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Real Housewives of New York Season 4


Cindy Barshop is closing shop! The one-season former Real Housewives of New York fan failure is apparently undergoing some serious financial strain since losing her position on the popular reality show. You know what they say – don’t count your chickens before they hatch!

The New York Post is reporting that the vajayjay wax diva at the helm of Completely Bare Spas and creator of the vajewel (ew) blew a ton of money opening “pop-up” salons around the country banking their success on her celebrity status as a Housewife. But as you know her run on the show didn’t pan out so well! Following her firing Cindy has been forced to close four of her new Completely Bare locations: two in Manhattan, one in Atlanta, and another in Beverly Hills due to financial strain. Interesting that all of those locales coincide with current Housewives franchises.

“[Cindy] made a lot of financial investments into the salon when she signed on for ‘Housewives,’ ” a source reveals. “But when she left, she didn’t have the platform.” Additionally, the gossip snoopers at The Dirty are claiming Cindy erroneously banked on a friendship with fellow-firee Jill Zarin to keep her on the show “for years to come.”

According to their sources Cindy used her first Bravo paycheck as “collateral” to open five more salons across the country, four of which are now shutting their doors. Indeed Completely Bare’s website confirms there are only two remaining spa locations. Cindy’s storyline on RHONY was supposed to focus on expanding her business nationwide, but it never received much airtime due to all the other drama occurring.

The Dirty also reveals that Completely Bare’s Beverly Hills locale was “shut down by the building owner after she didn’t pay rent for 3 months.” Cindy shared that office building with Dr. Ray 90210, by the way. She also lost two of her NYC spaces when she was evicted her for failure to pay rent. And allegedly her 5th avenue supplier is refusing further deliveries because she owes them $7,000.

Cindy’s employees are claiming her financial issues are so dire some of them do not even receive full paychecks because their wages are too high for the current “budget.” If you recall Cindy is also being sued by a former employee who claims she was unfairly compensated because of her race.

It seems Cindy is very in over her head; the single mom of twins admitted on RHONY that she employed around 14 personal staff to help manage her household, children, and personal needs. Perhaps Cindy needs to trim the bush… (Which is my cheap euphemism for “trim the fat”)

Well Cindy is calling foul on the gossip and denying rumors of financial disrepair. She claims the closed locations were never intended to be open for more than a year. Explaining the location of one of her NY salons was taken over by Equinox gym. “They didn’t close because we’re in financial distress,” she told the NY Post. In fact the waxtress is in the process of opening a 5,000-square-foot, $1.5 million salon in Roslyn, Long Island.

Cindy reveals things are going so well for her that she is developing her own reality show! Cindy is reportedly “in talks” with networks for a new show that centers around her Completely Bare spa. The Dirty claims the show is being personally funded with money she doesn’t have as a “last-ditch” effort to save her empire which melting faster than hot wax! So… yeah, a show about waxing crotches… I predict some high ratings there!

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THOUGHTS ON CINDY’S PREDICAMENT? ARE YOU SURPISED? DO YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN WATCHING CINDY’S NEW REALITY SHOW?

Let the drama begin! The first part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion airs tonight and judging from the previews, it’s an all out war between the ladies!

Following a season which was pretty much the Blondes vs. Brunettes, not much as changed between the castmates since filming ended months ago.

In the preview clip below, Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps go at it over their verbal smack-down during a recent episode. Similar to the delusional and cra cra Kelly Bensimon, the Countess actually believes she is a nice person. Once again Andy Cohen is the voice of reason when he kindly lets her know she ain’t that nice.

The topic of Lulu’s marriage is brought up and shots are fired when Ramona accuses the Countess of having had an open marriage with her ex Count Alex de Lesseps! That would explain all the reports that have the Countess getting wasted in public and trying to make out with random strangers… in front of her then husband.

The reunion is super-sized tonight with the first part being 1 hour and 30 minutes long. It airs at 10/9c and immediately following that is a new episode of WWHL. The preview clip is below!

Meanwhile, Jill Zarin’s daughter Ally Shapiro was featured on a recent episode of the RHONY during which it was revealed she was transferring away from Sarah Lawrence College.

According to a new report by Crushable, Ally’s classmates at SLC are revealing why she might have wanted to leave the school while also painting a not so flattering picture of her. “She was standoffish,” one student told Crushable. “She thought she was famous, and nobody cared.”

A second student alleges that Ally was hospitalized earlier this year for alcohol poisoning and had to have her stomach pumped. Wowzers. “They tried to cover it up,” the student said, “but we all knew it was her.” The RHONY was filming then but of course this wasn’t made a part of the show a la the shocking video of LuAnn’s daughter Victoria that also hit the net during filming. A recent picture of Ally and Jill taken in June is below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW, ALLY STORY & TONIGHT’S REUNION?

The Real Housewives of New York City filmed their season 4 reunion yesterday with filming lasting a total of 12 hours!

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 Zarin tweeted 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.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REUNION TAPING & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

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It appears the Real Housewives of New York City did not need Bethenny Frankel after all.

After Bethenny left the show for good following last season, many, including us, wondered if the show could survive without her. Well, the NYC Housewives are now midway through their fourth season and the numbers don’t lie. Not only is the show doing well, in fact ratings have slightly increased sans Bethenny.

In the past two weeks, the show has received its highest ratings of the season, averaging over 2.28 million viewers per episode thanks to the boost from the Sex in the City Moroccan vacation! Nine episodes into this season, the RHONY is averaging 1.95 million viewers per episode, a 7% increase compared to the same point last season when the show averaged 1.82 million viewers through the first 9 episodes… with Bethenny on the show.

Not only that, the RHONY is also doing very well in ratings in comparison to Bethenny’s spin off show Bethenny Ever After which only averaged 1.45 million viewers for its latest season. The Bravo network is however happy with Bethenny’s ratings as her show was renewed for a third season.

So what does this all mean? Well it means we can expect more spinoffs for other popular housewives stars and more departures from other franchises. According to reports, Bravo is in talks to give Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Zolciak and Nene Leakes their own spin-off shows, with the strong possibility that at least one of them will be leaving the show for good.

This also proves that the Real Housewives series can indeed survive without their most popular stars aka the Teresa Giudices, Gretchen Rossis, Nene Leakes, Kyle Richards etc.

In other NYC news, to mark her recent wedding anniversary, Alex McCord posted photos of her 2000 wedding to hubby Simon van Kempen on her website Mccordvankempen.com. The couple tied the knot at Maxims de Paris on Madison Avenue. Those photos are below!

TELL US – SURPRISED THE RHONY IS DOING WELL IN RATINGS WITHOUT BETHENNY? A GOOD IDEA FOR BRAVO TO GIVE OTHER HOUSEWIVES THEIR OWN SPINOFF SHOWS?

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Ahh, Real Housewives of New York…this week we say G’day to Jill (have you missed her?  She missed you!), Sonja reveals the housewives’ pecking order to newbie Cindy, Kelly and Ramona call a truce (??), LuAnn makes it clear that shopping parties are not her glass of pinot cup of tea, and Alex finds her (slightly grating) voice when it comes to holding her own.

Jill returns to lunch with LuAnn, Kelly and Sonja, and the first thing out of Jill’s mouth is that she is done mouthing off about others.  No. More. Gossip. From. Jill.  And 5-4-3-2… “Oh, I want to be out of the gossip and the garbage, but sometimes I get sucked back in…”  Kelly’s threat drunk text from Ramona resurfaces and the ladies learn Kelly is going to meet Ramona for lunch the following day.  Sonja is concerned that Kelly isn’t quite ready to confront meet with Ramona, and thus begins the role-playing to prepare Kelly for the inevitable barrage of Rameddling.  If Ramona ever gets the flu this season, I think Sonja could easily just grab a glass of pinot grigio, do Ramona better than Ramona does Ramona, and we viewers would be none the wiser.

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They’re baaaack! Agaaaain!

After getting bumped two months ago in favor of the Miami housewives, the Real Housewives of New York City return tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

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.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JILL & KELLY’S COMMENTS PLUS TONIGHT’S SEASON PREMIERE?

It’s now been two weeks since Bravo made the surprising announcement to postpone the Real Housewives of New York City season 4, which was originally scheduled to debut tomorrow Feb. 15, and the NYC Housewives are still defending the show.

The latest cast member to speak out is Ramona Singer, who tells E! News there is “no truth” to the reports that reveal the show was pushed back and is being overhauled due to a lack of drama.

“How could it be boring? Am I boring? I could never be. It really is everyone’s scheduling. Everyone has different schedules and things going on and we are working on it,” she said.

Ramona then went on to add that Bethenny Frankel’s absence will actually make the show better. “Oh my gosh, this is the best season ever, because there’s no evil drama,” she says. “People ask will the show be good without Bethenny on it, but I think the show will be better because she made it too dark. She and [BFF-turned-nemesis] Jill [Zarin] made it too dark with the fighting.”

Ramona once again reiterates that this upcoming season is the best one yet. “I’m telling you, I know, I filmed it,” she says. “This is the best season yet. We’re in Morocco and it’s better than Sex and the City.”

And in a separate interview with E! News, Alex McCord also echoes Ramona’s sentiments by stating this season is filled with drama and many fights.

“Oh, it’s not one epic fight, it is 100 fights,” Alex told E!. “We’re comfortable enough with each other now that it’s no holds barred. I did not know Cindy before. You’ll have to see what happens with her and everyone.” Alex adds that one incident reaches such madness that “you can’t make up what happens.”

E! also interviewed Bravo exec Andy Cohen who states the network simply needed more time to edit the season. “It’s great, it’s an amazing season, we just wrapped three weeks ago, we really wanted to get it perfect and we had Miami sitting on the shelf,” he told E! News. “It’s great, we all love it. Bethenny and Jill had their own drama. What’s interesting about the premiere is the dust is still settling on that feud so it’s interesting to see how these women are picking it back up.”

And finally, below is an old school photo of Kyle Richards and Bethenny Frankel. Kyle tweeted the photo which was taken back in 1993. If you recall, Bethenny and Kyle go way back as Bethenny was the chauffeur to Kyle’s nieces Nicky and Paris Hilton.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE STORY? DO YOU THINK THE BETHENNY & JILL DRAMA MADE THE SHOW TOO DARK?

More crazy coming your way on the next season of the Real Housewives of New York City.

The NYDailyNews is reporting today that Bravo has asked back all of the ladies of last season with the exception of one. Who wasn’t asked back? Bethenny Frankel, who has been very vocal about not wanting to return to the show.

It seems Bravo is pleased and content with the success of Bethenny’s spin off show – Bethenny Getting Married, as she is currently filming a second season.

Now on to the shocker, which is the return of Kelly Bensimon, who famously had a mental breakdown last season, and has bashed the network for false editing and forcing her to go on the St. John trip. Even Bravo’s VP of programming, Andy Cohen, recently referred to Kelly’s breakdown as “deeply disturbing” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. But oh well, who cares! Evidently, crazy sells!

So if all the ladies accept Bravo’s offer, the 4th season of the NYC Housewives will include a cast of Kelly, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and new housewife Sonja Morgan.

Both Jill and Kelly have mentioned uncertainty about returning for another season, but something tells us the two famewhores ladies will be back.

There’s no word on whether Jennifer Gilbert will be returning. The Daily News also mentions Bravo is interested in casting a certain nameless “wealthy Hamptons housewife.”

TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED BRAVO WANTS KELLY BACK? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SHOW WITHOUT BETHENNY?

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