Saturday, July 4, 2015

Amber Marchese's Blog: Cancer 'Is Not My Reality'


People.com:
Amber Marchese, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , is blogging about her second battle with cancer for PEOPLE. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.

As I wrote last week, my scans were now complete, as was my lumpectomy – my first of several more surgeries to come. I was anxiously awaiting the scan results, which would determine my prognosis. It felt like an eternity waiting for my results. I scheduled an appointment to meet my oncologist Dr. Nissenblatt (whom I call Dr. N) to get my results.

As I drove to his office I thought back to what happened and how the last few weeks had transpired. Over the last few weeks, some days I was wracked with fear, others I glided through with no issues, almost as if my diagnosis was just an episode on TV. Seriously, this is not my reality.

Do you believe in miracles? Growing up my answer would have been no. I believed in God, but I did not believe that miracles really happened. I did not think God, his saints nor his angels had any hand down here. I suppose it was because I watched my healthy, robust father wither away and die from pancreatic cancer in less than three months. I was 19 years old. This happened despite my prayers, my asking God to heal him so we could have more time. Instead, he took my dad home on Jan. 19, 1997. It was the very first time the word cancer really meant anything to me. It rocked me to the core and made the next 10 years very difficult. It made me determined beyond measure to succeed, but, emotionally, I struggled with so much. I fell away from God and the Church.

Fast forward to 2015. My life is amazing. My children are happy and healthy. Jim and I are enjoying life, business is doing great and life couldn't be any better. I did, however, slow down attending church, stopped praying as much and certainly did not pray the Rosary or a Novena in many years. My mind was wandering around too much, looking for instant gratifications and becoming more and more selfish. Although the words came out of my mouth that I am a Catholic, I did not have God in my life as much as I should have. I knew in my heart I had wandered from my path, even despite my first bout with breast cancer and feeling God's miracle once before.

Then one day, as I watched a movie with my husband, I leaned back at a 45 degree angle, reached my left hand over to my right breast and simply touched it. There it was a hard lump the shape and size of a lima bean. I could move it, which was good, but it was hard, so I knew something was wrong. Ironically, this happened on Good Friday, one of Holiest days in the Catholic Church. Needless to say, I began praying again. A lot. 
RELATED: Amber Marchese Hits The Gym Post Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It Felt So Good To Be Back’

Vicki Gunvalson Reveals Why She Collapsed After Phone Call


Inquisitr.com:
In the teaser trailer for an episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson found herself in the midst on a huge meltdown. What caused the reality star, who normally keeps herself together in tough situations, to finally break?

The video showed Gunvalson lying on her kitchen floor and crying uncontrollably after talking with somebody on the phone. Although the video did not reveal why Gunvalson lost it, she decided to explain herself on Twitter to help clear the air.
The exchange on social media occurred after a fan noted the timing of the release of the trailer was on Mother’s Day. “It’s the most terrible thing to have to re-live again,” Gunvalson responded. “Especially on Mother’s Day.”

Gunvalson lost her mother back in February, and it looks as though the show caught the moment when she first heard the news. Following her mother’s death, the Real Housewives of Orange County star released a statement on Instagram.
“Tonight I received a phone call that is every person’s worst nightmare. My amazing, beautiful and strong mother passed on and is now with the love of her life my father in heaven. I am who I am today, because of her. An amazing cook, organized, bold personality and had a sense of style and fashion that I adored. I miss you so much mommy! My life will never be the same without you to give me advice and your wisdom. You were so healthy and so vibrant and so beautiful. I still need you. I love you MOM.”
RELATED: It’s Over! Brooks Ayers Wins Messy Lawsuit Over Vicki’s Failed Vodka Line — Is Gunvalson Off The Hook Too?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Teresa Giudice's Prison Diary Reveals 'Real Housewives' Star Attends Church, Prays for Early Release



ChristianPost.com:
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice has been going to church while in prison and praying for an early release, according to excerpts from her diary.

The mother of four has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, since Jan. 5, after a judge sentenced her to serve 15 months in prison following a bankruptcy fraud conviction. In newly released excerpts from her prison diary, the Bravo TV stars opens up about life behind bars and says that she feels God's presence guiding her.

