In her Bravo blog, new gal Dorinda Medley gives us her take on this season’s start of the Real Housewives on New York, and she keeps her cheese on her cracker and her napkin in her lap for now. (But wouldn’t it be incredible to see her let loose at some point? Please let that happen at a future Sonja Morgan burlesque circus side show!) Dorinda starts her blog by announcing her Berkshires allegiance: “As you may or may not know, I am not a Hamptons girl; I am #TeamBerkshires. But hey, this could be fun too, right?”
As close as Dorinda and Ramona Singer have been over the years, she’d never been to Ramona’s Hamptons home. Hmm. Fishy? Displacing Sonja Morgan in the guest suite was a first-time perk! “Meeting Lady Morgan was a nice little adventure, too. She’s so beautiful. And I can totally see why Ramona gets flustered with her and her tendency to monopolize a conversation. But Sonja is a trip. I really like her,” Dorinda kindly says…because she doesn’t want to be labeled the “Bethenny” of the group yet.
In her latest blog, Real Housewives of New York’s favorite boomerang, Bethenny Frankel, cops to the fact that she may have come on a teensy bit too strong in her first large-group interaction – with the ladies at Luann de Lesseps’ Hamptons house last episode. “Well, I guess this episode is why the promos say, ‘The B is back.’ I was a little intense in this episode,” says Bethenny. She says that she was nervous walking into the den of vipers group of ladies for the first time, especially because she’s had up & down moments with Ramona Singer in the past.
As for BrunchGate, Bethenny had only the following to say: “Ramona was hilarious by the fence. Between Ramona and myself, I’m not sure who is crazier!” She does manage to get a dig in about Ramona’s, er, ladies-of-a-certain-age-undergarments: “You know Ramona wears granny panties, since she was so defensive. Maybe now that she’s single, she’ll step it up!” Bethenny does throw Ramona a bone (old dog bone that it is) saying, “It’s also nice to see Ramona being a little more humble and calm. What she has gone through seems brutal!”
Ramona Singer has returned to Real Housewives Of New York a very different woman. In the midst of an acrimonious divorce from Mario, her husband of 22-years, Ramona is embracing a new perspective, so she claims, but at her core she’s still the same Pinot – over-reacting, spazzing, and popping crazy eyes. Which means she’s still battling Bethenny Frankel! Still, there’s a softer side now, one that is cherishing friendships and mending old wounds. Oh, and “keeping the company of men” (which is a “dignified” way of saying “dating” in Pinot’s world).
First, combining old friendships with new Housewives. “Dorinda [Medley] and I always had a special connection, and it was wonderful to have her at my home. People come into your life at different times and for different reasons,” describes Ramona. “Having Dorinda around has been so helpful with the ending of my marriage with her understanding, concern, warmth, and support.”
Last night the ladies of Real Housewives Of New York hit the Hamptons, where the very homeless Bethenny Frankel invited everyone over to her house for brunch only to be told by Ramona Singer that brunch was her jurisdiction and no one wants to eat out of the Skinnygirl trashcan parked in the alley behind Bethenny’s summer home. Home is where the heart isn’t!
Everyone was in the Hamptons for Luann de Lesseps‘ yardsale and to see her new home, which is fabulous, cozy, elegant, sophisticated – it definitely seems like Lu! And it has the added benefit of containing a live-in hottie mcjr chef whom Carole Radziwill, in her tomato red pants turned beet red over, as she flirted shamelessly. She was laying on the single and ready to mingle vibes thicker than a beefsteak tomato paired with mozzarella.
Heather Thomson and Carole escorted Lu to her yardsale, where eager fans were snapping pics of the Countess’ used linens and other finery. Luann looked like she was trying to hold it all together, as she ended up reneging on a couple pieces and purchasing them herself. In the middle of the auction in waltzed Ramona who was staying at her own Hamptons home with Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan.
Andy starts off by mentioning last night’s episode of WWHL. I planned on transcribing it late last night but it was pretty mellow, so I skipped it. But on the show, Dr. Terry Dubrow made a remark about Bethenny and that he thought she was pretty naturally and he wouldn’t do any work on her but said she was a little skinny girl. And it didn’t seem like a huge deal at the time, but apparently it became a big deal as the day went on today. So, Andy brings it up and asks her about it. I do get that Bethenny is fed up – everyone has been obsessing her over her weight recently and it’s a little obnoxious.
Last Tuesday the ladies of RHONY celebrated the premiere of season 7 with a bash at OA Bar & Grill in Tribeca. And they had reason to celebrate: Zap2It reveals that ratings for this season are already great! Revamped RHONY scored 2.2 million viewers, which is double-digit growth from the season 6 premiere, and combined with part 2 of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills reunion, earned Bravo its best Tuesday night of 2015.
In a recent interview with All Things Real Housewives, Bethenny dished on her co-stars and shared her thoughts on how Real Housewives of New York has changed since season 3. “I think it had changed in that it was contrived, in my opinion, because it had been on for so long that people who were new would know what to expect and think that’s how to manufacture drama,” she surmised.
Bethenny continued, “Coming back this season felt more like what it used to be like. Not contrived, it felt… it took a minute, I’ll be honest… but I feel like the tone was set to just be real and not be contrived and manufactured. You don’t need to do that, you can be interesting enough.”
Luann de Lesseps is back in her rightful place as Housewife, but she’s not bringing the Old Countess back with her. Luann admits to simplifying her life and embracing the things that matter – not shallow elitism and uppity manners – and with it Luann has found good friends. Even amongst her Real Housewives Of New York co-stars!
“I’m back on the show full-time, having the time of my life and a total blast with the girls. Well, with most of them anyway…” Luann exclaims. “Over the past year, I’ve been simplifying parts of my life and ramping up others.” Luann describes selling her lavish Hamptons home as “a good way to definitely close one chapter and open a new one.” And says her kids are also doing great.
Luann is also glad to have positive friendships with former frienemies Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel, both of whom, as we know, are going through acrimonious but very public divorces! “It’s tough to watch Bethenny and Ramona’s marriages crumble, especially with young children involved. It takes a serious emotional toll, no matter how strong you are. Bethenny is a trooper, and I hope it all works out the way she wants it to.”