The first Bethenny-less season of The Real Housewives of New York City finally came sputtering to an end- coasting on flimsy hopes and raw inertia ‘til the bitter, dusty end with Andy Cohen selling what’s left of it for scraps. It was a season of false promises, false reconciliations, and of course – false friendships, but never (wink,wink) false dramas. There were feuds, middle eastern nightmares, thugs in cocktail dresses, dueling sweet sixteens and dueling (un)fabulous forty-year-olds (and one pinot-sodden fifty-year-old), musical ineptitude galore, and Jill Zarin remaining the same old Jill Zarin – filled with a plethora of advice, snarkitude, and red-headed fury; proving that she alone will drive this jalopy ‘til it drives no more. Go, Jill, Go!
The Season Finale begins withThe Countess speaking (“Chic, C’est La Vie! Si bon! Si bon!”) to her music producer – naturally they are discussing what a runaway success her song Chic, C’est La Vie will become. Chris surprises LuAnn with a friend of his, who just happened to stop by – a friend who just happens to be Natalie King Cole.
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To close out the Bethenny-less season, LuAnn plans for a big anniversary celebration for her 1-year relationship (with perhaps a guest appearance from Natalie Cole), and gasp — 53-year-old Ramona Singer is potentially celebrating something much bigger, another baby! Riiiight. But before the ladies get too Ramotional about this, Ramona will need to confirm that she is in fact pregnant and discuss this with husband Mario. Is Ramona really pregnant and how will the others react to the (maybe) big news? A preview clip is below!
And just in case you’re one of the two people wondering, Ramona is definitely NOT pregnant!
Watch What Happens Live - The guests tonight are Sonja Morgan, and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps who will be performing. Andy Cohen also promises Sonja will perform her burlesque live on the show.
MeanwhileKelly Bensimoncontinues to prove she’s still as cra cra as ever! Days after telling E! News she missed Bethenny Frankel on the RHONY, Kelly is now taking back what she said in a new interview.
While taking to the Boston Herald, they brought up her E! interview during which Kelly had a different take on things. “They asked if I missed Bethenny,” Kelly said of her chat with E!. “Do the viewers miss her? The viewers miss the altercations. I miss my kids when I’m away, not a castmate. But I wish her well.” Allrighty.
In other NYC news, apparently Sonja Morgan enjoys a bargain. In an interview with In Touch, Sonja doesn’t discuss her impending financial meltdown, but she does make herself appear more down-to-earth and approachable by talking about her tips for living in this unstable economy.
Sonja relates to the common man by saying, “As a ‘Housewife’ in the chain of [Bravo] TV shows, I think that we all respect what’s going on in America right now. A lot of people are going through financial distress. We’re all struggling to work and take care of our families.” I honestly agree with her, but I think she lost a lot of credibility by implying that the majority of Bravo housewives respect what many Americans are facing. And the saddest part? There are a lot of reality television housewives that are facing foreclosure and other major hardships, but yet they don’t appear to change their lavish lifestyles, making it hard for non-Bravo employed (actual) real housewives to relate.
While Sonja struggles with bankruptcy, potentially losing her home, and a bitter divorce battle, she does recognize that when times change, people must adapt–and she isn’t above that. Sonja explains, “Things change when you are doing it alone. You can’t fire up the Viking and set the table for five people anymore. Now I have toaster oven dinners… and I don’t have to scrub pots and pans after, either!”
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On the 15th episode this season (the finale is next week), as LuAnn gears up for the making of her “Chic, C’est La Vie” music video, all the housewives aren’t quite on board with joining the party. Jill is ready for her moment in the spotlight, but Ramona doesn’t think it’s appropriate to participate since her daughter will eventually see it. Ramona doesn’t stop there as she calls LuAnn out on her questionable parenting skills and of course the ladies only get more dramatic from there.
The new episode airs on Bravo at 10/9c and a preview clip is below via UsWeekly.
Watch What Happens Live - Andy Cohen returns as host tonight with lone guest Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out. Woo hoo! Should be a great show. P.S.Am I the only one who thinks Andy and Jeff would make an adorable couple?
Meanwhile, Countess Lulu aka LuAnn de Lesseps announced this week that she has now launched her own mobile application. Yes you read that right.
The app, brilliantly named ‘Countess LuAnn,’ will offer amazing features such as Etiquette & Manners Tips, Soundbites, Etiquette & Manners Polls and Quizzes, and even a Table Settings guide! But there’s more folks as the app also offers “Ask the Countess,” where users can ask questions and get answers from LuAnn herself. Judging from her behavior on the show this season, LuAnn might want to invest in her own app asap!
For those interested in having LuAnn as your life coach, you can get the app at the Apple App store for $0.99!
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On the 14th episode this season titled “Burlesque Is More,” Sonja hosts a burlesque-themed party and puts on a show for her guests. Elsewhere, Jill visits her daughter at college; LuAnn and Jill hear LuAnn’s new single at the recording studio; and Simon confronts Jill about her cyber-bullying accusations. It airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests will be Alex McCord and Carson Kressley.
In other news, days after reports came out about her financial woes, Sonja Morgan released a statement revealing she would like some privacy. It came out this week that Sonja might lose her $6 million home due to her bankruptcy in addition to millions of dollars being held up in her divorce settlement with ex-husband John Adams Morgan.
“I have not made public my financial status affected by my divorce and outstanding business matters as I prefer to keep these matters private. However, it has now become public only due to my Chapter 11 filing, and has raised a lot of questions in the media, along with incorrect assumptions and statements,” says Sonja. “Many times divorce can be difficult especially when significant assets are co-mingled. Out of respect to my ex-husband, our families, my brand and future ventures, I ask that the media understand that during negotiations with interested parties on all sides I will not be able to discuss any details.”
And finally, Ramona Singer is set to appear on HSN in a live show airing July 8 at 1 pm EST! And no it is not to promote her pinot but rather to sell pieces from her latest jewelry collection. The line consists of pendants, earnings, necklaces, bracelets and rings ranging in price from $219 to $1,599.
“These pieces are glamorous, gorgeous and just fun!” says Ramona, a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology. You can click here to check out pieces from Ramona’s line!
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On the 13th episode this season titled “Your Tweeting Heart,” Sonja enlists the help of a feng shui expert to bring more positive energy into her life. Meanwhile, Ramona plans a surprise party for Sonja; Simon confronts Jill at Cindy’s product-launch soiree; and Kelly reaches out to Alex about what she deems to be Simon’s odd behavior. A preview clip is below!
Meanwhile, despite being off the show for almost a year now, it appearsBethenny Frankel’s former costars can’t stop talking smack about her. Though in their defense, she also talkssmack about them on occasion.
In a very recent interview, the always classyCountess LuAnn de Lesseps revealed she is more than glad Bethenny is no longer on the show. “I’m so glad she’s gone,” says Lulu. “Oh, yeah. Let her go off with her husband, off into the sunset. God bless her.”
The Countess then goes on to sing the praises of Kelly Bensimon, whom she feels has been spectacular this season! Are we watching the same show? “Kelly’s been amazing this season, and I think you see the true Kelly,” says LuAnn. “She got a really bad rap last season. Because, you know, it’s hard to battle against Bethenny.” Right because surely Bethenny is to blame for her breakdown.
And when asked why she is always “condescending” and “vile” towards the cast (the words of Alex McCord), LuAnn admits she can be harsh at times before taking a shot at Alex… of course. “People do say that — and I guess I can come off that way — but it’s not ill meaning or anything like that,” says LuAnn who calls Alex a “weirdo.” “I guess it’s just a different way of looking at it, and I’m not going to apologize for the way I am.”
And finally, Jill Zarin took to her facebook page yesterday to gauge the opinion of her fans. And once again, the question had to do with Ramona Singer. Jill, who accuses Simon of cyber-bullying her on tonight’s episode, asked her fans, “Do you want to read a letter from Carol about Ramona? In ep. 1 you saw Carol and the “Cigar Incident.” I have been asked to make this letter public by Cindy. Should I?” A number of the votes said no, and she has since deleted the poll question from her facebook page.
Cindy also tweeted yesterday, “I never requested anything; if I wanted something posted, I would post it.” Perhaps this is the reason Jill took down the poll. Some people things never change.
Also, Ramona posted a photo of herself yesterday with her daughter Avery as a baby. That photo is below!
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It’s a non-stop party on Thursday’s Real Housewives of New York! Ramona Singer and Countess Luann gear up for their daughters’ sixteenth birthday parties, with Luann pulling double party planning duty to host a surprise party for Jill. After her bankruptcy announcement, Sonja flies under the radar while Kelly hangs with Victoria and Avery at their respective parties. Alex helps her husband kick his smoking habit by inviting a hypnotherapist into their home. Oh, and Simon at one point wears a dress.
This episode begins with a battle of the party planners, as both Ramona and Luann are planning their daughter’s sweet sixteen parties. Ramona and Avery are meeting with some planners, and as it’s her party (or so she thinks), Avery is giving her two cents about everything. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Manhattan, Luann is telling her party planners that she doesn’t want “an over the top sweet sixteen” for her daughter Victoria. Yeah, after all the hype surrounding Victoria, I can understand the family wanting to lay low. Of course, Victoria and Luann differ about the number of guests to invite.
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This taping is a bit early as it is five weeks away from the airing of their season finale (a total of 16 regular episodes will air this season). However as always, the housewives got to see all the episodes that have yet to air before the reunion taping.
As for why Bravo decided to film the reunion so early (it’s usually filmed about 2 – 3 weeks before the finale), Simon van Kempen(whatever happened to his song?) tweeted yesterday that it “was impossible to find a July date when all #RHoNY were in NYC”. They have jobs or something?
Jill Zarintweeted the above photo yesterday of herself with costar Cindy Barshop. Below — more behind the scenes photos of Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan & Jill.
An of course all parties involved tweeted during and after the reunion. And based on those tweets, it appears Countess Lulu believes the knock down drag out reunions fights are a “great time,” Kelly needed some help from her “fans” on what to say, Andy Cohen might or might not have lost his temper with the ladies, and if there’s one thing clear, it is that it’s still the Brunettes vs the Blondes.
Below are some of the tweets in chronological order -
CountessLuAnn – “Having a great time with the girls! #RHONYReunionShow”
Kellybensimon – “Every #reunion, @BravoAndy asks a quick reflection on the season.TELL ME how I’ve changed this season!I will quote you on #RHONYReunionShow”
BravoAndy – “We just wrapped the RHNYC reunion. It was EPIC. I can barely hear. (Maybe I lost my temper at the ladies!) I need a drink.”
Ramonasinger – “I survived the reunion! (and don’t worry…so did Andy haha)”
Jillzarin “Omg! What a day!!!”
Jillzarin – “With my Girls @CountessLuAnn @kellybensimon our own after party!”
Mccordalex – “Amazing #Rhony reunion & then @ramonasinger @SimonvanKempen @SonjatMorgan and I all went to #gawkerpride party for Marriage Equality!!”
Ramonasinger – “We ALL survived! Lol rt “@RHO_TWEETS: @ramonasinger how brutal was it?!””
Kellybensimon – “Love my @jillzarin @countessluann @cindybarshop @bravotv”
Mccordalex – “Intense day of filming yesterday for #RHONY…
Meanwhile, an all new episode of the RHONY is set to air tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. On the 12th episode this season titled “Sixteen and Skip the Sweet,” it’s a birthday blitz when Ramona plans a sweet-16 party for Avery, LuAnn meets with a party planner for her own daughter’s 16th birthday, and LuAnn throws a surprise birthday bash for Jill. Also, Jill gets her widely reported “liquid face lift” on tonight’s episode. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests are Jill Zarin and Adam Carolla.
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With the fourth season currently on the air, the NY Post reports the producers of the show are desperately trying to recruit a new cast of “beautiful, well-connected and wealthy women for the next season.”
This comes weeks after sources revealed the network was seriously considering replacing the entire cast which includes Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and others. The execs are reportedly trying to find women with more wealth and glamour a la the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In fact the show producers reportedly asked two NY women, p.r. mavens Alison Brod and Di Petroff, to join the cast though they have both declined.
Bravo casting for the upcoming season of the NY housewives is not out of the norm as next season will begin filming towards the end of the summer. It is however unlikely that the network will replace the entire cast as we reported 2 weeks ago that the ratings for this season have been pretty good, even showing a slight increase from last year with Bethenny frankel on the cast.
My bet is on Bravo replacing one or two of the cast members, more than likely Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon. The reasons? Well Cindy is self-explanatory and Kelly has been sorta sane thus boring this season.
In other NY news, a judge ruled against Sonja Morgan once again in her bankruptcy legal drama. After filing bankruptcy last year following a $7 million judgement against her, the NY Post is reporting Sonja lost a court battle in her bid to get her former lawyers to pay her millions for alleged malpractice.
Hannibal Pictures won the $7 mil judgement against Sonja last year after she failed to fund a John Travolta film, as she originally agreed. Sonja in return sued the lawyers who represented her in the case citing malpractice. However last Thursday, an arbitrator denied Sonja any payout.
“I don’t agree with the judgment. I’m shocked,” said Sonja to the Post. When asked how she will pay off the $7 mil debt, Sonja responded, “I don’t know. I’m a hard worker. I’ll survive. I’ve got to meet with my advisers.” In court docs, Sonja listed herself as a “television personality” with an income of $26,000 a month.
And following Jill Zarin’sbig revelation yesterday that Mario Singer shoved her during a confrontation, Ramona has come out denying Jill’s version of events. Ramona admits Mario confronted Jill about “making up stories,” about her but denies it ever got physical. And a look at the comments posted on the E! and PEOPLE.com stories show majority of fans do not believe Jill.
And finally RadarOnline uncovered some before photos of the Countess herself aka LuAnn including an old modeling pic, and those photos are below!
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