Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson Talk “Wine by Wives” Charity Wine-of-the-Month Club

31 May

Vicki Gunvalson, of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” chats with StarCam at her Wines by Wives event about why she and Tamra Barney started the company and why she chose Long Beach Women’s Shelter as the charity she donates proceeds to.

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H/T: Arianna Marshall @ Starcam

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Taylor Armstrong: I Got Screwed Over My $250k Engagement Ring

31 May

TMZ.com:

Turns out “Real Houswives of Beverly Hills” start Taylor Armstrong is NOT selling her engagement ring on eBay — the company that sued her is selling it, because Taylor surrendered the bling to get out from under a huge legal mess.

The ring her deceased husband Russell Armstrong gave Taylor was placed on the auction block this morning. 

Now here’s what we know … Taylor and Russell were sued by investors who claimed Russell fleeced them out of millions of dollars.  The case settled, but the Armstrongs didn’t pay.  So the investors went after them again — this time with a vengeance. 

Since Russell committed suicide, Taylor has now struck a new settlement deal with the investors to make the whole thing go away. The new deal was struck yesterday, which requires Taylor to pay an undisclosed amount of money to the investors and fork over a bunch of personal property — INCLUDING THE ENGAGEMENT RING.

So the investors are the ones who put the ring on eBay and hope to fetch a quarter of a million bucks.

Sources close to Taylor tell us she’s really pissed and feels she’s been backed into a corner because of Russell’s misdeeds.  She wanted to fight, but can’t afford the legal war.

Taylor wanted to pass the ring on to her daughter when she got married.

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Trial For Joe Giudice Is Delayed, Gets More Time To Negotiate Possible Plea Offer

31 May

NJ.com:

A judge has given the husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Teresa Giudice more time to prepare for his wrongful identity trial.

Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice of Montville didn’t speak during a brief court appearance in Paterson Tuesday.

The 42-year-old is accused of obtaining a driver’s license using marriage and birth certificates that belonged to his brother. “Joe” Giudice’s license was suspended at the time after he crashed his truck in 2010.

He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

NorthJesey.com reports the judge ordered him back to court on June 27, when a final plea offer or trial day would be set.

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‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Recap: Everyone Gangs Up on Alexis Bellino

30 May
Oh, there was a rumble in the jungle alright tonight, as we finally reached the heated dinner/girls’ getaway from hell that we see on each season of The Real Housewives. It happened for the ladies of Orange County in Costa Rica, and it was Alexis Bellino in the hot seat. And boy that hot seat was hot.
 
After they all had poked fun and snickered about Alexis’s every move since they left the O.C., they gathered for dinner. They started talking about how all of the guys were getting together for dinner back home while they were away, and when they asked Alexis if Jim was going she hemmed and hawed until she blurted out that he wouldn’t go because of the big white elephant among them all. Namely: That Terry Dubrow called her the phoniest person ever.
So they put that elephant right in the middle of the table, and the discussion/firing squad began with everyone telling Alexis just how deplorable she is.
I too find Jesus Barbie annoying, fake, and irritating as hell, but man, she really didn’t deserve what she got at that table. It was a big mean girl pile up, and I can’t believe she sat there and took it. Even Gretchen Rossi, who’s supposed to be her friend, started in about how and why Alexis is so pretentious.
Heather Dubrow told her she saw her and her family in Nordstrom before she knew them and was appalled by their behavior. Apparently Jim was talking really loudly about how expensive the shoes he was buying were. So what? Let them brag all they want and roll your eyes behind their back, but there’s no need for the rest of the ladies to act as the good taste police.

Vicki Gunvalson, who didn’t like being called out for being the hypocrite she pretty much is, was going to stay out of it … but couldn’t. She told Alexis that she makes her feel beneath her, and that’s weird because she has MORE MONEY. That’s not hypocritical for someone who is trying to call someone out for bragging about how much money she has, now is it?
Of course, the most stinging wrath came from Tamra Barney who just can’t stand Alexis. I honestly think she’s jealous of her, and will never give her a chance. Plus, she just seems hell bent on being mean as of late to pretty much anyone in her path — Vicki included. There was that nicer, kinder version of Tamra for a few episodes, but she seems to have vanished.
Alexis actually held her own pretty well during the slaughter and called Tamra out for being mean, but nothing was resolved. The drama looks like it will continue next week, but I don’t foresee much moving on and bonding happening after they put all of that out there on the table before the food was even served. 

