LuAnn separates from her count husband

Real Housewives of New York City star and countess LuAnn de Lesseps has broken up with her husband of 16 years, Count de Lesseps, the man who made her countess title possible.

“It is obviously a very difficult time for the countess and count, but they plan to remain friends and their primary focus will be to do what is best for their two children,” her representative told the New York Post. That rep also said the man she was spotted with last weekend is “just a friend — that’s it.”

Someone identified as “a close friend” told the newspaper that LuAnn’s husband “sent her an e-mail saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva and he was serious with her. … Luann was blindsided. She was just devastated. They have basically lived apart for many years — he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen. It has been very rough for her and the children [Victoria and Noel], but she’s taking the high road and will remain friends with him. She has no intention of making it bitter or becoming angry. She’s just trying to come to terms with [the separation and impending divorce]. She feels this is the ultimate test for her to handle this with dignity and grace.”

Next month, her book Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair, will be released, and since it’s about etiquette and manners, will become an instant contender for most ironic book of the year.

Count ‘Housewife’ Couple Out [New York Post]
Real Housewives’ Countess LuAnn: Midnight Excursion to Koreatown [Gawker]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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