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.
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.
Also throwing a party last night was Us Magazine. Showing up for that event was Bethenny Frankel and her sidekick Carole Radziwill, as well as Padma Lakshmi and others. Check out all of the photos below!
Last night’s Real Housewives Of New York reunion was dominated by one tantruming, feet-stomping toddler bellowing “I can say what I want!” No – I did not turn my three-year-old loose on Andy, but after witnessing the un-checked behavior of Bethenny Frankel, I’m certainly not comfortable letting anyone at Bravo babysit. OK, maybe Jules Wainstein, if she brings her “waiting on line” nanny and potty training expert.
Things begin with Luann de Lesseps calling Bethenny a “horrible person” for calling her boyfriend’s teenage daughter to “verify” she didn’t have an affair*, which resulted in Bethenny standing over Luann to scream “LieAnn” (nice twitter steal) in her face. Luann telling Bethenny she’s “evil” didn’t even cause Bethenny to flinch – despite what the previous depicted.
Sonja Morgan was a breath of fresh air in the fetid shark tank that was last night’s Real Housewives of New YorkReunion, Part 1. Always kooky, never truly nasty, Sonja seems to bring a certain lightness to the dark pall that’s been cast over this season of RHONY. But that doesn’t mean she’s feeling all sunshine and rainbows about the way things went down.
In her blog, Sonja specifically calls out Dorinda Medley for cutting her out of the Berkshires trip from hell, and for her hypocritical ways (as Sonja sees it). “After seeing the dry cleaner party that went off the rails bad from soup to nuts again during the reunion, I really have to ask once again: Dorinda was protecting me from what in the Berkshires? The same drama I have been dealing with since way before her? She was not protecting me. She was dividing me from my group.”
Last night’s Real Housewives Of New York reunion started with the women tiptoeing around each other, gently nudging at each other’s ankles like cats giving ‘love bites,’ to see how you’ll react to their brand of toxic care. In reality, the women were trying not to jump the gun by getting nasty first, save to see what the other girl possibly had up her skirt.
Someone could have an apple in their mouth, or they could have one hidden in their hand waiting to be thrown, and the whole entire time you could have misunderstood their meaning, their intent, or their entire mythological way of being. Is it evident that I have no idea what I am saying? I must be on the same (alleged) drugs as Dorinda Medley.
Although there have been a lot of tears, a lot of screaming, a lot of accusations, a lot of surprises, and no decent cast trip to speak of (Thanks Bethenny Frankel!), there have also been some fun moments. And a lot of OMG ones!
Carole starts off, “Well, for a brief shining moment we all thought Luann would pay attention to what the Universe dropped in her lap. She’d learn the lesson, go back to New York and tell TomDickHarry to hit the road. I would be Thelma to her Louise, but with a different ending. She’d bang Brad Pitt and return to New York a confident woman who didn’t take any sh– from any man. Take that TomDickHarry!”