Luann De Lesseps

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The thing that I like about watching Real Housewives of New York is that there really seems to be history of genuine relationships among the cast. In contrast, I feel like some of the other shows in the franchise just have random combinations of people who make good TV. But anyway, in my head, I just like to think that these women are all close friends and that they will be that way forever.

So it kills me to see everyone hating on Luann de Lesseps this season. And it just feels so vicariously awkward to know that both Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer had some sort of romantic and/or sexual interactions with Luann’s current fiance Tom D’Agostino. If I could think of a weird that is more extreme than “awkward” I would apply it here. But anyway, it seems like things are pretty “uncool” between Luann and Ramona these days.

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Luann

It has been a rough couple of episodes for Real Housewives of New York‘s Luann de Lesseps. She’s been torn to shreds by her co-stars, but the Countess just keeps on ticking. In her side of this week’s episode she shares her zero effs attitude toward Bethenny Frankel’s words, her compassion for Sonja Morgan and more.

“Why do the girls care who I date or what I do with my private life? I’m living my life the way I choose and as long as I don’t harm anyone in the process, I say “chic ce la vie!” Dating is a game and flirting is part of it, but I’ve never tried to steal a man away from his woman. The fact that I have so many great girlfriends is proof that I respect other people’s relationships and that I’m a loyal friend. Sometimes, I think the girls confuse morality with jealousy.”  (Ramona would disagree)

bethenny

Bethenny Frankel is explaining why she’s turned into a chronic bolter this season on The Real Housewives of New York. The reality star took to her blog to give some insight to where her head was at during the insanity of the past few episodes.  And she also touches on that whole “dating a married man” thing.

Bethenny starts, “That argument was insane. I meant it all. I am not a slut shamer. I am a hypocrite and dishonesty shamer.  Many of you noticed that Luann spelled my name incorrectly on her phone. Perhaps I would have been softer on her or forgiven her if she knew how to spell my name after eight years.” Eric(k)a Jayne feels your pain, Bethenny.

Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps

I have been watching Real Housewives of New York since the show started. So I am still in shock by the evolution of Luann de Lesseps as a character on this show. I know these are real people and not characters, but I just couldn’t imagine someone who initially was so stuck in her prim and proper image being the one who has to defend herself from man-stealing accusations and debatable slut shaming. One of the women who has no trouble slamming Luann is Ramona Singer.

Even though Ramona was (attempting to be) the peacemaker during the ladies trip to the Berkshires, she has no problem coming for Luann in her blog and backing up Bethenny Frankel’s words from the nasty fight she had with Luann. Not only does Ramona agree that the women can’t leave their men around Luann, but she also cites multiple examples to bolster her claims.

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Sonja and the ladies

Say what you want about Sonja Morgan and her attempted business ventures, but you have to admit that she is very endearing. Sonja might lack some etiquette in certain business and social situations, but Sonja has never ever been a mean girl. Sure, she has offended some people, but she was never malicious. And that is why I can’t help feeling bad that Sonja is left out a lot this season on Real Housewives of New York.

Dorinda Medley purposely didn’t invite Sonja to the Berkshires because she said she wanted to prevent drama, but it really just hurt her feelings and there was a shit storm of drama anyway (as per usual). And Sonja is still understandably miffed by the whole thing.

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Bethenny and Carole argue with Luann

Yeah, I’m just gonna admit it – I didn’t want to write this Real Housewives Of New York recap. I had to rally and force myself, because last night was just so icky, fake, mean, desperate, and scheming. I wish for Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel to take a good, hard, long inventory of their lives before they judge one more person.  That display last night was, again, all kinds of hypocrisy and person-shaming, and lady bashing. I don’t care how much they boast about how it was one of the greatest episodes of all time – it wasn’t, in my opinion. So it’s round two of Get Crass With The Countess. 

I don’t think Luann is any sort of innocent – she is annoyingly self-righteous, her jumpsuit was sinfully ugly, and I was pissed that she turned supplicant by apologizing to Bethenny after Bethenny’s barrage of insults. Also, I do think Luann likes to shift around the truth of things – like her relationship with Tom – but I don’t think anyone deserves the sort of treatment Bethenny dished out and I think Luann more than held her own in a calm manner, which impressed me. 

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Carole Radziwill wears Teal

Carole Radziwill is a master of self-reflection and introspection – which is why she’s able to handle the stress of Real Housewives Of New York. At least that’s what she thinks… 

“If there was anything I would do now that I never would have done when I was younger, it’s a reality show. I could only do it now because I am so grounded in who I am,” explains Carole. “So there’s no fear that I am suddenly going to become this crazy, screaming lunatic.” Well… maybe not the “screaming” part… Or wait – didn’t Carole grab Aviva Drescher on a flight of stairs over #BookGate?

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Carole Radziwill blog

I still can’t get over how crazy that last Real Housewives of New York episode was. Can Dorinda Medley host parties every single episode? Something wild always goes down when she does and Carole Radziwill agrees with me.

That’s a little shocking since she was not at the center of the plot, but maybe that is why. I have to assume that it’s easier to enjoy an episode when you are not the cast member who is fighting with everyone else. 

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