I’m not going to lie, I am super excited about the new season of Real Housewives of New York. It was wavering there for a moment, and to be honest, that leg toss a few seasons back was like a mic drop for me. I was out. However, Ramona Singer’s crazy eyes, Luann DeLesseps‘ “singing” (come on, you know that deserves quotations), Carole Radziwill’s frankness, Bethenny Frankel’s ego, and Sonja Morgan’s sexy “J” lured me back into the mix.
Not shockingly, the Bravo franchise that at one time seemed beneath Skinnygirl maven Bethenny is now regaling in her return. She makes the show great. And you don’t have to trust me on that one…she’s the one who thinks it! I kid, I kid. Bethenny may be the expert on everything, but it’s the ladies’ special blend of drama that makes the show fun to watch.
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Discussing the season premiere in her blog, Bethenny reminisces, “OMG this is the 8th season of RHONY. I really remember not knowing if this show would even succeed. There was this relatively unknown show RHOC and ours was supposed to be called Manhattan Moms. I may not know it all, because I thought making us a Housewives extension sounded terrible and scared me. Well, no matter what we were, it worked and here we are about to celebrate a decade-old anniversary of the franchise.”
It must be noted that at least Bravo is consistent in not really caring whether one fits the criteria of the show’s title. Bethenny wasn’t a housewife when the show began, and she wasn’t yet a mother either but she was still cast in Manhattan Moms. Kudos to not caring, Andy Cohen! Recalling that first season, Bethenny continues, “Unlike many of the cities’ shows, a lot of us OGs, aka original gangsters, are still here: Luann, myself and Ramona are 3/5 of the maiden voyage and a good trio at that.”
Moving on to the present, Bethenny shares, “Ramona is single and a new woman, and we have a real friendship. I am a different person than where I started, and I respect our journey together. It’s adorable Ramona comparing her divorce to mine–like I walked into the voting both and voted for ‘the worst divorce of the decade.’ That’s like comparing a drunk college guy at a bachelor party to Charlie Sheen on New Year’s Eve. She knows better of it now.” Enter Kanye West, “Yo Turtle Time, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Bethenny has one of the worst divorces of all time. One of the worst divorces of all time!”
As for the Countess, Bethenny teases, “Luann and I have had an interesting road. This season will be rocky for many of us, but the fact remains that Luann and I have been on that train since day one, and I have and will always have a special place in my heart for her, for Ramona and that experience. But holy sh–balls, this is our best season ever, and not without injury.”
Bethenny reveals, “Ramona stays clean, but some of us may need to enter the witness protection program. Don’t come and find me. Sonja is back and she is the same Sonja with some new surprises. There is a lot going on with her, but you will find that she will evolve this season in a very interesting way. Perhaps I contribute to that evolution. Dorinda [Medley] is also back, and she is a salty broad. Dorinda is a throwback, which she embraces. I think she has very thick skin, and the second season is when that really becomes valuable. The gild is off the lily.”
Dishing on her relationship with Carole, Bethenny asserts, “Carole and I are friends. We spend a decent amount of time off camera. We are not attached at the hip. I am not afraid to call her out when I feel something, and I don’t blindly defend her. She is her own woman, she is in a very real relationship, and she has come with many surprises.”
Speaking of surprises, it’s not one to learn that Bethenny has her issues with the newbie. She writes, “Jules [Wainstein] is the new girl. She and I have our own journey. She gets slightly dirty, but overall she is pretty much out of the fray. I had met her briefly before. Her husband Michael and I have similar personalities and senses of humor, so I do enjoy him. As far as Jules’ philosophy on parenting, I respectfully disagree with bribery being the best tactic to get what you want and that positive reinforcement does not work,” adding, “I don’t negotiate with terrorists, and I have found that no really meaning no and sticking to your guns works, positive reinforcement affects their future actions. There is no perfect parent nor no perfect child. That’s just one mother’s perspective.”
One “perfect” mother is what she really wanted to write. 🙂 Again, I have no real polarizing feelings about Bethenny one way or the other, but she does make for entertaining television!
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