Even though I like Kristen Taekman, she didn’t exactly make her mark on Real Housewives of New York. Other than facing Ramona Singer’s wrath for getting her hair wet, Kristen was just, well, there. In all honesty, she was just too normal for reality TV.
I thought things might get interesting when her husband Josh Taekman was implicated in the Ashley Madison scandal. In case anyone forgot, Ashley Madison is a dating site for people looking to have affairs. Josh was a member of that website. That news broke right after Kristen wrapped up her final season. I thought it was enough for her to get another season, but she moved on. Or she was fired. I have no idea.
Well, she actually could have returned to the show last season. Apparently, Bethenny Frankel asked Kristen to film. Who had any idea that these two were friends? I didn’t, but I would have loved to see if Kristen could make a bigger impact the second time around. Plus, she would be a way better “Friend of the Housewives” than Barbara Kavovit was. The RHONY ladies just didn’t give Barbara a chance.. and neither did the viewers.
Last season, for better or worse, Real Housewives of New York was anchored around Luann de Lesseps. Everyone else was a supporting player to the cabaret queen’s antics. Even fellow “OG” Bethenny Frankel, who announced she was
done with cabaret leaving the show, had a melt-down about Luann’s ego and cabaret career.
While the other New York ladies were eager to ditch Luann’s holiday cabaret show, long-time friend and newbie Housewife Barbara Kavovit attended. Unfortunately for her, she made some comments that were caught on a live mic. #rookiemistake.
Season 12 of Real Housewives of New York is going to look very different. Bethenny Frankel, one of the franchise’s “OGs,” shocked everyone by bowing out of the upcoming season. Luann de Lesseps hasn’t exactly been singing sad songs since Bethenny’s announcement.
Now that Bethenny is gone, Luann can cabaret all day (and night) without being called out for her entitled behavior. Luann even alleged that her fellow New York Housewives were glad that Bethenny had quit RHONY again.
Kelly Dodd is now an engaged woman. Since her divorce from Michael Dodd a few years ago, Kelly has been a single lady about town. Real Housewives of Orange County fans have been treated to her dating adventures, this season centered around plastic surgeon Brian Reagan. Kelly revealed the two had split in August, after an on-again, off-again relationship.
Last week, Kelly announced that she got engaged to New York City-based reporter Rick Leventhal, whom she started dating just after her break up from Brian. Why doesn’t a bat out of hell speed engagement surprise me for Kelly? Since Kelly met Rick, her Instagram posts have been filled with pics of the two of them together in New York City and Orange County. As the couple live on opposite coasts, they will have to determine where they will eventually reside. Recently, Kelly expressed that she might have an interest in becoming one of the Real Housewives of New York.
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York revolved around Luann de Lesseps, her fragile sobriety, and her life as a cabaret star. Viewers watched Luann blissfully gazing at posters for her own cabaret show. It later came to light that there were some misleading positive comments on the poster. Luann’s cabaret obsession even pushed RHONY’s Bethenny Frankel to have a melt-down.
Luann also routinely kept her
fans friends waiting at shows, while behaving as a diva should. At Luann’s holiday cabaret show, long-time friend Barbara Kavovit is the only New York Housewife to dutifully attend the performance. Unfortunately, Barbara is caught on a live mic while in the audience, telling her sister, “She can’t really sing.” Oops!
During last season of Real Housewives of New York, Dorinda Medley made some big changes. At the reunion, she finally mended her relationship with cabaret star Luann de Lesseps. However, Dorinda wasn’t as kind to RHONY newbie Barbara Kavovit. She compared Barbara to a turnip sitting in a fruit basket. Wow.
Dorinda also moved to a new three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. And while long-time boyfriend John Mahdessian would love to move in, Dorinda isn’t exactly putting out a welcome mat.
It is always tough when a new housewife joins a cast. Most of these people are not actually friends offscreen. They are casual acquaintances at best. So when a new lady gets thrown into the mix, you never know if there will be chemistry or not. And last season, there was decidedly not chemistry with Barbara Kavovit and the rest of the Real Housewives of New York. I know what you’re thinking… “Barbara who?” Right there with, ya’, friends. Literally the only thing I remember about Babs is the obscene amount of body glitter she wore during the reunion.
Barbara’s bad chemistry is our good fortune, because now we get to spend the off-season speculating about whether we will get a replacement New York Housewife for next season. Allegedly, Ramona Singer wants her good friend Missy Pool to join the cast. Missy is the ex-girlfriend of Tom D’Agostino, the man to whom Luann de Lesseps was married for 2.2 seconds. If that is true, either Ramona is a terrible person or she really, really hates LuAnn. Or both.
We are back with Instagram Roundup! This time we are trying it out on a monthly basis with a look back of the most interesting photos from this past month.
Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder shared engagement photos with new fiancé Beau Clark. The two them along with other cast members went to Vegas for Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s legal marriage ceremony. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, it wasn’t legal the first time they tied the knot, so they had to do it again.