Gretchen and Tamara compete in a 6 karat boxing ring {The Real Housewives of Orange County}

January 7, 2009

Tamara tries, but can't compete with Gretchen

Tamara tries, but can't compete with Gretchen

Gretchen is getting on my nerves.  OK, so she received a 6+karat diamond “engagement” ring from Jeff Betizel, but what bugged me is that in between worrying about him in the hospital, she exclaimed,”I love my ring!” (Gag).  I wonder what happened to that ring?  Bravo has yet to officially report Jeff’s untimely death on September 13, 2008 at the age of 54. Instead, next week’s previews show Tamara feeding tequila shots to Gretchen and Gretchen flirting with Tamara’s son.  Gretchen appears to be the smartest at media manipulation: she garners sympathy from the viewers while making anyone who questions her motives look bad.

However, If you really want to know the Real Housewives of Orange County, search the blogs.  It turns out, people who know them (or know of them) off camera weigh in regularly on blogs like absurdtosublime.blogspot.com Will tabloid journalism be necessary when anyone can find out the scoop from “sources close to” the stars?  Case in point:  Here is a blog post and some selected comments regarding Gretchen Rossi and her relationship with Jeff Beitzel.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gretchen Rossi, The Newest Orange County “Housewife”

From Pop Tower:

Gretchen Rossi is one of the housewives featured on Bravo’s series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Gretchen Rossi on Bravo's

This season’s newest housewife is a 30-year-old blonde bombshell with a sparkling personality, dazzling smile and—something very few Orange County women have—real breasts.

Gretchen’s outward beauty is obvious, but is her beauty only skin deep? She was engaged to Jeff, a wealthy businessman who made his fortune in the automotive industry – and who just happens to be 23 years older than her. Jeff’s been married and divorced five times, has four adult children and is very rich. Jeff also has acute Leukemia.

Gretchen openly admits that she’s not physically attracted to Jeff – he’s not her type. But she also says that he is her “prince charming” and the kindest man she has ever met.

She did not expect that she would become Jeff’s primary care giver during his cancer treatments. Is she a saint, after money….or both? She is a party girl who likes to go to nightclubs, drink and dance. But there is more to her than meets the eye as she switches gears to becoming Jeff’s nurse, learning how to give Jeff injections and managing his demanding daily care.

Gretchen grew up in La Crescenta, California, and attended Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied psychiatry. She meets the housewives through fellow realtor, Jeana Keough.

Postscript: Jeffrey Paul Beitzel died September 13, 2008. Age 54. How much of this will be included on the show, scheduled to premiere November 25, is not yet known.