"Great mass. I enjoy [going to church], it makes me feel good after I go and during. I feel like God is really present there with me," she wrote in one passage obtained by Us magazine.

Giudice, 43, has had recent prison visits from friends and family, including her husband, Joe, who is scheduled to begin serving his 41-month sentence upon her release in December, and their daughters Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Miliania, 9, and 5-year-old Audriana.

"I called the girls after school today. I miss them so much," she wrote. "They are all I think about all day long, and I pray that God helps me to go back home to be with my daughters and my husband. Please God, help me."
RELATED: Teresa Giudice’s prison diary reveals reality star’s life behind bars: Yoga, workout tapes, 'gross' food, fights and TV time 

Brandi Glanville Calls Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards the C-Word: 'I Didn't Get Fired'


People.com:
Brandi Glanville is at her most unfiltered following her exit from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Just a week after saying Bravo will always be her family, the former model had some choice words for her costars – including the, ahem, "See You Next Tuesday" one – because she says they've been fueling rumors that she was fired from the reality show.

"They don't know. They have no idea. But here's what sucks, and this is why they're c---s," she told Howard Stern on Wednesday. "Because they're saying I got fired, and I'm in the process of moving, trying to rent a house for my two children, and no one will rent to me because they don't think I have a job." 


That's not the case, she insisted, teasing that she has a "new show" and a "development deal with a big network" on her slate.

So what really went down? Glanville, 42, said she decided to leave after taking a beating online after last season's antics.

"I felt like I played ball, I gave my all to the show, and then when it aired I thought, 'Oh my God, they did me no favors in the editing room.' And I got really upset and a little depressed," she explained.  
The way Howard Stern was kissing Brandi's ass throughout this interview made me want to throw up. But then when you find out that Stern's wife Beth is friends with Kristen Takeman who's friends with Brandi it starts to make sense.

RELATED: Ex RHOBH Star Joyce Giraud Calls Brandi Glanville’s Firing “Karma”

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NeNe Leakes To Star On Remake of 60's Game Show "To Tell the Truth,"


TMZ.com:
NeNe Leakes, who became famous as a truth teller, will now decide who's telling the truth on primetime TV, and Betty White's gonna help her.

We've learned NeNe will be one of the stars on the reboot of ABC's "To Tell the Truth," once a huge '60s game show.  

The premise of the show ... 3 contestants will try to convince NeNe, Betty and a third panelist that they invented something, discovered something or whatever. Two of the contestants are impostors and one is the real deal. The panelists ask questions to figure it out.

 Anthony Anderson is the host.

It's a big move for NeNe, who wanted to break out of reality TV, even though primetime is riddled with reality. No air date has been set.

Fun Fact: one of the panelists of the original "To Tell the Truth" was Allen Ludden ... Betty's late husband, who went on to host "Password." 

Vicki Gunvanson Talks How Reality TV Impacts Real Life


Yahoo.com:
It's hard for Vicki Gunvalson to not think of the past decade of her life in terms of TV seasons: She's the only remaining original cast member on Bravo's first "Real Housewives" series, "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

Gunvalson, 53, said in a recent interview that she equates milestones in her life to what season they aired on. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. EDT on Mondays, is now in its 10th season.

"This season my mom dies. Last season, I had situations with Tamra (Judge) and then I look at another season where I decided to divorce (ex-husband) Don," she said.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the OG of the OC talked about friends from the show and how reality TV impacts real life.
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AP: Which woman on the show is a legitimate friend in your eyes?

Gunvalson: It changes from season to season. Tamra is my friend ... right now. ... (Former cast member) Alexis Bellino absolutely is my friend. She reaches out to me weekly. I see Lynne (Curtin) every now and then. I see Jeana (Keough) every now and then. You think about all these people I've filmed with all these years and there's not many I stay in touch with.

AP: Is it hard to be married on a reality TV show?

Gunvalson: I definitely think you need a strong bond and a strong foundation. ... It's definitely tough on marriage and relationships. I'm in counseling over this because I don't know how to some days handle it. 'Is this my reality or is this reality?'

AP: Because you have seen castmates come and go, is it ever awkward?

