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The Real Housewives of New York City - Season 7

I may be in the minority, but this season of Real Housewives of New York is just the bees’ knees for me. Bethenny Frankel grates on my last nerve, but I find her much more likable and down-to-earth than the Bethenny who covers the tabloids as I’m checking out at the grocery store. Dorinda Medley is a wonderful addition, simply because you never know what you’re going to get. She’s like a tamer, yet angrier, less likely to strip for fun version of Sonja Morgan. Luann de Lesseps and Heather Thomson both want to be cool, but I find them to be um, I don’t know, uncool most of the time–but entertaining nonetheless! 

This crew doesn’t stew indefinitely after a blow-up (except on Twitter), and their personalities mix well together for both silly pettiness and those rare but endearing moments when you realize that some of these friendships are the real deal. Of course, Carole Radziwill has remained my favorite since she first burst on the scene, but she’s not winning points with a few folks (one in particular) after this week’s episode.

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After last week’s sad episode, it’s good to be back to the nuts and bolts of the design world with Jeff Lewis and the gang on this week’s Flipping Out. Gage Edward and Jeff are ready to put Gramercy on the market, despite their strong emotional connection to the house.

Jeff says that he likes change, but “controlled change.” What doesn’t he like? Sitting so close to Jenni Pulos in their joint interview segments. It’s all about personal space, people! Jeff wants to sell Gramercy to buyers who pinky swear that they will not change a THING about it. Not a window treatment, nor a black wall, nor a single brick in the patio. Any takers out there?

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Someone is celebrating some exciting news! Something tells me that Mama Joyce is over the moon at the news that her daughter Kandi Burruss and the son-in-law she simply adores are expecting their first child together. I kid, I kid. I am sure she’s psyched to learn she’s getting another grandchild…plus they have that prenup, right?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and husband Todd Tucker shared their excitement over Kandi’s pregnancy. This baby will make them a family of five, as both Kandi and Todd each have a daughter from previous relationships. I hear that Andy Cohen is already planning a baby shower in the clubhouse! 😉 

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Shannon and David reconnect with jewelery

Finally we’re seeing some more upbeat scenes on the Real Housewives of Orange County with Shannon Beador, even if those scenes involve squeezing one’s flab and celebrating love with dragon bracelets! This week, Shannon expresses relief that the show is highlighting some of the healing in her marriage, as well as her body.

“I like this episode,” begins Shannon. “Finally you are seeing some fun and positivity!!!” As for her choice to bare it all at the gym, she remarks, “I know, what was I thinking??? I lifted up my shirt and squeezed all the flab on my stomach. I thought that it would motivate me to finally tone up my body and exercise. It has. As most women enter their 50’s, we get a little thicker around the midsection! Today I can say that I am still not the biggest fan of exercise, but I like the results and I am actually becoming stronger and more toned. David is such a workout fanatic so it’s nice that we can do another activity together.”

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Cynthia Bailey often confuses delusion for optimism – maybe it’s a necessity when married to Peter Thomas

Despite Peachter being caught flirting (and caressing) with another woman – which definitely appeared to be more than a casual encounter – Cynthia is standing by her man.

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta stars are about to celebrate their 5th anniversary and after all the ups and downs (the business failures, the bankruptcy, the empty bank accounts, the lies, the embarrassments, a ridiculous book on coupledoom…), Cynthia still describes their relationship as “great!” Isn’t great what you say when you really want to yell, “Fix it Jesus!”

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Kim Zolciak in LA with Khloe Kardashian

Kim Zolciak is getting some much-needed time away from her 5 minor kids by hanging out with her oldest daughter Brielle, now 18!

Kim and her mini-me in plastic surgery Brielle went on a quick trip to LA, where they hung out with Khloe Kardashian. Because good influences! And Kim got some facial work done. Because good influences!

The Don’t Be Tardy star share a couple photos from the trip, along with her getting “coolasered.” 

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Porsha Williams with new boyfriend Duke Williams

Once you go NFL, you never go back, apparently! Porsha Williams is a Football girlfriend once more! Last season the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star was reportedly dating LeSean McCoy of then of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the NFL team wouldn’t let him film, which is what led to Porsha being demoted last minute.

But now Porsha has a new NFL love! Porsha just unveiled her relationship to 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams. (Ironically, LeSean also now plays for the Bills). Porsha, who has reportedly been promoted back to a full-time Housewife for season 8 of RHOA, gushes that the two just clicked and their decision to “out” their relationship on instagram was totally spontaneous. 

Porsha has been keeping quiet about their relationship, but now that they finally decided to go public she couldn’t be happier. 

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Who needs therapy when you’ve got a reality show with 7 other women in various states of neuroses with whom to work out your crazy? This week Bethenny Frankel opens up about how returning to the Real Housewives of New York has helped her, how Ramona Singer continues to be “Vintage Singer” (i.e., Alpha Lunatic) in any given scene, and why Heather Thomson should accept Dorinda Medley’s apology without “strings.” 

Bethenny is delighted about her new apartment, which she invited Carole Radziwill over to see. “I was excited for all of you to see my new apartment, and I can’t wait until you get to see the finished product. I know you will love it.” Bethenny is relieved that her #perfecttiming in leaving the Turks & Caicos trip prevented her from witnessing naked man butt, or its messy aftermath in the house. “After hearing Carole’s side of the stranger-in-the-bed story, I’ve never felt safer standing in the middle of the road.”

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