Who doesn’t love a good Bravo-sphere crossover? If there’s one thing I crave more than just my regular reality TV drama, it’s mixing and matching the mayhem. Can we please get some Housewives on Below Deck!? I don’t think it’s too much to ask, really.
We could all use some kindness, but the last place you expect to see it is on Bravo. But damn it, call your friends and family because this story managed to melt even my hardened, dark, barely beating heart. Go ahead and grab a tissue because the sun might get in your eyes or you could be at risk of suffering a spontaneous allergy attack after this one. Bravo and the shows on Bravo are many things to many people, but sometimes it’s everything to one person. Today we meet Miss Bella Pape.
Bella loves reality television and all that it implies, her favorites are the Real Housewives and she’s quite familiar with the franchise. But Bella isn’t binge-watching shows on a rainy day, she was born with a disorder that has kept her in long-term care for most of her life. In 2020 Bella was hoping to attend BravoCon, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The event has returned in 2021, but Bella’s health is deteriorating and traveling is no longer an option. So the troops rallied and brought BravoCon to Bella, thanks to Real Housewives of D.C. alum, Mary Amons.
Whether you love Bravolebrities or love to hate them, the thread tying us all together is that we’re Bravo fans. If you’re reading this article, you love Bravo. These shows and the people on them bring us joy. It’s rare that we get the chance to be in a room with thousands of other like-minded people to celebrate that joy.
I just want to say out of the gate, I do not appreciate being put in this position. I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to… defend Lisa Rinna. But here I am, thanks to fired Real Housewives of Orange County star, Vicki Gunvalson. WHY VICKI, WHY? Because Vicki still cannot fathom the concept that she was released from her duties. RHOC was her entire identity and she is having a rough time moving on from the show that gave her the boot.
Bravo terminating Vick was a gut punch because she thought she was irreplaceable and she can’t fully comprehend she wasn’t needed. But between her cancer scamming and her screeching, fans were ready for her to be gone with the wind fabulous. Unfortunately, nothing about Vicki’s departure has been fabulous because she won’t go away. She made sure to bashthe remaining members of the RHOC cast, but that was literally everyone this past season. Now Vick has moved on to bashing Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Spoiler alert, they don’t care.
Welcome to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! Over a year since it was first announced at BravoCon, the newest Housewives franchise is finally here, and let me tell you, dear readers. The wait was worth it. In the famous words of the Mormon prophet Brigham Young, who settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, “This is the place.”
I feel confident in saying the premiere episode was pretty well near perfect. (Which makes sense because, as one of the ‘Wives says of life in Salt Lake City, “Perfection is attainable!”) The last time we were graced with a first episode this good was back when Real Housewives of Potomac premiered in 2016. (Though the hype surrounding RHOP was comparatively much smaller at the time. Bravo even leaned into a full slate of ads asking “Where is Potomac?” ahead of the premiere. And it took seasons of under-the-radar perfection for the show to finally be respected today as the top-tier Housewives franchise it is.)
Thankfully, Bravo is showing mercy on our tainted souls by introducing Salt Lake City (and diversity) to viewers. When you think of extravagant lifestyles and wealthy histrionics, Utah might not be the first state that comes to mind. However, by all accounts these ladies are nuts have strong personalities and some very interesting background stories. Now the RHOSLC taglines have been released, giving fans a little insight into these strong personalities. I know Utah has a lot of mountains, but I didn’t know it was so shady.