What’s a Bravo housewife to do when most fans of your show despise your guts and no one bought the book you released months ago? Well if you’re Jill Kamen Zarin(yes she’s doing the three name thingy now a la Kelly Killoren Bensimon), you just keep on trucking!
Like her or not, Jill Kamen Zarin has some major products to push to you. First up, the Real Housewives of New York City star recently released her own bedding line sold exclusively at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It features 4-piece bedding sets in black-and-creme (with sapphire blue highlights), rust-and-red, ivory-gold-and-black, and dark plum.
According to TooFab, Jill is already planning her next collection (Why wait to see if your first one is a success?). Her current line starts out at $180, with one of her comforter sets named after her daughter Allyson. Photos of Jill’s bedding line below.
Jill is also planning to expand her non-existent empire by tackling next a shapewear line. Women’s Wear Daily reports the line of slimming leggings and garments will be called Skweeze Couture by Jill Zarin.
“I’m obsessed with looking my best, and I wear Spanx, but there’s no competition out there,” Zarin told WWD.
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“It’s not as sexy as it appears,” says Kelly, who divorced famed photographer Gilles Bensimon in 2007. “If you want to date me it’s like dating a 16-year-old because I have to be home by the time the nanny comes home.”
When it comes to her type, Kelly reveals she is open to dating all types of men and not just high profile ones. “I’m not really into going out with high-profile people. I want a life for my kids,” she says. Good luck with that Kelly.
In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel openly admits that having a baby and getting married to Jason Hoppy has been good for her brands, which now includes two Bravo reality shows, a Skinnygirl Margarita mix, endorsement deals with Bluefly and British Airways, and several best-selling books.
“I’m not stupid,” Bethenny says. “This is about the husband and the baby.” According to the WSJ article, Bethenny can also add an endorsement for Pampers to her long list of endorsements as Procter & Gamble came calling following the birth of now 6-month old baby Bryn Hoppy.
Bethenny is even gearing up to add more to her brands as she is also working on some skin care products and a shapewear line. “It’s about allowing people into my fishbowl in order to be successful,” says Bethenny of her success on and off the TV screen.
“Our clients are very taken with her right now. Bethenny has entered into the mommy world and she hasn’t posed for Playboy,” says Amia French, a talent coordinator for Platinum Rye Entertainment, which helps corporations pair with celebrities. “Motherhood has only increased her value with us,” adds Geri Allen, a spokeswoman for Campbell Soup Co.’s Pepperidge Farm unit, which also has a promotional agreement with Bethenny.
Bethenny has without a doubt come a long way since her days on Martha Stewart’s The Apprentice back in 2005. She finished runner-up by the way. Since then, she has appeared on 3 seasons of Bravo’s the Real Housewives of New York City before ultimately getting her own spin-off show Bethenny Getting Married following the announcement of her engagement and pregnancy.
The WSJ article also mentions that season 2 of BGM will be returning in February. The new title? “Bethenny Ever After.”
Despite her success and growing number of business endeavors, Bethenny makes it clear there’s still something she would like to have. Her own talk show that is. “I want to have a dialogue with my fans, and right now the only dialogue I can have is in 140-characters,” she says, referring to her Twitter feed.
While everything Bethenny touches seems to turn to gold, her decision to appear on ABC’s Skating With The Stars might turn out to be her biggest failure yet. The ratings for the show came out yesterday and it can only be described as disastrous. Despite having a lead-in from the most popular show on TV at the moment, Skating With The Stars only managed 11.3 million viewers. A drastic drop from the 23.3 million viewers that tuned in for Dancing With The Starsjust moments before.
It gets even worse as only 6.91 million viewers tuned in for the last hour of the show’s premiere. There are now rumblings that ABC is currently in panic mode.
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At a recent GLAAD event in NYC, PEOPLE magazine spoke to Ramona Singer who stated that Sonja will “be fine.” Ramona added, “She’s a great girl.”
Alex McCord showed her support by choosing to stay silent on the issue. “The first person to speak about [the bankruptcy] has to be Sonja,” said Alex. “We love her and adore her and … we’re going to support her by being silent.”
As we reported last Wednesday, Sonja filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing her debt at $19.8 million and her assets at $13.5 million. In the court filing, Sonja blamed a bitter divorce dispute and a failed venture to make a movie with John Travolta. Her production company lost $7 million in a lawsuit filed by the picture company.
“My current monthly income including support is about $26,000 per month,” Sonja stated in her filing. “And I expect this income to improve as new opportunities materialize.”
There are some questions about the difference between Sonja’s bankruptcy (Chapter 11) and Teresa Giudice’sbankruptcy (Chapter 7). Unlike Chapter 7, Chapter 11 bankruptcy doesn’t get rid of one’s debts. It is simply to restructure and change the terms of the debt and make plans to pay it back continuously through future earnings. So in actuality, there is a major difference between what Teresa did and what Sonja is trying to do.
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Jill discusses how she joined the Bravo hit show, why her life is way more busy than most people imagine, and how she deals with all the negative press she might or might not have brought on herself, stating that her “very very famous” friends told her how to handle it.
When it comes to how she joined the show, Jill reveals Bravo approached her in September of 2006 after they found her photo in New York Social Diary, “they literally cold called me.” Jill then did some recruiting for Bravo, “I introduced them to Bethenny [Frankel] and Countess LuAnn.”
Her favorite part of being on the show for three seasons? “Helping people.” Excerpts from Jill’s interview below -
Jill On The “Brutal” Taping Schedule – “2 – 5 times a week for up to 12 hours a day over the course of 4 months. In a scene that looks like an intimate conversation there are actually 4 cameramen and sound people surrounding you and another room filled with up to 12 crew members plus monitors, lighting and equipment.”
Jill Explains ‘Jill Zarin Enterprises’ – “I have a brand, Jill Zarin Home, a tv career, public speaking career, book tour and charity work and all of those different aspects of my career form the enterprise I suppose. Ask Darren, he came up with the name.” Darren Bettencourt is Jill’s personal assistant.
A Normal Day In Jill’s Busy Life – “I wake up at 7am and go through emails and make breakfast for Ally and spend some time with her. I read the papers then Darren comes in at 9am and we get to work. Darren and I go through our lists and emails and roll calls and go over our schedule for the day. I usually have meetings scheduled and have been spending a lot of time working on Jill Zarin Home. I also stop in to do some work at Zarin Fabrics as much as possible and if I don’t have an event to attend in the evening I spend time with my family. I have to admit that I work on emails throughout the evening but I am getting better with that.”
Jill On Dealing With The Backlash & Negative Press – “In the beginning I didn’t know what to do, if anything. So I asked some very very famous friends how they handle it. ALL of them told me the same thing. Don’t read blogs or negative press. So I try to ignore it. Unfortunately negative press comes with the job but the people close to me know who I really am and I try and not let others judgements about who they think I am affect me. Am I perfect? No…is anyone?” Very true!!
Jill’s assistant Darren also chimed in during the interview to defend her, stating that the Jill we see on TV “is only 1/100th of the true Jill.” Riiight.
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Sonja listed her debt at $19.8 million with over $13.5 million in assets on the bankruptcy petition. “The decision to seek bankruptcy relief was not an easy one, but unfortunately, I am at a crossroads in my life,” said Sonja in the court papers.
But perhaps this situation is a bit different than that of NJ Housewife Teresa Giudice as Sonja blames her financial troubles on a failed business venture, an unresolved bitter divorce with her ex-husband, and also losing a major lawsuit.
Sonja states in the court papers that her production company, Sonja Productions, was all set to collaborate with Hannibal Pictures Inc. to make a movie starring John Travolta. However, things went awry due to various demands by Travolta which her production company could not meet. Hannibal Pictures then filed a lawsuit against Sonja Productions and won a $7 million judgment.
Sonja is reportedly planning to appeal the ruling. Also, the reason Sonja’s filing is a tad shocking all has to do with her last name, as Sonja used to be married to and has a daughter by John Adams Morgan, a descendant of J.P. Morgan and John Adams. Sonja blames her “bitter” and unresolved divorce from her husband as part of the reason she is broke. Apparently their divorce is yet to be finalized.
According to WSJ, Sonja is working to resolve these disputes and formulate a plan of reorganization. She also hopes to preserve the value of her assets and continue her career as a television personality.
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First up is Kelly Bensimon, who reveals to PEOPLE magazine in a new interview that her kids are extremely embarrassed by her don’t think she is cool.
“They think I’m their mom,” she said of her daughters, Sea Louis, 12, and Thaddeus Ann, 10. “Because I’m their mom I’m not really cool, but their friends like me, so I guess my cool factor is like a two on a [scale of] one to ten – better than a zero.”
It doesn’t end there as Kelly also admits her kids have told her to “tone it down” in the past. “They tell me to wait outside the school and not come in and not to embarrass them,” Kelly, 42, told PEOPLE. “I’m like, I’m not even saying anything.”
The jokes simply write themselves. Moving on to NYC Housewife #2 aka Jill Zarin. The HollywoodLife is reporting that Jill has decided to take on a plight that she is all too familiar with, you know, considering her BFF Kelly accused her housewives co-stars of bullying her and even made a youtube PSA video to further prove her insanity point.
Jill reportedly hosted a luncheon and fashion show this week to raise funds and support various anti-bullying projects. “No one should be bullied for any reason, and no one should ever have to be afraid or intimidated in the classroom or in their life because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Jill to the HollywoodLife.
Nice to see Jill getting herself a hobby. Jill’s co-stars Kelly, LuAnn, Alex and Ramona were in attendance at her event. A picture of Kelly with her kids below -
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In a new interview with RadarOnline, Bethenny’s mother Bernadette Burke, who admits she hasn’t spoken to Bethenny in over a decade, is slamming the Bravo reality star. Bernadette calls Bethenny’s decision to do ABC’s Skating With The Stars a desperate attempt to further her career.
“As soon as I saw that she was going to be on Skating with the Stars I just knew she had an ulterior motive,” said Bernadette to RadarOnline.
It gets even better or worse rather as Bernadette then accused Bethenny of doing the show to “to one up Jill Zarin.” She adds, “I’ve watched only three of the show and in one Jill Zarin was so proud of her skating and even had a party.As soon as I saw Bethenny was skating, I knew she had another reason than just having fun.”
And when it comes to how she thinks her daughter will perform on the show, Bernadette has high hopes for Bethenny as she states she “had so many private ice skating and roller skating lessons. She did it all the time when she was a child.”
This interview doesn’t really come as a major surprise as Bethenny has come out publicly this year stating she had a toxic childhood and that her mom was a bulimic who was always drinking.
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