Dancing With the Stars 2014 Elimination: NeNe Leakes Goes Home on Season 18, Week 7

30 Apr

Wetpaint.com:

Dancing With the Stars Season 18 is well past the halfway mark, making every elimination an edge-of-our seat affair. So, who went home on Season 18, Week 7?

Sadly, tonight was the end for NeNe Leakes and partner Tony Dovolani.

After her elimination, NeNe said she is proud of herself. Dancing With the Stars has been an amazing and positive experience for her. She thanked her family, friends, fans, and the judges. She is so proud she went up against Olympians and made it as far as she did. She hopes she’s been an inspiration to women everywhere.

In the video package after the elimination we saw more of NeNe and Tony’s partnership. NeNe thinks she’s made a friend in him. Tony called partnering with her an adventure. She said it was good to do something out of her comfort zone.

Tony also said that NeNe brought a wonderful attitude, and had him laughing more than any other partner. He has gained a friend, and they came out on top.

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Apollo Nida Talks Status Of Marriage To Phaedra Parks: ‘I Only Wish Her The Best’

30 Apr

MadameNoire.com:

Last week Apollo Nida’s alleged accomplice, Gayla St. Julien, pled guilty to fraud charges and was sentenced to more than five years in prison. With Apollo’s fateful day quickly approaching and his future still hanging in the balance, the “Real housewives of Atlanta” star spoke with Sister 2 Sister about how he’s feeling regarding the impending charges.

“I don’treally get nervous,” the fitness instructor explained. “And this is not just boasting or bragging. Phaedra – I’m sure she’s nervous because at the end of the day, I’m putting my career in jeopardy.”

As for how he made it through his last prison stint, the father of two says he turned to religion.

“I studied three religions when I was down: Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. I also led a ministry when I was in there, like a congregation.”

The troubled reality star also opened up about his tragic upbringing, which included witnessing his mother overdose on heroin at age seven.

“My mom OD’d on heroin, actually in front of me when I was about 7.”

And of course, Nida discussed his wife, Phaedra, who is rumored to be contemplating divorce.

“I really admired everything that she did as a woman. I think that we have lost sight of the true picture, which is that we did take an oath to God and we did build a family and a brand. Whatever has come of this reality fiasco, we have had two beautiful children, and at the end of the day, I only wish her the best.”

As for whether or not he feels their marriage will last, Nida says:

“I can’t say if it’s going to last. But I hope that it does…I definitely love her. I’ve grown to love her more.”

As you may recall, just a few weeks ago Phaedra also discussed the divorce rumors in an interview and her carefully selected words seemed to also fuel the rumors.

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Bethenny Frankel Refuses Jason Hoppy’s $10M Offer To Settle Bitter Divorce

30 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

The divorce battle between Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy has been raging for more than 15 months, and doesn’t appear headed for a resolution any time soon: RadarOnline.com has learned that the failed talk show host has turned down an offer from the pharmaceutical sales executive to settle the whole thing for $10 million.

“Jason is willing to take a $10 million settlement in the divorce from Bethenny,” an insider told Radar. “He feels entitled to that large amount because he helped her to launch Skinnygirl. She sought his advice and counsel on the cocktail line from the beginning and up until the sale.”

“As for child custody,” the source continued, “Jason is agreeable to joint custody of Bryn.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Frankel turned the multi-million-dollar offer down. “She thinks it’s outrageous that Jason is demanding so much money,” the source explained.

Just two weeks ago, Hoppy was spotted at a New York City courthouse squaring off against Frankel, and wasn’t wearing his wedding ring — the first time he was spotted without the band since the couple split almost eighteen months ago.

Meanwhile, Frankel was recently called out in yet another lawsuit involving her ex-“boyfriend,” billionaire Warren Lichtenstein, whose baby mama is suing him for child support.

Annabelle Bond, who has a six-year-old daughter named Isabella with Lichtenstein, 49, claimed he is “traveling the world on private jets, expanding his huge compound in Aspen . . . living in a beachfront mansion in [California], and dating Bethany (sic) Frankel.”

