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This third season of Real Housewives of New York City is proving to be the hottest ever! And just how hot you might ask? Well the NYC Housewives are gracing this week’s cover of UsWeekly magazine as you can see above. Apparently crazy drama sells!

The ladies are talking and victim Jill Zarin, 46, tells the mag she still has yet to get over the chilly reception she received when she decided to surprise Ramona Singer, Alex McCord and Bethenny Frankel on vacation in St. John.

Jill apparently cried so much, to the point that she doesn’t even recall how many days she cried for. “It was such a Mean Girls moment that I literally cried for like two or three days,” she tells Us. “They didn’t offer me a glass of water or a bathroom! We had just traveled nine hours, and they knew it. I had to pee! You have no idea what a schlep it was. Schlep doesn’t even describe it!”

Jill revealed on the show that she flew via a private jet. Apparently her private jet did not have bathrooms. And in case you’re wondering, the plane ride from New York to St. Thomas is 3.5 hours. Visitors then take a boat ride or ferry ride to reach St. John. The boat ride is 45 minutes, and the ferry is 25. For some reason the trip took Jill nine hours, and for some reason, she couldn’t pee on her private jet or at the St. Thomas airport. And surely Ramona and the other ladies would have said no had she asked to use the restroom. “It was the most hurtful thing that’s ever happened to me,” says Jill. Ah that crafty Jill! Trying to manipulate viewers and readers into giving her sympathy. You gotta love her, she just doesn’t quit!

As for Ramona‘s response to Jill’s teary story? She tweeted yesterday, “Crocodile tears.”

Regarding the new UsWeekly cover., Kelly also tweeted this morning, “The usweekly cover and story is amazing! Love you usweekly.”

In other NYC news, the ladies are making so many headlines these days that it’s almost hard to keep with them, Bethenny Frankel did a new interview with Access Hollywood.

Bethenny, who has a new reality show – Bethenny’s Getting Married? – reveals she might be ready to leave the NYC Housewives show after this roller coaster third season. “I tend to think it might be the end,” Bethenny recently told AccessBilly Bush. “I just feel like it might be the end of the party and I don’t like to be at a party too long. Money wouldn’t be able to make up for a mistake like staying on a show too long. That wouldn’t be good. And I don’t know if it would be smart to stay on. And I don’t know if I want to stay on.”

Translation: “I’m waiting to see how well my reality show does. If it does well, I’m hightailing the Housewives asylum! And if not, I’ll be back for another season of insanity.”

And as for the reunion? “There were crazy outbursts. It was a great, great reunion,” Bethenny explained. “[But,] I wanted to get home to the baby. And I just had given birth two weeks ago and I just felt like I was in a really different place. And a lot of this didn’t feel all that important to me at that point.”

Bethenny also revealed she plans to try for baby number two. “I’ll probably have two, probably,” she told Billy. “There’s probably, I would say, a 73 percent chance I’ll have another baby and it will be with in the next two years.”

Also in the new UsWeekly issue, Bethenny poses in a size 4 swimsuit just 3 weeks after having her baby. Bethenny, who is said to be 122 pounds reveals she’s already lost 29 of the 35 pounds she gained while pregnant. The 38-year-old, who underwent a c-section, also shares that she still manages to do easy exercises while still healing. The swimsuit photo of Bethenny is below.

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danielle staub

Last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was without a doubt the best this season, all thanks to Danielle Staub.

Danielle, who exhibited the paranoia and delusions of Kelly Bensimon mixed in with the narcissism of Jill Zarin, brought us great TV when she decided to use the fundraising event of a cancer struck baby to further her own agenda against the Manzo family.

Danielle made sure to to show up to the event with a crew/posse, ex cons included, and even permitted them to raise hell, but ofcourse leaving Chris Manzo out of it, because he is underage afterall. It was obvious from the start that Danielle was looking to stir up trouble, and nothing the Brownstone could have done would have prevented that. Dani also made sure to include her friend Kim G. in her madness, and Kim G. for whatever reason decided to go along with it all.

