Million Dollar Listing LA Season Finale – The Drama of It All by BB
Josh A. and Heather welcome his parents and his older brother (by three years), Matt, to dinner at Josh’s house. His dad is a sex doctor. Josh grew up with a lot of sex talk at the dinner table. His dad tells them nowadays everyone is walking into their doctor’s office complaining about their sex drive being down. Josh says everyone walks into his office complaining about their property value being down. Ba Dum Chhh.
His dad says he has a friend with a house to sell in Newport Beach. Josh and Matt agree to work together to sell the property. On their way to look at the property, they argue about the route Josh chose to take just like brothers typically would.
At Josh Flagg’s office his intern is giving him a buzz cut while he’s sitting at his desk. He listens to his messages and there are three from Grandma Edith. One is about having dinner, one is about some blueberries and strawberries she has at her house, and the last one asks him to call her. He finally gets a business message from his co-agent at Rancho Santa Fe.
Josh F. and Colton have dinner with Josh’s parents. Colton tells his parents that Josh has a part time job babysitting. Josh knows Colton has an ulterior motive. Colton announces to Josh’s parents that they have sort of been talking about adopting a kid. His mom wants to know if they’re serious about it and they say yes they are seriously thinking about it, but Josh says they are not 100% sure. His mom thinks it’s great, especially if it’s a girl. Both his parents tell him they would be ecstatic and they will support them whatever they decide. Josh is a little terrified about it, but lately he realizes he’s still growing as a person and he’ll have to wait and see.
Madison holds a celebration service for Rex where all his friends bring their dogs to the beach to pay their respects. They all put on their sexy Rexy t-shirts with a picture of Rex on the front. While Madison is talking to the group, he sees Heather walk up and momentarily stops talking. He is overwhelmed to see Heather there and he has a lot of emotions going on. Oh gosh, Madison’s speech about Rex brings tears to my eyes.
Heather tells Madison she knows what he’s going through and how sorry she is. He thanks Heather for her kind e-mail and he knows it was genuine. Madison thinks Rex’s death is responsible for good things happening. Heather tells Madison she still cares about him and they share a hug. Madison thinks that Heather coming was a bonus and he thanks her for not bringing Altman.
Madison and his brother take Rex’s ashes and scatter them on the rocks beside the ocean. Excuse me while I have a little cry.
Josh A. and Heather have been seeing each other for about two years and they are getting a house together. For now they are renting and if everything works out, they will buy. Right now everything is going great and Josh can’t wait to see what the future brings. It’s a pretty nice house, but I don’t hear anything about an engagement ring yet.
Lynn~ Thanks BB, Great job, I enjoyed this season even with Altman on the show. He really is a PITA, big headed, mean jerk and while he dresses the part of a successful businessman, I would never hire that guy based on the way he talks to clients. He is very unprofessional yet he and his brother sold an $11 million dollar home, nothing to sneeze at.
Madison managed to find his excentric demanding buyer a house to flip, it was genius since the bank was holding it, he got it for a song, finished the construction and sold it for more than double his investment. Well done Madison!
Josh Flagg had to settle for a lease on his deal, even partnering up with a broker who lives nearby the home, this property that is a three hour ride for Josh to get to wasn’t selling at their price.
Top Chef Masters by BB
Eight chefs remain; Art, Takashi, Lorena, Clark, Thierry, Chris, Patricia, and Kerry.
The quick fire challenge is for the chefs to take ingredients from a typical salad bar and make their best salad. They only have eight minutes. The winner will win $5,000 for their charity and immunity for the elimination challenge. Art uses a blender for his to make soup and Lorena is the only one using the grill for her cauliflower.
The guest judges for the quick fire challenge are two members of the B-52’s, Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider. I wonder if there will be any “Rock Lobster” in any of the salads – ha, ha. They’ve been touring for 35 years. Boy, does that makes me feel old. The favorite salads were Lorena’s, Thierry’s and Kerry’s. The winner is Lorena’s cauliflower salad. She has immunity and wins $5,000 for her charity, The Alliance for a Healthy Generation.
Louise Benson from the Hualapai Tribal Council in Arizona arrives to explain the elimination challenge. The chefs will be preparing dishes using Hualapai native foods. They will be serving their meal on the edge of the Grand Canyon. They will be traveling by helicopter. Takashi hates heights. He can’t even change a light bulb sometimes. They pull knives that have one vegetable and one protein printed on them. They will be working in teams of two. The aerial views of the Grand Canyon are beautiful and it makes you understand why the Hualapai tribe never left. The chefs all feel humbled by the experience. They walk on a glass horseshoe where you can look straight down into the canyon. Even Takashi thinks it’s a great experience.
