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On the upcoming episode of the Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin borrows the buzzword of her BFF Kelly Bensimon when she accuses Simon van Kempen of cyber-bullying her.

In fact on the last episode, Jill’s husband Bobby Zarin confronted Simon, hubby of Alex McCord, wanting to know if he was “actively involved” with a hate-mongering blog, which Simon denied.

So let’s examine both claims shall we. The blog Bobby is referring to is a blog called the “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. The blog was created last year to cover Jill during the climax of her unpopularity with fans of the RHONY in light of her feud with Bethenny Frankel. However today, the blog covers a variety of different topics and reality shows.

So what is Simon’s involvement? Well at one point last year, Alex and Simon were doing their book tour during which they made a stop in Chicago, the same city the owner of the IHJZ blog resides in. A meet and greet was organized for Alex and Simon to meet local bloggers and fans which included the writer of the blog in June 2010. The writer blogged about the event and posted pictures on the IHJZ blog. In her Bravo blog this week, Alex states that was the extent of their involvement with the blog. Below is an excerpt -

I don’t know how that translates into Simon or me being investors, content writers, posters, or even members of the blog. We don’t own it, we don’t have money in it. We don’t write for it. There is a link on the blog to a recap of the Chicago fan event held for us with pictures, and as the blog covers the whole Housewives franchise, we along with all other cast membersare regularly discussed on it. That doesn’t mean we are doing the discussing.”

The owner of the IHJZ blog also states Simon is not involved with the blog.

And speaking of Bravo blogs, Jill accused Simon of “mean tweeting” about her and Kelly in her latest blog. It appears this is what she means by “cyber-bullying” on the upcoming episode. So does Simon sometimes “mean tweet” about the NYC housewives? Absolutely. However, Jill appears to take the cake when it comes to “mean tweeting.” In fact, a fan question called her out on it during her recent appearance on Bravo’s WWHL.

Below are just some of tweets made by Jill about her cast mates (mostly Ramona) in recent weeks -

  • “Mixed message? Your a hypocrite!” tweeted Jill about Ramona on June 23rd.
  • “Just watched next weeks episode. It’s like soft porn. Gross!!! Then Luann takes down a housewife. Want to guess who? Such great episode!” tweeted Jill on June 11th.
  • “We r dying laughing watching Ramona fake cry.” tweeted Jill June 9th.
  • “She is just using me to try to get more twitter followers. Desperate move don’t u think? She did that with b too. Sad.” tweeted Jill on June 5th.
  • “I agree its gross.RT @jlrtweets101665 “@Jillzarin I think RHONY has become a 1 hour advertisement for Ramona’s beverage and it is becoming very very annoying.”" tweeted Jill on June 5th.
  • “Actually a producer!RT @KNeddie “@Jillzarin didn’t ramona hit a cameraman during filming?” tweeted Jill June 2nd.
  • “I think so too!RT @AbbieLLear “@Jillzarin what a selfish heartless bitch..Ramona is a prime example of bullying! I would be mortified if I were Avery! Jennifer is GORGEOUS.” tweeted Jill May 20th.
  • “What did I do that hurt Ramona to her face. She publicly attacked me. Big difference, you admit u put your foot in mouth and that’s ok?” tweeted Jill May 19th.

The tweets with RT in front of them were tweeted to Jill by fans, and her response is in front of the RT. May 19th is where we decided to stop with the tweets though we could have went on and on and on. And just 2 weeks ago, Jill Zarin posted a poll question on her official facebook page asking “Is Ramona a hypocrite?So we ask, will the real cyber bully please stand up?

TELL US – THOUGHTS? DO YOU THINK JILL WAS CYBER-BULLIED BY SIMON? IS RAMONA BEING CYBER-BULLIED BY JILL? HAS JILL BEEN HANGING AROUND KELLY TOO LONG?

The Real Housewives of New York City filmed their season 4 reunion yesterday with filming lasting a total of 12 hours!

This taping is a bit early as it is five weeks away from the airing of their season finale (a total of 16 regular episodes will air this season). However as always, the housewives got to see all the episodes that have yet to air before the reunion taping.

As for why Bravo decided to film the reunion so early (it’s usually filmed about 2 – 3 weeks before the finale), Simon van Kempen (whatever happened to his song?) tweeted yesterday that it “was impossible to find a July date when all #RHoNY were in NYC”. They have jobs or something?

Jill Zarin tweeted the above photo yesterday of herself with costar Cindy Barshop. Below — more behind the scenes photos of Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan & Jill.

An of course all parties involved tweeted during and after the reunion. And based on those tweets, it appears Countess Lulu believes the knock down drag out reunions fights are a “great time,” Kelly needed some help from her “fans” on what to say, Andy Cohen might or might not have lost his temper with the ladies, and if there’s one thing clear, it is that it’s still the Brunettes vs the Blondes.

Below are some of the tweets in chronological order -

  • CountessLuAnn – “Having a great time with the girls! #RHONYReunionShow”
  • Kellybensimon – “Every #reunion, @BravoAndy asks a quick reflection on the season.TELL ME how I’ve changed this season!I will quote you on #RHONYReunionShow”
  • BravoAndy – “We just wrapped the RHNYC reunion. It was EPIC. I can barely hear. (Maybe I lost my temper at the ladies!) I need a drink.”
  • Ramonasinger – “I survived the reunion! (and don’t worry…so did Andy haha)”
  • Jillzarin “Omg! What a day!!!”
  • Jillzarin – “With my Girls @CountessLuAnn @kellybensimon our own after party!”
  • Mccordalex – “Amazing #Rhony reunion & then @ramonasinger @SimonvanKempen @SonjatMorgan and I all went to #gawkerpride party for Marriage Equality!!”
  • Ramonasinger – “We ALL survived! Lol rt “@RHO_TWEETS: @ramonasinger how brutal was it?!”"
  • Kellybensimon – “Love my @jillzarin @countessluann @cindybarshop @bravotv”
  • Mccordalex – “Intense day of filming yesterday for #RHONY…

Meanwhile, an all new episode of the RHONY is set to air tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. On the 12th episode this season titled “Sixteen and Skip the Sweet,” it’s a birthday blitz when Ramona plans a sweet-16 party for Avery, LuAnn meets with a party planner for her own daughter’s 16th birthday, and LuAnn throws a surprise birthday bash for Jill. Also, Jill gets her widely reported “liquid face lift” on tonight’s episode. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests are Jill Zarin and Adam Carolla.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REUNION TAPING & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE REUNION PHOTOS!


It appears the Real Housewives of New York City did not need Bethenny Frankel after all.

After Bethenny left the show for good following last season, many, including us, wondered if the show could survive without her. Well, the NYC Housewives are now midway through their fourth season and the numbers don’t lie. Not only is the show doing well, in fact ratings have slightly increased sans Bethenny.

In the past two weeks, the show has received its highest ratings of the season, averaging over 2.28 million viewers per episode thanks to the boost from the Sex in the City Moroccan vacation! Nine episodes into this season, the RHONY is averaging 1.95 million viewers per episode, a 7% increase compared to the same point last season when the show averaged 1.82 million viewers through the first 9 episodes… with Bethenny on the show.

Not only that, the RHONY is also doing very well in ratings in comparison to Bethenny’s spin off show Bethenny Ever After which only averaged 1.45 million viewers for its latest season. The Bravo network is however happy with Bethenny’s ratings as her show was renewed for a third season.

So what does this all mean? Well it means we can expect more spinoffs for other popular housewives stars and more departures from other franchises. According to reports, Bravo is in talks to give Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Zolciak and Nene Leakes their own spin-off shows, with the strong possibility that at least one of them will be leaving the show for good.

This also proves that the Real Housewives series can indeed survive without their most popular stars aka the Teresa Giudices, Gretchen Rossis, Nene Leakes, Kyle Richards etc.

In other NYC news, to mark her recent wedding anniversary, Alex McCord posted photos of her 2000 wedding to hubby Simon van Kempen on her website Mccordvankempen.com. The couple tied the knot at Maxims de Paris on Madison Avenue. Those photos are below!

