Kelly Bensimon's Playboy Pics Unraveled

41 years and two children later, Kelly Bensimon is still red hot on the front cover of Playboy. Her pictorials for the upcoming issue of the adult magazine have been shared in some quantity to several media outlets. The pictures which are mostly in red theme are spread in a six-page pictorial of the March issue. The pictures were shot by her ex-husband and famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon but it was purely her idea. "I've never posed naked before. And Gilles has never photographed for Playboy. I thought showing the real me through Gilles's eyes would look even better than the real me!" the star of "The Real Housewives of New York City" said to People. What Kelly wanted to portray in the pictures are the raw version of her, meaning drinking "beer" and eating "chicken wings for two weeks!" before the photo session started. She added to Us Magazine, "I wanted to show my real body, not some worked out, over-toned body." Hoping that Hugh Hefner would be proud of her, Kelly is also featured with a pillow and thigh-high Prada boots in the photo spread. Source Here

Report: Simon and Alex Kicked Out of 'Real Housewives of NYC'

Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord may be seen in the upcoming season of "The Real Housewives of New York City" but that may be as far as they go. The married couple reportedly is not returning for a fourth season because the executives feel they do not appeal as much as the other housewives. In other words, they are not asked back. "There are a ton of reasons they aren't being asked back," N.Y. Daily News quoted an insider as saying. "Viewers don't have a positive reaction to them, so they're easily replaceable at this point. Also, they don't really fit in with the other wives. All of the other women's story lines have interwoven, yet Alex and Simon have kept theirs separate. It isn't nearly as interesting as the other Housewives'." Another reason allegedly is a "hissy fit" thrown by Simon to Bravo when knowing that he was not paid as much as the other families. "Simon wants to be an equal on the show, but that doesn't really make any sense to Bravo," the insider said. "After all, he's not a 'Real Housewife,' now is he?" Bravo indeed had searched for two new housewives for the NYC edition. The cable found Sonja Morgan, a former model, and Jennifer Gilbert, an event organizer to join the original cast in the fourth season. However, Bravo has also released a statement regarding the dismissal of Simon and Alex, insisting "no details have been released about next season". Simon himself said, "We have not had any discussions regarding a fourth season." Meanwhile, the third season begins March 4 with Alex, LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin on board. "In the upcoming season, Alex picks a lot of fights, and it looks like it's an attempt to keep her story line relevant," the insider added. "But it ended up seeming inauthentic." Source Here

Kelly Bensimon Is Playboy's March Cover

On the front cover of Playboy this March is "The Real Housewives of New York City" star, Kelly Bensimon. It is just confirmed that the 41-year-old is set to bare her body for both the front cover and "a 6-page nude pictorial" of the adult magazine. To Us Magazine, her representative also confirmed that the photographer in charge of her pictorial is none other than ex-husband Gilles Bensimon. Kelly was the French photographer's third wife but they got divorced in 2007. They have two daughters, 12-year-old Sea Louise Bensimon and 10-year-old Thaddeus Ann Bensimon. Being featured in Playboy, Kelly who started her career as a model thus becomes the first housewife of NYC to pose for the magazine. Jeana Keogh from "The Real Housewives of Orange County" was also a model of Playboy in its November 1980 issue. "The Real Housewives of New York City" will be back on Bravo TV in March with two new cast added. Source Here

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' in the Works?

Though Bravo has yet to confirm the news, word on the street is that the network is adding yet another edition to the growing Real Housewives franchise. So far, they've added Orange County, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. But now, they're planning to add The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the list as well. According to The Daily Truffle, "Production officially begins in March and the cast has a 10-month commitment. Bravo is continuing with callbacks now for the remaining spots on the show." Additionally, it has also been rumored that at least one of Kathy Hilton's beautiful sisters might be on board. "Bravo wanted to build the cast around some Hiltons, yes Kyle is one of them, I think Kim too ... but it ain't over till the fat lady sings, " an anonymous source close to the project told The Daily Truffle. In case you didn't know, Kim and Kyle Richards are sisters of Kathy Hilton--- the mother of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton. Kyle, an L.A. native, has been on niece Paris' two reality series, The Simple Life and My New BFF. She is married to Mauricio Umansky, a realtor in Beverly Hills and Beverly Park, at Hilton and Hyland, the same place Paris' dad Rick Hilton works. On the other hand, Kim is an actress who is credited for Escape to Witch Mountain, Different Strokes, Little House on the Prairie, Black Snake Moan and Meatballs Part II. Lisa Todd, owner of Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, and a close friend of Kyle, is in talks as well, according to the source. Source Here

Bravo Sets Premiere Date for 'The Real Housewives of New York City' Season 3

Mark your calendars, Real Housewives of New York City fans! Bravo has finally set the date for the return of LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin. On March 4 at 10pm ET/PT, these ambitious Manhattan women will invade our TV screens for yet another season of catfights and domestic drama. The third season of The Real Housewives of New York City, however, will be a little bit more crowded than usual. As you may have heard, the show is bringing in two more cast members for the new season: Sonja Morgan and Jennifer Gilbert. Morgan, a single mother, works as a manager and consultant at various New York City restaurants, while Gilbert, who has been married for seven years with three children, manages a social event planning company. Meanwhile, it's been rumored that Morgan would replace Frankel midway through the third season now that Bravo has picked up her new series, Bethenny's Getting Married? However, Frankel denies this and assures fans that she's not leaving The Real Housewives of New York City. For a sneak peek of The Real Housewives of New York City's third season, check out The Real Housewives of Orange County's January 14 episode. Source Here

