According to a new article by Life&Style, that might be the case with the Real Housewives of New York City stars. An insider at the reunion taping (whom shall be referred to as Susan Saunders, you’ll read why later) gave some reunion show spoilers to the magazine.
Jill The source tells LIfe&Style that Bethenny and Jill came face-to-face for the first time in nine months when thereunion special was taped last Wednesday on May 26.
“Jill extended an olive branch to Bethenny,” says the insider who watched was part of the taping. “Jill seemed very humble and apologized. And she was emotional — of course there were lots of tears. It was a huge turning point for them. Where the relationship goes from here, who knows?”
And as for the fireworks that took place during the reunion? “It was very dramatic,” continues the insider “Kelly was attacked again, Alex was out of control, and Ramona flipped out!”
Now if it wasn’t obvious enough who this “insider” is, the bolded comment should make it pretty obvious that it’s none other than good ol Jill. Something about this entire article has Jill’s little grubby fingerprints all over it. It seems Jill did find a hobby after all – leaking stories to the press that is.
In other news, Bethenny continues to show off her freakish post baby body. The 39-year-old new mom was photographed walking the streets on NYC this weekend looking pretty great. Those photos are below. The NYPost also published a story this weekend claiming Bethenny wanted $100, 000 for her baby pictures, but ultimately gave them to PEOPLE for free when she couldn’t get buyers. Bethenny however denies this in Bethenny fashion telling PageSix, “Actually, it was $100 million.”
My thoughts on Jill & Bethenny - Last season, both Jill and Bethenny started to turn me off with their mean girl behavior. However during the reunion, Bethenny seemed to back off the mean girl act a bit, while Jill continued to be over the top nasty to Kelly, Alex, Ramona and even LuAnn. That pretty much completely turned me off Jill. However when this season started and the Jill & Bethenny feud was making headlines, I thought they were both at fault. I honestly understood why Jill might not want to be friends with Bethenny again and vice versa . I didn’t and still don’t believe Bethenny was a saint in the fued at all.
But I think what turned me off and a lot of fans as well, was Jill’s mean girl behavior in turning Bethenny away. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Jill having a seat down or phone conversation with Bethenny and letting her know she no longer wanted to be friends. The way she went about it was what did her in. The putting Bethenny on speaker phone while crackling with LuAnn in the background was just wrong. I don’t think Bethenny should let Jill back in her life. I think they could be polite acquaintances, but I don’t believe Jill’s reasons for wanting to befriend Bethenny again is sincere at all. Leaking this article to the media is a good example of this. Jill is simply more concerned about her public image at this point. I also think too much has been done and said by both parties. I don’t believe this is a friendship that can be repaired. I would however love to know what you all think.
TELL US: SHOULD BETHENNY LET JILL BACK IN HER LIFE? CAN THEIR FRIENDSHIP BE SALVAGED?
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Ever since the infamous meltdown of Kelly Bensimon (pictured above on May 29th) on the Real Housewives of New York City, all of the housewives on the trip with her have all echoed the same sentiments, which is that her meltdown or “nervous breakthrough” was much worse than what was actually shown on TV.
We also blogged a week ago that we would secretly love to see the unedited footage of Kelly from the St. John trip, well we don’t have the video footage, but we do have the next best thing – a new article from UsWeekly magazine which gives us more details on what happened with Kelly.
1) According to UsWeekly, the real hysterics happened later that night, and wasn’t taped or televised. Sonja Morgan tells the mag, “I took Kelly’s hand and said, ‘Do you think this is normal? I tried to calm her.”
2) The “fight” continued off camera with a screaming match between Kelly and Bethenny. There was a lot of name calling, with “bitch” being the epithet of choice, until Kelly finally fled to her room at 11:30 pm.
3) The other housewives stuck together and rehashed the events until about 3 am.
4) The producers on the other hand had to calm Kelly. “She was on her bed, rocking back and forth,” says a show source. “She kept saying she thought Bethenny was going to kill her. It went on for hours!”
5) The producers, who decided Kelly wasn’t in the mind-set to film, decided to send her home. They booked her an 8 am flight home to NYC.
6) “No one thought she was stable,” says the source. Another insider suggests her outbursts were a result of mixing Valium with alcohol, but a source close to Kelly denies the claim to UsWeekly.
And there you have it folks. While Kelly’s behavior on the show is alarming, her behavior off the show is what continues to do her in. First she accused Bethenny of exploiting her father’s death for ratings during a night of posting nonsensical rants on her twitter page, and now she has decided to start an anti bullying campaign because her behavior on the show was a result of “systematic bullying.”