I’m no fan of Alexis (who is?), but yeah she definitely had every right to feel ganged up on that trip. Then too, while Tamra’s shown us plenty of times in the past that she can be downright mean (just ask Slade, but then he deserved Tamra’s wrath, Alexis didn’t) and nasty, why she felt the need to go full tilt on Alexis is beyond me, esp. considering how they’ve never gotten along and probably never will.

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Adrienne Maloof Dishes About Return of Co-Star Camille Grammer

30 May

Celebuzz.com:

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof opened up to Celebuzz on Saturday night when she and hubby Dr. Paul Nassif hosted Disney actor Ryan Ochoa‘s 16th birthday bash at their gorgeous Beverly Hills home. She was all too happy to fill us in on her latest endeavors and season three of her hit reality show

“It goes without saying that there will be a lot of drama this season,” she noted. No surprise here!

When asked about Camille Grammer, Adrienne tells us she’s been doing fabulously.

But is Camille still sitting out this upcoming season?


Adrienne says Camille will not be returning as a Housewife, but she does make several appearances throughout the season. Can we just say right now that we’re happy to hear Camille will not be left out entirely this season!

As for our favorite RHOBH couple, Adrienne and Dr. Nassif, they’ve been keeping plenty busy. The husband and wife duo recently teamed up for their first business venture together, a new skincare line that launches in June.

“There are some disagreements, but that’s how you make things better when you don’t always agree on everything,” Dr. Nassif said of their partnership. Adrienne jokingly added, ”You know what it goes in one ear and out the other. You have to have selective hearing.”

Adrienne was also excited to share with everyone her newest endeavor, OMG Cases for iPhones. Adrienne came up with the idea of these spectacular cell phone cases that light up by incorporating LED technology. “You’ll never see anything like it,” says Maloof.

How does the busy mother of three do it all? “I get less sleep, and when I work out I have to make phone calls while I’m on the treadmill,” she says.

Having a talented husband admittedly helps her stay looking her best even with a busy schedule — he’s even created what he called a “Housewives Lift” for the ladies of the show!

Down-To-Earth Writer and Camelot Widow Carole Radziwill Goes On

30 May

NYPost.com:

Carole Radziwill is lounging on a chaise at the Bar on Fifth at the Setai hotel, crossing her Louboutin espadrilles. The lithe 48-year-old is decked out in hip-hugging jeans and an ivory cardigan. She’s got a big smile on her face and appears completely at ease for someone about to take her turn as one of the new “Real Housewives of New York City.”

There’s just one thing. She does not want to be photographed with a glass of Champagne.

“You’ll see on the show, I’m like, ‘Enough with the f - - king toasting!’ ” she laughs, poking fun at the Housewives’ propensity to turn every cocktail party into a “moment.”

Radziwill is one of three new cast members joining the reality hit, which premieres its fifth season Monday at 9 p.m.

But she’s not your typical Bravo reality-TV celebrity. There’s no entourage of unnecessary assistants and no strapless cocktail dress worn in broad daylight.

More surprising still: She doesn’t want to watch herself on television. “You get self-conscious, and then you lose something,” she says of the experience.

That said — and as she herself is quick to point out — this isn’t exactly her first rodeo. Radziwill gained national attention when she wed Polish prince Anthony Radziwill in August 1994, marrying into European royalty and, tangentially, American royalty. Anthony was the son of Lee Bouvier Radziwill, the beautiful sister of Jacqueline Kennedy. Anthony’s cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. was his best friend (and best man at his wedding), while his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, became Carole’s confidant and closest friend.

But in 1999, everything changed. On July 16, John and Carolyn died when their plane went down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Less than a month later, Anthony lost his five-year battle with testicular cancer. And just like that, Carole was alone.

In 2003, Radziwill, who had spent nearly two decades working as a journalist at ABC, left to write a memoir, “What Remains,” chronicling her loss. Critics raved about the heart-wrenching book, which landed Radziwill a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2005 and a sit-down with Oprah. “Critical acclaim is great, and it gets you the corner table,” says Radziwill, “but commercial success pays the bills.”

Which brings her to her current venture. Mum’s the word on “Housewife” paychecks (a rep for Bravo declined to comment on finances), but returning cast members will reportedly make $500,000 each this season, while the newcomers will not make nearly as much. Radziwill says only that she considers the show “a job offer.” After leaving ABC, Radziwill began interviewing celebrities for Glamour on a contributing basis, but that gig has ended.

Already, people are talking about Radziwill’s debut on the reality show known for catfights and cocktails.

“The unlikely housewife,” she says, with a knowing laugh.

She says that she and Andy Cohen, the Bravo brain behind the “Housewives” franchise, go way back. Other women have groveled to Cohen to be cast, sometimes even showing up in the background of existing cast members’ filmed parties over and over again. In his memoir, Cohen says that 500 women showed up to audition for the Beverly Hills cast.

Radziwill, to the contrary, was chased. “I could probably count on one hand the number of conversations I’ve ever had about the ‘Housewives’ show with him,” she says.

“But last summer, we had dinner with some mutual friends. And he kind of asked me if I would consider it. My impulse was to say, ‘Are you crazy? Hell no!’ ”

But Cohen is nothing if not persistent. He followed up the next day and convinced Radziwill to consider it. 

She started meeting with the producers of the show and was surprised to find herself impressed with them. “I got the feeling … that most of them probably would’ve been working in news had reality television not taken over the airwaves 10 years ago,” she says.

“A lot of them had journalism degrees. So there’s a comfort level.”

Still, the over-the-top nature of the show could prove quite controversial for a woman currently famous for being a widow.

“You know, I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m really comfortable with it,” says Radziwill of discussing her past. “It feels really natural to talk about my late husband. I get a joy out of it when I think of those memories.”

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Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy Put On United Front With Daughter

29 May

RadarOnline.com:

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are doing their best to put on a united front as speculation that they are to divorce continues to mount.

The family made a trip to the Malibu Farmers’ Market with daughter Bryn Sunday and to a nearby shopping center.

The 41-year-old star of Bethenny Ever After looked lovely and immaculately turned out as ever in a tight-fitting striped maxi dress but failed to crack a real smile during the family jaunt.

Bethenny also in denim jacket, flip flops and straw hat, carried her two-year-old daughter Bryn, who looked pretty as a picture in a floral red dress.

Jason wandered along besides them with the family dog, looking distracted and just a little sad.

The couple has moved to Los Angeles from New York so Bethenny can work on her new talk show.

The reality mogul has been doing the rounds on the promotional carousel, but is keeping silent on the news first reported by Star magazine that her divorce from Jason is in the works.

“They are going to get a divorce … it’s imminent,” a source said about Bethenny and Jason, who have documented their fights and potential demise on their reality show, Bethenny Ever After, which airs its finale tonight on Bravo.

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Brandi Glanville and Lisa Vanderpump Defend Accusations That They’re Out Of Control Divas

29 May

RealityTea.com:

Last week it was reported that Brandi Glanville and Lisa Vanderpump had become onset divas and were causing drama during filming of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Teresa Giudice And Caroline Feud Deepening: Manzo Desperate To Push Giudice Off The Show

29 May

RadarOnline.com:

The feud between Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo is deepening by the day, with the Real Housewives at each other’s throats and the latter trying to push her former friend off the show, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

As previously reported, Caroline has voiced her desire to leave the show, with a source telling Reality Weekly, “She thought being on a reality show would be fun, but it’s just been drama, lies, deception and scandal.”

But, a Bravo source tells RadarOnline.com that Caroline has no actual plans to leave the hit show, rather, she is scheming to push her nemesis, Teresa Giudice, off the air for good.

“Caroline is sick of the drama that Teresa brings,” the source says. “But more than that, she’s jealous because she knows she is the bigger star. It’s Teresa who appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, it’s Teresa who gets all the magazine covers and it’s Teresa that is perceived as the star of the show. Caroline hates it and would love nothing more than to get rid of Teresa… for good!

“She’s been trying to get the other ladies to all gang up on Teresa and make some kind of ultimatum of “Teresa or us” to Bravo producers, she believes that could work, but I think she is seriously underestimating the star power of Teresa.

“Bravo knows that Teresa is the one that viewers tune in to watch — either love her or hate her, people love to watch her and her drama and there’s no way they are going to lose her. Caroline, they could care less about. She doesn’t really deliver anything and they wouldn’t really care either way if she left or stayed.

“Put it this way, Caroline is really picking the wrong fight if she thinks she can push Teresa off the show. It just isn’t happening.”

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Teresa blew her top Thursday after fellow housewife, Jacqueline Laurita “attacked” her ten-year-old daughter on her Bravo Blog.

“She is furious that Jacqueline has dragged Gia into this nasty fight and is especially pissed that Jacqueline’s Twitter followers are viciously attacking her little girl,” a source close to Teresa told RadarOnline.com

Teresa doesn’t care if people attack her all they want but they cross the line when they attack her daughter. She’s only 10 years old! She doesn’t want her daughter to be thrown into this mix.”

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Andy Cohen Says ‘Real Housewives’ Is Sociology Of The Rich, Admits To Past ‘Freeballing’ With Cybill Shepherd

29 May

OrlandoSentinel.com:

What’s behind the success of Bravo?

