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!”
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON FINALE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KELLY’S CHANGE OF HEART? RAMONA’S POTENTIAL PREGNANCY SCARE?
On last night’s Real Housewives of New York, aptly titled “Video Killed the Countess,” it’s video time for Luann and her micro-managing sidekick Jill. Cindy forgets her manners with Sonja, and Silex hosts an art party. Ramona goes toe-to-toe with the Countess in a low blow passive aggressive smack down, and Alex may have been a “Fly Girl” in another life.
Luann meets with music producer Chris, video stylist “Jersey” and the poor director who clearly would like to be anywhere else. The Countess needs them to fully understand her vision, and what better way to do that than to keep repeating the phrase, “It always goes back to beauty, class and elegance lies within the soul.” In keeping with that theme, the video will be shot at a casino in Atlantic City, and there will be a Hummer involved. Luann is on board with A.C., but a Hummer? “You know what those are, right?” asks Jersey. Surely this part is scripted, but it’s hilarious nonetheless. The Countess replies, “When I think of beauty, class and elegance, I don’t think of a Hummer.” I bet Ross GellarJacques would beg to differ. Luann would prefer a jet to a Hummer, and the men, who appear to be legitimate music industry peeps, are trying to appease their newest star diva songstress wannabe rapper. When pressed by Luann about his opinion on her song, the director describes it as “great” multiple times, and I’m worried his head may explode.
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Dear Bravo, allow me to introduce myself. I watch virtually every reality show you have to offer, whether it’s Top Chef or Flipping Out. I don’t require much, but I would appreciate if you didn’t insult my intelligence. On last night’s “episode” of Real Housewives of New York, I saw Luann bond with Kelly and teach her daughter to drive. I witnessed Ramona compete with Avery over who was busier. Jill also got to visit her daughter in college (coincidence?). Sonja hosted another party she could attend scantily clad, and Cindy? Well, Cindy was present to make one gross comment. This was not an episode…this was a bunch of scenes from the cutting room floor mixed in with Sonja’s party. You normally have a name for this…it’s called Lost Footage, and I don’t like being falsely lured into an episode. Thank you and take care.
Sonja is hosting a burlesque party where she will also be performing. Ramona and Avery join her shopping, and poor Avery admits that she doesn’t want to attend a party where “adults are dressed like that.” She clearly wants to be invisible as her mother brings out a rhinestoned corset and dresses as an over-sexed pelican. The sixteen-year-old in me wants to disappear with her. There is a sales person, and I’m thrilled there is a unisex term for retailers. The sales person was either a man, a woman, or a woMan, but regardless, everyone is in agreement that said person is Sonja’s twin.
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We all know Sonja Morgan as the flamboyant, confident, fur hat with yoga clothes wearing housewife who has a taste for luxury on The Real Housewives of New York. Sonja, whose money struggles has been highlighted this season, is now opening up on her unfavorable situation and what she plans to do to get out of it.
Sonja, who was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being sued for a failed movie venture, reveals to the NY Post that her never-ending divorce is adding to her financial troubles. She states, “I’m sure the world thinks, ‘Sonja doesn’t have to worry, she’s got that husband there for her.’ But I’m on my own.” The absent husband she is referring to is her ex, 80-year-old John Adams Morgan, who, according to court papers filed by Sonja, owes her a $3 million divorce judgment and over $300,000 in alimony.
Sonja, 47, also claims that her ex-husband, whose family tree includes J.P. Morgan and President John Adams, has prohibited her from using, visiting or selling the properties the couple still co-owns. For someone who lives on his own private $19 million island, Sonja feels her ex is being a tad stingy. Because the divorce remains unsettled, Sonja fears she will have to sell her $6 million Upper East Side home featured on RHONY. Through his attorney, Adams Morgan tells his reason for the delay in payment. He believes the divorce judgment exceeds the amount he promised to pay in pre and post-nuptial agreements, and he is appealing the judge’s order.
A source also tells E! News that Sonja, who earns $275,000 a year from RHONY, is “devastated” and hoping she can keep the home for her daughter. “She wants to sell it back to her ex husband, so she can make that money off it and her daughter can live there, but he’s refusing. She wants to keep it for her daughter, but it seems she’ll have to sell it and lose it altogether,” states the source.
Meanwhile, Sonja has a plan to get back on track financially, and that plan includes emulating former Housewife cast member Bethenny Frankel. Sonja tells Popeater, “I’ll be like Bethenny. I’ll do the deals first, then the baby, then get married. Bethenny is funny as hell. I enjoyed my time with her. I’m going to be on E! Hollywood Story for Bethenny. She’s one smart cookie, and I’m following right behind her.”
Sonja also opens up about the business deals that added to her money woes. “I woke up one morning and decided to be a movie producer. I put a slate of five movies together, and I started Sonja Productions. I had a movie come out with Forrest Whittaker and Gabrielle Anwar, and we got two awards, and it was on a roll. And then one of my movie deals, it was one big misunderstanding, and then they sued me and I wasn’t adequately represented, and I lost. That’s ok I’m a survivor. I’ll be fine. I’ll take care of Sonja. What goes around comes around, and the universe always gives back. And I’m such a giver.”
Of course, as we all know, where Bethenny made her fortune from Skinnygirl, Sonja is hoping to do the same with toaster ovens. More power to you, Sonja! Sonja is pictured above with her daughter Quincy Morgan at the June 29 World premiere of Cirque du Soleil ‘Zarkana.
Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn.com
UPDATE – Photos of John Adams Morgan below -
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SONJA’S MONEY WOES? WILL SHE BE THE NEXT BETHENNY FRANKEL?
On Thursday’s Real Housewives of New York the ladies leave exotic Morocco and head back to Manhattan. Love, loss and confrontation ensue once back on American soil.
Ramona decides to seduce Mario (on camera, of course) but poor Mario’s late to the party. Alex gets home and Simon has a romantic dinner planned. It’s an evening of making out, ass smacking, and talking to the oysters which are ready to spike their libidos…and that’s all before the couple sits down for the meal. Across town, Ramona’s still waiting and Mario enters awkwardly. Ramona informs Mario of the fortune teller’s prediction. Mario, like Ramona, believes the “other woman” is their daughter Avery. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it!
Simon’s gifts Alex with a basket full of “panties” (I HATE that word) and Alex proceeds to model the lingerie for Simon. Where is the remote? I need to change the channel STAT. Who does this knowing they’re being filmed for an enormous television audience? Not to be outdone in the creepy category, Ramasseuse gives a shirtless Mario a massage. Please, Bravo, show anything else…Luann’s wine-selling boyfriend, Kelly eating jelly beans, heck, even Gia Guidice’s runway walk–ANYTHING!
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Now that she’s sort of famous on the tee-vee, Real Housewives of New York Citydud star, Cindy Barshop has found herself the subject of guess what? A Lawsuit! Congratulations Cindy – you’re nobody in America till somebody sues you.
According to the New York Post, it seems Cindy, owner of Completely Bare Spas – which will dot your lady parts with glitz and glam for a hefty fee- has been slammed with a racial discrimination suit from a former employee.
Altovise Collie - who was let go in March – claims she was fired on the grounds of her race after being subjected to harassment and unequal pay at the hands of Completely Bare employees and Cindy herself. Collie, who is African-American and relocated from Atlanta for the job, states she was hired after a phone interview, but when she arrived at Completely Bare’s Fifth Avenue Flagship location things changed: “They were very impressed with me — until they saw me. I was treated like trash and thrown in the gutter, damn near sleeping in the streets. Everyone treated me badly, like I was in some sort of sorority hazing.”
Collie, who maintains she was the only black beautician at Completely Bare, further complains that her co-workers accused her of being hired only to “inject some color” into the spa, because the “spa” which specializes in Vajazzling was expanding nationally. Did you hear that guys – rhinestone vajayjays coming to a town near you! YAY!
In addition to facing harassment for her race, Collie asserts she was paid only half of the weekly $700 salary of other employees and paid only in cash, which prevented her from being able to rent an apartment. Collie also accuses her co-workers responsible for training her of withholding pertinent information about the waxing process resulting in employee complaints. Apparently when Collie had a sit down with Ms. Cindy Barshop – who we know from RHoNYC is obsessed with things being fair – about the treatment she was receiving and the inadequate training provided, she was fired a week later! Collie’s lawyer, Lenard Leeds, alleges: “From Day One, she wasn’t given the same training, she wasn’t given the same money.”
Well of course, Cindy is fighting back is now figthing back against the allegations: “The allegations are 100 percent not true and we can prove it.” In a statement released to RumorFix, Cindy explains: “She wasn’t fired because of her race, she was fired because of the quality of her work. Customers were complaining about her, so I retrained her myself, but when there was no improvement, I had to let her go. It had nothing to do with race. We have salons across the country with employees from several different races and backgrounds, so her claim that she was the only black employee is ridiculous.”
Cindy also goes onto reveal that Ms Altovise Collie has some C-list celebrity aspirations of her own: “She is trying to be a model now so I guess this is her way of trying to get her fifteen minutes of fame. She was never hazed. It’s all just lies and she wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t on a reality TV show.”
Who do you believe? Does Altovise Collie have a case or is she just trying to get some publicity? Has anyone visited a Completely Bare Spa? If so, what was your experience?
It’s the last leg of the Morocco trip for the Real Housewives of New York, and Alex uses Jill and Ramona’s fight as a springboard to vent her feeling about Luann…to Luann. Kelly fancies herself a therapist/life coach/mean girl when dealing with Alex, with some Scary Island thrown in for good measure. Sonja tries to avoid drama and is reminiscent of the funny, carefree woman we met last season. And Cindy? Poor Cindy is just as confused as ever as to why she agreed to this gig.
Thursday’s episode, “Last Call Morocco,” opens with a shaking and crying Jill, fresh from her altercation with Ramona. The brunettes swoop in to build Jill back up while the blondes attempt to console Ramona across the riad. Being the hostess with the mostess (attitude, that is), Luann will not allow Ramona’s behavior to ruin the ladies’ trip. She quickly goes to reprimand her guest, but Sonja and Alex run interference by requesting (what else?) pinot grigio for a traumatized Ramona who is being coddled to Alex’s braless chest.
Knowing the cardinal rule of entertaining, Luann obliges and pours a glass of liquid gold for Ramona before ripping into her. I believe that was covered in Chapter Three of her etiquette book. Alex, having found her backbone this season, asks Luann to leave before she can begin scolding Ramona. Kelly comes in and tells the girls that she refuses to take sides, and Ramona admits that she should have kept her mouth shut to avoid her fight with Jill. I had to rewind that part four times to make sure I’d heard her correctly!
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