We’re in the dog days of summer, which means the cast of Summer House is back to spending their weekends at the Hamptons, chugging rosé and LoverBoy until the sun comes up. The last season of Summer House was a doozy. The Good Vibes Tribe was stuck together 24/7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they were feeling the effects of not having any breaks from one another. On top of that, they had to skip out on their massive ragers and one-night stands, so there was little reprieve.
The most polarizing figure on Summer House last season was undoubtedly Hannah Berner. Her strange relationship with Luke Gulbranson had almost everyone in the cast, aside from Hannah’s partner-in-crime Paige DeSorbo, at odds with her. After a very triggering reunion, Hannah decided to skip out on the Hamptons this year, opting for pursuing her stand-up comedy career or whatever. I bet Kyle Cooke is happy that summer WILL BE FUN again because, in his book, Hannah = not fun.
Former Summer House roommate and future eternal podcast host Hannah Berner is speaking on leaving the Bravo show after three seasons. While we search for fellow cast members and/or viewers distraught with this decision, Hannah has been doing mad press tours in anticipation of her wildly successful comedy career.
Hannah was a breath of fresh air when she joined the crew, then the air was sucked out of the room by delusion and viewers were left with a lot of crying in the supine position. After a “relationship” with a fellow cast member was a lot different in real life than it was in her head, Hannah didn’t handle it well and created an alternative reality no one wanted to live in. Until she met her fiancé, that is. Now Hannah says she’s a big girl and outgrew the Summer House histrionics, which is good because she wasn’t asked to return anyway.
Summer 2021 has been a lot of things. Hot girl summer. Vaccinated girl summer. Also the summer where Bravo is really trying to make a Summer House and Southern Charm crossover happen, over and over again. It’s only a matter of time before Summer House Winter Charm premiere, in which Austen Kroll and Craig Conover join the good vibe tribe on a snowy vacation. And now that Craig is single as a (John) Pringle, he’s trading in Charleston bar crawls for Hamptons white parties.
Craig has been having a pretty good year. He opened a pillow store in Charleston, signed a book deal and finally seems to have grown up and found his passion in life. But who knows now that his ex Naomie Olindo appears to be single again if Craigy will go crawling back to his first love, or keep living life Shep Rose style with Austen as his wingman. Only time will tell.
DJ James Kennedy has been a polarizing figure throughout his time on Vanderpump Rules. He had a rough start, but ever since he embarked on his sobriety journey, he seems to have changed for the better. VPR is heading into unchartered waters next season, with many of the OGs getting pink slips from Bravo. And I never thought I’d say this, but James and his new fiance Raquel Leviss might be my new favorite couple on the show. That’s called growth, hunny.
And while James and Raquel may have not been in on the Pump Rules pregnancy pact, they’re truly growing up for the better. James is back DJing at Sur now that pandemic restrictions have subsided and Raquel is SUR-ving. He and Lala Kent have worked out their differences now that they’re both sober now and it’s a much more positive experience to watch James thrive on TV. While the next season of VPR could be a hit or a bust, I’m excited to see more of James and Raquel’s wedding planning and day-to-day lives. And something tells me James won’t be half of the groomzilla Jax Taylor was when he married Brittany Cartwright last season. OMG does this mean that James is now the No. 1 guy in the group? My my, how times have changed.
Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means the Summer House crew is headed to the Hamptons to drink rosé and party all day. But this time around Hannah Berner will not be joining the Good Vibe Tribe, but to be fair, she’s not the best at making summer fun anymore. Hannah created a lot of nonsense last year, whether it involved her confusing relationship with Luke Gulbranson or getting freaky with fiancé Des Bishop in Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s bathroom. As long as Carl Radke returns every year, with his winning smile and a case of Loverboy in hand, I’ll be happy to watch.
Hannah decided to skip the Hamptons getaway this year so she’ll stick to laying in her own bed with Des while they both stare at their phones. She’s starting a comedy career as well, and who knows if any of the crew will want to go to her stand-up shows, considering the “jokes” she’s made about them. It does beg the question of who will be by Paige DeSorbo’s side this summer, and if Hannah is really ruining any chance of reconciling some of her friendships.
As we inch closer and closer to Memorial Day weekend, that means it’s almost time for Summer House to start filming its next season. Last year, we saw the Good Vibe Tribe WFH (Work From the Hamptons) during the coronavirus pandemic. Six weeks together in one house filled with almost as much tension as there were cases of LoverBoy, thanks to Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula. And a new, improved and even more lovable Carl Radke.
The center of the controversy this year, aside from Lindsay Hubbard’s outbursts about sandwiches and rumors about Luke Gulbranson, was Miss Hannah Berner. And Hannah had quite a year. She has a new fiancé Des Bishop, who looks like the older version of Kyle. But that didn’t mean she didn’t feel like Luke was playing her while they were in the house. And the entire mess culminated in an explosive reunion with endings of friendships and plenty of tears.
Something leaked into the Bravo water and that is some toxic mess. The past two weeks have given us more drama during hiatus than actual production. Porsha Williams and Falynn Guobadia are about to go full The Boy Is Mine on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim Zolciak is permanently tardy for the party and now the party is OVAH. Real Housewives of Dallas star Tiffany Moon has been subjected to racism on social media during AAPI month. What else could possibly happen?
Grab a Kleenex and a soothing tea, perhaps. After a season of nonsense and complete delusion where we learned, SUMMER, FUN, HANNAH BERNER, NOT FUN – the time has come. Let’s all join hands and bow our heads
in thanks, Hannah will not be returning to Summer House.
While summer 2021 is just beginning, fans had to say goodbye to Season 5 of Summer House last night in an explosive reunion that finally ended with Lindsay Hubbard getting her sandwich for a change. And to be honest, I’m super sad about it. This season of Summer House was amazing. We saw Carl Radke make a total transformation from f*ckboy to most eligible bachelor. Amanda Batula and Hannah Berner’s friendship was tested thanks to Hannahs’s neverending feud with Kyle Cooke. Every episode was filled with drama and hilarities even though the good vibe tribe was stuck in a Lover Boy-filled house for six weeks. Like Kyle, I’m thankful for Summer House, sharks, family and friends, in that order.
Part two of the reunion continued to expose Hannah’s bad behavior this season. Her friendship with Amanda and Kyle seems beyond repair. Lindsay and Danielle Olivera are over her “jokes” about her castmates she makes to the press, on podcasts and anywhere else willing to give her a quote. And the ongoing back and forth with Luke Gulbranson reached a nasty breaking point.