This week's episode of 90 Day Fiance was followed by a promo for Episode 9 that promised plenty of drama.
But all that people are talking about after they watch this preview is Brandon Gibbs ... and his parents.
After Julia Trubkina's ultimatum, Brandon finally stands up to his parents. Or he tries to, anyway.
Shocked and terrified that she might lose absolute control over her adult son, Betty turns on the waterworks -- anything to keep him under her thumb.
In Brandon Gibbs' part of this preview, it's just him and his parents, Betty and Ron, at dinner at a restaurant.
We wonder if he chose it so that they wouldn't make a scene in public. That ... might not work.
He tells them that he and Julia need to move out of the house -- something that he has promised Julia, who has been treated with indignity, disrespect, and forced to be free farm labor.
Betty's first reaction is a very visible and a vocal astonishment.
Though she takes center stage, look at Ron, who also looks surprised.
But as Betty says "what?" he looks to her -- almost as if seeking a cue on how to respond.
"No," Betty says, at first in astonishment and horror and then, more adamantly: "No, no, no."
There is a difference in tone between vocalizing your dismay and ordering someone to not do something.
Betty is clearly trying the latter.
After 27 years under Betty's thumb as she made sure that her son was the least assertive man alive, Brandon is not going to spontaneously regrow a spine overnight.
That is probably why his first instinct is to throw his fiancee under the bus, as he did with the tea.
"It's not my choice," Brandon says.
Ron, clearly furious, says "it IS your choice."
Now, Ron's anger is ridiculous here -- most parents would be overjoyed that their son has a full time job, a fiancee who loves him, and is looking for his own place.
But he is right -- it's Brandon's choice. What Ron clearly does not understand is that it's also the right choice.
We're not seeing every moment of the conversation in this preview -- it's just a teaser -- but Betty switches tactics, as all practiced manipulators do.
She tries to inflate Brandon's ego to get him wrapped around her finger once again.
Betty tells him that he's "the man of the family," whatever the hell that nonsense is supposed to mean.
Again, we can acknowledge Brandon's spinelessness while also recognizing where it came from.
Disturbingly, Brandon immediately tries to back down to appease his parents, suggesting a "bargaining chip" like allowing him and Julia to share a room.
That is unacceptable. He's an adult and he needs, frankly, years of therapy to heal from his family's toxicity.
Betty's tour of manipulation tactics has not ended. She started with admonishment, then moved on to praise.
Now, she's trying to guilt-trip Brandon, and it's sure to work after 27 years of very effective conditioning.
"That she's making you choose," Betty begins to say in a shaky voice.
"... That makes me so sad," she says while she begins to tear up.
First covering her mouth, so that her tears are visible, she then covers her face with her hands.
Mom Tears are never easy to witness. Well, except in this case, for those of us who aren't Brandon, it's pretty easy.
We're not accusing Betty of faking her tears. Suddenly realizing that her son might leave her absolute control could certainly make her genuinely cry.
It's just that it's difficult -- for me, impossible -- to feel sorry for such a terrible, rotten person. The way that she has treated Julia and Brandon is not okay.
Maybe she's genuinely expressing her anguish at the thought of her 27-year-old son living in an apartment and she's upset. In the wise, wise words of Kim Kardashian: "It's what she deserves."
On 90 Day Bares All, fans have learned a lot about 90 Day Fiance stars. Sometimes, more than they needed to know.
But that isn't the only new 90 Day Fiance spinoff coming to Discovery Plus.
Next month, 90 Day: The Single Life premieres.
Viewers will see an array of returning cast members whose on-screen relationships didn't work out the first time.
Shaun Robinson announced the spinoff on Sunday, January 24 while addressing Discovery+ subscribers.
90 Day: The Single Life will follow Fernanda Flores, Brittany Banks, Molly Hopkins, Colt Johnson, Danielle Mullins, and Ed Brown.
This spinoff premieres on February 21. Though we do not yet have a full trailer, here is what we do know.
Fernanda was a young adult in her late teens when she met Jonathan Rivera, who was on vacation and clubbing in Mexico City.
The two hotties hit it off almost instantly, and Jon extended his vacation to spend more time with her. Despite the age gap, they opted to marry.
But Fernanda was unhappy with their life in the US, and was specifically unhappy with how her new husband treated her after they married. They had a bitter divorce.
Fernanda is still in the United States, living in Chicago where she has been seen working as a high end server and as a model.
Despite her heartbreak, she eventually moved on and began to try dating -- over Zoom, as the COVID-19 pandemic had begun.
It will be amazing to see what this young woman gets up to, but some haters will not exactly be rooting for her.
Speaking of 90 Day Fiance stars who have a lot of haters, Brittany Banks dated Yazan Abo Horira for years before they were filmed.
Unfortunately, being on camera changed so much about Yazan's behavior -- out of a desire to please his parents and fear of his extended family, he acted like a different person.
Viewers saw very little love in their story. Instead, they showed Yazan's lies catching up with him as Brittany and his family realized that he had not been honest.
Brittany clearly has a lot of hard feelings towards the man whom she was once prepared to marry.
As a model and a rapper, she's going to have plenty of options as she tries to move on.
But fans will be curious to see how her experience with Yazan alters how she views life as a single lady and as she tries out dating again.
Molly Hopkins is part of a set of Georgian women who fell in love with much younger men from other countries.
In her case, she was with Luis Mendez. It was a toxic marriage, it was short, and it ended quickly.
In fact, just a few months later, Luis remarried ... which raised a lot of questions and eyebrows.
Since then, Molly has endeared herself to fans and viewers on Pillow Talk.
Fans are wondering what sort of life she is leading these days when she's not sharing her opinion on other stars.
Will her next dates be age-appropriate? Or is she once again dipping her toes into much younger waters?
Colt Johnson is one of 90 Day Fiance's most notorious villains, and cameras have followed his antics with two different women.
With both Larissa Lima and Jess Caroline, Colt was quick to try to blame his mother, Debbie, for his doomed relationships.
We might humbly suggest that perhaps the alleged mind games and the cheating had more to do with it than any MIL issues.
What is interesting about Colt joining this show is that we already know how he moved on after Jess.
First, he was with a very beautiful Mexican woman ... on whom he reportedly cheated with Vanessa. Then, he was with Vanessa.
Which part of Colt's story will this follow? We don't know.
Danielle Mullins is one of the stars who put the franchise on the map. Her marriage to Mohamed Jbali was must-watch television.
They were both using each other. Danielle wanted a young lover. Mohamed wanted to come to America. They both got what they deserved -- each other.
Obviously, it ended in disaster, with Mohamed accusing Danielle of having a genital odor and Danielle trying to get Mohamed deported.
These days, she and Mohamed are actually friendly -- but are not at all interested in remarrying.
Danielle has moved on and is dating again, but fans are curious about (and suspicious of) which colorful characters are drawn to date such an eccentric personality.
Speaking of colorful characters ...
Big Ed Brown is another 90 Day Fiance villain, who has been justifiably skewered by fans for his abhorrent treatment of Rosemarie Vega.
The guy is a creep.
But he is also one of the most memed reality stars on the planet, which is saying a lot when you're talking about someone who was totally unknown before 2020.
This means that, contrary to previous fan speculation, Big Ed has not been banned from all 90 Day Fiance spinoffs despite his gross behavior and a serious allegation of sexual assault.
Why? Because TLC loves money. Unless advertisers pull out or there's a concentrated fan boycott, they'll err on the side of filming a famous dumbass so long as he makes them money.
90 Day Fiance blogger John Yates was the first to break the news over the summer that Ed was filming again, so now we know that backstory.
Worst Cooks in America has been pulled from all networks and streaming services after its most recent winner was charged with the murder of her own adoped daughter.
Yes, tragically, you read that sentence correctly.
This is one of the most gruesome celebrity gossip stories we've ever come across.
Last Tuesday, Ariel Robinson and her husband, Jerry, were charged with homicide by child abuse and taken into custody at Greenville County Detention Center in South Carolina without bond.
Police have said they responded to an address along Sellwood Circle the previous Thursday afternoon after receiving a call about an unresponsive juvenile victim ... who was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
This victim was then identified as Victoria Rose Smith.
The three-year old had been living with the Robinsons as a foster child, with Ariel confirming in December that she had either adopted the toddler or was making plans to do so.
Robinson, a former middle school teacher and aspiring comedian, was Season 20 of Worst Cooks in America last August.
She took home a $25,000 prize at the time and said on air, in response to the victory:
“I wanted to win this so much for [my family], to give them a better life and things they never even imagined.
"This is going to change our lives forever.”
Just a few weeks after Robinson shared a photograph of herself, her husband and their adopted kids... Victoria, pictured below, died of several blunt force injuries, a medical examination has revealed.
The Food Network has since scrubbed all content related to Season 20 of the show, although executives are yet to comment on this tragedy.
The competition was filmed in February 2020 and aired last year.
The content for Season 20 is not available on the Food Network’s Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube page -- but episode summaries are still available on the official website.
The reality competition -- hosted last season by series mainstay Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli -- challenges 16 self-proclaimed terrible amateur chefs to undergo a cooking “bootcamp” to improve their culinary skills.
Each season, the winner takes home $25,000.
The latest season of the program premiered on January 3 and new episodes are currently airing each week.
According to Deadline, Ariel and her husband added three foster children to their family in March of 2020, following the taping of her season.
TMZ, meanwhile, has obtained footage of Ariel performing a stand-up routine in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2019.
At one point in the set, the alleged murderer talks about trying to adopt a daughter ... explaining that a social worker came to her home to make sure she would be a fit mother.
As Robinson recounts the story, she brings up two kids of hers, an eight-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, both of whom wanted a little sister.
She jokes that she should have locked them in cages because they were acting wild.
She then quips that she turned around during this social worker interaction and pointed upstairs and said:
"Shut up before I come in there and punch in your throat!"
LOL? We guess?
Except not at all, especially in light of what Robinson has now allegedly done.
We'll conclude here with a tribute to Victoria.
“She was sweet as could possibly be, so it makes no sense how somebody could hurt her in any kind of way,” said Alan West to a local ABC affiliate last week.
West said his aunt was the baby’s foster mother for nearly a year before she went to live with the Robinson family.
May the three-year old rest in peace.
Natalie Anderson took viewers by total surprise on Wednesday night.
