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It seems Luann de Lesseps and cast-mate Ramona Singer have now made up following what Ramona calls an “accidental” re-tweet she made last week which showed the Countess’s 16-year-old daughter Victoria de Lesseps rolling up a joint and using the N-word in a youtube video.

In the above photo, tweeted by Alex McCord this week, you can see the Real Housewives of New York City stars looking rather chummy as they all headed out to lunch in Los Angeles paparazzi capital aka The Ivy restaurant.

The NY ladies are currently in LA to promote the upcoming 4th season of their Bravo show. “Luann and I may have our differences but we all respect each other,” Ramona told Radar on Wednesday. “We do get along and in fact we are having lunch together today.”

RadarOnline reported earlier this week that things had gotten so bad between Ramona and LuAnn that the two ladies refused to speak to each other or even be anywhere in the physical vicinity of one another.

“Ramona and Luann have both insisted to producers that they expressly be kept away from each other throughout the trip,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “To say they loathe each other would be an understatement!”

The source also added the two requested to “be put on totally separate flights and in addition they have requested that they are not even placed on the same floor of the hotel in LA.”

In other NYC news, Sonja Morgan hosted a ‘Show Me Your Best Burlesque’ party days ago.  The theme of the party was “Fishnets, Feathers and Flesh,” and in attendance were some of her fellow NYC Housewives.  Photos of Alex, Kelly, Ramona, Sonja and new housewife Cindy Barshop at the event below.  Also below are photos of the NYC Housewives doing press in LA. Judging by the pics, it’s pretty obvious how the cliques aligned this season.

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Almost a week after a classless youtube video of her 16-year-old daughter made it’s way online (the video has since been removed from Youtube), Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is finally breaking her silence and denouncing her daughter Victoria de Lesseps’ actions, which included rolling up a joint and using the N-word.

In a statement given to Popeater, the Real Housewives of New York City star calls her daughter’s actions “unacceptable” and promises to use this setback to teach her about the consequences of said actions.

“I am the parent of a teenager, and as any parent can attest, teenagers go through periods of doing things that are wrong and not appropriate and that are later regretted,” said LuAnn. “My daughter Victoria knows that the behavior she exhibited was unacceptable. I have chosen to deal with this as a private family matter and an opportunity to discuss consequences of our actions.”

If you recall, LuAnn’s costar Ramona Singer re-tweeted the video after a fan tweeted it to her. Ramona then took down the tweet almost immediately. And now, Ramona is once again apologizing for her actions in a brief interview with Popeater’s Rob Shuter calling the re-tweeting “accidental.”

“I’m not very tech savvy, and [I'm] heartbroken that I accidentally retweeted this. I called Luann and Victoria immediately to apologize and tell them to remove the video. Regardless of our catfights on the show, our children are off-limits,” stated Ramona.

Alex McCord and hubby Simon Van Kempen however seemed to have a different take on things as they feel LuAnn should be more forgiving towards Ramona based on her own past actions.

“None of us are perfect, and sometimes we all tweet or retweet a little too hastily,” Simon said. “But it would be a little duplicitous for LuAnn to complain too much about Ramona’s regretful retweet when both she and Jill Zarin had great fun lambasting our oldest son throughout the third season.”

Alex added, “In the four years we’ve been involved with ‘Real Housewives,’ neither Simon nor I have ever said anything negative about any other castmates’ children. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for many others on the show.”

And finally, while LuAnn wants to deal with this issue privately and understandably so, Rob does report that Bravo cameras were on hand a few days ago to film an event during which Ramona, Alex and others discussed the issue. Which raises an important question – Is it fair for LuAnn to not want this issue discussed on camera?

One side of the argument is that LuAnn signed up for the show and to put her life on television, good or bad. Plus the issue is already public knowledge and involves a costar. Another side of the argument is that though LuAnn signed up to do the show, her daughter did not and should not have her dirty laundry aired on TV. Which brings us to the question…

TELL US – DO YOU THINK IT’S FAIR THAT LUANN WANTS THE VICTORIA/RAMONA STORYLINE OUT OF THE SHOW? SHOULD BRAVO LEAVE IT OUT? THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S COMMENTS?

Two days after her costar Ramona Singer re-tweeted a video of her teenage daughter rolling up a joint and using the n-word (the video has since been removed from youtube), the NYDailyNews is reporting that Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is “livid.”

