The Real Housewives of New York is wrapping up its first season since Carole Radziwill left. Viewers remember Carole spending most of last season arguing with former BFF Bethenny Frankel. With Carole being right about everything. And Bethenny being, well, wrong about everything. Because, we came to learn over time, Carole likes to be right.
Carole left RHONY in a blaze of her own glory, announcing she was leaving the show before the season even finished airing, which is a no-no in Housewife land. And she famously told Andy Cohen that he was full of sh*t at the reunion. At the time, Carole claimed she was leaving the show to pursue her journalism career. Recently, Carole revealed that there might have been more to it than that. Which we all probably suspected.
We witnessed a LOT this past season of Real Housewives of New City. Viewers are probably going to remember Bethenny Frankel’s Miami meltdown for years to come. Needless to say, this season delivered as always. Tinsley Mortimer finally coming to play was just the cherry on top.
Tinsley dealt with some loss this season. First, she broke up with boyfriend Scott Kluth, after dealing with all of the women inserting their opinions into her relationship. Then she lost Bambi. All the while dealing with a complicated relationship with her mother, Dale Mercer. Dale never seems to give Tinsley a break. I still shudder to think about all the things she said to Tinsely while she worked that carnival.
When I sat down to write this post, I decided to refresh my recollection regarding the messy divorce between Camille Meyer (f/k/a Camille Grammer) and Kelsey Grammer. First of all, Camille filed for divorce in 2010. I remember watching an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in which Camille and Kelsey awkwardly rode to the Tony Awards together. They were in the back of a limo. Camille was wearing a red dress and looked amazing. Kelsey was mean to her. Soon after it came out that Kelsey was having an affair.
Anyway, to bring this story back to the really important point: how it relates to me… That episode aired 2009/10-ish? Which means I have wasted at least ten years of my life watching this drivel. Forget the Tony that Kelsey was speeding towards in the back of that limo a decade-ish ago! I deserve some sort of lifetime achievement award from Bravo. I will accept my award in the form of Skinnygirl products.
I am going to open this Real Housewives Of New York recap with a controversial confession: I LOVE Feelin’ Jovani! Stone me with sequins and rhinestones; I don’t care I will wear Jovani anywhere — and it feels so right!
How righteous was it for Andy Cohen to play the track during the reunion. While Luann de Lesseps mouthed the words to her own anthem. The other women avoided her eyes out of sheer second-hand embarrassment. I guess you could say they were feelin’ embarrassed, and it felt so wrong.
Anyway, now the outfits! Bethenny Frankel wore a dress that looks like a Tetris game. Which is appropriate considering how many puzzle pieces there are to Bethenny’s life and it’s near impossible to see how all the wonky angles fit together. Luann looked like she was wearing Jovani to her own funeral. Again, apropos.
Can you believe it is already reunion time for the Real Housewives of New York? The season flew by and we will soon be searching Bravo for all-day marathons and RHONY updates. And what a season it was. Cabaret overkill courtesy of Luann de Lesseps. Bethenny Frankel experiencing the tragic loss of Dennis Shields. Tinsley Mortimer’s latest–and maybe final–break up with Scott Kluth.
Plus, the unforgettable drunken antics of Sonja Morgan in Miami. Alcohol friendly Dorinda Medley actually completing a season mostly sober! OG Ramona Singer was rather low key, other than being her usual demanding, crass and frequently rude self. She did have a few disagreements with the other ladies, but one castmate in particular seemed to rub her the wrong way.
The rawness of Real Housewives Of New York is just the palate cleanser we need after the drudgery of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. We all know this is a show where the ladies have no problem airing their dirty laundry. After washing it in the broken bidet of their crumbling mansion, of course.
Emotions run high throughout the day. Tears are cried as much as possible through Botoxed faces and accusations are made. I mean it wouldn’t be Real Housewives Of New York without
cabaret a meltdown (or 16).
Ramona Singer is the “OG” of Real Housewives of New York. She has been on the show since day one, and she never left, unlike Bethenny Frankel, who left and returned. Luann “Cabaret” De Lesseps was at one time demoted to be a lowly Friend of the Housewives.
Ramona has, as always, been busy causing drama during Season 11. At Barbara Kavovit’s clambake, Ramona made her own lobster goodie bags by shoving lobsters in a plastic bag to bring home. At another time, Ramona was caught kissing serial Housewife dater Harry Dubin. Why, Ramona? Why?
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York was amazing! Bethenny Frankel, who chose not to cabaret (sorry Luann de Lesseps!) has had quite a season. In August of 2018, she suffered the loss of on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields to a suspected drug overdose. In fact, Bethenny revealed on RHONY that Dennis had proposed to her, and given a ring to her daughter, Bryn Hoppy. That reveal was so sweet, and so sad, at the same time.
Bethenny also suffered a frightening medical emergency in 2018. She has a severe fish allergy, and unknowingly ate some soup that had fish in it. Bethenny went into anaphylactic shock and spent two days in the ICU. In the RHONY finale, Bethenny decided to skip Luann’s holiday cabaret extravaganza because she was still recovering from her recent brush with death. And Luann was still offended that Bethenny skipped her show.