The Real Housewives of New York’s Luann de Lesseps was the focus of much of Season 11–for better or worse. All roads led to Luann and we took exhausting trips with her down Sobriety Lane, Cabaret Court and Narcissist Boulevard. At times, it was enough to make you want to smash your GPS and take a trip to anywhere but New York City or the Hamptons.
Bethenny Frankel was one of Luann’s biggest supporters at the start of the season, having just helped get her into a rehab facility. By the time the cast went on their Miami trip, however, Bethenny was fed up with Luann’s self-centeredness and exploded at her in a restaurant in an epic meltdown. The two never quite got back on track as friends and continued to spar at the reunion. So, where does their relationship stand today?
When Bethenny Frankel announced on August 21 that she was leaving Real Housewives of New York, everyone was stunned. Viewers were stunned. Her RHONY co-stars were stunned. It was the departure that no one expected.
Bethenny’s new man, Paul Bernon, is very private and doesn’t want to be on camera, so that could be one reason for Bethenny’s departure. There were also rumblings that Bravo executives were angry for months that Bethenny had plans to produce unscripted shows for television with Mark Burnett.
Oh Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan, it’s time to make it nice! The stars of Real Housewives of New York made a major faux pas at New York Fashion Week. Neither can be accused of keeping quiet when something is on their mind. Dorinda has had many alcohol-fueled debates with her co-stars. Lady Morgan is the resident poster child for AARP candidates wanting to live their twilight years to the fullest. That’s all fine and dandy until their observations about life spill over into the general population.
Sonja and Dorinda were at NYFW to catch their girl, Tinsley Mortimer in a runway show. Tins was walking for designer Garo Faro. You might remember Garo’s designs from his stint on Project Runway. As the two RHONY vets sat in the front row, they chatted throughout the show. Unfortunately, bits of their conversation was recorded. Their candid remarks about some of the models have now opened the door for a lesson in social etiquette, acceptance, or just keeping your mouth shut.
Safe to say Joe Giudice is on pins and needles today. The husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey
felon star, Teresa Giudice has been in ICE custody since his “release” from prison. Joe and his wife both served camp jail sentences for multiple federal charges, including bankruptcy and mail fraud. The parents of four had their terms split up so their kids would always have one of them at home. Teresa ovaried up and did her time like a champ. After her release, she only had a short time with her husband before his 41-month sentence began.
Joe did his time too, but there was one little problem. His lack of US citizenship. Because Joe never sought the correct paperwork to render him legal, he was immediately up for deportation after camp time was over. Joe has been appealing the deportation order from the get-go. Leaving his family and starting over in another country wasn’t on his agenda. It wasn’t on Teresa’s either. She admitted on the Season 9 RHONJ reunion, she and the girls would not follow Joe if he were sent back to Italy. Now it looks like Juicy Joe could finally get a break. The wait for Joe’s possible release from custody might be putting Teresa on pins and needles too. But it’s for a completely different reason.
Real Housewives of New York‘s original cast members have come and gone. Some have just recently left… Then there are those who never really go away. Jill Zarin helped launch RHONY, along with Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Luann de Lesseps. While Beth, Ramona, and the Countess have all stayed relatively close to the fold, Jill
was fired left the series in 2011. After an explosive relationship with Bethenny that resulted in the end of their friendship, it also resulted in the end of Jill.
Jill didn’t let go easily. It’s never been a secret Jill wanted back in, but she basically blew it. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2012, Jill decided to “secretly tape” her interview with Andy Cohen. Let’s just say Big Daddy wasn’t tickled with the stunt queen move. That little slip up effectively booked Jill a trip to Bravo Siberia. But times have changed! Now that Bethenny has left the building, does this mean a door is open for Jill? Will viewers receive an encore performance of Jill’s panther-like moves on the tennis court? Maybe so, if Andy is in a forgiving mood.
I was shocked to hear the news last week that Project Runway designer Chris March had passed away at the age of 56. He suffered a heart attack on Thursday, September 5th.
A contestant on Season 4 of Project Runway, Chris placed fourth on the show. He was known for his amazing talent for costume design and gifted us with some of the most creative frocks ever to come down the runway. Chris was long a Bravo favorite, appearing on several of the network’s shows over the last decade.
Tides may be turning for Real Housewives of New York’s Tinsley Mortimer. We watched her struggle in and finally end her relationship with Scott Kluth. And we witnessed the heartbreaking passing of her beloved dog.
Tinsley always seemed to be struggling to find herself in a word where she had to settle down and marry in order to get the family she always wanted. Well, it might not be a man, or a child, but a return to the runway could hopefully mean things are looking up.
Back in July,
AC Slater Mario Lopez got skewered (and rightfully so) because he made some ignorant comments about parenting and transgender children. Mario, a father of three, suggested that it is “dangerous” for parents to label a child as transgender. He also said something confusing about how young children don’t know anything about sexuality so they can’t possibly decide that they are transgender.
Mario seems to have confused “gender identity” with “sexual orientation.” Someone get Mario Billie Lee’s phone number, because he is in serious need of her tutelage. Mario has since issued an apology. As. He. Should. In the wake of Mario’s ignorant comments, Cindy Barshop, from Season 4 of the Real Housewives of New York opened up about her own transgender child.