Despite Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin’s proclamations on several occasions that they received unfair editing by Bravo, and that they were contemplating not coming back, Ramona tells PEOPLE magazine that both famewhores ladies will indeed be returning for season 4.
In fact, Ramona, 53, (Ramona’s 53? She looks great for her age) reveals all the ladies including Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord, Countess LuAnn, will be coming back. However, as we have previously reported, Bethenny will only make guest appearances on the season. “Bethenny will come on a little bit. We need a Bethenny moment,” said Ramona.
Also joining all the ladies pictured above will be a new housewife. Ramona confirms the news to UsWeekly that a new NYC housewife will be joining the cast when filming begins next week. “We have this new girl coming on. She is very happy with herself,” Ramona tells Usmagazine. “Not to say I’m not going to get pissed at her or have a fight with her about something — that’s just who I am sometimes! I can’t help it. But it’s better I tell it to your face then behind your back, right?”
Ramona also discusses Bethenny’s return to the show in her UsWeekly interview telling the site Bethenny will make “cameo appearances, just like I did on her show.” In true Ramona fashion, she seems to take a shot, perhaps an unintentional shot at Teresa Giudicewhen she adds, “We are intertwined in a sense. She proved to Bravo you don’t have to have table-flipping to get ratings.”
In other NYC news, The HollywoodReporter is reporting that Bethenny has began filming the second season of her hit spin-off show, Bethenny Getting Married, this week. This comes as no surprise as the show was a hit for Bravo, giving the network it’s highest rated series debut in its history. A source tells the site Bravo will likely change the name of the show.
The NYPost is reporting that ladies are banding together, refusing to sign a new contract with the network unless they get more money. Jersey Shore money to be exact.
See, the Post states the ladies are earning a mere $4,000 per episode for their show, while MTV reality star Snookiearns $30,000 per episode on the Jersey Shore hit show.
They’ve got a lot more to say,” Jill Zarin a source close to the Housewives tells the Post, adding that the ladies “have little choice but to pimp themselves out with side gigs to bump up their earnings.”
“It’s a full-time job without the full-time pay,” a second source says. “That’s why a reality star with any sense does a book line or jewelry line to support being on the show.”
Well let’s examine things to see if the NYC ladies really deserve more money. The show averaged 2 million viewers per episode last season, while the Jersey Shore’s current season is averaging 5 million viewers. So simple calculation shows that solely based on the ratings, the ladies should be earning at least $12,000 per episode. Oddly enough, the Jersey Shore cast and the Real Housewives of NYC cast have about the same number of cast members.
Also, it is likely that Bethenny Frankel is not involved in this negotiation process with the other housewives. With the success of her spin off show, there’s a good chance her negotiations is being done solo and she will likely earn more money than her co-stars if and when she returns to the show. For example, TMZ reported Jersey Shore’sThe Situation is earning $60,00o per episode on the show, way more than all of his other co-stars.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE LADIES DESERVE MORE MONEY FROM BRAVO?
The NYDailyNews is reporting today that Bravo has asked back all of the ladies of last season with the exception of one. Who wasn’t asked back? Bethenny Frankel, who has been very vocal about not wanting to return to the show.
It seems Bravo is pleased and content with the success of Bethenny’s spin off show – Bethenny Getting Married, as she is currently filming a second season.
Now on to the shocker, which is the return of Kelly Bensimon, who famously had a mental breakdown last season, and has bashed the network for false editing and forcing her to go on the St. John trip. Even Bravo’s VP of programming, Andy Cohen, recently referred to Kelly’s breakdown as “deeply disturbing” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. But oh well, who cares! Evidently, crazy sells!
According to RadarOnline, Kelly was photographed wandering down the beach of the exclusive New York beach resort on Wednesday while in the Hamptons.
Joining Kelly in the photo-op is her new dog, which is said to be a young black lab. Perhaps this is some sort of media strategy to distract fans from her nutty behavior on the show, you know considering the anti bullying rants and PSA video failed to work.
The boring lost footage episode of the NYC Housewives also aired last night, but we were lucky enough to get a few great moments from the one and only Kelly. The best part of the show was probably when Kelly said the following to Alex McCord regarding her anxiety over going on the St John trip. “Everyone is unpredictable, and I’m so normal,” said Kelly.
Another interesting part of the show was when Kelly decided to pay Sonja Morgan a visit as Sonja recovered from her liposuction surgery. This visit was after the St. John trip, which left me wondering why Kelly would go visit her “bully” and even go bearing gifts? Things that make you wonder.
Oh well, below are more freakishodd bikini photos of Kelly Bensimon taken this week, as well as some others from earlier this year.
It is finally over. The final part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion show aired last night, and we got some resolution to some of the biggest issues of the season.
We start off with a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s delusions. After spewing out her bullying crap against the women, Kelly decides to do her best Jill impersonation when she decides to storm of the show, like a brat not getting her way. In all honesty, Kelly leaving the stage for those few minutes ended up being my favorite part of the show. At this point, like Ramona, I just couldn’t anymore. I mean this woman was just making up events that never happened. It was extremely frustrating as a viewer to see her take no responsibility for her actions and on top of that, just sit there and lie over and over and over again. This is why I could definitely understand why Ramona, Sonja, and Bethenny felt the need to interrupt her lies.
Bethenny sums it up best when she says, “She just makes up whatever she wants to say. She’s going to tell me she’s an African American Asian woman in a minute. And we’re like okay, no, you’re not.” Alex and Sonja echo what I’ve been saying all along, which is if there was any bullying going on during the trip, it was being done by Kelly, who continually attacked the women, interrupted their conversations, and even called them “demented” to their face because they chose to gossip about Jill.
In the midst of LuAnn snickering like a high school mean girl, we also hear once again that Kelly was sent home by the producers and did not leave the trip on her own accord, as she has claimed. Kelly returns, and I really find myself hoping she had stayed away longer. Kelly once again attacks Bethenny and claims Bethenny, who we all saw cooking numerous times during the trip, did not cook.
Sonja asks Kelly when she bullied her, during which Kelly shares that Sonja was actually a friend to her on the trip and was there for her. In addition to Sonja, I find myself asking when did Alex bully Kelly on this trip? What we saw was Kelly randomly unleash a verbal attack on Alex, telling her she looked like a vampire and was channeling the devil.
It seems when Kelly doesn’t like what the other women are saying ,she attacks them. Kelly accuses Sonja of drinking too much, thus not remembering the systematic bullying she was a part of. She then tells Ramona her blood type is Pinot Grigio. Kelly accuses the women of being hateful and jealous of her, and at this point, I’m all but tired of listening to this insane rambling. Fortunately, we get a commercial break.
Wanted to add the following quote made by a commenter yesterday. MamaSays had the following to say –
“Every time they show a clip of someone addressing how fragile or crazy Kelly is in her presence she is seen nodding or looking a little vulnerable. This tells me that she is accustomed to having people discuss her mental state in front of her and, to me at least. shows that this is something that has occurred at least a few times before.”
Amazing insight by this reader. How many times was Kelly called crazy to her face? How many times did she appear physcially upset or even deny being crazy? I agree that at age 42, there’s about a 100% chance Scary Island wasn’t the first time Kelly had an “episode.”
Next up is Jill, and the topic of Jill getting kicked off Scary Island is brought up. Jill is ready to once again go into victim mode. Sonja speaks out, and unlike Kelly, actually makes sense. Sonja doesn’t believe Jill was sincere in coming on the trip to make up with Bethenny. Why? Well for one, Bethenny only lived a block away from Jill back in NYC. You know, a trip that would only have required 10 minutes of her time, and not 9 hours.
Victim Jill continues, “And by the way Ramona, thanks for asking me or Bobby if we wanted a drink of water or bathroom cause after nine hours of traveling….” said Jill, who earlier claimed she flew via a private jet. Apparently, private jets don’t offer water or bathrooms, and neither do airports. The only victim in this situation is Bawbee, who allowed his wife to drag him into this mess.
Jill, who by this point has watched Kelly’s off the wall behavior in St. John, now informs us she can relate to Kelly because of the way she was also treated by the bullies. Jill’s odd defense for Kelly didn’t end at the reunion show, as weeks later, she did an interview during which she compared Kelly’s bullying plight to that of Phoebe Prince. In case you’re wondering, Phoebe is the teenage girl who took her life this year because she was being bullied her some of her high school peers. Yes, Jill went there. But back to the show, for some reason, Jill decides Alex is to blame for the public backlash against her, the BP oil spill, and of course being kicked off St. John by Ramona. I’m guessing Jill’s four media consultants advised her to attack Alex and defend the crazy woman at all costs.
Kelly accuses Alex of being an actress and faking her anxiety at seeing Jill in St. John, and at this point, I really just want this woman to zip it, so that I can hear the sane people arguing. Jill apologizes to Ramona and Ramona appears to accept, despite Jill’s blog on Monday accusing her co-stars of not forgiving her. Jill takes things up a notch when she breaks out the crocodile tears and decides to proclaim that being kicked of Scary Island was “the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life.” Really Jill? More painful than Bobby’s cancer? And if at this point, anyone is still buying this woman’s act, then well I don’t know what to tell ya…
It’s now LuAnn‘s turn in the hot seat and the first part that stands out is when Andy asks LuAnn if her former husband, Count Alex de Lesseps, does not like jews. This is basically Andy asking LuAnn if the Count is Anti Semitic. One would expect LuAnn’s answer to be a definite NO, but the way LuAnn answers this question is rather interesting. “Umm I would say that umm, it’s not that he disliked Jews, he just umm would be surprised umm if I was with somebody Jewish.” Those, my folks, were the exact words that came out of LuAnn’s mouth. The bizarro look on Andy Cohen’s face says it all, so I will move on.
What can we expect tonight? Well we will get to see a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s nonsensical explanation for her behavior on the St. John trip. Kelly will continue to blame it all on systematic bullying and we will see a frustrated Sonja Morgan deny Kelly’s claims of bullying. Also in the hot seat tonight will be Countess LuAnn.
Kelly also appeared on E! News yesterday evening and when asked if she would like to return for another season, Kelly was surprisingly open to the idea, saying her 12-year old daughter wants her to return. Interesting answer by Kelly, who has blamed Bravo for editing her to appear crazy during the trip. Evidently in Kelly lala cartwheel land, when a network falsely edits you out to be a lunatic, it only makes sense to want to come back for more.
Below is a preview clip of tonight’s show, during which we get to see Kelly admit that Sonja was a friend to her on the trip. “I have to apologize because you were the only one that I was hanging out with, and throughout the whole thing, you were actually the only one that was fun,”Kelly says to Sonja.
Does this mean Sonja wasn’t part of the four who systematically bullied her? Well Kelly doesn’t stop there. The gentle defenseless bullying victim somehow found the courage to unleash some verbal attacks against her co-stars.
“Your blood type is Pinot Grigio,” says Kelly to Ramona . And when Sonja denied Kelly was bullied on the trip, Kelly had the following reply: “Sonja… Sonja, you were drinking a lot. The entire time, too.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW AND PART 3 OF THE REUNION SHOW?
On to part 2 of theReal Housewives of New York City. The drama raged on for the housewives as we get a continuation of the ladies rehashing what went down this season.
We start of with Jill, who stormed off the set in Part 1, returning and apologizing. The verbal smackdown on Jill continues, and Alex states the obvious that she believes the sole reason Jill wanted to make up with Bethenny is because of the public backlash. Jill makes a point, an excellent one at that, when she says she wanted to make up with Bethenny while the show was still filming, before the public backlash began. Bethenny however had her own rebuttal saying Jill did not want to appear as being mean to the girl who just got engaged and pregnant. Oddly enough, Jill says Bethenny is right.
Bethenny is then asked a good question, which is why didn’t she make up with Jill when Jill was ready? Bethenny shares that it was a very stressful time in her life, and reveals she had a complicated pregnancy, suffering a blood clot while pregnant (something the audience, I included, was not aware of.) Bethenny says she just didn’t want to deal with the Jill drama at that point in her life.
The question of the day comes when Andy tells Jill that Simon and some of her castmates think she gets jealous when others do well. Jill denies this, and Ramona reveals Jill did indeed call up her when Bethenny got her spin-off show, telling her not to film with Bethenny. Jill goes on an angry rampage and accuses Ramona of being a liar. “Are you kidding me?” laments Jill. “You are such a liar,” she says to Ramona. Literally seconds later, Jill admits to what Ramona accuses her of and even apologizes. We can now add liar to Jill’s long list of bad behavior.
Kelly then brings up an actual good point when she says Bethenny at one point told Jill not to film with her. Bethenny owns up to this right away, saying ‘Yeah, I didn’t know you at the time, and I didn’t like you.’ Upon first seeing this scene, I thought this made Bethenny a huge hypocrite, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought the two situations, though similar are not exactly the same. How many times have you told your friend or BFF to stay away from someone who you deem isn’t a good person, or try to warn them about hanging out with someone in general? Bethenny and Kelly were not friends, but Jill and Bethenny had a history. I’ll let you decide on whether or not this makes Bethenny a hypocrite.
The conversation moves along and Jill is once again caught in another lie when she tries to deny being aware of the ailing health of Bethenny’s father. Jill attempts to blame editing for telling the world Bethenny was a bad friend for not being there for her during Bobby’s cancer, when in actuality she never told Bethenny that Bobby had cancer. Jill continues to get viewer questions about her behavior, and at this point, I’m actually starting to feel a bit bad for her, that is until she decides to go into victim mode again and attempts another walk off the set. Sighs, yes it must be tough having to sit there and hear about your bad behavior, but so what? She did it and she should own it. She is absolutely not a victim at all, and should stop acting like one. Yes it must have been hard, but Jill should have Toughened up, Owned it, Explained it, and then Moved on. And how ironic is it that the person who keeps notes has no desire to hear others’ notes about her. There was no need for the crocodile tears and bratty walk offs. Oddly enough, Bethenny came to Jill’s defense at this point.
Next up is Sonja Morgan, who’s tape footage from the season actually earned her an applause from her castmates, a first in Bravo reunion history I think. We get the obligatory sex talk from Samantha Sonja, who is later on asked a good viewer question: Why isn’t her 9-year-old daughter on the show? Sonja, who was actually offered a slot on the show in its 1st season, reveals she was hesitant about joining the show and simply wasn’t sure putting her daughter on there would be a good idea.
Part one of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion brought us drama, denials, and memory relapses. This is a rather long recap as it involves events from the entire season, so let’s get right to it.
First we see the ladies seated on opposite sides, according to the “teams” they started and ended with this season. Ramona, Bethenny, and Alex are on one couch, with Jill, Kelly, and LuAnn on the other. We start off the show with Alex McCord, who’s tape footage is mostly about her feud with Jill. Asked about being a “different” Alex this season, Alex tells us she’s not really different, but instead chose to “let it out.” Alex’s only regret this season? Not calling the Countess out on her hypocrisy. This is in reference to LuAnn accusing Alex of choosing sides, when she had in fact become Jill’s lapdog. LuAnn lies through her teeth and claims she never chose sides or teams. Must say self awareness is not a strong point for these women.
This brings us to Jill vs Alex, and Jill, who appears to be channeling an 80s porn star with her overly teased hair, immediately goes into victim mode and once again says she is puzzled by Alex’s behavior this season. Jill calls Alex a coward, perhaps rightfully so, for using Bethenny’s message to get out her aggression against her. Alex tries to explain herself and crazy Kelly blurts out “cross your legs.” We see Jill shoot Kelly an odd look, you know, the type of look a mother gives a child who is acting crazy in public. Alex continues and explains she has tried “over and over” to work things out with Jill. Jill’s defense is she and Alex are not friends, and as we all know, anyone who is not Team Jill gets the wrath of Jill.
Alex also explains what I’ve been blogging along all season, which is that her resentment of Jill comes from three years worth of build up. Anyone who has watched the first and second seasons of the show can attest to this. Alex then goes on to give the best quote ever, summing up Jill with these 60 words -
” Every time you feel threatened whether it is by me, or by anyone else, anytime we have something or get something that you want, or you feel wronged by us, you fight back and you fight back dirty. You go to the gossip columns, you plant stories, you back stab, you try to get people not to film with other people.”
We hear Bethenny agree with Alex when she mentioned Jill asking people not to film with others, but oh, we get to hear more of this later!
Jill then tells the biggest lie of all saying she doesn’t “plant anything about anyone.” In these past few months alone, there have been at least three negative stories in the press regarding her castmates that appear to have been planted by Jill. We see Jill try to project deflect by then accusing Alex of trying to plant a story about her and a charity to the press. Jill claims to have “proof.” Let’s all hope she leaks this “proof” to the media soon because I’m simply not buying it, not one bit at all. I highly highly doubt Alex, who has a job and two young kids to take care of, is spending her free time trying to plant negative stories in the press about Jill. That’s all Jill’s MO.
Next up is Ramona, and we get to see the highlights of the ramonacoaster. Ramona gets an interesting viewer question when a viewer wants to know if she is proud of the way she acted on the yacht, you know when she drunkenly kissed a stranger on the lips. Ramona attempts to defend herself saying she told her husband Mario what had happened, and that it was just an innocent kiss. Kelly butts in and actually makes a valid point, when she says she is surprised Mario was “fine” with Ramona kissing another man, to which LuAnn makes a very catty interesting comment – “Why do you think they’ve been married for so long?”
I find LuAnn’s comment interesting because I’ve always suspected Ramona and Mario might have some sort of agreement or open marriage. No proof of this at all and there’s a great chance I’m wrong. I am however just going by my instincts, based on their behaviors going back to season one of the show. If you recall, Ramona also kissed one of her female friends, who happened to be a former Playmate, on the lips back in season one. Anyhoo, Ramona shares that she doesn’t consider a kiss an indiscretion, so we move on.