It seems NYC Housewife Jill Zarin is back at it again! Well, we’ll just let you read this story and be the judge.
A new report by Popeater’s Rob Shuter reveals Jon Gosselinhas finally landed himself a job! Yes, a job, a real job with no relation to reality television. And according to Popeater, we all have one Bravolebrity to thank.
“Jon is very close with Jill Zarin from ‘Real Housewives of New York,’ ” an “insider” tells Popeater. “It was Jill who told Jon to stay out of the spotlight and get himself a real job. Fame is fun but doesn’t pay the bills.”
So what exactly is Jon’s new job? Apparently, Jon is now working for a real estate developer. A source adds that Jon has gotten his life together and now sees his children three to four times a week.
“Jon is in a great place,” a friend of Jon’s reveals. “He is happy and knows what a fool he made of himself after his split from Kate. He has been getting a lot of TV offers, including interest from ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and has turned them all down. If he never sees a TV camera again in his life it will be too soon.”
Meanwhile, the report adds that we should not expect to see Kate Gosselin off our TV screens anytime soon. Despite the fact that the ratings of her show Kate Plus 8 continue to drop, the show is still doing well enough for the TLC network. Her show continues to remain in the top 10 for TLC and the network reportedly isn’t looking to part ways with her anytime soon.
“Even if her show did get canceled, Kate would find a way to still be famous,” a friend of Kate states. “She addicted to it.”
Who would have thought we would see the day when Jon would become the “normal” parent. Also nice to see Jill is still as crafty as ever.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JON GETTING A JOB? SHOULD KATE QUIT REALITY TELEVISION AS WELL?
Remember those funny animated parodies of Bravolebrities, mostly housewives, that you have been seeing over the past year? Well good news! As Bravo is now teaming up with the creator Shepard Boucher to bring us a animated special Shep & Tiffany Watch TV: The Best of 2010 this Thursday at 11/10c.
The special will revisit major pop culture moments of 2010 with a humorous and snarky perspective based on animated web shorts from Shepard.
Despite receiving some very low scores, Bravo reality star Bethenny Frankel will be skating on the show’s finale next week. No elimination took place on the show last night as one of the “stars” Brandon Mychal Smith had to quit the show due to an illness, following his second week of not being able to dance.
Moving on to the finals alongside Bethenny are Rebecca Budigwho scored 53 last night and Jonny Moseley who scored 54. In comparison, Bethenny who called herself “the Bristol Palin of the competition” scored 38.
But while SWTS continues to be a dud overall, the best part of the show might have been the words of exchange between Bethenny and skating starJohnny Weir.
Following her performance last night, judge Johnny first paid Bethenny some compliments before adding, “But to me it’s very clear you don’t care what we think and I don’t really care to watch you actually perform anymore cause you weren’t listening to our critiques.” Johnny then added, “”Well, I mean, if she doesn’t care, we don’t care.” Ouch. Bethenny had no reply while her partner Ethan simply stated “we’ll just get our scores then.”
Some fans of the show feel Johnny’s harsh criticism of Bethenny might stem from his friendship with Bethenny’s former costar Jill Zarin. “I’m friends with Jill,” Johnny told Popeater a few weeks ago. “I see Jill all the time and adore her.”
And when it comes to Jill’s skating (it was reported a while back that SWTS first asked Jill to do the show before asking Bethenny – something the show denied), Johnny feels Jill is in good skating shape. “She was like, ‘you know Johnny I can’t skate until I’m in shape’ and I was like Jill, you’re like five pounds, you can skate whenever you want,” said Johnny.
In other Bethenny news, an announcement was made on Monday stating that Bethenny will be doing some kind of a tour.
“Join Bethenny Frankel, Best-selling author and star of “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Getting Married?” for an evening of sass and fabulous fun. America’s favorite “skinnygirl” will dish on life, her work, and her passion for living healthy and living well. Throw on your best pumps for a hilarious and unpredictable evening with Bethenny Frankel!”
The ticket prices range between $29.50 to $75 for VIP passes.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S SKATING & FEUD WITH JOHNNY WEIR?
What’s a Bravo housewife to do when most fans of your show despise your guts and no one bought the book you released months ago? Well if you’re Jill Kamen Zarin(yes she’s doing the three name thingy now a la Kelly Killoren Bensimon), you just keep on trucking!
Like her or not, Jill Kamen Zarin has some major products to push to you. First up, the Real Housewives of New York City star recently released her own bedding line sold exclusively at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It features 4-piece bedding sets in black-and-creme (with sapphire blue highlights), rust-and-red, ivory-gold-and-black, and dark plum.
According to TooFab, Jill is already planning her next collection (Why wait to see if your first one is a success?). Her current line starts out at $180, with one of her comforter sets named after her daughter Allyson. Photos of Jill’s bedding line below.
Jill is also planning to expand her non-existent empire by tackling next a shapewear line. Women’s Wear Daily reports the line of slimming leggings and garments will be called Skweeze Couture by Jill Zarin.
“I’m obsessed with looking my best, and I wear Spanx, but there’s no competition out there,” Zarin told WWD.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JILL ZARIN’S BUDDING EMPIRE?
Jill discusses how she joined the Bravo hit show, why her life is way more busy than most people imagine, and how she deals with all the negative press she might or might not have brought on herself, stating that her “very very famous” friends told her how to handle it.
When it comes to how she joined the show, Jill reveals Bravo approached her in September of 2006 after they found her photo in New York Social Diary, “they literally cold called me.” Jill then did some recruiting for Bravo, “I introduced them to Bethenny [Frankel] and Countess LuAnn.”
Her favorite part of being on the show for three seasons? “Helping people.” Excerpts from Jill’s interview below –
Jill On The “Brutal” Taping Schedule – “2 – 5 times a week for up to 12 hours a day over the course of 4 months. In a scene that looks like an intimate conversation there are actually 4 cameramen and sound people surrounding you and another room filled with up to 12 crew members plus monitors, lighting and equipment.”
Jill Explains ‘Jill Zarin Enterprises’ – “I have a brand, Jill Zarin Home, a tv career, public speaking career, book tour and charity work and all of those different aspects of my career form the enterprise I suppose. Ask Darren, he came up with the name.” Darren Bettencourt is Jill’s personal assistant.
A Normal Day In Jill’s Busy Life – “I wake up at 7am and go through emails and make breakfast for Ally and spend some time with her. I read the papers then Darren comes in at 9am and we get to work. Darren and I go through our lists and emails and roll calls and go over our schedule for the day. I usually have meetings scheduled and have been spending a lot of time working on Jill Zarin Home. I also stop in to do some work at Zarin Fabrics as much as possible and if I don’t have an event to attend in the evening I spend time with my family. I have to admit that I work on emails throughout the evening but I am getting better with that.”
Jill On Dealing With The Backlash & Negative Press – “In the beginning I didn’t know what to do, if anything. So I asked some very very famous friends how they handle it. ALL of them told me the same thing. Don’t read blogs or negative press. So I try to ignore it. Unfortunately negative press comes with the job but the people close to me know who I really am and I try and not let others judgements about who they think I am affect me. Am I perfect? No…is anyone?” Very true!!
Jill’s assistant Darren also chimed in during the interview to defend her, stating that the Jill we see on TV “is only 1/100th of the true Jill.” Riiight.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JILL’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL TURN A NEW LEAF ON THE UPCOMING SEASON?
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?
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?