Kandi Burruss wants to make one thing very clear: there’s no way someone would call her man a bitch and live to tell about it!
Despite being one of the less dramatic women on Real Housewives of Atlanta, on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Kandi admonished her co-star, Cynthia Bailey, for letting fellow housewife NeNe Leakes call Cynthia’s husband, Peter, a “bitch” in the heat of an argument.
“I just couldn’t believe that Cynthia was letting NeNe call Peter a bitch like that,” Kandi told host Andy Cohen. “She didn’t defend him at all.”
While Kandi may have thought Cynthia’s passive role in the situation was inappropriate, she did admit that the entire fight was difficult to navigate for all of the parties involved.
“He couldn’t really say anything, because then he’s going to look like a bitch,” explained Kandi. “It was a weird situation to be in, but now, Peter does get in arguments with women a lot … but she still should have stuck up for him.”
Classicalite was lucky enough to catch up with Sonja Morgan, star of The Real Housewives of New York, for an insightful Q&A.
We asked Sonja about her successful company Sonja in the City, what it’s like throwing the best parties in New York and, of course, her fellow housewives.
Still–despite our best efforts–Sonja remained as classy and diplomatic as ever.
Classicalite: How do you possibly find time to star on Real Housewives of New York, run a successful event planning company and raise millions for charities, all while looking so fabulous?
Sonja Morgan: Even though it’s reality TV, I don’t think a lot of people realize how many hours go into location and outfit changes between real life and the life that we film on camera, because even though we give you a slice of our real life, it’s not always chronological.
There’s also some set design, so that’s when the interns come in handy. We have to move furniture for camera angles up and down the stairs at times. Especially for doing an art show, party or luncheon, and some things just can’t be filmed like family photos or paintings that are not cleared, so there is a lot behind the scenes that goes on. And it takes 85 hours of film to make one 45-minute episode.
So, you only get to see the silly but funny moments and then, of course, when we’re at our very worst–because that makes the best television!
C: Tell me a little bit about what it’s like to run Sonja in the City and the kind of clients to which you typically cater.
S: I have people who have known me for decades that call me to put together something memorable for a special occasion, a corporate event or a charity that we have collaborated on before.
But now, with the show and my website, I’ve even had people email me asking me to do a sweet 16 or a bat mitzvah and those are fun, too. I really pick and choose because I don’t have so much time, especially while I’m filming for five months.
The Sonja in the City events that I do on the show I sometimes only have a couple of days to put them together, but the jobs I choose I have sometimes up to a year to plan.
C: What’s the most fun event you recently hosted?
S: I would say every event I plan is fun, that’s why I do them. I only work with people I enjoy working with. I loved the season six Sonja in the City premiere party at Tokya, where we had over 450 people and all my co-stars came. They looked so beautiful. We had wonderful sponsors, and I gathered tons of press, plus my daughter was able to attend and everything I do is to make sure she is secure. Bravo has been wonderful for that. All my co-stars’ children were invited. I adore them all.
It was a great learning experience for my interns and came together beautifully in the short span of a week, even though I had to travel to three cities within the same week doing promotions for the show.
I also really enjoyed putting together the Sonja in the City charity event for the LIGALY youth center for the LGBT on Long Island at the East Hampton studio, which is a huge airplane hangar and I performed my caburlesque singing song skit that I wrote and choreographed.
Hank Stampfl of Speakeasy Modern brought 90 Broadway and Off Broadway performers to blow away the 500 in attendance. Many thanks to David Klimnick and all his genius he shares with the LGBT youth.
C: Is it hard for you to attend parties that aren’t put on by your company? I imagine it’s difficult to attend functions you know could have been planned much better if your company was hired to produce them. Can you think of an event you attended where you thought, ‘Oh my God. They really should have hired me for this.’
S: I’m not going to lie, I prefer my parties to other people’s parties in general. But that’s because I love entertaining. The biggest problem I experience is bad layout, and this creates lack of energy.
People go to a party to interact. A party needs sex appeal. A good hostess knows how to create a good mix. With a placement dinner, it is of the utmost importantance that the hostess possess this skill. I earned “the straw that stirs the drink” moniker in the early 90s for my ability to seat a room, put a guest list together, broker a deal and make a marriage match…and I pride myself in that.
