Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills S4E21 Reunion
Hey, all you RHOBH fans! Golly! I’ve been anxiously anticipating Part 2 of this reunion for a week. I’ve been excited all day! I’m so stoked about it, I can’t even put it into words. I hope this recap does it justice because such quality television programming deserves nothing but the best.
Being the expert moderator that he is, Andy starts off this portion of the reunion by talking about fitness and beauty and asking all of the ladies if they’ve had any “work” done recently; you know, plastic surgery, botox, fillers, that type of thing. It’s a great start by Andy, although I’m a little surprised by this question, since they all look so completely natural with their youthful faces and hardly any makeup at all. They sure were lucky when it came to the gene pool. Oh wow. That Andy is so smart. He must have had some inside information because two of them confess! Kyle does botox, but not fillers. Brandi does botox and fillers but swears her cheeks are the same as they’ve always been, no matter what Andy says. Joyce says her tagline about being two thin isn’t hers. Hers was totally different, but I didn’t happen to catch what it was. Lisa, Yolanda, Kim, Joyce, and Carlton don’t answer the question about having work done, so I’m assuming none of them have had any and are their natural selves. I tell you, these reunions are so full of shocking revelations. Just think, we all would have gone through life not knowing something this important had Andy not been on top of the situation. Whew, that was close!
So, I’ve been wondering about Carlton’s religion all season. She finally explains it in one sentence. It’s all nature and vibrations and such. So that’s what it’s all about! I did not know that. Why didn’t she say so from the beginning? Perhaps if she had when Kyle first asked her about it, things would have been completely different between Carlton and Kyle. They just got off on the wrong foot, that’s all. I have such hope that one day Kyle and Carlton will become good friends. I think it’s possible for them to come to a meeting of the minds about bee murder, Lisa’s nipple, tits on an ant, Jewish stars, pentagrams, confessionals, crosses, anti semitism, bigotry, how jewelry fits together, and important things like that. I really, really do. Hopefully Kyle can apologize for calling Carlton a liar, a hypocrite, a phony and a fraud. She’s off to a good start by apologizing for the anti semitic remark. Maybe Carlton can find it in her heart to apologize to Kyle for calling her rude and a bigot. No matter where they are or what they say now, I truly see a close friendship between these two in the future.
Oh, lawdy! My heart literally melted watching all the moms with their kids, especially Kim’s Kimberly and Yolanda’s GiGi going off to college. There are some questions I wish Andy would have asked though. Like: Who’s looking after Kim now? Who’s making the adult decisions in Kim’s house? Who’s monitoring GiGi’s caloric intake and exercise regimen? Is Yolanda now grooming Bella for her future modeling career? So many important questions unanswered! Perhaps it’s a good thing Brandi’s ex won’t allow her boys on television because Brandi says she’s scared of what they might say. I wonder why she would be afraid of that because I’m sure they haven’t heard anything inappropriate from their mom or witnessed any inappropriate behavior in Brandi’s house. Puzzling thing for Brandi to say.
Kim and Lisa have a completely rationale and adult conversation about their issues. Kim sincerely apologizes to Lisa for missing a large chunk of her life and her children’s lives, along with a party or two. While Kim is apologizing, she says Lisa is full of shit and calls her a big liar. Kim doesn’t remember Lisa ever calling her in the past four “missing large chunks of her life” years. It’s so confusing because Kim really cares for Lisa, but at the same time, she wouldn’t trust Lisa with a shoe or an old pair of socks. Kim sincerely apologizes for calling Ken a grumpy old man, but says he is mean. I can’t quite figure out if Kim hates Lisa and Ken or if she wants to be best friends with them. Perhaps one day Lisa will invite Kim to go into some type of joint business venture with her. I could see that happening.
Brandi, Brandi, Brandi. She’s so misunderstood. Many little things piled up on poor Brandi that threw her into a deep, dark hole of depression. She was having landlord problems (and still is to this day although not with the same landlord) and she was having major issues with her dad that her mom didn’t want any part of. Lisa tried to help Brandi, but Brandi pushed her away. I guess Lisa didn’t try hard enough. Can you blame a girl with such problems if she leans on wine a little too heavily? I mean wine and Lexapro are a depressed woman’s best friends, are they not? Oh, and don’t even get me started on those demon paparazzi hounding Brandi every time she leaves the house. How dare Joyce spill the beans that her publicist told her Brandi always calls the paps and tells them where she’ll be every time she goes out. This just cannot be true. I always assumed the paparazzi stayed camped outside of Brandi’s house and followed her because she’s such a famous person and all. You learn something new every day about these housewives.
And may I just say something about Yolanda? There’s a reason I call her the Caroline Manzo of Beverly Hills. In this reunion episode, Yolanda definitely did not disappoint. She did what she always does because she’s an expert in human behavior and is knowledgeable in all things. She explains how all the other women are feeling and the reasons they say and do the things they do. She knows what’s going on in all of their brains and what they are thinking. She can speak for them. Gosh, to think she is capable of doing that even though her own brain has been affected by Lyme disease. That’s so impressive!
Boy oh boy, this 2nd part of the Beverly Hills reunion was AWESOME! I learned so many things I didn’t know before. Thank goodness Bravo does these reunions. I cannot wait until next week. Woo hoo!
