Bethenny Frankel is one Bravo-lebrity that gets her hands dirty to aid those in need. Those that run in her social circles may view charity work as a fancy fundraiser or a black-tie dinner. But Bethenny actively organizes and dispenses necessities, traveling to the location of disaster and being the face on the ground.
B Strong: Disaster Relief is the organization Bethenny founded. Its first mission was to provide relief in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey touched down in 2017. Then a highly publicized trip to Puerto Rico which was filmed for Real Housewives of New York when Bethenny was still on the show. Now, the foundation is focused on helping families affected by the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside Florida.
If 2021 has brought us anything, it’s plenty of drama in the Real Housewives universe. Jen Shah’s arrest. Erika Jayne’s divorce and legal issues. Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s firing. Kathy Hilton. The return of Heather Dubrow. And, arguably the most exciting development, is a Real Housewives All-Stars vacation spinoff with ladies from several cities getting together under one roof in Turks and Caicos to film a special. It’s like Christmas all year long for Bravo fans.
The Peacock spinoff featured a cast full of OGs. We had Teresa Giudice (dripping in macrame) and Melissa Gorga repping the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore were there for Real Housewives of Atlanta. OGs Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps represented Real Housewives of New York. And Kyle Richards went solo from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
It’s an odd bunch of women. While some are known for their pot-stirring and ability to throw shade (Tre, Twirl and the Ramonacoaster), others were unexpected picks. 50 Cynt hasn’t had a lot going on on RHOA aside from her COVID wedding and raunchy bachelorette party. God knows why MelGo was picked over Dolores Catania, who we all know would rip Ramona a new one. And why did no one from the Mean Girls squad join Kyle from RHOBH? I have so many questions.
After Kathy Hilton made her big debut this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I’m upset it took Bravo eleven seasons to get her on our TV screens. She’s pure TV gold. Her sisterly banter with Kyle Richards is more playful (and less anxiety-inducing) than Kyle’s on-screen relationship with Kim Richards. But to be clear, Kim is TV gold in my book as well. And I’d love to see this sister trio all together on my TV sometime soon.
Kathy’s RHOBH debut was a long time coming, and it was worth the wait. While she may never want a diamond in her hand full-time, she makes the perfect friend-of who provides comedic relief and a heavy dose of wealth and fame. And while Kathy stopped watching the show after Kyle and Kim’s infamous limo brawl, she’s proving she’s a total natural.
Eboni K. Williams has been having a great freshman season on Real Housewives of New York. The television host and attorney is the franchise’s first Black Housewife. While Eboni and RHONY co-star Leah McSweeney are besties, Eboni has had a bumpy road with some of the other ladies. I give Eboni bonus points for putting up with some of their nonsense.
During the girls’ trip to the Hamptons, Ramona Singer referred to her staff as “the help.” Eboni called her out and explained why the comment was inappropriate.
For those viewers enjoying the cast mix on the Real Housewives of New York, know that producers are looking to shake things up more next season. With a core group that was untouched for almost seven seasons, change was arguably needed. Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Luann de Lesseps were together since Season 7. And the rotation of supporting cast members that included Bethenny Frankel, Tinsley Mortimer, and Carole Radziwell, provided shifting drama and story lines.
This formula worked until Tinsley left RHONY to follow Scott Kluth to Chicago. Dorinda was left wanting for a target for her misguided anger and starting lashing out at the rest of the cast. Unable to take responsibility or resolve any issues during the reunion, Dorinda was axed from the show. Her departure provided an opportunity to reshape the dynamic of RHONY. Producers added Eboni K. Williams to the Season 13 cast and her presence is a welcome change to a very homogeneous group. Eboni brought diversity of heritage, thought, opinion, perspective and culture. Now, Bravo producers are looking to include another woman of color to RHONY with the potential hiring of a Latina radio host.
Eboni K. Williams made history as the first Black Housewife on Real Housewives of New York. Finally! Eboni is a television host, and an attorney.
Her bestie is RHONY co-star Leah McSweeney. Leah had been struggling with the impending death of her beloved grandmother, and Eboni had her back. Eboni handled all of her co-stars’ diva behavior with grace.
What are we all doing here without Dorinda Medley but an abundance of Leah McSweeney? Well, life is full of twists and turns and after six seasons on Real Housewives of New York, Dorinda was asked to “take a pause” from filming to hopefully collect herself and maybe try to soften her vicious tongue. Former co-star Luann de Lesseps said filming sans Dorinda is “less angry” but hopes she will return at some point in the future.
Of course, if you ask everyone’s ray of sunshine, Ramona Singer, “no one missed Dorinda” and her real reason for departing is because she no longer got free rent. Speaking of rent, Dorinda has a black book of important contacts and Million Dollar Listing New York realtor and not unpleasant to look at agent Steve Gold is in that book. Steve needed someone with connections in the Berkshires and I dare say there are fewer people more well-connected than Dorinda. Thankfully Dorinda answered Steve’s call and shows up in a future episode of MDLNY.
Even when we are away from our TV screens, we love to have something Bravo-related to do. If you’re craving Bravo content during a beach day, a long flight, or during your public transit commute, pick up a book written by your favorite Bravolebrities.
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