Life was much more simple when Real Housewives of New York debuted its first season. Bethenny Frankel was living in a less-than-stellar apartment with a bald man named Jason, trying to make a Skinnygirl logo with a Comic Sans font with help from Alex McCord.
She got chastised by Luann de Lesseps for introducing her as “Luann” instead of “Countess de Lesseps.” It was the good ole days in many respects. But, obviously, that era didn’t last forever. Bethenny became a multi-millionaire and superstar businesswoman/philanthropist. And, apparently, she became a lot less funny, at least according to Gizelle Bryant from Real Housewives of Potomac.
This story has been circulating all weekend, but some new details have come to light. But, let’s take it from the top for anyone who needs to catch up. Queer Eye star Bobby Berk is calling out a Real Housewives of New York cast member for bad behavior.
He accuses the woman of stealing from him before he became a reality star himself. He doesn’t name the New York Housewife who did him wrong, but he did share a lot of details that help narrow down the possibilities.
Sometimes, life is a matter of perspective. Instead of being “stuck” at home because of the pandemic, it might feel better to view the situation as being “safe” at home instead.
Of course, what’s going on the world right now should not be minimized, not by any means. Nevertheless, a lot of people with “non-essential” jobs are at home. Some are homeschooling their children. Others have turned their living rooms into an office. Most of the people who are reading this have been watching a lot of reality TV shows- in the background, while fulfilling responsibilities, of course. Well, Bravo knows that fans are looking for premium programming. And, no, I’m not trying to re-watch an episode of a show that I just watched last week.
The Bravo family of shows always gives us plenty of drama. But like any real family, they band together during tough times. The coronavirus has hit the whole world hard and so many Bravolebrities are pitching in and helping out. Bethenny Frankel has already delivered over 1 million protective suits to New York and Louisiana. Former RHONY housewife Jill Zarin started a program to feed essential medical workers battling on the front lines. Even Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz are donating their Cameo proceeds to TomTom workers out of work.
But the Bravo world still received devastating personal loss due to coronavirus. A few weeks ago, we heard the news of longtime RHONY editor Peter Gamba passing from coronavirus. Peter spent 12 years working on the iconic franchise.
Just like the rest of us, Bravolebrities can be Bravo fans as well. Vanderpump Rules couple Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark are Real Housewives of New York superfans. They love watching RHONY together, which sounds like the ideal relationship to me.
Stassi is so invested in RHONY that she’s willing to put her own Bravo paycheck on the line if she can make some casting changes.
This is not entirely unexpected. Real Housewives of New York is filming right now, minus one melodramatic humanitarian. Yes, viewers will need to find the strength to move on without Bethenny Frankel dominating every scene she is in.
You won’t find Luann de Lesseps crying in the corner over the loss of Bethenny. Especially after last season. Luann has often been the target of Bethenny’s multiple mood swings and vice versa. Fans will also be introduced to new ladies that will inevitably be reduced to showing audiences if they
crack under pressure have the right stuff. Good luck, Leah McSweeney! Now Luann shares her thoughts on life without Bethenny. You can take off your sunglasses for this one, because it gets a little shady.
Ah, Kelly Bensimon. I see you, dear. The former Real Housewives of New York
wackadoo amateur photographer is speaking again. We don’t need to be reminded of Kelly. She burned SATCHELS OF GOLD into our heads years ago.
I will give her this, Kelly provided some legendary moments during her time on the show. #alsharpton Her epic breakdown behavior on Scary Island had people questioning both her motives and mental health. I have felt bad for Kelly over the years, but all of that is gone. Kelly is now forcing me to defend Bethenny Frankel, and I can’t forgive her for that.
Say what you will about Real Housewives of New York alum Jill Zarin, but you must admire her persistence. In 2011, Jill was fired from the show along with Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord. Since then, Jill has been on a quest recapture her Housewife apple. She has made cameo appearances on the show but hasn’t been offered a contract as a full-time Housewife or a Friend of the Housewives.
Jill has dealt with some serious heartache in her personal life. In January of 2018, her beloved husband, and popular fixture on RHONY, Bobby Zarin, passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Bravo cameras rolled outside Bobby’s funeral as Jill and former bestie Bethenny Frankel put aside their differences and seemingly made peace. Of course, many thought that filming at her husband’s funeral was in poor taste. And now, Jill has found love again with Gary Brody.