Bravo executive and talk show host Andy Cohen is planning to write a memoir!
Andy, 43, himself made the announcement Monday on his blog. “It’ll be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today,” he wrote.
The book will chronicle Andy’s journey from a closeted gay teen growing up in 1970s suburban St. Louis to a multi-hyphenate cable television powerhouse. The yet-untitled book, which is being published by Henry Holt and Company, will be released next summer.
In other news, Huffington Post columnist Rob Shuter tweeted days ago that the Real Housewives of New York City will find out this week who will be returning or getting the axe.
Filming on the new season will reportedly begin by labor day. And judging from recent comments by Andy Cohen, it’s safe to assume there will be a major shake-up with the cast.
Rob also tweeted last week that two of the RHONY housewives are so desperate to remain on the show that they told Bravo they are willing to take a huge pay “cut in $270,000 per season they make.” Wowzers. Of course, we will report on the latest the minute the cast announcement is made.
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UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter states Andy received a “low seven-figure” amount for his forthcoming memoir.
Season four of the show has finished airing, capped off by three hours worth of hateful and hostile reunion footage. While these two ladies are schooled in the art of cat fighting, especially with each other, things got even more heated during the reunion when Ramona’s love affair with Pinot Grigio was addressed. In the aftermath of both ladies’ allegations of alcoholism, the women continue to speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings.
In an interview with People, Jill says she was hoping to help her friend (sure, we all buy that) by accusing Ramona of having a problem. “During the reunion, [Ramona was] hitting below the belt. I tried to be a friend to Ramona. And I thought that she was acting a little bit erratic, more so than before. I was trying to help her and point it out. A lot of times people who have problems don’t see it themselves. That’s why there are interventions … I really wanted to try to help her. And instead she tried to turn it around on me.” Cue the violins.
Jill is, of course, referring to the fact that Ramona called her out for being an alcoholic and going to AA. Jill contends, “Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant.” She reiterates that she went to the meeting with a friend to show support, but is appalled that Ramona would out anyone for attending something that is supposed to be anonymous for a reason.
Jill hopes that Ramona’s irresponsible statements won’t deter others from getting help through Alcoholics Anonymous. Ironically enough, Jill has since seen an example of her worries on the subject. A fan of Jill’s has reached out to her. Jill reveals, “The mother tells me the daughter is scared to go in the program because she’s worried that a friend of hers might out her. It’s destructive to people and the damage that [Ramona] caused is going to prevent people from getting help.”
As for Ramona, she stated in her Bravo blog that she was embarrassed by the reunion show. “To say I was embarrassed by everyone’s behavior on the reunion, including my own, would be an understatement,” wrote Ramona. “Who would ever think that we are a group of educated, sophisticated, polished, New York women? This was not evident in what I watched. The reunion was mostly negative energy. I, myself, made a few comments that I am not proud of.”
Jill however wants Ramona to make things right. Jill asserts, “She should really retract that and try to figure out how to go back out there and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ So will this deter Jill from famewhoring filming another season of the show? She admits, “The damage is done. I don’t know if I can film with these girls.”
She may not have to, if recasting reports are true (oh please let them be true!). According to the Huffington Post, season five of New York is scheduled to begin filming around Labor Day, meaning that cast members must be secured ASAP. An unidentified Bravo housewife reveals, “No one knows at the moment who is in or out, but the second the contracts go to our representatives we all email and call each other immediately. So if someone does not get a letter we know within hours. All the cast will now be glued to their iPhones as they wait for the call from Bravo on whether they are being invited back.”
Another housewife chimes in, adding, “What’s happened with other casts in the franchise is offers go out to the women they want and those [they] don’t do not hear a word. Technically no one gets fired they are just not invited back.” Sounds a lot like sorority rush…no wonder the ladies seem so catty!
If the show is recast, the bigger question is whether it will be able to hold the viewers’ attention. Former fans seem turned off by the ladies’ negativity and mean girls mentalities. Ratings for the show took a nosedive from the first half of the reunion to the second half, plummeting from 2,325,000 viewers to 1,781,000 in a mere week. Numbers don’t lie…and that can’t be good.
And finally, Bravo’s own Andy Cohen posted the following cryptic message on his facebook page yesterday morning: “Thank you for all your comments on the reunion and the future of RHNYC. Consider yourselves heard loud and clear. There is work to be done!!!” Wonder what that means?
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ARE YOU ON JILL OR RAMONA’S SIDE REGARDING THE AA DEBACLE? WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE RECAST? MORE IMPORTANTLY, ARE YOU EVEN STILL WATCHING???
Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New York City Reunion, Part 2: Where The Wild Things Are was equally beastly, equally catty, and equally spiteful as these ladies just cannot stop ripping each other to shreds! And for all the arguing about what a dirty word Class is, I hoped one of these housewives would find an ounce of it!
Things resume with Jill “storming off” the Brunette sofa to prove a point against Ramona snarking on LuAnn’s “weekend parenting.” LuAnn is frustrated that Ramona seems to spend an inordinate amount of time discussing how she raises her children, instead of spending time with her own child; she is also frustrated that Sonja would participate in such a discussion with Ramona. Sonja insists that she defended LuAnn but it was not on camera. Uh-huh – that’s the oldest line in Reality TV, but actually I DO believe Sonja would defend LuAnn, because she seems to be very loyal to her friends.
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In the new reunion clip below, the housewives’ buzzword of the moment “cyber-bullying” is brought up once again with the Brunettes accusing Simon van Kempen of being a cyber-bully. But as we reported, Simon was not the cast member doing the cyber-bullying.
The reunion part II airs at 10/9c on Bravo tonight and once again it is super-sized!
Meanwhile, Jill Zarinis in damage control mode today after castmateRamona Singeraccused her of going to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) on tonight’s reunion show and having a past “alcohol problem.”
Both Jill and Ramona actually appeared on The Today Show together this morning during which Jill admitted she has indeed been to AA but stated she was simply there to support someone. Jill also stated she has never had a drinking issue.
“I don’t drink. I never really have but I’ve been there to support other people,” said Jill. Ramona however made it clear that is not what she heard. “I heard she had a serious drinking problem. I heard she was in AA,” stated Ramona.
Jill then tried to put her own spin on Ramona outing her AA past by stating Ramona’s actions is now scaring others from howe going to AA to get help. Ramona however made a valid point in the interview when she stated Jill was doing the exact same thing by trying to out her own alcohol problem, which she denies having by the way. So according to Jill, outing someone’s alcohol problem is okay as long as they’ve never been to AA.
As some others stated in the comments section, it’s a bit surprising that Jill, someone who’s been to AA, would be so hell bent on outing her costar’s alleged problem. The reunion preview clip is below -
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In an interview with the HollywoodLife, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is still reeling from the reunion over some comments made by Ramona Singer. Ramona revealed LuAnn had an open marriage with her ex-husband (something LuAnn has still yet to deny) and Ramona also questioned her parenting skills.
“It was very upsetting that I have women that are attacking an old marriage when I’m finally happy and I have a new relationship,” LuAnn says. “The only thing that they could pull out of their hat was to attack my old marriage which is very desperate. I find that they would use my family as a way of getting to me — I think it’s the lowest of the low.” They? Wasn’t Ramona the only one who brought up her marriage? And while the Countess didn’t come right out and attack Ramona’s marriage, she did insinuate Mario was cheating on WWHL after the psychic episode aired.
The Countess also slams Ramona for bringing up her daughter during the reunion. “She has no moral threshold. It’s very upsetting to have a woman — we’ve been in this together since the beginning — that has no moral standards or doesn’t keep her word first of all and second of all that she would go so low to go after my children. That’s just not OK,” says Luann.
And of course Luann’s BFF Jill Zarin also had to chime in. “Ramona was being hypocritical,” reveals Jill. “For the last couple of seasons, Ramona has been relentless about exposing LuAnn’s problems in her marriage, talking about LuAnn cheating, and saying all these things. [And] we agreed four years ago when we started filming that children were off limits.”
Err didn’t Jill spend the first two seasons talking about Alex McCord’s kids misbehaving?
“God forbid her [Ramona’s] daughter ever goes through a tough time in her life and to have one her co-stars bring attention to it,” continues Jill. “Ramona and LuAnn had talked about some issues and agreed to not talk about it on the show — and she broke her promise. I couldn’t stand to witness it. I was angry. I was very protective.”
As for Ramona, she expresses regret over her comments about Luann’s daughter (she stated Luann’s daughter had been to 4 schools in 4 years). “The only thing I regret is talking about her daughter,” Ramona confesses. But “I think she knows how I feel. LuAnn pushed my buttons. They didn’t show it fully on the show. And I thrashed back and it was impulsive (that makes me Ramona). I’m not a liar, but it was disrespectful for her daughter. She threw me against the wall.”
And if there’s one thing to be learned about the RHONY drama, it is that it’s all real as in these women really do hate each other both on and off screen, as evident by this reunion clip. In fact, the Huffington Post is reporting things are very “toxic” amongst the ladies to the point that Bravo is now worried if they will be able to continue doing the show together. Evidently you can have TOO MUCH drama on a housewives series. Who knew?
“Things have gotten so bad that producers are worried that this cast can no longer film together,” several insiders reveal. “All the ladies have long memories and will not let the smallest thing go. The level of hatred at the moment is so high that it’s toxic and all consuming. It doesn’t make for good TV drama. Now it’s just petty and sad.” Petty and sad indeed.
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In a new preview clip released by Bravo, things get even more intense between the housewives. The drama kicks off when Andy Cohen reads part ofJill Zarin’s blog in which she strongly insinuates her costar Ramona Singer has a drinking problem. Ramona fires back by alleging Jill has been to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).
In the clip below, Andy asks Ramona if she has a drinking problem. “I only have a problem because of the way it’s being shown. I don’t drink any more or less than I have in the past 4 years. We film at parties, social events, I don’t have a problem,” says Ramona, who has always remained adamant that she was simply trying to promote her pinot line on the show.
As Ramona continues to talk, Jill can be heard making snide remarks. Andy then goes on to read the statement from Jill’s blog in which she pretty much says Ramona drinks in an unhealthy manner, is leading a bad example for her daughter and accuses her of lying about how much she drinks, stating she can go back to footage from the show and count the number of times Ramona drank without food. Jill finishes off her blog by stating Ramona is “lying to herself.” Shots fired.
Ramona’s retort is pretty shocking. “You know what Jill, I really respect you. I think you are a fabulous woman. I know at times you had problems. You went to AA, you had alcoholic problems. Just because you did doesn’t mean I do,” says Ramona.
WOW. We will have to wait until Monday night, when part II airs on Bravo, to see how Jill responds to that. Some are now saying this might explain why Jill seems to always stay away from alcohol on the show, mostly sticking to diet coke during social occasions. Some are also saying Jill seemed to use some AA/12-step talk during this season.
My take is had Ramona made this revelation about anyone else on the show, I would probably have some sympathy but since it’s Jill… I will also add that it was very unwise of Jill to repeatedly insinuate Ramona had a drinking problem if she indeed does have this skeleton in her closet. The preview clip is below. The reunion airs Monday at 10/9c.
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It’s reunion time for the Real Housewives of New York! It’s blondes versus brunettes, sofa edition. Bravo has recreated the set for the reunion in honor of Morocco. Ramona is not pregnant, but she could have been…she has young genes and still gets her period. In fact, she’s having it now! TMI, Ramenstration. And let the games begin!
Right off the bat, Andy highlights the season’s many fights, as well as how many times each lady says “it’s the wrong place and wrong time” to have such an altercation. While the season has divided the ladies along a very visible hair color line, Alex pretty much has had beef with everyone. Starting with the gay equality march, Sonja says it wasn’t she who didn’t want Simon to speak at the rally–it was Bleep. Alex corrects her noting that, no, Alex and Simon are dear friends with Bleep, so that couldn’t be the case. Bleep clearly doesn’t want his name or cause walking hand in hand with the housewives.
Kelly is muttering under her breath about how wrong it is that Alex could forgive Sonja for insulting her husband on national television. Kelly tries to give us the timeline of the events leading up to the march, but she seems to be more consumed with asserting herself as a strong personality than actually contributing to the discussion. Sonja and Alex can look back on the fight and think, in hindsight, it had such a wonderful impact on the march because it brought more attention to the cause. Bleep clearly agrees since he’s so eager NOT to have his identity known. Jill tries to paint Simon as attacking Sonja at the march and Ramona disagrees with that characterization. Poor Jill so wants to show a pattern of bullying behavior in Simon!
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Let the drama begin! The first part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion airs tonight and judging from the previews, it’s an all out war between the ladies!
Following a season which was pretty much the Blondes vs. Brunettes, not much as changed between the castmates since filming ended months ago.
In the preview clip below, Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps go at it over their verbal smack-down during a recent episode. Similar to the delusional and cra cra Kelly Bensimon, the Countess actually believes she is a nice person. Once again Andy Cohen is the voice of reason when he kindly lets her know she ain’t that nice.
The topic of Lulu’s marriage is brought up and shots are fired when Ramona accuses the Countess of having had an open marriage with her ex Count Alex de Lesseps! That would explain all the reports that have the Countess getting wasted in public and trying to make out with random strangers… in front of her then husband.
The reunion is super-sized tonight with the first part being 1 hour and 30 minutes long. It airs at 10/9c and immediately following that is a new episode of WWHL. The preview clip is below!
Meanwhile, Jill Zarin’sdaughter Ally Shapiro was featured on a recent episode of the RHONY during which it was revealed she was transferring away from Sarah Lawrence College.
According to a new report by Crushable, Ally’s classmates at SLC are revealing why she might have wanted to leave the school while also painting a not so flattering picture of her. “She was standoffish,” one student told Crushable. “She thought she was famous, and nobody cared.”
A second student alleges that Ally was hospitalized earlier this year for alcohol poisoning and had to have her stomach pumped. Wowzers. “They tried to cover it up,” the student said, “but we all knew it was her.” The RHONY was filming then but of course this wasn’t made a part of the show a la the shocking video of LuAnn’s daughter Victoria that also hit the net during filming. A recent picture of Ally and Jill taken in June is below.
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