Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer Continue Feud on ‘RHONY’ Reunion Part 3

31 Aug

People.com:

It appears Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer‘s pact to stop making “nasty” attacks towards each other has fizzled.

In a PEOPLE exclusive clip from part three of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion, which airs Wednesday, the RHONY stars go head-to-head to discuss their season 9 feud that included Singer bringing up Frankel’s naked film past in the context of her 6-year-old daughter Bryn.

“Shouldn’t you allow Ramona to apologize for her outbursts this year?” host Andy Cohen repeated a fan-submitted question for Frankel, who replied: “If it ended there, yeah.”

Costar Luann D’Agostino chimed in to defend the Skinnygirl founder, 46, saying, “You know the difference? Children. You do not go after anyone’s children.”

Though the 60-year-old denied going after Bryn intentionally (and attempted to apologize many times), the Singer Stinger could not be tamed when asked if she “resents Bethenny’s success.”

“I’m proud of Bethenny’s success. I mean I was self-made by the time I was 30. She was self-made by the time she was 37,” Singer said as Frankel rolled her eyes. “I feel there’s a lot of mirror images to us even though she doesn’t see it. We’re both strong, opinionated women. I mean, I respect her utmost.”

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Phaedra Parks Catches The Holy Spirit in Church

31 Aug

TMZ.com:

Phaedra Parks channeled her inner Whoopi Goldberg and rocked her little heart out in the house of worship.

The ‘RHOA’ star hit up the Atlanta Dream Center for a Friday night service that also doubled as the album release party for her friend and gospel singer, Tasha Cobbs Leonard … who, btw, is taking heat from the gospel community for featuring Nicki Minaj in one of her tracks.

More than 500 people packed the center, many of whom got down to the holy rhythm. Phaedra was there with friends and is clearly washed over by the Holy Spirit.

Don’t fight the feeling … 

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Cynthia Bailey Goes Instagram-Official with Her Boyfriend Motivational Speaker Will Jones

29 Aug

People.com:

Cynthia Bailey‘s personal life is heating up in Hotlanta.

Four months after finalizing her divorce from ex-husband Peter Thomas, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star made her new relationship Instagram-official, sharing a cuddly picture with motivational speaker Will Jones.

The pair are all smiles aboard a yacht in the selfie, posted Monday. Bailey, 50, also alluded to new love in a snapshot of her strutting down a dock, writing, “He’s got me feeling pretty special.”

Bailey and Thomas separated in 2016 and divorced last March, remaining open about their marital troubles on the Bravo reality show. Despite their split, the two remain friends.

“I’m really pleased with the way we handled our divorce,” Bailey told PEOPLE at the time. “I did not want to be mean, or ugly, or ratchet about it. I chose to be in my marriage. I was happy for many years in my marriage and a lot of great things came out of my marriage. I’m good, we’re good.”

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Meghan Edmonds Talks ‘Drama Ahead’ on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’

28 Aug

HuffPo.com:

Meghan King Edmonds is in many ways an underrated “Real Housewife “in the Bravo franchise. Part of the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) she reportedly almost didn’t become a main cast member this season since she spends significant time away from the OC. Thankfully, however, she is back and I’m glad. She’s an outspoken woman unafraid to verbalize her concerns and address the elephants in the room. What viewers don’t see on TV is how she is also an ardent feminist and passionate about social justice issues. On RHOC, she was the one that famously got to the bottom of Brooks Ayer’s cancer claim, exposing Vicki Gunvalson’s (now former) boyfriend for the fraud he was. 
Unlike prior seasons, the drama on RHOC – which is really the “magic” of any Housewives show – has been notably stilted so far in Season 12. It seems that the ladies filmed separately and there’s chemistry lacking between cast members. New addition Peggy Sulahian, who has been in the U.S. since she was a year old and was an English major in college (according to her daughters), seems to be either word-challenged or putting on an act, while insane accusations fuel the blogs and social media. 
The Internet fodder is more fiery than the dynamics between the ladies on TV, so I had to ask Meghan: What in the hell is up with that? I instantly felt like she was a friend I could commiserate with because she understood my sentiment that the ladies generally weren’t “bringing it” this season. As you’ll read in our discussion below, she did assure me that there is major drama up ahead when the cast takes their annual trip – this time to Iceland. 
I listened to your recent interview with comedian Kate Casey on her podcast Reality Life. I agree with Kate: I understood the sadness you felt when you discovered you weren’t carrying both of the embryos you had implanted. I feel bad that you got criticism for that, but I’m happy you were able to have your daughter Aspen.
Thank you. I’m obviously so thankful and appreciative and I adore my daughter and love her more than anything, but at the time and especially in that moment you saw on TV, it was a loss. I felt it and there were emotions hitting me. I wasn’t expecting the negative viewer reaction to that.
What’s really bizarre and interesting about this season of RHOC is that there seems to be little drama onscreen as compared to whats on the blogs and on social media.
I know, right?! it’s so weird. I don’t understand that! I feel like people are taking the blogs really seriously this year. It hasn’t really happened like this before.
It feels like everyone filmed separately and I’m not seeing as many of the dynamics between the ladies as compared to last season.
That’ what Kate Casey said too. I feel like it’s not that way. The executive producer said to me that she really wishes we could film more individual stuff because she felt like there was so much happening within each of the ladies lives, and she wishes she could film more private things.
Who of your cast mates do you see when you’re not filming?

