Like many of us, Kristen Taekman just wants to channel her inner Heather and ask Bethenny Frankel:What’s your damage? On this week’s Real Housewives of New York, Kristen summons her courage to do just that. But much to Kristen’s dismay, Bethenny’s reply is, well, not a reply at all. It is more of a walking away and dismissing her like a parking valet who just dropped off Bethenny’s newest roving “home.” And thus Kristen is systematically ignored for one more episode of RHONY. In her Bravo blog, Kristen tries valiantly to spread the goodwill around to her castmates, while still whining at full volume about the fact that Bethenny just “doesn’t like her!”
Kristen begins by rehashing the Berkshires dinner, asking, “How do we get to know Bethenny if she’s got this wall up we can’t penetrate?” Well, it certainly ain’t gonna be by accusing her of badmouthing your business. Adding some over-the-top praise (complete with six whole “!!!!!!”s) for Bethenny’s business acumen, Kristen fake-gushes, “Bethenny’s brand summit! Wow! I I would have loved to have been there. It seems like one could have learned a lot! This is a perfect opportunity for Sonja [Morgan]–it’s great for her to see what her business could aspire to be! Damn I can’t believe how big Skinnygirl has become! I can only dream that Pop of Color will grow to be that big one day!
Bethenny Frankel doesn’t want us to get it twisted. She never called Kristen Taekman “dumb,” and she doesn’t have a running feud with Heather Thomson. So, then, why were those two themes a central focus in last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York? Bethenny shares in her Bravo blog that she “just wanted to end the dynamic with Heather.” She goes on to explain her wall/no wall (oxy)moronic way of living: “Although I am a reality star, I don’t always want the spotlight on me. I love doing reality TV, because I love the connection with the audience, the running commentary, the interaction with the women, and ultimately, the humor of it all. This doesn’t mean that when I’m going through some personal sh– that I want people up in my grill. It takes me a minute to get warm,” Bethenny explains.
Bethenny argues that making up with Heather, whether real or fake, was simply because she “just wanted to hug and make up and keep it moving.” She adds, “Aside from trying to give Sonja [Morgan] some guidance in the past, I am not on top of anyone trying to do anything. I just want to ease in and keep it easy breezy light and bright. Heather and I have different approaches.” Hitting the point home with the force of a blunt hammer, Bethenny continues, “I approached Heather, because I really didn’t want this to become some insane Housewife rivalry that it isn’t. She came on strong. I backed up. That is it. Different strokes for different folks. She is not my frenemy. Life is too short.”
I still don’t know what the hell happened on Real Housewives Of New York! One minute Bethenny Frankel was crying, the next she was hugging, the next she was building flimsy walls, the next she was eviscerating, the next she was arguing, the next she was conducting a high-powered business summit, the next she was running away, then she was apologizing. Dare I say – with all her emotional turmoil – she was acting like Kelly from Scary Island. I feel like everyone needs an instruction manual for how to operate Bethenny.
Back in the Berkshires at Dorinda Medley‘s birthday dinner, Bethenny is having a sobbing meltdown because Heather Thomson tried to smother her with a meatball like some sort of depraved Upper East Side momogul version of Aqua-Teen Hunger Force. Get the memo, Heather: Bethenny doesn’t eat! Bethenny is allergic to fish – and, also Xanax!
Then Bethenny is running around to Heather’s side of the table, eyes shining with tears (or maybe it was Skinnygirl Sparklers; who knows) hugging Heather and apologizing for the walls she’s has because everyone is trying to put her in a Skinnygirl box. “I’m over myself!” Bethenny snaps. “I just don’t want attention!” Except for the times I’ve talked to the media and put myself on reality shows!
Last week Dorinda took the group to her Berkshires home, where it was anything but peaceful and relaxing. With all the non-stop drama, Dorinda nearly lost it. Good thing she had copious amounts of champagne!
“Of course, I knew what I might be getting myself into by inviting the girls over for a birthday dinner. This weekend was going to be a juggling act: relaxation meets possible obliteration,” Dorinda admits. “I mean, after my first birthday dinner at Petrossian, where I had a front-row seat to my own crucifixion, I was almost relieved to know my next potential slow death would happen on my own turf.”
Andy Cohen’seternal love for Real Housewives of New York’s prodigal daughter, Bethenny Frankel, is well known. What has come under scrutiny of late, though, is just how much his affinity for the Skinnygirl mogul may influence how she appears – or how she wants to appear – on RHONY. According to Page Six, some RHONY castmates have been complaining that Bethenny may have “editorial approval” over episodes before they air, an allegation which Andy denies.
At the recent W Hotels Turn It Up for Change party, Andy told Page Six that Bethenny truly has “no warning” before episodes air, even when she looks “like a beast.” When asked directly what kind of “heads up” Bethenny may get before episodes are released, Andy answered, “She has none,” adding, “As a matter of fact, she gets the episode when everyone else does.” To hammer the point home, Andy further explained, “We send the ‘Housewives’ the episodes the week before. She has absolutely no say.”
Jill Zarin is excellent at acting horrible and being a terror, so why not leverage those skills into acting in horror films?! Jill landed role in a new Eric Red directed horror film which co-stars Kelly Rutherford and Rob Morrow.
Kristen Taekman went to the Berkshires expecting to have a peaceful weekend in beautiful surroundings, but instead she found herself in the midst of Dorinda Medley‘s rage! You guys, Kristen wasn’t trying to entice John at World Bar – she was just trying to dance and have fun – she didn’t deserve to be Frotteured!
Giving her side of the story over the drama with Dorinda’s boyfriend John, and Bethenny Frankel‘s ice princess routine, the Real Housewives Of New York star is frankly shocked that everything escalated to such heights! Well, they were in the mountains…
For Kristen it’s all Ramona Singer‘s fault that she got berated by Dorinda. “Ramona is such a sh– stirrer!” Kristen complains. “Ramona is constantly in the middle of it all. She starts it and passes it off to everyone else. Makes me nuts! So I was dumb for telling Dorinda to her face as opposed to talking behind her back? HELLO!”
Luann de Lessepsthinks Heather Thomson needs to be cool, not all uncool. In this week’s Bravo blog, the Real Housewives of New York’s resident Countess reviews the etiquette of Googling people’s dates, wearing elbow-length gloves to dinner, and offering meatballs to psychologically unstable dinner companions. Luann begins by praising Dorinda Medley’s beautiful home, and the sweet story of her father that went along with it. “The Berkshires in the winter is gorgeous, and Dorinda’s home is as vibrant as her personality,” she says, “I took a car from New York with Ramona [Singer], and I have to admit, it wasn’t all that bad! We’ve been through so much together that when we have a tiff, it’s more of a fender bender than a 95-car pileup. Boy, have things changed!”
Luann questions whether Ramona is ready to close the Mario chapter also, reflecting that “I think Ramona enjoys her business partner’s company and that is why she invited him to Dorinda’s party, yet I don’t feel like she’s completely moved on from Mario–they aren’t even divorced yet. They’ve been married for so long that it’s going to take time before she feels comfortable in the dating scene.” Next, Luann questions Kristen Taekman’s sanity in bringing up John’s handsy behavior to Dorinda. (Doesn’t she know that kind of smack talk is done firmly behind our friend’s back? What are we here, animals!?) Luann asks, “Is Kristen nuts bringing up how she feels about John with Dorinda? You can see in the flashback video that Kristen was getting her groove on with John and didn’t seem to mind grinding on the dance floor in front of the girls and her husband. Her explanation that shimmying in the back isn’t the same as the front seems a little hypocritical to me. John makes Dorinda happy, and she’s opened up her heart to him, so her friends need to accept John for who he is…a kind, sometimes slightly inappropriate man who should heed Dorinda’s warning that these girls are looking to throw him under the bus.”