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.
If there is one Southern Charm cast member who has put in the work to earn their Bravo paycheck, it’s Madison LeCroy. She swindled her way on the show thanks to her relationship with Austen Kroll. Or rather, a clip she captured of him allegedly cheating on her with two women that blew up on the internet. Their relationship only got more toxic by the episode on both sides. And while Austen went high, Madison went higher. To get specific, she went after A-list athletes like Jay Cutler and Alex Rodriguez to get under his skin. She’s even taking credit for the Bennifer reunion because why not? Jennifer Lopez and ARod did end their engagement after rumors about the MLB star having FaceTime dates (complete with NDAs) with Madison emerged during the SC reunion.
Madison and Austen truly brought out the absolute worst in each other. And side comments from Craig Conover, Shep Rose and nearly every other cast member just added fuel to the fire. Last season got nasty, particularly on Madison’s side. But frankly, after some of the stuff Austen put her through, I couldn’t totally fault her. Like Patricia Altschul says, he’s just not her Budweiser. But maybe he’ll be someone’s Trop-Hop someday, but it’s clear it’s not Madison.
Madison LeCroy really brought her own individual brand of messy to Southern Charm. Her tumultuous (and thankfully former) relationship with Austen Kroll was hard to watch from the beginning. All the way back to the world’s most hilarious video of her catching Austen having an alleged threesome. Madison has a special way of pushing Shep Rose’s buttons. And she has a thing for flirting with A-list athletes to piss of Austen, Craig Conover and anyone else who has a problem with her.
Last season of Southern Charm, particularly the reunion, was full of bombs like no other. Craigy was done playing nice with Madison, and revealed she was FaceTiming Alex Rodriguez while he was engaged to Jennifer Lopez. The tea only got hotter from there — with rumors of NDAs, deleted scenes and a whole lot of Madison acting like her hands were totally clean in the situation. ARod’s strategy has been deny, deny, deny, which is probably why his engagement to THE Jennifer Lopez fell apart. JLo doesn’t have time for foolishness.
Madison Lecroy has definitely brought her own brand of something to the most recent seasons of Southern Charm. Her toxic relationship with Austen Kroll was like watching a train go off-the-rails in real-time. She made her co-stars visibly uncomfortable with her treatment of Austen, and this is before the news broke she was secretly FaceTiming Jennifer Lopez’s FORMER fiance Alex Rodriguez. Austen wasn’t off the hook either, playing into this nasty back and forth dynamic.
But Austen and Madison are FINALLY done for good, aside from getting buddy-buddy at a mutual friend’s wedding recently. And now that Bennifer is taking over the A-list celebrity news feed, Madison apparently felt comfortable enough to debut her new boyfriend to the world. And Southern Charm fans, don’t get your hopes of. It’s definitely not Whitney Sudler-Smith. But can you imagine how messy that storyline would be? However, her new beau could be a dead ringer for Craig Conover, minus the pillows.
While there has been plenty of questionable characters throughout the seven seasons of Southern Charm, no one tops the most hated list than Ashley Jacobs. Ashley was a villain from the start. She was in a messy relationship with Thomas Ravenel, but really has TRav ever had a normal, healthy relationship? She attacked his ex and baby mama Kathryn Dennis, bringing the fandom together to back Kathryn from her pure vitriol. At least, before she made us question her behavior again.
Ashley has tried time and time again to redeem herself, but she always finds a way to show her evil side. It’s not a total surprise that Shep Rose considers Ashley the only Southern Charm cast member, old and current, to have no redeeming qualities. Which again, questionable considering the cast’s track record. But I don’t blame everyone for telling her to pack her bags and go back to Santa Barbara. Like, she made fun of Craig Conover’s sewing. That’s a mortal sin in my book.
Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means the Summer House crew is headed to the Hamptons to drink rosé and party all day. But this time around Hannah Berner will not be joining the Good Vibe Tribe, but to be fair, she’s not the best at making summer fun anymore. Hannah created a lot of nonsense last year, whether it involved her confusing relationship with Luke Gulbranson or getting freaky with fiancé Des Bishop in Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s bathroom. As long as Carl Radke returns every year, with his winning smile and a case of Loverboy in hand, I’ll be happy to watch.
Hannah decided to skip the Hamptons getaway this year so she’ll stick to laying in her own bed with Des while they both stare at their phones. She’s starting a comedy career as well, and who knows if any of the crew will want to go to her stand-up shows, considering the “jokes” she’s made about them. It does beg the question of who will be by Paige DeSorbo’s side this summer, and if Hannah is really ruining any chance of reconciling some of her friendships.
Southern Charm viewers are well aware that hell would have to freeze over before Craig Conover became friends with Madison LeCroy. The two have gone head-to-head since Craigy
inserted himself was in the middle of her toxic relationship with his bestie Austen Kroll. The Pillow King is the one who exposed Madison for FaceTiming Alex Rodriguez during the most recent reunion. If there’s one thing Craig’s going to do, it’s defend his friends, spread gossip and never being embarrassed about his sewing. At least he’s consistent.
But Madison and Craig have come together, albeit over a lawsuit. The two are part of a suit brought against them by Kathryn Dennis’ ex Joe Abruzzo. If you don’t remember him, it’s OK — their relationship lasted about two seconds. He was another older man in politics Kathryn dated, honestly probably to make Thomas Ravenel jealous. But the two called it quits, but Joe is apparently trying to milk the most out of his 15 minutes of fame. Last year, he filed a lawsuit against Madison, Craig, Chelsea Meissner and Bravo producers for intentionally inflicting “emotional distress, fraud, negligence and defamation” on him. He’s going after $10 million from the group. Ironically, viewers probably barely even remember any scenes involving him in the first place.
Series that were filmed during 2020 for Bravo were either a hit or a miss last year. With the coronavirus pandemic totally flipping everything on its head, the cast members from some of the shows just couldn’t bring it like they usually do. For example, something was really off with shows like the Real Housewives of Orange County and the Real Housewives of Dallas. Real Housewives of New Jersey brought it as always. And then some shows, like Summer House and Southern Charm, were a major surprise. They proved that no matter what’s going on in the world, there is always shade to be thrown and drama to be had.
Southern Charm took on the Black Lives Matter movement, several cast members getting COVID-19 and the exposure of Madison LeCroy’s FaceTime dates with Alex Rodriguez while he was still engaged to THE Jennifer Lopez. So there was no shortage of mess to be had or pots for Shep Rose to stir. And as for Summer House, the good vibes tribe tackled working from home from the Hamptons house. And all the extra time definitely proved to increase some tension between the roommates.
Bravo is also giving fans the gift of several new shows, including the Real Housewives All-Stars series and the Southern Charm/Summer House mashup. Dubbed Winter Charm by fans, the show will include the New York crew joined by Austen Kroll and newly single Craig Conover for a winter vacay. It’s unclear if Hannah Berner is involved now that she’s leaving Summer House for a comedy career or whatever. But no matter who’s there, the show is sure to be filled with plenty of Loverboys to go around and even more drama.