First up is Jill Zarin, who accuses her NYC co-stars of not forgiving her in her Bravo blog this week, before going on to declare that she forgives them. And yes you read that right. Excerpts from Jill’s blog below -
“I realized the things I could have done better and attempted to correct them or sincerely apologize for them where I could. But I ask you, where is the forgiveness?….” blogged Jill, who just days ago bashed her fellow housewives on her website. “I have received so many letters from all of you that virtually beg me to stop apologizing. Well thank you for opening my eyes. I have apologized enough. I am going to be divine and forgive them for having such closed hearts.”
Folks, we simply can’t make these things up, so we will move right along. Bethenny Frankel also gave a new interview to UsWeekly during which she discussed castmate Kelly Bensimon.
Bethenny states the obvious that Reality TV is not good for Kelly. “I really feel badly that she’s trying to claw her way out of it with this ‘bullying’ thing,” Bethenny, 39, tellsUs. “I honestly don’t think this is the right place for her to be on television. I think she can’t resist being on the show, but it’s really not healthy for her. Frankly, if I’m not on the show again, that’ll make it better for her because me being on the show again is certainly not good for her health. But I’ve never seen anything like it — and I really did grow up in a crazy town.”
And back to Jill. Despite her numerous claims that Bravo gave her a bad edit to make her look like a villain, Jill reveals to E! News that she is open to coming back for another season. “If it’s just about fighting and angry mean girls and that’s all it is about, that’s not who I am,” said the pot Jill. “But Bravo hasn’t asked me back yet, so I don’t know what their plans are. So who knows?”
Evidently, when a network falsely edits you to be a villain, thus causing you major public backlash, it only makes sense to want to come back for more the next season.
TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO SEE KELLY BACK NEXT SEASON? SHOULD BRAVO ALLOW HER BACK ON?
On to part 2 of theReal Housewives of New York City. The drama raged on for the housewives as we get a continuation of the ladies rehashing what went down this season.
We start of with Jill, who stormed off the set in Part 1, returning and apologizing. The verbal smackdown on Jill continues, and Alex states the obvious that she believes the sole reason Jill wanted to make up with Bethenny is because of the public backlash. Jill makes a point, an excellent one at that, when she says she wanted to make up with Bethenny while the show was still filming, before the public backlash began. Bethenny however had her own rebuttal saying Jill did not want to appear as being mean to the girl who just got engaged and pregnant. Oddly enough, Jill says Bethenny is right.
Bethenny is then asked a good question, which is why didn’t she make up with Jill when Jill was ready? Bethenny shares that it was a very stressful time in her life, and reveals she had a complicated pregnancy, suffering a blood clot while pregnant (something the audience, I included, was not aware of.) Bethenny says she just didn’t want to deal with the Jill drama at that point in her life.
The question of the day comes when Andy tells Jill that Simon and some of her castmates think she gets jealous when others do well. Jill denies this, and Ramona reveals Jill did indeed call up her when Bethenny got her spin-off show, telling her not to film with Bethenny. Jill goes on an angry rampage and accuses Ramona of being a liar. “Are you kidding me?” laments Jill. “You are such a liar,” she says to Ramona. Literally seconds later, Jill admits to what Ramona accuses her of and even apologizes. We can now add liar to Jill’s long list of bad behavior.
Kelly then brings up an actual good point when she says Bethenny at one point told Jill not to film with her. Bethenny owns up to this right away, saying ‘Yeah, I didn’t know you at the time, and I didn’t like you.’ Upon first seeing this scene, I thought this made Bethenny a huge hypocrite, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought the two situations, though similar are not exactly the same. How many times have you told your friend or BFF to stay away from someone who you deem isn’t a good person, or try to warn them about hanging out with someone in general? Bethenny and Kelly were not friends, but Jill and Bethenny had a history. I’ll let you decide on whether or not this makes Bethenny a hypocrite.
