In a new interview, Bethenny gives the following quote, “I do have the choice,” she says of choosing to do her own spinoff – Bethenny’s Getting Married? and the Housewives series. “And I don’t believe I’ll be doing any more ‘Housewives,’ she added.
As for why she’s leaning towards leaving the shit show, Bethenny reveals the dramatic reunion played a big role. “It was a real tense experience,” she explains. “It just felt heavy and you’re about to shoot something and you just don’t [want to]. [My life] feels lighter. Actually, it feels a lot lighter.”
While Bethenny makes it clear her decision to leave the Housewives’ series is not yet official, she also explains why shooting her own show is more fun.
“On ‘Housewives,’ you always have to do some charity event or some big dramatic moment,” she says. “The best parts of my show are when we’re talking about nonsense. Or something so stupid. Like there are a couple things that happened on my honeymoon that are ridiculous. It’s really about the minutiae, so there’s always going to be nonsense in my life.”
In other NYC news, Jill Zarin is also denying a media report that quoted her as leaving the Real Housewives of NYC. It all started when Jill appeared on the Cooper Lawrence Radio Show last week and gave the following quote: “There are compelling reasons for me not to come back and there are compelling reasons for me to come back — I feel I was totally misrepresented. And the risk is that if I come back, it could happen again.”
Some media outlets interpreted the quote as Jill wanting to quit the show, Popeater is however reporting that Jill has no plans on quitting, and that Bravo has yet to decide who will be returning for the all new season of the NYC Housewives.
TELL US: DO YOU WANT TO SEE BETHENNY AND JILL BACK FOR THE 4TH SEASON?
According to the NYPost, Jill appeared on The Cooper Lawrence Show last night and pretended to be discussed having second thoughts about coming back for a fourth season of the hit show.
“I don’t think I could handle it again. It hurt me terrible,” Jill said. “There are compelling reasons for me not to come back and there are compelling reasons for me to come back — I feel I was totally misrepresented. And the risk is that if I come back, it could happen again.”
Bravo has yet to ask any of the housewives back for the 4th season. Jill also shared she wants to renew herself ala Ramona. “You know what I want, I want to go on a spiritual journey,” added Jill.
In other NYC news, Kelly Bensimon, who is proving to be the biggest famewhore of them all, reportedly paid someone to be has a new man in her life. Photo agency BuzzFoto took the above pic of Kelly with what they are calling her mystery date.
And when she’s not busy being photographed randomly out on a date, strolling the beach, or working out, Kelly makes time to go running in the streets of NYC. Dlisted posted some photos of Kelly as she ran the streets of Manhattan on Monday afternoon. Also pictured running with Kelly looks to be her new mystery man.
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.
“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.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S GETTING MARRIED AND NYC HOUSEWIVES’ LOST FOOTAGE?
It is finally over. The final part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion show aired last night, and we got some resolution to some of the biggest issues of the season.
We start off with a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s delusions. After spewing out her bullying crap against the women, Kelly decides to do her best Jill impersonation when she decides to storm of the show, like a brat not getting her way. In all honesty, Kelly leaving the stage for those few minutes ended up being my favorite part of the show. At this point, like Ramona, I just couldn’t anymore. I mean this woman was just making up events that never happened. It was extremely frustrating as a viewer to see her take no responsibility for her actions and on top of that, just sit there and lie over and over and over again. This is why I could definitely understand why Ramona, Sonja, and Bethenny felt the need to interrupt her lies.
Bethenny sums it up best when she says, “She just makes up whatever she wants to say. She’s going to tell me she’s an African American Asian woman in a minute. And we’re like okay, no, you’re not.” Alex and Sonja echo what I’ve been saying all along, which is if there was any bullying going on during the trip, it was being done by Kelly, who continually attacked the women, interrupted their conversations, and even called them “demented” to their face because they chose to gossip about Jill.
In the midst of LuAnn snickering like a high school mean girl, we also hear once again that Kelly was sent home by the producers and did not leave the trip on her own accord, as she has claimed. Kelly returns, and I really find myself hoping she had stayed away longer. Kelly once again attacks Bethenny and claims Bethenny, who we all saw cooking numerous times during the trip, did not cook.
