The Real Housewives of New York cast members gathered in Long Island, New York today to film the season 12 reunion IN PERSON! As we all know, this is a big deal (to reality TV fans) during the coronavirus pandemic among all of the virtual reunions.
They are probably still arguing at this point, but we did know some things about the reunion before even before the filming finished up. Elyse Slaine said she was not asked to be a part of the taping. Leah McSweeney is ready to face off against Ramona Singer. Tinsley Mortimer flew in from Chicago (and subsequently quarantined) in order to safely tape the reunion. Oh, and Ramona has an issue with Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan’s manners, which is just rich coming from Ramona of all people.
The news recently broke that the Real Housewives of New York cast will gather with Andy Cohen to film the Season 12 reunion in person in Long Island. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast just filmed their reunion, but it was via zoom, which makes sense since Andy is based in New York.
Elyse Slaine confirmed that she will not be a part of the taping, but fans have been wondering if Tinsley Mortimer will be there in person. She left the season halfway through to move to Chicago, so it was assumed she would show up virtually. However, it has been reported that Tinsley is already back in the Big Apple, following quarantine guidelines before the reunion.
Currently, we are in the midst of the Zoom era in reality television. TV shows are employing do-it-yourself confessional shoots (with terrible audio quality), video chat interviews, after shows that are filmed from home. It’s the new normal, but, apparently, the Real Housewives of New York cast is going to film the upcoming reunion in person.
Reunion host Andy Cohen does live in New York, so that’s not exactly surprising, but how is this going to work. Are they going to yell at each other through face masks? Will there be separate seating for each person (six feet apart) instead of the usual reunion couches? What about the cast members who have been traveling and catching flack for their (perceived) lack of precaution? Are they going to quarantine before the taping and get fresh corona tests? There are so many relevant questions to ask in this new era.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast recently filmed the season 10 reunion. Lisa Rinna said it was “bullshit,” attributing blame to those cease and desist letters that Denise Richards sent to the cast and crew. Reunion host Andy Cohen disagreed with her sentiments, of course.
After filming, Denise and Garcelle Beauvais unfollowed Lisa. Denise also unfollowed Teddi Mellencamp and Erika Jayne. I don’t blame her for unfollowing Teddi though. I would have just done that based on the excessive workout posts alone. It’s assumed that the reunion was filmed just like the other recent Bravo reunions, with everyone filming separately from the safety of their homes.
However, Kyle Richards posted a photo post-filming with Erika, Teddi, Dorit Kemsley (wearing Louis Vuitton pajamas), and Lisa. Did they just get together after the fact? I would love to know about the logistics of this filming situation, but we will probably have to wait on that.
We are now in the Brandi Glanville half of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season, which has been teased for way too many months. Brandi returned to RHOBH during last week’s episode.
At this point, it’s unclear how much we will hear about Brandi’s alleged hookup with Denise Richards, especially since Denise sent out cease and desist letters to the cast and crew. Brandi didn’t even make the cut for the reunion taping. So does that mean the topic will be skipped completely?
The alleged Denise Richards and Brandi Glanville hookup has been highly hyped up long before the current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season even started. Brandi insists that she and Denise hooked up. Meanwhile, Denise is adamant that it didn’t happen. She even sent cease and desist letters to the cast and crew.
So, does that mean the topic was banned from discussions during the recent Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion taping? That’s what Lisa Rinna implied. She also posted many passive-aggressive Instagram Stories about Denise. It’s safe to say their 20-year friendship is dunzo.
Sometimes there is that one celebrity who wasn’t hashtag blessed with a dialogue filter. Or any accurate perception of reality. Case in point, still-employed-for-now, NeNe Leakes. Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers are well aware of NeNe’s explosive personality.
Season 12 was not all peaches and champagne for NeNe. Hell, she wasn’t even around for the first few episodes after getting checked for her attitude. NeNe claimed to be on a “spiritual journey”, but I’m not sure it took. She was still volatile. Still plagued by jealousy. And NeNe kept up with her favorite role, victim. You might think NeNe plateaued as the martyr of RHOA when she complained about caring for her husband during cancer treatment. Now she has surpassed even that. In an effort to explain her disastrous appearance on the reunion, NeNe likened herself to an unarmed black man murdered by a police officer. Yep, she went there.
During the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, NeNe Leakes walked out. It’s unclear if that is the end of her time on the reunion or if she will be back for more fighting on part 3.
The season 12 reunion concludes with one more episode. And that means we will have to sit through yet another Yovanna Momplaisir appearance. No one cares about Yovanna. Bravo just needs to stop trying to make Yovanna happen. No one wants to see her. Ever.