Leah Messer Reveals History of Sexual and Physical Abuse in Heartbreaking Memoir
by Hilton Hater on March 31, 2020 at 10:27 am
Leah Messer has gotten very candid about something very personal. And, sadly for the Teen Mom 2 star, something very upsetting. During an Instagram Q&A late last week, Messer promoted her upcoming memoir (“Hope, Grace & Faith”) by delving into how she was abused as a child. And, not surprisingly, how that impacts her to this very day. Leah explained in this chat how the “decisions” she’s made throughout her life – some of which has generated a great deal of backlash – will “make sense” to fans once they read the book. “They’ll understand the childhood drama and co-dependency in relationships,” Messer told viewers, adding: “Everything I endured in my childhood from sexual abuse to physical abuse was probably the hardest thing.” Messer is the mother of twin girls Aleeah and Aliannah, 10 The latter was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2014, just a year after half-sister Adalynn was born. The MTV personality had the twins with her first husband Corey Simms and Adalynn with Jeremy Calvert. Leah and Jeremy are also divorced now, yet the constant subject of rumors of a romantic reconciliation. Messer’s Q&A, while jarring, did not mark first time Messger has opened up about her childhood abuse. It also does not name the perpetrator(s). During the Instagram Q&A session, though, Leah spoke at length about her biological father and his issues. “With the opioid epidemic we are facing today, my dad always ties into that,” she said. “I started doing my own research on when my dad started struggling with addiction and why he struggled with addiction.” And what did she discover? “Come to find out in between 1995 and 1997 they started prescribing oxycodone,” Messer explained to fans. “It was a highly addictive drug they swore wasn’t an addictive drug.” “My father broke his neck and back working on bridges in West Virginia.” “From there he went to some doctor for worker’s comp,” she continued. “That’s how my dad became addicted to the medication and still is to this day.” Gary Lee Miller was arrested in 2011 for possessing painkillers that were not prescribed to him. In August of 2017, Leah revealed on social media that her dad had reached out to her for the first time in a long time. Leah is no stranger to battling some of these same problems herself. As fans know, Messer herself has struggled with substance abuse. Ex-husband Corey accused her of drug use when she was caught on camera slurring her words and falling asleep mid-sentence in various scenes filmed for Teen Mom 2. She checked into rehab in June of 2015, although she denied drug abuse rumors at the time. As for how the 27-year-old plans to help others such as her dad face the issues that cripple them? Messer revealed she is helping to “provide treatment facilities in West Virginia,” adding: “Whatever I have to do to do that, I will do. I’ve been there. I went through it. I’ve done it.” The reality star also said on Instagram the adversity she faced as a child has helped her “thrive” now. “I’m giving my daughters the life I always wish I had,” she concluded. Messer’s book will be available to purchase on May 5. Will you read it? View Slideshow: Leah Messer to Fans: Y’all Wanna Help My Cult Brainwash Some Teens?
Poor Anna Duggar
by Tyler Johnson on March 30, 2020 at 9:59 pm
It’s been five years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls, four of whom were his own sisters. Though he was never charged with these sex crimes, he paid a heavy price. So, tragically, did his long-suffering wife Anna. And it’s about to get worse. For her. Josh’s molestation bombshell was the start of a succession of scandals, several of which landed him in front of a judge. The eldest of Jim Bob’s 19 kids has seen his legal troubles drag on for years, and the worst might still be ahead of him. It began when a woman named Danica Dillon sued Josh, alleging that he assaulted her during a paid sexual encounter. Shortly after Dillon (above) filed her lawsuit, a small-time DJ Matt McCarthy also sued Josh, for altogether different reasons. McCarthy alleged that Josh had used his photos while catfishing women on Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates affairs. The first suit was thrown out by a judge, and the second was settled out of court. But Josh’s legal woes were far from over. In November of 2019, a car dealership owned by the 32-year-old Duggar family pariah was raided by Homeland Security. Details of the feds’ raid remain under wraps, but insiders believe Josh’s employment practices were at the center of it. Even if he escapes legal consequences in this latest case, Josh will likely have another costly court battle ahead of him. That’s a problem, as the father of six is already spread mighty thin these days, and he just lost his number one ally. Perhaps his only one ally. Back in April of 2019, Josh was sued for allegedly selling land that never belonged to him. (Because of course he was.) Sounds like an open-and-shut case, but the civil suit has been dragging on for nearly a year now. And that means … And according to a Patheos blog maintained by lapsed members of the Duggars’ Quiverfull movement, Josh is in a real bind. He now finds himself without legal counsel, as Josh stands accused of selling his house to his attorney, Tim Story, for $10. Ten dollars, not thousand or million. According to the allegation, Josh would continue making the mortgage payments, and his family would continue living there. The move appears to have been an attempt on Josh and Tim’s part to hide assets from the court. Not a strong move if so. No criminal charges have been issued at this time, but the judge has ordered that Story be removed from Josh’s case. That means even more trouble. According to documents obtained by Patheos, Anna Duggar has been subpoenaed, and gave her deposition last week. The record of what she said has not been made public, but her deposition came just days before the judge removed Story. So what gives? It’s unlikely that Anna exposed Josh’s house con, as wives cannot be compelled to testify against their husbands in court. However, she probably didn’t deny it either … at least not convincingly. One can’t blame her for being simply exhuasted. After all she’s been through? In November, Anna Duggar gave birth to her and Josh’s sixth child. She has been pregnant for most of the past decade. Much of which he’s spent cheating on her, lying to her, humiliating her, or being sent to rehab and leaving her with the kids. We could go on. There’s never been any relief. “It was definitely a hard thing and it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we’re rocking through,” Anna said. “It was hard to realize it was such a public thing… “That loyalty was broken. How could this happen in our marriage?” “Josh was my first love. He’s my one and only.” “My only hope was to cling to my faith.” Translation: It was all she had left, thanks to him. Further translation: She’s trapped in a marriage and a lifestyle she has no ability to leave, even if she so desired. Misery. Abject misery. Now comes the ultimate insult to injury: Being compelled to defend this guy under oath. That, or if the truth implicates her husband, face the scorn from the extended family she’s betrayed forever. What we are witnessing here is a woman trapped in a prison of her husband and his family’s making, full stop. Her profession that Josh is her “first love” may sound sweet or inspiring to some, but it’s all she’s been allowed. Her loyalty to him despute the “hard” times in their marriage may seem selfless, but she never had a choice, Josh is a uniquely shady character and the Duggars in general do not allow women the freedom to live their own lives. Let all of us here today never forget that. Whatever happens, you can be sure there’s more legal and marital turbulence ahead for the black sheep of the Duggars. And that Anna will bear the brunt of it. View Slideshow: Where Do the Duggars Live? Take a Grand Tour of ALL of Their Homes & Apartments!
Joy-Anna Duggar: Caught Breaking HUGE Jim Bob Social Media Rule!
by Simon Delott on March 30, 2020 at 8:55 pm
If you’ve been following Joy-Anna Duggar’s Instagram for updates on her baby bump, you may have noticed a subtle shift recently. Jim Bob has a huge rule for his family … and it’s a rule that Joy has quietly begun to break. Joy-Anna is a grown woman. She’s a mom. In fact, she is pregnant with her second child — after suffering a tragic miscarriage last year. But in the eyes of Jim Bob and the fringe cult to which Joy’s entire family belongs, there is one thing that she cannot be trusted to do. That is: have her very own Instagram account. WIth rare, special exceptions, the Duggars are not allowed to have social media until they get married. Even when they are married, they are expected to have creepy, joint accounts with their spouses — though not all of them do. For years, Joy and Austin have shared an Instagram account, speaking with one voice on social media. Now, that is in the process of changing. As you can see, their Instagram handle remains the same, reflecting both of their names. But as Joy mentions in her bio, Austin has his own Instagram these days. Joy even refers to being “married to” him — indicating that this Instagram account is solely hers. Short of scrubbing Austin’s name from their Instagram handle, this is about as clear as they can make it that this is Joy’s IG. To be fair, it has been apparent for a while that it was Joy who was making these posts. But most of us had suspected that Joy and Austin were going to continue sharing the account for the foreseeable future. There are benefits to living your life in a way that Jim Bob approves. It has long been suspected that the controlling family patriarch uses his wealth to keep a tight leash on his adult children — even the married ones. This break doesn’t necessarily signal that Joy-Anna is distancing herself from her family. It may be the result of Jim Bob appearing to soften on some previously rigid rules. For example, Jana — the still unmarried eldest — has her own Instagram. And when Jedidiah Duggar announced that he was running for office, he suddenly had a new home address and his own Instagram account. Our guess is that Jed was allowed these adulthood staples to make him look like less of a child and like less of a cult member. Jana may have earned a special degree of trust from her parents, but we cannot say for sure that she has sole access to her account. In any case, the reason for these social media restrictions has always been the result of two things. Jim Bob does not believe in privacy, and he believes that temptations can only be avoided by averting one’s gaze. Plenty of us thirst-follow a bunch of people on Instagram and it’s not a problem at all. But in a family where the girls are expected to say “Nike” if a human woman walks by so tha their brothers can look at their shoes, that’s different. Jim Bob and Michelle believe all sorts of toxic things when it comes to sexual atraction. As you can imagine, the people who think that wearing normal pants shows off too much of a woman’s curves are opposed to Instagram thirst traps. Contrary to Jim Bob’s beliefs and those of the controversial cult to which he belongs, Joy and Austin getting seperate Instagrams isn’t a prelude to cheating. Instead, it just means that they can post to social media with their own voices and interact with fans accordingly. The Duggars aren’t the only ones who do those joint husband-wife accounts, and they’re just plain creepy. Congratulations to Joy and Austin on taking one tiny step closer to normal, non-fringe society. View Slideshow: Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: Lying About Courtship? Forced to Marry By Both Overbearing Fathers??
Will the Sister Wives Return to Utah? Kody Responds!
by Hilton Hater on March 30, 2020 at 8:39 pm
One thing has been made very clear on this ongoing new season of Sister Wives: No one is happy in Arizona. Janelle isn’t happy. Meri isn’t happy. Robyn isn’t happy. Christine isn’t happy. And Kody isn’t happy, constantly fighting with each of his spouses of his plans to build one gigantic home on his property in Coyote Pass. This fantasy has become a nightmare for Kody and company, as construction hasn’t even started on the project — and everyone in the family continually argues over the best path forward. Christine, perhaps, said it best last week when she broke down in tears and admitted the moving process has been incredibly hard. Could a new state law soon serve as a solution, however? As previously reported, polygamy was considered a felony in Utah for about a decade. Many observers have assumed this was the reason the Browns moved about two years ago from this state down to Arizona, despite no one in the family ever confirming that speculation. Now, however? A Utah bill that would reduce polygamy among consenting adults from a felony to an infraction — on par with a traffic ticket — was unanimously endorsed by a state Senate committee earlier in the year. This, despite opposition from critics who argue the law could potentially protect abusers. Back in 2011, however, when plural marriage was first deemed a felony in his home state, Kody was one of those critics — on the opposite side. At the time, the father of 18 actually filed a complaint against the governor of Utah. “There are tens of thousands of plural families in Utah and other states. We are one of those families,” he began in a statement to the state legislature, adding way back then; “We only wish to live our private lives according to our beliefs… “It has already been a long struggle for my family and other plural families to end the stereotypes and unfair treatment given consensual polygamy.” As you can tell by the above statement, Kody had originally planned to help in the changing of legislation in Utah so his family could return home/ But he then decided to change gears and move to Flagstaff, Arizona instead. Things haven’t gone well there. And now, with this new bill heading to the State Senate floor for a full vote, it appears as if the Browns could return to Utah and never worry about paying any real legal cost for the way they live their lives. Makes for an easy decision, right? Pack up and leave a state that has only brought misery… for a state in which the Sister Wives were happy? Apparently not. “Too late,” Kody Tweeted on Sunday, March 29 when this question was asked. “Utah lost us. We miss all of you. We will continue to miss you. Now we have a new home in the Free State of Arizona.” So it sounds like the Browns aren’t going anywhere, which causes us to wonder if more tension is now inevitable. Just consider what Janelle wrote on Instagram about the new polygamy law in Utah: “Happy news! After passing through the state legislature almost unanimously, religious polygamy is no longer a felony. “This does not mean bigamy is allowed. People who are committing other crimes such as child abuse and fraud will still be prosecuted just like anyone else committing those crimes is. “This is a monumental step.” View Slideshow: Sister Wives Secrets Spilled: What Did Kody Brown Reveal? Alas, it’s not one that will change the plans of the Browns moving forward. Sorry, ladies. We really do continue to feel for you here.
