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Never count Bethenny out! Does anything she tries, fail? Rarely! If Ellen DeGeneres is involved, how can it not happen? Following reports just a few weeks ago that Bethenny’s attempts at getting her own daytime talk show had failed, news of her new show is released today! Congratulations Bethenny! Here’s what she said on her blog:
It is going to be an exciting journey and I can’t wait for you to join me.
Thanks for being so loyal and supportive, without you, this wouldn’t be happening.
See you all this summer on Fox!
She’s not playing, she gave the story to Forbes: (who else?)
I have exciting news for you guys,” reality star and millionaire Bethenny Frankel wrote on her blog today. “The queen of too much information is coming to DAYTIME!”
On the heels of the word this month that Frankel’s Bravo reality showBethenny Ever After would make its third season its last, Fox announced today that a six-week run of Telepictures-produced Bethennywould begin airing this summer.
“A year ago, we determined there was a need in the marketplace for a show that
According to the announcement, made at the annual National Association of Television Programming Executives conference, which kicked off yesterday, Bethenny will run on select Fox Television Stationsincluding WNYW New York and KTTV Los Angelesin a six week test.
While a test-run is no sure thing, Frankel is, as always, in rose-colored glasses. And she’s rallying the troops: with an average weekly audience of 1.5 million built into Team Bethenny on TV and a quarter million fans on both Facebook and Twitter, she’s one star who understands the power of a loyal fan base.
Here’s hoping it translates to eyeballs this summer.
Best of luck to Bethenny, I hope it is everything she wants and more! She deserves it! Lynn~
Tabatha Takes Over by BB
Tabatha goes back to her roots (no pun intended) tonight and takes over a struggling hair salon. In the previews, I heard the word “boughetto,” and wondered if I knew the meaning of the word or if I just thought I knew it. So I went online to look up the definition.
It wasn’t listed in the Meriam Webster dictionary and I didn’t think it would be. However, it was listed in the Urban Dictionary. Here is the definition of Boughetto: “Someone, usually a female, who wants to be bougie, but who is in reality ghetto.” So what does “bougie” mean? Well, it means “Aspiring to be a higher class than one is. Derived from bourgeois – meaning middle upper class, traditionally despised by communists.”
I think we all know what ghetto means, but I’ll include that definition from the Urban Dictionary while I’m at it: 1. (n) an impoverished, neglected or otherwise disadvantaged residential area of a city, usually troubled by a disproportionately large amount of crime; 2. (adj.) urban; of or relating to (inner) city life. Now that we’ve had our English class for the evening, let’s get to the Takeover.
The Salon is called Beyond Hair Salon and Spa located in Cherry Hill, NJ. It has been in business for 7 years. The owner, Aisha McKenzie, tells Tabatha her vision for her salon is to have an upscale, multi-cultural salon. She wants to be known internationally, but she said her staff are maniacs who don’t follow the rules. She describes her staff as lazy and complainers. She’s $90,000 in debt. She has a husband and three kids. She’s stressed and exhausted. She starts crying and tells Tabatha she just lost her mom to breast cancer and she just doesn’t even have the energy to deal with things. Tabatha tells her she knows she’s been through a lot of life and death things and asks her if she’s prepared to be present in her business again. She says yes.
They look at the footage that Tabatha has gotten that day. First, the receptionist, Valerie, talks on the phone all day and calls her boss a bitch to the person she’s talking. She is also very loud. Monica, a stylist, screams across the salon at Aisha. They are both yelling at each other across the salon. Her newly promoted salon manager, Diona, is not managing the appointments and people are waiting over 2 hours for their stylists. Nikeyra, the assistant is over emotional and Aisha grabs her face to try to calm her down. Not professional according to Tabatha. One of the clients gets burned by Nikeyra by the curling iron. Tabatha tells Aisha she’s really in trouble and she is nowhere near being a high-end salon. Tabatha takes the keys.
The staff is goofing around booty-dancing when Tabatha walks in and she tells everyone to stop the BS and come to the front. Valerie is chewing gum and wearing flip flops and Tabatha calls her on it. Nothing is in the sitting area except a hard metal bench for the clients. Aisha’s work station is messy because Nikeyra was suspended for two weeks and had not been there. There is a VIP area that they only use once or twice a week, so that’s pretty much wasted space. It has one chair, a tripod without a camera and looks like a hospital room. Tabatha says Aisha has a long way to go and she doesn’t think Aisha can do it.
