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Kelly Bensimon wants you to be hot, and she’s going to help you achieve that hotness. How? By penning a new book, of course! It’s a good thing too, because it seems her Housewife status may be in jeopardy as rumors swirl that Bravo is looking to replace the entire New York Housewives cast. But more on that later.

PEOPLE is reporting that Kelly has entered into a deal with St. Martin’s Press to author her fourth book, tentatively (and here’s hoping permanently) entitled I Want to Make You Hot. Kelly reveals, “[I feel] good about myself, my fluctuating weight and my life.” She continues, “Hot isn’t about a waist size or a number on a scale. We can control how we look and feel, so let’s get started together.”

She hopes to use her personal experiences, as well as several recipes, to empower readers to achieve a more positive sense of self. In the book’s press release, Kelly invites readers to “[s]pend seven days with me and my expert friends and we’ll have fun with exercise, eat better, dress amazing, have more fun and smile through a life that’s too short.” Well, I don’t mind if do. Look for it in 2012!

It could be a good thing that Kelly has found another source of income, as a New York Post article reports that Bravo is hoping to take the show in the direction of Beverly Hills by possibly replacing the entire cast. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills portrayed luxury and excess worlds away from any Housewives franchise (with the sky-high ratings to boot), and the network is hoping to recreate the same opulence in the Big Apple.

Sources reveal that Bravo executives have been quietly approaching the most elite of New York City society in hopes of replacing the present cast. “They want an entirely new cast to replicate Beverly Hills.” The source continues, “They want rich, rich women, like Adrienne Maloof and Camille Grammer, dripping in glamour and $10 million penthouses. And they don’t want to fake it. They are discreetly reaching out to women who fit the bill.”

Watch out Jill and the gang, there could be a whole new clique of mean girls on Fifth Avenue! Perhaps the current cast should continue focusing on ventures outside of the series to secure their bank accounts and shopping sprees. Regardless of the cast, I’ll be following all of the NYC ladies, present and future. Will you?

On this installment of the Real Housewives of New York, “The Mask has Two Faces,” Ramona and Jill butt heads, Sonja shows her butt, and Alex, LuAnn and Cindy are all but(t) forgettable.

This episode begins with a (yet another, yawn) photo shoot, this one to promote Ramona’s skin care line. Ramona admits that she’s often stiff in these situations, and her crazy eyes agree. This woman is hocking moisturizers and vino, but I think she should look into her own brand of shifty contact lenses. Her assistant Melissa tells Ramona she looks like a younger Pamela Anderson in the pictures. Huh? Of course, this comment comes on the heels of Ramona saying that she constantly goes through assistants. Ramona is pleased by the comparison, but this is the same woman who fancies herself an older Cameron Diaz, so clearly she has a skewed view of herself. Sonja arrives to help put Ramona at ease, but mainly she spends a ridiculous amount of time talking about how great her bum looks in her Ralph Lauren jeans.

Downtown, Jill stops by Cindy’s apartment, and I am amazed at how many people are on Ms. Barshop’s payroll. Assistants and nannies are coming out of rooms, closets, balconies, you name it—she has a full house. Cindy admits that she was up all night…hearing the kids crying with the nannies. My former “down to earth, relatively speaking” impression of Cindy no longer exists. The ladies dish about Ramona, and a much calmer than normal Jill is thrilled that Cindy seems willing to stand up to Ramona. Both Jill and Cindy acknowledge that most of Ramona’s friends are scared of her.

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A new episode of the Real Housewives of New York City coming our way tonight!

On the 6th episode this season titled “A Mask For Two Faces,” the ladies bask at a mask bash when Sonja hosts a masquerade ball. In addition, Cindy goes to the dentist with Jill in tow, but Jill adds some bite by offering way too much input. And Ramona throws a wine party, but gossip spills over.

Ramona Singer tweeted earlier today, “2nite Jill gets caught lying to me on RHONYC. Tries to get the whole thing bleeped out! Happens @serafinagroup 4 my #RamonaPinotGrigio party.” Should be an interesting episode!

It airs at 10/9c on Bravo and a preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live - The guests tonight are Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop. Plus a live performance by Simon van Kempen for his new single I Am Real! You can click here to take a listen.

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Ahh, Real Housewives of New York…this week we say G’day to Jill (have you missed her?  She missed you!), Sonja reveals the housewives’ pecking order to newbie Cindy, Kelly and Ramona call a truce (??), LuAnn makes it clear that shopping parties are not her glass of pinot cup of tea, and Alex finds her (slightly grating) voice when it comes to holding her own.

Jill returns to lunch with LuAnn, Kelly and Sonja, and the first thing out of Jill’s mouth is that she is done mouthing off about others.  No. More. Gossip. From. Jill.  And 5-4-3-2… “Oh, I want to be out of the gossip and the garbage, but sometimes I get sucked back in…”  Kelly’s threat drunk text from Ramona resurfaces and the ladies learn Kelly is going to meet Ramona for lunch the following day.  Sonja is concerned that Kelly isn’t quite ready to confront meet with Ramona, and thus begins the role-playing to prepare Kelly for the inevitable barrage of Rameddling.  If Ramona ever gets the flu this season, I think Sonja could easily just grab a glass of pinot grigio, do Ramona better than Ramona does Ramona, and we viewers would be none the wiser.

