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 the 14th episode this season titled “Burlesque Is More,” Sonja hosts a burlesque-themed party and puts on a show for her guests. Elsewhere, Jill visits her daughter at college; LuAnn and Jill hear LuAnn’s new single at the recording studio; and Simon confronts Jill about her cyber-bullying accusations. It airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests will be Alex McCord and Carson Kressley.
In other news, days after reports came out about her financial woes, Sonja Morgan released a statement revealing she would like some privacy. It came out this week that Sonja might lose her $6 million home due to her bankruptcy in addition to millions of dollars being held up in her divorce settlement with ex-husband John Adams Morgan.
“I have not made public my financial status affected by my divorce and outstanding business matters as I prefer to keep these matters private. However, it has now become public only due to my Chapter 11 filing, and has raised a lot of questions in the media, along with incorrect assumptions and statements,” says Sonja. “Many times divorce can be difficult especially when significant assets are co-mingled. Out of respect to my ex-husband, our families, my brand and future ventures, I ask that the media understand that during negotiations with interested parties on all sides I will not be able to discuss any details.”
And finally, Ramona Singer is set to appear on HSN in a live show airing July 8 at 1 pm EST! And no it is not to promote her pinot but rather to sell pieces from her latest jewelry collection. The line consists of pendants, earnings, necklaces, bracelets and rings ranging in price from $219 to $1,599.
“These pieces are glamorous, gorgeous and just fun!” says Ramona, a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology. You can click here to check out pieces from Ramona’s line!
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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?
Cindy’s non return is a no brainier as she is normal boring and way out of her league, but Alex’s is however a shocker. The Hollywoodlife blog, which doesn’t cite whether or not Bravo is axing the ladies or whether it is their choice to leave, simply claims their source is an insider very close to the show.
We’re very skeptical of this report because for one, Alex is a key part of the cast and has been involved in a lot of drama this season. And quite frankly, both Alex and Bravo are denying this report.
“No decisions have been made regarding next season and everything at this point is rumor,” says a rep for Bravo. Alex also issued her own denial via twitter. “And @BravoTV told you that no decisions have been made so your ‘story’ is false, but when has that every stopped you from writing BS?” she tweeted to the blog.
Alex then gave a statement to Popeater revealing she suspects the “insider” is one of her castmates. “If I had a dollar every time an ‘inside source,’ i.e. a cast member, leaked a ‘story’ that I was out of RHONY, I’d be a multi-millionairess!” said Alex.
Alex does have a point as a similar report came out last year stating Bravo had fired her from the cast. This was of course false as she is still on the show. We’ll let you figure who Alex suspects is the cast member leaking out unflattering stories about her to the press. Plus axing Alex from the show makes no sense as she is currently the most liked aka the least awful cast member according to our poll. The only reigning fan favorite to ever leave a show was Bethenny, who left to do her own spin-off.
It also makes no sense that Bravo would keep Kelly Bensimon and Sonja Morgan over Alex. And the final reason? It’s just way too early on at this point in the season. There are still four regular unaired episodes, plus at least 2 episodes of the reunion show.
The HollywoodLife blog also contacted former NYC Housewife Bethenny Frankelwho chimed in on the report. Bethenny reveals she isn’t surprised to hear Cindy will not be returning. “I’m not surprised about Cindy — she was new and maybe too normal,” continues Bethenny. “She looked a little overwhelmed with everything, but it’s great for her business and it definitely brought awareness to it.”
And when it comes to Alex, Bethenny states, “And Alex — I don’t know, I honestly haven’t watched enough to know.” Bethenny adds, “I know it almost happened last year, but then she really got into a lot drama.”
Bethenny once again makes it very clear how awful the show is and how happy she is to be off it. “OMG not at all! I’m happy to be off,” says Bethenny when asked if she misses the show. “I wouldn’t want to be on the show. I wouldn’t be proud to show that to my daughter. I’m proud of my show. I wouldn’t want her to see women being rewarded for bad behavior.”
TELL US – THOUGHTS? DO YOU BELIEVE THIS STORY? IF BRAVO DECIDED TO GET RID OF ALEX: SMART OR NOT SMART?
It’s a non-stop party on Thursday’s Real Housewives of New York! Ramona Singer and Countess Luann gear up for their daughters’ sixteenth birthday parties, with Luann pulling double party planning duty to host a surprise party for Jill. After her bankruptcy announcement, Sonja flies under the radar while Kelly hangs with Victoria and Avery at their respective parties. Alex helps her husband kick his smoking habit by inviting a hypnotherapist into their home. Oh, and Simon at one point wears a dress.
This episode begins with a battle of the party planners, as both Ramona and Luann are planning their daughter’s sweet sixteen parties. Ramona and Avery are meeting with some planners, and as it’s her party (or so she thinks), Avery is giving her two cents about everything. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Manhattan, Luann is telling her party planners that she doesn’t want “an over the top sweet sixteen” for her daughter Victoria. Yeah, after all the hype surrounding Victoria, I can understand the family wanting to lay low. Of course, Victoria and Luann differ about the number of guests to invite.
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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 Zarintweeted 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.
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With the fourth season currently on the air, the NY Post reports the producers of the show are desperately trying to recruit a new cast of “beautiful, well-connected and wealthy women for the next season.”
This comes weeks after sources revealed the network was seriously considering replacing the entire cast which includes Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and others. The execs are reportedly trying to find women with more wealth and glamour a la the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In fact the show producers reportedly asked two NY women, p.r. mavens Alison Brod and Di Petroff, to join the cast though they have both declined.
Bravo casting for the upcoming season of the NY housewives is not out of the norm as next season will begin filming towards the end of the summer. It is however unlikely that the network will replace the entire cast as we reported 2 weeks ago that the ratings for this season have been pretty good, even showing a slight increase from last year with Bethenny frankel on the cast.
My bet is on Bravo replacing one or two of the cast members, more than likely Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon. The reasons? Well Cindy is self-explanatory and Kelly has been sorta sane thus boring this season.
In other NY news, a judge ruled against Sonja Morgan once again in her bankruptcy legal drama. After filing bankruptcy last year following a $7 million judgement against her, the NY Post is reporting Sonja lost a court battle in her bid to get her former lawyers to pay her millions for alleged malpractice.
Hannibal Pictures won the $7 mil judgement against Sonja last year after she failed to fund a John Travolta film, as she originally agreed. Sonja in return sued the lawyers who represented her in the case citing malpractice. However last Thursday, an arbitrator denied Sonja any payout.
“I don’t agree with the judgment. I’m shocked,” said Sonja to the Post. When asked how she will pay off the $7 mil debt, Sonja responded, “I don’t know. I’m a hard worker. I’ll survive. I’ve got to meet with my advisers.” In court docs, Sonja listed herself as a “television personality” with an income of $26,000 a month.
And following Jill Zarin’sbig revelation yesterday that Mario Singer shoved her during a confrontation, Ramona has come out denying Jill’s version of events. Ramona admits Mario confronted Jill about “making up stories,” about her but denies it ever got physical. And a look at the comments posted on the E! and PEOPLE.com stories show majority of fans do not believe Jill.
And finally RadarOnline uncovered some before photos of the Countess herself aka LuAnn including an old modeling pic, and those photos are below!
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