In what could very well be the most amazing confluence of fame mongers and C-list reality stars this side of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, Heidi Montag, Danielle Staub, Jake Pavelka, Ashley Dupre, DJ Paul Kom and Juicy J will be teaming up for a new competition reality series to air on VH1. (UPDATE – Also joining the cast, but not included in the photos here, will be The Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore. Famous Food will premiere on VH1 July 10 at 10/9c.)
The six-pack of C-listers were photographed yesterday at Cafe Med on Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood with camera crew in tow, sparking numerous rumors about what they were working on and even a bit of concern that this might be a sign of the Apocalypse. But, thanks to the folks at HollywoodLife.com we can dismiss the Apocalypse theory. According to the site they are filming “Famous Food” in which the “stars” will “attempt to turn an empty space into the hottest Hollywood nightclub/restaurant.”
“At the end of the six weeks they will be judged before a panel of the nightlife investors,” our source tells us exclusively. “And one celebrity will be chosen to get a stake and ownership in the restaurant.”
Just in case you needed a rundown on the competitors, here is a brief summary of each with a photo taken at the meeting:
HEIDI MONTAG is the 24-year-old star of MTV’s The Hills perhaps most famous for her recent visit to the plastic surgeon during which she had 10 separate procedures performed. Heidi is married to fellow fame monger (mysteriously absent from the cast) Spencer Pratt and the two have been caught up in a devastating obscurity whirlpool sucking them down out of the headlines and into almost complete obscurity. Heidi was rumored to be connected to a number of reality shows after The Hills and has tried to maintain relevance with numerous reported break-ups and get-backs with Spencer, neither of which amounted to much of anything. Alias (with husband Spencer): Speidi.
DANIELLE STAUB is the 48-year-old former star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey whose current projects include hosting her own version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous titled Social on Wealth TV, occasionally promoting a music career alongside lesbian singer/songwriter Lori Michaels, and starring in her own homemade sex tape. (Of those three her song “Real Close” is by far the least unpleasant.) Danielle has a storied past that includes being arrested for drug possession and kidnapping under the name Beverly Merrill (Alias: Angela Minelli) in 1986, for which she opted to testify and cop a plea resulting in no jail time. Her past was a real point of contention on RHONJ and sparked a bitter rivalry with castmates Teresa Giudice and Dina Manzo which would eventually result in her leaving the show. If you’d like to know more about Daniellee you can pick up a copy of her autobiography The Naked Truth or just read our review of it.
JAKE PAVELKA, 33, is the star of season 14 of The Bachelor in which he inexplicable chose to give his final rose to the hostile 24-year-old from Florida, Vienna Girardi. As was expected, the relationship soon disintegrated in spectacular fashion culminating in a network special in which the two aired out their dirty laundry to The Bachelor host Chris Harrison. Jake is currently single and reportedly eager to perpetuate his time in the media spotlight.
ASHLEY DUPRE is the 25-year-old former prostitute made famous when it was revealed she had serviced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2008. In addition to excelling at the world’s oldest profession, Ashley’s stint in the headlines helped out her fledgling music career and created a lot of interest in her singles “Move Ya Body” and “What We Want.” She relocated to Los Angeles in 2008 and was rumored to be working on a reality dating show similar to A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila. In 2009 Dupre became a sex columnist for The New York Post and in May 2010 she appeared in Playboy magazine. Not SFW pics HERE)
(Sorry, that’s the best picture of DJ Paul and Juicy J they had!)
DJ PAUL KOM (Paul Beauregard, 34) and JUICY J (Jordan Michael Houston, 36) are founding members of Three 6 Mafia, an Academy-award winning, American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. The least fame-hungry of the bunch (at least as far as we know) DJ Paul and Juicy J bring the element of actual, real-world success into the mixture as both have a track record of success both as rap performers and producers. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the interactions between these two and Heidi and Danielle! (Something tells me they are going to be VERY nice to Ashley and I don’t even think they will acknowledge Jake exists.)
***Author’s note: I feel obligated to mention that Heidi looks downright not freakish and dare I say pretty? I’m not a big proponent of unnecessary plastic surgery and I think all those procedures are going to catch up with her in a very unpleasant way, but to give credit where credit is due, Heidi looks quite nice: