RHWGOSSIP Exclusive Chat with Jacqueline Laurita! A Few BIG Answers on Season 4!

Tonight I had a pretty long twitter conversation through direct message with Jacqueline! She had read my blog about Danielle Staub and gave me some great compliments. She said although she normally doesn’t read gossip columns, she was “compelled” to read mine and she loved it! Jacqueline has strong feelings about Danielle as you can see in some of the messages below and she was glad to see some of the truths have come out, specifically Danielle’s selling of certain stories to gossip magazines such as In Touch and Us Weekly. I was extremely flattered for the compliment and SO excited to talk to one of my favorite housewives!

This was more conversation style than interview, and I won’t reveal everything that was said because I would like to have more opportunities to talk with Jac in the future. Although I’m sure she wouldn’t have told me anything she was not comfortable with me speaking publicly about, I would like some of it to remain in confidence. Once season 4 airs I will probably come out with more.

Jacqueline apparently was  called up by one or more magazines and asked to respond to stories contributed by Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice. We now have proof of Danielle, but not Teresa. Jacqueline said she believes the story referred to in the Danielle Staub blog screen shots was ultimately kicked off by DS herself.

A lot of fans blame Jacqueline for accusing Teresa of something she hasn’t done, that being sell stories. It is entirely possible that these magazine insiders were only trying to get a statement out of her, by lying about Teresa’s involvement. There is NO proof of Teresa selling any stories as of yet. Jacqueline however does not believe Teresa is completely innocent and that it will all come out in due time.

According to Jac, she does not want to rekindle any kind of friendship with Teresa but would like to end the fighting and drama. She wants peace between them and nothing more.

When I asked her about the 4th season of RHONJ she had this to say :

Wow! We can’t wait! I asked Jac if she had any regrets about missing the reunion with no response, but I did get a piece of info that will interest fans of Teresa Giudice!

As we know Teresa has taken a lot of heat for the Posche Fashion Show issue. There have been countless blogs and hundreds of disputes over whether or not she set Melissa up to be confronted by Angelo Vorhees. Apparently, Teresa will be off the hook ! There are others involved which we will not know of until the show airs, but Jacqueline did say Teresa will appear INNOCENT of any wrongdoing in regards to the set up! Which leaves us to wonder, WHO else is there? Kim D possibly or someone else? We can only wait to watch.

I did ask Jacqueline if she knew when the show was going to premier and she said there is no date set yet, but she will let me know. How awesome! I was so glad to talk to her and she is genuinely a sweetheart. I do personally believe she wants to squash the beef between her and Teresa.

Tell me what you think!!!

Is Teresa Giudice Donald Trump’s NEW Favorite Housewife? Sorry NeNe!

Recently Teresa did an interview to promote the new season of Celebrity Apprentice on New York Live and had this to say : “There are going to be a lot of surprises on the show,” Giudice said on the set of “New York Live.” “The girls are very catty you know, but this was different from ‘Housewives.’ We were asked to do tasks and we did them. Donald is amazing. It’s about charity, so it’s totally different from ‘Housewives.'”

Apparently the Donald was very stricken with the “dynamo” New Jersey Housewife and many of us are! “He just said ‘Teresa, I see a different side of you. This is not the Teresa I know.’ And I’m like that’s what I wanted everyone to see,” confesses the Jersey star. “I loved it. At first we are working 20 hours a day — getting up at 4:30 a.m., sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience and if I had to do it all over again, I would.”

Teresa has chosen a charity to represent that is near and dear to her heart, and that is The Berwyn Foundation, which raises money for Kidney Disease research. She chose NephCure as the beneficiary for her potential $250,000 prize winnings if she were to win Celebrity Apprentice (spoiler : the top two contestants were Clay Aiken and Aresenio Hall, check my blog on CA for more info and spoilers). Teresa met an 8 year old boy who is suffering from a kidney disease known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS.

