Debriefing the Knot

TBB and Vikki Ziegler at the RHONJ season 6 premier party.

TBB and Vikki Ziegler at the RHONJ season 6 premier party.

Vikki Ziegler is definitely tough! On Bravo‘s Untying The Knot she had to tell some pretty stubborn personalities just where to stick their stuff. How does one get that tough? Be born and bred in the Gardenstate! We caught up with this no nonsense Jersey Girl at , where else, but Velocity 1 Media‘s Real Housewives of New Jersey premier party for Project Ladybug and the Deborah Hospital Foundation.

TBB: You just finished your first season on Bravo, had you been on Reality TV before?

VZ: I’ve done VH1, but pretty much all the cable networks as a talking head as a legal analyst.

TBB: Your show, a lot like Millionaire Matchmaker, was very structured; the unpredictability being in the couples you mediated. How did you feel about the final product?

VZ: I loved it! I think it was educational. I think people really loved the different types of couples and every week you didn’t know if they were going to stay together or not. I think it was a fresh new type of Reality TV. I got such great feedback. I was really happy with the show and how it turned out!

TBB: How much say did you have in how things all came together?

VZ: I pretty much did everything I normally do in my day to day mediations, so it was all me.

TBB: Did you have any trouble finding couples who were willing to put it all out there for the world to see?

VZ: There were very special couples that came on, for sure. (Laughs)

TBB: Of all of your clients who appeared on Untying The Knot, who left the greatest impression on you?

VZ: Tim and Kelly broke my heart, they were the worst! Krissy and Tina were a lot of fun, though heartbreaking as well, and Jacques and Mira I thought were beautiful people in and out and I really enjoyed them. Those would be my top three!

TBB: Which personalities were the most difficult for you to deal with?

VZ: The last episode, Iret and Stuart because Iret was really addicted to her stuff and Stuart was pretty much done and didn’t want to give in. I really had to come up with a good compromise or I knew they would not listen to my recommendations.

TBB: We know that there’s a lot of footage that ends up on proverbial cutting room floor, what was the real time, real life reaction when Jennifer and Golan found out that their Anwar Sadat passport was no where near the six figure value they had predicted?

VZ: They were so shocked and upset, actually they were pretty pissed off. They had done a business deal and put up collateral for that passport and then found out it was practically worth nothing. These mediations went on for hours, and unfortunately the viewers only got a glimpse of what I was actually doing due to the amount of time TV allotted. There was so much more that I wanted people to see, but again I think they got the gist of what was happening.

TBB: You are here supporting the premiere of the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, which once again features your long time friend Dina Manzo. Are you a fan of the show?

VZ: I am and I know other people on it too. I grew up in Wayne and they (Dina and Teresa Giudice) are from Paterson, so it’s the same area. So, yes, I’m a big supporter of (RHONJ) and rooting for everyone from New Jersey always!

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By Lesley Rousso


Sorry ladies, according to People Magazine, The Voices Adam Levine married model Bahati Prinsloo in Mexico over the weekend.  Guests included Robert Downey Jr. as well as Adam’s Maroon 5 bandmates.  Oddly enough Jonah Hill officiated the ceremony.  Stevie Nicks also was on hand to sing a duet with Adam during the reception.

Us Weekly is reporting that Brody Jenner had a couple of reasons for not attending step-sister Kim Kardashian‘s wedding to rapper Kayne West.  For one, Brody says, it was in Paris, quite far away and Kim didn’t give anyone, including her family, notice until just a few weeks prior. Jenner goes on to say that he’s not at all close with Kanye, and in fact barely knows him.  All of this talk stemmed from Brody attending the nuptials of Kim’s ex boyfriend Reggie Bush last weekend.  Brody explains that he and Reggie have been friends for years.

The Biggest Losers former trainer Jillian Michaels opened up to People about her exit from the NBC show.  Jillian claims that the producers portrayed her as being too tough and weren’t revealing the bonds she shared with her clients.  She also goes on to say that the nasty side of fame was spilling over into her personal life which includes partner Heidi Rhoades and their two children.

VH1 had a few premieres this week which included Candidly Nicole and LeAnn and Eddie.  Candidly stars Nicole Richie goofing around with friends and singer/father Lionel Richie.  I loved it and I think Nicole is hilarious.  This didn’t surprise me, after all I was a big fan of The Simple Life.  LeAnn and Eddie on the other hand can be described in one word.  Boring!  The only thing this show actually does is make LeAnn Rimes look pretty normal and Brandi Glanville look that much more insane. Eddie Cibrian just looks kind of dumb.  Hmm.

Last week ABC‘s Celebrity Wife Swap starred none other than former Bravo Tv housewife Jill Zarin.  Jill swapped places with Blossom star Jenna Van Oy and went to Nashville while Jenna came to the Hamptons.  It was mostly an uneventful show but it did prove one important thing.  Jill is still the same obnoxious person she always was.  One of her lines, and I quote “You’ll see one day, children are overrated.”  Classy Jill, bet that made Ally feel good.

Stay tuned…

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By Brent Osborne with Tara Cushing

Source: OK!Magazine

Source: OK!Magazine

In loving memory of Michael M. Flatley

There must be something in the water! Vicki Gunvalson, star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County, welcomed her second grandchild earlier last week.

Now, O.C. Housewife Tamra Barney will join Vicki in the Grandmas Club! Tamra’s son, Ryan Vieth, 28, and his fiancée, are expecting their first child later this year.

I’m going to be ‘Tam-ma’,” Tamra told Andy Cohen last week on Watch What Happens Live. “NeNe [Leakes] has ‘Glam-ma’ and Vicki has ‘Nana’ and I’m going to be ‘Tam-ma’. I’m so excited!”

Wedding vows may not mean a thing to one Real Housewives of Atlanta couple! After being sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud charges, Apollo Nida is questioning his marriage to Phaedra Parks.

I doubt it,” Apollo told Atlanta B100′s radio hosts when asked if his marriage would last with him behind bars. “I mean, my wife didn’t even f——g show up for my sentencing, so I’m still kind of salty about that.”

During the interview, Apollo also expressed concern for his children, Ayden, 4, and Dylan, 1. “I love my kids,” he said. “Coming from a non-father, non-mother background, I think at the end of the day, I feel sad and disappointed that I let my little man down.”

According to federal court documents, Apollo deposited millions of dollars worth of “fraudulently obtained checks” into almost 40 bank accounts that had been opened using “stolen identities.”

Apollo, 35, will serve five years under parole supervision after he completes his eight years in a federal prison.

Hold onto your oars, Bravo executives! Network ratings may be headed downstream! According to RealityTea, The Real Housewives of New Jersey failed to draw a big crowd to tune into the season 6 premiere last week. Only 2.14 million viewers tuned in to watch the return of RHONJ alum Dina Manzo. It was the lowest rated premiere episode in the show’s history!

Meanwhile down in Atlanta, the Married to Medicine reunion show averaged 1.14 million viewers, an average viewing for the series, and 1.12 million people watched the season premiere of Don’t Be Tardy.

And the ratings struggling Real Housewives of New York City had a small 1.13 million people tuned in to see Carole Radziwell and the RHONY ladies celebrate her birthday.

Perhaps RHONY ratings will increase as the preview for this week’s season finale episode has gone viral! During the filming for the season finale of The Real Housewives of New York City, star Aviva Drescher used her prosthetic leg as ammunition during a heated argument with her fellow cast members.

“The only thing that is artificial or fake about me is this!,” Aviva screeched. Aviva then took off her prosthetic leg and threw it across the room.

The encounter, which according to Page Six took place last fall, had caused much excitement among the other customers at the restaurant in which the show was being filmed. All witnesses at the restaurant, however, were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Catch a sneak peek of the outstanding moment below!

Aviva’s leg isn’t the only fake aspect of the show. US Weekly reported that last week’s promise ring scene between Aviva’s ex-husband Harry Dubin and Sonja Morgan was a phony. The mag stated a source disclosed the scene was  staged by Sonja and Ramona Singer. The clincher, the ring was Ramona’s and had once belonged to her mother-in-law. How’s that for Reality TV?

The season finale of The Real Housewives of New York City airs this Tuesday, July 22nd.

Mikey Flatley with good friend Nicole Napolitano of RHONJ (Source: Nicole Napolitano personal photo)

Mikey Flatley with good friend Nicole Napolitano of RHONJ (Source: Nicole Napolitano personal photo)

On a sad note TBB lost a friend and contributor last week. Michael (Mikey) Flatley was a devoted Housewives fan whom we met through social media and the events circuit. A New Jersey native, he was partial to The Real Housewives of New Jersey and appeared in  the crowds on several reality shows both on Bravo and MTV. His greatest loves were his family and his many friends. We will miss his enthusiasm and zest for life.

Michael was pursuing his dream of becoming a school counselor. A scholarship fund is being established at South Brunswick High School where he did his internship in student counseling. Donations can be made to :

South Brunswick HS Student Personnel Services Dept

750 Ridge Rd.

Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852