Kandi Factory Winner Matthew Solomon Claims he’s being Blackmailed by Kandi’s “Camp” / Teresa’s parents Look at Melissa Like she’s the Devil

The Kandi Factory Winner Matthew Solomon claims he’s being Blackmailed by Kandi’s “Camp” by NMD

The Kandi Factory has moved to Sunday nights in hopes that the ratings pick up.  Kandi has a lot of fans, and it’s a positive,  interesting show with some real talent, so it’s surprising that the rating haven’t been great.  I guess people would rather see over-bleached blondes screaming obscenities than Kandi and her team lifting people up and giving them a chance. Not that her show is without drama.   It seems like Kandi can’t catch a break lately.  Not only are her ratings low, but she’s in a legal battle with former castmate Kim Zolciak over Kim’s one hit wonder “Tardy for the Party,” has been slammed by former friend Lawrence for not releasing his song “Closet Freak”, and has been dealing with gripes from her first winner, Matthew Solomon.  And now he’s accusing her “camp” of trying to black mail him.

Last year Kandi Burruss shot a pilot for the show that was successful enough to lead to a green light for a full season.  The show’s format is for two contestants to be given an original song written by Burruss, learn choreography, get a makeover, dig deep to get an emotional connection to the song, and give a performance.  Burruss and her team choose one of the two as a winner.  The prize is  the song and a video.

Matthew Solomon won the pilot, but at some point his song was pulled from ITunes.  It’s unclear why, but he’s been griping about it on twitter for months, causing Kandi’s manager, Don Juan, to tweet this on April 24th:  “negativity is bad: Cease and Desist! follow your contracts!”

When asked about it, Kandi tweeted:  “he got a video & his song released. That’s all he was promised.” 

The song was put back on ITunes on the 29th.  It’s still unclear why it was pulled originally, but there could be all sorts of reasons.

UPDATE – Don Juan clarified that Bravo controls the songs, not Kandi – so they put it back up on ITunes and he’s heard that it only sold around 2000 copies.

All seemed well until some other people started tweeting Don Juan about the story yesterday.  Don Juan responded by tweeted a link to the show “World’s Strictest Parents,” to give people some insight into Matthew and his loose relationship with the truth.  Matthew starred in the show as a troubled teen in 2010. You can watch the show on this link.

Perhaps that was what Matthew was talking about when he tweeted this: @Kimzolciak Y does Kandis “camp” want to black mail me? Her manager does her dirty work!”When u play dirty u never WIN” #TRUTH @NeNeLeakes”  

I have to chuckle that Matthew’s tweeting NeNe and Kim about Don Juan.  I seem to remember poor Don Juan been stuck on a bus with NeNe and Kim screaming at each other for hours.  Dirty is not a word I’d use to describe Don Juan.  He’s been on the Real Housewives of Atlanta with Kandi since she joined the show and has been as steady as a rock.

As for Matthew, the truth of the matter is that it’s the exposure on national TV that is the real prize, and Matthew should be grateful for the experience.  I hope he’s enjoying the extension of his 15 minutes of fame, because biting the hand that gave him an opportunity won’t open any doors for him.

You can watch another of the winners, Lizzie, in her video:

Tonight is an unusual lineup for Bravo.

Andy Cohen will have a one-on-one one-hour interview with NeNe Leakes at 8 pm eastern.  In the clips I’ve seen NeNe will dish on a whole lot of things, including her opinion on New Jersey (and let’s just say she thinks that any new girls should respect the ladies that first made the show a hit – because they wouldn’t even had a chance to BE on a show if the show wasn’t there).  And then if viewers don’t flee when Married to Medicine airs, Kandi might have some viewers when her show airs at 10 pm.  The show promises to be in interesting one.  From Bravo’s website:

ANYTHING? ANYTHING!

“Both protégé’s stories hit close to home for Kandi this week. In her most emotional challenge yet, she mentors Cory, a talented 18-year-old theater geek who suffers from Autism, Tourette’s syndrome, ADD and OCD. Cory is determined to overcome the odds, prove everything wrong and launch a music career with his soaring vocals. Up against Cory is Kristin, a stunning 25-year-old who is trying to fulfill her lifelong promise to pursue her musical dreams she made to her brother who died in a tragic accident. She decides to channel the pain into a heartbreaking ballad called “If You Were Here.” Will Kristin be able to deliver the emotional performance the song deserves?”  The previews also show that Ruben Studdard (American Idol winner the year Clay Aiken came in Number 2) will guest star.

This show isn’t about a music competition, it’s about empowering people to dig deep, work through their issues and gain self-confidence.  I hope the move to Sunday night brings up the ratings enough that the show will be successful.

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New Jersey preview Video – “My Parents come to the House and they Look at You like You’re the Devil” by NMD

Bravo has released a preview for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  You can watch it here.  It looks to be another emotionally-packed season.

First the fun stuff.  Joe Giudice does some trust building thing where he falls backwards and is caught by Melissa.  Rosie takes Joseph for a drive in Richie’s Ferrari.  And I couldn’t help but laugh at Milania swinging on a pole saying “I’m Melissa,” even though I know I shouldn’t be laughing.  Bad NMD.

There are some bonding scenes – looks like they try skydiving to bond.

It looks like a lot of relationships are in trouble, but that’s probably the editing.  Kathy shakes her head about Richie not valuing her opinion and says she can’t change him (run Kathy run).  Albert says he doesn’t want his “balls broke” so STFU to (probably careful editing) Caroline, and the kids worry about their marriage.  melissaJennifer Dalton tells Melissa “Somebody said that you’ve been cheating on your husband”.  Melissa’s jaw drops.  So I guess Jennifer is the one who is bringing that storyline to the show.  Caroline voices over, “Teresa said you don’t know the real Melissa, you know what, maybe I don’t.”   Melissa tells Joey that she “gave her a taste of her own medicine,” and Joey exclaims: “Are you kidding me, my parents come to the house and they look at you like you’re the devil.”  (Uh oh looks like Melissa is getting the bad edit this season.)

Teresa is on speaker phone with Kathy (with Jaq in the background) and says “I’m kind  of in this mess because of Jacqueline.”  Jacqueline rips the phone out of Kathy’s hand and starts yelling that Teresa wanted her to do Teresa’s dirty work.  Melissa gets on her knees and begs Teresa to leave them alone.  Teresa and Rosie get into an emotional fight about who it’s “gonna be on”.  I think this has to do with Teresa’s father’s failing health and all the fighting.  And it ends with footage from the fight.

Buckle up.  It’s coming back.

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Plainviewsue with Teresa

Getting my very own @MilaniaHairCare purchase signed by @Teresa_Giudice !!!

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Standing outside Cactus Salon with a lifesize billboard of @Teresa_Giudice

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Meeting @teresa_guidice outside of Cactus Salon!

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About Veena (NMD)

Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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292 Responses to Kandi Factory Winner Matthew Solomon Claims he’s being Blackmailed by Kandi’s “Camp” / Teresa’s parents Look at Melissa Like she’s the Devil

  1. Powell says:

    Good morning everyone. One more day of relaxation. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Have a great Sunday.

  2. Powell says:

    Thks for the 411 on Jersey NMD. I’m not watching the video. I’ll live vicariously thru everyone here. I still think that NJ won’t be watchable for me until all the families are recast

    • TexasTart says:

      I’m with you Powell, I feel the same! And I will have to avoid the blog the day after the show airs, at least, ha.

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m watching it knowing it is 75% faked scripted BS by the producers.

      Melissa – I don’t give a flying eff
      Joey – Even less
      Kathy – Why is she on this show? She’s a total waste of time and who gives a sh!t?
      Jacqueline – Mentally disturbed. Seriously. No joking here. There is a serious problem with how this woman behaves.
      Caroline – She makes my eyes roll and I hate that. The line about her not knowing the “real Melissa” is cut off, meaning her next line is something like, “BUT, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt because I love her husband so much.”

      Teresa – Please get off this show. Another network would picked up a show about her family in a heartbeat.

  3. plainviewsue says:

    I had an interesting twitter back and forth with Tamra yesterday. Why do her answers not surprise me at all.

    ‏@plainviewsue 4 May: @BravoAndy I think that HW’s that don’t blog should be penalized in their paycheck. Write in future contracts! @TamraBarney @GretchenRossi

    ‏@TamraBarney : @plainviewsue we don’t get paid to blog! Some of us work 7 days a week and have children to take care of! Not my priority

    ‏@plainviewsue : @TamraBarney But u said on WWHL u get paid a lot of money for your opinions. I think u don’t blog cos of the feedback. All of us are busy.

    ‏@TamraBarney : plainviewsue I can give a rats ass about what people say about me…especially if I don’t even know them. Sorry

    • jezzibel says:

      excuses excuses..same old song with that one.

    • ladebra says:

      Always classy.

    • Lulu says:

      Ouch did you hit a nerve!!! 🙂 LOL!

      • plainviewsue says:

        I thought so too! Little touchy, huh?

        • Catseye says:

          So rude and nasty, towards her “fans.” I saw a comment by someone on FB about the USED clothing she’s hawking. This person innocently said something about Tamra wearing XS and her reply was, “what do you mean by that?”

        • LaineyLainey says:

          very touchy…i love the way you used her OWN WORDS to make your point. She’s willing to give to her “honest” opinion to the bumbling Alexis on camera, but not when she thinks she might have to read the honest opinions of the viewers.

    • melthehound says:

      Plainviewsue, You rock! I don’t watch that show and that skank is one of the reasons. I also don’t do twitter so thank you (and the others) for keeping us up to date on their shenanigans.

      • plainviewsue says:

        xxxooo. I watch the show, cos it’s the first. It has been harder than ever, cos of the true mean nasty gals of Tamra, Gretchen & Heather. Heather is getting crucified on her Bravo blog.

        • Contessa says:

          Thanks for sharing meeting Tre, both of you look great! I also appreciate you twittering to Andy and the evil hag known as Tramprat. I don’t twitter etc., but I did post on her FB that her behavior was despicable and I had to think she was raised in a barn with pigs, as there is no excuse for her mouth, etc.. I am going to go over there and see if it is stillup – I doubt it. She can sure give it out, but she can’t take it. She insults everyone left and right.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I agree, Plainview Sue, you did good!!

    • TexasTart says:

      Yep, no suprises there! Well at least Tamra is consistently full of herself and mean any given day! Ha ha. Thanks for sharing, Plainviewsue!

      PS: To post the tweets in the comments, intact with photo, varies depending on your device but you can try to open a tweet to full page, to hover and right click to copy and once in the blog, right clip and paste. If you get text only like above then…try the icons on twitter that will alow you to copy links….which didn’t work for me so I go the complicated route of sending the tweet via email to myself and then copying to the blog. I did that yesterday from an android phone to post your tweet with photo. I’m glad you didn’t mind I did that! I think it’s exciting you met Teresa! 🙂

      • plainviewsue says:

        Thanx Texas! I have a regular cell phone, not an I Phone or anything like that. My son posted them on twitter & facebook for me!

    • Powell says:

      Not surprised at all sue. I think this is grounds for good old fashioned firing. Off w/her head.

  4. plainviewsue says:

    I tweeted the two other pictures with Teresa. Since I have no clue on how to post them here, Texas Tart, can you do the honors??? Thanks hon!

  5. LisaJ says:

    Oh yeah, Tamra is so busy she doesn’t have time to blog, but she sure seems to spend a lot of time on Twitter. I would love to tweet her that but she blocked me a long time ago. One of the proudest moments of my life.

    • plainviewsue says:

      I have to say that I am surprised Tamra & Gretchen have not blocked me. I have tweeted them re their behavior & they have answered. So for that I give credit. Unlike so many HW’s who block immediately when u give an opinion they don’t like.

    • Powell says:

      LisaJ you can still tweet her. I do. You can’t follow the timeline that’s all.

  6. Donna says:

    Good Moring 62 degrees

  7. AZGirl says:

    Good Morning everyone! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Thank you NMD for the Jersey previews. Milania swinging on a pole saying she is Mel! Ha! The producers probably set that up but she knows how to work the camera. Oh god…Richie is back…man is just gross. Jac needs therapy and poor Albert getting chewed out by Don. I am not sure if I am ready for all of this.
    Cleaning house today. Oh joy!

  8. Lulu says:

    Good Morning!!!! Anyone watching Big C? I’m assuming this is the final season. It’s become pretty dark but well acted.

    I don’t like Melissa I think she puts on a show for the audience “I’m an innocent victim!” But Milania shouldn’t be making fun of her Aunt on TV. It’s obvious she either listens to conversations bashing Melissa and joined that band wagon. I don’t like my SIL’s but I’d never allow my boy(s) to say bad things about them. I can’t even begin to bring up Jac without thinking about her son. It’s sad that Bravo is a bigger priority than her own son really sick. I hoped that Caroline would have thrown the towel. She is a very nice lady who obviously is sick and tired of the nonsense. Hopefully this will be her last season.

    • melthehound says:

      I agree with you about Mego but I want to see the show for context before I pass any judgement on what happened. Bravo’s editor is a master at the preview edits.

    • boston02127 says:

      NMD, That’s like asking me if I like candy!

    • melthehound says:

      It may be biased but I believe everything ‘Jane Doe’ says about the 4 Marco sisters.

      • plainviewsue says:

        As do I. I follow Faux & I happen to really like her. I try to stay out of the ridiculous twitter wars and just follow who I want to.

        It has been known for a long time that the Marco sister were out to destroy Tre & do anything they could to get on the show. Mel’s makeup guy George Michael has tweeted many vile tweets about Teresa.

  9. boston02127 says:

    Plainviewsue, great pictures 🙂 Thx for sharing.

  10. boston02127 says:

    JZ’s newsletter:

    Hello,
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    • lizzle says:

      Haha… even if she was really giving them away she still couldn’t get rid of them. I wonder where she keeps all the stacks of her book

    • AZGirl says:

      This is so hilarious…you can just hear Bobby…..”Jill get those crappy books out of the basement of Zarin Fabrics or I am taking them outside and burn them. I don’t care how you do it. If I have to pay to ship them to get them out of Zarin Fabrics I will.”

    • plainviewsue says:

      I’m glad I didn’t eat my lunch yet.

    • Rebecca says:

      mothers

      Not Mother’s

      Spell check please. Sorry – the “‘s” for pluralizing nouns is a huge, huge pet peeve of mine. I was a professional proposal writer for years and just got fed up with people making twice as much money as me who couldn’t write a sentence.

    • princesspindy says:

      OMG, I was so depressed but this made me LOL!!! I SO needed this!!!

      • Powell says:

        Are you ok? Where’s PrincessPs family? They better brighten up your afternoon. 🙂

        • princesspindy says:

          I have a hard time in May between Mother’s Day and my Mom’s birthday at the end of the month….I am not on my mom’s top 3 of children and she only has 3, but I still keep tap dancing away hoping someday she will like me….so many opportunities to “get it wrong”, ugh! But my princess and I went shopping for mother’s day cards and she made me laugh. I am glad I took her because usually they make me really sad 😦

    • Powell says:

      That’s a shame. How much is her book selling for now? Not $25

  11. boston02127 says:

    I’m watching the OC. Tamra says “the best thing to starting over is NEVER having to look back” emphasizing on the word never. That must make her kids feel great.

    • Powell says:

      Hmmm. Well that just says to me that she doesn’t do any reflectinh to be a better mom or woman. So we can take that as she’s never going to change.

  12. zoekayla says:

    After reading about the NJ teaser video, I have decided NOT to watch this season. I was drawn into it last season, but regretted it as the blog exploded into “camps” of pro-Teresa and anti-Teresa. No matter my opinion, it was so hard to read comments from other Lynn fam members that were so alien to my thinking and were so supportive of reprehensible behavior. All in all, every cast member of NJ paints a very stereotypical version of NJ and brings nothing of true value or interest to the viewers.
    I truly hope this blog can survive another season of this low-brow foolishness.
    On another note, I’ve been watching Kandi’s show from the beginning. It doesn’t blow me away, but I enjoy it. I hope it continues. It would be great for a contestant to get some real traction in the music industry as a result if their performance on her show. That would be fun to watch!
    I hope everyone is enjoying this pretty spring day. Before long the unrelenting HEAT of summer will be upon us.
    Finally, I am on verdict watch tomorrow for the long-awaited and long-overdue justice for Travis. I hope Jodi feels the FULL vengeance of the law for her heinous acts.

    • AZGirl says:

      I could not believe my ears in the defense closing argument. Her attorney acknowledging that he does not even like his client to make the jurors think “ok, so he does not even like her but feels she entitled to live because it was self-defense” Nice try dude. She is toast.

      • zoekayla says:

        AZGirl, ITA! Nurmi and Wilmott are atrocious lawyers. She acted like Jodi’s BFF in a way that was dismissive of the seriousness of of the proceedings, the jurors, and the AZ taxpayers. Nurmi looked bored most of the time, like he was daydreaming about his next perv trial. Funny thing….every time I write Nurmi auto correct tries to put in Burning! That’s an interesting choice…

        • AZGirl says:

          ITA! Nurmi was bored sick.

        • kit9 says:

          The moment Willmott lost all respect from me was when Juan first showed that horrendous photo of Travis’ neck wound in court and after objecting/side bar, she sat down and rubbed Jodi’s arm to comfort her. Hmm, let me get this straight..Jodi slices Travis’ throat so wide and deep it severs the carotid, the jugular and his wind pipe, but how dare Juan show it?

    • This blog is caught between a rock and a hard place with New Jersey. If people can’t express their opinions passionately, they’ll be resentful. If people feel their favorite is being bashed, they’ll be upset. None of us like the same cast members, so I really see no way to make everyone happy, which means everyone will be complaining and I’ll be unhappy. So that’s why I’m thinking I’ll have to walk away from the blog before NJ airs – or toughen up, pick a side, and only lose half of you. That’s why I haven’t asked anyone to blog the show yet – because I really can’t figure out what to do.

      That said, I think the season will be about making up and moving on. They know that’s what the viewers want in the end. They’ll all snap at each other until they realize that if they don’t make up, the older generation (Tre’s dad and Kathy’s mom) will die without making up – and they’ll have to live with that for the rest of their lives.

      • zoekayla says:

        NMD,
        My heart goes out to you. It’s a reflection of how dark and murky the whole NJ franchise has become. In some ways, engaging in passionate arguments about which group of lowlifes is worse just legitimizes their existence on the air.
        In the other franchises, it seems that there are cast members that have redeeming qualities and interesting lives outside of filming. Doctors, lawyers, realtors, insurance brokers, actors, true socialites.
        What do we have here but shady business dealings, illegal activities (Joe G), convenient bankruptcies, hair salons, crappy boutiques, and overexposed children used as shields.
        Whatever the blog does with NJ, I will respect the rights of the members to respectfully post and agree/disagree with each other. I know that at the end of the day, we all want to respect the memory of Lynn and her one rule.
        My comfort is that it will not be a permanent fixture of this blog. If the drama gains control of the blog we can rest assured that once the season ends, sanity will regain control.
        I love your blogs, NMD. Please don’t walk away.

      • Donna says:

        after watching last season and seeing the nasty Bravo editing, cc’s didn’t add up with lip movement…. I’m not going to watch, especially after the brawl. I will read the blogs. I have enough strife in my real life, I prefer to watch programs that make me smile.

      • Rebecca says:

        We don’t bash each other though….

      • TexasTart says:

        NMD, do you think by having the show recapped here that it would likely be biased, one way or another and it will appear that the blog – you, will be taking sides? Is that your thinking? Or is it simply having discussions/arguments on the board puts you in an uncomfortable place?
        It matters not to me which way you go, I love your blog and Lynn’s fam enough I would still come back around after the storms pass!

        • 1) I don’t know if I personally want to watch NJ much less recap it. It’s hard to recap a show that you don’t like – it ends up being a very negative recap and that’s no fun for anyone. BB doesn’t want to watch or recap, so I have no idea who would do the recaps or if they’d be very biased.
          2) By being hostess of the blog I get blamed for anything that happens on the blog and I really dislike being told that I’m mean – especially since I really don’t care about any of the cast one way or another.

          • TexasTart says:

            I understand. It’s unfortunate a Real Housewives show could have ever reached a hot point as this…I’m sorry that you have to debate what is best and weigh it between yourself and the fambly. I do not envy your position right now. 😦 Thanks for the reply and all you do!

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        I totally understand your dilemma. I wonder if maybe there can be a sub blog for RHONJ , without a recap, that way from the body of the blog, there isn’t an official opinion. Kind of like politics blog or the hope and hope & pray blog….

        • plainviewsue says:

          Or maybe no summation of the episode and just do a let’s chat?

          • rabblerouser2010R says:

            Unfortunately, for those of us and the west coast chat doesn’t work so well because we have no idea what is going on.

            I kind of get a kick out of it because I will read comments like
            “What an ass”…”OMG, She did not just say that” and I will be thinking WHO.
            ?…WHAT? and start to wonder. Then I watch the show and go back and read the comments and it all comes together 🙂

        • That politics blog was such a disaster. I have a high tolerance for free speech, but that one did me in with the attacks. Never again.

      • ladebra says:

        I got sucked in last season, and stopped watching NJ. I’ve already decided I’m using my scroll and not getting sucked into the drama this time. But I sympathize NMD. IMO the blog here is more important than a disagreement about some women in NJ that I would never be friends with.

      • plainviewsue says:

        NMD, the work and effort you put into keeping this blog alive is so unbelievable.

        Can’t all of us just agree to disagree? NMD shouldn’t be pushed into taking a side. We can say our views, snark on those we hate, but NMD & whoever does blog NJ should never be ripped for their views.

        • chismosa says:

          I think the commenters should also not be ripped but that’s just me 🙈🙊🙊🙊
          Lol

          Big heartfelt luck to whoever will blog NJ, but I’m sure it will be someone who at the very least “likes”, in the simplest definition of that, Teresa

      • lizzle says:

        Hey! Who’s looking after me during OC? 🙂 I like Tamara and Heather (Gretchen’s teeth give me the creeps) and dislike Alexis. I understand that the blog (recaps and comments) support Alexis, therefore I don’t argue every single point and comment. Sometimes I skip the comments if I am in a bad mood. I would be a miserable person if I let reality show opinions get to me. Yes, I do think sometimes “How in the world can someone not see what I see?” But then I’m off to pick up the kids from school and I am thinking “How in the world can I get these kids to stop picking at each other?”

        I actually disagree with the blog today about Kandi’s show. I just don’t feel like arguing today. I feel like my ovaries are being ripped out right now… so Kandi can do what she wants… I’m not going to get on my soapbox today.

        But as always… NMD… do what you feel is right. I just sit on my arse and comment.

        • lizzle says:

          Clarification: I do let these shows get to me sometimes… so I am trying to say, I would be a miserable person if I argued with every person and every comment… every day. And I think that people who can argue more than I… can handle it.

        • Stars99 says:

          I really apologize Lizzle – I really do try to be equally snarky to everyone…lol… I believe that if it comes off like I’m only really snarky towards Tamra, Gretchen and Heather that it must mean I haven’t been snarky enough about Alexis and Vicki (Lydia doesn’t count yet). I’ve obviously been falling down on my job. I will try harder… honest! = )

          • T-G-and H have been so over the top that it’s hard not to aim more snark at them. I don’t like Alexis at all, but I would find it hard to snark on her right now. The time will come for the others. It always does.

          • lizzle says:

            Your a good writer and I feel blogging is about opinions . If I was really upset, I would submit another blog with another perspective, but that would require work… LOL. Yes, you are a bit snarky with Alexis… I see it! and of course, I appreciate it.

            Just keep doing what you are doing. I was just giving an example of when I am in the minority.

            • lizzle says:

              I just re-read this and of course, I need to clarify. You are a great writer… I feel like the adjective “good”… isn’t good enough. I am constantly amazed at the content on this blog. I am not just throwing out compliments because I want to boost people’s ego. The writing just keeps getting better… I guess my professor was right… if you want to become a great writer… you need to put the seat of your pants on the seat of a chair… and write! My hat’s off to you and everyone else that contributes to the content. It keeps getting better.

      • mrspeabody says:

        If they are going to be divided between Tre fans and the rest of the group’s fan how about 2 blogs each week, one for each side. It would be interesting to see the comparision on how each side sees the episode. Just a thought.

      • melthehound says:

        I made a comment here yesterday about this and a few days ago over on one of the FB groups. I think that if people read the sign at the door that tells them not to attack each other, and (hopefully) not to take the team A vs team B personally, things could be fine. I mean, really, this is still just a TV show to me. I have pretty thick skin when it comes to things like this though I’ll admit I had to let it grow a little thicker last season. I can’t say I blame you for not wanting to blog it or ask anyone else to. I would like to think though, that if people can respect each other, there is no need to lose anyone or even, dare I say it, pick a side. (No, I don’t want to recap it either but then, I don’t want to recap any HWs show).

        • melthehound says:

          I should add to that, I’ve also learned, not everyone’s skin is as thick as mine. Further, this blog is about so much more than Just HWs and other TV shows regardless of it’s original intent. It would be a shame for it to be let go (as I’ve stated before as well) over some foolishness from people we don’t even know (happy meetings with the HWs aside 😉 ).

      • princesspindy says:

        NMD, IPPHO, I don’t think you have to blog the show or recap it or their blogs….. People can come here and express their opinions…. I personally stay away on Mondays because I really don’t care about any of them….they all suck IPPHO…..So save yourself the heartache and just put at the top….. ~~~ RHONJ Was On Last Night, Shit Happened!!~~~ and let ’em have at it. LOL!! I really don’t know anyone’s opinion about the HWNJ because I honestly don’t read the blog after NJ is on, I’ve tried in the past to just scroll but it is so much work, sigh, so I’m not trying to offend anyone because I don’t know who likes whom, I just know I am too thin skinned for interaction re: NJ….and again, IPPHO, they all suck, seriously. (Disclaimer: I am sure that they all have some redeeming qualities, they just are so good at hiding them on TV, lol!) And I will throw in an “Allegedly” for luck!!

      • nyc mama says:

        NMD, you are in an uneviable position. You are truly darned if you do and darned if you don’t in this case. How sad that reality has turned into this. It’s your blog and you need to do what will be the best for you so whatever you do you have my support. I have been staying away from anything and everything “reality” for the last few days and what a difference it has made in many ways.

        I won’t watch NJ because of the venom that eminates from it and I might have to stay away from blogs for the same reason. I don’t want to get sucked into the vortex of hate or anger.

        I find Teresa as reprehensible as Melissa and her sisters and the two Joe’s and Richie make my skin crawl as well. So I wouldn’t have a side. IMO none of them deserve any kudos and they are all cut from the same cloth. I know if my child disrepected anyone like Milania and Gina have done on TV I would react very differently than Teresa and Joe do. That is not how I want my children to learn to behave with their elders no matter what my feelings are.

        I will continue to read this blog because of all the good things about it and the lovely posters but will have to take periodic breaks if it gets to contentious.since I really have been feeling the difference in how I feel since I have been reality free. Me likee!

        As for these periodic twitter wars I can’t pretend to understand them or how/why people fight with perfect strangers over other strangers. It makes no sense to me. Maybe I am getting old or just growing weary of negativity – like this post – my own negativity. 🙂

        NMD, thanks for all the pleasure you bring to others and I hope you are able to find a resolution to your conundrum that you can live with.

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi blog-neighbor Zoekayla! Hope you are well! Yes, we will enjoy this weather before the sun cooks us! I gave up NJ after stripper gate and I won’t feel as if I am missing anything not watching…but you are so right about what goes on at the blog and I’ll just hide until that storm passes!

      • zoekayla says:

        I’m doing fine, TT:) What a pretty day we are having!
        I wonder what the real numbers are on viewership for all of the franchises? Of course, like a dreadful wreck, people will watch just to see the craziness…not because it’s great tv.
        I want to take Andy by the shoulders, shake him, and say, “What are you thinking, promoting such a crew of jerks, thugs, and empty souls????”

        • TexasTart says:

          Beautiful day! I would love to see you shake Andy by the shoulders, but I’m afraid he would burst into giggles before you made your point! 😉
          NMD posted a link, a while ago that showed a chart with number of viewers for each franchise and per season. I found it very interesting! I can not remember where that was…her post or the web site…it was a month or longer back and perhaps in comments – not the body of the blog.

          Can someone else can remember what web site the comprehensive ratings were on?

      • boston02127 says:

        That little clip of NJ is the whole season. Maybe a few little stupid things thrown in. But that short clip just about wraps it up.

  13. AZGirl says:

    @Plainviewsue…very nice pictures. Well done.

    • chismosa says:

      Hi Plainview Sue, I responded to you yesterday and thank you for clearing that up! Great pics of you

  14. rabblerouser2010R says:

    HI Sue, thanks for sharing your pictures and recap of the event. All this time, I never knew what a great set of legs you have 🙂

  15. rabblerouser2010R says:

    Good morning, all…I don’t know how many of you visit or post at AllaboutTRH but from reading twitter, it seems like creepy Richie is grossing up Roxy’s timeline and posting information about her family that suggests he has done some digging on her. Of course, there is no real ammo…I am sure his point was just to creep her out.

    • MORNING CHILLENS…. I watched the clip…and laughed… anymore these hws are like a dark comedy… not letting any of it bother me..at the end of the day it’s all on them and doesn’t change or effect my life in any manner….. let the games begin….

      sorry to have been lazy in my checking in..been busy busy at work..YEA.. and also doing some side PI work for someone getting a divorce…she had heard about my great investigating ways and gave me some bucks to dig into her future cash machine..hahahahaha found lots of hidden money …and it’s all public records..just gotta know the players in the game and search search search….. one click leads to another and then to another…LOVE LOVE LOVE DOING THIS…. insert wicked laugh……..

      Been having FUN at work…. did a 13 hr shift yesterday..got home at 4 a/m today…am bushed but ready to go back and do it again….have had some rather colorful guest these past two weeks I might add…. and now mc creepy owes me one..I had to cover his shift last night…hahahahahahaha…… my next training will be NIGHT AUDITING…. moving on up…
      they had to replace all the tv’s with new flat screens and mr boss man will be giving me one of the old ones as a bonus….whoop whoop…. mr ford is more than tickled pink about that…
      will be joing our local economic tourist council to represent all the properties so we can have a foot in the door for local events that would require folks to have hotel rooms… looking forward to that..I almost sold out the hotel last night..3 rooms shy… if I let some drunks stay I would have..but decided they were too much of a risk…they were REALLY DRUNK and LOUD…. and smokers… envisioned them passing out and catching the place on fire…. judgement calls…..

      well..off to shower and head to the coal mines…. sorry no FLASHBACK FRIDAY TUNES… will try and post something later…
      hugs and peace
      and
      HAPPY SINKO THE MAYO…….

      DIVA

      • lizzle says:

        Diva… you are one interesting lady! I love it!

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        So glad to hear that you are getting one of the old tv’s. From everything you shared, it sounds like you certainly earned the recognition.

      • Powell says:

        Diva you’ve been quite busy. Glad you’re having fun at work. I know you will find everything out. I feel sorry for the husband. He doesn’t know what’s coming. 🙂

        • powell…I am her secret weapon….she is asking for discovery of all his assets and financials…then I will compare them to my list…hahahahahaha
          I know he is hiding stuff and has properties that he hiding also…. some men just dont get it…..
          I have to stop looking at the clock tonite…I am so tired I could just go to sleep sitting up… not much fun outside either…LOVE BUG SEASON… OMG… nasty things…
          debating whether I want to watch nene w/ dandy andy later…prob just more of the same old……
          hugs and peace
          diva

    • plainviewsue says:

      Hey Marti. Yes, I do follow Roxy & read her blog. Richie is a sick son of a b*tch. Roxy is a beautiful young lady, only 19 I believe. She had done an interview w/Albie Manzo awhile back & really enjoyed meeting him.

      So Richie started on her TL, with the most disgusting tweets. People retweeted them to Andy.

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        She is very beautiful. I don’t even understand why he is starting with her other than he clearly has issues and IMO he treats women like they are inferior.

        I think him, Joey G and Slade are the biggest male attention whores who continuously try to insert themselves into conflict, but at least for the most part the other two are creeping on teenage girls twitter timelines.

    • AZGirl says:

      I think Bravo/Andy need to have these people sign an “social media ethics clause’ Richie is really out of control on twitter. Kinda like you misbehave on twitter no film time no pay. You would think Kathy would reign him in.

      • Birdwoman says:

        I don’t call people this very often but I feel it applies to Richie. He is a low life pig!

      • Powell says:

        I know these bravolebrities are not in the caliber of true celebs but when an actor signs on to do a movie, tv show or a singer has a new cd out they are not finished their job when the movie is completed or the song is completed. They have to do promotions on talk shows, radio shows, do mag interviews & they have to be respectful of fans. They have to do all parts of the job so if Bravo has a blog they should blog, if they have FB, Twitter, instagram, etc they have to be respectful of viewers & fans.

    • Catseye says:

      Uh-Oh, I don’t like that.

  16. chismosa says:

    Morning all– NMD thank you for all you do here and I know it’s an icky situation you are in for jersey. My only problem is that the show goes on for close to 1/2 a year so what would I do without the BLOG!?!?! Lol 😖😖it’s just so damn long a time. I’m sad
    😦

    ——
    Just want to wish anyone celebrating a glorious Pascha, Christ is Risen- xristos anesti! We’ve been marinating our lamb for a few hours now on the spit, expecting around 80 people. Can’t wait!!!!

    Have a great day everyone 🌷🌸💐

  17. Contessa says:

    I understand NMD’s hesitation and heartfelt feelings about NJ, it does bring out the emotions in all of us, based on our perceptions and feelings of the characters we like/dislike. I just read the story NMD captioned above about the DeMarco sisters supporter and it made me see red for a only a minute. Many of the hw have sold their souls and integrity to be on the shows, not all, some have used it for a springboard for their business’s or futures etc…but people like New Jersey take it to the upteenth degree of fighting and nastiness. I am a Tre supporter, always have been, and dislike Melissa and her sisters. Dislike is a strong word based on a TV show, but the actions of all of them inlcuding Joey at the christening was horrendous. If my brother ever spoke to me with those words and in that tone, I doubt that I could forgive him. However it makes great ratings, so we can choose someone we love to hate. I came to the conclusion it is all drama driven by the cast and producers, and they all sit back off season, laughing and counting how much money they made and their sense of entitlement thinking of themselves as “stars”. They are not stars, they have not worked at a craft, they are just people who got on a reality show and look for ways to boost the ratings. I know I will have my opinions of the show and my favorites (Tre), but I am going to try and not get overly emotional on these fake bravo set-ups.

  18. Mene Seela says:

    I can’t wait until the JA trail is over. That photo of Travis in the shower looking straight into the camera is incredibly sad. His last moment on Earth before the devil murdered him.

    • lizzle says:

      So sad. Do you think those pictures are why the trial is so popular? I am just wondering how the trial became so popular. Also.. are Jodi’s lawyers court appointed?

      • Mene Seela says:

        This trail is popular basicaly because it is made for TV with all of photos and films of JA & Travis. That JA and Travis needed to record every event in their lives, they are/were photogenic , JA took the stand and loved it and she is sheer evil all makes this PERFECT for tv. Particularly compelling is the the film of JA lying her ass off to the police ,which propelled her into the Casy Anthony league of liars.

  19. Something is going on on twitter between TEB and Ilana to do with something Ilana tweeted about Lynn this morning. Ugh.
    https://twitter.com/TEB2350

    • melthehound says:

      These twitter wars are one thing I don’t care to follow and are one of the reasons I don’t mess with it. That said, At what point is that disgusting pig of a woman going to stop fighting with a dead woman? That skank has said that people should keep her name out of their mouths. She would do well to take her own advice.

    • Ilana threated to call TEB’s boss –
      “@realilanaangel: @TEB2350 Looking forward to speaking with your boss tomorrow! Going to be so much fun!””

      Who does that?

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        I think Teb’s boss would only have to look at some of IA’s ridiculous blogs and tweets to find the truth.

      • AZGirl says:

        She is really nuts.

      • lizzle says:

        A very disturbed person. I was actually softening towards her a bit, but not feeling too soft right now. I’m starting to remember how insane she is about her blog and social media. A bit too paranoid for my taste.

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      IA has been deleting a lot of her tweets but from what I was able to understand…there were parody accounts that some folks made about her. As per usual, anytime someone says something negative about her it’s all Lynn’s fault and we are all anti-Semites.

      Then she threatened to call Teb’s employer….and deleted the tweet.

      • That is nonsensical. She’s been attacking LeAnn Rimes and Toya from Married to Medicine lately, yet she thinks the parody account is somehow linked to Lynn?

        • Exit4 says:

          The thing with these twitter wars is no one is ever going to do the things they say, like call bosses etc. it’s all a game to get people bent. I don’t know why people fall for it again and again. There are certain people who live to fight, instead of ignoring, you have to let stuff go!

        • rabblerouser2010R says:

          Yes, in her mind Lynn is the route of all that ails her.

          By comparison, Lynn (when she was still with us) never blamed IA for any of the parody accounts of her.

  20. Exit4 says:

    Everyone here is a grown up. If you can’t deal with people’s opinions about a TV person-you have to take a step back. Getting all worked up is a waste of energy! As the wise Mel says, it’s not personal towards anyone, it’s just ones opinion about a TV show.

    I was semi-alone on the island for not liking Brandi, but I survived! What’s interesting is that a lot if the blogs are somewhat pro Teresa. That was not the case seasons 1 and 2. I think it’s less about her and more about the fact that Melissa and Kathy and their spouses joined a show to expose private family “stuff” and try to hurt her. And not just hurting her like on the other franchises, where they don’t know each other well initially and don’t really associate with each other when they’re not filming. They hatred grows as the show does (like tamra). They were brought there for that reason, to play out family drama. Hurting people like their parents, other family and their kids along the way. Top it off that they get a paycheck and are rewarded (with products and books and songs) to do so.

    I don’t think anyone can or wants to imagine a family member or members doing something like this to them. I think that’s why Melissa and Kathy don’t get the love they thought they would. People went from hating on Teresa to even begrudgingly sympathizing with her, because unlike them, most if us recognize right and wrong. And what they’ve done, in many ways is wrong. It’s really sad.

    As for Milania, I like NMD, knew its not right to laugh, totally inappropriate, but I couldn’t help it. Even better, in the clip Kathy is smiling and Melissa looks like she’d like to beat her with a stiletto! You reap what you sow Melissa. The giudices have financially and legally, so will the Lauritas and if your life isn’t what you portray, you will too.

    Being on display isn’t as fun as it seemed.

    • melthehound says:

      Being on display isn’t as fun as it seemed.
      ^^^^^^^^
      I really have to wonder if they got what they bargained for or not. Our introduction to the Gorgas and to a lesser extent, the Wakilies, was a brawl that the angel from god started at a christening party by calling his sister garbage. Clearly planned on their part. Was it to ‘take Teresa down’? Who really knows for certain. One thing is obvious though, people around them, well, most anyway, are sick of the fighting. Maybe this season,we’ll get some real answers as to what it’s all about. I don’t have a lot of faith in that but, we’ll see.

    • djprincessc says:

      Agree 100% with you Exit4. Its a TV show, I’m not going to die because someone likes Tamara and I can’t stand her!! We all have opinions and as long as nobody is out of line I don’t see a problem.

      I ❤ Milania! hahaha!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Kathy and Mel went on the show to expose Tre, to hurt Tre…but they had Andy panting uncontrollably just waiting for them to do their dirty business. He was visibly salivating. I normally like him, but he’s getting on my nerves a little bit the way he’s baiting Nene and also remembering this whole NJ thing.

  21. AZGirl says:

    @Rebecca: I have the skirt steak marinating all day. Could not find any decent tortilla’s! All is left is Mission brand which is terrible. I finally was able to get some Bashas’ flour tortilla which are home made and really good. Almost went to Valle Luna to get a pint of salsa (yummy) but the parking lot was FULL. Can’t wait to try the new marinade. Thanks again.

    • Stars99 says:

      Hi AZ – Have you ever tried tortillas from Trader Joe’s? They’re pretty awesome for store-bought…. = )

      • AZGirl says:

        I will. I hate shopping at the Trader Joes near us. Packed all the time and never any parking. It is one of the smaller stores. Like Sprouts. Why does an entire family need to shop together? Like grandparents etc? IKEA is the same thing. Drives me nuts.

        • Birdwoman says:

          Where is the marinade recipe posted?? 🙂

        • TexasTart says:

          AZGirl, it drives me nuts too!! When a family, or entourage of 8 is clogging up the isle when only one person in the group is actually picking out stuff to buy. Some places I shop, I exclusively go there because the neighborhood is adjacent to apartments and condos…smaller housing..more individual shoppers 🙂 Lucky you and the grocery discount, I’ve never heard of a grocery offering discounts based on age!

          • AZGirl says:

            The senior discount is a “double edge sword” so to speak 🙂 Discount v. everyone knows you are old. HA!

  22. Update from Don Juan re the song posting on ITunes

    DonJuan ‏@donjuannc 1h
    @NMDLynnfam Bravo puts up the music so i have no control over a song that i hear sold 2,000 copies

  23. The blog has some sort of Profile on Sulia. Does anyone know what this is about?

    http://sulia.com/source/57559431/?source=invite&random=0.51581312674#

    • lizzle says:

      I don’t know what it is about, but Alex, former RHONY member… posts about fashion on Sulia all the time. Like, many times a day. But I don’t necessarily understand the format or why it is different from other social media.

    • TexasTart says:

      I follow @Real_Housewives on twitter and every post takes you to the Sulia website. I didn’t know they were linking you there, nor do I know anything about the site…I’m not a fan of what little info is there…I keep following just for the soundbites.

  24. Amber...Real Wife says:

    Hello All. Hope everyone is doing well. I watch Kandi’s show to support her, but can’t help be annoyed with the talent she chooses… middle aged soccer moms, nerdy geeks, plain janes etc., all of who look BETTER once the makeover is complete BUT they are just MARGINAL singers. We KNOW she made Kim, a no talent whore, into a one hit wonder, but Kim had HW fame and a built-in fan base to help her song. Kandi is choosing unknowns w/o swagger and just decent singers and wants the same results. If only she would choose really TALENTED unknown singers, like I see on YouTube then the show would be off the hook! If the show survives and is renewed she should find better talent.

    Speaking of YouTube below is the hysterically raw SayShawnBradley. NSFW PROFANITY but I was LMAO at the hysterical, use of the the 7 words you can’t say on television. I think he used at least 5 or 6. If the clip doesn’t work look for SayShawnBradley RHOC Season 8 Episode 3 & 4.

    WARNING *****NSFW ****** AVOID FOR GRATUITOUS USE OF PROFANITY

    • lizzle says:

      Maybe Kandi is trying to showcase the fact that she can turn marginally talented singers into pop stars.

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        Best of luck on that. I understand the underdog aspect of the show, however, if the talent was better, or polished it would go a long way on giving a deserving singer a big break. If she could find a SusanDoyle it would be so great. JustinBieber was off of youtube and Atlanta is FULL of GRADE A singers. If her show doesn’t succeed I think that was they key. Instead of transforming marginal singers she should have been seeking sensational singers and give them a big break.

  25. TexasTart says:

    • princesspindy says:

      Wow, he sure has slimmed down and looks really good!!

    • kit9 says:

      Jesus christ, those stupid white jeans! AGAIN!

      • melthehound says:

        You think that bag is or was full of lemons?

      • djprincessc says:

        I love white jeans!!!! lol.

        • Catseye says:

          Me too. (And I think Gretchen and Tamra are copying her this year.) Anyway, the Fosters are a beautiful couple!!

          • djprincessc says:

            OMG you’re SO right!! Yolanda is so chic though, Gretchen and Tamara are gonna need A LOT more than white jeans if they wanna be even remotely close to her, lol.

            • LaineyLainey says:

              my daughter was wearing skinny white jeans four years ago. The summer right before her Freshman year of college

              • djprincessc says:

                I love them! And I bet she looks fab in them since she’s a model I have to be careful though and be a certain weight bc I have big hips and booty sooooo it can be scary if I’m not right. lol.

                • LaineyLainey says:

                  You are too cute, dj – I’m sure you look awesome in them. I have some white old lady capri’s that I love, but I think it’s too soon to break them out. I’ll pretend I’m YoFo when I finally do get to wear them.

  26. Powell says:

    NMD I’m so sorry you are feeling the way you do about blogging/not blogging NJ. You shouldn’t have to feel sad or ambivalent. I’m sure no one wants you to feel that way. Thank goodness you were brave enough to take over the blog in honor of Lynn. You’ve hsacrificedgreatly for us. Like MTH said thus blog is about more than the HWs. The HWs and every show we talk about is really & truly just TV shows. TV was developed as escapism. Developed for the masses that couldn’t go to the movie theaters, Broadway & to the Opera. TV shows are just entertainment. No we don’t have the same opinions. Frankly that would be boring. If we can’t come here to have fun, get advice, congratulate one another, vent, cheer each other on, learn from one another and just laugh our azzes off w/& at each other then what’s the purpose. I don’t watch NJ & couldn’t care less about them because they don’t care about one another.

    • Powell says:

      Their state went thru a huge tragic situation w/Hurricane Sandy & it seems they have learned nothing about family, friendship & forgiveness. Shame on them.
      I apologize if I have contributed to your feeling the way you do. I continue to enjoy you all. You all are some of the funniest, caring, smart, and helpful people I’ve never met in person. Thank you NMD & everyone that takes the bullet for us all to blog each & every week.

      • Powell – I adore you. Please don’t feel like this has anything to do with any one individual that comes to the blog. It’s something about the NJ franchise that gets to people. I think it’s because they are family. Even our blog can’t escape it. I just don’t know if I’m tough enough to go through it again. It was rough last fall.

        • Powell says:

          NMD thk you for saying that. This is suppose to be about fun. I don’t want you to have a rough time watching or blogging NJ. You shouldn’t be wringing your hands worrying about it. It’s not fair to you. Don’t do it. But that’s just me giving you ny opinion. You have to do what you feel is best for you. I support your decision either way. 🙂

  27. boston02127 says:

    This is embarrassing to Melissa.

    Her tweet~~~~~~
    Embarrassing when u pull up to the preschool, windows down, music pretty loud, singing away.. Then you realize every1 is looking. #thatmom

    Not grabbing her husbands crotch on TV, not being a drunken idiot on TV, not swearing like a truck driver on TV, not getting in fist fights on TV, not fighting with family on TV, not talking about her husbands schlong on TV, not talking about her husbands poison on TV.

    Huh, I guess the skank has morals.
    ᵉʸᵉ ʳᵒᶫᶫ

  28. AZGirl says:

    Ok this is my input on the NJ blog. First and foremost, a big thank you to NMD for all the hard work that goes in to keeping this blog going. You are a gem. Bigger than any diamond being worn on any finger on any franchise 🙂

    We all need to step back and remember that NJ is different than the other franchises due to the family connections. Everyone is related so when there are fights it is personal. We take it personally. Rightly so, It involves everyone from grandparents to small children. Step back! Relax. If anything, we need to feel remorse for these individuals who just (for whatever reason) can’t get along.

    Remember Lynn’s 1# rule. Be respectful. We can all agree to disagree. We are not like the NJ franchise. We are all adults.

  29. My friend’s son is the Junior Olympic National Champion in Gymnastics. Whoot whoot!

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      awesome!!

    • AZGirl says:

      This is huge! So much hard work goes into those competitions. Parents must be so proud.

    • Powell says:

      Fantastic! Hard work pays off. Congrats to you son’s friend. 🙂

    • princesspindy says:

      WOW!! That’s fantastic!!!

    • lizzle says:

      Yay! Gymnastics is a hard field to place in… so he is on his way to greatness. I used to do Junior Olympics. I was second in the nation in the javelin (a less competitive event). I actually received the medal in your neck of the woods, NMD… it was in Spokane, WA. We flew into Seattle and drove across the state. It was an amazing drive! Congrats to your friend… that is a great honor! Hard work pays off!

      • I have done that drive many times. I love Spokane.

        The young man is on his way to University to compete now. It was a fabulous ending to his non-college years in gymnastics, but I think he’s got a lot of great things ahead of him as well.

    • lillybee says:

      Good for him.

    • nyc mama says:

      How fantastic!! kudos to him for pursuing his dream.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      That’s wonderful. It took a lot for him to get to that level. A lot of work for the young man and also for his family. Very exciting!!

    • TexasTart says:

      Fantastic! 😀

    • KTinCT says:

      Whoot! That is awesome! 👏

  30. boston02127 says:

    WWHL is on at 8. At 9, WWHL one on one is on. Two hours of Andy, no thanks.

  31. Mene Seela says:

    Hubby & I were just wondering why many people in the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo and St Patrick’s Day but not Juneteenth.
    Any ideas?

    • princesspindy says:

      I had to google it. So I am thinking and this is really cynical but I think no PR firm has figured out how to make money off of it…..yet…….I had never heard of it, *hangs head in shame*

    • lizzle says:

      I don’t celebrate it, because I haven’t heard of the day. But, when I googled it… I discovered that San Antonio celebrates it with many events… and I am in San Antonio now…. so yay! TX wasn’t the last state to officially abolish slavery, so is Juneteenth a TX specific holiday? If so, that could be why many don’t know about it. I read that Juneteenth is an official state holiday in TX.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        JUneteenth is a big deal here in Austin. Parades, community barbecues, picnics, etc. But mostly on the Eastside. Sorry, but it’s true. My daughter was in a dance company that was (and still is) very diverse; I drove 30 miles each way so that she could be part of this special group…anyway, they always participated in Juneteenth Celebrations.

      • Mene Seela says:

        My hubby says if someone would make Juneteenth a drinking holiday it would catch on.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Mene, by now you probably have your answer…but Texas didn’t hear about the emancipation until June 19. It was not a nationwide occurence (the June 19th thing). It was regional. In other words, it’s unique to Texas, It was 2.5 years after the official Emancipation Proclamation.

      • Mene Seela says:

        Yes I was aware of that. It is celebrated in some local areas here., but we aren’t in TX so it made us wonder about it.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          Some local areas celebrate it there? Where are you? That is really cool!! Many of the newly freed slaves went up North some stayed near the bordering states. You know, now that I think about it…it SHOULD be more nationally commemorated (which was your point in the first place)! It might have happened here in TX but it speaks to the overall struggle for freedom..

      • Beckygrey says:

        It’s celebrated in parts of Virginia and Maryland.

  32. SoutheastVA says:

    I refuse to watch the NeNe special tonight. I’m sick if being rewarded for being such a witch. I will not help her get ratiings. People think she’s funny. I think she’s a hater. Think about it. Who has she ever really supported when they do well. She doesn’t even really support her “friend” Cynthia. Has she ever really shown up for any Bailey Agency events since the opening party? No. She’s all about herself but acts like everyone is after her. The last straw was the big lie about her sisters telling her X,Y, Z about Phaedra from a few years ago. First of all, if it was such a big deal, why did she make Bravo ignore it for so long? Also, why did she go off on Kim irt “close ur legs to married men” when Greg was married with children when grifter, stripper NeNe took up with him. Also, after all the years Greg took care of her she now gets brand new and demands a pre-nup from him. Wow! I don’t like fake people. She is one of the best. I don’t know how she has snowed so many. Her one liners can be funny but I don’t like the rest of the pkg they come with.

    I like Kandi’s show and watch it. But, since it’s not a total hot mess the ratings are low. People say they want better, classier programming but don’t actually support it when it’s presented.

    Rant over! Happy Cinco de Mayo:)

    • Formerly Addicted to Bravo says:

      Agree about Nene but I want to hear her out so I am watching the show for now. On the NJ show issues, NMD – I don’t jump in often but I love this blog and check in every day at some point. I wonder if it would be easier if volunteers took turns that lasted for a period of time – like 45 days or something and then someone else took over? I am on a non-profit committee and that’s how we handle it and it works great. Everyone is happy to step up because they know it’s a finite period. In lieu of that I would be happy to not have Nj blogged as I gave up on them before the last season. Thanks for all you do NMD!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I am watching. I’m one of those who overlooks her many faults. At least she’s interesting, She does have a lot of nerve saying “Kim has a mouth…” LOL!!!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      So you like Kandi’s show? I just didn’t want to add it to my repertoire because I don’t find Kandi all that interesting. Her communication style is not something I wish to watch (listen to) by choice.

  33. Nene is coming off okay on WWHL. She whispered something to Andy about her ring – like “don’t go there.” Did anyone catch that?

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I’m gonna have to rewind…I missed that…but I am tuning in late…I dvr’d it.

    • TexasTart says:

      About the ring Andy said “Very Understated” she said in a low voice “Honey, don’t do it.” I have NO idea where she thought he was going with that…but he did say “understated” 3 times and he assumed she bought that with New Normal money..she said it was Greg. She didn’t appreciate that comment or the understated…I guess she assumed he was going to interject something else she wouldn’t like.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        ok, yeah I caught that and I felt Andy was being a catty little bitch for making that comment over and over again. If a female said that, most people would be saying, what a catty bitch. So since I believe in equal rights, I think Andy is being a Catty little bitch for making that remark about her ring. And repeating it.

      • Beckygrey says:

        Actually, I thought that Andy was making reference to the fact that NeNe made a big deal of Kandi’s ring being understated, so I took it as him ribbing her. But in retro she could have been trying to stop Andy for insinuating that she purchased her own engagement ring.

  34. NeNe just said Brandi was off the chain and thinks she’s a gangsta, and she didn’t like her when she was drinking at the upfronts. Bloop.

    • kit9 says:

      Yep, and she didn’t say any of it in a good way. She said Brandi was a ‘TRAIN wreck, a wreck, a wrrrrreck’. Called her a wreck three freaking times! Said B got in her face and started talking ‘negative’. You could tell Nene wanted to really let rip on Brandi but held back. Seemed like she threw in the likes her when she’s not drinking bit in an attempt to pull back but then couldn’t quite pull it off and was back to making nasty faces about her. LOL!

      • LaineyLainey says:

        It made her sound kinda jealous.

        • kit9 says:

          Nene jealous of Brandi? I didn’t get that at all. What I got is there is a juicy story about that upfront party. Sounds like Brandi said something offensive to Nene. And, I remember that Cynthia had a problem with Brandi from that party, too.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            I hadn’t seen the whole comment from Nene when I typed that. Now that I heard the whole story where allegedly Brandi said things she shouldn’t have said….well, I wish I could delete my comment above but I cannot.

            • Cartwheels says:

              Brandi IMO made the foolish mistake of probably talking trash thinking that the ladies of Atlanta are like the ladies of BH, the RHBH strive to be PC at all times and they bite their tongues a lot for fear of the impression to the public, the ladies of Atlanta can care less about that. Brandi has to learn to moderate her speech according to her audience.

          • realhousewifeva says:

            I remember there was a story going around that Brandi got into it with Nene and Cynthia at the upfronts (I posted about it here) and Cynthia tweeted that words were exchanged. I think Brandi should stop drinking so much.

    • TexasTart says:

      Interesting comments and I think Nene did hold back…hmm. Now hasn’t Brandi called herself Gangsta before?! Not that it matters, just think I’ve heard that said about her once or twice before…last reunion maybe.

      I like that Nene said She doesn’t connect at all with anyone in the OC and she asked.Andy to recast the whole show – HA!

      • Cartwheels says:

        I agree with Nene on that one, OC is not about who I like but who I dislike the least. Needs a recast ASAP

      • LaineyLainey says:

        And how rude was it of him to say…because they are blonde? Jerky thing to say; makes Nene sound pretty small-minded. He often inadvertently reveals what he thinks of them.

        • Cartwheels says:

          but Nene immediately corrected him and said that she gets along with some blonds in BH and Miami, she also praised Vicky and Ramona so it is obvious to me that this was not about racism at all.

          I have made no secret that I do not and will never like Kim Z. but I did like the fact that Nene mentioned that she was sad when she left the show and she didn’t want her to do it. It brought a new perspective (at least to me) into their complicated relationship.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Yes, Nene did correct him. But I felt it was small of him to have said it in the first place. It revealed what he thinks. She did great! He came of looking less than stellar (in my eyes).

        • Beckygrey says:

          It was a dig about “Blonde” as in Kim Z-B

  35. Cartwheels says:

    I watched the WWHL one on one interview and liked the format of the interview with no stupid games or calls from viewers.
    I wonder who will be next after Nene, Nene really put it out and was not afraid to speak her mind so I wonder who will go next.

    • I think I read or saw a promo that Melissa Gorga will also do one. There have been a few before – like JZ

    • TexasTart says:

      I liked this interview format a lot and not sure they will do it again unless the ratings are where they want them….but this is so much better than a couple of questions on WWHL…yes, the stupid games, drinking, distractions galore…after shows I forget to watch. It would be nice if they would do one-on-ones a few.times a year with their most popular personalities.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I thought overall she did well. And yes, he can still be playful without being silly and then the no drinking makes him less “vile” – – -that’s what Mr. Lainey says about him if he walks by and Andy says something (something normal for Andy! But gross to my husband)

    • BB says:

      Didn’t I read somewhere that Tre will be doing one?

        • Cartwheels says:

          so Teresa is next? I wonder how would that interview be?

          Nene didn’t hold anything back so I am not sure how Teresa would handle this format. There is so much shadiness in RHNJ, so much producers’ intervention that I am not sure that Teresa would be able to keep her talking points without getting in trouble. There is also the matter of family, Teresa most likely won’t be able to be completely honest about this without stirring up some family trouble.

          I have to say though, I do give major props to Nene for saying that Teresa is RHNJ, , Melissa is probably under medical care right now/. LOL

          • LaineyLainey says:

            I know right? (about the medical care). I can’t see Tre, mel, Caroline, Jaq…any them every being completely honest about much of anything. Oh yeah, and Kathy. I almost forgot about her.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Did you notice how when Nene said, that when someone says New Jersey, people think of Teresa and Andy kept saying…and Caroline! and Caroline!! that made me smile. It was an evil smile. But just the same, it made me smile.

            • Cartwheels says:

              I missed that,
              Nene kept repeating Teresa and never mentioned Caroline and Jackeline, those two are others that are having a fit tonight.

      • TexasTart says:

        Hi BB! Hope all is well. Thanks, that will be a good one-on-one!

  36. BB says:

    Have been watching PBS all evening (Call the Midwife, Masterpiece Classic) and next the Bletchley Circle. Really like Call the Midwife and Bletchley Circle. Mr. Selfridge is OK but IMO Jeremy Piven is not that good an actor. They could have done better casting that part. I believe the Bletchley Circle is only three episodes and tonight is the last one, but I’ve read it’s been renewed. Really like the ensemble cast of the four women.

  37. Jeesh – Kandi has on a different wig in every scene.

  38. On twitter:
    ExMarcoSistersFan ‏@MarcoSistersFan 7m
    @QueenzOfMedia @FauxRealityEnt It’s complete rubbish. I have never ever given any interview or shared the real reasons of any falling out

    • Exit4 says:

      Remember a while ago, I said I appreciated the fact that you said straight out, you just write the blog. You have no sources or inside info? (At that time anyway) You just put everything out there straight forward? THIS is why I said that and I meant it. THIS is why. I’m not going to make any assumptions about Faux and what she wrote. For all I or anyone else knows, she could have spoken to someone and they weren’t honest. Or she made it up. Or the other goofballs are making up that she made it up. Or the “source” (and unused that term loosely!) had buyers remorse. Maybe they knew her name and threatened to put him/her out there (which probably won’t happen) and they freaked. Who knows?

      I don’t know what is in the water in North Jersey (our water in south jersey is apparently crazy free) that everyone and their brother, mother, sister and unborn fetus wants to be somehow “connected” to this damn show! It’s on and on and on. Between the Starks and the Queenz and the Fishbowls….why, why, why this is so freakin intense I have no clue! My God!

      I don’t buy that these people are or know insiders (minus them knowing Johnny the Greek-who does/did interact with that crew-shows you how desperate he is). I say this (at the risk of sounding line an ass) I actually do have a connection to this show. I’ve mentioned it before, it’s a six degrees type of thing (straight up-it’s a friend of friends who I know slightly). This person is very close to the action and has been on the show, briefly identified but usually in the background. This person knows ALOT! Guess how much I know or have heard? Zero. Zilch. Nada. Other than what’s out there. Why? Because the people who know do not talk. And even if you ask and joke, lips sealed. Partially because of what their connection is and partially because they are wise enough to know people talk. It’s Jersey. And the wives would know the source and never trust them again. It’s just not worth it.

      Anyway, if you ever want a Jersey piece for the blog, I’ll gladly write one. A FAIR one, I can do that. Just give me a topic. Makes it easier. 🙂

      Rant over! LOL!

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        Isn’t this whole thing crazy?

        But even if the interview was made up, or someone impersonated the now ex Marco sisters fan to Faux Reality, on that twitter account, she posted DM’s and some of her tweets before she went off the grid seem to support the ‘story’. That there was a fall out over Melissa’s make up artist talking crap and she (I assume it’s a woman) didn’t really like the Teresa bashing.

        • Here’s the thing. Most of what was in the interview could have been gleaned from the twitter account. The account hasn’t been active in months. Faux is now claiming “Good try. Fortunately, Jane gave me access to log into @MarcoSistersFan before she turned it over to you on April 16, 2013 #CheckMate” so why has she been sitting on the story for 3 weeks and why didn’t she back it up with DMs? It seems fishy to me.

          • Exit4 says:

            Right. Like the woman who communicated and did basically the same thing with Danielle Staub via Twitter. When Danielle ticked her off (or didn’t follow through on being her BFF) she put it ALL out there! If you want to run with the big boys (channels my inner Kim D) you need to put up or shut up.

            My God, all this jersey talk is bringing it out in me!

          • rabblerouser2010R says:

            Who is this YOU that Faux claims now has control of the account? I agree the whole thing seems weird.

            But it does seem like who ever really had the Marco sisters fan page is no longer a fan because she didn’t have the stomach for twitter bashing which seems to be a nice thing.

        • Exit4 says:

          I do vaguely remember a while ago that there was a fall out with that. Twitter us probably the least reliable place for anything because its all anonymous and there’s no way you could ever be totally sure 99% of the time.

          It’s soo crazy! I love all the Jersey shows, I crack up because they are Jersey and not Jersey at the same time! This HWs show though, it is just a magnet for people to want some kind of validation or a part of the action. On one hand, we here pride ourselves in always knowing someone who knows someone, but on the other, it’s more fun to keep ’em guessing! I just don’t know what the reward is in all of this….

      • nyc mama says:

        This is insane. Does anyone else wonder if it is being done just for buzz on the upcoming season? More non-reality reality?

        Exit, I think at least one of the wacko Marco sisters lives in Toms River if not both and that is where Melissa was raised. What part of NJ is that considered?

        This is just more of why I can’t bring myself to watch these looneys.

        • Exit4 says:

          Toms River is basically considered the shore. Seaside (home of Snooki and the gang) is pretty much over the bridge. Shore or not shore is really Jersey semantics. Some people consider “over the bridge” (we say off shore here) the Jersey shore. Beacuse, youre a hop, skip and a jump. Other people consider the shore to ONLY be “on the Island” itself. Meaning hemmed in by bay and ocean.

          I’ll make it simple for thise unfamiliar and say its the shore. One of mels sisters was and maybe still is a bartender in Seaside. Can’t remember which one though!

          • nyc mama says:

            Thanks. I have friends all over NJ, Monmouth, Ridgewood, Montclair, Manalapan, Ft. Lee, Wayne, Morganville, Marlboro, Franklin Lakes, Princeton, Alpine and a few other areas but not Toms River and have never been although vaguely remember passing it when I went to LBI but that was about 10 years ago.

            • Exit4 says:

              That’s all North! LBI is actually south of Toms River…so you probably just saw the signs. Teresa and joe have their shore house in stafford. Which is NOT the real shore. It’s like Toms River, over the bridge. Except they are over the bridge from LBI. Travel wise, LBI is roughly a half hour or so south of Toms River. Give or take.

            • Exit4 says:

              Oops, just re read your post…if u were going from NY to LBI, you’d pass Toms River first. It’s not far though, maybe 2 exits? LBI is about as far as ill go beach wise! I’ve been up north, but I have an affinity for the south jersey beaches! Even though north jersey has some nice private beach clubs. We don’t have that down state!

              • Beckygrey says:

                Hi Exit 4, I’m at Exit 2.

              • nyc mama says:

                Thanks. Yep, most are further north than TR but I remembered it from LBI/ I have traveled further south more times than I care to remember – AC and trip to DE and Philly. Was in Philly a few weekends ago for lunch at one of my fav restaurants.

    • Nancy says:

      Thanks NMD,
      My Whale lover friends in San Fran told me about this. So, so sad.
      This breaks my heart. Well at least the Sea Shepard came out ahead this year.
      It’s a start.

      That’s great news about your friends son. All that work has paid off. 🙂

      I too appreciate all your hard work keeping this blog going. Same goes to BB & others.
      xo

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I’m gonna piggyback onto nancy’s comment…THANK YOU NMD for keeping this place going. I don’t know what I would do without all y’all. Thanks to all the witty bloggers. And all the friendly “faces” in the peanut gallery (commenters). There’s a unique respect and camaraderie here. That’s not to say, we don’t have our occasional flare-ups/misunderstandings/hurt feelings; but usually those moments are short-lived and people here are forgiving and willing to carry on.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          No disrespect meant, but the late Rodney King would have liked it here in the Lynnfam.

  39. Orson says:

    Some of my thoughts on NJ:
    There’s a difference between me liking a HW more than I like the others and me DISliking a HW less than I dislike the others. There’s only one HW on NJ that I’d want to actually want to have a cup of coffee with and she seems to be one of the more disliked ones here. Of course, I don’t know if a single guy should even do THAT much with a married woman. But I don’t have to worry about that ever happening anyway, so I’m in the clear.

    I read up-blog that the worst thing about NJ is all the fighting and feuding is between family members. Yeah, that’s a shame but since they’re not MY family members, if they want to be that way, abi gezunt! I have no dogs in this hunt.

    Here’s something that bothered me several times HERE on the blog when NJ ran last time. It seemed to me there there were a lot of either pro-Tre or anti-Mel people posting a lot here. That didn’t bother me, even though I’m pretty anti-Tre myself. And there were some on the other side who posted their thoughts here and I’m okay with that too. Heck, I agreed with them mostly. But what bothered me was a recurring theme from some posters claiming that the blog was AGAINST anti-Tre people because so many posters were so vocal about being anti-Mel or pro-Tre. I dunno, maybe because I’m Jewish and I’m used to not being in the majority, but I thought the “This Blog Is Biased” card was being waved all too often. I guess if that’s the way you feel, get it off your chest but I never felt that way myself.

    Oh. NMD, I don’t think I’ve said recently how much I appreciate the work you put in to keep Lynn’s community going after her passing. Thank you.

    • Thank you Orson. Which one would you have coffee with?

    • Exit4 says:

      You make a really good point here Orson. For whatever reason, the winds just are blowing in Teresa’s favor. That’s just how it is, right now.

      Truth is, if Melissa was a random friend it might be different. Or, if that very first day of their filming (the infamous christening) hasn’t gone the way it did….

      When you’re in the minority, it’s easy to call bias. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this was the Brandi fan site. LOL.

      What’s interesting is that there seems to be way more pro Teresa blogs and so forth then pro Melissa. That either speaks volumes or like in politics, those who speak louder (and more often) appear to be the overriding opinion!

      The blog author can only control what she writes. Not the comments. So if they go one way, it’s not her fault. It’s just where it goes.

      • Orson says:

        Ah, but are they more Pro-Teresa or more Anti-Melissa? It may be subtle, but in my mind, it’s not exactly the same thing. I guess the best recap blog author would be someone who hates them all. Stars’ OC recaps strike me as being pretty unbiased; she hates everybody.

        As for people commenting here disagreeing with me, I keep in mind that the true test of a person’s intelligence is how much they agree with me. 😉

  40. Laineylainey says:

    Guys! Guys! I just got off the phone with my daughter…she was doing her hostessing job and tonight she got to seat Stassi and Kristen from vanderPump rules! She didn’t gush cause she says she immediately felt they weren’t really feeling very friendly and she doesn’t want to get in trouble for bothering the customers.

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