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The Untold Truth Of Bridezillas

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By Crystal Henry/Jan. 11, 2017 11:09 am EDT/Updated: Jan. 11, 2017 3:04 pm EDT

The traditional June wedding stems back to the days of Roman mythology, where it was common to marry during the month dedicated to the goddess Juno. Juno was the protector of women in marriage and childbearing, however, this regal goddess was also often portrayed as a savage and warlike goddess who eventually gave birth to Mars, the god of war. Her Greek equivalent, Hera, was also known to unleash her deadly wrath on those who displeased her, and both goddesses were known for bending the wills of men to their advantage.

Perhaps these goddesses were the inspiration for the June 2004 debut of WE tv's Bridezillas. The show's title is fairly telling of the temperament of its stars, but here are a few things you might not have known about the show and its cast, right out of the mouths of previous cast-members themselves. I spoke to Porsha from season eight and Melissa from season seven, and both had some interesting dirt to share.

Ratings street cred

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The show was designed to follow a bride through the final days of her wedding preparations, highlighting the stressed-out bride's outlandish and sometimes violent behavior. One woman's hissy fit turned out to be another woman's guilty pleasure, and the premiere episode of the fourth season was ranked as the highest original WE tv series season premiere of all time.

The screening process: just add crazy

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Some Bridezillas sent in their own applications to be on the show. But Porsha, from season eight, told me her mom and sisters signed her up. And Melissa from season seven said her very own groom sent in her application "as a joke." The show called them for a follow-up interview and chose the most entertaining candidates. Melissa, Porsha and their respective hubbies appeared in the series spinoff, Marriage Boot Camp, which apparently had an even more in-depth review process. Both women said they had to undergo psychological testing to be on the show. But it wasn't just to make sure they were mentally stable. Porsha said they wanted to see if you were at least a little bit crazy to provide the viewers with entertainment. They also had a full medical review complete with blood work.

Blind-sided brides

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With a name like Bridezillas, the show's directive should have been clear. But not all brides saw it that way. Season two bride Julia Swinton-Williamson sued the producers for misleading her about the nature of the show. The lawsuit was thrown out in 2009, but she wasn't the only bride who felt duped. Porsha from season one has befriended many of the former Zillas who are furious about their portrayal on the show. Porsha said she knew the show was going to make her look crazy — as part of her contract, she was required to watch all previous episodes of the show. But she said she didn't care, because Bridezillas are meant to be controlling and demanding. She claims she was pretty happy about her episode, and said she was the highest rated Zilla.

Melissa's point of view

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Melissa from season seven was also happy with her episode stating "I liked mine as well. It was funny!" She said she didn't see the show as a way to portray women as crazy selfish wedding monsters, but instead a way to show other brides to be how hectic the week before their weddings could be.

Cashing in

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Many viewers wondered why a woman would sign up for a show that was aimed at portraying her as a psychotic wedding beast. For some, it was the 15 minutes of fame and the connections they'd make in show biz, but for others it was the compensation. Brides had to already have their weddings paid for, but they were reimbursed for food, clothes and were given compensation for their time during filming. Porsha said they were paid for Boot Camp as well, getting paid the first day they arrived in the house and the last day of filming. She also cashed in on the reunion show and the Where Are They Now segments.

More than 15 minutes

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For some Bridezillas, the 15 minutes of fame was fleeting. But for others, the viewers needed more. Natalie Nunn was picked up by Oxygen for the Bad Girls Club. Melissa from season seven said she was contacted to be on The Bachelor, but she had to tell them no because she was, in fact, still married to her husband Chris. Porsha did her video blog, Porsha's Recap, for WE tv, and she was contacted by The Biggest Loser, but couldn't join the show because she was pregnant with her daughter at the time. She also filmed for her own show, but stopped because she was so sick during her pregnancy. Porsha told me she wouldn't want her daughter to follow in her reality television footsteps because she should follow her own dreams.

Virtual reality TV

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Bridezillas might be classified as reality television, but the brides from the show say it wasn't completely real. Brides were routinely asked to do things over again "with more drama," said Melissa from season seven. "They need to entertain viewers," she told me. "True reality isn't entertaining."

Porsha said filming for Bridezillas was exhausting. Brides are already stressed because of preparations for their big day, but the camera crews following her around for 12 hours a day with people telling her "go back, say this over, do this over," just amplified her exhaustion. She said one of the requests she got from the directors was for her to curse more. And although she was pretty happy with her episode, she said it was severely edited to include a lot more footage of her cursing people out. Her biggest complaint was that they showed her feet on camera. "I hate my feet," she laughed.

Bridezilla BFFs

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The show might have been about women berating and attacking their closest friends and family members, but it wasn't all hair pulling and teeth gnashing. Friendships were formed between former Zillas. Porsha said she's befriended several former brides, but her best friend from the show is Minyon, the bride from season nine who fought her sister and angrily cut up her mother's dress for the wedding.

Spinoff success

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Nine years after the first bridal freakout, WE tv renewed Bridezillas for its 10th and final season. In the works was a spin-off series called Marriage Boot Camp, a show aimed at saving the marriages of former Bridezillas couples. Boot Camp was designed to bring the seemingly doomed marriages of the Bridezillas back together. Melissa from season seven said she agreed to be on the show, but was sadly disappointed in their motives. "I think we truly believed it was a program to help us rebuild our marriage," she said. "And it was a drama-filled cluster f***."

Boot camp blues

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Jim and Elizabeth Carroll were hired on as the hosts of Marriage Boot Camp, the Bridezillas spin-off designed at healing the marriages of the broken Bridezillas. The couple was beloved by the cast, and Porsha said her biggest complaint was not being able to speak with them off camera. The couple weren't just show ponies, either. The program they used on the show is based on a real-life intense marriage-building seminar program called Marriage Boot Camp run by the Carrolls. But Melissa from season seven said what people saw on the show wasn't an accurate representation of the program Jim and Elizabeth run. "They will tell you themselves that was TV, not how the real program is," Melissa said. She felt like the producers wanted to put the couples in crazy situations, like the episode where they tried, unsuccessfully, to coax Melissa into a casket, just to amp up the drama. "If I had it to do over again, I still wouldn't have gotten in," Melissa said.

Jailzilla

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Not all Zilla's bad behavior went unpunished. Bride Karee Gibson Hart was jailed for two days for violating her probation when she violently threatened her mother-in-law and set her bridesmaid's shoes on fire. Viewers took to the internet to voice their opinions on the bride's bad behavior. Porsha told me she ignored the majority of her hate mail, but some of the attacks really got to her. She said one night she and a group of Zillas got on the phone and were talking about how they felt about the show, and they were all in tears.

Still, not all the publicity was bad. Porsha told me she had celebrities like Coco tweeting her to say she should have her own show. Although she's currently working as a training coordinator, Porsha says she would still love to work in the entertainment industry. When she was younger, her dream was to be the female Kevin Hart. And her top choice right now would be to work with Tyler Perry.

But what about the grooms

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Viewers constantly ask how these men could possibly walk down the aisle with these wedding monsters. Former groom Steven from season 10 told me he married his bride in the hopes that it would be the solution to a toxic relationship. "I was with Amanda for five years. I loved her. I honestly did," Steven said. "We had issues. I knew it wasn't going to work out. I thought by marrying her it would fix things." But it only made things worse. A year and one day after they said "I do," Steven said "I can't" and moved to Orlando while Amanda stayed behind in Ocala. According to Steven, she'd been having an affair with a guy named Andy she met through her sister. According to Steven, Andy and Amanda are still together, but when he last saw them in public Amanda grabbed her new beau and ran off.

Steven said it was Amanda's idea to join the show, and he was just along for the ride. And for the most part the crew was just there to film for five days before the wedding. He said the show was pretty much an open book into their lives, but the crew would try and find people they didn't like to show up and create drama for ratings.

Gun-toting groom

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Speaking of drama, Steven brought his own drama to the table, but it was the kind the directors weren't comfortable with. "They did tell me they would stop filming if I didn't leave my .45 at home," Steven said. Steven didn't understand their apprehension, and claims he had it on him because the father of Amanda's child always made threats toward him. He carried the gun to call his bluff if the need ever arose. It made the crew nervous, and they claimed they needed special permits. "They didn't find that as funny as I thought it was."

Post-wedded bliss

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Steven told me he was in a dark place when he moved to Orlando, but his friends stayed by his side and pulled him out. Since he and Amanda split, Steven has finished college and is planning to move back to New Jersey. But he hasn't dated anyone seriously since the split. "I get asked all the time why I'm still single," Steven said. "Just fate I guess." He said his relationship with Amanda made it hard for him to trust, and with a bride who faked a pregnancy to try and get jewelry, who can blame him? But for the most part he said he just hasn't found anyone compatible. "Don't get me wrong, when we were on good terms she has a good heart and cares. But things and time change people," Steven said. "I'm not perfect but I didn't deserve what she did."

Zillas ever after

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Despite their diva dispositions, not all the Zillas were doomed for divorce. In our interview, Porsha told me all but one of the couples on her season of Boot Camp are still together, including Melissa and Chris who just celebrated Melissa's 30th birthday with a trip to Europe. Porsha is also still with her husband, Byron, although she said marriage is extremely hard work. She said she's not looking to do another wedding reality series anytime soon, but she'd be happy to talk to WE tv producers about an idea she had for a show about divorce called Free At Last.

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Bridezillas

2x01 22x01 Vanessa, Karen, Julia, and Cynthia
A bride encounters problems when the diamond falls out of her ring and her plans for homemade bouquets go awry; a confrontation between bridesmaids occurs at a bridal shower; a woman's ...Jun. 12, 20052x02 22x02 Miho, Julia, Karen, and Amy
A bride's dress and catering hall are not ready a week before the ceremony; a couple deal with the stress of paying for their own wedding; a woman finds that her veil has urine on it ...Jun. 19, 20052x03 22x03 Brooke, Miho, Julia, and Amy
A bride tries to arrange having a rental car's flat tire fixed while she dresses on her wedding day; a salon stylist can't find a hairdo she likes for her own nuptials; a woman's gown ...Jun. 26, 20052x04 22x04 Tricia, Karen, Miho, and Cynthia
Included: a Chicago publicist who's concerned that the groomsmen outnumber the bridesmaids; a California business planner who's having problems with a dress fitting. Jul. 03, 20052x05 22x05 Miho, Amy, Karen, and Cynthia
A couple show their wild side at their parties, but later struggle with the ceremony seating chart; a woman butts heads with her wedding planner when the marriage license goes missing ...Jul. 10, 20052x06 22x06 Michelle, Karen, Julia, and Amy
A woman's dress is ripped and the veil is not what she specified; a bride learns she might not have a DJ and that she needs a final head count; a wedding coordinator is hard to reach. ...Jul. 17, 20052x07 22x07 Kathleen, Cynthia, Karen, and Julia
A couple refinance their mortgage to pay for their increasingly expensive wedding; a bride's dress doesn't fit and the invitations are late; a woman and her fiancé fight during preparations ...Jul. 24, 20052x08 22x08 Julia, Cynthia, and Karen
A bride deals with a hard-to-reach wedding planner, a spot on her dress, wrong flowers and a late wedding party; the clock is ticking for a woman who needs her marriage license and ...Jul. 31, 2005 2TV Special: Best of Bridezillas (Season 2)
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Bridezillas
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GenreReality
Narrated byMindy Burbano
Jamie Zimmer
Laura Halperrin
Loni Love
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes187
Executive producers
  • Mary Pelloni (2004–06)
  • Jeff Collins
  • David Green
  • Laura Halperin
  • Lauren P. Gellert
  • Suzanne Murch
Running time42 minutes
Production companySeptember Films
Original networkWE tv
Original releaseOriginal series:
June 1, 2004 (2004-06-01) –
October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Revival series:
March 2, 2018 (2018-03-02) – present
Related showsMarriage Boot Camp
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Bridezillas is an American reality television series that airs on WE tv and debuted on June 1, 2004. It chronicles the lives of women engaged to be married, casting their busy schedules in an emphatic and sometimes humorous fashion.

The word "bridezilla" is a portmanteau combining bride with the fictional rampaging beast "Godzilla" to indicate a difficult bride. The word was first used by a Boston Globe writer named Diane White in a 1995 article about difficult brides.[1]

Format[edit]

A typical episode presents the stories of two brides-to-be, splitting time between both brides. The story begins as the bride and groom are introduced, and they describe how they first met and fell in love. The bride then explains what she has envisioned for her wedding. The remainder of the story shows the events leading up to the wedding, centering primarily on the bride's interactions with members of her family, her groom's family, members of the wedding party and even the wedding's various service providers (wedding planners, caterers, etc.). The interactions are generally negative, exposing the featured bride-to-be as uncontrollable, bullying, emotional and using whatever means necessary to get what she wants. The story ends with the wedding, the reception and a final concluding interview with the now-wedded couple.

Episodes are intended to run in sequence, as a single bride's story is told over two episodes. For example, the start of Bride B's story will be presented in tandem with the conclusion of Bride A's story. On the next sequential episode, Bride B's story concludes while Bride C's story begins.

Production[edit]

In 2003, filming began on the first season for a show initially entitled Manhattan Brides, with the premise that cameras would follow a majority of young, white, wealthy residents of New York as they prepared for their wedding days. However, with the completion of filming, the footage was edited to emphasize the women's bad behavior and it was renamed Bridezillas. Consequently one bride, Julia Swinton-Williamson, sued the producers for misleading her about the nature of the project.[2] The first season was co-produced by MetroTV and September Films with the first two seasons aired on MetroTV. Fox aired a one-hour Bridezillas special culled from Season 1 in January 2004. In the summer of 2004, the show began airing on WE tv. Since the second season, it has been the highest-rated original program on WE tv.[3]

After the first season, the show has diversified to include older couples, more ethnicities, and financial statuses, as well as filming in different states coast to coast. In the third season, the show's first male bride was introduced  — referred to as "Gayzilla" - Jon Taylor Carter, who was planning a wedding for himself and his partner, Isaac in Massachusetts (which was the first US state to legalize same sex marriage).

In March 2013, WE tv renewed the series for a 22-episode tenth and final season plus a spinoff titled Marriage Boot Camp, which follows five couples who were featured on Bridezillas that have come together under one roof to save their marriage.[4][5]

Episodes of the series will be offered in broadcast syndication beginning September 16, 2013, mainly from the fifth, sixth and seventh seasons.[6]

WE tv have officially announced the return of the program for an eleventh season airing on March 2, 2018 and a mid-season premiere on June 1, 2018. On July 7, 2018, a special edition spinoff called Bridezillas: Scared Fit was aired and hosted by personal trainer Donna Sexton.

The show returned for its twelfth season on March 15, 2019.[7]

On August 27, 2020, it was announced that the thirteenth season will premiere on September 24, 2020.[8][9]

International broadcasts[edit]

In the Middle East, MBC 4 broadcast the show. The show also aired on ITVBe in the United Kingdom.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Original airing
Season premiere Season finale
1 8 June 1, 2004 (2004-06-01)July 26, 2004 (2004-07-26)
2 8 June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01)July 20, 2005 (2005-07-20)
3 18 June 12, 2006 (2006-06-12)October 9, 2006 (2006-10-09)
4 18 June 17, 2007 (2007-06-17)October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)
5 22 June 1, 2008 (2008-06-01)October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26)
6 22 June 7, 2009 (2009-06-07)November 1, 2009 (2009-11-01)
7 23 June 6, 2010 (2010-06-06)November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)
8 22 June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
9 22 June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)November 4, 2012 (2012-11-04)
10 22 May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31)October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
11 16 March 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
12 10 March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
13 TBASeptember 24, 2020 (2020-09-24)TBA (TBA)

References[edit]

  1. ^Moorhead, Liz (October 14, 2018). "Devil in a white dress". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^Traister, Rebecca (June 18, 2004). "Bridezilla bites back!". Salon. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. ^"WE GO BRIDAL Block Gains Record Growth, Reaching Over 2.5 Million Total Viewers". Rainbow Media.
  4. ^Andreeva, Nellie (March 28, 2013). "WE TV Renews 'Bridezillas' & 'David Tutera', Orders 'Bridezillas' Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^"WE tv Introduces the World Premiere of "Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas" Followed by the 10th and Final Season of WE tv's Original Hit Series "Bridezillas"". The Futon Critic. April 17, 2013.
  6. ^"Deluxe Syndication page for Bridezillas". Rohrs Media Group. Archived from the original on September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  7. ^""Bridezillas" Returns to WE tv for Season 12 on March 15 at 10:00 PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. February 14, 2019.
  8. ^"WE tv Announces Emmy Award-Winner Loni Love as the New Voice of Pop Culture Phenom "Bridezillas"". The Futon Critic. May 18, 2020.
  9. ^""Bridezillas" Season 13 Premieres September 24 on WE tv". The Futon Critic. August 27, 2020.

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Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridezillas
Season 11 Official First Look - Bridezillas - WE tv

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'Tosin \u0026 Wemo STRUGGLE!' Deleted Scene - Bridezillas

The master, not paying attention to the convulsive movements of the slave, went into a rage, furiously fucked his elderly mother in the ass. Finally, after a few minutes, the sadist finished by splashing hot sperm into the old woman's intestines. An elderly slave, with a groan, slowly, slid off the table onto the kitchen floor. The master kicked the old woman. With a hoarse groan, the slave rolled onto her back.

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I understood everything, Master. - From the pain, the woman caved in. - Go to sleep, bitch, we'll continue tomorrow. The old woman entered the dark room, the door closed, the lock clicked.



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