It’s hot photo Friday! Above: Sonja Morgan performed a caburlesque act (as Marilyn Monroe) for Watch What Happens Live producer Anthony Lella’s 30th birthday that was attended by Andy Cohen at SONO in Greenwich Village.
Also spotted: Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian stopping by the DASH store. And NeNe Leakes out and about in NYC. NeNe was in town to co-host Live with Kelly and Michael today and was spotted filming segments throughout the week (not so “Live”). She revealed on the show this morning that she’s doing a 30 day cleanse that includes no alcohol, bread and more.
This week Heather Thomson didn’t have a lot to say, either on the Real Housewives of New York, or in her blog. Well, except for commenting on the storyline that she’s fiercely nurturing: How to Help or Not Help THE Bethenny Frankel, of course. Citing her codependent need to force everyone around her to accept her hugs and meatballs, Heather says it’s tough for her to sit back and do nothing where Bethenny’s many, many meltdowns are concerned.
“While I may have failed miserably, I’ve only ever tried to support Bethenny with her struggles/challenges,” begins Heather, “I think we all want to. And that’s why we planned this trip to Turks and Caicos during the week.” Really? The trip that Sonja Morgan (not the entire group) proposed was a masterminded plan to “help” poor, destitute Bethenny!? Okay, then.
“This episode was all about trying to connect and being supportive of each other,” begins Dorinda, “I’M SURE YOU HAVE NOTICED, ahem…the way we communicate sometimes does not support this theory.” Excited that Bethenny coordinated an event for the group, albeit a cupcake event, Dorinda says, “it shows she really is making an effort with us—she likes us. It’s sort of a grownup playdate, with cake batter and frosting. It also proved to be an opportunity to bring out a competitive side from the girls.” With each woman taking her particular brand of neuroses out on the innocent cupcakes before her, Dorinda reflects how “Ramona was contemplative and methodical, Sonja was light-hearted but with flair, and Bethenny was all business (put frosting on cake, put in box, move onto next cake…). I was thinking about it…Which color? Which pattern? Does it make me look taller? (That’s really all I ask myself every morning.)”
Luann is disappointed Ramona chose to lash-out at Kristen Taekman and resorted to calling her dumb, something Luann assures us Kristen is not! “It was only a matter of time before Ramona reared her Ramotional head, and I was surprised at her aggressiveness with Kristen,” Luann recounts. “Kristen has a right to express herself wherever and whenever she wants. As for Ramona calling Kristen dumb…well, that’s just dumb! Kristen is very smart, and while she might be having a little difficulty getting on with some of the girls, her problem is with timing, not intelligence.”
Bethenny invited a select group of ladies she likes to decorate cupcakes. Sponsored by Skinnygirl. Not to be outdone – or out boozed, rather – Ramona Singer yanks a bottle of pinot and wine glasses out of her purse. “Who carries wine around in their purse,” Bethenny snaps, caustically shoving the newest Skinnygirl beverage – replete with Skinnygirl glass – in Ramona’s hand. Bethenny should just get a food cart at this point – she can drive it everywhere! Hell, our little homeless one can even live out of it!
Over cupcakes Sonja Morganannounces she is about to pay off off her bankruptcy judgement and wants to celebrate by spending money again. That’s um… that’s really learning from your mistakes! First order of spending into bankruptcy 2.0 is taking a trip to Turks and Caicos.
For the Real Housewives of New York, birthdays last all month long and involve multiple meltdowns and confrontations among one’s closest “friends.” Dorinda Medley’s birthday was no different, with both dinners at Petrossian her Berkshires home ending in awkwardness and tears. Dorinda starts this week’s Bravo blog admitting, “I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that my 50th birthday weekend is over. Seriously. I don’t even want to comment on it. Clearly, the girls used my birthday as more of an exorcism opportunity than a celebration,” adding, “And I thought Ramona [Singer’s] birthday went on forever…Glad mine is done and we finally moved onto Christmas parties and product launches. Next year, I might just charge for admission. Considering how it went this year, I’ll just walk in and take a bow. (OK, I’m done with that. Thanks Madge!)”
“Speaking of Ramona, I can’t tell you how happy I am for her and Avery. They’ve both grown up so nicely, right?” Dorinda comments. Despite Dorinda’s daughter, Hannah’s oft-derided comments on camera this season, Dorinda says that “Avery is such a breath of fresh air. Especially considering how New York tends to affect kids of her generation. It’s great to watch their relationship grow.” As children grow, Dorinda shares, “you find yourself having ‘girl talk’ with your own daughters and they really become your best friends. I’ve been there already and it’s really gratifying. Look at Luann [de Lesseps] and Victoria, Ramona and Avery and me and Hannah. (Bethenny [Frankel] will get to that point before she knows it, I guarantee it!)” She does warn that, “In the end, children ‘kinda’ like to know what’s going on, but you have to be sensitive to the ‘TMI.’ In a way, those boundaries between mother and daughter completely evaporate, which does have its pros and cons, I guess, but it’s still refreshing. I think Ramona handled this one beautifully and I am very proud of how she’s juggling it all.”
Luann de Lesseps, the winner for Real Housewife of New Yorkwho remains cool under the duress of the Berkshires and Ramona Singer’sAOA party, might also be the only housewife to call out the real sh*t-stirrer of the week: Carole Radziwill, in her Bravo blog. Before getting to that, Luann reviews some of the highlights, and much of the awkwardness, that is RHONY. She shares her feelings on Bethenny Frankel mending fences with Heather Thomson after the tense/weird fish/meatball debacle at Dorinda Medley’s 50th birthday dinner. Luann confesses, “At Dorinda’s birthday dinner, I was glad to see Bethenny hug it out with Heather even if it wasn’t the sincerest move, it did calm Heather down. I understand why Bethenny would want to just chill out and enjoy the party rather than be mothered by Heather. Yet, kindness comes in many forms and Heather’s approach may irritate Bethenny, but she’s coming from a good place.” After professing being “in love at first sight” with Dorinda, Luann admits, “As for my toast being awkward, at least I had something nice to say about our hostess although I admit, not one of my best!”
Although Luann also relates to Ramona’s relief at daughter Avery coming home, she comments on the awkwardness of discussing divorce with one’s children – even grown children. “As for Ramona asking Avery ‘what should she do about Mario pursuing her again?’ — it felt awkward to me,” says Luann, “yet Avery showed a lot of maturity when she said that Ramona has to do what is best for her. I appreciated how Avery put the situation into perspective by saying that for over twenty years, her dad was a good husband and father but she’s at college, living her own life and whether or not her parents are together doesn’t really affect her as much as it would have if she were younger. I think Avery’s putting on a brave face for her mother.” Luann does astutely point out that “Ramona’s already taken over Mario’s closets so it’s not looking promising for him!”
Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.