Marisa Zanuck Confirms She’s Leaving “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

30 Apr

After one season as a Beverly Hills housewife, Marisa Zanuck is saying goodbye for good to the ladies of 90210, she confirms exclusively to Celebuzz

After hinting about a departure in her blog late last month, Zanuck says she is not going to make up any excuses about why she won’t be back for season 4 of the hit Bravo series: “I wasn’t asked back,” she revealed. “It’s as simple as that and I’m okay with it.” 

While rumors have run rampant that celebs like Lisa Rinna and Leann Rimes might be filling some empty stilettos, Yolanda Foster has confirmed she’ll be turning up the drama queen for a fourth season. As CB! reported, Adrienne Maloof won’t be part of the new cast, and Lisa Vanderpump and Taylor Armstrongare still up in the air. 

As for Zanuck, she’s at peace with Bravo’s decision and looks forward to the next chapter in her life.

“Housewives was a once in a lifetime experience and I am grateful that Bravo gave me the opportunity to step into their crazy world,” said Zanuck. “I have no regrets and nothing but love for the amazing viewers that were so kind to take time out of their day and reach out to me on Twitter and comment on my blogs. We will definitely keep in touch.” 

In fact, Zanuck’s candidness is quite the departure from former housewives Sheree Whitfield and Danielle Staub, who had reportedly both claimed they quit the series despite numerous reports that they were unceremoniously let go. 

The only housewives that are known to have quit the series for their own spinoffs are Bethenny Frankel and Kim Zolciak, while Zanuck’s former co-star Camille Grammer and former housewife of New Jersey Dina Manzo left to start a clean slate. 

“Let’s be honest, nobody is going to quit the show unless they have a spinoff because they either need the money or have a business to promote,” Zanuck told Celebuzz. “If a housewife doesn’t fall into those two categories, then perhaps she was attracted to the show by the lure of fame and in that case won’t be giving it up anytime soon.” 

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Kenya Moore Disses Apollo Nida, Says “Real Men Don’t Fight With Women”

29 Apr

The scene got downright ugly during Part 3 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Season 5 Reunion when Kenya Moore accused Phaedra Parks’ hubby, Apollo Nida, of texting her. Apollo immediately turned the situation around and claimed that Kenya’s been hitting on him nonstop since the group trip to Anguilla, while Phaedra rolled her eyes and reminded everyone why she thinks Kenya is a whore.

Kenya’s come to expect the claws from the other women, but she was appalled by a man fighting with her… and not just Apollo either. The newcomer took to her Bravo blog to vent her frustration over her experience with the guys at the reunion.

“No real or decent man verbally attacks a woman,” she stated. “The truth is, Peter, Apollo, and Kordell have all shown unacceptable aggression and intimidation toward women. Only cowardly men raise their voices in anger, physically act aggressively, or angrily shout at and attack women. Real men stay out of their women’s business and they don’t engage in repugnant hostile actions or words toward a woman whether they know, like, or dislike her.”

Of course, she also gave props where props were due by praising the guys who were too scared respectful to confront her at the reunion.

“I applaud Gregg and Todd for the classy and appropriate way they refrained from attacking me unlike the others to get camera time. The others are always looking for their moment, which is why they all bonded with my groupie ex. As badly as they all want to hold a peach, they never will,” Kenya wrote.

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Adrienne Maloof Talks Life After Real Housewives: “I Am So Excited About The Future”

29 Apr

Adrienne Maloof is only looking forward.

“I am in a great place and so excited about the future,” the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star exclusively tells E! News. “I am working on some huge projects for television and also concentrating on producing a film, so it’s a very dynamic time right now.”

But doesn’t she miss the life she was enjoying as a castmember of one of the most attention-getting reality-TV shows around?

“I am grateful for the platform Housewives gave me,” she admits. “It was a fantastic experience, but now it’s time for something new.”

In addition to her upcoming small- and big-screen projects, Maloof is working on a jewelry line for Bloomingdales, which she is “thrilled about.”

“I can’t wait for everybody to see it,” she added. (And since she knows a little something about bling, we can’t wait, either.)

So, overall, life is “fantastic” for Maloof right now. 

