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I really think I’m going to enjoy the newest additions to Real Housewives of New York…especially Carole Radziwill.  The widow and journalist (not to mention princess and bestselling author) with close ties to the timeless Kennedy clan will be joining Countess LuAnn and Pinot Singer on the upcoming season.  She was recently interviewed by the New York Post where she described herself as the “unlikely housewife.”  I like her already.

Calling the show a “job offer”, Carole explains, “Critical acclaim is great, and it gets you the corner table, but commercial success pays the bills.”  With the women of New York rumored to be making $500,000 this season, I’d say that’s not too terrible of a payday.

While many ladies try to finagle their way into the franchise by befriending wives or crashing cocktail parties (an estimated 500 women tried out for Beverly Hills), Carole had no desire to pursue reality television.  Of her friend and Bravo King Andy Cohen, she says,“I could probably count on one hand the number of conversations I’ve ever had about the ‘Housewives’ show with him.”

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While Jill Zarin and Alex McCord are officially out of the Real Housewives of New York City, they won’t go quietly into that famewhore night and continue to draw attention to themselves, no matter what. We’ll start with the grossest news. Somehow, Alex was able to get press for a very odd passage in her “urban parenting” book, which was released two years ago, Little Kids Big City. They weren’t getting enough hate messages on Twitter, so they decided to promote the passage below, describing husband Simon VanKempen‘s reaction to the au naturale birth of son, François. Alex describes her natural birth as:

“Once he was finally out of my body, I experienced a tsunami of endorphins that was almost orgasmic and I understand completely the stories other women have written about ecstastic birth. Simon was sitting behind me at the point of birth, and later when we untangled ourselves he discovered he’d actually ejaculated though hadn’t felt any of the normal lead-up to that.”

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As par for the course, the children of the Real Housewives of any location are always dragged into the mess that is the show – and sometimes being on TV isn’t so fantastic. Glamour Magazine recently interviewed the adult daughters of some of our favorite (and least favorite) Bravo moms. The girls were candid about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.

Lauren Manzo, Pandora Sabo (née Todd), Briana Culberson (née Wolfsmith), Tierra Fuller, and Victoria de Lesseps spoke out about what it’s like to be on reality television and how they’ve handled their moms’ dramatic experiences on the shows.

Interestingly, some of the girls would love to do reality TV in their own right, while others have absolutely no desire. “I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit,” Lauren admits. “I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, ‘I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.’ And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”

Pandora, who did get married on TV, and whose wedding was featured in last season’s finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, confesses she had to seriously consider letting such a personal moment be played out in public. “I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding,” Pandora shares.

“My mother’s [Lisa Vanderpump] life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of all that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party?”

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This season of Real Housewives of New York will be a battle of The Veterans vs. The Virgins. It’s a classic case of make new friends, but keep the old (one is silver and the other’s gold…). Bravo has released the official cast photos and bios – along with the very juicy and drunken trailer. It seems like some of these ladies are harkening back to the days before middle age hit them, as they are putting the drinks away like MTV spring breakers! Or Bachelorettes on another popular show!

The official press release warns us:  “The city that never sleeps is about to get a real embarrassment wake up call.  Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer welcome Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson as they navigate their hectic lifestyles of jam-packed social climbing social calendars, bickering and fighting careers, behaving like children and drunken antics across the globe city living.”  Oh, I just can’t wait for the wine-soaked fun and pinot-filled outbursts!

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And speaking of Pinot, it seems my favorite train wreck and yours, Pinot Singer, caused quite the problems this season! The trailer features newbie Aviva proving she’s perfect for this line of work, as she calls her “white trash!” Bwhahahahahaha! Seriously – I laughed for five minutes when I saw that. Sometimes the truth hurts!

Aviva is speaking to the NY Observer about the shocking new season! Aviva describes the experience of reality television, and being forced to socialize intimately with women she scarcely knew. “It was like an sociological study: we were essentially forced to make the kind of friends over the course of four months that would usually take you four years to become that close to.”

She also adds that her friendship with Ramona is pretty much kaput. She says the show – and specifically the “white trash” scene, made her realize that “friendships can certainly take up and downs,” Aviva explained. “And in that way the show—art, in quotation marks—imitated life. Ramona and I did not start out that way.”

Aviva mentions that she began the season friends with Ramona, “and…well…I can’t say the same for the end of the season.” Wow! You can learn more about Aviva below!

