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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dina-RHONJ Coming Back?

Post from Babble.

Posted by SunnyChanel
If you thought you’d seen the last of ex-Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Dina Manzo, think again. Dina left the show a couple months ago because that “very troubled lady” Danielle Staub. But it looks like Dina isn’t totally avoiding the limelight but purely just avoiding her nemesis Danielle. It turns out that it looks like Dina may just be doing some filming with the Housewives, but not just with her peeps from New Jersey but with…the housewives of Orange County!

Dina tweeted that “fun dinner with our crew & OC’s Gretchen, Laurie & their men. Very nice people! Another long day tomorrow in the city~top secret ; )”

But perhaps I could just be getting your hopes up. Maybe she meant “crew” as in her friends and family? Caroline and Jacqueline were at the dinner. And In a tweet from Gretchen, it looks like Andy Cohen showed up to dinner too. And also she was seen with Lauri of Orange County who left that franchise a while ago. Maybe they’re doing some kind of spin off? It’s apparently “top secret” so who knows!

Also Gretchen spent time with another New Jersey girl, she hung out with Ashley Holmes, Jacqueline’s daughter, Gretchen saying “so nice to meet her! Glad we got to play!”

Do you miss Dina, are you looking forward to her return in whatever form?

Ashley's-RHONJ Bravo Blog

Ashley's Blog from Bravo.

Legal Action
Ashley talks about picking up her summons, and reflects on how she's learned from her mistakes.
Ashley Holmes
Hey everyone! I'm going to say now, this blog is going to be a little boring I think. I'm soo tired right now. I don't feel like saying too much.

OK, where do I begin? How cute is the Giudice family? I love them. I loved it when Gabriella told Joe that he should buy Teresa flowers and chocolates for their anniversary. SO PRECIOUS! They are all mini-Teresas! They are Daddy's girls for sure. P.S. Who else is super jealous of the ring Teresa got?

Jillian, I doubt you are reading this, but I just wanted to tell you way to go hun! You did such a good job, and you don't need to worry about anyone "judging" or "not liking" you. Forget them if they do. You're talented and young, the world is yours for the taking. Keep it up! xo.

How many of you felt bad for Jillian in that scene of her with her mom? Isn't Danielle scary? I felt so bad for Jillian, she looked like she needed a hug. I'm glad Danielle isn't my mother. I hope her kids realize what kind of person their mother is before it's too late for them. Christine is beautiful, and Jillian is talented. Neither daughter inherited those traits from their mother. They don't need her, they have their dad and step mom. I hope they get away as fast as they can. That's just my opinion though. I am definitely praying for them.

I love my cousins. They're so funny, especially when they are together. The way they play off of each other is so great. I loved watching the scene in the gym. I felt so bad for Albie! HAHA! But it was a funny scene.

As for the sweet sixteen scene, WOW, so much I could say about this and their prior scene together. However, I'm not even going to get into it. If people haven't caught on by now that Danielle is a pathological liar, they're probably just as "lost" as she is. That's all I have to say about that.

In the scene where I went to pick up my summons with my mom, there's no need to tell me, I KNOW I LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT. I blame some of it on editing, the rest was just me being immature. I wasn't excited for court, obviously. I didn't even remember saying that, HA! To quote my Aunt Caroline's blog:

"As reality show participants we have the unique opportunity to view ourselves from the outside looking in. I'm hoping that Ashley will look at her behavior along with her attitude towards Jacqueline and make a conscious effort to move in a positive direction."

