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.
It’s been quite a year for Luann de Lesseps, who will always and forever be a Countess in my book. The Real Housewives Of New York star sat down with Jenny McCarthy last week on SiriusXM Stars’ Jenny McCarthy Show to talk about how she’s doing in the wake of her divorce from Tom D’Agostino, which of her RHONY cast mates have (and have not) supported her during the breakup, and how Bethenny Frankel didn’t return her calls for helping with hurricane relief! Oh my.
Still the romantic at heart, Luann claims she still believes that Tom never cheated on her, but that he simply wasn’t willing to give up his “bachelor lifestyle.” Tom – who was caught on camera dissing his marriage, acting sketchy around ex-girlfriends, and even taking off his microphone to talk “off the record” at one point – didn’t do himself any favors on the show. Luann even admits that watching RHONY play back this season really opened her eyes to who Tom really was (and is).
Who wants to know more about the life and times of Luann de Lesseps? If you answered “yes”, then Bravo has a treat for you – an hour long look into what happens before you join the largest reality TV franchise in history. Dust off your book of etiquette and brush up on your française, because it’s time to chat with The Countess of Real Housewives of New York.
Here’s what I learned: Luann is a tough cookie, is super photogenic, knows how to sniff out a good man, and can rock a sequined red dress like nobody’s business. OK, there’s a bit more.
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Ramona Singer is a lot of things but lazy, she ain’t! A real hustler by nature, always in search of the next BEST thing, the Real Housewives of New York City’s frenzied co-star has pretty much always been a hard worker. Over the years she has launched a fashion and skincare line, created a jewelry line for the HSN and let’s not forget, her eponymous Pinot Grigio. Yep, Ramona is certainly a Jill-of-all-trades, so why not saunter into the hair biz? (It’s like a Real Housewives rite of passage!) Ramona is now selling real human hair extensions.
Ramona reportedly inked a deal with Lux Beauty Club’s co-founder Victoria Flores for a line of hair extensions that she will be promoting (and why not?) on her famed reality show. An insider who spoke to Page Six revealed, “She’s 100 percent involved. It’s real human hair extensions and she’s all about it.” Ramona is said to be excited about her new venture and very much wants her co-stars to sample the silky goods.