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A new episode of the Real Housewives of New York City airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the fifth episode this season titled ‘Following Pecking Orders,’ Jill Zarin returns from Australia a new woman—or so she says. Her newfound sense of purpose to avoid gossip quickly ends when she dishes about Ramona during lunch with Kelly, LuAnn and Sonja. Kelly is ready to face Ramona about her recent behavior, but the other ladies don’t know if she is quite ready. In addition, Sonja details the group’s “pecking order” dynamic; Cindy and Ramona meet for drinks, but tension spills over Jill. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live - The lone guest tonight is none other than Kelly Ripa!

In other NYC news, Alex McCord discusses her newly found voice and attitude in a new interview with TV Guide. Excerpts are below -

TV Guide Magazine: Gotta say, you are sassy this season!
Alex:
[Laughs] I’ve always been empowered. It’s just that now you’re seeing it on TV.

TV Guide Magazine: Do you think your friendship with former Housewife Bethenny Frankel changed you?
Alex:
My metamorphosis, if you want to call it that, had nothing to do with anything other than my being fed up. In the real world, it might be enough to think someone’s an idiot. But on reality TV, you sort of have to beat them over the head with it. Otherwise, they don’t know.

TV Guide Magazine: Has it gotten old, always being filmed?
Alex:
The more I do this, the more fun it’s becoming. One thing that I think makes New York special is that we still have four original cast members left. What that means is whether we like each other or not, we have a shared history of four years. We know where each other’s buttons are and how to push them. That makes for magical TV. All you have to do is get us in a room and turn the cameras on.

Meanwhile, Alex and her hubby Simon van Kempen are selling t-shirts with the now infamous “Thug In A Cocktail Dress” catchphrase scribbled on them, similar to the one Alex is wearing in the above photo. They are donating 50% of all proceeds to the Housing Works charity. The t-shirts and other apparel items plus jewelry are available at Thuginacocktaildress.com.

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Following the lackluster season one of the Real Housewives of Miami, the show’s resident train-wreck break out star Adriana De Moura had some choice words for the Real Housewives of NYC.

When E! News caught up with Adriana over the weekend, she made it clear she is not a fan of the latest season of the NYC Housewives. The reason? Because it is Bethenny-less.

Bethenny Frankel was my favorite,” said Adriana to E! at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. “I don’t think it’s the same without her. I think it’s a bunch of matronly women trying to look hot,” added the pot.

The topic then turned back to her own franchise and whether or not a second season is underway, or whether the show would be getting the axe a la the Real Housewives of DC.

“We can’t officially say it yet, but I’m pretty sure…I’m pretty confident…,” said Adriana with a smile about the possibility of a second season. She also added that she signed a six-year contract with NBC (NBC Universal owns Bravo). Oddly enough, some of the DC Housewives were also confident their show would be returning and well, we all know how that turned out.

It will definitely be interesting to see what Bravo decides to do with the Miami ladies. We’re thinking a cast overhaul might help breathe some needed new life into the otherwise stale series.

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Real Housewives of New York City attention whore star Kelly Bensimon celebrated her 43rd birthday twice in recent days!

First Kelly celebrated with a party at the TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on Thursday and then with a pool party the next day at the Tao Beach in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mom of two, who posed for Playboy over a year ago, showed off her crazy toned bikini body while sporting a purple print two-piece! More bikini photos of Kelly below.

In other news, Bethenny Frankel took to her Bravo blog last week and made some comments about her former nanny Gina, who quit on the most recent episode to focus on her health. In her blog post, Bethenny also talks new nanny Dawa and gives an update on Gina’s health. Excerpts from Bethenny’s blog is below -

“There’s a new nanny in town, and she brings peace to my home. Dawa, as we both identically pronounced, is the opposite of Gina. She is quiet, shy, respectful, a light eater, and she never talks on the phone nor does she watch TV.

I love me some Gina, and her health is good now by the way, but we needed to transition into a mellow nanny. Most importantly, Dawa, like Gina, loves my baby Bryn and everything is going smoothly. Feeling comfortable with child care is peace of mind.

I’m very organized, or try to be. In the home, and with a baby, that is next to impossible. Nevertheless, I keep trying. Dawa being able to blow dry my hair is an extra added bonus. Truthfully, I’ve only had her do it twice. My hair is usually in a ponytail or a clip. It’s good to know she’s there in a pinch.”

A new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

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This episode of Real Housewives of New York City was scattered, hard to follow, and all over the place – so the writing is reflective of how difficult it is to connect the plot points. The episode, which Bravo dubbed “Ramona’d” was all about Ramona Singer unleashing her Pinot Personality and letting her cray-cray take over, I call that Cramona. Crazy Ramona. We’ve seen it before from Mrs. Mario Singer – however not like this, but lets start out the recapping by focusing on another lady who is losing her marbles and a different one who is losing her teeth. Sonja Morgan and Cindy Barshop take it away!

Replacing Jill Zarin this season as Empress of the frienemies, Sonja agreed to trek all the long way downtown to TriBeCa and meet Cindy for some shopping and designer schmoozing at Vivienne Tam and then lunch at Cipriani. Unfortunately, when Sonja arrived Cindy had some news: after having a few too many Martinis at Ramona’s event the previous night, she devoured a bunch of pistachios and the veneers on her two front teeth fell off! A likely story if I’ve ever heard one –I personally think she took a drunken tumble after all those martinis. It happens to the best of us. :-) The ladies proceed into the store where Cindy actually pulls out the broken front teeth, which she has brought with her in a Ziplock baggie along with an accompanying tube of Fixadent. While in Vivienne Tam Cindy, asks Sonja to help her put her teeth back in. Yuck. Sonja is understandably grossed out! Who wants to eat lunch after all that? Sonja still does, actually.

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