Lisa Wu out—Cynthia and Phaedra in! EW has exclusively learned that Bravo will officially add two new housewives to the cast for its third season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which is set to premiere on Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET. The network will make the announcement this afternoon. As you can see from the first-look cast photo above, NFL wife Lisa Wu Hartwell went the way that DeShawn Snow did after season one—she’s no longer a full-fleged cast member. However, sources tell us that Hartwell will indeed make occasional appearances on the show, much like Dina Manzo did after she departed The Real Housewives of New Jersey earlier this season. Atlanta‘s season three cast is, from left to right: Phaedra Parks, NeNe Leakes, Shereé Whitfield, Cynthia Bailey, Kim Zolciak, and Kandi Burruss. Pretty glam cast, eh? As for new adds Cynthia and Phaedra, here’s what you need to know:
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Danielle Staub reportedly booted from 'Real Housewives of New Jersey.' What other reality 'stars' need to exit the public stage?
Life & Style claims that beweaved scenery chewer Danielle Staub has been disinvited from returning for a third season of Real Housewives of New Jersey . (A rep for Bravo wouldn’t confirm, stating instead that “We’re focused on season 2 right now…We haven’t announced anything regarding a third season.”) Would that this pseudo news is true! Imagine a world without Danielle’s delusional stage mothering and paranoid fantasies of victimhood. Imagine a world without her frenetic sidekick Danny. Imagine a world without her hiatus PR stunts of lesbian lovers and sex tapes and record-release parties for her put-upon youngest child. Oh for the love of… Danielle has twittered her response to the firing rumors: READ FULL STORY »A report in
The problem with the new cast of Housewives is that none of them are friends. This is a regular complaint about the franchise but it strikes me as a deeper issue in D.C. There seems to be no real reason for any of them ever to gather, and Paul’s birthday comes but once a year. (Nice toast, Paul. You and the divine Aunt Frances lifted up an otherwise dullsville hour of TV.) Instead we got scattered random scenes of minutiae from not very interesting or likable peoples’ lives: Mary really believing that she’s speaking Spanish (“shampoo the rugs,” she said in her best Speedy Gonzalez accent) to her patient maid Rosa, Stacie’s husband talking penis volume nonsense, Michaele squealing over obnoxious handbags. There were quick flashes of the Potomac and the White House but nothing about these women is defining their locale, and so far their rapport and antics lack, what’s that word?, oh yes, sparkle.
Michaele Salahi attorney says Whoopi Goldberg shouted 'F*** you' over and over at client: EW exclusive
Lisa Bloom, who recently signed on as Michaele Salahi’s attorney, called EW to give her client’s version of what happened between the controversial Real Housewives of D.C. cast member and Whoopi Goldberg following the taping of the Aug. 3. episode of The View. Contrary to what Goldberg suggested on the air today, “Michaele Salahi never claimed that Whoopi hit her,” says Bloom, explaining that a producer who had noticed an upset Salahi backstage had used the word hit, not Salahi. Salahi was merely upset that the hosts had called her a “party crasher” (something Bloom says they’d agreed beforehand not to do) and that Goldberg had startled Salahi when she approached her from backstage during the live taping to request that she change the subject. [Click here for a rundown of Whoopi's version of events from today's View telecast.] Here’s what Bloom told EW:
“[Micahele] shows up for the live show [on Wednesday] and they call her a party crasher five times. Sherri Shepherd says ‘You should be in jail!’ The applause light goes on and everybody cheers. So that’s the context of what happened. Whoopi Goldberg was not interviewing Michaele. It was Joy and Sherri. Michaele is in this hostile context where everyone on the set is hostile to her. She’s answering all these questions about being anorexic and her husband throwing wine at someone. Whoopi comes from backstage behind her, touches her arm and says, ‘Excuse me, would you get back to the White House, please?’ That’s a very startling and strange event to happen on live TV. READ FULL STORY »
Congratulations, Michaele Salahi. You’re getting written about on EW.com. Why? Because you’ve announced that you’re auctioning off that red sari you wore when you (allegedly) crashed the White House state dinner last November. You’ve told the AP that you’re planning on putting the outfit on the block around the time your infamous door-busting gets screen time on that show you’re on, The Real Housewives of D.C. (Alas, we don’t know yet which blessed episode that will be.) I do applaud you for using your fame-whoring publicity-stunting elevated public profile to contribute to two excellent causes: victims of the Haitian earthquake and people with multiple sclerosis.
So now that you’ve set your mind to doing something admirable, how’s about you follow it up with another good deed? By which I mean: removing yourself from the public eye. Going away. Waving bye-bye. Come on — I know you have it in you to do the right thing. Think of the children!
Andy Cohen took a break from his Bravo clubhouse duties to play the role of late night guest on The Colbert Report last night, where he was welcomed with a complimentary vodka soda (extra light on the soda). Because Colbert legally cannot show footage of The Real Housewives on his show (“the two universes would explode” if he did), he and Andy reenacted an “actual transcript” of the memorable season 2 Bethenny vs. Kelly verbal smackdown (“We’re not friends…This is you…this is me!”). The two men were impressively fluent in Housewife, each playing their character with vigor, enthusiasm, and plenty of eye rolls. Watch it below (reenacting starts at the 4:00 mark): READ FULL STORY »
'Watch What Happens Live' finale: Could Rachel Dratch be the next 'Real Housewives' star? Or simply its biggest fan?
Or can she at least add the Bravo reality stars to her celebrity impersonation repertoire? Dratch and Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Getting Married? star Bethenny Frankel joined my Bravo bestie Andy Cohen for the “Goodbye Until September” finale last night. The three shared drinks (minus the alcohol for the pregnant Dratch) and laughs while talking about Bravo’s silliest yet most addicting show. They even found time to play games! In “She By Charades,” Dratch had one minute to mimic some of the franchise’s most notorious characters. Bethenny, cocktail in hand, didn’t miss a beat with Dratch’s interpretations of her NY castmates (although it looks like Jill is still a sore subject for her. Love and light, ladies!), but quickly dropped the s-bomb on live, albeit late-night television, before making a reference to what we’ve all been thinking is the reason why Lynne Curtin from Orange County seems so damn spacey mellow all the time. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY »
Caroline Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is turning heads after recently losing 20 pounds. Despite the never ending Italian meals her family and friends seem to enjoy regularly, Manzo has taken control of her body through an emphasis on portion control. “I eat what I want. I just eat the bad things earlier on in the day,” she told People at the New York premiere of Grown Ups on Wednesday, before adding, “Don’t think pasta will never be a friend of me.” Okay, just kidding, she actually said this: “If I want pasta, I have it for lunch instead of for dinner. That’s all. If I want a piece of cheesecake, I have half instead of a whole.” Sounds easy enough, right? Manzo also attributes her new figure to 45 minutes to an hour of exercise at least 3 times a week, cutting out soda and juice from her diet, and drinking lots and lots of water. (I knew there was a catch).
Kudos to Caroline for making healthy changes (and just in time for the upcoming Housewives reunion special!?). But I can’t help but wonder, will this really put an end to the Manzo family “ham game”?
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