Caroline is absolutely correct. Since we last filmed, I have grown a lot as a person. I still make mistakes along the way, but I definitely learn from them. Every time I watch an episode, I grow even more. As my aunt said, we can view ourselves from the outside looking in, and I have seen a lot that I need to improve. Most of it I already knew, but it's just another reminder of things I needed to and still need to change. I am young, but I am not a kid. I am going to be 20 in a few months. I am not going to use my age as a crutch for how I acted and have been acting. I know it was wrong to pull Danielle's hair. I am sorry for how it happened, but I do not regret it. Everything happens for a reason. I do not like Danielle, I have plenty of good reasons not to. I don't like her, and I never will. That doesn't mean that I didn't learn from the experience. I don't need to like her and forgive her for all she has done in order to learn something from all this. If you all still think that I'm a bitch for not feeling sorry for her that night, then fine. I tell things like they are, not how they should be. I'm not about being fake. I'm not going to sit here and say, "I wish her the best, I am so sorry, blah, blah, blah," like SOMEONE else does. To be honest, I don't wish her well. I just hope karma catches up with her one day. I have been trying to not talk about her, and for the most part I haven't. What some people have to realize is #1. I have people asking me questions about her, and the show, and I'm not going to ignore people's questions. #2. Seeing these episodes rehash a lot of angry feelings I have towards her and writing my blog and on commenting on my Twitter and Facebook is my way of venting. #3. Danielle is STILL currently trying to mess with my life. So, sorry if you have a problem with it. I do have a life besides being "obsessed" with Danielle. HA! I have a job. I go to school. I just recently started an internship in the city. I have another internship in the city coming up in the fall. I am looking into getting an apartment. Things are going REALLY well for me right now! I spend most of my free time with my boyfriend Derek, (we have been happily together for a year and three months now) and my amazing friends. I spend the rest of my free time with my wonderful family. I really am blessed, and I have been working hard to not let any negativity get me down. I am happy with how things in my life are going. I see a bright future for myself.

I think I covered pretty much everything. If I didn't, I'm sorry! It's currently 3 a.m., and I had a long day in the city today! Which reminds me, thank you to everyone that I met in the city today (7/27) at the Maroon 5 concert! Your support and kind words mean so much to me, you have no idea! THANK YOU ALL!

If this is your first time reading my blog, I just want to kindly ask you to please support 'To Write Love On Her Arms' and spread the word about them. It really is such a great organization. You can check out their website and find out more about them at:

Until next time,

xoxo, Ashley

Ross And The Countess

Video of Ross Matthews with Luann.

Kim's New Boyfriend

Post from In Touch Magazine.

Meet Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak's new man!

Big Poppa who? The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Zolciak has moved on to a younger, hotter new boyfriend — and In Touch can exclusively reveal that the blond beauty’s new man is 24-year-old Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann. “They’ve been dating for about two months,” an insider tells In Touch. The “Tardy for the Party” singer and the 6'3", 260-pound defensive end attended the wedding of new RHOFA cast member Cynthia Bailey on Saturday, where they were seen “laughing, kissing and have a great time together.”

NeNe Responds To Wedding Drama Rumors

A few tweets from Nene about Cynthia's wedding rumors.


Pic./Tweet from Kelly of her and Teddy walking around the city.

Out with ted

Luann And The Beauty Teens

Picture from Luann, she meet with the Miss Teen USA contestants today to talk about etiquette.

Teresa Featured In The NY Daily News

Post from the NY Daily news.

Teresa's Favorite Tagliatelle
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice's maternal flame burns bright - in the kitchen
BY Jane Ridley

Move over, mesdames! The French can forget about owning the bragging rights to being thin because of their national cuisine.
In her new cookbook, "Skinny Italian," Teresa Giudice gives controversial "French Women Don't Get Fat" writer Mireille Guiliano a run for her money, claiming that Italian dishes are healthier still.

"People believe Italian is fattening — but they're thinking of the wrong things, like calzone or chicken parmigiana," says Giudice.

"It's no coincidence that so many Italian women are skinny. They eat a fresh diet without preservatives in order to stay healthy. If, as my family has done for generations, you buy locally grown ingredients and you grill and sauté, rather than fry or deep-fry with breadcrumbs, you can cook true Italian dishes which won't make you put on weight."

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star compiled the recipe book as a "love letter" to her mom, Antonia Gorga, 59, who was born on Italy's Amalfi Coast and now also lives in New Jersey. It includes many of her adored, handed-down recipes.

"Everything I know, I learned from my mom," says Giudice, 38. "The book is my way of passing on her traditions, not just to my own daughters, but to everyone who loves fresh, nutritious and tasty food."

Giudice is keen to foster positive attitudes toward food in her girls, especially the oldest, Gia, 9, who, like many 'tweens, is becoming more conscious of her looks.

"They have inherited a healthy attitude from me," says their mom. "They love it when I cook for them, which makes me feel great. They'd rather I cooked their favorite peas and ham sautéed with tagliatelle than order takeout."

Giudice also believes that kids whose moms don't cook for them become picky eaters. "Why? Because they're suspicious of anything new. If they're not used to seeing it being made in the kitchen at home, they'll shy away from it."

In the first episode of the second season of "Housewives of New Jersey," which aired Monday, Giudice and her older daughters were seen making no fewer than 160 pots of tomato sauce to store for the year ahead.

"That's really old-school Italian," she reveals. "It's already boiled, so when you need it, all you do is sauté onion and garlic and pour the sauce into the pan. Then you add meat or whatever you want. It's incredibly easy."

Giudice celebrates Mother's Day with a traditional Italian lunch for her mother and the rest of the family.

She serves pasta with red sauce accompanied by braciole — sautéed meat rolled with garlic and parsley — and a huge salad.

"I'll also make pork spareribs and my trademark homemade spicy sausage," she adds. "The family will gather around the table in the kitchen and watch me cook. We'll have a glass of wine or a Bellini.

"It's a lovely social occasion. I'll be loving every minute."

Recipe: Teresa's Favorite Tagliatelle

Serves: 6


1 pound tagliatelle or linguine pasta, preferably 8 ounces each plain and spinach

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons butter

5 ounces thick-sliced smoked ham, excess fat trimmed off and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

1 cup cooked fresh or thawed frozen peas

1⁄4 tablespoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


"This is my absolute favorite pasta dish," says Giudice. "If you can't find tagliatelle, you can use linguine. I'll admit it's not necessary to use green pasta since you can't really taste the spinach in it anyway, but I like it when it looks all colorful. Feel free to sprinkle a little Parmigiano-Reggiano on top."

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Time the pasta so it is done at about the same time as the sauce.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the butter and melt. Add the ham and peas and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes or more. Reduce the heat to very low to keep warm.

3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the sauce and the salt and pepper. Toss the pasta, adding enough of the pasta water to make a light sauce. Serve hot.

Kelly Trains Her Puppy

Video Of Kelly training her new puppy.

Ramona Lowers The Price On Her Hamptons Rental

Post from AMNY.

Ramona Singer lowers rental price of Southampton pad

By Valerie Kellogg

Earlier this year, Ramona SInger said that although she puts her Southampton house up for rent each summer she never actually rents it. The reason? "It's like putting your house up for sale to see what you can get," said "The Real Housewives of New York City" cast member (seen here at the house). "It's a Hamptons thing."
Newsday-Ed Betz
Why, then, did Singer recently lower the asking price for the rental?

According to a listing for the pictureque six-bedroom, six-bathroom, 5,880-square-foot house, she is now asking $95,000 for August to Labor Day. She had been asking $135,000.

With the real estate slowdown even affecting the Hamptons, maybe it is just a Hamptons thing.

Kim G. Has What It Takes To Be On The RHONJ

Article from Associated Content.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Why Kim G (Granatell) Will Be a Housewife Next Season

Kim G (The G stands for the surname Granatell) is the wannabe Real Housewife and pot-stirrer that the viewers love to hate. Kim G is a married (although separated) mother of three children. She lives just a few homes

away from housewife, Jacqueline Laurita. From Kim G's first appearance on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, she showed how adept she was at straddling both sides of the fence in an attempt to get more air time and secure a role as a full-time housewife on the next season. Kim G is the classic two faced lady: She smiles in your face, pretends to be your BFF, and as soon as you turn your back, she stabs you. She tries to plant seeds of deviousness and negativity into the minds of others, through gossip, back-biting and various forms of manipulation tactics. Kim G then sits back and watches those seeds germinate and flourish in some cases.