Gunvalson: The disadvantage I have is the new cast members coming in have watched me, so they're gonna try to either be my friend or they're gonna try to tear me down. I never watched anybody. When I started filming, there was no reality show. We were the first.
RELATED: Vicki: True Friends Are There for You When Life Happens

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dorinda Medley Talks Returning To RHONY And Overcoming The Bravo Breakup Curse With Boyfriend John Mahdessian


OKmagazine.com:
On Dorinda Medley’s debut season of Real Housewives of New York, not only has her relationship with boyfriend John Mahdessian come under fire, but she has also found herself in the crossfire of her co-stars’ fights. Regardless of the drama, the show’s new girl isn’t letting that stop her from returning for a second season!

In an exclusive interview with OKMagazine.com, Medley revealed why she wants to return to the show and how her relationship with her long-time boyfriend won’t fall victim to the Bravo’s breakup curse.

“I hopefully will return next season,” Medley told OKMagazine.com at Haute Hippie’s shopping party to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Bravo star explained that the show came at an “important time” in her life, as her husband Richard Medley passed away almost four years ago.

“I got into a little bit of a rut after that,” she explained. “It was like falling off a bike. I didn’t know how to get back on.”

After best friend and RHONY vet Ramona Singer encouraged her to join the show, Medley confessed the experience has been like “rehab” for her.

“It got me back out, it got me involved and it got me into a routine,” she explained. “I know these girls. It wasn’t like me entering into something that was totally bizarre or unnatural. It was a very healing experience.”

Despite the show’s positive effect on her life, Medley’s storyline kicked off with the ladies questioning her boyfriend’s intentions after he was spotted hitting a NYC hotspot without her. In a later episode, he was criticized for getting too close with co-stars Sonja Morgan and Kristen Taekman.

But despite the way he’s been portrayed on the show, Medley insisted they’ll continue to overcome any obstacles that come their way.

“I don’t believe in this Bravo curse,” she said. “It’s a situation that accelerates anything that was going to happen anyway. If you’re having problems in your relationship, this puts more of a focus on it.”

She added, “If you’re strong enough, which I know we are, we love each other, I’m sure we’ll make it through.”
RELATED: Dorinda Medley On Bethenny’s Confrontation: ‘Are Some Of The Points Valid? Yes’

Shannon Beador Accuses Meghan Edmonds Of Lying About . . . Charity


People.com:
The Real Housewives of Orange County's whine tour of Napa continued Monday night, with Shannon Beador and Meghan King Edmonds battling over – of all things – charity.

"You can't insinuate I'm not charitable," said Beador, who upset the new Housewife when she abruptly ended a call and didn't return a text from Edmonds asking questions about a charity event she was hosting. "Who do you think you are, Miss 30-Year-Old?"

"She thinks I'm trying to paint her as a bad person," said Edmonds, who then apologized to Beador. "I'm really sorry … I feel awful."

"I felt completely ambushed," replied Beador, upset anew. "I bend over backwards for my friends."


"I didn't give you that impression," said Edmonds. "You didn't even respond to my text message."

"I have a private cell phone number," said Beador.

"Congratu-f---ing-lations," Edmonds said sarcastically. "You have a private phone number. Who do you think you are? The Queen of England?"

"Had I known I was getting a call," started Beador, to which Edmonds cut her off: "You would have been nicer?"

This time, Beador tried to apologize, but Edmonds responded, "I'm not going to accept a bulls--- apology."

"I feel like I'm in middle school," said Beador. "Adults don't act this way."

But the whine (and wine) didn't end there.

Edmonds ended up inviting all of the Housewives – except Beador – to her wine procurement event for juvenile diabetes research.

"This may turn things into DEFCON 4," warned Heather Dubrow – and it did.

Vicki Gunvalson bailed on the party and took Beador out for drinks while Tamra Judge tried to teach the newbie the dangers of being the "mean girl."

"The only Shannon I know is the one who blew up in Napa," said Edmonds, who stuck by her guns. "I don't want that in my house." 
RELATED: Shannon Beador On Meghan’s Lie: ‘Looking For A Storyline?’