Bravo's New Lineup: A Top Chef Spin-Off, More Bethenny Frankel and More

Top Chef: Just Desserts just got a little sweeter. Longtime Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has been named the host of the upcoming spin-off, expected to premiere later this year. The culinary competition's first spin-off, Top Chef Masters, will return for a second season on March 7 at 11/10c before moving to 10/9c the following week. Also getting pickups are Real Housewives of Atlanta, My Life on the D-List, Flipping Out and The Rachel Zoe Project. Bravo will also air two new stand-up specials from D-List star Kathy Griffin this year. Bethenny Frankel ( The Real Housewives of New York City ) and Jackie Warner (Work Out) will each star in their own spin-off series. Thintervention with Jackie Warner will follow Warner as she pushes participants to lose weight through grueling work outs, therapy sessions and nutritional guidance. Bethenny's Getting Married? will take a closer look at Frankel's juggle between her career, her social life, and preparing for her first child all while trying to plan a wedding. Premiere dates for both series have yet to be announced, but in the meantime, Frankel will return with the Real Housewives of New York City on March 4 at 10/9c. Among Bravo's new series is 9 By Design, which follows a husband-and-wife design team who balance a booming career and seven children at home. Bravo will also explore the photography world for the first time with Double Exposure, which puts the lens on two high-fashion and celebrity photographers. 9 By Design will premiere April 5 at 10/9c and Double Exposure will also bow this April. Bravo's previously announced art competition series, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, is produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and will debut in June. Will you watch Bravo's new shows? Source Here

'Housewives' Bethenny Frankel confirms pregnancy

Like any proper mother-to-be, Bethenny Frankel wanted to wait to announce her pregnancy only after she passed the safe zone in her gestation. Too bad gossip blogger Perez Hilton outed her health status first. "I'm pregnant," Frankel, 38, tweeted Tuesday, linking to the full announcement in People. "I had to be true w u but was unfairly forced to come forward early." The Real Housewives of New York City star said it was "premature" to tell people the news, but had to respond to the rumor with the truth. "I am praying everything is okay but I don't know that yet." "It's not like, 'Did I get Botox?' It's not the way I wanted it to get out," she says. "I haven't even gone through my first trimester. We haven't even heard the heartbeat. My [fiancee's] parents didn't even know." Since both Frankel and Hoppy are 38, she admits they weren't always careful about birth control since she wanted to get her family underway. They plan to wed before the baby is born. "Because of my age, it's not like I was going to meet a boy, and then be engaged for a year and then be married for a year before we started trying [to have kids] ... I'd be 45." Mazel tov, Bethenny! And boo to Perez! Source Here

The Real Housewives of New York City: Meet the Two New Housewives

Now that The Real Housewives of New York City has officially started filming, it's time to unveil the newbies who will be joining old timers Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin for the third season of the Bravo reality show airing next year. First up is Sonja Morgan, a single mother of a nine-year-old daughter who loves art and decorating. According to the network, she is "a fixture of New York City society, running in social circles that include European royalty and top-notch designers. Having jet-setted around the world and modeled in Paris and Milan, Morgan worked for multiple restaurants across the city as a consultant and manager and often brought in her famous friends to spice up these locales." Jennifer Gilbert, on the other hand, is an entrepreneur who is married with three kids. Based on the press release, "she owns and runs Save the Date, a corporate and social event planning company, and serves as the co-owner of Portamee, a baby carrier company. Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young when she was 29, Gilbert is a graduate of the "Birthing of Giants" Program at MIT University." Jennifer and her husband also love to entertain though her motto is "why cook when you can cater?" It's going to be a crowded third season on The Real Housewives of New York City but according to rumors, the new blood will certainly add spice to the show when Bethenny Frankel leaves in the middle of the season for her own spin-off, though she has repeatedly denied her departure. She does, however, have something to say about newbie Sonja. "We have a mutual friend, and I remember meeting her. So bring it on. I'm excited for new women if that's the case," Bethenny Frankel told Source Here

Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel Gets Engaged

The Real Housewives of New York City 's Bethenny Frankel is engaged, People reports. Reports swirled that the New York Times bestselling author and chef, 38, had gotten engaged over the summer. However, the magazine reports Frankel and boyfriend Jason Hoppy got engaged Oct. 8.. The couple have been together for 11 months. Frankel has a lot to celebrate. Bravo recently announced Frankel will get her own show focusing on her cooking career and love life. Also, shooting just began on Housewives' third season with two new cast additions. Source Here

'Real Housewives of NYC' Adds Members, Bethenny Speaks

" The Real Housewives of New York City " Bethenny, Jill, Ramona, LuAnn, Kelly, and Alex have to make room for another two wives in the third season. Sonja Morgan, a former model, and Jennifer Gilbert, an event organizer, will be the new faces whose daily life is captured on cameras, Bravo TV has confirmed. Sonja's profile in Bravo's press release is that she "loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing and visiting France every chance she gets - be it for her charity work or just for pleasure." She is a single mother of a 9-year-old daughter. Used to work in the fashion world, Sonja has become acquainted with European royalty and top-notch designers. Meanwhile, Jennifer is known as a corporate or social event party planner who is also moonlighting as the co-owner of a baby carrier company, Portamee. She is a married woman for seven years with three children. At the age of mere 29, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. "I haven't met any new castmembers, but I just have to do the math and say, on Orange County, they only have two of the original housewives, and on Atlanta, they have already replaced someone," Bethenny gave her comment about the addition to E! Online. Nonetheless, she had known Sonja at some point. "We have a mutual friend, and I remember meeting her. So bring it on. I'm excited for new women if that's the case," she said. The production of the third season is undergoing for a premiere in early 2010. Bethenny shared of what to expect, saying "It's been very, very explosive. And that's what Housewives is. It's six women, and it's like high school. In high school, you had time to argue and that was your whole life - the drama, the mean girls and the cool girls and all that." Source Here