A recent episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, illustrates just how cunning Kim G is. Jacqueline Laurita visits Kim G's home and they discuss the hair pulling incident. Kim G tells Jacqueline that Teresa Giudice needs to have more self control. In another scene, Teresa Giudice shows up at the Posche boutique to apologize to Kim D for the fight that ensued at the fashion show. Kim G mysteriously dropped in at the Posche and so skillfully meddled, and gave Teresa her two-cents. Teresa asked Kim G why she's friends with Danielle and her response was "I pity her". Kim G then turns around and accompanies Danielle to the courthouse to file a complaint against Ashley Holmes. In a later scene, Kim G is back at it again. She arrives at Jacqueline Laurita's house with newspapers headlining the hair pulling incident. Jacqueline Laurita questions Kim G's motives and tells her that she is two-faced. This scene ends with Kim G telling Jacqueline that Danielle has it out for Ashley.

Kim G knows what she's doing and has no reservations about admitting to it. In an interview with, Kim G said, " Oh, I'm all about that. Are you crazy? I'm drama and trouble. My mom said to me when I got my

Ferrari, one of my cars, 'Put 'TROUBLE1' on that license plate.' I said, 'No, mom, everyone will know it's my Ferrari.' I'm always looking for action and deviousness and drama."

So, Kim G is the type of person who thrives on excitement. That is why she is always stirring the pot and instigating controversy. It is not a good character trait, to be one who promotes trouble rather than peace, but it certainly makes for great reality TV. Some viewers hate on Danielle Staub, and she firmly solidifies her position as the villainess of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Think about it: Where would this series be without the best of the "prostitution whores", Danielle Staub? All of the cat fights and drama translates into a more interesting, and jaw dropping experience for the audience of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and drives higher ratings.

Kim G is relatable, because at one time or another, many of us have dealt with or know of a two-faced person. It is quite comical to sit back and observe how others, like Caroline Manzo swiftly puts Kim G in her place and evades the he- said-she-said crap.

For the record, Kim G and Danielle Staub are no longer friends. She told, "She [Danielle Staub] had no idea who she was playing with when she was playing with me". Kim G also suggests that the viewers should expect a "major showdown between Danielle Staub and herself, and has referred to Danielle as a "snake in the grass". Kim G also gives Danielle the finger in a YouTube video by mrcelebritymagnet .

Also, on Watch What Happens Live, which aired 7/26/10, Andy Cohen treated us to a sneak peek of the "major showdown" Kim G refers to. I almost fell out of my chair when Kim G screamed at Danielle Staub during the clip and made a reference to Danielle's "fake, square tits". When asked what her relationship with Danielle is like now, Kim G's response was "Danielle who?"

Kim G never said outright that she will be a housewife next season, but if offered a role, she would gladly accept. When asked about it during an interview with she said, "I would join the show. I'm on it. I know the ins and outs of it. The crew loves me. I know the crew loves me. I was probably the easiest and most cooperative to film. I was always available. My home was available. I'm easy-going. I don't give them any flack."
  Kim G is in the video below talking about Danielle Staub and she gives Danielle the finger.

Andy Cohen Talks About The Real Housewives

Article from

Exclusive: Bravo's Andy Cohen Reveals 'Housewives' Secrets
By: Amanda Ernst
Andy Cohen wears a lot of hats: He’s Bravo’s head of programming. He’s the host of Watch What Happens Live, on the same network (obvs). He’s the object of Grandma Wrinkles‘ affection.

He’s also the foremost Real Housewives expert, with gossip to spare.

In an interview with Crushable, Andy dished the dirt on Real Housewives of D.C., which premieres August 5 at 9 p.m. ET. “In every city we’ve done the Housewives, it feels like the real barometer of social status is money, and in D.C. that’s really out the window,” Andy told us. “It seems that it’s all about proximity to political power and we wanted to look at that and see how that comes into play. And also there are a lot of overtones of how race politics come into play in social circles in D.C.”

Andy, who revealed he’s “very” involved in the casting and editing of the Housewives shows, let us in on a little of what will make D.C. different. “I think the playground that they’re in really dictates part of the story that’s being told,” he said. “And so they’re really talking about politics, they’re living in that world, they’re going to political functions, but they’re also really fun and high-end and glamorous and funny. There’s stuff that unfolds at the Salahi’s winery that is quite compelling.”