The conversation moves along and Jill is once again caught in another lie when she tries to deny being aware of the ailing health of Bethenny’s father. Jill attempts to blame editing for telling the world Bethenny was a bad friend for not being there for her during Bobby’s cancer, when in actuality she never told Bethenny that Bobby had cancer. Jill continues to get viewer questions about her behavior, and at this point, I’m actually starting to feel a bit bad for her, that is until she decides to go into victim mode again and attempts another walk off the set. Sighs, yes it must be tough having to sit there and hear about your bad behavior, but so what? She did it and she should own it. She is absolutely not a victim at all, and should stop acting like one. Yes it must have been hard, but Jill should have Toughened up, Owned it, Explained it, and then Moved on. And how ironic is it that the person who keeps notes has no desire to hear others’ notes about her. There was no need for the crocodile tears and bratty walk offs. Oddly enough, Bethenny came to Jill’s defense at this point.
Next up is Sonja Morgan, who’s tape footage from the season actually earned her an applause from her castmates, a first in Bravo reunion history I think. We get the obligatory sex talk from Samantha Sonja, who is later on asked a good viewer question: Why isn’t her 9-year-old daughter on the show? Sonja, who was actually offered a slot on the show in its 1st season, reveals she was hesitant about joining the show and simply wasn’t sure putting her daughter on there would be a good idea.
What’s a network to do when the most dramatic season of their hit show is coming to an end? Well if you’re Bravo, you stretch out the reunion show to three hours. The goods news? With a cast such as that of the Real Housewives of New York City, there’s an excellent chance the third hour was needed.
Tonight, we finally get to see Sonja Morgan, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite, on stage with the rest of the ladies. Sonja will be asked about her sex life, and will likely give us a few TMI details. Ramona will also get into it tonight with Jill, who is labeled as being jealous by her castmates.
Some NYC fans have also commented that Jill Zarin posted the wrong viewing date for Part 2 of the reunion. A quick look at Jill’s website does indeed show a post with an air date for Tuesday rather than Monday. The post was done last Friday and according to fans of the show, they have contacted Jill by facebook and twitter to inform her of the right date since. Some feel this might be intentional by Jill as a way to deter viewers from watching tonight because there might be something airing that Jill doesn’t want people/fans to see. Another speculation is that this might just be a subtle FU to Bravo, as Jill feels she was edited unfairly this season.
In an attempt to be fair and balanced, and not to appear as bashing Jill, who ironically enough spent last Thursday night bashing her co-stars on her blog, I will add that there’s also a good chance this might just be an honest mistake by crafty Jill. Guess we will all find out tonight!
With over 2.1 million viewers tuning in on Thursday night, it seems Bravo has another hit on their hands. The question now is will BGM be able to retain those viewers. Only time will tell. A new episode of Bethenny Getting Married? airs Thursday night.
“Jill Zarin is a D-List reality star that stages her own paparazzi shots and story lines for press. What a loser,” is what TheDirty’sNik Richie had to say about Jill. Now why the harsh words for the Real Housewives of New York City star you might ask? Well you need to read the email Jill had her “people” send to Nik this week -
“EMAIL: Hey Nik, I wanted to shoot over a possible item/sighting that my office has for your site regarding Jill Zarin and her Daughter Ally at Century 21 in NYC from yesterday. I’m attaching various different photos as I wasn’t sure which one’s fit best for your site. Let me know your thoughts as she looks super cute and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
A few different angles to take on it:
1) After a season full of drama and a weekend of harassment thanks to an anonymous posting of her address all over the internet, Jill Zarin sought some retail therapy with her daughter Ally yesterday at Century 21 downtown in New York. While shopping for everything from potential father’s day gifts for her husband Bobby to travel luggage for Ally’s upcoming summer trips out of the country, Zarin looked at ease, a far cry from the season finale of the hit Bravo TV Show where her fractured relationship with co-star Bethenny Frankel has made for headlines all season long.
2) Housewives of NYC startlet Jill Zarin was spotted shopping for potential father’s day gifts for her husband Bobby while at Century 21 downtown in NYC with her daughter Ally. The reality TV star had been receiving threatening mail to her home the last few days after her address was anonymously posted on the internet following the season finale of the hit Bravo Show but on this day it seemed that a little mother-daughter shopping therapy had her in good spirits.
3) Retail Therapy! Jill Zarin and her college-bound daughter Ally were seen shopping at Century 21 Downtown in NYC on Monday looking for everything from makeup and skin care cream, to father’s day gifts for her husband Bobby. While shopping, the reality TV starlet was overheard talking about her recent college reunion and how happy she is to have a break from the drama that occurred throughout the most recent season of Housewives of NYC.”
