“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Eat, talk about Danielle, repeat

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What places have “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – aka Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo and yes, Danielle Staub – been visiting lately? Keep reading!

It's going to be strange not seeing Dina around anymore./Photo credit the New York Daily News

“She’s like parsley. She’s everywhere.” – Caroline on Danielle

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“The Real Housewives of Orange County”: The haves and the have-nots

News flash: “The Real Housewives of Orange County’s” Gretchen Rossi is a millionaire and Lynne Curtin is homeless…almost.

How prophetic is this picture? Will Gretchen once again comfort Lynne?/Credit Bravo

How prophetic is this picture? Will Gretchen once again comfort Lynne?/Credit Bravo

TMZ is all atwitter over its report that Gretchen, who has been spotted numerous times with ex-“Real Housewives” star Slade Smiley, has inherited $2.5 million from her deceased fiance, Jeff Beitzel.

According to the tabloid site, Gretchen’s reward (after all, she did stand by his side during his cancer treatments and did seem to legitimately care for him) includes money from Jeff’s life-insurance policy. In addition, TMZ contends that Jeff’s ex-wives – of which there are five – aren’t pleased she’s now rolling in the dough.

If Gretchen is as thoughtful and considerate as she seems to be, maybe she’ll be willing to throw a bone to fellow housewife Lynne, who TMZ reports is getting kicked out of the rented home she shares with her husband and daughters.

TMZ cites sources who claim that Lynne and her husband never paid over $12,000 to their landlord, who claims they owe him rent and other expenses. The Curtins reportedly have until tomorrow (that’s Aug. 27) to pack up and vamoose.

Is Gretchen Rossi ruining the chance of another season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”?

It’s always good to hear that even TV networks have standards.

Bravo, Gretchen, Bravo./Bravo (what else?)

Bravo, Gretchen, Bravo./Bravo (what else?)

Case in point: Bravo is not happy that “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi is dating Slade Slimey – oops, I mean Smiley, says the New York Post.

Smiley, as I’m sure you recall, was featured in previous seasons of “OC” and – if you were unfortunate enough to see it – the *dating* show “Date My Ex” as the erstwhile significant other of former “housewife” Jo De La Rosa.

Could it be that Bravo a) can’t stand Smiley or b) thinks that even reality TV stars are in danger of overexposure?

Whatever the case, the network has not decided whether to greenlight “OC” for a fifth season. (Which honestly surprises me. The fourth – which just wrapped last month – was soooooo very entertaining.)

If the decision is made to bring it back again (please, God, oh please), an insider tells the Post, “We’re hoping that Slade is out of the picture.”

Then again, knowing Gretchen’s propensity for jumping from man to man, I don’t doubt it.

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!

“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.

countess

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!

“Real Housewives of Orange County” pales in comparison to Gretchen’s real-life drama

Well, isn’t this interesting?

gretchen

The Orange County Register reports that Gretchen Rossi from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” has obtained a restraining order against Jay Photoglou, the man who claims to have dated her while she was dating/engaged to Jeff Beitzel. (Jeff died in September, and during “The Real Housewives of Orange County” reunion a few weeks ago, Tamra Barney said Jay had called and told her he was Gretchen’s boyfriend.)

The restraining order request, which was filed on March 6 in Newport Beach, states that Jay has threatened to kill Gretchen, 31, and her dogs, burn down her Costa Mesa house and has already stolen things from her abode. She also claims he has made harassing phone calls, grabbed her hair and yanked her head back, and vandalized her car and home. But that’s not all – oh, no. Gretchen also says he threatened to “dispose” of former “Real Housewives” star Slade Smiley.

“He was someone I trusted and believed had my best interest at heart until he started blackmailing me and became volatile,” Gretchen wrote in her request for orders to stop harassment. “He has since been nothing but verbally and pyshically (sic – which is another way of saying that  Gretchen can’t spell) abusive to me.”

Jay, 39, lost his Huntington Beach home to foreclosure in December, the newspaper reports. He claims he’s been friends with Gretchen since January 2008 and denies making any threats or harassing her.

Slade, meanwhile, was arrested last month at Gretchen’s house (gee, that’s a busy place!) on a civil contempt warrant, the paper says. He reportedly served Jay the restraining order.

Gretchen denies ever having a romantic relationship with Jay, although apparently she has admitted in other interviews that the pair briefly dated before her engagement to Jeff.

Jay – who supports himself as a car salesman – says he did have a relationship with Gretchen both while Jeff was alive and afterward, and that Gretchen is lying about it to “keep her image clean” and “protect her newfound celebrity status.”

Gretchen said that Jeff is a con man who constantly lies. “I just want this guy out of my life,” she said.

And then the plot thickens even more: A neighbor of Gretchen’s said that Jay moved into her house right after Jeff died. It “certainly seemed that” the two were dating, he said. The neighbor says it appears that Slade is currently living there.

Meanwhile, Jay will have the chance to respond to the order during a hearing set for 10:30 a.m. March 27.

The newspaper also reports that Jay had a previous restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend in 2002. In addition, he had dozens of traffic violations and in 2002 faced allegations of domestic violence. Those allegations were later dismissed.

I don’t even know how to respond to this story…
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!

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