Real Housewives of Miami… Bring on the Boring

The Real Housewives of Miami cast member, Lea Black, talked with The Miami Herald:

“We are chatting with the ladies one by one, and on a recent conference call, we caught up with 56-year-old philanthropist Lea Black, who met her husband, famed defense attorney Roy Black, when she was a juror on the William Kennedy Smith trial in 1991.

Lea didn’t want anyone to know she was doing RHOM… wonder why???

Why did you want to do the show?

At the time I didn’t; at the time I wasn’t sure. And now I think it’s become a phenomenon. I think Bravo has created a pop-culture phenomenon so now I’m happy that I did it. Live life, see what happens, take your chances, go for it.

What kind of drama can we expect?

I wouldn’t say that it’s hair-pulling, table-flipping drama. I would say that it’s a different type of drama, but I think people would be fascinated with the characters. Many of them are very witty, and everybody has their own quirky personalities. It’ll be all about Miami, how fabulous Miami is, the best of Miami. A lot of the best and the worst of all of us.

Is there anyone who can be labeled the b-word?

None of the women in this show particularly go out of their way to step on anyone. But if anyone did get stepped on then more likely than not it was someone calling them out on something that perhaps they deserved to be called out on. It certainly was never in a mean way that I thought.

Are your friends and family ready for the scrutiny?

I didn’t tell anybody that I did the show until I finished it, and then I denied it up until Bravo said that they had announced it. So I’m getting a lot of people mad at me. I guess I was shy about it. My husband’s law partner, I think he’s ready to call 911 for oxygen.

Did you do anything on camera that you’re worried about?

I’m worried about the fact that I just threw myself together and didn’t do my hair and makeup and just grabbed clothes out of my closet and ran and did this stuff and didn’t take the visual part of it seriously. Because [the show] came at a time when I just came off four months of working 24/7 for the [Black’s Annual Gala] and then straight into that. I just didn’t have time to catch my breath and organize my life. [Also] I am positive there are many times I opened my big mouth when I should have kept it shut. My life is sort of an open book, and my husband is a public person, and I kind have been scrutinized already. Hopefully I didn’t do or say anything that would embarrass myself or my husband or his clients or anything like that.

NOTE:  Well!  Just can’t wait for this edition of the Real Housewives franchise… Lea Black says that she didn’t want anyone to know she was even filming the show; there’s no ‘disagreements’, no ‘table flipping'; and no one on RHOM is ‘mean.’  Will RHOM even be worth watching?  I’m bored with it already…


Camille… Reporter!?

Another “you cannot be serious” item about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Camille Grammer…

Camille posin’ at the Tonys…

“‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer has been hired by CNN as Oscars correspondent.   The recently divorced star will be a fashion and celebrity commentator at next week’s Oscars for Showbiz Tonight, reports the New York Daily News.

She’ll join CNN hosts AJ Hammer and Brooke Anderson on the red carpet.  “We can’t wait to get Camille’s unabashed take on Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Dave Levine, a senior executive producer of the show.   The 42-year-old recently finalized a bitter divorce with actor Kelsey Grammer, who left her for 29-year-old flight attendant Kayte Walsh.”

NOTE:  Just because Camille attended awards ceremonies does not make her a commentator…  can she think and speak at the same time??  Now, if this were the Annual Soft-Core Porn Awards, Camille would be a perfect person for the job… and you can use your imagination for which ‘job’ she’d be perfect!

Danielle Staub’s ‘Social’…

Really???  Who in the hell did Cary Sandoval, the producer/creator of Danielle Staub’s show, Social, pay off at Wealth TV to air this show?  To say it’s a mess of derelict destruction would be paying the show a compliment.  After its debut last week with Sir Ivan, I didn’t think the show could get any worse, but it did!   I just finished watching the second show… it took me two days of starting and stopping to watch it… and it was awful, just plain damn awful, awful with a big ‘awf.’

Wealth TV:  Puh-leeze, pay attention… Dump Jokerface’s show

This time, Danielle visited Ruth Katz, a divorced mother of two boys, who lives in Manhattan.  Why is Danielle featuring Ms. Katz?  Well, she lives in a penthouse (the seventh floor of her building, but it’s still the penthouse) and she has an electronics closet which controls everything in her apartment, along with controlling everything in her second home in the Hamptons.  Ms. Katz even has an electronic awning which shades her 17-year-old dog that she has to keep outside because he suffers from incontinence…poor dog.  Yep, that’s about it… Danielle walks around Ms. Katz’ apartment and stares at an art piece, stares at a dining room table, stares at the view (which there isn’t much of) and congratulates Ms. Katz for divorcing so well.

After watching this waste of TV air time, I wondered who was behind this bunch of awfulness… it’s the same person who brought you that multiple Emmy-winning production, ‘Body Shots’…

And, I guess Mr. Sandoval goes by the theory that ‘any press is good press,’ as he even puts up Social’s horribly pathetic reviews on his site:

Danielle is no Robin Leach… she isn’t even a friend of Robin’s New Jersey cousin, Lenny Leach… and Social needs to go back to Film 101 and pick up some pointers on TV production… it’s bad, just b-a-d.

Real Housewives of Miami… Beginning of the End?

Underage Drinking Controversy Brewing for 'The Real Housewives of Miami'?Alexia, Marysol, Larsa, Christy, Lea and Adriana

It hasn’t even aired yet, but controversy is already hitting Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Miami.”

Alexia Echevarria, the executive editor of Venue Magazine who calls herself a “Cuban Barbie,” is under fire for allowing her teenage son to consume alcoholic beverages. In the premiere episode, the married mom of two talks openly with her son about buying a table at a club with bottle service, and she tells ET, “We see drinking with our children as something social, cultural, special occasions.” She says she’s more of an older sister to her two sons and admits, “You never know if you’re doing the right thing.”

The ladies were coy when asked to reveal the villain on the show. Lea Black, a Texas native says, “I think collectively people have their opinions and maybe there are some mean girls, but I can’t speak personally about it. There is quite a bit of drama, but I wouldn’t say it’s hair-pulling table-flipping drama,” Black said. Marysol Patton, who owns her own public relations firm in Miami, wants viewers to stay tuned past the third episode when things start to really heat up.

The ladies say they are ready for the spotlight and not worried about editing of the show. Black says, “I think you have to give people the material, no one can force you to say the things you say. If I said it in a mean spirit and it was portrayed in a mean spirit, then that’s that.” Echevarria adds that you are never prepared to hear something negative. “We chose to do this, this comes with the territory,” she says. Their friends and family are very supportive of them being on the show. However, Echevarria says her husband was not onboard in the beginning, “It was almost divorce,” she explains. She reports that he is now very supportive and happy she decided to do the show.

On the other housewives, Black says Adriana De Moura, a newly engaged gallery owner, has a lot to offer the show. “She’s controversial, upbeat and fabulous,” Black adds. Larsa Pippen, wife of basketball star Scottie Pippen, is funny and witty, but tends to play it safe, according to Patton. Black explains she is still trying to figure out castmate Cristy Rice, a recently divorced mom of three who runs her own clothing store, but says Rice speaks several languages and is extremely intelligent.

NOTE:  I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to RHOM…  Bravo is very close to ‘jumping the shark’ with its saturation of Housewives franchises and the RHOM might just be the one to push the shark over the edge…  We’ll just have to wait and see if that is the beginning of the end of the Housewives shows…

Nene… Sheree Needs Her Money Back!

My friends at just posted this very serious allegation about the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Nene Leakes… it was a cash transation, so it’s “he said, she said”, BUT with all the shady dealings that Gregg had at the time in his real estate business and Nene’s misappropriation of her ‘foundation’ donations, it all fits in…

Nene… you makin’ big time money now… give Sheree her $5,000 back…

February 17, 2011. just learned of some very SERIOUS reports . . . Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes is a THIEF!!!

According to a rock solid insider, NeNe Leakes misappropriated $5,000 of Atlanta Housewife Sheree Whitfield’s money.

The insider explained, “When Sheree was going through her divorce, she tried to move into a new home – so she gave NeNe and her husband [who was in real estate] a $5,000 deposit for a new home.” The insider continued, “NeNe made her give the deposit in cash . . . And later when Sheree changed her mind [about moving out], NeNe kept the deposit.”

The insider added, “She used the money so that her and her husband could go on vacation in Los Angeles . . . it’s sad because at that time, Sheree really needed that money.”

Dang, we knew NeNe was a FOUL chick. How she gonna STEAL like that from her supposed friend . . . Ain’t nothing worse than a THIEF!!!


More About Gregg:

Photos of Nene from way back, just for the hell of it:

Before RHOA…

She got the nose job, but she still lookin’ ghetto…

Don’t matter if you’re totin’ a Gucci, Nene you’re looking rough…


First Look at JillZ’s Undies…

Jillzarin and her undies

The Real Housewives of New York was scheduled to premiere its new season tonight, and Jillzarin scheduled the premiere of her new undergarment line to coincide with the new season… that didn’t work out as planned, but Jillzarin went on with her undergarment debut and she talked with about her line:

WSJ: Let’s talk about Skweez Couture. Why did you decide to spell it with a ‘K’?

JILL ZARIN: To be honest with you, I wanted to spell it with a ‘Q’ but I couldn’t get the trademark so I had to reinvent it. And I like the word ‘couture.’ We have five skin tones plus black, so you can go from light to dark, and it matches your skin tone. For our first go, it’s very ambitious. 35 styles. Multiple SKUs. Everything comes in “tight,” “tighter” and “tightest.” Our price point is about 25% less than the competition. I came up with the name from, you know, “Squeeze your fat ass into that dress.” It’s not brain surgery.

WSJ: Are you wearing one right now?

JZ: I sure am. I am wearing a onesie but it doesn’t have a bra so it comes up underneath and it goes straight down and has a snap bodysuit.

Skweezed on a tuffet

WSJ: Where are you going to be selling it?

JZ: Well, we have meetings set up with all the majors—Macy’s, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s—so we will know in the next couple of weeks.

WSJ:  I have a question. So, here you are, wearing a Herve Leger bandage dress. I thought that this kind of dress was considered to be built in shapewear?

JZ: You know what? Yes. You want to smooth out. If you have any ripples, it smoothes it out. It’s not about being thinner, it’s about not having cellulite. Not that I have any.

WSJ: What do you do if you are wearing shapewear and you don’t want your significant other to see it?

JZ: I am so glad you asked that! Did you know I have an answer to that? One of the reasons I came up with this is, when I would come home from a party and would get undressed wearing my “other company” shapewear, it was pretty hideous for Bobby to see. Mine is reversible. You can go into a bathroom in a restaurant, turn it inside out, and there’s lace on the inside! You flip it out and you’re not wearing a girdle, you’re wearing lingerie. Hello, Mommy!

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Camille’s Turn…

The following is an interview that Camille Grammer gave to

Kelsey made me do the show!!!  I hate him!!   Oh… money… never mind.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer gave us all something to get hot under the collar about this long, cold winter. Against the backdrop of her pampered existence—a surreal landscape populated by rotating nannies, sinister psychics, and Handsome Nicks—we watched in disbelief as she traded cougar-swats with Kyle Richards while her 13-year marriage to Kelsey Grammer disintegrated in real time. Their divorce now official, Camille is ready to gather up her meager, eight-figure settlement and move on with the rest of her life. First stop? Beaming herself up to this Thursday’s season finale of CBS’s $#*! My Dad Says, where she’ll appear as a “reality star divorcee.” We sat down today with Camille for an extremely candid conversation about her stratospherically high-profile divorce, her relationships to the other housewives, and the possibility of returning for a second season. Hi, Camille. How are you?

Camille Grammer: Oh, fine, thanks. It’s a really crazy time in my life.   (Yeah, at least 30% crazier than anyone else’s life…)

Why? What’s going on? Describe your week.

Well, you know, my divorce is finalized. There’s a lot going on.  (Organizing hundreds and fifties takes a lot of time and skill…)

How does that feel?

How does that feel? Bittersweet. I’m sad for what we had—we were together for 14 years—but you know, I don’t regret his happiness. He’s moved on, and I’m moving on also.

Now that the first season of ROHBH has aired, and you’re interacting with a public who knows you, or has a strong impression of what they think is you, do you regret having done it?

Well, after the first few episodes, yeah, of course I did. I didn’t think that it was an accurate portrayal of myself.  (You mean there’s more to St. Camille than the beach scene with DD???)

Because they cut out stuff that made you look more sympathetic?

Absolutely. They didn’t show a rounded-out sense of who I am as a person. (Hmmm… I think they got it right and Camille just didn’t like it…)

And then once you realized what was happening in your marriage, what stopped you from just turning to the cameras and saying, “Get the f**k out of my house. I need to deal with this right now?”

I wish I could have, but I had an obligation to finish the show. I don’t know if I can say this, but I quit at one point. I did. Because it was too much. I didn’t know how much I could expose at the time. I was holding a lot back because I had known for a while that things were not right between my husband and I.  (Camille:  It’s ‘my husband and ME’… maybe you could take some English grammar lessons with your free time now) So it’s very difficult filming a reality show while you’re going through this process, and hurt, and devastation.

So what did they say when you said you wanted to quit?

I quit for, you know, a couple of weeks. And actually Kelsey called me and said, “You have an obligation to do the show. You have to finish the show.” (Here’s what Kelsey said: Camille, you know people think you’re a real bitch.  You have to go on with the show just to prove to everyone that has ever met you that they are wrong about you…  But, Kelsey, I don’t care what anyone thinks of me… Camille, it will only be a few more weeks, just stick it out, just prove everyone wrong…  F*** it, I quit…  Camille, do you think you could stay for $50 million??….  Welllll, OK…) So I said, okay. He also asked me to come to the Tonys. Basically I found out [about Kelsey’s affair] through a mutual friend, and then I tried to get in touch with him. By the time we spoke, he said, “I’ve been thinking about it, and I just don’t want to be married any longer.” I asked if there was anybody else, and he said no at the time, but there obviously was. So he said to me, “You have to come to the Tonys,” and I said that I felt too uncomfortable and upset, and I don’t understand why I would have to come. And he said, “Listen, you have an obligation to finish out the show. You have to come.” He also mentioned that maybe we could talk things through and work it out. That gave me a glimmer of hope that maybe we could spark some romance that weekend. But at that point, he was already gone.  (But Camille, you said that you refused sex with him for over two years, so it was beyond that point…)

How intense was that Real Housewives reunion special? Because it was really hard to watch at points.