According to host TJ Lavin, The Challenge: Double Agents cast member was 'no longer cleared” to compete on the season of this beloved reality show, with Anderson simply adding in her own interview:
"I have a personal matter that requires me to leave the game. I have to deal with something, and it sucks that I have to step out because all I want to do is compete.
"It’s breaking my heart to leave."
Following the episode and her mysterious, Anderson opened up to Us Weekly, revealing that she exited the MTV series after finding out that she was pregnant.
The Survivor winner -- who has been in a relationship with boyfriend Devin Perez for more than a year -- had been trying to conceive, but only took a pregnancy test after telling her sister over FaceTime that she had missed her period.
The test then came back positive.
And Anderson's plans changed completely.
“For me, the money was basically in my pocket, the check was already written,” she told the tabloid, very confident in her odds of winning the season.
“This money was mine and there was nobody who was gonna come get my skull for me.
"I was literally just waiting for the final to get there, so I could just cross everybody else and take the money.”
Anderson then explained that she was SO focused on winning... the joy of the pregnancy news didn't sink in right away.
"It was just the most awkward way to find out you’re pregnant, because it could have been an amazing feeling.
"But I didn’t have the opportunity to feel like that because I was just so confused and torn about having to leave the game.
"But also was super excited and happy.”
Anderson left the show, which filmed in Iceland and returned home, only to be told by a doctor that she was eight weeks along.
However, a week later she began experiencing intense cramps.
And then she learned she had suffered a miscarriage.
Just to terrible all around.
"It was really difficult because I had just kind of come to peace with leaving the game and saying goodbye to the competition of the challenge, which I love, came back home and changed my mindset into this new journey.
"And that was then taken away from me. It was hard for me.
"I just did everything I needed to do to make peace with what had happened and embrace the difficulty of everything, but also use it as a way to strengthen my bond with my boyfriend.
"I think it definitely was a make or break for us because it was so much emotion and I’m just really proud of coming out of this.
"I was dreading the show airing because it would remind me of everything I’d gone through.”
Anderson also told People Magzine that she feels "excited to move forward and figure out the next steps in my life" and that she hopes to return to The Challenge someday.
She joked to this publication after this whirlwind experience;
"I feel like the universe owes me $2 million from Survivor and half a million from The Challenge."
The Challenge: Double Agents airs on MTV Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
TLC's lineup is going to be part of the new Discovery+ streaming service, including all of 90 Day Fiance and some new exclusive spinoffs.
Some fans have a lot of questions. Others are mad. And some longtime viewers are worried that they're about to lose their favorite shows forever.
So, what is Discovery+ exactly?
It is not, contrary to what some confused fans have assumed, some sort of premium TV channel.
It is a streaming service, just like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, DC Universe (formerly), HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on.
Interested fans who want to see this content from all across the Discovery "family" of content, including 90 Day Fiance, can get Discovery+ here.
The streaming service is subscription-only; it costs $4.99 per month with ads, and $6.99 per month completely commercial-free.
Like any streaming platform, it can be watched on your computer or tablet, or on any streaming device -- devices like a Roku, a Playstation console, or a smart TV.
In general, when streaming services launch, they include a catalogue of past episodes and past seasons -- more or less anything to which the parent company owns the rights.
That means that, barring some unforeseen licensing conflict, fans will immediately be able to view all past seasons of 90 Day Fiance, its many spinoffs, and Tell Alls.
But what will that mean for those who don't get the streaming service, who continue to pay an arm and a leg for cable instead of an arm and a half for a multitude of streaming services?
When Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021, viewers will have just seen 90 Day Fiance Season 8, Episode 5.
Some fans are genuinely fearful that Episode 6 will not air on TLC at all, but will air exclusively on Discovery+ where they cannot watch it.
Are they right to worry that they're about to lose their favorite show?
In a word: no. Watching most parts of the franchise will be more convenient with Discovery+ ... but no, they're not going to lose the actual shows.
Though it is clear that Pillowtalk and perhaps The Other Way's mysteriously unaired Tell All special aren't airing on TLC, the rest of currently running series are not following suit.
Why? Because that's not how this works.
Pillowtalk has always been bonus content, compared by some to the Untucked episodes that followed RuPaul's Drag Race.
A few years ago, Untucked moved from airing on cable television to airing exclusively online -- even though the after-show segment contained some of the show's most historic, eye-catching scenes.
Sometimes, aftershows and bonus content get moved to online-only to encourage viewers to use a more lucrative platform, or simply to free up time slots on the network.
But there is no reason whatsoever to believe that TLC will stop airing new seasons of 90 Day Fiance, including spinoffs like Before The 90 Days, The Other Way, and Happily Ever After?
They don't want to lose viewers -- and this franchise is one of the most popular on the planet, and has consistently received ratings in recent years trouncing more established reality series.
The goal is to attract current viewers to a streaming platform, plus new viewers who haven't had cable for years but would love to watch the series on streaming.
Discovery+ will be home to new original 90 Day Fiance content that will likely never air on cable.
(Never say never, though -- notably, some of DC Universe's once-exclusive programming has since gone on to air on The CW, and the niche service was so successful that it accellerated plans for HBO Max)
Given the target demographics of the shows and other factors, including worries of streaming fatigue, some analysts are unsure if Discovery+ will be a success.
It is, among other things, a US-only streaming service -- at least for now.
However, Discovery expects to net as many as 10 million subscribers -- a hefty grab, but modest compared to the colossal subscriber numbers of platforms like Disney+ and Netflix. Only time will tell.
Tragedy has once again struck the world of reality television.
Nick McGlashan, a seventh generation fisherman who starred on the wildly popular series Deadliest Catch since 2013, died on Sunday in Nashville.
He was 33 years old.
The sad news was broken by TMZ and has since been confirmed by outlets such as People Magazine and E!.
McGlashan appeared on a total of 78 Deadliest Catch episodes, making his debut seven years ago and quickly growing into a fan favorite.
Nick's sister has also confirmed the unexpected development on Twitter, writing:
"My brother nick passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight."
Born in Alaska, McGlashan started crabbing at the age of 13, frequently leaving school and heading straight for his father's boat to help the crew, according to his Discovery biography.
This same bio reads as follows:
"Nick is known for his witty quips, working through the pain, and not stopping the job until it's done.
"He has also kept the boat running through all kinds of mechanical issues, manufacturing quick fixes on the fly. Nick has a wealth of fishing experience…the epitome of a true crabber."
During season 13 of Deadliest Catch, McGlashan entered rehab due to addiction to alcohol and drugs.
"My life went from Bering Sea badass to full blown junkie very rapidly," he wrote in an essay for Chosen magazine, adding:
"I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded.
"Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease."
Shortly after news of McGlashan's passing went viral, numerous fans took to social media to express their sadness and sorrow.
"RIP Nick McGlashan...
"This guy was immense on #DeadliestCatch and I send my condolences to Bill, all the crew of the Summer Bay and all the family and friends of Nick. Rip Nick," one person wrote.
"My heart is broken.
"Nick McGlashan was one of my favorite guys on @DeadliestCatch & as strange as it is, all the guys felt like family. We watched them grow & fall & grow again & I’m honored to have followed his life.
"You will be [email protected] Much love to the DC family."
At McGlashan's lowest point, he was drinking "a half a gallon of vodka, shooting two grams of heroin and one gram of meth every day," he wrote in the aforementioned essay.
The reality star even admitted he had overdosed three times before seeking help in November 2016.
Once sober, though, the TLC personality took pride in being an advocate and helping others get clean.
"The greatest thing about my recovery is that I can change someone's life just by talking about my addiction and recovery," he said.
"As I thrive in my recovery my world begins to make sense...When I look at my life and feel at peace with the changes I've made, that's recovery."
Over the course of its 16-season run, Deadliest Catch has had at least six other cast members pass away.
For example, deck hand Mahlon Reyes died back in August after suffering a heart attack.
No cause of death for this latest tragedy has been released yet to the public.
May Nick McGlashan rest in peace.
And then there was one.
But was he The One?
On the season finale of The Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams had to choose not from two suitors, both of whom had won over her heart, but three... thanks to the stunning return of Ben to the show on Monday night.
"I'm in love with you. I have been in love with you," he told a teary-eyed Tayshia on the penultimate episode of Season 16.
The installment ended with a cliffhanger; with Adams needing time to think of how she should respond to Ben's candid message.
But it didn't really take long for her to make up her mind on the finale.
"I know what my heart wants, and it's not Ben," Tayshia told the camera, following a serious heart-to-heart with her father and one last date with Zac.
"I wish my heart was with him, but it's just not. ... I know what I need to do. I don't like hurting people," she added.
Hurt him she had to do, however, as Adams visited Ben in his sutie and shattered his heart into a billion pieces.
"Through this whole week, all I've been thinking about is the entire journey here," she began.
"And that starts with us, really. I remember seeing you out of the group of guys, and you were someone I wanted to continue to get to know.
'I don't think I've told you this, but you kind of set the bar for people, because you were being vulnerable with me, and I saw that, and I started falling for that guy more and more.
"And this week, it's a really heavy week, and I care about you so much. I just feel like my heart is with somebody else."
Ben, who some believe is angling to be the next Bachelor, took the dumping like a champ.
"I'm in love with you, that doesn't change. I saw it going differently, but when you love somebody, you want them to be happy," he replied.
"I'm happy for you. I'm dead serious," he added, giving her one last hug. "It's alright."
Okay. So then we were down to Ivan and Zac.
In somewhat of a surprise, Tayshia rejected the latter... over religious differences.
"This past week, we've talked about some important subjects... There are some things that kind of posed concern," she said on camera.
"I wish I could say that there were a lot of red flags prior to this week. And there haven't been," Tayshia continued.
"It's just like, at the end of the day, religion's part of my morals and my beliefs."
No other specifics were offered, but Ivan didn't really argue.
"I definitely get it," he responded.
"We found out a lot of stuff about each other and I was definitely struggling with bringing it up, because all the girls I have dated in the past, it never ended because of religion or anything.
'But I know that's something that's important to you and I do apologize for that and I wish I did bring it up a little sooner. That is the roadblock for the two of us."
Ivan and Tayshia said their farewells, and he confessed to the cameras that he had suspected their differing beliefs could come between them.
"I knew in the back of my mind -- I was like, this thing could really just be the bomb that just explodes everything here," he said. "And it just happened."