The chefs have two hours to prep their meals. They have to prepare one course to serve family style to 24 people. Patricia and Chris have squash and rabbit. Art and Lorena are using quail and prickly pear. Art says if he were straight he would marry Lorena. They make a fun team. Theirry and Takashi are using venison and banana yacca, which is part of the cactus plant. Theirry has no idea what to do with that. Theirry and Takashi have known each other a long time so they make a good team. Kerry and Clark are the most serious even though they have two of the easiest ingredients I think, corn and beef. They don’t know each other and don’t seem to be clicking as a team.
The chefs are cooking outside and it starts to rain. Even though they have cover, they have trouble keeping their grills hot. Chris is the only one who has figured out how to get heat from his grill. Others come to use his grill. Clark thinks it’s pretty awesome to be cooking in the rain at the Grand Canyon for tribal members of the Hualapai. Art is worried that his quail may be undercooked so he covers them with foil hoping they will continue to cook. When they have three minutes left, they notice the tribal members approaching. Clark is worried about Kerry making his dish too fancy but he’s not going to argue with him.
Along with the Hualapai tribe members are Curtis, James, Ruth and Francis. I’d give anything to be in their place. It’s just totally an awesome site sitting outside and looking at the grandeur of the canyon. Art and Lorena are talking so much about their dish, the other chefs are worried about their food getting wet and cold. Each team explains their dishes and they will all be eaten family style at one time.
James mentions it’s the grandest place he has ever eaten a meal. The only bad thing they say about Lorena and Art’s dish is that the quail is a little overcooked. Everyone seems to like Takashi and Thierry’s dish except Thierry may have done better to take the outer skin off the banana yucca because it’s so bitter. Kerry and Clark’s dish seems to be a hit but Ruth thinks they didn’t come together as a team because both components are really soft and don’t complement each other. I didn’t really hear any negatives about Patricia and Chris’s dish. After the meal, the chefs participated with the Hualapai in a ceremonial dance.
The critics ask to see Chris and Patricia and Takashi and Thierry. They prepared the favorite dishes of the day. Thierry had the hardest ingredient of all and the bitterness seemed to fit in with the dish. The winning team is Takashi and Thierry. They will split $10,000 for their charities. Thierry hopes he never has to use that ingredient again.
The other two teams have to come before the critics as the least favorite dishes. Lorena has immunity and she tells them she was rushed making her salad. Ruth loved Lorena’s sauce, which was also used on Art’s quail. Art’s quail was overdone and he should have split the quail. He didn’t want to sacrifice the presentation and it may be his undoing. Ruth didn’t like the soft textures of Clark’s and Kerry’s dishes. James thought Clark’s corn dish was like a bland succotash. They are sent back while the judges deliberate who should go home, Art, Clark or Kerry. I think Lorena’s sauce on his quail may save Art. In my opinion, it will be between Kerry and Clark, who had the easiest ingredients of all and should have had an outstanding dish.
The chef going home this week is Clark. His partner was eliminated last week so at least they weren’t separated for long. Clark is very gracious in his exit.
I can’t believe how fast this episode flew by. Even if I didn’t like cooking shows, the scenic views of the Grand Canyon was worth the hour of time spent watching. Do they give out awards for cinematography at the Emmys? If so, Top Chef Masters should win for this episode. Awesome.
Thanks BB, as always fantastic blog! Top Chef Masters is such a great show! Lynn~
Real Housewives of New Jersey – The Blogs!
Hi from the Jersey Shore! I’m here with my kids and hubby enjoying the last few weeks of summer. I don’t want it to end! I’m not ready for fall!
Well that sort of negates all of the stories out there that she and Joe are splitting up, doesn’t it? All the hype is simply to bring more viewers to Sunday’s episode.
I can’t believe we were in Napa last year. Joe and I would love to go back — but with our kids. We missed them like crazy! Caroline was lucky to have her brood with her, but I guess the drama never ends with kids, no matter how old they are!
Drama = Lauren Manzo? I’m sure that’s what she meant….