Perhaps not least in part because the divorced mother of three truly has turned a corner. A Real Housewives insider tells us that Maloof has not been in touch with any of her former castmates.

“Adrienne is in a different place now,” the insider says, “mixing with a different crowd. [She] has her sights set on bigger and better things than Housewives.”

Maloof has also rekindled her romance with Sean Stewart, who is 19 years her junior. “Sean and Adrienne support each other and have fun and both understand the world of entertainment,” our source says.

The couple were out Thursday night having dinner with Sean’s dad and stepmom, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster; and his sister, Kimberly Stewart, and her new flame, Harry Styles.

A different crowd, indeed.

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44-Year-Old Kyle Richards Wants More Children: “Halle Berry is Older Than Me!”

28 Apr

Kyle Richards isn’t afraid of a challenge. And the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who is already mother to four children, already has her eyes set on two new goals: to get into shape a la her celebrity body crush, Jennifer Aniston, and to have more children.

“I think that Jennifer Aniston has an amazing body,” she told Us Weekly on Thursday, Apr. 25. “I like her body a lot. The reason I like it [is] because I know that she used to be heavier before, and I know that she is not naturally like that. I know she has to work to get it like that, and I have to work really hard to try to be in shape and keep my weight down.”

Richards, 44, added that she herself has been on a strict workout regimen in hopes of staying in shape despite her very hectic schedule — everything from circuit training to yoga several times a week.

The payoff, however, is that she has more energy to tackle housework chores and look after her four children, who range in age from 5 to 24. The Real Housewives star’s youngest, Portia, recently got sick and threw up all over her, Richards explained, but she’s since learned to roll with the punches.

“I mean, if your kid throws up, you are not asking someone else to clean it up,” Richards told Us (The reality star contributes to site The Clorox Icktionary, which tackles “icky” issues that parents tackle on an everyday basis.) “That’s disgusting. Like, even my husband I don’t think could handle it. And I couldn’t clean up someone else’s child. It has to be my child.”
And if Richards has her way, Portia won’t be the last one she and husband Mauricio Umansky have to deal with for very long.

“Yes, I want more babies,” she told in a recent interview. Richards is currently mother to Farrah, 24, Alexia, 17, Sophia, 13, and Portia, 5. “I wish I’d done it right after Portia.”

The reality star noted that she had their first child when she was just 19, and so she’s been noticing the disparity between her situation and those of her friends, who “are just starting to have kids.”

Halle Berry is older than me,” she reasoned of having another child at a later age. Berry announced that she and fiance Olivier Martinez are expecting their first child together earlier this month. The Cloud Atlas actress is already mother to daughter Nahla, 5, with ex Gabriel Aubry.

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Alexis Bellino Says She Had To Use Xanax After Being Kicked Out The Dinner Party From Hell

27 Apr

We’ve got a first look at the upcoming episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County, which picks up in the wake of last week’s dinner party from hell, where Tamra Barney kicked out rival Alexis Bellino.

In the clip, Alexis — who was told by Tamra to “get the f*ck out” of the swanky bash — is seen in a limo outside, in a heated discussion with new castmate Lydia McLaughlin, over whether her claims she was being bullied were valid.

“People commit suicide …” Lydia said before Alexis cut her off, saying she “had to go on Xanax” as result of past struggles stemming from the drama when the ladies went to Costa Rica.

Tamra heard it all, and when Vicki Gunvalson — who brought Alexis to the affair in the first place in hopes of smoothing things over — told her “Shush for a minute,” an enraged Tamra snapped back, “No, I’m not gonna shush!”

Heather Dubrow said Bellino’s claim of a temporary Xanax dependency was nothing but bad melodrama.

“There are many people who need to be medicated in this world, for many reasons, and her little rich girl problems aren’t one of them,” the beautiful brunette groused.

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Aviva Drescher Signs Last-Minute ‘Housewives’ Deal

26 Apr

“Real Housewives of New York City” star Aviva Drescher, who has signed a last-minute contract with the show and will return when filming begins May 6, will visit Boston, either this weekend or next, to meet with marathon bombing victims.

“This isn’t about getting press or attention for herself, this is about helping others,” a friend of Drescher’s tells Confidenti@l. “Four different hospitals have asked her to visit and she has said, ‘Name the date. I will do whatever I can to help.’ ”

Drescher knows what it is like to lose a limb. She was involved in a farm accident at the age of 6 and her left leg was amputated. Now she wants to help others who are suffering, because she understands the questions they will have, says a friend of the reality star.

“Aviva will not be bringing the Bravo cameras to follow her on the visits. This is about helping others, not her, and certainly not about Bravo ratings,” says her pal.

Drescher, however, will be allowing the cameras in her new Park Ave. townhouse, which she is renting specifically for the filming. She had been left hanging by Bravo until it made a late decision this week to rehire her.

“Bravo deliberately staggered her contract until the last minute,” one insider tells us. “Last season, Aviva and Ramona [Singer] were the stars, and Bravo was scared if they invited them back at the same time they could team up and ask for a lot more money.”

Instead, Singer signed before Drescher for a contract worth $450,000 for season six. Drescher is getting much less than that, about $100,000.

“The difference in what they earn makes them fight even more,” says our source.

We reached out to Aviva, who wouldn’t talk money but did confirm she has accepted several offers to visit Boston soon. “If anyone would like to contact me, they can email me,” she said.

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Kyle Richards Talks Real Housewives Divorces, Says “Don’t Do a Reality Show If You Have Cracks In Your Marriage”

26 Apr

Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky have set the gold standard when it comes to a stable Real Housewives marriage.

But that doesn’t mean the couple hasn’t seen some of the messiest divorces play out on camera (Camille Grammer‘s and Adrienne Maloof‘s, to name a few).

So with the latest news of Porsha and Kordell Stewart‘s nasty split, we had to ask the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star her thoughts on the latest divorce report, and turns out she has a pretty solid theory when it comes to making a reality marriage work.

“I don’t know about their situation at all, but that’s very sad, my gosh that’s terrible,” she lamented to E! News when asked about Porsha’s situation and the RHOA star’s claims she discovered that her husband had filed via Twitter.

“Honestly, you know, there’s a stigma…that all the Housewives get divorced,” she continued. “My husband and I have a really strong solid marriage, Lisa [Vanderpump] and Ken have a very strong, solid marriage, but I think if you have any cracks in your marriage then you really shouldn’t do a reality show. Because it will not survive.” 

Solid point, especially coming from a reality star with three seasons under her belt. And the mother of four—who is currently promoting her contribution to the new Clorox Ick-tionary—has plenty of insight as to why so many reality couples split:

“It is very difficult to put your life out there,” she explained. “I think a lot of these women sign up onto the show as a way out. They’re not happy to begin with and they think, ‘Oh I’m going to gain some independence and do the show and this is going to be my out,’ and that’s why you see so many divorces. It’s not that the show is causing these divorces.” 

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Porsha Stewart Spills On Divorce: “It’s Not Something I Wanted”

25 Apr

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Stewart discovered last month that her husband was filing for divorce on Twitter – and she’s still getting over the painfully public news.

“When you’re married you definitely feel like you have the ability to communicate with your mate enough for them to come in and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to get a divorce.’ But that didn’t happen,” Stewart tells PEOPLE. “I found out about [the divorce filing] on Twitter, which was surprising. I’m still in total shock.”

Yet Stewart, 31, is trying to stay strong after her split with former NFL star Kordell Stewart, 40, and beginning to rebuild her life with the help of family and friends, including RHOA costars such as NeNe Leakes, who criticized the Stewarts’ relationship in a blog on prior to the split. 

“I’m definitely blessed to have a strong support system around me,” Porsha says. “NeNe, she’s been through a similar situation in her past. She’s telling me to take care of me right now, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Now that news of the split has begun to sink in, Stewart is starting to focus on rebuilding her life, and she’s reconnecting to her “very independent” formerly single self.  

“I had my own businesses and I gave that up to become 100 percent wife,” she says. “At this point I am finding my way back to that Porsha, back to that independent woman who makes decisions on her own. I’m not living through someone else’s eyes and I’m looking forward to that.”

“I didn’t get married to get divorced,” she says. “This is not something that I wanted. But at the end of the day I feel there has to be a bigger blessing in this. … There has to be something great for Porsha in the future.” 

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Tamra Barney Admits To Having ‘Anger Issues’ After Dinner Party From Hell

25 Apr]

Tamra Barney — following Monday night’s Real Housewives of Orange County, in which she told Alexis Bellino to “get the f*ck out” of her dinner party — appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, and admitted that she has “anger issues.”

As previously reported, the OC rivals clashed after Vicki Gunvalson brought Alexis to the bash, held to commemorate the opening of Tamra’s new gym. While Tamra seemed content with Vicki’s decision of a plus one at the outset, seeing Alexis in person seemed to bring out her claws, resulting in a confrontation in which Alexis called her a bully.

On Watch What Happens Live, Tamra said at the time, she was trying to rebuild bridges with Vicki — and had reservations about letting her bring Alexis — but did so in hopes of moving on from any past bad blood.

“I wanted to make Vicki happy,” she said, admitting when she saw Alexis, her temper got the best of her.

“I had to be honest with her and say, ‘Why are you here?’” she said.

Asked later if it’s possible for she and Alexis to salvage a friendship, Tamra said, “I have this tough exterior — and there’s a reason why I have it — but I have a soft heart.

Appearing alongside was mental health professional/reality star Dr. Venus Nicolino, who said she feels Tamra has issues with negotiating, assertiveness, and aggression, which Tamra agreed with.

When a caller named Denise asked Tamra if she’ll ever be happy with herself — and “stop being such a mean girl” — Tamra’s aforementioned anger reared its’ ugly head again.

“The difference between you and I is that I don’t play the victim … I’m on a reality show and I’m paid to speak my mind and I did that, so am I happy with myself?” she said. “I am so frickin happy — but Denise, are you happy with yourself that you have to call in and ask me that?”

We lost the caller, host Andy Cohen said, diffusing the situation.

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Jacqueline Laurita Denies Foreclosure and Tax Debt Rumors

25 Apr

The Real Housewives of New Jersey have had their fair share of financial failings, and now Jacqueline Laurita is speaking up about rumors of her own recent woes.

Jacqueline and her husband Chris are reportedly being sued by their mortgage company, Hudson City Savings Bank, for missing a payment on a $1.6 million mortgage taken out on their home.  However, on Tuesday, Jacqueline was confronted by television station WTIC and addressed the lawsuit.

According to Jacqueline, “My house is not in foreclosure. There is no threat of losing it. We simply modified our mortgage which is a process.” She also adds, “Our mortgage modification has been approved and all is good.”

The Lauritas are also in a dispute with the IRS over $340,000 which is owed from an old 2006 tax audit.
Jacqueline and Chris have taken issue with the amount of interest added to the 2006 audit.  She says that they are currently negotiating with the IRS to settle on a more amicable dollar figure and she adds, “Once that new amount is decided… we will, of course, pay the amount.”

“My husband and I have ALWAYS filed and paid our taxes every year. We have NEVER evaded taxes,” says Laurita.

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Never Her Fault: Sheree Whitfield Now Pointing Fingers At Iyanla Vanzant For Co-Parenting Issues

24 Apr

Reality TV star Sheree’ Whitfield’s participation in the recent episode of OWN’s ‘Iyanla Fix my Life’ was not at all what she expected. In like fashion to what rapper DMX experienced on his taping of the show, Sheree’ feels that she too was wooed under false pretenses. She agreed to be on the show based on the understanding that Iyanla would be addressing and helping her and her ex-husband Bob Whitfield, deal with co-parenting issues; unfortunately during the shoot, it was clear that what she was told would be the focus of the show was not.
“Since leaving the Housewives, I’ve been at a different place in my life, a place of healing and self-empowerment, so when Bob reached out to me about doing this show on co-parenting I was excited because I thought we were both on the same page and equally wanted to work towards mending our relationship so that we could more effectively co-parent, and even more importantly I thought it was an opportunity to inspire single parents in our situation,” says Sheree’ Whitfield. “However, once shooting began I felt misled because the line of questioning was centered more on accusations of my shortcomings as a wife versus how we can begin to resolve our issues.”

During the shoot and in communications afterwards, Sheree’ expressed her concerns and displeasure with the taping to Iyanla and the show’s producers and only agreed to continue for the sake of some sort of amicable resolution, which was never realized. “Although I was caught off guard by what felt like a very one-sided and judgmental approach to “therapy,” what I did take away from this experience is that I must continue to take responsibility for doing the work to be a better person. I am completely committed to making sure that I am a positive and healthy mother for my children and being a role model for the young women that I mentor,” says Whitfield.

Sheree’ is committed to empowering and inspiring single moms, divorced moms, and other women dealing with relationship and co-parenting issues. She is working on launching her own foundation which emphasizes the importance of emotional and physical wellness for all women. Sheree is also focusing on her own career and is excited about more opportunities in film and television with her cameo appearance in ‘Scary Movie 5′ being only the beginning.

She is currently seeking speaking engagements to speak with organizations, foundations, and women’s groups about her challenges and to share her insight on surviving her own struggles and rising above them.

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Bethenny Frankel Gets Furious As Divorce Turns Nasty With Court-Ordered Parenting Evaluation

24 Apr

Bethenny Frankel is in the middle of a bitter divorce battle with her estranged husband Jason Hoppy, and has exclusively learned that she’s furious about the latest development in the fight over their young daughter.

“A parenting evaluation has been ordered by the court to try and settle their custody issues,” a source close to the reality star told

Bethenny is furious that her parenting style and methods are going to be questioned. Bryn is her whole life, and she doesn’t want anyone to assess her mothering skills.”

Both Jason and Bethenny have petitioned the court for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter, and the court making the final decision is frightening for Bethenny, according to the source.

“She does not want a complete stranger to come into her home and pass judgment on the way she nurtures Bryn.

“Bethenny has trouble trusting people she doesn’t know, and this is not making her happy.”

The source also said that neither side is backing down anytime soon.

“Bethenny isn’t going to give up her fight for full custody and neither is Jason. They’re both very stubborn and the court is going to have to make the ruling for them.”

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Kim Zolciak Says She Could Be Back On ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

24 Apr

With season two of Don’t Be Tardy now underway, Bravo certainly hasn’t seen the last of Kim Zolciak — but have the Real Housewives of Atlanta? Although Zolciak, 34, abruptly departed RHOA in the middle of season five amid considerable drama with her fellow castmates, the mother of four tells Us Weekly never say never.

“I can’t say that I won’t return to Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the mother of four told Us during a recent visit to Us’ NYC offices for a video interview alongside NFL hubby Kroy Biermann, her low-key costar in Don’t Be Tardy. “Housewives brings its own little spice.”

One of the things she misses? Margaritas, believe it or not, with NeNe Leakes. She and Leakes — the only original Atlanta housewife now still on the show — had a bitter falling out but called a tentative truce, even embracing in part two of the reunion which aired last week. “We’re not best friends,” Zolciak clarified, conceding “you can’t pick up where you left off” after all their back-and-forth. “We just decided to just let the past be that. The reunion was a turning point–i started this whole journey with her five years ago.”

Things are less copacetic with Kandi Burruss, who recently sued Zolciak over profits from Kim’s single “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party.” “Kandi doesn’t have any ground to stand on,” Zolciak charges. “Her claim is so ridiculous.”

For now, however, Zolciak and Atlanta Falcons star Bierrman, 27, have plenty of other things to tend to: their young sons KJ, nearly 2, and Kash, 8 months, plus big sisters Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 12, Zolciak’s daughters from a previous relationship.

“The boys are huge! Kash wears 2-year-old clothes, and KJ wears 5-year-old clothes,” Kim tells Us of the footballers-in-training. Will Kim get pregnant again? “Probably,” she tells Us. “We’ll try for one more.”

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Andy Cohen Says Danielle Staub Is NOT Returning To ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’

23 Apr]

Bad news for fans hoping that Danielle Staub will bring some love and light back to “Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Bravo honcho Andy Cohen revealed the former cast member will not be returning to the reality series.

Cohen shut down several reports indicating Danielle would come face-to-face with her former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” co-stars on “Wendy Williams.”

But Cohen did tease that the upcoming “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Season 5 premiere will feature the ladies picking up after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore.

Bravo recently released a teaser featuring Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile planting a tree with the tagline “Family is a force of nature.”

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