Teresa Guidice may be a criminal, but she's not as bad as people are making her out to be in the restitution department.
There has been a torrent of criticism that Teresa funded her daughter's 2 music videos when she still owes the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and she stiffed her creditors by declaring bankruptcy.
But we've learned ... Teresa didn't ante up a red cent for the 3KT videos. Gia Guidice's manager, Xhist Entertainment, tells TMZ the videos were funded by the management company and private investors ... not Teresa or Joe.
There are reports Teresa blew 5 figures on the videos. We're told they were way cheaper -- $5K-8K a pop.
She's bad, but not that bad.
Ex-'Housewife' Carlton Gebbia
The Wicked Witch is Dead
So I'll Return to 'Housewives'
12/13/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-"Real Housewives" star Carlton Gebbia says she may have been fired, but she won in the end because Bravo secretly came back to her on hands and knees, asking her to return.
Carlton got her walking papers from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... because the audience didn't connect to her Wiccan ways ... something the show wanted her to do.
We're told Bravo execs had a meeting with Carlton, asking her to make a few appearances. She made it clear ... she had NO interest in returning.
But fast forward to this week, when Andy Cohen went on his show and publicly apologized to Carlton, saying the show screwed up by portraying her as a wicked witch when she's actually a devoted mom, a fun wife and a savvy businesswoman.
That did the trick. Carlton tells us she's now open to returning to the show.
To be continued.
Sorry for my Topless Pic
That Damn Reflection
12/11/2014 12:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson's topless Instagram photo was inadvertent ... so she claims.
Vicki posted a photo Thursday AM, thanking Bravo TV for her Christmas Present -- a nice set of headphones.
In the Dept. of Obvious ... even a casual look at the pic reveals Vicki was naked when she pressed the red button. She, however, says she never saw her boobs before posting the photo.
Vicki tells us she was distracted, getting ready for work.
The question ... are you buying what she's selling?
'Vanderpump Rules' Cast
We're Making Pennies and
Stuck Flying Coach
12/11/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The "Vanderpump Rules" cast is pulling in big ratings, but most of them are still drawing small paychecks … TMZ has learned.
Several sources connected to the show tell us anyone NOT named Lisa Vanderpump only made $5K for the WHOLE first season -- but when ratings soared they all went looking for raisies.
We're told the cast wanted 2 things: more money and first class seats on flights. Bravo budged on the cheddar ... handing them each roughly $3K/episode for Season 2, and $5K/episode for Season 3.
But while LV's sipping free booze in first -- everyone else will still be in the pretzel and peanut set. They're stuck in coach.
Much of the cast believes Bravo denied their flight upgrades because execs don't want them losing that working class charm. Most of 'em are bartenders and servers, after all.
Vanderpump not only rules ... she negotiates better.
'RHOA' Porsha Williams
Getting Dumped Could Make Me Millions
12/10/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams may have figured out a way to make millions of dollars ... and it's all because she got dumped by her sugar daddy.
We found out Porsha has been approached by SugarDaddyForMe.com, which offered to create a new website called PorshasSugarBabies.com, recruiting women like her who have their sights set on meeting really rich and mostly old dudes.
SugarDaddyForMe.com is the real deal, with 4.5 million members, so it would give Porsha a platform to create her own brand and keep 50% of the profits.
We broke the story ... the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star got a reality check when her married mystery man pulled the plug on their relationship and also cut her off financially.
Porsha's noodling the idea.
'Real Housewife' Kelly Bensimon
IN A BIKINI IS TOO
Hot To Handle!
12/8/2014 2:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Remember Kelly Killoren Bensimon -- former "Real Housewife of New York City"?
Three years away from TV have done a body good.
Seriously -- look at that body.
Did your mom look like that at 46?
We didn't think so.
Look away if it's too much.
Do you need a cold shower yet?
How about now?
You definitely do now.
Please come back to TV, Kelly.
... And don't forget the bikini!
'Housewives' Star Mama Joyce
No Way I'm Attending Miss Sharon's Funeral
... But I Have Regrets
12/3/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Mama Joyce regrets her toxic relationship with her in-law Miss Sharon, but still ... she has no plans to go to the funeral.
Mama Joyce famously belittled her son-in-law Todd Tucker and his mom Sharon Tucker on the show ... claiming he was money hungry and Sharon was a prostitute.
But now Joyce tells TMZ she is sorry for attacking Sharon by repeating gossip (which turned out to be false) -- and wishes they'd patched things up before Miss Sharon died on Tuesday.
Silver lining? Kandi Burruss' mom says she wants to have a better relationship with Todd.
MJ added she won't attend the funeral out of respect for Miss Sharon's friends and family. She knows a lot of people would be pissed if she showed her face ... so instead she's going to send flowers.
He's the Reason I'm Going to Prison
12/3/2014 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice can't even do bankruptcy right ... and she blames it on her lawyer whom she is now suing.
Teresa claims in her new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was a slacker who never even met with her prior to filing bankruptcy docs.
She also says he was sloppy as hell, not bothering to list key assets such as her cars, her rental property income and various bank accounts.
Giudice claims he's the reason she got nailed with bankruptcy fraud and that's why she's going to prison for 15 months.
Teresa says it's a classic case of malpractice, and she wants minimum 5 mil. By the way ... if you see any stories later today saying she's suing for $15 mil ... that's wrong. She makes the same claim 3 times.
We reached out to Teresa's lawyer, Jim Kridel ... so far no word back.
Nene Leakes & Kim Zolciak
Grill Each Other Like Cheeseburgers
On Live TV
12/3/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak will make each other squirm on live TV ... forced to come clean about some very personal issues.
Production sources tell us NeNe and Kim have agreed to play Andy Cohen's game, "Plead the 5th" ... where they're asked 3 questions and they can only plead the 5th to one.
Andy typically asks the questions, but this time the girls will grill each other.
Six years ago, NeNe openly talked about Kim having a sugar daddy and cheating on her man, triggering an iconic club house showdown ... after Kim called in to confront NeNe.
We're told NO questions are off-limits. That and a few drinks should make it interesting.
'Housewives' Star Miss Sharon
Dies From Stroke
12/2/2014 8:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kandi Burruss' mother-in-law, Sharon Tucker, died in NYC Tuesday ... after suffering a stroke one day earlier.
Todd Tucker immediately flew from ATL to NY after getting the news about his mother's stroke ... according to sources close to Kandi and her husband. Todd's mom frequently appeared on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... and went by Miss Sharon on the show.
She slipped into a coma overnight while hospitalized after the stroke. We're told Kandi and Todd were by her side when Miss Sharon died.
'RHOA' Star Porsha Williams
I Lost My Sugar Daddy
Now I'm Losing My Rolls
12/1/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams derailed her own gravy train ... and now she has to ditch her $300,000 Rolls-Royce if she wants to keep living in the lap of luxury.
Sources close to Porsha tell TMZ ... the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has been getting ridiculously expensive gifts -- like the Rolls -- from a mystery sugar daddy. But we're told the dude (who's married) got fed up with her posting pics of the swag, and cut her off.
Our sources say Porsha's selling the RR because she needs a quick cash injection. It's not that she's broke -- she's still pulling in 6-figures from "RHOA" -- but since the BF cash flow has dried up ... she's suddenly gotta pay for more stuff ... like meals.
Porsha's take on losing the Rolls? She told us, "I'm trading up with the new year coming up." Unclear if she's referring to cars, men ... or both.
Makes Promises Hollower Than Her Left Leg
... Ex-Manager Claims
11/29/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fired 'Housewives' star Aviva Drescher got paid $100K to star on another reality show ... then screwed over the manager who got her the gig -- at least that's how the pissed off manager sees it.
The ex-manager claims she booked Drescher and her husband, Reid, on "Marriage Bootcamp" and says the Dreschers promised her a 10% commission -- which amounted to $10K.
In a lawsuit, the ex-manager says Drescher slandered her in interviews ... by calling her "sleazy" and a "wannabe agent."
The ex-manager says she only got $2,500 of her commission, so she is suing for the balance ... and for damages to her reputation. We tried contacting the Dreschers ... but no response so far.
Tip for the ex-manager -- beware of flying limbs.
I Got Real Pumped
To Eat at Reality Star's Restaurant
11/24/2014 10:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lawrence cozied up to one of the stars of her favorite show Saturday night in West Hollywood ... and TOTALLY fangirl'ed out.
The "Hunger Games" star hit up Pump with her friends and we're told Lisa Vanderpump hooked JLaw up with the best seat in the house ... and then snapped a pic with the group.
It's interesting ... When the actress walked in no one noticed her and she was seated in the less desirable outside area facing Santa Monica Blvd. When Vanderpump realized what was up, Jennifer was moved to Lisa's personal table.
Jennifer was drinking Pump-tinis and Lisa's Sangria.
Lawrence has confessed she LOVES reality TV ... and the Instagram video makes it clear ... in her head Vanderpump Rules.