BREAKING NEWS: Real Housewives NYC star to get divorce

Photo credit: Bravo

Photo credit: Bravo

Luann de Lesseps, also known as “The Countess” is getting a divorce, after her husband confessed to falling in love with another woman, the New York Post is reporting.

De Lesseps was supposedly blindsided by the news, and only learned after she couldn’t get ahold of him after one of his frequent trips to Europe.

“Luann was blindsided. She was just devastated,” the Post quotes a pal as saying. “They have basically lived apart for many years — he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen.”

The couple have two children together.

Readers, what do you think? Is it surprising that Luann is getting a divorce? Did anyone see this coming?

EPISODE RECAP: Real Housewives of New York City

Please welcome our newest contributor, Mariah! This is her first episode recap of “Real Housewives of New York City.”

Let the Bethenny and Kelly showdown begin!

 On last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York City, we saw health foods entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Killoren Bensimon go at it over the has-been model’s lack of interest volunteering her name to an arthritis charity event. 

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Photo credit: Bravo

And the showdown was sweet! Bethenny calls Kelly a “Madonna” to which Kelly reacts defensively. The moment followed Kelly’s earlier reflection that Bethenny has a serious problem with her.

You think?

Last night, Bethenny reveals she visited Kelly’s apartment two years ago with her then boyfriend, rock-n-roll photographer Kevin Mazur to attend a private Ginny Hilfiger fashion show. Kelly was MIA initially, only to appear later to “flirt” with Kevin.

Fast-forward to the Jill Stuart show at New York Fashion Week, and Kelly and Bethenny are seated front row next to each other with plenty of tension in the air. Bethenny tells Kelly the shows are really Kelly’s thing, not hers. And gives her the cold shoulder. 

Back to the charity meeting.  

Kelly arrived 30 minutes late to the meeting that had Bethenny, Long Islander Jill Zarin and daughter Allyson, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps well into discussions about an upcoming event.

The charity, CreakyJoints, is Jill’s special project. Daughter Ally has arthritis, to which Kelly responded “That’s cute.”

Uh, right.

Next, we see the ladies looking over a mocked up invitation for the event, and the ladies learn they will be listed as co-chairs. To which we see Kelly say, uh, no, I don’t think so.

“I don’t lend my name out to anything,” she tells the ladies forcefully.

Already, earlier in the episode, we see Kelly tell Luanne that she just “doesn’t do charities.”

This is also in the same episode where we hear Kelly tell us her money comes from a successful writing career for a variety of publications, including the New York Post’s Page Six.

And that was just one of last night’s showdown. 

Ramona Singer hands Simon van Kempen another blistering comment during their own NY fashion week front row run-in: “You have no depth,” the blonde told him as he hovered awkwardly over her seat. It was part two of the pair’s unfriendly run-ins, the last one during RH’s last season when Simon showed up for a “girl’s night.”

Alex McCord retrieves her husband, but not until it’s too late. Simon harped Ramona for a handshake, then a kiss and then a reason for for her annoyance.

The conflict made for a good episode in which we also saw Jill shopping among $30,000 Zang Toi dresses at a special showing and later a private fashion show for Jill and other Toi friends. The only other Housewife in attendance, Bethenny, even admits she couldn’t afford even one of the designer’s pieces. 

Jill reflects how lucky she is to get this sort of private showing, but girlfriend, I have news for you: Zoi just likes your pocketbook, and your friend’s pocketbooks, and that camera tailing you in last night’s episode.

Denise Richards Voted Off Dancing With the Stars

 

Photo credit: ABC

Photo credit: ABC

We have another Cloris Leachman: despite his terrible dancing skills, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is winning over viewers with his geeky charm and staying on the show while actress Denise Richards was voted off on Tuesday.

Richards said “it’s been fun, I’m a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

Wozniak said he is the “luckiest person in the world,” even though he was given the lowest score, 10, in six seasons of Dancing With the Stars.

Tuesday Morning Update

DeAnna Pappas/ABC

DeAnna Pappas/ABC

The Bachelorette: Word is that new Bachelorette Jillian Harris may be lying to and manipulating the men on her show…Another report says Harris is preparing to be edgy in advance of filming for the show…Former bachelorette DeAnna Pappas says she didn’t travel to New Zealand to woo Jason back.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kim skips out on her own charity event…Housewife NeNe Leakes will be writing a book called “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice.”

America’s Next Top Model: It’s tough for short models to succeed in fashion…Two former Top Model contestants have landed in the pages of Vogue…New policies adopted for auditions after the riot.

The Amazing Race: Flight attendants Christie and Jodi are eliminated from the race…What it is like to audition for the show

The Real World: The show is looking for roommates in Alabama.

American Idol: Ousted singer Alexis Grace says it was hard being away from her child while filming the show…David Cook condemns crazed fans who look up his hotel rooms…Are the contestants lip-synching the group numbers?

Dancing With The Stars: Contestant Melissa says there’s no jealousy or cat fights on the show…The show is inching closer to American Idol in ratings war.

Bethenny Frankel/WireImage.com

Bethenny Frankel/WireImage.com

The Real Housewives of New York City: Housewife Bethenny Frankel releases her book on dieting.

Celebrity Apprentice: A recap of Sunday’s episode, where the women finally lose. 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey: A peek at the ladies who will be starring in Bravo’s latest installment in the “Real Housewives” series.

The Hills: Audrina Partridge starts filming for her own reality show…Lauren Conrad’s clothing line is shut down.

The Bachelor: Former Bachelor Andrew Firestone and his wife have a baby boy.

Random bits: In defense of reality television…Families tell what it’s like to be filmed for a reality TV show.

OC Housewife Gretchen has a new man

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Remember OC “Real” Housewife and gold-digger Gretchen Rossi, whose fiance passed away last September? 

Looks like she has moved on with former OC Housewife Jo’s ex, Slade Smiley.

Pictures surfaced of the two kissing on a boat. (Wonder who tipped off the papparazzi, her or Slade?)

Wednesday Morning Update

The City: Whitney Port and her rocker boyfriend, Jay Lyon, broke up on Monday.

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Dancing With the Stars: Belinda Carlisle is the first celebrity cut from the show…Celebrity dancer Steve-O says he’s feeling better after his back injury.

America’s Next Top Model: Tyra promises a second chance for models that had to leave audition due to a riot.

Real Housewives of New York City: Housewife Bethenny Frankel says the rumor she is dating baseball player Alex Rodriguez is untrue, but wouldn’t mind if he called…And a little bit more about how Bethenny stays so thin…LuAnn bashes the editing of the show in an interview with W magazine…Housewife Alex McCord was laid off from her job at Victoria’s Secret.

American Idol: Is there a juicy tell-all book in the works? (I hope so.)…Judge Paula Abdul says she’s looking for a soulmate, wants children…A recap of this week’s show…ousted Idol contestant Jorge Nunez blames a cultural differences on being voted off.

Millionaire Matchmaker: Man featured on the show says he’s happy the show allowed him to show off his resort.

Top Chef: Former cheftestant Carla Hall talks about how she stays skinny and eats what she wants.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A recap of Monday night’s episode…TLC is capitalizing on the show’s success.

The Hills: Spencer tells the View ladies that Heidi’s mom really doesn’t like him.

The Real World: Brooklyn: Housemate Ryan Conklin said he’s excited to be called to duty in Iraq.

Random bits: Get ready for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Is American Idol rigged?

Someone who works on the staff of the hit reality show American Idol is running around telling people that the show is rigged and the top four have already been chosen.

American Idol contestant Lil Rounds/FOX

American Idol contestant Lil Rounds/FOX

According to the New York Daily News:

The female “AI” worker told a “group of people that the last four are going to be Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace,” said our insider. Asked if this was opinion or actual fact, the staffer vehemently retorted, “Those ARE the people,” saying it wasn’t mere speculation.