Sep. 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM ET
Nothing grabs attention like tragedy, controversy and questionable behavior. And if we can have all three in one story, well, it turns into a must-dish piece with Clicker readers.
Monday's season two premiere of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was of high interest to a lot of folks who weren't even fans of the show, due to the suicide of star Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell. When three of the stars -- Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump -- appeared on TODAY Monday morning to finally break their silence over the tragedy, they gave us the most popular story of the week.
Since his death, some have called for the program to be canceled, while others wanted it to continue and follow the tragedy. The trio defended the show, saying it wasn't to blame for Russell Armstrong's suicide. "He also signed up for season one, and came back for season two," said Richards.
"The thought that this show would want to continue after something like this, is wrong," wrote reader Kevin McGill on our Facebook page. "We now are feeding off of a man's death???"
"Absolutely!" replied reader Christine Locey to our Facebook question about whether people would watch the premiere. "Stuff happens and this is after all 'Reality'..."
Then there was reality TV mom Kate Gosselin, who's "Kate Plus 8" is currently airing its final episodes. Whether it's because this is the TLC series' last season or the mom of eight's behavior, Clicker readers kept clicking on posts about her. The top pick? Gosselin nanny Ashley quitting after a big fight with Kate -- over pizza. Yes, pizza. Mama Kate was livid that her nanny had fed her hungry kids the last few slices -- slices that were supposedly saved for adults.
Many readers were on Team Ashley:
"It struck me as really odd that a woman would want her own children to NOT eat something out of deference to a grown man who refuses to eat salad and/or macaroni and cheese," wrote reader Paula Karr on our Facebook page. "Who's acting like the child?"
"Ashley don't have a change of heart unless you (intend) on being abused more there isn't enough hazard pay to work with someone like Kate," wrote reader Cindy Markus Deeds.
But Gosselin did have her defenders: "Kate has an intense personality and managing 8 independent minds 24/7 and a career as sole provider must be overwhelming...have a little empathy," wrote reader Ann Untereiner Sorensen-Mechtenberg.
But enough about her, let's get to the third most popular story, but the most discussed one: "Toddlers & Tiaras" very own little "Pretty Woman." On Wednesday's episode, pageant mom Wendy Dickey dressed up her little daughter as Julia Roberts' working girl, complete with thigh-high boots, blonde wig and tiny skirt.
But it didn't end there. After the clip of little Paisley in her inappropriate costume appeared online, Dickey defended the outfit, telling TMZ that it was harmless and "less revealing than gynastics wear and swimsuits." Then later, she decided to auction off the getup to benefit charity. Wow, was the level of outrage high! (And understandably so.)
"I am disgusted on so many levels.....shame on the mom, the pagent organizers and TLC for showing this crap," wrote reader Michele Ballard Zimmermann on our Facebook page. "When is it ever ok to dress your daughter up as a hooker??? NEVER!!!"
"This child is beautiful....but the 'pretty woman' theme totally crossed the line," wrote reader Diane Gogots Gillespie. "You basically called your child a prostitute. Selling it with the proceeds going to charity is a nice though but it is prob going to be bought by some sick pedophile."
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