Real Housewives of New York has gone through several phases throughout its time on the air. There are the OG seasons featuring Alex McCord and Kelly Bensimon that BRING the nostalgia. We have the chaotic days of Aviva Drescher’s leg throwing and Ramona Singer’s wine glass toss in Kristen Taekman’s face. There are Luann de Lessep’s wild years in Florida, featuring a short-lived wedding and an arrest. We have the Bezerkshires days with Dorinda Medley making it nice. And we have the current era, which is a bit all over the place as the ladies try to find their niche in the new era.
Thinking back to Lu’s wild days, there were just so many scandals to keep track of. Her quick marriage to Tom D’Agostino was doomed from the start. There were cheating allegations and seemingly endless red flags that pointed for Lu to RUN FOR THE HILLS. Instead, she got married in Florida, despite the haters and cheating allegations. Because, as always, it was about Tom. No matter what the streets were saying.
A new book Not All Diamonds and Rose: The Inside Story of The Real Housewives From the People Who Lived It by Dave Quinn is spilling alllllll the Real Housewives tea, past and present. And RHONY alum (and Bethenny Frankel’s ex BFF) Carole Radziwill didn’t hold back from giving some behind-the-scenes knowledge from her time on the show. One of the most shocking revelations is that Carole claims Bethenny was behind the infamous photo of Tom kissing another woman at the Regency ahead of his nuptials to Luann.
Carole called the photo-op “a total setup” in the book, according to Hollywood Life. “Bethenny knew this woman and found out that she was in contact with Tom,” Carole explained. Apparently, B told the woman to hit her up the next time she hung out with Tom, the ultimate F-boy who will never grow up. The woman allegedly obliged, and B even had someone ready to snap a photo for proof. “She certainly didn’t just happen to have a friend at the Regency at ten o’clock on a Tuesday night when Tom just happened to be there kissing some chick he used to bang,” Carole said. I miss this blunt and logical-speaking woman on RHONY.
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Carole (known as Ratzville to Lu these days) didn’t have receipts, but none other than the Ramonacoaster corroborated her claims. “She knew what was going on and sent someone to photograph that,” Ramona claimed. “For me, there are certain lines you don’t cross. And something like that? I don’t think I could ever do that.” Of course not, because Ramona supports other women, dammit. But it also begs the question of who is behind the infamous photo of Mona playing tonsil hockey with Harry Dubin. Maybe in the second book.
This does provide some much-needed insight into the dramatic moment when Bethenny tells Lu the truth about Tom. B has previously said that if she could go back, she wouldn’t have told her co-star the tea. And Lu also believed that Bethenny’s motives for bringing the photo to her were self-serving, which she might have been right about. Lu blamed projection on Bethenny’s part for her trying to sabotage her marriage to Tom. Maybe that’s why she went through with the wedding — it was a feeble attempt to persevere against all odds. But Tom and Harry are in competition for who is the sleaziest old dude in the NYC dating scene. Not even a lifetime with the Countess can stop his immature actions.
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TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE CAROLE AND RAMONA THAT BETHENNY SET UP THE PHOTO? WHAT DO YOU THINK IF IT’S TRUE THAT BETHENNY WAS BEHIND THE CHEATING MOMENT?
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