MORE SH “HIT AND RUN” THURSDAY: Tamballs’ Tanked… NO Housewives Showed Up!… Fraudulent Advertising!!… Tamballs Says Elllie Not Interested in Wedding Plans…CUT Fitness Giving Away FREE Classes…Melissa Gorga “Me and JLo”… New Celebrity Apprentice Info!!… Kim Zolciak “Another Tardy Season”

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FROM THE SH ARCHIVES: Wendy Williams Says Teresa Giudice is “Worst Housewife EVER” AND Caroline Manzo Got That “Susan Boyle” Look!!

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Real Housewives of New Jersey: Wendy Williams Says Teresa Giudice is “Worst Housewife EVER” AND Caroline Manzo Got That “Susan Boyle” Look!!

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The Bravo Network: Bravo Made A Huge Mistake… HUGE!!! Does Bravo Hate Their Viewers??

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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.


Bravo Killing in the Ratings…

Bravo again set record-breaking ratings with “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” attracting 3.7 million total viewers.
The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” season finale airs next Thursday,  January 20, at 9 p.m.   Taylor’s birthday celebration is disrupted when Kim and Kyle finally go to blows after years of pent up family frustration. A lot of things are said and their sisterly bond may be broken forever. Meanwhile, another bond is breaking as Camille gets word from her husband that he wants to end their marriage.

Additionally, last night’s episode of the buzzy late-night series “Watch What Happens: Live” hosted by Andy ‘Diana Ross‘ biggest fan’, Cohen, outperformed all late night cable talk show competition.Featuring guest Camille Grammer who revealed she met Katye Walsh, Kelsey Grammer’s fiance for the first time — “WWHL” beat original broadcasts of TBS’s “Conan,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and; Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”On Sunday, January 16th at 11pm ET/PT host of “The Fashion Show: Ultimate CollectionIman and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’sNene Leakes (above with Anderson Cooper) will join Andy for some cocktails and conversation in the Bravo Clubhouse.

The Stanker Speaks…

Millionaire Matchmaker aired last night.  I don’t watch the show, but am constantly amazed at the quotes made by Patti Stanger that I read on other sites.  I came across this article written by Elizabeth Garone for The Wall Street Journal… Patti can even BS the WSJ:

It was seventh grade when Patti Stanger made her first match: she successfully set up her best friend with a boy at a local dance.  (Uh, two 12-year-olds went to a movie… she’s counting that as a ‘success’?) Today, Ms. Stanger is the owner of The Millionaire’s Club, an elite matchmaking service based in Los Angeles. She also hosts Bravo‘s reality show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”

The Stanker and her matchmaking ‘pros’, Destin and Rachel (married before they worked for Patti)
Name: Patti Stanger

Age: 51
Hometown: Short Hills, N.J.
First job: Coat salesperson, Hahne & Company
Favorite job: Matchmaker
Education: B.F.A. in film from University of Miami
Current position: Founder and president of The Millionaire’s Club and host of “The Millionaire Matchmaker”
Years in industry: 20-plus
How I Got Here in 10 words or less: I have a gift. I just know what I’m doing. (Some gifts should be returned….)

Stanker screaming giving advice to a client

Q: You’re a third-generation matchmaker. But one of your grandmother’s earliest matches—for your mother—didn’t go so well and ended in divorce.

A: She was horrified because she had fixed them up. When you were single in [the 1960s], it was like the Scarlet Letter. So my grandmother went back out on the street (so that’s where Patti learned where to find her ‘girls’) and fixed her up with my father. They did this through the local temple. The rabbi got wind of it, and he said, ‘If you guys are going to be doing this, can we send you friends and family?’ My mom and my grandmother started holding cocktails parties and introduced the local singles.

Patti and her fiance Andy Friedman… Oh..they broke up?!    Look at that body language…

Q: Your first real job in matchmaking was in special events and marketing at Great Expectations, the oldest dating service in the U.S. What do you consider your first professional match?

A: I dated a guy and he liked me but I didn’t like him. (You matched yourself up first!?  Selfish, Stanker, selfish…) I went through his wardrobe and cleaned out his house and got him to get a new car.  (Hmmm… he bought the car and didn’t have any money left for dates, so you dumped him!?) He said to me, “If I give you $10,000, (Puh-leeze, he probably offered you $10 bucks to go away) will you find me my wife because I want someone like you?” And within a year, he got married. (That was the first match that led to me leaving my corporate job. [Before that] I had this as a side business.

Q: Why did you stay in the corporate world so long?

