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Kelly Bensimon -- Crazy Hot

10/20/2010 4:31 PM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
"Real Housewives of New York City" loose cannon Kelly Bensimon got a little hot and bothered while in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.

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How do you like them big apples?

NeNe Leakes

The Makeup of a Diva on 'Apprentice'

10/20/2010 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UPDATE: Sources close to NeNe tell us ... the reality star is adamantly denying that she had a "tantrum" ... explaining that the makeup artist simply wasn't experienced with African-American hair and makeup. We're told NeNe insists that she thanked the makeup artist for her efforts, but she ultimately decided to do her makeup herself.

The new cast of "Celebrity Apprentice" has only been together for 9 days -- but a diva has already emerged ... and sources tell TMZ, it's NeNe Leakes from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

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According to our spies -- NeNe has already earned a reputation for being the "difficult one" ... after an incident over her makeup this weekend.

We're told NeNe threw a tantrum because she hated the way her makeup artists dolled her up for the opening interviews -- so the "Housewives" star made them start over ... but she still wasn't satisfied.

After two makeovers, NeNe ultimately called the makeup crew off -- grabbed some tools and did the whole thing by herself.

Wonder if David Cassidy is having the same problem.

'O.C. Housewives' Star

Dumps Husband

10/19/2010 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vicki Gunvalson from "Real Housewives of Orange County" isn't going to be a housewife much longer -- because TMZ has learned she just filed for divorce.

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According to documents filed in O.C. Superior Court -- and obtained by TMZ -- Vicki filed for dissolution of marriage on Monday from her husband Donn Gunvalson ... whom she married back in 1994.

And there's this ... Vicki and Donn actually renewed their vows back in July of 2009 -- after Vicki admitted their marriage was souring and they needed a "new start."

Speaking of new starts ...

'Housewives' Table-Flipper -- Under the Gun

10/19/2010 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice is on the verge of losing her spot on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" -- TMZ has learned the reality star's money demands are holding up contract negotiations ... and Bravo is losing patience.

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Sources close to Giudice tell TMZ, the table-flipping housewife feels like Bravo's giving her the short end of the stick ... because she's under the impression that the other women in the cast are earning significantly more money than she is. As we previously reported, Teresa wants double her salary from last season.

We're told Teresa -- who's famously dealt with money issues in the past -- is ready to walk if Bravo doesn't cough up the cash. Bravo insiders wouldn't comment on the current state of negotiations, but did say the network is looking at possible replacements.

As for the other girls -- we're told they're all a safe bet for next season ... minus Danielle, of course.



'Real Housewives of NJ' Bus Tour -- Total Sellouts

10/18/2010 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Busloads of "Real Housewives" fans are abandoning the safety of their living rooms for a quick thrill ride in NJ -- TMZ has learned, there's a brand new tour of all the show's hot spots ... and it's selling out like crazy.

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The 7-hour trip costs $95 ... and we're told, it includes a drive-by tour of all the housewives' houses, plus a bunch of other show-related stops -- like lunch at The Brownstone catering hall (owned by Caroline and Dina's hubbies), and a shopping trip to Kim DePaola's boutique.

And nip/tuck this -- according to the event company behind the tour, it even includes a glimpse into the housewives' plastic surgeon's office.

A one-time tour was originally scheduled for next Friday -- but in order to accommodate an unexpected surge in demand, it was rescheduled for an upcoming weekend ... and 2-4 additional dates are in the works.


'Beverly Hills Housewives' Hubby Went Belly Up

10/16/2010 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Taylor Armstrong has a husband who has a lot in common with a big celebrity ... sadly, it's Toni Braxton.

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Russell Armstrong filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in October of '05, this according to docs filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and obtained by TMZ.  The problem was simple ... Armstrong, an investor, said he had less than $50,000 in assets and debt somewhere between 1 and 10 million bucks.

