The cast members of The Real Housewives of New York all gave each other dirty looks while watching the reunion show at the Village Pourhouse. (Also, they made less than $10,000 each the first season.) John Varvatos says it took him three months to get the stench of booze and cigarettes out of his new store in space formerly occupied by CBGB. Alain Ducasse ate at Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon with Eric Ripert despite the fact that his own Benoit opened the same night. Heatherette may officially be closing down because Traver Rains “can’t deal” with Richie Rich anymore. City Councilman Eric Gioia had a “carbon neutral” birthday party at the W in Times Square by not sending out paper invites and not serving bottled water. Maria Shriver told Time she used to hang out with the journalists in the back of the plane when she was traveling with the Kennedy clan because they were more fun.
A lot of students at Northwestern Law School are pissed off that Jerry Springer ‘68 has been tapped as commencement speaker. Top Chef’s Stephen Asprinio has a new restaurant in West Palm Beach and is in talks to open one in Miami as well. Dumped CNN anchor Aaron Brown has a new gig teaching at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Ice-T is working on a documentary of his namesake-hero, pimp turned novelist Iceberg Slim. John Legend’s “date” at the Carlyle earlier this week was just a friendly drink, as he’s had a girlfriend for about a year. Michael Jackson is back in the studio, and he’s banned his kids from the studio and sworn off women until he’s done recording. Seventy-five-year-old Quincy Jones celebrated his birthday with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Heba Elawadi, at Café Carlyle. Maria Sharapova refused to walk the red carpet or take pictures at her 21st-birthday party at Tenjune because she was nervous about being late to a meeting with Anna Wintour. One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and James Lafferty looked “cozy” at 1Oak. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears get chastised in a new book about animal rights for treating buying a pet like buying a handbag. NBC nixed Donald Trump’s idea of having O.J. Simpson appear on Celebrity Apprentice. Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend may move in together, and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart may get married. Heidi Fleiss is headed to VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab show for meth and Vicodin addiction.