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RHONY Season 5

Real Housewives of New York had a looooong hiatus while it got all its new ducks in a row. Sadly, either people forgot about them and didn’t bother going back or everyone is still sick of the lingering taint of acidic drama. Regardless of why less and less people tuned in, the ratings for the season five premiere were less than stellar. Like so less than stellar Kim Zolciak‘s wig reveal slammed RHONY!

According to The Huffington Post, the season premiere only drew 1.7 million viewers in it’s 9pm slot. Which is unprecedentedly low for a Housewives season premiere. Just for some perspective – Real Housewives of Orange County (previously the lowest rated in the franchise) got over 2 million viewers for it’s season premiere.

Allegedly Bravo isn’t too upset by the ratings. “Bravo didn’t expect the numbers to be huge,” a network insider revealed. “Monday is a new night for the show and it’s the most competitive night of the week.”

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Well, girls and boys… it finally happened. After months of build-up, Bravo unleashed the New New York and we finally caught a glimpse of Real Housewives of New York without Jill Zaaaaaaaaarin. For those of you who never thought you’d live to see the day – rejoice – but sadly it seems Pinot Singer has hopped right on up into the bitter, negative, biddy role that Jill so recently vacated. Dangit, Pinot!

Last night we were treated to some delightful new blood, and while Sonja Morgan was in good spirits and ready to move on and make new friends but keep the old, LuAnn de Lesseps, Countess no more and Pinot were still circling each other like round the UES rosie with the same old axe to grind. Sonja said the only thing worse than stale brioche at a party is stale guests… well meet your stale guests. Are people still eating brioche?

Things open with LuAnn and newbie Aviva Drescher pretending they’re long lost friends and doing lunch. Let’s just call it what it is – they’ve met each other a total of two times and Bravo is forcing them to interact as buddies to stack the odds. The only interesting thing that came out of this to-do was the revelation that Aviva’s ex-husband Harry has quite the active social life  - so active that he’s dated and most likely boinked LuAnn and Sonja.

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Real Housewives of New York is officially back! Well, ok – tonight it is. The ladies of the Big Apple are returning with three new Housewives who already have major drama with some of the original cast.

Speaking out about opening up her life for reality TV is Sonja Morgan, whose zany antics and truly kooky ways have earned her a lot of fans and a lot of side-eye.

Speaking to LifestyleMirror.com, Sonja reveals that way back in season one of the now iconic reality show she was approached to join the cast, but chose not too. In those days Sonja was married to John Adams Morgan and letting television cameras into her business wasn’t for her.

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Aviva Drescher is coming out swinging on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New York. The cast newbie is not mincing words or trying to play nice She succinctly calls Pinot Singer “white trash” in one clip of the series. Aviva is much more than a housewife – the former lawyer is now a philanthropist and mother of four. And she also has a prosthetic leg.

Speaking to the NY Post, Aviva describes meeting her current husband Reed and combining their families Brady Bunch style. They met in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond after painful divorces. “The kids started playing with each other, and he said, ‘It’s tough being a single dad,’ ” Aviva recalls. “Let’s say we took the ‘beyond’ to another level.” Aviva and Reed now have added two more children to their brood.

Aviva reveals that she lost her leg in a farming accident when she was a child, which has taught her to be tough and straight forward. Aviva also shares that she has two different artificial legs – one for heels and one for flats! Ok, that’s kind of awesome.

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With Real Housewives of New York soon upon us, so too are the ladies and their PR machines. Apparently, this season didn’t turn out any less vitriolic than the last one despite the firing of four Housewives. And it seems all of the drama and negativity centered around one Pinot-soaked, wide-eyed specimen called Ramona Singer. Imagine that!

It seems Ramona, who began the season friends with newbie Aviva Drescher (indeed Ramona was rumored to have gotten Aviva cast on the show) didn’t end the season on the same note. The two are reportedly not speaking to each other, but they are speaking to the press about each other! Only in reality TV world do your ex-friends publicly snark you for publicity! Remember when deleting someone from Facebook was sufficient?

Anyway, in a chat with HollywoodLife, Aviva admits that this season she definitely separated her friends from her co-stars! “It’s like art imitating life and you know who your friends are, you learn who you can trust, you learn who you can’t trust,” she explained. “I really do love by coincidence to two other new women Carole [Radziwill] and Heather [Thomson]. But it wasn’t because we were new, it truly happened that way, organically.”

Ramona is also speaking about on said friendships and it’s no surprise she’s taking no responsibility for any of the issues. I’m really worried that all the Pinot has started to effect her brain.

“What’s interesting is that I embrace each and everyone equally the same way,” Ramona tells RumorFix. “But it turns out that a relationship is dramatically different with each and everyone,  which reflects real life. Not everyone can be great friends with everyone no matter how you are. Certain people have conflicts with each other … it’s reflective of life.”

“It’s kind of interesting because with one housewife, for whatever reason because we didn’t quite hit it off on the right foot. And we ended up really getting really close. And the one who was embracing me and was going out of her way to become my BFF, at the end we went wrong. It was craziness.”

Ramona also reveals that despite the show being called Real Housewives of New York, the ladies do a lot of traveling out of NYC. Likely because, New York wouldn’t have them. Rumors were abound that certain cosmopolitan establishments were not welcoming to the housewives that represent their fair city’s name! So the ladies took their crazy around the globe!

“There’s a trip to London, a trip to South Beach, and trip to St. Barts,” Ramona dishes. “The St. Barts trip is off the charts! It’s off the rails!  You’ll have to watch. Someone gets possessed by someone, that’s what I think.” Ok, then – so long as it’s not another menopausal pregnancy scare, I’ll watch!

Moving right along, LuAnn de Lesseps‘ boyfriend Jacques Azoulay is talking his relationship with LuAnn and what’s next for the couple. Hint, hint – it involves a wedding and possibly a reality show! When asked if the couple was talking marriage, Jacques confessed “always.”

And he’d even consider televising any upcoming nuptials, telling WetPaint, “Maybe. We’ve discussed, but I’m not definite about it. Maybe. Why not?” That’s code for ‘Bravo, please pay for our wedding and offer us a spin-off, called Money Can’t Buy You Love‘.

As for what it’s like having their relationship play out on TV, Jacques doesn’t seem to mind. “It’s fun,” he shares. LuAnn “is who she is first. The rest, it’s circumstances. But we enjoy it, we do.”

Finally, comedian Amy Phillips, recently did some impersonations of Pinot Singer and former Housewife Bethenny Frankel. And really, they are beyond hilarious! The spot-on and absolutely sensational clips are below!

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This season of Real Housewives of New York will be a battle of The Veterans vs. The Virgins. It’s a classic case of make new friends, but keep the old (one is silver and the other’s gold…). Bravo has released the official cast photos and bios – along with the very juicy and drunken trailer. It seems like some of these ladies are harkening back to the days before middle age hit them, as they are putting the drinks away like MTV spring breakers! Or Bachelorettes on another popular show!

The official press release warns us:  “The city that never sleeps is about to get a real embarrassment wake up call.  Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer welcome Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson as they navigate their hectic lifestyles of jam-packed social climbing social calendars, bickering and fighting careers, behaving like children and drunken antics across the globe city living.”  Oh, I just can’t wait for the wine-soaked fun and pinot-filled outbursts!

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And speaking of Pinot, it seems my favorite train wreck and yours, Pinot Singer, caused quite the problems this season! The trailer features newbie Aviva proving she’s perfect for this line of work, as she calls her “white trash!” Bwhahahahahaha! Seriously – I laughed for five minutes when I saw that. Sometimes the truth hurts!

Aviva is speaking to the NY Observer about the shocking new season! Aviva describes the experience of reality television, and being forced to socialize intimately with women she scarcely knew. “It was like an sociological study: we were essentially forced to make the kind of friends over the course of four months that would usually take you four years to become that close to.”

She also adds that her friendship with Ramona is pretty much kaput. She says the show – and specifically the “white trash” scene, made her realize that “friendships can certainly take up and downs,” Aviva explained. “And in that way the show—art, in quotation marks—imitated life. Ramona and I did not start out that way.”

Aviva mentions that she began the season friends with Ramona, “and…well…I can’t say the same for the end of the season.” Wow! You can learn more about Aviva below!

Pinot, herself, is speaking out about the drama amongst her castmates. At the recent Bravo Upfront Event she confirmed things are already rocky as she tells Wetpaint “There’s one woman here I’m not even talking to!” When pressed for details about whom, she gave the Bravo PR sponsored answer like a good little Housewife. “If you watch this season, it won’t be hard to figure out,” she assured us.

In fact, things start to go bad in the season premiere episode! From the press release: “Sonja kicks things off with a party to mingle with Aviva, Carole and Heather. They all seem to hit it off …until Ramona arrives. And as they say, with new friends come new revelations — in this case, Aviva learns that a couple of her “new” friends have had relations with her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Heather and Carole try to figure out who to trust and not.” Wowzers!

Real Housewives of New York premieres on Monday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Below are the cast photos and bios! Warning: Photoshop was applied liberally!

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Oh, lawd. Get ready for some middle-aged, nudie action in the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New York! An insider reveals that the show has just finished taping its fifth season and producers are claiming this will be the best season yet, as the ladies travel the globe in high-flying adventures. Isn’t this supposed to be a show about their “real” lives? Oh, what am I saying…

Spilling the dirt to The Huffington Post, show insiders reveal that the ladies built a Survivor-style alliance and even skinny dipped on a scandalous and drunken cast trip to St. Barts! Um… say what? “Sonja [Morgan] and Ramona [Singer] have totally bonded and formed a great alliance against the new ladies,” an insider reveals. Which, means there is much more Ramonja to come. “They are so inseparable this season that they shared a bed together in St. Barts and even went skinny dipping late one night after enjoying a few glasses of Ramona’s wine.” Ack. I hope those black modesty bars are on point, editing team!

Sonja confirms the skinny dip (because Sonja loves flaunting her lady bits, as we all know), but she’s not giving away too many details! “You know me, I always skinny dip,” Sonja shares. “Why else would you rent a house? I can’t tell you if I did it on film or if I did it with Ramona because that would be a storyline and I can get in trouble for that according to my contract.”

But, even though there were some happy, touchy-feely, friendsy moments, the season was not without its drama and catfights, as it seems, class wars began among the gals! “This season you will see the ladies travel to London, where Carole [Radziwill] thinks it’s so funny that LuAnn [de Lesseps] insists everyone call her ,’The Countess,’ that she makes all the ladies refer to her as ‘The Princess’ to mock her,” one of the ladies dished. In case you didn’t know, Carole was once married to PRINCE Anthony Radziwill, son of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ sister Lee. Sucks to be LuLu,  a princess title trumps that of countess!

Ramona has some serious animosity towards the new additions. Maybe she was missing Jill Zarin and wanted to relive the old times! Previous reports have claimed the new ladies were annoyed by her diva attitude and constant demands! “Ramona now thinks it’s her show for sure,” an insider spills.

“Things between Ramona and the new ones get so bad at one point they even discussed recreating the bathroom scene from the film ‘Bridesmaids’ after Ramona gives them her new red wine to taste.” Whoa! And Pinot Singer has another wine? Can I still call her Pinot? The Bravo Home Shopping Network rages on!

And speaking of the Bravo Home Shopping Network (BHSN, for short), the ratings for the season premiere of Bethenny Ever After are in and they are less than stellar!

Despite the heavy hype this season received, according to TV By The Numbers, the third season premiere brought in a shockingly low 971,000 viewers! To put it in perspective, the season premiere of Real Housewives of Orange County brought in 2.3 million viewers, which is typical for a mainstream Bravo show. It’s a good thing Bethenny has quit her day job and is moving (hopefully) into the talk show circuit!

Even more upsetting, Bethenny Frankel‘s numbers have dropped drastically, compared to past seasons. The season premiere of Bethenny Getting Married? drew an impressive 2.096 million viewers and ranked as the highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Season two garnered a still respectable 1.5M viewers for the season premiere and ratings remained firm throughout the season.

Unfortunately, it seems many audiences may have grown tired of Bethenny’s woe is me shtick, or maybe, just maybe, after the whole lost at sea debacle viewers got an inkling of the fabricated drama and shied away. Or perhaps, there was some mighty good TV on Monday night. I know I was watching Ben Flajnik have a creepy mock wedding with Courtney Robertson, who professed her love by stealing Carrie Bradshaw‘s break-up speech.

The low ratings may be a blessing in disguise (unless you’re a Frankelenzombie), because Bethenny and husband, Jason Hoppy have expressed their desire to leave reality television behind after this season.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON OF RHONY? DO YOU BELIEVE RAMONA IS AN OUT OF CONTROL DIVA? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY BETHENNY’S RATINGS – DID YOU WATCH MONDAY NIGHT’S EPISODE?


Sonja Morgan, the sex-crazed Real Housewives of New York star recently got the opportunity of a lifetime. The Bravolebrity was tapped to play hostess to firefighter models from Nation’s Bravest for Rusk’s “Being Sexy” Product Sneak-Preview! Sonja also promises that the upcoming season of RHONY will be the best yet. I’ll believe it when I see it!

It’s no surprise that Sonja was thrilled at the opportunity to ogle some hottie firefighters. “I have worked over the years with Katherine Kostreva who produces the charitable calendar featuring the nation’s sexiest firemen,” Sonja informed OK Magazine. “I once attended an event of hers with local FDNY firefighters to benefit the ASPCA, a charity near and dear to my heart. I support animals, artists, the LGBT and children. I also admire what these men do to keep our families safe and let’s be honest… they are HOT!” Indeed, that’s the important thing!

And since Sonja is ALLLL about sex, she shared what’s sexy to her. “Intelligence, confidence, power, humility, sense of humor and an ability to take care of his home.”

As for how Housewives is going with the new additions, Sonja is excited for the new season which is currently filming. “Every season is so different because our lives are rapidly changing at all times,” she explained. “This season will be the best season ever. TRUST ME!”

Sonja also shared that she spent her holiday vacationing in Palm Beach, Fl. Lucky lady!

Speaking of holidays, Jill Zarin apparently survived a power outage by the light of her Menora! While she was vacationing in Aruba a Christmas day blackout at the Aruba Surf Club Marriott caused her to grab the candelabra she packed for Hanukkah celebrations and light up!

“My Hanukkah menorah saved me.” Jill told the NY Post, “I have the craziest stories. It’s unfortunate that the cameras don’t follow me anymore.” Right — didn’t she just say in a recent interview that being on reality show turned her into a “monster“?

Jill said she put the emergency lighting in her grandchildrens’ room so they wouldn’t be in the dark. Sadly for Jill the power outage prevented her from hearing her name announced as a guest judge on Top Chef! “I couldn’t even watch myself on ‘Top Chef,’ ” Jill lamented.

Wait — Why exactly is she judging Top Chef? Does this mean La Zarin will be judging this season’s finale? Say it ain’t so!

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DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE THE BEST SEASON YET OF RHONY? WHAT ON EARTH IS JILL DOING JUDGING TOP CHEF?

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