The Real Housewives of Orange County kicked off its 14th season sans one OG. In the Demotion Heard ‘Round The World, Vicki Gunvalson’s Original Gangsta status has been reduced to simply… Gangsta. Viewers never thought it would happen, and Vicki didn’t either. Fans said buh-bye to Vick and friends turned on her when she stayed with
lying, scamming ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers. But nothing seemed to dim the light of the Woo-Hoo wannabe. In fact, if you were to ask Vicki, she might tell you how the success of RHOC can be credited to her role on the show.
But is Vicki still successful? After years of the same fights with Tamra Judge, we watched. After an endless search for someone to fill her love tank, we watched. And after plastic surgery even the CIA doesn’t have access to, we watched. I’m guessing the bigwigs at Bravo were watching too, and maybe not liking what they saw. Vicki needed to pull a rabbit out of a hat, or an engagement out of a retired cop, to secure her continued spot on the show. Steve Lodge came through for Vicki and asked her to be his wife in April of this year. Unfortunately for Vicki, the ring didn’t mean a thing because, no orange. Now Vicki is opening up about being reduced to “Friend”, and she says she isn’t going anywhere.
Because, of course, she does! The Singer Stinger strikes again, y’all! Since Real Housewives of New York’s conception, Ramona has been the gift that keeps on giving. If you like your gifts wrapped in paper recycled from childhood trauma. This is a woman who has no filter and no f*cks to give, perfect for reality television. Ramona floats on a cloud of pinot grigio and muddled thoughts with a mouth that often gets her into trouble. That said, she is the OG of this particular franchise and prides herself on being
Season 11 saw Ramona with many opinions, as usual. Ramona has always been wide open, even when sharing thoughts about her co-stars. We know how she feels about LuAnn de Lesseps’ drinking. Viewers also got a little hint about Ramona’s feelings on Bethenny Frankel’s ex-boyfriend. She also blessed fans by providing her perception of Barbara Kavovit’s role on the show. To put it mildly, she might not care what you think, but Ramona definitely cares what she thinks. Since she’s not in the business of making other people happy, now Ramona wants another friend of hers to join the RHONY cast. Sit down and strap in because the Ramonacoaster is about to take another ride.
Luann de Lesseps’ tenure on Real Housewives of New York has been an exercise in maintaining the image. She’s been living with the Countess persona even though the title doesn’t apply anymore. After her divorce from Count Alex de Lesseps, Luann kept up her persona and title. It was only when Luann married Tom D’Agostino and lost her Countess title that, symbolically, the façade crumbled. During that relationship, she ignored all advice and evidence in favor of keeping the optics of a happy and successful marriage.
After Luann’s December 2017 arrest in Palm Beach, her battle with alcohol became public. And it also became a focal point on the show. Luann’s scenes became a dichotomy between the focus on staying sober, and her blossoming career as a cabaret star.
Tom D’Agostino deserves a bushel of apples for the drama he’s delivered on Real Housewives of New York. There was his whirlwind relationship and short-lived marriage to Luann de Lesseps. A marriage that ended just a hair over seven months in.
From the start, it seemed like a question of “when” it would be over rather than “if.” Particularly after Bethenny Frankel told Luann about photos of Tom kissing another woman just weeks after they got engaged. After the wedding, it seemed like there was a new story every week on Tom’s alleged shadiness. Then following news of their divorce, the internet went crazy and Tom was branded as a cheater, liar, and all-around bad guy. Even so, Luann denied that infidelity played a role in their split.
While fur is flying in the 90210 courtesy of #PuppyGate, the Real Housewives of New York are sifting through the ashes of #ClambakeGate. Newcomer Barbara Kavovit disinvited Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer for the sake of Luann de Lessep’s newfound sobriety. At least Barbara thought she disinvited them, but Ramona wasn’t quite sure and showed up anyway.
Dorinda stayed away. That was her choice after she refused–at Barbara’s request–to apologize to Luann for her drunken heckling at Lu’s cabaret show. It turned out Dorinda was still waiting for Luann’s apology to her for telling the press that she is an alcoholic. An argument that started during the cast trip to Colombia last season when Dorinda famously said to Luann, “Why don’t you drink some more and get arrested?”
Luann de Lesseps pleaded to “being fabulous” in her tagline for season 11 of the Real Housewives of New York. A ballsy nod to Countess Lu’s arrest in Palm Beach for being a hot drunk mess. These days the Countess’s fabulousness consists of more feuding than etiquette, so there are plenty of candidates for the crown of “least favorite.”
Luann’s conflicts with Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer have been a focus of the season so far. Both costars angered Luann by mocking her approach toward rehab and recovery. For the moment, Luann and Bethenny Frankel appear to be on solid ground. But based on their past, there is some truth to Ramona calling it a friendship by “default.” In past seasons, Luann and Carole Radziwill were mostly “all uncool.” It was a coldness rooted in Carole’s relationship with Adam Kenworthy, Luann’s former chef and the ex-boyfriend of her niece. Luann has even accused Tinsely Mortimer of being a mean girl even though I don’t think Tins could hurt a fly. So, who is Lu’s least favorite Housewife?
Real Housewives Of New York is not even on the air yet, and we already know it’s going to be an epic season. Cameras have been rolling since before the New Year, and from what we’ve heard so far, the ladies of the Big Apple are BRINGING IT. The drama, the tragedy, the occasional resisting of arrest by way of locking oneself in a hotel bathroom – it’s all coming our way this Spring! April 4th, to be exact!
Here are ten reasons why season 10 of RHONY is going to be off the chain.