When you think about it, Bravo really changed the face of reality television. Sure, Bravo didn’t invent the genre, but over the years, the network has taken risks to start a wide variety of reality themed shows–from real estate to yachting and more. Many of these shows have been very successful and have been game changers in the reality television world.
Of course, the franchise Bravo is probably best known for is the Real Housewives. Who knew in 2006 that the franchise would still be going strong in 2019. From the original Real Housewives of Orange County, the show has landed in cities from New York to Dallas to Beverly Hills. One of the most successful spin-offs has been the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Recently, Peter Thomas, who used to be a regular on the show when married to Cynthia Bailey, shared his thoughts about how the men on the Housewives shows are portrayed.
Oh, Ramona! Real Housewives of New York viewers are used to seeing Ramona Singer sometimes behave…well, rudely. It is part of her charm. Look at the way she always insists on getting the best room on RHONY getaways and orders the staff to help her unpack her belongings.
Ramona also has an issue with remembering the names of other Bravo celebrities that she has already met. And word on the street is that Real Housewives of Potomac star Gizelle Bryant has been the most recent victim of Ramona’s selective memory.
We are already a few weeks into the Below Deck season and are starting to get a read on the new crew. It appears that at least a few of the crew members will be stirring up high seas drama. Chef Kevin Dobson has already raised the ire of chief stew Kate Chastain by calling her out for poor service at the first crew meeting. No good can come of that! Plus, Kevin has already stirred up a full season of drama in just two episodes with his intestinal issues. Pity the poor charter guests who are now watching the show knowing that he prepared their food!
Crabby third stew Courtney Skippon whines more than any crew member I have ever seen. What’s so bad about being on a yacht making great money in beautiful Thailand? It’s not like you are serving time in a Russian prison, Courtney! You have to wonder what it would be like to be Captain Lee Rosbach and have to deal with some of these characters. What would happen if he could pick his own dream crew for Below Deck?
Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel shocked us all when she decided to bail on the show. For Bethenny, the timing was right. According to Ramona Singer, Bethenny’s co-stars found out this juicy information through the press. Ouch!
So, who would Bravo pick to step into Bethenny’s fashionable shoes? We learned that Leah McSweeney apparently signed on for Season 12 of RHONY. Since Bravo doesn’t comment on casting, this hasn’t been confirmed. We also don’t know if Leah will be a full-time Housewife or Friend of the Housewives.
Ever since she was booted from Real Housewives of New York, original cast member Jill Zarin has been desperately trying to get her full-time apple back. Jill has popped up here and there in episodes since she was let go after Season 4. She famously feuded with both Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer on the show. It seems like Jill’s bad blood with Ramona is still going on.
Jill even permitted RHONY cameras to film outside of her beloved husband, Bobby Zarin’s, funeral. In that moment of intense grief, Bethenny and Jill reunited and hugged. Still, many viewers were critical of Jill’s decision.
Back in August, Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel shocked us all when she announced that she was leaving the show ahead of Season 12. Why Bethenny? Why?
She is in a happy relationship with Paul Bernon, who is very private and probably doesn’t want to add appearing on a reality show to his resume. There is some hope for the future, since Bethenny left the show before and then later triumphantly returned.
While LeeAnne Locken has had some up and down relationships with her Real Housewives of Dallas costars. However, it seems like things are going a lot better with Real Housewives from different TV shows. Specifically, Erika Jayne. No word on how she feels about Erika Girardi. Lame joke, I’ve moved on.
Recently, LeeAnne dished on how Erika reached out to her during a tough time when none of her RHOD costars did. She also talked about Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer’s fight during Pride Weekend in New York this past summer. LeeAnne even theorized about why she would not be accepted by the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast.
Vanderpump Rules fans have watched Scheana Marie make out with Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alum Robby Hayes on the show. And in paparazzi photos. She was even seen with a different Bachelor Nation star pretty recently.
Previously, Ramona Singer said that she would love to have the lead role on The Bachelorette. She was (probably) joking, but I know it would be must-watch TV. However, former Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman has a different Real Housewives of New York star in mind to take on the task.