Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bethenny Frankel Is Banned from Luann de Lesseps' Upcoming Wedding
Looks like Bethenny Frankel's New Year's Eve plans just opened up.

After sparring with Luann de Lesseps throughout most of this season of The Real Housewives of New York City, the 45-year-old Skinnygirl mogul is officially off the guest list for de Lesseps' upcoming New Year's Eve nuptials to financé Tom D'Agostino, Jr.

"It's hard to invite people that tried to do you harm," de Lesseps exclusively tells PEOPLE of inviting Frankel to her wedding. 

The 51-year-old Countess previously told PEOPLE she'd wait to decide which of her fellow Housewives would receive invites until after the season 8 reunion. But after its explosive filming, it looks like Frankel will be nowhere to be found among the 250 expected guests.

Perhaps presenting de Lesseps with evidence of D'Agostino, Jr.'s infidelity was the wrong decision for Frankel. The pictures – which showed D'Agostino, Jr. kissing a former Playboy model at New York's Regency Hotel the day before his engagement party – caused an emotional scene during the Housewives' Florida vacation.

"It was disgusting," de Lesseps says of Frankel's actions. "Her handling of the situation – and I go over this at the reunion – was terrible."
LuAnn de Lesseps has always been dense and aloof...more like super dense and super aloof. But she'll be a total idiot if she goes through with this wedding. I mean, I haven't been a fan of Bethenny this season, as at some point or another she's been more than vicious towards each of the other 'Housewives' (except for maybe Ramona and Carole). But what woman in their right mind wouldn't want to know that their fiancee was making out with another woman for an hour the night before their engagement party? And it's not like Bethenny went out of her way to get the news that Tom literally fell in her lap--then too is the fact that this sleazebag dated Ramona and slept with Sonja on and off for like decade. If LuAnn is stupid enough to marry this guy, good luck to her, but I'm willing to take bets on how long it lasts. As for Bethenny being dis-invited from the wedding? I'll be shocked if she loses an ounce of sleep over it.

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KIm Zolciak Documents Reunion with Husband Kroy Biermann After Week-Long Separation

Kim Zolciak-Biermann is a happy, happy wife this week, because she got to see her husband.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, 38, used Snapchat to document her reunion with her NFL player husband Kroy Biermann, 30, on Tuesday.

The pair have been separated by distance for the past week after the former Atlanta Falcons player signed with the Buffalo Bills and flew to Rochester, NY, for training camp – a separation that has been taking an emotional toll on the reality star.

Zolciak-Biermann chronicled her visit to the Empire State via Snapchat and upon landing the Don't Be Tardy star happily told fans that she felt "like a kid in a candy store" and couldn't wait to get her hands on her hubby. 

"I'm obsessed with my husband," she said in one clip. "I love my husband ... he just makes me so happy I feel so blessed. He's so happy here in Buffalo."

Once she arrived, Zolciak-Biermann told fans that the pair were spending the evening at a "little restaurant," where they wound up indulging in good food and wine at a place on the canal.  
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Regret Confronting Luann de Lesseps: 'I Would Do Everything Exactly the Same Way Again'
It certainly wasn't easy for Bethenny Frankel to decide to tell Luann de Lesseps her fiancé allegedly cheated on her, but she doesn't regret doing it.

"I'm coming from a place of girl-to-girl," Frankel, 45, told PEOPLE Wednesday at an exclusive viewing of The Real Housewives of New York City to launch her latest Skinnygirl watermelon-lime margarita. "I'm coming from a place of girl code – that you tell another girl." 

"I do not pretend to be good friends with LuAnn, I don't pretend to be anything to anybody," she said. "I [was] a woman on an engagement weekend – I chose to go on that weekend, and I would do everything exactly the same way again."

On Wednesday night's episode, Frankel finally decided to come clean to de Lesseps, 51, that someone saw her fiancé, Tom D'Agostino, Jr., allegedly making out with a Playboy model at New York's Regency Hotel the day before her engagement party.  

"I genuinely did not know what to do," Frankel told PEOPLE. "LuAnn is an interesting character: LuAnn has said that she had an open marriage – I know that she and her [ex-husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps] were not faithful to one another – so I didn't know if that was some kind of rule about relationships. I know she spent time modeling in Europe, I don't know if she's having a stereotypical European relationship [with D'Agostino, Jr.] – I did not know what to do." 

"I did not know the answer to, 'Would you want to know?' which is a question every woman asks their girlfriend: 'Would you want to know? Should I tell you?' " Frankel added.

Frankel went on to explain that if de Lesseps and D'Agostino, Jr. had been married for years and had kids, she might have kept the information to herself "because it would be a lot more history and 'not my business' situation – but this was a one-week engagement, this was the eve of the engagement party that I found this out."