Pinot, herself, is speaking out about the drama amongst her castmates. At the recent Bravo Upfront Event she confirmed things are already rocky as she tells Wetpaint “There’s one woman here I’m not even talking to!” When pressed for details about whom, she gave the Bravo PR sponsored answer like a good little Housewife. “If you watch this season, it won’t be hard to figure out,” she assured us.

In fact, things start to go bad in the season premiere episode! From the press release: “Sonja kicks things off with a party to mingle with Aviva, Carole and Heather. They all seem to hit it off …until Ramona arrives. And as they say, with new friends come new revelations — in this case, Aviva learns that a couple of her “new” friends have had relations with her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Heather and Carole try to figure out who to trust and not.” Wowzers!

Real Housewives of New York premieres on Monday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Below are the cast photos and bios! Warning: Photoshop was applied liberally!

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Ok, Bravoians – get ready for the new line-up! Bravo has officially released the list of upcoming shows and it includes eleven all-new reality shows and eight returning gems!  Among the most exciting news is that Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump has scored her own show about celebrity hotspot SUR and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burrussspin-off The Kandi Factory has also been added to the permanent roster!

Here’s the list of what’s to come!

“Silicon Valley” Bravo captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories.

“Life After Top Chef” For the first time cameras are taken outside of the “Top Chef” kitchen and into the lives of Bravo’s most beloved former cheftestants as they reach milestones in their personal lives and culinary careers. From opening their own restaurants to expanding their growing franchises, viewers will follow Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Richard Blais in Atlanta, Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles and Spike Mendelsohn in DC.

“Below Deck” The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide when this young and single crew of “yachties” live, love and work together onboard a luxurious mega yacht while tending to the ever-changing needs of their wealthy, demanding charter guests.

“Huh?” Ever wonder who is behind those hilarious cat memes? Bravo goes inside the office of Ben Huh and his eclectic staff at icanhascheezburger.com, one of the largest humor publishers on the Internet known for their popular LOLs and FAILs.

“Miss Advised” These single relationship experts can’t seem to practice what they preach as Amy Laurent in New York, Emily Morse in San Francisco and Julia Allison in Los Angeles struggle to stay afloat in the deep end of the dating pool.

“Newlyweds: The First Year”From the moment they say “I do” to their one-year anniversary, cameras capture diverse couples across the coasts experiencing the trials and tribulations of their first year of marriage.

“Gallery Girls” Viewers are introduced to seven young women who dream of living a chic and fashionable existence in New York City. All share a passion for art, but are divided amongst their Manhattan and Brooklyn lifestyles with vastly different attitudes and tastes towards fashion, art and men.

“LA Shrinks” It takes one to treat one! The professional and personal lives of dynamic experts are exposed as they counsel a wide array of clients at some of the top private practices in Los Angeles.

“Decades” Renowned boutique owners, Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver, show off their exclusive and glamorous world of vintage couture filled with Givenchy, Balenciaga and Chanel.

The official preview trailer for all the new reality gems is below!

And now for the list of returning shows. I was surprised to see Chef Roblé & Co and Pregnant in Heels (although I kinda liked that show) coming back. Also returning is Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Top Chef (including Last Chance Kitchen), Top Chef Masters  Million Dollar Listing, Million Dollar Decorators, and Inside The Actors Studio – which will feature the cast of Mad Men.

I was very surprised not to see the Rachel Zoe Project on the list!

And branching out, Bravo also announced the arrival of two scripted shows! “22 Birthdays” focuses on the sordid and scandalous activities of a group of parents at an exclusive private school, with each episode centered around an extravagant and lavish birthday party. And “Blowing Sunshine” is set at a fictional private rehabilitation center and follows its staff and high profile patients.

Moving on, last night Andy Cohen hosted the Watch What Happens Live All-Star Party. Among the proceedings was the official unveiling of the three new Real Housewives of New York; which was pretty much reality television’s worst kept secret. Well, it’s official Carole Radziwill, Aviva Drescher, and Heather Thomson will be embarrassing themselves on our TVs very soon!

A preview of the upcoming explosive season was revealed and it appears that the rumors of Pinot Singer not getting along with any of her fellow Housewives are confirmed! She goes to battle with everyone and may soon find herself on the Jill Zarin side of things if she keeps this up! The new ladies were shown banding together in an act of solidarity against “mean girl” behavior.