The next morning, Tabatha meets with the staff only to get their point of view. They are very quiet. Valerie says she’s nervous because she’s wearing open toe shoes. Tabatha asks her if she owns a pair that aren’t open toed and she says she went out the night before and bought a pair, but they were killing her feet. Tabatha says rules are rules and Valerie tells Tabatha she will put them on.
Tabatha asks the staff what they think the Beyond experience should be. Tabatha tells them she shouldn’t have to listen to them yell across the room, she shouldn’t have to wait because they are triple-booked. Monica speaks up and says Aisha is the definition of Boughetto and in her TH calls her a bitch. Some of the other things said about Aisha are that she PMSes 30 days out of the month, she’s Ms. DeVille, and she has multiple personalities. The staff thinks she hasn’t taken the time to grieve the loss of her mother. Diona says she hasn’t been given the authority to implement changes needed.
Tabatha brings in models so that she can assess the stylists’ work. Monica confers with her client in a very mellow and professional manner and Tabatha asks why she’s so different from the day before. Monica explains that it’s a new client and Tabatha tells her she should be treating ALL her clients that way. Monica agrees. Aisha confers with her client and Tabatha reminds her to ask her client if she’s ever had her hair that short since the picture is of short hair. She tells her if she’s is going to refer to herself as the Hair Doctor, she needs to act like one. Aisha says she does.
Tabatha pulls Monica aside and asks her if she knows what Aisha means by getting ethnic clients in and being able to service the hair with the “Beyond” system that she has, but nobody seems to know what this system is. Monica tells her that beyond a blow dry and flat ironing, they aren’t sure what she means by the system. So Tabatha meets with the assistants and gives them a model to shampoo and do a blow dry.
Valerie goes to Tabatha complaining about her feet hurting. Tabatha tells her she wears shoes every day and works in them and for her to suck it up. Valerie just rolls her eyes. Meanwhile, Monica accidentally spills scalp protector all over her client’s face because the top isn’t on tight. The Beyond experience is a total disaster.
Tabatha tries to give some flat ironing tips to Nikeyra and the other assistant, but Nikeyra is giving attitude and doesn’t seem to want to learn and that’s a problem. Tabatha catches Valerie using her cell phone on the floor and takes her phone away and tells Aisha she has to have consequences to people breaking the rules.
Monica finishes her client with some suggestions from Tabatha and seems open to Tabatha’s critique. Aisha has problems with her hair cut and doesn’t seem open to Tabatha’s assistance, so Tabatha says forget it and leaves. The assistants seem happy at the end of the day, even Nikeyra is smiling.
Time for a one on one between Aisha and Tabatha. She tells Aisha what the staff has told her, including the Boughetto remarks. Tabatha tells Aisha she has alienated her staff so much that they don’t want to help her make things better. Tabatha also tells her both she and the staff thinks Aisha needs to take time to grieve over her mom’s death and not take it out on them. Aisha says she needs time to marinate over what she has just heard. Tabatha tells her to take the rest of the day, take it all in, marinate it, and if she wants to save her business, be there the next morning at 9:00 a.m.
The next day, Tabatha brings in actual clients to talk to Aisha. The first hasn’t been there for two years and used to feel beautiful every time Aisha did her hair. The appointments were on time and she felt important, but towards the end she would be there for hours. The last time she came it was for a very important event. She came in early and had people waiting for her because she was there all day. The second client said the first thing that surprised her was the way she mistreated her employees terribly and nobody should take that kind of abuse. The third client said it was very noisy with people yelling and phones ringing constantly. The last client says that’s an everyday event and she was burnt the last time she was there and that was not acceptable. One client says it started going downhill when her mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer and Aisha could not handle being an owner, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Aisha knows if they all are saying it, it must be true.
Tabatha wanted Aisha to hear it from others because she was not hearing it from Tabatha. She tells Aisha she needs to lead by example and Aisha says she gets it. Tabatha feels like she’s finally getting through to her. The next step is to get the team in shape.
Tabatha takes Aisha and her staff to a cancer support group so they can coordinate an event for those going through cancer treatment. They write messages of hope, wishes, prayers on pink balloons and talk to other cancer patients, relatives, and survivors. One particular woman tells Aisha her own mother died from breast cancer and she now has lung cancer. After talking to everyone, the staff realizes their issues are so small compared to what these women are going through. It was a team building experience.
Aisha tells her staff she’s ready to make a change and her staff says it makes them feel like a team. The blue VIP room has gotta go. The staff is glad to see those blue curtains come down. They will be back on re-opening day ready to show what they have learned and what they can do as a team.