Jill’s crafty people were even nice enough to include this pic for the fake planted story.
So it seems when Jill isn’t busy planting negative stories about her co-stars in the press, she tries to plant good ones about herself. Jill trying to plant a story in the press about herself is actually not that bad, desperate and pathetic, but not the worst thing. But what really sticks out in this story is the fact that she tried to exploit the alleged threats she received for some cheap publicity.
We reported last week that Jill had posted on her facebook and twitter that a “family” in Alabama and Chicago were threatening her. According to Jill, the threats were so serious that she had to call authorities. When writing last week, I actually believed Jill, and believed she did receive these threats, but did however wonder why she wanted to use these threats to try to garner sympathy? As I posted last week, all celebrities and public figures are always advised to NEVER go public with being threatened, stalked, etc.
However, after reading this desperate email Jill had her people send to multiple media outlets, including TheDirty.com, I can’t help but think there’s a great chance Jill never received any threats. Someone who received a serious threat will not make light of it by trying to use it to get publicity. Plus Jill claims her home address was posted online, when in fact the only address that was ever posted online was the address to the Zarin Fabrics store, which was already public. I think if Jill did receive anything, it was likely hate mail at the worst, and not threats like she claimed.
If there’s one thing that has been evident by Jill’s behavior and actions off the show, it is that she has a desperate obsession need to be liked by fans, but it seems there’s something even more important to Jill than being liked. What you might ask? Well it seems Jill’s obsession to be famous trumps being “liked.”
The first photo is of Jill with Jon Gosselin, as Jill spent last July hanging out Jon and Michael Lohan. And despite the fact that the Real Housewives of NYC is going off the air this week, there’s a good chance we will be seeing more of Jill. Jill tweeted a photo of herself hanging out with Jonathan Cheban this past week. Who is Jonathan Cheban? Well he just happens to be the publicist of the biggest famewhore of them all, you know, the publicist of Kim Kardashian. It seems Jill is ready to up her ante. She will be infamous at all costs, whether we like it or not. But here’s to hoping Jill will take some well needed off her quest to be a famewhore, because quite frankly, I’m tired of writing reading about her. Jill’s desperation for famewhoredom is starting to channel that of Spencer and Heidi.
Part one of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion brought us drama, denials, and memory relapses. This is a rather long recap as it involves events from the entire season, so let’s get right to it.
First we see the ladies seated on opposite sides, according to the “teams” they started and ended with this season. Ramona, Bethenny, and Alex are on one couch, with Jill, Kelly, and LuAnn on the other. We start off the show with Alex McCord, who’s tape footage is mostly about her feud with Jill. Asked about being a “different” Alex this season, Alex tells us she’s not really different, but instead chose to “let it out.” Alex’s only regret this season? Not calling the Countess out on her hypocrisy. This is in reference to LuAnn accusing Alex of choosing sides, when she had in fact become Jill’s lapdog. LuAnn lies through her teeth and claims she never chose sides or teams. Must say self awareness is not a strong point for these women.
This brings us to Jill vs Alex, and Jill, who appears to be channeling an 80s porn star with her overly teased hair, immediately goes into victim mode and once again says she is puzzled by Alex’s behavior this season. Jill calls Alex a coward, perhaps rightfully so, for using Bethenny’s message to get out her aggression against her. Alex tries to explain herself and crazy Kelly blurts out “cross your legs.” We see Jill shoot Kelly an odd look, you know, the type of look a mother gives a child who is acting crazy in public. Alex continues and explains she has tried “over and over” to work things out with Jill. Jill’s defense is she and Alex are not friends, and as we all know, anyone who is not Team Jill gets the wrath of Jill.
Alex also explains what I’ve been blogging along all season, which is that her resentment of Jill comes from three years worth of build up. Anyone who has watched the first and second seasons of the show can attest to this. Alex then goes on to give the best quote ever, summing up Jill with these 60 words -
” Every time you feel threatened whether it is by me, or by anyone else, anytime we have something or get something that you want, or you feel wronged by us, you fight back and you fight back dirty. You go to the gossip columns, you plant stories, you back stab, you try to get people not to film with other people.”
