Saturday, April 25, 2015

Phaedra Parks Slams Critics Who Say She Should Take Kids To Visit Dad Apollo In Jail
Pheadra Parks’ imprisoned husband Apollo Nida has not seen his children in the seven months since he entered prison, and it looks like he’ll have to wait much longer for a reunion. Parks spoke out in her Bravo blog today to insist she won’t be bringing their kids — Ayden, 4, and Dylan, nearly 2 — to visit.

“Despite the fact that I’m on a reality show, there are some things in my life that are off-limits,” Parks wrote in her Bravo blog.

“People who watch the show only get one slice of the entire Phaedra pie, and it’s unfair to make judgments about someone, or a situation, without having all the information.”

The reality star defended her choice to keep them from their father, writing that she knows what she is doing.

“The one thing I will say is that every single decision I make is based on one thing: the well-being of my two boys. It’s easy for people to ask why she did that or why she isn’t doing this, but the simple truth is unless you are in that situation yourself, you really can’t make that judgment,” she insisted.

“I do my best to make smart decisions after carefully considering all options and consulting with experts and others who advise me. I know in my heart that everything I do is based on what is best for my children.

Nida spoke out earlier this week to beg Parks to bring them, insisting he needs “that support.”
RELATED:  Apollo Nida Says Phaedra Parks Refuses to Let Their Children Visit Him in Prison

Tamra Barney Reunites With Former 'RHOC' Housewife Tammy Knickerbocker
Will Tamra Barney be joined by former housewife Tammy Knickerbocker on the 10th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County? According to a April 24 report by Bravo’s Daily Dish, Tamra Barney and her former co-star recently reunited — and it may have been during filming for the upcoming installment of the hit reality series.

“Look who I ran into tonight,” Tamra Barney coyly captioned her Instagram photo, which included former housewife Knickerbocker.

While it’s hard to tell whether or not Knickerbocker filmed, it does appear likely, judging by a post made by Tamra Barney hours earlier, which included her co-stars, and the hashtag, “RHOC.”
“Having too much fun. Stay tuned @heatherdubrow @shannonbeador #sisterwives #rhoc #buttercake.”
In Tamra Barney’s photo, she appeared alongside Shannon Beador and Heather Dubrow, both of whom are returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County for Season 10. Also expected to return are Vicki Gunvalson and Lizzie Rovsek, who will be joined by Meghan King Edmonds and Katie Hamilton.

Another former co-star of Tamra Barney, Jeana Keough, will reportedly return to the show, as well, but only in a guest role. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Keough filmed a handful of scenes for the show after producers felt her return made sense.
In January, a source revealed the following to Radar Online in regard to Keough’s return to The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“Bravo has reached out to Jeana. They have asked her what is going on in her life with the hopes of understanding what a potential storyline for her could be. [Jeana Keough] has had lots of changes going on in her life. Her daughter recently got married, her oldest son is dating someone new, and she has two exchange students that live with her and keep her busy!”
Although Keough and Gunvalson had a falling out during a previous season of the show, during which Gunvalson grew closer to Tamra Barney, they have since made amends, which makes Keough’s return even more sensible for the Bravo reality series.
“Vicki and Jeana are still good friends. Vicki has made it publicly known on social media that she would love Jeana to come back, and the two definitely would have a great relationship.”
For more of Tamra Barney and the rest of the Southern California wives, tune into The Real Housewives of Orange County, when the series premieres on Bravo on June 1.
RELATED: Tammy Knickerbocker: My Life After the Real Housewives

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Demetria McKinney Signs Record Deal, Hints At Departure From "RHOA"
On Season 7 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, newbie Demetria McKinney has been all about her music — even skipping the RHoA reunion to perform and prepare for an upcoming tour — so that's what makes this news especially sweet. Demetria just revealed exclusively to Wetpaint that she has officially signed with eOne records! We were present at the signing, so be sure to scroll down for exclusive photos and videos.

Demetria has had tremendous success with her debut single “100” featuring Da Brat, which soared to No. 4 on iTunes R&B charts after she performed the song on RHoA, and her current single, “Trade It All," is gaining momentum. What’s more? Demetria was recently added to R. Kelly's upcoming Black Panties tour and to the Funk Fest tour, which kicks off this summer.

