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Tarek El Moussa, one of the hosts of HGTV’s popular Flip or Flop house makeover and resale program, demanded spousal support from soon-to-be-ex-wife and series co-host Christina El Moussa.

The couple, who married in 2009, apparently began having problems several years ago. Those issues came to a head in May 2016, when officers responded to a disturbance call at the couple’s Yorba Linda residence. Allegedly, the couple had a row and Mr. El Moussa fled the residence with a firearm in a suicidal state of mind. After he convinced officers that he was simply blowing off steam, they departed the scene, no arrests were made, and no charges were filed. Nevertheless, the couple formally separated shortly thereafter. In the divorce papers, Mr. El Moussa offered no basis for his request for spousal support.


Meanwhile, HGTV network executives, who apparently relied on the couple’s marriage to help this show stand out from the slew of similar reality programs, have supposedly threatened to sue the couple for breach of contract if they do not either reconcile or at least work together amicably.


Nontraditional Spousal Support


According to the Census Bureau, 40 percent of American households feature female “breadwinner” spouses who provide the primary, or only, source of income for the family. Yet less than 3 percent of divorced men receive spousal support payments. Observers say that many men are “shamed” into not asking for support because either they or their peers consider such requests to be emasculating. Furthermore, breadwinning female spouses often fight such requests, and the limited-income husbands sometimes have little financial resources with which to fight such court battles.


There may be a different dynamic as well. Divorced men usually rebuild wealth faster than divorced women, so they are often more optimistic about future financial prospects and see less need for spousal support. Many people, both men and women, are also more than willing to make financial sacrifices if they believe that such moves will foster a better co-parenting relationship.


Alimony Factors in California


According to Hossein Berenji, an attorney at Berenji & Associates Divorce Lawyers in Los Angeles, CA, “Spouses are not automatically entitled to alimony in California, although there is a strong legal presumption in favor of spousal support.” That presumption has changed over the years. Whereas many spouses once received support payments based on little more than the obligor spouse’s ability to pay, “most courts now balance that element with the obligee spouse’s financial need, and specifically what amount and duration of payments is needed to help obligee spouses become economically self-sufficient,” says Mr. Berenji


The primary factors, which are designed to give obligee spouses basically the same standard of living in divorce as they had while married, are laid out in Section 4320 of the California Family Code. Some of the major ones are:


  • Future Earning Potential: In addition to considering employment prospects and the current level of marketable skills, the court may also consider the time and money required (if any) to enhance these skills to the level that the person is self-sufficient.
  • Noneconomic Contributions: Many “caretaker” spouses put their careers on hold to assume this role, and people with extended gaps on their resumes are often at a competitive disadvantage in terms of both hireability and compensation.
  • Relative Health and Age of the Parties: If one spouse probably has significantly more working years ahead of him or her, the court may adjust the amount of spousal support accordingly.
  • Spousal Agreements: Most California judges honor voluntary pacts between husbands and wives, as long as such agreements are not blatantly one-sided.


Other factors include prior domestic violence convictions, the amount of both community and separate property awarded to each spouse, and custody provisions for minor children (especially if they are disabled).


Amount and Duration of Payments


California’s alimony system is highly subjective in terms of necessity, amount, and duration of payments, and although such systems have come under scrutiny in many other states, there has been very little reform effort in the Golden State.
To determine the amount of payments, most judges apply the 4320 factors, specifically with an eye toward self-sufficiency. As for the duration of payments, there is a rebuttable presumption that obligor spouses should pay support only until obligee spouses can become self-sufficient, and according to 4320(2)(l), that self-sufficiency must occur within “a reasonable period of time.” Courts have consistently defined this phrase to mean half the length of the relationship if the marriage lasted less than ten years; this presumption does not apply in longer marriages.


President-elect Donald Trump has denied that he will work on the new series of Celebrity Apprentice after taking office.

It had been reported that Donald Trump would continue to be an executive producer of the reality show he helped create.

Donald Trump tweeted on December 10 that he would “devote zero time” to the new series, which will be hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, the president-elect did reaffirm that he has a “big stake” in the show.

Donald Trump fronted Celebrity Apprentice, which is owned by MGM and aired by NBC, until 2015, when his political career took over.

