NeNe Leakes is recovering after a health scare sent her to the hospital; Bravo's January lineup is sure to warm even the coldest winter heart; and Lady Gaga has a few choice words for the cast of Vanderpump Rules. Read on for all the news, clips and gossip you might have missed.
NeNe Leakes’ Health Scare
Blood clots sent NeNe Leakes to the hospital this week. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star checked herself in after feeling short of breath. Doctors determined blood clots in her lungs to be the cause. “I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job,” Leakes said. Thankfully, she’s back home and recovering.
Bravo Announces Three New Shows for January
Your new year just got a whole lot better—Bravo announced three original docu-series that are premiering in January. Toned Up follows Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson, hosts of the popular fitness web series Tone It Up, as they build their fitness empire, and navigate friendships and relationships. Blood, Sweat & Heels chronicles the lives of six of NYC’s elite as they dabble in the worlds of real estate, fashion and media. And 100 Days of Summer showcases a group of ambitious Chicagoans over one intense summer as they strive to achieve their goals.
Brandi Opens Up About Her Struggles with Depression
Brandi Glanville made headlines last week for her scandalous accusations against Joanna Krupa and Mohamad Hadid. Now she is making news for a recent essay she wrote chronicling her battles with depression. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star opened up about her struggles in the latest issue of SoberBook, saying that her depression stemmed from her break with Eddie Cibrian after his adultery with LeAnn Rhimes. “I survived my heartbreak,” she wrote, “but I will be dealing with the damage it caused for the rest of my life.” Her one bright side has been her children, who she says make her feel the happiest and the most complete.
Gaga Chastises the Cast of Vanderpump Rules
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga is a Bravo fan, and this week she had a few incendiary things to say about the cast of Vanderpump Rules and all of the backtalk they have given Lisa Vanderpump, calling it “shocking.” “On what planet does one work at a restaurant, sass their boss & night get fired,” she tweeted at Andy Cohen, adding, “they should be thanking their lucky stripes they have jobs in this economy & a nice boss!” Lisa appreciated the support, and suggested that the clock is ticking for some employees. Uh oh.
Speaking of Gaga, Andy Cohen announced the release of his new perfume, made of Lady Gaga's urine. Allow us to explain...When Gaga visited Watch What Happens Live earlier this year, she had to take a bathroom break, which is a pretty normal thing to do, only she couldn't find the bathroom. So instead, she peed in her dressing room trash can. Ever the entrepreneur, Andy instructed one lucky PA to collect Gaga's pee, which Andy referred to as a "pop culture artifact," and bottle it up to make perfume. Yep, you read that right.
Taylor Armstrong to Star in Couples Therapy
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Taylor Armstrong is joining the cast of VH1’s Couples Therapy this January. She and fiancé John Bluher are braving the cameras to open up about their personal lives on the show. The couple got engaged in August while vacationing in Mexico. Has it been smooth sailing sense then? You’ll have to watch the show to find out.
Top Chef Will Cater Your Next Dinner Party
Ever wished you could be a judge on Top Chef? Well now you can critique the chef’testants in the comfort of your own home. Top Chef has partnered with KitchIt to bring fans a chance to win a dinner party, cooked by past Top Chef contestants Marcel Vigneron, Nyesha Arrington, Richard Farina or Chris Crary. Click here for details.
Lauren Manzo Sets Date to Say ‘I Do’
Wedding bells are ringing for Lauren Manzo, who recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend Vito Scalia. Now, barely a week after getting engaged, Lauren has announced that they will be tying the knot in 2015. And of course, the reception will be held at The Brownstone, the catering hall that Lauren’s father Albert runs. Lauren just wrapped filming the pilot for Manzo’d with Children, which she stars in alongside her mom, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo.
SNL Spoofs The Real Housewives
From time to time Saturday Night Live cooks up a fun parody of the Real Housewives franchise, and this week, they delivered again with a hilarious sketch called “The Rosé Zone.” A spoof of the NFL’s Red Zone, The Rosé Zone is a destination for “the trashiest moments from every reality TV show on one channel.” And of course, clips from several of our Housewives franchises made the cut, including The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of Miami and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
When Andy Met Britney
Andy Cohen caught up with pop superstar Britney Spears this week, rounding out the list of divas he has met this year. The run-in occurred when Andy saw Britney walk into a room at an event, and exclaimed, “It’s Britney bitch!” He told the Dish about his encounter, saying that he chatted her up about her new record, Britney Jean, and gushed about his love for her sexy “Work Bitch” video. And in honor of Britney’s birthday, which is on December 2nd, the event featured a birthday cake made in her image. She offered Andy “my boobs and my heart.”
Lisa Vanderpump’s Family Does Not Support Her
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump dropped by E! News this week, and revealed that her family does not support her reality TV endeavors. “It’s a ‘reality show’ and that doesn’t quite fit in with their perception of what I should be doing,” she dished. “People in England don’t talk like that.” And there is, of course, plenty of foul language in both RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules. “If it ever goes out to England,” she said of Vanderpump Rules, “I’m not gonna be let back into the country.”