"I had a picture dated and timestamped, and I thought, 'How could I not tell her? How am I going to sit around here and not tell her?' " Frankel continued. "I chose to let the weekend play out and not just dump this on everybody at the beginning so we'd all be sobbing the whole weekend. But I was very upset ... I didn't expect to be so upset."
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Shannon Beador Has Renewal Ceremony with Cheating Husband David
Damn, David Beador came through tonight.

We'll never forget the emotional hell he put his poor Real Housewives of Orange County wife Shannon Beador through when his year-long extra-marital affair was revealed (and we're pretty sure she won't either), but his one-man reenactment of the climax of a romantic comedy certainly scored the man plenty of points. This is a guy who set out to prove to his wife and children (as well as the viewing public) that he's back in it for the long haul. And he mostly succeeded. And we've got to say—we were almost as overwhelmed as Shannon was while watching his never-ending display.

Shannon's non-stop day of romance began when David called her two days ahead of her birthday to sing to her and tell her that she had to be out of the house in 20 minutes for an overnight stay at a "special place." No time to sit at home and dwell on Kelly Dodd's "see you next Tuesday" shenanigans when there's an entire life's worth of homeopathy to stuff into a suitcase for an overnight trip. Never change, Shannon. Never change.

David's steady stream of surprises felt like one of those clubs Stefon was always talking about on Weekend Update. (Where my SNL fans at?!) And by that, we mean it had everything.

Drive down the coast to the very same hotel you got married at a decade-and-a-half prior? Check.
A quickie before the next surprise while a cameraman stood just outside the bedroom? Check.

A cocktail party with all of your closest friends and co-stars—and Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos, inexplicably? Check.

An unexplained retreat to your suite while your friends hear talk about a second venue? Check.

A vow renewal ceremony complete with a surprise appearance from your three daughters? Check.

A joke from noted comedian Jeff Lewis about Vicki Gunvalson's presence being the next surprise? Check.

A four-day getaway to Cabo in the morning? Check.
Like we said, it had everything.

How David planned all of this without Shannon catching wise is beyond us. This has to have taken a lot of work. But then again, we guess he is pretty good at keeping secrets. (Low-hanging fruit, we know. Sorry. We couldn't resist.)

After last week's histrionics, was this the most thrilling episode? Not really. But it was a sweet hour—and sometimes that's OK too.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Porsha Williams Recovering from Health Scare, May Have a New Boyfriend
Porsha Williams may still be recovering from her shocking medical scare. But her latest health drama hasn’t kept her from showing her rumored new boyfriend a little Instagram love!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star took to her Instagram on Wednesday to post a photo of herself grinning with her mystery man!

The guy has made several appearances on her Instagram page.

And the two even enjoyed a fun date at a go kart racing track over the summer!

Williams, who passed out in a mall parking lot recently, has remained mum on the status of the duo’s relationship.

And with the dating scandals she faced during RHOA’s Season 8, some of her fans are questioning the details of her new guy.
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Is Jacqueline Laurita the Real Villain of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'?
While the Dreaded Milania remains spectacular and glorious, her brilliant evil is shadowed by another far worse creature. Not Joe the Ogre, but worse still—Jacqueline Laurita, otherwise known as Error, a horrible beast with the torso of a woman and lower body of a snake that dwells in a cave in Franklin Lakes, subsisting off the pain and misfortune of those around her.

In the beginning, Jacqueline seemed sweet—an innocent little puppy forced between her sisters-in-law and the increasingly crazy Danielle Staub—but as time went on, she revealed her true manipulative self by allegedly driving a wedge between Caroline and Dina Manzo (let’s not forget that this is the same innocent puppy who once punched Caroline in the face) and slowly but surely revealing the full extent of her derangement.

Jacqueline, as she demonstrates more and more through every episode, is an expert manipulator, far more skilled than she’s ever been credited for. Knowing this now, it makes much more sense that she spawned a demon like Ashlee. Speaking of, remember when Ashlee (then “Ashley”) called her mom immature and said that she acted like she was in 8th grade? Turns out, she—despite being awful herself—was very right! Jacqueline—as we saw during last week’s conversation with Teresa—IS immature and DOES act like an 8th grader. An 8th grader with Kafkaesque plastic surgery, but still, you get the point.

As Jacqueline wraps her tale around more people, painfully strangling the life out of them, it’s time we look for solutions. My suggestion: Unleash the Dreaded Milania on her. It will be like Batman Vs. Superman, except I’ll actually watch it.
I'm no Teresa Giudice fan, but when Jacqueline picked up that phone to call Joe Gorga in the midst of that argument the two had a couple of weeks ago, it just reminded me of how manipulative and evil Jacqueline can be. And from putting her hands on Caroline early on in her marriage to husband Chris to constantly getting in-between Chris and his sister Dina's relationship to her evil spawn of a daughter Ashley to just never admitting that she's wrong, Jacqueline just may be the real villain of 'RHONJ'.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tamra Judge Talks Struggles Merging Christian Faith with Bad Behavior on Reality Show
"Real Housewives of Orange County" (RHOC) star Tamra Judge finds it difficult to merge her bad behavior on the reality show and her Christian faith in real life.

