Heather Thomson’s random inclusion in the Real Housewives of New York cast getaway to Ramona Singer’s Hamptons house seemingly served the sole purpose of whipping Leah McSweeney up into a frenzy. I’d venture a guess that producers were hoping the fallout from Heather’s podcast would cause more of a reaction from Luann de Lesseps or Sonja Morgan. But the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dinner was rather tame by RHONY standards. Ramona and Leah had a heated argument about proper decorum at the table, but that’s standard.
No, the big payoff for shoving Heather into this mess was her fight with Leah in the van. They were going tit-for-tat the whole time, but it all came to a head when Eboni K. Williams told Leah about a conversation she had with Heather. A little bit of misinformation, and the stress Leah was feeling about her grandmother led to an altercation on the way to Pageant night. And ironically, the whole thing could have been avoided had Eboni not thrown in the word “irresponsible.”
Real Housewives of New York has turned into another Real Housewives of Messy Town and it’s becoming all too common lately. Allow me to be completely transparent and say I have no dog in this fight. Both of the people involved usually run their mouths incessantly and saying anything even remotely worthwhile is a rare occurrence. Heather Thompson came back for a few brief appearances on RHONY and to say Leah McSweeney was locked and loaded would be pretty accurate.
Leah was already mad, but the anger is being blamed on her grandmother’s poor health. Before Heather showed up, Leah started lighting matches by pouring over the internet in search of articles containing Heather’s smack-talking. After dinner table dramatics, communications broke down because Leah likes to impress people with her wokeness but Heather clearly knows the Black experience because she has photos with Puff Daddy. So deciding who is more to blame for acting like an idiot is difficult for viewers. According to Heather, if Leah had just stayed home with her ill grandma, all of the drama could have been avoided.
We could all use some kindness, but the last place you expect to see it is on Bravo. But damn it, call your friends and family because this story managed to melt even my hardened, dark, barely beating heart. Go ahead and grab a tissue because the sun might get in your eyes or you could be at risk of suffering a spontaneous allergy attack after this one. Bravo and the shows on Bravo are many things to many people, but sometimes it’s everything to one person. Today we meet Miss Bella Pape.
Bella loves reality television and all that it implies, her favorites are the Real Housewives and she’s quite familiar with the franchise. But Bella isn’t binge-watching shows on a rainy day, she was born with a disorder that has kept her in long-term care for most of her life. In 2020 Bella was hoping to attend BravoCon, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The event has returned in 2021, but Bella’s health is deteriorating and traveling is no longer an option. So the troops rallied and brought BravoCon to Bella, thanks to Real Housewives of D.C. alum, Mary Amons.
Chief Stew extraordinaire Kate Chastain quit Below Deck and the yachting industry after a volatile season filming with bosun Ashton Pienaar. The environment was so toxic, that she walked away from a fantastic job and adoring fans to pursue a life on land. Kate always called Fort Lauderdale home while in between yachting seasons, but decided to give a new location a try.
New York City did not suit Kate. Or rather, the vibrant city under strict coronavirus lockdown did not suit her. Chalk it up to bad timing, but the former chief stew was in her West Village apartment in March of 2020. She quickly evacuated to Florida to self-isolate as the pandemic began, but returned to New York in January 2021. Kate is now back in Florida. Perhaps on a more permanent basis, because she got a new place. And she has a very very charming new neighbor.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 11 premiered this week and it’s drawn viewers in already. The leftover drama between Garcelle Beauvais, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Rinna has yet to be resolved. Erika Girardi is on the cusp of a bitter divorce, and new cast members offer potential for more drama.
Of course Kathy Hilton will be well known to fans and the other RHOBH ladies. As Kyle’s sister, the other cast members have had indirect contact with her via Kyle and Kathy’s tabloid presence. But Crystal Kung Minkoff is relatively unknown. She was invited to join the cast because of her close friendship with Kathy. But Crystal will bring a lot to the show in her own right, and we can expect that some of that material will include her own Chinese heritage.
Sonja Morgan has been on the Real Housewives of New York long enough for us viewers to identify her patterns of behavior. There are two aspects to Sonja that bubble to the surface, the fact that she can’t shake her past life and that she wants to present a persona of a highly desirable, hobnobbing, NY socialite. If you need more convincing, consider that Sonja ALWAYS compares herself to New York City in her taglines. It’s time she stopped living in a fantasy, though it’s highly entertaining to see her drunken meltdowns. Who knew that Eboni K. Williams banking with Wells Fargo could be so triggering?
It would serve Sonja well to be present in her current life because the embellishments and reveries seem detrimental at this point. And they tend to pop up and very inconvenient times. Take the comments Sonja made about Luann de Lesseps’s ex-husband Tom D’Agostino. During Luann’s courtship with Tom, Sonja revealed that they had a prior “friends with benefits” situation. Was that true? Was Sonja embellishing to prop up her facade of desirability? Thankfully, both ladies have nothing to do with Tom anymore, but it’s got to be a touchy subject for Luann.
Back in 2019 when we were all still living normal lives, an announcement was made that delighted Housewives viewers across the globe. The crossover event of all crossover events that would unite OG
troublemakers cast members from several different franchises in one location. After the Rona did us dirty and halted production on television shows and life in general, in February 2021 the Peacock network greenlit the limited series and scheduled production.
In April of this year, the Housewives All-Stars were announced and included Teresa Giudice, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Kyle Richards. Melissa Gorga was also in attendance. While the ladies filmed in Turks & Caicos, reports emerged that some of the women weren’t exactly getting along. Recently, Luann found herself on Watch What Happens Live and Andy Cohen tried to get some dirt on the newest Scary Island.
Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi have a long history with the Real Housewives of Orange County. And for both of them, their prior relationships were focal story lines, until they started dating each other in 2009. Slade was featured in the premiere season of RHOC, by proxy of his relationship with Jo De La Rosa. At the time, he was a very eligible bachelor and riding high with a top paying job. Jo’s tagline for Season 1 said it all, “he’s pretty much keeping me.” But his fortune turned with the market crash in 2007. Since then, he struggled with employment and paying off debts pertaining to child support.
Slade tried to stay relevant on RHOC by briefly dating Lauri Waring, before he and Gretchen got together. Rather than put attention into seeking employment, Slade bickered with costars Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. Gretchen was the bread-winner since the beginning of their relationship and said she would never marry Slade until he paid off his debts. Well, apparently Gretchen is sticking to it because Slade has yet to deal with his financial obligations. And though the two are clearly committed to each other after 11 years together, an engagement, and welcoming a daughter, Skylar, in July of 2019, they still haven’t tied the knot.