Kelly Bensimon


It seems Ramona Singer‘s name is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days as the Real Housewives of New York loose canon has been everywhere promoting her pinot and show!

Ramona, who as we know, hawks quite a few products was recently honored at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business as the 2011 Mogul of the Year. Whoa — So, that uh constant Pinot advertising has apparently paid off! A photo of Ramona receiving her award is below.

And to celebrate her success, Ramona did a sit-down with Celebuzz about what it’s like in Pinot-land! Some excerpts from the interview are below!

Do you see yourself as a role model for women?
I actually say, for my daughter [Avery], I’m probably killing her as a role model. We actually discussed this. When I first started the show, I already had my own business for 20 years; I was already self made. Being on the show got my creative juices going, and I said, Let me show my daughter first-hand how you can start up a business. And then another business started, and another business started, and I realized that maybe now I’m raising the bar too high for her – or even for myself! [Laughs]

Did any of the Housewives attend the ceremony with you?
Yes, actually. I had Sonja [Morgan] there, who is my good friend on and off the show, and I had several other Housewives [there] whose whose names can’t be mentioned yet, I don’t think. But we did film it for the show, yes. *(The other Housewives are allegedly Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher).

Did everyone get along?
You know what? We all get along at times and we all don’t get along at times. That’s what happens in life, right?

The Real Housewives of New York City made a lot of headlines when it was announced that Jill Zarin, Cindy Bishop, Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon would not be returning next season. Has the dynamic of the show changed following their departure?
Obviously, filming the show this season with people not being on that were there last season, and with some other new people [on this season], the dynamics change. I think change is good. I embrace change.

How did you react when you heard the news?
It was a double-edged sword. Part of me was saying, Oh my gosh, It’s going to be sad not to have everyone together again. But the other part of me embraces change. I’m always changing. I’ve changed my businesses, my career, constantly, and I think change is good.

Do you keep in touch with any of the former Housewives?
Alex. Alex and I are still friends.

The show has become known for its big trips. Will there be another trip this season?
We always go on a trip; we’re always going on a trip.

Beyond the Stevie Awards, what will we see from you this season?
Basically, you are going to see me as woman who I think really, truly has it all. I have a marriage going on 20 years. [My husband Mario] is filming more with me this year, and you’ll see how, 20 years later, we still have this love and attraction for each other, and it’s just really wonderful. You’ll see my daughter [Avery] … She’s [now] a junior in high school. She is the apple of my eye, she is just beyond blossoming and she’s just successful in every way … And just my entrepreneurialness and trying to help women. A lot of women are now seeking me out to say, “How can I start my own business?”. I gave a class at the Learning Annex [on] having it all, how I started my business, how anyone can start a business. And I had no connections; I did it with me, myself and I. So, if I can do it, anybody can do it.

Interestingly in the interview Ramona confronted myths that Sonja and her are feuding and that none of her cast mates get along with her; mentioning that they attended the Stevie Awards — although the fact that they filmed it for the show means the other ladies may have been required to attend whether they wanted to or not!

Additionally, Ramona reveals that we can expect the new season to premiere in Spring or Summer of 2012 and she has big plans to branch out into clothing design! Ramona Couture, anyone?

And in other Housewives, well NON-Housewives news, Kelly had a chat with AVENUE magazine about life post-Housewives and she has babies on the brain!

“I definitely do want to have a baby boy,” the 43-year-old Kelly reveals in a sneak peak of the interview featured on RadarOnline. “I definitely want to get married again. I have always wanted to be married. I’ve always wanted to be a wife.”

Kelly is currently divorced from famed photographer Gilles Bensimon who is also the father of her two daughters, Sea and Teddy. Kelly describes her relationship with Gilles, who lives “down the street” from her, as “great” although has no intention of rekindling things “Look, do I want to be married to Gilles? No. Do I adore the ground he walks on? Yes.”

If you really, really want to hear more of what Kelly has to say AVENUE is out on newsstands Dec 5. A sample of Kelly’s photo shoot for the mag is below. She looks good, albeit incredibly photoshopped!

REACTIONS TO RAMONA’S INTERVIEW AND HER COMMENTS ON THE UPCOMING SEASON? DO YOU BELIEVE RAMONA AND SONJA ARE FEUDING? THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S DESIRE TO HAVE MORE CHILDREN?


Bringing you a new photo post this week of your favorite reality stars!

In this totally unstaged paparazzi shot, fired Real Housewives of New York stars Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin reunite for attention and bite into a pretzel they bought from a street vendor on Madison ave. in the rain after shopping at Barney’s. Kelly was reportedly carrying a $7,000.00 Prada bag.

Below, Taylor Armstrong pictured in Utah, Bethenny Frankel kicks off the Skinnygirl Daily Pledge, Kim Zolciak and a pregnant looking Phaedra Parks at a birthday party! Kyle Richards attends an event, Gretchen Rossi dazzles in a sequin dress ! More Kelly Bensimon plus Nene Leakes, Rachel Zoe & more!

Also below Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, The Sitation & more!

[Photo Credit: Lawrence Schwartzwald / Splash News]

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Real Housewives of New York may have done a complete cast over-haul, but that doesn’t mean things are going smoothly while filming season five!

The New York Post is reporting that Bravo is having trouble filming in certain New York hot spots and that some Housewives (ahem… Ramona Singer) are being demanding! Sources report that the producers are “having difficulty” filming in restaurants and other establishments because many locations have “soured” on the series and “are not opening their doors freely for filming.”

“They’re trying to book locations at the last minute…  giving the impression that others are falling through,” said a source associated with the nightlife industry. Of course, a Bravo rep is dispelling the rumors, claiming there have been “no issues” procuring locations.

Meanwhile, it seems wine purveyor Pinot Singer has let her Pinot go to her head – literally! Ramona has allegedly been causing trouble at famed NY restaurants Phillippe and Ciano over her “demands” to serve Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio during filming. “She asked that her wine be there when she ordered dinner. It wasn’t on the list, but she offered to send over a case. But the restaurants refused to accommodate,” an insider revealed. “You know how Ramona is about her pinot.” Um… yes, we certainly do! Reps for the restaurants had no comment, but outspoken housewife Ramona certainly did!

Speaking to Wetpaint Entertainment, Ramona insists the story is completely untrue; denying that she filmed at Phillippe and while dining at Ciano she made no such fuss! “I graciously drank the pinot grigio they offered,” Ramona reports. “Although, I have to say, my Ramona Pinot Grigio is the best!”

“Am I passionate about my pinot grigio? Absolutely! And now that I have my own wine, why wouldn’t I bring a bottle with me? But I always call ahead and ask permission and they usually charge me a bottle fee.” Adding a big ‘take that!’ to the upscale eateries, Ramona claims her wine is carried in other big name restaurants around Manhattan.

In other RHONY news former, fired, relieved of her duties Housewives’ krazy lady Kelly Bensimon is not sitting home crying because the author of the upcoming I Can Make You Hot! has just signed with a big-name Hollywood manager!

Kelly has recently enlisted the services of Larry Rudolph of ReignDeer Entertainment. Larry also manages such high-profile celebrities as Britney Spears and is credited with raising her to superstar levels. I bet Melissa Gorga is jealous! We will definitely be seeing Kelly’s koo-koo on TV again soon, as her rep is revealing she has a new TV show in the works — although that’s all the details for now!

[Photos credit: WENN]

THOUGHTS ON THE RHONY FILMING DRAMA? DO YOU BELIEVE RAMONA IS BEING DIFFICULT OR ARE THE RESTAURANTS SEEKING PUBLICITY? THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S NEW MANAGER AND FUTURE TV PROJECTS?

It’s time for your daily dose of Kray-Kray! Kelly Bensimon is moving onto other ventures following her departure from Real Housewives of New York and she fancies herself a fashion designer, who is looking for a man!

In a new interview, Kelly tells Celebuzz, that while she enjoyed television, her new goal is looking for love! “I would love to get married to someone that is a partner and is in it with me and not for the publicity,” she says of her plans to settle down and stop running in traffic.

Housewives was a great opportunity because now I know what I don’t want,” she describes of her life following the Baywatch of Housewives, explaining that while she “loves reality TV” and thinks it’s a great “platform” it didn’t always (or ever?) work to her advantage where romance is concerned. “Being on Housewives was a blessing and a curse – especially for my dating life. A lot of people wouldn’t take me seriously, and I don’t blame them.” Hey at least she’s able to recognize that the whole world thinks she’s wack-a-doo!

“Seriously, what awesome guy wants to be reprimanded by women they don’t even know? That was the not-so-hot part of reality TV,” she explains. Anyone else not getting it?

