In an open letter to Real Housewives of New York fans via Bravo, Carole Radziwilladdresses why she finally allowed a part of her life she’d always kept quiet to finally be exposed on this week’s episode. In her letter, Carole shares the reasons why she decided to have her trip to London filmed, how she emotionally prepared for the journey, and even her reaction to watching the episode air.
After thanking fans for their support, Carole admits, “I watched tonight’s episode with equal parts fear and gratitude. Fear because, well, it’s the show, and gratitude because Bravo treated my story with grace and honesty. I’ve been on this show for three seasons now and it has been good, bad, and ugly. But the one constant is the integrity I try to bring to each story. I do not chase silly drama for the sake of storylines, though it sometimes seems to find me.”
Last night on Real Housewives Of New York tears were cried, laughs were laughed, and friendships formed in the most unlikely of circumstances. It was nice.
Carole Radziwill and Dorinda Medley have arrived in London and their hotel rooms are enormous. Also, Dorinda has suddenly become “Doris,” but pleasantly she’s swapped aggressive martini-fueled meltdowns for good-natured girl talk and tea.
Carole visits the church temporarily holding Anthony’s ashes. It’s been 15-years since Carole has seen the urn bearing her late husband’s remains and she’s understandably anxious. The church: small, quaint and modern, is quite different from the place where Anthony was originally interned. Carole shares that her late husband was the ultimate practical joker and the traveling urn with Carole receiving the email that it was moved would have made him laugh. That’s a poignant and fun touch.
Gaga, who already knows Dorinda’s boyfriend, John, performed a private concert at the Borgata. After the show some slightly crazy-on-slightly crazy blonde adoration occurred – Gaga and was all too excited to share all about her hangout session with Dorinda.”Last night was fun I lost my cellphone. But at least nobody put any fucking straws in our martinis @DorindaMedley,” Gaga gushed on twitter, sharing photos of her and Dorinda. And Dorinda even got to meet Mama Gaga!
Above Dorinda shared, “Cheek to cheek….almost. @LadyGaga #RHONY”
“So after this week, one thing is clear to me: the sentiment of ‘forgiveness’ is lost on some of us,” begins Dorinda. “To me, it was apparent when I tried to apologize to Heather at Kristen [Taekman’s] Smile Train Denim and Diamonds event.” After praising Kristen’s success in throwing her first ever charity event – “she really presided over the function with the grace and elegance of a queen” – Dorinda launches into why she apologized to Heather in the first place. “I thought it’d be a good time to take Heather aside and try to clear the air, because we were both just getting more and more aggravated by the misunderstandings and clashes we’d had throughout the season and, in those situations, time is NEVER on your side.”
Luann de Lesseps will have you know: the Countess isn’t back – she never left! And if anyone is admonishing others for dreadful behavior it shall be her.
Last week’s Real Housewives Of New York had battle lines drawn between Carole Radziwill and Luann over residual Turks and Caicos men, plus Carole’s undefined male sexual partner and companion, Adam. However speaking of undefined sexual partners, Luann has no idea why SHE Is being blamed for Ramona Singer‘s!
Kristen gushes, “Smiletrain event! It’s finally here! My first ever charity event! I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing organization! We raised a bunch of money, thanks to Heather [Thomson]and Yummie!” Kristen goes on to clarify Heather’s involvement in her charity work, which consisted of more than throwing “a few necklaces down on a table” and demanding acknowledgment. “Let me set the record straight! Heather and I had collaborated six weeks before the event to work out the details that her Yummie team had been in contact with Smiletrain about to set up the pop-up store and work out the logistics.”
Melissa reiterates that Lauren wanted Caroline Manzo to wear white to her wedding last weekend. She said Dina did come to the church but that’s it. She confirms that Joe Giudice didn’t attend. She also says that Joeyinsisted on wearing those plaid pants despite Melissa asking him to dress in all black.
I may be in the minority, but this season of Real Housewives of New York is just the bees’ knees for me. Bethenny Frankel grates on my last nerve, but I find her much more likable and down-to-earth than the Bethenny who covers the tabloids as I’m checking out at the grocery store. Dorinda Medley is a wonderful addition, simply because you never know what you’re going to get. She’s like a tamer, yet angrier, less likely to strip for fun version of Sonja Morgan. Luann de Lesseps and Heather Thomson both want to be cool, but I find them to be um, I don’t know, uncool most of the time–but entertaining nonetheless!
This crew doesn’t stew indefinitely after a blow-up (except on Twitter), and their personalities mix well together for both silly pettiness and those rare but endearing moments when you realize that some of these friendships are the real deal. Of course, Carole Radziwill has remained my favorite since she first burst on the scene, but she’s not winning points with a few folks (one in particular) after this week’s episode.