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Bethenny Frankel has no sympathy for Housewives

 

The British government has stepped in to stop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring once owned by author Jane Austen out of the country.

The American Idol winner bought the gold and turquoise ring at auction last year for just over 150,000 pounds ($228,000).

But on Thursday, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export bar on the item until Sept. 30 in the hope that a British buyer will come forward “so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation,” he said.

No sympathy

Bethenny Frankel doesn’t have much sympathy for her fellow Bravo stars.

According to Us Weekly, the former Real Housewives of New York City star, 42, shared her thoughts on Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice being indicted for fraud this week, while promoting her talk show, Bethenny. in Beverly Hills.

“My first thought today was, ‘Oh, if they weren’t on reality TV, none of this would probably ever be exposed.’ And it’s just funny how certain people are [like a] moth to a flame. It’s almost like — not that you want to get caught — but people who love to be in the spotlight often have a lot of skeletons in their closet. It’s just an interesting thing.”

On Monday, Teresa, 41, and Joe, 43, were charged on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statement on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. They appeared in court on Tuesday, and were each released on $500,000 unsecured bail bonds, with a hearing set for Aug. 14.

Breaking up

Actor Cheyenne Jackson and Monte Lapka are getting divorced, People.com reports.

“The couple have been together for 13 years and were married in N.Y. state two years ago. It is an amicable parting and, understandably, a private matter,” a representive told Playbill.com.

Jackson is known for roles in Behind the Candelabra, 30 Rock, Glee and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Bye-bye

Will Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins ride off into the Indiana sunset together?

Possibly: Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are leaving NBC’s Parks and Recreation this season.

Their characters, who will leave the series after the 13th episode, have dated on and off and have been trying to have a baby together.

The show stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari as employees working in local government in Indiana.

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