“This is a dream come true for me. I'm so grateful to eOne, my team, and Bravo TV for giving me the platform to share my music which has now culminated into me joining eOne. I look forward to my upcoming tours with R. Kelly and Funk Fest, as well as releasing some great music this summer" Demetria says via a press release from eOne.

Alan Grunblatt, President of eOne Music, adds, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Demetria McKinney to the eOne family of artists. She has a beautiful voice and is a talented singer and actress.”
RELATED:  Demetria McKinney Teases RHOA Departure, Says She’s ‘Definitely Learned A Lot’ From The Reality Show

Teresa Giudice Denied Early Prison Release
No luck for Teresa! Giudice’s hopes to be granted early release from Danbury, Connecticut correctional facility have been crushed – by none other than her husband Joe.

An insider close to the couple recently told Life & Style, “Teresa and Joe had a deal on the table that would reduce Joe’s sentence and get Teresa out early.”

The source added, “[Teresa] was expecting to be out in time for the full holiday season, ad even thought there was a chance she’d be home for summer. She thought she’d be able to be under house arrest until the end of her sentence in February, and be home with the kids.”

Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan for The Real Housewives of New Jersey star.

“As usual, Joe screwed everything up,” the insider claimed. “He met with the feds and the whole thing fell apart during those meetings because of the things he said.”

“So now the deal is off the table,” they continued. “[Teresa] is going to be sitting in prison for the rest of her sentence.”

Yikes! No doubt Teresa will be even more furious with Joe when she finds out what happened.

As Radar previously reported, the reality star forbade her jailbird hubby from visiting after the strain of his alleged cheating scandal.

At least she’s being treated like a celebrity in prison!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bethenny Frankel On Seeing Kelly Bensimon Again on Real Housewives of New York: 'That Is So 2000 and Who Cares?'
Break out the jelly beans because Kelly Bensimon is back on The Real Housewives of New York City! In our exclusive sneak peek, Kelly shows up for Countess Luann de Lesseps' night out, but all the ladies don't exactly welcome her appearance. And by ladies we mean Bethenny Frankel.

You may recall Bethenny's last season on the show, season three, and the trip the ladies took that is now affectionately known as Scary Island. On that trip, Bethenny and Kelly had some…issues. And everything that went down on that trip was on top of their previous drama.

"It's girls night, so I invited my single friends," Luann says in the clip below. "And Kelly, I happened to run into. She's a sweetheart. She's just really cool."

All the ladies had different reactions to seeing Kelly, a cast member on the show from seasons 2-4.
"Kelly's here? Jelly bean Kelly?" Ramona Singer says. But what you're really here for is Bethenny's reaction and it is trademark Bethenny with a big zing! Check out the preview above.

And it's safe to say Kelly's return sparks some drama between the ladies, specifically Luann and Bethenny. 

The drama between Bethenny and Kelly extended off screen for years, so you know this is going to make for some good TV.
Good to see that Bethenny hasn't lost any of her razor sharp wit.

RELATED: Missing Dresses, Emotional Conversations and Brunch Battles on The Real Housewives of New York City

Troubled Kim Richards to Appear on "Dr. Phil"
Kim Richards has already booked her first TV appearance since her arrest for public intoxication – but it won't be for a special edition of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Dr. Phil has snagged Richards for an interview following her arrest Thursday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"I was angry and frightened and I was scared. I knew what I had done," Richards told Dr. Phil, according to an early transcript. "The whole night is my fault. None of this would have happened if I didn’t drink."

At the time of her arrest, Richards "was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication including slurred speech and belligerent insolent behavior cursing at the officers and passively resisted arrest," according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department. 

So far, a friend tells PEOPLE, Richards will not go to rehab.

Richards' struggle with sobriety was frequently addressed during the recent season of RHOBH.

Her interview on Dr. Phil will air Tuesday, April 28.  
RELATED: Rehab Excuse? Kim Richards Planning To Leave Country For Daughter Brooke’s Wedding Party

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s TV Ratings Are Down
Perhaps the years of manufactured drama has worn as stale as two-day-old oatmeal on the audience of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Not even the addition of full-time cast member Claudia Jordan and part-timer Demetria McKinney could do much to clear the cobwebs from the corridor of decision making from Bravo brass.

Whatever the reason, RHOA ratings have plummeted from the time of being America’s most popular reality show this side of the Kardashians.

