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Wednesday
Mar062013

Brad Goreski Is His Own Boss on "It's a Brad, Brad World"

Mike Rosenthal/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Brad Goreski is no longer just the style director for celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe.  He's stepping into his own in the second season of Bravo's It's a Brad, Brad World, which premieres on Wednesday.

"This year what people really get to see is the nitty-gritty and behind-the-scenes of me with a successful business," the Canadian celebrity stylist tells ABC News Radio.  "My company has grown exponentially....and my clients were so gracious to be on the show and you really get to see me getting them prepped for events."

Goreski's client list has grown to include Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly and Rashida Jones, and he even dressed Stacy Keibler and Jenna Dewan-Tatum for this year's Oscars.

When dealing with tricky clients, such as Dewan-Tatum, who is currently pregnant, Goreski says the styling issue wasn't challenging.  That's perhaps thanks to his new team of styling cohorts.

"This year people really get to see me in the role of a boss," he says.  "I have two new assistants this year plus [assistant] Lindsay Myers from last year.  We're very busy.  There are a lot of balls in the air so to speak and there's a lot for me to juggle."

It also helps that Goreski doesn't have any hard feelings about his headline-making split from former boss-turned-designer Zoe.  He's even dressed one of his clients, Alba, in a Zoe design.

"We pull clothes that work for each event and then if they work, they work.  It really doesn't matter which designer it is.  I don't play that way," he says.

The second season of It's a Brad, Brad World premieres on Bravo Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov292012

Reality TV Star Sues Assistant Over Alleged Tell-All Book

Jesse Grant/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- If a book is titled Hang in There, Baby — What One of the World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About Life, Work and Love, chances are it will capture the attention of the boss in question.

And so Jeff Lewis, the host of Bravo’s Flipping Out, and, presumably, the “difficult” boss here, is suing the author of the book, Jenni Pulos, who has been his longtime assistant and co-star.

According to the complaint filed Nov. 14 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lewis first learned that Pulos was writing a book about her life in October.  At that time, the lawsuit contends, Lewis reminded Pulos of the confidentiality agreement she signed in 2008 and 2010, which forbade her from disclosing information about his professional or personal life.

She promised that the book was “strictly related” to her own family and personal life, not her work life, the complaint says. But after scrolling around the Web, Lewis came across the book’s title on Amazon.com, which led him to believe that the book had already been written, since it had an ISBN number, was slated for 288 pages and scheduled to be published on Aug. 20, 2013, by St. Martin’s Press.

Lewis’ lawyer, J. Scott Souders, then sent cease-and-desist letters to Pulos and her agents. They, in turn, said the book had not yet been written and that “it did not contain any confidential or proprietary information.” Pulos and Souders contend that the only thing Pulos was ordered to cut was the title of the book — to Hang in There, Baby! — and nothing else. Earlier this month, Lewis asked to see a copy of the manuscript to make sure Pulos hadn’t broken their confidentiality agreement, but she told him “her agents instructed her not to show Jeff any of the book copy,” according to the lawsuit.

On her website, Pulos writes that her forthcoming book will “humorously outline” her advice for “surviving any difficult situation, no matter if it is in the workplace, in relationships or in life.”

But Lewis doesn’t find anything humorous about it. Along with working as Lewis’ personal and executive assistant for more than 10 years, Pulos has also appeared in all six of the show’s seasons, according to the complaint.  “In her employment with Jeff for these many years, Jenni has become privy to both trade secrets and other confidential information relating to the operation of the plaintiff’s businesses as well as highly confidential and private information relating to Jeff’s personal life and business dealings,” the complaint alleges.

“Who’s going to buy a book about Jenni’s life if it doesn’t include Jeff Lewis, and probably confidential information she’s gleaned?” Souder told ABC News. “You want the backstory if you buy a book.”

Lewis, Jeff Lewis Productions Inc. and Jeff Lewis Design LLC have sought a preliminary and permanent injunction against Pulos, preventing her from disclosing or publishing “personal, private, proprietary or confidential information” about Lewis. He is also seeking reimbursement for his legal fees.

St. Martin’s declined to comment. But Pulos’ lawyer, Adam Levin, told ABC News that "she’s done nothing wrong and expects the lawsuit to be dismissed soon.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul102012

"Pregnant in Heels'" Rosie Pope on Confidence, Criticism and New Book 

Miranda Penn Turin/Bravo (NEW YORK) -- On TV, Rosie Pope is a mommy whisperer, a know-it-all for stylish and affluent moms in Manhattan and beyond, thanks to her hit Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels. Still, when it comes to raising her own children -- J.R., 3, Wellington, 1, and Vivienne, 10 months -- the pregnancy guru can also be self-conscious.

"Everybody thinks I'd be so confident," the 32-year-old mom tells ABC News Radio.  "I'm so conscious of wanting to do the best job that I can and I love my kids so much so everyday I'm like, 'Did I do a good enough job?'"

