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BRAVO’s Newest OC Housewife Boasts Impressive Media Background

How’s this for a mixed media message? Lydia McLaughlin, the newest co-star of BRAVO’s original franchise hit The Real Housewives of Orange County, co-owns quarterly magazine Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine. And it was via that zip, 90210, that she came to the Season 8 opportunity rather than Dana Point’s 92624, where she lives with her husband and two young children.

Maybe this is old hat for Real Housewives fans, but it was news to us. There’s other fun info in Orange County Register reporter Richard Chang’s Q&A, including McLaughlin’s equally impressive Fourth Estate family tree:

Lydia is the granddaughter of Canadian media mogul Geoff Stirling, founder of Stirling Communications International. One of Stirling’s biggest properties is NTV in Newfoundland, North America’s first 24-hour TV station.

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Taking a Lunch Break

1003_mockup.gifSorry, folks. Our fair Diane Clehane is off for the day, but Lunch will be back next week. (Hmm, wonder who got her usual perch at Michael’s?) In the meantime, check out some of her recent celebrity spottings and interviews:

Naomi Campbell and Her Supermodel Castmates Dish About Their New ‘Face’

Shirley MacLaine Stops by a Birthday Party for Liz Smith

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court

1003_mockup.gifHappy New Year — now let’s get  back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael’s, so we’re serving up a double helping of ‘Lunch’ this week.

On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd joined me along with Bravo’s Jennifer Geisser and Jodi Davis at Table One to talk about her new Bravo series, Vanderpump Rules and, of course, dish about the current season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa was wrapping up a whirlwind 48-hour stop in New York to promote her new show and in the last 24 hours appeared on Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show, Joy Behar, Anderson Live and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen where, so I heard, things got a little bawdy. It took a few minutes for Lisa and Ken to make their way to our table, because several RHOBH fans stopped them to ask to take a photo with Giggy, their Pomeranian who accompanies them everywhere. It turns out Giggy also has a famous fan in Alec Baldwin, who Lisa told me, jumped out of his town car at 30 Rock that very morning and asked, “Can I hold him?” He then snapped his own photo with the four-legged reality star who has his own Twitter handle. See, Andrea Peyser, the 30 Rock star does have a heart.

When Lisa and Ken settled in for our chat and Giggy, who was wearing a jewel encrusted sweater that I’m pretty sure cost more than my dress, was safely seated and drinking water out of a champagne glass (you can’t make this stuff up) — I just had to ask why this very successful, smart and even-keeled couple jumped into the reality show pool of insanity in the first place. It turns out Ken was “extremely apprehensive” about letting in the cameras in, and Lisa turned down requests many times before deciding to give it a try. None other than Jennifer Flavin (Mrs. Sylvester Stallone), who was obsessed with the New York housewives, encouraged Lisa to try out. “We were sitting on Jennifer and Sly’s bed and she said, ‘You have to watch this.’ I did and thought, ‘I’d never do anything like that.’” Well, never say never. After finally auditioning for the show and then waiting months to hear from the producers, Lisa decided she did want in. “Once I thought it might not happen then I wanted it,” said Lisa with a laugh. While awaiting word from Bravo, Lisa had attached herself to another reality show with friend Kathy Hilton, but when Andy Cohen came calling she was in. And that, as they say, was that.

Ken Todd, Diane Clehane, Giggy the dog, Lisa Vanderpump

Ken Todd, Diane Clehane, Giggy the dog, Lisa Vanderpump

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NBC4 Anchor Files Lawsuit Following Hotel Brawl

NBC4 anchor Robert Kovacik has filed a lawsuit against Roger Talavera and the Beverly Hills Hotel following a Christmas Eve brawl last year.

Kovacik was meeting up with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump for drinks at the Polo Lounge and Talavera, who was in a “severe degree of intoxication,” started verbally assaulting their party.

Before he knew it, it was lights out for Kovacik as Talavera reportedly decked him, causing “physical injuries, emotional injuries, humiliation, embarrassment and other damages.”

Kovacik wants unspecified damages, plus medical costs, interest and court costs from Talavera and the hotel.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.