According to the site, Luann, star of the Real Housewives of New York City, was in Atlantic City filming a music video for one of her new songs when she started receiving a barrage of phone calls alerting her that the video of her daughter Victoria de Lesseps, 16, existed and that Ramona had re-tweeted. Apparently Luann had zero knowledge of such a video.

Bravo was reportedly on location with LuAnn, who invited her costars Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon to appear in the video with her, and wanted to film her reaction to the news. Side note – Rob Shuter of Popeater tweeted yesterday that Luann invited all her costars to appear in the video with her but only Jill and Kelly accepted.

A source, who was involved in the production of the music video, states that a “big ruckus” erupted when phone calls began coming in to the set about the video. The insider overheard Bravo producers debating on how to inform Luann of its existence and of Ramona’s involvement.

Bravo producers wanted Luann to find out about the video on camera, and then discuss the matter with Jill. Luann however refused to make her daughter’s video part of the show’s story line, and insisted the cameras stop rolling. She and Jill then retreated to a hotel room to discuss the matter in private.

As for Ramona, she told the NYDailyNews yesterday that she “sincerely regrets re-tweeting” the video and that she has reached out to Luann and Victoria to apologize. Ramona added that she “loves LuAnn” and “regardless of our catfights on the show, our children are off-limits.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST AND LUANN NOT WANTING BRAVO TO FILM HER REACTION?

While the 4th season of the Real Housewives of New York City doesn’t premiere until February, one thing is apparent – which is that costars Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps are definitely not BFFs.

This became extremely obvious yesterday when Ramona, who also has a teenage daughter, re-tweeted a youtube video of Countess Luann’s 16-year-old daughter Victoria de Lesseps rolling up a joint and using the N-word.

Ramona deleted the tweet moments later, perhaps due to some of the backlash she received from fans on twitter or maybe someone advised her to. That reason is unclear but the damage was already done as news of the video quickly spread.

Though the youtube video has been taken down as of this morning, I personally viewed the entire 5 minute clip yesterday evening and Victoria appeared to be very high as she giggled and laughed her way through the 5 minute skype conversation with a female friend.

The shocking part of the video came in at about 4 minute mark when Victoria began to roll up what appeared to be a joint. Things then took a turn for the worst when Victoria uttered the N-word close to the 5-minute mark. In Victoria’s defense, she didn’t appear to be using the word as a racial slur. Though still ignorant, she seemed to be using it as a means to refer to her friend aka buddy, pal etc.

Victoria was also aware that her skype conversation was being recorded as she seemed excited at the thought of viewing the video in school the next day, implying she couldn’t wait to see her actions with a sober clear mind. No word on how the video made it’s way to youtube.

The NyMag.com also published a story about this and they were able to get a screen shot of Ramona’s re-tweet before she deleted it. That is below.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON VICTORIA’S ACTIONS IN THE VIDEO? SHOULD RAMONA HAVE RE-TWEETED IT?

It seems the Royal Highness herself aka Countess Luann de Lesseps is now offering unsolicited advice to soon to be royal Kate Middleton.

In a new interview with RadarOnline, Countess Lulu who was married to Count Alexandre de Lessep for 16 years and has reportedly rubbed elbows with the King of Greece, shares that Kate and Prince William’s engagement news is “almost as exciting as the day I got married!”

The Real Housewives of New York City star added, “I think it must be very exciting for her…I was the same age so I think she’s coming to the table a little more experienced. She’s not a wallflower, she has a great personality and she enjoys a good joke! And I think she’s somebody who’s comfortable with who she is.”

Luann then had the following advice for Kate. “I think she (Kate) should stay true to herself and be her own person and have good mentors. I’m sure the queen would be delighted to help her,” the Countess said with a laugh. “Charm is key and being warm and endearing is really looked upon as a very positive trait.”

In other NYC news, Kelly Bensimon has decided to take a break from vacation mental meltdowns and foot in mouth press interviews to once again pose for paparazzi while wearing an itsy bikini.

We’ve have lost count of Kelly’s staged bikini paparazzi photo shoots but the latest one is below. The 42-year-old mother of two was photographed on a beach in Miami. She is reportedly there to promote her new jewelry line.

Bikini photos of Kelly below –

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON LUANN’S INTERVIEW AND KELLY’S BIKINI PHOTOS?

Jill Zarin is at it again!

According to the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine, the Real Housewives of New York City star is angling for her own solo reality show.

The mag reports Jill, 46, is taking meetings “about her own reality show.” An insider states, “She likes the title: Jill Gets a Hobby” (a play on words stemming from Bethenny Frankel’s comments telling her to “get a hobby” last season.

“Jill wants it to focus on her and her sister (lawyer Lisa Wexler whom Jill wrote a book with) but her sister is boring,” says the source. “Jill feels done with Bravo after last season. She thinks Bethenny and Andy Cohen conspired to make Bethenny look like a victim.”

Jill’s rep is however denying the story, telling HollywoodLife that UsWeekly’s story is “totally fabricated.”  For some odd reason, we will choose to believe UsWeekly over Jill.

In other NYC news, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is angling to appear on broadway according to her rep, who tells RadarOnline LuAnn wants to expand her brand by taking to the stage.

“She’s very adventurous and wants to try something new,” her rep said. “She’s had a few meetings for a couple of potential Broadway projects, including ‘Chicago’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles.’ It’s something she’s definitely looking into.”

The rep however adds LuAnn cannot officially do anything until she finishes filming the 4th season of the NYC Housewives in Januray.  Umm good luck with that Lulu.

TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE JILL IS TRYING TO GET HER OWN SPIN-OFF? WOULD YOU WATCH LUANN ON BROADWAY?

Following the report weeks ago that Bravo had invited back all of the Real Housewives of New York City from season 3, Ramona Singer is now revealing which of her co-stars have accepted Bravo’s offer to return to the show!

Despite Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin’s proclamations on several occasions that they received unfair editing by Bravo, and that they were contemplating not coming back, Ramona tells PEOPLE magazine that both famewhores ladies will indeed be returning for season 4.

In fact, Ramona, 53, (Ramona’s 53? She looks great for her age) reveals all the ladies including Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord, Countess LuAnn, will be coming back. However, as we have previously reported, Bethenny will only make guest appearances on the season. “Bethenny will come on a little bit. We need a Bethenny moment,” said Ramona.

Also joining all the ladies pictured above will be a new housewife. Ramona confirms the news to UsWeekly that a new NYC housewife will be joining the cast when filming begins next week. “We have this new girl coming on. She is very happy with herself,” Ramona tells Usmagazine. “Not to say I’m not going to get pissed at her or have a fight with her about something — that’s just who I am sometimes! I can’t help it. But it’s better I tell it to your face then behind your back, right?”

Ramona also discusses Bethenny’s return to the show in her UsWeekly interview telling the site Bethenny will make “cameo appearances, just like I did on her show.” In true Ramona fashion, she seems to take a shot, perhaps an unintentional shot at Teresa Giudice when she adds, “We are intertwined in a sense. She proved to Bravo you don’t have to have table-flipping to get ratings.”

In other NYC news, The HollywoodReporter is reporting that Bethenny has began filming the second season of her hit spin-off show, Bethenny Getting Married, this week. This comes as no surprise as the show was a hit for Bravo, giving the network it’s highest rated series debut in its history. A source tells the site Bravo will likely change the name of the show.

While Bravo has reportedly invited all of the Real Housewives of New York City, excluding Jennifer Gilbert, back for a 4th season, it seems the housewives are a bit reluctant to sign the dotted line.

The NYPost is reporting that ladies are banding together, refusing to sign a new contract with the network unless they get more money. Jersey Shore money to be exact.

See, the Post states the ladies are earning a mere $4,000 per episode for their show, while MTV reality star Snooki earns $30,000 per episode on the Jersey Shore hit show.

They’ve got a lot more to say,” Jill Zarin a source close to the Housewives tells the Post, adding that the ladies “have little choice but to pimp themselves out with side gigs to bump up their earnings.”

“It’s a full-time job without the full-time pay,” a second source says. “That’s why a reality star with any sense does a book line or jewelry line to support being on the show.”

Well let’s examine things to see if the NYC ladies really deserve more money. The show averaged 2 million viewers per episode last season, while the Jersey Shore’s current season is averaging 5 million viewers. So simple calculation shows that solely based on the ratings, the ladies should be earning at least $12,000 per episode. Oddly enough, the Jersey Shore cast and the Real Housewives of NYC cast have about the same number of cast members.

Also, it is likely that Bethenny Frankel is not involved in this negotiation process with the other housewives. With the success of her spin off show, there’s a good chance her negotiations is being done solo and she will likely earn more money than her co-stars if and when she returns to the show. For example, TMZ reported Jersey Shore’s The Situation is earning $60,00o per episode on the show, way more than all of his other co-stars.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE LADIES DESERVE MORE MONEY FROM BRAVO?

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