I Hate Jill Zarin RHONJ Preview / Weekend Update August 8, 2010

I Hate Jill Zarin                   Weekend Update- RHONJ Preview                   August 8, 2010

I know you all can’t wait to see the broke ass, bat shit crazy Teresa Giudice and her unruly family hit the road and infuse themselves into the Italian people’s lives.  Around the world but particularly in Europe, American’s have a reputation of being rude, crass, loud and unruly.  Personally I would like to thank Bravo for sending the Real Housewives of New Jersey and their family’s to Italy to intensify this impression of American’s.

Teresa, more than any other housewife, brings up her heritage and background of being Italian.  Some of the comments that I’ve seen around the internet from Italian-American’s convey complete embarrassment by Teresa’s behavior.  Some of her proclamations that she claims are of Italian tradition have been rejected as utter nonsense by most Italian American’s. 

I am fairly confident that just as with the Virgin Islands trip on RHONY, this trip to Italy was bought and paid for by Bravo.  Surprisingly enough, Bravo didn’t force Danielle Staub to go on this trip to Italy as they forced Kelly to go to St. John but there ya go!  This Italy trip consists of Teresa and her family including her in-laws, Jacqueline and her husband, with Caroline, her husband and parents.  I’m not sure how we have only Teresa’s kids and only Caroline and Chris’s parents.  The group, in the previews, are in Venice and Teresa promptly tells us that the city is made from water.  Bravo just loves to show us just how intelligent Teresa really is.  They also love to include Juicy Joe yelling at her as much as possible – the “happy wife, happy life” Joe seems to have left the building.  Maybe the DWI put him in a crappy mood…. 

More New Jersey controversy that was on the news months ago, Joe Giudice was involved in a car accident at approximate 2am on his way home from a restaurant.  The news reported that a Housewives dinner included Jacqueline and her husband Chris along with Joe and Teresa having dinner with Tamra from Orange County.  There was a charge of Driving While Intoxicated reported in the newspapers.  We were never privy to why Joe was driving home alone when it was reported that Teresa had been present earlier at dinner.   Why did Teresa go home early?  Was Joe left with Tamra as some of the tabloids reported?  Joe’s description of the events of the evening was that he was simply tired, yawned and closed his eyes for a few seconds causing him to veer into a bank of trees and slamming into a pole.  I can imagine with all of that pizza making, he must have been exhausted, but to slam into a whole row of trees takes quite a lot of effort. 

It just goes to show that Bravo needs to follow these folks more closely, no cameras were there at the dinner or in Juicy Joe’s car to give us the real story, we only see the aftermath and hear Joe’s side of the story.  This differs a bit from the news reports of the police reports, but who’s counting? 

A lot of information has come out about the Real Housewives of DC since the first episode aired on Thursday night. 

The most rumors are probably about Cat who originally comes from a city just outside of London England, someone who claims to be a friend of Cat’s (soon to be ex) husband have commented on many blogs and articles.  I’m not sure this person is a friend to anyone if they can’t keep their opinions off of the internet.  The comments such as announcing that Cat was a former hostess and implying that Cat was an escort, saying that she is broke and fled London because she had legal and financial issues doesn’t say a whole lot for her husband.  It is certainly making him look stupid while making Cat look bad, which is clearly the objective here. 

These Cat haters (or hater) are also implying that Cat may not be legally able to work in the United States, however, I don’t see how that is possible because she would not have been able to be paid by Bravo (or its production company) without proper authority.  The fact that she married an American citizen is actually enough, now if they get divorced, all bets are off. (maybe)    

Coming in at a close second in the rumor department has to be Michaele.  She has probably infuriated the public more than any other housewife in history with her off-screen antics.   While appearing on The View, Whoopi Goldberg came out from backstage and touched Michaele lightly on the back and asked her to stay on topic.  This small incident has turned into an insane topic of discussion all over the country as Michaele was said to have originally reported that Whoopi hit her.  Later Michaele backed off of that story but what we do know is that Whoopi, upon learning of the “she hit me” nonsense went ballistic backstage and cussed out Michaele for the lie.

Most of us saw exactly what happened, Michaele was a tiny bit startled, not expecting it, but there was no vicious intent and Whoopi certainly didn’t hit anyone.  In retrospect, I think most of us, including Whoopi wishes she had just stayed backstage.

Add that to her idiotic husband who thinks that it is perfectly acceptable to throw a drink at a woman, or at anyone for that matter.  Michaele actually tried to excuse her husband’s behavior, blaming the reports that Lynda was spreading rumors about Michaele’s eating disorder then adding that Lynda threw a drink right back at her husband.  I think if it had been me, I would have not just thrown the drink but the glass and all at the abusive asshole.  This could all be a publicity stunt for the show but it is a pretty low class way of drawing attention to yourself. 


A Twitter friend of mine is doing something really new, different and fun!  She’s started the 1st Annual Housewife Twitter Awards.  At this point she is gathering categories with some really original and fun ideas! 

@followinyoazz   Submit UR Category 4 the Upcoming REAL HW’s Twitter AWARDS Aug 25th! Hurry”

If you’re on Twitter, follow her and she’ll walk you through the process.  All of the categories can be found on her Twitter page under her “favorites”.   She’s taking suggestions for categories and already has some really great ones!  I can’t wait to vote on my choices!!!

Followinyoazz will continue to take suggestions from all of you for categories on Twitter through August 18th! Then voting takes place between 18th-24th!  I’ll post all of the final categories once they’re completed then I hope you’ll all vote! 

I particularly like Ginger Zarin’s suggestion for an award category:

GingerZarin    Pet in greatest risk w/ hardest life

Thanks for creating these awards  @Followinyoazz !!!  Some Twitter fun, let’s all join in!

Here are some links to some weekend Housewife News:  Thank you to @SassNSauceBBC  who finds all of these goodies for her Twitter friends:

 newyorkpost Report: Michaele Salahi and hubby cashing in on ‘Real Housewives’ fame – http://bit.ly/adeHcd

http://bit.ly/bfTLb7  – Bankruptcy mars reality of Jersey Housewife (Teresa Giudice)

Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Show Taping Crazy and Unbelievable! | Famecrawler http://su.pr/1szKIP

Tareq and Michaele Salahi get served with court papers at their own ‘Housewives’ premiere party – http://bit.ly/dgsjHW

Image Rehab: What Should Michaele Salahi Do Next? | Famecrawler http://su.pr/2hISgi

newyorkpost Report: Hamptons gala gets ‘Housewife’ host switch – http://bit.ly/dpgFJZ

News – Real Housewives of DC Michaele Skips Premiere; Castmates Slam Her – http://bit.ly/apf6XN

Real Housewives of DC Premiere Ratings: Bad News For Bravo?: http://bit.ly/bG5GHd

Thanks for ‘Real’ D.C. role models: http://wapo.st/aFrn8C

Teresa Giudice Was Unaware of Money Problems: http://bit.ly/bI3dY5

@nydailynews Theresa Giudice of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ auctions off stuff, hopes i.. http://bit.ly/aML2lN

Real Housewives of DC Lynda Erkiletian Modeling Agency Innuendo:  http://bit.ly/b78U7h

For Your Viewing Displeasure: “The Real Housewives of D.C.”: http://bit.ly/8XAqvO

http://tweetphoto.com/37303698  Don’t miss Danielle Staub’s birthday party.

‘Real Housewives of DC’ star Michaele Salahi rises above criticism, denies ‘anorexic’ claims: http://soc.li/qfza3VP

Housewives fans some great folks to follow on Twitter:







Until Next Time…….


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391 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin RHONJ Preview / Weekend Update August 8, 2010

  1. MickeyMouth says:

    Thanks Lynn, nice sum-up of events. 🙂

  2. Dani says:

    Thanks Lynn appreciate the update, excellent blog.

  3. mnsue says:

    I have never done this before……such a huge temptation….. to say…..wow, I’m second to comment!

  4. Need a Hobby says:

    DC Cat’s husband (or rather, former husband to be) is a Brit. My understanding is that he previously was based in the UK and came over when Newsweek reassigned him to the US. Don’t know that he has US citizenship.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      He would have to have a work visa if he is not a US citizen. If she came as his wife or not again she would have to have a work visa. So Bravo would have to know this because she is being paid. Now that they are divorced shouldn’t make a difference if she has a work visa. What is interesting is that if in fact she hide a criminal record when applying to come here – that could get her bounced out of the country.

      • Need a Hobby says:

        They aren’t actually divorced yet, as far as I know. Reportedly they just separated a few months ago. One imagines there likely will be some haggling over the financials, unless there is a prenup.

        Even if he did have US citizenship, which I don’t think he has, she would still have to have her papers and permits in order. I would think the production company would cover its ass on something as basic as that.

      • Squirrels says:

        She could probably get a work visa without too much trouble, since her husband’s work mandates he stay in the US to perform his job. Being British makes it that much easier. My friend is from England and he’s been working and paying taxes here for 15 years.

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        If she is here on a K visa and has a green card, she would have a SSN number and work authorization. I know since I have one 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      If he is not a USC and he is in the US on some sort of H-type visa that would make it even more difficult for her to remain in the U.S. once the marriage is dissolved.

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  6. LynnNChicago says:

    Bethenny On Her TV Nudity and Why She Stopped Watching ‘The Real Housewives’ here: http://www.bethennyfrankelonline.com

    • I’m happy that she’s moved on, but (and I realize I may be in the minority saying this, it’s only my opinion) I think she needs to be careful about distancing herself too much and inviting a backlash. So far, she seems to have done well with striking while the iron is hot, so we’ll see.

  7. OneMoreinBoston says:

    Hey- here’s an interesting posting from the comments section of:


    “August 07, 2010 – 6:15am Jill Zarin strikes again Says:

    Hey Jill (aka:Roberto), up to old tricks again trying to come across as just an average viewer when your agenda is to preserve yourself and the NY Housewives franchise. You are really stuck on yourself – how pathetic. Being on TV and fame is everything to you. Jill, you are a low class b!tch and the public doesn’t want to see you anymore on the tele. Here’s Jill’s post (as Roberto) if anyone has any doubts it’s her… August 06, 2010 – 12:27pm Roberto Says: OC ladies, comical… Atlanta ladies, not ladies… NYC Ladies, the best… NJ ladies, a trainwreck… DC, ladies BORING and not interesting… I can only imagine the BH ladies will be a public embarrasment… They peaked with the NYC housewives and its gone down hill… Quit while on top Andy Cohen, scraping the bottom of the barrel for your last to shows (NJ & DC) makes me wonder how terrible the BH one will be.”

    Jill Zarin Strikes Again was commenting on the previous comment left by:

    “August 06, 2010 – 12:27pm Roberto Says:
    OC ladies, comical… Atlanta ladies, not ladies… NYC Ladies, the best… NJ ladies, a trainwreck… DC, ladies BORING and not interesting… I can only imagine the BH ladies will be a public embarrasment… They peaked with the NYC housewives and its gone down hill… Quit while on top Andy Cohen, scraping the bottom of the barrel for your last to shows (NJ & DC) makes me wonder how terrible the BH one will be.”


    • Quincy IL says:

      Interesting, but unlike the Amazon flap, we don’t have evidence that it’s Jill. If the author of the article has her email for this registration, then we would be sure. Do I think she’s out there lurking? Yes, I do. Candy of Atlanta did it.

      • Laurie in Detroit says:

        Mmmmm… I don’t know. Sounds like something I would write. I hate JZ as much as the next guy, but still think RHONYC is the best franchinse of them all. ATL and NJ being the worst.

  8. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet—–Ted says she wants me to start dating. This will be funny when guys think they are getting crazy/mysterious and they get mellow me. Haaa

    Her daughter is 9. Why would Kelly think 9 year old “guys” would think anything about her?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Ted is looking for a way to get mom out of the house more than she already is!

