‘Real Housewives’ Co-stars React to Bethenny Frankel’s Marriage Split (EXCLUSIVE)

As fans of the popular Bravo reality series know all too well, Bethenny Frankel had never been a favorite amongst her former NYC housewives co-stars.

But despite differing opinions and drama on and off screen, they’re offering their support and advice after the 42-year-old reality star who announced she and her husband Jason Hoppy are separating after two years of marriage.

Alex McCord, who was one of the original Big Apple stars before being replaced last year, exchanged holiday well-wishes via email with Frankel just this week — but was just as surprised by the break-up news as the rest of the Bravo fans.

“Someone actually called to tell me about the news,” she told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. ”There’s nothing to say other than I’m sorry it didn’t work out.

“I hope they can take care of all the details as painlessly as possible.”

McCord is one of the few who remained close with the Skinnygirl mogul since she left the franchise in 2010 to star in her own spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married.

In fact, she’s been such a good friend that she was only among two housewives, including Ramona Singer, who was invited to Frankel’s lavish televised nuptials at the Four Seasons.

“It’s really sad news. It’s always sad to hear about couples breaking up. I hope they’re able to navigate this as best as possible for them and their child,” McCord added.

Real Housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton, whose divorce from French businessman Philippe Pautesta-Herder played out last season on her show, says she can understand what Frankel is going through.

“It’s really hard for everybody, plus they have a baby,” Patton told Celebuzz. “I don’t have children and I can’t even imagine it must make everything so much harder. It’s so sad.”

In a previous interview with Celebuzz, Patton admitted to being “an emotional wreck” during filming, but the fact that she “tried” her best helped her get through the pain of her marriage’s demise, she said.

“All you have to do is know your own truths and have to find solace in that,” Patton added.

“As long as they (Bethenny and Jason) are supportive to one another and don’t know let the press tear their family bond apart, they will be fine.”

“For me and my ex-husband, we had a nice relationship. When we went through our divorce we made it through because we were kind. As long they are nice to each other through this transition, it will make everything easier for both of them.

“Bethenny is a strong woman, she’ll know what to do. I’m sure it’s tough now, but time heals all wounds for both of them.”

Jeana Keough, one of the original Orange County housewives who left the show in 2009 but still makes occasional cameos, was one of the first to experience the glare of the camera during her divorce from former baseball pro Matt Keough.

The ex-housewife actually suggests the mother of 2-year-old Bryn look to another OC star for divorce etiquette.

“Bethenny just needs to handle it like Vicki Gunvalson did from the OC Housewives – with dignity,” she said. “And be fair because you can’t pull any tricks on your spouse. Everything is public knowledge. Bethenny will be fine, she has lots of attorneys.”

While fans of Bethenny Ever Afterhave seen firsthand their marriage troubles, is it still possible a reconciliation between the estranged couple could be in the future?

Patton said when it comes to couples who have a long history anything can happen.

“It took a while for us to split, but who knows, Bethenny and Jason could reconcile,” the reality star said.

“We went back and forth. He wanted me and then I wanted him, but in the end we divorced. We are still in touch as friends and we wish each other the best.”

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Jason Hoppy’s Mom Says She’s ‘Sad’ Following His Split With Bethenny Frankel (EXCLUSIVE)

The mother of Jason Hoppy, who split with his reality star wife Bethenny Frankel on Dec. 23, has leapt to her son’s defense, amid reports the relationship’s downfall came about because he was jealous of her fame.

“My son is a wonderful, wonderful person,” a saddened Carol Hoppy told Celebuzz, in an exclusive interview.

“I’m sad at what he is having to go through just now because he is a great guy.”

What the New York businessman is going through is a lot, at this time: in addition to the separation from Frankel, whom he married March 2010 when she was seven months pregnant, the pair now need to co-parent their daughter Bryn Hoppy, 2.

Plus… he’s dealing with reports that he ”felt emasculated” in the relationship.

Carol Hoppy was reluctant to speak out further in the wake of the shock announcement, in which Frankel, 42, said the split  ”is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”

However, Frankel’s mother, Bernadette Birk  who has long been estranged from her daughter — told Celebuzz she was taken aback by the breakdown of her second marriage.

“This is the first I have heard of it,” Birk said. “I did not know nor never met Jason Hoppy, so I do not know if he was a good husband or not.”

Birk’s relationship with 42-year-old Frankel has also broken down over the years.

She said, “I no longer have a relationship with Bethenny, so I really do not have a reaction to the news of her separating from him.

“I do not know if Bethenny or I will ever talk again. That’s just life sometimes, I’m afraid.”

In a 2011 interview, the newly-minted talk show host revealed she and her husband previously almost split because of the intense pressures of her climbing career.

“We’ve been scared,” Frankel told PEOPLE. “The second year of marriage was not easy. We hit bottom, [but] we came out the other side.

“I think we have what it takes to make it work,” she added.

“I don’t have a backup plan. It’s not like shopping for shoes and getting a new pair. That’s not what it’s about.”

Frankel, who was previously married to entertainment executive Peter Sussman, met Hoppy in late 2008. The former personal trainer proposed to her 11 months later with a huge 6.5 carats diamond ring.

What do you think — should Bethenny Frankel try to make her marriage to Jason Hoppy work? 

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Fact or Fiction? Is Jennifer Aniston Pregnant With Twins; Kristen Stewart Going Under the Knife? (VIDEO)

It’s that time of the week again, when the celebrity weeklies hit the newsstands. To separate what’s real and rumor, we turned to our friends at Gossip Cop for the 411 on this week’s most controversial stories.

Check out what we’ve learned about Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and more of your favorite stars — after the jump.

Jennifer Aniston is “pregnant with twins,” reveals OK!. The magazine says that after “extensive fertility treatments,” the actress and fiance Justin Theroux are having “a boy and a girl,” and have already picked out names that “certainly aren’t average.” For when she’s due and the names of the twins, see what an Aniston insider leaks to Gossip Cop.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are “sleeping together” again, reveals Star. The magazine says during a meeting about Suri’s visitation, “one thing led to another,” and their passions “reignited.” What’s more, Holmes agreed to spend Christmas with Cruise at his Colorado home. For whether the actor and Holmes will get back together, see what a Cruise friend tells Gossip Cop.

Kristen Stewart’s getting “a boob job” in a “desperate bid to hold on” to Robert Pattinson, reveals the National Enquirer. The magazine explains that Stewart is “frightened that unless she does something radical,” Pattinson will “kick her to the curb.” For when she’s having the breast augmentation, and how big she’s going, see what a Stewart pal tells Gossip Cop.

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom‘s marriage is “hanging by a thread,” reveals In Touch. The mag notes the basketball star recently stepped out on Kardashian at an L.A hotspot with a “blonde,” and he “wasn’t wearing his wedding ring.” For how close Odom and the reality star are to officially splitting up, see what Kardashian confidante leaks to Gossip Cop.

Angelina Jolie “loathes” Jennifer Lawrence, reports the National Enquirer, which explains the Oscar winner “desperately wanted the female lead in the movie Silver Linings Playbook,” but that the younger Hunger Games star “poached” the role from her. For how “enraged” Jolie was that she lost the part, and how she’s getting back at Lawrence, go to Gossip Cop.

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Madonna Scolds Fan for Smoking in Chile: ‘You Don’t Care About Me, I Don’t Care About You’ (VIDEO)

It seems Madonna isn’t too fond of cigarette smoke.

During a soundcheck for her MDMA world tour in Santiago, Chile, the Queen of Pop scolded fans after she caught a few concertgoers smoking.

“There’s people smoking right now,” she told the crowd, before chastising the offenders. “No smoking!… If you’re going to smoke cigarettes, I’m not doing a show.”

The singer’s ultimatum didn’t go over well with the concertgoers, who had waited in the rain during the soundcheck — but Madge didn’t seem to care. “You don’t care about me, I don’t care about you,” she said.

The upset 54-year-old performer added: “Are we going to play that game? I’m not kidding! I can’t sing if you smoke. Entiendes? If you love me, then don’t smoke.”

But the damage was already done. Madonna’s show was delayed by more than two hours Wednesday night. Fans were reportedly so disappointed with the show, entire sections started chanting Lady Gaga’s name.

This is just the latest in Madonna’s long string of controversial moments from her MDNA tour. She raised eyebrows after pretending to shoot down a masked gunman during an on-stage stunt in Denver, Colo., just miles from where the mass Dark Knight theater shootings occurred this summer. And in Paris, Madge drew disfavor for displaying a swastika on a politician’s forehead.

But all of Madge’s shocking moments seem to be doing the trick. Her MDNA tour is the high-grossing tourof 2012, earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticking sales.

What do you think of Madonna’s latest stunt? Was she out of line? Sound off in the comments!

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Jennifer Aniston’s Mother Suffers Second Stroke in 15 Months (EXCLUSIVE)

Jennifer Aniston’s mother was hospitalized again last week after suffering yet another health crisis, Celebuzz has learned exclusively.

“Last week on Wednesday or Thursday, her mom had another stroke. This was her second one in a year,” a source close to Nancy Dow said.

It’s the latest setback for the Friends star’s mother, who had a serious stroke in late 2011 and has suffered a number of injuries since then, as Celebuzz previously reported.

 

In fact, Dow broke a bone in her hip and bruised her shoulder after recent spills, according to the insider. The effects of her original stroke limited her physical movement so severely that she now requires 24-hour care.

Fortunately, the 76-year-old’s latest health scare is much less serious than her 2011 stroke.

“Luckily, this one was minor,” said the insider. “She went to the hospital, but she’s already back home. But she’s having trouble talking and is still shuffling around.”

And Dow’s health remains precarious. Said the insider: “It could get worse, and the family fears it may not be long until a bigger stroke comes along.

 

 

 

Aniston and Dow — who was married to Aniston’s father, Days of Our Lives actor John Aniston, until  1980 — have a famously rocky relationship. Their estrangement began when Dow gave an interview about her daughter  in 1996; three years later, she detailed their family feud in a memoir, From Mother And Daughter To Friends.

But despite their friction, our insider says Aniston has not forgotten about her mother in her time of need.

“Jennifer is paying her medical bills,” said the source. “So she’s involved to an extent in her mom’s life and well-being, and they’re getting friendlier than years ago.”

And in September of last year, the 43-year-old reportedly visited Dow in the hospital with her fiance, Justin Theroux. Reports have also indicated that said Dow will be invited to their wedding.

Do you think Jennifer and her mom can bury the hatchet so that Dow can see her daughter walk down the aisle? Let us know in the comments — and click on the gallery above to see Jen’s wedding bling.

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‘American Idol’ Judge Keith Urban: ‘I Get Along With Everybody’ (VIDEO)

So what’s it like sitting between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the upcoming season of FOX’s American Idol? Just ask Keith Urban.

“It’s juicy. Very juicy,” Urban joked with reporters at a press event on Wednesday in Northridge, Calif.

“I like it,” the Idol judge continued, “I get along great with everybody. So, for me it’s been fun.”

Carey and Minaj made headlines after their altercation in early-October. Caught in footage provided by TMZ; in Minaj, 30, is seen swearing loudly at Carey, 42, behind the judge’s table during a Charlotte, N.C. audition. Idol veteran Randy Jackson rises to his feet at one point and tries to restore peace; new judge Urban, meanwhile, sits awkwardly between the dueling divas.

Urban previously told Extra that he felt like “the UN” during the now infamous brawl. But despite the unsettling introduction into the Idol world, the 45-year-old Aussie seems to have a change of heart.

“It’s a learning curve… for all of us… we’ve never worked together before,” Urban said.

Urban and fellow judges Minaj, Carey, Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest, are currently in Hollywood filming new episodes of Season 13.

Watch the full interview above.

The new season of American Idol will premiere on Jan. 16 on FOX.

Can’t get enough Idol? Watch more from new judge Nicki Minaj at the press event below.

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‘Modern Family’ Star Ariel Winter’s Mom Chrystal Workman Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Publicist Over Leaked Photos of Shanelle Gray

Ariel Winter‘s mom Chrystal Workman has fired off a legal warning to Hollywood publicist Jonathan Hay over claims that she tried to sell nude photos of her other daughter Shanelle Gray.

Modern Family star Winter, 14, is currently being cared for by Gray, who has temporary custody of the teenager after abuse allegations were lodged against  their mom.

The letter, which Celebuzz has obtained, states Hay’s claims are “false, defamatory, and as such, are actionable under California law.”

In her legal letter, Workman admits that she did send an e-mail to Hay containing photos of Shanelle with the intent of raising questions about her credibility as a guardian.

“It has come to our attention that false statements were made by Jonathan Hay,” according to the letter, written by her attorney Nick Pacheco.

“As the attached email sent to Mr. Hay shows Ms. Workman never represented to Mr. Hay that nude pictures existed of her daughter Shanelle. The attached e-mail contains pictures which raise questions, to Ms. Workman, whether Shanelle is a fit guardian of a teenager.

“The statements made by Jonathan Hay regarding Ms. Workman and leaking nude pictures are false, and defamatory, and as such are actionable under California law.”

The two photos sent to Hay show Shanelle wearing a sexy chain mail bikini type outfit while she attended  a 2003 event known as “One Life to Live.”

Responding to Workman’s cease and desist letter, Hay released the following statement to Celebuzz:

“Chrystal Workman told me she wanted photos of Shanelle to be leaked before her deposition this past Tuesday. She told me her attorney wanted to show them in court, but only after they had been released publicly,” he said. “I have not talked to her attorney until today, after he sent the cease and desist late last night, so I can’t really say for a fact whether or not it is true that the he asked Chrystal to leak them.”

It is the latest bizarre twist in the story with Workman previously admitting that she sent Hay the risque images after she found them on the internet because she thought they showed her eldest daughter “lacked good judgement” and was “not a suitable role model” for Ariel.

As previously reported by Celebuzz, a Los Angeles judge ruled in late November that Winter will remain in the custody of Gray, stemming from allegations filed by Winter Oct. 3 that her mother inflicted “ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor’s weight, attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time.”

Workman has claimed in the past that the family wants to reunited.

“We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” Workman, along with her ex-husband Glenn Workman, said in a statement released after the ruling last month. “We feel that today was a small victory for our family. We are one step closer to reuniting with our daughter and we were both in court today to let her know we love her and will always be there for her.”

A source close to the family echoed these sentiments, telling Celebuzz that Winter’s mother is eager to reconnect with her.

“After trial [Nov. 20], Chrystal said she was very happy and hopeful and ready to start counseling with Ariel,” said the source. “The first thing Chrystal is going to do when she gets into counseling is tell Ariel that none of this matters and there are no ramifications of this whole ordeal”

“She just wants them to wipe the slate clean and move forward as a family.”

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Dina Blames Michael, Michael Blames Dina: So Who Really is to Blame for Lindsay Lohan’s Troubles?

In an open letter to the estranged parents of Lindsay Lohan, former criminal prosecutor Loni Coombs – author of YOU’RE PERFECT… and Other Lies Parents Tell: The Ugly Truth About Spoiling Your Kids – examines Dina and Michael Lohan’s blame game.

While I don’t make a habit of publicly calling people out on their parenting skills, or lack thereof, Michael and Dina Lohan have once again personally thrust their dirty laundry upon all of us, so I feel the time has come.

Dear Michael,

Just stop. Stop judging your daughter in public. Do you honestly think that public humiliation is an effective parenting technique? Wrong! It is just about as effective as publicly attacking her mother. The sad thing is you actually have the potential to play a positive role in helping to your daughter—but not as long as you violate everyone’s trust with the constant finger pointing and blatant spotlight grabbing. An intervention might have really helped Lindsay—but you tainted any legitimacy of the process by alerting the media.

Dear Dina,

You have a point about Michael’s constant grab for attention, thinly disguised as concern for your daughter. Obviously, an intervention isn’t really an intervention when the most important guests on the “support list” are a camera crew. However, you, yes you, are way overdue for a hard, honest look into your own mirror. It seems pretty clear that Lindsay’s two biggest danger zones are driving and nightclubs. Even the LA judge advised Lindsay to stay away from the clubs. I would think that your daughter’s running tally of mug shots (five now but soon to be six after the new charges just filed in Los Angeles) would be enough for a mother to think about keeping her daughter out of nightclubs and the driver’s seat. Instead, night after night, you are out partying with her. Out of all the things Lindsay needs right now, a wingman isn’t one of them.

And your own pattern of giving interviews trying to excuse or deny Lindsay’s troubling behavior is not helping her face reality. That time and energy on your part would be much better spent actually confronting the real issues with your daughter behind closed doors.

Michael, Dina, maybe it is time for you both to step back and let Lindsay find herself. Let her face responsibilities, and consequences. Let her work for what she wants. No more enabling or shielding. No more drama. At least not from you two. Right now the best gift you can give her as her parents is a break from your toxic influences. Let her figure out who she wants to be. And please, go get your own lives.

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Halle Berry’s Ex Gabriel Aubry Won’t Be Prosecuted in Thanksgiving Brawl Case (REPORT)

Halle Berry’s ex Gabriel Aubry won’t be charged with a crime after he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for fighting with Berry’s fiance Olivier Martinez on Thanksgiving morning, sources tell TMZ.

The reason: Berry and Martinez feel it would not be in the best interest of Berry and Aubry’s four-year-old daughter, Nahla.

Instead, Aubry is expected to agree to anger management courses, though there is a chance that the case — which is due for an informal hearing at the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles — may be dropped altogether.

This comes just days after Berry and Aubry reached an agreement in their long-gestating custody battle over Nahla.

“The parties have reached an amicable agreement. There will be no further statements regarding this matter,” an attorney for Berry told reporters on Friday.

For months, Berry had tried to move Nahla to Martinez’s home country of France to protect her from the paparazzi. A judge denied her request in November.

Aubry, 37, was arrested on Thanksgiving and charged with misdemeanor battery following a heated argument inside Berry’s home. The argument, which detectives have concluded was instigated by Aubry, left visible injuries on both Aubry and Martinez.

Berry subsequently obtained an emergency protection order against Aubry, which said he could not come within 100 yards of Berry, Nahla or Martinez.

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Nick Lachey Booted From Bengals-Chargers Game Following Fight (VIDEO)

Nick Lachey is happy to get the boot for his hometown Cincinnati Bengals.

As his favorite football team took on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Lachey got thrown out of the Qualcomm stadium after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a SoCal fan. But instead of drowning his sorrows, the die-hard Bengals buff bragged about his expulsion.

“Just got kicked out of the chargers stadium and couldn’t be prouder!” Lachey tweeted on Sunday. “Go Cincy Bengals! #whodey”

“Bengals win again. i’d talk trash to everyone in SD, but what’s the point?” the 98 Degrees singer continued, after the Bengals bested the Chargers 20 – 13. “You already had me kicked out of the stadium and you still lost.”

“Majority of charger fans were awesome yesterday, thanks for the hospitality!” Lachey added. “Sadly, there is always one guy that ruins it for everyone…..”

Then. following reports that he profanely heckled a Chargers fan before their confrontation, Lachey was quick to clarify that he wasn’t the one cursing. “For the record, i was not kicked out of the chargers game for excessive ‘trash talking,’” Vanessa Minnillo‘s husband wrote. “No, that honor belonged to the guy in front of me!”

“i simply don’t appreciate someone turning around and putting their finger in my face. call me crazy, but that deserved a reaction,” he explained. “again, aside from a few exceptions, i had a great time hanging with Charger fans all afternoon. honestly, some of the nicest fans around.”

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Nick Lachey Booted From Bengals-Chargers Game Following Fight (VIDEO)

Nick Lachey is happy to get the boot for his hometown Cincinnati Bengals.

As his favorite football team took on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Lachey got thrown out of the Qualcomm stadium after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a SoCal fan. But instead of drowning his sorrows, the die-hard Bengals buff bragged about his expulsion.

“Just got kicked out of the chargers stadium and couldn’t be prouder!” Lachey tweeted on Sunday. “Go Cincy Bengals! #whodey”

“Bengals win again. i’d talk trash to everyone in SD, but what’s the point?” the 98 Degrees singer continued, after the Bengals bested the Chargers 20 – 13. “You already had me kicked out of the stadium and you still lost.”

“Majority of charger fans were awesome yesterday, thanks for the hospitality!” Lachey added. “Sadly, there is always one guy that ruins it for everyone…..”

Then. following reports that he profanely heckled a Chargers fan before their confrontation, Lachey was quick to clarify that he wasn’t the one cursing. “For the record, i was not kicked out of the chargers game for excessive ‘trash talking,’” Vanessa Minnillo‘s husband wrote. “No, that honor belonged to the guy in front of me!”

“i simply don’t appreciate someone turning around and putting their finger in my face. call me crazy, but that deserved a reaction,” he explained. “again, aside from a few exceptions, i had a great time hanging with Charger fans all afternoon. honestly, some of the nicest fans around.”

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