“Real Housewives”: Divorces and death threats, oh my!

This week has been a reminder that the drama does not end once the cameras stop rolling.

Don't be hatin' Vicki./Bravo

Don't be hatin' Vicki./Bravo

And nobody knows that more than Bravo’s “Real Housewives” of Orange County and New York.

In the more dramatic news, the OC’s Vicki Gunvalson, 45, reports receiving a death threat from a deranged female fan. According to E! News, Vicki received a phone call from the woman, who supposedly wants *payback* for something Vicki said to her castmate and *friend* (I use that term oh so loosely) Jeana Keough.

“Vicki did get a threatening call from a fan who was watching the show and she didn’t like something Vicki said to Jeana Keough. Jeana also got an e-mail at home containing a direct threat to Vicki,” confirms Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

The official went on to say that the woman was “taking the show way too seriously.”

Ya think?

The e-mail evidently suggested that potential acts of violence might be committed against Vicki. Specifically, a phrase along the lines of “I’ll take care of Vicki” was apparently uttered.

Never fear: The authorities are all over it.

“It is a criminal threat and we are pursuing it aggressively,” Amormino says.


Meanwhile, the East Coast chickies are determined not to let Vicki show them up. Word came down today that Countess Luann de Lesseps has split from her husband, the Count.

(And frankly, I’m not surprised. Who wants to be with a guy who looks like Dracula and spends all of his time counting batty bats and claps of thunder?)

Anyway, this information comes via the New York Post (for which a friend of mine works, not that I’m name dropping or anything, Jacobo), which quotes a friend of Luann’s as saying, “They decided to separate. She got wind he was seeing somebody, and he didn’t answer her when she called. He finally sent her an e-mail saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva, and he was serious with her.”

This news left Luann in shock, the source says, especially since the couple just celebrated their 16th anniversary on March 16.

“Luann was blindsided,” the source says. “She was just devastated. They have basically lived apart for many years – he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen.”

The ever-chatty source went on to say: “It has been very rough for her and the children, but she’s taking the high road and will remain friends with him. She has no intention of making it bitter or becoming angry. She’s just trying to come to terms with (it). She feels this is the ultimate test for her to handle this with dignity and grace.”

A representative for Luann says, “It is obviously a very difficult time for the countess and count, but they plan to remain friends and their primary focus will be to do what is best for their two children.”

Hopefully this hasn’t put a complete damper on Luann’s plans to party like it’s 1999  when her book, “Class with the Countess,” is released on April 16. In fact, I gather that it does not, considering Luann reportedly told friends that no matter what happens “I will always be the countess.”

And she most certainly will, once she gets those nice fat alimony and child support checks! Oh, and $24 from you for her book. (Well, it is hardcover. Don’t be such a cheapskate!)
Update: A real-life Jersey girl (that would be me – metiny1 born, bred and still resides) will blog live on Facebook beginning at 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 12, during the premiere of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Come join me and share your thoughts as we meet these five women. Click here or look up my handle,  TV Blogger Ava Gacser, on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

I’ve got bloody good news for you

I'll give you something to smile about./HBO

I'll give you something to smile about./HBO

HBO’s “True Blood” returns for its second season on June 14. Pass it on…

I heart Jesse James

Jesse James is like the coolest cat on the planet.

(No offense to my cats, Ginger and Baby, of course.)

It took a lot of cajones for Jesse to speak as plainly as he did about teammate Dennis Rodman on “Celebrity Apprentice” last night.

“I don’t know what he’s talking about, but I think Dennis has obviously got a drinking problem,” he told Donald Trump during the boardroom showdown.


It wasn’t like everyone else in the boardroom wasn’t already thinking it – it was just Jesse was the only one to actually say the words aloud.  I have to wonder if anyone else has ever done that to Dennis’ face?

“I stopped drinking almost nine years ago,” Jesse said by way of explanation.


Clearly, the guy knows one when he sees one.

“I can kick anybody’s ass at anything!” Dennis declared in one of his few coherent moments.

“Why doesn’t he kick our asses at being a good person?” Jesse replied.

Why, indeed.


Sandra Bullock is one lucky woman.

Update 4/19: Is Jesse James good in bed? Click here to find out.

This is just the beginning

Today this blog reached its first significant milestone:


Yup, after just one month, we’ve reached 10,000 hits! It’s been a lot of fun, and I hope to see you back here soon.

Bret Michaels’ strikes while the iron is hot

Bret Michaels is no dummy.


Riding high on the third season of his VH1 reality show, “Rock of Love Bus,” Michaels will kick off a tour with his longtime band, Poison (with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick along for the ride), in June. But maybe what you haven’t heard is that Michaels has also penned an autobiography, “Roses & Thorns,” which is due out June 9.

People recently unveiled the book  jacket (see above). The book, published by Simon & Schuster, reportedly recounts Michaels’ upbringing in the middle of Pennsylvania, his lifelong struggle with dia-bee-tus (as only Bret and Wilford Brimley pronounce it), his Poison years, the “car crashes that nearly took his life” and his brilliant career reinvention via the VH1 reality shows.

Hey, I had to give you some Bret Michaels news – it’s another week before we see a new “Rock of Love Bus.”  And the end is coming all too quickly – the show wraps up April 12. 😦

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