I loved surfing, even though the water was cold. I like challenging myself to do new things. I’ve never been one to just sit on the sidelines and watch. I wish everyone had come in with us! I thought the water was deeper when I jumped off my board though, which is why I landed so hard. The cold water numbed my foot, so I did wear heels afterwards, which I think made it a little worse. I was in so much pain that night, it was no joke! I think I twisted something and it was swollen, but my boots the next day were the magic cure. They were new, so they were tight, and they kept my foot from swelling any more. I was good as new then!
What a trooper! She really was a good sport, she and Kathy were the only two women who gave surfing a shot. It would have been nice if she gave Kathy a kudos here in her blog since she’s being accused of snubbing Kathy on the show next week. I guess she really doesn’t like Kathy at all.
I’m glad you all got to see me and Joe and my brother and Melissa how we used to be on vacation. We used to have so much fun, goofing around and hanging out together. For years and years we had a great relationship, which is why it was so shocking and upsetting that it all fell apart last year. But you can see we’re working on fixing it.
We can see that they are all working at fixing it, it is just a shame it didn’t last very long. We know the two families aren’t speaking to each other right now.
And yes, Melissa always was a “fondler.” She used to say I had the best ass, so she was always grabbing it.
It’s sad for me, even now, watching my friendship with Jacqueline end. We were really close for a really long time, and we never did have a fight. I really did feel that she did something to me — ambushing me with Caroline — and it hurt my feelings, but I wanted to forgive her and move on. But you can see we weren’t on the same page.
There is no way that friendship ended over that conversation on Jacqueline’s deck that night. Whether or not Caroline just showed up to return some clothes or she was told to get over there because Teresa and Jacqueline were having this talk, I can see why Teresa would be upset but I can’t see it ending a friendship. From Jacqueline’s perspective, these magazine covers could have and should have been brought up off screen and if Jac was truly concerned that Teresa could go to jail, you certainly don’t bring it up with the cameras rolling. The talked on the phone every morning, why not discuss it during one of those conversations? Again, no reason to end a long-term friendship.
I didn’t do anything to her, no specific thing she could say or I could ask forgiveness for. Her thing seems to be she just doesn’t like how I am. We can work past a thing or an event or a mean conversation, but what do you do when someone just decides they don’t like how you are? Who you are? I can’t change that. And I’m not going to change it just because Jacqueline suddenly tells me to. If she had a specific thing that hurt her, I’d be happy to stop doing it. But she just tells me I’m fake, and it’s everything. All of sudden too, after 10 years, it’s everything. It’s sad and I’ll always miss her friendship, but what can I do? I can’t change or fix “everything.”
See what I mean? There is way more to this argument than what we’ve seen, this makes no sense.
We did have a lot more fun you didn’t see on our trip though. There wasn’t time to show everything, but we did have a big RV Cook-Off between me, Caroline, and Kathy. It was a challenge trying to cook in that tiny RV kitchen without our normal tools and ingredients, but we all pulled it off. I was slapping the steak with a big grilling spatula to try and tenderize it, Melissa was my sous chef and partner in crime. We had so much fun! Then we ran around and had people in the parking lot taste everything and decide whose food was the best. Maybe they’ll put the clip online or put it in a lost footage episode and then you can see who won. I will tell you what I made though: Steak Pizzaola (the recipe is in my first cookbook Skinny Italian – it’s my dad’s favorite and just 383 calories!) and an eggplant and tomato ciambotta which I included in my newest cookbook Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit – sooo good and just 86 calories! (Both go great with Fabellini!)
You don’t have to wait for the lost footage or an on-line clip, Teresa won!
All right, I have to get back to the beach and my girls. Love love love you all! Follow me on Twitter @Teresa_Giudice and check out my website for my appearance schedule, where to buy Fabellini and more!
Bravotv.com also posted this article about Teresa Giudice and her latest cover In Touch.
Teresa Giudice has had enough of her husband Joe’s ways, and in a bold and candid In Touch Weekly interview, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star says that unless he can change his ways, divorce is on the table.
“If this continues, I will leave,” Teresa says in the interview hitting newsstands just days after video from their Napa trip surfaced in which Joe took a phone call from a mystery person, and when Teresa approaches him while he’s on the phone, he uttered: “Here she comes, by b—- wife.” He went on to call her a “re—-” and other names, and T has had it.
We all know that this happened over a year ago, obviously they are still together. This is In Touch and Bravo trying to stir up hype for the episode so that ratings will explode.
“I can’t defend him on this … I’m hurt by him and disappointed by him,” she says in the interview, adding that Joe was “so ashamed and embarrassed” having seen his behavior.