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Speaking of the Salahis, we wanted to know what happened after D.C. housewife Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq crashed the White House State Dinner last fall. “It was a very intense period of time,” Andy said. “There was a discussion a couple of months later about whether they would be a part of the show. We had been shooting them for months and months and months before this incident happened, and when we looked at all the footage of everything we had and everything that had gone down, Michaele was all intertwined with Stacie and Mary and Cat that we felt like she was an essential part of the story. And so she’s in and I think that what unfolds with them is quite compelling and the incident that happened at the White House is only a very small part of what makes Michaele so compelling.”

We will get to see a little of the incident during the series, Andy promised, although “what you really see is the aftermath and you see how it affects the women, her friends.”

At the time of the incident, there was talk about the Salahis possibly not being on the show at all, since Bravo reportedly follows more women than are used in the Housewives shows. Andy agreed that happens often. “We often shoot more people than wind up in the show because we don’t know what we’re going to get,” he said. “We don’t know where the story is going to go. And we don’t know if someone is going to leave half way through, which has happened in Orange County a couple of times, and it happened in New Jersey this season.”

They’re also always on the lookout for new housewives, in the six cities where they’re already shooting (in addition to D.C., New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Orange County, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced earlier this year), as well as in new cities. But if Andy has his eye on new cities, he’s keeping mum. “I don’t want to blow it,” he told us.

Andy did debunk one myth though: rumors of a possible Real Housewives in the Lone Star state. “It’s all rumor,” he said of Real Housewives of Houston. “And by the way, we have cast in Texas before, but we have nothing going right now…for one reason or another we didn’t move forward. But, it’s an ongoing process.”

Also ongoing: casting for new housewives in New Jersey and New York. With at least one New York housewife probably bowing out for the next season, Andy wouldn’t reveal whether any of the current housewives would be returning. “We haven’t announced anything nor have we determined anything,” he said.

As for replacing Dina Manzo in New Jersey, Andy said it’s in the works, but knocked down speculation that he had hinted at Kim G being the next housewife on Monday night’s Watch What Happens Live. “I wouldn’t read anything into it,” he told us.

Moving on from casting news, we had to ask Andy the burning questions that everyone has about the Housewives franchise. It’s been getting a lot of flack for manufacturing drama and carefully editing scenes to hype the tension between ‘wives. “It’s a TV show, it’s not paint drying,” Andy told Crushable. “I think it’s important that the show be entertaining and compelling. If we showed a 2-hour dinner in real time versus a 7-minute version of the highlights, I don’t think that would be very compelling. I think Bethenny once said about the editing…it’s like when you tell a friend about a date. You tell your friend about a date in three minutes and you hit all the salient points. She said and that’s what winds up happening on the housewives. A meal gets really condensed down but you come away really getting the integrity of what happened at the meal.”

Still, Andy said Bravo producers do step in “when something gets out of hand or unpleasant,” between the housewives. As for the Kelly Bensimon breakdown/breakthrough last season, he said, “Kelly left the island the next morning and I think that speaks for itself.” Andy called the so-called “Scary Island” trip “a disturbing situation” but he never put down Kelly. “I think she’s fun and light and energetic,” he said. “And I do think that she doesn’t want to engage in conversations that she thinks are trivial.”

One conversation we loved was Kelly and Andy’s during the Real Housewives of New York City reunion show. Andy told us it’s sometimes “a little awkward” to have a back and forth with the ‘wives during reunion shows, since he already knows many sides of the story. “They know I know. And sometimes I really don’t know,” he said. “But I really have to be a conduit for the viewer. I’ve seen every rough cut of every episode and I’ve heard during production what happened. So it’s a very complex.”

Andy also has his opinions about Danielle Staub, the central drama-causer on Real Housewives of New Jersey. “I think she’s complex. I think she’s intense,” Andy told us. “I would never begin to even kind of psychoanalyze her. I think she can be really entertaining to watch and I think she can be very vulnerable. I think that she can be very aggressive.” Still, Andy said he doesn’t believe Danielle is really gay. “I think she’s having fun and flirting,” he said.

And when we asked the question that everyone has about Real Housewives of New Jersey – what did Danielle do to Dina? – Andy expertly dodged. “I don’t know is the answer. I don’t know, nor would I feel comfortable saying if I did.”