Ramona Singer has bowed down to Bravo, RadarOnline.com has learned. In recent weeks, she had been putting up a fight with the network in the hopes of scoring a massive season contract for RHONY, but multiple sources confirmed that after Bravo wouldn’t budge, Singer finally gave in and signed up for a daily shoot rate.
“Ramona signed the daily rate contract with Bravo and began filming on Oct. 29,” a production insider told Radar.
Unfortunately, Singer didn’t get any financial perks for signing in this manner.
“She’s not getting a big salary,” a second source said. “She ended up having to go on a day rate so she only gets paid for days she films.”
As Radar first reported, Singer had originally banded together with Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan to demand they be given season contracts like Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radaziwill and Dorinda Medley.
But while Morgan and de Lesseps continue to hold out, Singer couldn’t wait any longer.
“She got afraid and accepted a low ball offer just so she could make it on to the show,” the source said. “She decided fame is more important than the money.”
And it doesn’t sound like the network is going to budge when it comes to the other two ladies, either.
Orange you glad Vicki Gunvalson is finally coming clean?
In an exclusive sneak peek at Sunday’s Real Housewives of Orange County reunion finale, the “O.G. of the OC” turns a major corner when she finally admits to lying about embattled ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers.
On Sunday’s episode, former friend Shannon Beador backs Gunvalson into a corner about a particular story Gunvalson told her about enlisting the help of Heather Dubrow‘s husband (and Botched star) Terry when Ayers was violently ill one night.
At the reunion, Gunvalson admits Ayers had actually insisted that she not involve the Dubrows, so she never called Terry – translation: Gunvalson lied to Beador.
“I fabricated it because I really was looking for compassion,” she admits.
When the ladies – including Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson, who openly despised Ayers during his relationship with her mother – won’t let up, host Andy Cohen feels he has to point out: “That’s a very important thing … she’s admitting something to you guys. You’ve been accusing her this whole season.”
But, as Gunvalson has learned time and again this season, answering one question only opens the door for many, many more – most pointedly from sometime best friend Tamra Judge: “Why?”
Gunvalson admits, “I’m not sure why. He was getting so quiet-mouthed about including me on everything that I just wanted to say, ‘You know what, this is your baby. I’m going to work, I’m going to handle my family. If you have cancer, if you don’t have cancer …’ ”
Then, perhaps most shockingly of all – and despite splitting from Ayers in August – Gunvalson maintains, “I still believe he has cancer.”
Real Housewives worlds collide this year thanks to Bethenny Frankel and she’s pretty happy about it. E! News caught up with The Real Housewives of New York City star at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual awards luncheon where she dished about her big Real Housewives of Beverly Hills appearance.
“I’ve known Kyle [Richards] for years. I used to work for Kathy Hilton and take Paris and Nicky to school and so I knew them through Kyle who’s a friend of mine and she was coming into town so I got together with her in the Hamptons,” Bethenny told E! News exclusively. “All very natural, but you know she happens to be on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I got to meet all her friends.”
E! News reported Bethenny hosted a dinner for Kyle and her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills costars and “Bethenny was Bethenny,” a source said. “She was very direct with everyone. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.”
“I really enjoyed shooting with the Beverly Hills cast. I feel like I was really part of their cast for a small minute. I had some preconceived notions and I really liked talking to them and I thought it was amusing. I met someone new that I hadn’t met before and I had a great time,” Bethenny told us. “I really did, and I thought it was funny and I think there was a little drama and of course I was right in the middle of it, but I’m never afraid to say what I think about something. I might have put my foot in my mouth but you know it was funny, it was good.”
Media gears up for a new flock of international housewives with the acquisition of “The Real Housewives of Cheshire” premiering Saturday, November 14, at 12 p.m. ET/PT, with additional episodes airing every Saturday also at 12 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode series follows the glamorous lives of six ladies who run in Cheshire’s most exclusive social circle. Sharing drama and their lavish lifestyles will be housewives Tanya Bardsley, Leanne Brown, Magali Gorré, Ampika Pickston, Lauren Simon and Dawn Ward.
In Cheshire, a county in Northwest England, there are only two ways to move: up or out. Nicknamed the “Golden Triangle,” it is known for its expensive homes, famous residents and spectacular countryside. In the premiere, Dawn Ward’s annual Crème De La Crème Charity Ball, one of the biggest events on the Cheshire social calendar, quickly approaches but not without a few snafus along the way. It’s a whirlwind of panicked last-minute dress fittings and big misunderstandings over tickets as the housewives prepare to make their grand appearance…even if they are unwelcome.
Meet the Cast:
Former model and current life coach, Tanya Bardsley, is a self-proclaimed party girl, shopping enthusiast and plastic surgery lover. Tanya loves watching her soccer player husband, Phil Bardsley, score goals on the Stoke City soccer grounds. The two were married at the prestigious Peckforton Castle in Cheshire and traveled to Las Vegas for their honeymoon with friend of 10 years and fellow housewife, Leanne Brown and her husband.
