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POP INTERVIEW: VH1 “Mob Wives” Carla Facciolo, Renee Graziano and Ramona Rizzo

The most talked about ladies from VH1’s reality hit, Mob Wives, will celebrate their season finale on Sunday, April 21 at 9:00 pm. Three of the cast members gabbed about living within the heart of the mafia lifestyle.



The most talked about ladies from VH1’s reality hit, Mob Wives, will celebrate their reunion special on Sunday, April 21 at 9:00 pm. Three of the cast members gabbed about living within the heart of the mafia lifestyle.

Carla Facciolo

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Your dad was jailed when you were in high school. How did that change your everyday life in small ways?
It was difficult, its always a tough situation when one of your parents have to leave you for a while but my mother made sure she was there for us in every way.

Your husband went to jail for stock fraud. Yet many people do the same thing and do not get caught. Why do you think he was among the unlucky people whom the government zeroed in on?
It’s an unfortunate situation that he was caught in. We are glad hes back home!

You love Ryan Gosling and “Legends of the Fall.” So why did you go against type with your husband? Not that it is wrong but just curious. He doesn’t seem like anything like Mr. Gosling nor Brad Pitt in that film!
You cant help who you fall in love with! I dont specifically go out looking for the Ryan Gosling/Brad Pitt types, it’s whoever treats me right!

You say you want to visit Australia and Italy. So why haven’t you gone? Now is your chance. You could maybe get in the news overseas like the “Jersey Shore” cast. It would be fun!
Maybe now that we finished filming, I can go and explore. Everyone is always surprised that I have never been to Italy. I definitely think that will be my next vacation, I think I will feel right at home! Wouldnt it be crazy if the whole Mob Wives cast went to Italy?! That would be a sight to see!

I hear you want to be a clothing designer! Please talk about it. What is your line going to be like? Which famous clothing companies can you compare it to? Like, “If you like ‘X,’ you will love my clothing line.”
Right now we are in talks with a few companies, I definitely want to be hands on with the clothing line, I love Bebe and BCBG so I think it will be similar and affordable. Taking things slow and making sure I do everything the right way so it can be perfect! I will make sure to keep everyone posted!

You’ve started a soap business. Kind of ironic, because “Mob Wives” is a soap itself in some aspects. Of all your oils, gels and soaps, which is the best for someone new to body care? And which is your personal favorite?
I am actually SO excited about this line! I wanted to do something different than what everyone else was doing, body care is extremely important for me, so this was a no brainer! It’s handmade soap made all from natural oils, it’s amazing for your skin! Now we have branched out to body lotion, body sprays, fragrance oils and I’m adding a new line next month! Ive had such great support and everyone has been so supportive. The line is doing amazing! My favorites are baby powder, Oatmeal Milk and Honey, Cucumber Melon and Bergamot Mandarin… there are so many! I love them all! Make sure you check them out at

What has starting your own business taught you that you couldn’t learn from being on a TV show?
I definitely don’t talk about things before they are set in stone, I try to stay quiet until everything is secure! I love surprising people with all the fun things I’m diong. So I guess, keeping HUSH is key!

Renee Graziano

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Your bio says you are still trying to forgive Carla. From my knowledge of the mafia and corrupt Illinois politics, forgiveness doesn’t come easily. If at all. Do you really think you have it in your heart for forgiveness?
I have forgiveness for anyone who can admit to their mistakes and understand the ignorance of hurting me in that way- but more importantly, hurting the millions of others that suffer from addiction.

The show glamorizes the mafia. It has many perks, but also many downsides we don’t hear about. How would you discourage someone who is interested in joining the mafia or marrying into it?
What mob? You can’t join a club that no longer exists.

Your relationship with your father has been stressed somewhat by appearing on the show. Yet you seem like you feel confident in your decision to appear on “Mob Wives,” and just for wanting to let cameras into your life period, that’s pretty brave. So when you are talking with him privately, how do you try to tell him, “I’m doing the right thing. Please be proud of me?”
My dad wasn’t thrilled that we were doing the show. I think he thought it was a show about gangsters, and there aren’t any lol. But the bottom line is that my father is my best friend, my buddy, my protector, and the greatest man alive! We may not always see eye to eye on everything, but we are cool like cucumbers.

When your husband was caught, how did you feel? It is quite different than what we see in movies when people you care about are taken away and must have given you a breakdown. And there’s the question of having a family together too. A lifestyle of sorts. A comfortable place all being taken away at once.
I was disgraced by what my husband did, not personally but for my son. I’m Anthony Graziano’s daughter and AJ is his grandson- it worked out for the best. In the long run, I won- because it’s best for my family that Junior is no longer in our lives.

