BethennyFrankel turned the tables on Andy Cohen for a special segment of Watch What Happens Live. He dished on casting mistakes he’s made, which franchise has the most behind-the-scenes drama, whose fans he worries about burning down his house, and more.
Bethenny asked Andy, thinking back to the first season of Real Housewives of Orange County, did he think it would be as big as it is today. He said the possibility hit him in season two when Matt and Jeana Keough‘s marriage fell apart. “I was like, this is like a soap opera. Like, I care about Jeana, and things are not going well for her.”
On reality TV being blamed for the demise of so many marriages, Andy shared, “I think it has accelerated marriages that weren’t working. I’ve talked to Tamra [Judge] about this. I’ve talked to Vicki [Gunvalson] about this. They were in a relationship that wasn’t working. They saw it replayed on TV, and were like, ‘Wow, this is really bad.’ They had a chorus of people saying ‘dump him, dump him’ and they actually had the balls to do it.”
Dorinda Medley‘s greasy, lascivious boyfriend John Mahdessian has been much-discussed on Real Housewives Of New York. John, who looks like he’d be a better fit as a Real Housewives Of New Jersey husband, proves you can’t judge a book by its cover!
Even though John has gotten off on the wrong foot with nearly all the ladies from being caught red-handed without Dorinda, to being caught with his hand on Sonja’s butt, to Ramona complaining that John is a nobody using Dorinda for her fabulous Upper East Side lifestyle. But is he really?!
John, whose family owns Madame Paulette (dubbed the “Sultans of Stains”), a NYC establishment famed for their ability to restore and clean even the most delicate of couture and vintage, turns out to be the most well-known (and well-respected) person on RHONY! Madame Paulette is the go-to cleaner for everyone from Anna Wintour to Lady Gaga to Beyonce and John’s affiliation with Vogue Magazine has landed him on the guest list of the MET Gala!
Sonja Morgan is so happy that her life is wonderful and therefore she doesn’t have to resort to trash-talking her friends behind their backs. And since Sonja thinks everything is hunky-dory, so should we!
Sonja begins by complaining that was nice to Heather Thomson even though Heather was “talking badly about my business behind my back,” but it is Carole Radziwill that she’s truly upset by. “What was with Heather’s BFF Carole knocking my consultations with a psychopharmacologist? Carole isn’t a doctor, and I don’t know why she thinks that she knows what’s in the best medical interest for me.” Yeah – we’re talking about a woman who willingly ingested testosterone for an “experiment.”
We have another roundup of reality star sightings to kick off your holiday weekend. Kyle Richards, Kris Jenner and Faye Resnick enjoyed a couples night out together, grabbing dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood with their significant others. Is it just me that saw that floor and wanted to play some old school Q-Bert?
She knows she’s a piece of work, but now she’s a…Zen Buddhist? In Ramona’s Singer’s Bravo blog this week, she keeps her thoughts short, sweet, and to the point (just like her insults). Reflecting on this past week’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York, Ramona concludes that she is blessed to be surrounded by good friends and family during this trying time in her life. She also expresses empathy with Bethenny Frankel’s struggle to reconcile the demons of her past with her present life.
Ramona begins by reflecting on the ladies’ trip to Atlantic City and her birthday bash with the menopause mamas of the Upper East Side. “It was great to go on a trip to Atlantic City with all the girls to celebrate my birthday. What was more important to me was to celebrate over a lunch with my 30 girlfriends of 20 years,” she says, adding, “My girlfriends who came to the luncheon have been so supportive of me over the past two years in this difficult time. They never made a judgment call and always advised me to do what makes me happy, and they would support me in any decision I made about my marriage. I am truly blessed by each and every one of them.”
So do the Real Housewives really look as glamorous off-camera as they do on Bravo? The stars of Real Housewives Of New York and Real Housewives Of Orange County dish on what they’ve learned since the cameras started rolling, how TV has affected their looks, and if they’re really as glam when they’re not on Bravo!
All the women admit they’re more casual in real life than they are in reality TV life, usually wearing jeans and shirts or workout gear instead of satin cocktail dresses and Louboutins. Bethenny Frankel confesses to being “braless in pajamas” when she drops off her daughter Bryn at school. “Honestly, that’s where the photographers really should be, because it’s scary. It’s a disaster,” she jokes. Hopefully Bethenny is actually wearing her own PJs and not her daughter’s…
After seeing Bethenny Frankel dive headlong into her past on this week’s Real Housewives of New York, she wants to remind us all that she’s not living in it anymore. In her Bravo blog, Bethenny assures viewers that “I, genuinely, am not angry.” But before she rehashes the tense (dare we say, angry?) conversation with her estranged stepfather on the episode, she addresses Kristen Taekman’s accusation that Bethenny isn’t spending enough time with the ladies due to her “childcare issues.”
Bethenny says, “Overall, there is a conversation about time spent with children. Pretty may be smarter than I think but not quite smart enough to realize that I’m going through a divorce, and my precious moments are divided.” Ooh, burn! She adds, “My balance as a mother and business person is knowing that I spend every moment possible with my daughter. The one thing that is said universally is that it goes by so quickly. I may have made some money, but I am not ‘nannied’ up, and I don’t go out with girlfriends when I can be with my child. ‘Child care’ doesn’t get me more time with my angel. As I said about the conversation withLuann [de Lesseps], this is the easiest decision I will ever have to make.”
As lamp fixtures do, Kristen Taekman sometimes decorates the room a bit, but doesn’t add much to the conversation. Commenting in her Bravo blog on this week’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York, Kristen remarks on everything from Bethenny Frankel’s therapy to Luann de Lesseps’ daughter’s artwork. Oh! And she does have some words for the sparse scenes she was physically present in as well.
“I would like to start out by saying how amazing Ramona [Singer’s] friends are,” begins Kristen, “I know that Bethenny was saying that she didn’t have much in common with any of these women. At first glance neither did I, but in the end we had Ramona in common and sometimes just having a mutual friend in common is enough.” Kristen goes on to defend the entire Upper East Side (those poor unfortunate souls!) claiming, “they are all very lovely, giving, beautiful, supportive women. Many of them are very successful in their own right. During the event, many of them stood up and spoke about their friendships with Ramona.” Kristen is not a fan of Sonja Morgan’s New Age friend, however: “Sonja and the Swami Priestess!? UGH! That Yogi friend of hers gets on my nerves!”