Since being fired, her love life has improved and she is hoping to find Mr. Right! “My dating life is fun. I’m having a good time and hopefully I’ll meet the man of my dreams and have a little baby boy! That is on my bucket list. I want to have another baby.”

While she is not terrorizing the eligible bachelors of NYC (who are suddenly all very married), Kelly has been hard at work on her new career: shoe designer! Kelly is launching a new line of ballet flats created for Kelly by Kelly Bensimon. How long do you think it took her to come up with that name? Her line of flats will be affordably priced starting at $39.99 and $3 from each pair sold will go towards the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Ok – that’s pretty great!

“The reason I am doing this is because I’m the mother of two girls,” she tells E! “If I can put my name out there on something creative and help generate money to find a cure for this disease then I’m going to do it. I’ve seen the courage and I’ve seen the hope and I’ve seen amazing women persevere through such horrible situations. It’s really exciting to be able to help in any way.”

“I want to make it super chic but incredibly affordable because I feel like why can’t fashion be democratic?” And Kelly has big plans to expand into other fashion avenues. “This is the start of a bigger Kelly collection,” she reveals. “This is my first huge milestone and I’m hoping to bring all this great product and be able to be as charitable as possible on the largest scale possible. That’s my goal. That’s what I want.”

But if you are hoping to see Kelly in any of the ad campaigns for Kelly by Kelly Bensimon, and I know you were, don’t hold your breath. “I don’t need to be modeling in the ads,” Kelly scoffed. “The shoes are so hot, they speak for themselves. They don’t need anybody to be wearing them.”

The Kelly by Kelly Bensimon Ballet Flat collection will be available for sale this spring.

Photo credit: PR Photos

THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S HOPES TO FIND A MAN? IS THERE SOMEONE OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE? WOULD YOU BUY ANY OF KELLY’S PRODUCTS? EVEN FOR A CHARITABLE CAUSE?

Kelly Bensimon just has so much cray-cray to spew forth into the world I can’t keep up! In her newest round of inane interviews, Kelly dispenses some unique and special advice to Real Housewives of New York’s newest housewives and reflects on her own experiences on the show! Oh and she talks about getting FIRED!

“I’m not angry,” Kelly explained to PEOPLE in regards to being terminated. “I had a great opportunity. I mean, three years! Three years I’m on television. … The show is on all over the world and we’re still going to be on for a long time. It’s like the Baywatch of Housewives. For me, it’s just the gift that keeps on giving.” Baywatch of Housewives? I just can’t…

“I have a really kooky life and I’m not going to make apologies for it. I have a lot of fun and I make a lot of mistakes,” she describes of her experiences on the show. You can say that again!

The good news is Kelly seems understanding about being let-go; which is a great attitude (ahem, Silex!). “The show started off in one way and it needs to take a different direction because that’s the nature of the TV beast,” Kelly mused. “I’m excited to watch it. It’s going to be great.”

As for the new ladies, who Bravo has yet to announce, Kelly explains: “I don’t know them, but I’m sure they’re going to be very interesting, lovely women.” She also has some advice for the newest housewives: Anything she would do, do the opposite! Kidding, kidding!

“Make as many mistakes as possible,” she advised. “Do anything that you can do that you can learn from your mistakes. Because if you don’t learn from your mistakes then you’re what? Boring!” Yeah, but is boring better or worse than insane?

Kelly also assures us her career in reality TV is far from over! “I love doing reality because for me, I just have a really good time,” Kelly revealed, seemingly forgetting about Scary Island and that whole “systematic bullying” thing. “I just want to keep growing and showing my kids that out of anything bad comes something great.”

In other fired housewives news, the unstoppable Jill Zarin is writing a book! After a fan Tweeted Jill enquiring if she was writing a tell-all, Jill replied: “Starting to write down the truth!” Actually if Jill wrote a tell-all, I would definitely read it!

Jill, who has been quite the busy little Tweeter lately, has also pledged her support to Teresa Giudice after Sunday night’s explosive reunion, giving credence to the three against one drama and seconding the rumor that Teresa had no idea Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile were on the show until after her contract was signed!

When a fan voiced their opinion that Bravo put Teresa’s family on the show for drama, Jill agreed, stating “100 percent true. @Teresa_Giudice had no idea till contract signed” Jill is fighting mad!

Jill also revealed that her salary was the reason Bravo decided to fire her! When a fan Tweeted:“@BravoTV couldn’t afford Jill Zarin anymore. Money can’t buy you class,” Jill responded: “Exactly! You are the first to figure out!”

That seems unlikely given the recent rumor that Countess LuAnn and Ramona Singer are making $500k for the next season! Maybe they couldn’t afford the perpetual headache Jill caused them…

THOUGHTS ON KELLY BENSIMON’S ADVICE TO THE NEWEST LADIES OF RHONY? WOULD YOU WATCH KELLY ON ANOTHER REALITY SHOW? ARE YOU SURPRISED JILL ZARIN IS PLANNING TO WRITE A TELL-ALL? ARE YOU EXCITED (OR IS THAT JUST ME)?

Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of fired Real Housewives of New York City BFFs Kelly Kra-kra Bensimon and Jill Zarin as the two met up today ( October 5, 2011) for the first time since their firing from RHONY a few weeks ago. The ladies, who surely didn’t invite the paparazzi for this private moment, gave each other a big hug and kiss before doing lunch in NYC.

Below, Bethenny Frankel steps out with baby Bryn, Real Housewives of NYC sta rs Ramona Singer, Countess Luann, & Sonja Morgan step out! Kelly Bensimon becomes a crossing guard, Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley attend an event, Lisa Vanderpump hangs in Beverly Hills, plus photos of Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Adrienne Maloof, Rachel Zoe & more!

Also below, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, plus Kate Gosselin, Kristin Cavallari, Kendra Wilkinson & more!

Photo credit: Lawrence Schwartzwald / SPLASH

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After mostly keeping her comments to herself, LuAnn de Lesseps is finally throwing all that etiquette stuff out the window and as one of the only remaining originals of Real Housewives of New York, she is speaking out on the firings and the future of the show!

Get ready – it’s juicy!

In an exclusive interview with OK!, LuAnn publicly admits she is disappointed by who Bravo decided to fire, specifically Jill Zarin, but she is excited to still be included in the show! “I was happy because I wanted to do the next season, and sad at the same time, because Jill’s the one who initially started the show with me, and is the one who brought me onto the show,” she reveals.

“I really felt bad that she wasn’t coming back. And Kelly [Bensimon] – I’m going to miss the girls, I really am, but I’m excited about the new season and missing the girls. I have great memories with all the women. We made that show what it was from the beginning,” LuAnn muses, waxing nostalgic. Hey, at least one person will be mourning for Jill!

And since she is on a roll, LuAnn continues by reiterating that she’ll really miss Jill! Like a lot. LuAnn, you guys can still do things outside the show. “We’re like a weird, sick family,” she says of relationships to her former co-stars. “Jill and I started the show together with Ramona and Alex. Kelly came on later, but It’s really sad to see them go because it’s something we created and made successful together.”

If you noticed LuAnn has not mentioned Alex McCord being part of the “family,” it’s because LuAnn still hates her! “There was no reason [for her to attack me],” LuAnn quips referring to the argument after Morocco and other comments Alex has made about her in the press. Also noting that she also does not feel bad that Alex was fired.

As for the new cast, LuAnn is “looking forward to the new season,” except for one thing: Ramona Singer! “Ramona is Ra-mean-a,” LuAnn explains. “I see Ramona, and I run the other direction!”

LuAnn hasn’t seen Pinot Singer since the reunion and that’s fine with her! “She invited me to her party and I’m like ‘hello? Come on. Really?! You say that to me, and you expect me to show up and say ‘hi’?’ No. Not after you go after my kids.”

And a furious LuAnn then makes some jabs about Ramona’s drinking habits, after expressing that she is still (yes, STILL!) disappointed that Ramona declined to be in her music video for Chic C’est La Vie! “Turtle Time, Pinot Grigio – but that grossed me out.”

“There’s part of her I love and part of her I hate,” LuAnn continues. “She says the damndest things – it rolls out of her mouth, and she thinks she can get away with it. She’s not going to get away with it, because it’s ‘on’ for the next season,” LuAnn challenges.

As for a very re-vamped Season Five, according to LuAnn filming begins soon! “I’m really excited about the upcoming season, and I will look forward to the girls.” The expected new cast members are Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, and Aviva Drescher.

Well, the next season better be an improvement over last year, especially considering the pay raise Ramona and LuAnn allegedly received! the Huffington Post is reporting that Bravo inked a contract with LuAnn and Ramona (who let’s be frank, really know how to bring the dramz and the snippy comments) paying them a whopping $500,000 each to film Season Five!

“In the fourth season, LuAnn, Ramona, Jill and Alex all earned $275,000 for 16 regular episodes plus a one-day reunion taping that was shown as two episodes. “So in total it was $275,000 for a total of 18 episodes,” an insider states. “But now that Jill and Alex have been fired, LuAnn and Ramona are getting $500,000 to tape 18 episodes. That’s almost $28,000 an episode.” Come again?!

The reason for Bravo upping the ante? “Nothing causes drama more than asking all the ladies to do the same amount of work and paying some more for it than others,” one of the real housewives themselves reveals!

Sonja [Morgan] and the new ladies are not earning anything like the money LuAnn and Ramona are and that is already causing tension — plus, a very unlikely friendship between past enemies LuAnn and Ramona,” the housewife insider details. Perhaps LuAnn and Ramona got together in the contract negotiation process! “It’s way too early to know how all this is going to play out, but early meetings have gone great!”

Bravo declined to comment on the upcoming season and the alleged pay raises, but I wouldn’t put it past them to resort to unscrupulous measures to cause drama (See: New Jersey, Housewives, “Real”)!

Thoughts on LuAnn’s interview and comments about Ramona? Obsessed with Jill, much? Are you as surprised as I am that Ramona and LuAnn will be earning half a Mil to be part of RHONY?

Budding talk-show host and hawker of all products anywhere that can be adorned with a Skinnygirl label, Bethenny Frankel, has hit a snafu on her road to daytime talk success! Apparently, she’s too abrasive.

The Bethenny Ever After star, who recently shot a talk show pilot has been unsuccessful in selling her show to a network! “They’d been shopping the syndicated show and going to meet with station owners,” a source told the NY Post, but Bethenny “came off too aggressive,” the insider reveals!

Adding that Bethenny’s team “got a coach” to show Bethenny on how to speak like a normal human, you know like “speaking more slowly.” The coach also offered up some tips on “being nicer.” Yikes! I guess that biting housewives wit she’s famous for doesn’t work so well in the real world! I hope she was also taught some listening skills!

And from rude to krazy, Kelly Kray-Kray Bensimon is up to her incoherent ramblings again! Why do neither of these women have a filter!?

The former, past, no longer active, alumni Real Housewives of New York star attended the Buoniconti Great Sports Legends Dinner and the fired housewife talked being fired, except she doesn’t like that word. “First of all, I don’t like the word ‘fire’,” she informed reporters at the event (why was she there, again?). “This is Housewives and this isn’t — you know, we’re in a recession. Let’s be careful with that.” Oh, well perhaps that makes sense – if you’re crazy!

As for her post-housewives career, she doesn’t have one, because she doesn’t approve of the word ‘post’ either. “I don’t like the word ‘post’ because I had a great time with Housewives,” Kelly informed OK!. “I don’t really think of it as moving on,” she explained. “It was a huge leap of faith and I had so much fun doing it. It was a great time of my life.”

Kelly was also evasive – of course – about what led to her termination, insisting “I don’t really like rumors. There’s really no truth to rumors!”

Despite being asked to pursue other opportunities Kelly is still supportive of the show, as she prompted reporters: “It’s Housewives. You gotta watch it!”

In fact, it’s really great because she’s on it – or so she seems to think! “You gotta keep on watching and it’s a really great show and it’s hilarious. If you’re not laughing with me, laugh at me.” Although, we are definitely laughing at her, she IS aware that she was, in fact, fired, and is actually NO LONGER a Real Housewife, right?

Well, Kelly doesn’t like the word “fire” and she doesn’t like the word “post” but she does approve of the word “journey,” so that’s what she’s doing now! “My next journey is all about, ‘I can make you hot.’ I have a new jewelry line that’s coming out for a resort, my new book that’s coming out in the Spring and then I have a big announcement to make in October.” If this new “journey” has anything to do with Jill Zarin and Skweeze Couture, I think I might go post – as in postal! Ugh. But of course, since she doesn’t like the word “rumor” she’s not giving away any further details!

Oh, Kelly… I just can’t … . I think I need some jellybeans and a shot of tequila, except I don’t eat processed foods or drink…

Thoughts on Kelly’s latest Krazy Komments? Do you think she understands she will not be returning for season 5 of RHONY? Would you watch Bethenny’s Talk Show? Are you surprised networks find her too abrasive?