Real Housewives of New York has turned into another Real Housewives of Messy Town and it’s becoming all too common lately. Allow me to be completely transparent and say I have no dog in this fight. Both of the people involved usually run their mouths incessantly and saying anything even remotely worthwhile is a rare occurrence. Heather Thompson came back for a few brief appearances on RHONY and to say Leah McSweeney was locked and loaded would be pretty accurate.
Leah was already mad, but the anger is being blamed on her grandmother’s poor health. Before Heather showed up, Leah started lighting matches by pouring over the internet in search of articles containing Heather’s smack-talking. After dinner table dramatics, communications broke down because Leah likes to impress people with her wokeness but Heather clearly knows the Black experience because she has photos with Puff Daddy. So deciding who is more to blame for acting like an idiot is difficult for viewers. According to Heather, if Leah had just stayed home with her ill grandma, all of the drama could have been avoided.
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.
Thank goodness Real Housewives of New York finally came back. I felt like old lady Rose from the Titanic thinking it had been 85 years since Luann de Lesseps talked about cabaret. What we lost in Dorinda Medley, we make up for in getting to know Eboni K. Williams. Eboni is a spicy ball of fire and while she doesn’t replace Dorinda, she’s at least providing a buffer for those who are not enamored with Leah McSweeney making her sophomore run.
Leah is brassy. She’s ballsy. She has knuckle tatts. Not your average NYC high society chick, and it’s actually great because Ramona Singer has that covered. Fans thought Ramona and Leah would clash, and they did. But Ramona seemed to have an almost maternal affection for Leah. Despite Leah humming a ravioli in Mona’s face and yeeting her tiki torches into the abyss, Ramona showed a level of patience we haven’t seen before. Now we find out Ramona’s patience for Leah has extended into her second season – for now.
The Hamptons are alive with the sound of Garth Wakeford. Or just Garth. The name of Luann de Lesseps’ boyfriend at the time that the Real Housewives of New York was filming it’s 13th Season reverberated all over the East End of Long Island. We’ve learned more about Garth than we needed to, especially considering that he isn’t dating Luann anymore. Garth’s workouts are inspiring. Garth makes a mean lamb curry. But Luann was smitten, hopeful, and enjoying her “coronavirus romance.”
Luann gushing about her “viking” of a man triggered Sonja Morgan into a Morgan-level meltdown. But after a bit of analysis by Eboni K. Williams, Sonja admitted that her negative feelings towards Luann’s new relationship had to do with Luann ghosting her friends every time she finds a new man. Luann acknowledged Sonja’s feelings, if only for the cameras. Well, it’s time to see if Luann modified her behavior.
If you ask Ramona Singer a question, expect to get a Ramona Singer style answer. It’s quite distinct. And if you’re new to Real Housewives of New York, consider that her responses have been called Singer Stingers. Ramona will make a snarky statement, then have to deny any ill intent before issuing a half assed apology. It’s a recurring theme and all RHONY cast members will have experienced it.
Of course, as multi-faceted person, Ramona has moments of being a nurturing and caring friend too. Well intentioned overall, but always putting her foot in her mouth. Did she really call her hospitality director “THE HELP”? Newbie Eboni K. Williams cringed, as did we all. It’s takes a little while to get used to Ramona-isms.
Sonja Morgan has been on the Real Housewives of New York long enough for us viewers to identify her patterns of behavior. There are two aspects to Sonja that bubble to the surface, the fact that she can’t shake her past life and that she wants to present a persona of a highly desirable, hobnobbing, NY socialite. If you need more convincing, consider that Sonja ALWAYS compares herself to New York City in her taglines. It’s time she stopped living in a fantasy, though it’s highly entertaining to see her drunken meltdowns. Who knew that Eboni K. Williams banking with Wells Fargo could be so triggering?
It would serve Sonja well to be present in her current life because the embellishments and reveries seem detrimental at this point. And they tend to pop up and very inconvenient times. Take the comments Sonja made about Luann de Lesseps’s ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. During Luann’s courtship with Tom, Sonja revealed that they had a prior “friends with benefits” situation. Was that true? Was Sonja embellishing to prop up her facade of desirability? Thankfully, both ladies have nothing to do with Tom anymore, but it’s got to be a touchy subject for Luann.
Back in 2019 when we were all still living normal lives, an announcement was made that delighted Housewives viewers across the globe. The crossover event of all crossover events that would unite OG
troublemakers cast members from several different franchises in one location. After the Rona did us dirty and halted production on television shows and life in general, in February 2021 the Peacock network greenlit the limited series and scheduled production.
In April of this year, the Housewives All-Stars were announced and included Teresa Giudice, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Kyle Richards. Melissa Gorga was also in attendance. While the ladies filmed in Turks & Caicos, reports emerged that some of the women weren’t exactly getting along. Recently, Luann found herself on Watch What Happens Live and Andy Cohen tried to get some dirt on the newest Scary Island.
It’s 2021. It’s long past the point where questioning someone’s choices to alter their physical appearance is a thing. In the world of the Real Housewives, it seems like a must to maintain a youthful appearance. The expectation is to be honest about it though. So denying your nip/tuck becomes a bigger issue than choosing to get the procedure.
Of course, Ramona Singer isn’t one for always being honest with herself or others. It’s a theme that comes up often on the Real Housewives of New York, and Ramona has been on the show since day one. Her personality, her intentions, and even apologies have been questioned. Ramona can be caught in a lie, and still push her narrative. It’s amusing for reality TV, but clearly exposes her as someone who cannot or will not own up to something. Whether it’s delusion or not, who knows? At least we can all have a laugh about it at Ramona’s expense.