I was very nervous going into it. I think most of the girls felt that way. [Laughs] They filmed for eight hours. It was a grueling day. Andy [Cohen] had a lot of questions for me from the viewers.

Did you feel like he was being unfairly hard on you?

I don’t feel like that, because he gave me a warning. He called me before the reunion show, because I was very nervous about doing it. I told him I didn’t feel comfortable, and he said, “Oh, it won’t be that bad. There’s a lot of questions. People want to know about you.” So they prepared me—or not prepared, but he gave me a warning.  (Oh, Camille, your PR people can’t make a donkey look like a puppy…)

He didn’t have to read out a list of the nastiest things people had written about you.

I thought that was harsh. I thought when he went through the list, that was very harsh.

Or when he said something to the effect of, “They say insecure people are always the ones who react most strongly to the word ‘insecure.’” You agreed with him, but I never heard anyone say that before.

Neither did I. Look, we taped for eight hours, and they cut it down to 43 minutes in two parts. There were a lot of things said that didn’t make it into the show, and for the other girls as well. It wasn’t easy. I thought, well, at least the public is getting to see me, and who I am—the strength of who I am as a person.  (Yes, Camille, everyone saw you as you really are…)

What’s your real life relationship with these women now? Would you not pick up a phone to talk to them?

I spoke to Lisa yesterday. She’s been very supportive during this whole divorce process with Kelsey. Adrienne and I were friends from before, but I haven’t talked to her in a while. Taylor and I text one another. I haven’t spoken to Kim. And I called Kyle a week ago.

What did you guys talk about?

I just left a message, because I heard she was sick. She has the flu, so I wanted to make sure she was okay.

So you care enough about her to check in on her?

Absolutely. I think that’s the side of me you really don’t see in the first several episodes of Housewives. I mean it came across as boasting, but I really do care and empathize. I have a lot of empathy for people.  (Camille, define ’empathy’…)

Had you never fought with her before the show started?

I met Kyle only once before I started the show. I only knew her husband.

So you’re appearing on the season finale of $#*! My Dad Says.   Are you pursuing acting now?

Everyone keeps asking me that. I studied acting years ago, and I gave up that dream after I got married to Kelsey 13 years ago. Am I pursuing anything? No. Not actively pursuing. This came about through my publicist, who asked me if I’d like to appear on the show, and I said, “Absolutely. I’d be thrilled to.”

Was it in front of a live audience?

Yes, of course. It’s a sitcom.

How did they react to you?

I think I got a pretty good reaction. I have to say, it felt really, really good. After everything I’ve been through, I felt really welcomed and embraced by the cast and the crew and the writers, and of course by the audience. It was nice. It was kind of like a mini-mini homecoming for me, because I know a lot of people who work in sitcoms through through, of course, my ex Kelsey. So it was nice to see some people who I hadn’t seen in a while.

Did William Shatner say anything to you worth repeating?

He was fantastic. He was friendly, he welcomed me to the show, he said, “Hello, Camille,” he asked about Housewives. For the most part, we were just busy working. I love sitcom format. I have such respect for it, and performing in front of a live audience, you get such a rush with that.

Are you going to do another season of Real Housewives?

I don’t know. The producers and I have been talking about that in the last week or so.  (Maybe Camille will show her true self if she’s on next season… that might be interesting)

There’s rumors that you might go to the New York version.

No! [Laughs] I can definitely say that’s not happening.


Shana/Taylor… Please, Just Go Away

Shana/Taylor Armstrong spoke recently with Hollywood Life about how she ‘struggles every day’ with the decision of whether to come back to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for season two.

Getty ImagesBig, fat liar, Shana/Taylor

“Bravo has yet to announce if they’re picking up The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a second season, but with the drama, lavish parties and shocking divorce of the first season it is hard to believe that they won’t. The ladies of Beverly Hills have become everybody’s favorite housewives, but will the show be the same without the original cast? Taylor Armstrong speaks out.

Following the explosive season finale, Camille GrammerKyle Richards, and now Taylor Armstrong are all indecisive about whether or not they’d commit to season two. Beverly Hills beauty, Taylor, talked to us at the Ciroc Vodka and OK! Magazine Women of Music Party last Friday and told us exclusively how much she’s struggling with the decision.

“Well they haven’t told us we’ll be getting [another season], but if we do I have to think about it. It’s been a journey for us, so I think there are stories that are left to be told. And I don’t know … every day I wake up with a different idea about it,” said Taylor.  “What do you think about it?” she asked playfully.

I think the show wouldn’t be the same without my favorite housewife, but I do understand how taxing being part of the show must be. In addition to filming the show and always looking fabulous, Taylor is an active mother, has her own career, and volunteers all over Tinsletown.

She also has to worry about how her reputation comes across when cameras have intruded every aspect of her life. In this season, we saw her struggle with her marriage and fight with Kim Richards. Taylor told us her biggest regret of the show was how her relationship with Kim panned out.  “You know I would change the conflict with Kim. I feel like we really have nothing against one another and I wish the best for her, and I regret that,” revealed Taylor.

We’re glad these housewives have their priorities in order and haven’t been seduced by the element of fame like other mothers of reality television. We hope that the whole cast returns for season two, because it wouldn’t be the same without them!”

NOTE:  Let’s make poor Shana/Taylor feel better about her daily struggle with the decision about coming back for another season:  Shana/Taylor… nobody wants to see you on season two.  You have shown yourself to be a blatant liar, pot-stirring manipulator and major scammer.  Shana/Taylor… just go away…

Hollywood Life has included a poll as to whether Shana/Taylor should come back… :

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Kyle Richards’ Speaking Out…

Kyle Richards from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills talked with New York Magazine yesterday:

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kyle Richards: ‘Many Times I Wish That I Hadn’t Gone on the Show’Kyle

Are you going to do a second season?

I don’t know yet, to be honest. Once they announce it, I’ll decide, but I don’t know if I have it in me again. It’s been very emotionally draining. Until they announce it, I’m going to discuss it with my husband and my children and see how they feel, and if they’re on board, and I think I can handle it again, then yes I would. But if it’s brought about too much drama and problems in our lives, then we’ll probably just leave this behind us and move on.

Is there something you’d like to see change if you agreed to a second season?
I think it would great if it was a more diverse cast. I don’t know why it’s not like that. I think that would be great.

So Taylor, apparently, lied about her name, and lied about Adrienne being her daughter’s godmother.
I didn’t know Taylor before the show. I know she said her name was Shanna, so I’m confused about her name. Maybe Taylor is her last name? I’m not sure why she changed her name. And with the godmother situation, I guess they discussed that off-camera. I think she told me they discussed it before the reunion and she asked, but Adrienne thought it would be better if it was a family member.

Shana/Taylor Hughes Ford Armstrong… Pathological Liar

Is Taylor a pathological liar?
Not that I’ve seen? I don’t know. We’re friends. I mean, we’re not best friends. I think our relationship was made to seem bigger on the show. I’m friendly with her. We got to know each other during filming. She was always very nice to me.

I’ve also heard you’re friends with Bethenny Frankel.
I’ve been friends with Bethenny for twenty years. She worked at a restaurant in Beverly Hills and my family’s been going there for my entire life. She came up and introduced herself and sat in my booth and I found out she was dating my ex-boyfriend. But we hit it off right away.

