the manzo family
Our favorite train wrecks had one hell of a year in 2011. Divorces, foreclosures,bankruptcies and plain foolishness are par for the course with our Real Housewives. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the last 12 months:
As the new year dawned, we have the usual headline making antics, like
ADRIENNE MALOOF CALLS 911 FOR CHARLIE SHEEN, and the Camille and Kelsey Grammer divorce gets uglier, right as Season 1 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is wrapping. In the meantime, Kyle Richards accuses Kim Richards of being an alcoholic on the season finale, and Nene Leakes is making a complete fool of herself on Celebrity Apprentice.
After airing weeks of previews, Bravo pulls the plug on the premiere of the Real Housewives of New York. The twitter world goes bananas, and many vow to boycott the replacement series, the Real Housewives of Miami.
Simon van Kempen husband of cast member Alex McCord, particularly freaked out, since all his rantings and ravings are on twitter, it was interesting to watch. Little did he know at the time how the editing would spin his twitter habit. News of a brawl in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic involving the Real Housewives of New Jersey was beginning to leak out, with Chris Manzo, Albie Manzo, Greggy Bennett and Joe Giudice being detained for several days by the police.
JOE GIUDICE ON A 10 DAY VACATION, a stint in the pokey for Juicy Joe, as he is caught driving with a fraudulent New Jersey drivers license. But the big news was
This changed the face of the Housewives franchise forever, as the remaining famewhore world sat up and took notice. In the meantime, Nene Leakes gets fired from Celebrity Apprentice.
In an unprecedented move, Bravo drops the Real Housewives of DC, probably because of Michaele and Tareq Salahi and that White House gatecrashing stunt in 2009. Bravo got a shit-storm of trouble over that.
VICKI FREES DONN, HAS NEW MAN , or rather, a man she’s been creepin’ with since 2007, according to his ex-girlfriend. It was a shocker, especially as we learn that Brooks Ayers is reportedly a deadbeat dad.
Additionally, the Real Housewives of New York come back, the editing is a mess, and the season is not entertaining. Danielle Staub gets a gig on a competitive reality show, Famous Food on VH1, and actually wins. Bethenny Frankel does a stint on Skating with the Stars, and comes in second place due to strong support from her fans.
Teresa Giudice seems to be on the cover of Life and Style Magazine every week, with all or a combination of her four girls. The lawsuits are starting for Bethenny Frankel, everyone wants a piece of that $120 Million. On May 31st Kim Zolciak gives birth to a baby by Kroy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons. And gets her own spin-off show, Don’t Be Tardy To The Wedding.”
June was not a good month for Simon van Kempen and the Real Housewives of New York. As rumors of the possible replacement of most of the cast were swirling around the internet, Simon was denying accusations that he was involved with the hate blogger, even though he clearly was. On top of that, Jill Zarin, the target of the hate blogger and Kelly Bensimon were accusing him of being a cyber bully, on air.
In the meantime, Joe and Teresa Giudice’s bankruptcy fraud trial was moved from July to October, and Bravo began filming Season 4 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, while Season 3 was on the air. Speculation is Bravo wanted to complete filming before Joe and Teresa went to jail.
July brought us the news of impending divorce between Taylor and Russell Armstrong, with alleged abuse and all sorts of sordidness.
There could be no bigger news than the suicide death of Russell Armstrong. Not only did he have a troubled past, his marriage to Taylor was over and he was in a world of financial trouble, accused (with Taylor) of bilking MyMedicalRecords.com and it’s investors out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme, all the while proclaiming to the world they were broke.
Bravo is expected to more carefully screen it’s prospective famewhores after this tragedy.
Comic relief! September brought us the mad adventures of Tareq Salahi as he runs to the tabloids to report Michaele has been kidnapped! Turns out Michaele got tired of posing and being broke and ran off with old boo Neal Schon of the rock band Journey. All this the same week Oasis Winery was being sold at auction.
Wondering when I’d get to Jill Zarin? In September, after the debacle of season 4 of the Real Housewives of New York, Alex McCord, Jill, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop were unceremoniously dumped by Bravo. To make it even worse, the replacements were immediately announced, Heather Thomson, Aviva Drescher, and Carole Radziwill , no less.
As we recover from that shock, word leaks out about the filming of the New Jersey Housewives Season 4
Which was an epic fail, including stripper accusations, and all sorts of ugliness, including Joe Gorga showing up to kick ass, while Joe Giudice is caught out that same night with one of his girlfriends. Whew!
Jacqueline Laurita had “issues” in October. First, she is so upset with Teresa Giudice that she fails to attends the Season 3 New Jersey housewives reunion. Next, she, her husband Chris Laurita and one of his brothers are named in :
Then, as icing on the cake, the news of her stripper past ( which had been hinted at for years) came out. In fact, the Manzo’s also had some of their dirty laundry aired, and they have plenty of it, with the Brownstone mortgaged to the hilt and Teresa giving Life and Style an expose’. In the meantime, Teresa lands a gig on Celebrity Apprentice, which burns them all to the core.
Kim Zolciak marries baby daddy Kroy Biermann 11/11/11, has part of the production of her spin-off show. The news from this event is she reportedly kicked her mother out of the wedding.
Taylor Armstrong’s chickens came home to roost when she was faced with a massive lawsuit against her for extortion brought by MyMedicalRecords.com. She appeared in a Los Angeles Courtroom December 16 to answer charges.
More comedy! From Jill Zarin, of all sources. Turns out she taped a Barbra Streisand concert at an event she attended in LA, and posted it on YouTube to show thei world she’s still relevant. Barbra threatened to sue her if she didn’t take it down…….too funny.
On a more serious note, Kim Richards was admitted back into rehab for her drug and alcohol abuse December 4. Word on the street has it that Bravo insisted she admit herself, to cover their asses for allowing her clearly dysfunctional behavior on the show.
JOE GIUDICE INDICTED IN DRIVERS LICENSE FRAUD. this week. This is why they filmed season 4 New Jersey when they did. The bankruptcy fraud was dismissed after Teresa decided to try and pay the 11 million dollars to creditors rather than face a prison term.
There you have it! What craziness will 2012 bring?
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