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Two of the Real Housewives of New York City jackasses stars are making headlines this week.

First up is Kelly Bensimon, who reveals to PEOPLE magazine in a new interview that her kids are extremely embarrassed by her don’t think she is cool.

“They think I’m their mom,” she said of her daughters, Sea Louis, 12, and Thaddeus Ann, 10. “Because I’m their mom I’m not really cool, but their friends like me, so I guess my cool factor is like a two on a [scale of] one to ten – better than a zero.”

It doesn’t end there as Kelly also admits her kids have told her to “tone it down” in the past. “They tell me to wait outside the school and not come in and not to embarrass them,” Kelly, 42, told PEOPLE. “I’m like, I’m not even saying anything.”

The jokes simply write themselves. Moving on to NYC Housewife #2 aka Jill Zarin. The HollywoodLife is reporting that Jill has decided to take on a plight that she is all too familiar with, you know, considering her BFF Kelly accused her housewives co-stars of bullying her and even made a youtube PSA video to further prove her insanity point.

Jill reportedly hosted a luncheon and fashion show this week to raise funds and support various anti-bullying projects. “No one should be bullied for any reason, and no one should ever have to be afraid or intimidated in the classroom or in their life because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Jill to the HollywoodLife.

Nice to see Jill getting herself a hobby. Jill’s co-stars Kelly, LuAnn, Alex and Ramona were in attendance at her event. A picture of Kelly with her kids below -

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S COMMENTS AND JILL’S NEW PROJECT?

It seems former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has a whole lot more to worry about these days than former BFF Jill Zarin continuously trying to steal her thunder.

In a new interview with RadarOnline, Bethenny’s mother Bernadette Burke, who admits she hasn’t spoken to Bethenny in over a decade, is slamming the Bravo reality star. Bernadette calls Bethenny’s decision to do ABC’s Skating With The Stars a desperate attempt to further her career.

“As soon as I saw that she was going to be on Skating with the Stars I just knew she had an ulterior motive,” said Bernadette to RadarOnline.

It gets even better or worse rather as Bernadette then accused Bethenny of doing the show to “to one up Jill Zarin.” She adds, “I’ve watched only three of the show and in one Jill Zarin was so proud of her skating and even had a party. As soon as I saw Bethenny was skating, I knew she had another reason than just having fun.”

And when it comes to how she thinks her daughter will perform on the show, Bernadette has high hopes for Bethenny as she states she “had so many private ice skating and roller skating lessons. She did it all the time when she was a child.”

This interview doesn’t really come as a major surprise as Bethenny has come out publicly this year stating she had a toxic childhood and that her mom was a bulimic who was always drinking.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BERNADETTE’S COMMENTS?

If it seems like every time something good happens for Bethenny Frankel, her former BFF Jill Zarin always manages to involve herself in her good fortune, it’s because it usually happens that way.

First came babygate, and now a new controversy brewing involving the announcement of Bethenny on ABC’s new show Skating With The Stars.

According to TVGuide, SWTS‘s casting director Deena Katz is not happy about a few reports that started floating around some blogs following the cast announcement.

What reports would that be might you ask? Well, some reports magically appeared on some blogs claiming that Real Housewives of NYC star Jill passed on doing the show which led to SWTS asking her former co-star Bethenny.

“That’s the part I don’t like,” says Deena. “You weren’t asked, so don’t act like you were.” While Jill’s reps declined to comment on the story, Deena added that Bethenny was cast because “she is it. If you’re going to go with a Housewife Bethenny has transcended all the other housewives. She has her own show [Bethenny Getting Married?]. She is her own person.”

Deena makes it clear that she never asked another housewife, stating “Bethenny is the only one I asked.”

As for Jill, she took some time out of her busy schedule to wish Bethenny the best of luck. “Congrats to @Bethenny for skating with stars. If anyone can do it you can! And happy birthday,” posted Jill the early morning of Nov 3rd. By the way, Bethenny’s birthday is Nov 4th. She turned 40-years-old yesterday.

While many viewers are tuning in to watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo, it seems popular Bravolebrity Bethenny Frankel isn’t much of a fan.

“I know Kyle [Richards] from years ago, but I haven’t been watching it,” the busy mom of 5-month-old daughter Bryn told In Touch magazine.

Bethenny, who is busy filming the 2nd season of her own show Bethenny’s Getting Married then added, “It’s so lavish and big. I’m not sure if it’s totally relatable with all that money… I didn’t know people even had that much money!”

Bethenny’s former co-star, Ramona Singer of the Real Housewives of NYC, is also giving her own opinion on Bethenny’s exit from the show.

In an interview with the HollywoodLife, Ramona makes it clear the show goes on with or without Bethenny. “You know what, we don’t really miss [Bethenny],” said Ramona. “We got enough going on, trust me.”

Ramona adds that though Bethenny is busy with her own show, they still speak and text occasionally. “I miss her as a person, but it’s all going to be good [now that Cindy Bishop has joined the cast],” Ramona continued. “It’s going to be our best season ever, it really is!”

And finally, in case you’ve ever wondered why some of the Bravo housewives subject themselves to the pitfalls and humiliation of putting their lives on reality television, you know, other than the fact that most of them are famewhores, the SmokingGun website is about to give you 15,000 reasons.

According to the site, $15,000 is the amount Jill Zarin earned for a speaking appearance. Just last month, the University of South Florida paid the Real Housewives of NYC star 15gs to address some of their college students and sign copies of her books, which according to all reports, has been a total flop.

In addition to the $15,000 fee, Jill also received accommodations in a hotel suite, a $100 per diem, and had her airfare paid for. So folks, the next time you read about a Bravo housewife threatening to leave the show, feel free to roll your eyes, knowing that none of these women will give up on their Bravo ticket to money and fame.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY & RAMONA’S COMMENTS, PLUS JILL’S EARNINGS?

The HollywoodLife blog is reporting that Bethenny Frankel, former star of Bravo’s the Real Housewives of New York City, has completely discarded the show that made her a star.

Why? Well for one, Bethenny told the blog she no longer wants anything to do with the show. “I do not want to do any housewife episodes [this season]. Let’s just leave it at that,” said the star of Bethenny’s Getting Married.

And when it comes to former BFF Jill Zarin, Bethenny makes it clear she has moved on from the friendship. “I’m not friends with Jill and we don’t speak to each other,” she said. “I’m so happy right now in my life that I could never ever wish anyone any ill will anyway. That is so 2009 — the show and the argument!”

Several media outlets have reported that Bethenny will make some guest appearances on the NYC Housewives next season due to her contract obligations.

In other NYC news, the Luxist blog is reporting that Ramona Singer, who’s blood type might or might not be Pinot Grigio, is planning to launch her own Pinot Grigio wine!

According to the blog, Ramona has teamed up with Opici Wines for the new business venture. The Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio will hit the shelves next January and will reportedly retail for $14.99.

A photo of Ramona’s wine label is below.

TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH BETHENNY’S COMMENTS? WILL YOU BE DRINKING RAMONA’S WINE?

Jill Zarin is at it again!

According to the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine, the Real Housewives of New York City star is angling for her own solo reality show.

The mag reports Jill, 46, is taking meetings “about her own reality show.” An insider states, “She likes the title: Jill Gets a Hobby” (a play on words stemming from Bethenny Frankel’s comments telling her to “get a hobby” last season.

“Jill wants it to focus on her and her sister (lawyer Lisa Wexler whom Jill wrote a book with) but her sister is boring,” says the source. “Jill feels done with Bravo after last season. She thinks Bethenny and Andy Cohen conspired to make Bethenny look like a victim.”

Jill’s rep is however denying the story, telling HollywoodLife that UsWeekly’s story is “totally fabricated.”  For some odd reason, we will choose to believe UsWeekly over Jill.

In other NYC news, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is angling to appear on broadway according to her rep, who tells RadarOnline LuAnn wants to expand her brand by taking to the stage.

“She’s very adventurous and wants to try something new,” her rep said. “She’s had a few meetings for a couple of potential Broadway projects, including ‘Chicago’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles.’ It’s something she’s definitely looking into.”

The rep however adds LuAnn cannot officially do anything until she finishes filming the 4th season of the NYC Housewives in Januray.  Umm good luck with that Lulu.

TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE JILL IS TRYING TO GET HER OWN SPIN-OFF? WOULD YOU WATCH LUANN ON BROADWAY?

Real Housewives of New York City star and renowned author of the non bestseller ‘Secrets of a Jewish Mother,’ Jill Zarin, is dishing out some unsolicited advice.

In a new interview with the HollywoodLife blog, Jill, mom to 17-year-old Allyson Shapiro, is pretty fired up as she believes troubled actress Lindsay Lohan should not have been jailed again.

“You don’t NOT give bail to a drug addict. Lindsay didn’t hurt anyone else — she didn’t rob a bank or break into someone’s house — she didn’t hurt anyone but herself,” Jill pointed out. Perhaps someone might want to inform Jill that Lindsay is on probation following her second DUI conviction back in August 2007.

“I feel bad for Lindsay — she’s a drug addict, I’ve known drug addicts and all they can think about is their drugs,” continued Jill.

The non addiction expert feels that Lindsay, who is currently on her 5th rehab stint, needs more rehab and not jail. “Lindsay needs a solid year in rehab to finally overcome her addiction. You need 12 months to break ties with your former friends and associates,” she said. “The best thing to happen to Lindsay is if a movie studio would tell her to go away for a year, get sober and promise her a terrific role, when she came back.”

TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH JILL? SHOULD JILL BE GIVING OUT UNSOLICITED ADVICE?

Following the report weeks ago that Bravo had invited back all of the Real Housewives of New York City from season 3, Ramona Singer is now revealing which of her co-stars have accepted Bravo’s offer to return to the show!

Despite Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin’s proclamations on several occasions that they received unfair editing by Bravo, and that they were contemplating not coming back, Ramona tells PEOPLE magazine that both famewhores ladies will indeed be returning for season 4.

In fact, Ramona, 53, (Ramona’s 53? She looks great for her age) reveals all the ladies including Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord, Countess LuAnn, will be coming back. However, as we have previously reported, Bethenny will only make guest appearances on the season. “Bethenny will come on a little bit. We need a Bethenny moment,” said Ramona.

Also joining all the ladies pictured above will be a new housewife. Ramona confirms the news to UsWeekly that a new NYC housewife will be joining the cast when filming begins next week. “We have this new girl coming on. She is very happy with herself,” Ramona tells Usmagazine. “Not to say I’m not going to get pissed at her or have a fight with her about something — that’s just who I am sometimes! I can’t help it. But it’s better I tell it to your face then behind your back, right?”

Ramona also discusses Bethenny’s return to the show in her UsWeekly interview telling the site Bethenny will make “cameo appearances, just like I did on her show.” In true Ramona fashion, she seems to take a shot, perhaps an unintentional shot at Teresa Giudice when she adds, “We are intertwined in a sense. She proved to Bravo you don’t have to have table-flipping to get ratings.”

In other NYC news, The HollywoodReporter is reporting that Bethenny has began filming the second season of her hit spin-off show, Bethenny Getting Married, this week. This comes as no surprise as the show was a hit for Bravo, giving the network it’s highest rated series debut in its history. A source tells the site Bravo will likely change the name of the show.

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