“The show’s ratings have definitely waned as the season moved on and the drama fell off,” the AJC reports. “Last week was a case in point: 2.62 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for the 21st episode.

“A year ago? 3.9 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. These are overnight ratings. The Live+3 (DVR usage) ratings did improve the numbers to 3.2 million and 1.5-18-49. But it’s clear the show is far less popular this season than season six. Average overnight viewership is about 3 million vs. 3.7 million a year ago.”

Have we seen the best days of RHOA? Or is it simply a case of RHOA taking a backseat to more popular reality shows such as the “Love and Hip Hop” and “Basketball Wives” franchises?
Let's face it, Phaedra and estranged husband Apollo Nida's relationship, while at the forefront this season, just wasn't winning over viewers. And it couldn't have helped that Kenya was mostly drama-free this year, much less keeping her love life such a secret, nor did everyone ganging up against NeNe. Bottom line, it's still NeNe's show and Bravo execs may need to be reminded of that.

RELATED: NeNe Leakes: My RHOA Co-Stars Wanted to Break Me!

Amber Marchese Found Another Lump In Her Breast; Has Surgery To Remove It
Amber Marchese, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star who beat breast cancer once, revealed Monday on Twitter that she is undergoing surgery to remove a lump in the same breast. 

The Colts Neck mother and stepmother of four, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, discovered the new pea-sized lump earlier this month. Marchese writes that she knows rationally that the odds of the lump being cancerous are low, but, "I still have spent the last couple of weeks in complete anxiety, fear, and stress. I was swept right back into the agony one faces when they could possibly face death."

Though she typically deals with stress by shutting out the world, she writes that at Sunday Mass, she suddenly felt an overwhelming sense of peace. "It is all going to be fine, regardless what the outcome," she writes. "I am physically strong and through my spiritual faith, I am mentally strong. I have turned to God and put my trust into Him instead of shunning Him away ... If you have faith, no matter what religion you may follow, you we will have peace. I know it is hard to believe in something that we cannot see, touch, or understand, but you can feel Him in all the beautiful moments that life has to offer.

"God willing, I can put this all behind me and simply be mom again, however in the meantime I will continue to strengthen my faith and show my love to all. I am armed with today's Sacraments, I was anointment by my Priest, and have my "Catholic bag" ready to go (LOL). I am ready!!! I am ready for it all!!!!"
RELATED:  Amber Marchese Speaks Out On ‘RHONJ’ Future While Dina Mazo Hints At New Show

Monday, April 20, 2015

NeNe Leakes Storms Off ‘RHOA’ Reunion Set
There’s never a dull moment when NeNe Leakes is in the house. But The Real Housewives of Atlanta veteran brought an extra dose of drama for this season’s reunion special, breaking down in tears and storming off the set!

Radar was the first to report the news of her on-set meltdown back in March. And now, a new preview clip for the big show proves just how bad it really was.

In the sneak peek obtained by Radar, the reality show matriarch goes head-to-head with Kandi Burruss and melts down when asked about her mom.

“I can’t. I can’t talk about my mom,” Leakes says as she breaks down sobbing and leaves the set.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bank Forecloses on Teresa Giudice's Mansion
Joe and Teresa Giudice of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" originally listed their home at $4 million in September before heading to court for bankruptcy fraud. Now, a report says, the bank has foreclosed on it.

After the two plead guilty to a huge money scheme, Teresa went to prison in January, where she will serve 15 months for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Her time will be staggered with her husband so they can coordinate child care for their four children.

When she reported to prison, Giudice released a statement that was, in part, to say that she was sorry that her and her husband's decisions had negatively impacted their children.

"I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family, especially for my four young daughters who mean more to me than anything in the world," the statement read.

The original asking price for the couple's home was $3.99 million, but they dropped that price to $2.99 million this week, reports. The bank, however, has now begun the process of foreclosing on the home, according to the website.

The couple and their four children have lived in the house since 2008, around the time the show started, TMZ reports.

The 10,000-square foot home sits on 3.5 acres. Downstairs is a kitchen, "great room," dining room, family room, full bath and bedroom, a playroom or craft room, laundry room and two patios. Upstairs are a game room, office (with another patio), sitting room, loft and five bedrooms, including the master bedroom with three walk-in closets.
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