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RHOP Season 1

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

Welcome to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! Over a year since it was first announced at BravoCon, the newest Housewives franchise is finally here, and let me tell you, dear readers. The wait was worth it. In the famous words of the Mormon prophet Brigham Young, who settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, “This is the place.”

I feel confident in saying the premiere episode was pretty well near perfect. (Which makes sense because, as one of the ‘Wives says of life in Salt Lake City, “Perfection is attainable!”) The last time we were graced with a first episode this good was back when Real Housewives of Potomac premiered in 2016. (Though the hype surrounding RHOP was comparatively much smaller at the time. Bravo even leaned into a full slate of ads asking “Where is Potomac?” ahead of the premiere. And it took seasons of under-the-radar perfection for the show to finally be respected today as the top-tier Housewives franchise it is.)

Charrisse Jordan

After Gizelle Bryant‘s tea-spilling stint on Watch What Happens Live last week, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan is firing back. Gizelle accused Charrisse of having a “fireman” boyfriend on the side. Charrisse, still technically married to the invisible Eddie Jordan, did not take too kindly to Gizelle spreading her business all over the airwaves even though they’re both on reality TV and have opened their lives up to public scrutiny.

The Real Housewives of Potomac star admits, “I was very disappointed that Gizelle would stoop to the level of being on a national station talking about my life, that she knows nothing about, creating a lie just for attention and airtime. I don’t know why I’m surprised because that’s the type of person we dealt with all season, but this to me was an all-time low for her to even go there.” 

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Ashley Darby came out of her first reunion (part one anyway) looking fairly decent – at least in her attitude. Considering the fashion faux-pax that was the entire cast (it was truly like a fashion fail drive-by – EVERYONE got hit!), Ashley may have come out looking a teeeeensy bit better than the rest. Sure, she took a bullet or two, but maybe those sequins protected her from grave injury? #PromGownDefense

The spunky Real Housewives of Potomac star reflects on Karen Huger calling her a “stray” on the couches, and how all of the other women are simply jealous – of her man (uh, that’s questionable), her money, and her life. Ashley accuses,”Karen calling me a stray was as blatant as a drag queen’s contour. There’s absolutely no way that can be misconstrued, and as a woman who ‘owns her s***’ she should’ve kept it 100. I’m not sure what pound Karen hangs around, but this bitch has a big bite.” 

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A whole new Robyn Dixon showed up at The Real Housewives of Potomac Reunion, Part 1 Sunday night! Departing from her usual chill style, Robyn took the opportunity on the reunion stage to confront her cast mates about their behavior this season. And now she’s taking to her blog to continue the “discussion!”  

Robyn first calls out Karen Huger for dubbing Gizelle Bryant’s hairdresser as “the help” at Charrisse Jackson-Jordan’s crab boil. “Calling someone ‘the help’ and questioning why a person would bring ‘the help’ to a party is stuck up, elitist, and condescending. Karen’s comments implied that people in service positions are inferior and not worthy of attending the same party as her. I have news for Karen, she is not any better or more deserving than any other person simply because she’s married to the ‘black Bill Gates.'”

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Word on the street is…this is going to be one feisty reunion! The Real Housewives of Potomac gathered for part one of their first ever post season sit-down with Andy Cohen last night to rehash a season of etiquette lessons, racial tension, and butt-grabbing. If the “teamed” seating arrangement tells us anything, it looks like it may be a popularity contest of sorts. Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Katie Rost, and Karen Huger on one side face off with Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby on the other. It’s notable that Gizelle and Karen are closest to Andy, as they seemed to be battling it out for HBIC status all season long. Lots of screaming and finger pointing coming our way, I presume!

Out of the gate, I have to address the elephant in the room: wardrobe, makeup, and hair. In a word…HUH!? These couches look like they’re playing host to my 1993 prom fashion show. I realize that as I type this I am sitting here in mismatched sweats, but I’m sorry ladies of Potomac – an immediate and ruthless intervention is in order! Or each housewives’ personal stylist must stand behind their creation and do some ‘splainin. Katie’s face alone makes Sonja Morgan’s smoky eye and updo seem, I don’t know, hip? And the sequins being served up here must have been a cast decision. But you know what they say about theory and reality. Theoretically, six super-sparkly gowns seems fancy and fun. In reality, it looks like a TJ Maxx clearance rack exploded on stage. Okay, no more shade. On to the show!  

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We made it! The final episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac’s debut season is in the can (in more ways than one). Now that the etiquette curtain has fallen – or rather, has been ripped to shreds – the ladies decide to end their shared story by hurling mean-spirited accusations at each other about race, babies, and other sordid nonsense. Fun times!

Oh – and Katie Rost is not only throwing down with Robyn Dixon and Gizelle Bryant at a “Come to Jesus” luncheon; she’s also still pining away for an engagement ring from Andrew. So, not everyone’s story has changed much since episode one, after all. But will the forced engagement actually happen? 

Charrisse Jackson-Jordan is sleeping off her hangover the morning after her 50th birthday bash. The party was everything she thought it should be, with the exception of not having her husband Eddie there. She did have Eddie’s $80 grand there, though, soooooo…it’s not all broken dreams over here. 

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The war between Gizelle Bryant and Katie Rost came to a head this week as the ladies tussled over an (innocent?) butt grab at Charrisse Jackson Jordan’s 50th birthday party. In true Housewives fashion, the argument quickly moved from its original topic to a totally different one: racial identification.

Accusations flew after Robyn Dixon posed her incendiary question about Michael Darby‘s dance floor moves: “Is that a white guy thing?”

Gizelle takes to her blog to discuss the argument, why she’s not obsessed with race, and how Katie is actually obsessed with HER! The Real Housewives of Potomac star explains her reaction to Michael’s behavior at Charrisse’s party: “As I was busting my famous two step, I never in a MILLION years thought I would be able to utter the words in my head, ‘Michael is Charmin toilet paper SQUEEZING Andrew’s butt on the dance floor.’ I said to myself, ‘Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing’…’No, say it ain’t so’… ‘Golly gee wilikers’…’Now ain’t this some nonsense.'”

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The Rost Foundation

Katie Rost has made it her tagline, and her storyline, on the debut season of The Real Housewives of Potomac. “I’m a ball and gala girl, it’s my legacy and my calling,” smiles Katie in her opening sequences. But how much of this “legacy” translates into action when it comes to raising money through charity events? Some say, not much – if anything at all!  

Katie’s family’s charitable organization, The Rost Foundation, is apparently real (realer than a Real Housewife, at least!), but hasn’t performed a whole lotta, um, charity in the past decade or so. Yet, Katie constantly refers to The Rost Foundation as the impetus behind planning lavish events that never pan out or even get off the ground. So, what gives, here?

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