There have been concerns about a conflict of interest because of The Apprentice‘s advertising deals and because NBC also runs various news productions.

Donald Trump tweeted, referring to the Apprentice‘s creator, TV producer Mark Burnett: “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”

Image source NBC

Image source NBC

He described the reports that he would be working on the show during his presidency as “fake news”.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the United States president on January 20, 18 days after the new series begins.

Variety magazine, which first reported the story, had claimed Donald Trump would be paid at least “in the low five-figures” per episode. MGM declined to comment on the financial arrangements.

Some observers have questioned whether the connection could affect the reporting on Donald Trump by NBC’s news division.

In June 2015, NBC said it had ended its business relationship with Donald Trump because of “derogatory statements” he made about immigrants during his presidential campaign.

However, The Apprentice new series was recorded in February, before NBC severed its ties with Donald Trump and before his election.

His supporters have defended him, comparing his Apprentice credit to royalties received by President Barack Obama from his books.

Donald Trump is due to hold a news conference next week outlining how he plans to leave his business “in total in order to fully focus on running the country”.

The new series of Celebrity Apprentice features stars including Boy George, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.


Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband, David Gest, has died in a London hotel aged 62, a statement from his friend Imad Handi says.

The entertainer, producer and reality TV star died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.

David Gest’s friend and ex-bodyguard Imad Handi confirmed the news in a statement.

The entertainer had planned to tour the UK in July with his latest show, called the David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour!

Several singers were due to appear on the tour, including Dina Carroll and Freda Payne.

The show was named after the mix-up on this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, when Angie Bowie informed Tiffany Pollard that David – meaning her ex-husband Bowie – had died during their time on the reality show. Tiffany Pollard broke down in tears believing David Gest, who was ill in bed at the time, had died.

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Photo Getty Images

David Gest stayed in the Celebrity Big Brother house for 13 days but left the series on medical grounds.

In 2007 he was admitted to hospital with chest pains and respiratory problems.

One of the biggest successes during his career was producing the highest-rated special in US music history – 2001’s Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

David Gest was perhaps best known for his marriage to Liza Minnelli. They were married in 2002 and officially divorced in 2007. He was also a childhood friend of Michael Jackson and his brother Tito.

His name-dropping anecdotes and raucous tales of showbiz friendships during his appearances on reality TV shows won him legions of fans in the UK.

David Gest finished fourth in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2006, and later became a judge on talent show Grease Is The Word.

In 2011, Cliff Richard worked with David Gest on his album Soulicious.

David Gest helped develop the concept of the album, which saw Cliff Richard collaborate with soul singers including Roberta Flack and Candi Staton. He later produced and directed the Soulicious tour.

Imad Handi, who confirmed the news of David Gest’s death, described him as a “huge talent”.

“David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.

“I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners.”

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s.

“London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel. A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed.”

Police have said there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

David Gest was born on May 11, 1953, in Los Angeles, California. He worked as a music video and TV producer.

He released an autobiography, titled Simply The Gest, in 2007.

David Gest’s appearance often hit the headlines, and he said having cosmetic surgery was his “biggest regret”.

For the last few years of his life David Gest lived in York – shying away from his former lifestyle in LA.

David Gest married actress and singer Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli in 2002 in a star-studded wedding at New York’s St Regis hotel.

The couple’s 300 guests included Michael Jackson, Joan Collins and Martine McCutcheon.

Michael Jackson was the best man at the ceremony, arriving with matron of honor Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Ross.

His brothers Tito, Marlon, Randy and Jackie were among the groomsmen.

Martine McCutcheon, together with actresses Mia Farrow and Janet Leigh and singer Petula Clark, was a bridesmaid at the ceremony.

David Gest and Liza Minnelli announced their separation a year later and divorced in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to get divorced without fault.


It has been reported that Kanye West has refused to appear in anymore episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality show in fear that it will tarnish his image.

Sources have told Radaronline.com that Kanye West’s management have told him that it makes him “look cheap”.

“Kanye has made it perfectly clear to Kim that he doesn’t want to appear at all on Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” an insider told Radaronline.com.

“He has made several brief appearances on the Kardashian reality shows, but wants nothing to do with future filming.

“Kanye’s team believes it’s bad for his image and brand to appear on a reality show because it makes him look cheap.

“And, Kim isn’t pushing the issue at all as she knows Kanye won’t bend on it.”

Kim Kardashian reportedly begged her former boyfriend, NFL football player Reggie Bush, to feature on her show while they were dating, but has apparently backed off when it comes to Kanye West in fear that it could cause problems in their relationship.

“It’s such a departure for Kim because she constantly nagged Reggie Bush when they were dating for him to come on the show. He just refused, and it was one of the reasons why they broke up,” the sourced added.

“Kim will probably be able to talk Kanye into doing several cameos, but that will be it.”

Kanye West has refused to appear in anymore episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality show in fear that it will tarnish his image

Kanye West has refused to appear in anymore episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality show in fear that it will tarnish his image

The news comes as Kim Kardashian recently told DuJour magazine that Kanye West had taught her “a lot about privacy”.

“I’m ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships,” Kim Kardashian added.

“I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything. I’m shifting my priorities.”

The interview prompted speculation that Kim Kardashian might make a departure from her reality show and would be leaving the “Kardashian bubble”.

However, Kim Kardashian quickly insisted this week that she would not be leaving her Keeping Up With The Kardashians show after season nine.

Addressing rumors that she would be giving up the series, Kim Kardashian admitted she didn’t know where life would take her, but said she is “staying on through at least season 10” on her blog on Wednesday.

Kim Kardashian wrote: “As everyone knows, we are extremely proud of the show and all of us are staying on through at least season 10. The show remains to be my number 1 priority and it’s a big part of my life and I enjoy every moment of it.

“It has given me such a rare opportunity to share more of my life with all of you and has brought my family closer to each other. I’m looking forward to the new season and beyond.”

The reality star added: “The fact is that I have many goals that I still need to reach and accomplish and I (like so many of you) don’t know where my life will be in the next couple of years, but I’m looking forward to continuing this journey.”

The popular E! show is currently airing its seventh season.

It had been suggested that Kim Kardashian may want to leave the show following the birth of her first child with Kanye West, after claiming her baby will not appear on television.

“I think there’s always an evolution of, you know, what you want to do in life,” Kim told DuJour Magazine.

“It’s all about finding things that really excite you and motivate you and spark you all over again.

“I’m realizing that no matter what, if you go into something with all these expectations and plans, once you’re actually living it, it could be completely different.”

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Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality TV show featuring girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenakamp, is to be broadcast this weekend as scheduled, despite her tragic death.

Producers of Tropika Island of Treasure said they had decided not to shelve the pre-recorded show, which will premiere on South African TV on Saturday.

Filmed in Jamaica, the celebrity show sees Reeva Steenkamp compete to win the one million rand prize ($115,000).

Reeva Steenkamp was found shot dead in the athlete’s home on Thursday.

“This week’s episode will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory,” a Tropika Island of Treasure producer said.

In a statement, executive producer Samantha Moon said: “As we grieve today with Reeva’s family and friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned.”

A special tribute will be broadcast ahead of Saturday’s show, on SABC1, at 18:30 local time.

Tropika Island of Treasure, now in its fifth series, sees seven South African celebrities and seven other contestants embark on a string of “adrenaline-fuelled” challenges over a period of 10 weeks, while living at two “7-star” villas.

Each week the winner of the challenge can decide who stays and who leaves the island.

Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality TV show featuring girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenakamp, is to be broadcast this weekend as scheduled, despite her tragic death

Tropika Island of Treasure, the reality TV show featuring girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenakamp, is to be broadcast this weekend as scheduled, despite her tragic death

Asked to describe herself in three words for the show, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, said: “Brainy, blonde, bombshell.”

The model and law graduate, was shot dead inside the Pretoria home of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had been together since November.

Prosecutors have said they will pursue Oscar Pistorius on a “premeditated murder” charge.

A message on the reality show’s website reads: “We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends.”

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Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, has revealed she won’t be upgrading her modest home for a luxury pad any time soon – as she is not profiting from reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Instead the self-proclaimed “redneck” has divided the estimated $15,000 to $20,000 episode fee into equal trust funds for her four daughters and granddaughter.