“Children are suffering from these diseases and there is no cure,” said Giudice. “NephCure is a dynamic organization that helps patient families living with FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. I am honored to be associated with NephCure and hope that my involvement in ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ leads to hope for the thousands of patients who are suffering from these diseases.”

Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS are conditions that affect the tiny filtering mechanisms in the kidney that causes beneficial protein to be spilled from the kidney into the urine and lost. The disease can cause renal failure and patients must receive dialysis, which is a huge medical issue or possibly even a kidney transplant.

NephCure states more than 5,600 people are diagnosed with FSGS each year, and it is the leading cause of kidney failure in children.

Henry Brehm is the founder of NephCure and says he is grateful to have a celebrity like Teresa as the spokesperson on CA for the foundation. He hopes she will bring new focus on the disease which it may otherwise not have had.

Celebrity Apprentice is just around the corner, set to air on February 12th. Good luck Teresa!

Melissa Gorga’s Interview At Borgata

Here is an interview Melissa Gorga did with Veronica Dudo over the weekend at the Borgata Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. She talks about her first season on RHONJ and says overall it’s been “a nice experience” and has allowed her many new opportunities, from music to hosting and representing a new Vodka brand.

She talks about “On Display” going up to #11 on iTunes and how she is releasing some new songs this spring, including a ballad to her husband Joe. If you recall Teresa said this was her favorite among Melissa’s songs on the reunion.

Melissa says she keeps up her figure by drinking “Voli Vodka” when she is out since it is low calorie and she is not one to sit around and watch TV. She works out with a trainer and that is how she keeps up on her bod.

Melissa confirms there will be a season 5 but adds there is no word yet about the cast or when it will begin filming.

She explains it is “touching” that her fans can relate to her life including the loss of her father and how he was her #1 fan.

Lastly Veronica touches on the family drama, and Melissa says “Teresa and I are always, constantly trying for the kids. I know in my heart I’ve done everything I can possibly do.” She says the sister in laws really try to work in out in season 4, and whether or not they do she can “put her head on her pillow at night” knowing she’s done everything in her power to help Teresa and Joe reconcile. But what about Teresa and Melissa? Can’t wait for season 4… I have a feeling we will all be suprised at what transpires!

Juice From The RHOBH Reunion, Andy Cohen Talks to Wendy Williams

Can you believe this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is almost over? I feel like the trainwreck of a Tea Party was yesterday. But several spoiler rumors have been circulating as to what happened on the reunion. Apparently Brandi causes a lot of drama regarding Kim Richards who is NOT present as confirmed by Andy Cohen on a recent episode of Wendy Williams.  He said she is in recovery and did not attend. It was reported several days ago that she has left rehab. Whether or not it was recommended by her doctors is unknown. Radar online reported that Kim was forced to enter rehab by Bravo producers or leave the show.

Apparently Kyle has a meltdown over the issue of Kim’s drug and/or alcohol habits and Brandi does not help. Brandi’s accusation that Kim uses crystal meth is brought back to attention and it apparently caused a huge confrontation between Brandi and Kyle. When the subject of Kim being in rehab was mentioned, Brandi rolled her eyes and this caused an outburst from Kyle. A source claims “Brandi was out of control, swearing at the other women and being obnoxious” according to Radar Online. Also from the source : “[She] is hoping she doesn’t have to come back for season three. Kim has had enough of the antics of the show and all of the drama. Kyle would definitely come back for a third season though.” This was not the only juicy topic to be hashed out. The women also touched on Eddie Cibrian’s disgusting affair with Leann Rimes, which I personally can’t wait to witness. Also discussed was the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong, it will be interesting to what extent it is commented on. Andy has maintained they be very sensitive on the subject.

Another interesting part of Andy Cohen’s interview : he admitted that he was asked ONCE by a housewife to not show a certain scene, although he would not expose who or what scene. He did say we would eventually find out, and that information will be in his upcoming book which title has not been released. It is a memoir of his life and career in showbiz. Also interesting – Wendy pried into whom he knew to be the richest housewife and he answered that “asset wise” it was a close call between Lisa VanderPump and Adrienne Maloof, of course referring to Lisa’s restaurants and Adrienne’s partial ownership of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and the Sacramento Kings basketball team. If I had to take a guess I’d say Adrienne all the way!  He concluded his interview by mentioning they are re-vamping the set of WWHL which we will now see 5 nights a week, adding that it looks like a “big lite brite” whatever that means.

The interview with Wendy William’s was slightly cryptic, he mentioned that ALL the ladies of RHONJ are returning in response to Wendy’s claim that the only wife to sign was Teresa Giudice. He dismissed that as a rumor, but it was not clear whether he was speaking about season 4 or 5. I myself think he was referring to S5 only because season 4 taping was completed long ago and we are all aware Jac is present for that. It begs the question, will they be adding to the cast? I wish Wendy would have asked! Many of us on twitter have witnessed a controversy over Penny Drossos Karagiorgis vying for a spot on the show and it seems as though her husband Johnny is hoping for a spot as a wife himself. Hehe, in all honesty he appears to be very supportive of his wife and has hinted not so secretively that she is in line for a spot. A loyal supporter of Penny’s who runs a twitter fan site for the potential housewife has also made claims of seeing an unsigned contract, although the tweeter has not alluded to whom it belongs… although it’s unclear who else she would be referring to besides Penny. Duh! I have to say I would like to see them add fresh blood however, I don’t know what kind of dynamic Penny and John would add. Many think they are too desperate and have seemingly been too open about the entire issue.. considering confidentiality agreements anyone involved usually has to adhere to. Andy of course did not mention anything in relation to new cast members.

He did however cover the topic of spin offs, mentioning Kim Zolciak’s upcoming “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding”. He says it’s a half hour series and very fun. Wendy asked if NeNe Leakes was next in line for a spin off and Andy said he hoped to work with NeNe for a long long time. Hmmm! According to Miss Leakes we are going to see a lot of her in 2012 outside of Housewives, including GLEE which I’m very excited about! I haven’t watched Glee yet but I certainly will now.

Jacqueline Laurita – Beauty Tips and Cosmetic Uses for EVOO!

I found this cool interview with Jacqueline on tumblr where she gives beauty tips, reveals some of the products she personally uses and lists a bunch of uses for extra virgin olive oil- some I would have NEVER thought of! I remember Sweetie using some to moisturize one of Kim’s wigs and I wouldn’t have ever guessed you could use cooking oil on your hair. The things we learn from Housewives! Check it out!  It may be the first time you see Yves Saint Laurent beauty, Jimmy Choo and olive oil in the same post, and trust me, it makes sense. Questions were asked by Fabuloscity Blog.

What’s your personal definition of Fabuloscity?

Jacqueline Laurita: Fabuloscity is just knowing who you are, what you stand for and being proud of it. Always staying true yourself and what you believe in. In beauty, its being the best “you”, you can be, taking care of yourself and feeling proud about the way you look.

An important key to having great skin and hair is knowing your specific skin/hair type and condition so that you can use specific products that cater to your specific needs

Who taught you the “secret” to being fabulous?

JL: I didn’t realize I was fabulous. LOL! Thank you. I  have always been into beauty since as far back as I can remember. I remember in Jr. high breaking myself down from head to toe and working on perfecting each section. Looking back on my pictures from back then, I can’t even tell you what the heck I was thinking or what I actually did to beautify myself.Most of my pictures are horrid. LOL! BUT, I had fun anyway. I made a lot of homemade beauty masks,moisturizers and hair treatments. My Mom taught me a few things too. I took notes on beauty tips I’d learn. I guess most of my “Fabuloscity”, as you call it, was self taught. Later in life, Beauty school helped educate me further.

What are your top three beauty absolute “must-haves”?

JL:  1. I must wear waterproof mascara because I just feel safer that way.You never know when you’re going to get trapped in the rain or cry. lol!  I use Maybelline’s, waterproof mascara in “Glam Black” I also like Dior “Show.”

2. I must have a concealer. I use Le Metier de Beaute in frais/cool or YSL’s “Touche Eclat”

3. If I had to only pick one more, I’d use a combo product like Laura Mercier SPF tinted moisturizer, because it also has an SPF which is so important to use on a daily basis to protect your skin. La Roche-Posay  makes a good one. So does Clarins. I prefer one with at least a 30 SPF.

Most girls feel fab with the right pair of shoes, which pair has this effect on you?

JL: I feel sexy in my Casadei ,YSL, or Jimmy Choo heels.

What is the number one fashion ensemble you wear that makes you feel your most fab?

JL: Fashion ensemble? Oh..you mean…….as in my Spanx? LOL!  I mostly like comfort. 

For beauty lovers on a budget, what is your best at-home beauty secret?

JL: I like the use of Extra-virgin Olive Oil. A little goes a long way and it has many, many uses. Here’s a few…

- Eye-make-up remover

- All over face and body moisturizer (Rumor has it that it will even help with stretch marks)

- Shaving

- Warm it and use as cuticle oil

- Bath oil

- Scalp massage oil

- Hair mask for dry, brittle hair

- Lip gloss that moisturizes

- Lip scrub (Put some on a toothbrush with some brown sugar and scrub to get — rid of dry, flaky lips)

- Use on your feet with socks for an overnight softening treatment for dry feet

Sounds great for a girl on a budget! Interview Credit to FABULOCITY!

Danielle Staub’s Twitter Hate Fest Part 2

It’s no secret that recently Danielle Staub has been taking a lot of heat for screwing over her fans, one in specific. This is a follow up to my previous blog which received a TON of reaction, mostly negative towards to former housewife who is currently doing a ton of damage control.

Below is a compiled list of over FORTY screen shots that Danielle has sent @mardigrasbarbie, the woman known to be her #1 fan since the moment she joined twitter in June of 2011. As many people know, Mardi and I have NOT exactly been great friends. I came to twitter around the same time, and ever since I have had huge disputes that turned into week long sessions of personal berating and insults. This is because of the well known fact that I do not care for Danielle or any of her antics. Mardi has said and done things that have hurt people around her, all because of Danielle PERSONALLY DIRECTING her to do so. Now many of you have pointed out that a person can’t be made to do anything, free will and all that. That is ABSOLUTELY true. What I am trying to get across is this. Most of my followers are not aware of this personal dispute, and don’t care to be. They want to hear about Danielle, being that she was a former housewife with a ton of drama surrounding her on the show and outside of it. This woman is always involved in legal drama, accusing one after another of this or that. We’ve seen all her antics on television, and case after case has been thrown out because she really has no grounds for them. What this is about is Danielle Staub trying to stay relevant. She wants to be in the spotlight. After being fired from RHONJ, she was seen on a show sprinkled with has been stars who were not so well liked (ie Heidi Montag) called Famous Food. She and another co-star in fact won the show and were awarded with a restaurant called Lemon Basket. Lemon Basket recently closed do to roach infestation. Yesterday a fan asked her how the restaurant was doing on twitter and she BLATANTLY LIED, saying it was fine. Below you will find a googled photo of a news story confirming the closing.

Danielle has also tried her hand at singing, while she was involved in a relationship with lesbian superstar Lori Michaels. From this video below we can see that she should have kept her day job.


She also had a stint back into her original profession, stripping at a NYC club called Scores. After public reaction from that mess, she decided it wasn’t something she could pursue and accused the club of “not handling her right.”


This is a woman who touts herself to be a good person and has the nerve to point fingers at her ex-costars from RHONJ for everything she possibly can. Any dirt that is exposed relating to any of those woman she is right on top of, relishing in the fact that they are hurting. In one particular direct message, she claims they deserve everything they get for destroying her. We all know Danielle brought everything that happened to her in the course of her time on RHONJ on HERSELF. Again, she throws the brick and hides her hands. Why can’t this woman take accountability? We saw her on the last reunion of the show, denying question after question that Andy Cohen asked of her. Apparently, everyone lies except Danielle.

So let’s talk about more recent happenings. Danielle has hired a management team to clean up the hideous mess she calls her career. They happen to represent others in the same predicament, such as Octomom and Kate Major, and various porn stars trying to make it in other venues. Danielle believed if she was verified on twitter it would bring her more work, and was begging Mardi to help her do so as shown here :

To a normal tweeter it would seem Danielle has a pretty normal timeline. She talks to her fans and preaches love and light. But behind the scenes something quite different has been transpiring. She has been directing @mardigrasbarbie, a woman who was a dedicated fan, to personally attack and berate anyone who she deems deserving. These attacks are not just limited to a tweet or two and then abruptly stop. No, this attacks were vicious at times and lasted days or weeks. I myself was a target and at one point my child was threatened by a person in Danielle’s camp. This person was under a “fake” twitter account name, and I have never been able to confirm who exactly it was. But it all stemmed from my opinions on Danielle not being what she saw  fit. Each time I mentioned Danielle, a new name seemed to pop up and start attacking me. And this was not limited to me. Another woman was accused of being a child abuser, and this accusation forwarded to the charity she holds near and dear, Ronald McDonald House. Thankfully they recognized this as trolling and blocked immediately. Another friend had photos of her son posted on twitter which were stolen off her private facebook. Another woman was bullied so badly she left twitter altogether. I could go on forever, the point is, this all stemmed from Danielle Staub grooming Mardi into her own personal security on twitter. Here are some shots of Danielle doing just that, petting her #1 fan on the head and even sending her “Danielle’s Mafia” tee shirts, suggesting she start a twitter fan page for her (FYI most celebs don’t have to ask their fans for a fan page, people do it because they LIKE them to begin with. that right there says something) and basically just praising her for her “good work” in defending her in such a terrible way, by cussing people out and belittling them based on their opinion of DS. You can see my Danielle’s picture changes how far this goes back.  :

Here is a shot of Danielle mentioning my account personally, accusing me of being involved with the Manzo’s and Laurita’s as if they are STILL out to get her after all these years. Sorry Danielle, you ARE NOT that relevant.

Here is a shot of Danielle accusing Jacqueline and Ashlee of calling her. Jacqueline got word of these photos sometime yesterday and was not to happy about it. Over Christmastime she posted a tweet about forgiveness that was thought to be in reference to Danielle. Once again she spoke too soon. Also included are some other references to her former best friend Jacqueline and her daughter. Notice how she is almost “tattle-taling”, pushing @mardigrasbarbie into launching attacks on Jac and Ashlee. She has NEVER taken the initiative to do so herself, that wouldn’t be right for her image! So of course it’s fine to ruin someone else’s! That is how selfish Danielle Staub is. And that is how she treats her LOYAL fans. You can also see here how she calls Ashlee Holmes, a young girl, a PATHETIC HOOKER and speaking about Ashlee’s relationship with her boyfriend. This is coming from a 50 year old woman, who constantly proclaims to ignore negativity. LOVE AND LIGHT!

We all know how much Danielle loves the Manzo’s. Although she claims fervently that she no longer cares for the women of RHONJ (although we see her constantly bringing them up on twitter in negative ways), she obviously has not let any of her jealous rage go. Here are several examples of her anger toward the Manzo family. She attacks Albie and accuses Dina of stealing from a charity (remember the baby fundraiser at the Brownstone, when Danielle caused a scene and upset the parents? then didn’t donate a dime herself which was confirmed by the father of the sick child with cancer) and calls Caroline a “fucking bitch who would hand an abuser a bat”.

And here Danielle is hating on Teresa, probably her least favorite former cast mater. Bringing up her money troubles and other personal things that are none of Danielle’s business. She also basically calls Teresa stupid, but this coming from a woman who cannot spell worth a shit as we have seen on twitter. OH BUT LOVE AND LIGHT!

Here is Danielle now trying to hurt someone she doesn’t even KNOW and who isn’t even yet ON RHONJ but is allegedly hoping to get a spot. We know her on twitter as @PDKHair.. she is the owner of Chateau Allure Salon and was involved in the 2011 Posche Fashion Show/Melissa Gorga Strippergate Drama. Her name is Penny and Danielle is already trying to take her down, as if that is her place. Is it just me, or are you thinking WHY on earth is this woman trying to insert herself into the lives of women who could care less about her? MOVE ON DANIELLE! YOU ARE EVIL!

Here is Danielle pushing Mardi to advertise her latest PSA video on domestic abuse, CRY. Being a victim of domestic abuse it is an issue that is serious for me, and I am slightly offended by the fact that Danielle is using this as just another way to stay in the spotlight. If it was anyone else I wouldn’t think in such a way, but we know Danielle is all about Danielle. If she couldn’t have the respect to act like a lady at a baby’s fundraiser for cancer treatments, why should we think she would care anymore for a cause like this.

Here is Danielle speaking to Mardi about taking legal action against those who oppose her and say things about her on twitter. Um, HELLO HYPOCRISY!

As you can see from the numbers on these screen shots, these are only a few out of MANY and I’m sure more will be released. The point here is to show how disrespectful this has been celebrity is toward her fans and people who she at one point WANTED to be friends with. Do you remember Danielle shedding tears over her shattered friendship with Jacqueline? Her hatred of Caroline is based on the fact that she never even CONSIDERED making Danielle her friend, and we can see why. Caroline may be a bit disliked because she comes off as a know-it-all, but she saw something in Danielle that the other ladies didn’t at the time, except for maybe Dina. Danielle is a very angry, hateful person but wants YOU to think she is zen and all that bullshit. It could not be further from the truth. Don’t believe any of the lies she spews on twitter or anywhere else. This woman should REMAIN irrelevant because she lives to hurt people. This isn’t anything new, it has been happening her entire life, documented in a book even when she was 19 years old. That book did not print lies as she wants us to think. And photos of her in pornography and stripping don’t lie either. Maybe if Danielle could own up to the fact that she isn’t an angel and discontinue her LIES and manipulation of people, we would be more willing to just toss her to the side instead of exposing her for who she really is. LOVE AND LIGHT, Danielle!


UPDATE : Jacqueline Laurita was made aware of this story and quickly took to twitter to comment on some of Danielle’s messages in particular. It was Jacqueline who has been accusing of Danielle + Teresa selling stories to magazines such as In Touch and US Weekly, well with these screen shots we can see atleast the Danielle part is true. Here is Jac’s reaction to the photos, she was not happy to say the least! And after all that crap on Christmas directed towards Danielle on FORGIVENESS and forgetting the past! Too bad Danielle can’t keep a friend to save her life.

Joe Gorga Was Not Invited to Gia’s Birthday Party

This week Gia Giudice turned 11 years old. Where has all the time gone!? I remember watching her not too long ago, on season one when she was just a little girl grumbling about posing for modeling pictures after a long session. Of course Gia is a diva, and the pictures turned out fab. Just like everything else she does! Gia is truly an amazingly talented little girl who loves the spotlight. RHONJ offers her a chance to be seen, and maybe one day when she’s all grown up she’ll be an actress. I surely can’t imagine her doing something outside the entertainment business. This girl is versatile… she sings, dances, acts, models, does gymnastics. It seems like Teresa is always racing to cart her around to practices, photoshoots and the dance competitions. Gia performs with a dance company called T.R.U.E. and seems to be doing very well with it.