I’m good friends with Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador. I was also close with Kelly Dodd and we would talk and hang out now and then. It’s hard currently because Jimmy and I summer in Idaho and it’s this kind of escape like an adult summer camp. We sort of disappear there and then will come back to Orange County, then hop around to Saint Louis until baseball season ends in October…The life that I live is so unrelatable, my friends (off of the show) can’t even understand it. I see the ladies when I’m in town, but traveling is so non-stop for me that I don’t even get to see my family.

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D’Andra Simmons: “I’m The Kind Of Housewife That If I Don’t Like Something, I Am Going To Tell You”!

28 Aug

HuffPo.com:

If there was every anyone that was born to be one of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” it’s D’Andra Simmons. With an extensive charity background and a Dallas pedigree, Simmons is giving the ladies of Dallas something to talk about indeed! I got a chance to have a talk with D’Andra about her new role in life as a “Real Housewife”, what her mother Dee thinks about being the mom of a “Housewife” (hint-she loves it!) and what we may be able to expect from the newest gal to hit the newest Housewives franchise. 
You have hit “The Real Housewives of Dallas” this year and after only a couple of episodes you are fast becoming a fan favorite. Many people, particularly in Dallas circles, thought you would be one of the first ladies in the cast last year. The reason I didn’t come on board initially is that they were working on it being patterned after a different show, and then it became a “Housewives” show. If you ask me, there should have been a “Housewives” in Dallas a long time ago, Dallas is the perfect place for a show like that! By the time I found out about the show, I wanted to see what it would be like, how the girls would interact, and just see how it went. I also had to think about what was going on in my life and I was also chairing a bunch of big events and I had been doing that since 2004 straight on. In regards to being respectful to the people that were counting on me, I had to be sure that the timing was going to be perfect in terms of doing something that I had not been doing before. 

I think that you and Kameron both are a perfect fit for the cast. Did you watch last year or did you only get to catch glimpses of the ladies here and there? I did watch, because LeeAnne (Locken) is my friend and Carey (Deuber) and I have known each other for years. I did watch and I was curious as to what would happen after I decided I was not going to be a part of it. I am also a fan of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” because I think it is very similar, with Lisa Vanderpump for example, being very similar to other business woman. I also am a fan of “New York” and have watched those franchises, and I am also getting into “Orange County” now a little bit than I had been before. 

Is being an official “Housewife” what you thought it would be and more? Well it is a little bit. I think one thing that is interesting to me is the power of a Housewife, I did not realize that. It shocks me how many people love the Housewives. The whole power of a “Bravolebrity” is not something I was familiar with. There are so many people who are excited. I was not really as involved with Twitter until the last four months maybe, and there are so many people that are excited, I mean they are just fanatics! You do have the people that hate on you for one reason or another too, Maybe you put your pants on wrong or don’t have the right nail polish, they are going to find a reason to not like you. That is the hard part for me, I’m a sensitive little girl sometimes, people just seem to find a reason not to like you. I’m just going to kind of not take it personally. 

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Dog Rescuer Who Sued Lisa Vanderpump Lose Lawsuit & Forced to Shut Down Shelter

27 Aug

PageSix.com:

Hollywood dog rescuer Lizzie Scherer was forced to shut down her controversial Saving Spot rescue by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week.