Sonja asks Kelly when she bullied her, during which Kelly shares that Sonja was actually a friend to her on the trip and was there for her. In addition to Sonja, I find myself asking when did Alex bully Kelly on this trip? What we saw was Kelly randomly unleash a verbal attack on Alex, telling her she looked like a vampire and was channeling the devil.
It seems when Kelly doesn’t like what the other women are saying ,she attacks them. Kelly accuses Sonja of drinking too much, thus not remembering the systematic bullying she was a part of. She then tells Ramona her blood type is Pinot Grigio. Kelly accuses the women of being hateful and jealous of her, and at this point, I’m all but tired of listening to this insane rambling. Fortunately, we get a commercial break.
Wanted to add the following quote made by a commenter yesterday. MamaSays had the following to say –
“Every time they show a clip of someone addressing how fragile or crazy Kelly is in her presence she is seen nodding or looking a little vulnerable. This tells me that she is accustomed to having people discuss her mental state in front of her and, to me at least. shows that this is something that has occurred at least a few times before.”
Amazing insight by this reader. How many times was Kelly called crazy to her face? How many times did she appear physcially upset or even deny being crazy? I agree that at age 42, there’s about a 100% chance Scary Island wasn’t the first time Kelly had an “episode.”
Next up is Jill, and the topic of Jill getting kicked off Scary Island is brought up. Jill is ready to once again go into victim mode. Sonja speaks out, and unlike Kelly, actually makes sense. Sonja doesn’t believe Jill was sincere in coming on the trip to make up with Bethenny. Why? Well for one, Bethenny only lived a block away from Jill back in NYC. You know, a trip that would only have required 10 minutes of her time, and not 9 hours.
Victim Jill continues, “And by the way Ramona, thanks for asking me or Bobby if we wanted a drink of water or bathroom cause after nine hours of traveling….” said Jill, who earlier claimed she flew via a private jet. Apparently, private jets don’t offer water or bathrooms, and neither do airports. The only victim in this situation is Bawbee, who allowed his wife to drag him into this mess.
Jill, who by this point has watched Kelly’s off the wall behavior in St. John, now informs us she can relate to Kelly because of the way she was also treated by the bullies. Jill’s odd defense for Kelly didn’t end at the reunion show, as weeks later, she did an interview during which she compared Kelly’s bullying plight to that of Phoebe Prince. In case you’re wondering, Phoebe is the teenage girl who took her life this year because she was being bullied her some of her high school peers. Yes, Jill went there. But back to the show, for some reason, Jill decides Alex is to blame for the public backlash against her, the BP oil spill, and of course being kicked off St. John by Ramona. I’m guessing Jill’s four media consultants advised her to attack Alex and defend the crazy woman at all costs.
Kelly accuses Alex of being an actress and faking her anxiety at seeing Jill in St. John, and at this point, I really just want this woman to zip it, so that I can hear the sane people arguing. Jill apologizes to Ramona and Ramona appears to accept, despite Jill’s blog on Monday accusing her co-stars of not forgiving her. Jill takes things up a notch when she breaks out the crocodile tears and decides to proclaim that being kicked of Scary Island was “the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life.” Really Jill? More painful than Bobby’s cancer? And if at this point, anyone is still buying this woman’s act, then well I don’t know what to tell ya…
It’s now LuAnn‘s turn in the hot seat and the first part that stands out is when Andy asks LuAnn if her former husband, Count Alex de Lesseps, does not like jews. This is basically Andy asking LuAnn if the Count is Anti Semitic. One would expect LuAnn’s answer to be a definite NO, but the way LuAnn answers this question is rather interesting. “Umm I would say that umm, it’s not that he disliked Jews, he just umm would be surprised umm if I was with somebody Jewish.” Those, my folks, were the exact words that came out of LuAnn’s mouth. The bizarro look on Andy Cohen’s face says it all, so I will move on.
