The last time fans heard the Real Housewives of New York talk politics, it was during the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. Carole Radziwill took it especially hard. She threw a party on election night in order to celebrate the first female elected president but ended up experiencing the 5 stages of grief instead.
Fast forward to the next major political and current events and once again, the ladies of RHONY are sharing their thoughts. Specifically Leah McSweeney and the newly-relocated Tinsley Mortimer. Leah’s political leanings may be easy to predict. Her “Occupy the Hamptons,” as Sonja Morgan called it, meltdown was quite spectacle. Urban anarchism suites Leah. But what do we know about Tinsley and her thoughts on governance?
We’ve met a lot of chefs on Below Deck. The turnaround is not as high as the deck or interior crew positions, but most of them have left after one season. Sometimes, as in the case of Mila Kolomeitseva and Leon Walker, they don’t even the last the season. In both cases, Ben Robinson stepped in to finish the job.
Ben is the OG chef of the franchise. He was cast in season 1 of Below Deck, back in the days of Adrienne Gang. When Adrienne left, the glorious Kate Chastain filled the Chief Stew position and the rest was divine reality TV history. Kate and Ben had a fun, flirty rapport that also included a lot of dry wit and sarcasm. Ben also has my approval for turning down Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew Hannah Ferrier. Ben decided to leave yachting for a while after finding love on board with Emily Warburton-Adams. He has been quiet about his love life since they broke up in 2017. Now, Ben is sharing a new romance.
Love her or hate her, Tamra Judge always finds a way to amplify the drama on Real Housewives of Orange County. Sometimes she’s directly involved, but mostly she finds a way to drum up issues between others by talking out both sides of her mouth. Tamra still has real drama of her own that we don’t really see play out on camera anymore (thankfully).
I just re-watched Season 5 of RHOC (highly recommend). For a refresher, that was the season where Tamra screamed, “I want a divorce!!!” at Simon Barney in the back of a limo. From that point on, the drama within Tamra’s family escalated to a point that no parent can ever prepare for. It has been well documented on the series that Tamra has been “erased” from her eldest daughter, Sidney’s life. Sidney Barney moved in with Simon shortly after the divorce, and has since been living away at college. Back in 2017, Tamra reunited with Sidney and Simon for Sidney’s high-school graduation. The reunion was short-lived because Tamra posted about it on her social media. Sidney has also shared that her issues with Tamra are personal, and that she is “disappointed” in Tamra’s behavior on RHOC.
The Real Housewives of Orange County has had more than its share of bad marriages. Viewers have been subjected to uncomfortable scenes of marriages falling apart almost since the beginning of the show. Watching RHOC through the years is enough to make someone not only think twice about marriage, but to consider taking a vow of celibacy!
Who could forget the unhappy union of Donn Gunvalson and Vicki Gunvalson? The ugly fights of Tamra Judge and Simon Barney? Kelly Dodd’s eagerness to shed husband Michael Dodd? More recently, Gina Kirschenheiter’s divorce has played out on the show and in the media like a tragic Lifetime movie. Emily Simpson’s marriage has also been the subject of conversation due to hubby Shane Simpson’s disdainful comments towards her on the show. It seems fair to ask, how does Emily really feel about Shane’s sarcastic comments?
Below Deck Mediterranean might be gone for now, but it isn’t forgotten. The crew made it through some difficult charters, considering they began with a chef on loan from Taco Bell. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier managed to do her best, despite losing one of her staff to the galley for the majority of charter season. Fortunately Hannah was #blessed with a competent associate this time around. Aesha Scott brought her lively spirit and ability to answer her radio on board.
Along with a positive attitude and respectable work ethic, Aesha also brought the funny. Many fans found her actions a bit over the top, and Aesha’s often bawdy expressions raised eyebrows, but Hannah lucked out. If nothing else, Aesha wasn’t Rocky Dakota. João Franco returned for round 2. Viewers remembered João’s previous season, where he leaned towards the
idiot smarmy side, seemingly playing two young ladies off each other for attention. He wound up getting the girl, until she unceremoniously dumped him for calmer waters. We thought ‘ole boy João changed his smug ways, as he seemed more focused on his job than the women. Now we are finding out that might not be the case. According to Aesha, the guy didn’t change very much after all…
Thank you, Lala Kent! The Vanderpump Rules star gave us one of the more enjoyable entertainment feuds this year. No, she wasn’t battling with any DJs. Even Raquel Leviss managed to escape Lala’s wrath, this particular time. You might remember Lala’s multi-talented fiance, Randall Emmett, owed some money to a popular entertainer.
The very gracious actor/rapper, 50 Cent, generously loaned Randall $1 million. But paying 50 back wasn’t high on Randall’s agenda, however gifting Lala with various expensive items to keep her around was. Lala has always been vocal about the high dollar presents Randall drops in her lap. Everything from a Range Rover to Gucci slides and PJ rides. Lala was living life in the
mistress fast lane. Until she ran her mouth on camera. 50 wasn’t too jazzed hearing Lala brag about all of the great things Randall was bribing giving her on Pump Rules. Especially when Daddy Chins Randall had an outstanding debt. For all we know, 50 paid for most of Lala’s bragging rites. Anygetrichordietryin, Lala and 50 engaged in a brief social media argument that blessed us with 50’s expert ability to troll. Now, if we’re lucky, 50 is up for round two.
You might remember Real Housewives of New York star, Bethenny Frankel, was married for a hot minute. Well, it was long enough to get a spin-off… If you blinked, you missed Bethenny and her five seconds of wedded bliss with Jason Hoppy. The former couple shares a daughter, Bryn, who is the subject of a nasty custody battle. So far, Bryn has grown up only knowing of her parents fighting and harassing each other.
Since 2013, Bethenny and Jason have engaged in mutual mudslinging in a courtroom war that has outlasted their actual marriage. Neither party seems willing to compromise. Currently, Bethenny wants sole custody of her daughter. After throwing down some heavy accusations on Jason’s alleged nasty attitude, Bethenny was recently forced to evaluate some of her own nasty attitudes. You know, because she is consistently filmed yelling at people on a television show.