Frankel also seems to have potentially violated the gag order a source told Radar was imposed on the couple. Appearing on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live recently, Frankel spoke about her divorce, saying it was a “really, really hard time.”

Frankel has finally moved out of the couple’s tony NYC home, which Hoppy refused to leave, and has tried repeatedly to end the marriage that fans watched happen on her reality show Bethenny Ever After.

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Cynthia Bailey Calls NeNe Leakes ‘My Worst Enemy’

29 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

It’s official — the Real Housewives of Atlanta feud between NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey is epic!

After the former friends slammed each other during part two of the reunion show Sunday night on Bravo, Bailey told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen that Leakes is now “my worst enemy,” and RadarOnline.com has all the details.

The former model said she came to that conclusion after Leakes blindsided her by appearing on a recent WWHL episode by saying Bailey should be axed from RHOA because she wasn’t interesting enough.

Among other things, Leakes commented of Bailey, “It’s not like she’s really bringing anything to the show… Girl, bye! ”

And on Sunday night, Bailey was outraged and told Cohen that the housewives alpha dog was proved right because she was no friend of hers.

“I want people to know that I was a loyal friend to NeNe, however, I’m actually glad she did that show with you because it actually validated that she was never my friend,” Bailey declared.

“She’s actually my worst enemy. For her to go on national television and say such things is just unheard of.

“So what, we’re not talking anymore. That means now, all of a sudden, I can’t be on the show because you don’t think I should be on the show? NeNe doesn’t control my destiny. God controls my destiny, and I was relevant before the show, I’m relevant on the show, and I’ll be relevant after the show,” Bailey said to audience applause.

Leakes had said Bailey was wishy washy, going wherever the wind blows, but the modeling agency owner fired back, “The wind is fine to blow as long as it’s blowing up her a**.”

“It’s about respect and accountability. She never thinks she’s wrong about anything and she never wants to admit when she’s wrong,” she added.

“When it comes to me, there was [no respect] and I respected her.”

As RHOA fans know, Bailey was particularly irked when Leakes called her husband Peter Thomas a b*tch.

“A real lady doesn’t call their best friend’s husband a b*tch,” she said.

Cohen mentioned that Leakes had just written an open letter to Bailey online, blogging that she should have spoken to her privately instead of dissecting their friendship during the reunion show.

“I have carried you on my back. Goodbye, friend,” Leakes wrote on her Instagram account, also posting pictures of herself at various events with Bailey, and adding, “P.S., If U or anyone else thinks the demise of our friendship is your story line 4 for season 7, think again flip flopper.”

Bailey responded, “NeNe is the one that doesn’t have a storyline. If anything, she should be glad we got into it because that was her storyline this season.”

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Aviva Drescher Accuses Heather Thomson Of ‘Verbally Raping’ Her

29 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

Ramona Singer returned from her family trip to Africa and tried to play the peacemaker between feuding co-stars Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher on Tuesday’s The Real Housewives of New York City.

After a lot of persuasion, Thomson finally agreed to meet the “Leggy Blonde” author. The pair faced off over drinks, as Drescher first accused her co-star of “verbally raping her.”

Thomson was shocked by the remark and confessed in an explicit rant that she doesn’t like her co-star very much.

“The things you say about people are really, really vile,” Thomson explained.

Although Drescher played coy, Thomson listed a number of things she said about the other housewives.

“You said Sonja Morgan was on a downward spiral like Anna Nicole Smith,” Thomson said.

“That was actually a huge compliment,” Drescher replied.

An irate Thomson shot back: “She died, Aviva — that’s not a compliment!”

Drescher turned the tables and claimed her co-star hurt her “deeply,” but when she didn’t just come out and say what happened, Thomson lost her cool.

“The conversation with Aviva – there is no substance to it. She just goes on and on and round and round and round,” Thomson told the Bravo cameras.