      • Quincy IL says:

        Or Ted is an intelligent, observant young girl who sees daddy with “friends,” but mommy is all alone. Children hate it when their parents are miserable.

  9. boston02127 says:

    I wonder why Jill’s mother or sister weren’t at the book signing. Also, I was wondering if Jill’s mother is in FL why is Jill staying at a hotel?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Lisa and Gloria are over that dead horse of a book. As for Jill not staying with her – that is interesting…..or maybe there is simply not enough room at Gloria’s place.

  10. Katie says:

    Joe also is appealing the rather relaxed punishment considering his driving record. He said that he was not drunk while driving, but he did drink after the accident, hence the b.a.c. Jackoff says she and her hubby were with Teresa and joe that night. Why were they never metioned to be there with tamra?

    Something smells like rotten cannolis!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      One article referred to Joe’s defense as the “velvet glove” in which the claim is I didn’t drink until after the accident so my blood alcohol level will be high! The officier investigating the claim of drinking at a neighbor’s house said he didn’t believe the witness….. So why didn’t Joe call home and get picked up? Not enough time? Too late to wake up Teresa?
      And now he is too good to do community service and is appealing that?! Lock him up – he will feel right at home!

    • How could he even get a drink AFTER the accident? Do NJ cops pass out booze?

      • Katie says:

        I have heard it described as the glovebox defense. He said that he drank at his dad’s friend’s house.

        The man has 39 points on his driving record.

        The giudice’s are nothing but common criminals. Obviously they knew of their financial problems long before this show was taped. They thought that they could dupe people into believing the fairy tale, if they showed an extravagant lifestyle. The sad thing is, there are many fans who have bought into their bs.

  11. Shylurker says:

    Interesting Salahi/Oasis wine article dated 12/05/2007. http://www.wtop.com/?sid=1304144&nid=25

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Interesting family dynamics – sounds like he was trying to take advantage of his elderly father and his mother stepped in and tried to squash his dreams and schemes – but the damage was done.

  12. cusi 77 says:

    Good afternoon Lynn! You crack me up with this blog! Thanks!

  13. myname2use4now says:

    The fight scene at the country club is on right now (rhonj) and I can’t get over how aggressive, crass, and threatening Theresa and Jacqueline behaved. Ashley, feral cat that she is, was the worst. It will be fun to watch her make a mess out her life. She is not capable of anything better than that. The two Kims need to take a long walk off a short pier. All of these women behaved in such a disgusting manner that it sickens me. Regardless of how batshit crazy Danielle, she does not to be abused in this manner by this pack of mean girls.

  14. Lovebeth says:

    Jill has been posting pics of her “bff caroline” Something tells me if Bravo ask her back we shall see “bff Caroline” since people have been questioning her “circle of friends” http://twitpic.com/2cyblc

    I would love it if Sonja ignore Luann and be bff with Ramona/Alex. Luann is a leech (sp) she was Jill’s sidekick last season and hope sonja is smart.

  15. Just got done reading all the links. Lots of info. Thanks!
    And thanks for the twitter shout out too.

    So at this point in RHONJ Teresa and Joe have already filed for bankruptcy?
    Do I understand this correctly?

    Also, I agree with u about Cat’s immigrations status. I left a comment on one of those blogs where everyone was saying she was illegal. I don’t believe it either.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      They filed a petition for personal bankruptsy in Oct 2009. The trustee in charge of their case filed a suit against them claiming they lied under oath about additional income and assets they didn’t list in the petition. While that is being dealt with, the trustee has ordered them to sell their personal property from the mansion at auction later this month – their lawyer is trying to stop the sale.

      • But what we are watching now – the Christening and the Italy trip – they had already filed bankruptcy at that point or no?

      • Laura aka Just done says:

        @WCW – in two weeks, I’ll be there! YEAH!!! 🙂

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          You are lucky! It will be interesting if Teresa and Joe are present while the auction is happening…..

          • Laura aka Just done says:

            I doubt they’ll be there, but I’ll have camera ready just in case. I plan on getting there early for previews, and taking lots of pictures. Maybe I’ll e-mail them to Lynn straight from my phone. I’ll keep you posted. Going for the Gucci glasses!

            • WindyCityWondering says:

              If you can find them….they haven’t been listed. I’m thinking Teresa lied about them, she tends to do that from time to time.

              • Laura aka Just done says:

                I know, I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if people will be asking for items that aren’t listed in the catalog. This should prove to be a very interesting day.

                But like Kats said, there should be some designer handbags, sunglasses, etc. I’ll be looking for those too.

                Juicy goes to court on the 20th, and that is literally 5 minutes from my house. I wish I knew what courtroom he was going to be in. THAT would be hilarious!

              • Squirrels says:

                Laura, you can find out the docket if you have the case #. OR, call the local newspaper editorial dept, they have all that stuff at their fingertips. If that doesn’t work, just look for the media which is sure to be present. Have a blast!

        • Katie says:

          I hope that their fame doesn’t inflate the value of their auction items. I hope that they have to pay back every cent.

          Knowing her fans the giudice’s will make a profit off this fiasco

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            I expect there will be some higher than normal bids – either rapid fans or “relatives” buying back what Teresa just can’t live without….Hopefully they won’t make as much as the trustee estimated the sale would produce!

  16. skogsstig says:

    Here are the bankruptcy papers for Oasis Vineyards, filed in Dec., 2008 by the president, Corinne Salahi (Tareq’s mother) and its vice president Ismail Salahi (Tareq’s half brother).

  17. cusi 77 says:


    Do you have any news about Jill Zarin’s reaction that her name never came across in BGM? That is a GREAT program! 8 episodes without mentioning Jill Zarin! I can’t stop thinking in Jill’s face- like the one somebody does if having a lime juice in a tablespoon!

  18. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet— I have a lot of integrity when it comes to men. I hate players. I like “mad men” types. educated and thoughtful. Hard to find

    Hard to find cuz their running away you Kelly.

    • mnsue says:

      What the hell, Kelly? I am a huge Mad Men fan. They are not portrayed as “thoughtful”, yes they are good at advertising…

      They are dinosaurs. The point when watching is to say “whew, we’ve evolved”.
      The only thoughts they have are how to get their next drink and secretary’s piece of a#*.

      Yes, Don is hot but no “thoughtful, educated” woman in 2010 would actually want him the way he was back then. (Maybe for a roll in the hay….)

    • I mean, seriously!!!!
      What educated, thoughtful man would look at the footage of the VI trip and think that was appealing…….she is not so good looking that it makes up for the crazy, not by far.

    • Lovebeth says:

      Enter Jason Hoppy-taken already by the wonderful Bethenny Frankel.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      THEY remind Kelly of her father – the suit guys!
      And they would have no interest in a crazy, shiny, boney, inarticulate tastemaker who dresses like a teenager.

      • Anitabee says:

        I think she means “mad men” as in their age. Her ex could have been “dapper” in the early 1960s before she was born.

      • Ellabean says:

        I thought the same thing – a daddy complex.

        Daddy is a lawyer you know. Lawyers wear suits and shiny wing tip shoes (sometimes in Kellys world). And get nice hair cuts – like 1950’s looking guys. Yeah – that’s it – I want a guy like those mad men guys.

        See I have tons of integrity.

    • ImaJillHater2 says:

      I can’t tell you how irritated I get every time KKB announces how much integrity she has.

      • Ellabean says:

        Cant be more irritated than me. Her over use of the word integrity ……Kelly uses it becuase she knows its sounds like an educated word – and she knows its means somehing about good character. But we all know she doesn’t have a clue as to what it really means.

        What’s really telling is she always quantifies integrity. “Tons” of it “lots” of it. You either have it or you don’t. She is such an idiot.

        • Katie says:

          I am waiting for Kelly to proclaim that she has AMAZING integrity! Tons of amazing integrity.
          Tons of amazing authentic integrity.
          Tons of amazing authentic unpredictable integrity.
          Tons of amazing authentic unpredictable organic integrity.
          Tons of amazing authentic unpredictable organic bar raising integrity

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            Gotta wonder – do you think Kelly even knows what integrity is besides a grown up word of four, count em, four syllables???

  19. Shylurker says:

    Picture of alleged SALAHI residence in Linden, VA. //wcrnews.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/limo-dog-but-n0-sign-of-tareq-or-michaele-at-salahi-house

  20. skinnygirl2b says:

    Thank you for doing the blogs. You do an incredible job everytime. Honestly, I look forward to reading them just before going to sleep. You keep me informed and I SO appreciate it. (hug) Arl

  21. Lovebeth says:

    Kelly’s tweet referring to herself:

    I took 30mins to ride and all day with my fam and friends? Start loving life, and forget the food/ exercise obsessions
    about 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry

    • boston02127 says:

      @Lovebeth–I saw that and wondered why she put a question mark after her first sentence. Is she doubting what she did? Also, she spent the past 2 months obsessing with exercise and tweeting about what she eats, I wonder what her new obsession will be.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        silly rabbits! she is contradicting herself as usual…..so she is now hanging out with total strangers and consuming mass quantities of unhealthful foods while remaining very still! lol

  22. Lovebeth says:

    exactly boston. she put the question mark cuz the voices in her head was asking “what friends and family?”

    Now she can obsessed on this: Jason Hoppy lol

  23. twoile says:

    Greetings all I tried 2 watch the dc hw…can’t, just can’t stand it, will wait 4 the next season of BGM. I hope the end result of low ratings will convince Bravo 2 adjust their programing approach as they are “burning out” with this one…oh yea $50,000 per person per episode should raise some ire among the other hws. Will certainly no stop visiting the Blog Lynn & guest Blogers are still the best ever….Thank you 4 all U do Lynn, excellent as always.

  24. Lovebeth says:

    who is getting $50k an episode? Aren’t the NYC wives the highest paid for 10k/episode?

    • Quincy IL says:

      I thought it was 30,000 for NYC and 3,000 with no reunion money for NJ. Atllanta wants Bravo to pay for the increase in electric bills when Bravo using plugs for their cameras. I have no idea what OC gets. It’s enough for Tamara to get a two bedroom apartment and another tattoo on her ring finger with the new boyfriend’s name.

      • Need a Hobby says:

        There are so many varying reports of the casts’ salaries, who knows? I’ve also seen rumors that the RHONY women received 100K each for the 3rd season of RHONY.

        Also saw a recent article by that Rob guy IIRC that cited a “former NJ Housewife” & a “source close to the production” claiming that the women signed contracts that locked them into 3K per episode for three years. Hard for me to believe they’d sign something like that from a business point of view, but maybe if one just wants to be on TV at any cost. I don’t think the NJ HWs are particularly bright, but even Albie could negotiate a better contract than that claim. I’ve also seen rumors that they were making 50K per episode which I find dubious also. But bottom line, no way to know if these salary rumors are true.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I heard that the OC house wife’s were making 200K- or at least the veterans were. I heard that Lynn Curtin made 90K last season.

  25. Quincy IL says:

    In my opinion, something is really rotten in Real Housewives of DC. Tariq scares me. I think he should scare Michaela too. He can lie with an innocent face. It smacks of some kind of pathology. It reminds me of Ted Bundy and OJ. At one point, Michaela spoke to us about her becoming a princess and actually questions if it is too good to be true. It is too good to be true, Michaela. When a man steals from then battles his mother over her property, something is rotten in the State of Denmark.

    • I wonder how Andy will be able to stomach having these people on WWHL?

      • kats2 says:

        He’s the Fuck Face that made them relevant again, so I hope he suffers, suffers big time and we get to watch every minute of it.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        It will be interesting to see if they can be loose enough to be on WWHL, I think Lynda will be very entertaining! Cat we won’t be able to understand…….but none of them strike me as having the kind of humor that Andy plays well with.

      • kats2 says:

        I hope he gets bleeding ulcers! He’s the fuck-face who made these loser relevant again. I hope they make him miserable and we get to watch every minute of his pain.

        • Anitabee says:

          It does appear that at times Andy Cohen’s face looks like it was just fucked.