Leanne Brown is a happy housewife who loves shopping, a good party and frequent trips to the salon. She and husband Wes Brown, a defensive soccer player for Sunderland, met at a nightclub and together have three daughters: Hallie, Lilia and Lola. Leanne is currently in the process of launching a children’s fashion line inspired by her own kids.
Originally from The Hague in Holland, bubbly and fiery Magali Gorré believes everything in life is about respect, not just money and riches. She and her husband of 21 years, ex-professional soccer player Dean Gorré, are the parents to three soccer-playing boys: Kenji, Quinten and Aidan. Magali is currently writing her third book and has written soccer columns for several media outlets including Esquire, Grazia and The Telegraph.
Savvy businesswoman and recent divorcee, Ampika Pickston, loves to be wined and dined from her many potential suitors. She runs her own lavishly-decorated beauty salon and spa, Opium, catering to the rich and famous of Cheshire. Ampika has one son, Jake, and a puppy named Bella whom she rescued from the ANIMAL shelter where she volunteers.
Born and bred in Cheshire, Lauren Simon is a stay-at-home mother and self-proclaimed “domestic goddess” who loves coffee, chocolate and men – but all have to be rich. It’s a good thing her husband of 10 years, successful businessman Paul Simon, can afford to pay for her expensive hobbies including diamond shopping and party planning. Before transitioning into her role as a full-time housewife, Lauren worked in public relations and marketing for VIP events and nightclubs.
Dawn Ward, a well-respected interior designer whose high-profile clients include British television presenters and models, has been married to Manchester City soccer player and businessman Ashley Ward for 19 years. With her impeccable eye for design, Dawn lives with her husband in a grand family home on multiple acres, which houses their four daughters, private horse stables, and a personal beauty salon. Dawn’s annual charity ball, Crème de la Crème, has some of the most sought-after tickets in all of Cheshire.
“The Real Housewives of Cheshire” is produced by Monkey, part of NBCUniversal International Studios and distributed in the US by NBCUniversal International Distribution. Monkey is also responsible for producing Bravo’s “Newlyweds”.
Kim Richards copped a plea deal in her Target store shoplifting case, and the sentence is going to feel very familiar to her.
Kim appeared in front of an L.A. judge who sentenced her to 300 hours of community service, 3 years probation, and 52 AA meetings.
Kim got precisely the same sentence for a drunken rampage at the Beverly Hills Hotel back in April. The judge decided she won’t have to repeat the community service and AA meetings twice … once will be sufficient.
As TMZ reported, Richards was busted back in August for stealing more than $600 worth of Target merch at a Van Nuys store.
She’s been ordered to stay clear of the store.
Roy Black — the powerhouse attorney who handled Justin Bieber‘s Miami DUI case — is about to score a sweet deal for his Miami mansion.
Roy and his wife, ex ‘Real Housewives of Miami‘ star Lea Black, just listed their palace on Star Island for $18 million — an impressive price, considering they paid $7.5 million for it just 4 years ago.
The home was recently renovated and is huge — 10,000 sq ft with 7 bedrooms and 7 baths, plus a guest house with 3 more rooms and 2 bathrooms.
Lea and Roy have options for a new primary residence — they have another home in Miami, one in the Florida Keys, and one in L.A.
See ya, says this Housewife. Kristen Taekman is the latest Real Housewives of New York City star to say goodbye to the Big Apple’s franchise, she confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, Oct. 26.
“My experience during my time on RHONY was fantastic and I made some great new friends,” the model, 38, said in her statement to Us. “At this time in my life, I have decided to concentrate on my family and my new business ventures Pop Of Color nail polish and Last Night’s Look, my fashion blog. I will remain a Housewife and part of an amazing franchise forever and that is what is important.”
Taekman first joined the series in Season 6, and continued her stint on RHONY alongside Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, and newcomer Dorinda Medley in this past Season 7.
Joining Taekman in her departure is Thomson, whose exit from the franchise was revealed exclusively by Us Weekly back in July.
Taekman made quite the splash (literally!) in her first season on the series, after getting into a water- tossing fight with RHONY veteran Singer. While the following season was largely drama-free for Taekman — save for some minor squabbles with Bethenny and Sonja — the beautiful blonde couldn’t say so regarding her personal life this past summer.
In August, it was revealed that her husband, Josh Taekman, was on infidelity website Ashley Madison, after hackers released millions of subscriber information in a massive leak.
In a statement to Us at the time, Josh apologized and admitted to registering on the site. “I signed up for the site foolishly and ignorantly with a group of friends and I deeply apologize for any embarrassment or pain I have brought to my wife and family,” the Eboost founder told Us. “We both look forward to moving past this and getting on with our lives.”
Kim Richards has reportedly found a place to live following the end of her most recent stint in rehab.
According to TMZ, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 51, moved into a new home after completing rehab. She had been living in her car after her family refused to take her in.
The former child actress’ new Westwood, Calif., condo is a 1 bedroom and 1 bath in an amenity building, with rents averaging $3k-$5k a month.
“Everything’s good,” Richards told longtime pal Brandi Glanville on her podcast, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. “Just enjoying life, really, truly. It’s a good time for me right now.”
