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RHONJ Teresa Giudice Sues Former Lawyer, Blames Him for Jail Time

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It’s official.

Someone has figured out how to get retribution for a failed legal defense — sue the attorney that failed. 

Former “Real Housewife” of New Jersey Teresa Giudice, and her betrothed Joe, are leaving the small screen for a small room including three hots and a cot. ICYMI, they are going to prison because while they claimed they were bankrupt in 2009, they kinda didn’t disclose millions of dollars of rental income they thought the U.S. government wouldn’t notice.

And now it’s the lawyer’s fault?!

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‘Rico Suave’ Says Womanizing Is ‘Expected’ in His Culture

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An old, tired cliche holds that “there’s truth in every stereotype.”

Maybe. But there is no excuse for making generalizations about an entire sociological grouping of very different people. None.

No matter how hard someone tries to paint everyone with the same brush, there is always an exception to every rule. For that reason, we shouldn’t be surprised when some 90s one-hit-wonder tries to say that his “culture” expects him to treat women like slabs of meat…and gets slammed for it on social media.

Isn’t that right, Mr. Gerardo “Rico Suave” Mejia? Read more

PETA’s Latest Enemy: Chef Gordon Ramsay

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You may have heard that PETA is not a big supporter of SeaWorld.

The water park has been playing defense since the release of the movie Blackfish, a gripping documentary about what it takes for those “entertainers” to show up at one of three locations across this great land of ours. In August, the company finally told investors that all the negative attention had affected business, and last month SeaWorld hired government relations firm Van Scoyoc Associates to help convince the public that it has its aquatic employees’ best interests in mind.

Now, PETA has a new foe who is oddly related to the movie ballyhoo. Step into the fray, foul-mouthed culinary icon Gordon Ramsay! Read more

Cast Members of Sons of Guns Arrested for Child Abuse

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It’s not just TLC and A&E; Discovery’s reality shows also earn their share of terrible press. Sons of Guns, once a popular show for fans of the Second Amendment, is now at the heart at a couple of awful child abuse cases.

The first involves Will Hayden, the lead gunsmith seen front-and-center above, who has been arrested and booked for child molestation. (Fans seem to claim his name is being besmirched by a bitter ex-girlfriend.)

And now, Kris Ford (seen far right), husband of Stephanie Hayden-Ford (who is also Will Hayden’s daughter), has been arrested for badly bruising her 9-year-old son during punishment.

But what good is a broken family circle without Dr. Phil? Read more

APOCALYPSE WATCH: The Weather Channel’s New Reality Show Fat Guys in the Woods

UJA-Federation's 2014 Digital Media Award CelebrationPaging Jim Cantore and Sam Champion: Please pick up the white courtesy phone. America has a question for you, “Is this the end of the world as we know it?” 

Typically, one could go to The Weather Channel for local reports, airline backups, and the occasional meteorological quip from any generic host. Some joke about “it’s hail out there” or something that would cause one to groan — if they were paying attention.

Then, Jim Cantore (bald guy on the left) became a thing of legend. He wanted to be the guy in the eye of the storm. That followed Sam Champion (always pretty guy on the right) leaving his post at GMA and getting his own show at The Weather Channel.

Then, capitalism. And that’s when it got really good.

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‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Was Only a Dream Come True 40% of the Time

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Chef Gordon Ramsay has approximately 1,649 shows on TV. Okay, perhaps that is an overstatement, but it’s close. Between his monopolizing BBC America and FOX with original and remake programming, you would think this chef can do no wrong.

As a foodie, I know anyone who wasn’t a cafeteria lady or a hospital cook on a reality show looking for those precious 15 minutes of fame will act like Chef Ramsay is “just a dude.” However, someone who really loved cooking food would salivate at the man’s footsteps. He really is that much of a stud in a kitchen, so you expect he has the Midas touch … and then someone did some digging around the success rate of his show ‘Kitchen Nightmares.’

And that’s when Gordon Ramsay quit. Really.

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Mayor Rob Ford: When Bad PR Turns Into Reality TV Gold

Rob-FordOn the off-chance you have been stranded on a deserted island or binge viewing on reality TV, you may not have been granted the pleasure to be introduced to Toronto Mayor and professional crack smoker, Rob Ford.

Here he is pictured bringing sexy back … and front … and all around.

Canadian politics is surprisingly comical. First, Rob Ford holds a press conference about his warm pipe ways, then does a media tour about how he has changed his ways, bull rushes a co-worker on closed-circuit TV, yet is still out painting the town a beer-stained tee shirt taupe.

All of this scorched earth behavior hasn’t kicked him out of office with a gavel sticking in his maple leaf. In fact, the city digs him. American talk show hosts love him. And now, reality TV wants a piece of him. 

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Another Robertson Put His Duck in His Mouth About Gays

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Like Father. Like Son. 

While the Duck Dynasty marketing machine steamrolls every one into submission, you may have forgotten Phil Robertson’s rant on gay people when he said the following back woods, country witticism:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying?

And then he followed that gem up with a little rebel-flag-waving ignorance about Jim Crow laws:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

And now, his son decided it was his turn at the Roberston Klan … clan lectern. Read more

5 PR Lessons We Can All Learn from Maury

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For the past couple of months, I’ve been battling severe bronchitis. My lungs were on fire. My throat was closed shut. My voice was gone for weeks. And I was about as productive as Congress on a deadline.

To wit, I was forced to catch up on binge viewing and some trashy TV. As I was filling my body full of enough drugs to make Rob Ford jealous and filling my body my all sorts of trash, I was enjoying just watching dregs of society looking for their 15 minutes of fame (while using 12 of those trying to figure out how to speak a coherent sentence).

So, one good thing came of out this mid-morning experience — 5 PR lessons all flacks can learn from Maury

Yes, way!

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A&E TV Goes All ‘E’ with Corporate Rebrand

warsBack in the day of non-reality, scripted-but-supposed-to-be-reality-television, there were these things called “made-for-TV” programs. This involved real script writing, trained actors and plot lines that involve more imagination than hitting the shower to recover from a weekend bender.

Now, we live in a day when every producer out there is coming up with a stranded island, chefs who hate each other, strangers living together or that certain “music television” network that forgot to make shows about music…or television for that matter.

In 1984, there was a network that embraced that nouveau original programming thingy. And for a decade, Arts & Entertainment TV became the commercial counterpart to PBS. Back then, it had Biography. It won Emmys. It was heralded for production. And after 10 years of all that fame, meh!

It was considered “Arts” was too elitist for ratings. So, A&E was born — the initialism was supposed to make people forget they gave a crap about content and was TV for the people. Ratings struggled. Audiences waned. And producers cried for something better. They created docudramas and seemed to be focused, until they stumbled upon a trailer park and tripped over “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

And that, as they say, was that.

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