It's a shame, but was it for the best?
It sure seemed that way... after Zac met Tayshia's family; everyone got along well; and Adams had many of her worries addressed.
"I love Zac Clark," she gushed to the cameras. "There's so much sincerity behind everything that Zac says."
Cut to Proposal Day!
Zac met with jeweler Neil Lane and picked out an emerald cut engagement ring. Then, he arrived to do his thing, getting down on one knee in the process.
"From our first kiss to riding the Ferris wheel to meeting each other's families, nothing has ever felt so right my entire life," he told Tayshia.
"You've helped me experience the love that I didn't know existed and you've made me smile more than anyone has ever made me smile. I love you, Tayshia."
Tayshia returned the sentiment. And then some.
"There was one point in my life where I thought I would never get married because of all of the pain and the heartbreak that I've been through," she said.
"I hit absolute rock bottom and I know that I told you that I love you but, sorry, it's more than that.
"It's this wild, wild love that I have tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly just made me believe that there doesn't need to be flaws and that I deserve a love with a man that won't run away."
Continued The Bachelorette:
"I'm truly looking at my heart and yes, it is real.
"And I want to make more traditions and jump into fountains all over the world with you. I'm ready to hail a taxi. And I'm ready to start a life with you.
"But also, I love you, Zac Clark, and I'll do absolutely anything to keep that huge smile on your face, because you do everything to keep a huge smile on mine."
After telling Tayshia, "I'm going to choose you forever," Zac presented the ring box and asked: "Marry me?
Tayshia accepted the proposal, kissed Zac and told him, "You're mine," prior to dancing around with her fiance and exclaiming "Oh my God, we did it!"
As for what's next for the couple?
Simple, Zac joked. Or maybe didn't really joke...
They would "make beautiful babies and all that stuff."
But this summer, she was filmed attacking Black Lives Matter activists as she faced off against her castmates. This week, that footage aired.
It started off with the usual -- talking behind a castmate's back.
Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lynn Vargas stepped away from the other ladies and gossiped about Braunwyn Windham-Burke's participation in this summer's historic Black Lives Matter protests.
Kelly, not being able to fathom why anyone would do something good for its own reasons, seemed to think that Braunwyn was just doing it for PR.
"Be for the cause but don't have a professional photo out there," Kelly demanded, as if the participation of famous people did not help raise awareness.
"Everything's about her image," she accused, "and she's full of s--t."
"If you're truly invested in it," she added, "you don't go around into a protest and have a professional photog taking photos of you. That just defeats the whole purpose of the protest."
Later, things became more heated as they ladies discussed Rick Leventhal, Kelly's then-fiance, now-husband who works for noted engine of societal collapse Fox News.
Kelly insisted that Rick wasn't actually conservative, merely interested in "facts," a claim that didn't hold any water, and which Gina openly chided as absurd.
Kelly did very quickly confess that her claim wasn't true, if not in so many words, by saying that Rick "doesn't believe in tearing down history."
Kelly whined about the push to remove a photo of one of history's greatest monsters, describing Christopher Columbus as someone "who has been there since 1886."
(Fun fact: Christopher Columbus' crimes against Native Americans were considered so vile in his own time that he was later imprisoned in Spain by the people who started the Inquisition -- that's how bad he was)
Braunwyn, as you can see in this clip, very succinctly explained why it's important to listen to marginalized communities when they raise their voices.
Kelly, like a thousand clowns before her this summer, exclaimed: "You can't rewrite history!"
"I don't think anyone's trying to rewrite it," Braunwyn replied. That makes sense, given that monuments glorify -- they're not where history is stored.
Kelly only became more unhinged and absurd as the talk continued.
"Are you gonna tear down Rome?" Kelly demanded. "You are gonna tear down the Coliseum? You have to learn from history so it doesn't repeat itself!"
Well, there is no actual evidence that slave labor was used under Vespasian when the Flavian Amphitheater was constructed, but we'll let that slide.
Because the real point is that Ancient Roman monuments do not reflect atrocities committed just a few generations ago or policies under which people continue to suffer.
And again, monuments aren't where you learn history. That's books.
Which is sort of funny, because Kelly is the one who tried to bring up Braunwyn's lack of a college degree as if this made her less informed on this particular issue.
Kelly's real goal was of course to silence her, which did not work, which is likely while Kelly's outrageous statements became more frantic ... and began to include more audible racist dogwhistles.
"You can't go and destroy and loot and destroy things," Kelly whined, as if what little looting there was this summer wasn't part of a tradition spanning thousands of years.
Looking is the language of the unheard, and this was true millennia before the Roman Empire came into being.
"They shouldn't ruin it, they should get together and vote on it. We're a democracy," she complained, ignoring that gerrymandered legislators often block locak governments from democratically doing just that.
Braunwyn countered that "hundreds of years of being nice" has clearly not done much good.
Millions of Black and Indigenous Americans are tired of driving to work by statues glorifying people who murdered, tortured, and enslaved people who look like them.
"You don't destroy history by taking down a statue," Braunwyn explained to her. "A statue does not educate, a statue sits there and pigeons s--t on it."
Kelly's jab that Braunwyn is "not college educated" did not really amount to much.
Braunwyn countered that she has "never seen anyone go to Arizona State who thinks they are a Mensa member, besides Kelly Dodd."
Kelly also tried to deflect by pointing out her Mexican heritage, but Braunwyn again noted that this is not the same.
"When you go to the grocery store in a hoodie, you're not worried about being shot. None of us here are," Braunwyn pointed out.
"Black people are being killed disproportionally by cops," she correctly noted.
"There's bad cops! I know," Kelly yelled in response. "You're not going to fix it by destroying things!" (Really? Because a lot of the communities with the biggest improvements were places where protesting was the most intense)
Gina recalled her DUI arrest from last year and, like so many of us with white privilege, explained how that resonates in her mind now.
"I was scared because I f--ked up, I was scared of the consequences," Gina said, adding that "never once was I scared of the police officers that were arresting me."
Even Elizabeth chimed in that she's learning about her own white privilege this year. Kelly, unable to win outside of a conservative bubble, went to plate the salmon for dinner.
We've noted on numerous occasions how kind Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead have been to each other since their divorce.
As it turns out, however... this divorce has also been kind to Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead.
Despite their divorce over three years ago -- or, heck, maybe because of their divorce three years ago -- the former couple still star alongside each other on Flip or Flop.
They've also been given their own spinoff HGTV shows, Christina On The Coast and Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa, respectively.
But now? With all of these programs considered a cable network success?
The Discovery Channel think we simply don't have enough of Tarek and Christina in our living rooms.
Discovery+, which is the recently-announced streaming service for Discovery Channel shows, announced on Friday that Christina and Tarek will be receiving an additional new show ... each.
The new series “will show more of their personal lives as they continue with their home renovation businesses in individual spinoffs,” the network explained in a press release.
Tarek, for example, will anchor Tarek’s Flip Side.
It will chronicle Tarek’s engagement to Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young, as well as his life with the children he shares with Christina.
Viewers will get a glimpse into Tarek and Heather’s wedding plans and will also see Tarek trying to get his 10-year-old daughter interested in the real estate business in which he's exceled.
“Tarek takes Taylor on a tour of his latest house flip,” the show’s description reads, adding:
“He wants to know what she thinks of the project and hopes he can inspire her to get an early start in the family business.”
As for Christina?
She'll star in Christina: Stronger by Design, a personal series that focuses on the reality TV personality's “fresh chapter” in life.
If you'll recall, Christina announced her separation from husband Ant Anstead in September.
They were only husband and wife for two years and they share a son who was born in September of 2019.
According to the network press release, Christina and her friends “get real as they open up about life, motherhood, friendships and new beginnings" on the show.
The series will also cover such fascinating topics as Christina’s backyard renovation, her “personal wellness journey” and her self-care routine and beauty regimens.
The new shows will premiere when Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021
Which has you most excited?
As previously reported, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are preparing their first child.
This is very exciting news.
Conversely, however, Bravo viewers must now prepare themselves for something previously unimaginable:
A season of Vanderpump Rules without both Taylor and Cartwright.
"The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life," Taylor wrote on Friday.
He did so while sharing a multitude of throwback photos from his time on the series via Instagram.
"Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules.
"We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors.
"@bravotv, @evolutionusa and our Vanderpump castmates will always remain close to our hearts.
"Thank you to all the fans who have shared our journey with us and supported us through everything. We love you."
As you can see, Taylor did not exactly say that he and Cartwright are leaving of their own volition.
And, according to Variety, the stars have actually been fired.
A spokesperson from Bravo siimply confirmed to Variety that “Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules."
We do not have any further details at this time.
"Stay tuned, We can’t wait for to share what we have planned," Jax concluded. "Have a great weekend."
Brittany, meanwhile, shared this same message on her social media page, along with several old photos, including some snapshots from the duo's wedding.
As noted above, Taylor and Cartwright are expecting their first child together, announcing in September that they are having a baby boy.
It's worth noting, of course, that Vanderpump Rules has not started filming a new season and that restaurants are currently closed for in-dining business in Los Angeles, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
So we have no idea when the series will returrn.
Whenever it does air new episodes, though, it will do so without stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni ... all of whom were fired in June.
Schroeder and Doute were given the heave-ho for accusing former costar Faith Stowers of being a suspect wanted by the police -- with Schroeder admitting she called the authorities on Stowers.
Schroeder and Doute have both issued public apologies for their past racially insensitive actions towards Stowers.
New cast members Boyens and Caprioni, meanwhile, were fired after old racist tweets resurfaced last winter.
Stowers -- who appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo program -- pushed for Taylor to be held accountable for his actions a few months ago.
"I think for sure Jax needs to have somebody take a look into his behavior," Stowers told People Magazine this summer.
In a resurfaced tweet from 2017, Taylor falsely claimed that Stowers was "wanted by the police," after Schroeder and Doute's allegations of the same nature.
Former costar Billie Lee has also called on Bravo to also cut ties with Taylor, saying that he "refused to film with me because I was trans and called him out on his white cis privilege."
We can't say for certain whether this is the reason Taylor was at last fired, however.
But we'll update this story with more information as more news breaks.
90 Day Fiance Sneak Peek: Natalie Mordovtseva Packs Up in Tears One Day Before Wedding to Mike Youngquist
Ever since the 90 Day Fiance Season 8 trailer debuted last month, fans have been hyped for new and returning couples alike.