And though she says she wants to believe Joe that the person on the other line was a “worker” as he said, she’s on heightened alert.
“I am not stupid … I will not be with him. I will totally leave him,” she insists.
Teresa isn’t going anywhere and this argument over the phone call in Napa is long since over, obviously.
Another long one from Jacqueline, the majority is her description of how she feels things went down with Teresa.
This episode had me cracking up! I couldn’t believe Vito shared his bear tattoo story with everyone. “It must have gone back in his cave?” What the…? LOL! Melissa had me laughing the most. She wasn’t joking around. You can see the panic and fear all over her face. Clearly she wasn’t going to drown in two feet of water, but I think the thought of those biting bugs at the bottom of the river sent her over the edge. It was funny to watch though. I hope she can look back now and laugh about it too.
OK, so surfing isn’t my thing. I have tried surfing before, but I really didn’t want to try to squeeze into a wetsuit at that moment in time and sharks freak me out. Don’t they come into shallow water too? I hear a lot of that lately. Yikes! No thank you. I had fun watching. Everybody finally made it up on the board that day. I was proud. I really loved to hear that compliment my husband gave me. (Bonus points for him.) I’m glad that he is happy with my body. I wish I could be, but I love to pick myself apart. I’m a confident insecure person, if that makes sense. I’m OK not being perfect and I can laugh at my faults. Maybe I just need a new mirror.
I’m convinced Chris Laurita is a good guy, we hear Joey Gorga gushing about Melissa but those simple words from Chris about his wife really said it all.
Just for the record, when I spoke about Teresa being competitive to a fault at times, I was not just talking about her surfing. Not really important anymore. Clearly there was more going on between me and Teresa than the “articles” and the other stuff you are seeing. It was discussed with Teresa during our “talk.” I also felt a whole lot of unnecessary pressure from Teresa at a time when I just couldn’t take anymore. I wasn’t in a position to take on other people’s problems, and I just needed peace around me. Like I told Teresa, had I gone after Melissa and Kathy for Teresa (the way she would have liked me to), they would have hated me by that point. And after Teresa decided to make up with them, where would that have left me besides having more added stress that I didn’t need? I know Teresa said that she got over it, but I honestly didn’t believe she did. I was hearing too many things. I honestly just wanted everyone to be open, honest, and real with each other. I wanted everyone to resolve their issues once and for all. My head couldn’t take anymore fighting around me! I was getting too worn out! I felt like I was just going to shut down. That’s one of the reasons that I got so upset with her about the Danielle thing. Teresa was finally so close to peace with her family (on camera) and I KNEW her public communication with that devil (Danielle) would start some trouble all over again. I thought she should have handled that issue in private. Even if she was faking for the camera, it still made things more pleasant for everyone. I was hoping eventually that the good times would outweigh the bad between them, and it would turn sincere. Fake it till you make it.
There is no denying that Teresa asked Jacqueline to give Melissa and Kathy the cold shoulder now, Teresa admitted it then said she got over it but I have to agree with Jacqueline here, I don’t think Teresa got over it. I think she was hurt that her best friend wouldn’t do what she wanted her to do. In Teresa’s eyes that was a betrayal beyond anything else.
I didn’t want to disappoint my friend, but I wanted to feel free to be who I was, and I wanted her to respect me for that. I like to find out who people are and judge them through my own experiences with them, especially people who I see so often. She knew this about me, but she still let me know how much I disappointed her in different ways. It didn’t sit well with me, but I just didn’t feel right doing the things she wanted me to. If I got involved with her fight against her family, it would have been so much more difficult and awkward for them to resolve things. It would only add more fuel to the fire. I didn’t want to be involved with that. At the same time, it hurt me to see Teresa hurting. I wanted things to get better for her. It’s also natural for me, when I see someone hurting, to offer my help. I’m a great listener and communicator, so I did feel a little shut out by Teresa in other areas, but I think I finally understand the way Teresa thinks now. I started to understand her boundaries more, and I needed to respect them. I also wanted her to respect where I was coming from.
Haven’t we been through all of this already? We know, we get it. Jacqueline didn’t want to go along with Teresa’s plan to snub her sister-in-law and her cousin as punishment for joining the show. This is definitely something that Teresa felt was unforgivable. Right or wrong, that is how she feels and nothing is going to change it.
