Has Andy Cohen met his Match? by NMD
“At a certain point Its about feeling valued by the company you work hard for.” Carole Radziwell, twitter.
Have I mentioned that my two favorite housewives are Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomas. They are both intelligent, accomplished women that showed viewers that you don’t have to over dramatize and shriek your way through every situation to be entertaining. They did their job well both on-screen and off-screen last year. Sure ratings were down – but they grew steadily over the season. These ladies not only had to combat the veteran castmates, but they also had to deal with the vitriol of the ones that were axed unceremoniously and still harboring grudges. Not just Jill Zarin with her declaration that both should be fired and that Heather was not a good enough substitute for her as we didn’t see enough of the inside of Heather’s home (things that make me go huh?), but also Simon Van Kempen (allegedly) tweeting the ratings each and every week to their bosses under the guise of BravoRatings.com.
Rumor has it that Heather and Carole are the last two holdouts in the “salary strike” with Bravo. Let’s make no mistake. These ladies have been treated poorly by Bravo. Filming has been delayed time and time again. How would you feel if you were told you may or may not have a job next year but if you were asked back you’d be expected to work hard for 4-5 months, so put your life on hold but carry on? I wouldn’t do it. Not for less than a quarter million – especially if I had to hire a publicist and borrow clothes and give up family vacations to hang out with a Bravo camera crew.
Page Six is reporting that Ramona, with her reported $500,000 salary, rallied the troops yesterday and got them to sign – all but Carole and Heather. Carole had taken to twitter to make it clear that it’s not just about the money, but it’s also about being given an ultimatum. “I still haven’t decided. Payscale is ridix + it irks me to be given ultimatums.Just ask my last 5 boyfriends.:) What about you? Irksome?” But make no mistake, the money is a sticking factor. Carole explains: “I was paid more at ABC as an associate producer and that was in the 90s! :)” She took a little heat for her decision on twitter, with someone telling her she shouldn’t turn down a paying job. Her response: “your’e an idiot. getting my picture taken doesn’t pay my bills. people should get paid a fair wage for a job done well. duh.” Heather has been quiet on twitter, but my guess is she, like Carole, is now out to prove a point about not being taken advantage of.
As a watcher of many of the Real Housewives Franchises, I’m impressed that the ladies are finally fighting back, and I find it ironic that it’s Andy’s personal friend Carole that is leading the charge. Guess what Andy – you may have finally met your match! And I couldn’t be happier.
DOUBLE FEATURE OC BLOG RECAP by BB
Not much to Alexis’ and Lydia’s blogs this week but at least they took the time and effort to post one. Vicki and Tamra are too busy arguing over who does the most work in their Wine By Wives business to bother with a blog. Maybe they need a Tabatha Takeover.
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” Muhammad Ali
Alexis is glad Lydia can be friends with everyone, but is perplexed why the others feel sorry for her when she’s very happy with her life and wouldn’t trade it for anyone else’s. She has a point here. All of the other ladies (except maybe Lydia) seemed to have some kind of turmoil in their lives at the time. Vicki with the Brooks situation; Gretchen dealing with Slade’s ill son situation; Heather dealing with her jokester of a husband and perceived lack of support situation; and Tamra NOT being able to deal with anyone who’s younger, prettier, richer or happier than she is. Tammy Sue just sucks the fun out of every scene on that show, doesn’t she?
Alexis clarifies for us why Lydia shouldn’t have been confused by who she was in the limo after being kicked out of Tamra’s party. “To summarize: I got thrown out of a party I’m riding home in a limo with someone telling me my feelings aren’t justified and I am extremely frustrated, so I am crying. I then make the statement that I have Jesus in me, which is why I am so strong, which is the truth. I am not sure where I would be without Him. It’s that simple. Someone can be strong and frustrated at the same time. Those two qualities can certainly go hand in hand. I would love for the roles to have been reversed to see how she would have handled the situation that night.” I think Alexis was justified in feeling whatever way she wanted after her treatment that night.
Alexis says Jim always seems to be the voice of reason and whether she uses his advice or not, she does often ask for it. Lydia had just advised her to reach out to Heather and she didn’t agree with her. Hearing Jim tell her to stop taking their crap solidified her feelings. Alexis and Jim’s marriage dynamic seems to rub lots of people the wrong way. However, taking a look at the couple relationships of all the women, theirs does seem to be the most happy and healthy one at the moment. If it works for them, I’m not knocking it.
Alexis supports Vicki for wanting to have a baby seat in her car and thinks Vicki should be able to have Brooks or whoever else she wants over to her house. Since Vicki didn’t post a blog for me to comment on, let me take a minute to say something here. During Vicki and Ryan’s conversation in the garage, it was apparent that Vicki had previously agreed that she wouldn’t have Brooks over and was now rethinking that decision. So, even though I don’t think Vicki should have ever agreed to that, seems she was not sticking to the original bargain she made with Ryan and Brianna. That being said, seeing Ryan and Brianna using the tactics they are with Vicki lowers my opinion of them. They need to stop with the threats and either move out or accept that Vicki is a grown woman who can make her own decisions about her love life, even it’s the wrong ones. On the flip side, Vicki needs to stop trying to create a loving little family unit that includes Brooks, Ryan, Brianna and the baby. I don’t see that happening and she needs to resign herself to the fact.
I find myself agreeing with Alexis that Vicki should date other people to make sure Brooks is “the one.” If they are taking a break, there is nothing wrong with either of them seeing other people. As skeevy as I personally think Brooks is, he shouldn’t have to wait around forever for Vicki to figure out what she wants to do about the situation.
Alexis writes, “Hearing Tamra say that she [Vicki] is not helping at all with Wines by Wives is really hard for me to believe. Not only is Vicki a HARD worker, but she is also a control freak, so I’m sure she knows exactly what is going on with Wines by Wives.” No argument from me about that observation.
OK, I’m going to take it on the chin here and say I’m not such a Judy fan like most everyone else seems to be. Although it’s nice to see Lydia and her mom getting along and being able to talk about the past without a whole lot of drama, I’m just not bubbling over with joy about how cute and fun it is watching Judy talk about how she misses the Mary Jane. My teen years were spent in the late 60’s/early 70’s but most people I know in that era “grew up” when it was time to take on adult responsibilities. Being in a drug-induced state while raising a kid just isn’t something I think should be trivialized in any way, shape or form. Makes me wonder if the only reason she quit is because Lydia set some boundaries when it came to Grandma spending time with the grandkids. If so, good for Lydia. I predict Judy will probably become one of Andy Cohen’s favorite characters because she’s such a “hoot.”
Alexis then says nice things about Gretchen putting her feelings on hold for Slade while he’s dealing with his sick child and additionally how excited she is about Heather’s rekindled acting career and how she felt bad for Heather and her family during the restaurant scene. Alexis has taken a page out of the Teresa Guidice “Take the High Road and Kill Your Enemies With Kindness” playbook. Whether she figured that out on her own or is taking someone else’s advice, it’s a smart move on her part.
“A friend to all is a friend to none.” Aristotle
Lydia starts off by explaining her actions towards and about Alexis while she was still trying navigate and develop a friendship with her. Lydia was still trying to figure out the hows and whys of the conflict between Alexis and the others and it was playing out in front of the cameras. She was trying to get all the facts before deciding where she stood with it all. Looking back, she’s learned with this particular group, she just probably needs to pick a side. She’s catching on quickly.
Lydia then tries to explain what she meant by using some scripture verse about forgiveness. I’m not getting into bible scriptures and their interpretation here and these ladies should know better than that. Let’s just say she has her opinion about what forgiveness means and Alexis has hers and Jim has his and leave it at that.
Lydia then talks about her mom and how much fun they have together. They do seem to have a good relationship and I like it that Lydia doesn’t seem to be carrying around any type of resentment or baggage from her growing up years. Maybe I’ll become more of a Judy fan as the season progresses. So far, I like Lydia, but she needs to get rid of the head bands, especially the sparkly-looking ones.
That’s it for the OC blogs for this week. Hope I haven’t been too hard on the ladies (Gretchen), but I calls it like I sees it.