          He scares me too. Like attract Like — it must be easy for him to find these sociopaths.

        • Quincy IL says:

          I believe that the reason Andy looks so odd to us is he is three sheets to the wind/drunk during the shooting.

      • Noelle says:

        He’s partly responsible for their existence on Bravo. No sympathy for Andy from me. He’s laughing his ass of all the way to the bank.

    • Need a Hobby says:

      She appears to share the same pathology so it seems a perfect match.

    • sweet pea says:

      I so agree with you Quincy. I’ve seen it. Lived it. It might explain some of her behavior. She seemed a little manic to me. I think maybe she knows he is off.

  26. MickeyMouth says:

    Ugh at the “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)” posted above. But funny. I wonder if they get automatically generated links for Lynn’s blog.

  27. Shylurker says:

    From the Warren County Report Newspaper. Several local Salahi articles. Check “Hot Topics” on the right. http://wcrnews.wordpress.com

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      It is kind of creepy that she didn’t want her husband to know that she was getting paid to be on RHODC…..he seems to be a control freak, but how could she possibly believe he wouldn’t know she was getting paid????

      • quincyillinois says:

        I wonder if he controls the amount of food that she eats. It might not be anorexia, he might be starving her.

  28. tuzentswurth says:

    I have been away, just got back and on the computer….wow, I have hours of enjoyment waiting, but so tired right now. The blogs look great as usual. I am mostly wondering right now……does anyone know how emt2’s mother is doing? My thoughts and well wishes have been with them. I hope things are progressing well.

    • Squirrels says:

      She is in physical therapy, as I understand it. Emt2 spends her days with mom to help. Emt2 sounded hopeful, a good sign.

      Emt2 – Thinking ’bout you girl and sending you a cyber banana bread. (It’s the only thing I bake that is edible).

  29. kats2 says:

    All this “Salami” news and talk, it’s crazy! I blame Bravo people were starting to forget about these losers and now it’s back to all this information and there is so much of it. I can’t keep up and it’s starting to feel like work, you know?

    At least with “Chewbaca” (teresa) and even other NJ HW’s there is some pleasure in it for me.

    note: quotes around the names other fabulous people here made up – I love it!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Part of the Salami charm will likely be their continuing presense in the press – like Chewee and Juicy. Do you wonder how these women can put their lives on television with all the controversial and unsavory things in their backgrounds?

      • vilzvet says:

        Part of the Salami charm is that they can lay it on like a bunch of Baloney! Oh well, I kinda liked her, not him in the short snippet we were shown…but I think we’ve seen enough crooks and deadbeats in these series.

  30. WindyCityWondering says:

    It makes me sick to think that the NJ mess is going to Italy in the next episode. Seeing the little monkeys dressed in matching furry outfits…..and hearing Teresa talk about tradition and history. I will be watching to see the reaction of real Italians to these parasites.

    • vilzvet says:

      Hahaha, the monkeys in furry outfits!!! They DID look silly, didn’t they? Lynn questioned why Caroline’s kids weren’t present, but I remember Caroline blogging last year that their whole family was going to Italy as her anniversary present (last July) on their dime of course. So I wonder if they indeed did all go and that is why she didn’t insist Bravo pick up the tab for her kids to go this year since they’ve now seen Italy.

  31. Lovebeth says:

    why does it appear like kelly tweet celebrities and some or all do not respond? geez

    • Noelle says:

      She’s a legend in her own mind and I for one, do not want to delve to deep (as if we could!) into that one! LOL

      • vilzvet says:

        I hate when she (and some others) ask questions in their tweets (Who’s coming to this great party? (as if regular folk would be invited) What are you guys all doing today?) ad nauseum…and of course never respond to any answers.

  32. Squirrels says:

    OT. for those who missed it, chapter two is up and running. thanks to those who left comments, and thank you Lynn.

  33. cc in Miami says:

    Did anybody read about former Atlanta Housewife Deshawn Snow and her soon to be ex husband Eric who just fathered a child with a former flame?

    (Sorry if this is old news.)

  34. Rabble Rouser says:

    Having been through the visa process myself, I can say that if Cat entered on a marriage based visa (a B-1) or if she entered with a B-2 and they were successful with an AOS (adjustment of status) then she is definitely subject to deportation if the marriage dissolves within two years. The purpose is to help combat marriage based visa fraud. There are some extreme circumstances such a battered wifes who are not ordered deported but it is a legal process but she doesn’t seem to meet that criteria.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      * sorry for marriage visas I meant a K-1 or possibly a K-3, but I digress since we now know that her spouse is not a USC

  35. Adgirl says:

    My, my. If true, this is not a nice thing to suprise your employer with.
    I just don’t get how most of these people think. That must be why I would never consider applying to appear on a “reality” program.


    “Bravo Did Not Know About Teresa Giudice Bankruptcy, Plus Joe’s Shocking Driving Record ”

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the Giudices, comes two shocking new reports about the Real Housewives of New Jersey posers, errr, stars.

    The first report comes courtesy of NorthJersey.com, which states that Teresa Giudice and hubby Joe failed to inform the Bravo network of their bankruptcy filing. According to the site, Bravo did not know about the October 29, 2009 filing until the NYPost broke the story in June.

    A Bravo representative tells the site, “We had no idea about any of that,” also adding that the bankruptcy issue will not come up in of the future episodes, including the Aug. 23 season finale.

    “We just follow the ladies. They tell us what they’re doing and we decide if we want to film them that day. So, if Teresa [had] said, ‘Hey, guess what, guys? I’m going to file for bankruptcy today,’ we probably would have followed it. But it’s easy for them to not give us that information,” continues the Bravo rep.

    The North Jersey site then goes on to make a valid point stating that as “a result of the Giudice’s selectivity, there’s a strange discrepancy between “reality” and real life on ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ this season.”

    Joe’s former business partner Paterson Realtor Joe Mastropole, who is listed as being owed $586,000 on the bankruptcy petition, also had some choice words for the Giudices, stating: “It’s really a disgrace… Why are they still pretending to be people they’re not on the show?”

    Mastropole wasn’t done talking as he also accuses Joe of being a slumlord. “Mr. Giudice had been collecting rent on [those] three properties … and not paying the mortgages, not paying the oil, not paying the utilities, not paying the taxes, not paying the fines and violations and so on and so forth and put those buildings into a hole. Now, he’s going bankrupt.”

    Mastropole also adds that Joe was using money he gave him to pay expenses on those buildings to help build his mansion. “He’d say, we need $5,000 this week. We need $10,000 this week, so at the beginning I would give it to him, thinking that it was legit. I find out that it’s going into his house in Montville.”

    An attempt is now being made by Mastropole to block the discharge of Joe’s unpaid debt to him. Adding to Mastropole’s dismay is the fact that a Judge ruled in his favor on Oct. 23, 2009 regarding the debt. However, the Giudices decided to file bankruptcy just days later.

    Driving Record – In other news, another shocking new report by the Daily Record states Joe Giudice is now appealing his sentence for the DWI he received earlier this year on January 14, the same one that will be featured on the upcoming episode of the show.

    But that is not the shocker folks, the site reports that Joe’s license has been suspended a total of 9.4 years out of the last 20 years! The site also adds that at the time of the municipal court trial, Joe had 39 points on his license. The sanctions were for offenses such as speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving.

    This DWI is reportedly Joe’s first, but the Judge did not go easy on him due to his driving history. The judge “imposed $864 in penalties; revoked his driver’s license for 12 months; and ordered him to perform 30 days community service. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended, providing the community service is completed.”

    • Laurie in Detroit says:

      OMG, is that it? In Michigan, you get a DWI, you not only have to perform 100+ hours community service, you also have to attend AA meetings, “Impact Weekends” (overnight seminars about alcohol/drug abuse), and be subjected to random testing (breathalyzer/pee test) as dictated by the probation dept. It typically will cost you about $7,000 for one DUI.

      • anniieee says:

        and in fla you must have the blower put on your car. That way you cant start your car if you blow anything. Go FLA and Mich. Its about 7000 in fla as well.

    • Robin says:

      I do not believe that Bravo didn’t know about the bankruptcy.

      Bravo has made a point this season to emphasize Joe’s worries about money and Teresa’s capacity to spend.Ohh Yes…they knew about it.They just don’t want to look like they exploited it considering how many of us are struggling in this economy.It may turn off viewers.So they lied.

      Of course it doesn’t turn me off.I don’t think that their missuse of other peoples money was exploited enough! Thick as thieves..or just plain thieves?

      Take Care,Robin

  36. lillybee says:

    Bravo is catering to the lowest of the low with Juicy and Therese and the Salamis. I am not surprised because that is what reality tv is becoming. Reality tv is about people like Snooky, Jake and Vienna. These shows like to showcase the people without a moral core.

  37. Shylurker says:

    If you want a long read of “The Party Crashers-a look at Tareq and Michaele Salahi before they were famous”—- http://www.WashingtonPost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/21/ar2009/22103611.html?sid=st2010010403474

  38. Quincy IL says:

    Tonight NJ goes to Venice. I’d love to go to Venice and take everyone here with me on Bravo. So… put the vino in the cooler for tonight. Any good Italian food will be part of our pot supper. It’s a party.


    • moriasheehan says:

      shades of the sixties, at first glance i thought you posted that it was a pot party LOL 🙂

      • Quincy IL says:

        There were free movies in a big auditorium at U of IL Circle Campus in the early 70’s.
        We would never get through the reel without the guy projecting turning it off and telling the crowd to put out their reefers at least 3 times. I taught in a Medical School/Dental School and one of my jobs was to check out who was smoking mariajuana in our Dept’s female bathroom. Those were the days…

    • Squirrels says:

      Cool. I’m making skinny pizza tonite! Already had it planned, but this makes my first try at it special.


    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Please if they want to lie they should not give each other that “look” first! He yawned, closed his eyes, hit the gas and turned the wheel all at the same time. His poor father’s name gets dragged into yet another pile of poopie – at 2am he goes to a friend of his father’s house!!!
      Isn’t somewhat ironic as these things (bankruptsy, dui) are hitting them back in real time….the end of August will be so intereting for the Guidices.
      My question to Teresa: Who’s husband drops her off at home after a dinner with friends and goes out doing whatever until 2am???? Who does that?

  39. boston02127 says:

    Joke of the day. Kelly’s tweet— peeps with serious emotional issues/addictions should get therapy. Its not a crutch, its a tool to help those better themselves

  40. boston02127 says:

    The book –The Real Housewives Get Personal. (I’ve never seen this before)

    While the book is a little outdated—it was obviously completed before Kelly’s Caribbean freak out and Bethenny and Jill’s falling out (although Kelly does talk about bullies and uses the lemons/lemonade analogy correctly)—it’s still highly entertaining and packed with actual weirdo quotes from these women. There’s so much to read and look at, that fans of the franchise could find themselves cracking up at just a little corner of the table of contents.


    • Quincy IL says:

      Did anyone on the planet actually buy that book?

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Andy was handing them out to his guests on WWHL for awhile. While it would be a good laugh – I would never purchase it and give Bravo extra profits or imply I am a fan of all housewife shows.,..

    • Quincy IL says:

      As you know, I have this ocd thing about money and the Bravo reality stars. In my opinion, Gretchen Rossi ripped off a bunch of creditors in OC when she took designer, clothes, trips and jewelry from Jeff as he was dying. Gretchen admitted that Jeff’s will could not be followed because he was a million dollars in debt. Jeff ran up the credit cards in his last days giving Gretchen a motorcycle and vacations to the Midwest so that Bravo could film Gretchen being the compassionate Nightengale to the beloved fiance.

      Like Teresa and Michaela, Gretchen is complicite in the theft of money from creditors, in my opinion. I think the storyline of the loving girlfriend is a crock.
      So… no Jeff Bietzel Foundation to give the money of the ballad too, oh well… We will have to pocket that money and provide Slade with a livestyle that he wishes to have.

      • Katie says:

        Gretchen is another pathological liar.
        Just another bravo sham

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        I’m wondering how Jeff died so deep in debt, I read somewhere that his estate make over a million dollars a year. I also remember his young daughter who was still in college saying how she bough a condo.

        Maybe some of the financial minded people could verify this but I wonder if Jeff put most of his money and assets in a trust for his children before his death- knowing that he would purposely be leaving Gretchen with nothing.

        I have heard that the engagement ring is supposedly fake- and Gretchen knew it was according to Jay P. I also heard that Tamara’s son was in Olies Tavern in San Clemente and someone recognized him from the show and started to talk to him. Another guy who was sitting at the bar having a drink was over heard them and mentioned that he worked at Harley Davidson and how the show filmed at his work- and that they actually BORROWED a bike for a film shoot.

  41. Olivia says:

    There is a clip of Teresa commenting about Venice being a “city made of water”. Right Teresa, and at the Leaning Tower one can get a slice with a beverage to go for 5 bucks!

    What a ridiculous woman. She is too stupid to be aware of her lack of knowledge. She is nothing more than a slightly taller version of her ignorant husband. Bravo has managed to string this insane series into 15 weeks of violence, threats, and inane conversations that are embarrassing to observe.

    Just love the comments accompanying the recent exposure of Juicy Joe’s DUI. The morons writing in want to forgive and overlook that this thug was driving under the influence of something which could have resulted in another person being hurt. The fact that his license has been suspended in the past displays an arrogance that is astounding. Factor in their total disregard for paying their bills and the suffering they imposed on their tenants so that she could have her sculpted ironwork, and there is little but disgust in their actions.

    The news stories are the “reality” of these series, not what Bravo chooses to film. Scammers, schemers, and out and out fakes populate this “drama” and these “stars” should be shunned for their atrocious behavior not petted and pampered for behaving like sociopaths.

    • Quincy IL says:

      I won’t even scan the Bravo blog comments. I can’t understand how they come to those flowery statements complimenting the riff =raff at Bravo.

      Do you remember the rollerskating knockdowns with Amazon women in Playboy Bunny costumes sand the Bunny Ears back in the 60’s The Amazons are unusal names and teams who battle each other tossing the slightly off kilter into the stands. I think it was called “Roller Derby.” That sport is the perfect analogy for the Bravo Housewives series. You have attractive, yet provocative, clothing. You have shoes off the floor in the form of wheels or 4 inch heels. You have teams. You have women willing to beat each other to a pulp (verbally, but sometimes physically,_ for ratings.

      • Olivia says:

        Many of these commentators are insisting on “give them a break” to the same “we love you Teresa!” crapola which is mind boggling.

        Would these same boobs think the same if their utilities were shut off so that she could throw herself a housewarming party that came from money the paid to live in one of their properties?

        Don’t think so.

        • Quincy IL says:

          Did you see the lie Bravo showed us with that housewarming party? A link above somewhere stated that Teresa was given much of that party by the planner so that the planner could get on the show. Elvira and Teresa were actually friends. That little demo where they insulted each other and Teresa pushed Elvira out the door calling her a bitch was really a bad acting episode. I though it was odd for a party planner to be that forward and for Teresa to be so rude to a party planner. I just accepted it as something that is done in Franklin Lakes, NJ. When I read that it was an act to promote Elvira and give Teresa free stuff, I felt used.

          • MickeyMouth says:

            Maybe the two met in bankruptcy court. I thought I read somewhere the have being in debt in common.

            • Quincy IL says:

              Olivia is right about the Housewives series. We are being deceived into thinking this is about real women living in luxury in major cities. I bet the women of the DC franchise will soon tell us that they, like Kelly, never looked at the Bravo shows before signing that contract. They are too far above us to have watched shows like that. Only Bethenny was aware of the pitfalls going into the NY Housewives show. She got it thrown at her and she survived, but it wasn’t pretty going down. At least, she admits her part in it.

    • DesertGal says:

      The morons writing in want to forgive and overlook that this thug was driving under the influence of something which could have resulted in another person being hurt.

      Exactly. Would they be saying the same if he had taken a row of people instead of a row of trees? That kind of thinking is just asinine.

      There’s no excuse for driving while drinking. None. When all is said and done, it is a VOLUNTARY action that puts other lives at risk. I don’t get these people who think it’s okay to overlook that or pat a drunk driver on the head this way. (And Joe was drunk – from what I read, he blew over the legal limit, and that’s not “just drinking”, it’s drunk. )

      • Quincy IL says:

        Even a row of trees bothers me.

        • vilzvet says:

          Yeah, reading the Bravo comments can raise your blood pressure. I have to force myself not to, because the phrases “love, love, love” and “your four beautiful daughters” and “I wanna be just like YOU!” can make anyone hurl.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Unfortunately, the suffering the tenants endured wasn’t even enough to ensure the ‘railing guy’ got paid.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      The DC majority has spoken – they will not come back/film with Missy if there is a season 2 – so we now have the NJ model of all against one set up before we have even seen episode 2 of season one! SO thank you Bravo you have made it easy for me not to watch RHODC – maybe a rethink is in order??? Bethenny captured viewers by being a nice but quirky lady – more of this please.

  42. DesertGal says:

    The fact that she (Cat) married an American citizen is actually enough, now if they get divorced, all bets are off. (maybe)

    Uh, no, sorry, Lynn, that isn’t enough. Being married to an American is a basis for applying for resident alien status, but it doesn’t guarantee a green card. Cat would still have had to apply and undergo a thorough background check before obtaining that status. That said, though, you are right – she must have obtained a green card, or Bravo couldn’t have hired her. Not sure if a divorce will change that – INS may allow her to remain as a resident alien even so, but it depends on the circumstances of her permit.

    (Hubby is a former Canadian national, now American citizen, but held a resident alien card for 40 years, so we became familiar with the ins and out of the INS.) 🙂

    • moriasheehan says:

      isn’t her soon to be ex a Brit, too?

      • DesertGal says:

        I’m not sure. But, it seems he has been here in the USA for a while now (judging from what Cat said about him working for both Bush and Obama via Newsweek), so he may be a naturalized US citizen.

        If he isn’t, then I imagine her green card may be at risk if the divorce goes through.

    • Squirrels says:

      You cannot get a green card until you have been a legal (visa) resident of the US for two years. That’s the deal and unless extreme circumstances apply (death threats from your family/enemies in your native country), you will wait in line like everyone else. However, she could easily get a H1B visa, allowing her to work on the show. H1B is whereby no US citizen can fill the job, so Scat’s scenario, in Bravo eyes goes like this:

      Dear INS:
      Bravo is creating a series on DC housewives. Being we were originally a colony, we need a woman from England to complete our cast. This woman is the only one we find fits the criteria of our show.
      Thanking you in advance,
      Andy Cohen


      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Dear Andy
        You are so welcomed. Please feel free to keep her as long as you want – she doesn’t do anything here except cause trouble.
        Don’t worry about the appropriate documentation either.
        All of England

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I am also a Canadian married to a USC and a green card holder 🙂 What part of Canadian is your husband from?

      Currently, assuming she came in with a K-visa or a B-2 and was successful in their AOS, she would receive a 2 year green card. Then 90 days before it expired they would apply for the removal of conditions for her to receive her 10 year GC. I have a hard time thinking if their marriage was in such rough shape at the 2 year mark that her husband and two witness would swear to the validity of the marriage at that point- unless of course the marriage was always fraudulent.

  43. Quincy IL says:

    Jill was in Vegas. Remember Jill’s comment about Alex going to the Virgin Islands off season? Well, I dragged my family to Vegas in Aug once becasuse it was so cheap. Apparently, Aug is off season in Vegas for a reason. You can’t walk from casino to casino outside without your entire nasal cavity and mouth drying out and you find youself gasping for moist air.

    Now, I leave on the Mississippi today is is going to be 115 heat index with the actual temperature in the upper 90’s and humidity of 60%. I have a runing class in a park at 6 PM too. I’d rather be here than in Vegas in Aug. We call it a natural sauna something city folk pay big bucks for in health clubs. We pick up 100 lb bales of alfafa and stack them in the barn and that’s the exercise part of our retreat. So I guess you all know that I will be having fun this afternoon and evening. Looking forward to Venice, it will be my day’s highlight!

    • DesertGal says:

      I’ve lived in both types of places – Nevada until I was 28, the Mojave Desert, and the South for 8 years now (SC now, and formerly Alabama and Virginia). I’m not all that fond of the humidity, but I can remember days in Vegas and the Mojave when it got as high as 118-121 degrees, and there was no consolation in the fact that it was a dry heat, either.

      Hot is hot. 🙂

      • Squirrels says:

        My fav New Mexico Tee shirt – Skeleton sitting in dry/cracked mud puddle. caption –

        “yeah, but its a dry heat”

      • Shana p says:

        Hmmm I grew up in Houston (horrible humidity) and while I could never live there again due to the humidity I love the super hot dry heat of the southwest desert…..my husband says I must be part lizard lol….and that I’m the only one who LIKES Vegas when it’s 100+ 🙂

  44. Olivia says:

    The NJ franchise was filming sometime in late 2008, just about the time the housing bubble began to implode. If one believes that Joe Guidice was making his money at that time in “construction” it raised some serious questions going forward as how he was actually staying above water when the building industry was at a standstill.

    When the show debuted in 2009 it showed these two spending money like “drunken sailors on leave” as the unemployment figures began to rise nationally with many construction workers taking the hit. How could anyone suppose that his particular line of work (and I say this with much reservation) was spared? It makes no sense.

    Yet from what we witnessed, this greedy duo continued to spend and overspend to the tune of “Teresa being Teresa” for her outrageous and unnecessary purchases. How much money, as one example, was poured into Gia’s “career” by way of photo shots, dancing, elocution, and acting lessons that would be deemed unnecessary expenditures? Breast enhancements, beauty salon treatments, fertility clinics, ATV purchases, over the top parties, clothing boutiques, home furnishings, and jewelry would be expenditures put aside in order to control expenses.

    Not sure if this garishness was done for the sake of the camera, or an actual testament to how they always have lived, but for whatever reason many people ended up “burned” by these two morons and they do not deserve pity or admiration for behaving like greedy guts out to impress.

    Most of us would be happy to live on a yearly income of $79,000 as they claimed without bringing the IRS to our door. Something “stinks” in the Guidice household along with their ability to mortgage property they did not own by way of bank loans they had no intention, or the reserves, to pay back. A lot of questions here that have yet to be answered.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Joe’s skills in stealing other people’s money was put to the test when the economy started going south. He may have only been a step or two ahead of being caught when he was handing fistfulls of cash to Teresa – and I am sorry but he is a braggard as well so there is no way she did not know where the cash was coming from! Remember they are intelligent and the rest of the population is a bunch of mooks!!!

      Having gone through the whole building a house from scratch process with a friend – things (appliances, piping, etc) walked off the job, wrong fixtures were put in that were not what we picked out and paid for, subcontractors wouldn’t work when they were not being paid by the general contractor which costed both time and more money. Everyday the site had to be inspected, village inspectors had to be called, permits were pulled until things were back on track – and in the end it cost more to contruct than initially estimated, with somethings paid for more than once. And this was supposedly a reputable general contractor! Bottomline – the house was supposed to cost $250,000 and ended up costing $325,000 – where did the extra funds go???
      So if Joe was a general contractor and his investor was handing over money left and right – IMO alot of it just went into Juicy’s pocket!

      And the actual cost of the mcmansion brings up many questions: is it $1.7 or $5 million? When the properties around it are barely reaching $1 million in value and the tax roles have their tacky towers at under a half million…..if this isn’t enough to close the loop hole of keeping a wall of the original house when building a mcmansion – what is??

      • Olivia says:

        It would be a good idea to question those at the banking level who continued to hand over money to this tool when he asked for yet another mortgage on top of one already in existence that he was having difficulty covering in the first place.

        Building a house requires the efforts of contractors and subcontractors, along with a variety of suppliers, who all ended up being “stiffed” along the way.

        There are many people out there today who do not qualify for the opportunity to refinance a home mortgage that is drowning them, yet this fool found no problems with obtaining loans to the tune of millions as much of the money was plowed into building that atrocity.

        Someone was not on the ball or providing due diligence when it came to the Guidice fortunes and should be held equally responsible for this sorry debacle. Joe could not have done this on his own.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          With the housing crash – financial lending institutions have tightened up their lending processes. In the past, as the interest rates fell I could easily refinance to get a lower rate – now to do so (even being a customer who has never once been late in my payments) must fork over a percentage of the assessed value to get the lower interest rates! Joe will have to come up with money up front and with their sterling credit history, bankruptsy status – ha, ha, ha!

  45. moriasheehan says:

    from reliable sourceat http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/08/rs-_housewives_3.html

    “Reality TV seems like a no man’s land — not quite journalism, which requires one kind of visa; and not quite acting, a separate species altogether. The 30-something mother of two came to the U.S. in the summer of 2008 when she married Newsweek photographer Charles Ommanney — himself a British citizen and green-card holder.”

    looks like ke is not a US citizen, anyone know immigration laws regarding this?

    • Quincy IL says:

      My husband is a naturalized citizen from Iran. He came over on a work visa and was employed by Cook County Hospital as a medical intern. He applied for a greed card which gives you more opportunites to move around the first month that he was here. He got the green card 5 years later. After the green card, he applied for citizenship. That took another 5 years. The rules change here and there, but you can do it. The limited visas are hard to deal with these days. I bet Brits have an easier time that Middle Eastern people.

      • DesertGal says:

        My husband came here with his parents when he was a kid-his father was a dual Canadian/American citizen, so his parents were able to obtain temporary resident alien status for his mother and the kids. After ten years, he was able to apply for permanent resident status, where he no longer had to renew it every five years. Recently, after 40 years here, he applied for naturalization, and it was fairly easy, because he had been here so long.

        I do remember though, when he had to renew his visa every five years, it was a complicated process-INS required a background check covering each five year period. I do agree that Commonwealth citizens have an easier time than those from the Middle East, though. Not fair, but there it is.

        • Quincy IL says:

          If you read about visas, there are citizens of five countries that are punished. They are people from Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea and Cuba. They are listed in the Patriot Act. If I remember 9/11 correctly, citizens from none of these countries were involved. I’m sure we all know who was involved in the destruction of our cities.

          Anyway, everything is political. That’s why I like to read this blog in the morning rather than watch MSNBC with Joe and Mika.

          • DesertGal says:

            Yeah, somewhere along the line “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free” became “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…but only when it serves a political purpose, and we reserve the right to discriminate without cause.”

          • Rabble Rouser says:

            What do you mean by punished?

            The U/S. has a wet foot/dry foot policy in regards to Cuba that provides Cuban nationals who entered the U.S. illegally and have touched ground on with expiated immigrant status.

      • Scorpiosue1102 says:

        I have to say Quincy that the Brits have just as long to wait, unfortunately. I have a friend who had been waiting for 5 yrs. to become a citizen. She even had an immigration lawyer. She had her green card yet when she lost her job as a city planner in AZ she had to go back to the UK. She could find another job, get another green card and try again, but she decided to just stay in the UK. The money, wait and heartache were not worth it.

        The US govt is an equal opportunity pain in the butt. 🙂

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        I don’t think it’s fair to make blanket statements about such as Brits getting visas easier than Middle Eastern people. While it might be more common to hear about someone from a “Muslim” country being stuck in administrative processing, it can and does happen to anyone for a multitude of reasons. A friend of mine who immigrated from Canada (who is a white female) found herself stuck in it- just because she shared the name of someone in the U.S, with a criminal record.

        There are also certain countries that have a higher instance of visa fraud than others and the affect is applicants from those nations are put under closer scrutiny than others. While it’s unfortunate for the honest people in the process, the polices are not completely baseless.

    • DesertGal says:

      According to the INS, if Cat passed the “Substantial Presence Test”, she would be considered a lawful resident alien of the US.

      You will be considered a U.S. resident for tax purposes if you meet the substantial presence test for the calendar year. To meet this test, you must be physically present in the United States on at least:

      31 days during the current year, and
      183 days during the 3-year period that includes the current year and the 2 years immediately before that, counting:
      All the days you were present in the current year, and
      1/3 of the days you were present in the first year before the current year, and
      1/6 of the days you were present in the second year before the current year.

      That would make her eligible to apply for a green card.

      • cusi 77 says:

        Desert_ Me, cusi, again with my own experience about marrying an American.

        After a year a half “Long distance” relationship, I came to The USA with a TURIST VISA. Issued to visit the Country for up to 6 Months.
        I got married 3 days later of my entrance. We hired an agency in Southern California for a “Change of status”. That happens on July 2003. By September 2003 I received a “Work Permit”.
        My husband was my sponsor. After a couple of appointments with The INS in L.A. I received my green card on April 2004, valid until 2016.
        I became a proud American Citizen on 2008 ( I wanted to be able to vote for President).

        • Anitabee says:

          Congratulations! 🙂

        • cusi 77 says:

          Correction: A year and a half long distance relationship.
          We met in Las Vegas while visiting for New Year’s day 2002 with my Son and Daughter in law… who said you can not meet somebody body nice in a casino? In 18 months we talk everyday and we met not less than 9 times before He pop “The question”… It is a real unexpected “Love story”…

        • moriasheehan says:

          you should be so proud, cusi. i have heard the test is not easy and that most US citizens could not pass it based on what is taught in schools. i know i hated taking American history and civics. but that was in the sixties and we saw only the things that were wrong with our country.

          • cusi 77 says:

            Morias_ I pass that exam… I learn a LOT of this Great Country as well as my hubby… There were so much information He did not know!
            I also passed my GED exam in 2004! And still learning how to speak and write in English (as you can see…) Thank you kindly.

      • Quincy IL says:

        As long as she follows the rules, it should be no problem for her.

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        I beleive that is for the issuance of a ITIN (which is for federal reporting) . Having a ITIN does not provide the applicant a green card or work authorization.

        If her husband is in the U.S. on an H-visa then once they are divorced she would be considered to be out of status would not be allowed to lawfully remain in the U.S. as a resident.

        Of course- Bravo might be able to pull some strings and get her a P-type visa.

  46. Olivia says:

    Bravo must be run by a group of frat boys high on something who feel they can “persuade” the public to accept the odious behavior of the “stars” they feature as worthy entertainment.

    Danielle Staub is nothing but a truly amoral person with a past that would make the average person blush. The Guidice’s are a lying, deceitful couple who have been accused of forgery along with other dubious endeavors. The two Kim’s are a couple of tramps. Danny Pro is a convicted felon. A member of the OC cast is being accused of running a false charity. The Salahi’s are a couple of grifters who come replete with their own dubious background awash with shady dealings and mountains of litigation. And this is what we know at this point. What else could be coming out about other members of this dubious franchise that features people of questionable backgrounds?

    I also question any of those “Housewives” who are free of this taint but are willing to sign on as castmates and featured along with those who are replete with dishonesty and revel in it. The overall lack of a value system is becoming more and more apparent as this franchise marches on.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      A simple solution to casting would be an extensive background check and a clause that states the cast member’s contract will be terminated should any information comes to light before, during and after the season. I’d much prefer to see someone go because of illegal activities during the filming than to have to continue to see that individual prancing around on my tv screen. And that individual should not come back for another season!

      Of course some proceedings to get to justice take longer than others but in the housewives franchise the premise of the shows is not about watching criminals – that is what Cops is for! So Bravo needs to clean up the playing field before viewers decide the whole franchise stinks and tunes out….

      • Olivia says:

        Yet that is what makes it “reality tv” I suppose. I had never heard of Jon and Kate until they made the headlines.

        A show revolving around a group of kids playing was not exactly “must see tv”. But when the rumors became rampant around the possible infidelities, people started tuning in to watch a marriage disintegrate before our eyes. An insufferable wife and a wimpy husband became a “hit”.

        Each parent agreed to be filmed in the most outrageous behavior and the possibility of the detriment done to the kids was set aside for ratings and “stardom”. Apparently this is seen as “giving the public what it wants” even it if means more coarsening of the culture along the way.

        NJ stands out in that context.

        • Dawn says:

          I liked J& K plus eight before they were famous. Loved watching what I thought was a happy family I tuned out when they did the second wedding. Hated watching the sense of entitlement, comps (free gimmies), tie in with the bridal boutique in NYC and the cake shop in Philly(?). It became unbearable to watch. While they gained a great number of people who wanted to watch a trainwreck – they lost me with the miserable display their family became.

      • Shana p says:

        When I waa growing up, the revelation of those kind of details would be a scandal and an embarrassment. Now you have Bravo only printing positive comments on the blogs and acting like this behavior is perfectly fine. *smh*

    • Ellabean says:

      Let’s do add Slade smiley on that awful persons list – not paying his child support – for the very seriously ill little boy.

  47. MickeyMouth says:

    Anyone sleuthing out the Tanous addition to OC franchise. I’ve read somewhere, can’t find it now, that they are no stranger to court and DUI’s. Is this internet speculation (fair assumption considering Bravo’s history) or does someone have facts.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      yesterday’s blog had a link about their finances – two mortages on their house, etc. – so they might be another case of living beyond their means and we will be treated to another bankruptsy during the season ala Teresa and Joe. Oh boy, I can hardly wait………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    • Ellabean says:

      ….and what about Taliban Bellino’s questionable businesses ? (Alex ‘s husband – can’t think of his first name right now). Recall how Alex said he was a “bid-niss” man.

      And what about the money Sherree owes her attorneys’ – around $92K …didn’t she get erved by the law firm?

      And what about Kim Z – the prostitution – whore ?

      And of course the Curtins.

      …..and on and on.

      • Quincy IL says:

        NeNe left her husband. He was a nice guy, but the money wasn’t flowing fast enough.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          He isn’t that nice lol he is suing her for all the money he had to spend to make her appear like a lady for the show – and we all know she was a stripping, married man chasing, ghetto bitch!

          • Quincy IL says:

            Women like NeNe and KimZ make men fearful of marriage. They think women will just take them for a financial ride.

            • Need a Hobby says:

              Uh, what?

              Isn’t that kind of like saying watching a show about piranhas makes one afraid to go to a Red Lobster?

  48. boston02127 says:


    Below her picture are numbers 1-12, click on the #’s and there are more pictures of her. She turning orange.

    • Anitabee says:


      Why did Jill stop wearing makeup and styling her hair? That pink one shoulder dress is NOT a good look for her. I think she asked Kelly to break in Bethenny’s condo and steal it from her closet.

      Jill — STOP WEARING BETHENNY’S CLOTHES. You can’t pull it off like she can.

      Also, why is her smile so FAKE? It looks forced, insincere and as if she needs to let go of some gas.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        My opinion is now that filming is over, she doesn’t pay all those stylists to follow her around anymore, she is cheap and does it herself. Too many women are wearing that one shoulder thing, it doesn’t do a thing for them, especially Jill and Luann.

        • cusi 77 says:

          Do you know if JZ is still in Las Vegas? I am in LV! I die to go to see her and tell her I follow you!!!! Want to see her reaction!

    • moriasheehan says:

      there is not ONE pic of her signing autographs, no clue if store is even open. i want to SEE these fans she claims are coming to see her.
      what a bunch of dumb pics with jill and candy, where was kelly with all that candy around.?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Wondering if Teresa hooked her up at Sizzle Tan…..

      • Squirrels says:

        I am paraphrasing here, but one dude in a comment on another site said, The Sizzle Tan name scares me. It’s like naming a Six Flags roller coaster, “You’re All Gonna Die.”

    • cusi 77 says:

      Darn! How I lost that golden opportunity! I am in Las Vegas now! I could have gone with Alex and Simon’s book under my arm and a toilet paper for her to sign!

    • twoile says:

      Jz looks like she is posing 4 animal crackers…….NOT a BOOK in sight…..& even more importantly not an autograph seeker in sight as well…she is desperate to stay in the public eye……the desert in August ummmm not so much!!!!!

  49. boston02127 says:

    Kelly tweeted about Lynn—
    Kelly’s tweet—–@BethennyFans I think u and @lynnNchicago should start a housewives charity and do something to help rather than spread anger. I will help

    • Quincy IL says:

      OK…. please contact Kelly and accept the offer. We will have our first meeting in Chicago. I’m coming. Kelly should bring cashier’s checks. Her promises to help with Jill’s Charity for Creeky Joints never came through.

      Lynn, I am bringing cake, can you provide the coffee?

      • DesertGal says:

        I’m in. I’ll bring a fruit basket.

        I think Kelly should have to bring cash, though.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        Coffee and Skinnygirl Margaritas on ice…lets do it!

        • Quincy IL says:

          Lynn, I can organize the charity. I’ve been on the boards of seven charities here and I know how to organize. With Kelly as our draw, we can make a lot of money because we won’t use every dollar for designer dresses, shoes, makeup artists, hairdressers, and limos.
          Contact her. We can give her credit for the idea. Heck, squirrels will photograph her in weird costumes for the invitation.

    • Anitabee says:

      Wow — does this mean Kelly reads this blog?

      I’d wish she take some of our advice and get some mental help for the sake of her daughters.

      • Quincy IL says:

        It certainly means that Jill and Kelly pay attention to Lynn and her twitter. I suspect that this blog has been the topic of conversation between Jill and Alex/Simon several times. I bet Jill and Sonja had words after Sonja gave a thumbs up to the way Lynn writes. I suspect Jacqueline, Teresa, and Jill mentioned Lynn in passing on those long hours of beach time a couple of weekends ago. Dina probably had a few things to say to Jill about Lynn’s blog and twitter and blocking people who are haters. The thing is… I really don’t see that the hate here is as bad as the hate radiating from the torso’s of the housewives for their fellow castemates. Did anyone here try to slay the girl as Jill did to Bethenny? Slaying your almost married best friend is a tad vicious, wouldn’t you agree? Lynn never slayed anyone.

        There are boat loads of bloggers out there, but the NY and NJ housewives spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about LynnNChicago and the women on this blog. Why us specifically? I suspect we are a threat because we research, rationalize, compare, contrast, and laugh our heads off at the antics of the NY and NJ housewives.

        Do I think they tune in here and then take photos of themselves on bathroom scales, put photos of their old modeling shoots on twitter, and fret that we discussed their finances? Yes, the evidence is online and we’ve all seen it.

        • Anitabee says:

          Hmmm…well since it DOES appear that these Housewives tend to reference this blog maybe we can do what we always do.

          Give them some helpful advice. I really want Kelly to get Help. If this woman has really friends where are they? Where is her family? Someone should lead her to a good therapist. Everyone’s life gets nutso every so often. It is more than acceptable for anyone to get help. Especially if Children are involved.

          To share a personal incident — I have a sister who went to therapy years ago to get over a divorce. It really helped until she stopped going. I guess there were some truths she didn’t want to deal with.

          Fast forward 10 years. Those “unsolved issues” do not go away. She has a baby girl. She loves her daughter so much that when the baby is 6 months she makes an appointment to see a new therapist. She’s not doing it for herself. She is doing it so she can give her daughter the best mother she can. My sister is already a good mother but this will only make her better.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        She doesn’t think she needs mental help, nothing anyone can say will change it. Even Bravo producers, Ramona, Bethenny, Alex and Sonja told her to get help, in her eyes they’re all the bullies. Luckily she has lots of help with the girls.

        • Quincy IL says:

          No one can help Kelly. In my opinion, there are wires crossed and occassional they buzzzzzzz.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Can someone see if they can get a couple of mental health professionals to attend so Kelly can get a free, healthful brain checkup too!

    • MickeyMouth says:

      Is this Bravocelebrities bitch tweet to Lynn week?

      • Anitabee says:

        I wonder who will be next?

        My guess is either Jacqui or Teresa….

      • Quincy IL says:

        I don’t see them tweeting anyone else. Those other bloggers must be jealous. I wonder if I. Angel is watching the tweets.

        • Anitabee says:

          I really hope I. Angel’s love life is going better. Her blog on her date with a guy that burped and farted in public make me puke!

          • quincyillinois says:

            I found my husband on a blind date. Your friends used to be match.com when I was young.

            • Anitabee says:

              I met my fiancee in the wine aisle at the local Jewel/Osco grocery store.

              He recommended a Riesling to me — Houge’s Late Summer Harvest actually — I thought he was way too good looking for me.

              But here we are happily engaged.

    • twoile says:

      OMG LMAO no thank you K…..do U think she is following in jzs footsteps?

  50. boston02127 says:

    Kelly is losing her mind. She went thru her “I’m up here, you’re down there phase”, realized nobody liked her and went on to her “systematic bullying” phase. Then on to her eating & exercise phase. We saw weeks and weeks of her tweeting, videos, interviews about these things. Now she’s on a spiritual phase. She harps on one thing for weeks then moves on to the next.

    I love @eatpraylove for I love carbs! I love my life too much to skip a minute for a spiritual journey.

    Stop trying to make a living and make a statement! (You’re shooting to low!)

    mother/ daughter died on the beach yesterday. Everyone needs to get priorities straight. No complaining, just helping. feel good

    mediocrity is so boring. Take chances, you never know. That’s part of the fun.

    • DesertGal says:

      Stop trying to make a living and make a statement! (You’re shooting to low!)

      mother/ daughter died on the beach yesterday. Everyone needs to get priorities straight. No complaining, just helping. feel good

      Now, is dying on the beach enough of a ‘statement” over “making a living”? Or, when it comes to dying on the beach, is “making a living” the priority or is it “making a statement”?

      She really doesn’t understand the irony in those two comments. She’s a complete babbling idiot.

    • Olivia says:

      With tweets like these she could run for president of the US.

    • moriasheehan says:

      mother/ daughter died on the beach yesterday. Everyone needs to get priorities straight. No complaining, just helping. feel good
      WTF? so glad she feels good about them dying, i bet their families really appreciate this tweeting help. i am so glad she is not complaining about them dying, that might be rude.

      • DesertGal says:

        I’m really baffled as to whether she thinks the pair on the beach didn’t have their priorities straight, or is it the rest of us?

        Because I’m pretty sure that the mother on the beach would have considered “making a living” a priority over “making a statement” and definitely over dying on the beach.

        As for the rest of us…well, it’s amazing that Kelly knows ALL of us, and what we consider a priority. She really gets around.

        Moronic Statements R Her.

        • anniieee says:

          She needs psychiatric help NOW–before it is too late for Sea and Teddy to have normal lives. They are so gonna carry baggage with them anyway. I am so sad for those 2 little girls.

  51. Olivia says:

    It is ironic that we don’t miss these women once they are off t.v. Their “viability and talent” fades so fast.

    They seem to spend a better part of each day “reminding” us who they are and why we should care. I would like to see pictures of Baby Bryn getting bigger and cuter but that about sizes up my overall interest in any one of them once the series ends.

    I really missed the voice of Whitney Houston when she went off the rails, but these non talents are like house guests who have overstayed the visit and have finally gone home. Bravo shoving 15 weeks of this crap down our throats could be as easily completed in 6 weeks rather than this interminable mess that drags on forever.

    Of course, no one is forcing me into watching this so I have no one to blame but me.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Whitney before the drugs… the most beautiful voice and body…

      • Olivia says:

        Absolutely fabulous! I have all her recordings and watching her disintegrate has been painful. What a huge talent to have wasted herself on drugs. But talent nonetheless.

        • emt2 says:

          Whitney is getting back on track. I just some pics of her on the beach with her daughter. It’s nice to see her being a regular mom and not being a drug addicted diva.

          I love Whitney and pray for her because she is SO talented. Her voice is like a gift from God and I want to support her in her recovery and any project that she does.

          I miss the good old days when people actually had talent and deserved attention for their talents and skills.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Feeling the same, don’t miss them and now am not caring if NY comes back! Jill (and Kelly) are still trying to keep their names out there (where is LuAnn, Ramona, Sonja) and Alex is doing what has to be done when you are the author of a book that is selling…… Bethenny has so moved on and yes, the grass is so much greener on her side!

      To a certain extent, we are helping them retain some noterity. Do I hate Jill less? No – she earned that all by herself. Do I hate Teresa? Yes – she is on a different level than Jill but her behavior is just as heinous for other reasons. And now we have the blah DC crew, with a new housewife to dislike/hate, etc. So while I guess the outside world can call us haters, these women and their antics are such a small part of our real lives.

  52. Anitabee says:


    I saw an INCREDIBLE movie last night. My fiancee brought home, “The Girl with the Dragon Tatto”. IMHO, I think it is the best film I have seen in years. It is a Swedish film so we watched it with English Dubbing because my DVD player screws up subtitles. The movie is a great suspenseful mystery with twists you don’t see coming.
    It is a very matured themed film which I DO NOT recommend for children under the age of 16.

    It is about a very weathly family who has a 16 year old female disappear over 40 years ago. That’s all the plot I will give. Great Great film!

    • Olivia says:

      I have read all three books in this trilogy and just heard that there are videos produced in Sweden that cover the books. I need to check this out as I enjoyed the books, especially the heroine, with her superior brain!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      There are three books in the author’s stable. They are good reads. Unfortunatel,y he died and there is a hugh ongoing fight between his living relatives and his long time live in girlfriend (relatives want royalties and she has his computer with other unfinished works). So if you want to read them go to the library and check them out.

      • Anitabee says:

        I am going to my local library to check them out today. Can’t wait to read the second one.

    • Ellabean says:

      Thanks for the info Anitabee. I’d like to see it.

      But this is ironic – as your post about Girl With The Dragon Tattoo came in between posts about Kelly’s wacky-ness.

      Recall – Real NY – episode when Kelly meets a photo/journalist for coffee. He is attempting to have a reasonable get- to- know- you casual conversation – she is trying very hard to flirt and keep up with the conversation. You can tell she desperately wants to appear intellectual and worldly. He asks her: “So, what are you reading these days?” She says some kids book . He says he is reaidng, ” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

      She looks vacant.

      Then she replies: “Uh, I don”t have any tattoos.”

      Another in a long list of Kelly Bensimon revealing non-sequitors.

      • Anitabee says:

        OMG you are so right!

        I remembered thinking, “what is wrong with her’? It seemed like her brain could not process what he was saying.

    • Squirrels says:

      Thanks Anita – I just pulled it up on netflix and lo and behold – I can live stream it on my TV, woo hoo. can’t wait to see it.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Kelly’s brain in processing mode:
        Girls with Tattoos?
        Girls are too young for Tattoos!
        How inappropriate!
        He’s hot but he is inauthentic….
        A book, a book…omg he means an ADULT book!!
        What about my fabulous coffee table books???
        NO, he means with alot of words!
        OMG what do I say….
        Kelly’s verbal response: “I don’t have any tattoos.”

  53. Ellabean says:

    I am going to show my age by making this movie reference…..but does anyone remember the 1970’s movie, ” Sleeper”. With Diane Keaton and Woody Allen (don’t want to start a Woody bash here). Hilarious movie.

    Point being: Diane played this futuristic vapid narcissicitic socialite – who was convinced that she was “artsy” and everything she did, said, wore, ate, and thought was uber important and original and ground breaking. (uh like a ‘tastemaker’).
    She composed and recitied her ridiculous poetry – simplistic, child like rhyming stuff almost like “cat in a hat” and thought she was “deep”.

    This was the futuristic Kelly B.

    • Olivia says:

      Remember when the public swooned all over the nonsense that was “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”? Kelly’s outputs remind me more of the old Saturday Night Live pieces by Jack Handy called “Deep Thoughts”. Pure vapidity.

      • Quincy IL says:

        I went to that movie. So long ago.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Oh don’t forget “Love Story”……..

        • Squirrels says:

          LMAO @ “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” If you love me, you’d better learn the word and use it sincerely when you f’ up. I know I do.

      • Ellabean says:

        Yes ! Yes! Olivia , I was trying to think of the Jonathan Livingston Seagull title too ! Thank you ! Yes, Kelly’s tweets and Kelly- speak is just like that. And Jack Handy Deep Thoughts…..perfect comparsion. 🙂

    • moriasheehan says:

      Ella, yes i love that film. woody had his time and made some fab satires. take the money and run is another.

      • Ellabean says:

        LOVE that movie. Great line from that movie: “Give me your “Gub”. That’s also Kelly -speak if she ever holds up a bank and goes to the teller window and hands the teller a note.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Kelly is that character. She is playing a role. LOL.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        sadly true and she doesn’t realize it because she thinks she is creating a reality instead of dealing with what she is and what she does as the outside world sees it.

    • vilzvet says:

      One of my favorite movies ever! And yes, good call, the futuristic Kelly!!! Hilarious!

      • Ellabean says:

        Jut looked up Diane Keaton’s character’s name in Sleeper.
        It was: “Luna”. Yep – I’m thinking it too…Kelly = Luna = lunatic.

  54. boston02127 says:

    From Boston NBC news—
    Michaele Salahi is going to auction off the red sari she wore when she and her husband allegedly crashed a White House state dinner last November.

    In an interview, Salahi said she plans to put the dress up for bid around the time the scandal is addressed in “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

    There’s no airdate yet for the episode. Salahi said the auction proceeds will go to victims of the Haitian earthquake and people with multiple sclerosis.

    Salahi is one of five women starring in the series that premieres Thursday night on Bravo. Much of the first episode features the other four housewives criticizing Salahi behind her back for being too skinny and allegedly not paying her bills. Salahi said watching the episode hurt for “a minute,” but she got over it.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      from a marketing standpoint – it would be the optimal time to put the sorry sari up for auction….but like Jill, Missy thinks she has tons of adoring fans, so it won’t fetch what they are counting on. As for going to charities, these people have a track record of keeping the money for themselves…which won’t sit well with the well heeled they are hoping to attact.

    • babykakes says:

      i think Michaele is really a man! saw a clip of her on one of the morning shows & not only does she sound like a man, but has a very prominent adam’s apple.
      anyone agree? i have not nor will i watch RHWODC.

  55. Squirrels says:

    @ housewifehater –

    Chapter two is up.

      • OK-I’m back. Squirrels you make it look easy. Chapter two is just as strong & compelling as Chap. one.
        TY again for sharing it and your process with us.
        No lie-I would buy the book to find out what else happens.
        Chap. 2 left me hoping to know more about Tad in chapter 3, more about his little personality at that age.
        I loved the background info. on your German doctor.

  56. cusi 77 says:

    Somebody knows If JZ is still in Las Vegas? I will find her! I want to tell her I follow LynnNChicago!!!!!! Please let me know!!!!!!!!!

    • boston02127 says:

      @cusi—Jill’s tweet. Just starting to pack. Another great meal. I think I gained 5 pounds this week. Leave early for LA. Nite nite!

      • cusi 77 says:

        If I would known! I am not a rude person, but how pleased to tell her how many people loves Lynn and hates her!

  57. boston02127 says:

    from hollyscoop.com
    Although Bethenny Frankel has made a name (and a fortune!) for herself on TV, she doesn’t want her daughter to follow in her famous footsteps.

    When asked how she would respond if her two month old daughter Brynn said she wanted to be a reality star, Bethenny joking told People, “I will kill somebody…Not her, but I will kill somebody.”

    After considering the idea for a split second, she added, “By the time she grows up,” said Frankel, “there won’t be even be reality shows.”

    No reality shows? Sounds far fetched, but in the meanwhile, Bethenny admits she’s just enjoying being a mom and a wife. “He always sends me flowers, writes me cards, tells me he loves me and wants to snuggle with me,” says Frankel. “He has exceeded my expectations as a father, and they were pretty high expectations.”

    How’s life Kelly? Will you be super gluing feathers on twine today? Ignoring your kids? Running thru the streets on NYC with your hugh teeth sticking out? Flirting with men that laugh at you? Kissing Jill’s ass? Making one minute movies on how to cook seaweed? Tweeting to the world where you bought a dress that doesn’t fit you properly? Showing off doing cartwheels on the beach?

  58. boston02127 says:

    LOL Kelly’s tweet—- if I was a narcissist, I wouldn’t waste my time tweeting. Do something nice for someone today

    Kelly you are a prime candidate for narcissistic personality disorder! I think you need to buy a dictionary.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Yes Kelly, please tell @Boston what charitable things you did today…..

    • jezzibel says:

      I raise you Kelly’s crazy twitter with this lovely gem

      @davisesq212 peeps with serious emotional issues/addictions should get therapy. Its not a crutch, its a tool to help those better themselves
      about 5 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® in reply to davisesq212

      • Ellabean says:

        Yep. Saw that Tweet from her.

        I smell some defensiveness there – she’s finally picking up on that fact that shes got a lunatic reputation.

        In all seriousness – wonder if some one finally intervened and got her in therapy.

  59. Anitabee says:

    More on the continuing drama now called “As the Salamis Suck Ass”….

    This post sums up the grand delusions of the Salamis. http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/reality-zen-with-jenn/2010/08/real-housewives-weekend-roundup-one-big-goat-rodeo.html

    These twits think that Mattel would Ever EVER even consider making a Salami Barbie. No way! Mattel would not touch those two grifters for all the tea in China. I can just see the people over at Barbie Headquarters at Mattel just laughing their butts over the audacity of the Salamis.

    They also want to license out their likeness for a halloween costume. Guess what Salamis — don’t you know that this years Halloween costumes have already been produced and are already hitting stores? Too late for this year but hey, you know you will see tons of Blonde women wrapped in red saris jumping on men and women both while claiming, ” I LOVE YOU!” at this year’s Halloween Parties.

    Damn, its only noon and already the Salamis are up to their eyeballs in ass.

  60. WindyCityWondering says:

    Wondering if our expectations of the DC housewives was set too high – by ourselves and by Bravo? Their blogs are bland. The responses to their blogs are sanitized and insipid….was the build up too big?
    Granted we have only seen one episode, and if we suspend the tv reality moniker, should we just sit back and enjoy the storylines even though we know how they feel about each other now?

    • MickeyMouth says:

      I think it’s because they are new and probably shell shocked. It usually takes a season for a housewife to realize how a fellow castmate can drag you into their drama.

  61. MickeyMouth says:

    Another viewing party. Seriously? “MichaeleSalahi: Come to “Episode 2 of Real Housewives of DC viewing party” Thursday, August 12 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. MIKADO… http://fb.me/tCyE3B2x

  62. DesertGal says:

    Have to say, Kelly makes a compelling argument:

    @BethennyFans I think u and @lynnNchicago should start a housewives charity and do something to help rather than spread anger. I will help

    @kikilet I think you and your fans should get together and help halt the spread of narcissistic inanity. Oh, wait…

    @desertgal66 if I was a narcissist, I wouldn’t waste my time tweeting. Do something nice for someone today

    @kikilet .So if you were a narcissist, you’d be doing something valuable, instead of tweeting nonsense about every move you make? Gotcha.

    She needs to add “rocket scientist” to her resume. (Insert eye roll here.)

    • Quincy IL says:

      I wish Kelly was here putting bales in the barn with me. She says that she’s strong and she’s tall. Maybe, she can toss them up to me for stacking.

      • I don’t know about this. Even though its a challenge, and you never can be sure with Kelly since she seems to Tweet whatever pops into her head at the moment, personally, I think that it is a flattering endorsement for Lynn.
        I know that WordPress can be complicated, and whatever Lynn wants to do with it is her business, but I have to agree with Kelly here and say that I support the idea of ads on this site for charity or/and to compensate Lynn for her aggravation of dealing with us.
        I would support Lynn a hundred percent in taking Kelly up on her dare.

      • DesertGal says:

        And then she could add “Ambassador of Hay” to her credentials, too. 🙂

        • Quincy IL says:

          Trend and tast setter in hay. I’m worried that that blouse dress will let the hay scratch those long sexy legs of Kelly. The horse flies are bad this year because of all of the rain too. They might fly right up her dress.

          • dumberries says:

            Don’t worry Quincy. She’ll probably be glad to catch some horse flies in her venus fly trap. She can yank them out and turn them into organic pieces for her taste-making jewlery line.

          • DesertGal says:

            Yeah, but the hay might also scratch off all her cellulite. In that case, you’d be onto something…you could make millions. 🙂

            • Quincy IL says:

              One more wagon to unload today. That’s 200 wire tied alfalfa bales and 20,000 lbs. I am 57 and I have no cellulite. You can guess why. Just checked facebook and the physical trainer is telling her students to drink fluids before our running/ weight lifting class at 7PM That’s probably a good idea. I might as well run like Kelly does tonight. It’s a path through a forest with winding creeks. Very nice…. Then there’s the fun part: push ups, pull ups, jumping jacks and squats. BTW, you get to eat a lot of calories on the days they deliver bales. I had a strawberry milk shake with lunch. Ummmmmmm good.
              Take care…

    • LynnNChicago says:

      All this from a woman who claims that what drives people crazy about her is that she doesn’t listen and tunes everyone out…(I’m sure we’re turned down to a 2 at this point). She is constantly saying she doesn’t care….about what? who knows? She talks about white noise but clearly doesn’t know what that means because all her tweets are white noise.

      She tells others to get involved in charity, yet she has nothing but time on her hands, the rest of us have to work, we don’t get handed a check every month from the greatest photographer in the universe. Even with working, I’ll bet I do more charity work than she does! Tweeting about a charity does not equal working for a charity. Promising your ex-husband’s services when you can’t deliver the goods does not equal working for a charity.

      Finally, after blocking me, Kelly continues to search out my tweets in order to respond to them…she needs serious help!

      • DUH—I just figured it out, we are Lynn’s “charity”.
        Where would we be without her?
        (lurking on TWOP due to being banned? writing posts to Bravo blogs hoping they would see the light of day?).
        Thank-you Lynn again.

      • DesertGal says:

        You could tell her all that…but then she’d just come back and tell you how she is an African American Asian woman who was runner up to the 1979 Nobel Laureate for being the “most charitable person in the universe” as a result of Tweeting incessantly about “wearing love”.

        The woman is nuts. Sheerly, indisputably, certifiably off her rocker.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Kelly thinks she slammed our desertgal – it seems unlikely that she realizes what the meaning of the tweet was!

      • DesertGal says:

        I’m having a battle of wits with an unarmed person. It may not be a fair fight, but considering how many people have died from real systematic bullying, I don’t figure Kelly deserves any slack from anyone.

    • Scorpiosue1102 says:

      The problem with Kelly is that she thinks she’s smart when she’s really not. A dictionary would help her immensely.

  63. MickeyMouth says:

    Alex is blogging the DC housewive on Bravo too. I guess she didn’t get Linda’s DBKP inneundo memo.

  64. dumberries says:

    Great blog and comments! I watched the DC Housewives this weekend. Really disappointing. I thought they were being touted as smart and powerful women. I didn’t see it in the introductory episode. I thought that Mary’s drunken speech to her “girlfriend” about integration of hair salons was ridiculous and revealed way too much about her too early in the series. She seems like a fool who isn’t as comfortable with diversity as she tries so hard to appear.

    The Salami woman seemed like a slightly more coherent, blond version of Kelly. A bag of bones fleeting from person to person at events, “hiiieeee!”, but never doing or saying anything of substance and not listening to anyone. Phony liar that thinks everyone feels charmed by her giving them the time of day.

    Cat, well, I don’t like Tyra Banks either and agreed with her assessment there, but she was disrespectful in how she made her points and seems downright painful to be around. She comes across as opinionated to the point of being very narrow minded. And, she’s a braggart and maybe a liar.

    The others I didn’t feel too much about one way or the other. I know that anyone who wants to be on a reality tv show is an attention-monger and most are narcissistic – comes with the territory. But, I wish Bravo would at least find those types that are also honest, responsible, and watchable – like Bethenny and Ramona. I’m gonna hang in there with DC for a couple of more episodes and call it quits if this is as good as it gets.

    • Am I the only one here who actually likes Tyra? I can’t help it, I just love her.
      Is there any way to change the party-crasher’s name to something other than salami?
      Its perfect, but, I don’t even like salami very much and I now have a weird craving for salami/provolone/mustard sandwiches.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Tyra is a nice example of model turned business woman and she has her moments of snarkiness. I like ANTM in marathons for a day of cleaning the house…. so you are not alone as I like her too.
        Cat’s impersonation of her was way off base and a simple I don’t care for her would have been sufficient but not necessary at Stacie’s chef thing.

        • In my area I get an hour of her talk show every day and I usually watch both episodes.
          Something about the way she puts herself out there, and in ANTM-I loved that she is never afraid to make crazy faces or look ugly. I like her boldness and even though sometimes her ideas are goofy, she keeps trying new original things.

        • dumberries says:

          Agreed – just because Tyra is unappealing and over-the-top to me, doesn’t mean I don’t respect her accomplishments or that I’d carry on and on and do a lame impersonation of her at the home of someone who loves her (and in front Tyra’s sometimes personal chef). Wrong place, wrong crowd, and Cat showed little tact in bringing it up (and zero tact in carrying on the Tyra-bashing after it was clear that she was offending others). It’s not about Tyra, it’s about Cat’s lack of diplomacy in handling a difference of opinion. (Couldn’t believe she also trashed Obama for not rsvp’ing to her wedding – lol)

      • DesertGal says:

        I have no opinion about Tyra Banks. Never watched her show or followed her at all. Do think she’s pretty, though.

  65. WindyCityWondering says:

    Lynn, please give some thought to a first annual Housewives award game for us. Some categories could include: Best Villian, Best Victim, Best Liar, Most Tackiest Dresser, Best One Liner, etc….. we could do it by show and then have an overall franchise award. Maybe one category per blog. Thanks!

    • Scorpiosue1102 says:

      Oh my gosh…that would be phenomenal!

    • Buffywood says:

      Windy City… I like the idea but I think Lynn would need to change the category names… I couldn’t stand the word “best” associated with Teresa, Jill, Kelly, the Salamis, or hell most of them for that matter… Maybe Bitchiest Villian, Whinnies (sp?) Victim, Most Devious Liar, etc…

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        We can come up with suggestions – just wanted to see if there was any interest. So fire up the brain trust to get to specifics!

    • Anitabee says:

      Love this idea! Maybe we can start a thread with suggestions.

      Here’s my award: Most likely to lose their mind and really hurt someone on camera.

      For nominees we have:

      T-Roq Salami from RHODC
      Kelly Bensimon from RHONY
      Ashley “I wanna be a Manzo” Holmes from RHONJ
      Simon Barney From RHOOC
      Dwight Eubanks from RHOA

      • Ellabean says:

        I gotta say that for all Dwight’s bizarreness – there was a common sense to that guy that the other Atlanta wives just didn’t have.

        • Anitabee says:

          I know but at Sherree Fashion show last year I really thought she would go missing afterwards if she didn’t stop making Dwight upset.

        • He showed common sense until he went jogging in that black stretch “onesie” with stilletto heels at Nene’s fun run through the neighborhood. There was something incredibly scary about that getup. As Officer Dangle says on Reno 911! there was danger of a “pop out!”

      • dumberries says:

        Most likely to lose it and hurt someone ON camera. Physically, right? Hmm, here are my picks from each series:
        NY: Kelly (psycho, paranoid, jealous anger)
        Atl: NeNe (volatile)
        NJ: Jillian Staub (frustrated anger), Teresa (animal rage)
        Note: Ashley already attacked someone, so I counted her out
        OC: Alexis (repressed, scarily possessive and judgmental)
        DC: Mr. Salami (dangerous control freak)

  66. Quincy IL says:

    Remember to NY 2009 Reunion, where Kelly, the lawyer’s daughter never makes a verbal contract? Is her offer to be a part of our newly founded charity a binding contract? We have it in writing.

    • Squirrels says:

      Doh!!! I im sure between us we could out do her in numbers of participating charities. Not money mind you, just numbers of who would support us. I for one would do a cartwheel-a-thon at the local gymnastics studio.

    • Anitabee says:

      I think Kelly is already backtracking on her offer. I think a recent tweet is her ordering Lynn to help set up “crowdfunding”

      “@carrielaz @lynnNChicago. Lynn help carrie organize a charity raise money “crowdfunding” and I will round up the housewives to help ”

      Hey – if Kelly can round up Jill Zarin for “crowdfunding” I say we do it. I wonder who else Kelly can round up?

      Bethenny – nope
      Alex – nope
      Ramona – nope
      Sonja – nope
      LuAnn – nope

      I think she could get Danielle to come. Cuz you know it is very appropiate to have her young children hand out with a Porn Star. Are there any Housewives that speak to Kelly?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Seems like a little to little and a whole lotta late! It’s funny how Teresa can keep spending like a drunken sailor and not realize that her income will have to go towards paying off their debts – to not claim the book or online accessory site as income – so stupid! Do they sit and talk themselves into believing that their transparency isn’t a reality???

      • Somehow I think this BK hearing and all associated will be a walk in the park for the Giudice family compared to what happens when the IRS gets involved in this mess. I see a big mess ahead for them.

        *in D thread below*

  67. Sha2000 says:

    Birthday invite:


    I wonder if the party crashers will try to get in that one, lol.

    • Somehow I think this BK hearing and all associated will be a walk in the park for the Giudice family compared to what happens when the IRS gets involved in this mess. I see a big mess ahead for them.

  68. boston02127 says:

    I go out for a few hours & come back and Kelly’s still at it.
    Kelly’s tweet– i would love to give the grad speech at keith school. tell ms ingrassia i said, ‘hello.’


    • Squirrels says:

      Oh, please tell me it isn’t so… not that she is trying to ingratiate herself as usual. Just tell they won’t let her within a first down near that podium. I rarely do it, but I’m begging here.

    • Ellabean says:

      Had to google Keith School.

      Lo and behold: It’s “Keith Country Day School” – where else? Noneother than Rockford , Illinois – the birthplace of the great Kelly Killoren. Thus the tell Ms. I , hello remark.

      I’d love to hear from Ms. Ingrassia. Just what kind of student was little Kelly K….

  69. boston02127 says:

    Ashley has been tweeting all day. What happen to her great internship?

    • Ellabean says:

      I will bet that Ashley was schocked to find out that interns …..uh, really have to work – often do menial tasks – and even sometimes not even get paid.

  70. lillybee says:

    One of the attorneys representing the Salami’s is Gloria Allred’s daughter. I wonder is she is as much as a famewhore as her mama. You know the attorney who represented Rachel Ulikel and some of the other Tiger Woods’s mistresses. Allred was demanding an apology from Tiger.

    • Ellabean says:

      You are correct and – her name is Lisa Bloom.

    • Squirrels says:

      NO F’ING WAY!!! Does Jon Stewart or Steven Colbert know about this?

      • Ellabean says:

        Lisa Bloom was backstage with the Salamis at the View show last week when the Whoopi incident happened.

        Here is a bit of ironic trivia:

        At the height of the Tiger Woods media explosion when all the women were coming out of the woodwork, Joy Behar, from The View, called Rachel Uchitel a “hooker” on air . (FYI – Rachel was the 2nd Tiger W girlfriend to be outed).

        Gloria Alred, representing Uchitel, demanded on an on air apology from Behar – and they GOT ONE from Behar the very next day on The View.

        So funny – that last week then that the DC Wives with M. Salahi were on The View – being interviewed by only Behar (with Sherri Shepard). As if Behar wanted the chance to puublicly ‘poke’ Salahai, knowing that she was represented by Lisa Bloom, Alred’s daughter, awaiting backstage.

        All these shows are – so incestuous!

    • dumberries says:

      Lisa Bloom also represents Michael Lohan. Gloria and Lisa are both smart and have represented women well in the past. These days, it looks like they’re catering to the infamous – looking for the biggest opportunities to be guest panelists on the talk show circuit. Gloria’s campaign to get Tiger Woods to apologize to Josslyn James was pathetic, imo. Lost every ounce of respect for her on that one.

      • Char212 says:

        The only one who deserves an apology imo is Tiger’s wife from him and all of the women he cheated with. Those women knew who he was and that he was married so how dare they think they deserve an apology.

  71. icantstandthetoxicity says:

    I apologize if this has been posted already. Bethenny will be on Chelsea Lately tonight at 11:00 PM.

  72. TrueLifeDiva says:

    The trolls are talking about Lynne AGAIN over at Reality Tea. Someone named Tweetybird tried to hijack the DC/Salahis thread. How many is it now? We got OtayPanky, Anita Vacation, and now Tweetybird obsessing about Lynne! I served up a helping of STFU, but you know how trolls are… 😉

  73. DesertGal says:

    I don’t know why Kelly set me off today. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for her senseless babbling and platitudes from a gal who has no idea what it means to actually work for a living or struggle to make ends meet. Her “Do what you love and the money will come” crap…was it marrying a decrepit photographer/living fossil the part she “loved” or was it divorcing him?

    Anyway, I changed my Twitter handle to “kikiloon”…and I intend to get in some parody remarks over the next few days. 😉

  74. Squirrels says:

    Lynn, sent u an email, along with a second that had an edit. Yeah I know, obsessive compulsive. But I only made one change and let the misspelled word go. 😀

  75. dumberries says:

    Re: Gretchen Rossi

    Last season on RHOC, there was a whole story line on how Gretchen was working with scientists and business partners to develop her make-up line. They showed the launch at a women’s expo. A couple of months later, it was revealed and confirmed that Gretchen had simply pasted her labels on a cheap make up line manufactured in Mexico (I believe) and ordered on-line from a wholesaler. Total scam. Now, she’s launching her hand bag collection. I normally hope the HWs do well with their businesses, but I hope no one buys her wares (like no one bought Zarin’s book).

  76. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet—@Virizzzzz thank u for making me your fav housewife. I don’t think of myself like that. I am just the mom of sea and ted.

    When Kelly? When are you a mother? When you’re not tweeting?

    • Ali's Mom says:

      She took off for Vegas the day after “Sea” got home from what seemed a month away with Dad…wow one whole night being Mom. It’s got to rough! This woman wouldn’t know how to be a real Mom if it bit her in the butt.

  77. realminkey says:

    I popped in at the tail end of the crazy 10/2 comments and said hello, but to those who missed it, I’ll say hi again. And as I said there, I’ve deeply regretted not being able to spend time on Lynn’s wonderful blog with you all. Lynn’s following has grown to include an amazing number of intelligent and witty people, that’s for sure! I’ve loved loved loved reading when I’ve had a chance.

    I’ve gotta say that based upon some of the content of last night’s premiere, this season of Atlanta won’t be one that my two daughters (11 and 13) will be allowed to drop in on if I can help it. Between Kim’s dick comment and parenting results, and Kandi’s celibacy definition, I think I’ll encourage my kids to keep a safe distance. It’s bad enough that they know I enjoy watching this kind of trash so much.

  78. realminkey says:

    OMG, did I ever screw up. How did I end up posting on this old page? Twilight Zone!

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