Little People, Big World Spinoffs: Actually on the Way?!?
by Hilton Hater on March 30, 2020 at 8:01 pm
Little People, Even Bigger World? In a new interview with the First Class Fatherhood podcast, Matt Roloff surprised listeners by teasing for the first time that his family’s beloved reality show might be spunoff into a number of other programs. As far as we can tell at least, this is the first time any Little People, Big World spinoffs have been addressed by any cast member. “Yeah, I think that conversation has gone on,” Roloff told podcast host Alec Lace, adding; “We always kind of fall back on Little People, Big World. That’s our main vehicle for telling our story. But I think discussions on spin-offs and things are happening.” Matt didn’t specify exactly what — or, rather, who — woould be the basis for these spinoffs. One has to wonder, however, whether Matt has had discussions about spinning himself off from the original show, considering there’s been a lot of talk these days about Roloff moving away from the farm. He already has a place in Arizona. And he may one day get married to Caryn Chandler. It’s not impossible to see him starring in his very own adventure away from Oregon, is it? Along similar lines, Amy Roloff is engaged to Chris Marek. She’s now living on her own for the first time, which could also be prime spinoff material. And then there’s Tori and Zach Roloff, who already have a toddler son named Jackson and who welcomed a daughter named Lilah into the world in November. Plenty of reality shows these days center on a popular couple and their lives at home with two young children, you know? Then there’s this: Imagine Matt selling the farm to Jeremy Roloff and a new show springing up around Jeremy and Audrey moving on to the property with their son and daughter. It’s not a crazy idea, the concept of Jeremy taking over the farm has been broached in the past. You’d tune in for it, wouldn’t you? “Little People, Big World is kind of based on the whole family,” Roloff continued in this same interview. “One thing I learned about reality television, you need a lot of characters, dynamics between characters, what have you, to really draw in the biggest audience as possible.” All we can do now is prepare for the new season and see what unfolds next, right? Little People, Big World returns with new episodes on Tuesday, March 31. View Slideshow: Amy Roloff Teases “Scary Moment” Ahead on Little People, Big World
Madison Prewett & Connor Saeli: New Couple Alert?!
by Tyler Johnson on March 30, 2020 at 7:44 pm
As you’re probably aware, Madison Prewett and Peter Weber broke up just two days after they appeared together on The Bachelor’s After the Final Rose special and announced their intention to give their relationship a go — despite the full-throated disapproval of Peter’s mother. Actually, it might be more accurate to say Peter and Madison never dated at all. In the aftermath of their “breakup,” Prewett revealed that she was never actually romantically involved with Peter. Based on her comments, it feels like their relationship was the reality TV equivalent of a showmance that died as soon as the lights dimmed and the closing credits rolled. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Madison is already prepared to move on. And some Bachelor Nation fans are convinced she’s done exactly that. Several media outlets have now reported that Madison is dating Connor Saeli. Connor was eliminated from Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, and he later appeared on Bachelor In Paradise. Reports about Connor and Madison have been circulating for weeks, and former Bachelorette contestant Mike Johnson really got the rumor mill churning over the weekend, when he asked Saeli about his feelings for Prewett. “So what’s up with you and Madison,” Johnson asked Saeli, who replied, “I don’t know, we’ll see.” However, Madison was quick to shoot down the dating rumors on Sunday. “[He] reached out right after the finale and just sent some encouragement and some support. Really sweet, but that is it, we are not together,” Prewett said on an Instagram Live. “I am not with anyone right now. I am just focusing on myself and taking it one day at a time,” she added. “We are not together. I am not with anyone right now,” Madison later reiterated, in case anyone missed her point. “I am just focusing on myself and taking it one day at a time. So yeah, so there’s that.” That’s probably for the best. Those who know her best say it took a while for Madison to get over the Peter situation. “She really cares for Peter and wanted to work through their challenges to see if they could have a future together, but it just got too difficult and seemed like everything was against them,” said one insider. After all that, it sounds like the last thing Madison would want is another high-profile relationship. In all likelihood, you won’t be seeing Madison on Bachelor In Paradise, or anywhere near the spotlight, for that matter. Every contestant on The Bachelor says they just want to get married and settle down. For Madison, it seems like that’s actually true — and she’d likely prefer to find love off camera. View Slideshow: Clare Crawley: Who is the New Bachelorette and Why Was She Cast Now?
Stephanie Matto: 90 Day Fiance Star Reveals She Was Once a Stripper
by Simon Delott on March 30, 2020 at 7:17 pm
Stephanie Matto has shared so much of her life on 90 Day Fiance, even being the first openly bisexual star on the show alongside Erika Owens. Now, she is sharing even more — telling fans about her time working as a stripper. The 29-year-old YouTuber took to Instagram to share her story alongside this gorgeous mirror selfie. “Wishin’ I was back in LA.” Stephanie’s post begins. She admits: “There was a time when the thought of returning, even if for a quick visit, pained me.” At this point, Stephanie acknowledges that it is only natural for all of her followers to wonder: “Why?” “When I was 24 years old I saved 10 grand,” Stephanie reveals. She “packed my bags, and moved to Los Angeles.” Stephanie explains that she did so “with hopes of becoming an actress.” “6 months later,” she shares, “I was working as a stripper at a gentlemen’s club called The Palms in Signal Hill.” “Ahh so goes the story of so many aspiring actresses!” Stephanie acknowledges. Even actors who land gigs right away often have other jobs, and waiting tables only makes so much “That job forever scarred me in ways that still trickle into my personal life today,” she reveals. “BUT,” Stephanie says, “I will never regret my move.” “I ultimately hit rock bottom while living in LA,” Stephanie reveals. “And through that painful experience,” she continues, “sought healing by investing time into my first book.” “I took lemons and made something closely resembling lemonade,” Stephanie playfully characterizes. Stripping, like other forms of sex work, is certainly not for everyone. But then, what job is? “I have always been a risk taker,” Stephanie acknowledges. She affirms: “I have always lived life on the edge.” “And,” Stephanie admits, “although my illness has slowed me down the past few years.” “I still like to think there is that crazy spontaneity left in me,” she expresses. Stephanie concludes her post by asking: “What is the absolutely wildest, craziest thing you ever did in your life?” A bunch of followers answered her question. You never know who has a wild story to tell. Some of the comments were thanking her for sharing her story. People have complicated backgrounds, and sharing your personal history can do a lot to ease stigma and promote understanding. There is, of course, nothing wrong with sex work and sex workers of any kind — from porn to stripping to full service — deserve respect. Unfortunately, our culture has some very toxic stigmas related to sex. The fact that sex work is predominantly performed by women and the LGBTQ+ community has made it a target for generations of bigots. It is worth pointing out that Stephanie is part of both of those demographics. Speaking of risk-taking, we hope that Stephanie is safe right now and has a solid plan in place for at least the next couple of months. We all know that the coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the immuno-compromised. Stephanie absolutely fits the bill, to the point where her parents were concerned about her traveling last year before the pandemic. We are certainly glad that she’s in a better place now than she was as “Kitty” the stripper. A lot of strippers are struggling right now with clubs being closed. View Slideshow: 90 Day Fiance Before The 90 Days: Trailer Teases Lies, Tears, and Darcey Silva!
Joe Exotic to Donald Trump: Get Me Out Jail So We Can Party With Some Bigly Cats!
by Tyler Johnson on March 30, 2020 at 5:57 pm
At this point, we assume you’re at least passingly familiar with the saga of Joseph Allen Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage, aka Joe Exotic, the gun-toting, polygamous country singer/politician/big cat enthusiast at the center of Netflix’s most outrageous documentary series. If you’re somehow unaware of Joe and the absolutely bonkers misadventures that have quickly made him 2020’s most-memeable public figure, we encourage you to drop everything and binge watch Tiger King at your earliest convenience. Trust us, once you dive into the world of the Tiger Wars, you won’t want to come up for air. We’ll put it this way — there’s a scene where a guy blows his brains out, and it doesn’t crack the top ten list of Tiger King’s most-discussed moments. Anyway, if you’ve already seen the series, you know that Joe Exotic is serving 22 years behind bars for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his rival, Carole Baskin. (Numerous charges of animal abuse and neglect — which were much easier to prove than the murder-for-hire plot — certainly didn’t help his case.) Already, Cardi B has started a GoFundMe for Joe Exotic’s legal defense, but it seems the 57-year-old former zoo owner is pinning his hopes for freedom on an even bigger celebrity. In a post that appeared on his his Facebook page this week (it was presumably posted by his husband or legal team), Exotic requested a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. He also announced that he’s suing director and producers of Tiger King for $94 million. “This lawsuit has been filed in the name of Justice, The Trump Administration must be made aware of the Overreach, perjury, abuse of power and the failure to uphold the Oath of their position which is truth and Justice for all,” the post read in part. Well, the Donald is a Big Fan of random capitalization, so we guess Joe knows his audience. But will Trump stick his neck out to free a guy who’s been caught on camera engaging in some truly atrocious behavior (and who ran against him in the 2016 presidential election!)? Tough to say. It would be an absolutely bonkers thing to do in an election year, but we’re talking about two very bonkers gentlemen here. And there’s a good chance that Trump sees a kindred spirit in Joe. They both love the spotlight and ridiculous attire, for starters. On top of that, neither of them is satisfied with one sexual partner, and they’ve both spent years of their life publicly railing against their more demure female rivals, long after any sane person would have let it go. Interestingly, Carole Baskin has also condemned Tiger King and the filmmakers responsible for the documentary. We guess she wasn’t crazy about the episode in which those who know her best make a very strong case that she’s guilty of murdering her husband. Who would’ve thought? In a sternly-worded public statement issued earlier this week, Baskin claims that she was duped into participating in the documentary by filmmakers who claimed the goal of their project was to expose the abuse of big cats that takes place in zoos across the country. “When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive,” said Carole and her husband, Harold Baskin. “There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.” If that’s really the case, then we suppose Carole has reason to be upset. Of course, it’s possible the filmmakers came in with the intention of focusing on the animals, but quickly realized the real story is Joe himself. Whatever the case, we suppose when both sides of a conflict feel they were portrayed unfairly, that means the filmmakers did something right. Then again, this is the morally ambiguous world of Tiger King we’re talking about, so it’s possible the director and his team have some dirt on their hands, as well. We just hope they’re currently in th midst of developing a sequel. It’s what the world needs now.
Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd: We’re Now Best Friends!
by Simon Delott on March 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Earlier this month, Shannon Beador’s reconciliation with Kelly Dodd prompted Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge to unfollow her. Now, a report shares insight on how that went down — and how the season was going before the pandemic put production on hiatus. As a quick reminder, a couple of weeks into March, Shannon Beador and John Janssen had a visit with Kelly Dodd and Rick Leventhal. This was before social distancing was widespread in the US, and nonetheless represented a small gathering between neighbors. Shannon had previously had serious beef with Kelly. They feuded off and on throughout Season 14. So how did they make nice? HollywoodLife spoke to an inside source about Kelly and Shannon patching things up. “The Kelly and Shannon make-up on RHOC had just happened,” the insider begins. The source continues: “and then everything got shut down” due to the coronavirus pandemic. “And,” the insider dishes, “it’s really, really good TV so far.” “Despite Vicki and Tamra being gone,” the insider says, “the cast is really bringing their A-game.” Some might even say that it’s because of their departures from the show that everyone has brought their A-game. It’s a chance to redefine the show. Besides, firing the two longtime stars was a warning shot to everyone else. “The remaining ladies are really happy Shannon and Kelly put their differences aside,” the source shares. “Kelly is really in a different place now that she’s engaged to Rick,” the insider points out. ‘She’s a little calmer,” the source characterizes, “and more open minded.” “It’s definitely a different Kelly this season,” the insider adds. The source continues: “And Shannon has never been happier, either.” After all of their disagreements last season, what made them decide to bury the hatchet? “Both of the ladies realized it was time to just get along,” the insider explains. The source adds that this seemed like a good idea to them both “especially with Tamra and Vicki not on the show anymore.” “It was just time to move on,” the insider states. This new season — whenever filming can resume — is going to be very different from seasons past. For one thing, the entire dynamic will be reshuffled in Vicki and Tamra’s absence. They both have huge personalities, and fans have never seen a season without Vicki before. There will be a new pecking order, new friendships, and new feuds. Certainly, that was a factor in Shannon patching things up with Kelly. Shannon was part of the Tres Amigas for ages. Now, she’s the only one left on the show. She and Kelly are neighbors and castmates. Why would she continue to wage a feud against her that was always Vicki’s feud to begin with? Of course, that means that Kelly has to learn a new way to star on the show, too. Kelly’s narrative for so long had to do with her feud with Vicki and, by extension, her issues with Tamra and Shannon. Now, that’s gone, and it’s her chance to show viewers that there is more to her than that. Her friendship with Braunwyn was a start. Now, she can add a newfound friendship with Shannon, too. Reports say that Braunwyn Windham-Burke was slated to be the central star of this season. Notably, she brought a whole storyline to Season 14 that had nothing to do with feuding and yet involved multiple members of the cast. This was a key element of change that the bigwigs at Bravo wanted to see. Tamra may end up being invited back to Season 16, but right now, they want to see how Season 15 shapes up without her. There is no surefire way to predict how the coronavirus pandemic will impact Season 15 until it’s all said and done. Hopefully, this will just mean a delay in filming and a subsequent adjustment to the TV schedule later this year. A month or so delay is better than a worst-case scenario, which would be a star or their family members dying. Let’s all shelter in place wherever possible and flatten the curve to keep fatalities in the “best case scenario” 6 digits, okay? View Slideshow: The Real Housewives of Orange County: Who’s REALLY Coming Back for Season 15?
13 Reality TV Hoaxes You Totally Fell For
by Hilton Hater on November 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm
Admit it: you’ve been had at some point in the past, haven’t you? You thought what you were watching on reality television was 100% real, only to later learn the devastating truth. We’ve all been there. And now we can all be here: relive the most shocking reality TV show hoaxes in history below… 1. Dance Moms We’ll just let Maddie Ziegler, arguably the show’s top performer, lay it right out for you, courtesy of an interview with USA Today: “The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other. You know how I said that moms do fight? The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it.” Host Abby Lee Miller really does suck, however. that’s not fake. 2. House Hunters Bobi Jensen blogged in 2012, on a site titled “Hooked on Houses,” that her experience on House Hunter was totally contrived. Turns out, the couple had selected its home prior to appearing on the show and producers even changed Jensen’s story over why she was moving. 3. Breaking Amish Can we change the title of this TLC series to “Having Already Broken Amish?” After the very first episode aired, it came out that most participants had already left their Amish family for the bright lights of the big city. 4. Storage Wars Dave Hester, a prominent presence on A&E’s Storage Wars, left production and sued the network over the phony aspects of the show. He said producers loaded units up with items to give each episode an artificial angle and that they even funneled money to teams to keep each episode’s bidding competitive. 5. Ghost Adventures Ghost Adventures star Aaron Goodwin was fired in 2014 after he stopped by the podcast Are We Alone and explained how the network staged reactions, sound effects and other aspects of the program. He said it was “sickening” that he was part of such a “fraud.” 6. The Hills Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and other cast members have come out and said pretty much everything you saw on this MTV reality show as scripted. Shocking, we know! View Slideshow