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Tamra Judge shared how big a struggle it has been for her to be a good Christian and spice up the "RHOC" set with a lot of drama. The reality star admitted that the things that the producers of the show want her to do may not be what God wants her to do, Reality Tea details.

"When I deal with certain situations I look at it as, 'What would a Christian do? What would God want me to do?'" said Judge in the interview. "And it's not what maybe the producers would want me to do."

The "RHOC" star also shared that her "faith journey" and her newfound fitness have helped elevate her self-esteem but have also altered her ability to stir drama. She said the person she is now is not the same person who started out in the show.

In addition, Judge acknowledged that a lot of things in her life were messed up including her friendship with co-star Vicki Gunvalson and her problems with her children. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Online, the reality star revealed that she has not seen her 17-year-old daughter Sidney Barney in two years.

Judge shared that she never lost custody of her kids and is not having a custody battle despite the reports about it. She shared how Barney told her one day that she did not want to live with her mother anymore because the latter "ruined" her father's life. Since that day, her daughter never spoke to her again.

Tamra Judge thinks so much has happened in her life and that she has now become a "softer person" than before. She has been divorced, married, and baptized on "RHOC," and she now reportedly prefers to remove herself from all the drama.
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Sonja Morgan Talks 'Difficult People' Cameo, Feuding with Bethenny Frankel and $3,000 Hamilton Tickets

On The Real Housewives of New York City, Sonja Morgan has started a toaster-oven business, launched a clothing line, and shopped her own brand of Prosecco. But no one has seen her work as an actress. Until now! Julie Klausner — who used to recap the Real Housewives on this very site — drafted Morgan and Countess Luann de Lesseps to play themselves in her Hulu sitcom, Difficult People. In this week's episode, the women get embroiled in a feud that is mediated by Julie’s mother (Andrea Martin) after she becomes a shrink on Bravo’s payroll.

We caught up with Morgan to talk about her cameo and all of the controversies she’s endured on her day job this season.

I was so excited to see you on Difficult People!
Our episode has Lin-Manuel Miranda in it, so I’m going to get all kinds of new intellectual followers on my Twitter and my Instagram.

Have you seen Hamilton?
No, it was $3,000 a ticket last I heard. I date guys my age now, so maybe they can afford a ticket at $1,000. $3,000 is steep. At that price, you have to sleep with them on the first date. The three-date rule is different. This is the first date.

I don’t know, it’s a really good show. It might be worth it.
$3,000 is like a night at the Hotel du Cap. You have to sleep with the guy. I’m not doing it.

How did you end up with a cameo on Difficult People?
Well, I’m old friends with Julie Klausner and she loves the Countess Luann. Loves her. Billy Eichner was on Watch What Happens Live with Luann, and Julie wanted her on. Luann was my roommate before she got engaged to my lover, and she said, “Can you have Sonja on too?” and Julie said, “Sure!” So we went on and did a little skit.

Was it different filming a scripted show, compared to Real Housewives?
It’s pretty similar. It’s delivery, really. It’s how you deliver your thought. I did this before. I was a model and I did some acting. I really enjoyed it. It’s different because they have a preconceived idea of what they want and you just have to deliver it. I haven’t seen it yet. Probably I’ll blink and my part will be over, but it won’t be a waste of time, because Lin-Manuel is in our episode.

I saw the episode. You and Luann are exactly like you are on the Real Housewives, so you’re very good at playing yourself.
That’s easy. We didn’t even have to do anything! But they did want us to do it a certain way. What did you think of Luann and I as Felix and Oscar this season, as the odd couple roommates?

I loved you two as roommates. But I didn’t like they way she treated you at her engagement party when you disagreed about Tom [Luann’s fiancé and Sonja’s former lover].
You know how Luann gets when it comes to men. I always say that I won’t let a man come between us. When we were living together, you got to see another side to her. She was more open about dating and I thought that was refreshing. Then as soon as there is a man, forget it. She gets like that. I wasn’t thinking of Tom in that way. I thought of him as a drinking buddy, dinner date, have sex after 11 p.m. and leave by 7 a.m. kind of guy.

A lot of Vulture commenters think you were upset because Tom decided to marry Luann and not you.
I think that Tom just needed to tell the truth. Tom said to Luann that he was seeing me. I knew the group knew and it was going to come out. I knew there was no getting around it. To be polite, I said we were friends with benefits. I don’t expect the man to do that. The man has to make a woman feel special. He should have said, “We were really good friends and we had something special, but then I fell for Lu.” That would have made us both feel special. That’s why I made the comments about the murky yellow diamond and stuff. I wasn’t mad at her. I was mad at him.

Are you two good now?
Yes, I will never let a guy come between us. I want to be friends with him, too. You can’t be a tomcat and a lying cat. You have to tell the truth.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Real Housewives of Melbourne Still Not Approved for 4th Season
The fourth season of Real Housewives Of Melbourne has yet to be announced, prompting rumours of a cancellation.

But the Australian reality TV show is nonetheless proving to be a success with audiences in the US.

RHOM posted its second highest ratings score ever in the States last Wednesday, and star Gina Liano took to Instagram to celebrate.

'Great news... RHOM new time slot and the ratings are up in the USA. Thanks Bravo xxx,' the 50-year-old barrister wrote.
She expressed her gratitude towards the fans, writing: 'Thanks to everyone who tuned in. Hope you enjoyed the madness.'

Meanwhile, RHOM fans from across North America paid tribute to Gina in the comments section.
On follower wrote: 'We want more More MORE RHOM!'

Another said: 'I watch you ladies every week here in NYC!'

'Melbourne has become my favorite (Real Housewives) franchise,' wrote a fan. 'You ladies manage to bring the drama AND the class!'

According to LA Late, the ratings spike was thanks to Gamble Breaux's drama-filled wedding to Dr. Rick Wolfe.

The episode featured the couple tying the knot in a lavish beachside ceremony in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Over 60 guests attended the nuptials - including co-stars Janet Roach, Gina Liano, Pettifleur Berenger, Chyka Keebaugh, Jackie Gilles, and Lydia Schiavello.
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Yolanda Foster Wants To Join 'The Real Housewives of New York'?
She may have parted ways with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but that doesn't mean she's done with reality TV.

Yolanda Foster reportedly wants to be cast on The Real Housewives of New York, a gig that would allow her to be in the same city as her two daughters, models Bella and Gigi Hadid.

Sources tell Life & Style that Foster has said she "desperately wants" to join the franchise, and “is a huge fan of the NYC ladies.”

Yes, but are the ladies - Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Carole Radziwill, Jules Wainstein, Dorinda Medley and Bethenny Frankel - ready to add a Beverly Hills gal to their squad?

This would be the first time a cast member from one franchise joins another full-time, and it has the potential to draw in Foster's fans.

"She’s been in talks with Bravo for a few weeks about making the transition from Beverly Hills,” the source said of Foster.

Producers, however, are said to be concerned about whether or not she'll fit in.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jeana Keough Says Her Family Inspired The Entire 'Real Housewives' Franchise
"Real Housewives" was once a single series focused on women in one particular community, but the production has since spiraled into a nationwide franchise, following the lives of affluent women in various parts of the U.S. And the whole thing started, according to one cast member, with her family.

Jeana Keough was one of the leading women featured on the debut series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” As Keough tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, the original concept for the show focused on her.

“The producer, Scott Dunlop, wrote the show about my family,” Keough says. “He was my next-door neighbor.”

Keough and Dunlop lived in the exclusive gated community of Coto De Caza, about 60 miles away from downtown Los Angeles.

“When he started pitching the idea, he filmed us and sent it to Bravo,” Keough says. “They said, ‘Yeah, we like it, but let’s see some other families.’”

Other women were brought in, and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” became a hit, which Keough attributes to timing.

“Back then, the writers’ strike was on, so we became hugely successful for lack of anything else on TV,” she says.

However, not everyone was a fan of the show. Keogh’s neighbors in Coto De Caza were some of its most outspoken critics.

“The show was a huge disappointment to Coto,” Keough says. “They were afraid it was going to make them look stupid. They were boycotting and having big news conferences at the club about, ‘Let’s stop this filming. It’s disruptive. Our children are all going to be kidnapped.’”

Eventually, though, Keough says that sentiment shifted.

“Four or five years later, these same people are saying, ‘Oh, my God, I traveled to Japan and the conversation stopped when they heard we lived in Coto De Caza.’ It was like the buzz word,” she says. “Wherever we went, we were treated like princesses.”

Keough reveals more about her “Real Housewives” experience on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, airing Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.
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NeNe Leakes Owes Almost $830,000 in Taxes

NeNe Leakes has found herself in some financial hot water.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 48, owes a total of $824,366.01 in back taxes for the year 2014, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

The reality star, whose real name is Linnethia Monique Leakes, was hit with a federal tax lien on July 22 in a Georgia court.

According to the documents, the IRS has made a demand for payment of the liability, but it remains unpaid. As a result, Leakes' assets and properties may begin to be seized in order to collect on her debt. 

In 2014, in addition to starring as a regular cast member on Bravo's RHOA, Leakes also competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

That same year, she also launched the Nene Leakes Collection for the Home Shopping Network.
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