On Sunday, former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin hosted the Second Annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon at her home in Southampton. The event raised money for the Samual Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
When asked why she organizes the event, Jill shared, “It’s a very complicated event in the sense that there’s no one reason that I do it. I do it because I want to give stuff to my friends, I do it because I want to raise awareness for charity, and I do it because I want to have a good time.” I will volunteer as tribute if Jill wants to give me free stuff. Check out more pictures below.
For reasons that are hard to comprehend, she is still being featured in the press and giving interviews holding on to her very last threads of relevance by slamming her former co-workers at every opportunity.
Radar features a piece with several choice quotes from Jill, where she insists that the show is nothing without her: “Now that I’m not there, who is going to hold court this season? None of the new women knew each other before they were cast. I know if I were there, I could make people feel comfortable.”
If by making people feel comfortable, you mean loudly picking fights at every opportunity, then sure, Jill, you could have made rumored new cast members Carole Radziwill,Heather Thomson andAviva Drescherfeel right at home in the Real Housewives family!
Since she apparently ran out of things to say about her feud with former BFF Bethenny Frankel, Jill set her sights on slamming former frenemy Ramona Singer.
“No one cares about Ramona Singer anymore,” Jill rants about her former costar. “I’ve heard the new cast members are not happy with her. Ramona planted that ridiculous story about me borrowing clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue and returning them worn. But I’m having a huge party there in February, so Ramona is the one who looks like the idiot.”
While we are sure *someone* cares about Ramona, there is probably some truth to the statement that Ramona is fighting with the other ladies. Ramona, as we all remember, has had a fight with all of her cast mates at one point or another.
Not one to take anything sitting down (or without a glass of wine), Ramona tells Wetpaint Entertainment that, “Jill is delusional. And needs a reality check — no pun intended.”
Delusional or not, Jill is doing just fine for herself these days, proudly showing off a $19,000 ring once worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the TMZ cameras last week that husband Bawby Zarin gifted her for their 11th wedding anniversary. While Jill may say she’s happy going back to being just another New York wife, we think she misses the cameras much more often than she will ever admit to.
A picture of Jill’s $19K ring is below! The NY Daily News is now reporting that Jill’s pricey purchase has inspired her to start her own jewelry line, which will debut in time for Valentine’s Day. How convenient.
In fact on the last episode, Jill’s husband Bobby Zarin confronted Simon, hubby of Alex McCord, wanting to know if he was “actively involved” with a hate-mongering blog, which Simon denied.
So let’s examine both claims shall we. The blog Bobby is referring to is a blog called the “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. The blog was created last year to cover Jill during the climax of her unpopularity with fans of the RHONY in light of her feud with Bethenny Frankel. However today, the blog covers a variety of different topics and reality shows.
So what is Simon’s involvement? Well at one point last year, Alex and Simon were doing their book tour during which they made a stop in Chicago, the same city the owner of the IHJZ blog resides in. A meet and greet was organized for Alex and Simon to meet local bloggers and fans which included the writer of the blog in June 2010. The writer blogged about the event and posted pictures on the IHJZ blog. In her Bravo blog this week, Alex states that was the extent of their involvement with the blog. Below is an excerpt -
“I don’t know how that translates into Simon or me being investors, content writers, posters, or even members of the blog. We don’t own it, we don’t have money in it. We don’t write for it. There is a link on the blog to a recap of the Chicago fan event held for us with pictures, and as the blog covers the whole Housewives franchise, we along with all other cast membersare regularly discussed on it. That doesn’t mean we are doing the discussing.”
The owner of the IHJZ blog also states Simon is not involved with the blog.
And speaking of Bravo blogs, Jill accused Simon of “mean tweeting” about her and Kelly in her latest blog. It appears this is what she means by “cyber-bullying” on the upcoming episode. So does Simon sometimes “mean tweet” about the NYC housewives? Absolutely. However, Jill appears to take the cake when it comes to “mean tweeting.” In fact, a fan question called her out on it during her recent appearance on Bravo’s WWHL.
Below are just some of tweets made by Jill about her cast mates (mostly Ramona) in recent weeks -
“Mixed message? Your a hypocrite!” tweeted Jill about Ramona on June 23rd.
“Just watched next weeks episode. It’s like soft porn. Gross!!! Then Luann takes down a housewife. Want to guess who? Such great episode!” tweeted Jill on June 11th.
