Luann de Lesseps just wants everyone to be cool, like the Countess – which is definitely not going to happen on this season of Real Housewives of New York. Despite all the impending calamities, which have already started to unfurl amid our tempestuous ladies, Luann is excited to focus on new drama and let go of the old!
“We’re back stronger than ever!” gushes Luann after the season 8 premiere. Since we last saw her Luann’s son Noelle went off to college, and Luann decided to move apartments. In the process she’s residing in her fabulous Hamptons home, but what’s a city girl to do when her city abode is no occupado? Why shack up with Sonja “Sexy J” Morgan, of course! (BYOB: Bring Your Own Boys)
It may be too soon to tell what sort of fit Jules Wainstein will be for The Real Housewives of New York. After all, she’s only been partially broken in by Bethenny Frankel and Dorinda Medley at their couples’ brunch. But what a brunch it was! Admitting she was “excited to meet the infamous Bethenny,” Jules’ first encounter with the Skinnygirl mogul left her a bit bruised – but not beaten.
Jules reveals, “As you can imagine, I’m filled with excitement, worry, bewilderment and a real sense of curiosity to how this is all going to work out. Filming this has been a real experience. It’s been a time for me to explore new things, friends, embrace challenges and reflect on life. Let the journey begin…”
Not shockingly, the Bravo franchise that at one time seemed beneath Skinnygirl maven Bethenny is now regaling in her return. She makes the show great. And you don’t have to trust me on that one…she’s the one who thinks it! I kid, I kid. Bethenny may be the expert on everything, but it’s the ladies’ special blend of drama that makes the show fun to watch.
Last night was the season premiere of Real Housewives Of New York. We met new Housewife Jules Wainstein. The original B of Bravo, Bethenny Frankel, also returned, and whew, was she some kinda mouthy! Bethenny apparently sees herself as the reverse fortune teller of RHONY; she won’t tell you your hopeful future, but with condescending judgement she will point out everything that’s wrong with you, your life, your past, and your overall way of being.
Bethenny is also the ‘Party Police’ this season – obviously replacing the woman she once loved to hate, Heather Thomson, who gathered her big-girl shaping panties and fled this Skinnygirl bar.
Things begin in Bethenny’s new apartment. Hurrah – she’s no longer homeless! The new place is nice, but in that blandly generic HGTV design show sort of way. Dorinda Medley visits to gawk over Bethenny’s Traum Safe, as if it’s something Dorinda couldn’t afford to install in her own pad. Bethenny and Dorinda have become close, but there is one major issue: Bethenny doesn’t approve of John. Like at all.
The first caller up asks why Bethenny is so hard on Dorinda’s boyfriend John for talking dry cleaning so much when she talks Skinnygirl as much as she does – so why not promote and help him? Bethenny says that John is actually in the middle of helping her with a carpet cleaning issue at her apartment and a moth issue. “It’s nothing to do with his business, it has to do with his persona. I’m talking about him as a boyfriend for Dorinda. He can dry clean the eff out of my life, but I was just talking about his relationship with Dorinda and he can be a little shady.”
“It’s one of my favorite seasons despite the fact that I’m going to have to go into the witness-protection program,” Bethenny jokes. “I just say exactly how I feel, and I felt a lot of feelings and I was not afraid to express them.”
“It’s more raw and real than ever,” she adds “It’s always been real, but it’s not sensationalized. It’s so dynamic, and shocking, unbelievable things occur. There’s not a lot of foreplay. We get right to the wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”
About Kyle “finding out”Lisa Vanderpump tried to throw her under a bus over the Munchausen drama, she shares, “I didn’t just find out anything. This is something that happened months ago. I dealt with it in the moment. When Lisa Rinna brought it up, I said, ‘I’ve already dealt with this and we talked about this and it’s over. I don’t want to be brought into this. If you have an issue with it, that’s your thing. I have moved on. Lisa and I are in a good place and I want to stay there.'”