“Understand that when the Attorney General’s Office issues a cease-and-desist order, it’s not because it’s the first time we knock on someone’s door and say you’re doing something wrong,” Becerra told CBS LA, which reported on Scherer last May and discovered her tax-exempt status had been revoked by the IRS.

Separately, Scherer and her charity director Ira DeWitt went after “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd last month, seeking $500,000 for breach of contract, fraud and physical assault after a dispute over the shelter. The case against the reality show canine couple has been thrown out.

“There is a legal issue and a moral issue, just because they got off on a legal technicality doesn’t excuse their actions,” DeWitt told us. Their lawyer Lisa Bonner added, “We had no choice but to dismiss after we filed because of a corporate issue that happened after we filed.

Lisa told the Daily Mail on Friday, “I am pleased that we stood steadfast against these egregious claims.”

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Carole Radziwill ‘Took a Step’ Away from Boyfriend Adam Kenworthy…But It’s Not A Breakup

26 Aug

People.com:

Carole Radziwill made headlines this month when it was reported that she and boyfriend Adam Kenworthy had split.

But on Wednesday’s Real Housewives of New York City season 9 reunion part 2, the 54-year-old What Remains author revealed her relationship with Kenworthy wasn’t exactly black and white — refusing to call their scenario a breakup.

“It’s a step away,” Radziwill said. “And after six months of living together, we needed to take a moment.”

Radziwill and Kenworthy first met in 2014, while filming season 7 of RHONY (he was hired as a personal chef for Luann D’Agostino, and she was a guest at D’Agostino’s house). Though there were obstacles with their May-December romance (mainly that Kenworthy, 32, had previously dated D’Agostino’s niece Nicole Nadeau), their chemistry was all-but deniable — and they quickly formed one of the most charming and drama-free couplings in the history of the Bravo franchise.

This season, fans got to see a little bit of strife between the two, as Kenworthy temporarily moved into Radziwill’s Soho apartment. The situation wasn’t a good fit for the couple, which Radziwill admitted during a confessional. “Living together, our relationship evolved past the point where either of us felt comfortable,” she said. “I didn’t want to keep reminding him to pick up his socks. I’m not that girl.”

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Jacqueline Laurita’s Husband Chris Liable for Fraud in Bankruptcy Case

26 Aug

NJ.com:

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Christopher Laurita was found liable for fraud on Thursday by a federal judge in connection with a protracted bankruptcy case.

Chris Laurita’s clothing firm Signature Apparel filed for bankruptcy in 2009. In 2010, Anthony Labrosciano, the person designated by the court to settle the company’s affairs, filed a lawsuit against Chris and Jacqueline Laurita; Chris’ brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Adeline Laurita; and another brother Anthony Laurita, for allegedly using Signature Apparel bank accounts to pay for private jets, lavish vacations and expensive cars.  

Joseph and Adeline Laurita settled their portion of the case in 2014 for $1 million, but Chris and Jacqueline as well as Anthony Laurita remained in litigation over the matter. 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert E. Grossman for the Southern District of New York ruled on Thursday that Chris Laurita and management company Iconix, a subsidiary of Studio IP, were liable for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and tortious interference with contractual relations for diverting some of Signature Apparel’s assets. Laurita was also found liable for breach of his fiduciary duty, and Iconix was found liable for aiding and abetting Laurita’s fiduciary breach. 

Grossman also found Studio IP liable for breach of contract, and New Star — another Chris Laurita compay — was liable for unjust enrichment of $1.8 million. 

A hearing will now be set to determine the remainder of the damages. 

Earlier this year, lawyers representing Chris and Jacqueline Laurita asked to be removed from the case due to the couple’s $290,000 in unpaid legal fees.

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Vicki Gunvalson Reportedly Refusing To Film With Tamra Judge

25 Aug

CelebrityInsider.com:

According to a source on set, the reality celeb told the producers that she does not intend to change her decision no matter what! Feuding stars of Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge have been making things really difficult for the show’s entire team.

The 55-year-old Gunvalson reportedly refuses to film any more scenes with 49-year-old arch nemesis Tamra Judge.

Even worse, Judge totally agrees that it’s better if they don’t cross paths.

The insider explained that although this season the women managed to avoid any massive on screen fights, it was mainly because they barely filmed together at all.

In the negotiations for season 13, the Housewives are being even more difficult.