“I want my kids to look back and say, <<Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people>>,” she told website TMZ.

And Mama June, as she is known, has ensured she won’t be tempted to take the money for herself by asking TLC to pay it straight into the trust funds.

“TLC puts the money into the girls’ trust accounts for me and then I get an email telling me how much everyone gets,” she explained.

“You’re never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes. I’ll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means.”

Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, has revealed she won't be upgrading her modest home for a luxury pad any time soon as she is not profiting from reality show

Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, has revealed she won’t be upgrading her modest home for a luxury pad any time soon as she is not profiting from reality show

Her far-sightedness means that when 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, and her sisters Lauryn, 12, Jessica, 15, Anna, 18, and Anna’s daughter Kaitlyn turn 21 they will receive a sizeable amount of money.

Only if they need money for their education, or healthcare, can the girls access the money before then.

Full time mother June Shannon, who is known for her love of extreme couponing, explained that she and her partner live off his salary as a contractor.

The family has made one large purchase since their new found fame – a second hand, 7-year-old Ford Expedition.


Aimee Osbourne made a rare public appearance alongside her mother Sharon, as the pair headed out in Beverly Hills to do a spot of shopping at stylish clothing store Maxfield Bleu.

Sharon Osbourne, 59, was significantly more dressed up during the shopping trip than her 28-year-old daughter, wearing a black jumpsuit which she matched with a white jacket.

But the Osbournes did color coordinate their outfits, with Aimee wearing a white blouse on black jeans and heels.

Aimee Osbourne famously refused to appear in the reality show that turned her entire family into celebrities, and even went as far as to move out of their home in an effort to stay away from the camera’s.

When she did visit her family, the film crew was banned from filming her.

At the time, the eldest of the Osbourne offspring had ambitions to become a singer and didn’t want to be typecast as being part of her weird family by appearing on the show.

“I’m not some weirdo depressed daughter that’s afraid of the world and locks herself in her room all day; I just didn’t choose to do the show,” she once said in an interview.

“I want to be a singer, and I felt if I’d stayed with the Osbourne’s and done the whole thing I would have been typecast right away.”

Her refusal to join her family in their quest for fame has not dampened her relationship with them though, as Aimee Osbourne is said to be particularly close to mom Sharon.

Meanwhile, both her father Ozzie as her brother Jack have taken a step back from the Hollywood fame game.

Kelly and Sharon Osbourne both appear on popular US television shows, with Sharon appearing as a judge on America’s Got Talent, while her youngest daughter is a host on Fashion Police.



Cissy Houston is reportedly telling friends she fully supports the idea of a family reality show because she believes the exposure will be great for granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown’s singing career.

Houston family just inked a TV deal with Lifetime to star in a reality show that will follow Whitney’s relatives in the wake of the singer’s untimely death.

Family sources told TMZ that Cissy Houston knows Bobbi Kristina Brown shares Whitney’s passion for music and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase her granddaughter’s talent.

Cissy Houston knows Bobbi Kristina Brown shares Whitney's passion for music and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase her granddaughter's talent

Cissy Houston knows Bobbi Kristina Brown shares Whitney's passion for music and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase her granddaughter's talent

Cissy Houston also believes a reality show will “help with the healing process” by “keeping the family as one.”

Whitney Houston’s mother also likes the fact that her “extended family” will be making money from the deal.

But don’t expect Kardashian-style antics on the Houston show as producers are suggesting it will have a more serious tone, at least for now.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown will not be starring in her own reality show, it has been announced.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, tweeted in March that she was in negotiations to star in a television series about her budding singing career and personal life.

Her family has now clarified in an official press statement to Access Hollywood that a reality television project is not being considered.

“[There’s] no truth at all [to the reports] – completely false,” a Houston family spokesperson insisted.

Bobbi Kristina Brown will not be starring in her own reality show

Bobbi Kristina Brown will not be starring in her own reality show

Bobbi Kristina Brown recently signed for her first major television role in Tyler Perry’s TBS sitcom For Better or Worse.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room in February at the age of 48. Authorities have confirmed that cocaine use and heart disease contributed to Whitney’s accidental drowning, but no foul play is suspected.