Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New York City was all about vaginas, vacations, and Pinot… again. Jill Zarin is hosting an anti-bullying fundraiser, and while guests are paying $200 to attend, the irony of Jill championing this event is priceless. Kelly accidentally sees Sonja’s ladybits, Cindy takes her good friends on a “brunettes only” weekend, New Housewife Pinot Grigio high-jacks Jill’s charity event, and sweet LuAnn just wants everyone to get along, dammit!
The episode begins with LuAnn and Sun-yah meeting for lunch to discuss a girls trip. LuAnn is planning to “break the tension” between the ladies. Since this is a classy restaurant, Sonja, predictably arrives straight from the gym with a fur thrown over her sports bra. Sonja states she wants to go to Italy for Truffle Season (that’s a thing?) because “everyone will be there!” Everyone except the NY Housewives, that is, because LuAnn is just so over Italy and wants to vacation somewhere exotic. Somewhere like Morocco, which is the Paris of the Middle East, didn’t you know? Bravo, desperate to capitalize on a repeat of Scary Island, decides Luann must “invite” all the ladies, but LuAnn has some reservations about Kelly being included because no one wants “Scary Desert” on the horizon. Well, no one but Bravo, because ratings are everything dah-ling, so Kelly is IN!
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This episode of Real Housewives of New York City was scattered, hard to follow, and all over the place – so the writing is reflective of how difficult it is to connect the plot points. The episode, which Bravo dubbed “Ramona’d” was all about Ramona Singer unleashing her Pinot Personality and letting her cray-cray take over, I call that Cramona. Crazy Ramona. We’ve seen it before from Mrs. Mario Singer – however not like this, but lets start out the recapping by focusing on another lady who is losing her marbles and a different one who is losing her teeth. Sonja Morgan and Cindy Barshop take it away!
Replacing Jill Zarin this season as Empress of the frienemies, Sonja agreed to trek all the long way downtown to TriBeCa and meet Cindy for some shopping and designer schmoozing at Vivienne Tam and then lunch at Cipriani. Unfortunately, when Sonja arrived Cindy had some news: after having a few too many Martinis at Ramona’s event the previous night, she devoured a bunch of pistachios and the veneers on her two front teeth fell off! A likely story if I’ve ever heard one –I personally think she took a drunken tumble after all those martinis. It happens to the best of us. The ladies proceed into the store where Cindy actually pulls out the broken front teeth, which she has brought with her in a Ziplock baggie along with an accompanying tube of Fixadent. While in Vivienne Tam Cindy, asks Sonja to help her put her teeth back in. Yuck. Sonja is understandably grossed out! Who wants to eat lunch after all that? Sonja still does, actually.
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On the 4th episode this season titled “Ramona’d,” Ramona gripes when her Pinot Grigio wine isn’t made available at Cindy’s birthday party. Meanwhile, a betrayal results when Sonja confides in Cindy that she plans to negotiate a meeting between Ramona and Kelly, and LuAnn throws a cocktail party for the wives in the Hamptons.
The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – Andy Cohen will host a special “Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular” tonight in true Bravo style with guests Countess LuAnn De Lesseps and Cat Ommanneyfrom the now canceled Real Housewives of D.C. If you recall, Cat famously made out with Prince Harry a few years ago and sold told her story to a UK tabloid.
Moving right along to Sonja Morgan who tells the HollywoodLife that being on the NYC Housewives is “emotionally exhausting.”
Sonja, who’s popularity has taken a hit this season following what some are calling overblown-egoritis, admits she has a hard time watching the episodes in advance (Bravo delivers each week’s episode to the stars of the show about a week in advance so that they know what’s coming). “I get too nervous to watch, so I put it off,” says Sonja, adding that she watches the episodes along with the rest of us.
Another tough part of doing the show for Sonja is having to relive the bad experiences, for example her fight with friend and costar Alex McCord. “It’s very hard because these incidences, they happen months ago and then they’re over in a matter of hours,” says Sonja. “But we relive it every time the show airs.”
Sonja also states that the show producers “take hours of film and then they take the most dramatic and highlight it. So that’s TV drama!” As for Sonja and Alex, the two seem to be in a better place today as they are still friends, and have both decided to put the march madness drama behind them.
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On the season 4 premiere titled “Grin and Bare It,” Ramona hosts a rooftop cocktail party while elsewhere, tension continues to brew between Jill and Alex; and the ladies gear up to participate in a gay-equality march. Single mother and spa entrepreneur Cindy Barshop joins the cast. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin!
In other news, following a major slight fall from grace last season with her actions both on and off the show, Jill Zarin reveals the reason she decided to return for another season.
But first Jill states she felt she was ganged up on last year. “I was ganged up on by Alex, Bethenny and Ramona,” Jill tells the NYDailyNews. “It’s so last year and it’s so over that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. … But let me tell you, it’s hard to fight three against one. One on one is one thing. Three on one, not so even.”
So why did she return? “I asked my husband, Bobby, ‘What should I do?’ And he said, ‘Don’t leave,’ ” she says. “My family felt that I wasn’t portrayed accurately, that I needed to come back, to have another round at it. Then, if I want to leave, I leave with my head held high.” Aka ‘I’m going to spend this entire season pretending to be nice and trying to redeem my image.’
Meanwhile, the NYC ladies visited The View talk show this week during which both Jill and her BFF Kelly Bensimon tried to insinuate the show isn’t real, well at least last season, with Kelly also trying to convince us she isn’t really crazy.
First Jill insinuated Bethenny Frankel played up their fight for the cameras last season. “You wanna know what the truth is? The truth is I thought it was a wink-wink. We had a fight, I thought it was sort of drama for the show and that we would make up,” said Jill.
And when host Sherri Shepherd asked Kelly about being crazy and that whole Scary Island meltdown, Kelly denied being mentally unstable. “I didn’t fall apart. It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy and it’s hard to come back from that,” said Kelly. “Sorry you guys I didn’t fall apart. I know it’s hard for everyone to understand that … I make great television and Bethenny and I create better television. So, I mean, that’s what it is,” added Kelly as we try to figure out what planet these people are living on.
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This follows the previous snafu that occurred last month during which Bravo decided to postpone the show 2 weeks before it’s scheduled Feb. 15th premiere in favor of the lacklusterReal Housewives of Miami.
The NYC Housewives have all teased that Bravo postponed the season due to too much drama and needing more time to edit the show, which was still filming two weeks before it was meant to debut. And judging from the trailer below, they might have been right.
Bravo promises “the new season will definitely be worth the wait.”
The new season trailer is below -
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Though in Lulu’s defense, she was asked the question about Bethenny. “To tell you the truth, no!” answered LuAnn when asked if she misses Bethenny. “She’s doing her own thing now, so I wish her luck. Very happy for her. And you know, we have a new housewife now, so on to new and different things.”
The countess also denies those pesky reports that the upcoming season of the ‘NYC Housewives’ was postponed for being too boring. “Well, what’s going on is that there is so much drama that they needed more time to edit!” said LuAnn.
In other NYC news, it seems Kelly Bensimon took some time out of her busy schedule of staging paparazzi shots to visit Haiti. Yes, Kelly took a three-day trip to Haiti.
In fact, the NY Post caught up with Kelly at a recent event, during which they asked her about her trip and in usual Kelly fashion, her quote did not disappoint.
“It was so amazing to see these little girls carrying pounds and pounds of water on their head,” said Kelly. “There’s so much devastation.” Amazing indeed Kelly. This would explain Kelly’s crazy tan look above while at the Thursday grand opening of TEQA in New York, the same event at which the Post interviewed her.
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As we pointed out yesterday, Popeater reported back in December that Bravo higher ups were not happy with the way the 4th season was going after viewing the footage. Things were apparently so bad that Bravo asked Bethenny Frankelto return to the show for many appearances, something she wanted no part of.
Fast forward to today and the NY Post as well as the NYDailyNews are both reporting Bravo pulled the plug on the Feb. 15 premiere because they thought it was too boring.
According to the Post, the producers decided to cancel the original premiere because “it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of” other Bravo housewives series. In fact, Andy Cohen emailed the entire cast of the show early yesterday informing them of the news.
“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Andy wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.” Andy also warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo made the official announcement.
Sources tell the Post that following good ratings for its drama-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the producers simply felt the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy viewers. “They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.”
The NYDailyNews also confirms the Post’s story adding the cast was informed of the change just hours before it became public news. Bravo also reportedly received negative feedback following the sneak peeks they aired this week during the RHOBH. The final reason for the change? Bravo “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”
The cast of the show are however giving a different reason for the sudden cancellation. Both Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord tweeted yesterday that Bravo simply needed more time to finish the editing considering they were still filming just a week ago.
In an interview with Star magazine, Sonja Morgan gives the same reason. “I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly. Personally, I’m relieved. It gives me more time to relax, especially considering Ramona [Singer] and I were shooting seven times a week. They’ll have Miami go out first and when they’re done, we’re up.”
Sonja added, “they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.” Safe to assume they “filmed like crazy” because Bravo wasn’t happy with the footage they saw more than halfway through filming.
As for Bravo, Andy released this official statement – “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.” The new season is now slated to air in April or May.
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“I do not not miss being on the ‘Housewives’ at all,” said Bethenny. “It’s more [the] filming. Ten times as hard. Emotionally, nothing could be more difficult than that.”
And in a separate interview with Starpulse, Bethenny was asked if she will be tuning in to the new season of the NYC Housewives. “I will absolutely watch the first episode of RHONYC. I’m definitely curious. Then I’ll decide about what I’ll watch after that,” she answered.
As for the second season of her own show, Bethenny promises it will be “filled with laughter, tears, drama and real reality.” She adds, “This year marriage, motherhood, career, in laws, religion and turning 40. This season is incredible. I gave everything. I’m so proud.”
In other news, UsWeekly is reporting today that Kim Zolciak is not the only nurse on the Bravo network. Apparently, before becoming a world renown Countess, LuAnn de Lesseps had humble beginnings as a nurse!
LuAnn, 45, reveals she worked as a a Licensed Practical Nurse before embarking into a modeling career. “I knew that nurses were always in demand and that I could have a fulfilling career in the health field,” LuAnn said to Forbes. “I think the people skills I acquired as a nurse definitely have helped me be a better entertainer, and I never forget to be grateful for good health.”
The fourth season of the Real Housewives of New York City premieres Feb. 15.
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