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Bethenny Frankel

Puff, Puff ...

Pass the Skinnygirl Weed!

1/15/2015 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-bethenny-frankel-akmgsi-wmLike smoking weed but hate packing on the extra Funyun-induced pounds? Then Bethenny Frankel is about to become your salvation.  

Yes, the woman who built Skinnygirl products into a multi-million dollar empire is now branching out into weed. Our sources confirm Frankel is working on selling a kind of pot that does NOT give you the munchies.  

Frankel seemed to be doing market research last month in the Rockies when she was seen walking out of the famous Green Dragon Dispensary in Aspen. It's kinda like the Barney's New York of pot sales. 

BF later tweeted, "OMG it's the craziest thing to see marijuana legal in Aspen. People walking into pot stores like it's the @Gap #prohibitiondone"

As first reported by Us Weekly, Frankel plans to peddle her buds in states where recreational marijuana is legal ... like Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.


'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks

Hubby's in the Big House

So I'm Selling Mine

1/15/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0114_phaedra_parks_house_launch"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks is way better with money than convicted hubby Apollo Nida ... she raked in major dough selling one of her Georgia homes.  

Sources close to Phaedra tell TMZ she scored over $27K in profit when she sold her 9,148 sq-ft home last fall -- a huge financial boost when you consider Apollo had just started his 8-year prison stretch for money laundering and check fraud

She originally snagged the 5 bedroom/5 bath property for $322K on her own back in 2001, and let it go last October for $349K. Great timing for some extra scratch -- Parks dropped strong hints last month she's going to divorce Nida.

"All the women who independent, throw your hands up at me!"

Joanna Krupa

If Brandi Thinks My Vagina Stinks, Wait Till ...

She Gets a Whiff of This Lawsuit

1/14/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Joanna Krupa Suing Brandi Glanville
Joanna Krupa's lady parts have finally had enough of Brandi Glanville alleging there is a major funk down there ... so Joanna's gearing up to take Brandi to court.

According to a legal letter sent from Krupa's lawyer to Glanville -- and obtained by TMZ -- JK is warning the 'RHBH' star ... her ass is about to get hit with a defamation lawsuit.

Brandi and Joanna have been feuding since November 2013 when Glanville went on "Watch What Happens Live" and claimed she'd heard from a friend ... Krupa's nether region "smelled."

She re-iterated that again just last month ... which made Krupa go ballistic about Glanville to a TMZ photog -- and most likely led to lawyers drafting this letter.

The suit has not been filed yet, but Krupa and her attorneys say ... it's coming.

Claudia Jordan

Sorry, Nene ...

My Lady Parts Are Fully Intact!

1/13/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Claudia Jordan Nene Leakes FightClaudia Jordan wants to make two things clear: Her dislike of Nene Leakes is LEGIT ... and her pleasure point is doing just fine.

Claudia and Nene engaged in an epic war of words during the last "Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- when Nene accused Claudia of sleeping with so many men ... her clitoris had bailed on her. Whatever that means. 

But CJ set the record straight in NYC Monday night with a gynecological update (based on her last shower) -- and took a few new shots at Nene for her lack of clever insults.  

She even suggests ... it might be time for the reigning queen of 'RHOA' to move on. 

Ooohh, yes she did!

Teresa Giudice

'Real Housewives' May Hibernate

Until She's Free

1/13/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Teresa Giudice
 may have just had a reversal of fortune, because we've learned Bravo is seriously considering shelving "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" until Teresa gets sprung ... they think she's THAT important to the success of the show.

Our sources say Bravo execs have been holding meetings and they're "strongly leaning" in the direction of putting the show on ice, because without Teresa it's boring. Bravo is worried a bad season could tank the show, and it's just safer to wait.

This is not sitting well with the rest of the cast. Bruised egos aside, the women are pissed at the prospect of not pulling in a paycheck for more than a year. She's serving 15 months.

Teresa, who has a conflict with virtually every other "housewife" on the show, can almost certainly use this turn of events to her financial advantage. It's pretty basic ... the more the network needs you, the more you make. 

TMZ reached out to Bravo ... they had no comment.

Teresa Giudice

Prison Beauty Regimen

Coffee Grinds and Vaseline

1/10/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice doesn't have access to MAC products, but a company has jerry-rigged a Sephora-like experience that will keep her fresh and young-ish.

PRIV -- an app that sends a beauty expert straight to your door -- sent Teresa a letter offering beauty hacks for pretty women behind bars. The products generally have a primary purpose that is not cosmetic, but they work in a pinch. They include:

-- Vaseline, which acts as a lip exfoliant. PRIV advises that Teresa gently use a toothbrush to buff her lips with the lubricant, wipe with cool water and dab dry.

-- Advil Liqui-Gels. Break open the capsule. It's great for acne.

-- Protein Powder. Add a few scoops to the commissary conditioner. It boosts hair growth and locks in the moisture and shine. 

-- Uncooked Oatmeal and Coffee Grinds. Great for the skin. Combine in equal parts and add just enough water to make a paste for a simple scrub. The oatmeal soothes while the coffee invigorates the skin.

