What a difference a week can make. When Kristen Taekman was writing her blog about the shenanigans on this week’s Real Housewives of New York’s reunion, part 2, her husband Josh was just about to get outed for his own indiscretions on the recently hacked Ashley Madison website. It’s almost hard to read Kristen’s take on the reunion, especially concerning Ramona Singer’s own failed marriage (due to Mario’s cheating), on the flip side of the scandal that’s rocking Kristen’s real-life world right now.
Not mincing words about whose side she’s on in the Luann de Lesseps versus Carole Radziwill feud, Kristen comments, “Preach, Carole! How did the situation escalate? They had chemistry! They care about each other! How can Luann expect Carole to read her mind? And it’s true. Age-shaming is a thing, and Luann is the master of it. I was happy that Carole was speaking up for herself. This is clearly a season of pent-up anger. She needed to get it off her chest. Luann is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.”
Part two of the reunion delved into everything from Dorinda Medley‘s relationship and drinking, to Ramona Singer going through The Change – you know her new beginning, and of course all the nonsense with Carole Radziwill regarding Adam. Giving her opinion while she’s not being shouted down by a Housewives Chorus of Harridans (of which she is sometimes the leading soprano), Luann dishes on the drama via her Bravo blog.
Despite lurid details of Josh’s activity on the cheater website – including contacting numerous women – Kristen has accepted his apologies and promises that he’s never actually been unfaithful. “Kristen believes him,” insists a source close to the reality star. “They’re shrugging it off.”
After the second installment of the Real Housewives of New Yorkreunion, Bethenny Frankel admits it’s all a bit of a blur. “This one made me laugh,” writes Bethenny in her Bravo blog. “Let’s just say that I say some things, and when they air it, it is like hearing it for the first time.”
One thing Bethenny does remember is Ramona Singer’s cuckoo behavior, whether searching for nuts to eat on set or defending her petty theft of dresses. Bethenny snarks, “She doesn’t needs nuts. She is nuts enough for all of us. Even though I love and forgive her, she had to be held accountable for her actions. From taking my property to lying about me cheating, she had to be checked. Based on a very kind voicemail she left me yesterday, she definitely feels remorse.”
Last night the ladies covered what I refer to as administrative details, but Andy Cohen was utterly superfluous as Bethenny Frankel stepped in to truly host the reunion, which is an excellent way to take heat off your own misdeeds. Like when Bethenny repeatedly accused Ramon Singer of being nasty and having a nasty side and saying truly awful things. I was like for every finger Bethenny is pointing at Pinot Pologies of The Ramacrame Delusions of Turtle Time Island, there are four Singer Stingers pointing back at Bethenny. Honestly, is Bethenny cognizant that she is the queen of the cutting and nasty comment? Back to Dr. Amador‘s couch you go! She should just move the good doc into her Skinnygirl subsidized apartment, paint him red, and make him part of the zillions of products she hawks under the guise of healthy living.
Bethenny posted a new photo on Instagram this afternoon, showing off her white crocheted bikini cover up/dress, captioning it “Happy Friday, xo.” In the background of the shot is Bethenny’s bed, where Cookie is hanging out and relaxing. And chilling next to Cookie is a mystery man! His face is obscured by a pillow but he doesn’t look her rumored love interest, Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet.
Bethenny Frankel is glad to be back on the reunion couch, even though she admits it’s pretty much the same crazy train she de-boarded just a handful of years ago. The first installment of the Real Housewives of New York 3-part reunion saw Bethenny on the hot seat for a while, a position she doesn’t seem to mind. She reacts in her blog this week to how success has (or as she claims, hasn’t) changed her, how she feels about the her castmates owning (or not owning…cough, cough, Sonja Morgan) their issues, and the real reason she thinks Luann de Lesseps is like a dog with a bone when it comes to Carole Radziwill’s relationship with Luann’s former chef, Adam.
Bethenny begins by touching on her private life, and why she has placed boundaries around what she will and will not discuss on camera. “Thank you all for respecting my desire to not talk about my divorce or my personal situation,” writes Bethenny. “My life is an open book in many ways, but my daughter is my first priority, and that is what is best for her. That is my responsibility.”
I’ve always observed a love/hate relationship with Bethenny – I’ve adored her, I’ve found her annoying, and in the last couple years I’ve really soured on her in the wake of her divorce and her constant discussing of Jason in the press. Although there is still a smarmy me-me-me element to Bethenny that always bubbles beneath, she’s really grown on me this season and I do feel that her divorce coupled with the loss of her talk show has humbled her. She handled the reunion with a dignity we’ve never seen form Bethenny, and a side of her I hope to see more of.
Bethenny didn’t allow herself to be talked down to, she ignored petty slights like Heather Thomson trying to goad her into a fight with Luann de Lesseps by revealing a toast to ‘take Bethenny down’ at the start of the season, and she didn’t go overboard trying to defend herself.