Jacques Azoulay

The Real Housewives of New York City - Season 5

With Real Housewives of New York soon upon us, so too are the ladies and their PR machines. Apparently, this season didn’t turn out any less vitriolic than the last one despite the firing of four Housewives. And it seems all of the drama and negativity centered around one Pinot-soaked, wide-eyed specimen called Ramona Singer. Imagine that!

It seems Ramona, who began the season friends with newbie Aviva Drescher (indeed Ramona was rumored to have gotten Aviva cast on the show) didn’t end the season on the same note. The two are reportedly not speaking to each other, but they are speaking to the press about each other! Only in reality TV world do your ex-friends publicly snark you for publicity! Remember when deleting someone from Facebook was sufficient?

Anyway, in a chat with HollywoodLife, Aviva admits that this season she definitely separated her friends from her co-stars! “It’s like art imitating life and you know who your friends are, you learn who you can trust, you learn who you can’t trust,” she explained. “I really do love by coincidence to two other new women Carole [Radziwill] and Heather [Thomson]. But it wasn’t because we were new, it truly happened that way, organically.”

Ramona is also speaking about on said friendships and it’s no surprise she’s taking no responsibility for any of the issues. I’m really worried that all the Pinot has started to effect her brain.

“What’s interesting is that I embrace each and everyone equally the same way,” Ramona tells RumorFix. “But it turns out that a relationship is dramatically different with each and everyone,  which reflects real life. Not everyone can be great friends with everyone no matter how you are. Certain people have conflicts with each other … it’s reflective of life.”

“It’s kind of interesting because with one housewife, for whatever reason because we didn’t quite hit it off on the right foot. And we ended up really getting really close. And the one who was embracing me and was going out of her way to become my BFF, at the end we went wrong. It was craziness.”

Ramona also reveals that despite the show being called Real Housewives of New York, the ladies do a lot of traveling out of NYC. Likely because, New York wouldn’t have them. Rumors were abound that certain cosmopolitan establishments were not welcoming to the housewives that represent their fair city’s name! So the ladies took their crazy around the globe!

“There’s a trip to London, a trip to South Beach, and trip to St. Barts,” Ramona dishes. “The St. Barts trip is off the charts! It’s off the rails!  You’ll have to watch. Someone gets possessed by someone, that’s what I think.” Ok, then – so long as it’s not another menopausal pregnancy scare, I’ll watch!

Moving right along, LuAnn de Lesseps‘ boyfriend Jacques Azoulay is talking his relationship with LuAnn and what’s next for the couple. Hint, hint – it involves a wedding and possibly a reality show! When asked if the couple was talking marriage, Jacques confessed “always.”

And he’d even consider televising any upcoming nuptials, telling WetPaint, “Maybe. We’ve discussed, but I’m not definite about it. Maybe. Why not?” That’s code for ‘Bravo, please pay for our wedding and offer us a spin-off, called Money Can’t Buy You Love‘.

As for what it’s like having their relationship play out on TV, Jacques doesn’t seem to mind. “It’s fun,” he shares. LuAnn “is who she is first. The rest, it’s circumstances. But we enjoy it, we do.”

Finally, comedian Amy Phillips, recently did some impersonations of Pinot Singer and former Housewife Bethenny Frankel. And really, they are beyond hilarious! The spot-on and absolutely sensational clips are below!



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A week after debuting a surprising new hair color, Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is explaining why she opted for a new look!

LuAnn debuted her blonde hair last week during the premiere party for her latest video for the single Chic C’est La Vie. “I wanted to try something new,” said Lulu to Radar Online. “I’ve always wanted to be blonde. Every girl dreams of being blonde some time.”

LuAnn adds that she also made the change to look like a certain Miss Marilyn Monroe. “I wanted to look like Marilyn Monroe for a minute!” laughs LuAnn. “I’m definitely going to keep the new look for awhile.”


So does her beau Ross Geller Jacques Azoulay approve? That answer is yes! “He’s having fun with this other woman,” she jokes. And the mane expert responsible for Lulu’s blonde hair, Ted Gibson, also spoke out on her new look. Ted believes this new look makes the Countess look much much younger. “I think she looks 20 years younger. It looks sexy and fresh,” said Ted. Uh uh.

LuAnn is pictured above with her two kids Noel de Lesseps and Victoria de Lesseps at the June 29 premiere of Cirque du Soleil ‘Zarkana.’

In other RHONY news, Jill Zarin made her acting debut yesterday on USA Network’s White Collar. Jill played a speed dater on the episode and according to critics, her performance was lackluster. Gawker describes Jill’s acting debut as “underwhelming,” and the Hollywood Reporter stated viewers were “bewildered” by Jill’s acting citing some of the twitter comments below –

Kiki (@kikinitwithkiki): “Jill Zarin on #WhiteCollar? Oh, Jill, don’t quit your day job. #RHONY”

Grace Yu (@graceyu): “Why is Jill Zarin on #whitecollar?”

Rachel Leigh (@TheRachelLeigh): “What the heck is jill zarin doing in an episode of white collar? Im a fan of jill but celebrity-wanna-be much? #sticktoyourdayjob.”

But we’ll let you be the judge. Below is the video of Jill’s cameo!

Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn.com


Is Countess LuAnn de Lesseps batting for both teams?

According to a new story by the Crazy Days and Nights blog, via the National Enquirer, the Real Housewives of New York City star is reported as being bisexual.

The Enquirer reports Countess LuAnn was at a club outside LA when she asked to borrow a cigarette from a young, tattooed, heavily pierced woman at the club. “LuAnn had a table and proceeded to feed the girl drinks, flirt and kiss for the rest of the night. She kept telling her how beautiful she was and how she reminded her of when she was younger. Her friends jokingly told LuAnn she was a lesbian cougar!”

Oddly enough, LuAnn is still dating boyfriend Jacques Azoulay and the two were just photographed at an event together on June 30th.  If this story is true, LuAnn would be joining the likes of Kim Zolciak and Danielle Staub, as part of the Bravo housewives who have taken or pretended to have taken a dip or two in the lady pond.

So is Luann really bisexual?  Or is this just a ploy to garner some publicity? Is the story even true, you know considering the source?  So many questions, so little time.


Tonight marks the third episode of Bravo’s new hit – Bethenny’s Getting Married?

We learn tonight about Bethenny’s first marriage, as she opens up about her divorce. It all starts when her wedding planner hunts her down in a hair salon. A still pregnant and hormonal Bethenny doesn’t seem too comfortable when the discussion turns to her previous relationships or the fact that she needs to find her divorce papers in order to get married again.

The new episode airs tonight at 10:00pm Eastern on Bravo.

In other news, could Countess LuAnn De lesseps be leaving the Real Housewives of New York City? It’s possible according to the Countess.

“We haven’t been asked back yet. Let’s see if the show is renewed for another season and then we’ll see,” said the Countess to PEOPLE magazine. “I’m going to cross that bridge when I get to it.” Right Countess. Going to go out on a limb here and predict there’s a 100% chance LuAnn will be back for more.

LuAnn, pictured above with boyfriend Jacques Azoulay at last night’s premiere of ‘Grown Ups,’ also shares that she doesn’t have a problem with anyone on the show. And when it comes to Bethenny’s spin off, LuAnn says she is a fan. “I’ve seen it,” she said. “I think it’s great.”

Since we’re on the topic of the NYC Housewives, despite the fact that Jill Zarin has mentioned several times that she cannot understand the words that are coming out of Kelly Bensimon’s mouth, it seems the two have still managed to strike a great friendship despite the language and IQ barrier. Kelly twitted the above pic of her and her new BFF on Tuesday with the caption: “I loved lunch at World pie. I admire our friendship so much.”

Kelly then tweeted to Jill the next day, “tks for coming to watch me ride. I was proud.”

Kelly also had an interesting tweet for the website Gather which wrote a brief article about her lunch with Jill. She tweeted, “i love gather.com they wrote about @jillzarin and i having lunch. i wish they’d write about SAFE SEX and the work of AIDS Service center.”

Good to see things are still the same in Kelly lala cartwheel land. The lost episode of the NYC Housewives show airs tonight on Bravo.



While some housewives seasons seemed to linger on too long (think the Real Housewives of Orange County) and some should have just been scrapped all together and replaced with a new cast (think Real Housewives of New Jersey), it seems the third season of the Real Housewives of New York City ended way too soon.

Just like that, the most amazing season ever in Bravo housewives history is over. Last night marked the 14th and final episode of the NYC season. The recap is below.

We saw Jill call Bethenny up last week to ask her out to lunch, thus bringing us to a somewhat awkward lunch meeting between the former BFFs. Seems Jill, who spent the first half of the season trying to rally up the troops her co-stars against Bethenny and failing badly at it, is now ready to make amends. Apparently, becoming BFFs with the Cuntess and a nutjob wasn’t all she thought it would be. Enters Bethenny, and Jill begins to complement the heck out of her. Jill begins to open up, and judging from Bethenny’s facial expressions, it’s pretty obvious Bethenny is O.V.E.R.I.T. Jill calls the demise of their friendship a separation, while Bethenny describes it as a divorce. Interesting choice of words there.

Bethenny makes an excellent point when she says in her interview, “I think that the tides turning on Jill is the reason that we’re sitting here having this conversation.” Bethenny then proceeds to explain to Jill why she’s in the position she is in with some of the housewives. “You create arguments and drama, and pick fights with people and count things, then you have to deal with the residual damage,” says an emotional Bethenny. And the best line of this scene is Jill saying she wants to get toxic people out of her life and then calling Alex a toxic person to which Bethenny asks, “Alex is a toxic person?” before reminding Jill that once upon a time, she also referred to her as a toxic person as well. Lunch is over and Jill asks Bethenny if she would like to get together again. We never get Bethenny’s reply, but judging from her facial expressions, the answer is pretty clear.

Next up, we see the ladies sans BRA, meet up to celebrate LuAnn’s new song, ‘Money Can’t Buy You Class.’ LuAnn finally introduces her very adorable boyfriend, Jacques Azoulay, to the housewives, and I must admit it was cute to see LuAnn act giddy and happy about her new man. According to reports, the two are still together. It was however interesting to hear LuAnn express her disappointment at Bethenny, Ramona and Alex(BRA) not showing up, when she made it a point not to show up for Ramona’s trip. LuAnn proceeds to lip-sync her song and I’m pretty certain her lips weren’t even moving at one point during the performance. And how cute was it when the cameras panned to Jacques, who was shown really grooving to the crappy performance. Ahh! To be in love.

Finally, it’s the day of the renewal and we see Ramona getting ready for her big day. Jill pays Ramona a visit, and tries to mend their toxic friendship. Interesting because Jill mentioned to Bethenny earlier that she did not want toxic people in her life. If her friendship with Ramona isn’t toxic, then I don’t know what is. The frenemies once again make up and I realize that’s all these two do. They hurt each other badly, apologize and make up. On a toxic friendship of 1 – 10, these two are about a 12. They make up once again and we can look forward to 15 more years of this frenemieship.

The guests arrive to the event and we find out Kelly did not RSVP. She however decided to be the “bigger person” again and show up to the event, even bringing gifts! I don’t speak lunatic, but I’m guessing the other time she’s referring to being the “bigger person” was during the St. John trip. Nough said.

Next we see Jill, minutes after just making up with her good friend Ramona, proceed to then bash Ramona’s event to others. Jill complains about not having any h’orderves to munch on. It’s a wonder Jill even eats, you know being that she’s a size 1 and all. We then see the “two teams” sitting on opposite sides of the room and Alex reminds us the ladies are ending the season the same way they started. In the first episode, Alex & Bethenny attended Ramona’s party on the boat/yatch, while LuAnn and Kelly skipped the event in favor of gossiping about it with Jill. Good observation by Alex.



When it comes to the Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin feud, everyone seems to have a strong opinion, including the Real Housewives of New York City.  The above photo is old by the way.

“I wish I could say I can see them being friends again, but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” says messenger Alex 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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The Countess has a new man! Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York City confirmed to PEOPLE magazine that she is dating French wine distributor Jacques Azoulay, pictured above.

“I feel very lucky,” the recently divorced LuAnn told People. “We met at a party for a friend of mine who is a singer. The first time I saw him, I was like, ‘Wow!’ He’s a wow kind of guy. He’s just lovely.”

Things seem to have gotten serious between the two as LuAnn reveals she recently met his family. “I just got back from Paris for Valentine’s Day. We went to see the parts of Paris that Jacques grew up in … it went very well. [His family are] very nice people, lovely people.”

“I feel very lucky, I never thought I would be lucky enough to find somebody like that again in my life,” continued LuAnn.

LuAnn and her ex-husband of 16 years, Count Alexandre de Lesseps split last year after he dumped her via email to begin dating an Ethopian Princess. They have two children – Noel, 12, and Victoria, 14.

A photo of LuAnn with her new beau below –

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