Teresa and I both know that I never asked her about her financial situation, nor did I care to know any details of it. I was a good listener when she needed me, and I felt like I gave great advice. The times Teresa opened up to me about her grievances, they were mostly about her family. It became a little repetitive and petty after a while, so it became harder to hear at times, but I still wanted to be there for her. I was mostly concerned about the many personal, public articles that kept coming out in national magazines that she never acknowledged around us. All I knew was that Teresa told me she was putting out articles (as you saw at Jamie’s wedding), but I never knew what parts of them were true or not anymore. Some of them said scary things. Things that you would talk to your best friend about. Things I worried for her about. I figured that if Teresa took the time to share with the tabloids certain things about her life, friends, and family, which allowed many strangers to read these things and left people to speculate on what was real or not, that I just wanted the same (if not more respect) as her best friend — to hear the truths straight from the source. I just wanted to know what was real or fake, if she needed my help at all, or to know if she was really hurting or not. The thought of her suffering in silence concerned me. I wanted her to talk to me about the things she was opening up to the tabloids about. Those seemed like much more serious issues to worry about than if Melissa was copying her feather skirt or not.
OMG we went through all of this a few months back during the Jamie Laurita wedding, why is Jacqueline bringing it all up again? We know! Augh!
I needed to lean on Teresa as a friend at that time as well, and I felt like I wasn’t being heard or that she wasn’t concerned with what I was dealing with. When Teresa said to my face that she didn’t ask me questions because she didn’t care, that cut me very deep. I, unlike her, wanted my friends to ask questions. It feels good when someone else cares and wants to help. I think we have a different perspective on the definition of true friendship. It doesn’t make either of us wrong, just different. As much as I was trying to help Teresa, I felt like my efforts were misinterpreted and she was upset and disappointed with me more and more. It was frustrating. I wanted her to know that I had her best interest in mind, and when I didn’t agree with her on things, it didn’t mean that I didn’t love her. I just felt that there were more important things in life to worry about or focus on.
One thing I think both ladies agree on is that Teresa failed to ask Jacqueline how she was doing and what was going on in her life. Teresa isn’t the type to do that, she talked to Jac about her problems and the conversation is over. That doesn’t mean Teresa is a bad friend, some people feel like they are prying or being nosy so they don’t ask. However, Teresa saying she didn’t ask because she didn’t care was kind of vicious. Maybe Teresa felt that if Jac wanted to talk about her issues she would bring it up on her own. Teresa admitted last season that she hadn’t been a good friend to Jac when it comes to being there for Jac as she battled with her daughter’s problems. Teresa simply didn’t ask Jac if she wanted to talk about it. It’s actually amazing that this friendship lasted 10-years when these two women are so very different.
Anyway, I was really glad that we finally sat and talked and that she initiated the conversation. I apologized if I had hurt her, and I meant it. For those of you that were on my back for not apologizing, now you can see that I clearly did. It really wasn’t my intention to hurt her in the first place. I felt bad for losing my temper, because I felt hurt at Melissa’s launch party. I already knew that she most likely wouldn’t be accepting blame or apologizing for anything, because I know that is just how she is. I was OK with that, because I felt like maybe she finally understood me more and maybe it gave her more awareness of others feelings. I was just happy to be more at peace with her after our talk, because I was feeling unsettled at that point. I was definitely happy that she seemed to be getting along with her family and that we talked. Things seemed to be better between us, but somehow I knew things would still be different, although I was still hoping for the best.
Naturally things would be different. Besides having their first ever argument, the changes in their friendship had already been evident prior to the argument. Their early morning telephone conversations were one-sided consisting of Teresa complaining about her family and Jacqueline listening and trying to give advice. That isn’t going to sustain a friendship for too long.
I think it was great that Teresa had a friend who she could talk to about this (clearly she couldn’t talk to her husband) someone who understands, they’re on the show together, they both film with family, who better for Teresa to talk with than someone like Jac who really understands. The problem is Teresa couldn’t relate to Jac’s problems with her daughter Ashley and so Teresa admittedly didn’t ask about Ashley or what Jac was dealing with. Teresa also may have thought that since Jac didn’t bring it up, she didn’t want to talk about it.
