Who says the The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills aren’t charitable? Why, just this morning, we saw this (fake) public service announcement they made, urging the American public to do something about the ugly animals in our midst and get our nation’s pets the plastic surgery they so desperately need! After all, Jiggy needs some good-looking friends.
Of course Lisa Vanderpump and Camille Grammer aren’t that shallow, but who knew they could be that hilarious? The duo’s phony ad above is a promo for the 2011 Do Something! Awards which air on VH1 this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, so tune in to see all your favorite celebs honored for their do-gooding. In the meantime, be sure to check out the good, bad, and sometimes crazy fashions that everyone wore on the blue carpet at the show’s taping on Sunday. Read more…
VH1′s upcoming series Ton Of Cash is equal parts reality show and game show. On it, fourteen contestants who are in serious debt compete for the chance to win $1 million. The only hitch is that it’s all in one dollar bills, it weighs an actual ton, and they have to carry it three hundred miles, endure physical challenges, and try to outwit one another while not losing any of the money along the way.
We recently spoke to the show’s host, NFL star Dhani Jones, about the differences between all his jobs on and off the field, and how he prepared for this one. Jones, who said he prepped for this hosting job by watching old tapes of reality competitions like Survivor and The Amazing Race in the same way that he reviews old football games to learn from other players, surprised us with his positivity and his investment in the show’s contestants. Ton of Cash premieres Wednesday, August 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Hi Dhani! So where are you right now?
Right now I am in Cincinnati at the moment…Where are you?
I’m in New York City. I wasn’t sure if you were still out somewhere between L.A. and Las Vegas picking up the money that the contestants left behind.
Picking up the ton of cash! I was on the road for quite some time for that. It was actually kinda fun being part of that, it’s a different experience when people are sort of in that financial peril. Read more…
The ladies of Basketball Wives are always fashion-forward. (Hey, even Royce‘s knee socks and booty shorts make a statement, you can’t say she’s boring, right?) They all definitely have their own style, so we want to know who you think was the best-dressed for the reunion.
Check out our gallery below for close-ups of all the ladies’ looks, some insider tidbits on what designers they wore, and even a rejected outfit that never saw the light of day.
Basketball Wives has been under the microscope recently, with critics complaining that it portrays women (and women of color, in particular) in a negative light. Shaunie O’Neal has responded to that by saying that though she doesn’t support the “bickering, drink throwing and fighting” she believes that if you look “beyond the arguing and the fighting, you’ll see a group of women trying to get their lives back on track and figure out who they really are.”
When we sat down with each of the cast members at the reunion recently, we asked a few of the other women what they thought of their critics. Not surprisingly, they all defended the show and explained that they didn’t sign on to be a role model. We talked to Suzie, Tami, and Evelyn, who all have children, and each of them makes it clear that their roles as mothers are very different from their roles as entertainers. As Tami says, ” People’s children should not look to reality TV shows for mentors or role models or anyone worthy to look up to…Reality TV is TV, it is there to entertain us.”
Suzie Ketcham Do you worry that if kids are watching the show and they see you guys behaving badly toward each other you’ll become a bad influence?
That’s a big thing for me, because in season one I threw a drink. And then I threw a bucket. And there were kids at my daughter’s school who were like “I saw you on the show! Why did you throw water on that girl?” And I was like “Oh. My. God. Little kids are watching,” and that’s not who I am and I hated being portrayed like “Oh, that’s the water girl!” and I was like no, it’s not, I’ve never done that in my life. So I did want to show more of me and who I am. I don’t like fighting, I like to have fun. Life is so short. For me it was my dad battling cancer, dying and really trying to enjoy every minute of his life so happy and stress-free up until the end that I was like, wow, I need to enjoy every single day and not let stupid drama overtake me. Read more…
Part one of the Basketball Wives reunion is over so…What did you think?? We’re surprised it wasn’t more heated (although hearing Evelyn yell for security was pretty hilarious), but no punches were thrown and there were no major attacks to speak of. We did want to highlight a few of the biggest moments though, so just to recap, here’s a list of the biggest issues that were touched on and some of the best images from the show.
