Certain Bravo stars -- including Real Housewives Jill Zarin and Kyle Richards -- may be trying to expose Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi as an arrogant, self-centered diva, but her real fans aren't buying it.
At a recent shoot for the "Summer by Bravo" commercial, Zarin and Richards were among a group of Bravo stars (including NeNe Leakes, Patti Stanger, Lisa Vanderpump, and Kara DioGuardi) that was none too happy when Lakshmi allegedly snubbed them.
According to witnesses, Lakshmi arrived three whole hours after the other women and disappeared into a private room (with an entourage of six and her baby daughter, Krishna) without a word of greeting. Her people also allegedly took all of the women's bags that had been left in a dressing room and threw them into a hallway so Padma could sit separately with her baby in between shoots.
Can you believe her nerve? Neither could Zarin and friends so, of course, they began to gossip and complain, with one star hissing, "It takes a village to raise a child" in reference to the entourage and Krishna. You know those Real Housewives aren't about to miss out on the opportunity to be mean and petty.
I'm rolling my eyes at the cattiness of it all. Apparently, so too is Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, who defended her colleague's behavior at the shoot:
I don't think I spoke to most people, either ... You are there to do a job. She [Padma] was with her child. I would think that anyone could understand that, and she's still nursing, which is also not a public thing to do. What's there to complain about? It's not high school. We're all professionals.
Not to mention the fact that Top Chef is the highest-rated Bravo show and Lakshmi herself has been nominated for an Emmy -- which I would argue puts her in a certain class above some of the other Bravo stars. If she gets a little "special treatment" in the form of a private room to nurse her child, so be it. Worse things have happened.
Do you think Padma Lakshmi is a diva?
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