Reality Roundup: Teresa Giudice CASH ONLY Bookgate, Atlanta Hoedown Throwdown, and Bethenny Returns to Bravo

From Left to Right: Kenya Moore with RHOA co-stars Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes, and Porsa Stewart (Source: 5pinkave)

It was a Hoedown Throwdown this past Thursday during the taping of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s season six reunion.   

Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart got into a brief physical altercation during the filming, People confirmed. Adding that Porsha was sent home after the brawl broke out and was not allowed to finish filming.

“A fight broke out that had to be broken up,” a source told the mag. Things allegedly got heated between the feuding stars when Porsha went after Kenya during an argument. “There was definitely some hair pulling, but no one was injured. It was broken up so quickly that nothing serious happened.” 

 Despite the reports, Kenya Moore’s rep is denying the allegations. “Miss Moore was not engaged in any physical altercation,” ABC News reports. “She adamantly condones violence and would never be involved in such behavior.”

“one thing u will NEVER see me do is fight,” Kenya tweeted last week. “Your brain and tongue are your most powerful weapons.”

Maybe we will also never see her proofing her rep’s quotes because that should have said adamantly does NOT condone violence. Let’s hope it was a misprint.

The two reality stars have been feuding since they met. This season, Kenya accused Porsha of being a “beard” for her ex-husband, NFL pro, Kordell Stewart, after their public split. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays on Bravo.

Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel reunited with her former RHONY castmate Ramona Singer last week on Watch What Happens: Live! The two bonded over their turbulent love lives and their preceding divorces.

“I’m taking everything day-by-day,”  Ramona said when asked about her separation from her husband, Mario.

Bethenny, who split from her husband Jason Hoppy in 2012, admitted that although it’s been a rough couple of months, she is finally feeling a little happier.

“Honestly, it’s been a year — 15 months — of this,” Bethenny told Andy Cohen. ” I am dating. And I’m happy. I’m good. I finally feel a little bit of liberation, a little bit of freedom, just a little bit of just not feeling so bad. It’s been a really, really hard time. Let’s put it that way.”

 The 43-year-old Skinnygirl mogul and television personality also commented on the cancellation of her self-titled daytime talk show, Bethenny.

“I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled,” she admitted. “And I’m not really great when I’m shackled. As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”

“Ultimately, it was not what I really should be doing,” Bethenny added. “I really didn’t love it the way that I thought that I would.”

Bethenny is not going to let the cancellation of her talk show  stop her from getting right back in front of the camera.  Bethenny has been in serious talks with Andy about returning to Bravo with a new show, a source revealed to RadarOnline.

“They’ve been in deep negotiations and she is definitely ready to return to Bravo,” the source admitted. “This would be one of the first things he [Andy Cohen] produces with his new company.”

Andy Cohen started his own production company a few months back and scoring a deal with Bethenny is a high priority for the reality television guru.

As for returning to The Real Housewives of New York City, “Bethenny probably won’t stoop to that level,” a Radar insider revealed. “She thinks she’s beyond and above that.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars, along with Andy Cohen, made their music video debuts in Lady Gaga‘s new “film” for her single “G.U.Y.” Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump’s beloved dog even got a cameo! Catch a glimpse of the ladies in the music video here.

The winners of the first ever Real Housewives Awards were announced on Watch What Happens last week. Among the award recipients was Kim DePaola, aka Kim D,  from The Real Housewives of New Jersey  who was crowned the Best Supporting Agitator. Kenya Moore added a new sash to her Miss USA collection when she was announced the Rookie of the Year and The Real Housewives of Orange County star and original housewife Vicki Gunvalson took home the gold with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice came under fire this past week after RadarOnline exploited the reality star for charging CASH ONLY — with no receipts — for a copy of her autographed book and a picture at a recent event.

Patrons who attended the fashion event, which was hosted by Kim D, were charged $110 for a ticket that included dinner, wine, music and a fashion show.

“Teresa was advertised as the celebrity guest and that she would be signing copies of her latest book. But nowhere was it advertised that she would be charging guests $25 to sign and take a photo with her!” a guest told Radar.

“When you walked up to her, the woman next to her was quick to advise that it was $25 and ‘cash only.’ Cash only? Who takes cash only? Even Teresa was telling guests it was ‘cash only, no receipts’ and she had bags of cash beside her where her colleague was collecting the money.”

“Why would someone insist on cash only?” the eyewitness questioned. “Everyone was saying it was clearly to avoid a paper trial of her sales.”

Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice were indicted this past summer on numerous counts of federal fraud and tax charges. Their indictment details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars entered a guilty plea to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, and numerous other charges in Newark Federal Court on March 4th, 2014 and the couple could be facing months behind bars.

After reports surfaced of Teresa’s book signing stunt, Giudice announced that she donated the proceeds from the cash she collected to charity, and sent a $400 check to The Nephcure Foundation.

“The arrangement was always that Teresa would be giving all proceeds to the Nephcure Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for debilitating kidney diseases,” a source told Radar Online. “Teresa had several expenses related to the book signing, and several vendors that had to be paid. All of the profits were donated to the charity. In no way whatsoever was Teresa trying to make a quick buck.”

 According to our sources, filming for the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has wrapped. Teresa and her RHONJ castmates are set to make their return to Bravo this summer. Seems filming is on the same timeline as  the last go round. It was one year ago tonight that the cast was involved in a big brawl that ended up last season’s finale, and landed some of them in court.

 

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Reality Roundup: Bookgate in NY, Braceletgate in NJ, and Birthdaygate in Miami

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

RHONY in NJ, Carole Radziwill reads from her new novel.

Housewife Guy has the weekend off, but gossip never takes a vacay! This week was no exception, with some of the juiciest stories in TBB‘s very own backyard. The Real Housewives of New York City are on the air and at each other’s Chanel necklaced throats. Bravo is heavily promoting the feud du jour between Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher. The debacle even has its own hashtag #Bookgate. The ghostwriter finger pointing hit new heights, however, when Drescher called into Vh1‘s Gossip Table  Tuesday morning.

Drescher told the panel about the “epic fight” saying, “one of us admits to having a lot of help and one doesn’t” in reference to Drescher’s memoir Leggy Blonde, and Radziwill’s What Remains and The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, a memoir and fictional novel respectively.

“I had a lot of help on my book,” Drescher said. But she dropped a bomb when GT host Rob Shuter asked if there’s any possibility of Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin returning to the show. “I heard they are going to replace Heather (Thomson) and Carole. Heather and Carole are trying to be like Ramona (Singer) and Sonja (Morgan) NOT…I heard that Jill and Bethenny might come back and boot them off the show.”

While Drescher was spreading rumors this week, Radziwill was spreading the word about her first foray into fiction. The longtime journalist and widow of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s nephew Anthony Radziwill, who succumbed to cancer in 1999, was busy visiting bookstores and reading excerpts from Widow’s Guide and autographing copies for her readers. I caught her at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ near her childhood home of Suffern, NY along with her parents and sister. When asked about the Jill/Bethenny comment, which Andy Cohen squashed on Radziwill’s Tuesday appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Radziwill said that Drescher was probably just listening to, “the voices in her head.” She also said that she never meant to offend stay at home moms with the comment she said to Aviva in Tuesday’s episode.

So did Radziwill have any help writing either of her books? She does admit to one surprising source of advice. “Christiane Amanpour, a very old friend of mine and my husband’s (when I first started dating) said; ‘You should keep a journal and you should call it the Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating. She actually says she didn’t say sex but I’m pretty sure she did say ‘sex and dating’…I didn’t keep a journal but I kept the title. She always likes to be credited.”

Personally, knowing Aviva and listening to her call on GT I think it was just her kooky sense of humor. Her tone, to me sounds very jocular. Below is a link to the clip. What do you all think?

http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2014-03-18/aviva-drescher-leg-rhony/

The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be off air for a moment, but it doesn’t mean they are off our radar. RHONJ and now convicted tax felon Teresa Giudice won’t let her legal woes get her down. The mother of four daughters, and cookbooks, made an appearance at Kim D’s Posche spring fashion show on Wednesday night, but you had to pay a price for a moment with the queen of the table flip. Apparently Giudice was with a handler who let people know they had to purchase a 25 dollar book to get an autograph and picture with the reality star. This was in addition to the $110 ticket to attend the dinner. Another caveat, the fans had to pay Teresa in cash. Considering these days anyone can accept credit cards with an iPhone it seems to me Tre wants to hide some income for fear of the government garnishing her wages.

Is a Jerseylicious star ripping off the RHONJ’s niece? According to Candice Laurita; niece of Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo,and Jacqueline Laurita; Tracy DiMarco has been knocking off her accessory business, Dazzle Candy for months.

“When I was told about this I literally felt sick,” Laurita told TBB, “The designs are so similar that it’s impossible to be a coincidence so many times over. When things like this happen it’s always really upsetting, but to have it come from someone with such a large reality TV following, it is that much more devastating to my business that I worked so hard to build.”

This is not the first case of jewelry knock off drama in New Jersey. Last month we reported that Kim D had been accused of stealing her cuff designs from another designer. Laurita is currently awaiting a response from DiMarco but supplied the following pictures from Dazzle Candy and DiMarco’s Princess Armor websites. What do you think?

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Credit: Dazzle Candy

Speaking of the Manzos their fanzos may have to wait a little while before they get to see the famous reality tv star family return to the air. A source told us they are having some issues with the production of their spinoff Manzo’d With Children. “They really want it to be real,” the source who by the way was NOT Candice, told us. “They are trying to exert some control over the editing. They don’t want their show overproduced.” Three cheers for Caro and the crew for trying to keep it real!

Let’s leave the Northeast for some fairer weather Housewife scoop. Perez Hilton reports that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams has a new man. According to Hilton’s site Williams is dating 42 year old Teodoro Nguema Obiang son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, dictator, er president, of Equatorial Guinea. Mbasogo is “considered one of the most brutal rulers in Africa.” RHOA fans have been side eyeing the newly divorced Williams’s luxurious lifestyle all season, but this relationship would certainly explain how it’s been funded as the family of Obiang has some serious oil wealth, allegedly pillaged off the backs of their population. Williams was married to NFL player Kordell Stewart whose sexuality has been questioned all season long by her and her cast mates. As Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger would say, it seems like Porsha’s picker is off!

 South of Atlanta the ladies of Real Housewives of Miami as well as others, Countess LuAnn DeLesseps , gathered to celebrate Marysol Patton‘s birthday. The odd thing, Patton’s birthday was in January. The daughter of the free spirited Mama Elsa is a Capricorn, as she’s tweeted me about our shared birth sign before. A source who attended the event said the party, “was just going to be (a restaurant opening) but restaurant owners wanted to do a belated birthday bash for her.” Restaurant owners? Sounds more like producers to me. Could RHOM be filming another season? Does Marysol have a pilot for another show? Hmmm sounds fishy to me. Patton’s true birthday is January 9th.

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Reality Roundup: RHONY Premiere, Celebrity Apprentice Casting Rumors, and Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Housewife Guy and Kristen Taekman at the cast screening.

Housewife Guy and Kristen Taekman at the cast screening.

Adding to the downward spiral of LuAnn de Lesseps’ career on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, the Countess had to lower the listing price on her luxurious Hamptons farmhouse.

After over three months on the market, Luann cut the price of her estate by $255,000—bringing the listing price down to $8.995 million. Originally listed at $9.995 million back in December, the 2.2-acre lot boasts a 6,000-square-foot home with six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, an outdoor tennis court, heated pools, large outdoor patios, and a separate pool house.

