Last night was the Real Housewives of New York City premiere party to kick off the premiere of season 7. The ladies headed to Ramona Singer’s new restaurant, AOA Bar & Grill, to celebrate the new season. All of the cast members were in attendance, with the exception of Bethenny Frankel, who was in L.A. to do promotional work.
All seven ladies – Sonja Morgan, Ramona, Luann de Lesseps, Kristen Taekman, Dorinda Medley, Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill – wore black and white dresses and posed together as they arrived. They all looked amazing! Sonja forgot a bra, just so you’re warned when you view the gallery below.
On tonight’s Watch What Happens Live, Ramona Singer was the guest along with actress Christina Ricci, who is a Real Housewives of New York superfan. She dished on everything from last year’s reunion to Brandi Glanville calling her crazy and more – including promoting her new book that’s due out in July.
On Bethenny Frankel not having a place to live on tonight’s episode, Ramona says, “In all sincerity, I met Bethenny when she didn’t have the so-called pot to pee in and she definitely has accumulated a lot of wealth, God bless her, and ..she can rent a place. Like, why is she crying, you know? Just go rent a place.”
The book raises the question, why would anyone want relationship advice from Bethenny given her nasty divorce from Jason Hoppy and the demise of her relationship with Michael Cerussi? “I’m owning it,” she said. “I’ve learned more from my mistakes than I have my successes in everything. I was broke not so long ago. In my business, I always wanted to be successful, and I made a lot of mistakes and I really had no idea if it would ever happen for me. It’s the same with relationships. I can still give advice on something that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in. It’s about… ‘do as I say, not as I’ve done.’ I’m still on the journey in that regard.” Yeah I’m still not sold on the idea. Brandi Glanville might as well write I Suck At Social Drinking So You Don’t Have To while we’re at it.
Carole Radziwill has often been the calm, collected, voice of reason on Real Housewives Of New York. With her wry sense of humor, spot-on sardonic observations, and lucid ability to cut through the drama, it’s surprising that she ever joined a reality show – let alone managed to hang around for three seasons! Yet Carole admits she’s glad she gave it another chance because season 7 is, in her estimation, a “really good season.”
One that almost didn’t happen for Carole! After Aviva Drescher spent all of last season accusing Carole of using a ghostwriter to pen her noted and famed memoir What Remains, Carole almost left the show for besmirching her career. However, the longtime friend of Andy Cohen‘s was swayed back by casting changes, a promise of a different direction for RHONY, and was rewarded with an emotional, honest, and interesting 7th season!
Dorinda Medley is the newbie on Real Housewives Of New York, despite a longtime friendship with Ramona Singer, and she admits that joining the show was scary as hell because of one Bethenny Frankel, who channels her ravenous starvation into eating socialites alive with her piranha-jaw. After working out some kinks, Dorinda happily admits she’s glad she took to the plunge into the reality TV ocean – and believes she brought a peace-making energy to the motley crew of embattled socialites and social climbers!
I “acted as a bit of a mediator” Dorinda describes of her strategy with her co-stars. “I didn’t think I’d play that role, but I tried to bring the girls together.”
A widow and empty-nester whose daughter left for college recently, Dorinda says she was motivated to join RHONY on a whim. “I thought, ‘I’m turning 50, and I’ve never done anything like this.’ So I decided to give it a go.” Bolstered by a friendship with Ramona and being acquaintances with LuAnn de Lesseps, she went into it with trepidation and admits it wasn’t smooth sailing.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming season and personally, I was happy Bethenny was coming back,” declares LuAnn. “We’re friends, have history together – with both good and bad moments – and that adds some depth to the season. We reminisce a lot about the past, so true fans of the show will really enjoy that, I think.”
Kristen explains that for the most part everyone got along this season, but she certainly has some friction with Bethenny and hints we should “#staytuned LOL.” Kristen explains Bethenny brings “a whole new dynamic” which is an interesting contrast.
Bethenny and Carole were spotted together on Miami beach, soaking up the rays. The co-stars stopped to chat with a shirtless guy and Bethenny greeted him with a kiss. She was also photographed sunbathing next to him on side-by-side lounge chairs beachside. Bethenny recently shared that she’s no longer with Michael Cerussi and she’s currently single, so it’s likely this is just an acquaintance or good friend – or maybe a spring break fling.
Speaking of RHONY, Bravo has been airing old episodes this week and I am having so much fun rewatching the early seasons! It’s a little sad to see Bethenny and Jason Hoppy’s scenes together, but the rest of it is a great walk down memory lane with the original cast members! Are you watching? What funny bits had you forgotten about?
I think most of us can agree that it’s about darn time that Bethenny Frankel used some of her bajillions of dollars to enlist some public relations help in regard to her image. The once former, now returning, Real Housewives of New York star has always been a polarizing force in her spin-offs, her contentious divorce, a short-lived daytime talk show, and just her personal life in general.
After bidding farewell to the reality show that made her a household name, the skinny liquor maven is returning in the upcoming season, but Bethenny has hired some help in hopes of making herself more likable to viewers. How does one get that job?