The third season of The Real Housewives of NYC has yet to air, but judging from the recent events that have taken place in past months, it’s safe to say this will be a drama filled season.
“The minute I can, I will call you and give you all the dirt,” says housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon in a recent interview. “I promise I will give you everything. I’m going to be much more talkative in the press this season than I was last season.”
When asked if she had gotten her fellow housewife Bethenny Frankel — who is four months pregnant — a baby gift, Kelly said “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, they’re friends.’ ” Kelly explains, “No, we’re just on a TV show together. So it’s not appropriate for me to give her a gift.” (Kelly also says she doesn’t like giving baby gifts until the baby is born.)
So much for the alleged truce that had been called between the two, as they constantly feuded during the last season. Kelly is also working on repairing her tarnished reputation which she feels has been unfairly trashed on- and off-camera. She however insists that has nothing to do with her recent charity work, as she and Jill Zarin helped serve meals at the Food Bank’s soup kitchen in NYC.
Kelly also decided to show off her gymnastic skills as she proceeded to do some cartwheels on the beach shore.
As we reported earlier, the 44-year-old former model will be stripping down for Playboy magazine. “It’s the ultimate compliment and every woman’s dream. You get to be a sex symbol and work with top people in the business. It’s such an honor,” says Kelly on posing for Playboy.
Currently, the NYC Housewives’ are busy filming and gearing up for their third season which will air 2010. During the last season, Kelly got some bad press for allegedly beating her ex-fiancé. In the 3rd season, Kelly is looking forward to showing viewers who she really is, “a very enthusiastic person about a lot of things.” I guess we will be the judge of that.
However, Kelly isn’t enthusiastic about discussing cast mate and rival Bethenny Frankel, who recently announced she was expecting her first child. According to FOX411, Kelly didn’t want to comment on Bethenny’s pregnancy but she “hopes that every woman has a baby if they can.” Following her divorce, Kelly would like to be married again and have more kids in the future depending on her future husband which she is yet to meet.
In other news, there has been several reports on Kelly posing for the December Playboy edition however, Kelly said she could not “confirm or deny” the shoot. That is funny considering she said in other interviews that she barred her bod for the mag and that is “the ultimate compliment and every woman’s dream.”
So when asked, “hypothetically, whose nude shoot would be sexier, 41 year-old Kelly’s or 19 year-old Levi Johnston’s recent ‘Playgirl’ pictorial? Kelly’s response was, “If I did pose for ‘Playboy,’ I can’t compete with anyone else. I’m just swimming my own race.”
It seems hell might have frozen over as the NYDailyNews is reporting that Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon have become fast BFFs.
The stars of the Real Housewives of New York City have reportedly gotten closer especially since Jill’s falling out with Bethenny Frankel over the summer. “Now that Bethenny is out of the picture, Jill is definitely on team Kelly,” one source insists.
The NYDailyNews also states that Kelly is determined to change her image, as she was not happy with her portrayal on the show’s previous season. “She was mortified when that show aired last year,” a source close to the former model dishes. “She is really trying to look better in front of the cameras this season.”
So what is Kelly doing to improve her image? Well for starters, she showed on time to the Halloween bash she hosted in N.Y.C. on Saturday night. She even gave up her VIP table to hang out in the crowd. “She was dancing and saying hi to everyone,” another partygoer said. “A lot of people were kind of shocked at how nice she was being.”
Also in attendance of her Halloween bash was Jill. It is also said that Bethenny has become close friends with Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord. This should all make for a very interesting third season.
Star: Will you and Bethenny Frankel be friends when Housewives returns? Kelly: I just want to be a good role model for my girls. Seeing me fight with Bethenny was good for my children because they need to learn about conflict and resolution, which is why I went to Bethenny’s event. I wanted to be the bigger person.
Star: So what qualities does Mr. Right need to have? Kelly: He has to be like James Bond, full of adventure. I want someone who is going to explore and be athletic or just go to a dive bar, drink beer and eat chicken wings.
Star: Why did you pose for Playboy? Kelly: It’s the ultimate compliment and every woman’s dream. You get to be a sex symbol and work with top people in the business. It’s such an honor.
The shocker however is that the only housewife Bethenny is reported to be getting along with these days is her former nemesis, Kelly Bensimon. According to the report, Bethenny and Kelly made up during the summer.
Bethenny’s biggest feud is with her former BFF Jill Zarin. Her recent comments dissing Jill will certainly not help matters. The rift was more evident between the ex-besties last week during a dinner Jill hosted for 40 friends at Saks Fifth Avenue; Bethenny was the only “Housewife” who hadn’t been invited.
However, Jill isn’t the only NY housewife Bethenny is alienating herself from as she has been gradually cutting ties with Countess Luann De Lesseps, Alex McCord and Ramona Singer since news that she’d get her own show on Bravo broke during the summer.
The NYDailyNews goes on to report the the separation between Bethenny and her co-stars might be an intentional move by Bravo producers, who want her to stand alone in an attempt to pave the way for her own reality show.
I highly doubt this rift between Bethenny and the other housewives is intentional though. Perhaps they just got tired of Bethenny running her mouth and talking negatively about them behind their backs.
Life&Style magazine reports, “There were contract issues, but Aug. 31 was always the start date, with or without a contract,” says an insider.
Their insider also insists their salaries was not an issue, “The ladies wanted more money, and they’re getting it.” The insider continues, “Bravo was happy to up their pay since the show makes more money now. The Housewives just had an issue with some of the wording in the contract.”
According to Life&Style, Bethenny Frankel is still in talks with Bravo to get her own reality show, and might be leaving the NY Housewives after this season.
We also reported some nasty comments Bethenny recently made about castmate, Jill Zarin, so this 3rd season will definitely have some drama.