It's Pope's job to make sure moms are best prepared when expecting.  On her show, Pope consults with moms about everything from breastfeeding to poop.  But usually cameras are rolling while she acts as a psychologist, a role she's comfortable with thanks to her degree in neuroscience from Columbia University.  It seems like a random degree for a woman who started her career as a model and stylist.

As a parent, Pope says "children make you address whether you like yourself.  You have to take a big look about who you are, how you live your life, are you proud of those things because...a lot of parenting has to do with a lot of psychology and that comes down to a lot of brain."

Her understanding of how people think helped the mother of three deal with criticism she faced for wanting to have more kids.  Pope endured difficult pregnancies thanks to uterine surgery along with rounds of in-vitro fertilization treatments.

"People criticized me for not adopting; for already having one child.  People said I was selfish to want another because some people can't even have one," Pope explained of the backlash from multiple rounds of IVF.  "I know a lot of people don't even get to have one, but I don't think that should stop an individual from still being able to want more or to have more."

Her idea of wanting more also applies to her career.  She turned her namesake clothing store into a mecca for pregnant moms thanks to Mom Prep classes, meant to help expecting parents. Pope is also a brand ambassador for Philips Avent, touting their newly redesigned natural bottles for babies, and now, she's also penning a book with her own gynecologist, Dr. Amos Grunebaum.

"It's really a combination of my feelings and thoughts on pregnancy along with his medical facts," Pope said of her book, Mommy IQ, due on bookshelves in October.  "And I feel like so many women either don't have access to a great doctor or when you're in the doctor's office you don't ask the right questions. ...So it's really every question I've ever wanted to ask. I've asked him and I've put it into a book so you guys don't have to."

Find out how Rosie Pope will help another mom wade through motherhood problems on Bravo's Pregnant in Heels Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar262012

Camille Grammer Leaving "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife, Camille Grammer, is leaving the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after two seasons.

A source tells People magazine, "She's been in discussions and at the end decided she wasn't willing to expose her personal life anymore." The source adds that the 43-year-old Grammer is "ready for new challenges."

Grammer herself puts a different spin on her exit. She tells Us Weekly, "I can't say too much at this moment, but we couldn't get it worked out."

Grammer's divorce from Kelsey Grammer was finalized last year. Last month, they agreed to joint custody of their two children.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov182011

Woman Suing over Alleged Abuse on Upcoming Bravo Series

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- An upcoming Bravo series that's being compared to Jersey Shore is the subject of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she was bullied during a party taped for the show. Kathy Salem is suing the cable network and producer Ryan Seacrest over Shahs of Sunset, which will star young and well-to-do Persians in Los Angeles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Salem says she signed a cover sheet of a waiver for the party, held last July, knowing that it would be taped but not realizing that "she might be blindsided and forced against her will to play a demeaning and humiliating role." She alleges that two cast members were verbally abusive to her, and that someone tried to strip off her top. She further alleges that a cast member named Reza tossed water in her face.

Salem seeks at least $100,000 in damages, plus an injunction preventing the show from airing footage of her. Shahs of Sunset is scheduled to premiere on Bravo in February.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov042011

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Returns Sunday on Bravo

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta begins its fourth season Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Star Kandi Burruss says viewers should expect to see a lot of drama in the new episodes. Burruss tells ABC News Radio, "There are a lot of moments. A lot of battles. Not physical battles, but a lot of different arguments throughout this season. It's not going to be just one blow-up this season. It's going to be multiple blow-ups."

The new season will also follow Burruss, a singer-songwriter, as she goes to work in the recording studio and also develops a sex toy line.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct112011

Bethenny Frankel Admits to Lying About Being Lost at Sea?

Steve Mack/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The controversy surrounding reality star Bethenny Frankel’s “lost at sea” story may or may not be settled, says The Hollywood Reporter Tim Russell, the man who came to the aid of the Bethenny Ever After star and her husband, Jason Hoppy, claimed that the whole event was staged for the camera.

Frankel had earlier claimed that she was on a sailboat off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., which became “lost at sea for 20 hours.” However, Russell insists that the nine people on the boat -- including a Bravo film crew of six and a therapist -- were all fine and did not need Coast Guard assistance, as suggested by Frankel.

In an interview with E! Online, Frankel said, “The captain had to call the Coast Guard and we were hit by a big wave. It was very scary. It was traumatic. Absolutely traumatic.”

She finished the weekend by posting on Twitter and Facebook, writing, “Let’s review this week’s past idiocies: 1.) I have a “nice” coach 2.) I’m getting divorced 3.) I’m pregnant 4.) I lied about being lost at sea. Anything else?”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep272011

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger Apologizes for Remarks on Gays and Jews

Tommy Garcia/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger has issued an apology for disparaging remarks she made about gay men and Jewish people during a TV appearance on Sunday. Appearing on the Bravo call-in talk show Watch What Happens Live, Stanger was asked about monogamy in a long-distance relationship. She commented to openly gay host Andy Cohen, "There is no curbing the gays ... I have tried to curb you people." She also said during the show, “Jewish men lie.”

Stanger, whose dating series Millionaire Matchmaker also airs on Bravo, apologized to her Twitter followers Monday, writing, "Attn male Gays: I support you & my comment on WWHL was to a LA guy who can't find commitment." She released a similar statement through the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: “I am so sorry. I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens Live.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep262011

Patti Stanger Criticizes Smart Single Women, Jews, Gays

Tommy Garcia/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger has come under fire for controversial comments.

Gays, Jews, and smart single women, take note: The “Millionaire Matchmaker” might have a problem with you.

On Sunday, Patti Stanger, the host of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and the self-proclaimed love and marriage guru, questioned the values of Jewish and gay men.

Appearing on Bravo’s call-in show Watch What Happens Live, Stanger talked about open long-distance relationships and monogamy, saying “In the gay world, it will always be open....There is no curbing the gay man.” She then turned to host Andy Cohen, who is openly gay, and said, “I have tried to curb ‘you people.’”  When Cohen replied, “I am a gay and am down for the monogamy,” Stanger laughed and shot back, “When was the last time you had a boyfriend?”

She also proclaimed, “Jewish men lie.”

Late last week, the 50-year-old “third-generation matchmaker” laid into the women of New York for being too brainy.

“Women are smart in business and dumb in love,” Stanger told the hosts of the TV show New York Live, regarding New York’s single females. “They won’t date outside their zip code, let alone outside the city. They are city snobs. Real men that are making money in this economy are buying homes in short sales and foreclosures out in the suburbs, getting their homestead set up for their families, and [women say] ‘I won’t go to Connecticut.’ This is where the men are.”

She went on to suggest that New York women -- actually, women the world over -- ought to avoid multisyllabic words and mention of their SAT scores before walking down the aisle.

“They don’t like them before they are married,” she said, referring to how men feel about smart women. “You’ve got to dumb it down a little because men are not that bright.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep192011

Fired NYC Housewife: ‘Women Genuinely Didn’t Like Each Other Anymore’

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY Pictured: (l-r) LuAnn de Lesseps, Cindy Barshop, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Sonja Morgan. Joe Pugliese/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- The Real Housewives franchise has proven once again just how real reality TV can be. Even housewives, and even reality TV stars, get fired.

Bravo confirmed on Saturday the widely-circulated rumors that Real Housewives of New York cast members Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon were given the pink slip for season five of the hit series, set to begin filming in just weeks.

The network portrayed the ladies’ departure from the show as “friendly,” writing in the statement, “We’ve had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers.”

At least one of the women on the other side of Bravo’s ax, however, painted a less-than-friendly picture.

“Following the reunion it was clear that the women genuinely didn’t like each other anymore,” Cindy Barshop, whose appearance on season four was her first, and last, on the show, told ABC News after her firing was confirmed.

Barshop was referring, of course, to the show’s contentious, two-part finale in April that brought all five housewives together in a crying, screaming and finger-pointing recap of the past season.

The mass firings now leave Ramona Singer and LuAnn DeLesseps as the only two members of the original cast to survive through to season five.  The third housewife to avoid the ax, Sonja Morgan, a friend of Singer’s, joined the show partway through season three.

Zarin and McCord were both original New York housewives, alongside Singer and DeLesseps, in the series’ first season back in 2008. Bensimon was added at the beginning of season two, and Barshop officially became a housewife at the beginning of season four.

While the four Housewives’ firings may be the biggest, and not of their own choosing, the departures are not the first for the New York series.  Original cast member Bethenny Frankel appeared on three seasons of the show before leaving for her own Bravo show, Bethenny Ever After, which was renewed for a third season in March.

The four New York castaways, nonetheless, are not the first to be fired from a Real Housewives franchise.  Danielle Staub, of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Lynn Curtain, from the show’s original Orange County franchise, were each fired at the end of their respective seasons.

The entire cast of the Real Housewives of D.C. was fired last year when the show was canceled after just one season.

The ladies are proving, however, that a fired housewife does not go down without a fight, nor does a reality TV star relinquish the spotlight easily.

Zarin was visiting her daughter at college when the statement was released by Bravo, so she left it to her representative to tell People magazine, “Jill is humbled by the extraordinary amount of media interest in her response and looks forward to personally opening up about all of this very soon and announcing some exciting new projects.”

Her fellow Bravo stars may have hinted at her future as well.  “Hey @Jillzarin fans: don’t panic, she may have a show of her own…stay tuned!,” Millionaire Matchmaker‘s Patti Stanger tweeted over the weekend.

McCord’s husband Simon Van Kempen also spoke up about his family’s future, telling The Hollywood Reporter, that he and his wife “Don’t intend for this to be the final time you’ll see us on television.”

Bravo said in its statement Saturday that “we continue to have ongoing discussions,” with Zarin, McCord, Bensimon and Barshop.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







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