Did she encourage you to go on Bravo?
I didn’t tell her about it until later because I wasn’t allowed to discuss it. I always wanted her to be the first one I told, but I was waiting to be allowed to talk, and then unfortunately someone leaked it before I was able to tell her. She kind of warned me. She said it’s challenging. She gave me a heads-up, but it was too late then. I reached out to her now, and I talked to her about it. People can say one hundred nice things and then one mean thing is like a knife through my heart. So she said, “Let it go. You know who you are, your friends and your family know who you are.” And I’m getting there. She’s given me good advice.

You said we didn’t see all of your sister’s personality on the show. Is that because she has a drinking problem?
I don’t want to discuss that. Sorry. I feel like those questions are for her, and I can’t speak for her. People ask me so many questions about her, but I really want her to answer those herself.

Kyle talks about Camille, the psychic, Kim and a lot more here:

Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley… Oh, No!

I am not a fan of either of these two, so all I have to say is:  RUN, GRETCHEN, RUN!!

On second thought, they probably deserve each other…

One of the storylines of The Real Housewives of Orange County season six, is ‘Will Gretchen Rossi marry Slade Smiley?’ storyline.  According to sources, Slade and Gretchen got engaged, the engagement scene to be aired in the final episode.

                                        Slade givin’ Gretchen a corndog

A thoroughly bizarre storyline, the beautiful, in her early 30′s, bright and bubbly Gretchen Rossi getting engaged to, in his forties, can’t find a job or pay child support for his cancer stricken young son, Slade Smiley.  In season four, the bright, bubbly 30-yr-old Gretchen was engaged to cancer stricken Jeff Beitzel, 54, who died on September 13, 2008.

                                                                              Jeff Beitzel and Gretchen Rossi

At the end of season two Slade had dumped original Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Jo De La Rosa.  Slade and Jo departed to LA where the two landed the first Bravo Real Housewive’s spinoff, Jo and Slade: Date My Ex.  By season five, Slade was back on RHOOC as Gretchen’s live-in lover.

In court documents filed in the fall of 2009, Smiley claimed he was ‘destitute’ and ‘indigent’.   According to a recent report from the OC Register, a judge recently ordered Slade Smiley to find work, get a job outside of the ‘entertainment/TV and title industries’.

Gretchen’s Before and After photos:


jillzarin… Seriously?!

OK… we all know that Real Housewives of New York‘s  JillZarin is friends with the governor of Florida and that’s how she got $15,000 for an appearance at the University of South Florida.  So, who did she talk to about being a designer’s muse?  Oh, yeah… she called Baw-bee.  Hey, Baw-bee… I really want to be on the runway in NY Fashion Week.  Oh, Baw-bee, you are the best husband Jillzarin could ever have. Kiss, kiss…

So what was said on the other end of that conversation?  Baw-bee said that he would ‘donate’ all of the fabric for Mr. Wang’s collection… but only if Jillzarin will be the main model.  And… here, from, she is!

My Favorite Supermodel, Jill Zarin at Zang ToiJill Zarin and Zang Toi Thanks, Baw-beeeeeeeee

Zang Toi’s show closed with My girl (not my words!) Jill Zarin working the runway like a princess in a fairy tale (Shrek?)– including a twirl– the strapless black and silver ball gown brought the house down with a standing ovation….

Real Housewives of New Jersey: KimG… How Teresa Giudice Gets Away With (Not) Buying Stuff

Real Housewives of New Jersey ex-cast member, Kim Granatell now writes a weekly tribble for  This week she’s writing a first-hand account about a scammer ‘acquaintance’ of hers… but it’s so obvious that she’s writing about Treetrunk Joo-dice.

So, here’s the question:  Why is she writing this now?  This is such old news… about two years old, at least.  Everyone knows this is how Tree rolls and we all know about how she and Juicy built their marble mausoleum.  So why now???  And why the secrecy?  Why not just come out and name names?  And, really Kim, is this all you got about Tree and Juicy???  How about answering the question about who TaraD is???  Now that would be some interesting stuff!!!  The best person to have any say whatsoever about the Joo-dice’s marble mansion would be Joe Mastropole, the guy they ripped off to build their place…

granatellKIM013111_optBY KIM GRANATELL

I so often talk about this subject and wonder about two things:

1) How does one sleep at night and

2) How do they get away with it?

I took the title, “Catch Me If You Can,” from a real life story of a man who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars from people by posing as a Pam American pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. His primary crime was check fraud; he was so good at it that eventually the FBI turned to him for his help to catch other check forgers. The movie’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it!

I have, throughout my life, been surrounded by people who have committed fraud and scammed others. Not that these people were my friends, but people I have known and come across.   I actually was approached by a guy to invest in a business that I found out later never existed. He was just so convincing. I saw the lifestyle he had: several homes in all the right zip codes, a private jet, a fleet of luxury cars in a parking lot the size of a mini mall… (and all with other peoples hard earned money). But I was too smart and way ahead of his game, playing him like he was playing others.

These people want what other people have. They basically do not want to work for it or do not have a strong business sense to succeed on their own. Instead of being happy in their own skin, they desire to excel, but at the expense of others…and get away with it!!!

They are Pros. They have a lot of self confidence and feel they are above the law. In many recent conversations with my girlfriend, who is a high powered attorney, I have discussed this topic with her. Some people skirt the law with their actions… often worse than morally bankrupt. They are morally empty.

The example(s) I am about to cite are true and committed by basically one family or person. I have left out the names to protect the Not-So-Innocent individual’s family. The story may be familiar to you. So, here’s how it goes.

It starts with the little things. In one instance, this person went into a local boutique and took (I can’t say bought) hundreds of dollars of clothing for her children, and said “oh I will be back to pay you,” and never went back. She did this on several occasions throughout many boutiques in the area, not just for the children but for herself also.

                                                                                Pay ya later…

From there she graduated on to bigger and better things. She had “wild” spending on credit cards, racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars without a thought in mind to ever pay them. She built an add-on million dollar house (of course not in the right zip code) and bragged about how many more millions it was worth and that it was, indeed, brand new. So not true. It was built on swamp land with a major highway in the backyard.

Further information states that “privacy and tranquility reigns” at the Joo-dice digs but we have to wonder how much tranquility there really can be at a property that backs up to I-287, an extremely bizzy, 4-lane highway out in the middle of nowhere.  She gave minimal deposits to all the contractors on the job and when the time came to make the final payment after the jobs were completed, these guys were “you know what” out of luck.


Can you hear the echo???

Like herself and so many others, she felt a sense of entitlement with her brazen ways and personality, not ever thinking about the people she scammed and the consequences of her actions. In her eyes, she did no wrong and continued to shove it in people’s faces by driving around in brand new cars, designer clothes, etc. etc. without a conscience or any kind of remorse.

In the eyes of the victims and so many others, they look at her and some say “crime pays”. She got away with it and will continue to until the law finally catches up and does something.  And that may take years.  Or it may be sooner than she thinks.

In the meantime, she continues to cruise around like “I did nothing wrong”, continuing to be something that she never was. Something she will never be.


NOTE:  Tree and Juicy’s bankruptcy case continues in July.  Judge Morris Stern has done a great job so far of seeing through these two scammers and, hopefully, will continue to do so…


Deadbeat Slade

Slade Smiley, boyfriend of Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Gretchen Rossi owes $138,857.64 in child support, according to court documents and Costa Mesa resident Jennifer Young, who runs the website

Smiley was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom last week (2-9-11) to address payments he owes to ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo.  They are the parents of Grayson Arroyo-Smiley, 10, who has a rare form of brain cancer called diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma.

However, Arroyo notified the court that the boy was sick and in the hospital today, so it’s unclear if the hearing took place.  Smiley, 42, has seen his child-support debts balloon from $84,962 to more than $138,850 because of interest owed on arrears — unpaid or overdue payments.

“Once you fall behind, and he’s fallen behind for so long, the interest is what typically makes it impossible to pay back,” said Young, a child-support advocate who has also been through the experience of not receiving child-support payments owed by a so-called deadbeat father.

According to court documents, Smiley also had his driver’s license suspended on Jan. 8 because of delinquent child support. However, he has been spotted around Costa Mesa, where he lives with Gretchen, and Orange County driving in a powder-blue Mercedes Benz and a black Range Rover. Young, who lives a few blocks away from Smiley and Rossi, says she has personally seen him driving around the neighborhood while his license has been suspended.

Smiley could not be reached for comment.

Last but not least, a judge recently ordered Smiley to seek work outside of the entertainment/TV or title industries, because he’s been unable to obtain money through those ventures for extended periods of time.

Smiley was first introduced to “Real Housewives” audiences as the fiancé of Jo De La Rosa, who was a Coto de Caza “housewife” in waiting during the first two seasons.  After Smiley and De La Rosa broke up, Smiley briefly dated Lauri Waring, another cast member, who eventually married George Peterson and became Lauri Peterson.  Smiley and Rossi started dating between seasons 4 and 5, and he was revealed as Rossi’s new boyfriend at the beginning of season 5.

Manzo Bros Takin’ Hoboken

Seriously, Bravo?  Oh, I take that back, because we’re not sure yet why Chris and Albie Manzo are being filmed, so let me rephrase that question:  Seriously???  The Manzo boys will be turned into reality TV stars?  Will they be promoted as the clean-cut version of ‘The Jersey Shore?’  Albie was asked not to return to law school and Chris was working at The Brownstone.  The two of them combined don’t conjure up the word ‘excitement,’ or ‘excite,’ or even the letter ‘e’… well, maybe ‘eh.’  Yeah, that fits them… eh.  As this article describes, the Manzo boys are big in Hoboken and getting ready for their reality tv debut…

ON THE WATERFRONT – The Manzo Brothers from the famous show Real Housewives of New Jersey are now living in Hoboken, at 333 River St. Hey, there’s Albie in the window!!!

“Will the next big TV reality show focus on two twentysomething guys from the suburbs dating and partying in Hoboken? (Rumors throughout the media suggest that the sons of one of the stars of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” show – Albie and Chris Manzo, who now live in a pricey apartment on the Hoboken waterfront – may be filming a reality show about their bachelor exploits here.

Caroline, Chris and Albie… she made an offer that Miss Andy couldn’t refuse… make my boys STAHS!!

The brothers spoke with The Reporter in an interview on Friday, but could not address details about a possible new show.  The Manzos are the two sons of Franklin Lakes resident Albert Manzo, who owns the Brownstone banquet hall in Paterson, and his wife Caroline, one of the more prominent housewives on Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” show. The show depicts catfights and challenges among a group of families in the Jersey suburbs.

Last week, the brothers said they enjoy their new home in Hoboken, where they moved only three months ago.  “As far as living in Hoboken, it’s like being back in college,” Albie said. “And Chris never went to college, so it’s like he’s a freshman at Hoboken U.” (Ivy League all the way…)

Albie is the older brother who recently was dismissed from law school due to poor grades, but was trying to go back. His mother said on the show that his difficulties were due to a longtime learning disability. (puh-leeze!) Christopher, the younger brother, has mused that it’s his dream to own combination car wash/strip clubs. (Probably wouldn’t pass muster at the Hoboken Zoning Board.) However, Chris also has a nerdy side, since he recently appeared on a reality show about dating, “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” and took his date to Medieval Times. (That’s not nerdy, that’s pathetic)

Now that the two have left home, they are enjoying the mile-square city, they both said. ‘It was like a madhouse’  “We were walking by Carlo’s Bakery and people noticed us; it was like a madhouse,” Albie said on Friday, referring to the bakery that is the location of yet another reality show being filmed in Hoboken, “Cake Boss.” Albie added, “It’s the people there [visiting Carlo’s] that like the Jersey reality shows, but we enjoy [getting noticed elsewhere]. We don’t think we’re famous. When we get noticed, it’s like it’s happening again for the first time.”

Buddy scaring Chris and Albie away from his bake shop…

“You almost think they’re making fun of you,” Chris jokingly said of the large crowds that get excited when they see the pair around town. (They ARE making fun of you, Chris…)  Albie said residents should not fear the fact that the two are here.  “We like it in Hoboken,” Albie said. “We’re not really party boys. Chris is out a lot more than I am. We’re having fun.”  Chris retorted: “That’s a nice way of saying he’s boring and I’m not.”

An employee of 333 River St., which boasts Manhattan skyline views and some rents above $3,000 per month, said camera crews have visited the building, where the brothers live on one of the higher floors facing the waterfront.  “Sometimes they let us know there will be a crew filming,” the employee said. “They’ve filmed about three times here.”  The employee said the production is quiet.  “You don’t see that much partying [from the brothers],” the employee said. “Friends come to visit, relatives come to visit, but it’s not like a train of females are coming and going.”  (Maybe they’re making quiet porno films…)

The employee also said the brothers have been keeping a low profile and are relatively “quiet and pleasant.” The building has not had “one single complaint” about the two living in the building.  A publicist for Bravo would not reveal whether a new show is being filmed. The current filming may be part of an upcoming season of the existing “Real Housewives of New Jersey” show.  A resident of 333 River St. who just wanted to be known as David admitted that watching reality shows like “Real Housewives of New Jersey” is a guilty pleasure.  “I found out they’re living in the building, but I haven’t bumped into them yet,” he said. “They’ve been really respectful because no one has said anything or complained as far as I know.”  A 40-year-old resident who has lived in the building for five years said she was not aware that the brothers were living there. She said she doesn’t often watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but if a show was filmed in her building, she might change her mind.  “Absolutely I would watch,” she said. “Definitely, that would be funny.”

Another resident, a 42-year-old who works in finance in New York City, said he’s seen other members of the family roaming around the building, but not the brothers.  “I can’t say I haven’t seen the show [Real Housewives], because I have watched it a few times and I know who the guys are,” he said. “One day I was walking the dog and I actually saw the short haired, red headed one [Caroline Manzo] walking into Trinity, the restaurant at the bottom of 333 River St. I thought ‘Hey that’s the woman from the show. I know her.’ ”

If you see this Caroline Manzo in your building, stay away…

It wasn’t the only time the resident ran into Caroline.  “A week later I happened to be taking the elevator, and sure enough there she was waiting,” he said. “So obviously she knew somebody in the building. Those are the two times I saw her.”  The man said she seemed very polite, smiled, and knew people were looking at her.