Real Housewives Of New York
Cast Blogs Blogged by Ramonacoaster
Kristen Isn’t Taking Sides, But She Believes Carole
Me again. I would like to remind you all that I am not a writer, just a Housewife with a “Real” in front of that. The good news is I hear that writing is much like sending a long email. Oh, my bad that’s for writing a book not a blog. Well anyhoo, here we go. . .#ghostwriter
I can tell you have no one to edit your writing. #noghostwriter
I hope you all paid close attention to Carole and Aviva’s lunch, I know I did. This damn lunch. We all heard about this lunch for four months. It was a she said/she said. No one really knew what happened — just Aviva and Carole. Until now!!! Did you notice the thunder and rain in this scene? Did they put that in? Carole, Aviva was it really raining and stormy that day outside or just inside? I loved when they scanned the restaurant and how uncomfortable Carole was the whole time. Aviva was trying make Carole comfortable or so she thought — the glasses thing (so weird), the moving men, and the bowl of pasta. I missed that? Did Carole love pasta last Season?
It really seemed like Carole walking into the restaurant was already off-putting towards Aviva. It’s like she expected a verbal attack to happen or something bad to come up and as a result wasn’t comfortable in Aviva’s presence. Aviva also had something planned up her sleeves when she brought out the glasses and watched for Carole’s reaction. Carole already poked fun of Luann when she wore her cape after Carole wore a cape so I’m sure Aviva bringing out the glasses would probably prompt a wise-ass remark. The whole scene was heavily edited and certain words these women said to each other may have been missed.
Listen I am not a writer (Obviously! — “Not the sharpest tool in the shed”). But to imply that Carole had a ghostwriter is pretty down right cruel. She fanned on her so hard last Season, loved her book and her writing, and now is implying that she had a ghostwriter. I think Aviva should have just admitted if she I looked into ghost/cowriters and just found (like via long email) that she was able to to it on my own. There is nothing wrong with that. The only other friend that I have that’s written books is Brandi. She sits and she writes (like a long email. Yes, puts in tons of work). Then gives it to her CO-WRITER, who tweaks it and puts it together. Brandi has praised her co-writer! #justsaying. I think one can learn a lot from good old Walt Disney. #Pinocchio
#Pinocchio=Brandi #onceinabluemoontellsthetruth #justsaying
I think that you will see a lot of us ladies just confused by this whole #BookGate. Wonering whose side do we take? Who do we believe? It’s crazy to finally see how it unfolded. I am new to the group and don’t want to take sides just yet. It’s really not my fight. But if you ask me if Carole wrote her book, I say yes 150 percent or 100 percent — whatever, you know what I mean. #TooMuchPinot.
It is smart not to take sides.
I do think that Aviva was being overly sensitive, mean, gossipy about the whole thing. Even Ramona was surprised by Aviva’s behavior.
I don’t think Ramona was surprised by Aviva’s behavior. It was how Aviva was behaving towards Carole. They were friends last season.
At this point when I went out with the girls in the park, let’s remember I literally just met all of these woman except for Heather. I wasn’t at this lunch. I need to sit back and listen form my own opinions. I am listening, listening. . . Wait. . .her Dad’s a sex addict? My face. I had no idea and boy do I find out — #staytuned. (I also don’t usually exercise with that much make up.)
I guess it is too late to warn you to wear a suit of armor when meeting George. Wait, didn’t you watch last season?
I DO NOT LET MY KIDS DRINK BEER OR WINE. So funny Cashy’s quick response though right? #Reality. Kingsley throwing food on the floor, etc. Can we talk about what a mess my house is with toys everywhere! UGH. It’s so nice spending time with Heather and her family. Our kids get along great as do the hubbies. We had just an all around great time!
I’m sure your house will be a mess until your kids get into their teens. #thatslifewithkids
Okay. . .so Kingsley. She did this crazy crab crawl. Did anyone else’s child crawl like that? #TweetMe So when she was six months old she hit all of her milestones except rolling over and she never did a traditional crawl. My mommy instincts told me there was an issue, but my pediatrician said it was fine. #SecondOpinion I got rid of that doc quick. I saw a new one and got a physical evaluation (the super expensive evaluation where she cried so much she threw up — and I nearly cried and threw up). The results were that she was physically delayed and that she was indeed in need of physical therapy. Serious therapy, like three days a week. She is doing fine now but, as a mother, it breaks your heart. You just wonder where she would be today if we didn’t get that second opinion. It’s hard. It’s a year later and she is walking (no more crab crawl), but for some reason I am still emotional about it and having a hard time writing this. . .and I am not quiet sure why?
It is great that your instincts told you to get a second opinion. Doctors are human and can make mistakes. You really need to be an advocate for yourself and your family and educate yourself.
OK, she got fit for braces to help support her back and legs. We call them here “pretty girl shoes” or her “butterfly shoes.” The shoes give her the support she needs in her legs and ankles to help her to strengthening her back, etc. We try and get her to wear them at least once a day. It’s harder now that she is into all sorts of fun girl’s shoes. We do the best we can. Day by day. Listen, if I didn’t catch this early on would she have been OK? Yes, OK, but struggling. I am very happy that I caught it early.
I was crying watching Heather talk about Jax and all the struggles that she went through. Wow, unbelievable. I remember meeting her and hearing all about it. I am not that religious of a person, but I believe that God only gives you what you can handle. Jax’s story really makes you understand just how important organ donation is. Heather is one tough cookie, one kick butt business woman, a loving wife, an amazing mother and supportive, faithful, loyal, loving friend. Just don’t cross her! #BOSSYPANTS
It is amazing what she has accomplished as a professional and what she went through as a mother. She is one strong lady.
Aviva’s move. She states the most stressful things in life: divorce, check; death, check (her mother); and moving, check. All that with a horrible accident. Hello, just meeting her and hearing all about this. Does anyone else think that this is where all of her pent up anger is coming from? That’s a lot of stuff for one “Leggy Blonde.”
I know people that have gone through much worse and don’t release their anger on anyone else.
This was my first spray tan ever! I had no idea what to expect. Let’s be clear. The fabulous Sonja Morgan invites you over for anything, you accept and make the hike all the way uptown! Krysten, the spray tan girl, is amazing! She is from Connecticut like me and I use her all the time now. She came over last weekend! I think most of the other girls are using her, too.
She might invite you one day to come over and sharpie her Chanel bags.
Alrighty, so I get invited to Sonja’s for the spray tan. I was told to bring a bikini. I didn’t. I am not big on tan lines and well, I was hoping maybe the footage would never see the light of day. Ha ha, yeah right. The ONLY THING I forgot to mention to Josh the whole Season was that I spray tanned nearly naked. He was pissed when he saw it. Oops. . .I explained that it was like being in a bikini, and it wasn’t like I was dancing topless on a bar or something? He felt like it was way too much skin to show. Oy vey.
Why would your husband be pissed? I’m sure as a model you have exposed your body before. It was just awkward that Sonja was checking you out the entire time.
On to Aviva and Heather in the nail salon. Who is your audience? Aviva responds, “Anyone who reads I guess?” Even I could come up with a better pitch then that.
I guess Heather diverged from the script in Aviva’s head. She didn’t expect her to ask that question.
Really low blow when Aviva makes that messed up comment in the interview about Heather’s business. #belowthebeltnotcool And stop talking about the ghostwriter! Moving on, Aviva’s new home is AMAZING! She is a gracious host! The bar was set up in her bedroom. That was weird, I was scared to spill or mess something up. The paint on some of the walls was practically still wet. The bed thing with Harry and Sonja and Reid and Aviva — so BIZARRE. Imagine keeping your bed from you ex? I do think that it is really cool that they are all so close.
Ok so this is interesting. Did Aviva keep her bed she shared with her ex Harry? Was Harry saying jokingly that he gifted the bed to her?
150 percent, 100 percent, whatever. I had a bit too much Ramona on the rocks and at that point, I had only just met these woman. Hello, you try sitting next to Ramona and see how you do. Ghostwriter/cowriter — whatever you knew what I meant! Bad analogy with the example with the modeling in my interview — and that’s all I have to say about that. Ha ha. UGH this whole fight. Here we go, get ready this is only the beginning!! Why is Aviva so hell bent on fighting with Carole about something that is so trivial and not even true? Aviva is just so aggressive. It’s not a competition!!
Aviva is angry that Carole ignored her during the off season and she is making her pay.
It’s really just like comparing apples to spaceships! Best line ever. #TEAMCAROLE. Hindsight is 20/20.
Sonja is the Switzerland of #BookGate
Carole meets Aviva to talk booksoup and oh my, here goes Aviva again with the awkward, nervous comments. I almost died when she took out the eye glasses. I know she wanted to compliment Carole by buying the same glasses as her, but we saw Carole’s reaction last year when LuAnn mimicked her style in London. Carole said, “The bitch stole my look!” She didn’t take it as flattery, and now her book. LOL. She says the best flattery is flattery! I am definitely going to use that line. I have stolen other lines of Carole’s so why not? I’m also guilty of copying her!
Kristen stole Carole’s “crazy drunk aunts” line. It seems like everyone likes to emulate Carole. She does have great fashion sense.
Carole’s a professional writer and says that’s all she has. We know she is much more than a writer, she is one cool cat. But for Carole, her books are a major part of her identity. It’s not something she does on the side. It’s her THING.
I think that is why Aviva attacked her career. It is where Carole gets most of her self-worth. The question is why Aviva attacked. Is this just her way of remaining on the show or does she feel insecure because she never had a job outside the home?
Aviva writes her memoir as a way to help others with their pain and to get over her own. I know when I perform my sing-song, self-depreciating comic skits and share my bargain fashion tips, I do it to help others and to liberate myself. I understand where Aviva is coming from, and I also understand where Carole is coming from. This is not registering with Carole and she does not congratulate Aviva for her accomplishment because she feels her unique talents are slighted. On another note what they should really be fighting about are those lips: whose are better? If I thought I could get a pair like that I would get them done!
Didn’t Aviva say she did not have a ghostwriter write her memoir and that may have been a lie? Regarding Carole’s unique talents, she does have a writing style that is consistent in her blogs. I definitely don’t think she used a ghostwriter. I’m sure it is okay to get an editor or a friend to read your work to make sure it makes sense or for spelling or grammatical errors.
Last year, Aviva said Ramona had an alcohol problem. Yet, each one of their encounters has taken place over a glass of wine. First the tequila shots, and now Aviva really knows how to break the ice. She choses to meet at a liquor store to buy more alcohol! We can see that she definitely wants to get on Ramona’s good side when she calls her an expert in wine. I have to admit she can be charming when she wants to.
Last season Aviva attacked Ramona by calling her an alcoholic and now she is drinking socially with Ramona. It seems she needs a friend on her side while she attacks Carole but I doubt Ramona would forget how viciously Aviva attacked her last season.
I really have to commend Heather for her contributions to organ donation and her dedication to helping save all those children’s lives. Jax is so cute and such a gift. I reached out and got her involved with the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center through the The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), which dedicates its fundraising to support pediatric rehabilitation services at Rusk as well as programs at Tisch Hospital and the NYU Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities. She donated her valuable time, as I have, to support kids in rehab who are recovering from burns and other debilitating injuries. I really appreciate and respect her support for children.
I hope the producers would showcase these charities as we watch during the season.
One thing I like about Harry and Aviva is that they are on the same page on parenting. That’s why it’s so important to me that they continue to get along even though they went through a tough divorce at one point. Kids always come first in my book and Harry’s son with Aviva, Harrison, is such a great kid. I’ve known Harry for almost 30 years. We dated decades ago, so he’s trying to rekindle our romance. Aviva seems surprised by this, but is 100 percent behind this. It’s really the best for all of us if Harry and I settle down. However, I’m committed to Ben right now. By the way, I sent Harry home right after. . .to be continued. I know, I know. . .I looked provocative.
You sent Harry home right after…..hot drunk monkey sex?
I feel like Kristen could use some Sonja Style to spice things up, so I’m taking her under my wing: first lingerie shopping and now spray tanning. She seems to be at a loggerhead in her marriage, a bit fed up with the tiring side of motherhood and at a momentary standstill in her career. I just want to help her over that speed bump. Like I said in my last blog, I hate for moms to give up their power to marriage and momhood. She has some spunk even though I make the Stepford Wives jokes.
I thought you were doing those things to check her out.
First, we heard from Aviva that her publisher said Carole’s book needed eight months and that it came from a ghostwriter. Now we see Aviva come into the salon with Heather, who suddenly knows everything about Aviva’s book and the industry. It’s amazing how these girls all seem to know about each other’s books and who wrote them.
Aviva apparently spends a lot of time on the street hearing things in the book industry.
I still stand with what I said. If Carole says no co-writer, there’s no co-writer. If there is a ghostwriter, that’s her business. She should be happy that Aviva has a publisher and was able to write a memoir where shares her experience and guides other people through their pain. After all, Aviva has definitely been through a lot of pain. Aviva is voicing how denigrated she felt towards Carole’s reaction to the fact that she wrote the book. I someone who helped Aviva write her book, though I don’t remember her name or if she was an editor, a cowriter or a publisher. She does admit to having help of some sort. I’m confused about all this, are you?
I thought Aviva said she wrote her book herself, like an email and had someone edit it when she spoke to Carole. Aviva is just taking the piss out of Carole. She is trying to get her off her high horse about her career because Aviva never had one.
Doesn’t everyone Sharpie their bags? I thought they did! My daughter made a joke that you can fix and do everything with a Sharpie: bags, eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, autographs, beauty marks and even the wrinkles on your ass. And, yes, I always use a bottle brush to clean those hard to get to places in the toilet. My toilets are French and fussy (in case you caught that in the Preview)!
I know certain designer bags can go up in value after a certain time. Doesn’t Sharpie-ing you bags make the bags lose value?
I love Scalinatella restaurant on the East Side of Manhattan. I’ve been going there since they first opened. It’s a top restaurant that I used to bring my international power set when I was a luxury brand, restaurant, and hotel consultant. I started building my brand when I was 12 years old. I first started as a beauty pageant contestant, and later became an international model and actress, student at a fashion school in marketing, luxury brand consultant, restaurateur, producer, writer, performer, movie producer, and now an international entrepreneurial fashion lifestyle brand. When Harry says, “Just do one of these things,” he doesn’t understand that the brand I’m building is not something you just casually take and tack onto any one product. It must be launched properly and in synergy with the entire brand ID.
I feel bad for Sonja when she says “I used to bring my international power set.” She can’t move forward when she is constantly dreaming about her past life. Harry is looking out for her best interest (and getting some nookie on the side) by giving her that advice to do one thing. Do one thing that is successful and build on that.
What I really need is an investor who is big enough to take it global. After all, you can’t put Sonja in a toaster oven box. My brand and I are timeless without a shelf life. Classic, and fashionable, yet unabashably me! Like Chanel Number 5. There’s no rush to grab the brass ring!
You should grab something while the cameras are on you because you never know how long you will be holding the golden apple.
Ramona: Aviva Was Stirring the Pot
Aviva is working on getting in the good graces of some of the ladies in group. She was drinking wine with me and now buying glasses like Carole?!? Aviva doesn’t realize that, with Carole, imitation is not a form of flattery. Does she not remember how Carole reacted when LuAnn wore a cape in London that was similar to hers the day after she wore it? Does she not remember Carole’s negative reaction to being imitated??
It’s a little too single white female for Carole’s comfort.
Numerous people use ghost writers but I don’t think this is a question one asks a writer. I would like to believe Aviva’s question to Carole was asked in innocence.
