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.
Season 11 of Real Housewives of New York was amazing! Bethenny Frankel, who chose not to cabaret (sorry Luann de Lesseps!) has had quite a season. In August of 2018, she suffered the loss of on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields to a suspected drug overdose. In fact, Bethenny revealed on RHONY that Dennis had proposed to her, and given a ring to her daughter, Bryn Hoppy. That reveal was so sweet, and so sad, at the same time.
Bethenny also suffered a frightening medical emergency in 2018. She has a severe fish allergy, and unknowingly ate some soup that had fish in it. Bethenny went into anaphylactic shock and spent two days in the ICU. In the RHONY finale, Bethenny decided to skip Luann’s holiday cabaret extravaganza because she was still recovering from her recent brush with death. And Luann was still offended that Bethenny skipped her show.
Why have the Real Housewives amassed such a following? The drama? The feuds? How about stepping into the elite world of the super rich? No matter where the location, people love to see expensive homes, vacations, and shopping. Do we really care how it is financed?
On the Real Housewives of New York, Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley have questioned Tinsley Mortimer’s spending habits. Of course, she comes from family money, but after seeing Scott Kluth shower her with gifts, the ladies are wondering if there is a special someone behind the scenes buying new frilly dresses. Tinsley claims that she is paying for her own wardrobe. Sonja insists that she doesn’t have the money.
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?
Warning, this article has a possible DEFCON 4 level “EW” factor. Just kidding! Bravolebrities had a busy Pride month. You might have seen the great photos of Bravo’s float in the parade. Some
hated much loved Housewives showed up and Andy Cohen certainly had a blast. NeNe Leakes from Real Housewives of Atlanta made an appearance. Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan from Real Housewives of New York were on hand. Special guest star, all the way from South Carolina, was Southern Charm’s own Patricia Altschul.
The ladies hung out and bonded, I’m sure they shared
salaries secrets we would all like to know. Social media was ablaze with photo ops, which of course brings out the haters. In one particular photo Ms. Pat shared, a commenter made a remark about her son’s sexual preference. How gauche. And while the gender Whitney Sudler-Smith prefers in his bed is no one’s beeswax, Patricia addressed the statement. Boy did she ever.
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
Now that the Real Housewives of New York season is over and we are headed into reunion territory, how are we going to live without weekly cabaret updates? Where will Luann de Lesseps appear next? What fabulous Jovani frocks will she be wearing? Will arrogant Luann finally be able to carry a tune?
One person who has had her fill of cabaret updates is Ramona Singer. On the same night that Luann had invited all the ladies to her holiday cabaret show, Ramona decided to throw a surprise birthday party for Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan. Claiming it was the only night the party could be scheduled. You have to wonder, what did those invited to both events think of Ramona’s shady move?