It already seems obvious that Mike and Natalie do not end well. This sneak peek makes it much more clear.
This is not Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva's first season of 90 Day Fiance.
In the past, they have had their problems, from differences of religion to ... well.
To this: real problems being on the same page in terms of affection with each other.
Mike is from the US and Natalie is from Ukraine.
And in this sneak peek for Season 8 of the series that started it all, Natalie is headed back to Ukraine.
The circumstances could not be more miserable.
According to the little graphic provided by TLC, this is happening just one day before the wedding.
Our guess is that it's not happening at all now. We're seeing her packing her bags.
"I will fly to Europe and from there," Natalie explains through tears to the camera, "I will figure out how I [will] get home."
"I don’t know honestly yet how,” she admits.
As you can imagine, this was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no good time for a painful, last-minute breakup ... but this year made already bad things even more complicated.
“I feel scared because of coronavirus," Natalie explains.
It's not just that COVID-19 is frightening to us all.
She has travel logistics to worry about in a time of massive global uncertainty.
Natalie has to make her way home to Ukraine despite that.
"And," she laments, "I have to f--king go through the airport."
Airports are more or less the last place that you want to be during a pandemic, folks.
"It’s f--king scary," Natalie explains before correctly expressing: "And it’s not OK."
Clearly, she is not merely speaking of the grim realities of navigating the world during such a crisis.
She is talking about Mike, whom she blames for this situation.
"I think that a man who does this to me doesn’t love me,” Natalie tells the camera.
In this clip, she does not explain what Mike allegedly did.
Did he dump her out of the blue? Did he get cold feet? Did they have a fight? Did someone reveal a secret? What is happening?
“This is my last day in America," Natalie proclaims.
We have seen other previews making it clear that this season puts this couple through the wringer.
At one point, though we do not know the context, Natalie tells Mike: "Maybe I'm bitchy but I'm not a cheater, and you know it."
We also see Mike apologizing to Natalie at one point, looking genuinely remorseful.
Natalie responds: "You're sending me home?"
"I'm honestly scared," she confessed to the camera.
"But I have to leave the country because I’m illegal here," Natalie said.
It is unclear if she means that there is a problem with visa paperwork or if she simply means that she has to leave because she's not marrying him.
Whatever the case, malice or paperwork blunder or something else, Natalie can be heard declaring: "Michael is [a] monster.”
Whitney Collings, one of the original and most famous member of the reality show Bad Girls Club, died this week, according to a Facebook message shared by her mother.
She was 33 years old.
TMZ broke the tragic news on Friday evening, alerting readers to the sad note left by Colliings' mom.
"I am completely broken and will never get over this. Life is so unfair. She was kind with a big heart," it reads.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
However, sources have told TMZ that Whitney died on Thursday morning at a hospital near her native city of Boston.
Collings appeared on 12 episodes of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club between 2008 and 2009, but was eventually given the boot due to her bad and even violent behavior.
She then returned to film the Bad Girls Club Reunion Special.
Prior to joining the popular reality program, Collings worked as a sales representative for Priority One Marketing Group in Florida, according to her IMDB page.
At the time of her passing, she was working as a senior sales executive at Ecigarettes Wholesale.
A friend of the late reality star, Christina Marie, also confirmed this horribe news on her Facebook page, writing as follows:
“I am completely heart broken Whitney Collings we have so many fun memories together. Rest easy beautiful angel your with your dad now…”
Collins was only 21 years old when she rose to fame on Bad Girls Club.
While she was working hard as a barmaid in Boston, Collings was also studying biology and physics at Salem State, as reported by The Boston Herald.
Fans of Bad Girls Club will remember Whitney for being a (VERY) straight shooter when it came to confrontation and for having a temper, although she often showed her playful side with her sense of humor.
She was kicked off the series, as cited above, due to a physical altercation.
What transpired at the time?
"We were all in Cancun, Mexico at a club and Leah got into an altercation with Amber," she explained over a decade ago, adding:
"I tried to calm everyone down as we were leaving, when Amber came after me with a shoe. I got into it with her, but then stepped back and realized it wasn’t worth it.
"I tried to walk away when Amber started swinging at me. I ended up kicking her in the face and got kicked off."
As for how she felt about being part of Bad Girls Club?
"It was an opportunity of a lifetime. Good or bad, you just have to go with it. I would definitely do it again. I don’t have any regrets," she said way back then.
We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Whitney Collings.
May she rest in peace.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way's second season is winding to a close.
On Season 2, Episode 21, multiple stars and their parents and in-laws found themselves not seeing eye to eye.
First, Ariela's mom all but begs her to come home with her before her own departure.
Sumit invites his parents, planning to tell them his wedding plans, but they only agree to the visit because they want to take him away from Jenny.
Deavan and Jihoon get the apartment ready before Deavan's parents visit.
Tim gives Melyza news that could mean the heat death of their relationship.
And Brittany meets with Yazan and then with his brother, this time with a translator.
This is how she finds out exactly how dire things are ... and that Yazan's life has been threatened.
1. Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre
2. Janice is alarmed
3. She begs Ariela to speak her mind
4. Ariela insists that it's worth it to live as a family
5. Another early morning
6. This is SUCH a big deal to the Shibre family
90 Day Fiance is a massively successful franchise consisting of an ever-growing bouquest of spinoffs.
Memes from the show are spread far and wide, some shared by people who have never watched the show.
The cultural impact of this hit TLC series cannot be questioned.
But what a growing portion of the audience -- even hardcore fans -- are questioning is whether the show's cultural impact is a good thing.
The show has undertones of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.
This isn't just about the stars, either.
At every stage of the process, it sometimes appears that 90 Day Fiance aims to appeal to the worst assumptions that viewers already have.
This doesn't mean that we can't watch 90 Day Fiance or enjoy it, but it's important to be cognizant of exactly what we are consuming.
And 90 Day Fiance has some real problems that are growing bigger as the show tries to outdo past seasons with each new season and spinoff.
1. 90 Day Fiance has a race problem
2. Not all racism looks the same
3. This is a complicated, multi-faceted topic
4. In a way, 90 Day Fiance is not alone
5. Step 1: Casting
6. Step 2: Meddling
After the premiere of RHOSLC, most viewers were still reeling from Mary Cosby's marriage to her grandfather.
But many still had time to fume about a tasteless, ignorant AIDS joke that Jen Shah made on the series premiere.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah is Tongan, Hawaiian, and characterizes herself as "a little bit" Chinese.
She notes with justified contempt that, in the eyes of many of her white neighbors in Salt Lake City, she is "Black."
"They don't know any better," she says.
Her husband, Coach Shah, and two sons, Sharrief Jr. and Omar, are Black -- something that impacts her life in multiple ways.
First and most notably, as far as the show is concerned, she notes that she converted from Mormonism to Islam more than two decades ago.
Her reason was race -- learning that the Church of Latter-Day Saints had longstanding racist policies that kept Black Mormons out of specific religious positions.
In addition to ensuring that her faith does not invalidate her family, Jen also has to be cognizant of the systemic racism in society.
Her sons cannot go for a jog after dark even in their very safe community.
All that it takes is one white neighbor seeing a young Black man running to call the police ... and then Jen could end up burying one of her children.
Jen is the first to acknowledge that being married to a professional coach is not for everyone.
Her husband keeps busy and very weird hours.
Of course, she keeps busy, too.
But the scene that is drawing attention is from the pilot, when Heather and her husband and sons enjoy breakfast.
They sat at the island bar, Last Supper style for convenience of filming.
Jen finds a way to make it clear to everyone that Sharrief Jr, who could do very well as a model, is planning to go to medical school.
26-year-old Sharrief Jr. then teases Omar, who is 16, has an alleged girlfriend.
"What did you say?" Jen asks. "He has a girlfriend?"
Doubling down on embarrassing her son, as most parents do, she asks if he has kissed this girl.
Omar says that he has not, and Jen seems determined to keep it that way.
“If you kiss a girl, you might be like, ‘Oh she’s cute,’ but guess what?" she told her son.
Jen warned Omar: "You can contract herpes, probably AIDS.”
Coach Shah was nodding along to the first part of that, but then looked at her in bewilderment.
It was the embodiment of the "they had us in the first half, I'm not gonna lie" meme.
"I don't think that's true," Omar replied.
Jen then began to ramble about her concerns about sexting.
For the record, there are only two legitimate "concerns" to have about sexting.
The first is to make sure that it's consensual and that anyone sending or receiving pics is an adult. The second is to be careful whom you trust. That's it.
But instead of wishing that one could personally horrify Jen with the stories of all that many young men have done by Omar's age, we have to talk about the "AIDS" comment.
Herpes can be transmitted orally. Mouths, genitals, and anuses can transmit herpes to each other in any of the various fun combinations, and sharing sex toys without cleaning them also does the trick.
AIDS, the condition caused by HIV, cannot be transmitted through any form of normal kissing.
In order for a kiss to transmit HIV, one or both parties would need to have open wounds in or around their mouths.
Now, Jen may have some confusion on this topic -- she was raised Mormon and likely had sex ed during the 1980s, when very little was known about AIDS.
But it seems more likely that she was trying to make a joke ... which is, well, worse.
The AIDS epidemic was a horrific tragedy that was worsened when the virus was politicized by an administration that did not care about the people who died.
We who are living in 2020 can imagine what that might be like. It is important to remember tha entire communities were lost.
An entire generation of gay men was decimated. More gay men died in New York from AIDS than US soldiers died in Vietnam.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their outrage over Jen's comment.
Whether it was a joke made in poor taste or an example of wild ignorance, it was simply not an acceptable thing for her to say.
Honestly, we know that this is just the season premiere, but we hope that this comes up at the reunion. Jen needs to apologize, and she needs to do it on Bravo.
Back in March, the world learned that Thomas Ravenel had knocked up a much younger woman.
On this week's Southern Charm, Kathryn Dennis learned the news ... via text, half a year into the pregnancy.
Remember early this season, when disgraced former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel had a very unwelcome cameo?
Kathryn had to temporarily live with Thomas while her home was under construction -- since they share two children.
Unwisely, Kathryn even wondered if things could "work out" between them (no!!!) at the time.
We're always leery of scenes in which stars allegedly receive major news for the first time on camera and surrounded by other stars.