Apparently, the network doesn’t want to boot either of them, and they are well aware their presence is needed for ratings.

Because of that, they are blackmailing the show’s execs to get what they want.

‘Producers do not know what to do about it at this moment, and they are considering paying each one of them a substantial bonus to coexist in the same scenes together. They are the reason that the Orange County franchise continues to do so well,’ the trusty insider claimed.

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Bethenny Frankel Gets In-Depth About Her Torturous Divorce During Part 2 of the Real Housewives of New York City Reunion

25 Aug

EOnline.com:

Part one of The Real Housewives of New York City’s season nine reunion special may have been all about Luann de Lesseps‘ doomed marriage to Tom D’Agostino, but it was a different failed romance that got put under the microscope when the special returned for part two.

After talk about Tinsley Mortimer‘s possible drinking problem and Sonja Morgan‘s bizarre love triangle with Rocco and (possible actor?) Frenchy, as well as a valiant attempt to get each woman to reveal who they voted for in the 2016 election, host Andy Cohen turned to Bethenny Frankel for an update on her love life and her ugly divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy. And while B may have remained tight-lipped about her suffering all season long with the other women, she did not hold back as she sat on that sofa.

After revealing that she was back together with Dennis Shields, as E! News had previously exclusively reported, Bethenny admitted to the world that she’d been doing a lot of work on herself in order to combat the damage the divorce and its ensuing drama had done. “I have my moments where I don’t trust and I’m afraid. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year, year and a half. I’ve been working on myself more. I’ve been in therapy,” she said, choking back tears. “I have a difficult time getting close to people, especially since my situation, I will not allow people in. Dennis has said, ‘You will not allow me to love you.’ Because it’s very, very hard.”

When Andy asked if she was worried about what Jason might say to their seven-year-old daughter Bryn when she’s in his custody, Bethenny admitted that she’d chosen not to focus on that. “I can only worry about my side of the street,” she said. “My message to my daughter is everybody loves you.”

As talk turned to the suffering she’d endured as Jason was hit not once, but twice, with with charges of aggravated harassment and stalking, Andy asked if her decision to keep her cast mates in the dark had any influence on the way she interacted with them this season. “I’m sure it does because it is indescribable and inexplicable,” she said. “And if someone wants to talk about a war zone in Israel, how are you going to explain that to someone? It’s like, I’m not comparing this to actual war, but in my personal life, you can’t even imagine the torment this has been. You can’t even describe it. I just stifled it in because if I let any of it out, I’m just going to totally break down.”

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Margaret Josephs Joins ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’

24 Aug

People.com:

A new blonde is being added to the group of brunettes who make up this season’s New Jersey Housewives!

When the eighth season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres in October, audiences will meet Housewife and businesswoman Margaret Josephs, who will join returning Housewives Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, and Siggy Flicker, as well as Danielle Staub, who appeared on seasons 1 and 2 of the Bravo reality series.

Here are five things to know about Josephs.

1. She’s a New Jersey native.
Josephs, 50, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and moved to Tenafly, New Jersey, at the age of 24 to raise her three stepchildren with her first husband, Jan Josephs. Not long after tying the knot, the couple welcomed a child of their own — a son — before later divorcing. She then met the love of her life, a.k.a. “Super Joe” (a plumber and contractor); they eloped in 2013.

2. She graduated with a degree in fashion design.
If any of the Housewives need fashion advice, they can turn to Josephs — she has a degree in fashion design! Josephs graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in marketing and fashion design, and later went on to work as a dress designer in the heart of the New York Garment Center.

3. She’s a “powerhouse in pigtails.”
She may wear pigtails, but don’t mess with this blonde businesswoman! She’s earned the nickname of “powerhouse in pigtails” for good reason.

4. She’s the founder of her own company.
After earning her degree in marketing and fashion design, Josephs later went on to launch her own line of home accessories: Macbeth Collection by Margaret Josephs. Since launching, her company has grown into a lifestyle brand, covering fashion, beauty, tech and more.

5. You might have seen her on TV before.
She’s soon to star as one of the New Jersey Housewives, but Josephs has had her fair share of time in front of TV cameras — but in a far different capacity. As the founder of her own lifestyle brand, Josephs regularly utilizes her skills as a lifestyle expert on TV programs, where she shares her tips for organizing, accessorizing, and, of course, glamorizing.

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