Kelly Dodd is not known for mincing words, and that’s basically what makes her popular with certain people. She has been on Real Housewives of Orange County since Season 11, and the lack of filter on her mouth combined with her lack of patience for Vicki Gunvalson endeared to her a large audience. Kelly has weathered several storms on camera, including quite possibly the most erratic weather system that appears at least once a year, Shannon Storms Beador.
Kelly makes a point of letting people know exactly what’s on her mind and it often works against her. She goes for shock value and doesn’t care if the results place her in an unflattering light. Either way, it keeps her name in people’s mouths, which makes Andy Cohen happy. That said, her problematic personality does lend itself to humor… sometimes. She might not be drowning in pesky things like facts, but she can be funny. Recently Kelly and her husband have been traveling on the East Coast and chilling with friends. But don’t worry, she packed
her mask the sarcasm in a carry-on bag.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are off to the races, with a few new faces along for the ride. Garcelle Beauvais is back for round two, and this time she’s not letting Lisa Rinna dance her way out of being held accountable for her actions. Sutton Stracke officially has a diamond and is rumored to feud with everyone, particularly Erika Jayne. Because we know that Erika is obviously not taking responsibility for having a role in her soon-to-be ex-husband Tom Girardi’s legal issues. Kyle Richards’ other sister, Kathy Hilton, has graced us with her presence with her martini chugging and wardrobe full of t-shirts with inspirational quotes. And Crystal Kung Minkoff also joined the group this year and is already bringing more to the table than Erika has throughout multiple seasons.
Crystal is, so far, perfect Real Housewives material. She’s married to a big-time Hollywood movie maker, has an adorable little family and her brother is a major Chinese pop star. To be clear, joining a new group of fabulous ladies, particularly the RHOBH ladies who love a good gang up, can be a struggle. But Crystal is fitting right in and isn’t holding back her opinions of the other women. During last week’s episode, she and Sutton got into it when Sutton started dismissing Crystal’s experiences with racist stereotypes. Sutton has since apologized and Crystal forgave her, but we’re all waiting for that “ugly leather pants” moment that was teased in the trailer.
It looks like the Puppygate Girl Gang did not die with the end of #puppygate. The level of commitment, or whatever blood pact situation that is happening here has become both predictable and somewhat boring. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ current season will revolve around Erika Jayne and the unyielding support of her co-stars. Better make that some of her co-stars.
While Dorit Kemsley has praised Erika for her amazing
acting strength during such a difficult time, the same cannot be said for Sutton Stracke. Sutton has already been clocked for being the least supportive of Erika during the demise of her marriage. Now Dorit seems to think maybe Sutton acted this way to finally earn that diamond. Because implying someone does not believe Erika’s multitude of lies innocense is obviously too mind-boggling to consider.
If you’re waiting for any fleeting speck of evidence absolving Erika Jayne from the alleged embezzlement claims against she and Tom Girardi, your wait continues. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Erika’s Victim Unit is underway and it’s coming with a lot of baggage attached. Most of the baggage is now going for the best offer bid on eBay, but we’re here nonetheless.
As you know, Erika claims she had zero knowledge of Tom’s wrongdoings. Didn’t know about the Lion Air crash mess. Didn’t know about the man who was burned and got duped. But somehow she knew about Tom’s former mistress… While EJ dares anyone to challenge her, there are plenty of folks who are ready and willing to rise to the occasion. It looks like two truths and a lie are three lies and a joke because now we find out Erika was previously subpoenaed in Tom’s fraud cases. We’ll call the following timeline, Exhibit: A.
Out of all the insane stories and controversial moments that have happened in the Bravoverse over the past year, Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City really takes the cake. Her first season on the show was filled with her erratic behavior and seemingly picture-perfect life, which we all know is really a scam now. Jen was arrested a few weeks back for allegedly being involved in a long-running fraud and money laundering telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly. And while she’s been posting on Instagram as if she’s not facing 30 years behind bars (#unarrested), the charges alleged against her and her assistant Stuart Smith are truly horrific, to put it in the words of her old buddy Brooks Marks.
Jen has pleaded not guilty both in and out of the courtroom, but the evidence isn’t looking too good for Miss Shah. She was apparently tipped off about her arrest, somewhat attempted to flee and traumatized producers in the process. And even though Bravo did their homework, it’s really curious why Jen would even appear on a reality show in the first place if she was involved in such shady business. At least Bravo is going to get some crazy footage for Season 2.
During the Season 11 premiere of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Dorit Kemsley invited her co-stars to get glammed up and have cocktails at her house. Last season, RHOBH viewers saw Dorit design a function room at the restaurant, Buca di Beppo. Some hanging vines and lemons don’t magically turn into the Isle of Capri.
Now Dorit has gone from designing bathing suits to designing wedding gowns. I am interested to see her designs. It seems like this might be her jam.
A huge allure of the Real Housewives when it first premiered in Orange County was the elaborate homes. The opulence, the size, the furnishings, the amenities, and the views. The Real Housewives of Orange County was marketed as a “look behind the gates,” and featured some fantastic homes. But the franchise spread its wings, and drew in cast members with even greater means, so interestingly, none of the original housewives made the list of the top ten most expensive homes.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills homes dominate. Not exactly a surprise, being that it’s one of the wealthiest zip codes in America. But there are some revelations on this list and favorite alums to reconnect with.
Rumor has it that new Real Housewives of Beverly Hills diamond-holder Sutton Stracke is going to be working for that paycheck this year. She’s allegedly the only one to question, rightly so, Erika Jayne’s shady divorce and involvement in Tom Girardi’s legal issues. She’s buddy-buddy with Garcelle Beauvais, who also understands the assignment, particularly when it comes to holding Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards accountable. And in the most recent episode, she got into it with Crystal Kung Minkoff, who also came out of the gates strong with an interesting back story and a little shade here and there.
The Sutton v. Crystal fight was hard to watch. Kyle was explaining to the new RHOBH newbies Garcelle’s point of view, particularly as it pertains to race, when it came to Kyle’s attempt at exposing her for not paying at her charity auction. Crystal began talking about her experience dealing with stereotypes as an Asian woman, something a few other Bravolebrities *cough cough* the Real Housewives of Dallas, could learn a thing or two about.
Sutton cut Crystal off in the middle of her explanation, saying they weren’t “doing that” aka bringing race into the discussion. The Southern Belle dug her hole deeper, saying she deals with stereotypes just like Crystal as a white woman from the South. Crystal asked if Sutton was one of those people that “doesn’t see color,” and it’s clear this feud is far from over after just one episode.