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?
Fans of the Real Housewives of New York are used to seeing Tinsley Mortimer flustered. She really seems to live in some extended adolescence. Mature conversations about life goals are broached by her mother Dale Mercer and fellow castmates, but these discussions are short-lived. Tinsley, just short of putting her hands over her ears, will shut down anything that gets too real.
So when her beloved dog Bambi passed away, Tinsley had to face reality. The result was notably over the top and histrionic, and for once, Tinsley was not wearing her lashes. Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer were on hand to witness the emotional fallout. There were also some questions about a pair of sneakers Tinsley’s ex-boyfriend Scott Kluth sent.
Watch What Happens Live executive producer and host Andy Cohen is, for all intents and purposes, the face of Bravo. Without him, the landscape of reality television might look very different today. And we would not know that women can be called “Housewives” without actually being married!
Andy, of course, is also the executive producer of the Real Housewives shows, which have been the standard after which many other reality shows have been modeled. Haven’t you always wondered if Andy has a favorite among all the Bravo shows? Would it be the Real Housewives of Orange County, which started the Housewives franchise? Or the Real Housewives of New York, which takes place in his beloved adopted home town? Maybe another Bravo show which he does not produce himself?
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?
Now that the Real Housewives of New York finale episode has aired, it’s time to gloss over the reunion and look ahead to casting for next season. Nothing is confirmed. Bravo is nowhere near making any decisions for Season 12. But, why not reflect on how to improve the group?
Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, and Bethenny Frankel are the core three that were a part of the show during Season 1. They aren’t going anywhere. Nor should they. With the addition of Sonja Morgan in Season 3, it’s been the most solid and entertaining casting. Dorinda Medley was added in Season 7. The cast getaways to Blue Stone Manor have become an institution on the show. If Bravo has to make any replacements it should be either Tinsley Mortimer or Barbara Kavovit. Even Ramona, flitting out the door from each cast event, has been more involved in the drama than Tinsley or Barbara has