‘Total Divas’ Was Scripted — Former Cast Spill The Beans
The show ran for nine seasons in total, with the ninth season and probably final season premiering on October 1, 2019.
If you are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment, aka WWE, then you must also know the E! Network’s American reality television series Total Divas.
If not, then here is a little background. Total Divas first aired on television on July 28, 2013, and showed the viewers an inside look at the women of WWE — female WWE wrestlers — which included their works in the WWE and their personal lives.
The show ran for nine seasons in total, with the ninth season and probably final season premiering on October 1, 2019. As of now, it has been confirmed that Total Divas and its sister show, Total Bellas, have been canceled by E! Network due to low ratings and lack of interest from the show’s cast members.
Some of the cast members of Total Divas were Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Naomi, Renne Young, Cameron, Natalya, Lana, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Maryse, Nia Jax, Carmella, Ronda Rousey, Summer Rae, Paige, Alexa Bliss, and others.
Promotional poster for Total Divas season nine (Photo: Pro wrestling Fandom)
As of now, many of these WWE superstars are no longer associated with the wrestling company and are competing in other brands around the world. And that might also be one of the few reasons behind the show’s cancellation.
But, while the show was still up and running, it attracted several million viewers worldwide. While many enjoyed the show, some curious audiences were quick to question the reality show’s authenticity and how much of the story is real and fake.
Well, John Cena’s ex-girlfriend and a fellow WWE wrestler, Nikki Bella, had something to say about that in the past.
Nikki Bella has revealed ‘Total Divas’ is scripted
Over the course of Total Divas’ nine-season long run, the cast members – including Nikki Bella – have gotten into some gruesome arguments.
Those arguments surely helped the show’s TRP to rise. But, some of those fights weren’t real, as per Nikki.
Nikki Bella (left) with her twin sister Brie Bella (right) (Photo: Instagram)
In one of the episodes of her The Bellas Podcast, which she co-hosts alongside her twin sister Brie Bella, Nikki mentioned that the show’s producers occasionally scripted the arguments and dramas with other cast members.
She further stated, “I don’t wanna say argument, but where we kind of like bump heads with production because they would push certain things or cause certain things.”
Some real and scripted moments from ‘Total Divas’
In June 2020, the online outlet sportskeeda went further deep into the real and scripted moments of Total Divas and pointed out a couple of moments from the show which were real and scripted.
One of the scripted moments that the outlet pointed out was the argument between Summer Rae and Natalya in 2014, which was also one of the talked about things of the show back then.
That moment was when Rae showed up at Natalya’s house and slapped her. That moment came when the two argued in the WWE locker room, and Natalya replied by mocking Rae for not having a partner at the age of 30, leading Rae to slap Natalya.
Around five years later, in an interview with Ring The Belle, Rae revealed that the whole argument was scripted, and she was portrayed as a “horrible and really mean” person on the show.
She added, “People that know me in real life know who I am and know I would never do anything like that. But, you know, it’s your first season, you’ve got to stir the pot! It was a scene heard from around the world!”
Similarly, one of the real arguments the outlet mentioned was of Paige and Lana. In a 2018 episode of Total Divas, a rift between Paige and Lana was shown, and Paige had even said she hated Lana as a person.
She had said that statement after a fight with Lana regarding who would be given the green light to sleep in which room during their visit to Lake Tahoe. And as per both of them, that fight between them was real.
In May 2020, Paige mentioned during a Twitch stream that the reason she didn’t like Lana at that time was that the latter had accused her of being a bully in an “in-character” tweet of 2015.
As she went on, she said that the rift between them oversleeping arrangements was 100% real, and now they have become good friends.
Around four months before she said that, in January 2020, Lana had also talked about her friendship with Paige.
She also implied that their argument was real and that Paige gave her a friendship bracelet after their fallout.
Is ‘Total Divas’ scripted or real?
By now, we have had talked about Nikki’s revelation of Total Divas being scripted and some real and fake moments in the show. So, is Total Divas real or fake?
Well, while some aspects of the show haven’t been tampered with by anyone, some moments are completely scripted for the sole purpose of entertainment.
To conclude, it couldn’t be said that the show is entirely real or fake. And if there is any middle ground between scripted and fake, Total Divas might just fall into that.
‘RHONJ’ Star Melissa Gorga Confessed to Getting Plastic Surgery and Nose Job
Melissa Gorga was made to reveal her secret.
Rumors of plastic surgery by celebrities are not surprising.
However there are some celebrities who admit going under the knife, but some are always in denial. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star Melissa Gorga used to be one of those.
She was surrounded by rumors of plastic surgery, especially a nose job. It started after people noted subtle changes in her appearance throughout the years in RHONJ.
However, Gorga had always dodged the question. She never admitted to having plastic surgery or a nose job but said she had good contouring skills.
Finally, on the seventh season of RHONJ in 2016, Gorga admitted to getting work done after a fight with fellow housewife Jacqueline Laurita.
Melissa Gorga admitted to getting a nose job
It is reported that Laurita was constantly telling people around that Gorga had plastic surgery. Moreover, she was allegedly telling everyone that Gorga had four nose jobs.
