Kelly Bensimon

They’re baaaack! Agaaaain!

After getting bumped two months ago in favor of the Miami housewives, the Real Housewives of New York City return tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the season 4 premiere titled “Grin and Bare It,” Ramona hosts a rooftop cocktail party while elsewhere, tension continues to brew between Jill and Alex; and the ladies gear up to participate in a gay-equality march. Single mother and spa entrepreneur Cindy Barshop joins the cast. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin!

In other news, following a major slight fall from grace last season with her actions both on and off the show, Jill Zarin reveals the reason she decided to return for another season.

But first Jill states she felt she was ganged up on last year. “I was ganged up on by Alex, Bethenny and Ramona,” Jill tells the NYDailyNews. “It’s so last year and it’s so over that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. … But let me tell you, it’s hard to fight three against one. One on one is one thing. Three on one, not so even.”

So why did she return? “I asked my husband, Bobby, ‘What should I do?’ And he said, ‘Don’t leave,’ ” she says. “My family felt that I wasn’t portrayed accurately, that I needed to come back, to have another round at it. Then, if I want to leave, I leave with my head held high.” Aka ‘I’m going to spend this entire season pretending to be nice and trying to redeem my image.’

Meanwhile, the NYC ladies visited The View talk show this week during which both Jill and her BFF Kelly Bensimon tried to insinuate the show isn’t real, well at least last season, with Kelly also trying to convince us she isn’t really crazy.

First Jill insinuated Bethenny Frankel played up their fight for the cameras last season. “You wanna know what the truth is? The truth is I thought it was a wink-wink. We had a fight, I thought it was sort of drama for the show and that we would make up,” said Jill.

And when host Sherri Shepherd asked Kelly about being crazy and that whole Scary Island meltdown, Kelly denied being mentally unstable. “I didn’t fall apart. It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy and it’s hard to come back from that,” said Kelly. “Sorry you guys I didn’t fall apart. I know it’s hard for everyone to understand that … I make great television and Bethenny and I create better television. So, I mean, that’s what it is,” added Kelly as we try to figure out what planet these people are living on.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JILL & KELLY’S COMMENTS PLUS TONIGHT’S SEASON PREMIERE?

Another day, another bikini photo post of Kelly Bensimon despite the outcries from the general public.

This time around, the Real Housewives of NYC star and former model strutted her stuff while donning a black and brown patterned string bikini in Miami over the weekend.

Kelly was photographed walking around the beach and lounging all while soaking up some sun. “Just went jet-skiing,” tweeted Kelly on Saturday. “Miami is beautiful today.” Those bikini photos are below!

Meanwhile, it seems Kelly, 42, is still searching for Mr. Right as she told Popeater last week what kind of man she’s looking for.

“I want a guy who can kick back and grab a few beers and wings at the bar. I don’t need all the fancy restaurants,” revealed Kelly.  “You can say, I have a much different taste in men than LuAnn [de Lesseps],” she joked.

As for season 4 of the NYC Housewives, Kelly states, “Everything is more real … it’s like a brand new ‘Housewives,'” adding that everything is “completely different” with Bethenny Frankel gone from the show. Uh uh.

Also below is a pretty darn odd/weird/shocking photo of Kelly. Rather than explain it to you, we’ll just let you take a peek and tell us what you think.

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They’re baaack!… Again!

Bravo just announced moments ago that the Real Housewives of New York City will return for their 4th season on Thursday, April 7, at 10/9c.

This follows the previous snafu that occurred last month during which Bravo decided to postpone the show 2 weeks before it’s scheduled Feb. 15th premiere in favor of the lackluster Real Housewives of Miami.

The NYC Housewives have all teased that Bravo postponed the season due to too much drama and needing more time to edit the show, which was still filming two weeks before it was meant to debut. And judging from the trailer below, they might have been right.

Bravo promises “the new season will definitely be worth the wait.”

The new season trailer is below –

TELL US – ARE YOU STILL EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW TRAILER?

If it feels like it’s every other week a Real Housewives of NYC star comes out to declare that they do not miss Bethenny Frankel on the show, it’s because it pretty much is.

The latest housewife to hop on the we don’t miss Bethenny bandwagon is LuAnn de Lesseps via a new interview with Popeater.

Though in Lulu’s defense, she was asked the question about Bethenny. “To tell you the truth, no!” answered LuAnn when asked if she misses Bethenny. “She’s doing her own thing now, so I wish her luck. Very happy for her. And you know, we have a new housewife now, so on to new and different things.”

The countess also denies those pesky reports that the upcoming season of the ‘NYC Housewives’ was postponed for being too boring. “Well, what’s going on is that there is so much drama that they needed more time to edit!” said LuAnn.

In other NYC news, it seems Kelly Bensimon took some time out of her busy schedule of staging paparazzi shots to visit Haiti. Yes, Kelly took a three-day trip to Haiti.

In fact, the NY Post caught up with Kelly at a recent event, during which they asked her about her trip and in usual Kelly fashion, her quote did not disappoint.

“It was so amazing to see these little girls carrying pounds and pounds of water on their head,” said Kelly. “There’s so much devastation.” Amazing indeed Kelly. This would explain Kelly’s crazy tan look above while at the Thursday grand opening of TEQA in New York, the same event at which the Post interviewed her.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S AND KELLY’S COMMENTS? IS THERE ANYWAY THE UPCOMING SEASON OF THE RHONY IS THE BEST YET?

Despite having a successful spin off show, a best-selling book, and multiple endorsements, it seems Bethenny Frankel is still striving for more.

In a new interview with Popeater, the popular Bravo star reveals her next goal would be to conquer daytime television via her own talk show!

“I would like a daytime talk show because my conversation with my fans right now is through social networking, and my TV show communicates what I’m doing, but it isn’t really a dialogue or a conversation,” she told PopEater. “Most of my business wishes come true.”

Bethenny also discussed the upcoming Bethenny Ever After, set to debut Feb. 28. “It’s about the texture of marriage and bringing together Venus and Mars, which is what my husband and I are. We’re from two different planets. And he’s religious, and I practice yoga. He wants to be around his parents all the time, and I like to be alone and just a lot of crazy things. It’s really probably the only real reality show. It’s a reality sitcom,” she said.

Bethenny adds that her third book, ‘A Place of Yes,’ will be released March 22. It “is about how I got to where I am in my life now, in career and in family and the 10 rules to getting there.”

In other news, Kelly Bensimon, star of the Real Housewives of NYC, is now giving advise to Lindsay Lohan, who recently received a lot of criticism for wearing the above skintight dress to court this week, something many deemed inappropriate.

“Lindsay dressed completely and utterly inappropriately,” Kelly tells HollywoodLife. “You should dress like you are going to a funeral, not a club.”

Oh but it gets better as Kelly accuses Lindsay of being an attention whore. “I think Lindsay is addicted to attention — media attention — and that’s what’s motivating her,” said Kelly adding that when she had to go to court two years ago (to face assault charges against her ex-boyfriend), she “dressed in all black and I slipped into the court house because I didn’t want to be seen.” And the lols simply write themselves.

Above are two photos of Kelly from her court visits in 2009. She donned the black attire for the first visit in March, and the dress on the right for her other visit in June.

TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A BETHENNY TALK SHOW? WHEN IT COMES TO COURT WEAR ATTIRE, WHO WORE IT BEST? KELLY OR LINDSAY?

Despite the delay of the Real Housewives of New York City season 4 in favor of the all new Real Housewives of Miami and reports that Bravo postponed the show for being too boring, the NYC Housewives continue to insist the new season will be great!

Case in point, Kelly Kirazy Bensimon, who even goes as far as to state the new season will be better and more authentic due to the absence of Bethenny Frankel. Oh yes she did!

“There was the Bethenny character that flew in and out and made all this drama,” Kelly tells the HollywoodLife. “It’s a totally different season [now] — totally different show.”

Oh, but it gets better. “People think that without Bethenny, ‘Is the show going to be able to last?,’” Kelly says. “It was so unauthentic for the past two seasons. The great thing about this season is that, because the relationships are now three to four years old, the actual situations are organic. They are deep and they hurt.”