The reality star was sentenced to 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and 30 days of community labor following her arrest back in April after a drunken confrontation at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She was also arrested for shoplifting more than 100 items at a Target. Shortly after, her family checked her into rehab.
“One day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time,” the mother of four said during the podcast. “I’m living in the now, living in the present. If I look too far back or too far forward, it’s kind of crazy and I get fearful. Living in the present for me is just the best way, and the only way for me.”
There’s already drama behind the scenes of “The Real Housewives of New York,” which has begun filming its eighth season without three of the series’ stars who are holding out for more money.
Sources tell Page Six that the holdouts — LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer — are still negotiating new contracts since they want to get closer to the more than $1 million paycheck higher-paid co-star Bethenny Frankel is making.
But a source said the last-minute holding out “could work against them.” And if they don’t sign, Frankel has “a long list of friends” from which to suggest replacements on the show to Bravo.
Skinnygirl cocktail mogul Frankel scored a reported $1 million payday to return to the Bravo franchise last season, which gave the show a much needed boost. But “the other women aren’t even close” in salary, a source close to the show told us.
Yolanda Foster recently gave an update about her health. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star has been battling Lyme disease since 2012, and in a new Instagram post, the former model let her followers know that she intends to keep fighting the debilitating disease.
The 51-year old took to the photo sharing app on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to share a photo of herself during what appears to be a physical therapy session. She captioned the shot, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop……..#SmallVictories #ComingBack #LymeDiseaseAwareness.” In the photo, Foster is seen wearing a fitted white shirt and tan and white zebra print leggings.
Last week, the reality star also shared a photo of herself at a facility where she underwent Low Dose Immunotherapy for the first time. In the photo, a technician is seen injecting into Foster’s arm. She captioned the photo, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”
Since the star was diagnosed with Lyme disease, Foster has been regularly posting on social media to update her fans about her health and to share news about the various medical and alternative treatments that she has been trying and to spread awareness about the disease.
Earlier this month, Foster was honored at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City and she was given the Power of One award. During her speech, she revealed that her children, Bella, 18, and Anwar, 16, were also diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
“Watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness in me,” she said.
Vicki Gunvalson is afraid to reveal the truth about Brooks Ayers’ cancer diagnosis because he has threatened to sue the Real Housewives of Orange County star, RadarOnline.com has learned.
“Vicki and Brooks signed a legal document stating they would never speak negatively about each other in the press when they started dating,” an insider told Radar.
Now, the source claimed, “Vicki is afraid to reveal her true thoughts about Brooks’ cancer diagnosis, because he has threatened to sue her. Citing the legal agreement, Brooks has told Vicki to keep her mouth shut” about claims he doesn’t have non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Indeed, legal action would not be a surprise coming from Ayers, since he recently sent RHOC star Meghan Edmonds a cease and desist letter for a similar reason, as Radar reported. And earlier this week, Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson claimed he’s threatened to sue her as well.
Meanwhile, in a recent Bravo blog, Gunvalson continued to defend her ex-boyfriend Ayers‘ alleged battle with cancer, slamming former BFF Shannon Beador along the way.
“As I write this blog, I have so many mixed emotions, but mostly it’s sadness and betrayal,” Gunvalson shared. “The constant subject line of Brooks’ cancer, his choice of treatment, and if he was ‘faking’ it or not has gotten out of control. My stance is I do not believe he faked cancer, as there are way too many people involved, way too many doctor visits and way too many doctor reports which would be very difficult to falsify.”
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Tamra Judge claims her daughter Sidney Barney did not write a scatching Facebook rant directed toward her Thursday.
“I can guarantee she did not write it. I think we all know who did,” Judge tweeted on Thursday after a Facebook post written from an account in Sidney’s name slammed Judge as mentally and verbally abusive towards her 17-year-old daughter. The Facebook post has since been deleted.
The Facebook post attributed to Sidney claimed the teen had asked her mother not to speak about her on The Real Housewives of Orange County, a request she had ignored.
“I try not to talk about personal family matters with my friends, but I was made aware that my mother was talking about me and discussing our personal family matters on the show again,” read the Facebook post attributed to Sidney. “At this point I think it is necessary to tell the truth since she does not know how to tell the truth. The reason I do not live with my mother is not because of my dad, it is because she is mentally/verbally abusive and not a mother to me.”
The post came after Judge spoke out about her strained relationship with Sidney during Monday’s Real Housewives of Orange County reunion. Judge said Sidney has had little contact with her since the teen decided two years ago to move in with her father Simon Barney, Judge’s ex-husband.
On Thursday, Judge addressed the Facebook post in several tweets while responding to questions from her followers.
“It’s heart breaking. I can do no right,” Judge tweeted after a follower told her own story of having a “daughter who turned against me.”
When a follower said she had experienced a similar situation but had since patched things up with her daughter, Judge wrote: “I hope it turns out that way for me too.”
When one follower suggested giving up the Bravo reality show would repair Judge’s relationship with Sidney, Judge tweeted, “not true I already suggested it.”