I love putting people together.
“My husband need (sic) to be notified. Period,” LeAnn said Sunday afternoon.
Cibrian and Rimes didn’t learn the details of Mason’s medical emergency until the 10-year-old was able to call his dad himself, and that was apparently hours after he’d been in the emergency room at a New York City hospital.
As Radar was first to report, Mason was rushed by ambulance to the hospital and spent eight hours in the ER.
His The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star mom had taken Mason and her younger son, Jake Cibrian, with her to the Big Apple where she was making promotional appearances.
But shockingly, she wasn’t the first to let her ex, Eddie, know when Mason had his emergency.
Cibrian and Rimes first heard from a friend that something was going on with Mason and it was hours later before they were able to get in contact with the boy!
“Got a text from a friend at 4:30am asking if mason was ok. THANK GOD! Mason just called Eddie himself!! It’s been a panicked morning not knowing anything and mason being all the way across the US.
Relived to know he’s ok.,” Rimes told her followers.
Fortunately, Mason is on the mend. “He is doing a lot better and all will be fine,” Glanville wrote Sunday afternoon.
It has been reported that Porsha Stewart and Kenya Moore went at each other’s throats (OK, worse — each other’s hair) during the March 27 taping of the Season 6 RHOA reunion, and now other sources are claiming that Porsha is at risk of being fired from Season 7 of the dramarama that is The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Read on for all the details!
During the taping, ”They did get into an altercation. Porsha stood up, so then Kenya stood up. … Porsha charged at Kenya and pulled her hair, but it was over in a matter of seconds. Porsha never dragged her by her hair. Andy [Cohen] and a producer jumped in and then security came,” Us Weekly reported. Yikes — that’s pretty intense.
The mag reported that Kenya is “fine,” but RadarOnline doesn’t think that Porsha will be… The site claims that Porsha is on the chopping block and may not be asked to film for Season 7. However, producers wouldn’t make such a “rash decision like that,” their source said. They just shot the reunion. A lot of conversations have to happen, so no decisions have been made yet.”
However, their source continued that “of course” Andy and other producers were upset and unhappy, and even “Porsha was upset. No one wanted that to happen.”
There’s a reason these two not only belong together, but why they’ll never be known for being smart:
Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are both facing possible jail time after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud charges, but a source close to the reality couple has told RadarOnline.com that they’re still living their lavish lifestyle in “denial.”The legally challenged The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars must pay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of their plea bargain but that isn’t slowing down their spending.“Teresa and Joe are completely in denial,” the source told Radar.“They still live in their house that nobody thinks they can afford, they’re driving leased cars and they still shop and go out places.”As Radar previously reported, at Teresa’s last book signing she was only allowing sales via cash and wasn’t giving the customers receipts.“That isn’t a surprise at all. Teresa and Joe have spent years defrauding the government and they don’t know how to stop living so extravagantly now,” the source said.Shockingly, another source told Radar that Teresa spent hundreds of dollars getting her hair and makeup done for the event, a significant expense for the financially troubled reality star.“Every penny that Teresa makes from her shows, books and her hair care product line has always been spent and even now people are worried that she’s still not saving. Both she and Joe are refusing to admit that things could be really bad for their family.”
Nice of Lisa to finally see the light, stand up for principles and give Bravo a well-deserved ultimatum:
In a new interview with Life & Style, Vanderpump, 53, revealed that she isn’t sure she would return for another season of ‘RHOBH’ if Bravo decides to bring Glanville, 41, back.
“She and Ken are both throwing a major fit to Bravo telling them to take Brandi off the show,” a source said.
And Vanderpump didn’t deny it.
“Who knows what will happen?” she said. “But why would I stay?”
Vanderpump said that after all that happened this past
“Brandi has created so many lies,” Vanderpump explained. “It was done six months ago.
She added, “Too many things — too many nasty things — were said.”
The pinnacle of their fight occurred when Glanville found out that Vanderpump was close to Scheana Marie and Glanville didn’t like the fact that Marie had claimed to carry on an affair with her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian.
