Master Matchmaker Steve Ward is back for another season of Tough Love, and each week, he’ll be giving us an exclusive look at what went down behind the scenes on the series. After episode one, we spoke to Steve to get a little bit more insight on all the ladies, so read our interview to find out what Steve really thinks of all the ladies in the Tough Love mansion this season.
Let’s start our chat talking about Melissa, because so far she’s my favorite, I can relate to her dorkiness. Maybe not quite to the extent that she takes it to.
Steve: Wait till you see some later episodes. Some of the crew came to me to say “Is she acting?” and we thought to ourselves that there was no way this girl could be this awkward, and once she really started breaking down and crying, we realized this was not an act. That’s just how bad it was. She’s not a virgin by choice, she wants to find a guy to sleep with who will agree not to sleep with other women. That’s not too much to ask. But we felt that she had more depth than just the virgin thing, her social awkwardness is the problem. She’s a sweetheart though.
I got a good first impression from Danielle too, but her problem is basically that she chooses to date dirtbags, right?
That’s her entire problem. She could be respectable and have higher standards if she simply chose to. What you’ll find out about her is that she’s repeating a pattern that’s been going on in her life since she was a little girl.
Tough Love has returned for another season in yet another warm weather locale, and yet despite all the lessons that Steve and JoAnn Ward have taught on previous seasons, the ladies of America are still in a hopeless place. Wait, I wonder if Steve and JoAnn have ever considered using Rihanna‘s song as their anthem, because it just dawned on me that they’re helping people find love in a hopeless place…ANYWAY. Welcome to New Orleans, and welcome to this wonderful world of women who for one reason or another just can’t get their s— together and desperately need the help of a vagina whisperer. Steve, you okay if I use that as your nickname from now on?
“In the blink of an eye, this man that I gave my whole entire life to has taken everything from me and my son,” Renee says at the beginning of this week’s Mob Wives. But by the end of the episode, it doesn’t matter, because Renee has vowed that she is her own, new person. Out with the old, in with the new.
We know it can be hard to watch a show like House Of Consignment where there’s amazing fashion everyone and get wistful that your own closet just doesn’t measure up. That’s why we’re excited to tell you that Corri McFadden and the rest of her eDrop-Off team totally understood that viewers would want in on the eBay action, so they’ve held one item from every closet clean out that’s featured this season on the show, and that piece will be placed in an auction that goes live immediately after every show. This week’s closet belonged to Renee, and she’s getting rid of this vintage dress by Janine. To bid on it, click here.
Each week during the season on House of Consignment, we’ll be talking to eDrop-Off owner and woman whose wardrobe we covet, Corri McFadden, about her take on every episode. This week was Corri’s big trip to New York Fashion Week.
You said this was your first time at New York Fashion Week, right?
It was, and then I went back for fall, so I’ve been twice. It was insane. It was so much fun. It also happened to be the tenth anniversary of 9/11, so being in New York for fashion week and filming a reality show on the tenth anniversary, holy cow, I have never had a weekend like that, it was so hectic.
What made you choose Bridget to come with you to New York? Nicole seemed a little sad not to be chosen.
I chose Bridget because she’s been my longest employee, she’s been with me three years, and she’s extremely loyal. I felt that she was due this trip, she earned it. She also heads our closet clean division. When I was in New York most recently, she was in New York with me for the day and she cleaned seven closets in seven hours, so she’s a hustler. I felt like her loyalty should be rewarded. I think Nicole was upset, I think that showed, but you know, it didn’t matter to me, I felt Bridget was due that trip. I felt it was better suited with Nicole in the office because it left me with some sense of ease, knowing it was being maintained.
We know it can be hard to watch a show like House Of Consignment where there’s amazing fashion everyone and get wistful that your own closet just doesn’t measure up. That’s why we’re excited to tell you that Corri McFadden and the rest of her eDrop-Off team totally understood that viewers would want in on the eBay action, so they’ve held one item from every closet clean out that’s featured this season on the show, and that piece will be placed in an auction that goes live immediately after every show. This week’s closet belonged to Ashley, who parted ways with this amazing vintage biker jacket. To bid on it, click here.
Oh, you know, just Evelyn Lozada hanging out in L.A. with her daughter Shaniece, her BFF Nia Crooks plus Rihanna, Sean Kingston, and a few other friends. That’s all. NBD.
Now that the truth is out there about Yandy Smith‘s pregnancy, she’s really putting it out there, showing off her bare belly in a new interview that’s up on her website, EverythingGirlsLove.com. In the interview, Yandy talked mostly about her upcoming business and film ventures (you can read the full interview at the link above), but it’s really the pictures that speak volumes. For a glimpse at a few more photos of Yandy, keep reading. Read more…
Recently, Royce Reed hinted that she’d be making up with someone on Basketball Wives, and shortly after, we saw her make peace with Jennifer after their year-long silence. But now we have another Basketball Wives blind item, thanks to Evelyn. In an interview with Radar Online, Evelyn hints that there will actually be more surprising rifts that we didn’t see coming.
She says “I think people will be surprised who remains friends at the end of the season, there are definitely a few shocks…There are people who you think are solid and who are no longer friends, there are definitely friendships that don’t last, aside from mine with Jennifer.” It would be easy to assume she’s referring to Royce and Tami, given their recent blog exchanges, but that’s not that shocking. Any guesses as to what other relationships could be sacrificed to the reality gods?
Mob Wives executive producer Jennifer Graziano was placed in a very delicate situation this year when she learned that her brother-in-law, Junior Pagan. who accepted a larger role on the show this season, turned out to be an FBI informant. Graziano says she should have realized something was up sooner because when she told him that being a regular cast member would “ruin him on the street,” his response was “I don’t care about that anymore. I want to be in it.”
Graziano tells the New York Post today that after she learned of Pagan’s involvement, she had the option to halt filming but she and Renee both chose not to. “VH1 called me right away and asked me if I wanted to shut it down,” she says. “I told them, ‘No, keep going.’ I would never shut down.” She does admit that because of the huge feeling of betrayal everyone in the family carries, she doesn’t like to talk about Junior, but she concludes by saying “He used to tell me that he was my brother. And, it turns out, he didn’t care about me — and he sure didn’t care about Renee.”
To read the full story, check out the New York Post. Mob Wives airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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