TELL US – SURPRISED THE RHONY IS DOING WELL IN RATINGS WITHOUT BETHENNY? A GOOD IDEA FOR BRAVO TO GIVE OTHER HOUSEWIVES THEIR OWN SPINOFF SHOWS?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE ALEX & SIMON’S WEDDING PHOTOS!


A new episode of the Real Housewives of New York City airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the fifth episode this season titled ‘Following Pecking Orders,’ Jill Zarin returns from Australia a new woman—or so she says. Her newfound sense of purpose to avoid gossip quickly ends when she dishes about Ramona during lunch with Kelly, LuAnn and Sonja. Kelly is ready to face Ramona about her recent behavior, but the other ladies don’t know if she is quite ready. In addition, Sonja details the group’s “pecking order” dynamic; Cindy and Ramona meet for drinks, but tension spills over Jill. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live - The lone guest tonight is none other than Kelly Ripa!

In other NYC news, Alex McCord discusses her newly found voice and attitude in a new interview with TV Guide. Excerpts are below -

TV Guide Magazine: Gotta say, you are sassy this season!
Alex:
[Laughs] I’ve always been empowered. It’s just that now you’re seeing it on TV.

TV Guide Magazine: Do you think your friendship with former Housewife Bethenny Frankel changed you?
Alex:
My metamorphosis, if you want to call it that, had nothing to do with anything other than my being fed up. In the real world, it might be enough to think someone’s an idiot. But on reality TV, you sort of have to beat them over the head with it. Otherwise, they don’t know.

TV Guide Magazine: Has it gotten old, always being filmed?
Alex:
The more I do this, the more fun it’s becoming. One thing that I think makes New York special is that we still have four original cast members left. What that means is whether we like each other or not, we have a shared history of four years. We know where each other’s buttons are and how to push them. That makes for magical TV. All you have to do is get us in a room and turn the cameras on.

Meanwhile, Alex and her hubby Simon van Kempen are selling t-shirts with the now infamous “Thug In A Cocktail Dress” catchphrase scribbled on them, similar to the one Alex is wearing in the above photo. They are donating 50% of all proceeds to the Housing Works charity. The t-shirts and other apparel items plus jewelry are available at Thuginacocktaildress.com.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ALEX’S COMMENTS, THE T-SHIRTS & TONIGHT’S ALL NEW EPISODE?

Let the drama games begin!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice took to her twitter page yesterday and managed to slam two of her Bravo housewives counterparts including her sister-in-law.

First, Teresa, 38, took a shot at Real Housewives of NYC star Simon van Kempen. Though in Teresa’s defense, Simon did sorta fire the first shots. In an interview with Popeater yesterday to promote the release of his new music single ‘I Am Real‘ (listen here at your own risk), Simon was asked which Bravo housewife should never record a song, and he replied “Teresa Giudice.”

It seems Teresa was none too happy with neither Simon’s response nor his music. She tweeted yesterday, “I guess RHONY Simon said of all people *I* should never do a song. Hmm… Singing’s not my thing. Apparently not his either. #worstsongever.”

Okay, fair enough. Except Teresa then took things a step further insulting her costar and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga with her follow up tweet. “And I have heard some BAD Housewife songs. Trust me. xx,” added Teresa.

See Teresa hates Melissa, who also happens to be a singer with a new single whose singing story line will play a major role on the upcoming season of the NJ Housewives… according to the season trailer.

Melissa caught wind of Teresa’s tweet and responded with “I see the green eyed monster strikes again…….” Safe to assume the two sister-in-laws have yet to make up. A screen shot of the tweets below -

Meanwhile, the AMNY site is reporting that we can expect to see a whole lot more of Albie and Chris Manzo when the third season of the NJ Housewives premieres May 16.

Albie reveals he and his younger brother filmed “a lot more” this season with their mother Caroline Manzo. “At this point, I think it’s become a family experience — it’s what separates us more from the other ‘Housewives’ shows,” said Albie.

As for what we can expect this season, Albie teases, “You’ve got to wait and see.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? TEAM TERESA OR TEAM SIMON/MELISSA? HAPPY TO SEE MORE OF THE MANZO BROTHERS?

UPDATE - Teresa responded to our story on her twitter page stating she was not slamming Melissa but rather former costar Danielle Staub.

“Me tweeting a joke ab Simon’s song is turned into a whole article? http://t.co/OkL0x9p LMAO But sorry I was NOT talking about my sis-in-law,” tweeted Teresa adding “My sis-in-law doesn’t even have a song out… I was talking about D and her hilarious fake lesbian song from last year.”

Move over Kim Zolciak Danielle Staub Countess LuAnn! We have another singing ‘Housewife’ on our hands, except this time around it’s a man baby!

Yes, Real Housewives of New York City star Simon van Kempen has decided to branch out into a singing career.

Brace yourself as Simon, hubby of Alex McCord, unleashed his debut single, ‘I Am Real,’ on us today via Popeater. I Am Real is described as “a bass-thumping, synth-heavy dance track filled with defiant lyrics aimed at “cheeky tongue waggers.”"

“I thought ‘I Am Real’ is a fun song with lyrics that suit me to a ‘T,’” says Simon . “It’s cheeky and catchy and captures my four years on reality TV.”

Simon’s new song include genius lyrics such as “Gold and diamonds glitter. But the taste is slightly bitter. When wives attack behind my back, they trash me on the Twitter.” Are you paying attention folks at the Grammys!? When asked what artist is most similar to him, Simon states, “I’d say Jarvis Cocker, but I don’t want to be Pulp’d.”

So, no need to wait any longer. The new single of Simon van Kempen is below! And it’s actually not that bad no?

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TELL US – SIMON’S NEW SINGLE: HOT OR NOT?

While Jill Zarin, star of the Real Housewives of NYC, continues to deny having had any plastic surgery procedures, it is starting to become more apparent that she has.

We were able to dig up the above before and after pic which clearly shows what appears to be a nose job. In fact, Miami Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer of Balbody.com tells Reality Tea, “It appears that Jill Zarin has had a nose job or Rhinoplasty to narrow and lift the tip of her nose.” Dr. Salzhauer, who hasn’t treated Jill, adds that she “most likely has used dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to smooth out her “laugh lines” and give more volume to her cheeks.”

Others who aren’t buying what Jill, age 47, is selling are her costars. Ramona Singer tells Popeater, “If you see her in the photos, her face looks different. Personally I like her other look better.”

Ramona adds that their fellow housewife Sonja Morgan is also certain Jill has had numerous “injectables” put into her face. “It does make her face look too taut and not as natural,” Ramona says. “Jill overdid it. It’s not the best look. Too much injectables look as bad as a bad face-lift.”

Housewives husband Simon van Kempen also gives his opinion – “I certainly think it’s better to age gracefully than pull yourself so tight that you can no longer show facial expressions.”

As for Jill, she is sticking to her story telling Popeater “If I did, I would be the first to admit it.”

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONYC titled “March Madness.” The housewives participate in a marriage-equality march over the Brooklyn Bridge, yet there’s drama with these mamas when tension heats up between Sonja and Alex. Elsewhere, an offensive remark delivered by Ramona spreads back to Cindy.

The episode airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Sonja Morgan and David Arquette.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SIMON & RAMONA’S COMMENTS? PLUS ON TONIGHT’S ALL NEW EPISODE?

They’re baaack!… Again!

Bravo just announced moments ago that the Real Housewives of New York City will return for their 4th season on Thursday, April 7, at 10/9c.

This follows the previous snafu that occurred last month during which Bravo decided to postpone the show 2 weeks before it’s scheduled Feb. 15th premiere in favor of the lackluster Real Housewives of Miami.

The NYC Housewives have all teased that Bravo postponed the season due to too much drama and needing more time to edit the show, which was still filming two weeks before it was meant to debut. And judging from the trailer below, they might have been right.

Bravo promises “the new season will definitely be worth the wait.”

The new season trailer is below -

TELL US – ARE YOU STILL EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW TRAILER?

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