“Brandi became convinced Lisa had lied to her and had known about the affair when it happened,” another source said.
And in the end, all of Vanderpump’s costars sided with Glanville.
“The were all against me,” Vanderpump said. “You’re at a table with people like Kim Richards screaming, ‘You’re a liar!’ and things like that. It was a bit much.”
It just got real. Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Porsha Stewart and Kenya Moore got into a vicious brawl on Thursday, March 27, Us Weekly can confirm. The incident occurred while the two ladies were filming the always-combative reunion special for the Bravo series.
“There was a major physical altercation between Porsha and Kenya,” an insider tells Us. “To the point that Porsha beat the crap out of Kenya, dragged her across the stage by her hair, and gave her a major beatdown.”
Stewart and Moore have been going head-to-head with each other for years. Back in November 2012, Moore called then-newcomer Stewart “naive” and a “heifer,” and ranted about her new costar just minutes after meeting her in Season 5.
“Losing my cool, getting out character, cursing somebody else, embarrassing yourself . . . I can pretty much say I’ve done all of that!” Moore told Us during a visit to our NYC headquarters at the time. “It’s a reality show, things happen.”
During season six, Moore antagonized Stewart further in the aftermath of her split from husband Kordell Stewart — suggesting that Porscha was a “beard” for the NFL pro.
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Bethenny Frankel is getting right back on the horse after her talk show was canceled and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that she’s working with Andy Cohen to return to Bravo with her own show.
“Bethenny has been talking with Andy about returning to Bravo with another show, and this would be one of the first things he produces with his new company,” a source close to the reality star told Radar.
Cohen, 45, has started his own production company and scoring a hit with Frankel is a high priority the source said.
“They’ve been in deep negotiations and she is definitely ready to return to Bravo, even though she loved being on network TV with her other show.”
The source also said that Frankel is still turning her back on the show that made her famous.
“Bethenny probably won’t stoop to that level and go back on RHONYC, she thinks she’s beyond and above that.”
Another source with knowledge of Frankel’s ambitions revealed to Radar what she’s hoping to arrange.
“Bethenny wants a separate deal of her own on Bravo.”
According to recent reports, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster is on the verge of getting a divorce from her composer husband, David Foster. By now, it shouldn’t be shocking to find out that any of the Real Housewives are getting divorced, considering their lives and careers revolve around creating drama and scandal for television views. Obviously, that’s bound to pass over onto their personal lives, and Yolanda’s just another example of that.The couple recently listed their Malibu house on the market, which initially sparked the rumors that they were separating and getting divorced. Yolanda has also solidified the rumors by getting rid of Foster as her last name, and she’s now started using Hadid, her previous married name.Yolanda is David’s fourth wife [they got married in 2011], so David’s clearly used to divorce. He obviously views it as a viable option and one that’s very easy to take, and I can see it being very easy for David and Yolanda to call quits on their marriage instead of fighting through their troubles.Of course, this isn’t Yolanda’s first marriage either – she was married to Mohamed Hadid, her insanely wealthy former husband. She has three kids with Mohamed, and she still got divorced to him. What’s stopping her from calling it quits with David if they are in trouble? David’s barely involved with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, something that Yolanda often gets called out on during the show. But if the rumors are true, then it’s obvious that Yolanda and David are on the verge of separating and that’s the biggest reason he hasn’t made many appearances on the Real Housewives franchise.
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Sonja, 50, is currently dating 23-year-old real estate developer Ben Benalloul. And yes, he appears in the Season 6 premiere of RHoNY, which airs on March 11 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
We’ll even get to hear Sonja’s co-stars make quips about the relationship. For example, Heather Thomson says, “Sonja has as many men as she has interns, and some of them are the same age.” Zing!
However, Sonja says she doesn’t see herself as a cougar. “When I look in the mirror, I see a young girl,” she tells RumorFix. “My tits are firm, and my ass is up! I don’t feel like a cougar.”
So what does Sonja like about being with Ben? “He’s fun,” she explains. “He’s got a black card. He takes you to Paris.” Okay, so maybe those aren’t the deepest reasons in the world to date someone, but her reasons make sense to us.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season four will come to an end next Monday, following the show’s season four reunion special, and as that happens, the cast and producers are preparing the series upcoming fifth season.
