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RHONJ cast shakeup: Three Bravolebrities from ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ are not returning for season six


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Shakeup over at The Real Housewives of New Jersey! Bravo announced show staple Jacqueline Laurita is out as is Caroline Manzo, who has a spinoff, Manzo'd With Children. Kathy Wakile will still be a part of the cast, but in a more limited capacity. Three additional cast members have been added. Unknowns. For now. Season six starts up July 13.

Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O'Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018. Conan premiered on TBS in November 2010.

Host with the most

Rapper-actor Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The show will air live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas 8 p.m. Sunday. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus (egad) and Jennifer Lopez will perform.

Minute to minute

This story changes so much it’s truly hard to keep track, but as of late Wednesday, the rumblings were that Beyonce was having her wedding-ring tattoo removed because the ink was fading. Hmm. She was pictured recently with a bandage on her finger.

The New York Daily News says the word on the street is that the reason Solange attacked Jay Z in the elevator of a NYC hotel last week was due to the fact that he made a rude comment about the singer’s friends gatecrashing the Met Gala afterparty at the Standard Hotel and were namedropping the famous rapper’s name to get in. The paper also mentions that Jay Z wanted to continue on to yet another party thrown by Rihanna, but solo, and that did not sit well with Solange, who “appeared drunk and irritated,” according to an insider.

Beyonce and Jay Z are making headlines for another reason this week: They lead in nominations at the BET Awards. The network announced that both performers are nominated for five awards, along with Drake. The BETs air live June 29 from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The (gossip) world will be watching how the Drunk in Love powerhouse couple interact.

Headache du jour

Justin Bieber is stepping in it again. The singer has been accused of attempted robbery, an LAPD official said, following media reports that he had tried to snatch a young woman's cellphone. Bieber has not been arrested or questioned, said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. Detectives have interviewed the victim, who reported the alleged crime.

Stalking nightmare

Kevin Spacey has asked a federal judge to imprison a Boston-area woman convicted of sending electronic messages that threatened to shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar-winning actor.

The Boston Herald reports Spacey wrote a letter saying that the threats from 55-year-old Linda Louise Culkin, of Quincy, caused “eminent fear,” and asked that she remain in custody and “undertake intense psychiatric treatment.”

Culkin was scheduled to be sentenced earlier this week in Boston, but a judge sent her for a psychiatric evaluation. She pleaded guilty in November to charges including mailing threatening communications, and sending threats and false information regarding explosives.

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