The Real Housewives of New York is wrapping up its first season since Carole Radziwill left. Viewers remember Carole spending most of last season arguing with former BFF Bethenny Frankel. With Carole being right about everything. And Bethenny being, well, wrong about everything. Because, we came to learn over time, Carole likes to be right.
Carole left RHONY in a blaze of her own glory, announcing she was leaving the show before the season even finished airing, which is a no-no in Housewife land. And she famously told Andy Cohen that he was full of sh*t at the reunion. At the time, Carole claimed she was leaving the show to pursue her journalism career. Recently, Carole revealed that there might have been more to it than that. Which we all probably suspected.
I am going to open this Real Housewives Of New York recap with a controversial confession: I LOVE Feelin’ Jovani! Stone me with sequins and rhinestones; I don’t care I will wear Jovani anywhere — and it feels so right!
How righteous was it for Andy Cohen to play the track during the reunion. While Luann de Lesseps mouthed the words to her own anthem. The other women avoided her eyes out of sheer second-hand embarrassment. I guess you could say they were feelin’ embarrassed, and it felt so wrong.
Anyway, now the outfits! Bethenny Frankel wore a dress that looks like a Tetris game. Which is appropriate considering how many puzzle pieces there are to Bethenny’s life and it’s near impossible to see how all the wonky angles fit together. Luann looked like she was wearing Jovani to her own funeral. Again, apropos.
Can you believe it is already reunion time for the Real Housewives of New York? The season flew by and we will soon be searching Bravo for all-day marathons and RHONY updates. And what a season it was. Cabaret overkill courtesy of Luann de Lesseps. Bethenny Frankel experiencing the tragic loss of Dennis Shields. Tinsley Mortimer’s latest–and maybe final–break up with Scott Kluth.
Plus, the unforgettable drunken antics of Sonja Morgan in Miami. Alcohol friendly Dorinda Medley actually completing a season mostly sober! OG Ramona Singer was rather low key, other than being her usual demanding, crass and frequently rude self. She did have a few disagreements with the other ladies, but one castmate in particular seemed to rub her the wrong way.
The rawness of Real Housewives Of New York is just the palate cleanser we need after the drudgery of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. We all know this is a show where the ladies have no problem airing their dirty laundry. After washing it in the broken bidet of their crumbling mansion, of course.
Emotions run high throughout the day. Tears are cried as much as possible through Botoxed faces and accusations are made. I mean it wouldn’t be Real Housewives Of New York without
cabaret a meltdown (or 16).
Ramona Singer is the “OG” of Real Housewives of New York. She has been on the show since day one, and she never left, unlike Bethenny Frankel, who left and returned. Luann “Cabaret” De Lesseps was at one time demoted to be a lowly Friend of the Housewives.
Ramona has, as always, been busy causing drama during Season 11. At Barbara Kavovit’s clambake, Ramona made her own lobster goodie bags by shoving lobsters in a plastic bag to bring home. At another time, Ramona was caught kissing serial Housewife dater Harry Dubin. Why, Ramona? Why?
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York was amazing! Bethenny Frankel, who chose not to cabaret (sorry Luann de Lesseps!) has had quite a season. In August of 2018, she suffered the loss of on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields to a suspected drug overdose. In fact, Bethenny revealed on RHONY that Dennis had proposed to her, and given a ring to her daughter, Bryn Hoppy. That reveal was so sweet, and so sad, at the same time.
Bethenny also suffered a frightening medical emergency in 2018. She has a severe fish allergy, and unknowingly ate some soup that had fish in it. Bethenny went into anaphylactic shock and spent two days in the ICU. In the RHONY finale, Bethenny decided to skip Luann’s holiday cabaret extravaganza because she was still recovering from her recent brush with death. And Luann was still offended that Bethenny skipped her show.
Why have the Real Housewives amassed such a following? The drama? The feuds? How about stepping into the elite world of the super rich? No matter where the location, people love to see expensive homes, vacations, and shopping. Do we really care how it is financed?
On the Real Housewives of New York, Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley have questioned Tinsley Mortimer’s spending habits. Of course, she comes from family money, but after seeing Scott Kluth shower her with gifts, the ladies are wondering if there is a special someone behind the scenes buying new frilly dresses. Tinsley claims that she is paying for her own wardrobe. Sonja insists that she doesn’t have the money.
Can you believe that we are finishing up Season 11 of the Real Housewives of New York? It seems like the show just started back up and now the reunion is almost here. RHONY has become the gold standard of Housewife shows. The ladies are clever, combative and aren’t afraid to look like fools on camera. And their genuine friendships usually result in them finding a way to work out their differences. Except with Luann de Lesseps, of course!
Ramona Singer has been around since the beginning of the show and has never been afraid to display her real self on camera. And it is not always pretty. Ramona can be thoughtless, rude, demanding and self-centered. You have to wonder, what does Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen think about Ramona and her diva-like ways?