Season 13 of Real Housewives of New York has fallen flat compared to its heyday. RHONY always delivered an entertaining season, so naturally fans are disappointed. Eboni K. Williams joined the cast as the first Black Housewife for the franchise. She has been trying to educate the ladies about racial issues, but it’s been a slog for Eboni.
Eboni had to explain why Ramona Singer shouldn’t call her staff “the help.” While Ramona is famous for running away from any dispute, or lecture, Eboni is still speaking her truth. “Frankly, I was not going to tiptoe around these women when it came to any of it,” Eboni stated. “Their comfort is just not my concern.”
There’s Real-life courtroom drama making its way onto this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And the more news comes out, the worse the story gets. Tom Girardi is accused of embezzling millions upon millions from his law clients. And many of them were granted settlement funds after being victims or family members of victims of horrific accidents. Erika Jayne decided to get out of dodge and divorce Tom as the news came out. Which obviously raised questions about whether or not it was a ploy to protect her assets.
And Erika seems to be worried about her appearance (and clutching onto all the “gifts” Tom gave her) rather than the actual victims who are OWED the money. Like she said herself, she really doesn’t give a f–k about anyone except Erika Jayne. Or that’s at least how she’s acting on the internet.
Big news broke recently that Tom has been put under conservatorship due to his ailing health, with his brother in charge of cleaning up the mess. Tom’s brother, Robert Girardi, was ordered to appear in court with all of Tom’s financial records. Erika also is expected to turn over her records, which she’s reportedly NOT happy about. And a judge recently ruled that the victims can go after Erika for the money they’re due, rightful so. But the Ice Queen is still crying poor me in SOMEONE’S private jet, to slap the victims in the face one more time.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has always been the show with the most celebrity cameos, considering the Hollywood of it all. Beverly Hills, the land of the rich, famous and plastic, it’s one of a kind. Back when Yolanda Hadid was on the show, Gigi and Bella Hadid made appearances before they were the worlds’ biggest supermodels. We’ve seen ultimate momager Kris Jenner, who’s tight with Kyle Richards. Not to mention old school actors like Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Kelsey Grammer and more.
But it’s not all diamonds and rose — just take a look at Erika Jayne’s empire crumbling down before our eyes. Or Dorit Kemsley’s seemingly never-ending tax issues. Just because you wear designer, doesn’t mean you can afford it. But while I’m not die-hard into them flashing expensive clothes, I live for a name-drop moment on RHOBH. A la Rinna’s inability to bring up her daughter’s older boyfriend Scott Disick at any chance she gets.
Leah McSweeney and Ramona Singer have bickered back and forth since Leah stepped on the scene of the Real Housewives of New York. The Ramonacoaster tries to be a pseudo-parent to Leah at times and seems to get overly offended whenever the newbie talks about sex. Meanwhile, Leah hasn’t always kept her cool, throwing digs at Ramona and literally throwing ravioli at her. Their dynamic is old-school Real Housewives drama and seems like they’ll never truly find resolution, which is probably good for TV.
And the current season of RHONY has been hard on both of them. Leah’s been receiving a lot of hate that even has Andy Cohen shocked. And Mona is battling rumors that she’s been fired before the imminent cast shakeup prior to next season. Despite the noise going on in the background, the two still find time to argue about trivial things like penis talk and Holla Heather Thomson. But both are standing their ground — particularly Leah when it comes to defending Eboni K. Williams’ mission of talking honestly about race with the ladies.
The web of fraud allegations surrounding Jen Shah is leading up to the wildest second season of the Real Housewives of all time. Truly, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is coming in hot, especially with a major legal battle right off the bat. Jen’s being accused of being a mastermind behind a longtime telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly folks. Yeah, it’s as bad as it sounds. She and her sidekick Stuart Smith are accused of committing fraud for years as part of the scheme and could face 30 years in prison. Yet, based on Jen’s social media, she’s “unarrested” and unbothered, seemingly believing she’ll somehow find a way to weasel her way out of this.
Jen’s been doubling down that she’s innocent, asking the court to just dismiss this whole inconvenience to her. She’s still surrounded by her Squad but lost the ability to pretend to live the good life in her rented Shah Chalet. And nearly everyone is in the belief that Jen’s pretty delusional for going onto RHOSLC in the first place if she was involved in such a fraudulent business. Well, everyone except Heather Gay, who’s the most loyal friend of all time for no good reason considering Jen’s constant abuse. And to think Jen’s feud with Mary Cosby caused her to have a total meltdown. I can’t imagine the explosion that ensued after she was arrested on camera.
Every time more news comes out about Tom Girardi and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, it keeps seeming more and more like a dramatic movie. Tom is being accused of some truly awful deads — embezzling millions from his clients and victims to fund his wife’s wannabe pop career. She tried to scurry away unscathed (in a private jet) by filing for divorce, but luckily a judge ruled that victims can go after Erika for the money they’re due. But EJ claims they’re gifts, like a true main character villain.
The drama on RHOBH is only escalating when it comes to the Erika situation. Her car crash story. Her picture-perfect mascara tears. And a whole lot of questionable behavior that seems more like she’s playing a role than truly being sincere. Oh and she’s only worried about herself — not the “hundreds” of victims whose money funded her XXPen$ive lifestyle for years. I cannot wait for Sutton Stracke to step up and ask her the tough questions. The Southern Belle won’t be intimidated by the Ice Queen.
This season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is finally delivering once again. And it’s not even just because of the mess that Erika Jayne is in legally. Newbies Crystal Kung Minkoff and Sutton Stracke have been putting in the work to earn their diamonds. And finding new ways to argue at every turn. Garcelle Beauvais also isn’t up for encouraging all the acting going on that many of the old school RHOBH ladies let slide by for years. And Kathy Hilton, the new queen of Beverly Hills, is the cherry on top.
These newbies are giving us the RHOBH we deserve. And finally calling out Lisa Rinna for not owning ANYTHING in her life. Unless it’s about her daughter, Amelia Gray Hamlin’s unexpected relationship with Kardashian insider Scott Disick. Even though she acts like she hates it, she finds a way to bring it up at every turn. Sounds like someone is trying to make a Keeping Up With The Kardashians 2.0 with the Hamlins. But it’s not gonna happen unless it’s a cooking show starring Harry Hamlin.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is starting to sound like the Real Fraudsters of the Greater Southern California Area. This season is clearly centered around Erika Jayne and the horrific embezzlement allegations Tom Girardi is facing. Finally, we’re not being forced to watch a group of middle-aged women attack (and out) Denise Richards for allegedly hooking up with Brandi Glanville. Or argue about a puppy. Or panties. We’re getting real-life rich people problems. And all I gotta say is, it’s about freakin time.
Erika is far from the first RHOBH lady to face legal probz. Dorit Kemsley and PK Kemsley have had their fair share of issues, whether it’s lawsuits or forgetting to pay casinos and such. They’re even selling their Encino house after living there for just a year which is shrouded in sketchiness. And hey, Erika wasn’t the first lady to get her assets frozen — Door-It has been there, done that. Yet all Dorit has been giving us this season (and frankly, most seasons) is over-the-top outfits that never seem to be appropriate for the event she’s attending. Oh, and denials of plastic surgery.