“You have no idea?” Drescher asked her co-star numerous times.

“You want to ask me one more time because you’re so f*cking dramatic. What is it? … You’re dramatic. 

You’re f*cking dramatic! I just don’t like you that much,” Thomson bluntly stated.

“Stop attacking me,” Drescher said.

Thomson went on: “Do you give a sh*t about me?”

“Yes,” Drescher said.

Thomson explained that she was “outraged” about how her co-star treated Carole Radziwill for starting rumors that she used a ghostwriter for her book, to which Drescher fired back: “Are you guys lovers are something?”

Disgusted, Thomson added: “This comment tells me she’s childish and insanely jealous of my friendship with Carole.”

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Andy Cohen Responds to Fan Backlash . . . There Will Be No More Props at Reunions

28 Apr

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While Andy Cohen was certainly in a tough spot during Sunday night’s first reunion episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta — he was literally caught in the crossfire when Porsha Williams weave-snatched Kenya Moore — but he may have been in an even worse spot afterwards with the reality show’s fans!

The skirmish between Porsha and Kenya was already public knowledge, thanks to Ms. Moore calling 911 after the taping. And as much as we all were secretly anticipating being able to see the much-touted drama unfold on-screen, the actual events were somewhat jarring to watch. Many fans agree with us, and they’re not letting exec producer Andy off the hook for allowing Kenya to bring those provocative props.

Call me crazy guys but I didn’t see that coming. I hear y’all about the props but at the time I didn’t see that result coming,” he explained after receiving a number of upset tweets about the situation, adding, “if I thought it was going to go there I obviously would’ve taken the bullhorn away asap.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Andy is siding with Porsha and her actions, either. When one fan wrote, “how would you feel if you were on the receiving end of the megaphone,” Andy threw back, “I wouldn’t like it but I wouldn’t get up out of my seat either.” 

And it wasn’t just the viewers who took issue with how things were handled. RHoA star and reunion attendee NeNe Leakes also spoke out on the props issue, stating, “This is what happens when u hire ppl 2 be on the show who has NOTHING 2 lose & will do anything for 2$. Bring props should b again all rules.” She also repeated this sentiment on her blog.

After hours of angry tweets poured in, the Watch What Happens Live host had heard enough. “It’s official – no more props at reunions,” he mandated, probably sending Kenya (and many other Housewives) into a tizzy. 

But don’t you fret — that doesn’t include those trusty printouts that pop up as “evidence” every year. As one follower wisely pointed out, “but the ladies can still bring evidence, right? text messages,  printouts, voicemail? : ) #ReunionRulesbyBravo,” to which Andy affirmed, “yes!!!” #Thankgod.

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Lisa Vanderpump Reaches Out To “Real Housewives Of Melbourne” Star Gina Liano

28 Apr

Wetpaint.com:

After this tumultuous season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump knows all about what it’s like to face tension with many of your co-stars. So she’s reaching out to Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano, who has endured a similar situation this season on her show.

Lisa was informed on Twitter that Gina has been feuding with her cast members, so Lisa tweeted her support to Gina back in March 2014. Then, Lisa called an Australian radio show on April 23 when Gina was the show’s guest.

“You know, it does hurt,” Lisa told Gina. “When I did tweet you, it was just to reach out and say, ‘Hey, I know how you feel.'”

We think it’s very sweet that Lisa is helping Gina to get through a tough time. This isn’t the first time Lisa has offered her support to a Real Housewives star from a different show. Recently, she offered tips for succeeding on Dancing With the Stars to Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes. 

While talking to the Aussie radio show, Lisa also provided an update on her status with Brandi Glanville. “A lot of things have been put to rest, but it does hurt,” Lisa reveals.

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Tamra Barney Says Heather Drubrow ‘Needs To Get That Stick Out Of Her A**’

28 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

Tamra Barney seems to have a new best friend in Shannon Beador and the two of them decide to “do shots” before a dinner party. “I always hope for a little bit of crazy at a dinner party,” says Beador.

