More like 'Real GROUSEwives of Beverly Hills' -- Kyle Richards and co. are refusing to sign contracts to film the next season of the show ... effectively staging a holdout until they ALL get more money.
According to sources, 5 cast members have been asked to return for the fifth season -- Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville, and Yolanda Foster -- but so far, zero have agreed to come back.
As we reported, Lisa has made it very clear she's on the fence about renewing her contract for personal reasons -- but we're told the other women are, more predictably, holding out for fatter paychecks.
Sources tell us negotiations have been intense, but Bravo is close to finalizing deals for everyone except Lisa, who remains a question mark.
As for who will replace the cast members who got bounced -- Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia -- it's unclear ... but we're told the new fiancee of Yolanda's ex-husband is a front-runner. Wonder why.
Camille Grammer's Ex-BF
Off the Hook
In Felony Assault Case
5/28/2014 2:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Camille Grammer's ex-boyfriend will not be charged in the alleged altercation that went down between them last year ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Grammer accused Dimitri Charalambopoulos of attacking her in a Houston hotel room last October. Grammer was left badly bruised and battered (see below) and got a restraining order against Charalambopoulos for three years.
But Charalambopoulos appeared before a grand jury today ... which decided there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case ... meaning he was free to go.
We're told Camille's team is baffled by the decision not to move forward ... especially because they felt there was plenty of evidence -- including pics of injuries -- and because a judge had already seen enough to grant the restraining order.
On Brink of Quitting 'Real Housewives'
Andy Cohen to the Rescue
5/27/2014 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Vanderpump has had it with "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- but executive producer Andy Cohen is fighting tooth and nail to keep her ... using Lance Bass as his secret weapon.
Sources close to production tell TMZ, Andy and Lance double teamed Lisa at her Beverly Hills restaurant PUMP over the weekend in a last ditch effort to get her to come back for the next season of RHOBH ... disguising their attack as a casual dinner date.
We're told Lisa -- who's already killing it on Bravo with her other show "Vanderpump Rules" -- has not re-upped her RHOBH contract and has told Andy she's fed up with the show ... specifically because she felt extremely bullied by the other women last season. See below.
According to sources, Cohen is extremely nervous about losing Vanderpump -- a big player on RHOBH -- and spent most of their dinner trying to convince her to stay ... it's unclear if Lisa has changed her mind. We're told Andy used Lance because he knows Lisa and Lance are good friends.
We're told the other housewives have also not signed on for the next season yet -- but clearly Andy is already playing favorites.
Blasts Apollo Nida On Cam
I Ain't Snitchin' Like You! [VIDEO]
5/9/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida won't be comparing himself to T.I. anymore -- especially when it comes to snitching -- because the rapper and his boy Killer Mike put the fear of God into Apollo in Atlanta yesterday ... and the whole confrontation was recorded.
TMZ broke the story ... "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nida copped a plea with the Feds in his wire and bank fraud case -- and part of the terms included Nida agreeing to become an informant to help catch other crooks. Aka snitching.
Nida tried to downplay our story with a tweet ... claiming T.I. and Michael Vick signed similar "snitching" deals in their cases. Big mistake, Apollo.
T.I. and Mike caught up with Nida in a parking lot yesterday ... and made it extremely clear -- he better keep T.I.'s name out of his mouth.
In the vid ... T.I. tells Nida their cases were not similar at all.
T.I.'s right ... we've seen the documents and his plea agreement with the Feds does NOT include a so-called snitching clause.
Nida has since deleted the tweet -- and after what happens in this video ... safe to say he won't be saying, tweeting, or even thinking anything about T.I. again.
Bethenny & Jason
Guess Whose Face Tells
The Real Story
5/9/2014 5:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bethenny Frankel and estranged hubby Jason Hoppy buried the hatchet -- temporarily -- to celebrate their daughter Bryn's birthday.
They were strolling the street in NYC, looking happy, but snapshots can be deceiving.
As TMZ first reported, Frankel filed for divorce in January 2013, but they have been in a mega- fight over money and custody issues ever since. Just last month, Bethenny was ordered to fork over $100k to Hoppy's attorneys ... and still there is no deal done.
Maybe the divorce will be settled before Bryn's next birthday.
Won't Cost Her 'Housewives' Gig
5/7/2014 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams' anti-gay sermon does NOT mean she's getting axed from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" next season, but she still might be 86'd over that reunion show brawl ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ previously reported, video from about 3 years ago recently surfaced showing Porsha preaching and rambling about praying for gays, lesbians, and hookers to be saved.
But sources close to Porsha tell TMZ she has not heard one word from Bravo. We're told Bravo is more concerned about the fallout from Porsha's fight with Kenya Moore and the resulting battery charge.