Teresa wished her oldest daughter a happy birthday on her website http://www.teresagiudice.com and posted some photos of a birthday party they held at home. It seems like the Giudice’s have mellowed out a bit when it comes to their party throwing style ; a few years ago we saw a pink limo pick up Gia and about 30 friends, toting them to a spa that caters to young girls where they each had facials and danced on a stage under a disco ball. Um, where was this type of stuff when I was a little girl!? Anyways, in typical Giudice fashion we would expect some type of large party with all family, friends and camera crews invited. This year seemed to be a little more low key- Teresa posted photos of Gia eating cupcakes at home with her Grandfather Giacinto, whom she is named after and her sisters and parents.

On Sunday we saw several cast members reach out and tweet Gia a happy birthday, including Dina Manzo and Kathy Wakile. A fan noticed Joe Gorga did not follow suit and tweet his goddaughter. He replied that he had in fact wished her a Happy Birthday but that he “wished” he was invited to the party. Uh oh. Seems like trouble in Gorga/Giudice land. Having seen Melissa and Teresa at each others throats it seems like no suprise that the two may not be talking. However in interviews after the show ceased to air, both have spoken about being in a better place as far as their relationship went.We can only speculate, but the two have not tweeted each other besides a few tiny digs here and there for many months. They also have not been photographed together and neither has spoken of being together in any circumstance. It leads us to wonder WTF? Are they or are they not doin g better? Based on Joe Gorga’s tweet and Teresa not inviting him to Gia’s party it’s safe to assume they may be having problems again.

With all the backlashes against both Melissa and Teresa on twitter (it seems like a lot more of Mel lately) fans are waiting UNPATIENTLY for the return of RHONJ season 4. We’re dying to have our questions answered and this is just an example of one of the many issues we are totally confused over. Perhaps Teresa was just trying to prevent a confrontation between the two Joe’s by not inviting her only brother (but didn’t we see them pretty much renconcile in Punta Cana?) or more likely her and Melissa are on the warpath again. It’s hard to imagine these two ever having a good, normal friendship. There will always be competition and Teresa knows just how to press Melissa’s buttons. All I can say is I can’t freaking wait to have my questions answered in season 4. But will  it bring MORE twitter feuding? I’m sure of it. But that is what makes housewives fun. Happy (belated) Birthday Gia!!!!!!

How the Housewives Franchise Blew Up

Who DOESN’T love The Real Housewives? Whether you have a favorite set of ladies or you watch them all like me, it seems as though everyone is captivated with Bravo’s big moneymaker. Females between the ages of 18-49 provide each episode with up to 200 million viewers! And According to The Hollywood Reporter, there has been between 35.6 and 162 million in ad revenue depending on the particular show. We could argue until the end of time on which show is most popular, and which housewife is the most real… And we do, on twitter, which the network loves. But it is a fact that our preferences are matter of personal opinion, and wow are there alot of those going on. Most of us have seen first hand that this series can spark all out war between fans and I for one have never encountered such dedicated fans anywhere besides my twitter timeline. Ladies of all ages are often ready to throw down and exchange personal threats all in the name of defending their favorite personality, even when the show hasn’t aired in months. We wait anxiously for our favorite to premier and in the mean time, rumors run rampant. All of this only brings more exposure and publicity to the show, so while we are wasting precious hours arguing, the ladies and Andy Cohen only hear Ching Ching.

Beginning with Orange County, the series have now been with us for six years and spanned seven cities. It has been confirmed that there are plans for the show to go international. I don’t know about you, but the Real Housewives of Abu Dhabi sounds like something I would watch for sure. With Housewives international formats already airing in Greece and Israel, and a Vancouver spinoff to bow in March, NBCUniversal says casting is under way for a Housewives offshoot in France (a make-or-break market because of its broader reach and its potential for greater ad revenue), with Australia’s Gold Coast, Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong) and the U.K. soon to follow. Housewives will become then first international reality soap opera and it’s half billion dollar franchise could multiply.