But the fun turns nasty on the next episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County when Heather Dubrow enters the picture and mocks Barney for her wacky behavior.

“She needs to pull the stick out of her a**,” says an annoyed Barney.

It goes downhill from there, with Dubrow confronting Tamra’s husband, Eddie Judge, telling him his wife had been crying about wanting another baby.

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Are Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan On The Outs?

27 Apr

People.com:

Is Ramonja no more?

Hold the Pinot Grigio: A sneak peek at the next Real Housewives of New York City suggests best buddies Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan are on the outs.

Singer, 56, missed Morgan’s “cabaret-meets-soft burlesque” show a few episodes back while vacationing with her daughter in South Africa. Once Singer returned, she apparently unfurled less-than-flattering comments about Morgan’s performance – and the toaster-oven entrepreneur isn’t putting up with her friend’s criticism.

“I have fabulous parties to go to tonight where people appreciate me, who I’ve known just as long if not longer than you, who think I’m talented,” Morgan, 50, rants in the clip, as Singer approaches her at a social gathering.

For once, a wide-eyed Singer is speechless.

“I’m sorry, I should have zipped it,” she apologizes. But Morgan won’t have it.

“You couldn’t handle a day in my life, Singer. Not one day. You would fall apart. And you don’t have a lawsuit, you don’t have a divorce, you don’t have a custody battle, you’re not a single mother,” she spits. (Ironically, Singer did file for divorce from husband Mario after the season stopped taping.)

“I’m keeping my s— together, and I need you to be a friend and not make those kind of negative comments, because you should know better than anyone in this room,” Morgan finishes.

Watch the drama unfold firsthand – and see what happens next during an explosive Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons – when The Real Housewives of New York City airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. (ET) on Bravo. 

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Phaedra Parks Says “Hell No” to Representing Apollo Nida in Fraud Case

26 Apr

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Phaedra Parks may be a self-acclaimed top-notch attorney in Atlanta, but once in a while she has to turn down a potential client. In this case, it’s her very own hubby, Apollo Nida! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star stopped by the Bravo Clubhouse after Part 1 of the Season 6 Reunion aired to chat with Andy Cohen, and she made it pretty clear that she had no interest in representing Apollo during his current legal drama.

For those who missed it, Apollo has been charged for his alleged involvement in a scam that brought in close to 3 million bucks. Unless he takes a plea deal, he is due back in court at the end of this week — April 25 — for his trial.

When one WWHL caller asked Phaedra to talk about Apollo’s case, the savvy lawyer pleaded the Fifth.

“Obviously I have nothing to do with his current issues, and so he is going to appear and have his own conversation with the lovely Andy Cohen, and he will tell you all about his issues and problems, and I will sit back quietly and listen,” she responded.

Andy then asked her if she would be representing Apollo in court, to which she quickly replied, “Oh, well, hell no.”

But, just because Phaedra isn’t standing next to her man as his attorney, that doesn’t mean she’s not standing next to him as his wife.

“At the end of the day, I am a Southern belle and I believe in family and I will support him until this is resolved,” she vowed.

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Source Claims Tamra Barney’s Ex-Husband Simon Left Her With ‘Black Eyes And Busted Lip’ In 1997 Incident

26 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

Tamra Barney is locked in an EPIC custody battle with her ex-husband Simon Barney, who has accused the Real Housewives of Orange County star of neglecting their young children. But is there a domestic violence secret behind the pair’s drawn-out, knock ‘em dead court fight?
A new report claims Simon was arrested for domestic violence almost 10 years ago after an incident which left Bravolebrity Tamra with injuries so extensive that she “had black eyes and a busted lip.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Real Housewives of Orange County  star’s husband was arrested in 2010 on domestic violence charges.
This apparently wasn’t Simon’s first brush with the law, however: As Radar previously reported, Tamra’s eldest son Ryan Vieth recently wrote about an incident on his Facebook page.
“I was 11 years old the first time Simon beat my Mom up and was arrested,” Vieth wrote on April 18.
According to a new report on blog All Things Real Housewives, Tamra was left bloodied and bruised after allegedly being assaulted.
“She was hit so hard that she had black eyes and a busted lip,” a source told the website.