Among last night’s surprising events was the conspicuous absence of Teresa Giudice! The entire Real Housewives of New Jersey cast was spotted together on the red carpet and participated in the Housewives East vs. West Battle Royale, but there was no Teresa in sight! It is well established that Teresa is not speaking to any of her castmates and rumors have been swirling that she’s headed for a spin-off following the explosive fourth season, airing later this month!

Also interesting was that Lisa did not sit with her fellow RHOBH castmates and instead took the stage solo for a sit-down with Andy. She also skipped the Housewives battle. Perhaps confirming the casting gossip that Taylor Armstrong and Kim Richards are returning next season was their attendance. Oddly, Brandi Glanville was not in the audience!

Finally, the most troubling events of last night were the musical performances of Melissa Gorga and LuAnn de Lesseps. Now I love you both, but please believe – you cannot sing! Step away from the microphones…

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According to a new report, things recently got pretty tense between the stars of the Real Housewives of New York City and Bravo!

The reason? The returning RHONY housewives–Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Countess LuAnn de Lessepsfelt filming on the new season was dragging on too long and wanted Bravo to either pay up or wrap it up!

“LuAnn [de Lesseps], Sonja [Morgan] and Ramona [Singer] refused to shoot any scenes at Fashion Week in February, complaining that production was dragging on well past the date that was agreed upon, so they went on strike,” one of the original cast members tells the Huffington Post. “Ultimately, they did return to tape a final few scenes, but it’s not fair that they should have to give up their time, with no extra pay, just so the slower new girls can learn how to tape a TV show.”

The Huffington Post adds that filming typically takes place from September to February, occasionally going one to two weeks over schedule . Ramona was reportedly the first to start the revolt, leading to the other vets Countess Lulu and Sonja to follow suit, in what is quickly becoming the newbies vs. the vets.

“They might call it a strike, but the network sees it more as a little disagreement,” reveals a Bravo insider. “In the end, the ladies that didn’t make themselves available to shoot only hurt themselves, as it means the new girls will get extra airtime.”

The insider goes on to add: “What I can guarantee you is that if Ramona thinks she is going to win by messing with the new ladies, she can think again. These girls are killers.” Meow!

There’s no word yet on when the new RHONY season will premiere. It will be interesting to see how all the drama plays out with the three new additions to the cast, though I still strongly believe Bravo should have kept Alex McCord!

[Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com]

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Oh, lawd. Get ready for some middle-aged, nudie action in the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New York! An insider reveals that the show has just finished taping its fifth season and producers are claiming this will be the best season yet, as the ladies travel the globe in high-flying adventures. Isn’t this supposed to be a show about their “real” lives? Oh, what am I saying…

Spilling the dirt to The Huffington Post, show insiders reveal that the ladies built a Survivor-style alliance and even skinny dipped on a scandalous and drunken cast trip to St. Barts! Um… say what? “Sonja [Morgan] and Ramona [Singer] have totally bonded and formed a great alliance against the new ladies,” an insider reveals. Which, means there is much more Ramonja to come. “They are so inseparable this season that they shared a bed together in St. Barts and even went skinny dipping late one night after enjoying a few glasses of Ramona’s wine.” Ack. I hope those black modesty bars are on point, editing team!

Sonja confirms the skinny dip (because Sonja loves flaunting her lady bits, as we all know), but she’s not giving away too many details! “You know me, I always skinny dip,” Sonja shares. “Why else would you rent a house? I can’t tell you if I did it on film or if I did it with Ramona because that would be a storyline and I can get in trouble for that according to my contract.”

But, even though there were some happy, touchy-feely, friendsy moments, the season was not without its drama and catfights, as it seems, class wars began among the gals! “This season you will see the ladies travel to London, where Carole [Radziwill] thinks it’s so funny that LuAnn [de Lesseps] insists everyone call her ,’The Countess,’ that she makes all the ladies refer to her as ‘The Princess’ to mock her,” one of the ladies dished. In case you didn’t know, Carole was once married to PRINCE Anthony Radziwill, son of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ sister Lee. Sucks to be LuLu,  a princess title trumps that of countess!

Ramona has some serious animosity towards the new additions. Maybe she was missing Jill Zarin and wanted to relive the old times! Previous reports have claimed the new ladies were annoyed by her diva attitude and constant demands! “Ramona now thinks it’s her show for sure,” an insider spills.

“Things between Ramona and the new ones get so bad at one point they even discussed recreating the bathroom scene from the film ‘Bridesmaids’ after Ramona gives them her new red wine to taste.” Whoa! And Pinot Singer has another wine? Can I still call her Pinot? The Bravo Home Shopping Network rages on!

And speaking of the Bravo Home Shopping Network (BHSN, for short), the ratings for the season premiere of Bethenny Ever After are in and they are less than stellar!

Despite the heavy hype this season received, according to TV By The Numbers, the third season premiere brought in a shockingly low 971,000 viewers! To put it in perspective, the season premiere of Real Housewives of Orange County brought in 2.3 million viewers, which is typical for a mainstream Bravo show. It’s a good thing Bethenny has quit her day job and is moving (hopefully) into the talk show circuit!

Even more upsetting, Bethenny Frankel‘s numbers have dropped drastically, compared to past seasons. The season premiere of Bethenny Getting Married? drew an impressive 2.096 million viewers and ranked as the highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Season two garnered a still respectable 1.5M viewers for the season premiere and ratings remained firm throughout the season.

Unfortunately, it seems many audiences may have grown tired of Bethenny’s woe is me shtick, or maybe, just maybe, after the whole lost at sea debacle viewers got an inkling of the fabricated drama and shied away. Or perhaps, there was some mighty good TV on Monday night. I know I was watching Ben Flajnik have a creepy mock wedding with Courtney Robertson, who professed her love by stealing Carrie Bradshaw‘s break-up speech.

The low ratings may be a blessing in disguise (unless you’re a Frankelenzombie), because Bethenny and husband, Jason Hoppy have expressed their desire to leave reality television behind after this season.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON OF RHONY? DO YOU BELIEVE RAMONA IS AN OUT OF CONTROL DIVA? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY BETHENNY’S RATINGS – DID YOU WATCH MONDAY NIGHT’S EPISODE?


In the approximately five billion years it has taken to shoot the re-tooled fifth season of Real Housewives of New York, the ladies get to go on yet another Bravo-sponsored vacation.

If you recall, earlier reports leaked that the gals had taken a trip to London in addition to a trip to South Beach which gifted us these photos. Now that it’s winter, the cast headed down to St. Barts.

New cast members Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill decided to show off their smoking hot figures while veterans Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer sat around getting drunk and being judgey (so, like any normal day on the RHONY set). I’m sure personal trainers are so proud of them in this moment. Check out the photos of them below!

Meanwhile, the NY Post wrote a scathing report about newbie Carole. According to The Post, Carole, who is related to the Kennedys by marriage, is failing to bring any class to the show. The report states that while filming in St. Barts, Carole was was spotted partying with her costars – Ramona, Sonja, LuAnn and others — at Le Ti, a cabaret-themed night.

A source revealed, “Le Ti has a dress-up shop with items to suit every fetish. By the end of the night, all the housewives were in tiny red pirate outfits with Jack Sparrow hats, and exposed midriffs gyrating on the dance floor.”

The source continues of Caroline, who has won three Emmys for her writing: “It’s sad to see Carole, a journalist, former ABC news producer and whose husband [Prince Anthony Radziwill] was the cousin of John F. Kennedy Jr., stooping to this level. She must really need the money.”

Back in New York, former failed housewife Cindy Barshop of the Vajazzling Barshops decided to introduce yet another product to the market that no one needed: fur merkins for your lady bits, available at her Completely Bare spa in New York. In case you get cold from all those Brazilian waxes. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can add a little something different to your nether regions for two Benjamins.

The ‘Foxy Bikini’ is available at $225 and the ‘Carnivale’ for $195. According to the Completely Bare website, both of these services can also be added on to your laser hair removal or waxing appointment. It seems to me you can skip the wax altogether and achieve the same effect. Am I right, ladies?

Cindy is getting some serious backlash from animal rights group PETA on the merkins which are made from real fur and calls the merkins “outright sleazy, and downright cruel.” Cindy responded by saying it is her right to stage a lame publicity stunt for her businesses, “wear fur down there” and hopes PETA will “respect that.”

Also below are photos of Cindy’s fur merkins!

[Photos Credit: MediaPunch/INFphoto.com]

TELL US: WOULD YOU WEAR A FUR MERKIN? DO YOU THINK CINDY IS JUST TRYING TO GET PUBLICITY FOR HER SPAS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LADIES BIKINI WEARING PAST THE AGE OF 40?

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