Countess has been a star on The Real Housewives of New York City since its inauguration back in 2008. However, after a reported contract dispute, Luann has taken on a smaller recurring role on the new sixth season of the hit show.

“LuAnn isn’t considered an original,” RHONY co-star Ramona Singer boasted to Confidential at a premiere party last week. “She’s just a part-time Housewife, so really I’m the only standing original,” said Singer. “The reason is, I don’t play for the cameras, I play for me.”

Ramona’s unpleasant demeanor was more present than ever when I bumped into her on Tuesday evening at The Real Housewives of New York City premiere party. Ramona was sans wedding ring and wore a fitted red dress to the event which was hosted by the newest cast member Kristen Taekman. Ramona was escorted by a new mystery man—has she already moved on from Mario?! Perhaps!

The Pinot Grigio enthusiast filed for divorce from her husband, Mario, of 22 years this past January after years of cheating allegations proved true.

The new sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City airs Tuesday nights on Bravo.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice will be sentenced this summer after pleading guilty in federal court to multiple charges last week. Real Housewives guru Andy Cohen sat down with E! News to discuss how the Giudice’s legal issues will affect the show.

“We’re shooting next season right now,” Andy revealed. “So there’s going to be a lot in there that’s going to be quite dramatic and different than anything we’ve ever seen before.”

 When asked if Teresa would be able to film RHONJ if sentenced to house arrest, the Watch What Happens: Live host said he and Teresa will cross that bridge when they get to it. “I’m gonna let her get through the sentencing, and then we’ll all talk.”

For now, Andy’s primary focus is ensuring the couple’s four daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana are alright. “I don’t know much about the situation,” Andy says. “(but) I certainly am thinking about kids right now.”

 Is Adrienne Maloof returning to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for season 5? Recent reports claim that network executives are interested in bringing Adrienne back into the mix after season four’s low ratings.

Despite the several claims, an insider told Life & Style magazine that the reports are simply false.

The 52-year-old reality star was publicly booted from the series by Andy Cohen after she skipped out on the season three reunion show last year.

 “She knew if she didn’t show up to the reunion, she’d be cut,” an insider told Life & Style last year. “But she didn’t want to go and have to sit through all of the women attacking her.”

“I’m happier that I’m off the show,” the mother-of-two told the mag last year. “I don’t miss the cattiness or the below-the-belt cheap shots.”

Donald Trump better hold onto his weave! With more than one Real Housewife in the boardroom, season seven of Celebrity Apprentice is sure to be full of drama!

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore are packing their bags and heading to New York City to star on the hit reality show.

Brandi and Kenya are not the first Real Housewives stars to appear on the show. RHOA star NeNe Leakes appeared on the show and RHONJ cast-member Teresa Giudice made it to the final five back in 2012.

According to TMZ, the pair will be joined by Dancing with the Stars and mother of eight Kate Gosselin, rapper Ludacris, actress Vivica A. Fox, journalist Geraldo Rivera, Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam, and other celebrities.

Season 14 of Celebrity Apprentice will begin filming this spring and will air on NBC in the 2014-2015 season. The cast will be officially announced on Thursday, March 20th.

Season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County will be premiering on Bravo this spring! With a serious cast shake-up and tons of animosity, this is sure to be dramatic season!

Alexis Bellino, Gretchen Rossi, and Lydia McLaughlin will not be appearing on season nine of the show.  While both Alexis and Gretchen got the ax by Bravo, Lydia announced she was leaving on her own accord.

Joining returning cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney-Judge and Heather Dubrow, are Lizzie Rovsek and Shannon Beador.

Lizzie, a friend of Tamra’s and a former Miss Kentucky, is married and has two children. Shannon, a native Californian and stay-at-home mom, has three daughters.

The cast will also be joined by “friend of the housewives” Danielle Gregorio.

Season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County will premiere April 14th at 9pm on Bravo. Catch a glimpse of what is to come below!

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