What can we expect tonight? Well we will get to see a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s nonsensical explanation for her behavior on the St. John trip. Kelly will continue to blame it all on systematic bullying and we will see a frustrated Sonja Morgan deny Kelly’s claims of bullying. Also in the hot seat tonight will be Countess LuAnn.
Kelly also appeared on E! News yesterday evening and when asked if she would like to return for another season, Kelly was surprisingly open to the idea, saying her 12-year old daughter wants her to return. Interesting answer by Kelly, who has blamed Bravo for editing her to appear crazy during the trip. Evidently in Kelly lala cartwheel land, when a network falsely edits you out to be a lunatic, it only makes sense to want to come back for more.
Below is a preview clip of tonight’s show, during which we get to see Kelly admit that Sonja was a friend to her on the trip. “I have to apologize because you were the only one that I was hanging out with, and throughout the whole thing, you were actually the only one that was fun,”Kelly says to Sonja.
Does this mean Sonja wasn’t part of the four who systematically bullied her? Well Kelly doesn’t stop there. The gentle defenseless bullying victim somehow found the courage to unleash some verbal attacks against her co-stars.
“Your blood type is Pinot Grigio,” says Kelly to Ramona . And when Sonja denied Kelly was bullied on the trip, Kelly had the following reply: “Sonja… Sonja, you were drinking a lot. The entire time, too.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW AND PART 3 OF THE REUNION SHOW?
First up is Jill Zarin, who accuses her NYC co-stars of not forgiving her in her Bravo blog this week, before going on to declare that she forgives them. And yes you read that right. Excerpts from Jill’s blog below -
“I realized the things I could have done better and attempted to correct them or sincerely apologize for them where I could. But I ask you, where is the forgiveness?….” blogged Jill, who just days ago bashed her fellow housewives on her website. “I have received so many letters from all of you that virtually beg me to stop apologizing. Well thank you for opening my eyes. I have apologized enough. I am going to be divine and forgive them for having such closed hearts.”
Folks, we simply can’t make these things up, so we will move right along. Bethenny Frankel also gave a new interview to UsWeekly during which she discussed castmate Kelly Bensimon.
Bethenny states the obvious that Reality TV is not good for Kelly. “I really feel badly that she’s trying to claw her way out of it with this ‘bullying’ thing,” Bethenny, 39, tellsUs. “I honestly don’t think this is the right place for her to be on television. I think she can’t resist being on the show, but it’s really not healthy for her. Frankly, if I’m not on the show again, that’ll make it better for her because me being on the show again is certainly not good for her health. But I’ve never seen anything like it — and I really did grow up in a crazy town.”
And back to Jill. Despite her numerous claims that Bravo gave her a bad edit to make her look like a villain, Jill reveals to E! News that she is open to coming back for another season. “If it’s just about fighting and angry mean girls and that’s all it is about, that’s not who I am,” said the pot Jill. “But Bravo hasn’t asked me back yet, so I don’t know what their plans are. So who knows?”
Evidently, when a network falsely edits you to be a villain, thus causing you major public backlash, it only makes sense to want to come back for more the next season.
TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO SEE KELLY BACK NEXT SEASON? SHOULD BRAVO ALLOW HER BACK ON?
On to part 2 of theReal Housewives of New York City. The drama raged on for the housewives as we get a continuation of the ladies rehashing what went down this season.
We start of with Jill, who stormed off the set in Part 1, returning and apologizing. The verbal smackdown on Jill continues, and Alex states the obvious that she believes the sole reason Jill wanted to make up with Bethenny is because of the public backlash. Jill makes a point, an excellent one at that, when she says she wanted to make up with Bethenny while the show was still filming, before the public backlash began. Bethenny however had her own rebuttal saying Jill did not want to appear as being mean to the girl who just got engaged and pregnant. Oddly enough, Jill says Bethenny is right.
Bethenny is then asked a good question, which is why didn’t she make up with Jill when Jill was ready? Bethenny shares that it was a very stressful time in her life, and reveals she had a complicated pregnancy, suffering a blood clot while pregnant (something the audience, I included, was not aware of.) Bethenny says she just didn’t want to deal with the Jill drama at that point in her life.
