The summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and everyone wants to believe the coronavirus pandemic is over. Restrictions have eased and people are ripping their masks off in a 21st Century version of bra-burning.
It may be a bit premature, and certainly people are still contracting the virus. Each and every tally and life matters, but some just get more media spotlight than others. In our beloved Bravo community several Real Housewives and their families have contracted and, thankfully, recovered from the disease. Shannon Beador, Kyle Richards, Frank Catania, Margaret Josephs, Joe Beningo, Marge Senior, Kathy Hilton, Dorit Kemsley, and Jennifer Aydin all recovered from the coronavirus. And now one more familiar Bravo face is battling COVID-19.
Madison LeCroy is the Southern Charm diva that we never knew we needed. Kathryn Dennis had no problem serving up drama, especially while she was still involved with Thomas Ravenel. And now that Thomas is gone, Kathryn is left to bicker with Danni Beard. That and to try and defend her poor choices on social media. Slowly, our favorite unpredictable southern belle has been replaced.
Kathryn can be vulnerable and rash. Madison is confident and wily with the opposite sex. Drama follows her, especially when it has to do with her ex-Austen Kroll. Maybe it’s a control mechanism. There’s another pair that are better off not having any contact. Of course, Madison joined the big leagues when she revealed her relationship with Alex Rodriguez at the Season 7 reunion. She denied having any influence on Alex’s subsequent split from Jennifer Lopez, but Madison managed to embroil herself in between one of the most famous couples in America. Bravo Miss LeCroy.
Heather Thomson’s random inclusion in the Real Housewives of New York cast getaway to Ramona Singer’s Hamptons house seemingly served the sole purpose of whipping Leah McSweeney up into a frenzy. I’d venture a guess that producers were hoping the fallout from Heather’s podcast would cause more of a reaction from Luann de Lesseps or Sonja Morgan. But the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dinner was rather tame by RHONY standards. Ramona and Leah had a heated argument about proper decorum at the table, but that’s standard.
No, the big payoff for shoving Heather into this mess was her fight with Leah in the van. They were going tit-for-tat the whole time, but it all came to a head when Eboni K. Williams told Leah about a conversation she had with Heather. A little bit of misinformation, and the stress Leah was feeling about her grandmother led to an altercation on the way to Pageant night. And ironically, the whole thing could have been avoided had Eboni not thrown in the word “irresponsible.”
It’s become the highly sought after trait on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As if living the most idyllic, unrealistic lifestyle in the world, and then documenting it for “reality TV” could be authentic. But here we have the RHOBH ladies battling it out for the title of the authenticity queen of the valley. Also, being consistent with words and sentiments on social media AND on the show is vital to reigning sincerity queen. A lesson painfully learned recently by Dorit Kemsley, someone who adopted an accent to coincide with more posh trait acquisition. Dorit was recently called out for posting supportive words to Garcelle Beauvais’s social media while calling her inauthentic to the press.
It brings up the question, do these ladies even know how to behave with sincerity? Or is it too much to expect synchronicity between showing their true feelings, filming the show, and posting on social media? What we do know is that these ladies will keep one-upping each other. Forget the diamonds, I need pearls of wisdom. It’s been a week of the RHOBH ladies pointing perfectly-manicured, authentic fingers at each other. More specifically that Lisa Rinna, and Dorit were singling out Garcelle for being phony. Not to be left out of a good conflict, Kyle Richards is ready to finish the job by giving her opinion on the feud.
Monique Samuel’s withdrawal from the Real Housewives of Potomac was marred by ill feelings and unresolved issues between Monique and the rest of the cast. Real Housewives come and go, but this departure was the dramatic conclusion of Monique pinning Candiace Dillard face down into a table by her hair. Some viewers expected Monique to be fired mid-season. Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and Wendy Osefo made it clear that they wanted nothing to do with her, but Monique remained for the rest of the season even though her screen time was cut dramatically.
Maybe she wanted to participate in the reunion to share her side of the story. But after feeling slighted by her treatment there, Monique decided to quit. Perhaps, again, in an attempt to be able to speak freely. Unfortunately, Bravo is still allegedly controlling the narrative According to Monique, she was blacklisted by the network and that influence prevented her from doing any press since leaving RHOP.
Last week’s episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ended with Sutton Stracke cautiously knocking on Crystal Kung Minkoff’s door before opening it and walking in. Sutton was convinced that bringing an outdoor coat from where it was left in the living room to Crystal’s bedroom would be appreciated. The gesture of a “good friend.” Unfortunately, Crystal and Sutton are neither “good” nor friends at this point.
Of course, editing wanted to delay showing Crystal’s reaction until the next episode. So we only know from the teaser that Sutton walks in on her naked, and she is not too happy about it. The mishap just adds to a lineup of very awkward behavior from Sutton during the cast trip.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke is not a conventional woman. It’s not a matter of judgement, just a general observation. First of all, she’s on a show depicting how the top one-percent live. I sure as hell am never going to buy an apartment in Miami for the sole purpose of romantic liaisons. Her upbringing was lax and unstructured. Braunwyn has struggled with alcoholism and drug use, even allegedly offering coke to Shannon Beador’s daughter. Despite all that, the facade of a perfect marriage and family was well maintained. At least until she joined the Real Housewives of Orange County.
Her love life is also unconventional, not a comment on her sexual preference, but because of the support she gets from her husband. By the end of Season 15, Braunwyn admitted to having an open marriage and came out as a lesbian in December. She started a sobriety journey, and made celebrity news by exploring her sexual preferences openly and being linked to multiple women. The mother of seven dated a woman named Kris between the new year and early April. There was speculation that Kris would appear on RHOC, but it looks like neither Braunwyn nor Bravo was ready to commit to Kris. However, there is someone that could potentially appear on screen as Braunwyn’s new love interest.
Ever since the news broke about Jen Shah’s arrest, anticipation for her return to the small screen sky-rocketed. It was damn good luck that the Feds came for her while Bravo cameras were rolling for Season Two of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Jen has yet to have her day in court to determine if she is guilty of the charges. The arrest was very much real though, and RHOSLC fans can’t wait to see Jen humbled a little.
Of course, Season One was volatile and entertaining in its own right. Heather Gay just wanted to party and hook up. Whitney Rose accused Lisa Barlow and Meredith Marks of being afraid of Jen, which caused a lot of strife at Coach Sharrieff Shah’s birthday party. Lisa and Meredith denied the allegations, despite Jen’s tendency to rage and throw glasses. Interactions with Jen were so toxic that Meredith wisely “disengaged” from confrontations all season. And while no one admitted to fearing Jen, the RHOSLC ladies agreed that she is untrustworthy.