Few people would deny that Luann de Lesseps’ life has been eventful over the last few years. Since the end of 2016, she has married and divorced, been arrested, was placed on probation, violated her probation, attended two rehabs and was sued by her children. And during all of that drama, the Real Housewives of New York star still managed to find time to start a cabaret career. I get tired just thinking about it!
Self-centered Luann has always been an interesting Housewife, but in the last few years she has delivered storylines like few other ladies. And ones that are actually real–for better or worse! So, what is left for Luann to accomplish? Well, if you are the former Countess, the next logical step would be to write a book about your fabulous, but complicated life.
We all know that when Housewives get a divorce, there is bound to be lots of drama. Divorce settlements, custody issues and sordid allegations often accompany the splits. After a year or two, even the ugliest of divorces usually cool down and the ladies move on to other storylines.
Tamra Judge has been an exception to that rule. Since she and ex-husband Simon Barney split in 2010, the two have often had a contentious relationship. Tamra has not been shy about telling her side of the story, sometimes on the Real Housewives of Orange County–which has probably add fuel to the fire. Now, according to Tamra, things are finally looking up in the relationship between she and her ex.
When the news came out last year that Lindsay Lohan was starring in a new reality show, it appeared that the series might be the road to her comeback. Lindsay, who was arguably the most famous child star of her time, has had a checkered history of arrests, rehabs, family drama and all-around bad behavior.
Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, which premiered in January, seemed like a golden opportunity for Lindsay to rebuild her career. The show, set in beautiful Mykonos, Greece, centered around Lindsay’s management of her beach club and staff who were called ambassadors. The series was heavily publicized and things were looking up for Lindsay. Now, news has come out that the show–and Lindsay’s Mykonos club–are both history.
The Real Housewives of New York has one of the more stable Housewife casts. These ladies just don’t give up their apples very often. Or have them taken away. Ramona Singer is at 11 seasons, Sonja Morgan at 9, Bethenny Frankel at 8, Dorinda Medley at 5 and Tinsley Mortimer at 3. Luann de Lesseps is also at 11 seasons– but was demoted to Friend Of status for Season 6. And I would still love to know the real story behind that slap in the face!
Every year, there are rumors about who might be staying, who might be going and who might be added to the cast. This year, the big talk has been that Deidre Scaramucci, wife of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is going to be a new Housewife. And a few of the current RHONY ladies recently spoke out on the casting chatter.
Barbara Kavovit is nearing the end of her first season as a “Friend of” on the Real Housewives of New York. So far, we don’t really know a lot about her. Barbara is in the construction business, once had a relationship with a woman and…she sometimes favors shirts that don’t quite reach the top of her pants. And that is about it. She seems nice enough, but Barbara has not really made a big impression.
Barbara is not overly dramatic like Bethenny Frankel. She doesn’t enjoy starting fights ala Dorinda Medley. And Barbara doesn’t down booze on an epic Sonja Morgan level. So, how does an aspiring Housewife stand out amongst a group of ladies who love to be the center of attention? Well, if you are Barbara, you might try to stand out in a different way. By being the “normal one.”
During the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with the sad news that Lisa Vanderpump is leaving the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons. When word got out that Lisa had ditched the reunion, it seemed pretty clear her Housewife days were numbered.
Almost everyone has an opinion or theory on Lisa’s exit–from fans to co-stars to other Housewives. And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge, of course, has her own views on Lisa’s departure, as she has an opinion on everything. And some of her thoughts may surprise you.
Kyle Richards and Kim Richards have a unique relationship among Real Housewives–they are the only sisters who have ever starred on a Housewife show together. For five seasons of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we watched Kyle and Kim fight, make up and fight some more. Their challenging sibling relationship was painful to watch at times, almost making the audience feel like voyeurs to a family psychodrama we weren’t sure we should be watching.
The complicated history of the Sisters Richards would be enough to fill a show all of their own. Kim has made sporadic appearances on RHOBH since leaving the show after Season 5 and there have been occasional rumors about her returning as a cast member. Kyle recently spoke out about Kim’s days as a Housewife, her sobriety–and her possible return to the show.
As both the Real Housewives of New York and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills seasons are winding down, it is time to start thinking about the reunions. Some of us look forward to the Housewife reunions as we hope to get all of our burning questions answered. Others know that the answers the ladies give are often phony, evasive, self-serving or disingenuous. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from watching–or having opinions!
Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen is forced to be a jack-of-all trades to get the ladies to confess to their social crimes, apologize to their wronged co-stars and make up by the end of the reunion. Which, any way you look at it, is a Herculean task. You have to wonder how he does it. Reunion after reunion. Andy recently shared which of the reunions have been the most difficult for him to manage–it must have been hard to pick just a few!