It might have been an innocent question that Carole took as offensive but if you are acting like you are Carole’s biggest fan, you should know her work and know that she is not hiring someone else to do her profession for her. In hindsight, Aviva acting like Carole’s number one fan last season seems pretty fake.
I had fun shopping at Vintage Grape for wines with Aviva. I must admit I liked the fact she was going to serve Ramona Pinot in addition to Rosé at her party.
Of course you would. Sell girl, sell.
I was really stunned when Aviva discussed her lunch with Carole with me. I have never experienced Carole being condescending in any way. Aviva seemed to be truly upset about what went down with Carole at their lunch. She was expressing her feelings of disappointment and frustration with the lack of help she was getting from Carole. But, on the other hand, I felt Aviva was stirring the pot.
Aviva also had discussed her disappointment with others about you last season after the blow-up in St. Bart’s and you objected to the things she said. She could have exaggerated the description of the lunch with Carole as well.
When I got to Aviva’s new home I must say I thought she did a great job on it. She got it together so quickly! When she started speaking to me again about Carole and her book, and now in front of our new friend Kristen, I felt I had no choice but to let Carole know. There seemed to be a major miscommunication, and I felt Carole should address Aviva on the comments she was making to the group so things would not get out of control.
And then there is Ramona stirring the pot too. Hey, as long as she is not attacking you, right?
Heather on Her Most Precious Gift
Heather’s blog was about organ donation and her son. I checked the organ donation box at the DMV and filled out the form that asks you which organs you would like to donate because if I can’t use them anymore, someone else might as well.
At 16 years old, I went to the DMV to get my license. I checked the box to be an Organ and Tissue donor, and I used a woman behind me in line as my witness. It was a no-brainer for me, a decision I made on the spot without hesitation.
Who would have known that so many years later, I would be the one benefiting from the life-saving donation made by another? Instead of the one giving, (which is the sole thought I had when choosing to be an organ donor), I was the one receiving.
When Jax received his life-saving liver transplant at just six months of age, it was a gift that you can never ever imagine. It was so very special, but at the same time, we knew there was a tragedy on the other end. The conflicting realities are the most bittersweet feelings you could ever experience. Feelings that my words can’t justly portray.
It was a most precious gift.
Our donor was a beautiful, vibrant and profound young man named Donald Blair. In his death, Don touched 50 lives because he was a donor.
One organ and tissue donor can save and improve the lives of over 50 others — and so your decision to give matters.
Through my research and life as an organ donor, an advocate, and a recipient, I have learned so much and have heard many of the hesitations that keep people from registering to be a donor.
Today, I would like to highlight the important facts about organ donation and encourage you to check that box RIGHT HERE to become a donor!
HOW TO REGISTER
It’s simple! If you’re not a donor, you can register online HERE. You simply select your state, fill out the form, and press send! Then share your decision to give with your family and friends.
YOUR LIFE IS FIRST
If you are taken to the hospital after an accident, it is the hospital’s NUMBER ONE priority to save YOUR LIFE. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to save your life.
YOUR HEALTH SHOULDN’T PREVENT YOU FROM BEING A DONOR
Your age or health shouldn’t stop you! Even if you’re a drinker or a smoker, you have organs and/or tissues that can save a life! Organs have even been recovered from people in their nineties! Donation eligibility is determined by professionals at time of death, don’t rule yourself out!
ALL RELIGIONS SEE DONATION AS AN HONOR
All major religions in the US support organ and tissue donation. Read your religion’s statement on donation and talk to your religious leader.
YOUR FAMILY WILL NOT BE CHARGED MONEY
A donor’s family will not have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
ORGAN DONATION SUCCESS RATE
Organ donation and transplantation is very successful! In the United States last year, over 26,750 people received organ transplants and over a million tissue transplants were performed!
PEOPLE YOU KNOW TOUCHED BY ORGAN DONATION — and they had to wait their turn for an available organ — just like us. There is no such thing as preferential treatment when it comes to organ and tissue donation. This is one of those things money can’t buy. Celebrities and the rich, just like everyone else, wait on the transplant list until their required life-saving organ becomes available.
Sometimes you have to put the brakes on and put everything into perspective. And today, I am pressing pause on the drama, and the entertainment the show holds to talk about something that really counts!
Please take a moment to seriously consider being a donor. If you have already made the decision and you are a registered donor, thank you from the bottom of my heart! And spread the word by taking a photo of your license (covering up your info), and tweeting it @iamheathert #donatelife
If you haven’t, I hope you will consider it for the first time or re-consider it with some of the facts I’ve provided here. Organ and tissue donation and transplantation provide a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. You have the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these miracles happen.
By deciding to be a donor, you give the gift of hope for the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants and hope for the millions of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants.
Think about that — if Don was not a donor, 50 people, including my little boy, would likely be living a very different life or would not have been able to sustain one.
I always say, the only thing you need intact when you pass-on is your soul! But there are so many people left behind, whose lives you can touch with the selfless act of organ and tissue donation.
You can think of it as the last call you will make or the most important call you will receive.
“DO NOT WAIT FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN TO YOU. . .MAKE THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU. You are responsible for the majority of your overall happiness; your success, your accomplishments, your life. Take control while you have time, the resources, and the energy. Practice on being the best possible person you can be. This is your one chance, please make it count”– Don Blair (Note to Self, 2004)
Carole: This Blog Was Ghostwritten by Stephen King
If you happened to read my Twitter feed over the weekend, then you know — a lot happened between seasons. Life keeps rolling after the cameras stop, and it impacts our relationships on screen. Andy often says in interviews that Housewives, off-camera, are pretty much the same as they are on and it’s true.
I love that Sarah Paulson is on your side IN CAPS. Don’t mess with the new Supreme. #AHS
You probably guessed this — my friendship with Aviva was nearly non-existent already when we met for lunch at the St. Bart’s café. (I should have known. As we learned, nothing good comes out of St. Bart’s.)
Ha ha! I didn’t realize you guys had lunch at the St. Bart’s café.
I can’t pretend to feel something I don’t (ask my ex-boyfriends). I’m a lot of things but not a liar or a phony, even when I know it’s in my best interest to be. I’m no actress, either, or I would have acted like Aviva and I were old friends catching up over iced tea in that first scene, which is what she wanted to do. Instead, I frowned so much that after watching the episode I ran straight to my dermatologist!
Turn those frown lines upside down.
This Isn’t About Writing, It’s about Lying
All that talk of moving men, glasses, and copyediting made me cringe. I couldn’t stop shoving bread in my mouth. This might be the most awkward lunch since President Bush vomited at a banquet with the Japanese Prime Minister!
And don’t forget you kicked her good leg under the table. Doesn’t moving men do it for you? Moving things? Yeah awkward.
I don’t really care that, as Aviva said, she “single white femaled” me and I don’t care that Aviva had a ghostwriter. No one does. The only person who seems to care is Aviva. I think its great if anyone gets published these days. Publishing is a tough business. Remember what I said about LuAnn’s book last season. I’m nothing if not consistent. And I didn’t even like her much then! [Spoiler alert: Now I love her.]
That’s interesting. Now you love Luann. Let me guess. She decided to show you her real personality when the cameras aren’t filming. I have always said that Luann would be more popular if she didn’t show her “Countess” side to the audience. I think she would be more relatable and lovable without the walls and the haughty, condescending demeanor. I always look forward to a new season where she is more herself in front of the cameras.
So this isn’t about books, it’s about behavior. I can’t understand why Aviva is so set on being dishonest when it’s much easier to tell the truth. It’s common procedure in the industry for people with little or no professional writing experience to get a book deal because of their profile, and then hire a writer. (Although I know which ghostwriter Aviva worked with, out of professional courtesy to the writer and to Aviva’s publisher, I’m not going to name her. But she is well-known in the industry and has penned many books, including several by reality stars.)
I wonder if she feels she can get more press for her book by starting a fight with another cast member about ghostwriting.
Aviva was looking for a way to promote her book on the show, I get that. She knew that by engaging me in a drama about writing she’d get a lot of attention, which she did. There is nothing the Bravo likes more than a Housewife talking about another Housewife behind her back, again and again and again. So if I helped Aviva sell some books, that’s great. It’s not how I would have done it. But I’m sure my Thank You note’s in the mail.
Don’t count on it. It would be funny if Carole seeks out the publisher that told Aviva Carole’s book was passed up because it needed work and sue the publisher for slander.
Who Drew First Blood?
I know it’s dramatic, but like an extra on Game of Thrones, Aviva told Heather that it was. . .I who drew first blood!
Like a Stallone movie.
I did? Here’s what happened, it’s simple. Aviva asked me to vet a ghostwriter for her, a woman her publisher suggested. So I did. During our lunch at St. Bart’s I asked her about it, during a long conversation we were having about writing. “Did you end up hiring the writer?” Those are the words that launched Bookgate. I had no idea she was going to lie to me and say she didn’t use one. Had she been honest I would have supported her whole-heartedly, as I did when she signed her book deal, and that would have ended what was already an awkward scene.
Why did she feel she had to lie in the first place other than the obvious getting press for her book? It isn’t a bad thing for a person who is not a writer to use a ghostwriter. Give someone a job in this crap economy!
Instead, she said she wrote the book herself. As she described it, it was fun, like “writing a long email.” Ouch! No offense to long-emailers but writing a book is nothing like that.
As you can see in the scene from my blank stare, I was puzzled. She was lying and I could have said, right then, “That’s not true. You went through two writers before you found one who would work with you. Your contract was close to being canceled. . .for failure to deliver.” I could have run to everyone else on the show with gossip about her. I didn’t. Instead, I said nothing.
That is a big mistake on a housewife show. You should have disclosed that info right away as soon as Aviva started talking crap about you.
Let’s be clear: Me asking her about a ghostwriter (a woman she wanted to hire, who we had talked about) is not the same as her asking me. I am by profession a writer, she knows that, and she is not. Aviva acts ignorant of all of this as if she is — Surprise, Surprise — the victim. Please. Get over yourself. In typical Aviva fashion she goes on and on and on. First telling Ramona, then Heather, and then Sonja and Kristen.
The target is always the last to know.
Bitch in the Whine Shop
Even Ramona, who has seen her fair share of drama, is confused with this new absurdity. To cover up her fake story, Aviva behaves like a seven-year-old. She makes up a distraction story. She says: She didn’t have to hire a ghostwriter. But guess who did? Carole! And Aviva even knows his name! Imagine that. This whole time, I could have had someone else writing my books/columns/articles while I took kickboxing classes, or learned Mah Jongg.
Will the person who was named Carole’s ghostwriter by Aviva please stand forward? No one? Yup! Aviva was lying.
What Aviva keeps calling “silly show drama” is called something else by the legal community — Slander. Slander is serious business. If she were a lawyer as she claims then she would know that. I’ll rely on the intelligence of the audience to see through what she is doing. I think she makes it easy.
Which is why you should sue the imaginary publisher that puts imaginary info on the imaginary street!
Unlike Aviva, the wine from Provence explodes, but then settles down. And I’m still waiting for my bottle of Bitch wine.
It Doesn’t Take A Village to Write Book, It Takes a Writer.
It was eye-opening to see that Aviva not only has little respect for me, specifically, but she has even less for working women in general. Instead of celebrating our accomplishments, she belittles them. She does exactly what she accuses me of doing. I have the utmost respect for the life choices she’s made, I think she’s raised a beautiful family. I have never spoken negatively about her life’s work. Yet she feels it’s okay to slander my writing career, reduce my decades-long news career to “a few essays,” and dismiss Heather’s multi-million dollar fashion company as “fat-binding pantyhose.”
What do you expect of an entitled, self absorbed woman?
Same lie again, now to Heather. Did you see it? Don’t blink, it’s quick because she instantly changed the subject to. . .you guessed it! “Carole’s ghostwriter.” Aviva “typed and wrote and consulted” all by herself. Hmm. Typing and writing are, I believe, the same thing. As for consulting, writers don’t do much consulting. They’re busy writing and drinking.
Like I said, “The woman is deranged.”
Housewarming Party From Hell
I didn’t want to go to Aviva’s house but. . .
I even brought a bottle of tequila because I’d heard she and Ramona reconciled over her newfound love of tequila!
But before we get to the Hellish part, how much did you love Heather’s dress? She’s showing Aviva’s image consultant friend. She has a Housewarming Dress! And if she’s not in the mood to wear her Housewarming Dress, she won’t. That is the only line in the entire show that still makes me laugh.
I love Heather for taking on Crazy. She gets it. She, too, has spent 20 years building a career. Speaking of careers — Sonja, love you, but I have the time to write a book because it’s a job. I write and companies pay me for it. That’s how jobs work. (Except for this blog, which Bravo gets for free!)
Kristin might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, as she jokes, but she nails it. She explains that in modeling there is one model; like in publishing, there is one writer. Okay, she loses me there in the end, but for the most part she is the only one who makes sense.
As usual, Ramona is stirring the pot. I don’t blame her. She’s just a pawn in Aviva’s sideshow. And then, yep, I take the bait. Aviva poked and poked until I lost it. I don’t care if she rearranges her own reality, but I care if she rearranges mine. I get mad. Really mad. White! Hot! Mad!
Ramona told you what you needed to know so you can address the situation. The blow up was going to happen sometime.
Oh no, she’s heard things! Big bad things! Do you get the feeling that sometimes the only thing Aviva hears are voices in her head? (And why does she keep pushing the pasta?)
Aviva’s next book (if she finds a publisher crazy enough to work with her) should be a fictional one. She knows how to makeup a good story.
Maybe I am John Grisham! It took him three years to finish his first novel and guess what? It was rejected by 30 publishers and had to be overhauled. Imagine that! He re-wrote and re-wrote until he got it. Wait, maybe I’m Stephen King. He chucked his first novel in the garbage then fished it out, overhauled it, and called it “Carrie.”
Before I leave you lovelies (are you still there?) let’s do a quick pop-review:
1. Aviva Says: Bill Whitworth ghostwrites my books. The Truth: Bill Whitworth is a real person, and an editor. He’s not a writer and he’s not a ghostwriter — not mine or anyone else’s. He’s retired now, after a long and distinguished career, but still considered one of the best and most respected editors in the business. Bill makes a cameo on the show!
2. Aviva Says: Her “Publishing House” passed on my novel. The Truth: They didn’t pass, they made an offer. They were one of six publishers who bid on it, but they lost in a heated auction.
3. Aviva Says: Her “Publishing House” told her I hired a ghostwriter. The Truth: Houses can’t talk. Aviva hired a ghostwriter. I have a professional relationship with her “Publishing House” and no one there told her my books are ghostwritten. No one wants to talk to Aviva about anything – surprise, surprise.
Maybe the night watchman told her? Maybe it was the voices in her head. Let’s hope they don’t tell her to burn down the gymnasium.
LuAnn: Aviva Didn’t Ask an Innocent Question
Hello my friends! I’m glad you liked my first blog, and I can’t wait for you to see me on the show beginning April 1. Until then, I’ll provide you with my insight into what is happening with the RHONY.
When I read a memoir, I imagine the author telling the story in her own voice — even if she hired help to get her words on paper. Nonetheless, Carole’s memoir of the time following her husband’s death is deeply personal, and I find it hard to imagine that she didn’t write this book herself.
It is nice that you are taking Carole’s side. It seems you two have overcome your differences.
