The theme of Thursday night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York City seemed to be “Woe Is Me” by Jill Zarin. Not since Vicki Gunvalson of the OC Housewives have I seen someone play the victim role so effortlessly. The more I think about it, the more I see the similarities between Jill and Vicki. They both make everything about them, and they are always the victims.
We start out this episode with the charity event planned by Countess LuAnn. The point of the oxy-moronic event is to donate coutoure dresses to the homeless (scratching head on this one). Jill’s underdog feels the need to scold Alex, and try to guilt her into apologizing to her new BFF Jill. LuAnn makes an interesting comment saying Alex shouldn’t take sides. Interesting because it seems rather obvious LuAnn has picked a side. And then Jill arrives, and the underdog informs her she has told Alex she “has to fix” things with her or else!
Jill makes a point to not talk to Alex, after all, she did vow last week to forget but never forgive! Jill’s husband, Bobby, attempting to talk to Alex was sort of sweet, but unfortunately he didn’t know the whole story. It’s however understandable for a husband to want to smooth thiings over for his wife. As I was watching this episode, it dawned on me that the issue with Jill wasn’t so much Alex’s delivery but the actual message. It finally dawned on her now that Bethenny’s DONE with her, so she decided to kill the messenger – Alex. Yes Alex was wrong in her delivery, but Jill’s continued reaction is over the top.
And then Ramona decides to scold Alex for the “bad timing” of delivering her message. This coming from the woman who decided Jill’s Kodak event was the right time and place to inform her of the company’s shortcomings. Perhaps Ramona needs to crawl back into her glass house and shut her mouth.
They say when it rains it pours, and unfortunately or fortunately forJill Zarin, depending on who you ask, it’s been one rain storm after the next.
The latest with the Real Housewives of New York City star is a new story by thedirty website which claims Jill pays someone $25 an hour. For what you might ask? Well according to the story, the person’s sole job is to monitor and delete all negative comments made on Jill’s facebook page. And It doesn’t end there, as anyone who makes a negative comment on her page also gets blocked. According to the blog owner, Nik Richie, he got blocked for leaving a negative comment on her page.
Moving on to Jill’s costar, Alex McCord, who refers to Jill as a master manipulator in a new interview with TVGuide. Alex also explains why she had so much built up anger towards Jill. “Jill has taken every opportunity over the last three years to belittle my husband, my children and sometimes me. I really don’t care about what she says about me, but I care about what she says about my family. It’s just unacceptable, and I couldn’t let it continue,” Alex tells TVGuide. “By ignoring her, she began to think everything was OK, and she could go ahead and continue to make fun of the kids or get LuAnn to make fun of the kids … she’s a master manipulator.”
Alex explains why she snapped: “Jill called me pumping me for gossip. She did not care about Bethenny. She did not care about the pregnancy. She cared about the gossip. It really made me see red,” Alex says. “And when Bethenny told me she had been calling the press on her behalf, I snapped a little bit.”
Which brings us to tonight’s episode where we get to see an even bigger blow up between Jill and Alex. Also coming up tonight, the ladies join LuAnn for a relaxing spa and yoga day,during which they all open up to each other and divulge on the hardships of their past divorces. Meanwhile, Jill’s party planner and new housewife Jennifer Gilbert invites the ‘wives over for a cocktail party to get to know her better, but the night turns sour when Ramona brings the tragic news that Bethenny’s father has suddenly passed away and Jill gets upset that Ramona didn’t fill her in earlier.
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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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Despite numerous attempts to stall and delay, Gretchen Rossiran out of options last week and had to fork over a check to her sleazebag exJay Photoglou.
According to RadarOnline, the Real Housewives of Orange County star finally handed over a check in the amount of $22,375.05 to Jay, after she lost a judgment to him and then skipped a court date for a debtor’s examination.
No word yet on whether or not Jay will actually see any of that money as Gretchen and her attorney alleged Jay owed the IRS over $30,000, which might explain why he has spent the last year and a half trying to capitalize on his past relationship with Gretchen.
Despite the fact that Gretchen made her payment, the drama didn’t end there, as Jay’s attorney Orlando Castano posted the following message on this twitter account:
“So today I made Gretchen Rossi fork over $22,375.05 to my client. She had 2 law firms & 12 attys filing motions and still got beat Twice I’ve kicked their arses.”
Gretchen’s boyfriend Slade Smiley saw this and of course decided to reply, posting the following:
“Your funny man. Do you really believe your own BS? You arent getting paid, Jay isnt getting paid. We chose to pay the state.”
“Shall we post the documents from ur brief where u tried 2 mislead the judge. Our docs where valid not urs. We decided the day.”
The new article by RadarOnline, however clearly shows a picture of Gretchen’s check, paid out to Jay’s attorney. I’m guessing once Jay’s attorney gets his share, the small remainder of the money will go to the state, that is if the story about Jay owing the IRS over $30,000 is true.
The 2nd season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered last night, and things are quickly taking a turn for the worse when it comes to controversial ‘housewife’ Danielle Staub vs. the other housewives on and off the show.
In her new blog on Bravo, Danielle has resorted to spilling all sorts of secrets about her fellow castmates include things that were confided to her by former close friend Jacqueline Laurita. There’s a good chance Bravo will end up deleting this blog by Danielle, so below are the lowpoints highlights of Danielle’s blog. Danielle dishes on the sex life of Jacqueline’s teenage daughter Ashley Holmes, accuses Dina Manzo of forging her ex-husband’s signature on a document, and also accuses Caroline of being close friends with a criminal.
“Teresa, Teresa, Teresa … Seriously? A Jewish anti-Semitic statement out of your darling little daughter’s mouth? Is this how you teach your children? I suggest you pay a little more attention to what’s going on in your home and less to what’s going on in mine. And when you talk about my vagina … could you do so a little bit less? It’s beginning to concern me how obsessed you are with my body, mainly my vagina. You’re like an insane asylum without medication. You have no filter, no vocabulary, and absolutely no room to be passing judgment upon others. I’d love to entertain your thoughts of me giving a crap what you say about me. But oh, gee … I don’t. Sometimes listening to your voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Just sayin’ my personal opinion. I would love to talk all day about everything that is going on in your life like bankruptcy fraud … yikes! Your husband drunk driving … double yikes! All those wonderful things when you claim you have nothing to hide. Maybe we’ll save just a little bit for episode two. And your husband is filling your trash cans with perfectly good toys that your children have finished playing with? It may be a good idea to, instead, clean them up and give them to underprivileged children. Just a suggestion – not that you are asking, but I am going to tell you anyway. If that is your way of giving back – you should consider why you think you are such a wonderful person.
Jacqueline – why are you talking to your daughter about birth control now? I think it would have been more important when she told you she was giving BJ’s at the age of 17. I never once heard you voice one concern about birth control at that point. “Just sayin’.” And as far as your husband telling me that he doesn’t want me around, you stated that very clearly in a national publication before your son was even born. You know, the son that I helped you to conceive by taking you to my infertility doctor of 17 years? When you told me to stay away, I stayed away. So, did your husband really expect me to bring a baby gift? Congratulations. You have a beautiful baby boy – and now your true colors are really starting to show. I really felt bad that Ashley got thrown out of Catholic school. I’m so happy to hear she finally did graduate. Was that by a GED or with her graduating class?
Shows me a lot about who you really are Caroline. You’ve shown me who you really are and it’s definitely not a matriarch. But when you decided Kim’s boyfriend Michael, who was completely wasted, was a source of value, instead of a man clearly in an “alcoholic” dazed stupor. Are you really that desperate to hear anyone talk about me? You did, after all research me by your own admission. It took you back 25 years to find anything bad about me, right? Will you stop at nothing? You yourself say your husband is never home because he works all the time. Sweetie, get a hobby. So, you threw a thousand dollar a plate dinner? Was that for the sheriff, or was that for your good friend, Bernie Kerik, who is serving a four year sentence? Is what he did more important then what I did 25 years ago? That glass house thing, so cliché – but very applicable here. I know a lot of women the same age as me. I’m proud I don’t know you as well as you think you know me. The only thing we share is age.
“I wish I could say I can see them being friends again, but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” says messengerAlex McCord, who explains that the falling out was much worse than what we’ve been seeing on the show. “Sometimes you find things out about people that you didn’t believe and glossed over,” shares Alex. “You get to a point where you just can’t do it anymore and it blows up in your face. There’s so much going on between Jill and Bethenny. You don’t see 80 percent of it on camera.”
Interesting point of view by Alex. Also joining in the Bethenny vs Jill conversation is Jill’s new underdog BFF Countess LuAnn: “I think there’s a certain sadness to the whole situation,” she said. “I don’t know if they’ll ever be BFFs again, but I think they will be cordial to each other.”
When asked about the criticism being thrown her way regarding her new song, ‘Money Can’t Buy You Class‘ (which I unfortunately found myself humming this morning as I tried to find something), LuAnn reveals she has a tough skin. “Darling, I’m a brave adventurous soul,” she says. “That’s why I’m doing a reality show…I just hope people kind of tip their hat to me for doing it.”
LuAnn also shares that her new boyfriend, French wine distributor Jacques Azoulay, is a fan of her ‘music.’ “He thinks it’s great,” LuAnn says. “He’s very proud of me for getting out there and flying by the seat of my pants.”
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Premiering tonight at 10:00 pm eastern is the all new second season of the NJ housewives. So what can we expect this season? Well tonight, we will see a still pregnant Teresa and Jacqueline Laurita. Caroline’s husband, Albert Manzo, is 70 pounds lighter, all thanks to his lap-band surgery, so she takes him out shopping to buy a new $8,000 Armani suit ofcourse.
Tonight will also be bringing us the reported racist comment Teresa’s then 8-year-old daughter Gia, made about Jews. And ofcourse there will be plenty of drama involving the ladies and Danielle, who’s new sex tape will be released any day now.
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As this season of theReal Housewives of New York City moves along, it becomes more and more obvious that Jill Zarin is the “source” who leaked this story and this story to the press. The first story is the infamous Bethenny is friendless story and the second one is the story that came out earlier this year about Alex and Simon possibly being cut from the show.
Moving right along to this week’s recap –
Bethenny – I blogged about her pregnancy leak last year and thought it was very wrong for Perez Hilton to leak the story, especially considering her age amongst other factors. I mean the woman was only 8 weeks pregnant for goodness sakes. Her reaction and Jason’s reaction seemed genuine and understandable. And a lot of people are now asking how could this have leaked to Perez? Well for one, there are usually 6 – 10 production people involved in the filming of each scene for the show, and considering Bethenny filmed her pregnancy test just weeks earlier, the possibilities of the leak are endless. Plus in Perez’s story, he claimed Bethenny was in talks with UsWeekly magazine to announce her pregnancy with them at the three month mark. My guess is someone from UsWeekly leaked that info to Perez. But I loved Jason in this episode, he seems like a stand up man, and perfect for Bethenny.
Next we see LuAnn, Sonja and Jill engage in a conversation about Bethenny and party planning, during which Jill informs us she has a google alert on herself. For some reason, I am not surprised. By the way google alerts is something that alerts you whenever a story is written about someone, a show etc. Jill, the gossip queen that she is, seems more concerned about the gossip factor than the actual news about Bethenny’s pregnancy. And you have to love her dig about LuAnn’s evite invitations not being up to par. LuAnn also informs us that Bethenny blocked her from twitter, which is a bit petty in my opinion for Bethenny to do that, if she did. Was a bit surprised about this as it doesn’t seem like Bethenny’s M.O.
We then get a brief view of new housewife Jennifer Gilbert during a meeting with Jill, and umm yeah, with Jill doing most of the talking, we will have to wait until the next episode to learn anything about Jennifer. Sonja is starting to grow on me, she seemed a bit more interesting in this episode, as she showed us there’s more to her than just talking about sex. Taking Ramona along with her to the plastic surgeon’s office was probably not necessary and just done for good tv. Her scene with her physic during ,which she got emotional when talking about her former marriage, was a however good scene. Great to see another dimension to her.
And then we have the phone call between Alex and Bethenny, during which Bethenny confirms her pregnancy news. And Bethenny informs Alex that Jill sent her an email on how to handle the rumor. Just like Jill, to want to involve herself in the “scandal” as a means to get press/publicity for herself. Anyone remember last summer when Jill started hanging out with Jon Gosselin and Michael Lohan, and even began speaking to the press on behalf of Jon? Enough said. Bethenny was fortunately able to see through Jill’s very transparent colors.
Bethenny then makes the error of casually informing Alex that she could tell Jill she’s done with the friendship if she sees Jill talking about the pregnancy news. Alex, who ofcourse has a score to settle with Jill couldn’t be happier to deliver the message. We then get to Ramona’s event with Jill, Kelly, and LuAnn in attendance. Jill informs us she plans on taking the high road, and will not ruin Ramona’s event like Ramona did her Kodak event. Seconds after saying this, we see Jill saying there’s no need for any more skin care lines in the world and then proceeds to trash the food at the event. Oh yeah, did I mention Ramona’s event was to promote her new skin care line? Nice to see Jill being the “bigger person” on this one.