We hear Bethenny agree with Alex when she mentioned Jill asking people not to film with others, but oh, we get to hear more of this later!
Jill then tells the biggest lie of all saying she doesn’t “plant anything about anyone.” In these past few months alone, there have been at least three negative stories in the press regarding her castmates that appear to have been planted by Jill. We see Jill try to project deflect by then accusing Alex of trying to plant a story about her and a charity to the press. Jill claims to have “proof.” Let’s all hope she leaks this “proof” to the media soon because I’m simply not buying it, not one bit at all. I highly highly doubt Alex, who has a job and two young kids to take care of, is spending her free time trying to plant negative stories in the press about Jill. That’s all Jill’s MO.
Next up is Ramona, and we get to see the highlights of the ramonacoaster. Ramona gets an interesting viewer question when a viewer wants to know if she is proud of the way she acted on the yacht, you know when she drunkenly kissed a stranger on the lips. Ramona attempts to defend herself saying she told her husband Mario what had happened, and that it was just an innocent kiss. Kelly butts in and actually makes a valid point, when she says she is surprised Mario was “fine” with Ramona kissing another man, to which LuAnn makes a very catty interesting comment – “Why do you think they’ve been married for so long?”
I find LuAnn’s comment interesting because I’ve always suspected Ramona and Mario might have some sort of agreement or open marriage. No proof of this at all and there’s a great chance I’m wrong. I am however just going by my instincts, based on their behaviors going back to season one of the show. If you recall, Ramona also kissed one of her female friends, who happened to be a former Playmate, on the lips back in season one. Anyhoo, Ramona shares that she doesn’t consider a kiss an indiscretion, so we move on.
Good news for Real Housewives of New York Cityfans as tonight is the long awaited part 1 of the reunion show. Even better news? Andy Cohen announced today that the two-part reunion show will now be a three-part show! “We’re leaving very little of the reunion on the edit room floor,” said Andy.
So part 1 will air today, part 2 will air Monday night, and the final part will air next Thursday. Another change to Bravo’s schedule is the move of the hit show Watch What Happens to Monday night, starting this coming Monday with guests Ramona Singer and Dina Manzo. This is perhaps a hint that Dina is the New Jersey housewife leaving the show.
Back to the reunion news, the ladies will of course hash things out tonight and a preview clip of Alex vs. Jill is below.
In other NYC news, it seems Jill Zarin continues to be in panic mode as she realizes with only one week left of the NYC Housewives, she is still highly hated disliked by the show fans. First Jill tried to repair her image by attempting to befriend Bethenny again, that failed, then she tried attacking Alex, that failed as well, and as we reported last week, she tried playing the victim card by revealing to her fans via facebook/twitter that she was being threatened by two families, and of course that failed as well. And by family, does Jill mean Nana and the baby are threatening her too? Well let’s all hope Jill will clear this up for wondering fans.
The latest act by Jill, who was revealed as having hired 4 media consultants in last week’s UsWeekly issue, is to try to save defend the non too sane Kelly Bensimon, while also playing the victim role once more.
In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, Jill, who continues to do more damage everytime she opens her mouth, claims Kelly was indeed picked on by the four other housewives on the infamous St. John trip. And it doesn’t end there, as Jill also says she can relate to Kelly because she, just like Kelly, was also picked on by the four women (Bethenny, Ramona, Alex and Sonja).
Excerpts from Jill’s interview below -
What’s your take on what happened there with Kelly?
I wasn’t there but I spoke to Kelly on the phone and she was definitely having a hard time. She felt that the girls were fighting with her and picking on her. She’s not a fighter. She can’t express herself in that negative way; she just can’t defend herself.
Do you really think they were bullying her?
You know, I wasn’t there but I can tell you that what I saw on TV looks like four against one. It’s bad. It was bad because they did it to me when I got there. As a firsthand witness, when I walked in and I felt that energy of hate on me, and that only lasted about 10 minutes, if Kelly was experiencing that for four days, systematic bullying, no matter what you call it, is not okay.
So according to Jill’s distorted view, it was four against one and Kelly, who was shown being antagonistic to all the women, was the victim. Also in last week’s issue of UsWeekly was a rather odd picture of Jill holding hands with Kelly while walking the NYC streets. The mag reported the picture was taken just days after the filming of the reunion show.
Must say it’s time for Jill to fire her 4 media consultants if their big plan for her redemption is advising her to align herself with Kelly, whom is considered pretty much insane by most fans of the show. What’s even worse than Jill’s odd attempt to defend Kelly is the fact that it’s likely not genuine and likely just another bad ploy to get the public to like her once again.
And since we’re on the topic of Kelly Bensimon, who continues to remain out of touch with reality, the latest comes in a new interview during which she brags about her highly ridiculed anti-bullying PSA video. “My bullying video has gotten over 80,000 hits [Note: 69,399, but close enough],” she says. “I’ve realized I have a voice I didn’t know I had. Mock it or love it, I’m making an impact.”
Priceless that the interviewer points out her video had gotten 10,000 less hits than what she claimed. Kelly also sees the upside in appearing like a lunatic on national television. She proudly proclaims that Episode 11—her meltdown episode—is the most downloaded iTunes show “and that’s awesome.”
Moving right along. Below is a preview clip of what is to come tonight as Alex and Jill can be seen getting into it.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CLIP AND PART 1 OF THE REUNION SHOW?
The video done by artist KCS COUGAR. In the video, Kelly Bensimon, who tweeted the link to the video yesterday, can be seen highlariously referring to Al Sharpton and satchels of gold. Hopefully Kelly is aware this is a parody and not a flattering piece about her.
Also, we finally get to see the knives on Bethenny’s tongue, an over the top emotional Alex, and Jill is forced to sit with a mask. Enjoy!
In other NYC Housewives news, last week’s finale episode was the highest rated finale in the series’ history and this season is the most watched season ever. Over 2.64 million viewers tuned in to watch the finale.
“She seems like a stalker that convinced producers to let her on the show. She even admitted she was “obsessed” with Kelly and Max. I got the feeling that Sonja had sex with Max just because she had watched Max and Kelly date last season. Um, gross. Something about her is just too desperate. I don’t know, I haven’t put my finger on it yet…” – April 23, 2010
“You know who I don’t know though? Sonja. I’ve never met her, and she’s newer than me, so she hasn’t said nasty things about me (yet) so I can’t possibly be biased against her, right? I’m just going to watch and judge. (Isn’t that Bravo’s tagline? Watch And Judge?) And here’s what I think: Crazy Old Whore…” – April 16, 2010
“She bragged about how much she loves sex, how much she has sex, how many young guys she has sex with… I’m not buying it. First, let’s look at the facts. She’s not married, so all that screwing around does make her a whore. Secondly, she has a 9-year-old daughter, whom I’m assuming has heard of TV. How very Danielle of her to brag about being a whore on a show that will eventually show her daughter with her…” – April 16, 2010
“Thirdly, she’s too old to be screwing around like that. She’s not even a cougar; she’s like a cougar’s mom. And finally, she was married for 10 years to a guy who was 77 when they got divorced (I had to look him up, it was killing me). Don’t act like you’re all sensual and into sex when you married your grandpa. Bitch…” – April 16, 2010
This was the big story that was supposed to be posted on Saturday but unfortunately, Teresa’s huge bankruptcy news came out the same day. On Friday, Teresa posted her NYC Housewives weekly blog for PEOPLE magazine, but this week was a little different, as Teresa just completely decided to trash Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of NYC.
Teresa first began her blog and sort of sided with Jill, saying Bethenny was too cold and unforgiving. Okay fine, nothing wrong with her honest opinion. Things however took a very ugly turn when Teresa posted the following -
“Bethenny also claimed she wouldn’t play the pregnancy card, but that’s all she’s done in the press all season. I know, I know, you all love Bethenny. And that’s fine. You can love her. You don’t know her. As I make the rounds for my book Skinny Italian — third week in a row on The New York Times Bestseller List! (insert Gia scream here) — I’m meeting all the same reporters, producers and even make-up artists that Bethenny regularly interacts with. And they all have the same thing to say: “She used to be a fun, regular girl, but after she got successful, she became a total bitch.” I know she acts sweet to her fans on Twitter, but as an insider, I’m here to tell you, it’s an act. She is not sweet. She is calculating and cold.”
Whoa there Teresa! Where did that come from? seemed to be the reaction of I and most of the viewers who read that. A lot of the comments posted on Teresa’s blog were negative in defense of Bethenny, causing Teresa to then post the following rants on her twitter -
“She’s in a swimsuit for a mag shoot 3 WEEKS after her baby? I don’t like that b/c I think it puts abnormal pressure on regular woman.”
“Bethenny is not normal. She has a full-time baby nurse. She had a 4 lb baby a month early. Please do not compare yourself to her!”
But how does Teresa know Bethenny has a full-time baby nurse? More importantly why is it of importance to her? And oh yeah, Teresa has since deleted the tweets. Once Bethenny and non-Bethenny fans began to ask Teresa what gives? Teresa first claimed her reason for bashing Bethenny is because Bethenny continues to trash her fellow NYC castmates. I’m guessing those housewives are Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon. So evidently Teresa cares about Jill and Kelly so much, to the point of trying to collect dirt from random people to try to use against Bethenny in their defense? Yeah, the fans weren’t buying it either causing Teresa to then change her reason.
Teresa went on to say the reason for her comments were because Bethenny said some mean things about her last year. The mean comments Teresa’s referring to came from Bethenny’s blogs on the first season of the NJ Housewives.
Teresa even went as far as to collect all of Bethenny’s disses against her from last year and post it in a link to her twitter followers. Which includes Bethenny asking if Teresa is “a total moron” as a result of Teresa saying the non existence word – “Cleansi-ness” last season. Other Bethenny insults include calling Teresa stupid, a drunken mess, and classless for the infamous table flipping act.
So according to Teresa (who also bashed Bethenny last year by saying she was “disgusted” by her nude PETA), it was wrong for Bethenny to bash her in her Bravo blogs. So then why did Teresa decide to do the same exact thing, even worse, to Sonja Morgan, who Teresa even admits has never wronged her? And clearly Teresa’s insults to Sonja were much worse than what Bethenny had to say. Teresa called Sonja “desperate,” “a stalker,” a “crazy old whore,” and “a bitch.”
Bethenny’s comments are based on Teresa’s actions on the show, and have been echoed by I and many others who watch the show, while Teresa’s comments in her PEOPLE blog seem to be based on a personal and rather unhealthy vendetta Teresa has against Bethenny, who to my knowledge, has yet to speak a word about Teresa to the press since her blogs. And before I’m accused of choosing sides, I must say I’ve always liked both Teresa and Bethenny. I do however feel that Teresa’s attack on Bethenny was a bit below the belt. It wasn’t a Bethenny is a moron or stupid kind of insult, it was almost like a call to Bethenny’s fans, telling them not to support this woman’s businesses because she is an alleged fraud and a “total bitch,” based on her “insider” information. Plus why is Teresa spending her time trying to get dirt from people who have worked with Bethenny? Surely she has more important things to do with her time, considering she has 4 kids to take care of and a $11 M debt.
By the way, here’s what NYC freelance photographer Sara Jaye Weis had to say about working with Bethenny –
“I beg to differ on Teresa’s take on Bethenny. I am a photographer who has been assigned to shoot Bethenny on several occasions over the years. Bethenny is nice, normal, and accommodating to everyone on set and is a team player. That has not changed. I’ve photographed quite a few divas and not-very-nice celebs who make the day horrible for the entire crew. Bethenny has always been kind and respectful to all. I’ve witnessed Bethenny do some very kind things for people that provide no ‘upside’ for herself. I just feel the need to point out that I, too, as an actual ‘insider’ know a very different Bethenny than the one that Teresa describes.”
I’m still a bit taken back by Teresa’s comments. Perhaps this was a deliberate attempt by Teresa to make headlines knowing the bankruptcy news about her $11 M debt would be coming out the next day. Something about Teresa’s comments was just a tad bit vindictive.
And no, by no means is Bethenny a saint, and I have criticized her in the past for her mean comments towards others. However, I will say she has toned it down a whole lot in the past 8 months or so, perhaps having learned that her words do have the power to hurt others.
As for Bethenny’s reply to Teresa? Well she appeared to take the high road and simply thanked her fans for their support. Of course, the question now is who’s side are you on?
TELL US – WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON? TERESA’S OR BETHENNY’S?