“We r dying laughing watching Ramona fake cry.” tweeted Jill June 9th.
“She is just using me to try to get more twitter followers. Desperate move don’t u think? She did that with b too. Sad.” tweeted Jill on June 5th.
“I agree its gross.RT @jlrtweets101665 “@Jillzarin I think RHONY has become a 1 hour advertisement for Ramona’s beverage and it is becoming very very annoying.”” tweeted Jill on June 5th.
“Actually a producer!RT @KNeddie “@Jillzarin didn’t ramona hit a cameraman during filming?” tweeted Jill June 2nd.
“I think so too!RT @AbbieLLear “@Jillzarin what a selfish heartless bitch..Ramona is a prime example of bullying! I would be mortified if I were Avery! Jennifer is GORGEOUS.” tweeted Jill May 20th.
“What did I do that hurt Ramona to her face. She publicly attacked me. Big difference, you admit u put your foot in mouth and that’s ok?” tweeted Jill May 19th.
The tweets with RT in front of them were tweeted to Jill by fans, and her response is in front of the RT. May 19th is where we decided to stop with the tweets though we could have went on and on and on. And just 2 weeks ago, Jill Zarin posted a poll question on her official facebook page asking “Is Ramona a hypocrite?” So we ask, will the real cyber bully please stand up?
TELL US – THOUGHTS? DO YOU THINK JILL WAS CYBER-BULLIED BY SIMON? IS RAMONA BEING CYBER-BULLIED BY JILL? HAS JILL BEEN HANGING AROUND KELLY TOO LONG?
Eyewitnesses told E! that Mario was on a mission to find Jill immediately after arriving to the party. “Once Mario found Jill, he began screaming at her and was blaming her for the fact that Ramona looks like a drunk this season on the show,” one partygoer said. “It was really sad and pathetic that Mario was screaming at Jill like this. It was abusive and everyone at the party was extremely offended.”
The “source” then goes on to add that Jill, who oddly enough was photographed putting her finger in castmate Sonja Morgan’s face just last week, was “scared” and taken aback by the confrontation.
“She was just standing there speechless and looked scared and finally a guest had to get in between Jill and Mario and push him away from her. Bobby [Jill's husband] had some words with Mario and told him to back off of his wife,” added the source. Jill’s rep then goes on to confirm the story to E! News, stating, “Sadly, this story is accurate.”
Ramona is however responding to the story and unlike others who shall remain nameless, she shoots straight with the press. Ramona states that while Jill and Mario did talk, the above claims are exaggerated. “So not true,” Ramona told E!. “Did they talk? Yes. Then she, Jill, walked away.”
Ramona goes on to state Jill and her reps leaked this story to the press. “Jill has her reps make up exaggerated stories about me as this is the only way she can get press. So sad, isn’t it?” Ramona adds.
And moments after E! published Ramona’s comments, partygoer Trevor Cork went on record telling E! that Ramona is lying about the incident. “It is in fact 100% true that Mario attacked Jill and everyone at the party saw it happen. I had to get between Mario and Jill just to get him off of her,” said Trevor.
And who is this unbiased partygoer you ask? Just the rumored boyfriend of Jill’s manager/rep Darren Bettencourt. In fact when you google Trevor’s name, the first photo that comes up is a recent picture of him with Darren.
TELL US – WAS THIS STORY LEAKED BY CAMP JILL? WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? JILL OR RAMONA?
UPDATE – Jill’s rep Darren is denying he leaked this story to E!, citing he was contacted by E! to comment on the story.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Bethenny Frankelrecently got a whole lot richer (a whole, whole lot) due to a deal with Beam Global in which she sold her Skinnygirl brand of beverages.
Since then, her former manager has sued her for upwards of $100 million for what he thinks was his input into her business. In a recent interview on the Today Show, Bethenny touched on the lawsuit drama. “I work really hard; I have always had a conscience and integrity (which is what you do when no one is looking). I can’t control what other people are doing nor do I want to. I’m happy where I am and I only sweat the small stuff. I torture myself more over a $40 Gap T-shirt than a multimillion-dollar lawsuit,” said Bethenny.