From The Hollywood Reporter :

“We wanted something very authentic and they started to film something Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque,” Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Style Mediarecant bettinge beginnings of The Real Housewives of Orange County. “It required a whole revision, so we came to a point where we had to decide whether to sink more money into it or just pull the plug.” She gambled heavily on the project and went ahead with what would later become the beginning of Bravo’s successful Housewives franchise.

This weeks copy of the magazine features heavy hitters from each series. Caroline Manzo, Vicki Gunvalson, Kyle Richards, Ramona Singer and NeNe Leakes grace the cover. So many of us have continually asked, HOW MUCH do these ladies make? The mag confirms each woman draws a six figure payday from her respective season, the New York ladies will pocket $250,000 each from season five. And in addition to salary from the show itself, the position and celebrity offers each cast member a unique platform. Over a dozen books total from all the women combined and everything else you could imagine, from clothing and makeup lines to margaritas. For example, Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl brand raked in $120 million. Our favorite girls are not doing too shabby at all, it’s no wonder the are willing to put their personal lives, drama, family and relationships on the chopping block for all to witness. With well over 100,000 followers each, and not limited to twitter they receive heavy scrutiny for every move they make. Brandi Glanville’s choice to get drunk and married over the weekend earned her 3,000 new followers in 2 hours, most of which were very negative. And as we all know, twitter is not a place where people hold back any feelings.
Housewives has been the center for much public criticism in the wake of 47 year old Russel Armstrong’s suicide, and has been blamed for it directly. Many cast members even asked the network to cancel the season. In the end Andy Cohen revealed they debated endlessly, and finally came to the conclusion they would air the show and be as sensitive as possible toward the subject of Russell’s death.
Some cast members have been cast off over the years, Including a heavily controversial Jill Zarin. When she was fired, she claimed it was unfair that she was not compensated because she herself cast the show. Zarin says she brought in Bethenney Frankel and feels she is entitled to residuals from her spin off shows, the first being Bethenney Getting Married.

There has been a ton of speculation about the show being scripted, and in the mag one producer, Doug Ross admits that the ladies are often asked to plan events such as Taylor Armstrong’s daughters 50,000 birthday party which she received much scrutiny for and other dramatic events such as the RHOBH group seance. One OC housewife said she lost sleep at night because of all the forced drama. The ladies meet with producers to discuss story lines and they pick and choose which happenings in their lives are bankable or appropriate, often injecting issues which otherwise may not happen. This makes me wonder which parts of the show are actually real and if the forced events actually become real in themselves, causing much of the arguing and intense feuding we see, such as on RHONJ. Does it make you wonder about the christening, or Melissa’s Christmas party? Which parts of those episodes were producer suggested? We may never know.
But producers insist for the most part, the show is real because otherwise the audience would smell the fake right away and what would be the point?

From The Hollywood Reporter :

THR went behind the scenes at a shoot for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where new cast member Brandi Glanville pretended not to hear the snickering coming from cast mates Kyle Richards’ and Lisa Vanderpump’s direction. “One of the girls asked me what I think of Brandi,” Vanderpump whispers loudly to Richards. “And I said, ‘Who?’ ” The pair burst into laughter. And during THR’s cover shoot, Ramona Singer tried to peddle her Ramona brand wine to anyone who’d take a cup and while discussing its high quality, Leakes stifled a laugh. Later, she offered Manzo and Gunvalson a sample. They declined, barely looking up from their mobile phones.

Anyway you look at it, those women definitely create drama amongst themselves and added influences only make us more eager to catch the newest episode. Housewives was originally meant to be a short film that was ultimately rejected and after years of pushing, finally got accepted and flourished into the series we love so much today. And flourish it does, when shows such as Jersey Shore even begin to slow down…Ratings dropped 13% last season. But us girls continue to love our HWs more and more, they bring their lives to our living room and much like Jerry Springer..it’s one of those things I love to watch and think, “wow, glad it’s not me.” Well, with the exception of the beautiful mansions, cars and clothes…. for such a lifestyle I am willing to bet many of us would offer our lives up for the sake of entertainment, too.