Hoboken has apparently greeted the pair with open arms.  “The W [Hotel] is throwing us a welcome to Hoboken party [tomorrow] night for those who missed the [Nov. 11] party,” Albie Manzo wrote on his Twiter account in November. Albie has also posted different Hoboken happenings such as celebrating a “huge night” at the Chandelier Room in Hoboken in January. Christopher has posted photos of the view of snowy Hoboken from his balcony. (He posted the photos on his bulletin board in his bedroom)

Lucky for the residents of 333 River St., it’s not like the boisterous cast of Jersey Shore has invaded.Still, the bar scene will be represented. An employee of the Wicked Wolf, a downtown bar near 333 River St., confirmed that the brothers are regular diners of the establishment, and said she has seen the two being filmed inside the bar. AHoboken has been featured in other reality shows, including the aforementioned TLC hit show “Cake Boss,” filmed five blocks from the Manzos’ residence.  Meanwhile, with Hoboken’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade coming up March 5, it’s likely there will be plenty for the camera crews to film the brothers if they decide to stay in town and party.


Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season Three Reunion, Part I

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season Three reunion took place at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

real housewives of atlantaMiss Andy (in the red chair), holding court with the Real Housewives of Atlanta…

Watching the one shark, or whatever that huge fish was, circling the tank was more interesting than what the participants of this reunion show had to say.  How many times will Miss Andy go over the same old stuff?!  Bravo is now treating their previews the same as movie trailers…  After watching a movie trailer, there’s no need to see the movie, ’cause they included all the good stuff in the trailer and Bravo is now including all the good stuff from the reunion shows in their previews… so there’s really no need to watch an entire hour of a blown up preview show…  but we watch anyway…

Andy Cohen talks to Kim Zolciak at the Miss Andy askin’ Kim if he can be her breathing coach…

Kim Zolciak, after watching her montage of the past season, got all ‘The Secret’-ish and ‘Oprah’-ish when she said her motto is… ‘ask, believe and receive,’ which is why she says she’s in such a perfect place right now.  Kim loves Kroy, her girls are happy with their new life with Kroy and they all can’t wait for their new brother (Kim knows the gender, but won’t say… however, her psychic said it’s a boy) to come along.  Yay!   OK… we’re done with Kim…

‘Housewives’ NeNe and Kim Trade Barbs Over Bus Blow-UpNene tellin’ Kim that she wants to be in the birthing room…

Miss Andy moved on to Cynthia and brought up all the wedding drama… Cynthia’s mother saying that Peter is financially abusive toward Cynthia and the marriage license that almost didn’t appear.  Cynthia doesn’t want to hear it… it’s all just drama; Peter is starting a new, smaller club in Atlanta and is not using Cynthia’s money. Phaedra congratulates Cynthia for having a prenup.

Best Moments from 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Reunion Part 1Peter don’t like you, Nene… besides, you’re datin’ Miss Andy..

Despite showing clips of Nene salivating over Peter, Nene says that she doesn’t have a crush on Peter or anyone else.  Nene says that she and Gregg are going through with their divorce and Gregg has moved out.  Nene says she is in a peaceful place and that she’s forgiven Gregg. Now that Nene is almost legally single, she said that she will consider dating white men… including Miss Andy…  I wonder where Miss Andy and Nene would go on their first date?  As for Nene’s former best friend, Dwight, he is still friends with Phaedra, but not Sheree or Nene.

real-housewives-atlanta-reunion-kandi-phaedra-bravo.jpgKandi and Phaedra just found out that Nene wants to date Miss Andy…

On to Miss Scarlett O’Phaedra… she is an equestrian and she knew that if she didn’t bring evidence, no one would believe her, so she showed a photo of herself at an equestrian event, on a horse, holding a ribbon.  Did Nene and Phaedra know each other?  Well, Nene knew Phaedra enough to call her when she was trying to find a way to become a TV star when Phaedra was representing Bobby Brown.   Phaedra also gave a mini history lesson on Southern black/white relations…

real-housewives-atlanta-reunion-cynthia-nene-andy-bravo.jpgNene and Miss Andy… what a cute couple!!

The whole Sweetie/Kim relationship is discussed AGAIN…Nene says that she doesn’t like Kim ‘verbally abusing’ Sweetie, but Nene has been verbally abusing Kim this entire season including this reunion.  Sweetie has been Kim’s assistant for 11 years and they’re used to each other.  In case you’ve been in a locked down institution and missed the original bus fight, Nene and Kim fell out in a combustible conflict when Nene had an issue with how Kim treats her assistant, Sweetie.  Sweetie is OK with Kim’s communication style, so really, Nene, what’s the problem?  But Nene just can’t drop the subject when she starts this rant on Kim:

“I don’t accept verbal abuse very well…you said ‘F-you, b***h’ several times…

“I’m not going to sit with a group of people and listen to someone talk down to somebody.

“I’m not going to sit in a conversation and somebody point their hand in my face and say ‘F-you, b***h’ several times. I’m going to react.

“I think you can dish it out but you can’t take it…when you start doing those things, you can’t do that to everyone.”

Kim hit back saying, “When you called my assistant a slave I’m going to say ‘F-you, b***h.”

To which NeNe replied, “You basically treat her like one, honey.”

Nene then says that it’s not a black and white issue, but an issue of respect.  (IMO, it ain’t your business, Nene… now just shut up!)

Sheree and Cynthia are now in nursing school preparing for the home birth of Kim’s son… Nene’s thinking about her first date with Miss Andy…

NOTE:  Maybe next week’s continuation of the RHOA reunion will produce something interesting…

Gregg Leakes…

Remember last month when Gregg Leakes’ 34-year-old son, Damien, said he was going to ‘start talking’ about Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Nene Leakes and her husband (Damien’s father) Gregg?  Well, he’s talkin’ again! 

Linnethia Leakes

Listen as Gregg tries to justify everything to his son Damien during a heated interview on the Ryan Cameron Show on V-103, an Atlanta radio station.  It seems that Damien is feeling like he and his siblings missed out on all the fame and riches that goes along with being a reality TV star. But, according to Gregg, the only reason that he and his younger sons (Bryson and Brent) were on RHOA was because they happened to be living in the house while the show was being filmed.  “You’re going about it the wrong way,” said Greg. “I had no control over that show whatsoever. I’m not a housewife.”

Click to listen:

Most RHOA viewers believe that the Greg and NeNe drama is scripted for TV, but Damien said that his father and Nene are really considering going through with the divorce even though no papers have been filed.  With Diana Gowins by Nene’s side, Nene is probably done’ considering’ and has filed for divorce.

Nene and Gregg

Damien has said that NeNe owes Gregg something like $300,000 that he loaned her for all that plastic surgery she had… but if Nene had $300,000 worth of work done, she got royally ripped off, ’cause she is still needy in the beauty department. Here’s the big question, though… how did Gregg get his hands on $300,000 to give to Nene in the first place???

Before and After photos, just for the hell of it:

Nose job


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills… It All Started With ‘Big Kathy,’ Kim and Kyle Richards’ Mother.. “House of Hilton”

NOTE:  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Kim and Kyle Richards often speak of their mother, ‘Big Kathy,’ as their role model.  ‘Big Kathy’ died in 2002, and after Kyle spoke of ‘being the most like her mother’,  wanted to know how much of ‘Big Kathy’ lives on in Kyle… and if Kim also carries her mother’s traits…

Kim and Kyle on RHOBH reunion, Part II

From the book ‘House of Hilton’, 2006:

“Like any mother, Kathleen Richards wanted the best for her daughter, Kathy. Where she differed from other mothers was in the way she intended to get it. She wanted her child to know all about sex, and to learn how to perform, literally, so she asked a young man to give her teenage daughter ‘sex lessons’ in his van.  Kathy learned well, and hit the jackpot at the age of 20 when she married Rick Hilton, a scion of the hotel dynasty. Fifteen months after the wedding, in February 1981, Kathy gave birth to Paris Whitney.