Lauren was going through a transitional phase during this trip. She was becoming more separated from her brothers than she was used to be. It had always been the three of them doing everything together. They lived together, went to school together, and shared most of the same friends. When siblings start growing more independent and venturing out on their own, relationships start to shift a little. This is life’s natural course. They will all have their own families to focus on one day as well. (This is all too familiar with Teresa and Joey Gorga.) It doesn’t mean they love each other any less. I think it was harder for Lauren than most, because her brothers were moving on together. They lived together, worked together, and were making new friends together, so Lauren was feeling a little left out. I understand what she was feeling. That could not have been easy. She felt left out of the good times they were having together without her and didn’t feel included. She felt left out of their new private jokes. She just wanted to be kept in the loop and stay as close as they always were. I think it all came to a head on the trip, and that’s why she was so sensitive about it. I actually found it endearing that she loves them so much that she got so upset about it. I don’t think the boys intentionally left her out, because I know they love their sister very much. They were just looking at things from a different perspective. They were not thinking as deeply about it as Lauren was, because the boys were still continuing their lives together and just going with the flow of things. It’s all good, they are still very close to this day.
Siblings that are tight is a wonderful thing but Lauren’s attachment to her brothers is a little unsettling. She doesn’t seem to have girlfriends, she shops and lunches with her mother and hangs out with her brothers. This may be fallout from being overweight growing up and having no friends and no boyfriends but now she has Vito. How must he feel that she seems to care more about spending time with her brothers than with him? Is this the way that Teresa and Joey Gorga were when they first both began to date? Teresa told us that she put her brother ahead of her husband when she was first married, I think Lauren might just do the same if she should ever marry. I don’t get it.
For the record, Caroline did not call Lauren any names to her face, she was expressing her frustration with Lauren in the moment. What parent with a grown child has not gone through that moment? Trust me, Caroline loves all her kids equally, and she is extremely close with ALL of them. Her kids love her back just as much. I love how all of her kids want to come around and still enjoy time with their mom. What mother wouldn’t want that? People that comment on their closeness negatively just seem a little jealous to me, because I think it’s a positive thing.
Whether Caroline said it to Lauren’s face or not, she said it while being filmed and wearing a microphone. This is one of those precious moments that is captured forever on film, is this something Lauren wants to remember forever? No one will convince me that Caroline and Albert Manzo don’t favor their sons over their daughter.
Caroline told us long ago that she decided to do the show to enjoy time with their families and having this time in their lives forever on film. Let’s hope 10-years from now they are proud of what they’re watching. They do have some unique home videos that few families have.
More Real Housewives of New Jersey
Has Bravo already found a Housewife to replace the ones we will be losing? Rumor has it Jacqueline and Caroline are both leaving the show, will Jersey’s newest Housewife be none other than stylist Alisa Maria?
From I’m Not Obsessed:
INO was lucky enough to get some exclusive scoop on a new housewife joining the other ladies of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey‘! This scoop is from someone in the industry who works veryclosely with the show, so the person needs to remain anonymous. The announcement won’t be made until after the reunion episode for the current season of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ airs, but we can tell you about one new cast member: Alisa Maria. Alisa is one of New Jersey’s most wealthy and respected socialites. She’s also a well-known celebrity stylist with her own fur, leather, and diamond line called the Alisa Maria Collection.
For those of you who are currently watching ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ Alisa is a familiar face. She’s BFFs with Kathie Walker and Teresa Guidice. Melissa Jorga was one of Alisa’s former clients: Alisa styled Melissa for her ‘On Display’ single cover and Melissa wore one of Alisa’s gold leather jacket in the season opener. Yet notice Melissa is a “former” client: these two may have some issues to dish out on the next season of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’!
Real Housewives of New York
From NYMagazine – always hysterical and worth a read, Julie Klausner writes up Monday’s episode of the New York Housewives:
Finally! These chickens are acting like the cuckoo birds we need them to be. And it’s a good thing that Ramona is officially off whatever anti-psychotic meds kept her renewed in seasons past, because suddenly, The Real Housewives of New York City is watchable again. Also, Heather calling Ramona “crazy” to Mario’s face — as one might reasonably assume would be his batshit spouse’s wont — is the understatement of the always. Truly. Ramona Singer ran head-to-head with the meth-loving grandma’s on last night’s Intervention premiere for “Most Irrational and Manic,” and Ramona won the silver. And yet, Heather’s accusation of her banan-itude is so controversial, it necessitates a “To Be Continued” at the end of the episode? Anyway, let’s start at its beginning.
The show began at Cool Carole’s Holiday Party, which hosted Aviva’s horny dad George, Sonja, and twelve-thousand accessories that Sonja wore on her head, neck, and body.
