We were ALL expecting the new Real Housewives series announcement at BravoCon. However, pretty much no one saw it coming when Andy Cohen said the new show is Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
Many people were so sure that the Real Housewives of Chicago was in the works. Not only that, but Tinsley Mortimer has been going back and forth to Chicago thanks to her relationship with Scott Kluth. After she got engaged, it made sense that Tinsley would leave New York City for the Windy City. I mean, come on, she doesn’t even really live there. She is just staying in a hotel room while she films. Are all of these elements coming together for Real Housewives of Chicago to launch centered around Tinsley’s move? Not so fast, you guys. Andy is not on board with this notion.
This has been a busy 2019 for Bravo host Andy Cohen. In December of 2018, the Watch What Happens Live host made a very special announcement. Andy shared that he was going to become a father while several “OG” Housewives, including Ramona Singer, Teresa Giudice, Kyle Richards, Vicki Gunvalson, and NeNe Leakes, were chatting in the WWHL clubhouse. I just loved that reveal!
In fact, Andy even moved Watch What Happens Live from New York City to Los Angeles for four weeks while he prepared for the birth of his son via surrogate. This was only the third time that the talk show had filmed in Los Angeles.
After two great seasons (no, I’m not counting Season 1), Real Housewives of Dallas Season 4 has been a little ehhh. We continued to be subjected to the never-ending (yet boring) feud between LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons. They both dyed their hair the same
orange blonde color and claimed that there was infidelity in each other’s marriages.
Other than that, there really haven’t been many storylines, other than Stephanie Hollman and Kameron Westcott “feuding” because they just weren’t meant to be friends. It’s not that complicated, yet here we are. Who would have thought that the words “surface level” would be that upsetting? Well, after a season of pretty much nothing happening, LeeAnne gave us all something to talk about with her culturally insensitive remarks about new Housewife Kary Brittingham. She called Kary a “chirpy Mexican” and used the word “Mexican” a few times over, which is not acceptable. There’s no doubt that this will be the major discussion topic at the Season 4 reunion. Yes, it’s a big deal, and also because, again, nothing else really happened this season. Meanwhile, the Potomac ladies had a fire Season 4, something that I cannot say enough.
Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County is coming to a close next week with the finale. For the first time in a long time, a RHOC season has flown by! Gina Kirschenheiter’s tragic styling storyline carried the show, along with Kelly Dodd’s usual antics. We also got to know Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who I think is a good addition to the cast. Tamra Judge stirred the pot, Shannon Beador shrieked her way to a positive edit, and the demoted OG Vicki Gunvalson worked her ass off to get engaged stay relevant. All in all, the ladies stepped it up this season.
Oh, and don’t forget Emily Simpson was there – crying and sexy dancing in front of her father-in-law while her twerp husband, Shane Simpson, failed the bar for the millionth time. RHOC has been stale for quite a few seasons. This one, however, has a real edge to it that we may see shine through at the reunion.
Harry Hamlin is definitely one of the most low-key House Husbands. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna’s hubby is not one for drama or publicity. He is not a lawsuit lightning rod like PK Kemsley. Or a shameless business promoter like Mauricio Umansky. Harry pops up on the show on occasion, but avoids Lisa’s pot-stirring shenanigans. Maybe Harry is trying to protect his image as a serious actor. Lest we forget, Harry has appeared on LA Law and Mad Men and he also starred in the landmark film Making Love.
You have to wonder what Harry thinks about his lovely bride being on RHOBH. Lisa is a notorious attention seeker, who has acted as an unwilling Kim Richard’s’ sobriety counselor, has performed stripper moves on tables and makes tasteless jokes about her “pill bag.” To put it nicely, Mrs. Hamlin can be a handful. However, it is clear that Harry loves her anyway. Part of the secret of the success of their marriage might be that Harry chooses not to know everything about Lisa–and their daughters.
I have a feeling that Bethenny Frankel is unaware of it, but she is in a (one-sided) feud with Jennifer Aydin. It all started with an Instagram comment that is standard Bethenny. She responded to a clip of Jennifer from a recent Real Housewives of New Jersey episode. Jennifer said, “I’m a funny girl. I’m a comedian. I get off on making people laugh.”
In response, Bethenny commented, “Said nobody funny about themselves ever.” It really wasn’t the biggest scandal, but, of course, a caller asked Jennifer about it during her Watch What Happens Live appearance last week.
When Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle repeat outfits, they’re praised for “keeping it real.” However, not everyone in the public eye gets the same accolades. Andy Cohen threw some shade at NeNe Leakes during Sunday night’s Watch What Happens Live episode.
The host said, “By the way, one of NeNe’s confessional looks this year is the same dress she wore to our big doorbell show in LA, where the strap broke. So, I guess she fixed her strap, which we love.” Moments later he asked, “Was that shady?” He concluded, “I didn’t mean for that to be shady.” Oh, yeah right. “Shady” is Andy’s middle name. Still, it was some light shade. It could have been way worse. Seriously though, there are way worse things to say about NeNe. However, NeNe did not find his comments to be funny.
The Real Housewives of Dallas Season 4 reunion is approaching. Andy Cohen and the ladies gathered to relive the major moments from the season in New York City last week. The network hasn’t released one frame of footage, but they did share one super important detail: the seating chart.
We all expected LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons to be on opposite couches. They have been feuding for two seasons at this point, wearing us all out in the process. However, they did not wind up with the chairs next to Andy this year. My guess is that he was just sparing his ears from the inevitable shouting by sitting next to people who are more soft-spoken. Or maybe, just maybe, another feud eclipses the LeeAnne vs. D’Andra drama as the rest of Season 4 plays out.