On re-opening day, the staff comes back to a gorgeous salon with a new front desk, new sign, new waiting area with seating, new chairs and mats, and re-finished stations. They are now Bougie. The old VIP area is now a processing area. The walls are Aisha’s mom’s favorite color. Val is wearing a pair of heels. She still thinks the shoe rule will go down the tubes right after Tabatha leaves and she will be wearing her flip flops soon.
Tabatha tells them to act professionally, especially the assistants. She asks Diona to develop a community event for the team. It’s time for them to get their stations ready for the clients. Right away Tabatha sees a group standing around the front desk. Nikeyra is asking for her birthday off. Tabatha asks her if she’s kidding since she just had a couple of days off and it’s a brand new start. Why isn’t she getting the stations ready and not asking for a day off until the end of the day. Nikeyra in her TH says she doesn’t care if she gets fired. Monica is changing her shoes in the front and Tabatha asks her to please change her shoes in the back and not the front.
Monica calls the day a success and says Aisha has gone from Cruella DeVille to Glenda the Good Witch. Diona has come up with an event idea and thinks Aisha is going to be capable of change. Diona seems to be managing the salon very calmly. A new client comes in who has just moved to town. Valerie tells her without even checking with someone, that they are booked and cannot take her. When Diona approaches, Valerie finds someone in the book who will be able to take her the new client.
Tabatha finds the two assistants cleaning up. One assistant is telling Nikeyra not to use dirty towels to clean out the sinks. Nikeyra is laughing about it and Tabatha tells her she either wants to work there or not and it’s not funny.
Time for the recommendation talk with Aisha. Tabatha says Aisha was a different woman today by being so calm and focused. They talk about the Beyond brand and what it means. Tabatha would put Nikeyra on probation and Aisha agrees. Tabatha thinks Diona will work out fine and Aisha agrees. Tabatha asks Aisha if Valerie is the Beyond Brand.
Tabatha and Aisha meet with the staff. Aisha tells them they are going to the next level and hopes everyone wants to come. She tells Diona she will have the power she needs to manage. Tabatha asks Valerie if she’s going to follow the rules and she says she will. If not, Aisha will let her go. Tabatha hopes Valerie is not there when she comes back to check on their progress. As for Nikeyra, Aisha wants her to rise up to the Beyond standard and her probation will continue. She wants her to succeed. Aisha gets her keys back.
Six weeks later, Tabatha is back at Beyond. Monica tells her it’s gotten a lot better and the clients love being there. Diona says Aisha is doing great and her job has become a lot easier. Nikeyra and Valeria are no longer employed there. Another success story.
BB! Outstanding job as always! Thank you! xo Lynn~
Dance Moms by Kara
Hey all! It’s time for Dance Moms Week 3!!
Last week, we saw Cathy try to cheat and enter her girls in the wrong age division to beat Abby. Christy then called Cathy the “Geriatric mean girl”!! hahaha. Ready? Set? GOOO
Abby starts out by congratulating the girls. She announces that their next competition is Starbound in New Jersey.
Nia is at the bottom of the pyramid, because she messed up the choreography. Kendall is next, because she was off of the music. Paige is next because she blends. Mackenzie is next, and she is doing a solo! OMG! MADDIE IS NEXT!!! Wow. What a surprise… Abby wants her to stop resting on being the best, and she wants her to constantly improve. Melissa said that Abby probably wanted to give the other girls a chance. Chloe is next, and everyone is happy that she is ahead of Maddie. Brooke is on top! That’s so exciting for Brooke. She did a great job last week with her solo. Abby says that she wants Brooke to be a role model, but Brooke says that she doesn’t want to be a role model. Maddie and Chloe are going head to head… this is very interesting.
The group dance is called “born to dance”, and it’s about a little girl being born…sounds pretty creepy. Abby tells Brooke that she should take the lead, and that she shouldn’t let her down…foreshadowing anyone? Abby wants it to be about a girl being born…and the girls are put into the fetal position… the moms are mad that the girls are being exposed to these subjects so early on.
Melissa says that the pyramid sucks because she hates that Maddie wasn’t on the top…the mothers are reveling in the moment. She doesn’t think that it’s fair that even though Maddie was the highest scorer, she was still on the bottom. Brooke says that she loved being on the top, but Abby is being way too hard on her, and she wants to try cheerleading.
The next scene, Brooke is at her school’s football game, and a cheerleader is trying to get her to try out. Brooke reveals that she wants to cheer instead, and not get yelled at as much. At her house, Kelly goes into Brooke’s room and they talk about Brooke skipping the competition to try out for cheerleading. Kelly says that Abby is going to kill them if she tries to miss the competition, but she wants to support Brooke and she doesn’t want Brooke to resent her when she’s older. Poor Brooke is at a really strange stage in her life, and she wants to be more independent. I feel bad for her, but it would make me sad if she didn’t keep pursuing dance. She’s an extremely talented dancer.
