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'OC Housewife' Gretchen Rossi Tamra's Engagement Is a SHAM

3/19/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Gretchen Rossi is telling friends ... Tamra Barney's new engagement is based on a money-grubbing lie -- manufactured by show producers desperate for a dramatic finale.

Sources close to Gretchen tell TMZ, producers originally approached Gretchen's BF Slade about proposing -- hoping he'd pop the question in time for the show's big finale this year. We're told producers even attempted to bribe Slade with an exotic proposal destination ... and a FREE RING.

We're told Slade turned the offer down -- convinced the public already hated him enough without a fake proposal -- so producers turned to Tamra and her BF Eddie Judge out of spite.

We're told Tamra and Eddie instantly snatched up the proposal package -- and her whole proposal was then conveniently filmed for the show ... at the same exotic location that was allegedly offered to Slade.

Bravo had no comment.

'Bev Hills Housewives' Doctor My Nose Job Patient is Threatening Me!

2/23/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snot your typical restraining order ... "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Dr. Paul Nassif claims a dissatisfied nose job patient has been harassing and threatening him to the point the cops are now involved and Nassif is asking for court protection.

Nassif -- a cosmetic surgeon who is married to "Housewives" star Adrienne Maloof -- performed all sorts of schnoz work on Roman Melikov. Mr. Melikov didn't like the results, to say the least.

According to the police report, Nassif claims Melikov incessantly called his office, demanding to speak with him and threatening, "If I don't get to f**king talk to Dr. Nassif, I will just show up and f**king wait for him to talk to me because he needs to f**king pay for this!"

And Melikov left voicemails for Nassif, referring to himself as a "psycho." Melikov also said he would come to Bev Hills to "have Nassif's wife help him out of pity."

Nassif's employees fear Melikov is mentally unstable and could come to the office "and do something crazy."

Nassif wants a restraining order, keeping Melikov away from him and his family. As for Melikov, he wants a $26,000 refund.

We spoke with Melikov, who told us Nassif screwed up his nose. The swelling didn't go down for 2 years. And the 25-year-old businessman tells us his nose is now bigger and ugly.

8:13 AM PST -- Melikov, a portfolio manager, tells TMZ Nassif has taken his "psycho" comment totally out of context ... explaining, "I told him I had to be a psycho to invest in this market, because it has been so volatile. "

'NY Housewives' Star I'm Making My Merkins Fur-Free!

1/28/2012 2:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cindy Barshop
Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Cindy Barshop has heard the cries of the anti-fur community and had a change of heart -- she's going to make her new line of luxury merkins fur-free!

As TMZ first reported, the "RHONY" is selling the pubic wigs at her NYC waxing salon, Completely Bare. One of the merkins used real fox fur -- which, according to our sources, drew lots of hate mail and threats in Cindy's direction. 

So, we're told, plans to use the real fox fur have been scrapped and instead she'll go with faux fur.

Now you don't have to worry about PETA throwing paint on your nether regions.

Gerard Butler 'Who's Brandi Glanville?'

1/27/2012 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If Gerard Butler really did have mind-blowing sex with "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville -- as she proudly claims -- he doesn't remember it ... asking TMZ, "Who's Brandi Glanville?"

In case you didn't know ... Brandi -- Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife -- recently appeared on a talk show, announcing she once bumped uglies with Gerard for an entire week ... and it was so good, she rated him an 11 out of 10.

But either Butler has so much good sex, he can't remember every bangmates's name -- or Brandi's lying. Both are equally plausible.

Mob Wife vs. NJ Housewife Who'd You Rather?

1/19/2012 9:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
0119_animal_ratherWearing similar sexy animal print tops, "Mob Wives" lovely Renee Graziano and gorgeous "Real Housewives of New Jersey" wannabe Kim G did not get into a fight at the same event in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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Judge to Danielle Staub: No One Can MAKE You Strip

1/19/2012 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Danielle Staub can keep her pants on ... for now ... 'cause the former "Real Housewives" villain just won a nasty legal fight with one of the biggest strip clubs in the country.

TMZ has learned ... a federal judge in NY just ruled that Scores New York failed to show why Staub had a legal obligation to continue working for the gentlemen's club after taking a $25k payment to perform in a stripper video in 2010.

As we previously reported, Scores sued Staub for $375k ... claiming she failed to make a series of appearances at the club and on the Scores website ... after accepting the initial payment.

But in the court ruling, obtained by TMZ, the judge claimed Scores drew up a "vague" contract ... and never clearly specified Staub's obligations to the club.