Aviva is crafty and she doesn’t ask “innocent” questions (nor do most of the Housewives, who often have ulterior motives). Aviva shouldn’t have asked Carole if she used a ghostwriter because it’s assumed when no one else’s name is on the book jacket that she authored the work herself. Aviva may think Carole was being condescending, but Carole was finding it difficult to take Aviva seriously after she claimed writing her memoir was as easy as writing emails. I think Aviva felt threatened and resorted to hurtful accusations.
Why would she feel threatened? Because she had someone do her work for her instead of doing it herself? She wants attention for her book so it would sell.
Aviva couldn’t resist stirring the pot when she shared the rumor that Carole had a ghostwriter with Ramona and Heather. I was surprised that Aviva would confide in Heather or Ramona since both ladies are Carole’s friends. This wasn’t a smart move as Aviva is trying to build friendships. Aviva is a lawyer and she should know that slander could get her in trouble.
Aviva knew Carole’s friends would run to Carole. They don’t have loyalty towards Aviva.
I loved the scene where Sonja sharpies her bags! It’s a great trick for black bags and shoes when you don’t have the time or the money to spend on new ones. It shows that Sonja has a frugal side and that she understands the fabulousness of vintage.
This scene made me feel bad for Sonja. Resurrecting old designer bags while getting an unpaid intern do it. It’s not so fabulous.
I wasn’t surprised that Ramona encouraged Heather to tell Carole about Aviva’s rumor mongering because Heather and Carole are good friends. You never know with Ramona if she’s inciting conflict or really trying to stay neutral for the time being!
Carole would find out anyway watching the show.
Back to Book-Gate, the only name on Carole’s book is her own and that suggests to me that she did not employ a ghostwriter. Carole is absolutely justified to defend herself and she shouldn’t let Aviva spread malicious rumors that could impact her livelihood. In Carole’s situation, I would have confronted Aviva, but I would have chosen a more appropriate time than her housewarming party, an event that Carole should have opted not to attend. Regardless, Aviva’s rumor could have significant impact on Carole’s career and I understand why Carole would want to nip this situation in the bud.
Carole’s suspicions were confirmed when Ramona and Heather told her what Aviva said about the imaginary ghostwriter at the party. She should confront her then and there so there is no wasting time and Aviva doesn’t have time to prepare other vicious rumors.
Aviva declares #BookGate the dumbest fight in Housewives history and steps out of the responding-to-Carole’s-vitriol business
The centerpiece of this episode is my fight with Carole about the use of ghostwriters. First of all, in the history of all the Real Housewives, everywhere, I officially declare this the STUPIDEST FIGHT EVER. Nothing will change what’s on the show, but I’m not going to continue the fight on my blog, on Twitter, or in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) cage. So here are my final words on ghostwriters and ghostwriting:
I think the STUPIDEST FIGHT EVER happened on Beverly Hills with Brandi and Yolanda versus Lisa. They literally fought over tabloid magazines that were never put in a suitcase.
WHO CARES? Who actually wrote the Bible? Did Homer have help on The Iliad and The Odyssey (Was there even a guy names Homer? I mean, other than Simpson)? Was Gordon Lish a co-writer of many of Raymond Carver’s stories, or merely the editor (and is editing every really “merely?”)? Who cares? I’m not comparing my book Leggy Blonde to any of these great works, but the work stands on itself. The only ones who will care or discuss it are historians and haters. I doubt historians will ever take an interest in my book, but the haters are already on the case.
Haters? You must be reading your Amazon book reviews.
I was pissed at Carole when she dissed my right to write. She feels she’s earned the right to write books because of her several hundred years of experience as a journalist, and further that I don’t because, as she said in the episode, I’m a “nothing, never had a job outside the house.” Ridiculous of course, but then why did I respond to her in that cute pink room and say what I’d heard about her ghostwriter? You know, it’s what I do when I’m attacked; I could have handled that a lot better. Carole can say whatever she wants about me; I’m out of the responding-to-Carole’s-vitriol business.
I guess she needed a reason to understand why you attacked her career.
See, I don’t care if Carole used a ghostwriter, an editor, or room full of monkeys to write her book. It doesn’t matter if it takes a village or a solitary journalist, Carole’s first book is really, really good. Read it. Read mine first, but then read Carole’s. You be the judge.
I guess you don’t really get that you are attacking her career.
OK, I will once and for all, answer Carole’s burning question, “Did I write Leggy Blonde all by myself?” All by myself? No way. I wrote the initial draft then continued working on it with my own superb team, and I don’t think I could have written the book without them — certainly it wouldn’t be the same. I didn’t thank them on the title page; I did in the Acknowledgements but still, regrettably, probably left out a couple of dozen. I admire Carole for doing her book all by herself; it’s a huge task. It was for me anyway.
I thought you said you didn’t use a ghostwriter. That writing a book was like writing a super long email. And now you admit Carole did the book herself.
Still, I take responsibility for every word in Leggy Blonde. If you like it, I thank you on behalf of the team. If you don’t, don’t bother sending letters to everyone in the Acknowledgements, aim your arrows on me. It’s my fault. I’m the author. By the way, when you read the Acknowledgements, you’ll notice Carole in there. Yes, I thanked Carole. It was as a fellow member of “Real Housewives,” but I probably should have added as an inspiration. That Carole wrote such a good memoir, encouraged me to do the same. Okay, I take back what I wrote before: If you don’t like my book, blame Carole.
I’d rather spend my money some place else.