A: I was a VP of marketing, I was regional sales manager in fashion, and marketing director in communications and product development. (Name some names and maybe I’ll start to believe this spittle.) I was always a corporate Fortune 500 girl. I needed my pension, I needed my 401(k), I needed my insurance. (She knew even back then that she couldn’t even ‘matchmake’ for herself.) I couldn’t even imagine a world not knowing when money was coming in. I had to realize this was a business. Silicon Valley was booming with millionaires coming down from San Francisco to L.A. every weekend trying to get their “hottie patottie” and find their future wife. They didn’t know how to date, they didn’t know how to talk to girls. (Oh God…they went to YOU for giudance?)

From her book ‘How You Can Get There, Too‘:

Best advice: “You have to follow what you know to be true,” says Ms. Stanger. “If I listened to everybody else, I would never be doing what I’m doing now.” (Sometimes other people are right.)

Skills you need: The essentials are intuition, a sixth sense, seeing both sides of the story, and knowing what the truth is, says Ms. Stanger. “It’s not just fixing people up. It’s also counseling all day long. It’s like being a therapist.” (In her case, a massage therapist.)

Degrees you should go for: “You don’t have to have a degree to be a good matchmaker,” says Ms. Stanger. “It’s having the eye, knowing who belongs with who.” (Patti:  Maybe you should go back for that degree…)

Where you should start: “If you start young, practicing on friends is the best way to go,” says Ms. Stanger. Otherwise, the Matchmaking Institute in New York City (Does the Stanker get a kickback for referrals?) offers a good introduction, she says.

Salary range: The average salary for professional matchmakers in New York City is $75,000, according to salary website (That’s the average … realistically, it’s more like $20,000 or less… poverty wages for NYC.)

Q: So, your job isn’t just about matching people up for dates or relationships? You do the prep work.

A: [Early on] I realized coaching was three-quarters of what we do in matchmaking. (So Patti studied football coaches and adopted their style.) It’s not really just getting them on the date. It’s making sure they know what to do and say on the date, like you see on the show. It’s asking, “How was the date?” “What did you wear?” “What did you eat?” “What did you do?” “How did you ask her out for the next time?”

Q: How is your club different than other dating services?

A: We offer unlimited dating because the process is never-ending. (If you’re successful, the process should be quick.) I don’t want [the clients] to run out of options. I’ve had people get married off one date. There are others who take five years. Everybody is different. (Where are these people, Stanker?)

The Stanker tweeted the reason for breaking off with Andy… they dated for six years and she just found out about no kids?!   IMO, her engagement was a total sham…look at photos of them together… body language says it all


Q: How much do clients, the majority of whom are men, pay for your services? How are they chosen?

A: Fees range from a base membership of $40,000 for a year of unlimited dating throughout the U.S. and Canada to a VIP or Diamond Membership, which runs from $150,000 to $200,000. (The ‘clients’ on the show do not pay a fee…can anyone who has paid the Stanker a fee, please come forward?  My email address is listed on the right…) With the full VIP membership, you have the entire staff working for you 24/7 and basically your own entourage of matchmakers. (Well, two people can make an entourage… that’s stretching it, but OK) I screen with my own personal system. (Put all the names in a bowl, dump them on a desk and the names that land closest to the edge of the desk gets a date.) Plus, I grew up in [affluent] Short Hills, N.J., and I can recognize wealth when I see it.  (But can you recognize a man that doesn’t want to marry you?)

Jason ‘Gummi Bear’ Davis, another Millionaire Matchmaker ‘fail’

Q: Why don’t the potential dates have to have money?

A: Successful men don’t date up. They are intimidated by wealthy women unless they are blue bloods. Successful men want to always take care of their women, and that means financially. (What a bunch of crap…the women, ‘potential’ dates, never pay… the Stanker has gotten around this dirty little secret of a fact by gathering them all up for a meet-and-greet party.)

Q: How do you stay in business, considering love is so unpredictable and can go sour?

A: I have a great track record, and I have never been sued.  (She has never been sued because the contract promises a date and she always gets her clients a date; therefore, they have no basis for a lawsuit.) If I can’t find someone for someone, I refer them out. I have an affiliate division of matchmakers all over the world that I work with. Men like certain types of women, (what ‘types’ specifically?) and I can subcontract that out to foreign countries.

Q: If you weren’t a matchmaker, what would you be?

A: I’d be a chef. It’s Zen to me. When I’m cooking, it’s just relaxing. It’s like having a massage or a cocktail. It calms me down. I’m not hyper. I’m very focused. I love the whole process of cooking, and I love to watch people smile when they eat. (Yo, Patti, that’s not a smile…they’re just trying to swallow your food so you won’t scream at them.)