Judy Fike said…
I happen to be Jeff’s sister and although I knew the kind of relationship they had — he seeking the “Malibu Barbie” armpiece & her seeking $$$$$ and someone to take care of her, her flaunting & lack of concern for him shown in this article only confirms her insincerety. I’m just glad he wasn’t able to see how superficial this relationship was. At Christmas when he first found out about his illness & limited chance of survival, he had no intentions of marrying her or anyone else. She was his West Coast armpiece whom he managed to keep seperate from his interest in the east. I’m glad she was with him when he died only because he wouldn’t allow anyone else to see him in such grave condition. At least he wasn’t alone at the end, although I know he spent many lonely hours in his hospital room. In the 3 or 4 years he dated her, his mother & I were never introduced to her. Unforunately he was never smart enough to appreciate a good wife when he had one.
Tournament Drive Neighbor said…
Judy my condolences to you and your family. I knew Jeff and I knew in some sense all of his wives except #1. I can assure you that #2 through #5 were not gold diggers! To even consider grouping his wives with that narcissistic, shallow, self serving, self absorbed, vacant (in every sense of the word) wannabe reality actress is not only wrong but insulting on every level: Wife #2 and #5 who loved and married him when he was poor! Yes, he was poor at one time. There was no gold to dig then! Wife #3: The mother of his THREE children not Four as it is has been reported. Wife #3 also married him before his millions..again no gold. Wife #4: Although Jeff was on his way to the millions, she helped in the role of step mother and was more intrested in that role than the role of pampered princess. NOW, let’s talk about Gretchy…When Jeff was first feeling ill, he actually was in a relationship with wife #5. Wives #3 & 4 were aware of this. In fact, all of those women talk and actually get along with each other. Wife #5 was taking care of him, drove him to the hospital and was making arrangements with the hospital staff. Jeff was in the hospital for a week before Gretchy could find dog sitters for her precious pups. Upon arriving and finding out much to her amazement that Jeff was not as dumb as she thought and knew exactly why she was with him she completely FREAKED OUT! It was quite the scene with all of his ex’s and children witnessing… She promptly demanded that she be the center of attention and threatened Jeff. At the time, many people were hurt to find out that Jeff would be receiving treatment in CA when U of M was literally down the street and is very well respected hospital with a leading cancer treatment center. His kids were floored. His ex wives especially the mother of his children were shocked consdiering the treatment would be so intense and CA is so far and it would be difficult for the kids to see their father. I remember sitting around talking about WHY would Jeff do this. A few months later it became clear…The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gretchen didn’t give a shit about Jeff it came down to her ruining her wannabe acting career. Now, I will admit that I have not met Gretchen. She clearly was not someone Jeff cared to introduce to people here in Michigan, and there are many of us. I was stunned to hear at the eulogy that Gretchen had been with Jeff for four years. I think the woman he was still married to four years ago was stunned as well. So, although Jeff lived his life to the fullest and I mean that in every sense…he made some really bad choices. Ultimately, he hurt himself and people (wives, ex wives, children, sisters, friends) he would give you the shirt off his back, he was generally a good natured person. I am with Judy Fike that I am glad Jeff can’t witness the circus that Gretchen Rossi has created at the end of his illness and now in his death. She is still gold digging through his death. She doesn’t need to worrry about casting for season 5..she will get a spin off “The Real GOLD DIGGERS of Orange County” starring just her!
Anonymous said…
I was a very, very close friend of Jeff Beitel for many years. As for the comment on his ex wive’s, I never met his first wife, that was only a one year marriage, when he was very, very young. I do however know the other three, I only know #2/5, #4 very well. I only met #3 a few times, they’re all very nice, classy, educated women and I can assure you, they DIDN’T marry Jeff for his money because he didn’t have any money when he was with these women. They were with him because they truly loved Jeff for Jeff. He may have made some money after years of being with each of these women, but this is many years after being with him when he was basically broke AND when he did make some money it wasn’t anywhere near the tune of what he made in his last few years alive. So, you, who made the comment that these women are “older gold diggers” you couldn’t be any further from the truth. These women loved and supported Jeff in every sense of the word when he had NO money. They didn’t care about money or fancy material things and when he did make some money, none of these women changed their ways, or their attitudes, they stayed charming, nice, approachable, classy women…. Unlike Gretchen. Gretchen didn’t love Jeff, she loved his money, his connections, and the lifstyle that he could afford her. I also know for fact that Gretchen didn’t spend the time she claims she did taking care of Jeff. Jeff spent way too many hours and days alone in the hospital while Gretchen was out partying it up with her friends and doing promotional things for this show (that she has no business being on). She wasn’t the loving, caring person she claimed to be towards Jeff. Everything Grtechen does is for show purpose only, why/how he every got hooked up with her still remains a mystery to many of us (his close friends and family. Not to say that Jeff was an angle, but she’s basically trailer trash compared to the other women & his ex wive’s.
Judy Fike said…
I would like to thank Tournament Drive Neighbor for your insight. Without elaborating on the saga of the ex’s, I would like to verify a few facts. Jeff’s choice to go to the City of Hope for treatment was not based on the persuasion powers of Gretchen — he was actually smarter than that! He decided to go to LA for treatment only after several agonizing days of phone calls & consultations with various doctors from UM, City of Hope & others only because they were the only doctors who offered him any glimmer of hope through treatment. He didn’t want his children or others to know he had been given only a 15% survival rate & his decision was to go with the only doctor who offered him any chance at all. He knew the hardship it would place on his family, but ultimately was grasping at the only straw offered. Suffice it to say that his children were his main priority & while making hospital preparations, he also updated his will & all financial assets to make sure his children & family were taken care of. The Gretchen fiasco has obviously mushroomed due to her attempt at fame, but her importance in his family’s life has not changed — I only met her once at his funeral & although I keep in touch with other ex’s, she’s definately not in their category or our future.
Tournament Drive Neighbor said…
Judy thanks for the insight. I am glad you were able to clarify some facts. I would have been interested to see what you would have thought of Gretchen if you got to know her. I am surpised that there is very little sympathy or defending when it comes to her. I know wife #2/#5…I am disappointed that Jeff gave up the love of his life for that whore. I stood by wife #2/#5 when Gretchen made such a scene at St.Mary’s. Wife #2/#5 loved him with all of her heart, she left so it would be easier on Jeff. I hope Jeff knew how much she cared and the pain that she felt then and her lonliness at times now. He had such a long history with her and GRETCHEN knew the facts but was not willing to leave it alone. Judy don’t know how well you know that wife, but thought you’d like to know
Judy Fike said…
I keep reading the responses here & telling myself not to respond, but I can’t help putting my 2 cents worth in, again! Wife #2/5 is the only one of his wives that has ever been a sister-in-law to me & encouraged family contact. I appreciate Tournament Drive neighbors input, and I am fully aware of her feelings — we will always keep in touch. As for Gretchen, Jeff was ready to end that relationship due to her excessive partying & mainly her “recreational drug” use. Jeff was no stranger to alcohol, but had told her it was either the drugs or him because he wouldn’t live with it. Somehow she managed to convince him, and I even found this unbelievable at the time not even knowing her, that she had given up her partying & drugs for him & had returned to her religious upbringing. How or why he wanted to believe this is beyond me, but obviously he was deceived. The “Malibu Barbie” image seemed to overrule all reason.
tournament Drive Neighbor said…
I wish Jeff would have ended the relationship prior to the engagement bullshit. I think the show and Gretchen are making a mockery of him. I think it is hard to move on when the promo’s are running and GRETCHEN IS MAKING money off the show! She is a shrew! Someone should warn photoglu guy before it is too late!

