Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monique Samuels Opens Up About Her First Season as a 'Housewife'

How are you holding up as your first season as a Housewife winds down?
I'm good! The thing I love about this is that I'm being me -- I'm being who I am, which makes it so I don't have to put too much energy into it. I'm just living my life, so it's been pretty easy. It's been a fun ride, and I'm enjoying it. I come from a family that loves to laugh and make light of everything. So, you're paying me to clown people and be shady and all of that? This is right up my alley!

Was there anything that you were anxious about heading into the season, though?
Initially, I was concerned with whatever perception viewers would get of me, and [I was] hoping they'd consider me in a more positive light and see me for who I really am. I've seen other reality shows where they take things and spin them, so that was the one thing I was concerned about. But I spoke with my husband [former Washington Redskins star, Chris Samuels] and he said, "Listen, don't worry about things that are outside of your grasp. Just do whatever you can do and take it from here and own whatever you need to own."

What about Chris and the kids? How are they handling being on the show?
It's been really good! My kids, man, you would've thought that they'd come out of the womb with cameras on them. [Laughs] They act like the cameras aren't even there! My daughter smiles at them and waves, and my son is like, "Can I go back downstairs with the dudes?" My husband has obviously been on camera before, and he's enjoying it. The same way that I think it's fun, he thinks it's fun.

Talk to me about the tense scene with Chris' mother, during which you had a heated war of words. What do you think of how that played off on TV?
No, my mother-in-law and I normally don't exchange words like that. That particular time, for whatever reason -- because the cameras were there -- she got really exited and was like, "I'm going to show her up!" She kept coming back to everything I said with something competitive. I was like, "Really?" She does this to all of her daughter-in-laws, but she took it to another level [that time]. I tried my best to remain calm and handle the situation.

It was very ugly, and one day my kids will see their grandmother calling their mother a "heffer." I'm not really concerned about it, but the concern I do have is that they're not going to have the relationship that they should have [with her] because of her. It was definitely disappointing, but we live, we learn and we move forward.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Janet Roach On Finding 'True Love'

TREAT them mean to keep them keen was Real Housewife of Melbourne Janet Roach’s mantra when she started dating her new man, Chemist Warehouse boss Sam Gance.
Roach, 58, revealed she had originally started dating Gance — who she has known for about 30 years — last February before he gave her “the flick”.

When the pair rekindled their romance in the second half of the year, the reality star said she put in place a number of rules including that she would only see him on one weekday and one weekend day each week.

She laughed with castmates Gina Liano and Lydia Schiavello that they only made it to the bedroom when she felt “pressured” after he had paid for so many of her meals.

Roach signed a deal last year to stock her Raw Essentials tea range in Chemist Warehouse stores — a deal she has said was inked well before her romance with Gance.

She told Confidential in February that Gance didn’t want to appear on The Real Housewives of Melbourne, which is currently filming its fourth season.

Roach also told the RHOM women that while she and Gance were happily still together, he was “bossy” with her time and often made plans without consulting her.
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Tamra Judge Talks New Season of ‘Real Housewives Of Orange County’

It’s hard to believe that Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC), the oldest in Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, has been on the air for over a decade. Although Tamra Judge joined the show during its third season in 2007, it feels like she was part of the introductory ensemble which included Vicki Gunvalson, often referred to as “The OG of the OC.” Vicki is still a part of the cast and has been integral to the show’s many and varied story lines from Seasons 1 through 11. Unsurprisingly, she rejoins the cast again in the upcoming Season 12. Back in Season 3, she bonded with then-newcomer Tamra and the two have been through the highest of ups and the lowest of downs. Tamra, like Vicki, has proven she too can maintain a committed relationship with a network and franchise through reality TV’s tests, tricks, twists, trials and tribulations. The show has seen Tamra through a bitter marital demise (she’s now remarried), being screamed at by all her cast mates to the point of having to flee a room, and the turbulent on-again off-again (currently off) dysfunctional relationship with Vicki.
Somehow, Tamra and Vicki always seemed to find their way back to being close friends and partying together despite swearing they would never speak again. Last season however, it seemed that things were truly final, that there was no love left between the two ladies and there would be no reconciliation this time. Vicki had been spreading salacious rumors about Tamra’s husband Eddie, an understandable “last straw” for someone who cherishes her “third time’s a charm” marriage. What made matters worse was that Season 11 newcomer Kelly Dodd, outspoken to the point of verbal diarrhea, was Vicki’s partner in shit-talking crime.
The Housewives were divided as things became contentious. After filming for Season 11 wrapped, rumors began to fly about Kelly’s marriage and an alleged adulterous paramour. The blogs had a field day. Watch What Happens Live had to screen out callers after a few went rogue dropping bombshells live on air. Luckily for Bravo and its leading ladies, the cast would soon stop doing any press interviews because the season was over. The ensuing hiatus would give everyone a chance to catch their breaths. We, the viewers, collectively held ours, unsure of who would return the following season to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess and attempt to (as Dorinda Medley of RHONY says) “make it nice.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Tamra Judge to get a sense of how she feels going in to her tenth season, Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Orange County:
There was a ton of drama at the end of last season with Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson. However, you all have to hang out together regardless when you start filming. What was it like going into this season when you hadn’t spoken to these ladies in months? 

It was scary!
I had this uncomfortable feeling going into it and I didn’t know what to expect. The girls, Vicki and Kelly, had a lot to say about David Beador (cast mate Shannon’s husband) and Eddie (Tamra’s husband). It ended in a really ugly way last season and I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t want to rehash that stuff. Also, even though you’re on a show together with these people, you just don’t want these people in your life.
That brings me to a question that my friend Megan T. has: If you weren’t filming RHOC, would you have anything to do with Vicki?
NO. There’s no need for me to.
Amy C. asks: Are there any particular Housewives that viewers will turn against this season?
You know…I don’t know…I was actually just saying that it’s such a different season this year. The cast was a little bit split almost three quarters of the way through filming.
I don’t know what Kelly and Vicki did most of the time because I was filming much more with Meghan and Shannon. Peggy is the new girl and I didn’t film with her all that much either. This season, there was lots of filming done individually and a focus on family stuff, whereas in the past there was lots of group stuff. I could be wrong but that’s how it felt. You’ll see that I am participating in a documentary about parents who have been unfairly estranged or separated from their kids called Erasing Family. (This is something that Tamra is personally passionate about – she has recently reconnected with her daughter and their relationship is a work in progress. In the first episode, she briefly mentions that she would regularly text her daughter and one day her daughter finally responded. Tamra says this relationship is on the mend with her ex-husband Simon’s cooperation).
Shannon is struggling with her weight and that’s something that lots of people connect to. She’s in her 50s, there are all sorts of hormones and it’s not as easy to lose weight as it is to gain it. Shannon is very open and candid, which makes her the perfect housewife. She really lays it all out there and that takes balls. People will really just want to hug her.
What did you think of Kelly Dodd’s return to the show after last season?
I was a little surprised, however I think she’s good TV. There’s a fine line and Andy Cohen talks about this. When people love to hate you, It’s still makes for good TV but when people hate to hate you, it’s uncomfortable and the line has been crossed. She was really close to that line and I didn’t know if she could redeem herself, but she does this season. I mean, she’s still Kelly, but you see a softer side of Kelly. She said outrageous things last season and I honestly didn’t know if she was capable of redeeming herself. She must have internalized “I was a bit of a jerk” and reflected. She knew what she had to work on and she is less abrasive this season.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Phaedra Parks Films Apology Scene With Porsha Williams

After being fired from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Phaedra Parks is now busy filming her final scene for the reality show. Rumor has it that the scene is going to be a big one, and it has something to do with patching things up with Porsha Williams.
It can be recalled that without a word, the show dismissed Parks last month after the latter had wrongfully accused Kandi Burruss of plotting against Williams. According to reports, Parks is now ready to tie up the loose end with Williams before she officially exits the show.

Reports suggested that the two are now filming an apology scene as they let go of their personal grudges against each other on national TV. According to an insider, it was the network, Bravo, that wanted Parks to settle things between the two reality stars. Fortunately, the two ladies involved agreed to do the scene.

"Porsha has agreed to have a sit-down with Phaedra. Porsha is the only one agreeing to film scenes with Phaedra. Bravo wants to tie up loose ends before Phaedra exits the show," the insider revealed to AllAboutTheTea.com.

Meanwhile, Parks' husband, Apollo Nida, is now asking a divorce judge to disregard a pre-nuptial agreement that the couple both signed before their marriage so he could have a cut of Parks' paycheck from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Nida reportedly claims that they signed the agreement before Parks became famous for the reality show.
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Police Reveal New Details In Dina Manzo Home Invasion

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend, David Curtin, were recently beaten and robbed at the New Jersey home they share, and the police have given RadarOnline.com an exclusive update on the vicious crime.

Lieutenant Rob Philhower of the Holmdel Township Police Department told Radar that the first thing investigators did after the May 13 attack was search video that might show the suspects either before or after the attack.

“Obviously we first looked for that but haven’t been able to come up with anything,” Philhower revealed.

Manzo, 47, and Cantin, 36, were attacked shortly before 11 p.m. in their Holmdel home after attending Teresa Giudice’s daughter’s first communion.

“As they entered the residence, two individuals, who were already inside the home, rushed towards them,” the police department reported after the attack. “The male victim was struck several times with a baseball bat by one of the assailants. The female victim was punched multiple times by the other assailant. The two victims were then bound together within the home.”