Our sources say Bravo hasn't made a final decision yet -- but execs are worried about having both women return next season because restraining orders can put a real damper on group scenes.
'Housewives Star' Apollo Nida
Sure, I'll Be A Rat For The Government
5/7/2014 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida made a deal with the feds that has landed many an informant in concrete shoes.
Nida copped a plea Tuesday to wire and bank fraud, and TMZ has learned under the terms of the deal he agreed to act in an "undercover investigative capacity" for the feds.
Here's what we don't understand ... the plea deal is now available to the public, so what idiot is going to spill his guts to Nida now?
It gets even weirder. Nida has agreed to allow the feds to record conversations he may have with other criminal suspects. Again, it's like screaming through a bullhorn, "Don't talk to that dude!"
Nida stole the identities of more than 50 people and laundered more than $2.3 million ... so the government claims.
Nida could be sentenced to 30 years in prison, but that's worst case scenario. The judge will formally sentence him in July.
Hopefully, real life snitching will work out better for Nida than it did on "The Sopranos."
'Real Housewives' Hubby
Pleads Guilty in Massive ID Theft Scheme
5/6/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apollo Nida -- husband of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks -- has pleaded guilty in a massive money fraud scheme ... after allegedly stealing the identities of more than 50 people and laundering more than $2.3 million.
According to the US Attorneys' office, Feds pounced on Nida last year after he and a group of co-conspirators cashed tons of stolen U.S. Treasury checks, and checks from the Delta Airlines pension fund ... then laundered the money through bank accounts in the names of people whose IDs he also stole.
Feds claim Nida bilked even more cash by filing fake tax returns and obtaining bank loans against cars he didn't own.
He pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. He'll be sentenced at a later date.
Was Worse in Person Than On TV
4/25/2014 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" fight between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore was brutal on TV ... Kandi Burruss says it was worse in person ... because Bravo didn't show everything.
Burruss was at LAX on Thursday where she told our photog she did watch the fight on TV when it aired on Sunday night ... just like her fellow Housewife Kenya did.
Kandi says she has every intention of coming back to the show next season and says she wants the WHOLE cast to return ... even Porsha, violence and all.
Someone knows what pays the bills.
Bitch Fight With Porsha
Hard to Watch
4/24/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kenya Moore told our photog ... the epic "Real Housewives of Atlanta" brawl between Porsha Williams and herself was "disgusting" to watch on TV.
Kenya was tight-lipped on Porsha's glamorous mug shot -- taken after she was criminally charged with battery, but she did say she'd love to see her nemesis replaced with someone less violent.
It's also interesting how she responds to the $64K question ... whether she'll return to the show next season.
Bitch fights ... they're just awesome.
Former Villa Blanca Waitress Makes Absurd Settlement Offer
4/22/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is one for the books. The woman who was suing Lisa Vanderpump for $5 million alleging sexual harassment at her Villa Blanca restaurant -- among other things, is now willing to settle for $40K if the restaurant acknowledges some ridiculous things.
Karina Bustillos -- who claimed a Villa Blanca manager sexually harassed her in all sorts of ways -- says she'll drop the suit if she gets $40K and the following promises from Villa Blanca:
-- not to serve catfish and claim it's the more expensive tilapia
-- not to serve canned fruits and veggies and call them fresh
-- teach employees not to eat food off customers' plates
-- order kitchen staff to wash their hands frequently
And there's other stuff too, which seems like it's designed to embarrass.
Lisa Vanderpump tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is "frivolous and a clear case of malicious prosecution."
I'm on Team Porsha
Kenya Deserved Beatdown
4/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The battle lines have been drawn ... "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes says she's totes team Porsha Williams -- because Kenya Moore provoked her way into an attack.
NeNe was heading out at L.A.X. Saturday when our camera guy asked whose side she's on -- Porsha Williams or Kenya -- and NeNe didn't hold back.
As we previously reported ... Porsha and Kenya got into a full-on bitch fight last month while filming. Porsha was charged with assault and took the most glam mug shot ever while turning herself in.
So, we gotta ask ...
Most Glam Mug Shot Ever
4/16/2014 7:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams is gonna have bitches clamoring for jailhouse makeovers after they see the mug shot she just took in Atlanta.
TMZ obtained the mug shot -- taken with full hair and makeup -- when the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member turned herself in to the Fulton County Sheriff to be booked for simple battery ... a misdemeanor.
As TMZ first reported ... an arrest warrant was issued for Porsha stemming from the brawl she had with Kenya Moore while shooting RHOA.
Porsha was released immediately after posting her $2,000 bail. She paid cash.