There are far more sordid comments about Gretchen on this site if you care to now more.  I don’t and I’m missing the days when we gathered around the water cooler and talked about Melorse Place!
PJ


Thongate’s a new segment on “The Soup”

December 17, 2008
Mankini and McHale on The Soup

Mankini and McHale on The Soup

Inspired by a viewer’s email last week, The Soups Joel McHale introduced a new and ever more bizarre segment called “Thongate“, a clip from All My Children where actor, Cameron Mathison, turns around and reveals the top a black thong before making a dramatic exit from a room.

Just when I think no one watches this stuff but me, this week The Soup revealed that the mainstream maidens of The View sanctioned a few seconds of their precious airtime to Thongate.  However, The View one-upped The Soup with a “surprised” entrance by Mathison who walked onstage, and stopping next to Barbara Walters, turned around, pointed to his backside exclaiming, “This is how it was–here we go: T-shirt! T-shirt!  It was a T-shirt caught in the pants! T-shirt!”

McHale and his co-stars, Mankini and the Spaghetti Eating Cat, didn’t buy it. “You are a lying freak, Mathison!” said Mankini.   Accordingly, McHale said a viewer survey showed that 94% agreed.

The Soup's Spaghetti Cat

The Soup's Spaghetti Cat

Check Out My Thong

Check Out My Thong

Decide for yourself:  Click here for video clip and story.

Sloppy editing and talent improvisation continue to provide material for The Soup.  Another Soup segment, Is Al Roker Talking About Semen? featured  The Today Show‘s Al Roker exclaiming, “Live on Five: Hold the Mayo!” after Ann “Good morning- Good morning” Curry was cold and had just asked Roker and Lauer to hug her, thus making an “Ann Sandwhich.”

Ann Curry chillin'

Ann Curry chillin'

Producers need to encourage their talent to stick to the script, less they become future fodder for E!‘s  and VH1‘s popular clip shows.

PJ


Rock of Love Charm School vs. Playboy Mansion

December 1, 2008

It’s sometimes not easy to explain the differences between one Reality TV show and another, even when the differences are obvious.  Side by side, here’s a look at two shows that couldn’t be more different, yet are strangely similar:

Rock of Love Charm School vs. Playboy Mansion’s Girls Next Door

Charm School Cast Dressed in Uniform

Charm School Cast Dressed in Uniform

1) Bitches in Heat vs. Bunnies in Love

2) Fuchsia Highlights vs. Pampered Peroxide

3) Sharon Osbourne, Headmistress  vs. Hugh Hefner, Headmaster

4) Charm School Pins vs. Playboy Bunny Diamond Necklaces

5) One Girl Eliminated Each Week vs. One (or more) Girls Move in Each Week

6) Censored language vs. Pixilated Body Parts

7) Competition for $100,000 Prize vs. Share Million Dollar Enterprise

The Girls next Door

The Girls Next Door Share the Love at the Playboy Mansion

8) Bret Michael’s Former Girlfriends vs. Hugh Hefner’s Past, Present,and Future Girlfriends

9) Learn New 10 Commandments vs. Live By The Golden Rule

10) Former Strippers vs. Former Hooters Girls

Although The Girls Next Door have moved on, and “random-ass hoe’s” have moved in, according to Kendra Wilkinson in an interview with Chelsea Handler, viewers will be able to reunite with their favorite Charm School girls on “Rock of Love Bus” premiering January 4th on VH1.