Bethenny also hit up the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, during which she quipped that she wipes her bum with dollar bills when Jay asked about her wealth, and tried to hire fellow Leno guest Kevin Bacon (love!) to entertain her and bartend. There was an enlightening moment in the interview where she admits that Jill(or should I say Bobby) Zarin secured her a place with the Real Housewives of New York. She admits that she and Jill were friends before the show (which she recognizes is weird among reality show stars…they aren’t usually close to begin with), but vaguely cites the show as the downfall of their relationship. Regardless, she knows the show was an amazing platform for her business plan.
And of course, having a multi-million (potentially billion) dollar empire, isn’t enough for the one time New York housewife. She has several spin-off Skinnygirl products launching that are sure to keep the money rolling in for years to come. Her newest endeavor? A cleanse.
A non-preggos looking Bethenny was pictured above this week during the launching of her Skinnygirl Cleanse at a GNC in Los Angeles. She elaborates, “It gently cleanses the system on a daily basis while replenishing and restoring the system with vibrant greens. On a day-to-day basis, depending upon how I feel, I alter whether I take it at night or during the day and whether I take it once per day or more.” To coincide with the Skinnygirl cleanse is also her lifestyle website Skinnygirl Daily.
Having raked in $50+ million last year, I’m sure her diehard fans will jump on with a vengeance. It certainly can’t hurt after imbibing all those margaritas.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S COMMENTS & LATEST ENDEAVORS?
It was a family affair as cast members Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita brought their families along. Also in attendance was Susan SaundersJill Zarin, and Alex and Simon from the NYC Housewives franchise. Missing in action were Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub. More photos from the party below.
Also making headlines and gracing this week’s cover of Life&Style magazine is Dina Manzo who apparently underwent a bubbies breast reduction.
Dina reveals she had her surgery on April 6 to correct a decade-old breast augmentation that she says gave her back pain and made her self-conscious. “I woke up from surgery and just knew I was super huge and needed to get the implants taken out,” she tells Life & Style of her 2000 surgery. “I went back within the first two weeks and got them reduced.”
Despite her first reduction, Dina reveals she was still unhappy with her breast size. “I was uncomfortable and felt like I was carrying a child around with me all the time,” she says. “Plus, you don’t realize it until you have big boobs, but they’re a pain when it comes to dressing.”
Dina says her new surgery has taken her from her previous 32DD size breasts to a more modest 32C cup. “Everyone says I look the way I should now,” boasts the NJ housewife. “I’m proportional!’
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So what’s a Bravo housewife to do when you find yourself the most hated housewife in Bravo history and your new book is being plagued by bad reviews online? Well, if you’re Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of New York City, you log into your amazon.com account, change your name to Susan Saunders, and start leaving good reviews for your book. Unfortunately for Jill/Susan, she has been caught red handed by Gawker.com.
To make things worse for Jill, there is photographic evidence. According to Gawker, it all started when Jill someone going by the name of Susan Saunders decided to reply to a negative review. What Jill/Susan wrote is below courtesy of Zap2it -
This made some suspicious, and they decided to investigate by clicking on Susan’s amazon account profile, and low and behold, it turns out Susan Saunders’ Amazon.com account belongs to a certain Jill Shapiro. For those out of the loop, Jill Shapiro was Jill’s former name before marrying current husband Bobby Zarin. Jill’s daughter is named Allyson Paige Shapiro.
You might perhaps be thinking, that account might belong to another Jill Shapiro that isn’t our Jill. Fortunately that theory can be Debunked as this Jill Shapiro forgot to delete her wish list which includes items for a certain Bobby Zarin and a certain Allyson Shapiro. To make matters worse, when you visit Susan’s amazon profile, it shows her only amazon buddy as being David Zarin, who just happens to be Bobby’s brother. And oh yeah, Jill’s date of birth just happens to be November 30th as listed above.
Jill took to her facebook yesterday, accusing a crazed fan of making up the account. “Some crazy fans are saying I wrote my own review. I love the book, of course. People in my life have written wonderful things about the book. Some fans of the show need to find something else to do then write hateful things about me and my family. It is sad and I feel sorry for them. If you read the book and liked it, …please write positive reviews. Thank you for all the support!”
Gawker, a reputable news outlet, broke the story, not some crazy fans. And to Debunk the theory that a crazy fan might have made up this amazon account to frame Jill, it would be 100% impossible as Susan Sauders/Jill Shapiro’s account shows items were added to her wish list during 2001 for her daughter Allyson. Way before anyone knew who Jill was. A screenshot of that is below -
TELL US – HAS JILL FINALLY LOST IT? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY?