Who is Jill? and Other Housewife News by NoMoreDrama
Carole Radziwill may not be a typical reality TV housewife, but she continues to score points with this viewer by not taking any of it too seriously. Carole’s stint on housewives is paying off. Last week she tweeted about the rise in sales of the book she had published as a memoir after her husband’s death. Yesterday Page 6 of the New York Post reported that after a bidding war she sold a 2 book deal for $700,000 with Henry Holt & Co for her novel that she showcased on the reality show. It’s not much of a secret that Andy Cohen is friends with Carole Radziwill. He may be the main reason she agreed to do the show. On the reunion show during introductions, Andy smiled and asked Carole is she ever thought she’d be sitting on the couch. It was a cute moment. He tweeted his support for Carole after her book deal was announced.
But that’s not why this viewer likes Carole so much. I love her interaction with fans – and that she knows just what to say at the right moment. Our own PlainViewSue has been on a twitter roll lately. She was mentioned in Teresa’s blog – and now this:
Those three little words – Who is Jill? made my day. Carole’s dig at Jill Zarin came one day after Jill announced to the world that both Carole Radziwill and Heather Thompson – along with anyone who was involved in firing Jill from the show last year – should be fired. Jill then proceeded to plant stories in the media that she was about to be asked back to housewives. Those of us that have followed Jill’s antics know this is the same old stuff she pulled last year. I suppose there is an off chance they’ll bring her back but I seriously doubt it. I think she’s just to annoying for production to work with. Who is Jill?
Carole also had a few words to say about Countess LuAnn’s lack of a sense of humor after the show aired. It seems like the Countess wanted some love from Carole, and all she got was astute observations about the Countess’s ridiculously obnoxious behavior. I’m definitely on Carole’s side on this one. C’mon. Didn’t Carole just say what the rest of us were thinking?
Teresa Giudice continues with her PR high road. A few days ago sister-in-law and castmate Melissa Gorga was quoted in a magazine as saying that she felt Teresa Giudice should quit housewives and put her family first. This was a jaw dropping statement from a woman who many feel was only cast on the show to destroy Teresa’s relationship with her brother and expose Teresa’s dirty laundry to the world. Given that the show is Teresa’s main source of income and also a vehicle to market her books and merchandise, and given that she may be the sole wage earner for her family if husband Joe Giudice ends up in jail for his driver’s licence fraud – I seriously doubt Teresa thinks the show is destroying her family. At the end of the day – show or no show – Teresa and Melissa will struggle to share the same space. Each needs to be the center of attention. Joey will be caught in the middle. It happens. Time to move on.
Teresa is the master of moving on. She continues to tweet her schedule – letting fans know that her days are full of book signings, product promotions, and kid’s events. Today she’s at Gabriella’s soccer game for instance – telling tweeters she was signing off for a while to keep her eyes on the game. Yesterday was Gabrielle’s 8th birthday party and she tweeted super cute photos of the b-day girl and a room full of excited kids. Tomorrow she’s on the road again meeting fans. Not a whisper, a hint, even a veiled reference about the show, her pesky sister-in-law, cousin, or castmates. Just family, family, family.
Teresa’s brother – Joe Gorga – also is proud of his family. Apparently he tweeted a photo of his kid’s butt – and when he got slammed by fans he took it down saying he thought his kid’s butt was cute. Okay – that shows about as much common sense as a snail. Someone really needs to close his twitter account.
Joey made headlines after the reunion when he announced that HE was a stripper in college. I know right? Who would have guessed Joe went to college. I was pretty sure he couldn’t read or write.
Page 6 is also reporting that Mob Wives star Renee Graziano has entered rehab. Here’s what Page 6 had to say: “A source told us the temperamental Graziano “has had issues with pills in the past but she was clean when she went in on Monday.” Graziano’s rep confirmed to Page Six: “Although Renee Graziano has been admitted to a rehabilitation center, it is not for any current drug or alcohol use of any kind. Her choice to enter rehab was made entirely on her own. She has made this decision for the betterment of her son AJ [Pagan]’s life, as well as to improve her physical, mental and spiritual health.” Good for her that she’s getting help – for whatever is going on.
Brandizzle? Apparently Brandi Glanville has recorded a rap song. You have to watch it. It’s pretty funny. The link is below:
Joanna Krupa is extending her 15 minutes any way she can. She’s pulled two stunts this week even as her “relationship” drama / non-drama took center stage for Real Housewives of Miami. For those that watched the show Thursday – Krupa “discovered” emails and texts from her fiance Romain to a dancer – making it clear that things weren’t rosy between the two of them. Although it was edited to make it look like Romain was a cheater – Krupa donned a sexy dress and cooked Romain dinner in an effort to show him that she really did care about their relationship. At the end of the day viewers learned that Joanna and Romain had drifted apart for an extended period of time, and he had contemplated putting an end to the relationship – but now they are willing to try again. Biggest surprise of the scene – when Romain took a bite of the Risotto Krupa had made and said it tasted good.
Perhaps realizing that her storyline was going nowhere – Krupa gave an interview to RadarOnline saying this about Teresa Giudice: “Every family has its issues but you don’t hit below the belt. She doesn’t need to be this low to make a name for herself. Everybody already knows who she is.” Fans of Giudice were outraged and let Krupa know – and she went into defense mode – blocking follower after follower. Welcome to New Jersey Joanna. It’s a different world.
Perhaps to divert attention, Krupa went out to dinner with Romain in an entirely see-through blouse. I’ll post the link with the warning that the post is marked NSFW (not safe for work). I’ve got to hand it to her – she’ll do anything to bring up those ratings. Andy Cohen should be proud. NSFW Huff Post article
Weddings are in the air in Orange County. Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge have set a date for their wedding according to her tweets, and Kara Keough (Jeana’s daughter) is engaged Kyle Bosworth (football player). Congrats to all of them.
Real Housewives of New York Cast Blogs – Blogged by RamonaCoaster
I agreed to help Sonja to create the logo to umbrella and encompass both her brands “Sonja in the City” and “Sonja Home” and further, I agreed to help her create a marketing campaign to put on the package of her toaster oven. There were many ups and downs during the process, including Sonja suddenly needing the toaster oven box immediately to house what she described as ensuing production?!? But I could never get any information out of Sonja. Questions regarding her business plans or even the vision for her said business went unanswered. I only ever heard Sonja say she had a change of heart about the working logo we chose when she insisted she had told us and we didn’t listen. There were many areas that made the process of helping Sonja arduous — we were working in a vacuum with no constructive feedback or input from her, and I still delivered exactly what I said I would. And somehow Sonja feels I owe her more?
I thought she wanted pictures & headshots from the photo shoot and a sexy J for the logo but apparently you weren’t listening to that part either.
I cared more about building a brand for Sonja than Sonja cared about building her own brand. I spent countless more hours with James, (big guns), Bernard, and Gian Andre DiStefano conceptualizing and executing it the ideas with absolutely no effort on Sonja’s part.
Whether you spent one hour or countless hours on Sonja’s branding, it was your decision to do that. In the end, Sonja liked the mock up you did and she said that on camera.
Yet Sonja has gone on to say in her blogs that I did this not to help her but to “showcase my marketing expertise.” And, that she turned down a “Martha Stewart executive” to work with me. Oh really? Where was this executive when I tried to pull myself out of the nightmare? I can only wonder how Sonja feels “showcasing my marketing expertise,” does any good to anyone here but Sonja?
I don’t see how it doesn’t do you any good. I feel like you are shooting yourself in the foot. Someone let me know where the conflict is.
Sitting on the sofa and having her pull out those cards with her “sexy j” was not shocking, and much as it was insulting. I have more respect and appreciation for Sonja’s young fan who took an opportunity to get her graphic work out there than I gained during my entire experience with Sonja. Sadly, instead of potentially showcasing a young talent, it only went to prove how much Sonja actually “missed” during the project.
Was she and the cameras invited to all these meetings and countless hours of brainstorming?
In the time that I first sat down with Sonja to help her, I have been to market in front of buyers with four new Yummie and Yummie Tummie Collections that I design (not to mention a product launch into a new classification with the introduction of my new line of leggings! #holla), and I have managed the image campaigns, the photoshoots, and the marketing that coincides with each launch, including a billboard campaign, up and running in NYC thru the holiday season.
That’s great! It’s incredible what you’ve accomplished.
Sonja on the other hand, sits still with an empty prototype box, waiting for its toaster oven and is still singing about her a “sexy j.” Anyone with diligence and focus could have taken the packaging and the campaign we created, gotten in front of a buying team, if not several, for tons of feedback and launched that damn toaster oven six months ago. You could have one in your kitchen right now and Sonja could be off and running with the start of her brand. But as she drones on about placements and oven mitts and tongs (all sold in different departments than a toaster btw) she is left with her delusions of grandeur, and I am left with the reality that that her toaster oven and branded campaign (with a switched out logo or not), will never again see the light of day. I do have adoration for SJM, but she doesn’t know the meaning of hard work and that getting arrested would be easier for her than staying focused — and that my friends, is a wrap!
Holy cow! I don’t think this is quite the branding that Sonja was asking for. I still don’t get where the hostility was coming from. Did she not thank you enough? Did she not follow the script you sent her? Is this part of the made up storyline?
LuAnn came to the reunion with a plan and Carole in her sights and she did not like to see me “taking sides.” But what I said on the couch was the truth. There is a lot more to St. Barths and often times in filming there are things that are best left off-camera and this comment is directed to more than one of the ladies, and I will leave it at that.
Oh come on Heather. You can’t just drop a little tidbit and expect everyone to speculate on what was said off camera. It would have made the show more interesting if you mentioned it.
Is it me, or do most of these ladies have double standards? One set applies to them and another to everyone else. Ramona judges herself and Sonja differently than she does Aviva.
Play the tape! Aviva almost shot pea soup out of her nose, breathed fire out of her mouth and her head would have done a triple axel if Ramona had stayed in her presence any longer than she did. There’s a big difference between her and Ramonja. Yeah Ramona is a pill but when you tell her she’s a pain in the butt, she’ll back off. Sonja is very empathetic and forgiving. Ramonja has been friends for years and they both just met Aviva.
Aviva makes allowances for her dad but plays the high moral card on Samonja. Luann lives in her own paradigm and if anything contradicts it, she doesn’t like it. I can tell you, I tried to play it straight.
Yes. And I definitely appreciated it when you told the camera that Luann brought Tomas home. That was a moment of endless humor and for that I truly appreciate you.
Throughout the season I wanted to always live true to my own constitution. I certainly have my opinions on things and certainly took the liberty at taking swipes at some ladies in my monologues, but I tried never to “judge” the women.
Thank you for taking the ride with me this season, and welcoming the new cast members and for all of your funny and inspiring comments, emails, and tweets. I appreciate the support because when I told my real life friends I was thinking about being on a reality show they tried to stage an intervention.
Did they think you were too “above it all” to be a Housewife?
A little voice inside me said “buy the ticket, take the ride,” so I did and I’m glad.
Selling all those books and being on the NY Times best seller list is a good reason to be glad you went on the show.
To all you loyal viewers, my wish for you is to get acquainted with that sense of adventure within yourself. Dream big. Don’t listen to people who say who do you think you are?
We already know not to listen to Luann.
To steal from Victor Hugo, jealousy is an admission of inferiority.
I feel like this is a message to Jill. Did she watch Andy’s interview with Jill before she wrote this?
Look for similarities in people but remember to celebrate their differences. Robert Fulgham wrote a great book called, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He said to play fair, clean up your own mess, and don’t hit people. Take a nap each afternoon, say you’re sorry when you hurt someone, wash your hands before you eat, and flush. But above all, be aware of wonder.
Definitely wash your hands after you flush because Hepatitis A sucks.
Luann de Lesseps
I’m disappointed that Carole and I couldn’t make our friendship work. Maybe it’s because she considered herself more of a journalist than a Housewife? I do know that she never passed up a chance to criticize me and that she uses humor as a defensive mechanism rather than saying what she thinks to my face. I do respect her talent as a writer and I hope in the future she uses her considerable abilities to pull people up rather than bring them down.
Sorry Lu! You just gotta face the facts that someone with a royal title doesn’t like you.
Heather is a complicated girlfriend. During this season, I’ve felt that she’s had my back and in the end she didn’t.
I’m sure you miss having those other people on the couch of reunions past backing you up.
I do know that she’s very talented and a very good businesswoman. She did her best for Sonja and deserves more praise for her contribution to Sonja’s toaster oven launch than she received.
So it is about receiving praise.
Aviva is stunning, smart and she’s a great mom. She managed to juggle her family and she show with grace and dignity. I know she struggles with phobias related to her childhood accident, but I saw her face her fears and grow this season.
“Grow” meaning foisting all your anxieties onto Ramonja. I’m sure you enjoyed watching that and nudged that along.
Sonja and I remain very good friends and while she continues to face challenges with her divorce and her finances, she has a smile on her face and a glass of champagne in her hand. I love spending time with Sonja and I think I’ve made a friend for life.
What, you’re not sure?
Ramona and I have had our issues over the years but we have a respect for each other that transcends our conflicts. The trait I admire most in Ramona is that she says what is on her mind to me rather than gossiping behind my back.
So glad Carole inadvertently taught you that lesson.
As for me, I’ve learned some very important lessons this season about honesty and friendship. I realize now more than ever that to be a good girlfriend, I have to be forthright yet kind in what I say and do. I’ve learned that tequila clouds my judgment and that it’s better to take a car home than a ride from a pirate.
“Ride from a pirate.” That’s a new euphemism.
I’ve also learned that Jacques loves me for who I am and that he trusts me regardless of how things looked on the show. Lastly, I realize how grateful I am to be able to share my life with you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I started to like Luann more during this season than other seasons because her armor came off for a short while and she let loose. She lied, but because she was caught, she admitted her wrongdoings. She was supportive of Sonja. I never wanted her relationship with Jacques to be compromised and hope they still stay together.
Thank you Bravo for this wonderful opportunity. It has been a tremendous platform to reach out to the amputee community. This has expanded to anyone who has ever felt different for any reason — religion, sex, race, gender, sexuality, or any physical challenge. Embrace it! You all inspire me and teach me everyday. Thank you Carole, Heather, LuAnn, Ramona, and Sonja: working with you ladies has been an honor. Most importantly — dear viewers. . .Thank you for your support, love, opinions, and for watching! This blog is for you. I have compiled many questions that you asked on Twitter and have answered as many as I was able. I would love to hear in your comments about YOUR lives, who you are, and why you enjoyed this guilty pleasure we share.
So she does read fan feedback. She took the idea from Teresa’s ghostwriter to copy and paste tweets to show there are some people that like her. Here are some of the questions she vetted:
@luvbuffalo: @AvivaDrescher what hair products do you use? Your hair is gorgeous!!
Answer: Thank you! Yarok hair products. They are organic.
Aviva’s hair really does look good.
@mama_martin710: @AvivaDrescher What ur expectations were when u signed up 2 do HW’s & how they compared/differed from “reality” of what ended up happening!
Answer: I expected to film half as much as I did. I never expected to argue with grown women because in reality, I never argue with my girlfriends. I was surprised by the heavy filming schedule and the conflict that I engaged in!
Have you watched the show? There’s a clause in your contract, either argue and bring drama or else you’ll be a one season wonder – like that Vajazzle woman (or worse, not even a housewife – like Jennifer Gilbert)
@sobogurl: @AvivaDrescher you never mention your mom. Is she still living? Did your parents divorce because of your dad’s “appetite” for young ladies?
Answer: My mom passed six years ago due to alcoholism. She was German, kind, and stunning. A wonderful devoted mother and wife. My dad and mom were together until the day she died. They were always madly in love, loyal, and devoted to each other.
I thought that scene with Carole about Aviva’s mom dying of alcoholism should have been part of the show and not left to the Bravo.com bonus footage. I think people would have found sympathy with her regardless of Aviva’s guttural reaction to the drinking on the show.
@IamStefBrown: @AvivaDrescher sum up mostly what it was like your first season being on #RHONY you are an inspiration to a lot of people 🙂
Answer: Thank you! It was like living in an alternate universe. Completely weird environment which was very new and foreign. I often felt like a deer caught in the headlights. At the same time, it was incredible. To get a front row seat and a backstage pass to a phenomenal part of pop culture was a blast. Of course, my goal, to help other amputees and physically challenged was everything.
I guess we were watching Bizarro Aviva.
@RHODC_FANS: @AvivaDrescher if you could do this season of #RHONY ovr again what would you do differently? Love u by the way. Great new HW.
Answer: Thank you! I regret going overboard in my dramatic antics. . . Additionally, I regret the way my amputee status and fears were portrayed. I have maintained relationships with people for 20 years who had no idea that I was an amputee or that I had some phobias. . .When the show aired several people approached me shocked that these issues even existed. . .Flash forward, somehow on the show, I am depicted as being defined by both. In part, this is my fault because I was trying to raise awareness. . . Perhaps it was overdone. By the same token the phobias and leg, which in reality are very much in the background of my life, on the show became front row and center. I am very sad that this occurred because it is not all who I am. It is my very nature since childhood to put all that leg stuff in the background and live life to the fullest. I still do. The silver lining is that despite the overdone message, I have been able to impact so many people especially children.
Did the postman you’ve known for twenty years not know you were an amputee? How close were you to these people that they wouldn’t know?
@thillygirl: @AvivaDrescher I want to know how you know Bethanny and do you still see her?
Answer: I met Bethenny through my childhood friend in PR named Jake Spitz. I see Bethenny if I bump into her. She is the person who is largely responsible for my “Housewife” status.
She can definitely pick them.
@meow_catfight: @AvivaDrescher i want to know how you stay in shape & keep your ass looking so fabulous! #sojelly
Answer: Thank you! I eat a high protein diet and workout on the stairmaster from time to time.
I thought in an interview someone asked her about her abs and she said she does nothing just balancing on one leg in the shower.
@schillings7: @AvivaDrescher How about your family! Would love to hear more about the kids and your parenting style!
Answer: We believe in love, love, and more love!!! And boundaries. Reid and I like to have boundaries to make the children feel safe, but we don’t like to overschedule them. They need downtime. We expose our children to as many different activities and cultures as possible. We want the children to know that the world is made up of lots of different and beautiful people!
White trash are people too.
@bwhitcher: @AvivaDrescher any good book suggestions on relationship advice? I want to keep this one. #badtrackrecord
Answer: I will write one! LOL!
Hope that one was a joke. Secrets of a Jewish Mother with a Prosthesis and Phobias
I didn’t like Heather in the beginning and now I do!! I adored Aviva initially, now I stay as far away as possible from her. Carole is a unique person, different from any friend I have ever had. I enjoy and embrace her. Sonja, there is not enough I can say about her. She brings so much joy, laughter, and sincerity into my life. I truly love her like a sister. There is nothing I would not do for her. I, for one, am happy I am in a better place with LuAnn.
It’s amazing the change we see when Bravo removed one toxic red-headed person from the group and I hope we don’t see her again.
When Andy asked me about LuAnn and what happened in St. Barths, I answered in my usual unfiltered way.
What’s wrong with loving your men?
It clearly made LuAnn uncomfortable and she began to scramble to deflect the attention.
She’s so scared of you.
This is why I apologized as quickly as I could, even though it was too late. LuAnn’s personal relationships are not my business and I should not have commented. I’m glad to be in such a positive place with her after what we have gone through and hope to stay there. I truly wish all the women the best and thank them all for a great season five!
I’ve always liked Ramona. I’ve never taken anything she says seriously. I like that she says things off the top of her head because it is the most honest you can get and then found it entertaining to see the other person reacting. Jill has went after her since Season 1 because of this. Jill and Ramona are part of the same social circle and I always wondered why Bravo never invited one of their social circle to be on the show to clarify their relationship. Getting glimpses of that small social circle is what drew me to the show.
I like that LuAnn admits she lied about her ride home because she was afraid of everyone’s reaction. She’s owns it since everyone made such a big deal about it.
She really had no choice but to own it. I lurrrv that the camera finally caught her off guard.
I think Aviva would have a lot more fun on the show if she wasn’t so judgmental. What happened to everyone’s sense of humor?
I think someone on this show needs to fill the role of Mrs. Uptight. A woman who is perfectly coiffed, demands the use of coffee-table coasters, perfect Thanksgiving dinners, no shoes in the house, no eating off of paper plates, no wire hangers, no sloppy drunken moments, no feeling comfortable around people of any race besides white, sex every third Wednesday of the month, the list goes on and on…
I threw a lot of Sonja in the City parties and filmed tons with the new girls. There’s a lot you didn’t see. That’s OK. I’m a team player and it was worth it.
It is a shame Bravo didn’t include Brent and Josh of The Beekman Boys in the show. I hope there’s a third season of The Fabulous Beekman Boys on the Cooking Channel or some other network.
Andy himself says you can’t take it so seriously. It’s television folks! It’s produced to be entertaining, so obviously they use the most intense titillating moments and splice it together for jam packed excitement. The viewer can go through these moments with us on the edge of their seats.
And I enjoyed those snippets this season. It’s like going back to the first season.
We are all children of a higher being, whether you believe in god or not and that’s why I go away every two or three months away from “Sonja’s Universe” to get centered. I juice-fast, cleanse, practice my yoga, meditate, and connect with nature. I do this to remember how small I really am in the REAL universe.
How nice it must be to have two to three months to get away. I wish I had the money to do that.
This has worked for me since I was a young model and getting lots of attention to my jet setting days to when I made a name for myself in NY in business as “The Straw That Stirs the Drink” to my prominent marriage after dating high profile boyfriends. I learned fast not to “drink the Kool Aid.” Many people who were interested in me when I was 20 to 26 years living with the Italian Count weren’t interested and sucking up when I broke off the engagement. I knew I had to stand on my own two feet. I never could have had my daughter otherwise. I have a knack for real estate, financial investments, putting teams together and building luxury brands. I was a brand consultant.
Hope you can continue to pull yourself out of the debt you’re in.
This leads me to my friend Heather. Like I said earlier there’s hundreds of hours of film and I did thank Heather on many levels for many things she was doing for me but at the same time I also felt I wasn’t being heard or understood by my new friend, which is why I made the fatal but dramatic move of bringing in Ramona which really upset the apple cart!
I think the producers had a hand in that and wanted to film the fireworks.
Not bad! Especially considering its Heather’s first season. I thought she was amazing. I’m grateful to come out the other end with a friend who came from a good place. I expected too much in too little time while getting to know a new friend. For that I’m sorry. I do feel Heather would always be willing to help again though.
That’s just wishful thinking. She’s angry for some reason.
We are very blessed and to appear to be arguing about petty things with all the suffering others go through is not something I relish. That’s why I took the time to explain my “me me me” attitude. I really take my businesses seriously and I must be proud to put my name on something. I know Heather feels the same. We are proud women.
This season I was happy to see that no one was deliberately trying to ruin anyone’s marriage, business, and brand unlike seasons’ past.