Well the father of the baby, who the fundraiser was held for, is now speaking out. In a new interview with Zap2it, Chris Stilianessis shares his thoughts on the events that occurred that faithful night.

“For starters, I would tell Danielle thank you for bringing my daughter’s illness to the table and to the ‘Housewives of New Jersey,'” said Stilianessis. “However, I would also tell her that I’m very surprised that you would utilize my daughter’s sickness for your own selfish reasons, to get back at the rest of the housewives.”

Stilianessis also reveals he was not aware of Danielle’s beef with the Manzos. “I had no knowledge of Danielle’s relationship [to the Manzos] prior to the fact,” he says. “Because if I did, I would have asked her politely not to come.” He continues, “She showed up to the event with I want to say in the realm of 25 people,” he says. “She had some guys who were Hells Angels. She came with people who, I come to know now, were people who were in jail. I was under the assumption they were her friends.”

It seems a friend of Danielle’s bought her one table at the benefit for $350.00, which held only 10 people. However Danielle decided to show up with over 20 people “for protection.”

“When you’re going to a charity event for a child, what do you need that for?” asks Stilianessis who also shares that Danielle only raised $300.00, which came from the owners of a local supermarket. And since her table was paid for by someone else, Danielle has yet to donate any money herself.

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Stilianessis, pictured with his daughter above, still hopes that Danielle will see that what she did was wrong and apologize. “If she really has changed as she says she has,” he says. “There will be a public statement. That day in the restaurant, she had tears in her eyes. If those were true tears, her heart would open with an apology.”

The good news is that Emanuela’s cancer is currently in remission. Anyone who would like to get more information on her fight against heptablastoma can visit the Emanuela’s Heart for Hope website.

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Has hell frozen over? Are Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel friends again?

According to a new article by Life&Style, that might be the case with the Real Housewives of New York City stars. An insider at the reunion taping (whom shall be referred to as Susan Saunders, you’ll read why later) gave some reunion show spoilers to the magazine.

Jill The source tells LIfe&Style that Bethenny and Jill came face-to-face for the first time in nine months when the reunion special was taped last Wednesday on May 26.

“Jill extended an olive branch to Bethenny,” says the insider who watched was part of the taping. “Jill seemed very humble and apologized. And she was emotional — of course there were lots of tears. It was a huge turning point for them. Where the relationship goes from here, who knows?”

And as for the fireworks that took place during the reunion? “It was very dramatic,” continues the insider “Kelly was attacked again, Alex was out of control, and Ramona flipped out!”

Now if it wasn’t obvious enough who this “insider” is, the bolded comment should make it pretty obvious that it’s none other than good ol Jill. Something about this entire article has Jill’s little grubby fingerprints all over it. It seems Jill did find a hobby after all – leaking stories to the press that is.

In other news, Bethenny continues to show off her freakish post baby body. The 39-year-old new mom was photographed walking the streets on NYC this weekend looking pretty great. Those photos are below. The NYPost also published a story this weekend claiming Bethenny wanted $100, 000 for her baby pictures, but ultimately gave them to PEOPLE for free when she couldn’t get buyers. Bethenny however denies this in Bethenny fashion telling PageSix, “Actually, it was $100 million.”

My thoughts on Jill & Bethenny – Last season, both Jill and Bethenny started to turn me off with their mean girl behavior. However during the reunion, Bethenny seemed to back off the mean girl act a bit, while Jill continued to be over the top nasty to Kelly, Alex, Ramona and even LuAnn. That pretty much completely turned me off Jill. However when this season started and the Jill & Bethenny feud was making headlines, I thought they were both at fault. I honestly understood why Jill might not want to be friends with Bethenny again and vice versa . I didn’t and still don’t believe Bethenny was a saint in the fued at all.

But I think what turned me off and a lot of fans as well, was Jill’s mean girl behavior in turning Bethenny away. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Jill having a seat down or phone conversation with Bethenny and letting her know she no longer wanted to be friends. The way she went about it was what did her in. The putting Bethenny on speaker phone while crackling with LuAnn in the background was just wrong. I don’t think Bethenny should let Jill back in her life. I think they could be polite acquaintances, but I don’t believe Jill’s reasons for wanting to befriend Bethenny again is sincere at all. Leaking this article to the media is a good example of this. Jill is simply more concerned about her public image at this point. I also think too much has been done and said by both parties. I don’t believe this is a friendship that can be repaired. I would however love to know what you all think.