It's like if MacGyver went to beauty school.

Teresa & Joe Giudice

Fire Sale for New Jersey Mansion

1/7/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Teresa Giudice Selling HomeTeresa and Joe Giudice just DRASTICALLY reduced the asking price for their New Jersey mansion, because they MUST move out stat for cheaper digs.  

The convicted couple just slashed half a mil off the asking price. But the situation is more dire than it seems. They had initially listed the house for $3.99 million, but there were no takers, so in November they lowered the price by $500,000. Still no takers.

The latest cut brings the asking price to a relatively reasonable $2.99 mil. Their realtor believes that should do the trick.

Teresa and Joe are cash strapped after their conviction and they want to radically downsize.  

Bad feng shui?

Teresa Giudice

TG Says N-O to Brav-O

1/6/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice
 played a form of "Let's Make a Deal" before going to prison ... and she ended up losing a huge cash prize.

Door #1: We're told Bravo was prepared to offer her a "huge deal" if she allowed them to film her final days before entering the big house. Our sources say she would have scored in excess of $50K.

Door #2: Turn down the offer because it might piss off prison officials and others who could possibly grant her an early release.

We're told Teresa chose Door #2.

Teresa says she didn't want to exploit her family's goodbyes -- which is ironic because she had no problem putting them on 6 seasons of 'Housewives' and sitting down with Andy Cohen for $$$.

Sources close to Bravo say the talks Teresa had with Bravo were "informal."


Teresa Giudice

A Bad Egg Before Prison

1/5/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sweet freedom tastes just like a sad egg sandwich -- at least that's what "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice wants to remember it was like.

Teresa was snapped at 2 AM Monday, somberly chowing down her last meal as a free woman -- a hot egg sandwich at Elmer's Diner in Danbury, where she'll be spending the next 15 months.

We're told she spent most of her time at the table with her lawyer ... on her phone, saying goodbye to friends. 

Pretty sure she perked up when she saw that prison commissary list. 081314_hungry_stars_footer

Teresa Giudice

Welcome to Club Fed ...

Enjoy Your Ice Cream!

1/5/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" inmate Teresa Giudice will be living in the relative lap of luxury while locked up for the next 15 months ... bathing with Dove soap and sipping cappuccinos.

TMZ got its hands on the commissary list from Danbury prison ... it ain't Whole Foods but it's a whole lot better than you'd think. Her food choices include:

-- Hummus and macaroons 
-- Albacore tuna
-- Cilantro cubes
-- Louisiana hot sauce
-- Deli meat
-- Oreos
-- Dove bars
-- Wild berry frozen yogurt 

And there's plenty she can buy to pass the time, including MP3 players w/ Skullcandy earbuds. She can also buy make-up and cover up those zits with acne cream.

And forget sandpaper to clean yourself ... she can buy Charmin, baby!  And for those lingering smells, she can purchase fragrance oils. 

The best part ... we're told Teresa can spend more than an entire family -- $320/week -- and get this ... her family can put as much money in her account as they want.

So when she's not stocking up on vitamins and beauty supplies she'll be binge eating Fruity Dyno Bites.

She's going to be VERY popular.


Teresa Giudice

'Real Housewives' Star

Checks Into Prison

1/5/2015 5:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1014_TERESA-GIUDICE_tmz"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice is ringing in the New Year as an inmate ... after checking herself into prison early Monday morning. 

Giudice will be serving her 15-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. According to our sources, Giudice showed up at 3:00 AM ... without husband Joe in tow. He was spotted later in the morning driving the couple's kids to school.

Giudice pled guilty in March to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.  

Once Teresa is sprung, Joe will serve a 41-month sentence for fraud. This way while one parent is behind bars, the other can do double duty.


Bethenny Frankel

Breaks Out the Bikini Body

and the New Boyfriend

1/1/2015 8:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0101-bethenny-frankel-bikini-splash-01Which do you think bothers Bethenny Frankel's soon-to-be ex-husband more -- seeing her amazing body in a tiny bikini ... or that she's rocking it with her new man?

Frankel spent the day of New Year's Eve on the beach in Miami with new beau Michael Cerussi. Bethenny's daughter with estranged hubby Jason Hoppy is reportedly with the couple on the trip.

As if all this wasn't enough to irk Hoppy -- whose divorce from Bethenny is still not quite final -- Frankel tweeted, "NYE day & i'm exactly where i want to be with exactly who I want to be with."


Porsha Williams

Not So Boring to Cops ...

Arrested for Speeding

12/29/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1229-porsha-williams-mug-shot-tmz-01Porsha Williams must be bucking for a promotion on RHOA -- because the chick who got demoted for having boring story lines ... just got arrested for blazing down an Atlanta highway.  

TMZ has learned the "Real Housewives" star was pulled over today for allegedly speeding -- cops say 78 mph in a 55 zone -- and they claim she was driving on a suspended license.

Cops hauled Porsha off to jail ... where she was booked. We're told she posted $1,726 to bond out. 

Still, she did some time. Hear that 'Housewives' producers? Porsha's gangsta now.


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