That was the same weekend that a scuffle broke out at Bamboo Bar, a popular nightspot, in which a northern New Jersey man, Justin Viterito, claimed he was assaulted by Mr. Ortiz-Magro. Mr. Viterito’s lawyer, Matthew DiBrino, said his client was buying drinks for Mr. Ortiz-Magro and another man when a friend of his was pushed, prompting Mr. Viterito to defend his friend. The lawyer said a scuffle ensued, during which Mr. Viterito was punched by Mr. Ortiz-Magro and another man.
MTV spokesman Michael Fabiani declined to comment on the cast members’ legal woes, saying only, “MTV does not comment on series in production.”
Fans, however, are eating it up. Many viewers of the show who lined up on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights last week, hoping to catch a glimpse of cast members as they worked in the T-shirt shop, said the worse the cast members behave, the more entertaining the show is.
“That’s the main reason people watch it,” said Marcus Snedeker, 31, of Jackson Township. “The episode where Ronnie knocked the dude out and he was lying in the street, that was one of the best episodes.”
He was referring to an episode from the show’s first season in which another man was shown taunting Mr. Ortiz-Magro and other cast members as they walked home, only to be laid out by a single punch from Mr. Ortiz-Magro, who boasted, “That’s one shot! That’s one shot, kid!”
Mr. Ortiz-Magro originally was charged with aggravated assault but entered a pretrial intervention program that let him avoid criminal prosecution.
Former ‘Housewife’ Bethenny still keeps up with the show
Bethenny Frankel is busy with her new talk show, but she still finds time to catch up with “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
“Do I still watch it? I don’t watch it religiously but I’ll sometimes catch up,” the “Bethenny” host said on Monday’s episode of her Fox show, according to People. “It’s not anything against them. I’ve been busy planning the talk show and kind of doing my own thing. It was a long time ago.”
Responding to a question from a member of her audience, Ms. Frankel credits her time on the Bravo reality show with launching her TV career.
“I was in a different place in my life and I’m so grateful for the experience [because] it did get me here,” she said.
But the show she originally signed up for is not the show it has become.
“It’s a totally different show than when I started,” she said. “It was just about women who had children and were married and it was kind of more fun and playful. Then it got crazy. Then it got really crazy and it was a different show.”
Some of the crazier scenes happened between Ms. Frankel and Kelly Bensimon and her former best friend Jill Zarin - who were both let go from “Real Housewives of New York City” for the current fifth season.
“As far as Jill and Kelly and Alex being fired, it happens all the time in ‘Housewives,’ ” Ms. Frankel said. “They keep recycling and they kind of let you know that if you’re a Housewife, you can be replaced. And they just want to spice it up a little bit.”