The next scene is Mackenzie’s solo rehearsal, and she looks adorable! I love Mackenzie…Abby says that Mackenzie proved herself, and that her solo is adorable. Then Mackenzie says that she loves dancing with the girls…I love her.
The moms are drinking at a bar, and Kelly tells them that Brooke wants to try out for cheerleading. Melissa says that she wouldn’t let Maddie try something in the middle of a season…which actually makes sense.
Maddie says that she’s nervous to go against Chloe, but she’s not scared because she’s not intimidated by anyone. Melissa says that Maddie has a good chance because she is dancing at a higher level. Chloe’s rehearsal is next, and she says that she thinks that she has a great chance of winning. Christi says that she’ll give Maddie a run for her money.
The group is practicing, and Abby stops them and asks where Brooke is. Maddie says that she doesn’t know what’s happening with Brooke, because Brooke always says that she hates dance, and her mood varies day by day. She says that she knows that’s what being a teenager is all about…once again, Maddie is a genius.
Abby is already berating the girls, and Kelly is scared to tell Abby that Brooke isn’t coming. Abby confronts Kelly, and Kelly says that Brooke probably isn’t coming this weekend because of cheerleading. Abby says that Kelly is letting her 13-year-old dictate the entire group’s future. She says that Brooke should’ve spoken up and let someone else be at the top. As a result, Abby cuts the entire group routine. The moms are angry that the girls are all being cut. Christi says that she’s supporting Kelly and Brooke, and Abby calls her an asshole… so uncalled for. This woman is so out of control it’s ridiculous. I understand her being angry, but the way she handles things is completely outlandish.
The moms say that they are a team, and Abby says they can go be a team somewhere else, and it’s her way or the highway. Abby says that either the group goes and her name is removed from the dance, or they don’t go at all. Abby tells Kelly that Brooke shouldn’t have quit in the middle of the season, which I totally agree with. Abby says that the assistant choreographer will help them rehearse, because she won’t. Nia says that Miss Abby should have faith in them, because they will win. The girls look happy on the bus, and then Abby shows up to ruin the fun. She didn’t want to throw her assistant under the bus, so to speak. She decides to go with them.
Cathy calls Melissa and wants to meet. Melissa is being too nice, and Abby is telling Melissa to stop being so nice. Cathy reveals that they’re going to New Jersey too. Abby tells them not to reveal that Brooke isn’t in the group, because Cathy would have a field day. She tells them that they better win, or else.
Abby says that starbound is looking for more, and that they have to win. She tells them to remember that Brooke doesn’t exist. Christi says the girls are under a ton of pressure.
Cathy says that their “Nemis” is there…woman is an idiot. She instructs her girls not to let Abby psych them out. Christi says she won’t start anything with Cathy, unless she starts first. It’s Mackenzie’s solo time, and Abby tells her if she forgets, she’ll chop off her head. So sweet.
Mackenzie does her solo, and she looks so adorable! I love her. She does everything perfectly. Even Abby says that she nailed it.
Cathy picks some sort of idiotic fights about the seating. Chloe is practicing her solo, and says that she thinks that she can beat Maddie. Chloe doesn’t look nervous at all. She does her solo, and she looks amazing! The solo is great, but it’s actually a little boring and slow… Abby says Chloe looks beautiful, but she saw mistakes that Chloe made.
Maddie is next, and she says that she feels confident. She thinks she can win even though it’s a jazz routine. I love way this girl dances. It just looks so natural and strong. But for some reason, like Chloe’s dance, it’s a little boring. Abby says that Maddie looks like she’s a paid entertainer.
Cathy notices that Brooke’s not there, and that she’s probably trying out for cheerleader…pan over to Brooke’s school, and Brooke is trying out. She’s having trouble calling out the chants. Brooke makes the squad, and she’s super excited. Kelly’s happy for Brooke, but she’s also disappointed that Brooke is turning her back on something she’s been doing her entire life.
Results time! Mackenzie wins her division! That’s so great. Love her. She says she wants to win a lot, just like Maddie. Maddie gets third in her division. Melissa says that Maddie was jipped. Chloe wins! That is so great for Chloe…she beat Maddie! Christi looks so proud. I’m happy for Chloe. Abby told Melissa that Maddie didn’t win because Maddie looked to professional for the judges, and since Chloe messed up some turns, she won because she didn’t look professional. That’s a crock of crap, and she knows it. You can really tell who her favorites are!
It’s group number time! Cathy’s girls say good luck, but, once again, they look really…old. Of course Vivi’s randomly thrown into it. I have no idea why she’s always in there. It’s odd. Cathy’s girls look great, but the dance was meh… Abby says that Vivi was used as a human prop to bring the age group down to her girls’ level. She hopes the judges notice this attempt at cheating.
The girls do their group number, and they look absolutely perfect. Even Kendall is right on the music with the other girls. They really look beautiful. Abby is so proud that they succeeded without her. Nia says that they’re taking Candy Apples down…and they do! The apples get 8th. Christi says “how do you like them apples?” haha love her. Abby’s girls win! Abby doesn’t deserve this win. She didn’t even want her name attached the day before.
Cathy looks humiliated…Abby wants to go tell Cathy’s girls congrats. Also, Abby wants the bee costume that Vivi wore last season. Cathy says that she gave it to the Goodwill. Melissa is in disbelief, and Christi speaks up. Cathy calls her a disco ball and then makes fun of Christi’s nose again. For someone who has been made fun of for having a big nose my entire life, I want to go in and slap Cathy personally. Cathy keeps putting her hands on Christi, and I commend her for not beating the shit out of Cathy. I would’ve.
Next week, Payton is invited into the group, so that means her crazy mom is back. That woman is insane!!
Well, I hope you all enjoyed this week’s dance moms! If you love me, follow me on Twitter @kqs5041
Love you all!
Thanks Kara! Great job with Dance Moms! Lovin it! Lynn~
Preview of Bravo’s new show, Shahs of Sunset:
This show seems to be right up Bravo’s alley, a group of spoiled and big-headed people who don’t appreciate what they have. It reminds me of that Miami show they aired not too long ago. What do you all think?
Andy talks about Twitter and how difficult it is to respond to all viewer questions and comments. He mentions that he doesn’t want to delegate someone else to Tweet for him and I totally agree! If people continue to complain that he doesn’t respond to everything the only way to fix that is to have an assistant do his Tweeting for him, no one wants that! I believe that they truly do read them all or at least as many as possible, Andy and other Bravo cast members respond to what they choose to, leave them alone! This trend of allowing someone else to Tweet for you is disturbing!
Andy reveals his book title, “Most Talkative”
Andy’s most recent written blog (from Tuesday):
First of all, I’m so glad RHOBH ended on a high, happy note with Pandora’s wedding. It was fun to go inside of it, and when Lisa showed up at WWHL she was in tears, having just watched it for the second time.
Not only did she let me feel her butt on live TV to prove to the world that there aren’t implants in the badonk (I didn’t feel any), Brandi revealed during Plead the Fifth that she had a weeklong fling with Gerard Butler. And Uggie, the dog from The Artist, appeared to collect his Mazel of the Day in person and I got a good face lickin’!
After the show I went to the party for Madonna’s new movie W.E. at the top of the Standard and chatted with the icon. She gave me a fantastic preview of the MadonnaBowl, but I promised her I wouldn’t share what she said. It’s safe to say it’s going to be a lot of epic packed into twelve minutes. I cannot wait.
Speaking of music legends, tonight Mary J. Blige is on WWHL! That’s going to be exciting.
I turned in my book yesterday for the final time. I feel light as a feather. So I can happily tell you to look for Most Talkative in stores May 8th and know it will actually be there!
What a joke! She’s going to blog about Brandi and “I” (by the way Dana, it’s Brandi and ME) Who really needs her to re-hash the whole thing? Keep it Dana! We’re over it!
Brandi has let it go, but Dana is going to re-open it all right around the time that the reunion airs because she won’t be getting any attention. This woman is the ultimate fame whore and will do ANYTHING to get back on the show next season, she’s trying to stay relevant and even negative attention is feeding her craving. Sickening!
I am so over Dana Wilkey, she needs to go the way of “she who must not be named” and disappear!
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Terry Aley has the latest on Demi Moore and the rest of your fav celebs:
On a personal note: I had a lovely evening last night with a new Twitter friend who lives in Chicago, we met at this amazing restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood called Sunda. (highly recommended) For a Tuesday night the place was jumping, every table was full and it was a fun crowd!
Follow her on Twitter, she’s an amazing woman and I thank her for inviting me out for drinks and amazing conversation! She and her friend are writing a book and trying to get it published, I wish her the very best in that endeavor!
Until Next Time…