The ONLY interesting part of the last Real Housewives of New York episode was a conversation that wasn’t even filmed between Carole Radziwill and Barbara Kavovit. The conversation was recorded because Carole still had her microphone on, but we never actually “saw” the two of them talking. Not only did Barbara question the then-impending union between Luann de Lesseps and Tom D’Agostino, but it was even more captivating because she fought her hardest to stop the episode from airing.
This woman actually took legal action to prevent the episode from being shown and of course that really just built up the intrigue more than anything. She wasn’t saying anything that the other cast members and even the fans haven’t expressed before, but the hushed tones and the super public legal squabble were the only entertaining aspects of such a forgettable episode.
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Carole took to her Bravo blog to discuss her relationship with this Barbara person and the now-infamous conversation that she didn’t realize was recorded.
Carole reminded us all, “Hot mics are notorious. The list of people, who have mic’d and forget, is long and impressive. Bush Jr. called New York Times‘ Adam Klymer a ‘major league ***hole.’ Obama said ‘jackass’ when someone mentioned Kanye West. Our dear President Trump had that little thing about p**sies with Billy Bush.”
Carole referenced one of my favorite scenes in RHONY history: “Hot mics can cause trouble. Remember, for instance, St. Bart’s, Season Six … you know, Luann? Remember when she whispered on the phone in French about her pirate lover, to get her French and American stories straight so her rest-of-the-time boyfriend wouldn’t find out?” Truly iconic.
Carole continued, “Yeah. She remembers it, too. She had a mic. It was on. We’re all mic’d, all the time, they’re always on. It’s this little thing they kind of discreetly weave into our LBDs, then off we go. It doesn’t make a habit of reminding us it’s there. And it’s easy to forget when no cameras are directly in sight.”
And finally Carole got to the much-talked about conversation with Barbara: “So at the end of this episode you heard a conversation between me and a very nice woman named Barbara K., yawn and you’ll miss it.” I was yawning for the entire episode, but this was the only interesting scene.
Carole downplayed the drama: “At the end of the event, after frenzied bidding and maybe a little frenzied booze, Barbara and I found ourselves in a corner comparing our Christmas plans. No cameras, we’d finished filming for the night. (Or so I thought.) But I still had a mic on so some of our conversation was recorded. No secret recording. Just one hot mic. If you read Page 6, you’d think we announced the nuclear codes.”
Did Page Six play up the drama or was Barbara the dramatic one for trying to make a judge prevent the episode from airing? I’ll go with the latter. Carole recalled, “I told her I was going to Aspen, she said she was spending time with family in Florida, then going to ‘the wedding.’ We talked for less than two minutes, Barbara expressed concern about her good friend’s nuptials. It wasn’t unfounded concern. Most of Luann’s friends were concerned. Very concerned (go back six scenes, to watch Ramona [Singer] concerning away with Kathleen and Missy).”
Carole continued with the Countess shade when she asserted, “Luann is lucky to have a friend like Barbara who knows a hell of a lot more than she’ll ever tell. Trust me.” Like what? Now that’s some shit I would love to know. Hopefully Barbara “forgot about the microphone” at another point this season. I would love to hear more, especially since this season has been pretty lame so far- especially in comparison to the epic drama that went down last year.
Carole concluded, “So let’s recap: Avery’s [Singer] wiser than her mother, Dorinda [Medley] likes some free space, Tins [Tinsley Mortimer] is a hot French-kisser and Bethenny [Frankel] sometimes cries. That’s kind of it. Unless you read Page 6. Then, well…you gotta wonder a little.” BARBARA ASKED A JUDGE to prevent a reality TV episode from airing and Page Six is responsible for the drama? Yeah, right.
TELL US- DO YOU THINK BARBARA HAS A RIGHT TO BE UPSET THAT HER CONVERSATION MADE IT INTO THE EPISODE? OR SHOULD IT HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED SINCE SHE (MOST LIKELY) SIGNED A RELEASE TO BE FILMED AT THE EVENT?
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