The two had a massive fight over this topic. Gorga blamed Laurita for telling her secret to everyone.
She said, “Let’s be honest, it’s the worst-kept secret that I’ve had a nose job, but it’s my secret to tell, not hers.” Gorga then admitted that she had one procedure, not four like the rumors suggested.
Melissa Gorga confessed that she got a nose job and plastic surgery. (Source: Twitter)
She told The Daily Dish (via Bravo), “There was definitely not four nose jobs. Four nose jobs? I would look pretty deranged, I would think. That is insane to say four, and I don’t like that the seed was even planted because I think that’s wrong.”
Gorga also explained the reasons she wanted to hide her nose job. She noted that it was a personal thing and she was not hurting anyone with her secret.
“It’s your own business. Some people like to say, ‘Hey, I injected this, tummy tucked this,’ and that’s fine, too. It’s something that’s personal to me. It’s one of the very few things that is personal in my life at this point,” she said.
She pointed out that she had kids and did not want to reveal everything to them or her fanbase. She wanted to keep some things to herself, including her plastic surgery, but because of Laurita, she had to share it with the entire world.
She said, “ That was one of the things I wanted to keep to myself. Unfortunately, I had a crappy friend who has told the world for me.”
Melissa Gorga’s other procedures
After Gorga’s nose job was revealed, she has been more open to sharing about the procedures she has done to date. She admitted to trying out Botox and fillers, like some of the housewives in RHONJ.
Recently, in January 2023, Gorga revealed on the Jeff Lewis Has Issues podcast that she had gotten some work done on her lips. She confessed that her husband, Joe, was not a huge fan of her procedure.
But later, he grew to like it. Apart from fillers and Botox, Gorga has also gotten Emsculpt on her abs.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant? Behind the Pregnancy Rumors of ‘RHONJ’ Star
Is she pregnant or is it just rumors?!
Ever since Teresa Giudice started dating her second husband, Luis Ruelas, there have been rumors of her being pregnant with his child.
Teresa already has four children with her first husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice. She started dating Ruelas after divorcing Joe in 2020.
They got engaged in October 2021 and officially married in August 2022. Pregnancy rumors have surrounded Guidice since 2020.
While The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star has constantly denied the rumors, the question never stops following her — ‘Is Teresa Giudice pregnant?’
Here is all we know about it.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant?
At the time of writing, it is unknown if Teresa is pregnant or not. Regardless of the pregnancy rumors, the RHONJ star has not confirmed nor denied the rumors at the time of writing.
But looking at her social media, it seems like she is not pregnant at the moment. Her most recent post on Instagram was on May 30, 2023, where she wore a bikini and showed off her body in Puerto Rico.
She did not look pregnant, as she did not have a baby bump in the photo. Therefore, it is possible that she is not pregnant at the moment.
It seems like Teresa Giudice is not pregnant at the moment. (Source: Instagram)
This is not the first time pregnancy rumors have surrounded the reality TV star. Back in November 2021, fans suspected that Teresa was expecting after she uploaded a picture with Ruelas.
Ruelas was cradling Teresa’s midriff, leading people to believe that the RHONJ star was pregnant. However, she was not expecting a baby, and it was mere speculation of her fans and followers.
Teresa Giudice’s children
Teresa shares four children with her former husband, Joe. Teresa and Joe married in 1999 and divorced after 20 years of marriage in 2020.
Throughout their marriage, the pair had four daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. Gia was born on January 8, 2001, Gabriella on October 4, 2004, Milania on February 2, 2006, and Audriana on September 14, 2009.
Gia was eight years old when RHONJ debuted, and she has been in front of the cameras ever since. She is most known for a viral clip that has been making rounds on TikTok since 2020.
Gia, aged 10, sang an original song for her family about the challenges her mother and uncle were dealing with at the time in season 3. Years later, the video emerged on TikTok, and the lyrics, “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things,” became viral.
Gia is a recent Rutgers University graduate who studied criminal justice and hopes to become a lawyer. After graduating from Rutgers in May 2023, Teresa posted about the milestone on Instagram.
She wrote, “I am so proud of my devoted and intelligent daughter, Gia, for graduating [from] a stellar university, a huge milestone to accomplish in life. Seeing you graduate college is one of the most special moments in my life.”
Gabriella, Teresa’s second daughter, appears to be more private than the rest of her family since she lacks a prominent social media presence. Teresa told PEOPLE in 2016 that her then-11-year-old daughter aspired to be a professional football player or a model.
Years later, Teresa told The Daily Dish that Gabriella was looking at universities before her final year of high school.
It seems like Milania, Teresa’s third daughter, will be following in her mother’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. When she was just 10 years old, Milania was interviewed by PEOPLE in 2016.
At the time, Milania said she and her friend had always wanted to be actresses and make YouTube videos. The same year, she walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.
In 2019, she released her debut single, ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Grow Up.’ The RHONJ star talked about the song and gushed, “I think the song is so catchy! I really think it’s going to be a No. 1!,” in an episode of RHONJ.
At the time of writing, Audriana is 13 years old, and not much is known about her. She suffered greatly when her father was imprisoned and eventually deported to Italy.