Her maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Dugan, but she was known as ‘Big Kathy’ – and over the years she had four husbands.  The first of her unions was essentially a shotgun wedding to a bad boy named Larry Avanzino, an Italian-American who had got the pretty Irish-American Dugan girl pregnant in the back seat of her 1957 black Chevrolet convertible. The unplanned bundle of joy conceived in that car would grow up to be ‘Little Kathy’, Paris’s mother.

Big Kathy’s third husband was Jack Catain, a sinister figure in organised crime whom she is said to have married and divorced twice, impressed by the big diamond he gave her and by his tough-guy persona.  But husbands number two and four, Ken Richards and Bob Fenton, were submissives to Big Kathy’s dominatrix. Richards, whom she had stolen from his wife and three children, raised Little Kathy.

He was also the father of her half-sisters Kim and Kyle, who had huge success in TV sitcoms and movies in the Seventies and Eighties. Once Kim was making plenty of money from her screen work, Big Kathy gave Richards the heave-ho. As for Fenton, she boasted that she denied him sex throughout their marriage.  Big Kathy was very ambitious and obsessed with accumulating money, diamonds, fancy cars, expensive homes – and husbands to pay for them all.

Marry money and have lots of babies, that was the philosophy she sought to instill in her daughters. Sex, she believed, was one way to a man’s heart.

Hence the lessons in a van for Little Kathy, who also took classes in singing and dancing. As a child, Little Kathy appeared in print advertisements and TV commercials, but her acting career failed to take off.  She was asked to pose in Playboy for $30,000.  She turned down the offer. She cut a demo record, hoping to become a singing star, but that, too, came to nothing.

She was more concerned about marrying well. And finally she nabbed the rich guy that her mother had taught her to snare.  For Little Kathy and her mother it was the ultimate prize. Rick Hilton was a cute 23-year-old with a mop of blond, Shirley Temple curls and a laid-back West-Coast manner.  He was the sixth of William Barron Hilton and Marilyn Hilton’s eight children, and grandson of Conrad Hilton, patriarch of the wealthy and powerful hotel dynasty.  William Barron, had married Marilyn Hawley in 1947. Their son, Rick, had known Little Kathy since high school in California, and they both ran with a showbusiness crowd that included the sons of Lucille Ball and Dean Martin.

Rick went on to the University of Denver – ‘The Harvard of the West’ – but did little to distinguish himself there, other than playing volleyball, throwing parties and chasing girls. It was while he was about to graduate in 1978 that he and Little Kathy started dating seriously.  When Little Kathy told her mother that Rick was a potential husband, big Kathy threw a party that was like a victory celebration. “Big Kathy was beside herself with joy,” remembers one relative. “She had trained her daughter well.”

Around that time veteran Hollywood reporter Barbara Sternig met Little Kathy for lunch. She says: “She talked all about the Hiltons and how daunting it was for her to be marrying into that dynasty, and I thought, she’s a cute little nothing: nothing special, coming from a plain family.  “She was a kind of flibberty-jibberty little blonde indistinguishable from many, many other blondes in Hollywood. That’s what struck me as incongruous, and made it interesting to me to see what was in her head, to see why he’d marry her over some other little blonde.

“My take on Rick was that he was enamoured of showbusiness and that’s why he liked her: that she was an arm-piece who would happily hang out with him and do all the rich guy things that he wanted to do.  I thought they were not the brightest light bulbs in the chandelier, so it was a match made in Heaven. I never heard anything about Kathy again until Paris became famous.”

Little Kathy married into the Hilton family in November, 1979, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills – ‘Our Lady of the Cadillacs’ as it was known, because of its wealthy parishioners.  “My daughters are married to men who have a total net worth of $13billion,” Big Kathy bragged.

Besides Little Kathy’s matrimonial catch, Kyle and Kim both married twice, and their husbands included the son of a billionaire oilman and Hollywood mogul; a wealthy foreigner and a Beverly Hills estate agent.  Little Kathy didn’t wait long before having children and continuing the Hilton dynasty. Paris was born after 15 months, followed by a sister and two brothers.  Unfortunately, though, their mother had little time for mothering. She and Rick were cavalier about leaving the children with the hired help or relatives while they went out on the town.

According to Pat Hilton, a Texan beauty who also married into the hotel dynasty: “Kathy Hilton’s very selfish and very spoiled and very self-centred, and that absolutely carries through to Paris.”  When Rick and Kathy travelled, and deigned to bring along Paris and sometimes their two dogs, they naturally stayed at Hilton hotels. They demanded special attention, including baby-sitting for their children, sometimes for entire weekends as they partied.  One of their targets was the Hilton in Parsippany, New Jersey. One night, after Rick and Kathy had checked out, the manager was called back to deal with a crisis. “I go up to the suite the Hiltons were using and there’s dog s*** all over the place – I mean everywhere.

“They didn’t walk their dogs the whole weekend. That’s where their mindset is. They act like the imperial court.”

Margaret Yakovlev, a former Hilton personal assistant, says:

“Kathy was absolutely pushy, arrogant, condescending and presumptuous, and Paris picked that up from her. The spotlight always had to be on Kathy. It was always, ‘Do you know who we are? Do you know who I am?'”

Unsurprisingly then, Paris was no normal teenager but the kind who kept ferrets in her Prada handbag. They went everywhere with her, including to the Las Vegas Hilton.

“Rick and Kathy didn’t care,” says Yakovlev. “They couldn’t see any further than what their children wanted.”  She’s bright about three things – men, money and how to get attention – and those are the only things she really cares about.  “I’ve spent an enormous amount of time with her, and after she leaves a meeting I always find myself wondering, where did this creature come from? What are the genetics happening here? Who’s responsible for turning out a persona like Paris? Where’d she get her values and ethics and morals?”

rhobh kimr kyle father

Little Kathy has played her part. By relentlessly pushing her daughter into the spotlight, just as her own mother did to her, she has ensured Paris made the most of her dubious talents. Father Rick has always been on hand to advise on business deals. A family insider says: “They’re proud of everything she has done.”

rhobh kimr kyle big kathy

Like her famous great-grandfather, who turned a fleabag hotel in a dead-end Texas town into an international empire, Paris has proved she can make money. One day, like the fiercely ambitious women before her, perhaps she’ll marry it as well.”

hiltons kathy kim

August, 2006…

JillZ is Makin’ Girdles…

Things are slow with ‘Housewives’ info when Bobby Zarin is being interviewed!   The husband of Real Housewives of New York‘s Jillzarin talked with about the next season of Housewives and some other stuff:

Girdle maker and BobbyZ

WSJ HEARD ON THE RUNWAY: So, Jill has a new line of girdles coming out next Tuesday night, called Skweez Couture, right?

BOBBY ZARIN: Yes, it’s called “shapewear.” Everything that every woman wanted in shapewear Jill found it and put it in. (Including whale bones, an ipod sleeve and some lemon potpourri) Let me give you an example, when a woman sits down she crosses her legs. But instead of seeing the end of a girdle, you see lace. (Hey!  Bobby… Why you lookin’ up my dress!) She has five different colors.  Five different colors! (WOW!  5, F-I-V-E whole. different. colors!!)

WSJ:  I guess she knows her fabrics.

BZ: It’s in her blood. I love it. In my personal opinion it’s going to be huge, like the biggest thing since sliced bread. (Bobby… How old are you???)

WSJ: Were you and Jill upset about Bravo’s decision to postpone the “Real Housewives of New York City” premiere?

BZ: No, no I love it. When they said Feb 15, we weren’t even finished taping. I said to Jill, “It’s unrealistic. I don’t know how they are doing it. It’s not possible.”   So she said, “Well, they have a plan. They’re going to edit it as they go along.” And I said, “It’s not going to work.” I spoke to Andy [Cohen, Bravo’s EVP of original programming], and said, “It’s not going to work.” (Yeah, it was Bobby’s plan all along…) Now, it’s good. We have a little space. It’s perfect because now the show will come out when Jill launches her line. So it’s great for us.  (How’s that bed sheet line goin’??)

WSJ: What do you think about what’s happening over in Egypt?

BZ: What can I say? It’s terrible world turmoil and I hate it. If you know me, I am all about peace and love. All I want is world peace. That’s all I pray for. They call me the ambassador of good will. Send me over there and I will fix it.  (Accepting donations now to send Bobby over to Egypt…  )


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Lisa Vanderpump… How to Make $2 Million a Year

Here’s how to make $2 million a year:  buy a house for $14 million, live in it for 7 years and then sell it for $29 million.  Easy!!!

If Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Lisa Vanderpump can do it, so can you!!!

Real Housewives Lisa Vanderpump's $29 million house for sale                                    Villa Vanderpump

From the LA Times Real Estate Section, November 7, 2004… here:

Restaurateur picks Beverly Park

British restaurateur Kenneth Todd and his wife and business partner, Lisa Vanderpump, an actress, have purchased a home in the gated community of Beverly Park, overlooking Beverly Hills, for $14 million. The sellers are entrepreneur Sam Delug and wife Rosette.

The French Normandy-style home, built in 1996, has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in about 15,500 square feet. Situated on slightly more than three acres, the estate features a 2,500-square-foot master suite, an upstairs lounging area for the six additional bedroom suites, a tennis court, pool, topiary gardens and park-like grounds. There is also a 2,500-bottle wine cellar that cost an estimated $1 million to build.

In September, Todd and his wife sold seven bars that they owned in the West End of London in a deal reported to be worth about $28 million. Vanderpump appeared in “Baywatch” during the mid-’90s.

Marty Trugman of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills East, had the listing on the home, and Martin Genis (Kim’s Blind Date) of Platinum Properties represented the buyers.”

More Photos Here:

Nene Leakes on Star Jones

Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nene Leakes will be participating on Celebrity Apprentice, which will air on March 6, with Star Jones.   According to numerous reports, Nene and Star did not get along while shooting the Apprentice.  The latest tiff report is from Nene.  Nene was on the Wendy Williams Show and told Wendy that ‘if Star was on fire, she wouldn’t even spit on her.’   Ouch!

Star sent these tweets out after the Wendy Show aired yesterday:

“Lesson learned long ago: “Never get into a PIG fight…because 3 things happen: You get tired, you get dirty and only the pig has fun! 12:09 PM Feb 8th”

 “tearing down others with foul words does not elevate your status…it illuminates your lack thereof.” 12:18 PM Feb 8th

Ignorance in pretty clothes and high heeled shoes is still ignorance…“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” 3:25 PM Feb 8th

I’m not sure if these two might be playing up the drama to help promote the premiere of the show in March. If so, NeNe’s taking on the bulk of this task.

Social… on Wealth TV

The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s ex-cast member, Danielle Staub premiered her new show, Social, last night on Wealth TV.  To say that ‘Social‘ is a mess is a compliment.  When Danielle showed up at Sir Ivan’s castle, ‘the Playboy mansion of the Hamptons‘, a cell phone was ringing in the background and no one shut it off.  This was just the beginning of a half hour of awfulness.

In a dress more suited for a 12-year-old girl than an over-40 woman, Danielle is met by “Sir Ivan” Wilzig, the son of a holocaust survivor who rose to become a wealthy banker in New Jersey.

Sir Ivan and Danielle

Sir Ivan takes Danielle on a tour of his castle…. the many views from the castle, his themed bedrooms, his pool, his billiard room and his dungeon.

If only Sir Ivan had pushed Danielle into the pool… there may have been a reason to watch Social.

Sir Ivan keeping Danielle caged up in the dungeon and leaving her there would have been another reason to watch Social.

After visiting Sir Ivan at his castle, Danielle and Sir Ivan met up at Georgio Gucci’s black tie gala where he is introducing new products and Danielle pronounces that she is ‘Italian Glamour.’

A real Italian and ‘Italian Glamour’… this is the only contact Danielle had with Mr. Gucci… he didn’t even give her a wallet.

Social was promoted as a reincarnation of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Danielle another Robin Leach… but I’ve seen Robin Leach, and Danielle, you are no Robin Leach… and Social is not even a poor cousin of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Three thumbs down….bleech.

Separated at birth…Sir Ivan and Jon Lovitz…

NOTE:  The entire time I’m watching Social, I couldn’t think of who Sir Ivan looked and sounded like…  but I finally figured it out… Sir Ivan IS Jon Lovitz.  If you get Wealth TV, when you watch Social, thinking of Jon Lovitz while watching Sir Ivan will get you through this waste of 22 minutes.

Social is produced on a low budget with one camera by Cary Sandoval Films.  I’m really shocked that this program was picked up by Wealth TV as their normal programming has much better produced and informative shows.

PS:  The photos are bad on purpose… they are indicitive of how bad the show was.

Social on Wealth TV:

Sir Ivan’s Bio:

Real Housewives of Orange County… Under Water

What do the Real Housewives of Orange County have in common with each other besides being blonde?  They just can’t seem to hold on to real estate.  The next season of RHOOC hasn’t started yet and the newest Housewife, Peggy Tanous, has defaulted on her mortgage.

Tanous2 Peggy Tanous’ House and Hummer

The Tanous house was purchased in 2006 for $1.38 million;  a default notice was sent on November 16, 2010 in the amount of $190,713.

Other Real Housewives of Orange County cast members have had real estate problems:  Alexis and Jim Bellino have been trying to avoid foreclosure on their Newport Beach property; Tamra Barney got rid of her 4,300 square-foot Tuscan-style mansion in a short sale; and Jeana Keough used a loan modification to avoid foreclosure on her seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house.

Peggy Tanous’ website:

NOTE:  If you click on the photo of  her home on her website, it takes you back to the site’s homepage.

Blind Item… All Clues Point to Camille…

How She Copes in Her Gilded Cage


This award-winning actor has always led a double life. He married his beard, but it was never a real marriage. Just a business partnership. Then he got a new acting gig… and a new twink boyfriend… and a new beard. Poor wifey, right? Not at all.  She knew what the deal was all along. Besides, she’s not exactly moping around her gilded cage of a house. She’s had a boyfriend in the wings the whole time.

NOTE:  The majority of the comments say that this is Kelsey and Camille!!!


Cynthia Bailey… Plus-Size Model?

Our friends at found the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Cynthia Bailey modeling for the latest ‘Woman Within‘ catalog… ‘Woman Within‘ is a plus-size clothing site: