The Mob Wives just went legit. We’ve known and loved the show since last year, but the New York Times featured the cast and producers in an article yesterday discussing the brave and revolutionary way these ladies are representing themselves and their families. Producer Jennifer Graziano explained that her pitch to VH1 from the women’s perspective. “This isn’t about the men,” was her pitch. “It’s really how the lifestyle itself affects the ladies. And when men go to jail and leave their families behind, what the woman needs to do to support themselves and pick up the pieces.”
The article also reveals that Karen Gravano initially turned down the show, until Jenn Graziano convinced her otherwise, with the same argument. “She said that it would be all the women’s history and how they moved past it. I did want to shed light on what the families go through and how you overcome different things.” And not that this should surprise anyone, but the best quote from the article comes from Big Ang who explains her presence on the show by saying “I’m in my 50s, they are in the 30s. I’m going to teach them manners.”
[Photos: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times]
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, Corri talks about taking a trip to Betseyland, where the Chanel bags are handed out like nobody’s business, and it gets a little kooky from time to time.
Were you surprised to receive your invitation to Betseyland and did you actually make use of it?
Nothing surprises me about Betsey. We had a premiere party last week and she was there. I was the last person leaving, and as I’m walking down the street with my boyfriend, all of a sudden I hear “VROOOOOM,” and I see this X5 come flying by going like 70 down the street, I was like “Oh my God, Betsey’s going to die before episode three!” She is in her own world, I have to respect that, she does her own thing. She’s so much fun. We just did a pickup from her the other day.
Was she a client prior to the show?
No, but she’s a returning client. When I got my invite to Betseyland, which was a real invite in a card she had made, it didn’t surprise me at all. I don’t know if I could go on a trip with her, she’s the kind of person you go on a trip with and you don’t come back! [Laughs] She was a fun, we got rid of everything in her closet. Everything on that rolling rack came with us.
You guys were shocked when she announced that she planned to give her purses away to her hair colorist and her manicurist. Why do you think she should have sold them instead of just giving them away?
You’d get $1500 back from selling one of them. So, let’s say you do want to give that person a handbag, why not take that $1500, go buy them a Marc Jacobs bag for $400, give them a bag and take the cash? Or if you do want to give it away, everyone says “I’ll give it to charity,” but what is charity going to do with a Chanel bag? They want a check. Every charity wants a check, unless it’s a donation to a silent auction, and they don’t want a used bag, they want a new one. So turn it into cash and then do whatever you want with it. That’s what I tell celebrities. Leverage your name to make some amazing money and donate it back. But when you just start giving things away to everyone, you create a circle of people around you who are just using you and it’s not real.
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 Betsey (you know, of Betseyland), and one of the items she parted with was this beautiful and timeless quilted Chanel bag. To bid on the bag, click here.
Dr. Jenn Berman has been counseling people and offering advice to people in need for some twenty years now, but on VH1?s Couples Therapy, this marks her first time working with a group of ten celebrities whose relationships are in desperate need of repair. We’ll be checking in with Dr. Jenn each week to chat about the progress of her patients on the show, and what she really thinks of their behavior. This week on the show, Reichen and Rodiney were introduced to the group, and we learned more about DMX‘s past.
When it comes to Reichen and Rodiney, they’ve been separated the longest of all the couples; they had been broken up for seven months before they were reunited on the show. How much of a toll does that kind of distance take on a relationship?
I think in their case it was a good breather and they needed it. They had come from such a volatile situation with The A-List and how things unraveled on that show, that their time apart was really good. I don’t think they were capable of getting resolution to what happened when it was so fresh and raw, so that distance was actually really good.
It’s time once again to welcome Royce Reed back to the blog so she can tell it like it is. For the past two seasons of Basketball Wives, Royce has recapped every episode, all the highs and lows, and given us her completely honest and unfiltered opinion. We’re thrilled to have her back for season four.
OK HERE WE GO!!! AGAIN, THIS IS MY BLOG AND I SAY WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT AND HOW I WANT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T READ IT.
First and foremost I want everyone to keep Tami in their prayers. I did check on her despite her being upset with me and she seems to be doing okay. You are never promised another day let alone a minute so cherish those you love and let minor issues go!
With that said, let’s talk about the show.
Po Johnson is best known to VH1 viewers as one of La La Anthony‘s best friends, but she’s also a budding musician, as we saw last season. Back then we heard her song “Super Kinda Psycho Sexy Love,” and she’s continued to work on her music, and Po has a new single out now. The track, called “Do It Again,” and you can download it here. Po tells Global Grind that she has an EP coming out this spring.
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We love gearing up for each new season of Tough Love and getting to know a new cast of women who will (hopefully) improve their lives by improving their dating habits. Thanks to Steve and JoAnn Ward, this new crop of women will get all the tough love they need, and this season the show is set in New Orleans, so you know things are going to get spiced up bit this time around. So who are these new ladies in desperate need of the Wards’ help? Check out our gallery and try to predict who’s the man eater, who’s the virgin, and of course, who loves a bad boy. Clear your calendars and set your DVRs, Tough Love: New Orleans premieres April 15 at 9 p.m.
When Tami Roman participated in our Face to Face chat last night, we could tell she was a bit under the weather, but we just received some scary news about her health. Roman’s publicist just sent us an urgent but relieving press release from tonight, informing us that Roman was admitted and released from the hospital for a “mild medical condition.” Roman confirmed via Twitter that she had a mild heart attack last night. The release reads:
VH1 Basketball Wives star Tami Roman Recovering After a Mild Medical Condition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NYC, New York- Last night, Tami Roman was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a medical emergency.
She has since been released and would like to let her fans and supporters know she is doing fine and looks forward to resuming her scheduled engagements. She will also be back on Twitter communicating with her followers shortly.
Roman tweeted this evening “Thx 2every1 for the get well wishes. Never thought I’d have a mild heart attack at 41. God has a way of bringing things into perspective. Finally going home 2my kids-heart meds and all.” We are truly thankful that her condition is not worse and that she’s well enough to leave the hospital. We’re thinking of you, Tami!
William Levy has become a household name thanks to his stint on this season of Dancing With The Stars over the past few weeks. The super-hot actor will also be appearing on the upcoming season of Single Ladies, so of course, with more fame comes more exposure or, more accurately, over-exposure. A series of almost-nude photos of Levy has surfaced recently (you can see all the pics here, the photo above literally isn’t the half of it), and after the general public caught their breath, everyone wanted to know if Levy was embarrassed by them (why he’d be embarrassed, we don’t know). Levy told Entertainment Tonight “[The photos] have been out already all over the world. I was a model when I did these things, so as a model there’s nothing wrong [with] doing those kind[s] of things. You gotta work. You gotta make money.” Exactly! Also, it’s art, the human form is a thing of beauty, and who doesn’t love men’s mesh bikini bottoms?
We’ll consider this a taste of things to come when he shows up on Single Ladies this May…