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RHOA Star Phaedra Parks 'Knows She Will Be Better Off' Without Ex, Says Source

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks's impending divorce is far from the happy ending she was hoping for.

"Phaedra is really disappointed with how all of this has turned out," a source close to Parks tells PEOPLE.

Her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence on multiple fraud charges.

Despite Nida's previous run-ins with the law, including a stint in prison prior to their 2009 wedding, the source says, "I don't think [Phaedra] had any idea that [illegal activity] was going on."

Moving forward, "this divorce is going to be the best thing for her," says the source. "Apollo was always really jealous of her success and the fact that she was the breadwinner."

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The Biggest Loser's Chandra Maple: My Grandfather's Illness Makes Me Fight Harder

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Chandra Maple was once an all-star athlete, but after a career-ending injury she felt broken both inside and out.

"Growing up, I was always the star on the basketball team, so when I had my knee injury and that was taken away from me, I kind of lost that," Maple tells PEOPLE of ending her sports career when she was just 15. "I didn't know what it was like to succeed anymore."

At 341 lbs., Maple knew it was time to take control of her life and applied to become a contestant on season 16 of The Biggest Loser.

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Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms Sued for Assault by Teen Student

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A teen dancer taught by Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller has sued the notoriously aggressive instructor for assault, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Paige Hyland, 13, alleges that Miller, who runs the Abby Lee Dance Co., "intentionally engaged in conduct that caused Plaintiff Paige Hyland to reasonably believe that she was about to be touched or harmed in an offensive manner."

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Scandal Recap: Who's Really Your Friend in Washington?

Originally posted 10/10/2014 10:10 AM

Scandal Recap: Who's Really Your Friend in Washington?

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On Thursday night's episode of Scandal, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) struggled with the cardinal rule of elementary school: You have to be a friend to have one.

While her former lover President Fitz frets over losing the fight for gun control, Olivia is tackling the messy murder case in which an old friend is the prime suspect.

Liv's longtime girlfriend is caught up after her daughter finds out she was sleeping with her boyfriend. After the teen threatens to tell her father about Mom's dirty deeds, she turns up dead.

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Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl: I Don't Put Up with Nasty People | Katherine Heigl, Shonda Rhimes

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If you want to work for Shonda Rhimes, there's one important thing to know: don't be a jerk.

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Which Scandal Star Is Used to Stripping for the Camera?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 12:50 PM

What Tony Goldwyn Really Thinks About All Those Scandal Sex Scenes

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It could come any time, and when he least expects it.

But Tony Goldwyn – who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's hit series Scandal – has grown accustomed to those surprise moments when creator Shonda Rhimes requires him to strip for the camera.

"Literally, I don't worry about it except knowing that at any moment I can turn the page and read, 'Fitz doesn’t have any clothes on,' " Goldwyn, 54, tells PEOPLE. "So, I better make sure I'm in reasonable shape. Scott Foley and I tease each other about it, like, 'Okay, now it's on you.' "

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Survivor: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 10:45 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"One of my main objectives in this game was to create interpersonal relationships as soon as possible."
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

Is it a good thing that John Rocker was voted off Survivor?

Oh sure, we were all rooting against him. The hotheaded pitcher was a larger-than-life villain, with his history of bigotry and his neolithic machismo. He told Natalie she looked like a man and threatened to punch her. When his girlfriend, Julie, beat him in a duel, he griped that he lost to a girl.

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Teresa Giudice Didn't Understand Anything About Finances, Says Former Attorney

While Teresa Giudice may have pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud charges in connection to a long-running financial conspiracy with husband Joe Giudice, her former attorney Jim Kridel – who represented the couple back in 2010 in their original bankruptcy case – says it's possible she may have committed the crimes unknowingly.

"I did not believe that Teresa was all that knowledgeable about any of the finances of her family until ultimately she became the breadwinner," Kridel tells PEOPLE.

"Everyone seems to blame her that she knew or should have known. I don't find that to be true in real life, though," he says. "People come in and sign tax returns quite often, and the spouse who is not in charge of the finances has no information. They just do what the accountant tells them."

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Review: Is American Horror Story Freakier Than Ever?

Originally posted 10/08/2014 07:00 PM

Fall TV Review: How Freaky Is American Horror Story: Freak Show?

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It seems pretty safe to say that Kathy Bates probably never expected to play a bearded lady, let alone one with a broad Canadian accent. Or that Sarah Paulson aspired to play a woman with two heads – the one on the right puritanically grim and skeptical, the one on the left a bit dippy and worshipful of movie stars.

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