Earlier this month, it was reported that producers had opted to give the boot to Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud, who were added to the show ahead of season four, in lieu of at least two new women. And now, it has been said that those two women could be Faye Resnick and Camille Grammer.
On March 25, Radar Online reported, “The interior designer, whose name is forever linked to the O.J. Simpson case and a heavily-touted Playboy spread she did thereafter, partied with cast mainstay Kyle Richards and her husband Mauricio Umansky over the weekend, spurring increased speculation she’d be joining Kyle, her sister Kim, and the rest of the 90210 divas on the Bravo drama fest.”
According to the report, Faye and Kyle were seen in Las Vegas where they attended an event alongside fellow former cast member, Camille.
Although Camille’s rep previously denied she was returning to the show, negotiations haven’t yet been finalized, so there’s really no way of knowing anything for sure.
In the premiere episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona Singer and Aviva Drescher got into a nasty confrontation at Heather Thomson‘s party, but shortly after, met up with each other and came to a mutual understanding.
The question now is: Will this newfound common ground last the entire season of RHONY?
“Definitely Aviva and I last season did no end on a good note,” Ramona Singer told RadarOnline.com. “In fact, in between filming, I would run into her at social events and I would just smile nicely and keep walking.”
Their first interaction since the last season actually didn’t take place until filming for the new season resumed.
“The first time I ever spoke to her was on the first episode,” Singer clarified.
And when Singer found out that Drescher would be coming to Thomson’s party, she wasn’t that thrilled.
“To tell you the truth, I was dreading that she was coming,” she said.
But Singer tried to be the bigger person.
“I knew Heather had invited her — Heather was friends with her and Heather’s a friend of mine, so I said, ‘Okay, I have to rise above it. I guess for the good of the group, I have come,’” Singer said. “’Hopefully she won’t come over to me’ … but she did.”
Singer’s wishes didn’t work out though, as fans saw in the premiere episode.
Singer confirmed, “We had a confrontation.”
But at the end of the episode, the two enemies called a truce.
“We had a conversation,” Singer said. “And we basically kind of made amends.”
Sadly, it doesn’t sound like the kinks in their friendship were all worked out.
“You are going to see during the season where Aviva basically has problems with some of the other women that she never did have problems, which kind of made me question, ‘Why make up with her?’” Singer admitted. “I only made up with her because of all of you guys, so what the heck is going on here?”
It might be the end of Lisa Vanderpump’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reign.
The 53-year-old restaurant mogul, who has appeared on “RHOBH” since its premiere in 2010, may not sign on for another season of the hit Bravo series, which she says has turned into a “bitch fest.”
“I don’t know, right now I have to be honest. It is a tough season for me,” Vanderpump told RadarOnline.com. “I have got a lot going on. If it becomes about a bitch fest then it is not something I signed up for; but if it becomes about documenting my life, which is the show I signed up for and having fun and supporting women that is something I want to do. But the way the show was in the end, the last episodes, that is not something I would care to repeat.”
Apparently, nothing has been decided for next season yet.
“I am not signed on and I don’t know whether I am staying and don’t think any of us do right now,” she added. “Everyone wants to stay, but I don’t know. I have a lot to consider I am opening a new business, I have ‘Vanderpump Rules’ and let’s see if they both get picked up and let Bravo make the decision and offer and see where we go from there.”
The news comes on the heels of a drama-filled Season 4. While she started out the season surrounded by friends, Vanderpump was singled-out by the other women who accused her of playing games and lying come the finale.
The drama continued on Monday with Part 1 of the “RHOBH” reunion special. Yolanda Foster accused Vanderpump of being an absent friend while she was battling Lyme disease and Brandi Glanville claimed she’s a different person when the cameras are on.
If Vanderpump does decide to leave, that could mean some major changes for the “RHOBH” cast. Last month, it was reported that Mohamed Hadid’s fiancee, Shiva Safai, is being recruited as an official cast member because newbies Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia are on the chopping block.