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ramona Singer Cries Over Her Divorce in 100th Episode of 'Real Housewives of New York'



People.com:
On Tuesday, Bravo will air the 100th episode of The Real Housewives of New York. And in honor of this milestone, emotions seem to be 100 times heightened.

In PEOPLE's exclusive sneak peek, Ramona Singer pours her heart out to Bethenny Frankel about the demise of her marriage to Mario. As Singer details in her new book, Life on the Ramona Coaster, Mario's infidelity ended their union after 22 happy years together.

"He's part of me. It may not be good for me, but he really is part of me," Singer confides to Frankel after the other women have gone to bed. "I wish I knew how to fix him. I can't fix him, and I want to fix him so badly."

Frankel comforts her friend, and the two weep openly as they embrace. "I feel what she's going through," Frankel says. "It's like she lost a body part. She's not herself without him, and I totally get it."
The vibe among the Housewives is not nearly as loving elsewhere in the episode, which is the second installment of a four-part documentation of the ladies' trip to Turks and Caicos. Other story lines include Singer's tense confrontation with Sonja Morgan over Morgan's suspected alcoholism and Dorinda Medley's spat with Heather Thomson at dinner.
RELATED: Ramona Singer Redeems Herself With Bethenny Frankel On Real Housewives

NeNe Leakes Is Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta: 'I Feel Like a Weight Has Been Lifted'


People.com:
You're going to need a glass of wine for this one. After nearly eight drama-filled years on Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, fast-talking fan favorite NeNe Leakes is calling it quits, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Leakes, 47, – arguably the network's biggest star, who's been with the show since its inception – will not be returning for season 8. She says there comes a time when enough is enough.

"This was definitely a hard decision for me," Leakes tells PEOPLE. "Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things."

The announcement comes with the news that Leakes will soon be focusing on totally new projects


"I'm actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend," Leakes teases of the series she begins filming this week. "All of my fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one liners that I always have said on Housewives."

It's a positive new direction that the mother of two is more than happy to take.

"I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders," says Leakes, who throughout the years was the center of many arguments and altercations on the show.  
Wow! This comes as a shock. For the most part I've always been a huge NeNe fan so it's kind of sad to see her go. To be fair tho, NeNe did pretty much run out of friends on 'RHOA' and tho I haven't followed any of her acting gigs, she's obviously serious about it, so you can only wish her well. Not only will NeNe be missed, but 'RHOA' will never be the same without her.

RELATED: When Reality TV Worlds Collide: NeNe Leakes Joins Kim Kardashian's Game

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kathy Wakile May Return To ‘RHONJ’ As A Starring Housewife


Inquisitr.com:
Will Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey once again show Kathy Wakile in the opening credits? In an interview with OK! Magazine at its So Sexy Party, posted on Thursday, Kathy, who was a recurring housewife on Season 6, said that her returning to the show as a starring housewife may be a possibility.
“You’ll have to watch and see but there’s been a lot of talk.”
It’s not clear what Kathy meant by “talk.” Does she mean there are a lot of the show’s viewers asking for her return, or does she mean that she and the show’s producers are actually in negotiation for the next season?

Even if Kathy doesn’t return for Season 7, she still has plenty to keep her busy. Besides continuing to build her new home, she’s promoting her dessert cookbook and working on her next cookbook. Kathy still keeps in touch with some of the show’s other cast members. She went to OK! Magazine’s So Sexy party on Wednesday night with Jacqueline Laurita. The night prior, both Kathy and Jacqueline went to The Real Housewives of Miami‘s Lea Black’s book signing event in New Jersey.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, in March, 2015, executive producer Andy Cohen said that they have yet to officially cast anyone for the new season. He also said that he’s keeping tabs on Kathy Wakile’s cousin, the currently incarcerated Teresa Giudice, who has starred on the show since Season 1, via Dina Manzo. A few weeks later, Andy confirmed that they’re casting for the new season, but that it may take a while to finalize.
“I’m still having signings with my book Indulge. I’m having so much fun meeting everybody and talking about their favorite desserts. And I’m working on my next book!”
RELATED: Real Housewives of New Jersey Daughter Victoria Wakile Shows Off 23-Pound Weight Loss—See the Sexy Bikini Pic!