So is Kelly happy Bethenny is gone? “I would never say that I’m glad,” answers Kelly. “She was a cast mate on the show and they chose her. Now she’s gone and the show is taking a completely different direction, which is really exciting.”

Kelly goes on to assure fans of the show that this season will not be a let down because there was plenty of drama to go around! “It’s drama that you have — drama that I have with my friends,” she explains. “It’s going to attract so many more viewers because it has depth. It’s not topical drama. I’m making memories [and] there are some very painful moments for me.” Whatever that means.

Bravo announced the 4th season of the RHONY will air in late spring.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK THE RHONY WILL BE BETTER WITHOUT BETHENNY?

A day after the shocking news by Bravo, stating they were postponing the Real Housewives of New York City in favor of the Real Housewives of Miami two weeks before its premiere date, many are now wondering what the real reason is.

As we pointed out yesterday, Popeater reported back in December that Bravo higher ups were not happy with the way the 4th season was going after viewing the footage. Things were apparently so bad that Bravo asked Bethenny Frankel to return to the show for many appearances, something she wanted no part of.

Fast forward to today and the NY Post as well as the NYDailyNews are both reporting Bravo pulled the plug on the Feb. 15 premiere because they thought it was too boring.

According to the Post, the producers decided to cancel the original premiere because “it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of” other Bravo housewives series. In fact, Andy Cohen emailed the entire cast of the show early yesterday informing them of the news.

“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Andy wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.” Andy also warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo made the official announcement.

Sources tell the Post that following good ratings for its drama-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the producers simply felt the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy viewers. “They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.”

The NYDailyNews also confirms the Post’s story adding the cast was informed of the change just hours before it became public news. Bravo also reportedly received negative feedback following the sneak peeks they aired this week during the RHOBH. The final reason for the change? Bravo “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”

The cast of the show are however giving a different reason for the sudden cancellation. Both Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord tweeted yesterday that Bravo simply needed more time to finish the editing considering they were still filming just a week ago.

In an interview with Star magazine, Sonja Morgan gives the same reason. “I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly. Personally, I’m relieved. It gives me more time to relax, especially considering Ramona [Singer] and I were shooting seven times a week. They’ll have Miami go out first and when they’re done, we’re up.”

Sonja added, “they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.” Safe to assume they “filmed like crazy” because Bravo wasn’t happy with the footage they saw more than halfway through filming.

As for Bravo, Andy released this official statement – “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.” The new season is now slated to air in April or May.

TELL US – WHICH STORY DO YOU BELIEVE REGARDING WHY THE SHOW WAS POSTPONED? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE SNEAK PEEKS?

It seems Luann de Lesseps and cast-mate Ramona Singer have now made up following what Ramona calls an “accidental” re-tweet she made last week which showed the Countess’s 16-year-old daughter Victoria de Lesseps rolling up a joint and using the N-word in a youtube video.

In the above photo, tweeted by Alex McCord this week, you can see the Real Housewives of New York City stars looking rather chummy as they all headed out to lunch in Los Angeles paparazzi capital aka The Ivy restaurant.

The NY ladies are currently in LA to promote the upcoming 4th season of their Bravo show. “Luann and I may have our differences but we all respect each other,” Ramona told Radar on Wednesday. “We do get along and in fact we are having lunch together today.”

RadarOnline reported earlier this week that things had gotten so bad between Ramona and LuAnn that the two ladies refused to speak to each other or even be anywhere in the physical vicinity of one another.

“Ramona and Luann have both insisted to producers that they expressly be kept away from each other throughout the trip,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “To say they loathe each other would be an understatement!”

The source also added the two requested to “be put on totally separate flights and in addition they have requested that they are not even placed on the same floor of the hotel in LA.”

In other NYC news, Sonja Morgan hosted a ‘Show Me Your Best Burlesque’ party days ago.  The theme of the party was “Fishnets, Feathers and Flesh,” and in attendance were some of her fellow NYC Housewives.  Photos of Alex, Kelly, Ramona, Sonja and new housewife Cindy Barshop at the event below.  Also below are photos of the NYC Housewives doing press in LA. Judging by the pics, it’s pretty obvious how the cliques aligned this season.

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