If you haven’t already watched The Housewife and the Hustler, get to it. Not only does it open with the ever-hypnotic and chaotic Danielle Staub divvying out strip club secrets, but the actual alleged victims of Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne are heavily involved. Hearing the story of these embezzlement claims from the victims’ mouths is another experience altogether.
That said, if you have ears, eyes, and a shred of critical thinking, you are probably getting a good sense of what’s going on from watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in isolation. That “crying scene” Erika put on with Kyle Richards last week was…something. Of course, Bravo fans have been glued to this season. We also know investigators have been tuning in. What’s next, the victims?
Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards. Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. What do all of these things have in common? They’re legendary feuds in their own right. And I would argue that the ongoing back and forth between forever frenemies Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger on the Real Housewives of Potomac trumps them all, at least when it comes to expert shade-throwing. And somehow it still feels like it’s just getting started.
Gizelle and Karen have battled it out to be the Queen B of RHOP since the beginning. And their feud has so many iconic moments, from Gizelle’s #FreeUncleBen shirt to the Grand Dame’s attack on Jamal Bryant who lives in the phone. We had the mime scene. The birthday party seat fiasco. And countless arguments during reunions. It’s a feud that I will never tire of and never truly pick one side of — I love it for what it is, and I never want either of them to leave RHOP.
I’m SO GLAD Juan Dixon is here right now! The Real Housewives of Potomac women are back, baby! And we have earned it. For anyone struggling through the Real Housewives of New York’s historical figure parties and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills peeping tom and leather pants gimmicks, rest easy. We’ve made it to the other side of the rainbow.
Of course, RHOP is missing wig-shifter Monique Samuels and sky bomber T’Challa in season 6. Are we staring down yet another numbed out franchise? Prayers for some season 5 grudge hangovers.
Erika Jayne. The name on everyone’s lips. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is focusing almost entirely on her messy and horrifying divorce from Tom Girardi. Her costars want answers. They want to know the uncensored truth about the woman they believe to be their friend. There are appalling allegations being made about both she and Tom. If she’s going to keep these friends, she’s going to have to be as transparent as possible. People want answers.
With a new trip coming up, this is a pivotal point for Crystal Kung Minkoff & Sutton Stracke. At every event or trip, they’ve found a way to be at each other’s throats. It’s entertaining to a point, but it can’t go on forever. They’re going to have to learn how to coexist within the group. It might be difficult. They might even have to fake it until they make it. However, the other women might be sick of them going round for round.
Things just keep getting worse and worse for Erika Jayne. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been embroiled in a financial scandal for months so. It’s so big we can barely keep up. Every day, more and more is being revealed about husband Tom Girardi’s alleged misdealings. Which includes ripping off orphans and widows. I know we all know this by now but the allegations bear repeating.
Then every week we have to watch EJ put on her non-waterproof mascara and cry for the cameras. She claims her divorce isn’t a sham. And that she was mistreated in the end. Sure, that’s possible. It’s also possible she was out when she got a whiff of the money drying up. I know I am being very biased in my opinion here. But even if Erika didn’t know what was going on with Tom’s finances, the timing of their divorce is just too convenient. And her social media behavior after this all came out has been reprehensible. Does her behavior seem like someone who feels any level of sympathy for those who were victims in this scenario? No, Erika would rather cry about downsizing to a $1 million dollar bungalow. All while popping champagne for her castmates. But if Erika was hoping to maintain any form of her lifestyle when all this is said and done, she can probably let that dream go. Maybe she should focus on finding another rich husband to pay the bills.
Every Real Housewives of New York fan can clearly see that this season is a total bust. And while everyone is trying to point the finger at one person or thing to blame it on, I don’t think it’s that simple. The ladies are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which hit NYC especially hard. And they filmed the majority of the season amidst one of the most contentious presidential elections of all time that had everyone on edge. Not to mention a national reckoning regarding racism. Also, at least half of the ladies are going through serious personal issues behind the scenes that are taking their toll on them.
Behind the RHONY seems, it sounds like Bravo is worried about the fan response to this season. The addition of Eboni K. Williams has been heavily debated, with some praising her for making the women confront their white privilege and others (AKA Ramona Singer) thinking she’s too “preachy.” And while Leah McSweeney was a fan-favorite last year, the fans have turned on her so bad that even Mona is asking them to give her a break. Sounds like Leah is a victim of the sophomore season scaries.
Someone give Erika Jayne an Oscar for the tremendous acting she’s doing this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Alright, there might be a chance she’s being genuine, but I’m not totally buying it. The timing of her divorce from Tom Girardi is more than questionable. As are records that Tom allegedly embezzled money from his clients to put right in her bank account. But EJ claims it was just a loveless divorce and time for her to move on — opportune when Tom is being accused of swindling millions.
And while Erika made sure to NOT wear waterproof mascara when the cameras were rolling, she must have forgotten she fully has the ability to make a statement to the victims for her husband’s bad business. But no, she’s too busy “battling her haters” on Instagram, shading Bravo editors and STILL flying private. But guys don’t forget Tom wouldn’t….hug her…back. *Cue single tear* Bravo, Miss Jayne.
Tom has been in deep shit for nearly a year now. He’s being accused of stealing millions to fund his and EJ’s “XXPen$ive” lifestyle. And while Erika peaced out and grabbed anything she and Mikey Minden could fit in their arms when shit hit the fan, Tom’s brother has been the only one helping the 81-year-old navigate it all. First came the divorce, then the lawsuits. And then Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, leading his brother to take the lead on dealing with the mountain of issues facing the Girardi’s. Even though Tom was prettttty clear during a divorce hearing when he asked a judge to not grant Erika any alimony.
I know times are tough around the million-plus dollar rental Erika Jayne is slumming in. That’s obvious from the Roger Rabbit shoulder pads confessional “lewk” being shoved down our throats. But really, what in the $5 Maybelline Great Lash is going on around here?!
In our latest stop on on the Embezzlement Express we see Erika actually trying to convince us there’s a difference between a gold-digger and a conspirator for fraud and money laundering. Not the connection I think she meant to make. That said, Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna seem keen to remain loyal to the no-fucks-to-give divorcee. At this point it seems the only Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast willing to speak out are those who have distanced themselves from the show altogether.