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.
“I’m definitely going to do the Housewives this season,” Bethenny confirmed to PEOPLE this week. “It’s been great … I love it. I understand we start filming [season 3] in September.”
Bethenny of course could not resist a chance to take a shot at rival, Kelly Bensimon, when asked if Kelly could rehabilitate her image on the new season. “Good luck with that. Am I helping? No.” said Bethenny. Gotta love her pure honesty.
The biggest news of all is Bethenny finally denied being engaged. We reported last week that she referred to her supposed fiance, Jason Hoppy, as her boyfriend. When asked by People, she denied being engaged but reaffirmed that they do plan on getting married one day. “You don’t see any ring,” she said.
Still not sure if it’s a good idea to keep publicly talking about your plan to marry someone who has yet to propose. That didn’t seem to work too well for Kim Kardashian but whatever floats Bethenny’s boat.
Uma Thurman’s ex boyfriend and New York City hotelier, André Balazs, has found a new love interest. André whodated Uma Thurman on and off for about 4 years was spotted with Real Housewives of NYC’s star, Kelly Bensimon.
Both Kelly and André were seen at the opening of the lounge hot spot wall at W South Beach. The following night, the pair were found cuddling at Andre’s hotel, The Raleigh. Later in the evening, the pair were once again seen holding hands while dancing, laughing and sharing drinks at the VIP lounge.
According to sources,Andréwas worried when he saw Kelly appearing to flirt with former DWTS contestant Gilles Marini. He was however relieved when he found out that she was only conducting an interview for Plum TV.
The NYPost is reporting that Bethenny Frankel will be getting her own reality show on Bravo. The big shocker however is they are also reporting this means Bethenny will no longer be on The Real Housewives of New York City. Yikes! Will the show still be worth watching without her?
According to the Post, her show will be titled “Skinny & The City.” A source said, “The show will follow her planning her wedding to [fiancé] Jason Hoppy.” Her rep confirmed a while ago that the two would be getting married.
Life & Style also reports Frankel is penning a second book about “romance, money and friends” inspired by her feud a with co-star Kelly Bensimon. Bravo had “no comment.” A picture of Bethenny and Jason below –