither party was at a hearing.
According to Winchester’s Bravo bio, she will be embroiled in a “verbal warfare” with Vicki Gunvalson and Heather Dubrow. Sarah won’t have a recurring role on the show as she will only be in several episodes.
Season 7 of the Real will premiere on Bravo on Tuesday, February 7 at 9 p.m.
Teresa Giudice may have gained fame from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but the feisty housewife’s relationships with friends and family members have suffered greatly as a result.
All About the Real Housewives interviewed Teresa exclusively, and when they asked her about her relationship with cousin Kathy Wakile, Teresa revealed, “I mean, I haven’t seen Kathy since the reunion. I of course miss and love them. They are my family and we have spoken since. I just haven’t seen her.”
As for her brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa, Teresa had similar things to say about their relationship.
“We haven’t really spoke. I love them both and that’s my only brother. We’ve always been close and I’m hoping for better days for the sake of our children and my parents.”
While Melissa has said that RHoNJ brought her and Teresa closer, Teresa disagrees. “We’ve never gone without speaking before she was on the show. I invited her to all my parties and would tell her about the housewives and what went on in the earlier seasons. She knew many things and we were close.”
Teresa also reveals that the show has morphed into something that is drastically different from what she initially signed on for.
“I came on the show for fun. I was with friends and strangers and I was a stay at home mom and thought it would be a fun experience. I didn’t sign up on the show to be with my family. That just happened and I’m just kind of dealing with it,” she says.
“The way people view my family on TV was never how we were. We were very private and close. And now that we are all on the show, were not at the place we used to be and it’s hard”
Something tells is there will be big cast changes in store for the next season of RHoNJ!
Nothing is off-limits on Bethenny Frankel’s reality TV show “Bethenny Ever After,” and that includes anything and everything that happens behind closed doors.
“Intimacy is challenging,” the reality star said in the latest issue of Life & Style about living out her life on-camera . “Jason’s penis has cobwebs on it.”
Frankel, 41, explained that her busy work schedule — promoting her show, working on her Skinnygirl drink and product line, and authoring four books — often interferes in her home life with husband Jason Hoppy and their 20-month-old daughter, Bryn.
“Jason and I are just settling into what married life really is, without the excitement of a wedding and the baby,” she said. “We come from totally different backgrounds, and we’re going through it.
“I’m in therapy. I’ve always been good at business, but I’ve always struggled with relationships.”
Frankel and Hoppy, who works in pharmaceutical sales, said “I do” on-camera during an episode of Bravo’s “Bethenny Getting Married?” in March 2010. Frankel gave birth to Bryn a short time afterward.
But in a teaser clip to the upcoming season of her show, Frankel admits she might have bitten off more than she could chew when she “unintentionally crammed everything in” to the span of a few months.
“I’m having a rough time,” she says in the clip, burying her face in her hands.
It seems like as every season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta winds down, NeNe Leakes says she won’t be appearing on the show again.
Yet NeNe has had few interactions with anyone but Cynthia Bailey this season, and on Sunday night she tweeted a remark that could mean she’s done with the Real Housewives of Atlanta once and for all.
While watching Sunday night’s episode, NeNe tweeted, “Hunni they luv 2 hate! They don’t talk 2 me & I don’t talk 2 them & I luv it! Marlo & Cynthia r my girls.”
On its own, that tweet isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but NeNe immediately followed up with another tweet that read, “I can’t wait 2 say good-bye! I don’t like these chicks @ all.”
Does this mean that NeNe is officially done with the Real Housewives of Atlanta, or is she just bluffing?