But that is allegedly how Kathryn got confirmation that Thomas had knocked up another woman, Heather Mascoe.
Her reactions ... well, we've included a clip so that you can hear it for yourself.
"Oh, Lord have mercy," Kathryn expressed to herself after having clearly looked at Heather Mascoe's mugshot.
"Gross," she continued, echoing many of our thoughts about that horrible much-older man's sex life.
Kathryn then accurately declared: "Thomas is such a f--king liar."
She called Danni over to her to share the grim news.
"Thomas got a girl pregnant and she's having the baby," Kathryn reveals.
She adds: "I just found out. It's happening."
Danni Baird leans in, doing an internat double take at the jarring news and asking "He what?"
At this point, Danni asks a very smart question.
But she is unprepared for the shocking answer.
"How far along is she?" Danni asks Kathryn.
Kathryn replies: "Probably 6, 7 months."
Danni physically jerks in surprise as the horror of Kathryn's situation strikes her.
Danni is in a state of disbelief that Thomas waited so long to tell her.
Kathryn has even worse news for her.
Because Thomas hadn't told her -- she found out indirectly.
"He didn't tell me," she revealed. "My lawyer found out and he confirmed it."
Other castmembers at their posh party realized that something was wrong.
Kathryn and Danni relayed the bad news to them.
"Thomas is having another baby," Kathryn revealed to the group.
"I just found out," she detailed. "He confirmed it."
For the record, that is very far into a trimester for one baby mama to find out about another.
"I'm asking him, 'Why wouldn't you tell me?'" Kathryn revealed.
She continued: "He's like, 'Why would I?' Because they'll have a sibling, hello."
"He said, 'Well, half," Kathryn added.
Thomas is absolutely disgusting, from his attitude to his criminal history to his abhorrent political "opinions."
The fact that he didn't think that the mother of his two children needed to find out that they were getting a sibling ... monstrous.
When your family grows, it impacts everyone. What if Kathryn had found out through Kensie and Saint instead of through her attorney?
Southern Charm viewers took to Twitter at that revelation to accurately describe Thomas.
One person correctly identified him as a "filthy dirty old man pig."
"Who in God's name would want to get close to Thomas Ravenal?" another very reasonably asked.
"Oh shocker, Thomas got another b--ch pregnant. Doesn't he ever learn?" one tweeted.
"Women need to stop having babies with Thomas Ravenel," another admonished. "Seriously."
Another tweet marveled: "What a f--king way to find out your kids are gonna have a half sibling."
As this season of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way winds to a close, the original series itself is almost back.
TLC just dropped the first trailer for Season 8, showing new couples and some very familiar faces ... and a whole lot of drama.
Three of these couples are familiar to longtime 90 Day Fiance fans, especially those who have seen Before The 90 Days.
Four of them are brand new, bringing their own fresh dynamics and complicated backstories, challenges, and drama.
And even some of these returning couples are bringing brand new angles in the season that may make or break them.
Probably the most recognizable returning couple is Rebecca Parrott and Zied Hakimi.
Rebecca is a fan-favorite, known for her no-nonsense statements, for intervening to protect her castmates, and for her liberal use of photo filters.
Seeing Zied get a tattoo is a surprise to many fans ... but a mark of his commitment to marrying her.
In addition to Zied getting a tattoo (making us wonder if he can even go home again), it looks like they're dealing with a timing issue.
Zied is not always overly friendly in the way that he shares things, but it looks like he is eager to marry Rebecca.
Rebecca does not like feeling rushed, so she balks when he sets a deadline that's basically an ultimatum.
Arguably tied with those two are Tarik Myers and Hazel Cagalitan.
Tarik was of course bogged down in somewhat recent drama with Dean Hashim after the two left Pillow Talk with some hurt feelings.
But Tarik's real, on-screen story is about Hazel.
This season, Hazal is coming to the US where it looks like she and Tarik may be looking for a polyamorous situation.
They're not shopping for a "unicorn" threesome -- Hazel is bisexual and has been closeted for most of her life while living in the Philippines.
In the US, it looks like she wants to be able to live as her authentic self.
That Hazel is bi is not actually new information -- Tarik posted a tribute to her for Pride Month in 2019.
While not all (or even most) bi folks are polyamorous, it looks like Tarik is supportive.
We cannot emphasize enough how excited we are to watch this storyline in particular.
The third familiar couple is Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva.
Honestly, fans are shaking with the knowledge that these two are still together and trying to make it work long enough to show up on an other season.
We all remember how miserably unhappy they both seemed, even without their major religious conflict factored in.
This season, we're going to see things get ... even worse, it looks like.
Last season, it was Natalie hesitating to use words like "love" and making Mike leave the room upset.
Now, Natalie's in tears and calling Mike a "monster" for making her leave.
On to the new blood, we have Brandon and Julia, a young and attractive couple.
Julia is Russian. Brandon is from a conservative American farming family who expect to see Julia work as a farmhand.
As if the prospect of farm labor weren't nightmare fodder enough, it looks like their relationship will have ultimatums and a pregnancy scare.
Then there are Jovi and Yara.
These two seem to fall into the familiar role of a pair of young people who met and hooked up on vacation.
Having fun boning and even catching feelings is not the same thing as being compatible, or ready to commit.
Stephanie is a businesswoman in her early 50s who is pretty new to the world of serious relationships.
Ryan is from Belize and appears to be considerably younger.
Given that Stephanie says the words "sugar mama" in the trailer as Ryan asks for gifts, we may be looking at a "scammer" storyline ... but we've all been surprised before.
Andrew and Amira appear to be an age-appropriate couple who fell head over heels for each other very quickly.
Amira -- whose voice was distinctly French in the trailer -- runs into complications on her journey to be with Andrew.
It looks like she will have an immigration detention horror story to share. As she says in the trailer, nobody deserves to go through that.
Season 8 premieres on December 6.
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is getting set to return.
As previously reported, the MTV franchise will premiere two new episodes on Thursday, November 19... although these episodes won't look anything like past episodes.
First, because this season will be filmed entirely on an isolated set in Las Vegas, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Second, because this season will NOT feature Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
The veteran cast member said way back in December that she was leaving the franchise.
However, it appears as if many Jersey Shore fans did not get the memo (or read The Hollywood Gossip's many stories on the subject.)
In the wake of MTV releasing the very first promotional photo for this upcoming season (above), a number of social media users have taken a close look at the snapshot and wondered:
Hey! Where the eff is Snooki?!?
“Please…. no Angelina!!!!! Bring back Snooki!!!!” pleaded one viewer in response.
“I hate that they kept Angelina over Snooki,” another remarked on Instagram, misunderstanding that Snooki walked away of her own volition.
There was serious drama among the women of Jersey Shore last year, as Snooki, JWoww and Deena took to the stage at Angelina's wedding -- and delivered a seriously mean toast.
They made fun of the bride and embarrassed her a lot and it stirred up quite a bit of drama between the long-time castmates.
Is that what drove Snooki away?
"I love you so much and don't hate me for my decision, but I have to do what's best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore," said Snooki several months ago, adding:
"The main reason is really, I'm just like...I just can't do it anymore.
"I hate being away from the kids, I don't like partying three days in a row, it's just not my life anymore."
We never would have imagined reading these words from Snooki back when we first met her on MTV.
But she has three young children now. She's married. She's more of a glass-of-wine-with-dinner-sometimes person not, as opposed to a 10-shots-before-even-going-out-to-the-bar type of woman.
During an episode earlier this year, Snookii also made it evident that was just SO very much over all the shenanigans.
"Our show, Jersey Shore, is about family and about making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing, and just knowing that it's all in good fun," she explained on air.
"And lately, it's just like, everything is so serious, and when it comes to our show it's not about like, team this, team that, and fans are against one another when it comes to a cast member.
"That's just not how the show works and that's how it's becoming."
So there you have it.
Willl you still be tuning in for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation this fall?
Consider all you have to look forward to here:
Clare Crawley is out.
Tayshia Adams is in.
And a whole new season of The Bachelorette is officially upon us.
On Thursday night, while America remained unable to select a President, Crawley made it VERY clear who her preferred suitor was on Season 16, telling producers in a meeting that she was all about Dale Moss.
"I am so far in love with Dale," she said on air.
"We have this connection where it feels like I've known him forever. It's that intangible chemistry that you just can't make up and you can't replace.
"It's something that is so rare to feel so connected to someone when you've only known them for such a short period of time."
Chris Harrison then arranged for a private dinner between Moss and Crawley, during which the former proposed and the latter said yes.
Indeed, Crawley and Moss are engaged!!!!!
We'rre extremely happy for the couple, but this development left Bennett, Zac, Kenny, Demar, Jordan, Ivan, Joe, Riley, Brendan, Blake, Ben, Chasen, Eazy, Jason, Jay and Ed asking one simple question:
What about us?!?
The answer, of course, is that Tayshia Adams is taking over as The Bachelorette.
We saw her emerge from a limo on episode four. We saw her tell Harrison that she believes everything that has happened was meant to be.
But the contestants will need to wait until next week to see and meet Adams and find out she's now their potential wife.
ABC, however, is no longer being secretive about the switcheroo.
As you can see above and below, the network has unveiled a number of promotional photos that feature Adams as the lead, while also releasing an actual trailer.
"You rang....I answered... WHATS GOOD!!? #thebachlorette" Adams wrote on Twitter Thursday evening, sharing one of the new promo snapshots.
ABC executive Rob Mills, meanwhile, spoke to Variety and explained why producers went with Adams, who was a major fan favorite after first appearing on Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor.
He said that choosing Tayshia Crawley's replacement was an instinctual decision.
And also one that was made with very little time to debate.
"The guys felt a little spurned that they’re going all in for Clare," Mills said, adding that the producers didn't have the "luxury of time" to make the call.
"They’ve left their jobs to be there, they’ve quarantined there, it’s insanely hot in Palm Springs, and they never really had a chance because Clare only had eyes for one guy.
"You just go with instinct at that point."
Mills also confirmed that the producers contacted Adams after filming episode 3, once it was evident Clare had eyes for Dale -- and Dale only.
"At that point, the producers started discussing like, 'What would happen if she wants to leave with Dale?'" he told Variety, adding:
"And that’s when the producers thought that maybe we should reach out to Tayshia."