Read the entire article, very funny stuff:
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Is NeNe getting back together with her husband Gregg? It sure does look like it, the couple brought their son along to a Safari Fashion Show at the Atlanta Zoo recently.
Phaedra brought along her little man Ayden and he really is getting big. There are some really great shots of the ladies taken, you can view them along with the entire article here:
Straight From The A has the scoop on Atlanta’s newest Housewives:
After the unceremonious departure of Sheree Whitfield from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, we all knew it was only a matter of time before a new chick would be taking her place.
Kandi Burruss revealed during the taping of her late night show Kandi Koated Nights last week, that taping has already begun for season 5 of the RHOA and while I pressed for some info about who would be joining the cast, Burruss would not reveal any information.
I finally got the tea I needed anyway *happy dance* and while I know that Bravo was seeking TWO new housewives, I’m pretty confident in my source who revealed at least ONE of them to me.
Word on the curb is that former Miss USA Kenya Moore, who just so happens to be looking to relocate to Atlanta will be joining the cast next season and has already begun taping.
The strikingly beautiful Moore is about 5’10 and will probably fit right in with team talls, that is… if NeNe and Cynthia can handle playing the background to her beauty.
Since Monyetta Shaw (singer Ne-Yo‘s baby mama) turned down the a spot on the show and negotiations stalled with Toya Wright, it appears that the 41 year old beauty will be the one to add that true celebrity component that Bravo was looking for.
UNFORTUNATELY Moore is not from Atlanta, nor does she even live here!
But she IS currently seeking a property…. so I guess that makes her eligible. *shrug*
I don’t know what her Atlanta ties are, but Moore was once linked to former NFL baller Terrell Owens, who had a home here, but that’s about all I know.
As far as her dating life is concerned, Kenya is single and ready to mingle so may she and NeNe will be hitting the bars together in search of Mr. Right. (Oh wait! They may be “divorced” but trust and believe Gregg ain’t playing that mess!)
The 1993 beauty queen, is known most notably for her “fake” sex tape which she market to sell a book she wrote about “What Women Want“…
I’m wondering if there will be any “friendly” competition between ‘supermodel’ Cynthia Bailey and Kenya since Moore has covered way more magazines than Bailey ever will, including Glamour, Seventeen, Ebony and Essence.
Kenya has also flaunted her curvacious body on several health & fitness magazines, but it’s her Smooth Magazine butt shots that get rave reviews from the fellas.
While I have no clue how she’ll actually fit in to the current cast, Kenya has at least one thing in common with the Atlanta housewives, she already has a Derek Blanks alter ego shoot under her belt.
And our RHOA grand thespian NeNe Leakes may also feel some kinda way after finding that she’s not the only “actress” on TEAM TALLS.
Moore is has acted in several movie roles: Waiting to Exhale, Deliver Us from Eva and the 2007 Lindsay Lohan thriller I Know Who Killed Me.
She also starred in Producer Will Packer‘s first movie to be released theatrically, the independent film ‘Trois‘ which also starred Gretchen Palmer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star Gary Dourdan.
Straight From The A reports on the 2nd new Atlanta Housewife too!
The second name only came to light earlier this week, again courtesy of the well-sourced Michelle Brown at Straight From the A: Porsha Williams Stewart, grand-daughter of late civil rights icon Hosea Williams. (So she is from Atlanta, at least.) She is yet another wife of an ex-NFL football player, in this case Kordell Stewart, a quarterback from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens. He played pro from 1995 to 2005.
I know y’all have been chomping at the bit for some Real Housewives of Atlanta news and boy have I got some for you guys!
As you know, I was the first to announce that Kenya Moore would be joining RHOA and I also told you that producers of the show were seeking one more addition to the show.
There were several ladies up for the part: Toya Wright (negotiations failed), Nicole Porche (producers decided that her being an actress wasn’t a good look), Keisha Knight Pulliam (she denied it but taped a few scenes) and a few others.
Several Atlanta “wives” were approached but none seemed to have that “it” factor the producers were seeking. That is… until producers met Porsha Williams Stewart.
Read more: http://straightfromthea.com/2012/08/13/real-housewives-of-atlanta-porsha-williams-stewart/#ixzz23iMhqf45
Read more: http://straightfromthea.com/2012/05/05/kenya-moore-to-join-real-housewives-of-atlanta-season-5/#ixzz23iKWRfsk
I’m ready for some new Atlanta Housewives action, we likely won’t see any of these episodes until early next year.
