This week Andy Cohen gifted fans with news of a “Bravo Kids” special that will be featured on an episode of Watch What Happens Live. The special includes Gia Giudice, Frankie Catania, Albie Manzo and Chris Manzo from Real Housewives of New Jersey, Brielle Biermann, Riley Burruss, and Kairo Whitfield (THANK YOU) from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Avery Singer and Victoria de Lesseps from Real Housewives of New York City, and of course OG kids Briana Culberson and Shane Keough (YES) from Real Housewives of Orange County.
The “kids” featured in this special all grew up on TV and probably had zero say in showing their awkward years on camera for millions of people. So, this could be awesome! While the show features our favorite Bravo kids, there are some noticeable names missing. Yolanda Hadid’s daughters, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid are probably too busy being supermodels to show up on WWHL. But what about Kyle Richards’ daughters? Or Lisa Rinna’s? Nene Leakes’ kids? Or Jill Zarin’s daughter? Something tells me they’re dying to be included – and Andy has hinted as much without naming names.
You can’t get blood from a stone, but you can surely squeeze Bravo stunts for all they are worth. First we hear a Real Housewives All Stars project is in the works and now we have… Children of the Bravolebrities. If you aren’t staying awake at night wondering what haute couture Brooks Marks will release next, then who are you? Bravo has never ventured into these waters before, but it’s not a half bad idea. Why not hear from the people who never signed up to be on television?
While most of Bravo’s content stems from adults, often times the kids are the most level-headed. I’m looking at you, Gia Giudice. Some start out as toddlers and literally grow up before our eyes, venturing out into the real world and starting families of their own. They also have their fair share of challenges from cameras following them throughout their awkward years. Now Andy Cohen is giving fans the opportunity to catch up with some of the Bravo spawn and he has announced the line up. Spoiler alert, Milania Giudice got the shaft, but perhaps, that’s because she’s not 18 yet.
Luann de Lesseps is a maven of cabaret. She a current star of Real Housewives of New York. And, not for nothing, Luann is also cool – not all like, uncool. Luann is also very unlucky in love, it seems. When Lu joined RHONY, she was… THE COUNTESS. She was married to Alex de Lesseps, a real live French diplomat who may or may not have ditched Luann for an Ethiopian princess. Lu licked her wounds and eventually moved on to another Frenchman, Jacques Azoulay. We all loved French Ross Geller and it appeared Lu did too – until a rogue pirate in St. Barths with a penchant for guyliner put more than a kink in their relationship.
Somehow Luann eventually found herself involved with
douche CEO Tom D’Agostino. Tom, much like Harry Dubin, made himself a regular fixture on the Housewives dating circuit. Unfortunately for Luann, their dating lead to engagement, which lead to Luann going off the rails. In the wake of Luann’s affair of the heart and Tom’s affair in general, Lu’s mind was less on relationships and more on not getting arrested again. After trying her luck on a dating site, Lu met personal trainer Garth Wakeford. Now, after several months of going out, we learn Garth is partying on without Luann.
While the coronavirus pandemic took away international travel and late-nights of clubbing for Bravolebrities, they apparently all decided it was a good idea to write a book. Shep Rose and Cameran Eubanks of Southern Charm each wrote books on subjects that couldn’t be more opposite of each other. Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Margaret Josephs is also gearing up to release a memoir, and Jackie Goldschneider says she’s working on her own. Even Lala Kent, who was part of the very real Vanderpump Rules pregnancy pact, wrote a memoir herself.
The list goes on and on, but the only person we sadly won’t be getting a book from this year is Kim Richards, even though she gets to keep a hefty advance from her publisher. And since Dorinda Medley’s firing from the Real Housewives of New York, she’s going to teach us all about making it nice in her own words.
The news of Bethenny Frankel and Paul Bernon’s engagement broke almost simultaneously with the first Season 13 trailer of the Real Housewives of New York. It didn’t exactly seem like a coincidence, with the cast thinking that B was being petty with the timing. However, she hasn’t acknowledged the big news, until now.
Her engagement news came simultaneously with reports that her 8-year divorce from hell with Jason Hoppy is finally over. And finally, the SkinnyGirl mogul is free to move on and didn’t waste any time.
After several filming setbacks, it’s finally almost time for fans to be reunited with the Real Housewives of New York. This year will look a little different — Dorinda Medley is out. Eboni K. Williams is in as the first Black RHONY cast member. Leah McSweeney is an official vet. And Mama Heather Thomson is making a return, albeit briefly.
The first trailer for Season 13 shows Heather getting into it with Leah, which is a bit of a surprise. Leah and Heather are both fan-favorites. And back in Heather’s day, she tended to bicker with Ramona Singer and LuAnn de Lesseps, mostly about them sneaking men into their vacation rentals. But in the trailer, Leah calls Heather a “Karen” and it seems particularly heated. We know Leah is also sober this season, so it definitely wasn’t a drunken outburst reminiscent of last season.
Even if you’re not a fan, it’s hard to deny that Ramona Singer is an integral part of the Real Housewives of New York. She’s an OG and the show would never be the same if we never saw her petty fights with Bethenny Frankel, her complicated best friendship with Sonja Morgan and her outrageous temper tantrums about rooms on vacation.
Elyse Slaine came into the RHONY universe as one of Mona’s 50 best girlfriends, but it didn’t last long. They got into a blowup last season, and she severed ties for good after Elyse and Leah McSweeney started a joke that she poops herself while having sex. Now, she’s spilling the tea on Ramona’s role in Dorinda Medley‘s departure from the show.