Andy Cohen should know as the programmer behind “Top Chef,” the various “Real Housewives” series and his own “Watch What Happens Live.” Cohen, a former producer at CBS News, weighed in on the Bravo success story in an interview with Howard Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning.

In picking programs, Cohen said he looks for “something that hasn’t been done before” and a personality different from what viewers have seen.

“If you look at the people who make up the Bravo landscape from Jeff Lewis to Rachel Zoe and Padma Lakshmi and Tabatha Coffey and the ‘Millionaire Matchmaker,’ these are very strong personalities that people love to watch and that you … don’t see anywhere else,” Cohen said.

“In the case of ‘The Housewives,’ I call the ‘Housewives’ sociology of the rich,” Cohen told Kurtz. “I think it’s just fun to watch. It’s guilt-free gossiping that you can have. It’s like the modern-day soap opera, in my mind.”

Do you agree?

Of his own show, Cohen said: “The funny thing is it’s a very positive show. And I would never want to embarrass a guest or make them feel like they didn’t have a great time. But we try to go there and have fun with people. Absolutely.”

Cohen recently published “Most Talkative: Stories from Behind the Lines of Pop Culture.”

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Camille Grammer Suing Boyfriend’s Baby Mama Over Leaked Phone Call Rant

28 May

NYDailyNews.com:

She may air most of her personal business for all the world to see on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but Camille Grammer won’t tolerate any uninvited invasions of privacy.

The reality star is firing back at boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos’ ex-girlfriend Lisa Chynoweth for leaking private phone conversations to the press after what has proven to be a messy case of he-said-she-said.

Grammer’s beef with Chynoweth began when Chynoweth launched a personal attack on Grammer and her children right in the middle of Grammer’s custody battle with her own ex, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer.

According to RadarOnline.com, the phone call between the two women began very civilly until Chynoweth instigated a confrontation by bringing Camille’s children into the conversation.

Grammer, unaware that Chynoweth was strategically recording their conversation, reportedly fought back, telling Chynoweth that if she went to the press to dish about Grammer’s personal issues, “I have lawyers that are beyond what you can imgine and they will pull stuff on you and you will be so mortified about your life and your family and what you have done.

“You don’t want to do that to Marcus (Chynoweth’s son).”

Chynoweth then turned around and used the recording in her own custody battle with ex Charalambopoulos, claiming that Grammer was threatening her son.

A source told RadarOnline.com that Chynoweth had edited the phone call for her own benefit, and Grammer is now suing Chynoweth for leaking private material to the media.

“Lisa didn’t record the portions of the phone call when Camille praised what a great dad Dmitri was and what an amazing little boy they were raising,” th source said. “Lisa purposefully recorded when she had provoked Camille and attempted to use it against her.

“How did the deposition end up on YouTube? The lawyers involved are the only ones that have access to that information.”

Contest: Teresa Giudice “Fabulicious: Fast & Fit” Giveaway!

26 May

Now that Teresa Giudice’s new recipe book “Fabulicious: Fast & Fit” has officially entered the New York Times bestsellers list (3rd time that’s happened), if you haven’t picked a copy already, here’s your chance to win a FREE copy of her “heart-healthy” cookbook!

One lucky reader will win a brand new paperback copy of “Fabulicious: Fast & Fit” courtesy of The Real Housewives Blog!

Since this cookbook talks about Teresa’s unique, easy-to-cook, Italian recipes, the book will go to the reader who best relates a story about their favorite family recipe.

As much as anything, food makes a family. So in no less than 300 words email an essay about that special recipe you like to cook for the holidays–or how about that signature dish you make for Sunday dinners? It can be a main dish, a dessert, or even a special kind of cookie. And where did the recipe originate? Was it passed down from grandma, invented one night when you couldn’t get to the store or taken from your neighbor? What inspired it?

Email your entry to cgalert@gmail.com and make sure to enter the word “Essay” in the subject line. Only one essay per email address is allowed, however, readers with blogs who link or blog about this giveaway will receive an extra entry. If you tweet about it on twitter, another entry!

The contest ends on Monday, May 28 at 6pm sharp, and one lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 30!

Feel free to attach a photo of you and your favorite recipe to your essay.

This contest is open to all. Lurkers are also welcome to enter the contest. You do not have to be a member of The Real Housewives Blog to win!

Fired ‘Real Housewives Of New York’ Cast Members Not Likely To Return

26 May

HuffPo.com:

Many “Real Housewives of New York City” viewers were disappointed that former cast member Jill Zarin will not be returning next month for the show’s fifth season. But Zarin said she was told by Bravo that it was the show’s fans who requested the shakeup.