The question of the day comes when Andy tells Jill that Simon and some of her castmates think she gets jealous when others do well. Jill denies this, and Ramona reveals Jill did indeed call up her when Bethenny got her spin-off show, telling her not to film with Bethenny. Jill goes on an angry rampage and accuses Ramona of being a liar. “Are you kidding me?” laments Jill. “You are such a liar,” she says to Ramona. Literally seconds later, Jill admits to what Ramona accuses her of and even apologizes. We can now add liar to Jill’s long list of bad behavior.
Kelly then brings up an actual good point when she says Bethenny at one point told Jill not to film with her. Bethenny owns up to this right away, saying ‘Yeah, I didn’t know you at the time, and I didn’t like you.’ Upon first seeing this scene, I thought this made Bethenny a huge hypocrite, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought the two situations, though similar are not exactly the same. How many times have you told your friend or BFF to stay away from someone who you deem isn’t a good person, or try to warn them about hanging out with someone in general? Bethenny and Kelly were not friends, but Jill and Bethenny had a history. I’ll let you decide on whether or not this makes Bethenny a hypocrite.
The conversation moves along and Jill is once again caught in another lie when she tries to deny being aware of the ailing health of Bethenny’s father. Jill attempts to blame editing for telling the world Bethenny was a bad friend for not being there for her during Bobby’s cancer, when in actuality she never told Bethenny that Bobby had cancer. Jill continues to get viewer questions about her behavior, and at this point, I’m actually starting to feel a bit bad for her, that is until she decides to go into victim mode again and attempts another walk off the set. Sighs, yes it must be tough having to sit there and hear about your bad behavior, but so what? She did it and she should own it. She is absolutely not a victim at all, and should stop acting like one. Yes it must have been hard, but Jill should have Toughened up, Owned it, Explained it, and then Moved on. And how ironic is it that the person who keeps notes has no desire to hear others’ notes about her. There was no need for the crocodile tears and bratty walk offs. Oddly enough, Bethenny came to Jill’s defense at this point.
Next up is Sonja Morgan, who’s tape footage from the season actually earned her an applause from her castmates, a first in Bravo reunion history I think. We get the obligatory sex talk from Samantha Sonja, who is later on asked a good viewer question: Why isn’t her 9-year-old daughter on the show? Sonja, who was actually offered a slot on the show in its 1st season, reveals she was hesitant about joining the show and simply wasn’t sure putting her daughter on there would be a good idea.
What’s a network to do when the most dramatic season of their hit show is coming to an end? Well if you’re Bravo, you stretch out the reunion show to three hours. The goods news? With a cast such as that of the Real Housewives of New York City, there’s an excellent chance the third hour was needed.
Tonight, we finally get to see Sonja Morgan, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite, on stage with the rest of the ladies. Sonja will be asked about her sex life, and will likely give us a few TMI details. Ramona will also get into it tonight with Jill, who is labeled as being jealous by her castmates.
Some NYC fans have also commented that Jill Zarin posted the wrong viewing date for Part 2 of the reunion. A quick look at Jill’s website does indeed show a post with an air date for Tuesday rather than Monday. The post was done last Friday and according to fans of the show, they have contacted Jill by facebook and twitter to inform her of the right date since. Some feel this might be intentional by Jill as a way to deter viewers from watching tonight because there might be something airing that Jill doesn’t want people/fans to see. Another speculation is that this might just be a subtle FU to Bravo, as Jill feels she was edited unfairly this season.
In an attempt to be fair and balanced, and not to appear as bashing Jill, who ironically enough spent last Thursday night bashing her co-stars on her blog, I will add that there’s also a good chance this might just be an honest mistake by crafty Jill. Guess we will all find out tonight!
With over 2.1 million viewers tuning in on Thursday night, it seems Bravo has another hit on their hands. The question now is will BGM be able to retain those viewers. Only time will tell. A new episode of Bethenny Getting Married? airs Thursday night.