Here’s what Kelly wrote in her blog after the airing of the last episode -
“Stop systematic bullying! Tell a teacher, friend, or adult. Everyone deserves to be loved. Four against one is never OK.”
It however doesn’t end there. Kelly, who appeared to be flattered by being on the cover of UsWeekly, tweeted the following a few days ago, after the issue came out -
Perhaps Kelly should have taken the time to read the cover and the story before tweeting. But then again, she probably did read the story and delusion-ally thought it was a flattering piece.
Another issue with Kelly’s behavior on and off the show is her kids. Kelly has two daughters (Sea, 12, and Teddy, 9). If she really does have a mental problem, should her ex, Gilles Bensimon, be worried? Should he be stepping in? Kelly was also arrested for physically assaulting her ex-boyfriend last year.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KELLY’S BEHAVIOR ON AND OFF THE SHOW? SHOULD HER EX BE WORRIED?
LuAnn, 44, tweeted on Friday, “Well the cats out of the bag! Someone leaked my video!” Sure they did Countess. In the video, which was shot last month, LuAnn can be seen surrounded by a fleet of chiseled eye candy.
“There’s not really dancing,” said LuAnn of the video concept. “I just have very good looking men standing around. And it’s about how money can’t buy you class, so I’m taking money out of their pockets and throwing it onto the floor.”
The exclusive and not heavily air brushed video of LuAnn is below! Enjoy at your own risk.
Now on to this week’s recap. It’s the night after the storm, and we find out Kelly has departed early after her “nervous breakthrough.” The ladies seem both tired and very relieved that Hurricane Kelly has passed through. Ramona shares that one of Kelly’s personalities Kelly left her a sweet note.
What we didn’t see on TV was that the night before (the same night Kelly went bat sh*t crazy that is) Ramona placed a call to Jill letting her know what had happened with Kelly, and asked Jill, who she believed was good friends with Kelly, to try to meet Kelly at the airport in NYC and be there for her. Bethenny also reveals in her Bravo blog that she talked to Jill that night out of concern for Kelly. According to both Bethenny and Ramona, Jill showed very little concern for Kelly. Apparently she was more preoccupied with making her own dramatic surprise entrance. Here’s what Bethenny wrote in her blog about Jill last week -
“Jill came to St. John because she wanted a grand entrance and to ensure that she wasn’t absent in three episodes. Her excuse that she came to see me was laughable. St. John is very difficult to get to and I literally lived a block away from her. Stopping by my building would have been infinitely easier. You all know the real story there.”
Ramona also chimes in this week that Jill literally lives minutes away from Bethenny, so we can scratch out wanting to make up with Bethenny from Jill’s reasons for showing up unannounced. And how interesting is it that Jill has said on more than one occasion that her reason for not wanting to make up with Bethenny was because she did not want to do it on camera. Guess she forgot the camera crews tagged along to St. Johns. Plus didn’t Jill also proclaim in an earlier episode, when Ramona tried to set up a meeting between she and Bethenny, that she hated being ambushed? So why ambush Bethenny and Alex on their trip? Hmm, things that make you wonder.
Back to the episode. The ladies are getting manis and pedis and Jill shows up. “Hiiiiiiiii,” says Jill, doing her best Kelly impersonation. The ladies are not happy and can’t even hide their displeasure at Jill’s arrival. We have some very awkward silences and a shaky Alex. I must say, I thought Alex’s and the other housewives’ reaction was a bit dramatic, but then again, you have to put it all into context. They are still recovering from Hurricane Kelly, and according to all the ladies on the trip, what we saw on TV was a very tame edited version of what really took place with Kelly. Still, must say I was a bit surprised they actually kicked Jill out. I really did not expect them to completely shut her down.
Jill is hurt, and even accuses Ramona of choosing Alex over her. Jill tweeted last night, “I could never describe what it felt like. Ramona did not even offer us a glass of water or bathroom after 9 hours to get there. My intentions were for peace. In hindsight I should not have gone.” Ramona gives us a great quote about Jill, “Sometimes she’s not based in reality. I think she’s been hanging out with Kelly too much.” I think Ramona might be onto something.
Jill leaves, and TEAM BRAS (Team Bethenny, Ramona, Alex & Sonja) continue their relaxing vacation. Got the Team BRAS acronym from Simon’s twitter, and yes I’m aware it’s quite corny. But back to the housewives, according to Ramona, the camera interviews from this episode were done a few weeks into the airing of this season. Keep that in mind when you later hear Jill’s comments about wanting to mend her friendship with Bethenny.
Alex and Sonja plan a surprise bridal shower for Bethenny and Ramona. The ladies spring out some sex toys and we find out Ramona and Alex are a bit shy when it comes to the sex toy topic.
Jill, Lulu, and Jennifer decide to meet up with Kelly to discuss the events that took place in St. Johns. I noticed something during this scene, LuAnn seemed very knowledgeable on what really happened during the trip. My guess is Jill filled her in, considering Ramona and Bethenny both acknowledged calling Jill about the events out of concern for Kelly. Hurricane Kelly arrives and begans to tell her own distorted version of the events that took place.
While the past two weeks has focused on the Kellamity known Kelly Bensimon, in tonight’s episode, Jill Zarin appears eager and ready to snatch the spotlight back from Kelly!
After Kelly’s bizarre “nervous breakthrough” (her words) last week, she decides to leave the vacation early much to the joy of the other housewives, who are likely relieved they no longer have to sleep with one eye open.
Now relaxed, Alex and Sonja throw Ramona and Bethenny a surprise bridal shower where much hilarity ensues! But back in NYC, Kelly decides to fill Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer Gilbert in on her emotional trip – will they see her side?
And finally, Jill decides to follow through with her self serving plan to steal the spotlight surprise the group on the trip, how will each of the ladies react? We’ll find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.
In the meantime, below is a preview clip of Kelly telling her distorted version of what happened on the trip to Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer -
It’s been days since the infamous meltdown of Kelly Bensimonon the Real Housewives of New York City, and interestingly enough, all the housewives who went on the November yacht trip continue to echo the same sentiment: What we saw on TV was actually tame in comparison to what really took place in real life.
The latest housewife to speak out is Alex McCord. “It was much more [crazy] in real life,” says Alex to Usmagazine. “Much more crazy!” According to Alex, the editing actually made Kelly look “better.”
“I remember the first time that Kelly mentioned that she thought I was channeling the devil. It was in the middle of the soup course!” Alex tells Us. “That wasn’t the first time that had happened. Throughout the trip, it just came out of the blue.”
And although Alex, Sonja Morgan, Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer initially found Kelly’s outbursts amusing, they quickly realized her tantrums were no laughing matter.
“Sonja was the one who pegged it at one point, saying, ‘Wow. We’re dealing with someone who is not being rational. We have to stop,’” explains Alex. “There was definitely a moment when we all clicked into realizing we had to stop picking part all the insane things being said because there’s a reason beyond anyone’s control, beyond her control.”
And in other NYC Housewives news, the reunion show is being filmed today and according to a Life&Style report, Jill and Bethenny will be seeing each other today for the first time in months. And though Bravo has yet to announce the official air date, some of the housewives tweeted about the big day this morning.
Ramona tweeted her outfit for the day and also revealed that she would rather be a fly on the wall than participate in the all day taping (yes the reunion tapings take an entire day), while Kelly also tweeted her outfit for the show, and well you will just have to see what Kelly decided to wear.
Off topic, is it wrong that I kinda sorta want to see the unedited footage of Kelly from the yacht trip?
UPDATE: Turns out Kelly actually wore a white dress for the reunion show, a picture of that is below. Also here’s what Andy Cohen tweeted about the reunion show -
“@BravoAndy: Wrap Alert: THE. MOST. ANTICIPATED. REUNION. IS. ALSO. THE. MOST. DRAMATIC. IN. HOUSEWIVES. HISTORY.”
To which Simon replied to Andy, “I am here & agree.” Simon also revealed filming took over 9 hours.
UPDATE #2 – More photos from the reunion have been added.
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Bethenny and Jason welcomed their daughter Bryn on May 8, just in time for Mother’s Day. The baby weighed in at 4 lbs, 12 ounces. Her new show, Bethenny’s Getting Married? is set to debut in June on Bravo.
In other NYC Housewives news, a commenter posted yesterday that Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimonappeared on LXTV show yesterday, during which both ladies accused their other co-stars of being bullies and bullying Kelly. Apparently they both decided to spin last week’s episode into a “cautionary tale about bullying.” While I haven’t seen the appearance, Kelly did post on her twitter that she would be appearing on the show yesterday.
Kelly has also posted on her twitter that she was bullied by the other ladies and that she would use this opportunity to talk to her two daughters about bullying. Nice to see Kelly is still thinking and acting like a insane person.
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