1. What’s Gotten Into Royce? Read more…
VH1′s newest reality competition Ton Of Cash pits fourteen broke contestants against each other to see who has the staying power and strength to win the grand prize of $1 million. Each week, one contestant will be eliminated and forced to go home empty-handed…unless you, the compassionate viewer, want to throw them some extra money. At the end of each weekly episode, you can text a vote to determine whether or not that night’s eliminated contestant will win bonus money. For official terms and conditions and information on how to vote, check out the rules below. And to see which contestant is in the hot seat, tune in to Ton Of Cash each Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. Read more…
Fans of Single Ladies have been abuzz since last week when a rumor leaked that one of the show’s stars, Stacey Dash, had been fired. Rumors of tension on the set abounded, but in order to quash rumors, co-starLisaRaye McCoy issued a statement on her Facebook page. In her post, she writes: “As everyone know I am in Italy vacationing. I was just made aware of the lies that are being spread by Mediatakeout and other blogs that like to create false stories. I was not even aware that Stacy Dash had been fired from Single Ladies. Furthermore if she has been fired that is a network decision. I don’t have the power to get her fired nor do I have any beef with her. Now im going to go continue enjoying my vacation!”
Show creator Stacy A. Littlejohn also responded to the rumors, writing “LisaRaye is a very strong woman and we love her, but she does not have that kind of power, nor at any time did she seek to influence any casting decisions. Furthermore, no cast member of Single Ladies has the power to get another cast member fired. The 6th-grade back-stabbing that LisaRaye’s being accused of is completely the creation of the uninformed, instigating internet gossip. Please don’t buy into it. Let’s just celebrate that we have a season two coming!!!!!”
Dash herself has not publicly responded to the rumors, and VH1′s staying mum on the topic as well, stating that “no casting decisions have been made for the second season of Single Ladies.”
This week we learned a lot about Sean Young’s backstory and how she and her husband both have drinking problems.
Sean’s situation is a really good example of a complex family system. In other words, we could see that as Sean was at home more, that her drinking increased, and part of that was that she was probably around and increasingly dissatisfied with where her career had brought her. The more free time she had, the easier it was for her to kind of drink a glass of wine when preparing dinner, and continue drinking throughout the night with no regrets that she drank too much, so she was looking at this and she was trying to decide how much of this she had to own up to, and how much of this was a addictive problem, she was really trying to come to terms with that.
But the interesting point is that rather than focus on that, she was looking at the same set of issues as they played out with her husband, and how they played out with him. Was he drinking too much, did one beer become four, or what would happen as the night went on? So we did want to help her by bringing him in to address this, but we didn’t want to only focus on him, because we understood that this was also an expression of her own kind of questions regarding herself.
The Basketball Wives season three reunion special is almost upon us! With a season like this one, you know the reunion is going to be a doozy, and I was there to catch a few behind-the-scenes moments and get the lowdown on everything that happened onstage. Most of which you’ll see when the show airs, but some of it, you won’t. So what was happening backstage? Read more…
It’s sort of an obvious question to ask, but we here at the VH1 Blog have been wondering, of all the ladies on Basketball Wives, is there a universal favorite? We doubt it, since women like Royce, Meeka, and Tami tend to be of the “Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em” variety (well, at least judging by our comments section you either really love them or REALLY hate them).
Now that the season’s come to an end, tell us, who’s your favorite? Do you love Royce and Meeka for standing their ground and resisting the “popular” girls? Do you appreciate Suzie‘s attempts to be friends with everyone? Do you love Shaunie for keeping things (mostly) calm and cool? Or do you prefer the dramatic but also pretty hilarious antics of Jen, Tami, and Evelyn?
No matter who you prefer, be sure to tune in to the Basketball Wives Season 3 Reunion — part one airs Monday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.