Mills also scoffed as The Bachelorette spoilers and/or rumors that this change was planned all along... as some way to boost ratings or garner attention for the show.
He claims that's simply untrue.
Wherever the truth lies, this is Tayshia's journey now.
Concluded Mills, in regard to changing things up for the suitors:
"Tayshia had been through a divorce, so I think there is a lot of maturity that comes with that, and she is super serious about settling down, just like Clare was.
"So it actually did not seem like a huge stretch for these guys.
"Also, you have to remember that we cast a lot of guys that weren’t necessarily announced for Clare because she was announced as the Bachelorette so late.
"So some of these guys would have been there for someone else that was chosen as the lead, anyway."
It's gonna be interesting, that's for certain.
Check out the trailer above to see Tayshia in action (sort of) as The Bachelorette.
And click down below to find out who she chooses as her winner this season.
Yup, we know the answer!
Luis Troyano, a fan favorite who advanced to the finals on Season 5 of Great British Bake Off, has died of esophageal cancer.
He was 48 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away,” the show’s official Twitter page announced on Tuesday, November 3, adding:
“It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off Tent for Series Five.
"Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family."
The Bake It Great author was a runner-up on his season of this beloved reality competition, which began in the United Kingdom and later came to the United States, getting renamed The Great British Baking Show in the process.
It has climbed to great heights of popularity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Television viewers these days that are looking for a calming program, which features a bunch of nice people baking delicious-looking goods, can't get enough of the series.
They are mourning Troyano's passing across social media today.
Troyano's manager, Anne Kibel, confirmed this said piece of news on Monday, saying her client passed away last week after a battle with the aforementioned disease:
"A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more," she tweeted Tuesday.
"Always in our thoughts."
Paul Hollywood, the veteran judge on The Great British Baking Show, also paid tribute to Troyano on Instagram.
"So sad to hear the news about Luis," he wrote, adding of the late reality star:
"He was a fantastic baker and will be missed by all in the Bake Off team.. my thoughts are with his family #ripluis #gbbo #series5finalist."
Similarly, many other Baking Show alums -- such as Candice Brown, Rahul Mandal and Jamie Finn -- mourned Troyano on their social media pages.
"Oh my goodness this is just heartbreaking. Luis was a complete gent and we had some great giggles at festivals," Brown, who won season 7, said on Instagram.
"Send love and strength to his friends and family."
Fellow season 5 finalist Richard Burr shared a picture of the pair at the Reality Television Awards while honoring his late friend.
“I feel lucky to have had such good mates to marvel at the craziness of short-term fame and long-term friendship,” he captioned the image. “I will miss you Luis.”
Chetna Makan, who also went up against the former graphic designer, shared a photo of Troyano playing guitar in the kitchen after his passing.
“Hope you get to play the best music and bake the most precise cakes up there!” she wrote alongside of it.
Kibel, meanwhile, uploaded a link to a Just Giving fundraiser page in Troyano’s memory to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Troyano's season of The Great British Baking Show is now streaming on Netflix.
We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.
May Luis Troyano rest in peace.
The Teen Mom OG bubble has been popped.
According to The Ashley's Reality Roundup, a main cast member on this long-running franchise recently tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, production has been shut down for at least 14 days.
“No one associated with [that cast member] can film for two weeks, including their family,” an insider tells The Ashley, refusing to identify the patient out of privacy concerns.
“Luckily, the cast member is showing no symptoms and is feeling fine,” the source added.
Teen Mom OG stars Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout, Mackenzie McKee, Amber Portwood and Cheyenne Floyd.
The four young women, along with all necessary crew members, had been trying to film new episodes on an isolated set, in a quaratine-type of situation...
... alas, as we've continually learned, one can contract the coronavirus even if one takes all recommended precautions.
Producers and crew members were asked to quarantine for several days prior to arriving -- and required to live near to the cast member they were tasked with shooting.
These employees were not allowed to go home, leave or have visitors while they’re in the filming bubble.
Pretty impressive sacrifice, huh?
“Each cast member, family member, crew member and producer is required to test for COVID three times a week,” The Ashley reports.
“[The cast member] got a positive test result from one of those tests.
"It’s not known if [that cast member’s] family will also test positive eventually.”
Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that the four lead stars were being forced to film against their will amid this ongoing pandemic.
MTV had been waiting to see how shooting went before announcing a Teen Mom OG return date.
With this surprising diagnosis, the network will lose a decent chunk of money -- and the future of the show will be called into even further question.
“There is a full crew there quarantining and living in this bubble so that they can safely film the girls and their families, and now they just have to sit there for two weeks and be away from their families longer," writes The Ashley.
"The crew goes into lockdown because they were exposed, too, so they literally can’t leave their housing except for the purpose of getting absolutely essential items.
"They do have the opportunity to opt out of staying past the day they were originally supposed to leave, though.”
COVID-19 cases, of course, are surging around the county.
Over 225,000 Americans have died from the virus and millions of other have been diagnosed as positive.
Most scripted shows on broadcast television were forced to delay production until it was deemed safe to shoot, and a handful of these same programs still do not have a premiere date.
At this time, we simply wish everyone associated with Teen Mom OG well.
Stay safe out there, readers.
Big Brother's bumpy 22nd season concluded Wednesday with a finale that almost made up for recent episodes.
We picked up in the aftermath of Nicole winning the first part of the final head of household, and it all came down to Cody and Enzo to compete in the second part.
While finales are typically packed with filler, it seems even the producers wanted this season to be over because the competition kicked off early.
It was a convoluted competition, but it involved answering mental questions with a physical component stepping in when it came to answering.
Cody has been winning these types of competitions all season long, so him winning part two was just par for the course at this stage.
The shocker, however, was that Cody won with a time of five minutes while Enzo was way up at 37.
Enzo immediately melted down, telling Nicole and Cody that they can go to Final 2 because they have been good competitors.
The outburst came from nowhere, but it gave Nicole and Cody some food for thought as they weighed up their options at the end of the game.
They were both unsure about who would benefit them the most at the end of the game.
A jury check-in revealed what we all expected:
Everyone thought Cody played the best game overall, but there was some positivity for Nicole and Enzo.
As a former winner, Nicole making it to the end would have been a good excuse for not making the big moves Cody did.
Enzo got some good comments, but everyone felt like it would all come down to his strategy.
A conversation between Nicole and Cody confirmed Cody was thinking of clipping Nicole should he win the final competition.
The final part of the HOH kicked off, and Cody took an immediate lead in the competition, and emerged with the win.
In the end, Cody cut Nicole ahead of the final vote, and she stormed out of the house, demanded to speak to a producer to get back into the house.
We're kidding, mostly. Nicole left the game in tears because she thought Cody would take her to the end.
The Jury of nine unanimously voted to crown Cody the winner, with the only other unanimous vote in finale history coming during Big Brother 10.
Julie then revealed that America's Favorite Houseguest was Da'Vonne, which is unsurprising when you think about it.
That's another season of Big Brother in the can.
Did the right person win?
On the most recent episode of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way, fans watched Ariela Weinberg give birth.
Now, it's almost time for her son's circumcision ... if Biniyam Shibre gets his way. Ari has real concerns.
"I knew he was always going to be circumcised," Ariela admits.
"But," she acknowledges, "I really feel like I'm taking away a choice for him in his life."
Well, it's hard to argue with that.
"This is his body," Ariela correctly states, "and he should be able to decide what he wants to do with it."
Sounds like a good description of fundamental human rights.
However, Biniyam has his own ideas about what is "best" for their newborn son.
"It is good for him, for [the] baby now, if you cut him," Biniyam insists.
Possibly espousing the debunked theory that newborn babies do not feel pain, he adds: "He doesn't feel, like, too much."
"Don't worry -- I'll decide for you," Biniyam then says, which is just ... never a smart thing to say to your significant other.
"I don't want him to hate me when he's older," Ariela explains.
She worries that her son might realize what was done to him and resent her "because he thinks I mutilated him or something."
Well, that would meet most definitions of mutilation, so the only thing up in the air would be how her son comes to feel about this irreversible cosmetic procedure.
"I don't feel good about it," Ariela expresses.
"But I know there's no way Biniyam would not let me do this," she adds, meaning to say that Biniyam will insist upon it.
"Certain people in my family would not agree with it," Ariela adds, "so I feel certain pressure to do it as well."
It sounds like Ariela is feeling torn between her love for her partner and for her father's side of the family and her love for her child.
Ariela has to go to the bathroom.
When she returns, her son is being prepared to lose part of his genitals forever. In an adult, the foreskin would amount to 15 square inches of extremely sensitive tissue.
Ariela becomes increasingly nervous.
Biniyam seems irritated by her anxiety -- or perhaps by his own inability to understand it.
"This is how it's done," he complains. "I don't know why she is stressed."
It's very important to note that Biniyam, despite his obvious confusion over Ariela's distress, is not a stupid person by any means.
Not only is he communicating in a second language, but he has not been exposed to as many ideas and cultures. As a result he is set in his ways.
When you see the world only one way for most of your life and are not exposed to anything else, it might not occur to you think "wait, is this right?"
This is yet another example of Ariela and Biniyam seeming to be unprepared for major conversations that anyone should have shortly after pregnancy, if not before.
(We get it, this was an unplanned pregnancy, so it would be weird to discuss irreversible cosmetic genital mutilation of infants with a random hookup)
In fairness, this time, it looks like Ariela had previously been willing to go along with Biniyam's wishes, but seeing and bonding with her newborn is giving her second thoughts about doing this to him.
They will also have to continue to talk about Biniyam's desire to baptise their son within his church.
In addition to the usual ethical concerns of pledging a baby's soul to to a deity that the baby cannot understand let alone consent to, there is the demand that Ariela also convert, which she does not wish to do.
Biniyam believes that the baby could be at literal risk of literal damnation to literal Hell, so this is a complicated topic that they are unlikely to easily resolve. We'll watch all of that play out on the show!
Rose hunting season is officially open.
So uttered one of the contestants on The Bachelorette this week, as Clare Crawley went on her very first group date and it didn't take very long at all for things to get emotional, dramatic...
... and awkward.
To kick off the installment Riley, Jordan, Yosef, Ivan, Ben, Bennett, Zac C., Zach J., and Dale all went out with Clare.
The goal of the evening was to teach the men about the importance of love language -- so they meet Crawley at Romeo and Juliet-themed location to act out the different ways to express their feelings.