The incident was said to have taken place in 1997 but after the arrest, Tamara, like many victims of domestic violence, “refused to press charges on Simon,” a knowledgeable insider said.
Today, a “devastated” Tamra — who has remarried — is fighting for custody of the three minor children she shares with Simon.
The divorce was hard enough on them,” she said in a recent interview.

Shannon Beador Says Husband Never Physically Assaulted Her

25 Apr

StarMagazine.com:

Nothing is off-limits when it comes to Real Housewives of Orange County’s newest member, Shannon Beador! The newbie tells Star exclusively that she went into filming willing to be an open book for the cameras.

“We had a sit-down with the family, and I said, ‘If we do this, we’re going to go all in — no censorship — because if you tell me you can’t talk about something, I’m not going to do it,” she says. “I hope viewers realize that I’m completely honest and authentic.”

The reality star and her husband, David Beador, have three daughters. “If another child comes up and says, ‘Your mother did blah, blah, blah,’ they know to answer, ‘I don’t agree with you. You have a right to your opinion, but I’m sorry you feel that way,” Shannon explains. “I’m hopeful it’s just going to help my children develop thick skin and become stronger women.”

These days, the family’s home is a “toxic-free zone,” but it wasn’t always that way. Two years into the marriage, in February 2003, David was arrested by Newport Beach police and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and “battery against a cohabitant.” He pled guilty to both charges, and completed three years of informal probation, 10 days in a work program, a voluntary batterer’s treatment program.

Still, Shannon insists to Star, “There was no abuse, no physical anything. We had an argument that was resolved very quickly afterward. I just thought that if I called the police, the fight would end. We’ve moved on; it’s over and done.”

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Teresa Giudice’s Prison Sentencing Could Delay Premiere Of ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ Season 6

25 Apr

RadarOnline.com:

Teresa Giudice‘s upcoming prison sentencing hearing will most likely delay the premiere of the sixth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Bravo doesn’t have an air date for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey because of Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing hearing. Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline. Having Teresa available to do press interviews, and promotions is essential,” an insider told Radar.
“Teresa’s legal team absolutely won’t let her do any interviews before the sentencing hearing because it could impact her sentence. If Teresa was out doing press interviews promoting RHONJ before the July 8 sentencing, it would look like she wasn’t taking the process seriously…..which she definitely is. After the sentence is handed down, it’s expected Bravo will officially give season six a premiere date.”

Giudice could be facing 27 months in prison, while her husband Joe could get 46 months hard time after pleading guilty to nine counts of mail, wire, bank and bankruptcy fraud in March.
Bravo executives are “hopeful that Joe will be sent to prison first, and will be ordered to serve time before Teresa’s sentence is served. Teresa is contractually obligated to do press for the show, but the network is working with her because of her legal problems.”
Radar broke the story: The Giudices will likely be forced to sell their New Jersey mansion to pay off outstanding debts and legal bills.

“Teresa has hardly any income coming in because of her guilty plea in the federal fraud and conspiracy case. If it weren’t for the money she’s made from Real Housewives of New Jersey, she would be in serious financial trouble right now,” a source previously told Radar.
“Her book sales have been very low, and Teresa hasn’t been offered any gigs for paid promotional appearances either,” the source continued. “It’s a foregone conclusion, Teresa absolutely will have to sell her beloved New Jersey mansion. She’s terrified she could end up homeless.”
The luxe-living reality TV couple will only be ordered to pay back $7,500 of the shocking $13 million debt they cited in a 2009 bankruptcy filing, and their creditors are angry about being stiffed.