TELL US: SHOULD BETHENNY LET JILL BACK IN HER LIFE? CAN THEIR FRIENDSHIP BE SALVAGED?

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Tonight brings us episode 5 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Last week, Danielle Staub introduced us to her two ex-con friends who will protect her from the big bad Manzos. Below is Jacqueline’s hilarous take on that whole situation, taken from her bravo blog –

“Introducing tweetle dumb and tweetle dumber! Are these guys actually coming on national TV and playing that Wangster card? Seriously? No one is listening Danielle, and nobody cares! If Danny really was the wiseguy he and Danielle are trying so hard to portray him to be, I am SURE his superiors are not too happy with him right now. I don’t think a real wiseguy would go on national TV and announce that to the world. It wouldn’t be very smart. Although, it might be good for his acting career. Hmmm. Danielle did nothing but make herself look like a paranoid lunatic who brings ex felons around her and into the lives of her children. Danielle claims 25 years ago she fell into the wrong crowd. Does she feel that today she is surrounding herself with a better crowd? Check again, devout Catholic. Birds of a feather, huh? Are felons even allowed to associate with other felons while on probation? I thought that was not allowed. Is it appropriate for Danielle to choose to bring those felons, for the reasons she chose to bring them, to a sensitive benefit for a family who is fighting for their daughter’s life? I don’t think so. Let’s just see what kind of drama Danielle decides bring to this benefit to make it all about her. Watch what happens.”

Who knew Jacqueline had a great sense of humor. Moving on to tonight’s episode. After bringing home baby number 4 from the hospital, Teresa decides it’s finally time for Joe to get “snipped.” Meanwhile, Caroline invites the ladies over for a “girls night in” with cocktails and snacks where the conversation turns to Danielle’s invitation to Dina’s charity at the Brownstone –will tensions rise over the her potential appearance?

And the road of good intentions gets bumpy for Danielle when she and her protective entourage prepare to attend the Brownstone. How will it all come to a head? And will things turn violent? Find out tonight @ 10/9c on BRAVO.

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Kelly K Bensimon

Ever since the infamous meltdown of Kelly Bensimon (pictured above on May 29th) on the Real Housewives of New York City, all of the housewives on the trip with her have all echoed the same sentiments, which is that her meltdown or “nervous breakthrough” was much worse than what was actually shown on TV.

We also blogged a week ago that we would secretly love to see the unedited footage of Kelly from the St. John trip, well we don’t have the video footage, but we do have the next best thing – a new article from UsWeekly magazine which gives us more details on what happened with Kelly.

1) According to UsWeekly, the real hysterics happened later that night, and wasn’t taped or televised. Sonja Morgan tells the mag, “I took Kelly’s hand and said, ‘Do you think this is normal? I tried to calm her.”

2) The “fight” continued off camera with a screaming match between Kelly and Bethenny. There was a lot of name calling, with “bitch” being the epithet of choice, until Kelly finally fled to her room at 11:30 pm.

3) The other housewives stuck together and rehashed the events until about 3 am.

4) The producers on the other hand had to calm Kelly. “She was on her bed, rocking back and forth,” says a show source. “She kept saying she thought Bethenny was going to kill her. It went on for hours!”

5) The producers, who decided Kelly wasn’t in the mind-set to film, decided to send her home. They booked her an 8 am flight home to NYC.

6) “No one thought she was stable,” says the source. Another insider suggests her outbursts were a result of mixing Valium with alcohol, but a source close to Kelly denies the claim to UsWeekly.

And there you have it folks. While Kelly’s behavior on the show is alarming, her behavior off the show is what continues to do her in. First she accused Bethenny of exploiting her father’s death for ratings during a night of posting nonsensical rants on her twitter page, and now she has decided to start an anti bullying campaign because her behavior on the show was a result of “systematic bullying.”

Here’s what Kelly wrote in her blog after the airing of the last episode –

“Stop systematic bullying! Tell a teacher, friend, or adult. Everyone deserves to be loved. Four against one is never OK.”

It however doesn’t end there. Kelly, who appeared to be flattered by being on the cover of UsWeekly, tweeted the following a few days ago, after the issue came out –

kk-twitpicKelly wrote under the pic – “Cover of us! Wow”

Perhaps Kelly should have taken the time to read the cover and the story before tweeting. But then again, she probably did read the story and delusion-ally thought it was a flattering piece.

Another issue with Kelly’s behavior on and off the show is her kids. Kelly has two daughters (Sea, 12, and Teddy, 9). If she really does have a mental problem, should her ex, Gilles Bensimon, be worried? Should he be stepping in? Kelly was also arrested for physically assaulting her ex-boyfriend last year.

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The bad news for the Real Housewives of New York City’s producers? There was no way in heck they could top the insanity drama of last week’s episode. The good news? Even without topping last week’s drama, last night’s show was still pretty darn great.

Now on to this week’s recap. It’s the night after the storm, and we find out Kelly has departed early after her “nervous breakthrough.” The ladies seem both tired and very relieved that Hurricane Kelly has passed through. Ramona shares that one of Kelly’s personalities Kelly left her a sweet note.

What we didn’t see on TV was that the night before (the same night Kelly went bat sh*t crazy that is) Ramona placed a call to Jill letting her know what had happened with Kelly, and asked Jill, who she believed was good friends with Kelly, to try to meet Kelly at the airport in NYC and be there for her. Bethenny also reveals in her Bravo blog that she talked to Jill that night out of concern for Kelly. According to both Bethenny and Ramona, Jill showed very little concern for Kelly. Apparently she was more preoccupied with making her own dramatic surprise entrance. Here’s what Bethenny wrote in her blog about Jill last week –

“Jill came to St. John because she wanted a grand entrance and to ensure that she wasn’t absent in three episodes. Her excuse that she came to see me was laughable. St. John is very difficult to get to and I literally lived a block away from her. Stopping by my building would have been infinitely easier. You all know the real story there.”

Ramona also chimes in this week that Jill literally lives minutes away from Bethenny, so we can scratch out wanting to make up with Bethenny from Jill’s reasons for showing up unannounced. And how interesting is it that Jill has said on more than one occasion that her reason for not wanting to make up with Bethenny was because she did not want to do it on camera. Guess she forgot the camera crews tagged along to St. Johns. Plus didn’t Jill also proclaim in an earlier episode, when Ramona tried to set up a meeting between she and Bethenny, that she hated being ambushed? So why ambush Bethenny and Alex on their trip? Hmm, things that make you wonder.

Back to the episode. The ladies are getting manis and pedis and Jill shows up. “Hiiiiiiiii,” says Jill, doing her best Kelly impersonation. The ladies are not happy and can’t even hide their displeasure at Jill’s arrival. We have some very awkward silences and a shaky Alex. I must say, I thought Alex’s and the other housewives’ reaction was a bit dramatic, but then again, you have to put it all into context. They are still recovering from Hurricane Kelly, and according to all the ladies on the trip, what we saw on TV was a very tame edited version of what really took place with Kelly. Still, must say I was a bit surprised they actually kicked Jill out. I really did not expect them to completely shut her down.

Jill is hurt, and even accuses Ramona of choosing Alex over her. Jill tweeted last night, “I could never describe what it felt like. Ramona did not even offer us a glass of water or bathroom after 9 hours to get there. My intentions were for peace. In hindsight I should not have gone.” Ramona gives us a great quote about Jill, “Sometimes she’s not based in reality. I think she’s been hanging out with Kelly too much.” I think Ramona might be onto something.

Jill leaves, and TEAM BRAS (Team Bethenny, Ramona, Alex & Sonja) continue their relaxing vacation. Got the Team BRAS acronym from Simon’s twitter, and yes I’m aware it’s quite corny. But back to the housewives, according to Ramona, the camera interviews from this episode were done a few weeks into the airing of this season. Keep that in mind when you later hear Jill’s comments about wanting to mend her friendship with Bethenny.

Alex and Sonja plan a surprise bridal shower for Bethenny and Ramona. The ladies spring out some sex toys and we find out Ramona and Alex are a bit shy when it comes to the sex toy topic.

Jill, Lulu, and Jennifer decide to meet up with Kelly to discuss the events that took place in St. Johns. I noticed something during this scene, LuAnn seemed very knowledgeable on what really happened during the trip. My guess is Jill filled her in, considering Ramona and Bethenny both acknowledged calling Jill about the events out of concern for Kelly. Hurricane Kelly arrives and begans to tell her own distorted version of the events that took place.

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Danielle Staub The Naked Truth

Danielle Staub, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey released her new memoir this week and in it is a lot of new details about her now infamous past life.

In the memoir titled “The Naked Truth,” Danielle, 47, makes abuse claims against her ex-husband Kevin Maher. “I was severely abused,” said Danielle to UsWeekly of Kevin, whom she married in 1988 and split up with a year and a half later. “He was very possessive…I was hospitalized several times.”

“The abuse started as soon as we were married,” continued Danielle. “He was very possessive…I was hospitalized several times. There is no way to describe how it feels to not have a safe place to go.”

And in case you’re wondering, Kevin is the same guy who wrote the Cop Without a Badge book, which detailed Danielle’s past involvement in kidnapping, drug use and prostitution. Kevin is now denying Danielle’s claims of abuse and even filed a $5 million defamation suit against her last October, with her deposition scheduled for July.

In his court filing, Kevin claims that Danielle has said “that I raped her on a bed of broken glass, inserted a handgun in her vagina and played Russian roulette….[that] I killed her dog…The list just goes on and on…The woman is insane.”

Kevin also claims he passed a lie-detector test on March 22 with “an accredited polygraph examiner” from the LAPD. And as for Danielle’s story about being hospitalized by him? Well Kevin states, “This woman was never hospitalized by me.”  He adds, “if you were to seek treatment after being beaten, which is a felony, that hospital would have to call the local police. There are no hospital records of me putting her in a hospital like she claims.”

Kevin however admits to hitting Danielle once, but claims it was “in self defense, pulling her off me…I never beat her. I did hit her — it’s true. Not something I’m proud to admit.”

As for why Danielle would make false accusations about him, Kevin has his own theory. “She is without conscience,” says Kevin.  “She’s calculating. I believe that Danielle Staub sold her soul to Satan for fame. Her children are suffering from it…her past is going to catch up to her very soon.”

Back to Danielle’s book. Below are some revelations she makes in the book –

1)  Danielle reveals she found out she was adopted at age 5, and was abused as a kid by both a relative and a family friend.

2)  She denies being a prostitute, but admits to being an escort/Miami call girl. She claims she only slept with two of her johns dates.

3) She also reveals in her book that she gave birth to a son named William in the late 80s, but he later died of SIDS at just 11 weeks.

4) Another interesting tidbit is that she met her ex-husband, Tom Staub, while working at a strip club.

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Tonight marks the 13th episode of the Real Housewives of New York City. While the Jersey franchise continues to drag at a boring slow pace, the NYC franchise is moving along rather quickly.

While the past two weeks has focused on the Kellamity known Kelly Bensimon, in tonight’s episode, Jill Zarin appears eager and ready to snatch the spotlight back from Kelly!

After Kelly’s bizarre “nervous breakthrough” (her words) last week, she decides to leave the vacation early much to the joy of the other housewives, who are likely relieved they no longer have to sleep with one eye open.

Now relaxed, Alex and Sonja throw Ramona and Bethenny a surprise bridal shower where much hilarity ensues! But back in NYC, Kelly decides to fill Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer Gilbert in on her emotional trip – will they see her side?

And finally, Jill decides to follow through with her self serving plan to steal the spotlight surprise the group on the trip, how will each of the ladies react? We’ll find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

In the meantime, below is a preview clip of Kelly telling her distorted version of what happened on the trip to Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer –