On Thursday’s Real Housewives of New York the ladies leave exotic Morocco and head back to Manhattan. Love, loss and confrontation ensue once back on American soil.
Ramona decides to seduce Mario (on camera, of course) but poor Mario’s late to the party. Alex gets home and Simon has a romantic dinner planned. It’s an evening of making out, ass smacking, and talking to the oysters which are ready to spike their libidos…and that’s all before the couple sits down for the meal. Across town, Ramona’s still waiting and Mario enters awkwardly. Ramona informs Mario of the fortune teller’s prediction. Mario, like Ramona, believes the “other woman” is their daughter Avery. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it!
Simon’s gifts Alex with a basket full of “panties” (I HATE that word) and Alex proceeds to model the lingerie for Simon. Where is the remote? I need to change the channel STAT. Who does this knowing they’re being filmed for an enormous television audience? Not to be outdone in the creepy category, Ramasseuse gives a shirtless Mario a massage. Please, Bravo, show anything else…Luann’s wine-selling boyfriend, Kelly eating jelly beans, heck, even Gia Guidice’s runway walk–ANYTHING!
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So can we expect skipping through the grass on tonight’s episode? It’s doubtful. “Debt Becomes Her” follows the ladies as they leave Morocco and head back to the Big Apple. Ramona and Jill try to maintain their newly (and barely) fixed friendship, while someone else clamors to cause drama in Ramona’s life. Additionally, back in the States, Sonja’s money issues are revealed plus Alex and the Countess get into it. A sneek peak is below.
In other NYC news, how do housewives become relevant? Well if you’re a new housewife, it’s a lawsuit, of course! Cindy Barshop has flown under the radar this season on the show (except for a hanger debacle and a seating situation on a Moroccan mini-van), but she’s now at the center of a employment lawsuit surrounding her pink parts salon, Completely Bare.
According to TMZ, Cindy had to let go an employee after client complaints and disciplinary measures. In turn, the employee, Altovise Collier, sued Cindy, citing that her termination was not because she was a bad waxer, but rather because Cindy is racist and didn’t want Collier, who is black, to continue to work for her. Last week, Collier filed suit against Cindy on claims of discrimination. However, Cindy says that Collier, who worked for Completely Bare for less than three months before being fired, is using race to distract from the truth: her poor performance on the job.
Regarding the Completely Bare countersuit, Cindy states, “In an effort to mask her own deficient work performance and serial on the job screw-ups, Collier, in a racist fashion, asserts that her race, national origin and skin color were the basis for her termination.” Cindy believes that Collier is attempting to tarnish Cindy’s “professional reputation,” and she is suing to the tune of $5,000,000 to make sure that these defamatory claims are put to rest.
Transitioning from a new housewife with new problems, we turn to an old housewife and old beef. In an interview with TV Guide, Jill Zarinreveals what went down after her taxing fight with Ramona Singer in Morocco. Apparently, it all stems from last year’s Scary Island. Jill reveals, “We’d been putting off talking about what had happened last year in St. John for a long time.” She elaborates, “I showed up, and [she] didn’t welcome me in. Technically, did she throw me out? No, but when I said I would leave, she was like ‘don’t let the door hit you on the behind.'”
Having held off on that discussion until Morocco proved even more dramatic for Jill and Ramona. Jill admits, “I [saw] on the commercials that she [fell] on the bed crying, and to me it looks fake…She’s crying a lot this season and they are such inauthentic tears.” Ouch, but kudos for using Kelly’s buzzword!
Even though the pair appeared to make amends on last week’s episode, Jill concedes, “We’ll be frenemies for the rest of our lives… [this] was really sort of the end of it.” Of course, Jill wouldn’t be a good reality star if she didn’t recognize that viewers love drama. No matter what, it’s all about making us tune every Thursday, and Jill knows Ramona plays a big part in that. She recognizes, “Thank God for Ramona… I don’t know what [we would] do without her. If we were all holding hands, running through the grass, how boring would that be?!”
A preview clip for tonight’s all new episode is below –
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Eyewitnesses told E! that Mario was on a mission to find Jill immediately after arriving to the party. “Once Mario found Jill, he began screaming at her and was blaming her for the fact that Ramona looks like a drunk this season on the show,” one partygoer said. “It was really sad and pathetic that Mario was screaming at Jill like this. It was abusive and everyone at the party was extremely offended.”
The “source” then goes on to add that Jill, who oddly enough was photographed putting her finger in castmate Sonja Morgan’s face just last week, was “scared” and taken aback by the confrontation.
“She was just standing there speechless and looked scared and finally a guest had to get in between Jill and Mario and push him away from her. Bobby [Jill’s husband] had some words with Mario and told him to back off of his wife,” added the source. Jill’s rep then goes on to confirm the story to E! News, stating, “Sadly, this story is accurate.”
Ramona is however responding to the story and unlike others who shall remain nameless, she shoots straight with the press. Ramona states that while Jill and Mario did talk, the above claims are exaggerated. “So not true,” Ramona told E!. “Did they talk? Yes. Then she, Jill, walked away.”
Ramona goes on to state Jill and her reps leaked this story to the press. “Jill has her reps make up exaggerated stories about me as this is the only way she can get press. So sad, isn’t it?” Ramona adds.
And moments after E! published Ramona’s comments, partygoer Trevor Cork went on record telling E! that Ramona is lying about the incident. “It is in fact 100% true that Mario attacked Jill and everyone at the party saw it happen. I had to get between Mario and Jill just to get him off of her,” said Trevor.
And who is this unbiased partygoer you ask? Just the rumored boyfriend of Jill’s manager/rep Darren Bettencourt. In fact when you google Trevor’s name, the first photo that comes up is a recent picture of him with Darren.
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UPDATE – Jill’s rep Darren is denying he leaked this story to E!, citing he was contacted by E! to comment on the story.
It’s the last leg of the Morocco trip for the Real Housewives of New York, and Alex uses Jill and Ramona’s fight as a springboard to vent her feeling about Luann…to Luann. Kelly fancies herself a therapist/life coach/mean girl when dealing with Alex, with some Scary Island thrown in for good measure. Sonja tries to avoid drama and is reminiscent of the funny, carefree woman we met last season. And Cindy? Poor Cindy is just as confused as ever as to why she agreed to this gig.
Thursday’s episode, “Last Call Morocco,” opens with a shaking and crying Jill, fresh from her altercation with Ramona. The brunettes swoop in to build Jill back up while the blondes attempt to console Ramona across the riad. Being the hostess with the mostess (attitude, that is), Luann will not allow Ramona’s behavior to ruin the ladies’ trip. She quickly goes to reprimand her guest, but Sonja and Alex run interference by requesting (what else?) pinot grigio for a traumatized Ramona who is being coddled to Alex’s braless chest.
Knowing the cardinal rule of entertaining, Luann obliges and pours a glass of liquid gold for Ramona before ripping into her. I believe that was covered in Chapter Three of her etiquette book. Alex, having found her backbone this season, asks Luann to leave before she can begin scolding Ramona. Kelly comes in and tells the girls that she refuses to take sides, and Ramona admits that she should have kept her mouth shut to avoid her fight with Jill. I had to rewind that part four times to make sure I’d heard her correctly!
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Pictured above is the always shy and conservative Kelly Bensimon, as she donned a see through sequins attire with what looks to be a bra and a matching thong? underneath along with some flip-flops? The event was the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards which took place on Monday in New York.
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old Kelly recently spoke to OK! during which she made it clear she is a totally like nice person. Kelly tried to explain what separates her from her mean costars. “I don’t have any enemies,” said Kelly . “I like everybody. I am Miss Congeniality. I’m a brunette. I don’t really hate anybody. I mean, they try to make me hate people, but I still don’t.”
And despite trashing castmate Sonja and her home on a recent episode of the Bravo show, Kelly states she is far from being a bitch. “In all honestly, a lot of girls do a lot of really bitchy things. To be honest with you, I think that’s one thing that they’re striving for, is who can be the bigger bitch? But that’s not cool. People don’t like that.”
Kelly added, “My virtual family, they don’t like bitches. They like the cool girl, and I’d rather be cool all day long. I don’t need to be a bitch. Why? Bitch may have sold before, but it doesn’t sell now. It’s a whole new year and a whole new season. It’s all about good people with good values.” So there you have it folks, Kelly bitch is so last year.
And moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the NYC Housewives. The Sex in the City Moroccan trip comes to an end with a bump in the riad. The aftermath of a blowout between Jill and Ramona leaves Ramona still shaken, prompting yet another confrontation. Luann and Alex get into it as well, and minus Ramona, the ladies tour lavish palaces. It airs at 10/9c.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S COMMENTS, THE PHOTOS & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Bethenny Frankelrecently got a whole lot richer (a whole, whole lot) due to a deal with Beam Global in which she sold her Skinnygirl brand of beverages.
Since then, her former manager has sued her for upwards of $100 million for what he thinks was his input into her business. In a recent interview on the Today Show, Bethenny touched on the lawsuit drama. “I work really hard; I have always had a conscience and integrity (which is what you do when no one is looking). I can’t control what other people are doing nor do I want to. I’m happy where I am and I only sweat the small stuff. I torture myself more over a $40 Gap T-shirt than a multimillion-dollar lawsuit,” said Bethenny.
Bethenny also hit up the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, during which she quipped that she wipes her bum with dollar bills when Jay asked about her wealth, and tried to hire fellow Leno guest Kevin Bacon (love!) to entertain her and bartend. There was an enlightening moment in the interview where she admits that Jill(or should I say Bobby) Zarin secured her a place with the Real Housewives of New York. She admits that she and Jill were friends before the show (which she recognizes is weird among reality show stars…they aren’t usually close to begin with), but vaguely cites the show as the downfall of their relationship. Regardless, she knows the show was an amazing platform for her business plan.
And of course, having a multi-million (potentially billion) dollar empire, isn’t enough for the one time New York housewife. She has several spin-off Skinnygirl products launching that are sure to keep the money rolling in for years to come. Her newest endeavor? A cleanse.
A non-preggos looking Bethenny was pictured above this week during the launching of her Skinnygirl Cleanse at a GNC in Los Angeles. She elaborates, “It gently cleanses the system on a daily basis while replenishing and restoring the system with vibrant greens. On a day-to-day basis, depending upon how I feel, I alter whether I take it at night or during the day and whether I take it once per day or more.” To coincide with the Skinnygirl cleanse is also her lifestyle website Skinnygirl Daily.
Having raked in $50+ million last year, I’m sure her diehard fans will jump on with a vengeance. It certainly can’t hurt after imbibing all those margaritas.
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After Bethenny left the show for good following last season, many, including us, wondered if the show could survive without her. Well, the NYC Housewives are now midway through their fourth season and the numbers don’t lie. Not only is the show doing well, in fact ratings have slightly increased sans Bethenny.
In the past two weeks, the show has received its highest ratings of the season, averaging over 2.28 million viewers per episode thanks to the boost from the Sex in the City Moroccan vacation! Nine episodes into this season, the RHONY is averaging 1.95 million viewers per episode, a 7% increase compared to the same point last season when the show averaged 1.82 million viewers through the first 9 episodes… with Bethenny on the show.
Not only that, the RHONY is also doing very well in ratings in comparison to Bethenny’s spin off show Bethenny Ever After which only averaged 1.45 million viewers for its latest season. The Bravo network is however happy with Bethenny’s ratings as her show was renewed for a third season.
So what does this all mean? Well it means we can expect more spinoffs for other popular housewives stars and more departures from other franchises. According to reports, Bravo is in talks to give Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Zolciak andNene Leakes their own spin-off shows, with the strong possibility that at least one of them will be leaving the show for good.
This also proves that the Real Housewives series can indeed survive without their most popular stars aka the Teresa Giudices, Gretchen Rossis, Nene Leakes, Kyle Richards etc.
In other NYC news, to mark her recent wedding anniversary, Alex McCord posted photos of her 2000 wedding to hubby Simon van Kempen on her website Mccordvankempen.com. The couple tied the knot at Maxims de Paris on Madison Avenue. Those photos are below!
TELL US – SURPRISED THE RHONY IS DOING WELL IN RATINGS WITHOUT BETHENNY? A GOOD IDEA FOR BRAVO TO GIVE OTHER HOUSEWIVES THEIR OWN SPINOFF SHOWS?
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Less than a week after Ramona Singer dissed her costar Jill Zarinon the Watch What Happens Live aftershow (more on this below) , a new article has mysteriously made its way online today stating that Ramona is not only jealous of Bethenny Frankel’s success, but that she’s also responsible for the demise of Jill and Bethenny’s friendship.
The story posted by RadarOnline claims Ramona, star of the Real Housewives of New York City, is green with envy over Bethenny’s Skinnygirl line success. “Ramona has always been jealous of Bethenny and didn’t even want her on the show at first,” Jill a “source close the situation” tells Radar. The story also references Ramona’s recent comments that she believes Bethenny sold her drink line for way less than the reported $120 million.
Okay, so the above quote sounds plausible. It is however the next quotes that has some suspecting this has Jill’s fingerprints all over it. The “source” adds, “Ramona is trying to play the sympathy card and came up with a plan to spin her negative press by saying that she is the ‘Bethenny’ of this season… Ramona is the person who really turned Bethenny against Jill [Zarin] and now it’s backfiring on her!”
Whoa! So now Ramona is the one responsible for the Jill and Bethenny drama? Wowzers! But wasn’t it the Countess who tried to prevent Jill and Bethenny from talking last year? Odd that people, coughs Kelly Bensimon & Jill, feel the need to try to rewrite history despite what viewers saw with their own eyes.
The story becomes even more obvious that it likely came from Camp Jill when the “source” adds, “Ramona thought that if she got in a fight with Jill she could be the Bethenny of this season and gain a ton of fans like Bethenny did and build her wine to be as successful as Bethenny’s Skinnygirl brand.”
As for Ramona’s diss to Jill last Thursday, she stated on the WWHL aftershow that Jill likes to exaggerate her wealth. She basically called Jill a hypocrite for making fun of her former gay husband BradBoles’ non existent home in Morocco on the most recent episode of the show.
“Jill loves to exaggerate,” said Ramona to Andy Cohen . “You know she sold her house four years ago and pretended on the show that she owned the house. She rented it. She pretended she owned a yellow Ferrari and rented it for one week and said, ‘Oh Bobby bought it for me.'”
Seems like the frenemy-ship between the two ladies rages on.
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