For the most part, Real Housewives of New Jersey has come through with the entertainment season after season.
However, there’s one season that really wasn’t great. At all. I’ve always felt that there was one RHONJ season that should be wiped from the history books; i.e. the DVR. And I feel validated knowing that Andy Cohen feels the same way I do.
During the past year, former Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino has been more in the public eye. Last summer, she and Jim Bellino announced that they were divorcing. Earlier this year, Alexis made her new relationship with Andy Bohn Instagram official. A short time later, Andy’s estranged wife Andrea Bohn pleaded for media privacy for their children in light of Alexis’ very public romantic announcement. Oh, Alexis!
It seems that all this new public attention may have whetted Alexis’ appetite for the spotlight once again. So what does one do to get back on reality television? As RHOC does not seem to be in any hurry to invite Alexis back, other options had to be explored. Fortunately for Alexis, she has now found her way back to the limelight. Did we ever really doubt that day would come?
When Jim Marchese is in the news, you know it isn’t good. This time it’s for a seriously heartbreaking reason. To catch everyone up, Jim’s wife, Amber Marchese was a one-season wonder. The couple was featured on Season 6 of Real Housewives of New Jersey. They have two children together, Corbin and Isabella. Jim also has two teenage sons from a prior marriage, named Michael and Sebastian.
During his short stint on RHONJ, Jim proved himself to be a human garbage pile. He earned that name for repeatedly yelling disgusting things in every woman’s face on the show. He even justified this behavior on Watch What Happens Live back in 2014. On WWHL, he told Andy Cohen that he was actually the only “non-sexist in the group because I treat everyone equally.” Jim congrats, you can teach Misogyny 101. He also spent Season 6 spreading rumors about people’s marriages and wined like a child every time he was on camera. Since RHONJ, Jim passes the time typing homophobic remarks on Twitter. Apparently, it wouldn’t be Pride Month if there wasn’t some ignoramus ruining the celebration.
The O Come OG Faithful episode of Watch What Happens Live was everything that I wanted and more. Andy Cohen gathered OG Real Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, NeNe Leakes, Teresa Giudice, and Kyle Richards for a special holiday celebration.
Before he provoked them to spill some tea and throw some shade, Andy announced, “Just so you know, Luann [de Lesseps] is doing her cabaret show tonight. Lisa Vanderpump is opening a restaurant in Las Vegas and she’s there prepping. Bethenny [Frankel] is under the weather.” To be fair, Bethenny almost died when she was hospitalized with an allergic reaction. To say that she was “under the weather” is an understatement.
Do you remember Jim Marchese? Of course, the longtime Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers know who he is (unfortunately). However, he hasn’t been mentioned on the show since Season 6, which was the worst season of the show by far. His wife Amber Marchese was a one and done Housewife, but Jim was the one who stirred the pot that season.
Jim tweeted (and surprisingly didn’t delete) a very jarring statement. He chimed in on a recent scandal involving comedian Kevin Hart. In all honesty, “cringe-worthy” doesn’t even come close to describe Jim’s remarks.
Is it even Fall if you don’t pose for a photo in a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard? Your friends and family members are posting these
stereotypical traditional Autumn photos and so are your favorite reality TV stars.
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Meghan Edmonds took her three babies to the pumpkin patch with their cousins. Dallas Housewife Stephanie Hollman and her two sons looked for the biggest pumpkin in the patch.
As loyal as I am (and have always been) to Real Housewives of New Jersey, I cannot help wondering where the show goes from here. Season 6 (with those twins and Amber Marchese) was the worst ever. Then they took a break in filming Season 7 since there’s no way they could have done a season of this show while Teresa Giudice was in prison. Teresa and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga made up after years of feuding during that season and turned their one-liners against Jacqueline Laurita. Other than that, the season was just OK. I was expecting so much more after waiting forever and a half for it, but I obviously watched every single episode (many times over).
Jacqueline was out for Season 8 and we watched Siggy Flicker and Margaret Josephs go at it for most of the season. Conversely, Teresa experienced her first season where she was on good terms with every cast member- including her former enemy Danielle Staub. With Siggy off the show, we are only left with some second-rate tension between Dolores Catania and “Friends of the Housewives” Danielle to sustain us. Is this the beginning of the end?
There are few things that I love more than a Real Housewife attempting a music career. If the song is great, then that gives me another bop to listen to. If the song is terrible, it’s entertaining for a totally different reason. I will listen to it just as much (if not more). It’s really a win-win for the super fans like myself.
That’s why I miss Melissa Gorga’s early days on Real Housewives of New Jersey when she wanted to be a pop star and her husband built a recording studio in their basement. These days she is caught up with her clothing story Envy and all of that restaurant drama, but if she ever wanted to record another song, I would be all for it.