While the affirmation exercise centered on the men trying to find the right words, everything was taken up a notch when blindfolds got broken out.
What better way to demonstrate the physical language of love, right?
"Obviously, we all are deprived of physical touch during quarantine, so this was a love language I was ready for," Clare said of all the groping.
It was evident right away, though, to everyone present, that Clare really just wanted to be touched by Dale Moss, who earned last Tuesday's first impression rose.
"The hardest part about this group date is seeing other guys hug her and stuff," Ivan said on air. "That's completely brand new."
Perhaps because she seemed so smitten with Dale right away, no one approached Crawley during the subsequent cocktail hour.
"Does anybody want to step up to the plate?" she said after an awkward silence. "Don't everyone jump at once."
Bennett did eventually jump, but the general snub was apparent.
When Yosef offered to "speak for the group," Clare quickly shut him down.
"If you guys all want to hang out with each other, you can do that and I can go home and go to bed. At the end of the day, I'm a woman and I want my man to show me he cares.
"The truth of the matter is, it just hurt me."
Dale, of course, felt awful that his potential soulmate experienced any pain at all.
"You shouldn't feel like that," he said. "I feel like s--t knowing you felt like that. I never want you to feel like that when you're around. Never again will I restrict how I feel."
Eventually, the moment blew over -- but not before Yosef called Clare "crazy" for thinking she wasn't wanted -- and Clare went about her night, spending individual time with each of the suitors.
She ultimately decided to give Riley the group date rose.
From there, it was time for Jason to go on a one-on-one date with The Bachelorette.
"To open up and share your deepest darkest secrets, that's when I get scared," he said about being asked to write a letter to his younger self. "I don't like that."
At one point, while sitting by the fire, Jason did get candid up about his past, revealing he has a tendency to avoid commitment after watching his parents fight while growing up.
Clare, who was proud of him for being so honest, offered him the rose.
For the second group date, the men played strip dodgeball -- yes, strip dodgeball -- and only members of the winning team could proceed to that night's cocktail hour.
"She might see my man goodies tonight," Demar quipped. "If that happens, that's the Lord's will, right?"
The red team won and most blue team participants went back home with their heads held high and their hands covering their privates.
Except for Blake Moynes.
He crashed the cocktail hour because he wanted more time with Clare.
"I wanted to come in here and really show balls," he said about breaking the rules.
"I'm here for you and I'm going to these uncomfortable places internally to show you that. I know I'm going to take a bunch of heat for this, but I just don't really care that much."
The men got pissed, Blake got thrown out -- and then Brandon went and got himself tossed as well.
"I don't really know anything about you," he told Clare. "I don't obviously know you on a personal level. You're just so beautiful, and I wanted to get to know you."
This seemed like a pretty honest and understandable admission, but it didn't sit well with Crawley.
"I don't think people have to know me on a personal level, but there's a lot of guys here who say they like my drive, they like what I have to offer," she replied.
"I have a really great group of guys here and I think I'm going to have to focus more on them. I don't think I want to pursue this anymore."
And, just like that, Brandon was kicked off the show.
Meanwhile, back at the residence, Yosef was pissed about the dodgeball date.
"My number one value is, have respect for myself and my daughter," he told the other men.
"I don't want her turning on the TV and seeing her dad's ass. It just seemed classless. There have been a couple of red flags and it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth."
He planned to bring up this issue with Clare at that night's get-together, but she pulled Blake aside instead.
"I wanted to pull you aside because I truthfully didn't expect you to show up last night," she told him.
"It was something that, again, I thought was amazing of you to do. I don't want you to worry. I don't want you to question anything."
Moynes therefore earned a rose for his actions.
"Everything you are doing is so right," Clare said. "I want you here."
The episode ended without a rose ceremony, with viewers kept in suspense... and wondering when Tayshia Adams will make her debut.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8/7c.
We watched Armando announce his engagement to his family on this week's 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way.
Now it's time for him to talk about wedding plans with his mother ... and it's not going well.
Oh no. This looks awkward and painful.
In this sneak peek for Sunday's new 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way, Armando Rubio has a seat with his mother to do as she asked.
She told him that she wanted him to talk to her first about things, so that's what he's doing about wedding plans with his fiance, Kenneth Niedermeier.
"Tell me the truth. Were you surprised when I told you we got engaged?" Armando asks his mother.
She admits: "I was surprised because I didn't expect it."
"You didn't even hint about it," she accused.
"I told you, I am your mother," she reminded him. "You must always tell me things first."
It is clear to Armando and to viewers that this has less to do with the surprise and more to do with the fact that it's a surprise related to Armando's sexuality.
This is a painful moment, but Armando's not hiding how he feels about it.
"I can tell my mom's not thrilled still about hearing that Kenny and I are engaged," Armando sadly shares to the camera.
"Her telling me that she would have preferred I told her in private shows me that she's still struggling with it," he observes.
Heartbreakingly, Armando adds: "I think in some ways maybe she feels embarrassed that I'm gay."
"She needs to learn how to accept me without worrying what anybody says, thinks, or who is around," Armando correctly emphasizes to the camera.
Armando came out to his family early this season, but it was not the first time.
He had previously been outed to his family -- by his late ex-wife, no less -- but was then forced back into the closet. No one should have to live a lie.
When Armando begins to speak to his mother about his and Kenneth's plans for a wedding, she reacts with astonishment.
Apparently, she imagined that if they were married, they would simply fill out paperwork and be done with it.
Translation: she had hoped that it would be something easy to hide and not something that she or others might have to either attend or decline attending.
"We want to celebrate it," Armando says as he for some reason finds himself having to explain the concept of weddings, like his mother is new to the concept.
"Like any other couple when they love each other and they get married," he continues.
Armando then states, again as if speaking to a preschooler instead of a grandmother who is familiar with the concept: "It's a very important day."
Armando then has to ask multiple times if she will attend her own son's wedding.
"I want it to be a happy day," Armando emphasizes..
"I want to have full support from you and from and the family," he explains, "So I can feel complete." In this sneak peek, she does not give a verbal answer.
The Season 15 premiere of RHOC was actually pretty good, culminating in a tearful confession from Braunwyn Windham-Burke.
But a nosedive in ratings has Bravo scratching their heads. Do viewers miss Vicki and Tamra, or do they just hate Kelly Dodd?
Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered this week, and the ratings were, to put it bluntly, bad.
Since Season 6, only one episode of the show has had lower viewership than the Season 15 premiere ... and it was Part 1 of the Reunion for Season 14.
Ratings and how they are compared are complicated, so we'll lay it all out for you, with all of Season 14's ratings for context.
The Season 14 premiere had 1.42 million viewers.
The (pre-reunion) Season 14 finale episode had 1.24 million.
The very last episode of that season, Part 3 of the Reunion, had 1.03 million viewers.
The season premiere of Season 15 had 1.05 million viewers.
If you look at the dropoff from 1.24 million to 1.05, it doesn't look like that hefty of a loss, especially in 2020 -- it's a weird time for television.
And if you compare Part 3 of Season 14's Reunion special to the Season 15 premiere, viewership actually goes up a little -- 1.03 to 1.05.
But we don't look at season premieres and season finales through the same lens.
With rare exceptions, you expect more people to tune in for a season premiere, conventional wisdom saying that they either lost interest or have resolved to "catch up" later.
Most of the time, when measuring the health of an ongoing series, you compare season premieres to season premiere.
Doing that with Season 14 and Season 15, you witness a drop of 370,000 viewers -- the population of a large American city, vanishing from one season to the next.
There is always a chance that some of these viewers will return as the season goes on.
But at the moment, it looks like a solid percentage of people have just ... lost interest in viewing one of Bravo's flagship series. Why?
The most obvious difference between Season 14 and Season 15 is that, for the very first time, Vicki Gunvalson is not part of the cast.
She is the OG of the OC. She has been part of this franchise since its inception.
And she's not the only one who's gone. Tamra Judge, after 12 years on the show, also took her leave after turning down Bravo's insulting "Friend" offer.
A lot of people have grown to actively hate Vicki and Tamra over the years, and were on social media (and even in their mentions) celebrating their departure from the show.
But it may be that even more fans are sad to see them go and aren't invested in watching what the show is like without them.
Whether we're talking about politics or TV ratings, it's so important to remember that social media does not reflect how the broader world feels.
Vicki has been a mainstay on the series, and it may turn out that dropping an OG from the show was a mistake.
Few of us can imagine RHONY without Kyle Richards. And we have no idea what RHOA will look like without NeNe Leakes.
However, though there is much to be said about Vicki and Tamra, maybe this ratings slump has less to do with what's missing ... and more to do with who's still there.
Kelly Dodd has spent 2020 lashing out at fans, followers, and countless others, signaling her malice again and again on social media.
She said that the COVID-19 pandemic was "God's way of thinning the herd" as Americans died in hospital hallways.
She mocked the death toll, told outright lies about the virus, made false comparisons to the flu, and spread dangerous misinformation about COVID and masks that got her posts censored on Twitter.
Kelly flauted safety guidelines again and again. She also condemned heroic Black Lives Matter protests as "terrorism in America" when her Fox News fiance (now husband) showed her his network's propaganda.
Viewers and fans expect Housewives to be over-the-top or even toxic people. They expect to see personality disorders that make people entertaining to watch.
But as calls to fire Kelly and to boycott the show while she's on it have grown, it's clear that fans draw the line at a genuinely evil person. Maybe we're seeing that boycott in action with these numbers.
Some fans are worried about whether June Shannon can stay sober on her family's show. Others wonder if it's even coming back.
June is offering some reassurances that both she and her show are coming back ... but not as soon as fans hope.
This week, Mama June Shannon took to Instagram to address questions posted by some of her curious fans.
She also wanted to give people a little update on how she is doing -- with her life and with her sobriety.
When June allowed fans to pose questions, one follower of course inquired if her family's show is returning for another season on WEtv.
"Yes," June confirmed on Instagram, "the show is coming back."
In fact, this isn't hypothetical -- as the show has begun to film.
"Production did start last week," she detailed.
Given what time of year it is, however, fans shouldn't hold their breath for a season premiere any time too soon.
June confirms that the show is in production "but we're not coming back until 2021."
"So," the grandmother expresses, "it is what it is."
Obviously, last season, June was not a cooperative participant for most of the season, only showing up a couple of times.