When you received Junior’s letter, do you think you would have reacted differently if it had happened now?
Being that my head is so much clearer now- I would be more worried, I mean the man is in jail for murders. Maybe the feds can also do a better job in protecting me by cutting off his mail. Junior sent me into a depression spiral that triggered my addiction.

I am going to stop being a Debbie Downer now. What fun things have happened as a result of your participation on “Mob Wives?”
Fun things ….. Hmmm well I got to pull hair in season 1. I got to prove I’m tough in season 2. And I survived death from that horrendous surgery, developed a closer relationship with AJ, and got to share my journey through rehab and recovery in season 3. And I’m also branding my Mob Candy line! I’m really focusing on doing me right now and I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time.

In general, what have you learned about family during the course of this show?
I learned family doesn’t have to be blood- like Ramona Rizzo and Karen Gravano. I learned family is picked for you, so either be thankful or ask someone to adopt you because family, money, and a little fame can cause a lot of arguments…… This is why I work alone and I stay alone, and buy my sister Jen some Gucci every now and then so she doesn’t pick on me lol.

Beyond Mob Wives, the next big things for me are my Mobcandy brand of clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories and cosmetics- as well as my Lunatickle brand of bath and body products. I also have a few books in the works… stay tuned, you will be hearing more soon.

Ramona Rizzo

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What is misunderstood about the “Mob Wives” series?
The series shows a lot of fighting, and people then think that is how we are in everyday life. We go hard for the ones we love and care about. We are all moms at the end of the day and just because we are related or married to someone associated with crime does not mean we approve of it or want that for our children.

You have four kids. Somehow, you aren’t going crazy. What is your secret?
Like everything else in life, I have to keep a balance going and find ways to stay calm. I have a great family who supports me so that also helps!

You fought to get them out of Jordan. Interestingly, “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford is dealing with her own child custody battle. What advice do you have for her and everyday women dealing with this?
You have to learn the law in the area you are living in and learn your rights. Most important as a mom always trust your gut feeling it will always be right.

You’re descended from mob blood. When you grew up looking at people with average lives, once you found out about your family’s ties, did you ever wonder what their lives were like? You wouldn’t have known anything other than your way of life. What did you think of the average American lifestyle?
I grew up surrounded by friends whose family were not in nor descended from “MOB Blood” and had average lives. I never had to wonder how their lives were different because I was around them so much. I was able to experience the best of both worlds. Anyone who grew up with family not involved in the “MOB” lifestyle might not have had as much as I did growing up but they had less heartache to endure.

Al Pacino played your grandfather in a movie. That had to have been very cool. If you could give him pointers, what did he neglect to do, like mannerisms or speech inflections? Was it weird seeing this happen? Usually, someone and most of their family is dead by the time a biopic is made.
I actually met Al Pacino prior to the movie being filmed. I had asked him if they had family scenes that he plays the part of my grandfather in a loving manner. He explained to me that the movie was not just about my grandfather but the people that were around him and who he did business with.

Per “Us Weekly, ” and with them getting their facts from “Page Six,” I don’t have any reliable, concrete facts here to work with, so sorry if this is false, Dealing with two tabloids. 😉 You are engaged. And! Planning a wedding without your future husband’s involvement because he is currently incarcerated. How does that work? And why would you want to have a wedding he cannot embrace whole heartedly every step of the way as opposed to waiting for him?
Yes I am engaged to be married. I am planning my wedding just like someone who is engaged to someone in the army who is deployed for a few months/years. You have to do it all on your own so when your significant other does come home you are all ready for the big day! Of course my fiancé would love to be helping me if he could but since that is not an option I am doing it on my own. As for my fiancée, he wants me to have the wedding we have spoken about and trusts my decision making. Even though we are getting married quickly and may not get to be together for sometime we are fully committed to each other. He wants me to be able to celebrate our marriage and love as best I can. When he does get to come home we will renew our vows.

When you were falling for him, why weren’t you scared off by his situation? In our age, women are flaky. They’ll run away because some guy dislikes a favorite musician, uses the wrong phone and a heap of excuses I see online. Yet you stuck this out and support him no matter what.
He did not have this situation when I fell for him. We have a history together and a great connection.

How has appearing on the show changed you inside?
Being on MOBWIVES has made me become a stronger person.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’



You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign



As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!


Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!



Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!


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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst



Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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