Unfortunately, Lieutenant Philhower told Radar, the case is at a standstill. “No one has been arrested,” he said. “We have no suspects.”
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Karen Huger Talks Moving To Potomac, Charity Work and 'RHOP' Reunion

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Kenya Moore On Why She Kept Her New Husband’s Identity Secret, Wants Kids ‘Right Away’

Moore describes Daly as “extremely romantic” — bringing a lot of “calm, security and protection” to her. She also praised him for seeing her as she really is, rather than the heightened personality she’s often portrays on television. It’s part of the reason their first dance was to Jon B.’s 1997 R&B hit “They Don’t Know.”

“People think they know me from the glimpses they have of my life being a reality star,” Moore said. “And I don’t see myself as a reality star. I see myself as a person who allows you to see moments in time. You don’t really see all of me — it’s impossible, I’m not followed 24 hours a day. But [Marc] sees me for who I am …. He really knows my heart.”

But there is one thing that confused RHOA fans about Moore’s wedding when it was first announced, and that was her decision to initially keep Daly’s identity secret.

“He didn’t sign up for this world, I did,” Moore explained. “Every time someone has been associated with me, they attack that person – immediately going after them, trying to bring them down and saying crazy things. They tear people apart. And so for [Marc], he was like, ‘This is about me and you — it’s not about me or you.’ He just wanted it to be about our pure love and not about him.

“That’s why I fell in love with him,” Moore continued. “For him, it’s about being my protector and my best friend  — not being someone that stands next to me, but someone who supports me and is okay with being behind me sometimes. He doesn’t want my money, he doesn’t want my fame, he doesn’t want my success — he just wants my heart, and he has it.”
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Friday, June 23, 2017

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Porsha Williams Shades NeNe Leakes for Returning to ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Porsha Williams shattered lives with the controversy she started on the last season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, but it doesn't seem like she learned her lesson. Now, the trouble-making reality star is already stirring up drama with the "newest" cast member of the upcoming season — none other than Nene Leakes.

Chatting about Leakes return on Dish Nation, Frick (or is she Frack?) couldn't help but get shady. 
"She been waiting, I'm glad she got a job back," Williams said of Leakes. "You got to be pretty excited to go do a whole photo shoot, all this, that. I'm glad, I'm happy for you, I'm glad you happy."
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ramona Singer 'Regrets' Her RHONY Blowup with Bethenny Frankel

Following her alcohol-fueled argument with Bethenny Frankel at Dorinda Medley’s Berkshires house on Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona Singer is publicly apologizing for what transpired earlier this month.

“I regret all the drama,” Singer, 60, tells PEOPLE of the trip, which ended with her allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage to a guest room after calling on-again, off-again friend and Skinnygirl mogul Frankel a “bitch.”

“If I could take it all back, I wish I could have walked away and turned and left the room when the fight started,” Singer continues. “When a mature person feels like that, they walk away.”

Based on the photos shown by Medley during the June 7 episode, Singer caused extensive damage to the 52-year old’s guesthouse by removing temporary light fixtures off the wall and taking portions of the wall’s paint job with them.

“When I walked into that room and saw what she did, I wanted to cry,” a tearful Medley explained in the episode. “It was not even about the paint work. It’s like, this is my home — I love my home. Enough has been taken from me, now you’re going to do this to my home?”

Medley continued, “I don’t even get so much as an acknowledgment. She left, bed unmade, same old thing as if all’s well. Nothing. I mean, what does that say about our friendship. Does Ramona just treat me like this or does she treat all our friends like this?”

The two attempted to reconcile in the episode, and though Singer avoided confrontation at the time, she has since publicly apologized to Medley on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show.

“I wish I had handled that moment differently. Even when I watched it, I was taken aback by my actions and I feel terrible about,” Singer admitted. “I wear my friendships like a badge of honor and in that moment, I felt like she was trying to strip me of my badge and I lost it.”

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bravo Executive Producer Ryan Flynn Talks When It's Time For A 'Housewife' To Leave

For a Real Housewives fan, there's nothing quite as thrilling as finding out who will be returning next season. From Bethenny Frankel's departure from The Real Housewives of New York City in Season 4 to Heather Dubrow's recent exit from The Real Housewives of Orange County, there have been some major cast shakeups that have rocked the Bravo world. (NeNe Leakes' return for The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 10, anyone?) 

When The Daily Dish Podcast caught up with Ryan Flynn, Bravo Executive Producer of both RHONY and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, hosts Megan and Rachael had to ask: How do you know when it's time to say goodbye to a Housewife?

"Most often than not it is a mutual understanding and a decision and it’s not even so much of a we’re telling someone to leave," he explained. "Everyone knows the time is just right." What defines that "right time" could be a myriad of things, according to the exec. "Whether it's a first season Housewife that just didn't click or never sort of found the rhythm, or whether it's someone who's been on many seasons who is just a very different person from when we started with them and their life is in a place now where it just maybe doesn't make sense for us to be sort of in their lives every day."

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