Teresa and Gia said in 2019 that Audriana, then nine years old, was tormented and bullied at school because of her father. Talking about Audriana’s interests, she is a competitive dancer and is interested in the entertainment industry.
Teresa said of her daughter, “She likes the cameras too. And Audriana was born in front of the cameras.”
Alexa Demie to Reprise Her ‘Euphoria’ Role in Sam Levinson’s ‘The Idol’
Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’!
After much controversy and talk about The Idol, its first two episodes finally premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023.
Directed by Sam Levinson, The Idol follows Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop idol who wishes to reclaim her fame. After having a nervous breakdown that caused her last tour to be canceled, she resolves to reclaim her title as America’s sexiest pop star.
As a result, she begins a complicated relationship with Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a self-help guru and the leader of a contemporary cult. Much information about the show was revealed after the premiere.
Alexa Demie will make a cameo as Maddy Perez from ‘Euphoria’ in HBO’s new show ‘The Idol.’ pic.twitter.com/zunCaRPFYB— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
One of them is Alexa Demie making a cameo on the show by reprising her role as Maddy Perez from Euphoria.
Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’
Levinson is the mastermind behind Euphoria since he created and wrote the series. Euphoria follows a group of teens in the fictional town of East Highland, California, as they search for optimism while dealing with the stresses of love, grief, and addiction.
Some of the issues discussed on Euphoria are the same as that of The Idol like drug abuse, social media, toxic relationships, drug dealing, codependency, toxic positivity, rape, sexual assault, hookup culture, and dating violence, among others.
Therefore, it is not a surprise that Levinson wants to create his own universe like that of Marvel and DC. After it was confirmed that Demie’s character, Perez, would appear on the show, Levinson revealed that Euphoria and The Idol happen in the same universe.
Sam Levinson confirmed at Cannes that ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The Idol’ take place in the same universe. pic.twitter.com/T9GpqgtgV7— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
Demie appears in The Idol as a woman at the club where Jocelyn and Tedros first meet. Despite the fact that she plays a minor role in the plot, it will be a memorable throwback for Euphoria fans who may be watching this series anticipating something similar.
Unfortunately, not much information regarding her cameo or the role her character plays in the tale has been provided. She may return in the later half of the program, but viewers must wait until the season premieres to find out.
Demie plays the role of Perez in Euphoria and likely The Idol. She is recognized for her outspoken and confident demeanor, and she is generally considered self-assured and fearless to express herself.
Alexa Demie will reprise her role as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol.’ (Source: Twitter)
Perez is said to have a strong sense of style and is frequently spotted wearing beautiful and bold clothing. She has a complicated and turbulent relationship with her boyfriend, Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), who is also a significant character in the series.
Their relationship has ups and downs, including episodes of manipulation, deception, and violence. Despite their difficulties, Perez stays emotionally involved in their relationship.
Perez is shown as a devoted friend who is frequently seen supporting her small group of friends, particularly the main character, Rue Bennett (Zendaya). She is also renowned for her fiery attitude and often combative demeanor.
maddy perez in the idol??? queen is back pic.twitter.com/h4gB2wWlfS— alexa demie archive (@archivedemie) May 23, 2023
Overall, Perez, a character of enormous depth in the highly acclaimed television series, emerges as a fascinating combination of confidence and vulnerability. She is portrayed with complexity and depth and captivates spectators with her bold approach, unusual style, and turbulent relationships.
The reviews of ‘The Idol’
Ever since its premiere, The Idol is receiving negative reviews, to say the least. Before the premiere, Rolling Stone ran an expose on the series in March 2023.
According to the article, the initial tone and subject of the screenplay had altered, and instead of being focused on a woman’s quest to restore her own agency, it had allegedly devolved into a demeaning narrative bordering on torture porn.
Moreover, there were some really troublesome occurrences on-site. However, The Weeknd and Depp defended the show and Levinson.
Lots of strong reactions to #TheIdol out of #Cannes2023 — ranging from “I hated it” to “the TV version of clickbait” to “I don’t need to see any more of Lily-Rose Depp naked.”— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 22, 2023
Levinson was also criticized for his view. Many complained that he oversexualizes and victimizes the female characters in his shows — as evident in Euphoria.
Regardless, people were giving it the benefit of the doubt. But now, after the premiere of two episodes, the critics are being brutally honest about the show.
Critics are not happy with the presentation of the show, claiming that it is extremely sexualized. They noted that The Idol supports male fantasy which degrades women.
With a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only one positive review, ‘THE IDOL’ is the lowest rated HBO original of all time. pic.twitter.com/QCHWBI7pHu— One Take News (@OneTakeNews) May 24, 2023
The series has also been called misogynistic and predatory in nature. Initially, The Idol debuted with 20% on Tomatometer of Rotten Tomatoes.
But at the time of writing, it has 9% on Tomatometer with 11 reviews. The critics’ consensus reads, “Every bit as florid and sleazy as the industry it seeks to satirize, The Idol places itself on a pedestal with unbridled style but wilts under the spotlight.”
Looking at the decrease in Tomatometer, it won’t be a surprise if it decreases more from 9% after more reviews come in.
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