A new episode of the Real Housewives of New York City aired last night and you know something is majorly off when Kelly Bensimon appears to be the lone sane one on the show. The episode brought us a classless Countess, a paranoid Jill, and an equality march that went totally off course with Sonja working overtime to hijack it and equality police Alex working even harder to prevent the said hijacking. Ultimately, Alex became the new Bethenny with most of her fellow housewives ganging up on her.
The episode begins with the ladies meeting up at Sonja‘s home to get ready for the marriage equality march. The “gay icon” – her words – has been asked to be the grand marshal for the event. Sonja, who might or might not have gone to the Nene Leakes school of overblown egos following a season on Bravo, thanks the ladies for coming to support her on her “special day.” Alex is taken aback, rightfully so, and channels her inner RHOM’s Adriana by making it clear she is on the committee! And low and behold, Kelly is the voice of reason when she states in her interview, “So is it Sonja’s day or Alex’s day? I’m not sure but I was marching for marriage equality.” And I’m still not sure how I feel about a medicated and sensible Kelly.
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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.
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On the season 4 premiere titled “Grin and Bare It,” Ramona hosts a rooftop cocktail party while elsewhere, tension continues to brew between Jill and Alex; and the ladies gear up to participate in a gay-equality march. Single mother and spa entrepreneur Cindy Barshop joins the cast. A preview clip is below.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin!
In other news, following a major slight fall from grace last season with her actions both on and off the show, Jill Zarin reveals the reason she decided to return for another season.
But first Jill states she felt she was ganged up on last year. “I was ganged up on by Alex, Bethenny and Ramona,” Jill tells the NYDailyNews. “It’s so last year and it’s so over that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. … But let me tell you, it’s hard to fight three against one. One on one is one thing. Three on one, not so even.”
So why did she return? “I asked my husband, Bobby, ‘What should I do?’ And he said, ‘Don’t leave,’ ” she says. “My family felt that I wasn’t portrayed accurately, that I needed to come back, to have another round at it. Then, if I want to leave, I leave with my head held high.” Aka ‘I’m going to spend this entire season pretending to be nice and trying to redeem my image.’
Meanwhile, the NYC ladies visited The View talk show this week during which both Jill and her BFF Kelly Bensimon tried to insinuate the show isn’t real, well at least last season, with Kelly also trying to convince us she isn’t really crazy.
First Jill insinuated Bethenny Frankel played up their fight for the cameras last season. “You wanna know what the truth is? The truth is I thought it was a wink-wink. We had a fight, I thought it was sort of drama for the show and that we would make up,” said Jill.
And when host Sherri Shepherd asked Kelly about being crazy and that whole Scary Island meltdown, Kelly denied being mentally unstable. “I didn’t fall apart. It’s hard to be portrayed as crazy and it’s hard to come back from that,” said Kelly. “Sorry you guys I didn’t fall apart. I know it’s hard for everyone to understand that … I make great television and Bethenny and I create better television. So, I mean, that’s what it is,” added Kelly as we try to figure out what planet these people are living on.
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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 lacklusterReal 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 -
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According to a new report by the I’mNotObessed website,Jill Zarin is feeling pretty generous lately.
The site reports Jill, star of the Real Housewives of New York, recently gifted herself and each of her follow NYC Housewives castmates a Kwiat leather and diamond bracelets.
And it all has to do with charity. Kwiat, the NYC-based diamond company, partnered with Charity:Water to launch an exclusive water drop collection with 100% of the profits from all sales of the new collection going to help fund Charity:Water’s mission of providing clean drinking water to people in underdeveloped cities and nations around the world.
No word yet on how this story of Jill’s generosity made it’s way to the media. In other NYC news, two days after Andy Cohendenied the widely spread rumor of Camille Grammer joining the Real Housewives of NYC cast, some are now wondering if Jill Zarin is responsible for the rumor.
Reason? Well, the original story came from the NY Post and referenced Jill.
“Insiders said that one option to up the local drama might be to bring Beverly Hills housewife Camille Grammer to New York, the location of her divorce drama with Kelsey Grammer, who is soon to marry girlfriend Kayte Walsh. A source said Grammer hasn’t been approached by New York producers, but that Zarin has invited her to hang out with the Housewives.”
Interesting. And finally, RadarOnline is reporting that Bravo’s decision to postpone the airing of the 4th season of the show is not sitting too well with the cast members. Some of the housewives were forced to cancel their premiere parties, their sponsors, and even had to send notes to all those who were invited.
“All the cast members were upset when they heard the news, but it was especially hard for Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan because they were forced to cancel their premiere parties,” a source close to the situation revealed.
The delay also surprised talk show host Rachel Ray and her producers, who now have to make new plans for a planned show “and decide if they should hold the filmed segment for later broadcast.”
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As we pointed out yesterday, Popeater reported back in December that Bravo higher ups were not happy with the way the 4th season was going after viewing the footage. Things were apparently so bad that Bravo asked Bethenny Frankelto return to the show for many appearances, something she wanted no part of.
Fast forward to today and the NY Post as well as the NYDailyNews are both reporting Bravo pulled the plug on the Feb. 15 premiere because they thought it was too boring.
According to the Post, the producers decided to cancel the original premiere because “it lacked the explosive catfight-filled drama expected of” other Bravo housewives series. In fact, Andy Cohen emailed the entire cast of the show early yesterday informing them of the news.
“We decided yesterday that our best bet was to give ourselves a little breathing room,” Andy wrote. “I would rather get the show right than rush it to air.” Andy also warned the cast not to tweet about it until Bravo made the official announcement.
Sources tell the Post that following good ratings for its drama-filled Beverly Hills counterpart, the producers simply felt the New York show didn’t have enough drama to satisfy viewers. “They wanted the ladies to fight like cats and dogs, but they got along,” said a source. “[But] they are now freaking out that they’ll get fired for being boring and replaced by more fiery women.”
The NYDailyNews also confirms the Post’s story adding the cast was informed of the change just hours before it became public news. Bravo also reportedly received negative feedback following the sneak peeks they aired this week during the RHOBH. The final reason for the change? Bravo “thinks ‘Miami’ is more like ‘Beverly Hills‘” and bets fans of the latter, which just ended its season, will “piggyback” onto “Miami.”
The cast of the show are however giving a different reason for the sudden cancellation. Both Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord tweeted yesterday that Bravo simply needed more time to finish the editing considering they were still filming just a week ago.
In an interview with Star magazine, Sonja Morgan gives the same reason. “I think they feel like they have such good stuff, they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure it’s done properly. Personally, I’m relieved. It gives me more time to relax, especially considering Ramona [Singer] and I were shooting seven times a week. They’ll have Miami go out first and when they’re done, we’re up.”
Sonja added, “they need some more time to edit. We’ve filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we’re seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through.” Safe to assume they “filmed like crazy” because Bravo wasn’t happy with the footage they saw more than halfway through filming.
As for Bravo, Andy released this official statement – “No conspiracy here, folks. We have an embarrassment of riches with Miami and New York, and I assure you that ‘the Real Housewives of NYC’ will be well worth the wait.” The new season is now slated to air in April or May.
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It seems Luann de Lesseps and cast-mate Ramona Singer have now made up following what Ramona calls an “accidental” re-tweet she made last week which showed the Countess’s 16-year-old daughter Victoria de Lesseps rolling up a joint and using the N-word in a youtube video.
In the above photo, tweeted by Alex McCord this week, you can see the Real Housewives of New York City stars looking rather chummy as they all headed out to lunch in Los Angeles paparazzi capital aka The Ivy restaurant.
The NY ladies are currently in LA to promote the upcoming 4th season of their Bravo show. “Luann and I may have our differences but we all respect each other,” Ramona told Radar on Wednesday. “We do get along and in fact we are having lunch together today.”
RadarOnline reported earlier this week that things had gotten so bad between Ramona and LuAnn that the two ladies refused to speak to each other or even be anywhere in the physical vicinity of one another.
“Ramona and Luann have both insisted to producers that they expressly be kept away from each other throughout the trip,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “To say they loathe each other would be an understatement!”
The source also added the two requested to “be put on totally separate flights and in addition they have requested that they are not even placed on the same floor of the hotel in LA.”
In other NYC news, Sonja Morgan hosted a ‘Show Me Your Best Burlesque’ party days ago. The theme of the party was “Fishnets, Feathers and Flesh,” and in attendance were some of her fellow NYC Housewives. Photos of Alex, Kelly, Ramona,Sonja and new housewife Cindy Barshop at the event below. Also below are photos of the NYC Housewives doing press in LA. Judging by the pics, it’s pretty obvious how the cliques aligned this season.
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At a recent GLAAD event in NYC, PEOPLE magazine spoke to Ramona Singer who stated that Sonja will “be fine.” Ramona added, “She’s a great girl.”
Alex McCord showed her support by choosing to stay silent on the issue. “The first person to speak about [the bankruptcy] has to be Sonja,” said Alex. “We love her and adore her and … we’re going to support her by being silent.”
As we reported last Wednesday, Sonja filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing her debt at $19.8 million and her assets at $13.5 million. In the court filing, Sonja blamed a bitter divorce dispute and a failed venture to make a movie with John Travolta. Her production company lost $7 million in a lawsuit filed by the picture company.
“My current monthly income including support is about $26,000 per month,” Sonja stated in her filing. “And I expect this income to improve as new opportunities materialize.”
There are some questions about the difference between Sonja’s bankruptcy (Chapter 11) and Teresa Giudice’sbankruptcy (Chapter 7). Unlike Chapter 7, Chapter 11 bankruptcy doesn’t get rid of one’s debts. It is simply to restructure and change the terms of the debt and make plans to pay it back continuously through future earnings. So in actuality, there is a major difference between what Teresa did and what Sonja is trying to do.
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