Russell, who has been married to Taylor for seven years, says in the docs he made a boatload during the 1990's "dot.com boom" but took a huge financial hit when everything crashed. And it went from bad to worse after 9/11, with an IRS dispute and a "costly" palimony lawsuit filed by a former fianceé.

Looks like Taylor took the "for richer or poorer" part seriously.

A rep could not be reached for comment.

Kelsey Grammer's Wife: Miscarriage of Justice

10/15/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Camille Grammer, Kelsey Grammer's estranged wife and star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," feels "absolutely humiliated" over Kelsey's girlfriend, and feels her recent miscarriage is all part of bad Karma.

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Sources who interact with Camille on the show's production tell TMZ ... she feels "very bitter and the bitterness has been growing" over Kelsey's sudden decision to pull the plug on their marriage.

We're told Camille feels sad about Kayte Walsh's miscarriage, but believes it's all part of the cosmos -- what goes around, comes around.

And, we're told, although the show reveals some of the bitterness, "It's way deeper than people watching would know."


'Housewives of Beverly Hills'

Who'd You Rather?

10/12/2010 4:33 PM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
All the members of the middle-aged Barbie doll convention known as "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Camille, Adrienne, Kyle, Kim, Lisa, Taylor) put their best faces forward at the premiere of their reality show in West Hollywood on Monday.

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The question is...


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Danielle Staub's Ex to Sue Over 'Naked Truth'

10/5/2010 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Danielle Staub's ex-husband is already picking another legal fight over statements made by the former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star ... but this time, he wants someone else to pay.

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It's all over Danielle's tell-all book "The Naked Truth" -- in which Staub allegedly claims Kevin Maher was "incarcerated for 18 months" for "criminal activity relative to Danielle Staub."

Maher tells us the claim is "patently untrue" -- and insists that before the book came out, he warned the publisher, Simon & Schuster, that if they published the book ... he would fire off a big, fat lawsuit.

But they published it anyway -- and Maher is pissed ... telling us he's getting ready to hit them with a $10 million lawsuit.

As we previously reported -- Kevin just settled his defamation lawsuit with Danielle over some pretty nasty things she allegedly said about him ... and we're told he walked away with a pretty nice payday.

Calls to Simon & Schuster were not returned.


Danielle Staub -- Settlement Reached in War with Ex

10/4/2010 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned ... Danielle Staub has reached a settlement with her ex-husband Kevin Maher -- thus ending a ferocious legal war over allegations that he once raped her with a gun and murdered her dog.

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The terms of the settlement are confidential -- but one source close to the case tells us ... "cash was involved in the deal."

As we previously reported, Maher had sued the former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star for $5 million -- claiming she defamed him by allegedly spreading horrible lies about him to several people and various news outlets.

TMZ spoke with Maher who told us, "The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of both parties." Maher also told us, "It's interesting that the case gets settled the day before Danielle was supposed to be deposed ... it was going to be the worst day of her life."

A rep for Staub had no comment.


Kelly vs. Audrina

Who'd You Rather?

10/3/2010 4:05 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Looking like mother and daughter, "Real Housewives of New York City" star Kelly Killoren Bensimon and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Audrina Patridge made nice at the same event in NYC on Thursday.

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Question is ...

Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- We Prefer 'Alleged'

10/2/2010 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tareq and Michaele Salahi prefer you call them "alleged" White House party crashers -- so today (just to be safe) we can say they are auctioning off the alleged dress Michaele allegedly wore when she and her alleged husband allegedly crashed the White House.

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As we first reported, the dress is being put up for auction by The Potomack Company, an all-female owned auction house, with a percentage of the sale to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.

Allegedly.

UPDATE: The dress ended up selling for $7,000. A rep from The Potomack Company tells us the company will be "donating a matching commission to the same two charities." Not allegedly.

'DC Housewife' -- Face Time with Bush

10/2/2010 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Real Housewives of Washington D.C." star Mary Schmidt Amons (left) chatted up President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush Hager (right) at a charity event in Baltimore on Thursday.

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For the record -- this "DC Housewife" actually had an invitation to the party.


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