This time, it seems, things will be different.
"And will I be back?" June asks before answering the very popular question: "Yes, I will."
Last season, June let down her family, and not for the first time.
Instead of going to rehab as she had planned, she ghosted.
Refusing to return her family's messages, June seemed more interested in her boyfriend and drugs than in getting her family back.
Her downward spiral with Geno Doak continued for months.
Sadly, there were times in late 2019 and very early 2020 when many feared that the next piece of news about June would be the last.
Geno confessed that he and June managed to spend $150,000 in just six months ... every cent of it going to crack cocaine.
But downward spirals eventually have to end, one way or the other.
Fortunately, June's ended with the realization that she had lost all control over her life -- and lost her family and career in the process.
She set about fixing up her life, working on her sobriety and repairing a missing tooth.
Part of the key to her new sobriety journey was having a traveling companion, so to speak.
Just as Geno had been part of June's extended drug binge, he was part of her recovery.
In fact, new photos of Geno that circulated in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic gave fans reasons to hope.
Fans asked if suddenly seeing photos of him in short sleeves and putting on weight meant that he was no longer covered in fresh track marks and was taking better care of himself.
In response, Geno hinted that they were right.
Needle marks are conspicuous, but less so when someone stops shooting up. And weight gain can be a very promising sign that someone's life no longer revolves around a needle.
June has recently revealed that she is now nine months sober.
Her return to reality TV may end up testing her, however, because with a return to TV comes a renewed flow of income.
Hopefully, June will stick to her sobriety journey. Besides, she's going to need that income in order to buy a new house.
On Sunday, October 11, 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way returns for the rest of Season 2.
In this sneak peek, we see fan-favorite couple Kenneth and Armando meet up with Armando's family for the first time since their engagement.
This anxious clip of Sunday's episode begins with Kenneth and Armando in the car together.
Kenneth is driving and Armando is so nervous that he is physically showing signs of anxiety, including getting uncomfortably warm.
He loves Kenneth and, though he knows that his family loves him, he fears that they will reject him when they see him with his partner.
Armando's freakout is understandable, but Kenneth is quick to remind him that it's not necessarily realistic.
Kenneth does admit: "It's a lot riding on both of our shoulders that this goes well."
But when they drive up to the house, Kenneth points out to Armando that a whole bunch of people who love him are there.
"Okay," Kenneth says, "that's a lot of people."
"They're all looking," he observes," and they're all lined up.
But Armando still has his concerns, having only just come out as gay to his family a very short time ago.
"It's a very difficult moment," Armando describes to the camera.
He explains: "I'm concerned that when my parents see us, they might not be as accepting or kinda backtrack on everything."
"But," Armando affirms, "not accepting him is not accepting me."
Armando's young daughter, Hannah, has been staying with family while Armando made the trek up to their new home and got things set up.
She runs delightedly to Armando, jumping into her father's arms.
Hannah then runs over to give Kenneth a hug -- having met him before they were filming, and likely spoken to him multiple times over voice chat.
"It was just wonderful seeing her again," Kenneth beams.
"It's all worth it to just see her shine and to just hug her and just love her," he adds.
Kenneth already raised four children, all of whom are now adults. He's a grandfather. He is also prepared to love and provide for Hannah.
Armando's mother, Virginia, is a little less warm.
Though we see her shake Kenneth's hand with a smile, her husband is conspicuously absent from the gathering.
She explains to Armando that his father is not there because he was "tired." Even I, rusty in my Spanish, heard her say "cansado."
To Armando's face, she says that his father is merely a little tuckered out.
It's not very convincing. Not to us, and likely not to Armando.
Speaking to the camera, the truth makes itself known as she expresses how she and likely Armando's father feel.
"When I saw my son, Armando, I was very happy," Virginia says.
She then confesses: "But seeing Armando with a man ... it's something strange but ... I don't know."
We know: it's called homophobia.
Yes, the first step to overcoming a prejudice is to admit that you have it.
But it's similarly understandable for people to feel downright uncomfortable hearing someone admit to bigotry, especially towards their own son and his partner.
That she is older and perhaps from a conservative area are explanations, but of course not excuses. There is never an excuse for homophobia.
Are you ready for the ultimate cast shake-up?
Over the last few days, rumors have started to ramp over in regard to which cast members on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may be on their way out -- and which may be taking their place.
At this point, you knoow where it starts, right?
The actress and polarizing personality announced in early September that she will not be returning to the franchise, not after she spent many months on air staving off attacks from Brandi Glanville and her co-stars.
Few viewers out there were surprised by this decision, however.
About two weeks after Richards chose to move away from reality television, Teddi Mellencamp confirmed that she was being forced out by Bravo.
"I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed," the cast member said in a moment of honesty last month, adding:
"It feels like a breakup, almost.
"Because you develop such strong relationships with the cast, with the crew. And you get to do incredible things that you probably never get to experience without the show."
So there you have it: Teddi is out and Denise is out.
Might two other mainstays be joining these ladies on the sidelines?
Both Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne have removed "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" from their Instagram bios, prompting quite a bit of speculation from followers.
The former has been a regular on the series since Season 5, while the latter has been doing her thing on air since Season 6.
For whatever it's worth, Erika no longer has anything in her bio right now, while Rinna's lists everything but the Bravo program:
“Actress, Host, NY Times Best Selling Author, Wife of Harry Hamlin, Mother of two beauties, designer of the Lisa Rinna Collection on QVC - United Talent Agency."
We'll keep a close eye on these women and their social media machinations in order to keep readers as well apprised as possible of their futures on the series.
As for who might take their place if they do leave? Or who might come on board with Richards and Mellencamp out of the picture?
Glanville claims that Kathy Hilton is already on board.
On Brandi’s newest episode of her Unfiltered podcast, the 47-year-old alleged that Kathy is “coming on” to star on the next Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season.
“I talk to Kim [Richards] I talk to Kyle. [Lisa] Rinna and I text. I’m friends with Sutton [Stracke],” Brandi said on this podcast episode, adding:
“I’m friends with Kathy, Kathy Hilton is coming on, I’m friends with all of them."
The 61-year-old socialite is mother to Paris Hilton and the half-sister of Kim and Kyle Richards.
She won't be a full-time cast member next season, though, Glanville says. She'll simply be a "friend of...," just like Brandi was this past season.
“I think it’s already out there, so I’m hoping I’m not spilling anything," Brandi said.
"I think that’ll be interesting because it’s always interesting to have a family dynamic."
According to TMZ, Hilton was offered a regular role on the franchise, but she's actually the one who doesn't want to commiit full-time.
It will be easier to make cameos, a source has told Page Six of Hilton's thinking, because part-timers don’t have to take part in the grueling postseason reunion specials, which take several days to produce.
Oh, and also for the record:
Kris Jenner will NOT be joining the cast.
They're coming back, folks.
Yes, even Kelly Dodd.
Despite a nationwide push to get Dodd fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County -- due to her an onslaught of insensitive and dangerous comemnts -- this veteran reality star is booked for Season 15 of this long-running franchise.
She and her colleagues will return to the air on October 7 at 9/8c on Bravo.
What can we expect from these women over the next several weeks?
The network has released a teaser descriptions for each cast member, all of which we've posted down below.
Ready for an early glimpse of what's ahead for Dodd and company? Let's do this...
Shannon Storms Beador
Shannon starts the year off in complete bliss with her boyfriend, John, and a new place to call home for her and her three daughters in Newport.
As the sole member left in the Tres Amigas, Shannon makes peace with Kelly, but quickly gets herself into hot water with a few of the ladies.
When the news of coronavirus hits, it brings her anxiety to an all-time high and causes tension between her and John when a division arises over house rules with the kids during lockdown.
Shannon’s worst fears eventually come to fruition when she learns that along with her three daughters, she too has contracted COVID-19. She documents their journey to recovery on her cell phone.
Starting the year off on a high following her engagement to Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal, Kelly is eager to settle into their new home in Newport as she waits for him to officially get transferred to the L.A. bureau.
During stay-at-home orders, Kelly makes waves among the ladies when she jet-sets around the country visiting New York City, the Hamptons, and Miami.
As the election looms, Kelly’s political beliefs and tone-deaf jokes threaten her relationships with the women.
After a difficult year, Gina is happier than ever as she moves into her new townhome with her boyfriend, Travis, and their combined six children.
Tensions with the ladies arise when she hears that some of the women are criticizing her new home. Trying her best to co-parent, Gina celebrates her daughter’s birthday and invites her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.
Meanwhile, she faces a tough decision regarding her ex-husband that could change the dynamic of her family. With the coronavirus shutting down schools,
Gina faces new challenges as she struggles to homeschool the kids while facing criticism for not joining the ladies for a "quarantine happy hour."
With a new hip and outlook on life, Emily experiences a rebirth in her marriage with Shane.
She even lets “fun Emily” out and finds an unexpected ally in the group. When she is presented with an opportunity to design a bathing suit, she dives headfirst to pursue her true passion.
While in quarantine, Emily and Shane really lean on each other when times get tough, ultimately testing the true strength of their marriage.
2020 is a year of renewal for Braunwyn as she moves into a new 8,000-square-foot home in Newport, celebrates 20 years of marriage to her husband, Sean, and embarks on a new journey of her own.
During the lockdown, Braunwyn settles into parenting seven children without the help of her nannies and housekeepers.
From supporting her son Jacob’s desire to dress in drag to addressing the children’s anxieties, Braunwyn has her hands full as she strives to give each child individual attention.
As she opens up to the women about her past, she finds a common bond with new housewife Elizabeth, yet struggles to see eye to eye with some of the other ladies over her participation in local protests and her political views.
And when the ladies learn that Braunwyn’s friend Shari spends nearly every day with her during quarantine, they begin to question her choices.
Elizabeth Lyn Vargas
Elizabeth is welcomed to the group through Kelly, who she has known for a few years from the Newport party circuit.
Born and raised in Missouri, Elizabeth always dreamed of living a life of luxury on the beaches of Orange County and with the help of her soon-to-be ex-husband, her dream has become a reality.
Currently a CEO of an online music company, Elizabeth is ambitious, outspoken, and ready to have fun.
As she deals with her ongoing divorce, her lifestyle as well as her complex and sexless relationship with boyfriend Jimmy creates a lot of speculation from the women and they start to scrutinize who she really is.