Real Housewives of Orange County
Alexis recently gave an interview to CeleBuzz with tips on how to get Bikini ready, is everyone taking notes?
Refusing to live life under a microscope, Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino keeps healthy without giving up life’s little indulgences.
Still, in order to maintain her killer bikini body, Bellino says she follows four simple rules that can apply to women of all ages.
“[Do] everything in moderation,” she told Celebuzz in our exclusive behind-the-scenes video interview. “You do have to have some kind of workout [routine] or activity level.”
What are her other two tips?
“Two other tips that I recommend are, stay away from processed foods, and then don’t eat after, like, five or six o’clock at night,” she continued.
Bellino also says she’s a big fan of exercising, to the point where if she doesn’t do it, she actually — wait for it — misses it.
“I consider myself lucky, because working out, to me, is a stress reliever. I enjoy it,” she said.
It looks like Vicki really is embracing the thought of becoming a grandmother, she recently posted a photo of the baby’s new high chair on her Facebook page claiming, “I can’t wait!”
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
An interview with Kyle From The Review:
The women of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are coiffed and coutured so it only makes sense that one of their kind—Kyle Richards—has created a place where shopping isn’t just an errand, it’s a method of relaxation and socialization.
“We wanted it to be very inviting and comfortable,” Richards told PARADE about her store Kyle by Alene Too (which is open now in where else? Beverly Hills!).
“It’s a place where people want to sit down and hang out. It really is the new place we hang out. My husband had the girls recently while I was in New York for work and they hung out at the store! I want people to feel comfortable and glamorous at the same time.”
Read on for more about her transformation into a businesswoman, keeping her marriage strong, her exciting TV plans, and chopping off her flowing, chestnut mane:
On becoming the boss.
“It’s been a real learning process. My partners in Boca have successful stores there so they were really teaching me the ropes. Then getting the store up and running was another learning process between permits and Beverly Hills codes. It’s been a fun process and I’ve learned a lot. It’s brought out the businesswoman in me.”
On changing her habits.
“I can’t shop anywhere else. I used to have to run around to a million different stores to get everything I needed but now everything is under one roof. So now I don’t like shopping anywhere else unless I have to. I think I’ll eventually have to do [menswear]. Dedicate a corner to men and maybe kids. My girls run in there all the time and Portia asks where the things are for her.”
Kyle on reality TV vs. Kyle in reality.
“On the show, we go to a lot of events so we’re dressed up a lot. But at home, I have little to no makeup on and am just in jeans and a t-shirt or leggings. I have to be comfortable when I’m at home.”
Her luscious locks.
“I have cut it before. My hair grows really fast and when I’m on the show, I have to color it sometimes and I wish it wouldn’t grow as fast so I wouldn’t have to color it as much when we’re shooting. I’ve cut it many times. The shortest I ever cut it was to my shoulders. I dyed it blonde and had that choppy, Sally Hershberger cut that was so popular. It just did not look good on me. Some people didn’t have the nerve to tell me until it grew out. This is just the look I feel the most comfortable in and is the most like me.”
Her big TV news.
“I only stepped away from acting when I was pregnant and my babies were little. I was on ER for ten years on and off. I was pregnant during some of it and hiding my stomach in my scrubs. I really have a passion [for acting]. I actually sold a pilot. I can’t say what network but it’s a half-hour sitcom. I can’t say yet [what it's about] but I’m really excited about it.”
Kyle’s style rules.
“My daughters’ ages range from 4 to 23 so I have rules tailored to each of them. I look at these girls these days and their shorts are so short and they tell me everyone is wearing them like that. So sometimes I end up caving but I do have certain rules and guidelines about what’s appropriate for their age. I just try to wear what looks best on my body and avoid trends. I’m not stick thin, I’ve had kids, I’m 5’2. I really dress for what’s best on me so my own style kind of developed that way. I don’t like showing too much. If I have a lot of cleavage, you won’t see the leg. It’s one or the other.”
Keeping her family and her marriage strong.
“When we started the show, we sat down as a family and asked if anyone had any reservations. If anyone raised their hands, we wouldn’t do it. We had a rule that if we ever felt like it was interfering with our personal lives or my husband and my relationship, I would walk away in seconds, without a doubt. One of our rules is that we have to be home more than we are out. So if it’s a busy week and there are a lot of events, we make sure we only go three times and are home four of the nights. I don’t like seeing families where they’re always out and never see the kids. We make sure to make time for each other.”
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