I feel like such a bad person for saying this, but I was really living for the feud between Bethenny Frankel and Luann de Lesseps during the last Real Housewives of New York season. I feel a little guilty being so entertained by the tough times in people’s lives, but then again that is the whole purpose of them being on a reality show.
Although Bethenny can be super harsh, I still think it’s strange that Luann is so mad at Bethenny for letting her know that husband-to-be Tom D’Agostino was making out with another women just a week after they got engaged. So obviously, Bethenny is not getting invited to that wedding, not that she would want to go anyway.
A new week means a new gallery of the reality TV stars showing off, throwing shade, or sharing snapshots on Twitter and Instagram. Then there’s Bethenny Frankel, in a category all of her own, Skinnygirl! Everything! Forever!, showing off her bikini body while promoting her watermelon line.
Sure, I can get why hugging a bunch of people you just argued with could be like putting a band-aid on a broken limb, but it is step in a positive direction. So I can’t help wondering why Bethenny wasn’t down for the group hug. In a #TotalBethennyMove, the Skinnygirl defended her decision to abstain from the group hug.
Everyone was so caught up in shooting the messenger that pretty much no one condemned the cheater himself. Luann even went so far as to blame herself for getting in a fight with Tom the night that he strayed. It was painful to see her disrespect herself in that way. And now Bethenny and Ramona Singer are calling Luann out on social media.
Aside from the beginning of this season with the continued fall out from Carole Radziwill dating Luann de Lesseps former chef Adam Kenworthy, Carole hasn’t had too much drama. The only thing that really came her way were accusations that she lived in Bethenny Frankel’s shadow and that the two of them are too cliquey. Jules Wainstein even said that Carole is a different person depending on whether or not she is around Bethenny.
Carole didn’t really pop off at the reunion, but she let her thoughts loose in a Twitter rant aimed against Jules and those mean girl accusations. Although I do think that Carole and Bethenny are clingy, I don’t think that means they are mean girls. It is only natural for two people in a large “friend” group to be closer than they are to the rest of them. It really seemed like Jules was reaching for a story line and now Carole has decided to thrown down.
Bethenny gushes about Shields, “He’s exceptionally brilliant and funny, and a very major family person.” Bethenny has known Shields as “a friend” for 27 years, and shares that her daughter Bryn met him when she was a baby. She says Bryn thinks “he’s very silly and fun and nice.”
Well this show has certainly come full circle this season, hasn’t it? We started this Real Housewives of New York reunion with Bethenny Frankel using her Botox jaw to rip the surgically tucked skin off these women, and we ended things with a hapless Bethenny Frankel sniffling while everyone sang kumbaya. I am perplexed.
The bulk of the episode, like the bulk of the reunion, and pretty much the majority of the season, centered around the scintillating personal life of Luann de Lesseps. What happens in Luann’s bedroom is a national attraction at this point. People don’t go to NYC to visit the Statue of Liberty any longer, they to study the newest de Lesseps donation – the Penthouse bedroom of the ex Mrs. Countess.