“Bravo said it was fans who wanted a cast change,” she said. “It is up to all of you to tell Bravo what you want for next season. If ratings go down, they might consider bringing back some of the original cast.”
Sources at Bravo told me that it’s highly unlikely the network would bring back cast members who were axed after Season 4, namely Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop.

“The new season of ‘Real Housewives of New York City,’ which kicks off June 4, is going to be amazing and everyone is going to just love the new ladies,” said a Bravo representative, referring to new additions Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson.

“First of all, the new season is going to be huge,” another source at the network told me. “Our audience is going to love the new ladies. It is, without doubt, the best season we have ever seen. We are expecting huge ratings and, even if ratings drop, which they won’t, there is zero chance to bringing back any of the old cast members.”

Simon Van Kempen, the husband of former cast member McCord, who was fired at the same time as Zarin, agreed with what Bravo insiders told me. He doesn’t expect his wife, Zarin or even himself to be invited back.

“[It’s] not going to happen, irrespective of the ratings,” Van Kempen said. “Once you leave a party, or a partner for that matter, there really is no going back. While we didn’t leave by choice, the only thing we miss is the [reported] $300,000 paycheck. Being on a reality show is a little bit like being on a football team, but on Bravo TV, Andy Cohen gets to play as the quarterback and most often his editing plays are to the detriment of the rest of the team.”

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Phaedra Parks Files $30 Million Libel Lawsuit Against Vibe Holdings

26 May

AJC.com:

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Vibe Holdings, which operates Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine, and Augustus Publishing, saying the outlet has published lies about her to generate interest in a book.

The lawsuit, filed this week, demands a jury trial, $5 million in compensatory and $25 million in punitive damages, and retractions.

“While Plaintiff recognizes the importance of the role of the media in reporting on public figures, Defendant and other members of the media are not granted an unfettered right or privilege under the First Amendment to defame public figures by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice,” the lawsuit states.

“As a result of its conduct, Defendant crossed the threshold from speech protected by the First Amendment to enter the arena of actionable defamation of a public figure for which they must be held legally accountable.”

The lawsuit lists articles filed about Parks, beginning with a a March 14 one titled “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks Exposed.” The articles, the lawsuit says, “falsely accuse Plaintiff of being a crooked attorney who knows how to commit crimes, has committed crimes, and knows how to cover up her criminal activity.”

The article was followed by others, and then an ebook produced by Augustus Publishing titled, “Lies Of A Real Housewife,” by Angela Stanton. It’s online now and available for download. The description on the Augustus Publishing site reads as follows:

“Brazen, incisive, and outrageous, ‘Lies Of A Real Housewife,’ spans the years of early childhood through adulthood. It’s an illustration of guts, and the determination it takes to overcome tragedies in one’s life. Her story begins at the tender age of five years old when Angela Stanton was raped. She takes us into her survival mode on the streets, and adjustments she had to make in her home life. The author shares experiences of her teen years, growing up in Buffalo, NY. She leads us on a short stay as a young girl in Greensboro, NC. The author, rapper, wife and mother, guides us through her struggles into her early adult years in Hotlanta. By fate, she lives a hustler’s life of crime with none other than ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ own, Phaedra Parks. By a twist of fate, her life crashes sending her on a trip to a darkened place called hell. Urban Author, Angela Stanton, survives to give a raw, revolutionary account of her daring journey to redemption. In her sophomore book, Lies Of A Real Housewife, Angela Stanton opens her past life for public viewing.”

The lawsuit says, “In its entirety, the book falsely portrays the relationship between Plaintiff and Stanton as that of friends and accomplices in criminal activity,” and “conveys a picture of Plaintiff as a crooked attorney engaged in a multitude of criminal acts, who conspires with Stanton to commit these acts, and who then uses Stanton in an effort to escape criminal liability for those acts.”

The lawsuit quotes excerpts from the e-book and articles claiming Parks was involved in various criminal enterprises including forgery and a complicated “federal racketeering scheme” aimed at stealing luxury cars.

“Like a true mafia outfit, we were operating above the law, and I was in an elite network of workers for Phaedra Parks,” reads an excerpt quoted in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says that Parks met Stanton years ago through a past client, but that they have never been friends or close associates. It also notes that Parks is an attorney active in numerous philanthropic endeavors who ”has never been arrested for a crime or charged with any crime” and “has never been questioned by any law enforcement agency or organization about possible involvement in any crime.”

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