The judge officially dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday -- but the war may not be over ... 'cause Scores can bring the fight back to the court if new information comes to light.

In the meantime, if you REALLY wanna see Staub get naked ... there's always her sex tape -- if you're into bagels, broccoli and onions.

'NY Housewives' Star The Merkin Biz is Booming!

1/17/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cindy Barshop
Feathers aren't just for birds anymore ... they're also perfect for vaginas ... this according to former "Real Housewives of New York" star Cindy Barshop.

Cindy has created two new lines of luxury merkins ... which she's now selling at her NY waxing salon -- Completely Bare.

The first line is called the Foxy Bikini, in which the bikini line is waxed bare and replaced with a pubic wig made from real fox fur. They come in a variety of colors ... including traditional pink!

NY waxing salon -- Completely Bare -- merkins
For those who desire a more festive flower -- Cindy also offers the Carnivale Bikini ... in which the pubic region is decorated with feathers in a variety of colors! 

But a fancy hoo-ha don't come cheap -- starting price for the Carnivale is $195 and the Foxy is $30 extra.

Barshop won't be back on "RHONY" for season 5, but from the look of it ... she's got things covered.

Kim Richards The Post-Rehab Chow Down

1/12/2012 9:15 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Kim Richards hit up Mr. ChowWith a big smile on her face, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards hit up Mr. Chow last night ... her first public outing since checking out of rehab earlier this month.

The 47-year-old went to the Beverly Hills celebrity hot spot with her big sister Kathy Hilton.

In December, Kim entered rehab for treatment of alcohol abuse and other "serious issues."

Family members have said Kim is doing "really well" since completing the 30-day program and are optimistic she'll stay on track.

It's still unclear if the "recovery" storyline will be featured on the next season of the reality show.

'Real Housewives' Star Check Out My $19,000 Ring ... Courtesy of Elizabeth Taylor

1/5/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former "Real Housewives of NYC" star Jill Zarin ain't bitter she got the boot from the show -- telling TMZ, she's still got a filthy rich husband ... and she proved it by flashing the $19,000 ring he bought her last month at Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection.

Honestly, we have no idea how she walked around with that thing last night in New York -- because it's freaking MASSIVE ... a gemstone the size of a baby's fist, designed by famed jeweler Zohrab Istanboulian, and once worn by Liz Taylor herself.

The ET auction took place last month in NYC -- and you may recall ... rich people of all shapes and sizes were at each other's throats to get their grubby mitts on the late legend's bling.

Kim Kardashian herself dropped $65,000 on a couple bracelets. Must be nice.

NJ Housewife & Hubby Worked Out & Wet in Miami

1/3/2012 3:00 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Melissa Gorga in a bikini"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Joe and Melissa Gorga left all their Garden State family drama at home and showed off their his and hers matching lean, buff and bronzed bods in Miami this weekend.

It's obvious their marriage is very fit.


'Jersey Housewife' Call Me a Stripper Again ... AND I'LL SUE YOUR ASS!

12/6/2011 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Melissa Gorga is adamant she never, ever STRIPPED during her stint as a bartender at Lookers Gentleman's Club in New Jersey ... and now she's threatening to sue anyone who says otherwise.

Gorga's been hounded by the stripper talk ever since a former Lookers employee began calling BS on Melissa to the media ... insisting she was an exotic dancer at the club.

But Gorga claims she can PROVE she never got naked -- unearthing payroll sheets which list her as a "bar maid" ... and getting a sworn affidavit from longtime club owner Chris Kontos, in which he testifies Melissa "worked solely in the capacity as a bartender."

Gorga has also hired attorney James J. Leonard Jr. -- who tells TMZ, "At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga."

'Real Housewives of NYC' Swimsuit Battle Who'd You Rather?

12/5/2011 9:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan in bathing suits
"Real Housewives of NYC" lovelies Ramona Singer, 55, and Sonja Morgan, 48, showed off their unreal swimsuit bodies in Miami this weekend.

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Taylor Armstrong I'm Writing a Tell-All

12/3/2011 4:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong -- whose estranged husband committed suicide earlier this year -- is writing a tell-all book about her relationship.

It's called "Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within" -- and the 272-pager is set for release in February 2012.

Taylor claims she's writing the book to raise domestic violence awareness -- and will detail the ins-and-outs of her relationship with her late husband Russell Armstrong ... who she claims physically abused her.

Russell killed himself in August, a month after Taylor had filed for divorce.

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