Pj


Pam Anderson lets loose on her own reality tv show

August 13, 2008

Pam Anderson might not be a young beauty, but who cares? Her new reality show, Pam:Girl on the Loose has a little bit of everything. Anderson has managed to cover all of the reality tv basics in the first two episodes. She introduces her staff (cook, assistant, etc.), cooks with her mom, jets off to Vegas with ex-husband Tommy Lee for Hugh Hefner‘s birthday celebration, visits the Playboy mansion, poses for a “fashion shoot” in the nude, and sells off all her worldly possessions at a yard sale to raise money for PETA. These snippets of her life are narrated by Pam from her bathtub and if you you don’t understand what she is saying, she draws little pictures and doodles on the screen–kind of like Blues Clues. I don’t think I can take an entire season of Girl on the Loose, but the first two episodes had a few poignant and humorous moments. Pam goes to Camp Pendleton to help MC a USO show. Riding in a golf cart with Kathy Griffin to the stage Pam asks: Is ZZ Top here?

Kathy:Yes.

Pam: Are any of my ex husbands here?

Kathy: Let me think….no.

Although Pam says she is against war, she reveals that one of her sons loves the Military Channel and appreciates everything the troops are doing. She said that she took him to an Army-Navy Surplus Store and they brought rations and her son cooked dinner from these rations. Obviously she supports his creativity.

Pam sense of humor about herself is refreshing, but if she really wanted to let loose, she would walk around the house without make-up.

PJ


Future network change looms over Project Runway

July 25, 2008
I miss the more serene Heidi

I miss the more serene Heidi

The first two episodes of Season Five of Project Runway are over and already Heidi Klum looks a little tired. The usual perky, fashionably dressed and impeccably styled host and executive producer appears a little too thin and stressed out. Season 5 has a trying-too-hard-to-live-up-to-past-season’s vibe; the format is the same, but you can tell things have changed. This will be the last season aired on Bravo TV. Season 6 will be aired on the Lifetime Network and produced in LA (supposedly the geographical change works out better for Klum). Will the New York based supporting cast follow Klum? I can’t imagine Project Runway without Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, or especially Tim Gunn. Will the ultimate prize still be a runway show at Bryant Park? NYC is the perfect backdrop for fashion designers–can LA live up to it? I would love to see previous LA based designers Kara Saun, Santino Rice, and Jeffery Sebelia make appearances. What I’m afraid of is that the show will pander to the Red Carpet culture rather than fashion editors. Also, isn’t Lifetime “television for women?” Since when did Project Runway become a show “for women?”

As for the first two episodes: no one has stepped forward as the official a-hole, yet. In my opinion, two talented designers have been sent home already. I really thought Blayne would be the first one out with his walking Depends Undergarment creation, but Blayne is a “character.” He reminds me of Kato Kaelin’s gay cousin. In the last episode he called Heidi “Darth Vader” because she dressed in black. (Heidi had called Blayne’s diaper-chic “butt ugly”–ouch). But then Blayne changed his mind and called Heidi “Darth-licious” in a manner that evoked the spirit of the great Christian Siriano. Also, guest judge Natalie Portman plugged her new vegan shoe line. I’ve been buying “vegan shoes” for years at Payless. I’m so ahead of my time.

Kato or Blayne?

Kato or Blayne?

PJ


What makes Heidi and Spencer newsworthy? {Chelsea Lately}

June 10, 2008

Chelsea Handler featured a story about Heidi and Spencer on her round-table last night. Heidi and Spencer, who are a couple from an almost-reality TV show The Hills, and are also a couple in “real life” as well should feel honored that they are a topic of discussion on Chelsea Lately. Why are they under the impression they are similar to Katie and Tom or Posh and Beck? They aren’t actors or singers (although Heidi has tried), or sports legends. They are feeding the media with these lame little anecdotes about themselves and we are supposed to be interested. last night I learned that they bought guns. Now if they were a high powered paparazzi-chased couple, this could be interesting to some people who have a lot of time on their hands, or perhaps if they were kind of nutty (like Brittany) this might be scary. But as Chelsea said, these two are “officially idiots.” I hope Chelsea stops giving them commentary because I never want to become bored with Chelsea’s material. So go away, “Spidey,” I want forget about you.

Pj


Hello David, Goodbye Judges (finally) {American Idol 7}

May 22, 2008

DAVID COOK WINS! American Idol 7 Finale – Time Of My Life

DC beat Archie! And while singing his “Victory Lap” performance, viewers had to listen to the judges talk over This is the Time of My Life. I’m tired of the judges, tired of Seacrest, and tired of Coca Cola, and ready to hear DC in another venue!

PJ


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